What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security.
America Wins the War on Terror
The moment of victory came when 61 senators passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2012 that allows the indefinite military detention on American soil of American citizens who are merely suspected of having connections to terrorism.
According to Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield.”
Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history — a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate.