Another much-needed antidote to the corporate media's BS from Corbett.
An excellent piece, once more, from James Corbett.
"Bona fide" (for want of a better term) terrorist groups *never* use electronic or other mass communication means, for the very reasons apparent in Corbett's report. FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente's admission has surely confirmed this simple fact. Even before the advent of mass digital communications, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), for an example, would employ simple security measures to prevent their plans from becoming known to the British authorities: they would hold operations meetings out in the country, such as in a farmer's barn or a picnic area, or maybe a member's back yard - somewhere where there was no chance of their conversations being bugged. Communication by phone was forbidden to avoid conversations being tapped, and written communications and plans were sent via trusted couriers, to avoid being intercepted in the postal system.
In today's vastly different communications paradigm, any "real" terrorist group will naturally go to great lengths to avoid using cellphones, landlines, satellite phones, email, bulletin boards, chat rooms or any other form of digital or digitized communications protocol, as well as avoiding the postal service and privately owned organizations such as UPS or FedEx. The serial violations of the US Constitution, most specifically the 4th Amendment of the Bill of Rights, clearly has NOTHING to do with fighting terrorism, but instead is more about projection of power by the authorities, and the continuation of transfer of power from we the people to a central authority, in which that central authority will use fear to persuade the pubic to act against their own interests.
Blog, brilliant as usual but there is hope. As I child I was terrified by the showing of ubiquitous and redundant symbols of power that I saw in movies. I have since learned that despite their broad advertisement they are less signs of power and more desperate and obvious symbols of weakness.
Here's a great recent example of a public figure daring to say the Emperor has no clothes--Clare Daly, a member of the Irish parliament, speaks out (the date was June 19, I believe) following the G8 summit, calling Obama a 'war criminal' and a candidate for the 'hypocrite of the century award':
(while 'Mr. Tax Exile' is a reference to the singer Bono).
She concludes by saying that to make 'valid criticisms of their president' is to 'stand far more shoulder to shoulder' with 'our American brothers and sisters' than does 'pimping this nation as a tax haven for their corporations.'
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