The Amerikan Police State Strides Forward

International Monetary Fund`s director,

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
, was arrested last Sunday in
New York City on the allegation of an immigrant hotel
maid that he attempted to rape her in his hotel room. A
New York judge has

denied Strauss-Kahn bail on the grounds that he might
flee to France.

President Bill
Clinton survived his sexual escapades, because he was a
servant to the system, not a threat. But Strauss-Kahn,
like former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, was a
threat to the system, and, like Eliot Spitzer,
Strauss-Kahn has been deleted from the power ranks.

Strauss-Kahn was
the first IMF director in my lifetime, if memory serves,
who disavowed the traditional IMF policy of imposing on
the poor and ordinary people the cost of bailing out
Wall Street and the Western banks. Strauss-Kahn said
that regulation had to be reimposed on the greed-driven,
fraud-prone financial sector, which, unregulated,
destroyed the lives of ordinary people. Strauss-Kahn
listened to Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, one of a
handful of economists who has a social conscience.

Perhaps the most
dangerous black mark in Strauss-Kahn`s book is that he
was far ahead of America`s French puppet, President
Sarkozy, in the upcoming French elections. Strauss-Kahn
simply had to be eliminated.

It is possible
that Strauss-Kahn eliminated himself and saved
Washington the trouble. However, as a well-travelled
person who has often stayed in New York hotels and in
hotels in cities around the world, I have never
experienced a maid entering unannounced into my room,
much less when I was in the shower.

In the spun
story, Strauss-Kahn is portrayed as so deprived of sex
that he attempted to rape a hotel maid. Anyone who ever
served on the staff of a powerful public figure knows
that this is unlikely. On a senator`s staff on which I
served, there were two aides whose job was to make
certain that no woman, with the exception of his wife,
was ever alone with the senator. This was done to
protect the senator both from female power groupies, who
lust after celebrities and powerful men, and from women
sent by a rival on missions to compromise an opponent. A
powerful man such as Strauss-Kahn would not have been
starved for women, and as a multi-millionaire he could
certainly afford to make his own discreet arrangements.

As Henry
Kissinger said,
“power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”
In politics,
sex is handed out as favors and payoffs, and it is used
as a honey trap. Some Americans will remember that
Senator Packwood`s long career (1969-1995) was destroyed
by a female lobbyist, suspected, according to rumors, of
sexual conquests of Senators, who charged that Packwood
propositioned her in his office. Perhaps what inspired
the charge was that Packwood was in the way of her
employer`s legislative agenda.

Even those who
exercise care can be framed by allegations of an event
to which there are no witnesses. On May 16 the

British Daily Mail
that prior to Strauss-Kahn`s fateful
departure for New York, the French newspaper,
Liberation, published comments he made while discussing
his plans to challenge Sarkozy for the presidency of
France. Strauss-Kahn said that as he was the clear
favorite to beat Sarkozy, he would be subjected to a
smear campaign by Sarkozy and his interior minister,
Glaude Gueant. Strauss-Kahn predicted that a woman would
be offered between 500,000 and 1,000,000 euros (more
than $1,000,000) to make up a story that he raped her.

Daily Mail
reports that Strauss-Kahn`s suspicions are supported by
the fact that the first person to break the news of
Strauss-Kahn`s arrest was an activist in Mr Sarkozy`s
UMP party—who apparently knew about the scandal before
it happened.

Jonathan Pinet,
a politics student, tweeted the news just before the New
York Police Department made it public, although he said
that he simply had a
working at the Sofitel where the attack was said to have

The first person
to re-tweet Mr Pinet was Arnaud Dassier, a spin doctor
who had previously publicised details of
multi-millionaire Strauss-Kahn`s luxurious lifestyle in
a bid to dent his left wing credentials.

could just as easily been set up by rivals inside the
IMF, as well as by rivals within the French political

Michelle Sabban,
a senior councillor for the greater Paris region and a
Strauss-Kahn loyalist said: `I am convinced it is an
international conspiracy.`

She added:
`It`s the IMF they wanted to decapitate, not so much the Socialist
primary candidate.

`It`s not like him. Everyone knows
that his weakness is seduction, women. That`s how they
got him.`

Even some of
Strauss-Kahn`s rivals said they could not believe the
news. `It is
totally hallucinatory,`
said centrist Dominique

it is true, this would be a historic moment, but in the
negative sense, for French political life. I hope that
everyone respects the presumption of innocence. I cannot
manage to believe this affair.

And Henri de
Raincourt, minister for overseas co-operation in
President Nicolas Sarkozy`s government, added:
`We cannot rule
out the thought of a trap.`

Michelle Sabban
is on to something when she says the IMF was the target.
Strauss-Kahn is the first IMF director who is not lined
up on the side of the rich against the poor.
Strauss-Kahn`s suspicions were of Sarkozy, but Wall
Street and the US government also had strong reasons to
eliminate him. Wall Street is terrified by the prospect
of regulation, and Washington was embarrassed by the
recent IMF report that China`s economy would surpass the
US economy within five years. An international
conspiracy is not out of the question.

Indeed, the plot
is unfolding as a conspiracy. Authorities have produced
a French woman who claims she was a near rape victim of
Strauss-Kahn a decade ago. It would be interesting to
know whether this allegation is the result of a threat
or a bribe. As in the case of Julian Assange, there are
now two women to accuse Strauss-Kahn. Once the
prosecutors get the odds of two females against one
male, they win in the media.

It has not been
revealed how the authorities knew Strauss-Kahn was on a
flight to France. However, by arresting him aboard his
scheduled flight just as it was to depart, the
authorities created the image of a man fleeing from a

The way Amerikan
justice (sic) works is that prosecutors in about 96
percent of the cases get a plea bargain. US prosecutors
are permitted by judges and the public to pay for
testimony against the defendant and to put sufficient
pressure on innocent defendants to coerce them into
making a guilty plea in exchange for lesser charges and
a lighter sentence. Unless the hotel maid has a spell of
bad conscience and admits she was paid to lie, or gets
cold feet about perjuring herself, Strauss-Kahn is
likely to find that Amerikan criminal justice (sic) is
organized to produce conviction regardless of innocence
or guilt.

On May 16, the
day following Strauss-Kahn`s arrest, the US Supreme
Court threw its weight behind the Amerikan police state
by destroying the remains of the Fourth Amendment with
an 8-1 ruling that, the U.S. Constitution
notwithstanding, Amerika`s

police do not need warrants to invade homes and search

This ruling is
more evidence that every American is regarded as a
potential enemy of the state, not only by Airport
Security but also by the high muckety-mucks in
Washington. The conservatives`
“war on crime”
has created a police state, and conservatives, who
originally stood for limited government and civil
liberty, are euphoric over the expanded and
unaccountable powers that a conservative Supreme Court
has handed to the police.

On the same day
the federal government reached the $14.3 trillion debt
ceiling, which forced the Treasury to
money from federal employee pensions in order to
continue funding Amerika`s illegal wars and crimes
against humanity. The breached debt ceiling serves as an
appropriate marker for a country that has squandered its
constitutional heritage and has arrived at moral as well
as fiscal bankruptcy.

Paul Craig Roberts

was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term.  He was Associate
Editor of the
Wall Street Journal.  He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the
William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and
International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French
President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy


Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click


for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine
interview with Roberts about the epidemic of
prosecutorial misconduct.