Today is the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the Bush/Obama Guantanamo Bay prison, or Gitmo as it is called…
10 Years of Gitmo – really gives me that warm and fuzzy patriotic feeling… and just think, with the NDAA just being signed, it’s now part of American tradition.
I mean, not like it’s affected any of us… right?
Today in the Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama failed two years ago to close the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison, and with Wednesday marking the 10th anniversary of its creation, debate is raging over whether a law he signed will ensure it will stay open for decades to come, jailing even United States citizens.
Tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which Obama signed on New Year’s Eve, are provisions that appear to allow indefinite military detention of American terrorism suspects, and to require it of suspected foreign enemies.
The Obama administration insists the law merely codifies existing standards, but its strong supporters and vehement opponents are sure it does much more, legally enshrining for the first time in 60 years the authority to hold citizens without trial…
and then I thought about…
“First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
Thugs On The Road Ahead: The Shock Doctrine
It no real secret where we’re headed. It’s been done over and over in other countries, just now it’s happening here.
If you don’t know what I mean, and would like to find out – watch the movie The Shock Doctrine. Naomi Klein explains it very well.
Here’s the trailer:
Also – here’s a link to Naomi Klein’s website – The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism: http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine
Nation On A Slippery Slope
High unemployment, social discontent, extremely low approval ratings for the current government, widening income gap between the 1% and the 99%, heated talk of war with Iran in the air – just to name a few critical factors.
Historically speaking – we are a nation on a very slippery slope at this moment.
Of course, everything could change tomorrow. Let’s hope so… oops – we tried the “hope” thing already.