Homeland Security for Whom?

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The Washington
Post has
published a splashy expos about the mammoth “homeland security”
intelligence empire that now burdens the United States, financially
and ideologically.

As usual, however,
there is no real historical context. And that lack of context is
part of the story — not just the current dimensions of the empire.

I wrote the
following article for Penthouse in the summer of 2003. It
was reprinted by CounterPunch later that summer.

At the time
I said: “This homeland security boondoggle is the biggest reorganization
of the U.S. government in 50 years. It might even bankrupt the country
and, perhaps intentionally, throw it into a Depression. That remains
to be seen. What is certain is that at a cost of $50 billion in
taxpayer’s money, the homeland security infrastructure will provide
Bush with 170,000 political cadres, and the internal security he
needs to assure the continuity of his political power indefinitely.
Except for providing Bush with political internal security, there
is no need for the Department of Homeland Security; it is a Trojan
Horse through which Bush will unleash his ideological storm troopers
and exploit his ill-gotten power to achieve permanent political

I put the blame
on “Bush” at the time (and the numbers have varied) but it’s really
the national security state that’s to blame for the near Depression
the homeland security state (financially and ideologically) has
caused. And of course the Washington Post is part of the national
security state — that secret group of people who control America
through secret deals — the type of secret deals that enable Washington
Post reporters’ access to anonymous CIA officers.

Don’t forget
— there is always a quid pro quo for that type of access, even in
today’s expos.

And it is that
national security state in its entirety that provides “their” empire
with built-in security. Political Internal Security.

As pundits
rush to comment on this “revelation,” don’t forget that it was utterly

And you know
what that means….

Security for Whom?
Bush, Ashcroft, and Wolfowitz Protecting America or Their Own Regime?

by Douglas Valentine

from the July 2003 issue of Penthouse Magazine

“The implication
or latent threat of terror was sufficient to insure that the people
would comply.”

~ William Colby,
creator of the CIA’s
Phoenix Program
, which targeted Vietnamese leaders for assassination
during the Vietnam War

For those of
you believe the war on terror and the violent occupation of Iraq
will ensure world peace, you’ve got another thing coming; and that
thing is the illegitimate Bush Regime’s homeland security infrastructure.

Let me state
the point of this article up front: The war on terror, and its “homeland
security” counterpart, are flip sides of the same coin. They are
the same ideology applied to foreign and domestic policy. But like
CIA agent Alden Pyle in The
Quiet American
, their evil intention is wrapped in a complex
matrix of transparent lies. Pointedly, that evil intention is to
provide the Bush Regime with political internal security at home,
thus enabling it to plunder the world with impunity.

The foreign
policy aspect of this synthesis was promulgated on September 20,
2002 in the “The National Security Strategy of the United States”
(a.k.a. the Bush Manifesto) in which the Bush Regime confers upon
itself the divine right to devastate any nation it dislikes, or
has vast oil fields or other natural resources that it covets. This
first-degree-murder strategy makes about 70 percent of Americans
feel good about Bush. But Bush has an insidious ulterior motive,
and if these feel-good Americans were to read the fine print of
his Manifesto, they would realize that by generating more human
misery around the world, the eternal war on terror will create more
dissenters at home, and thus provide Bush with the mandate he needs
to impose a de facto military dictatorship, as prescribed in his
domestic policy statements: the Homeland Security, Patriot, and
Domestic Security Enhancement Acts.

Just as waging
war around the world is popular, so too will be suppressing domestic
dissent. For example, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly recently
had to defend himself when he said war protesters were “un-American.”
His producers made him do some fast backpedaling, but the Big Mouth
was expressing the true feelings of most of his listeners. The airwaves
and editorial columns bombard the public with the Bill O’Reilly
message, and that is how peace activists go from being bad Americans
to being enemies of the state. And that is how the war on terror
translates into a homeland security infrastructure that suppresses

The Shell

Homeland Security
is a euphemism for internal security, but that phrase has the nasty
ring of McCarthyism to it, and the anti-Communist witch-hunts of
the 1950s, led by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and racist Senator
James Eastland’s Internal Security Subcommittee. Before the neo-cons
got hooked on terror, America’s hawks were obsessed with Godless
Communism. Hoover devoted his life to destroying every Communist
in America, while the Dulles brothers (CIA Director Allen and Secretary
of State John) harnessed the mania and used it as a convenient pretext
for Cold War foreign intervention, and laid the foundation stones
for the American empire after World War II. In the same way, Bush’s
anal obsession with terror is the new contrived pretext for solidifying
world domination. But as Hoover, Eastland, and the Dulles’ knew,
without political internal security, Bush cannot wage war abroad,
with all the economic benefits that entails.

So Bush, with
the help of Joe Lieberman, the Senator from Israel, created the
Department of Homeland Security to pacify (a euphemism for terrorize)
the American people into submission through a number of ploys. This
homeland security boondoggle is the biggest reorganization of the
U.S. government in 50 years. It might even bankrupt the country
and, perhaps intentionally, throw it into a Depression. That remains
to be seen. What is certain is that at a cost of $50 billion in
taxpayer’s money, the homeland security infrastructure will provide
Bush with 170,000 political cadres, and the internal security he
needs to assure the continuity of his political power indefinitely.
Except for providing Bush with political internal security, there
is no need for the Department of Homeland Security; it is a Trojan
Horse through which Bush will unleash his ideological storm troopers
and exploit his ill-gotten power to achieve permanent political

And he is creating
this police state through terror. As the Homeland Security web site
assures us, the threat of terrorism “is a permanent condition” that
“requires our country to design a new homeland security structure.”

Terror as
an Organizing Principle of Society

The underlying
principle of homeland security (and the war on terror) is that terror
is an organizing principle of society. This includes every type
of terror, from the shock and awe bombs that liberated Baghdad,
to the collective punishments Israel used to crush the Palestinian
soul. It’s armed propaganda in the form of National Guardsmen eye-balling
us at airports, and it’s the greatest psywar campaign ever waged,
in the form of red white and blue color-coded warnings of terror
attacks that never occur, and unsubstantiated reports brought to
you by government stenographers at network news.

Terror is the
underlying concept. In “Metaphoric Entrapment In Time,” researcher
Anthony Judge tells how the new homeland security infrastructure
is actually an act of “structural violence.”

“Personal violence
is for the amateur in dominance,” Judge notes, quoting two-time
Nobel Prize winner Johan Galtung, but “structural violence is the
tool of the professional. The amateur who wants to dominate uses
guns; the professional uses social structure. The legal criminality
of the social system and its institutions, of government, and of
individuals at the interpersonal level is tacit violence. Structural
violence is a structure of exploitation and social injustice.”

Now that the
Department of Homeland Security has been voted into law, Bush has
laid the groundwork for America’s new legally criminal social structure,
which exploits on both personal and professional levels. This confluence
blesses Bush with omnipotence. He is all-powerful. As he said before
sacrificing the Iraqis on the altar of his apotheosis: “We have
concluded that tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world.”

Delusions of
grandeur? A messiah syndrome? Penis envy? What gives?

as Terror

detention is the extralegal nail upon which the forthcoming legally
criminal homeland security structure hangs. It is a neat way of
avoiding the Bill of Rights and the Geneva Conventions by creating
“crimes of status.”

detention was first used by the CIA in the Vietnam War through the
notorious Phoenix “assassination” Program, and was applied against
Communists, Nationalists, and anyone else opposing the puppet US
puppet regime, just as CIA death squads are operating now in Afghanistan
and Iraq. Sympathizing with the Communists was a crime of status,
as was advocating peace.

detention is structural violence for the professionals. At the personal
level, the terror as an organizing principle of society relies on
selective terror, which means destroying one’s political opposition
through acts of terror directed at individuals. It derives from
the Eye of God technique, which plays on primitive fears of an all-seeing
cosmic Eye of God that sees into your mind. It was used in World
War One by morale officers who sent pilots in small aircraft to
fly over enemy camps to call out the names of individual soldiers.
CIA psywar expert Ed Lansdale, Graham Greene’s model for Alden Pyle
in The Quiet American, used this technique in the Philippines
in the early 1950s. At night a psywar team would creep into town
and paint an eye (like the one that appears atop the pyramid in
the Great Seal of the United States) on the wall of a house facing
a suspected Communist or Communist sympathizer.

In South Vietnam
the Eye of God trick took a ghastly twist. CIA officer Pat McGarvey
recalled to Seymour Hersh that “some psychological warfare [psywar]
guy in Washington thought of a way to scare the hell out of villagers.
When we killed the VC there, they wanted us to spread eagle the
guy, put out his eye, cut a hole in the back [of his head] and put
his eye in there. The idea was that fear was a good weapon.” Likewise,
ears were cut off corpses and nailed to houses to let the people
know that big brother was listening as well. When Viet Cong leaders
were found, Phoenix teams murdered and mutilated them along with
their families and neighbors as a means of terrorizing the neighboring
population into a state of submission. Such horrendous acts were,
for propaganda purposes, often made to look as if they had been
committed by the enemy. To spread the word that everyone was a potential
victim, CIA psywar posters pictured a Phoenix with a blacklist trailing
from its beak and a snake (i.e. a Communist) grasped in one of its
talons. The message was that the omnipotent CIA selectively snatches
its prey, in the most hideous way.

The Bush Regime
is locked into this method of selective terror. They want you to
think they know everything about you: if you’ve been bad or good,
so to speak. Just remember what happened to Uday Hussein and his
brother Qusay, and all the other Iraqis featured on the CIA’s popular
death cards, which are advertised on the Internet.

The modern
manifestation of selective terror is the computerized blacklist
— the greatest blackmail scheme ever invented: if you don’t do what
Bush and his clique want, your name pops up and you’re suppressed.
Be forewarned, the Bush Regime’s blacklists include the INS/State
Department’s TIPOFF; CAPPS II, which uses credit information and
secret databases to assess a person’s security risk level each time
he or she flies; the “No-Fly” blacklist of peace activists, distributed
to airlines by the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration;
and local blacklists like the one kept by the Denver police department.
You know about these lists. You just don’t know about the secret
ones, the Bush Regime’s enemies list of its most powerful domestic
political opponents.

detention and selective terror work in tandem and depend on informant
and surveillance programs that identify, in homeland jargon, “terrorist
surrogates” at the grassroots level of society. (Attorney General
John Ashcroft’s Terrorism Information and Prevention System, a.k.a
TIPS, was the short-lived prototype.) This is how it happens: on
the basis of a false accusation made by an anonymous homeland informant,
counter-terror teams will arrest a terrorist surrogate, detain the
person indefinitely under administrative detention laws in an interrogation
center until he or she dies or defects, or is sent to a military
tribunal for disposition. Disposition means permanent detention
in some perverse torture chambers like the ones in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. Ultimately, the Domestic Security Enhancement Act will allow
Ashcroft to secretly incarcerate and deport U.S. citizens without
any thought of ensuring them due process of law.

Check out what
happened to Jos Padilla.

To summarize
so far: Blanket surveillance, blacklists, arrests on the word of
anonymous informants, the absence of due process through extralegal
administrative detention procedures, military tribunals, incarceration,
and deportation are the instruments of the homeland security infrastructure,
which will coordinate all existing U.S. intelligence, police, and
military units in the attack on terrorists and their surrogates.

Political Security

Bush is about
to devour his domestic enemies at both the tactical (personal) and
strategic (professional) levels. Upper echelon enemies will be dealt
with by the Homeland Security Council, which Bush chairs, and which
does not appear on any organizational chart. It sets policy for
a secret political warfare program. It is the greatest danger facing
America today. Like the anthrax letters mailed to Democratic senators,
it takes only a few “black propaganda” operations to suppress the
leaders of the political opposition. Private contactors may carry
out executive actions (what the Israelis fondly refer to as “targeted
kills”) issued by this all-powerful Board of Directors, as they
are not accountable to Congress. Or Bush will employ political action
squads from the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which consists
of the FBI and CIA’s terror experts, and reports only to Bush.

Bush will neutralize opponents through the Department of Homeland
Security, which consists of four directorates: Information Analysis
and Infrastructure Protection, Science and Technology, Border and
Transportation Security, and Emergency Preparedness and Response.
The all-important Office of Intelligence, consisting of about 1000
analysts from dozens of agencies, is cloistered within the Directorate
of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection. This Office,
insofar as it will coordinate the other directorates in terror operations,
is the nerve center of the DHS political internal security infrastructure.

The Office
of Intelligence will manage the CIA’s domestic action squads, interrogation,
and informant programs, and will wag the homeland security dog by
coordinating all in-coming intelligence, and then sending out warnings
to state, local and private sector officials. Employees from the
CIA’s Counter-Terror Center will fill the most important positions
within the Office of Intelligence, and will plan daily operations
in conjunction with fellow CT Center officers posted within 93 Justice
Department terrorism task forces run around the country. With the
latest electronic surveillance gadgets available to them, they will
reach into every corner of society, including our homes, workplaces,
public facilities and computers, to sniff out terrorist surrogates
and launch preemptive attacks to neutralize them before they activate.

If you don’t
believe that the blossoming homeland security infrastructure is
already providing political internal security, consider that hundreds
of businesses and institutions across the country have already been
placed on the CIA’s Watch List. According to Bob Woodward of the
Washington Post, one Bush official said that merely being on the
list “could destroy the livelihood of all those organizations…without
a bomb being thrown or a spore of anthrax being released.”

Elizabeth Becker
of the New York Times reported several months ago that “the
leaders of many federal departments and agencies have been scrambling
to figure out… how they can influence the outcome [of the impending
Department of Homeland Security] without appearing disloyal.”

And James Bamford
noted that “pressure has been building on the intelligence agencies
to deliberately slant estimates to fit a political agenda,” and
“a growing number of military officers, intelligence professionals
and diplomats …charge that the administration squelches dissenting

This is the
maximum danger of homeland security, and what it boils down to mandatory
self-censorship. Already we passively permit hooded paramilitary
policemen with automatic rifles to search our cars, without probable
cause, for Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. These policemen are
helping us, right? They would never turn their guns on us, right?

As stated in
a CIA terrorist training manual that came to light almost 20 years
ago, “Implicit terror always accompanies weapons, since the people
are internally “aware” that they can be used against them.”

This is what
William Colby was talking about when he was quoted in the prologue
to this article as saying, “The implication or latent threat of
terror was sufficient to insure that the people would comply.”

the Political Cadres

Neo-con Michael
Ledeen, a certified homelander, rationalized the use of terror as
an organizing principle of society when he said, “New times require
new people with new standards.” According to Ledeen, these new people
have the will power to “stamp out” the “corrupt habits of mind”
manifest in the thoughts or actions of anyone who opposes Bush Regime
aggression. Says Ledeen, “The entire political world will understand
it and applaud it. And it will give [Homeland Security] a chance
to succeed, and us to prevail.”

On the international
scene, these “new people” illegally invaded Iraq, formed a puppet
regime of supplitiefs, stole the nation’s oil and are putting the
profits in their own pockets, and are now assassinating and otherwise
terrorizing, through an updated Phoenix Program, any political opposition,
in what amounts to mass murder.

management is key in creating the “new people” who will organize
the new criminal homeland social structure, and make it appear legal,
moral and most importantly, popular. The first step in manufacturing
these robots is through motivational indoctrination, which is based
on the principle that people will do anything you ask of them if
you make them feel special. In return for adopting the right attitude,
a successful career is offered. Several alumni from the CIA’s Phoenix
Program already enjoy important top homeland security posts, like
Major General Bruce Lawlor, Chief of Staff of the Department of
Homeland Security, and Roger Mackin, the CIA officer in charge of
the Department’s counter-narcotics center. From mid-1967 until mid-1968,
Mackin ran the Phoenix Program in Da Nang City, and managed its
Intelligence and Operations Coordination Center — the organizational
model for the Department of Homeland Security. Mackin is also touted
as the CIA officer who nailed Colombian drug smuggler Pablo Escobar
in a typical Phoenix assassination operation in December 1993.

CIA psywar
experts like Lawlor and Mackin will motivationally indoctrinate
the 170,000 some odd homeland security personnel to wage political
warfare. A training manual on the subject was reprinted in the early
1980s by a former Phoenix officer who got caught up in the Reagan
Regime’s illegal Contra War. Titled Psychological Operations in
Guerrilla Warfare, it states that “the human being should be considered
the priority objective in a political war. And conceived as the
military target of guerrilla war, the human being has his most critical
point in his mind. Once his mind has been reached, the ‘political
animal’ has been defeated, without necessarily receiving bullets.”

Having been
politically and motivationally indoctrinated, Critical Infrastructure
and other homeland personnel will spy on colleagues who may inadvertently
or maliciously serve as terrorist surrogates by publicly or privately
revealing information about homeland infrastructure vulnerabilities,
such as power grids or computer systems. These cadre will covertly
identify and watch terrorist surrogates until it becomes necessary
to expose the surrogates in the media. No one will want to be identified,
even falsely, as an inadvertent or malicious terrorist surrogate,
knowing that they are subject to being “stamped out,” as Michael
Ledeen suggests. In this way the Bush Regime is organizing its political
cadre — Ledeen’s “new people” who have been psychologically defeated
by the implicit terror around them and, having reverted to the same
infantile state of mind occupied by President George W. Bush, have
embraced the Fascist principles they’ve been subliminally indoctrinated
with for years through the corporate propaganda machine.

These “new
people” are fast joining front organizations like the Freedom Corps,
the Citizen Corps, Community Emergency Response Teams (which will
train kids at school to prepare for the disasters the Bush Regime
will surely visit upon America); the Neighborhood Watch Program
that will allow the Bush Regime to detain its drunk and disorderly
political opponents as terrorist surrogates; and the Medical Reserve
Corps (MRC), through which enfranchised doctors will monitor patients
within the faltering health care system.

Within these
front groups are cadres trained “in techniques of persuasion over
control of target groups” to support the Bush Regime. In the forthcoming
national emergency, these cadres will be mobilized, will attend
mass meetings, carry placards, shout slogans as part of a Popular
Information Program, appeal to our cultural beliefs through Michael
Savage-style radio shows, teach classes on correct thinking, organize
subtle but massive screening operations designed to generate defectors,
who will in turn to denounce former comrades who spoke ill of the
Bush Regime. They will intervene with “problem individuals,” and
everywhere encourage their neighbors to report the activities of
terrorist surrogates by dropping a note addressed to the police
in local mailboxes. It’s not hard to imagine a few of the most highly
motivated cadres getting carried away, grabbing ropes, and forming
lynch mobs.

Only five percent
of the people need to be organized in this fashion for Bush to wield
control over the indifferent ninety percent, and defeat the five
percent that form the political resistance. This is why psychological
operations are the Bush Regime’s No. 1 priority. Case in point:
when Bush publicly announced the Department of Homeland Security
on 6 June 2002, he stated that the organization’s primary mission
was to “mobilize and focus… the American people “to accomplish
the mission of attacking the enemy where he hides and plans.” By
which he means his political opponents.

Psywar experts
prize “compromise and discreditation” operations like the one the
FBI used against Martin Luther King before he was assassinated.
Information about his extramarital affairs was leaked, and he was
sent a message with the suggestion that he should commit suicide.
“There is only one way out for you,” the forged document read. “You
better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is
bared to the nation.” Forged documents like the one used against
King are an important facet of political blackmail, and are also
used to justify false arrests or conceal illegal operations. We
have already seen Network News broadcast “edited” videotapes of
Osama bin Laden and, in the Afghanistan war, captured (perhaps forged)
documents were routinely used as a form of black propaganda to justify
military actions that resulted in “collateral” damage.

The greatest
example, of course, is Bush’s criminal and impeachable use of forged
documents to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq. This was an act
of treason by the President of the United States, and yet within
the new legally criminal homeland security structure, it is business
as usual.

We can expect
a slew of false rumors from low-level homeland cadre, designed to
ruin the reputations of politically incorrect families in their
villages and towns, especially environmentalists who pose a threat
to Critical Infrastructure corporations. The paranoia that currently
infects the Arab-American community will spread until no one is
sure who is a spy for the Thought Police. When the national emergency
arrives, most likely the forthcoming depression, and the homeland
security infrastructure goes on Red Alert, midnight arrests and
disappearances into administrative detention centers will become
commonplace. Amid the confusion, the CIA will form special units
within the 93 terrorism task forces around the country, and other
unilateral Phoenix Program-style hit teams will operate under cover
of the security forces at their disposal.

The clincher
is when the definition of a terrorist surrogate is expanded to include
people deemed dangerous to the Public Order, at which point any
person can be arrested on criminal charges for political offenses.
No specific charge is required; a homelander like Ledeen or Bill
O’Reilly will simply accuse someone of disturbing the peace or being
un-American The definitions of sedition and treason will grow to
include disseminating information about government corruption, or
undermining the will of the State by challenging its authority.
Calling for civil disobedience will be a really scary threat to
the homeland. Cadre in the Office of Cyberspace Security will expose
you as a terrorist surrogate for sending sarcastic or satirical
emails. How can you prove you were only joking when you blamed Bush
for the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and said Cheney’s
refusal to investigate proves that Bush did it?

every town will form a Homeland Committee, chaired by a Bush Regime
operative who will process confidential reports from concerned citizens
about the activities of peaceniks, or people they don’t like for
personal reasons, such as business competitors. These reports will
pass through an ideological filter as they work their way up to
the Office of Intelligence and the Terrorist Threat Integration
Center, where motivated CIA officers will gleefully pull the plug
on environmentalists, people espousing national health care, and
anyone challenging to the Bush Regime and the internal security
forces that are firmly in its grip.

Beware. Ashcroft
has vowed to “employ new tools that ease administrative burdens.”
However benign he might think he means this, these new tools can
allow the government to wage political warfare through implicit
and explicit terror. And the government can do it! The Geneva Conventions
guarantee protection to civilians in time of war, but do not prohibit
a state from interning civilians or subjecting them to emergency
detention when such measures are necessary for the security or safety
of the state. In this way indefinite detention, torture and summary
execution, all carried out without previous judgment pronounced
by a regularly constituted court, are perfectly legal, because they
are the result of “administrative procedures” and do not involve
a “criminal sentence.”

This is what
Israel is done to the Palestinians, and this is what the Bush Regime
has in store for America through its eternal war on terror: that
sad obsession with dominance, itself a sad projection of Bush’s
feelings of inadequacy, most likely brought upon by his domineering
mother Barbara.

Valentine [send him mail]
the author of four previously published books: The Hotel Tacloban
(Lawrence Hill, 1984), The
Phoenix Program
, (William Morrow, 1990), TDY
(iUniverse.com, 2000), and The
Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs

(Verso, 2004). His latest book is The
Strength of the Pack
(TrineDay, 2009). For more information
about the author and his works, please visit his websites at www.douglasvalentine.com
and http://members.authorsguild.net/valentine.

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