- "Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime
- Winston Smith from George Orwell's 1984
- If you needed more evidence that most of our "esteemed"
members of Congress are members of a criminal class of ruling elites, who
regard the likes of us in the poor and working classes with the disdain
most people reserve for cockroaches, look no further than H.R. 1955.
- 93% of the filth "representing" us in the House
voted in favor of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2007. Once this vile piece of legislation sails through the Senate
and the sociopath on Pennsylvania Ave gleefully slaps his endorsement on
it, the mechanisms will be in place for our lords and masters to initiate
programs that will make Cointelpro and the murder of Fred Hampton look
like child's play.
- According to our "betters" amongst the US plutocracy,
we can't afford the "luxury" of dissent. We are waging war on
terrorism, a threat to the continued existence of the American Way of Life,
which we know to be non-negotiable. Besides, dissidents simply present
an obstacle to the wholesale terrorism we are inflicting on entire nations
so that we can bring them "freedom and democracy." As Bill O'Reilly
suggested on Faux News last night, the only "sane thing" to do
is to support the troops. And war protestors need to be arrested. So whether
we are committing heinous war crimes or not, ignore your conscience, root
for the home team, thank a vet and shut the fuck up!
- Under the soon-to-be law Violent Radicalization and Homegrown
Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, state and local police will join forces
with the FBI, DHS, ICE, and like fascist entities to eradicate ideologies,
plans, Internet "terrorist-related propaganda," and any other
"noxious weeds" which might spring forth to "threaten"
the "aesthetics" of the immaculate grounds of our glorious corporatocracy,
amply fertilized by the corpses of the millions of victims of our imperial
and neoliberal conquests.
- Within the Orwellian construct of H.R. 1955, I have not
decided whether I am a violent radical or a homegrown terrorist. Perhaps
the powers that be will deem that I am both. Were I neither, that would
mean that I had sold my soul and taken the last refuge of a scoundrel.
What a nightmare that would be!
- Yes, America, I am a thought criminal. Consider my confession:
- 1. While I have deep reservations about the death penalty
for a number of reasons, I will gladly suspend those misgivings once the
gradually intensifying social unrest reaches critical mass. Little would
please me more than to see the likes of Bush, Cheney, Condi, O'Reilly,
Perle, Clarence Thomas, Bolton, Negroponte and a host of others who have
committed and enabled some of the most grievous crimes in history dangling
lifelessly from the end of a rope.
- 2. I view Zionism as a mental disease. The criminal apparatuses
which pass themselves off as governmental structures in DC and Jerusalem
do need to be "wiped off the map." A majority of the constituencies
in both the US and Israel view their governments with disgust and contempt.
Both ruling bodies are infected with supporters of the Zionist plague and
frequently implement policies which serve to inflict abject misery on millions
of human beings.
- 3. While I am not a direct participant, I wish the Animal
Liberation Front great success in their endeavors. Under our depraved system
of capitalism, the property ALF destroys and the profits they stymie are
sacred. Yet the billions of sentient beings they champion are mere objects
which we can wantonly subject to maiming, torture and death.
- 4. I loath the Holocaust industry. Zionists have hijacked
and exploited a horrific tragedy, cynically employed it to enact their
own ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, and used it as a justification
for the continued existence of the monstrous state of Israel. While it
is profoundly tragic that the Nazis tortured and murdered so many Jews,
there were also significant numbers of Romas, homosexuals, and socialists
who suffered similar fates. Besides, there have been many genocides throughout
human history, including the one we have been inflicting upon Iraqis through
the Gulf War, Clinton's heinous economic sanctions, and the present illegal
- 5. I long for the collapse of the American Empire. While
we can't predict what will arise to fill the ensuing vacuum, at least it
will present an opportunity for us to create a more humane and just sociopolitical
- 6. I believe the world would be a much better place if
Wall Street and Madison Avenue ceased to exist. The greed, narcissism,
and exploitation spewing forth from the entities and industries they represent
are toxins to the human soul.
- 7. I admire and support demonized people and entities
such as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Hamas as true champions of victimized
people. Our ruling class portrays them as "threats" and "terrorists"
because they have the cajones to stand up to the biggest, meanest, and
most powerful bullies in history. Are they perfect? No. Are they admirable?
- 8. I despise the American flag. Since 9/11, it's nearly
ubiquitous presence has helped foster a cancerous form of patriotism and
nativism. The "Stars and Stripes" has become a symbol of imperialism,
oppression, and state terrorism. And yes, I have burned an American flag.
- 9. I consider capitalism to be an abomination and a crime
against humanity, the rest of the sentient beings on the planet, and the
Earth. I am aggressively pursuing its demise through my intellectual efforts,
including writing, educating, motivating, and publishing on my brain-child,
Thomas Paine's Corner at http://www.bestcyrano.org/thomaspaine/.
- 10. I have known, befriended, and helped so-called "illegal"
immigrants, and will continue to do so. People flooding the United States
from Mexico are doing so because of the abject poverty caused by our neoliberal
economic terrorism, NAFTA, and our support of their right wing oligarchs
who joyfully implement the Washington Consensus, a recipe for misery for
the poor and working class amongst their people. "Illegal immigration"
is a forced migration caused by the ever-growing hubris and avarice of
our moneyed elite.
- Much to the chagrin of those of you who remain enslaved
by the intellectual chains of your indoctrination or who are dedicated
reactionaries, I have as much right to remain in the United States as you
do. And I'm not going anywhere voluntarily. So save your emails offering
me passage on a slow boat to Russia. One thing we can probably agree upon
though is the sanctity of the Second Amendment. My .38 caliber and 12 gauge
are ready. Just in case I need to exercise my right to defend family, hearth
- Meanwhile, let's see if a thought criminal like me, who
has committed no felonies, has no history of violence, and has formulated
no plans to foment violence or engage in violent acts becomes a target
of the Bush Regime's Orwellian apparatus once they have read my confession.
- Jason Miller is a wage slave of the American Empire who
has freed himself intellectually and spiritually. He is Cyrano's Journal
Online's associate editor (http://www.bestcyrano.org/) and publishes Thomas
Paine's Corner within Cyrano's at http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/.
You can reach him at<JMiller@bestcyrano.com