1.Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.

Noobs or trolls.

2.Create secret prisons where torture takes place.

Secrete forums where enemies are interigated.

3.Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.

Mods.

4.Set up an internal surveillance system.

Mods.

5.Harass citizens' groups.

Yes, they do that too.

6.Engage in arbitrary detention and release.

Can I tell you how often this happens?

7.Target key individuals.

Woah, looks this happens too.

8.Control the press.

They are the press.

9.Treat all political dissents to be traitors.

I can't tel you how many times I have heard "You don't like the way this site works, then get out of here."

10.Suspend the rule of law.

All mods and admins again.

I say they need a revolution.