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THE SUMMER OF TERROR 2004

by Randy Grant Wednesday, Jun. 09, 2004 at 8:06 PM
rgrant@ucla.edu

The criminals who got away with 9/11 are planning more far larger scale attacks.

INN Preview Exclusive -June 2

By Webster Griffin Tarpley

Toronto, May 30 – Intelligence patterns monitored over the US Memorial

Day weekend now point conclusively to an imminent new round of ABC

(atomic-bacteriological-chemical) terror attacks in the United States,

Great Britain, Canada, and possibly other nations. These attacks could

include nuclear detonations, radiological dirty bombs, poison gas and

other chemical weapons, or biological agents, to be unleashed in such

urban settings as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC,

Vancouver BC, or London.

The goal of these operations would be to

produce a worldwide shock several orders of magnitude greater than the

original 9-11, with a view to stopping the collapse of the Bush

administration, the Wall Street-centered financial structures, and the

US-UK strategic position generally. The attacks would be attributed by

US/UK intelligence to controlled patsy terrorist groups who would be

linked by the media to countries like Iran, Syria, Cuba, or North

Korea.

The organizers of the attacks would in reality be substantially

the same secret command cell in the United States which set up the 9-11

events and its associated networks, which have been able to continue in

operation because of the abject failure of all 9-11 investigations to

date to identify them....

These forces are now in a desperate flight forward to escape from their current increasingly grim position.

Their goal is now to establish a neocon fascist dictatorship in the United

States, complete with martial law, special tribunals, press and media

censorship, and the full pervasive apparatus of the modern police state.

The chatter in Washington points to state-sponsored terrorism on a

grand scale, with the desperados of the neocon faction calling the shots. The

looming event will be an "own goal" of the Am ericans.

In short, a coup d'etat is being prepared in the United States – not a

coup against the existing government, but rather for the purpose of

disciplining and dragooning the entire political process for escalated

foreign aggression, with the homeland secured by emergency rule. It

goes without saying that those associated with such a coup are felons,

war criminals, and traitors to their country.

The leading edge of the propaganda campaign designed to establish the

credibility of the coming ABC (atomic, bacteriological, chemical)

terror wave is the May 26 press conference of Attorney General Ashcroft

and FBI Director Robert Mueller to announce the coming summer "perfect

storm" of terrorism. According to advance wire service reports, "U.S.

officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible

indicating al-Qaeda or other terrorists are in the United States and

preparing to launch a major attack this summer….(AP, 25 May 2004)



The following is a partial grid of evidence backing up this thesis.

This overview cannot be exhaustive, but is sufficiently comprehensive to

establish that a new pattern does indeed exist.

Official Statements

Since the beginning of April, there has been a qualitative escalation in

the urgency and vehemence of the terror demagogy of the Bush

administration. Bush and especially Cheney have made terror warning

their stock in trade since September 11, 2001, but early April 2004

stands out as a watershed, for reasons which are discussed below.

A dramatic turning point on the way to the current emergency came on

April 21, when Bush delivered two speeches which represented a palpable

escalation of the tone of his usual demagogy of terrorism and fear. In

the afternoon, he assured the Newspaper Association of America,

composed of newspaper editors, that Iran "will be dealt with" if they

pursue a nuclear development program. Bush went on to characterize the

United States as "a battlefield in the war on terror."

He was at pains to build up the stature of Al Qaeda, whose members he emphatically

characterized as "smart…tough…and sophisticated." Because the terrorist

are so formidable, Bush said that the United States "is a hard country

to defend. Our intelligence is good. It's just never perfect, is the

problem. We are disrupting some cells here in America. We're chasing

people down. But it is – we've got a big country."

Later, Bush spoke to the same themes at a closed-door gathering at the

White House. "...On Tuesday evening, Bush told Republican congressional

leaders during a meeting at the White House that it was all but

certain that terrorists would attempt a major attack on the United

States before the election, according to a congressional aide. The

leaders were struck by Bush's definitiveness and gravity, the aide

said... (Washington Post, 4/22/04)"

Vice President Cheney has been predicting imminent terrorist attacks on

the US in many of his speeches since no later than May 20, 2002. On

that Sunday, Cheney went on Fox News Sunday to announce that "In my

opinion, the prospects of a future attack against the United States are

almost certain." For Cheney, the question of a new terrorist assault on

the US is "not a matter of if, but when."

Several weeks later, an account published under the title "White House

Nightmare Scenario" in US News and World Report reflected the thinking

of top Bush officials about the relation between terrorism and the

coming US presidential elections. According to this article, 'White

House officials say they've got a "working premise" about terrorism and

the presidential election: It's going to happen. "We assume," says a

top administration official, "an attack will happen leading up to the

election." And, he added, "it will happen here." There are two

worst-case scenarios, the official says. The first posits an attack on

Washington, possibly the Capitol, which was believed to be the target

of the 9/11 jet that crashed in Pennsylvania. Theory 2: smaller but

more frequent attacks in Washington and other major cities leading up

to the election. To prepare, the administration has been holding secret

antiterrorism drills to make sure top officials know what to do. "There

was a sense," says one official involved in the drills, "of mass

confusion on 9/11. Now we have a sense of order." Unclear is the

political impact, though most Bushies think the nation would rally

around the president. "I can tell you one thing," adds the official

sternly, "we won't be like Spain," which tossed its government days

after the Madrid train bombings. (US News and World Report, 17 May

2004)

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told Fox News on Sunday,

April 19, that the government is bracing for possible terrorist attacks

before November's Presidential election. Referencing last month's

Madrid bombings, she said the opportunity for terrorists to influence

the election may "be too good to pass up for them," and that "the

terrorists might have learned, we hope, the wrong lesson from Spain."

Condoleezza Rice's remarks came in the context of a lengthy US tour by

Jose Maria Aznar, the defeated Spanish Prime Minister. Aznar was ousted

in Spain's March 13 elections, partly because 90% of Spaniards rejected

Aznar's subservience to Bush in joining the US invasion coalition in

Iraq, and partly because Spanish voters were convinced that Aznar was

lying about the March 11 terrorist attacks on commuter trains in the

Madrid region. Aznar is counted as a neocon, but his party contains the

remnants of Francisco Franco's falangist-fascist apparatus. Aznar is

associated with thesis that the March 11 terrorist attacks decided the

Spanish elections in favor of the PSOE (socialist) challenger,

Zapatero. Aznar also claims that his own defeat was a victory for

terrorism, since the newly elected Zapatero, acting in conformity with

the will of the Spanish people, withdrew the Spanish troop contingent

from Iraq as soon as he had taken office. The Spanish elections were

viewed with hysteria by Washington elites, first because of the Spanish

quitting coalition, but also because the terrorist attacks had failed

to produce the expected effects. The Washington consensus had

previously been that terrorism would infallibly stampede the voters of

any country into voting for the incumbent, but this time it was the

anti-Bush challenger who was the beneficiary. Aznar is known to have

attempted to call off the Spanish vote and to continue to ruling by

decree, but his efforts were blocked. Aznar's briefing would seem to

have included the notion that if there is going to be pre-election

terrorism, it needs to be of sufficient magnitude to provide a pretext

for calling off all scheduled elections.

On May 20, 2004 wires various wires reported that in the U.S. between

May 16/17 and 19, maneuvers have been conducted by Homeland Security

Apparatus, simulating terrorist attacks. On May 19, Yahoo reported a

statement made by Lt. Gen. (ret) Patrick Hughes, who told AP in an

interview, that while America has become better at predicting and

safeguarding itself against attacks since Sept. 11, 2001, he fears that

new terrorists "are being made every single day on the streets of the

Middle East."

Based on captured material, interviews, and other sources

of information, Hughes said he believes al Qaeda wants to strike with

something other than a conventional explosive device. It is reported

that he worries about chemical and biological attacks, including a

dirty bomb.

In mid-April, Aznar began issuing warnings of election-related

terrorism. These warning were directed most immediately to Tony Blair

and George Bush. Aznar said, "I told George Bush, and Tony Blair and

other political leaders to be extremely careful before elections ...

and to be very vigilant." But there are also major election campaigns

going on in Canada (at the federal level) and in the 25 member states

of the European Union for the European Parliament. (Once Noticias,

Once-TV, 4/19/04. Mexico)

During his visit to California, Aznar referred more than once about a

terrorist attack taking place in the United States in June, 2004, which

would lead to a Federal Emergency Management Agency takeover of the

U.S. (International Herald Tribune, May 15, 16, 17, Los Angeles Times,

May 15)

On May 18, El Pais reported that Aznar had visited Los Angeles, and had

then gone one to Washington, where he met Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.

Present at the meeting, reports El Pais, were various Democratic and

Republican Congressmen. Aznar was satisfied with the meeting. After the

meeting, during an intervention at the Heritage Foundation, Rumsfeld

spoke about how he dealt with the ex-Prime Minister by saying: "In

Spain, in Madrid, the terrorists changed the result of the elections,

without any doubt. In a premeditated way as consequence of the aim of

the terrorists, the election results were changed. I had dinner with

Prime Minister Aznar, and he is convinced that this is how it

happened," said Rumsfeld. In California, Aznar told the press on Monday

that Islamic terrorism has as objective, to influence elections in

democratic countries.

"If they could do it in Spain, why would they not intend to do it in another place?" he said and added, "It's important to understand that the terrorists will do everything to change the next elections in the USA.

They will do everything possible to make the U.S.

fail." He furthermore said in Los Angeles that he thought that the

government of Zapatero sent an "inappropriate message to the terrorists

by withdrawing the troops." Aznar on Tuesday had a 40-minute meeting

with President Bush in the White House. Present at the meeting were:

Vice President Dick Cheney; Condi Rice; Colin Powell; and White House

Chief of Staff Andrew Card. The White House press spokesman identified

the meeting as "private" -- "a meeting with a good friend of the

President."

An important sidelight on these statements by Aznar is the revelation

that the group accused of carrying out the Madrid bombings was

thoroughly penetrated by the Spanish police, who had at least

informants within that group, according to El Mundo of May 6, 2004. El

Mundo reported that among the people arrested for the Madrid bombing,

were two police informants.

This paper published an exclusive report given by Rafa Zhueri, who was among those arrested after the March 11 terror bombings. Zhueri revealed that he worked for years as police informant for a part of the Spanish Civil Guard (UCO Undidad Central

Operativa). The article is headlined "I informed the Civil Guard that

an Asturian offered me dynamite."

The Kean-Hamilton Commission of 9-11 has not produced any serious

insights into those events, but it has served as a propaganda soapbox

for figures such as the former Navy Secretary and establishment

operative John Lehman. In the recent New York sessions of the

commission, Lehman stressed repeatedly that the overwhelming consensus

among US officials is that new terror attacks are coming soon This

view was shared by former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

The former leader of the US Central Command, Gen. Tommy Franks, told

the magazine Cigar Afficionado earlier this year that he considered it

possible that the US would be under emergency rule in the coming months.

(Photo: FEMA CIO Barry West)

Exercises and Incidents

On May 11-12, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ran a

large-scale exercise involving more than 2,500 federal employees, to

determine how the federal government could continue operating in the

face of a massive terrorist attack or other catastrophe. The government

employees went to more than 100 secret sites, as part of a training

exercise to prepare them to operate under catastrophic conditions. The

exercise, called "Forward Challenge '04," was in preparation for over a

year, according to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who spoke to

reporters from an undisclosed location. (Washington Post, May 14)

There is also an unprecedented pattern of local and regional

preparations for emergency rule and continuity of government

operations. For example, Florida television station Wftv.com reports

May 19th under the title "Massive Mock Terror Drill Will Span Three

Local Counties", that Daytona International Speedway (Florida) will be

the second stage of a three-part mock terror drill across Central

Florida. This is to be "one of the largest and longest mock terror

drills ever conducted in Central Florida since 9/11." The wire says

that "dozens of emergency agencies will take part from all across

Central Florida, with more than 1000 responders and actors who will

play victims of a simulated attack." The newswire nynewsdayd.com, under

the title "City stages mock explosion in subway to test emergency

protocols", was reporting May 16th that Lower Manhattan was swamped

with 1,000 police, firefighters, and land emergency personnel

responding to a simulated bombing involving scores of casualties.

"The terror response drill, part of a joint city-federal plan to beef up

response efforts, it is reported, came just two days before the 9/11

commission was scheduled to be in New York to grill local officials

about Gotham's emergency preparedness...." The drill "was the first

large scale test of a new protocol aimed at clarifying the roles of

firefighters and cops at disaster scenes." Yahoo furthermore reports on

May 17th that in Idaho one of the largest disaster drills was staged

over three days in southwest Idaho, conducted by the department of

Homeland Security. The State of Georgia declared "state of emergency",

because of a summit of the group of eight industrialized nations, which

begins June 8.

There is also an intensive pattern of incidents pointing in the

direction of a terrorist attack on rail systems, on the Madrid model.

This pattern includes suspicious activity in the Northeast rail

corridor between Washington and Boston. A Philadelphia television

station reported the discovery of a wireless transmitter carefully

hidden in the gravel along the SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transit

Authority) rail tracks in Philadelphia. An infrared sensor, painted

black and buried in the trackside ballast, was found along the SEPTA

tracks, which could be used as a triggering device. It sends a signal

when something crosses its infrared beam. (WPVI News, Philadelphia, May

20)

On May 1, New York City police found five empty suitcases at Penn

Station, New York FBI headquarters, and other sensitive points.

According to The New York Post, the police feared that these empty

suitcases represented "a test by terrorist bent on a Madrid-type

attack" on commuter trains. (New York Post, May 2, 2004)

There is also an uptick in the detected activities of foreign

intelligence services, such as the Mossad, on US territory. According

to a Florida newspaper, for the second time in two weeks Israelis in a

moving van were detained near a U.S. nuclear facility, this time at the

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base near St. Marys, GA., near Sea Island,

host of the G-8 Summit next month." (Jacksonville Times-Union, 21 May

2004)

On May 6, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that the new head

of the British intelligence service MI-6 will be John Scarlett. The

choice immediately caused protests from British political opposition

leaders. Scarlett was the author and stubborn defender of the

now-totally-discredited and artificially sexed-up "Iraqi WMD" report

issued by the Blair government in support of the US-UK war drive. Dr.

David Kelley lost his life in the scandal that developed around the

manipulations in this report, but the role of the government was

whitewashed in the inquiry conducted by Lord Hutton of the Law Lords.

This appointment means that MI-6 will lack the leadership of a

competent and independent professional who might act to prevent the

coming terrorism, and will instead be under the domination of a

political hack of dubious judgment and loyalty. (Wire services, May 6)

In addition, the US government appears top have imposed an embargo on

the sharing of critical anti-terror intelligence with European

authorities. Whatever the intent, the net effect of this blackout is to

screen certain activities in the US from scrutiny by the allies. In an

article published May 6 the German economic paper Handelsblatt reported

in reference to a similar article which appeared in the Wall Street

Journal, that Spanish investigators, like many of their colleagues in

Europe, are find it very difficult to obtain information from US

circles which are engaged in the fight against terrorism.



Mentioned is the case of Spanish Judge Balthazar Garzon who reportedly was unable to

proceed with certain investigations on Al Qaeda after Sept 11th, like

the case of Al Qaeda member Ramzi Binalshibh, who is imprisoned in an

unknown location. The problem is compounded by the fact that the

anti-terrorism fight in the US is being conducted by non-public

military courts and military intelligence, neither of which, as the

article claims, is sharing testimony and evidence with their European

colleagues for further use. (Handelsblatt, May 6; Yahoo wires, May 7)

Propaganda Buildup

Lurid accounts of coming ABC terrorist attacks are proliferating in the

US media. Whatever, the subjective intentions or motivations of the

authors, these accounts objectively serve as propaganda preparation for

terror attacks, specifically by introducing to the US ;public the alien

notions of emergency rules, martial law, and the state of siege, all of

which are favorite themes of neocon writers going back to the Nazi Carl

Schmitt.

A particularly fulsome example is the article by Michael Ignatieff

which appeared on May 2, 2004 New York Times Magazine. Here are some

excerpts:

Consider the consequences of a second major attack on the mainland

United States -- the detonation of a radiological or dirty bomb,

perhaps, or a low-yield nuclear device or a chemical strike in a

subway. Any of these events could cause death, devastation and panic on

a scale that would make 9/11 seem like a pale prelude. After such an

attack, a pall of mourning, melancholy, anger and fear would hang over

our public life for a generation.



An attack of this sort is already in the realm of possibility. The

recipes for making ultimate weapons are on the Internet, and the

materiel required is available for the right price. Democracies live by

free markets, but a free market in everything -- enriched uranium,

ricin, anthrax -- will mean the death of democracy. Armageddon is being

privatized, and unless we shut down these markets, doomsday will be for

sale. Sept. 11, for all its horror, was a conventional attack. We have

the best of reasons to fear the fire next time.

A democracy can allow its leaders one fatal mistake -- and that's what

9/11 looks like to many observers -- but Americans will not forgive a

second one. A succession of large-scale attacks would pull at the

already-fragile tissue of trust that binds us to our leadership and

destroy the trust we have in one another. Once the zones of devastation

were cordoned off and the bodies buried, we might find ourselves, in

short order, living in a national-security state on continuous alert,

with sealed borders, constant identity checks and permanent detention

camps for dissidents and aliens.

Our constitutional rights might disappear from our courts, while torture might reappear in our interrogation cells. The worst of it is that government would not have

to impose tyranny on a cowed populace. We would demand it for our own

protection. And if the institutions of our democracy were unable to

protect us from our enemies, we might go even further, taking the law

into our own hands. We have a history of lynching in this country, and

by the time fear and paranoia settled deep in our bones, we might

repeat the worst episodes from our past, killing our former neighbors,

our onetime friends. (emphasis added)

The coming of martial law to the US in the wake of a new large-scale

terror attack was also the theme of Ted Koppel's Nightline broadcast of

April 7, 2004. Here Koppel was joined by former terror czar Richard

Clarke and the Reagan White House chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein.

The broadcast was titled "The Armageddon Plan", and featured questions

of continuity in government (COG) after an attack that had decimated

the US Congress.

Koppel asked Duberstein: "Aren't we left for at least the foreseeable

future with some sort of martial law anyway?"

Duberstein replied: "You have to suspend rights."

Koppel elaborated: "And during that period, then, and given the sense

of panic that is inevitable under circumstances like this, the executive

branch of government takes on extraordinary power doesn't it?"

Clarke chimed in: "I think in any war where Washington were destroyed,

inevitably, there would be a period of, for lack of a better term,

something like martial law." Also taking part in this broadcast was

James Mann of the Brookings Institution, author of the new book Rise of

the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet, published this year by

Viking. This work contains an extensive discussion of COG operations,

which also figure in John Dean's new boom comparing the Bush

administration to the Nixon regime. (Nightline, April 7, 2004)

The Washington Post used the release of the latest set of Nixon

administration tapes to issue what can only be interpreted as a signal

piece, indicating to the witting that the operation is indeed on. This

piece bore the headline" Haig Said Nixon Joked of Nuking Hill." The

content involves a telephone conversation between Nixon's then Chief of

Staff, Gen. Alexander Haig, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in

March 1974 – a few months before Nixon was forced out of office. "I was

told to get the football," reports Haig to Kissinger, a reference to

the codes used by the president to order nuclear attacks. In response

to a question from Kissinger, Haig specifies that the request is for

"His nuclear black bag. He is going to drop it on the Hill." The

context is Nixon's growing fear of his own looming impeachment. The

message is that a nuclear bomb will detonate on the US Congress.

Canadian newspapers, by contrast, used an all-purpose AP wire story

with very different emphasis. The Montreal Gazette headline, for example,

stressed another incident in which Nixon was too drunk to talk to UK

Prime Minister Ted Heath. Here the headline was "Mr. Nixon can't come

to the phone – he's sozzled." This version contained no mention of

nuking the Congress. The Toronto Star version of the AP wire had a

headline about Nixon being drunk, and relegated the question of nuking

the US Congress to the last paragraphs.

The White House now possesses its own "Continuity of Government"

Commission, a kind of Committee of Public Safety which appears to be

developing plans for the imposition of authoritarian rule. This is a

board made up of Establishment worthies, starting with former

presidents Carter and Ford, and including such figures as Newt

Gingrich, Lloyd Cutler, Alan Simpson, Kenneth Duberstein, Jamie

Gorelick (also of the Kean-Hamilton Commission), Tom Foley, Leon

Panetta, and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach. This is a bi-partisan body that

would seem to be engaged in forming a consensus in the oligarchical

elite circles in favor of the need for police state measures to

preserve the system.

The following are some of the main danger points that emerge from

recent press accounts. It must however be stressed that large-scale attacks

could of course occur anywhere and anytime.

Memorial Day weekend – opening of US World War II Memorial in

Washington DC

June 8: Group of 8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia

NATO summit in Turkey

Olympics in Athens

July: Democratic National Convention in Boston

August-September: Republican National Convention in New York City

Why, and Why Now

The reasons for the genocidal crimes now being prepared are to be found

in the stunning reverses suffered by the Bush regime over the last

several months. These can be identified as follows:

During April, Iraqi resistance forces have initiated a national

uprising against the invasion of their country. The failure of the vaunted US

military machine before Fallujah and Najaf has ended the myth of US

superpower invincibility, and set off uncontrollable processes of

disintegration throughout the global system. The US is politically and

militarily defeated, and the neocons are responsible.

During May, the war crimes and atrocities carried out by US, UK and

other coalition forces in Iraq have wrecked the moral credibility of

the United States and its allies, making these aggressive powers into

an object of absolute execration around the world.

As a result, the ad hoc "Coalition of the Willing" assembled by the

Bush regime has begun to disintegrate, with Spain, Honduras, El Salvador,

Kazakhstan, and Norway either leaving Iraq or announcing their

departure. The Netherlands are expected to defect within 4 to 5 weeks.

Previously, anti-Bush political forces had been defeated in elections

in Germany, South Korea, Spain, and most recently India. Governments

subservient to Bush in Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Denmark, and other

countries now face a grim electoral future, with further pullouts from

Iraq as the likely result. The entire alliance system created by the US

at the end of World War II is now a dead letter.

In the case of Spain, US elites have been shocked by the failure of the

March 11 terror attacks to accomplish their obvious goal of stampeding

support to the right-wing, neo-falangist government of Jose Maria

Aznar. Due to the intelligence and courage of the Spanish people, these

attacks in effect backfired, as Aznar's blatant lying secured the

election of the anti-Bush candidate, Zapatero. US elites have been

profoundly concerned that the terror weapon, which they had regarded as

a sure-fire means of coalescing support around an existing government,

can also bring down that government. Their main conclusion seems to be

that, for guaranteed success, the terrorism must be so colossal that

the planned elections can simply be cancelled, as Aznar tried but

failed to do.

The three principal leaders of world aggression, Bush, Blair, and

Sharon, are now engulfed by domestic political crises threatening them

with ouster over the short term, with increased danger of prosecution

and the wrecking of their political machines amidst recrimination for

the Iraq and other disasters. Bush and his neocon handlers in

particular face a rising tide of hatred in their own armed forces,

especially in the US Army, which has born the brunt of their utopian

aggressive policies. Bush's handlers are also worried that their man's

reputation as an anti-terror leader, his only conceivable basis for

asking to be returned to office, has been deeply tarnished by

Condoleezza Rice's wretched performance and attendant revelations

during the April-May hearings of the Kean-Hamilton Commission on 9-11.

This has gone so far that only a new large-scale terror event could

restore Bush's credentials, they reason.

Concomitantly with these events, the New York-London financial system

has begun to exhibit symptoms of severe instability leading to systemic

crisis. The US is now running a merchandise trade deficit of over 0

billion, and a federal budget deficit which actually approaches 0

billion. This is a bankrupt state. Interest rates on US government

securities have risen sharply since early April, and the resulting

rising interest rates have raised fears of an explosion of the housing

bubble of the past years.

This is expressed by the de facto bankruptcy of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which represent trillions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities, and whose implosion would wreck US capital markets.

The Federal Reserve now says that even the biggest banks may

not be too big to fail. For the average person, the net impact of this

new turbulence is readily seen in the sky-high price of gasoline,

building materials, and related commodities. An integral feature of the

post-coup regime now being planned would be to keep these bankrupt

institutions alive with the help of government bailouts.

Because of the manifest bankruptcy of the United States, the

Anglo-American finance oligarchs fear the termination of the US dollar

as a reserve currency. This would take the form of a dumping of the

dollar as the currency in which the posted price of oil is expressed by

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, and other OPEC states. The former

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammed has issued repeated calls for

such a measure, and also urged Moslem countries to sell off their US

Treasury securities, for financial as well as political reasons. The

far stronger and more stable euro would be the beneficiary of these

moves, and it is the euro which would prove to be far more attractive

to most countries in a world divided into currency blocks.

Finally, there are signs that the absurd myth propagated by the US

government and the controlled corporate media about the events of 9-11

is fraying. Although the Kean-Hamilton Commission has been on the whole

a half-baked farce, it has unavoidably produced a number of facts as a

by-product of its proceedings – facts which have begun to undermine

public belief in the Myth. David Ray Griffin's book The New Pearl

Harbor has emerged as a runaway best-seller in the wake of similar

books in France and Germany, and is now among the top ten on

amazon.com. Calls have multiplied for a serious independent

international truth commission on 9-11 to do the work the Kean-Hamilton

cover-up has refused to address. A dismantling of the 9-11 myth would

lead, in all probability, to the collapse of the US Republican Party

and related institutions in the context of a general party

re-alignment.



Taken together, these developments would add up to the collapse of the

entire US imperialist system. The protagonists of the coming terror are

determined to disrupt these processes, imposing on the world a regime

of unilateral US diktat and military intervention, with a domestic

police state to make sure that no opposition emerges on the home front.

What the Neocons Fear

The neocons are also deeply concerned about their own personal fate.

During their assent, this exceptionally ideological and close-knit

faction has by its arrogance and incompetence made many enemies. During

May, there have been repeated editorial calls for the firing of not

just Rumsfeld, but also of Wolfowitz and the other neocons who have

made such a mess of the Pentagon. The demand to oust Rumsfeld and

Wolfowitz has also been raised by the veteran Republican Senators who

exercise great authority within that body. According to press accounts,

Senators Warner and McCain led a group of about a dozen senior GOP

leaders who called on Bush to demand the sacking of Rumsfeld and

Wolfowitz as a matter of urgent political expediency. Bush reportedly

sat stony-faced and said nothing.

Time magazine and the New York Times have both published reports that

the investigation of Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress

(INC) may, in fact, involve a hunt for someone in the White House or

Pentagon who could be guilty of treason in passing top secret

intelligence to Chalabi. The information that Chalabi and his

intelligence chief Aras Karim Habib are alleged to have passed to the

government of Iran "was highly classified, and known only to a few in

the U.S. government,'' wrote Time's Romesh Ratnesar.

"The probe will examine whether U.S. officials illegally transmitted state secrets to

the INC. The investigation could ultimately reach high-ranking civilian

officials at the Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency who had

dealings with Chalabi and his organization.'' Ratnesar cites "a senior

U.S. official'' as his source. New York Times reporters David Johnston

and Richard Oppel, Jr. also citing ``government officials,'' called the

information `"so highly classified that federal investigators have

intensified their inquiry to find out whether anyone in the American

government gave the material to Mr. Chalabi.''

They also cite ``intelligence officials'' saying that the probe, by the FBI, centers

on the handful of U.S. officials with regular contact with Chalabi in

Washington, and an even smaller number who had access to the

intelligence. ``Most of them are at the Pentagon,'' they wrote;

however, Chalabi himself, on `"Meet the Press'' on May 23, acknowledged

three personal meetings with Vice President Cheney. Right-wing

columnist Robert Novak, in a Washington Post op-ed on the Chalabi

scandal, comments on a different angle within the Republican Party and

the uniformed military:

"Republican Senators, who do not yet want to be

quoted by name, feel there must be some accountability for this massive

blunder, as there must be for the prisoner abuse scandal. They want the

President at least to consider'' firing Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and

perhaps others of the neo-con gang. Rumsfeld the senior Republican

Congressional leaders are backed in this, by high U.S. military brass.

(Time, May 25, NY Times May 24, 2004)

Richard Perle is the target of a huge civil suit growing out of his

involvement in the fraudulent conveyances and embezzlement carried out

by the neocon press baron and moneybags Lord Conrad Black, who appears

to have taken money from Hollinger to help fund neocon think tanks like

the American Enterprise Institute. Perle has worked closely with the

purloining Lord in recent years, and might also face criminal charges

in this case.

There is also the special prosecutor investigating the leaking to

Robert Novak of the fact that Valerie Plame, the wife of Bush critic

Ambassador Joseph Wilson (who exposed the fraud of the Bush 2002 State

of the Union charges that Iraq had sought uranium yellowcake in Niger)

was working for the CIA. Prime suspects are Bush's political strategist

Karl Rove, and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. Revealing the

identity of a CIA agent is a serious felony under federal law.

Countervailing Tendencies?

The situation of the party of terrorism inside the United States is

uncertain. The political leaders who would be the beneficiaries of new

terror attacks would be figures like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz,

Ashcroft, Ridge, and the neocon Gestapo (as Colin Powell calls it) in

general. The main agencies for their dictatorship would be FEMA

(Federal Emergency Management Agency), Ridge's Department of Homeland

Security, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. The US military,

especially the US Army, has now become profoundly disillusioned with

the Bush-Cheney preventive war policy. They also resent being

scapegoated for the Abu Graib atrocities, which were ordered by CIA,

DIA, and Cheney's mercenary contractors. Some generals now realize that

a successful terror coup, which would have the result of cementing the

current gang in power for the foreseeable future – without benefit of

checks and balances – would guarantee that US forces would be fed into

meatgrinders far worse than Iraq.



In addition to Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Cuba, a post –coup USD regime could not avoid collision with China and/or Russia. It remains to be seen whether this awareness will

be enough to motivate the US military to do something to stop the coup

which is now imminent. Similar considerations apply to the State

Department, which has virtually no place in the post-coup world eagerly

planned by the neocons.

Sidney Blumenthal, a former advisor to the Clinton Administration, now

with Salon.com, wrote a piece in the Guardian on how the U.S. officer

corps has turned against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The

piece, by, is headlined "America's Military Coup." Retired General

William Odom, who was the head of the National Security Agency, the

main US electronic spying center, and who is now at the Hudson

Institute, is quoted saying: "It was never in our interest to go into

Iraq. It is a diversion from the war on terrorism; the rationale for

the Iraq war (finding WMD) is phony; the US army is overstretched and

being driven into the ground; and the prospect of building a democracy

is zero. In Iraqi politics legitimacy is going to be tied to expelling

us. Wisdom in military affairs dictates withdrawal in this situation.

We can't afford to fail, that's mindless. The issue is how we stop

failing more. I am arguing a strategic decision." Another military

figure told Blumenthal that Rumsfeld was "detested" and that "if

there's a sentiment in the army it is: support our troops, impeach

Rumsfeld." Blumenthal then references an essay by Lt.Col. Charles

Dunlap, which had received a prize in 1992 from then General Colin

Powell.

The title of the piece was "The Origins of the American

Military Coup of 2012," which was a cautionary tale of how the U.S.

military launched a coup because of the failures of the government.

(Guardian, May 13, 2004) Former CENTCOM commanders Zinni and Hoar have

also published attacks on the Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz policies. One account

suggested that, given the degree of military hatred against the

administration, any other country would have already witnessed a

military coup.



The US Congress ought to be particularly concerned, since one of the

most plausible coup scenarios features the destruction of the US

Capitol and its adjacent office buildings, exterminating large numbers

of Senators, Congressmen, and staff. Incredibly, the Congress is

conniving in its own liquidation through the bill ordering instant

elections to replace deceased Congressmen which is now making its way

in to law. The gullible lawmakers would seem to be signing their own

death warrant, since if there is anything that would facilitate the

erection of a police state, it is the lack of an intact and functioning

legislative branch – a fact illustrated all too well by the Nazi

burning of the German Reichstag shortly after Hitler's seizure of

power. But will the Congress act?

France, Germany, and Russia are the countries with the best recent

track record in opposing the illegal aggressions of the US government. They

need to ponder the devastating challenge to their vital national

interests that would be represented by the events now leading toward a

coup d'etat in the United States. They must mobilize their forces,

including their intelligence agencies, to expose, disrupt, and

frustrate the preparations now being made. The same imperative applies

to the other Europeans, China, India, the Arab and Islamic states, and

the Latin Americans. None could hope to avoid costly confrontation with

a post-coup US bandit regime. Enlightened self-interest ought to

dictate that they take all possible measures to prevent the terror

actions which are the only means the US neocons have of consolidating

their power.

But supporters of civilization around the world cannot wait for the

actions of their government. There are concrete and highly effective

measures they can and moist take at once to defend the survival of

humanity. They should:



What to Do?

Make this analysis into the basis for a parliamentary question in your

nation's parliament.

Bring this analysis to alternative media outlets, or to major media

wherever possible. In the US, bombard talk radio hosts with the demand

that they speak out against this new state-sponsored terrorism.

Inform trade union leaders. They should announce that their response to

a state-sponsored terror coup in the US would be an open-ended general

strike.

Bring this analysis to the attention of lawyers, jurists, university

students, civil liberties groups, humanitarians, and other persons of

good will. Ask them to join in warning public opinion about what is

being prepared.

Webster Griffin Tarpley is a historian and journalist based in

Washington DC. He is the author of the best-selling critical study

George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), on the internet at

www.tarpley.net.

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