I'm going to quote a passage from my latest book here in connection with the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 a few days ago because it helps to contextualize what's going on here:
"If the 'War on Terror' is treated as the nation’s foremost concern, and if the enemy cannot ever be eliminated (since by definition 'terror' is a tactic, not a person, organization, or country), then all else must perforce be indefinitely subordinated to that war. Once the nation’s foremost public issue is framed in such a way, anything is justifiable, including unilateral, secret and not-so-secret executive action, torture, assassination, and repeated violations of the Constitution and the rule of law. Once you accept the 'War on Terror' frame as proper, then you are always going to be vulnerable to those to your right who claim that your stance on any policy or practice undermines the 'War on Terror' and gives comfort to the enemy. As Bush put it: 'You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists.' You are trapped in the logic of the 'War on Terror' unless you challenge the phrase with a different framing of the issue altogether and succeed in making your frame at least as powerful and adhered to as 'War on Terror.' Ominously, a different frame has not been substituted either by the mainstream media’s major outlets or the Democratic Party leadership. Their collective failure—or refusal—to do so is fateful." (Chapter Four, Globalization and the Demolition of Society).
In other words, this is a sliding slope on which there are no stopping points unless enough people mount a challenge to the entire logic of the "war on terror" as in its essence a "war OF terror" upon the people of the world and the nation.
Causes Dennis Loo Supports
World Can't Wait, Occupy, War Criminals Watch, Doctors without Borders, Wikileaks, We Are Not Your Soldiers