The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming – Greenwald
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No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.
The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.
We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.
Underlying all of this are immediate insinuations that anyone questioning any of this must, by virtue of these doubts, harbor sympathy for the Terrorists and their neo-Nazi, white supremacist ideology. Liberals have spent so many years now in a tight alliance with neocons and the CIA that they are making the 2002 version of John Ashcroft look like the President of the (old-school) ACLU.
The more honest proponents of this new domestic War on Terror are explicitly admitting that they want to model it on the first one. A New York Times reporter noted on Monday that a “former intelligence official on PBS NewsHour” said “that the US should think about a ‘9/11 Commission’ for domestic extremism and consider applying some of the lessons from the fight against Al Qaeda here at home.” More amazingly, Gen. Stanley McChrystal — for years head of Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and the commander of the war in Afghanistan — explicitly compared that war to this new one, speaking to Yahoo News:
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
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January 21, 2021 at 6:10 PM #396999Two way streetParticipant
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at the end of their term.
2020-2024 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.
January 21, 2021 at 6:29 PM #397004retired liberalParticipant
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“Liberals have spent so many years now in a tight alliance with neocons and the CIA that they are making the 2002 version of John Ashcroft look like the President of the (old-school) ACLU.”
I don’t think the writer knows what the word, “liberal” means. It sure has nothing to do with neocons, the CIA, or domestic extremism. We are being lied to again.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
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January 21, 2021 at 7:12 PM #397010kellyParticipant
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there went the neighborhood. Biden put Thomas on the Supreme Court despite every decent reason not to do something so abhorrent and guided by long term plotting by fascist maniacs more than willing to kill to get what they want.
It is not as if these monsters changed their stripes. They just got to this happy place and buried democracy proper.
January 21, 2021 at 7:18 PM #397015game meatParticipant
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The over the top language and fear driven narrative that prevailed following everything leading up to and including the capital riot have set the stage to manufacture consent. White supremacists are the new Al Qaeda; all powers requested must be granted in order to stop them. It exploits a different bias, a different primal fear, but the long term consequences are the same. On multiple levels, it’s also revealed a lot of liberals as nothing more than pitiful and shameless hypocrites. In recent years there has been a growing faction of liberals becoming increasingly less accepting of supporting free speech and basic civic rights for those outside of their tribe, so I couldn’t be less surprised.
“The only thing that is in doubt is how much opposition they will encounter from those who value basic civic rights more than the fears of one another being deliberately cultivated within us.”
I’m pessimistic. As Greenwald points out, anyone outside the far-right questioning any of this will just be lumped in with the “terrorists.” Unfortunately, bad faith accusations work better to degrade discourse and muddy the waters more than they have any right to. We’ll see.
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