That Reckless Protection Racket of Military Socialism and Fascism
by Scott Lazarowitz
In previous articles, I have referred to military socialism while others have referred to the military industrial complex, and some of these descriptions need to be clarified for a better understanding of the dysfunctional nature of the U.S. government’s national security monopoly, and an alternative must be presented.
The Washington Post recently published a series of articles with the title, Top Secret America, regarding how out of control our federal government’s national security Leviathan has become, and how much the centralized bureaucratic Leviathan depends on private contractors. The series by investigative reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin was in three parts (Part 1, Part 2, and Part3). In the same week, the whistleblower website WikiLeaks released a massive number of documents revealing much of what has already been known about the U.S. government’s failing war in Afghanistan. According to Priest and Arkin of the Post:
Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States…
In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001…Many security and intelligence agencies do the same work, creating redundancy and waste. For example, 51 federal organizations and military commands, operating in 15 U.S. cities, track the flow of money to and from terrorist networks.