My first thought was that I was watching some bizarre sort of cabaret show with Tom Ridge in drag, only with some sort of weird looking grey skunk pelt wig. Then much to my horror it was Big Sister, the top Nazi at at Der Department of Heimat Security doing her damned level best to further drive home the horrible truth that there is virtually no difference between the ousted Bush-Cheney administration and the current one presided over by Barack Obama. Hell, the argument can be made that Obama is worse than Bush in that his velvet smooth demeanor, his syrupy siren song of a sales pitch makes it possible for him to get away with things that Bush never would have dreamed of trying. For example, all of those wonderful and costly naked cancer causing body scanners that have been installed in the nation's airports and coming soon at a shopping mall and sports venue near you. There is no way on God's green Earth that Bush could have ever pulled that off nor could he have gotten away with the government mandated sexual assaults given to travelers all under the pretense of security. Now Janet Napolitano is dredging up every scare tactic from years past, invoking every phony and scary bogeyman that has been used as justification for the transformation of this once free country into a lockdown mode, torture worshipping, civil liberties zone where connected corporate and banking vampires feed freely to bursting on the plentiful supply of cattle and sheep.
The terrorism fear card was the most kick ass club in the bag during the Bush years, while Obama and his people have yet to match the strident rhetoric of his criminal predecessor it isn't because of Big Sister and the massive expansion of Homeland security which she is obviously using to accumulate chits for her post-DHS career. Most obviously are the nifty naked body scanners and zealous TSA pedophiles thanks to the cynical and lucrative fear-mongering of former DHS capo Michael Chertoff (Big Sister's predecessor) in the dread soaked, media-hyped aftermath of the Christmas Day underwear bomber hoax. The snaked body scanners, which Chertoff's lobbying group made millions off of are another massive boondoggle that serves two needs, one being the obvious necessity to keep the corporate money rolling an and secondly building a firewall between the unwashed masses of asses and the oligarchy for the day that the shit finally hits the fan. We also have the Orwellian campaign to have Big Sister herself on Wal-Mart checkstand telescreens urging citizens to rat each other out to the government for vaguely defined suspicious behavior. Despite the naive hope that the incoming Obama administration would implement reforms to reverse some of Bush and Cheney's most blantant violations of civil liberties it is only getting worse. Ace blogger Glenn Greenwald sums it all up in his recent piece The Tea Party and Civil Liberties:
The establishments of both political parties -- whether because of actual conviction or political calculation -- are equally devoted to the National Security State, the Surveillance State, and the endless erosions of core liberties they entail. Partisan devotees of each party generally pretend to care about such liberties only when the other party is in power -- because screaming about abuses of power confers political advantage and enables demonization of the President -- but they quickly ignore or even justify the destruction of those liberties when their own party wields power. Hence, Democratic loyalists spent years screeching that Bush was "shredding the Constitution" for supporting policies which Barack Obama now enthusiastically supports, while right-wing stalwarts -- who spent years cheering on every Bush-led assault on basic Constitutional limits in the name of Terrorism -- flamboyantly read from the Constitution during the Obama era as though they venerate that document as sacred. The war on civil liberties in the U.S. is a fully bipartisan endeavor, and no effective opposition is possible through fealty to either of the two parties.
For most civil liberties incursions over the last decade, there's been at least some glimmer of opposition on the Left -- exemplified by people like Russ Feingold in the Senate and the Congressional Black Caucus and Dennis Kucinich in the House. But they've been easily overwhelmed by the civil-liberties-hating mainstream of the Democratic Party, and particularly hampered by the lack of any meaningful partners on the Right (where Ron Paul has been a solitary voice on such matters). What has been most needed -- and most harmfully non-existent -- is some minimal amount of intellectual honesty and consistency from America's conservatives, whose rhetoric of "limited government" and "individual rights" has translated into nothing other than lockstep support for ever-increasing government power and a highly authoritarian political mindset. It is that dynamic that has marginalized civil liberties advocacy -- and rendered civil liberties erosions inevitable -- no matter which party is in control.
Very nicely put. That the same people who would have shrieked for Bush's blood over the naked body scanners are down with having our national airports turned into East German style goon-manned checkpoints exposes the phoniness and lack of conviction of the O-Bots now that their team has the ball. Greenwald rightfully gives credit to the number of newly minted House Republicans who in an astonishing display of recalcitrance bordering on outright sedition rebelled against the renewal of the anti-American USAPATRIOT Act. Could this be a sign that the Sarah Palin/Dick Armey parasites are losing influence over the Tea Party? Is a restoration of the REAL Tea Party, the Tea Party that had roots in the Ron Paul movement in the works and in these times an anti-interventionist, pro-civil liberties movement would have broad crossover appeal if the death panel dummies are excommunicated. It's no wonder that Big Sister would announce that the threat of a terrorist attack is at the most "heightened state" since 9/11. If the holy grail of the USAPATRIOT Act is challenged then the whole house of cards of the phony war on terror could come crashing down and with so much money to be made in the Nazification of America business we sure as hell couldn't have that could we?
We are at a precarious period in history today, U.S. monetary policy which has been rigged to back up the Wall Street jackals has led to record food prices through commodities speculation. This in turn is leading to the uprisings of those who are as mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore in a number of countries, the most important one of course being Egypt where the revolution only grows in strength by the day. It is now at the point where after the visit of the imperial bagman Frank Wisner that CIA puppet torture expert and now Egyptian defacto ruler Omar Suleiman is issuing veiled threats if the uprising continues. The tipping of Egypt would upset the entire Middle East applecart and trigger the most feared thing of all, a global revolution against corrupt American looter capitalism. And then there is the matter of Israel, the second wave of Zionist propaganda is now hitting America with the idiotic and inevitable comparisons of Iran to Egypt, the threats of those savage Islamic killers in the Muslim Brotherhood and the big lie that Israel, that theocratic fascist hellhole is the region's only 'democracy' and is facing yet another esistential threat if Egypt falls. With Senator Rand Paul actually having the balls to come right out and call for cutting off of foreign welfare paid for by the U.S. taxpayers to underwrite Israeli human rights abuses and the Israel Lobby already scrambling their American fifth column (see CUFI) the coming GOP primaries are going to be ugly as never before. With Big Sister hitting the right chords to assign blame to al CIAda in the event of a new false flag terror attack and the history of Mossad black ops squads it would be very prudent to be on the lookout for what is truly suspicious behavior and groups, take for instance Israeli art students and mall vendors.
Here's an idea for all of the allegedly anti-big government, co-opted teabagger if you truly want to practice what you preach why not DISMANTLE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY? break it into millions of pieces and scatter it to the winds? There is no better illustration of big government run amok, drunk on power and inept beyond comprehension bureaucratic waste on the planet than DHS. An agency hastily assembed while Americans were still scared shitless of those scary Muslims who hated us for our blessed way of life and allegedly blew up our buildings. The Department of Homeland Security is an out of control, blood-sucking abomination that exists solely for the need to perpetuate itself and a huge network of crony contractors who hit the jackpot with the American Reichstag Fire and have been using fear as a justification to extort, bully, shakedown and otherwise rob the American taxpayers blind in order to feed itself. DHS and it's cottage industry of surveillance experts, ex-spooks, sadists, perverts, hucksters and propaganda pimps for a decade now. DHS and all that it has spawned NEED that fear to continue to grow exponentially and to justify its existence by finding bogeymen and useful idiots. So come on now people, why not start concentrating on dismantling this Frankenstein monster once and for all because before much longer we are ALL going to be on the terrorist watch lists, human grist for the mills that will grind our bones to make their bread. Now that is an idea whose time has come.
Just my two cents over the morning cup o' joe