When you go down that rabbit hole and see reality, it is not comforting. For no matter how warmly consoling the myths and often repeated phrases of our American culture and national identity they are but smoke screens and mirages that drive a false sense of a greater purpose and a national self-pride that are built on the exact same foundation of human nature, both the good and the horrible, as every other nation, in every other epoch. They are thus, built on quicksand.
By allowing ourselves to be blinded to the reality of the true nature of our government and its inherent weaknesses and rationalized evils, we can never hope to rise up against them, we will only drift further and further on the road to tyranny. We will never have the understanding how far from the beauty of the enlightenment rationality and the intents of our founders we now are, nor how far we have strayed as a nation and as a people from those lofty and uplifting ideals. We will never understand nor seek out a sounder, more humane form of American civilization.
We need to smash the crumbling myths of American exceptionalism and understand that the only way the American people and each of us as individuals will ever regain our freedoms is when we dismantle the apparatus of the centralized Leviathan that we have, over the past 200 plus years, allowed a purposeful, increasingly dominant elite to build up around us, sapping us of our freedoms, our rights and sowing mayhem and death around the world.
I am a patriot, but my loyalties lie with the vision of the nations founders , a vision of what America should stand for, what it could be not what it is, nor what it has wrought on the world under the fictions of humanitarian intervention and spreading democracy. It cannot be changed from within for it is by now far too corrupted. If war is the State, then the State must be dissolved.
I know there is a lot below and you may not have the patience nor the willpower to plow through it all, but you should try, you at least should try.
As Johan Galtung taught us, “Personal violence is for the amateur in dominance, structural violence is the tool of the professional. The amateur who wants to dominate uses guns; the professional uses social structure.” It was perfectly clear, following the terror attacks of 9/11, that America’s elite were creating exactly this kind of criminally legal social structure. Climate change, overpopulation, income inequality, dwindling resources, and other geopolitical factors are pushing the rich into gated communities in every nation in the world. The establishment is preparing for the dystopian future that lies ahead.
The 9/11 terror attacks lifted all the moral prohibitions on militaristic America, unleashing on liberalism the anger and frustrations that the country had cultivated since the Vietnam War. The government, backed by industry and the corporate media, launched the largest psychological warfare campaign ever mounted. Extralegal Phoenix-style programs cropped up everywhere, seen as necessary for protecting the American people from terrorism, and the terrorized public gratefully received them all.
“An Open Letter to Maj. Gen. Bruce Lawlor” appeared in August 2002 and spoke to this imminent threat of fascism. As a CIA officer in South Vietnam in the early 1970s, Bruce Lawlor ran a counterterror team in one of the northern provinces. In 2002 Lawlor became the Office of Homeland Security’s senior director for protection and prevention. The Office of Homeland Security would soon evolve into the Department of Homeland Security, with its Orwellian “fusion centers,” which are replicas of the Phoenix IOCCs and serve the same
In his strategy paper “Countering Global Insurgency” published in Small Wars Journal in September–November 2004, Lt. Col. David Kilcullen called for a “global Phoenix program.” Kilcullen would become one of the government’s top counterinsurgency advisors. Phoenix terms like high-value target and neutralization are now as common as Phoenix strategies and tactics. And the process of institutionalizing the Phoenix program, conceptually and programmatically, is just beginning. Douglas Valentine, February 2014
This book questions how Americans, who consider themselves a nation ruled by laws and an ethic of fair play, could create a program like Phoenix.
Successive American governments sink deeper and deeper into the vortex of covert operations—ostensibly to combat terrorism and Communist insurgencies—the American people gradually lose touch with the democratic ideals that once defined their national self-concept.
The boundary lines having been drawn, the pacification of Vietnam began in earnest in 1883. The French strategy was simple and began with a reign of terror: As many nationalists as could be found were rounded up and guillotined. Next the imperial city of Hue was plundered in what Karnow calls “an orgy of killing and looting.” The French disbanded the emperor’s Council of Mandarins and replaced it with French advisers and a bureaucracy staffed by supplétifs—self-serving Vietnamese, usually Catholics, who collaborated in exchange for power and position.
From the 1880’s onward no legal protections existed for nationalists, for whom a dungeon at Con Son Prison, torture, and death were the penalties for pride. So, outgunned and outlawed in their homeland, the nationalists turned to terrorism—to the bullet in the belly and the bomb in the café. For while brutal French pacification campaigns prevented the rural Vietnamese from tending their fields, terrorism did not.
In instances of open rebellion, stronger steps were taken. When VNQDD sailors mutinied in 1932 in Yen Bai and killed their French officers, the French retaliated by bombing scores of VNQDD villages, killing more than thirty thousand people.
======The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam (Forbidden Bookshelf) (Douglas Valentine)
Truth often passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted. This process occurs when a new truth is revealed that contradicts current superstition, whether the truth comes out about the Earth not being the center of the universe or the truth comes out about the horrible atrocities committed by the United States government. Yes, violence and oppression exist all over the world, and the United States is not the only country that has done wrong and made mistakes. But there is currently only one country that has conducted destruction with such strong involvement on a global scale. There is only one imperialistic empire that has been so deeply linked to so many corrupt dictatorships, oppressive regimes, and corporate exploitations. This material will focus on that one country.
- It is difficult for people to change their opinions after they’ve reached a certain stage of development in their experiences and education. Beliefs are too strongly rooted in the foundations of their earlier years. Opinions were molded by early environmental factors and experiences, and many reject anything that does not support the information they were exposed to earlier.
- The premature formulation of irreversible opinions is the result of people making judgments with only limited information. Many choose what they believe without researching a subject, and end up basing their belief on the information they are initially exposed to, even if that information is completely false.
- This list includes interventions conducted both overtly and covertly. It includes the use of force through militaries armed, trained, funded, and directed by the US. Some of these atrocities only had a few US officials actively involved, but these puppet armies would never have been capable of such destruction without US financing, supplying, and assistance (as detailed following sections show).
- There are countless mass killings missing from this list that the US is responsible for, but this list covers the most violent crimes committed by the US government in recent history. Unfathomable death tolls are listed here, but it is important to not just think in terms of numbers and statistics. We should visualize each of the beautiful lives that were destroyed.
- Imagine stadiums filled with Korean children dying from napalm before your eyes. Visualize the mothers in Iraq digging up the corpses of their children. Picture children in Vietnam who were born without legs or arms because of residual effects of Agent Orange. Envision tens of thousands of Japanese civilians being wiped by out by atomic bombs before they even knew what hit them. Think about the children in Nicaragua crying on the street, seeking their mothers, not knowing that they had been killed by US-created contras. See the atrocities through the eyes of countless loving parents in El Salvador who were forced to watch their infant children beat to death against rocks. Think about what it must have been like to be those victims or their grieving loved ones.
- “Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.” – General Douglas MAcArthur, 1957
- “Beware of the newspapers. They will have you hating the oppressed and loving the people doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X
- “Private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information. It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.” – Albert Einstein
- “Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? – stupid.” – Arthur Sylvester, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 1965
- “The whole point of brainwashing is that those being brainwashed don’t know it.” – Graham Haley
- Noam Chomsky, a distinguished intellectual and political analyst, has pointed out that there are two main audiences the media has to deal with when addressing American issues. One is the 20% of the population that is somewhat well educated and involved or interested in politics. The other 80% of the population are merely spectators. They are the herd of people who are not expected to become involved in important issues. They are the target of the real mass media. They are the demanding audience for tabloids, celebrity gossip, soap operas, and televised sporting events.
- “We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” – Katharine Graham, former owner of the Washington Post
- For example, when a country on bad terms with the United States violently intervenes in foreign affairs, the US media labels the act as “terrorism.” When America and its client states violently intervene in foreign affairs, the US media labels it as “peace-keeping.” The actual acts are referred to as “defense” and “peacekeeping missions.”
- Acts of violence where civilians are killed because of aggression against a US corporate/political target are called “terrorist attacks.” When the US slaughters innocent civilians in conjunction with its violent political agenda, the deaths are callously referred to as “collateral damage.”
- US soldiers captured in war are called “POWs.” Soldiers captured by the US are called “unlawful combatants,” which the US then uses to justify depriving them the rights guaranteed to POWs by international laws.
- The weapons arsenals of non-US allies are called “weapons of mass destruction.” US weapons are “deterrent” and referred to as “Patriot missiles,” “precision missiles,” etc.
- During a massive bombing campaign in Baghdad, in March of 2003, the attack was called a “shock and awe campaign.” If anyone ever performed such an action against the US or a US ally, it would be considered an “atrocity.”
- “If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war.” – Pentagon official, on why US military censored graphic footage from the Gulf War.
- The CIA’s orchestration of the media includes books, newspapers, magazines, and television. Although sometimes hard to prove, it is known that the CIA has published hundreds of books, owns dozens of newspapers and magazines, and has people in every major US news organization on the CIA payroll. Former CIA Director William Colby even admitted “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
- “The greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.” – Former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark.
- “We’re going to become guilty, in my judgment, of being the greatest threat to the peace of the world. It’s an ugly reality, and we Americans don’t like to face up to it. I hate to think of the chapter of American history that’s going to be written in the future in connection with our outlawry in Southeast Asia.” – Senator Wayne Morse, 1967
- “I should welcome any war” and “No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumph of war.” Teddy Roosevelt.
- It was President Theodore Roosevelt and President William McKinley who determined America’s destiny as a global dominator. The fate of the US was jump-started during the late 1890’s, with the official governmental takeovers of Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, Cuba (led personally by Roosevelt), Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Thus began the modern US legacy of violent imperialism.
- Former CIA official John Stockwell admitted, “Encouraging techniques of raping women and executing men and children is a coordinated policy of the destabilization program.”
- In 1996, The Pentagon was also forced to admit the existence of a “torture manual,” which taught the techniques of execution, torture, false arrest, blackmail, censorship, payment of bounty, and various forms of physical abuse.
- The CIA’s “Freedom Fighters Manual” was even worse. It gave detailed instruction on assassination, sabotage, kidnapping, and the slaughter of civilians. Additionally, a large portion of the army’s counterinsurgency literature came directly from written records of the Nazis. These records revealed which techniques for controlling resistance worked and which ones didn’t.
- The following is from a 1950s CIA training manual titled “A Study of Assassination”:
- No assassination instruction should ever be written or recorded… The simplest local tools are often the most efficient means of assassination… anything hard, heavy and handy will suffice… The most efficient accident… is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface… Falls before trains and subway cars are usually effective, but require exact timing… assassinations can seldom be employed with a clear conscience. Persons who are morally squeamish should not attempt it.
- “Psychological Operation in Guerilla Warfare,” another CIA Training Manual:
- It is possible to neutralize carefully selected and planned targets, such as court judges, mesta judges, police and state security officials, CDS chiefs, etc. For psychological purposes it is necessary to take extreme precautions… The mission to replace the individual should be followed by: Extensive explanation within the population affected of the reason why it was necessary for the good of the people.
- Our target, then, is the minds of the population, all the population: our troops, the enemy troops, and the civilian population.
- In 1948, George Kennan, head of the State Department planning staff, wrote a top secret document titled Policy Planning Study 23 for his staff that included the following statements: We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population… In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity… To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives… We should cease to talk about vague and… unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.
- The methods of the United States and the troops it trains and supplies are oftentimes quite grotesque. The US-run contra forces in Nicaragua and the US-assisted, trained, and funded barbarians in El Salvador and Guatemala didn’t just participate in simple killing. They encouraged and practiced brutal, sadistic torture. They beat infants against rocks before the eyes of their parents. They placed rats inside women’s vaginas and burned male and female sexual organs with acid or boiling water. They would hang women by their feet with their breasts cut off and the skin of their face peeled back so they’d bleed to death. They shoved bayonets and clubs into women’s vaginas and men’s anuses. They chopped civilian’s heads off and put them on stakes for public display. This was all done with persistent support from the United States in its quest to destroy independent nationalism and popular forces that might bring about meaningful democracy.
- The point that the real threat is a “good example” was made in 1954 when a State Department official stated: Guatemala has become an increasing threat to the stability of Honduras and El Salvador. Its agrarian reform is a powerful propaganda weapon; its broad social program of aiding workers and peasants in a victorious struggle against the upper classes and large foreign enterprises has a strong appeal to the populations of Central American neighbors where similar conditions prevail.
- “It’s really not a number I’m terribly interested in.” – Colin Powell in response to a question about the number of Iraqis killed in the war
- “Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs.” – Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
- “We destroyed all the storage and processing of food plants throughout the country… We didn’t want them to be able to feed themselves for a long, long time.” – Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark
- when Iraq was at war with Iran. Teledyne, Inc. (a US contractor) sold over 10,000 cluster bombs to Iraq during the 1980s. The US government even supported Saddam when he supposedly committed his worst acts and used chemical and biological weapons to kill thousands of Kurds.
- One of the worst gassings of the Kurds was at Halabja in March of 1988. US shipments of “biological materials” (used by Saddam’s forces) didn’t end until November 28, 1989. The materials that the US provided Iraq included: 1.Bacillus anthracis – used to make anthrax 2.Clostridium botulinum – produces botulinum toxin 3.Histoplasma capsulatum – produces a disease that attacks the lungs, brain, spinal cord, and heart 4.Brucella melitensis – bacteria that damages major organs 5.Clostridium perfringens – highly toxic bacteria causing illness 6.Clostridium tetani – another toxin
- Additionally, it was in October of 1989 that Secretary of State James Baker and President George Bush ensured Saddam Hussein another $1 billion in loan guarantees during a secret meeting. This doubled the $500 million in subsidies provided by the US in 1988.
- Iraq’s dispute with Kuwait (which formerly belonged to Iraq before Britain split it after WWI) began partially because Kuwait was slant drilling, and pumping out $14 billion worth of oil from underneath Iraqi territory. Kuwait was also taking $2.4 billion in oil from the Rumaila oil field, which borders Kuwait and is claimed by Iraq. Most upsetting to Iraq was Kuwait’s violation of the production quotas set by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This drove down oil prices and caused Iraq to lose a billion dollars every time the price dropped a dollar. The CIA also had an important role in creating this war as an instigator.
- In 1989 CIA Director William Webster advised Kuwait’s security chief to “Take advantage of the deteriorating economic situation in Iraq… to put pressure on Iraq.”
- On July 25, 1990, five days prior to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein met with the US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie. CIA satellite photos showed that an Iraqi invasion force was setting up and preparing on the Kuwaiti border. Glaspie met with Hussein to tell him, “We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.”
- After the US declared neutrality, Iraq invaded Kuwait. The US then reversed its declaration, and became actively involved. Over 500,000 US troops were sent and 177 million pounds (about 88,000 tons) of explosives were dropped. Continuous bombardment persisted throughout 1991, killing hundreds of thousands, even during times when Iraq was calling for a cease-fire.
- Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched, with up to 90% of them missing their targets. “Smart bombs” were dropped and up to 70% of them missed their target.
- On February 13, 1991, two “smart bombs” hit the ventilation shafts of a civilian air raid shelter, sealing all exits, raising the temperature to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, and killing more than 400 civilians. An American journalist who viewed the unedited videotape footage of this incident (something the American public obviously never saw), reported the following:
- They showed scenes of incredible carnage. Nearly all the bodies were charred into blackness; in some cases the heat had been so great that entire limbs were burned off. …Rescue workers collapsed in grief, dropping corpses; some rescuers vomited from the stench of the still-smoldering bodies.
- Immediately after this incident, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater had the audacity to proclaim “...Saddam Hussein does not share our value for the sanctity of human life.”
- With unlimited weaponry like the US has, it always destroys its targets eventually. These targets included civilian structures like dams, water treatment plants, sewage treatment networks, communication centers, power plants, etc. Power plants were a main target. US damage put available electricity in Iraq at a miniscule 3 or 4% of its pre-war level.
- Water supply was a mere 5% of what it was before US bombardment. Food distribution and storage was made nearly non-existent with the destruction of electricity (to refrigerate items) and transportation networks. The US even bombed a baby food factory.
- The US had a habit of slaughtering Iraqis in the open fields, including an incident where thousands of Iraqi soldiers and draftees (who were forced to fight against their will) surrendered and retreated, clogging the highway out of Kuwait City. US planes opened fire on these retreating soldiers and continued bombing as they fled in terror.
- A reporter called the scene “a blazing hell…a gruesome testament… To the east and west across the sand lay the bodies of those fleeing.”
- “I came through right after the lead company. What you saw was a bunch of buried trenches with people’s arms and legs sticking out of them. For all I know, we could have killed thousands.” – Col. Anthony Moreno
- There were incidents on February 24 and 25 of 1991 of the US using plows alongside trenches to cover heaping mounds of sand over Iraqi soldiers who were also being fired upon (making escape and surrender impossible). Thousands were buried alive, dead, or wounded. Some of the US troops were enjoying themselves. Here are some remarks made by America’s “finest” during the Gulf War: The United States managed to achieve its real goals in Iraq with great success. The Gulf War further destabilized the region and made Kuwait more dependent on the US. US oil companies gained control over oil prices, enabling them to boost their profits. The US government controlled all official Iraqi oil exports, and Iraq didn’t directly receive a single cent of profit. Oil money went to pay US government “fees,” and anything left over went to a UN controlled bank account in Switzerland. The 661 UN Committee administered the account, and Iraq was required permission for funds to go towards any goods or services.
- “We toasted him!”
- “We hit the jackpot!”
- “This morning was bumper-to-bumper. It was the road to Daytona Beach at spring break…and spring break’s over.”
- “shooting fish in a barrel”
- “a turkey shoot”
- “basically just sitting ducks”
- “There’s just nothing like it.
- It’s the biggest Fourth of July show you’ve ever seen, and to see those tanks just ‘boom,’ and more stuff just keeps spewing out of them…they just become white hot. It’s wonderful.”
- Other goals were also accomplished by the Gulf War. The US military got an excuse to build more bases in the Gulf region. The US was also able to send a message to all Third World leaders about what they could expect if they dared to “step out of line.” Finally, and probably most important, the Gulf War helped the United States to justify the “need” to continue exorbitant levels of military spending in a post-Cold War world.
- One of the operation’s directors, US Brig. General William Looney, boasted: If they turn on their radars, we’re going to blow up their goddamn SAMs. They know we own their country. We own their airspace… We dictate the way they live and talk. And that’s what’s great about America right now. It’s a good thing, especially when there’s a lot of oil out there we need.
- In 1990, the United Nations implemented one of the harshest economic blockades toward a country in history with UN Security Council Resolution 687. This embargo lasted until May 22, 2003. It started with a complete ban on exports and on almost all imports. Iraq relies heavily on oil revenues to import 70% of its food and almost all of its medicine.
- Over one million elderly, women and children died as a result
==Land of Hypocrisy (Kennie Anderson)
Interest in MH17 Fades as Sanctions & War Edge Closer & Who Really Shot Down MH17
August 4, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – It is abundantly clear that a truthful resolution to the tragedy of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was never the goal of Washington, London, and Brussels. Citing baseless accusations surrounding the tragedy, the West has leveled a series of incrementally expansive sanctions against Russia while using the tragedy to justify increased military support for Kiev’s military forces even as they wage total war against their own population including the use of ballistic missiles, airstrikes, artillery barrages, and tanks. Clearly the goal then was to exploit the air disaster as long as possible before the truth began to emerge – and when that truth did emerge, to ensure the subject of MH17 altogether faded from the collective consciousness of the general public.
via Land Destroyer.