November 3, 2002

Rapid Expansion of the National Security State

According to the LA Times the Bush administration "Defense" Department is expanding its "black world" of covert operations to the highest level since the Vietnam War. Reporter William M. Arkin says, "The Defense Department is building up an elite secret army with resources stretching across the full spectrum of covert capabilities. New organizations are being created. The missions of existing units are being revised. Spy planes and ships are being assigned new missions in anti-terror and monitoring the 'axis of evil.'"

A report in The Moscow Times said that the new Rumsfeld plan calls for the creation of a new organization called "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)," which will "carry out secret missions designed to 'stimulate reactions' among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to 'counterattack' by U.S. forces.

"In other words -- and let's say this plainly, clearly and soberly, so that no one can mistake the intention of Rumsfeld's plan -- the United States government is planning to use 'cover and deception' and secret military operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on innocent people."

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