Spirit of Ma'at: "Freedom & National Security" — Vol 2 May 2002

Fake Terror

The Road to

by Michael Rivero

The state-sponsored schools will never tell you this, but governments routinely rely on fear-producing hoaxes — "fake terror" — to sell their agendas to an otherwise reluctant public. The Romans accepted the Emperors and the Germans accepted Hitler not because they wanted to, but because the carefully crafted illusions of threat appeared to leave no other choice.

"Fake Terror" and the Fall of the Roman Republic

It's the oldest trick in the book: creating the enemies you need.

In 70 BC, an ambitious minor politician and extremely wealthy man, Marcus Licineus Crassus, wanted to rule Rome. At this time, Rome was still a Republic and placed very strict limits on what rulers could do — and, more importantly, on what they could not do. But Crassus had no intention of enduring such limits to his personal power, and contrived a plan.

In order to strike terror into the hearts of Romans, Crassus seized upon the slave revolt led by Spartacus. Spartacus had already defeated Rome's garrison in battle but had no intention of marching on Rome itself, a move he knew to be suicidal. Spartacus and his band wanted nothing to do with the Roman empire and had planned from the start merely to loot enough money from their former owners in the Italian countryside to hire a mercenary fleet in which to sail to freedom.

Sailing away was the last thing Crassus wanted Spartacus to do. He needed a convenient enemy with which to terrorize Rome itself for his personal political gain. So Crassus bribed the mercenary fleet to sail without Spartacus, then positioned two Roman legions in such a way that Spartacus had no choice but to march on Rome.

Terrified of the impending arrival of the much-feared army of gladiators, Rome declared Crassus Praetor. Crassus then crushed Spartacus's army and was elected Consul of Rome the following year.

With this maneuver, the Romans surrendered their Republican form of government. Soon would follow the First Triumvirate, consisting of Crassus, Pompeii (who took credit for crushing Spartacus), and Julius Caesar.

Then Julius Caesar's political opponent, Cicero, for all his literary accomplishments, played the same game in his campaign against Julius Caesar, claiming that Rome was falling victim to an internal "vast right-wing conspiracy." In order to demonstrate to the Romans just how unsafe Rome had become, Cicero hired thugs to cause as much disturbance as possible, and campaigned on a promise to end the internal strife if he were elected and granted extraordinary powers.

The Romans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic. The Triumvirute was followed by the reign of the godlike Emperors of Rome.

"Fake Terror" and the Third Reich

Elected Chancellor of Germany, Hitler, like Crassus, had no intention of living within the strict limits to his power that were imposed by German law.

Unlike Cicero's, Hitler's thugs were easy to recognize: they all wore the same brown shirts. But their actions were no different than those of their Roman predecessors. They staged beatings, set fires, and caused as much trouble as they could, while Hitler made speeches promising that he could end the crime wave of subversion and terrorism if he were granted extraordinary powers.

Then, in a staged terrorist attack blamed upon the Jews, Hitler had the Reichstagg burned down.

The Germans were hoaxed into surrendering their republic and accepting the total rule of der Fuehrer.

"Fake Terror" and Early American Wars

Our own government, too, uses hoaxes to create the illusion that We The People have no choice but to go in the direction that the government wishes us to take.

In 1898, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal were arguing for American intervention in Cuba. Hearst is reported to have dispatched a photographer to Cuba to photograph the coming war with Spain. When the photographer asked just what war that might be, Hearst is reported to have replied, "You take the photographs, and I will provide the war." Hearst was true to his word, as his newspaper published stories of great atrocities being committed against the Cuban people, most of which turned out to be complete fabrications.

On the night of February 15, 1898, the USS Maine, lying in Havana harbor in a show of US resolve to protect her interests, exploded violently. Captain Sigsbee, the commander of the Maine, urged that no assumptions of enemy attack be made until there was a full investigation of the cause of the explosion. For this, Captain Sigsbee was excoriated in the press for "refusing to see the obvious." The Atlantic Monthly declared flat out that to suppose the explosion to be anything other than a deliberate act by Spain was "completely at defiance of the laws of probability."

Under the slogan "Remember the Maine," Americans went to war with Spain, eventually winning the Philippines (and annexing Hawaii along the way).

But in 1975, an investigating team led by Admiral Hyman Rickover analyzed the data recovered from a 1911 examination of the wreck and concluded that there had been no evidence of external explosion. The most likely cause of the sinking, they determined, was a coal-dust explosion in a coal bunker that had been imprudently located next to the ship's magazines. Captain Sigsbee's caution had been well founded.

"Fake Terror" and the Attack on Pearl Harbor

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted a war with Germany to stop Hitler, but he also needed a war to mask the symptoms of a still deathly-ill economy struggling back from the Great Depression (and mutating towards socialism). But despite several provocations in the Atlantic, the American people, still struggling with their troublesome economy, were opposed to war.

Roosevelt needed an enemy, and if America would not willingly attack that enemy, then an enemy would have to be maneuvered into attacking America — much as Marcus Licinius Crassus maneuvered Spartacus into attacking Rome.

In an attempt to provoke retaliation, Roosevelt violated neutrality with lend lease, and even ordered the sinking of several German ships in the Atlantic — but Hitler refused to take the bait.

The way open to war was created when Japan signed the Tripartite Agreement with Italy and Germany, with all parties pledging mutual defense to each other. Whereas Hitler would never declare war on the United States no matter the provocation, the means to force Japan to do so were readily at hand, for Japan needed oil and steel and America was in a position to deny them to her.

The first step was to place oil and steel embargoes on Japan, using Japan's wars on the Asian mainland as an excuse. These embargoes forced Japan to consider seizing oil- and mineral-rich regions in Indonesia.

With the European powers militarily exhausted by the war in Europe, the United States was the only power in the Pacific able to stop Japan from invading the Dutch East Indies. By moving the Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt ensured that Japan would have to make a preemptive attack upon that fleet if they planned to extend their empire into the "southern resource area."

In other words, Roosevelt boxed in Japan just as completely as Crassus had boxed in Spartacus. Japan needed oil. They had to invade Indonesia to get it, and to do that they first had to remove the threat of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. There never really was any other course open to them.

To enrage the American people as much as possible, Roosevelt needed the first overt attack by Japan to be as bloody as possible, appearing as a sneak attack much as the Japanese had done to the Russians. So Roosevelt and his associates made sure that the commanders in Hawaii — General Short and Admiral Kimmel — were kept in the dark about the location of the Japanese fleet and its intentions (the generals were then scapegoated for the attack; it was only recently that Congress exonerated both Short and Kimmel, posthumously restoring them to their former ranks).

But as the Army board concluded at the time, and subsequent de-classified documents have confirmed, Washington DC knew exactly where the Japanese fleet was and where it was headed, and knew that the attack was coming.

On November 29th, Secretary of State Hull showed United Press reporter Joe Leib a message with the time and place of the attack. The New York Times, on page 13 of its special Pearl Harbor edition, even reported that the time and place of the attack had been known in advance!

The much repeated claim that the Japanese fleet maintained radio silence on its way to Hawaii was a lie. Among other intercepts still held in the Archives of the NSA [National Security Administration] is the uncoded message sent by the Japanese tanker Shirya stating: "Proceeding to a position 30.00 N, 154.20 E [near Hawaii]. Expect to arrive at that point on 3 December."

"Fake Terror" and the War in Vietnam

President Lyndon Johnson wanted a war in Vietnam. He wanted it to help his friends who owned defense companies to make money. He needed it to get the Pentagon and CIA to quit trying to invade Cuba. And, most of all, he needed a provocation to convince the American people that there was really "no other choice."

On August 5, 1964, newspapers across America reported "renewed attacks" against American destroyers operating in Vietnamese waters, specifically the Gulf of Tonkin. The official story was that North Vietnamese torpedo boats had launched an "unprovoked attack" on the USS Maddox while it was on "routine patrol."

The truth is that USS Maddox was involved in aggressive intelligence gathering in coordination with actual attacks by South Vietnam and the Laotian Air Force against targets in North Vietnam.

The truth also is that there never was any attack by torpedo boats against the USS Maddox! Captain John J. Herrick, the task force commander in the Gulf, cabled Washington DC that the report had been the result of an "over-eager" sonarman who had picked up the sounds of his own ship's screws and had panicked. But even knowing that the report was false, Lyndon Johnson went on national television that night to announce the commencement of air strikes against North Vietnam "in retaliation" for an attack that had never occurred.

"Fake Terror" and Desert Storm

President George Bush wanted a war in Iraq. Like Crassus was, George Bush is motivated by money — specifically, oil money. But with the OPEC alliance failing to keep limits on oil production in the Mideast, the market was being glutted with oil pumped from underneath Iraq, which sat over roughly one-third of the oil reserves of the entire region.

George Bush wanted a war to stop that flow of oil in order to keep oil prices (and his own profits) from falling any further than they already had. But, like Roosevelt, he needed the "other side" to make the first move.

Iraq had long been trying to acquire greater access to the Persian Gulf, and felt limited in being confined a narrow strip of land along Kuwait's northern border (which also places Iraq interests in close proximity with hostile Iran). George Bush, who had been covertly arming Iraq during its war with Iran, sent word via April Glaspie that the United States would not intervene if Saddam Hussein grabbed a larger part of Kuwait.

Saddam fell for the bait and invaded.

Of course, Americans were not about to send their sons and daughters to risk their lives for petroleum products. So George Bush arranged a hoax, using a public relations firm which has grown rich on taxpayer money by being creative and industrious liars.

The PR firm concocted a monumental fraud in which the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States went on television pretending to be a nurse, and related a horror story in which Iraqi troops looted the incubators from a Kuwaiti hospital, leaving the premature babies on the cold floor to die. The media, who were made part of this swindle from the start, never bothered to ask why this "nurse" had not picked the babies up and wrapped them in blankets.

Enraged by the incubator story, Americans supported operation Desert Storm, which never did remove Saddam Hussein from power, but which did take Kuwait's oil off of the market for almost two years and which has had the effect of limiting Iraq's oil exports to this very day.

That our sons and daughters came home from Desert Storm with serious and lingering medical illnesses was apparently not too great a price to pay for increased oil profits.

"Fake Terror" and the War in Bosnia

Following the victory in Iraq, yet another war appeared to be in the offing in the mineral-rich regions of Bosnia. Yet again, a hoax was used to create support for military action.

The photo at left of Fikret Alic staring through a barbed wire fence was used to "prove" the existance of modern-day "concentration camps." As the headline of "Belsen 92" indicates, all possible associations with the Nazi horrors were made to sell the necessity of sending yet more American troops into someone else's nation.

But when German Journalists went to Trnopolje, the site of the supposed concentration camp, to film a documentary, they discovered that the photo was a fake. The camp at Trnopolje was not a concentration camp but a refugee center. Nor was it surrounded by barbed wire. Careful examination of the original photo revealed that the photographer had shot the photo through a broken section of fence surrounding a toolshed. It was the photographer who was on the inside, shooting out at the refugees.

Once again, Americans had been hoaxed into support of actions they might otherwise not have agreed with.

"Fake Terror" and Diversionary Tactics

While several American Presidents have willingly started wars for personal purposes, perhaps no president has ever carried it to the extreme that Bill Clinton did.

Coincident with the expected public statement of Monica Lewinsky following her testimony, Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on Sudan and Afghanistan, claiming to have had irrefutable proof that bogeyman extraordinaire (and former Afghani ally) Osama Bin Ladin was creating terrorist chemical weapons there.

Examination of the photos of the debris revealed none of the expected structures one would find in a laboratory that handled lethal weapons-grade materials. Assurances from the CIA that they had a positive soil test for biological weapons fell on their face when it was revealed that there had been no open soil anywhere near the pre-bombed facility. Sudan requested that international observers come test the remains of the factory for any signs of the nerve gas Clinton had insisted was there. None was found. The Sudanese plant was a harmless aspirin factory, and the owner has sued for damages.

Later examination of the site hit in Afghanistan revealed it to be a mosque.

Meanwhile, back in Kosovo, stories about genocide and atrocities were flooding the media (in time to distract from the Sudanese embarrassments), just as lurid and sensational and — as it often turns out — just as fictional as most of William Randolph Hearst's stories of atrocities against the Cubans.

fake migAgain, the government and the media were hoaxing Americans. The photo at right was shown on all the American networks, claiming to be one of Slobodan Milosovic's MiGs, shot down while it was attacking civilians. Closer examination (click on the photo) shows it to be stenciled in English! [Note: You can make out "ANNUAL" and "INSP" and "C/7" followed by a number—Ed.]

Like Germany under Chancellor Hitler, there have been events in our nation which strike fear into the hearts of the citizens, such as the bombing of the New York World Trade Tower bombing, the Oklahoma City Federal Building, and Olympic Park (nicely timed to divert the media from witnesses to the TWA 800 shootdown).

The media has been very quick to blame such events on "radicals," "subversives," "vast right wing conspiracies," and other "enemies in our midst." But on closer examination, such "domestic terrorist" events do not appear to be what they are made out to be. They are lies — no different from the lies used by Cicero and Hitler.

The FBI had an informant inside the World Trade Tower bombers, Emad Salam, who offered to sabotage the bomb. The FBI told him no.

The so-called "hot bed" of white separatism at Elohim City, occasional home to Tim McVeigh in the weeks prior to the Oklahoma City bombing, was founded and is being run by an FBI informant.


So, here we are today. Like the Romans of Crassus's and Cicero's time, or the Germans under a newly-elected Hitler, we are being warned that a dangerous enemy threatens us — implacable, invisible, omnipresent, and invulnerable as long as our government is hamstrung by that silly old Bill of Rights.

Already there have appeared articles debating whether or not "extraordinary measures" (i.e. torture) might not be fully justified under circumstances such as those we are purported to face.

As was the case in Rome and Germany, the government continues to plead with the public for an expansion of its power and authority, to "deal with the crisis."

However, as Casio watch timers are paraded before the cameras to the stentorian tones of the talking heads' constant dire warnings, it is legitimate to question just how much of this crisis is real, and how much is the result of political machinations by our own leaders.

Are the terrorists really a threat? Or are they hired actors with bombs and Casio watches, paid for by Cicero and given brown shirts to wear by Hitler?

Does the terrorism inside the United States really come from the outside? Or is it a stage-managed production, designed to cause Americans to believe that they have no choice but to surrender their republic and accept the totalitarian rule of a new emperor — a new Fuehrer?

Once it was lost, the Romans never got their republic back. Once it was lost, the Germans never got their republic back. In both cases, the nation was totally destroyed before freedom was restored to its people.

Remember these things when a modern-day Crassus tells you that Sparticus is approaching.

Remember these things when thugs in the streets act in a manner clearly designed to provoke public fear.

Remember these things when the Reichstagg burns down.

This article first appeared as a post in the Free Republic. Its author was surprised to learn that it had been copied and re-posted at dozens of sites around the world. Now the article resides at Rivero's own website (WhatReallyHappened.com). It is included in this issue with the author's permission.

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