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CIA Spy Scandal Precipitates Major Constitutional Crisis in the United States

Civilian “Control” Over Military, Intelligence Agencies Threatened by Pentagon/CIA/NSA Coup Backed by Executive Branch

Democrats and Republicans Unable to Cope With Crisis That They Themselves Have Aided and Abetted by Ceding Vast Powers to Military-Intelligence Agencies

This past week’s revelation that CIA chief John Brennan – or someone else in the CIA (and who knows where else) – gave the green light to the launching of a spy operation targeting the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s kidnapping and torture operations against suspected terrorists has precipitated a full-blown Constitutional crisis that makes Watergate look like a pillow fight.

Whereas Watergate was a case of a rogue President and many of his cabinet officials breaking the law in order to win re-election and then breaking more laws to cover their tracks, the current crisis has exposed the existence of a well-organized cabal of top intelligence and military officers intent on protecting their agencies from any attempt by the Legislative branch of the US government from exercising control over those agencies. It appears to us that there exists a growing power within military and intelligence agency circles that has become increasingly jealous of any attempt by the civilian power of the Legislative branch of the US Government to exert its dominance over the military and intelligence “communities”.

The crisis has been brought to a head by the long-running series of revelations by WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden that have laid bare the vast espionage operations that were unleashed by the Congress itself against the population of the entire planet – including that of the United States – in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Fearing that the revelations of the extent of the vast US espionage network will lead to the shutting down of major operations being run across the globe in support of the US capitalist class’ unrivalled dominance of the entire planet in military, economic and political spheres, the military-intelligence wings of the US government have begun to act independently of any type of civilian control, have begun to flex their muscles and have openly declared their desire to seize power from the Legislative branch of government. This is the final stage of an evolutionary process that was instituted by the Legislative branch itself in a thoroughly bipartisan manner after the 9/11 attacks; the Frankenstein monster the Democrats and Republicans created to wage the “Global War on Terror” has turned on its creators and now threatens to seize power in its own name and for its own purposes.

Neither the extent of the conspiracy nor its objectives are apparent at this early stage of its development; but recent moves by the US military to directly challenge Russia and China over the Ukraine and Senkaku islands issues respectively hint that the US capitalist class is preparing to launch WWIII at a time when it perceives that neither Russia nor China is capable of defending themselves effectively against the US military juggernaut. This window of opportunity will not last forever, the US capitalist class realizes, as both China and Russia are just beginning the process of rearming themselves to defend their nations against US imperialist aggression. Just as the brief period at the end of WWII where the US found itself in sole possession of the world’s first nuclear weapons led to the rise of a gang of warmongering anticommunists in the Pentagon who urged that the USSR and China be nuclear-bombed into non-existence, today’s lopsided global military balance of power in favor of the United States has apparently led to the formation of a ruthless cabal of military and intelligence leaders who are acting increasingly independent of their erstwhile civilian masters in Congress. Unless the rise of this dangerous gang of military/intelligence cutthroats is driven into the ground by the very US Congressional leadership that aided and abetted its development, the continued existence of the current bourgeois democratic incarnation of the US government is seriously threatened. The repercussions of the failure of the US Congress to rein in their own Frankenstein monster would be paid for by the working classes of the United States and the world with the blood of millions of workers.

So far, the vast majority of the bought-and-paid-for U.S. politicians in the national government are reacting to the discovery of what can only be described as a “military/intelligence agency coup in progress” with characteristic ineptitude and a nearly complete lack of comprehension of the seriousness of the crisis at hand. The editors of the New York Times wailed in a July 31 editorial [“The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust”] about the “lawless culture that has festered within the C.I.A. since the moment it was encouraged by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to torture suspects and then lie about it”, they conclude merely that there needs to be a “thorough overhaul” of the CIA. The editors of the US’ “newspaper of record” are seemingly unaware that the CIA is not acting alone, and has found its chief bulwark of political support in the Democratic Party Obama Administration which has legalized the assassination of U.S. citizens – and which the NYT editors support.

We ask: just who does the NYT editorial board propose should undertake this “thorough overhaul” of the CIA? No one in Congress has clean hands – in true bipartisan spirit, the twin parties of the US capitalist class have fulsomely supported the torture of terror suspects, their kidnapping, incarceration and torture in secret prisons around the world and have steadfastly refused to bring to justice the many US military commanders, CIA personnel and Executive branch criminals responsible for carrying out these monstrous crimes. No one in either political party has made any attempt to lead such an effort because it would undoubtedly lead to the arrest and prosecution of many of their own leading members of Congress as well as top officials in both the Obama and Bush Administrations who have carried out so many high crimes and misdemeanors in the decade and a half since 9/11. This is what makes the current crisis so extremely dangerous for the working class of the United States and the world: since the working class has not a single representative in the national government, it is not currently in a position to lead its own independent effort to undertake the investigation and prosecution of the criminals running the government in Washington. Who can stand in the way of this military/intelligence cabal if that gang decides to refuse to heed any demand by anyone in Congress that they surrender their new-found power over the national government?

This crisis in Washington reflects the frustration the right wing of the US capitalist class is feeling at having to continue to pretend that they respect the forms of bourgeois-democratic process. Having declared through their Supreme Court that their corporations possess the same rights as citizens and that they can freely purchase elections outright without making even the smallest nod to any semblance of “fairness” and “balance” towards the working class, a section of the bourgeoisie now seeks to do away with the increasingly empty bourgeois-democratic political process itself and to simply rule as a neo-fascist military power unhindered by such trivialities as the Geneva Conventions, international human rights legislation or even the basic rule of law here in the US.
Feeling its power being sapped by the slowly leaking revelations of the extent to which the much-vaunted US democracy has long been nothing more than a thorough delusion, elements of the US bourgeoisie wish to stop the pretence entirely and to simply do away with the domestic opposition to its wanton destruction of the democratic rights in the US and around the world. It appears to us that this section of the ruling class is seeking to take advantage of its military dominance of its primary adversaries while it can; if we are correct in this assessment then we stand on the brink of the complete destruction of whatever remains of civil rights in the United States, all of which will have to be done away with in the run-up to the launching of World War III. Dissent will not be allowable in any form here in the US if the capitalist class decides to seize complete military control of the entire planet. If this is their plan then we in the revolutionary socialist movement had better get busy preparing our members for life in the underground in the very near future.

The only way to truly prevent the rapid descent of the United States into a fascist state is to redouble our efforts to build revolutionary socialist and internationalist workers parties to fight to overthrow the capitalist class and its state before time runs out. The US working class has got to be awakened to the mortal danger it faces if it continues to support the US capitalist class and the capitalist system. The current crisis, if it somehow is resolved in favor of the temporary continuation of the niceties of bourgeois democracy, must be recognized for what it would be: a temporary reprieve while the fascist wing of the US capitalist class regroups for another more serious attempt to overthrow its own phony democracy and replace it with a fascist state. Time is NOT on the side of the US working class – and it is certainly not going to favor the revolutionary workers parties here either! We have absolutely no faith at all in the ability of the Democrats’ – or right-wing, pro-capitalist Libertarian blowhards like Ron Paul – to “defend” bourgeois democratic forms in the face of the mortal danger presented to the nation by the capitalist class that bought them their jobs in Congress! We must strive to organize the working class to defend itself against the emerging fascist threat coming from the US capitalist class and be prepared to conduct this struggle from exile if necessary. It is better to err on the side of caution than to console ourselves with delusions about the “sanctity of democratic institutions” here in the belly of the US imperialist beast, with the most nakedly worker-hating and bloodthirsty capitalist class in world history!

Workers of the World, Unite! Break with the Democrats and build revolutionary socialist workers parties! The main enemy is not immigrant workers or “terrorists” but “our own” U.S. capitalist class!

— IWPCHI

Hunger Strike in 6th Week at US’ Obama Torture Center at Guantanamo Bay: “No one is accepting food from prison authorities”

The New York Times is reporting that conditions at the United States Government’s Obama Torture Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have deteriorated so far that the prisoners, in desperation, have resorted to going on a hunger strike to bring their plight to the world’s attention.  The hunger strike, now in its sixth week, is an attempt by the prisoners in the world’s most notorious torture camp to force the US Government of Wall St. sock puppet Barack Obama to either hold trials immediately or release them immediately.

The hunger strike was precipitated when the US torture camp’s guards conducted searches of the cells for imaginary contraband – where would it come from?! – and proceeded to manhandle the prisoners’ Korans.   86 of the prisoners were supposedly “cleared” for release back in 2009 (!) only to have that hope viciously dashed by the Democratic Party uber-commandant of the torture camp Barack Obama, who was more interested in pursuing his re-election than in finally closing down the US torture center as he promised he would back in 2007.  The prisoners have reached the end of their vast reserves of patience, apparently, preferring to die rather than spend another year as hostages in the US’ endless “War on Terror”.   We demand: Release all the GITMO prisoners immediately and close down your torture camps and secret prisons – all of them!

According to lawyers for the prisoners – some of whom have been held in this torture camp since shortly after 9/11 – only “a few elderly prisoners” are not participating in the hunger strike.  Lawyer Ramzi Kassem flatly contradicted the US military commandant’s claim that only 28 prisoners were involved in the hunger strike: “No one is accepting food from prison authorities” he told the New York Times’ Charlie Savage.

Of course, the commandant of the US torture camp denies that the hunger strike is widespread, claiming that, of the 166 prisoners said to be entombed in this rat hole of a torture camp, “only” 28 prisoners were participating.  The prisoners’ lawyers say the US Military is lying.  We believe the prisoners’ lawyers!

The Guantanamo Bay torture camp, created by the US Government in January 2002 ostensibly in order to hold the “worst of the worst” “terrorist” members of al-Qa’ida, was in fact a fraud from its inception.  The reality is that this torture camp prison was created to con the American public into believing that the US Government was “doing something” to stop al-Qa’ida.  GITMO apparently never has held any terrorists at all:  out of the grand total of 779 men who have been kidnapped and shipped to this notorious torture camp,  around 600 have been released to their families, having never been charged with any crime!  At least eight men committed suicide, despondent after years of solitary confinement without any contact with their families.  They were all simply pawns in Washington’s cynical “War on Terror”, launched after the US own bought-and-paid-for Islamic fundamentalist terrorists – trained by the CIA originally to wage jihad in the US’ own “Holy War” against communism and the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – turned, Frankenstein-like, on their US masters.

The CIA’s own chickens – having flown the coop after the USSR’s Stalinist “leadership” criminally abandoned the defense of Afghanistan en route to selling out the entire USSR in 1989 – came home to roost on 9/11.

The GITMO prisoners seized by the US in the reaction to the 9/11 attacks were not terrorists;  many were simply Afghanis or Iraqis literally “sold” to the CIA as “terrorists” by the US Government’s own puppets in Afghanistan and Iraq.  These men were never charged with any crime because there was either never any real evidence against them in the first place or the “evidence” would never have even stood up to the feeble light that would have shone upon it if it had been presented even in one of the US military’s kangaroo courts.  Not one single person who was kidnapped from their home countries and sent to GITMO has ever been convicted in a US court of anything at all.  The whole operation was a sham designed to fool the US public into believing that the “War on Terror” was real.  And it worked.

Some of the prisoners who were kidnapped, drugged, tortured and then shipped off to GITMO – Wikipedia says there were between 17 and 22 of them – were as young as 15 years old when they were arrested.  After being repeatedly tortured by the US puppets in the countries where they were originally seized, they were turned over to US troops and CIA agents in Afghanistan and Iraq and tortured some more.  Then they were bound and gagged and shipped to GITMO and tortured some more!  Finally, their utility as pawns in the “War on Terror” exhausted, they were quietly repatriated without ever being charged with any crime.  Upon release, though, the US Government was careful to warn the ex-detainees that if they ever spoke out about their experiences, they would risk being taken into custody again – or worse.

When the lying Wall St. sock puppet, Democratic Party “lesser evil” Barack Obama was running for the White House the first time, he promised to close down GITMO if he won the election.  Five years later, he still continues to run George W. Bush’s torture camp, having not even bothered to speak about GITMO in his most recent re-election campaign.  The US capitalist-owned news media dutifully gave Obama a pass on GITMO during the election and continues to do so today.  The New York Times’ coverage of the hunger strike at has been heavily slanted in favor of the Pentagon’s lies about the issue.

This sordid chapter in US history – along with the US’ legalization of torture and the legalization of the assassination of US citizens – has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt just how “dedicated” the capitalist US Government is to modern bourgeois judicial standards – which are nothing special themselves as far as workers are concerned.  Under capitalism, “justice” is a commodity like everything else, and everyone gets just as much “justice” as they can pay for.

The crimes the United States has committed in its cynical “War on Terror” will never be erased from the blood-soaked red-white-and-blue banner of the US capitalist class.  From Fallujah to Abu Ghraib to Vietnam, the Korean War and all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, the  US slave trade and the slaughter of Native Americans, the reign of the US ruling class has been one long orgy of violence waged against the workers of the world by the US landed aristocracy and capitalist class. Show us a time in US history when the US ruling class was NOT engaged in some hideous crime against the workers and indigenous peoples of the United States and/or the rest of the world!  This hideous US capitalist ruling elite – by far the most despotic gang of criminals on the planet today – must be swept into the “dustbin of history” by the workers of the United States at the earliest opportunity.  Having legalized torture and the assassination of US citizens, this US ruling class has declared war on all decent people on planet Earth.  Before they drive the world into the abyss of World War Three in their endless, mad, greedy drive for profits, the workers of the United States should do the world a favor and seize power in their own name, deposing the US capitalist class and depositing them in the same GITMO hellhole where they made our brothers languish for so many years.

For more information about the crimes being committed daily against the long-suffering prisoners at Democratic “lesser evil” Barack Obama’s torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, skip the capitalist press and their lies and go to the people telling the truth about what’s going on there: the prisoners’ lawyers and their friends and families.  Here are some links to the REAL story at Obama’s torture camp:

http://www.closeguantanamo.org/

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/

Workers of the World, Unite!  Close Down GITMO NOW!  For workers revolution in the US!

IWPCHI