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.
4.Set up an internal surveillance system.
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.