In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will ‘have to change’ to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks. ‘The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,’ Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. ‘But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.’
Here we go.
Most immediately, this incident will greatly strengthen the military-security apparat in the United States and Russia, helping further demonize Muslims in general for the American apparatchiks and Chechens in particular for the Russians — especially all those opposed to the brutal rule of the Kremlin and its satrap in Chechnya. But every political power structure that feeds on fear — and which ones do not? — will benefit from the crime spree in Boston, whatever its origins.
For over a decade, Americans have been told that terrorism poses a threat that cannot be addressed by the existing legal system; that a new domain of law must be constructed to handle this new threat. What has actually been created is a new domain of pseudo-law where the roles of law making, law enforcement, and judiciary, are rolled into a single political authority. Even if there has been no coup d’etat, nor extended imposition of martial law, this is nonetheless the dawning of an insidious and piecemeal form of fascism. It does not impose itself with an iron fist but grows upon us slowly, so that painlessly freedom can be lost as it is gradually forgotten.
Nothing - nothing - that was done domestically after 9/11 to expand the national security state and chip away at once sacred civil liberties prevented this attack, nor will a further expansion of state power prevent a possible future attack. Terrorism, if that’s what this was, is a tactic, and, unmentionable in our present discourse, our aggressive militarism abroad - invasions, wars of choice, murder, displacement, drone strikes, bombings, civilian casualties and “collateral damage”, death squads, torture, terror tuesdays, kill lists, renditions and indefinite detention as but a few examples, and all done with impunity and focused primarily on Muslim populations - practically guaranteed that tactic would be used again.
As if to prove my point, while I was writing this, the Washington Post reported that U.S. aggression overseas was a motivating factor for the Tsarnaevs:
The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.
… the officials said, the evidence so far suggests they were “self-radicalized” through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which “ended” in December 2011 … and the war in Afghanistan … .
What Bloomberg and others are suggesting is that we ignore the root cause of terrorism against the United States, namely our participation in it, and instead go all in with more wiretapping, more gps tracking, more cameras, more email snooping, more patdowns, more social media monitoring, more databases, more drone surveillance, more militarized police forces, more informants, more mosque crawling, more border security, more security lines, more TIPS, more “see something say something”, more fusion centers, more “non lethal” weapons, more entrapment, more people on “no-fly” lists plus a change in how we “interpret”, what? The 4th amendment? It’s already been trampled. What is he suggesting? Home searches with no warrant? Disappearances? How far does he want to go to keep us “safe”?
What I see in that list is a massive expansion of power. An end in itself to a man like Michael Bloomberg who has already created a Muslim-monitoring Stasi is his own city and unleashed the full power of the National Security State not on “terrorists”, but on Occupy. On dissenters, activists, and others challenging his power and the power of his friends. No doubt a further loosening of the rules would stifle even more dissent.
I bring up this quote all the time, but it still applies. This is Senator Russ Feingold (WI) in 2001. He cast the only “no” vote when the Senate passed the PATRIOT Act (96-1):
There is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold people in jail indefinitely based on what they write or think, or based on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists. But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live.
But we do. We have for almost 12 years.
I’d rather we put an end to our post-9/11 temper tantrum than give our dear leaders any more power.
Indigenous people of Brazil trying to prevent their eviction from an old indigenous museum which they have been living in for the past 7 years.
On March 22nd all of the inhabitants and their supporters were forcibly removed or arrested.
The building is being destroyed to make a parking lot :(
“Preserve a rich cultural heritage living in our modern world? Nah, bro, we totally need somewhere to put our cars.”
Collecting these because no one understands their genius. They make me want to go to school.
my favorite one: That is Mahogany!
This will be my child!!
So, here’s my two page break-down of the BP oil spill. This is going to be inserted way back in the book (right in the beginning.) I did it because a person read my book so far and said “why are you so upset about the bp oil spill? It wasn’t really that bad”.
And my response… is to add these two pages to my book. Because what the fuck. Wasn’t that bad my fucking ASS.
In the past year, a shrimper in Barataria bay caught 400 pounds of shrimp with no eyes. Not just no eyes- no eye sockets at all. Multiple reports as far as Alabama concerning whole hauls of crabs with soft shells, or hundreds of crabs born without any arms. This shit is not over, and won’t be for a long time.
pictures from sussex university national demo #Mar25
Look at the murder rate in this city. He’s murdering schools. He’s murdering jobs. He’s murdering housing. I don’t know what else to call him. He’s the murder mayor.
Karen Lewis on Rahm Emanuel after the announcement of 54 school closures from DNAinfo.com.
Ouch. That actually hurts. And talk about #badlooks: he’s on ski vacation in Utah with his kids who go to private school right now.
but democrats are better than republicans!!!1!
one of the best things i’ve ever seen on the internet
A random ball pit is set up in the middle of a city
And this is what happens as people approach it.
The video is so precious and cute <3
This is SO sweet!! Please watch the video. <3
oops i cried.
I would put this on my wall.
My jaw literally just dropped. THIS IS THE BEST FUCKING THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.
!!!!!!!!!! oh my god
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