War Propaganda Continues
Reason and Jest
by Scott Lazarowitz: How
the State Has Ravaged Our Inalienable Rights
believe that Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster to delay the vote to confirm
John Brennan as CIA Director was effective. However, there are
and I am one of them. We still seem to be ruled by government officials
who are clueless about how to maintain a civilized society and are
clueless about human rights.
seem to depend on a mainstream media for information but are getting
government propaganda instead.
during a PBS
discussion about Sen. Paul’s filibuster and the drone program
controversy, New York Times national security correspondent
Scott Shane incorrectly asserted that U.S. officials "have
in one case, in September of 2011, killed one American overseas.
And that was Anwar al-Awlaki, who had joined the al-Qaida branch
in Yemen and was actively plotting terrorism against the United
Shane really believes what he is saying – in which case he is not
a very good reporter – or he knows these items of information
are not true and is merely "parroting the party line,"
as the old saying goes.
government drones bombed and murdered
at least three Americans, including Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old
son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was not even accused of any
crimes or of terrorism.
Shane also stated – falsely – that Anwar al-Awlaki was "actively
plotting terrorism against the United States." The Obama Administration
never presented any evidence against al-Awlaki. And, as analysts
any evidence against al-Awlaki that may have existed was weak and
its use in an actual trial probably couldn’t have convicted him.
This case was
very similar to the Osama bin Laden case, in which neither the Bush
nor Obama Administrations had any
evidence to prove bin Laden’s
involvement in the 9/11 attacks. As George W. Bush stated
regarding the Taliban’s requiring the Bush Administration to present
evidence against bin Laden, "There’s no need to discuss innocence
or guilt. We know he’s guilty."
was similar, in that his refusal to present evidence against al-Awlaki
was based on secrecy,
an important part of totalitarian regimes. But "We know he’s
guilty, and we don’t have to prove it to you" is basically
what the Obama Regime implied in its refusal to disclose its alleged
The main problem
that the U.S. government had with Anwar al-Awlaki, however, was
with his criticisms of U.S. foreign policy which he included in
his religious sermons, speech entirely protected
by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
As Glenn Greenwald
out in this very important article on this subject, the First
Amendment protects the advocating of violence as a means
of defending oneself against violent and tyrannical governments.
Greenwald pointed to a 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, its reversal
of Brandenburg v. Ohio, which separated the difference
between forms of speech which "‘advocate or teach the
duty, necessity, or propriety’ of violence ‘as a means of accomplishing
industrial or political reform’" and forms of speech which
are an "incitement to imminent lawless action."
You see, from
the point of view of the millions of Iraqis, Afghans, Yemenis and
other foreigners who have been the victims of the U.S. government’s
violence and destruction not just since 9/11 but especially
since the first U.S. government war on Iraq in 1991, they actually
view the U.S. government as a tyrannical foreign invader and occupier
(which it has been).
since 9/11 many in the mainstream news media have been obediently
and subserviently repeating what government bureaucrats and their
spokesflunkies have been dictating to them, rather than actually
engaging in real investigating or research. They certainly do not
seem to have been questioning the assertions of government
officials, that’s for sure.
And we also
have some of the most ignorant and short-sighted congressmen and
senators in Washington as well. In response to Sen. Paul’s example
of Vietnam and the possibility of drone murdering Jane Fonda in
her cavorting with the North Vietnamese in Hanoi, rather than arresting
her and charging and trying her for treason, Sen. John McCain replied,
"To somehow allege or infer that the president of the United
States is going to kill somebody like Jane Fonda or somebody who
disagrees with the policies is a stretch of imagination which is,
frankly, ridiculous." Yet, that is exactly what Obama did to
Anwar al-Awlaki and why he did it.
of the American people do not know these important facts, as the
mainstream news media seem to have been merely copying and pasting
the latest White House press releases, and passing them off as "news,"
especially since 9/11.
In fact, part
of our problem, and which is why some true patriots are concerned
for Americans’ future as a free society and not just another banana
republic dictatorship, is that we have actual powerful U.S. senators
who do not understand the uniquely American ideas of due process
and presumption of innocence.
In my article,
Who Love the Government But Hate America, I referred to Sen.
Lindsey Graham’s outburst, "If you’re an American citizen and
you betray your country, you’re not going to be given a lawyer."
And my reply was: Who will determine whether or not one has
"betrayed" one’s country?
others seem to want the President or military generals to make such
a determination. But those who actually know their history know
how empowering the President to be judge, jury and executioner ends
up. (Not good.)
seems to me that these rulers are more concerned with whether someone
has betrayed the government, not the country.
of certain bureaucrats’ policies, not in betrayal of their
fellow people. Graham even suggested
that political speech could be curtailed during times of "war."
And as more
information has come out about Army Private Bradley Manning’s release
of overly-classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks, and why
we have seen that Manning’s motivations were out of a duty not to
government bureaucrats but out of a duty to the American people.
(We cannot say the same about George W. Bush and Barack Obama, however.)
that crimes were being committed against foreign people, and in
America’s name, and he believed that the American people had a right
to know about them.
So there are
examples of government censorship of political speech since
9/11. But these senators who want to label someone as an "enemy
combatant" merely for questioning
or criticizing short-sighted, counter-productive and dangerous government
policies, such as the "war on terror" itself and its legitimacy,
are really acting to protect the government and its minions.
to the propagandists, the Orwellian story of 9/11 suggests that
these conflicts all began on 9/11. To this day, the propagandists
still refuse to acknowledge that the U.S. government’s disastrous
foreign interventions, and especially its 1991
first war of aggression on Iraq and subsequent sanctions were
major provocations against the people of that region of the world.
But, true to their diehard socialist agenda, the rulers went ahead
after 9/11 to increase the interventions, wars, and crimes
of renditions, indefinite detentions of
innocents, tortures and murders of foreigners.
But all this
war stuff is a crock, as I mentioned here.
War is really an artificial concept used by collectivists, statists,
racists and power-grabbers to rationalize the commission of criminal
acts of aggression against others and get away with it. This is
the whole point of American
Exceptionalism, by the way.
of the people will finally see the illegitimacy of these
wars when the Washington regime begins
to target the American people more directly (after disarming
them and making them totally defenseless, of course), which is where
we seem to be heading, as I noted in my 2010 article, Tea
Partiers May Need the ACLU Soon.
And, as Future
of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger pointed
out recently, the early Americans and Revolutionaries also warned
us over 200 years ago against an armed federal government run amok.
I think our
government has run amok.
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