by Paul Craig Roberts September 30, 2011
In the past decade, Washington has killed, maimed, dislocated, and
made widows and orphans millions of Muslims in six countries, all in
the name of the "war on terror." Washington's attacks on the
countries constitute naked aggression and impact primarily civilian
populations and infrastructure and, thereby, constitute war crimes
under law. Nazis were executed precisely for what Washington is doing
Moreover the wars and military attacks have cost American taxpayers in
out-of-pocket and already-incurred future costs at least $4,000
billion dollars—one third of the accumulated public debt—resulting in
a US deficit crisis that threatens the social safety net and the value
of the US dollar and its reserve currency role while enriching beyond
all previous history the military/security complex and its apologists.
Perhaps the highest cost of Washington's "war on terror" has been paid
by the US Constitution and civil liberties. Any US citizen that
Washington accuses is deprived of all legal and constitutional rights.
The Bush-Cheney-Obama regimes have overturned humanity's greatest
achievement—the accountability of government to law.
If we look around for the terror that the police state and a decade of
war has allegedly protected us from, the terror is hard to find.
Except for 9/11 itself, assuming we accept the government's improbable
conspiracy theory explanation, there have been no terror attacks on
the US. Indeed, as RT pointed out on August 23, 2011, an investigative
program at the University of California discovered that the domestic
"terror plots" hyped in the media were plotted by FBI agents.
FBI undercover agents now number 15,000, ten times their number during
the protests against the Vietnam War, when protesters were suspected
of communist sympathies. As there apparently are no real terror plots
for this huge workforce to uncover, the FBI justifies its budget,
terror alerts, and invasive searches of American citizens by thinking
up "terror plots" and finding some deranged individuals to ensnare.
For example, the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York City
subway plot, and the plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago were
all FBI brainchilds organized and managed by FBI agents.
RT reports that only three plots might have been independent of the
FBI, but as none of the three worked, they obviously were not the work
of such a professional terror organization as al-Qaeda is purported to
be. The Times Square car bomb didn't blow up, and apparently could
The latest FBI sting ensnared a Boston man, Rezwan Ferdaus, who is
accused of planning to attack the Pentagon and US Capitol with model
airplanes packed with C-4 explosives. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz assured
Americans that they were never in danger, because the FBI's undercover
agents were in control of the plot.
Ferdaus' FBI-organized plot to blow up the Pentagon and US Capitol
with model airplanes has produced charges that he provided "material
support to a terrorist organization" and plotted to destroy federal
buildings—the most serious charge which carries 20 imprisoned years
for each targeted building.
What is the terrorist organization that Ferdaus is serving? Surely not
al-Qaeda, which allegedly outwitted all 16 US intelligence services,
all intelligence services of America's NATO and Israeli allies, NORAD,
the National Security Council, Air Traffic Control, Dick Cheney, and
US airport security four times in one hour on the same morning. Such a
highly capable terror organization would not be involved in such
nonsense as a plot to blow up the Pentagon with a model airplane.
As an American who was in public service for a number of years and who
has always stood up for the Constitution, a patriot's duty, I must
hope that the question has already popped into readers' minds why we
are expected to believe that a tiny model airplane is capable of
blowing up the Pentagon when a 757 airliner loaded with jet fuel was
incapable of doing the job, merely making a hole not big enough for an
When I observe the gullibility of my fellow citizens at the absurd
"terror plots" that the US government manufactures, it causes me to
realize that fear is the most powerful weapon any government has for
advancing an undeclared agenda. If Ferdaus is brought to trial, no
doubt a jury will convict him of a plot to blow up the Pentagon and US
Capitol with model airplanes. Most likely he will be tortured or
coerced into a plea bargain.
Apparently, Americans, or most of them, are so ruled by fear that they
suffer no remorse from "their" government's murder and dislocation of
millions of innocent people. In the American mind, one billion
"towel-heads" have been reduced to terrorists who deserve to be
exterminated. The US is on its way to a holocaust that makes the
terrors Jews faced from National Socialism into a mere precursor.
Think about this: Are not you amazed that after a decade (2.5 times
the length of WW II) of killing Muslims and destroying families and
their prospects in six countries, there are no real terrorist events
in the US?
Think for a minute how easy terrorism would be in the US if there were
any terrorists. Would an al-Qaeda terrorist from the organization that
allegedly pulled off 9/11—the most humiliating defeat ever suffered by
a Western power, much less "the world's only superpower"—still in the
face of all the screening be trying to hijack an airliner or to blow
Surely not when there are so many totally soft targets. If America
were really infected with a "terrorist threat," a terrorist would
merely get in the massive lines awaiting to clear airport "security"
and set off his bomb. It would kill far more people than could be
achieved by blowing up an airliner, and it would make it completely
clear that "airport security" meant no one was safe.
It would be child's play for terrorists to blow up electric
sub-stations as no one is there, nothing but a chain link fence. It
would be easy for terrorists to blow up shopping centers. It would be
easy for terrorists to dump boxes of roofing nails on congested
streets and freeways during rush hours, tying up main transportation
arteries for days.
Before, dear reader, you accuse me of giving terrorists ideas, do you
really think that these ideas would not already have occurred to
terrorists capable of pulling off 9/11?
But nothing happens. So the FBI arrests a guy for planning to blow up
America with a model airplane. It is really depressing how many
Americans will believe this.
Consider also that American neoconservatives, who have orchestrated
the "war on terror," have no protection whatsoever and that the Secret
Service protection of Bush and Cheney is minimal. If America really
faced a terrorist threat, especially one so professional to have
brought off 9/11, every neoconservative along with Bush and Cheney
could be assassinated within one hour on one morning or one evening.
The fact that neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz, Donald
Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, John Bolton,
William Kristol, Libby, Addington, et. al., live unprotected and free
of fear is proof that America faces no terrorist threat.
Think now about the airliner shoe-bomb plot, the shampoo-bottled water
plot, and the underwear-bomb plot. Experts, other than the whores
hired by the US government, say that these plots are nonsensical. The
"shoe bomb" and "underwear bomb" were colored fireworks powders
incapable of blowing up a tin can. The liquid bomb, allegedly mixed up
in an airliner toilet room, has been dismissed by experts as fantasy.
What is the purpose of these fake plots? And remember, all reports
confirm that the "underwear bomber" was walked onto the airliner by an
official, despite the fact that the "underwear bomber" had no
passport. No investigation was ever conducted by the FBI, CIA, or
anyone into why a passenger without a passport was allowed on an
The purpose of these make-believe plots is to raise the fear level and
to create the opportunity for former Homeland Security czar Michael
Chertoff to make a fortune selling porno-scanners to the TSA.
The result of these hyped "terrorist plots" is that every American
citizen, even those with high government positions and security
clearances, cannot board a commercial airline flight without taking
off his shoes, his jacket, his belt, submitting to a porno-scanner, or
being sexually groped. Nothing could make it plainer that "airport
security" cannot tell a Muslim terrorist from a gung-ho American
patriot, a US Senator, a US Marine general, or a CIA operative.
If a passenger requires for health or other reasons quantities of
liquids and creams beyond the limits imposed on toothpaste, shampoo,
food, or medications, the passenger must obtain prior approval from
TSA, which seldom works. One of America's finest moments is the case,
documented on YouTube, of a dying woman in a wheelchair, who requires
special food, having her food thrown away by the gestapo TSA despite
the written approval from the Transportation Safety Administration,
her daughter arrested for protesting, and the dying woman in the
wheelchair left alone in the airport.
This is Amerika today. These assaults on innocent citizens are
justified by the mindless right-wing as "protecting us against
terrorism," a "threat" that all evidence shows is nonexistent.
No American is secure today. I am a former staff associate of the
House Defense Appropriations subcommittee. I required high security
clearances as I had access to information pertaining to all US weapons
programs. As chief economist of the House Budget Committee I had
information pertaining to the US military and security budgets. As
Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, I was provided every morning
with the CIA's briefing of the President as well as with endless
When I left the Treasury, President Reagan appointed me to a
super-secret committee to investigate the CIA's assessment of Soviet
capability. Afterwards, I was a consult to the Pentagon. I had every
kind of security clearance.
Despite my record of highest security clearances and US government
confidence in me, including confirmation by the US Senate in a
presidential appointment, the airline police cannot tell me from a
If I were into model airplanes or attending anti-war demonstrations,
little doubt I, too, would be arrested.
After my public service in the last quarter of the 20th century, I
experienced during the first decade of the 21st century all of
America's achievements, despite their blemishes, being erased. In
their place was erected a monstrous desire for hegemony and highly
concentrated wealth. Most of my friends and my fellow citizens in
general are incapable of recognizing America's transformation into a
warmonger police state that has the worst income distribution of any
It is extraordinary that so many Americans, citizens of the world's
only superpower, actually believe that they are threatened by Muslim
peoples who have no unity, no navy, no air force, no nuclear weapons,
no missiles capable of reaching across the oceans.
Indeed, large percentages of these "threat populations," especially
among the young, are enamored of the sexual freedom that exists in
America. Even the Iranian dupes of the CIA-orchestrated "Green
Revolution" have forgotten Washington's overthrow of their elected
government in the 1950s. Despite America's decade-long abusive
military actions against Muslim peoples, many Muslims still look to
America for their salvation.
Their "leaders" are simply bought off with large sums of money.
With the "terrorist threat" and al-Qaeda deflated with President
Obama's alleged assassination of its leader, Osama bin Laden, who was
left unprotected and unarmed by his "world-wide terrorist
organization," Washington has come up with a new bogeyman—the
According to John Glaser and anonymous CIA officials, US Joint Chiefs
of Staff chairman Mike Mullen "exaggerated" the case against the
Haqqani insurgent group when he claimed, setting up a US invasion of
Pakistan, that the Haqqanis were an operating arm of the Pakistan
government's secret service, the ISI. Adm. Mullen is now running from
his "exaggeration," a euphemism for a lie. His aid Captain John Kirby
said that Mullen's "accusations were designed to influence the
Pakistanis to crack down on the Haqqani Network." In other words, the
Pakistanis should kill more of their own people to save the Americans
If you don't know what the Haqqani Network is, don't be surprised.
You never heard of al-Qaeda prior to 9/11. The US government creates
whatever new bogeymen and incidents are necessary to further the
neoconservative agenda of world hegemony and higher profits for the
For ten years, the "superpower" American population has sat there,
being terrified by the government's lies. While Americans sit in fear
of non-existent "terrorists" sucking their thumbs, millions of people
in six countries have had their lives destroyed. As far as any
evidence exists, the vast majority of Americans are unperturbed by the
wanton murder of others in countries that they are incapable of
locating on maps.
Truly, Amerika is a light unto the world, an example for all.