Friday, August 29, 2014

America's Creeping Into Syria Will Hang Itself in Ukraine

Land Destroyer | Aug 28, 2014 | Tony Cartalucci

The US has claimed it will begin reconnaissance flights over Syria - a tentative first step toward direct military intervention it has sought in attempts to overthrow the Syrian government since 2011. While the US is using the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) as a pretext to carry out these intrusions into Syrian territory, it was the US itself that created and to this day perpetuates ISIS and other extremist militant fronts amid a documented attempt to reorder the entire Middle East.

What is expected to follow is an incremental expansion of US military intervention in eastern Syria that will include further arming and funding of the very terrorist networks it claims it is violating Syria's borders to attack, culminating in eventual military operations carried out against the Syria government itself.

The US' justification for directly intervening in Syria however, only further undermines the very "international norms" it claims to champion, and opens the door for other nations it is menacing to use more direct means to confront its agenda of global military aggression, including along Russia's border with Ukraine.

Untying Russia's Hands 

In CNN's report, "Obama authorizes reconnaissance flights over Syria, U.S. official says," it states:
In a discussion about whether the United States military would need Syrian government approval to act against ISIS in Syria, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest referenced the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011. 
"The President has already demonstrated a willingness, where necessary, to protect the American people, has demonstrated a willingness to use military force to protect the American people, regardless of borders," Earnest said Monday.
By exercising policy "regardless of borders," the US has just hung itself politically in its efforts to protect the newly installed regime in Kiev, Ukraine, and prevent Russia from intervening against what are literally battalions of Neo-Nazi militants operating along Russia's border with Ukraine. Citing the need to "protect the Russian people" resonates clearer in regards to legitimate concerns, considering Ukraine's proximity to Russian territory, than America's claims that a region on the other side of the planet, where one of its citizens voluntarily chose to put himself into harms way by covering an ongoing armed conflict, somehow now requires direct US military intervention.

ISIS is America's Monstrosity

What is perhaps the most troubling aspect of all about America's attempts to begin military intervention in eastern Syria using ISIS as a pretext, is the fact that it and its regional allies including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, created ISIS in the first place to use as a proxy mercenary force for the purpose of overthrowing the government in Syria and confronting pro-Iranian forces across the region from Lebanon to Baghdad. With Syria effectively containing ISIS in eastern Syria and routing them in the more heavily populated regions of western Syria, the West's designs for regime change in Syria appear effectively defeated.

 It was predicted, at the onset of ISIS' incursion into northern Iraq, that it would be used as a pretext to effect regime change on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border. The West's feigned surprise at the immense funding, armament, and organization of ISIS attempted to create 'distance' between itself and the mercenary force they themselves created.

In a June 2014 NEO Journal article titled, "NATO’s Terror Hordes in Iraq a Pretext for Syria Invasion," it was explicitly predicted that:
The alleged territorial holdings of ISIS cross over both Syrian and Iraqi borders meaning that any campaign to eradicate them from Iraqi territory can easily spill over into Syria’s borders. And that is exactly the point. With ISIS having ravaged Mosul, Iraq near the Turkish border and moving south in a terror blitzkrieg now threatening the Iraqi capital of Baghdad itself, the Iraqi government is allegedly considering calling for US and/or NATO assistance to break the terror wave. Adding to the pretext, ISIS, defying any sound tactical or strategic thinking, has seized a Turkish consulate in Mosul, taking over 80 Turkish hostages - serendipitous giving Turkey not only a new pretext to invade northern Iraq as it has done many times in pursuit of alleged Kurdish militants, but to invade Syrian territory where ISIS is also based.
The report would also state (emphasis added):
Invading northern Iraq will allow NATO to then justify cross-border operations into eastern Syria. In reality what NATO will be doing is establishing their long desired “buffer zone” where terrorists can launch attacks deeper and more effectively into Syrian territory. With western Syria returning to peace and order after a series of victories for the Syrian government, the last front NATO’s proxy forces have is Al Qaeda’s arch of terror running along Turkey’s border and now, across eastern Syria and northern Iraq. NATO’s presence in northern Iraq would also provide an obstacle for Iranian-Syrian trade and logistics.
Indeed, the US claims that the Syrian government holds no control and therefor no jurisdiction over its eastern most territories, allowing the US and its partners to invade, occupy, and control the region. Under the pretense of fighting ISIS, the US has already declared it would provide greater funding, arms, and support for "moderates" who would then be able to seek refuge in eastern Syria with absolute impunity from Syrian forces, allowing the West's terrorist proxies to operate deeper and more effectively in territory closer to Damascus.

In reality, these so-called "moderates" demonstrably never existed. The West has so far failed to explain how their funding, arms, training, and aid programs amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars and representing the collective resources of America, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey have somehow been "eclipsed" by ISIS forces. This is of course because the collective resources of the West and its regional allies were intentionally directed into the hands of ISIS and other extremists from the onset of the Syrian conflict.

Order Out of Chaos

By creating ISIS, directing it to this very day, while simultaneously using it as a pretext for direct military intervention, the West sets a dangerous precedent where in any nation that is able to create sufficient chaos within the borders of another nation, can then use this chao to reorder politically and economically any society they will.

What it also does, however, is untie the hands of Russia, who is currently managing a crisis along its borders not of its own creation, but tipped off by the successful US-backed violent overthrow of the elected government of neighboring Ukraine, resulting in a fascist regime coming to power and its subsequent waging of war against Ukrainians who refuse to recognize its illegitimate claim over Kiev.

If the US can invade Syria thousands of miles from its own shores, surely Russia can intervene in Ukraine. As America refers to "international norms" determining what is and isn't acceptable, the "norm" it has established with its creeping intervention in Syria justifies all that it has denounced Russia for allegedly doing in neighboring Ukraine.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

Donetsk National Republic Declared

Sott Media | Aug 28, 2014

On August 26th 2014, Alexander V. Zakharchenko - Prime Minister of The Donetsk National Republic and Vladimir Kononov - Defense Minister of DNR, give a press conference in which they explain the situation in East Ukraine and announce the creation of the Donetsk National Republic, an independent nation state entirely separate from Ukraine.

'Kiev, rise up!' Protesters demand ouster of Ukrainian president, defense minister

RT | Aug 28, 2014

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast.

The demonstrators, many of whom were mothers and wives of the soldiers involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, have blocked traffic at one of the capital’s arterial roads, the Vozdukhoflotsky Boulevard.

They called on the army to urgently send reinforcements, including tanks and other heavy military vehicles, to the city of Ilovaysk in the Donetsk Region.

This strategic town was retaken by the self-defense forces after several days of fighting on Wednesday, which led to the encirclement of a large group of Kiev’s troops.

READ MORE: Ukraine president blames military failure on deserting commanders

The protesters also insisted on the resignation of defense minister Valery Geletey and all other top commanders of Kiev’s so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in southeast Ukraine.

A man holds a placard " General Staff save Ukraine but
not your asses!" during the rally in front of the Ukrainian
Defence Ministery in Kiev on August 28, 2014.
(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)
A group of youths tried to hustle away the soldiers guarding the entrance to the building and make their way into the Defense Ministry, RIA-Novosti news agency reports.

But they were asked to stand down by other rally participants, who didn’t want their action to be discredited.

The commander of the Donbass battalion, fighting against the militia in southeast Ukraine, Semyon Semyontchenko, has talked to the crowd via a bullhorn, asking the protesters to “show unity.”

After several hours outside the Defense Ministry, the demonstrators moved toward the presidential administration building.

 The protesters said that they would remain on the streets until their demands were met by the authorities.

A police officer tries to prevent activists and relatives
of soldiers who say that the soldiers are surrounded
by self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine, from getting
into the defence ministry building during a protest
in Kiev August 28, 2014.(Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)
Several hours later, the traffic on the Ukrainian capital’s main street, Khreshchatyk, was also paralyzed by demonstrators chanting: “Kiev, rise up!”

According to the Itar-Tass news agency, they urged all Kiev residents to join their protest, including recently elected mayor and former boxing world champion Vitaly Klitschko.

The demands at Khreshchatyk were similar – to impeach President Poroshenko and calling for the resignation of the country’s top military officials.

The mothers and wives of Ukrainian soldiers also blocked an inter-city highway in the town of Krivoy Rog.

The women said they were in despair as the situation within the Ukrainian military units fighting in the southeast is critical, Channel One reports.

“There’s no food, no water, no weapons. There’s lack of personnel,”
said a female demonstrator, who was holding a banner that read, “Save our husbands!”

Ukraine has been engulfed in violent internal conflict since April, when Kiev’s military began its crackdown on southeastern regions of the country.

The Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognize the new coup-imposed authorities and demanded federalization of the country.

According to United Nations’ estimates released Tuesday, over 2,249 people have so far been killed and over 6,033 wounded in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The number of internally displaced Ukrainians has reached 190,000, with another 207,000 finding refuge in Russia, the UN said.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

FRAUD! CDC Scientist ADMITS They Omitted Data Linking MMR Vaccines to Autism

TRUTHStream Media | Aug 28, 2014

The CDC Scientist/Whistleblower has now admitted the FRAUD via a letter released through his lawyer's office, an office which specializes in whistleblower retaliation, by the way.

He goes on to parrot typical propaganda and that he loves his CDC bosses etc. and all other manner of damage control, but it doens't matter. All of that is irrelevant.

What is relevant is this man and his team omitted data from the 2004 study CDC published in the journal Pediatrics that clearly showed a 340% increase in autism risk with MMR shots in little African American babies and toddlers. What were the risks to the rest of the kids and what else has that man and his colleagues defrauded the public about regarding VACCINES? This is the same guy who went on to coauthor a study on the safety of THIMEROSAL!

This is INSANE that he gets to just admit this like it's NO BIG DEAL. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN HURT BY THIS INFORMATION NOT BEING GIVEN TO THEIR PARENTS OVER THE LAST DECADE?! This man's coworker used this study as part of the basis for her TESTIMONY TO CONGRESS that there was NO LINK when clearly she was complicit in HIDING DATA SHOWING THAT THERE WAS A LINK!


From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?

Rutherford Institute | Aug 28, 2014

The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the government’s response but in the community’s reaction. Many Americans are now shocked at the tactics employed to quell citizen unrest—a massive SWAT team, an armored personnel carrier, men in camouflage pointing heavy artillery at the crowd, smoke bombs and tear gas. But as John W. Whitehead reveals in this week's video, 'we the people' have the power to stem the growth of the emerging police state. Copyright © 2014 The Rutherford Institute

More than 50,000 U.S.-Backed Troops Are Fighting in Ukraine’s Civil War. Why?

Washington's Blog | Aug 27, 2014 | Eric Zuesse

The U.S. Government installed in February 2014 the current Ukrainian Government, which started Ukraine’s civil war against the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, who reject this Government. The U.S., and the Ukrainian Government that the U.S. installed, call the residents there “terrorists,” for refusing to be ruled by the people that the U.S. imposed in February to lead Ukraine.

According to the man whom we installed to lead Ukraine, “by now about 50 thousand soldiers and officers appear participants in the antiterrorist operation: ‘Thousands are wounded. Many families were left without a breadwinner’.” That quotation is from an article that was published on August 11th by the Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian Government. Their press release was quoting Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whom Obama’s agent Victoria Nuland had selected on February 4th (18 days before  the overthrow) to become the Prime Minister of Ukraine. (The transcript of the complete phone call in which the EU came to know that the U.S. had engineered this regime-change is here.)

And here is the result of the bombs that our people have been dropping on those ‘terrorists.’

And here is what these ‘terrorists’ themselves have to say about that.

Western ‘news’ media don’t report this news, which is why all of it might come as a shock to 99% of Americans, and of the residents of other NATO countries. (That’s why I provide those links: so that you can easily verify these things for yourself.)

We call this a “free press” and a “democracy.” This is what America is trying to impose worldwide. But there is lots of resistance to it, not only in Ukraine, but worldwide.

People throughout the world believe overwhelmingly that the United States is the greatest threat to world peace; and if our invasion and corrupt and disastrous occupation of Iraq don’t suffice to make the point, then our coup and installation of nazis into control over Ukraine certainly should.

Why Are We Doing This?

It’s not by happenstance; it’s by careful design. A reader-comment at the site of a specialist on Ukraine described in the following words the February coup:

Otto Tomasch ”daisygarden”: 

I am Ukrainian. At present I do not live in Kiev (I lived before), but by chance, at that time I was in Kiev. 

1) There was about 20 000 p[eople] on Maidan [in the public demonstrations to bring down the corrupt President Yanukovych; like all of Ukraine’s Presidents, Yanukovych was very corrupt]

2) most of them were paid (Right Sector, Nazis) by US. 

3) [also] lots of paid addicts [and] unemployed 

4) some naive people [unpaid] (including my son, educated but ignorant), in search of democracy. 

The U.S. paymasters wrote the script, and directed the show. (It’s ugly.) The 20,000 Maidaners did not. On 13 December 2013, Victoria Nuland, Obama’s agent masterminding the operation along with the CIA, said “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine,” and she used euphemisms such as “democracy” to describe our objectives there, but the people whom she chose to run the post-coup Government did not restore the democracy that we overthrew; they actually ended it.

The real reason we are doing all this in Ukraine, is so that the voters who had elected the Ukrainian President that we overthrew on February 22nd will be removed from Ukraine, and so that the U.S. will thus in the future get Ukrainian leaders ‘elected’ in Ukraine whom our leaders (America’s aristocrats, the people who actually fund American politicians’ campaigns) want to be ‘elected’ to lead Ukraine.

This is the new way for one country’s aristocracy to control another country: now that the international standard is ‘democracy,’ the cheapest way for aristocrats to control another country is to get rid of the voters who elect leaders that ours don’t want to lead those countries.

For example, in Ukraine’s May 25th Presidential ‘election,’ only the areas in Ukraine that favored our coup were allowed to vote, and the other regions didn’t even want to vote in that election because the government that was holding it was (and is) bombing them. See the electoral turnout map at wikipedia, which is here,_2014#mediaviewer/File:Явка_виборців_на_позачергових_виборах_Президента_України_2014_по_округах.PNG
and this turnout (as you see: almost zilch in the southeast) contrasts sharply with the turnout in the election that chose the President, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Obama overthrewАктивность_избирателей.svg, in which election — the last truly nationwide election in Ukraine — the turnout was approximately the same percentage of voters throughout the entire country. Basically, the Obama-installed Government doesn’t represent the people in Ukraine’s southeast at all: it is instead exterminating them, with our money. (That’s money U.S. taxpayers lend them via the IMF, and which cannot actually be repaid. Ukraine is already bankrupt: only our continuing loans keep the war that we started, going. We aren’t investing in this genocide; we are funding  it.) So, what today’s Ukrainian Government insists was a ‘democratic’ election on May25th that includes the regions they’re bombing, is in fact not that at all.

Basically, the extermination-program in the southeastern half of Ukraine antagonized the residents there toward the regime that was choosing the candidates and that was holding the May 25th, 2014, election; and, yet, this Ukrainian Government claims that the regions that are breaking away from this ‘democracy’ have no right to do so, even despite this government’s ethnic cleansing program to get rid of the residents there. If that ‘reasoning’ sounds crazy, it is, but there are plenty of fools for it: a vast majority of the American public believe it: they believe that the U.S. generously helped the idealistic Maidaners replace a ‘dictator’ (Yanukovych) with a ‘democracy’. The public belief is based on myth that’s packaged and marketed to the U.S. masses — the people who simply foot the bill.

The United States insists on Ukraine’s ‘sovereign right’ to exterminate the residents in its regions that don’t support the government that the United States has imposed upon all of Ukraine (and imposes by force against the regions that don’t accept it). For the residents in Ukraine’s southeast to resist being exterminated is for them to be ‘terrorists.’ That’s America’s reasoning. It’s also the reasoning of the Government that we installed there. And the aristocracy, the oligarchs (who also own the ‘news’ media), sell it in their respective country: U.S. or Ukraine.

The people in the regions that our Ukrainian Government is now bombing, had, in the final authentically democratic election in Ukraine, in February 2010, voted overwhelmingly for Viktor Yanukovych, whom Obama overthrew; and, so, Obama wants to get rid of these people in order to prevent a leader like that (a leader favorable toward Russia) from being elected in Ukraine again; and those residents also oppose fracking for gas (and they live on a huge shale-gas field) because they don’t want their water to be poisoned (and Ukraine’s environmental laws and enforcement are virtually non-existent; so, only the people need to be gotten rid of there, our aristocrats want the land; they want to sell that gas; and Obama wants to block Russia, or any of its oligarchs, from selling Russia’s gas to Europe; he wants to choke Russia). Western oil companies, and Ukraine’s own oligarchs, want to frack Ukraine’s shale-gas; and one of the reasons why Obama perpetrated his coup to overthrow Yanukovych was to let them do that.

Furthermore, Western arms-makers want more war in order to restore their glory-days during the Cold War.

So: not just Obama but oil companies and arms-dealers also want US (the United States, via our appointed Ukrainian Government) to drop bombs onto the residents in southeastern Ukraine, to either kill those people, or else scare them away (to become refugees in Russia or elsewhere). These massacres of people in the southeast started on May 2nd.

A reader asked me why we’re doing this; and my reply listed at least 4 reasons for our bombing them:

1) The U.S. aristocracy is committed to its global dominance over all other nations’ aristocracies (including Russia’s).

2) Removing the residents from S.E. Ukraine will allow fracking by the U.S.-affiliated oligarch Kolomoysky and by publicly owned oil companies.

3) That fracking will end up selling to Europe gas produced by our favored oligarchs, not by Russia’s; so, we must defeat Russia’s aristocracy, and the ethnic cleansing is a key part of that plan.

4) U.S. military contractors will boom from this renewed Cold War.
As regards the third point, there are lots of articles about the gas back-story to Ukraine.

This is basically an aristocratic operation, which, as they usually do, is set up for us to fund it and for them to profit from it. According to the leading authority on income-distribution in the U.S., Obama’s vaunted “economic recovery” after the 2008 Bush crash is fictitious for the bottom 99% of the U.S. population, but very real and plentiful for the top 1%: “Top 1% incomes grew by 31.4%, while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 0.4%, from 2009 to 2012. Hence, the top 1% captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery.” Incidentally, that’s virtually unprecedented in economic history: usually, the income-distribution becomes more equal after an economic crash, not less equal — less equal is normal only for economic boom-times, not for economic recoveries. So, while Obama gets the American public to subsidize the business (actually the mega-theft) operations of the U.S. aristocracy, how sincere, actually, is his liberal rhetoric about the need to reduce economic inequality in the U.S.? If he says to us, “Well, I tried,” then it can only be asserted with a wink and a nod to his ultimate expected benefactors, especially when he’s getting us to fund a very bloody land-clearing operation for American oil companies and for a complicit Ukrainian gas-oligarch, and for arms-dealers.

The question of what the residents of Ukraine’s southeastern provinces think about what we’re doing to them is ignored in the Western press, because our media are owned by our aristocrats, who largely placed into power the current U.S. Government. However, the residents in southeastern Ukraine, tell you what they think about our bombing of them, right here.

So: under Obama, feudalism is being restored, in its new form, which is fascism. What feudalism was for the Agrarian Age, fascism is for the Corporate Age — the Age in which power comes from owning shares of corporate stock, instead of from owning acres of agricultural land. Corporations, rather than landed estates, are now the aristocracy’s basis. That’s why Mussolini sometimes referred to fascism itself as “corporationism.”

If racism is added to fascism, as Hitler did, then the resulting ideology is called “nazism,” which isn’t any political party — not the Party in Hitler’s Germany (the original Nazi State, run by the original Nazi Party), nor in Ukraine (which has two nazi parties, which share this one ideology, and neither of which calls  itself Ukraine’s “Nazi” Party). The lower-case term, “nazism,” refers to the ideology itself, just like the lower-case term “fascism” does. So, that’s the difference between, for example, the Fascist Party in Italy, and a fascist party (such as the post-Nixon Republican Party in the United States).

Although Obama isn’t himself a racist (only a fascist), he is exploiting a popular racism in Ukraine, one that’s against ethnic Russians, so as to attain his goal, which is to lock-in the global supremacy of America’s aristocracy.

For example, the leadership that Obama installed into Ukraine want to exterminate ethnic Russians, not only within Ukraine, but in Russia too. This is a key reason why Obama installed this governing coalition of nazis and fascists there: the nazis among them hate ethnic Russians. (It’s an old story in Ukraine’s northeast: a hatred of all Slavs.) Whereas Obama (and the rest of America’s aristocracy) is fascist (and this includes, for examples, not just the rabidly anti Democratic Party pro-Republican Koch brothers (for whom Obama is fighting in his Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations against the EU), but there’s also the specifically Russia-hating pro-Democratic Party Obama-backer George Soros. He’s like a Captain Ahab against this Russian Moby Dick that he’s fighting to the death. The end of the ideological Cold War evidently didn’t slake his craving for sheer conquest, which has turned out to continue even after Russia ended its communism. His battle here turns out to be racist, not ideological per se — neither democratic, nor merely fascist, but rather nazi, in nazism’s anti-Russian embodiment. Thus, consider a TV station that’s funded by the West including by George Soros’s International Renaissance Foundation, Hromadske TV. In July, with the ethnic cleansing in Donbass raging full force, a guest on the West’s Hromadske TV Channel (a channel whose audience mushroomed after the Obama coup), an unknown ‘journalist’, Bogdan Butkevich, was interviewed, and said, “Donbass must be exploited as a [gas-producing] resource, which it is. … Donbass … is severely overpopulated with people nobody has any use for, … approximately 4 million inhabitants, at least 1.5 million of which are superfluous. … There is a certain category of people that must be exterminated.” Hromadske TV in 2013, during the lead-up to the coup, received 8% of its funding from Soros’s International Renaissance Foundation, 16% from the U.S. Embassy (which appointed the new Government in February 2014), 31% from the Netherlands Embassy, and 44% from “Individuals,” who are Ukraine’s oligarchs, including the gas baron Ihor Kolomoysky. The U.S. regime installed Kolomoysky in 2014 as a regional Governor, and he co-masterminded the extermination program against ethnic Russians, starting with the massacre of regime-opponents at the Trade Unions Building in Odessa, which began the extermination program. Kolomoysky owns fracking rights to more of Ukraine’s gas than any other person, via his Burisma Holdings, to which he appointed as a board member in 2014 Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Potentially, the Biden family could become billionaires from this, but the residents in Donbass would need to be cleared out first. Kolomoysky also owns Privat Bank, which holds the bank account for Hromadske TV. So: in a sense, saying that at least 1.5 million Donbass residents should be “exterminated” is promoting among the Ukrainian public the business plan of Kolomoysky and his friends.

Forbes’s Mark Adomanis headlined on 15 April 2014 “Ukraine’s Economy Is Nearing Collapse” and he wrote: “the currency has been in free fall, losing more than 35% of its value against the dollar this year. The Hryvnia has been the world’s worst performing currency in 2014. … The only reason that things haven’t totally imploded is because of the $18 billion package of assistance from the IMF and the $9 billion in additional assistance pledged by the United States and the European Union. This financial assistance is desperately needed and will obviously help the Ukrainian government keep the lights on. The problem is that Ukraine’s … economic outlook is darkening, [and] Ukraine’s already large funding needs have grown commensurately.” Only the (taxpayers in) U.S. and EU, and the IMF (funded mainly by U.S. taxpayers) are funding this slaughter. Moreover, Adomanis’s very next article, 10 days later, was headlined “The European Union Isn’t Going To Bail Out Ukraine.” So that leaves only US to keep Ukraine’s soldiers paid, fed, and supplied.

The racism that is being utilized here to get rid of the undesired voters isn’t necessarily shared by its American sponsors, who are merely trying to increase their own international dominance. Beyond a certain amount of wealth, the main motivation becomes sheer power; and, so, that’s what the biggest aristocrats are trying to maximize — their power, not their wealth in itself. They just do it with our  money. But Republicans (the ones who declare themselves as such, and not merely fake ‘Democrats’ like Obama who are actually closeted Republicans), say that this nation doesn’t have enough money to feed and shelter the homeless and to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and get our unemployed and underemployed back to work and skill-trained at public expense so that they can become public assets.

We have only enough money to invade Iraq, ethnically cleanse southeastern Ukraine, and … maybe, install nuclear missiles right next door to Russia in Ukraine.

So, that’s why “More than 50,000 U.S.-backed Troops Are Fighting in Ukraine’s Civil War.” We’re feeding them, and paying for their weapons — and for their coffins. After all: that country’s in debt to everybody, because its oligarchs have skimmed off most of the ‘foreign aid’ and socked it away in Switzerland and other tax-havens (such as Burisma Holdings in Cypress).

As for the people of southeastern Ukraine: we’re just getting rid of them, that’s all.

And, of course, we’re blaming Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, for it. That’s part of the plan: to blame him for whatever our press and its aristocratic owners can get away with blaming him for. Because they’re the ones, after all, the aristocracy, whose plan it really is.

And that’s why “More than 50,000 U.S.-backed Troops Are Fighting in Ukraine’s Civil War.”

Aristocrats come up with the plans. We merely fund their plans. And this is what ‘democracy’ and ‘capitalism’ have come to refer to.

And Americans keep believing their fantasies. And more and more wealth thus comes to be held by fewer and fewer people. The American public’s fantasies are very profitable for some people.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO)

Screenshot from youtube by Curtis Shannon
RT | Aug 27, 2014

Cell phone video footage of a Florida traffic stop is beginning to go viral after the man who recorded his encounter with police pleaded online for assistance because he says law enforcement’s actions forced him to move.

Curtis Shannon has raised $1,745 in three days after creating a crowdfunding site to help “recover” from an incident that occurred outside his St. Petersburg, FL residence last December.

According to Shannon, he was pulled over nine months ago by the St. Pete’s police on his way home from work, but was hesitant to exit his vehicle immediately because of what he perceived to be threats from one of the officers on the scene. Instead, he attempted to feed the cops his info through his partially open car window.

After unsuccessfully attempting to first supply one of the officers with his driver’s license and registration, Shannon began recording his encounter on his cell phone. Footage from the incident shows him appearing to cooperate with law enforcement, but expressing concern over why one cop insists he exits his car.

On YouTube, Shannon wrote that he began recording after he asked why he was being pulled over and the officer responded with “because I want to.”

“Sir, I don't feel comfortable getting out of the car when I don't even know why you're here. Why do you need me to step out of the car? I'm not a criminal and my papers are all legal,” Shannon recalls telling the officer.

“I need to see you,” the officer insists during one part of the clip. “I need you to get out of this car, that’s what I need you to do.”

When Shannon asks why, he’s told: “Because I asked you to.”

Around four minute into the cell phone clip, Shannon heeded the officer’s instructions. The cell phone footage shows that he was immediately roughed up, however, and Shannon says he was treated at a hospital the following day for scrapes and bruises he received during the incident — after he was released from jail.

“I took his word for it (silly me), grabbed my phone (now a camcorder) so I could continue recording from outside the car and openned [sic] the car door,” Shannon wrote on GoFundMe. “I let go of the frame of my car and accepted my fate. I was getting beat up tonight, there’s no denying that. The officer then slammed me onto the ground, making sure that my head made full contact with the curb on the way down.”

According to Shannon, he was originally charged with resisting/obstructing with violence — a felony — although those charges were later reduced to a misdemeanor. He’s hesitant to plead guilty, however, and has finally posted video of the footage in hopes of raising enough money for future lawyer fees.

Screenshot from youtube by Curtis Shannon
“I am elligible [sic] for the PreTrial Intervention program,” Shannon wrote on his online fundraiser page. “If I accept and complete the program, the case will be dismissed upon completion. “

“’Well why not do that?’ you may be asking. Accepting the program requires an admission of guilt to the offense I've been accused of. Doing so eliminates any chance I have of filing a suit against the state and possibly changing the way the police behave in the city,” Shannon adds. “That's why I've come here.”

On the YouTube page for the clip, Shannon says he and his family fled the county after the incident in lieu of risking any similar ordeals with the local police. Even the actions of the New York Police Department he endured while living in the Big Apple, Shannon wrote, pale in comparison to the way he’s witnessed the SPPD behave.

“After this incident, we left the county. We left NYC because of the behavior of the NYPD and their tension with young black males. No way I would be raising my son there. Even in NY, I was never treated by police the way I was treated in St Pete that night,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, St. Pete’s Police Chief Tony Holloway told a local Fox News affiliate that his department has yet to receive a formally complaint from Shannon, but is investigating the incident.

“Once we got the video today, I instructed our office of professional standards to see if we can try to contact the gentleman to see if he does want to file a complaint," Holloway told Fox 13. "If he does, we will look at the complaint."

Meanwhile, the Florida state president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference condoned Shannon’s recording and told the Fox station his organization is “encouraging everybody in the state of Florida that is riding around in vehicles to start using their phones to photograph all police stops.”

"Him having a camera -- that was a great thing," said SCLC executive director Jeffrey Copeland. "It kind of gives both sides of the story."

Privacy trashing law scapegoats safety: Cars in the US might soon be mandated to broadcast speed and location data

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RT | Aug 27, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation is taking the next step towards creating a “vehicle-to-vehicle” communications system that will allow light autos on the road to receive and broadcast critical information to one another.

Last week, the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, published an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” in the Federal Register announcing the department’s intention to move forward with plans that officials believe could save thousands of lives.

“By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety,” David Friedman, NHSTA’s deputy administrator, said in a statement announcing the rulemaking, according to FedScoop. “V2V technology is ready to move toward implementation and this report highlights the work NHTSA and DOT are doing to bring this technology and its great safety benefits into the nation’s light vehicle fleet.”

Earlier this year, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that V2V technology “represents the next generation of auto safety improvements,” and is an appropriate next step after safety belts and air bags.

"By helping drivers avoid crashes, this technology will play a key role in improving the way people get where they need to go while ensuring that the US remains the leader in the global automotive industry,” Foxx said in February.

Now after months of research, the NHTSA says they’ve completed “a very preliminary estimate of the costs of V2V and the benefits,” and are hoping to receive more comments in order to develop an effective proposal to be submitted at a later time advocating for the mandatory use of the technology.

According to a technical report released by the NTSA, the V2V system would make the roads safer by creating “highly accurate information” using in-vehicle data that is then sent to other cars as a “Basic Safety Message.”

"In addition, it can process the content of received messages to provide advisories and/or warnings to the driver of the vehicle in which it is installed,” the report reads.

Since the details that would be delivered contain vehicle-specific information, however, privacy advocates may soon object to the plans, as they’d put data like speed and direction in the hands of other drivers, including perhaps police cars..

"For example," part of the technical report reads, "when a DSRC unit sends out a BSM, the BSM needs to: Contain the relevant elements and describe them accurately (e.g., vehicle speed; GPS position; vehicle heading; DSRC message ID, etc.).”

“What NHTSA envisions mandating will not control people's cars but create a uniform communication system built into all vehicles that will give automobile manufacturers the opportunity to equip their products with warning systems that alert drivers to potential accidents — such as one that might be caused by cross traffic at a blind intersection,” opined CNS News reporter Terence P. Jeffrey.

According to the NTSA, installing V2V transmitted in automobiles could cost only $350 by 2020, and the system could save thousands of lives by alerting drivers of up-to-the-second actions of other people on the road, like those who may be running red lights or driving at dangerous speeds.

That type of data collection wouldn’t be anything new for some cars, however, with RT having reported previously that 96 percent of the cars mass-produced during the last year were manufactured with small “black box” surveillance devices that log immense details every time an engine is turned on.

“There’s not so much privacy concerns as actual threats to privacy,” Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center told CBS News last year. “These machines collect lots of data, and right now there are no federal laws that safeguard this information. And so what happens is there is an increasing market for this information. Law enforcement wants to see this information. Insurance companies, as well as private citizens involved in litigation.”

Even auto execs have acknowledged as much, with one Ford senior executive having to apologize earlier this year after boasting at an industry trade show: “We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing.”

“Safety is our top priority, and V2V technology represents the next great advance in saving lives,” added Transportation Sec. Foxx. “This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether.”

Editor Comment: Pushing the safety lie down your throat is about the only way something like this would be allowed. If this is put through, what is to stop them from punishing you for your personal activity at any point in time and for any reason whatsoever? You drive into a bad neighborhood and your insurance rates double. There are hundreds of possibilities. Where does it stop? They're doing this with the body already, you want medical help, pay $700 a month. Soon, they'll do this with your mind, you didn't watch TV today, you must be punished. It's a brave new world for those whose spirit is dead.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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NATO is the Greatest Threat to Peace on the Planet - James Corbett on RT

RT | Aug 27, 2014

Under the pretext of an 'overt' Russian threat, NATO is pushing for a ‘readiness action plan’ that will bring the Cold War military bloc closer to Russian borders than ever - even despite objections from some NATO members. James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report, an independent Japan-based news outlet, gives his perspective on the matter.

The U.S. position in Gaza reveals a stunning moral perversity in government and media

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Roger Waters | Aug 25, 2014 | Roger Waters

The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of cease-fire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the U.S. government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won't. Instead, it's cheerleading. Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose - Sen. Rand Paul in particular - and invoke Israel's right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

Do congressional leaders ever stop to wonder what they would do if they were born Palestinian, had their homes and private property stolen from them, and were forced to live without freedom under an illegal Israeli occupation for 47 years? Do they know what it means to be on the receiving end of Israel's barbaric "mow the lawn" euphemism? Scarcely a word is said about the rights of Palestinians who are being pummeled from the sky and shot dead in their neighborhoods by the region's most powerful military. What, I wonder, would Americans do if it were their neighborhoods being invaded and if they were the ones living under siege? I think it's safe to say Americans wouldn't stand for it.

Despite these realities, it's far more advantageous in Washington to come down like a ton of bricks on the Palestinians and maintain that they are the cause of their own suffering. No politician's career has ever been hurt by blaming Palestinians or by applauding Israel's illegal occupation, colonization and war crimes.

Pressure on American politicians to conform to the party line is abetted by skewed media coverage. For instance, CNN, while purporting to be a news channel, relentlessly churns out Israeli propaganda.

It is easy for those of us who do not live under the tyranny of the occupation to condemn the military wing of Hamas for using randomly fired rockets that might cause civilian casualties in neighboring Israel, and I do unreservedly condemn it. Having said that, an occupied population has the legal right to resist the military of the occupier. The occupier has a legal obligation to protect the occupied. Under these circumstances the reporting on CNN is biased beyond all belief.

Numerically, one can readily see the bias. Far more pro-Israel guests than pro-Palestinian experts are invited on air to make their case.

An exception to that general rule, and obviously not on CNN, is Henry Siegman, a prominent Jewish voice and a former national director of the American Jewish Congress, who recently got the opportunity to expose the shortcomings of Israeli talking points. Siegman was interviewed fairly and in depth by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! Sadly Democracy Now! is not mainstream media. If only it were!

Contrast that appearance with the reception Yousef Munayyer received during an extraordinarily "unfair" Fox News interview by the execrable Sean Hannity. Actually, to dignify Hannity's rude and infantile shouting and finger pointing as an "interview" would be wrong.

If only CNN - or Fox, for that matter - would sometimes rely for their analyses on someone as intelligent and humane as Siegman. Unfortunately, however, CNN persisted for weeks with the extremely biased analysis of Israel's former ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. Even CNN appears to have recognized how biased a contributor Oren was as it recently changed his title from CNN analyst to former ambassador.

Staunchly pro-Israel voices like Oren's have resoundingly proclaimed: Any resistance, violent or nonviolent, in fact any criticism of Israeli colonization and denial of Palestinian rights, is off limits. What they are advocating, in essence, is perpetual armed conflict until greater Israel is a fait accompli, and complete Israeli domination over any surviving Palestinians is accepted as a reasonable status quo. Commentators such as Oren feign interest in a two-state peaceful solution but they and the state they represent resist all attempts to implement such a plan.

On a positive note, I take heart from the fact that support for Jewish Voice for Peace has skyrocketed over the last month as members of the American Jewish community, appalled at Israel's actions, have looked for a place to register their concern. JVP advocates for an end to occupation and the siege on Gaza, for Palestinian rights - as dictated by international law - and peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike. It primarily does so by educating people with basic facts and by using the tools of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions to apply pressure on Israel to cease its human rights abuses.

Additionally, we welcome Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz to the swelling ranks of celebrity dissenters. Their courageous stand is a beacon to us all. We need many more like them if we are to shift the discourse and persuade the American and Israeli governments to adopt more realistic, humane and hopefully fruitful policies. To paraphrase Siegman, "If you want to stop the rockets, end the siege of Gaza and the occupation of both Gaza and the West Bank." He sounds like a sage but this is just common sense. If I might stick in my two pennies' worth, why not then engage in serious conversations with the Unity Palestinian Government, which up to now Israel has seemed determined to destroy.

The U.S. Congress, far too beholden to the right-wing Israel lobby, will be the last to figure out this tragic jigsaw puzzle and human catastrophe and grasp the critical need for a political solution. And mainstream media, if unchallenged, will continue to distort reality and embolden the counterproductive, AIPAC-driven unrealistic position that it portrays as fact.

On a personal note, I am pro-human rights for all peoples all over the world. I am pro-peace for all Israelis and Palestinians. I am not singling out Israel. I deplore all abuses and violence, whether in Syria, China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, England, the USA, Egypt, Libya, wherever. That said, international law was designed to protect against such human rights violations and should be applied fairly to all.

In the case of Israel/Palestine, legal channels have yet to be seriously pursued. Consequently, change will continue to be led by popular efforts. Specifically, the growing nonviolent BDS campaign offers the best chance of successfully pressuring Israel to alter its ways and allow for Palestinian freedom and rights. Despite major efforts to destroy it, more and more people are joining the BDS movement. It is this growing momentum that gives me hope that, together, the people of the world will eventually help deliver what governments have been unwilling to secure: justice and a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

I wrote a short poem a few days ago that I have been encouraged to append here.

It is called "Crystal Clear Brooks." Although it expresses my feelings, I cannot but think that the children in Gaza would give anything but their birthright and their pride and their basic human rights for a glass of crystal clear water. And, I think too, of the Bakr children, the sons of fishermen, who were slain while playing on a Gaza beach.

Crystal clear brooks

When the time comes

And the last day dawns

And the air of the piper warms

The high crags of the old country

When the holy writ blows

Like burned paper away

And wise men concede

That there's more than one way

More than one path

More than one book

More than one fisherman

More than one hook

When the cats have been skinned

And the fish have been hooked

When the masters of war

Are our masters no more

When old friends take their whiskey

Outside on the porch

We will have done well

If we're able to say

As the sun settles down

On that final day

That we never gave in

That we did all we could

So the kids could go fishing

In crystal clear brooks.
Source: Salon

How the Brutalized Become Brutal

Truthdig | Aug 24, 2014 | Chris Hedges

The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at times decades, of the random violence, brutal repression and collective humiliation the United States has inflicted on others.

Our terror is delivered to the wretched of the earth with industrial weapons. It is, to us, invisible. We do not stand over the decapitated and eviscerated bodies left behind on city and village streets by our missiles, drones and fighter jets. We do not listen to the wails and shrieks of parents embracing the shattered bodies of their children. We do not see the survivors of air attacks bury their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. We are not conscious of the long night of collective humiliation, repression and powerlessness that characterizes existence in Israel’s occupied territories, Iraq and Afghanistan. We do not see the boiling anger that war and injustice turn into a caldron of hate over time. We are not aware of the very natural lust for revenge against those who carry out or symbolize this oppression. We see only the final pyrotechnics of terror, the shocking moment when the rage erupts into an inchoate fury and the murder of innocents. And, willfully ignorant, we do not understand our own complicity. We self-righteously condemn the killers as subhuman savages who deserve more of the violence that created them. This is a recipe for endless terror.
Chaim Engel, who took part in the uprising at the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp in Poland, described what happened when he obtained a knife and confronted a German in an office. The act he carried out was no less brutal than the beheading of Foley or the executions in Gaza. Isolated from the reality he and the other inmates endured at the camp, his act was savage. Set against the backdrop of the extermination camp it was understandable.

“It’s not a decision,” Engel said. “You just react, instinctively you react to that, and I figured, ‘Let us to do, and go and do it.’ And I went. I went with the man in the office, and we killed this German. With every jab, I said, ‘That is for my father, for my mother, for all these people, all the Jews you killed.’ ”

Any good cop, like any good reporter, knows that every criminal has a story. No one, except for perhaps a few psychopaths, wakes up wanting to cut off another person’s head. Murder and other violent crimes almost always grow out of years of abuse of some kind suffered by the perpetrator. Even the most “civilized” among us are not immune to dehumanization. 

The enemies on the modern battlefield seem elusive because death is usually delivered by industrial weapons such as aerial drones or fighter jets that are impersonal, or by insurgent forces that leave behind roadside bombs or booby traps or carry out hit-and-run ambushes. This elusiveness is the curse of modern warfare. The inability of Sunni fighters in Iraq to strike back at jets and drones has resulted in their striking a captured journalist and Shiite and Kurdish civilians.

U.S. soldiers and Marines in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Israeli soldiers in assaults on Gaza, have been among those who committed senseless acts of murder. They routinely have gunned down unarmed civilians to revenge killings of members of their units. This is a reaction I saw in several wars. It is not rational. Those murdered were not responsible, even indirectly, for the deaths of their killers’ comrades, just as Foley and the Shiites and Kurds executed in Iraq were not responsible for the deaths of Sunni militants hit by the U.S. Air Force.

J. Glenn Gray, who fought in World War II, wrote about the peculiar nature of vengeance in “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle”:
When the soldier has lost a comrade to this enemy or possibly had his family destroyed by them through bombings or through political atrocities, so frequently the case in World War II, his anger and resentment deepen into hatred. Then the war for him takes on the character of a vendetta. Until he has himself destroyed as many of the enemy as possible, his lust for vengeance can hardly be appeased. I have known soldiers who were avid to exterminate every last one of the enemy, so fierce was their hatred. Such soldiers took great delight in hearing or reading of mass destruction through bombings. Anyone who has known or been a soldier of this kind is aware of how hatred penetrates every fiber of his being. His reason for living is to seek revenge; not an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but a tenfold retaliation.
Those killed are not, to the killers, human beings but representations of what they fear and hate. The veneer of the victim’s humanity, they believe, is only a mask for an evil force. The drive for vengeance, for “tenfold retaliation,” among those who are deformed by violence cannot be satiated without rivers of blood—even innocent blood. And Americans do as much of this type of revenge killing as those we fight. Our instruments of war allow us to kill from a distance. We therefore often lack any real consciousness of killing. But this does not make us any less depraved. 

Christopher Browning in his book “Ordinary Men” tells of a German reserve police battalion that was recruited to carry out mass executions of Jews in World War II. Browning’s book echoed the findings of the psychologist Stanley Milgram, who concluded that “men are led to kill with little difficulty.” Browning, like Milgram, illustrates how easily we become killers. This is a painful truth. It is difficult to accept. It forces us to look into the eyes of Foley’s executioners and see not monsters but ourselves.

“Few of us ever know how far fear and violence can transform us into creatures at bay, ready with tooth and claw,” Gray wrote. “If the war taught me anything at all, it convinced me that people are not what they seem or even think themselves to be.”

I am teaching inmates at a supermax prison this summer. We are reading William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” Every student in my classroom was charged with murder, and, though the American judicial system imprisons its share of innocents, it is a safe bet that many if not most in my class have killed. At the same time, once you hear the stories of their lives, the terrifying domestic abuse, the crushing poverty, the cruelty of the streets, including police use of deadly force against unarmed people, the societal and parental abandonment, the frustration at not being able to live a life of dignity or find a job, the humiliation of being poorly educated—some went into prison illiterate—you begin to understand the power of the institutional racism and oppression that made them angry and finally dangerous.

Marguerite Duras in her book “The War” describes how she and other members of the French Resistance kidnapped and tortured a 50-year-old Frenchman they suspected of collaborating with the Germans. The group allows two of its members who were beaten in Montluc prison at Lyon to strip the alleged informer and repeatedly beat him as onlookers shout: “Bastard. Traitor. Scum.” Blood and mucus soon run from his nose. His eye is damaged. He moans, “Ow, ow, oh, oh. …” He crumples in a heap on the floor. Duras wrote that he had “become someone without anything in common with other men. And with every minute the difference grows bigger and more established.” She goes on: “Every blow rings out in the silent room. They’re hitting at all the traitors, at the women who left, at all those who didn’t like what they saw from behind the shutters.” She departs before finding out if he is executed. She and her small resistance band had become Nazis. They acted no differently than Hamas did when it executed more than 15 suspected collaborators last week in Gaza. 

 Our failure to understand the psychological mechanisms involved means that the brutality we inflict, and that is inflicted upon us, will continue in a deadly and self-defeating cycle in the Middle East as well as within poor urban areas of the United States. To break this cycle we have to examine ourselves and halt the indiscriminant violence that sustains our occupations. But examining ourselves instead of choosing the easy route of nationalist self-exaltation is hard and painful. These killings will stop only when we accept that the killers who should terrify us most are ourselves.

Best Of: Ferguson: They thought they were free

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The police before a rally Wednesday in Ferguson,
Mo., where an unarmed teenager, Michael
Brown, was shot by an officer last week. | Aug 18, 2014 | Allen L. Roland
"The world you live in - your nation, your people - is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed."
Spurred on by 9/11 and the War on Terror, America has become a feared military force of terror but the prime target has always been the American public which is becoming increasingly aware of their Government sponsored militarized police who see and relate to them as Middle East terrorists until proven innocent such as in Ferguson, Missouri. The military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri has ripped aside the thin veneer of democracy to expose a budding police state. This is what martial law looks like.

As I watch, with alarm, the rapidly growing American militarized Police State as well as George W Bush and Dick Cheney's recent book tours - where they rationalize their illegal wars and economic rape of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as justify torture as a means to this criminal end - I am immediately reminded of Milton Mayer's classic They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45.

Mayer's book describes the slow but sure seduction of the German people as their civil liberties, freedoms and moral values were gradually stripped away by Hitler's fascist government while waving the flag of national security and patriotism.
But Then It Was Too Late: "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 ... this separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter." Pg. 166 / 167 They thought they were Free
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