Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’
For the U.S. government, it is crucial that Americans never forget that our fundamentalist Muslim enemies are continually plotting our violent extinction. While we fearfully monitor the DHS color-coded threat level index, the enemy is bunkered down in caves with antique Soviet AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenade launchers made in the 80’s, and a rudimentary knowledge of how the Internets work.
Supposedly, on 9/11, radical jihadists penetrated America’s air defense system, defied previously accepted notions of aircraft physics and architectural engineering principles, and transformed the FBI and the CIA into an band of clue-dropping Keystone cops. Although 9-11 Commission Report makes for great fictional reading, as long as the “official” narrative is embraced by a majority of the public, the government can justify its murderous and genocidal foreign land-grab policies unabated.
For the most part, Americans have short attention spans and a limited grasp of the intricacies of international geopolitics. Instead of investing the time it takes to research the long term consequences of U.S. instigated regime change (i.e., Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Chile 1973, Iraq 2003), or understanding the impact of black-op destablization operations (including the immeasurable unintended blowback effects), it is easier to just have a bad guy (or people) to hate. The proles need an evil benchmark for comparison in order to define their patriotic decency and morality. For governments, the employment of an existential bogey-man menace (the CIA funded and trained Mujahideen) is extremely effective in building cohesion and support for policies that ultimately jeopardize the national and economic security of the country and violate domestic and international laws.
With the end of the Cold War, a new formula was necessary to sow panic and fear as a means to boost defense spending and to justify future foreign entanglements. The “clash of civilizations” narrative was employed as a divide and conquer strategy using religion and nationalism to spark post 9-11 enmity with the evil jihadist as public enemy #1. The Hegelaian dialectic is invoked to pit the noble and just “Us” versus the evil and diabolical “Them”. The result the perennial war of terror on unsuspecting foreigners and forfeited individual rights and liberties at home. Instead of the red under every bed, we get the neighborhood al Qaeda cell terrorist who is awaiting secret orders from Islamabad to strike the local shopping plaza.
Operation Mockingbird, a CIA program that was used for decades to illegally influence domestic media, is alive and well in 21st century America. Overt and subliminal social conditioning propaganda is beamed into millions of homes and is absorbed into the brains of the great unwashed. The corporate media and intelligence agencies have long worked hand-in-hand to massage and censor information having the potential to undermine Americans blind allegiance to their political masters (and their nefarious agendas). By exerting gate-keeper control over the information that Americans may access, those that oppose the policies and actions of our handlers are kept to a fairly harmless minimum.
The conformity-inducing educational and pharmacological super structure acts as a deterrent to individualism and to those predisposed to authority questioning. A herd mentality is fostered in the government indoctrination centers (schools) which undermines the student’s critical thinking skills. If the environmental forces are not sufficient to suppress the emerging free-thinker, there is a battery of powerful psychotropic drugs to further nullify the victim. In addition to years of fluoride poisoning, daily doses of psycho-stimulants, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and other dangerous and harmful chemicals are employed to interdict those that stray too far from the mind control plantation. After 12 years of inadequate instruction by self-interested bureaucrats who promote rigid conformity and blind obedience to the state, the skulls of mush are then turned over to their corporate overlords or a secondary education indoctrination center.
If the media propaganda, miseducation, and chemical lobotomy mix isn’t enough, more severe methods are employed to suppress information sharing, and to punish those engaged in constitutionally protected exercises of free speech. Whether through COINTELRO style group infiltrations, or through direct violent suppression, the message is clear – shut up. The brutal tactics employed by law enforcement officers at the Republican National Convention underscore our handler’s fear of an enlightened citizenry.
The arrest of photographers, journalists, and individuals peacefully assembled documenting the 2008 Republican convention is a sign of a oppressive government that does not tolerate free speech, the 4th Amendment, or individual rights. Thankfully, many brave citizens and journalists (including I-Witness contributors and Democracy Now host Amy Goodman) have documented the government’s illegal activities.
In a deceptively brilliant Orwellian strategy, those that question the government are identified as unpatriotic America loathers, anarchists, or Marxist agitators. The obedient masses operate in the expected knee-jerk fashion. Unable to contain their disgust, they spit and curse at the sounds and political propaganda images beamed into their brains via Fox News and CNN. Why do the protesters hate America so much? Why can’t they just settle down, get a job, and appreciate living in the greatest country that God gave to the Adamic race? Why can’t everyone think, feel, and act just like me?
I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office. –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008
By ELI LAKE
Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 10, 2008
Source: New York Sun
WASHINGTON — A new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
On March 26, Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University, was named by unanimous vote to a newly created position to report on human rights in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. While Mr. Falk’s specialty is human rights and international law, since the attacks in 2001, he has devoted some of his time to challenging what he calls the “9-11 official version.”
On March 24 in an interview with a radio host and former University of Wisconsin instructor, Kevin Barrett, Mr. Falk said, “It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I don’t think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess.”
Mr. Barrett, who is the co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, said in an interview yesterday of Mr. Falk, “I would put him on a list of scholars who are sympathetic to the 9/11 truth movement.”
He added, “Unlike most public intellectuals today, he is both honest and very, very knowledgeable in that he understands the probable reality of 9/11. He understands that the evidence that it was a false flag operation is very strong.”
The narrative that the attacks from 2001 were a “false flag” operation is a recurring theme in the literature challenging the consensus that 19 Al Qaeda hijackers flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. False flag refers to espionage or covert actions taken by one government made to seem like the work of another. The false flag thesis has it that the Bush administration is somehow responsible for the September 11 attacks as a pretext for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Falk yesterday did not return e-mails and phone calls asking for a comment. But in 2004 he wrote the foreword to the book “The New Pearl Harbor,” by David Ray Griffin. Mr. Griffin has posited that such an inside job is the likely explanation for the attacks.
In the preface, Mr. Falk writes, “There have been questions raised here and there and allegations of official complicity made almost from the day of the attacks, especially in Europe, but no one until Griffin has had the patience, the fortitude, the courage, and the intelligence to put the pieces together in a single coherent account.”
When asked for a comment about the appointment of Mr. Falk, a former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton said, “This is exactly why we voted against the new human rights council.” A spokesman for the American embassy at the United Nations offered no comment yesterday when asked.
A spokeswoman at the United Nations, Nancy Groves, yesterday also declined to comment. “I would not make a comment on how the member states vote on appointments. It is their council, they make their decisions,” she said.
Mr. Falk’s selection to the post as rapporteur has already prompted the government of Israel formally to request that Mr. Falk not be sent to their country. The Israeli press has reported that he may even be barred from entering the country.
The deputy permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations in New York, Daniel Carmon said, “We are asking the U.N. not to send him. We cannot agree to Mr. Falk’s entrance into Israel in his capacity as the rapporteur.”
One reason the Israelis are concerned about his appointment is that Mr. Falk has compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Arabs to the Nazi treatment of Jews in the holocaust. In an April 8 BBC interview, Mr. Falk said he stood by the Israel-Nazi comparison.
The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, issued a statement yesterday saying, “This was clearly a singularly inappropriate choice for this position. Falk’s startling record of anti-Israel prejudice should have been enough to preclude him from a position where an unbiased observer is needed to report on the status of human rights in the territories.”
In a February 16, 1979, op-ed for the New York Times, Mr. Falk praised Ayatollah Khomeini and bemoaned his ill treatment in the American press. He wrote, “The depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.”Nearly nine months later, student followers of Khomeini invaded the American embassy in Tehran and held 52 diplomats hostage for the following 444 days.
Here is yet another news article that details how the government is doing grave violence to the U.S. Constitution and individual liberty. By incrementally eroding your rights (i.e. the fundamental right to privacy), the government is breathing life into George W. Bush’s famous words – “[S]top throwing the Constitution in my face, it’s just a goddamned piece of paper!“ (source)
Intelligence centers run by states across the country have access to personal information about millions of Americans, including unlisted cellphone numbers, insurance claims, driver’s license photographs and credit reports, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post. One center also has access to top-secret data systems at the CIA, the document shows, though it’s not clear what information those systems contain.
Through MSM articles detailing the daily assault on your individual rights, the feds seek to reduce your expectation of privacy. Their agenda is deliberate, and rooted in Supreme Court jurisprudence. In Katz vs. United States, so long as an individual can justifiably expect that his conversation would remain private, his/her conversation is protected from “unreasonable search and seizure” by the Fourth Amendment.
As articulated in Katz, The Fourth Amendment has a subjective component. The individual must personally expect that his communications would remain private. By slow-dripping news stories detailing the government’s Fourth Amendment violations, you become accustomed to their snooping into your private affairs. By beating down your expectations of privacy, the government’s goal is to deprive you of any legal claim against their Big Brother intrusions.
The full frontal attack on the individual expectation of privacy has an aggregate effect in the long run. The continual bombardment on your individual rights, coupled with the media’s dutiful reporting on these violations, will numb you to your loss of liberty. It is your obligation to keep them in check.
Dozens of the organizations known as fusion centers were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to identify potential threats and improve the way information is shared.Though officials have publicly discussed the fusion centers’ importance to national security, they have generally declined to elaborate on the centers’ activities. But a document that lists resources used by the fusion centers shows how a dozen of the organizations in the northeastern United States rely far more on access to commercial and government databases than had previously been disclosed.
Since 9-11, the federal government has consistently relied on third-party contractors to do their dirty work (i.e., Haliburton, Blackwater, and Applied Research Associates, Inc.). Given that they are not formal government entities, it is difficult to hold the government accountable for their violations. One such company, Entersect, calls itself:
[t]he silent partner to municipal, county, state, and federal justice agencies who access our databases every day to locate subjects, develop background information, secure information from a cellular or unlisted number, and much more.
The state has an insatiable hunger for information about the serfs in its feudal pen. 9-11 was the predicate event that they desperately needed to justify surveillance of your communications and movements. When are we finally going to feel safe?
“There is never ever enough information when it comes to terrorism” said Maj. Steven G. O’Donnell, deputy superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. “That’s what post-9/11 is about.”
Should we be concerned about the wide-spread abuse of civil liberties and privacy in the post-9/11 era? Let us see what the experts think.
“Fusion centers have grown, really, off the radar screen of public accountability,” said Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonpartisan watchdog group in the District. “Congress and the state legislatures need to get a handle over what is going on at all these fusion centers.”
From 2004 to 2007, state and local governments received $254 million from the Department of Homeland Security in support of the centers, which are also supported by employees of the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies. In some cases, they work with the U.S. Northern Command, the Pentagon operation involved in homeland security.
Well at least somebody is making money off our fears. That will help to grow the economy and vault us out of the impending depression, right? Should we not question our government and their motives? Whenever men organize, collude, and conspire in positions of power, they surely must have the little people’s best interests at heart, I promise you.
Hilarious quote of the day:
I don’t want to suggest we are going to sit on the internet and watch what everyone does ~ Michael Chertoff (Secretary of Homeland Security)