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7.  The Perpetrators (ฤมฬลล – ฮม มฮวฬษสำหฯอ)

The person who, shortly after the attacks on the WTC, was announced as "the prime suspect" (without any evidence), and quickly promoted to "the mastermind behind the attacks", was Usama bin Laden, who has made no secret of his animosity toward the U.S. for its support and funding of Israel's brutality toward the Palestinians, for what he sees as the Americans' defilement of Saudi Arabia (the location of two of the three holiest Islamic sites), the continued bombing of Iraq and the Americans' support of the (as he sees them) apostate regimes of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  The contempt with which the U.S. is regarded by many Arab organizations (not to mention many non-Arab organizations), and the involvement of Arabs in the ineffective bombing of the WTC in 1993, means that Arabs are automatically suspected in any terrorist attack against the U.S. (as they were in the Oklahoma City Bombing until the government announced that Timothy McVeigh was the culprit).

Within hours of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon Dan Rather and other mainstream media whores were quoting unidentified "government sources" as stating that Usama bin Laden was the culprit.  As the WTC bombers intended, most Americans immediately believed this claim and continue to regard him as the perpetrator of this atrocity and the entire Arab world as their enemy (a reaction welcomed by many in Israel).  Many people in Arab countries also believe he did it because for them Usama bin Laden personifies the resentment against American exploitation of the Third World which they themselves feel.  But Usama bin Laden has never said that he was behind the September 11th attack, and, indeed, has explicitly denied this.

I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.   As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie.  I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act.  Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people.  Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle.  It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children and common people ... — Usama bin Laden, Interview with Pakistani newspaper Ummat (Karachi), September 28, 2001. Full text here.

After one of the video broadcasts from the Al-Jazeera TV station in Qatar (which, as has been pointed out elsewhere, may have been a Western-concocted forgery, since Usama bin Laden, or someone impersonating him, is shown wearing a U.S. Army jacket — much as if Churchill had delivered his wartime speeches wearing a swastika armband and the uniform of a Luftwaffe colonel) Condoleeza Rice declared that this was an "admission" by Usama bin Laden of responsibility for the September 11th attack.  It was not, but by claiming it was she maintains the official line of blaming "Arab terrorists" and draws attention away from the true perpetrators of this atrocity.

Since the Twin Towers could be brought down by the use of explosives, why bother to crash commercial jets into them? The reason is that the demolition expertise required is certainly beyond the capabilities of any Arab terrorists (especially if nuclear devices were used).  Had the Twin Towers simply been demolished in the way that they were then many questions would have been asked as to how this happened.  A story that Arab terrorists detonated explosives which completely destroyed the buildings would not withstand criticism, so some other "plausible" explanation for the collapse of the towers had to be provided and this was done in the form of the plane impacts and subsequent fires.  This "explanation" had an initial plausibility, and it was immediately broadcast by the mainstream media, and immediately accepted by a public in a state of shock.  Only a careful examination of this story, such as has been done in J. McMichael's article, reveals that it is full of holes.

The aim all along was to place the blame on "Arab terrorists". It would have been difficult to explain how a band of men "of Middle-Eastern appearance" had gained the necessary access to many levels of the Twin Towers to plant the required explosives and had acquired the demolition expertise to demolish the Twin Towers in a professional manner. But many people would readily believe a story that Arab "terrorists" had hijacked commercial jetliners and flown them into the Twin Towers on a "suicide mission". So that was the story that was put out, with the help of the many "journalists" in the mainstream media who are tools of the CIA, lying to the American people whenever requested to do so.

The attacks against the WTC and the Pentagon were brought to us by the same group of people (though "human" may not be the correct term for them) who gave us the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

There is evidence that the former was actually planned and directed, not by Arab terrorists (who were merely the operatives), but by the FBI.

The mastermind [of the 1993 WTC bombing] is the government of the United States. It was a phony, government-engineered conspiracy to begin with. It would never have amounted to anything had the government not planned it. — Ron Kuby, defense attorney, quoted in Troubling Questions in Troubling Times

In the Oklahoma City Bombing explosives were placed by the structural supports of the Murrah Federal Building, demolishing it and killing hundreds of people.  The psy-war propaganda experts then succeeded in convincing the more gullible among the American people that this was the work of one or two men using a truck full of ammonium nitrate.  (Some of the high-explosive devices planted within the building did not explode, were seen by four witnesses after the attack, and were removed by the FBI but were never officially mentioned.)  Within a few days of the bombing the Counter-Terrorism Bill was passed by Congress, a piece of legislation which provided for secret trials and seizure of assets without due process of law, and which foreshadowed the so-called Patriot Act passed by Congress one month after the events of September 11th.

An examination of the evidence, as above and as done in other websites, shows that (i) the Twin Towers were not brought down by the plane impacts and the fires but rather by massive explosions and (ii) what caused the damage to the Pentagon was certainly not a Boeing 757 but more likely an F-16 jet or a cruise missile. This excludes "Arab terrorists" as the perpetrators because (i) only a small number of American demolition companies have the expertise to demolish tall buildings in the way that the Twin Towers collapsed and (ii) only the American military has and can use F-16s and cruise missiles (at least, within U.S. airspace). The perpetrators of these atrocities were Americans, and they must have occupied (and continue to occupy) high positions within the U.S. government and the U.S. military to have been able to do what they did and (so far) get away with it.

The Enemy is
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The enormity of the atrocity of the attack on the Twin Towers is made worse by its being perpetrated, not by external enemies of America, but from within — by a secret group of traitors who may be American-born but who care nothing for American national pride since for them control of the U.S. is just a means toward total control of the planet.  For at least forty years this group of traitors (most of whom are present or former occupants of the White House or are working or have worked in those U.S. government organizations whose activities are hidden behind a cloak of "national security", or are high-level military officers) has controlled the U.S. government by subversion of its democratic institutions, has manipulated a gullible American population and the political leadership of other countries by the skillful use of propaganda (with the help of shamelessly compliant — and Jewish-dominated — "news" organizations), has ruthlessly exploited the economic resources of the Earth for its own profit, and must now be laughing and congratulating itself that its lies appear to have been believed by almost everyone and that its plans for complete economic and military conquest of the entire planet are coming along so nicely — thanks to the stupidity of the American people, who appear to be mostly incapable of thinking about anything except their own amusement (if they are well-off, or their own economic survival if they are not) and who are willing to believe whatever their lying government tells them.

But just as the attempt by the predecessors of these traitors to establish a "Thousand-Year Reich" resulted in complete and ignominious defeat, their plans also may yet come to naught, though at what cost to the American people and the rest of the world remains to be seen.

The situation may actually be much worse than this.  The evil which has been perpetrated by these traitors, acting through the U.S. government, its military and its multinationals, the IMF and other institutions, over many years, is sufficiently great that one has to wonder whether the instigators have any concern at all for the welfare and dignity of the human species.  The ultimate instigators of this atrocity (and of the larger drive to enslave, or perhaps exterminate, the entire population of the planet) may actually not be human at allIf so, we have a real problem.

8.  The "War on Terrorism"

We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile. — George W. Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

In a speech to a joint session of Congress on September 17th, 2001, Bush announced that America was embarked upon a "War on Terrorism" (in that speech he used the words "terror", "terrorist" and "terrorism" at total of 32 times, and "war" twelve times, so no-one would fail to get the message).  But before the U.S. retaliated by bombing Afghanistan day and night for weeks it should first have established exactly who instigated, planned and directed the terrorist attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon.  Despite the attempt to blame nineteen Arabs, allegedly the hijackers of the four planes, this was not done.  Such evidence, if it were ever produced (and, of course, it will never be produced), must be such as to convince third parties such as the Europeans, and the evidence must be made public (not every last detail, but enough to establish the case).  Insiders such as the U.S. President, the British Prime Minister and the NATO Secretary-General declaring themselves "convinced" is insufficient.  Such declarations will fool some people, but these officials are literally warmongers and will do anything to justify their waging of war, including lying to the public about the convincingness of the alleged evidence.  Only when convincing evidence has been made public, and the identity of the attackers established, would it be possible to declare "war" without misuse of language.  Until then the "War on Terrorism" will be a propaganda campaign like the "War on Drugs" — a way of disguising the true aims and motivations of those waging this "war", which in this case is that age-old motivation: territorial and economic conquest.

But, of course, the U.S. government will never reveal who exactly planned and directed these attacks, firstly because it was an inside job, and secondly because blame must be laid upon "Arab terrorists" in order to "justify" the "War on Terrorism" and the military assaults upon Arab countries (recently and, as the U.S. and Britain plan at least, for years to come; indeed, in the words of one Pentagon official, possibly "for the rest of our lives").

The "War on Terrorism" has three major components:

(1) A propaganda war waged firstly against the American people and secondly against the rest of the people on this planet who have access to TV and newspapers.
(2) A large increase in the powers of surveillance and control exercised by the U.S. federal government over U.S. citizens and residents and in the ability of the government to impose censorship.
(3) The use of American military force (with help mainly from the British), to whatever extent necessary, to gain control of the oil reserves of the Caspian Basin, the mineral wealth of Central Asia and whatever other economic resources in other parts of Asia that the U.S. wishes to control.

The purpose of (1) is to disguise the true nature of (3) by presenting it as the use of military force to protect Americans against future terrorist attacks.  The purpose of (2) is to stifle any protest and dissent from those Americans who are not fooled by (1) and who object to (3).  Bush, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft & Co. know from the 1960s demonstrations against the Vietnam War that domestic opposition to military aggression abroad can bring that aggression to an end, and they wish to make sure in advance that the same thing will not happen this time.

The American government says that America is "at war" (as if that justifies anything the government wishes to do).  But a war requires an identifiable enemy.   A war is a war between two or more opposing sides.   A "war" in which one side is invisible is a fantasy — a pretext to restrict civil liberties, to impose censorship and to deny rights guaranteed to American citizens under the U.S. Constitution.  It is a tool for psychological operations directed against both domestic and foreign populations, for deceiving the American people and others and persuading them to submit willingly to violations of their human rights.  (Though one might say that if they do submit then they deserve the enslavement that will come to them.)  And in this case, as noted above, the purpose is to suppress any domestic opposition to U.S. military action abroad.  And at home; remember that the U.S. military has been used against American citizens before — at Waco.

What is too shocking for many Americans to contemplate is that the terrorist attacks, from which the people of the U.S. are supposed to be protected by the "War on Terrorism", are themselves part of the propaganda war.  In order to "justify" to the American people the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan and the deaths of Afghan civilians, the violent overthrow of the (admittedly reprehensible) Taleban government, the deployment of U.S. ground troops to sieze territory in Afghanistan and in other countries, and the use of whatever weapons of death the Pentagon plans to use (including "low yield" nuclear weapons), the U.S. must present its actions as being morally good and noble (as in World War II), specifically, as motivated by the desire to protect decent, innocent American citizens from the evil of terrorist attacks.


Click for enlargementThus the American people are presented with staged photo ops such as that of the firemen raising the American flag (this was filmed by the NYPD video team), which most people would (subconsciously at least) associate with the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in World War II in the noble fight against the evil fascist forces of Imperialist Japan.

Without terrorist attacks there is no justification for the military action, so terrorist attacks there must be (or at least, the perpetual fear of such).  The attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon were the first (unless we count the Waco Massacre and the Oklahoma City Bombing), brought to you by those people who are directing the propaganda campaign and, indeed, scripting this entire "War on Terrorism".  And (as the CIA informed members of Congress in early October 2001) it is certain that there will be more terrorist attacks (how did they know?) — most of them far less spectacular than the destruction of the Twin Towers, but sufficient (such as the controlled release of anthrax bacteria, probably by the CIA itself) to induce in the American public a state of constant fear — made worse by their not knowing who is really behind these attacks.

Does the WTC attack feel like a movie?  It does?  Well of course it does!  It has been specifically written as a movie script.  ... This entire sequence of: hijack; first plane; second plane; Pentagon ;WTC collapse; phone calls from the planes; copy of the Koran; more attempted hijackings; arrests; plucky passengers; etc., etc., has been scripted by a crew of cynical planners who could care less that REAL people died in the Twin Towers.  — Tall Tales of the Wag Movie

In March 2002 U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney toured the Middle East trying to drum up Arab support for a second American-led war against Iraq. He was politely informed by Arab leaders to crawl back into his hole. So the Bush administration now needs another Big Catastrophe on American soil to justify the war they want to wage against Iraq.

"I think that the prospects of a future [terrorist] attack on the U.S. are almost a certainty." — Dick Cheney, speaking on Fox News, 2002-05-19

Look for something like a low-yield nuclear explosion in the vicinity of Washington D.C. (downwind from the White House and far enough away from Langley that the spooks won't have to evacuate), sufficient to scare the congresscritters into going into the underground bunkers that have been prepared for them, after which America will be entirely in the hands of George W. Bush's "shadow government".

In the meantime, and just in time for the mid-term Congressional elections, we have the 2002-10-12 terrorist bombing at Kuta in Bali. It seems likely that this was the work of the same people who carried out the attacks of September 11th. It was a psychological operation directed mainly against the people of Australia, most of whom are opposed to their government's support of America's plans to wage war on Iraq. For a fuller consideration of this matter see:

The Meaning of the Kuta Bombing

Wars end when one of the opposing sides is beaten into submission and can no longer fight.  But if one side is invisible then the war can never end, because there is no way to know that the opposing side has been defeated.  Indeed, if the American people begin to believe that perhaps the "terrorist threat" has begun to recede you can be sure that another "terrorist attack" will occur, courtesy of those scripting the "War on Terrorism", which will return them to their former state of fear and dread, which is just where the perpetrators want them to be.  The "enemy" will remain an invisible, diabolical presence, unseen except for its evil effects when "the terrorists" attack again.  The American people have entered what may be a long, drawn-out, nightmare, in which nothing will be what it seems.  It is The Towering Inferno, Armageddon and The X-Files suddenly emerging into daily life.

The "War on Terrorism" is the psy-war successor to the "War on Drugs".  It has been clear to almost everyone for quite some time that the "War on Drugs" is totally discredited, and those who are informed know that it is basically a component in a huge and long-running scam whereby the U.S. government finances its covert operations and (in part) its military by means of its profits from its international drug trafficking (see Prohibition: The So-Called War on Drugs for details).   It became clear to the U.S. government, especially in view of the tolerance and regulation of drug use adopted in recent years in many European countries, that it can no longer maintain its "War on Drugs" with any degree of credibility.  Thus the people of the U.S. had to be hoodwinked into supporting a new "War", and the bogeyman of "militant Arab fundamentalists" (helped greatly by a Jewish-dominated mainstream media and terrorist attacks on the WTC in 1993, probably provoked by the FBI, and on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which US Army explosives had reportedly been used) provided a useful target.

This "War on Terrorism", like the "War on Drugs", will involve the usual propaganda techniques such as lies, deception, misrepresentation of opposition viewpoints, disinformation, fake opposition and media emphasis on what is irrelevant (for example, that Mohammed Atta may have contacted an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague — of only minor interest since there were no on-board hijackers and he and the other Arabs on board were set up to take the blame).  The propaganda campaign will continue until the instigators and scripters of this "War" believe they have finally gained domination over all countries and have attained control of the entire planet and all its economic resources — or until they themselves have been defeated.

9.  Wars for Oil

If we neglect the fact that in the 19th Century the U.S. stole what has become the continental United States from its original inhabitants, the Native American Indians (killing millions of them in the process), we have to say that the U.S. began its imperialist program in 1898 when it annexed the Philippines to benefit American companies wanting to exploit the land and the people. Since then it has maintained the same predatory attitude to the rest of the world.

Skipping over a long history of U.S. imperialist aggression against other countries, we may note that the U.S. did not go to war in the Persian Gulf in 1991 to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi aggression (to which its ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, had given a green light) but rather to move military forces into the area and to establish military bases so as to exercise greater control over the area's oil. Talk of removing "that evil dictator Saddam Hussein" is simple obfuscation. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are lying to the American people when they pretend to be outraged at the actions of the Iraqi dictator (whom the U.S. supported right up until 1991, including Saddam's use of chemical weapons against the Kurds). In fact it is control of Middle Eastern oil which is the primary motivation for U.S. military plans for that area.

Even before assuming the office of President it was announced by George W. Bush that war was planned.

And so one of Secretary [of Defense] Rumsfeld's first tasks will be ... to develop a strategy necessary to have a force equipped for warfare of the 21st century.  — George W. Bush, Washington DC, December 28, 2000

And, conveniently enough, the attacks of September 11th provided just the excuse needed for a yet greater military build up (and justification for Bush's $344 billion war budget) — in particular the already-planned development of "defensive" missiles, allegedly to foil attacks by "international terrorists" (even though they neither possess nor need intercontinental nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles), but which might also prove quite useful in defending the U.S. from retaliation by any nation which it chooses to attack.

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind  ...  — Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations

As a member of the United Nations the U.S. has committed itself to the principles expressed in the Charter. Since 1980, however, the U.S. has consistently flouted these principles, abrogating treaties and attacking other nations without international consent.

Indeed, the U.S. government, in violation of the United Nations charter and international law, has now given itself permission — in the form of a congressional resolution — to attack whoever it wants to, to engage openly in political assassinations in the manner of Israel, and generally to wage war upon whoever it chooses to label as its enemy.  Already the number of innocent civilians who have died as a result of U.S. military action (in Afghanistan) is greater than the number of those who died in the WTC attack.   But, of course, since those killed were not Americans, British or Australians, this is of no concern, except insofar as it might result in international condemnation, making it difficult to maintain the "international coalition" that the U.S. seeks to provide a fig-leaf for its planned military aggression against those countries which decline to accede to its demands.  And, by the way, such aggression and the collateral regional wars that it will cause in various parts of Asia will, of course, be good for U.S. arms manufacturers, and other American companies with friends in the U.S. government, which profit from war.

Not only did Bush announce a "War on Terrorism", he even spoke stupidly of a "crusade", invoking memories of the medieval Christian crusades against Islam to recover "the Holy Land" (conveniently forgetting that the Crusaders held Palestine for a comparatively brief period before they were defeated by Muslim forces under Saladin on July 4th, 1187, and subsequently driven into the sea). These days, for some people, oil is the holy grail, and recovery of the Holy Land means gaining control of the oil fields, the primary reason why America has given itself permission to invade whatever countries it chooses to.

And it's not just Middle Eastern oil — there are huge oil deposits in the Caspian Basin (larger than in Saudia Arabia).  In 1998 Unocal testified before the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific that a pipeline across Afghanistan was crucial to transport Caspian Basin oil to the Indian Ocean.  Bush and the American oil companies would dearly like to lay such a pipeline across Afghanistan but they could not do so while the Taleban ruled Afghanistan because the Taleban demanded

too large a per centage as their cut for allowing the pipeline project to proceed.   Hence, the oil monopoly needs to overthrow the Kabul government, install their own government, and proceed with the pipeline project. — Sherman H. Skolnick, The Overthrow of the American Republic, Part 2

George Monbiot:
America's Pipe Dream

In fact from February to August 2001 the Bush administration conducted detailed negotiations with the Taliban to lay this hoped-for pipeline across Afghanistan and Pakistan so as to profit from lucrative sales to oil-hungry Asian countries.  In August the negotiations broke down, after a U.S. negotiator threatened military action against the Taliban, saying, accept our offer of a carpet of gold or you will get a carpet of bombs (see Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth).  One month later the rationale for the carpet-bombing was provided by the destruction of the WTC.

And, sure enough, in September 2002 plans for this pipeline were being implemented.

Oil ministers from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan [were] to meet in the Afghan capital Kabul Monday [2002-09-16] to review progress on the 1,500-kilometer, $2billion Afghan-Pakistan-Turkmenistan gas pipeline, officials said. ... The pipeline is to carry gas from Turkmenistan's Dauletabad-Donmez field to Afghanistan and Multan, Pakistan. It is supported by the United States. —  Islamic Republic News Agency

And in December 2002 the deal was signed.

Turkmen President Sapamurat Niyazov, Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali and Afghan President Hamid Karzai finalised a vital gas pipeline agreement here on Thursday [2002-12-26]. The leaders of the three countries would sign the framework agreement to build the 1,500-kilometre Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) gas pipeline project from Turkmenistan's Dauletabad fields across Afghanistan to Pakistan on Friday. —  HiPakistan.com

As is obvious, the modern West (and those countries which have followed its lead) have been built on a ruthless exploitation of the Earth's resources, particularly oil. For these countries oil is an addiction, and there is no political will to break the habit. The hyperactivity of the global economy during the last century is like the hyperactivity of a speed freak, and in the end both will crash. If the dominance of the oil industry over government is not broken then in the near future of the human race global famine and disease are a certainty (and don't think Americans, Europeans or Australians will be spared).

The System may or may not understand that it's only buying time. And that time is an artificial resource to begin with, of no value to anyone other than the System, which must sooner or later crash to its death, when its addiction to energy has become more than the rest of the World can supply, dragging with it innocent souls all along the chain of life. —   Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

And, by the way, there's something in Central Asia that's a lot more profitable than oil. This region has the main transit routes for Afghani heroin being smuggled to Western countries. When one recalls that American military cargo planes were returning from Central America in the 1980s loaded with cocaine for distribution in the U.S. by the CIA and the Mafia one has to wonder what might be in American military cargo planes currently flying out of recently-established U.S. bases and airports in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

10.  The Demise of Liberty

Immediately after the events of September 11th there were calls for greatly increased security at airports and on planes, and many millions of U.S. taxpayers' dollars were spent on this.  Troops with automatic rifles stand around at airports, waiting for the next gang of Arab terrorists to burst into the departure lounge shouting "God is great!" in Arabic and threatening everyone with box cutters.  Airport check-in now takes hours, passengers are subjected to invasive searches before boarding planes, women are fondled under the pretext of searching for weapons hidden in bras, and if you look Middle Eastern then you may not be allowed to fly at all.  Indeed, you do not even have to look Middle Eastern; numerous people have been prevented from boarding their domestic flights because they are on a "watch list" of political or environomental activists suspected of holding views opposed to those of the U.S. government (a way to prevent them from visiting friends and colleagues and from travelling to conferences).

All this is insulting, offensive, useless, irrelevant and in some cases illegal, and is a major disruption in the lives of ordinary Americans, because, as noted above, there were no suicide pilots.  No hijackers boarded the four doomed planes carrying knives and box cutters, so installing expensive security equipment at airports and treating every passenger as a potential hijacker is not only an insult but is also a complete waste of time and money (though it is sure to make a lot of money for the manufacturers of airport security equipment).

Those who planned the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon would have realized that, although it was possible to crash planes into the Twin Towers under remote control, this would in itself have produced only huge damage, with perhaps hundreds of lives lost, which was not enough.  What they needed was the destruction of both towers completely, for maximum psychological effect upon the people of the U.S. and the world and for the provocation of a hysterical reaction from the American people directed against Arabs and the Islamic world.  Thus they needed to arrange for the demolition and total collapse of the Twin Towers following the plane impacts. This was accomplished by the use of explosives, as discussed in Section 5.

The demolition of the WTC was part of an ongoing plan (in effect since the Kennedy assassination if not before) to destroy the American Republic (what's left of it anyway) and replace it by a de facto dictatorship (as part of the drive toward a global dictatorship in the form of a world government).

Just as the Oklahoma City Bombing created a situation conducive to the government's rushing through "anti-terrorist" legislation this "Attack on America" provided a further nice justification for eliminating whatever civil liberties the American people had up to now managed to hold on to.  In the name of "safety" and "security" the "authorities" now have a "legal" right (the appropriate legislation has already been passed by a compliant and corrupt Congress under the guise of "an emergency anti-terrorist package") to do whatever they want to monitor and control the entire population.  Anyone accused of being "a threat to the safety and security of the American people" (in reality, to the state and those who control it) will find themselves imprisoned without benefit of trial (if they do not "disappear" completely as did many of the victims of Chile's DINA secret police). Already in mid-October 2001 the FBI announced the arrest of more than 600 people, "refusing to identify most of the detainees and offering few details about why the government wanted them behind bars." (International Herald Tribune, October 15, 2001)  By December the number had grown to over 1,200, with only about a dozen of those persons charged with a crime, and with only one of them, Zacharias Moussaoui, charged with a crime related to the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon.  Torture was being considered for those who are "uncooperative".  (Let's hope no-one in your family gets arrested, by mistake, and information is demanded from them which they don't have.)

David Cole:
A Matter of Rights

Bush has as good as told the American people that they have to sacrifice their civil liberties and their rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in support of his "war", which most people seem willing, sheep-like, to do (such amazing stupidity! or is half the population on Prozac?).  Attorney General John Ashcroft urged Congress to pass proposed "anti-terrorist" legislation without even considering what it stipulated. The legislation was hastily rushed through (the same day it was introduced) over the objections of civil rights advocates by a corrupt and compliant Congress in the second week of October 2001. This, the so-called Patriot Act, consisted of 342 pages, and those who voted for it could not possibly have read it.

The Patriot Act is a blatant denial of the Bill of Rights and as such is grossly unconstitutional and therefore illegal. According to this disgraceful legislation:

        The FBI can now spy on your email, fax and telephone communications without even bothering to get a court order, and can demand access to your medical, employment, travel, library and bank and credit card records, simply on the grounds that you are a "suspected terrorist".

        Police may obtain a warrant to search your home (if you live on U.S. territory) on the grounds that you are a "suspected terrorist" and they may then enter your home when you are away and search through your papers and copy your computer files, and they are not obliged to inform you for another 90 days (if then).

        The Attorney General can strip any U.S. citizen of all his constitutional rights simply by declaring him or her to be a "suspected terrorist" or "enemy combatant"; no evidence is required and there is no appeal or recourse to a court of law.

        A person so designated (whether or not a U.S. citizen), or a person who provides aid (even food or shelter) to such a person, may be imprisoned without trial indefinitely.

Ashcroft announced in August 2002 plans to open camps for the incarceration of "suspected terrorists". Anyone who opposes the policies of the U.S. government may now be designated a "suspected terrorist" and may be stripped of their constitutional rights and locked up indefinitely. Clearly Ashcroft is following the example of the Nazis who lost no time after coming to power in 1933 in establishing the Dachau concentration camp for the incarceration of anyone suspected of opposing the Nazi government.

The Patriot Act is such a blatant contradiction of the Bill of Rights that all senators who voted for it are unworthy of their office, since either they read it and understood it (in which case they are guilty of treason) or they did not (in which case they failed to fulfill their responsibility as elected representatives of the people).

Moreover, the Patriot Act was not drafted in response to the events of September 11th — it was drafted well before that date, and the events of September 11th were the excuse for its introduction.

U.S. government officials would have us believe that this 342-page, complexly nuanced document was allegedly crafted after September 11 in the time span of a little over a month. To accomplish this feat would have required the in-depth study [within a month] of fifteen other lengthy acts and statutes which it modifies and amends. — Doreen Miller: High Treason in the U.S. Government

The instigators and scripters of the "War on Terrorism", who place their trust in modern technology (and propaganda), believe themselves invincible in their drive to enslave everyone, American and non-American alike.  But they overlook the fact that those Americans who have not prostituted themselves to the national security state and who, as true Americans, hold liberty among their highest values (and there are a lot of them) are unlikely to submit without a fight when they understand what is really going on.

11.  The U.S.A: a Terrorist State

Many still believe that the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were the work of Arab terrorists who hate America. George W. Bush has even suggested in his usual idiotic fashion that they hate America because "America is free", "America is a democracy", etc.  No.   America used to be admired for these qualities. Where America is now hated it is because of its long-standing and intolerable interference and domination of other countries and its impoverishment of the people of those countries.

The initiators of the attacks decided to implement their plan after America has provoked immense hatred throughout the world.  Not because of its might, but because of the way it uses its might. It is hated by the enemies of globalization, who blame it for the terrible gap between rich and poor in the world.  It is hated by millions of Arabs, because of its support for the Israeli occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people.  It is hated by multitudes of Muslims, because of what looks like its support for the Jewish domination of the Islamic holy shrines in Jerusalem.  And there are many more angry peoples who believe that America supports their tormentors.

Until September 11, 2001 ...  Americans could entertain the illusion that all this concerns only others, in far-away places beyond the seas, that it does not touch their sheltered lives at home.  No more.

     — Uri Avnery: Twin Towers

Americans are largely unaware of the enormity of the crimes committed by their politicians. But in a representative democracy, such as allegedly exists in the U.S.A., can the people deny responsibility for the actions and policies of their government?  How long can they allow their government, whose leaders they elect, to commit one atrocity after another and at the same time pretend that they themselves are innocent of any wrong-doing?

Like the Four Riders of the Apocalypse, the unknown kamikaze rode their giant crafts into the two visible symbols of American world domination, Wall Street and the Pentagon.  ...  They could be practically anybody:  ... anybody who rejects the twin gods of the dollar and the M-16, who hates the stock market and interventions overseas, who dreams of America for Americans, who does not want to support the drive for world domination.  ...   Germans can remember the fiery holocaust of Dresden with its hundreds of thousands of peaceful refugees incinerated by the US Air Force.   Japanese will not forget the nuclear holocaust of Hiroshima. the Arab world still feels the creeping holocaust of Iraq and Palestine.   Russians and East Europeans feel the shame of Belgrade avenged.  ...  Asians count their dead of Vietnam war, Cambodia bombings, Laos CIA operations in millions.  ...

The Riders could be anybody who lost his house to the bank, who was squeezed from his work and made permanently unemployed, who was declared an Untermensch by the new Herrenvolk.   ...

America could see this painful strike at her Wall Street and her Pentagon, as the last call to repent.  She should change her advisers, and build her relations with the world afresh, on equal footing.  Probably she should rein in the domination-obsessed Jewish supremacist elites of Wall Street and media, part company with Israeli apartheid.   She could become again the universally loved, rather parochial America of Walt Whitman and Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Abe Lincoln.

     — Israel Shamir: Orient Express

"Repent" is an apt term.  Today the United States of America is morally bankrupt.   During the coming months, or while there is still time, America (and to some extent Europe) must engage in some deep self-examination.   Americans have willfully ignored the reality that exists beyond their borders (other than sporting events and vacation destinations), often preferring to "create their own" so as to avoid acknowledging what they don't wish to see.  Americans have been completely self-absorbed, not knowing and not wanting to know the effects of their government's policies and actions on billions of people who live outside the U.S.  Those policies and actions have resulted in millions of deaths through widespread malnutrition and the persistence of eradicable diseases (such as malaria); in economic, social and educational impoverishment for the majority of the world's population; and in the denial of human rights for all those who live under tyrannical regimes supported by the U.S.  That is why the U.S.A. is so hated.  (And insofar as other governments — in particular, the British government — have supported, and continue to support, U.S. policies they too deserve moral condemnation.)

Sherri Muzher:
Racism: When will
We Face the Facts?

The denial by Israel of the human rights of the Palestinians, and its decades-long intransigent refusal to address their legitimate grievances, is just the most visible of the many evils resulting from morally bankrupt U.S. policies.  The U.S. (at the urging of American Jews and acting through the United Nations at a time when most Arab states were not yet members) created Israel in 1947 against the wishes of the people of the Middle East.  (The U.S. basically stole the land from the Palestinians and gave it to the Zionists, and then gave the state of Israel money — currently three billion dollars per year — for all the police and military hardware — the tanks, the attack helicopters, the missiles, the grenades — it needed to hold onto that stolen territory and to steal, or "annex", even more.)  Now the U.S. has to deal with the consequences (and it is interesting to note that just prior to the WTC attack the U.S. was preparing to announce its support for a Palestinian state — mandated by the U.N. in 1947 anyway — much to the displeasure of Israel).

Another thing which many people find galling is the shocking hypocrisy and double standards characteristic of the American attitude to the rest of the world. Why is it "terrorism" when Palestinians defend themselves against Israeli brutality but what Israel does is not "terrorism"? How can the U.S. call for the trial of the Khmer Rouge leaders while denying the right of the recently-established International Criminal Court to try Americans?

Less visible are the many ways in which U.S. multinational corporations conspire with the U.S. government (which does its best to coerce other governments to follow it), the IMF, the World Bank and other organizations whose undeclared purpose is to make the rich richer and to maximize their profits regardless of the widespread impoverishment this brings to many people not only in developing countries but also to those people in modern industrial societies who do not belong to the moneyed and ruling class.

The facts have long been available to any U.S. resident who cares to read The Nation, Z Magazine, or the thirty or so books of Noam Chomsky (rarely mentioned in the mainstream media).

I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system. — Noam Chomsky, Language and Responsibility

Or any of the many audiotapes, videos, CD-ROMS, books and magazine articles exposing the immoralities of the CIA (a terrorist organization which richly deserves to be eliminated as soon as possible, preferably by an act of Congress, with its headquarters at Langley demolished and the land ploughed over).  But no — most Americans couldn't care less about the sufferings of people outside America, being too busy either trying to survive as wage-slaves in a corporate capitalist society or (for the more fortunate) constantly scanning their immediate environment for ways to "enrich" their lives.  Now they know what death, destruction, fear and dread are, what people in other countries have long known (over long periods) as a result of the actions and policies of the U.S. government and those of the corrupt regimes it has installed to serve its purposes.

So how have they responded to this revelation?  Mostly with mindless demands on their government to seek revenge and further death and destruction, and George W. Bush has pandered to this desire for revenge, declaring that he wants the alleged culprit Usama bin Laden "dead or alive".  Seems he's changed his views on revenge since the 2000 Presidential campaign:

... you cannot lead America to a positive tomorrow with revenge on one's mind.  Revenge is so incredibly negative.  — George W. Bush, Interview with the Washington Post, March 23, 2000

The attack on the Twin Towers was not the work of Arab terrorists but rather was the work of terrorists within the U.S. government itself who seek to gain control of Central Asian and Middle Eastern oil and to impose a fascist dictatorship not only upon the United States but also upon the entire world.  What is to be done?  The answer is that those traitors (prominent among whom is the Bush crime family) must be exposed, their crimes revealed, and they themselves removed from the positions of power they presently hold.   Furthermore, government in the U.S. must be cleansed of corruption and restored to conformity with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights: a restoration of the American Republic.  The "anti-terrorist" legislation of October 2001 (and that of April 1995 and Britain's Terrorism Act of 2000), intended to facilitate government surveillance and control of the people so as to stifle free speech and dissent, must be repealed.

The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document. The First Amendment doesn't say you have a right to speak out unless the government has a 'compelling interest' in censoring the Internet. The Second Amendment doesn't say you have the right to keep and bear arms until some madman plants a bomb. The Fourth Amendment doesn't say you have a right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances.

— Harry Browne: Harry Browne on Anti-terrorist Proposals

America must also end its long history of the practice of genocide, honor the principles expressed in the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and cease its ruthless exploitation (mainly for the benefit of a capitalist ruling class) of the world's economic resources and the world's people.   This means that better-off Americans will have to give up some of the luxuries they've taken for granted, but perhaps they can make the sacrifice more readily if they remind themselves that nearly half the people on this planet (2.8 billion) currently live (if you can call it living) on less than US$2 a day.

Examples of genocide within U.S. history are common enough not to be considered remarkable or even genocide. Among historic crimes which are not commonly called genocide: the destruction of North American Indian peoples, the liquidation of six million Brazilian Indians through the policies of multi-national corporations, effects of U.S. economic and military policies on the poor throughout the Americas, the Euro-American slave trade and subsequent treatment of black Americans, and the fate of the American poor.  ...

Corporate capitalism may simply be legitimized genocide by economic means.  ... Those without ethics no longer sell beads to the indians, but rockets and missiles to "underdeveloped countries," where the arms kill off as many poor people as possible.

— J. B. Gerald: Is the U.S. Really a Signatory to the U.N. Convention on Genocide?

If the people of the United States do not themselves cleanse their government of its current corruption, and return the nation to conformity with the principles of a republic, upon which it was founded, then disaster will ensue:  Either a global fascist dictatorship will result or the U.S. government will be destroyed by the cooperation of the other countries of the world (using whatever means necessary, military and non-military).   Either of these possibilities could produce such damage on a global scale that the survival of the human species would be in doubt.

Those who think that the description of the U.S.A. as "a terrorist state" is too extreme should inform themselves of the nature of the American CIA, which is an international terrorist organization.  The CIA implements the policies of the President of the United States.  The CIA carries out unofficial U.S. government policy. This means that the United States is a terrorist state.

On October 12th [2001], a couple of days after the bombing [of Afghanistan] started, [George W.] Bush publicly announced to the Afghan people that we will continue to bomb you, unless your leadership turns over to us the people who we suspect of carrying out crimes, although we refuse to give you any evidence. ...

Notice that is a textbook illustration of international terrorism, by the US official definition. That is the use of the threat of force or violence, in this case extreme violence, to obtain political ends through intimidation, fear and so on. That's the official definition, a textbook illustration of it.

Three weeks later, by the end of October, the war aims had changed. They were first announced as far as I can find out, by the British Defense Minister, Sir Admiral Boyce. Admiral Boyce informed the Afghan population that we will continue to bomb you until you change your leadership. Well, that's an even more dramatic illustration of international terrorism ...

— Noam Chomsky: Is the U.S. a Terrorist State?

And now in September 2002 the United States is threatening to bomb Iraq (no doubt killing many thousands of civilians and destroying much of the civilian infrastructure as it did in 1991) unless its leader resigns his position or the people of Iraq somehow manage to remove him (and allow a regime to be installed which is acceptable to Washington). Is it not glaringly obvious that the U.S.A. is a terrorist state?

Several thousand civilians died in the collapse of the WTC towers, and hundreds of military personnel were killed in the attack on the Pentagon — though the numbers are small compared to

o        the hundreds of thousands of civilians incinerated in the U.S. fire bombings of Hamburg, Dresden and Tokyo, and in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki;

o        the two to five million post-World-War-II refugees from the Soviet Union who were forcibly returned to Stalin, to face either immediate execution or a slow death in the Gulag, on the orders of Roosevelt and Eisenhower in Operation Keelhaul;

o        the millions of civilians who died from hunger and disease as a result of U.S.-instigated mass starvation of Germans during 1945-1950 under the Morgenthau Plan;

o        the millions of Native Americans killed by soldiers and occupiers of their land in the 19th Century or allowed to starve to death by the U.S. government in the 20th (a clear case of genocide);

o        the thousands of Iranians tortured and murdered by SAVAK, the secret police of the regime installed in 1953 as a result of a CIA-led coup which overthrew the popular Iranian Premier, Mossadegh);

o        the murder of between 20,000 and 40,000 Vietnamese from 1968 to 1971 by the CIA in their political assassination program Operation Phoenix;

o        the million or so Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians killed by the American military in the 1960s and 70s whilst defending their countries from American domination (or simply because they happened to be where the Americans carried out their carpet bombings);

o        the tens of thousands of civilians who were tortured and murdered by CIA-installed dictatorships in Central and South America;

o        the 200,000 people (all civilians) killed (using U.S.-supplied equipment) as a result of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975 for which prior approval was given by the then U.S. President and U.S. Secretary of State (Ford and Kissinger);

o        the six million Brazilian Indians who have died as a result of the policies of multinational corporations;

o        the 10,000 to 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed in the U.S.-supported 1982 invasion of Lebanon by Israel;

o        the 300,000 Iranians killed in the Iran/Iraq war, which was started by Iraq at the instigation of the U.S. (which supplied Iraq with the weapons it used);

o        the 180,000 civilians killed by Reagan's CIA-cocaine-funded Contras in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 1980s;

o        the 6,000 (perhaps as many as 20,000) Iraqi civilians killed during the 41 days and nights of bombing by the British and the Americans in 1991 (during which time the civilian infrastructure was targeted, a war crime), including:

o        the 500 civilians (including whole families) burnt alive and turned into cinders when American missiles penetrated a shelter in Baghdad;

o        the tens of thousands of Iraqi conscripts slaughtered on the "Highway of Death" by U.S. Navy pilots during their attempted retreat from Kuwait in 1991 (another war crime because the soldiers killed were not in a combat situation);

o        the tens of thousands of Kurdish civilians killed in South-East Turkey during the 1990s by Turkish government soldiers using weapons and equipment supplied to them by the U.S. (which knew exactly what they were doing with them);

o        the tens of thousands of civilians in Sudan who have died due to the absence of medicines resulting from the destruction of the Sudanese pharmaceutical plant by American cruise missiles in 1998 and from the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan;

o        the one to two million Iraqi civilians, two-thirds of them children, who have died in the last ten years as a result of the effects of the hundreds of tons of cancer-causing depleted uranium left over from the million or so exploded rounds of DU ammunition used in attacks by American warplanes in the 1991 American/British 6-week terrorist campaign against Iraq and from the subsequent U.S./British-imposed economic blockade and criminally punitive sanctions (not to mention those killed by the bombing raids which occur every week);

o        and the tens of millions of civilians who die every year in Third World countries from starvation, disease and despair because their countries are mired in poverty and corruption as a result of economic exploitation by American multinationals acting with the support and approval of the American government.

To those in the higher echelons of a government of a terrorist state which, by means of its military and its CIA, has killed tens of millions of civilians in foreign countries, the killing of a few thousand of their fellow citizens is simply another exercise in mass murder, needing a little more planning, but not much different to what they and their predecessors have done before.

When asked about the number of Iraqis who died in the war [the 1991 Gulf Slaughter], US General Colin Powell [current US Secretary of State] replied:  "It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in." — The Allied Genocide of Iraq [link expired]

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