Archive for April, 2007

Would the U.S. Terrorize Its Own People?

April 28, 2007


“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” – Plato

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – U.S. President James Madison

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”. – Adolph Hitler

“Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” – Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”. – Josef Stalin

But could this happen in modern America? Initially, it is now fairly well-accepted that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident was a fabrication. See this article.

More importantly, official, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960’s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also committing terrorist murders against U.S. citizens on American soil, and then blaming it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. If you view no other links in this article, please read the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings (click link entitled “Joint Chiefs Guilty-Northwoods”).

But Al-Qaeda is different — powerful, organized, and out to get us, right? Maybe, but take a look at this Los Angeles Times Article, reviewing a BBC documentary entitled “The Power of Nightmares”.

And did you know that the FBI had penetrated the cell which carried out the 1993 world trade center bombing, but had — at the last minute — cancelled the plan to have its FBI infiltrator substitute fake power for real explosives, against the infiltrator’s strong wishes (summary version is free; full version is pay-per-view)?

And did you know that the CIA is alleged to have met with Bin Laden two months before 9/11?

And did you see the statement by the CIA commander in charge of the capture that the U.S. LET Bin Laden escape from Afghanistan?

And have you heard that the anthrax attacks — which were sent along with notes purportedly written by Islamic terrorists — used a weaponized anthrax strain from the top U.S. bioweapons facility, the Fort Detrick military base? Indeed, top bioweapons experts have stated that the anthrax attack may have been a CIA test “gone wrong”; and see this article by a former NSA and naval intelligence officer. It is also interesting that the only congress people mailed anthrax-containing letters were key democrats, and that the attacks occurred one week before passage of the freedom-curtailing Patriot Act, which seems to have scared them and the rest of congress into passing that act without even reading it. And it might be coincidence, but White House staff began taking the anti-anthrax medicine before the Anthrax attacks occurred.

Even the threat of terror works, as shown by this brief essay showing that the administration issues terror alerts when its poll numbers go down.

If we do not learn our history, we are doomed to repeat it. See this article on the Reichstag fire, and this article on the perennial ploy of those grabbing power.

Indeed, many credible people are now warning that the U.S. government may very well use terror (again) on the American people:

On November 15th, the former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury expressed his dire warning that the Neo-Cons in the Bush administration may be set to stage another terror attack in the US as part of a black operation to demolish growing dissent and coerce the public to rally behind the government once again.

Also in November, an allegedly leaked GOP memo touts a new terror attack as a way to reverse the party’s decline.

In October, a retired 27-year CIA analyst who prepared and presented Presidential Daily Briefs and served as a high-level analyst for several presidents, stated that if there was another major attack in the U.S., it would lead to martial law. He went on to say:

“We have to be careful, if somebody does this kind of provocation, big violent explosions of some kind, we have to not take the word of the masters there in Washington that this was some terrorist event because it could well be a provocation allowing them, or seemingly to allow them to get what they want.”

The former CIA analyst would not put it past the government to “play fast and loose” with terror alerts and warnings and even events themselves in order to rally people behind the flag.

That same month, current U.S. Congressman Ron Paul stated that the government “is determined to have martial law”, and that the government is hoping to get the people “fearful enough that they will accept the man on the white horse”

Also in October, the Former UN Weapons Inspector who stated before the Iraq war started that there were no weapons of mass destruction is now saying that he would not rule out staged government terror by the U.S. government.

And Daniel Ellsberg, the famous Pentagon Papers whistleblower, is now hinting at the same thing.

And a member of the British Parliament recently stated that “there is a very real danger” that the American government will stage a false flag terror attack in order to justify war against Iran and to gain complete control domestically.

Would the U.S. government terrorize its own people? Yes, unless we expose their tricks.





April 25, 2007

Like many Americans, it’s physically difficult for me to listen to George Bush’s defensive, whiny, passive-aggressive yowling these days. It’s a really ugly sound– like fingernails on a chalkboard– regardless of the topic. I don’t think “Bush fatigue” even begins to describe it. And nothing I do hear from him pisses me off more than his twisted Rovian talking points about how the Democratic Congressional leadership is trying to micromanage the war instead of letting “the men in uniform” do it. The hypocrisy drips from this creature’s every pore. Every single time a professional military officer tried warning Bush or Cheney or Rumsfeld that their incompetent harebrained schemes were nonstarters, they were fired and their careers destroyed.

Today one of the worst Bush Regime asslickers, a worthless, honorless rubber stamp who should be driven from office by patriots in his Florida district, repeated the same line of garbage. We’ve come across right wing loon C.W. Bill Young before– when it turned out that he made the conscious decision to let wounded American soldiers lay in vermin infested rooms at Walter Reed rather than do his job and embarrass the Regime. Today this sleazy apologist for Bush and Cheney is using more twisted logic to put forward the right-wing meme in favor of endless war.

The Army Times is reporting that Young is whining that Congress shouldn’t manage the conduct of war.

Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, R-Fla., said catastrophe always follows when civilians turn a deaf ear to their military officers.

In the 2003 run-up to the war, Young said in an interview, administration officials dismissed a top Army officer’s estimate that securing Iraq would probably require several hundred thousand troops.

“I just don’t think that it’s a good idea for us here in the Congress to try to manage the conduct of the war,” Young, a military appropriations expert, told his colleagues during a meeting Monday.

So Young thinks Congress should just abdicate it’s responsibility and let Bush’s failed policies spin further out of control, the same way he abdicated his own responsibilities to wounded soldiers at Water Reed? Bush and Cheney– two of the least competent elected officials to ever get control of a military force– haven’t a clue how to handle the war they started in Iraq. It is Congress’ job to get us out of the mess these maniacs have dragged us into. Young should be tossed onto history’s trash heap at the first opportunity for being a shameful partisan enabler for these two criminals while Bush’s puppet regime in Iraq falls apart and the increasingly anti-American insurgency goes, violently, from bad to worse.



April 23, 2007

One of the themes of DWT has been to expose the unadulterated assault– inspired by a kind of ideological psychosis and in support of unbounded corporate greed– by the Bush Regime on the regulatory agencies. The very functions of these agencies– protection of consumers in a mass society– is anathema to mindless right-wingers. A couple years ago, when Lester Crawford, BushCo’s Food and Drug Administration chief, was forced to resign, we noted that even staunchly conservative Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was relieved, pointing out, diplomatically, that “in recent years, the FDA has demonstrated a too-cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and an attitude of shielding rather than disclosing information.”

The grotesque and deadly incompetence brought to light by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath– a kind of perfect storm scenario that exposed conservative anti-government ideology at its worst and proved why extreme conservatives are unfit to govern– shed light not just on FEMA but on how the Bush Regime had systematically wrecked the entire machinery of the regulatory agencies. more

Will American bombs kill my dream?

April 14, 2007


by Tom Engelhardt and Behzad Yaghmaian
by Tom Engelhardt and Behzad Yaghmaian

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Like a giant piece in an intricate, if ugly, jigsaw puzzle, the aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, and its strike group are now sailing toward the Persian Gulf. On arrival, they will join the strike groups of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (which it is officially replacing) and the USS John C. Stennis patrolling the region, as stunning an example of “gunboat diplomacy” as we’ve seen in our lifetimes. I think it’s a fair guess that, like most Americans, few, if any, of the Nimitz strike group’s 6,000 sailors and Marines, who may become part of a massive Bush administration air assault on Iranian nuclear and other facilities, know much about modern Iranian history. Most may be unaware of the CIA/British coup d’état in Iran, in 1953, that overthrew the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh (which had just carried out the nationalizing of Iranian oil), reinstalled the Shah, and ushered in a long, contentious relationship between the two countries – with all the “unintended consequences” that may end, whether through miscalculation or cold calculation, in a devastating war.

It was this very “success” to which CIA operatives first applied the term “blowback,” for those unintended consequences of covert Agency operations which, when they finally land on Americans, are not recognized as such. Just this week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bragged to the world that Iran was on its way to industrial-scale uranium enrichment. But who today knows that the first seeds of the present Iranian “peaceful” nuclear program came from the United States? Under Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program, one of the planet’s first nuclear proliferation engines back in the 1950s and 1960s, the Shah’s Iran gained its initial nuclear technology, including a U.S.-supplied 5-megawatt nuclear research reactor. At the time, it was believed, the Shah was dreaming of something far more ambitious than a peaceful nuclear program.

Ah, but that was then, this, of course, is now; and not making historical connections is a great American talent. As it happens, it’s not an Iranian one. When covert “operations” occur at your expense, you tend to remember – for a long, long time. Fortunately, Behzad Yaghmaian, author of Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West and a Tomdispatch writer, is here with his remarkable memoir of a life lived in and between two worlds, Iranian and American. His is a tale that can both help us remember how it all began and think more clearly about what an attack on Iran might actually mean in human terms. ~ Tom

Bonded at Birth: How a CIA Coup d’État in Iran and My Life Became One

By Behzad Yaghmaian