Quote of the day

Glenn Greenwald drew this conclusion from his discussion of the Federal government’s fear- and terror-mongering:

The central linchpin of Endless War and civil liberties erosions is keeping fear levels high. Foreign Al Qaeda villains once served that role, and Homegrown Terrorists have now replaced them. That they are, in fact, a “miniscule threat to public safety” seems to have no force in even slowing down, let alone grinding to a halt, the never-ending war mentality imposed on the citizenry even though we are now more than a full decade away from the last successful Terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

If I were asked to choose a government institution that best illustrates bureaucratic-monument building and excessive resource usage, I would select the security-surveillance apparatus. What is truly disturbing about the apparatus is that it is a network of related institutions which would have no reason to exist if the United States were not an empire. But it is an empire, one struggling to remain so for an indefinite future.

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