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Enemies of the People?

Trump or Clinton in the Oval Office, a more overbearing, high-handed power structure is on the anvil.

We seem to be witnessing a coming apart at the seams, a disintegration of all liberal democratic norms. Early signs of such a dénouement came when the Democratic Party establishment tried to deny Bernie Sanders access to the Democratic National Committee database, in effect, attempting to deprive him of access to his party’s voter list. In their desperate bid to seal the establishment’s anointed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s leadership did not mind falling out with democracy itself!

But more in the present, a 5 August op-ed in the New York Times by Michael Morell, a former top official of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), headlined, “I ran the CIA, Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton”, has claimed that “President Vladimir V Putin of Russia ... had recruited [Hillary Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald] Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” Clinton, in Morell’s view, is “highly qualified to be commander in chief” of the US military–intelligence complex. As the recipient of such a certificate of merit from a person who “ran the CIA”, Clinton felt proud, for she knew of the kidnapping, secret imprisonment and torture conducted by the CIA, its drone missile assassinations, its role as one of the principal US agencies of state terrorism, and strongly believed that all of these dreadful deeds were in the “national interest.” Indeed, she could not have forgotten Morell for the role he played in the whitewashing of the spying by the National Security Agency when this was uncovered by Edward Snowden, and the fact that Morell too “was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.”

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