Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, September 12, 2011

“The Truth About Truthers”

That’s the title of this article by Ted Rall. He’s not a 9/11 Truther himself. But at the end of the article he makes an interesting point. After talking about 9/11, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Wag-The-Dog “rescue” of Jessica Lynch and other coverup/conspiracy theories, he says:

“The evolving accounts of Osama bin Laden's death seemed ideally tailored to create the suspicion that big secrets were being covered up…Why does the federal government feed the conspiracy theorists? Maybe it's unintentional, but probably not. I think the U.S. has become like a Third World dictatorship: the more they keep us guessing, the smarter they seem, and the more we'll fear them.”

And that brings us to Iran in the mid-1970s, where I worked for a brief period. The Shah of Iran was in power; Khomeini’s takeover was still three years away. The conventional wisdom was that one out of every five Iranians was an informant for SAVAK, Iran’s dreaded secret police that made the CIA and KGB look like a few boy scouts playing with walkie-talkies. There was also an opposing theory: that there were actually nowhere near that many SAVAK informants, but the Iranian government wanted everyone to think there were spies everywhere so everyone would be scared shitless and keep their mouths shut.


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9 Comments:

Blogger Snave said...

I don't believe it was an "inside job", but I do believe there are some people who afterward saw it as a great way to take away more of our liberties and cram a bunch of crap down our throats.

September 12, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

". . . the more they keep us guessing, the smarter they seem, and the more we'll fear them.”

Yes sir, I know I tremble in fear every time President Obama says something about finding common ground or something. He's one scary hombre.

Ahem. Did Deadeye Dick Cheney have this effect on Rall?

September 13, 2011 at 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you've ever read COINTEPRO, then you can believe any conspiracy

Erik

September 13, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I believe it was a screaming, flashing warning to us about the incompetence of the people who were supposedly our "leaders." They could have stopped this; they had enough data to know that every one of the identified plotters was illegally in the US, and some of them had even been arrested for various infractions. And of course, there was the Clarke memo, which Lecondel and Chimpy used later that evening for toilet paper.

And yet, we let the very people who let us down, tie us up. Maybe we really ARE that stupid.

September 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuckin' A, just that stupid.

September 13, 2011 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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September 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a051898oklahoma#a051898oklahoma

Maybe Clinton was too busy chasing interns around the Oval Office

September 13, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I don't have any specific theory about it, but it sure was convenient for the neocons and PNAC-types.

SW: I think it's a group/collective paranoia and uncertainty, rather than one person cringing because of something Cheney or Obama said.

Erik: That's the trouble; there's so much shadowy activity going on, almost nothing seems too wacky to believe.

JR: Yup, they let us down and then tied us up.

Anonymous: My sentiments exactly.

September 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Interesting you mention Oklahoma, Lisa. As I recall, that one was pulled off by small GUBMINT/more FREEDOM people just like you. Oh, and they just loved Jesus, too. Maybe not the guy who parked the truck, but his pals. The ones that aided and abetted him.

September 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM  

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