Posted by: N.S. Palmer | December 17, 2011

Inverting the Constitution

By N.S. Palmer

It’s inscribed on a sign above the entrance to the Pentagon:

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

I recalled that principle of American government when I read about the “National Defense Authorization Act.” Enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama, it states:

Nothing in this section is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Congress passed the Authorization for Military Force in 2001 after the 9/11 false-flag attacks that were blamed on “al Qaeda.”

All right-thinking people believe it means the president and the U.S. government may kill, torture, oppress, or launch wars of aggression against anyone they choose.

They will retain that authority for the duration of the “war on terror” — or, as commentator Jon Stewart remarked,

until the war on terror ends, and terror surrenders and is no longer available as a human emotion.

In other words, if it’s up to them, forever.

In that respect, the “war on terror” is exactly like the “war on drugs.” It can never be won and is never intended to be won. It’s merely an open-ended justification for profiteering and a police state.

Notice how the wording of the new law:

Nothing in this section is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

almost precisely inverts the meaning of the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

All “evil empires” collapse sooner or later, often in unpredictable ways. We’re waiting to see how it will happen this time.

It will probably involve a good deal of suffering. We can only hope that some of the suffering hits the right people.


Copyright 2011 by N.S. Palmer. May be reproduced as long as byline, copyright notice, and URL (http://www.ashesblog.com) are included.

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