Terror Alerts Manufactured?


Those repeated terror alerts from the Bush administration might all be part of a calculated manipulation from our own government. At least that is the speculation of Ray McGovern. A former CIA analyst under both Reagan and Bush 41, he was interviewed on an Internet radio program Monday, presenting indications that this could all be "manufactured fake terrorism," designed to deflect attention from the continuing encroachments on our civil liberties and the growth of the federal empire at home and abroad.

McGovern noted that the war in Iraq "has nothing to do with democracy or freedom or defending 'our way of life,'" but is about "enriching the pockets of those who support this administration." McGovern, whose writings also appear regularly on such "progressive" sites as Tom Paine and the American Prospect, has long been a critic of Bush foreign policy, but speaks from his own CIA experiences to note the signs as they present themselves. Commenting on the statements of Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul, that the Administration was openly trying to set up a martial law police state in America, he readily agreed, stating that "it does seem that those who have his (Bush's) ear are hell bent on giving away or providing wider responsibilities to our military."

He cited the recent proposal by Bush himself, to put the military in direct charge during hurricanes and other domestic catastrophes. He also noted statements, like those of General Tommy Franks, indicating that the next major attack in the United States "would mean a martial law state and a breakdown in our freedoms." But he cautioned against accepting the government's word in such an event, since it very well might be our own government carrying out the terror: "We have to be careful," he is quoted as saying, "if somebody does this kind of provocation … we have to not take the word of the masters there in Washington that this was some terrorist event because it could well be a provocation allowing them, or seemingly to allow them to get what they want." He notes how the New York City terror alert has now been "outed as a fake," while it "magically boosted" Mayor Bloomberg's ratings. - ST