“New Homeland Security Chief, John Kelly, Gives 2+2=5-Orwellian First Speech.” I have abridged the article. (r. a. note)
Blacklisted News By Alice Salles Posted Fri., April 21, 2017
Under President Donald Trump, DHS Secretary John Kelly holds his agency’s most important position as the leader of a multi-layered organization that thrives in an environment of constant conflict. And on Tuesday, speaking at George Washington University, he laid out what The Hill called a “dark vision” of the global threats facing America.
“Make no mistake,” the retired U.S. Marine Corps general said, echoing former President Barack Obama. “We are a nation under attack.”
During Kelly’s first major public speech since becoming head of DHS, he told attendees at George Washington University that America is “under attack from people who hate us, hate our freedoms, hate our laws, hate our values, hate the way we simply live our lives. And we are under attack every single day,” he firmly stated. “The threats are relentless.”
But some of the threats Kelly listed include instances that have deep roots, and unfortunately, the former general is in no position to exploit them. Perhaps because he’s genuinely unaware of these roots, or, perhaps, because he knows that once he or someone in his position starts talking about the roots of terrorism in the Middle East, the fear-mongering rhetoric will sound like wishful thinking — on their part.
Of course, since nobody anywhere “hates us for our freedoms.” They just hate us for our bombs.
“We will never apologize for enforcing and upholding the law. We will never apologize for carrying out our mission. We will never apologize for making our country more secure.” — Secretary Kelly speaking at GWU this week.
But despite Kelly’s most dramatic portrayals of the so-called threats the country faces, the tools and weapons terrorist organizations have been relying on to expand and bring more and more people under their wings have all been deployed by men and women like Kelly, himself.
After all, the United States has been in an ongoing campaign to radicalize members of certain groups in the Middle East since the 1980s.
So next time Kelly mentions incredible visions of death and destruction to justify embracing anti-privacy measures, more surveillance, and less freedom, remember that what he wants us to be afraid of is the messes people like him created decades ago and are now trying to handle by doing what they have always done well — fomenting more crisis, at home and abroad.