Glenn Greenwald: If The Threat Is So Puny, Why The Ongoing “War On Terror”
Glenn Greenwald, using Leon Panetta’s recent statement on al Qaeda as an example, asks a pertinent question: why, then the ongoing war on terror and “the mammoth, life-altering, nation-threatening danger justifying this endless — and ongoing — erosion of safeguards, checks and liberties…”
That’s because — as the above-described events of the last eight weeks demonstrate — civil liberties assaults and expansions of executive power are not what the U.S. Government does in response to some actual problem; it’s what the public-private consortium composing the U.S. Government is. Terrorist villains are the pretext for, not the cause of, those policies, and they will continue irrespective of the scope or magnitude of Terrorism.Click here for reuse options!
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