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Note: This article first appeared as a post written at Free Republic.

It's the oldest trick in the book,

dating back to Roman times; creating the enemies THEY need.


_00.000.0070 BC,



minor politician


extremely wealthy man,

Marcus Licineus Crassus,

wanted to rule



to give you an idea

of what sort of man







with invention

of the fire brigade.



Crassus' version,




race to the scene

of a





would offer to buy it

on the spot

for a tiny fraction

of it's worth.

If the owner sold,

Crassus' slaves would put out the fire.

If the owner refused to sell,

Crassus allowed the building to burn to the ground.

By means of this device,

Crassus eventually came to be the largest single private land holder in Rome,



some of his wealth

to help


Caesar, Julius




In _00.000.0070 BC



still was a




very strict limits


what Rulers could do,


more importantly



But Crassus

had no intentions of

enduring such limits





contrived a plan.


seized upon

the slave-revolt led by


in order to strike terror


the hearts

of Rome


whose garrison


had already

defeated in battle.



had no intention of marching on Rome itself,

a move he knew to be suicidal.

Spartacus and his band

wanted nothing to do



Roman empire


had planned from the start

merely to loot enough money

from their



in the Italian countryside


hire {!!!}

a mercenary fleet

in which.... to sail



Sailing away was the last thing


wanted Spartacus to do.

He needed a convenient enemy

with which to terrorize Rome itself

for his personal political gain.

So Crassus bribed the mercenary fleet

to sail without Spartacus,

then positioned two Roman legions in such a way

that Spartacus had no choice but to march on Rome.

Terrified of the impending arrival of the much-feared army of gladiators,

Rome declared Crassus Praetor.

Crassus then crushed Spartacus' army

and even though

Pompeii took the credit,

Crassus was elected

Consul of Rome the following year.

With this maneuver,

the Romans surrendered their Republican form of government.

Soon would follow the first


consisting of

Crassus, Pompeii + Julius Caesar,

followed by the reign of the


Emperors of Rome.

The Romans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic,

and accepting the rule of Emperors.

Julius Caesar's political opponent,

Cicero, for all his literary accomplishments,

played the same games in his campaign against

Caesar, Julius

claiming that Rome was falling victim

to an internal "vast right wing" conspiracy

in which any expressed desire for legislative limits on government

was treated as

suspicious behavior.

Cicero, in order to demonstrate to the Romans

just how unsafe Rome has become

hired thugs

to cause as much disturbance as possible,


campaigned on a promise to end the internal strife if elected and granted extraordinary powers.


What Cicero only dreamed of,

Hitler,Adolph succeeded in doing.

Elected Chancellor of Germany,

Hitler, like Crassus,

had no intention of living with the strict limits to his power

imposed by German law.

Unlike Cicero, Hitler's thugs *

were easy to recognize;

they all wore the same brown shirts.

But their actions were no different

than those of their Roman predecessors.

They staged beatings,

set fires,

caused as much trouble as they could,

while Hitler made speeches


that he could end the crime wave of


and terrorism

if he was granted

extraordinary powers.

Then the Reichstag burned down;

a staged terrorist attack.

The Germans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic,

and accepting the total rule


“Der Fuhrer”


The state-sponsored schools

will never tell you this,

but governments


rely on hoaxes

to sell their agendas

to an otherwise reluctant public.

The Romans accepted the Emperors


the Germans accepted Hitler


because they wanted to,

but because the carefully crafted illusions of threat

appeared to leave

no other choice.


U$-government too

uses hoaxes

to create the illusion

that We The People

have no choice

but the direction

the government wishes us to go in.


In 1898,

Joseph Pulitzer's New York World

and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal

were arguing for American intervention in Cuba.


is reported to have dispatched a photographer to Cuba

to photograph

the coming war with


When the photographer asked just what war that might be,

Hearst is reported to have replied,

"You take the photographs + I will provide the war".

Hearst was true to his word,

as his newspaper published stories of great atrocities

being committed against the Cuban people,

most of which turned out to be complete fabrications.

On the night of

February 15, 1898,

the USS Maine,

lying in Havana harbor

in a show of US resolve to protect her interests,

exploded violently.

Captain Sigsbee,

the commander of the Maine,


that NO assumptions of enemy attack be made

until there was a full investigation

of the cause of the explosion.

For this,

Captain Sigsbee was excoriated in the press

for "refusing to see the obvious".

The “Atlantic Monthly”

declared flat out

that to suppose the explosion to be anything other

than a deliberate act by Spain

was "completely at defiance of the laws of probability".

Under the slogan

"Remember the Maine",

Americans went to war with Spain,

eventually winning the Phillipines

(and annexing Hawaii along the way).

In 1975,

an investigation

led by Admiral Hyman Rickover

examined the data recovered

from a 1911 examination of the wreck

and concluded

that there had been


evidence of an external explosion.

The most likely cause of the sinking

was a coal dust explosion

in a coal bunker

imprudently located next to the ship's magazines.

Captain Sigsbee's caution had been well founded.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt needed a war.

He needed

the fever of a major war

to mask the symptoms

of a still deathly ill economy

struggling back from the

Great Depression

(and mutating towards Socialism at the same time).


wanted a war with Germany

to stop Hitler,*

but despite several provocations in the Atlantic,

the American people,

still struggling with that troublesome economy,

were opposed to

any wars.


violated neutrality

with lend lease,

and even ordered the sinking

of several German ships in the Atlantic,

but Hitler refused to be provoked.

Roosevelt needed an enemy,

and if America would not willingly attack that enemy,

then one would have to be maneuvered

into attacking America,

much as Marcus Licinius Crassus

has maneuvered Spartacus

into attacking



The way open to war

was created

when Japan signed the tripartite agreement

with Italy and Germany,

with all parties pledging

mutual defense to each other.

Whereas Hitler would never declare war on the United States

no matter the provocation,

the means to force Japan to do so

were readily at hand.

The first step was

to place oil and steel embargoes on Japan,

using Japan's wars on the Asian mainland as a reason.

This forced Japan to consider seizing the oil and mineral rich regions in Indonesia.

With the European powers militarily exhausted

by the war in Europe,

the United States

was the only power in the Pacific

able to stop Japan

from invading the

Dutch East Indies,

and by moving the Pacific fleet

from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,


made a pre-emptive strike

on that fleet

the mandatory first step

in any Japanese plan to extend it's empire

into the "southern resource area".

Roosevelt boxed in Japan

just as completely as

Crassus had boxed in Spartacus.

Japan needed oil.

They had to invade Indonesia to get it,

and to do that

they first had to remove the threat of the American fleet

at Pearl Harbor.

There never really was any other course open to them.

To enrage the American people

as much as possible,

Roosevelt needed

the first overt attack by Japan

to be as bloody as possible,

appearing as a sneak attack

much as the Japanese had done to the Russians.

From that moment up

until the attack on Pearl Harbor itself,

Roosevelt and his associates*

made sure that the commanders in Hawaii,

General Short and Admiral Kimmel,

were kept in the dark

as much as possible

about the location of the Japanese fleet

and it's intentions,

then later scapegoated for the attack.

(Congress recently exonerated both

Short and Kimmel,

posthumously restoring them

to their former ranks).

But as the Army board had concluded at the time,

and subsequent de-classified documents confirmed,

Washington DC


the attack was coming,


exactly where the Japanese fleet was,

and knew

where it was headed.

On November 29th,

Secretary of State Hull

showed United Press reporter Joe Leib

a message

with the time and place

of the attack,

and the New York Times

in it's special 12/8/41 Pearl Harbor edition,

on page 13,


that the time and place

of the attack had been


in advance!

The much repeated claim

that the Japanese fleet

maintained radio silence

on it's way to Hawaii was

a lie.

Among other intercepts still held in the Archives of the


is the UNCODED message

sent by the Japanese tanker Shirya


"proceeding to a position 30.00 N, 154.20 E.

Expect to arrive at that point on 3 December." (near Hawaii)


President Lyndon Johnson


a war in Vietnam.

He wanted it to help his friends

who owned defense companies

to do a little business.


needed it

to get the Pentagon

and CIA

to quit trying to invade


And most of all,

he needed a provocation

to “convince”

the American people that there was really

"no other choice".


August 5, 1964,

newspapers across America reported

"renewed attacks"

against American destroyers

operating in Vietnamese waters,

specifically the Gulf of Tonkin.

The official story was that

North Vietnamese

torpedo boats launched an

"unprovoked attack"

on the USS Maddox

while it was on

"routine patrol".

The truth is

that USS Maddox

was involved in aggressive intelligence gathering

in coordination

with actual attacks

by South Vietnam


the Laotian Air

Force against targets

in North Vietnam.

The truth is also

that there was


attack by torpedo boats

against the USS Maddox.

Captain John J. Herrick,

the task force commander in the Gulf,

cabled Washington DC

that the report was the result

of an "over-eager" sonarman

who had picked up the sounds

of his own ship's screws

and panicked.

But even with this knowledge

that the report was false,

Lyndon Johnson

went on national TV that night

to announce

the commencement of air strikes

against North Vietnam,


for an attack

that had never occurred.


President Bush,George H.


a war in Iraq.

Like Crassus, Bush,George H.

is motivated by


Specifically oil money.


with the OPEC alliance

failing to keep limits on oil production in the Mideast,

the market was being glutted with oil

pumped from underneath Iraq,

which sat over roughly 1/3

of the oil reserves of the entire region.



a war

to stop that flow of oil,

to keep prices (and profits)

from falling any further

than they already had.

But like Roosevelt,

he needed

the "other side"

to make the first move.


had long been trying

to acquire greater access

to the Persian Gulf,

and felt limited

confined a narrow strip of land along Kuwait's northern border,

which placed Iraqi interests

in close proximity with hostile


George Bush(I),

who had been covertly arming Iraq

during its war with Iran,

sent word

via April Glaspie

that the United States

would NOT


if Saddam Hussein grabbed

a larger part of



fell for the bait and invaded.

Of course,


were NOT about

to send their sons and daughters

to risk their lives

for petroleum products.

So Bush,George H.


a hoax,

using a public relations firm

which has grown rich

on taxpayer money

by being most industrious

and creative


The PR firm concocted

a monumental fraud

in which the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador

to the United States,

went on TV


to be a nurse,

and related a horror story

in which Iraqi troops

looted the incubators

from a Kuwaiti hospital,

leaving the premature babies

on the cold floor

to die.

The media,

part of the swindle from the start,

never bothered asking why

the "nurse"

didn't just pick the babies up

and wrap them in blankets or something.

Enraged by the incubator story,

Americans supported operation Desert Storm,

which never removed Saddam Hussein from power

but which did take Kuwait's oil

off of the market for almost 2 years

and limited Iraq's oil exports

to this very day.

That our sons and daughters

came home with serious and lingering medical illnesses

was apparently

not “too great a price to pay “*

for increased oil profits.


Following the victory in Iraq,

yet another war

appeared to be in the offering

in the mineral rich regions of


Yet again,

a hoax was used

to create support for military action.

The (above) photo of Fikret Alic

staring through a barbed wire fence,

was used

to "prove"

the existance of modern day

"Concentration Camps".

As the headline of "Belsen 92" indicates,

all possible associations with the Nazi horrors

were made

to sell the necessity of sending yet more American troops into someone else's nation.


when German Journalists went to Trnopolje,

the site of the supposed Concentration Camp

to film a documentary,

they discovered that the photo was a fake!

The camp at Trnopolje was not a concentration camp

but a refugee center.

Nor was it surrounded by barbed wire.

Careful examination

of the original photo


that the photographer had shot the photo

through a broken section of fence surrounding a tool shed.

It was the photographer who was on the inside,

shooting out at the refugees.

Once again,

Americans had been hoaxed

into support of actions

they might otherwise not have agreed with.

While several American Presidents

have willingly started wars for personal purposes,

perhaps no President has ever carried it to the extreme

that Bill Clinton has.


with the expected public statement of Monica Lewinsky

following her testimony,

Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on Sudan and Afghanistan,

claiming to have had irrefutable proof

that bogeyman extraordinaire

(and former Afghani ally)

Osama Bin Ladin

was creating terrorist chemical weapons there.

Examination of the photos of the debris

revealed none of the expected structures

one would find in a laboratory

that handled lethal weapons-grade materials.

Assurances from the CIA

that they had a positive soil test for biological weapons

fell on their face

when it was revealed

that there had been no open soil anywhere

near the pre-bombed facility.

Sudan requested

that international observers

come test the remains of the factory

for any signs of the nerve gas

Clinton had insisted was there.

None was found.

The Sudanese plant was a harmless aspirin factory,

and the owner has sued for damages.

Later examination of the site hit in Afghanistan

revealed it to be a mosque.


back in Kosovo,

stories about genocide and atrocities were flooding the media

(in time to distract from the Sudanese embarrassments),

just as lurid and sensational

and as it turns out often

just as fictional

as most of

William Randolph Hearst's

stories of atrocities against the Cubans.


the government and the media

were hoaxing Americans.

A photo was shown on all the American networks,

claiming to be one of Slobodan Milosovic's Migs,

shot down while attacking civilians.

Closer examination shows it to be stenciled in English!

Like Germany under Chancellor Hitler,

there have been events in the U$

which strike fear into the hearts of the citizens,

such as the New York World Trade Tower bombing,

the OK City Federal Building,

and the Olympic Park bomb

(nicely timed to divert the media from witnesses to the TWA 800 shoot down). The media has been very quick to blame such events

on "radicals",


"vast right wing conspiracies",

and other

"enemies in our midst",

no different than the lies used by Cicero and Hitler.

But on closer examination,

such "domestic terrorist" events

do not appear to be

what they are made out to be.

The FBI had an informant inside the World Trade Tower bombers,

Emad Salam,

who offered to sabotage the bomb.

The FBI told him "no".

The so-called "hot bed" of white separatism at Elohim City,

occasional home to Tim McVeigh

in the weeks prior to the OK City bombing,

was founded

and is being run by an FBI informant!


nobody has ever really explained

what this second Ryder truck

was doing in a secret camp

half way from Elohim City to Oklahoma City

two weeks before the bombing.



here we are today.

Like the Romans of Crassus' and Cicero's time,

or the Germans under a newly elected Hitler,


are being warned that a dangerous enemy threatens us,

implacable, invisible, omnipresent + invulnerable

as long as U$-government

is hamstrung

by that silly old

Bill of Rights.


there have appeared articles

debating whether or not

"extraordinary measures"

(i.e. torture)

are not fully justified

under certain circumstances

such as those we are purported to face.

As was the case in Rome and Germany,

the government continues to plead with the public

for an expansion of its power and authority, to

"deal with the crisis".


as Casio watch timers are paraded before the cameras,

to the stentorian tones of the talking heads' constant dire warnings,

it is legitimate to question

just how real the crises is,

and how much is the result of political machinations

by our own leaders.

Are the terrorists really a threat,

or just hired actors

with bombs and Casio watches,

paid for by Cicero

and given brown shirts to wear

by Hitler?


terrorism inside the United States





is it a stage managed production,


to cause Americans

to believe

they have no choice

but to surrender the Republic

and accept the totalitarian rule of a new emperor,

or a new Fuhrer?

Once lost, the Romans never got their Republic back.

Once lost,

the Germans never got their Republic back.

In both cases,

the nation had to totally collapse

before freedom was restored to the people.

Remember that when Crassus tells you that Spartacus approaches.

Remember that when thugs in the streets act in a manner clearly designed to provoke the public fear.

Remember that when the Reichstag burns down.