The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?


The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Washington was the Godfather of international jihadism, its sugar daddy since at least the early Eighties in Afghanistan.”

The rulers would have you believe that the world is becoming more complex and dangerous all the time, compelling the United States to abandon previous (and largely fictional) norms of domestic and international legality in order to preserve civilization. In truth, what they are desperately seeking to maintain is the global dominance of U.S. and European finance capital and the racist world order from which it sprang.

The contradictions of centuries have ripened, overwhelming the capacity of the “West” to contain the new forces abroad in the world. Therefore, there must be endless, unconstrained war – endless, in the sense that it is a last ditch battle to fend off the end of imperialism, and unconstrained, in that the imperialists recognize no legal or moral boundaries to their use of military force, their only remaining advantage.

A war of caricatures.”

To mask these simple truths, the U.S. and its corporate propaganda services invent counter-realities, scenarios of impending doomsdays filled with super-villains and more armies of darkness than J.R.R. Tolkien could ever imagine. Indeed, nothing is left to the imagination, lest the people’s minds wander into the realm of truth or stumble upon a realization of their own self-interest, which is quite different than the destinies of Wall Street or the Project for a New American Century (updated, Obama “humanitarian” version). It is a war of caricatures.

Saddam “must go” – and so he went, along with a million other Iraqis. Gaddafi “must go” – and he soon departed (“We came, we saw, he died,” quipped Hillary), along with tens of thousands of Black Libyans marked for extermination. “Assad must go” – but he hasn’t left yet, requiring the U.S. and its allies to increase the arms flow to jihadist armies whose mottos translate roughly as “the western infidels must also go…next.” Afghanistan’s Soviet-aligned government was the first on the U.S. “must go” list to be toppled by the jihadist international network created as a joint venture of the Americans, Saudis and Pakistanis, in the early Eighties – a network whose very existence now requires that Constitutional law “must go” in the American homeland.

International law must go.”

Naturally, in order to facilitate all these exits of governments of sovereign states, international law, as we have known it “must go.” In its place is substituted the doctrine of “humanitarian” military intervention or “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), a rehash of the “White Man’s Burden” designed to nullify smaller powers’ rights to national sovereignty at the whim of the superpower.

The entire continent of Africa has fallen under the R2P umbrella (without ever having fully emerged from the colonial sphere – but, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?). Somalia achieved a brief period of peace, in 2006, under a broadly based Islamic Courts regime that had defeated an array of warlords backed by the U.S. Washington struck back late that year through its client state, Ethiopia. The Americans invoked both the Islamist enemy and “Responsibility to Protect” to justify an invasion that plunged Somalia into what UN observers called “the worst humanitarian crisis in Africa – worse than Darfur.” Eventually, the U.S. enlisted the African Union, itself, as the nominal authority in a CIA-led Somalia mission that has militarized the whole Horn of Africa.

U.S. proxies set off inter-communal bloodletting in Rwanda in 1994, a conflagration that served as pretext for Rwandan and Ugandan invasion of the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo and the loss of six million lives – all under the protection, funding and guidance of a succession of U.S. administrations in mock atonement for the much smaller “genocide” in Rwanda. President Obama sent Special Forces on permanent duty to the region in search of another caricature, Joseph Kony, whose only central casting defect is his rabid Christianity but whose convenient presence in the bush justifies stationing Green Berets in Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

The entire continent of Africa has fallen under the R2P umbrella.”

Muammar Gaddafi’s exorcism in Libya energized jihadists all across the northern tier of Africa, as far as northern Nigeria, giving a green light to a French colonial renaissance and further expansion of AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command. Only five years after its official inception, AFRICOM reigns supreme on the continent, with ties to the militaries of all but two African countries: the nemesis states Eritrea and Zimbabwe. (They “must go,” eventually.)

New age Euro-American law holds sway over Africa in the form of the International Criminal Court. The Court’s dockets are reserved for Africans, whose supposed civilizational deficits monopolize the global judiciary’s resources. This, too, is R2P, in robes.

Back in Syria, the reluctant domino, blood samples taken from alleged victims of chemical weapons are sent to the Americans by jihadists in their employ to prove that Assad really, really, must go. Obama announces that he is going to do what he has actually been doing for a very long time: send weapons to the “rebels.” The Washington Post, forgetting its duty to follow the administration’s scripted timelines, reports that the decision to go public about arms transfers to jihadists was made two weeks before the “proof” arrived.

Only five years after its official inception, AFRICOM reigns supreme on the continent.”

The lies become jumbled and are quickly superseded by new fictions to justify no-fly, but the targeted caricatures remain front and center, to be hooted and hollered over, once dead. It is only the lies that make these situations seem complex: the lies that cover up multiple U.S. genocides in Africa, to paint a canvas of humanitarian concern, when the simple truth is that the Americans and Europeans have established military dominion over the continent for their own greedy purposes. The lies that have attempted to camouflage a succession of brazen aggressions against unoffending secular Arab governments in order to remove any obstacles to U.S. domination of North Africa and the Near East. And, the lie that has become central to the U.S. global offensive since 9/11: that the U.S. is engaged in a global war against armed jihadists. In fact, the jihadists are American-contracted foot soldiers in an Arab world in which the U.S. is hated by the people at-large. Washington was the Godfather of international jihadism, its sugar daddy since at least the early Eighties in Afghanistan – and now, once again quite openly so in Syria as in Libya, at least for the time being.

The simple truth is, the U.S. is at war for continued hegemony over the planet, for the preservation of the imperial system and its finance capitalist rulers. In such a war, everyone, everywhere is a potential enemy, including the home population.

That’s why Bradley Manning and Julian Assange and, now, Edward Snowden are considered so dangerous; because they undermine popular consent for the government’s lies-based policies. The administration has sent its operatives to Capital Hill and all the corporate pseudo-journalistic outlets to explain how its mega-data mining of phones and the Internet has prevented “potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11,” including at least 10 “homeland-based threats,” as mouthed by National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander. The details are, of course, secret.

The actual ‘terrorist’ threat on U.S. soil is clearly relatively slight.”

However, what we do know about U.S. domestic “terror” spying is enough to dismiss the whole premise for the NSA’s vast algorithmic enterprises. The actual “terrorist” threat on U.S. soil is clearly relatively slight. Otherwise, why would the FBI have to manufacture homegrown jihadists by staging elaborate stings of homeless Black men in Miami who couldn’t put together bus fare to Chicago, much less bomb the Sears tower? Why must they entice and entrap marginal people with no capacity for clandestine warfare, and no previous inclination, into schemes to bomb synagogues and shoot down military aircraft, as in Newburgh, New York? Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant? If the FBI, with NSA assistance, is discovering significant numbers of real terrorists, wouldn’t we be watching a corresponding number of triumphal perp-walks? Of course we would. The only logical conclusion is that terror is a near-negligible domestic threat, wholly unsuited to the NSA’s full-spectrum spying on virtually every American.

So, what are they looking for? Patterns. Patterns of thought and behavior that algorithmically reveal the existence of cohorts of people that might, as a group, or a living network, create problems for the State in the future. People who do not necessarily know each other, but whose patterns of life make them potentially problematic to the rulers, possibly in some future crisis, or some future manufactured crisis. A propensity to dissent, for example. The size of these suspect cohorts, these pattern-based groups, can be as large or small as the defining criteria inputted by the programmer. So, what kind of Americans would the programmers be interested in?

Ask Edward Snowden. He's the only one talking.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at [email protected].



Brother Glen this was a

Brother Glen this was a powerful and highly thought-provoking piece.  You always bring it.

The business of the United States...

"As a general rule for understanding public policies, I insist that there are no persistent "failed" policies. Policies that do not achieve their desired outcomes for the actual powers-that-be are quickly changed. If you want to know why the U.S. policies have been what they have been for the past sixty years, you need only comply with that invaluable rule of inquiry in politics: follow the money.

When you do so, I believe you will find U.S. policies in the Middle East to have been wildly successful, so successful that the gains they have produced for the movers and shakers in the petrochemical, financial, and weapons industries (which is approximately to say, for those who have the greatest influence in determining U.S. foreign policies) must surely be counted in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

So U.S. soldiers get killed, so Palestinians get insulted, robbed, and confined to a set of squalid concentration areas, so the "peace process" never gets far from square one, etc., etc. – none of this makes the policies failures; these things are all surface froth, costs not borne by the policy makers themselves but by the cannon-fodder masses, the bovine taxpayers at large, and foreigners who count for nothing.

How much is the intelligence-security industry worth? The NYT story offers this toward the end:

Only last month, the Navy awarded Booz Allen, among others, the first contracts in a billion-dollar project to help with “a new generation of intelligence, surveillance and combat operations."

The new push is to take those skills to American allies, especially at a time of reduced spending in Washington. So while the contract with the United Arab Emirates is small, it may be a model for other countries that see cyberdefense — and perhaps offense — as their future. The company reported net income of $219 million in the fiscal year that ended on March 31. That was up from net income of $25 million in 2010, shortly after Mr. McConnell returned to the company.

They're just getting started. Note that the $219 million is net income. Earlier, the Times told us that 'more than half its $5.8 billion in annual revenue [is] coming from the military and the intelligence agencies.' The story also informs us that: 'Booz Allen is one of many companies that make up the digital spine of the intelligence world, designing the software and hardware systems on which the N.S.A. and other military and intelligence agencies depend.'"

(Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time, 18 June 2013)

You're not alone, Beverly

Hastings reportedly was being harrassed by the FBI.  When I read about his work, and his death, I immediately thought of Gary Webb who, you will recall, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a 38 caliber revolver--twice!!!


And, as drones use is being floated by corporations for domestic

surveillance, and yes, as Glen Ford suggests, against dissent while pretending "safety", I was thinking as I listened to Dem.Now this morning on expansion of drones, policy pushed/floated by corporations making big bucks from the totalitarian style policy, (almost typed "policey"- would be an unintended pun), I was thinking: "That's not Jimminy Cricket sitting just above your shoulder" (reference to my childhood favorite from "Pinocchio". Which reminds me, in a news soundbite in short short story on all news station a couple of days ago, in reply to coverage of the (bravo) ACLU-helping lawsuit by Muslims against the NYPD for spying on, infriging on religious freedom, the spokesperson for the city said, "We are only protecting Americans.".  Guess what NYC?  Muslims being spied on are Americans.

Snowden, like Ellsberg and Assange, is a fraud...

Why no revelations about 9/11? The JFK/RFK/MLK and Malcolm assassinations?

We know we're being watched. I can't trust a CIA agent who's telling us stuff we already know. There will be threats, but it will be interesting to see if a single glove is laid on Snowden, Left gatekeeper Glen Greenwald, or the MI6 paper The Guardian, or the CIA newspaper the Washington Post (owner of The same is true for the people who preceded Snowden, like Daniel Ellsberg and Assange...


How to Identify a Wall-st./CIA/MI6/WAPO/London-Guardian/Greenwald/Snowden Limited Hangout Operation:

The Glenn Greenwald/Ed Snowden Limited Hangout Psyop for War with Syria Begins to Crumble:

Webster G. Tarpley on INN World Report Radio with Tom Kiely

To Avoid War with Syria, Neutralize the CIA’s Snowden Limited Hangout Psyop:

The Webster Tarpley Program –

I Ain't Made up My Mind RE Snowden- BUT IMO Tarpley's Right -

That Syria's likely the more urgent issue. IMO this could escalate to WWIII- if FUK-US NATO, GCC & the Likudniks push it too far. IMO Putin likely has drawn his own red-line RE Syria & Iran [he's seen enough after the lies & devastation RE Iraq & Libya].

IMO Snowden just confirmed what people who've been paying attention since at-least the 9-11 'New Pearl Harbor' event- should already have known [or at-least suspected]. IMO only thing Snowden revealed that's new is the massive breath & scope of the spying on nearly everybody in the USA. But I can't say definitively if Snowden's a 'limited hang-out triple-agent' as Tarpley says- or if Snowden just, as he claims, wanted a serious open & public discussion [which was lacking] about this issue. 


RE Other Gov't Lies & Cover-ups [this topic has been over-shadowed by the Snowden NSA leak story]- which come from the quasi-mainstream 'liberal-left' flag-ship of 'alternative' news outlet- Democracy Now! June 20th show - 'Did U.S. Gov’t Lie about TWA Flight 800 Crash? Ex-Investigators Seek Probe as New Evidence Emerges' } Seventeen years ago, TWA Flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people aboard. The official government investigation blamed mechanical failure [allegedly an electrical spark in the center fuel-tank], but now a group of 6 former investigators are petitioning the NTSB to reopen the probe, saying the original report was falsified. Was the plane accidentally shot down by the U.S. Navy conducting a nearby exercise? We speak to the filmmakers behind a new documentary on the crash, "TWA Flight 800," former CBS News producer Kristina Borjesson and Tom Stalcup, a physicist and co-founder of Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization...

EYEWITNESSES: 2: I happened to look up in the sky, and saw this white light, and said, "Oh, someone shot off a flare." - EW-4: I saw what appeared to be cheap fireworks. - EW-5: I noticed a streak of light heading up towards the sky. - EW-6: I saw this white light shoot up in the sky. - EW-7: There’s something going up in the sky. - EW-8: This rocket went up in the air. - 

EYEWITNESS 9: And it looked like a flare going up. And then, the very next day, the FBI came to talk to me. It was almost abusive. They took me aside and said, "We heard that you saw something. Tell us what you saw." I told them what I saw, and they looked me straight in the face and said, "You did not see that. You saw nothing."

AMY G: And other eyewitnesses talked about that kind of abuse. One of the women who we just saw said, Kristina Borjesson, when they came to her, the FBI, just to take her testimony about what she saw, they—after she said this, what did they tell her?

KRISTINA BORJESSON: They said to her, "You have your papers in to become an American citizen, don’t you?" And she said, "Yes." And they said, "If you want to become an American citizen, you’d best be very quiet about this." And she said, "So, I kept quiet, and I never spoke about it." [Note: these same type of witness intimidation tactics were use RE the JFK hit - by the FBI, CIA, SS, etc]

AMY G: The CIA later released an animated film about the explosion and investigation of TWA Flight 800 [HUMM!!! -see below]. {


I came to these same conclusions 17yrs ago- That the center fuel tank excuse was just a BS distraction thats never been conclusively proven, & that most likely a US Navy ground to air missle got loose & blew TWA Flt 800 out of the sky- because there was a naval exercise going on in the very same area at the very same time that TWA Flt 800 went down, & many eye-witnesses, including some FAA radar people, saw some object streaking from the ground into the sky towards TWA Flt 800. 

IMO a big give away that the 'official' [lame] explanation was a pys-ops was that the CIA produced this 'animated' video to convince the public of the validity of the center fuel-tank explosion hype [FYI: that type of failure has never happened before or since on 747s & 'officially' the 'remote' possibility that TWA Flt 800 was brought down by a 'terrorist bomb or missile' has never been completely ruled out]. So if no terrorist bomb or missile was involved why was the CIA involved- or even the FBI for that matter??! FYI: Legally the CIA ain't supposed to operate inside the USA. If the TWA Flt 800 disaster was due to a rare [as in unprecedented] mechanical failure, then it's a case for the FAA & NTSB- NOT the FBI & CIA!!!  

What is wrong with having WWW III?

IMO the human species needs to be irradicated so the rest of the planet can heal over the next ten million years and return itself to it's Eden state.  We have destroyed  this place.

How interesting is it?

How interesting is it that the Supreme court restricts Black peoples voting rights and right to go to school at a time when CIA agent Snowden and MKULTRA Assange provokes tension between the US, Russia and China:


Mr. Lavrov said on Tuesday, “We have no connection with Mr. Snowden, nor with his relation toward the American justice system, nor with his movement around the world. He chose his own route and we, like most of those here, found out about this from the press.” [Note: Western CIA/MI6 Press lol..]

The anti-secrecy organization, WikiLeaks, which says it has helped Mr. Snowden evade the American authorities, has said that he is safe and healthy but has declined to pinpoint his whereabouts. The White House has said it believes that Mr. Snowden is still in Moscow.

End Quote...

So British Hong Kong allows Snowden to "escape" after he leaks info to a British MI6 paper and now he's being assisted by Assange who's in London! HA!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong hasn't been British since 1997.