FORT MEADE, Md.—The swift and brutal verdict read out by Army Col. Judge Denise Lind in sentencing Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison means we have become a nation run by gangsters. It signals the inversion of our moral and legal order, the death of an independent media, and the open and flagrant misuse of the law to prevent any oversight or investigation of official abuses of power, including war crimes. The passivity of most of the nation’s citizens—the most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history—to the judicial lynching of Manning means they will be next. There are no institutional mechanisms left to halt the shredding of our most fundamental civil liberties, including habeas corpus and due process, or to prevent pre-emptive war, the assassination of U.S. citizens by the government and the complete obliteration of privacy.
Wednesday’s sentencing marks one of the most important watersheds in U.S. history. It marks the day when the state formally declared that all who name and expose its crimes will become political prisoners or be forced, like Edward Snowden, and perhaps Glenn Greenwald, to spend the rest of their lives in exile. It marks the day when the country dropped all pretense of democracy, obliterated checks and balances under the separation of powers and rejected the rule of law. It marks the removal of the mask of democracy, already a fiction, and its replacement with the ugly, naked visage of corporate totalitarianism. State power is to be, from now on, unchecked, unfettered and unregulated. And those who do not accept unlimited state power, always the road to tyranny, will be ruthlessly persecuted. On Wednesday we became vassals. As I watched the burly guards hustle Manning out of a military courtroom at Fort Meade after the two-minute sentencing, as I listened to half a dozen of his supporters shout to him, “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley! You’re our hero!” I realized that our nation has become a vast penal colony.
Category Archives: Government Surveillance
U.S. DISSIDENT SURVEILLANCE “After Multiple Denials, CIA Admits to Snooping on Noam Chomsky”
For years, the Central Intelligence Agency denied it had a secret file on MIT professor and famed dissident Noam Chomsky. But a new government disclosure obtained by The Cable reveals for the first time that the agency did in fact gather records on the anti-war iconoclast during his heyday in the 1970s.
The disclosure also reveals that Chomsky’s entire CIA file was scrubbed from Langley’s archives, raising questions as to when the file was destroyed and under what authority.
The breakthrough in the search for Chomsky’s CIA file comes in the form of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For years, FOIA requests to the CIA garnered the same denial: “We did not locate any records responsive to your request.” The denials were never entirely credible, given Chomsky’s brazen anti-war activism in the 60s and 70s — and the CIA’s well-documented track record of domestic espionage in the Vietnam era. But the CIA kept denying, and many took the agency at its word.
Now, a public records request by FOIA attorney Kel McClanahan reveals a memo between the CIA and the FBI that confirms the existence of a CIA file on Chomsky.
- CIA Finally Admits to Snooping on Noam Chomsky (mediaite.com)
- CIA Targeted Noam Chomsky, Documents Reveal (alternet.org)
VIDEO JOURNALISM: “NSA Set to Grow Aggressively, NYPD’s Stop & Frisk: Unconstitutional, but Will Continue; Cops Executing Unarmed Citizens” / Abby Martin
VIDEO JOURNALISM: “Corporate Scandal Profits, America’s Warped Priorities, Creepy Hacking Technologies” / Abby Martin
REASON: “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
SURVEILLANCE STATE: “1984: Blueprint for U.S. Authoritarianism” / Abby Martin
NATIONAL SECURITY STATE: “The State Fears Its Own People” / Noam Chomsky
GUN VIOLENCE: “12.08.1980”
GOD AND GUNS: “Oh, how very Amurikan!”
GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE: “Oliver Stone Slams ‘NSA Surveillance Machine'”
h/t: The Huffington Post