A Protection Racket

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by KrazyKat, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    LA Times Op-Ed discusses the anti-terrorism efforts as manufacturing threats and then thwarting them, meeting the definition of racketeering. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-bartosiewicz-informants-20110918,0,7851869.story?track=rss
    According to historian Tilley:
    (Apologies if this thread reprises from any earlier based on Petra Bartosiewicz in Harper's August issue).
     
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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    This trend is, of course, only getting worse. Glenn Greenwald has also been writing about this for a long time. And a few journalists worth their salt. And many bloggers. And, of course, many of us at TUG. But we're all being drowned out by the constant cries of "Be Afraid!" emanating from DHS, TSA, FBI, NSA, and god knows how many other alphabet-soup 'intelligence' agencies.

    And these sting operations? Sad and pathetic. But life-destroying to the people ensnared in them, most if not all of whom so far are simply disaffected loners who never endangered anybody. But "we caught the evil mastermind!" and "we prevented an attack!" and "the system worked!"

    The so-called War on Terror exists to ramp up fear, thus requiring a supposed response to that fear, thus making a few people very rich.

    Here's a recent Greenwald column:
    The Decade's Biggest Scam
     
  3. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    That essay in Harper's, KrazyKat, was eye opening. The entire August issue was excellent, and totally on point.

    And Greenwald pretty much hit the nail on the head here, not that this should surprise anyone here:

     
  4. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Osama bin Laden won. That's not a joke. He meant to terrorize this country and he succeeded.
     
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  5. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but the more I read articles like this I think less and less that OBL had a goal of terrorizing, and more and more that he was a really convenient patsy.
     
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  6. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    This is much in the same line of thought as the Report from Iron Mountain in the sixties, which whether it was a satire or real, was in fact a very good description of how the defense establishment actually operated.
     
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  7. mikemey

    mikemey Original Member

    I've been saying this to anyone who'd listen for a very long time. I get called unpatriotic by the AFS group. I expect the FBI to visit me to run me through for domestic extremism soon.
     
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  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Like I mentioned in another thread, there is nothing unpatriotic in refusing to do exactly what terrorists want you to do - be afraid.
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I expect this whole board full of domestic terrorists to be rounded up & sent to Gitmo any day now. They're just waiting for the membership count to reach a multiple of 100.
     
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  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    And his ultimate goal (explicitly stated, more than once) was even more astute: force the U.S. to spend itself into bankruptcy on more and more "security" procedures. He more than anyone understood the dictum "Hit 'em where it hurts" (i.e., in the pocketbook).
     
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  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Well, he did have a goal of terrorizing -- mostly economically -- but you're right that he was a convenient patsy. As will be the next bogeyman du jour.
     
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  12. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    I don't subscribe to conspiracy theories (and I don't read your post to be making one). I do think that the security state is in permanent need of an Emmanuel Goldstein.
     
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  13. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    I was thrilled today in class when one of my freshmen, in discussing different ways of achieving "order" (we were discussing bottom-up emergent order through coordination around a simple rule versus top-down imposition of planned order through central planning), drew a parallel to 1984 and name-checked Goldstein in particular. Thrilled.
     

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