Paul Craig Roberts: "In America Today, Facts Cannot Compete With Lies"

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Unable to provide an ounce of evidence that a Trump/Putin conspiracy stole the presidential election from Hillary Clinton, the corrupt US “intelligence” agencies are shifting their focus to social media and to Internet sites such as Alex Jones and Breitbart. Little doubt the FBI investigation will trickle down to Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, Zero Hedge, the Ron Paul Institute, Nomi Prins, Naked Capitalism, Lew Rockwell, Global Research,, and to others on the PropOrNot, Harvard Library, and Le Monde lists, such as top Reagan administration officials David Stockman and myself. It is extraordinary that the FBI is so desperate to protect the budget of the military/security complex that it brings such embarrassment to itself. Who in the future will believe any FBI report or anything a FBI official says?

Those behind this “investigation” understand that it is so ridiculous that they must give it gravity and credibility. They selected two reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, in the McClatchy News Washington Bureau, who fit Udo Ulfkotte’s definition of “bought journalists.” Hiding behind anonymous sources—“two people familiar with the inquiry” and “sources who spoke on condition of anonymity”—the presstitutes fell in with the attack on independent media, reporting that one former US intelligence official said: “This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence.”

Wow! A totally ridiculous “investigation” is one of the most important in history. The implication is that the Russians are operating through scores or hundreds of independent media sites to control how Americans vote.

There was once a time in America when people were skeptical of anonymous sources. It was widely understood that anyone could tell a reporter anything and that a reporter could claim an anonymous source whether or not the source existed. Perhaps it was the Watergate “investigation” by the Washington Post that gave anonymity credibility. The Post’s reports made it sound like any sources ratting on Nixon’s perfidy was at risk of their lives, and the subtle emphasis on risk gave anonymity credibility.

The real story under our noses is not a Trump/Putin/independent media conspiracy to steal the presidential election. The real story is the totally obvious collusion between the Hillary forces, the US print and TV media (with the partial exception of Fox News), and the CIA and FBI to steal the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, the presidential election from Donald Trump, and to delegitimize Trump’s election.

The theft of the nomination from Sanders is precisely what the leaked Podesta emails show. The totally one-sided presstitute support for Hillary and full-scale assault on Trump clearly show the presstitutes participation in the collusion. The extraordinary lies told in public by Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan clearly demonstrate the CIA’s lead in the attempted frame-up of Trump and his team. FBI Director Comey’s statement the day before the presidential election that the FBI had once again cleared Hillary of criminal charges sent the Dow up 371 points and set the stage for a Hillary election victory.

Why are not any of these hard facts in the news?

Why, instead, do the presstitutes and “intelligence” agencies report nothing but fake news, supported by anonymous “sources”? Why is a false reality being constructed, and the hard facts ignored?

Note another extremely strange feature of our strange time. Elements of the liberal/progressive/left portray President Trump as a member of the One Percent operating for the One Percent against the people and filling his government up with generals and his budget with more military spending. Why then is Trump under full-scale assault from the military/security complex? Why are they working to contradict, delegitimize and impeach their own agent?

If Americans were a thinking people, or even a people capable of thought, how could such inconsistent disinformation dominate public discussion?

What we should be scared about is that in America today, facts cannot compete with lies.

The McClatchy story describing a pointless investigation as one of the most important in history is working its way through the media. See:

Are we to conclude that America’s corrupt and disloyal “intelligence” agencies are a direct threat to democracy, that they are committed to overthrowing Trump’s presidency in a “color revolution,” that, unable to provide any evidence whatsoever for their conspiracy theory of a Trump/Putin collusion to steal the presidential election, the “intelligence” agencies have moved on to the discredit the independent Internet media that are in the way of the “intelligence” agencies’ control over explanations?

It is a hard fact that the Democrats, US “intelligence,” and the presstitutes are absolutely determined to control the explanations given to the American people and the wider world.

The Agents are out in force, and Neo is nowhere in sight.

The demonization of Russia and the extraordinary level of tension that the ignorant and foolish Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created with Russia are disconcerting, indeed, frightening to those, such as myself, Patrick Buchanan, and Stephen Cohen, who experienced the long decades of the Cold War. We have never seen such highly provocative, entirely gratuitous behavior of one nuclear power toward another as the behavior of the US toward Russia over the past six presidential terms. What the Cold Warriors of the time experienced was a gradual buildup of mutual trust that enabled Reagan and Gorbachev to end the Cold War and remove the threat of nuclear Armageddon.

In contrast, the Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes, the FBI, CIA, NSA, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and the rest of the presstitutes, the right-wing Republicans, such as Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Ben Sasse, the Democratic Party, and the liberal/progressive/left have convinced Russia, in the words of Russia’s President Putin, that “we cannot trust the United States.”

This “achievement” of these idiots comprises the greatest crime humans have committed in their entire history. The atomic bombs with which the Americans gratuitously destroyed two Japanese cities are mere pop guns compared to the thermo-nuclear weapons of today. Some of the crazed neoconservatives erroneously believe that Russia is not sufficiently well-armed to respond to US aggression, but the fact of the matter is that Russia’s strategic weapons are superior and more powerful than those of the US.

How can it be anything other than a death wish for European governments to be egging on conflict with Russia, for women marching not against war but against Trump for wanting to reduce tensions with Russia, for US “intelligence” to be totally committed to orchestrating a “Russian threat” that all but guarantees thermo-nuclear war? One would think that people would be marching in favor of reduced tensions with Russia and demanding that Trump deliver on this promise, not that they would be out opposing Trump. What is the importance of Identity Politics compared to nuclear war?

How can Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Europeans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and Japanese contain their outrage against the governments that are putting the life of the planet at risk for nothing except the budget and power of the US military/security complex? Trump is silly to roll back environmental protections, but this pales in comparison to the environmental damage of thermo-nuclear war.

How can the left-wing be lost in Identity Politics while the life of the planet is being put at extreme risk?

Why did CounterPunch recently and suddenly abandon the working class and peace and take up the cause of the victim groups of Identity Politics— women, blacks, homosexuals, lesbians, transgendered, and Muslim refugees (see Eric Draitser CP, Vol. 24, No. 1), the cause of the EU and globalism (see ) which benefits only the One Percent, and the demonization of Trump and Putin? Perhaps it is only a coincidence, but CounterPunch’s collapse coincides with CP being put on and removed from the PropOrNot list of Russian agents/dupes. My columns, for years a welcome feature on CounterPunch, suddenly ceased to appear. We have had no explanation from CounterPunch why the site suddenly gave up on peace and bread.

One might think that the audacity of the lies from the FBI, CIA, NSA and their media whores would provoke a powerful response from the liberal/progressive/left and from European populations, but it hasn’t.

What about Trump himself? Has he been forced to abandon his goal of normal relations with Russia, as this article in the Intercept suggests? If not, is Trump filling top Pentagon and Homeland Security positions with generals and defense contractors in order to neutralize the military from participating in a CIA/presstitute coup against him?

If Trump is eliminated, with Pence as VP and the list of appointees provided by the Intercept, the US government will pass into the hands of the military/security complex for the remainder of its existence.

Is Trump now focused on protecting himself instead of protecting all of us from a deadly conflict with Russia?

If so, this is the achievement of the US “intelligence” services, the Democratic Party, right-wing Republicans, the presstitute media, and the liberal/progressive/left.

If anyone remains to write the history of the Great Incineration, the identity of those responsible is completely clear.

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Crash Overide's picture

Truth is treason in the empire of lies...

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) kavlar Mar 23, 2017 9:26 PM

Are you in Europe, bud. You might get jailed for this.

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) Mano-A-Mano Mar 23, 2017 9:28 PM

It goes to show that if you lift every rock, lies will be found.

Stuck on Zero's picture

When the progressives and the deep state starts labeling opposition as "reactionaries" we will have truly become the Soviet gulag.

AtATrESICI's picture

Who in the fuck would down vote you for that statement?

wcole225's picture

Know nothing liberal twits or RINO traitors

GUS100CORRINA's picture

At the heart of the matter of TRUTH vs LIES is a battle that has been taking place for 1000's of years. 


I am often reminded of the following text whenever I am dealing with a PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL DESPOT with a REPROBATE MIND.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

So even with the POLOSIs, SCHUMERs and CLINTONs of the world, it is NOT the person. They are simply vessels that contain lost souls being used to promote an evil agenda.

Knowing and understanding the above makes their existence a little more tolerable even though some of the things they say and do are detestable.

May GOD Bless President Trump in all his dealings and activties in the days ahead.

red1chief's picture

Your diatribe is part of the problem, perpetuating this "Red Team" versus "Blue Team" crap. They are all the "Same Team".

illuminatus's picture

I have come to the conclusion that some people just cant get past the whole duality trap. It's a form of madness, a disease. And there really is no cure for stupid.

silvercity's picture

Most people thru-out history have believed the good guy, bad guy duality even Americans, who are no different than others. The only reason that it reeks of disaster is because both sides, all sides, consider government as the only solution. Truth is that these governments will pass away but the people will continue on.

keep the bastards honest's picture

I understand your position, however seems there are 2 parts of the Deep State  here in opposition, one has been ascendant for 70 years and would put a chip in your arm in the fullness of time, or use the blood of your children to prolong life in another, the other now backing Trump has other interests likely not so harmful to us. Clearly the marxist left globalists who are ordinary millennials dont see the full picture.

The best you can do right now is choose Red or Blue if you are american.  If you are Aus there is no choice. Just lies and corruption.  If you are french you have Marine. If you are Russian you have the Critical Thinking movement and Truth since  1970's and Putin who cares.

Is-Be's picture

We in Australia have Malcolm Turner who, I am led to believe, used to work for the Giant Vampire Squid.

Our compulsory pension fund is Real Money and It's worth $S1.5Trillion.

Join the dots.

wcole225's picture

Good vs evil is hardly the same team. In fact if you think that then you're already on the one just don't know it

Giant Meteor's picture


"If Americans were a thinking people, or even a people capable of thought, how could such inconsistent disinformation dominate public discussion?"

This was a trick question eh Mr. Roberts?

illuminatus's picture

I think it was Orwell in his ' 1984' book that he coins the phrase:

' In a tyranny telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act'.

Mroex's picture

How the fuck can you get down voted for quoting Orwell, a real prophet of what was to come, right down to the tiniest detail. Let someone tell me that Patriot Act and aAfordable Health Care Act is not doublespeak. +100

silvercity's picture

It was that he implyed that the USA was an empire of lies and not the shining city on the hill that many see the USA as.

BabaLooey's picture

"Provide 2 sources of empirical proof."

That statement alone puts the fucking brakes on most ALL the fucking bullshit spewed.

silvercity's picture

Empirical proof is only valid if one trusts the source. Nothing can be proved. 

HRClinton's picture

You guys are too funny. Listen up, folks.

The #1 Job of this or any POTUS, is to preserve and expand the US Empire. Regardless of they come from the DNC club or GOP club.

The wealth and lifestyle of the 2% owners and the 0.01% rulers depends on it.

silvercity's picture

Satan demands it. And he is the boss.

Is-Be's picture

As PCR said the Deep State is saying

A. Trump is part of the Elite .1% and

B. Trump is working is working against the Elite.


Trump has an IQ of 153.Expect nuance, not binary thinking.


BlindMonkey's picture

Best PCR piece I've seen.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Sorry to say, PCR, but you're right on everything except Trump.  Trump is clearly in league with the MIC and Isreal.  One of his few accomplishments so far is to further entangle America in the ME, and he is banging war drums with even the likes of North Korea, and by extension China.  In one of his first days in office he told Russia to give back Crimea.

Trump appears to be the person who could do what the globalists could not do with Obama -- get middle America and many Red Teamers behind WWIII, or at least further US hegemony at the barrel of a gun if that fails.  You don't give $50 odd billion more to MIC because you think the US mainland is at risk of attack.

Candidate Trump is not President Trump.

Ignatius's picture

They use the wave energy coming in and  the wave energy going out.

They create and fan Islanmaphobia, then accuse one of being racist if one actually believe the BS, and worse, acts on that ignorance.

After getting our ass handed to us in some competition we say, "That guy is good!"  And, man, these guys are very good at psych warfare...

We are in a war of sorts, facing an enemy that constantly obfuscates who he is and what his real motives are.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Our entire financial system is built on skimming from the population.  Our MIC is designed to enforce the petrodollar, which is the heart of that system.  Maybe 2 or 3% of the population gets that.  

I don't feel bad voting for Trump.  He was the only candidate who even presented the tiny possibility of changing things.  What pisses me off is seeing most of his supporters continue to line up behind him even as he flips them off.

Ignatius's picture

Trump, primarily by his rhetoric ("fake news," etc.) is forcing people to think, which I see as net positive.  After that we look at the policy record and score it accordingly.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I totally agreed with that even a few weeks ago, but I'm starting to wonder if that's part of the plan to divide us.  Alex Jones is a big Trump supporter, for example.  Jones has been calling out the MSM for many years, while he peddles his own bullshit (not everything he says is bullshit, but the same is true with MSM).

What I see happening is absolute, complete division of the population along ideological lines.  It's as if America were a campfire, and Trump fans the flames while MSM pours gasoline on it.


Ignatius's picture

To reiterate from above, they are very good at psychological warfare.

And as you pointed out, we identify "them" where we can by their rackets and their gains, i.e., who benefits?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I could not agree more, Ignatius.  To use a tired expression, the American population is playing checkers.  The globalists are playing chess.

Ignatius's picture

The way I've phrased it is, "There are people who spend more time thinking about your life than you do."

Killdo's picture

here is a good article from Greenwald about how they do it - it's a complex matrix of lies - everything possible is used to separate cause from effect, turn people against each other, basically how to make sheeple do everything that's against their interest - kind of like religon:

Ignatius's picture

Excellent material, as far as it goes.  Very useful, thanks.

Implied Violins's picture

This article is even better:

These bastards always play both sides, pitting 'good' versus 'evil'...getting the masses to fall in line and accept their slavery, when the TRUE choice to make for freedom is NEITHER.

Ms No's picture

They have us divided in too many directions to count.  Conservatives vs liberals, old vs. millennial, man vs. woman, black vs. white, straight vs. gay, Mexican vs. American, Muslim vs. Christian....

silvercity's picture

Trump is forcing people to chose sides so that if he 'wins' people will follow him into war with Iran, N Korea, Russia, China, knowing Trump's cause is right. OLd school Machiavelii. 

Ignatius's picture

Hard to say with certainty what the motives are, so we watch, yes?

keep the bastards honest's picture

Yes Rand, and your country by skimming off aka culling  the world population of its best and brightest.  Trumps immigration block showed that up... oh how goog and all squealed. 

Be glad Rand you have even that. Bottom line he needs to do  only a few things to be ok. Let obamacare implode, break Big Pharma, not have WW3 and not demand money from other peoples like HRC did. Bring back troops from 177 nations. I saw some  on a plane from Dallas, they had skeletons and corpses in their auras.

wcole225's picture

Unless of course Providence rules in which case you're just as duped in your own way as the liberal twits that see Trump as the purveyor of evil.

Giant Meteor's picture

"We are in a war of sorts, facing an enemy that constantly obfuscates who he is and what his real motives are."

No doubt about it. We are at war. It makes one consider, who exactly is the great satan, the dark and evil lord etc. Certainly true evil exists, It's a real bitch, when discovered in ones own back yard, no?

I'm quite sure others will name the evil. Why there are as many opinions on that, as there are people in existence.



Mr. Universe's picture

What did you expect? I take him at face value, a narcissistic, authoritarian, typical New Yorker who loves his country and wants to do better than what he has seen for past few decades. The dude wrote "The Art of the Deal" and people claim he is no politician? Yes, he is going to have to compromise in order to achieve his goals. The jury is still out as to whether this is a good thing or not. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Keep the faith, Mr. Universe.  My verdict's already in.

corsair's picture

"My verdict's already in"

This is why I'm strongly opposed to capital punishment.

Snaffew's picture

the Presidency and the government are nothing more than middle management.  In a big corporation, how much power does middle management truly have in order to make changes to the direction and goals of the company? It is a pyramid with the Deep State at the top, followed by the military, industrial, intelligence community, followed by the banking and finance industry, the Prez and government somewhere in the middle, capitalist corporations below them and the people-serfs at the bottom.

keep the bastards honest's picture

Not a typical New Yorker, he is not a loud mouth. He looks at people. He shows no signs of sadism (obama does).nor is he gay. He is damm intelligent. He is strong right brained so gets the whole complexity. That means he drives the shallow left brained not very clever hugely paid MSM crazy. 

Does not matter what  he is, the universe and many many good hearted american people  want him. Problem is  the hatred of  the marxist left, and lack of good support for his job.

stacking12321's picture

oh, please!

you talk like you have trump all figured out, LTER.

i'm no trump supporter.

but clearly, there is a power struggle going on, and he can't fight the globalists on every front, there is maneuvering , compromising, and deal-making going on.

sometimes, he may even have to make the appearance of supporting some of the globalists schemes.

what's the truth of the situaion?

i don't know, and admit it, you don't know either.

i hope he does take down the deep state a notch or two, and avoid ww3 in the process.

Thinkpad's picture

say what? Give him a break draining the swamp is not as simple as you would expect. He's not in cahoots with Israel jesus get a grip. In terms of NK did you miss that China on 2/8 cut off all imports of coal(antracite coal only commodity) from NK until year end. Did you miss Swift system cut off the whopping 3 NK banks from their system on 3/8? He's not a one worlder at all he's a populist. All diplomatic channels are being utilized and exhausted re NK and China is not interested in going to war with the US over some backwater piece of shit country and a 30 something dirt bag maniac at the helm. It wouldn't cost much to have a drone strike and in one afternoon put them out of business there isn't much there to begin with, with little cost to us in terms of loss of life. Trump is Trump he hasn't changed his tune. He went to DC without some evil political agenda like Clinton/Obama he's a businessman. WWIII isn't around the corner get a grip and learn global diplomacy and how that system works. NK has for decades been the mouse that roars no one takes them very seriously except you perhaps.

Giant Meteor's picture

I always go back to the photo op after his first meeting with Obutu. You know, the one that could have gone on much longer, in Trumps own words. To me, Trump appeared to have been sobered up, like immediately. Perhaps it was just the reality of the moment, the depth and gravity of what had just transpired (and I'm not talking about "alcohol or drugs here) but sober in his tone, and demeanor. It was that most profound of moments .. 

It's the moment they all seem to have. Some people make jokes about Zapruder films, area 51 and the like.

The other thing is, EVERY candidate, is CHANGED after the actual election. Politicians or those seeking public office, by definition PANDER to those whose votes they seek, and managing expectations or even reversing course completely, is legendary ..

I saw the same reaction after Obutu's hope and no change cabinet picks, Clinton retreads etc. Wall street and the banker boys rule supreme. Each "party" sold its soul. long long ago. Now it was at least a bit "refreshing" that Trump was hated by those heavy weights in BOTH political parties, and truthfully, still is ... 

That is a heavy lift ..

I believe with Trump, despite the many reasons cited, selling out to MIC, deep state, Isreal, Banker Boys etc. that he still is very much an unknown "wild card" and can be counted on to do the completely "unexpected" at a moments notice.

We'll need to get in a bit deeper in to see where all this is headed, which won't be a problem, cuz we're gonna go deeper  no matter what. I am willing to wait until the first shots are fired, before passing final judgement. The reality is, I really don't have much choice in the matter one way, or the other. It's kinda like you've boarded the plane, have taken off, and now are a bit concerned the pilot and co-pilot are both drunk. A bit late for that I'm afraid ...