The Real Assault on America

The neoconservative Bush regime
has adroitly used 9/11 to create fear of terrorism among
Americans that blinds Americans to the Bush regime`s
assault on our constitutional system.  Americans have
meekly acquiesced to the Bush regime`s brutal assaults
on civil liberties, human rights, the separation of
powers, and statutory law, because Americans have been
brainwashed to believe that the “war on terror”
takes precedence and cannot be waged under the rules
established by the Founding Fathers.

By elevating its “war on
above the US Constitution, the
neoconservative Bush regime has made itself a far
greater threat to Americans than are foreign terrorists.
Two constitutional scholars,

Timothy Lynch

Gene Healy,
document the Bush regime`s forceful
assault on the US Constitution in “Power
Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush

released May 3 by the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
(available at).

Lynch and Healy show that Bush
has failed in his most important responsibility “to
preserve, protect and defend”
the Constitution and,
thus, is in violation of his sworn oath of office.  The
two scholars document the Bush regime`s “ceaseless
push for power, unchecked by either the Courts or
on issues ranging from war powers, habeas
corpus, and federalism to free speech and unwarranted
surveillance. Bush`s assault on the Constitution “should
disturb people from across the political spectrum.”

Alas, it doesn`t.  Many Americans
believe that Bush`s dictatorial powers will only be
applied to terrorists.  This belief is extremely
foolish, because it means that “the liberty of every
American rests on nothing more than the grace of the
White House.”  

It has become commonplace to hear
Americans dismiss the Bush regime`s illegal and
unconstitutional exercise of power on the grounds that
only those implicated in terrorism have anything to
fear.  These Americans need to ask themselves why, if
only evildoers have anything to fear from government,
the Founding Fathers bothered to write the Constitution?

If we can trust the government
the way Americans seem prepared to trust the Bush
regime, we don`t need the Constitution.  Indeed, why is
a president inaugurated with his oath to defend the
Constitution if we don`t need the Constitution to
protect us from our government?  If we can trust
government, why go to all the trouble to have
elections?  Why not just get a dictator or a king or
contract with a company to provide government? 

The question presents itself: 
Are Americans guilty of treason when they turn their
backs on the Constitution? Treason is betrayal of
country.  And what defines country?  In the United
States the Constitution defines country.  The Bush
regime`s assault on the Constitution is an assault on

Moreover, it is a far more
dangerous and deadly assault than a terrorist assault on

Ask yourself, gentle reader, what
are we without the Constitution?  Without the
Constitution, how do we differ from the hapless subjects
sent to Soviet and Nazi death camps? The Constitution
protects our rights, and without our rights we are

It has been widely reported,
apparently without causing Americans any unease, that
the Bush regime has

awarded Halliburton $385 million
to build
concentration camps in the United States.  Who are to be
the inmates?  Certainly not terrorists. The Bush regime
has proven inept at catching terrorists, and those few
who are captured are kept offshore out of the reach of
the courts where they can be tortured and abused. The
camps are certainly not for illegal aliens who both
political parties want to give amnesty and citizenship. 

Concentration camps epitomize the
horrors and inhumanity of the Stalin and Nazi era. Why
is the Bush regime building concentration camps in

The Bush regime`s war on terror
is the equivalent to the Nazi regime`s Reichstag fire. 
It serves to blind people to the real assault.  

According to Bush, America is
under terrorist attack because “they hate our
freedoms.”  But, as Lynch and Healy show, it is the Bush
regime that is attacking our freedoms, removing their
institutional protections, and making our liberties
subject to the grace of the executive.



Paul Craig Roberts

] 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
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
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.