by Scott Creighton
They don’t call it “left cover” for nothing, do they?
These days, like the Brownshirts of days gone by, fake “alternative” gurus like Jeff Rense and Di$info Jone$ are squawking about attacking and locking up anti-Trump protesters. High on their Tangy Tangerine enemas and homosexually fortified juice boxes, these one-time pretend defenders of our constitutional rights screech endlessly about bashing the dirty commie lefty hipsters who dare oppose the wishes of King Donald the Rich.
Is it any surprise that they seem blissfully ignorant of the worrisome fact that their glorious neoliberal leader is in the process of having DHS categorize protesters as “domestic terrorists”?
“The United States government considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008. Mandela was a designated terrorist 18 years after he was released from prison, 15 years after he won the Nobel peace prize, and 14 years after he was elected president of South Africa…
Earlier this week, we learned that people in Portland organizing against police killings of Black men, white nationalist politicians, and the countless systems of racism throughout our local, state, and federal governments are now considered “domestic terrorists” by Department of Homeland Security. Why? Because the Portland Police Bureau labeled the November 10, 2016 protest a “riot.” ” ACLU March 2017
Too say this is a troubling development doesn’t go nearly far enough.
President Trump is only capable of doing this because of President Peace Prize and the magic of left cover.
At midnight on New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed the NDAA 2012 into law complete with a little section that did away with Habeas Corpus and opened up the entire world as the battle ground between the forces of good (the CIA) and the forces of evil (anyone opposed to our “national interests” liquidating their nation and ruining their lives for “the greater good”)
The key part of that little quiet piece of legislation was the part that said the entire world was the battle field because that meant the United States as well.
For the record, that is also the provision that allowed the CIA to propagandize citizens of the United States and to operate (do their dirty little deeds) on U.S. soil.
Some journos got worried and took the thing to court where they won easily… but President Strike a Pose did away with that little speed-bump on his way to fascism.
While many “truth speaking” pundits on Youtube are talking about this stuff today, few gave a shit back then. But I did.
Endless and boundless war unconstrained by constitutional protections didn’t seem like a good idea to me at the time and it seems like even less of a good idea now that a man with such little self confidence and a massive ego sits on his tiny little hands behind the desk in the Oval Office waiting for someone to tell him what he thinks.
King Donald the Rich, born with a platinum card up his ass, who just submitted a proposed budget with a 14% cut in Public Education so his billionaire Jesus-freak privatizing fan of an Education Secretary can privatize the whole kit and kabootle, can and will start talking about protesters in this country the same way Bush and Obama talked about them in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan: as terrorists. The worse the neoliberal austerity he commits us to, the more protesters he will see and the more he will lock up, without trial and without limit.
President Trump’s Director of Homeland Security oversaw the occupation of sections of Iraq for many years before returning home. He feels the war against “the terrorists” will go on for many years and take on many new forms. That’s a promising thought for Homeland Security Director, huh?
This is troubling indeed. Here, watch Jimmy Dore chat about it for a few minutes. My leg hurts.
So does my head.