French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on the sidelines of the Davos globalist confab last week his country’s state of emergency—in other words the imposition of a police state—will last until the “total and global war” against the Islamic State is completed.
Additionally, French president, François Hollande, has told senior figures that an extension of the measures is probable.
“In Africa, in the Middle East, in Asia we must eradicate, eliminate Daesh, it is a total and global war that we face with terrorism,” Valls said. “We will have to live for decades or for many years with this menace or this threat and that’s why it’s a war. There are many generations that will have to live with this and the crisis will have to be managed in north Africa and the Middle East.”
Following the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 the French government rapidly declared a state of emergency. Heavily armed and militarized SWAT cops filled the streets and police conducted over 2,500 raids and arrested hundreds of people.
“A decree similar to the USA Patriot Act was hastily put together to allow searches in all buildings and private residences, and the preemptive arrest, without probable cause, of any individual deemed by French authorities to be suspect or dangerous. The notion of dangerous is, of course, vague and elastic and could potentially apply to anyone, including political dissidents,” writes Gilbert Mercier.
The French constitution, drafted during the nation’s war in its former colony of Algeria, allows for “pouvoirs exceptionnels,” extraordinary powers in exceptional cases.
While French citizens initially supported the state of emergency, many are now having second thoughts.
On Sunday the AFP reported “a sense of creeping unease over civil liberties has turned to outright opposition in many quarters as French President Francois Hollande indicated this week he would seek to renew the measure for another three months.”
The French Human Rights League (LDH) and many others have questioned the decision to extend the decree. “The political trap of a state of emergency is closing on the government (because) there will always be a good reason to keep” it in place, said LDH lawyer Patrice Spinozi.
“As if in a slow-motion coup d’état, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian regime,” write Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier. “Under the state of emergency, public protests are banned, there is no guarantee of freedom of the press or freedom of assembly, and no judicial oversight of arbitrary searches and seizures carried out by police. Already, the government banned protests against the COP21 ecological summit in Paris after the November 13 attacks and put the organizers under house arrest.”
Hughes and Lantier argue the elite are responsible for creating the Islamic State and are exploiting it for political advantage:
IS is, in fact, a political asset of the ruling class of France and of all the major NATO countries. It is a militia operating in Iraq and Syria, financed and backed by key French allies in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as part of the regime change operation to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Forever War Agenda
A year into the invasion of Iraq then Vice President Dick Cheney “sounded the alarm about the increasing prospects of a major new terrorist attack and the extraordinary responses that are required,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Cheney warned the war on terror like the Cold War could last generations. “On Sept. 11, 2001, our nation made a fundamental commitment that will take many years to see through,” he declared.
The forever war agenda was subsequently adopted by the Obama administration.
In October, 2012 a “disposition matrix” was produced by the administration and officials said “there is a broad consensus that such operations [military operations, indefinite detention, assassination by CIA drones, etc.] are likely to be extended at least another decade. Given the way al-Qaida continues to metastasize, some officials said no clear end is in sight… That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism.”
The administration also said war operations will not be short term affairs. “Unlike the Kosovo war that President Bill Clinton and NATO nations waged in 1999, it will not be compressed into an intensive 78-day tactical and strategic air campaign,” The New York Times reported in September, 2014.
In July, 2015 the US Army’s top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno, said the war against IS will last “10 to 20 years” and probably longer.
“In my mind, ISIS is a ten to twenty year problem, it’s not a two years problem,” he said. “Now, I don’t know what level it will be a problem, but it’s a long term problem.”
The open-ended war on terror has taken a serious toll on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“I submit that we stand at present at a constitutional crossroads,” says Bruce Fein, a deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan and current chairman of the American Freedom Agenda. “Why are we here? I think the answer is that, post- 9/11, the changes in the Constitution’s distribution of powers that have been urged by the president are not temporary, as in all previous crises and wars. Previously, we had always understood that there would be an end date to the war, whether it was the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay or Appomattox.”
Fein warns “there is no defining endpoint to the so-called war against international terrorism” and the final result will be “creating a police state and eliminating all of our free speech and due process protections.”
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