â€Peace is bad for business. When the former Soviet Union fell apart, the U.S. defense industry was staring into the face of a falling market share: To grow, it would have to find a new enemy. It would also help it it expanded its product line from building fighter jets to the newfangled demand for application involving surveillance.
â€œDr. Haseltine points out that the Department of Homeland Security has, like the Defense Department, an external corollary in the private industry; so the relationships between the two departments are no institutionalized. The Department of Homeland Security will be almost impossible to dismantle whether or not it is successful in protecting Americans: An $115-billion-a-year industry can exert major pressure on policy-making, and the Department of Homeland Security is not going to go away, even if tomorrow all the Muslim terrorists in the world were to lay down their arms.
â€œBut what if Islamic terrorism does subside? A foreign enemyâ€™s actions will always be unpredictable. But you can also identify a more reliable domestic enemy in need of surveillance: us. A powerful lobby is now served by policies in which government increasingly designates U.S. citizens as potential security threats, which in turn creates a demand for more and more costly high-tech watching.â€ (pg 43 and 44)
Chapter 2: Invoke an External and Internal Threat, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0
Spiel redux: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.