The Pentagon has charged six detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, it was announced Monday. Officials said they’ll seek the death penalty in what would be the first trials under the terrorism-era military tribunal system.
And I hear ‘interrogation techniques’ in media reports in relation to this. This is truly a dangerous journey, torture has now become ‘interrogation techniques’, a military kangaroo court with no standing in law is looking to execute prisoners who have been tortured for years. This isn’t about what they may or may not have done or even the limited politics allowed within the corporate mainstream, this is bare bones basic principles of a just and civilised democracy. But that maybe that is just a distant image in the rear view mirror, meet Infragard-
More than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly in collaboration with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, this according to an exclusive report in The Progressive magazine. The business leaders form a group known as InfraGard that receives warnings of terrorist threats directly from the FBI before the public does. In return, they provide information to the government. According to one whistleblower, the FBI has given members of InfraGard permission to shoot to kill in the event of martial law.
“There is evidence that InfraGard may be closer to a corporate TIPS program, turning private-sector corporations—some of which may be in a position to observe the activities of millions of individual customers—into surrogate eyes and ears for the FBI,” the ACLU warned in its August 2004 report The Surveillance-Industrial Complex: How the American Government Is Conscripting Businesses and Individuals in the Construction of a Surveillance Society.
The revelations about Infragard came about from a whistle-blower tip to Lee Rayburn’s radio program, I want to mention that as I have enjoyed his shows when I’ve caught them and he deserves a regular national platform. We should not doubt the importance of countering right wing media in the empire’s homeland.