I keep trying to tell myself I am just an overwrought, emotional, middle-aged lady. Things cannot be as bad as they might appear. And then…well, and then I take a deep breath and realize that things are worse than they appear.
The Greek people are going to be starving in the streets to serve the rentiers who caused the economic devastation in the first place. It would be obvious to anyone with a brain that by slashing jobs and imposing austerity on the major portion of the population, there will never be a chance for the economy to rebound. The bankers who created the mess will get richer, while the rest die off. It will happen there, where the gov’t is being forced to sell off its infrastructure to private companies as part of the loan package; in Ireland, where the gov’t is scrounging for discarded copper laying on the sea floor to raise money; in Tunisia and Egypt, where the IMF and WB are suggesting austerity as a condition for loans – and where our Congressmen are activists in promoting American companies as leaders in the jobs front rather than Egyptian or Tunisian companies. It will happen in Libya – it’s the whole POINT of Libya. It will happen here and, indeed, has begun in earnest here.
To go along with austerity, the PTB must have a rigorous control of the population they are decimating. And so we have the gradual changes which we have all noticed: TSA pat-downs in airports and bus depots, enormous scoops of phone calls and e-mails, security cameras being installed and ever more report-your-neighbor programs, etc.
Yesterday, the call for control just got a tad louder.
Washington (CNN) — A new U.S. counterterrorism strategy released Wednesday focuses on the ability of al Qaeda and its network to inspire people in the United States to attack the homeland, said John Brennan, White House counterterrorism adviser.
Speaking at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Brennan said, “Indeed, this is the first counterterrorism strategy that designates the homeland as a primary area of emphasis in our counterterrorism efforts.”…
He made it clear the administration wants to follow a strategy of drone strikes and targeted raids against terrorists and avoid prolonged wars…
The U.S. can’t go after every terrorist group and must focus attention on those that seek to harm the U.S., Brennan said. He said al Qaeda and its affiliates still represent the greatest danger, even after the May raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Brennan said the U.S. wants to work with allies to bring terrorists down, but he would not rule out future unilateral strikes even in the territory of allies.
“As the president has said repeatedly, if we have information about the whereabouts of al Qaeda, we will do what is required to protect the United States — as we did with bin Laden.”…
Brennan admitted there is a concern that Americans could become complacent since there hasn’t been a large-scale attack here since 9/11 and since Osama bin Laden has been killed. But with the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 coming soon, Brennan said, “We want to make sure that we’re as vigilant and we’re as poised to detect and thwart these attacks.”
He added Congress is well aware of the need to stay focused on the threat of terrorism.
The crawl on MSNBC yesterday simply stated that the State Dept. wants to focus on “al Qaeda in the homeland as the new front in the war on terror.” Somehow, the casual reference to this is more alarming than even the article I cite. It’s such a casual and offhand way to announce that we are focusing internally for “the enemy”. Can we not see the clear parallels to the Nazi squads hauling away dissenters, the KGB doing the same, the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2?