The following Item from Raw Story dot-com
eye, and I'd like to share it with you as part of this theory discussion.
Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state
Published: Thursday July 19, 2007
Thom Hartmann began his program on Thursday by reading from a new Executive Order which allows the government to seize the assets of anyone who
interferes with its Iraq policies.
He then introduced old-line conservative Paul Craig Roberts -- a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan who has recently become known
for his strong opposition to the Bush administration and the Iraq War -- by quoting the "strong words" which open Roberts' latest column: "Unless
Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran."
"I don't actually think they're very strong," said Roberts of his words. "I get a lot of flak that they're understated and the situation is
worse than I say. ... When Bush exercises this authority [under the new Executive Order] ... there's no check to it. It doesn't have to be ratified
by Congress. The people who bear the brunt of these dictatorial police state actions have no recourse to the judiciary. So it really is a form of
total, absolute, one-man rule. ... The American people don't really understand the danger that they face."
Roberts said that because of Bush's unpopularity, the Republicans face a total wipeout in 2008, and this may be why "the Democrats have not brought
a halt to Bush's follies or the war, because they expect his unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory in next year's election."
However, Roberts emphasized, "the problem with this reasoning is that it assumes that Cheney and Rove and the Republicans are ignorant of these
facts, or it assumes that they are content for the Republican Party to be destroyed after Bush has his fling." Roberts believes instead that Cheney
and Rove intend to use a renewal of the War on Terror to rally the American people around the Republican Party. "Something's in the works," he
said, adding that the Executive Orders need to create a police state are already in place.
"The administration figures themselves and prominent Republican propagandists ... are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events,"
Roberts continued. "Chertoff has predicted them. ... The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. ... You have to count
on the fact that if al Qaeda's not going to do it, it's going to be orchestrated. ... The Republicans are praying for another 9/11."
Hartmann asked what we as the people can do if impeachment isn't about to happen. "If enough people were suspicious and alert, it would be harder
for the administration to get away with it," Roberts replied. However, he added, "I don't think these wake-up calls are likely to be effective,"
pointing out the dominance of the mainstream media.
"Americans think their danger is terrorists," said Roberts. "They don't understand the terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of
Rights, the Constitution. ... The terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution from our own
government in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans just aren't able to perceive that."
Roberts pointed out that it's old-line Republicans like himself, former Reagan associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein, and Pat Buchanan who are
the diehards in warning of the danger. "It's so obvious to people like us who have long been associated in the corridors of power," he said.
"There's no belief in the people or anything like that. They have agendas. The people are in the way. The Constitution is in the way. ... Americans
need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. ... A person like that would do anything."
There is an existing ATS discussion thread
concerning this article, but I'm showing
it to you here in teh context of the discussions going on in this forum.
I myself do think its unlikely that this will actually happen, but I'm not going to rule it out altogether. The impliations are staggering. If an
informal coupe de'tat of this kind did take place, it might very well result in some sort of civil disorder. None of us can know for sure what the
full extent of the uprising would be. Once might speculate that militias of all sorts would choose to go in to hiding.
Conspiracy theorists around the world have speculated that a takeover of some type was pssible within the United States. Many of the executive orders
signed by George W. Bush have only added fuel to the proverbial fire. Federal authority has been so vastly expanded over the last six years that it
takes a real effort to step back and take it all in. Patriots from all corners of America swear that "it just wouldn't be that easy."
Are they wrong? Would it really be just that easy for a sitting President to sieze power? Regrettably, the answer is "yes." What you see
presented in this article is just one scenario. Those of you who have read my work are familiar with other options. For now, let's focus on what
the author of this piece talks about.
War with Iran, no mater how it breaks out, may trigger the activation of terror cells here in the United States. There's no doubt that we've
amassed a considerable capability to fight terror on our own soil, but could we do it without martial law? Could we do it without further expanding
the scope and scale of Federal authority? The author of this piece, quoting his source, seems to think the answer is "no."
[edit on 21-7-2007 by Justin Oldham]