Behind the “War on Terror” lies the true war, the Class War. This is the de facto but undeclared war against all of humanity waged by multi-billionaires and their sycophants. And no, this is not another grand conspiracy theory. This war has been going on ever since man first became intoxicated with the concept of wealth & power. I first began to take notice of this pathology when Ronald Reagan was elected president.
Reagan was the ultimate P.R. ad-man for the multi-billionaires’ club because he’d spent 20 years as the public spokesman for G.E., the corporate behemoth that “brings good things to light” —that is, if you consider nuclear power plants and weapons good things? It wasn’t until Reagan assumed the throne of American power with his amiable, ah shucks folks, bumbling manner & public gaffes, that I developed an interest in politics. I sensed that Reagan’s apparent humbleness was a façade and I began to fear what might be behind the public persona of this man. A few years later in the winter of 1985, my wife and I were on our honeymoon in Europe and one, bitterly cold day in Paris, a reporter and his cameraman asked me my opinion of Reagan’s recent speech in which he talked about fighting “limited nuclear war” against the Russians in Europe. I told the reporter that I thought Reagan was a stupid moron that scares the Hell out of me.
This astonishingly ignorant statement by Reagan reveals one of the key weapons or tools the powers that be use against us in their propaganda campaigns and that is fear. Reagan’s absurd statement was designed to scare the Russians and to push their leadership to the peace negotiating table out of fear that this crazy, American cowboy president might actually launch a nuclear attack against Russia. At the same time, the American public was being played because we were being led to believe that we had a strong leader who stood up to the Russians and of course, we must keep on pouring billions & trillions of tax dollars into the “Defense Industry” lest we fall behind in the “arms race” and not be able to negotiate from a position of military superiority.
With this in mind, a recent news story on Democracy Now!inspired me to write this essay. The story of the sentencing of Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison, not for arms smuggling but for conspiracy to commit terrorism. Viktor Bout is the real life character that Nicolas Cage played in Lord of War. Only a nation as arrogant as America and run by a power elite with so much hubris, could display such blatant hypocrisy while boasting to the world that we are the land of Law & Order. In a nutshell, the “War on Terror” has replaced “National Security” as the new blanket phrase which covers every covert, illegal, immoral, anti-democratic action or program undertaken by our clandestine, “intelligence” agencies.
Here are some of the more salient aspects regarding the conviction of Viktor Bout. In the Democracy Now! report, the guest, “Kathi Lynn Austin, former U.N. arms trafficking investigator and executive director of the Conflict Awareness Project, which tracks global weapons traffickers, exposing the illicit world of war profiteering,” provides the background to this story. These facts are all taken from the Democracy Now! report unless otherwise stated. Viktor Bout (pronounced ‘boot’) is known as the “Merchant of Death.” By the way, remember when war profiteering was illegal? The powers that be are very clever though and in their sinister machinations came up with just changing the name of what used to be honestly called “The War Dept.” to “The Defense Dept.” and now all the weapons manufacturers are called defense contractors. Oh, here’s a little known fact I learned years ago as I was growing up in L.A., half of the jobs in L.A. are either directly or indirectly related to the Defense Industry. They’ve closed-down and shipped-out just about every type of manufacturing in this country except the manufacturing of weapons. Gee, I wonder why?
Back to the Merchant of Death. In the formal court case of Viktor Bout, they allowed the American companies to avoid exposure of their collusion with Bout (Halliburton, Kellogg, Brown, & Root, etc.) Wonder why they did this? These companies were doing business with him during the Iraq war even after U.N. sanctions against him in 2004. Bout trafficked to dictators in Africa, South America, the Middle East, & even Rwanda after the Rwanda genocide. Bout was given the minimum sentence for his crimes. [can’t help but think that because he has extensive contacts with the highest U.S. officials in the Defense Dept., he cut a deal with them & I wouldn’t be a bit surprised that after awhile when the spotlight on him has faded, if he miraculously escapes & we never hear from him again] Bout said that if the same standards were applied to U.S. arms suppliers, they would all be in jail too. Can’t disagree with you there. Ms. Austin has been tracking Bout’s activities for 15 years as well as other arms traffickers and she has testified before Congress and spoken to the State Dept. but all to no avail because his “services were too valuable.” Makes me wonder what he did to piss off his buddies in the Defense Dept. for them to finally arrest him? Also reminds me of the typical fate of whistleblowers in America i.e. instead of listening to their findings, they, the whistleblower are persecuted and prosecuted while the criminals go unpunished. Note Obama’s recent rhetoric praising whistleblowers in foreign lands and also note that Obama was a professor of Constitutional law, yet his administration has gone after U.S. whistleblowers with a vengeance and more than any other administration?
Moreover, Bout wrote to the judge in his case, “Look, I’ve worked also for U.S. companies and flown 140 flights and they paid me $6 million dollars….at the time of these services for the U.S. government, it was in violation of a U.S. law, an executive order signed by President Bush and in violation of U.N. sanctions?” Kathi Austin “the hypocrisy is really what’s making this case.” You can say that again! But hypocrisy doesn’t worry the power elite because they count on an apathetic U.S. audience with historical amnesia and too preoccupied with watching sports, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and other such pablum for the mind. In an interview with Voice of Russia because Bout was a former Soviet Air Force officer (wonder why he had the connections to Soviet weapons? Looks like Hollywood created Nicolas Cage’s relative to help the story line), Bout commented on his celebrity since the movie Lord of War came out and how people loved having their picture taken with him like he was some sort of prize animal trophy “But who, in the first place created this animal?” Ah yes! This is the $64,000 dollar question and you can be sure it will never be raised in our corporate-owned media because it goes to the heart of the whole war on terrorism and American war profiteers. The answer is simple and complex but in short, it’s those billionaires that I mentioned at the beginning of this essay who created animals like Viktor Bout.
Proceeding even deeper into this labyrinth of lies that we call national defense is another glaring example of U.S. hypocrisy in these matters i.e. “the Dept. of Justice prohibits American companies from doing business with people on their list such as Bout and at the same time, the Dept. of Defense continues to do business with people like Bout.” Looks like “Defense Dept.” (War Dept.) wins? In other words, war trumps justice or might makes right! Remember reader, America stands for freedom, democracy, truth, justice, blah, blah, blah and that’s what our soldiers are fighting for and protecting. In conclusion, Ms. Austin responds to a question with “I think you’ve touched upon the problem. There is what is called the legal trade and then there is the illicit black market trade.” She goes on to inform us that in July of this year at U.N. headquarters there are going to be negotiations for a conventional arms trade treaty but unless the arms trade treaty includes these types of intermediaries; the arms traffickers, the brokers, the transport agents, the financial agents, then—unless that treaty includes their activities, then we will continue to see the black market thrive.”
And speaking of the black market in weapons, do you recall the concern about Soviet nuclear weapons and plutonium for sale on the black market? Sorry but I’ve become far too jaded or cynical to believe that the hypocrites on high in D.C. will ever do anything serious about these dangers because they’d have to reveal their part in creating this witch’s brew of terrorists & weapons of mass destruction engulfing our world!
genocide in Rwanda
As for the upcoming so-called negotiations on conventional arms trading this summer, I’m sure they’ll be about as useful as a screen-door in a submarine considering the following facts. At the end of the movie, Lord of War, there was a statement shown on the screen which pointed out that the five nations who sell the most weapons are the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, & France and they are the five nations that make up the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. In other words, these five nations have veto power over the other ten nations on the U.N. Security Council which rotate in and out. And here are figures on arms sales that a friend just posted on Facebook: Six countries supply 74% of the world’s weapons; U.S. $12.2 billion, Russia $5.2 billion, Germany $2.6 billion, U.K. $2.3 billion, China $2.2 billion and France $1.4 billion. Now the United Nations Security Council’s mandate is to ensure Peace & Security throughout the world. But we know that when it comes to profits vs. people those profits always wins. So I wouldn’t be holding my breath regarding the upcoming arms negotiations on conventional weapons this June because America is the most aggressive warmongering country on Earth and our leaders are Hell-bent on ruling the world.
You may be thinking right about now, oh brother, another conspiracy nut? Well, do your own research and look up the terms Full Spectrum Dominance and P.N.A.C. (Project for a New American Century) I first heard of “Full Spectrum Dominance” several years ago while channel-surfing late one night. I believe it was on Free Speech T.V. And I first thought, another nut-case, conspiracy extremist just trying to scare people into not thinking but as I watched, the presentation seemed balanced and reasoned. One of the key producers of the film was Bruce Gagnon and his revelations regarding the dangers of having plutonium on board space shuttle flights did indeed worry me. Add to that the news that our government does indeed have a published blueprint for ruling not only the entire planet but also for the total domination of outer space with an elaborate system of laser-equipped satellites that can target anyplace on Earth, and you have the nightmare scenario that the overwhelming majority of us aren’t even aware of. By the way, again lest you think this the ravings of a paranoid person, with a few keystrokes on your computer you will discover that “Full Spectrum Dominance” is an official U.S. Air Force document and publication and you can download it for yourself to peruse and study and the P.N.A.C. document is also available. A few key notes re; P.N.A.C.; it was a think tank that came into being in 1997 (pre-9/11) and in it, the authors of the document voiced the need for another Pearl Harbor type of event that would provide the justification for implementing their Project for a New American Century. This is why the horrific events of September 11, 2001 were a godsend to these vile plotters and schemers and would-be masters of the universe such as Paul Wolfowtiz, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, etc. and also reveals why they deliberately lied us into the war against Iraq which had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11. And one last point before I move on, this “Full Spectrum Dominance” is simply Reagan’s Star Wars Program or S.D.I. (Strategic Defense Initiative) recycled. Again if you do a little research, Reagan’s S.D.I. program was forced underground so-to-speak because of the overwhelming evidence that it was a ludicrous idea and could be thwarted very easily. But, as usual, common sense never enters the brains of these warmongers and war profiteers and they don’t give a damn that they are bankrupting America while they enrich themselves and their co-conspirators. Let me share one last bit of information with you before I move on; on the wall of my home, I have a copy of a historical document that was sent to the president of the United States and to Congress and which was a full page ad in the Sunday edition, November 13, 1983 on page E 22 of The New York Times under the heading “1,500 American physicists and 11,500 physicists worldwide call for a halt to the Nuclear Arms Race.” Under the brief statement are the signatures of every American physicist who signed the document. It was documents and public outrage that forced the “Star Wars” planners to go underground and appear to have publicly abandoned their project. Gee? I wonder why America can’t afford health care for all its citizens, a decent public education system, etc.? President Eisenhower warned us of the growing power of the Military/Industrial Complex and he wanted to add Congress to that complex but was persuaded to leave Congress out because that was hitting a little too close to home.
Full Spectrum Dominance
Let’s review briefly what the War on Terror has given us since it’s official PR launch by the Coward from Crawford and the assorted other patriots who avoided going to Vietnam by filing for college deferments. Oh yeah, just heard that the super patriot, Ted Nugent, who recently made headlines with his thinly veiled threats against President Obama avoided going to Vietnam by pissing and shitting his pants for ten days so they’d reject him. How’s that for patriotism?
The Patriot Act —The Patriot Act in a Nutshell The Associated Press, Knight-Ridder Newspapers
Some of the fundamental changes to Americans’ legal rights by the Bush administration and the USA Patriot Act after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack:
Freedom of association: To assist terror investigation, the government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity.
Freedom of information: The government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public-records requests. “Sensitive” information has been removed from government Web sites.
Freedom of speech: The government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.
Right to legal representation: The government may monitor conversations between attorneys and clients in federal prisons and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.
Freedom from unreasonable searches: The government may search and seize Americans’ papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.
Right to a speedy and public trial: The government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.
Right to liberty: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them. “Enemy combatants” have been held incommunicado and refused attorneys.
The Department of Homeland Security has been dogged by persistent criticism over excessive bureaucracy, waste, ineffectiveness and lack of transparency. Congress estimates that the department has wasted roughly $15 billion in failed contracts (as of September 2008[update]). In 2003, the department came under fire after the media revealed that Laura Callahan, Deputy Chief Information Officer at DHS with responsibilities for sensitive national security databases, had obtained her advanced computer science degrees through a diploma mill in a small town in Wyoming. The department was blamed for up to $2 billion of waste and fraud after audits by the Government Accountability Office revealed widespread misuse of government credit cards by DHS employees, with purchases including beer brewing kits, $70,000 of plastic dog booties that were later deemed unusable, boats purchased at double the retail price (many of which later could not be found), and iPods ostensibly for use in “data storage”.   
The Associated Press reported on September 5, 2007, that DHS had scrapped an anti-terrorism data mining tool called ADVISE (Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement) after the agency’s internal Inspector General found that pilot testing of the system had been performed using data on real people without required privacy safeguards in place. The system, in development at Lawrence Livermore and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2003, has cost the agency $42 million to date. Controversy over the program is not new; in March 2007, the Government Accountability Office stated that “the ADVICE tool could misidentify or erroneously associate an individual with undesirable activity such as fraud, crime or terrorism.” Homeland Security’s Inspector General later said that ADVISE was poorly planned, time-consuming for analysts to use, and lacked adequate justifications.
Fusion centers are terrorism prevention and response centers, many of which were created under a joint project between the Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice‘s Office of Justice Programs between 2003 and 2007. The fusion centers gather information not only from government sources, but also from their partners in the private sector. 
There are a number of documented criticisms of fusion centers, including relative ineffectiveness at counterterrorism activities, the potential to be used for secondary purposes unrelated to counterterrorism, and their links to violations of civil liberties of American citizens and others.
a long line of fusion center and DHS reports labeling broad swaths of the public as a threat to national security. The North Texas Fusion System labeled Muslim lobbyists as a potential threat; a DHS analyst in Wisconsin thought both pro- and anti-abortion activists were worrisome; a Pennsylvania homeland security contractor watched environmental activists, Tea Party groups, and a Second Amendment rally; the Maryland State Police put anti-death penalty and anti-war activists in a federal terrorism database; a fusion center in Missouri thought that all third-party voters and Ron Paul supporters were a threat….”
In early April 2009, the Virginia Fusion Center came under criticism for publishing a terrorism threat assessment which stated that certain universities are potential hubs for terror related activity. The report targeted historically black colleges and identified hacktivism as a form of terrorism.
In 2006, MSNBC reported that Grant Goodman, “an 81-year-old retired University of Kansas history professor, received a letter from his friend in the Philippines that had been opened and resealed with a strip of dark green tape bearing the words “by Border Protection” and carrying the official Homeland Security seal.” The letter was sent by a devout Catholic Filipino woman with no history of supporting Islamic terrorism. A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection “acknowledged that the agency can, will and does open mail coming to U.S. citizens that originates from a foreign country whenever it’s deemed necessary”:
“All mail originating outside the United States Customs territory that is to be delivered inside the U.S. Customs territory is subject to Customs examination,” says the CBP Web site. That includes personal correspondence. “All mail means ‘all mail,’” said John Mohan, a CBP spokesman, emphasizing the point.
The Department declined to outline what criteria are used to determine when a piece of personal correspondence should be opened or to say how often or in what volume Customs might be opening mail.
Goodman’s story provoked outrage in the blogosphere,  as well as in the more established media. Reacting to the incident, Mother Jones remarked that “[u]nlike other prying government agencies, Homeland Security wants you to know it is watching you.”CNN observed that “[o]n the heels of the NSA wiretapping controversy, Goodman’s letter raises more concern over the balance between privacy and security.”
the true rulers of the world
In July 2006, the Office of Personnel Management conducted a survey of federal employees in all 36 federal agencies on job satisfaction and how they felt their respective agency was headed. DHS was last or near to last in every category including;
33rd on the talent management index
35th on the leadership and knowledge management index
36th on the job satisfaction index
36th on the results-oriented performance culture index
The low scores were attributed to major concerns about basic supervision, management and leadership within the agency. Examples from the survey reveal most concerns are about promotion and pay increase based on merit, dealing with poor performance, rewarding creativity and innovation, leadership generating high levels of motivation in the workforce, recognition for doing a good job, lack of satisfaction with various component policies and procedures and lack of information about what is going on with the organization. 
Starting in the fourth quarter of 2011, the department’s inner workings will be featured on the AMC reality television program Inside the DHS. Secretary Napolitano will appear on it.
This was copied from the Wikipedia entry on the subject and Wikipedia is often criticized as not having valid credibility, etc. but I rarely hear the same critics apply the same standards to FOX News. At least with Wikipedia, you can follow their suggested links. Bottom –line, as I learned many years ago, we can/should check out the credentials of the person writing/speaking and we can/should check out what other “experts” in the area of discussion, have to say about the author we are investigating.
In conclusion, as a result of the “War on Terrorism,” we also have to live with the shame of our despicable behavior as revealed in our treatment of prisoners in Abu Gharib and other military prisons operated by us and our “allies” around the world. In addition, America’s reputation as the defenders of freedom and democracy ring hollow to the world thanks to our treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo. Several hundred men have been detained & tortured there and it has been revealed & proven that the overwhelming majority of them are innocent and were arrested merely on the say-so of informants, many of whom had personal grudges against the individuals or simply wanted the reward money offered by the U.S. Oh yeah, this vague, ambiguous “War on Terror” also gave us the Iraq war if you want to call it a war? I say it was more like a 200 pound man beating the Hell out of a five year old child in terms of the challenge/threat posed by the Iraqi army and Saddam Hussein. Yep, another great moral victory for the United States of Amnesia to borrow a line from Gore Vidal. And don’t forget our “excursion” into Afghanistan, the longest “war” the U.S. has ever been in. Never mind the fact that no nation, throughout recorded human history, including Alexander the Great and the Russian Empire, has ever conquered Afghanistan. By the way, why are we in Afghanistan again? I seem to forget? And last, but certainly not least, we have the total surveillance state thanks to the War on Terror! Here is the Project for a New American Century’s declaration of intent or manifesto if you will, in brief:
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June 3, 1997
American foreign and defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America’s role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century.
We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.
As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world’s preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?
We are in danger of squandering the opportunity and failing the challenge. We are living off the capital — both the military investments and the foreign policy achievements — built up by past administrations. Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world. And the promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations. As a consequence, we are jeopardizing the nation’s ability to meet present threats and to deal with potentially greater challenges that lie ahead.
We seem to have forgotten the essential elements of the Reagan Administration’s success: a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.
Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership or the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.
Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:
• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
• we need to accept responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.
Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.
Elliott AbramsGary Bauer William J. Bennett Jeb Bush
Dick Cheney Eliot A. Cohen Midge Decter Paula Dobriansky Steve Forbes
Aaron FriedbergFrancis FukuyamaFrank GaffneyFred C. Ikle
Donald KaganZalmay KhalilzadI. Lewis Libby Norman Podhoretz
Dan QuaylePeter W. Rodman Stephen P. Rosen Henry S. Rowen
Donald RumsfeldVin WeberGeorge WeigelPaul Wolfowitz