"I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency [the National Security Agency] and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."~ Senator Frank Church (1975)
1. The John F. Kennedy assassination;2. Watergate;3. Iran-Contra;4. and 9/11.
THE FIRST of these three is what has been called the conversion of our economy into a plutonomy ~ with the increasing separation of America into two classes, into the haves and the have-nots, the one percent and the 99 percent.THE SECOND is America’s increasing militarization, and above all its inclination, which has become more and more routine and predictable, to wage or provoke wars in remote regions of the globe. It is clear that the operations of this American war machine have served the one percent.2THE THIRD ~ my subject today ~ is the important and increasingly deleterious impact on American history of structural deep events: mysterious events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, or 9/11, which violate the American social structure, have a major impact on American society, repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, and in many cases proceed from an unknown dark force.
1) Prior bureaucratic misbehavior by the CIA and similar agencies helped to make both the Kennedy assassination and 9/11 happen;2) The consequences of each deep event included an increase in top-down repressive power for these same agencies, at the expense of persuasive democratic power;63) There are symptomatic overlaps in personnel between the perpetrators of each of these deep events and the next;4) One sees in each event the involvement of elements of the international drug traffic ~ suggesting that our current plutonomy is also to some degree a narconomy;5) In the background of each event (and playing an increasingly important role) one sees the Doomsday Project ~ the alternative emergency planning structure with its own communications network, operating as a shadow network outside of regular government channels.
“They [CIA] didn’t want the bureau meddling in their business ~ that’s why they didn’t tell the FBI.... And that’s why September 11 happened. That is why it happened. . . . They have blood on their hands. They have three thousand deaths on their hands”23
“was primarily for provocation.”29
This Emergency Operating Center [in Dallas] is part of the National Plan to link Federal, State and local government agencies in a communications network from which rescue operations can be directed in time of local or National emergency. It is a vital part of the National, State, and local Operational Survival Plan.55Crichton, in other words, was also part of what became known in the 1980s as the Doomsday Project, like James McCord, Oliver North, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney after him. But in 1988 its aim was significantly enlarged: no longer to prepare for an atomic attack, but now to plan for the effective suspension of the American constitution in the face of any emergency.56This change in 1988 allowed COG to be implemented in 2001. By this time the Doomsday Project had developed into what the Washington Post called “a shadow government that evolved based on long-standing ‘continuity of operations plans.’”57
It is to call for an end to the state of emergency, which has been in force since 2001, under which since 2008 a U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team has been stationed permanently in the United States, in part to be ready “to help with civil unrest and crowd control.”69Democracy-lovers must work to prevent the political crisis now developing in America from being resolved by military intervention.