of irrational fear in the US is extraordinary. It ranks up there with the
Israel Lobby, the military/security complex, and the financial gangsters.
Indeed, fear might be the most powerful force in America.
are at ease with their country�s aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, and
Pakistan, which has resulted in a million dead Muslim civilians and several
million refugees, because the US government has filled Americans with fear of
terrorists. �We have to kill them over
there before they come over here.�
American citizens, the US government is building concentration camps apparently
all over the country. According to news reports, a $385 million US government contract was given by the Bush/Cheney Regime
to Cheney�s company, Halliburton, to build �detention centers� in the US. The corporate media never explained
for whom the detention centers are intended.
Americans dismiss such reports. �It
can�t happen here.� However, in northwestern Florida, not far from
Tallahassee, I have seen what might be one of these camps. There is a building
inside a huge open area fenced with razor wire. There is no one there and no
signs. The facility appears new and unused and does not look like an abandoned
prisoner work camp.
What is it
all that money for what?
Americans who are so terrified of their lives being taken by terrorists that
they are hoping the US government will use nuclear weapons to destroy �the Muslim enemy.� The justifications
concocted for the use of nuclear bombs against Japanese civilian populations
have had their effect. There are millions of Americans who wish �their� government would kill everyone
that �their� government has
When I tell
these people that they will die of old age without ever seeing a terrorist,
they think I am insane. Don�t I know that terrorists are everywhere in America?
That�s why we have airport security and homeland security. That�s why the
government is justified in breaking the law to spy on citizens without
warrants. That�s why the government is justified to torture people in violation
of US law and the Geneva Conventions. If we don�t torture them, American cities
will go up in mushroom clouds. Dick Cheney tells us this every week.
are everywhere. �They hate us for our
freedom and democracy.� When I tell America�s alarmed citizens that the
US has as many stolen elections as any country and that our civil liberties
have been eroded by �the war on terror,�
they lump me into the terrorist category. They automatically conflate factual
truth with anti-Americanism.
mentality prevails with regard to domestic crime. Most Americans, including,
unfortunately, juries, assume that if the police make a case against a person
and a prosecutor prosecutes it, the defendant is guilty. Most Americans are
incapable of believing that police or a prosecutor would frame an innocent
person for career or bureaucratic reasons or out of pure meanness.
happens all the time. Indeed, it is routine.
are so routine that 96 percent of the criminally accused will not risk a �jury of their peers,� preferring to
negotiate a plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor. The jury of their peers
are a brainwashed lot, fearful of crime, which they have never experienced but
hear about all the time. Criminals are everywhere, doing their evil deeds.
The US has
a much higher percentage of its population in prison than �authoritarian� countries, such as
China, a one-party state. An intelligent population might wonder how a �freedom and democracy� country could
have incarceration rates far higher than a dictatorship, but Americans fail
this test. The more people that are put in prison, the safer Americans feel.
Stratton and I describe frame-up techniques in The Tyranny of Good Intentions. Police and prosecutors even frame
the guilty, as it is easier than convicting them on the evidence.
that has been before us for years, but is resolutely neglected by the corporate
media, whose function is to scare the people, is that of Troy Davis.
was convicted of killing a police officer. The only evidence connecting him to
the crime is the testimony of �witnesses,�
the vast majority of whom have withdrawn their testimony. The witnesses say
they testified falsely against Troy Davis because of police intimidation and
think that this would lead to a new hearing and trial. But not in America. The
Republican judicial Nazis have created the concept of �finality.� Even if the evidence shows that a
wrongfully convicted person is innocent, finality requires that we execute him.
If the convicted person is executed, we can assume he was guilty, because
America has a pure justice system and never punishes the innocent. Everyone in
prison and everyone executed is guilty. Otherwise, they wouldn�t be in prison
It is all
very simple if you are an American. America is pure, but other countries,
except for our allies, are barbaric.
goes for our wars. Everyone we kill, whether they are passengers on Serbian
commuter trains or attending weddings, funerals, or children playing soccer in
Iraq, is a terrorist, or we would not have killed them. So was the little girl
who was raped by our terrorist-fighting troops and then murdered, brutally,
along with her family.
only kills terrorists. If we kill you, you are a terrorist.
are the salt of the earth. They never do any wrong. Only those other people do.
Not the Israelis, of course.
prosecutors, and juries never make mistakes. Everyone accused is guilty.
made every American a suspect, eroded our rights, and compromised our humanity.
Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President
Reagan�s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University,
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was
awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. 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 prosecutorial misconduct.