Case of the Missing Terrorists
Paul Craig Roberts
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If there were
any real terrorists, Jose Rodriguez would be dead.
Who is Jose
Rodriguez? He is the criminal who ran the CIA torture program. Most
of his victims were not terrorists or even insurgents. Most were
hapless individuals kidnapped by warlords and sold to the Americans
as terrorists for the bounty paid.
identity was previously a secret, it is no more. He has been on
CBS 60 Minutes taking credit for torturing Muslims and
using the information allegedly gained to kill leaders of al Qaeda.
If terrorists were really the problem that Homeland Security, the
FBI and CIA claim, Rodriguezs name would be a struck through
item on the terrorists hit list. He would be in his grave.
So, also, would
be John Yoo, who wrote the Justice (sic) Department memos giving
the green light to torture, despite US and International laws prohibiting
torture. Apparently, Yoo, a professor at the Boalt School of Law
at the University of California, Berkeley, was ignorant of US and
international law. And so was the US Department of Justice (sic).
Rodriguez, The Torturer of the Muslims, doest
have to hide. He can go on national television, reveal his identity,
and revel in his success in torturing and murdering Muslims. Rodriguez
has no Secret Service protection and would be an easy mark for assassination
by terrorists so capable as to have, allegedly, pulled off 9/11.
mark for assassination would be former Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld, who staffed up the Pentagon with neoconservative warmongers
such as Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, who in turn concocted
the false information used to justify the invasions of Iraq and
Afghanistan. Rumsfeld himself declared members of al Qaeda to be
the most vicious and dangerous killers on earth. Yet Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz,
Feith, Richard Perle, together with neoconservative media propagandists,
such as William Kristol and Max Boot, have been walking around safe
for years unmolested by terrorists seeking revenge or bringing retribution
to those responsible for as many as 1,000,000 Muslim deaths.
Colin Powell, who delivered the Speech of Lies to the UN inaugurating
the invasion of Iraq, and Dick Cheney, whose minimal Secret Service
protection could not withstand a determined assassination attempt,
also enjoy lives unmolested by terrorists.
deck of cards that the Bush regime had with Iraqi faces? If terrorists
had a similar deck, all of those named above would be high
value targets. Yet, there has not been a single attempt on
any one of them.
it, that none of the above are faced with a terrorist threat. Yet,
the tough, macho Navy Seals who allegedly killed Osama bin Laden
must have their identity kept hidden so that they dont become
terrorist targets. These American supermen, highly trained killers
themselves, dont dare show their faces, but Rodriguez, Rumsfeld,
and Condi Rice can walk around unmolested. Indeed, the Seals
lives are so endangered that President Obama gave up the enormous
public relations political benefit of a White House ceremony with
the heroic Navy Seals. Very strange behavior for a politician. A
couple of weeks after the alleged bin Laden killing, the Seals unit,
or most of it, was wiped out in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
If you were
a Muslim terrorist seeking retribution for Washingtons crimes,
would you try to smuggle aboard an airliner a bomb in your underwear
or shoe in order to blow up people whose only responsibility for
Washingtons war against Muslims is that they fell for Washingtons
propaganda? If you wanted to blow up the innocent, wouldnt
you instead place your bomb in the middle of the mass of humanity
waiting to clear airport security and take out TSA personnel along
with passengers? Terrorists could coordinate their attacks, hitting
a number of large airports across the US at the same minute. This
would be real terror. Moreover, it would present TSA with an insolvable
problem: how can people be screened before they are screened?
attacks on shopping malls and sports events?
terrorists, if they exist, bother to kill people when it is easy
to cause mayhem by not killing them? There are a large number of
unguarded electric power substations. Entire regions of the country
could be shut down. The simplest disruptive act would be to release
large quantities of roofing nails in the midst of rush hour traffic
in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Los
Angeles, San Francisco. You get the picture: thousands and thousands
of cars disabled with flat tires blocking the main arteries for
reader accuses me of giving terrorists ideas, ask yourself if you
really think people so clever as to have allegedly planned and carried
out 9/11 couldnt think of such simple tactics, plots that
could be carried out without having to defeat security or kill innocent
people? My point isnt what terrorists, if they exist, should
do. The point is that the absence of easy-to-do acts of terrorism
suggests that the terrorist threat is more hype than reality. Yet,
we have an expensive, intrusive security apparatus that seems to
have no real function except to exercise power over American citizens.
In place of
real terrorists carrying out easy plots, we have terrorist
plots dreamed up by FBI and CIA agents, who then recruit some hapless
or demented dupes, bribing them with money and heroic images of
themselves, and supplying them with the plot and fake explosives.
These are called sting operations, but they are not.
They are orchestrations by our own security agencies that produce
fake terrorist plots that are then foiled by the security
agencies that hatched the plots. Washingtons announcement
is always: The public was never in danger. Some terrorist
plot! We have never been endangered by one, but the airports have
been on orange alert for 11.5 years.
federal judiciary and brainwashed juries actually treat these concocted
plots as real threats to American security despite the governments
announcements that the public was never in danger.
of the foiled plots keep the brainwashed public docile
and amenable to intrusive searches, warrantless spying, the growth
of an unaccountable police state, and endless wars.
on Terror is a hoax, one that has been successfully used to
destroy the US Constitution and to complete the transformation of
law from a shield of the people into a weapon in the hands of the
state. By destroying habeas corpus, due process, and the presumption
of innocence, the War on Terror has destroyed our security.
Craig Roberts, 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
House. Visit his website.
© 2012 Paul
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