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no single way to approach a mystery, or a crime scene, or history.
One can begin with details and build up an ever-larger picture
(as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison did in connection
with the assassination of John F. Kennedy). Or you can start with
a hunch, as detectives would call it. Or with pattern recognition.
Or look at the big picture and ask “Why?” “Who benefits?” “Why
now?” And other such questions.
case of the events of 9/11 one question forced itself into my
mind by 10 o’clock that morning: “Where the heck is the air force?”
This was displaced by the sudden realization a dear friend worked
at the World Trade Center. Unsuccessful phone calls, shock and
grief occupied my being until that evening I learned he escaped
injury. By that time my incredulity about the lack of jet interceptors
had grown, then turned into deep suspicions. By the end of the
day when the culprit had been identified and the need for a war
on Afghanistan to find him was raised, my son and I agreed something
was very, very fishy.
12th I recognized the pattern. The events, the timing, the modus
operandi, all fit the pattern of other big war-triggering deceptions
of history. It all smacked of an inside job, of complicity. Nothing
I’ve learned since has pointed in any other direction.
the big picture. But I want to look at that big picture another
way, by examining parallels between Bush’s America and Hitler’s
this lens it becomes clear that America is hurtling along the
road to full-fledged fascism. To recognize this is the necessary
first step in deflecting the juggernaut and creating the possibility
of more peaceful tomorrows. I suggest it is simply descriptive
to assert that America is the Fourth Reich. All the key tendencies
and structures are in place. It is legitimate and necessary to
correctly employ the power of naming.
according to my dictionary - I quote -- is “any rightwing (and)
nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical
structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism.”
Add racism and brutality and you have Hitler’s Third Reich in
a nutshell. Eight characteristics.
sober analysis America has become rightwing and nationalist. At
the same time I am soulfully aware of the tremendous numbers of
Americans ashamed, appalled, afraid and angry about the direction
of their government and too many of their fellow citizens.
of growing authoritarianism in the USA are evident especially
to those outside the self-absorbed cocoon of U.S. culture. The
signs include the supine attitude toward authority of most of
the mainstream media.
to incessant rhetoric about democracy, the U.S. power structure
is considerably hierarchical. Money power comprises the main rungs
of the hierarchy. According to the New York Times of June 13th
the Republicans were confident of raising at least $170-million
for George W. Bush’s 2004 election campaign, redefining what the
Times called “standards” for fund-raising. Both the hierarchy
of money and the antagonism to democracy are spelled out in Greg
Palast’s The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
U.S. establishment is opposed to liberalism - no matter how you
define liberalism -- can hardly be debated. We already have the
eight grounds for the dictionary definition of fascism, for responsibly
using the term Fourth Reich. But additionally consider just 20
of more than 100 parallels between the USA today and Hitler’s
Anti-communism, anti-Marxism, anti-socialism is visceral.
2 - The
obverse: Market fundamentalism, a quasi-religious faith in capitalism.
3 -- Corporations
are at the centre of the power structure.
4 -- Corruption
at the top is endemic.
5 -- The
number of people consigned to the grave by military and paramilitary
actions in both cases is in the millions. Backdate the Fourth
Reich to the end of the Second World War and the number murdered
by U.S. forces equals or outnumbers the toll in the Holocaust.
Three million in Vietnam alone.
brutalityof the regime is a matter of record for those who are
willing to examine it.
7 -- Most
of the America’s victims are Asians, indigenous peoples of Latin
America, and more recently “towel heads.” The racism is clear.
8 -- In
both Reichs the leader was illegally installed into power.
domination is the ambition.
Seizure of other countries’ oil. Grabbing Russia’s Baku oil fields
was a major objective of Hitler.
Pre-emptive or “preventive” war is policy and practice.
Highly-orchestrated propaganda campaigns are a staple.
The use of religion. “God bless America” is a U.S. presidential
benediction at the end of every lying speech. In William L. Shirer’s
classic, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, he quotes
the führer’s minister of church affairs as declaring the Nazi
party “stands on the basis of Positive Christianity, and Positive
Christianity is National Socialism … National Socialism is doing
An ever-encroaching police state is a sure sign you’re living
in a Reich.
International and domestic laws are breached, resisted and undermined,
along with rejection or subversion of multilateral agreements
and organizations. Hitler pulled Germany out of the League of
Nations altogether. In America’s case the United Nations is sidelined
or embraced according to the Empire’s needs.
of fear of “terrorism” - real and imagined -- is central.
17 - Hypocritically
to the nth degree, at the same time, actual terrorism is
carried out by fascist states. Some is wholesale, such as Stuka
dive bombers over Spain and V2 rockets into London. Or today’s
bunker busters, daisy cutters, helicopter gunships and depleted
uranium munitions. Some is retail, recruiting, training and funding
contras and mujahideen.
The “pitiful giant” syndrome is invoked. “Our enemies are powerful,”
it goes, so we must arm endlessly “in self-defense.” Often accompanied
with the high-sounding: “Our enemies taunt us, and we are patient,
but our patience is not endless.”
A preoccupation with secrecy. Secrecy is a precondition
Deception, above all, is the key to everything for a Reich. The
leaders are marinated in a complete obsession with lying and deceiving
at every turn. Deceptions are the regime’s key to mobilizing public
opinion. Deception is needed to fool the citizenry into relinquishing
their civil rights and thereby many avenues of dissent. Deception
precedes and leads to the police state. Deception precedes and
leads to war. At every step deception is required for a Reich’s
gaining and maintaining power, and carrying out all its other
successful deceptions the Reich agenda simply cannot proceed.
If the deceptions can be unmasked early enough and sufficiently
the Reich collapses. No Reich so far has collapsed this way. In
an information age it might be possible.
deceptions are those so big that ordinary decent honest people
cannot or will not comprehend or face that they exist.
a species of what the anarchist Bakunin described as “the propaganda
of the act.” An act such as a bombing or assassination is also
a message, is propaganda. A potent version is the fake act, for
instance a bombing which the perpetrators make appear to be carried
out by others. The gold standard of these is the election-stealing
or war-triggering fake event, especially one involving “foreign
pivotal the parallel between the Reichstag fire of 1933, on the
one hand, and the events of 9/11, on the other.
fire of February 27, 1933 was in its day as iconic as were the
events of September 11, 2001 in ours. The Reichstag fire was blamed
on a communist, subsequently decapitated. And by extension, the
fire was blamed on all Communists. The historical evidence is
that the Nazis arranged the conflagration. In the Rise and
Fall, Shirer writes: “…beyond reasonable doubt it was the
Nazis who planned the arson and carried it out for their own political
for the fire, writes Shirer, almost certainly originated at the
top, with Goebbels and Goring.
von Papen recalled that when he arrived at the blazing parliament
buildings Goering was already on the scene shouting “This is a
lost no time,” Shirer writes, “in exploiting the Reichstag fire
to the limit.” The very next day he prevailed on the President
to sign a decree “for the Protection of the People and the State,”
suspending the seven sections of the constitution which guaranteed
individual and civil liberties. It was described as a “defensive
measure against Communist acts of violence against the state.”
with the events of 9/11 is stunning. The official narrative, introduced
with Goring-like speed, emerged within two hours: the “attack
on America” was portrayed as the work of “terrorists,” one evil
man, Osama bin Laden, and a small group of co-conspirators, the
2001 equivalents of the 1933 Communists.
and magnitude of anomalies surrounding 9/11 can point to only
one conclusion: 9/11 was a completely made-in-the-USA inside job,
a manufactured incident planned and run by some among the top
I want to deal with just one of the major anomalies, the failure
of any jet interceptors to turn a wheel, until it was too late
to prevent the calamity. It’s a sad commentary that probably the
best way for me to make the point is simply to show you my Vision
TV commentary of January 28th of last year. That’s 20 months ago.
This became part of the video The Great Deception, on sale at
the Global Outlook table.
COMMENTARY RE LACK OF JETS, RUNS 4:46]
there’s a design there’s a designer. One of the most designing
groups at the top of the U.S. empire is that clique of neocons
who comprise the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Key
members called for years, even decades, for a muscular expansion
of U.S. military and economic might, an unapologetically imperialist
2000, one year before 9/11, PNAC released a document, Rebuilding
America’s Defenses. The document states, on page 51, that
mobilizing the U.S. public behind an imperialist agenda will be
long and difficult “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event
like a new Pearl Harbor.” You can’t get much clearer than that
by way of proof that “superhawks” - fascists -- at the pinnacle
of U.S. power were consciously thinking of the need for something
as monstrous as the events of 9/11.
the fraud of 9/11 in my opinion is the single most important task
faced by civilization today. That it was dared is the supreme
Achilles heel of the Fourth Reich. If enough people can be awakened
to the enormity of the crime, and who its perpetrators are, a
politically-relevant constituency would be created.
of a cleansing transformation would emerge. Every worthwhile initiative
you can name, be it environmental, social, political or economic,
would benefit from politically-relevant exposure of the Bush regime’s
complicity in the events of 9/11.
there’s a community of peace and environmental and justice activists,
that includes theists, atheists, artists, workers, intellectuals
and plain folk, old and young. This community is unidentified,
unrecognized and therefore disenfranchised by the mainstream media.
It may number 30-million, equal to the population of Canada. It
appears to be the responsibility imposed by history on this community
especially, but on all of us anywhere in the world who are 9/11
skeptics, to recognize our own existence, importance and power
and to exercise that power non-violently before it’s too late,
to help patriotic Americans save their country and the world from
regular dialogue with scores of Americans. Many have told me they’re
aware of the possibility of the suspension of the U.S. Constitution
(there would be a startling, deceptive, pretext of course) and
other goose steps toward a führership. Should the U.S. Constitution
be fully suspended - currently it’s being gradually undermined
and dismantled -- it could be too late to prevent awful and perhaps
Reich and its outposts, including the ones within each of us,
is perhaps humanity’s last major challenge. Understanding and
sufficiently dismantling it would probably lead to a period of
chaos. But from that could emerge another world, still imperfect,
but one less in imminent danger of Armageddon. In it we might
finally face a reasonable future.