War and the Police State: Complicity
of the American People
by Donna J. Thorne
Global Research, April 21, 2007
"We are apt to shut our eyes against
a painful truth. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great
and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the
number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear
not..? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost,
I am willing to know the whole truth; to know.. it - now."
Patrick Henry, 1775
In this era of perpetual warfare, escalating
domestic tyranny, government-sanctioned torture, and a Nazi-like
pursuit of Middle-East domination, one would expect, at the very
least, an audible outcry from the People who proclaim resolute
devotion to the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Yet for
the most part, Mainstream America continues to assume a posture
of apathy, bitterness, or eery silence.
When confronted with hard facts and scientific
evidence linking key government officials to the attacks of 9/11,
ostensibly intelligent, levelheaded people angrily and defiantly
reject said information without a moment's deliberation. Sincerely
compassionate and peace-loving individuals support the criminal
invasion of Iraq and close their eyes to the U.S. slaughter of
600,000 Iraqi civilians, choosing instead to believe in the myth
of American supremacy, at the heart of which lies the notion that
foreigners alone are capable of such atrocities. __And now, in
the aftermath of 9/11 and the subsequent establishment of Homeland
Security, previously rigid supporters of civil rights quietly
tolerate the piecemeal deconstruction of the U.S. Constitution
under the pretext of protection, and to their own peril, disregard
increasingly strident warnings and signs of a growing and imminent
police state. Clearly, Mainstream America has surrendered to the
subjugation of a power-crazed, despotic administration whose control
continues to expand exponentially with each passing rumor of imminent
Why,when confronted with a black-and-white
record of autocratic offenses, are so many sensible Americans
ignoring and even endorsing the current administration as it openly
paves a tyrannical road to hell? Are we so deluded by rhetoric
and weapons-grade propaganda, that we are no longer able to distinguish
truth from fiction, thereby allowing, if not abetting our own
Inarguably, a collective set of circumstances
exist to explain the acquiescence of the American People. What
follows is the first in a series of explorations by which this
writer will attempt to identify possible core factors contributing
to the scourge of apathy in American society today.
Fear, the Nemesis of Rationality
One cannot analyze the dynamics of a post
9/11 society without examining one of its principal characteristics:
fear, anxiety, dread, apprehension in a word, Terror. To those
who benefit from its proliferation, fear is a currency, a commodity,
and a powerful marketing tool. If one is aware of the devices
by which leaders have garnered power and support for any given
war or agenda historically, one can easily discern the same machinations
at work today. A key ingredient to any successful war rally or
acquisition of power is the exploitation of fear through the manipulation
On September 11, 2001, corporate media
and the government elite launched an aggressive political and
media campaign upon and against the American people. With Madison-Avenue
expertise, purveyors of fear heightened our perception of imminent
threat by inundating the airwaves with continual, repetitive,
easily-learned sound-bytes, words brimming with emotionally-charged
meaning, "Bin Laden, Taliban, Axis of Evil, Saddam Hussein,
Terror-Threat, Terrorist" with just enough intensity to successfully
persuade the American people to procure security at any cost.
Comprehensive and firmly-entrenched fear
is the means by which the current administration manages to sell
the "War of Terror" and, allowed to flourish, has solidified
mechanized cooperation from the masses as our leaders appeal to
the most basic of all human needs-- security.
The groundwork has been laid. Today, newly
identified "threats" are announced with almost predictable
regularity. Now firmly embedded in the collective unconscious
of America, fear is employed to rationalize unprecedented dictatorial
powers in the White House, to justify the erosion of privacy and
the stripping of human rights once sacredly guarded by the Constitution.
Yet, what should one expect from an administration whose platform
is built upon a substratum of fear, except for fear itself?
Fear attempts to silence dissenters. As
the Truth Movement gains momentum and amasses credibility, the
fear profiteers have begun heralding yet another "threat"
to National Security - inquiring minds. This is both good news
and bad news. We are no longer ignorable. Fearing exposure, the
Czars of Propaganda know that "Truthers" must be branded
and discredited if government corruption and corporate fraud is
to flourish unabated. This said, prepare for an intensified Smear-and-Fear
Campaign. Any group or individual who vocally questions the official
story of 9/11 or who exercises the right to demand Government
accountability will be labeled "Anti-American and Anti-Patriotic".
A well-documented strategy of propagandists
throughout modern history, dissolving credibility through character
assassination is a calculated tactic utilized to persuade the
uninformed public to turn a deaf ear, to, in effect, remain uninformed.
It remains to be seen if this line of attack will succeed, and
success is dependent upon each individual proponent of freedom.
As with the human longing for security, the natural desire for
affiliation and acceptance works in favor of the war-mongering,
power-hungry elite, for they know only the bravest of the brave
will dare risk ostracism for a noble cause.
Fear begets fear and dulls rationality.
Under fear's influence, the autonomic nervous system shifts into
fight-or-flight mode. Perhaps this either-or response clarifies
the bipartisanship of laboring freedom fighters and the willingly
deceived. The former empower themselves with knowledge. The latter,
so fearful of annihilating reassuring illusions, continue to defend
the crimes of their pseudo-conservative leaders, and in so doing,
stave off the anxieties which would surely accompany enlightenment.
So desperate to believe in an imaginary benevolent Big Brother,
We the People unknowingly and sometimes willingly turn a deaf
ear to the truth, choosing instead to believe a lie. We lull ourselves
into complacency or forced submission. We allow fear to breed
a culture of silent ignorance and unthinking loyalty by which
dictatorial regimes are allowed to flourish.
We would do well to remember, a fear-struck
population is easily led.