Terrorists in High PlacesAmerica's Shadow Governmentby
December 30, 2005
Wars are not waged by those who have to fight them. Those who fight wars
know too well their terrible costs. Wars are waged by those who profit from them with minimal or no risk to themselves. War
is big business and it is immensely profitable for a select few who are insulated from the effects of war’s environmental
impacts and social costs. War never serves the interest of working class people. They are the result of menacing forces of
greed and power masquerading as benevolent government, insulating us from contrived acts of terror. They are in fact anything
Never is the trait of deceit more treacherous than when it leads to the loss of precious innocent life.
It was obvious from the outset that George Bush lied about the pretext for war with Iraq. His man servant, Colin Powell, sold
the idea to the world in his infamous speech before the United Nations. It was widely known that Saddam Hussein had little
war making capabilities; and he certainly did not pose a credible threat to the United States, Israel, or any Middle Eastern
Country. U.N. weapons inspectors such as Scott Ritter made this fact known long before the invasion began. Saddam Hussein
was the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Boogey Man necessary to sell the American people on Bush’s
illegitimate invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Likewise, Osama Bin Laden was on the C.I.A. payroll. And like Saddam
Hussein, he was another Boogey Man created to sell the American people on the invasion of Afghanistan. Based upon the evidence,
it is unlikely that Bin Laden or any other Muslim had anything to do with the events of September 11. That, too, was in all
probability another cruel hoax perpetrated on the American people by those who stood to make billions of dollars by plundering
Afghanistan and Iraq. It also explains why so little effort has been spent finding Bin Laden, the supposed mastermind of the
The events of 9/11 were, I contend, an inside job. The findings of the 9/11 truth commission defy the
laws of physics and ignore the most relevant physical evidence. They are a work of phantasmagoric fiction that requires us
to believe the fantastic—that tall buildings can fall at free fall speed within their own footprint, for example. Or
that small fires can melt steel pillars and cause massive sky scrapers to collapse. But that is another story.
is beyond dispute, however, is that the events of 9/11 set off a chain reaction of cause and effect in the Middle East. Soon
after the U.S. bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, Unocal (recently merged with Chevron) had established a major oil pipeline
through Afghanistan—a territory ruled by war lords hostile to U.S. imperialism. Soon the money from the plunder of Afghanistan
was filling the corporate coffers with black gold. What is the loss of a few thousand innocent civilians when there is money
to be made? Let them live in the Stone Age we have created for them.
I fully understand what a profound and potentially
shocking statement that is to those who have been deceived by the ‘official’ history of the United States. It
would require that members of the Bush regime were knowingly complicit in the murder of thousands of innocent U.S. citizens.
It might even require that they actually orchestrated those events as a pretext to war with Afghanistan and Iraq, even though
neither country had anything to do with 9/11. As testimony to the commercial media’s proficiency at deception, forty-two
percent of Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11. Never mind that there isn’t a shred
of evidence to substantiate that claim. It is a matter of faith. When Bush and his minions repeat those stale lies over and
over and the media repeatedly broadcasts them, the ill informed can be made to believe anything. The bigger the lie, the more
readily it is believed. The official version of the events of 9/11 could not take root in the public conscience without the
complicity of the corporate media. Make no mistake: the commercial media is a vital and potent component of the Pentagon’s
superb propaganda machine.
In reality, the neocon agenda of global domination is the blueprint for the events of 9/11,
as revealed in the ‘Project for the New American Century’ and ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’.
Both of these revealing documents are online for public perusal. Reading them is imperative to understanding not only America’s
veiled history, but also current events. They offer considerable insight into future military interventions. It is no irony
that these documents, which call for regime change in Iraq and a host of other countries was authored by the very same people
who are serving in the current Bush regime. They are the same people who stand to benefit financially and politically from
the plunder and occupation of Iraq, as well as the rest of the world.
Subsequent to the events of 9/11, the neocon
brain trust declared that a catalyzing event was needed to galvanize the American people to back a plan of U.S. global domination—a
New Pearl Harbor. On the morning of September 12, 2001, Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, called for an immediate attack
on Iraq, and Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney repeatedly referred to the events of 9/11 as “an opportunity.” George
Bush declared that he “hit the trifecta.” The Bush people could hardly contain their glee. These statements of
fact reveal much about the kind of people who are running the country. It should also make clear that in America there is
no separation of commercial media and state—the two are as inseparable as newlyweds on a honeymoon.
as it may be to some, the wanton murder of American citizens by the government is not without precedent. America’s dark
history is brimming with examples. Two well documented cases illustrate my point. In 2000 Robert Stinnett published a book
entitled ‘Day of Deceit: the Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor.’ In his book Stinnett paints an ugly picture that
lead up to the American entrance into World War Two. Citing extensively from thousands of previously classified documents,
Stinnett demonstrates that Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew about the invasion of Pearl Harbor a year before it happened. The
newly declassified Pentagon documents reveal that U.S. naval ships and air craft were ordered to stand by and allow the attack
to happen. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was provoked by a popular American president who allowed American military
personnel to be slaughtered by foreign invaders. Roosevelt’s tactic was wildly successful. The day before the attack
only sixteen percent of Americans polled favored entry into the war. The following day, more than a million men signed up
for the military. In effect, as commander-in chief, Roosevelt presided over a treasonous act of murder against his own military.
But, like so many other events in American history, none of this is revealed in the ‘official’ version of written
history. These events bear an uncanny similarity to the events of 9/11.
More recently, in the prelude to the U.S. entrance
into the Viet Nam war, a phantom attack on two U.S. destroyers cruising the Gulf of Tonkin was staged by the Pentagon and
the C.I.A. The bogus attack occurred early in August, 1964. That evening President Lyndon Johnson went on television giving
the grim details of the non-attack. Later, however, it was revealed that navy commander James Stockdale flew cover over the
Gulf of Tonkin that night. Stockdale disclosed that U.S. ships were firing at phantom targets—targets that didn’t
exist. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident that drew the U.S. into the quagmire of Viet Nam simply didn’t happen. Johnson, as
presidents so often do, lied to the American people. The result was the rapid passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which
was the sole legal basis for the Viet Nam War. As a result of Johnson’s lie, three million Vietnamese people and fifty
eight thousand U.S. soldiers died.
The neocons, with their corporate handlers and their equally complicit counterparts,
the neoliberals, are in fact a shadow government that runs America. They have names like Bush, Cheney, Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld,
Rice, Kristol, Dulles, Kennedy and Rockefeller; Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, General Electric, Unocal, Shell Oil and Boeing.
Democracy, freedom, liberty, organized labor, peace, and social justice are their avowed enemies. Their crooked, talonous
fingers dig deep into the profits of war, while simultaneously clutching the broken spines of the moldering corpses they produce.
They are the grim reapers of unrepentant capitalism run amok.
George Bush got his anxiously awaited war on Iraq. Halliburton,
Bechtel, and other corporations are raking in billions. It is easy money for the war profiteers who risk nothing and gain
everything. It is our tax money that is subsidizing their obscene profits. Layers of our civil liberties were quietly repealed.
It is our sons and daughters who die for the likes of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Halliburton and Bechtel. They are America’s
shadow government—the unseen hands pulling the strings of atrocity. Someone has to tell our children what they are dying
for. This is George Bush’s noble cause.
Unless we stop them, their grim work is not done. It will never be done
until there is nothing left to defile. There will be countless millions more corpses, broken lives and torn families to follow.
Even more ghastly attacks on unwitting American citizens will be fabricated; and fools will play along with them. The flags
will come out and Nationalism will spread like a lethal virus across the land. Dissenters will be denounced and imprisoned.
These acts of contrived terrorism will be the pretext for the invasion and occupation of other sovereign nations. They will
be the pretext for feeding the war machine the blood and the bones of our babies. You see, there are terrorists lurking in
high places. They are in the Whitehouse. They are the enablers in Congress who serve the corporate interest, rather than justice.
They are hidden behind the beckoning smiles of news anchor men and anchor women. They operate in the dark smoky recesses of
corporate board rooms, out of public view. Their tentacles reach into every aspect of our lives. They lie concealed in the
stinking breath of the Rush Limbaughs of this world in their awful ability to persuade. They are not on our side.
must resist them at all cost. We must inform ourselves. Speak truth to power. Let them know that we see through their masks.
Do not accept this. Organize. Organize. Organize.
Charles Sullivan is a furniture maker, photographer, and free lance writer residing in the eastern
panhandle of West Virgina. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
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