Republicans Attacked Unions as Terrorist Supporters after 9/11 | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

9/11: Catalyst for US and UK governments to subjugate their people?

9/11: Catalyst for US and UK governments to subjugate their people? [Image: Italy Magazine.]

I put up a piece showing the continuity between Trump’s plans to exclude Muslims from the US and compel the registration of those already in the country with the round up of Arabs and other Middle Easterners as ‘suspicious persons’ under George Dubya after 9/11.

I’ve also been alarmed that Conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic will move from interning Muslims and persecuting other minorities, such as Mexicans and Blacks in America, to incarcerating left wing and labour activists. In the 1970s at the head of the paranoia about Harold Wilson MI5 and MI6, along with elements in the Tory party, were planning a coup. They investigated the possibility of setting up an internment camp for 40 MPs, ‘not all Labour’, and a total of 5,000 others, including journalists, youth, minority and senior citizens’ activists, as well as trade unionist, and members of the Socialist Workers and Communist parties.

It seems that after 9/11, certain sections of the Republican party also wanted to do the same. John Kampfner in his book Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty describes how in 2003 the office of the House majority leader, Tom DeLeay, sent out a letter appealing for donations to supporters of the National Right to Work Foundation. This is an anti-union pressure group. The letter stated that organised labour ‘presents a clear-and-present danger to the security of the United States at home and the safety of our Armed Forces overseas’. It attacked ‘big labour bosses’ who were ‘willing to harm freedom-loving workers, the war effort, and the economy to acquire more power.’ (p. 244.)

I blogged the other day about the Tories’ plans to build a special prison for radical Islamists following Mike’s article on this. Mike considered this approaching the Nazi concentration camps. I concur. It looks very much like the first steps towards creating internment camps. And it won’t just be Muslims that will eventually be interned. There are enough people on the British Right, who share the Republicans’ attitudes that trade unionists and organised Labour are a subversive threat.

Given the authoritarianism and intolerance of Cameron and his aristo cronies and the way they and their Lib Dem enablers pushed through the establishment of secret courts to try accused terrorists, I think it is all too possible that after the Republicans in America and Tories over here have finished rounding up the Muslims, they’ll start on trade unionists and organised labour. All while loudly claiming that they stand for freedom, transparency and democracy, of course.

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3 thoughts on “Republicans Attacked Unions as Terrorist Supporters after 9/11 | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

  1. mohandeer

    This is a very frightening worse case scenario from the lunatic fringe. In the US constitution the First Amendment denotes “inviolate and unalienable right” to liberty, freedom etc. So are the US intending to rewrite their constitution against US citizens under Trump? The UN from Wiki: “During World War II, the Allies adopted the Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims. The United Nations Charter “reaffirmed faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person” and committed all member states to promote “universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion”.[3]
    So are we going to throw basic Human Rights out the window?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Okay, a few points:
      Firstly, Trump has not won the Republican Presidential candidacy yet, let alone the election.
      Secondly, look at Guantanamo – where was the US commitment to liberty, freedom etc for the prisoners who had been sent there without any evidence shown against them?
      Thirdly, we’ll see whether the UN Charter has any teeth when that organisation reports back on the allegations of human rights violations here in the UK.
      Finally, in the light of the second point, it seems the USA has already done so.

  2. mohandeer

    Addendum: It has to be said that the Conservatives and to some degree the previous Labour govt. has already abandoned one tenent of the UN declaration. That of “freedom from want” and by chucking Muslims in concentration Oops, “detainment” camps, “freedom of religion” is under threat (that means any Syrians in the UK who are anti Assad because they want to bring back fundamentalism) will also be denied, freedom of speech is also being squashed except in alternative media and as a consequence of Conservative policies “freedom from fear” is also under threat. I’d say the Tories are halfway there already!

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