Obama’s Government Cracks Down

… on whistleblowers and on those who leak information to the press and media that may be uncomplimentary to the administration. Chris Hedges tells you what has happened, and what in all likelihood will happen next. I’ll offer just one short quotation:

We have very little space left to maneuver. The iron doors of the corporate state are slamming shut. And a conviction of Bradley Manning, or any of the five others charged by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act of 1917 with passing government secrets to the press, would effectively terminate public knowledge of the internal workings of the corporate state.

What we live under cannot be called democracy. What we will live under if the Supreme Court upholds the use of the Espionage Act to punish those who expose war crimes and state lies will be a species of corporate fascism. And this closed society is, perhaps, only a few weeks or months away.

If you’re a journalist with both the ability and a need to leak unpleasant facts about the Obama government, you’d better have your passport updated and an escape route planned. Obama’s behavior to date makes it clear he has no intention of tolerating uncomplimentary leaks at all, and is either about to try (e.g., Bradley Manning) or seeks to arrest and try anyone who commits the unpardonable sin (in Obama’s opinion) of leaking to the press.

I doubt this is going to get any better no matter who becomes president next year, but I’m damned surely not going to vote for Obama again. Fascism is unacceptable from a Democrat or a Republican; I don’t care which does the deed.

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