[Rushtalk] It can't happen here?

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
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 
that the 
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 
such as 
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.

Glenn Greenwald 
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.

Glenn Greenwald 
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 
Hussein and 
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.

Paf Dvorak

<http://thatswaytoomuch.info/>notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info  
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