Dear American friends,
You’ve heard of the NSA eavesdropping scandal that recently hit the US « security » establishment via whistleblower Ed Snowden. You’ve probably heard President Obama’s response (transcript here) including this passage:
« But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we’re going to have to make some choices as a society. »
100% security does not exist. Unless, that is, you live deep in a fortress where nothing comes out, nothing comes in that is not filtered to death by the « security »; in which nothng happens that is not monitored and controled by the « security ». Unless you live in an orwellian prison world, and that is exactly where the US establishment wants you to be.
Obama talks of making choices. Were you consulted about the choice to deploy the NSA spy arsenal? No. About going to Iraq on blatant lies about weapons of mass destruction? No. About the Patriot Act and its wagonloads of pro-police state « security » measures? No. And you won’t be consulted on closing the gates on your CIA-managed prison world either.
I’m not saying that we here in Europe live in paradise. We have our own problems with the technocratic, undemocratic clique in Brussels trying to tell us how to piss, our delinquant politicians and banksters, our racket-driven police and lobby-infested institutions, our religious extremists and our economy in tatters. But our local history tells us something you guys seem to forget, even though your own country was built in opposition to it:
Totalitarism is a sickness inherent in all societies, and it creeps into power whenever and wherever the people abandon individual rights and human dignity in the name of « security ». As was so well said by F.D. Roosevelt: « Those who give up essentiel liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.«
You are sliding down the slippery slope to US totalitarism, fast and furious. This did not start with Obama. It didn’t even start with G.W. Bush, even though he was the CIA pawn who brought US totalitarism from the shadows into plain sight, surfing on the « security crisis » attached to 9/11 – probably the greatest manipulation « coup » of all times.
It started when Truman signed the CIA into life in 1947, and he lived to regret it – as can be seen from his numerous bios. From its inception, the CIA has been run by members of the same mafia group of families – including the Bushes. Check out the CIA history, if you can still find it in the US in an unabridged version. Its has been, since its inception, outside of government control, and in control of government.
Eisenhower, in his 1961 Farewell Address, did state: « In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. »
Persist, it has. And grown vastly out of all democratic control. The CIA has been perverting political processes around the world for decades. It finances « rogue regime » opponents who later become « terrorists », all the time fanning the flammes of conflict with one hand and signaling you with the other « don’t think, just trust us and we’ll keep you safe. »
The CIA and secret services generally operate way outside of the law, the law that applies to you and me: torture, murders of anybody tagged as « ennemy », occult financing of terrorism, drugs and arms trafficking, you name it. The CIA wipes its ass with your Constitution, and makes politicians and technocrats in power do the same, no matter if they shit in the White House, Congress or the Senate.
Not that they necessarily like it: I doubt Obama was happy telling you that, hey, forget your constitutionnal freedoms and look forward to the 100% security prison state. But he probably had little choice. Remember JFK. And with unlimited budgets, the CIA can buy or arm-twist anybody.
So who wins from all this? Think of a kids playground. Without supervision (the democratic process, the balance of power), the playground quickly gets run by the local bullies: they intimidate you, they racket you, they beat you up if you disagree. And they say they’ll protect you if the kids from the next playground dare to come over. And nobody moves, even though you outnumber the bullies at least ten to one.
You have to bring down the bullies, but that will be useless if at the same time you don’t rebuild the democratic control system – otherwise other bullies will rise up and you’ll be back to square one. That means you need to regain control of and severely downsize the gigantic agencies (CIA, NSA, FBI…) which today are effectively running, and ruinning, your country and many parts of the world.
Either that, or be prepared to spend the rest of your life waiting for the next food tray coming in through the slit in the heavy metal door – for your own security of course.
And if you complain, they’ll say: Hey man, you’re free to walk inside your cell and watch CIA-TV all day, what more do you want? We made choices as a society, there are guys out there who don’t even have a cell!