Facing a Government Intent on Spreading Empire, Detaining Indefinitely, Surveilling Almost Everyone
One thing I can state for certain: no matter which party wins in November, or who is president, we will be facing a government intent on spreading empire, detaining indefinitely, surveilling almost everyone.A friend asked me recently if there's any hope for justice and accountability for the Bush era war crimes. He had campaigned hard for Obama, with the hopes many had, that Guantánamo would close, and that the Bush regime would face charges, or at least investigation for Abu Ghraib, for lying about WMD's, or at least for detaining thousands of people with no charge.
No one in power is going to act to bring justice on these issues without mass upheaval and resistance, regardless of whether it's election time. There are elements, now, of potential for sentiment and action against these crimes to catch hold strongly. The Arab Spring, the unrest in Europe over economic disaster, the threats by the U.S. and Israel to start a war on Iran or other unforeseen developments can effect how people here see what's possible, and what's acceptable.
Never forget that what the Bush regime did -- and what the Obama administration continued -- is illegitimate, unjust, and immoral. And there are hundreds of millions who know and see that. It can't be covered up, even if Wikileaks is punished severely. (see below).
Consider the 4 year investigation in Poland of the CIA "black site" secret prison there. There's a struggle within the Polish government over whether torture charges will come out of it, and how far up they'll go. Andy Worthington looks into that case in Polish Senator’s Startling New Allegations About CIA Torture Prison in Poland:
"In the long quest for accountability for those who ordered, authorized or were complicit in the Bush administration’s torture program, every avenue has been shut down within the US by the Obama administration, the Justice Department and the courts, and the only hope lies elsewhere in the world, and specifically Poland, one of three European countries that hosted secret CIA prisons, where “high-value detainees” were subjected to torture." Andy delves deeply into the story, citing his trip to Poland with Anna Minkiewicz when he learned more about what the investigation. See also the LA Times storyPoland Shaken by Case Alleging an Illicit CIA Prison There.
What to do? Support World Can't Wait's work to stop the crimes of your government.Become a sustainer! Engage in visible protest, tell the truth about these crimes.
by Debra Sweet, Director World Can't Wait