We Are All Prisoners Now



“They`re locking them up today
They`re throwing away the key 
I wonder who it`ll be tomorrow, you or me?”  



The Red Telephone
 (LOVE, 1967)

At Christmas time it has been my

habit
to write a column in remembrance of the many
innocent people in prisons whose lives have been stolen
by the US criminal justice (sic) system that is as
inhumane as it is indifferent to justice.  Usually I

retell
the cases of William Strong and Christophe
Gaynor, two men framed in the state of Virginia by
prosecutors and judges as wicked and corrupt as any who
served Hitler or Stalin.

This year is different.  All Americans are now
imprisoned in a world of lies and deception created by
the Bush Regime and the two complicit parties of
Congress, by federal judges too timid or ignorant to
recognize a rogue regime running roughshod over the
Constitution, by a bought and paid for media that serves
as propagandists for a regime of war criminals, and by a
public who have forsaken their Founding Fathers. 

Americans are also imprisoned by fear, a false fear
created by the hoax of “terrorism.”  It has
turned out that headline terrorist events since 9/11
have been orchestrated by the US government.  For
example, the alleged terrorist plot to blow up

Chicago`s Sears Tower
was the brainchild of a FBI
agent who searched out a few disaffected people to give
lip service to the plot devised by the FBI agent.  He
arrested his victims, whose trial ended in acquittal and
mistrial.

Many Europeans regard 9/11 itself as an orchestrated
event. Former cabinet members of the British, Canadian
and German governments and the Chief of Staff of the
Russian Army have publicly expressed their doubts about
the official 9/11 story. Recently, a former president of
Italy, Francesco Cossiga, said in an interview with the
newspaper, Corriere della Sera [Osama-Berlusconi,
November 30, 2007,] that “democratic
elements in America and Europe, with the Italian
center-left in the forefront, now know that the 9/11
attack was planned and executed by the American CIA and
Mossad in order to blame the Arab countries, and to
persuade the Western powers to undertake military action
both in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

It is unclear whether Cossiga was being sarcastic
about the opinion of skeptics or merely reporting what
people think.  I have written to him asking for
clarification and will report any reply that I receive. 
Apparently, the Italian media has not offered a
clarification.

Cossiga`s statement has not been reported by a US
newspaper or TV channel. Raising doubts among Americans
about the government is not a strong point of the
corporate media. Americans live in a world of propaganda
designed to secure their acquiescence to war crimes,
torture, searches and police state measures, military
aggression, hegemony and oppression, while portraying
Americans (and Israelis) as the salt of the earth who
are threatened by Muslims who hate their “freedom and
democracy.”

Americans cling to this “truth” while the Bush
regime and a complicit Congress destroy the Bill of
Rights and engineer the theft of elections.

Freedom and democracy in America have been reduced to
no-fly lists, spying without warrants, arrests without
warrants or evidence, permanent detention despite the
constitutional protection of habeas corpus, torture
despite the prohibition against self-incrimination–the
list goes on and on. [See

 Bill of Rights Under Bush: A Timeline
]

In today`s

fearful America,
a US Senator, whose elder brothers
were (1) a

military hero killed in action,
(2) a

President of the United States
assassinated in
office, (3) an Attorney General of the United States and
likely president except he was

assassinated
like his brother, can find himself on
the no-fly list.  Present and former high government
officials, with top secret security clearances, cannot
fly with a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of water
despite the absence of any evidence that extreme
measures imposed by “airport security” makes
flying safer. [No
proof airport security makes flying safer:study
,
Reuters, December 20, 2007]

Elderly American citizens with walkers and young
mothers with children are meticulously searched because
US Homeland Security cannot tell the difference between
an American citizen and a terrorist. 

All Americans should note the ominous implications of
the inability of Homeland Security to distinguish an
American citizen from a terrorist.

When Airport Security cannot differentiate a US
Marine General

recipient of the Medal of Honor
from a

terrorist
, Americans have all the information they
need to know.

Any and every American can be arrested by
unaccountable authority, held indefinitely without
charges and tortured until he or she can no longer stand
the abuse and confesses. 

This predicament, which can now befall any American,
is our reward for our stupidity, our indifference, our
gullibility, and our lack of compassion for anyone but
ourselves.

Some Americans have begun to comprehend the
tremendous financial costs of the “war on terror.”
 But few understand the cost to American liberty. 
Last October a Democrat-sponsored bill, “Prevention
of Violent Radicalism and Homegrown Terrorism,”

passed the

House of Representatives 404 to 6.

Only six members of the House voted against
tyrannical legislation that would destroy freedom of
speech and freedom of assembly and that would mandate 18
months of congressional hearings to discover Americans
with “extreme” views who could be preemptively
arrested.

What better indication that the US Constitution has
lost its authority when elected representatives closest
to the people pass a bill that permits the Bill of
Rights to be overturned by the subjective opinion of
members of an “Extremist Belief Commission” and
Homeland Security bureaucrats?  Clearly, Americans face
no greater threat than the government in Washington.

COPYRIGHT

CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.


Paul Craig Roberts

[
email
him
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of


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

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

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