Friday, May 6, 2011
Now that the government claims it offed Osama bin Laden – never mind a complete lack of evidence – it is time to elevate the brutal and medieval techniques the government said it used to break the case.
Darth Vader, aka Mr. Darkside Dick Cheney, former Justice Department official John Yoo – who said it is legal and permissible to crush the testicles of little boys to extract information – and Congress critter anti-jihad crusader Peter King from New York all said this week that “enhanced interrogation,” otherwise known as torture, is a vital element in the war against manufactured enemies.
Even Judicial Watch piled on. On May 4, it said documents recently obtained from the CIA through a FOIA request demonstrate the information gained by so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” ultimately led to the purported – and now reported by the corporate media as truth – killing of Osama bin Laden. “These documents show that without ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ Osama bin Laden might still be hiding in his compound plotting to kill more innocents,” writes Judicial Watch. Or he might still be resting in his Afghan grave, where he was reportedly buried in late 2001, according to an Egyptian newspaper.
Part of the fantasy narrative is that Osama was smoked out of his Pakistan mansion thanks to torture. “Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome,” Obama said in his victory speech. “The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.”
Let us praise tireless CIA waterboarders, even as the small fish like the chump Lynndie England and her cohorts were prosecuted, never mind they were following orders.
Let us thank various medieval practices – including strappado hanging, the rape of teenage boys, sexual assaults with acid-dipped phosphorescent tubes, and other reprehensible acts employed at Abu Ghraib and other torture chambers, all done, we are told, in our names because they hate us for our freedom.
On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said enhanced interrogation techniques by “unbelievably competent professionals” helped lead the government to Osama bin Laden. Carney said Obama and crew will not rule out using torture again in the future. In fact, we can bet on it.
The unitary executive shall rein supreme.
Recall John Yoo telling us torturing children is permissible under the so-called unitary executive, a somewhat neutral term for dictatorship. Yoo’s boss at the time, George Bush the Lesser, invoked dictatorial powers no less than 103 times through so-called signing statements informing Congress he would disobey the Constitution, specifically Article I, Section 7. The now widely ignored passage states that the president has three choices – he can veto a law in its entirety, sign it, or do nothing. It is unconstitutional for the president to ignore or change legislation signed into law by Congress.
Bush also violated the Constitution and applicable federal law when he repeatedly authorized the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance without a warrant.
Bush’s unitary executive, inherited by Obama, is nothing more than the ancient practice of a king with advisers. It is a recipe for dictatorship and totalitarianism — and more torture and endless war.
Previously, under our constitutional system, authority came from the people and was passed down to an elected Congress and the Supreme Court, then down to the president, whose job it is to execute the laws made by Congress in the name of the people. Our president is an executive who is supposed to make sure the will of the people reigns supreme. He is not a king.
On April 18, Steven Thomma, writing for McClatchy, lamented Obama’s rule and how it has become a mirror reflection of Bush’s rule. An illustration below reveals how Obama has embraced Bush and expanded the unitary fascist dictatorship of the president. It is fascist in the true sense, as defined by the originator of modern fascism, Benito Mussolini. Fascism, Mussolini explained, is corporatism plain and simple.
This is not coincidental. The plutocracy – the global elite, bankers, and transnational corporatists – have long planned a move away from the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It stands between them and total domination.
Our heritage of liberty and natural rights is in the process of being replaced by the iron-fisted rule of new technocratic kings, masters who envision a global dictatorship and a high-tech control grid under a one-world government.