June 30, 2011
The Huffington Post is reporting that the White House is set to release their new counterterrorism strategy on the White House website. In a press conference Tuesday, deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security and counterterrorism, John Brennan, outlined some of the details:
‘This is the first counterterrorism strategy that focuses on the ability of al Qaeda and its network to inspire people in the United States to attack us from within,’ he said in a speech at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. ‘Indeed, this is the first counterterrorism strategy that designates the homeland as a primary area of emphasis in our counterterrorism efforts.’
These statements alone seem to indicate that Americans can expect more domestic surveillance, warrantless wiretapping, citizen spy programs and other guilty-until-proven innocent violations of their rights. In a chest-thumping admission, Brennan said they’ll use a “relentless campaign that harnesses every element of American power” to fight the war on terror.
In other words, it seems the full power of the American war machine will be turned inward to monitor and respond to Al Qaeda’s “affiliates and its adherents” on American soil.
Such vague terminology is reminiscent of Bush’s “enemy combatants” abroad and Lieberman/McCain’s proposed domestic “enemy belligerents“. Conveniently, this subtle re-defining of the “broad” enemy Brennan speaks of, basically makes anyone who questions establishment policy as an “adherent” of the enemy.
Brennan also stated very clearly that they will not profile American Muslims; “Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution,” he said, adding ”when we show that Muslim Americans are part of our American family, we expose al Qaeda’s lie that cultures must clash.”
There they go again claiming that al Qaeda “hates us for our freedoms.” So, if we just remove some of those freedoms, perhaps they won’t hate us as much. But don’t mess with rights of American Muslims, though, because it may stoke anger with the cave-dwelling bogeymen. Clearly, profiling Muslims won’t likely catch anybody dangerous either, since the war on terror is a proven fraud with nearly every recent attack openly run by the FBI as part of entrapment schemes.
This new strategy, supposedly two-and-a-half years in the making, seems to be about one thing and one thing only. Everyone, including and especially those residing on American soil (aka Americans), is now a suspect — no doubt to be treated to the same draconian system slated for “enemy combatants”.