�They�re locking them up today
They�re throwing away the key
I wonder who it�ll be tomorrow, you or me?�
Red Telephone (LOVE, 1967)
At Christmas time it has been my habit to write a column
in remembrance of the many innocent people in prisons whose lives have been
stolen by the US criminal justice [sic] system that is as inhumane as it is
indifferent to justice. Usually I retell the cases of
William Strong and Christophe Gaynor, two men framed in the Commonwwealth of
Virginia by prosecutors and judges as wicked and corrupt as any who served
Hitler or Stalin.
This year is different. All Americans are now imprisoned in
a world of lies and deception created by the Bush Regime and the two complicit
parties of Congress, by federal judges too timid or ignorant to recognize a
rogue regime running roughshod over the Constitution, by a bought and paid for
media that serves as propagandists for a regime of war criminals, and by a
public who have forsaken their Founding Fathers.
Americans are also imprisoned by fear, a false fear created
by the hoax of �terrorism.� It has turned out that headline terrorist
events since 9/11 have been orchestrated by the US government. For example, the
alleged terrorist plot to blow up Chicago�s Sears Tower
was the brainchild of a FBI agent who searched out a few disaffected people to
give lip service to the plot devised by the FBI agent. He arrested his victims,
whose trial ended in acquittal and mistrial.
Many Europeans regard 9/11 itself as an orchestrated event.
Former cabinet members of the British, Canadian and German governments and the
chief of staff of the Russian Army have publicly expressed their doubts about
the official 9/11 story. Recently, a former president of Italy, Francesco
Cossiga, said in an interview with the newspaper, Corriere della Sera [Osama-Berlusconi, November 30, 2007,]
that �democratic elements in America and Europe, with the Italian center-left
in the forefront, now know that the 9/11 attack was planned and executed by the
American CIA and Mossad in order to blame the Arab countries, and to persuade
the Western powers to undertake military action both in Iraq and Afghanistan.�
It is unclear whether Cossiga was being sarcastic about the
opinion of skeptics or merely reporting what people think. I have written to
him asking for clarification and will report any reply that I receive.
Apparently, the Italian media has not offered a clarification.
Cossiga�s statement has not been reported by a US newspaper
or TV channel. Raising doubts among Americans about the government is not a
strong point of the corporate media. Americans live in a world of propaganda
designed to secure their acquiescence to war crimes, torture, searches and
police state measures, military aggression, hegemony and oppression, while
portraying Americans (and Israelis) as the salt of the earth who are threatened
by Muslims who hate their �freedom and democracy.�
Americans cling to this �truth� while the Bush regime and a
complicit Congress destroy the Bill of Rights and engineer the theft of
Freedom and democracy in America have been reduced to no-fly
lists, spying without warrants, arrests without warrants or evidence, permanent
detention despite the constitutional protection of habeas corpus, torture
despite the prohibition against self-incrimination -- the list goes on and on.
[See Bill of Rights Under Bush: A
In today�s fearful America, a US
senator, whose elder brothers were (1) a military hero killed
in action, (2) a president of the
United States assassinated in office, (3) an attorney general of the United
States and likely president except he was assassinated
like his brother, can find himself on the no-fly list. Present and former
high government officials, with top secret security clearances, cannot fly with
a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of water despite the absence of any evidence
that extreme measures imposed by �airport security� makes flying safer.
proof airport security makes flying safer:study, Reuters, December 20,
Elderly American citizens with walkers and young mothers
with children are meticulously searched because US Homeland Security cannot
tell the difference between an American citizen and a terrorist.
All Americans should note the ominous implications of the
inability of Homeland Security to distinguish an American citizen from a
When airport security cannot differentiate a US Marine
general who is a recipient
of the Medal of Honor from a terrorist, Americans
have all the information they need to know.
Any and every American can be arrested by unaccountable
authority, held indefinitely without charges and tortured until he or she can
no longer stand the abuse and confesses.
This predicament, which can now befall any American, is our
reward for our stupidity, our indifference, our gullibility, and our lack of
compassion for anyone but ourselves.
Some Americans have begun to comprehend the tremendous
financial costs of the �war on terror.� But few understand the cost to
American liberty. Last October a Democrat-sponsored bill, �Prevention of
Violent Radicalism and Homegrown Terrorism,� passed the House of
Representatives 404 to 6.
Only six members of the House voted against tyrannical
legislation that would destroy freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and
that would mandate 18 months of congressional hearings to discover Americans
with �extreme� views who could be preemptively arrested.
What better indication that the US Constitution has lost its
authority when elected representatives closest to the people pass a bill that
permits the Bill of Rights to be overturned by the subjective opinion of
members of an �Extremist Belief Commission� and Homeland Security
bureaucrats? Clearly, Americans face no greater threat than the government in
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of