I posted this in July 2013. Since then Australia has seen the cases of David McBride, Bernard Collereay, Bernard Collaery and WitnessK, Witness J along with others which have probably escaped any reference in the media. It seems reasonable to think about this erosion of the basics of the Magna Carta now in 2020.
Whoever fights monsters
The USA has fought many monsters in its short history as a Nation.
Religious persecution, a battle which continues to this day. The British Monarchy which was a successful battle. Slavery where they had to fight themselves with mixed results. Spain and Mexico in successful American Imperialism. German Imperialism which was not quite so successful so they had to do it twice. Russian Communism which eventually worked after unleashing many potential horrors upon an undeserving world.
should see to it that in the process
The Founding Fathers of the USA set up an apparently fool-proof process so that the citizenry could see what was happening within a tripartite form of Government.
An elected President limited to two terms. An elected Congress subject to the will of an informed electorate. An appointed Supreme Court where the best minds in the country could rule, in Law, on the decisions of the first two branches.
All open and visible to the public.
Successfully fighting against the casual cruelties of Nazism and the secret arms of Eastern Europe’s tyrannical Governments.
he does not become a monster.
Yet somewhere along the way the USA lost its integrity.
The cruelty of mid-Century Germany was mirrored in the drug experiments by the CIA in the 50’s and 60’s.
The secrecy of the KGB became the norm in the CIA and the Gulags of Russia have found an echo in the creation of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The stop and search and constant inspection of its and other Nation’s citizens, the intrusion of the NSA into every corner of the cyber-world and the use of drones to remotely kill people are all symptoms of the USA having tipped over the edge into becoming one the monsters it was trying to eradicate.
And if you gaze long enough into an abyss,
After looking into the Abyss created by megalomaniac rulers throughout the world; After counteracting the terror unleashed upon the world by those with extreme religious and secular ambitions; After close association with the worst the world can produce, the USA has become infected with the evil virus it has spent so long trying to eradicate.
Consider this new step in the sickness and hubris of the secret American State.
“In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data . . . . . the court has taken on a much more expansive role by regularly assessing broad constitutional questions and establishing important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny, according to current and former officials familiar with the court’s classified decisions.”
So now there are secret laws, secret courts and secret committees and people making the rules Americans have to live by.
the abyss will gaze back into you. Friedrich Nietzsche
The one lesson we, as a species, have learned is that bureaucracies outlive people.
They outlive nations.
The new American intelligence bureaucracy has an un-elected leader.
One whose name we will never learn.
In the coming struggle between America and China and between America and its people, there will be many casualties.
Not the least of which will be truth and freedom.
As well as those brave people who try to lift the lid on this new terror organisation.
Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Thomas Drake and Edward Snowdon are just the tip of the iceberg. There will be many more who who will try to save the ideals of honesty, openness and accountability and who will pay the price.
Yet the Abyss will almost certainly win. And the contagion which now infects America will spread, in epidemic form, to all of America’s allies.
St Jude, Pray for us indeed!