A Republican Police State?


Government And The Left
Combine In Anthrax Lynching

by Sam Francis

Is a vote for a Republican a vote
for a
police state?

Everyone who saw Dr. Steven
Hatfill`s Fox News
press conference
on Sunday, August 25, must be
asking themselves this question.

Once again the FBI and Department
of Justice

are displaying what former Scripps Howard News
Service editor Dan Thomasson calls “a callous disregard
for a citizen`s rights.”

Dr. Hatfill is getting the Richard
Jewell treatment, only worse. Mr. Jewell was the
security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics who spotted
the knapsack bomb and moved people away before the
explosion. Lacking a suspect, the FBI theorized that Mr.
Jewell planted the bomb himself in order to gain
attention by becoming a hero.

The FBI had no evidence whatsoever
against Mr. Jewell, but neither ethics, professional
integrity, nor the lack of evidence prevented a steady
stream of leaks to an

obedient media
insinuating that Jewell was the

The FBI was never held accountable
for its abuse of power. Consequently, the FBI feels free
to treat Hatfill more brutally. FBI agents told
Hatfill`s fiancée and his associates that he was a
murderer. FBI agents terrorized Hatfill`s fiancée and
ransacked her apartment, hoping that fear would cause
her to end her ordeal by going along with FBI charges
against Hatfill.

Anyone familiar with Stalinist and
Gestapo methods recognizes the technique.

As in the Jewell case, the FBI has
substituted a theory for evidence. The theory is that
Dr. Hatfill, a patriotic American who serves his
country, sent the anthrax letters in order to
demonstrate America`s lack of preparedness against

Hatfill evidently believes that
taking his case to the media will protect him from a
Justice (sic) Department frame-up. In relying on the
media he has chosen a weak reed.  

The American media functions
primarily as a pimp for government. The liberal media
will blast conservative Republicans, but never the
government. The small and dwindling conservative media
refuses to “help criminals” by criticizing the “forces
of law and order.” Consequently, every prosecutor with a
high profile case relies on the media to pressure the
target into a plea bargain.

Rudolph Giuliani had

no evidence
against “junk bond king”

Michael Milken
. He had something better: pimps at
the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
He used his media pimps first to destroy Milken`s
reputation and then to raise the stakes with leaks about
a “98-count indictment” and a “superseding indictment”
with 160-300 additional counts.

The pressure built until Milken`s
lawyers convinced him to make a plea to six minor
infractions in order to end the ordeal.

Would a prosecutor as mean as
Giuliani settle for a plea to six minor charges, none of
which were among the alleged crimes leaked to the media,
if he really had 98 to 300 counts?

Today the media is even less likely
to protest prosecutorial abuse of civil rights. Only
members of victim groups can turn to the media for help.
As recent

by media insiders make clear,


, and

now dominate the American media. Most
are indebted to government enforced

for their jobs, and they view white
heterosexual males, such as Hatfill, as members of a
hegemonic “oppressor class.” Why should they help one of
their oppressors defend his rights?

Hatfill bravely challenged the
Department of Justice (sic), but reporters who discussed
his news conference on Fox News showed little
inclination to investigate our government`s abusive
treatment of Dr. Hatfill. It would be work and
unpopular, and the government might come after them.
After all, prosecutors only need a theory.

Americans had better wake up! It
can happen to you. No federal agent was held accountable
for murdering a mother and her child at Ruby Ridge. No
federal agent was held accountable for the massacre of
women and children at Waco. These same unaccountable and
deadly forces have now been given unprecedented police
powers in the name of “the war on terror.”

Some conservatives will not believe
that the FBI would ever lie. These conservatives should
acquaint themselves with the recent ruling by the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the FBI has
made 75 misrepresentations in order to obtain espionage
and terrorism warrants. Attorney General John Ashcroft
takes exception to the court, demanding an expansive
interpretation of the
FBI`s new powers
. Ashcroft views our civil rights as
justifiable “collateral damage” in the “war on terror.”

The war on terror is a war on the
American people. This is now coming home to 17 U.S.
senators. The entire Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence and its staff have been ordered by the FBI
to turn over

phone records, appointment calendars and daily
Someone leaked the fact that the
government did not bother to translate an intercepted
warning about September 11 until the next day. The FBI
wants to jail the U.S. senators whom it suspects blew the
whistle on the government`s coverup of that failure.

The Senate has absolute authority
to investigate and discipline its members if there is
reason to believe that a leak has injured national
security. By kowtowing to a police agency, the Senate
has forever diminished its independence.

If the U.S. Congress had any sense,
it would abolish the FBI, demolish the

, and sow the ground with salt before it has
a real Gestapo on its hands.

Paul Craig Roberts 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