Stand Up For Whistleblowers — Our
Liberty Depends On Them
The inhumane criminal organization
that goes under the name of the United States Government has violated its laws
and international laws by refusing to punish torturers and war criminals,
instead punishing only those who expose the evil and illegal deeds of the
United States government.
After blowing the whistle on torture
and domestic surveillance by the George W. Bush administration, former CIA
officer John Kiriakou and former NSA executive Thomas Drake were prosecuted
under the Espionage Act — by the same Obama Justice Department that has refused
to prosecute a single torturer or any official who ordered illegal mass
A California parole board this month rejected a
dramatic plea to release the convicted slayer of 1968 presidential contender
Robert F. Kennedy, thereby continuing one of the nation's most notorious murder
Kennedy friend Paul Schrade, 91, argued that the
accused assassin Sirhan B. Sirhan, firing from Kennedy's front, could not have
killed the New York senator in a hotel massacre that left Schrade wounded in
"Kennedy was a man of justice," Schrade told
the parole board Feb. 10 in a prepared statement at a state prison in San
Here is the evidence hearing for the Freedom of
Information request by ablechild.org for Adam Lanza’s medical records and
autopsy report. AbleChild is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to
raise public awareness regarding the psychiatric labeling and drugging of
children and the risks of mandatory mental health screening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi0tJ8eaNMY
In other words, we have no evidence that Lanza
was on drugs or that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot. This report also
claims that there are no fingerprints or DNA evidence that links Lanza to the
weapons allegedly used or the bullets to the alleged weapons. Whatever the real
story, agendas such as gun control and mandatory mental health services for
children have benefitted from Sandy Hook.
Here is a collage of photos taken by officials the day
after the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting. The collage is assembled by a
person who identifies himself as a civil engineer. He concludes that the school was in disrepair and not in use at the time of the
alleged shooting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZlSsNJqnUI
It seems to me that it is very easy to determine
whether the school was in use or abandoned and closed. Put school officials
under oath. Put neighbors of the school under oath. Put the teaching staff
under oath. Show the utility bills. And so forth.
Event after event the government says that the only
relevant evidence is what the government says.An honest and independent media
and an aware public would not accept so many suspicious events in which the
only evidence is what the government says.
Following the collapse of the Western
Roman Empire, free farmers were defenceless in the face of Viking, Magyar, and
Saracen raiders. The need for protection led to the enserfment of free people
who accepted the suzerainty of those able to provide walled defenses and armed
fighters to ward off attacks. As time passed, the attacks ceased but the feudal
arrangements persisted, and the system became exploitative.
Today jobs offshoring and the
financialization of the economy are again enserfing the people, but the cause
is debt, not armed invaders. Today’s rentier class, unlike the one that emerged
from feudalism, has never provided any service in exchange for the debt peonage
that it has imposed.
Below is an excerpt from the
Introduction to the German edition of Michael Hudson’s book, Killing
the Host to be published in November by Klett-Cotta:
Today’s reversal of progressive
values is a historical transition point much like what occurred from the Roman
Republic to Empire during the century of Social War, 133-29 BC. Rome’s debtors
and plebs lost in a wave of political violence. It was by murder that the
oligarchic party prevented the reforms of Tiberius Gracchus in Rome after 133
BC. Julius Caesar suffered a similar fate in 44 BC after moving to take the
demos into his camp. Other politicians urging debt cancellation also were
Rome survived not by prosperity at
home but by looting foreign regions. Arminius made a brave stand to resist Rome
in 9 AD in the Teutoburg forest. But by that time the die was cast. Over the
next few centuries the oligarchs imposed debt bondage on a quarter of the
population, plunging the imperial economy into serfdom.
Are we going down a similar road
today, leading to debt peonage and war against countries daring to resist? As
the modern Rome, the United States is backing creditor-oriented rules
throughout its economic sphere. This book describes the cruel creditor rulings
imposed on Argentina as setting legal precedent for holdouts and vulture funds
to block any government from reaching agreement with bondholders to bring its
debts in line with the ability to pay. The world’s debtor economies are to be
treated as Germany was in the 1920s, or face being broken as Greece has been.
Western civilization stands at a
turning point between creditor and debtor interests similar to that of Rome two
thousand years ago – a clash over what kind of economic society will emerge for
the rest of this century. Samuel Huntington coined the term “clash of
civilizations” in 1992. But he was not referring to the West’s own internal
financial war by today’s oligarchy to reverse the Enlightenment’s program to
free industrial capitalism from post-feudal rent seeking and financialization.
Neoliberals depict today’s
neo-rentier Counter-Enlightenment as the end of history, as if the conflict has
been settled and there can be no revival of the classical struggle to make
economies more equitable. That was Francis Fukuyama’s message in The
End of History and the Last Man. Like Huntington’s essay it was published
in 1992, in the wake of dissolution of the Soviet Union and its replacement by
privatizers using shock therapy to destroy that nation’s industrial base. But
in a February 1, 2012 interview with Der Spiegel, Fukuyama
acknowledged that his paean to neoliberalism had been premature: “Obama had a
big opportunity right at the middle of the crisis. That was around the time
Newsweek carried the title: ‘We Are All Socialists Now.’ Obama’s team could
have nationalized the banks and then sold them off piecemeal. But their whole
view of what is possible and desirable is still very much shaped by the needs
of these big banks.”
Europe is being asked to endorse the
ECB supplying more liquidity to the banks, as if bank loans will finance new
capital investment and employment, not deeper debt deflation. Voters are being
asked to trust the trickle-down promise that privatizing the public domain will
deliver infrastructure services more efficiently and at lower cost. The reality
is that predatory tollbooth rents and interest charges will be factored into
the prices that new monopolists set.
Such asset stripping and debt
deflation can spread throughout the world only if no better alternative is
seen. My aim in this book has been to outline such an alternative, based on the
classical analytic tools and policy reform developed from the 17th through
early 20th centuries to free economies from unearned rentier income and
A dream that history will work out
for the best because of some natural selection of the most fair, productive and
peaceful societies leaves out of account the threat posed by vested interests,
capped by today’s financial oligarchy. Today’s debt deflation and austerity is
not a survival of the technologically fittest mode of economic organization. It
is a regressive rentier policy by post-feudal vested interests fighting to
retain their special privileges and prevent themselves from being taxed and
The question is whether voters will
let neoliberal managers concentrate power in the hands of the One Percent and
treat debtors like Allied creditors treated Germany a century ago. Even worse,
will they follow their Roman predecessors and drive their empire into a Dark
It is a sign of the possible future
that as the world’s leading financial and military power, the United States
suffers from one of the most extreme concentrations of income and wealth. The
One Percent have monopolized the gains that are reported, and these gains are
not really an addition to national prosperity. They are a transfer of economic
rent and interest – and property – from the 99 Percent to the top of the
Today’s national income statistics do
not label economic rent as such. A misleading intellectual map is drawn to
distract attention from the actual dynamics at work. This book describes how
high finance has politicized its power grab by using junk economics to depict
the financial sector and its rent-extracting clients as “job creators,” not job
destroyers. Using a rhetoric of “personal responsibility” to blame the victims
for their indebtedness, its moral philosophy is that all debts must be paid,
without regard for how this tears society apart.
There is an alternative. Achieving it
requires understanding the dynamics at work and distinguishing between earned
and unearned income, between productive and unproductive means of gaining
wealth. That is the antidote to the neo-rentier power grab.
America’s prisons are a horror. Many are torture
chambers. Others are set up to exploit prisoner labor. Prisoners are
defenceless and are raped and abused by goon thug guards. Hardly anyone in
prison was convicted by a jury.
The tiny percentage of those who had trials
(about 3%) had rigged trials in which fabricated evidence and paid witnesses
were presented to the jury and exonerating evidence withheld.
places patriots and truth-tellers are put, such as John Kiriakou and Manning,
and where the US government wants to put Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
Anyone who reveals a US government crime is imprisoned. Sentencing guidelines
give all the power to corrupt prosecutors and none to judges. Some of the
sentences are clearly unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. There is
no medical care either, as Kiriakou tells us here:
In light of the fact that the conflict in Syria was intentionally caused by
Washington, can the Russian government trust that Washington will abide by this
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address following
adoption of a joint statement by Russia and US
The President made a special address
following the adoption of a joint statement
by the Russian Federation and the United States
of America, as co-chairs of the International Syria
Support Group (ISSG), on the cessation of hostilities
February 22, 2016 – 21:50
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
I just had a telephone conversation with
President of the United States of America Barack Obama.
The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, but
the interest was certainly mutual.
During our conversation, we approved joint statements
of Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG,
on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Adoption
of the statement was preceded by intensive work by Russian
and American experts. We also made use of the positive
experience we accumulated over the course of cooperation
in eliminating chemical weapons in Syria.
Our negotiators held several rounds of closed
consultations. As a result, we were able to reach
an important, specific result. It was agreed that the cessation
of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00 (Damascus time)
on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are
a part of the Russian-American statement.
The essence of these conditions is
as follows: by 12:00 pm on February 26, 2016, all parties warring
in Syria must indicate to the Russian Federation or our
American partners their commitment to the cessation
of hostilities. Russian and American troops will jointly delineate
the territories where these groups are active. No military action will be taken
against them by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab
Republic, Russian Armed Forces and the US-led coalition.
In turn, the opposition will cease all military action against
the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and other
groups supporting them.
ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nursa, and other terrorist
organisations designated by the United Nations Security Council, are
excluded from the cessation of hostilities. Strikes against them will
It is fundamentally important that Russia
and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, are prepared
to launch effective mechanisms to promote and monitor compliance
with the ceasefire by both the Syrian Government
and the armed opposition groups.
To achieve this goal, we will establish
a communication hotline and, if necessary, a working group
to exchange relevant information. Russia will conduc the necessary
work with Damascus and the legitimate Syrian leadership. We expect
that the United States will do the same with regard to their
allies and the groups they support.
I am sure that the joint actions agreed upon
with the American side will be enough to radically reverse
the crisis situation in Syria. We are finally seeing a real
chance to bring an end to the long-standing bloodshed
and violence. As a result, humanitarian access to all
Syrian citizens in need should be made easier. Most important is
the creation of conditions for launching a long-term
political process through a broad inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva,
under the auspices of the UN.
Unfortunately, recent history has many examples where
one-sided actions not sanctioned by the UN, which favour short-term
political or opportunistic interests, have led to dramatic results.
These examples are on everyone’s lips: Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.
Against this background, Russian-American agreements
on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, and their
joint implementation in coordination with all nations participating
in the International Syria Support Group, can become an example of responsible
actions the global community takes against the threat
of terrorism, which are based on international law and UN
I would like to hope that the Syrian leadership and all our
partners in the region and beyond will support the set
of actions chosen by representatives of Russia and the US.
Do Americans Live In A False Reality
Created By Orchestrated Events?
Paul Craig Roberts
Most people who are aware and capable of thought have
given up on what is called the “mainstream media.” The presstitutes have
destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—“Saddam Hussein’s
weapons of mass destruction,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical
weapons,” “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” and so forth. The “mainstream media”
has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever
government authorities say about alleged “terrorist events,” such as 9/11 and
Boston Marathon Bombing, or alleged mass shootings such as Sandy Hook and San
Bernardino. Despite glaring inconsistencies, contradictions, and security
failures that seem too unlikely to be believable, the “mainstream media” never
asks questions or investigates. It merely reports as fact whatever authorities
The sign of a totalitarian or authoritarian state is a
media that feels no responsibility to investigate and to find the truth,
accepting the role of propagandist instead. The entire Western media has been
in the propaganda mode for a long time. In the US the transformation of
journalists into propagandists was completed with the concentration of a
diverse and independent media in six mega-corporations that are no longer run
As a consequence, thoughtful and aware people
increasingly rely on alternative media that does question, marshall facts, and
offers analysis in place of an unbelievable official story line.
The prime example is 9/11. Large numbers of experts
have destroyed the official story that has no factual evidence in its behalf.
However, even without the hard evidence that 9/11 truthers have provided, the
official story gives itself away. We are supposed to believe that a few Saudi
Arabians with no technology beyond box cutters and no support from any
government’s intelligence service were able to outwit the massive surveillance
technology created by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and NSA
(National Security Agency) and deal the most humiliating blow to a superpower ever
delivered in human history. Moreover, they were able to do this without the
President of the United States, the US Congress, and the “mainstream media”
demanding accountability for such a total failure of the high-tech national
security state. Instead of a White House led investigation of such a massive
security failure, the White House resisted for more than one year any
investigation whatsoever until finally giving in to demands from 9/11 families
that could not be bought off and agreeing to a 9/11 Commission.
The Commission did not investigate but merely sat and
wrote down the story told to it by the government. Afterwards, the Commission’s
chairman, co-chairman, and legal counsel wrote books in which they said that
information was withheld from the Commission, that the Commission was lied to
by officials of the government, and that the Commission “was set up to fail.”
Despite all of this, the presstitutes still repeat the official propaganda, and
there remain enough gullible Americans to prevent accountability.
Competent historians know that false flag events are
used to bring to fruition agendas that cannot otherwise be achieved. 9/11 gave
the neoconservatives, who controlled the George W. Bush administration, the New
Pearl Harbor that they said was necessary in order to launch their hegemonic
military invasions of Muslim countries. The Boston Marathon Bombing permitted a
trial run of the American Police State, complete with shutting down a large
American city, putting 10,000 armed troops and SWAT teams on the streets where
the troops conducted house to house searches forcing the residents out of their
homes at gunpoint. This unprecedented operation was justified as necessary in
order to locate one wounded 19 year old man, who clearly was a patsy.
There are so many anomalies in the Sandy Hook story
that it has generated a cottage industry of skeptics. I agree that there are
anomalies, but I don’t have the time to study the issue and come to my own
conclusion. What I have noticed is that we are not given many good explanations
of the anomalies. For example, in this video made from the TV news coverage,
the video’s creator makes a case that the person who
is the grieving father who lost his son is the same person outfitted in SWAT
clothes at Sandy Hook following the shooting. The person is identified as a
known actor. Now, it seems to me that this is easy to test. The grieving father
is known, the actor is known, and the authorities have to know who the SWAT
team member is. If these three people, who can pass for one another, can be
assembled in one room at the same time, we can dismiss the expose claimed in
this one video. However, if three separate people cannot be produced together,
then we must ask why this deception, which raises questions about the entire
story. You can watch the entire video or just skip to the 9:30 mark and observe
what appears to be the same person in two different roles.
The “mainstream media” has the ability to make these
simple investigations, but does not. Instead, the “mainstream media” calls
skeptics “conspiracy theorists.”
There is a book by Professor Jim Fetzer and Mike
Palecek that says Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill to promote gun control and that
no one died at Sandy Hook. The book was available on amazon.com but was
suddenly banned. Why ban a book?
I have not read the book and have no opinion. I
do know, however, that the police state that America is becoming certainly has
a powerful interest in disarming the public. I also heard today a news report
that people said to be parents of the dead children are bringing a lawsuit
against the gun manufacturer, which is consistent with Fetzer’s claim.
If the information Fetzer provides is correct,
clearly the US government has an authoritarian agenda and is using orchestrated
events to create a false reality for Americans in order to achieve the agenda.
It seems to me that Fetzer’s facts can be easily
checked. If his facts check out, then a real investigation is required. If his
facts do not check out, the official story gains credibility as Fetzer is one
of the most energetic skeptics.
Fetzer cannot be dismissed as a kook. He graduated magna
cum laude from Princeton University, has a Ph.D. from Indiana
University and was Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the
University of Minnesota until his retirement in 2006. He has had a National
Science Foundation fellowship, and he has published more than 100 articles and
20 books on philosophy of science and philosophy of cognitive science. He is an
expert in artificial intelligence and computer science and founded the
international journal Minds and Machines. In the late 1990s, Fetzer
was asked to organize a symposium on philosophy of mind.
For an intelligent person, the official stories of
President Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11 are simply not believable, because
the official stories are not consistent with the evidence and what we know.
Fetzer’s frustration with less capable and less observant people increasingly
shows, and this works to his disadvantage.
It seems to me that if the authorities behind the
official Sandy Hook story are secure with the official story, they would jump
on the opportunity to confront and disprove Fetzer’s facts. Moreover, somewhere
there must be photographs of the dead children, but, like the alleged large
number of recordings by security cameras of an airliner hitting the Pentagon,
no one has ever seen them. At least not that I know of.
What disturbs me is that no one in authority or in the
mainstream media has any interest in checking the facts. Instead, those who
raise awkward matters are dismissed as conspiracy theorists.
Why this is damning is puzzling. The government’s
story of 9/11 is a story of a conspiracy as is the government’s story of the
Boston Marathon Bombing. These things happen because of conspiracies. What is
at issue is: whose conspiracy? We know from Operation Gladio and Operation
Northwoods that governments do engage in murderous conspiracies against their
own citizens. Therefore, it is a mistake to conclude that governments do not
engage in conspiracies.
One often hears the objection that if 9/11 was a false
flag attack, someone would have talked.
Why would they have talked? Only those who organized the conspiracy would know.
Why would they undermine their own conspiracy?
Recall William Binney. He developed the surveillance
system used by NSA. When he saw that it was being used against the American
people, he talked. But he had taken no documents with which to prove his
claims, which saved him from successful prosecution but gave him no evidence
for his claims. This is why Edward Snowden took the documents and released
them. Nevertheless, many see Snowden as a spy who stole national security
secrets, not as a whistleblower warning us that the Constitution that protects
us is being overthrown.
High level government officials have contradicted
parts of the 9/11 official story and the official story that links the invasion
of Iraq to 9/11 and to weapons of mass destruction. Transportation Secretary
Norman Mineta contradicted Vice President Cheney and the official 9/11 story
timeline. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill has said that overthrowing Saddam
Hussein was the subject of the first cabinet meeting in the George W. Bush
administration long before 9/11. He wrote it in a book and told it on CBS News’
60 Minutes. CNN and other news stations reported it. But it had no effect.
Whistleblowers pay a high price. Many of them are in
prison. Obama has prosecuted and imprisoned a record number. Once they are
thrown in prison, the question becomes: “Who would believe a criminal?”
As for 9/11 all sorts of people have talked. Over 100
police, firemen and first responders have reported hearing and experiencing a large number of explosions in the Twin
Towers. Maintanence personnel report experiencing massive explosions in the
sub-basements prior to the building being hit by an airplane. None
of this testimony has had any effect on the authorities behind the official
story or on the presstitutes.
There are 2,300 architects and engineers who have
written to Congress requesting a real investigation. Instead of the request
being treated with the respect that 2,300 professionals deserve, the
professionals are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists.”
An international panel of scientists have reported the
presence of reacted and unreacted nanothermite in the dust of the World Trade
Centers. They have offered their samples to government agencies and to
scientists for confirmation. No one will touch it. The reason is clear. Today
science funding is heavily dependent on the federal government and on private
companies that have federal contracts. Scientists understand that speaking out
about 9/11 means the termination of their career.
The government has us where it wants us—powerless and
disinformed. Most Americans are too uneducated to be able to tell the
difference between a building falling down from asymetrical damage and one
blowing up. Mainstream journalists cannot question and investigate and keep
their jobs. Scientists cannot speak out and continue to be funded.
Truth telling has been shoved off into the alternative
Internet media where I would wager the government runs sites that proclaim wild
conspiracies, the purpose of which is to discredit all skeptics.
Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia’s Vladimir Putin as the “only defender of Christian civilization one can trust.”
“When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on,” Assad said in an interview with French magazineValeurs Actuelles.
The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level.
Syria will only share intelligence information with France if Paris changes its policies in the region, President Assad said. “If the French government is not serious in its fight against terrorism, we will not waste our time collaborating with a country, government or an institution that supports terrorism,” he noted in the interview carried out the day after Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.
“You have to first change policy so that it is based on one criteria, to be part of an alliance that joins countries only fighting terrorism and not supporting them,” Assad added.
The Public Is Being Looted By Privatization And
Paul Craig Roberts
The privatization movement and the deregulation
movement have turned out to be failures.
Privatization in Britain under the Thatcher government had its origin in the
belief that the absence of incentivized managers and shareholders with a stake
in the bottom line resulted in nationalized companies operating inefficiently,
with their losses covered by government like the big private banks’ losses
today. Thatcher’s government believed that privatizing socialized firms would
reduce the UK budget deficit and take pressure off the British pound.
Today privatization is a way that governments can
reward cronies by giving them valuable public resources for a low price. When
the UK government privatized the postal system, there were news reports that
one postal property in London alone was worth the purchase price of the entire