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    A man lies on the ground as French police check his identity near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015

    In Bush's Footsteps: Paris Adopts Measures Similar to US Patriot Act

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    In response to the Paris attacks the French government has adopted authoritarian measures strikingly similar to those implemented by George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, French journalist and political analyst Gilbert Mercier remarks.

    The November 13 attack in Paris has shocked the world and prompted the French government to enact tough measures to ensure security; however, the authoritarian actions are unlikely to solve the country's longstanding socio-economic problems, apparently lying at the root of the latest hideous assault, French journalist, author and geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier underscores.

    "The French government's reaction was both panicked and swift, and it immediately embraced repressive authoritarian measures similar to those that had been set up by the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9/11/2001. Just like 9/11 in the United States, it seems that the way France's bloody Friday will be exploited matters more than the tragedy itself," Mercier wrote in his recent article for News Junkie Post.

    "There is no better justification to crack down on civil liberty, freedom and other principles that define the essence of democracy than the good old permanent global war on terror," the French author added with a trace of a bitter irony.

    The journalist underscored that the Hollande administration has immediately issued a number of orders, including the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency and the introduction of tighter controls at French borders.

    Parisians were given instructions to stay at home, while heavily armed police, SWAT teams and military occupied the streets.

    Mercier called attention to the fact that a decree strikingly similar to the US Patriot Act was hastily adopted to authorize the search for potential culprits in all buildings and private residences.

    The decree also allows the "preemptive arrests without probable cause, of any individual deemed by French authorities to be suspect or dangerous," the French author underscored, adding that the term "dangerous" is "vague and elastic" and could potentially apply to political dissidents.

    While mainstream media sources focused on the French tragedy, a similar attack in Beirut, Lebanon remained largely neglected, Mercier emphasized.

    "The unspoken and despicable message sent by the press was that the loss of French lives mattered quite a lot more than the loss of lives of people in the Middle East," he wrote.

    A French fighter jet taxis along the runway in an undisclosed location, in this handout picture released by the ECPAD late November 15, 2015
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    Thus, one can imagine what kind of feeling this approach will provoke in a French youth of Arab origin who usually stands "at the very bottom of the French socioeconomic food chain."

    "People with such grim social prospects are prime and easy targets to become jihadists for ISIS [ISIL]," Mercier pointed out.

    Only a sense of real prospect for a better future could become a remedy for France's hidden social malaise, the French author believes.

    In contrast, the road of repression chosen by France's political and financial establishment leads nowhere.

    "For the sake of the European Union's survival, France, and Europe in general, should drastically rethink its failed policies. The Paris attacks should be regarded as the symptoms of a systemic failure," he stressed.

    On the other hand, in light of NATO's perpetual wars which have dragged the Middle East and North Africa into the vicious circle of a bloodbath, Paris victims "can be viewed as yet more civilian collateral damage in a world where the net result of absurd Western policies is always the spread of misery and death," Mercier concluded.


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      Well, undermining of civil rights is incompatible with the values of the European Union.

      France has to be expelled immediately.
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      The so-called lull before the storm. And you don't see a 'just down home' conspiracy theory in this? And who would pooh-pooh the idea of a false flag theory now? Only the sheeple, but then there are ne so blind as those who will not see
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      So the civil liberties are restricted because these nations are fueling terrorist. That makes perfect sense. This looks like by design.
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      France abets the goals of Daesh by its actions as these two items detail. The commondreams item provides evidence that Daesh is indeed a state sponsored organization.

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      Nov 14, 2015 French and German Intelligence Services Knew Paris Attack Was Coming a Month Ago

      There should be no doubt that the number one reason for the alleged Paris Terror attacks is to completely lock down Paris in order to totally control the upcoming Climate Summit. That’s not to say there aren’t other very significant purposes operating in the backgrground, especially concerning some quite stealthy geopolitical strategies.

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      Just in less than 72 hours of Paris tragedy, the french president, Francois Hollande was so desperate to impose his agenda. Something that was ready to be executed? Come on, Mr. Hollande. Now, you make yourself look like the real prime suspect of this massacre. France has never been like this. The legal powers that should be used to punish the real actors of these crimes have been already centered in your own hands. If there is no more legal institution in France capable of investigating your government activities, the real masters of this massacre will continue walking free in Paris forever. And that, the elected officials will always find way to kill innocent people in the name of the Daesh terrorists, just to advance their diabolical agenda. Anyway, Mr. Hollande, before you start killing and bombing your financed terrorists, make sure you give them their last paychecs.
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      Within every Capitalist is a fascist just waiting for the right opportunity to invoke oppressive controls over what they see as the real enemy of "free enterprise", the people themselves. Those pesky populations that demand a better life and environment for themselves and who demand their government serve the peoples interests not corporate interests. ISIL is just a thorn in their side, just a group of thugs competing in the oil business. It is the people that are the real enemy who at any time could dethrone the criminals and establish a real democracy to replace the plutocracy. This is why the French government enacted these oppressive and illegal measures as they did in the United States. They are not afraid of ISIL attacks, but are very afraid of their own citizens and their demands for reforms to the corporate state war machine.
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