As Long as Enemies of the State Keep Dying Before Trial, No One Should Trust the State

Image result for jeffrey epstein ambulance            There is no other way to say it: it was a political assassination.

Osama bin Laden was unarmed. SEALs captured him alive. Following brazenly illegal orders from Washington, they executed him. “The [Obama] administration had made clear to the military’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command that it wanted bin Laden dead,” The Atlantic reported on May 4, 2011.

State-controlled media outlets like The Atlantic claimed that Obama was desperate to avoid a trial that would give the Al Qaeda leader a “high-profile platform for spreading his extremist views.” Left unsaid, as so much is in the American steno-journalism reminiscent of the Soviet Union, was a more pressing reason to silence the Saudi scion.

As much as the families of 9/11 victims craved justice, it was infinitely more important to the U.S. political establishment to deny bin Laden an opportunity to publicly expound on his ties to the CIA and the CIA-funded Pakistani intelligence agency ISI when they were training and funding the “Afghan Arabs” who fought Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan during the 1980s. Letting people learn that 9/11 would likely never have happened if not for the CIA would have been…awkward.

Such is the fate of enemies of the state.

Last week, not so much an enemy but a man whose existence had become inconvenient, not exactly to the state but certainly to a cabal of powerful men including a former president as well as the sitting one, joined bin Laden in the kingdom of the dead.

The official narrative of billionaire accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s death shifted faster than a New York subway rider when a homeless guy plops down next to them on a hot day. First they said Epstein had been on suicide watch, then that he hadn’t. Prisons are full of cameras yet there’s still no video of Epstein’s death. Then, suicide watch or not, they claimed he’d been checked on every 30 minutes. Then more like every three hours. The medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with strangulation by a second person but then thought better of it and ruled Epstein’s convenient demise a suicide.

I tweeted the morning of Epstein’s passing: “Bill Clinton is the happiest man in America today.” Clinton flew on Epstein’s infamous “Lolita Express” private jet at least six times, including to such sex-tourism destinations as Thailand and Hong Kong. Perhaps he refrained from partaking of the underaged prostitutes and rape victims Epstein stands accused of procuring for his traveling companions. Whatever happened or didn’t, the Epstein-Clinton connection is sketchy as hell.

As is Epstein’s suicide—the first at the Manhattan Correctional Facility since 1998.

At this writing it seems unlikely that we’ll ever know who killed Epstein, whether it be himself or someone else. What we do know is that, if we take the government at its word, it was incompetent and negligent to an unfathomable extent. Being insanely stupid and lazy is its defense.

            Now we’re descending into the usual idiotic post-death-of-a-pain-in-the-ass debate between credulists (those who believe anything the government and its pet media say) and conspiracy theorists. Truth: no one knows anything. We weren’t there. The video was—but they deep-sixed that.

We don’t know how Epstein bit it but the fact of Epstein’s death tells us everything we need to know about America today. No matter what, Epstein died because the government let it happen. He was a ward of the state, the highest of high-profile prisoners, a man whose trial stood to expose extreme wrongdoing at the expense of numerous horribly violated victims, yet no one in charge took steps to make certain that he appeared at every hearing happy, healthy and alive.

The powers that be’s carelessness de minimis reflects their confidence that they shall never, ever, be held accountable for anything whatsoever.

So another man vanishes, few questions asked with many left unanswered—intentionally.

So it was with Moammar Khaddafi, the Libyan dictator who signed a deal with the U.S. to rid Libya of a nuclear program only to be blown up by one of Obama’s assassination drones lest he say too much about his relationship with the Bush administration.

So it was with Chris Dorner, the police officer who went on a shooting spree after he was fired by the LAPD, apparently in retaliation for reporting a fellow cop’s excessive force against a mentally-ill suspect, before being hunted down and killed in a cabin the police set ablaze with “pyrotechnic tear gas” cannisters.

So it was with Sandra Bland, the African-American woman beaten, jailed and supposedly suicided by the police for the crimes of failing to signal a lane change, sassiness and the likelihood she would have spoken out about being brutalized.

So it was with a bunch of Nazi war criminals who escaped judgment at Nuremberg.
So it was with Lee Harvey Oswald, whom the authorities couldn’t resist parading before reporters, without screening attendees like Jack Ruby for weapons.

More will die.

It’s better for those in charge.

(Ted Rall (Twitter: @tedrall), the political cartoonist, columnist and graphic novelist, is the author of “Francis: The People’s Pope.” You can support Ted’s hard-hitting political cartoons and columns and see his work first by sponsoring his work on Patreon.)

 

6 thoughts on “As Long as Enemies of the State Keep Dying Before Trial, No One Should Trust the State

  1. [furiously backpedaling]

    Oh, yeah, there are *some* conspiracy theories I am more than happy to discuss. Sometimes they are “Conspiracy Theories” and sometimes they are theories about conspiracies we know darned good & well happened. We *know* there was a conspiracy leading up to 9/11 … but we don’t know who all was in on it. Was UBL silenced?

    Regardless, I’m seriously bummed over the number of supposed liberals who supported the gangland-style execution. We *could* have regained some of our damaged reputation had we followed our own founding principles as well as the international laws we helped write …. dictated … after WWII.

    So – Epstein? I dunno. I prefer to believe he fell from such a high place to the lowest place possible and killed himself when he got there. Strangulation by a third party also works.

    :: sigh :: If I follow my own principles, then I’d have to say he should have stood trial. Maybe that would have given his victims closure.

    How about that Ken Lay? Awfully convenient to die before trial. I wanna see the body …

    • I love a good conspiracy to get the mental juices flowing. But the Epstein murder conspiracy just doesn’t have the same flavor as other more-likely ones. Epstein was a pedophile. If he associated with other pedophiles, how do you think that happened? “Oh, hey Bill, did you catch the game on Sunday? Wanna diddle a 12-year-old?” Of course not. Epstein not only groomed his victims, he also “groomed” for fellow pedophiles. Watch for a reaction here, drop a comment there, pretty soon, you’ve got a good idea of who’s “ready.” And Epstein wouldn’t be doing that to help his fellow pedophiles. He’d be doing it to get dirt on them for extortion. It would explain where he got all his money from.
      Remember, the most successful blackmailer is the one who only takes a little from each victim. After a while, I suspect it almost becomes a chummy little relationship. Since Epstein knows who’s a pedophile, he has no trouble procuring for those people. Since those people know Epstein can be trusted not to rat them out, they end up thinking that he’s just being paid for his services, rather than blackmail.
      Stockholm Syndrome for Sex Offenders.
      But Epstein had to realize how many people wanted him dead. He’d have set up booby traps that would keep all those very rich, very powerful people from killing him.

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  3. Anybody wonder why Julian Paul Assange – presently being held under a harsh regime at HM Prison Belmarsh for the heinous crime of jumping bail – doesn’t want to be turned over to the tender mercies of the US (In)Justice system ?…

    Henri

    • Hi Henri,

      Yes, that is clear but, from what John Pilger has just revealed (Consortium News 9Aug weekly video), it seems that convenient liquidation-in-prison is may best be considered yet another integral influence of parental UK on its fledgling USA.

  4. First you say “First they said Epstein had been on suicide watch, then that he hadn’t. Prisons are full of cameras yet there’s still no video of Epstein’s death. Then, suicide watch or not, they claimed he’d been checked on every 30 minutes. Then more like every three hours. The medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with strangulation by a second person but then thought better of it and ruled Epstein’s convenient demise a suicide.” You understand the just make things up . . . lie.

    Then you say “We don’t know how Epstein bit it but the fact of Epstein’s death tells us everything we need to know about America today”
    Why do you assume the MSM and the Govt. are telling the truth when they say Epstein is dead? When you know most everything else they have said is false.

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