Moscow Times Friday, November 1, 2002
Into the Dark
By Chris Floyd
This column stands foursquare with the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, U.S.
Defense Secretary, when he warns that there will be more terrorist attacks
against the American people and civilization at large. We know, as does the
Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Defense Secretary, that this statement is
an incontrovertible fact, a matter of scientific certainty. And how can we
and the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Defense Secretary, be so sure that
there will be more terrorist attacks against the American people and
civilization at large?
Because these attacks will be instigated at the order of the Honorable
Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Defense Secretary.
This astonishing admission was buried deep in a story, which was itself
submerged by mounds of gray newsprint and glossy underwear ads in last
Sunday's Los Angeles Times. There -- in an article by military analyst
William Arkin detailing the vast expansion of the secret armies being
massed by the former Nixon bureaucrat now lording it over the Pentagon --
came the revelation of Rumsfeld's plan to create "a super-Intelligence
Support Activity" that will "bring together CIA and military covert action,
information warfare, intelligence and cover and deception."
According to a classified document prepared for Rumsfeld by his Defense
Science Board, the new organization -- the "Proactive, Preemptive
Operations Group (P2OG)" -- will carry out secret missions designed to
"stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups, provoking them into
committing violent acts which would then expose them to "counterattack" by
In other words -- and let's say this plainly, clearly and soberly, so that
no one can mistake the intention of Rumsfeld's plan -- the United States
government is planning to use "cover and deception" and secret military
operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on innocent people. Let's
say it again: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the other
members of the unelected regime in Washington plan to deliberately foment
the murder of innocent people -- your family, your friends, your lovers,
you -- in order to further their geopolitical ambitions.
For P2OG is not designed solely to flush out terrorists and bring them to
justice -- a laudable goal in itself, although the Rumsfeld way of
combating terrorism by causing it is pure moral lunacy. (Or should we use
the Regime's own preferred terminology and just call it "evil"?) No, it
seems the Pee-Twos have bigger fish to fry. Once they have sparked
terrorists into action -- by killing their family members? luring them with
loot? fueling them with drugs? plying them with jihad propaganda? messing
with their mamas? or with agents provocateurs, perhaps, who infiltrate
groups then plan and direct the attacks themselves? -- they can then take
measures against the "states/sub-state actors accountable" for "harboring"
the Rumsfeld-roused gangs. What kind of measures exactly? Well, the
classified Pentagon program puts it this way: "Their sovereignty will be at
The Pee-Twos will thus come in handy whenever the Regime hankers to add a
little oil-laden real estate or a new military base to the Empire's
burgeoning portfolio. Just find a nest of violent malcontents, stir 'em
with a stick, and presto: instant "justification" for whatever level of
intervention/conquest/rapine you might desire. And what if the territory
you fancy doesn't actually harbor any convenient marauders to use for fun
and profit? Well, surely a God-like "super-Intelligence Support Activity"
is capable of creation nihilo, yes?
The Rumsfeld-Bush plan to employ murder and terrorism for political,
financial and ideological gain does have historical roots (besides
al-Qaida, the Stern Gang, the SA, the SS, the KGB, the IRA, the UDF, Eta,
Hamas, Shining Path and countless other upholders of Bushian morality,
decency and freedom). We refer of course to Operations Northwoods, oft
mentioned in these pages: the plan that America's top military brass
presented to President John Kennedy in 1963, calling for a phony terrorist
campaign -- complete with bombings, hijackings, plane crashes and dead
Americans -- to provide "justification" for an invasion of Cuba, the
mafia/corporate fiefdom that had recently been lost to Castro.
Kennedy rejected the plan, and was killed a few months later. Now Rumsfeld
has resurrected Northwoods, but on a far grander scale, with resources at
his disposal undreamed of by those brass of yore, with no counterbalancing
global rival to restrain him -- and with an ignorant, corrupt president who
has shown himself all too eager to embrace any means whatsoever that will
augment the wealth and power of his own narrow, undemocratic, elitist clique
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