Western Civilization Has Shed Its Values
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: Who,
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no longer upholds the values it proclaims, so what is the basis
for its claim to virtue?
the US print and TV media and the US government have made it completely
clear that they have no regard for the First Amendment. Consider
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s reaction to the leaked diplomatic cables that
reveal how the US government uses deceptions, bribes, and threats
to control other governments and to deceive the American and other
publics. Blitzer is outraged that information revealing the US government’s
improprieties reached the people, or some of them. As
Alexander Cockburn wrote, Blitzer demanded that the US government
take the necessary steps to make certain that journalists and the
American people never again find out what their government is up
for the First Amendment is well established in the US media, which
functions as a propaganda ministry for the government. Remember
the NSA leak given to the New York Times that the George
W. Bush regime was violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act and spying on Americans without obtaining warrants from the
FISA court? The New York Times spiked the story for one year
and did not release it until
after Bush’s reelection. By then, the Bush regime had fabricated
a legal doctrine that "authorized" Bush to violate US
writing at Salon has exposed the absence of moral standards among
WikiLeaks’ critics. WikiLeaks’ critics could not make it clearer
that they do not believe in accountable government. And to make
certain that the government is not held accountable, WikiLeaks’
critics are calling for every possible police state measure, including
extra-judicial murder, to stamp out anyone who makes information
available that enables the citizenry to hold government accountable.
The US government
definitely does not believe in accountable government. Among the
first things the Obama regime did was to make certain that there
would be no investigation into the Bush regime’s use of lies, fabricated
"intelligence," and deception of the American public and
the United Nations in order to further its agenda of conquering
the independent Muslim states in the Middle East and turning them
into US puppets. The Obama regime also made certain that no member
of the Bush regime would be held accountable for violating US and
international laws, for torturing detainees, for war crimes, for
privacy violations or for any of the other criminal acts of the
As the cables
leaked by a patriotic American to WikiLeaks reveal, the US government
was even able to prevent accountable government in the UK by having
British prime minister Brown "fix" the official Chilcot
Inquiry into the deceptions used by former prime minister Tony Blair
to lead the British into serving as mercenaries in America’s wars.
The US was able to do this, because the British prime minister does
not believe in accountable government either.
documents show that the last thing the US government wants anywhere
is a government that is accountable to its own citizens instead
of to the US government.
The US government’s
frontal assault on freedom of information goes well beyond WikiLeaks
and shutting down its host servers. In a December 2 editorial, "Wave
goodbye to Internet freedom," the Washington Times reports
that Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski
has "outlined a plan to expand the federal government’s power
over the Internet."
but unasked, question is: Why does the US government fear the American
people and believe that only news that is managed and spun by the
government is fit to print? Is there an agenda afoot to turn citizens
most discouraging development is the accusation that is being spread
via the Internet that Julian Assange is a dupe or even a covert
agent used by the CIA and Mossad to spread disinformation that furthers
US and Israeli agendas. This accusation might come from intelligence
services striving to protect governments by discrediting the leaked
information. However, it has gained traction because some of the
cables contain false information. Some have concluded, incorrectly,
that the false information was put into the documents for the purpose
of being leaked.
There is another
explanation for the false information. Diplomats concerned with
advancing their careers learn to tell their bosses what they want
to hear, whether true or false. Diplomats understand that the US
government has agendas that it cannot declare and that they are
expected to support these agendas by sending in reports that validate
the undeclared agendas. For example, the US government cannot openly
say that it is endeavoring to create a climate of opinion that gives
the US a green light for eliminating the independent Iranian government
and re-establishing an American puppet state. US "diplomats,"
a.k.a., spies, understand this and fabricate the information that
supports the agenda.
In my opinion,
the most important of all the cables leaked is the secret
directive sent by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to 33
US embassies and consulates ordering US diplomats to provide credit
card numbers, email addresses, phone, fax and pager numbers, frequent-flyer
account numbers and biographic and biometric information including
DNA information on UN officials from the Secretary General down,
including "heads of peace operations and political field missions."
has been characterized as the spy directive, but this is an unusual
kind of spying. Usually, spying focuses on what other governments
think, how they are likely to vote on US initiatives, who can be
bribed, and on sexual affairs that could be used to blackmail acquiescence
to US agendas.
the information requested in the secret directive is the kind of
information that would be used to steal a person’s identity.
Why does the
US government want information that would enable it to steal the
identities of UN officials and impersonate them?
The US government
loves to pretend that its acts of naked aggression are acts of liberation
mandated by "the world community." The world community
has been less supportive of US aggression since it learned that
the Bush regime lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Consequently,
the UN has not given Washington the green light Washington wants
for a military assault on Iran. Neither has the UN given Washington
the extreme sanctions that it wants the world community to impose
As the UN refused
Washington’s menu of sanctions, Washington unilaterally added its
own sanction package to the UN sanctions, to the dismay of the Russians
and other governments who believed that they had arrived at a compromise
with Washington over the Iran sanctions issue.
Could it be
that Washington wants to be able to impersonate UN officials and
country delegates so that it can compromise them by involving them
in fake terrorist plots, communications with terrorists real or
contrived, money laundering, sex scandals and other such means of
suborning their cooperation with Washington’s agendas? All the CIA
has to do is to call a Taliban or Hamas chief on a UN official’s
telephone number or send a compromising fax with a UN official’s
fax number or have operatives pay for visits to prostitutes with
a UN official’s credit card number.
report in the Guardian on December 2 that the CIA drew up
the UN spy directive signed off by Hillary Clinton is a good indication
that the United States government intended to compromise the United
Nations and turn the organization, as it has done with so many governments,
into a compliant instrument of American policy.
is another plausible explanation of why the US government desired
information that would enable it to impersonate UN officials, but
as a person who had a 25-year career in Washington I cannot think
of what it might be.
Craig Roberts [send
him mail], a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
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