Posted by: quiscus | December 18, 2010

December 18, 2010

1.  “Why This Gigantic “Intelligence” Apparatus?

That the massive effort is utterly uncoordinated and scarcely able to communicate one part’s “findings” to another only strengthens the conclusion that the goal is not stopping terrorism, but getting the taxpayers’ money and putting it into privileged pockets. Even if the expected damage from acts of terrorism against the United States were $10 billion per year, which seems much too high a guess, it makes no sense to spend more than $75 billion every year to prevent it — and it certainly makes no sense to spend any money only pretending to prevent it.


What we see here is not really an “intelligence” or counterterrorism operation at all. It’s a rip-off, plain and simple, fed by irrational fear and continually stoked by the government plunderers who are exercising the power and raking in the booty to “fight terrorism.”

2.  ”

US Government Sues All Companies Involved in BP Oil Spill…except one: Halliburton”

3.  “Joe Biden v. Joe Biden on WikiLeaks

In one day, Biden went from giddily declaring that “I don’t think there’s any damage” to gravely warning that “it has done damage.”  I have no idea whether Biden was told that his Thursday no-damage admission would severely harm the Government’s efforts to prosecute Assange, but what is clear is that he was perfectly willing to march into Meet the Press the following day and say things that he knew were false in order to depict the WikiLeaks diplomatic cable disclosures as harming U.S. national security.  It’s true that in the first clip, he was asked specifically about diplomatic cables, while the second interview may have encompassed all the releases, but in that second interview, he clearly claimed that the disclosures harmed relations with other countries:  exactly the opposite of what he said the day before.  Even his demeanor completely changed, from breezy, fun dismissiveness into serious, concerned leader talking about a True Threat.

And, of course, the establishment media leads the way in disseminating these falsehoods.  I was on an MSNBC program yesterday discussing my article on the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention, and the host, Chris Jansing, suggested that these repressive conditions might be justified by the “grave national security harm” Manning has caused.  What grave national security harm has he caused?  None.  Even Robert Gates, in a moment of real candor, mocked those making this claim about the diplomatic cables release as “seriously overwrought.”  But no matter.  There are menacing demons which all of official Washington agrees are pure, unadulterated Evil who have damaged us all and who must be stopped with the full force of the United States — Julian Assange and WikiLeaks — and thus anything must and will be said to sustain that fiction.”


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