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from L. Reichard White


Do you like the "A-ha!" experience?

"It's ironic to me that we can commit a nation to war, even world war, on less evidence than it takes to convict someone for smoking a joint in downtown Manhattan." -Ron Kuby, Criminal Defense Lawyer, FOX NEWS, October 30, 2001, 11:54:21
~"You could kill all the terrorists in Afghanistan, all the terrorists in the world. You could hang Osama bin Laden in sight of the White House. You still wouldn't have solved the problem because you will have created a whole new generation of terrorists." -Col. Richard Dunn writing in the Washington Post, quoted on ABC THIS WEEK, October 21, 2001
It is no coincidence that the 19th Century, a time of Gold coin standards for the most part, was an era of peace. Nor is it a coincidence that the 20th century combines war with paper money. -Ron Paul (R-TX), The Ron Paul Money Book, 1991, pg. 32
"The legal hallmark of dictatorship has always been Preventative Law -- the concept that a man is guilty until he is proven innocent..." -Ayn Rand
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft: Bear with us here. We we are used to reacting to crime after it happens. Preventing crime before it happens is new to us and we must adapt. Prevention is now our top priority. We're learning with each new incident. -CNBC, October 16, 2001, 12:45:10


CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION
The Economic Context
Inside Osama bin Laden
Afghanistan


Justice?
Blind Rage?
Or Something Else?


Protected?
What's "Patriotic" Got to Do with it?
How Far Will We Let Them Go?
Your Future In The Police State


Where Wars Come From
The Media's Role


INTERMISSION


Propaganda Wars
New World Order, Anyone?


INTRODUCTION

For freedom-oriented people, this is by far the most dangerous period in American history. A lot more is involved here than just terrorism, anthrax, bombing Afghanistan, and "America's New War." But I just find the pieces and assemble them. It's up to you to judge.

"Eternal vigilence is the price of liberty." -Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) [1]
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

If you don't read anything else, please read this NEXIALIST N+E+W+S clear through -- it is the result of not "eternal vigilence," but only sixteen-hour-per-day vigilence over the last forty days, which was all I could manage.

It will inform you, and likely surprise you; It may help slow the triumph of evil. Pass it on: The more informed folks we have, the less likely we will all "do nothing."

This is much too big an event to cover with only one NEXIALIST N+E+W+S. There will be a continuing series, time permitting.

As usual, most of the clips, especially the longer ones, have the most important parts bolded, so theoretically you can skim this NEXIALIST N+E+W+S by reading only the short clips and the bolded text. There is also now a handy CONTENTS facility to help you navigate this sucker! Just click on any "BACK to CONTENTS" label to get back to it.

Finally, you may find it strange that I'm presenting this series as an extension of the economic factors presented in the previous NEXIALIST N+E+W+S THE BIG ONE from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S, series. Hang in there and you'll eventually see why.

Health, happiness & long life,
L. Reichard White

P.S. I will attempt to update the older sections as appropriate on the NEXIALIST N+E+W+S web site . If you find these efforts useful, please encourage me -- it may not look like it, but even a simple NEXIALIST N+E+W+S consumes amazing amounts of time. So far I've invested over a month of intense effort in this series.

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THE ECONOMIC CONTEXT:

N+N:Reprise: "This is the biggest financial challenge facing the world in the last half-century." -Bill Clinton to CFR, 14 Sep 1998
N+N:Reprise: Mr. [Albert] Friedberg [famed Austrian economist, currency specialist and head of Canada's Friedberg Mercantile Group] points to the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve as the fundamental cause of the currency debacle. He notes that since the early 1990s, the Fed has backed a credit expansion policy that it has exported abroad. He also predicts that "the crisis will widen. It will travel from Asia to Russia, Greece, Brazil. Eventually it will come back to the United States." -TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL (January 10, 1998)
N+N:Reprise: "It's certainly the worst international monetary crisis since the founding of the system, the Bretton Woods [paper money] system in 1944. ... And I know that the authorities in Washington are most concerned about this spread, and properly so -- because it seems to be happening." -Roger Altman, EVERCORE PARTNERS CHAIRMAN, former Deputy Secretary of Treasury, CNBC, 14 Aug 1998, ~7:37:21 AM EDT
Durable goods orders down a huge 8.5% in September; without transportation, down 5.5%. Employment Cost Index up 1% for third quarter. Continuing unemployment is at 3.65 million, an 18-year high. -CNBC, October 25, 2001, 08:33:05
NEW: Before Sept. 11, Argentine debt was all over the news, but then it seemed to disappear. Now it's back with a vengeance. Some radical changes have been suggested, including scrapping the currency board which fixes the Argentine Peso to the value of the dollar. Talk is that the problem is so bad, there's no way the Argentine government can even restructure their debt at all. [$38 billion in Argentine "sovereign debt" is in question] -Marci Rossell, CNBC Chief Economist, October 30, 2001, 08:55:11
NEW: I have friends with Argentine bonds that lost 9 - 10 points yesterday. This seems to be spreading all through Latin America. There are problems outside of the anthrax and terrorist scare. -Bob McCooey, President The Griswold Company, CNBC, October 30, 2001, 15:06:33
NEW: Unemployment jumped from 4.9% in Sept. to 5.4%, the largest monthly jump since May in 1980. The consensus opinion was 5.2%. This is the highest unemployment rate in five years and the biggest monthly jump since 1980. Non-farm payrolls down by nearly 100,000. Nearly 415,000 jobs lost during October. -CNBC, November 2, 2001, 08:35:58
We're giving this terrorist attack way too much credit for creating the [economic] problems we see. These are the results of something that has been going on well before the Sept. 11 attacks. There is record debt out there. We've seen all-time high delinquencies on credit-cards, for example. We're going to deal with worse situations than in 1998. It's not Thailand, Indonesia and Korea, -- now it's Japan, the U.S. and Europe. We've now moved into a new stage of economic history. -David Levi, Head of Economic Forecasting, David Levi, INC., Bloomberg, October 3, 2001, 07:17:58
NEW: Vice President Cheney says it's absolutely essential that Congress pass an economic stimulus pkg now. -FOX NEWS banner, November 14, 2001, 12:40:16

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INSIDE OSAMA BIN LADEN:

A Saudi Arabian millionaire, bin Laden became a militant Islamic leader in the war to drive the Russians out of Afghanistan. He was one of the many religious fundamentalist extremists recruited, armed, and financed by the CIA and their allies in Pakistani intelligence to cause maximal harm to the Russians -- quite possibly delaying their withdrawal, many analysts suspect ... Bin Laden and his "Afghanis" turned against the US in 1990 when they established permanent bases in Saudi Arabia -- from his point of view, a counterpart to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, but far more significant because of Saudi Arabia's special status as the guardian of the holiest shrines. -Noam Chomsky, interviewed by Radio B92, Belgrade, September 2001 Source: ZNet
The Saudi billionaire, Osama bin Laden, declares Jihad against the US Military and the US Government. He's rich, has thousands of supporters, and their numbers are growing. -CNN Impact, 10 Aug, 1997
Sam Donaldson: You met bin Laden once didn't you? Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S., Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz: Yes. Bin Laden came to thank me for getting aid from the USA for his mujahideen. -ABC THIS WEEK, September 30, 2001
~"I think the turning point came for bin Laden when the U.S. military stayed in Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War. [Initial agreement was that they would leave immediately after cessation of hostilities. -LRW] Bin Laden has only three demands:
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1. U.S. troops out of Saudi Arabia. [Saudi is protector of Muslim holy of holies, Mecca, and devout Muslims, for reasons going as far back as the Crusades, [2] believe it's a sacrilege to have the "infidel" (unfaithful) there.]
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2. End aid to Israel. [3]
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3. Stop bombing Iraq. [U.S. and British planes have been flying bombing sorties against Iraq several times a week since 1991 with no support for this behavior from any other country.] Though he doesn't particularly like Saddam, bin Laden says this bombing disrupts the lives of Islamic women and children. -John Miller, ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
U.S. planes attacked military installations in Southern Iraq for the third time this month. -FOX NEWS bottom banner, October 14, 2001, 00:05:43
In 1998 in an interview in the mountains of Afghanistan overlooking Kabul, bin Laden told me, "We can no longer differentiate between civilians and those wearing military uniforms." -John Miller, ABC NEWS, NY on ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
"It's not only our U.S. troops who will be put in mortal danger; bin Laden has stated unequivocally that all Americans, including 'those who pay taxes,' are targets. -Eagle Forum Troops to Kosovo; Terror for Americans? February 24, 1999 by: Phyllis Schlafly
NEW: Bin Laden is reported to have said on video tape that those killed in the WTC attacks were not civilians, they were working for the American system. -CNBC banner, November 12, 2001, 10:32:18
NEW: "If [Yugoslav] civilians are worried about military action [bombing] in Yugoslavia, they should tell their president that he can stop this by withdrawing his troops from Kosovo, by stopping the killing and by agreeing to the conditions in the Ramboullier agreement that would bring peace and autonomy to Kosovo." -Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon, 31 March 1999


AFGHANISTAN:

One of four Afghan children die before they reach the age of five. -Dr. Farshad Rastegar, CNN HLN, September 29, 2001, 14:23:16
The economy is so bad here that it is beyond many people's ability to flee Afghanistan. Many are so poor that they can't even flee to the outskirts of Kabul. Most Afghans just worry about how they will get food for tomorrow. The borders have been closed between Afghanistan and Iran as Iran fears a wave of Afghan refugees. These people have been through nearly 20 years of almost constant conflict since the Russians tried to install their own government in Kabul. Almost everyone here has lost a loved one or suffered property damage. They are worried about personal safety but are resigned to any attack that may come. -Nic Robertson, Live from Kabul, Afghanistan, CNN HLN, September 15, 2001, 14:44:34
If you can imagine a whole city of World Trade Towers, you can begin to appreciate the devastation that is Afghanistan. It's reported that 900,000 Afghanis are on the move as refugees. Seven million Afghanis have left the country in the last 20 years. The Russians bombed the ancient irrigation ditches. There are some roads, big- broad black roads that the Russians planned to use as landing strips. How about bombing bin Laden? The mountains [where he's supposedly hiding in tunnels] are rocks - - - beautiful, big rocks. But bin Laden isn't in his tunnels anymore. They apparently gave him a horse and he went up into the mountains. It's been said that the Americans can pinpoint a lighted cigarette. If bin Laden strikes-up and lights a cigarrette, maybe you've got him, but if he doesn't smoke . . . -Judith Vidal-Hall, Censorship Index, CNN HLN, September 23, 2001, 04:49:21
"We bear no ill will to the Afghani people. They are a poor people, they are a suffering people, and that's why they should not permit these terrorist invaders to put their society at risk." Sec. of State Colin Powell, CNBC, September 17, 2001, 13:46:51
The Taliban expressed a desire to open a dialog with Washington to find out what kind of evidence they have implicating bin Laden. White House spokesman Ari Fleicher: This isn't a time for dialog, it's a time for action. {What kind of action? Ari Fleicher: Any action that will stop terrorism. }-CNN HLN, September 19, 2001, 10:07:33
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JUSTICE?

Not one hijacker was from Afghanistan. Maybe the search for those responsible should start elsewhere. -Ahmad Kamal, Fmr. Pakistani Amb. to UN, CNN HLN, September 22, 2001, 14:44:41
The Taliban has refused to turn-over Osama bin Laden without being presented with evidence. -Lisa Gianni, Bloomberg, September 21, 2001, 08:09:00
~~"We're going to do this right. We're going to gather the evidence and make it public for everyone to see." -Sec. of State Colin Powell, CNBC, September 17, 2001, 13:46:51
Bob Pisani (relaying the question from Anchor Bill Griffith): [In a country where people are innocent until proven guilty, why would it be ]"unreasonable for the, the Taliban Government to ask for more direct proof of, ah, ah, the ah, involvement of Osama bin Laden?"
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Sen. John McCain (R-Az): "Because they've been ah, assisting Osama, ah, the bin Laden terrorist organization. They know exactly what they've been doin'. And these people are people who are really bad, bad people. What they're doing to women alone in their society should be almost enough to have them out of power. But we all know, we all know. The evidence is clear. I don't --- There may be some discussion about some other terrorist organizations, but not about bin Laden." -EXACT transcription from CNBC, September 21, 2001, ~13:15:48
"If Bush wants bin Laden, he should show them proof." -CNN HLN America's voice on cnn.com, September 23, 2001, 06:09:55
The "White Paper" claiming to prove bin Laden's guilt was to be shared with the world, but the administration seems to be backing off on that. Will they share it with foreign governments and not the American people? -FOX NEWS, September 23, 2001, 14:09:45
"...the White House said once again that it will not negotiate with the Taliban or provide evidence about his [bin Laden's] role in the September 11 attack." [The White House stance was later verified to have come from an internal memo.] -Connie Mayberry, CNN HLN, September 30, 2001, 17:16:34
Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan: We don't want war, we want justice. We want justice. We must see evidence. -CNN HLN, October 2, 2001, 11:44:40
Blair's evidence against bin Laden and Taliban: This document does not purport to provide a prosecutable case against Osama bin Laden in a court of law. ... But on the basis of all the information available HMG is confident of its conclusions as expressed in this document.
Suppose Afghanistan demanded the hand-over of Billy Graham - - without presenting any evidence to the U.S. Government or U.S Court System. Isn't this sort of thing a regular problem for countries? Don't they have regular procedures to handle it? Don't they call it "extradition?" -LRW
NEW: "It's ironic to me that we can commit a nation to war, even world war, on less evidence than it takes to convict someone for smoking a joint in downtown Manhattan." -Ron Kuby, Criminal Defense Lawyer, FOX NEWS, October 30, 2001, 11:54:21
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BLIND RETALIATION?

The Taliban is not the protector of most of these Afghans, not their government -- at least not as we understand the word. The Taliban rulers took control largely by force and maintain it with an extreme Islamic regimen that is not in the Afghan tradition, and by most accounts appeals only to a limited minority [about 16% -LRW] of Afghans. [According to several experts -- and logic -- it's also clear the Taliban doesn't (and didn't) have any control over large areas of Afghanistan.] Whatever You Think About Afghanistan Is Probably Wrong, By Marc Kaufman, The Washington Post ONLINE, Sunday, September 23, 2001; Page B03
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are the only two countries in the world who recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. [United Arab Emirates broke relations with Taliban a few months ago and Saudi Arabia has now frozen relations with Afghanistan.] -CNN HLN, September 22, 2001, 16:32:57
Reporter: ~"Are you sure bin Laden is still in Afghanistan and that the Taliban can find him? U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell: "No [I'm not sure he's still in Afghanistan], but I'm sure if bin Laden is in Afghanistan, the Taliban knows where to find him." Press conference, September 17, 2001, 13:46:51
Reporter: If they [Taliban] turn him [bin Laden] over, will this satisfy the administration? White House Briefer Ari Fleicher: This War on Terrorism is bigger than any one individual and we will proceed. -White House briefing, September 17, 2001, 13:35:26
THE PRESIDENT: The Taliban has been given the opportunity to surrender all the terrorists in Afghanistan and to close down their camps and operations. Full warning has been given, and time is running out. Radio Address of the President to the Nation, For Immediate Release, Office of the Press Secretary, October 6, 2001
If the United States Government were given an ultimatum by, say, Cuba's Fidel Castro to "surrender all the terrorists in the United States," from a practical standpoint, it simply couldn't be done -- the FBI's still looking for them, and will be for years. How would you know who was a "terrorist" and who wasn't? If no evidence were presented, you'd have to take Castro's word for it. If Castro called for Billy Graham, you would have to turn him over. Would you? [4]
Bush says Taliban rebuffed Saturday's [new] offer [to stop bombing if bin Laden & cohorts turned over]. Says their offer was identical to their previous offer. Says they need to, "without seeing proof,"...turn him over. -CNN HLN banner, October 15, 2001, 02:29:20
Afghan Clerics ask Taliban to urge bin Laden to leave Afghanistan at suitable time for the nation's safety. Clerics urge US not to attack Afghanistan. Urge US to have patience. Kelly Wallace reports Bush not likely to approve of Cleric's position: wants action. -CNN bottom banner, September 20, 2001, 07:05:07
It's very unusual for Afghanistan to ask someone to leave. Many Pakistanis wonder why, after Afghanistan and Pakistan were abandoned after they helped kick Soviets out, they should help America again. -FOX NEWS, September 23, 2001, 13:37:47
Bush: "Turn him over. Turn him over, turn his cohorts over. Turn any hostages they hold over. Destroy all their terrorist camps. There's no need to negotiate. There's no discussions. I told them exactly what they need to do. There's no need to discuss innocence or guilt, we know he's guilty. And when I said no negotiations, I meant no negotiations." -CNN HLN, October 15, 2001, 04:01:10
N+N:Reprise: This document does not purport to provide a prosecutable case against Osama bin Laden in a court of law. ... -evidence against bin Laden
Many Afghans [even in the part of Afghanistan not controlled by Taliban] are voting with their feet. They're afraid of American bombs. They think the Americans are going to destroy their homes. They're trying to get away from towns and across the border into Pakistan. -Steve [Hanson?], Islamabad, Afghanistan, CNN, September 20, 2001, 05:45:56
Reporter: Will bin Laden be enough? Colin Powell: ~~"No. We're after his whole organization" -Press conference, September 17, 2001, 13:46:51
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld says Osama bin Laden may never be found. -CNBC, October 25, 2001, 11:51:07
We are witnessing this weekend one of the most epic events since the Second World War, certainly since Vietnam. ... I am referring to the extraordinary, almost unbelievable preparations now under way for the most powerful nation ever to have existed on God's Earth to bomb the most devastated, ravaged, starvation-haunted and tragic country in the world. Afghanistan, raped and eviscerated by the Russian army for 10 years, abandoned by its friends -- us, of course -- once the Russians had fled, is about to be attacked by the surviving superpower. ... But B-52s don't discriminate between men wearing turbans, or between men and women or women and children. Robert Fisk: How can the US bomb this tragic people? , Independent Digital (UK) Ltd, 27 September 2001 16:30 GMT+1 Independent
The Pentagon announced it has released 100 war planes to operate somewhere in the Mid East. This includes stealth fighters, F-16s, B-52 high-altitude bombers and B2 Bombers. They're calling this "Operation Infinite Justice." [5] The planes will be used if the Taliban refuses to turn bin Laden over. -Jim Mickleswski from the Penatgon, CNBC, September 19, 2001, 15:33:39
NEW: U.S. Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: "Well, ah, first let me say that, are we worried that they'll make a last-gasp terrorist attack on the United States? Needless to say, we do worry that they will make a terrorist attack on the United States. They already did. They've threatened to do more. They will do more whether we do what we're doing or whether we don't do what we're doing." -November 13, 2001, 15:01:13
Day 18 of airstrikes in Afghanistan underway. -CNBC banner, November 4, 2001, 10:14:58
Day 29 of airstrikes in Afghanistan underway. -November 4, 2001, 05:07:57
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OR SOMETHING ELSE?

N+N:Reprise: "It's ironic to me that we can commit a nation to war, even world war, on less evidence than it takes to convict someone for smoking a joint in downtown Manhattan." -Ron Kuby, Criminal Defense Lawyer, FOX NEWS, October 30, 2001, 11:54:21
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Military-Industrial Complex Speech, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040
Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): "We have to do whatever it takes to keep people safe." Cokie Roberts: ~"Does this mean racial profiling?" Clinton: "We have to do whatever it takes. Tuesday changed everything." -ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
"How much freedom will we have to give up in return for increased security?" -Sam Donaldson, ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
"Today Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there is an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will [plead] with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing that every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being by their world government." Henry Kissinger, June 8, 1992, Evian, France, Media Protects Bilderberg, Spotlight.org
Public opinion polls show that the American people are overwhelmingly in favor of increasing police powers to fight terrorism even if it means giving up personal liberties. -FOX NEWS Bottom banner, September 30, 2001, 18:00:47
NATO Secretariat-General explains Article 5 of NATO treaty and mentions that four NATO AWACS planes will be flying over U.S. by Friday, guarding the East Coast. -FOX NEWS, October 10, 2001, 14:01:05
NEW YORK, May 1--In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named "Operation Northwoods", the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban emigres, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes [!!!], blowing up a U.S. ship [6], and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. -David Ruppe, FRIENDLY FIRE: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba, ABCNEWS.com, May 1, 2001 [and thanks to Bronco!!] Standard Operating Procedure? from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S,
With roughly 100 new stories warning of terrorism in the mainstream media just today, the possibility cannot be ignored that the American people are being pre-conditioned to accept as real a terrorist event manufactured by our own government, a terrorist event no more real than those created by powerful leaders through the ages to sell an agenda to a populace which would otherwise not accept it. Dictatorship through Deception by Michael Rivero, First posted on New Republic Forum Xmas 'Eve 1999 [ 7]
New U.S. anti-terrorist legislation is finding it's way through Congress. The legislation makes it easier for authorities to get court permission to tap phones and extends how long terrorism suspects can be held without being charged. Attorney General Ashcroft had asked to hold them indefinitely. -CNN HLN, October 2, 2001, 11:51:40
WASHINGTON-Attorney General William French Smith recently voiced his alarm at Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Louis Guiffrida's proposal to crown himself the nation's "emergency czar" in the event of war or natural disaster. ...It would suspend the Constitution and give the president as much arbitrary power as Hitler or Stalin ever exercised.
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This blueprint for autocracy is in the form of "standby" legislation drafted by FEMA's eager empire-builders. That means it won't be submitted to Congress in advance--when its drastic provisions would certainly spark debate and draw opposition from conservatives and civil libertarians alike. Instead, it is intended to be held on "standby" until an emergency arises. Then a panicky Congress will presumably be ready to abdicate its responsibilities under the Constitution and vote for a dictatorship. Our associates Donald Goldberg and Indy Badhwar have seen the draft legislation, which would be titled disingenously the Defense Resources Act. -JACK ANDERSON: DRAFT LEGISLATION WOULD SUSPEND CONSTITUTIOIN IN AN EMERGENCY from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S, - 1984 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. weekly special [from Lassen Advocate 10/1/84 Susanville CA]
U.S.House passes new bill confiring broad new powers on law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. -FOX NEWS, October 14, 2001, 01:02:14
ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] says Americans don't understand the new "anti-terrorist" bill. Bill allows for imprisoning people without due process & punish[es] dissent. Allows indefinite detention of non- citizens. Expands govt. secret searches, less judicial review. Gives FBI broad access to business & citizen records. -CNN HLN banner, October 15, 2001, 02:25:10
NEW: "I like to refer to this legislation," [dubbed the "USA PATRIOT" law] continues [ACLU head Nadine] Strossen, "as the 'so-called antiterrorism law,' because on its face the provisions are written to deal with any crime, and the definition of terrorism under the new law is so severely broad that it applies far beyond what most people think of as terrorism." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
Neil Cavuto: You voted against this [anti-terrorism bill], right? Why?
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Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY): "Well first of all it [the anti-terrorism bill] was a bad game of bait-and- switch. The Judiciary Committee had reported out a bill that had been worked on over a period of weeks. It came out of the Judiciary committee by unanimous vote. Then at the last minute, the leadership of the House switched that bill and produced another bill which no one had seen and only a handful of people had more than superficial knowledge of. And that was the bill that was put on the floor and we were asked to vote for it. ... And I don't think it's a good idea for the congress to pass a bill it hasn't seen, hasn't read, doesn't know the contents of and a bill that goes deeply into individual liberties and constitutional rights. ... I think that we're in a tough situation we need to proceed carefully, judiciously, cautiously. And we ought to proceed in ways in which we know what we're doing. And the problem with the bill that came to the floor of the House is that we didn't know what we were doing. No one knew what was in that bill. ... One of the things that our enemies of the moment would like to see us do is to panic and to do things that are contrary to our own best interest and that's the one thing that we have to resist. They could attack us from the outside and do a certain amount of damage as they did at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but the worst fear that we ought to be aware of is the danger to ourselves, the danger to erode from within, the danger to destroy ourselves on the basis of panic and fear." -FOX NEWS, October 15, 2001, 16:23:41
NEW: [Rep. Ron] Paul [(R-Tx)] confirms rumors circulating in Washington that this sweeping new law, with serious implications for each and every American, was not made available to members of Congress for review before the vote. "It's my understanding the bill wasn't printed before the vote -- at least I couldn't get it. They played all kinds of games, kept the House in session all night, and it was a very complicated bill. Maybe a handful of staffers actually read it, but the bill definitely was not available to members before the vote." ... Meanwhile, efforts to obtain copies of the new law were stonewalled even by the committee that wrote it. Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001

Researchers have convincing evidence that not only did the Roosevelt Administration know of the attack on Pearl Harbor ahead of time, but that they were instrumental in precipitating it in the first place. -LRW] Standard Operating Procedure? from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S,

There are two questions at the top of the [Pearl Harbor] foreknowledge list: (1) whether President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his top military chieftains provoked Japan into an "overt act of war" directed at Hawaii, and (2) whether Japan's military plans were obtained in advance by the United States but concealed from the Hawaiian military commanders, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter Short so they would not interfere with the overt act. The latter question was answered in the affirmative on October 30, 2000, when President Bill Clinton signed into law ...the National Defense Authorization Act [which] ...finds that both Kimmel and Short were denied crucial military intelligence that tracked the Japanese forces toward Hawaii and [had been] obtained by the Roosevelt Administration in the weeks before the attack.
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... Roosevelt believed that provoking Japan into an attack on Hawaii was the only option he had in 1941 to overcome the powerful America First non-interventionist movement led by aviation hero Charles Lindbergh. {These anti-war views were shared by 80 percent of the American public from 1940 to 1941. }... Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum, a U.S. Naval officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), saw an opportunity to counter the U.S. isolationist movement by provoking Japan into a state of war with the U.S.
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Memorialized in McCollum's secret memo dated October 7, 1940, and recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the ONI proposal called for eight provocations aimed at Japan. Its centerpiece was keeping the might of the U.S. Fleet based in the Territory of Hawaii as a lure for a Japanese attack. President Roosevelt acted swiftly. The very next day, October 8, 1940, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Fleet, Admiral James O. Richardson, was summoned to the Oval Office and told of the provocative plan by the President. In a heated argument with FDR, the admiral objected to placing his sailors and ships in harm's way. Richardson was then fired and in his place FDR selected an obscure naval officer, Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, to command the fleet in Hawaii. ...
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Throughout 1941, FDR implemented the remaining seven provocations. ... On November 27 and 28, 1941, Admiral Kimmel and General Short were ordered to remain in a defensive posture for "the United States desires that Japan commit the first overt act." The order came directly from President Roosevelt.
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Immediately after December 7, 1941, military communications documents that disclose American foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor disaster were locked in U.S. Navy vaults away from the prying eyes of congressional investigators, historians, and authors. December 7, 1941: A Setup from the Beginning , Robert B. Stinnett, [8] Honolulu Advertiser, December 7, 2000
"Stimson, Marshall, Stark and Harry Hopkins [Army & Navy commanders & Sec. of War & Sec. Navy] had spent most of the night of December 6 at the White House with the President. All were waiting for what they knew was coming: an attack on Pearl Harbor. The comedy of errors on the sixth and seventh appears incredible. It only makes sense if it was a charade, and Roosevelt and the inner circle had known about the attack [on Pearl Harbor in advance]." -1971 Pulitzer Prize winning establishmentarian historian Jonathan Toland, Infamy: Pearl Harbor and its Aftermath (1981)
NEW: Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro. The disclosures are known to come from French intelligence which is keen to reveal the ambiguous role of the CIA, and to restrain Washington from extending the war to Iraq and elsewhere.
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Bin Laden is reported to have arrived in Dubai on July 4 from Quetta in Pakistan with his own personal doctor, nurse and four bodyguards, to be treated in the urology department. ... The CIA chief was seen in the lift, on his way to see Bin Laden, and later, it is alleged, boasted to friends about his contact. He was recalled to Washington soon afterwards. Intelligence sources say that another CIA agent was also present; CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July French report claims terrorist leader stayed in Dubai hospital, Anthony Sampson, Thursday November 1, 2001, The Guardian
"Yes we knew something was going to happen, no we didn't know it was Manhattan." -U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, CNN HLN side panel, October 3, 2001, 11:37:33
US officials admitted in a meeting of Track 2 diplomats in Europe that an invasi[o]n plan for Afghanistan has been in place 7 weeks before the WTC attack. US military advisors have already prepared bases in Tajikistan for the offensive. The BBC report was attributed to a former Pakistani minister. -BBC shortwave broadcast on 12095 at 3:00pm CT., Sept. 18, 2001 [& Thanks to SLATT]
"It is not civilizations that promote clashes. They occur when old-fashioned leaders look for old-fashioned ways to solve problems by rousing their people to armed confrontation." -Kenichi Ohmae, The End Of The Nation State, (New York: The Free Press 1995), p. 11.

David Schippers: Government Had Prior Knowledge of Pending Terrorist Attacks. The following interview is with David Schippers, who served as Chief Council for The United States House of Representatives Managers for the Impeachment Trial of President Clinton. Hang in there, and fasten your seat belt! "DS:" means it's a quote from David Schippers, "AJ:" means a quote from the interviewer, Alex Jones. -LRW

DS: ....frankly, when I first heard the information, I just poo-pooed it, as did everybody else - they thought here comes another one of those crazy conspiracy theories, you know. ... Have you ever heard of Ysolf Bodansky (sp)? ... He is the guy that wrote the book about Bin Laden. He was hooked up with some Congressional leaders in the House - kind of an unofficial, for lack of a better word, a strike force, a task force on terrorism. They sent out a warning on February 19, 1995, saying there was going to be a massive attack by the terrorists in the heartland of the United States and it was going to be a federal facility. [The OK City Murrah building became the final target -LRW] Everybody ignored it. By the way, I have seen that warning, I have seen that warning. ...there was in that warning that there was going to be a massive attack in Washington - it took them six years to do it. The targets were going to be Washington, the White House and the Capitol Building. - And that they were going to use airliners to attack them.
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AJ: Now later you got it from FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota that there was going to [be] an attack on lower Manhattan.
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DS: Yea - and that's what started me calling. ...I sent them information and nobody cared. It was always, "We'll get back to you", "we'll get back to you", "we'll get back to you." ...I used people who were personal friends of John Ashcroft to try to get him. ...The next morning I got a call. It wasn't from Ashcroft. It was from somebody in the Justice Dept.
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DS: Yea, ...He said, "We don't start our investigations at the top. Let me look into this and I will get back to you." As I sit here today, I have never heard from him. ...
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AJ: You're calling up. You've got these FBI agents and others feeding you this information. They're being pulled off the cases, they're angry. That's even been in the news now, from Minnesota and Florida and Illinois. They know what's going to happen. The Sudanese in '96 and '98 tried to arrest Bin Laden for Clinton, tried to give us the names of Al Qaeda ["al Qaeda translates as "The Base" -LRW], Clinton wouldn't take it.
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AJ: Wouldn't touch it. So we've got all this developing. We've got police officers and FBI on the ground who know who bombed Oklahoma City. They've got them in custody with blue jogging suits and bomb-making components. They are ordered to release them. All of this is unfolding - 3500 to 5000 Iraqi Republican Guard (living near OKC), [9] we know there is a Saddam/Iraqi connection here - I mean they knew this. Why in the world, David Schippers, did they allow this to take place?
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DS: I'll tell you something. This one of the things that, to me, it is almost inconceivable, inconceivable that with the knowledge they had that they would turn their back.
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DS: It sure has. I've been saying for years that once you have license, the next step is tyranny. It really is scary. The whole thing is scary. Remember the Palmer raids when they had the Reds scare in the early twentieth century and they just went out and rounded up everybody and threw them in jails and deported them. Our freedoms took a real hit. I hope to God that we don't run into the same thing this time. The people are saying, "I want to be safe." Who was it, Ben Franklin said if you give up your liberties for security, you will eventually lose both your liberties and your security. [10]...The whole thing is unbelievable. You know, I talk to people who are in the media, people who are well aware of what is going on and they cannot believe that this is happening. Alex Jones Interviews David Schippers: Government Had Prior Knowledge of Pending Terrorist Attacks www.infowars.com, From The Alex Jones Show interview with David Schippers, Chief Council for The United States House of Representatives Managers for the Impeachment Trial of President Clinton 10/10/01
NEW: An active agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has filed a complaint with a public-interest law firm alleging that Justice Department and FBI supervisory personnel have either mishandled or interfered with anti-terrorism investigations in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. According to officials with Judicial Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that investigates alleged government corruption, the special agent -- who asked not to be identified -- claims he was retaliated against when he continued to push for and pursue certain terrorist investigations over the objections of his FBI and Justice Department supervisors. The agent alleges that had certain investigations been allowed to run their courses, wanted Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network may have been prevented from carrying out the Sept. 11 attacks that have left nearly 5,000 people dead. DAY OF INFAMY 2001: Obstruction in terror investigations? FBI agent alleges feds stopped probes that may have prevented 9-11, Jon Dougherty, WorldNetDaily.com, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2001

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PROTECTED? SECURE?

US vulnerable to chemical, biological, nuclear attack, according to Congressional report to be released next week. Such an attack against the U.S. is impossible to prevent -- but government report says try anyway. A van with special drugs to treat the president should such an attack be launched accompanies his motorcade. -ABC Evening News with Tom Brokow, Brian Williams substituting for Brokow, Channel 11, 8 Jul 1999, 6:36:38 PM EST
U.S Attorney General Ashcroft: "We are doing everything possible to disrupt to interrupt to prevent to destabilize any additional activity and we are on alert." -CNN HLN, October 15, 2001, 02:38:40
N+N:Reprise: U.S. Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: "They will do more whether we do what we're doing or whether we don't do what we're doing." -November 13, 2001, 15:01:13
V.P. Cheney warns that "for the first time in our history, we will probably suffer more casualties here at home in America than our troops overseas." -FOX NEWS banner, October 23, 2001, 11:36:56
In an average year, the FBI handles about 250 reports of chemical and biological threats. In the last 18 days alone, we have received 3,300 such reports, 2,500 of them involving anthrax. -FBI Director Robert Mueller, HOMELAND SECURITY BRIEFING, WASHINGTON, CNBC, October 18, 2001, 10:23:29
Hoaxes tax the already over-taxed resources of law enforcement. -Attorney General John Ashcroft, HOMELAND SECURITY BRIEFING, WASHINGTON, CNBC, October 18, 2001, 10:17:35
They had to shut down the Alaska pipeline [belonging to BP] yesterday because some dumb local guy shot the pipeline, putting a hole through the covering. -CNBC, October 5, 2001, 11:41:30 An estimated 6,600 barrels, or 277,000 gallons, gushed from the bullet hole, Alyeska [the pipeline operator] said.
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Let's see here - One inebriated Elmer Fudd with a high-powered rifle stops the flow of oil. Think of what a sober terrorist with a little imagination could do. -Black Blade (10/06/01; 18:40:01MT - usagold.com msg#: 63065)
NEW: Government official says about 90 airport security lapses found in the last 11 days. -CNBC banner, November 15, 2001, 08:41:03
An anti-terrorism expert claims two out of three terrorist attacks succeed. -MSNBC, 7 Aug 1998, ~11:40:24 AM EDT
~"There is no way to stop a dedicated terrorist who is willing to pay the price." -Desert Storm General Norman Schwartzkopf, Ret., MSNBC, 8 Aug 1998, ~11:04:34 AM EDT
Now the mayor [New York City's Rudy Giuliani] had spoken earlier on the general threat of terrorism saying, "Short of closing down America and closing down the city of New York, it would be impossible to entirely prevent terrorism." He added that, "It's impossible to have a police officer every place. That would be unrealistic and it would change the nature of a free society." -Brian Jenkins, CNN Live, 19 Feb. 1998, 2:04pm
"I would say that a first-year microbiology student with a very good centrifuge could mix a crude [anthrax] powder. Each of the envelopes delivered in Florida and New York had about a third to half a teaspoon each." Student 'could have mounted anthrax attacks', Neil Tweedie, news.telegraph.co.uk (Filed: 15/10/2001)
Postmaster General says "no guarantees the mail is safe." -CNBC banner, October 25, 2001, 07:23:46 Postmaster General says people should wash hands after handling mail. -CNBC banner, October 25, 2001, 08:15:31
The fact that an individual has a negative nasal swab doesn't mean they won't be taking antibiotics because it doesn't guarantee they won't get anthrax. -Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, October 19, 2001, 13:27:51
NEW: ATLANTA (Reuters) - About 32,000 Americans began taking antibiotics in the past month as a precaution against possible exposure to the deadly anthrax bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. ... 32,000 Americans Took Drugs to Prevent Anthrax, Reuters, Thursday November 8 11:09 AM ET
NEW: Postal inspectors think all the anthrax-laced letters involved in the anthrax scare have been accounted for: They think there were only three. -FOX NEWS banner, November 1, 2001, 09:21:37 [As of November 18, 2001, investigators think there was a fourth letter sent to Senator Lehey. -LRW]
AP: Survey of 30 major hospitals reveals that many facilities are incapable of coping with the patient load that would be imposed by a biological attack. -FOX NEWS banner, October 16, 2001, 08:00:17
~~"We were very very lucky to catch that guy that crossed the border from Canada last year just before Y2K carrying bomb-making equipment or we would have had a very serious terrorist event last year." -John McQwethy, ABC NEWS, ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
Unknown bomber(s) explode a bomb near Wall Street, blowing the front windows out of a building during a nearby police anti-terrorist exercize. -CNN HLN, 11-09-97, ~4:08pm EST
"If we loose 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 civilians, we have to keep our resolve." -Cameo by Commentator Bernard Shaw, CNN, September 20, 2001, 04:43:41
The death toll for the "9-11" bombings is currently estimated at about 5,200 people. -LRW
Even if you had knowledge of the exact targets, it would be difficult to stop such an operation. -Gene Poteat, former CIA Officer, CNBC, September 12, 2001, 08:34:38
NEW: Like most who actually have read and analyzed the new [USA PATRIOT anti-terrorist] law, [president of the ACLU and professor of law at New York University Nadine] Strossen disagrees with several provisions not only because they appear to her to be unconstitutional but also because the sweeping changes it codifies have little or nothing to do with fighting terrorism. "There is no connection," insists Strossen, "between the Sept. 11 attacks and what is in this legislation. " Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
NEW: [Congressman Ron] Paul [(R-Tx)] agrees: "This legislation [The USA PATRIOT so-called "anti-terrorist" bill] wouldn't have made any difference in stopping the Sept. 11 attacks," he says. "Therefore, giving up our freedoms to get more security when they can't prove it will do so makes no sense." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
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The TOTALITARIAN HAZARD: HOW FAR WILL WE LET THEM GO?

N+N:Reprise: Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): "We have to do whatever it takes to keep people safe." -ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
N+N:Reprise: ...the problem with the bill that came to the floor of the House is that we didn't know what we were doing. No one knew what was in that bill. ... One of the things that our enemies of the moment would like to see us do is to panic and to do things that are contrary to our own best interest ...the worst fear that we ought to be aware of is the danger to ourselves, the danger to erode from within, the danger to destroy ourselves on the basis of panic and fear. -Rep. Maurice Hinchey, October 15, 2001, 16:23:41
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft: "... we're at a turning point in our history." Cokie Roberts: "What about civil liberties?" -ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
Congress considers requiring everyone carry identification. -MSNBC September 19, 12:15 EST
Attorney General Ashcroft says "air-tight surveillance" is necessary to protect the U.S. from terrorism. -Bottom banner, FOX NEWS, September 30, 2001, 18:00:47
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft: ~~"We should be able to at least wire- tap terrorists to the same extent we can wire-tap organized crime figures." -ABC THIS WEEK, September 16, 2001
STRASBOURG, Sept 5 (AFP) - Virtually no satellite-bounced communication -- e-mail, phone or fax -- is immune to the US-run Echelon global spying network, the European Parliament was told Wednesday after a year-long probe. ... "We've got evidence, a link of indices which would stand up in court under oath." he [German MEP Gerhard Schmid] said. US Echelon spy network a fact, European Parliament told , Yahoo! News -- Asia, Wednesday, September 5 7:51 PM SGT
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Western intelligence services have been criticised for not having picked up any warning on the attacks carried out against the US last week. One reason might be that terror organisations have long ago stopped using the modern information techniques. Online services such as AOL and Earthlink admit that they already co-operate with the FBI and German and British intelligence services... -Total control requires total surveillance, Lisbeth Kirk, Edited by Blake Evans-Pritchard, EUobserver.com, 18:45 EU Central Time 19.09.2001

How far did they plan to go in 1984? The following is a continuation of the column cited above -JACK ANDERSON: DRAFT LEGISLATION WOULD SUSPEND CONSTITUTIOIN IN AN EMERGENCY from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S, - 1984 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. weekly special [from Lassen Advocate 10/1/84 Susanville CA] That column was penned in 1984!

... Our associates Donald Goldberg and Indy Badhwar have seen the draft legislation, which would be titled disingenously the Defense Resources Act. Here are some of the specific outrages:
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-Private property would be effectively abolished. Real estate and personal belongings "that shall be deemed necessary for national defense purposes" would be confiscated by the government. And there'd be no haggling or taking it to court.
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"Upon or after filing the condemnation petition," the standby legislation reads, "immediate possession may be taken and the property may be occupied." There goes your house. There goes your car. There goes the neighborhood.
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-The bureaucrats at FEMA want to nationalize the means of production. If a factory owner proves reluctant to turn out what the bureaucrats dictate, the president "may take immeidate possession of such plant, mine or facility and operate it for the production of such materials or services as may be necessary."
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And if anyone lies to a federal bureaucrat about the availability of manpower, it'll rate either a $10,000 fine or a one-year hitch in the gulag. The right to strike will, of course, be revoked. Violators will be declared felons in the same class as those who try to overthrow the government.

How far will we let them go today?

Homeland Security Tsar Tom Ridge announces expansion of FEMA powers. -CNBC, October 19, 2001, 13:19:42
NEW: The new "anti-terrorist" bill is called The "USA PATRIOT Act." The phrase "USA PATRIOT" in the act's publicity name is the acronym for the act's official title, "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism."
Tom Ridge has been sworn in as the director of the Office of Homeland Security, as of October 8, 2001. In his acceptance speech, he said, "Although some sacrifices will have to be made, the essential freedoms of the American people will be protected." ... But who determines what the word "essential" means? Who determines what "rights" are essential? ... Bush ...said that who would be doing the determining would be the "Supreme National Security Council." It will exist above the Homeland Security Directorate, and will be chaired by George Bush, various cabinet members and "certain others who have had long-term political allegiances to my father." ... It's becoming clear how extraordinary the authority that this new agency, the Office of Homeland Security, along with its little brother, the Office of Cyberspace Security, really has. ... this agency with its vast new powers effectively guts the Freedom of Information Act. ... It would be immune from any public request for information. Virtually all its budget is classified. ... Bush knows there will be many Supreme Court challenges when we are past this "first blush of patriotism." ... That's why Bush is saying that this ruling council, this Supreme National Security Council, has decided that its only judicial accountability will be with the National Security Court in Washington DC, a court which the administration controls. ... It not only suspends habeas corpus, but it does so on a virtually unlimited basis. ...not only do they act ex post facto vis-a-vis habeas corpus, but there aren't any limits being imposed. They could literally detain people for years - for as long as they wanted. There is no limitation. ... Ridge has already said that they have the authority to hold people indefinitely. ... This is not a simple suspension of habeas corpus, but it is in effect an elimination of it.
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Technically the assets of any person or news agency which would attempt to disseminate the truth to the people could be seized --- since under the National Security Act, the truth about government operations can be withheld from the people if the dissemination of said truths is deemed to be injurious to the security of the State or the domestic tranquility of the people.
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Detainees or targets of the new State Security bureau (Office of Homeland Security) ...can be compelled to talk by "any means necessary," i.e., torture, interrogation, etc. Section 409C of the National Security Act, pursuant to the political and state security acts thereunto, states that a person whom the government believes is involved in an act contrary to the security of the State can be compelled by whatever measures necessary to reveal information.
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Furthermore this State Security agency will be given the old FBI power under the 1942 Seditious Publication Act. ... It will give this agency the ability to label publications as "seditious" and to prevent their publication and transmission thereunto by both print and electronic means.
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Even the truth regarding government activities or operation can be deemed seditious and its dissemination to the public prevented. ... Life Magazine from 1968 to 1972 was formally declared a "seditious publication" by the FBI because of its photo expose' of the horrors of Vietnam. They were showing a lot of dead and twisted American bodies. The FBI considered this "anti-patriotic" and "seditious" because it was fomenting unrest and thus aiding those who didn't want to see US involvement in the war.
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The Bush Administration very craftily says to the people that we need this power to detain terrorists, to freeze assets of terrorists, and to hold terrorists ex post facto of habeas corpus. What they're not seeing is that in the actual authorization bills, obviously the word "terrorist" is not used. The word "suspect" or "detainee" is used.
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the liberal Democrats ...are jumping on the band wagon of restricting Americans' civil liberties - a la Senator John Kerry's bill for interstate transportation security. If that bill passes, we will, for the very first time in this country, have interstate checkpoints for public transportation.
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Although it has not been announced yet, a further diminishment of Americans' rights to keep and bear arms is certainly coming. From the United States of America to the National Security States of America by Al Martin, [11] ~Oct. 12, 2001
"The legal hallmark of dictatorship has always been Preventative Law -- the concept that a man is guilty until he is proven innocent..." -Ayn Rand
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft: Bear with us here. We we are used to reacting to crime after it happens. Preventing crime before it happens is new to us and we must adapt. Prevention is now our top priority. We're learning with each new incident. -CNBC, October 16, 2001, 12:45:10
The FBI is concentrating its resources on prevention. -FOX NEWS banner, October 24, 2001, 12:03:38
House passes legislation [357 to 66] to broaden police powers to fight terrorism. -FOX NEWS banner, October 24, 2001, 12:02:08 Bill could be signed into law as soon as Friday. -FOX NEWS, October 24, 2001, 10:59:02
Tyranny will go as far as people will allow it to go. -Don Smith
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WHAT'S "PATRIOTIC" GOT TO DO WITH IT?

The only independent in the House, Rep. Bernie Sanders from Vermont, couldn't support the bill for similar reasons: "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I'm concerned that voting for this legislation fundamentally violates that oath. And the contents of the legislation have not been subjected to serious hearings or searching examination." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU and professor of law at New York University, tells Insight, "The sneak-and-peak provision is just one that will be challenged in the courts. We're not only talking about the sanctity of the home, but this includes searches of offices and other places. It is a violation of the Fourth Amendment and poses tremendous problems with due process. By not notifying someone about a search, they don't have the opportunity to raise a constitutional challenge to the search." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
What does [Congressman Ron] Paul believe the nation's Founding Fathers would think of this law? "Our forefathers would think it's time for a revolution. This is why they revolted in the first place." Says Paul with a laugh, "They revolted against much more mild oppression." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
"It must never be unpatriotic to support your country against your government. It must always be unpatriotic to support your government against your country." -Stephen T. Byington, from "Lessons From Libertarian Tax Protests" by Bob Bennett, LP News, Spring 1986
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YOUR FUTURE IN THE POLICE STATE:

NEW: "There is no connection," insists [ACLU head Nadine] Strossen, "between the Sept. 11 attacks and what is in this legislation. Most of the provisions relate not just to terrorist crimes but to criminal activity generally. This happened, too, with the 1996 antiterrorism legislation where most of the surveillance laws have been used for drug enforcement, gambling and prostitution.}" Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
N+N:Reprise: This document does not purport to provide a prosecutable case against Osama bin Laden in a court of law. ... -evidence against bin Laden
NEW: "We are engaged in an agressive arrest and detention campaign of lawbreakers ...We have modeled our tactics after a previous Justice Department fighting a different threat in this same nation. This Justice Department of Robert F. Kennedy, it was said, would arrest a mobster for spitting on the sidewalk if it would help in the fight against organized crime." -Attorney General John Ashcroft, November 8, 2001, 11:33:22
NEW: bureaucrat Floyd Ferris: "Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. ... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. ...just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
"... there are 11 million pages of federal laws and regulations ... There are 200 pages of new laws and regs every day." -Claire Wolf, 101 THINGS TO DO UNTIL THE REVOLUTION, pg. iii of the Foreward
NEW: Even before the ink on the president's signature had dried, the FBI began to take advantage of the new search-and-seizure provisions. A handful of companies have reported visits from federal agents demanding private business records. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho), another of the three GOP lawmakers who found the legislation unconstitutional, says he knew this provision would be a problem. "Section 215 authorizes the FBI to acquire any business records whatsoever by order of a secret U.S. court. The recipient of such a search order is forbidden from telling any person that he has received such a request. This is a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech and the Fourth Amendment protection of private property." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
NEW: 1,023 [1,208 now] people have been detained but not one charged with any crime related to the 911 attacks. 180 held as material witnesses 200 charged with INS violations, the rest we don't know who they are, where they are or what they're charged with. Never in the history of our country have we had so many people detained under sealed papers and secret evidence. Normally people have their families notified and they can get a lawyer [or one is assigned.] In this case the families don't know what has happened to these people. [To them, their loved- ones have just disappeared.] It's probably not legal but the courts are letting it happen. Once someone gets this into court, they'll probably find out it is illegal and unconstitutional. -Judge Neapolitano, FOX NEWS, October 31, 2001, 06:24:20
The three men arrested in Cleveland were charged with having false ID's. -CNN, September 20, 2001, 06:46:02
A Washington man was detained today, held with no bond as a material witness and maybe more. His name and phone number was found on a slip of paper in a car rented by one of the terrorists. -CNBC, 1:23 PM 9/26/01
There has been another arrest in the WTC bombing case. A man with the same name as an Osama bin Laden lieutenant was picked up in Chicago. -Bloomberg, September 21, 2001, 08:11:42
7 of 8 Egyptians held in Chicago for over a week were released from custody. -CNN HLN, October 20, 2001, 17:23:27
The nine arrested at LaGuardia? with airplane manuals and incorrectly reported to have box knives and detained for several days turned out to be Boing employees going to attend a seminar.
N+N:Reprise: Sen. John McCain (R- Az): "They know exactly what they've been doin'. And these people are people who are really bad, bad people. ... But we all know, we all know. The evidence is clear. CNBC, September 21, 2001, ~13:15:48
Senior officials admit that there is no connection between most of the 830 people detained in the investigation and the 9-11 attacks. -FOX NEWS banner, October 21, 2001, 23:44:40

The U.S. Justice system at it's best isn't very good. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but, yes, it's true. Even in murder cases, the only cases to regularly go through the whole process including the jury trial [12] for example, many many innocent people get convicted. For an example of how many innocent people are wrongly convicted by the current system, presumably by people with the same legal acumen as Sen. McCain:

"Just through post-conviction DNA testing, we're now at a point where 39 people have been exonerated [from death row] in the last few years who have done terms of ten, fifteen years -- in one instance recently, up to seventeen years. ...Mr. [Gallagher?] is the ninth person in the state of Illinois who has been exonerated off death row and there have been only seven executions since they reinstated the death penalty. So out of sixteen people since the death penalty has been reinstated [in Illinois], nine have been exonerated off death row, seven have been executed." -Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, CNN Burden of Proof, 12 Nov. 1996 Brief History of a Banana Republic , L. Reichard White, The Libertarian Enterprise, Feb. 19, 1997

"Order may be the excuse; law may be the argument; keeping someone else in his place may be the emotional rationale; supporting the police may be the civic slogan; ending violence may be the dream -- but the nightmare of reality is total tyranny of the state." -Morgan Narnel quoted in "Restoring the American Dream," by Robert J. Ringer, Fawcett Crest Books, N.Y., 1979, p. 230
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WHERE WARS COME FROM:

According to studies by researcher Patty Griffith, the kill potential of an average American Civil War regiment was between five hundred and a thousand men per minute. The actual kill rate was only one or two men per minute. When U.S. Army Brig. Gen. S. L. A. Marshall finally began to look into such anomalies during WWII, his researchers discovered that less than 20 percent of riflemen could bring themselves to fire at an exposed enemy soldier. As Lt. Col. David Grossman (Ret) puts it, "That is the reality of the battlefield. Only a small percentage of soldiers are able and willing to participate. Men are willing to die, they are willing to sacrifice themselves for their nation; but they are not willing to kill." [13] -Lt. Col. David Grossman (Ret), "Killology 101; Trained to Kill"
But psychological mechanisms that evolved over millions of years to meet the requirements of small-group living do not always fit neatly into a modern society dominated by much larger groups. For instance, a young person may join the military out of a sense of patriotism and identification with a nationality, but [Psychologist Linnda R.] Caporael [of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.] and her colleagues suggest in their paper that soldiers in small, face-to-face fighting units sacrifice their lives less often for their country than for their comrades. -Bruce Bower, "Getting Out From Number One," SCIENCE NEWS, April 28, 1990, p. 267.
Mr. Felstead was among the troops [during WWI] who ignored orders by temporarily stopping the slaughter and holding the impromptu football game, sharing cigarettes and singing carols on Christmas Day 1915. Army generals had allowed a festive truce the previous year but ordered soldiers not to "consort with the enemy" again. Mr Felstead, a private in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, was one of the few who ignored the orders to take part in a second 'free- for-all' Christmas Day football game... Last WWI Christmas Truce Veteran Dies Story filed: 08:57 Thursday 26th July 2001
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Mr. Bertie Felstead: "A German began singing All Through The Night, then more voices joined in and the British troops responded with Good King Wencelas... the next morning, all the soldiers were shouting to one another, "Hello Tommy, Hello Fritz" ... The Germans started it, coming out of their trenches and walking over to us. Nobody decided for us - we just climbed over our parapet and went over to them, we thought nobody would shoot at us if we all mingled together... There wouldn't have been a war if it had been left to the public. We didn't want to fight but we thought we were defending England." England's Oldest Man Remembers The 1915 Christmas Truce
N+N:Reprise: "It is not civilizations that promote clashes. They occur when old-fashioned leaders look for old-fashioned ways to solve problems by rousing their people to armed confrontation." -Kenichi Ohmae, The End Of The Nation State, (New York: The Free Press 1995), p. 11.
N+N:Reprise: "People fight the Gold Standard," said Ludwig von Mises, "because they want to substitute national autarky for free trade, war for peace, totalitarian government omnipotence for liberty." It is no coincidence that the 19th Century, a time of Gold coin standards for the most part, was an era of peace. Nor is it a coincidence that the 20th century combines war with paper money. -Ron Paul (R-TX), The Ron Paul Money Book, 1991, pg. 32 {}

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THE MEDIA'S ROLE:

Off-screen commentator: "...it's an open secret among military planners that media reports from combat zones are exploited for their intelligence value. Col. Fred Peck was the United States Marine spokesman during the conflict in Somalia." Col. Fred Peck: "I know from operational experience, that you get some really good intelligence from journalists. ... In fact when I was back at the Pentagon during the Gulf War, we had a direct feed from CNN, not what was going out over broadcast, but everything that was coming in was being piped into the Pentagon." -MSNBC, 28 Mar 1999, ~ 3:44:25 PM EST ^^w from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S,
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.
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I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
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We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks -- they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." -John Swinton, Chief of Staff of New York Times (& "Dean of his Profession") asked to give a New York Press Club toast in 1953
Reporter: Don't you want to know the truth [about the Clinton Lewinski scandal]? Presidential Press Secretary Mike McCurry: ~"No, no, God no! If you know the truth, you have to tell the truth." according to Bill Kristol, ABC This Week, 8 Mar 1998, ~11:45:51 AM EST
"I can only report on what they tell me." -White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, October 23, 2001, 16:03:51
"Despite the media self image as tough and independent, they typically function as stenographers to public officials like yourselves. And news typically ends up being what puplic officials say or do." -Matthew Miller, Economics Editor of The New Republic, C-SPAN, 11 Mar 1996, 11:58 AM EST.
I was working for The Times in 1980, and just south of Kabul I picked up a very disturbing story. A group of religious mujahedin fighters had attacked a school because the communist regime had forced girls to be educated alongside boys. So they had bombed the school, murdered the head teacher's wife and cut off her husband's head. It was all true. But when The Times ran the story, the Foreign Office complained to the foreign desk that my report gave support to the Russians. Of course. Because the Afghan fighters were the good guys. Because Osama bin Laden was a good guy. Charles Douglas-Home, then editor of The Times would always insist that Afghan guerrillas were called "freedom fighters" in the headline. There was nothing you couldn't do with words. Robert Fisk: How can the US bomb this tragic people? , Independent Digital (UK) Ltd, 27 September 2001 16:30 GMT+1 Independent
N+N:Reprise: "If we learned one thing from Viet Nam, it's that you can't fight a war without public support." -Pentagon spokesman, 1991 run-up to Gulf War
N+N:Reprise: "Well Jim, it is very important in a democracy that you have the support of the people. One of the reasons why [U.S. President] George Bush [Sr.] had to demonize [Iraq's President] Saddam Hussein was to get the support of the people, and [U.S. President] Bill Clinton has done the same thing, Vice President Gore has done the same thing with respect to [Serbian President] Milosevic." -Raymond Tanter, Fmr. Natl. Security Council Staffer, WATCH IT!, 2 Apr 1999, ~11:56:45 AM EST GAG, DEMONIZE & DESTROY from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S,
Thank goodness our press, and free press throughout the world, have tried to get at and get out the truth, to ensure that words like "refugees," "displacement," "ethnic cleansing" don't become stale and lifeless, but remain causes for action. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT [Clinton] TO AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEWSPAPER EDITORS, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, April 15, 1999 12:05 P.M. PDT
Jimmy Carter's Sec. of State, Zbignew Brezinski: ~~"There are cells of this group [bin Laden's organization Al Qaeda] all around the world and in the United States. ... We're making too much of one man. That sensationalizes it and it trivializes it too. -CNN HLN, September 19, 2001, 10:12:50
" ... After the meeting, I had [U.S. Sec. of State] Larry Eagleburger take [Bosnian Foreign Minister] Silajdzic to see the EC [European Commission] troika political directors (who happened to be visiting the Department) and asked Margaret Tutwiler to talk to the Foreign Minister about the importance of *using* Western mass media to build support in Europe and North America for the Bosnian cause." -[George H. Bush's Sec. of State] James Baker, III [14] with Thomas M. DeFrank, "The politics of diplomacy: Revolution, war and peace, 1989-1992," Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons ISBN 0-399-14087-5 from THE BIG BROTHER GIVES HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT TO THE TRUMPETERS, Peter Brock [15]

Prison Camp or Propaganda???

Concentration Camp??

This image of an emaciated Muslim caged behind Serb barbed wire, filmed by a British news team, became a worldwide symbol of the war in Bosnia. But the picture is not quite what it seems. German journalist Thomas Deichmann reveals the full story. The picture reproduced on these pages is of Fikret Alic, a Bosnian Muslim, emaciated and stripped to the waist, apparently imprisoned behind a barbed wire fence in a Bosnian Serb camp at Trnopolje. It was taken from a videotape shot on 5 August 1992 by an award-winning British television team, led by Penny Marshall (ITN) with her cameraman Jeremy Irvin, accompanied by Ian Williams (Channel 4) and the reporter Ed Vulliamy from the Guardian newspaper.
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For many, this picture has become a symbol of the horrors of the Bosnian war - 'Belsen '92' as one British newspaper headline captioned the photograph (Daily Mirror, 7 August 1992). But that image is misleading.
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The fact is that Fikret Alic and his fellow Bosnian Muslims were not imprisoned behind a barbed wire fence. There was no barbed wire fence surrounding Trnopolje camp. It was not a prison, and certainly not a 'concentration camp', but a collection center for refugees, many of whom went there seeking safety and could leave again if they wished.
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The barbed wire in the picture is not around the Bosnian Muslims; it is around the cameraman and the journalists. It formed part of a broken-down barbed wire fence encircling a small compound that was next to Trnopolje camp. The British news team filmed from inside this compound, shooting pictures of the refugees and the camp through the compound fence. In the eyes of many who saw them, the resulting pictures left the false impression that the Bosnian Muslims were caged behind barbed wire.
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Whatever the British news team's intentions may have been, their pictures were seen around the world as the first hard evidence of concentration camps in Bosnia. www.emperors-clothes.com The picture that fooled the world.
In all my experience, I have never seen such a concerted, coordinated, propaganda campaign as the one being waged against Yugoslavia by the U.S. Government and the establishment. Every government wages psychological warfare, not against the enemy, but against their own people. ... Let's not let the government psychological warriors, with the willing cooperation of it's media cohorts, win this war without opposition. -Saul Halperin, KNPR rebroadcast of L.A. Anti-War Teach-In, 05-31-99, 4:35pm EDT
"The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -'indoctrination,' we might say - exercised through the mass media." - Seminal linguist Noam Chomsky
Would the American people have tolerated the U.S./British Government sanctions against Iraq if night after night the Six-O-Clock News carried personal stories of the Iraqi women, children and oldsters killed by the sanctions? Would we have tolerated the bombing of Yugoslavia (Kosovo and Serbia) if our TV had continual interviews with anguished family members of the dead victims - - - and Serbian and Iraqi financial institutions sponsored moments of silence and tributes to their fallen Iraqi and Serbian employees? -LRW
"Don't tell them ... then it will not exist ..." -Chief Nazi "Information Officer" Joseph Paul Goebbels (in Goebbels, From Economics to Publicity, ed. 1955, Alles die Zeitungen collection, Dr. Herzbold Neher)
CNN will not report any stories that will endanger life or military operations. -CNN HLN, September 29, 2001, 11:58:02
N+N:Reprise: "If we learned one thing from Viet Nam, it's that you can't fight a war without public support." -Pentagon spokesman, 1991 run-up to Gulf War
NEW: In Belgrade today, independent journalists are being persecuted. ... Meanwhile, the government-run press has constructed an alternative reality for the Serbian people in which the atrocities their soldiers are committing in Kosovo simply don't exist. Under those conditions, decent people can remain in denial, supporting policies that lead them to political and economic ruin. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT [Clinton] TO AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEWSPAPER EDITORS, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, April 15, 1999 12:05 P.M. PDT

Also, see the Qwaiti Ambassador's daughter, April Glaspie, etc.

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INTERMISSION:

Well, what do you think? E-MAIL me @ L. Reichard White There are more installments to come, more details -- and other things in search of new perspective.

I'll be sending these follow-up installments out periodically and up-dating the NEXIALIST N+E+W+S web site. Stay tuned!

Health, happiness, & long life, L. Reichard White

P.S. If the so-called "anti-terrorist bill" is indeed signed tomorrow in the expected form, it will be looked on by future historians as the end of the United States as even a quasi-constitutional state and the beginning of potentially the most repressive police state in the history of the world. -October 25, 2001, 07:33:16

Bush signs "U.S. Patriot" anti-terrorist act into law. -CNBC, October 26, 2001, 10:59:27

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PROPAGANDA WARS:

Explosions around Kabul suggest that a television tower was one of the targets. -CNBC, October 8, 2001, 16:44:09
Reporter: What about their communications system? Was a TV tower hit? U.S. Sec. Defense Rumsfeld: We'll talk about that tomorrow. -October 9, 2001, 13:41:56
We're doing more than just dropping bombs. We've bombed their communications facilities. This will cause confusion and uncertainty. Tony Snow: We're dropping leaflets and transistor radios because the Taliban is trying to block the truth. -FOX NEWS, October 9, 2001, 14:17:14
The four U.N. mine-cleaning personnel killed by U.S. bombs lived 300 yards [about 1/6 mile] from the target, an old radio tower. -FOX NEWS, October 10, 2001, 14:49:36
Taliban reports 76 killed and a hundred wounded, but I must emphasize these are Taliban figures. -FOX NEWS, October 10, 2001, 13:06:45
TALIBAN REPORTS 76 DEAD AND 100 WOUNDED AS A RESULT OF THE U.S. BOMBING. PENTAGON DOES NOT CONFIRM TALIBAN FIGURES. [Of course not -- how could they know? Clearly this is a blatant attempt to discredit Afghanistan information sources. -LRW] -FOX NEWS bottom banner, October 10, 2001, 14:37:09
But isn't it always that way? The other side, no matter how small, no matter how poor, no matter how devastated by war, crippled by sanctions, weakened by IMF reforms, is always cunningly able to manipulate perceptions, twist the truth, exaggerate, tell tall tales, while Washington, with its ready access to the media, to PR firms, to spin-doctors, to overnight polling, struggles to get its message -- and the truth -- out.
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The 1.5 million Iraqis the UN says have died from sanctions-related causes? Iraqi propaganda.
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The thousands of Yugoslav civilians who died during NATO's 78-day air war against Yugoslavia in 1999? Propaganda.
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The war crimes the US committed against the Serbs and Iraqis, against Afghans and Sudanese? Propaganda. Our Masters of Propaganda by Stephen Gowans , November 12, 2001
"They talk about Milosevic's propaganda machine, but this is also very much a NATO propaganda machine." -Donatella Lorch, MSNBC, 1 Apr 1999, ~9:37:04 AM EST
FOX NEWS Interview with Jack Leslie, PR chairman of Weber Shandwick, billed as "Worlds largest PR firm":
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FOX Anchor Woman: What are the top couple of ideas that you presented to [U.S.] lawmakers today?
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Jack Leslie: Well, it is a daunting task and I mean, we all agreed today we've done a very bad job of communicating to 1.2 billion Muslims around the world. ... This isn't just the U.S. sort of selling its image. This is going to be a long term program where we're going to have to recruit credible Muslims. ... We said today we need a ground war as well. We need people on the ground who are credible, Muslims talking to Muslims so we can get more reasonable heads to prevail. [1:42:35]
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FOX Anchor Woman: "So you're going to dispatch this corps of public speakers to go into Mosques and things like that in other countries and get to the kind of town-hall meetings and say, "Look, here's what America's all about?" ...-FOX NEWS, November 14, 2001, 14:58:16
The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports in Friday runs: Secretary of State Colin Powell may have sought to improve America's image in Arab eyes on Wednesday, when he publicly asked the visiting emir of Qatar to 'tone down' unfriendly broadcasts on Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite TV channel popular across the Middle East.
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But the remarks produced exactly the opposite effect: Intellectuals throughout the Arab world voiced dismay over what they saw as an attempt to censor one of the region's main sources of independent news.
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"This is truly appalling," said Majeed Alalawi, deputy head of the Bahrain Center for Studies and Research.
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"I would have expected Powell to ask for more liberalization, for more freedom of speech in the region, not for more censorship."
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The JOURNAL adds, "Many Arab analysts argued that it is, after all, Washington's perceived disregard for human rights in officially pro- American countries such as Saudi Arabia that fuels the rampant anti- Americanism." Powell Accused Of Trying To Censor Qatar TV Channel, Drudge, Fri Oct 05 2001 12:43:48 ET
KABUL: A US warplane dropped at least two bombs on the Afghan capital Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday morning, sparking a large fire in the southeast of the city, residents said. One of the buildings targeted was the office of the Qatari-based satellite television channel, Al-Jazeera, which has broadcast video-taped messages from alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden and his deputies since the September 11 atrocities in New York and Washington. US plane bombs Kabul, al-Jazeera offfice targeted, THE TIMES OF INDIA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2001
N+N:Reprise: The first casualty when war comes is truth. -Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917

PROPAGANDA WARS -- The Home Front:

- NATO won't give any detailed information as to what is actually happening on the ground. They won't verify any collateral damage, which the Serbs are angrily reporting. We're pretty much blind to what's actually happening in Kosovo except for the little NATO is telling us. -Donatella Lorch, MSNBC, 30 Mar 1999, ~10:32:23 AM EST
N+N:Reprise: "Don't tell them ... then it will not exist ..." -Chief Nazi "Information Officer" Joseph Paul Goebbels (in Goebbels, From Economics to Publicity, ed. 1955, Alles die Zeitungen collection, Dr. Herzbold Neher)
Kelly Wallace: "Still there is a delicate balancing act that the White House is learning as it goes along. How much to tell Americans without causing panic while at the same time asking for their patience, saying the campaign against terror will last a long time. Kelly Wallace, CNN." -CNN HLN, October 15, 2001, 02:38:40
N+N:Reprise: "The deputy attorney general of California commented at a conference that anyone who attacks the state, even verbally, becomes a revolutionary and an enemy by definition. Louis Guiffreda, who was head of FEMA, stated that 'legitimate violence is integral to our form of government, for it is from this source that we can continue to purge our weaknesses.' It is significant to note that the dictionary definition of terrorism -- 'the calculated use of violence' -- corresponds precisely to the government's stated policy of 'the use of legitimate violence.' Hidden threats -- Part 2, Geoff Metcalf, WorldNetDaily.com, May 11, 1998
Justice Dept. may file first charge related to WTC. One suspect may be charged with "seditious conspiracy" for plotting violence against the United States. -CNBC banner, November 9, 2001, 11:10:27
N+N:Reprise: Even the truth regarding government activities or operation can be deemed seditious and its dissemination to the public prevented. ... Life Magazine from 1968 to 1972 was formally declared a "seditious publication" by the FBI because of its photo expose' of the horrors of Vietnam. From the United States of America to the National Security States of America by Al Martin, ~Oct. 12, 2001
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, one of only three Republican lawmakers to buck the House leadership and the Bush administration to vote against this legislation, is outraged not only by what is contained in the antiterrorism bill but also by the effort to stigmatize opponents. Paul tells Insight, "The insult is to call this a 'patriot bill' and suggest I'm not patriotic because I insisted upon finding out what is in it and voting no. I thought it was undermining the Constitution, so I didn't vote for it -- and therefore I'm somehow not a patriot. That's insulting." Police State, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine, Posted Nov. 9, 2001, Issue Date: December 3, 2001
iraradio.com, the web site which archives all Radio Free Eireann broadcasts, has been taken down because the web service provider was threatened with seizure of their assets if they continued to host "terrorist" radio programs. Travis E. Towle, the Founder and CEO of Cosmic Entertainment Company, which put up IRARADIO.COM, was told by their internet service provider, Hypervine, that they had been "strongly advised" to take the web site down.
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A Hypervine representative read Mr. Towle a statement that, under an Executive Order recently signed by President Bush, the newly created Office of Homeland Security can seize all assets "without any notice and/or any real un-reasonable evidence of any company or person that helps, supports, or does anything that can be called or labeled terrorism or is found to be connected to terrorism in any way or means possible." Hypervine is a subsidiary of the New York based Skynet.
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These threats have also caused Cosmic Entertainment to close the web sites archiving two other WBAI radio programs, "Our Americas" and "Grandpa Al Lewis Live." "Our Americas," hosted by Mario Murillo, is an acclaimed news magazine covering Latin America. "Grandpa Al Lewis Live" features commentary by the actor and political activist who starred in "The Munsters" and "Car 54 Where Are You."
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Radio Free Eireann, which broadcasts Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. on WBAI 99.5 FM has covered the conflict in Northern Ireland for over twenty years. Guests have included Bernadette Sands, the sister of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands; Rauri O'Bradaigh, the President of Republican Sinn Fein; Sinn Fein chief negotiator Martin McGuinness and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.
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update: it seems that this (mostly) is not a hoax. www.iraradio.org and www.allewislive.com have been taken down, although http://www.ouramericas.org/ is still running with no notice of this event. Three Political Websites Downed After Government "Homeland Security" Threat
I just received two e-mail messages this morning that I find very encouraging. One was from one of the organizations that want Texas to be an independent nation. These groups range from intelligent, sober, and respectable to just plain lock-me-up-crazy. I don't know which this is. They complain that the FBI has begun leaning on providers to dump their website. They're not happy about it, but they're not very intimidated, either. They're determined to get back up into cyberspace again. L. Neil Smith, The One Percent Solution, THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE Number 146, November 5, 2001

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NEW WORLD ORDER, ANYONE?

If you remember, this NEXIALIST N+E+W+S started with a section headed "The Economic Context." What's this all have to do with economics? Well, there's a high probability that the ultimate underlying pattern is one with a long, long history - - -

N+N:Reprise: We have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real test in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction--unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. -George Kennan quoted in -James W. Loewen, LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME, (New York, NY: Touchstone 1996), p. 216 [16] ^^w[NN:NF_DEBAC.00] Operation Debacle IV -CONCLUSION
No Central Bank can accumulate a growing stock of U.S. Dollar reserves if its country does not export more than it imports. What we have is, in effect, a neo-mercantilism based on conservation of U.S. Dollars. ... -Hugo Salinas Price, The spectres of Bretton Woods, December 23, 1997 [Excellent!!]
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Mercantilism: an economic theory that states that the world only contained a fixed amount of wealth and that to increase a countries wealth, one country had to take some wealth from another either through having a higher import/export ratio or in actual conquest of new lands and resources. The BIG One III from NEXIALIST N+E+W+S,
This is surely no time to throw out Adam Smith's (and Ricardo's) "framework" that incorporates the division of labor, comparative advantage, and mutually beneficial trade relationships. Importantly, however, the trade relationship as envisaged by Smith encompassed trading goods for goods in the context of a "sound money" regime of currencies convertible to gold -- fair trade within the auspices of a disciplined and self-regulating monetary system. The current historic aberration of the U.S. trading dollar IOUs for goods while for years accumulating unimaginable foreign liabilities is, in reality, the antithesis of Smith's vision. I view it as more a case of dysfunctional mercantilism in the guise of laissez faire. As a nation we accumulate foreign produced goods by issuing dubious liabilities. There will be backlash and revulsion to such a dysfunctional arrangement. As such, we view the current situation as unsustainable and eventually acutely problematic. -The Credit Bubble Bulletin - by Doug Noland, 400 Basis Points (and counting) to Sustain the Unsustainable, November 9, 2001
As things evolved, the concept of "market-place" gradually came to include all the territory within the boundaries of a state. "Market-place" and "state" came to be practically and legally synomomous. More and more territory was consolidated into these market-states. Eventually, the "nation-states" as we know them today began to take shape. The following passage captures the market-place expansion phase in Europe quite well.
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... the towns raised every possible obstacle to the formation of that national or internal market for which the capitalist wholesaler was pressing. ... the [town] burgesses hampered by all means at their disposal the inclusion of the countryside into the compass of trade and the opening up of indiscriminate trade between the towns of the country. It was this development which forced the territorial state to the fore as the instrument of the "nationalization" of the market and the creator of internal commerce. Deliberate action of the state in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries foisted the mercantile system on the fiercely protectionist towns and principalities. -Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. (Boston: Beacon Press 1957), p. 65

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The mercantilist phase firmed up European national borders and as a result, there weren't many new villages or territories for the cliques to capture into their tax base, at least not until they started colonizing the rest of the world. For those of you who think "mercantilism" is the same as "free market," even if just within national borders, think again. When governments upsized, they upsized their practices of restricting trade, and especially their use of businesses as tax collectors as well. The government cliques recognized the advantage of expanding those aspects of the feudal system which fed them the most cash with the least hassle. They valued their position as the silent partner in nearly all commercial transactions.
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That mercantilism, however emphatically it insisted on commercialization as a national policy, thought of markets in a way exactly contrary to market economy, is best shown by its vast extension of state intervention in industry. On this point there was no difference between mercantilists and feudalists, between crowned planners and vested interests, between centralizing bureaucrats and conservative particularists. They disagreed only on the methods of regulation: gilds, towns, and provinces appealed to the force of custom and tradition, while the new state authority favored statute and ordinance. -Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. (Boston: Beacon Press 1957), p. 70

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The "mercantilist system" was just a much larger market place, one that corresponded to the territorial boundaries of a "state," with a bigger more powerful government clique enforcing the rules and collecting the taxes.
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It can be argued that one of the main drives behind the evolution of national governments and "nation-states" was the effort to bring ever larger geographical areas under the jurisdiction of one "market-place" authority. [*1]
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Since they [governments] can no longer use their traditional "indirect" tax collectors [businesses] without causing them to lose business [taxes are a business cost and raise the price businesses must charge, reducing their competitiveness], the cliques must resort more and more to direct taxes and "consumption taxes" [*2] imposed on their flesh and blood citizens in order to maintain themselves -- and their usual retinue -- in the style to which they've all become accustomed. These are their only choices ---- unless all the government cliques and the major business cliques can somehow get together and include the whole world as one huge market-place jurisdiction, all with the same regulations, mandates, taxes and policies. New World Order, anyone?
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*1 The present (1990s) attempt to form the ECM (European Common Market), now called the EEC (European Economic Community) -- both accurate and revealing names -- is a clear example of this. As the French and British fight over the ONE right way to package cheese, raise goats, and catch and sell fish, it's also an excellent example of the problems it causes. return
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*2 Bill Archer is currently a strong advocate of such a consumption tax, which Canadians are only too familiar with -- they have the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) as well as the GST (General Sales Tax) which currently total 15% in some provinces, and may be increased at any time. Canadians also pay an income tax. Their total direct tax burden is now approaching 50%. return
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-"Where Governments Come From" by L. Reichard White, Copyright Jan. 20, 1996
Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chretien says Canada may have to compromise it's sovereignity in order to fight terrorism and conform to the resolutions passed by the United Nations. Changes would include freezing assets of suspected terrorists and organizations suspected of raising money for them and more surveillance. Chretien will form a new cabinet-level post to coordinate Canada's new war against terrorism. -CNN HLN, October 2, 2001, 11:49:52
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NOTES:

[1] -Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), abolitionist, orator and columnist for The Liberator, paraphrasing John Philpot Curran in a speech before the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852, according to The Dictionary of Quotations edited by Bergen Evans. return

[2] Bin Laden urges Pakistanis to fight "Crusader" Americans. -FOX NEWS banner, September 24, 2001, 10:31:11 return

[3] Taliban demands Americans leave the Gulf and stop helping Israel against the Palestinians, which isn't fair. -FOX NEWS, September 24, 2001, 10:37:35 return

[4] Reuters: 82% [of Pakistani's] regard Ossama bin Laden as a Holy Warrior and not a terrorist. -FOX NEWS banner, October 15, 2001, 15:39:08 return

[5] They later changed the name from "Operation Infinite Justice" to "Operation Enduring Freedom" because the former name implied usurping Allah's prerogatives. return

[6] The USS Cole was blown up last year and, strangely, several observers claimed the attackers saluted the sailors just before the explosion. return

[7] THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE CLASSIC MUST-READ INCREDIBLY ENTERTAINING HISTORY LESSON, BEGINNING WITH THE ROMAN CRASSUS, WHO'S NOTORIOUS BEHAVIOR IS MEMORIALIZED IN THE WORD "CRASS," APPROPRIATELY DERIVED DIRECTLY FROM HIS NAME. -LRW] return

[8] Robert B. Stinnett has worked as a journalist for the Oakland Tribune and the BBC, and is the author of the book, Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor (Free Press, 2000). This article is adapted from his presentation before the Independent Policy Forum held earlier this year at The Independent Institute in Oakland, California. return

[9] return THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13. LET'S TRY TO TIE A FEW THINGS TOGETHER. Who carried out the WTC/Pentagon attacks? Was it bin Laden? Was it a group of Iraqi ex-Republican Guard soldiers who had been brought to the US by Bush and/or Clinton, in "thanks" for their covert support against Saddam in the US-Iraq war? Was the attack run by Pakistan using the Taliban and bin Laden? (By the way, some of these Republican Guard soldiers settled in Oklahoma City, and a fomer NBC reporter, Jayna Davis, believes that at least one of them was involved in the OKC bombing.) - Jon Rappoport, nomorefakenews.com, Sept. 13, 2001

[10] "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759) (-LRW) return

[11] AL MARTIN is America's foremost whistleblower on government fraud and corruption. A retired US Navy Lt. Commander and former officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence, he has testified before Congress (the Kerry Committee and the Alexander Committee) regarding Iran-Contra. Al Martin is the author of "The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran Contra Insider" (2001, National Liberty Press, $19.95; Toll FREE order line: 1-866-317-1390) He lives at an undisclosed location, since the criminals named in his book have been returned to national power and prominence. His column "Behind the Scenes in the Beltway" is published regularly on Al Martin Raw: Criminal Govt Conspiracy (http://www.almartinraw.com) return

[12] Most trials no longer go to a jury because there are so many laws, and as a result, so many crimes. The pressure on the court system caused the development of what is called "plea bargaining." Some call it "plea blackmail." How it works is that the prosecutors, attempting to avoid a time-consuming and expensive jury trial, charge an arrestee with as many charges as they can think up. This is called "charge stacking." The prosecutors then give the unlucky suspect the choice of serving the full time (which prosecutors threaten to try for in front of a jury) or a vastly reduced sentence if they plead guilty, avoiding a jury trial. Confronted with, say, 104 years and huge legal expenses if they loose a jury trial (and often advised to plead guilty by their public defenders) vs., say, 6 years with time off for good behavior, many innocent suspects take a big hit and plead guilty. The "system" has developed this "plea blackmail" scheme into a science -- the four suspected bin Laden cohorts convicted Oct. 19, 2001 in NYC were convicted of 302 crimes, for example. Those cases went to trial because in a death-sentence case, there's nothing to lose -- which is why nearly all cases that go to trial today are such cases. return

[13] This situation was "cured" beginning with the Korean War by special training developed as a result of some of this research. return

[14] George "Dubya" inherited J. Baker the III (along with many others) from his father. If you remember, Baker was spokesman (and certainly strategy architect) for the current Bush during the Al Gore vote bruhaha in Florida. -LRW return

[15] Peter Brock, a special projects and politics editor at the "El Paso Herald-Post", has lectured and written about Yugoslavia, as well as Eastern Europe and Russia, since 1976. return

[16] This notion is based on the ignorant assumption that economics is a zero-sum game -- a flawed assumption -- but that doesn't stop people from using it anyway. -LRW return

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