A deep relationship exists between domestic spying by the government and the plans for yet another war in the Middle East.
Like every repressive police state law down through U.S. history, the Patriot Acts I and II and the Homeland Security Act ended up being used against popular movements and to keep tabs on activists, especially those protesting barely concealed imperial wars of conquest and plunder, which are always sold as “wars for democracy, freedom, liberty, and defense of the homeland” — translate to wars for oil and geopolitical power positioning (empire).
A couple of years ago numerous anti-war activists were arrested by the FBI and indicted by a federal grand jury on trumped up charges of “aiding and abetting terrorism.”
The Occupy movement was broken up under direction and urging of Obama’s Homeland Security Department. Does anyone really believe that the recently uncovered extent of NSA phone calls and Internet spying is only aimed at finding terrorist plots?
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Both the Dempublican and Republicrat parties are guilty of this. Repression of popular, anti-imperial progressive movements is one of the only things these codefenders of the 1 percent agree on. Their political monopoly must be ended.