Seymour Hersh: “We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult”
Seymour Hersh has a riveting speech last month at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York last month.
The frightening thing about it is, we have no intelligence. Maybe it’s — it’s — it is frightening, we have no intelligence about what they’re doing. A year-and-a-half ago, we’re up against two and three-man teams. We estimated the cells operating against us were two and three people, that we could not penetrate. As of now, we still don’t know what’s coming next. There are 10, 15-man groups. They have terrific communications.
Somebody told me, it’s — somebody in the system, an officer — and by the way, the good part of it is, more and more people are available to somebody like me. There’s a lot of anxiety inside the — you know, our professional military and our intelligence people. Many of them respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as much as anybody here, and individual freedom. So, they do — there’s a tremendous sense of fear. These are punitive people.
One of the ways — one of the things that you could say is, the amazing thing is we are been taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease. It does say something about how fragile our Democracy is. You do have to wonder what a Democracy is when it comes down to a few men in the Pentagon and a few men in the White House having their way.
Seymour Hersh: “We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult” [democracynow.org]
For more background on Hersh: Seymour Hersh – Wikipedia
THE GRAY ZONE: How a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib. [newyorker.com] May 2005
THE COMING WARS: What the Pentagon can now do in secret. [newyorker.com] Jan. 2005
Then this is awesome- the United States Department of Defense actually puts out a press-release to refute Hersh’s recent New Yorker piece. How awesome is that! When your own government is putting out press releases to refute you specifically, you’re probably doing some very good reporting.