It’s a “For WhomThe Bell Tolls” kind of dynamic. The U.S. accuses scores of countries and ethnic sects of conducting terrorism all over the world. And yet, the U.S. in reality is the world’s biggest and most dangerous terrorist:
We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it ‘bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East’. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice. Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech – excerpted from this Paul Craig Roberts article: LINK
As a means of bolstering America’s ability to conduct acts of sovereign-inflicted terrorism, Obama just signed an Executive Order – recall that Obama promised to abolish the use of Executive Orders when he ran for President in 2008 – that gives the President the ability to impose sanctions on individuals or entities that engage in “cyberattacks” which are deemed to “threaten” U.S. national security or the economy – Washington Examiner.
The power imbued in that EO is frightening. The U.S. has already egregiously abused this power when the C.I.A. placed blame on North Korea for the Sony cyberattack and imposed sanctions on Pyongyang. Remember that? As it turned out, North Korea had nothing to do with the attack. No less an internet security pioneer than John McAfee (McAfee anti-virus) issued a statement guaranteeing that the United States’ “intelligence” sources were wrong: International Business Times.
The real crux of this matter is that the further the people of the United States let the Government deviate from the Bill of Rights in its implementation of control and power, the closer this country moves toward a complete totalitarian Government. The power of the President to issue and authorize “Executive Orders” is one of the most dangerous forms of Government omnipotence. They need to be abolished. This particular EO gives the President the power to unilaterally go after anyone or any country for something deemed “a cyberattack.”
It makes me shutter with absolute horror to think about the capricious nature of this Executive Order, considering the power it gives the Oval Office to decide what, and by whom, constitutes a “cyberattack.” There is no “check and balance” mechanism which prevents the President from inflicting serious damage on an individual or entity which might in truth be innocent. North Korea, for example.
Obama promised to remove the use of Executive Orders from Oval Office. Now he implements them more freely and whimsically than his vile predecessor. I said shortly after Obama was elected that he would likely turn out to be a worse President than Bush. So far he’s making my prediction look easy…