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      Operation Falcon and the Looming Police State
      By Mike Whitney

      02/26/07 "
      ICH" --
      - - On 29th June, 1934, Chancellor Adolph Hitler, accompanied
      by the Schutzstaffel (SS), arrived at Wiesse, where he personally
      arrested the leader of the Strum Abteilung (SA), Ernnst Roehm.

      During the next 24 hours 200 other senior SA officers were arrested
      on the way to Wiesse. Many were shot as soon as they were captured
      but Hitler decided to pardon Roehm because of his past service
      to the movement. However, after much pressure from
      Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler,
      Hitler agreed that Roehm should die.

      At first Hitler insisted that Roehm should be allowed to commit suicide
      but, when he refused, Roehm was shot by two SS men.

      Later, Hitler delivered a speech at the Reichstag
      in which he justified the murders of his rivals saying:

      "If anyone reproaches me and asks why I did not resort
      to the regular courts of justice, then all I can say is this:
      In this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people,
      and thereby I became the supreme judge of the German people.

      It was no secret that this time the revolution would have to be bloody;
      when we spoke of it we called it 'The Night of the Long Knives.'
      Everyone must know for all future time that if he raises his hand
      to strike the State, then certain death is his lot."

      The Night of the Long Knives is seen by many as the turning point
      where Hitler made it clear that he was above the law
      and the supreme leader of the German people.

      Operation Falcon:
      Blueprint for removing dissidents and political rivals

      The Bush administration has carried out three massive sweeps
      in the last two years, rolling up more than 30,000 minor crooks
      and criminals, without as much as a whimper of protest from the public.

      Operation Falcon is the clearest indication yet that the Bush
      administration is fine-tuning its shock-troops so it can roll up
      tens of thousands of people at a moment�s notice
      and toss them into the newly-built Halliburton detention centers.

      This should be a red flag for anyone who cares at all
      about human rights, civil liberties, or simply saving his own skin.

      Operation Falcon was allegedly the brainchild of Attorney General
      Alberto Gonzales and his counterpart in the US Marshal's office,
      (Director) Ben Reyna. But its roots go much deeper into the nexus
      of right-wing Washington think tanks where fantasies
      of autocratic government have a long history.

      The name, Falcon, is an acronym for
      �Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally.�
      It relates to the more than 960 state, local and federal agencies
      which are directly involved in the administration�s
      expansive criminal dragnets.

      Typically, law enforcement agencies are protective of their own turf
      and wary of outside intervention. The Falcon program overrides
      these concerns by streamlining the information-sharing processes
      and setting up a chain-of-command structure that radiates
      from the Justice Department.

      This removes many of the traditional obstacles to agency interface.
      It also relocates the levers of power in Washington
      where they can be manned by members of the Bush administration.

      Dictatorships require strong centralized authority and the
      Falcon program is a logical corollary of that ambition.

      It creates new inroads for Bush to assume greater control
      over the Nationwide Police-State Apparatus.
      That alone should be sufficient reason for alarm.

      The first Operation Falcon took place during the week of April 4
      to April 10, 2005. According to the US Marshal�s official website,
      �The emphasis centered on gang related crimes, homicides,
      crimes involving use of a weapon, crimes against children
      and the elderly, crimes involving sexual assaults, organized crime
      and drug related fugitives, and other crimes of violence.�

      More than 10,000 criminal suspects were arrested in a matter of days.
      It was the largest criminal sweep in the nation�s history and,
      according to U.S. Marshall chief Ben Reyna,
      �produced the largest number of arrests ever recorded
      during a single initiative.� The Washington Times noted,
      �The sweep was a virtual clearinghouse for warrants on drug,
      gang, gun and sex-offender suspects nationwide.�

      The emphasis was clearly on quantity not quality.

      Still, this doesn�t explain why state and federal agencies
      had to be integrated with local law enforcement
      simply to carry out routine police work.

      More importantly, it doesn�t explain why local police
      ignored their duty to protect the public just so they could
      coordinate with outside agencies. According to one report
      �162 accused or convicted of murder� were picked up in the first sweep.

      That means that the police knowingly
      left murderers on the street and put the public at risk
      while they orchestrated their raids with federal agencies.

      That�s irresponsible. It also suggests that there may be a more
      sinister motive behind the program than just ensuring public safety.

      The plan appears to have been devised to enhance the powers
      of the �unitary� executive by putting state
      and local law enforcement under federal supervision.

      Once again, it�s an attempt by the administration to extend its grip
      to the state and local level. We saw a similar strategy unfold
      after Hurricane Katrina when the Bush administration used the tragedy
      to seize control of local police and National Guard units
      so they could establish de facto martial law.

      Troops, armored vehicles and mercenaries were deployed
      to New Orleans to fight lawlessness and looting even though
      desperate people were still stranded on their rooftops
      waiting for food, water and medical attention.

      Operation FALCON II was another massive dragnet which covered
      the western half of the country and focused primarily on
      �violent sex offenders�. The raids took place from April 17-23,
      and succeeded in apprehending 9,037 alleged fugitives.
      The US Marshals web site boasts that the operation
      �took some of the country's most dangerous wanted criminals
      off the streets and made America's communities safer�.

      Despite the claims of success, only
      462 �violent sex crime� suspects were arrested, along with
      1,094 �unregistered sex offenders� and
      other minor �sex crime� suspects.

      That leaves 7,481suspects who were rounded up
      for other unrelated reasons.

      Who are they and what crime did they commit?
      Were these drug violations, dads who were delinquent
      on child-support payments, traffic tickets, jay-walking?!?

      7,481 people who were incarcerated are unaccounted
      by the government�s estimate. This means that the bulk of them
      were probably undocumented workers who were shunted off
      to the INS (Immigration and Naturalization) or dispatched
      to Cheney�s tent-city gulags in western Texas.
      (See: Democracy Now
      �Human Rights Groups Call for Closure of Texas Jail
      Holding Undocumented Immigrants� 2-23-07)

      Similar inconsistencies appear in
      �Operation FALCON III, which covered the eastern half
      of the country from October 22 - 28, 2006.� State, local
      and federal police-units arrested 10,773 fugitives; including
      1,659 sex offenders,
      971 unregistered sex offenders,
      364 gang members,
      140 homicide suspects, and
      3,609 drug violations.

      Once again, the US Marshal�s official tally doesn�t pencil out.
      This time, 4,030 extra people were rounded up
      without any further explanation.

      Who are they and have they been charged with a crime?

      Furthermore, sex offenders, drug users and gang-bangers
      are not what we normally consider
      �some of the country's most dangerous wanted criminals�.

      In fact, there are indications that the great majority of these people
      are not violent at all. For example, of the 30,110 total fugitives
      who were apprehended in all three Falcon sweeps,
      a measly 586 firearms were seized.

      Clearly, the people who were arrested for the most part were not
      �armed and dangerous� nor were they a serious threat to public safety.

      They were probably just the unwitting victims of an overzealous
      US Marshals office and an ideologically-driven Justice Department.

      So, what was the real impetus for the Falcon raids?
      Was it just a bean-counting exercise to see how many people
      would fit in the back of a Paddy-wagon
      or are they a dress rehearsal for future crackdowns
      on potential enemies of the state?

      Bogus News Reports

      The Falcon operation illustrates the incestuous relationship
      between the media and the state.
      They are two wings on the same plane.
      The Justice Department provided the TV networks
      with official footage of policemen and government agents
      raiding homes and handcuffing suspects; and the
      media dutifully aired the video on stations across the country.

      The scenes were accompanied by a reassuring commentary
      lauding the administration�s new crime fighting strategies
      and linking homeland security with the nebulous war on terror.

      Attorney General Gonzales told reporters,
      �Operation FALCON is an excellent example of President Bush�s
      direction and the Justice Department�s dedication to deal
      both with the terrorist threat and traditional violent crime.�
      He added,
      �This joint effort shows the commitment of our federal, state,
      and local partners to make our neighborhoods safer,
      and it has led to the highest number of arrests
      ever recorded for a single initiative of its kind.�

      So far, not one of the more than 30,000 victims
      has been charged with a terror-related crime.

      The media-hype surrounding the raids
      has been celebratory and uniform;
      cookie-cutter articles appeared throughout the US press
      (most of them unsourced) highlighting the cooperation
      between the divers agencies while providing an upbeat account
      of what amounts to police repression.

      Thousands of nearly identical articles appeared
      in the nation�s newspapers which seem to have been
      authored by high-ranking officials at Homeland Security
      and prot�g�s of George Orwell; although
      the difference between the two is far from certain.

      Even stranger, most of the articles in the mainstream media
      can no longer be retrieved via a Google search. They seem
      to have vanished into the black-hole of Homeland propaganda.

      No matter. If the media was supposed to make Gestapo-like
      crackdowns look like normal police operations;
      they succeeded admirably. Mission accomplished.

      Former Governor of Louisiana, Huey Long once opined,
      �When fascism comes to America,
      it will come wrapped in an American flag.�

      Indeed, he could have added that the corporate media
      will gladly provide the flag and the public relations campaign
      as they have with Falcon.

      Falcon; new drills for a new world order

      The Falcon operations can only be understood
      in the broader context of the ongoing assault
      on the constitutional system of checks and balances;
      including the repeal of habeas corpus,
      warrantless wiretaps and searches,
      and the use of torture.

      For the last 6 years, the Bush administration has been busy
      dismantling the legal safeguards which protect the citizen
      from the arbitrary and, oftentimes, ruthless actions of the state.

      To that end, detention camps are being prepared by Halliburton
      within the U.S., secret courts have been established
      which deny due process of law, American citizens are arrested
      without charge, law enforcement is increasingly militarized,
      and the media has strengthened its alliance with the central govt.

      Additionally, in October 2006, George Bush quietly changed
      the Insurrection Act, which prevented the President
      from deploying troops inside the United States.

      Bush�s revision effectively overturns the Posse Comitatus Act
      which put strict limits on the executive�s power
      to use US troops in domestic situations.
      Just days earlier Bush signed a similar bill,
      "The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007"
      which gives Bush the power to take command of
      National Guard units across the country which are traditionally
      under the control of the state governors.

      Without fanfare, Bush has taken control of all armed forces
      and militias inside and outside of the country and now has
      a monopoly on all the state-sanctioned tools of organized violence.
      It�s a coup that could never have succeeded
      without the tacit cooperation of the media.

      Bush is now free to declare martial law
      in response to a natural disaster,
      a pandemic or a terrorist attack.
      The congress is powerless to stop him.

      Also, Bush recently signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006,
      which allows the president to arbitrarily declare citizens
      and non citizens �enemy combatants� and imprison them
      indefinitely without charge.

      The new law gives Bush the authority to disregard
      the Geneva Conventions and the 8th amendment�s ban
      on �cruel and unusual� punishment and apply �harsh interrogation�
      which may include torture.

      The act effectively repeals habeas corpus, the cornerstone
      of American jurisprudence and the Bill of Rights.

      The Military Commissions Act
      cannot coexist with the US Constitution;
      the two are mutually exclusive.

      The Military Commissions Act,
      The John Warner Defense Authorization Act,
      the Homeland Security Act,
      the Patriot Act, and
      the myriad presidential signing statements
      have conferred absolute power on George Bush.

      The question is whether or not some incident will arise
      that will persuade Bush to use his extraordinary new powers.

      General Tommy Franks predicted that a
      �massive, casualty producing event� might cause
      �our population to question our own Constitution
      and begin to militarize our country;�
      a scenario that many see as likely now.

      Is that it? Will another terrorist attack provide the rationale
      for overturning republican government and declaring martial law?

      If so, then we should know what to expect.

      According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
      it would mean
      �the suspension of the normal functions of civilian government,
      implying the cancellation or postponement
      of state and federal elections.�
      (Global Research) It would also
      �close public and government facilities not critical
      for continuity of essential operations.� (FEMA)

      Northern Command would assume control and under
      �the classified 'Continuity of Government� (COG) Operations Plan'
      a secret 'shadow government' would become functional,
      redeploying key staff to secret locations.� (Global Research)

      Also, �all forms of public gatherings or citizen's protests
      which question the legitimacy of the emergency procedures
      and the installation of a police state� would be banned.
      The military would be deployed to carry out
      �police and judicial� functions.

      Martial law in the US would be applied with the utmost attention
      to public sensibilities and perceptions,
      avoiding the garish display of force we see in Iraq.
      It would be a �kinder and gentler� martial law
      with a limited number of military personnel on the streets
      (just enough to remind us that things have changed)
      and an emphasis on �preemptive� policing operations.
      (Expect Falcons� 4, 5 and 6 etc)

      It would probably be disguised by a carefully craftedpublic relations
      campaign and a predictably cheery moniker, such as,
      �The Security Enhancement and Homeland Fortification Act�.
      The possibilities are limitless.

      The Bush administration is also prepared if some unforeseen
      tragedy befalls congress, like another anthrax attack.

      In fact, the American Enterprise Institute, to which
      the Bush team is closely aligned, has already
      "issued proposals for the operation of Congress
      following a catastrophic terrorist attack".
      They advocate the "APPOINTING" of individuals
      to the House of Representatives "to fill the seats of dead
      or incapacitated members, a first in American history"
      "The Continuity of Government Commission is self-commissioned',
      its members being neither elected nor appointed by any
      government body and mostly made up of professional lobbyists".
      (Read the whole article:
      (Coincidentally, Newsweek article
      �White House Rehearses for Domestic Attack� 2-23-07;
      �The White House is staging a high-level exercise Saturday to test
      responses to the prospect of a massive domestic terrorist attack.�

      These drills are a critical part of the C.O.G. regimen
      dating back to the Reagan administration)

      According to the AEI�s plan, the future United States congress
      will be comprised of lobbyists and industry representatives.
      What else would one expect from an organization that believes
      that corporate interests should determine policy?

      These are the chilling precedents which have paved the way
      for further government lawlessness and abuse.
      They foreshadow the ominous transition from representative govt.
      to autocratic rule; from inalienable rights to martial law.

      The Falcon operations are just a small part of this larger paradigm.
      The program is not designed for rounding up minor crooks
      and drug dealers, (which no one really cares about anyway)
      but for removing leftists, dissidents and political rivals.

      These are the real targets.
      The power of the state is measured in terms of how effectively
      it defeats or eliminates its enemies. And, the Bush administration
      has shown a remarkable aptitude for crushing its rivals.

      The Crawford Fuehrer

      One day, after a particularly savage domestic purge;
      we can expect President Bush to stride to the presidential podium
      and reiterate the same words that were uttered
      by his German predecessor 60 years ago:

      "If anyone reproaches me and asks why I did not resort
      to the regular courts of justice, then all I can say is this:
      - In this hour I was responsible for the fate of the American people,
      and thereby I became the supreme judge of the American people�.
      Everyone must know for all future time
      that if he raises his hand to strike the State,
      then certain death is his lot."

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