Speaking to a University of Wisconsin audience of more than 200 people Wednesday night 11/03/10, one journalist argued terrorism is a veil the United States government hides behind to successfully encroach on the civil liberties of its citizens.
Salon.com journalist Glenn Greenwald said the terms civil liberties and terrorism constitute a paradox in that people believe civil liberties are vague but in reality are absolutely clear, whereas terrorism is just the opposite.
“We all agree it’s this horrible menace…we don’t seem to have much difficulty figuring out who the terrorists are…the reality though is exactly the opposite,” he said. “I think it’s a term that lacks meaning at the point, or mechanism.”
He went on to detail a history of terrorism and how the United States considers people who hurt their country to be terrorists, while it does not consider itself a terrorist when it hurts others.