The mere mention of the name Osama bin Laden, so conspicuously absent from the
news in recent years, is enough to make one’s blood curdle, and the hair
on the back of one’s neck stand up. Images of flaming buildings consumed
by billowing black smoke come vividly to mind. One recalls the stench of death
hanging ominously in the air, as horrified victims flee for their lives amid the
rubble of fallen skyscrapers. Now the ashen gray ghost of Osama bin Laden once
again hangs over the nation like a specter, casting a dark pall of fear and death.
Duct tape sales must be soaring.
The relationship between Osama bin Laden and George Bush is an interesting
one. Never mind what you see in the commercial media, they are inseparable allies
who feed off each other. Bush benefits from the presence of bin Laden whenever
events become too overwhelming for him. In the climate of moral degeneracy that
is so rampant in the Bush cabal, bin Laden can easily be trotted out onto the
stage and presented as an imminent threat to America. Bush gets to play the
role of the great protector, the war president, commander-in-chief, that he
so obviously relishes. The benefit to bin Laden is that his puny power is impressively
amplified on the world stage.
The images of terror generated by the commercial media during the attacks of
9-11 are stamped indelibly on our collective memory. Those events were purportedly
masterminded by Osama bin Laden and nineteen terrorists armed with nothing more
than box cutters. We are supposed to believe that a group of cave dwelling fanatics
were responsible for bringing the US to its figurative knees. If that is in
fact what happened we are in deep trouble.
Those terrible events were supposedly investigated by an independent
bipartisan committee, the 9-11commission. The rather bizarre conclusions about
them simply do not fit the evidence. Believing the official story requires that
tons of physical matter behave in ways that defy the laws of physics. It also
requires that we ignore any and all contradictory evidence, of which there is
The issue is too complex to treat in a short essay of this scope, so I will
refer my readers to the extensive body of evidence that exists in Michael Ruppert’s
book ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ and at the Oil Empire web site. There
are many other sources out there. Do the research and draw your own conclusions.
This brings us full circle back to Osama bin Laden, to the Bush cabal of fascists
who are seeking to secure the world’s remaining oil reserves; and to the
latest perceived threats from Al-Qaeda.
Amid stories that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are planning new attacks
on civilian targets in the US, it is important to remember one very important
fact: The government is lying. They lie continuously. Their record speaks for
itself. Mired in corruption, the empire is falling apart and the Bush cabal
is in a panic. The situation is spiraling out of control. The White House needs
to create some catastrophic event to hold onto power. Clouds of impeachment
are gathering on the horizon, as the people slowly begin to awaken from long
years of apathetic stupor. Once again the Bush cabal is manufacturing a threat
to frighten the people into submission to the emperor and his minions. We would
be fools to fall for it.
The chief architects of the Bush cabal responsible for the war on Iraq are
the same ones who wrecked terror upon defenseless civilians in South America
during the 1980s during the Reagan era. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and John
Negroponte are among the most prominent names involved. Rumsfeld was Reagan’s
special representative to the Middle East in those days. Some may recall the
1983 photograph that depicts Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein—another
According to Noam Chomsky, in Nicaragua alone, the US killed in excess of two
million defenseless people with the aid of CIA sponsored death squads; a total
that exceeds the per capita sum of American soldiers killed in all the wars
America has ever fought. Their purpose was to suppress progressive movements
in the Southern Hemisphere, to assassinate labor organizers, and indigenous
leaders; to prevent the rise to power of leaders who favor people above profits.
The US has a long and bloody history of suppressing populist movements wherever
they occur. Perhaps they bear too much resemblance to Democracy—so they
have to be destroyed. Reagan and his minions labeled them communist threats
because that is what sells among the gullible American people.
Consider also the enormous resources that have been marshaled against Fidel
Castro in Cuba for decades; and now especially Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The
people responsible have dark histories that are going unwritten and unreported
in the annals of history. The CIA also played a key role in these horrendous
events—and it continues to this day.
My point is that we are wasting both time and resources chasing down ghosts
while the real terrorists continue to operate safely out of sight. Like Saddam
Hussein, Osama bin Laden is the smoke screen behind which the real terrorists
operate. We must be wise enough to see beyond the mists of illusion that have
been created to deceive us. We must be prepared to look in some dark places
and to be shocked by the truth we find.
Recently declassified CIA documents such as Project Northwoods, whether actually
carried out or not, reveal the willingness of the CIA to murder American civilians
for the purposes of empire. I urge readers to do a Google search and read these
documents for themselves.
I realize that decent people do not want to believe that their own government
is capable of such horrific acts of terror against the world, yet alone its
own citizens. They assume that we are dealing with conscientious human beings
like themselves; people with values similar to our own. But they are not like
us; and they are not whom they purport to be. A deep understanding of US history
reveals that nothing about America is what it seems. Behind the words recorded
in our history books there are hidden histories that must be brought into the
light for all to see. Only when this is accomplished will we know who is really
running the government and committing acts of terror against innocent people
There is considerable evidence that implicates the CIA, the FBI, as well as
secret police forces in the murders of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin
Luther King and Robert Kennedy, among others. Malcolm X and Dr. King were silenced
by an assassins’ bullet when they were on the threshold of changing the
nation’s power structure. It is a familiar story. Whenever anyone rises
to threaten the status quo, they are assassinated, and always the work of a
lone gunmen. Bogus investigations are created to hide or destroy the evidence.
It happened in the case of the above mentioned assassinations; it happened with
9-11; and it will happen again.
Know that whatever the American government has done domestically to put down
insurrections against the ruling class, it also carries out on a global scale.
Reagan’s unthinkable acts of aggression and terror against the people
of Nicaragua are not only connected to the assassinations of Malcolm X and Dr.
King—they are connected to the events of 9-11 and the Middle East.
So whenever you hear the president or one of his cabal beating the drums of
war, accusing some individual or a nation of terrorism, you can be absolutely
certain of one fact. They are themselves guilty of the very same crimes against
humanity that are magnitudes of order worse than the accused. The rest of the
world knows this because their media is considerably freer than ours’;
and the people pay attention.
Whenever the next terrorist attack occurs on American soil, as it inevitably
will, some familiar names will be associated with it. Osama bin Laden, or whoever
takes the blame, will once again provide cover for the real culprits.
Charles Sullivan is a furniture maker, photographer, and
free lance writer residing in the eastern panhandle of West Virgina. He welcomes
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