Who’s Conspiring? Alert People or the Government?
|"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty."
GW Bush speaking before the UN General Assembly 11/10/2001
When President Bush spoke of "outrageous conspiracy theories" he was for the first time acknowledging something of great significance. There are informed viewpoints completely missing from the propaganda war being relentlessly waged on Americans about 9/11 and its aftermath, viewpoints which are as opposite from the official story as it is possible to get.
The Bush administrations' official story has three basic premises. To briefly summarize, the first is that Islamic terrorists based in Afghanistan who hate American freedom plotted and executed an attack on America - an attack which the U.S. government had no prior knowledge of nor any connection to. The second premise is that in order to wage and win a war on terrorism we must invade Afghanistan and every other nation harboring, funding or otherwise supporting terrorists and that a simultaneous suspension of domestic civil liberties is necessary for internal security. The third basic premise is that our government is all good while theirs is the very personification of evil, the "evil-doers" as President Bush likes to call them.
The "conspiracy theories" Bush is referring to similarly have three basic premises and many divergent subsets. The first is that the attack was known about (and possibly, planned) by various elements of the U.S. government before 9/11 and was allowed to take place in order to bring about certain conditions, including the suspension of our guaranteed civil liberties. The second premise is that even if bin Laden and the al Queda network based in Afghanistan were immediately responsible for the attack that those supporting, funding and protecting them are not for the most part based in Afghanistan but are in fact closely connected to the Bush administration and to the allies President Bush has taken such efforts to rally to our side. The third premise is that a U.S. built oil pipeline through Afghanistan which has been in the planning stages for more than a decade is the real goal of the war and that a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was in the works long before September 11th. [Click Here for earlier Essay associated with this topic.].
What makes these alternative viewpoints, "conspiracy theories"? It certainly isn't a lack of evidence.
In the American criminal justice system there are three basic kinds of evidence; direct, circumstantial and exculpatory.
Direct evidence of a crime might include a confession, fingerprints, DNA samples, credible witnesses or a surveillance tape proving guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. Circumstantial evidence is anything that lends credence to a defendant being guilty but in itself is not sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Exculpatory evidence on the other hand disproves a defendants' guilt or contradicts other evidence proving their guilt. In a recent NYC case involving exculpatory evidence, a homeless man charged with a vicious sidewalk assault on a tourist was found to be on a store surveillance tape recorded at the same time the assault took place. In the American system of criminal law prosecutors are required to share all exculpatory evidence with the defense.
The official story as told by the Bush administration and the U.S. corporate media is constructed of "evidence" the government frankly admits would not be admissible in any court of law. If anything, the Bush administrations' version of events is itself a very weakly constructed "conspiracy theory" challenged at every turn by an enormous amount of exculpatory evidence, much of it from the Bush administration itself. No wonder Bush insists on trials by military tribunals for suspected terrorists, trials in which virtually none of the evidence will be revealed to the defendants or their Bush-appointed defense attorneys.
It's absurd to claim that such trials will have any similarity to those at Nuremburg after WWII. The accused Nazis were given every opportunity to mount a full defense and were directly confronted by hundreds of witnesses for the prosecution who they were able to fully cross-examine.
There is one very striking similarity to Nuremberg however. Like today's accused terrorists, the Nazis were funded and supplied by some of Americas' wealthiest businessmen including GW Bush's grandfathers who operated Wall Street banks, shipping companies and other businesses as fronts for the Nazis . Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and the largest sources of financing for terrorism are also intimately connected to the Bush family and to Wall Street, to some of Americas' leading corporations and to members of both Bush administrations.
The need for complete control of all information and media coverage along with a 24 hour a day propaganda effort to depict support for the Bush administration as a patriotic duty becomes obvious once one has even briefly considered the exculpatory evidence. Not only might it be difficult to convict the so-called terrorists in a legitimate court of law but support for either the war or the Bush administration would be virtually impossible once the full facts were known.
Nevertheless, being a loyal American I must support the Presidents' position in the war on terrorism with one additional point. The American people should hold President Bush to his own professed standard as explained in the following quote.
In his remarks, the president again laid out what the White House called the Bush Doctrine.
"If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends."
NY TIMES 11/22/2001 Bush Says War May Go Beyond Afghan Border
In other words, the President, the CIA, his father and many of their business partners, cabinet appointees and so-called allies are - based on the President's own words - terrorists. Only by bringing them to justice can we ever hope to win the war on terrorism.
BOSTON GLOBE 4/23/2001
TRIUMPHS, TROUBLES SHAPE GENERATIONS
PRESCOTT BUSH PAVED MODERATE PATH FOR SON AND GRANDSON; WOUNDED BY FRIEND'S BETRAYAL, HE PUT HIGH PRICE ON LOYALTY
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AN AMERICAN DYNASTY
Prescott Bush was surely aghast at a sensational article the New York Herald Tribune splashed on its front page in July 1942. "Hitler's Angel Has 3 Million in US Bank,"read the headline above a story reporting that Adolf Hitler's financier had stowed the fortune in Union Banking Corp., possibly to be held for "Nazi bigwigs." Bush knew all about the New York bank: He was one of its seven directors. If the Nazi tie became known, it would be a potential "embarrassment," Bush and his partners at Brown Brothers Harriman worried, explaining to government regulators that their position was merely an unpaid courtesy for a client. The situation grew more serious when the government seized Union's assets under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the sort of action that could have ruined Bush's political dreams.
SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE 11/11/2000
John Loftus, former US Justice Dept. Nazi War Crimes investigator and President of the Florida Holocaust Museum, is quoted as saying: "The Bush family fortune came from the Third Reich." (Click Here for original story)
HERMANN GOERING, HITLER'S #2 MAN:
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
In a time of universal deceit, TELLING THE TRUTH is a revolutionary act.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ROBERT H. JACKSON,
The Supreme Court In the American System of Government (1955)
I cannot say that our country could have no central police without becoming totalitarian, but I can say with great conviction that it cannot be totalitarian without a centralized national police. A national police will have enough on enough people, even if it does not elect to prosecute them, so that it will find no opposition to its policies.
(Author's note: After its founding following WWII, the CIA was initially staffed with thousands of former Nazis who were experts in propaganda, biological warfare, eugenics and social control as recently admitted by the CIA itself. For excellent published works on the CIA/Nazi connection read: Trading With The Enemy by Charles Higham, The Secret War Against the Jews by Loftus and Arrons and Blowback by Christopher Simpson.)
CIA SAYS NAZI GENERAL WAS INTELLIGENCE SOURCE
COLLEGE PARK, MD., SEPT. 20 (UPI) --
The Central Intelligence Agency has for the first time confirmed that a high-ranking Nazi general placed his anti-Soviet spy ring at the disposal of the United States during the early days of the Cold War. The National Archives said in a release Wednesday that the CIA had filed an affidavit in U.S. District Court "acknowledging an intelligence relationship with German General Reinhard Gehlen that it has kept secret for 50 years...The CIA's announcement marks the first acknowledgement by that agency that it had any relationship with Gehlen and opens the way for declassification of records about the relationship," the National Archives said Gehlen was Hitler's senior intelligence officer on the Eastern Front during the war and transferred his expertise and contacts to the U.S. as World War II reached its climax. While Gehlen's relationship with U.S. intelligence during the 1940s and 1950s has been the topic of some five books over the years, the eventual release of CIA documents pertaining to the development of his European spy ring could shed new light on the origins of the Cold War and early U.S. espionage efforts against Moscow. Gehlen's network of agents in Europe - including many with Nazi backgrounds who were bailed out of prisoner of war camps by U.S. intelligence officers - was known as the Gehlen Organization and received millions of dollars in funding from the U.S. until 1956. The CIA's acknowledgement of its dealings with Gehlen came in a response to an appeal of a Freedom of Information Act request by researcher Carl Oglesby, the National Archives said. The agency pledged to release its records on the general in accordance with the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN MAY 7, 2001
"Honest and idealist ... enjoys good food and wine ...unprejudiced mind ..."That's how a 1952 Central Intelligence Agency assessment described Nazi ideologue Emil Augsburg, an officer at the infamous Wannsee Institute, the SS think tank involved in planning the Final Solution. Augsburg's SS unit performed "special duties," a euphemism for exterminating Jews and other "undesirables" during the Second World War. Although he was wanted in Poland for war crimes, Augsburg managed to ingratiate himself with the U.S. CIA, which employed him in the late 1940s as an expert on Soviet affairs. Recently released CIA records indicate that Augsburg was among a rogue's gallery of Nazi war criminals recruited by U.S. intelligence shortly after Germany surrendered to the Allies.
WASHINGTON POST SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2001
BY GEORGE LARDNER JR., STAFF WRITER
CIA DECLASSIFIES ITS RECORDS ON DEALINGS WITH EX-NAZIS DOCUMENTS MAY GIVE CLUES ABOUT OBSTACLES IN HUNT FOR WAR CRIMINALS
The CIA is finally getting around to declassifying the records of its dealings with former Nazi spies after World War II. It says it has found 251 boxes and 2,901 file folders of potentially relevant documents -- apparently more than 250,000 pages -- and that it will take about two years to complete work on them.
DAILY NEWS 4/28/2001
SECRET FILES SHOW U.S. USED NAZIS
...The documents show that high-ranking Nazis--including death doctor Josef Mengele and Adolf Eichmann--were coddled by American and Soviet spymasters as World War II ended. "The real winners of the Cold War were Nazi criminals," Justice Department official Eli Rosenbaum said. "East and West became so rapidly focused on challenging each other that they lost their will to pursue Nazi perpetrators. They even deemed some of the criminals to be useful allies."
EXCERPT FROM ADOLF HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF: The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses' attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision. The whole art consists in doing this so skilfully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real, the process necessary, the necessity correct, etc. But since propaganda is not and cannot be the necessity in itself, since its function, like the poster, consists in attracting the attention of the crowd, and not in educating those who are already educated or who are striving after education and knowledge, its effect for the most part must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect...The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be...
"The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses. The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand [or believe]..."
The war propaganda of the English and Americans were psychologically sound. By representing the Germans to their own people as barbarians and Huns, they prepared the individual soldier for the terrors of war, and thus helped to preserve him from disappointments. After this, the most terrible weapon that was used against him seemed only to confirm what his propagandists had told him; it likewise reinforced his faith in the truth of his government's assertions, while on the other hand it increased his rage and hatred against the vile enemy for the cruel effects of the weapon, whose use by the enemy he now came to know, gradually came to confirm for him the 'Hunnish' brutality of the barbarous enemy, which he had heard all about; and it never dawned on him for a moment that his own weapons possibly, if not probably, might be even more terrible in their effects...
"The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly...The broad mass of a nation does not consist of diplomats, or even professors of political law, or even individuals capable of forming a rational opinion; it consists of plain mortals, wavering and inclined to doubt and uncertainty. As soon as our own propaganda admits so much as a glimmer of right on the other side, the foundation for doubt in our own right has been laid. The masses are then in no position to distinguish where foreign injustice ends and our own begins."
FREDERICK DOUGLAS (1857)
Find out just what the people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
DAILY NEWS 11/14/2001
BUSH OKS SECRECY IN TERROR TRIALS
President Bush signed an order yesterday that could allow accused Al Qaeda operatives and other foreign terrorists to stand trial before secretive military commissions similar to the tribunals used to prosecute Nazis in World War II. The order gives Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authority to establish the tribunals, White House officials said. "Given the danger to the safety of the United States ... I find ... that it is not practicable to apply ... the principles of law and the rules of evidence generally recognized in the trial of criminal cases in the United States," Bush's order said."
DRUDGE REPORT SUN NOV 11, 2001
BIG MEDIA FLORIDA RECOUNT: GORE TOPPED BUSH IF ALL UNDER/OVER VOTES COUNTED; LEGAL STRATEGY DESTROYED CHANCES
A vote-by-vote review of untallied ballots in the 2000 Florida presidential election commissioned by the nation's main media outlets shows Al Gore edged ahead of George W. Bush "under all the scenarios for counting all undervotes and overvotes statewide.”
"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
GW Bush during a photo-op with Congressional leaders on 12/18/2000. As broadcast on CNN and available in transcript on their website.
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