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September, 2006


Do We Believe This?
By Richard Raznikov

In the mid 1970s, as Watergate and other national scandals broke and Congress began investigating a wide range of other governmental activities, it was discovered that the FBI had engaged in several illegal operations designed to disrupt or destroy dissenting political groups and movements.
COINTELPRO and MK-Ultra involved undercover operations which included mind-control experiments, drugging unwitting persons, widespread surveillance of anti-war and black activist groups and individuals, the murder of people deemed 'dangerous' to the country, including Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in Chicago.

There was also substantial circumstantial evidence linking MK-Ultra with the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most common activities of the American government's secret police was the use of agents provocateur. These people infiltrated dissident groups and, pretending to be avid members, agitated for violent acts.

This is known to have occurred especially in groups such as the Black Panthers and the S.C.L.C. In the latter case, a non-violent march turned violent in Memphis, early in 1968, when FBI-paid participants began breaking storefront windows.

This event brought King back to Memphis and his death.

It was also revealed, in hearings of the Church Committee in the Senate, that the CIA had been engaging in domestic spying, against the law, and had systematically begun infiltration of other government departments, urban police forces, major newspapers, and the major television franchises. This is not speculation but fact. The Senators who conducted this investigation issued a lengthy report which documents these findings.

In the aftermath, both the FBI and the CIA promised to terminate their illegal activities. Of course, they didn't. And, continuing programs begun many years ago, these agencies, as well as NSA and others, have used agents provocateur to incite political events which may then be used for the purpose of manipulating the public into supporting ever more draconian measures.

Yesterday, it was revealed that President Bush is expecting to get from congress legislation which would establish retroactive legal protection for public officials who may be charged with war crimes. Today, it was revealed that Great Britain has detained a large number of persons "suspected" of planning a massive hijacking and destruction of passenger planes en route to this country. The plot's "exposure" is said to have been materially assisted by Pakistani police agents.

The round-heels in the mass media are broadcasting this news as fact; those detained are presumed "by everyone from Fox News to your local newspaper"to be guilty. New measures of phony airport security are now in effect. Liquids may not be carried onto planes. The President makes speeches. The general public is suitably alarmed.

Forgive me for saying this, but one-plus-one still equals two and I refuse to suspend my critical faculties at the behest of the most dangerous government in our history.

Until and unless proven otherwise, it is a rational, sane assumption that this latest "terrorist" threat is too convenient to be believed. This government has lied about everything relating to its policies, from energy to war to Katrina to Guantanamo to environmental ruination. Why would any sentient being believe them now?

Domestic "terrorism" supports the Bush regime's destruction of the protections of the Bill of Rights. International "terrorism" supports the regime's aggressive war policies and the use of torture.

This is a government which cannot afford to lose control of the Congress in the fall elections; if that were to happen, there is a great possibility of widespread criminal investigations and indictments of high-ranking members of this administration. Everything we've seen over the past six years ought to be enough to convince us that the Bush regime will do anything to stay in power.

Please, let us retain the ability to think.

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