Terrorism: Another Recycled Myth

by Jane Gaffin

“Terrorism”, the bastard child of “radicalism” and “communism”, is an abstraction recycled from over a hundred- year-old history.

Governments wanted to scare people into believing the Red Menace was a lurking threat to outdo all threats after the Lenin-led Bolshevik Revolution seized power over Russia in 1917.

When World War I ended with a Versailles treaty-signing in 1919, the Bureau of Intelligence, as with undercover agents in the 2000s, were wont to find sin where none existed.

An anti-radical campaign was underway within the Bureau when it established the General Intelligence Division (GID) in 1919 with a mandate to ferret out and coordinate information that could lead to nabbing mainly foreign-born “subversives”.

The rub was that the general public didn’t much give a damn about the preposterous notion that a ragtag bunch of Communists had any serious intentions of trying to overthrow such a fortress of freedom as the United States government.

The world was sighing from relief that the Great War war over and wanted to worry about nothing more than returning to a normal lifestyle.

If a group of commies were infiltrating the country and possessed the wherewithal to make such an attempt on the government, a strong military force was at the ready to stomp the pulp out of the interlopers, stick them on death row, or hold them in solitary holes to use later as political bargaining chips.

So, what was the problem?

There really wasn’t one except the Bureau ostensibly wanted to appear to be performing an important function to rationalize a need for additional funding to expand its personnel and presence.

The public’s attitude was inconsequential to the Bureau brass who would make believers out of them in due process. Some administrators were determined in their personal convictions to prove unequivocally that the American government’s estimate of only 10,000 Communists creeping around the country was much too low.

The obsessive research of a youthful paranoid, J.Edgar Hoover, dredged up more than 200,000 names under the mandate of the newly-minted GID.

Nothing much has changed in the present-day methods used to snatch so-called terrorists in comparison to the reckless modus operandi executed to catch radicals in 1919-20, which were known as the Palmer Raids, the legacy of Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer. http://www.ask.com/wiki/Palmer_Raids.

Aliens became targets of a mass sting spanning a dozen or so American cities. The government-manipulated press was invited to come witness the operation for the purpose of writing glowing reports about the Bureau performing a blue-chip job of rounding up subversives as proof that the Red Menace was a real danger to America’s security.

Undercover agents and local police forces stormed meetings, homes and businesses. The thugs arrested thousands who were falsely tagged as “alien radicals”. Yet the journalistic scribes gave no ink to the total disregard given to infringing individual constitutional rights.

In New York City alone, only about 27 arrest warrants were issued to apprehend some 200 suspected subversives. The upshot was that the majority of detainees were bona fide U.S. citizens; the foreign-born ones were not members of any Russian or Communist radical organizations or labor unions.

In a style that could be considered patterned on brutal police state maneuvers, some U.S. residents were dragged from their beds in the middle of the night and hauled off by badge-bearing bullies who had no warrants and no evidence for laying formal charges.

That didn’t bother the Bureau boys.
The second caper was a more wide-sweeping fishing expedition ensued in some 33 cities across America on January 2, 1920. The Labor Department’s Solicitor General John William Abercrombie only dispensed some 3,000 blank unconstitutional warrants that did not note any names of pending arrestees.

Of the 10,000 persons arrested only about 556 were eventually “ordered” deported by the Secretary of Labor under provisions of the Immigration Act of 1918.

The New York Times and other publications of its ilk gushed praise for the Bureau’s brilliance. But the initial favorable response faded fast.

The day after the raids, the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia resigned in protest; a few newspapers and magazines began countering the Red Scare bluff.

Several months later, an organization called the National Public Government League published a pamphlet titled “We the American People: Report Upon the Illegal Practices of the United States Department of Justice”. It was penned by a dozen of the nation’s brightest and most eminent law professors.

The report documented the wholesale arrests and detentions of non-guilty citizens against whom there was not a ghost of a case and cited numerous instances of police and intelligence-agency brutality, and the deplorable conditions of the improvised jails in which the victims were incarcerated.

As one might expect, the Bureau quickly retaliated by subjecting the National Public Government League to hard-boiled secret surveillance. Amazingly, the professors were so squeaky clean that even potentially-corrupt investigating agents on a precise mission, from which they were not expected to return empty-handed, couldn’t concoct any derogatory details to discredit the writers.

The Bureau had to accept that the Americans had yawned their refusal to believe that agitators and anarchists were stirring up any large-scale threat.

What Americans did fear was that their constitutional liberties were being eroded while the quixotic law enforcers galloped off on a crusade to slay nothing more than imaginary creatures.

Then, with the end of World War II in 1945 came the Cold War. Communism enjoyed a revival as the official boogeymen. The Soviet Union and China, allies during the war, were now formidable foes.

In 1949-50, the Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers spy case was underway before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Chambers, a journalist and once self-confessed Communist, accused Hiss of espionage.

Hiss, a Harvard-trained lawyer, was a high-ranking employee in the State Department who denied any espionage involvement with Communists or the passing of documents to Soviet spies.

Unbelievably, a five-year statute of limitations existed on espionage, but no statute of limitations existed on perjury, for which Hiss was tried and sentenced to five years in a federal penitentiary, a punishment for a crime he denied to the day he died.

The conviction offered little-known U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin a golden opportunity to waltz in and make political hay. He railed long and loud that the State Department was infested with Communists.

Then came the mass hysteria the FBI had craved. The Bureau conducted a check of two million names on the federal payrolls and the 500,000 who annually applied for U.S. government jobs.

Any dirt–regardless how minor or mythical–brought on a full investigation into a person’s past. No proof of subversive activities was necessary for dismissal from employment.

Often, civil servants were fired without knowing why and not knowing who had accused them of having ties with the Communist Party. The accused, who didn’t know who they were fighting, were rendered defenseless, which was the exact lopsided justice the government wanted.

Once the “wrongdoer” was fingered and neighbours interrogated, the victim and his family were automatically and immediately ostracized from society. Everybody was afraid to associate with a person accused of being involved in Communist activities.

Movie extras, film stars, entertainers–even kindergarten teachers–were blacklisted from working in their respective occupations. Successful one minute, they were out in the streets penniless the next.

Justice under the vigilantes was a kangaroo court. The deck was forever stacked against the accused, despite that investigators lacked any knowledge about the informer’s background or motives. And they didn’t care.

Then Western nations began meddling extensively in the illegal and immoral practices under the guise of stopping the spread of “Communism” in places such as Korea, Indo-China, Latin America and any other nation that looked like a suitable target for bomb practice.

The only legal and moral wars are those in which a sovereign nation is defending its own turf against enemy attacks. Irrespective that no nation has the right to infringe the sovereignty of another didn’t stop the United States and its NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) buddies from acting as miscreant interventionists.

The political rhetoric touted back home was that the U.S. was serving as a benevolent savior whose self-serving role was to replace draconian dictatorships with democratic “mob-rule” forms of government without giving a whit of consideration to whether a Western political structure might blend into the foreign culture and social fabric of either a backwater or an affluent country.

The CIA, formed in 1947 under U.S. President Truman who deeply regretted authorizing the formation of what he called an American Gestapo, wanted the locals to have the vote so the process looked democratic. But it was actually a cunning procedure for putting a puppet dictator in power who would bow to American allegiance.

If the hand-picked dictator started misbehaving, the CIA might give him the boot and escort him out the door of his native country in perpetuity. Most likely, the unacceptable ruler would be assassinated and another despicable character of the CIA’s choosing would supplant the one a hit squad just killed.

If combat soldiers posted to those hellholes had time to analyze the dirty underbelly of war, they would have shot every imbecilic general, president, premier, dictator and politician who viewed the lives of innocent lads as nothing more than cheap bargaining chips to be used at the world’s negotiating tables.

To repeat former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

However, the populace has been led to believe the fluff about soldiers going to foreign lands to fight the enemy for the expressed purpose of defending freedom, civil liberties and upholding the constitutions of their respective countries.

The truth is that the one and only explicit reason for wars is to instigate police states.

Any rank of military personnel fortunate enough to survive POW camps were not welcomed home by the FBI. A perpetually-suspicious Director J. Edgar Hoover immediately put veterans on a strict watch list; some were even apprehended as a national security threat.

He thought it likely that these POWs, while undergoing psycho-political mind-control adjustments–a brainwashing process first applied during the Korean War and at which the Koreans and Chinese were masters–very likely had been mentally programmed into enemy-sympathizers.

The shameful reception veterans receive returning from more recent wars is not much different. What’s left of rolled-back benefits are slow to be processed and there are long waiting periods to get medical attention. Additionally, veterans are being relieved of their firearms and arrested simply on “suspicion” of some frame-up crime.

The worthless Korean War ended in 1953 with the same status it started with in 1950. McCarthyism ended about the same time on the same note.

But the Red Under Every Bed phobia lingered.

Any American educated in the Marxist public schools were brainwashed to believe the South Vietnam invited U.S. military troops to come fight their war and bomb surrounding countries under the pretense of curbing communism.

Yet the United States, through covert CIA operations, had been funding and supplying weaponry to the communists dating back as far as the Bolshevik Revolution while funding and supplying weaponry to anti-communists on the opposite side of the world.

After the U.S. military grew bored bombing North Vietnam to smithereens in that useless civil war, the Chinese-sponsored and secretly U.S.-supported Khmer Rouge Communists, under leadership of the monstrous beast Pol Pot, invaded the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in April, 1975.

Chinese dictator Mao Tse-tung mentored Pol Pot, who, from 1975 to 1979– through execution, starvation, disease, and forced labor–drove the Khmer Rouge systematically to kill an extraordinary portion of Cambodia’s total population.

Vietnam didn’t want the Americans on their soil, a fact that didn’t bother the U.S. military and Vice President Johnson who were working at cross purposes with President Kennedy, a stickler for world peace, who was adamant about gradually pulling the troops out and bringing them home from Nam.

While Kennedy was in the throes of secretly and sincerely negotiating a détente with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban President Fidel Castro, both who admitted to wanting freedom as much as the West but capitalism had proven not to work, the CIA , infamous for not being forthright during weekly presidential briefings, traitorously betrayed their boss.

The CIA was trying to artificially stir up a hornet’s nest for an excuse to bomb and overtake the little island off the tip end of Florida, and had been pursuing numerous creative ploys to assassinate the cagey Castro who outsmarted them all.

Upon learning what was going on behind his back, the angry President Kennedy declared he wanted (or planned) “to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”

Although Mr. FBI held an irrepressible hatred for the Kennedys, it was a collaboration of skunk agents representing the FBI, CIA and the Mafia whose hands are bloodied for the death of the president in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. It doesn’t matter whose professional hit men, operating under aliases, actually pulled the trigger. All were complicit in the conspiracy.

America, under guidance of the slain president’s successor, President Lyndon Johnson, actually precipitated what became a protracted Vietnam War intentionally started in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.

Back home, youthful objectors writing and rallying vociferously in opposition to that dirty war were considered anti-American Communists and placed under immediate scrutiny or arrest.

When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) unraveled under its own weight in 1991, the Red Menace fell out of favor.

Then what?

Old lies had worn thin and new lies were needed as an understudy to replace the fear and hate for “radicals” and “communists” to continue to “keep the populace alarmed and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary,” so wrote the perceptive H.L. Mencken in 1918.

That “something” was “terrorists”, the new racket that Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents predicted pre-9/11 would keep investigators hustling for at least the next 10 years.

“Terrorist” didn’t become a household word until a few months after the staged Attack on America on September 11, 2001 (9/11). Then the United Nations urged member states to dig out the odious “anti-terrorism” bills that had been waiting in the wings to be passed into law on the appropriate date.

For instance, Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation (Bill C-36) was rushed into law in late December, 2001–less than four months after the 9/11 attack on America, albeit unnecessary since such acts as those described as “terrorism” were already indelibly embedded in the Criminal Code as illegal acts.

It is easy to extract a favorable vote from politicians while the approving populace is traumatized by a surreal event that was never expected to happen on the home front; Americans, who had never experienced war and had no feeling for its atrocities, only expected such acts to be perpetrated by their own government in faraway countries with which they could not identify nor empathize.

Osama bin Laden, a once CIA operative, vehemently denied any responsibility for the event or the sending of video messages to the Americans after the fact.

Yet the U.S. government billed him as the scapegoat, just as FBI Director Hoover had ordered President Lyndon Johnson to ensure the Warren Commission duped the American people into believing that CIA patsy Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

After 9/11, focus immediately zeroed in on the “Middle East”, a term whose geographical meaning changes periodically as the defined nations shift around like the sand dunes in a wind-whipped desert.

U.S. President George Bush II claimed that the Muslims had hijacked and driven passenger jets into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and the Pentagon Building and blew up Building No. 7 because they were “jealous of American freedoms”.

No, the Muslims were sore with imperialists for meddling too long in their political affairs and blasphemously paving over their Holy Lands with obscene military bases and vulgar franchised restaurants.

For too long, America and other Western nations have infiltrated their countries with killer soldiers, who rifle and loot inhabitants’ homes, while missiles thud to earth, reducing buildings and infrastructure to rubble and blowing hundreds of innocent civilians into bloody particles.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense always refers to those who get in the way as “collateral damage” while sidestepping the term “real wars” for “kinetic actions”.
Just as the United States was once off on a crusade of slaying the communist dragon, now it’s on a mission to slay the “terrorist” dragon.

Well, if Westerners are supposed to be terrified of “terrorists”, why are there at least 36 camps for training Al Queda and maybe other militant groups around the Eastern Seaboard area and more scattered near Toronto, Canada?

Obviously because the CIA operatives need secreted places to train their protégés.

The real terrorists are the alphabet-soup gangs, operating as CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), FBI (Federal Bureau of Intelligence), BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Mafia, SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) teams, EMT (Emergency Response Teams) and paramilitary police units.

Yet it’s mostly individuals keen on minding their own business that these alphabeters seek, set up, lock up or kill as terrorist trophies.

Meanwhile, governments have not legally defined “terrorism” and “terrorist”, words which have taken on a life of their own and can mean anything.

These feeble attempts at definitions are totally inadequate for legal purposes, but that doesn’t stop the courts from ignoring the Bill of Rights and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, inserting reverse onus, and running roughshod over individuals’ lives without any concrete evidence to convict–if the accused is even allowed constitutional rights to see the inside of a courtroom.

The scandalous reason for not legally defining crucial key words within the context of legislative acts is a government scheme that can render the accused guilty of sin, regardless of how ridiculous the accusations.

The accuser is always right; the accused is always wrong.

“Terrorist”, like sister words “store” (Canadian Firearms Act) and “pornography” (art or smut), is nearly impossible to legally define and interpretations have been stupidly offloaded to the discretion of ineffectual enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges–sometimes juries–to deal with on a case-by-case basis.

So far, the best definition the politically-correct Marxist legal lunatics could conjure up is that “a person who practices terrorism is a terrorist.”

What is “terrorism”?

It’s some hazy thing that a “terrorist” does.

These definitions leave the courts chasing their tail over subjective words. Open season has been declared on every commoner who can be a terrorist-designate for virtually any type activity, thought, spoken or written word or be snagged in a law enforcer’s dragnet.

The United Nations and governments have packaged “terrorists” into all-encompassing categories:

1. Criminal (which may include political dissident in the Soviet and Nazi context or political activists in the China context);

2. Racist (a term applying to everybody);

3. Conspiracy Theorist (including full-throated hawkers of such perceived ideologies);

4. Extremist (including politically-incorrect “radicals” and “zealots” on the wrong side of Marxism); and

5. Mentally Ill (which includes all the previous categories and is a nebulous stand-alone subject as broad and meaningless as “terrorism”).

There may not be sufficient evidence to lay formal charges to proceed to trial, but that doesn’t stop the zealous bureaucrats.

In such circumstances, habeas corpus goes to hell. The accused can be whisk off for a Spanish Inquisition-style interrogation and languish out his days in some remote dungeon or be packed with drugs and locked in a mental ward.

If the prisoner has the benefit of friends or family members on the outside who have the wherewithal to find an honorable, constitutionalist judge who still believes in “rule of law” and “due process”, the captive will undoubtedly be sprung free on grounds of illegal confinement.

This scenario is akin to Salem 1692, and just as bad if not worse then what has happening in Soviet Russia’s gulag under Uncle Joe, and any number of other totalitarian regimes.

Who knows the actual millions of prisoners the brutal dictatorships have executed during their democidal savagery over the last hundred years? Who knows how many millions of “witches” died at the stake before the more than 200-year-old European and Salem burnings finally faded out of favor in the early 1700s?

Sometime in the late 15th century, Christian church clerics were directed that when sorcery with the Devil was charged but went unproven, the consequences would be suffered by the accuser and NOT the accused.

It did wonders for minimizing false accusations against the innocents and certainly cut down considerably on public-funded trials.

That 500-year Christian directive should be returned pronto to restore sanity to the government’s frenzied Everybody’s-a-Terrorist campaign that’s gone idiotically berserk.



1. Contract on America: The Mafia Murder of President John F. Kennedy by David E.Scheim (1988)

2. FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1961–1963, VOLUME VI, KENNEDY-KHRUSHCHEV EXCHANGES http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v06/comp1

3. John F. Kennedy, American University Commencement Address, delivered 10 June 1963 http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkamericanuniversityaddress.html

4. The Boss: J. Edgar Hoover and the Great American Inquisition by Athan G. Theoharis and John Stuart Cox (1988)

5. The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932 – 1972 by William Manchester (1973, 1974)

6. THE SECRET TEAM: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World by L.. Fletcher Prouty, Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.) (1973, 1992, 1997)

7. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner (2007)

8. Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday (2007)

9. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

10. Pol Pot: A History of a Nightmare by Philip Short (2004)

11. Justice Served Up Yukonslavia Style: The Shameful Conspiracy Behind the Allen Carlos Trilogy 1998 to 2004 by Jane Gaffin, (CD and eBook, 2003, 2009)

12. Governments Can’t Get Those Witches Exorcized by Jane Gaffin, Whitehorse Star, July 16, 2004

13. The Osama bin Laden Myth, by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Global Research, November 27, 2012 http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-osama-bin-laden-myth/5313124:
Contains full BBC translated text of September 28, 2001 Pakistani paper’s “exclusive” interview with Usamah Bin-Ladin, republished by professor and author Michel Chossudovsky, May 9, 2011 on Global Research http://www.globalresearch.ca/interview-with-osama-bin-laden-denies-his-involvement-in-9-11/24697

14. Hugo Chavez, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, some of his thoughts on terrorists, terrorism and who is the worst offender, delivered 20 September 2006 http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/hugochavezunitednations.htm\


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