Saturday, November 13, 2010

American Fascism And The Credibility Thing

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling power. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.

-- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The CIA calls it "A Persistent Emotional Issue". Chris Floyd called it "a thread running through modern American history... a thread of moral corruption, corruption by an idea... the whisper of evil that says: 'The end justifies the means.'"

Floyd was writing about the 1953 murder of Frank Olsen, a Fort Detrick government scientist who knew too much and wanted out. Olsen, who worked on spreading anthrax and other biological weapons, had been witness to secret government experiments with bioweapons, toxins, and mind control drugs. After telling a colleague he had witnessed "horrors" and wanted to leave, Olsen was deemed a danger to US national security. Following standard operation procedure, he was given LSD by a CIA agent, knocked out, and then thrown from a 10th floor hotel window. The police report called it suicide.

Olsen's work was part of the super-secret MK-ULTRA project, a program whose very existence was officially derided as a "conspiracy theory" for many decades.
The published evidence indicates that Project MKULTRA involved the use of many methodologies to manipulate individual mental states and alter brain function, including the surreptitious administration of drugs and other chemicals, sensory deprivation, isolation, and verbal and sexual abuse.

Project MKULTRA was first brought to wide public attention in 1975 by the U.S. Congress, through investigations by the Church Committee, and by a presidential commission known as the Rockefeller Commission. Investigative efforts were hampered by the fact that CIA Director Richard Helms ordered all MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973...
MK-ULTRA was a logical extension of the CIA's Operation Paperclip, a program established to bring Nazi scientists to the USA after WWII (supposedly in order "to deny German scientific knowledge and expertise to the USSR and the UK").

Of course we all know what those horrible German scientists were doing to hapless Jews, Poles and other victims of the Third Reich - history, as they say, is written by the victors. Countless documentaries, novels and Hollywood movies have established the stereotype of the mad Nazi scientist performing horrific experiments on live victims. That's what made them the bad guys. That's what made us better than them. Right?

Wrong.

The New York Times has just published their review of a top secret 600-page report on the USA's repatriation of Nazis following WWII.
The Nazi-hunting report was the brainchild of Mark Richard, a senior Justice Department lawyer. In 1999, he persuaded Attorney General Janet Reno to begin a detailed look at what he saw as a critical piece of history, and he assigned a career prosecutor, Judith Feigin, to the job...

“I spoke to him the week before he died, and he was still trying to get it released,” Ms. Feigin said. “It broke his heart.”

So now the truth is out, or at least another little bit of what's left of the truth after Richard Helms ordered all those MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973. And of course we still know few of the gory details, like the death of Frank Olsen.

But sadly, if you care to discuss this stuff, you will still be accused of peddling "conspiracy theories". People just don't want to know the truth about this kind of thing.

And the truth in this case is that the USA was cavorting with the Nazis before, during and after WWII. George W. Bush's own grandfather, Prescott Bush, was just one of many wealthy US citizens found guilty of trading with the enemy. Powerful US industrialists had urged their government not to even join the Allied cause, because they were making such a tidy profit from their German operations. Even Allen Welsh Dulles, who later became the first head of the CIA, was operating as a Berlin business lawyer through the 1930's.

The truth, if you can handle it, is that Nazi-style Fascism has been a persistent thread running through US history, and right now it arguable exerts more power and influence than ever.

Just look at those anthrax attacks in October 2001, for example, and then look at how poorly the FBI ran their investigation of those attacks, and then look at the flimsy evidence used to posthumously convict another Fort Detrick anthrax scientist, Dr Bruce Ivins. But of course, if you were to suggest that the US government itself was behind those 2001 anthrax attacks, you would be derided as a "conspiracy theorist".

Little wonder, then, that the issue of US Fascism is carefully avoided by anyone who wants to maintain a credible reputation in the English-speaking media. What's that you say? Rumsfeld and Cheney were involved in covering up Dr Olsen's murder? Ho hum. OK, whatever. Lunatic.

The only people who seem to care about this stuff are crazy bloggers...

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