Thursday, October 22, 2009
Testing quotes, not exactly a REvision
Following the tragedy of September 11th, the Bush administration had formed policies that weren't exactly favorable to our idea of freedom. It is clear that everything changed after 9/11, but some of these changes were less visible to the public. The government allowed itself "...in the aftermath of 9/11 to dramatically increase the policing, surveillance, detention and war-waging powers of the executive branch" according to Klein on the bottom of page 298. Without this sense of shock that the population was experiencing, the need for the government to "stop talking and start doing(299)" would have never exisited. This allowed the government implement new stratgies without any open debates basically giving them the power to conduct business in national security as discreetly and as profitably possible. One example would be instead of analyzing what were the flaws in the security system operated by the government, they were considered flawwed and discarded as such, allowing all money for improving such secuirty to be thrown at private corporations to do the governments job 'more efficiently'. What allowed this to happen in the plain sight of the public was the addition of the department of homeland security as a 'branch' of government. The common misconception is that this branch of the goverment is run by the government when in reality we "have corporatism: big business and big goverment combining their formidale powers to regulate and control the citzenry.(307)"