Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Telling Truth to Terror

April 19, 2005

In essence, according to the “chief investigative correspondent” for ABC News, Brian Ross, the internet is a tool for neo-Nazi and racist whack jobs, “future Timothy McVeighs,” “ticking time bombs,” “lone wolves,” and “small cells” of vicious terrorists. Ross quotes Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, who warns about white supremacist nuts squirreled away “in their bedroom accessing bomb-making information on the Net, and accessing hateful rhetoric which empowers them.”

Of course, these isolated should-be mental patients, who call for the death of not only Jews but the president, are but an insignificant number of the people on the web, and I am more worried about spammers and virus writers than I am of James P. Wickstrom, chaplain of the Aryan Nation, considered by federal officials to rival Osama bin Laden and “has declared himself an enemy of the United States government,” according to Ross.

But never mind guys spewing hatred toward people of color from remote rural compounds. Last year “eco-terrorism—acts of violence, sabotage or property damage motivated by concern for animals or the environment—was the nation’s top domestic terrorism threat,” not gun-toting Nazi wannabes robbing banks or Christian zealots blowing up abortion clinics. The FBI told that Larry Copeland of USA Today last November that “eco-terrorists had committed more than 1,100 criminal acts and caused property damage estimated at least $110 million since 1976.”

Organizations such as the Earth Liberation Front and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty are far more dangerous than violent anti-Semites training for a confrontation against ZOG in the wilderness. In fact, as Rajib Mitra of Wisconsin discovered, broadcasting “sex sounds over police radios” is a form of domestic terrorism and will get you eight years in the slammer. “Mitra was one of the first defendants sentenced under guidelines [the PATRIOT Act] changed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The changes, effective Nov. 5, 2003, impose stiffer penalties for domestic terrorism. Under the previous sentencing guidelines, Mitra probably would have been sentenced to 18 to 24 months.”

If the feds will prosecute and lock up a guy with a warped sense of humor, imagine what they will do to the “black helicopter crowd,” that is to say those of us who are less than happy with the actions of our government. “‘The “black helicopter” crowd is still out there,’ says Wisconsin federal prosecutor Tim O’Shea, referring to extremists who distrust and abhor the federal government,” writes Larry Copeland. “

Many [so-called militia group] members believed the federal government was secretly setting up concentration camps for dissident Americans and was planning a takeover of the United States by United Nations troops as part of a ‘new world order.’ Many also said that mysterious black helicopters were conducting surveillance in the West, according to the ADL.” In short, if you distrust the government—and as history demonstrates, there are literally thousands of reasons to distrust and fear the federal government—you are some kind of nut case.

Never mind that Jonathan Turley, in an article published in the Los Angeles Times, documented in August, 2002, then AG John Ashcroft’s desire to build “camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be ‘enemy combatants,’” an idea that was once a “political embarrassment” that morphed into “a constitutional menace” overnight. “Since the nation will never be entirely safe from terrorism, liberty has become a mere rhetorical justification for increased security,” writes Turley. “Ashcroft is a catalyst for constitutional devolution, encouraging citizens to accept autocratic rule as their only way of avoiding massive terrorist attack,” for instance “eco-terrorist” groups and “future Timothy McVeighs” on the internet. Is it possible Turley experienced a “black helicopter” visitation?

Of course, since most people don’t pay attention, and “investigative” journalists working for corporate news operations go unchallenged when they write gibberish or make outlandish, undocumented claims, relatively recent historical events are never mentioned, for instance Reagan’s Rex 84 Program. As Harry Helms writes (Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy), the expansion of FEMA’s mandate during the first Reagan administration included “capabilities to detain American citizens, as had happened to Japanese-American citizens in World War II. This plan developed during a military exercise known as Readiness Exercise 1984, or ‘Rex 84′ …

The first reports about Rex 84 appeared in the Miami Herald on July 5,1987 (this is the report referred to by Representative Brooks). According to the Herald, the plan the Rex 84 group produced called for the detention of up to 400,000 undocumented immigrants in internment centers at military bases around the country. (These would eventually become known as the “Rex 84 camps.") If necessary, U.S. military forces, including the National Guard, would be deployed for domestic law enforcement, and state and local military commanders could assume control of state and local governments if so directed by the president. Rex 84 also included plans for suspension of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution for the duration of the national emergency. While undocumented immigrants were the only ones targeted for detention during the Rex 84 exercise, the logistics of interning American citizens would essentially be the same.

Oliver North was the principal author of the Rex 84 plan…

Yep, that’s the same Oliver North who is a “syndicated columnist, former host of the radio’s Common Sense and the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel,” according to Premiere Speakers Bureau. “Assigned to the National Security Council Staff in the Reagan administration, Colonel North was the United States government’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, was involved in planning the rescue of medical students on the Island of Grenada…” It was during his tenure at the NSC that North plotted against the Constitution of the United States and helped devise plans to kill not only harmless peasants in Grenada but evil communist school teachers in Nicaragua as well.

It should be noted that former FEMA director Louis Guiffrida’s deputy, John Brinkerhoff, who handled the martial law portion of Rex 84, works for “the highly influential Anser Institute for Homeland Security,” according to TBR News.

Following a request by the Pentagon in January 2002 that the U.S. military be allowed the option of deploying troops on U.S. streets, the institute in February 2002 published a paper by Brinkerhoff arguing in defense of the legality of this. He alleged that the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which has long been accepted as prohibiting such deployments, has simply been misunderstood and misapplied. The preface to the article also provided the revelation that the national plan he had worked on, under Giuffrida, was “approved by Reagan, and actions were taken to implement it".

Obviously, Harry Helms and the editors of TBR were also visited by a black helicopter in the middle of the night. Maybe they were also abducted by aliens working for the “new world order.”

In Bushzarro world (and the Reaganzarro and Clintonzarro worlds), criminals are rewarded (North was convicted of illegally supporting the mass murdering [mostly school teachers and Sandinista petty bureaucrats] Contras in Nicaragua; he received a three-year suspended prison sentence, two years probation, 1,200 hours’ community service with inner city drugs projects and a $150,000 fine, but all of this was overturned by appellate judges when it was discovered some of the trial witnesses had seen him on TV). According to the Bushzarro world corporate media, white supremacists and “eco-terrorists” take solace in a lawless internet and history runs back in time about fifteen minutes.

Rex 84, of course, is not the first time the government has plotted to use the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as a doormat. Problem is most people are too distracted by the hobgoblins of ter’ism, continually splashed across our collective consciousness, thanks to the likes of Fox News where felons convicted of plotting against the Constitution hold down cushy jobs, perpetually distracting us from the real criminals in the White House and the Pentagon. It is no mistake the same Iran-Contra criminals who entered into a criminal conspiracy with Oliver North are now running things.

But then I guess I am part of the “black helicopter crowd” for pointing out such realities.

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