By N.S. Palmer
The morning newspaper reports several examples of life during the third Bush-Cheney term first Obama term:
- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched the homes of anti-war activists. The announced reason was suspicion of terrorism, but the real reasons were obviously (a) to gather information about the activists and their groups, (b) to fish for material that could be used against the activists, either for trumped-up criminal charges or for blackmail, and (c) to intimidate the activists and anyone else who might be tempted to annoy the government. It’s the same tactic used by the Russian secret police, who search activists’ offices and steal their computers on the pretext of looking for illegal copies of software.
- The Army banned photos of dead prisoners in the trial of an American soldier who is accused of murdering three Afghan civilians without authorization. According to the article, “The decision reflects concern among the Army’s senior leadership that such evidence could anger Afghan civilians” who are getting a bit tired of being bombed and shot by U.S. occupation forces. There’s just no pleasing those crazy Afghans. And the Army’s decision has absolutely nothing to do with the danger of angering American voters who are forced to pay for the ongoing occupation and slaughter. American voters understand that closing schools and cutting Social Security are required by the nation’s priorities, the first among which are to enrich government contractors and the oil industry, as well as to keep the military busy overseas so it doesn’t get ideas about what it might do “in the homeland.”
- The latest Afghan elections, staged by the U.S. client government of Hamid Karzai, were rife with fraud. One reason that the Afghans need our “help” is that they don’t know how to tamper with elections in a way that preserves deniability, as the U.S. did in 2000 and 2004 to put Bush and Cheney in office for their first two terms.
- The Obama administration wants to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its right to murder American citizens without trial. If we learned one thing from the first eight years of Bush-Cheney rule, it’s that accusations of terrorism automatically trump the rule of law and all Constitutional restraints. If the Bush-Cheney Obama administration accuses someone of being a terrorist, then it must be true, right? You can’t let namby-pamby leftist judges stand in the way of officially sanctioned murder.
Government seems to have inertia and logic that keep going no matter who is in office. The only way to stop it is to exert an opposing force. The Obama administration can’t do it or won’t do it. Of course, its Republican opponents are even worse. They won’t stop what’s happening because they think that war, murder, and totalitarianism are great: Never mind their public statements, watch what they actually do.
Just another day in the former United States of America.
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