[R-G] Homeland Security: When The Phoenix Comes Home To Roost
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When The Phoenix Comes Home To Roost
"The implication or latent threat of terror was sufficient to insure that
the people would comply." William Colby, RIP (1)
America has been in an ideological state of siege since 11 September 2001,
when the Twin Towers came crashing down, and all the moral and psychological
prohibitions on the reactionary right were lifted forever. Under the aegis
righteous retribution, the anger and frustration the neo-conservatives
cultivated during the Vietnam War, and the degenerate Clinton
Administration, was unleashed in a torrent of unabashed war mongering. Even
Democrats climbed on the war wagon and four days later, on 15 September
2001, Congress, save for one glorious dissenter, gave Bush $40 billion and
the authority to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against those
involved (or could be said to have been involved) in the uninvestigated and
as yet unexplained terrorist attacks.
After the attacks, Bush embarked on his Holy Crusade. But something
insidious was happening behind the scenes: with little fanfare Bush
announced the formation of the Office of Homeland Security to detect,
prevent, and recover from terrorist attacks, and/or "weapons of mass
destruction" attacks on American soil. This obscure Office of Homeland
Security was officially created by executive fiat on 8 October 2001. Less
than three weeks later, again with overwhelming Congressional support, Bush
signed the draconian USA Patriot Act into law, vastly expanding the domestic
intelligence gathering and law enforcement powers of the government, while
rolling back individual rights and protections from government intrusions.
The stigma of his having stolen the 2000 presidential election was replaced,
thanks to the horror of 11 September, with the popular war of revenge in
Afghanistan, and as a result, Bushs standings in the polls nearly doubled.
In the absence of opposition from the anthrax-challenged Democratic Party
leadership, his rationale for eternal war on terror evolved over the next
year, and on 20 September 2002 it was set in stone with the promulgation of
"The National Security Strategy of the United States," through which Bush
conferred upon himself the divine right to launch deadly preemptive attacks
on any nation he characterizes as a terrorist threat.
This first-degree murder strategy (call it Manifesto Bush) makes many
Americans feel safer because its terror, for the moment, is directed at the
"other." But this first-strike foreign policy has potentially lethal
consequences for American citizens as well, for by launching pre-emptive
strikes against foreign countries, Bush will kill hundreds if not thousands
of innocent people. The killing of innocents will generate more domestic
dissident, and more dissent will provide Bush with the pretext he needs to
impose a "legally criminal" social structure. This is the sinister "other"
side of Manifesto Bush, for the illegitimate Bush Régime requires a "legally
criminal" social structure to maintain its dominance, and ensure support for
the eternal war on terror, with all the personal economic benefits that
entails for Bush and his clique. (3)
In order to institutionalize his "legally criminal" social structure, Bush
signed the Homeland Security Act on 25 November 2002, creating the
Department of Homeland Security under former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom
Ridge. The Departments job is to coordinate the anti-terror elements of
dozens of federal agencies, and to secure the US "from terrorist threats or
attacks," be they genuine or provoked by the Bush Régime. The Act also
provides for a policy-making Homeland Security Council. The Council has as
its four standing members; Bush (as chairman), Vice President Dick Cheney,
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
The Homeland Security Council is the flip side of the "other" directed
National Security Council. (4)
Last but not least, Bush on 29 January 2003 created the Terrorist Threat
Integration Center (TTIC). TTIC combines the essential anti-terror elements
of the Justice Department and the CIA. It reports directly to Bush, so the
Bush Régime may coordinate the war on terror with the Homeland Security
apparatus, outside the Department of Homeland Security and Congressional
The Method In Their Madness
Homeland Security is a euphemism for internal security, and Manifesto Bush
is based on Homeland Security, for without political "internal security" at
home, he cannot plunder the world. There is no other need for Homeland
Security. That's right: Bush did not concoct the Homeland Security apparatus
to provide Americans with bigger SUVs or greater protection from terrorism.
On the contrary, at a cost of $50 billion in taxpayers money, it will
provide Bush with the 170,000 political cadres he needs to pacify the
unwitting, flag-waving American public, including the 75% that support him
and his illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the idiotic 40% that
believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for the terror attacks of 11
September. Homeland Security is a Trojan Horse through which Bush will
unleash his ideological storm troopers on America, and exploit his
ill-gotten power to achieve personal and political gain.
This is no mean feat. Creating the Homeland Security apparatus is the
largest reorganization of the US government in fifty years. According to
Lawrence Korb, one of the nation's leading national security experts at the
Council on Foreign Relations, it might even "bankrupt the country." Which
may be another of its unstated purposes, for Bush will need a series of
national emergencies, a depression as well as preordained terror attacks, to
perpetuate his de facto military dictatorship. (5)
It's important to remember is that the Bush Régime is creating this fascist
police state through the Big Lie technique favored by Hitler. A generation
has passed since the Vietnam War, and thirty years of Hollywood propaganda
has erased from America's collective memory the lessons that humiliating
defeat taught about the abuse of power. Americans no longer have a moral
imperative to pretend that they care what is right or wrong. The only thing
that matters to them now is conquest.
And yet, everyday the war on terror is looking more like the Phoenix Program
in South Vietnam, but on a global scale. Eighteen months after the burqa was
lifted in Afghanistan, CIA directed Special Forces systematically hunt down
and murder the political opposition of the Bush Régimes puppet government.
And in Iraq, the "total victory" Bush promised has translated into the
violent suppression of thousands of Nationalists, not just Saddams
political supporters. Worldwide, the Bush Régime has a Phoenix Program-style
blacklist of sixty nations it intends to invade, conquer and convert into
quisling quasi-democracies through a series of "shock and awe" military
campaigns, followed by endless, illegal dirty wars designed to eradicate the
Bush Régimes ideological opposition from the face of the earth. Thats
What Bush isn't telling you, is that in order to commit genocide and plunder
the world, he needs to ensure his political "internal security" at home.
This will be done in the same way the war on terror is being waged overseas:
through a new and improved version of the CIAs Phoenix Program, as it was
conceived in Vietnam, perfected in Israel, and is about to applied here
through the Homeland Security apparatus.
Anti-Terrorism As Internal Security
On 12 December 1970, the CIA issued a report titled Internal Security in
South Vietnam-Phoenix. It is significant for two reasons. First, it
documents that the CIA equated its Phoenix "anti-terror" Program with
political "internal security." Secondly, it is significant because it
acknowledged that terrorism, as well as political and psychological
operations, were more dangerous to internal security than main force
military operations. According to the CIA, the Viet Cong Infrastructure
(VCI) managed this shadow war in South Vietnam. In the report, Internal
Security in South Vietnam-Phoenix, the VCI is defined as "the political and
administrative organization through which the Communists control or seek to
control the people of South Vietnam."*
Keep this definition in mind, for the CIA's "political and administrative"
targets in South Vietnam were civilians, not soldiers. The same holds true
today. Civilians in Afghanistan or Iraq who organize politically against the
Bush Régimes puppet rulers are the modern equivalent of the VCI, and,
according to Manifesto Bush, they can be hunted and killed by the CIA. If
they arm themselves in self-defense in their Homeland, they become
"faceless" terrorists. Likewise, the Homeland Security apparatus will
eventually target the Bush Regime's "political and administrative"
opposition in America.
The 10 December 1970 report stated that the CIA's Phoenix Program was the
only defense against the insurgencys managers, and the terrorists under
their control. Phoenix did this by coordinating all US and South Vietnamese
intelligence and anti-terror agencies in an effort to identify and then
"neutralize" the VCI. To "neutralize" meant to kill, capture, or make to
defect, and the CIA went about this in typical corporate fashion: it imposed
an 1800-per-month neutralization quota on its Phoenix officers in the field.
Those officers in turn relied upon a computerized blacklist of the VCI,
which included not only Communists, but also their sympathizers and, more
significantly, anyone not actively supporting America's puppet government.
Innocent people who found their names on the Phoenix blacklist could be
killed, kidnapped, detained and/or tortured indefinitely on the false
accusation of one anonymous informant.
More on the blacklist later: for the moment Id like to explain how the
analogy between the CIAs Phoenix Program and the Bush Régimes Homeland
Security apparatus becomes more valid everyday.
Phoenix As The Conceptual Precedent For Homeland Security
The Phoenix concept is that terror is an organizing principle of society,
and it is through terror that Bush will create his "legally criminal"
society through the Homeland Security apparatus. This includes every type of
terror, from the "explicit" terror of the sadistic, feudalistic siege that
strangled, starved, obliterated and liberated Baghdad from a despot, and
delivered it into a humanitarian catastrophe; to the "collective" terror
Israel dishes out to deny Palestinians jobs, health, education, pride. It is
the pure terror of rubber bullets that pepper war protesters in America.
There is also the "implicit" psychological terror of jack-booted National
Guardsmen patrolling airports, and of plainclothes policeman armed with
automatic rifles, searching cars without probable cause. Its color-coded
warnings issued by anxious Homeland officials of terror attacks that never
occur, and its frightening but unsubstantiated reports brought to you by
The Phoenix concept also includes "selective" terror, which was perfected by
the Vietnamese Communists and involved the murder and mutilation of minor
French colonial officials and their Vietnamese suppletifs. The Vietnamese
Communists, like the Palestinians, Taliban, and Iraqis, were so incredibly
out-gunned that they had to choose between submission, annihilation in an
open rebellion, or selective terror - including suicide bombers. The purpose
of selective terror was psychological: to isolate the oppressor, while
demonstrating the ability of the oppressed to strike small blows for
freedom, until a general uprising was possible. (6)
In 1964 the CIA concluded that in order to win the Vietnam War, it had to
adopt the enemy's tactics, and start neutralizing the VCI through selective
terror. The CIA called this Counter-Terrorism as a way of making its
terrorism sound justifiable. It also added its own distinctly, playful
American twist by applying the Eye of God technique, which plays on the
primitive fear of an all-seeing cosmic eye that can look into anyones mind
and root out bad thoughts. In South Vietnam in 1964 the CIA produced 50,000
Eye of God playing cards. Each card was painted black and had a hideous
white eye in the center. When a Counter-Terror team discovered who the VCI
were in a city or village, they would murder them in the most gruesome
fashion possible, along with their families if possible, and then nail one
of these cards in the victims third eye, which Buddhists consider the seat
The Eye of God terror technique has been adopted by Bush and applied to the
counterinsurgency in Iraq, through the distribution of a deck of cards that
identifies, for capture or assassination, the leaders of Saddam Hussein's
Régime and the Baath Party. This exercise in "motivational indoctrination"
(the brainwashing technique developed by the CIA in Vietnam to convert
average soldiers into assassins) has become so popular in America that the
CIA is actually posting these death cards on the Internet.
Little do the Internet viewers know that the Bush Régime is subliminally
(say it, George) applying the Eye of God terror technique to Homeland
Security, to make everyone feel as if Big Brother is watching him or her,
personally. Whether at home or abroad, the idea is to put the fear of God
into the good, the bad, and the ugly; which is why the CIAs Phoenix was
always pictured, in the various psychological warfare documents the CIA
distributed among the Vietnamese, as holding a blacklist in one hand and a
snake (representing the Communists) in the other.
The Phoenix is the only all-seeing bird that selectively snatches its prey.
It is the archetype of terror, and Bush is about to unleash it on America.
The Foundation Stones of A Terrorist State
In 1964 the CIA set in place the three of the four foundation stones upon
which the Phoenix Program was built: Counter-Terror teams; the Province
Interrogation Center Program, through which an American engineering and
construction firm built an interrogation center in each of South Vietnams
44 provinces, one of which, in 1972, was managed by Representative Rob
Simmons (CT-R): and the Hamlet Informant Program (HIP), which was designed
to identify VCI suspects at the grass roots level of society. Attorney
General John Ashcrofts short-lived Terrorism Information and Prevention
System (TIP) was the Homeland Security version of HIP. (Don't worry:
Ashcroft, the CIA and the military have other blanket surveillance systems
up their sleeves, like the Total Information Awareness Program.)
These three programs worked in tandem. On the basis of a false accusation
from a single anonymous HIP informant, a Counter-Terror team would kidnap or
assassinate a VCI suspect. If kidnapped, the suspect was detained in an
interrogation center, jail, or one of the hundreds of detention centers the
CIA paid American firms like Brown-Root to build everywhere in South
Vietnam; VCI suspects were shuffled back and forth between interrogation
centers, detention centers, and jails until they died or defected. Otherwise
they were sent for disposition to a military tribunal or a CIA-advised,
Stalinesque security committee. Disposition meant summary execution or
imprisonment on Con Son Island, ninety miles off the southern tip of South
Vietnam. Con Son Prison was the Phoenix version of Bushs macabre detention
camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where so-called illegal combatants (civilians
who resist American occupation in their own Homelands) are banished into a
modern Black Hole of Calcutta, where psychological terror is the torture of
choice, the lights are never turned off in the tiny isolation cells built by
Brown Root, and the hooded CIA interrogators are America's boy next door.
Administrative detention, the fourth foundation stone of the Phoenix
Program, is the extra-legal nail upon which the Homeland Security apparatus
and war on terror hang. Administrative detention is a neat way of
circumventing the law by creating crimes of status. It was used by the CIA
in Vietnam through the Phoenix Program against anyone sympathizing with the
Communists, or failing to actively support the puppet régime. These were
crimes of status, as was being a pacifist. Administrative detention
practices were perfected in Israel, where it is okay to round-up civilians,
detain and torture them indefinitely, destroy their homes with bulldozers,
and then cast them to the four winds, simply because they are Palestinians.
Being a stateless Palestinian is a crime of status.
The Patriot and Homeland Security Acts have already set in place in America
most of the elements of administration detention. John Ashcroft's
forthcoming Domestic Security Enhancement Act will eliminate whatever
administrative burdens remain, and make it possible for US citizens to be
detained on the basis of their crimes of status; such as protesting the war
on terror, threatening critical infrastructure programs by being an
environmentalist, or a peace activist, or organizing politically against the
Under Phoenix, the justice system was the ultimate form of terrorism.
Through administrative detention laws, due process was non-existent, and
corrupt officials used the Phoenix blacklist to extort innocent civilians as
well as VCI. It was the greatest blackmail scheme ever invented: if you didn
t do what the President and his clique of gangsters wanted, your name
appeared on the blacklist - and you were as good as dead.
Be forewarned: the Bush Régime and its corporate gangsters have their
blacklists: the INS-State Department TIPOFF blacklist; the No-Fly blacklist,
distributed to airlines by the FBI and the Transportation Security
Administration, identifying peace activists; CAPPS II, which uses credit
card information and secret databases to assess a persons security risk
level; and local blacklists like the one kept by the Denver police
You know the ones. You just dont know about the secret ones - the
legitimate Bush Régimes enemys list of its most powerful domestic
Phoenix As The Organizational Model For Homeland Security
Upon its creation in 1967, Phoenix was managed by a committee of five senior
CIA and military officers. This Phoenix Committee functioned like Bushs
Homeland Security Council: it was a board of directors that advised the
chairman and formulated policy. Directly under the Phoenix Committee was a
Phoenix Directorate. A senior CIA officer served as Director and was
assisted by a staff of CIA and military personnel. The Directorate planned
and conducted anti-VCI operations, managed the judicial processing of some
200,000 Vietnamese civilians caught in the Phoenix dragnet, and made sure
that all the US and South Vietnamese intelligence and anti-terror programs
it coordinated - as well as programs for defectors, territorial security,
refugees, public safety, civil affairs, and psychological warfare - stayed
focused on anti-VCI operations.
The Phoenix Directorate is the organizational model for the Department of
Homeland Security, which has four divisions: Information Analysis and
Infrastructure Protection, Science and Technology, Border and Transportation
Security, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. Senator Joseph Lieberman
would like to add, within the Directorate of Information Analysis and
Infrastructure Protection, an Office of Intelligence, with about 1000
analysts from dozens of contributing agencies. If the Senator from Israel
has his way, this Office of Intelligence will coordinate and direct Homeland
Security operations. If Bush has his way, the Terrorist Threat Integration
Center will handle this function, as a White House hip pocket operation.
Phoenix personnel were assigned at national, regional, province and district
levels. A province in Vietnam is the equivalent of a state in the US, and
the Phoenix Province Coordinator was the main man in the Phoenix chain of
command. In each of South Vietnam's 44 provinces, he managed the CIAs
Counter-Terror teams, Province Interrogation Center, and informant program.
The CIAs Counter-Terror Center will post officers within Justice Department
terrorism task forces in 56 US localities, to "plan daily operations." Just
like the CIAs Province Coordinator was the main man in the Phoenix chain of
command, these CIA officers will dominate terror operations within the
Department of Homeland Security. (8)
The involvement of CIA Counter-Terror officers in domestic law enforcement
is extra-legal and tactical - their job is to sniff out terrorists and
launch preemptive attacks that neutralize them before they strike even if
it's a labor dispute. Thats what Phoenix did, and what the Department of
Homeland Security will do. But there is also a strategic facet to Phoenix,
and just as the Phoenix Committee managed the strategic Internal Security
function in Vietnam, Bushs Homeland Security Council, through the Terrorist
Threat Integration Center, will wage secret political warfare against the
Bush Régimes domestic opposition in America.
Phoenix As The Prototype Of Political Warfare
The greatest danger facing America today is the secret political warfare
program the Bush Régimes has hidden within its Homeland Security apparatus.
The precedent is the Phoenix Program. Like the Bush Régime, the Government
of South Vietnam was inherently illegitimate and corrupt, and was able to
sustain its political internal security only through a phony war on terror
that had, as its ulterior motive, the pacification of the people it was
pledged to defend. The problem became manifest in 1968, when South Vietnam's
President Nguyen Van Thieu sabotaged peace negotiations with the North,
because, like Bush, he had stolen his office and thus preferred political
internal security over a peaceful settlement that would end the national
emergency, suspend all police state actions (like administrative detention,
upon which it relied), and allow for majority rule.
Thieus actions led to Congressional investigations which in 1970 revealed
that the CIA had used the Phoenix Program as "an instrument of mass
political murder" to neutralize politicians and activists who opposed Thieu
or espoused peace. "By analogy," said Representative Ogden Reid (D-NY), "if
the Union had had a Phoenix program during the Civil War, it targets would
have been civilians like Jefferson Davis or the mayor of Macon, Georgia."
Nowadays in America, strategic political neutralizations can be made to look
like accidents, as most likely happened in the plane crashes of Senator Paul
Wellstone and Missouri Governor Mel Carnahans. Like the anthrax letters
mailed to Democratic senators, it takes only a few "black propaganda" terror
operations to silence the Bush Régimes political opposition.
There is no doubt that the Bush Régime intends to use terror to subdue it
political opposition. As right wing pundit Michael Ledeen stated, "New times
require new people with new standards." Ledeens new people will have the
will power to "stamp out" the "corrupt habits of mind" manifest in the
thoughts or actions of anyone who opposes Bush Régime aggression. According
to Ledeen, "The entire political world will understand it and applaud it.
And it will give Tom Ridge a chance to succeed, and us [the fascists] to
This ideological terror is the maximum danger of Homeland Security, and
blackmail is the key. Hundreds of businesses and institutions across the
country have already been placed on the CIAs Watch List. One Bush official
has said that merely being on the list "could destroy the livelihood of all
without a bomb being thrown or a spore of anthrax being
Such blacklists have "the leaders of many federal departments and
scrambling to figure out
how they can influence [Homeland
Security] without appearing disloyal." So as not to appear disloyal,
intelligence agencies "deliberately slant estimates to fit a political
agenda," and her over a year it's been well known that the Bush Régime,
through its secret blacklists, "squelches dissenting views..." (12)
What blackmail fosters is mandatory self-censorship: no one in authority
will probe Bushs relations with the bin Laden family, or ask why he whisked
the bin Ladens and members of the Saudi Royal family out of the country in
the wake of 11 September. No one will dare ask about those Israeli spy rings
in the US, and their likely false flag relationship with the Saudis who flew
the planes into the Twin Towers.
Phoenix As The Psychological Warfare Precedent for Homeland Security
As noted, information management - the Big Lie - is key in the Bush Régimes
effort to make terror the organizing principle in American society, while at
the same time making its Homeland Security apparatus and war on terror
appear to be legal, moral, and most importantly, popular. The way this is
being done is through the most ambitious psychological warfare campaign ever
waged on planet Earth.
The first step is organizing political cadres - Ledeens legions of new
people with the will power to stamp out the corrupt habits of mind of Bush
Régime opponents. Again the Phoenix Program is the model. The soldiers
slated to participate in Phoenix were trained at a CIA-managed "motivational
indoctrination" school at Fort Bragg. These Phoenix advisors were the first
political cadres to infiltrate the American military. In return for adopting
the right wing party line, a successful career was guaranteed. Several
former Phoenix officers now enjoy important Homeland Security posts. Major
General Bruce Lawlor, a former CIA officer who ran counter terror teams in
Vietnam, is now Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security. The
Departments chief of counter narcotic operations, Roger Mackin, ran Phoenix
operations in the city of Da Nang. Others lurk about. (13)
At Fort Bragg, CIA psychological warfare experts instructed Phoenix advisors
in using Armed Propaganda to wage political warfare. A training manual on
the subject was reprinted in the early 1980s by a former Phoenix operator
involved in the Reagan Régimes 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." (14)
Homeland Security personnel will pass through the same political and
motivational indoctrination courses before they go to work. Critical
Infrastructure personnel will spy on colleagues who may inadvertently or
maliciously serve as "terrorist surrogates" by publicly or privately
revealing information on infrastructure vulnerabilities. The cadres will
"covertly identify" and watch these people until it comes time to expose
them in the media as being under investigation. No one will want to be
identified, even falsely, as an "inadvertent" or "malicious terrorist
surrogate," knowing that once they have been defined in these terms, they
are subject to being "stamped out" as Michael Ledeen has suggested.
The Bush Régime is busy training its political cadre, Ledeens "new people"
whose minds have been defeated by implicit threat, and who have embraced the
fascist principles theyve 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 illegitimate Bush Régime and its Timmy McVeighs will surely
visit upon America); the Neighborhood Watch Program that will allow the Bush
Régime to detain its drunk and disorderly political opponents as terrorist
surrogates; and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), through which overpaid
doctors will monitor patients within the faltering health care system.
Within these front groups, as stated in the CIAs Guerrilla Warfare manual,
are the cadres trained "in techniques of persuasion over control of target
groups" to support the Bush Régime. In a national emergency, these cadres
will be mobilized; they will attend mass meetings, carry placards, shout
slogans, and if necessary grab guns and ropes and form lynch mobs. As in
Vietnam, only five percent of the people need to be organized in this
fashion, in order to wield control over the indifferent ninety percent, and
defeat the five percent that form the resistance.
The pressure to join the new legions will be almost irresistible. Already we
are subjected to a barrage of Bill ORilley and Michael Savage-style TV and
radio shows, and Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg movies that appeal to our most
violent cultural beliefs; and when that doesn't work, latent threats get us
to denounce our ideals and accept the fascist Bush Régime. In South Vietnam,
CIA officers taught district chiefs how to teach classes on government
ideology: "problem individuals" were given the motivational indoctrination
course, and everywhere "the populace was encouraged to report the activities
of the VCI by dropping a note addressed to the police in local mailboxes."
This method of institutionalized snitching accounted for 40% of the
information used in Phoenix operations. Psychological operations in support
of the attack against the VCI were so effective that in 1970, the Pentagons
Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities described
Phoenix as "the number one
When Bush publicly his proposed legislation for the Department of Homeland
Security on 6 June 2002, he stressed that the organizations 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 having
his new legions root-out the political enemy within America, just as the CIA
would root out the VCI, or is nor rooting out insurgents in Iraq.
Phoenix As The Model For Maximum Abuses
In the forthcoming national emergency, the CIA will form special units
within the 56 terror Justice Department task forces around the country, and
TTIC will form hit teams within security forces at its disposal for
political internal security operations. Bush's most powerful political
opponents will endure "compromise and discredit" operations like the one the
FBI used against Martin Luther King before they killed him; or like
Goldberg-Lewinsky sex scandal that destroyed Bill Clinton. Thanks to blanket
surveillance, the most intimate details of a persons private life will
become his or her greatest liability. Extramarital affairs, drug use, and
mental health care will be bared to the nation.
If an individual is impervious to shame, or has no past indiscretions,
forged documents will be used. One prominent political opponent jailed by
South Vietnamese president Thieu through the CIAs Phoenix Program revealed
the existence of "a systematic campaign of vilification by use of forged
documents." Forged documents used to justify false arrests or conceal
illegal operations often emerged as "captured documents." Aides to the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigating Phoenix in 1970 wryly
reported that "There seems to be captured documents to prove any point or to
support, retrospectively, almost any conclusion." (16)
Not just the phony justification for the invasion, conquest and occupation
of Iraq, forged documents, whether captured or not, and "compromise and
discredit" operations, are also a mainstay of the eternal war on terror. We
have seen Network News broadcast "edited" videotapes of Osama bin Laden, and
in Afghanistan, captured documents were routinely used as a form of black
propaganda to justify military actions that resulted in "collateral" damage,
meaning the first-degree murder of innocent people.
At the local level we can also expect a slew of false rumors from Homeland
Security cadres, designed to ruin the reputations of politically incorrect
families in their villages and towns, especially environmentalists who
challenge critical infrastructure corporations. The paranoia that currently
infects the Arab-American community will spread nationwide, until no one is
sure who is a spy for the Bush Regimes Thought Police. Midnight arrests and
disappearances into administrative detention centers will be commonplace, as
the definition of a terrorist surrogate is expanded to include people deemed
dangerous to the Public Order. As Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker wrote in 1972,
this "means that virtually any person arrested
can now be held on criminal
instead of political charges." (17)
No specific charge will be required; a Homeland Security cadre will simply
accuse his neighbor, the one whose dog poops on his lawn, of disturbing the
public order. Then off the unlucky fellow goes into the local Guantanamo.
Through Ashcrofts Domestic Security Enhancement Act, the crime of sedition
will be resurrected and will include disseminating information about
government corruption, or undermining the will of the State (as Ashcroft is
fond of saying) by challenging its authority. Calling for civil disobedience
will be equated with threatening Homeland tranquility. 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, or said
that Cheneys refusal to investigate the attacks proves that Bush did it?
A Final Word Of Warning
Already we passively permit hooded policemen to search our cars, without
probable cause, for Osama bin Laden. These policemen are helping us, right?
They would never turn their guns on us, right?
As stated in the CIAs terror manual, and as is known to the Homeland
Security cadre like Michael Ledeen and Bill OReilly, "Implicit terror
always accompanies weapons, since the people are internally "aware" that
they can be used against them."
Knowing this, every town will form a Homeland Security Committee, chaired by
the Bush Régimes local political cadre, who will process confidential
reports from concerned citizen snitches about the activities of terrorist
suspects. These reports will pass through an ideological filter as they work
their way up to the TTIC, where motivationally indoctrinated CIA officers
will gleefully pull the plug on peace activists, environmentalists, people
espousing national health care, and anyone else posing a challenge to the
reactionary right and the internal security forces that are firmly in its
What makes this possible is that Ashcroft has vowed to "arrest and detain
any suspected terrorist who has violated the law," but he has yet to define
what a suspected terrorist is, or what law (Public Order?) has been
violated. This is what happened in Vietnam too. There was never any
consensus about the definition of a VCI sympathizer. Four years after the
Phoenix Program was initiated, the New York Times revealed that 26,843 VCI
and VCI sympathizers had been neutralized in the previous 14-month period.
During Congressman Hearings that were being held at the time, Representative
Ogden Reid (D-NY) asked William Colby, "Are you certain that we know a loyal
member of the VCI from a loyal member of the South Vietnamese citizenry?"
Colby said, "No." (19)
So the definition of a terrorist suspect or surrogate is deliberately left
wide and open, paving the way for political repression through
institutionalized terror. The anti-terror legislation passed by Congress and
signed by Bush allows for secret searches of the homes of people who meet
the nebulous criteria of "suspected terrorist." No doubt these secret
searches violate the Fourth Amendment, so Ashcroft, again lifting a page
from the Phoenix playbook, has vowed to "employ new tools that ease
administrative burdens." (20)
Ashcroft is laying his meaning between the lines, and what he means is that
the Bush Regimes political police will be empowered to detain US citizens
without probably cause. When four Congresspersons charged that the
administrative detention laws under the Phoenix Program violated that part
of the Geneva Conventions guaranteeing protection to civilians in time of
war, CIA legal experts argued that Article 3 applied, "only to sentencing
for crimes, and does 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, will be perfectly legal in the forthcoming, legally criminal Homeland
Security state, because they will result from "administrative procedures"
and will not involve a "criminal sentence." (21)
This is Phoenix, and its what the Bush clique has in store for America.
Douglas Valentine is the author of The Hotel Tacloban, TDY, and The Phoenix
Program, which are available through this web sites, and at
http://members.authorsguild.net/valentine. His fourth book, The Strength of
the Wolf: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1968, will be published by
Verso in the spring of 2004.
(1) Vietnam Policy And Prospects 1970 (Hearings Before The Committee On
Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, February 17-20, March 3, 14, 17, 19, 970),
Statement for the Record On The Security Aspects of Pacification And
Development. by Ambassador William E. Colby, p. 716.
(2) Reylea, Harold, Report for Congress, Homeland Security: Department
Organization and Management, 9 September 2002, p. 14.
(3) Anthony Judge quoting three time Nobel Prize winner Johan Galtung
(coiner of the phrase "legally criminal") in "Metaphoric Entrapment in Time,
Avoiding the Trap of Project Logic," Project Logic: An Undetected Policy
Trap, 21 April 2000: view at www.uia.org/uiadocs/entrap.htm
(4) Homeland Security Mission & Management statement,
www.whitehouse.gov/homeland. Homeland Security Act of 2002, TITLE
IX--NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY COUNCIL
(5) Interview with Lawrence Korb.
(6) Valentine, Douglas, The Phoenix Program, New York, William Morrow
Company, 1990, p. 21.
(7) Rothschild, Matthew, "More Anti-War Activists Snagged by "No Fly" List,
16 October 2002, The Progressive. See also Unisys News Report, BLUE BELL,
Pa., August 19, 2002.
(8) Priest, Dana: "The CIA Is Expanding Domestic Operations," Washington
Post, 23 October 2002
(9) Valentine, The Phoenix Program, p. 13.
(10) Ledeen, Michael, 1 October 2001, The National Review Online.
(11) Woodward, Bob, 21 October 2001, The Washington Post
(12) Becker, Elizabeth, 19 January 2002 New York Times, first quote,
Bamford, James, "Maintain CIA's Independence," 24 October 2002 USA Today,
(13) Valentine, The Phoenix Program, p. 263, Ft Bragg, pp. 407-410, Lawlor,
pp. 351-4, Mackin. Government Executive Magazine, 18 December 2002, citing
the Washington Post, Lawlor as Chief of staff; March 24th, 2003 Press
Release by White House Drug Czar and Homeland Security chief , Mackin
(14) Tayacan: Psychological Operations In Guerrilla Warfare: published on
(15) Valentine, The Phoenix Program, p. 284.
(16) Valentine, The Phoenix Program, p. 332-4.
(17) Ibid p. 402, Bunker statement re Decree Law 020 "Concerning National
Security and Public Order. In a 16 July article for the New York Times,
Elizabeth Becker reported a top Bush official as saying,"The whole society
is vulnerable with hundreds, thousands of targets we have to protect, but
the most important stuff won't be released." Korb goes so far as to speak of
(18) Warnings by an FBI agent that Moslem extremists were planning to fly
planes into the World Trade enter were lost in a bureaucratic shuffle in
August, only weeks before the attacks. We are told that these warnings never
reached the White House, although Ashcroft himself was warned not to fly on
commercial airlines at precisely that same time. (Jake Tapper, Salon.com, 12
(19) Valentine, The Phoenix Program, p. 378
(20) Attorney General John Ashcroft, Prepared Remarks for the US Mayors
Conference, October 25, 2001
(21) Valentine, The Phoenix Program, p. 378.
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