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Read more about International Registration. In , a series of events occurred that ought to have raised questions in the press. First, the United States began a troop surge in Afghanistan designed to deliver the final blow to the Taliban insurgency. Around the same time, the Carnegie Foundation published a study which revealed a majority of Pakistan aid goes to the intelligence agency ISI and the military.
The press did cover these stories, but independent of one another. Not one media institution connected the dots that the United States was actively funding the harm that its armed forces were simultaneously fighting.
Following the official narrative of the war, it certainly doesn't make any sense that the United States was indirectly prolonging the quagmire. Perhaps such mistakes are the inevitability of a bloated war bureaucracy, or that U. Unfortunately, a collection of evidence points to a more sinister explanation: Throughout the '80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.
Al-Qaida, literally " the base ", was originally the computer data-base of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden's organization would turn its attention to the west.
While Cook's remarks were downplayed and ridiculed by the mainstream media and the United Kingdom establishment at the time, available evidence shows his assertions to be largely correct. A great article written by Robert Cook, whose life was tragically cut short within a year of its publication from a heart attack. Worth reading in its entirety. Senate testimony about the development of a poison dart pistol which can cause a heart attack and leave no trace indicating assassination.
I warned them that we were creating a monster. The story begins in shortly after the Saur Revolution, which resulted in the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan gaining control of the Afghanistan government. At the time, the Mujahideen was composed of many different, loosely organized groups encompassing a broad spectrum of ideologies, with widely varying perspectives on religion, society and state.
Seven major Afghan factions began receiving aid, three of them Islamic moderates and four of them Islamic fundamentalists, as defined by the military. In addition to native Afghans, they were composed of many foreigners who traveled to fight the invasion, such as Osama bin Laden himself.
To understand the scope of the funding, the BBC stated that the CIA provided enough arms to equip a , man army, and Saudi Arabia matched them dollar for dollar. Many were high tech, such as Stinger Anti-Aircraft missiles, 12 provided with the intention of demoralizing Soviet commanders and soldiers.
The majority of the funding was funneled through Pakistan's ISI, which acted as an arm of CIA interests and began setting up religious schools known as Madrassas in Pakistan cities and frontier areas, churning out tens of thousands of students who would join the Mujahideen. Madrassas are not inherently negative institutions, however the ones who received funding from the CIA were particularly radical.
Brzezinksi recalled his involvement to a French news magazine in That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Soviets into the Afghan trap. It is frequently claimed that the CIA directly funded this group, though top CIA officers say that this is not the case. CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan Milt Bearden has stated that he was well aware of Bin Laden in the Mujahideen, and welcomed his efforts in funding, though he never met with him personally.
In , Osama used his construction assets to build a CIA-financed tunnel complex to serve as a training facility. It was also a major arms and medical depot for the Mujahideen in the Peshawar mountains near Pakistan which was later used by Al-Qaeda.
Fifteen years later, the Western Media would describe Al-Qaeda as hiding out in caves, but the truth is a little more complex: Al-Qaeda was formed sometime between , with the radical elements of MAK joining after their group split. It is apparent that the CIA had no plan to deal with the tunnel complex after the conclusion of Operation Cyclone, though surely they must have been aware that the cadre of radicals they were instrumental in producing would not simply disappear or de-radicalize.
Perhaps long term destabilization of the country was their plan all along. Written by respected investigative journalist and Middle-East insider Ahmed Rashid. Mountain strongholds of the Mujahideen. Evidence suggests that the Taliban is actively involved with Al-Qaeda. For example, one State Department cable claimed that: There is plenty of evidence that Pakistan's ISI actively funds the Taliban and other terrorist cells as well, while barring the U.
In addition, some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee "contend that the intelligence service may have provided money, weapons and broadcast equipment to Taliban fighters now in Pakistan to transmit anti-Karzai, anti-American messages into Afghanistan.
A report published by the London School of Economics gave nine in depth interviews with Taliban insurgent commanders. They suggest that the ISI has members on the Taliban leadership council, though they expressed fear of assassination if they went into to much depth on this topic. It's not hard to establish that the United States has allied itself with one of the biggest funders of terrorism in the Middle East, a fact which blatantly clashes with the official narrative of Western involvement in the region.
It makes much more sense when understood in the context that the goal of the United States in the Middle East is not the prevention of terrorism, but rather for political, military and economic hegemony.
When it comes to this small slice of the large U. I witnessed and documented, along with dozens of other CIA officers, instances where life-risking intelligence-gathering work of the agency's men and women in the field was wasted. A Washington Post article states that in the government of Sudan offered to keep tabs on Osama, or if that did not suffice, arrest him and hand him over to either the United States or Saudi custody.
But if that would not suffice, the government was prepared to place him in custody and hand him over, though to whom was ambiguous. In one formulation, Erwa said Sudan would consider any legitimate proffer of criminal charges against the accused terrorist.
The Clinton administration claimed that they lacked criminal charges to pin on Bin Laden, though this explanation is a farce, as less than a year previous to that they had named him as a co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing, among other terrorist activities. Perhaps this is why U. Five months after the arrest warrant was issued, Al-Qaeda killed over people in bombings of U. These actions are consistent with the trend of working with Al-Qaeda when they shared the same goals, and fighting them when war in the region was a strategic geopolitical move.
Al Qaeda's Global Context. Regardless, there have been some astonishing revelations of terrorists trained within the US borders. One specifically alarming case is that of Egyptian Ali Muhammed. He was a part of the fundamentalist military unit that assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in In , he was hired by the CIA, though they claim that the relationship was short-lived.
He would take a short leave from his military duties and travel to Afghanistan in to assist the Mujahideen, returning just months later. Who was allowing Muhammed to circumvent the law and what type of special privileges and protections was he receiving?
In the early 's, he would return to Afghanistan and began training jihadists with the skills he had learned at Fort Bragg. Former Directors of Counter-terrorism at the National Security Council have alleged that Muhammed took maps and training materials from Fort Bragg and used them to write the Al-Qaeda terrorist training manual. Muhammed's superior at Fort Bragg, Lt. Robert Anderson, has stated: In the year , Muhammed plead guilty to involvement in the embassy bombings that killed people including 12 Americans.
They carried out numerous air strikes, including one against Libyan state TV which killed 3 journalists. CNN has reported on widespread abuses against civilians from these groups after Gaddafi was ousted from power, including the use of landmines and other deadly equipment.
The Washington Post has reported that a former Al-Qaeda member has estimated there to be 1, 'freelance jihadists' that have traveled to Libya to support the rebels, many affiliated with Al-Qaeda, and also that Libya has one of the highest domestic Al-Qaeda populations in the Middle East, quoting a West Point study on the subject. Bill Clinton framed the intervention in humanitarian terms despite the fact that staggering atrocities were being committed on both sides.
Their presence is still a factor of instability today. Barack Obama armed rebels in Syria, beginning secretly with CIA arms airlifts in , 52 citing many of the same reasons for intervention that Clinton did in , despite domestic and foreign ally opposition.
They have been an important factor in the radicalization of Islam ever since. The radical madrassa network exploits impoverished areas by recruiting children for what essentially amounts to indoctrination camps. After graduation, many are funneled into terrorist training camps in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the cables stated. The PBS website hosts a letter he wrote to his brother, in which he says he spent two years on a military base learning warfare, including the usage of Israeli arms.
Is the CIA still involved? Bush was the Director of the CIA. Regardless, the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia ought to raise a lot of important questions. It is clear that the United States views their geopolitical relationship with Saudi Arabia to be much more important than combating terrorism, despite U. The same statement can be applied to the relationship with Pakistan, which is instrumental in the operations of the Taliban. Weapons of Mass Instruction?
The assassination of high-profile Pakistan tribal leader Qari Zainuddin was widely reported in the Western media. What the Western media neglected to report, but was widely reported in Pakistan and other countries, was that Zainuddin had previously claimed that Baitullah Mehsud, the man who ended up ordering his assassination, was an American agent.
The claim that American agents operate in the Taliban sounds far-fetched but there have been some eye-opening reports that confirm the possibility. For example, a article in the UK publication Times Online reported that a high ranking Al-Qaeda member had been revealed to be a double agent working for MI5. Abu Qatada has been imprisoned multiple times in Britain but has not been charged with any crimes. During his career he has issued fatwahs justifying the killing of converts from Islam, advocated the killing of Jews, praised attacks on America, and was convicted on charges of terrorism in Jordan, all while working in association with MI5.
A article published by French news organization AFP states that Palestine security forces had arrested a group of Palestinians who had confessed to collaborating with Israel and posing as operatives of Al-Qaeda.
The arrest came just two days after Ariel Sharon claimed that Al-Qaeda militants were operating in Gaza and Lebanon, likely in an attempt to justify future military action.
BBC has also reported on this story. Article is behind a pay wall, link is to a re-hosting at Whale. It sounds plausible, but does not stand up to deeper scrutiny. In , Scott Armstrong, at the time the top investigative reporter for the Washington Post , gave some tremendously revealing interviews with PBS Frontline.
This occurred during the same time that Osama bin Laden was actively using Binladen Group assets to build extensive infrastructure in Afghanistan. Surely he was aware of the construction of the military bases and who intended to occupy them, yet he did not have a problem with the prospect then. After the Soviet Union was defeated, the Military Industrial Complex experienced a steady decline, accounting for just 3.
Over prisoners have gone through Guantanamo, most being released without charges. After trillions of dollars spent, hundreds of thousands of deaths, repeated domestic rights infringements, we are left with only a handful of proven Al-Qaeda members, with a majority of prisoners simply being held without charges.
Al-Qaeda, the organization purported to be a sprawling monster after the September 11th attacks, has been revealed to be a shell of an operation , financed by wealthy US allies.
The result is endless war: Politicians, military and media shine the light just right to make the shadow of the mouse look huge and monstrous to justify endless profits. The media is not even connecting the most basic of dots to reveal the tremendous deception. The evidence is a repeated policy of the destabilization of Central Asia and the development of Islamic radicals that spans decades. The result is a new global enemy without borders or diplomatic representation that can be fought indefinitely.
Unless significant changes are made, we are looking at a future with an endless war on 'terrorism' where more terrorists are created daily by the very policies that are meant to be fighting them, and a foreign policy dictated by the whims of war profiteering.
And what kind of influence are we having in the Middle East? The rhetoric of 'bringing democracy to the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan' would be laughable were it not such a grandiose and destructive lie.
The impact of American intervention in these two countries has been disastrous. This New York Times article describes how the CIA routinely funneled millions of dollars without oversight in unmarked bags to the offices of President Hamid Karzai, while simultaneously denouncing the Iranian policy of doing the exact same thing. In Iraq, the country has devolved into near anarchy with monthly death tolls from terrorism sometimes reaching the thousands.
In , the New York Times reported that there was a massive assassination campaign targeting intellectuals and professionals, with between and 1, urban professionals killed in just a nine-month span. Jabbar Abu Natiha, head of the organized crime unit of the Baghdad police. Maybe even a movement. Hundreds of them have been attacked as well in an effort to sow insecurity and chaos.
But by silencing urban professionals, said Brig. Mark Kimmitt, a spokesman for the occupation forces, the guerrillas are waging war on Iraq's fledgling institutions and progress itself.
The dead include doctors, lawyers and judges. In other words, Iraq is being left without the very people who could have been future leaders of democracy, and whom could have established a functioning society. And note that shortly after the George W. Bush invaded Iraq, a corporate friendly government was established.
Furthermore, it is not empty rhetoric to say that the Iraq invasion was based on lies. Will the War on Terror ever end? Who truly has the incentive to scale back the operation? Not clandestine agencies or the military, who are seeing their budgets increase year by year.
Certainly not any of the major influences in politics, banks and corporations, who are seeing massive profits from government contracts and resource exploitation. And most certainly not the politicians in Washington, who virtually rely on the lobbying of these organizations to keep their jobs.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald put it succinctly:. It's always been the case that the power of political officials is at its greatest, its most unrestrained, in a state of war. Cicero, two thousand years ago, warned that "In times of war, the law falls silent".
John Jay, in Federalist No. That would be the worst thing that could happen. It's that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit. Greenwald also notes the hopelessness of combating terrorism with further violence. There's no question that this 'war' will continue indefinitely. There is no question that US actions are the cause of that, the gasoline that fuels the fire.
But the notion that the US government is even entertaining putting an end to any of this is a pipe dream, and the belief that they even want to is fantasy. They're preparing for more endless war; their actions are fueling that war; and they continue to reap untold benefits from its continuation. Only outside compulsion, from citizens, can make an end to all of this possible. One particularly salient quote from the article is worth sharing: It is handled by a small clique at the National Security Council, including its administrative chief, Mohammed Zia Salehi, Afghan officials said.
Salehi, though, is better known for being arrested in in connection with a sprawling, American-led investigation that tied together Afghan cash smuggling, Taliban finances and the opium trade.
Karzai had him released within hours, and the C. Why does the United States consider Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the two largest funders of terrorism, our biggest allies in the region? How closely does the CIA work with the intelligence agencies of these countries? How many agents does the United States have operating in Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and how many atrocities are they responsible for?
Why have Al-Qaeda and the United States fought on the same side of multiple wars? Why have so few Al-Qaeda been apprehended after over a decade of fighting the War on Terror and millions of dollars spent? Who has a monetary stake in the proliferation of terrorism, and how much influence do they hold in official U. Feeling overwhelmed with this material? Take an inspiration break in our Inspiration Center.
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Perhaps the most widely proliferated truism of American patriotism is that the the two-party system is a beacon of democracy. Surely, our system is better than that of Iran, where presidential candidates must be approved by a religious council, or perhaps that of Venezuela, where the majority of the media is state-owned and disseminates propaganda in each election.
Democrats and Republicans are widely different, it seems. At least that is what their hyper-partisan bickering would imply. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama must be unabashed liberals, otherwise why would the Republicans despise them so much?
The divide between party faithfuls of different colors runs deep, with each side blaming the entirety of the country's problems on the other, often resulting in a state of pure hatred and disgust among citizens.
One only needs to turn on cable news to see this as a fact. However, the reality is that Republican and Democrat presidents have closely followed a similar agenda for half a century. The idea that American governance alternates as a sort of give-and-take between liberalism and conservatism is little more than a fantasy. I do not discount that there may be serious and significant differences between Democrat and Republican individuals, many of them members of Congress, and certainly in state legislatures.
Yet at the top of the pyramid, where the power to set agendas resides, there is only the Agenda, and the primary difference between the two parties is the speed at which 'the Agenda' is advanced. It is fascinating how Bill Clinton began his presidential campaign with playing a Saxophone on live television, talking about his foray into marijuana, reminiscing about his protest of the Vietnam war, and ended up with perhaps the most conservative administration of any president in modern history.
Later, Obama entered the stage as a candidate of change, only to accelerate and consolidate the hegemony of the political elite faster than any predecessor. But lets go beyond rhetoric and examine the records of the last five Presidents, and see exactly how similar their platforms were. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment.
Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations. At the end of Reagan's administration, the incarceration rate was per , citizens. The demand for prison space had been steadily increasing since the War on Drugs began.
Bush the incarceration rate had increased to per , It is a common misconception that it is Republicans have the more punitive crime policies. Under Clinton, the incarceration rate skyrocketed to per , The act also expanded the death penalty to be applicable to 60 more offenses, including drug trafficking, and eliminated funding for inmate education.
Private prisons flourished under Bill Clinton. The policy that began under Reagan and has been flourishing through both Bushes, Clinton, Obama, and Trump, can only be referred to as 'mass incarceration'. As of , the United States holds more prisoners than any other country in the world, including China, as well as a larger percentage of prisoners per population than any other country. For an even more sobering comparison, consider that the United States has more people imprisoned today, as a whole and per capita, than Stalin had under his archipelago of gulags.
Louisiana is perhaps the best example of how corrupted the prison system can become when privatization runs amok. Louisiana has a largely private prison system, and currently has 1 in 86 adults incarcerated, twice the national average and three times that of Iran. Nearly two-thirds of these prisoners are serving time for non-violent offenses.
Lobbying, along with an incentive of job creation, has resulted in some of the toughest penalties in the country, such as a potential 10 years in prison for writing a bad check. Over half of the prison population returns to the system in five years, without having received any rehabilitation, and being returned to communities devastated largely in part by the continued extraction of the population into prison for non-violent offenses. On the campaign trail, Bill Clinton made this promise: In , the United Nations convened in order to create a "comprehensive, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms.
And similar to nearly 2 decades earlier, United States arms sales tripled in One particularly shocking revelation was a program known as 'Fast and Furious', where Barack Obama oversaw the initiation and operation of a gun running scheme where arms were sent over the Mexican border and directly into the hands of criminals. According to ATF whistleblowers, in the U.
Senior ATF Agent John Dodson, who broke the Fast and Furious story, was alarmed when he noted that the crime rates and violence in Mexico and at the border increased significantly after he began allowing, under order, massive amounts of guns to cross the border into the hands of criminals and cartels.
However, he said thousands of Fast and Furious weapons are still out there and will be claiming victims on both sides of the border for years to come. I was ordered to let U. It sounds like science fiction, but it's true. Kennedy presidency, and had been expanding ever since.
Then there was George Bush's illegal warrantless wiretapping. Began in , the program allowed the NSA to monitor communications between United States citizens and those abroad without appropriate checks and balances. When the revelations about the program were made in , they were controversial, but Congress repeatedly renewed the NSA's license without much of an uproar from the public.
By the election, citizens were growing weary of the spying program and Barack Obama capitalized on this sentiment. He vowed to end warrantless wiretapping and during his primary campaign he went as far as to say he would filibuster the extension of the FISA legislation, responsible for allowing the expanded spying capabilities.
I want you to go through every single one of them and if they are unconstitutional, if they're encroaching on civil liberties unnecessarily, we are going to overturn them. We're going to change them. He first broke this promise after winning the primary campaign, in July , when he was one of 68 Senators who voted to renew the NSA capabilities.
Government is free to intercept all of your communications calls, emails and the like and — even if what they're doing is blatantly illegal and they know it's illegal — you are barred from suing them unless they 'willfully disclose' to the public what they have learned," — Glenn Greenwald. On June 6 th , it was revealed that Barack Obama oversaw the largest infringement of the Fourth Amendment in the history of the United States with the construction of a veritable surveillance state, capable of tracking the movements and communications of every American citizen.
To gain access, an analyst simply needs to fill out an on-screen form with a broad justification for the search that is not reviewed by any court or NSA personnel. They are also, according to an internal document, "responsible for identifying, recruiting and running covert agents in the global telecommunications industry. Possibly the most shocking revelation was made on February 24, Two of the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in an effort to discredit a target, and to use social sciences such as psychology to manipulate online discourse and activism in order to generate a desirable outcome.
The unit posts false information on the internet and falsely attributes it to someone else, pretend to be a 'victim' of a target they want to discredit, and posts negative information on various forums. One slide describes the methods to discredit a company: Leak confidential information to the press, post negative information on forums, interfere with business deals and ruin business relationships. The use of psychological techniques to fracture activist groups and to 'game' online discourse is very interesting.
One document describes creating tension in a group by exploiting personal power, pre-existing cleavages and minor ideological differences. In online discourse, another document describes how to use 'mirroring' of language cues, expressions and emotions, and the adjustment of speech, patterns and language to manipulate opinion.
But they went after other ones, too. They went after lawyers and law firms. Heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court. I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials.
They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House — their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U. They went after NGOs They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups.
And in some cases, I literally was involved in the technology that was going after this stuff. The dragnet is what Mark Klein is talking about, the terrestrial dragnet. Well my specialty is outer space. I deal with satellites, and everything that goes in and out of space.
I did my spying via space. I was worried that the intelligence community now has sway over what is going on. This was is summer of One of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated On March 5, , it was revealed that the CIA, with the knowledge of Barack Obama, spied on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the group tasked with overseeing clandestine agency activities and preventing abuses.
Collectively, the evidence of the burgeoning security state under Barack Obama reveals a global information grid with real time access that targets both domestic citizens and lawmakers in addition to foreign people and governments. Each event on their timeline has a link to a primary document or an accurate source. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U. Partial transcript available here.
It is another common misconception that during Republican presidencies we have periods of war, and during Democratic presidencies we have periods of peace.
Though it is important to quantify 'official' because there has not been a true declaration of war since World War II. After all, Bill Clinton dropped bombs on no less than four sovereign countries: Iraq, Serbia, Afghanistan, and Sudan. And Clinton was able to get away with maintaining one of the darkest stains on America's soiled history: The sanctions killed , children according to the British Medical Societies Lancet.
The total number of deaths including adults is thought to be much higher. Cold indifference to life on the grand chessboard of geopolitics. Obama's first major act of war was a no-fly zone over Libya which resulted in the removal of Muammar Gaddafi. The media had a well orchestrated propaganda campaign that garnered significant public support.
His second major act of war was the arming of Syrian rebels, undoubtedly prolonging the horrific civil war. Some of the groups that form the opposition are terrorist organizations, which mirrors the policies of Carter and Reagan arming terrorist groups in Afghanistan under Operation Cyclone. But the true depths of Obama's war mongering resides in his constant and silent drone war. A policy that started under W. Bush, Obama expanded the use of drones extensively. He allowed the usage of Signature Strikes, whereby drone operators bomb people they do not know, based on movements they find suspicious.
Worst of all is the policy of double tapping, bombing the same scene twice after rescuers have come to try and help their fellow citizens. The argument that drones are an alternative method to direct personnel involvement leaves out these cold facts. It is important to note the presence of 'blowback': It is almost a forbidden word in the mainstream media. For example, Ron Paul was ridiculed by pundits across the political spectrum on cable television when he insisted that blowback was a reality.
While they deny it in public, many groups secretly relish the idea that their intangible enemy will only grow stronger while their profits grow larger.
Drones are helping usher in the era of endless war. Another aspect of Barack Obama's capacity to wage war could be seen in his secretive 'kill list', which was a collection of singled out individuals deemed to pose a threat to the United States and selected for targeted killing.
It has always been hard to tell exactly how many private contractors are employed by the Federal government, and how many of those are under the umbrella of the defense industry. It was under Reagan that the Pentagon's privatization agenda began, and it has continued ever since. It was under the administration of George W. Bush, with the Iraq war, when the use of private contractors skyrocketed. By , the number of private contractors in use in Iraq was ,, more than the number of troops, a degree of privatization unprecedented in modern warfare.
During his campaign, Obama promised to cut federal spending on private contractors. His Afghanistan surge was primarily accomplished through contractors, which made up half of the military forces in the country by The most shocking use of contractors has only recently been revealed.
It turns out that they represent a significant amount of the NSA workforce. The potential for illicit spying and extortion represented by these numbers is so high as to reach certainty. The CIA has an official policy of 'rendition', where they send suspected terrorists to be interrogated in foreign countries, bypassing United States torture laws.
The process was used extensively during George W. But did you know that the process began under Clinton? This PBS Frontline report confirms that the rendition process began in In , Obama wrote an article in the Foreign Affairs journal stating:. Yet the process of rendition has continued. Under President Bill Clinton, a provision was added to the Defense Appropriations Bill that allowed the Pentagon to transfer unused military assets to local police departments around the country.
This passes the previous mark by several hundred million dollars. The equipment gifted to police departments range from assault rifles and bayonets to massive vehicles such as the MRAP, which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, of which municipalities received for free from the Department of Defense in There is also the troubling trend of the growth of asset forfeiture, the process by which, having granted itself the power to do so, the government seizes any cash, cars, property and more it can reasonably connect to a crime.
This ability incentivizes sending out specialized, militarized police such as SWAT teams to serve drug warrants, as the teams themselves are expensive to maintain. A key process in globalization involves removing national sovereignty in favor of trade agreements that favor the rights of corporations. Bill Clinton championed the NAFTA agreement, which among other issues superseded articles in the Mexican constitution, water rights in Canada, and allows corporations to sue nations when they are in violation of the trade act.
Regardless of your opinion on NAFTA and other trade agreements, Obama took the concept of corporate power over national sovereignty to a whole new mind-blowing level with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a trade proposal that only became public knowledge when the documents were leaked Check the footnote to read the whole document.
The TPP agreement bestows radical new powers on corporations, including establishing an international tribunal that would override domestic law and would have the power to issue sanctions against governments for failing to abide by their ruling. The TPP runs contrary to Obama's statement during his presidential campaign:.
Congressman Alan Grayson summed it up nicely: It's an assault on democratic government. The TPP has what is called an 'investor-state dispute settlement mechanism' which allow companies and investors to sue governments for losses of profits due to the government's policies. It is not an exaggeration to say that in many instances this agreement gives more power to corporations than governments. The One-Party State is the result of special interests, economic and military intelligence having gained a strong enough foothold in Washington to subvert the political process.
The saying that power is in guns and money has never been truer. The corruption has been heavily and cleverly obfuscated behind a wall of relentless partisan rhetoric that magnify the small differences between presidential candidates. Consider the major initiatives of the Obama presidency. His Affordable Care Act was championed as a bastion of liberal reform, but in reality it is simply forcing Americans to purchase health plans from private corporations.
His raising of the top tax bracket was proffered as proof of a liberal agenda, however the tax burden is still squarely on the middle class.
In addition, the wealthiest Americans are virtually unaffected, as their wealth resides in assets and investments, not income. We are left with a platform that is nearly indistinguishable from his predecessors, from which Obama promised significant change.
When George Bush bombs a foreign country, liberals cry foul and protest in droves. When Obama does the same thing, the previous protestors often become supporters of the policy. The same phenomenon can be seen on the other side of the aisle. Conservatives are quick to criticize the expansion of programs under Democratic presidents, but stand silent while Reagan and the Bush family oversaw many of the largest expansions of the Federal government and budget in the history of the United States.
It should be clear after even a cursory inspection of the legacies of presidencies from the last 30 years that there is very little tangible differences between the two parties. The shockingly establishment-oriented agenda of all presidents ought to be waking up millions of people to this truth. Can we work within the system to change the One Party State? How do we approach future elections knowing that there are no real alternatives to be found within the two parties?
Even candidates with exceptionally favorable rhetoric cannot be trusted to translate their platform into actual policies. It is possible to dismiss the previous two chapters as a result of 'market forces', that endless war and the One-Party state are the result of uncoordinated actors in a free market. Even if this was the case, the implications and subsequent need for reform would be tremendous. The result can accurately be described as the dirty 'F' word: I understand that there will be a lot who disagree with this designation; I argue that the term has many different meanings and many prominent people have used it in different ways.
If you feel that another term best describes the phenomenon, that is OK, ultimately it is not important what semantics we apply. Fascism or whichever term you prefer is appropriate because the system has evolved into collusion between the military and economic entities to mutually ensure each others entrenchment. It has grown out of control, and perhaps no evidence is stronger than the fact that the media almost invariably refuses to indicate something might be wrong, as they have been enveloped by the system.
What is responsible for the massive disconnect between lack of differences between presidential candidates and the vitriolic rhetoric in the media and on Capitol Hill? Why did Barack Obama reversed his position on so much of his campaign platform? What forces are the driving factors in the constant overseas military and economic hegemony?
Who is driving the creation of agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and where does the order of secrecy come from? Which covert institutions could be influencing the policy of elected officials? Whoever is weak is also a sucker; that is, someone who demands to be exploited. What exactly does the word mean?
Entertainment media bombards us with a particular version of the psychopath, one that is irrational, dangerous and violent. Someone who doesn't fit in, who 'just doesn't seem right'. Is this an accurate description?
Hare, an eminent psychologist on the subject of psychopathy, portrays the disorder in a drastically different light. In his book Without Conscience, he describes psychopaths as being conscienceless yet rational, not suffering from any insanity or debilitation; instead they are logical, manipulative, predisposed to crime, selfish and without guilt, shame, remorse or empathy. Psychopathy is surely an illness, but it is not a neurosis that will manifest symptoms others can easily perceive.
Often, the psychopath will be aware of his condition and completely conceal his aberrant traits. In Without Conscience, Dr. Hare presents numerous case studies and statistics to illuminate the world of the psychopath; the evidence points towards a world full of people programmed for evil. Hare stresses multiple times that the psychopath is someone who has a strong desire for power and the need to manipulate others, not for personal gain but simply for the sake of manipulation.
While some psychopaths are erratic, others have the ability to completely conceal their condition behind a carefully constructed social persona. Hare's list of psychopathic personality traits include:. Hare's predecessor Harvey Cleckly, perhaps the first psychologist to study the psychopathic phenomenon decades earlier, compiled a similar list:. Most of the case studies Dr. Hare presents in his book are from the prison population and anecdotal accounts from those who have been abused.
This is a natural, structural problem in the study of psychopathy: Hare also spends some significant time devoted to the 'Subdeviant Criminal', the psychopath who has control over his deviance and the ability to hide it from the populace. Instead of the petty criminal, these men and women occupy positions in business, government, industry, and law. Their condition goes entirely unnoticed by the populace; their employers, peers, even their family and those who love them are fooled.
How can such deception be possible? Consider that psychopathy is not an 'acquired' illness. Instead, it has strong genetic components and manifests itself in early childhood. Over time, they become exceptionally good at it. Their entire public persona becomes one complex act, a web of lies to hide their deviant personality. Quote available here , taken from his book The Individual, Communication and Society: You can view the details of the book on Amazon.
A series of studies published in Psychological Science highlights the pleasure that persons with psychopathic tendencies derive from abusing others. In one experiment, researcher Erin Buckels, from the University of British Columbia, found that there is a certain subset of people who chose to intensify the discomfort of others through directed white noise once they found that there would be no consequences for their actions.
They were also willing to expend extra time and energy to be able to amplify the discomfort they were causing their 'opponent'. Erin Buckels concludes that her research may offer valuable insights into domestic abuse, animal abuse, and military and police brutality, through the understanding that disposition to sadism and abuse is a personality trait that manifests itself in every day life.
The true insights which can be derived from her work and those of other psychopathy researchers go much deeper than police brutality; they shed much needed light on the widespread relationship between evil and power. Understanding the nature of psychopathy alone does not reveal the full picture. Numerous researchers have differentiated between 'primary psychopathy', that which is genetic, and 'secondary psychopathy', that which is acquired through environment. In other words, non-psychopathic individuals can exhibit psychopathic behaviors through the conditioning of their environment.
Two well known studies in psychology underscore this. The first is the Milgram Experiment. A volunteer would be placed at a booth with an apparatus that sends an electric shock to a person in another room. The volunteer believes the man in the other room is a fellow volunteer; in reality he is an actor that is not actually receiving electric shocks.
The volunteer asks the actor a series of questions, a wrong answer means the use of an increasingly high voltage of shocking. The volunteer would be prompted by a man in a lab coat to continue administering the shocks long after it had become unsafe.
The verbal prodding would range between 'Please continue' and 'You have no other choice, you must continue'. After the shock reached volts, the actor would stop answering, but the man in the lab coat would continue insisting on shocks. Regarding the experiment, Milgram wrote:. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.
The second experiment is the Stanford Prison Experiment. Volunteers were asked to simulate a prison in Stanford's psychology hall; half of the participants simulated prisoners and the other half guards. The guards were told to make the prisoners feel powerless though not resort to violence. Zimbardo, the lead experimenter, found that many of the guards stepped far beyond the boundaries of what had been predicted, leading to dangerous and psychologically damaging situations.
A third of the guards had displayed 'genuine sadistic tendencies'. Some prisoners were emotionally traumatized and had to leave the experiment early. Zimbardo argued that his experiment shows that people internalize authority and submission. Though the nature of the Stanford Prison Experiment does not lend itself to empiricism, it does give some credence to the idea that 'power corrupts' and changes people.
Furthermore, an experiment published in August by the Journal of Experimental Psychology showed definite psychological changes associated with power. It found that people who considered themselves in positions of power literally perceived the world around them differently. We would like to think that humanity has evolved since these experiments took place, and since the atrocities that were revealed after World War II. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
In , the Stanley Milgram study was reproduced, with only slight alterations to conform to modern ethical standards, and found the exact same results: A vast majority of participants were willing to inflict significant pain on another human if pressured to do so by perceived authority. We do not need to rely on psychological studies to see the power of perceived authority causing abuses: Not long ago, it was revealed that the CIA made doctors and psychologists working at various Department of Defense institutions violate the ethical codes of their profession in order to become involved with the torture and degrading treatment of terror suspects.
The report, compiled by the Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers, supported by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession IMAP , found that doctors working with the Department of Defense and CIA routinely participated in waterboarding, sleep deprivation and force-feeding, the latter being against the rules of World Medical Association and the American Medical Association, while gathering and sharing intelligence.
It's clear that in the name of national security the military trumped that covenant, and physicians were transformed into agents of the military and performed acts that were contrary to medical ethics and practice. We have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again.
While participation in waterboarding and force-feeding may not be shocking to the desensitized public's sensibilities, it is still very revealing that physicians and psychologists who would otherwise balk at the suggestion that they would violate their professions ethical codes, do so without hesitation when it is done in the name of War.
Armed with this context, it is easy to understand the ease with which psychopaths can manipulate institutions and societies. A majority of people do not even have the psychological capacity to refuse authority, at least under situations of pressure. Putting the average citizen in positions of minor authority such as a police officer can cause behavioral and physiological changes in that person, disposing them to abuse.
Therefore a psychopath in a position of power essentially has a vast pool of tools at their disposal to act out their twisted desires of manipulation and control. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. The link between power and estimates of others' size. Psychopathy is not a rare phenomenon: Hare's lexicon, residing in positions of power with a psychological need to control and manipulate others. They are drawn to certain occupations that allow them to wield power over others, such as police, military, intelligence, and finance.
Over time, they begin to saturate important institutions, being more ruthless and willing to cause more destruction in their rise up the ladder of power than their competition. In the exact same manner that you and I naturally exclude deviants from our social groups, psychopaths naturally exclude those of us who allow conscience and morality to influence our decisions and perceptions.
The result is a web of mutual conditioning of 'evil', where goals and actions become increasingly removed from the institutions original intention. This process has been occurring for centuries in banks, clandestine agencies, military, police departments, and governments, in nearly every instance hiding behind rhetoric and ideology that masks their true nature.
The rise of this process over decades results in a phenomenon known as Pathocracy. A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society. Pathocracies have existed throughout history and many exist in the present. Unfortunately, there is a considerable amount of evidence that the United States has evolved into such a system of government, where clandestine and financial institutions saturated with psychopaths have gained enough influence to subvert the democratic process.
Their rise to power coincided with the draping of a veil over their existence, through powerful propaganda and subtlety in action. This book is the history of the modern American psychopath in a position of power, and the goal is to lift the veil. His book Political Ponerology is dense but immensely important. You can read parts of it here. It was not for consideration of land; that would be meted out later during the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.
Nor was it to capture the Nazi leadership and bring them to trial for their heinous crimes against humanity. In fact, the goal was the opposite. The rush to secure Germany was much more about securing Germany's infrastructure: President Harry Truman formally ordered the Operation in August , but it had covertly begun months earlier, in May. Truman's orders expressly forbid the transfer of any person known "to have been a member of the Nazi Party, and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter of Nazi militarism".
This directive was not followed, for it would have prevented the acquisition of a lot of prominent Nazis such as Arthur Rudolph, who endorsed the usage of slave labor from concentration camps for the building of the V2 rocket and later became a prominent figure in NASA.
The dossiers of prominent Nazis brought into the United States such as Wernher von Braun cannot be found on the National Archives sheet; we can conclude that either identities were faked and whitewashed during the process, or the 1, names is an incomplete tally.
Regardless, we can conclude that the order of Truman was not heeded, and many former Nazis became entrenched within the United States science, intelligence and industrial industries, undoubtedly contributing to a web of psychopathic conditioning. There are many interesting profiles of war criminals who found employment in the United States after the war. Krunoslav Draganovic, for example, was a Franciscan priest who actively served the Nazi satellite regime in Croatia, where they were responsible for over , deaths.
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