you ever wondered how the government’s misinformation gains
I have noticed is that whenever a stunning episode occurs, such as
9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing, most everyone whether on the
right or left goes along with the government’s explanation, because
they can hook their agenda to the government’s account.
leftwing likes the official stories of Muslims creating terrorist
mayhem in America, because it proves their blowback theory and
satisfies them that the dispossessed and oppressed can fight back
patriotic rightwing likes the official story, because it proves
America is attacked for its goodness or because terrorists were
allowed in by immigration authorities and nurtured by welfare, or
because the government, which can’t do anything right, ignored
the government says, no matter how problematical, the official story
gets its traction from its compatibility with existing
predispositions and agendas.
such a country, truth has no relevance. Only agendas are important.
person can see this everywhere. I could write volumes illustrating
how agenda-driven writers across the spectrum will support the most
improbable government stories despite the absence of any evidence
simply because the government’s line can be used to support their
example, a conservative writer in the June issue of Chronicles uses
the government’s story about the alleged Boston Marathon bombers,
Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to argue against immigration, amnesty
for illegals, and political asylum for Muslims. He writes: “Even
the most high-tech security systems imaginable will inevitably fail
as they are overwhelmed by a flood of often hostile and dangerous
writer accepts all of the improbable government statements as proof
that the brothers were guilty. The wounded brother who was unable to
respond to the boat owner who discovered him and had to be put on
life support somehow managed to write a confession on the inside of
soon as the authorities have the brother locked up in a hospital on
life support, “unnamed officials” and “authorities who remain
anonymous” are planting the story in the media that the suspect is
signing written confessions of his guilt while on life support. No
one has seen any of these written confessions. But we know that they
exist, because the government and media say so.
conservative writer knows that Dzhokhar is guilty because he is
Muslim and a Chechen. Therefore, it does not occur to the writer to
wonder about the agenda of the unnamed sources who are busy at work
creating belief in the brothers’ guilt. This insures that no juror
would dare vote for acquittal and have to explain it to family and
friends. Innocent until proven guilty in a court has been thrown out
the window. This should disturb the conservative writer, but doesn’t.
conservative writer sees Chechen ethnicity as an indication of guilt
even though the brothers grew up in the US as normal Americans,
because Chechens are “engaged in anti-Russian jihad.” But
Chechens have no reason for hostility against the US. As evidence
indicates, Washington supports the Chechens in their conflict with
Russia. By supporting Chechen terrorism, Washington violates all of
the laws that it ruthlessly applies to compassionate Americans who
give donations to Palestinian charities that Washington alleges are
run by Hamas, a Washington-declared terrorist organization.
doesn’t occur to the conservative writer that something is amiss
when martial lawis established over one of America’s main cities
and its metropolitan area, 10,000 heavily armed troops are put on the
streets with tanks, and citizens are ordered out of their homes with
their hands over their heads, all of this just to search for one
wounded 19-year old suspect. Instead the writer blames the
“surveillance state” on “the inevitable consequences of
suicidal liberalism” which has embraced “the oldest sin in the
world: rebellion against authority.” The writer is so pleased to
use the government’s story line as a way of indulging the
conservative’s romance with authority and striking a blow at
liberalism that he does not notice that he has lined up against the
Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence and
rebelled against authority.
could just as easily have used a left-wing writer to illustrate the
point that improbable explanations are acceptable if they fit with
predispositions and can be employed in behalf of an agenda.
about it. Do you not think that it is extraordinary that the only
investigations we have of such events as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon
bombing are private investigations, such as this investigationof
was no investigation of 9/11. Indeed, the White House resisted any
inquiry at all for one year despite the insistent demands from the
9/11 families. NIST did not investigate anything. NIST simply
constructed a computer model that was consistent with the
government’s story. The 9/11 Commission simply sat and listened to
the government’s explanation and wrote it down. These are not
only investigations have come from a physicist who proved that WTC 7
came down at free fall and was thus the result of controlled
demolition, from a team of scientists who examined dust from the WTC
towers and found nano-thermite, from high-rise architects and
structural engineers with decades of experience, and from first
responders and firefighters who were in the towers and experienced
explosions throughout the towers, even in the sub-basements.
have reached the point where evidence is no longer required. The
government’s statements suffice. Only conspiracy kooks produce real
America, government statements have a unique authority. This
authority comes from the white hat that the US wore in World War II
and in the subsequent Cold War. It was easy to demonize Nazi Germany,
Soviet Communism and Maoist China. Even today when Russian
publications interview me about the perilous state of civil liberty
in the US and Washington’s endless illegal military attacks abroad,
I sometimes receive reports that some Russians believe that it was an
impostor who was interviewed, not the real Paul Craig Roberts. There
are Russians who believe that it was President Reagan who brought
freedom to Russia, and as I served in the Reagan administration these
Russians associate me with their vision of America as a light unto
the world. Some Russians actually believe that Washington’s wars
are truly wars of liberation.
same illusions reign among Chinese dissidents. Chen Guangcheng is the
Chinese dissident who sought refuge in the US Embassy in China.
Recently he was interviewed by the BBC World Service. Chen Guangcheng
believes that the US protects human rights while China suppresses
human rights. He complained to the BBC that in China police can
arrest citizens and detain them for as long as six months without
accounting for their detainment. He thought that the US and UK should
publicly protest this violation of due process, a human right.
Apparently, Chen Guangcheng is unaware that US citizens are subject
to indefinite detention without due process and even to assassination
without due process.
Chinese government allowed Chen Guangcheng safe passage to leave
China and live in the US. Chen Guangcheng is so dazzled by his
illusions of America as a human rights beacon that it has never
occurred to him that the oppressive, human rights-violating Chinese
government gave him safe passage, but that Julian Assange, after
being given political asylum by Ecuador is still confined to the
Ecuadoran embassy in London, because Washington will not allow its UK
puppet state to permit his safe passage to Ecuador.
Chen Guangcheng and the Chinese and Russian dissidents who are so
enamored of the US could gain some needed perspective if they were to
read US soldier Terry Holdbrooks’ book about the treatment given to
the Guantanamo prisoners. Holdbrooks was there on the scene, part of
the process, and this is what he told RT:
“The torture and information extraction methods that we used
certainly created a great deal of doubt and questions in my mind to
whether or not this was my America. But when I thought about what we
were doing there and how we go about doing it, it did not seem like
the America I signed up to defend. It did not seem like the America I
grew up in. And that in itself was a very disillusioning experience.”
a May 17 Wall Street Journal.com article, Peggy Noonan wrote that
President Obama has lost his patina of high-mindedness. What did
Obama do that brought this loss upon himself? Is it because he sits
in the Oval Office approving lists of US citizens to be assassinated
without due process of law? Is it because he detains US citizens
indefinitely in violation of habeas corpus? Is it because he has kept
open the torture prison at Guantanamo? Is it because he continued the
war that the neoconservatives started, despite his promise to end it,
and started new wars?
it because he attacks with drones people in their homes, medical
centers, and work places in countries with which the US is not at
war? Is it because his corrupt administration spies on American
citizens without warrants and without cause?
It is none of these reasons. In Noonan’s view these are not
offenses for which presidents, even Democratic ones, lose their
high-minded patina. Obama can no longer be trusted, because the IRS
hassled some conservative political activists.
is a Republican, and what Obama did wrong was to use the IRS against
some Republicans. Apparently, it has not occurred to Noonan that if
Obama–or any president–can use the IRS against opponents, he can
use Homeland Security and the police state against them. He can use
indefinite detention against them. He can use drones against them.
of these are much more drastic measures. Why isn’t Peggy Noonan
she thinks these measures will only be used against terrorists, just
as the IRS is only supposed to be used against tax evaders.
a public and the commentators who inform it accept the collapse of
the Constitution’s authority and the demise of their civil
liberties, to complain about the IRS is pointless.