June 21st, 2012
By Johnny Tremain -- It was eerie watching watching Darrell Issa's Congressional committee tensely deliver their 2nd Amendment
Conspiracy theory and scare tactic. It is transparently a tactic to scare and motivate the far right fringe of the Red Meat Republican base -- you know that group of people that are so paranoid of government -- that they now have no choice when faced with a threat this big -- they get so scared of the perceived threat that they run to the government for safety and protection.
Thomm Hartman wrote a great article on commondreams.org some years ago detailing the Rumsfield scare tactics surrounding the Russian
"phantom" submarine scare. It came at a time when political sentiment in the United States had wearied significantly of the Cold War and there was beginning to be chatter about cutting back on the defense department budget. Suddenly, in obvious response to that threat to the defense department cash cow -- Rumsfeld suddenly out of nowhere (literally out of thin air) trotted out this enormous threat and danger mantra in the American media.
The Russians, he breathlessly warned, had come up with a scientific break-through --
a nuclear sub that was un-detectable by American current anti-submarine technology. The allegation was quickly rejected by the CIA as unsubstantiated conjecture. None of their sonar monitoring tools had turned up any such submarine or threat, they said.
That was just it Rumsfeld had responded -- not only undaunted by the CIA stating that their state of the art monitoring tools had turned up no
such threat -- nothing like what Rumsfeld warned had been detected -- but doubling down on his big scare lie --- he said that the CIA had hit the threat to the American people nail on the head: the submarine was so sophisticated that it could not be detected by even our most advanced defense department tools and technology. A Russian sub, he alleged, now had the ability to load up with nuclear "first strike" weapons, weapons of mass destruction (WMD - sound familiar), and sneak up close to the United States and hide right there in New York Harbor -- undetected -- just awaiting the word to launch terminal "nuclear halocaust and annihilation on the United States. The lack of evidence that it existed was absolute confirmation that the weapon existed but could not be detected -- just like he warned. And the country bought it.
The media picked up the story and ran wild with it, creating a wave of frantic paranoia that swept through the defense establishment and
Congress and out across America. Congress got busy and allocated tens and hundreds of billions of dollars to develop new detection tools and new weapons to meet the threat -- to detect the super-stealth submarine -- and save America. And just like the made up WMD mania leading up to the invasion of Iraq -- Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz -- the very same actors -- created a scare and panic that ended up making absolute fortunes for their friends -- the weapons builders in the defense estabishment -- where each of them later went to work, making huge amounts of money themselves. A kind of "profit-sharing" of the spoils of war, you might say.
The same actors -- eerily similar strategies as are now being deployed in the "Fast and Furious" 2nd Amendment conspiracy allegations being
made by many of the key players on Darrell Issa's committee in Congress. In the '70's the war mongers alleged a clear and present danger of the phantom nuclear sub, and they and their friends got rich off of it. In the 2000's the same bad actors again alleged big, scary "weapons of mass destruction", launched an enormous military, financial, and political boondoggle (a very profitable one) -- and once again they and their military contractor buddies made out like the bandits they are.
And now, as the re-election campaign of our first black American President heads into the home-stretch of the 2012 Presidential Campaign, the right wingers are alleging that there is an enormously ominous, hugely scary -- domestic terrorist threat: the black President and the black Attorney General have concocted this almost ingenuous plot and trick to "lull" patriot Americans to sleep by selling guns to Mexican drug lords using the pretense that they are then going to use those "secretly marked" weapons to track down drug lords and capture or kill them -- while secretly setting the stage for hired minions from abroad to slip surrepticiously into the United States and disarm every gun owner by ambushing them with those weapons while they sleep.
And quite hilariously, while there is absolutely no evidence of a plan or any efforts whatsoever by the Obama administration to confiscate guns, the lack of evidence is just proof positive of how dreadfully secret this plan is. The absence of a shred of evidence -- is "absolute proof" of how wily and cunning and dangerous these rogue black boys are. Don't you get it. Two black guys using massive trickery to lull Americans to sleep with the pretense of spreading arms all over the hemisphere, is just a ruse to lull Americans to sleep -- then disarm them, and take over America for the blacks, and then use the American military to take over the world and give it to blacks, too. Rich, guys! Very Rich! And quite alarmingly crazy, too, actually!