Photo of Abu Ghraib, Iraq prison suspect being tortured in 2004
Is there any doubt we are complicit in the wrongful path our country has taken?
We may not want to admit it but we have been complicit, essentially indifferent bystanders to-name it-our wrongful wars, occupations, indefinite detention, torture, $trillion a year in "defense" spending, over a $trillion in college student loan debt, a financial industry run amok whose machinations created the 2008 great recession, an electoral system completely corrupted by billionaires largesse that has both Republicans and Democrats beholden to them, just to name a few of the more blatant issues most Americans remain indifferent to.
We're no different than the "good" Germans in the 1930's who allowed Hitler come to power, initiate W.W.II and the Holocaust. Those are the same "good" Germans after the war pretended they had no knowledge of what happened in the death camps nearby.
Now our exceptional, entitled Americans could care less what is going on in this country, much less the world or anything about the plight of those less fortunate than themselves, absorbed as they are in their cult of the self.
Those who have lost jobs, forced from their homes through foreclosures, loss of savings and just scratching to get by are given a pass from this little critique but that certainly doesn't include some of the professional psychologists in the APA, American Psychological Association who sacrificed their integrity by working closely with and condoning torture committed at Guantanamo or those university professors accepting grants from the defense industry that benefits from endless war.
Traditionally this has been the class that organizes the masses and articulates the plight they are facing under an oppressive regime.
Here in the US they are in bed with regime, along with the millions employed directly or indirectly in the defense, surveillance, intelligence agencies who unlike whistleblowers Edward Snowden, William Binney or a Bradley Manning go to work each day keeping their heads down, doing what they're told, greasing the wheels of the military/surveillance/intelligence state to continue its malevolent ways.
Do they not know what they do? Or are they too scared, fear losing their jobs, rationalizing loss of their income, their homes is too great, to even consider being a whistleblower to the wrongdoing they are a part of, even though in denial they are sacrificing their integrity in the work they are doing each day?
Snowden hoped he would be a catalyst for others to follow-as well as his intention to inform the American people of the illegal surveillance activities conducted by the NSA.
Now we know, but I fear most take the position of a neighbor I spoke with when the Snowden revelations came out and the reply I got was "I have nothing to hide". It was obvious there was no concern for the NSA breaking the law or it being a clear violation of the 4th Amendment.
So, going back to the initial question of this piece, Is there any doubt we are complicit in the wrongful path our country has taken? Right up to our eyeballs.