Working class socialist newspaper reacts to Obama’s “Justice has been done” statement following the naked extra-legal assassination of reactionary anarchist-terrorist Osama Bin Laden as ordered by the administration of US president Barak Obama
Vol. 75/No. 19 May 16, 2011
White House ‘justice’
and workers rights
Three events over five days—each presented by top U.S. government officials as having to do with “foreign” military and intelligence operations—actually register and reinforce the erosion of the political rights of workers in the United States.
The first is the assassination of an unarmed Osama bin Laden, shot in the head May 2 in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by U.S. Navy Seals acting as judge, jury, and executioner.
Fewer than 48 hours earlier, NATO forces in the skies over Tripoli bombed the compound of Libyan head of state Moammar Gadhafi, killing his son and three grandchildren.
And on April 28 President Barack Obama announced a reorganization of the top leadership of the Defense Department and CIA.
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In 2001, when al-Qaeda bombed the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon—a reactionary, anti-working-class deed that handed the imperialists a pretext they grabbed—President George W. Bush and the bipartisan Congress quickly pushed through the USA Patriot Act, which built on Clinton’s laws and gave much wider latitude to federal and other political police to conduct spying and disruption against individuals and organizations, carry out arbitrary searches and seizures, and jail immigrants indefinitely with no charges. A year later the U.S. Army’s Northern Command was established, the first time since the Civil War that dealing with “civil disorder” within U.S. borders was authorized as a military matter for Washington’s troops rather than a police matter for city, state, and federal police agencies.
Since then the Democrats and Republicans have steadily infringed on more rights, from monitoring email and Internet use, to expanding wiretapping, to widening use of informers against organizations, to curbing the rights defendants have in the courtroom.
At every step, these assaults have been rationalized as necessary to the fight against “terrorism.”
The record of the Obama White House is stunning in this regard. Just in the little more than two years since his inauguration, the Democratic administration has stood at the helm during the stripping away of more Miranda and habeas corpus protections of the accused and convicted; FBI raids against antiwar activists; stepped-up militarization of airports; expansion of “fusion centers,” where local cops collaborate with the FBI to go after “suspicious” persons; arbitrary and indefinite detentions; the deportations of thousands of immigrant workers—and now, the bin Laden assassination.
Since early this year, workers and farmers in the United States have begun to react against the increasingly devastating consequences of the world capitalist crisis, which has deepened sharply since 2007. Our unions are weaker than at any time since the beginning of the last ruinous economic and social crisis of the profit system at the opening of the 1930s. But the rulers know that militant and organized class battles are coming, and they are acting now to reduce our political space to organize and act to advance the interests of working people here and around the world.
That’s why working people, above all, must expose and reject the duplicity and hypocrisy when the chief executive officer of the U.S. imperialist government tries to persuade the world that “Justice has been done.”
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