Turning the military into a internal police force to control the nation's poor.
It is only a question of time before the elites are "forced" to "crackdown" on the protesters in New York's financial district. It is simply unthinkable that the mavens of Wall Street will continue to allow themselves to be defiled by the protests and chants of the poor. Indeed, Paul Craig Roberts, who was President Reagan's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, writes:
And make no mistake about it, there are plenty of precedents for such a "crackdown" - and one doesn't have to point simply to what happened to Americans of Japanese descent during World War II, which could be partially explained as the result of racial prejudice. No! - what we are talking about here are precedents that indicate the unmitigated HATRED (and fear) by the elites of the poor; i.e., that they (i.e., the elites) could fall victim to what they call "THE MOB" much as the French and Russian aristocracies did during the French Revolution (1789) and the Russian Revolution (1917).
THE MOB: That is the undying fear of the Wall Street elites. And make no mistake about it - their FEAR of the poor is very, very REAL. Indeed, in a remarkable article entitled "Goldman Sachs with Pistols," Alice Schroeder reveals the increasing angst of the super-rich regarding the attitude of average Americans toward them; she writes:
And another financial commentator who writes for New York Magazine and who calls himself "Tenacious G" opines:
Concerning all this, English economist Joel Hirschhorn writes:
It is precisely this dread of the poor - what the elites refer to as "THE MOB" - that has in the past resulted in the suppression of civil liberties and the jailing of dissidents. AND IN EVERY INSTANT IN THE PAST, THE CHURCH HAS STOOD WITH THE RICH. [Please see our article, "The Cedars: the House on 24th Street."]
The two articles that follow reveal what has happened in the past regarding the elites' anxiety regarding the poor, and what is being planned today. The authors of these articles are not crazed lefties or members of the radical right.
Tim Weiner is the author of two books and co-author of a third. A New York Times reporter, he has won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Weiner is a graduate of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and has worked for the Times since 1993 as a foreign correspondent in Mexico and as a national security correspondent in Washington, DC. Weiner won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as an investigative reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, for his articles on the black budget spending at the Pentagon and the CIA. His book Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget is based on that newspaper series. He later won the National Book Award for his 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
Marjorie Cohn is the immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune.
NOTE: The importance of the following article lies in the fact that J. Edgar Hoover - Director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972 - actually made concrete plans during the McCarthy era to jail American citizens without warrants and confine them to military prisons.
In planning this blatantly unconstitutional act, Hoover enjoyed the overwhelming support of the American church, the quintessence of which was the Christian Anticommunist Crusade of Rev. Billy James Hargis. The alliance between Hoover and the Christian community in the 1950s foreshadows the development of a similar alliance today.
A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty in the early 1950s..
Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons.
Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to "protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage." The F.B.I would "apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous" to national security, Hoover's proposal said. The arrests would be carried out under "a master warrant attached to a list of names" provided by the bureau.
The names were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling for years. "The index contained approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven per cent were citizens of the United States," he wrote.
"In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus."
NOTE: The government possesses exactly just such a list today - only now, instead of containing just 12,000 names, it contains more than a million names.
Habeas corpus, the right to seek relief from illegal detention, has been a fundamental principle of law for seven centuries ...
The Constitution says habeas corpus shall not be suspended "unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it." The plan proposed by Hoover, stretched that clause to include "threatened invasion" or "attack upon United States troops in legally occupied territory."
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush issued an order that effectively allowed the United States to hold suspects indefinitely without a hearing, a lawyer, or formal charges. In September 2006, Congress passed a law suspending habeas corpus for anyone deemed an "unlawful enemy combatant."
The Palmer Raids of November 1919 and January 1920 were part of the "Great Red Scare" that swept the nation after the Russian Revolution. It was feverishly supported by Big Business and the American Christian community. The raids resulted in thousands of arrests and deportations of leftists, most of whom where not connected in any way with violence.
So the bureau had arranged for "detention in military facilities of the individuals apprehended" in those states.
The only modern precedent for Hoover's plan was the Palmer Raids of 1920, named after the attorney general at the time. The raids, executed in large part by Hoover's intelligence division, swept up thousands of people suspected of being communists and radicals.
Previously declassified documents show that the F.B.I.'s "security index" of suspect Americans predated the cold war. In March 1946, Hoover sought the authority to detain Americans "who might be dangerous" if the United States went to war. In August 1948, Attorney General Tom Clark gave the F.B.I. the power to make a master list of such people.
Hoover's July 1950 letter was addressed to Sidney W. Souers, who had served as the first director of central intelligence and was then a special national-security assistant to President Truman. The plan also was sent to the executive secretary of the National Security Council, whose members were the president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state and the military chiefs.
In September 1950, Congress passed and the president signed a law authorizing the detention of "dangerous radicals" if the president declared a national emergency.
NOTE: No mass "round-up" of American citizens ever occurred; instead, "black-listing" American citizens the government deemed "disloyal" became the preferred way of dealing with people the government deemed "disloyal" - thus depriving those so "blacklisted" from earning a living. However, it should be noted that the government was fully ready to carry out such a mass arrest if the effort to deprive people from making a living proved ineffective. It did not.
NOTE: The "mainline press" and the government's other lackey mouthpieces - both liberal and conservative - have made a habit of ridiculing any and all reports that the government is building detention centers around the country to hold American dissidents. But one would be hard-pressed to ridicule Marjorie Cohn as a "know-Nothing."
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 governing the treatment of detainees is the culmination of relentless fear-mongering by the government since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers the president to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants" ...
Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on government's list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.
The bill also strips habeas corpus rights from those who have been declared "enemy combatants." Congress has the constitutional power to suspend habeas corpus only in times of rebellion or invasion ...
NOTE: Habeas corpus, Latin for "you [shall] have the body," is the name of a legal action or writ by means of which detainees can seek relief from unlawful imprisonment.
... During the McCarthy period of the 1950s, in an effort to eradicate the perceived threat of communism, the government engaged in widespread illegal surveillance to threaten and silence anyone who had an unorthodox political viewpoint. Many people were jailed, blacklisted and lost their jobs. Thousands of lives were shattered as the FBI engaged in "red-baiting." One month after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, United States Attorney General John Ashcroft rushed the U.S.A. Patriot Act through a timid Congress. The Patriot Act created a crime of domestic terrorism aimed at political activists who protest government policies ...
In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the internment of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens in Korematsu v. United States. Justice Robert Jackson warned in his dissent that the ruling would "lie about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need."
That day has come with the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It provides the basis for the President to round-up both aliens and U.S. citizens he determines have given material support to terrorists. Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Cheney's Halliburton, has been constructing huge facilities in undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables.
In his 1928 dissent in Olmstead v. United States, Justice Louis Brandeis cautioned,
"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
Seventy-three years later, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, speaking for a zealous President, told Americans "they need to watch what they say, watch what they do."
Our constitutional right to dissent is in serious jeopardy. Benjamin Franklin's prescient warning should give us pause:
"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
In a follow-on to the report by Marjorie Cohn, Maureen Farrell describes what Halliburton has been up to:
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