A country has recently passed a law that will permit the military to indefinitely detain without trial any citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism. And suspects can be shipped by the military to an offshore penal colony and kept there until “the end of hostilities.”
The bill describes a “covered person”—one subject to detention—as “a person who was a part of or substantially supported [terrorist forces] or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the country, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.”
The bill, however, does not define the terms “substantially supported,” “directly supported” or “associated forces.”
Once a group is deemed to be a terrorist organization, the military can under this bill pick up a citizen who supported charities associated with the group or unwittingly sent money or medical supplies to front groups. Now the members of these organizations can be treated like card-carrying “terrorists” and can be detained.
On the whim of the military, a suspected “terrorist” can suffer extraordinary rendition—being kidnapped and then left to rot “until the end of hostilities.”
Dissent is increasingly equated with treason.
Fear is the psychological weapon of choice for totalitarian systems of power. Make the people afraid. Get them to surrender their rights in the name of national security. And then finish off the few who aren’t afraid enough.
They want to be able to call in the Army. And now they can.
What country are we talking about?
Is it one of the African dictatorships? No.
Is it one of the Muslim dictatorships? No.
Is it our loyal ally and friend Turkey (which already has more journalists in jail than any other country in the world, including China and Iran)? No, but you are getting close.
It is Turkey’s loyal ally and close friend, the United States of America. After all, Turkey dictates policy to Washington, so why shouldn’t Washington pick up some of Turkey’s approach to freedom and criticism and free speech and other ridiculous concepts that our Founding Fathers though so important that they drafted something called the Constitution to list and enshrine those freedoms.
If there has been an uproar and a huge hue and cry in our media, against the measure, I have missed it. But, as I point out often, I don’t read every newspaper and news magazine, I don’t watch every news program on television, I don’t listen to every talk-radio program in the country.
I dare say that if our media can draw its attention away from celebrities and what they are doing or not doing or what they are wearing or not wearing or whom they are marrying or not marrying and what they are doing on the red carpet, perhaps they might think about about what is really happening in this country.
Of course, we can’t expect much from the dog-and-pony act that calls itself the Repugnant Party primaries. It is too busy appealing to the knuckle-dragging retards who will welcome the recently passed bill, when they learn to read and if the media gets around to reporting what has happened.
I sometime think that if I were to see the day when our media returns to its Constitutionally-mandated role as adversary of government, I will be the oldest person in this world.
I am indebted to Chris Hedges of “Truthdig” who has done his best to alert America to a real danger.
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