Greenwald: The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming
Glenn Greenwald is one of us.
He used to be a “normal leftie” – now he is a total outlier. He didn’t like the first War on Terror (mostly targeted at foreigners), and he doesn’t like the coming Second War on Terror (now targeted at normal US citizens) at all either.
The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.
We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.
The War on “Domestic Terror” is on the way – funded and implemented by the Biden Donor Class. Which, not surprisingly, are the same group as the Bush II Donor Class.
No matter your views on the threat posed by international Islamic radicalism, huge excesses were committed in the name of stopping it — or, more accurately, the fears it generated were exploited to empower and entrench existing financial and political elites.
It’s a big club. And you ain’t in it.
Hedges interviews Greenwald on this week’s On Contact.
Embarrassing coming across like a fanboy but GG has been on fire since departing The Intercept and to my mind, at least, pretty much right about everything.
Except it’s not New.
The withholding of HCQ, by coercing practicing physicians to not prescribe it in “early Covid”, as described by Nicole Banks.
Obviously there is a large body, behind that movement. She attributes it to the insurance companies.
The whole thing is as Programmatic as the pre-existing Patriot Act at the time of 9-11.
9-11 was an UGLY coup. There are so many details of 9-11 that are rarely talked about.
Yes Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash.
The thing that was wierd, is that the FBI van that left to investigate the plane crash … left before the plane crashed … it was reported in local media.
Wellstone was one of the last true impediments to the Iraq War.
It’s very obvious that the US has operated a Land-Clearing operation in the Mid-East, on behalf of Israel, since the time of 9-11.
Sure we have to study one part of history at a time, but to pretend that one 20 year plan is separate from the preceding 20 year plan, is not good for the study of history.
This is not a left-right war, but rather a class war. Unfortunately, only one side is fighting so far. Their early attacks have split us and left us reeling, unable to agree on even the most basic points of reality.
This Greenwald piece is one of his best, full of relevant pith, such as:
“A standard Goldman Sachs banker or Silicon Valley executive has far more in common, and is far more comfortable, with Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan than they do with the ordinary American citizen. Except when it means a mildly disruptive presence — like Trump — they barely care whether Democrats or Republicans rule various organs of government, or whether people who call themselves “liberals” or “conservatives” ascend to power. Some left-wing members of Congress, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have said they oppose a new domestic terrorism law, but Democrats will have no trouble forming a majority by partnering with their neocon GOP allies like Liz Cheney to get it done, as they did earlier this year to stop the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Germany.”
9/11 is easily resolved by Newtonian/classical physics. If you know the height of a structure (for instance, it’s public record) and you know how long it took to hit the ground (for instance, because the BBC accidentally filmed it while announcing it had already collapsed), then you can use physics to determine whether it came down at freefall speed. Freefall occurs when there are no impediments. That is proof of controlled demolition. Building 7 came down at freefall speed. So did much of Towers 1 and 2. Freefall of Building 7, which was hit by no plane, is a frequent entry into the rabbit hole of 9/11. Then it is very easy to understand that although we may be mystified as to why it happened or exactly who is behind it, that it wasn’t consistent with the narrative we were fed.
When our government is complicit in the murder of thousands of citizens, it is very easy to understand that it may be capable of other and continuing monstrosities.
I met Admiral James Stockdale at a cemetery in San Diego. He was Ross Perot’s running mate in the 1992 Presidential election. I also read his autobiography.
Stockdale was the Senior Flyer at the Gulf of Tonkin. His testimony in his autobiography … there was not a single North Vietnamese military boat in sight. They were literally ordered to fire on open water – to shoot bullets into the ocean. Bad day to be a Vietnamese dolphin.
And that was the incident on which the enormous US military build-up was predicated. Prior to the murder by the US, of 4+ million Southeast Asian civilians.
What was the purpose of that Madness ?
Getting back to 9-11, I remember the week of. I was already sort of a news junkie. The SF Chronicle reported that Cal. politician Willie Brown received a phone call warning him not to fly that week.
I think that was before the Chronicle was instructed to conform to the official story of 9-11.
Of course, the Official Story of 9-11 is that the US government had no warning that such an attack was imminent.
This would mean that Willie Brown had better connections than the US CIA & intelligence complex.
Over time, it became obvious that the Official Version of 9-11 had & has more holes than a ton of Swiss Cheese.
There are so many terrible side-notes to 9-11. The announcement on 9-10-01 by Rumsfeld and/or Dov Zakheim, that the Pentagon had “lost” $1+ Trillion. Many of those investigations were run out of WTC7. So somebody / some group made off with $1+ Trillion.
Condoleezza Rice said they “had no idea” that militants would fly airplanes into buildings.
She is a very sharp woman. That was her initial signature as a Soviet scholar. Sort of like a history professor version of Amanda Gorman, the poet at the inauguration. She would raise her hand at meetings about the USSR with other scholars, and exhibited a total mastery of the subject matter.
There was also a militant attack at the WTC complex in February 1993. The FBI investigated. The FBI found drawings showing that the militants were thinking about flying airplanes into buildings.
Was Rice aware of the 1993 incident ? Of course. Did she lie when she said that they had no idea about the “airplanes into buildings” technique ? Perhaps, if there was a lapse in her knowledge.
Of course, if I am aware of these things reading maybe 1/2 hour a day, I dare say that C. Rice was also. So her statement after 9-11 was probably a lie, or simply evidence of ignorance.
In any case, as I count it, the US basically ended on 9-11-2001.
911 was a military coup in broad daylight. The libertarian left (Sanders) and the libertarian right (Trump) understand this and God help the military if they ever join forces, elect one of their own, gut military spending and provide universal health care.
The libertarian right has to overcome the propaganda mill that equates the libertarian left with “communism.” They also might want to question whether Trump was actually a pacifist. Had he been reelected, imho, it would have become abundantly clear that he was anything but.