Obama’s Slippery Slope: Ginning-Up the “Terror” Threat, Shredding the Constitution

by Tom Burghardt / May 17th, 2010

When Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen and
30-year-old son of a retired senior Pakistani Air Force officer was
arrested in the failed plot to detonate a car-bomb in Times Square May
1, U.S. counterterrorism officials and their stenographers in the
corporate media proclaimed a “connection” between Shahzad and the
far-right jihadi outfit, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Never mind that such “evidence” relies on the thinnest of reeds: that
Shahzad had recently traveled to Pakistan, was allegedly in “contact”
with the TTP and had even received “training” from a sectarian, clan-
and tribal-based organization wary of outsiders who nevertheless,
allegedly “approved” of an ill-conceived plan to kill hundreds of New

Last week on NBC’s Meet the Press, U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder claimed, “We know that they [TTP] helped facilitate it. We
know that they helped direct it. And I suspect that we are going to come
up with evidence which shows that they helped to finance it. They were
intimately involved in this plot.”

Holder’s “evidence”? Why statements by former CIA torture-enabler and
current Obama counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, “confirming”
the administration’s threadbare assertions.

New York Times
reported that Brennan “appeared to say even more
definitively than Mr. Holder did that the Taliban in Pakistan had
provided money as well as training and direction.”

“He was trained by them,” the former CEO of The Analysis Corporation (TAC) and Chairman of the
security industry lobby shop, the Intelligence and National Security
Alliance (INSA) said. “He
received funding from them. He was basically directed here to the United
States to carry out this attack.”

According to media reports however, Shahzad’s motivation for
attempting to murder citizens of his adopted country was the
cold-blooded killing of his former countrymen by the United
States–specifically, the CIA’s escalating drone war that has killed
nearly a thousand Pakistanis since 2006.

The New
York Times
reported May 16, that one relative told reporters
that “he was always very upset about the fabrication of the W.M.D. stunt
to attack Iraq and killing noncombatants such as the sons and grandson
of Saddam Hussein.” The torture of Guantánamo Bay and other prisoners by
the former and current administration was also a source of anger; a
message on a Google Groups e-mail list bearing the photos of handcuffed
and crouching detainees bore the words, “Shame on you, Bush. Shame on

In other words, the catalyst for the aborted attack was not our
“freedom” but American policies, specifically the invasion and
occupation of Central Asian and Middle Eastern states to secure
strategic resources that inconveniently belong to other people.                       More……………………….

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