The militarist reflex to rely on the war option for post-9/11 security is daily proving itself disastrously dysfunctional, and as its failures become more manifest, those American leaders responsible reaffirm their extremism, relying on a brew of fear, demonization, and global ambition to pacify a nervous, poorly informed, and confused citizenry at home. And where there are expressions of significant, principled opposition, the impulse of the rulers is often repressive. In such a setting it is hardly surprising that academic freedom is menaced, but not less troubling.
The decayed phrases pop out of their cans like botulistic cocktail weenies--fear, demonization, and global ambition; nervous, poorly informed, and confused citizenry; significant, principled opposition. Party-organ verbiage at its most zombie-like. You can practically see Stalin smiling over the signatories.
Update: Fave line: "The oppressive strategy adopted often resembles a lion hunt, focusing toxic energies on those in the herd who seem most vulnerable." Is that how Teddy Roosevelt did it?