Paul Craig Roberts: There Is No Freedom Without Truth

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.


- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general in charge of the Normandy Invasion and a popular two-term President of the United States. Today he would be called a “conspiracy theorist.”

Were Ike to be issuing his warning from the White House today, conservative Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be screaming at Ike for impugning the motives of “the patriotic industry that protects our freedom.”

Neoconservatives such as William Kristol would be demanding to know why President Eisenhower was issuing warnings about our own military-industrial complex instead of warning about the threat presented by the Soviet military.

The presstitute media would be implying that Ike was going a bit senile in his old age, a tactic the presstitutes used against President Reagan as he struggled to end stagflation and the Cold War.

By January 17, 1961, when Eisenhower issued his warning in his farewell address to the American People, it was already too late. Cold Warriors had had their hooks into the American taxpayer for 15 years after the end of WW II, and the military-industrial complex had replaced “mom and apple pie” as the most venerated and entrenched US interest. The Dulles brothers ran the State Department and CIA and overthrew governments at will. (Read The Brothers)

The military-industrial complex had learned that regardless of the protestations of high-ranking military officers, no cost-overrun, no matter how egregious, went unpaid. Armaments industries and military bases were spread all over the country and were important considerations for every senator and many congressional districts. The chairmen of House and Senate military appropriations subcommittees and armed services committees were already dependent on campaign contributions from the military-industrial complex and for cushy jobs should they lose an election.

The Cold War was a profitable business that served many, and that is why it lasted so long.

There was never any threat of the Red Army invading Europe. Stalin declared “socialism in one country” and purged the Communist Party of the Trotskyist element that preached world revolution. An accommodation could have been reached, except that for the first time ever the military-industrial complex saw that it could keep the war business going for decades and perhaps forever.

George F. Kennan predicted that should the Soviet Union “sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean,” another adversary would have to be invented. “Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the “Soviet threat” was replaced with the “Muslim threat” and the “War on Terror” took over from the Cold War. Despite a succession of false flag attacks and warnings of a “thirty years war,” a few thousand lightly armed jihadists were an insufficient replacement for the Soviet Union and its thousands of nuclear ICBMs. It was an uncomfortable notion that the “world’s only superpower” could not dispose of a few terrorists.

So we are back to the Cold War with Russia. The propaganda is fast and furious. “Putin is the new Hitler.” “Russia invaded Ukraine.” Russia is about to invade the Baltics and Poland.” “Putin is a corrupt multi-billionaire.” “Putin is scheming to recreate the Soviet Union.” These accusations become headlines despite US military spending being a dozen or more times higher than Russian military spending and the Russian government expressing no hegemonic aspirations.

Eisenhower’s sucessor, John F. Kennedy, realized that the military-security complex was a threat, but he underestimated the threat and paid for it with his life when he stood up to the military-security complex. In stating this fact I have joined Eisenhower as a conspiracy theorist. (For a hair-raising account of the threat posed to President Kennedy by General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, read chapter three in Richard Cottrell’s book, Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe.)

Conspiracies are real. There are many more of them than people are aware. Many government conspiracies are heavily documented by governments themselves with the official records demonstrating the conspiracies openly available to the public. Just google, for example, Operation Gladio or the Northwoods Project. These conspiracies alone are sufficient to chastise those uninformed Western peoples who go around saying, “our government would never kill its own people.”

Perhaps Russian studies provided my introduction to government conspiracies against their own people. I learned that the Tsar’s secret police set off bombs and killed people in order to blame and arrest labor agitators. I was skeptical of this account and wondered if it was a reflection of left-wing bias against Tsarist Russia. Some years later I asked my colleague, Robert Conquest, at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University if the account was true. He replied that the story is true as is known from the released secret police files that are part of the Hoover Institution’s archives.

False flag attacks are used by governments in order to pursue secret agendas that they cannot publicly acknowledge. If President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney had said: “We are going to attack Iraq and a half dozen other countries in order to exercise hegemony over the Middle East, steal their oil, and clear the path for Israel to steal the entirety of the West Bank of Palestine, diverting taxpayers’ resources from serving the American people into the pockets of the armaments industries and spilling the blood of your parents, spouses, children, and siblings," even the American sheeple would have resisted.

Instead, following the famous advice of Hitler’s chief propagandist, they said: “Our country has been attacked!”

Generally speaking, an observant person with a bit of education can recognize a false flag attack. However, few people pay attention beyond what the official media says, and the media no longer investigates and questions but simply repeats the official story. Therefore, only a few realize what has really happened, and when these few open their mouths they are discredited as “conspiracy theorists.”

This method of control might be wearing thin. There have been so many false flag “terrorist attacks” in the 21st century that there are now thousands of experts labeled as “conspiracy theorist.” For example, the 9/11 Truth Movement consists of thousands of high rise architects, structural engineers, demolition experts, nano-chemists, physicists, firefighters and first responders, civilian and military pilots, and former high government officials. Collectively these experts represent far more knowledge and experience than the 9/11 Commission, which did nothing but write down whatever the government told the commission, NIST, a collection of people whose incomes and careers depend on the government, and the presstitutes who can barely manage arithemetic, much less the mathematics of controlled demolition.

The neoconservatives, who controlled the George W. Bush regime, called for a “New Pearl Harbor” so that they could begin their wars of conquest in the Middle East. A “New Pearl Harbor” is what 9/11 gave them. Was this a coincidence or a Gulf of Tonkin or a Reichstag fire or a Tzarist secret police or Operation Gladio bomb?

The charge, “conspiracy theory,” is used to prevent investigation.

9/11 was not investigated. Indeed, as many experts have pointed out, there was a conscious effort to remove and destroy the evidence before it could be investigated. The 9/11 families had to lobby and protest for a solid year before the Bush regime consented to the totally controlled 9/11 Commission.

The Boston Marathon Bombing was not investigated. A scripted story was issued and repeated by the media. The San Bernardino shootings were not investigated. Again, a pre-scripted story took the place of investigation.

The success of false flag attacks in the US led to their use in the UK and France. The Charlie Hebdo affair was not investigated and the official explanation makes no sense. The story has been closed with all the loose ends dangling. For example, why did a French police official investigating the crime allegedly commit suicide in his police office in the early hours of the morning, and why was his family denied the autopsy report? What happened to this disappeared story? Why did the police finger a third participant in the attack as the “getaway driver” who had an iron clad alibi? If the police were so totally wrong about this member of the gang, how do we know they are right about the two men they shot to death. How come alleged perpetrators of “terrorist attacks” are always killed before they can talk? How come the only story we ever get is what the government says? How can people be so gullible after the Gulf of Tonkin, Operation Gladio, etc.?

Apparently the Charlie Hebdo attack was insufficient for the purpose, and now France has had what is called “the Paris attack,” an even more unbelievable event, evidence for which is missing. This false flag attack was too much for Kevin Barrett who assembled a collection of skeptical essays from 26 people into a book, Another French False Flag: Bloody Tracks From Paris To San Bernardino

Twenty-four of these contributors do not believe the official story. Does this make them “conspiracy theorists,” or does this make them brave souls who are concerned that Reichstag fire type events are replacing Western civil liberty with fascist police states?

Ask yourself, why are those trying to preserve liberty denounced?

What incentive does contributor A.K. Dewdney, Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, author of ten books about science and mathematics, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does Philip Giraldi, former CIA case officer and Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does Anthony Hall, Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, whose latest book has been endorsed by the American Library Association as “a scholarly tour de force,” have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does Mujahid Kamran, Vice Chancellor of Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of numerous awards, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does Stephen Lendman, syndicated columnist and host on the Progressive Radio News Hour, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does Alain Soral, one of France’s public intellectuals, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

What incentive does Robert David Steele, former CIA Clandestine Services Officer, have to be a conspiracy theorist?

The neocons’ whores in the Western media who call these people “conspiracy theorists” are so stupid and unintelligent as to be unqualified to express any opinion.

Dear Western Peoples, if you wish to be able to walk down the streets of your cities without being accosted by police, demanded to present identity papers, searched, detained indefinitely or assassinated without due process of law, if you wish to be able to express your opinion about “your” government and its use of your tax payments, if you wish to be able to discuss current affairs or your personal affairs without being recorded by the NSA or the equivalent in your own country or by both, if you wish to be able to act on your moral conscience and to protest the violence the West applies to Muslims and others unfavored by powerful Western interests, such as Palestinians, if you wish to live in the freedom that was achieved in the West after centuries of struggle, wake up, find time from less meaningful pursuits to become aware of what is being stolen from you. It is late in the game. If you do not stand up for truth, you will have no freedom as there is no freedom without truth.

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Pairadimes's picture

Dulles ran roughshod over Ike when he was POTUS, squashing every attempt Churchill made to engage Ike in setting up a dialog with USSR. A big part of the reason why the cold war lasted so long. 

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Pairadimes Feb 3, 2016 10:43 PM

The truth is that Hillary(!) should be in jail right now.  Truth.






TBT or not TBT's picture

The sickest shocker of all?   Obama is a product of the USA.   

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) TBT or not TBT Feb 3, 2016 11:46 PM

No, he's a product of Kenya.

Mr. Universe's picture

True, but if Canada Ted can be prez, what's the beef?

Paveway IV's picture

Canadians are fun to drink with, but a bit boring otherwise. No offense intended - they'll admit to this. Ted Cruz is a vampire, so I'm not sure how that would work.

Couild we somehow make a presidential eligibility exception for this Italian journalist?

John Kerry Almost Beaten Up in Rome for Fostering the Expansion of ISIS

...The most interesting thing happened at a joint press conference between Kerry and Gentiloni. When the Secretary of State said all of his memorized phrases on combating international terrorism and the Assad regime, and the Ministers were about to leave the room, suddenly one of the journalists sitting in the front row raised a banner denouncing the U.S. policy rhetoric, shouting at him "It was you who created ISIS!" and tried to charge at him with her fists.


Naturally, the woman was immediately pounced on by the carabinieri, a scuffle ensued. But she quickly left the room.


To be honest, I am saddened. Saddened by the fact that temperamental Italian women who spoke the truth in the face of even the US Secretary of State, was so quick to shut up. Even more frustrating is the fact that brave Italian macho kept silent in a rage and allowed the women to be insulted. It would be great if at least one of them completed the plans of the Italian journalist and gave John Kerry a black eye. It's the least they could have done... [FortRuss]

Hey... isn't that Tulsi Gabbard? Wow - she's crazy perfect for president and she's already a citizen!
OldPhart's picture

The truth is that our government is populated by socialpathic liars who have nore trepidation about killing random civilians in any encounter.  The truth is that we are effectively serfs in the neo-feudal regieme.  The truth is unless we start actively taking out those in government we're only going to be in a worse predicament.  The truth is that when the FBI shows up again I really could give a shit, I won't be embarrassed and I certainly won't be intimidated.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Obama is a product of the USA.


The first president we've ever had we know basically nothing about.

peddling-fiction's picture

Lack of sunlight, -20 weather in Churchill, Canada, and the risk of daily polar bear mauling, must have an effect on our friendly neighborhood asshat.

peddling-fiction's picture

Tarabel suggested maybe Asshat receives his US witness protection check there in Churchill.

Maybe Asshat receives his trolling checks there.

Refuse-Resist's picture


what kind of stupid fuck downvotes this post without a comment? A goddamn ISIS supporter, a fucking feminist, or a died in the wool shitlib. Cowards to a man/woman.

Good post Sir.


And yes, it really is too bad Kerry didn't get his ass kicked right then and there. Becuase everyone paying attention knows the US created ISIS and continues to back them.

I need more asshats's picture

What will be todays most popular thread?

Will it be "Cruz's joos trick Trumpo's joos and Trumpo's crying"?

Himins's picture

Congratulations paveway IV
You have 4 junkers! Looks like you are reaching your intended audience. I'm a little envious, but doing my best to catch up. Drinks on me buddy.
We will have arrived when a post such as this gets fifty, to maybe a few hundred junks. We're not there yet but so far, response from 3 federal banks is a feather in Tyler's cap.

Savyindallas's picture

But Tulsi was born in Hawaii - Are we sure Hawaii is a real State? I think the natives have claims to contest this. 

Savyindallas's picture

He's the chosen candidate of Goldman Sachs, Netanyahu and AIPAC. Most certainly he can be president. Of course Rubio , Clinton and others are acceptable too. 

Koolcatt's picture

Ill take Dr Carson for Prez..

Koolcatt's picture

Ill take Dr Carson for Prez..

TBT or not TBT's picture

He resembles his American Communist Party "pop" Frank Marshall Davis more than he does his narrarative father, the Kenyan socialist.    Mom though, was a.US citizen.  

Site's picture

Correction, his mom was a radiator hose sucker

junction's picture

The CIA, America's SS, have their false president, Obama, a Muslim of uncertain parentage with a background that is totally fraudulent.  We are now at the point where Obama can claim to individually control "the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" of every person on the planet.  Death comes calling to Obama's enemies, in forms from assisted suicide to untraceable poisons, and the hired killers are immune from justice.  Murder Inc. run from the Oval Office.

J S Bach's picture

I admire PCR.  He has the right intentions.  But, when he writes pieces like this regarding "conspiracies"... he never mentions the actual "WHO".  There is a "who", Paul.  You may risk total ostracization, but you should really come clean on it all.  Like you said... There is no freedom without truth, so why not divulge all?  You were a respected insider during the Reagan years... you KNOW what ails us.  So, just stick your finger down your throat and puke it all out.  It will be for the better of us all.

Mr. Universe's picture

Perhaps PCR likes breathing air.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

He alludes to it sometimes very directly, in terms they understand -- but he does not name them.

peddling-fiction's picture

Part of this article reads as follow:

"Eisenhower’s sucessor, John F. Kennedy, realized that the military-security complex was a threat, but he underestimated the threat and paid for it with his life when he stood up to the military-security complex."

How could a spook family "the Kennedys" underestimate anything?

Some other reason is behind the death of so many Kennedys.

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Nutsack (not verified) J S Bach Feb 4, 2016 10:32 AM

PCR is a politaclly correct coward who dares not speak the name JEW!!!!!


Sure, he'll say 'neocon' in every article, which is CODE FOR JEW WHO DOESN'T TOE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY LINE.


Spit it the fuck out PCR and say it,  IT'S THE GREEDY SOCIALIST JEW's the truth afterall.

chubbar's picture

I watched the first 10 minutes of this well laid out timeline of the Clinton Emails and am just shaking my head how she is allowed to get away with her crimes. This clip should be played for the DOJ and then see how easy it is for them to dismiss this as a right wing conspiracy.

peddling-fiction's picture

I hope she at least used Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) to encrypt the emails.

peddling-fiction's picture

It would be most basic of things you would do.

They are not sharing baking recipes amongst them.

<<<<< Subject:What will we do with Gaddafi when we capture him?

What was she thinking?

sam i am's picture

Russia’s goals and objectives of the so called “Ukrainian company” have been implemented in full

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

I had the pleasure of reading " Ikes Bluff" last year, what an amazing account of the man and his foes. Dulles should have been shot IMO for propogating the MIC amongst other shams but not withholding his attempts at nuking every fucking thing.

JustObserving's picture

 It is late in the game.

America is already a fascist, police state with infinite spying, militarized police, highest incarceration rate in this world, poisoned GMO foods which go unlabeled even today, toxic fluoridated water, diminishing liberties, numerous false flags, and a president who can legally execute you without trial.

A Deep State, composed of a triad of the Military industrial Complex, Wall Street and Spooks who spy on everyone, runs the land of the free.

Who rules America? 


The secret collaboration of the military, the intelligence and national security agencies, and gigantic corporations in the systematic and illegal surveillance of the American people reveals the true wielders of power in the United States. Telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, and Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter, provide the military and the FBI and CIA with access to data on hundreds of millions of people that these state agencies have no legal right to possess.

Congress and both of the major political parties serve as rubber stamps for the confluence of the military, the intelligence apparatus and Wall Street that really runs the country. The so-called “Fourth Estate”—the mass media—functions shamelessly as an arm of this ruling troika.

redwater's picture

The presidential candidates all are foaming at the mouth.

About how they are more of a militaristic-warmonger-spying-police-stater than the other guy.


And the voters love it. 





I need more asshats's picture

Gee I hope all you Americans are like your sexy FBI guys. What's their secret to be so sexy?


peddling-fiction's picture

<< Is the cold gnawing away at your brain?

<< or is your wood stove on too hot?

Yen Cross's picture

 Not to be too extreme, but isn't Zerocare already killing people. Their insurance == hidden tax rate== has increased between 200 & 400% over the last 2-3 years, while wages stagnate.

 It's a no- brainer. Families required to pay for hidden coverage they'll never use.

 BTW, Ted Cruz is an Assclown,"Juvenile" Ambulance Chaser.

Refuse-Resist's picture

So you're saying that there are m iddle class people and small business owners that can afford current health insurance?

What I can see is that .gov employees and private corps are not affected yet due to exemptions.

But self employed are taking the brunt of it.

When the exemptions expire (oh they extended to 2020 just a few weeks ago -- I wonder why) then most people who haven't yet felt the Bern, will feel it.

I said fuck health insurance this year after an 89% increase in my premium from last year -- after I never used that insuance one time for anything.

What a country!


noless's picture

They're just trying to burn out any resistance, once some health issue comes up, which it inevitably will, they'll stick the blame on you because it's "illegal" to not buy health insurance.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

If you aren't rationing healthcare you are not letting costs enter the equation, so therefore you have no solution...

bugs_'s picture

deep thoughts about freedom and truth on zerohedge

Bilderberg Member's picture

"..9/11 was not investigated. Indeed, as many experts have pointed out, there was a conscious effort to remove and destroy the evidence before it could be investigated. The 9/11 families had to lobby and protest for a solid year before the Bush regime consented to the totally controlled 9/11 Commission.

The Boston Marathon Bombing was not investigated. A scripted story was issued and repeated by the media. The San Bernardino shootings were not investigated. Again, a pre-scripted story took the place of investigation."


Preach it brother! Could have added the Seal Team 6 tragedy that the Obama administration has gone on radio silence over, but the examples could be endless.

new game's picture

almost everyone at the hill could be a book on trails of deceit, blood and peoples trampled in their sucession to power.

tunnelvizn's picture

That is why they are there .  They have faults - some secret, some more obvious .  But the existance of these faults makes them manipulable .  They are the perfect stooge for those shrouded behind the stage .  Look at Hillary, what a perfect stew of manipulable shit - she is playdoh .  She cannot step out of the script and foresake her armor .  Same with the leftings .  Look at their character, they are tarnished, they are abnormal .  They are perfect walls of the fort, for where are they to go ?  Their "society" shelters their defect - and in fact encourages it - but it is a weak bond ultimately . 
Those that are their own are to be feared .