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Almost a year after Sept. 11 where are we? In the last year
the Bush Administration and the financial, economic and
oil interests which it serves, have proved their continued
ability to move forward into totalitarianism and naked aggression
faster than any forces of either domestic or international
opposition could organize -- either behind them or in front
of them. Optimistic and valiant, but inexperienced efforts
to fight the juggernaut have started, swirled, eddied and
drifted as the Blitzkrieg war that "will not end in
our lifetimes" has not even so much as looked sideways.
Overwhelming evidence of the regime's crimes in a dozen
arenas has been brought to the surface, and yet each new
revelation only spurs the Empire to accelerate its long-conceived
plans rather than slow down.
As FTW predicted in May 2001 with Citigroup's overt purchase
of known drug money laundering institution Banamex -- and
its placement of the bank's owner, Roberto Hernandez, on
the board of directors with former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Robert Rubin and former CIA director John Deutch -- the
criminality of the economic elites has been so overt as
to seem careless about what they did, and who saw it. That
was four months before 9-11.
The middle path between optimism and pessimism is realism.
And the fact is that nothing has appeared in the form of
any organized effort which, based upon past experience,
offers any likelihood of success in challenging the Bush
Administration or those who direct it. It is the past experience
issue that is so diligently ignored by those newly awakened
voices of opposition who expend needless energy debating
whether explosives were placed in the towers, whether the
planes were remote controlled, whether an airliner really
hit the Pentagon, or whether maybe Congress will actually
do something about any of it. These debates are worse than
rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. They are expediting
the demise of people who could otherwise be constructing
life rafts. The proof already exists that the government
When I was a young policeman I responded to a dead body
call. The victim was a fresh victim of a homicide and his
throat had been slashed so badly that his head was nearly
decapitated. This was new to me, horrifying. I knelt and
started to take a pulse and my training officer stopped
me. He said, "When you see someone with their head
cut off, it is not necessary to take a pulse." I responded
that my training in the Los Angeles police academy had said
that you should do this on a dead body call. He said, "When
you have a dead body like this and someone seriously asks
you whether you took their pulse or not, arrest them for
5150." Section 5150 of the California Health and Safety
Code covers persons who are mentally ill and a danger to
themselves or others.
Like those who still debate the arcane details of the JFK
assassination, some 39 years later -- having never corrected
the crimes that were committed then -- none of these efforts
will have the slightest impact on a brutal agenda being
waged to control the last remaining oil reserves on the
planet, an agenda that is leading directly to a genocide
of Islamic peoples all over the world, and perhaps into
Some will cheer foolhardily because the ultra-secret court
established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act (FISA) has just embarrassed John Ashcroft, our demented
attorney general, by releasing a decision showing that the
FBI and the Justice Department have provided false and inaccurate
information to the court to obtain warrants in criminal
cases -- a function that court was never intended to fulfill.
They will whistle in the dark and pat themselves on the
back as a portion of the USA Patriot Act has been ruled
unconstitutional in a lower court and somehow forget that
most of the entire act, which was never read by members
of Congress before they passed it, is unconstitutional anyway.
They will forget who controls the highest court where Ashcroft
will now appeal.
They will take comfort in their immature beliefs that a
champion will arise to save them and they will, as so many
who have come before them, ignore, deny and insult the sacrifices
and lessons of so many people who have fought against this
criminal tyranny only to be defeated, worn out or even killed.
Here, I refer to all of the Americans who spent every molecule
of soul, money, physical and emotional strength they had
in the cases of the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK;
Vietnam-era POWs; Agent Orange; the Contra War; CIA drug
trafficking; the train deaths in Arkansas; the Savings and
Loan scandals; Iraqgate; Gulf War Syndrome; the Drug War;
Waco; Oklahoma City; 109 mysterious suicides in the military
during the 1980s and '90s; TWA 800; and a dozen other cases.
Has anyone noticed that very few of these potential teachers
have shown up on the front lines since 9-11?
These people know that no one cares to listen to their lessons
in the same way that each of them entered into their own
struggles -- believing that their case would be different,
that something would work, that right and truth must certainly
prevail in their fantastic and naïve belief in the
Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.
In the meantime:
Suits have been filed by groups of victims' families against
the government or the airlines asking legitimate questions
about what happened on 9-11. These suits will fail completely
as the government has already intervened to control what
records are released in court. Certain members of the classes
will be approached quietly and offered payoffs of one kind
or another to fragment unity, and the lawyers will likely
be compromised or worn out. A possibility exists that one
suit was filed by a lawyer posing as a friend of the victims
who will ultimately sabotage the case and the victim's hopes
with it. That happened before with the Christic Institute
in the 1980s. Those who go along with the government will
be used and may get something. Those who hold out will be
worn down, exhausted, intimidated and left with nothing.
Even while Congress is in recess, the FBI has stepped up
a probe of certain members of the Senate to find out who
dared to leak to the American people the damning fact that
the National Security Agency had intercepted warnings on
Sept. 10 that the attack was going to occur the next day.
Ashcroft's G-Men have moved to make Senators and their staffs
hand over calendars, phone records and other information
that should -- by right -- be privileged information under
the separation of powers. Voluntary compliance by Senate
leaders like Bob Graham, who chairs the Senate Intelligence
Committee, only adds to the covert and overt intimidation
of Congress that has taken place since 9-11.
Two members of Congress, Democrat Cynthia McKinney and Republican
Bob Barr, who offered open criticism of various parts of
the administration's illegal activities, have been booted
out of the House in a very well planned and executed conspiracy.
As different as night and day politically, the two had one
thing in common -- they dared to criticize or question the
administration's actions in the wake of 9-11. They will
forever remain an object lesson to any members who would
The administration has already deployed and committed more
than 100,000 combat troops in preparation for the invasion
of Iraq, which will certainly result in tens of thousands
of civilian casualties. That invasion may find it convenient
for the U.S. to also occupy our newest declared (sort of)
enemy, Saudi Arabia. Together, those two countries own 36
percent of all the known oil on the planet.
It has been decided that President Bush need not seek congressional
approval before launching the invasion.
From the start FTW has been right, and we continue to be
proven right, about our analysis of what led up to 9-11,
and especially about the fact that the world stands at the
brink of a global event which may perhaps be the most significant
event in human history. The world is running out of oil.
And oil is more than what you put in your car. It is the
ability to do work and, most importantly, to eat. To quote
Colin Campbell, Ph.D., "Mankind is not going to become
extinct. But the subspecies, 'petroleum man,' is most certainly
going to become extinct very soon."
When the Iraqi invasion takes place the U.S. government
may have the benefit of U.N. or international support, perhaps
as a result of secret documents conveniently obtained from
the Iraqi embassy in Berlin during a recent temporary occupation
by an unheard-of dissident group. Those documents will show
Iraqi government connections to many of the 9-11 hijackers
who lived in Germany before the attacks. It makes no difference
whether the documents are real or not. Such tactics have
been used before, for example, in the 1982 "liberation"
of the Polish embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
What will be given to European governments and to the American
people is a fragile pretext to sanction something that is
going to happen anyway. At that moment, everything that
America once represented to the world as good will be lost
and the U.S. will be, and in some cases already is, viewed
as nothing more than a new Roman Empire -- naked in its
power, unabashed in its greed, and brutal in the imposition
of its wishes. We will have reached that unique common denominator
which has spelled the decline and fall of every totalitarian
empire in human history -- might makes right.
And most of the American people, with their bankrupt and
corrupt economy, will welcome cheap oil, while it lasts,
and they will engage in a multitude of psychological and
sickening rationales that will, in the end, amount to nothing
more than saying, "I don't care how many women and
children you kill. Just let me keep my standard of living."
If this is the best that the human race has to offer, then
perhaps we need an apocalypse. I, for one, am ashamed of
my government and most of my fellow citizens. One year after
9-11 the only ones who really got it right are the recent
demonstrators in Portland, Ore. who took peacefully to the
streets against George W. Bush on Aug. 23, only to be spayed
with pepper spray and shot with rubber bullets. And I'm
not sure that even they understand what is at stake yet.
Michael C. Ruppert