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The mere mention of the name Osama bin Laden, so conspicuously absent from the news in recent years, is enough to make one 's blood curdle, and the hair on the back of one 's neck stand up. Images of flaming buildings consumed by billowing black smoke come vividly to mind. One recalls the stench of death hanging ominously in the air, as horrified victims flee for their lives amid the rubble of fallen skyscrapers. Now the ashen gray ghost of Osama bin Laden once again hangs over the nation like a specter, casting a dark pall of fear and death. Duct tape sales must be soaring.

The relationship between Osama bin Laden and George Bush is an interesting one. Never mind what you see in the commercial media, they are inseparable allies who feed off each other. Bush benefits from the presence of bin Laden whenever events become too overwhelming for him. In the climate of moral degeneracy that is so rampant in the Bush cabal, bin Laden can easily be trotted out onto the stage and presented as an imminent threat to America. Bush gets to play the role of the great protector, the war president, commander-in-chief, that he so obviously relishes. The benefit to bin Laden is that his puny power is impressively amplified on the world stage.

The images of terror generated by the commercial media during the attacks of 9-11 are stamped indelibly on our collective memory. Those events were purportedly masterminded by Osama bin Laden and nineteen terrorists armed with nothing more than box cutters. We are supposed to believe that a group of cave dwelling fanatics were responsible for bringing the US to its figurative knees. If that is in fact what happened we are in deep trouble.

Those terrible events were supposedly investigated by an independent bipartisan committee, the 9-11commission. The rather bizarre conclusions about them simply do not fit the evidence. Believing the official story requires that tons of physical matter behave in ways that defy the laws of physics. It also requires that we ignore any and all contradictory evidence, of which there is plenty.

The issue is too complex to treat in a short essay of this scope, so I will refer my readers to the extensive body of evidence that exists in Michael Ruppert 's book 'Crossing the Rubicon ' and at the Oil Empire web site. There are many other sources out there. Do the research and draw your own conclusions.

This brings us full circle back to Osama bin Laden, to the Bush cabal of fascists who are seeking to secure the world 's remaining oil reserves; and to the latest perceived threats from Al-Qaeda.


Amid stories that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are planning new attacks on civilian targets in the US, it is important to remember one very important fact: The government is lying. They lie continuously. Their record speaks for itself. Mired in corruption, the empire is falling apart and the Bush cabal is in a panic. The situation is spiraling out of control. The White House needs to create some catastrophic event to hold onto power. Clouds of impeachment are gathering on the horizon, as the people slowly begin to awaken from long years of apathetic stupor. Once again the Bush cabal is manufacturing a threat to frighten the people into submission to the emperor and his minions. We would be fools to fall for it.

The chief architects of the Bush cabal responsible for the war on Iraq are the same ones who wrecked terror upon defenseless civilians in South America during the 1980s during the Reagan era. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and John Negroponte are among the most prominent names involved. Rumsfeld was Reagan 's special representative to the Middle East in those days. Some may recall the 1983 photograph that depicts Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein --another CIA creation.

According to Noam Chomsky, in Nicaragua alone, the US killed in excess of two million defenseless people with the aid of CIA sponsored death squads; a total that exceeds the per capita sum of American soldiers killed in all the wars America has ever fought. Their purpose was to suppress progressive movements in the Southern Hemisphere, to assassinate labor organizers, and indigenous leaders; to prevent the rise to power of leaders who favor people above profits. The US has a long and bloody history of suppressing populist movements wherever they occur. Perhaps they bear too much resemblance to Democracy --so they have to be destroyed. Reagan and his minions labeled them communist threats because that is what sells among the gullible American people.

Consider also the enormous resources that have been marshaled against Fidel Castro in Cuba for decades; and now especially Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The people responsible have dark histories that are going unwritten and unreported in the annals of history. The CIA also played a key role in these horrendous events --and it continues to this day.

My point is that we are wasting both time and resources chasing down ghosts while the real terrorists continue to operate safely out of sight. Like Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden is the smoke screen behind which the real terrorists operate. We must be wise enough to see beyond the mists of illusion that have been created to deceive us. We must be prepared to look in some dark places and to be shocked by the truth we find.

Recently declassified CIA documents such as Project Northwoods, whether actually carried out or not, reveal the willingness of the CIA to murder American civilians for the purposes of empire. I urge readers to do a Google search and read these documents for themselves.

I realize that decent people do not want to believe that their own government is capable of such horrific acts of terror against the world, yet alone its own citizens. They assume that we are dealing with conscientious human beings like themselves; people with values similar to our own. But they are not like us; and they are not whom they purport to be. A deep understanding of US history reveals that nothing about America is what it seems. Behind the words recorded in our history books there are hidden histories that must be brought into the light for all to see. Only when this is accomplished will we know who is really running the government and committing acts of terror against innocent people everywhere.

There is considerable evidence that implicates the CIA, the FBI, as well as secret police forces in the murders of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, among others. Malcolm X and Dr. King were silenced by an assassins ' bullet when they were on the threshold of changing the nation 's power structure. It is a familiar story. Whenever anyone rises to threaten the status quo, they are assassinated, and always the work of a lone gunmen. Bogus investigations are created to hide or destroy the evidence. It happened in the case of the above mentioned assassinations; it happened with 9-11; and it will happen again.

Know that whatever the American government has done domestically to put down insurrections against the ruling class, it also carries out on a global scale. Reagan 's unthinkable acts of aggression and terror against the people of Nicaragua are not only connected to the assassinations of Malcolm X and Dr. King --they are connected to the events of 9-11 and the Middle East.

So whenever you hear the president or one of his cabal beating the drums of war, accusing some individual or a nation of terrorism, you can be absolutely certain of one fact. They are themselves guilty of the very same crimes against humanity that are magnitudes of order worse than the accused. The rest of the world knows this because their media is considerably freer than ours '; and the people pay attention.

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Charles Sullivan is a photographer, social activist and free lance writer residing in the hinterland of West Virgina.

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