Fear is the sales pitch for many products: from war on the Euphrates to billion-dollar submarines. Better than toothpaste that makes your teeth whiter than white, this stuff will make us safer than safe. Itâ€™s political junk food, the cheap filling in the flashy tube.
True security for lifeâ€™s dangersâ€”from a real national health insurance program to protecting teachers’ jobs, would take a slice of the profits of the owning classes, the Lockheeds, the JP Morgans. The War on Terror has become class war by other means.
And who will get us next? Donâ€™t assume theyâ€™ll be clutching Korans. Until September 11, 2001, the deadliest terror attack in American history was carried out by …more
In the War on Terror, we are all on the front lines. Now Southold has apparently been targeted by al-Qaeda. I’m not surprised.
Southold, if you look at a map, is situated at the ass end of nowhere. We are known for our Strawberry Festival and fire truck parade. According to the Census, this tiny place is made up almost entirely of inbred farmers, real estate speculators and volunteer firemen.
At one end of town is the “Brand Names Outlet Mall” and the water-slide park. At the other end, there’s a ferryboat that takes those who feel lucky to the Indian casino in Connecticut. And in between, there’s Main Street where we hold the Strawberry Festival. (The festival is a quaint and annoying white-folks’ ritual, an opportunity for backstabbing, petty infighting and all-American small-mindedness. But that’s another story altogether.)
Last month, Town Supervisor Josh, with powers granted him by the Department of Homeland Security, declared a “national security emergency.” …more
Finding out that The Best Democracy Money Can Buy was on the Bin Laden bookshelf confirms my fears about Americaâ€™s war on whistleblowers
I already knew that Osama bin Laden read my book before the headlines this week â€“ but Iâ€™m still angry that he gave The Best Democracy Money Can Buy only four-and-a-half stars on his Amazon review. Obviously, something in the book pissed him off, because he never friended me on Facebook.
It was actually quite embarrassing to learn that Bin Laden was reading my tome â€“ and a few by my homie Noam Chomsky. Itâ€™s embarrassing because itâ€™s clear that Bin Laden was more well-read than our president of the time (though, in George W Bushâ€™s defence, thereâ€™s much to be learned from My Pet Goat).
I do hope Osama made it to page 229. I talk about a guy who worked at my office, Clinton Davis. Before I left to write for the Guardian and Observer, my office was in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center. Davis, a cop, was safe at ground level, but he ran upstairs to save others â€“ and disappeared, forever. Did Bin Laden get a little laugh out of that one? At least he got to know his victimâ€™s name.
And what did Bin Laden think of my investigation of the 9/11 attack? While working at Newsnight, a few weeks after the towers fell, a little birdie dropped off a 30-page memo marked â€œSECRET,â€ â€œeyes onlyâ€ and â€œ1-99I WFâ€, which is code for â€œnational security documentâ€. The document suggested that FBI agents were blocked from investigating the Bin Laden family well before …more