The Truth that Must NOT be Told

We all know about The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy. We’ve seen the pictures and the viral videos of Darth Vader militarized police pepper spraying unresisting protesters. defenseless Young girls, and 85 year-old women.

Noami Wolf reveals the underlying story of why the 1% are pressuring Homeland Security to stop the popular protests that threaten to reveal the truth:

Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams.”

It’s bad enough that banks too big to fail monopolize Congress and have their way with their depositors. It’s bad enough that corporations now have unlimited influence on national elections.

Now we learn that our “representatives” in Congress are using insider information to amass obscene profits from Wall Street. When they leave the hollow halls, they step through the revolving door right into lucrative lobbying deals where they make their way further up the 1% power pole.

The 99% have given up on elections, aware that a corrupt government cannot be changed by a corrupted political process. Unlimited economic influence has poisoned the well of democracy in the United States.

Two quotes by Thomas Jefferson come to mind:


Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

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If we can’t do it at home…


…let’s try it out on our subjects abroad. With No Oversight, US Army Amasses Biometric Data in Afghanistan | CommonDreams.org reveals that the US military is employing biometric data gathering to build a database of identifying information about Afghanistan citizens, for the Afghan government.

Barred from deploying such technology in the “Homeland,” the United States government is perfecting the technology and procedures in occupied Afghanistan. US soldiers are busy recording iris patterns and fingerprints of goat herders, bakers, women and children, amounting to hundreds of thousands of records to be handed over to the Kabul government.

Practice?

How long will it take before the technology comes home to roost on the streets of the United States? How soon will “Papers, pliss?” be replaced with the Voight-Kampff machine of our Blade Runner nightmares?

Climate Change, Propaganda and Energy Security

Two papers have popped up recently, which may or may not be related:

Conspiracy Theories, by Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, both of Harvard University – Harvard Law School, January 15, 2008

Global Warming: The Social Construction of a Quasi-Reality?
by Dennis Ambler, Energy & Environment, Volume 18 No. 6 2007

The Conspiracy Theories paper asks the question, If “conspiracy theories” create a threat to the efficient and orderly conduct of government, should the government use “cognitive infiltration” to defuse and discredit them and those who spread such theories?

The Global Warming article suggests that indeed this is what is happening with regard to climate change and “global warming.”

“Climate skeptics,” or “deniers” as they are called by global warming proponents, are seen as improperly questioning the “consensus opinion” of “mainstream” science, an opinion that is backed by the full force of the United States government, the United Nations, and, not coincidentally, a large portion of the world’s economic elite.

What if the Shadow Government, that corporate oligarchy that controls the flow of capital throughout the halls of governments around the world, realized some years ago that Peak Oil is real, that the Global Economy is doomed as world energy resources diminish below the point of supporting the world’s burgeoning human population, and that the War on Terror is rapidly losing its effect in keeping the world’s people in a compliant state of fear, especially those dark-skinned people living above the few remaining pools of oil.

What to do, what to do?

Capital, the constant shape-shifter, the economic chameleon that oozes into any unoccupied pocket of human culture, sees an opportunity and slithers forward.

“Global warming,” it whispers. “Anthropogenic CO2,” it repeats, over and over. “Irreversible Climate Change,” it shouts from TeeVee screens. “TIPPING POINTS” in big headlines with lots of white space.

What a great campaign, if that’s what it is.

Fear.

Guilt.

New technologies.

Carbon trading.

Civil unrest.

Demands for government intervention.

Demands for security.

Problems for every solution.

Something for everyone.

Too bad it’s only a conspiracy theory.

Move along; these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.


In this Atlantic Free Press article, Tom Engelhardt reveals the extent to which the united States military is resorting to targeted drones and remotely launched cruise missiles to attempt to assassinate what are considered to be al-Qua’ida leaders, in remote villages around the world. This is not just in Iraq, having recently been attempted in Somalia, where a Tomahawk cruise missile blew up a small house, killing 4 to 6 (reports vary) innocent women and children. The intended victim was not in the area.

Imagine launching a $1.5 million dollar piece of technocracy from a bazillion dollar warship standing miles off shore, its crew honed to fine readiness, backed up by 300 million “Support the Troops” banners flying safely back in the Homeland. The missile streaks across the water, recognizes the shoreline, follows its internally programmed map inside its glittering rare metal innards and smashes into a single crude mud hut in the middle of the African desert, where its detonates its highly tuned package of explosives, scattering heads and limbs of women and children across the dry, sandy soil outside what once was their home.

This is the face of American power in these modern times, Uncle Sam cowering in a small, dimly lit room, observing the mayhem and horror through a glowing phosphor screen, destroying the lives of innocent civilians across the globe to make the world safe for American hypocrisy.

This is the face of American imperialism: the overwhelming power of indiscriminate killing, the targeted civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, the denial of basic rights to food, water and shelter. This is how we smash our chosen enemies, how we prop up our economy by inventing wars for our military-industrial establishment to play in, to build untold technocratic marvels to send overseas and blow up in the beds and on the dinner tables of unsuspecting mothers, grandfathers, and more than any other, the children who will never have a chance to know a normal childhood.

This is bad enough, this cowardly long-distance destruction in the name of an economic philosophy: corporate capitalism, military Keynesianism, call it whatever fits your viewpoint. It is the propping up of a “way of life” for the residents of a favored country at the expense of the lives and welfare of millions of those unfortunates in the gun sights. It is the abdication of democratic institutions in favor of petty greed, and the puerile lust for power at home.

In the united States, the mayhem is largely ignored. 99 44/100% of the people go about their daily lives completely unaware of the death and destruction visited in their name on children and families just like theirs. Nor is there any connection in their minds between the cheap oil, the fancy electronic gadgetry, the shiny new car, the fine clothes, the warm, creamy latté, the ubiquitous cell phone and the lives of billions of people around the world whose miserable existence makes such luxury possible. The awareness that does exists consists mainly of smug complacency that our “Defense” Department is doing a fine job protecting us from the barbarians who blew up the World Trade Center.

It’s good to remember that the industrial-military complex is always looking for new markets to test and deploy its glittering array of weapons systems. And one should recall that Homeland Security here at home is always looking for justifications to increase its influence (and budget) through domestic surveillance and the fostering of armed and dangerous constabularies. Pilotless drones are already being used to observe gatherings of unruly and unpredictable civilians. Surveillance cameras are everywhere, increasingly networked in seething tentacles linked by face recognition and Bugsplat software, all funneled through febrile wires and cables into the dark inner workings of Homeland Security, working safely miles below ground in undisclosed locations.

When will we witness our first crack house taken out by an armed Predator drone? A gang gathering broken up by a remotely controlled robot? And when will we have our first collateral damage as the technology of violent remote oppression comes fully home to roost?

The definitions of “yours” and “mine” are thin, transparent and separated by a tissue thickness of distinction. It will take only a slight breeze in the political winds to turn the sights from “them” to “us.”

Federalizing local vandalism

Now we learn: No suspects in animal rights attack, FBI brought into investigation

This seems contradictory. The local constabulary has named no suspects in the door banging, occupant abuse at the home of a university cancer researcher who kills rats for a living. Yet, the the FBI has stepped in to see if the incident is connected to a federal court order from LA barring particular animal rights groups from confronting University of California researchers.

Isn’t LA in the state of California? How does this become a federal concern? Has Homeland Security raised its ugly head in California? Perhaps writing in chalk on the sidewalk and pounding on doors is the Homeland equivalent of blowing up office towers and warships?

The phrase “grasping at straws” comes immediately to mind, especially as regards budget justification for bloated government agencies.

“There must be an enemy around here somewhere…”

ENDGAME


“…therefore, let us close our national borders to any further mass immigration, legal or illegal, from any source, as does every other nation on earth. The means are available, it’s a simple technical-military problem. Even our Pentagon should be able to handle it. We’ve got an army somewhere on this planet, let’s bring our soldiers home and station them where they can be of some actual and immediate benefit to the taxpayers who support them. That done, we can begin to concentrate attention on badly neglected internal affairs.” Ed Abbey, “One Life at a Time, Please,” 1978

We hear much talk these days from the conspiracy set about ENDGAME, the supposed plan by Homeland Security to build concentration camps to lock up all of us ne’er-do-wells: curmudgeons, dissenters, Socialists, anarchists, anti-war and anti-government protesters, and, oh yeah, a few “undocumented workers.”

Google for “ENDGAME” and see what you get: a series of recursive web pages pointing back to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle that mentions ENDGAME.

Rather than walk those mirrored hallways, I found the original ENDGAME document: “ENDGAME, Office of Detention and Removal Strategic Plan, 2003 – 2012, Detention and Removal Strategy for a Secure Homeland.”

Yes, the DRO is the office of Homeland Security responsible for the detention and removal of illegal aliens, that is, those people born in other countries who are in the United States illegally. No mention of revolutionist wannabes. Dang, left out again. The document is a typical bureaucratic hand-wringing about lack of resources to carry out their unfunded Federal mandate to do something about illegal aliens (aka Mexicans) pouring over the border and creating cultural mayhem within our cities and states. It amounts to a ten year plan to boot them all out by 2012.

It appears that the government took seriously Ed’s words of thirty years ago and is trying to stem the flow. They haven’t brought the troops back yet, but there’s still time for that when things start getting serious. Since the late 70s, a good portion of the United States has become an unwilling colony of our neighbors to the south, as evidenced by recurrent Mexican surnames in our crime reports, gang graffiti everywhere, low slung, boom-box cars polluting our earsheds, and an abrupt uptick in activity in maternity wards in communities with a high percentage of mothers of Mexican origin.

From the sun belt to the rust belt, Spanish is rapidly becoming the dominant language in the southern and western US. It’s difficult to answer the phones with any regularity without encountering someone up the line who doesn’t speak English. Most low-wage earners speak little or no English, making understanding difficult in jobs in which safety depends on effective communications.

Ed warned us and we paid no heed. Our national sovereignty, if such a concept is important to anyone these days, is threatened more by loss of our culture than by government conspiracy. A nation is defined by its values, and the values that many in the United States hold dear are being rapidly eroded by an uncontrolled wave of poor, ignorant citizens of another country who do not share our ideals, political persuasion or concepts of right and wrong. They are alien to our culture and have rapidly changed the culture of their new homes.

The purpose of government is to do for its citizens what they cannot do for themselves. Barring an armed vigilante citizenry massing at our southern border, we can do little to safeguard our cultural norms. We look to government to defend us from external threats. We’ll take care of the local stuff, thank you very much, you use your guns and tanks to keep the neighbors at bay. That’s what you’re good at!

If we anarchists and cultural misfits are concerned about the welfare of our southern neighbors and care to do something about it, let’s go down to Mexico and teach them about revolution, Democracy and freedom. They have the revolutionary tradition to fall back on, all they need is the ideological underpinning and a few tools. Let’s help them be the change they wish to see in their own world, by staying home and working for democracy in their own culture.

Then we can come home and work on our own internal affairs. As Ed told us, “Everyone would benefit, including the neighbors. Especially the neighbors.”