Malkin’s Love/Hate Relationship with Freedom

Back when the Bush administration was cranking up its domestic surveillance programs, they had no cheerleader as loud and proud as Michelle “Batshit” Malkin. Now that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is turning its attention to right-wing freaks, skinheads, gun nuts, racists and assorted other imbecilic ranting fuckwits (the sort of folks who think Glenn Beck is cool and Alex Jones is prescient), Malkin is shrieking, “OH NOES! The vicious jackboot of repressive government is stomping on us for no reason! OMFG!!!”

Glenn Greenwald shreds the vapid yammering of Malkin in this piece on Salon.

Some excerpts:

Right-wing polemicists today are shrieking in self-pitying protest over a new report from the Department of Homeland Security sent to local police forces which warns of growing “right-wing extremist activity.”
Conservatives have responded to this disclosure as though they’re on the train to FEMA camps. The Right’s leading political philosopher and intellectual historian, Jonah Goldberg, invokes fellow right-wing giant Ronald Reagan and says: “Here we go Again,” protesting that “this seems so nakedly ideological.” Michelle Malkin, who spent the last eight years cheering on every domestic surveillance and police state program she could find, announces that it’s “Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real!” Lead-War-on-Terror-cheerleader Glenn Reynolds warns that DHS — as a result of this report (but not, apparently, anything that happened over the last eight years) — now considers the Constitution to be a “subversive manifesto.”
All of the enabling legislation underlying this Surveillance State — from the Patriot Act to the Military Commissions Act, from the various FISA “reforms” to massive increases in domestic “counter-Terrorism” programs — are the spawns of the very right-wing movement that today is petrified that this is all being directed at them.
When you cheer on a Surveillance State, you have no grounds to complain when it turns its eyes on you. If you create a massive and wildly empowered domestic surveillance apparatus, it’s going to monitor and investigate domestic political activity. That’s its nature.

I urge you to click on over to Salon and read the whole bit.
A hearty VERITAS tip o’ the blog to Mr. Greenwald. Well done, sir.

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