War on freedom
(see also the articles on Enemies of freedom and Evil-doers and "Why do they hate us?" which expose the fallacious notion that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were somehow "against freedom", and the persistent denial of the known facts behind the causes of the WTC attacks.)
The war on freedom . . .
In the now customary fashion of the Banana Republicans, the term is deployed with reference to the "evil ones" and the "evil-doers" war against the freedoms of the United States, while masking the fact of the Bush administration's actions which steadily restrict and remove those same freedoms, abroad and at home, faster than the alleged enemy can identify them. 
The 2002 publication The War on Freedom dominates any web search on the topic.
- Think Tank Study: Did Bush Policies Aid 9/11 Attacks? New book incriminates top officials in 9/11 atrocity, June 7, 2002 /Xpress Press/:
- "The recent controversy over 'who knew what when on September 11' coincides with the release of a detailed 400-page study, The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, by a British political scientist at the Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD), documenting that the White House and U.S. intelligence must have known more than they admit."
- The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001. "Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD), a think tank based in Brighton, UK, is honoured to announce the publication of a powerful new study of the September 11th terrorist attacks, by Executive Director, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed."
- "Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward." -- George W. Bush public statement on September 11, 2001.
- "Terrorism here--in Israel--and wherever it strikes against a free society--galvanizes people to defend themselves--and their freedoms. ... What happened on 9/11 physically happened here, in New York City. But it was by no means just an attack on a geographical place. It was an attack on freedom-loving people everywhere . . . In opposition to those values, the terrorists have declared war." New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg [addressing] the United Nations, September 13, 2002.
- Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars while receiving the Dwight David Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award from Commander-in-Chief Ray Sisk, Condoleezza Rice said
- "From the very beginning of this war on terror, President Bush has delivered a clear and consistent message to the terrorists. In a speech just nine days after the September 11 attacks, he said, 'Our war on terror begins with al Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated.'"
- "We have marked real progress since September 11, [2001,] but we get regular reminders that the world continues to be an unsafe place. Last week, terrorists struck in Baghdad and Jerusalem, killing more than three dozen innocent people. These bombings confirm that our enemies are engaged in a war on freedom, and they will target all people living in freedom -- including women, children, or relief workers." [emphasis added]
- "The 'war on terror' is a massive power-mongering ploy by a corporate elite. The unfortunate reality is that the 'war on terrorism' is: a war on truth, a war on freedom, a war on justice."Don Spark of the Blue Triangle Network.
- "He keeps repeating that canard that "terrorists hate freedom." Nonsense. There is no terrorist in the world who is a terrorist because he hates freedom. By far, the majority of terrorists are fighting for freedom of some group that doesn't have it. ... It is absurd to suppose that a human being sitting around suddenly stands up and says: "You know, I hate freedom. I think I'll go blow myself up." --Charley Reese
Other Related SourceWatch Resources
- 9-11 Commission
- civil liberties
- Department of Homeland Security
- homeland defense
- homeland security
- Imperial terror in South America
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Patriot Act I
- Patriot Act II
- power of persuasion
- preemptive war
- Post-war Iraq
- road map to peace
- Treating dissent as treason
- War on drugs
- War on terrorism
- 9/11. Civil Liberties, globalpolicy.org. Contains numerous links to related articles.
- Ashcroft, the PATRIOT ACT & Lost American Freedoms, againstbombing.com.
- Sam Smith, The War on Freedom, Fall 2000: "The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked a federal judge to order the immediate public disclosure of information concerning the FBI's controversial Carnivore surveillance system."
- Jeff Milchen, Security vs. Freedom: A False Choice, Baltimore Sun, June, 2003.
- Ari Armstrong, The UN's War on Freedom, co-freedom.com, July 17, 2001.
- John N. Doggett, A war on freedom, worldnetdaily, October 26, 2001.
- Editorial: Bush's war on freedom in the USA, newsandletters, December 2001.
- Helen Thomas, It's Time To Speak Up, truthout.org, December 14, 2001.
- Jeff Milchen, Building a Culture of Freedom, Reclaim Democracy!, December 21, 2001.
- Cecil Bothwell, Lessons in Suppression, csindy.com, January 24, 2002.
- Christopher Ruddy, Salami Technique Takes Freedoms Away, newsmax, February 25, 2002.
- Charles Bloomer, The war on "unalienable rights", enterstageright.com, February 25, 2002.
- Christopher Ruddy, Part II: The New War on Freedom, newsmax.com, February 28, 2002.
- Strike Against Civil Liberties. Terrorism and the War on Freedom, newdawnmagazine.com/New Dawn, March/April 2002.
- Gore Vidal, Civil Liberties: The New War on Freedom. Give me liberty, or give me . . . what? Security?, sfgate.com, April 21, 2002.
- Robert Marus, Ashcroft relaxes restrictions on monitoring religious groups, abpnews.com, June 6, 2002.
- Eric Ture Muhammad, War on terror, or freedom. New fear broader FBI powers are another blow to civil liberties, finalcall.com, June 11, 2002.
- Paul Proctor, The War on Freedom, newswithviews, July 17, 2002.
- Lance Selfa, Why Ashcroft can't be trusted with our rights, socialistworker.org, June 28, 2002.
- Gore Vidal, The New War on Freedom, alternet, July 18, 2002.
- Tim Wheeler, Rep. Conyers condemns Ashcroft 'war on freedom', cpusa.org, August 6, 2002.
- Tony Bunyan, The "war on freedom and democracy". An analysis of the effects on civil liberties and democratic culture in the EU, statewatch.org, September 2002.
- Lauren Weinstein, Taking Liberties With Our Freedom, wired.com, December 2, 2002.
- Jeff Milchen, "Patriot" Act II. Bush Administration Escalates Its War on Americans' Freedom, Pacific News Service, February 11, 2003.
- The War on Freedom, indymedia.org.uk, March 2003. Includes article links.
- Mary Lou Seymour, Liberty Action of the Week: War on Freedom and its many fronts, rationalreview.com, April 1, 2003.
- Bob Zimmerman, The truth behind the American invasion of Iraq: The Bush administration's evolving global nightmare, impeach-bush-now.org, April 7, 2003: "When did 'democracy' become an American export; a commodity installed wherever we see fit by means of overwhelming force?"
- Jim Marrs, Son Of Patriot Act Goes From Bad To Worse, May 25, 2003: "one section from Jim Marrs' new book The War on Freedom. Originally scheduled for publication from a major New York publishing house, this book was suddenly canceled by a corporate officer who never read it and despite the fact that it had passed legal review."
- Elaine Cassel, "Who's He Kidding? Bush's Visit to Nazi Death Camps. George II's penchant for hypocrisy is without limit and, by all accounts, without shame," babelogue, June 2, 2003.
- Justin Raimondo, The Health of the State, American Conservative, September 22, 2003: "While our President's favorite word is 'freedom,' his administration has disempowered judges from releasing those who have been jailed without charge, refused Congressional oversight, impounded private communications, secretly searched private dwellings, and lowered 'an iron curtain of secrecy around all federal agencies.'"
- Chuck Baldwin, War On Terrorism Means Perpetual Attack On Liberties, marihemp.com, October 19, 2003.
- Clarence Page, All of a sudden the Patriot Act isn't just about terrorists anymore, SaltLakeTribune, November 15, 2003.
- Eric Lichtblau, Lawmakers Approve Expansion of F.B.I.'s Antiterrorism Powers, New York Times, November 20, 2003: ""I'm concerned about this," [Senator, D-IL] Richard C. Durbin said in an interview. The idea of expanding the powers of government gives everyone pause except the Republican leadership."