full spectrum dominance

animated image of goal of Full Spectrum Dominance

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” —Joseph Goebbels

“A nation of sheep will soon have a government of wolves.” —Edward R. Murrow

Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti, he, Chomsky, & Howard Zinn are America’s best defenders of the People!

I’ve learned over the years to not assume that others know what I believe to be “common knowledge,” so for those of you who may not recognize the name, Joseph Goebbels, he was one of Hitler’s closest associates & most devoted followers. And his position in the Third Reich’s government was Minister of Propaganda. Edward R. Murrow was one of America’s most highly respected journalists of the last century and he reported from London during the horrific onslaught of bombings by the Nazis in World War II which lasted for approximately 37 weeks of which included 57 nights in a row of bombings and the people of London took refuge in their underground train stations.

For the record, I am not one who uses the word “conspiracy” lightly or casually. Morons like Glenn Beck & Alex Jones appeal to those who are sloppy or lazy when it comes to thinking. Noam Chomsky is my intellectual hero and the best exemplar of a true scholar and as he & Michael Parenti have pointed out, “Not all conspiracy theories are theories.” I am telling you this because what I’m about to say is most likely going to sound so outrageous or preposterous that you may think me clearly off my rocker? To perhaps prepare you for my general thesis, here is an example of an American conspiracy theory that has been proven true:

“The General Motors streetcar conspiracy (also known as the Great American streetcar scandal) refers to allegations and convictions in relation to a program by General Motors (GM) and other companies who purchased and then dismantled streetcar and electric train systems in many cities in the United States. Between 1936 and 1950, National City Lines and Pacific City Lines—with investment from GM, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, Phillips Petroleum, Mack Trucks, and the Federal Engineering Corporation—purchased electric surface-traction systems in 45 cities including St. Louis, Baltimore, Newark, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego and converted them into bus operations. Several of the companies involved were convicted in 1949 of conspiracy to monopolize interstate commerce but were acquitted of conspiring to monopolize the ownership of these companies.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy

My argument in a nutshell is that the powers that be in the U.S. government & more importantly, those who hold the true reins of power in America and are behind the curtain of public visibility, actually believe they are the masters of the universe & are actively working towards that goal. And there’s no better place to start than with the U.S. Air Force’s very real program they have dubbed “Full Spectrum Dominance.” full spectrum dominance 1http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

I think I was channel-surfing late one night several years ago when I came across a guy named Bruce Gagnon on some alternative media station. At first I thought he was nuts but as I continued listening and later did some research, I began to believe that he wasn’t crazy. In fact, a few years later while watching a lecture by Noam Chomsky when it came to the question & answer period, Mr. Gagnon started commenting about Full Spectrum Dominance & a few people tried to shout him down but Chomsky intervened and said “No, let him speak because what he has to say is important.”

In a nutshell, the U.S. Air Force and our Pentagon’s leaders envision a system of U.S. satellites in outer space equipped with lasers capable of targeting the entire planet & able to shoot-down at will any perceived enemies or threats to U.S. vital interests. I first started paying attention to U.S. politics when Reagan became president because his rhetoric scared the Hell out of me. Some of you may recall that one of Reagan’s pet projects was a thing called S.D.I. (Strategic Defense Initiative) which was dubbed “Star Wars?” Well, I definitely wasn’t the only one alarmed by Reagan’s Star Wars fantasy. In fact, I still have a copy of the full page ad from The New York Times of a petition written by the Union of Concerned Scientists and signed by over 1,500 physicists from around the world including several Nobel Prize winners & against S.D.I.Reagan & Star Wars

My contention is that Reagan’s “Star Wars” program has now morphed into the Pentagon’s goal of “Full Spectrum Dominance,” and I will now present what I consider to be supporting evidence. First though, here are a couple of links you may care to check out? http://library.kiwix.org/wikipedia_en_wp1_0.7_30000plus_05_2009_beta3/A/Strategic_Defense_Initiative.ht http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-pentagons-strategy-for-world-domination-full-spectrum-dominance-fro

Moreover, reflect if you will on the role of automobiles in terms of global warming or climate change. No, I don’t think it was part of a conspiracy but nonetheless, that conspiracy clearly is having a deleterious effect on our environment and is part of the reason we keep starting wars around the globe so our corporate cockroach masters can steal other nations’ oil reserves.

Oil is the lubricant necessary to fuel the war machine which in turn is the tool needed for global domination. This grand conspiracy is a wet dream of the warmongers in Washington D.C. and as with every empire that has come & gone before ours, greed, arrogance, & ignorance have caused their downfall. However, the American Empire’s decline may very well spell the end of not only America but the planet as well? There are several interlocking pieces of this pernicious puzzle which I will attempt to put together for you.

Perhaps a good place to start would be with the blueprints for the American Empire which the warmongers were kind enough to publish for all to see? It’s titled “The Project for the New American Century.” Sound like a call for Democracy & Freedom to you? Yeah, you know those two words, “Democracy & Freedom” our mantra each time we invade and rob yet another country.

“The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), unleashed in June 1997, has largely disappeared from the political radar, yet the mire, murder and general mayhem the US, UK and dwindling “boots on the ground” allies find themselves in, are seemingly rooted in its aims, which march relentlessly on.PNAC

PNAC was founded under the Chairmanship of William Kristol, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quale during the Presidency of George Bush Snr. Kristol’s father, Irving Kristol has been described as the “Godfather of Neoconservatism.”

The organization was: “ … dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: That American leadership is good for America and the world.” Projects were devised: “ … to explain what American world leadership entails.” (i) Consulting “the world” about the mind-numbing concept of a US planetary take-over was not a consideration.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-neocons-project-for-the-new-american-century-american-world-leadership-syria-next-to-pay-the-price/5305447

In short, this grand strategy justifying the domination of the globe by America was written way before the tragic events of 9/11 but as with most tyrants, murderers, & thieves in high places, they seized on the tragedy of the attacks on the World Trade Center to justify their immediate implementation of P.N.A.C. In fact, one of the authors of this dazzling display of imperial arrogance had lamented previous to 9/11 that what was needed was another national event like Pearl Harbor so they’d have the excuse to “take the gloves off” as Cheney, the Dick-head in Charge of Vice announced to the world after that fateful day. You may be wondering why they even bother to create such documents, and the reason is that they must at least outwardly pretend that America is a republic with a democratic form of government. Although it’s becoming less & less necessary to maintain this facade because the American public is basically apathetic & ignorant.

For these reasons, apathy & ignorance, I have spent my adult life trying to inform & inspire others to not just roll over and accept our subservient status in this land ruled by corporate cockroaches & wacky warlords pushing us towards oblivion. You see, I have been in love with learning since I was in kindergarten if not before. And I have fought bullies my whole life. Except now, the bullies are in the penthouse suites, corporate boardrooms, & the halls of power in Washington D.C. and we’re talking about the possible extinction of our species & our Mother Earth. Do you think I might be a bit overdramatic? Well, please allow me to continue.

There are hundreds of great scholars who have written extensively and in depth on the subject of American imperialism, corporate corruption of our political process, etc. I have stumbled upon many of them over the past 30 years or better in my search for the truth. One who comes to mind is Chalmers Johnson who unfortunately passed away a few years ago.chalmers johnson

Chalmers Ashby Johnson (August 6, 1931 – November 20, 2010)[1] was an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He served in the Korean War, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967 to 1973, and chaired the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972.[2] He was also president and co-founder with Steven Clemons of the Japan Policy Research Institute (now based at the University of San Francisco), an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia.[3]

He wrote numerous books including, most recently, three examinations of the consequences of American Empire: Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. A former cold warrior, his fears for the US changed:

“A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can’t be both. If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic, on which so much of our system was modeled, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship.”[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalmers_Johnson

Professor Johnson is clearly qualified to speak authoritatively on matters of war & empire but if you’re one of those who believe that FOX “News” is true journalism, facts don’t matter to you & it’s highly unlikely that you’re even reading this essay? And speaking of “facts,” one thing that I learned from Mr. Johnson which really jumped out at me was the fact that we, the U.S., have 737 military bases in other countries and an untold number of secret bases scattered around the globe. Of course if you’re one of those who have succumbed to the decades of fear mongering, you’ll proclaim that it’s necessary for us to maintain all these military installations around the world because the world is a very dangerous place. This is circular reasoning or logic where the ends justify the means. And what the fear mongers don’t want you to think about or even be aware of is the fact that many of those terrorists who want to harm Americans were created because of all the death & destruction caused by our military forces & mercenaries for American corporate interests.

“In Blowback, I set out to explain why we are hated around the world. The concept “blowback” does not just mean retaliation for things our government has done to and in foreign countries. It refers to retaliation for the numerous illegal operations we have carried out abroad that were kept totally secret from the American public. This means that when the retaliation comes – as it did so spectacularly on September 11, 2001 – the American public is unable to put the events in context. So they tend to support acts intended to lash out against the perpetrators, thereby most commonly preparing the ground for yet another cycle of blowback. In the first book in this trilogy, I tried to provide some of the historical background for understanding the dilemmas we as a nation confront today, although I focused more on Asia – the area of my academic training – than on the Middle East.”[10] (this is from the same link that I provided above)

You see my friend, the truth and the facts are available for anyone to see or discover for themselves but what the masters of the universe count on is our apathy & ignorance. This is why when I bring such matters up in conversation with the general public, sometimes guys want to punch my lights out & they think I’m anti-American or some other such nonsense. I’m definitely not an intellectual giant, but I do persevere in my search for knowledge. I’m sort of like that tortoise in the Aesop fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Why? Because as I said earlier, I hate bullies and furthermore, I hate injustice. Looking back, I remember the sadness I felt when watching the news with my mom during the Iranian hostage crisis & my mom exclaimed, “How could anyone not like America?” If the American public doesn’t waken from its deep slumber & stupor, I fear that those “Christian” extremists will get their wish & Armageddon will be realized?pat robertson

Towards that end of hopefully informing my fellow citizens, here’s what Chalmers Johnson had to say about P.N.A.C.

“Ever since the first American war against Iraq, the Gulf War of 1991, a number of the key people who planned and executed it in the White House and the Pentagon have wanted to go back and finish what they started. They said so in reports written for then Secretary of Defense Cheney in the last years of the first Bush administration; and during the period from 1992 to 2000, when they were out of power, they drafted extensive plans for what should be done if the Republicans retook the White House. In the spring of 1997, they organized themselves as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and began to lobby vigorously for aggression against Iraq and the remaking of the Middle East.” (pgs. 227-228, The Sorrows of Empire by Chalmers Johnson)

Do I need to point out what a hornet’s nest we have stirred-up in the Middle East and here we are invading & attacking Iraq for the third time? It struck me earlier this morning as to how absolutely ludicrous it is for the Republican Rodents to denounce the Democrats as the “Tax & Spend” party. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending the Democratic Dogmatists because in my opinion, they are guilty of many of the same things as the Repugnant Republicans. But for the record, the Republicans believe it’s right to spend billions & trillions on “National Security” (weapons) and to tax the working class & the middle class to death while slashing taxes at every opportunity, for the wealthy who get rich by robbing the federal treasury.

Moving along, tragically yet again, far too many Americans have fallen for the propaganda put out by the corporate-owned news media and believe that we invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein had a hand in the attacks of 9/11 and/or because he had weapons of mass destruction. But for those of us who don’t suffer from amnesia & have a normal attention span, we know that the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan have been about one thing, oil. By the way, the brilliant planners in the Pentagon first dubbed our invasion of Iraq under Bushwhacker Jr., “Operation Iraqi Liberation,” but then someone noticed that the initials spelled O.I.L. and this was a bit too revealing so they changed it to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Freudian Slip?

As for our war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history and against a country that has never been conquered not even by Alexander the Great nor the Russian Empire, the only explanation that makes sense as far as I’m concerned, is the one offered by Larry Everest, author of Oil, Power, & Empire but I want to forewarn you because you may want to start closing your mind right now because he’s a Communist!

“A related problem is that energy sources are concentrated in some of the most tumultuous areas in the world. According to energy forecasts, by 2050 the Persian Gulf/Caspian Sea region will account for more than 80 percent of world oil and natural gas production. The region’s reserves are estimated to be 800 billion barrels of oil and an energy equivalent amount in natural gas. Meanwhile, total oil reserves in the Americas and Europe are less than 160 billion barrels and will be exhausted in the next 25 years.” http://www.counterpunch.org/2003/12/12/saddam-oil-and-empire/carlyle group

I own this book by Mr. Everest but like hundreds of other books that I also own, I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I bought the book because of a talk Larry gave at a bookstore which was videotaped. In short, he posits that because of the oil around the Caspian Sea area is why we’re in Afghanistan i.e. to protect the pipeline which offers a much shorter route for shipping the oil to a port where we (corporate cockroaches) can ship it. Too simplistic? Too far-fetched? Yeah, right. It’s easier to believe the Pentagon’s rationale but can you refresh my memory? I’ve forgotten why exactly we’re in Afghanistan? Originally it was to get Osama bin Laden even though 15 of the 19 hijackers who destroyed the World Trade Towers were from Saudi Arabia & now that we’ve killed Osama, we’re still there for? Oh yeah, Freedom & Democracy! We’re not supposed to notice that Afghanistan is ruled by drug lords who supply heroin to the world and our soldiers aren’t there to destroy the poppy fields anyway. Only in a land as pathetically illiterate as America can such Alice in Wonderland “logic” go unnoticed.

Remarkably, after writing the above warning regarding Larry Everest being a communist, I read several pages in Chalmers Johnson’s book The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic to see what he had to say about the war in Afghanistan & I was blown away because he definitely backs up Larry Everest’s claims i.e. it’s the oil. And you clearly can’t dismiss Professor Johnson as being a communist or sympathetic to it.  oil and caspian sea

Oil is a very old subject around the Caspian Sea and especially in the city of Baku, capital of Azerbaijan….Baku’s oil was Hitler’s target in the Caucasus until his armies were stopped and defeated at Stalingrad….After the breakup of the USSR in 1991, five independent nations suddenly bordered the sea—Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan—and the modern race to control the oil and gas resources of the region began. It was led by American-based multinational oil companies, soon to be followed by the U.S. military in one of its more traditional and well-established roles: protector of private capitalist interests. As retired Marine Lieutenant General Smedley Butler, winner of two congressional Medals of Honor, wrote way back in 1933, “I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service….And during that period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle-man for big business, for Wall Street, and the bankers….Thus, I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street….In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.” During the 1990s and especially after Bush’s declaration of a “war on terrorism,” the oil companies again needed some muscle and the Pentagon was happy to oblige. (pgs. 168-169)  war-is-a-racket-smedley-butler

By the way, here’s another conspiracy that was proven true, Marine Lieutenant General Smedley Butler whom was mentioned above, was approached by several corporate & banking interests to lead a coup against FDR because his New Deal program angered them terribly. Sound familiar? Note the “Conservative” slashing of every social welfare program they can get their hands on that is happening today. Fortunately, Lt. General Butler’s loyalty to the U.S. Constitution which he took an oath to protect, was higher than any thought of gaining power & riches for himself and he turned the conspirators in. Look it up if you doubt me.

In conclusion regarding the subject of why we’re in Afghanistan and mark my words, no matter what Obama or the next president says, just as in Iraq, we will never leave there completely. The masters of the universe will devise rationale for the necessity of leaving soldiers behind to guard our military bases, our embassies, etc. We didn’t build 14 permanent military bases or the world’s largest embassy in Iraq to only abandon them a few years later. You see, this is their strategy in a nutshell, invade and occupy a nation for a length of time under the guise of bringing freedom & democracy and then maintain our military bases, etc. in perpetuity so our soldiers & mercenaries & intelligence officers can safeguard the corporate cockroaches’ property & profits.

For this purpose, here is more evidence supporting my general thesis of American “leaders” pursuing domination of the planet;

A third big U.S. project in Central Asia has been proposed: dual oil and gas pipelines from Turkmenistan south through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan. Support for this enterprise appears to have been a major consideration in the Bush administration’s decision to attack Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. The Taliban government in Afghanistan had so blocked development of the pipelines under American auspices that removal of the Taliban became the secret casus belli of the “war on terrorism” following the attacks of September 11, 2001. As the journalist Patrick Martin has commented, “If history had skipped over September 11 and the events of that day had never happened, it is very likely that the United States would have gone to war in Afghanistan anyway, and on much the same schedule.” (pg. 176, Johnson)

I can hear the howls of protest already i.e. just because the couple of people you have quoted say these things doesn’t make them so! If I were within lightyears of Chomsky’s talent as a scholar or his level of patience, I could cite hundreds of other scholars, journalists, etc. who back these assertions up with hard facts but I don’t want to spend that much time & effort. I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that no one I know is even willing to take the time to read my essays. My Facebook “friends” claim to love my writing but I get little to no response from them and my real life friends & family also can’t be bothered to read or write. And quite simply, I believe this is one of the major reasons or causes as to why we’re in such a sad state of affairs. I write for myself and I keep a little spark of hope alive in my heart that one day I will find a small audience who truly appreciate my work and we will engage in that wonderful human activity known as true conversation. Okay, back to the last bit of info that I want to share with you on the subject of our invasion of Afghanistan.

Even after the Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden returned to Afghanistan in 1996 as a “guest” of the Taliban and after al-Qaeda’s attacks of August 7, 1998, on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, neither the Clinton nor the Bush State Departments ever designated Afghanistan a terrorist-sponsoring nation, since that would have ended any possibility of international funding for the pipelines. Both administrations were willing to accept the Taliban regime, despite its sponsorship of terrorism, so long as it cooperated with plans to develop the oil and gas resources of Central Asia.  kissinger

A remarkable group of Washington insiders came together to promote the Unocal project. Unocal itself hired former national security adviser Henry Kissinger as a consultant in its negotiations with Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Kissinger then worked with Turkmenistan’s chief consultant, General Alexander Haig, his former assistant in the White House and later Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state. (Amoco, meanwhile, hired another former national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who had helped instigate the Afghan-Soviet war of the 1980s.) (page 178)

I don’t know about you, my imaginary reader, but this is mind-boggling to me! I’d better recap because as that wry wit, Gore Vidal, dubbed America the United States of Amnesia, I’d better not assume that you recall the Coward from Crawford, Georgie, Bushwhacker Jr.’s comments regarding our wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. The next day after the destruction of our World Trade Center and the death of nearly 3,000 Americans, Georgie proclaimed to the world that we would hunt down & kill Osama bin Laden. Yet it took over two months to send some of our troops to Afghanistan and they had bin Laden cornered in some region of Afghanistan which I forget the name of right now, but let him & the Taliban slip away. And not very long after began the propaganda campaign of directing our attention to Iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11. And gradually, bin Laden’s name faded from the public news. I believe it was less than a year later that the butt-boy, our “commander in chief,” started making comments like “To tell you the truth, I’m not really that concerned about or interested in Osama bin Laden.”  bush

I’ve been against our wars of aggression and imperial expansion ever since I was in the U.S. Army in 1971 and was almost sent to Vietnam. I am quite simply amazed that more Americans aren’t outraged over the loss of their loved ones or their their loved ones coming home with limbs missing, deep psychological problems, etc.? Especially given what should be now known as clearly a pack of lies & propaganda which sent our soldiers into harm’s way. Yet here we go again, a third time invading Iraq? Jesus Christ! When the Hell is America going to wake the fuck up?

I have been especially angry for the past six years at my naivete for having fallen for Obama’s rhetoric when he was first running for the presidency. I thought that I was pretty politically sophisticated and I voted for him the first time but not the second time. You may think that I’m bullshitting but I knew within the first few weeks or months of Obama becoming president that I and all of us who voted for that snake-oil salesman, that we’d been betrayed. And I knew this because of his appointments of Bernanke, Geithner, & Summers to such powerful positions affecting our economy. These three bastards were deeply involved in causing the economic collapse of 2008 and therefore, Obama showed whose side he was on by appointing them.  obama

Furthermore in terms of supporting my thesis of the corporate cockroaches agenda of world domination, consider this if you will? Why is it that Obama is so obsessed with prosecuting “Whistleblowers?” If you argue that perhaps it’s because he was a Constitutional lawyer then why did he say when pressed to prosecute the Bush administration for its lying us into the Iraq War, “Quite frankly, I’m not interested in looking backwards.” Or why is it that not one of the major CEOs or bankers, hedge-fund managers, etc. has not been sent to jail? In my perhaps quaint or old-fashioned way of thinking, “Whistleblowers” should have parades thrown in their honor because they reveal the crimes of those in high places which are hurting us as a nation and as a people. Yet we have a president and no, he’s not the only one but Obama has prosecuted & persecuted more “whistleblowers” than all our other presidents combined, who zealously goes after these national heroes. Again, you might be tempted to dismiss my thoughts as too simplistic but bear with me if you will? Let’s take a look at the “crimes” of these whistleblowers.

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake

“Thomas Drake: a former senior executive at the NSA who was charged under the Espionage Act for the unauthorized ‘willful retention’ of classified documents….Then, in the wake of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NSA with the approval of the Bush administration, began the illegal warrantless surveillance of American citizens. This did not sit well with Drake, who says that during his time in the Air Force, where he also did surveillance work, the imperative to protect American’s privacy was drilled into him. ‘I was faced with a crisis of conscience,’ Drake told The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer. ‘What do I do—remain silent, and complicit, or go to the press?’

As a father of five, one of whom has serious health problems, Drake concluded that he’d go to the press with his complaints about the NSA—but he’d only share unclassified information, thinking perhaps he’d lose his job but at least not end up in jail. So he leaked the story of Thin Thread vs. Trailblazer—a simple story of government waste—to the Baltimore Sun. A few months later, the FBI appeared at his door. Drake at one point faced up to 35 years in prison for various charges, most of which were dropped. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for exceeding authorized use of a computer.

John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou: a former CIA agent, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for giving journalists the names of two former colleagues who interrogated detainees using harsh practices including waterboarding….He suggested that our country should abandon the technique because ‘we’re Americans and we’re better than this.’

Shami Leibowitz

Shami Leibowitz

Shami K. Leibowitz: a former FBI Hebrew translator and the grandson of Israeli philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz, pleaded guilty to leaking classified information before a judge who later said he did not know exactly what Leibowitz had disclosed—just that it was a ‘very, very serious offense.’ Leibowitz was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Leibowitz had leaked 200 pages of transcribed conversations recorded by FBI wiretaps of the Israeli embassy in Washington. They documented discussions embassy officials had with American supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress—and a discussion among Israeli officials in which they worry that their exchanges might be monitored. The leak was to a blogger, Richard Silverstein, who writes the blog Tikun Olam promoting peace between Israel and Palestine and monitoring U.S. government overreach. Silverstein burned the transcripts when Leibowitz came under investigation.

In an interview with The New York Times, Silverstein said that Leibowitz released the transcripts because of Israel’s aggressive attempts to influence public opinion in the U.S. and because Leibowitz worried that Israel would take what he saw as the potentially disastrous step of bombing nuclear facilities in Iran.

Pfc Bradley Manning

Pfc Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning: Pfc. Bradley Manning admitted to leaking 700,000 government documents to Wikileaks including videos of air strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq in which civilians were killed. Manning said one of the videos, from 2007, was particularly disturbing to him—it showed American Apache helicopters killing a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists, and then opening fire on a van that arrived to help the victims. Manning noted the ‘seemingly delightful blood lust of the airmen.’

Manning said in February that his goal in releasing the materials was to show the public ‘what happens and why it happens.’ I believed if the public—in particular the American public—had access to the information’ in the reports, ‘this could spark a debate about foreign policy in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan,’ he said.

Jeffrey Sterling

Jeffrey Sterling

Jeffrey Sterling: a former C.I.A. officer, pleaded not guilty to the charge that he leaked information about a U.S. plan to sabotage Iran’s nuclear operations to Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist James Risen for his book State of War. …Risen recounts how, in the early 2000s, the C.I.A. sent a Russian nuclear scientist to Iran to leak flawed plans for a nuclear bomb-triggering device in an attempt to set back the country’s efforts to develop a bomb. But the flaw in the bomb plans was so obvious that the Russian scientist spotted it immediately—the scientist then told the Iranians that there was an obvious flaw in the plans so that they would take him seriously. Risen’s source felt the Iranians likely were able to learn from the parts of the plans that weren’t flawed, and that the operation, intended as sabotage, may have in fact brought Iran closer to developing a nuclear weapon.”  http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/6-brave-govt-whistleblowers-charged-under-espionage-act-obamas

I tell you my friend, sometimes it just gets too overwhelming and I feel like throwing in the towel and just joining the other Walking Dead zombies. The corruption is so vast & intertwined among so many of our major institutions that I sometimes despair and feel that my writing is absolutely useless especially when only every great once in awhile will anyone take a few moments to read one of my essays let alone write a brief comment. Maybe it’s just pure Irish stubbornness on my part, I don’t know? Perhaps I’m just being consistent in my hatred of injustice which started with my taking on bullies as a young boy? I struggle with my desire to stop trying and my spirit that longs for peace, justice, & freedom in this tragic world of ours. But as of now, I am still fighting the good fight.

James Risen

James Risen

The last journalist mentioned, James Risen, has been pursued by both the Bush and Obama administrations as part of a six-year leak investigation into his previous book, State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush administration. The Obama administration is threatening him with 35 years in prison if he doesn’t reveal his source but he’s standing strong in his resolution to not do so. He has a new book out called Pay Any Price and an excerpt from it reminded me of a brief news item several years ago that soon disappeared down that memory hole that Orwell described so well in his book, 1984.

Well in a nutshell, The New York Federal Reserve Bank, the hub of our Federal Reserve system, has a giant vault in the East Rutherford Operations Center which holds as much as $60 billion in cash for little snags in our financial system such as the economic collapse of 2008, you may recall. Seems that dozens of pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills were loaded into some trucks and driven to Andrews Air Force Base & loaded into C-17 transport planes & flown to Iraq—between $12 and $14 billion. And with virtually no supervision or safeguards. Another $5.8 billion was sent from the New York Federal Reserve to Baghdad by electronic funds transfers. And guess what? It just disappeared! Isn’t that interesting? The Republicans are constantly screaming about the federal deficit and the need to cut food stamps for the poor, the out of work, etc. The need to cut free lunches for poor students, etc. etc. etc. But no mention of these missing billions? The C.I.A., the F.B.I., the Pentagon, & the State Dept. have all been told about it but don’t feel it necessary to pursue the matter?

In conclusion, I could go on & on & on but why should I?

If you’re interested or give a shit, you’ll pick up on the trail of crumbs that I have left and pursue the conspiracy on your own. I have gone into much greater detail in my magnum opus which I’m only about three fifths of the way through but have completed over 2,000 pages so far.

Let me be crystal clear here because I am definitely not an Alex Jones with lurid tales of a vast, secret cult like Skull & Bones or some other nonsense. No, but this is a conspiracy of silence and of mutual interests that overlap one another at various junctures. Here are several of the major institutions which make up this conspiracy that impoverishes us all, poisons our environment, perpetuates a never ending series of wars, and is getting ever more wealthy as our nation and many others are circling the drain; the military, the industrial sector of our economy (“Defense “ industries), Congress (Eisenhower wanted to include them in his farewell warning but was talked out of it—a bit too revealing, Think Tanks (the Heritage Foundation, etc.), the Media, the Universities, & the financial “services” industry which now makes up the overwhelming majority of our GDP.  eisenhower

Why has Obama gone after Whistleblowers more zealously than all other presidents combined? Quite simply because he clearly wants to please his corporate masters. Why was Dick Cheney & the Bush administration basically allowed to “out” a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Plame, and not be prosecuted? Yeah, technically Scooter Libby took the fall for it but he was instantly pardoned, a clear snow-job to keep the public believing in our justice system.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

No, whistleblowers are pursued so vehemently because they pull back the curtain that hides all the corruption, vice, & murder of the powers that be, the power elite, the status quo or however you prefer to think of them. The U.S. government & its corporate masters want to get their hands on Edward Snowden & Julian Assange so bad that they’re salivating over the thought of it. Snowden revealed just how extensively we’re being spied upon & Assange revealed via Bradley (Chelsea) Manning how criminally our military has and is behaving around the world as well as the State Dept. cables which reveal how Machiavellian our foreign policy actually is. I saw a PBS documentary years ago and was blown away by the statement made by who, I can’t remember but he said, “Machiavelli’s book, The Prince, is how governments actually rule though few will admit it.”

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Scholars often note that Machiavelli glorifies instrumentality in statebuilding—an approach embodied by the saying that “the ends justify the means.” Violence may be necessary for the successful stabilization of power and introduction of new legal institutions. Force may be used to eliminate political rivals, to coerce resistant populations, and to purge the community of other men strong enough of character to rule, who will inevitably attempt to replace the ruler. Machiavelli has become infamous for such political advice, ensuring that he would be remembered in history through the adjective, “Machiavellian.” (this is from a Wikipedia article)

You see my imaginary friend (reader), the powers that be need for us, the public, to keep believing that our government or our nation is based on, honors, and exemplifies high moral standards & ethical principles. Because if they didn’t keep that illusion and myth alive & ever present in our consciousness, why would we pay our taxes, send our children to war, obey their laws, etc.? And the release of the State Dept. cables was especially embarrassing because the world now clearly knows how sinister & corrupt our government is although they already knew to a large extent.

Moreover, speaking of “morality,” you might note that in the documentary made by Charles Ferguson, Inside Job, which by the way won an Oscar, he brought up a term I’d never heard of, “Moral Hazard.”

Charles Ferguson, writer & director of

Charles Ferguson, writer & director of “Inside Job”

“Your film and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel tackle approximately the same subject matter. He’s built his movie around the financial term “moral hazard.” What you show in the film — a situation where we’ve deregulated the entire universe and created a strong disincentive for people to behave ethically — isn’t that the ultimate illustration of moral hazard?

Yes. Deregulation permitted, allowed and created an industry where moral hazard was the norm and the universal condition. And people took advantage. When there is moral hazard one usually finds that people take advantage and in this case a whole industry took advantage.” http://www.salon.com/2010/10/08/inside_job/

The two paragraphs above come from the link I cited and the title of the article clearly supports my thesis and in particular, my comments regarding the economic collapse of 2008, “Inside Job”: “Global finance as a criminal conspiracy.” Here is the definition of ‘moral hazard’:

Paulson, Bernanke, Geithner (three of the Wall St. wolves)

Paulson, Bernanke, Geithner (three of the Wall St. wolves)

“In economic theory, a moral hazard is a situation in which a party is more likely to take risks because the costs that could result will not be borne by the party taking the risk. In other words, it is a tendency to be more willing to take a risk, knowing that the potential costs or burdens of taking such risk will be borne, in whole or in part, by others. A moral hazard may occur where the actions of one party may change to the detriment of another after a financial transaction has taken place.

Moral hazard arises because an individual or institution does not take the full consequences and responsibilities of its actions, and therefore has a tendency to act less carefully than it otherwise would, leaving another party to hold some responsibility for the consequences of those actions.”

Sorry but here’s some more comforting news, after we were forced to bail out the Super Banks, the insurance giant, A.I.G., etc. etc. etc. they’re right back at it again and the government still isn’t sufficiently regulating them. And yeah, Obama & his Justice Dept. headed by Eric Holder has let them go unpunished so hold on to your hats because it’s coming again & this time they say it’s really going to rock our world (my paraphrasing). Obama’s administration like other administrations, won’t ever prosecute previous administrations like the Bushwhacker’s because they’d then be open to prosecution from the next administration.

Are you beginning to take my point and see just how immoral, corrupt, cynical, manipulative, deceitful, & destructive “our” government is and how the conspiracy of silence amongst the various institutions that make up our society are destroying us as a nation & as a people? Bottom-line, America is not superior to Communist Russia or Communist China. Like all tyrannies, dictatorships, empires, we didn’t become the world’s sole superpower that we are today by playing by the rules (International law). The U.S. is now unequivocally the world’s most powerful, feared, & hated nation on earth. You may perhaps still doubt my thesis and feel that I haven’t presented a strong enough argument in support of it? Okay, well here’s a bit more evidence that you are welcome to mull over, this is a partial list of murderous dictators that the U.S. has supported in a variety of ways from financial support, military “advisors” who trained the dictator’s secret police in ways to torture dissidents, and with the actual assistance of our military personnel:

Manuel Noriega & Bush Sr. (Noriega worked for Bush in C.I.A.)

Manuel Noriega & Bush Sr. (Noriega worked for Bush in C.I.A.)

Latin America[edit] Porfirio Díaz (Mexico) (1876–1911)[10][11] Institutional Revolutionary Party (Mexico) (1929–2000)[12] Juan Vicente Gómez (Venezuela) (1908–35)[13] Manuel Estrada Cabrera (Guatemala) (1898–1920)[14] Jorge Ubico (Guatemala) (1931–44)[14] Fulgencio Batista (Cuba) (1952–59)[15] Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic) (1930–61)[16] Efraín Ríos Montt and the rest of the military junta in Guatemala (1954-86)[17][18] Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador (1979–82)[19] Hugo Banzer (Bolivia) (1971–78)[20] National Reorganization Process (Argentina) (1976–83)[21] Brazilian military government (1964–85)[22] Somoza family (Nicaragua) (1936–79)[23] François Duvalier (Haiti) (1957–71)[24] Jean-Claude Duvalier (Haiti) (1971–86)[24] Omar Torrijos (Panama) (1968–81)[25] Manuel Noriega (Panama) (1983–89)[25] Alfredo Stroessner (Paraguay) (1954–89)[26] Augusto Pinochet (Chile) (1973–90)[27] Asia[edit] Syngman Rhee (South Korea) (1948–60)[28] Park Chung-hee (South Korea) (1961–79)[29] Chun Doo-Hwan (South Korea) (1979-88)[30] Ngo Dinh Diem (South Vietnam) (1955–63)[31] Lon Nol (Cambodia) (1970–75)[32] Yahya Khan (Pakistan) (1971)[33][34] Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Iran) (1941–79)[35][36] Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines) (1965–86)[37][38] Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan) (1978–88)[39] Saddam Hussein (Iraq) (1982–90)[40] Suharto (Indonesia) (1967–98)[41] Truong Tan Sang (Vietnam) (2011–present)[42] Islam Karimov (Uzbekistan) (1990–present)[42] Pervez Musharraf (Pakistan) (1999–2008)[43] Ali Abdullah Saleh (Yemen) (1990–2012)[44] Emomalii Rahmon (Tajikistan) (1994–present)[42] Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (Turkmenistan) (2006–present)[42] House of Saud (Saudi Arabia) (1945–present)[45][46][47] Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (Bahrain) (1999–present)[48] Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Qatar) (1995-2013)[49] Qaboos bin Said al Said (Oman) [50] Africa[edit] King Hassan II, predecessors and successors (Morocco) (1777-present)[51] Gaafar Nimeiry (Sudan) (1969–85)[52] Samuel Doe (Liberia) (1980–90)[53] Apartheid South Africa (1948–94)[54] Meles Zenawi (Ethiopia) (1991–2012)[42] Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea) (1979–present)[42] Mobutu Sese Seko (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (1965–97)[55][56] Hissène Habré (Chad) (1982–90)[57] Hosni Mubarak (Egypt) (1981-2011) Idriss Déby (Chad) (1990–present)[58] Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) (1986–present)[59] Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (Tunisia) (1987–2010) [60] Paul Kagame (Rwanda) (2000–present)[61] Europe[edit] Francisco Franco (Francoist Spain) (supported from 1959 to 1975).[62] Greek military junta of 1967–74[63]

Of course, one has to expend some effort in uncovering the true history of America and we’ve been indoctrinated (brainwashed) from birth into believing the myths proclaiming the United States as champions of Freedom & Democracy around the world. Well, try talking to people from those nations mentioned above and ask them how they feel about the “democracy” we brought them. Tragically for us as a nation and as a people, most Americans prefer to bury their heads in the sand and just go on believing in the lies because it’s just too much work to discover the Truth and it’s even more difficult to face the ugly reality of the true American agenda and our corporate cockroach masters to rule the world. The only significant difference between the GOP and the Democratic party is that the GOP is much more brazen or blatant about their lying, cheating, stealing, & corruption. And the phrase you will hear every time some whistleblower, some scholar like Noam Chomsky, some true journalist like James Risen, etc. gets a little too close to revealing the truth behind our domestic & foreign policies is, “It’s a matter of National Security!” I have long researched these mystical words which stop just about everyone in their tracks when critical issues are raised in national debate and it came to me as I was writing this lengthy essay, “National Security” is code for Don’t threaten the financial interests of the corporate cockroaches or we’ll get you!

Chomsky,

Chomsky, “world’s greatest intellectual alive” in his office at M.I.T.

“The key element of social control is the strategy of distraction that is to divert public attention from important issues and changes decided by political and economic elites, through the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information.” ― Noam Chomsky

“It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions – you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism.” ― Noam Chomsky

—Rob DeLoss, Brookings, OR (October 25, 2014)