- On September 24, Jason Ditz reported on Antiwar.com that
"the FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of raids
against the homes of antiwar activists in Illinois, Minneapolis, Michigan,
and North Carolina, claiming that they are 'seeking evidence relating to
activities concerning the material support of terrorism.'"
- Now we know what Homeland Security (sic) secretary Janet
Napolitano meant when she said on September 10: "The old view that
'if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won't have to fight them here'
is just that--the old view." The new view, Napolitano said, is "to
counter violent extremism right here at home."
- "Violent extremism" is one of those undefined
police state terms that will mean whatever the government wants it to mean.
In this morning's FBI's foray into the homes of American citizens of conscience,
it means antiwar activists, whose activities are equated with "the
material support of terrorism," just as conservatives equated Vietnam
era anti-war protesters with giving material support to communism.
- Anti-war activist Mick Kelly whose home was raided, sees
the FBI raids as harassment to intimidate those who organize war protests.
I wonder if Kelly is under-estimating the threat. The FBI's own words clearly
indicate that the federal police agency and the judges who signed the warrants
do not regard antiwar protesters as Americans exercising their Constitutional
rights, but as unpatriotic elements offering material support to terrorism.
- "Material support" is another of those undefined
police state terms. In this context the term means that Americans who fail
to believe their government's lies and instead protest its policies, are
supporting their government's declared enemies and, thus, are not exercising
their civil liberties but committing treason.
- As this initial FBI foray is a softening up move to get
the public accustomed to the idea that the real terrorists are their fellow
citizens here at home, Kelly will get off this time. But next time the
FBI will find emails on his computer from a "terrorist group"
set up by the CIA that will incriminate him. Under the practices put in
place by the Bush and Obama regimes, and approved by corrupt federal judges,
protesters who have been compromised by fake terrorist groups can be declared
"enemy combatants" and sent off to Egypt, Poland, or some other
corrupt American puppet state--Canada perhaps--to be tortured until confession
is forthcoming that antiwar protesters and, indeed, every critic of the
US government, are on Osama bin Laden's payroll.
- Almost every Republican and conservative and, indeed,
the majority of Americans will fall for this, only to find, later, that
it is subversive to complain that their Social Security was cut in the
interest of the war against Iran or some other demonized entity, or that
they couldn't have a Medicare operation because the wars in Central Asia
and South America required the money.
- Americans are the most gullible people who ever existed.
They tend to support the government instead of the Constitution, and almost
every Republican and conservative regards civil liberty as a coddling device
that encourages criminals and terrorists.
- The US media, highly concentrated in violation of the
American principle of a diverse and independent media, will lend its support
to the witch hunts that will close down all protests and independent thought
in the US over the next few years. As the Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels said,
"think of the press as a great keyboard on which the Government can
- An American Police State was inevitable once Americans
let "their" government get away with 9/11. Americans are too
gullible, too uneducated, and too jingoistic to remain a free people.
As another Nazi leader Herman Goering said, " The people can always
be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the peace-makers for lack of patriotism and for exposing the
country to danger."
- This is precisely what the Bush and Obama regimes have
done. America, as people of my generation knew it, no longer exists.
- Dr. Roberts was appointed Assistant Secretary of the
US Treasury by President Ronald Reagan. He served in the Congressional
Staff of the House and Senate. He was Associate Editor and Columnist for
the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week, the Scripps Howard
News Service, Creators Syndicate, and for major newspapers in France and
Italy. He was Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford
University, for 24 years and occupied the William E. Simon chair of Political
Economy in the Center for Strategic and International Affairs, Georgetown
University for 12 years. Dr. Roberts has also had academic appointments
at Virginia Tech, Tulane University, University of New Mexico, and George
Mason University. He was a member of Merton College, Oxford University,
during 1963-65. In 1969 he presented a Special University Lecture to the
faculty and student body of Oxford University. He was awarded the US Treasury's
Silver Medal in 1982 and the French Legion of Honor in 1987.