October 22, 2009
Chris Matthews, Democrat operative and former Carter speechwriter, and Mark Potok, director of the fear-mongering Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, ganged up on Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers the other day on MSNBC.
Out of the gate, Matthews tried to portray Rhodes as a gun nut and a rightwing extremist. He characterized Oath Keepers as a “vigilante group” and attempted to connect the organization to the “birthers” and the shooting at the Holocaust museum in Washington by a deranged white supremacist.
Matthews standard tactic is to put words in the mouths of the guests he is assigned to malign and discredit and then allow them a few seconds to respond and defend themselves before interrupting and moving on to the next accusation disguised as a question.
Matthews, a former police officer with the United States Capitol Police, has the interview finesse of a bullying cop interrogator. He accused Rhodes and the Oath Keepers of stockpiling weapons to be used in a plot to attack the federal government.
Rhodes emphatically stated that the Oath Keepers are not organizing people to engage in armed rebellion against the government. Oath Keepers are asking police officers and military personnel to disobey orders that violate the Constitution.
Matthews accused Rhodes and the Oath Keepers of harboring paranoid fantasies about foreign troops on U.S. soil.
In fact, foreign troops have conducted training exercises and other functions with the U.S. government within the United States.
In July, the FEMA website admitted the presence of foreign troops inside the country when it posted a factsheet about National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09). The NLE 09 exercise focused “on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery” and included the participation of troops from Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The NLE 09 “scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure,” according to the factsheet.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, armed Mexican troops were brought into the United States under cover of providing aid to the victims.
In November, 2005, Congressman Ron Paul appeared on the Alex Jones Show and expressed concern that foreign troops are mobilizing outside and inside America to be used as assets in a martial law takeover. “It’s a horrible precedent and it’s all part of the NAFTA scheme and globalization and world government,” Paul told Jones.
Matthews also dismissed the fact there are concentration camps in the United States. He shares this task with Glenn Beck and Popular Mechanics.
In January, HR 645 was introduced in the House. The bill would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to set up a network camp facilities located on military bases to be used to intern U.S. citizens in the event of a national emergency.
“Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees,” write Dan Hamburg, a former former Democratic Party Congressman and Green Party Gubernatorial candidate from California, and Lewis Seiler for The San Francisco Chronicle.
The KBR camps are part of a Homeland Security plan called Endgame, which sets as its goal the removal of “all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.”
The government has planned to intern American citizens for some time. Readiness Exercise 1984 (REX-84) is an emergency response program involving the implementation of martial law, the movement of civilian populations and the arrest and detainment of segments of the population. A rehearsal of the program was carried out April 5-13, 1984. It was led by FEMA and the Department of Defense and involved the coordination of 34 other federal departments and agencies.
More recently, the Military Commissions Act was passed by Congress. It permits the government to imprison indefinitely individuals the president deems “enemy combatants.” It also denies non-military tribunal judicial review of detainment.
It’s too bad Matthews did not give Stewart Rhodes a chance to mention any of this.
Mark Potok of the SPLC said the Oath Keepers is a group “driven by conspiracy theories… very much like the militia conspiracy theories.”
For Potok and the fear-mongering cottage industry known as the SPLC, “militia” is a codeword for white supremacist racism. It also raises the specter of the government operative and patsy Timothy McVeigh and the OK City bombing. It relives the government and corporate media myth of a terrorist militia movement, a myth rekindled recently by the MIAC and DHS reports on “rightwing” terrorism.
As to be expected, Matthews provided scant time for Stewart Rhodes to make his case. But then MSNBC, owned by one of the largest terrorist organizations on the planet — the death merchant General Electric — is not interested in providing a forum for Rhodes and the Oath Keepers. It is about propaganda and fear. It is about portraying constitutionalists as dangerous domestic terrorists.
MSNBC is the “liberal” side of the New World Order’s propaganda machine. Chris Matthews is a prized and handsomely paid operative tasked with slandering and mischaracterizing patriotic Americans opposed to a renegade and unconstitutional federal government.