In the latest round of calls for truth and transparency, a defiant U.S. government resists accusations that charge secret elements within the executive branch with violating human rights around the world. George W. Bush defends his decision to empower and authorize the CIA (and other secret organizations under his authority) to run amok throughout the world, exerting its will as it sees fit.
The ugly truth has outraged the citizens of this country and many others. We now know our government has been involved in making and executing secret decisions that run counter to the morals and values of most Americans. Bush's response to the outrage is merely to state that the secret prisons where the CIA "detained" its suspects illegally, immorally and without due process of any law, much less the laws of the United States (that do not apply in every region and quarter of the globe), have been emptied of whatever captives were once being held.
Okay, so the lying president who authorized the license to kidnap, torture and kill in secret now says that the still undisclosed number of prisons used by still secret factions of our government are supposedly empty. And who can determine he’s telling the truth? Furthermore, don’t the decisions made by Bush to send secret cells into other nations to conduct activities of a terrorist nature constitute state-sponsored terrorism?
Not one member of Congress—where the representatives of the American people establish the laws governing our nation—has a clue about the actual number and location of the CIA's secret prisons. The CIA doesn't answer to Congress, the president does. But Congress hasn't determined this issue is big enough to meet the standard necessary to call for an independent investigation of the executive branch and its leaders. In fact, it appears that treason, treachery and sacrificing the lives of Americans and innocent peoples in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on decisions made by this president, don’t amount to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the minds of most members of Congress.
"Whoa, partner! Are you calling for an impeachment of the President based upon the actions of the CIA?" some will reluctantly wonder. Before one gallops headlong into the arena of charging the President (and Vice President) with treason and treachery against the American people, please consider the facts as they are currently known. The President has used the events of 9/11 to launch an unprecedented assault upon the freedoms of Americans, and citizens of other nations, specifically expanding the authority of covert operations and instituting new elements within his chain of command that have massively expanded the power and scope of the executive branch of government. The resounding truth is that 9/11 is not accepted by the American people as a foregone conclusion of "terrorist" attacks.
Even a former National Security Advisor testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February that the U.S. government is not only capable, but quite readily willing to sacrifice American lives in a false flag operation that could galvanize support for a war against Iran. This very notion is the crux and foundation of suspicions by millions of Americans regarding the secrets and unexplained phenomena surrounding the events of 9/11. Was it an inside job to garner support for rampant military force that seeks to advance a clandestine agenda that focuses on the oil resources in Iraq and Iran?
Not everyone will accept that our democratically elected, freedom-touting government willingly murders innocent peoples, despite historical evidence that proves otherwise. The unfortunate outcropping of such short-sighted thinking is that the U.S. government certainly would never do to its own citizens what it has done to those of other nations. But those who think so gullibly ignore the facts that cannot be hidden.
Consider the establishment, under this administration alone, of an expanding secret government that operates in plain sight: Establishment of the Department of Homeland Security with its secret budget and evolving missions without accountability to the people, the new Director of National Intelligence (DNI) who oversees 16 secret agencies and answers only to the president, the new Secretary of Defense (former CIA head), the move of former covert ops leader John Negroponte (DNI) into the No. 2 spot in the U.S. State Department, and most recently the institution of a National Continuity Coordinator and the formulation of a secretive "Plan" the president intends to sign in August.
Add to all of that the fact that the president's father is a former leader of the CIA. Consider his influence of U.S. foreign policy as Vice President under Reagan for eight years, his four-year presidency. Consider the continuation of his military invasion of Iraq throughout the Clinton administration (eight years) and an escalation of U.S. military control of Iraq into an outright occupation and government control through the auspices of the current Bush administration. By the end of the term of this administration, the U.S. involvement in the Middle East will have gone unchanged and unhampered for 28 years under the leaders of just two families that have remained at the pinnacle of U.S. policy-making the entire span.
Consider the notion that Hillary Clinton may very well be crowned the next U.S. leader and if her reign continues for 8 years the total span of leadership at the highest levels of U.S. government for just two families will equal 36.All of the current administration's covert and overt military decisions and unprecedented expansions of the power of the executive were created in response to the U.S. "war on terror," which is a direct outcropping of, and directly related to 9/11. Also add to the secret elements that have no accountability to the people, the current and continuing overt operations of the U.S. military in direct defiance of the will of the people. The will of the American people, presumably represented by Congress, isn't represented at all. The "thousands of mistakes," admittedly made by this president in exerting its will militarily despite the outcry of the American people, have resulted in literally hundreds of thousands of deaths of innocent people, as well as the destruction of vital resources that have impacted millions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And given the heightened civil war for which the U.S. government has been charged as catalyzing, the American people are being compared to the naive population of Germany leading up to, and during World War II. The facts:
- Today, we know that the rationale for President Bush's decision to send troops into Iraq in 2003 was bogus. The rationale is today considered a "mistake."
- We know the former President George H. Bush, sent American troops (more than 500,000) into Iraq in 1991 proclaiming the notion that Saddam threatened world peace and must be stopped from possessing nuclear weapons, and the U.S. would defend Saudi Arabia. All of Bush's assertions were false.
- We know the U.S. has maintained a military presence in Iraq, controlling more than 2/3 of its skies, and bombing that nation continually since 1991 when the U.S. initiated an invasion and attacks that have never ended.
- We know the same rhetoric has been used by the presidents (Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43) since 1980, when President Jimmy Carter declared the Persian Gulf would be controlled and defended by force from the U.S. military. That rhetoric has been reiterated by leaders since Carter and ramped up to the definition of anything that threatens "U.S. vital economic interests" anywhere will be met with brute force.
- We know that since the 1953 overthrow of Iran's democratically elected government by covert CIA ops (led by Kermit Roosevelt), the U.S. has determined that the oil in the Persian Gulf (Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia specifically) is considered "U.S. vital interests."
- We know that the events of 9/11 produced contradictory explanations and statements by the White House and Pentagon, in addition to suspicious accounts made by the FAA and NORAD, along with the fact that none of the recovered plane pieces and assorted associated wreckage has been made available to independent investigators outside of government control.
- We know the scenes of the 9/11 events (Pentagon, WTC Towers, and the field in Pennsylvania) were all cleansed without investigative processes employed even though these were the scenes of mass murders.
- We know that President Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have both made contradictory public statements about the events of 9/11, contradicting not only each other but themselves as well.
- We know the president and Congress have stonewalled and defied all efforts to independently investigate 9/11.
- We know the president reluctantly allowed a manipulated and fixed inquiry into 9/11, nearly two years after the fact, through the facade of an investigative authority under the 9/11 Commission.
- We know the president and vice president have never testified under oath regarding the questions posed by the Family Steering Committee, and suspiciously demanded the leaders sit together and speak only to two individuals who were appointed by the White House to lead the 9/11 Commission.
- We know, to date, that the executive branch refuses to answer the questions that remain unasked by the rigged 9/11 Commission.
- We know that 9/11 was the catalyst for the "war on terror" that has been used to conduct illegal and immoral secret operations both inside and outside the United States.
- We know that Iraq's claim regarding nuclear weapons was true, and the U.S. claim was false.
- We know that the U.S. is building permanent U.S. bases in Iraq despite the overwhelming opposition by the American people to remaining there.
- We know the U.S. has employed secret strategies that include kidnapping, torture, murder, manipulation of the media, illegally spying upon American citizens, false charges, unlawful detainments, indefinite imprisonment without charge or due process of law, failure to provide legal representation, and a host of other facts that continue to be discovered as individuals outside of the government's executive chain of command maintain rigorous investigations of the lies posed by the president and his underlings.
- We know the image of the U.S. around the world has deteriorated into one that paints us as one of the most dangerous nations threatening global peace.
The list goes on. But the radical opposition to criticism of this administration ignores virtually everything Bush and Co. do, even to the point of ignoring those admissions made by this administration that run counter to the beliefs of even the most ardent Bush supporter. It is a sad state of affairs when tyranny visits America and no one recognizes this stranger. It is made even worse when we embrace him and identify with him as the standard-bearer of what America is and should be.
This is not a nation of freedom-loving patriots who defend the cause of freedom everywhere, as the propagandists would proclaim. Instead, this is a nation of hypocritical leaders who have overthrown several democratic governments based upon the secret decisions of presidents utilizing secret elements within our government that have no accountability to the people. These secret powers, within the executive branch alone, retain immunity from prosecution even when illegal acts they've committed are eventually discovered.
Thus, the power of the judicial branch has no authoritative "balance," and the power of Congress is rendered moot when members of both houses act as operatives of the executive branch, rather than representatives of the people. The lives destroyed by executive decisions, and by both covert and overt forces, cannot be recovered. The generations of people whose nations have endured the irrational destructive forces fueled by American hypocrisy naturally breed contempt for the assault upon their families and those who committed such immoral acts.
The American people, mostly blind to the machinations of a lying, deceptive government, do suspect the leaders. We know they lie. We know they are untrustworthy. And the saddest part of it all is that even while knowing these facts, when the President proclaims a nation, or even a person, is an enemy of the United States, we, the people, look at that person with far more suspicion than those leaders making the accusation—even though we know for a fact that our leaders are liars.
How then, did America evolve from a nation that once proclaimed, "In God we trust," to a country filled with mostly apathetic, ignorant citizens who trust in the liars we know we cannot trust?