No U-Turns on the Road to Serfdom?
The "anti-terrorist" witch-hunt and the future of America
by Justin Raimondo
Many Americans are appalled by the revelations now
pouring out of Egypt that depict American complicity with
Mubarak's TERRORIST state in Egypt. [We URGE
you to see our recent article, "What's
Happening Now in Egypt."]
But the question they should be asking themselves is just how far
the same American elites who were responsible for the creation of Mubarak's TERRORIST state are in creating such a TERRORIST
state in the United States?
The answer is, They are al long way down
As Raimondo says, The campaign [to suppress
civil rights] starts with a small group, [usually Marxists or others], with
no influence and virtually no allies, and ends with you.
In a series of raids last year, the FBI raided the homes and
offices of antiwar activists in Minneapolis, North Carolina, Chicago, and
California. They seized boxes of materials, cell phones, documents, and other
private property, and issued subpoenas to a number of individuals, 24 at last count, demanding their appearance before
a federal grand jury. The focus of this fishing expedition is ostensibly the
"solidarity work" engaged in by the Antiwar Committee of Minneapolis, and
sympathizing organizations, in Palestine and Columbia, but the history of
police repression against these groups and individuals goes back years, specifically
involving their work in organizing a march on the Republican and Democratic
national conventions: in the Twin Cities, the "RNC Welcoming Committee,"
which planned the protest, was of particular interest to the authorities.
The local cops, working with the FBI, actively worked to recruit informants,
and — using information gleaned from these infiltrators — conducted a weekend-long
reign of terror in early September 2008, breaking down doors, manhandling
protesters — including journalists — and rounding up dissidents in anticipation
of violence they claim "might" have occurred had the authorities not acted.
Police raid on "RNC Welcoming Committee"
In reality, of course, the RNC Welcoming Committee was engaged
in perfectly legal activities protected by the First Amendment, and there
was no evidence presented that violence was forthcoming — but, under the
terms of the post-9/11 legislative assault on the Constitution that culminated
in the "Patriot" Act and subsequent acts of Congress, the First Amendment
is no longer operative in this country.
If you're an Influential Person, however, you can get away
with almost anything. Let's say you're Michael Mukasey, Bush's former Attorney
General, who recently traveled to Paris with Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security
chieftain, Fran Townsend, President Bush's former chief adviser on Homeland
Security and counter-terrorism, and former New York City mayor and spectacularly
failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, to endorse the continuing effort
by the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), or People's Mujahideen, to get off the State
Department's list of terrorist organizations.
MEK is an Iranian Marxist-turned-neocon Iranian exile group,
with a weirdly cultish orientation, that has murdered US diplomatic personnel
and was instrumental in the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran. They
lost out in the power struggle following the overthrow of the Shah, and fled
to Iraq, where they were succored by Saddam Hussein: MEK brigades fought on
the Iraqi side during the Iraq-Iran war, and carried out terrorist acts against
civilian targets — a strategy they would very much like to carry out with
US assistance today.
Over one-hundred members of Congress, who recently signed an
appeal to the State Department to take MEK off the terrorist list, are angling
for this, and the prominence of the US delegation to the Paris confab is
part of the continuing campaign by the War Party to legalize these somewhat
nutty cultists — whose unquestioned leader, Maryam Rajavi, has already declared
herself the "President" of Iran — and get the group funding. The idea is to
use them, as the Bush team used the Iraqi National Congress, to get "intelligence"
— of similar quality — to gin up another war, this time against Tehran.
Can you imagine the outcry in official Washington if the FBI
invaded the offices of Mukasey, Giuliani, Ridge, and Townsend, searching
for evidence of "material support" to a foreign terrorist organization — the
same crime the Minneapolis defendants are potentially facing? Such laws, however,
aren't written in order to target such people: it's only those without power
who suffer such a fate. If you're in any way associated with WikiLeaks, government
agents are quick to stop you at the airport, question you, and seize your
laptop, but if you're Rudy the Lout, on the way back from a tête-à-tête with
terrorists — the good kind, rest assured — you're escorted to the VIP line
and whisked through security.
Civil libertarians may cavil that this disparate treatment
is evidence of selective prosecution, but selectivity is what the post-9/11
assault on the Bill of Rights is all about. Of course the government has the
legal "right," these days, to read everyone's email, break into our private
property, and collect information about our constitutionally protected activities
— but you can bet they're not intercepting Senor Mukasey's email. Unless some
political figure is being set up for blackmail, the Washington insiders and
their friends are exempt from the depredations of the surveillance state.
When it comes to the Antiwar Committee of Minneapolis, however — well, that's
a horse of a different color, as they say in the land of Oz.
Anti-terrorist Fusion Centers and their end result
In the wake of 9/11, the neocons were strategically enough
placed to launch a two-front war: one at home, and one abroad. The post-9/11
coup, in which a handful of neocons seized control of the machinery of the
state and lied us into war, also involved waging
a war on the home front —against the Constitution. And while the Iraq campaign
ended in failure, an outcome currently being replicated in Afghanistan, their
domestic campaign to destroy the legacy of the Founders and create the basis
for a police state was much more successful. Indeed, I would venture to call
it a near total victory.
With the support of both political parties, an extensive network
of "anti-terrorist" "fusion centers" was created, in which local, state, and
national law enforcement agencies cooperated in a "fused" effort to gather
intelligence on and take action against targets deemed potential nodes of
terrorist activity. Acting under a very broad mandate, and with billions of
our tax dollars at their disposal, these agencies were also under considerable
pressure to produce results. This led, according to the Office of the Inspector
General, to spying on perfectly legal and even pacifist organizations, whose
only "crime" was to oppose the foreign and military policies pursued by Washington.
A key part of this gigantic intelligence-gathering operation
is the infiltration and disruption of suspect groups, such as the "RNC Welcoming
Committee," and the less publicized "welcoming committee" planned for the
Democratic national conventioneers. I would note in passing that the unusual
interest taken by law enforcement in these various "welcoming committees"
is perfectly logical, albeit unconstitutional and intolerable in a free society,
because the two "major" political parties are, after all, mere extensions
of the State. With their legally privileged status, encoded in highly restrictive
ballot access laws, and their regular receipt of government funds — the national
conventions of both parties are given millions of taxpayer dollars to fund
their partisan extravaganzas — the Democrats and Republicans are just as much
wards of the government as are such "quasi-private" agencies as the National
Endowment for Democracy, the Federal Reserve, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,
or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Any actions that challenge the power or legitimacy of these
quasi-agencies are bound to be met by the State with brutal force. The fate
of those who defy our two-headed official ruling party is no different from
those who challenge the single-headed ruling parties that dominate what we
call "totalitarian" or "authoritarian" states: hence the raids on the Minneapolis
Antiwar group and their sympathizers nationally, and the subsequent grand
jury fishing expedition.
In gathering evidence to justify these raids, and give what
is simply an act of naked repression the color of "law," the feds in cooperation
with the local cops sent in infiltrators, including one "Karen Sullivan,"
whose modus operandi is described here. After being recruited to the
Antiwar Committee in 2008, Sullivan — whose lesbian orientation and hints
of having been abused by a former husband made her a sympathetic figure to
her fellow activists — proceeded to make herself indispensable. She joined the core group — the Freedom
Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back), a Marxist group which came out of
the radical movements of the 1960s — and acted as a public spokeswoman for
them, making speeches, and even traveling to Israel with other members in
order to make contact with a Palestinian women's organization.
Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Karen Sullivan, the FBI
This went on for two and a half years, as agent Sullivan collected
information on the Freedom Roaders and reported it to her superiors — until
the raids, in which the cops used a key provided no doubt by their snitch
to break into the Antiwar Committee's Minneapolis office. Whereupon
she disappeared as quickly and mysteriously as she had first come on the scene.
The implications for the antiwar movement, and for any group
that dares oppose government policy, are ominous: what this means is that
any and all such groups must assume the presence of infiltrators, and take
measures to guard against it. That this has a chilling effect on the public
expression of dissent is an understatement: such assumed surveillance is certain
to have the effect of weakening and marginalizing the targets, making it impossible
to engage in constitutionally protected political organizing.
The pursuit of the Freedom Road organization is not intended to stop "terrorism"
— unless one defines "terrorism" as any and all opposition
to our foreign policy of global intervention. What
it is designed to do is make an example out of the targets,
and send a message: anyone who challenges our rulers in any
significant way is going to be brought down using the full powers
of the State to crush them, and jail them, if they persist.
The campaign starts with a small group of Marxists, with no
influence and virtually no allies, and ends with — well,
then, how does it end? Where does it end?
It ends with you.
If the government can criminalize the peaceful political activities
of the Freedom Roaders, and give the enablers of the violent MEK cultists
a pass, then it's open season on anyone and everyone.
What is happening in these United States is that we are now
saddled with a political police, which routinely spies on and intervenes
in the peaceful, legal, and constitutionally protected activities of American
I'll tell you what's happening, and has already happened: we've
reached a turning point, a bend in the road, and every day we go a little
farther down it. To paraphrase Garet Garrett:
"We have crossed the boundary that lies between liberty and
dictatorship. If you ask when, the answer is that you cannot
make a single stroke between day and night. The precise moment
does not matter. There was no painted sign to say, 'You now
are entering Despotism'. Yet it was a very old road and the
voice of history was saying: 'Whether you know it or not,
the act of crossing may be irreversible'. And now, not far
ahead, is a sign that reads: 'No U Turns'."
What we are facing is the prospect of a regime such as has
not been seen since the days of the Alien and Sedition Acts, or the Palmer
raids of World War I: a new era of repression enhanced by modern technology.
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