False Promises

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On the eve of the Bradley Manning court martial verdict on charges including “aiding the enemy”, Huffington Post reports that the website Change.gov (“the office of the president-elect”) where the elect president of 2008, Barack Obama, had laid out his plenty of promises including protecting whistle-blowers has disappeared (it can still be viewed on Wayback archives) ; it’s interesting to check what else he and his designated VP Joe Biden have written then). There he once wrote (according to HuffPost):

“Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.” (No need to add emphasis.)

Apparently, President Obama has meanwhile changed his mind on whistle-blowers. Whistle-blowers are now being prosecuted relentlessly as far as they uncover Government’s wrongdoings and crimes (whistle-blowers with more favorable news are usually spared of prosecution, see for instance  here and here). Other full-bodied promises of the 2008 presidential hopeful such as closing Gitmo, have not been met either. More worrying, unimaginable developments such as the vast extension of a global assassination campaign (Noam Chomsky) and drone war in several countries of the Middle East and AfPak (according to Wikipedia, “a neologism used by the U.S. foreign policy circles to designate Afghanistan and Pakistan as a single theater of operations”), the Disposition Matrix (an Orwellian term for a personal, well, Obama’s, kill list) targeting even U.S. American citizens in Yemen; and an unbelievable clandestine upgrading of mass electronic surveillance data mining of all communication on Planet Earth (which goes way beyond whatever George Orwell had actually in mind; a global version of Jeremy Benthem’s Panopticon) have emerged.

President Obama may still lull and distract many with his rhetoric, be it about American racism and Trayvor Martin or victims of the school shooting in Newton, Conn. The glamor is long gone.

27 July 2013 @ 6:42 am.

Last modified July 27, 2013.

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2 Responses to False Promises

  1. troy says:

    So true, the glamor is long gone. Plus it makes voters even more apathetic when they hear such things.

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