Monday, March 04, 2013

A War Against Us All

Aside from the economic one, that is. As Hedges observes, "The war against Bradley Manning is a war against us all."  The facts in this case should be highly disturbing to those who still possess the ability and motivation to analyze what this portends for other American citizens. Here's the Cliff Notes version: The implications are grim. What this means is that the government is determined to treat as a terrorist anyone who reveals its criminal actions publicly. And those who try to will be pursued and imprisoned as if they are dangerous zealots plotting acts of terrorism. Like how the only person to go to prison in the torture cases is the one man who told the truth about it; none of the perpetrators have been held to account.

Think about that. Horrific crimes are okay with Gov-Corp: The real criminals, from its point of view, are the ones who reveal the criminal violations of international law. When that state of affairs has been reached, and it has (msm noise notwithstanding), it means we do not have a democracy in any way, shape, or form. It also means that sooner or later, the apparatus of this totalitarian government will be turned on any citizens who speak out against, or expose its destructive and murderous policies.

What's also scary is how few Americans seem to have a clue.

Chris Hedges:

"...This trial is not simply the prosecution of a 25-year-old soldier who had the temerity to report to the outside world the indiscriminate slaughter, war crimes, torture and abuse that are carried out by our government and our occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a concerted effort by the security and surveillance state to extinguish what is left of a free press, one that has the constitutional right to expose crimes by those in power. The lonely individuals who take personal risks so that the public can know the truth -- the Daniel Ellsbergs, the Ron Ridenhours, the Deep Throats and the Bradley Mannings -- are from now on to be charged with "aiding the enemy." All those within the system who publicly reveal facts that challenge the official narrative will be imprisoned, as was John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who, for exposing the U.S. government's use of torture, began serving a 30-month prison term the day Manning read his statement. There is a word for states that create these kinds of information vacuums: totalitarian.

The cowardice of The New York Times, El Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde, all of which used masses of the material Manning passed on to WikiLeaks and then callously turned their backs on him, is one of journalism's greatest shames. These publications made little effort to cover Manning's pretrial hearings, a failure that shows how bankrupt and anemic the commercial press has become. Rescuing what honor of our trade remains has been left to a handful of independent, often marginalized reporters and a small number of other individuals and groups -- including Glenn Greenwald, Alexa O'Brien, Nathan Fuller, Kevin Gosztola (who writes for Firedog Lake), the Bradley Manning Support Network, political activist Kevin Zeese and the courtroom sketch artist Clark Stoeckley, along with The Guardian, which also published the WikiLeaks documents.

But if our domesticated press institutions believe that by refusing to defend or report on Manning they will escape the wrath of the security and surveillance state, they are stunningly naive. This is a war that is being played for keeps. And the goal of the state is not simply to send Manning away for life. The state is also determined to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and try him in the United States on espionage or conspiracy charges. The state hopes to cement into place systems of information that will do little more than parrot official propaganda. This is why those with the computer skills to expose the power elite's secrets, such as Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January, and Jeremy Hammond, who is facing up to 30 years in prison for allegedly hacking into the corporate security firm Stratfor, have been or are being ruthlessly hunted down and persecuted. It is why Vice President Joe Biden labeled Assange a "high-tech terrorist," and it is why the Bradley Manning trial is one of the most important in American history...." More here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Father Tyme said...

More and more, we're taking on the persona of the National Socialists. And that's ok with business because the businesses that are not near the level of the "big boys" are just like the middle class citizens who vote Republican thinking that someday, soon, they'll be some of the chosen. And the corporations are lying to their faces just as the politicians are to the people but laughing behind their backs at the same time.

Future histories will list early 21st Century America, politicians and business as the end point of democracy in the world.

Business doesn't care who they emulate: the Inquisition, French durign their revolution, Adoph, Benito, Joseph, Pol Pot or Mao. Just as long as they get their cash. The difference this time is those inpower have the means for the first time to carry out whatever they want.

"Going Postal" will be replaced with "Going Political" in the not so near future.

Time to go back to physical communication.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

What the HELL is the problem with U.S. citizens? Are they so glazed over, so brain-dead, that they can't see what's happening in front of their very eyes??!

And clearly the O-bots are as clueless as the reichwing-nuts!

7:35 PM  

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