Never let a tragedy go unused. This mantra of the State is as strong today as it was the day after 9/11.
As 9/11 was used to invade and occupy Iraq and Afghanistan – securing a geopolitical foothold in the region like never before – civil rights were dismantled and energies were devoted to the development of a massive domestic surveillance state that Stasi Germany could only dream of.
Indeed, 9/11 served as the perfect pretext for carrying out the goals of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) – headed by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other purveyors of U.S. military hegemony.
In a policy document called Rebuilding America’s Defenses published exactly one year before 9/11, PNAC wrote:
“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.“
While Cheney and the gang were wrecking the Middle East, carrying out countless extrajudicial killings and torturing “enemy combatants,” the same fabricated legal justifications for those actions were being used to build an enormous surveillance apparatus in the homeland.