Invitation to Tyranny
07, 2019 "Information
FBI has published
a document that concludes
that “conspiracy theories” can motivate
believers to commit crimes.
Considering the growing acceptance of
pre-emptive arrest, that is, arresting someone
before they can commit a crime that they are
suspected of planning to commit, challenging
official explanations, such as those offered for
the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert
Kennedy, and Martin Luther King or the official
explanation for 9/11, can now result in
monitoring by authorities with a view to finding
a reason for pre-emptive arrest.
Presidents George W. Bush and Obama
created the police state precedents of
suspension of habeas corpus and assassination of
citizens on suspicion alone without due process.
If Americans can be preemptively detained
indefinitely and preemptively assassinated,
Americans can expect to be preemptively
imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit.
As Lawrence Stratton and I explained in our
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
the historic achievement of forging law into a
shield of the people is being reversed in our
time as law is being reforged into a weapon in
the hands of the government.
The FBI document says that conspiracy theories
“are usually at odds with official or prevailing
explanations of events.”
Note the use of “official” and
Official explanations are explanations
provided by governments.
Prevailing explanations are the
explanations that the media repeats.
Examples of official and prevailing
explanations are: Saddam Hussein’s weapons of
mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical
weapons, Iranian nukes, Russian invasion of
Ukraine, and the official explanation by the US
government for the destruction of Libya.
If a person doubts official explanations
such as these, that person is a “conspiracy
Official and prevailing explanations do not have
to be consistent with facts.
It is enough that they are official and
Whether or not they are true is
Therefore, a person who stands up for the
truth can be labeled a conspiracy theorist,
monitored, and perhaps pre-emptively arrested.
No forensic investigation of 9/11 was
ever officially conducted.
Instead the destruction of the buildings
was blamed on Osama bin Laden, and scenarios and
simulations were created to support the
allegation, not to find the truth.
Architects, engineers, scientists,
pilots, and first responders on site cannot
reconcile the official prevailing explanation
with the facts.
The scientific and testimonial evidence
that they have produced is dismissed as
It is those experts who stand on the
evidence who are defined as conspiracy
theorists, not those who created the story of
Osama bin Laden’s 9/11 conspiracy.
Here we have an alleged conspiracy
between Trump and Russia that was the official
Yet, to believe in the Russiagate
conspiracy did not make one a conspiracy
theorist as this conspiracy was the official
But to doubt the Russiagate conspiracy
did make one a conspiracy theorist.
the FBI report does, intentionally or
unintentionally, is to define a conspiracist as
a person who doubts official explanations.
In other words, it is a way of preventing
any accountability of government.
Whatever the government says, no matter
how obvious a lie, will have to be accepted as
fact or we will be put on a list to be monitored
for preemptive arrest.
effect, the FBI’s document reduces the First
Amendment, that is, free speech, to the right to
repeat official and prevailing explanations.
Any other speech is a conspiratorial belief
that can lead to the commission of a crime.
American should be greatly concerned that the
government in Washington does not see this FBI
document as an open invitation to tyranny,
repudiate it, and demand its recall.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was
columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News
Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet columns
have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts'
latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire
Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West,
How America Was Lost,
The Neoconservative Threat to
and support Dr, Roberts Work.
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