Last Tuesday Peter B Collins and I interviewed Mr. Stephen M. Kohn of National Whistleblower Center on his recently released book, corporate and government whistleblowers, whistleblower laws, and upcoming legislation. During the interview we asked him about the Bradley Manning case.As I have argued previously, the "democratic" facade of capitalist US is crumbling to what we have now: very little compliance with the rule of law, and increasing uses of "national interests" and "national security" to justify any action regardless of its non-compliance with the Constitution and rule of law. This is an indication of continuing movement toward the use of the hidden fist of fascism that capitalists always resort to whenever they decide it is required.
For me, this situation calls forth two basic questions: why are they so blatantly employing it now? Do they--the Empire's ruling capitalist class--feel increasingly threatened? Or, do they feel emboldened by getting away with so many war crimes and bank scams?