Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Peace Prize Prez - "For War"?

inadvertent subliminal?

"The polices adopted by the Obama administration just over the last couple of years leave no doubt that they are accelerating, not winding down, the war apparatus that has been relentlessly strengthened over the last decade. In the name of the War on Terror, the current president has:

diluted decades-old Miranda warnings;
codified a new scheme of indefinite detention on US soil;
plotted to relocate Guantanamo to Illinois;
increased secrecy, repression and release-restrictions at the camp;
minted a new theory of presidential assassination powers even for US citizens;
renewed the Bush/Cheney warrantless eavesdropping framework for another five years,
as well as the Patriot Act, without a single reform;
and just signed into law all new restrictions on the release of indefinitely held detainees.

"... one can say for certain is that there is zero reason for US officials to want an end to the war on terror, and numerous and significant reasons why they would want it to continue. . .

"If you were a US leader, or an official of the National Security State, or a beneficiary of the private military and surveillance industries, why would you possibly want the war on terror to end? That would be the worst thing that could happen. It's that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit.

"Just this week, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration need not respond to the New York Times and the ACLU's mere request to disclose the government's legal rationale for why the President believes he can target US citizens for assassination without due process. Even while recognizing how perverse her own ruling was - 'The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this pronouncement is not lost on me' and it imposes 'a veritable Catch-22' - the federal judge nonetheless explained that federal courts have constructed such a protective shield around the US government in the name of terrorism that it amounts to an unfettered license to violate even the most basic rights: 'I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the executive branch of our government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret' (emphasis added)."

"Why would anyone in the US government or its owners have any interest in putting an end to this sham bonanza of power and profit called 'the war on terror'?  . . .

" . . . the US government is even entertaining putting an end to any of this is a pipe dream, and the belief that they even want to is fantasy. They're preparing for more endless war; their actions are fueling that war; and they continue to reap untold benefits from its continuation. Only outside compulsion, from citizens, can make an end to all of this possible."

[Source]  Glenn Greenwald: "The war on terror - by design - can never end".