by Karen Kwiatkowski: Watching
the Empires Fall
The DOJ card
players have a credibility problem. 17
well-publicized "terrorist" plots since 2001 have been
federal setups that never approached the professionalism of
an early talent screening for American Idol. The federally
micromanaged Fast and Furious gun running operation purposely
ran guns to Mexico, and then blamed it on the 2nd Amendment.
After it became known that over 200 people were killed as a result,
a normally passive Congress questioned Eric Holder, who apparently
lied under oath about it.
"terrorist plot" – an
odd Iranian "caught" by the bold federales in part
because they "overheard" him explain in detail
his complicated plan to his Mexican gangster "cohorts"
has been immediately blown out of the water by state media from
the left, right and center – taking their lead from independent
media that is, thankfully, growing ever more influential.
Hollywood is in on the joke. The very idea of federal "law
enforcement" is almost silly in this second decade of the 21st
century. If the government of the United States can publically,
through the president with justification by DOJ, assassinate Americans
around the world and make war without Congressional consultation
or approval, it has forfeited any right it ever had to "enforce
years ago, in the decade before 1920, this country once before experienced
government-created prosperity bubbles and widespread public hysteria
demanding government solutions to moral and economic security concerns.
Ken Burns’ three-part series, "Prohibition,"
provides a valuable reminder. Burns explains in
an interview with Stephen Colbert how many disparate sectors
of society all sought improved security and morality through state
mandates and government action. When these disparate groups – sharing
a belief that it was good and just for government to force other
parts of society to bend to their desires on a single issue – focused
on a single and unlawful federal activity, we got the 18th
in effect for a dozen years, "cost" the federal government
$11 billion in lost tax revenue. In today’s devalued money and oversized
federal government, that’s a loss of $120 billion, less than a fifth
of one year of the Pentagon’s budget. But in the years leading up
to Prohibition, alcohol excise taxes were a major portion of state
and federal revenue.
How did the
federal and state governments (prior to Prohibition, 75% of the
New York state budget came from excise taxes on liquor) make up
this lost revenue, and pay for drastic new "enforcement"
This was long
before the massive cycloptic Pentagon, long before FDR’s transformation
of the United States into a Keynsesian disaster writ large, and
long before the metasticization of the global corporate state oriented
around the petrodollar. You guessed it. Prohibition against devil
rum led to drastic increases in the income tax, itself a relatively
new concept for the United States, brought
into being only a few years earlier in a legislatively questionable
brings us to the present.
We have another
"devil" today. A single powerful obsession unites American
moralizers, including both the Christian Zionist movement and religious
progressives who wish to see a Democratic President maintained for
another term. Their obsession coincides nicely with the global reshaping
desires of the neoconservatives, the institutional desires of the
corporate state, the profiteering desires of the military-industrial
complex, the blame-shifting desires of the U.S. Congress, the territorial
security desires of Israel and its important American lobby, and
finally, the centralized control objectives of the modern executive
For over a
decade now, all of these concerns – religious and progressive movements
willingly aligning with state power, neoconservatives, the corporate
petrodollar-based state, the military industrial complex, the Congress,
the executive bureaucracy and the
most powerful foreign policy lobby in the world – have been
harping, wailing, and whining about a new devil – the state of Iran.
matter that Iran really and truly doesn’t matter to us. They say
you are entitled to your own opinions but
not your own facts. Americans who want something "done"
in the Middle East – with their single-issue banner of "Bomb
Iran" for Jesus, for democracy, to get Obama re-elected, for
oil, for petrodollars, to make money, to justify a bloated military
budget, for Israel, to consolidate and strengthen the state and
political security apparatus in the U.S. – all freely make up their
own facts about why Iran must be prohibited, and destroyed.
brings me back to the Justice Department, the nexus for prohibition
then and now. The recent "Iranian plot" may help divert
attention from DOJ perjury, from federal gun-running, from past
fake terrorism plots, and from what may more frightening to the
federal state apparatus, the
exposure of the inconclusive and sloppy FBI investigation into the
Amerithrax case. These plots and stories certainly feed the
vision and fuel the fire in the bellies of those religious, political,
corporate and state entities bent on attacking Iran in an ecstatic,
glorious and emotion-filled massacre.
American and Israeli collective movement to prohibit Iran from existing
will probably not be able to sustain itself, even with the
current effort to frighten and coerce the House of Saud into joining
it. Holder is no Hoover, and Hoover would never had lasted nor
been as politically powerful had average Americans of his era had
broad public access to his activities, agendas and abuses as we
do with Holder today. The contemporary U.S. dollar is an accident
waiting to happen, and our military has been transformed into a
hollow shell of hundreds of thousands of unhappy soldiers without
an honest mission, and a few arrogant politicians in suits directing
drone attacks. Holder will fold, to a derisive hiss of frustration
from the bomb-Iran collective.
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
and Power and The
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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