What’s coming if Biden/Harris succeed Trump begins with regime appointees.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden/Harris transition team includes “at least 40 registered lobbyists” — hired guns for special interests.
Bringing them onboard is one of many examples of how dirty business in Washington works under both parties.
According to ProPublica and Columbia’s School of Journalism, over 280 registered lobbyists held Trump regime posts.
Obama/Biden operated the same way. So did at least most of their predecessors in modern times.
Members of the Obama/Biden transition team have similar roles for Biden/Harris.
Included are former deputy labor secretary Chris Lu, his predecessor Seth Harris, former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) head Jenny Yang, former Social Security Admin. chief Carolyn Colvin, former chief US statistician Nancy Potok to review Commerce Dept. staff, and Matt Bailey to head the US Digital Service.
There’s more including Ronald Stroman to head the Postal Service team, Aneesh Chopra, another USPS team member, Ann Dunkin on the EPA team, Kiran Ahuja to head the Office of Personnel Management team, and Martha Coven to head the Office of Management and Budget.
More transition team members include Bridget Dooling on the OBM team.
Kate Kale heads the General Services Admin. team.
Katherine Hicks heads the DOD team.
A Separate Pentagon review team includes a range of former war department officials.
Meg Cabot is Department of Veterans Affairs team head.
Ur Jaddou heads the DHS team.
Many more former Obama/Biden operatives hold various Biden/Harris transition team positions.
They were chosen to assure dirty business as usual continuity, how all US regimes operate.
Former Obama/Biden national security advisor, earlier its US envoy Susan Rice may be Biden/Harris choice as chief diplomat at State.
Endorsing virtually everything about US imperial adventurism may boost her chance of succeeding Pompeo at Foggy Bottom.
In this capacity is appointed, she’ll direct foreign policy for Biden/Harris.
Richard Stengel heads their US Agency for Global Media team, a CIA created Cold War relic, its mission spreading disinformation about nations free from US control, notably Russia and China.
The former Time magazine managing editor and MSNBC political commentator is notoriously hostile toward free expression.
At Time magazine in 2011, he featured a cover story, headlined: “Does It Still Matter?”
Referring to the Constitution’s First Amendment, he said the following:
“(W)e can pat ourselves on the back about the past 223 years, but we cannot let the Constitution become an obstacle to the US’s moving into the future with (an) an evolving sense of civil and political rights,” adding:
“The Constitution does not protect our spirit of liberty; our spirit of liberty protects the Constitution.”
“The Constitution serves the nation; the nation does not serve the Constitution.”
In a 2019 WaPo op-ed, he argued that “as a government official traveling around the world championing the virtues of free speech, I came to see how our First Amendment standard is an outlier.”
In his new Biden/Harris transition team role, he called himself its “chief propagandist,” calling for them (if succeed Trump) to “rethink” the First Amendment.
He also urged use of propaganda as regime policy against the “population,” adding:
“I’m not against propaganda. Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population. And I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”
It’s longstanding practice by US and other Western officials, along with their major media — the same policy true most everywhere else.
Noted muckraking journalist IF Stone long ago explained that all politicians lie. Nothing they say should be believed.
Notably throughout new millennium years in the US and West, censorship has been the new normal.
Speech, media, and academic freedoms are eroding and threatened.
Social media, Google, and other tech giants are complicit in a campaign to suppress content online that conflicts with the official narrative.
What’s going on, perhaps to harden further if the current trend continues, is the hallmark of totalitarian rule — controlling the message, eliminating what conflicts with it.
Without speech, media, and academic freedom, all other rights are jeopardized.
When truth-telling and dissent are considered threats to national security, free and open societies no longer exist – the slippery slope where America and other Western societies are heading.
Stengel wants what remains of free expression in the US reconsidered.
Does he favor censoring or silencing independent media, truth-telling journalists, and activists?
Is greater control of the message one of his priorities?
Separately, Luciana Borio is a member of Biden/Harris’ so-called Covid-19 task force.
She called for withholding food stamps and other federal aid to Americans in need who refuse to be vaxxed, notably African-Americans and other minorities.
Various polls show that half or more of US Blacks don’t intend to submit to covid vaxxing.
Borio favors a national propaganda campaign to convince skeptics to accept what risks vulnerability to any one of a long list of major illnesses — from dangerous toxins in all vaccines.
Rushed development and marketing of covid vaccines may be especially hazardous to human health.
Domestic and geopolitical policies favoring privileged interests over the general welfare will be pursued no matter which right-wing of US duopoly rule runs things ahead.
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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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