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aMixedmedia via flickr
aMixedmedia via flickr

As often happens when tyrants get a taste for blood, American leadership wants to codify its recent behavior against American citizens. They want to be able point to a document and explain that they are simply following the law, not acting out their dominance fantasies. While a few new outlets (very few actually, I hardly see coverage of this in most corporate media outlets) are freaking out, it needs to be explained that even if the National Defense Authorization Act passes and becomes the law of the land – it wont change the status quo of life in modern America. It simply codifies what has been happening for years. It makes the treatment of José Padilla, Bradley Manning, and Anwar al-Awlaki the law.

The target, a nebulous and mysterious entity known as “terrorists,” will face the full power of American military dehumanization, legally now. For now, that predominately follows a historically racist archetype of young Arab men (who have shown remarkably little shame in living on top of our oil) who may have gotten tired of seeing their families and peers blown apart. But how long will that stand? If the Occupy Movement continues to gain power over the battle of ideas, how long do you think it will take for a staged violent act to allow our leaders to add Occupiers to that definition? What about Anonymous? Whistle-blowers? A “terrorist” is anyone who threatens power and is potentially any human being, depending on context.

This falls into a larger argument about laws as dictated by the state. Tea-Partiers, and some Occupiers, have rallied for returning to the basics of the constitution; but what is “constitutional”? Anything the state says it is. Americans certainly don’t get to decide that. We are told to send psychopath millionaires to Washington to decide those things. Even if something is “unconstitutional,” that has never stopped the state from performing any action it wants to; afterward making said actions part of the law. As long as the law is in the hands of the bourgeoisie and not the masses, “law” is just as nebulous as “terrorist”. It is something forced upon us, determined by interests much larger than you or I. To return to the “basics” means nothing.

Even though Barack Obama has threatened to veto the provisions of the NDAA that pertain to U.S. citizens, don’t count on it. Mr. Obama has gotten a taste for American blood, and we have already seen how good his promises are when it comes to America’s treatment of “terrorists.” Military tribunals, Guantanamo prison, torture, and extraordinary rendition all continue despite Mr. Obama’s promises to end them. Besides, even if he does veto these provisions, it is still happening.

Maybe we can all run away to Kepler 22-b?

Nov 21

“Thanksgiving” (updated)

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DonkeyHotey via flickr
DonkeyHotey via flickr

As if the leaders of our government’s legislative bodies couldn’t be more deaf to the demands of not just those courageous enough to protest in the Occupy movement, but to long-standing widespread public opinion throughout the country, their latest campaign seen in the planned and managed train wreck that is the “Super Congress” is nothing more than barely masked austerity designed not to create jobs for the mass of unemployed, but to rob them further. Remember the Bush tax cuts, the ones that along with two costly wars has drained the ability for the U.S. government to provide even basic service to its most vulnerable citizens? Remember when Obama, who campaigned dishonestly for ending the cuts, extended them for the millionaires whilst the poorest still go without basic necessities every day? Well, looks the Democrats might have them made permanent.
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via ffffound

The so-called “Super” Congress tasked with finding a means of cutting the deficit is a pure and simple joke. A joke few, if any, are likely to fall for. It is most simply designed to further the austerity agenda and steal from the poor of this country in order to further fund this stumbling empire’s tragic mistakes. If these wise old members of our congress fail to come up with spending cuts and revenue increases by late November, the cuts get made anyway, though they are across the board. The whole arrangement is the most obvious attempt at planned dead-lock I have ever seen. Who seriously believes that this group will come up with an agreed upon solution, or that if they do, it will be passed by their peers in congress? Or beyond that, that any measures that would possibly be passed by this monied body would be satisfactory to any portion of the working classes? Maybe 9% of Americans that still approve of Congress do.
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