Sunday, June 30, 2013

America: Government by Terror, Torture and Tyranny

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

America governs lawlessly. Out-of-control rogues run things. Conditions go from bad to worse. Tyranny threatens everyone. So does possible global war.

Fear-mongering, saber rattling, hot wars, proxy ones, drone ones, geopolitical ones, financial ones, anti-populist ones, mass incarceration, censorship, lawless sanctions, subversion, sabotage, targeted assassinations, mass murder, cyberwar, and horrific draconian harshness reflect out-of control governance gone mad.

Lying is official policy. So is state terror. Independent governments aren't tolerated. They're targeted. Regime change is prioritized. World peace is threatened. Humanity's menaced. Survival's uncertain.

Daily revelations explain more. War is called peace. State-sponsored assassins are called freedom fighters. Real ones are called terrorists.

Capital has divine rights. Monied interests run things. Plundering the earth for profit is prioritized. Popular needs go begging. Social America's dying. Poverty, unemployment, hunger, homelessness and human misery go unaddressed. Corporate rights alone matter.

Democracy's a four-letter word. Out-of-control power is unaccountable. Rule of law principles are mocked. Tyranny's the law of the land. Advancing America's imperium matters most.

Workers are exploited. They're unprotected. Human and civil rights are sacrificed. Wealth, power and privilege are served. Militarized control supports them. Nonbelievers aren't tolerated.

Torture is official policy. Gitmo is America's public face. Innocent detainees suffer. So do many others. Thousands of political prisoners fill America's gulag. It's the world's largest. It operates globally. Mercy isn't in Washington's vocabulary.


Diktat power rules. Police state terror threatens everyone. Freedom's fast disappearing. Dissent's not tolerated. Heroic whistleblowers are criminalized.

Even retired four star generals aren't safe. More on that below.

Journalists are spied on. So is everyone worldwide. Big Brother watches everyone. It's no longer fiction.

Censorship prevents truth and full disclosure. Managed news misinformation substitutes. Students are debt entrapped for life. Millions have no futures. An entire generation's lost.

Madness substitutes for sanity. Unconscionable wrongdoing persists. America's unsafe to live in. Oblivion awaits. Most people are too out of touch to notice. Others are dismissive.

Failure to act responsibly matters. It lets Washington get away with murder and much more.

Rogues running America take full advantage. Who knows what's next.

The Pentagon's former second in command's being investigated. General James (Hoss) Cartwright allegedly leaked information higher ups want suppressed.

Cyberwar is official US policy. In spring 2010, Iranian intelligence discovered Stuxnet malware contamination. Its Bushehr nuclear facility was affected. US/Israeli cyberwar bore full responsibility.

Cartwright perhaps explained. He ran cyber-operation Olympic Games. Obama ordered stepped up attacks. Targeting Iran is prioritized.

Perhaps there's hope if retired four star generals become whistleblowers. Maybe other insiders will be emboldened to act. Legions more than ever are needed. Hopefully many will come forward responsibly.

Edward Snowden provided a vital service. He's a hero in his own time. He's globally recognized. He deserves praise, not prosecution. History won't forget him. He revealed what everyone needs to know.

Unprecedented global spying is official US policy. It's lawless. Spies "R" us defines it. Police states operate this way. America's by far the worst. It's unmatched in human history. No one's safe anywhere any time.

Shoot the messenger. Snowden's hunted. He's a wanted man. Washington wants him arrested. It wants him prosecuted. It wants him imprisoned. It wants him silenced. Perhaps it wants him dead.

It wants information he knows suppressed. London's Guardian revealed it. It plans telling more. On June 28, it headlined "US army blocks access to Guardian website to preserve 'network hygiene.'"

It wants truth suppressed. It wants its message alone circulated.  "The US army has admitted to blocking access to parts of the Guardian website for thousands of defence personnel across the country."
A spokesman said the military was filtering out reports and content relating to government surveillance programs to preserve 'network hygiene' and prevent any classified material appearing on unclassified parts of its computer systems.
Pentagon officials lied. Censorship is official US policy. NETCOM On-Line Communication Services operates from San Jose, CA. It's an Internet service provider.

Spokesman Gordon Van Vleet said it filtered "some access to press coverage and online content about NSA leaks."
The Department of Defense routinely takes preventive 'network hygiene' measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information onto DoD unclassified networks.
An Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) spokesman said policy affects hundreds of defense facilities. Doing so suggests far worse future policy.

Washington may block anti-government content. It may do so routinely. Alternative media sites may be targeted. Vital truths more than ever may be suppressed.

Revealing them responsibly risks being criminalized. So may discussing what's already known. Pointing fingers the right way is dangerous. Doing so risks being charged with aiding and abetting America's enemies.

Van Vleet added:
"We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security, however there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information. "Until declassified by appropriate officials, classified information - including material released through an unauthorized disclosure - must be treated accordingly by DoD personnel. If a public website displays classified information," blocking it will follow.
"Classified" includes vital information people have a right to know. Suppressing it reflects police state harshness. Rogue states operate this way. It bears repeating. America's by far the worst.

According to an unnamed Pentagon spokesman:
The Guardian website is NOT being blocked by DoD. The Department of Defense routinely takes preventative measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information onto DoD unclassified networks.
On June 25, Guardian editors headlined "Edward Snowden: in defence of whistleblowers," saying:

He's no traitor. America's First Amendment matters. It "prevents prior restraint and affords a considerable measure of protection to free speech."

Obama violates its letter and spirit. He's done so by "show(ing) a dismaying aggression in not only criminalising leaking and whistleblowing, but also recently placing reporters under surveillance - tracking them and pulling their phone and email logs in order to monitor their sources for stories that were patently of public importance."

Thanks to Snowden, we know more about what NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake called "a vast, systemic institutionalized, industrial-scale Leviathan surveillance state that has clearly gone far beyond the original mandate to deal with terrorism."

Snowden is today's Daniel Ellsberg. Releasing the Pentagon Papers got him targeted. He also faced Espionage Act charges.

He might have gotten life in prison. He was lucky. Gross government misconduct saved him. His 1973 trial collapsed. At the time, judge William Byrne, Jr. ruled:
The totality of the circumstances of this case which I have only briefly sketched offend a sense of justice. 
The bizarre events have incurably infected the prosecution of this case.
Federal judges today don't speak this way. Ellsberg later said:
The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. 
If you can't handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn't stay in the government at that level. 
The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth - essentially, never say the whole truth - of what they expect and what they're doing and what they believe and why they're doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters.
Ellsberg's a modern day hero. So is Snowden. Washington fears ugly truths revealed. Doing so arouses public anger.

Perhaps it emboldens others to tell more. Coming forward  threatens America's imperial ambitions. Preventing them responsibly matters most.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/


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10 comments:

Carl Herman said...

Wow! Well said, Stephen; thank you!

Yeah, I don't know what to do other than speak and act with Truth, brother. The emperor has no clothes, AND as guests on this planet like everyone else there's only so much we can say and do about it.

So, it seems to me that all we can do is move forward in good-faith, trust in the Divine behind All, and live a balanced life as best we can imagine one.

Anonymous said...

well...yeah! keep paying for it, and uh...like ...duh, man, you're gonna keep reapin the rewards, keep toleratin the bull sh!t and they'll keep shovelin it....as a side note of trivia, did'y'all know that in Chinese, "boo shih" means not true?
why the slow wait? its as if someone is ENJOYING the slow burn that has become our lives....
why do we tolerate it?

Griz Bear said...

When people think that they can do things without answering for their actions, things like this happen. What they do not realize is that judgement is just a heartbeat away and it is forever.

Anonymous said...

Is it the Christian thing to sit and watch or to fight? I believe there is a rush on guns and ammo, because the people sense a war is coming!

I believe that war is here. We are fighting it right now. It just hasn't got ugly. Yet!

The governments zero tolerance policy is about to become the peoples zero tolerance policy!

Anonymous said...

Once they move on Iran. forget it. And they will move on Iran. America goes down first.

Then China rises for a minute. China goes down and all power goes back to Europe. They are our worst enemies.

It's all lined up chronologically in the bible.

Anonymous said...

Right on!! If only the American people could see that Israhell is pulling all the strings.

SNAKEBELLY said...

It feels like we're approaching that proverbial cliff as they're about to drop the hammer; they have to. The intentions of these so-called elite have been exposed. I just hope that we somehow prevail over these tyrannical bastards.

Adam Evenson said...

I've identified it all as rumblings of Armageddon--in the same way one may ID anything in one's life, even when it is time to cook and eat chow, which is caused by rumblings of hunger that may be at the brain level or still in the tummy as a lingering sensation that one ought to "do something", such as prepare food. All rumblings mean something, folks.

I don't mean to wax religious by identifying all the present strife as "rumblings of Armageddon," it is just that the Bible explains it best. I don't know that anybody can stop it, even those that imagine/assume they are in the driver's seat. Nobody is in any driver's seat on this one. There are no conductors on the train. Everybody is a passenger, even though some appear to be unscrupulous, heinous creators/administrators of the whole affair. Even the highest offices are but surfers riding the waves and will be terrorized along with the public soon.

I felt the rumblings of what I call Armageddon at my cranial level way back in the early Seventies and tried to tell folks, even painting a realistic, full-color picture of it, an 18"x24", which still hangs on my wall today (and may some day, due to content matter, be the most valuable painting of all time, as long as time lasts, anyway) but I enjoyed not a single ear to hear. The whole milieu, Matrix if one will, was equally as powerful in the other direction as it is now, apparently waxing, and everybody, I mean EVERYBODY, said, "Ye're daft!" All I could do right then was lie on the train tracks, all bound up by human "logic" around me, and listen to that distant whistle blowing. Unbeknownst to me at the time I first heard the wailing, I would not be so bound up by the time I could see the train coming, as I do now. Now there are thousands, even millions, perhaps billions that feel the same rumblings I called "Armageddon" at the time, in the early 70's, when I realized I was bound and gagged and lying across the tracks of its approach.

So many radical changes have happened across the years while I watched, unable to tell another soul. I feel blessed above all men that I was given the insight to know the future as I have known it up to this day. Since my birth, I have been rigorously prepared in the most exacting ways to meet "The Armageddon Train" when it appears, not just in rumblings, but in actuality.

Since I've had all those years for the initial terror of Armageddon to dissolve, and folks, I knew actual, living terror/horror in its rawest forms because of my futuristic insights, today, I actually look forward to it and feel blessed that Armageddon is happening in my very own lifetime. Just thinking about it buoys me up. I feel like the General in the movie, "Apocalypse Now," that said, "There's nothing like the smell of napalm before breakfast."

I hope that the ugly reality of what is revealed above doesn't cause this comment to be scrubbed, as there may be at least one or two that need to see it.

Anonymous said...

Simple impeach Obama/Biden Start the healing.

Michael Kinsey said...

I just received an email from Homeland Security. It claimed I have unregistered software on my computer,was a pedophile,nothing could be farther from the Truth, as I am a active pro-life activist.I have the software and sales record of my windows software.They demanded I send them $300.00 or they will keep my computer shut down. There demand is all I can access on that hard drive. But, I maintained a backup HD, which I am using now.They threaten imprisonment ,if I don't pay the fine. I am not guilty, and paying the fine would be a admission of guilt. This I will not do, as it would cast aspersion upon the pro-life moral stand.I suspect , it may also ,just be a scam. I am not going to send anyone $300, because of an email.

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