SCRIVENER'S SCREED (Opinion) The Constitution Discarded: When Will the Media Address the 'Mechanics of Personal Destruction'?
SCRIVENER'S NOTE: The following posting was published today on Chris Cillizza's Washington Post.com blog "The Fix" in response to his candid admission that the national media ran with leaks from the McCain campaign about an imminent announcement of his vice presidential pick, when in fact it was just a ploy to detract attention from Barack Obama's foreign trip.
I applaud your candor -- your recognition that you and your colleagues are played daily like a cheap fiddle. The squeaky strain of the media manipulation minuet is a noisome waltz without end.
Chris, please listen carefully: There is a constitutional crisis in this country. This is the charge: The rule of law has broken down on the local level across the nation. Bands of well equipped private citizens, tacitly and materially supported by elements of the power structure at multiple levels, are bypassing the legal system. The charge is that this extra-legal militia is patrolling the streets, stalking and harassing, allegedly inflicting physical harm upon persons targeted by this extra-legal control mechanism, which denies them their constitutionally protected right of due process under the law.
Even uniformed police are reported to have been intimidated by this network of extra-legal control, using volunteer citizens as the "street muscle."
Victims say that in addition to being physically harassed, their property is being vandalized; their privacy is being invaded; and their physical well-being has been compromised, using hi-tech modes of physical punishment.
Victims charge that a network of bureaucratic programs appears to work in tandem with this extra-legal control mechanism.
THESE PROGRAMS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE IN PART FOR THE CRISIS IN THE MORTGAGE AND CREDIT MARKETS.
Some of the agencies looking into those matters may have long-standing knowledge of these programs.
President Clinton often talked about "the politics of personal destruction." Hillary Clinton warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy," a concern she reaffirmed, albeit in milder descriptive language, in her autobiography, "Living History."
The network of programs and policies that are allegedly circumventing the judicial system, violating constitutional rights and meting out vigilante justice, might collectively be termed the MECHANICS of personal destruction.
It's alleged to be happening all over, in virtually every city and town and county in the nation -- including right there in Washington and in bedroom communities across the river.
It is the rule of the jungle supplanting the rule of law. And there is testimony that horrific, silent and potentially deadly microwave, laser and x-ray weapons are being used by these rogue elements to slowly degrade the health and destroy the livelihoods of targeted persons.
I wonder aloud whether Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't trying to warn the rest of us about an evil that even the power of the presidency could not keep in check.
I know your beat is politics. Chris. But politics, and the entire electoral process, is being marginalized, relegated to little more than window dressing, as true power is stolen away by a neo-fascist element that has found a way to seize the true reins of power and authority. It is analogous to what John Dean called "a cancer" -- not just on the presidency, but on the entire body politic.
Amazing as it sounds, this powerful apparatus appears to exist under the radar of most elected members of Congress. Those who should know, perhaps they believe such activity, so-called "black ops," exists to target "terrorists," so-called enemies of the state. They naively refuse to believe that these programs, over time, appear to have morphed into a vast system of extra-legal vigilante control not unlike the East German Stasi, the KKK of the old South, the Gestapo of the Nazi Third Reich -- and that these programs effectively deny American citizens their constitutional rights.
This appears to be nothing less than neo-fascism under the guise of "national security" and "keeping America safe." And liberals and progressives, arguably disproportionately targeted by these programs, naively insist that "it can't happen here." Among the most complicit in this regard: the national mainstream media.
Whoever is elected the next president will inherit these programs. That person, if he learns of such programs, is likely to be told of their necessity and propriety -- that such an extra-legal control mechanism, using citizen vigilantes as its street "muscle," can co-exist with democracy. In fact, this extra-legal control mechanism is destroying our democracy; much damage already has been done.
I've written about this neo-fascist threat based on first-hand experience. I post this here because I know that the national media reads this blog. I do so at risk to my personal well-being. But I do so because there is a crisis in our nation; the boil must be lanced before the national body politic becomes fatally infected.
Here are the links to two articles I've written about this imminent danger to our constitutional democracy. I urge you and your colleagues to study this issue, do some research, and start asking some tough questions, starting with the Department of Homeland Security:
"Mr. Chertoff, are you aware that many Americans believe they have been the victims of so-called community or gang stalking, possibly perpetrated by persons equipped and trained by federally funded volunteer programs under your charge? Have you heard of such reports, and are you investigating to ensure that these programs and their resources are not being misused?
That would be a good place to start. I believe it goes much deeper; but the curative process must begin before more Americans are seriously damaged by this descent from the rule of law to the nihilist rule of the jungle.
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