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When the government or media (more often than not it's both working together somehow) drive fear of a new threat (often terrorism or a deadly disease) into the people of the nation and keep them from expressing all of their freedoms and/or views and doing the things they want to do
Notable stories/events that have been constantly attacked/used for Government/Media fear:

-Communism (see McCarthyism/ Red Scare)
- 9/11
-The "Brain Eating Amoeba"
by Gaaraofthedamned August 19, 2011
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