Sunday, August 04, 2013

"Welcome to Post-Constitution America..."

A truly chilling assessment of where we are now, and where it's heading. 

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, The Manning Trial Began on 9/11

 "...On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states.”

Two hundred thirty-five years later, on July 30, 2013, Bradley Manning was found guilty on 20 of the 22 charges for which he was prosecuted, specifically for “espionage” and for videos of war atrocities he released, but not for “aiding the enemy.”

Days after the verdict, with sentencing hearings in which Manning could receive 136 years of prison time ongoing, the pundits have had their say. The problem is that they missed the most chilling aspect of the Manning case: the way it ushered us, almost unnoticed, into post-Constitutional America.

The Weapons of War Come Home
Even before the Manning trial began, the emerging look of that new America was coming into view.  In recent years, weapons, tactics, and techniques developed in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the war on terror have begun arriving in “the homeland.”

Consider, for instance, the rise of the warrior cop, of increasingly up-armored police departments across the country often filled with former military personnel encouraged to use the sort of rough tactics they once wielded in combat zones. Supporting them are the kinds of weaponry that once would have been inconceivable in police departments, including armored vehicles, typically bought with Department of Homeland Security grants. Recently, the director of the FBI informed a Senate committee that the Bureau was deploying its first drones over the United States.  Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security and already flying an expanding fleet of Predator drones, the very ones used in America’s war zones, is eager to arm them with “non-lethal” weaponry to “immobilize targets of interest.”.....More here.

1 Comments:

Blogger Father Tyme said...

Silly Americans!

Are you still clinging to that outdates piece of paper? Don't you know this is the 21st Century where laws are revised or ignored when the need occurs?

We have truly come from a reasonable democracy in 2000 to a Hitlerian world in 13 years! Hmmm? Why did it take so long, one wonders? Germany did it in less than 6!

Tsk Tsk! George and Barry. That makes America only number 2 in speed to despotism! Get off your duffs and make Americanumber one and proud again! You owe it to Heinrich and Joseph not to mention Uncle Joe!

Of course, you guys still have a way to go to come close to the African dictators (They're the real number ones!). And of course, you still have your Obot sycophants to wallow in the putrid cesspool of your wake. You know, the ones who think you can do no wrong because for some reason they believe you belong to the same party they do...and you are MUCH better than that Bush fellow!

But anyway, keep up the good work guys. I have SUPREME faith in whatever decisions you make. After all, you're only doing this for us peons, right?

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