By Diana Lee
September 1, 2006
As it has become evident, George W. Bush’s "war on terror" is nothing more than a façade for the neoconservatives' imperialistic conquest of the Middle East to control global oil while enriching themselves and their war profiteers at the expense of the gullible Americans, targeted Muslims and the upheaval of our sane world.
Bush's play on words, “war on terror” is not at all about war on terrorism, but a “war to incite terror” on civilized humanity. Obsessed by their insatiable thirst for power and greed, it doesn’t matter if the neoconservatives have brought ruin to their once great nation nor the destructions of other countries -- Afghanistan and Iraq so far, and Iran to follow. They cheered their accomplice Israel in toeing the line to wreak havoc in Gaza and more recently in Lebanon. It doesn’t matter if they’ve been racially discriminatory or culturally offensive to the Islamic world by singling out Muslims and incarcerating some as suspected terrorists without any shred of proof, as a blatant way to drive a deeper wedge between “them versus us”. And it doesn’t matter if they’ve broken international laws, ignored UN resolutions or recommendations, or even committed war crimes against humanity. Befitting the profile of a terrorist organization, the neoconservative base clearly epitomizes the definition:
"The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."
In the "New Chomsky Interview: 'U.S. Is a Leading Terrorist State,'" published in S.F. Indymedia.org (Dec. 28, 2002), even the linguist Noam Chomsky pointed out that the U.S. government is a leading terrorist state that has used constructed ideals to create an illusion of correctness for the atrocious crimes committed against humanity. On the international front, Bush and Cheney at the helm have crystallized the U.S. role as a terrorist state turning against other nations in the Middle East and threatening the rest in the world.
However, what is not obvious is on the domestic front where the neoconservatives have disguised themselves as American patriots, lambasting anyone with opposing view as either a "conspiracy nut" or "an enemy of the state." In fact, neoconservatives are no heroes or patriots, but "terrorists" within our state. Organized and well-funded by war-profiteering conglomerates, they mercilessly turned against Americans by sacrificing lives of U.S. soldiers in a series of "war on terror", not to mention hundred thousands of lives of innocent Afghanis and Iraqis, by taking away fundamental civil liberties with the USA Patriot Act while illegally tracking phone conversations and banking transactions of hundred thousands of individuals under the pretense of serving national security, and worse still, by legalizing faulty attachments to the sacred Constitution as an attempt to chisel away our forefather’s conception of democracy. In reality, the Bush administration has levied a treacherous war against the United States and its people.
The staged 9/11 attacks set the wheels turning for the Bush administration’s biggest ruse ever played on the Americans. Some would even say it started with the election fraud of 2000 when Al Gore lost to George W. Bush, not by people’s votes but by judicial tampering. Since that abominable day of the "terrorist attacks" on American soil about five years ago, this illegitimate government has not only reinstated itself with another stolen election of 2004, but also carried out relentless efforts in masking the truth of its treasonable acts committed against America, in pushing quasi-legal maneuverings to subvert the Constitution, and in heightening fear and racism of Muslim whose image has often been unwarrantedly depicted with "terrorism".
With the passage of time, enough evidence has been gathered to disprove the government’s version of the 9/11 events in a book by experts and analysts: 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, edited by David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott (Olive Branch Press, Aug. 2006). In addition, for five separate showings in four days as a response to the demand of a large TV audience, C-SPAN replayed a 9/11 panel discussion that was documented in late June, sponsored by the American Scholars' Symposium.
More importantly, the well-known actor, Charlie Sheen, created a sensational stir in public by echoing the experts' claim that the collapse of the massive towers of the World Trade Center was caused by demolition not by fire, contrary to the government’s official statement. Soon afterwards, several surveys revealed the surprising public’s stance on this issue -- 36 percent of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them, according to the Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll (July 2006); 42 percent of Americans believe the government was involved in a cover-up of the true events of 9/11, according to the Zogby poll (May 2006).
For many years, controlling the mainstream media to propagandize the government’s policies, the neocons had succeeded in deceiving the public and Congress that Osama bin Laden was indeed connected to the 9/11 attacks. As a result, unquestioning Congress overwhelmingly authorized Bush to use military action to pursue bin Laden and his al-Qaeda followers in Afghanistan.
However, two pieces of evidence against such fallacious accusation surfaced without much scrutiny:
"Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world."
No Iraq Connection
The Sept. 11 commission reported that it had found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, which challenged one of the Bush administration’s main justifications for going to war against Iraq. More significantly, Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction to threaten America nor was it harboring "al Qaeda terrorists" before the U.S. invasion in 2003. Recently, even Bush confessed in his own words, "Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq." (Cox News, Aug. 21, 2006)
It appears after five years, the truth is finally revealed -- Afghanistan and Iraq have nothing to do with 9/11 attacks. The obvious question is raised: "Why is the U.S. still there, if the U.S. is not a terrorist state?"
It is also apparent that Bush and Cheney have not only heightened terrorism abroad but also overreached impeachable offenses for their crimes in the United States. In staging "terrorist attacks" against Americans on American soil is none other than a crime of treason.
Treason is unquestionably a crime most dangerous to the society. The U.S. Constitution protects itself and its citizens with a clause on treason:
Article III Section 3.
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."
Chief Justice Marshall defined treason as follows:
"… a body of men be actually assembled for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable purpose, all those who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from the scene of action, and who are actually leagued in the general conspiracy, are to be considered as traitors. But there must be an actual assembling of men, for the treasonable purpose, to constitute a levying of war."
The meaning of "levying of war against the Unite States" is explained as follows:
"to expel foreigners in general, or those from any single nation living under the protection of government, to alter the established law, or to render it ineffectual--insurrections to accomplish these ends, by numbers and an open and armed force, are a levying of war against the United States."
--The Works of James Wilson. Edited by Robert Green McCloskey. 2 vols. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1967.
It’s time for American citizens to look seriously within for the "terrorists" in our state and hold them accountable for their relentless destruction of a nation, for their subversion of our democracy and for their horrendous crimes against humanity!
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