Ceremonies that will mark Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks cannot disguise the fact that the dead have been cruelly misused to justify building a militarised, surveillance state that is a greater threat to Americans than Al-Qaeda will ever be.
The so-called war on terror long ago turned into a war on the American people in terms of their rights and liberties subsumed by a secret state apparatus that registers every cough and sneeze right across the nation.
As the writer Tom Engelhard, whose forthcoming book is aptly named the United States of Fear puts it, September 11 “turned out to be a blank check for the American war state, funding an endless trip to hell”.
In the decade since the attacks,
Defence spending has doubled since 2001 to over $700 billion a year while “homeland security” employs over 300,000 people and accounts for up to another $300 billion, making it a cool trillion altogether.
Earlier this year, construction started on the National Security Agency’s first data centre, in the desert 25 miles from
The state was given extensive powers under the Patriot Act that was introduced by the Bush administration. Interpretation of the clauses allowing the FBI to compel banks, doctors and business to hand over information is remains classified information.
Ron Wyden, a Democrat member of the Senate intelligence committee, admitted that the public would be “shocked” if they knew what the government was able to gain access to. Obama recently extended the legislation until 2015, also continuing the policies of “rendition”, assassination by drones and keeping
A secret intelligence network is now reckoned to constitute a fourth arm of government, with over 1,200 government agencies and almost 2,000 private companies in more than 10,000 locations across the country. Its annual budget is an estimated $80 billion. There are an astonishing 845,000 people with top secret clearance.
Bush and his ultra supporters in the Project for a New American Century took their war state into
Add in the global financial and economic crisis that has left
“Thanks to cheap labour costs,
The revolutionary Arab Spring that has topped stooge regimes – without the help of Al Qaeda – has also helped to diminish the power of the American ruling elites. The only reachable target seems to be the American people themselves, being made to suffer the consequences of the capitalist economic and financial catastrophe.
With the government’s ability to revive growth equally diminished by political deadlock, the monster that is the