editorial comment REALITY SHOWS US PROPAGANDA
THERE'S AN ASTOUNDING ATTEMPT TO PAINT A ' CLASS EQUALIZING' FALSE FACE ON THE APPROX. 24 TRILLION CAPITAL BAILOUT -- A WAR ON WORKING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE. THE IMPERIALIST-ZIONIST RULING CLASS APPARENTLY BELIEVES ITS UNFORTUNATELY UNMITIGATED POWER TRANSFORMS PROPAGANDA INTO REALITY...
THE REALITY OF CAPITALIST STATE POWER BEING AGGRESSIVELY RESTRUCTURED AND CONCENTRATED IN FEWER HANDS, AT INCREASINGLY UNBEARABLE CRUEL COSTS TO WORKING PEOPLE, INCREASES THE EVENTUAL INEVITABILITY OF MASS REBELLION EVEN IN THIS 'HOMELAND', THUS AN EXPANDING MILITARIZED STATE.
THE SHIFT FROM BOURGEOIS DEMOCRATIC MODE TO 'FRIENDLY FASCIST FACE' CAPITALIST MODE IS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. WHITE SUPREMACIST REGARDLESS OF MODE, LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS THE BEST GENERAL 'SHELL' FOR CAPITAL'S DICTATORSHIP.
FASCIST STATE TERROR, 'JUSTIFIED' AND FORTIFIED BY RACIST IDEOLOGY, HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE DEADLY, DIVISIVE FOUNDATIONAL OPERATING MODE SECURING THE NATIONAL OPPRESSION OF PEOPLES & NATIONS ON WHOSE BLOOD & BACKS AMERIKA WAS BUILT .
THE SPECULATIVE FOUNDATION OF NON-PRODUCTIVE, DESTRUCTIVE FINANCE CAPITAL, aka 'wall street, UNDERLIES ITS IRRESOLVABLE DILEMMA, A DEEP STRUCTURAL CRISIS: EVERY MOVE TO SAVE ITS RULE AT OUR EXPENSE DEEPENS ONLY THIS CRISIS, DRIVING ITS RELENTLESS DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD'S PEOPLES, NATIONS AND PLANET. AND AS MARX ANALYZED, PRODUCING ONLY ITS OWN GRAVEDIGGERS.
INCREASINGLY THWARTED BY ANTI-IMPERIALIST "TERRORISTS", U.S. FINANCE CAPITALISM WILL SURVIVE BY ONLY BY EXPANDING ITS BRUTAL POLITICAL-ECONOMIC-MILITARY WORLD DOMINATION IN THE NAME OF 'NATIONAL SECURITY', THROUGH EVER MORE CRUEL PHYSICAL, MENTAL DEGRADATION AND DESTRUCTION ... UNTIL IT IS FINALLY OVERTHROWN.
“In brief, the U.S policy goal must be unapologetically twofold: to perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer still; and to create a geopolitical framework that can absorb the inevitable shocks and strains of social-political change...”
-Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, 1997
World Bankers Suggest Financial Crisis was Over and a Rebound May Have Begun
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.— Central bankers from around the world expressed growing confidence on Friday that the worst of the financial crisis was over and that a global economic recovery was beginning to take shape. “The prospects for a return to growth in the near term appear good,” declared Ben S. Bernanke chairman of the Federal Reserve
Reversal of fortunes: Rich become poorer
Goldman Execs Blame Anti-Semitism
by Charlie Gasparino
“Blankfein is scared to death about what might happen when the bonus numbers hit,” one executive says.... some senior executives say they believe the onslaught of negative stories detailing Goldman’s manifold ties to upper levels of government, charges that it fraudulently profited from the subprime crisis, and now the press about the firm’s record earnings is so out of proportion to reality that the coverage contains an element of anti-Semitism—subtly playing off the racist myth of a conspiracy of Jewish bankers controlling the world for their own benefit....negative coverage about Goldman making its partners rich at the expense of taxpayers who bailed out the firm last year .. is now embracing the same type of risk that led to its near implosion back in 2008. Newsweek http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-20/goldman-execs-...
Rise of the Super-Rich Hits a Sobering Wall
The rich have been getting richer for so long that the trend has come to seem almost permanent... But economists say — and data is beginning to show — that a significant change may in fact be under way. The rich, as a group, are no longer getting richer. Over the last two years, they have become poorer. And many may not return to their old levels of wealth and income anytime soon.... The relative struggles of the rich may elicit little sympathy from less well-off families who are dealing with the effects of the worst recession in a generation. But the change does raise several broader economic questions. Among them is whether harder times for the rich will ultimately benefit the middle class and the poor, given that the huge recent increase in top incomes coincided with slow income growth for almost every other group. In blunter terms, the question is whether the better metaphor for the economy is a rising tide that can lift all boats — or a zero-sum game.
Just how much poorer the rich will become remains unclear. It will be determined by, among other things, whether the stock market continues its recent rally and what new laws Congress passes in the wake of the financial crisis.... said Neal Soss, chief economist at Credit Suisse “Since the early ’80s, incomes have tended to get less equal. And I think we’ve entered a phase now where society will move to a more equal distribution.”...
One of the starkest patterns in the data on inequality is the extent to which the incomes of the very rich are tied to the stock market....“We are coming from an abnormal period where a tremendous amount of wealth was created largely by selling assets back and forth,” said Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief executive of Pimco, one of the country’s largest bond traders, and the former manager of Harvard’s endowment. Some of this wealth was based on real economic gains, like those from the computer revolution. But much of it was not, Mr. El-Erian said.
“... wealth creation not be tied to the underlying economy, the benefits were very skewed... to the assets of the rich. It was financial engineering.”
The era of imperialist wars to restructure and dominate the world and capital, to wipe out capitalist rivals for global domination and revolution
"Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism", V. I. Lenin
Lenin on the five major features characteristic of era of imperialist capitalism:
(1) the concentration of production and capital has developed to such a high stage that it has created monopolies which play a decisive role in economic life; (2) the merging of bank capital with industrial capital, and the creation on the basis of this “finance capital”, of a financial oligarchy; (3) the export of capital as distinguished from the export of commodities acquires exceptional importance; (4) the formation of international monopoly capitalist associations which share the world among themselves, and (5) the territorial division of the whole world among the biggest capitalist powers is completed. Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capital is established; in which the export of capital has acquired pronounced importance; in which the division of the world among the international trusts has begun... the division of all territories of the globe among the biggest capitalist powers...
[Lenin, Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism, LCW Volume 22, p. 266-7.]
"Production becomes social, but appropriation remains private. The social means of production remain the private property of a few. The general framework of formally recognized free competition remains, the yoke of a few monopolists on the rest of the population becomes a hundred times heavier, more burdensome and intolerable." (p. 205)
"The development of capitalism has arrived at a stage when, although commodity production still "reigns" and continues to be regarded as the basis of economic life, it has in reality been undermined and the bulk of the profits go to the "geniuses" of financial manipulation. At the basis of these manipulations and swindles lies socialized production; but the immense progress of mankind, which achieved this socialization, goes to benefit... the speculators." (p. 206-207)
7.7.trillion 11/24/2008 - 8/24/2009 23.7 trillion
U.S. so far has pledged over 7.7 Trillion Taxpayer Dollars And Counting Cost Of "Rescuing" US Financial System
By Hamilton Nolan
... putting $1 trillion into perspective try this: "It would take almost three decades to spend 1 trillion dollars at $1,000 per second... according to Bloomberg, the US government has now pledged more than $7.4 trillion to rescue the financial system in the past 15 months. How much is 7.4 trillion? * "half the value of everything produced in the nation last year," according to Bloomberg. * enough to cut a check for almost $25,000 to every single citizen in USA... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21311.htm
"...the largest transfer of wealth in human history by several orders of magnitude – the heist was accomplished with breathtaking speed..."
Whose Recovery, at Whose Cost?
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The financial elite last week announced the beginning of the end of the Great Recession, a nonsensical declaration unless one is a member or servant of the overlords of capital. What the finance parasites should have said, and the real reason for the champagne-popping, is that the money-manipulating classes have been temporarily stabilized by a government commitment of the previously unimaginable sum of $23.7 trillion of the people's current and future wealth. It was appropriate that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke delivered the news , since his agency, a creature of and effectively accountable only to the Wall Street bankers, has been responsible for shoveling much of the mountains of cash, credit and guarantees to the ruling oligarchy.
What we have witnessed in the span of less than a year, is the unfolding of a new chapter in the descent of finance capital. The oligarchy, economically paralyzed by the contradictions inherent in its own decay, marshaled the political power to seize every mechanism and prerogative of the state, and invented others along the way. In a seamless display of continuity between Bush and Obama, the oligarchy flaunted its effortless domination of both major political parties...
The people, without knowing it, had given the ruling class a reprieve from well-deserved extinction, by putting at the banker's disposal the equivalent of nearly two years of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – the combined value of every good and service produced by every man, woman and child in the country. Considering the scale of the extraction – the largest transfer of wealth in human history by several orders of magnitude – the heist was accomplished with breathtaking speed.
Bloomberg financial news reported on March 31 that the government had “spent, lent or committed $12.8 trillion...to stem the longest recession since the 1930s.” The rescue-the-rich package at that time amounted to about 90 percent of the nation's GDP for 2008: $14.2 trillion. Only a small fraction of the money went to “stimulate” the non-financial sector of the economy. Five months later, in July, Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the U.S. Treasury, reported that taxpayers had committed to buttress the financial sector to the tune of $23.7 trillion – 1.7 times last year's GDP!...
Finance capital, having defeated, exported and devoured industrial capital in the United States, ceased to invest in productive enterprise, which could not satisfy its need for faster and ever-increasing rates of return. Finance capital creates nothing. At this stage in its disintegration, it is both a drag and a predator on society, on whose body the beast will feast until society or finance capital is destroyed.... BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com
Wall Street Repackages Toxic Debt
Wall Street may have discovered a way out from under the bad debt and risky mortgages that have clogged the financial markets. The would-be solution probably sounds familiar: like what got banks in trouble in the first place. In recent months investment banks have been repackaging old mortgage securities and offering to sell them as new products...
Foreclosures rise as jobs and income drop:
Delinquency and foreclosure rates for U.S. mortgages continued to rise in the second quarter, with loans to the most qualified borrowers going bust at an unnerving clip, especially in hardest hit states such as Florida and California.
Obama must win back progressives' trust
Paul Krugman / Syndicated Columnist
Backing away from the "public option" for health insurance has unleashed a backlash from the left that has been building for months.
Now Obama must manage the anti-war left
The Return of the Democrats' Security Divide
Most of the world saw unity in the announcement of Barack Obama's fusion national security team on Monday. But I could not help but notice the first serious tear in the tenuous Democratic consensus on foreign policy that Obama had adeptly marshaled and surfed to his improbable victory [via electoral college selection]...
To much of the Democratic establishment, Obama's much-ballyhooed team of rivals came off more as a team of reasonables.... But to many liberals who rallied behind Obama's candidacy (largely because of his early outspoken opposition to the Iraq invasion), these appointments [national security team secretary of state Hillary Clinton, secretary of defense Robert Gates and national security adviser James Jones] were more Hindenberg than Vandenberg...this crew of out-sized resumes, all of whom have hawkish profiles, registered as a sellout of the anti-war principles Obama campaigned on. They reminded critics of the dark days of capitulation and triangulation in 2002 and 2003, when Democrats splintered over the vote to authorize force to topple Saddam Hussein....
Indeed, ever since Sept. 11, there has been a fundamental dispute within the party on how to win the war against al-Qaida and their terrorists-in-arms around the world, which Democrats tacitly agreed to table so they could focus on stopping Bush's destructive policies. In rough terms, the Democratic party's foreign policy establishment views this threat as grave, if not existential, and believes that the U.S. must be prepared to use military force and intelligence tools like domestic surveillance to counter it. This camp often differed with Bush in degree, not kind. The liberal grassroots base, on the other hand, views the threat of terrorism as over-hyped and believes diplomacy is the solution to most any problem. This camp often gave the impression that we had more to fear from Bush than Osama bin Laden....
What will these loyalists say when the new president and his team start making hard policy choices on withdrawal deadlines in Iraq and wiretapping guidelines here at home after they make good on their easy promises to close Guantanamo and the like? Here, we can anticipate one of the trickiest tests of Obama's presidency. While he tries to govern from the pragmatic center on national security, he must manage the high expectations and inevitable disappointments of his strongest supporters. His liberal activist base may be relatively small, but its members can be extremely distracting and often destructive....
The genius of Obama's protean campaign was how it managed to sidestep these dormant disagreements and simultaneously embody the departure from Bush that both sides craved.
Scalia: nothing unconstitutional about executing the innocent
By Ian Millhiser
In light of the very real evidence that Troy Davis could be innocent of the crime that placed him on death row, the Supreme Court today invoked a rarely used procedure giving Davis an opportunity to challenge his conviction .
Joined in dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas, however, Justice Antonin Scalia criticized his colleagues for thinking mere innocence is grounds to overturn a conviction: This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is "actually" innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged "actual innocence" is constitutionally cognizable.
Give Me No Liberty, Give Me Death: Innocence is No Defense
by Chris Floyd
Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the ludicrous and illegal ruling that appointed Bush to the presidency, declared in the theological journal First Things that the state derives its moral authority from God, not the "consent of the governed," as the Declaration of Independence would have it, "the appeal of Troy Davis, a Georgia athletics coach tried and convicted of the murder of an off-duty policeman working as a security guard at a Burger King. Following the conviction in 1991, seven of the witnesses who testified against Davis recanted, several of them fingering the last major witness to appear against Davis as the actual killer.
This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual innocence” is constitutionally cognizable.
Judge Antonin Scalia, 2009
“We can’t give new trials to everyone who establishes, after conviction, that they might be innocent ...We would have no finality in the criminal justice system, and finality is important.”
Judge Sharon Keller, 1998
[Keller] wrote the opinion rejecting new trial for Roy Criner, a mentally retarded man convicted of rape and murder though DNA tests after his trial showed it was not his semen in the victim, on PBS 'Frontline".
It certainly is. The power of the state rests ultimately on the finality of death, and its ability to impose it -- on its own citizens, and on the citizens of the world, whenever and wherever the dictates of domination and privilege require.
"Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization."
Z. Brzezinski. [now Obama advisor] The Grand Chessboard, 1997
the state is prepared for days of reckoning --- are you?
“Our colleagues hold that the president can order the military to seize from his home and indefinitely detain anyone in this country — including an American citizen — even though he has never affiliated with an enemy nation, fought alongside any nation’s armed forces, or borne arms against the United States anywhere in the world,”
Judge Diana Gribbon Motz for the Fourth Circuit Court
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
Obama, campaign speech in Colorado Springs
RESCUING STATE TERROR:
While 66 pages of the 109 pg. report is totally or substantively redacted to safeguard state terrorist crimes, and there's no criminal prosecution, just a PR 'investigation' into whether these war crimes are crimes -- based on THE INTENT behind only a select few --- it serves a propaganda purpose to 'move forward' the consolidation of fascist state power to facilitate the U.S. global domination agenda --- with Cheney ' legitimizing' the essential contribution of torture to U.S. 'national security' ... and win public approval for what is still being implemented under cover.
"The Justice Department report is to be made public after classified information is deleted from it."
Justice Dept. Report [Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases
The Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases...the recommendation comes as the Justice Department is about to disclose on Monday voluminous details on prisoner abuse gathered in 2004 by the C.I.A.’s inspector general but never released...President Obama has said that he would rather move forward than get bogged down in the issue... The Justice Department report is to be made public after classified information is deleted from it.... The cases do not center on allegations of abuse by C.I.A. officers who conducted the forceful interrogations of high-level Qaeda suspects at secret sites.....The cases represent about half of those that were initially investigated and referred to the Justice Department by the C.I.A.’s inspector general, but were later closed. It is not known which cases might be reopened....
Over the years, some Democratic lawmakers sought more details about the cases and why the Justice Department took no action....There has never been any public explanation of why the Justice Department decided not to bring charges in nearly two dozen abuse cases known to be referred to a team of federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Va.... Former government lawyers said that while some detainees died and others suffered serious abuses, prosecutors decided they would be unlikely to prevail because of problems with mishandled evidence and, in some cases, the inability to locate witnesses or even those said to be the victims...Paul Gimigliano, a C.I.A. spokesman, said...“Decisions on whether or not to pursue action in court were made after careful consideration by career prosecutors at the Justice Department. The C.I.A. itself brought these matters — facts and allegations alike — to the department’s attention.” http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/us/politics/24detain.html?_r=1&emc=na
Deaths, Missing Detainees Blacked Out in New CIA Report, Three Died, Many Unaccounted For
25 Aug 2009
The CIA and the Obama Administration continue to keep secret some of the most shocking allegations involving the spy agency's interrogation program: three deaths and several other detainees prisoners whose whereabouts could not be determined, according to a former senior intelligence official who has read the full, unredacted version. Of the 109 pages in the 2004 report, 36 were completely blacked out in the version made public Monday, and another 30 were substantially redacted for "national security" reasons. The blacked-out portions hide the Inspector General's findings on the circumstances that led to the deaths of at least three of the detainees in the CIA's program, the official said. www.legitgov.org
Cheney Statement on CIA Documents/Investigation
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave The Weekly Standard a statement Monday night about the CIA documents and the coming Justice Department investigation.
The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.
"I often get questions about impeachment at town hall meetings. And I've often said, I do not think that would be something that would be fruitful to pursue. I think impeachment should be reserved for exceptional circumstances."
Obama to Continue Rendition of Terror Suspects
The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terror suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but will monitor their treatment to insure they are not tortured, administration officials said on Monday.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/us/politics/25rendition.html
"After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account…The commander-in-chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture."
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba – forced out of the army in 2006 for trying to investigate Abu Ghraib atrocities– in his statement in a new report by Physicians for Human Rights:
COVER-UP ESSENTIAL TO MAKE OBAMA ADMIN. THE 'GOOD GUYS AS IT CARRIES OUT SAME 'NATIONAL SECURITY' AGENDA FOR U.S. GLOBAL HEGEMONY
See 8/24 PBS newshour with Wa. Post imperialist stalwart David Ignatius and New Yorker magazine's Jane Mayer discreetly discuss how Obama admin. is NOT conducting a criminal investigation of the actual war crimes - doing the absolute minimum to cover its political ass....
STATE TIGHTENS DOMESTIC CONTROL WITH FBI
Obama established a White House-supervised High Value Interrogation Group housed at the FBI that will answer to the National Security Council...
The US Central Intelligence Agency will no longer handle the questioning of people suspected of planning or carrying out attacks, Burton confirmed. "The president's view is that intelligence gathering is best left to the intelligence community," Bill Burton, the deputy White House spokesman, said on Monday....[failing to explain what the "I" in CIA actually does stand for] Panetta says he will defend any CIA employees exposed in the new release of a 2004 report [AFP]
RECENT FBI NEWS - CHECK OUT ITS PAST
NEW FBI DEPARTMENT OF PRE-CRIME
by Tom Burghardt / May 4th, 2009
From COINTELPRO to the illegal targeting of antiwar activists and Muslim-Americans , the FBI is America’s premier political police agency. And now, from the folks who brought us Wi-Fi hacking , viral computer spyware comes the Bureau’s Department of Precrim...revealed in chilling new EFF report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF ) reveals the breadth and scope of the FBI’s Investigative Data Warehouse (IDW), the Bureau’s massive data-mining project.…Kurt Opsahl, EFF’s Senior Staff Attorney and the author of the new report said: “The IDW includes more than four times as many documents as the Library of Congress, and the FBI has asked for millions of dollars to data-mine this warehouse, using unproven science in an attempt to predict future crimes from past behavior. ..
In addition to storing vast quantities of data, the IDW provides a content management and data mining system that is designed to permit a wide range of FBI personnel (investigative, analytical, administrative, and intelligence) to access and analyze aggregated data from over fifty previously separate datasets included in the warehouse. Moving forward, the FBI intends to increase its use of the IDW for “link analysis” (looking for links between suspects and other people–i.e. the Kevin Bacon game) and to start “pattern analysis” (defining a “predictive pattern of behavior” and searching for that pattern in the IDW’s datasets before any criminal offence is committed–i.e. pre-crime). (Kurt Opsahl, “Report on the Investigative Data Warehouse,” Electronic Frontier Foundation, April 2009) ... when IDW is completed, “Agents, JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] members and analysts,” using the new data-mining technology “will be able to search rapidly for pictures of known terrorists and match or compare the pictures with other individuals in minutes rather than days. They will be able to extract subjects’ addresses, phone numbers, and other data in seconds, rather than searching for it manually. They will have the ability to identify relationships across cases. They will be able to search up to 100 million pages of international terrorism-related documents in seconds.” EFF notes that since 2004, “the number of records has grown nearly ten-fold.”
According to an April 1 press release from the American Civil Liberties Union, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces and the related national nexus of Fusion Centers, comprised of the FBI, local police, the military (U.S. Northern Command) and private outfits in the corporate security world, relying heavily on data-mining and link analysis “have experienced a mission creep in the last several years, becoming more of a threat than a security device.”...the ACLU noted that Fusion Centers have routinely targeted activists across the political spectrum, relying on specious data-mining techologies as well as paid provocateurs and informants (HUMINT) that label any and all government critics as “extremists” to be monitored and indexed in national security databases. The civil liberties’ group averred: “From directing local police to investigate non-violent political activists and religious groups in Texas to advocating surveillance of third-party presidential candidate supporters in Missouri, there have been repeated and persistent disclosures of troubling memos and reports from local fusions centers.”
Since 2004, EFF has identified 38 separate data sources feeding the FBI’s Investigative Data Warehouse. In addition to the FBI’s Automated Case System (ACS), soon to be replaced by the Sentinel Case Management System after the $170 million “Virtual Case File” fiasco briefly described above, IDW compiles information from the following sources ...
Noting that the Bureau is withholding critical information from public scrutiny, and that mining data gleaned from dozens of disparate sources is at the heart of IDW, EFF reports that the FBI “has identified only 38 of the 53 ‘data sources’ that feed into the IDW,” and has refused to hand over remaining documents, the result of a 2006 Freedom of Information Act request.
In a subsequent court action over the Bureau’s document stonewall, the civil liberties’ group reported that the Department of Justice told the court that “no additional material will be disclosed,” despite Obama administration assertions that it has “new policies on open government.”
(Full article …)
(U//FOUO) FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE· COUNTERTERRORISM DIVISION
COUNTERRORISM ANALYTICAL LEXICON
“Terrorism” is the unlawful use or threat of violence in
furtherance of political, religious, ideological or social goals that is intended to (a) evoke
fear, intimidate or coerce a civilian population or any segment thereof; (b) influence the
policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.
The National Implementation Plan for the War on Terror defines “terrorist facilitator” as “A
person who knowingly provides assistance to terrorists or terrorist groups. This assistance may include,
but is not limited to, information, coordination support, psychological aid, safehaven, or financial
resources.” (National Counterterrorism Center, “National Implementation Plan for the War on Terror,”
26 June 2006 (UNCLASSIFIED).
They've Got Your Number
How buying, blogging, calling and Web surfing are being used to track and influence people.
FBI trained ex-agent white supremacist Hal Turner to incite leftists
A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said...Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line...His job was to... cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,"....
FBI Provocateur on McKinney: Why Not Lynch an “Uppity Black Bitch?”
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
“By doing nothing, the FBI condoned Turner's demand for the assassination of a federal lawmaker.” There is every historical reason to believe that the FBI approved of – or at least, had no objections to – it’s own agent’s incitement to assassinate a sitting Black U.S. congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, in 2006.
The FBI's deep and institutional involvement in promoting domestic terror is an abiding fact of American life dating back nearly a century. The Bureau was born as a secret political police agency that arguably manufactured or instigated far more crime than it legitimately uncovered. It's core mission has remained unchanged since World War One, when the embryonic FBI was set loose as the federal attack dog to maul anti-war forces, labor, and the Left in general. Throughout its history, the FBI has considered all consciously Black politics to be inherently subversive – and the Bureau believed its mandate was to eliminate all subversives by any means necessary.
To that end, the FBI employed a vast army of agent provocateurs, whose job was to create crimes. Some of this FBI activity was simple entrapment, provoking people to engage in crimes they were presumably predisposed to commit, anyway, so that they could be arrested and taken out of circulation. But throughout the 19-teens, the 1920s, the 30s, and in every decade into the 21st century, the primary mission of the FBI's so-called “counter-intelligence” efforts has been to devise ways in which its “enemies” would wind up dead, maimed or otherwise “neutralized.” Thus, the Bureau routinely instigated violence for its own political purposes.
“The primary mission of the FBI's so-called 'counter-intelligence' efforts has been to devise ways in which its 'enemies' would wind up dead, maimed or otherwise 'neutralized.'”
Hal Turner, an internet radio operator and white racist from New Jersey, is charged with calling for the deaths of state lawmakers in Connecticut and three federal judges in Illinois. For that, he has been jailed. His lawyers claim Turner was only doing what the FBI taught him to do when he was one of their paid provocateurs, from 2002 to 2007. The prosecution admits Turner worked for the FBI before he broadcast the calls for the white officials' deaths. The FBI won't comment. But Turner would have been employed by the Bureau in 2006, when he asked his racist internet audience the question, “Given the prevalence of Black crime in America, would it serve the public good to lynch Congresswoman McKinney within the next few weeks...so as to send an unmistakable message to other Blacks...behave or die?” Turner then told his audience the address of McKinney's campaign headquarters.
For this brazen and very public threat against a federal official, Turner was neither charged, nor jailed, nor otherwise bothered in the least. When a McKinney aide contacted the FBI, he was told, “We know all about Turner.” Of course they did. By doing nothing, the FBI condoned Turner's demand for the assassination of a federal lawmaker, who he described as “a violent, black, racist bitch....” Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department oversees the Bureau – at least on paper It is his job to root out the terror squads that have always been part of the very fiber of the FBI. Attorney General Holder has said Americans are “cowards” when it comes to race. Is he afraid of his own FBI?
4 Youth Prisons in New York Used Excessive Force
An investigation that found routine use of excessive physical force raised the possibility of a federal takeover of the state’s youth detention system.
"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda
it's the bipartisan system stupid!
OBAMA ADMIN USES SAME BUSH ADMIN. RENDON GROUP TO CONTROL 'NEWS'
Continuity Über Alles: Massaging the Message in Afghanistan
by Chris Floyd
24 August 2009
Continuity, continuity, in all things, continuity.This has been the battle cry of Barack Obama's administration, especially when it comes to waging the Terror Wars -- and trying to manipulate public opinion about these intractable conflicts....
Obama's continuity in using the Bush-serving professional manipulators only continues Bush's continuity with the Clinton Administration, which also used the Rendon Group to, among other things, do exactly what George Bush later did: peddle war-fomenting lies about Iraq. Of course, this was simply Bill Clinton's continuity with the policies of his predecessor, the other George Bush. (It sounds confusing, but it's really not; all you have to do is follow the policies -- and the money. The name of whoever happens to be managing the imperial war machine at any given moment hardly matters.) As SourceWatch reports:
Rendon was also a major player in the CIA's effort to encourage the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. In May 1991, then-President George Bush, Sr. signed a presidential finding directing the CIA to create the conditions for Hussein's removal. The hope was that members of the Iraqi military would turn on Hussein and stage a military coup. The CIA did not have the mechanisms in place to make that happen, so they hired the Rendon Group to run a covert anti-Saddam propaganda campaign. Rendon's postwar work involved producing videos and radio skits ridiculing Saddam Hussein, a traveling photo exhibit of Iraqi atrocities, and radio scripts calling on Iraqi army officers to defect.
A February 1998 report by Peter Jennings cited records obtained by ABC News which showed that the Rendon Group spent more than $23 million dollars in the first year of its contract with the CIA. It worked closely with the Iraqi National Congress (INC), an opposition coalition of 19 Iraqi and Kurdish organizations whose main tasks were to "gather information, distribute propaganda and recruit dissidents." According to ABC, Rendon came up with the name for the Iraqi National Congress and channeled $12 million of covert CIA funding to it between 1992 and 1996. Writing in The New Yorker, Seymour Hersh says the Rendon Group was "paid close to a hundred million dollars by the CIA" for its work with the INC.
And those millions keep on rolling in, no matter who sits in the White House. And why not? The group's founder, John Rendon, was a long-time political operative in the top levels of the national Democratic Party, while his eagerness to serve the imperial agenda has endeared him to Republican courtiers as well... to make... imperial wars appear palatable to the yokels back home, so the rubes will keep sending their sons and daughters off to die -- and to kill, in vast numbers -- for the profit and privilege of the small, bipartisan American elite....militarism, manipulation, domination...remains: continuity.
By Charlie Reed, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Monday, August 24, 2009
U.S. public affairs officials in Afghanistan acknowledged to Stars and Stripes that any reporter seeking to embed with U.S. forces is screened by a controversial Washington-based public relations firm contracted by the Pentagon to determine whether their past coverage has portrayed the U.S. military in a positive light...subject to a background profile by The Rendon Group, which gained notoriety in the run-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq for its work helping to create the Iraqi National Congress. That opposition group, reportedly funded by the CIA, furnished much of the false information about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction used by the Bush administration to justify the invasion....
U.S. Army officials in Iraq engaged in a similar vetting practice two months ago, when they barred a Stars and Stripes reporter from embedding with a unit of the 1st Cavalry Division because the reporter “refused to highlight” good news that military commanders wanted to emphasize....The recent merger of U.S. and NATO public affairs outfits in Kabul has resulted in a one-stop shop for media information and embed requests. It also gives more public affairs officers access to the background reports and other services provided by The Rendon Group.
The backgrounders are part of a wide scope of work Rendon does for the Defense Department under its current $1.5 million “news analysis and media assessment” contract, according to military and company officials. The work includes statistical analysis of reporting trends inside and outside of the country and coverage of specific topics such as counternarcotics operations. It also analyzes how effectively the military is communicating its message.“This allows them to measure the strategic effect of U.S. and allied activities as reflected in the local and international media,” according to an e-mailed statement from Rendon.
As of Friday, there were 60 media outlets — excluding Afghan media — on the ground with U.S. and NATO forces, a significant increase compared to just a few months ago, said Mathias.
U.S. Plans a Mission Against Taliban’s Propaganda
By THOM SHANKER
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is establishing a new unit within the State Department for countering militant propaganda in Afghanistan and Pakistan , engaging more fully than ever in a war of words and ideas that it acknowledges the United States has been losing.
Proposals are being considered to give the team up to $150 million a year to spend on local FM radio stations, to counter illegal militant broadcasting, and on expanded cellphone service across Afghanistan and Pakistan. The project would step up the training of local journalists and help produce audio and video programming, as well as pamphlets, posters and CDs denigrating militants and their messages. Senior officials say they consider the counterpropaganda mission to be vital to the war. “Concurrent with the insurgency is an information war,” said Richard C. Holbrooke , the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who will direct the effort. “We are losing that war. “The Taliban have unrestricted, unchallenged access to the radio, which is the main means of communication,” he added. “We can’t succeed, however you define success, if we cede the airways to people who present themselves as false messengers of a prophet, which is what they do. And we need to combat it.”
The team he is putting together is the latest entry into the government’s effort to direct the flow of information in support of American policy. The campaign is scattered throughout the bureaucracy and the military, variously named public affairs, public diplomacy, strategic communications and information operations.
Officials acknowledge that the government routinely fails when trying to speak to the Muslim world and battle the propaganda of extremism — most often because the efforts to describe American policy and showcase American values are themselves viewed as propaganda. The new campaign is especially focused on providing cellphone service, and thus some independent communications for people in remote areas where the Taliban thrive. It is a booming industry now: Afghanistan had no cellular coverage in 2001 but today has about 9.5 million subscribers.
That work is closely coordinated with American and allied forces in Afghanistan, where Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, NATO ’s director of communication in Kabul, said the challenge was in protecting the population and the official communications network from insurgents — a new strategic priority. “If we can insulate the people, separate the population from insurgents, they become less vulnerable and less susceptible to the coercion and intimidation designed to steer them away from the government of Afghanistan,” Admiral Smith said.“The ability to communicate empowers a population,” he said. “That is a very important principle of counterinsurgency and counterpropaganda.”...
Officials involved in the new unit say they are seeking to amplify the voices of Afghans speaking to Afghans, and Pakistanis speaking to Pakistanis, rather than have “Made in the U.S.A.” stamped on the programming. And officials said the counterpropaganda unit would seek ways to “denigrate the enemy,” portraying militant attacks on markets, schools and public buildings as a religious violation. “Given the archaic values of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, we must devise policies that expose the true nature of the militants,” said Ashley Bommer, an adviser to Mr. Holbrooke. “And we must shift the paradigm so that the debate is not between the United States and the militants, but between the people and the militants.” ...
"The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electronically control the brain. Someday armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain. We need a program of psychosurgery for political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated."
Dr. Jose Flamon Delgado, Director of Neuropsychiatry Yale University Medical School Congressional Record, No. 26, Vol. 118 February 24, 1974
The CIA's secret history of psychological torture
By Alfred W. McCoy, former CIA agent
Jun. 11, 2009
If, like me, you've been following America's torture policies not just for the last few years but for decades, you can't help but experience that eerie feeling of déjà vu these days. With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington and the arrival of Barack Obama, it may just be back to the future when it comes to torture policy, a turn away from a dark, do-it-yourself ethos and a return to the outsourcing of torture that went on, with the support of both Democrats and Republicans, in the Cold War years.... Despite dozens of official inquiries in the five years since the Abu Ghraib photos first exposed our abuse of Iraqi detainees, the torture scandal continues to spread like a virus, infecting all who touch it, including now Obama himself. By embracing a specific methodology of torture, covertly developed by the CIA over decades using countless millions of taxpayer dollars and graphically revealed in those Iraqi prison photos, we have condemned ourselves to retreat from whatever promises might be made to end this sort of abuse and are instead already returning to a bipartisan consensus that made torture America's secret weapon throughout the Cold War....
Before we head deeper into the hidden history of the CIA's psychological torture program, however, we need to rid ourselves of the idea that this sort of torture is somehow "torture lite" or merely, as the Bush administration renamed it, "enhanced interrogation." Although seemingly less brutal than physical methods, psychological torture actually inflicts a crippling trauma on its victims. "Ill treatment during captivity, such as psychological manipulations and forced stress positions," Dr. Metin Basoglu has reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry after interviewing 279 Bosnian victims of such methods, "does not seem to be substantially different from physical torture in terms of the severity of mental suffering."
A secret history of psychological torture
The roots of our present paralysis over what to do about detainee abuse lie in the hidden history of the CIA's program of psychological torture. Early in the Cold War, panicked that the Soviets had somehow cracked the code of human consciousness, the Agency mounted a "Special Interrogation Program" whose working hypothesis was: "Medical science, particularly psychiatry and psychotherapy, has developed various techniques by means of which some external control can be imposed on the mind/or will of an individual, such as drugs, hypnosis, electric shock and neurosurgery."
All of these methods were tested by the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s. None proved successful for breaking potential enemies or obtaining reliable information. Beyond these ultimately unsuccessful methods, however, the Agency also explored a behavioral approach to cracking that "code." In 1951, in collaboration with British and Canadian defense scientists, the Agency encouraged academic research into "methods concerned in psychological coercion." Within months, the Agency had defined the aims of its top-secret program, code-named Project Artichoke, as the "development of any method by which we can get information from a person against his will and without his knowledge."
This secret research produced two discoveries central to the CIA's more recent psychological paradigm. In classified experiments, famed Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb found that he could induce a state akin to drug-induced hallucinations and psychosis in just 48 hours -- without drugs, hypnosis or electric shock. Instead, for two days student volunteers at McGill University simply sat in a comfortable cubicle deprived of sensory stimulation by goggles, gloves and earmuffs. "It scared the hell out of us," Hebb said later, "to see how completely dependent the mind is on a close connection with the ordinary sensory environment, and how disorganizing to be cut off from that support."
Editor's note: This article also appeared on TomDispatch.com.
because WE are potential resistance, thus enemies of the state
Treating People Like Dogs
Nearly all of the Pentagon’s counter-insurgency warfare doctrine has been based on distortions of the pirated theories of former president of the American Psychological Association, Prof. Martin Seligman. Now we learn that post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) treatments for war veterans have been developed from his work as well. The US military has totally embraced Seligman’s controversial theories, twisting them to suit their deadly purposes, basing their computer-modeled psyops plans, plans for homeland security, even their recruitment strategies, upon his theories of "learned helplessness," looking for ways to bring-about its most debilitating form, learned hopelessness. Every one of these programs is geared towards finding and exploiting the human breaking point...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=5725
fascist state's dream: good german narcissists even more disinterested and incapable of distinguishing embedded feelings from objective reality
Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts
Computers may be good at crunching numbers, but can they crunch feelings? The rise of blogs and social networks has fueled a bull market in personal opinion: reviews, ratings, recommendations and other forms of online expression. For computer scientists, this fast-growing mountain of data is opening a tantalizing window onto the collective consciousness of Internet users. An emerging field known as sentiment analysis is taking shape around one of the computer world’s unexplored frontiers: translating the vagaries of human emotion into hard data....
Jodange based in Yonkers, offers a service geared toward online publishers that lets them incorporate opinion data drawn from over 450,000 sources, including mainstream news sources, blogs and Twitter. Based on research by Claire Cardie, a Cornell computer science professor, and Jan Wiebe of the University of Pittsburgh the service uses a sophisticated algorithm that not only evaluates sentiments about particular topics, but also identifies the most influential opinion holders. Jodange, which received an innovation research grant from the National Science Foundation last year, is currently working on a new algorithm that could use opinion data to predict future developments, like forecasting the impact of newspaper editorials...
As sentiment analysis algorithms grow more sophisticated, they should begin to yield more accurate results that may eventually point the way to more sophisticated filtering mechanisms. They could become a part of everyday Web use.... As search engines begin to incorporate more and more opinion data into their results, the distinction between fact and opinion may start blurring to the point where, as David Byrne once put it, “facts all come with points of view.”
reality shows capitalist 'culture' and 'values'
Doctors warn: swine flu vaccine poses too many risks
Feds to launch massive propaganda campaign on 'safety' of swine flu vaccines
Federal authorities plan to launch a massive $16 million campaign in the coming weeks to convince Americans to get the swine flu vaccine and to erase public skepticism about the flu's danger and the safety of immunizations. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/25/MN0P19DG5T.D...
threats of disease terror serve fascist global terror war
World warned over killer flu pandemic
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrats' health spokesman, likened the threat from a pandemic to the threat of international terrorism. He said: "Globally there has been massive attention to the threat from terrorism and rightly so. But the potential for loss of life from a pandemic is massive, enormous and yet we stare a disaster in the face and we see a chaotic, uncoordinated and incoherent international response to it. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health acknowledged that "more clearly needs to be done improve detection, surveillance and general response capacity building".http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/world-warned-over-killer-flu-pandemic-872809.html?service=Print
State Terrorism Preps in Drag
Teams use airport to stage bird flu drill
Local, state and federal workers and military and civilian health care personnel worked as a team in a bird flu drill yesterday at Honolulu Airport. The drill, Lightning Rescue '08, simulated what would happen if an airliner from Asia arrived at Honolulu Airport bearing more than 300 passengers with some experiencing symptoms of avian influenza or "bird flu." The coordinated response plan included personnel from the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, federal Centers for Disease Control, airport paramedics, airport firefighters, medical personnel from neighbor island and Oahu hospitals, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense and others. On Friday, Lightning Rescue '08 will continue with a second simulation staged at the Naval Pacific Missile Range facility on Kauai.
HHS and DHS Announce Guidance on Pandemic Vaccination Allocation
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) released guidance on allocating and targeting pandemic influenza vaccine. The guidance's vaccination structure defines four broad target groups: people who 1) maintain homeland and national security, 2) provide health care and community support services, 3) maintain critical infrastructure and 4) are in the general population. [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack
Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared
Updated: Aug 23, 2007
Exposed – The Swine Flu Hoax
Written by David Miller Smith
Aug 26, 2009
...The Mysterious Origins of the H1N1 “Swine Flu” Virus
If the current H1N1 swine flu virus does become abnormally lethal, there would be three leading explanations: first, that the virus was accidentally released, or escaped, from a laboratory; second, that a disgruntled lab employee unleashed the virus (as happened, according to the official version of events, with the 2001 anthrax attack); or third, that a group, corporation or government agency intentionally released the virus in the interests of profit and power.
Each of the three scenarios represents a plausible explanation should the swine virus become lethal. After all, the 1918 flu virus was dead and buried – until, that is, scientists unearthed a lead coffin to obtain a biopsy of the corpse it contained. Later, researchers similarly disturbed an Inuit woman buried under permafrost. (3)
The US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, with a scientist from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, then began to reconstruct the 1918 Spanish flu. Had Iran or North Korea engaged in Frankenstein experiments (complete with ransacking graves) to reverse engineer the 1918 virus the US and the UK would have gone ballistic at the UN Security Council.
Interestingly, numerous doctors and scientists suspect that the swine flu virus was cultured in a laboratory. A mainstream Australian virologist, Adrian Gibbs – who was one of the first to analyze the genetic properties of the 2009 swine flu – believes that scientists accidentally created the H1N1 virus while producing vaccines. And Dr. John Carlo, Dallas Co. Medical Director, “This strain of swine influenza that’s been cultured in a laboratory is something that’s not been seen anywhere actually in the United States and the world, so this is actually a new strain of influenza that’s been identified.”(4) Because of this, the 2009 swine flu virus – which has yet to be detected in any animals – has a rather suspicious pedigree.
The Propaganda Campaign
Across the mainstream media, reports announce one swine flu death after another (even though ordinary flu kills about 35,000 Americans each year). Upon closer scrutiny of what passes for journalism, the victims have “underlying health problems,” or “a common underlying health condition,” or “significant medical conditions.”...
Citizens the world over are increasingly skeptical of hyped headlines followed by smaller-print caveats. They are uneasy with the effort to create “doublethink” – a term coined by George Orwell in 1984 and a reference to holding two contradictory ideas in one’s mind simultaneously, paralyzing critical thought....
More recently, news reports now claim that the H1N1 swine flu can affect the lungs and lead to pneumonia. This is what separates the flu from the common cold in the first place and this is why tens of thousands of elderly people die of flu-related symptoms each year. Fox News even claimed that “this one morphs and mutates and comes back in different ways…,” (like all flu viruses). In short, the media now uses the flu’s own ordinary symptoms to fuel fear.
Fortunately, a growing wave of online media challenges the propaganda. Back in 1976, there were no rival voices, and the Center for Disease Control’s manipulative television commercials dominated the airwaves. Fortunately, as a testament to official shamelessness, these videos are now archived and searchable on the Internet under the title of “1976 Swine Flu Propaganda.”
Now, like then, the US government’s pandemic policy alternates between the ridiculous and the repugnant. The government’s flu website is revealing. First, the historical section on the 1918 virus is intellectually dishonest, making absolutely no link between the unique conditions of World War I and the flu pandemic; instead, the site propagates the erroneous notion that this virus came out of the blue. (5)
Second, the site announces an absurd American Idol-style video contest: “Create a Video About Preventing or Dealing With the Flu & Be Eligible to Win $2500 Cash!” (Congress has earmarked 8 billion dollars for swine flu prevention and can only offer $ 2,500 to the proles – or, rather, to the one prole who, rising above mediocrity, best parrots the Party Line.)
And third, the site encourages the use of Twitter to “stay informed…” There is something disturbing about the US federal government promoting Twitter as a form of resistance to foreign authoritarianism, while, simultaneously, using social networking to further federalize and protect the abuse of power at home.
1976 + 1984 = 2009
In sum, it appears that the 2009 swine flu pandemic will not be 1918. It might be a 1976-style hoax, however, serving profit and power – with a bit of Orwell’s 1984 thrown in for good measure.
Torture, and the 'Strategic Helplessness' of the American Psychological Association
By Stephen Soldz, Brad Olson, Steven Reisner, Jean Maria Arrigo, Bryant Welch
Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
24/07/08 "ICH" -- - Jane Mayer's new book, The Dark Side, has refocused attention on psychologists’ participation in Bush administration torture and detainee abuse. In one chapter Mayer provides previously undisclosed details about psychologists... role in the CIA's brutal, “enhanced interrogation” techniques. These techniques apparently drew heavily on the theory of "learned helplessness" developed by former American Psychological Association President Martin Seligman. (Seligman’s work involved tormenting dogs with electrical shocks until they became totally unable or unwilling to extract themselves from the painful situation. Hence the phrase “learned helplessness.”) ... One prisoner was repeatedly locked in a fetal position; in a cage too tiny for him to do anything, other than to lie still in a fetal position. The cage was evidently designed not only to restrict movement, but also to make breathing difficult. ...
a report issued by the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and from documents released during recent hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), is that these SERE techniques, designed to ameliorate the effects of torture, were "reverse engineered," transformed from ensuring the safety of our own soldiers, to orchestrating the abuse of detainees in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq. These documents reveal, further, that certain SERE psychologists shifted roles from supervising protective SERE programs to overseeing SERE-inspired abusive interrogations. Several reporters have named Mitchell and Jessen (former SERE psychologists under contract) as responsible for this "reverse-engineering" that was used at secret CIA "black sites". The Senate Armed Senate Committee reported that other psychologists played a role in the “reverse-engineering” of SERE techniques for the Department of Defense at Guantánamo Bay and in Iraq....
APA has put extraordinary effort into maintaining and expanding opportunities for psychologists to serve US intelligence and security institutions. As the APA's Science Policy Insider News (SPIN) proudly announced in January 2005, "Since 9/11 psychologists have searched for opportunities to contribute to the nation's counter terrorism and homeland security agenda."
These efforts included cosponsoring a conference with the CIA to investigate the efficacy of enhanced interrogation techniques, including the use of drugs and sensory bombardment. Among the reported organizers of that conference was APA member Kirk Hubbard, Chief of the Research & Analysis Branch, Operational Assessment Division of the CIA. Hubbard recruited the “operational expertise” for that conference. Among the attendees to this “by-invitation-only” conference were Mitchell and Jessen. (Hubbard also helped organize the event at which Seligman spoke and to which Mitchell and Jessen were invited.)
In addition, the APA co-sponsored a conference with the FBI during which it was suggested that therapists report to law-enforcement officials information obtained during therapy sessions regarding “national security risk.” And just this past June, APA's efforts included lobbying for the retention of “invaluable behavioral science programs within DoD’s Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) as it reorganizes and loses personnel strength.” For those who are not familiar with this issue, the CIFA program was closed down because of numerous scandals, including: misuse of national security letters to gain access to private citizen’s financial information without warrants, the resignation of a Congressman accused of accepting bribes in exchange for CIFA contracts, and, according to the New York Times, the collection of a wide-reaching domestic “database that included information about antiwar protests planned at churches, schools and Quaker meeting halls.” The CIFA psychology directorate, although a top secret operation, was known for its risk assessments of Guantánamo detainees, including feeding questions to interrogators. ... the CIA has a long record of tapping academic scientists as witting and unwitting consultants and researchers, and of providing protection through cover stories and secrecy. For example, the 1977 Senate investigation of the CIA Behavioral Modification Project (called MKULTRA) disclosed that the CIA had contracted with researchers at over 80 universities, hospitals, and other research-based institutions through a front funding agency... Recently, Dr. Belinda Canton, a long-time CIA intelligence manager and a member of the 2005 President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, recommended opportunistic use of scientists as an approach to management of uncertainty: “Identify academics and scientists who may have insights” and note where “opportunities exist to exploit scientific cadre.”[ii] ...
Marines try a woman's touch to reach Afghan hearts
By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer
Aug 14th, 2009 | KHAWJA JAMAL, Afghanistan -- Put on body armor, check weapons, cover head and shoulders with a scarf. That was the drill for female American Marines who set out on patrol this week with a mission to make friends with Afghan women in a war zone by showing respect for Muslim standards of modesty. The all-female unit of 46 Marines is the military's latest innovation in its rivalry with the Taliban for the populace's loyalty. Afghan women are viewed as good intelligence sources, and more open to the basics of the military's hearts-and-minds effort -- hygiene, education and an end to the violence....
"It's part of the effort to show we're sensitive to local culture," said Capt. Jennifer Gregoire, of East Strasburg, Pa. She leads the Female Engagement Team in the Now Zad Valley of Helmand province, the heartland of the Taliban insurgency. Women are technically barred from Marine combat units ..."But ... I think they understand that what we're doing is vital to operations and vital to the counterinsurgency program they want to run," said Gregoire.
some of u.s. psychological warfare's hideous faces [beside regular capitalist media 'news']
Occupying Hearts and Minds
One of the definitions of the word “occupation” is: the action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by military force. Throughout history, areas or countries occupied by military force have always resisted, and this resistance has caused the occupier to devise more suitable methods of subduing the population of the area being occupied...
This form of psychological warfare is deeply disturbing. Throughout my five years of reporting on the occupation of Iraq, when I’ve asked Iraqis what they feel the most damaging aspect of the occupation is, I have been told that the occupation is “shredding the fabric of Iraqi society and culture.”
The US military has sent shock troops --- which also donned helmets and flak jackets --- anthropologists, sociologists and social psychologists, with their own troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of 2007, American scholars in these fields were embedding with the military in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of a Pentagon program called Human Terrain System (HTS), which evolved shortly thereafter into a $40 million program that embedded four or five person groups of scholars in the aforementioned fields in all 26 US combat brigades occupying Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two years prior to this, the CIA had quietly started recruiting social scientists by advertising in academic journals, offering salaries of up to $400,000. The military’s goals for the HTS was to have them gather and disseminate information about Iraqi and Afghani cultures. These embedded scholars, contracted through companies like CACI International, work in the project that is described by CACI as “designed to improve the gathering, understanding, operational application, and sharing of local population knowledge” among combat teams....
used to exploit fault lines between Sunni and Shia, Kurd and Arab, and differences within each group, in classic divide-to-conquer strategy. For example, the Sahwa (US-created and -backed Sunni militia) clashing with the US-backed Maliki government in Iraq is a classic example of Iraqis being effectively turned against one another so as not to unite against the occupier. Another example is the effective creation and exploitation of the myth of sectarianism in Iraq, which has lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and threatens to do so once again.
Anthropology, in particular, has been referred to through history as the “handmaiden of colonialism,” thus putting anthropologists, at least those with a moral conscience, on guard against anything that smells like exploitation or oppression of their subjects. Roberto Gonzalez, an associate professor of anthropology at San Jose State University and leading member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, told Time magazine that the militarization of anthropology will cause the field to become “just another weapon … not a tool for building bridges between peoples.” Anthropology has core professional ethics standards that require voluntary, informed consent from subjects, and that anthropologists do no harm. How likely do you think these will be adhered to by the flack-jacket-wearing, gun-toting, embedded anthropologists working directly with regimental combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan? ... one of the top ten US defense contractors, Science Applications International Corporation, which has been operating in Iraq since the beginning of the occupation, describes anthropology in its job advertisements as a “counter-insurgency related field.” Marcus Griffin, an anthropology professor, preparing to deploy to Iraq at part of an HTS team, boasted on his blog, “I cut my hair in a high and tight style and look like a drill sergeant … I shot very well with the M9 and M4 last week at the range … Shooting well is important if you are a soldier regardless of whether or not your job requires you to carry a weapon.”...
Documentary filmmaker Jason Coppola is directing and producing a film titled “Justify My War.” In the film, an introspective Coppola explores the question of rationalization of the wars being waged by our government, from Wounded Knee to Fallujah. I asked Coppola for his perspective about the ongoing use of anthropologists by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This seems to be the most powerful weapon against indigenous cultures today. Much more powerful than F-16s and M-1 tanks. We see how well it worked against our own indigenous culture. You need to know a people before you decide what can corrupt them, what can be used to confuse, divide and conquer them. The strongest defense against occupation is an undivided, culturally rooted people, but empires don’t like that.”...
Price and Gonzalez, along with several other scholars, felt the problem serious enough to have formed the Network of Concerned Anthropologists and drafted a “Pledge of Non-Participation in Counter-Insurgency” to boycott anthropological work in counterinsurgency and direct combat support operations.” http://www.daily.pk/world/americas/9996-occupying-hearts-and-minds.html
Military's Social Science Grants Raise Alarm:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is calling on "eggheads" to help the military unravel questions about the recruitment of terrorists, the resurgence of the Taliban and messages delivered in militant Muslim religious schools. ... Every year, the Defense Department spends billions of dollars on research to improve technology, weapons and medicine, including nearly $13 billion this fiscal year. But its relationship with social science has sometimes been tumultuous. Anthropologists were active during World War II, even designing propaganda to encourage Japanese soldiers to surrender. In the 1960s, Project Camelot, an Army-sponsored effort to study political change and unrest in Latin America, was canceled abruptly after the program was revealed in the Chilean press.... Minerva will fund research on five topics, including the development of China's military and technological prowess and how religion, culture, economics and politics in the Islamic world "interact to foster political violence, terrorism or insurgent behavior."
The Pentagon also wants insights into Saddam Hussein's rule and into terrorist groups. Citing the development of game theory and Kremlinology in the Cold War, the Pentagon is asking the brightest minds to come up with new ways of thinking about national security. Universities around the world are eligible for Minerva funding. Officials said $50 million will be awarded over five years.
David Vine, an American University anthropologist, criticized the initiative, saying the research would be limited by the Pentagon's worldview."Research about a potential conflict with China, I feel, may be part of a large self-fulfilling prophecy," Vine said. "That kind of research could lead up to an increasing escalation of military tensions and military preparations for war."
The Network of Concerned Anthropologists, which describes itself as an advocate for ethical anthropology, said the research topics could "contribute to creating more national and human insecurity by trafficking in the construction of . . . a connection between Islam and violence."
Recently, the Army's Human Terrain System has embedded social scientists in military units in Iraq and Afghanistan with the aim of helping commanders understand local culture and customs. The project has drawn criticism from many academics. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/02/AR200808...
U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees
Moderate Muslims Enlisted to Steer Adults and Children Away From Insurgency
By Walter Pincus
September 19, 2007
The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, said yesterday. Stone said such efforts, aimed mainly at Iraqis who have been held for more than a year, are intended to "bend them back to our will" and are part of waging war in what he called "the battlefield of the mind." Most of the younger detainees are held in a facility that the military calls the "House of Wisdom."....
KATRINA GENOCIDE Four Years Later...
Expert Fired Who Warned Levees Would Burst
by Greg Palast
Four years on, there’s another victim face down in the waters of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Ivor van Heerden who told me on camera...“By midnight on Monday the White House knew but withheld the information that the levees of New Orleans had broken and that the city was about to drown... Monday night I was at the state Emergency Operations Center and nobody was aware that the levees had breeched. Nobody...Fifteen hundred people drowned....”....it is also the fourth year of exile for more than half of the low-income Black residents who once lived in the Crescent City. In the Lower Ninth Ward, 81% have yet to return.“They wanted them poor niggers out of there and they ain’t had no intention to allow it to be reopened to no poor niggers.” Their plan succeeded... http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/08/expert-fired-who-warned-levees-would-b...
"Hurricaine Katrina" Exercise
"Hurricane Pam" Projected by 2004 Studies and computer exercises were "anticipated" and not made public
Massively attended by all govt. levels it projected detailed results of a hurricane, especially the deadly impact on low-lying, poor, predominantly Black working class areas...both a planning workshop and a scenario-based exercise.... The 300+ workshop participants at the Hurricane Pam workshop July 2004 were provided with a catastrophic hurricane scenario, a set of consequences that would result from that scenario, and assumptions designed to stress the emergency management system and force thinking on critical planning topics...[and]a copy of Louisiana’s Emergency Operations Plan, 12 parish emergency operations plans, the City of New Orleans’ Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, emergency plans and related documents from Louisiana Department of Transportation, Louisiana State Police, the US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA Region VI.... http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:SRXM7_KL8akJ:hsgac.senate.gov/_file...
IT WAS "ANTICIPATED": MANAGED BY U.S. GOVT. FEMA & DHS
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
George Walker Bush, September 1, 2005
In 2001, the Houston Chronicle published a story which predicted that a severe hurricane striking New Orleans, "would strand 250,000 people or more, and probably kill one of 10 left behind as the city drowned under 20 feet (6.1 m) of water. Thousands of refugees could land in Houston." In 2002, the Times Picayune published a feature covering various scenarios, including a Category 5 hurricane hitting the city from the south. The series also explored the various environmental changes that have increased the area's vulnerability. One article in the series concluded that hundreds of thousands would be left homeless, and it would take months to dry out the area and begin to make it liveable. But there wouldn't be much for residents to come home to. The local economy would be in ruins. Many concerns focus around the fact that the city lies below sea level with a levee system that was designed for hurricanes of no greater intensity than category 3. Furthermore, its natural defenses, the surrounding marshland and the barrier islands, have been dwindling in recent years. Just a few months before Katrina, the FX docudrama Oil Storm depicted a Category 4 hurricane hitting New Orleans and forcing residents to evacuate and hide out in the Superdome, and speculated about a national economic meltdown caused by the decreased oil supply.
LSU ACOE Study
In 2002 the Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute at Louisiana State University (LSU), and the authorities in Jefferson Parish, modeled the effects and aftermath of a category 5 strike on New Orleans. The model predicted an unprecedented disaster, with extensive loss of life and property. The study identified the problem: the New Orleans area is like a bowl, surrounded by levees which are strongest along the outer Mississippi and primarily intended to contain river flooding. When a hurricane drives water into Lake Pontchartrain, the weaker levees bordering Pontchartrain and canals leading to it are overwhelmed. Water then flows into the below-sea-level city, accompanied by water overflowing the levees along the Mississippi on the south side of the city center.
Hurricane Pam exercise
Hurricane Pam was a hypothetical hurricane used as a disaster scenario to drive planning for a 13-parish area in Southeastern Louisiana, including the city of New Orleans, in 2004. Developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness, the National Weather Service, and Innovative Emergency Management, Inc., the mock hurricane scenario and its projected consequences were the focal point of an eight-day exercise held at the State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge in July, 2004. Hurricane Pam was a slow-moving Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 mph. It brought with it up to 20 inches (510 mm) of rain to some parts of southeastern Louisiana and caused levee-topping storm surge. The consequence assessment for Hurricane Pam indicated that more than one million people would be displaced and that 600,000 buildings would be damaged, with some completely destroyed. The report on the simulation, TIME reported, warned that transportation would be a major problem in any storm situation paralleling the fictional "Hurricane Pam."  Follow-on Hurricane Pam workshops were conducted in November/December 2004, July 2005, and August 2005.
Under the National Response Plan, disaster planning is first and foremost a local government responsibility. On the day after the Hurricane, Michael Chertoff invoked the National Response Plan, transferring emergency authority to the Department of Homeland Security.
Drowning New Orleans
By Mark Fischetti, Scientific American magazine
A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city... www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&articleID=00060286-CB58-1315-8B58...
Racist Genocide in New Orleans Continues: "Like 911 But Add Water"
by liz burbank
[edited version, original published 9/3/05 "A Catastrophic Success": A Holocaust Shaped by Race]
Katrina was no accident, no surprise, no act of 'mother nature', the 'gods' , or the result of 'bureaucratic incompetence' and 'poor communication'. The human and environmental impact on New Orleans of a hurricane of this magnitude had been scientifically calculated. Rescue and recovery were deliberately withheld, working class Black people militarily imprisoned, forcibly dispersed and murdered by the armed state's violence...
A renaissance of Black resistance and leadership, historically the leading edge of revolutionary resistance in the U.S., is what the postmodern slavemasters fear will derail their imperialist terror war, giving rise to a movement here in the 'homeland', in solidarity with international resistance, to defeat its global "new world order" agenda .
Katrina and its brutal aftermath was engineered to serve the capitalist agenda in two interrelated ways: by uprooting, dispersing and destroying the Black Nation, while simultaneously inflaming always dependable american racism and support for the consolidation of fascist state capitalism -- under the pretext of "rescue, relief and recovery” from a "major casualty-producing event" called a “natural disaster.” [...] full article at http://lizburbankdigest.blogspot.com/2006/03/racist-genocide-in-new-orle...
Eugenics and Nazis -- the U.S. Connection
November 9, 2003
. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/09/ING9C2QSKB1.DTL This article appeared on page D -1 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Barack Obama and the “End” of Racism
... We stay silent as a rule, in the white world. Barack Obama is the living symbol of our silence. He is our silence writ large. With respect to Black interests, Obama would be a silenced Black ruler: A muzzled Black emperor. A Black man at the head of the White Amerikkkan State – one who’s unwilling to speak truth to power, but more than willing, like a Condi Rice or a Colin Powell, to become that power and to launch wars of aggression against other people of color...
Obama doesn’t represent peace – he represents an expansion of war and the power of Empire. He’s even more extreme on this than Bush himself, except in his public rhetoric. He doesn’t represent the real and legitimate needs, desires and hopes of Black people - he refuses to speak openly of the most fundamental issues affecting Black people. He doesn’t represent the “end of racism,” but the perpetuation of oppression in a new guise...
Obama plays the role of a Black Cinderella. He does for Black folks what Cinderella does for girls. He shows that oppression and silence can be good for you – at least if you are the one the prince chooses, or if you are the one who gets to be the prince. It’s total fantasy. It’s a glass slipper that will break at the arch and be turned on us like a broken beer bottle or a jagged-edged knife; the same knife Obama has threatened to turn on the people of Iran and Pakistan...
The functioning of this new dynamic of racism is plain to see in Obama’s attitude toward the newest persecuted “Other” in U.S. society – Brown migrants. On one hand, in one of his most impressive moments, he very rightly called attacks on migrants “scapegoating” (although he failed to critique NAFTA or US Imperialism at any level.)...Even more telling is Obama’s refusal to recognize the right of Palestinians to return to the land stolen from them by Israel during the Nakba of 1948– the disaster of the birth of the Israeli regime. Obama supports and promotes the character of Israel as an exclusively Jewish state – in other words, as an Apartheid state, a Jim Crow state that not only keeps Palestinians separate, but which uses its military might to bomb them at will...
He knows how to make white Amerikkka feel good about the status quo, here and abroad.
Attaining authentic freedom requires, as its barest starting point, the naming of what keeps us subjugated. What keeps us subjugated is the very system Obama wants to rule. The system, even with Barack Obama as its first Black emperor, is not our hope. It’s our enemy, the enemy of the world, and, because this system is rapidly undermining the ability of the planet to foster and sustain life, it is the enemy of all Life on Earth....the lack of such awareness is exactly what Barack Obama depends on if he is to remain a symbol of the impossible dream that the system can be something other than what it is. full article at http://the-fourth-world.blogspot.com/2008/02/barack-obama-and-end-of-rac...
“...the civilized nations have driven themselves into the position of barbarians..."
“Monopoly, oligarchy, the striving for domination and not for freedom, the exploitation of an increasing number of small and weak nations by a handful of the richest or most powerful nations – all these have given rise to those distinctive characteristics of imperialism which compel us to define it as parasitic or decaying capitalism. … It would be a mistake to believe that this tendency to decay precludes the rapid growth of capitalism. It does not. In the epoch of imperialism, certain branches of industry, certain strata of bourgeoisie and certain countries betray… now one and now another of these tendencies. On the whole, capitalism is growing far more rapidly than before: but this growth is not only becoming more and more uneven in general, its unevenness also manifests itself, in particular, in the decay of the countries which are richest in capital..The export of capital, one of the most essential economic bases of imperialism, still more completely isolates the coupon-clipping
rentiers from production and sets the seal of parasitism on the whole country that lives by exploiting the labour of overseas countries and colonies...."
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, VI Lenin, 1916
"Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
Henry Kissinger, National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974
Henry Kissinger's 1974 National Security Memorandum 200 document: Depopulation, as stated in the document, should be pursued ..."Wherever a lessening of population pressures... can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resource supplies and to the economic interests of the United States."...
us eugenics still operative, in drag
Billionaires in bid bid to curb overpopulation
John Harlow, Los Angeles
2009-05-24, Times of London
America's richest people meet to discuss ways of tackling a 'disastrous' environmental, social and industrial threat
Some of America’s leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population. Described as the Good Club by one insider, it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey. They gathered at the home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Nobel prize biochemist and president of the private Rockefeller University, in Manhattan on May 5. The informal afternoon session was so discreet that some of the billionaires’ aides were told they were at “security briefings”. Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, said the summit was unprecedented. “We only learnt about it afterwards, by accident. Normally these people are happy to talk good causes, but this is different – maybe because they don’t want to be seen as a global cabal,” he said. Some details were emerging this weekend, however. Taking their cue from Gates they agreed that overpopulation was a priority. [A] guest said there was “nothing as crude as a vote” but a consensus emerged that they would back a strategy in which population growth would be tackled as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat. “This is something so nightmarish that everyone in this group agreed it needs big-brain answers,” said the guest. “They need to be independent of government agencies, which are unable to head off the disaster we all see looming.” Why all the secrecy? “They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government,” he said.
Note: A private meeting of billionaires to "solve" the world's "overpopulation" problem: ABC article [note: no explicit mention of 'overpopulation'] "Meeting of America's Richest About 'Need... " http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=7628545 Patricia Stonesifer, senior advisor to the Gates foundation's trustees, Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, told ABCNews.com. "This was a group very committed to philanthropy coming together to see how they can join together to do more" [note: for u.s. capitalist global domination] Gates and Buffett were joined by billionaire moguls... along with heavyweight philanthropists George Soros
Eugenics: made-in-usa, today billed as 'humanitarian aid'
Eugenics and the Nazis -- California connection
November 9, 2003
Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a so-called Master Race. But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little-known, role in the American eugenics movement's campaign for ethnic cleansing.... The superior species the eugenics movement... craved blond, blue-eyed Nordic types. This group alone, they believed, was fit to inherit the Earth. In the process, the movement intended to subtract emancipated Negroes, immigrant Asian laborers, Indians, Hispanics, East Europeans, Jews, dark- haired hill folk, poor people, the infirm and anyone classified outside the gentrified genetic lines drawn up by American raceologists... By identifying so-called defective family trees and subjecting them to lifelong segregation and sterilization programs to kill their bloodlines. The grand plan was to literally wipe away the reproductive capability of those deemed weak and inferior -- the so-called unfit. The eugenicists hoped to neutralize the viability of 10 percent of the population at a sweep, until none were left except themselves. California led the nation, performing nearly all sterilization procedures with little or no due process. In its first 25 years of eugenics legislation, California sterilized 9,782 individuals, mostly women. Many were classified as "bad girls," diagnosed as "passionate," "oversexed" or "sexually wayward." At the Sonoma State Home, some women were sterilized because of what was deemed an abnormally large clitoris or labia.... During the 20th century's first decades, California's eugenicists included potent but little-known race scientists, such as Army venereal disease specialist Dr. Paul Popenoe, citrus magnate Paul Gosney, Sacramento banker Charles Goethe, as well as members of the California state Board of Charities and Corrections and the University of California Board of Regents.
Eugenics would have been so much bizarre parlor talk had it not been for extensive financing by corporate philanthropies, specifically the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune. They were all in league with some of America's most respected scientists from such prestigious universities as Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics' racist aims. Stanford President David Starr Jordan originated the notion of "race and blood" in his 1902 racial epistle "Blood of a Nation," in which the university scholar declared that human qualities and conditions such as talent and poverty were passed through the blood.
In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics advocates agitated in the legislatures of America, as well as the nation's social service agencies and associations....The Harriman railroad fortune paid local charities, such as the New York Bureau of Industries and Immigration, to seek out immigrants in New York and other cities and subject them to deportation, confinement or forced sterilization...The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.... By 1926, Rockefeller had donated some $410,000 -- almost $4 million in today's money -- to hundreds of German researchers. In May 1926, Rockefeller awarded $250,000 toward creation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry. Among the leading psychiatrists at the German Psychiatric Institute was Ernst Rüdin, who became director and eventually an architect of Hitler's systematic medical repression.... In 1952, John D. Rockefeller the 3rd, the oldest son of Rockefeller Jr., founded the Population Council. The organizations stated goal is to seek "...better understanding of problems relating to population."  The first president of the Council was Frederick Henry Osborn, who was appointed by John D. Rockefeller himself. Osborn was a prominent eugenicist who helped found the American Eugenics Society, now called The Society for the Study of Social Biology. Osborn headed the AES from 1946-1952, when he began to place greater emphasis on population control, signaling the shift of post WWII eugenicists.  Osborn wrote in his 1968 book The Future of Human Heredity that "Eugenic goals are most likely to be attained under another name than eugenics." [NB: including genetics, overcrowding/hunger, population measures, development, etc.]
Hitler studied American eugenics laws... In "Mein Kampf," published in 1924, Hitler quoted American eugenic ideology and displayed a thorough knowledge of American eugenics. "There is today one state," wrote Hitler, "in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception (of immigration) are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but the United States."...
In its infamous 1927 decision, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind . . . Three generations of imbeciles are enough." This decision opened the floodgates for thousands to be coercively sterilized or otherwise persecuted as subhuman. Years later, the Nazis at the Nuremberg trials quoted Holmes' words in their own defense....
During the Reich's early years, eugenicists across America welcomed Hitler's plans as the logical fulfillment of their own decades of research and effort. California eugenicists republished Nazi propaganda for American consumption. They also arranged for Nazi scientific exhibits, such as an August 1934 display at the L.A. County Museum, for the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/09/ING9C2QSKB1.DTL
"Among hundreds of Rockefeller funded institutes and projects in the US, England and Germany that have been involved in promoting eugenics, was the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, eugenics and Human Heredity in Berlin. The head of that institute, Dr. Otmar Verschuer, was Josef Mengele's patron, teacher and co-researcher. Another Rockefeller sponsored doctor and researcher, Dr. Franz Kallmann, helped save Verschuer after WWII by testifying favorably about his value to science during the US government denazification hearings. Dr. Kallmann later created the American Society of Human Genetics, which organized the "Human Genome Project".
The Human Genome Project and Eugenics
The Human Genome Project may now open the door to the development and use of genetic weapons targeted at specific ethnic groups. This project is currently being conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Energy Department, which also oversees America’s nuclear weapon arsenal. In October 1997, Dr. Wayne Nathanson, chief of the Science and Ethics Department of the Medical Society of the United Kingdom, warned the annual meeting of the Society that “gene therapy” might possibly be turned into “gene weapons” which could potentially be used to target particular genes possessed by certain groups of people. These weapons, Nathanson warned, could be delivered not only in the forms already seen in warfare such as gas and aerosol, but could also be added to water supplies, causing not only death but sterility and birth defects in targeted groups. The November 1970 issue of the Military Review published an article entitled “Ethnic Weapons” for command-level military personnel. The author of the article was Dr. Carl Larson, head of the Department of Human Genetics at the Institute of Genetics in Lund, Sweden. Dr Larson wrote of how genetic variations in races are concurrent with differences in tolerances for various substances. For instance, large segments of Southeast Asian populations display a lactose intolerance due to the absence of the enzyme lactase in the digestive system. A biological weapon could conceivably take advantage of this genetic variance and incapacitate or kill an entire population....
On November 15, 1998, the London Times reported that Israel claimed to have successfully developed a genetically specific “ethnic bullet” that targets Arabs. When an Israeli government spokesman was asked to confirm the existence of ethnic weapons, he did not deny that they had them, but rather said, “we have a basket full of serious surprises that we will not hesitate to use if we feel that the state of Israel is under serious threat.”... Daily Telegraph (London) 7/7/00, Agence France Presse 1/21/99, The Gazette (Montreal) A-4, Baltimore Sun 1/22/99 A-18, The Salt Lake City Tribune 1/27/99 A-13, The Times Union (Albany) 2/2/99 D-2,
“Although it is easy to conceive of the Human Genome Project and genetic engineering as an entirely new epoch in scientific history, this is not our first-scale involvement with human genetics. Our current rush into the “gene age” has striking parallels to the eugenics movement of the early decades of the 20th century. Eugenicists sought an exclusively genetic explanation of human development, neglecting the important contribution of the environment. Their flawed data were the basis for social legislation to separate racial and ethnic groups, restrict immigration from southern and eastern Europe, and sterilize people considered “genetically unfit.” Elements of the American eugenics movement were models for the Nazis, whose radical adaptation of eugenics culminated in the Holocaust.”
Human Genome Project Opens Door to Ethnically Specific Weapons ...
Washington Free Press, Jan./ Feb. 2000, by Roy Blake
Pentagon / DARPA Tests Ethnically-Targeted Crowd Control Weapons
.A study on this kind of ethnic weapon was commissioned by US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and conducted by the Battelle Institute ...
The November 1970 issue of the Military Review published an article entitled “Ethnic Weapons” for command-level military personnel. The author of the article was Dr. Carl Larson, head of the Department of Human Genetics at the Institute of Genetics in Lund, Sweden. Dr Larson wrote of how genetic variations in races are concurrent with differences in tolerances for various substances. For instance, large segments of Southeast Asian populations display a lactose intolerance due to the absence of the enzyme lactase in the digestive system. A biological weapon could conceivably take advantage of this genetic variance and incapacitate or kill an entire population. http://www.sunshine-project.org/publications/pr/pdf/pr190202.pdf
zionism is fascism, judaism is religion
"Our Race is the Master Race. We are divine Gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."
Menachem Begin -- Israeli Prime Minister 1977-1983
Israel planning ’ethnic’ bomb as Saddam caves in
The London Times http://www.thetimes.co.uk/section/0,,158,00.html
November 15 1998
ISRAEL is working on a biological weapon that would harm Arabs but not Jews, according to Israeli military and western intelligence sources. The weapon, targeting victims by ethnic origin, is seen as Israel’s response to Iraq’s threat of chemical and biological attacks. A scientist there said the task was hugely complicated because both Arabs and Jews are of Semitic origin. But he added: "They have, however, succeeded in pinpointing a particular characteristic in the genetic profile of certain Arab communities, particularly the Iraqi people."
In developing their "ethno-bomb", Israeli scientists are trying to exploit medical advances by identifying distinctive genes carried by some Arabs, then create a genetically modified bacterium or virus. The intention is to use the ability of viruses and certain bacteria to alter the DNA inside their host’s living cells. The scientists are trying to engineer deadly micro-organisms that attack only those bearing the distinctive genes. The programme is based at the biological institute in Nes Tziyona, the main research facility for Israel’s clandestine arsenal of chemical and biological weapons.
BRAZIL LAUNCHES INQUIRY INTO U.S. POPULATION ACTIVITIES
The charge: millions sterilised to meet U.S. political objectives
"According to some reports, as many as 90 percent of all Brazilian women of African descent have been sterilised. If true, this would nearly eliminate future generations of black people in Latin America's largest nation. Brazil's black population is reported to be second in size only to Nigeria's. At least half of Brazil's 154 million people are believed to be of African ancestry."
A U.S.-sponsored program that resulted in the sterilisation of nearly half of Brazil's women has prompted a formal congressional inquiry, sponsored by more than 165 legislators from every political party that is represented in the Brazilian legislature. The investigation was initiated after information about a secret U.S. National Security Council memorandum on American population control objectives in developing countries was published in the Jornal d Brasilia, Hova do Povo (Rio de Janeiro), Jornal do Brasil, and other major newspapers in early May. That U.S. foreign policy document, officially known as National Security Study Memorandum 200 or NSSM 200, detailed a plan to target thirteen large de- veloping nations with intensive efforts to promote population "policies'' that would allow the U.S. to run massiv birth control and sterilisation projects in those countries.
Brazil, the study said, was placed on the list of thirteen target nations because it "clearly dominates the continent [South America] demographically,'' and its population was projected to equal that of the United States by the turn of the century. This, said the report which was jointly prepared for the National Security Council (NSC) in 1974 by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Departments of State and Defence (DOD), and the Agency for International Development (USAID), suggests "a growing power status for Brazil in Latin America and on the world scene over the next 25 years.''
The NSC report listed twelve other nations whose growth could give them increased political influence, and which were also to be targeted under the international population program. Those are: Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico and Colombia.
The geo-strategic expansion of the American empire is an accepted fact of contemporary history. I have been writing in these columns about the impact of the US occupation on the people of Iraq in the wake of the "hard" colonization via F-16s, tanks, 2,000-pound bombs, white phosphorous and cluster bombs. Here I offer a brief glimpse into the less obvious but far more insidious phenomenon of "soft" colonization...
Unlike earlier times, modern-day invasions are invariably camouflaged by a façade of elaborate deceit that claims altruistic intent as the motive of assault. In this new scheme of things, resistance is deemed as insurgency and dissent is unpatriotic. Those that are invaded do not have the luxury to decide between being beggar and slave. Culture would be the last thing on their minds as they struggle to stay alive. Yet it is the loss of their culture that ultimately causes the disintegration of these societies to the absolute advantage of their victors.
It is said that history is written by the victor. What is not said is that destroying the enemy is only half the purpose of a victor. The other half is the subjugation and drastic alteration of the self-perception of the enemy, so as to gain unquestioned control over every aspect of the subjugated state, its populace and its resources, so that having won victory it can get on with the "much bigger business of plunder," according to Franz Fanon, philosopher, psychiatrist, author and a pre-eminent thinker of the twentieth century...
With the destruction of infrastructure, education, health and livelihood sources are destroyed... rehabilitation and restoration come packaged in alien systems of knowledge (read-USAID), that, too, is accepted in the absence of what existed earlier. Literature, art and architecture meet with more systemic demolition.
At one level we have the Human Terrain System (HTS) I have written about previously wherein social scientists are embedded with combat units, ostensibly to help the occupiers better understand the cultures they are occupying. The veiled intent is to exploit existing schisms and fault-lines in these societies to the occupier’s own advantage through the policy of divide and conquer. At another unquestioned level, the "democratization" and "modernization" of a "barbaric" society goes on... the US sets up a range of state-funded programs, ostensibly to empower the women and youth of the target society, in the ways of democracy and modern civilization. Whether or not that suspect goal is accomplished, the badgered collective consciousness of the invaded people, traumatized by loss and conflict, does begin to submit to the "norms" of behavior prescribed by the victor... [see previous digests for exposure and analysis of U.S.A.I.D /NGO "strategic non-violence under the guise of human rights, democracy, civil society and development]
"A national culture under colonial domination is a contested culture whose destruction is sought in systematic fashion."
Describing the psychopathology of colonization he said, "Every effort is made to bring the colonized person to admit the inferiority of his culture which has been transformed into instinctive patterns of behavior, to recognize the unreality of his 'nation’, and, in the last extreme, the confused and imperfect character of his own biological structure."...
At times we witness blatant violations as in the distribution of backpacks with US flags to Iraqi children... Iraqi girls carrying Barbie backpacks in the Sadr City area of Baghdad...a more repulsive example is the Skin White Serum. One of many companies engaged in selling skin-bleaching cream is Skin White Research Labs. They proudly sell Skin White Serum in "over 30 countries." There are countless other companies involved in this market, sellina similar products, like Skin White Bleaching Cream and Xtreme White.... the extent of devastation caused by the invasion and occupation of Iraq goes beyond loss of life, livelihood and property. The historical and cultural roots of the nation have been destroyed.
blowing u.s. sponsored 'humanitarian' spies/propaganda agents
South Koreans criticize released U.S. journalists
By CHOE SANG-HUN
The New York Times
SEOUL, South Korea — Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two U.S. journalists released after nearly five months in North Korean custody, have been widely portrayed at home as victims of unduly harsh punishment by a repressive government for doing their job.But in South Korea, human-rights advocates, bloggers and Christian pastors are accusing them of needlessly endangering the people they tried to cover: North Korean refugees and the activists who help them.The accusations stem from a central fear repeated in newspapers and blogs in South Korea: that the notes and videotapes the journalists gathered in China before their ill-fated venture to the border fell into the hands of the authorities, potentially compromising the identities of refugees and activists dedicated to spiriting people out of the North. The Rev. Lee Chan-woo, a South Korean pastor, said police raided his home in China on March 19, four days after the journalists visited and filmed a secret site where he looked after children of North Korean refugee women..."The Chinese cited scenes from films confiscated from the journalists when they interrogated me," said Lee Chan-woo... he provided documents he said Chinese police gave him after the raid of the Durihana Mission that Lee works with.... I wonder how they could be so careless in handling their tapes and notebooks."... In South Korea, where the dangers of the China-North Korea border zone are well-known, the U.S. journalists' venture has been criticized by many as foolhardy.
Ling and Lee were arrested by North Korean soldiers March 17, while their cameraman, Mitch Koss, and their guide were reported to have been detained by the Chinese authorities after fleeing. Many elements of Laura Ling and Euna Lee's reporting trip remain shrouded in mystery. Neither their employer, Current TV, nor the journalists have revealed details of their work.
Brent Marcus, a spokesman for Current TV, said, "We're concerned about the situation that has evolved with Lee Chan-woo and the Durihana Mission." E-mails to Lee and a representative who has been handling public relations for the reporters' families were not answered.
According to the Durihana mission, the Current TV crew met with Chun, the chief pastor, in Seoul on March 13, asking for help covering the plight of North Korean refugees in China. Chun said he put them in touch with Lee Chan-woo and a Korean guide in China. On March 15, the crew met Lee Chan-woo in Yanji, a Chinese town near the northeastern border with North Korea, Chun said, but seeming lapses in security bothered him. For one, he said, they called his home telephone in Yanji.
The activists, missionaries and smugglers who help shuttle people out of North Korea have moved about 20,000 North Korean refugees through China, mostly to South Korea. Lee said he first asked the journalists not to film the children. When they assured him that they would obscure parts of the footage, like faces, Lee said he relaxed a bit. But he said he did not know until later that the crew asked children to face the camera and speak to their mothers, whom they had not seen for a long time. The cameraman, Koss, declined to answer specific questions about the trip until Ling and Lee had spoken.
President Obama ‘snooping’ row over US car scrappage scheme
August 7, 2009, Times of London
President Obama’s effort to revive the American car industry with a “cash-for-clunkers” scheme has become embroiled in a row over government snooping. The problems arose after the Department of Transportation claimed that when dealers logged on to the clunkers website their computers — and everything on them — become the property of the US Government. “This application provides access to the Department of Transportation (DoT) CARS system,” the warning message read. “When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the United States Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorised CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorised officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign."
U.S. tests system to break foreign Web censorship
The U.S. government is covertly testing technology in China and Iran that lets residents break through screens set up by their governments to limit access to news on the Internet. The "feed over email" (FOE) system delivers news, podcasts and data via technology that evades web-screening protocols of restrictive regimes, said Ken Berman, head of IT at the U.S. government's Broadcasting Board of Governors, which is testing the system. www.legitgov.org
TECH-BASED ON SCRAPPING ARCHITECTURE FOR 'INTERNET 2 SECURE TRUSTED' COMPUTING STARRING MICROSOFT ET AL
Cyberspace wars: Pentagon plans new strategy for computer battles
By David Sanger and Thom Shanker, NYT, in Washington
The Pentagon plans to create a new US military command for cyberspace, stepping up preparations by the American armed forces to conduct offensive and defensive computer warfare. The military command will complement a civilian effort announced by US president Obama yesterday, which will overhaul the way the United States safeguards its computer networks. http://news.scotsman.com/world/Cyberspace-wars-Pentagon-plans-.5318265.j...
Obama Cybersecurity Report Addresses Critical Infrastructure and Privacy Issues
A cybersecurity report published by the White House on Friday provides a list of wide-ranging guidelines advising President Barack Obama on how the government should proceed in its national plan to secure cyberspace. It touches on everything from establishing communication networks for emergency response teams to the role government should play in the protection of critical infrastructure networks and whether or not entities that experience a breach should have to notify governments and law enforcement agencies. Privacy and civil liberties concerns receive a repeated nod, with privacy being mentioned in the report more than five dozen times.
The 76-page report (.pdf) was released in conjunction with a White House announcement that the president will be creating a new cybersecurity office and czar, as well as a privacy and civil liberties official to oversee the government’s cybersecrity plans....
The government — in collaboration with industry and privacy advocates — should build a digital identity management strategy for the country. “The Federal government must interact with citizens through myriad information, services, and benefit programs,” the report says, “and thus has an interest in the protection of the public’s private information as well. Increased use of on-line transactions involving financial, health, and commerce require a basis for building trust between the parties to a transaction.”
The Dangers of Digital Imprimatur
How big brother and big media can put the Internet genie back in the bottle.
by John Walker, Revision 4 — November 4th, 2003
USAF personnel monitoring PR blowback
Air Force used Twitter to track NY flyover fallout 10 Aug 2009 As the Pentagon warns of the security risks posed by social networking sites, newly released government documents show the military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage of high-profile events. The Air Force tracked the instant messaging service Twitter, video carrier YouTube and various blogs to assess the huge public backlash to the Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty this spring, according to the documents... According to the Air Force One documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, a unit called the Combat Information Cell at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida monitored the public fallout from the April 27 flight and offered recommendations for dealing with the fast-breaking story. Formed two years ago, the cell is made up of as many as nine people who analyze piles of data culled from the Internet and other sources to determine whether the Air Force's message is being heard. www.legitgov.org