Freedom is the Freedom to Say 2+2=4

by Scott Creighton

What happens to a country when it doesn’t hold it’s leaders responsible for criminal acts and outright lies told to their own people? The people get more outrageous lies and criminal behavior from their government. It is an unavoidable cycle.

In a world devoid of accountability and the rule of law, the most ruthless will ultimately rule. This is the physics of fascism. It is as inescapable as the law of gravity and even more unforgiving.

Glenn Greenwald recently wrote about how surprised he was at the Obama administration’s desperate need to continue with the controversial build-up of the security/surveillance state in America since Osama bin Laden has now been officially declared dead. It’s a good article, one in which Greenwald highlights the recent bi-partisan congressional agreement to a 4 year extension of the controversial Patriot Act and a drastic expansion of the powers of the “National Security Letters” program which allows the FBI greater and easier access to spy on what we all say and do on the internet without a court order. The problem is, Greenwald doesn’t seem to understand their continued grasp for absolute power in the wake of the undocumented murder of Osama bin Laden.

We can fix that.

Now more than ever, we need access to the crucial authorities in the Patriot Act,” Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee.” Associate Press

“The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual’s Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.” Washington Post

As Glenn accurately points out, republics are not meant to work in this fashion. The public sector is supposed to be open and transparent and the private lives of those living in the republic are meant to remain just that, private. Besides, didn’t Obama promised to CHANGE all of this?  He certainly promised to review some of the more draconian aspects of the Patriot Act, and now he and his administration are working on a second extension of it, this one to last for four long years.

Thus the post 9/11 bizzaro world we all live in has turned everything on it’s head and Glenn seems to be taken aback by it all. “This dynamic threatens to entrench irreversible, absolute power for reasons that aren’t difficult to understand.”

The reasons are certainly not difficult to understand if one starts at the beginning, if one looks honestly and critically at the root of the bin Laden mythology and carefully maps out the history of the decline of the US Republic and the expansion of the US Empire since 9/11.

The purpose of the bin Laden story has always been to serve the interests of those who seek to remake this nation. From the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001 to the need to effectively invade a troublesome nation this year, Pakistan, the bin Laden myth has served our empire well. And with that in mind, is it all that surprising that the interests who run this country would still find the need to perpetuate the evil terrorist boogy-man mythology which provided the narrative needed for endless wars of aggression in an unlimited theater of war?

The story of how bin Laden made a splash in all of our lives has been an ever changing dynamic since the very beginning. A mere hour or so after the first plane hit the south tower, images of spooky bin Laden were plastered all over our screens endlessly. With no evidence, no white paper from Colin Powell as he had promised, no evidence handed over to the Taliban when they offered bin Laden 2 weeks after 9/11, with no evidence at all the myth of bin Laden and 9/11 was born.

And it remained that way. Even Noam Chomsky has admitted that there is no credible evidence bin Laden had anything to do with 9/11. None.

The story of how bin Laden met his end was equally contrived and changing even to this day. A fitting final chapter to a myth born in such a way.

The post bin Laden project will continue unabated and that should go a long way to illuminate the real purpose and players behind this tragic farce.

Remember how bin Laden and al Qaeda was linked to Saddam Hussein in 2002, prior to our invasion of Iraq? We already know that he was the supposed reason behind our invasion of Afghanistan, which was actually planned and finalized less than a week before 9/11. We also know that ultimately it’s al Qaeda and bin Laden that justify our involvement in Pakistan and even though it has been reported that perhaps less than 100 al Qaeda members remain in Afghanistan, we are intent on staying in order to ensure those 100 people don’t somehow rise to power. Or at least that is the official story.

Three nations, two all out illegal wars of aggression and one illegal covert CIA destabilization campaign. All costing billions of dollars we can’t afford and all costing the lives of soldier and citizen alike. Renditions, torture, targeted assassinations, regime change. Do these sound like the actions of a free republic responding to a criminal act to you?

But it is true, we have not seen the end of all this. In fact, unfortunately, this is just the beginning.

A Fox News “investigation” (stop laughing) has turned up a startling new development in the story of 9/11. The guy from Yemen did it. More importantly, the AMERICAN CITIZEN from Yemen did it. This marks the first time that the official story of 9/11 is including the implication that a US citizen was partially responsible for 9/11. If it succeeds, it won’t be the last.

“A year-long investigation by the Fox News’ specials unit has uncovered new and overwhelming evidence that the American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, the first U.S. citizen on the CIA’s kill or capture list, was an overlooked key player in the 9/11 plot.”  Fox “News”

Unfortunately for Fox “News” it seems the Pentagon had Anwar over for lunch in Feb. of 2002 and according to an FBI report released in 2009, Anwar seemed like a “moderate Muslim” who was “an up-and-coming member of the Islamic community“. This new focus on Anwar as the new 9/11 boogy-man is not surprising at all. He’s been blamed one way or the other for every single “terrorist” activity from the Ft. Hood shooting to Umar Fizzlepants.  Honestly, if they could find some way to connect Anwar to high security defense contractors, they would blame him for the anthrax attacks as well. And we are supposed to just sit back and believe it.

But why stick with just one nightmare, when you can spread the blame around?

At the same time we are now trying to blame Anwar al-Awlaki for 9/11 in order to justify the eventual invasion of Yemen (and any other nation our “intelligence” agencies claim he is hiding in), there is yet another new bin Laden type myth taking shape: Iran did 9/11.

“Two defectors from Iran’s intelligence service have testified that Iranian officials knew in advance about the attacks of September 11, 2001…

One of the defectors also claimed that Iran was involved in designing the attacks, the filing said. The defectors’ identities and testimony were not revealed in the filing

The suit says Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group with close ties to Tehran, helped al-Qaeda with planning the attacks and with the hijackers’ training and travel. After the attacks, the suit says, Iran and Hezbollah helped al-Qaeda operatives and their families to escape, in some cases providing them with a safe haven in Iran.” Sydney Morning Herold

What Mr. Greenwald seems to be missing is the very simple fact that if America’s predominant critical thinkers and journalists, like Mr. Greenwald, are incapable of questioning officials myths no matter how obviously contrived and flawed those myths may be, no matter how they have been used, no matter how they continually change to fit the needs of the empire at the time, there will be more of them generated in order to fulfill the original purpose.

We wanted war in Afghanistan prior to 9/11, and war we got. We wanted war and regime change in Iraq prior to 9/11, and war we got. Now we need war in Yemen to support our puppet dictator and US oil interests (Hunt Oil) and we want regime change in Iran, and it’s war we will have unless our last line of defense, those like Greenwald, those charged with helping us understand the truth of the world we live in, make a courageous effort to re-examine what they think they know about the base myths that give power to the more dangerous elements of our government who are exploiting those myths as we speak to radically change this country.

At some point in time you have to realize that knowing that 2+2=4 is not enough… you have to say it, no matter what the consequences no matter how much it hurts. It’s dangerous and it’s selfless in a world moving toward totalitarianism and yes, even fascism. But it is necessary.

If allowed to go unchecked, this dark mythology of the New American Century will continue to become even more bizarre. Logic and reason will literally become the stock and trade of those who are deemed an enemy of the state. The rule of law will subside into shades of  interpretation until at last it is completely without any meaning what-so-ever and what we are left with is the absolute and unquestionable rule of the strong over the weak. That is what you are seeing Mr. Greenwald.

All across the world, people are revolting. They are rising up against this totalitarian counter-revolution in Spain in Greece in Ireland and across the Middle East (Libya and Syria, obviously the CIA linked exceptions) and we are starting to see the same things happening here in the US as well. This is a tremendous time to be alive, to witness the global struggle between light and darkness. Understanding that, Mr. Greenwald, is the key to understanding this dynamic that threatens to entrench irreversible, absolute power in the hands of those who speak in the language of terrorism and act in the acts of terrorists. It is not hard to understand their words in this context. “Now more than ever, we need access to the crucial authorities in the Patriot Act,”. Because indeed they do.

These words and actions are not difficult to understand, Mr. Greenwald. What is hard is to understand and to forgive, are yours.

12 Responses

  1. Bravo! This desperately needed saying, especially now that the mythology driving the all-war-all-the-time state has become so transparently idiotic. So the establishment-oriented progressives are mainly validating all the absurd premises of the warmongers. Problem is, like Cindy Sheehan (for one) said, the emperor is butt-naked.

  2. Glenn Greenwald will debate David Frum but does not want the Dr. Drew treatment…

  3. Right on Scott. I really can’t add anything of substance to what you said, so I’ll spare you and your readers my usual repetitive screed. Keep up the good work.

  4. Fine article, Scott
    Protests won’t do us any good; we can’t vote change, that pretty much leaves it up to our journalists and blog-journalists to start telling the truth….

    Obama seems to have threatened the entire world… do it our way or pay a price…..
    Obama, (in his previous speech), promotes freedom of speech (and he already had plans for this extension) …. he promotes freedom of expression on the internet (yet he has a bill that will control what is said here in US)… he is a fraud.

    unless he is trying to tell the people that he is a prisoner in the WH and he needs rescuing. If that’s the case, let’s go rescue our President.

  5. Glenn Greenwald accepts the official version of 9/11 with no evidence needed. Sorry, but this is just bigotry, anti-Muslim bigotry.

    Ten years of lies will only get us ten more years of lies. And now they have “YouTube” reports to lie with. I guess the first big one was the “Neda” video. Totally unsubstantiated, a story that made no sense, nothing that could be verified but it was big news.

    Anderson Cooper had another one last night about demonstrations in Syria. He warned us that it would be “graphic” but I watched anyway. It was a video of nothing happening. Theres a man on the ground and a woman and another man are hovering over him. Anderson has told us that these people are “risking their lives” to get the fallen man to safety. Another man, nicely dressed western style slacks and shirt, saunters over —- These people are supposed to be under gun fire —- and they all pick up the fallen man and drag him. Theres no blood that I could see.

    Or they just lie without bothering to make videos. They can always produce diaries and pornography and audio recordings later on. The bin Laden raid is farcical. Apparently the whole city of Abbottabad was woken by the “stealth” helicopters but not bin Laden and his 3 wives and 13 children. They were all in their underwear. Didn’t get to their AK-47s and RPGs. What, did they think the helicopters were coming for one of the neighbors? A farce. How gullible are we?

  6. Greenwald is just another 9/11 denier. Carmela is right, its anti-muslim bigotry and worse its a lie that directly contributes to the wars and erosion of civil liberties Greenwald is against. He has no excuse for continuing to accept the 9/11 lies. He and anyone else who does is ceding the entire debate to the pro-war neocon set. History will treat Greenwald the same as it treats Bill Kristol or Charles Krauthammer. I say this as someone who has agreed with many a Greenwald article.

  7. And just to be clear, when I say “9/11 denier” I mean he ignores the moutains of evidence showing that 9/11 was not done by arabs or “Al Qaeda” but by Israelis and American traitors.

  8. mountains*

  9. Great article! I really can’t add anything except this:

    “The men the American public admire most are the most extravagant liars. The men they detest most violently are the ones who try to tell them the truth.”
    -H.L. Mencken

  10. Very well written post Scott.

  11. “Libya and Syria, obviously the CIA linked exceptions”

    And Egypt and Tunisia.

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