Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes They Are Five.

Between pervasive surveillance and never ending warfare this police state we live in more accurately resembles 1984 every day. But now we have doctors reenacting the scene where O’Brien tortures Winston until he finally sees five fingers instead of the four being held up. A woman was kidnapped by police, taken to a psychiatric ward, forcibly sedated, and held prisoner for eight days because she claimed that Obama followed her on Twitter:

The NYPD disagreed — they handcuffed her and sent her to the hospital.

According to the lawsuit Brock is filing, the “next thing you know, the police held onto me, the doctor stuck me with a needle and I was knocked out. I woke up to them taking off my underwear and then went out again. I woke up the next day in a hospital robe.”

She said she was heavily sedated by hospital employees, and she told The Daily News that she only mentioned to doctors that the president follows her on Twitter to show them “the type of person I am. I’m a good person, a positive person. Obama follows positive people.”

Instead, the lawsuit alleges the doctor made her discharge contingent upon her denying that Obama follows her on the social media site. According to her “master treatment plan,” one of the objectives that would trigger her release was that she “state that Obama is not following her on Twitter.”

Here’s the real kicker, Obama does follow her on Twitter. The police or doctors could have taken two minutes to verify her claims before forcibly sedating and detaining her. But, you know, that wouldn’t have been as much fun!

This story strikes several nerves with me. The biggest one being that police can drag somebody to a psychiatric ward, forcibly hold them down, and some sick fuck of a doctor will inject sedatives into them completely against their will. Another thing that pisses me off about this story is the doctors blatantly ignoring the claims of a woman who was being kidnapped. Just because a kidnapper wears a badge doesn’t mean due diligence can be ignore (in fact the presence of a badge should make one more skeptical of any claims being made). As you can imagine the fact that the only way the woman could escape her imprisonment was to sign a document that was a blatant lie. Oh, did I mention the fact that she was also billed for the privilege of being subjugated to this? Because she was:

In her lawsuit, Brock is attempting to recoup the $13,637.10 bill she received for her involuntary incarceration, as well as an unspecified amount of additional damages.

In the end this is just another example on a large pile of examples pointing to the fact that this country is a police state. Anybody who argues otherwise is entirely ignorant of what’s going on.