"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government . . ."—United States Declaration of Independence
"Still, there seems to be a special viciousness that accompanies the current assault on human rights, in this country and in the world."—Howard Zinn
The corporate owned government of the United States, now headed by President Barack Obama, has under the rubric of waging a so-called war against 'terrorism,’ launched a perpetual terrorist war against the liberties and human rights of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation and around the world. The U.S. police state is no longer merely coming, it has arrived.
Barack Obama now, in the latter part of the year 2012, has the self-proclaimed right to decide who, on his top secret 'kill list’ (which list includes U.S. citizens), will be murdered; without the bother of even being charged, much less tried, in a court of law. His 'Kill List,’ combined with the draconian NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), which, in relevant part, institutes in this nation, the right of the government to indefinitely detain (i.e. disappear and imprison) people (including U.S. citizens) without the constitutionally guaranteed due process of charge, trial, or legal defense are the most obvious, odious, and hideous hallmarks of Barack Obama’s first four years as the chief executive of this nation. Even the unconstitutional 'Patriot Act’ pales by comparison to both the NDAA which Barack Obama quietly signed into law on December 31, 2011 (New Year’s Eve), and his obscene 'Kill List.’ Barack Obama (along with his Democrat and Republican party accomplices) has gutted the U.S. Constitution, under the hypocritical and fallacious guise of fighting against the very 'terrorism’ that his own domestic and foreign policies have cynically enhanced, and continue to enhance.
Are you, or someone you know, on Obama’s secret 'kill list?’ Will you or a family member or friend be deemed, or perhaps already been deemed, to be a target of the NDAA? Think about it. Obama’s 'Kill List’ and the NDAA are in actuality political tools for the stifling of legitimate dissent in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. Moreover, their very existence serves to quash liberties and human rights.
Noted historian and activist, the late Howard Zinn, made it quite clear that the 'ends’ "referred to in the Declaration [of Independence] are the equal right of all to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’" Obama’s 'Kill List’ and the NDAA that he signed into law have, in essence, made null and void the enjoyment of the "equal right to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’" all in the name of combating 'terrorism.’ Howard Zinn was absolutely correct in saying that "there seems to be a special viciousness that accompanies the current assault on human rights, in this country and in the world."
Notwithstanding his unconstitutional military attacks on Libya (north Africa) and his intense Predator-drone missile attacks on Somalia (east Africa), and Pakistan, etc., Barack Obama, in the name of bipartisanship and "hope and change," has, in addition, carried out, and continues to carry out, a well planned economic assault against the people of the United States on behalf of his actual corporate masters. If reinstalled as the U.S. president (and there is a strong probability that he will be reinstalled), in the coming four years, Obama’s target will be, among other things, the destruction of Social Security—once more in the name of bipartisanship, etc. Increased economic austerity will be the name of the game.
The charade between the Democrat and Republican parties, and more precisely, between Obama and Romney simply serves the interests of and for the Wall Street elite and their super rich cohorts whom Obama—the current adroit practitioner of stealth and deceit—has insidiously and effectively served so well. Either way, however, be it Obama or Romney, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" will not be served.
We must understand that Obama’s 'Kill List’ and the NDAA are but the tip of the gigantic systemic iceberg of subterfuge meant to sink the hopes, needs, and aspirations of the people of this nation and world.
It is imperative that politically conscious people of goodwill recognize this corrupt system of political and economic enslavement for what it is. The "right" and responsibility for changing this system rests with, we the people, as we are the only ones who, out of necessity, have the will and the motivation to collectively create a New Human (i.e., a New Woman and a New Man) in what will prove to be a long and protracted struggle.
The fact is that as long as this unjust and corrupt system remains intact we—ALL of us are, in a sense, on Obama’s 'Kill List’ and are targets of the NDAA. Until we change the system and, in so doing, regain our humanity, we everyday ordinary people remain entrapped in a system whose time has come to be relegated to the dustbin of history.
Think about it and act accordingly. We must educate ourselves and one another while there is yet time for ourselves, our posterity, and Mother Earth.
Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers! Onward!
Intrepid Report Associate Editor Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, the San Francisco BayView newspaper, the Black Commentator, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)