A more recent Dredd Blog post covers "scientific" endeavors in this subject matter area, specifically, the horror that has happened in the USA under the power of the state misguided by pseudo science (see The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises - 2).
Before we turn to the specifics of today's post, think about the difference between State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD) and Individual Crimes Against Democracy (ICAD).
The rare case where an individual votes twice, once in her assigned precinct then in another precinct, is an example of an ICAD.
An ICAD in a democracy calls for a criminal charge.
In the case where the state commits crimes against democracy, likewise in a democracy, that also calls for a criminal charge.
We can logically deduce then: when there is no criminal charge for ICAD or SCAD, there is no democracy, there is instead the illusion of democracy.
The term sometimes applied to any such scenario, "banana republic", has nothing to do with the size or location of any such nation, it has to do with how that nation handles state crimes (see Democracy School & Too Big To Jail).
The ongoing four illegal USA wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya), which is the subject of today's post, are by definition, then, State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD):
The first lecture in the video, concerning the illegality of the Afghanistan War, is given by a professor who wrote what was awarded Publisher's Weekly "book of the week", which only 51 books a year receive (out of tens of thousands):
Web Pick of the Week The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé David Ray Griffin. Interlink/Olive Branch, $20 (386p) ISBN 9781566567299 Author and professor Griffin (9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press) knows his work is referred to by officials and the media as conspiracy theory, and he has a rebuttal: "the official theory is itself a conspiracy theory." In this companion volume to 2004's The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, Griffin provides corrections, raises new issues and discusses "the two most important official reports about 9/11," the 9/11 Commission Report and the National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the Twin Towers, both "prepared by people highly responsive to the wishes of the White House" and riddled with "omission and distortion from beginning to end." Griffin addresses many points in exhaustive detail, from the physical impossibility of the official explanation of the towers' collapse to the Commission's failure to scrutinize the administration to the NIST's contradiction of its own scientists to the scads of eyewitness and scientific testimony in direct opposition to official claims. Citing hundreds, if not thousands, of sources, Griffin's detailed analysis is far from reactionary or delusional, building a case that, though not conclusive, raises enough valid and disturbing questions to make his call for a new investigation more convincing than ever. (Oct.)(Publishers Weekly, 11/24/2008). On page two of that book, professor Howard Zinn, an American historian who wrote A People's History of The United States, is quoted:
David Ray Griffin has done admirable and painstaking research in reviewing the mysteries surrounding the 9-11 attacks. It is the most persuasive argument I have seen for further investigation of the Bush administration's relationship to that historic and troubling event.(The New Pearl Harbor). The forward to the book was written by Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The professor and professional author, Griffin, goes on to point out in later sections of the video lecture, that the media portion of MOMCOM never did any reviews of the book nor any interviews of him, which clearly shows their fear based allegiance to the propaganda of MOMCOM. The video is in eight or so parts, so that when one part ends you can click on the message that indicates and commences the next section. For those interested in the reason for the illegal wars, check out the series The Peak of The Oil Wars.