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The Military Industrial Complex Fights Back

• KATHLEEN PEINE, CounterPunch

Soon Congress is expected to vote on a bill advanced by John McCain and Carl Levin, a Republican and Democrat who preciously united to bring the foundation needed to propel our nation into a fully militarized nightmare state- similar to what we have been exporting these last few years. It is the Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act. The Senate already discarded milquetoast efforts to tone it down a bit earlier this week. It’s all but over at this point.

In case you haven’t heard the details (which is likely if you have spent much time watching traditional news), the bill essentially labels every spot on this earth as a battlefield, including the United States. It’s a telling moment when they concede, or in fact advance, a never ending war. And that same war is present under each and every rock, according to these lawmakers. It’s certainly the stuff of 1984 (we’ve always been at war with Eastasia). From this notion springs the advancement of military tribunals dealing with all citizens of the globe (once again, Americans included) without the bother of transparency. Detention and disappearance could be the order of the day.

The secretive nature and broad sweeps have already been used on those they deem enemy combatants around the world. As if by fascist playbook, this sort of thing is trial ballooned on “the other” and then brought home for the enjoyment of those who didn’t complain the first time around.

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