”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.
“Dr. 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.
“But what if Islamic terrorism does subside? A foreign enemy’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.” (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.