04/07/05 "Moscow Times" - - Let's face the facts. The game is over
and we -- the "reality-based community," the believers in genuine
democracy and law, the heirs of Jefferson and Madison, Emerson and Thoreau,
the toilers and dreamers, all those who seek to rise above the beast within
and shape the brutal chaos of existence into something higher, richer and imbued
with meaning -- have lost. The better world we thought had been won out of the
blood and horror of history -- a realm of enlightenment that often found its
best embodiment in the ideals and aspirations of the American Republic -- is
gone. It's been swallowed by darkness, by ravening greed, by bestial spirits
and by willful primitives who now possess overwhelming instruments of power
A gang of such spirits seized control of the U.S. government by illicit means
in 2000 and maintained that control through rampant electoral corruption in
2004. The re-election of President George W. Bush last November was a deliberately
shambolic process that saw massive lockouts of opposition voters; unverifiable
returns compiled by easily hackable machines operated by avowed corporate partisans
of the ruling party; and vast discrepancies between exit polls and final results
– gaps much larger than those that led elections in Ukraine and Georgia
to be condemned as manipulated frauds. Indeed, a panel of statisticians said
last week that the odds of such a discrepancy occurring naturally were 959,000
to 1, the Akron Beacon-Journal reported.
The copious documentation of the Bush fraud keeps growing. Last month, experts
using actual machines and returns from the 2004 election showed Congress how
a lone hacker could skew a precinct's results by 100,000 votes without leaving
a trace. More than 40 million votes in 30 states were cast on such computer
systems, BlackBoxVoting noted.
Late last year, Congress heard sworn testimony from Florida programmer Clint
Curtis, who created vote-rigging software in 2000 at the request of Tom Feeny,
a Bush Family factotum. Feeny wanted Curtis (a fellow Republican) and his employer,
Yang Enterprises, to produce untraceable programs that could "control the
vote" as needed, investigator Brad Friedman reported. Feeny also told Curtis
of Bush plans to "suppress the black vote" with "exclusion lists."
This is exactly what happened. BBC investigator Greg Palast has shown that tens
of thousands of legitimate African-American voters were deliberately "purged"
from the rolls by a private Republican-controlled corporation hired by Florida
Governor Jeb Bush. Afterwards, Feeny -- who had been Jeb's running mate in his
first gubernatorial campaign -- was rewarded for his dutiful service with a
plum congressional seat.
In 2002, Raymond Lemme, a Florida state government inspector, took up Curtis'
charges, which included other corruption allegations involving Feeny, Yang Enterprises
and a Yang employee charged with peddling military technology to the Chinese.
In June 2003, Lemme told Curtis he had "tracked the corruption all the
way to the top" and that "the story would break in a few weeks."
On July 1, 2003, Lemme was found dead in a Georgia hotel room, just across the
Local police ruled that Lemme, a happily married man eagerly planning his daughter's
wedding, had suddenly decided to slash his wrists. At first they said there
were no photos of the death scene; but then the pictures turned up on the Internet
and were confirmed as authentic by the embarrassed police. The photos clearly
contradicted the original suicide report on several points -- presenting evidence,
for example, that Lemme had been beaten before his death. The investigation
was reopened after Curtis' Congressional testimony -- and then abruptly shut
down after local police spoke to a never-identified "someone" in the
Florida state government.
Needless to say, nothing has been done to clarify the murk surrounding Lemme's
convenient death. Nor has there been any action toward rectifying the highly
profitable degradation of the American electoral process -- beyond the appointment
of yet another "blue-ribbon panel" of Establishment worthies to oversee
"election reform." The seriousness of this endeavor can be seen in
the man appointed to co-chair the effort: James Baker, the notorious Bush family
fixer (and Saudi bagman) who spearheaded the sabotage of the 2000 vote in Florida.
Baker's presence on the panel ensures that nothing will be done to lessen the
ruling clique's chokehold on power.
So let's have no illusions about where we are. Gangsters are in charge, and
nothing and no one will be allowed to challenge their dominion. They are waging
aggressive war to cement their position and that of their allies: the energy
barons, the arms merchants, the construction and services cartels, the investment
bankers. These power blocs now command monstrous resources and unfathomable
profits; they can buy out, buy off or bury any force that opposes them. Meanwhile,
they use the loot of the stolen Republic -- its blood and treasure -- as fuel
for their ever-expanding war machine: Bush now has a "secret watch-list"
of 25 more countries ripe for military intervention, the Financial Times reported.
With more war crimes afoot, last month Bush issued an official "National
Defense Strategy" that openly declares "judicial processes" as
one of the enemies confronting the United States, actually equating them with
terrorism, The Associated Press reported. Law is "a strategy of the weak,"
says the Bush Doctrine, in a chilling echo of Hitlerian machtpolitik: Might
makes right. The judicial process must not be allowed to "constrain or
shape" American behavior in any way, the gangsters declared.
Think of it: Law is now the enemy. Democracy, as we've seen above, is the enemy.
This, the demented code of criminals and tyrants, has become the ruling doctrine
of the United States -- replacing the Constitution, replacing the noble struggle
for liberty and enlightenment with the howl of the beast, with a freak show
of avarice and death.