Greenwald warns Trudeau’s ‘despotic’ power grab is a ‘much broader plan’ to crush, criminalize dissent

Journalist Glenn Greenwald called out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “despotic” power grab as “a long time in the making” meant to crush dissent.

Greenwald published a new piece entitled “The Neoliberal War on Dissent in the West” on Substack Monday aimed at drawing attention to Western governments that have thus far concealed or softened their despotic behaviors through the rose-colored lens of democracy.

Greenwald aims his piece at the most recent actions taken by Trudeau who has extended the Emergencies Act granting him dictatorial powers.

The day this power was set to expire, Trudeau claimed that the emergency was not over, despite also saying the blockade that brought him to invoke the Emergencies Act had been cleared. This is precisely what Greenwald is talking about when he talks about weapons of despotism.

Greenwald explained the notion that an ally engaged in tyrannical behavior is somehow good is perpetuated through “brittle mythology” and “reinforced by large media corporations” that either ignore the wrongdoing or attempt to prohibit any discussion of it.

This appears to be an otherwise innocuous checkpoint, until someone documents that you need “authorization” to be there.

The police are only the most visible aspect of the overreach that Trudeau is utilizing. Greenwald went on at length in his piece about former President Obama’s Department of Justice and how WikiLeaks was thoroughly investigated by Attorney General Eric Holder but produced no “evidence of criminality.”

Nevertheless, then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) used his position as Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to pressure “financial services companies such as MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Bank of America to terminate WikiLeak’s accounts and thus banish them from the financial system.”

These are the “standard weapons” being deployed now against the truckers who cannot feed their families because they are frozen out of their bank accounts. Similar pressures were applied to Google and Apple in the short time it took for them to remove Parler from their host servers.

Greenwald’s assertion that the Western liberals do not tolerate dissent is supported by the vote held yesterday in the Canadian parliament. With the Emergencies Act powers expiring, Trudeau used the guise of democracy to extend his authority, and the House of Commons went right along with him.

In going along with the support from “large media corporations,” Trudeau is not answering questions from those who elected him to office.

The key, Greenwald explained, is elevating a political adversary into “a faction of sustained criminality” which permits “anything and everything, from censorship and detention to extra-legal means of banishment such as no-fly lists and exclusion from the financial system,” to become “justified, even necessary.”


( Note: Olympic Media is helping truckers meet their financial needs)


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