State Crime against Democracy (SCAD)
SCADs are defined as concerted actions or inactions by government insiders intended to manipulate democratic processes and undermine popular sovereignty. Examples of SCADs that have been officially proven include the Watergate break-in and cover-up; the illegal arms sales and covert operations in Iran-Contra; and the effort to discredit Joseph Wilson by revealing his wife’s status as an intelligence agent.
To displace the term “conspiracy theory.Deployed as a pejorative put down, the label is a verbal defense mechanism used by political elites to suppress mass suspicions that inevitably arise when shocking political crimes benefit top leaders or play into their agendas, especially when those same officials are in control of agencies responsible for preventing the events in question or for investigating them after they have occurred.
The tendency to consider suspicious political events individually and in isolation rather than collectively and comparatively is not limited to the conspiracy-theory literature; it is built into the conspiracy-theory label and has become a pervasive predisposition in U.S. civic culture. For Americans, each assassination, each election breakdown, each defense failure, each war justified by “mistaken” claims is perceived as a unique event arising from its own special circumstances. While Americans in the present generation have personally witnessed many political crimes and tragedies, we see them as if through a fly’s eye, situating each event in a separate compartment of memories and context.
Should be stressed that this way of thinking about elite political crimes—this very common tendency to view parallel crimes separately and to see them as disparate and unrelated—is exactly opposite the way crimes committed by regular people are treated. If a man marries a wealthy woman and she dies in a freak accident at home, people would be suspicious simply because she was wealthy and the accident was improbable. If this same man then marries another wealthy woman who dies in a freak accident at home, foul play would naturally be suspected, and the husband would be the leading suspect in the wife’s’ demise.
Why do we compartmentalize crimes involving political elites while doing just the opposite with the crimes of ordinary people? At least two factors discourage us from connecting the dots in elite political criminality. One is the term “conspiracy theory,” which is applied to crimes that have major political consequences but not to other crimes. The conspiracy-theory phrase encourages cognitive compartmentalization because the phrase is not meant to apply to interconnected crimes. In American public discourse, multiple crimes planned and committed by a single group are generally called “organized crime,” not conspiracies.
In the post-WWII era, official investigations have attributed assassinations, election fiascos, defense failures, and other suspicious events to such unpredictable, idiosyncratic forces as lone gunmen, antiquated voting equipment, bureaucratic bumbling, innocent mistakes, and, in the case of 9/11 , a “failure of imagination.” In effect, official accounts of suspicious events have answered conspiracy theories with coincidence theories.
The conspiracy-theory label was popularized as a pejorative term by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a propaganda program initiated in 1967. This program was directed at criticisms of the Warren Commission’s report. The propaganda campaign called on media corporations and journalists to criticize “conspiracy theorists” and raise questions about their motives and judgments. The CIA told its contacts that “parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists.”
The transformation of America’s civic culture from the Founders’ hard-nosed realism about elite political intrigue to today’s blanket condemnation of conspiracy beliefs as ludicrous by definition. This cultural reversal did not occur spontaneously; it was planned and orchestrated by the government itself. The impetus for the change originated in obscure debates in political philosophy during World War II, and in the secret world of espionage and intrigue that has become a permanent threat at the heart of American government.
The conspiracy-theory label intentionally suppresses discussion of the issue of where, if at all, secrecy, domestic surveillance, and government propaganda campaigns fit in American democracy.
In the hands of conspiracy deniers, what counts as a conspiracy theory depends, not, as the label suggests, on an allegation’s form and subject matter as a hypothesis about a secret plot, but on its relation to conventional beliefs about the motives and integrity of political elites.
Conspiracy theories about the Mafia in America or politicians in Russia are fine; the same theories directed at U.S. politicians are supposedly ludicrous and paranoid.
Suspicion is written into and energizes the constitutional system of checks and balances, which displays the Founders’ method of dividing and separating powers, dispersing vetoes, and requiring cooperation for authoritative action.
In the shadow of the world war, however, two European political philosophers—Karl Popper and Leo Strauss—placed much of the blame for totalitarianism, World War II, and the Holocaust on forms of conspiratorial theorizing that fueled social prejudice and undermined respect for authority. As Popper and Strauss’ ideas entered universities and influenced teaching and research, conspiracy theories of all kinds came to be lumped together and condemned, including plausible suspicions of crimes in high office.
==Conspiracy Theory in America (Discovering America) (deHaven-Smith, Lance)
Rush is only 95% correct, the other missing 5% is that not only will the establishment vote for Hillary over Trump, as Laura Bush has made rather clear at least as to the criminal Bush families intentions, they will join with the other faction in the false narrative of American democracy, the Democratic establishment and do all that is necessary, all that is necessary, to keep power, control and coercive State authority in the firm grasp of the transnationalist, crony-capitalist true party: The Fascist Empire of the United States.
The criminal enterprise that is the United States government, almost in it’s entirety is so pervasive, so deep and transcends both location (not restricted to the actual seats of our government) and time that there is now absolutely no way that the system will allow an outside threat to its existence and to its heinous past. Trump nor Sanders will never be allowed to cross over the threshold of the Oval Office except in chains or in a box.
The book, Conspiracy Theory in America quoted above is a very detailed, objective and well researched analysis of the state directed, elite agenda of demonizing the word “conspiracy” when it is applied to crimes of against democracy and the American people by elites within and surrounding the seats of American power, which was conducted for the sole purpose of masking the crimes committed over many, many years in our past, and those that continue to this day.
The idea that such criminal activity is only relegated to the Mafia and other such traditional criminal organizations performing their associated activities and does not infect the elites in government and those that pull the strings in the background is so patently absurd it would be laughable, if for the fact that the propaganda and indoctrination of the American mind against such “fallacious” thinking were not so contemptibly successful.
The list of proven SCADS is so lengthy already that it boggles the mind how successful the CIA memo and the intellectual, philosophical leadership of Karl Popper and Leo Strauss were at setting the tone for making the term a pejorative of such power and social condemnation.
The Gulf of Tonkin was a government/Presidential lie that cost the lives of untold millions and a criminal conspiracy; Watergate and all that surrounded it was a criminal conspiracy; Bush senior lied about the Gulf War as he went around the nation promoting it by calling attention to the words of the Kuwaiti Ambassador’s daughter, also a royal family member, testimony about babies in incubators being slaughtered by Saddam’s armies, without telling the American people who she was and that her testimony was created by a well known PR firm.
What is also astounding about this is how gullible we all are to the retreading of the same theme over and over again, like the troops of the Kaiser bayoneting babies in Belgium or the Viagra engorged loyalist to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi raping with abandon their own citizens on their march to Benghazi. But then it shows how simple fabrications and appeals to the moral sensibilities of the human mind work, why change a successful paradigm?
And of course the evidence of conspiracy over the second Iraq war, the massive CIA illegal activities made public by the Church Committee in 1977, the Iran-Contra drug running, the illegal wiretapping and reputation smear campaign of MLK by an organization supposedly dedicated to upholding the law’s, Operation Northwoods, all the way to the clear conspiracies that surround us today with the 28 pages of the 9/11 report, the IRS scandals and on and on. Why then is it such leap of faith to hold Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, RFK, MLK, (clearly having one’s last name start with a K is dangerous to your health) and the many other “conspiracies” where the opposing facts and known evidence do not come close to supporting the elites, establishment memes?
The answer is simple, because the machinery of propaganda is so powerful and ubiquitous and the indoctrination to obey authority so successfully embedded in our national psyche from the first day we enter consciousness, from the Television sets to our pre-schools and throughout life that most cannot escape the matrix of the power elites self-supporting lies.
The Republican establishment would rather put Democrat Hillary Clinton in the White House than Republicans Donald Trump or Ted Cruz because it would keep them in charge of “their fiefdoms,” talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said on Monday.”The Republican establishment is prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton if it means holding onto their fiefdoms,” Limbaugh said, adding, “The Republican Party is prepared, if Ted Cruz gets the nomination, to not care whether he wins or loses.”
“In fact,” Limbaugh said later, “if Ted Cruz is the nominee and loses the general, the party will be happy. They’ll be able to blame the loss on conservatives and conservatism and be done — once and for all — with conservatism in the party.”
The GOP’s “primary objective” is self-preservation, not winning the White House in this cycle,” Limbaugh said. “Given the vagaries of this cycle, the Republican Party’s primary objective is maintaining its own power structure and base for the current people that occupy it.”
The dead giveaway, he said, is when some in the party openly say they will vote for Clinton over Trump.
“And some of them have even said that they’ll vote for Hillary instead of Cruz,” he said. “It means they don’t think the country’s in crisis. They don’t think anything of the sort.”
This is where Rush is totally wrong–they don’t care if America is in crisis, in fact they damn well know it is. The reasons have nothing to do with surface politics and everything to do with keeping power shared among the cabal of transnationalist, fascist elites that are the powers behind both factions. And, more importantly with making damn sure the treasonous behavior, the myriad of criminal acts and State Conspiracies Against Democracy never, ever are threatened with the cleansing, cathartic light of sunshine.