Aug. 24, 2016

By Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford

It is surreal to hear the Clinton campaign and its vast army of surrogates, including virtually the entirety of the corporate media, howl about “conspiracy theories” timed to sabotage her triumphal procession to the White House. Shaken by this summer’s Wikileaks disclosure of the Democratic National Committee’s subversion of Bernie Sanders’ leftish insurgency, Clinton is attempting to inoculate the public against the “October Surprise” they fear is coming from Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

With Donald Trump’s electoral prospects diminishing by the day, the only thing the Clinton camp has to fear is the facts. Therefore, the campaign’s mission is to poison the well of public discussion in order to immunize Clinton from future factual disclosures. From now to Election Day, all facts are to be deemed suspect, no matter how verifiably true, since they might have bubbled to the surface through the machinations of “conspiracy theorists.”

Who is feeding such destructive facts to these conspirators? Why, the Russians, of course — although there is no evidence that the Kremlin had anything to do with the hack-work released by Wikileaks. Nevertheless, facts remain facts, including truths that might have been passed along by Eurasian Slavs, as Donald Trump recognized before not-really-sarcastically retracting his request that Vladimir Putin do the American public additional informational services regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails. After all, no patriot wants to hear the truth from a Russian!

Certainly, we will not hear or read the truth in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or any of the major electronic media, all of which are huddled in Hillary Clinton’s “Big Tent,” conspiring on how to defeat the conspiracy theorists that threaten the “her” they are “with.” Squeezed into a campaign tent that now houses the totality of the imperial military, “national security” and “free trade” establishment, Hillary’s legions resort to the broad brush strategy of truth pacification once known as McCarthyism, connecting dots between Russian “aggressors,” far-right domestic outliers, and everyone that refuses to accept Clinton as their savior from Trump’s America First Reich.

The Breitbart News Network, the factophobic crew now taking their turn at attempting to run the show at Trump HQ, are easy pickings for the neo-con-liberal Clinton McCarthyites. Far more problematic is Judicial Watch, the right-wing legal outfit that has been in business since President Bill Clinton passed his 1994 “Crime” bill that resulted in the biggest mass Black incarceration surge in history.

Judicial Watch deploys subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests and suits to dislodge actual facts that are useful in courts of law, and has been the bane of Clinton’s existence ever since she circumvented the law by setting up that Internet server in her basement. A federal judge has ruled that Clinton must answer written questions about her emails under pain of perjury — although she will probably be able to put the moment of reckoning off until after Election Day. The Clinton campaign dismissed the ruling as the work of “a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s” – you know: “conspiracy theorists.”

The Clinton’s first started railing against the “dark forces” arrayed against them on January 27, 1998, when Hillary appeared on the Today show to denounce the “vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.” The day before, her husband had told the American people, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” Seven months later, on August 27, Bill Clinton finally admitted, sort of, “I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate.

In fact, it was wrong.”The corporate media soon forgave Bill and the First Enabler, just as they forgave other imperial servants for much higher crimes: Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger for the lies they told to the world about the secret bombing of Cambodia and Laos; Kissinger’s complicity in the assassination of Chilean president Salvador Allende; Dwight Eisenhower’s directive to kill Congolese president Patrice Lumumba; the Kennedy brothers’ countless plots against Fidel Castro’s life; Presidents Carter, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama’s lies about the U.S. role in nurturing the global jihadist network; and the countless other lies and crimes committed in service of the One and Only Exceptional Nation in the World.

This, of course, is the real, ongoing, ingrained, institutional conspiracy at the heart of U.S. politics: the conspiracy of the ruling class and its servants, with the corporate media as principal actors. Breitbart News can’t hold a candle to the mainline corporate media when it comes to disinformation. The New York Times, et al, have acted as disinformation services on all aspects of U.S. foreign policy, hyping hysteria for the run-ups of every war and covering up U.S. crimes against humanity and violations of international law without fail, at every juncture. In this century, they have been totally complicit in U.S. lies and aggressions against Venezuela, Honduras, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Libya, and Syria.

For the last 20 years, the corporate media have buried every scrap of information on the U.S.-backed bloodbath in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has claimed six million lives — the worst genocide since World War II — a crime rooted in President Eisenhower’s hit contract on Lumumba, set in ghastly motion by Bill Clinton, and compounded in savagery by George Bush and Barack Obama, with Hillary Clinton playing a role throughout.

Whitewashing Israel’s seamless record of criminality is an American official and media pastime.The imperial conspiracy has always been bipartisan, reflecting ruling class control of both major political parties and corporate ownership of the media. This election season, however, the institutional Republican Party has been broken by the billionaire brat America-Firster white nationalist from Queens, who violated the ruling class pact by, at least temporarily, challenging the doctrines of free flowing global capital, “humanitarian” military intervention (regime change, or its euphemism, “nation building”) and a permanent U.S. war footing with the Russians and Chinese.

It is these heresies — not Trump’s raging racism, which is standard issue for the White Man’s Party — that have stampeded multinational capital, most of the denizens of the national security state, and the whole imperial foreign policy establishment into Hillary Clinton’s “Big Tent.”

Trump’s continued popularity with a white male constituency that was always assumed to be a bastion of the War Party, is seen as an existential threat to the legitimacy of the U.S. quest for global dominance. When Trump says that Obama created ISIS, it does not matter much whether he understands the import of his own words. He is speaking an essential truth that goes to the heart of one of the Greatest Lies Ever Told: that the U.S. and its closest allies are sworn enemies of jihadist terror.

The voluminously documented truth — not a conspiracy theory — is that the Americans and Saudis created the international jihadist network nearly four decades ago and have now come to rely on Islamic jihadists as foot soldiers for imperialism in the Muslim world.

No wonder the Clintonites are in a frenzy of neo-McCarthyism and “conspiracy”-mongering. Clinton is the embodiment of U.S. imperialist policy in the 21st century – a lawless and maniacal banshee with no constraints, scruples or elementary notions of decency. One would have to harken back to Germany’s Third Reich to find a major power “diplomat” capable of cackling “We came, we saw, he died” over the body of a murdered head of state.

Donald Trump has no legions of brown-shirts, but Clinton’s Big Tent contains the bulk of the fascist, racist murderers in the U.S. imperial juggernaut.

The only sane and decent vote that can be cast, is Green. Conspire to be sane and decent.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at