Sunday, January 08, 2006

Fascism comes to the West

John Pilger has an extremely powerful article in the New Statesman about the neo-fascist public policy of the Bush and Blair governments:

A related, insidious tyranny is being imposed across the world. For all his troubles in Iraq, Bush has carried out the recommendations of a Messianic conspiracy theory called the "Project for the New American Century". Written by his ideological sponsors shortly before he came to power, it foresaw his administration as a military dictatorship behind a democratic facade: "the cavalry on the new American frontier", guided by a blend of paranoia and megalomania. More than 700 American bases are now placed strategically in compliant countries, notably at gateways to sources of fossil fuels and encircling the Middle East and central Asia. "Pre-emptive" aggression is policy, including the use of nuclear weapons. The chemical warfare industry has been reinvigorated. Missile treaties have been torn up. Space has been militarised. Global warming has been embraced. The powers of the president have never been greater. The judicial system has been subverted, along with civil liberties. The former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who once prepared the daily White House briefing, told me that the authors of the PNAC and those now occupying positions of executive power used to be known in Washington as "the crazies". He said: "We should now be very worried about fascism."

Jesus' General has just written an open letter to the US Secretary for Homeland Security on a related theme:

I think the Department of Homeland Security and its brother departments are doing a terrific job defending our liberties. Our government's mail intercepts, wiretaps, tracking of dissidents, secret prisons, and subjecting suspects to pain slightly less than equivalent to that experienced during organ failure are excellent methods for defending the values we hold most dear. That said, there is still more you can do.

(Thanks, Douwe!)

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