meant to blog this a while ago but forgot till now. an excellent article on the guardian website by naomi wolf called fascist america in ten easy steps.
1. invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. create a gulag
3. develop a thug caste
4. set up an internal surveillance system
5. harass citizens' groups
6. engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. target key individuals
8. control the press
9. dissent equals treason
10. suspend the rule of law
of course they are all explained further in the article. very interesting read.