3/14/2005

Clearing the way for the police state

Excerpts from Mike Whitney on SmirkingChimp.com:
The recent rash of terror warnings shows just how shoddy mainstream journalism has really become. Every major news network in the country ran the very same story of the "alleged" communication between Osama bin Laden and terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al Zarqawi without producing a scintilla of corroborating evidence. They simply flooded the newswires, airwaves and TVs with unsubstantiated, Pentagon-inspired gibberish and left out any supporting facts. The clear intention was to give a boost to Bush's flagging polling numbers, but the effort fell flat and the media's credibility took another well-deserved hit...Promoting the war has become a full time job for America's media and they're getting more desperate every day. While Bush's numbers dither towards the abyss, the press keeps dredging up the overused images of fear and intimidation hoping for some relief. Fortunately, the strategy is failing, which suggests that more aggressive measures may be in the offing...The reappearance of the terror-duo was intended to send tremors through the country and whip up support for Bush. So far, that hasn't happened. As a matter of fact, the threatening, unshaved mien of bin Laden is creating less distress than the George W's plans for social security.
The fairytale collaboration between America's dark nemesis bin Laden and his newest recruit Zarqawi is pure fluff; and although more than 150 stories appeared on Google covering the topic, not one article provided the name of ANY government official who would attest to the authenticity of the story...The flurry of (nearly identical) articles speaks volumes about a media system so far out-of-whack that every bullhorn in the country can be employed to broadcast complete gobbledygook. The networks simply ingest whatever is fed to them from the White House and then regurgitate it verbatim on the evening news. This doesn't mean that we shouldn't be concerned about the potential for another major attack. Quite the contrary. But Bush's comments concerning bin Laden and al Zarqawi have to be considered in view of this build up of terror warnings. It may be that the warnings are genuine (albeit, unspecific) or, of course, it could be something more sinister. Typically, the Bush PR team prefers to float ideas through the normal channels before taking positive action. They like to use the power of suggestion by alerting the public to some nebulous threat before anything physically takes place. It's a good way to keep people on edge and, thus, compliant. In this case, it's impossible to know whether the current warnings should be taken seriously or are just more of the same fear mongering.
Even so, we can see that the various levers of repression have already been put in place; (Homeland Security Bill, Patriot Act, and National Intelligence Reform Act) clearing the path for an American police-state whenever the ruling party sees fit. All that's needed now is a tripwire to activate the new security regime that has been passed by the Congress over the last four years and, Voila; the new world order. The catalyst could be anything from an economic meltdown to a random explosion in a metropolitan area. But whatever the trigger may be, you can bet that the Bush team will be ready for a major crackdown.

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