Earlier in the week, friend of President Barack Obama and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers criticized the President for his foreign-policy initiatives, which Ayers deemed to be terroristic. It’s one thing when a left-wing activist with ties to terror in his own background criticizes Obama; but for anyone who was hesitant to agree with Ayers because of his sordid past, celebrated left-leaning polemicist Noam Chomsky has your back.
In a thorough interview with GRITtv host Laura Flanders, the MIT professor and prolific author said that Obama has not just earned the title of “terrorist” — the President has proven time and again that it is “dedicated to increasing terrorism.”
“The Obama Administration is dedicated to increasing terrorism,” he went on. “In fact, it’s doing it all over the world. Obama, first of all, is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history. The drone assassination campaigns, which are just part of it… All of these operations, they are terror operations.”
Chomsky explained that the Administration’s drone policy is strikingly evident as a multiplier of violent extremism.
“People have a reaction, they don’t say, ‘Fine, I don’t care if my cousin was murdered.’ And they become what we call terrorists,” he said. “This is completely understood from the highest level, that as you carry out these operations you’re generating terrorism.”
Later, echoing a belief that anyone familiar with the foreign policy positions of former Representative Ron Paul has heard before, Chomsky surmised: “People hate the country that’s just terrorizing them, that’s not a surprise. Just consider the way we react to acts of terror. That’s the way other people react to acts of terror.”
If the Federal officials in the United States are dedicated to promoting terrorism in other parts of the world to maintain a military presence, Chomsky forces Americans to wonder: Is there great reason to question what actions the government may take in order to continue to justify its secret surveillance of U.S. citizens and other people throughout the world?
The author — who has penned several works and lectured relentlessly about the evils of top-down media propaganda throughout his career, including his famous Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media — decried the Federal government’s spying on its citizens and people of other countries in a separate interview with The Guardian.
Of the recently exposed National Security Agency data-collection efforts, Chomsky said he wasn’t surprised; but he applauded The Guardian and whistle-blower Edward Snowden for bringing the surveillance to the peak of public awareness.
“Governments should not have this capacity. But governments will use whatever technology is available to them to combat their primary enemy — which is their own population,” he told The Guardian.
“… But it is a little difficult to be too surprised by it,” he said.
What is a big shock to Chomsky, however, is how comfortable he feels younger populations are with the government’s all-seeing surveillance state.
“Polls in the U.S. indicate there is generational issue here that someone ought to look into — my impression is that younger people are less offended by this than the older generation. It may have to do with the exhibitionist character of the internet culture, with Facebook and so on,” he said. “On the internet, you think everything is going to be public.”
The only way to reverse course, according to Chomsky, is for more government whistle-blowers and more serious journalists to blow the cover of dangerous government policies and stir up public debate, regardless of whether Federal officials fulfill promises of transparency.
Unfortunately, suspected terrorists and uncooperative heads of state in the Mideast are not the only people subject to the President’s wrath; and whistle-blowers, especially, have not been treated kindly in Obama’s America.
It’s starting to become clear, even mainstream, as people like Chomsky continue to become increasingly vocal in resentment of the current White House’s actions: The true perpetrators of some of the vilest acts carried out in recent years aren’t all hiding in caves in the Third World.
Most of them are roaming Washington’s marbled halls.