Almost every tyranny being perpetrated by the US government against the citizenry—purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure—has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by our own government.
Think about it.
Cyberwarfare.Terrorism.Bio-chemical attacks.The nuclear arms race.Surveillance.The drug wars.Domestic extremism.The COVID-19 pandemic.
In almost every instance,the US government(often spearheaded by the FBI)has in its typical Machiavellian fashion sown the seeds of terror domestically and internationally in order to expand its own totalitarian powers.
Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons(weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems,spy on citizens,and destabilize vast computer networks)?The US government.
Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world,such that they are literally arming the world?The US government.
Which country has a history of secretly testing out dangerous weapons and technologies on its own citizens?The US government.
Which country has conducted secret experiments on an unsuspecting populace—citizens and noncitizens alike—making healthy people sick by spraying them with chemicals,injecting them with infectious diseases and exposing them to airborne toxins?The US government.
What country has a pattern and practice of entrapment that involves targeting vulnerable individuals,feeding them with the propaganda,know-how and weapons intended to turn them into terrorists,and then arresting them as part of an elaborately orchestrated counterterrorism sting?The US government.
Are you getting the picture yet?
The US government isn't protecting us from terrorism.
The US government is creating the terror.It is,in fact,the source of the terror.
Consider that this very same government has taken every bit of technology sold to us as being in our best interests—GPS devices,surveillance,nonlethal weapons,etc.—and used it against us,to track,control and trap us.
So why is the government doing this?Money,power and total domination.
We're not dealing with a government that exists to serve its people,protect their liberties and ensure their happiness.Rather,these are the diabolical machinations of a make-works program carried out on an epic scale whose only purpose is to keep the powers-that-be permanently(and profitably)employed.
Case in point:the FBI.
The government's henchmen have become the embodiment of how power,once acquired,can be so easily corrupted and abused.Indeed,far from being tough on crime,FBI agents are also among the nation's most notorious lawbreakers.
Whether the FBI is planting undercover agents in churches,synagogues and mosques;issuing fake emergency letters to gain access to Americans'phone records;using intimidation tactics to silence Americans who are critical of the government,or persuading impressionable individuals to plot acts of terror and then entrapping them,the overall impression of the nation's secret police force is that of a well-dressed thug,flexing its muscles and doing the boss'dirty work.
无论 FBI 是在教堂、犹太教堂和清真寺安插卧底特工，还是发布假的紧急信函，以获取美国人的电话记录，还是使用恐吓手段让批评政府的美国人闭嘴，或者说服易受影响的个人策划恐怖行动，然后设计陷害他们，这个国家的秘密警察部队给人的总体印象是，他们是一个衣着考究的暴徒，展示自己的肌肉，做着老板的肮脏勾当。
For example,this is the agency that used an undercover agent/informant to seek out and groom an impressionable young man,cultivating his friendship,gaining his sympathy,stoking his outrage over the injustices perpetrated by the US government,then enlisting his help to blow up the Herald Square subway station.Despite the fact that Shahawar Matin Siraj ultimately refused to plant a bomb at the train station,he was arrested for conspiring to do so at the urging of his FBI informant and used to bolster the government's track record in foiling terrorist plots.Of course,no mention was made of the part the government played in fabricating the plot,recruiting a would-be bomber,and setting him up to take the fall.
This is the government's answer to precrime:first,foster activism by stoking feelings of outrage and injustice by way of secret agents and informants;second,recruit activists to carry out a plot(secretly concocted by the government)to challenge what they see as government corruption;and finally,arrest those activists for conspiring against the government before they can actually commit a crime.
It's a diabolical plot with far-reaching consequences for every segment of the population,no matter what one's political leanings.
As Rozina Ali writes for The New York Times Magazine,"The government's approach to counterterrorism erodes constitutional protections for everyone,by blurring the lines between speech and action and by broadening the scope of who is classified as a threat."
正如罗兹娜·阿里(Rozina Ali)为《纽约时报杂志》(The New York Times Magazine)撰文所言，"政府反恐的方式模糊了言论和行动之间的界限，扩大了被归类为威胁的范围，从而侵蚀了宪法对每个人的保护。"
This is not an agency that appears to understand,let alone respect,the limits of the Constitution.
Just recently,it was revealed that the FBI has been secretly carrying out an entrapment scheme in which it used a front company,ANOM,to sell purportedly hack-proof phones to organized crime syndicates and then used those phones to spy on them as they planned illegal drug shipments,plotted robberies and put out contracts for killings using those boobytrapped phones.
就在最近，有人透露，联邦调查局一直在秘密实施一项诱捕计划，利用一家名为 ANOM 的幌子公司，向有组织犯罪集团出售据称防黑客入侵的手机，然后利用这些手机对他们进行监视，因为他们计划非法毒品运输，策划抢劫并签订合同，利用这些设有陷阱的手机杀人。
All told,the FBI intercepted 27 million messages over the course of 18 months.
What this means is that the FBI was also illegally spying on individuals using those encrypted phones who may not have been involved in any criminal activity whatsoever.
Even reading a newspaper article is now enough to get you flagged for surveillance by the FBI.The agency served a subpoena on USA Today/Gannett to provide the internet addresses and mobile phone information for everyone who read a news story online on a particular day and time about the deadly shooting of FBI agents.
现在，即使是读一篇报纸上的文章，也足以引起联邦调查局的注意。该机构向《今日美国》/甘尼特发出传票，要求提供每个在特定日期和特定时间在网上阅读有关 FBI 特工遭枪击的新闻报道的人的网址和手机信息。
This is the danger of allowing the government to carry out widespread surveillance,sting and entrapment operations using dubious tactics that sidestep the rule of law:"we the people"become suspects and potential criminals,while government agents,empowered to fight crime using all means at their disposal,become indistinguishable from the corrupt forces they seek to vanquish.
To go after terrorists,they become terrorists.To go after drug smugglers,they become drug smugglers.To go after thieves,they become thieves.
For instance,when the FBI raided a California business that was suspected of letting drug dealers anonymously stash guns,drugs and cash in its private vaults,agents seized the contents of all the safety deposit boxes and filed forfeiture motions to keep the contents,which include millions of dollars'worth of valuables owned by individuals not accused of any crime whatsoever.
例如，当 FBI 突击搜查一家涉嫌让毒贩在其私人保险库中匿名藏匿枪支、毒品和现金的加利福尼亚企业时，特工们查封了所有保险箱中的物品，并提出了没收动议，以保存这些物品，其中包括价值数百万美元的贵重物品，这些物品属于没有被指控犯有任何罪行的个人。
It's hard to say whether we're dealing with a kleptocracy(a government ruled by thieves),a kakistocracy(a government run by unprincipled career politicians,corporations and thieves that panders to the worst vices in our nature and has little regard for the rights of American citizens),or if we've gone straight to an idiocracy.
This certainly isn't a constitutional democracy,however.
Some days,it feels like the FBI is running its own crime syndicate complete with mob rule and mafia-style justice.
In addition to creating certain crimes in order to then"solve"them,the FBI also gives certain informants permission to break the law,"including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies,"in exchange for their cooperation on other fronts.
USA Today estimates that agents have authorized criminals to engage in as many as 15 crimes a day(5600 crimes a year).Some of these informants are getting paid astronomical sums:one particularly unsavory fellow,later arrested for attempting to run over a police officer,was actually paid$85,000 for his help laying the trap for an entrapment scheme.
In a stunning development reported by The Washington Post,a probe into misconduct by an FBI agent resulted in the release of at least a dozen convicted drug dealers from prison.
In addition to procedural misconduct,trespassing,enabling criminal activity,and damaging private property,the FBI's laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance,disinformation,blackmail,entrapment,intimidation tactics,and harassment.
For example,the Associated Press lodged a complaint with the Dept.of Justice after learning that FBI agents created a fake AP news story and emailed it,along with a clickable link,to a bomb threat suspect in order to implant tracking technology onto his computer and identify his location.Lambasting the agency,AP attorney Karen Kaiser railed,"The FBI may have intended this false story as a trap for only one person.However,the individual could easily have reposted this story to social networks,distributing to thousands of people,under our name,what was essentially a piece of government disinformation."
Then again,to those familiar with COINTELPRO,an FBI program created to"disrupt,misdirect,discredit,and neutralize"groups and individuals the government considers politically objectionable,it should come as no surprise that the agency has mastered the art of government disinformation.
然而，对于那些熟悉 COINTELPRO 的人来说，该机构掌握了政府虚假信息的技巧并不令人惊讶。COINTELPRO 是联邦调查局创建的一个项目，旨在"扰乱、误导、抹黑和中和"政府认为在政治上不受欢迎的团体和个人。
The FBI has been particularly criticized in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks for targeting vulnerable individuals and not only luring them into fake terror plots but actually equipping them with the organization,money,weapons and motivation to carry out the plots—entrapment—and then jailing them for their so-called terrorist plotting.This is what the FBI characterizes as"forward leaning—preventative—prosecutions."
Another fallout from 9/11,National Security Letters,one of the many illicit powers authorized by the USA Patriot Act,allows the FBI to secretly demand that banks,phone companies,and other businesses provide them with customer information and not disclose the demands.An internal audit of the agency found that the FBI practice of issuing tens of thousands of NSLs every year for sensitive information such as phone and financial records,often in non-emergency cases,is riddled with widespread violations.
911事件的另一个后果是，美国爱国者法案授权的许多非法权力之一——国家安全信函(National Security Letters)——允许联邦调查局秘密要求银行、电话公司和其他企业向他们提供客户信息，而不披露这些要求。对该机构进行的一项内部审计发现，联邦调查局每年发放数万封 nsl，以获取电话和财务记录等敏感信息(通常是在非紧急情况下)的做法，充斥着大量违规行为。
The FBI's surveillance capabilities,on a par with the National Security Agency,boast a nasty collection of spy tools ranging from Stingray devices that can track the location of cell phones to Triggerfish devices which allow agents to eavesdrop on phone calls.
美国联邦调查局的监控能力，与美国国家安全局不相上下，拥有一系列令人讨厌的间谍工具，从能够追踪手机位置的 Stingray 设备到能够让特工窃听电话的 Triggerfish 设备。
In one case,the FBI actually managed to remotely reprogram a"suspect's"wireless internet card so that it would send"real-time cell-site location data to Verizon,which forwarded the data to the FBI."
The FBI has also repeatedly sought to expand its invasive hacking powers to allow agents to hack into any computer,anywhere in the world.
Indeed,for years now,the US government has been creating what one intelligence insider referred to as a cyber-army capable of offensive attacks.As Reuters reported back in 2013:
Even as the US government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage,it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers and security firms sell tools for breaking into computers.The strategy is spurring concern in the technology industry and intelligence community that Washington is in effect encouraging hacking and failing to disclose to software companies and customers the vulnerabilities exploited by the purchased hacks.That's because US intelligence and military agencies aren't buying the tools primarily to fend off attacks.Rather,they are using the tools to infiltrate computer networks overseas,leaving behind spy programs and cyber-weapons that can disrupt data or damage systems.
As part of this cyberweapons programs,government agencies such as the NSA have been stockpiling all kinds of nasty malware,viruses and hacking tools that can"steal financial account passwords,turn an iPhone into a listening device,or,in the case of Stuxnet,sabotage a nuclear facility."
作为网络武器计划的一部分，美国国家安全局(NSA)等政府机构一直在囤积各种恶意软件、病毒和黑客工具，这些工具可以"窃取金融账户密码，将 iPhone 变成监听设备，或者像 Stuxnet 那样，破坏核设施"
In fact,the NSA was responsible for the threat posed by the"WannaCry"or"Wanna Decryptor"malware worm which—as a result of hackers accessing the government's arsenal—hijacked more than 57,000 computers and crippled health care,communications infrastructure,logistics,and government entities in more than 70 countries.
事实上，美国国家安全局应该为"想哭"或"Wan na Decryptor"恶意软件蠕虫所造成的威胁负责。黑客侵入政府的武器库，导致57000多台电脑被劫持，70多个国家的医疗保健、通信基础设施、物流和政府机构瘫痪。
Mind you,the government was repeatedly warned about the dangers of using criminal tactics to wage its own cyberwars.It was warned about the consequences of blowback should its cyberweapons get into the wrong hands.
The government chose to ignore the warnings.
That's exactly how the 9/11 attacks unfolded.
First,the government helped to create the menace that was al-Qaida and then,when bin Laden had left the nation reeling in shock(despite countless warnings that fell on tone-deaf ears),it demanded—and was given—immense new powers in the form of the USA Patriot Act in order to fight the very danger it had created.
首先，美国政府帮助制造了基地组织(al-Qaida)这一威胁，然后，当本•拉登(bin Laden)在震惊中离开美国(尽管无数警告都被置若罔闻)时，美国政府要求并获得了《美国爱国者法案》(USA Patriot Act)形式的巨大新权力，以对抗它制造的危险。
This has become the shadow government's modus operandi regardless of which party controls the White House:the government creates a menace—knowing full well the ramifications such a danger might pose to the public—then without ever owning up to the part it played in unleashing that particular menace on an unsuspecting populace,it demands additional powers in order to protect"we the people"from the threat.
Yet the powers-that-be don't really want us to feel safe.
They want us cowering and afraid and willing to relinquish every last one of our freedoms in exchange for their phantom promises of security.
As a result,it's the American people who pay the price for the government's insatiable greed and quest for power.
We're the ones to suffer the blowback.
Blowback is a term originating from within the American Intelligence community,denoting the unintended consequences,unwanted side-effects,or suffered repercussions of a covert operation that fall back on those responsible for the aforementioned operations.
As historian Chalmers Johnson explains,"blowback is another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows."
Unfortunately,"we the people"are the ones who keep reaping what the government sows.
We're the ones who suffer every time,directly and indirectly,from the blowback.
Suffice it to say that when and if a true history of the FBI is ever written,it will not only track the rise of the American police state but it will also chart the decline of freedom in America:how a nation that once abided by the rule of law and held the government accountable for its actions has steadily devolved into a police state where justice is one-sided,a corporate elite runs the show,representative government is a mockery,police are extensions of the military,surveillance is rampant,privacy is extinct,and the law is little more than a tool for the government to browbeat the people into compliance.
只需说一句话就足够了，如果写下 FBI 的真实历史，它不仅会追踪美国警察国家的崛起，还会描绘出美国自由的衰落:一个曾经遵守法治、让政府为自己的行为负责的国家，如何稳步走向一个警察国家，在这个国家里，正义是一边倒的，企业精英主导一切，代议制政府是一种嘲弄，警察是军队的延伸，监控是猖獗的，隐私是灭绝的，而法律只不过是政府威胁人民服从的工具。
This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.
We can persuade ourselves that life is still good,that America is still beautiful,and that"we the people"are still free.However,as science fiction writer Philip K.Dick warned,"Don't believe what you see;it's an enthralling—[and]destructive,evil snare.Under it is a totally different world,even placed differently along the linear axis."
In other words,as I point out Battlefield America:The War on the American People,all is not as it seems.
The powers-that-be are not acting in our best interests.
"We the people"are not free.
The government is not our friend.
Reprinted with permission from Rutherford Institute.