Response to 'How the GOP Turned the US Into a Hideous Police State'
September 11, 2008
Postscript September 21, 2008
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This is Project Humanbeingsfirst's response to Len Hart's article “How the GOP Turned the US Into a Hideous Police State”, September 10, 2008, 12:44 PM.
Dear Mr. Len Hart,
As I read through your chilling summation of what's presently transpiring in the real America that most Americans still do not get to see and hear, I feel no sense of gloat or satisfaction; only intense frustration at what this beautiful country has been so very very predictably turned into. It is incoherent to blame it upon the GOP alone. The GOP/RNC represents the same ruling interests as the DEM/DNC. They have the same common financiers and power-wielders, policy-planners and think-tankers - surely you know all this already. Both presidential platforms represent the same “imperial mobilization” agendas. They differ only cosmetically at best, and perhaps a bit in temporal tactics if at all.
None of what you detail is at all a surprise – it was predicted the day FBI visited my home in search of some “terrorist”, an experience I detail in the first part of my book; and the basis of whatever you have described by scouring all those current newspaper and eyewitness reports, is in the second part of my book. This was in 2003, on the eve of Iraq's invasion. At that time, maximum weekend protest size in America by any reasonable estimate, was less than half a million – and then it was back to work in pursuit of the “American dream”. Today, the protests are far smaller, any mass mobilization non-existent. Whence your optimism: “When millions are so motivated, the underpinnings of this dictatorship of less than one percent of the nation will collapse.”?
That is like Etienne de La Boetie platitudinously observing in his famous discourse on Voluntary Servitude in 1552 A.D.:
“Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.”
Yet, not much has happened. Tyrants abound in all times as people allow them in all times. The Ten Commandments were surely enough to end all injustices in the world 3000 years ago! Yet we still have the 'ubermenschen' who remain “beyond good and evil”. Platitudes are no match for devilish political science. It is only astute political science that can counter, with any efficacy, Machiavelli and Orwell, Brzezinski and Kissinger, Huxley and the opiate of the “American Dream”.
Here are a few excerpts from my 2003 book which might sound like “I told you so five years ago”. However that's not the purpose. Rehearsing these passages here is only meant to reflect the idea that “self-interest” is a major motivation for anyone, including the “United We Stand” Americans who have principally enabled the “imperial mobilization” of their nation.
It was an intimate understanding of that basic principle which led to the creation of the false-flag pretexts (911, wmd, "imminent threat to domestic well-being", another 911, ...) that could bring forth that desired enabling response from the public. And unless “self-interest” is impacted, there will only be silence, acquiescence, and complacency from a peoples who are too far removed from the mayhem overseas to care. The economic depression, bankruptcies, and high cost of living is slowly tickling that “self-interest”, but not fast enough to get a people mobilized.
I humbly suspect that the biggest mobilizer for the American masses may be the North American Union. Until the crises which finally enable its construction, there will be no efficacy in dissent. Prepare for those crises, for only then, will the large mass of patriotic Americans standing at the brink of losing their beloved country to some bizarre union, have their patriotic self-interest sufficiently awakened to prevent it. That would be the time at which a precariously balanced game of domestic mobilization for dissent can possibly succeed in order to protect America from its real hijackers – if ever at all. Some ideas from chapter-7 in my book may still be useful towards that end.
Excerpt from “Prisoners of the Cave” 2003, http://prisonersofthecave.org
“ I felt that just the fact that they had knocked on my door and no one else's in the neighborhood, was racial profiling and a presumption of guilt on their part, and a very intimidating moment for me because now I was going to have psychological problems about door knocks and door bells. And I also worried that my questioning them about their right to do so might lead them to think that I was trying to hide something. So I explained out loud to them that while I had nothing to hide, there was no reason for them to be suspicious at my wanting to assert my rights. I was living in a country which did accord me such rights, which is why I was living here and not elsewhere in the first place. I lectured them that it was unfair that they had their periscopes drawn on the Muslim community, that despite this "war on terrorism", innocent until proven guilty was a fundamental edict of this nation and cannot be wiped away by the Patriot Act 1, intrusive and obnoxious though it may be. And I even cautioned them, just in case they were not aware - few people are, of the looming Patriot Act 2 which is far more insidious and dangerous proposal for all US citizens and would impact them and their children and grandchildren far more than it would impact me, since I am not a citizen. I told them the story of the proverbial frog which can easily jump out of instant hot water and escape, but not from the reassuring warmth of gradually heated luke-warm water whose temperature is raised slowly to a boiling point, one civil liberty at a time, until there is no escape, only Fascism. They just stared at me, perhaps confounded by my spontaneous burst of outspokenness. Perhaps they had not expected such a reception, perhaps they were usually accustomed to the acquiescence of people they had been visiting up to that time, and had not thought about any of these issues as they carried out their normal course of duties. Like it used to be in Germany! ”
“ My attorney later told me that the first FBI agent called him up in response to his letter, and much after this second visit by Homeland security, identified himself as an FBI agent, and told him that it was a purely “voluntary” questioning they wanted to do of me. When my attorney informed him that I was quite keen on clearing up any misunderstandings they might have but that I would like my attorney to be present, the FBI agent said he did not see any point in interviewing me if an attorney was to be present, and just hung up!
In other words, if I have legal representation, they leave me alone! They only want to interrogate me if I don't have legal representation! And they don't even inform me that it is voluntary when they first come to visit and instead tell me that my name had loosely matched some terrorist they were hunting down! So much for the State's Security apparatus upholding the public's civil rights in good faith! My knowing and insisting on my rights because of the brochure that NLG had handed out was instrumental in defeating their design of interrogating me without legal representation - or so it appears for the moment. Only for the moment however, as they can always interrogate one at airports, especially on arrival from overseas. In the guise of making immigration checks, they are regularly putting Muslims through a barrage of unjustified questioning and there are no lawyers present then. ”
“Wake up sleeping and complacent America!
It may have started with the Muslims, but it will not end there. You might be next. Fascism usually starts against a minority group, because it is easier to tolerate since it is only happening to those “damn Arabs” - not to us - how did our oil get under their sand anyway? But the laws that are getting on the books in the persecution of the minority, tend to stay there for a long time. If not you, then your children will surely pay the price. Are the Bill of Rights so trivial that you can stay silent? If not for reasons of compassion for another, then at least for the logic of self preservation, do not let this injustice prevail.
It will be of no compensation when several Ph.D. theses will be written by the succeeding generations about why and how their parents' generation could remain so silent, as a once democratic country with such lofty ideals, slowly descended into a Fascist state within, and the world's most barbaric imperial power outside. All the warning signs are plain to see, their designs even documented by the imperial perpetuators themselves, if only one can read. The images of reality pleadingly tell the truth - if only one is allowed to see them.
If we, all of us, do not arm ourselves with knowledge and critical thinking now, and don't exercise our Constitutional rights in publicly challenging the injustices done in our name, it might indeed be too late by the time we do finally wake up, when they would dare knock on anyone's front door, not just the Muslims. And no rights left to legally protest! Countless would have paid the price for our privilege of writing remorseful theses, soul searching books, sorrowful poetry, and sheepish apologies, in the future – yet again. ”
From Part II, Chapter-5
“ Why are Muslims under attack?
Let's return to the favorite question of this essay, the 'why', and ask, why is this happening to the Muslims in the US at this time, and why now? The malevolence for Islam in the hearts of the bigoted fanatics is nothing new. Then why all of a sudden is it finding this virulent expression? Doesn't the US already have its hands full with battles of conquest overseas? Commonsense would dictate that they should not take on domestic problems at the same time. Furthermore, ZB's framework has nothing to do with religion, it is all about resource, economic, and political hegemony. So why target the entire 6 - 8 million Muslims living peacefully in this country and make them objects of FBI investigations, map out their mosques, interview their members, monitor their communications and their finances, take down their credit card numbers, examine their wallets upon exit and ingress into the country, and who knows what else they are doing? Perhaps the government is thinking, that surely the Muslims have the motive, aren't we bombing their people, they will react and do something criminal and terroristic, and we have to protect the good people of the United States?
First of all, there is an adequate statistical sampling of terrorists and criminals in every ethnic group in America, including the majority, their most infamous one being Tim McVeigh. What about Alqaeeda, maybe some of them are really hiding in the mosque? If they were, the government would know exactly who they are and what their phone number and SS numbers is, because remember they trained them. The testimony provided by an ex. US official of the US embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia is quite telling. I heard him on Pacifica, describing how he was a visa officer and he would get these strange type of people applying for US visas in Saudi Arabia, from all different parts of the Arab world. Upon being asked the usual questions why they wanted to visit America, they would say strange things like: to attend a technical conference, and upon further inquiry have no clue about that subject area. So he would reject their visa application. Having rejected one too many visas, he was called up before his superiors and told to give out the visas regardless! So he issued the same people US visas the next time they visited, after already having rejected them the first time as dubious customers! Later he figured out these were the CIA operatives recruited from around the world and trained in the US for various "freedom fighting" activities. Their identities, mug shots, finger prints, dental profiles, DNA profiles, urine samples etc. are probably all on record with the government. It was reported that the CIA/FBI even had an informant working within the inner circles of the hijackers of 9/11 for what that's worth. Suffice it to say, the government is not really looking for terrorists in the mosques any more than they are looking for them in synagogues, or churches, or temples.
Stifling activist dissent is the real reason
Okay, what is the answer? Muslims of America make a very convenient fifth column to be vigilant against, to be investigated and dug out of their mosques, requiring new laws for surveillance and new powers for security agencies. To successfully deploy this, any and all confluence of interests are being employed, including the hatred and arrogance of the ultra right-wing Christian fanatics who seek Armageddon to get closer to Jesus.
How convenient! Muzzling the dissent of the very vocal minority of brave activists, and the likes of Daniel Ellsberg that might rise up to challenge the oppression and destruction of innocent people around the world in the process of executing this American global conquest, would require some draconian measures. Why? In order to curb their civil rights and create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation so that they would not be vocal in their protests, lest they are able to successfully mobilize and dethrone the emperor! Well the persecution of the "fictitious fifth columnist" is conveniently giving the perpetuators of world conquest the much needed despotic laws to control and contain any sort of public outrage.
These oppressive laws via the USA Patriot Act 1 passed by Congress in the wake of 9/11 without any debate, and now its even more oppressive successor Patriot Act 2 waiting in the wings for an opportune time, and the concomitant erosion of civil liberties, is really intended for the rest of the US population, and not so much for any "fictitious danger" from the "fictitious fifth columnists".
It is a preemptive strike at domestic dissent, consistent with the doctrine of preemptive strike at imperial targets abroad. Both are part of the same foreign policy agenda, as per ZB's “Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.”*7
Test this hypothesis yourself. How much danger are the Muslims to the state in the prosecution of their global hegemonic plans, and how much danger are the activists? In fact, any terrorism done by any Muslim in the US would play right into the hands of the state, now wouldn't it? But a Daniel Ellsberg or two leaking out privileged information from the “inside” like the infamous “Pentagon Papers”, that can provide concrete evidence of lying and deceit of the kind impeachments are made of, difficult to wriggle out from, can put a quick stop to the grandiose expansion plans of the state, now couldn't it? Or a mass mobilizations against the war as witnessed during Vietnam might awaken the real sleeping giant, the good hearted but dormant public, mightn't it? Richard Nixon, October 15, 1969, inside the White House, talking to Henry Kissinger, while a million people protesting outside the White House, briefly contemplates dropping an atomic bomb on Vietnam, but allows sanity to prevail because of his fear of what the million marchers might do to him.*8 ”
A followup comment to the afore-stated Project Humanbeingsfirst's response by someone noted the following helpful citations:
I think the visa officer you refer to may be Michael Springman.
You are right about the CIA liasing with al Qaeda operatives. Ali Mohammed (also here) was an al Qaeda insider. For over ten years he trained Islamic jihadists for all the main attacks inside the US
There is also author Peter Lance's fascinating account of FBI links to the early jihadist attackers: the Lincoln Tunnel bombing and the 1993 attack on the WTC.
While the above citations attempt to explain away the facts of collusion between the State's intelligence apparatus and their manufactured terrorists as either “blowback”, “incompetence”, or “double-triple cross”, etceteras, the real fact of the matter is that due to sophisticated compartmentalization of covert-ops with clever red herrings planted to manage “plausible deniability” across the board, many governmental agencies and different groups within the same agency are deliberately provided different views and different micro marching orders under which they each operate. This creates a fantastic, independently functioning – with well defined responsibilities and interfaces which effectively limit one's charter and operational purview – cohesive distributed system under a common framework and common overarching agenda. As a systems architect well versed in managing complexity, this is how I would compartmentalize the structure of any step-wise “imperial mobilization” planning and execution when deception is required to be the primary modus operandi. The evidence of recent “imperial” history suggests that this is also how a State does it – as also captured in the pithy statement of a former Director of the CIA: “Deception is the state of mind, and the mind of the State”!
The covert-ops of 911, a deliberate and precision “inside job”, masterfully planned, superbly orchestrated, and devilishly camouflaged for various well-intentioned patsies chartered to perform only their limited and routine “daily jobs”, just like the visa officer ordered to issue visas without being told anything else, is how very large and complex political science driven operations in the modernity du jour are managed. The fact that the visa officer was compromised when he was ordered by his bosses against his “routine judgment”, and then lived to narrate it quite prominently, is an anomaly in the same way as Daniel Ellsberg living beyond the “Pentagon Papers” is an anomaly. Was this so as a planned red herring designed to be spun by a well-intentioned patsy honestly telling his tell all-tale? After all, look at the impact: the visa officer, like Pacifica's Democracy Now, did contribute to all the gratuitous theories of 911, from “incompetence” to “blowback”, except the very fundamental and truthful one – “inside job”! To my recollection of years of listening to Democracy Now until I stopped, I have not heard Amy Goodman entertain the only scientific as well as forensically tenable explanation, that 911 was an inside job!
This is why, in order to understand modernity, especially for un co-opted journalists, historians, scholars, and any conscionable people trying to make sense of contemporaneously unfolding 'future-history', one has to be quite sophisticated and quite well-read in political science (deception based social control including Edward Bernays style mass propaganda), military science (when 'hardwar' is involved as in perpetual war favored by neo-conservatives and other unilateral terror advocates), economics (when 'softwar' is involved as in neo-liberalism and exercising hegemony through the debt trap), and in the history of covert and black-ops which are subsequently typically blamed upon patsies, dupes, and the 'lone gun-man' when successful, or comes unraveled. To the extent that those erudite pundits in the Western hemisphere who ought to know better but remarkably don't, and fortuitously for 'empire', mainly end up perpetuating the 'dialectics of deception', well – please see Project Humanbeingsfirst's report “Weapons of Mass Deception – The Master Social Science”. The hallmark of such scholarship is to retain the one or more basic core-lies as axiomatic, while spinning all possible and plausible alternatives in order to cater to any and all proclivities of the masses, from the simpleton to the sophisticated.
In order to ameliorate these matters, in Project Humanbeingsfirst's view, all credentialled journalists must minimally acquire graduate degrees in political science and political history, just as all credentialled medical doctors must minimally have an MD in order for each to demonstrate minimal competence in their respective chosen profession before being permitted to practice on their respective trusting patients! That competence by itself is not a sufficient condition, but surely an axiomatically necessary one, for the 'freedom of the press' to mean anything useful. See Chapter 7 of “Prisoners of the Cave” for other necessary conditions, and Chapters 4 and 6 for related matters that need to be effectively countered, in order to create a useful 'fourth pillar of democracy' in a genuine Republic.
The following books shed further light on these complex contemporary matters from the devilish political science perspective: Daniele Ganser's NATO's Secret Army, Edward Luttwak's Coup d'État, Webster Tarpley's 9/11 Synthetic Terror, and John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman and The Secret History of the American Empire.
Which scholar and journalist in the entire Western world has employed lessons of history to unravel current affairs? Look for those who have retained the core-lie of 911 being an invasion from abroad, to eliminate the vast majority – and that includes my own teacher and mentor, “arguably the most important intellectual alive”, Noam Chomsky!
See Chapter 2 and 5 of “Prisoners of the Cave” for a discussion of this inexplicable failure to employ history and political science by world famous gadflies, Noam Chomsky and Robert Fisk. The latter with even a Ph.D. in political science. And who of course does not know the 1001 books the former has so prolifically penned about the 'rogue state'! Neither demonstrates that they are at all aware that deception exists as a manifest component of rational political science and all history of “imperial mobilization” of which they have themselves written much about, that governments lie, and that bigger the lie, harder it is to disbelieve by a gullible public. They both willingly, and trivially, accepted, and continue to accept, the Pentagon's version of whodunit. Neither asked how the hell could it have realistically been done by the officially identified patsies, and both went off on their respective rehash of “why” Bin Laden dunit! With no prominent intellectual daring to challenge it as such, each has participated, according to their measure, in prolonging the death and agony of the victims who fell, and continue to fall, to the merciless “shock and awe” due to the enabling false-flag operation of 911. This includes the victims of “all the evil that followed”, the blame for which also manifestly accrues to the first “shock and awe”, and to all those silent and complicit bystanders who did not attempt to challenge the enabling core-lie upon which it was all based, and especially to those who reinforced it in the guise of dissent!
The laws on the books in the United States, as in the European Union, are now constructed such that in the near future, if the State so desires, challenging the narrative of any 'official history', will land one in jail. The pretext will be 'it is a hate-crime because it hurts the feelings of the bereaved families of the victims buried under the rubble of 911'.
Another un-glamourous “I told you so” moment of 'future-history' now being trivially foretold.
Please watch “Freedom of Speech and H.R. 1955” parts I and II, and read Congressman Ron Paul's obligatory dissenting statements. He is quite likely to be among the first high-ranking victims of H.R. 1955, which as of this writing, has already passed the House “404 Ayes, 6 Nays, 22 Not Voting”! Count the fully bipartisan vote for yourself: Democrats 219, Republicans 185; more Republicans voted No (12) than the Democrats (10)!
The pathetic reality is that GOP/DEMS equally and quite eagerly participate in bringing this 'Hideous Police State' to fruition with the active support of the 'left' and the 'right', the rabble and the righteous – and then, all, once again, act 'surprised'! What wasn't already obvious when Patriot Act I was passed un-read in 2001? See a more detailed analysis of this combined role, with full willingness of both Houses of the Congress, of the intellectuals and the money-bags – the ruling elite of America – in Project Humanbeingsfirst's report: “Impeachment alone does not solve the problem!”.
A candid observation made to NBC by Jonathan Turley, the Constitutional Law professor from George Washington University, sums up the Congressional bipartisan role in the construction of America's 'Hideous Police State' perfectly:
“The real check-and-balance for this type of thing rest with Congress. And Congress has done nothing. Do you realize that Congress has not even held a substantive investigation of the NSA operation. An operation that most of us believe was criminal, that the federal law defines quite clearly as a Federal Crime. Now, instead of investigating that, the Congress actually gave the President a standing ovation during the State of the Union Speech when he promised to continue to violate that law, when he said he would continue this program. And the people who [were] responsible for passing the law that he was violating, gave him a standing ovation. It was the most bizarre thing I have seen in my life! ”
Project Humanbeingsfirst humbly salutes those ordinary plebeians (without meaning to be self-serving), who without any fancy titles or credentials, and those tiny handful of un co-opted intellectuals and un-embedded journalists and academics, all of whom have together endeavored to forensically see past the 'puppet shows' from the very beginning. Despite never having learnt how to astutely use political science to affect change, nor how to get off a treadmill, such Socrates, may yet, one day, still prevail provided they finally learn the art and science of efficacy.
The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org. Verbatim reproduction license at http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org#Copyright.
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