Political commentator Eamon McCann reflects the often publicly unspoken but none the less widely felt disgust at the Obama Administration’s never ending drone assassinations and spying dragnet policy, amongst other serious human rights abuses. In a scathingly mocking article in today’s Irish Times, following in the wake of John Brennan’s visit here, he refers to Obama’s CIA Chief as “America’s ‘assassination tsar’”, and after outlining a litany of crimes for which both are culpable, asserts that
“…in Ireland, not everyone is entranced by the picture of one of the world’s most shameless defenders of murder sitting snug in a Roscommon community centre, singing ballads, sipping pints and toasting the local leprechauns.
Referencing the NSA scandal, McCann draws on the damning quotes of Democratic senator Frank Church and Pentagon Papers leaker, Daniel Ellsberg, as follows:
In 1975, Church said of the NSA: “I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”
On June 11th – following Glenn Greenwald’s story in the Guardian of the dizzying scale of NSA surveillance revealed in the Edward Snowden documents – Ellsberg wrote that, “the US has now fallen into that abyss”.
Read the article in full here