on Terror: Greatest Covert Op
by Douglas Valentine: Homeland
Security for Whom?
commentary is drawn from a speech delivered by Douglas Valentine
at a peace conference:
of terror are the greatest covert operation ever.
why, Ill begin by defining some terms, because, when discussing
the covert op called the politics of terror, words and
their management are all important.
How are politics
and terror actually defined: how are these meanings manipulated;
for what purposes, and by whom?
defined as "violence against civilians intended to obtain a
This is an
ambiguous phrase, which begs the questions: what are politics and
defined as the process by which groups of people make collective
decisions. And violence in this context is the use of force
to compel a person or group to do or think something against their
will. That includes the violence of words of threatening
to hurt and of social structures, as well as the violence
So, by definition,
terrorism is political violence hurting people, or
threatening to hurt them, in order to make them govern themselves
(or acquiesce to an external force) against their will.
terrorism is always condemned by the government, and, accordingly,
America is never a perpetrator of terrorism, but always the victims
The U.S. war
on terror is the ultimate expression of this principle: it is a
military response to terrorism; violence in self-defense, not (ostensibly)
violence for a political purpose.
the official story the assumption. But Im going to
show that America does engage in terrorism violence against
civilians for political purposes. This state terrorism,
however, is covert, in so far as it is equated with national security,
and thanks to that built-in ambiguity, it has both stated and unstated
and Unstated Policy in America
a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. But
who really makes the overarching political decisions in America?
Who governs us?
The two political
parties represent the people and they compete for control of the
government. Historically, Republicans have generally favored business
and Democrats have favored labor. The political division is, generally,
Now, the government
can be controlled by either political party; but the state endures
the state being the nations indispensable
industries and infrastructure (banking, auto industry, insurance,
Microsoft), and the institutions which defend the nations
enduring interests: the military, law enforcement, the intelligence
and security services.
In Europe they
often, cynically, refer to the state as industry or
Big Business. In America we tend to call the state the
Establishment an ambiguous word that needs to be defined.
defines Establishment as, An exclusive group of powerful people
who rule a government or society by means of private agreements
I would venture
to say that the interests of the state and the Establishment are
the same, and that the definition of Establishment with a capital
E is the pivotal phrase in discussing state terrorism.
Consider this: there is the politics of the two parties vying for
control of the government, and there is the Establishment, the state,
making the covert (ostensibly non-political) decisions that effectively
Many of those
covert decisions concern national security: they are unstated policy.
covert policy decisions about national security are made by people
who control the military, law enforcement, and intelligence and
security services. These guardians of the state are
collectively called the National Security Establishment.
Like the Establishment
that secretly rules the state, the National Security
Establishment is an exclusive group that is not accountable to the
political whims of the people.
guardians of the state the Establishment are assumed
to be above partisan politics. Their loyalty is assumed to be to
the law or national security. And that assumption is the Big Lie
upon which state terrorism is based.
Yes, it is
true that the National Security Establishment is not accountable
to the people: and, in fact, it has built a series of ever-larger,
concentric moats around itself called the National Security State,
precisely to keep the people out of its business.
Security Establishment rules the National Security State, with an
iron fist, but it is pure propaganda that the National Security
Establishment and State are not political.
In order to
get inside the National Security Establishment, and rise to a position
of authority within it, one must be born there (like Bush or make
billions like Bill Gates), or submit to years of right-wing political
indoctrination calibrated to a series of increasingly restrictive
adopting the correct right-wing ideology and security
clearances represent the drawbridge across the moats.
Security State is the covert social structure of the Establishment,
and it has as its job not just defending the Establishment from
foreign enemies, but also expanding the Establishments economic
and military influence abroad, while preserving its class prerogatives
prerogatives, I mean the National Security State is designed
to keep the lower class from exerting any political control over
the state; especially, redistributing the Establishments private
To these unstated
ends imperialism abroad and repression at home the
National Security State engages in terrorism i.e. political
violence on behalf of the Establishment.
National Security State is political violence, terrorism, in its
and its National Security State as Terrorism
The lower classes
in America have little voice in making government or state policy.
Some members of the lower classes have given up hope, others are
content: but in either case, voter turnout is a mere 54 percent.
or content, they know they cannot fight conventional thinking. For
example, when the Establishment exerts its influence, it is not
considered politics; it is simply the status quo. The rich create
jobs and must be accommodated with trillion-dollar bailouts, paid
for by workers taking furloughs.
just the way it is. Politicians in the service of the Establishment,
for over-arching reasons of national security, have to keep the
capitalist financial system afloat.
It is the same
thing with the National Security Establishment: America invaded
Iraq, and there was nothing the people could do about it. The decision
was made for them. Peace activists, least of all, had no voice in
the decision, because they are assumed to have no stake in national
You will not
find peace activists in the National Security Establishment; and
that political repression is part of covert state terrorism.
labor seeks to exercise influence, its efforts are described as
exploiting the state for more than it deserves, because it does
not have an enduring stake in the state.
It is a fact:
only Establishment wealth ownership is equated with
immortal words of Leona Helmsley: Only the little people pay
in the tax code is political repression and, in so far as it makes
the people fearful, it is state terrorism. The Establishment fears
losing its loopholes, while workers and the poor fear losing their
homes: two types of fear, one for each class, one stated, one unstated.
engages imperialism and political repression through propaganda
(word management violence) and social structures. This state terrorism
also is unstated, covert.
Only when the
people rebel and challenge the Establishment is the word terrorism
military, police or intelligence actions that provoke rebellion,
or the responses to rebellion, are never called terrorism: they
are national security.
how the management of words helps to repress the lower classes.
the rest of the article
May 4, 2012
Valentine [send him mail]
the author of four previously published books: The Hotel Tacloban
(Lawrence Hill, 1984), The
Phoenix Program, (William Morrow, 1990), TDY
(iUniverse.com, 2000), and The
Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War on Drugs
(Verso, 2004). His latest book is The
Strength of the Pack (TrineDay, 2009). For more information
about the author and his works, please visit his websites at www.douglasvalentine.com
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