Monday, January 6, 2014

Link of the Day::This is a story for the ages: a factual description of the U.S. National Security State by Tom Engelhart, of the Web site Tomdispatch,

Ripley's 0059
Ripley's 0059 (Photo credit: WraithTDK)
The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....
The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Furthermore,although Engelhart does not mention it, our own little high priests here inCanada seem to be keen to emulate the behaviour of their big brother. Read the full article here.
(“Imagine what we call ‘national security’ as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion.  It has its holy orders.  It has its sacred texts (classified).  It has its dogma and its warrior priests.  It has its sanctified promised land, known as ‘the homeland.’  It has its seminaries, which we call think tanks.  It is a monotheistic faith in that it broaches no alternatives to itself.  It is Manichaean in its view of the world.  As with so many religions, its god is an eye in the sky, an all-seeing Being who knows your secrets.

(“In addition, in the service of that faith, NSS officials may -- and their religion permits this -- lie to and manipulate the public, Congress, allies, or anyone else, and do so without compunction.  They may publicly deny realities they know to exist, or offer, as Conor Friedersdorf haswritten, statements “exquisitely crafted to mislead.” They do this based on the belief that the deepest secrets of their world and how it operates can only truly be understood by those already inducted into their orders.”) 
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1 comment:

  1. Thank the goddess we have someone watching the watchers: Bill Robinson at 'Lux et Umbra':