On Contact: The Second War On Terror

Chris Hedges discusses the second war on terror with journalist Glenn Greenwald.

The liberal and Democratic Party elites have seized on the January 6 mob assault on the US Capitol as the domestic equivalent of the 9/11 attacks. Joe Biden called the storming of the Capitol “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” Representative Liz Cheney, a right-wing Republican whose animus towards Donald Trump has seen her join forces with the Democratic Party leadership, said the forces behind January 6 represent “a threat America has never seen before.” The enabling resolution that created the select committee that is investigating the events of January 6 called the mob assault “one of the darkest days of our democracy.”

The hyperventilating about the incursion into the Capitol, often described by its critics as an attempted insurrection and coup, has effectively shut down questions about the response to the incident. There is a collective chant by the Democratic Party leadership and many in the media, calling for the censoring and criminalization of those who embrace right-wing ideology and its conspiracy theories. The Biden administration is pushing a bill authored by Representative Adam Schiff, a member of the Select Committee on January 6, to declare a second war on terror against domestic enemies. The rhetoric, and the rush to push through legislation that will severely circumscribe our ability to dissent, echoes what we heard in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Those, such as Glenn Greenwald, who warn that such overreach is excessive, unconstitutional, and dangerously weakens our already anemic civil liberties are excoriated as closet right-wing sympathizers. Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who is also an attorney, was one of the first and most important voices to decry the draconian provisions instituted under the Patriot Act and the anti-terrorism laws passed in the wake of 9/11. He sees a similar lack of proportionality or legality in the government actions being carried out after the January incursion with, perhaps, even more dire consequences.