We all are prisoners now
By Paul Craig Roberts
Dec 28, 2007, 00:20
"They're locking them up today
They're throwing away the key
I wonder who it'll be tomorrow, you or me?"
The 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
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 elections.
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 Timeline]
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. [ No proof airport security makes flying
safer:study, Reuters, December 20, 2007]
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
All Americans should note the ominous implications of
the inability of Homeland Security to distinguish an American citizen
from a terrorist.
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
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 Washington.
Paul Craig Roberts 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
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