Can Americans Be Unplugged?
May 16, 2011, 05:00 AM
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the ongoing bin Laden saga

"The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you`re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."

The ever-changing, ever-growing bin Laden story becomes ever more preposterous. The cowardly bin Laden is now the vain bin Laden, the terror mastermind who has nothing to do but to sit and watch videos of himself. 

Washington released a video of an alleged bin Laden indulging in self-admiration, but there is no sound. Why?  Was the video made without sound?  Did Washington delete the audio?  The video seems to show the alleged bin Laden speaking to someone in the room.  Is the voice not bin Laden`s?  Is the alleged bin Laden referring to the image on the screen in the third person, as not himself?  Why would bin Laden have a video made of himself watching videos of himself?  Why is a video of bin Laden watching bin Laden a headline story? Is it meant to substitute for the absence of a corpse?

As one reader put it, "The government is playing with us, experimenting to see if there is any tall tale we won`t believe."

The story keeps changing as to whether "bin Laden`s compound," no longer a million dollar luxury mansion, had Internet and communications or relied on couriers.  The latest installment is that bin Laden was online. Washington says that the raid delivered into its hands bin Laden`s emails and diary, which, Washington claims, show an active bin Laden directing his terror network to carry out more plots. If bin Laden was online, why did Obama have to find him by trailing a courier?

Somehow the SEALs grabbed bin Laden`s diary and emails, but left all sorts of other documents that allegedly have fallen into Pakistani hands.  These left-behind documents now serve as a pretext for more disputes with Pakistan and another excuse for ignoring Pakistan`s protests about the military operations the US carries out in Pakistan, violating the sovereignty of the country.  

Why would the SEALs leave behind so many precious documents?  First they kill  for no reason the mastermind who could have revealed the world of terror; then they depart, leaving terror records behind.  Some will say that this is typical US government incompetence. So how did such an incompetent government find bin Laden?

Any documents left behind were most likely carried in by the SEALs as plants.

Has anyone independent of Washington examined the alleged bin Laden diary and confirmed that it was in bin Laden`s handwriting?  These kind of questions are the kind the media, back when we had one, used to ask.

The bin Laden story is now such a fable with so many contradictory bits that people can pick and choose to suit the telling.  Time magazine likes it all, except the part about an all-powerful bin Laden, still in control, rejecting an underling`s  proposal "to fit a tractor with rotating blades to use to `mow down the enemies of Allah.`" Time prefers a bin Laden who was unsettled by his realization that he had lost his "historic significance" prior to losing his life to the US Navy SEALs.  

If bin Laden had lost his significance, why did Obama get such a boost in the polls from his claim that he found bin Laden and had him killed?

The American Empire cannot do without bin Laden. The next installment of the fable will be that bin Laden escaped, leaving behind a double, and is abroad carrying out more terror plots.

As the fable continues, try to rescue from the Memory Hole the fact that we were presented with a death without a corpse and that Washington has no explanation for why an unarmed, undefended, frail man, who was a font of terrorist information, was murdered and not captured.

Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.