Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR

Washington is Enamored of Tyranny

I spent the summer of 1961 behind the Iron Curtain. I was part of the US-USSR student exchange program. It was the second year of the program that operated under auspices of the US Department of State. Our return to the West via train through East Germany was interrupted by the construction of the Berlin Wall. We were sent back to Poland. The East German rail tracks were occupied with Soviet troop and tank trains as the Red Army concentrated in East Germany to face down any Western interference.

Fortunately, in those days there were no neoconservatives. Washington had not grown the hubris it so well displays in the 21st century. The wall was built and war was avoided. The wall backfired on the Soviets. Both JFK and Ronald Reagan used it to good propaganda effect.

In those days America stood for freedom, and the Soviet Union for oppression. Much of this impression was created by Western propaganda, but there was some semblance to the truth in the image. The communists had a Julian Assange and an Edward Snowden of their own. His name was Cardinal Jozef Mindszenty, the leader of the Hungarian Catholic Church.

Mindszenty opposed tyranny. For his efforts he was imprisoned by the Nazis. Communists also regarded his as an undesirable, and he was tortured and given a life sentence in 1949.

Freed by the short-lived Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Mindszenty reached the American Embassy in Budapest and was granted political asylum by Washington. However, the communists would not give him the free passage that asylum presumes, and Mindszenty lived in the US Embassy for 15 years, 79% of his remaining life.

In the 21st century roles have reversed. Today it is Washington that is enamored of tyranny. On Washington’s orders, the UK will not permit Julian Assange free passage to Ecuador, where he has been granted asylum. Like Cardinal Mindszenty, Assange is stuck in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

Washington will not permit its European vassal states to allow overflights of airliners carrying Edward Snowden to any of the countries that have offered Snowden asylum. Snowden is stuck in the Moscow airport.

In Washington politicians of both parties demand that Snowden be captured and executed. Politicians demand that Russia be punished for not violating international law, seizing Snowden, and turning him over to Washington to be tortured and executed, despite the fact that Washington has no extradition treaty with Russia.

Snowden did United States citizens a great service. He told us that despite constitutional prohibition, Washington had implemented a universal spy system intercepting every communication of every American and much of the rest of the world. Special facilities are built in which to store these communications.

In other words, Snowden did what Americans are supposed to do–disclose government crimes against the Constitution and against citizens. Without a free press there is nothing but the government’s lies. In order to protect its lies from exposure, Washington intends to exterminate all truth tellers.

The Obama Regime is the most oppressive regime ever in its prosecution of protected whistleblowers. Whistleblowers are protected by law, but the Obama Regime insists that whistleblowers are not really whistleblowers. Instead, the Obama Regime defines whistleblowers as spies, traitors, and foreign agents. Congress, the media, and the faux judiciary echo the executive branch propaganda that whistleblowers are a threat to America. It is not the government that is violating and raping the US Constitution that is a threat. It is the whistleblowers who inform us of the rape who are the threat.

The Obama Regime has destroyed press freedom. A lackey federal appeals court has ruled that NY Times reporter James Risen must testify in the trial of a CIA officer charged with providing Risen with information about CIA plots against Iran. The ruling of this fascist court destroys confidentiality and is intended to end all leaks of the government’s crimes to media.

What Americans have learned in the 21st century is that the US government lies about everything and breaks every law. Without whistleblowers, Americans will remain in the dark as “their” government enserfs them, destroying every liberty, and impoverishes them with endless wars for Washington’s and Wall Street’s hegemony.

Snowden harmed no one except the liars and traitors in the US government. Contrast Washington’s animosity against Snowden with the pardon that Bush gave to Dick Cheney aide, Libby, who took the fall for his boss for blowing the cover, a felony, on a covert CIA operative, the spouse of a former government official who exposed the Bush/Cheney/neocon lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

Whatever serves the tiny clique that rules America is legal; whatever exposes the criminals is illegal.

That’s all there is to it.

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.


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  1. Paul, it should also be said that the show trials of Mindszenty gave our intelligence agencies a first glimpse of mind control. Much has been written about this, especially by Jan Sejna, who was a Czech high intelligence and political defector. What happened to Mindszenty was hard programming versus the soft programming which Americans are currently under assault. Yes, the battle for men/women’s minds. You can read about this is such books as: John Marks – “The Search for the Manchurian candidate,” Walter Bowart’s book – “Operation Mind Control,” Jim Douglass’ book – “Betrayed” and others which study this technology. Below comes from Mae Brussell published in the NY Times. Even William Safire commented that Brussell’s information is credible.

    Now let’s also look at our programs, some of which came out during the Church and Pike hearings: MKULTRA, MKOPEN, MKSEARCH, MKNAOMI, MKDELTA.

  2. @pick Much more current info has been posted by me in earlier comments. The key words are Robert C. Beck, Psychoactive Mood Modification. Even that material only goes to about 1998, so it is much more advanced today and linked to HAARP.

  3. HAL 9000 says:

    Seems like every article that appears from Roberts includes a comment complimentary of the Reagan administration. The election of 1980 was the first time I was eligible to vote in a Presidential election. I cast my vote for Ronald Reagan. It would be the last time I voted for a Republican or a Democrat. Contrary to what Roberts claims, the Reagan administration was as dirty as any that has come after it. So, while Roberts is on the subject of government secrecy, let me remind him of an episode from the Reagan years.

    During the Carter administration, James Bamford claims he obtained records from the Justice Department pursuant to FOIA requests which detailed a Justice Dept investigation into illegal spying by NSA. The records showed that the Justice Dept concluded NSA had engaged in illegal activity and came up with a list of 20 potential criminal charges against NSA. Apparently, the Justice Dept read Miranda warnings to some “upper-level” NSA employees.

    The records had been classified above “Top Secret” but Justice declassified them and released them to Bamford. Of course, when NSA found out that Justice had released the records, they were furious. They demanded Justice get the records back from Bamford and reclassify them. The Justice Dept under the Carter administration simply ignored NSA’s demands. But after Reagan came into office things changed.

    Reagan’s Attorney General, William French Smith, reclassified the documents then demanded Bamford return them. Bamford refused, and after repeated showdowns, Justice eventually threatened to charge him with criminal behavior under the Espionage Act, if he did not return the documents. However, Bamford’s lawyers found protection under the Executive Order on Secrecy, which stated that once a document is declassified it cannot be reclassified. On those grounds, Bamford continued to refuse to return the documents and, in fact, he never did.

    What did Reagan do? He revised the Executive Order on Secrecy to allow documents to be reclassified so that in the future, if something slips through the national security fortress, the Executive branch could take it back and conceal it from the people. As I recall, the Bush administration actually did (or attempted to) reclassify information released by Sibel in order to silence her and prevent any further mention of it in the media.

    I submit that if Roberts is sincere in his assault on the U.S. government, he should stop pretending that the Reagan administration did not engage in the types of actions he rails against.

  4. Thanks, Simon.

  5. More for pick. You got me to check the latest research and update my file. Hope this is not too much. Effects of 6-10 ELF on Brain Waves
    David S. Walonick

    1990 research update: When the brain did lock on, the amplitude of the brain waves increased to nearly double their normal size. (If you consider the skin a dielectric constant, waves can be summated within those boundaries and intensified. The southern stargazer is a marine electric fish that does this remarkably well.)

    As the frequency was lowered (below 8.6 Hertz), lock-on for most subjects occurred in bursts, rather than being continuous. For example, there might be immediate lock-on for two seconds; then the brain would “fight” the ELF frequency for a quarter of a second, and then lock-on again for another few seconds, etc.

    (I have observed studio engineers fool the brain with audible freqencies that are within this 6-8 Hz range by generating each note in a composition digitally to be 6 Hz apart. If middle C is agreed to be 256 Hz, then a 250 Hz C would be played in the opposite ear. The human can normally only hear down to 50Hz.)

    It is clear from these experiments that brain waves do in fact lock on to artificially produced ELFs in the 6 – 10 Hertz range. A sine wave produces lock-on more readily than a square wave (a multiple of several frequencies) or a triangle wave. A sine wave output produces a rotating magnetic field where there is a gradual build up, collapse and reversal of the field intensity. A square wave output produces a pulsed alternating magnetic field where the build-up, collapse and reversal of the magnetic field is more abrupt.

    (New research by Gerald Pollock in the Fourth Phase of Water (2013) opens an entirely new mechanism for the effects of ELF waves.
    p. 172 Luc Montagnier established that DNA structured signals were sent to
    water and raw materials for DNA synthesis added to that water created new DNA. ‘Fritz
    Popp, EMCCD (Electron Multiplied Charge Coupled Device) research, both suggest that DNA emits biophotons. Can the EZ (Exclusion Zone) act as a
    template for EM signaling and memory? Kaznacheyev did earlier research in the Soviet
    Union to transmit disease by light from one cell to another separated by glass.

    Thomas Y, Kahhak L, Aissa J (2006) The physical nature of the biological signal,
    a puzzling phenomenon: The critical role of Jacques Benveniste.
    “At the request of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, we attempted to replicate the data of Professor Jacques Benveniste that digital signals recorded on a computer disc produce specific biological effects. Benveniste stated that certain individuals consistently get digital effects and other individuals get no effects or block those effects.” (If this is in the open literature, you bet there is a lot more that is classified. Fortunately, since all lifeforms are interconnected none of this information is really secret, just harder to dig up. For those with a genuine faith in the Creator, shielding is entirely possible. Take hope.)

  6. Not at all, Simon. Was it not Dr. Eastwood at Colgate who pioneered this research? I have read on this way back. Speaking of DARPA, Google MEG brain research.

  7. gogetem says:

    I agree with you 100%, HAL.

    The entire Reagan Administration appears to be Roberts’ blind spot.

  8. arealjeffersonian says:

    To HAL9000 & gogetem
    After reading your comments I went back and read the article again, thinking I must have missed something. But still the only reference I could find to Reagan was this “The wall backfired on the Soviets. Both JFK and Ronald Reagan used it to good propaganda effect.” I don’t see where this warrants criticism, but if it does, shouldn’t it be directed at both Reagan & JFK?

  9. HAL 9000 says:

    @ arealjeffersonian,

    My criticism is that Roberts does not hold the Reagan administration to the same standard as more recent administrations, presumably because he served in the Reagan administration. If you look at the body of Roberts’ work, you will see that he makes a special effort to make favorable comments about the Reagan administration. In this case, he says

    “Washington had not grown the hubris it so well displays in the 21st century.” then he adds “The wall backfired on the Soviets. Both JFK and Ronald Reagan used it to good propaganda effect.”

    So the Reagan administration did not display the hubris he attributes to Bush II and Obama, and he throws in his usual token good deed by Reagan.

    I object for two reasons; the first being that he is wrong. The level of hubris exhibited by Washington D.C. in the prior century matches that of the current century. In the case of the Reagan administration, they were especially adept at concealing and spinning their hubris.

    That being the case, my second objection is that I believe Roberts and other Americans must be able to acknowledge the truth of their national history before they can rehabilitate their government into something better. You have to be able to look honestly at your past to ascertain what you did well and what you did poorly – what you should keep and what you should discard. The coaches and players need to go watch film of every game they played during their recent miserable season so they can figure out to be more successful in the coming year. The film doesn’t lie.

    In this piece, Roberts compares the Washington D.C. of today to the Soviet Union, implying that the validity of this comparison is a recent development. He used the treatment of Cardinal Jozef Mindszenty as an example of Soviet oppression. As Roberts puts it, the Cardinal “opposed tyranny.” Fine, my question for Roberts is what was Washington doing to those who opposed tyranny in the U.S. during the same time?

    As I recall, Martin Luther King was murdered by the same apparatus that took out a president and his brother, who had just locked up a place on the next presidential ballot. Four students were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard on the campus of Kent State University during a protest against the Vietnam war. Artists like Joan Baez and John Lennon became targets of NSA, FBI, and CIA monitoring because they had the audacity to oppose tyranny.

    Meanwhile, a newly elected governor of California named Reagan, contacted J. Edgar Hoover to request help from the FBI in suppressing student and faculty protests against tyranny at the University of California at Berkeley. Hoover was delighted because he had wanted to go after Berkeley earlier, but the previous governor was not cooperative. So, at Reagan’s request, COINTELPRO descended upon the Berkeley campus.

    These are just some examples of how Roberts’ 20th century America “stood for freedom” at home. If we consider America’s behavior overseas, things become much darker. Consider the treatment of Mossadegh in Iran, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, and the many Central and South American leaders who dared to oppose U.S. tyranny.

    But this problem goes beyond Roberts and Reagan. Your username invokes the name of Thomas Jefferson, perhaps the most tragic example of American hypocrisy. His writing about government, rights, and liberty have elevated him to the status of a deity in the U.S. Yet the rights he claimed for himself he did not recognize in others, most notably his slaves, native Americans, and women. Why do Americans only connect Jefferson to his thoughts on liberty and not his actions against liberty? Why do Jefferson’s words speak louder than his actions?

    There is much to admire in the words and writing of Jefferson, Roberts, and many other Americans. But in large part, it was and is the glorifying of America’s founders and its founding, and the sanitizing of America’s history to conceal or rationalize its misdeeds, that led to the emergence of the hubris mentioned by Roberts in his essay. This is what a religion does; it glorifies it founders, it sanitizes its history, and it claims moral superiority. Once the leaders implant the myth into the hearts and minds of their flock, then they can manipulate the actions of their flock by invoking the myth.

    America and Americans are different.
    America is the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
    Americans are the most generous people in the world.
    Americans value freedom and justice more than anything else.
    America is the envy of the world.

    We have to come to grips with our history. We have to do better. We have to recognize that we have not yet lived up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence, and we long ago abandoned the purpose and intention of much of the U.S. Constitution. We have to restore our credibility with the rest of the world by matching our actions to our professed ideals.

    One good thing about the indoctrination of our national myth is that it has nominally planted the values of liberty, justice, and compassion in the American psyche. Consequently, there is a great reservoir of these human values in the American people upon which to build a better society, if the truth can ever reach them. That is the battle ground – truth. Washington D.C. is fond of war, and they proudly publicize their wars on terror, drugs, and poverty. The one war they prefer to keep secret is their war on truth. That is the war upon which our future depends.

    The rain falls down on last year’s man,
    an hour has gone by and he has not moved his hand.
    But everything will happen if only gives the word;
    The lovers will rise up and the mountains touch the ground.

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