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November 7, 2005

Watch Your Backs Is Back

-- by Dave Johnson

I stopped using the signoff phrase "Watch Your Backs" for a while, after the Senate "Gang of 14" saved the filibuster. I felt that was a turning point is the Christian Right's attempts to take over, and relaxed. I am starting to think I might have been wrong.

For one thing, the investigations closing in on White House, Congressional and "conservative movement" corruption are backing the right-wing leadership into a corner. I don't think we should underestimate what this crowd is capable of -- like committing aggressive war, for example.

Remember, there are literally trillions of dollars at stake. That's a powerful incentive. And how many of these guys are going to jail if there are honest and serious efforts to investigate abuses of power and enforce laws? Will they just go quietly, or are they likely to use the levers of power to seize sufficient control to ward that off and punish their opponents? Students of history know that Nixon, with investigators closing in, asked the Joint Chiefs ''whether in a crunch there was support to keep him in power.''

What got me thinking about this today was TalkLeft: The FBI Is Spying on You and Me,

The Washington Post reports that the FBI has been obtaining and reviewing records of ordinary Americans in the name of the war on terror through the use of national security letters that gag the recipients.

[. . .] There is no judicial oversight of national security letters. The Patriot Act lessened the standard the FBI is to use in issuing the letters.

How any people know that the Bush Administration has shifted the FBI away from fighting crime, toward fighting what they define as terrorism. FBI Reorganizes to Fight Terrorism
FBI Director Robert Mueller today announced a major reorganization that will change the Bureau's 94-year old main mission from investigation, pursuit and prosecution of criminals to protecting Americans from terrorist attacks.
The problem with this is, who is the government calling "terrorists?" We know that Bush has been purging the government of dedicated career professionals and stacking it with "conservative movement" operatives. So who do you think THEY will want to go after? If you spend any time at all listening to Rush Limbaugh, you'll realize that this crowd is not your father's Republican Party. So take a look at this: FBI, ATF address domestic terrorism,
Violent animal rights extremists and eco-terrorists now pose one of the most serious terrorism threats to the nation, top federal law enforcement officials say.

[. . .] The FBI has 150 pending investigations associated with animal rights or eco-terrorist activities, and ATF officials say they have opened 58 investigations in the past six years related to violence attributed to the ELF and ALF.

In the same period violence from groups like the Ku Klux Klan and anti-abortion extremists have declined, Lewis said.

Republicans -- the party of torture and war -- have been shifting resources away from investigating the people who bombed Oklahoma City, and toward people who think you shouldn't be cruel to animals. Worried yet?

Well you know you should worry when your FBI talks like Rush Limbaugh: Statement of John E. Lewis, Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, May 18, 2005,

Good morning Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Jeffords, and members of the Committee. I am pleased to have the opportunity to appear today and to discuss the threat posed by animal rights extremists and eco-terrorists in this country, as well as the measures the FBI and its partners are taking to address this threat.
So, my question is, how long before ANY active opposition to the Right's agenda is labelled "terrorism?"


-- WATCH YOUR BACKS! --

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 7, 2005 9:27 AM

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