ILPS condemns new repressive US law

Ang Bayan
January 7, 2012

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The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) condemned the passage in the US of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, which was signed into law on December 31, allows the US military to arrest and detain US citizens indefinitely without due process.

Said the ILPS, this reprehensible anti-democratic law is a further step in the fascization of the US ruling system. It further develops the legal infrastructure for fascism, as earlier laid down by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. The US monopoly bourgeoisie and its chief political agents, from Bush to Obama, have generated the anti-terroriist hysteria to justify imperialist plunder and war and the suppression of civil liberties in the US and abroad.

The ILPS added that the US has been stifling the basic rights and freedoms of the American people in order to suppress their growing protests against the escalating rapacity and cruelty of the capitalist system in crisis and to allow imperialist plunder and wars of aggression to run rampant with impunity.

The US has maliciously used the nearly 3,000 killed in the 9/11 attacks as pretext for the imperialist wars of aggression since 2001. In the process, it has caused the violent death of thousands of its own troops and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, at least 1.5 million in Iraq and more than 100,000 in Libya.

The NDAA provides US$662 billion for the US military. It also pushes strong sanctions against Iran and its Central Bank, particularly for impeding oil exports and payments, under the pretext of hampering the nuclear research program of Iran. In fact, the sanctions aim to make war provocations as part of a US-Israel scheme to overthrow regimes, like Syria and Iran, which are staunch supporters of the just cause of the Palestinian people.

In view of the relentless worsening crisis of the US and world capitalist system and the fascisation of the US ruling system, the ILPS anticipates greater troubles ahead in terms of imperialist plunder and war and the further rise of state terrorism on a global scale.

The ILPS urged the peoples of the world to raise the level of their anti-imperialist and democratic struggles for greater freedom, democracy, development, social justice and world peace.