FBI RAIDS ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS IN U.S.
By Paul Craig Roberts
On Sept. 24, reporter Jason Ditz wrote:
“[T]he FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of raids against the homes of anti-war activists in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and North Carolina, claiming that they are ‘seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.’ ”
Now we know what Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano meant when she said on Sept. 10:
“The old view, that, ‘if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won’t have to fight them here,’ is just that—the old view.” The new view, Napolitano said, is “to counter violent extremism right here at home.”
“Violent extremism” is one of those undefined police state terms that will mean whatever the government wants it to mean. In this FBI foray into the homes of American citizens of conscience, it means anti-war activists, whose activities are equated with “the material support of terrorism,” just as conservatives equated Vietnam-era anti-war protesters with giving material support to communism.
Anti-war activist Mick Kelly, whose Minneapolis home was raided, sees the FBI raids as harassment to intimidate those who organize war protests. I wonder if Kelly is underestimating the threat. The FBI’s own words clearly indicate that the federal police agency and the judges who signed the warrants do not regard anti-war protesters as Americans exercising their constitutional rights, but as unpatriotic elements offering material support to terrorism.
“Material support” is another of those undefined police state terms. In this context the term means that Americans who fail to believe their government’s lies and instead protest its policies, are supporting their government’s declared enemies and, thus, are not exercising their civil liberties but committing treason. As this initial FBI foray is a softening-up move to get the public accustomed to the idea that the real terrorists are their fellow citizens, Kelly will get off. But next time the FBI may find emails on his computer from a “terrorist group” set up by the CIA that will incriminate him.
Under the practices put in place by the Bush and Obama regimes, and approved by corrupt federal judges, protesters who have been compromised by fake terrorist groups can be declared “enemy combatants” and sent off to Egypt, Poland or some other corrupt American puppet state—Canada perhaps—to be tortured until confession is forthcoming that anti-war protesters and, indeed, every critic of the U.S. government, are on Osama bin Laden’s payroll. America, as we knew it, no longer exists.
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(Issue # 41, October 11, 2010)