Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: A
Parasite on the World
Bob and Darin
were on a panel together discussing banalities in generalities,
as is the usual case. If either had said anything meaningful on
the subject, the moderator would have cut him off.
know Darin. He was introduced as a former CIA official. Bob had
heard back in those days when he was on the Congressional Budget
Committee staff that Darin had once had a limited oversight position
– budget Bob seemed to remember it was – over a black op CIA group.
When the moderator closed the panel, the two looked at one another
and raised their eyebrows.
Bob took advantage
of the eyebrow connection to suggest that they have a drink. To
his surprise Darin agreed.
Darin was remote
and distant at first, but found the conversation to his liking as
the two discussed the moderator’s skill in avoiding delicate issues.
In an abrupt change of subject, Bob asked Darin if the US government
would assassinate Julian Assange.
up quickly with a question, which as he was asking it he realized
he should not be asking: "Does the CIA have an in-house assassination
group or does the agency contract it out?"
"The CIA doesn’t need to physically assassinate Assange. Washington
will use the PATRIOT Act to override the First Amendment and bring
a spy case against him. Currently, the British are going through
their pretense that they have a rule of law, but if in the end law
doesn’t require that the Brits extradite Assange to Sweden, whose
government will sell him to Washington, Washington will bring an
extradition case based on charges that are being concocted in a
grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia."
asked, "You mean Assange will be tried and condemned to death?"
"Possibly," Darin replied, " but Washington might
be content with discrediting him. Washington would try him in Alexandria,
Virginia, which has a high density of military contractors. If Washington
concludes that the jury wouldn’t convict Assange, Assange will be
‘suicided’ in prison."
there anywhere Assange can go to escape the frame-up?"
There is nowhere
he can go. If he were to go to Cuba, Washington would offer an end
to the embargo in exchange for Assange. If he went to Venezuela,
Washington would offer to call off its assault on the Chavez regime
in exchange for Assange. He couldn’t go to China or Russia, because
they don’t want their own secrets revealed. If he were to go to
Iran, it would be used to confirm the charge that he is a spy."
Washington so obsessed with Assange?"
power taking its revenge. Assange has made government transparency
a moral issue and made people aware that classification and secrecy
serve to hide government crimes and deception. This has empowered
there be other whistleblowers?"
without WikiLeaks. Formerly, whistleblowers would release documents
to the media. However, whistleblowers have learned that the law
that was enacted to protect them is not obeyed in the post-9/11
environment, and the media has learned that the First Amendment
has lost much of its authority. It has become too dangerous for
whistleblowers to step forward. Moreover, whistleblowers have learned
that even the New York Times first checks with the government
before the paper prints a leak. Remember, the Times sat for
one year on the leak from NSA that the Bush administration was violating
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and spying on Americans
without obtaining warrants from the FISA court. The Times published
only after Bush was reelected. WikiLeaks is the only way whistleblowers
can get the word out."
if the government convicts Assange it is the end of WikiLeaks?"
If Assange is convicted of spying, then ipso facto a successor would
be a spy. The ability of whistleblowers to bring accountability
to government is about to disappear."
Craig Roberts [send
him mail], a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
© 2011 Paul
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