, Newburyport, MA

August 29, 2013

A government against the people?

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Has the government of, by and for the people become the government against the people? The past three decades have wrought changes we may never overcome. From wars conducted by subterfuge that decimated millions of lives and tore holes in the Constitution and Bill of Rights while scrapping the Nuremberg precedents, to the top-heavy incomes of the 1 percent and the downward economic spiral suffered by the rest, the posture of the government increasingly appears hostile toward its population. The expansion of the police state is especially ominous.

A government primarily owned by bankers and corporations shows no concern for the well-being of its citizenry, except in terms of how they can be exploited to conduct endlessly manufactured wars or squeezed financially for maximum profit. The yearly $1 billion-plus military aid package to Egypt paid for by U.S. taxpayers returns to American arms corporations, giving the Egyptian military its power and American arms manufacturers big profits.

Fed by constant propaganda, the threat of terrorism itself is big business [see the Salon/Alternet article, “5 companies that make money by keeping Americans scared,”].

Private contractors thrive surveilling our every move. Anyone who dares to dissent or criticize the government risks being tagged as “subversive.” Who knows how private contractors use the information they glean. To whom are they accountable?

And what happens to genuine patriots who struggle to inform their fellow Americans of the egregious government crimes being committed against them and against others? We know very well the government’s penchant for persecuting whistle blowers. Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, William Binney, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou and others who have risked everything and sacrificed so much to try to bring the truth before the American public, to try to save a democracy with freedom and justice for all, are hunted down and imprisoned. It seems that profiteering trumps all such efforts to alert the public.

On the bright side, we can always think about global warming.

D. Philip