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?

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.

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  1. This is an excellent summary of the present fascist state we live within.

  2. Yes, and one that we have a unique chance to bring down right now. The following information about John Brennan has been put in the hands of every senator at tomorrow’s closed DCI confirmation hearing. Please read this and pass it on. http://larouchepac.com/node/25440

    Thanks for the Paul Craig Roberts article.

  3. avatar Castillonis says:

    I don’t want to distract people from discussion of Craig Roberts, but the link in the previous comment troubles me.
    I remember people from that group visiting my university. They attempted to persuade students to quit studying at the university. They wanted them to quit school and to work for their organization.

  4. avatar tonywicher says:

    The LaRouche movement has been around for a long time. LaRouche is 90 and has done a lot, and is more active than ever. He has made a lot of enemies over the years, and many negative things have been said about him. Among other things he has founded the Schiller Institute and educated a whole generation of dedicated followers to spread his ideas. It may be that his followers were telling students that they could get a better education at the Schiller Institute. Given the deplorable state of general education these days, I would probably agree. Here is a link to the latest Schiller Institute conference in New York, which I attended, called “A New Paradigm to Save Mankind” http://newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com/new-york-conference-january-26-2013/ It was a wonderful experience. LaRouche is an old guy and I think some of his ideas need updating, and some of his followers are doctrinaire and can be obnoxious, but nevertheless he is a very original thinker who has been saying the same things for 50 years, has often been called crazy, a cult leader, etc. but who keeps being proved right. I think he has been ahead of his time and now his time has come. Please do judge for yourself. Go to larouchepac.com and read his platform for full economic recovery.

  5. Wicher – a Larouche person it all makes perfect sense. The man was a cult leader, fraud, thief and the list of miscreant behavior goes on and on.

    Really really funny… or pathetic.

  6. From T Stanley:

    “Okay, we all know where this is headed. But for the sake of those without any imagination left, let’s examine our current course.

    For starters, let’s dispel some common myths. Tropes and memes, if you will.

    Democracy and public consent. We are, in theory, a democracy. Majority rules, yada yada. Now there used to be limits to this. Sometimes the majority want’s some pretty heinous stuff. Slavery comes to mind. So there are limits to the public’s wants, outlined in the constitution. Once upon a time, summarily executing a US citizen would have been a no-no. Due process and all. Going through everyone’s correspondence was a no-no. Reasonable suspicion for searches and all. Free speech was always protected, first amendment says so. Now we are in a place where most if not all of these constitutional protections are moot, as the majority of the country accepts them. I will suggest this is deliberately done through media and institutional conditioning. So the argument that the majority are okay with whatever transgressions are happening, is moot.

    As far as drones being no different from previous incarnations of deadly weaponry, I’m not buying that either. It’s the persistence that makes them different. Some models can hover over an area for the better part of a day. You would notice a police helicopter over your house. A drone… maybe not so much. Regardless, I can’t seem to recall fighter planes EVER being used to eliminate a criminal within our country’s borders. Why people find it more acceptable than a manned plane is beyond me. So the equivalency argument is moot.

    So here we are. Domestic terrorist. Dangerous to law enforcement. Drones, armed or unarmed, being deployed eliminate this terrorist. A title, keep in mind, that has also been used to describe Occupy and The Liberty Movement. And here we are, with people clamoring for our first domestic bug-splat.

    Where does it end? It doesn’t. And most people see no problem. Technological advances are cropping up, and we obviously should use them for public safety. Sweet. Increase that safety net. Make it less porous and more effective.

    The problem is, one day, that net will become a brick wall, and there will be no escaping it. In many of our lifetimes, we will see a complete surveillance state. Technology is already there. Once the cost goes down, and the public stops protesting, it will become ubiquitous. Your whereabouts will be known at all times. Between the million different biometrics used to track individuals passively, and the thousands of ways people voluntarily disclose their whereabouts, you will be under the thumb of whoever is running the show. If you try to escape, if you go off-grid, if you try to run… you will be found. Drones will fill the sky. Uber-mega-pixel thermal sensing cameras will be able to pick anyone out of a forest. In the city, staying undetected will be even harder. Electronic currency is our future. There will be no anonymous transactions with cash. You won’t even be able to take a cab without getting your face scanned by the taxi’s CCTV. Same with the bus, and obviously, the airport. You’ll wish it was as simple as swapping out eyeballs like in Minority Report. None of this is exaggeration. One day, the second your patterns change, and you decide you want to go rogue, the entire state will know immediately, and their entire force will come down on you.

    And all for safety. What’s the downside you ask. What’s so bad about catching bad guys? By then you’ll have forgotten, Rosa Parks was a bad guy. So was Washington, Jefferson and the rest of the founders. Daniel Ellsberg was a bad guy. Many of those people who have made change in this country, were operating against the status quo, against the law, and against the majorities sensibilities. Those future heroes will never have a chance.

    Never before has a ruling power been able to keep tabs on every citizen at once. To gaze down via flying robots on the entire land. To see a lone man wander through the woods from 30,000 feet in the sky. To know their every transaction, their every move, their every communication, and their every acquaintance. That, combined with the ability to direct public opinion, to manufacture consent, will close society faster than anyone of us have previously imagined. And by then, it will be too late for dissent. “

  7. Yes, we should all take SanderO’s word for this. Or look it up in Wikipedia. Such a reliable source of information. I don’t normally deal in character assassination, but in SanderO’s case I will make an exception.

  8. I guess maybe I could add this much. It was the Poppy Bush administration that jailed LaRouche and his senior staff on trumped up charges. You can believe those charges like you can believe SanderO. They were given the choice of pleading guilty and getting a slap on the wrist or pleading innocent and getting up to 86 years. Those who took the deal are no longer with the LaRouche organization. Those who refused got locked up for up to 10 years, including LaRouche for five. But LaRouche is incredibly persistent. Since then he has built his organization back up to its point of highest activity and influence. They have matured as an organization. If you want a picture of the LaRouche organization today please take a little time to check out the January 26 New York conference at Riverside Church on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech, one year to the day before his assassination, where he said that his movement was no longer just about civil rights but about peace and economic justice. The conference was a day of political intelligence and high culture such as I have never experienced before. The highlight for me was not any of the speeches but the performance by the Schiller Institute of Bach’s Magnificat. The whole conference is on the Net at http://newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com/. Please contrast what you see and hear there with the ugliness so eagerly spewed by SanderO.

  9. avatar tonywicher says:

    Daniel Ellsberg is also calling for Obama’s impeachment. Now is the time for all good Americans to eschew “potty politics”, to unite and bring down this fascist regime, which has been in full power since Kennedy was assassinated (which, like 9/11 was also blamed on a patsy named Lee Harvey Oswald). That’s 50 years this year. But 9/11 took it to new level. As the political economy of the West crumbles, even worse things loom if we don’t act right away.

  10. avatar tonywicher says:

    The closest thing we have had to a president for the last 50 years was Ronald Reagan, even though Poppy Bush was vice president and was doing all sorts of things for eight years, including trying to assassinate him (John Hinkley, whose family was closely connected with Bush). But some of the honest people from that administration are still around, including Paul Craig Roberts and Bing West, former assistant Secretary of Defense, who writes about the Benghazi affair: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/331892/benghazi-obama-emerges-fog-war-bing-west

    Again this shows how Obama and Brennan were running the Benghazi operation through an office of the Pentagon that Sibel calls the “Gladio Plan B Office”. This was also what Cheney was doing in the last administration. Even the CIA and the FBI were out of the loop. Petraeus was livid about it and that is why he had to be cashiered for “moral turpetude” with Paula Broadwell (who was probably a plant put there for the purpose of bringing Petraeus down).

  11. Wicher,

    You can disagree with what I write or link to or quote but drop the unacceptable ad hom attacks. This is one of your tactics: attack the person who writes what you don’t agree with. This is impressing no one and makes you look like a bitter paranoid person.

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