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June 15, 2012
Darrin McBreen talks to Rosalind Peterson of California Sky Watch about the deadly consequences of the government using military unmanned drones here in America.
June 15, 2012
Lew Rockwell is an anarcho-capitalist, the president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the editor of LewRockwell.com, and former Ron Paul congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982. He is the author of numerous books, including Speaking of Liberty and The Left, The Right and The State.
Member States of NATO and the GCC are preparing a coup d’état and a sectarian genocide in Syria. If you want to prevent these crimes, you should act now: circulate this article on the Internet and alert your elected officials.
June 15, 2012
In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA. Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace.
This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the country illegally. Whichever judgment you might have formed on the actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of democratization.
The Arab League has officially asked the satellite operators Arabsat and Nilesat to stop broadcasting Syrian media, either public or private (Syria TV, Al-Ekbariya, Ad-Dounia, Cham TV, etc.) A precedent already exists because the Arab League had managed to censure Libyan TV in order to keep the leaders of the Jamahiriya from communicating with their people. There is no Hertz network in Syria, where TV works exclusively with satellites. The cut, however, will not leave the screens black.
Actually, this public decision is only the tip of the iceberg. According to our information several international meetings were organized during the past week to coordinate the disinformation campaign. The first two were technical meetings, held in Doha (Qatar); the third was a political meeting and took place in Riyad (Saudi Arabia).
The first meeting assembled PSYOP officers, embedded in the satellite TV channels of Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, France 24, Future TV and MTV. It is known that since 1998, the officers of the US Army Psychological Operations Unit (PSYOP) have been incorporated in CNN. Since then this practice has been extended by NATO to other strategic media as well.
They fabricated false information in advance, on the basis of a “story-telling” script devised by Ben Rhodes’s team at the White House. A procedure of reciprocal validation was installed, with each media quoting the lies of the other media to render them plausible for TV spectators. The participants also decided not only to requisition the TV channels of the CIA for Syria and Lebanon (Barada, Future TV, MTV, Orient News, Syria Chaab, Syria Alghad) but also about 40 religious Wahhabi TV channels to call for confessional massacres to the cry of “Christians to Beyrouth, Alawites into the grave!.”
The second meeting was held for engineers and technicians to fabricate fictitious images, mixing one part in an outdoor studio, the other part with computer generated images. During the past weeks, studios in Saudi Arabia have been set up to build replicas of the two presidential palaces in Syria and the main squares of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs. Studios of this type already exist in Doha (Qatar), but they are not sufficient.
The third meeting was held by General James B. Smith, the US ambassador, a representative of the UK, prince Bandar Bin Sultan (whom former U.S. president George Bush named his adopted son so that the U.S. press called him “Bandar Bush”). In this meeting the media actions were coordinated with those of the Free “Syrian” Army, in which prince Bandar’s mercenaries play a decisive role.
The operation had been in the making for several months, but the U.S. National Security Council decided to accelerate the action after the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, notified the White House that he would oppose by all means, even by force, any illegal NATO military intervention in Syria.
The operation has a double intent: the first is to spread false information, the second aims at censuring all possible responses.
The hampering of TV satellites for military purposes is not new. Under pressure from Israel, the USA and the EU blocked Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian TV channels, one after the other. However, no satellite channels from other parts of the world were censured.
The broadcast of false news is also not new, but four significant steps have been taken in the art of propaganda during the last decade.
- In 1994, a pop music station named “Free Radio of the Thousand Hills” (RTML) gave the signal for genocide in Rwanda with the cry, “Kill the cockroaches!”
- In 2001, NATO used the media to impose an interpretation of the 9/11 attacks and to justify its own aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq. At that time already, it was Ben Rhodes who had been commissioned by the Bush administration to concoct the Kean/Hamilton Commission report on the attacks.
- In 2002, the CIA used five TV channels (Televen, Globovision, ValeTV and CMT) to make the public in Venezuela believe that phantom demonstrators had captured the elected president, Hugo Chávez, forcing him to resign. In reality he was the victim of a military coup d’etat.
- In 2011, France 24 served as information ministry for the Libyan CNT, according to a signed contract. During the battle of Tripoli, NATO produced fake studio films, then transmitted them via Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, showing phantom images of Libyan rebels on the central square of the capital city, while in reality they were still far away. As a consequence, the inhabitants of Tripoli were persuaded that the war was lost and gave up all resistance.
Nowadays, the media do not only support a war, they produce it themselves.
This procedure violates the principles of International Law, first of all Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relating to the fact of receiving and imparting information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Above all, the procedure violates the United Nations General Assembly resolution, adopted after the end of World War II, to prevent further wars. Resolutions 110, 381 and 819 forbid “to set obstacles to free exchange of information and ideas” (like cutting off Syrian TV channels) and “all propaganda provoking or encouraging threats to peace, breaking peace, and all acts of aggression”. By law, war propaganda is a crime against peace, the worst of crimes, because it facilitates war crimes and genocide.
June 15, 2012
Is playing politics a good enough reason for endorsing a Goldman Sachs-funded, flip flopping, warmongering Bilderberg puppet?
Rand Paul Confronted on Bilderberg: ‘No Comment’ on Logan Act Violations
June 10, 2012
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RAND IN 2010: Denouncing Bilderberg & Goldman Sachs Influence
June 8, 2012
June 15, 2012
Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axerlrod, announced earlier this week that the administration will push for a constitutional amendment to rollback free speech if his boss is re-elected in November.
“When we win, we will use whatever tools out there, including a constitutional amendment, to turn this back,” Axlerod said on Wednesday. “I understand the free speech argument, but when the Koch brothers can spend $400 million, more than the McCain campaign and the Republican Party spent last time, that’s very concerning.”
“This has never been done before — in 235 years — to make it possible for the government to control political speech in this country — a truly radical, astonishing thing to say out loud even if you believed it,” remarked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.
“America was built on free speech — the most important part of the Bill of Rights — and so we need to defend speech we don’t like. And we certainly want to fight against those who are trying to shut us up,” he said.
McConnell accused the Obama administration of using the the Federal Election Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service to muzzle its critics. He added that the tactic is reminiscent of Nixon’s enemies list in the 1970s. White House Counsel John Dean said Nixon wanted to “use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.”
In April, Rory Cooper wrote about Obama’s “Truth Team“ campaign website. He noted “subtle differences between Obama’s and Nixon’s enemy lists. President Nixon kept his secret, and allegedly used the force of the government to punish adversaries. President Obama’s list is open and designed to elicit public scorn, shame and rebuke. There is no current evidence the President has manipulated the federal machinery punitively. But the message remains clear, if you support a philosophical adversary, you will face some retribution.”
Cooper penned his commentary following remarks made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi and House Democrats have proposed a three tiered plan to ram through Congress what is known as the DISCLOSE Act. It would restrict the political speech of “covered organizations,” including most television and radio networks, newspapers, publishing houses, and think tanks.
Axlerod’s remarks about the First Amendment reveal that the so-called Team Obama approach to silencing the political opposition is not particularly effective. It also reveals a brazen contempt for the Bill of Rights.
In Citizens United v. FEC, the court said the First Amendment applies to all entities, including corporations:
The Court has recognized that First Amendment protection extends to corporations. … This protection has been extended by explicit holdings to the context of political speech. … Under the rationale of these precedents, political speech does not lose First Amendment protection “simply because its source is a corporation.” The Court has thus rejected the argument that political speech of corporations or other associations should be treated differently under the First Amendment simply because such associations are not “natural persons.”
Obama and Axlerod may disagree with the concept of “corporate personhood” (except, of course, when it comes to the banks and corporations that support Obama), but the issue has far larger implications than simply preventing the dreaded Koch brothers from spending a small portion of their billions for the purpose of political speech.
If Obama manages to amend the Constitution – a remote possibility at best (but then considering the way the Supreme Court is currently construed, maybe not) – restrictions on free speech will undoubtedly be used against opponents outside the political establishment.
Axlerod’s comments underscore a deep-seated hostility toward the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as McConnell noted (not that Republicans are exactly champions of liberty).
Obama and the Democrats apparently hate that the First Amendment prohibits the government from infringing upon the freedom of speech, the freedom of association and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The Declaration of Independence recognizes all three freedoms as inherent in our humanity. Axlerod’s comments reveal Obama – who we are told is a constitutional scholar – does not agree.
Egyptians get a hard lesson in western-style ‘democracy’
June 5, 2012
Last year, Egypt’s collective hopes were high as the Arab Spring was threatening to spread democracy and freedom through the Middle East and North Africa. In reality, the movement has sadly fallen well short of its lofty promises and hopes, bringing instead a re-consolidation of corruption and dictatory rule in Egypt.
A few days ago, Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life by the high court, having been found guilty of ordering the murder of hundreds of protesters in Tahir Square last year, in a judgement that was clearly designed by Egypt’s ruling military dictator class as a pressure-release valve aimed at a a public still fuming at the wanton police state violence which has already claimed hundreds of lives and caused thousands of serious physical injuries.
None of the military command were found guilty during the recent show trial in Egypt. In addition, many more Egyptians were killed and seriously beaten after Mubarak left power, and not a word by the courts as to who will be held accountable for these casualties. After they had swept into power during the Mubarak’s void, it should be easy to deduce that it’s the military class- and not the Mubarak-like puppets in Egypt, who hold the levers of political, financial and social control in Egypt.
Looking beyond the media curtain, one can see that both the trail of Mubarak and the so-called democratic elections we are now seeing are nothing more than another cynical dog and pony show, carefully stage-managed from Washington and Obama adviser Samantha Powers and her Office of Multilateral Affairs, with Hillary Clinton providing the required media soundbites.
Egyptian Military Command SCAF and its key leader, General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi were briefed and directed by Powers and Michael McFaul from the early days of the Arab Spring and played a pivotal role in allowing NATO-sanctioned arms to flow freely over Egypt’s western border with Libya during the west’s destruction of the Libyan infrastructure and regime change operation in 2011. In order for NATO-backed al-Qaida rebel forces in Libya to win, the Egyptian military junta had to smuggle arms into eastern Libya to help overthrow the regime of the late Col. The Wall Street Journal report confirmed this on March 17, 2011:
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“Egypt’s military has begun shipping arms over the border to Libyan rebels with Washington’s knowledge, U.S. and Libyan rebel officials said…”
SCAF leader Tanwai would also have been instructed where, when and how Egyptian elections were to take place, not least because of Washington’s annual gift of over $2 billion in military aid, a gift they receive under the condition of loyalty to US policy objective in the region.
Washington’s desire for countries like Egypt, is to export the most corrupt and ineffectual democracy on the planet – American Democracy, a complete banker and military industry-controlled system, with a total and adolescent-like media focus on ‘the party leader’, or President, while genuine movements are constantly marginalized.
Like in the US, Saul Alinsky methods are put into action in order to divide society into subdivisions, in a divide and rule system where injustice is used as an instrument of control. The recent Mubarak verdict was a perfect example of a Alinsky-manipulated event, where the real military and security service criminals were intentionally acquitted, and the puppet was hung high – a result which will leave a bad taste in their mouths for years to come. Meanwhile, opposing political sides will promise to restore the scales of justice with a proper verdict.
The illusion of “free and fair elections” in Egypt have been touted by the western corporate media, but the media – and Washington, fail to mention that these so-called free elections have been done under Military Rule in Egypt. In the wake of Mubarak’s demise, the Egyptian military establishment has sought- from day one, to control the electoral process and has brokered the two remaining media front-runners for leadership, Ahmed Shafiq andMohammed Morsi.
Former Mubarak associate Shafiq represents the secularist old guard, while Morsi represents the Islamist movement, running under the umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The harshest lesson which Egyptians will learn through their so-called Arab Spring is that their political system will arrive at the very same cycle of privilege which governs both North America and Europe, a system whereby the connected ruling elite and other political leaders who have been embedded in leadership by the military and security services will be the ones in positions of power and influence, making much needed progress in society all but unattainable by western democratic means. Egyptian leaders will once again preside over one of the largest gaps in wealth and opportunity on the planet and one of the most corrupt political systems in that hemisphere.
Even the Muslim Bortherhood Party and its candidate Dr Morsi are gradually moving into the globalist fold, having all but agreed – in advance of the electoral outcome, the IMF’s debt schedule for Egypt in 2012 and beyond. This is further proof that prospective leaders in Egypt, no matter who it is, are so desperate for a seat at the table that they will willingly sell their country’s economic prosperity down the Nile in return for political power.
Rather than deploying the old Ajax method of over-throwing foreign governments and parachuting-in its puppets, Washington has come to rely on a much more complex array of ‘human rights’ and ‘pro-democracy’ foundation-funded and US State Department-funded organizations around the globe like the Carnegie Endowment, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy, and most notably in Tunisia and Egypt – CANVAS and its Soros sponsors the Open Society Institute and Freedom House. But keeping its influence peddling and regime change activities hidden from the public view has become increasingly difficult in the age of digital awareness.
Hoping to gain an upper hand in negotiations, the Egyptian military establishment itself made a mid-board move in its chess match against Washington DC and Langley – expelling, arresting and detaining hundreds of US-linked NGO and foundation workers in Egypt. Obama’s response to the Egypt NGO incident sent a clear message: provided American operatives overseas are not harmed, Washington cares little at all about human rights – and even less about its Arab NGO operatives – all of whom were hung out to dry in Cairo.
It appears now, that working for US-funded ‘democracy and human rights’ programs in places like Egypt will not guarantee you any protection – should your organization come under fire for US-sponsored spying activities.
The Obama administration quickly reconsidered its previously stern position with Egypt over the NGO raids, going ahead with full military aid to Egypt.
In other words, business as usual in the Middle East, and in Washington DC.
Another ‘Dog and Pony’ democracy in Egypt, just like ours in Washington.