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Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR

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Source: Paul Craig Roberts

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 him 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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His books, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available (more...)

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Liberalism.... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 9:37:36 PM
Liberalism is certainly one word. What are liberal... by Adam Smith on Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 9:58:20 PM
The question was how was there a role reversal. My... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:27:04 AM
we have not become a communist totalitarian state.... by Gregory Kozloff on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:08:51 AM
I've been thinking this for a while now. The const... by Keith Hupp on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47:44 AM
LIBERALISM? You cannot possibly be serious, what d... by Donn Marten on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 6:10:07 AM
You have a one track mind,probably from listening ... by kappie on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 8:52:40 AM
So???... by Dixie Dellinger on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:38:36 PM
Bush did not pardon Scooter Libby.  He only c... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:49:44 AM
Thank you Dr Roberts, clearly the US is a nation i... by Lewis Yang on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 3:05:54 AM
PCR hates  USSR so much that hee talks nonsen... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:48:41 AM
alas, the mythologised version of the so-called Hu... by mhenriday on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 11:01:23 AM
I think it is more not even Hungary ( most of thos... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:18:04 PM
Learn History first and not from Brainwash sources... by Guglielmo Tell on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:13:24 PM
everything I  wrote was taken from several re... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:27:28 PM
What we have goes far beyond Snowden and Assange.&... by Jim on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 10:23:37 AM
and he knows very well that Russia is not prepared... by mhenriday on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 11:15:15 AM
Washington imposes war on everybody and yes, it's ... by Guglielmo Tell on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:29:38 PM
Paul Craig Roberts is such an odd duck. What comes... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:52:09 PM
Reagan, a man  they call now a GOP saint was ... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 3:11:32 PM
I sort of look at it that although Big Business an... by Adam Smith on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:32:29 PM
I give Clinton credit mainly for trying to reform ... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 8:10:08 PM
The truth about Milosevic is still to come out. Mi... by Guglielmo Tell on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20:11 AM
Daniel Ortega is now dealing with the disaster l... by Guglielmo Tell on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:23:27 AM
I said: "I give Clinton credit mainly for trying t... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 5:26:36 PM
I don't think Milosevic was great either, I'm sayi... by Guglielmo Tell on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:16:51 PM
It was raised by the Soviets against punks from We... by Guglielmo Tell on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:25:30 PM
I responded  by comment about field commander... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:31:07 PM
Someone else wrote here that Cold War is over. It'... by Guglielmo Tell on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:40:26 PM
but there was and there is a total war of crooks a... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:55:55 PM
...of the latter is totally true and that is the i... by Guglielmo Tell on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 6:22:36 PM
Thanks to the recent vote in congress we now know... by Icthelite on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:05:01 AM
the significance of which will vary no doubt, more... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:18:33 AM
But  it all depends on how to post a question... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 3:55:14 PM
How questions are framed are always the fly in the... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:23:15 PM
There are no terrorists except for the corporation... by David Smith on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 10:58:14 PM
But what are You going to do? See the links to my ... by Guglielmo Tell on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:37:28 PM