1984 appeared quaint when it was required reading
The Department of Homeland Security thinks it’s a bad idea to use the word “liberty” when describing America’s foreign policy goals. Nor does it much like the terms “Islamist” and “jihadist.” Heaven forbid the federal government cause needless offense in the current war against, well, whoever.
Such are the recommendations on “Terminology to Define Terrorists,” a nine-page, “Official Use Only” memo issued in January by Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. It purports to represent the suggestions of a “wide variety” of unnamed American Muslim leaders consulted on the subject. And while it is not a statement of official policy, it neatly captures the sophisticated government thinking about its rhetorical strategies for what used to be called the “Global War on Terror.”
Now, thanks to the DHS brain trust, we are offered a “Global Struggle for Security and Progress.”
The Wall Street Journal ‘s Bret Stephens has written, Homeland Security Newspeak, which we highly recommend.
“Newspeak” is from the Orwell classic that was once required reading in every high school. Wonder if that’s still the case?