January 14, 2011
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Jared Lee Loughner was motivated by his political views to shoot Rep. Gifford and others last week.
|Nixon tried to exploit the assassination attempt on Wallace for political gain. Photo: Police detain Arthur Bremer after the shooting in 1972.|
“Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman,” Clinton said. “And I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action, that’s violent action, that’s a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism. So yes, I think that when you’re a criminal who is in some way pursuing criminal activity connected to — however bizarre and poorly thought through — your political views, that’s a form of extremism.”
Clinton’s remarks follow the same script used by other government officials and the corporate media. Even though there is scant evidence Loughner was driven to kill by politics, the media and government continue to push the line that he was some sort of political extremist. They are determined to exploit this tragic event for political reasons. Obama’s speech in Tucson and the audience’s inappropriate response to it once again reveals that the government is not beyond exploiting such events for political gain. The corporate media’s effort to portray Loughner as a follower of the Tea Party also demonstrates how far the establishment will go to use the event to discredit political opposition.
|In the infamous Nixon tapes, the president discusses using the assassination attempt as a dirty trick.|
If you doubt the government is capable of such shameless exploitation, consider the case of Nixon and Arthur Bremer, the man who attempted to kill Alabama governor George Wallace in 1972.
The Nixon tapes reveal a shrewd effort by the president to spin the assassination attempt and make Bremer out to be a Democrat party supporter.
“Put a call in immediately to [White House Deputy Director of Communications Kenneth] Clawson, or somebody […] to the effect that the first reports of the [Bremer] interrogation [are] that a McGovern/Kennedy person did this. Know what I mean? Rumors are going to flow all over the place. Put it on the left right away,” Nixon told his staff. He later instructed his people to say Bremer “was a supporter of McGovern and Kennedy. Now just put that out. Just say you have it on ‘unmistakable evidence.’”
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According to journalist Seymour Hersh, Nixon and Colson agreed to send E. Howard Hunt to Milwaukee to place McGovern presidential campaign material at Bremer’s home. “Nixon is energized and excited by what seems to be the ultimate political dirty trick,” Hersh wrote, “the FBI and the Milwaukee police will be convinced, and will tell the world, that the attempted assassination of Wallace had its roots in left-wing Democratic politics.”
Hunt would later organize the bugging of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office building in Washington. Hunt and fellow operative G. Gordon Liddy, along with five others arrested at the Watergate, were indicted on federal charges three months later and the scandal would ultimately result in Nixon’s resignation.
Hunt and crew, however, were unable to plant the bogus evidence at Bremer’s home because the FBI had the residence sealed.
The incident provides an example of how far government will go in order to exploit tragic events for political gain. Clinton’s remarks about Jared Lee Loughner have absolutely no basis in reality. There is virtually no evidence that the murder of federal judge John Roll and the attempted murder of Rep. Giffords were politically motivated. The picture now emerging of Loughner is one of a mentally disturbed individual with a tenuous grasp on reality.
The corporate media is now portraying Obama’s memorial speech to a speech delivered by former president Bill Clinton following the false flag bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
In the wake of the bombing, Clinton managed to pass several pieces of legislation that were precursors to the Patriot Act, most notably the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, a law that “radically transformed the landscape of government power, and did so in ways that virtually guarantee repetition of some of law enforcement’s worst abuses of the past,” according to the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Regardless of the obvious fact Loughner is mentally disturbed, the corporate media is setting the stage for him to be tried as a domestic terrorist.
It is no mistake Secretary of State Clinton blurred the lines between Loughner and al-Qaeda, anarchists, and other forms of political extremism. Despite the emerging facts in the case, the government is determined to exploit the murders and eventually push legislation designed to further restrict the liberty of the American people and all who organize in opposition to the government.
Additional research on this story by Aaron Dykes.