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Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts


Living in America is becoming very difficult for anyone with a moral conscience, a sense of justice, or a lick of intelligence. Consider:

We have had a second fake underwear bomb plot, a much more fantastic one than the first hoax. The second underwear bomber was a CIA operative or informant allegedly recruited by al-Qaeda, an organization that US authorities have recently claimed to be defeated, in disarray, and no longer significant.

This defeated and insignificant organization, which lacks any science and technology labs, has invented an "invisible bomb" that is not detected by the porno-scanners. A "senior law enforcement source" told the New York Times that "the scary part" is that "if they build one, they probably built more."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that "the plot itself indicates that the terrorists keep trying to devise more and more perverse and terrible ways to kill innocent people." Hillary said this while headlines proclaimed that the US continues to murder woman and children with high-tech drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Africa. The foiled fake plot, Hillary alleged, serves as "a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant at home and abroad in protecting our nation and in protecting friendly nations and peoples like India and others."

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that the fake plot proves the need for warrantless surveillance in order to detect -- what, fake plots? In Congress Republican Pete King and Democrat Charles Ruppersberger denounced the media for revealing that the plot was a CIA operation, claiming that the truth threatened the war effort and soldiers' lives.

Even alternative news media initially fell for this fake plot. Apparently, no one stops to wonder how al-Qaeda, which has become so disorganized and helpless that it is on the run and left its revered leader, Osama bin Laden, in a Pakistan village alone and unguarded to be murdered by US Navy Seals, could catch the CIA off guard with an "undetectable" bomb, to use the description provided by Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein, who was briefed on the device by US intelligence personnel.

Notice that the Secretary of State has committed the bankrupt US and its unravelling social safety net to the protection of "India and others" from terrorists. But the real significance of this latest hoax is to introduce into the fearful American public the idea of an undetectable underwear bomb.

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What does this bring to mind? Anyone of my generation or any science fiction aficionado immediately thinks of Robert Heinlein's The Puppet Masters.

Written in 1951 but set in our time, Earth is invaded by small creatures that attach to the human body and take over the person. The humans become the puppets of their masters. Large areas of America succumb to the invaders before the morons in Washington understand that the invasion is real and not a conspiracy theory.

On clothed humans, the creatures cannot be detected, and the edict goes out that anyone clothed is a suspect. Everyone must go about naked. Women are not even allowed to carry purses in their hand, because the creature can be in the purse attached to the woman's hand.

Obviously, if the CIA, the news sources, and Dianne Feinstein's briefers are correct that defeated al-Qaeda has come up with an "undetectable" bomb, we will have to pass through airport security naked.

If so, how will this be possible? If each airline passenger must go through a personal screening by disrobing in a room, how long will it take to clear "airport security"? I doubt there is any place in North or South American that the traveller couldn't drive there faster. Or perhaps this is an answer to depression level US unemployment. Millions of unemployed Americans will be hired to view naked people before they board airliners.

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As the Transportation Safety Administration division of Homeland Security has taken its intrusions, unchallenged, into train, bus, and highway travel, are we faced with the total collapse of the clothing industry? Stay tuned.

A couple of years ago a noted philosopher wrote an article in which he suggested that Americans live in an artificial or virtual reality. Another noted philosopher said that he thought there was a 25% chance that the philosopher was right. I am convinced that he is right. Americans live in the Matrix. Nothing that they know or think that they know is correct.

For example, our non-truth-telling "leaders" continually declare that "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East." This myth is one of the many reasons rolled out to justify American taxpayers' declining incomes being taxed to provide the Israeli government with the means to murder Palestinians and steal their country.

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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 book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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 Mr. Roberts, Should you not then write ... by Ad Du on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:12:19 AM
Paul Craig Roberts has hit the nail on the head an... by John Little on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:59:03 PM
 Sir,  I have not yet taken the time to ... by Ad Du on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 4:22:17 PM
I wouldn't say the Puppet Masters Mr. Roberts mor... by Jack Heart on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:46:59 AM
for another thought-provoking, informative article... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:06:13 PM
ass bombers, this is a must read.http://www.thisca... by intotheabyss on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:20:41 PM
domination is based on the past which is not glori... by bogi666 on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:23:08 PM
Now think about this. This fake bomb plot has be... by Thomas Brown on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:53:09 PM
Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll give it some... by Paul Craig Roberts on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 3:47:59 PM
think about explaining why Lincoln said that we ar... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1:14:36 PM
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I read everything you write. You are the best. I t... by Janet Gaudiello on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:06:07 PM
that question the assassination of Bin Laden than ... by intotheabyss on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:58:30 PM
Paul, the underlying (and lying) problem at the co... by Alan MacDonald on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:47:57 AM
Bravo, Bravo. It would be super if you and Mi... by Robert Bostick on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:13:35 AM
Potomac, thanks for your insightful input on the e... by Alan MacDonald on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:50:19 AM
Potomac, I would also love to see  Michael Pa... by Alan MacDonald on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 3:16:49 PM
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The internet universities are created to defraud t... by bogi666 on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 4:53:54 AM
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