[Rushtalk] It can't happen here?
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Sat Feb 9 12:28:40 MST 2013
Friday, February 08, 2013
It Has Happened Here
By Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts
The Bush regime's response to 9/11 and the
regime's validation of this response have
destroyed accountable democratic government in
the United States. So much unaccountable power
has been concentrated in the executive branch
Constitution is no longer an operable document.
Whether a person believes the official story of
9/11 which rests on unproven government
assertions or believes the documented evidence
provided by a large number of scientists, first
responders and structural engineers and
architects, the result is the same. 9/11 was used
to create an open-ended
on terror" and a police state. It is
extraordinary that so many Americans believe that
"it can't happen here" when it already has.
We have had a decade of highly visible evidence
of the construction of a police state: the
Act, illegal spying on Americans in violation of
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the
initiation of wars of aggression war crimes
under the Nuremberg Standard based on
intentional lies, the Justice Department's
concocted legal memos justifying the executive
branch's violation of domestic and international
laws against torture, the indefinite detention of
US citizens in violation of the constitutionally
protected rights of
corpus and due process, the use of secret
evidence and secret "expert witnesses" who cannot
be cross-examined against defendants in trials,
the creation of military tribunals in order to
evade federal courts, secret legal memos giving
the president authority to launch preemptive
cyber attacks on any country without providing
evidence that the country constitutes a threat
and the Obama regime's murder of US citizens without evidence or due process.
As if this were not enough, the Obama regime now
creates new presidential powers by crafting
secret laws, refusing to disclose the legal
reasoning on which the asserted power rests. In
other words, laws now originate in secret
executive branch memos and not in acts of
Congress. Congress? We don't need no stinking Congress.
Despite laws protecting whistleblowers and the
media and the US Military Code, which requires
soldiers to report war crimes, whistleblowers
agent John Kiriakou, media such as
Assange and soldiers such as Bradley Manning are
persecuted and prosecuted for revealing US
government crimes. The criminals go free, and
those who report the crimes are punished.
The justification for the American police state
is the "war on terror," a hoax kept alive by the
"sting operations." Normally speaking, a sting
operation is when a policewoman poses as a
prostitute in order to ensnare a "John" or a
police officer poses as a drug dealer or user in
order to ensnare drug users or dealers. The FBI's
"sting operation" goes beyond these victimless crimes that fill up US prisons.
The FBI's sting operations are different. They
are just as victimless, as no plot ever happens,
but the FBI doesn't pose as bomb makers for
terrorists who have a plot but lack the weapon.
Instead, the FBI has the plot and looks for a
hapless or demented person or group, or for a
Muslim enraged over the latest Washington insult
to him and/or his
When the FBI locates its victim, its agents
approach the selected perpetrator pretending to
Qaeda or some such and ply the selected
perpetrator with money, the promise of fame, or
threats until the victim signs on to the FBI's plot and is arrested.
Trevor Aaronson in his book, The Terror Factory:
Inside the FBI's War on Terrorism, documents that
the FBI has so far concocted
"terrorist plots" and that almost all of the
other "terrorist cases" are cases unrelated to
terrorism, such as immigration, with a terror
charge tacked on. The presstitute American media
doesn't ask why, if there is so much real
terrorism requiring an American war against it,
the FBI has to invent and solicit terrorist plots.
Neither does the media inquire how the Taliban,
which resists the US invasion and attempted
occupation of Afghanistan, fighting the US
superpower to a standstill after 11 years, came
to be designated as terrorists. Nor does the US
presstitute media want to know how tribesmen in
remote regions of Pakistan came to be designated
as "terrorists" deserving of US drone attacks on
the citizens, schools and medical clinics of a
country with which the US is not at war.
Instead, the media protects and perpetrates the
hoax that has given America the police state. The
American media has become Leni Riefenstahl, as
has Hollywood with the anti-Muslim propaganda
film, "Zero Dark Thirty." This propaganda film is
a hate crime that spreads Islamophobia.
Nevertheless, the film is likely to win awards
and to sink Americans into both tyranny and a
hundred-year war in the name of fighting the Muslim threat.
What I learned many years ago as a professor is
that movies are important molders of Americans'
attitudes. Once, after giving a thorough
explanation of the
Revolution that led to
rule, a student raised his hand and said: "That's
not the way it happened in the movie."
At first I thought he was making a witty joke,
but then I realized that he thought that the
truth resided in the movie, not in the professor
who was well versed in the subject. Ever since I
have been puzzled how the US has survived for so
long, considering the ignorance of its
population. Americans have lived in the power of
the US economy. Now that this power is waning,
sooner or later Americans will have to come to terms with reality.
It is a reality that will be unfamiliar to them.
Some Americans claim that we have had police
states during other wartimes and that once the
war on terror is won, the police state will be
dismantled. Others claim that government will be
judicious in its use of the power and that if you
are doing nothing wrong you have nothing to fear.
These are reassurances from the deluded. The
Bush/Obama police state is far more comprehensive
than Lincoln's, Wilson's, or Roosevelt's, and the
war on terror is open-ended and is already three
times longer than World War II. The Police State
is acquiring "squatter's rights."
Moreover, the government needs the police state
in order to protect itself from accountability
for its crimes, lies and squandering of
taxpayers' money. New precedents for executive
power have been created in conjunction with the
Federalist Society which, independent of the war
on terror, advocates the "unitary executive"
theory, which claims the president has powers not
subject to check by Congress and the Judiciary.
In other words, the president is a dictator if he prefers to be.
The Obama regime is taking advantage of this
Republican theory. The regime has used the
Republican desire for a strong executive outside
the traditional checks and balances together with
the fear factor to complete the creation of the Bush/Cheney police state.
As Lawrence M. Stratton and I documented in our
book, The Tyranny Of Good Intentions, prior to
9/11 law as a shield of the people was already
losing ground to law as a weapon in the hands of
the government. If the government wanted to get
you, there were few if any barriers to a
defendant being framed and convicted, least of
all a brainwashed jury fearful of crime.
I cannot say whether the US justice system has
ever served justice better than it has served the
ambition of prosecutors. Already in the 1930s and
1940s US Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland
and US Attorney General Robert Jackson were
warning against prosecutors who sacrifice "fair
dealing to build up statistics of success."
Certainly it is difficult to find in the ranks of
federal prosecutors today Jackson's "prosecutor
who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks
truth and not victims, who serves the law and not
factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility."
Just consider the wrongful conviction of
Alabama's Democratic governor, Don Siegelman, by
what apparently was a Karl Rove plot to rid the
South of Democratic governors. The "Democratic"
Obama regime has not investigated this false
prosecution or given clemency to its innocent
own. Remember how quickly Bush removed the prison
sentence of Cheney's operative who revealed the
name of a CIA undercover agent? The Democrats are
a cowed and cowardly political party, fearful of
justice and as much a part of the corrupt police state as the Republicans.
Today the purpose of a prosecution is to serve
the prosecutor's career and that of the party
that appoints him or her. A prosecutor's career
is served by high conviction rates, which require
plea bargains in which the evidence against a
defendant is never tested in court or before a
jury, and by high profile cases, which can launch
a prosecutor into a political career, as Rudy
Giuliani achieved with his frame-up of Michael Milken.
how Internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz was
driven to his death by the ambition of two
federal prosecutors, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and
Assistant US Attorney Stephen Heymann, who had no
aversion to destroying an innocent person with
ridiculous and trumped-up charges in order to advance their careers.
It is rare for a prosecutor to suffer any
consequence for bringing false charges, for
consciously using and even paying for false
evidence, and for lying to judge and jury. As
prosecutors are rarely held accountable, they
employ illegal and unethical methods and
routinely abuse their power. As judges are mainly
concerned with clearing their court dockets,
justice is rarely served in America, which
explains why the US has not only a larger
percentage of its citizens in prison than any
other country on Earth but also the largest
absolute number of prisoners. The US actually has
more of its citizens in prison than
China, which has a population four times larger
than the US. The US, possibly the greatest human
rights abuser in history, is constantly bringing
human rights charges against China. Where are the
human rights charges against Washington?
In America the collapse of law has gone beyond
corrupt prosecutors and their concocted false
prosecutions. Unless it needs or desires a show
trial, a police state does not need prosecutors
and courts. By producing legal memos that the
president can both throw people into prison
without a trial and execute them without a trial
simply by stating that some official in the
executive branch thinks the person has a possible
or potential connection to terrorism, tyranny's
friends in the Justice (sic) Department have
dispensed with the need for courts, prosecutors
and trials. The Bush/Obama regime has made the
executive branch judge, juror and executioner.
All that is needed is an unproven assertion by
some executive branch official. Here we have the epitome of evil.
Evidence is no longer required for the president
of the US to imprison people for life or to
deprive them of their life. A
Justice Department memo has been leaked to NBC
News that reveals the tyrannical reasoning that
authorizes the executive branch to execute
American citizens on the basis of belief alone
without the requirement of evidence that they are
terrorists or associated with terrorists.
In "freedom and
America, innocent until proven guilty is no
longer the operative legal principle. If the
government says you are guilty, you are. Period.
No evidence required for your termination. Even
pretended to have evidence.
The United States government is working its way
step by step toward the determination that any
and every critic of the government is guilty of
providing "aid and comfort" to Washington's
"terrorist enemies," which includes the elected
Hamas government in Gaza. The only critics
exempted from this rule-in-the-making are the
who criticize the US government for being too
slow to throttle both its critics and
"anti-semites," such as former US President Jimmy
Carter, who criticize the Israeli government's
illegal appropriation of Palestinian lands. Most
of Palestine has been stolen by Israel with
Washington acquiesce and aid. Therefore, nothing
is left for a "two-state solution."
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Israeli
government's theft of Palestine is illegal; yet
Washington, on which Israel is totally dependent,
does nothing about law. Law, we don't need no
stinking law. Washington has might. Might is right. Get used to it.
Not only for Palestinians has law ceased to exist
but also for Americans, and for Washington's
puppets in the UK and Europe, pitiful remnants of
once great nations now complicit in Washington's
crimes against humanity. The Open Society Justice
Initiative, a NGO based in New York, has
a report that documents that 54 governments are
involved in Washington's rendition and torture
program. Twenty-five of the governments that help
Washington to kidnap, disappear and torture people are European.
The opening decade of the 21st century has seen
the destruction of all the law that was devised
to protect the innocent and the vulnerable since
the rise of the now defunct moral conscience of
the West. The West's moral conscience never
applied outside of itself. What happened to
people in Europe's colonies and to native
inhabitants of the US and Australia is a very different story.
Nevertheless, despite its lack of coverage to the
powerless, the principle of the rule of law was a
promising principle. Now America under Bush and
Obama, two peas of the same pod, has abandoned the principle itself.
The Obama police state will be worse than the
Bush/Cheney police state. Unlike
who in times past were suspicious of government
power, Obamabots believe that government power is
a force for good if it is in the right hands. As
Obama's supporters see him as a member of an
oppressed minority, they are confident that Obama
will not misuse his power. This belief is akin to
the belief that, as
suffered so much at the hands of
Israel would be fair to the Palestinians.
that "the most extremist power any political
leader can assert is the power to target his own
citizens for execution without any charges or due
process, far from any battlefield. The Obama
administration has not only asserted exactly that
power in theory, but has exercised it in practice."
This is the power of a dictator. That
Gaddafi were said to have this power was part of
their demonization as "brutal dictators," a
justification for overthrowing their governments
and murdering the dictators and their supporters.
Ironic, isn't it, that the president of the
United States now murders his political opponents
just as Saddam Hussein murdered his? How long
before critics move from the no-fly list to the extermination list?
[Additional reading: The legal analysis in the
URL below written by seasoned attorneys shows
that Obama is a tyrant. The point made by the
attorneys is too clear to be debatable.
This column was originally published at
paulcraigroberts.org and is reprinted here with
the author's permission.
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor
of the Wall Street Journal, columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service and
Creators Syndicate and has had many university appointments.
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