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#114#115#116#117 Episode #118 - American Reichstag
(9/11 as the Bush administration's pretext for fascism in the US)



Sat 8 June 2002  Mike Ruppert, Eliot Weinberger, Chris Mahin
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2Mike Ruppert analyzes 9/11 a as a latter day "Reichstag Fire". In 1933, the German parliament was burned down, most likely by the Nazis and used as a pretext to for dictatorship and repression and the imposition of the Nazi agenda on the world.
Six hours before the Reichstag fire, Rudolf Diels, head of the Political Police since and subsequently head of the Gestapo, wrote the following police radio telegram which was sent to all police stations in Prussia at about 6:00 pm: '"'Communists reportedly plan to carry out systematic raids on police squads and members of nationalist associations with the aim of disarming them. ... Suitable countermeasures are to be taken immediately, and where necessary communist functionaries placed under protective custody."

The arrests carried out the next night had thus already been initiated on the afternoon of February 27th, before the fire had even occurred. Regardless of who actually planned and executed the fire, it is clear that the Nazis immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their agenda. Two decrees put into effect only one day later, the Decree on the Protection of People and State, subtitled, against communist acts of violence endangering the state, and the Decree Against Treason of the German People and High-Treason Activities were used to annul practically overnight the essential basic rights incorporated in the constitution of the Weimar Republic. These so-called fire decrees stayed in effect until the end of the Third Reich and formed the pseudo-legal basis for the entire Nazi dictatorship.

Justified under article 48 of the Weimar constitution that allowed for suspension of rights in the event of national emergency, these decrees eliminated:

  • Free expression of opinion
  • Freedom of the press
  • Right of assembly and association
  • Right to privacy of postal and electronic communications
  • Protection against unlawful searches and seizures
  • Individual property rights
  • States' right of self-government

A supplemental decree created the (Storm Troops) and SS Federal police agencies. Hitler's political opponents were rounded up, jailed and killed. What followed was a multi-year reign of terror that left tens of millions millions dead and brought on a world war.

In the aftermath of the third Reich, the oft asked question was "how could the German people allow these things to happen?" Easily. They simply did what they were told. They went to war when told. Turned in dissenters deemed enemies of the state in the name of national security. Didn't criticize their leaders, obeyed their bosses.

From the rigged 2000 presidential election to the questions surrounding foreknowledge of the September 11th attacks to the USA Patriot Act to the pre-planned invasion of Afghanistan to the snitch-on-your neighbor Operation TIPPs to the Department of Homeland security, it seems that 21st century Americans may be faced with a similar choice.
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