Tea Party Crashes: The Most Unpatriotic Act
by Susan Lindauer
The People's Voice
that since November I've been holding my breath, watching the clock
for how long Tea Party newcomers could hold out against the entrenched
Republican elite on Capitol Hill. Collapse was inevitable, however
I admit to feeling bitterly surprised at how rapidly they have thrown
in the towel.
For the record,
most of the Tea Party quit their principles of liberty on February
14, 2011 20 days into the new Congress when Tea Party
leaders abruptly abandoned their opposition to the Patriot Act and
voted to extend intrusive domestic surveillance, wire tapping and
warrantless searches of American citizens. In so doing, they exposed
the fraud of their soaring campaign promises to defend the liberty
of ordinary Americans, and fight government intrusions on freedom.
All those wide-eyed speeches that flowed with such thrilling devotions,
all of it proved to be self-aggrandizing lies.
The Tea Party
didn't even put up a fight. Briefly they rejected a sneak attack
to renew three surveillance clauses of the Patriot Act on a suspension
vote. That filled my heart with hope. One push from the Republican
elite, however and they went down with a loud thud.
is particularly acute. Rather notoriously, I am distinguished as
the second non-Arab American to face indictment on the Patriot Act,
after Jose Padilla.
My status was
pretty close to an enemy non-combatant. One would presume that I
must have joined some terrorist conspiracy? Or engaged in some brutal
act of sedition, such as stock piling weapons and munitions to overthrow
those crooks in Congress?
You would be
wrong. I got indicted for protesting the War in Iraq. My crime was
delivering a warm-hearted letter to my second cousin White House
Chief of Staff, Andy Card, which correctly outlined the consequences
of War. Suspiciously, I had been one of the very few Assets covering
the Iraqi Embassy at the United Nations for seven years. Thus, I
was personally acquainted with the truth about Pre-War Intelligence,
which differs remarkably from the story invented by GOP leaders
on Capitol Hill.
still, my team gave advance warnings about the 9/11 attack and solicited
Iraq's cooperation after 9/11. In August 2001, at the urging of
my CIA handler, I phoned Attorney General John Ashcroft's private
staff and the Office of Counter-Terrorism to ask for an "emergency
broadcast alert" across all federal agencies, seeking any fragment
of intelligence on airplane hijackings. My warning cited the World
Trade Center as the identified target. Highly credible independent
sources have confirmed that in August, 2001 I described the strike
on the World Trade Center as "imminent," with the potential
for "mass casualties, possibly using a miniature thermonuclear
Thanks to the
Patriot Act, Americans have zero knowledge of those truths, though
the 9/11 Community has zoomed close for years. Republican leaders
invoked the Patriot Act to take me down 30 days after I approached
the offices of Senator John McCain and Trent Lott, requesting to
testify about Iraq's cooperation with the 9/11 investigation and
a comprehensive peace framework that would have achieved every U.S.
and British objective without firing a shot. Ironically, because
of the Patriot Act, my conversations with Senator Trent Lott's staff
got captured on wire taps, proving my story.
You see, contrary
to rhetoric on Capitol Hill, the Patriot Act is first and foremost
a weapon to bludgeon whistleblowers and political dissidents. Indeed,
it has been singularly crafted for that purpose.
people are not nearly as frightened as they should be. Many Americans
expect the Patriot Act to limit its surveillance to overseas communications.
Yet while I was under indictment, Maryland State Police invoked
the Patriot Act to wire tap activists tied to the Chesapeake Climate
Action Network, an environmental group dedicated to wind power,
solar energy and recycling. The DC Anti-War Network was targeted
as a "white supremacist group." Amnesty International
and anti-death penalty activists got targeted for alleged "civil
All of these
are American activists engaged in lawful disputes of government
policy. All of them got victimized by the surveillance techniques
approved by Tea Party leaders, because they pursued a policy agenda
that contradicted current government policies. The Tea Party swore
to defend the freedom of independent thinking in Congressional campaigns.
One presumes those promises are now forgotten until the next election.
I cannot forget.
I cannot forget how I was subjected to secret charges, secret evidence
and secret grand jury testimony that denied my right to face my
accusers or their accusations in open court, throughout five years
of indictment. I cannot forget my imprisonment on a Texas military
base for a year without a trial or evidentiary hearing.
I cannot forget
how the FBI, the US Attorneys Office, the Bureau of Prisons and
the main Justice office in Washington independently and collectively
verified my story then falsified testimony to Chief Justice Michael
Mukasey, denying our 9/11 warnings and my long-time status as a
U.S. intelligence Asset, though my witnesses had aggressively confronted
them. Apparently the Patriot Act allows the Justice Department to
withhold corroborating evidence and testimony from the Court, if
it is deemed "classified."
I cannot forget
threats of forcible drugging and indefinite detention up to 10 years,
until I could be "cured" of believing what everybody wanted
to deny because it was damn inconvenient to politicians in
Washington anxious to hold onto power.
are unforgivable in a democracy. The Patriot Act would be right
at the top of that list. Nobody who has supported that wretched
law should ever be allowed to brag of defending liberty again. That
goes for the Tea Party. By voting to extend surveillance of American
citizens, they have abandoned the principles of freedom that brought
about their rise to power. They have shown their true face.
It is a face
that we, the people, will remember. I, for one, have no intention
of allowing them to forget.
with permission from The
Lindauer is a whistleblower indicted under the Patriot Act. She
is the author of Extreme
Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover
Ups of 9/11 and Iraq.
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