Since bin Laden’s death the War on Terror and its various civil liberties assaults have escalated, not been reversed or even slowed down

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    May 03, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
    Since bin Laden’s death the War on Terror and its various civil liberties assaults have escalated, not been reversed or even slowed down


    In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s summary execution one year ago, many predicted that the War on Terror would finally begin to recede. Here’s what has happened since then:

    *With large bipartisan majorities, Congress renewed the once-controversial Patriot Act without a single reform, and it was signed into law by President Obama; Harry Reid accused those urging reforms of putting the country at risk of a Terrorist attack.

    * For the first time, perhaps ever, a U.S. citizen was assassinated by the CIA, on orders from the President, without a shred of due process and far from any battlefield; two weeks later, his 16-year-old American son was also killed by his own government; the U.S. Attorney General then gave a speech claiming the President has the power to target U.S. citizens for death based on unproven, secret accusations of Terrorism.

    * With large bipartisan majorities, Congress enacted, and the President signed, a new law codifying presidential powers of worldwide indefinite detention and an expanded statutory defintion of the War on Terror.

    * Construction neared completion for a sprawling new site in Utah for the National Security Agency to enable massive domestic surveillance and to achieve “the realization of the ‘total information awareness’ program created during the first term of the Bush administration.”

    * President Obama authorized the use of “signature” drone strikes in Yemen, whereby the CIA can target people for death “even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known.”

    * The U.S. formally expanded its drone attacks in Somalia, “reopening a base for the unmanned aircraft on the island nation of Seychelles.”

    * A U.S. drone killed 16-year-old Pakistani Tariq Aziz, along with his 12-year-old cousin, Waheed, three days after the older boy attended a meeting to protest civilian deaths from U.S. drones (another of Tariq’s cousins had been killed in 2010).

    * NATO airstrikes continued to extinguish the lives of Afghan children; in just the last 24 hours, 5 more Afghan children were killed by the ongoing war.

    * The FBI increased its aggressive attempts to recruit young Muslim-American males into Terror plots which the FBI concocts, funds, encourages, directs and enables, while prosecuting more and more Muslims in the U.S. for crimes grounded in their political views and speech.

    Does it sound like the War on Terror and its accompanying civil liberties erosions are ending, or going in the opposite direction? The morning after the bin Laden killing, I wrote that the killing of bin Laden would likely re-ignite American excitement over militarism and would thus likely further fuel, rather than retard, the War and its various implications. As always: combatting Terrorism is not the end of the War on Terror; the War on Terror is the end in itself, and Terrorism is merely its pretext.
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    May 03, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    The shame of it is, that the American people, or as some correctly term the "SHEEPLE" pay no attention at all to what is happening. The American public is propagandized by repeated stories about our 'enemies' that only tell half the truth about the 'dangers' and very little about who is causing the problems that has created the 'danger'. ( A great example is our US interference in Iranian affairs going way back to the 1950's, the public knows very little about our CIA involvement in a coup to displace a democratically elected leader whose sin was using their resources for the good of Iranians rather than US OIL CORP GIANTS)

    Our own government policies have created our 'enemies' by its interventionist policies which are often over resources whose exploitation benefits the corporations (big oil Corps. for instance) far more than the American Public. This takes place because the Politicians who run the government benefit monetarially for their elections and re-elections to stay in power, then the cycle spirals bigger and bigger pulling in more and more, to try and control and tamp down problems the interference brings about. All making ever more enemies who hate us not for our freedoms, but for our Governments interference, which is not so much for the American Publics good as it is for the corps 'for which we stand' and the money brought in to continue the cycle.

    The Cia correctly called terrorism 'blowback' for our Governments interventioinist policies. Then the media chimes in with grand stories about all those who are out to get us and how we must be dilligent to hold back terrorists, and the only way to do it is to give up privacy rights, so here we are now living in a serveilance state with most in the public actually believing that this is all necessary for our own protection,

    When the facts are exposed that our own government policies are bringing this mess on us, the propagandized 'sheeple' pounce on the messenger as a conspiracy theorist. Germany's Goebles would be proud because his rules of Propaganda have been followed well and have been very successfull here in the US to bring the Masses to accept their loss of freedoms with little complaint.


    Everyone should be reading from such sites as GLOBALRESEARCH.COM and others who make it their business to do in depth research into the back stories behind the news, and not just readily accept the corporate media's versions.

    I think Ben Frankln had it right, "he who gives up his freedom for a little safety, deserves neither freedom nor safety"
  • Lincsbear

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    May 03, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    The continuing 'war on terror' sounds like the wars being fought in George Orwell`s '1984' against the 'enemies of the state': indefinite, and politically useful to the government to make us compliant/obedient to their wishes.