Jeremy Scahill: Obama’s Conducting War on Terror in ‘Very Orwellian Way’
Journalist Jeremy Scahill appeared on Democracy Now! today and said that President Obama‘s administration is conducting the war on terror in a “very Orwellian way.” He explained that in order to be able to take more actions against foreign threats, they’ve changed the definitions of terms like “imminent” as justification.
In other words, “imminent threat” now means “a perception that maybe one day these individuals could possibly attempt to plot—not even carry out—a terrorist attack against the United States.”
Scahill also charged that Obama’s policies are not only empowering the ISIS threat they’re fighting, but that U.S. policy itself in Iraq “created the very threat that it claims to be fighting now.” And with Obama continuing Bush-Cheney policies, he warned that it’s only going to continue a cycle of creating new generations of people in Muslim nations who will view the United States as a “gratuitous enemy.”
Listen to the audio below, via Democracy Now!:
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