Important Excerpts

By one measure, U.S. income inequality is the highest it’s been since 1928. In 1982, the highest-earning 1% of families received 10.8% of all pretax income, while the bottom 90% received 64.7%, according to research by UC-Berkeley professor Emmanuel Saez. Three decades later, according to Saez’ preliminary estimates for 2012, the top 1% received 22.5% of pretax income, while the bottom 90%’s share had fallen to 49.6%.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/01/07/5-facts-about-economic-inequality/

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“Injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere.”
Hitler and Mussolini created a ten step program on how to shut down a free society, the US adapted that intel after WWII and exported it across the globe, now our final solution is to bring it home. Watch Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America.”
“A country that exports repression will one day unleash that repression against it’s own people. A nation that wages war against the poor in Nicaragua will ignore the needs of its own poor. A country which in the name of ‘democracy’ fights wars against the self-determination of other peoples cannot remain a democracy. I have felt for a long time that the people of the United States will one day be the most repressed people in the world.”
– Father Miguel D’Escoto

 

 

 

 

“Rising concern with drug use in the United States has led to increased emphasis on the interdiction of drugs before they reach the country. The military services are now being asked to assume a substantial share of the burden of this interdiction. This report analyzes the consequences of greater stringency in drug interdiction efforts, focusing particularly on how such increased stringency might influence the consumption of cocaine and marijuana. The analysis strongly suggests that a major increase in interdiction activities, even including the military, is unlikely to significantly reduce drug consumption in the United States.”
https://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R3594.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mérida_Initiative#Criticism
‘We fight against social inequalities that are absurd in a country as rich as Brazil. We fight so that the riches of the country benefit all Brazilians and not just the elite in Brazil and in the United States. You say that this fight is a lost cause, that all I need to do is collaborate so that I can be released and go on with my ‘normal life,’ but as a geologist, I don’t see the world or its history through the lens of the here and now. For me, our lives are made up of decades, history is measured in millennia, and the earth is billions of years. And everything is constantly changing. You can maintain control for a few years, but looking ahead, you have already lost, for Brazil will not support this for much longer.”
The general lost his temper and yelled, “You are more dangerous than a hundred armed guerrillas!” Then he turned to his assistant saying, “Take him away and put him on bread and water.” ‘
pages 161, 162 of “A Mother’s Cry: A Memoir of Politics, Prison, and Torture under the Brazilian Military Dictatorship” by Lina Penna Sattamini, Edited and with an introduction by James M. Green with an epilogue by Marcos P. S. Arruda
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“You know, during Hurricane Katrina, so many African Americans talked about the history of how crises had been used to further oppress black people in this country. But these stories are offloaded into those communities, who hold them and keep that history alive. It isn’t nationally metabolized, right? And so we have to share these stories.”
“TIM WEINER: MILSTAR is a satellite system that, if completed, will cost about $35 billion. It is designed to run a six-month nuclear war against the Soviet Union. The concept is that after Washington is destroyed, after the Pentagon is reduced to smoking, radiating ruins, after our government is, in effect, decapitated, the MILSTAR, which is to be a system of six to eight satellites and thousands of ground terminals, will weave together what remains of our strategic nuclear forces so that they can keep on fighting, keep on broadcasting the launch orders, not for days or weeks after World War III begins, but for six months.”
http://billmoyers.com/content/project-censored/
A perfect time to get soldiers deployed on US streets for the event of an unpopular war. The guy on MSNBC or was it NPR, or both, said how a conflict with Korea would result in the most deaths since WWII–kinda WWIIIish. No empire has ever been this mobilized, and never has Eastern Europe been as mobilized as it is within the last few years.
“We could be faced very quickly with a vert big war in the Middle East.”
“NAOMI KLEIN: Now, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published The Shock Doctrine, an investigation that spanned four decades, from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right-wing governments. After a shocking event—a war, a coup, a terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster—exploit the public’s disorientation, suspend democracy, push through radical policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.”
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Bernardino Rivadavia said the “conservation of the archives of a country assures without doubt for history the most accurate materials and documents relating to it.”[30] -wikipedia
“JOHAN GALTUNG: Well, thank you so much for inviting me.
It’s an empire against a wall; an empire in despair; an empire, I would say, in its last phase. My prediction in the book that is here, that you mentioned, The Fall of the US Empire–And Then What?, is that it cannot last longer than ’til about 2020. In 1980, I predicted for the Soviet empire that it will crack at its weakest point, the wall of Berlin, within ten years, and it happened in November 1989, and the Soviet empire followed. So my prediction is a similar one for the US empire. And that could lead to the blossoming of the US.”
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Citigroup’s Plutonomy secret memo:
Plutonomics
By Robert Frank
Jan 8, 2007 8:15 am ET
It’s well known that the rich have an outsized influence on the economy. The nation’s top 1% of households own more than half the nation’s stocks, according to the Federal Reserve. They also control more than $16 trillion in wealth — more than the bottom 90%. Yet a new body of research from Citigroup suggests […]
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“Mr. Agee I had no idea the CIA is doing this and already have a scholarship for the CIA what can you tell me?” – Phil Agee on informing students

 “I wanted to do a debate, but the CIA will not get on stage with me.”
“Read Blum’s Forgotten CIA, my books and the Covert Action Information Bulletin I helped start in 1970.”
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I’ve written previously about the transformative experience of meeting and hearing directly from the victims of the abuses by your own government. That human interaction converts an injustice from an abstraction into a deeply felt rage and disgust. That’s precisely why the U.S. media doesn’t air those stories directly from the victims themselves: because it would make it impossible to maintain the pleasing fairy tales about “who we really are.”
“There’s really no way to sugarcoat it: The rest of world believes that the United States is the country that poses the greatest threat to world peace, beating out all challengers by a wide margin.”
Under the subheading, “Threats and Fears,” the CIA authors note that “the threat of coercion usually weakens or destroys resistance more effectively than coercion itself. The threat to inflict pain, for example, can trigger fears more damaging than the immediate sensation of pain.”
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB122/
SOA/WHINSEC Flyer (School of the Assassins):
http://www.soaw.org/docs/SOA%20Watch%20Info%20ENG%202007.pdf“Americans can now read for themselves some of the noxious lessons the United States Army taught to thousands of Latin American military and police officers at the School of the Americas during the 1980’s. A training manual recently released by the Pentagon recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned. . . . An institution so clearly out of tune with American values and so stubbornly immune to reform should be shut down without further delay.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/09/28/opinion/school-of-the-dictators.html

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“every country tortures” – (minus these 38) – just another lie we keep telling ourselves that allow these horrors to continue
Q: Where does torture exist today?
A: Sadly, torture still happens today. In its 2015/2016 Annual Report, Amnesty International found that out of 160 countries surveyed, “122 or more tortured or otherwise ill-treated people.” Human Rights Watch also devotes an entire thematic division to researching, documenting and exposing torture throughout the world. In many of the countries that engage in the practice, it is a rampant and systematic problem. Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, says that in recent years, torture has actually increased and portrays it as a “necessary evil” in the battle against terrorism. Amnesty writes: “Three decades on from the Convention – and more than 65 years after the Universal Declaration – torture is not just alive and well. It is flourishing.”
“Whatever may be done to guard against interruptions of supply and to develop domestic alternatives, the U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from
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abroad, especially from less developed countries.7/ That fact gives the U.S. enhanced interest in the political, economic, and social stability of the supplying countries. Wherever a lessening of population pressures through reduced birth rates can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resource supplies and to the economic interests of the United States.”

 

 

 

 

Can there be anything more pressing than our fellow comrades being slaughtered for trying to protect the environment? If a flyer with this link were put in the door jam of say 100 houses how many would call their representatives, how many would at least read it and tell at least one other person? How many would get active and join an organization? Leave no soldier behind enemy lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://vimeo.com/206184044?ref=fb-share&1

 

 

App. that shows who funds your politicians:
http://alternativemediasyndicate.com/2017/06/18/17-year-old-built-app-expose-sellout-politicians/

SEN. SANDERS: OUR JOB RIGHT NOW, AND I AM WORKING ON IT ALMOST 24-7, IS TO GO AROUND THE COUNTRY AND TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ARE THOSE YOUR PRIORITIES? MORE MONEY FOR THE DEFENSE? ALREADY WE ARE SPENDING MORE THAN THE NEXT 12 NATIONS. AND THERE IS TREMENDOUS WASTE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. DO WE NEED MORE BY CUTTING PROGRAMS?

https://www.c-span.org/video/?427784-1/human-rights

 

And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

–Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.

http://tcfir.org/opinion/Thomas%20Jefferson%20on%20Educating%20the%20People.pdf

 

 

 

“That’s how you conduct a debate where you actually come with facts, and you don’t deal with their stupid talking points and except them as true. You say no your talking points are incorrect, now let me come correct to you and tell you what reality is.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ibKWVTFSak

 

 

“We don’t have to agree to let the government spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on measures that are likely to destroy, maybe the species. And people of course can’t react to it if they don’t know about it. But here’s where if the free press was functioning it would be all over the headlines. You wouldn’t have to look on the space command website to find out about it or read the small paper in Utah.”

Noam Chomsky “Arsenal of Hypocrisy”

“So What can we do? What can the citizens of this country do…We have to accept the fact that our democracy is now under control of these big corporations…And from there we have go and educate ourselves more about what is happening in this world and to take that to our families, and to our neighbors, and to our schools, and to our community and share that with others. Because we do have the media under the control of these corporations so we can’t expect the media is going to do this job for us. It’s our job now to become the media if you will.”

— Bruce Gagnon “Arsenal of Hypocrisy”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5mEUtx62N0

We believe Bashar,s weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as a the conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising. These proposals will need to be fleshed out and converted into real actions and we need to be ready to move quickly to take advantage of such opportunities. Many of our suggestions underline using Public Diplomacy and more indirect means to send messages that influence the inner circle. End Summary.
BILL MOYERS: Those were the Project Censored top 10 underreported stories for 1990. Some are shocking, some of them sad. Most of them implicate people in institutions to which we have delegated great power — the CIA, the DEA, the Pentagon, NASA, the president. Others charge the press itself for our easy complicity with authority. But all of them have one theme in common. Not knowing about these stories can hurt us. Not knowing about the financial crisis and scams costs us money. Not knowing about the fraud of the drug war or the dangers of the space shuttle can cost us our health, if not our planet. Not knowing about the violations of the Constitution in the Anti-Crime Bill or Panama or George Bush’s role in Iran-Contra costs us the ability to make informed choices as citizens. And not knowing the true motives, dangers, costs and consequences of the build-up in the Persian Gulf or the options may now be costing us this war, a war difficult to judge for ourselves because the government is controlling what we see and hear about it. The prerogative of individuals to think for ourselves is the very heart of freedom, but it requires an account of the day’s events we can trust. Otherwise, we’re at the mercy of ready-made opinions and those who make them. I’m Bill Moyers for Project Censored. Good night.
“Congressman Joseph Kennedy: We’re only 30 or 40 votes short of winning. That means that if people around the country hear about this [US Army School of Americas/WHINSEC training torture and murder] and write their congressman, we can win. This is an issue we can win on.”
School of the Americas: School of Assassins
Maryknoll World Productions (1995: 18 minutes)
Narrated by Susan Sarandon

VI. CONCLUSION

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent

revolution inevitable.

-President John F. Kennedy.187

The SOA-WHINSEC is to U.S. international human rights policy as the death penalty is to the criminal justice system. Outdated and inhumane, it is an international embarrassment. It is past time to close it. The best next step is to follow the suggestions of Amnesty to suspend all operations at WHINSEC and fully and independently investigate the past and present operations of the school. Where wrongdoing is found, criminal prosecutions are appropriate. Where appropriate, reparations to the victims of the school should be paid. Certainly an apology is long overdue. Only in this way can the cause of justice for all, in the U.S. and in this hemisphere, really advance.

http://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1355&context=jpl

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

Volume 20 | Issue 1 Article 2

5-1-2005

The Case for Closing the School of the Americas

Bill Quigley

‘Representative Joseph Kennedy summarized the significance of the manuals. “The Pentagon,” he said, “revealed what activists opposed to the school [SOA] have been alleging for years — that foreign military officers were taught to torture and murder to achieve their political objectives.’13

Page 5 “School of Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization” by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

The challenge before us in is to turn widespread concerns and protests into a coherent movement for social change. We need to connect issues and movements, articulate clearly and compellingly alternative visions, and develop concrete strategies for social change embodied through creative nonviolent action.

Page xvi

The SOA is a window through which US foreign policy can be seen clearly. What is visible through this window, as we will see, shatters the myth of the benevolent superpower. This myth provides cover to corporate forces whose vision and embodiment of globalization is leading the world to the brink of economic, political, cultural, and environmental collapse.

Page xvii

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer “School of the Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization”

“Congress is not preparing to defend the people of the United States. It is planning to protect the capital of American speculators and investors. Incidentally this preparation will benefit the manufacturers of munitions and war machines. Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!”
–Helen Keller, 1916
http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/the-radical-dissent-of-helen-keller

“Pinochet’s humanitarian violations have been euphemized by the media for general consumption. We are presented with words, but not images. We read about “torture” or “disappearance” rather than protracted descriptions of the crimes. This form of synecdoche has become widely abused as it has given the world the luxury of debating the abuses without tackling the reality.”

“When Iris and I discuss torture, she vaguely refers to how terrible “it” was and shakes her head. She then focuses on telling me about her family and how valuable they have been. In a way, we dance around the ugliness of the crimes just as the media and post-Pinochet debates do. The difference is we aren’t avoiding something unknown, but rather something she knows too well.”

COINTELPRO Flyer:
https://www.scribd.com/document/343564737/COINTELPRO-MLK-Flyer

“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University

http://projectcensored.org/people-saying-project-censored-past-decades/

“You must make the injustice visible, and be prepared to die like a soldier to do so.” – from the movie “Gandhi” (1982)

“I believe for many years now that journalism, particularly television journalism, by its failure to show the real horror of war has become a lethal weapon supporting governments that want to go to war.”
-Robert Fisk (Middle East Correspondent, The Independent)

Please Distribute…(campuses, malls, any and all houses, Senators, ROTC, etc.)

https://www.scribd.com/document/160500228/End-War-Crimes

World Beyond War (Desmond Tutu, 130 Nations wide):
https://www.thenation.com/article/imagining-a-world-beyond-war/

“It doesn’t take that much for voters in various areas of the country to summon the candidates for their own debates. Less than 1 percent. We calculated in 2012 that if we had about 10,000 people in 20 areas of the country mobilizing to demand that the candidates go to their communities, that would be pretty decisive.” – Ralph Nader

“I don’t mean the socialism of Soviet Russia or any other oppressive regime claiming to be socialist. Rather, a genuine socialism which not only distributes the wealth but maintains liberty.”
–Professor Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010)

“Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 -1968)

(thanks to Saab Lofton for finding these quotes–think Mossadeq, Arbenz, Allende, LaMumba, etc.)

“After four weeks of testimony and one hour of deliberation, the jury in the wrongful-death case found that Loyd Jowers as well as ”others, including governmental agencies” had been part of a conspiracy. The jury awarded the King family the damages they had sought: $100, which the family says it will donate to charity.” – NY Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/09/us/memphis-jury-sees-conspiracy-in-martin-luther-king-s-killing.html

Coretta Scott King:

“We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.”
– King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999

http://www.thekingcenter.org/sites/default/files/Assassination%20Trial%20-%20Family%20Press%20Conference.pdf

https://www.democracynow.org/2003/1/20/on_this_martin_luther_king_holiday

https://archive.org/details/CorettaScottKingEtAl.VS.LoydJowersEtAl

“I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate,” Warren said after McConnell’s motion.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-elizabeth-warren-senate-rules-20170207-story.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0hbdFDapKU

RFK was helping MLK with the Poor People’s Campaign as well:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/6169006.stm

“There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin LutherKing, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I whole heartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation. The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband.”
http://www.thekingcenter.org/assassination-conspiracy-trial

“Because he took on those forces, powerful economic forces that dominated politics in this land, they
killed him. He was killed because he could not be stopped. He was killed because they feared that half a
million people would rise in revolution in the capitol of this country, and do what Mr. Jefferson said
needed to be done every 20 years, to cleanse this land. This land has not beencleansed. This nation has
not faced the problems that Martin Luther King, Jr. died trying to face and confront. They still exist
today, the forces of evil, the powerful economic forces that dominate the government of this land and
make money on war and deprive the poor of what is their right, their birthright. They still abound and
they rule.” – William Pepper
http://www.thekingcenter.org/sites/default/files/Assassination%20Trial%20-%20Family%20Press%20Conference.pdf

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Manifesto from the monk Dr. King, Jr. nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize:
http://www3.unesco.org/manifesto2000/uk/uk_manifeste.htm

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Lockheed charges tax payers over $600 for a plastic toilet cover:
http://articles.latimes.com/1985-02-06/business/fi-4500_1_toilet-seats

KBR charges tax payers $45 for a twelve pack of soda:http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5333896/ns/nbc_nightly_news_with_brian_williams/t/new-halliburton-waste-alleged/#.WKsEZ7HMy1s

“Federal” Reserve loose $9 trillion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYNVNhB-m0o

Pentagon looses $2.3 trillion before 9/11/01:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUkho8_TY4s

Finding
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) (OASA[FM&C]) and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis (DFAS Indianapolis) did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter journal voucher (JV) adjustments and $6.5 trillion in yearend JV adjustments1 made to AGF data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation.2
“The impact area included both
the Navy operations center and the office complex of the National Guard and
Army Reserve. It was also the end of the fiscal year and important budget
information was in the damaged area.”
Pentagon: Army Failed to Keep Track of $1 Billion Worth of Arms in Iraq & Kuwait
HEADLINEMAY 24, 2017
H10 military tanks
A newly declassified Pentagon audit has revealed that the U.S. Army has failed to keep track of more than $1 billion worth of weapons and military equipment, including tens of thousands of assault rifles and hundreds of armored vehicles, in Iraq and Kuwait. Amnesty International, who obtained the Pentagon report, said, “It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of U.S. arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State.”
10 – 30,000 shoulder to sky rockets lost in Libya

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“Those who smuggle and sell drugs are as dangerous to our national security as any terrorist or foreign dictatorship.” – Ronald Reagan

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=37676

“Reagan administration officials interceded on behalf of José Bueso Rosa, a Honduran general who was heavily involved with the CIA’s contra operations and faced trial for his role in a massive drug shipment to the United States. In 1984 Bueso and co-conspirators hatched a plan to assassinate Honduran President Roberto Suazo Córdoba; the plot was to be financed with a $40 million cocaine shipment to the United States, which the FBI intercepted in Florida.”
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/index.html

Then on July 17, 1998 the New York Times ran this amazing front page CIA admission: CIA Says It Used Nicaraguan Rebels Accused of Drug Tie [T]he Central Intelligence Agency continued to work with about two dozen Nicaraguan rebels and their supporters during the 1980s despite allegations that they were trafficking in drugs . . . [T]he agency’s decision to keep those paid agents, or to continue dealing with them in some less formal relationship, was made by top [CIA] officials at headquarters in Langley, Va. (emphasis added) This front page confirmation of CIA involvement with Contra drug traffickers came from a leak of the still classified CIA Volume II internal review, described by sources as full of devastating revelations of CIA involvement with known Contra drug traffickers. The CIA had always vehemently denied any connection to drug traffickers and the massive global drug trade, despite over ten years of documented reports. But in a shocking reversal, the CIA finally admitted that it was CIA policy to keep Contra drug traffickers on the CIA payroll.

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“Watch the Magicians other hand”

“Now, right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done. (Applause.)

Now, you wouldn’t know all this from listening to the television set. (Laughter.)” – President Obama

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/22/remarks-president-american-made-energy

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Chapter 1: COLUMBUS, THE INDIANS, AND HUMAN PROGRESS

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:

They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
These Arawaks of the Bahama Islands were much like Indians on the mainland, who were remarkable (European observers were to say again and again) for their hospitality, their belief in sharing. These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by the religion of popes, the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.

Columbus wrote:

As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold? He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic-the Indies and Asia, gold and spices. For, like other informed people of his time, he knew the world was round and he could sail west in order to get to the Far East.

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncol1.html (Taught in thousands of schools across the Nation and mentioned in “Goodwill Hunting.”)

http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-civilization-without-war-1595540812

http://www.auburn.edu/%7Esayejoh/4050/s/Columbus.pdf

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93067846/1891-12-16/ed-1/seq-1/

European Discovery of the New World
Printable Version

Digital History ID 3788
Interpreting Primary Sources:

Columbus reports on his voyage to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain:

These people in the Caribbean have no creed and they are not idolaters, but they are very gentle and do not know what it is to be wicked, or to kill others, or to steal…and they are sure that we come from Heaven….So your Highnesses should resolve to make them Christians, for I believe that if you begin, in a little while you will achieve the conversion of a great number of peoples to our holy faith, with the acquisition of great lordships and riches and all their inhabitants for Spain. For without doubt there is a very great amount of gold in these lands….

The people of this island [Hispaniola], and of all the others that I have found and seen, or not seen, all go naked, men and women, just as their mothers bring them forth; although some women cover a single place with the leaf of a plant, or a cotton something which they make for that purpose. They have no iron or steel, nor any weapons….They have no other weapons than the stems of reeds…on the end of which they fix little sharpened stakes. Even these they dare not use….they are incurably timid….

I have not found, nor had any information of monsters, except of an island which is here the second in the approach of the Indies, which is inhabited by a people whom, in all the islands, they regard as very ferocious, who eat human flesh….

They brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=11&psid=3788

http://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-events/most-peaceful-time-in-history.htm

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/norway-world-s-best-democracy-we-asked-its-people-why-n720151

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_democracy

https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2010/sep/08/was-world-ever-at-peace

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Who is the real aggressor in the world?

“Look as I’ve said before, if the governments abided by their own weapons control laws world peace could truly be at hand. But they won’t, they never have and I respectfully submit they never will.”

-Sam Cummings (arms dealer)

The list of Chinese, Russian, “invasions” do not compare in the slightest to the “secret wars” of the US Army, CIA, MI6, Mossad, etc. have conducted.

“And JCETs are just a fraction of the story. SOCOM carries out many other multinational overseas training operations. According to data from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), for example, Special Operations forces conducted 75 training exercises in 30 countries in 2014. The numbers were projected to jump to 98 exercises in 34 countries by the end of this year.”

This year, US Special Operations forces have already deployed to 135 nations, according to Ken McGraw, a spokesman for Special Operations Command (SOCOM). That’s roughly 70 percent of the countries on the planet. Every day, in fact, America’s most elite troops are carrying out missions in 80 to 90 nations, practicing night raids or sometimes conducting them for real, engaging in sniper training or sometimes actually gunning down enemies from afar. As part of a global engagement strategy of endless hush-hush operations conducted on every continent but Antarctica, they have now eclipsed the number and range of special ops missions undertaken at the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-many-wars-is-the-us-really-fighting/

http://projectcensored.org/1-us-military-forces-deployed-seventy-percent-worlds-nations/

“There’s a price to pay for what we’re doing,” Cohen concluded. “The question we’re going to have to face in the coming years is, are we willing to pay up?”

An Eye on Asia

U.S. forces dedicated to the Pacific region:

U.S. Army Pacific 60,000 soldiers and civilians

(two divisions and one brigade)

U.S. Pacific Fleet 130,000 sailors and civilians

(170 ships)

Pacific Air Forces 40,000 airmen and civilians

(380 aircraft in nine wings)

Marine Forces Pacific 70,000 Marines and civilians

(two expeditionary forces)

On Foreign Shores

Major U.S. deployments in Asia include:

U.S. Forces Japan

47,000 personnel ashore and 12,000 afloat at 90 locations.

U.S. Forces Korea

37,500 personnel at 85 installations

Training Grounds

The Pacific Command participates in dozens of joint exercises with allied countries each year, including:

1. Cobra Gold: The U.S.-Thai exercise is expanding to include Singapore.

2. Foal Eagle: Brings together U.S. and South Korean troops on the Korean peninsula.

3. Crocodile: A training exercise with Australia at Shoalwater Bay.

4. Rim of the Pacific: Participants include the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea (pictured above).

SOURCE: U.S. Pacific Command

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2000/05/26/for-pentagon-asia-moving-to-forefront/c9d63cdd-f913-48e8-8466-163d0ecfe0b2/?utm_term=.4c86f34614e0

The NSA is larger than the CIA, and now there’s another agency as large as the CIA themselves…
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dia-to-send-hundreds-more-spies-overseas/2012/12/01/97463e4e-399b-11e2-b01f-5f55b193f58f_story.html?utm_term=.1a914ac17021

Some Nations the US has boots on the ground in (see whitehouse.gov link)
https://www.rt.com/usa/369287-white-house-widens-military-ops/

Plus, with a force this big openly declaring full-spectrum dominance across the globe that are willing to copy torture techniques from Hitler do other nations have much of a choice other than self defense by any means and at times collusion with this hegemon? 

“Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:

Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
Plus … although not easily quantified … more involved in the practice of torture than any other country in the world … for over a century … not just performing the actual torture, but teaching it, providing the manuals, and furnishing the equipment.”
http://williamblum.org/aer/read/140

Galtung’s answer is, perhaps, revealing: “If he manages to apologize deeply to all the groups he has insulted. And turn foreign policy from US interventions—soon 250 after Jefferson in Libya 1801—and not use wars (killing more than 20 million in 37 countries after 1945): A major revitalization! Certainly making ‘America Great Again’. We’ll see.”

http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/us-power-will-decline-under-trump-says-futurist-who-predicted-soviet-collapse

https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list

http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html

http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/crs/rl30172.htm

http://www.serendipity.li/cia/death_squads1.htm

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-has-killed-more-than-20-million-people-in-37-victim-nations-since-world-war-ii/5492051

“Gore Vidal: I think that they are a clear and present danger. [Laughter] And we must be on guard against the Enron/Pentagon junta that governs us so idly. You were talking earlier about who was the most surprised by 9/11. I had figured out some time ago and one of the reasons that I have this little list in the book of unilateral strikes that we have made against second and third world countries, over 200 of them since 1949, 1950. And sooner or later somebody was going to get irritable. I mean it’s bound to happen. The first law of physics is there is no action without reaction. Our rulers seem to be blithely unaware of this. They can do anything they like, and people can go lump it. I was betting not so much on a Muslim strike as a Panamanian one. The fury of Panama when we seized their ruler—Noriega—which automatically ended all drugs in America, have you noticed that since then? [Laughter] George Bush, Sr. did that for us because he cares. And we got another one. [Laughter] . . . We have been at war, really, ever since 1950. And the list that I have kept my piece from being published in Vanity Fair, and even The Nation wouldn’t take it. They couldn’t face this list of places that we had struck at like gallant little Panama, which is close to my heart, as you can see.”

http://www.mediaed.org/transcripts/Understanding-Americas-Terrorist-Crisis-Transcript.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=509x6ldT3wI

See List of 200 military interventions here:

https://www.facebook.com/jacob.griesmer/media_set?set=a.10102825927682268.1073741868.219701053&type=3

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“By 2002, Pentagon figures indicated that the United States had some form of military presence in 132 of the UN’s then 190 member nations.16 Add to that the multibillion-dollar carrier battle groups, and the U.S. military presence is truly global…

…The latest frontier has been military dominance of space as part of what the United States calls “full-spectrum dominance.” It was outlined in the U.S. Space Command’s 1997 publication “Vision for 2010” and fleshed out further in the Pentagon’s “Joint Vision 2020.”17 It portends unchallenged U.S. military domination on land and sea and in space.”

page xvii
“The Untold History of the United States” by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Gorbachev wanted to end imperialism/slavery (debt slavery), “the most terrifying weapon ever invented” (space weapons) and protect our environment.

“The Soviet Union is prepared to institute a lengthy moratorium of up to 100 years on debt servicing by the least developed countries, and in quite a few cases to write off the debt altogether.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/08/world/the-gorbachev-visit-excerpts-from-speech-to-un-on-major-soviet-military-cuts.html?pagewanted=1

And right after Gorbachev committed to this Bush, Sr. invaded Panama:

“1. Strongly deplores the intervention in Panama by the armed forces of
the United States of America, which constitutes a flagrant violation of
international law and of the independence, sovereignty and territorial
integrity of States;”

http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/44/a44r240.htm

How big is the US empire and NATO?

1,000 US military bases located outside the United States (compared to 30 that our “enemies” have all together):

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/12/20121213122226666895.html

During the football playoffs yesterday, the announcers thanked the men and women of the U.S. military serving in 175 countries around the world who were watching the game on the Armed Forces Network.
http://www.globalconversation.org/2011/01/24/175-countries-and-counting

The 2009 U.S. defense budget of $660 billion was more than the combined defense expenditures of the next 17 countries on the spending table. And that budget continues to rise steadily, growing at 4.8% for 2010, a year in which the U.S. economy’s GDP growth is likely to be less than 2%.
http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2026961,00.html

Can the President crush a child’s testicles? 

Business as usual

Why is it the average American can’t at least mention the sufferings of others and honor the ones who have fought and died trying to save innocent people, admitting they themselves should be following in the foot steps of Gandhi or King, Jr. etc.?

There’s a blatant hypocrisy that all too many Americans hold about the intentions of their Nation, when it’s been proven, irrefutably, that their Nation is behind most of the violence we see in the world today. Declassified CIA documents, video, Court Hearings and the Library of Congress don’t lie, but this information is kept out of the average American’s sight.

“Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?”
johnpilger.com/articles/a-world-war-has-begun-break-the-silence-

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” – Rev. & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Beyond Vietnam” Riverside Church Speech)

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“Gramma said when you come on something good, first thing to do is share it with whoever you can find; that way, the good spreads out where no telling it will go. Which is right.”
–The Education of Little Tree

“I was [in college] during the time of great social upheaval in the 1960s, but I floundered for another decade until I was given a leaflet that said, ‘El Salvador: Another Vietnam?’ It changed my life.”

–Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Time Magazine, March, 25th, 2013

MS. ANGWIN
NATION. MS. ANGWIN: I MEAN, THE U.S. HAS DROPPED LEAFLETS IN SEVEN COUNTRIES. IT’S NOT LIKE WE’VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?429982-3/panelists-discuss-future-internet&start=2632

 

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[The former Senate links are now dead, redirect here (see below). Click on appropriate book and do a Ctrl+F search for key words or phrases]

http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/resources/intelligence-related-commissions

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An overwhelming majority of deaths in US wars are civilians. Below is proof we do target civilians, we have during Operation Gladio and many other wars as well. Instances of hospitals, Doctors without Boarders, Reuters, Al Jazeera journalists have been bombed, etc. 

“Washington D.C. May 18, 2005 – The National Security Archive today posted additional documents that show that the CIA had concrete advance intelligence, as early as June 1976, on plans by Cuban exile terrorist groups to bomb a Cubana airliner. The Archive also posted another document that shows that the FBI’s attache in Caracas had multiple contacts with one of the Venezuelans who placed the bomb on the plane, and provided him with a visa to the U.S. five days before the bombing, despite suspicions that he was engaged in terrorist activities at the direction of Luis Posada Carriles.”
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB153/index.htm

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/the-terror-trail-that-wont-grow-cold-dark-forces-bombed-bologna-station-in-1980-killing-85-at-a-1509705.html

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I thought only Saddam North Korea were killing their own people. Can a government do much worse than this? “Our government would do that.”

“In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.” – ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfoaLbbAix0

“After four weeks of testimony and one hour of deliberation, the jury in the wrongful-death case found that Loyd Jowers as well as ”others, including governmental agencies” had been part of a conspiracy. The jury awarded the King family the damages they had sought: $100, which the family says it will donate to charity.” – NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/09/us/memphis-jury-sees-conspiracy-in-martin-luther-king-s-killing.html

http://www.thekingcenter.org/assassination-conspiracy-trial

“Also, Stevens had been passed out drunk on the couch at the time of the murder; two other witnesses, neither of whom was drunk at the time, said that Ray was not the man seen running from the room.
Shortly thereafter, one of the witnesses was illegally committed to a mental institution, and the Memphis prosecutors removed her records from the hospital.”
http://tech.mit.edu/V120/N16/col16guest.16c.html

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The solutions, like the revolution, will not be televised:

Kellog-Braind Pact
Poor People’s Campaign (FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights)
Truth and Reconciliation (see Nhat Hanh, Nader and Sagan quotes)
Green Party
Department of Peace
Incentivizing Green Technology
Legalizing Hemp
Have a Maximum Wage or 7x Principle, like other Nations
The USG controls milk prices of small time famers, but the huge oil industries can’t be Nationalized?
Seventh Generation Principle
UN Declaration of Human Rights
“Muck Rake” “silence is betrayal” don’t be an enabler “we are you guilty conscience”

https://www.xcelenergy.com/programs_and_rebates/residential_programs_and_rebates/renewable_energy_options_residential/windsource_for_residences

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/16/america-needs-new-poor-peoples-campaign?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

This table demonstrates results of a recent study, which found that public dollars invested in health care, education, mass transit, or construction for home weatherization and infrastructure create more jobs than investing an equivalent amount in the military
(orin tax breaks)
In fact, twice as many jobs are created by equivalent spending on education and mass transit as on the military. The research was conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

http://www.space4peace.org/gndec08.htm
http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/research_brief/MA_Military_May2012.pdf

https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2004/ch_6.html

Solar outproducing multiple nuclear facilities:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/26/us-climate-germany-solar-idUSBRE84P0FI20120526

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/radioactive-leaks-found-at-75-of-us-nuke-sites/

Entire Nation of Scotland running on wind power alone:
http://www.ecowatch.com/wind-generates-100-scotland-electricity-needs-entire-day-1968273448.html

“Henry Ford’s first car, the Model T, ran on hemp ethanol as he envisioned the fuel of the future would be extracted from plants.” It was also made from hemp and soy.
http://theprodigy.ucmerced.edu/article/editorial-archaic-hemp-law-modern-consequences
http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2011-02/introducing-first-road-ready-hemp-mobile
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-284.html

hempcar.org

https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/about-us/who-we-are/

 

https://www.facebook.com/theknowledgeconspiracy/videos/1370535086363676/ http://uw.physics.wisc.edu/~wonders/DemoTesla.html https://www.livescience.com/1588-wireless-power-lights-bulb-7-feet.html http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2007-06-08-mit-wireless-power_N.htm

 

Sea Water for fuel:

http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2012/fueling-the-fleet-navy-looks-to-the-seas

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/09/seawater-to-fuel-navy-vessels-_n_5113822.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/13/newser-navy-seawater-fuel/7668665/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-31/exxon-conoco-back-paris-climate-deal-as-trump-weighs-pact-exit

http://www.geoffreylandis.com/propellant.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-unveils-zero-emissions-train-only-emits-steam-lower-saxony-hydrogen-powered-a7391581.html

http://www.ecowatch.com/coal-ceo-salary-transition-coal-miner-solar-industry-1968530720.html

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/holland-agriculture-sustainable-farming/

What we all agree on:
http://www.upworthy.com/9-out-of-10-americans-are-completely-wrong-about-this-mind-blowing-fact-2

A middle-class adult in Finland owns $122 for every billion dollars of his or her nation’s wealth. In Canada it’s $13. In the U.S. it’s 60 cents. Only middle-class adults in China and India earn less. Higher taxes on U.S. corporations could help redress the discrepancy.
http://thecontributor.com/economy/popular-movement-higher-taxes-now-would-be-story


https://www.facebook.com/climatereality/videos/1089936371073006/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrZO9PXnjYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG0ZShzIoMo

The Next System Project:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6z4yDu3gco

https://futurism.com/elon-musk-just-announced-that-teslas-solar-roofs-will-have-an-infinity-warranty/

Solar shingles, lifetime warranty, cheaper than regular ones and can withstand stronger impact:

https://www.facebook.com/DavidAvocadoWolfe/videos/10154483294616512/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/tesla-s-solar-roof-is-finally-ready-for-you-to-buy

https://info.ecosia.org/?tt=actinfo&utm_campaign=activation&utm_content=actinfo

https://www.xcelenergy.com/programs_and_rebates/residential_programs_and_rebates/renewable_energy_options_residential/windsource_for_residences

“This past summer a group of Palestinians and Israelis came to Plum Village, the practice center where I live in southern France, to learn and practice the arts of deep listening and loving speech. (Around 1,600 people come to Plum Village each summer from over a dozen countries to listen and to learn how to bring peace and understanding to their daily lives.)… When a person spoke, they refrained from using words of blame, hatred, and condemnation. They spoke in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Out of these dialogues the participating Palestinians and Israelis were very moved to realize that both sides suffer from fear. They appreciated the practice of deep listening and made arrangements to share what they had learned with others upon returning to their home countries…We recommended that the Palestinians and Israeli talk about their suffering, fears, and despair in a public forum that all the world could hear. We could all listen without judging, without condemning in order to understand the experience of both sides. This would prepare the ground of understanding for peace talks to occur.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we kill the terrorist father, the son may become a terrorist; the more we kill, the more terrorists we may create. That has been the course of history.” (p.198 “Creating True Peace” by Nhat Hanh)

“Our enemy is never another person; our enemy is the wrong perceptions and suffering within him, within her. When a doctor sees a person who is suffering, he tries to identify the sickness within the patient, to remove it. He does not try to kill his patient. The role of the doctor is not to kill people but to cure the illness within them. It is the same with a person who has suffered so much and who has been making you suffer—the solution is not to kill him but to try to relieve him of his suffering.” (p.89-90 “Creating True Peace” by Nhat Hanh)

T&R:

https://www.ictj.org
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transitional_Justice_Institute

Stephen Hawking: “Race for humanity to live in outer space”:
http://www.space.com/8924-stephen-hawking-humanity-won-survive-leaving-earth.html
Nhat Hanh: “human species my die off in less than 100 years”:
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1291786/thich_nhat_hanh_in_100_years_there_may_be_no_more_humans_on_planet_earth.html
27 more earths by 2050 to accommodate 9 billion people according to the UN and other institutions:
http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/mora/Publications/MoraPress1.pdf
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“Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells
http://www.trinity.edu/mkearl/strat-ed.html
“Creative muckraking and organizing can put the FBI and police on the defensive and undermine their morale and legitimacy.” -Attorney and Author Brian Glick
“It has become a mathematical certainty that Hitler is leading the German people into the abyss. Hitler cannot win the war; he can only prolong it. The guilt of Hitler and his minions goes beyond all measure.” – The White Rose Collective
http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/whiterose.html
“Our youth must always be free, discussing and exchanging ideas concerned with what is happening throughout the entire world.” – Che Guevera
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
http://www.loc.gov/loc/legacy/bldgs.html
“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.” – Susan B. Anthony
http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/102212_fingerlakeshearing/MichaelJosephIuliucciJrTestimony.pdf

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Proof, straight from the horses mouth we are lied to, strange our media and schools don’t care to recall this:

“1. CIA Use of Private Foundations, Pre-1967 The use of philanthropic organizations was a convenient way to pass funds, in that large amounts could be transferred rapidly, and in a form that need not alert unwitting officers of the recipient organi- zations to their source. In addition, foundation grants bestowed upon the recipient the apparent “blessing” of the foundation. The funding pattern involved -a mixture of bona fide charitable foundations, devised foundations and funds, “front men” drawn from a list of America’s most prominent citizens, and lawyers representing undisclosed clients. The CIA’s intrusion into the foundation field in the 1960s can onlybe described as massive.”

http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/94755_I.pdf

Agency officials who testified after the February 11, 1976, announcement
told the Committee that the prohibition extends to non-Americans
accredited to specific United States media organizations.
The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign
individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA
and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert
propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to
a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services
and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book
publishers, and other foreign media outlets.
Approximately 50 of the assets are individual American journalists
or employees of U.S. media organizations. Of these, fewer than half
are “accredited” by U.S. media organizations and thereby affected by
the new prohibitions on the use of accredited newsmen. The remaining
individuals are non-accredited freelance contributors and media representatives
abroad, and thus are not affected by the new CIA
prohibition.
http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/94755_I.pdf

This same official estimated that the files contained descriptions of about half a dozen reporters and correspondents who would be considered “famous”—that is, their names would be recognized by most Americans.
http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php

In his book Mockingbird: The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA, Alex Constantine writes that in the 1950s, “some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts”.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/30/the-cia-and-the-press-when-the-washington-post-ran-the-cias-propaganda-network/

“Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA”
by Time Weiner
National Bestseller, Pulitzer Prize winner

The book is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence.[1]

Dulles kept in close touch with the men who ran The New York Times,The Washington Post, and the nation’s leading weekly magazines. He could pick up the phone and edit a breaking story, make sure an irritating foreign correspondent was yanked from the field, or hire the services of men such as Time’s Berlin bureau chief and Newsweek’s man in Tokyo.It was second nature for Dulles to plant stories in the press. American newsrooms were dominated by veterans of the government’s wartime propaganda branch, the Office of War Information, once part of Wild Bill Donovan’s domain.The men who responded to the CIA’s call included Henry Luce and his editors at Time, Life, and Fortune: popular magazines such as Parade, the Saturday Review, and Reader’s Digest; and the most powerful executives at CBS News. Dulles built a public-relations and propaganda machine that came to include more than fifty news organizations, a dozen publishing houses, and personal pledges of support from men such as Axel Springer, West Germany’s most powerful press baron.
p.88

http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/01/media/hillary-clinton-60-minutes-planted-questions/index.html

CIA Document 1035-960

24 mins-35:30 mins:
https://s53.podbean.com/pb/68dce053ba2f7a5d73b7a330377c6ffe/5941928b/data1/fs183/405745/uploads/ProjectCensored_050917.mp3

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2017/01/01/fake-news-and-how-the-washington-post-rewrote-its-story-on-russian-hacking-of-the-power-grid/

http://www.alternet.org/media/owner-washington-post-doing-business-cia-while-keeping-his-readers-dark

http://www.businessinsider.com/cia-600-million-deal-for-amazons-cloud-2013-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDCfTIapds0

Credibility problem
Public awareness of the US military’s information operations is low, but it’s growing – thanks to some operational clumsiness.

Late last year, it emerged that the Pentagon had paid a private company, the Lincoln Group, to plant hundreds of stories in Iraqi newspapers. The stories – all supportive of US policy – were written by military personnel and then placed in Iraqi publications.

And websites that appeared to be information sites on the politics of Africa and the Balkans were found to be run by the Pentagon.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm

“When Contemplating War, Beware of Babies in Incubators:”
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0906/p25s02-cogn.html

Nurse Nayirah lies 60 Minutes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhGl03QFUi4

Yet SOA (now WHINSEC) graduates catch babies on bayonets, and that’s not a fake story

Rep. John Porter (R-IL)

“I don’t know how the people of the civilized countries of this world can fail to do everything within their power to remove this scourge from the face of our Earth.”

After the fake testimony by “Nurse Nayirah” that Saddam was throwing babies out of incubators
Saddam the dictator the US propped up, sold anthrax to, the Bubonic Plague and the chemical’s he used to gas Kurds and Iranians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmfVs3WaE9Y

“Reminder: Saddam Statue Toppled by PSYOPS:”

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89489923

https://www.facebook.com/thefreethoughtprojectcom/videos/1951560825064175/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

Keith Olbermann’s Countdown with Ray McGovern confronting Rumsfeld lies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1FTmuhynaw

Too bad McGovern did have this copy of the Congress’s investigation of US corporations selling Saddam WMDs like anthrax and the Bubonic plague.
Rumsfeld joins Tribune board: Donald H. Rumsfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of General Instrument Corp., has been elected a director of Tribune Co.; he will fill the unexpired term of the late James F. Bere, restoring the board to 14 members. Rumsfeld, who was CEO of G.D. Searle from 1977 to 1985, served as White House chief of staff and secretary of defense under President Gerald Ford. He joined General Instrument in 1990.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-07-29/business/9203080137_1_donald-h-rumsfeld-searle-white-house
See Ralph McGehee’s “Deadly Deceits”
FOX “News” (CNN, more or less, is just more tactful and two-faced when being a mouthpiece for Wall Street and the DoD):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS0CvVE-tAY

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terms to consider

cognitive dissonance, Stockholm syndrome, Milgram/Stanford Prison Study and bread and circus, keeping up with the Jones

Hitler spoke about how he and the German people loved peace more than anybody and the efforts he was taking to bring peace, more so than US Presidents today. The above terms offer a glimpse into how people are manipulated.

Jarrod Diamond writes in “Collapse” that a group of people one, two and three miles away from a dam that was to break acted in different ways. Ones furthest away evacuated, the ones two miles away prepared a little and the people closest to the dam refused to believe it, as it was too much for them to handle so they simply ignored it until it was too late.

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“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
― Assata Shakur

Even Bernie Sanders said he did poorly in college because he was too busy reading books of his own interest. He also said “No more Star Wars! Who are you afraid of, the Cold War ended years ago” to Congress. He also once vehemently supported the need for a third party. 

There are about 1000 US military bases around the globe and the US empire outspends the next 17 Nations combined on “defense.” The USG has trained torture to 40 Nations, tried to topple 50 countries and stopped 30 populists movements across the globe.

Gore Vidal once said he could not get progressive magazines to publish the list of Nations the US has “intervened” in since WWII.  Noam Chomsky has said most of what was declassified in the Pentagon Papers didn’t make it to the publics knowledge. This should be a hint as to what it is the empire does not want widely known about them.
#breakthesoundbarrier

The information that is kept in it’s place needs to see the light:

“Embarrass” is used here which is just nice for “delegitimize” or “discredit.” Imagine if doctors were advising people to no longer have children in your town or city.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8548961.stm

The Archive also posted a secret 1992 report written for then Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney warning that U.S. Army intelligence manuals that incorporated the earlier work of the CIA for training Latin American military officers in interrogation and counterintelligence techniques contained “offensive and objectionable material” that “undermines U.S. credibility, and could result in significant embarrassment.”
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB122/

As Amnesty International stated:
[T]he failure of the US Army to hold anyone accountable for the preparation, dissemination and use of training manuals advocating torture and other human rights violations . . . sends a signal to other militaries that 8

impunity for violations [of the international laws on human rights, humanitarian law and civil military relations] is acceptable. It may also communicate that violations are only a problem when they receive public attention. [FN132]
http://www.soaw.org/docs/LReview-Quigley.pdf

 

“One of the things Aaron [Swartz] was particularly interested in was bringing public access to public the domain domain and it was one of the things that got him into so much trouble.”
Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian of The Internet Archive “The Internet’s Own Boy”

“These are some of the countries [list 42 Nations] where the United States, directly and indirectly, has overthrown governments, manipulated elections, and attacked popular movements since 1945…This is well documented yet it remains a kind of secret history seldom reported in the West as a war of terror.”

– John Pilger “Breaking the Silence” 21 mins.

“When such crimes [as the one’s uncovered in the Church Committee Hearings] perpetuated by the government do reach the light, they are quickly plunged into darkness. They are hidden in thick government tomes of roughly a thousand pages that the average American, much less the naive youth under the tutelage of a harried, overworked, and underpaid history teacher, will never read and perhaps will never know exist.”
—Mumia Abu Jamal, “We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party” page 124 (Mumia is the US’s most famous political prisoner, there is a street named after him in France)

ROBERT FISK: It’s not about embedding. It’s not about embedding, Amy. It’s about television’s refusal to show the truth of war. Let me give an example. In 1991 I was driving up the main road towards Basra, the so the-called highway of death, further up, with a crew from ITV, British commercial channel. And we stopped at a place where there were large numbers of Iraqi soldiers dead in the desert. And hoards of desert dogs had appeared. And they were ripping the soldiers to pieces and eating them. Dragging off an arm here with its hand cruelly going along through the desert, eating through stomachs, gnawing away at cheekbones of dead soldiers. The ITV crew got out and started filming. I said, “What are you filming this for? You’ll never get it on air.” He said, “No, it’s just for the archives.”
http://www.democracynow.org/2005/10/20/robert_fisk_war_is_the_total

“Suppressed Facts: Death by US Torture” – Glenn Greenwald

Why the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-graham-holm/bring-back-the-fairness-d_1_b_4775492.html

Not For Profit – For Global Justice – Since 2001
“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people” – John Adams – Second President – 1797 – 1801
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590”
 Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,801
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,487
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
$1,758,058,199,599

When Martin King saw the Ramparts piece he was at a—there are different stories of actually where he was—but I think he was at Atlanta Airport on his way to the West Indies and he was traveling with Bernard Lee, his bodyguard. They were having a meal and he was going through his mail, according to Bernard, and he came upon this issue of Ramparts, January 1st, 1967. It had in it the piece that I wrote called “The Children of Vietnam.” Bernard said as he started to thumb through it he stopped and was visibly moved. He pushed his food away. Bernard said, “What’s the matter Martin, aren’t you hungry? Is there something wrong with the food?” And he said, “No. I’ve lost my appetite. I may have lost the ability to appreciate food altogether until we end this wretched war.”

https://ratical.org/ratville/JFK/WFP020403.pdf

“They bury stories of vital importance while spewing endless hours and column inches at the mind-deadening likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Their excuse is that they ‘give the public what it wants’ and are ‘in business to make a profit.’ But the real profit centers of the corporations that own the media are not in providing news and information. General Electric, Westinghouse, Disney and the other media-financial-industrial behemoths have too much to lose from an accurate reporting of the true news of the world. To protect their core interests, they are bread-and-circus PR/diversion machines, not real news organizations.”

— Harvey Wasserman, senior advisor to Greenpeace

“A walk back in time shows the same reticence on the part of the academic community to use controversial, but declassified, government documents in its research. In searches of the academic literature while I was studying the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) of the FBI as a part of my Ph.D. research, I found, with a few extremely important exceptions, that the most important COINTELPRO documents remain virtually by-passed by the academic community— even to this date. With this in mind, I really shouldn’t be surprised to see a lack of the use of WikiLeaks documents, even though the information contained could lead to critical insights on U.S. public policy. Most importantly for those of us who expect to create change in U.S. domestic police state and foreign military policy, it is the most controversial of such documents that deserve scrutiny from not only journalists, but also from the academic community. The operation of the Deep State is real and must be exposed if the return to constitutional rule and respect of the Bill of Rights is to be possible. . . . To more accurately assess the danger that such leaders invite by their political positions, I believe that more research needs to be done on COINTELPRO because this represents the documented extent to which the United States government will go to quash dissent on the national and international levels. . . . The means by which dissent and potentially adversarial leadership are quashed are far more sophisticated today than in the time of COINTELPRO. However, awareness of at least these means is crucial in today’s practice, especially if we are ever to see a more just international structure.”

– Dr. and former Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s Dissertation and Theses

http://aura.antioch.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1209&context=etds

CIA Document #1035-960 – media workers on the CIA payroll were used to silence people who thought JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy conducted by the CIA, by laughing and calling skeptics of the “official” story “conspiracy theorists” — hmm, why’d they do that
http://hum.uchicago.edu/jagoldsm/Papers/JFK/9_WarrenCommission.pdf

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/01/391122/Conspiracy-theories-Scavenging-for-truth

Calling someone a conspiracy theorists is pissing on their own feet as well, since we have this CIA document suggesting they planted that term in the media.
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“The FBI had implanted an informer who was Hampton’s body guard and they gave false information to the Chicago police about guns in the apartment. At 4:00 AM the police broke in, really Gestapo style raid, and just murdered him in his bed. That act alone, just swamps all of the Watergate exposures and interestingly it was barely reported. And that’s only one, I mean they went a lot of other things under COINTELPRO which was far more serious than Watergate and I think more serious than the NSA.” – Noam Chomsky at Chatham House, published May 20th, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdx2CA7OkZ0

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Vision for 2020 – mandatory reading says Michio Kaku

Vision for 2020 – “glossy” should be front page news says Chomsky
Replaced by Strategic Master Plan FY06 and Beyond by Air Force
space weapons considered “taboo”

Totem and Taboo: Depolarizing the Space Weaponization Debate

 

An Air Force board report, New World Vistas: Air and Space Power for the 21st Century, says: “In the next two decades, new technologies will allow the fielding of space-based weapons of devastating effectiveness to be used to deliver energy and mass as force projection in tactical and strategic conflict…. These advances will enable lasers…to effect very many kills.”
https://www.thenation.com/article/waging-war-space/

“Only the United States can be trusted to regulate space for the benefit of all.”

–Professor Everett Dolman of the School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, the U.S. Air Force’s graduate school for airpower at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, 1998.

“It [COINTELPRO] was secret at the time, because it was by and large illegal.” – Ward Churchill

The CIA Publications Review Board and the ACLU have to at times go to court to get books published such as Ralph McGehee’s “Deadly Deceits: My 25 years in the CIA.” The board made a number of deletions in the manuscript for his book, see his book mentioned here for more details.

If you ask veterans about “Full-spectrum Dominance” or the Air Force’s agenda to weaponize space, they are either entirely unaware or it’s considered classified for them to speak about. This should be a hint as to what needs to be talked about. Even Bidden once said, “this Rumsfeld proposal” to weaponize space is something we should be talking more about.

DA-Notice

As Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi wrote in a paper found on Harvard’s webpage, “the assassination of 250 Iraqi scientists after Iraq’s invasion by occupation militias is the best way not to continue any kind of research includingDU-related research in occupied Iraq” (36)(37). “She was threatened in anonymous phone calls on the eve of her testimony to congress. Subsequently,her car, which contained sensitive information on DU, was mysteriously destroyed” (25).

http://www.jacobgriesmer.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/depleted-uranium/

‘June 12, 1982, there was a huge demonstration in New York City that
day. Almost a million people were protesting against nuclear weapons,
at that time the height of the Cold War between the United States and
the former Soviet Union. I watched it on television and after it was over
they cut away to a right-wing conference, and the speaker that day was
a man by the name of Lieutenant-General Daniel Graham. And at that
time, he was Ronald Reagan’s head of SDI, Strategic Defense Initiative.
Someone said, “General Graham, aren’t you worried about that
demonstration in New York today? They say there’s almost a million
people there protesting against nuclear weapons.” He said, “No, I think
it’s fantastic. They’re out there protesting against inter-continental
ballistic missiles, and we’re moving into space. They don’t have a clue.
Let them keep doing what they’re doing.”’
–Bruce Gagnon (Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space) with Martin Sheen
http://www.pax-americana.com/epk/FULL%20DIALOGUES.pdf

It’s politically sensitive, but it’s going to happen. Some people don’t want to hear this, and it sure isn’t in vogue …
but—absolutely—we’re going to fight in space. We’re going to fight from space and we’re going to fight into
space…
General Joseph W.Ashy
Former COMMANDER IN CHIEF U.S. Space Command
http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA433750.

“According to The New York Times, the use of space for weaponry directed back at earth or weaponry guided from space was already a reality by 2001: “War planners have conceived scores of new and exciting weapons,” the article enthused.

Talking about them is not a conversation the military wants to have in public, given the gnarly debate over the missile shield, but it is one they have been having in private for some time.2

Jack Hitt, “Battlefield: Space,” The New York Times, August 5, 2001, Section 6, 30.

“Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order” By F. William Engdahl page 160

A list of the torture techniques US backed dictators have been found to use would make people understand that waterboarding is nothing compared to what has been done with our tax money. Keeping in mind Japanese were hung at Nuremberg solely for water boarding. John Yoo implied crushing the testicles of a small child could be necessary…

“The average American would be so shocked to find out there’s something called COINTELPRO, the FBI’s covert action programs against american citizens.” – Joyce Riley, R.N., BSN

youtube.com/watch?v=55xvabwpEYQ

“The suppressed fact: Deaths by U.S. torture” by Glenn Greenwald (notice he doesn’t even expose things to the extent the Truth and Reconciliation Council did in Chile or that of Craig Murray)

“IN GUANTANAMO BAY, I UNDERSTAND THE TERM WATERBOARDING IS STILL CLASSIFIED. THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ADMITTED TO PUBLICLY. IT IS PART OF OFFICIAL INVESTIGATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED BY THESE AGENCIES, ENITIES BUT ARE STILL CONSIDERED CLASSIFIED IN A GUANTANAMO BAY COURTROOM. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT?”

“THERE IS A CHILL FACTOR OF NOT WRITING ABOUT THIS OR THAT EVEN THOUGH THIS IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND PEOPLE CAN GOOGLE IT.” – Karen Greenberg, “Rouge Justice: The Making of the Security State”

“WE DON’T KNOW HOW BAD THE TORTURE POLICY WAS BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT SEEN DIANE FEINSTEIN’S REPORT.”

https://www.c-span.org/video/?409991-1/words-karen-greenberg&start=991

“Creative muckraking and organizing can put the FBI and police on the defensive and undermine their morale and legitimacy.” -Attorney and Author Brian Glick

“Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells

http://www.trinity.edu/mkearl/strat-ed.html

“It has become a mathematical certainty that Hitler is leading the German people into the abyss. Hitler cannot win the war; he can only prolong it. The guilt of Hitler and his minions goes beyond all measure.” – The White Rose Collective
http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/whiterose.html

“Our youth must always be free, discussing and exchanging ideas concerned with what is happening throughout the entire world.” – Che Guevera

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
http://www.loc.gov/loc/legacy/bldgs.html

“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.” – Susan B. Anthony
http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/102212_fingerlakeshearing/MichaelJosephIuliucciJrTestimony.pdf

Rev. JESSE JACKSON (associate of Martin LutherKing): When you have this feeling that the government really is watching you, you know, taps your telephone, maybe in your text files, it has a chilling effect. It takes away your freedom. And often for leaders, none of us are perfect, it neutralizes people.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5161811

“But one of the things we have to talk about is whether or not the, sort of, ideological base notion about how we deal with space and weapons in space and the use of weapons from space is something that is a path we should continue to follow.

This is basically — this administration’s policy has been the Rumsfeld proposal prior to him coming in as secretary, and it radically changed our view of how we’re going to use space.

I think it’s worth us beginning to consider it, but I don’t think we should be overly worried about this at this point. We have ways to deal with that ability that they’ve demonstrated they possess that will put us in a position where we still have clear eyes in space.

But the other side of that is, though, this is not the direction we want to go, in escalating competition in space. And we should be talking about it.”

-Joe Biden

Yet, virtually no one is talking about the space race or know the real issues involved in it.

Lee Camp puts this into perspective pretty good here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_4hikITY7M

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. ONLY an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” – Five Star General, post war President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation
http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/ike.htm

Not knowing about the MIC’s “full-spectrum dominance” and their history of torture, subversion, lies in so many Nations is terrible ignorance of one’s own history and relation to other countries as well as being a perfect example of how the US citizenry are not knowledge or alert about what our military is doing (our true aspirations for the world). This is the “only” thing that can stop the erosion of democracy and creation of US sponsored terror that makes the whole world less safe and less free. But what does a five star General know. “God help this Nation if anyone sits at this desk who doesn’t know as much about the military industrial congressional complex as I do.” – Eisenhower

Henry David Thoreau quote: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”

https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/rootstrikers/welcome/

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Freedom of speech, unless you’re good at it, then the FBI neutralizes you and your group

“We heard that the FBI attempted to destroy one of our greatest leaders in the field of civil rights, and then replace him with someone of the FBI’s choosing.
From the evidence the committee has obtained, it is clear that the FBI for decades has conducted surveillance over the personal and political activities of millions of Americans. Evidently, no meeting was too small, no group too insignificant to escape their attention. It did not seem to matter whether the politics of these Americans were legal or radical or whether the participants were well known or obscure. It did not matter whether the information was intimate and personal. The FBI created indexes, more commonly called enemy lists, of thousands of Americans and targeted many of the Americans on these lists for special harassment.” – Sen. Walter Mondale, US Senate Church Committee (1975) (Ctrl+F search)
http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/pdfs94th/94intelligence_activities_VI.pdf

Among the Media Papers was the suggestion by the FBI that investigation of dissidents be stepped up in order to “‘enhance the paranoia endemic in these circles and [to] further serve to get the point across there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox.'”
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/407/297
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/remembering-an-earlier-time-when-a-theft-unmasked-government-surveillance/2014/01/10/30e9ee44-7963-11e3-8963-b4b654bcc9b2_story.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLSeD19m3UE&t=8s

According to the documents released today, the FBI initiated a classified investigation into the activities of the Thomas Merton Center, noting in a November 2002 memo that the center “holds daily leaflet distribution activities in downtown Pittsburgh and is currently focused on its opposition to the potential war on Iraq.” The synopsis of the document is provided to “report results of investigation on Pittsburgh anti-war activities.” The FBI memo points out that the Merton Center “is a left-wing organization advocating, among many political causes, pacifism.”
“All over the country we see the FBI monitoring and keeping files on Americans exercising their First Amendment rights to free expression,” said Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “These documents show that Americans are not safe from secret government surveillance, even when they are handing out flyers in the town square – an activity clearly protected by the Constitution.”

“Hoover’s public position on race, Southerner that he was, was that of the paternalistic white nativist. Less openly, he was racially prejudiced. He shrugged off the miseries of black Americans, preferring to claim they were outside his jurisdiction. “I’m not going to send the FBI in,” a Justice Department official recalled him saying testily, “every time some ni**er woman says she’s been raped.” FBI agents paid more attention to investigating black militants than pursuing the Ku Klux Klan.”

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/jan/01/j-edgar-hoover-secret-fbi

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How can anyone pretend our policies are any better than that of Adolf Hitlers? If Saddam was a “little Hitler” then why did we sell him anthrax and the bubonic plague and remain silent when he gassed people? The US Army now uses the same torture chambers that Saddam used.

“He [Chief CIA Iran Analyst Jesse Leaf] said that the C.I.A. sent an operative to teach interrogation methods to SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police,that the training included instructions in torture, and the techniques were copied from the Nazis.” – NY Times
http://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/langguthleaf.html

The FAS [Federation of American Scientists] list of SAVAK torture methods included “electric shock, whipping, beating, inserting broken glass and pouring boiling water into the rectum, tying weights to the testicles, and the extraction of teeth and nails.” [24]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVAK
(I have the expired fas.org link printed off)

“Robert Fisk revealed that the eagerness for torture reached such heights that the CIA produced a film for SAVAK on how to torture women (Independent8/9/98).

Operation Phoenix, set up by the CIA to wipe out the Vietcong infrastructure, subjected subjects to torture such as electric shock to genitals of both men and women, and the insertion into the ear of a six-inch dowel, which was tapped through the brain until the victim died; suspects were also thrown out of airborne helicopters to persuade the more important suspects to talk, although this should probably be categorized as murder for the ones thrown out, and a form of torture for those not. (Rogue State 2002:52).”
http://www.princeton.edu/~soapbox/vol3no2/32mandic.html

‘Amnesty International summed up the situation in 1976 by noting that Iran had the “highest rate of death penalties in the world, no valid system of civilian courts and a history of torture which is beyond belief. No country in the world has a worse record in human rights than Iran.”’44

44. Martin Ennals, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, cited in an article by Reza Baraheni in Matchbox (Amnesty publication in New York) Fall, 1976.

page 72, “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Intervention Since World War II” by William Blum

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293999-d9792392-Reviews-Ebrat_Museum-Tehran_Tehran_Province.html

“The Military guys who do this [see page 233 of “Killing Hope” by William Blum] are like serial killers. If Jeffery Dahmer had been in Guatemala, he would be a general by now.” 17

17. Opening Quotation: Clyde Snow, forensic anthropologist, cited in “Covert Action Quarterly”, spring 1994, No. 48, p. 32 Right-wing terrorism: compiled from eh sources cited herein
source found on page 417 “Killing Hope” by William Blum

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36431160
“CRAIG MURRAY: I think it’s just what any decent person would do, I mean, when you come across people being boiled and their fingernails pulled out or having their children raped in front of them [by CIA funded and created black sites in Uzbekistan], you just can’t go along with it and sleep at night.”
http://www.democracynow.org/2006/1/19/exclusive_ex_british_ambassador_to_uzbekistan

“The Wests Torture Farm” ABC Australia, April 2005
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxZLWZfMsLM

http://www.salon.com/2004/07/15/hersh_7/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2014/02/06/iraq-security-forces-abusing-women-detention

And it wasn’t until I came back to the U.S. that I began to speak publicly about the American, and in response, the U.S. government intensified a smear campaign against me. The Guatemalan government cooperated in this campaign, as well. I was labeled a liar, a crazy woman, even that I was a political strategist who was trying to influence Congress to cut off U.S. aid to the Guatemalan military.

https://www.democracynow.org/2005/10/12/sister_dianna_ortiz_details_her_abduction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianna_Ortiz

“I’ve heard by people say that what happened in Abu Ghraib is an isolated innocent, and I have to just shake my head and say, ‘are we on the same planet?’ You know, Aren’t you aware of our history? You know, isn’t history taught in the classroom about the role of the US Government in human rights violations?”

Sister Diana Ortiz

https://vimeo.com/16724719 (1:06:38)

Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out (TASSC.org)

The next step in my descent into hell—I was placed in a dark room. Gradually, I became aware of someone else there, terribly tortured herself, on a table, covered with a foul smelling, blood stained sheet. We spoke briefly. Then the torturers came in, one with a video camera.  They placed a knife in my hand and I felt grateful for I thought that, somehow, it was to be used to kill me.  Instead, as the filming began, hands were placed over mine and the knife was thrust into the woman.  Her screams met mine as my torturers gloated.  When it was finished they told me, “Now, you are just like us.”
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/7227-us-nun-tortured-in-central-america-recalls-the-nightmare

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“Once at the prison camp, agents questioned Ayress for hours to gain information about liberal intelligence. She refused to answer and suffered immense torture. Ayress’s torture began with nude beatings. Agents yelled insults at her while they beat her. They screamed, “Speak, red dog, or we will shoot your father and brother in front of you!” Each day her torture worsened. Agents sliced her skin and burnt her with cigarettes. Then they hung her from the ceiling and crammed tree limbs and coke bottles into her vagina and anus. As the days passed Ayress endured more gruesome treatment. Tortures stripped her naked and placed her on metal bedsprings where they shocked her tongue and vagina. Guards employed animals to conduct torture on Ayress and forced her to endure rape by Dobermans. They also shoved starved rats into her vagina. She screamed as the rats ripped and tore their way out. Guards raped Ayress over 40 times and consequently she became pregnant. She feared that if her tortures learned of her pregnancy she would face maniacal experimentation on her fetus. She kept quiet about her pregnancy but as a result of endless torture miscarried.”

-Personal Web Pages of UAH Students, Faculty and Staff
uah.edu
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/02/03/nyregion/public-lives-years-after-torture-a-cry-against-pinochet.html

Likewise, in the Fourth Geneva Convention similar protections are granted to civilians under military control who are called “protected persons” under Article 32: The High Contracting Parties specifically agree that each of them is *24 prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands. This prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishments, mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment of a protected person, but also to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents.
http://www.soaw.org/docs/LReview-Quigley.pdf

 

“Conditions at the camp were designed to break down the sense of humanity of the prisoners. Ayress was frequently held incommunicado in a cell about six feet by six feet. Food came infrequently and then was thrown on the floor, where she was forced to eat like an animal on all fours. Most days a guard took her to a latrine at 6 a.m. Since she had no soap and no way to heal the burns and cuts thac created open wounds all over and inside her body, she had massive infections. The shackling, electro shocks, and rapes were standard fare, but the torturers outdid themselves with bestiality. They trained Boxers to rape women, and with Nieves Ayress and others, they introduced mice into the vagina, where the terrified rodents ripped and bit in their attempts to get out.”
“By crafting a story over which she had control, rather than simply portraying a victim, Ayress and her friend began a campaign that has continued with increasing vigor to this day.”
http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10539/7834/HWS-210.pdf

 

https://www.usip.org/publications/1990/05/truth-commission-chile-90

 

 

“No” (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOeiw_BJPas

http://library.brown.edu/create/amotherscry/

The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability
A National Security Archive Book
Peter Kornbluh
Page 170
(Purchased at UWSP bookstore)

All of these facilities shared a similar modus operandi: blindfolded victims were brought to them after being snatched in their homes or on the street by plainclothed agents in DINA’s signature unmarked Ford Falcons. Prisoners were severely abused. One Chilean military officer told the U.S. defense attache that DINA used a system of interrogation “straight out of the Spanish Inquisition.” Each facility specialized in particular forms of torture. At Londres No. 38, for example, DINA agents often rounded up a prisoner’s family members and sexually abused them with the prisoner present in order to extract information. Villa Grimaldi was known for its “Chile rooms”–wooden isolation compartments so small that prisoners could not kneel nor lay down.
Other forms of torture were commonly used at all DINA facilities. The Report of the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation catalogued the horrific methods favored by DINA practicioners to obtain “intelligence” from prisoners:

-The Grill: prisoners would be tied to a metal bedspring and electrical current applied to sensitive body parts, including sexual organs.

-La Parilla: a bar on which victims were suspended by the wrists or by wrists and knees for long periods of time. While suspended, victims received electric shocks, and beatings.

-The Submarine: forced immersion in a vat of urine and excrement, or frigid water.

-The Dry Submarine: use of a cloth bag roped around the head to bring victims to the point of suffocation. This practice was often accompanied with burning victims with cigarettes to accelerate loss of air.

-Beatings: administered with gun butts, fists, and chains. In one technique, called “the telephone,” according to a survivor, the torturer “slammed his open hands hard and rhythmically against the ears of the victim” leaving the prisoner deaf.28

In some camps routine sadism were taken to extremes. At Villa Grimaldi, recalcitrant prisoners were dragged to a parking lot; DINA agents then used a car or truck to run over and crush their legs. Prisoners there recalled one young man who was beaten with chains and left to die slowly from internal injuries. Rape was also a reocurring form of abuse. DINA officers subjected female prisoners to grotesque forms of sexual torture that included insertion of rodents and, as tactfully described in the Commission report, “unnatural acts involving dogs.”
Few prisoners who were severely tortured lived to provide evidence of these atrocities. DINA agents murdered hundreds of victims. Many of them remain disaparecidos–disappeared. Approximatly 1,000 Chileans–and one U.S. citizen–vanished during the seventeen-year Pinochet dictatorship–the majority of them at the hands of DINA. p 170-1

“It is not a part of American history that we are proud of.”
–Secretary of State Colin Powell, responding to a question on the morality of the U.S. role in Chile, February 20, 2003

“The value of the Pinochet File lies…in the missionary zeal and methodical devotion withe which Kornbluh sets out to catalogue the evidence of U.S. guilt–to dizzying, devastating effect.” –Washington Post

“Weaves together thirty years of declassified documents with a gripping narrative of America’s involvement [in Chile] . . . . The evidence Kornbluh has gathered is overwhelming.” — The New Yorker

The torturer, like the pirate of old, is hostis humanis generis–the enemy of all mankind.

–landmark 1980 U.S. Court ruling on the rights of torture victims

At home, the declassified U.S. documents on Chile prompted the news media to revisit U.S. policy and reexamine Kissinger’s role. Major programs, form CNN to the PBS News Hour, to CBS’s 60 Minutes did segments on the unresolved historical questions of U.S. misconduct in Chile. In press appearances to promote the last volume of this memoirs, Years of Renewal, Kissinger was forced on the defensive. “What business did the U.S. have trying to overthrow the president of another country, Mr. Secretary?” he was asked on CNN’s news program Crossfire.48 “Why did you not say to him ‘you’re violating human rights, you’re killing people. Stop it?’ ” Kissinger was pressed on the NewsHour. He remained unrepentant. “Human rights were not an international issue at the time, the way they have become since,” he explained to NewsHour interviewer Elizabeth Farnsworth. Any inference that Washington had to atone for wrongdoing, he added, “assumes the policy was immoral or worse, and that I don’t accept.”49 p. 495

“Under the guise of a “continuing investigation,” however, the Bush administration refused to declassify the hundreds of secret documents that implicated General Pinochet in a terrorist attack in Washington.” p. 489

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?178410-1/pinochet-file https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pinochet_File#Publishing_information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pinochet_File#Publishing_information

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https://vimeo.com/206184044?ref=fb-share&1

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We’re no better than the Nazis, we help their cause:

“And who are we supporting in Vietnam today? It’s a man by the name of general Ky [Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky] who fought with the French against his own people, and who said on one occasion that the greatest hero of his life is Hitler. This is who we are supporting in Vietnam today. Oh, our government and the press generally won’t tell us these things, but God told me to tell you this morning. The truth must be told.” – Dr. & Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacificaviet/riversidetranscript.html

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What is worse than this? No one was charged. Who do you think trains the new generation of people in these agencies? These things don’t end they only get exposed years later when these people who committed the crimes are dead.

AMY GOODMAN: Tennessee clinic, 829 pregnant women served radioactive iron as part of their regular treatment. What did they think they were getting?

EILEEN WELSOME: This was a study done immediately after World War II and these young women came to the clinic thinking that they were getting vitamins to drink, that this would help their babies. And in fact, what was being studied was how fast the radio iodine crossed into the placenta.

AMY GOODMAN: Where was this?

EILEEN WELSOME: At Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

AMY GOODMAN: And what happened to these women?

EILEEN WELSOME: They had all kinds of ailments, skin diseases, cancer, blood disorders, some of their offspring, their children that they were carrying at the time of this experiment died of cancer. And very strange cancers at young ages.
http://www.democracynow.org/2004/5/5/plutonium_files_how_the_u_s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Stewart

http://www.npr.org/2015/06/22/415194765/u-s-troops-tested-by-race-in-secret-world-war-ii-chemical-experiments

Some 44 universities, 12 hospitals and three prisons helped out with the experiments, though many were apparently not aware they were working for the CIA. The spy agency sometimes funded the work through anonymous grants that the organizations believed were from private individuals. The institutions that did know “acted in good faith and with the belief they were aiding their government,” per a 1977 Senate report.

http://nypost.com/2016/07/23/the-dark-cia-experiments-that-inspired-jason-bourne-movies/

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“Hey Einstein:”

“Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of the smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.” – Einstein
http://econc10.bu.edu/economic_systems/Theory/Famous/Einstein_on_socialism.htm

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Can the right please respect our veterans already?

Highest ranking and most decorated general, Gen. Smedley Butler said “war is a racket” and that he was a “gangster for capitalism…[that] worked on three different continents.” He exposed a plan by corporations like DuPont who tried to get him to help them rally 50,000 troops on DC to have a corporate, fascists take over, but he exposed it to Congress.
Five Star General and Post War President Eisenhower warned of the term he coined, the Military Industrial Complex and said that only and informed and alert citizenry can keep them in line with our peaceful methods. He also warned of a technological and scientific elite.

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The US year after year votes, unilaterally, not to end world hunger. Can it be any more obvious who the real bulwark in ending war and world hunger are?

“Another binding treaty that includes the right to food of children, the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, is one of the most widely accepted international agreements, with 193 states parties. Only the United States and Somalia have signed but not yet ratified it.”
http://www.worldhunger.org/messer/

http://www.ifpri.org/publication/human-right-food-us-nutrition-concern-1976-2006

“For those of you who have difficulty believing that an American city could be so insensitive, allow me to remind you of some history.

On December 14, 1981 a resolution was proposed in the United Nations General Assembly which declared that “education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development are human rights”. Notice the “proper nourishment”. The resolution was approved by a vote of 135-1. The United States cast the only “No” vote.

A year later, December 18, 1982, an identical resolution was proposed in the General Assembly. It was approved by a vote of 131-1. The United States cast the only “No” vote.

The following year, December 16, 1983, the resolution was again put forth, a common practice at the United Nations. This time it was approved by a vote of 132-1. There’s no need to tell you who cast the sole “No” vote.

These votes took place under the Reagan administration.

Under the Clinton administration, in 1996, a United Nations-sponsored World Food Summit affirmed the “right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food”. The United States took issue with this, insisting that it does not recognize a “right to food”. Washington instead championed free trade as the key to ending the poverty at the root of hunger, and expressed fears that recognition of a “right to food” could lead to lawsuits from poor nations seeking aid and special trade provisions.

The situation of course did not improve under the administration of George W. Bush. In 2002, in Rome, world leaders at another UN-sponsored World Food Summit again approved a declaration that everyone had the right to “safe and nutritious food”. The United States continued to oppose the clause, again fearing it would leave them open to future legal claims by famine-stricken countries.

I’m waiting for a UN resolution affirming the right to oxygen.”

https://williamblum.org/aer/read/131

At Forum, U.S. Rejects Food `Rights’
[FINAL Edition]
Publication: The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) – Washington, D.C.
Author: Holmes, Paul
Date: Nov 18, 1996
Abstract (Document Summary)
A U.N.-sponsored World Food Summit ended today in ringing calls to end hunger but with differences over how to go about it, highlighted by U.S. insistence that it does not recognize a “right to food.”

The five-day gathering at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), overshadowed by the refugee crisis in Zaire, was the highest-level meeting of its kind called to discuss efforts to end starvation.

“If it depended on me, I certainly would not have set an objective whereby 400 million people continue not to have access to adequate food,” FAO Director General Jacques Diouf declared at a news conference disrupted by protesters shouting, “Farce!”

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/offers.html?url=%2Fwashingtonpost%2Fdoc%2F307999261.html%3FFMT%3DFT%26FMTS%3DABS%3AFT%26date%3DNov%2B18%252C%2B1996%26author%3DHolmes%252C%2BPaul%26desc%3DAt%2BForum%252C%2BU.S.%2BRejects%2BFood%2B%2560Rights%2527

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Can it be any more obvious who’s really behind the greed and aggression?

“We have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 percent of its population. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and Our real test in the coming period is to devise a pattern of
relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. We need deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction–unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards and democratization. Under this view, the historian or political scientist proceeds by identifying American national interests as articulated by policymakers in the past as well as by historians today. Then s/he analyzes our acts and policies to assess the degree to which they furthered these interests.”
— George Kennan, State Department (1948)

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1948v01p2/d4

http://www.swans.com/library/art11/ga192.html

http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/education/Loewen_Patriotism_Over_Democracy.pdf
https://itp.nyu.edu/classes/germline-spring2013/files/2013/01/The-Oil-We-Eat-pFarm.pdf
http://www.trews.org/node/57

Saddam (“our son-of-a-bitch”) and his mansions huh? Kim Jong Un and his palace huh? John Mc I-can’t-count-the-number-of-houses-I-own Cain
The US subverts and kills non-violent protesters and tortures and bombs all over the globe. The world would probably be safer without it. How are we better than Russia and China again? Or are we in fact worse? Most certainly, absolutely not exceptional, that’s a clear lie. I wouldn’t doubt it if it were Western forces that have corrupted China and Russia.
“The world is awash in personal wealth: $153.2 trillion in total, according to Allianz’s new Global Wealth Report 2015. That’s enough to pay three times the world’s sovereign debt, the debts of each nation. The report, which measured 2014 wealth, found 2014 was the third consecutive year in which global wealth grew more than 7%.
The jump was largely the result of households pumping up their personal savings efforts. The U.S.—with $63.5 trillion in total private wealth—holds the largest amount of any country in the world. But that wealth is unevenly distributed, and nowhere is that more evident than in the U.S., which also has the largest wealth inequality gap of 55 countries studied, according to the report.
While America’s growing income inequality has been the source of much debate, this report examined the wealth—which includes not just salary, but also property and investments held by a family. The report found that America’s wealth inequality is even more gaping its income inequality. In fact, the report dubbed the U.S. the “Unequal States of America” due to the size of the gap.
Ironically, the second highest Gini score overall in the Allianz report was found in Sweden, a nation long thought of as egalitarian.”

 

 

The strike force Kennan conceived to carry out that secret war received the blandest name imaginable–the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). It was a cover, serving to veil the group’s work. It was placed inside the CIA, but its chief would report to the secretaries of defense and state, because the director of central intelligence was so weak. The State Department wanted it to carry out “rumor-spreading, bribery, the organization of non-communist fronts,” according to a National Security Council report declassified in 2003. Forrestal and the Pentagon wanted “guerrilla movements…underground armies…sabotage and assassination.”
http://erenow.com/common/legacy-of-ashes-the-history-of-the-cia/4.html

via Oliver Stone
March 13, 2013 ·
Oliver Stone
My son Sean sent this to me, makes fascinating reading on the details of that CRUCIAL few weeks in April 1945 when the world found its new “leader” in Harry Truman…will make your blood run cold…Overall, I think in these last 70 some years, I am still most fascinated by 1945-46, how “accidentally” the whole world shifted for the next century to something so assinine and aggressive…breaks my heart each time I read of this period..COULD this have been averted? Most decidely yes! A few good men and women. That’s what we need… Just a few can turn the world at the right moment — back to peace, to communities, to living a holistic and reasonable life….
http://tarpley.net/online-books/against-oligarchy/how-the-harriman-gang-started-the-cold-war/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

“Let me be so bold as to say that, certainly since 1960 and up to the present time, the U.S. has been much more brutal and blood-thirsty than Russia. It is not even a close call here. For example, as Noam Chomsky (no lover of the USSR is he) has explained:

It is not seriously in question, as John Coatsworth writes in the recently published Cambridge University History of the Cold War, that from 1960 to “the Soviet collapse in 1990, the numbers of political prisoners, torture victims, and executions of nonviolent political dissenters in Latin America vastly exceeded those in the Soviet Union and its East European satellites.” Among the executed were many religious martyrs, and there were mass slaughters as well, consistently supported or initiated by Washington.

Chomsky goes on to detail the millions killed by the U.S. in Indochina during its shameful war on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and Reagan’s support of apartheid South Africa’s rampage through Southern Africa which resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million people.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/listen-liberals-russia-is-not-our-enemy_us_58a4ba39e4b0fa149f9ac0c8

The communist form began of course with the October 1917 Russian Revolution. By the summer of 1918 some 13,000 American troops could be found in the newly-born state, the future Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Two years and thousands of casualties later, the American troops left, having failed in their mission to “strangle at its birth” the Bolshevik state, as Winston Churchill so charmingly put it.
https://williamblum.org/aer/read/149

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It’s okay to be the transgressor, draw first blood and do things way worse and longer lasting than the 9/11 attacks to people, but when they rise in self defense they’re the terrorists?

“I was in Guatemala when the C.I.A. was preparing its attack on the Arbenz government [in 1954]. Arbenz was a democratically elected president and mildly socialist. His state had no revenues; its biggest income maker was United Fruit Company. So Arbenz put the tiniest of taxes on bananas and Henry Cabot Lodge got up in the Senate and said the [Stalinists] have taken over Guatemala … We installed a military dictator and there’s been nothing but bloodshed ever since. Now, if I were a Guatemalan and I had the means to drop something on somebody in Washington, or anywhere Americans were, I would be tempted to do it. Especially if I had lost my entire family and seen my country blown to bits because United Fruit didn’t want to pay taxes.”
–Gore Vidal, from his book, Dreaming War: Blood For Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28K2CO-khdY
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Conspiracy? Remember what Gen. Butler Exposed. That term began to get a deragotory meaning after the JFK assassination when the CIA got the press act as if the majority of the Nation who thought there was more to the story were delusional and out of touch with reality. I guess Roosevelt and Eisenhower and the Church Committee were conspiracy theorist, even though they confirmed the conspiracy, at least Congress did.

“New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world.”
https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/bp-economy-for-99-percent-160117-en.pdf

http://time.com/4635696/world-wealth-distriubution-income-inequality-davos/?xid=gonewsedit&google_editors_picks=true

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2017/02/01/bill-gates-could-world’s-first-trillionaire/97346592/

“The limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations,” Roosevelt said in September 1912. With wealth and power again concentrated at the top, that’s a sentiment that today’s political discourse sorely lacks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-where-is-todays-teddy-roosevelt/2012/08/23/c96bb69c-ed51-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_story.html

“Should any political party attempt to
abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance,
and eliminate labor laws and farm
programs, you would not hear of that party
again in our political history. There is a tiny
splinter group, of course, that believes you
can do all these things. Among them are
H.L. Hunt . . . and a few other Texas oil millionaires,
and an occasional politician or
businessman from other areas. Their number
is negligible and they are stupid. ” – Eisenhower
https://www.congress.gov/crec/2005/06/27/CREC-2005-06-27-pt1-PgS7402.pdf

“Those who do not rebel in our age of totalitarian capitalism and who convince themselves that there is no alternative to collaboration are complicit in their own enslavement. They commit spiritual and moral suicide.” – Chris Hedges
http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/calling_all_rebels_20100308

Iraq a preemptive war that saved us form a mushroom cloud?

“THE PRESIDENT [Eisenhower]. All of us have heard this term “preventive war” since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that is about the first time I heard it. In this day and time, if we believe for one second that nuclear fission and fusion, that type of weapon, would be used in such a war–what is a preventive war?

I would say a preventive war, if the words mean anything, is to wage some sort of quick police action in order that you might avoid a terrific cataclysm of destruction later.

A preventive war, to my mind, is an impossibility today. How could you have one if one of its features would be several cities lying in ruins, several cities where many, many thousands of people would be dead and injured and mangled, the transportation systems destroyed, sanitation implements and systems all gone? That isn’t preventive war; that is war.

I don’t believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn’t even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing.”

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/print.php?pid=9977

“It can’t happen here?”

CHRIS HEDGES: Well, reducing the election to personalities is kind of infantile at this point. The fact is, we live in a system that Sheldon Wolin calls inverted totalitarianism. It’s a system where corporate power has seized all of the levers of control. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs or ExxonMobil or Raytheon. We’ve lost our privacy. We’ve seen, under Obama, an assault against civil liberties that has outstripped what George W. Bush carried out. We’ve seen the executive branch misinterpret the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act as giving itself the right to assassinate American citizens, including children. I speak of Anwar al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son. We have bailed out the banks, pushed through programs of austerity. This has been a bipartisan effort, because they’ve both been captured by corporate power. We have undergone what John Ralston Saul correctly calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion, and it’s over.

We no longer need a Gen. Butler to take out the President, we’re so dumb we vote them in.

“These corporate and political rulers have always hidden behind institutions with rather impersonal names, for example IBM, GM. These kind of acronyms take away the anthropomorphic quality that gets people to relate to ‘Hey, this is who’s ruling us.’ I mean, one hundred years ago, you walk into a bar in Brooklyn and ask anyone who’s running this country and they’ll tell you– J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Jay Gould. But it’s become very impersonal now behind these artificial entities called multi-national corporations– big banks, big oil companies, big drug companies, big auto companies, chemical companies. Now you get Bohemian Grove, and all this impersonality is stripped away.” – Ralph Nader

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPb-PN9F2Pc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=SXDK8mdYIN4
CNN, ABC do actually admit these are real groups, they deny any mal intent, as if the CIA and US Army mean well.

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This is what the US Army really are working for. Most in the Army aren’t aware or say it’s classified, yet templates like these are released to the public.

“Although unlikely to be challenged by
a global peer competitor, the United States
will continue to be challenged regionally.
The globalization of the world economy will
also continue, with a widening between
“haves” and “have-nots.” Accelerating

rates of technological development will be
increasingly driven by the commercial sector
— not the military. Increased weapons
lethality and precision will lead to new operational
doctrine. Information-intensive
military force structures will lead to a
highly dynamic operations tempo.” – capstone military template
https://fas.org/spp/military/docops/usspac/visbook.pdf

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http://www.wired.com/2008/03/report-recruit/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISkqQ3hpW5E

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False, it is not true that “nobody wants war.”

As one Nazi recounted during Nuremberg:
“Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged. “Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictrumtatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”
“There is one difference,” I pointed out. “In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”
“Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
(Plus, Congress can be ignored (Iran Contra Affair) and they are all bought by their constituency—corporations. The CIA also lies to them. As Ralph McGehee writes in his book that he received help from the ACLU to publish “Deadly Deceits”–not all of it was able to be declassified, the CIA would spend weeks pitching distorted truths to congress, they were masters of deception and very painstakingly articulate at it)
http://www.mit.edu/people/fuller/peace/war_goering.html

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Project for a New American Century, even Ron Paul says neo-cons are the problem:

“And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypesmay transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politicallyuseful tool.”

“Further,the process of transformation,
evenif it brings revolutionary change, is
likelyto be a long one, absent some
catastrophicand catalyzing event – like a
newPearl Harbor.”
http://www.newamericancentury.org/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

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Need anymore proof the US is not an empire, despite Rumsfeld saying it’s ridiculous to imply we are, here from the DoD’s other side of their mouth they admit to wanting to dominate the entire globe and anything we find in space, sort of a smoking gun that puts the nail in the coffin.

“Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.”
http://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

“For the joint force of the future, this goal will be achieved through full spectrum dominance—the ability of U.S. forces, operating unilaterally or in combination with multinational and interagency partners, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the full range of military operations.”

“Additionally, given the global nature of our interests and obligations, the United States must maintain its overseas presence forces and the ability to rapidly project power worldwide in order to achieve full spectrum dominance.”

“The full range of operations includes maintaining a posture of strategic deterrence. It includes the- ater engagement and presence activi- ties. It includes conflict involving employment of strategic forces and weapons of mass destruction, major theater wars, regional conflicts, and smaller-scale contingencies. It also includes those ambiguous situations residing between peace and war, such as peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations, as well as noncombat humanitarian relief operations and support to domestic authorities.”

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a526044.pdf

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a441649.pdf

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

“But who is Osama bin Laden really? Let me rephrase that. What is Osama bin Laden? He’s America’s family secret. He is the American president’s dark doppelgänger. The savage twin of all that purports to be beautiful and civilised. He has been sculpted from the spare rib of a world laid to waste by America’s foreign policy: its gunboat diplomacy, its nuclear arsenal, its vulgarly stated policy of “full-spectrum dominance”, its chilling disregard for non-American lives, its barbarous military interventions, its support for despotic and dictatorial regimes, its merciless economic agenda that has munched through the economies of poor countries like a cloud of locusts. Its marauding multinationals who are taking over the air we breathe, the ground we stand on, the water we drink, the thoughts we think. Now that the family secret has been spilled, the twins are blurring into one another and gradually becoming interchangeable. Their guns, bombs, money and drugs have been going around in the loop for a while. (The Stinger missiles that will greet US helicopters were supplied by the CIA. The heroin used by America’s drug addicts comes from Afghanistan. The Bush administration recently gave Afghanistan a $43m subsidy for a “war on drugs”….)” – Arundhati Roy
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/sep/29/september11.afghanistan

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/29/full-spectrum-dominance-us-policy-iraq-ukraine

Also, see “Wolfowitz Doctrine” and PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defense” which has been compared to Mein Kampf, it literally calls for making weapons that target specific genotypes as well as a blue print for world domination via space, the final high ground:

http://work.colum.edu/~amiller/wolfowitz1992.htm

http://archive.defense.gov/news/Defense_Strategic_Guidance.pdf

“We don’t seek empires. We’re not imperialistic. We never have been. I can’t imagine why you’d even ask the question.”
-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when asked by an al-Jazeera correspondent if the Bush administration was bent on “empire-building.” Press conference, April 28, 2003. (Rahul Mahajan “Full Spectrum Dominance” page 9, just above this quote he quotes the same excerpt from Joint Vision directly above)

“I have two sons and I will allow none of my children to serve in the United States Military. If you join the U.S. military now, you are not defending the United States of America — you are helping certain policy makers pursue an imperial agenda.” -Karen Kwiatkowski, retired Air Force colonel,as quoted in “Why We Fight” (2005)

http://www.afspc.af.mil/About-Us/High-Frontier-Journal/High-Frontier-Journal-Archive

The Chief of Staff, US Air
Force’s (CSAF’s) Title X, US
Code wargame, Global En-
gagement, has showcased sev-
eral types of space capabilities
including tungsten rods (frag-
mentary penetrators) launched
from space at speeds up to
Mach 17 and CAVs that will deliver these precision weapons anywhere on the globe in less than 60 minutes. To use an ex- ample of speed and precision, consider the raid on Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi’s safe house. A US Air Force F-16 used a laser guided bomb and a global positioning system (GPS)-aided pre- cision guided munition to destroy the safe house. If you staged tungsten rods or CAVs on-orbit for potential future targeting, the timelines of a precision strike could be reduced even more, thereby further denying a terrorist safe passage and/or cover. Transporting or delivering these new weapons leads into the rapid global mobility mission area.
“Precision Engagement as defined in Air Force Doctrine Document (AFDD) 1 “is the ability to command, control, and employ forces to cause specific strategic, operational, or tacti- cal effects.”18 Global Attack is “the ability of the Air Force to attack rapidly and persistently with a wide range of munitions anywhere on the globe at any time.”19 These two “missions” can and will be conducted from space in the future.”
“The Times of London, generally considered a conservative voice in the British media, published an article that captured the tone of much of the foreign coverage (headlined “America wants it all – life, the Universe and everything”), calling the new policy “comically proprietary in tone about the US’s right to control access to the rest of the solar system.”6″
Army Teams to 35 African Nations, 1000 military bases, outspend next 17 powers on “defense.” By all definitions the US is an empire by a long shot, the biggest one ever known with the most advanced weapons. By all definitions they are the threat to world peace. They’ve taken out more democracies and installed “little Hitlers” than Russia and China combined.

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More Lies: Surprisingly it is the case human beings don’t like to be blown up

Pentagon: ‘They Hate Our Policies, Not Our Freedom’
http://archive.truthout.org/article/pentagon-they-hate-our-policies-not-our-freedom

The report says that “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather they hate our policies,” adding that “when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.”

The study does not constitute official policy, but it is described by the Pentagon’s civilian and military leadership as capturing the essential themes of a debate that is now roiling not just the Defense Department but the entire United States government. The debate centers on how far the United States can and should go in managing, even manipulating, information to deter enemies and persuade allies or neutral nations.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/24/politics/24info.html?pagewanted=print&position=

“Against Weinberger’s protest, McFarlane, now in Beirut, persuaded the President to have the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey start hurling 16-inch shells into the mountains above Beirut, in World War II style, as if we were softening up the beaches on some Pacific atoll prior to an invasion. What we tend lo overlook in such situations is that other people will react much as we would. When the shells started falling on the Shiites, they assumed the American “referee” had taken sides against them. And since they could not reach the battleship, they found a more vulnerable target, the exposed Marines at the airport.” – Colin Powell

http://www.beirut-memorial.org/history/powell.html

 

Updated Aug. 1, 2016 12:37 a.m. ETROME—Pope Francis said the inspiration for terrorism wasn’t Islam but a world economy that worshiped the “god of money” and drove the disenfranchised to violence.

“Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person, “ the pope told reporters late Sunday as he returned to the Vatican from a five-day visit in Poland. “This is fundamental terrorism,…

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-urges-poles-to-embrace-migrants-on-final-day-of-visit-1469963264

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.791954

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A quick mention of “Joint Vision 2020” would have helped her argue this:

“I have two sons and I will allow none of my children to serve in theUnited States Military. If you join the U.S. military now, you are not defending the United States of America — you are helping certain policy makers pursue an imperial agenda.” -Karen Kwiatkowski, retired Air Force colonel,as quoted in “Why We Fight” (2005)

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WhiteRoseCollective.org

http://www.change.org/p/end-us-nato-war-crimes-and-abuses-of-power

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“The Family Jewels”

Washington D.C., June 21, 2007 – The Central Intelligence Agency violated its charter for 25 years until revelations of illegal wiretapping, domestic surveillance, assassination plots, and human experimentation led to official investigations and reforms in the 1970s, according to declassified documents posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB222/index.htm

https://www.cia.gov/open/Family%20Jewels.pdf

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Tonkin Lies, Ho Chi Minh would have won in a huge landslide

As for the Tonkin Gulf incident itself, President Johnson summed it up best just a few days later: “Hell, those damn, stupid sailors were just shooting at flying fish.”

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB132/

https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/declassified-documents/cryptologic-quarterly/assets/files/Skunks.pdf

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB132/press20051201.htm

“I am convinced that the French could not win the war because the internal political situation in Vietnam, weak and confused, badly weakened their military position. I have never talked or corresponded with a person knowledgeable in Indochinese affairs who did not agree that had elections been held as of the time of the fighting, possibly 80 per cent of the population would have voted for the Communist Ho Chi Minh as their leader rather than Chief of State Bao Dai.”

While the US recognized that Ho Chi Minh would be the certain victor in elections, President Eisenhower and particularly Secretary of State Dulles were determined to prevent this.

page 50

France had already fixed on Ho Chi Minh as the certain victor in future national elections. After almost a century in Vietnam, France had agreed at Geneva to withdraw all its troops within on year. The Viet Minh had agreed to a three-month period of legal migration between North and South before the formal partitioning at the 17th Parallel on 11 October. French historian Jean Lacouture says the sentiment at Geneva was that the Communists had made ‘a large concession to the French and the West. Almost everybody thought hat the elections would end in a victory for the North and the reunification of the country. That was said in the memoirs of Eisenhower and it was the opinion of ninety per cent of the people after the Geneva Conference.’

page 49

But Tran Van Don also felt the dilemma which started with the 1960s: Diem had lost popular support, particularly among the peasantry which comprised eighty-five per cent of the population, and Diem ‘began to be oppressive in his ambition. He would like to become King of Vietnam. He believed too much that God had ordered him to South Vietnam with a mystic mission.’

page 57

“I cautioned Diem against rigging the election. I said, “All you need is a fairly large majority – not 99.99 per cent of the vote.”
-Edward Lansdale, Chief US military advisor

page 48

“We want America’s moral support. We ask for nothing else.” – Ho Chi Minh, 1945

page 1

“The Ten Thousand Day War: Vietnam 1945-1975 by Michael Maclear

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…Native American sterilization continues to be a threat…

“In 1976, Congress passed the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. This measure gave tribes the right to manage or control Indian Health Service pro- grams. Native American tribes have taken over many IHS facilities and have started their own health services.While the sterilizationsthat occurred in the 1960s and 1970s harmed Native Americans, Indian participation in their own health care since 1976 has strengthened their tribal communities. Sterilization abuse has not been reported recently on the scale that occurred during the i97os, but the possibility still exists for it to occur. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare does not audit Indian Health Service programs; it only audits the computer records on reported sterilizations that do not meet the guideline’s requirements. Until the department conducts full audits on all ster- ilizations that the federal government funds, sterilization abuse will continue to concern Native Americans.”

http://faculty.utep.edu/LinkClick.aspx?link=lawrence.pdf&tabid=19869&mid=71730

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89489923

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0906/p25s02-cogn.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/06/17/pentagon-exam-calls-protests-low-level-terrorism-angering-activists.html

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https://www.facebook.com/notes/jacob-griesmer/the-united-states-of-nazi-torture-techniques-and-sadism/10152899247168338
https://www.facebook.com/notes/jacob-griesmer/fbis-counter-intelligence-program-cointelpro/10152801167233338
https://www.facebook.com/notes/jacob-griesmer/the-weaponization-of-space/1015285160728338

http://dopeace.us/profiles/blogs/exerpts-about-the

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The solution is right under your nose:

From “Lotus in a Sea of Fire” by Thich Nhat Hanh:
“Finally, if some may question why I ask the U.S. to take the first step, it is because the U.S. is militarily the strongest nation in the world. No one can accuse it of cowardice if it chooses to seek peace. To be a genuine leader requires moral strength as well as big guns. America’s history suggests that she has the potential to provide the world with leadership.” p. 114

“My solution wold be along the following lines.
A clear statement by the U.S. of its desire to help the Vietnamese people to have a government truly responsive to Vietnamese aspirations, and concrete U.S. actions to implement this statement, such as a refusal to support one group in preference to another.
A cessation of the bombings, north and south.
Limitation of all military operations by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to defensive actions; in effect, a cease-fire if the Viet Cong respond in kind.
A convincing demonstration of the U.S. intention to withdraw its forces from Vietnam over a specified period of months, with withdrawal actually beginning to take place as a sign of sincerity.
A generous effort to help rebuild the country from the destruction which has been wreaked upon Vietnam, such aid to be completely free of ideological and political strings and therefore not viewed as an affront to Vietnamese independence.
Such a program if implemented with sufficient vigor to convince the now understandably skeptical Vietnamese people of its sincerity offers the best hope for uniting them in a constructive effort and for restoring stability of South Vietnam.” p.113

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http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/releases/99/csearthflyby.html

“This will be the 24th time generators containing plutonium have been used in space exploration, and there has never been an accident. The U.S. Department of Energy says it has conducted extensive impact tests to ensure that the canisters remain intact in the event of a catastrophic accident.”
http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9710/10/cassini.advancer/

“Kaku estimates 200,000 deaths, Gofman projects up to 1 million, and Sternglass suggests 40 million in the event of a dispersal of plutonium from Cassini in an earth “flyby” accident.
Three out of the 26 earlier US nuclear space missions have involved mishaps. The worst: In 1964 a satellite with a SNAP 9-A plutonium system aboard fell to earth, disintegrating and dispersing its 2.1 pounds of plutonium. Gofman has long linked that accident to a rise in lung cancer on earth.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/1997/1010/101097.opin.opin.1.html

“Plutonium-238 was released by the disintegration of a SNAP-9A power source uponre-entry into the atmosphere in April of 1964. It was estimated (1) that the re-entry took place at an altitude of about 46 kilometers, over the Indian Ocean.
Krey (2) by integrating the concentrations of SNAP debris from samples obtained byballoon and aircraft sampling, was able to account for 15 kilocuries (kCi) in thestratosphere in the early part of 1966. Eighty percent of this total was found to bein the Southern Hemisphere, at that time.”
http://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/4552363

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https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=NzYcQUQgcpw

It documents a litany of massacres,thousands of summary executions of civilians and the torture of 8500 East Timorese – with horrific details of public beheadings, the mutilation of genitalia, the burying and burning alive of victims, use of cigarettes to burn victims, and ears and genitals being lopped off to display to families.

Thousands of East Timorese women were raped and sexually assaulted during the occupation and the report concludes that rape was also used by the Indonesian military as a weapon of war.

It recommends reparations from Indonesia and the members of the UN Security Council,including Britain and the US, who gave military backing to Indonesia between 1974 and 1999, as well as those nations that provided military assistance to Jakarta during the occupation, including Australia.
http://www.yale.edu/gsp/east_timor/unverdict.html

http://elsinore.cis.yale.edu/gsp/east_timor/unverdict.html

https://pando.com/2015/02/12/the-war-nerd-islamic-state-and-american-narcissism/

http://gsp.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/UN%20verdict%20on%20East%20Timor.pdf

http://www.etan.org/news/2014/09breaking_the_silence.htm

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/28/massacre_the_story_of_east_timor

“Even the CIA had admitted in a subsequent report that the 1965-66 events were “one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century” [2]

[2] Blumenthal, T.L.H. McCormack (Ed.), The Legacy of Nuremberg: Civilising Infuence or Institutionalised Vengeance?. International Humanitarian Law Services, Martinus Nijhoff.”

https://communismgr.blogspot.gr/2017/09/the-forgotten-holocaust-1965-66.html

The gravity of the meeting was heightened when, two days before the sit-down, the militias committed a horrific machete massacre at the Catholic Church in Liquica, Timor. Yayasan HAK, a Timorese human rights group, estimated that many dozens of civilians were murdered. Some of the flesh was reportedly stuck to the walls of the church and a pastor’s house. But as Admiral Blair, fully briefed on Liquica, entered the April 8th meeting with Wiranto, he quickly made clear that he was there to reassure the TNI chief.

“Support for the military forces or intelligence units which engaged in violent and widespread repression was wrong,” President Clinton stated in Guatemala City on March 10, “and the United States must not repeat that mistake.” The same process that the Administration used recently is the case of Guatemala—the release of long-held secrets of sate and public repudiation of the horrors they reveal—will hopefully now be applied to the case of the hidden history of U.S. intervention in Chile.

page 42

NACLA Report on the Americas Vol. XXXII, No. 6 May/June 1999
Declassifying U.S. intervention in Chile by Peter Kornbluh

Yet 10 years later he does it again…

“The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated.” – Nuremberg Trials, Opening Address by the United States

https://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/resource/document/DocJac01.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzYcQUQgcpw

THE CHALICE OF Nürnberg

In a nobly worded, nobly intentioned statement opening the Nürnberg trials, U.S. Prosecutor Robert Houghwout Jackson presented a warning and a goal: “We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well. We must summon such detachment and intellectual integrity to our task that this trial will commend itself to posterity as fulfilling humanity’s aspiration to do justice.”
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,852564,00.html

“The wars of decolonization, which cost the lives of millions of men, women, and children, involved no process of reparation. As mentioned above, at the very moment when he Allies were vanquishing Nazi Germany, the French army bloodily repressed demonstrations for independence in Setif, with the deaths of thousands of people” (Hazan, 27).
Hazan, Pierre. “Judging War, Judging History: Behind Truth and Reconciliation.” Stanford University Press, California. 2010.

Bush’s favorite philosopher:
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=hypocrite&qs_version=NIV

https://www.c-span.org/video/?311382-1/depth-amy-goodman

So Mr. Clinton made the requisite complaints about Indonesia’s repressive tactics in East Timor, where anti-Government protests continue, and moved right on to business, getting Mr. Suharto’s support for market-opening progress during the annual Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Osaka in mid-November.

“He’s our kind of guy,” a senior Administration official who deals often on Asian policy, said the other day. “The message of his visit was clear: this is the kind of relationship we want to have with China.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/10/31/world/real-politics-why-suharto-is-in-and-castro-is-out.html

A very courageous movement of survivors of army massacres and human rights activists in Indonesia has persisted for year after year after year, putting their own lives at risk and sometimes dying in the process, like in the case of Munir, the brilliant and heroic human rights activist and my friend, who was assassinated by arsenic poisoning in 2004. They have persisted with this movement to bring the generals to justice. And in past few years, they’ve succeeded in upping the pressure. They’ve made gains, to the point that some generals have started to worry about whether they might be brought to justice, or at least might be publicly humiliated by their crimes being acknowledged publicly and the survivors gaining some degree of public legitimacy. So, the generals, to a degree much more than I realized before I started talking to people about this coup movement, have become obsessed with the idea of staving off

justice.https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/21/shocking_expose_reveals_trump_associates_isis

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Robert Fisk revealed that the eagerness for torture reached such heights that the CIA produced a film for SAVAK on how to torture women (Independent8/9/98).

Operation Phoenix, set up by the CIA to wipe out the Vietcong infrastructure, subjected subjects to torture such as electric shock to genitals of both men and women, and the insertion into the ear of a six-inch dowel, which was tapped through the brain until the victim died; suspects were also thrown out of airborne helicopters to persuade the more important suspects to talk, although this should probably be categorized as murder for the ones thrown out, and a form of torture for those not. (Rogue State 2002:52).
http://www.princeton.edu/~soapbox/vol3no2/32mandic.html

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School of America’s official, on video, proudly admits to training torture (a known war crime condemned by the international community and US’s own laws, punishable by death)

23:39 – 25:00

http://vimeo.com/26718047

“In September 1996, the Pentagon acknowledged that the SOA had long used training manuals endorsing torture, extortion, and assassination. The SOA is widely known to peace activists as: ‘The School of the Assassins.'”

https://www.democracynow.org/1998/7/22/school_of_the_americas_protestors_to

Singed by Ronald Reagan:
“2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”

http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/39/a39r046.htm

http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-school-of-the-americas-is-still-exporting-death-squads/204655/

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Iran/Bolivia:

He [Chief CIA Iran Analyst] said that the C.I.A. sent an operative to teach interrogation methods to SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police,that the training included instructions in torture, and the techniques were copied from the Nazis.
http://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/langguthleaf.html

The FAS [Federation of American Scientists] list of SAVAK torture methods included “electric shock, whipping, beating, inserting broken glass and pouring boiling water into the rectum, tying weights to the testicles, and the extraction of teeth and nails.” [24]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVAK

CONSPIRACY? [History Channel documentary about Project Paperclip] reveals how over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the U.S. government, without the public’s knowledge, to help fight the Soviet Union.
http://shop.history.com/detail.php?p=69099
https://www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/rg-330-defense-secretary

His military rule ushered in violent repression of opponents. It is also known that the notorious Nazi-in-hiding Klaus Barbie – “The Butcher of Lyon” – was Gen Banzer’s adviser in torture methods.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7925694.stm
http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/Holocaust/barbie.html

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Perhaps to help ensure the Jews could not fight back in the future, the Minister of the Interior issued regulations against Jews’ possession of weapons on Nov. 11. This prohibited Jews from “acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.”
http://app1.unmc.edu/publicaffairs/todaysite/sitefiles/today_full.cfm?match=2452

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/disarm.asp

“I used to issue leaflets asking people to enlist as recruits. One of the arguments I had used was distasteful to the Commissioner: ‘Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. If we want the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use of arms, here is a golden opportunity. If the middle classes render voluntary help to Government in the hour of its trial, distrust will disappear, and the ban on possessing arms will be withdrawn.’ The Commissioner refereed to this and said that he appreciated my presence in the conference in spite of the differences between us. And I had to justify my standpoint as courteously as I could.” – Gandhi “An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth” page 372 (he was referring to Armies with guns, he said that India should reduce their military by half, he wasn’t naive, he still believed they needed an army)
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00litlinks/gandhi/part5/527chapter.html
North also helped Reagan’s cronies at theFederal Emergency Management Administration develop contingency plans forsuspending the Constitution, establishing martial law, and holding politicaldissidents in concentration camps in the event of “national oppositionagainst a U.S. military invasion abroad.” p.31 (can be found on miamiherald if you e-mail them and pay a couple bucks)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug0IL7k3elQ
http://archive.org/stream/War_At_Home/War_At_Home_djvu.txt

30. The scenario outlined in the Brinkerhoffmemo somewhat
resembles Giuffrida’s thesis at the Army WarCollege, Pa. in which
he portrays the establishment of martial lawin case of a national
uprising by black militants. The paper alsoanalyzed the roundup
and transfer to “assembly centers orrelocation camps” of at least
21 million “American Negroes.” See AlfonsoChardy, “Reagan
Aides the ‘Secret’ Government,” Miami Herald,5 July 1987.
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/relstud/faculty/sheehan/pdf/friendly.pdf
http://www.blogs.spia.vt.edu/proberts/wp-content/blogs.dir/8/files/2012/04/roberts_SAPD.pdf

“If [SDS] or any group was organized on a national basis to subvert our society, then I think Congress should pass laws to suppress that activity. When you see an epidemic like this cropping up all over the country–the same kind of people saying the same kids of things–you begin to get the picture that it is a national subversive activity…[SDS and other new left activists] should be rounded up and put in a detention camp.
-Richard G. Kleindienst, U.S. Deputy Attorney General 1969
page 165, “The COINTELPRO Papers” by Ward Churchhill, Jim Vander Wall
Huston Plan
CONPLAN 3502

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Department of Peace (various founding fathers said we needed this as well):
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=5175

PROF. JOHAN GALTUNG, FOUNDER, TRANSCEND INTERNATIONAL: By giving up imperial policiesand that means, essentially, more conflict resolution, less bases (800 bases now in 150 countries); by politically negotiating, not arms-twisting; culturally not believing that the US has all the solutions, but entering into a dialog, for instance with Islam (they have got [lots of] good ideas about banking, incidentally, and Cuba has some ideas about public health [that] might be interesting); and economically discovering the idea of trade from mutual and equal benefit. Do these four things, and the empire is gone. My prediction is not 70 years. I think it will happen before 2020 and that it opens enormous possibilities for a blossoming United States of America.
It’s beautiful. But there is the tendency, whenever somebody stands in the way and there is a problem, to send the Marines [inaudible] not only Marines, incidentally [inaudible] by some counts 243 times since Thomas Jefferson started it.
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=5176

“Since WWII there has been 72 interventions by the United States” – John Pilger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzwjAF6mxrk

U.S. Army Teams Heading to 35 African Countries

U.S. Army teams will be deploying to as many as 35 African countries early next year for training programs and other operations as part of an increased Pentagon role in Africa. The move would see small teams of U.S. troops dispatched to countries with groups allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. The teams are from a U.S. brigade that has the capability to use drones for military operations in Africa if granted permission. The deployment could also potentially lay the groundwork for future U.S. military intervention in Africa. In related news, the United Nations Security Council has unanimously backed sending thousands of African troops into Mali to help combat Islamist militants who have claimed vast areas in the country’s north.
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/26/headlines

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/feb/16/opinion/la-oe-ohanlon-troops-to-africa-20140216
http://www.africom.mil/NEWSROOM/Article/6220/fact-sheet-history-of-us-military-involvement-in-a
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/11/nato-f11.html

https://news.vice.com/story/the-u-s-is-waging-a-massive-shadow-war-in-africa-exclusive-documents-reveal?utm_source=vicenewsfbads

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3723613-2016-SOCAFRICA.html#document/p1

The United States carried out extremely serious interventions into more than 70 nations in this period [cold war/since WWII].
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/US_Interventions_WBlumZ.html
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/crs/rl30172.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_military_operations
http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html
http://www.vox.com/2014/6/24/5835320/map-in-the-whole-world-only-these-five-countries-escaped-european
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_authoritarian_regimes_supported_by_the_United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_bases
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/ron-pauls-strange-claim-about-bases-and-troops-overseas/2012/02/08/gIQApZpqzQ_blog.html

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Social Problems, Ninth Edition by D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn. 2004, Pearson Education Inc.
How big is the US Army?

U.S. leaders preside over a global military apparatus of a magnitude never before seen in human history. In 2001 this military behemoth included (Kelly, 2001; Korb, 2001; Langewiesche, 2001; Zuckerman, 2001):

An active duty military force of 1.4 million, including 260,000 troops deployed overseas in military bases in thirty-five foreign countries. There are 1.3 million members of the National Guard and reserves, and 672,000 civilians who are directly on the military payroll.

A worldwide satellite network providing constant intelligence and surveillance.

A vast array of equipment including 250,000 ground vehicles, 15,000 aircraft, about 150 satellites, and more than 1,000 oceangoing vessels.

A navy with a fleet larger in total tonnage and firepower than ll other navies of the world combined, consisting of missile cruisers, nuclear submarines, nuclear aircraft carriers, destroyers, and spy ships that sail every ocean and make port on every continent.

An air force that controls the skies. U.S. bomber squadrons and long-range missiles can reach any target, carrying enough explosive force to destroy entire countries.

A nuclear arsenal of 5,4000 warheads loaded on intercontinental ballistic missiles at land and sea, 1,750 nuclear bombs and cruise missiles that can be launched from the B-2 and B-52 bombers; and 1,670 “tactical” nuclear weapons (Barry and Thomas, 2001). In contrast to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Russia has 6,400 deployed warheads, China 300, Israel 200, India 50, and Pakistan 25 (Time, 2001a).

U.S. rapid development forces have a firepower in conventional weaponry vastly superior to any other nation’s.

page 532-3

What is the Cost of Maintaining U.S. Superiority in Military Might?

The United States, the most powerful nation on Earth, outspends all other nations on defense. In fact, the United States spends more than the combined total of the next seven military powers (Zuckerman, 2001). The United States alone accounts for 36 percent of the world’s military expenditures…The United States and its allies account for 65 percent of the world’s total military expenditures. The total combined defense expenditures in 1999 of potential enemies (Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Cuba, and Syria) was $13.8 billion, or about 4 percent of the U.S. defense budget (Korb, 2001).

In 1985, at the height of the Reagan [military] build-up, the United Staes and the Soviet Union spend equal amounts on defense; now Russia spends only one-sixth of what the United States spends. If one adds in the spending of U.S. allies, the picture becomes even more favorable to the United States. Our NATO allies spend three times more on defense than Russia. Israel spends as much as Iraq and iran combined. South Korea spends nine times more on defense than North Korea. And Japan spends more on defense than China (Korb, 2001:10).

page 533

To understand the motives of the terrorists, we must listen to their grievances against the United States.

page 540

U.S. policy in the Mideast is not consistent with its stated principles of promoting fairness, democracy, and freedom.

In the Middle East…the United States supports Israeli oppression of Palestinians, providing the military, economic, and diplomatic backing that makes the oppression possible. it condemns conquest when it is done in Iraq, but not when done by Israel. It has bolstered authoritarian regimes (such as Saudi Arabia) that have provided mammoth oil profits and has helped overthrow regimes (such as Iran in the early 1950s) that challenged those profits. When terrorists acts were committed by the U.S. friends such as the Israeli-supervised massacres in Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Lebanon, no U.S. sanctions were imposed. But about the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iraq, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent children, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright could only say that she thought it was worth it. When the U.S. went to war against Iraq, it targeted civilian infrastructure. When Iran and Iraq fought a bloody war, the United States surreptitiously aided both sides. (Albert and Shalom, 2001:5)

page 541
Social Problems, Ninth Edition by D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn. 2004, Pearson Education Inc.

http://www.businessinsider.com/japans-smaller-military-could-match-china-2014-5

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In clear, unambiguous terms, the AttorneyGeneral directed the Bureau’s director to cease and desist from suchrecord-keeping. Words like “compiling” and “records” serveto obscure the true nature of the activity whose initial use was the basis fordetermining whether to place people in secret internment camps during WWII.p.133

This account just skims the surface of thehistory of long-running, repressive regime established in the shadows of the USgovernment. The government, armed with all the awesome powers at its command,destroyed the lives and livelihoods of thousands, nay, tens of thousands ofpeople, who simply opposed the status quo and wished to change the way thingswere done in this country. We have only the haziest insight into the true scopeof this program, for, as has been suggested, Senate hearings into the problemdid not meaningfully resolve the problems. p.134

The powerful have resources that the powerlessdo not. The powerless suffer silently and often alone, and their hearingsresult in stone-face denials or meaningless platitudes that preserve theprerogatives of power. p.125

When such crimes perpetuated by the governmentdo reach the light, they are quickly plunged into darkness. They are hidden inthick government tomes of roughly a thousand pages that the average American,much less the naive youth under the tutelage of a harried, overworked, andunderpaid history teacher, will never read and perhaps will never know exist.p.124

Senator Walter Mondale put things infrighteningly clear perspective when he opined in the midst of the ChurchCommittee hearings:

We heard that the FBI, to protect the countryagainst those it believed had totalitarian political views, employed thetactics of totalitarian societies against American citizens. We heard that theFBI attempted to destroy one of our greatest leaders in the field of civilrights and then replace him with someone of the FBI’s choosing.

From the evidence the committee has obtained,it is clear that the FBI for decades has conducted surveillance over thepersonal and political activities of millions of Americans. Evidently, nomeeting was too small, no group too insignificant to escape theirattention…the FBI created indexes, more commonly called enemies lists,on thousands of Americans, targeted many of the Americans on these lists forspecial harassment.70

One wonders, who were really subversives ofAmerican democracy? p.157-8

-Mumia Abu-Jamal, “We Want Freedom: ALife in the Black Panther Party” (just above this last excerpt he talksabout how the FBI tried to get the Sicilian Mafia in Chicago to kill comedianDick Gregory)
(the excerpt can be found here)http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/pdfs94th/94intelligence_activities_VI.pdf

“Women ran the BPP pretty much. I don’tknow how it got to be a male’s party or thought of as being a male party.”–Frankye Malika Adams, Member, Black Panther Party
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hSDJcoXw7II#t=132

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Amongthe Media Papers was the suggestion by the FBI that investigation of dissidentsbe stepped up in order to “‘enhance the paranoia endemic in these circlesand [to] further serve to get the point across there is an FBI agent behindevery mailbox.'”
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/407/297
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/remembering-an-earlier-time-when-a-theft-unmasked-government-surveillance/2014/01/10/30e9ee44-7963-11e3-8963-b4b654bcc9b2_story.html

Hence,on the ground and in cyberspace, our increasing reliance on electronics rendersus even more vulnerable to cointelpro’s pervasiveness. Vulnerable to its”watch list” and to what it has already done to our civil libertiesand personal freedoms. The push of a button (as punishment for resistance toits authority) could make all our pertinent information — our personalfinances, records, credit cards, SS#s, licenses, our very names –“disappeared” from the stream of U.S. electronic social interaction.Does that mean the sky will fall? No! But it could well mean strangers at yourdoor in the middle of the night, electrodes at your genitals in a padded room,or worse.
http://www.freehermanbell.org/CointelPro-Then&Now.html

Also,Stevens had been passed out drunk on the couch at the time of the murder; twoother witnesses, neither of whom was drunk at the time, said that Ray was notthe man seen running from the room.
Shortlythereafter, one of the witnesses was illegally committed to a mentalinstitution, and the Memphis prosecutors removed her records from the hospital.
http://tech.mit.edu/V120/N16/col16guest.16c.html

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Singed by Ronald Reagan:
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/39/a39r046.htm
“The military guys who do this are like serial killers. If Jeffrey Dahmer had been in Guatemala, he would be a general by now.” … In Guatemala City, right-wing terrorists machine-gunned people and houses in full light of day … journalists, lawyers, students, teachers, trade unionists, members of the opposition parties, anyone who helped or expressed sympathy for the rebel cause, anyone with a vaguely leftists political association or a moderate criticism o government policy … relatives of the victims, guilty of kinship … common criminals, eliminated to purify the society, taken from jails and shot. “See a Communist, kill a Communist”, the slogan of the New Anticommunist Organization … an informer with hooded face accompanies the police along a city street or into the countryside, pointing people out: who shall live and who shall die … “this one’s a son of a bitch” … “that one …” Men found with their eyes gouged out, their testicles in their mouth, without hands or tongues, women with breasts cut off … there is rarely a witness to a killing, even when people are dragged from their homes at high noon and executed in the street … a relative will choose exile rather than take the matter to authorities … the government join the family in mourning the victim … 17

Page 233

Testimony of an Indian woman:

My name is Rigoberta Menchu Tum. I am a representative of the “Vincente Menchu” [her father] Revolutionary Christians … On 9 December 1979, my 16-year-old brother Patronico was captured and tortured for several days and then taken with twenty other young men to the square in Chajul … An officer of [President] Lucas Garcia’s army of murderers ordered the prisoners to be paraded in a line. Then he started to insult and threaten the inhabitants of the village, who were forced to come out of their houses to witness the event. I was with my mother, and we saw Patrocino; he had his tongue cut out and his toes cut off. The officer jackal made a speech. Every time he paused the soldiers beat the Indian prisoners.
When he finished his ranting, the bodies of my brother and the other prisoners were swollen, bloody, unrecognizable. It was monstrous, but they were still alive.
They were thrown on the ground and drenched with gasoline. The soldiers set fire to the wretched bodies with torches and the captain laughed like a hyena and forced the inhabitants of Chajul to watch. This was his objective—that they should be terrified and witness the punishment given to the “guerrillas”.34

In 1992, Rigoberta Menchu Tum was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Testimony of Fed Sherwood (CIA pilot during the overthrow of the Arbenz government in 1954 who settled in Guatemala and became president of the American Chamber of Commerce), speaking in Guatemala, September 1980:

Why should we be worried about the death squads? They’re bumping off the commies, our enemies. I’d give them more power. Hell, I’d get some cartridges if I could, and everyone else would too … Why should we criticize them? The death squad—I’m for it … Shit! There’s no question, we can’t wait ’til Reagan gets in. We hope Carter falls in the ocean real quick … We all feel that he [Reagan] is our savior.35

Page 236

“Killing Hope” by William Blum

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“The Western world has reached a new stage of development: now, the defense of the capitalist system requires the organization of counterrevolution at home and abroad. In its extreme manifestations, it practices the horrors of the Nazi regime. Wholesale massacres in Indochina, Indonesia, the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Sudan are unleashed against everything which is called “communist” or which is in revolt against governments subservient to the imperialist countries. Cruel prosecution prevails in the Latin American countries under fascist and military dictatorships. Torture has become a normal instrument of “interrogation” around the world. The agony of religious wars revives at the height of Western civilization, and a constant flow of arms from the rich countries to the poor helps to perpetuate the oppression of national and social liberation. Where the resistance of the poor has succumbed, students lead the fight against the soldateska and the police; by the hundreds, students are slaughtered, gassed, bombed, kept in jail. Three hundred of them chased and shot down on the streets of Mexico City opened the festival of the Olympics. In the United States, students are still in the forefront of radical protest: the killings at Jackson State and Kent State testify to their historical role. Black militants pay with their lives: Malcolm x, Martin Luther King, Fred Hampton, George Jackson. The new composition of the Supreme Court institutionalizes the progress of reaction. And the murder of the Kennedys shows that even Liberals are not safe if they appear as too liberal . . . ”

Page 1 “Counter Revolution and Revolt” by Herbert Marcuse

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“War, what is it good for?”

CIA leaves their allies surrounded by terror squads 

One million still affected by agent orange in Vietnam, Japan still suffers genetic mutations and now Fallujah and 300 other contaminated sites in Iraq

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“There are broad tendencies in global affairs that are expected to enhance the threat of this category of terror. Some are discussed by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) in its projections for coming years.39 The NIC expects the official version of globalization to continue on course: “Its evolution will be rocky, marked by chronic financial volatility and a widening economic divide.” Financial volatility very likely means slower growth, extending the pattern of neoliberal globalization proceeds, “deepening economic stagnation, political instability, and cultural alienation [will] foster ethnic, ideological and religious extremism, along with the violence that often accompanies it,” much of it directed against the United States. “Unsurprisingly,” Kenneth Waltz observes, the weak and disaffected “lash out at the United States as the agent or symbol of their suffering.”40 The same assumptions are made by military planers, a matter to which we return.”

Page 209 “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” by Noam Chomsky

“The need for full-spectrum dominance will increase as a result of the “globalization of the world economy,” the Space Command explains. The reason is that “globalization” is expected to bring about “a widening between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’ “ Like the National Intelligence Council,32 military planners recognize that the “widening economic divide” that they too anticipate, with its “deepening economic stagnation, political instability, and cultural alienation,” will lead to unrest and violence among the “have-nots,” much of it directed against the US. That provides a further rationale for expanding offensive military capacity into space. Monopolizing this domain of warfare, the US must be ready to control disorder by “using space systems and planning for precision strike from space [as a] counter to the worldwide proliferation of WMD” by unruly elements, a likely consequence of the recommended programs, just as the “widening divide” is an anticipated consequence of the preferred form of “globalization.”

Page 230 “Hegemony or Survival” by Noam Chomsky

“Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive. . . . He is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.” — The New York Times Book Review

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Watch this C-Span video the next time you hear Kerry trying to scare you about “Russian propaganda.” And think of the Field Artillery Magazine that boasted about using “shake and bake missions” with white phosphorus and HE to melt people when Kerry says some non-sense about Syria using chemicals, and also remember the chemicals we sold Saddam, and anthrax, bubonic plague, etc. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJijjqzBpAw

C-Span, Washington Journal (Video clip from “A Very Heavy Agenda” by Robbie Martin)

US International Broadcast Services (i.e. CIA propaganda)

Voice of America

Radio Free Europe

Radio Free Asia

Radio Free Marti/TV Marti – serves Cuba

Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc.
Radio Sawa/Alhurra TV

2004 Budget $731 million

Employees 3,500

51 bureaus and production centers

Programs provided in 60 languages

est. audience of 200 million per week

JOHN: RADIO MARTI IS ON THE ISLAND OF CUBA. IT IS AVAILABLE TO AUDIENCES ON THE ISLAND. VOICE OF AMERICA IS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AFRICA, EASTERN EUROPE, AFGHANISTAN, ASIA. INDONESIA. IT IS REALLY A GLOBAL MEDIA PLATFORM.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?402726-1/communicators-john-lansing

“Many countries don’t want broadcasts of neighbouring countries over their own territory and fear unwanted propaganda and subversion by hostile broadcasters.” – Henry Kissinger

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-kerry-rt-propaganda-bullhorn-russia-today-2014-4

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000356897

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia40_u9-R1w

https://sputniknews.com/us/201503041019065753/

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/235719-us-kerry-rt-media-russia/

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“America, unfortunately, is asleep with a lot of these issues and part of this is due to cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is when our brains don’t want to acknowledge the gravity or seriousness of a situation.

“A good example is in Jared Diamond’s book “Collapse”, where he talked about a dam that was about to break and people three miles downstream were really afraid. And people two miles downstream were, like, really freaked out. But people living within a mile of the dam, they weren’t concerned at all.

“If things are too frightening and too threatening, our brains tune it out because it would affect our behavior and it would be too painful to accept. So peak oil and peak credit and the depletion of cheap fossil fuels — and what that means for the end of growth — it’s too overwhelming.
http://independentreport.blogspot.com/2011/03/prophets-of-doom-on-impacts-of-peak-oil.html

“Although psychological denial is a phenomenon well established in individual psychology, it seems likely to apply to group psychology as well.”

page 436 “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” by Jared Diamond (found in Chp. 14: Why do some societies make disastrous discussions?)

http://theantimedia.org/activists-warned-oroville-dam-12-years/

March 16, 1965 Alice Herz 82 United States Vietnam War Women Strike for Peace.

Of German Jewish ancestry, Herz was a widow who left Germany with her daughter, Helga, in 1933, saying that she anticipated the advent of Nazism long before it arrived.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Herz

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGH8UEu3q58

The following four quotes are from Thich Nhat Hanh whom was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. King, Jr., he has also been praised by Oprah Winfrey (“The Queen of All Media”):

“We recommended that the Palestinians and Israeli talk about their suffering, fears, and despair in a public forum that all the world could hear. We could all listen without judging, without condemning in order to understand the experience of both sides. This would prepare the ground of understanding for peace talks to occur.”

“The same situation now exists between the American people and people of Islamic and Arabic nations. There is much misunderstanding and lack of the kind of communication that hinders our ability to resolve our difficulties peacefully.”

“If I were given the opportunity to be face to face with Osama bin Laden, the first thing I would do is listen. I would try to understand why he had acted in that cruel way. I would try to understand all of the suffering that had led him to violence.”

“This past summer a group of Palestinians and Israelis came to Plum Village, the practice center where I live in southern France, to learn and practice the arts of deep listening and loving speech. (Around 1,600 people come to Plum Village each summer from over a dozen countries to listen and to learn how to bring peace and understanding to their daily lives.)… When a person spoke, they refrained from using words of blame, hatred, and condemnation. They spoke in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Out of these dialogues the participating Palestinians and Israelis were very moved to realize that both sides suffer from fear. They appreciated the practice of deep listening and made arrangements to share what they had learned with others upon returning to their home countries.”

“Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders. He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.“ -Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you have not met frequently with the broad and deep Israeli peace movement, you might wish to change your routine so that you can play a part in the historic effort to establish a broad and deep peace between the two Semitic peoples. The exchanges should be videotaped and widely distributed to further the cause of peace and to witness Abraham Foxman dialoguing without his customary lines that evade the issues.” – Ralph Nader

“And that is why [because of nuclear proliferation] I support the idea of a joint US-Soviet cooperation…There’s a huge amount of exploration to do. And all of it, every step that I described, could be before the television cameras of the world, and we could all participate in such exploration. ” – Carl Sagan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKQQAv5svkk (35-38 mins.)

“The Jill Stein campaign calls for ending support for governments committing war crimes and massive human rights violations, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Finally, we call for establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of US support of human rights and international law violations to one based on justice and truth bringing all parties together as equals to seek workable solutions.”

https://www.jill2016.com/statement_on_us_foreign_policy_palestine_israel_and_bds

We need more open debates about the impact of the “war on drugs.” As Justice Louis Brandeis said years ago – “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-leftright-challenge-to-the-failed-war-on-drugs_us_59260806e4b0627b74360d1f

“You and I are both…I think we share the same viewpoint of many of Hillary Clinton’s policies…she is the candidate of empire. She is the candidate also of regime change, of humanitarian cruise missiles. I mean she is hardly the dovish opponent or sort of alternate choice to Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders supports the kill list. So we have three candidates all of whom have very serious issues that should be investigated and they should be held accountable for in front of the American public. Partisanship doesn’t allow that though.” – Jeremy Scahill on Bill Maher (2016)

While Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) isn’t the first candidate lagging in the polls to demand more debates, he proposed Sunday that an extra one be dedicated entirely to discussing environmental concerns and the move toward renewable energies.
“I mean the British role in Afghanistan was virtually the beginning. The British role in Operation Cyclone, which was devised by Brzesinski, who was President Carter’s so called Nation Security Adviser. And through the Carter and Reagan years the fanatics, the Mujahideen, the creation of a kind of support structure for extremism that would work on behalf of Wester power got something like $5 billion from the United States. We know that to be true. And we also know the British security services were deeply involved all across Afghanistan. Right up to the Western invasion in 2001 and then beyond that. And we have to take responsibly for that it has to be debated like we’re doing now. It has to be discussed. We can’t walk around with our hands over our eyes and our fingers in our ears. It’s absurd. The people who died in Manchester, and the people who died in the London underground, and the people who died in the Twin Towers, and all those children in Yemen and Afghanistan the other day deserve better.”
John Pilger (Going Underground with Afshin Rattans, June 3, 2017)https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/john-pilger-the-smoking-gun/

“Look as I’ve said before, if the governments abided by their own weapons control laws world peace could truly be at hand. But they won’t, they never have and I respectfully submit they never will.”

-Sam Cummings (arms dealer)

“To understand the motives of the terrorists, we must listen to their grievances against the United States.”

Social Problems, Ninth Edition by D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn. 2004, Pearson Education Inc. p.540

“This book [“How to Win a Cosmic War”] is, above all else, a proclamation: the War on Terror, conceived by the previous American administration as a cosmic contest between the forces of good and evil for the future of civilization, is over. It is time to strip this ideological conflict of its religious connotations, to reject the religiously polarizing rhetoric of our leaders and theirs, to focus on the material matters at stake, and to address the earthly issues that always lie behind the cosmic impulse. For although the grievances of the hijackers may have been symbolic, though they may have been merely causes to rally around, to the hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world who watched the towers fall—who were, in fact, the intended audience of that theatrical display of violence—they are nonetheless legitimate grievances and must be addressed as such. The Palestinians really are suffering under Israeli occupation. Arab dictators are in fact being propped up by U.S. polices. The Muslim world truly does have reason to feel under attack by a “crusading” West.” (Aslan, 11)
“This crusade. This war on terrorism. Is going to take a while”
– George Bush
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html
Crusade (noun): One of the medieval wars of religion waged by Christiansagainst Muslims.

“What ultimately led to the deradicalization of the Liberation Theology movement—or,for that matter, the environmental movement, the antiglobalization, the feminist movement, the black power movement, and so on—was the gradual co-option of their members’ grievances into mainstream society. Indeed, when it comes to dealing with a social movement, society has only two options: either it can address the members’ grievances, thereby making the movement irrelevant, or it can deflect those grievances and further radicalize the movement.” (Aslan, 139)
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From Thich Nhah Hanh’s book “Vietnam: A Lotus in a Sea of Fire”

“Finally, if some may question why I ask the U.S. to take the first step, it is because the U.S. is militarily the strongest nation in the world. No one can accuse it of cowardice if it chooses to seek peace. To be a genuine leader requires moral strength as well as big guns. America’s history suggests that she has the potential to provide the world with leadership.” p. 114

“My solution wold be along the following lines.
A clear statement by the U.S. of its desire to help the Vietnamese people to have a government truly responsive to Vietnamese aspirations, and concrete U.S. actions to implement this statement, such as a refusal to support one group in preference to another.
A cessation of the bombings, north and south.
Limitation of all military operations by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to defensive actions; in effect, a cease-fire if the Viet Cong respond in kind.
A convincing demonstration of the U.S. intention to withdraw its forces from Vietnam over a specified period of months, with withdrawal actually beginning to take place as a sign of sincerity.
A generous effort to help rebuild the country from the destruction which has been wreaked upon Vietnam, such aid to be completely free of ideological and political strings and therefore not viewed as an affront to Vietnamese independence.
Such a program if implemented with sufficient vigor to convince the now understandably skeptical Vietnamese people of its sincerity offers the best hope for uniting them in a constructive effort and for restoring stability of South Vietnam.” p.113

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Kellog-Braind Pact
MLK and RFK’s Poor People’s Campaign/FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights
Truth and Reconciliation
Green Party
Department of Peace (DoP)
incentivizing Green Technology
UN Declaration of Human Rights
Seventh Generation Principle

This table demonstrates results of a recent study, which found that public dollars invested in health care, education, mass transit, or construction for home weatherization and infrastructure create more jobs than investing an equivalent amount in the military
(orin tax breaks)
In fact, twice as many jobs are created by equivalent spending on education and mass transit as on the military. The research was conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

http://www.space4peace.org/gndec08.htm
http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/research_brief/MA_Military_May2012.pdf

Solar:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/26/us-climate-germany-solar-idUSBRE84P0FI20120526

“Henry Ford’s first car, the Model T, ran on hemp ethanol as he envisioned the fuel of the future would be extracted from plants.” It was also made from hemp and soy.
http://theprodigy.ucmerced.edu/article/editorial-archaic-hemp-law-modern-consequences
http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2011-02/introducing-first-road-ready-hemp-mobile
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-284.html

Sea Water for fuel:
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2012/fueling-the-fleet-navy-looks-to-the-seas

One Million pounds of food on 3 Acres:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng

The report is updated at a later date: “The corpse was a LN (local national) male child. The corpse was taken to ######## general hospital. IA (Iraqi Army) reported the child had died from blunt force trauma to the head. Several small holes originally thought to be gunshot wounds were holes caused by a drill. Closed.”
http://www.channel4.com/news/iraqs-secret-war-logs-iraqi-torture

http://theantimedia.org/iraqi-forces-admit-killing-women-children-mosul/

Rumsfeld says soldiers don’t have to stop abuse they see in Iraq prisons:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/06/pentagon-iraqi-torture-centres-link

John Yoo, okay to crush testicles of small boy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO2p0KHyzpw

100 PUCs (prisoners in US custody) died/tortured to death directly by CIA:
http://www.salon.com/2009/06/30/accountability_7/http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/15/did_gitmo_suicides_cover_up_murder
http://rt.com/usa/223139-cia-prisoners-suicide-guantanamo/

Soldiers said they felt welcome to come to the PUC tent on their off-hours to “Fuck a PUC” or “Smoke a PUC.”
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2005/us0905/1.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mNEmAEambU

SERE can come into any house with black ski masks on and hold razors to the genitals of victims and disappear them indefinitely:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvlmwa_the-new-yorker-s-jane-mayer-on-sere-program-and-torture_news

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The US supports Nazis all over the world, in South Korea, Greece, Vietnam, and now in the Ukraine.

“And who are we supporting in Vietnam today? It’s a man by the name of general Ky [Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky] who fought with the French against his own people, and who said on one occasion that the greatest hero of his life is Hitler. This is who we are supporting in Vietnam today. Oh, our government and the press generally won’t tell us these things, but God told me to tell you this morning. The truth must be told.” – Rev. & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacificaviet/riversidetranscript.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/german-tv-shows-nazi-symbols-helmets-ukraine-soldiers-n198961

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-hughes/the-neo-nazi-question-in_b_4938747.

htmlhttp://truth-out.org/news/item/25566-nyt-discovers-ukraines-neo-nazis-at-war

http://www.salon.com/2014/02/25/is_the_us_backing_neo_nazis_in_ukraine_partner/

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/01/heroes-or-traitors-ukraine-deeply-divided-over-wwii-legacy/

https://www.thenation.com/article/seven-decades-nazi-collaboration-americas-dirty-little-ukraine-secret/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/13/ukraine-uprising-fascist-coup-grassroots-movement

http://www.un.org/en/ga/third/69/docs/voting_sheets/L56.Rev1.pdf

http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/09/ukraine-where-rape-is-patriotic-and.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-votes-against-anti-nazi-resolution-at-united-nations/

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/08/22/pentagon-denounces-american-nazis-while-arming-ukrainian-nazis.html

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81 Nations US interfered in:
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-us-intervention-foreign-elections-20161213-story.html

page 20:
http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres8/BLUMkillinghope.pdf

“Too few know.”
https://theintercept.com/2017/02/18/why-do-so-many-americans-fear-muslims-decades-of-denial-about-americas-role-in-the-world/

A good example of this can be seen in Africa. Since 1998, close to 6 million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to fighting over mineral resources, many of which are used in cell phones around the world. This barely receives a mention in the corporate news. In contrast, we were told that Libya, the country with the highest standard of living out of any country in Africa, needed to be bombed in a “humanitarian intervention” to prevent a massacre that may or may not have ever occurred. Although there are clear differences in the style of conflict that besieged the two nations, the fact is the U.S government and media prioritized one over the other based on geopolitical concerns.

http://theantimedia.org/media-refusing-syrian-war-leaks/

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National Security Archive
December 20, 2016 ·
Soviet missile and space programs were among the most frequent topics briefed to the president of the United States by U.S. intelligence during the administrations of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, according to a review of recently declassified excerpts of the President’s Daily Brief posted today by the National Security Archive.
Of all the issues that crossed the president’s desk during this tense period of the Cold War, the USSR’s strategic capabilities and space program represented constant areas of concern because of the threat they posed both to U.S. national security and to American prestige in the propaganda war with its superpower rival.
Today’s Electronic Briefing Book presents a selection of entries on both programs compiled and introduced by James E. David, curator for national security space programs at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb574-Presidents-Daily-Brief-excerpts-on-Soviet-missile-and-space-programs/

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Do people like us?

“A December 2014 Gallup poll of 65 nations found that the United States was far and away the most feared country, the country considered the largest threat to peace in the world. Were the United States responsible for providing schools and medicine and solar panels, the idea of anti-American terrorist groups would be as laughable as anti-Switzerland or anti-Canada terrorist groups, especially if one other factor were added: if the $100 billion came from the military budget.”

-David Swanson

“The Choice Trump’s Budget Creates”
Z Magazine, April 2017, page 5

Putting Reactions in Context
Given basement-level public approval ratings abroad for
both President Bush and the US writ large, the media and
public reaction outside of the US to the new NSP should not
be surprising. A survey by a group of newspapers in Britain,
Canada, and Israel in October 2006 found that 69 percent of
respondents from Britain thought the US had made the world
a more dangerous place since 2001, and voted President Bush
as more dangerous to international security than North Korean
strongman Kim Jong-il. Even in Israel the survey found
dramatically sliding support for the Bush administration, with 36
percent saying that President Bush’s actions had made the world
more dangerous versus only 25 percent who said the opposite.11
America-bashing has become almost de rigeur in Russia; and, as
the nightly news confirms, US standing in the Middle East and
Arab world is even lower. The Iraq war and the events leading
up to it have been the catalyst for the precipitous decline in US
popularity abroad and for the widespread view of the US as a
militaristic, unilateralist superpower. Consequently, the new
space policy—even if substantially comparable to the Clinton era
policy—is being viewed through an already darkened prism.
http://www.afspc.af.mil/Portals/3/documents/HF/AFD-070322-103.pdf

“No wonder, then, that nearly 80 percent of Muslims around the globe believe that the United States seeks to “weaken and divide the Islamic world.” While almost two thirds say that the purpose of the War on Terror is to “spread Christianity in the region.” Throughout the Muslim world, positive perceptions of the United States remain at an all-time low, even among its staunchest allies. According to a 2006 poll by Pew Global Attitudes Project, 70 percent of Egyptians, 70 percent of Indonesians, 73 percent of Pakistanis, 85 percent of Jordanians, and 88 percent of Turks (all U.S. allies) have an unfavorable view of the United States. If the War on Terror is an ideological battle for the hearts and minds of Muslims, there should no longer be any question that the battle has been lost.” (from Reza Aslan’s “How to Win a Cosmic War”, p.159)

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/05/poll-germans-and-italians-dont-believe.html

https://www.rt.com/news/398490-us-main-global-threat-survey/

I’ve written previously about the transformative experience of meeting and hearing directly from the victims of the abuses by your own government. That human interaction converts an injustice from an abstraction into a deeply felt rage and disgust. That’s precisely why the U.S. media doesn’t air those stories directly from the victims themselves: because it would make it impossible to maintain the pleasing fairy tales about “who we really are.”
“There’s really no way to sugarcoat it: The rest of world believes that the United States is the country that poses the greatest threat to world peace, beating out all challengers by a wide margin.”

Gore Vidal — US the joke of the world:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G12qRzAOxCg

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“keep telling the story…because that’s what it’ll take”

Genocides in Indonesia and East Timor, Amy Goodman Pacifica Radio – Bitter Paradise by Elaine Briere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRMkWxzfvGI

“independent media…truly is a mater of life or death”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvl_D7Z5emU

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NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, actually, the statement I made was pretty muted. It wasn’t quite as strong as the headlines indicated. What I pointed out—and what everyone, I think, is aware of—is that sooner or later this con game is not going to work. People will understand he’s not bringing back jobs. He’s not going to recreate the partly illusory, partly real picture of what life was like in the past, with manufacturing jobs and a functioning society, and you could get ahead, and so on and so forth. He’s not going to create that.

What happens at that point? Something has to be done to maintain control. The obvious technique is scapegoating. So blame it on immigrants, on Muslims, on somebody. But that can only go so far. The next step would be, as I said, an alleged terrorist attack, which is quite easy. It’s, in fact, almost normal to—like Condoleezza Rice’s mushroom clouds. That’s easy to construct, alleged attacks. The other possibility is a staged attack of a minor kind. And how hard would that be? Take the FBI technique, which they’re using constantly, of creating situations of entrapment. Well, suppose one of them goes a little too far, that you don’t stop it right in time. That wouldn’t be hard to work out. I don’t particularly anticipate it, but it’s a possibility. And this is a very frightened country. For years, this has been probably the most frightened country in the world. It’s also the safest country in the world. It’s very easy to terrify people.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/4/when_scapegoating_immigrants_no_longer_works

“government officials—including those whose principle duty is to enforce the law—have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law.”

U.S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans, Book II, April 23, 1976, 94th Congress. Rep. No. 94-755, at 5, http://www.aarclibrary.org/ publib/church/reports/book2/pdf/ChurchB2_1_Introduction.pdf

The praxis of resisting global disorder is only in part a matter of restructuring the global geopolitical scenario; in large measure, it involves the effort to change human perceptions, orientations and dispositions, that is, to uplift the ethical fiber of people. This later effort is at the heart of the work of political activist and public intellectual Cynthia McKinney as captured in her chapter “Ubuntu: Beyond Domestic and Global Disorder.” The chapter starts by remembering a speech President Kennedy delivered in 1963 at the American University where he urged America to be a peaceful nation living justly with other countries in a global commonwealth: “Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war; nor the peace of the grave or the security of the slave,” but “a genuine peace.” Having spent some years in the US Congress, McKinney learned through hard experience that Kennedy’s vision was for all practical purposes extinguished with his assassination. Her paper recounts her difficult struggles as a Congress-woman when she fought against domestic racial divisions while also resisting the powerful bent of many national leaders to wage incessant war abroad. As she writes: “Drastic corrective action is urgently needed.” The ideals which should guide such action, she notes, are egalitarianism, anti-racism, and “post-capitalism” (at least in the sense of an opposition to “vulture capitalism” and support for a “sharing economy”). She also finds inspiration in the ideas and practices of many “second and third world” countries, especially the practice of ujamaa or ubuntu, meaning brotherhood and social solidarity among all people.

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/download/sample/63791

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Upon assuming power, Allende began to carry out his platform of implementing a socialist programme called La vía chilena al socialismo (“the Chilean Path to Socialism”). This included nationalization of large-scale industries (notably copper mining and banking), and government administration of the health care system, educational system (with the help of a United States educator, Jane A. Hobson-Gonzalez from Kokomo, Indiana), a programme of free milk for children in the schools and shanty towns of Chile, and an expansion of the land seizure and redistribution already begun under his predecessor Eduardo Frei Montalva,[31] who had nationalized between one-fifth and one-quarter of all the properties listed for takeover.[32] Allende also intended to improve the socio-economic welfare of Chile’s poorest citizens;[33] a key element was to provide employment, either in the new nationalized enterprises or on public work projects.[33]
In November 1970, 3,000 scholarships were allocated to Mapuche children in an effort to integrate the Indian minority into the educational system, payment of pensions and grants was resumed, an emergency plan providing for the construction of 120,000 residential buildings was launched, all part-time workers were granted rights to social security, a proposed electricity price increase was withdrawn, diplomatic relations were restored with Cuba, and political prisoners were granted an amnesty. In December that same year, bread prices were fixed, 55,000 volunteers were sent to the south of the country to teach writing and reading skills and provide medical attention to a sector of the population that had previously been ignored, a central commission was established to oversee a tri-partite payment plan in which equal place was given to government, employees and employers, and a protocol agreement was signed with the United Centre of Workers which granted workers representational rights on the funding board of the Social Planning Ministry.[34] An obligatory minimum wage for workers of all ages (including apprentices) was established,[35] free milk was introduced for expectant and nursing mothers and for children between the ages of 7 and 14,[36] free school meals were established,[37] rent reductions were carried out, and the construction of the Santiago subway was rescheduled so as to serve working-class neighbourhoods first. Workers benefited from increases in social security payments, an expanded public works program, and a modification of the wage and salary adjustment mechanism (which had originally been introduced in the Forties to cope with the country’s permanent inflation), while middle-class Chileans benefited from the elimination of taxes on modest incomes and property.[38] In addition, state-sponsored programs distributed free food to the country’s neediest citizens,[39] and in the countryside, peasant councils were established to mobilise agrarian workers and small proprietors. In the government’s first budget (presented to the Chilean congress in November 1970), the minimum taxable income level was raised, removing from the tax pool 35% of those who had paid taxes on earnings in the previous year. In addition, the exemption from general taxation was raised to a level equivalent to twice the minimum wage. Exemptions from capital taxes were also extended, which benefitted 330,000 small proprietors. The extra increases that Frei promised to the armed forces were also fully paid. According to one estimate, purchasing power went up by 28% between October 1970 and July 1971.[40]
The rate of inflation fell from 36.1% in 1970 to 22.1% in 1971, while average real wages rose by 22.3% during 1971. Minimum real wages for blue-collar workers were increased by 56% during the first quarter of 1971, while in the same period real minimum wages for white-collar workers were increased by 23%, a development that decreased the differential ratio between blue- and white-collar workers’ minimum wage from 49% (1970) to 35% (1971). Central government expenditures went up by 36% in real terms, raising the share of fiscal spending in GDP from 21% (1970) to 27% (1971), and as part of this expansion, the public sector engaged in a huge housing program, starting to build 76,000 houses in 1971, compared to 24,000 for 1970.[41] During a 1971 emergency program, over 89,000 houses were built, and during Allende’s three years as president an average of 52,000 houses were constructed annually.[42] Although the acceleration of inflation in 1972 and 1973 eroded part of the initial increase in wages, they still rose (on average) in real terms during the 1971–73 period.[43]
Allende’s first step in early 1971 was to raise minimum wages (in real terms) for blue-collar workers by 37%–41% and 8%–10% for white-collar workers. Educational, food, and housing assistance was significantly expanded, with public-housing starts going up twelvefold and eligibility for free milk extended from age 6 to age 15. A year later, blue-collar wages were raised by 27% in real terms and white-collar wages became fully indexed.[44] Price controls were also set up, while the Allende Government introduced a system of distribution networks through various agencies (including local committees on supply and prices) to ensure that the new rules were adhered to by shopkeepers.[45]
“The major wars the United States has fought since the surrender of Japan in 1945 — in Korea, Indochina, Iraq and Afghanistan — have produced colossal carnage. For most of them, we do not have an accurate sense of how many people died, but a conservative estimate is at least 6 million civilians and soldiers.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-do-we-ignore-the-civilians-killed-in-american-wars/2011/12/05/gIQALCO4eP_story.html?utm_term=.c155e03f0427
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I think if more people say the primary source of these leaders saying these things, more would understand we’re lied to.
“Khomeini wanted the Shah’s chief benefactor to understand that he had no quarrel with America.
“Khomeini explained he was not opposed to American interests in Iran,” according to a 1980 CIA analysis titled Islam in Iran, partially released to the public in 2008.
To the contrary, an American presence was necessary to counter the Soviet and British influence, Khomeini told the US.
The embassy cable containing the full text of Khomeini’s message remains classified.”
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The crisis quickly revealed Al Haney as one of the loosestcannons in the CIA’s arsenal. He failed for ways to distract Guatemalans fromthe accounts of the plot by planting fake news in the local press. “Ifpossible, fabricate big human interest story, like flying saucers, birthsextuplets in remote area,” he cabled CIA headquarters. He dreamed upheadlines: Arbenz was forcing all Catholic troops to join a new church thatworshiped Stalin! A Soviet submarine was on its way to deliver arms forGuatemala! p.108 For four weeks, starting on May Day 1954, the CIA had beenwaging psychological warfare in Guatemala through a pirate radio station calledthe Voice of Liberation, run by the a CIA contract officer, an amateur actorand skilled dramatist named David Atlee Phillips. In a tremendous stroke ofluck, the Guatemalan state radio station went off the air in mid-May for ascheduled replacement of its antenna. Phillips snuggled up to its frequency,where listeners looking for the state broadcasts found Radio CIA. Unrest turnedto hysteria among the populace as the rebel station sent out shortwave reportsof imaginary uprisings and defections and plots to poison wells and conscriptchildren. p.113 (“Legacy of Ashes” by Tim Weiner)
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The buzzsaw is what can rip through you when you try to investigate or expose anything this country’s large institutions—be they corporate or government—want kept under wraps. The system fights back with official lies, disinformation, and stonewalling. Your phone starts acting funny. Strange people call you. Your car is broken into and the thief takes your computer and your reporter’s notebook and leaves everything else behind. You feel like you’re been sucked into a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It gets harder and harder to distinguish truth from reality from falsehood and fiction. The sense of fear and paranoia is, at times, overwhelming.
Walk into the buzzsaw and you’ll cut right to this layer of reality.You will feel a deep sense of loss and betrayal. A shocking shift in paradigm. Anyone who hasn’t experienced it will call you crazy. Those who don’t know the truth, or are covering it up, will call you conspiracy nut.The word “conspiracy” is commonly used now (either as an adjective or part of a phrase) to malign those who raise unpopular questions about sensitive issues. The fact is, conspiracies do exist. There are laws on the books addressing them all the time.Page 284“Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press” edited by Kristina BorjessonIt’s an obscene comparison — I’m not sure I like it — but there was a time in South Africa when people would put flaming tires around people’s necks if they dissented, and in some ways the fear is that you’ll be necklaced here. You’ll have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it’s that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often. And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism. — Dan RatherPage 42“Into the Buzzsaw”
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Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.”

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“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.”To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

“How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men? Frankly, I do not know. I do not see, even now. Many, many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims, Principiis obsta and Finem respice—‘Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end.’ But one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings. One must foresee the end clearly and certainly and how is this to be done, by ordinary men or even by extraordinary men? Things might have. And everyone counts on that might.

http://press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html

 

MLM: Yes, exactly. So one possibility is that the Brazilian congress would choose the next president, but two-thirds of congressmembers have also been facing corruption charges. So that’s why we have been seeing large demonstrations asking for direct elections. I think this is the way to restore democracy in Brazil.

http://fair.org/home/this-is-the-only-way-to-restore-democracy-in-brazil/

 

Members of Congress are very concerned about the levels of violence in our families, in our schools and in our society. Each concerned person may have his or her own ideas and insights about how to bring down that level of violence. If we can combine all our insights and experiences we will have the collective insight that will help to decrease the amount of violence in our society. If we are not able to listen to our colleagues with a free heart, though—if we only consider and support ideas from our own party—we are harming the foundation of our democracy. That is why we need to transform our community—in this case the Congress—into a compassionate community. Everyone would be considered a brother or sister to everyone else. Congress would be a place where we learn to listen to everyone with equal interest and concern. The practice of deep and compassionate listening and loving speech can help to build brotherhood, can remove discrimination and can bring about the kind of insight that will be liberating to our country and to our people.
Two days after the events of September 11th, I spoke to 4,000 people in Berkeley, California. I said that our emotions are very strong right now, and we should calm ourselves down. With lucidity and calm we would know what to do and what not to do in order not to make the situation worse. I said that the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center must have been very angry. They must have hated America a lot. They must have thought of America as having tried to destroy them as individual people, as a religion, as a nation, and as a culture. I said that we had to find out why they did such a thing to America.
America’s political leaders can ask the question, calmly and with clarity: “What have we done that has made you suffer so much?” America’s political leaders can say, “We want to know about your suffering and why you hate us. We may have said something or done something that gave you the impression that we wanted to destroy you. But that is not the case. We are confused, and that is why we want you to help us understand why you have done such a thing to us.”
We call this loving or gentle speech. If we are honest and sincere, they will tell us how they feel. Then we will recognize the wrong perceptions they have about themselves and about us. We can try to help them to remove their wrong perceptions. All these acts of terrorism and violence come from wrong perceptions. Wrong perceptions are the ground for anger, violence and hate. You cannot remove wrong perceptions with a gun.
...but I believe...
...when we most needed it...
...he offered the world
a way out of madness. “Gandhi” (1982)
Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=gandhi

Many of the films portrayed how the psychological effects of war remained with the soldiers well beyond their stay in Vietnam.  The veterans struggle to forget the painful memories and traumatic experiences.  The main characters of both Apocalypse Now and Born on the 4th of July have vivid flashbacks.  These flashbacks would then remind them of the War’s stress, confusion, and frustration, thus affecting their lives and families well after the War had ended.  “Every time I wake up I always think I’m in the jungle, but then I realize there is nothing.  I’ve divorced my wife.  All I can think of is getting back to the jungle.  Every minute I sit in this room I get weaker, and Charlie is getting stronger” (Apocalypse Now).  One experienced soldier concludes, “You must make horror your friend.”

“Yes, my sin — my greater sin and even my greatest sin is that I nationalized Iran’s oil industry and discarded the system of political and economic exploitation by the world’s greatest empire. This at the cost to myself, my family; and at the risk of losing my life, my honor and my property. ”

Mohammad Mosaddegh (1953) – Defending himself against a treason charge.

“Man’s freedom is lacking if somebody else controls what he needs, for need may result in man’s enslavement of man.”

Muammar Gaddafi (1975) – The Green Book.

“The fundamental goal of socialism is to satisfy human needs … the needs of all, equally, without privilege.” – Hugo Chávez

“I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism.” – Hugo Chávez

“Privatization is a neoliberal and imperialist plan. Health can’t be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can’t be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights.” – Hugo Chávez

 

http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/revolt/wrleaflets.html

http://whiterosesociety.org/WRS_pamphlets_home.html

http://www.wewillnotbesilent.net

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This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.
I will use the severest language I can command, and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slave-holder, shall not confess to be right and just.
Must I argue that a system thus marked with blood and stained with pollution is wrong? No – I will not. I have better employment for my time and strength than such arguments would imply.
We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be denounced.
To him your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mock; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy – a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.
Go search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.
Frederick Douglass – July 4, 1852

 

 

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/22/us_tied_to_torture_in_network

 

“So in conclusion I want to say. I’m here to try to save the space program. From NASA bureaucrats. NASA bureaucrats are trying to fabricate new laws of physics that I’ve never seen before in any of mytextbooks. In any of the books that I have published or Ph D. students. In fact. If any of these engineers were to submit that report to me. For a course. I would flunk them fabricated numbers. If you were guesswork masker. Rating as genuineauthoritative numbers. And that’s one conclusion I would ask President Clinton. Tocancel the Cassini space mission.” – Dr. Michio Kaku

https://www.c-span.org/video/?90566-1/opposition-nasa-cassini-space-probe&start=1071

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Trump voter loosing his job after seeing Trump campaign in his town and promising no one will loose their jobs under him
Trump: “just kidding”
At least some Trump voters are learning

And then I learned that Milton Friedman had written his first modern case for vouchers in 1955, as news came up that the most arch segregationists were saying they were going to completely shut down public education rather than desegregate. So, I thought, “What are these people, who talk about a free society and who talk about liberty, doing, essentially abetting the most arch segregationists who are trying to destroy public education in order to preserve segregation?” So, at first I was following Friedman. But Buchanan kept appearing, with different reports, pushing, pushing, pushing for the most arch privatization. And then—so I followed those reports. He came on my radar.

Then I learned that his impact on Chile was more lasting than Milton Friedman’s, because he advised the Chilean constitution that made it so that when there was a transition back to elected government, only super-supermajorities of people would be able to effect change. So, essentially, he shackled—he helped shackle democracy in Chile in ways they’re still wrestling with.

AMY GOODMAN: And this shored up Pinochet.

NANCY MacLEAN: Hmm?

AMY GOODMAN: And this shored up Pinochet in Chile.

NANCY MacLEAN: Yes. It was 1980. You know, I have a whole chapter about it. It’s a really chilling story. But, so then I saw him—that was my second data point.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/29/republicans_have_trifecta_control_of_25

 

 

 

Rufina Amaya (survivor of the El Mazote massacre): First, they forced everyone out of their houses and made us all lie face down in the street, both men and women. There were soldiers on both sides. Then, they moved away to see the women kneeling down on the ground to pray. They killed all of them. Not a single one of them survived, just me by the grace of God. I hid under a tree. When I heard the screams of the children, and I knew which ones were mine, they were crying, “Mommy, they’re killing us.”
Susan Sarandon: Over 900 men, women, and children were massacred. Virtually the entire population of the village and the area surrounding El Mazote. Out of 143 bodies identified in the laboratory, 131 were of children under the age of 12, including three infants under the age of three months. Ten of the 12 officers cited as responsible for the El Mazote massacre were graduates of the School of the Americas.

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Quotes from a paper submitted to SALALM about biases and utter falsehoods in our textbooks and traditional sources of authority
The United States welcomed the change of government, for after the coup, President Castelo Branco removed profit remittance limits to foreign investors and granted lavish concessions to foreign corporations (Black 1977, 88). CIA agents told Washington: “The change in government will create a greatly improved climate for foreign investments” (Mercopress South Atlantic News Agency 2012). When reports that the regime was torturing civilians reached the U.S., American businesses asked that hearings on this matter be closed because the reports “threatened their interests” (Green 2010, 241). Clearly, U.S. financial interests played a significant role in the motivation to provide financial, political, and military support for the coup.
The attempt to portray the coup as a “revolution” against communism is very apparent in the April 17, 1964 LIFE magazine article. The headline of the article reads: “Arrested: A Serious Yaw to the Left” (LIFE 1964, 38), suggesting that overthrowing Goulart was necessary and corrective. It features a photo of people clustered around a bonfire with the caption “violence erupts.” The inference is that the military met violent resistance during their seizure of power. In truth, the photograph simply depicts members of the military regime burning books from a student union; the only violence committed was by the military.
The false information she cited was typical of CIA reports at that time, when the organization was spreading anticommunist propaganda far and wide in order to destabilize Goulart’s presidency. The CIA’s program went so far as to finance groups who falsely declared themselves communists while setting fire to plantations (MacMichael 2007, 361; Pereira 2016).
In 1959, the historian in question was sent to organize Hanna Mining’s operations in Brazil. Who was he? None other than John W. F. Dulles, son of John Foster Dulles and nephew of Allen Dulles, two individuals connected to both the CIA and the notorious United Fruit Company and well known for their anticommunist zeal. (A decade earlier they had overseen similar coups in Guatemala and Iran.) John W. F. Dulles’ family connection to the CIA alone should provoke broad skepticism, as well as the fact that he stood to financially benefit from the coup when Castelo Branco restored Hanna Mining’s concession. Yet even aside from these serious conflicts of interest, Dulles was a problematic historian.
Examples of inaccurate reference entries such as those described in this paper can be used as evidence of the need to evaluate all sources, even the most traditionally authoritative ones.
The entries implied that Rousseff had been impeached because of her corruption. This narrative contradicts the facts: Rousseff was found innocent of corruption but ironically was removed from office mainly as an attempt to foil the corruption investigation she had instituted. (Her investigation threatened to expose numerous politicians from multiple parties inside the government, many of whom have since been charged.) It should not be surprising that the story about Rousseff’s impeachment was the same one told by Brazil’s monopolistic media outlet, O Globo. If the U.S. mainstream media relies solely on O Globo or the State Department for Brazilian news, it will keep reproducing faulty narratives.
As established earlier, the nature of the seizure of governmental power in Brazil in 1964 was not accomplished by an uprising of oppressed peoples, which is what the word “revolution” calls to mind. The coup was planned and carried out by Brazilian generals and their corporate backers in both Brazil and the United States. To call what happened a “revolution” is to parrot the propaganda of the Brazilian military regime and the CIA. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress Subject Heading for this event remains: “Brazil—History—Revolution, 1964.” Even the Library of Congress unwittingly propagates this fifty-year old falsehood.
Using the word “revolution” was an attempt to render more palatable an illegal seizure of power. This particular narrative cast military generals in the role of “rebels” and the victimized Left as dangerous “subversives,” “terrorists,” and Soviet-style Communists. The fact that this narrative has been discredited should by now have altered the information landscape. It has not, and that such an untruth has become enshrined in the Library of Congress information architecture should give many cause for dismay.
At this time, a proposal is underway to have the subject heading changed, substituting the word “revolution” for “coup.”
It is useful to consider the consequences of fossilized propaganda. What was the impact of generations of students who never received the full story about the U.S. role in Brazil’s coup? In Chile’s coup, or Uruguay’s, or Argentina’s, and so on? How might these generations’ incomplete educations have affected their voting choices and perhaps the course of U.S. foreign policy?
Librarians, with their concern for social justice and multiple points of view, are well placed to respond to any imbalance of Northern and Southern perspectives through conscientious collection development. As teachers of information literacy, they must also model how to critically evaluate traditionally authoritative sources in order to prepare students for navigating an information landscape marred by omission, distortion, and whitewashing.
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“‘It would be the grief that would kill me. I would prefer to be dead. And it was Nikita Krushev who said in fact ‘in the event of a nuclear war the living will envy the dead.’ . . . And remember that all the politicians are our patients, even the President. . . . The other thing I did was start The Women’s Party for Survival because as I talk a lot about this very often it’s the women who cry. Now I’m not excluding all mothering men, but you know women are very passionate. In fact they often drive men crazy because they’re so passionate and emotional. That’s appropriate to be emotional. Often when I lay out the medical effects of nuclear war the person interviewing me on television will say, ‘aren’t you being a bit emotional?’ You can understand that that’s a crazy remark to make. It’s like if I have two parents in my office and I tell them their child has leukemia and I explain the prognosis and they show no emotional response. I’d get them a psychiatrist. It’s appropriate to be passionate about our survival. And I thought when I had my first baby I knew I would die to save that life. Now I’ve never felt like that about any human life before. It was a profound revelation for me. If we can mobilize that instinct that mother’s have to save their babies across the world we may survive.”

-Dr. Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the USA “If You Love This Planet” Oscar-winning short film

 

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The Moon is a Land without Sovereignty: Will it be a Business-Friendly
Environment?
Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld
“A hegemonic power, a strong power, willing to use its police capacity–and this is a police force, a space cop type of idea–can make the global heavens an exploitable resource for all, whereas right now there is no guarantee even that if a corporation or a nation should go into space and find wealth there that it could keep it or have a reasonable share of keeping it.”
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“In truth, there haven’t been many halcyon days. But there have been a few. When Richard Helms was in charge, the agency spoke the truth of Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara about the war in Vietnam, and they listened. There was another such fleeting moment when Bob Gates rand the CIA; he kept calm and carried on as the Soviet Union crumbled. But fifteen years have passed since then, and the glory is gone. The CIA found itself unable to see the way forward in a battle where information and ideas where the most powerful weapons.”

page 594 (last page of book), “Legacy of Ashes” by Tim Weiner

“For the Jihadist militants of al-Qa’ida, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have become central fronts in what bin Laden calls a “Third Word War, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation.” But while these wars, and the human rights abuses at Guantánamo Abu Gharib, have provided Jihadist ideologues with an invaluable recruiting tool, one perhaps on a par with the occupation of Palestine, for those Muslim youths who identify with Global Jihadism as a social movement there is no central front on the War on Terror because their identity cannot be confined to any territorial boundaries. Rather, theirs is a transnational identity linked together not by language, ethnicity, or culture but by a set of grievances—both local and global, real and imagined—that has created a shared narrative of oppression and injustice at the hands of the West. The threat of terrorism from Jihadist groups like al-Qa’ida may never fully dissipate. As in the case with any international criminal conspiracy, it may take years, perhaps decades, of cooperation among the military, intelligence, and diplomatic apparatuses of nation-states around the globe to put an end to Jihadist militancy. But to adequately confront the social movement that Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri inspired a decade ago will require more than militancy might. It will require a deeper understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that have made Global Jihadism such an appealing phenomenon, particularly to Muslim youth. This battle will take place not in the streets of Baghdad or in the mountains of Afghanistan but in the suburbs of Paris, the slums of East London, and the cosmopolitan cities of Berlin and New York. It is a battle that will be waged not against men with guns but against boys with computers, a battle that can be won not with bullets and bombs but with words and ideas.” pages 121-122 – 1st Edition of “How to Win a Cosmic War,” later change to different title, by Reza Aslan

 

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“they are not saying convert or die, they are not saying they hate your freedom or because women are going to schools, they are conducting these attacks because you are bombing our countries.”
“US air force the most hazardous in 20th century”
“bombing Japan not a military necessity four and five star generals”
“burned down every town and village in North Korea”
I’m glad David Swanson mentioned depleted uranium as well.
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“No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes” by Anand Gopal
“Essential reading for anyone concerned about how America got Afghanistan so wrong. A devastating, well-honed prosecution detailing how our government bungled the initial salvo in the so-called war on terror, ignored attempts by top Taliban leaders to surrender, trusted the wrong people, and backed a feckless and corrupt Afghan regime . . . It is ultimately the most compelling account I’ve read of how Afghans themselves see the war.” –The New York Times Book Review
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“ALAN GREENSPAN: Well, first of all, the Federal Reserve is an independent agency, and that means, basically, that there is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take. So long as that is in place and there is no evidence that the administration or the Congress or anybody else is requesting that we do things other than what we think is the appropriate thing, then what the relationships are don’t, frankly, matter. And I’ve had very good relationships with presidents.”
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SUT JHALLY: Well, it’s such a clear kind of instance of, you know, colonization. We’ve just had 50 years of occupation, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and, until recently, of Gaza. And that’s actually very, very clear, because there’s also this instant—Americans think it’s so complicated. That’s actually—when I talk to my students, they always say it’s too complicated. And I just actually explain to them, you know, in a few sentences, that this actually is a very, very simple conflict. And what—and when the conflict is that simple, what you have to do is you have to make it more complicated. And that’s the function of public relations.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, in other words, even—so, if U.S. elite opinion were to change, this precise strategy, hasbara, would be relatively ineffective.
SUT JHALLY: Well, it relies upon the American state to go along with it, which is why American public opinion is so important, which is why you have to control American public opinion. Not only do you have to control Senate and the House, which they do, but you also have to make sure there’s no pressure on politicians, which is why you have to control public opinion, which is why we say you need to occupy American public opinion to make the occupation possible, as well.
AMY GOODMAN: When it comes to this film, where was it shown?
SUT JHALLY: We’ve had a huge amount of difficulty getting this shown. It’s been shown almost nowhere in the United States.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/14/the_occupation_of_the_american_mind

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JFK and Reagan on our real ability to end war:

“First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable–that mankind is doomed–that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade–therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants.” – JFK

http://worldbeyondwar.org/best-speech-yet-u-s-president/?link_id=1&can_id=3a2c60d59401c45eed9486b76dea507b&source=email-best-speech-yet-by-any-us-president&email_referrer=email_236071&email_subject=best-speech-yet-by-any-us-president

Clearly agitated, Mr. Reagan continued: ”Now, I think that some of the people who are objecting the most and just refusing even to accede to the idea of ever getting any understanding, whether they realize it or not, those people – basically down in their deepest thoughts – have accepted that war is inevitable and that there must come to be a war between the two superpowers.”
”Well, I think as long as you’ve got a chance to strive for peace,” the President added, ”you strive for peace.”
In rebutting critics of the treaty, Mr. Reagan said they had ”a lack of knowledge” about what the treaty contains. In particular, he added, the opponents are ”ignorant of the advances that have been made in verification.”
So ended “the highest stakes poker game ever played,” as Shultz described it. In Reagan’s words, “We proposed the most sweeping and generous arms control proposal in history. We offered the complete elimination of all ballistic missiles—Soviet and American—from the face of the earth by 1996. While we parted company with this American offer still on the table, we are closer than ever before to agreements that could lead to a safer world without nuclear weapons.”
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“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan (Labor Day Speech at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey – September 1, 1980)

https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/reference/9.1.80.html

Norma Rae:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berta_Cáceres#cite_note-15

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“So often it is assumed that torture is conducted for the purpose of gaining information. It is much more often intended to threaten populations into silence and submission. What I was to endure was a message, a warning to others—not to oppose, to remain silent and to yield to power without question. In Guatemala, the Catholic Church sought to walk in company with the suffering poor. I was to be a message board upon which those in power would write a warning to the Church to cease its opposition or be prepared to face the full force of the state.
First came the “interrogation.” They played what they called a “game.” If I answered a question in a way they liked, I would be allowed to smoke. If I answered in a way they didn’t like, I would be burned with a cigarette. For every answer I gave, they burned me. Days after my escape, a doctor would find more than 111 second-degree burns on my back alone.
After they tired of this game, they gambled to see who would rape me first. “Heads, I go first,” said the Policeman. After he raped me, the proud winner whispered into my ear “Your God is dead.” (I didn’t argue.) And then the others took their turns
I regained consciousness and found myself in a courtyard of some type. They then lowered me into an open pit filled with human bodies—bodies of children, women, and men—some decapitated, some caked with blood—some dead—some alive. I remember them, those barely alive—crying out. Our cries joined together to become one terrible declaration of hopelessness—as the rats danced about, feasting on the already dead.
The next step in my descent into hell—I was placed in a dark room. Gradually, I became aware of someone else there, terribly tortured herself, on a table, covered with a foul smelling, blood stained sheet. We spoke briefly. Then the torturers came in, one with a video camera. They placed a knife in my hand and I felt grateful for I thought that, somehow, it was to be used to kill me. Instead, as the filming began, hands were placed over mine and the knife was thrust into the woman. Her screams met mine as my torturers gloated. When it was finished they told me, “Now, you are just like us.”
I had been tortured and lied about during the administration of George H.W. Bush. Now my direct appeals to President Clinton produced nothing. One hundred and three members of congress appealed to Mr. Clinton to release relevant documents—to no avail. A five-week silent vigil and a bread and water fast across from the White House finally produced documents, none relevant to my case. While there was nothing of value for me, one very important document came to light: the Report of the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board, dated June 1996. In it, finally, the U.S. government acknowledged the torture texts used at the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
It is no surprise that the documents I have sought have never been released. The U.S. government, regardless of administration, protects those who order torture. Our government has been involved in this crime against humanity stretching back many years. The difference with the George W. Bush administration was that its actions were so blatant, so clear for all to see. That the major figures of that administration continue to walk free is consistent with the way we do these things. As of this writing, the change-oriented Obama administration has followed the same path by carefully avoiding investigating violations of U.S. law attributable to its high level predecessors. Where, I ask, is the outrage?”
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“Yesterday, this committee heard some of the most disturbing testi-
mony that can be imagined in a free society. We heard evidence that for decades the institutions designed to enforce the,laws and Consti- tution of our country have been engaging’ in conduct that violates the, law and the Constitution. We beard that the FBI, which is part of the Department of Justice, took justice:.into its own hands by seeking to punish those with unpopular ideas. We learned-that the chief law
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enforcement agency in the Federal Government decided that it did not need laws to investigate and suppress the peaceful and constitutional activities of those whom it disapproved.
We heard testimony that the FBI, to protect the country against those it believed had totalitarian political views, employed the tactics of totalitarian societies against American citizens. We heard that the FBI attempted to destroy one of our greatest leaders in the field of civil rights, and then replace him with someone of the FBI’s choosing.
From the evidence the committee has obtained, it is clear that the FBI for decades has conducted surveillance over the personal and political activities of millions of Americans. Evidently, no meeting was too small, no group too insignificant to escape their attention. It
did not seem to matter whether the politics of these Americans were legal or radical or whether the participants were well known or obscure. It did not matter whether the information was intimate and personal. The FBI created indexes, more commonly called enemy lists, of thousands of Americans and targeted many of the Americans on these lists for special harassment. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were victims of this surveillance program. Most of this was done in secret. Much of it was kept from Congress and the Justice Department and all of it from the American people. No one outside the FBI has ever had an opportunity to know and appreciate the full extent of the domestic surveillance program that was then being conducted.”
(pages 61-2)
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  1. NERMEEN SHAIKH: This comes as the Air Force Times is reporting U.S.-backed military aircraft have dropped over 2,000 bombs on the ISIS-held city of Mosul so far this month. According to the journalistic outfit Airwars, almost 1,500 civilians have reportedly been killed in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria this month alone. On March 17th, a U.S. airstrike in Mosul reportedly killed up to 200 civilians. The Pentagon is now admitting it carried out an airstrike at the location where the civilians were killed, but U.S. officials are placing part of the blame for the high death toll on ISIS. On Wednesday, the head of U.S. Central Command, Army General Joseph Votel, testified before the House Armed Services Committee.
    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/3/30/amnesty_hundreds_of_iraqi_civilians_killed
    DONATELLA ROVERA: Well, first of all, I mean, you know, I would certainly concur with the statement that ISIS hides behind civilians and that ISIS does not care about respecting international law. In fact, it does everything it can to violate it, and does so very openly. That’s very true. But that’s been known for a long time, and it should have been taken into consideration when planning the military campaign.

    As for the other part of the statement, that every measure is taken to minimize civilian casualties, I would find it difficult to agree with that, because of what I’ve seen on the ground. As I said, residents in Mosul were very open about the fact that ISIS positions snipers on their rooftops, usually in very small numbers, obviously, again, to avoid being detected, or that ISIS fighters were going in and out of houses, hanging around in people’s gardens and so on and so forth. Nobody has been denying that. The fact is the kind of measures that have been taken—when targeting those ISIS militants, what kind of measures were taken to protect the civilians around them? Because the kind of scenes that I’ve seen in Mosul is entire houses collapsed, brought down by airstrikes, in order to target one or two or three individuals on a rooftop. Every military expert knows that there are other means available, other types of munitions available, that will not bring down an entire building but will take out legitimate targets. I mean, we’ve seen, even in Mosul, at times in the past, ISIS fighters being taken out while driving on a motorcycle. So, you know, there is no dispute that more precise munitions than large bombs that bring down an entire building are available and are being used in other theaters. So, you know, that could help to minimize civilian casualties for sure.

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  2. “We have a war party in this country and we’ve had it all along! And you can call it Democrat for a while, you can call it Republican for a while, but it has been the special economic interest in this society that’s governed us from the time that we founded our governments on this continent. And the people have ever controlled those governments.
    We call ourselves the world’s greatest democracy — we are absolutely a plutocracy! It’s the most obvious thing in the world! Wealth governs this country! And wealth uses military violence to control the rest of the world as best it can! And we’re responsible! And we will pay the price for it!”
    – Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General, on documentary: “What I Learned About US Foreign Policy: The War Against The Third World” (1988)

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  3. Robert Fisk is the multi-award winning Middle East correspondent of The Independent, based in Beirut. He has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions. Occasionally describing himself as an ‘Ottoman correspondent’ because of the huge area he covers, Fisk joined The Independent in 1989. He has written best-selling books on the Middle East, including Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation. He was born in Kent in 1946 and gained his BA in English and Classics at Lancaster University. He holds a PhD in politics from Trinity College, Dublin.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/author/robert-fisk

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  4. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328397-spicer-accidentally-says-trump-trying-to-destabilize-the-middle-east

    UNITED NATIONS — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Iran and its ally Hezbollah on Thursday of conspiring to destabilize the Middle East — a charge “categorically” rejected by Iran’s U.N. envoy as a misleading propaganda campaign perpetrated by Israel and others in the region.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-envoy-iran-and-hezbollah-want-to-destabilize-the-mideast/2017/04/20/fc7d729e-2610-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html?utm_term=.3f0437477e20

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  5. election results: Tran Dai QUANG (CPV) elected president; percent of National Assembly vote – 98.9%; Nguyen Xuan PHUC elected prime minister; percent of National Assembly vote – 91.0%
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/print_vm.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trần_Đại_Quang

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2011/06/elections-vietnam

    http://time.com/3732062/ronald-ridenhour-vietnam-my-lai/

    Eric Li says in John Pilger’s newest film how he makes a joke that in China, anyway, you can change the polices not the party and in the US it’s the other way around.

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  6. A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
    -James Madison, August 4, 1822

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  7. Unidentified Speaker
    >> Host: LET’S START FROM A CALL FROM JACOB IN WISCONSIN. YOU’RE ON THE WARE, PLEASE GO AHEAD.

    00:11:24
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    >> HI. I’D LIKE TO ASK THE AUTHOR ABOUT MAYBE PERHAPS COMMENTING ON THE FACT THAT CRAIG MURRAY, THE FORM AMBASSADOR TO US A BECK SCAN FROM BRITAIN, RECEIVED INTEL THAT THE CIA WAS ACTUALLY OILING PEOPLE ALIVE IN IS OUR POLICY BETTER THAN CHINA’S OR WORSE AND AT HOME WE KILLED DR. KING. “THE NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTED THAT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ASSASSINATED DR. KING. I’LL LEAVE ITSELF AT THAT. MAYBE YOU CAN COMMENT AND I JUST WONDER HOW MUCH FREER ARE WE THAN ANYONE ELSE OR LIES THAT EVERY GOVERNMENT IS BEING TOLD MORE OR LESS. Show Less Text
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    >> Host: PROFESSOR JOUET WHAT DO YOU WHAT TO DO WITH THAT?

    00:12:14
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    >> Guest: IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. OVERALL AMERICA HAS MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPREAD OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICA IS THE FIRST WESTERN DEMOCRACY THAT EMERGED FROM THE ENLIGHTENMENT. THE FOUNDING FATHERS WERE NOT PERFECT MEN, STILL THEY PRODUCED A CONCEPT OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES THAT WERE MODELS FOR OTHER NATIONS. THAT BEING SAID AMERICA HAS BEEN A NATION OF CONTRADICTION, INCLUDING WITH REGARD TO HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL RIGHTS, SLAVERY, FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, A LOT OF QUESTIONS, AND I WOULD SAY — WHEN WE LOOK AT INTERESTING AMERICA, INTERESTING CONTRASTS.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?426916-6/mugambi-jouet-discusses-exceptional-america&start=669

    http://news.stanford.edu/2017/04/03/expert-examines-roots-americas-divide/

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  8. Nelson Peery described Krushchev’s rise to power as a “coup.” He said once, “Zhukov ringed Moscow with tanks, and the Krushchev faction made sure everything went their way.”

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  9. That cynicism is on full display in the torture manuals developed and used throughout the 1980s by the School of the Americas, a U.S. training school for Latin American military personnel. After a hard-won fight by human rights activists, the manuals were made public in 1996, and as Lisa Haugaard writes in October of that year, they regard basic exercises of democracy as tools of terrorists. As one manual states, “Many terrorists … use the [democratic process] to advance their causes.” Haugaard concludes that this paint-all-dissent-as-terrorism tactic was effectively exported to justify killing “thousands of religious leaders, students, union members and human rights activists.”

    http://inthesetimes.com/features/us_imperialism_military_history.html

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  10. Eric Draitser shared a link.
    9 hrs
    My latest: “The Strategy Behind Washington’s Destabilization Of #Venezuela” -published today. (Excerpts below)

    Ultimately, the empire’s beef with Venezuela is two-fold. First, it is a country that has attempted to free itself of the architecture of neo-colonial domination that the U.S. and other global powers use to control the Global South. Secondly, Venezuela represents everything that the U.S. opposes in the region: socialism, anti-imperialism, economic independence via energy exports and a viable ally for China, Russia, Iran and other countries that oppose the hegemonic designs of Washington.
    Regime change is the ultimate objective in the destabilization of Venezuela, a bringing to heel of the rogue state in order to serve Washington’s global objectives. The U.S. thirsts for the reversal of the Bolivarian Revolution and the legacy of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

    However, it would be a mistake to assume that U.S. policy toward Venezuela revolves exclusively around the profits to be made by ExxonMobil and other oil companies. While that is undoubtedly a factor, ultimately it is about political leverage and strategy vis-à-vis rival powers and power blocs.
    Consider the fact that Venezuela’s oil reserves alone account for roughly one-quarter (24.8 percent) of all proven crude oil reserves within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This makes Venezuela hugely influential when it comes to decisions about oil production and, consequently, global oil prices. And when you couple Venezuela with Iran, a key ally of the Bolivarian Republic, both countries together account for nearly 40 percent of OPEC crude. Add to that non-OPEC member Russia, which accounts for 12.4 percent of global crude production, just behind Saudi Arabia and the U.S., and you begin to see just how significant these three countries are to global oil prices and production.
    One must also consider Saudi Arabia, which closely trails Venezuela in terms of proven crude reserves (22 percent of OPEC reserves). The centrality of Venezuela should be immediately apparent. Installing a right-wing, pro-U.S. government in Venezuela would mean that the U.S. would effectively control, or at least have significant influence over, nearly 85 percent of OPEC production (Venezuela and the Gulf monarchies), thereby isolating Iran within the grouping. Put differently, Venezuela is the only thing keeping OPEC from being a plaything of Washington and Wall Street.
    Russia and China also figure centrally in this calculation. With Venezuela under Washington’s boot, Moscow and Beijing would be significantly weaker, as they would have no influence over OPEC. Nor would they be able to satisfy each other’s needs alone – Russia needs consumer goods and imports far beyond what China can provide, and China needs energy and other raw materials far beyond what Russia can offer.
    In effect, regime change in Venezuela would cut the legs out from under Moscow and Beijing…
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-strategy-behind-washingtons-destabilization-of-venezuela/227967/

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  11. “What they’re condemning is critics. They say critics should not be aloud to raise questions. The reason, we have to silence criticism. Because everyone has to line up and sing Hosannas to our leaders. That’s the job of intellectuals. Round up the chorus so they all sing praises to your leaders while they march in the parade and tell you how magnificent we are. I mean that’s the historic task of intellectuals, you know. Not just here. I mean It’s the historic task. I mean let’s go back say to WWI, far enough away so we can think about it. What did intellectuals do during WWI? Well you know, first thing that happened is 93 leading German intellectuals published a manifesto calling on their colleagues and the rest of the world to support Germany and it’s magnificent aim to bring justice and peace to the world. What did the West, the European, American intellectuals do? Exactly the same thing, you know. In fact they all lauded the magnificence of their leaders. There were some exceptions, most of them ended up in jail, on both sides.”

    Noam Chomsky (20 minutes)

    “I mean September 11th was a terrorists atrocity, so was the reaction to it. Literally, literally, by the literal meaning of the word terrorism as defined by US officials documents. Terrorism is the calculated threat or use of violence to achieve political or other ends through intimidation or fear. Suppose you announce to people, ‘we’re going to continue to bomb you unless you turn over to us people who we suspect of crimes, though we’re not going to provide you of any evidence and we’re going to refuse negotiations.’ I’m quoting George Bush. That’s terrorism in the literal sense, extreme terrorism.”

    Noam Chomsky (30 minutes)

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