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the media’s blackout of the national defense authorization act is shameful

December 7, 2011

I couldn’t agree more with this article that Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 needs to be covered, and widely:

The Media’s Blackout Of The National Defense Authorization Act Is Shameful

Unfortunately, most media outlets haven’t covered it (and probably won’t), at least not in any great detail. Part of the problem, I suspect, is that the vast majority of what we call the ‘mainstream media’ is really a conglomeration of roughly six main corporations. What gets reported by these major multimedia outlets is arguably limited in many cases to what’s in the interest of the owners, controllers, and shareholders of these companies, which themselves are part of the ruling class.

This Orwellian piece of legislation, on the other hand, with its ambiguous language about covered persons including “any person who has committed a belligerent act,” would make it easier for the government to put down and indefinitely detain ‘nuisances’ like Occupy protesters who the state and others of the ruling class deem as ‘terrorists’; and the state is already in the habit of labelling peaceful protesters as terrorists (e.g., Max Obuszewski).

I think this piece of legislation is both scary and troubling; but the lack of media coverage is scarier and more troubling because it puts us, the working class, even more in the dark as to what’s really going on in this country. More importantly, it highlights the need for average, working-class individuals to continually educate themselves and turn towards alternative sources of media.


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