Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hunger for the Truth

Dear readers: Phoenix activist Blair Gadsby began the first ever hunger strike for 9/11 Truth this Memorial Day "in an effort to focus national attention on the 9/11 truth issue by going directly to a power center of the 2008 Presidential Campaign."

Currently Gadsby is in front of the Phoenix office (5353 N. 16th St.) of Senator John McCain, and will fast until McCain agrees to give him and the Phoenix 9/11 Truth group two hours of time: one hour for presentation of evidence and facts followed by one hour of debate between leading investigators and scientists on both sides of the issue. Gadsby stated, "I believe Mr. McCain is a man of deep integrity. He has stood up to corporate influence in campaigns and to the very powerful Military Industrial Complex in the past, and he has a record of being a maverick. That's why I've chosen to offer him this opportunity to face the issues head-on publicly. He may be one of the very, very few who have the integrity and stature to keep the military loyal and find the broad-based political support to bring about a change in our great country."

Even though I think it is incredibly naive of Mr. Gadsby to think that McCain is unaware of what really happened on 9/11 and is a ...cough... man of "deep integrity", I think we should give our support for someone who is willing to put his life on the line for the truth. Other 9/11 Truth groups across the country are organizing events in solidarity with Gadsby's hunger strike, including groups in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Mexico. Phoenix activists are urged to come out and support Blair and demand press coverage (

Below is a message from AZ state senator Karen S. Johnson about this event. Please give this courageous senator a call and let her know how much you appreciate her support on this issue.

Hi Everyone –

I wanted to give everyone a quick update on Blair. A couple of the 9/11Truth activists spent many hours with Blair yesterday outside Senator McCain’s office.

Here’s what one of them reported:

“We had a good day today. I spent almost the entire day with Blair and he's doing OK. He is not drinking enough water and I hounded him all day long to drink up. He was also somewhat weak after the downtown rally. Tomorrow will be a key day for him. Keep him in your prayers.”

I imagine water might get pretty boring when that’s all you’re ingesting. Or maybe you lose your appetite for everything when you’re on an extended fast…? Everyone do please keep Blair in your prayers. He’s on Day 3 without food now, and needs all the support he can get.

When this was originally planned, Blair intended to stay at the site 24x7. But several of the activists raised concerns about his safety. Although Senator McCain’s office is in a relatively safe neighborhood, Central Phoenix is nevertheless not necessarily a place to be out on the streets at night. When it became apparent that there weren’t going to be enough people to do overnights with Blair, it was decided that he would leave the site at 10:30 p.m. and come back around 7 to 7:30 each morning. That way he can at least shower and sleep in a bed each night in a safe place.

The temperature today is expected to reach 97 degrees. 98 for tomorrow (Thursday) and 101 on Friday. As the heat climbs, water is going to be more and more important. If any of you who live in the Phoenix area canget over to see Blair, be sure to encourage him to keep drinking. Take bottled water with you to keep him well supplied (no fruit drinks – he won’t drink them – he’s very determined!). Sit with him for a few hours if you can work it into your schedule. He’ll appreciate the company. He has lots of books and reading material, but visitors will be a welcome break. If you can email us updates, we’ll pass them on to the entire list.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

***Senator Karen S. Johnson*

Arizona Senate
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Above: 50 people joined Blair on the street in front of John McCain's Phoenix office on day 1 of the hunger strike. The main stream media didn't bother to show up. is doing a day-by-day report on Gadsby's progress and provides links and phone numbers to the mainstream media. Please call and demand that they cover his hunger strike and ask them to address the issues that Gadsby is bringing up.

Our hearts go out to you Blair.

Monday, May 26, 2008

In Lockstep with Fascism

Some may think fascism is too extreme a word to describe our current government. But what is fascism and where are we today? Most people are followers and want something to believe in. We are prone to believe in our government, even when there is something obviously wrong. And who could support fascism? But are we really living in a fascist country?

by Hari Heath

Fascism became a mass movement between World Wars One and Two. Primarily a European movement, it also had some influence in Japan, Argentina and Brazil. The common theme was an emphasis on a nation-state or race as the central regulator of the people's life and the undisputable authority of a leader, behind whom the people were expected to unite. Most fascist movements originated from socialist philosophies.

The Italian word fascio is derived from the Latin fasces, a bundle of rods with an axe in it. It symbolized the power of the many united and obeying one will; the authority of a state which provides all law, order and national life.

Fascism is directly opposed to our original American philosophy and its emphasis on individual liberty, unalienable rights and the equality of all members of a society. Fascism extols the supreme sovereignty of the nation and the people's submission to the mandates of the state. The Italian fascists' slogan was “to believe, to obey, to combat.”

Fascism is a political method of gaining and retaining power by violence and the suppression of all opposition. It exalts an attitude that promotes the fighting spirit, military discipline, ruthlessness, the prevalence of the strong over the weak and the immediate, blind obedience to the dictates of an authoritative leader.

Fascism and the Fasci

The word fascism was first used by Benito Mussolini in 1919. But its origins reach to the Fasci Siciliani of several decades earlier. The Fasci Siciliani were primitive trade unions of Sicilian workers and peasants in the early 1890's who worked for better labor contracts and to protect villager's lands. The Fasci were founded on socialist ideologies, but their lure was mostly practical. They obtained the allegiance of the people by challenging the low wages of the working class and the dominance of agriculture by large estates.

The upper classes in Sicily felt their monopoly of power was threatened by the strikes organized by the Fasci. In 1893, some peasants in Caltavuturo were killed when they occupied land they claimed was theirs. Retaliating, some public buildings were attacked and burned by the Fasci. The upper class and the police responded with more force to suppress the fasci movement.

In 1894 martial law was declared and Prime Minister Francesco Crispi sent troops to Sicily who arrested many of the Fasci leaders. Crispi used the public's fear of social revolution to strike at all “subversive” organizations.

Ironically, the Fasci, whose name became the root word for fascism, were the people who opposed Prime Minister Crispi and the ruling elite that behaved as fascists.

Two pillars of fascism

Mussolini brought fascism to Italy with a sweeping, violent revolution. He reigned for twenty years, imposing his brand of socialism with his “black shirts.” He invaded Abyssinia and Albania to expand the Italian empire, but he was unable to develop a military force that could compete in the early World War II era. His regime was more chaotic than his German counterparts. Without a clear focus on his goals and a regime capable of employing them, he floundered.

Hitler was another matter. Well organized, the Nazi party destroyed their enemies and rose to power. With a totalitarian police state, Hitler became the embodiment of fascism. Enforced by his security police, the SS, all educational, artistic and media institutions came under his regime's control. The Hitler Youth Movement indoctrinated the young. The Nazis sponsored a German Christian Movement and suppressed other churches. The Jews fared much worse. They lost their civil rights and much of their property was confiscated. First they were sent to ghettos and then to the camps.

Hitler's era was the pinnacle of classic fascism. He was the standard of that dark achievement. The brutality of his regime is forever etched in history.

Early fascism

The essential nature of what has become known as fascism has been around since the early civilizations. Human political structures usually revolve around some form of charismatic leader and a governing force which compels allegiance from the population, usually with force. Individual liberty and self-government are very new concepts in the timeline of human history. Fascism, as a word, is less than a century old, but the concept is timeless.

Human nature?

It appears to be human nature for certain members of humanity to engage in the creation of fascist regimes. Like other organized crimes, the benefits of fascism can be enormous for its perpetrators. And it also appears to be part of human nature to tolerate, even revere fascists. French political philosopher Frederic Bastiat summed it up best: “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it”.

Fascism defined

Black's Law Dictionary, 4th Edition describes a fascist as: “A totalitarian; a believer in the corporate state; one opposed to the exercise of democratic methods or of civil liberties; high handed; embodying principles of syndicalism.” The American Heritage Dictionary describes fascism as: “A philosophy or system of government that advocates or exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with an ideology of belligerent nationalism.” A more modern politically correct definition is: “...any nationalist and authoritarian movement...any system of extreme right-wing or authoritarian views.”

Fascists and communists

Some fascists, like Mussolini, were anti-communist. This may appear to be the case when gleaned from their political rhetoric, but objective observation gives a different picture. Nearly all, if not all, communistic regimes are founded on the fascist tactics of violent revolution; suppression of opposition; rule by an iron hand and central control by the state. Communism is often founded by a charismatic leader.

Fascists similarly use communistic methods to implement and maintain their regimes. The operation of a nation-state which exercises complete control over the lives of the citizen; compelled submission of the citizen to the state; and a dominant single political party are trademarks of fascists and communists alike.

Communism and socialism

Communism and socialism is best measured with a thermometer. They differ only by degrees. Communists are blatant about their methods of domination and control. A single party regime has complete control over all property and the lives of its people. Individual liberty is a foreign concept to communism. The infrastructures of daily life are under the control of the state.

Socialism achieves the same goal but lets you think you are in charge and have control of “your” property. The principle behind the First Plank of the Communist Manifesto is the abolition of all private property and its conversion to a system of rents to fund government purposes.

You may be led to believe you can own property in the socialistic U.S., but who will own your property if you stop paying property taxes -- that “rent” on “your” property? Ultimately, who has control? This communist principle is achieved by the lesser degrees of socialism. Under straight communism, whatever property you get is allotted for your use but the state owns it.

Under our socialist state, you are allowed the illusion of “owning” property. But you must pay for the right to this illusion by purchasing the property. If you still think you don't live under the thumb of socialism, try completing a real estate transaction without state issued identification and a Social Security Number.

So-called health care is another subject where it is only a matter of degrees between the two “isms.” Under communism, the state operates and funds the medical establishment as a state owned infrastructure. The citizen gets whatever healthcare the state chooses to provide.

Under socialism, funding is extorted through taxes and employer contributions. Some socialistic health care systems have the appearance of being private, but government controls them at many levels. This operates “typically through the merging of state and business leadership.” Agency regulations, healthcare provider licensing, HMOs, government mandated programs like Medicare, and the powerful pharma-cartel all “merge” to control your health options, usually for the benefit of those who profit most from disease. Under socialism, the citizen gets whatever health care the corporate state allows.

Whether provided by a communist state or imposed by socialism as a mandatory contribution to a state regulated enterprise, the end result is the same. There are only degrees of difference.

The corporate state

A fascist has been described as “a believer in the corporate state,” and fascism as “...a system of government that [operates]...typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with an ideology of belligerent nationalism.” Doesn't that describe U.S. citizens and their government?

Corporations and financial interests have essentially purchased our elected officials and put them into power by manipulating the election process. Congress and the executive/administrative branch of government, more often than not, serve the corporate interests that employ them. And the courts put the final nail into the coffin of our formerly free republic.

Positions within the agencies of government are routinely filled by former employees of the corporations they now regulate. This cozy corporate/state relationship is a handy way for dominant corporations to eliminate their competition -- a tactic of fascism.

And when U. S. citizens, those “believers in the corporate state,” need more resources, our government drums up some excuse to send our boys off hither in another act “of belligerent nationalism.” Are we fascists yet?

Capitalism vs. communism

In spite of proclaimed differences, fascism, communism and socialism are just different variations on a theme. But what about our beloved system of free enterprise and capitalism? Consider the following:

Communists use capitalist methods to accomplish their communist objectives, while capitalists use communist methods to accomplish their capitalist objectives.

What nation is creating a massive expansion of capital and rapidly increasing their commercial infrastructure? Communist China. How? By mass merchandising around the world, beating their competition, capturing the market share, and reinvesting in their infrastructure. Isn't that capitalism?

And what nations have fully implemented all ten planks of the Communist Manifesto and operate massive socialist administrations, which are only degrees away from communism? The U.S., Britain, and most of the other G8 “capitalist” nations (see IO, Feb. 1999 article).

Ultimately, what are all these “isms” about? Power. And more of it, any way the perpetrators of a particular “ism” can get it.

Unfettering the Federalists

There are many points in the timeline of American history that we could consider as the emergence of U.S. fascism. But the so-called “Civil War” era began a quantum leap to unfettered power. Although “the Civil War was fought over slavery” is the programming installed at the public indoctrination centers we attended during childhood, the real story behind that conflict suggests other causes.

The northern states wanted to impose taxes on imported agricultural equipment which was used in the primarily agrarian south. The southern states preferred to buy European equipment that was less expensive than the equipment manufactured in the industrial north.

The contest reached a constitutional crisis when the southern states walked out of Congress and began a secession from the union because the northern states wanted to exercise powers in excess of the Constitution's authority.

President Lincoln began to unshackle the federalists from the chains of the Constitution by issuing Executive Orders. This included ordering a draft to fill the ranks of the Union army and calling a Union-only Congress into session. The draft was not popular, nor was his war.

The fascist Lincoln suppressed the protests of the draft in the north by meeting protesters with federal troops. A thousand New Yorkers were killed or wounded when protesting the draft for “Lincoln's War.”

The southern “Rebels” attempted to stop the northern “Union” from rebelling against the Constitution, but the federal fascists prevailed in America's bloodiest conflict and began the “Reconstruction Era.” The federalists now had their chance to usher in unfettered federalism. With the money powers of the north and the Industrial Revolution in full swing, private and public interests merged.

After reconstruction, the corporate state was further enriched by the land and resources acquired by westward expansion and the “belligerent nationalism” imposed on the west's native peoples.

The federal fascist dictatorship

The basic forms of constitutional government are used only for show purposes. We are not actually governed by anything constitutional. Congress exceeds its constitutional powers with great abandon. The President operates an executive regime that declares war and issues its own orders. The courts no longer interpret laws in the light of the Constitution. They legislate with elaborate doctrines, in defiance of plain English and our fundamental Rights.

And the real power lies in the shadows. FEMA, the CIA, the Department of Justice, an unaccountable federal judiciary and countless agencies wield the fascists sword, or in the case of the fasces, an ax.

In true fascist fashion, swarms of federal agencies have been sent hither “with an ideology of belligerent nationalism” to control opposition and bring everyone into the fold of the corporate state.

Just as socialism isn't exactly communism, a single dictator doesn't lead our federal fascists. Keeping the outer appearance of constitutional form, a multi-headed fascist, administrative dictatorship has assumed the awesome power to regulate our national lives.

Never mind the Constitution's mandate that “all legislative power shall be vested in the Congress.” What has Congress become? A worse than useless debating society with a bottomless retirement fund? The Republican vs. Democrat theater maintains the illusion of a functional two party political system. What substantive differences do they offer?

Democrats and Republicans are the ruse by which the American people are fooled into believing they are not being ruled by a single party, totalitarian, fascist, communist/socialist regime.

Leaps and bounds in the age of terrorism

The agencies we have all come to know and love have now been merged into a super-fascist agency. Homeland Security is now the big business of our corporate state. And while we were paying our collective national attention to “We Got Him” and “Rat in the Hole,” the real terrorists, our single party corporate state, quietly passed Patriot Act II, with more fascist power mergers looming.

Where are we headed?

If we look past the programming we have been indoctrinated with, a pattern is emerging. In recent times, the fascists first went to Idaho and killed a mother and her son. Then they marched off to a church in Texas, laid siege, and burned it to the ground; men, women and children inside.

Then they went to Oklahoma and bombed their own building at the start of the workday. While Congress churned out more fascist state control acts, the Department of Justice pinned the tail on patsy McVeigh. As the score went from 2, to 86, to 168, the fascists blood lust grew.

Next thousands were killed as some prime real estate in New York City was destroyed. And the most secure military facility in the world was penetrated, without any defensive maneuvers, 55 minutes after the first “attack” and 37 minutes after the second plane hit. Quite a feat of event engineering and the mother of all cover-ups.

It laid the foundation for the next act of pre-planned national belligerence in some one else's oil fields.

But after that, what is next? Hints have already been dropped that those terrorists will be using weapons of mass destruction, dirty bombs and biological weapons. Is it really news, and who are the real terrorists? Cover-ups and lies dominate every official story of these recent events.

The FBI told us Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City Federal building but they refuse, even under court order, to release the 22 video surveillance tapes that show what really happened. And the same FBI told us 19 Arab hijackers caused the events of 9-11. But the FBI hasn't explained why the hijackers weren't on the airlines passenger manifest or why 7 of those alleged hijackers are still alive. Who are the real terrorists and what's next on their fascist agenda?

Two paths

We can continue to have our fascist “protectors” amass even more powers while they plan their next event in the most extreme, evil, Hegelian manner. Or we can say enough is enough -- with the kind of force that tyrant fascists must heed. We will either, by conscious action, take the steps necessary to alter our current direction, or by default succumb to the plans of those who would have absolute power over us. The path before us is ours to choose, collectively and individually.

The limits of tyranny

Frederick Douglass explained our predicament and the choices we must make, by default or otherwise: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong, which will be imposed upon them. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning.”

Our police state

Some have said only three per cent of the American colonists fought in the American Revolution. What will happen to the police when three per cent of the American people decide they can no longer tolerate living in a fascist police state. And what will the good people of America do to those fascists who have committed the atrocities that mark our times? Will a Fasci Americana emerge to challenge the federal fascists? And how will the federal fascists respond to a new American Revolution? Isn't it time we were brave enough to find out?

“Fascism should more properly be called 'corporatism,' since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

~Benito Mussolini

(Originally published in the January 2004 Idaho Observer)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Disaster Capitalism Strikes Again In Burma

There is nothing like a good disaster, either real or manufactured, to set up the conditions to sell your tainted goods and policies to a traumatized society. When desperate and in shock, people, disoriented and confused, will take any assistance, or swallow any economy program that promises immediate relief, even relief that in the long run will make them worse off than if they let the disaster run its natural course. This is the premise of Naomi Klein's latest book "The Shock Doctrine, " and Myanmar (Burma) today is going to be the next test case for this doctrine.

Klein writes on her website: "Biotech Companies Using Food Crisis to Push for More GMO Crops." It reads:

"Soaring food prices and global grain shortages are bringing new pressures on governments, food companies and consumers to relax their longstanding resistance to genetically engineered crops....

With food riots in some countries focusing attention on how the world will feed itself, biotechnology proponents see their chance. They argue that while genetic engineering might have been deemed unnecessary when food was abundant, it will be essential for helping the world cope with the demand for food and biofuels in the decades ahead.

Opponents of biotechnology say they see not so much an opportunity as opportunism by its proponents to exploit the food crisis. “Where politicians and technocrats have always wanted to push G.M.O.’s, they are jumping on this bandwagon and using this as an excuse,” said Helen Holder, who coordinates the campaign against biotech foods for Friends of the Earth Europe. G.M.O. refers to genetically modified organism."

Today, with a good chunk of Myanmar's "rice bowl" area in ruins due to cyclone Nargis, the transnational corporations, the UN, and various NGOs, like vultures, are attempting to sweep in and use the Shock Doctrine to reap the benefits of this conveniently-timed disaster. (Conveniently timed because these groups have been leveraging the man-made food crisis for their own political and financial benefit).

By vilifying Myanmar leadership (a feat not hard to do), and by insisting that Burma's leaders open their ports for U.S./U.N. "humanitarian assistance" a.k.a. -- genetically modified foods and to "aid experts," they will have expertly used the Shock Doctrine to its full effect.

Maybe this is why the Burmese leadership are extremely leery of the U.S. and UN's motives and have refused to let them operate freely in the country. In a news report from "The Irrawaddy," we have this news analysis which sounds credible:

"After days of stalling, the junta gave clearance Thursday for the first major international airlifts carrying aid to cyclone survivors. But it was not allowing US military planes to fly in critical relief and continued to withhold visas for several UN teams seeking entry, said Richard Horsey, a UN spokesman in neighboring Thailand.

A foreign military's presence in Burma would mark a major concession for the junta.

"They're afraid that if foreign soldiers come in they are the spearhead to overthrow the government," said Josef Silverstein, a retired Rutgers University professor who studied Burma for more than a half century. From the junta's perspective: "Aid workers could be carrying weapons to give to the people, they could give them ideas of how to overthrow the government." -- Why Is Burma Junta Afraid of Letting Foreign Aid Workers?

Hmmm, aid workers arming an insurrection? You don't say.

Burmese leadership paranoia makes sense however when you read some of the recent news articles promoting invasion: "The case for invading Myanmar" and US threatens food aid drops on Burma". Does it sound a little suspicious that there just happens to be four U.S. Navy ships in the area stocked with aid and Marines from the Essex Expeditionary Strike Force? From The Australian:

"Four ships, including the destroyer USS Mustin and the three-vessel Essex Expeditionary Strike Force, would be off the coast in about five days, carrying about 1800 Marines.

The Pentagon has moved many of the 23 helicopters on board the USS Essex, which has been participating in a multinational humanitarian exercise in the region, to a staging area in Thailand where they are waiting permission to enter Burma. Three giant C-130 cargo planes and a C-17 loaded with relief supplies are also waiting there." -- US threatens food aid drops on Burma".

Besides their concerns that nefarious actors pretending to be humanitarian aid workers would help to destabilize the country, the Burmese leadership might also be concerned that some of these actors might want to get their genetically modified rice into the hands of needy people, rice which if planted would contaminate local crops and provide companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow and Dupont with annual royalties due to patents.

The transnational AgBio companies with their partners in the UN and USAID have already been accused of forcing GM foods on countries who don't want them even for humanitarian aid. According to Zambian Vice President Enock Kavindele said his country had declined a $50 million line of credit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of provisions that it would have to purchase GM commodities. Starving Africa should accept GMO food, US says

Should we be so cynical as to think that there might be another agenda behind the urgent and passionate calls for massive and immediate relief for Burma from first lady Laura Bush and Josette Sheeran Shiner, a long-time Moonie and currently the director of the U.N. World Food Program?

With Laura Bush many of us might be tempted to suspend our disbelief that she is acting as a good faith agent. After all, just because you married a criminal doesn't mean you are one. The same logic can be used when describing Josette Sheeran Shiner and her connections with the Bush administration and the self-proclaimed messiah, cult-leader and businessman, Reverend Sun Myung Moon. But to believe that they are innocent from any corrupting influence would be negligent on our part. We have to be skeptical as to their motives, as much of U.S. foreign policy can be interpreted as nothing more than piracy. And, as many observers have noted, the UN, being controlled by industry insiders and people with dubious bona fides, is just an extension of that piracy.

In the case of Josette Sheeran Shiner, Bush's nominee to head the UN World Food Program, concerns were raised over her close ties to neo-conservative, free-trade elements in the Bush administration and over her long association with Reverend Moon, who is one of the most powerful figures in Washington DC. Rev. Moon is also the owner of a number of newspapers, including the influential Washington Times, where Sheeran was for a time the managing editor.

Is there any reason why we should concern ourselves with Sheeran's religious and political affiliations and her position as head of the most powerful food aid agency in the world? As any astute follower of the global elite and their intelligence agencies knows, they hide behind front organizations to sell their bill of goods, whether that is tainted GMOs, bankrupt free-market ideology, or repressive control of the state. This is illustrated by the various shell companies, organizations and foundations that the CIA and their mind-controlled cults, like the Moonies, use to cover their tracks.

One of these organizations is American Freedom Coalition, a "political education and lobbying group" started by Rev. Moon that has been tied to fake pro-Monsanto marches at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Rev. Moon has also used his Washington Times and his press service, United Press International (UPI), as a bully pulpit to promote BioAg in a favorable light.

So, is Sheeran, a Moonie-cult member for 21 years (she claims she left it in 1997), just an agent for Moon and his CIA friends? Have they surreptitiously taken over control of the most powerful food aid agency in the world in order to get genetically engineered foods into Asia?

Think about this statement by Meyer Nathaniel Rothschild at a gathering of world bankers February 12, 1912: "Let me control a people's currency and I care not who makes their laws."

Now, imagine what he would say today if he could control the world's food and water supply.

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