portland hibakusha? PW for 6-3-04
Portland has been very much in the news these past two years, associated with the word 'terror.' A Google search on the terms 'portland Oregon terror' produces 56,100 matches, including a reactionary site that has half of the Mayfield story,--guess which half-- and comments like 'we're cleaning out the rats,' along with lots of anti-Islamic innuendo and law-enforcement-style backslapping.
It's time to look at Oregon's and Portland's role as a target in the Bush Administration's weird little anti-civil-rights movement. We've had the Portland Seven case here, in which a group of Portlanders was put away for years after it had been determined that none of them had so much as thrown a rock in anger on US soil. One commenter noted that the young men and women were being locked up essentially for angry drunk talk. Yet the nation remembers the case as a near thing, in which terrorists were caught at the last minute and our vulnerable society was saved.
That's exactly how this sort of case is supposed to work, by the way. Portland is an exception because of KBOO, but in most cities in the US, if you can get someone to remember Judy Bari and Earth First at all, that someone will recall that Judy was blown up by her own bomb. That was the lie promulgated by the FBI and the enthusiastically compliant corporate-owned press, and it was disproven in court; the FBI was forced to pay restitution to Judi Bari's survivors. But that was in the back pages, if it was covered at all. So as propaganda, the FBI got a great victory by bombing Judy.
Likewise, it is the dramatic impact of the charges against Brandon Mayfield that will remain in the public consciousness. A few may remember that he was exonerated, and more will suspect that some darn liberal judge let him go without reason. If that offends your sense of truth, I say let it, but it won't change the fact that the FBI has effectively connected Mayfield, and Portland, with terrorism in the public's eye.
And I would like to go a bit further with that and point out that the FBI and other US secret police agencies have a habit of claiming 'whoopsie' when they've been caught red-handed in a lie. Thus, the CIA must have been taking some of their own acid when they claimed that Iraqi tanks were threatening the Saudi border in 1991. Whoopsie. Is that credible? I should think not, but the intimidating presence of the Agency lets it slide past, doesn't it? And it is just as incredible for the FBI to claim that they couldn't tell the difference between Ouhnane Daoud's fingerprint and Brandon Mayfield's, or that they had some credible scenario that would put the Portland lawyer's fingerprint on the bomb debris there in Spain.
On the contrary, the intent of the lie about Judy Bari was simply to smear Earth First in the public mind, the intent of the bogus satellite photo was to lie to the Saudis in order to get US troops on their soil—a situation that is still creating terrorism against the US—and the intent of the lie against Brandon Mayfield was to send a message to all lawyers, and especially Muslim lawyers, that they had better not think that they can approach the Court on equal terms, demand equal justice under the law, and escape retaliation for it.
And there may be another message cooking, aimed at the US public and the world. I mentioned the Portland Seven and the Mayfield harassment, but there has been more to lead the public's mind to Portland and to Oregon. The so-called 'terrorist training camp,' which consists of a field and a particularly terroristic gravel pit, is located in Bly, Oregon, and it gets mentioned along with the terroristically traveling Portland Seven. And let's not forget Mohammed Kariye, the head of a mosque in—you guessed it—Portland, Oregon, who was arrested in September 2002 for having luggage.
It was claimed that Kariye's luggage had traces of TNT on it. Then—whoopsie—it turned out that there was not one molecule of TNT on Kariye's luggage, but though it is a funny thing, that information doesn't seem to have the press impact as the original imaginary TNT traces. Kariye has since been convicted of terrifying Social Security fraud. There's no word on whether TNT was on any of the Social Security cards involved. And I wouldn't be surprised to find out twenty years from now that there wasn't any fraud, either.
So if you follow the news like the vast majority of Americans do, which is to say, hardly at all and heavily filtered through the corporate-government disinformation complex, you're getting a strong message, and the message is: Portland, Oregon, is a hotbed of terrorists. Portland, terror, Portland, PETA activist terrorist arrest, Portland, Tre Arrow terrorist fugitive, Portland, TNT, Portland, Spain terror bombing. Get the message yet? Do you think it's a coincidence, in a nation that just arrested thousands of Muslims for being Muslim and held and deported and interrogated them only to find that not one of them had a terrorist connection?
Put yourself in the place of a Northern Command spook or a DIA or NSA or CIA or FBI agent, not one of the grunts but a Bush-loving Bible-thumping rapture believer, and ask yourself if it wouldn't be damn convenient, if it wouldn't serve Little Beirut just right, if it turned out that some Portland terrorist—and the American public knows we're swimming in terrorists—if it turned out that some dumb vicious Jesus-hating leftie Muslim-coddling tree-hugging animal rights conspiracy theorizing anti-WTO terrorist maniac made a radioactive dirty bomb and then—oh irony of ironies—blew himself up with it, contaminating that oh-so-deserving hotbed of lesbians, Portland, Oregon, so that OH DARN all the hippies died slowly and horribly of radiation, while of course just for your protection ma'am, the whole nation would go to Code Red and we could all just breathe a big sigh of relief, and forget about the Constitution and that pesky Bill of Rights forever. And probably Jesus would come.
I don't know what the hell the spook Right is up to about Portland, but I do know that we're targeted by the JTTF for apparently no good reason, and that we've been actively, carefully smeared as a terrorist hotbed. Something is up.
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