It Has Happened Here
the police state is real
The Bush regime's response to 9/11 and the Obama 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 US 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 "war 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 PATRIOT 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 habeas 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 CIA agent John Kiriakou, media such as Julian 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 FBI's "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 religion. When the FBI locates its victim, its agents approach the selected perpetrator pretending to be Al 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 150 "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 Russian Revolution that led to communist 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 explained 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 "authoritarian" 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 secret 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 democracy" 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 Stalin 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 neoconservatives 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 NATO 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 issued 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 conservatives 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 Jews suffered so much at the hands of Hitler, Israel would be fair to the Palestinians.
Glenn Greenwald writes 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 Saddam Hussein and Muammar 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. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/assassin_in_chief.html]
This column was originally published at paulcraigroberts.org and is reprinted here with the author's permission. Paul 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.
Posted by Cognizant on 02/09/13 03:21 PM
In responce to the first paragraph of this article, "the US Constitution is no longer an operable document"; There is no constitution for United States citizens, and hasn't been sice the 14th amnedment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The 14th amendment created US citizenship as it is today. To understand this you must understand that the "United States" is not the same as the "United States of America". And that the only constitution in the United States is what congress legislates. Those of us who are United States citizens labor under the false notion that the Constitution of the United States of America is our constitution.
I have put this link in blog responces before. I see that the blog has been edited recently. It now includes a link to another blog that makes the concept a little easier to understand.
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Posted by Spectator on 02/09/13 09:03 AM
Another concise, sobering, and yet bracing article from Dr Roberts. We are fortunate to have his courage, experience, and insight from which to learn. He is a national treasure, and we may look forward to a time when his contributions will be assessed at their true value.
Posted by Tazio2013 on 02/09/13 08:44 AM
Is Democracy America's Deadliest Export? - Friday, February 8, 2013 - by Gary Corseri / Activist Post
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In activist-author-publisher William Blum's new book, America's Deadliest Export: Democracy, he tells the story of how he got his 15 minutes of fame back in 2006. Osama bin Laden had released an audiotape, declaring: 'If you [Americans] are sincere in your desire for peace and security… and if Bush decides to carry on with his lies and oppression, then it would be useful for you to read the book Rogue State.' Bin Laden then quoted from the Foreword of Blum's 2000 book,Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, in which he had mused:
'If I were… president, I could stop terrorist attacks [on us] in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize… to all the widows and the orphans, the impoverished and the tortured, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. I would then announce that America's global interventions… have come to an end. And I would inform Israel that it is no longer the 51st state of the union but… a foreign country. I would then reduce the military budget by at least 90% and use the savings to pay reparations to the victims. … That's what I'd do on my first three days in the White House. On the fourth day, I'd be assassinated.'
Unfortunately, Blum never made it to the White House! But, fortunately, for those who have read his books or follow his 'Anti-Empire Reports' on the Web, he was not assassinated! And now he has collected his reports and essays of the last dozen years or so into a 352-page volume that will not only stand the test of time, but will help to define this disillusioned, morose, violent and unraveling Age...
Posted by timoore on 02/09/13 07:47 AM
Among many other issues, Mr. Roberts points out how the average US citizen is educated. MOVIES AND TV episodes. The US, it's citizens, and The Articles of Confederation will save our country from complete collapse.
Posted by TerryWriterFromPortCredit on 02/09/13 06:00 AM
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A Thousand Points of Light:
That inegmatic phrase coming out of George (w) Bush Sr.'s mouth has always intrigued(s) me ever since he said it.
I know Mr. Roberts was in the Reagan administration and I remember once seeing a video with Reagan and Bush Sr. riding horses side by side so I am going to assume that you have met Bush Sr. so perhaps correct me if I have this wrong - a thousand points of light? ( (ught?)
Why would a sitting President say such a thing to the people of the United States when it on the outside makes no sense?
Was he speaking to them or someone else?
John Kozy has an interesting article posted over at ... Click to view link ... titled "The Real New World Order: ... "
In it he mentions Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points (The League of Nations) followed in the next paragrah by mentioning Hitler's want to create a Thousand Year Reich -
I may be way off here in this assumption of a pattern but if you put fourteen points (nations) with thousand year you get a thousand years of a thousand nations as one = New World Order.
If someone knows what the old coot of a crazy empirialist really meant please correct me - A thousand points of light? - (life -)
I don't know - maybe he was on acid (some pure purple microdot acid) when he said it - or its equivalent drug - power!
Just wandering in wonder on that one.
The Canadian Curator.
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Posted by amanfromMars on 02/09/13 02:57 AM
Here be the lighter for the sparks that sets of the explosions that start an American revolution and a hunt for heads to decorate poles? ... ... . Click to view link
It will certainly do for Uncle Sam around the world and render him extraordinarily, a pariah state and failed terrorist nation, methinks, for who needs enemies with such friends.
Posted by provolone on 02/08/13 11:06 PM
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Petition at whitehouse dot gov for government officials to 'Stop lying'. Requires 150 signatures to be visible on their page.
Posted by 1776 on 02/08/13 10:41 PM
Senator Paul to Give Tea Party Response to Obama's State of the Union... After Rubio Katie Pavlich News Editor, Townhall
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Posted by dave jr on 02/08/13 08:39 PM
Better to just walk away and let it die on the vine. This could be done by shunning the fiat which gov itself abuses. It will take a critical mass. That is the difficult part.
I would not advocate bloodshed outside of a life threatening need for self defense. I won't stoop to their level.
Posted by floyd on 02/08/13 08:12 PM
If all of this is true and it appears to be, we not only need assult rifles with 16 round clips, we need machine guns. God bless my children and grandchildren. Revolutions have horrible outcomes for all.
Posted by dave jr on 02/08/13 07:49 PM
The war on terror is predicated on a US Gov/Mil duty to protect US Citizens. Where is this duty spelled out? Where is the legality for this? Is it derived from the Constitutional restriction on the US Government from infringing on peoples life, liberty and pursuit of happiness? Really? While it is doing exactly the opposite, not just domestically but world wide?
For my whole life, I have witnessed the US Government infringing on my rights, doing everything it can to foul my pursuit of happiness. I don't want to dishonnor previous generations who fought for what we all believe in, but I can not think of one single benefit fed/gov has provided my generation, while racking up a long list of grievences against it self.
It is pretty easy to understand the need for a police state,... to PROTECT the "evil doers".
Posted by bionic mosquito on 02/08/13 05:44 PM
"Let us hope that the Senators hold out on voting to approve John Brennan as Director of the CIA until they receive what they need from this Administration and that they allow their staff and lawyers to review the documents."
Don't hold your breath. It is all political theater, designed to, in the end, have Congress put their stamp of approval on the process.
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Posted by dimitri on 02/08/13 04:40 PM
PCR rocks and kicks ass at the same time! A Cicero for our times.
Posted by seer on 02/08/13 04:03 PM
Great piece, well written, based on verifiable incidents and more importantly describes what less than 5 % of the American population is aware of. ""That's not the way it happened in the movie."" The vast majority of Americans get their news from TV, movies and of course rumor mills. Unfortunately the USA has a sordid a history of making the earth safe for US corporations. That these corporate people hold key government positions and then use those positions to aid the Corporatocracy is no secret. Now with the US President taking more power, it is easier to control decisions through executive orders. Our 4 day a week congress is mainly concerned about being re-elected.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Yes, you enjoy it because it speaks more of corporatism and politics - and less about central banking. For some reason that's a sore spot with you. Wonder why ...
Posted by arias4me on 02/08/13 04:00 PM
I would have rated this article higher than a 5 if that had been possible. This is the truth as I know it. Who are high level officials to think that they have the right to make the decision to kill U.S. Citizens or even people who are not citizens without a trial or declaring war? Let us hope that the Senators hold out on voting to approve John Brennan as Director of the CIA until they receive what they need from this Administration and that they allow their staff and lawyers to review the documents. After all, if it is really legal to do this anyone should be able to review the legality of it. I don't believe what this administration is doing in this regard is legal and the Senators must hold steadfast until its legality can be ascertained and rejected if necessary.
This Administration as well as the previous one have turned America into something I no longer recognize, unless it be the type of Germany Hitler had. It is ironic that the President refers to himself as a "Constitutional Scholar."
And, by the way, not only is the 2 Trillion dollars still missing from the Pentagon, but much, much more money is missing and appears to have left official hands. Indeed we do need to have a budget issued for the Congress to consider and it ought to be comprehensive. Why would what ought to be printed in the budget be called "off-budget" or the "black budget"? I'd like to see the whole budget.
Posted by kapie9969 on 02/08/13 02:30 PM
I'm having my kids read about agenda 21 so they can understand how it is slowly being Click to view links being played out all around us.The elite of course known whats better for us than we do,I just dont know how we have lived all these years without the guidance of such geniuses like Al Gore and Joe Bidden and Obama.
Its really a must read thing for anyone who values and they're freedom and for others to wake up and see the reality coming they're way.
Posted by 1776 on 02/08/13 02:10 PM
5 Homeland Security 'Bots Coming to Spy on You (If They Aren't Already) BY ROBERT BECKHUSEN 02.08.13
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Posted by Ol' Grey Ghost on 02/08/13 02:02 PM
A few years back (pre-9/11) a e-friend asked me, based on my training in and experience on a police Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team, what could a regular person due to survive and win against a SWAT invasion of his home. I wrote a short thesis that he published on his website aptly titled, "How to Defeat a SWAT Team." He received so much flak from some law enforcement agencies in his part of the country (I must have struck a nerve) he removed it from his site and a few weeks later he stopped having any more contact with me.
I have to wonder, if I rewrote that article again and posted in on my own blog, how long would it be before I ended up on someone's "Do Not Live" list...
Posted by 1776 on 02/08/13 12:20 PM
The REAL Purpose of the 2nd Amendment - The Ultimate Critique of Gun Control
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Posted by 1776 on 02/08/13 11:36 AM
2.3 TRillion Dollars Missing from DOD The Day before 9/11/2001
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Does anybody know what has come of this? Or is this why we went to war on 9/11?
Defending the World, Bankrupting Ourselves Steve Chapman | December 6, 2012 After decades of American protection, our friends can form their own alliances to confront any adversary.
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Ron Paul says U.S. has military personnel in 130 nations and 900 overseas bases: Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures during a Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa.
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