[Marxism] Coup d'Etat in America?

Tony Abdo gojack10 at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 11 09:24:31 MDT 2004

Excerpt from Michel Chossudovsky' latest commentary evalulating 'Homeland 
Security', the coming elections, 'Ocotber Surprises', and the 'War on 
Terrorism'.   Tony

Democrats and Republicans-

Some people think that a change in direction will occur if the Democrats win 
the 2004 presidential elections. Yet the Democrats are not opposed to the 
illegal occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Nor are they opposed to the 
militarization of civilian institutions, as evidenced by their initiative to 
repeal the Posse Comitatus Act.

While there are substantive differences between Republicans and Democrats, 
Bush's National Security doctrine is a continuation of that formulated under 
the Clinton Administration in 1995, which was based on a "strategy of 
containment of rogue states."

In Fall 2003, the Democrats released their own militarization blueprint, 
entitled Progressive Internationalism: A Democratic National Security 
Strategy. It calls for "the bold exercise of American power, not to dominate 
but to shape alliances and international institutions that share a common 
commitment to liberal values."
(See Mark Hand, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/HAN403A.html)

The militarization of America is a project of the US corporate elites, with 
significant divisions within the corporate establishment on how it is to be 

The corporate establishment, with its associated think tanks and semi-secret 
societies (The Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral 
Commission, etc.), is by no means monolithic.

Influential voices within the elites would prefer a "softer" police state 
apparatus, a "democratic dictatorship" which retains the external 
appearances of a functioning democracy.

The Democrats' "Progressive internationalism" is viewed by these sectors as 
a more effective way of imposing the US economic and military agenda 
Worldwide. For instance, the Kerry-Edwards ticket is supported by 
billionaire George Soros, who has waged a scathing denunciation of George W. 
Bush and the Neocons.

While the US Congress and the bi-partisan consensus constitutes the facade, 
the Military (and their Intelligence counterparts) are, from the point of 
view of the corporate elites, mere foreign policy "pawns," to use Henry 
Kissinger's expression, acting on behalf of dominant business interests.

The Wall Street financial establishment, the military-industrial complex led 
by Lockheed Martin, the big five weapons and aerospace defence contractors, 
the Texas oil giants and energy conglomerates, the construction and 
engineering and public utility companies including the biotechnology 
conglomerates, are indelibly behind the militarization of America.

Elections or no Elections
The "war on terrorism" is a war of conquest, which supports American (and 
British) economic and strategic interests. Its underpinnings are supported 
by both Democrats and Republicans.

While a coup d'etat triggered by a code red alert is a distinct possibility 
in the months ahead, we must understand that the militarization of civilian 
institutions in America is an ongoing process.

The coup d'etat entrenches the militarization process. It suspends civil 
liberties and the antiwar movement outright. It makes any form of reversal 
back to civilian forms of government much more difficult to achieve.

Militarization, however, as distinct from an outright military coup d'etat, 
does not exclude the electoral process.

Under a Kerry-Edwards administration, the military-intelligence apparatus - 
which constitutes the backbone of the "war on terrorism" and of the police 
state - would remain functionally intact. So would Northern Command and the 
various Big Brother functions of the Department of Homeland Security.

One can indeed speculate on what might happen from now until the November 
presidential elections.

Whether the elections take place or not, the contours of a functioning 
police state under the facade of Constitutional government have already been 

the militarization of justice and law enforcement,
the disinformation and propaganda network,
the support to terrorist organizations,
political assassinations a" the Big Brother surveillance apparatus,nd 
torture manuals, concentration camps,
extensive war crimes and the blatant violation of international law.

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