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The Empire Holds Its War Council in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford | May 16, 2012

If anyone has doubts about what it means here at home when the U.S. seeks to militarily dominate the world, take a trip to Chicago, this week. There, you’ll see the Chicago police, the second largest force in the country, reinforced by cops from Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and backed up by two high decibel noise machines that were first used against American civilians in Pittsburgh to blow out the eardrums of protesters, back in 2009. Overall security for the NATO summit meeting is overseen by the FBI and the Secret Service, who in recent months have been given unprecedented police state powers, thanks to President Obama and a bipartisan Congress.

With dignitaries on hand from the more than 50 countries that have done Washington’s bidding in Afghanistan, there will be lots of opportunities for the feds to invoke their new powers to put demonstrators in prison for up to ten years if they set foot on property containing any person under the protection of the Secret Service. That could include huge chunks of the city. And, of course, who knows what kinds of plots the FBI is conjuring up through its squads of agent provocateurs embedded in the ranks of demonstrators. Thanks to the preventive detention without trial legislation signed into law by President Obama this past New Year’s Eve, every American has lost her Constitutional right to due process of law. Which means that a reconfigured and far more principled U.S. anti-war movement now confronts a growing fascist infrastructure here at home, as it opposes imperial crimes, abroad.

The Chicago police claim they don’t plan to turn the eardrum-busting sound cannons on full volume against the demonstrators – just loud enough to convey “messages” to the crowd. The protesters are sending their own message, one that has become far more popular and general than could have been imagined, a year ago. Since the emergence of the Occupy movement, last October, millions of Americans have come to understand what Latin American peasants have always known: that the nexus of war in the world is Wall Street, and the Pentagon is its servant – as is the White House and most of the Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. War is waged for the purpose of global economic subjugation and, therefore, peace can only be won by dethroning the financial bad guys: the Lords of Capital. So, much of the peace movement now sees itself as an expression of the 99 Percent, against the warlike and greedy 1 Percent.

Once that lesson is learned, it cannot be shouted out by police sound-blasters.

President Obama has made skillful use of NATO, to make it appear that he is not a go-it-alone cowboy, like George Bush. Obama has drawn closely to his side the old imperialists of Europe, who looted and pillaged the earth for five hundred years, establishing the planetary racial hierarchy that has only recently begun to crumble. The Black man in the White House is seen, ironically, as the last best hope of the old colonial racial order and the rule of capital. The Global One Percent can only be maintained in power by the U.S. war machine. Ultimately, the world needs only one thing from the American people: that they dismantle the machine.

Glen Ford can be contacted at

May 16, 2012 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Progressive Hypocrite | , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. I do not disagree with Glen Ford easily, but a correction in perception is in order due to the magnitude of what I sincerely believe to be a monumental mistake.:

    ‘…… Thanks to the preventive detention without trial legislation signed into law by President Obama this past New Year’s Eve, every American has lost her Constitutional right to due process of law……’

    Congress and Obama conspired to foist an unconstitutional piece of repressive legislation and proclaim their treasonous act Public Law.

    We should all know, that a constitutional amendment process is required to make changes to the constitution. The silence on this glaring totalitarian usurpation of our Constitutional Rights by Members of Congress, the mass media, academia, and the American people at-large is outrageously pathetic and purely unpatriotic.

    Another glaring example of the systemic evil manifested by the craven complicity in the conspiracy of silence is the lack of any meaningful action to stop the constant mass radiation of the world from the wrecked US made nuclear power plants in Fukushima, Japan.

    No warnings, evacuations, dispensing on protective nutrients. Just abandonment in smug indifference to the health and welfare of ‘”We, the people of the United States'” an omission that is tantamount to commission of infanticide leading to genocide.

    You can’t stop cancer with chants, civil disobedience, or voting. Vitamin C, garlic, baking soda; does help in detoxing the body. Our state, county, and city governments are as guilty too.

    Our only government is therefore ourselves. We need to educate one-another, and realize that voting for anyone is as relatively irrelevant as the mass media distractions like ballgames.

    We are in an invisible nuclear war that has invaded our bodies, our DNA, our soil, air, water, and all of nature; worldwide. It is only a matter of degree. And in time, perhaps a generation or two, that extinction will be inevitable. And the reason is, to protect businessmen in the nuclear power industry, nothing more, nothing less! The best site on this issue is


    Comment by puredemocracyrevolution | May 17, 2012

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