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After Paris, Rights Groups Warn Against Knee-Jerk 'National Security' Overreach



What? Nothing making fun of this latest Paris attacks from Charlie Hebdo? Something along the lines of: "And for many Parisian diners, the cheese course was followed by a mouth-watering (blood depicted coming out of diners' mouths) bullet course."

After all, Hebdo thought it was entirely appropriate to make fun of the Russian airliner bombing (in which the death toll was far more than the Paris attacks).


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Three strikes and you're out


Let alone leave a Brussels parking ticket in an abandoned getaway vehicle in France . They have the sophistication to plan and carry out sophisticated and very coordinated attacks undetected by French security (still on a heightened state of alert since Charlie Hebdo) and yet commit amateurish mistakes like that ? Really ??


Three Reichs and you're out !


It's not "Knee-Jerk `National Security' Overreach". It's an opportunity. It's the government officials' equivalent to disaster capitalism. Start a war, when they attack us, I'll get more power because my population will be begging for me to protect them.

"War is the Health of the State".


Remember what happened in the US after 9/11 with the Patriot Act where the Congress -- at least a number of members, including leadership were resisting -- and the press was raising questions --
and then, ANTHRAX -- a number of people actually died -- and it was rather quickly traced to a DOD source-- a contractor? Of course, that was disregarded in the persecution of one early suspect who managed to extradite himself, and another (apologies the name excapes me at the moment) who allegedly committed suicide. Obviously "suicide" is very common among suspects in political cases and we should recall that might be a way out for Martin Luther King, Jr. as they were attempting to blackmail him.
They also tried to persecute John Lennon who finally bested them by getting a Green Card after years of FBI spying on him. Though I think TPTB did finally get him which was a great loss for the cause of peace.

As for the event itself --

Who does benefit?

Clearly, the European and American political establishment in so many ways.

Establishment political parties in France, Germany, and the UK are in trouble, because they enabled Washington’s Middle East wars that are bringing floods of refugees into Europe. Pegida is rising in Germany, Farage’s Independent Party in the UK, and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France. Indeed, a recent poll showed Marine Le Pen in the lead as the next president of France.

The Paris attack takes the issue and the initiative away from these dissident political parties. Among the first words out of the mouth of the French president in response to the attack was his declaration that the borders of France are closed. Already Merkel’s political allies in Germany are pushing her government in that direction. “Paris changes everything,” they declare. It certainly saved the European political establishment from defeat and loss of power.

The same result occurred in the US. Outsiders Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were slaughtering the establishment’s presidential candidates. Trump and Sanders had the momentum. But “Paris changes everything.” Trump and Sanders are now sidelined, out of the news. The momentum is lost. The story has changed. “Paris attacks become focus of 2016 race,” declares CNN:

Also among the early words from the French president, and without any evidence in support, was Hollande’s declaration that the Islamic State had attacked the French nation. Obviously, it is set for Hollande to invoke NATO’s Article V, which would send a NATO invasion force into Syria. This would be Washington’s way of countering the Russian initiative that has saved the Assad government from defeat by the Islamic State. The NATO invasion would overthrow Assad as part of the war against the Islamic State.

and background on the Charlie Hebdo event

And hasn't France been immediately out bombing again?