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press, you have to own one.")
• During a new US invasion abroad, the media is being severely restricted as to what it
can report to the American people about the war; reporters are required to submit their
copy to the Pentagon censor, and are told where they can go, what they can film, who
they can interview; those who don't toe the line are transferred by their employer under
heavy Pentagon pressure.

• The FBI is placing ads in Vietnamese-language and Russian-language newspapers in
the US asking immigrants to report on suspected spies amongst their numbers.

• A prison inmate's sacramental confession to a Catholic priest is surreptitiously being
taped by prison officials. The personal mail of inmates, including those awaiting trial, is
being read.

• The FBI is staging photos used in a trial, and its crime laboratory is producing
scientifically flawed, misleading or altered evidence benefitting the prosecutor's case
against a defendant, even allowing a judge to be impeached on false charges. A Bureau
official is destroying an internal report critical of an FBI action in a particular case and
not disclosing its existence to prosecutors or defense attorneys, or the Bureau is allowing
inaccurate and/or incomplete "expert" testimony during court proceedings, tilting it in
such a way as to incriminate the accused. A veteran FBI agent who blows the whistle on
such goings-on is being harassed and suspended.

• Medical records containing people's most intimate personal information are being
gathered and stored in commercial data banks maintained by hospital networks, HMOs,
drug companies and insurance companies. These organizations are exerting increasing
pressure on doctors and therapists to reveal information about their patients. Corporations
are requiring employment applicants to give them full rights to their medical records.
Law enforcement and national security agencies are increasingly gaining access to this
information. Personal prescription drug information is being marketed.

• Police are setting up more and more cameras to observe the citizenry on public streets.

• Police sting operations are ensnaring gay men and charging them with "soliciting
lewdness", under a state anti-sodomy law which prohibits homosexual couples, but not
heterosexual couples, from having consensual oral sex in private. Married men leaving
gay sex clubs are being photographed by police, who then extort money from them by
threatening to inform their wives or bosses.

• Students are being suspended by their schools for refusing to stand up for the American
flag or recite the Pledge of Allegiance, or for something they wrote in the school
newspaper or on their own personal home webpage.

• The INS is sending letters to immigrants who have been applying to legalize their
status. The letters tell the immigrants to come to the federal building, bring some ID, and
the INS will give them work permit good for a year. When the immigrants eagerly arrive
at the INS office, they are promptly arrested and deported.

• Police are stopping cars on the road, stealing money and other goods from the
passengers, or taking bribes to refrain from making (false) arrests.

Police officers, now armed with a Supreme Court ruling, are searching the belongings of
a passenger in a car simply because they suspect the driver has done something wrong.

• Undercover vice squads in Arizona, wearing black ski masks, are seizing hundreds of
copies of an adult newspaper from vending machines.

• Copies of the Cuban newspaper Gramma are being seized by customs officials in one
American city or another. Videos taken in Iraq are being seized by Customs from
returning American citizens.

• Mentally ill people are languishing in prisons all over the country, receiving no
treatment and often suffering physical and sexual abuse from other inmates and guards.

• Some persons judged to be mentally ill or retarded or in other ways regarded as
"misfits" are being sterilized without their knowledge in secluded corners of various state
institutions.

• The DEA, other federal and state agents and police are seizing houses, boats, cars,
airplanes, real estate, furnishings, bank accounts and other assets belonging to people
suspected of involvement in drug trafficking, or belonging to their spouses, often without
a conviction, and whether or not the assets seized were tied to the alleged crime. In one
state, a man is losing his home and his business for selling two grams of cocaine. In
another, numerous cars are being confiscated from new car dealerships for failing to
report all cash transactions involving more than $10,000. Elsewhere, a 75-year-old
grandmother is being dispossessed of her home for the sins of her fugitive, drug-dealing
son.

The government agencies are selling these assets and using the proceeds for anything
from patrol cars to parties. The expected value of forfeitures is at times a determining
factor in the question of who to raid. Police are routinely planting drugs and falsifying
police reports to establish probable cause for cash seizures. Plea bargains are struck that
commonly favor drug kingpins willing to surrender their assets and penalize "mules" with
nothing to trade. As of early 1999, there was $2.7 billion in the federal government's
"Asset Forfeiture Fund" alone.

• The concept of equal access to legal remedy and justice is being invalidated every day
after a decade of deep government cutbacks to the legal aid program, thus robbing the
poor of what is often their sole defense against unscrupulous landlords, scam artists,
battering spouses, home foreclosure, consumer fraud and many other legal predicaments.
• People going to police stations to lodge complaints against officers are being
unceremoniously ushered out.

• Police in Los Angeles are carrying out a pre-dawn commando raid of more than 100
homes in a fishing expedition for individuals and contraband, yielding very little but
many frightened and upset residents.

• In many cities, the homeless are being rounded up in parks and other sites supposedly
open to the public and taken to places where respectable citizens, particularly tourists,
will not be forced to cast eyes upon them.

• People who bring food to the homeless in public parks are being arrested, charged with
giving out food without a permit, trespassing or whatever else the authorities can think
of; cooking equipment and vehicles are being confiscated.

• An FBI sting operation is entrapping police officers in Washington, DC and elsewhere
by offering them bribes to escort supposed drug couriers, resulting in the officers being
sentenced to as much as 55 years in prison without the possibility of parole”a veritable
life sentence.

• In many states, thousands of people are having their driver's licenses suspended for six
months for any drug conviction, whether or not their offenses were related to operation of
a motor vehicle.

In some localities, students are being denied a driver's license because their grades and/or
attendance records are not good enough.

• Numerous individuals are being harassed and/or arrested because of a "positive alert"
from a drug-sniffing dog even though law enforcement and scientific circles have known
for many years that most US currency has some amount of cocaine or other drug stuck
to it”in Los Angeles it was found that more than 75 percent of all the paper money in
circulation was so tainted.

• Several other extreme police brutality cases like Rodney King in Los Angeles and
Abner Louima in Brooklyn are taking place, but there are no video cameras or witnesses
observing, or the victim dies and his death is ruled accidental or a heart attack.

• A public official who questions the War On Drugs is paying an awful price, like former
Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders whose son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for
selling one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine to an undercover police officer. His arrest
took place five months after the sale, on a warrant issued a week after his mother
suggested that the government study the legalization of drugs.

• Then there's the thing called Waco.

And these are the good new days
The Authorities can no longer claim as an excuse for their behavior a threat from anti-
Vietnam War radicals or a civil rights movement. The Black Panther Party is history, as
is the alleged International Communist Conspiracy. The Central American struggles are
over. And J. Edgar Hoover, proving, after all, that he actually had something in common
with the rest of humanity, has died.

Yet, from 1991 to 1999, the number of people in US prisons rose by more than 50
percent.

In place of finding a commie under every bed, they now find a drug possessor, user,
dealer, shipper or courier. Instead of the Soviet

Evil Empire, they now see Rogue Nations out there, Outlaw Nations, Pariah States”
enemies need catchy names”with their regiments of terrorists, supporters of terrorists,
acquaintances of terrorists, nuclear smugglers, questionable asylum seekers and other
anti-American and un-American types. In place of civil rights agitators, the Authority
Juggernaut now zooms in on youth gangs, immigrants, environmentalists, welfare
recipients, prisoners and a host of other folks with a glaring deficit of political power.

What keeps most Americans from being shocked by the shredding of the Bill of Rights is
that they have yet to feel the consequences, either personally or through someone close to
them. It would appear, however, that they only have to wait. America's foreign groupies,
in the meantime, remain blissfully ignorant of the above and in need of a reality
transplant.
Notes

OPENING QUOTES

1 September 1, 1997, cover story, p. 160 ff.

2 Washington Post, October 23, 1999, p.17

3 New York Times, January 29, 1992, p. 16

4 Washington Post, November 4, 1997, p.13

5 Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (GPO), 1996, Vol. I, p.654, April 28

6 Washington Office of Amnesty International, Human Rights & US Security Assistance, 1996, p.l


INTRODUCTION

1 Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans' Health?
Lessons Spanning Half a Century, December 8, 1994, p.5

2 Washington Post, October 2 and 23,1996 and July 31,1997 for the estimated numbers of
affected soldiers.

3 Journal of the American Medical Association, September 1, 1999, p.822

4 Washington Post, October 19,1999, p.3

5 Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans' Health? op. cit., passim

6 John Kenneth Knaus, Orphans of the Cold War (New York, 1999), p.312. Knaus was the CIA
officer who spoke to the Dalai Lama.

7 Le Nouvel Observateur (France), January 15-21, 1998, p.76. There are at least two editions of
this magazine; with the perhaps sole exception of the Library of Congress, the version sent to the
United States is shorter than the French version, and the Brzezinski interview was not included
in the shorter version.

8 Washington Post, January 13, 1985, p.30

9 New York Times, March 25, 1977, p.10

10 "60 Minutes", May 12, 1996

11 For the full text of the relevant part of his memo, see The Economist (London), February 8,
1992, p.66 (US edition)

12 Washington Post, April 25, 1999, p.28

13 John Judis, "K Street Gore", The American Prospect, July-August 1999, p.18-21

14 Ibid.
15 Washington Post, June 18, 1999. After protestors repeatedly disrupted Gore's campaign
appearances, the US removed South Africa from the sanction watch list (Ibid., December 4, 1999,
p.18)

16 Interview with Reagan at the White House, October 29, 1985, broadcast October 30 on "The
World at One", Radio 4, Great Britain.

17 New; York Times, June 13, 1999

18 Ibid., February 14, 1991, p.16

19 "An Oriana Fallaci Interview: Otis Pike and the CIA", New Republic (Washington, DC), April 3,
1976, p.10

20 Borrowed from former CIA analyst David MacMichael

21 Speaking at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, June 25, 1999.

22 Phrase borrowed from media critic Norman Solomon

23 NPR Morning Edition, Mara Liasson, June 11,1999

24 Washington Post, March 27,1999

25 Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1971; original version 1925) Vol. 1,
chapter 10, p.231

26 William Blum, "Hiroshima: Needless Slaughter, Useful Terror", Covert Action Quarterly
(Washington, DC), #53, Summer 1995, p.22-25

27 William Blum, Killing Hope: US. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (Common
Courage Press, Monroe, Maine, 1995), chapter 27

28 New York Times, March 9, 1982, p.l; March 23, 1982, p.l and 14; The Guardian (London)
November 3, 1983, March 29, 1984; Washington Post, May 30,1986

29 Los Angeles Times, September 2, 1991, p.l

30 Vital Speeches of the Day, May 1, 1990, p.421, speech delivered March 23, 1990

31 For excellent and concise summaries of how and why the United States planned and achieved
world domination, see Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants (Odonian Press,
Berkeley, 1992) and Michael Parenti, Against Empire (City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1995)

32 Thomas Hauser, The Execution of Charles Horman (New York, 1978), p. 191. (Horman was
an American killed by the Chilean junta in the wake of the coup.)

33 New York Times, February 3, 1992, p.8

34 Ibid., January 7, 1983, p.4; The Guardian (London), December 6, 1986 (first quote); Los
Angeles Times, October 25, 1989, p.7 (second quote), and October 26.

35 AIR FORCE Magazine (Arlington, VA), March 1991, p.81

36 New York Times, March 21, 1999, p.34
37 Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (GPO), 1993, Vol. I, p.l060-l,July ll

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