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By John W. Whitehead

 

“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon (1969)

It’s been 50 years since the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—first landed in America on Feb. 7, 1964, and the news media is awash with nostalgic tributes to the band that “changed everything.” The Grammys will be saluting the Beatles with a 2-hour star-studded tribute. JFK Airport plans to dedicate a historical marker to commemorate the moment the four lads from Liverpool arrived on a Pan Am flight, to be greeted by hordes of screaming fans. And all across the country, including in New York City, conferences, tribute band performances, and reenactments will pay homage to Beatlemania and their music.

While there is much to celebrate about the Beatles coming to America, there is also much to regret, starting with the fact that while we may remember the music of the Beatles, we’ve lost sight of the hope for change and revolutionary spirit that were hallmarks of those days. Indeed, the Beatles opened the floodgates of music with their riveting Feb. 9 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show which was televised to 72 million Americans in what has been dubbed “the night that changed America.” Beatlemania, in turn, helped fuel a social, cultural and political revolution that took aim at everything from war, capitalism and racism to women’s rights, militarization and equality.

Fifty years later, while we may be inundated with a glut of music that passes for art and artists that pass for activists, with no shortage of national problems plaguing us (police abuse, endless wars, government corruption, government surveillance, inequality, etc.), we are sorely lacking individuals with the kind of radicalism and willingness to challenge the status quo. This is the difference between Then and Now, between an America that was ripe for the Beatles’ music andtheir message of change and an America that is celebrating the Beatles’ music while oblivious to their radicalism.

“The Beatles were like aliens dropped into the United States of 1964,” reports Todd Leopold for CNN. Leopold continues:

Kennedy’s assassination 10 weeks earlier had left a gloom on the land. Together, the two events created a dividing line between Then and Now. “A lot of people don’t understand why (Sullivan) was a seminal moment in the history of America and, for that matter, the history of the world,” former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recalled in a recent speech. “The country had just gone through a very painful time of mourning. … There was an extraordinary amount of despair, heartbreak, disappointment,” he continued. “I think people forget that we were still grieving as a nation. The Beatles brought something to America more than music. They brought hope.”

The Beatles converged with their era—the Sixties generation—in an almost unprecedented way. At no other time in history, or since, has a generation been so connected. The vehicle was rock music. And the Beatles helped create an aural culture. As Randy Lewis notes for the Los Angeles Times:

If they were relatively friendly revolutionaries, with their pressed suits and bemused grins and professional politesse and their malt-shop lyrics, they were revolutionaries nonetheless… Now that everything is at our fingertips, a swipe or click away at any moment anywhere, it is hard to conceive of the effect they once had. The revolution had actually been televised then… Self-contained and self-directed — notwithstanding the guidance of manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin, who were collaborators and not directors — the Beatles were something new and in no hurry to leave or conform. Other new things followed through doors they helped open. For better or worse, for a while, the world grew young.

The burgeoning baby boomers’ fascination with music brought the sixties generation into a collective whole. “Perhaps the most important aspect of the Beatles’ attraction during that influential era,” writes author Steven Stark, “was their collective synergy.” In other words, the Beatles popularized the sanctity of “the group,” amazingly so in a time when the traditional family was beginning to disintegrate. With the Beatles, the whole was always greater than the sum of the parts. This gave them a dazzling appeal.

Unlike artists before them, the Beatles had power over millions of people worldwide. In 1967, for example, with the release of their Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album, as one critic noted, it was the closest Europe had been to unification since the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Most thought North America could have been included as well. And the Beatles became the embodiment of the Summer of Love with their live global BBC television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love” in June 1967. Approximately 400 million people across five continents tuned in. This type of power was something new. Previously, only popes, kings and perhaps a few intellectuals could hope to wield such influence in their lifetime.

Some have even argued that the Beatles’ influence helped bring down the Iron Curtain. As Yuri Pelyoshonok, a Soviet Studies professor, says:

The Soviet authorities thought of the Beatles as a secret Cold War weapon. The kids lost their interest in all Soviet unshakable dogmas and ideals, and stopped thinking of an English-speaking person as the enemy. That’s when the Communists lost two generations of young people ideologically, totally lost. That was an incredible impact.

Following the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy in 1968, the optimism of the Summer of Love quickly evaporated and young people revolted worldwide. In the U.S., the cataclysm came as 10,000 demonstrators descended on the Democratic Party’s national convention in August. Police reacted by brutally beating rock-throwing demonstrators as well as passersby, journalists and volunteers. Violence and revolt were now in vogue.

The Beatles, the most influential pop voice of the time, responded to this shift towards violence with “Revolution,” the first Beatles song with an explicitly political statement. As “Revolution” stresses, it was not a movement about physically overthrowing a regime. It was a spiritual revolution, one aimed at overthrowing preconceived notions. Thus, before you can effect a lasting change, as John Lennon sings, you have to “free your mind.” As John Lennon sings in his masterpiece on the need for nonviolent change, “When you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out?”

The underground press–which at the time included such newspapers as the Village Voice–immediately criticized the song and Lennon for not urging outright rebellion against authority. Lennon was quick to point out that if they really wanted a revolution, it had to begin with changing the way people think: “I’m not only up against the establishment but you too. I’ll tell you what’s wrong with the world: people–so do you want to destroy them? Until you/we change our heads–there’s no choice.”

It didn’t take long for Lennon, the activist of the group, to recognize that he could use his celebrity status to not only communicate his own ideas about the world but change the way people thought about issues of the day. He subsequently began his quest for worldwide peace. In fact, it may be that Lennon was the last great iconic anti-war activist of our age. Indeed, by October 1969, Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” had become a universal chant at anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. On November 15, during a peace rally in Washington, DC, the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger led nearly half a million demonstrators in singing “Give Peace a Chance” at the Washington Monument.

Unlike the other members of the Beatles, who are largely remembered for their music, Lennon’s political activism soon became a hallmark of the man himself. As Time magazine contributor Martin Lewis recognizes, “Of all Lennon’s legacies, one of the most enduring, and perhaps the most impressive, is who his enemies were. The true measure of his greatness was that in the 1970s he terrified the most powerful man in the world.” Lewis, of course, is referring to Richard Nixon, who became a determined enemy of Lennon.

Of all the Beatles, it may be Lennon’s activism which speaks most to the concerns of our present day and the ever-growing menace of the police state. In fact, as I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, Lennon, enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government, was targeted for surveillance by the FBI (most likely in conjunction with the NSA).

Fearing Lennon might incite antiwar protests, the Nixon administration directed the FBI to keep close tabs on the ex-Beatle, resulting in close to 400 pages of files on his activities during the early 1970s. But the government’s actions didn’t stop with mere surveillance. The agency went so far as to attempt to have Lennon deported on drug charges. As professor Jon Wiener, a historian who sued the federal government to have the files on Lennon made public, observed, “This is really the story of F.B.I. misconduct, of the President using the F.B.I. to get his enemies, to use federal agencies to suppress dissent and to silence critics.”

Fifty years after America first fell in love with Lennon and his mop-top comrades, the Beatles’ legacy lives on—at least, their musical legacy lives on.

Yet while the Beatles’ greatest legacy was in effecting a revolution of spirit and mind, today we’re in dire need of revolutionaries willing to challenge the status quo.

The world could use another revolution, don’t you think?

 

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by David Swanson

UPDATE:

Stabenow Yes takes potential No list down to 14. But Blumenthal is still undecided, so it’s 15.

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This is an update to “Which U.S. Senators Want War on Iran.” But Blumenthal is still undecided, so it’s 15.

I’ve found there isn’t really any way to touch on this topic without misunderstanding, but here’s a try. Iran has never had a nuclear weapons program or threatened to launch a war against the U.S. or Israel. Many opponents of the Iran deal in the U.S. Congress and nearly every, if not every single, proponent of the agreement in the U.S. Congress has proposed war as the alternative. Some examples are here. The White House is even telling Congress that the agreement will make a future war easier — as a selling point in favor of the deal.

Of course, war is NOT the only alternative to the agreement. The threat of war comes from the U.S. An alternative to that would be to simply stop threatening it. No deal is actually needed. The purpose it serves is to slow down a U.S. push for war.

Of course, many ordinary supporters and opponents of the agreement do not want a war. But with Washington offering two courses of action toward Iran: a deal that imposes tougher inspections than anyone else has to deal with, or bombs, one has to choose the inspections.

That is, a moral person does. The “I want a better deal” argument is cynically put forward by people who want no deal at all, even if supported by well-meaning people who have the misfortune to own televisions or read newspapers.

Of course, the Iranian government can be criticized in many areas, none of which are subject to improvement by bombing.

Here are people who have said they oppose the agreement or can’t make up their mind about it yet:

Every Republican in the U.S. Senate plus these Democrats (the first two have said No, the rest Undecided):
Menendez (NJ)
Schumer (NY)
Wyden (OR)
Bennet (CO)
Booker (NJ)
Cantwell (WA)
Cardin (MD)
Casey (PA)
Coons (DE)
Heitkamp (ND)
Mikulski (MD)
Murray (WA)
Peters (MI)
Stabenow (MI)
Warner (VA)

This is a much shorter list than what it was when I previously wrote on this topic. In fact, it’s at 15, which is almost down to the 13 needed to kill the agreement. Get it down to 12 and the agreement survives. That means two more Democratic senators can come around to the Yes position on the Iran deal and the deal still die. Almost certainly at least those two will. Whether a third does, or more do, is the real question.

When measures voted on are popular with funders but unpopular with the public, they very often pass with no more than exactly the votes needed. Sometimes word leaks out about the deals that have been cut. Senators and House members take their turns giving the unpopular votes demanded by funders and “leadership.” The trick here is that the “leadership” is split between Obama’s and Biden’s YES and (would be Senate leader) Schumer’s NO.

The fifteen people named above have had PLENTY of time to conclude that many of their colleagues want to risk a war and to understand that the agreement is preferable to that. It’s time for us to let them know we will not stand for them getting this wrong and will never forget it if they do. Here’s what I’m asking about my senator, Mark Warner:

 

Here’s what World Beyond War is doing to try to correct the myth that Iran is the origin of the threat of war in this affair:

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We must uphold the Iran agreement, but upholding it while pretending that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, or is threatening anyone, will not create a stable and lasting foundation for peace. Upholding an agreement with both proponents and opponents threatening war as an alternative is perilous as well as immoral, illegal, and — given the outcome of similar recent wars based on similar recent propaganda — insane.

You can spread the above message on Facebook here, Twitter here, Instagram here, Tumblr here, and Google+ here.

In the U.S. sign these petitions: one, two, and join these events.

More events all over the world, and tools for creating your own are here.

Outside the U.S., people can contact the nearest U.S. Embassy.

 

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Guide Stones

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

“War and famine would not do. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved. AIDS is not an efficient killer because it is too slow. My favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world’s population is airborne Ebola (Ebola Reston), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. “We’ve got airborne diseases with 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that. “You know, the bird flu’s good, too. For everyone who survives, he will have to bury nine”.

Award winning scientist, Dr. Eric Pianka University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert, showed solutions for reducing the world’s population to an audience on population control.

Just because you don’t know you have cancer does not mean you do not have it. Simply because one is unaware of the depopulation quotes and intentions of the world’s most important leaders and institutions, does not mean that the plans are not being implemented to do such a thing. When so many influential leaders speak about the need to depopulate the world, we need to be paying attention to their actions for clues that the agenda is underway in order that we can best protect ourselves.

The depopulation agenda is being legitimized in print by various global think tank groups as a means to de-industrialize the planet in order to save the planet from the overuse of fossil fuels. Further, the depopulation agenda is being used as an excuse to protect planet’s inhabitants from a dwindling food source. This is one of the biggest lies being perpetrated upon the people. A growing population base is not causing the planet to run out of food. Here is a short video which exposes this deceptive agenda.

The Club of Rome, the Bilderberg and even the New York Times are all  advocating for extreme depopulation. The only remaining question is how far are the global elite willing to go to carry out their depopulation goals?

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Examples of Post Modern Era Agenda 21 Depopulation Efforts

In the 1970s, the Indian government forcibly sterilized millions of women against their will. Families in Bangladesh, Indonesia and elsewhere were forced to have fewer children. In 1974, the United Nations organized its first World Population Conference to debate population control. China rolled out its infamous one-child policy in 1980 and this policy was reflective of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger when she said The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”.

In the 1980′s, the population crisis seemed to be over. The replacement population rateneeded to maintain a population is 2.1 children per woman and across the planet and that standard was basically maintained. However, there was one major exception and that was in the sub-Saharan Africa.

United Nations population experts and the world’s politicians convened what is now described as the first Agenda 21 conference, in 1994, in which an overt depopulation strategy was replaced by an agenda centered on empowering women through equalemployment opportunities thus delaying childbirth and lessening the birth rate. Also, the UN and world leaders espoused increasing access to birth control and abortion, thus, killing unborn babies in fulfillment of Margaret Sanger’s expressed desire.

These early depopulation strategies are benign, even the scourge of abortion, when compared to more black project agendas that were conducted at the same time. The problem with using various birth control methods is that they are slow multi-generational process and this lack of quick progress does not give the elite what they need and want which is to depopulate the world quickly.

For dramatic changes in population, a more radical agenda is needed. More deadly methods involving war and disease are preferable to members of the ruling elite who desire quick results, which are needed to save the planet from man-made climate change. This is what I submit is exactly what we are beginning to see.

Allegations of Weaponized Viruses

During the same time frame, but buried behind the scenes, HIV and Ebola appeared in the same region of Africa for the first time nd at the same time.  HIV swept across much of Africa decimating a large swath of the population. Some African communities had as many as 90% of the adults die from the disease in some villages and towns. Was this merely a coincidence with regard to the UN Agenda 21 population reduction policies being put into place at the same time? The answer to that question is debatable. However, we are looking at a significant number of depopulation coincidences to swallow at one time. There are still other coincidences which need to be brought out into the open.

Is it a coincidence that the first two Americans healthcare workers who have contracted Ebola are now inside the United States? Is it coincidence that the most deadly outbreak of the disease in history have admittedly now killed nearly 900 West Africans already this year and the number is beginning to climb exponentially? Is it just a mere coincidence that President Obama has just signed an executive order to have the power to begin rounding up American citizens with respiratory diseases against their will? Is it just a coincidence that the FEMA camp incarceration style roundups of the homeless are beginning in Los Angeles County as this could be easily be converted to Ebola quarantine centers? By the way, the homeless people are not allowed to leave these facilities once they are removed from the streets and “checked in”.

Perhaps the biggest coincidence has to do with the probability that Ebola is coming into America through the unprotected southern border. The prime suspects are an untold number of West Africans, estimated at 100,000 in Central America, streaming into the country as drug couriers. These West Africans are from the seven nation region in West Africa in which the live, uncontained Ebola outbreak is presently taking place. This fact , combined with the DHS/ICE policy of shipping the recent illegal immigrants to every corner of the country makes for a deadly cocktail which could culminate in a health crisis by Labor Day, given the fact that Ebola can incubate up to 21 days. Is this just another coincidence? If an Ebola outbreak does take hold in the United States, some like Dr. Pianka and Henry Kissinger will applaud the development as will the Club of Rome, the Bilderberg and event the New York Times.

Overpopulation is a Myth

Here are three very short videos which clearly demonstrate how propaganized the people of the planet are becoming propagandized as to the dangers of overpopulation.

 

The globalist notion that they must reduce population in order to save humanity, is a lie based upon unproven facts and should be considered to be nothing but a deception.

History clearly shows that if one would want to reduce population the best way to do so is through massive industrialization. Presently, the Italian birthrate is 1.4 and the in the United States, the indigenous birthrate is 1.8, which is far below the 2.1 standard needed to maintain a population. Both countries are symbolic of the fact that in industrialized societies, the birthrate declines dramatically because high numbers of children are not needed to work on farms. Any sociologist will tell you that birth control and industrialization go hand in hand. Therefore, the globalists should be trying to industrialize the third world instead of preventing progress and deindustrializing everyone else. Instead, their false paradigm of depopulation is based upon climate change caused by fossil fuels and overpopulation is a complete myth.

Conclusion

The globalists cannot industrialize the rest of the world because their main method for maintaining control over the planet’s resources would be in jeopardy. If most of the people on the planet were industrialized, they would not only experience a higher standard of living, but an increased desire for freedom of expression as the energy formerly spent on survival, would be focused on higher level needs. The globalists cannot allow humanity the opportunity to collectively reach a high level of enlightenment and awareness because there would be nowhere the elite could hide for their crimes against humanity.

It is my fear and reticent belief that we are living in the age in which the accelerated agenda of elite will culminate with a radical depopulation agenda consisting of Ebola attacks and World War III.  World War III? Yes, forces are mobilizing with regard to Ukraine. The world is in a very similar place as it was in Pre-World War I Europe.

Awareness and being outspoken are our best weapons needed to delay this agenda. Therefore, if would ask that you forward this article, to as many people as possible. Or, at least write your own version of this content and distribute it widely.

It strongly appears that phase one, depopulation through disease, as Dr. Pianka has advocated for, is underway. And World War III is one small trigger event from occurring. The latter will be the topic of a future article.

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dsc03104_0118-460Asaliah feeling mom’s heartbeat after her water birth and home delivery. Image supplied by family

Contributed to TLB by: Health Impact News and Medical Kidnap

The date was May 23, 2012. It was a beautiful midwife-assisted homebirth: a planned water birth and lotus birth. Mother Dontia, father Armondo, big brother Deon, and new baby sister Asaliah, were all happy and doing great after the birth. However, concerns regarding redness around the umbilical cord at Asaliah’s navel caused mom to seek medical treatment on June 8, 2012, at the OSF St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.

Little did Dontia know that this seemingly unassuming trip to the E.R., seeking help for her baby’s infection, would reportedly end up completely destroying her life by removing both her 11 year-old son and her newborn baby from her custody, violating what she claims is her constitutional right to religious freedom, and later, while still in the midst of fighting CPS for her medically kidnapped children, sending her into a life of hiding and secrecy to protect the life of her third unborn child.

Deon is now 14, Asaliah is now 3, and her third child (un-named to conceal her identity and protect her from being seized), is now 2. Dontia has not seen or spoken to Deon in three years, nor has she had visitations with Asaliah since she fled Illinois, unable to bear the loss of another child.

Dontia and her third child remain in hiding today. This is her story.

This is injustice at its height and it has to stop!!! I see what’s been done to me as an assault on my life and my children’s. This type of trauma could literally kill a woman, to snatch away a newborn baby for her to never see again. No mother or father deserves this type of abuse for simply going to the hospital for medical treatment and having a voice about what type of treatment is rendered to our own children! – Dontia

Choosing to Home-birth According to Religious Beliefs

Dontia chose to have a midwife-assisted home-birth, water-birth and lotus birth, in keeping with her religious and spiritual beliefs of having a safe, non-medically intrusive birth to welcome her daughter.

In a lotus birth (or whole birth), the umbilical cord is not clamped and cut, but rather, the placenta is left intact until it naturally falls off at the navel, leaving a perfectly formed belly button without the need for medical procedure of any kind. Many families believe there are great benefits to this non-invasive birthing practice, including complete cord blood transfer, stem cell transfer, and reducing the risk of infection by not creating a wound where the umbilical cord is typically cut.

Dontia became concerned when Asaliah’s navel area became red and infected-looking, and was not responding to the herbal remedies suggested by the midwife. Dontia, a Moorish American Moslem, prayed over her child and asked for wisdom.

When the dried umbilical cord fell off on June 6th 2012 and a small amount of puss oozed out, Dontia again prayed. Since they had just moved to Peoria, Illinois from St. Louis, MO, shortly after Asaliah’s birth, they did not know of any holistic doctors in the area. On June 8th, 2012 she decided to take Asaliah to the Emergency Room at OSF St. Francis Children’s Hospital, to have the baby examined by a doctor at a conventional hospital.

When questioned by nurses and doctors I explained to them that for about the past 5 days that the area around her navel had been red, and I consulted with my midwife and did some research on natural remedies that could heal the infection.

I explained to the staff that it is my religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs to use natural herbal forms of medication that prior to that day appeared to be working.

I constantly prayed over my baby and applied herbal medications to her belly daily while I myself took Echinacea, an herbal immune system enhancer. The redness was going down, my baby was up and alert, eating and being herself.

So the day I saw the pus I was shocked, and after praying it was revealed to me to go to the doctor for immediate care, being that I am not from Peoria I knew of no homeopathic or natural holistic doctors in the area so due to the urgency that I felt in the matter I settled on taking her into the emergency room of a traditional hospital.

Instead of helping this concerned mother, and respecting her religious beliefs, the hospital staff became increasingly more controlling as Dontia questioned them regarding the medical treatments being given to her newborn daughter.

Mother Wanted Right to Refuse some Medical Procedures such as Vaccines

The hospital staff continually pressured Dontia regarding vaccinations for her newborn, but Dontia refused each time, emphasizing that her birthing decisions and practices were based on her spiritual and cultural beliefs.

Dontia wanted to seek the safest, most natural treatment for her child, something she would soon learn would bring down the wrath of the medical system upon her, accusing her and Armondo of being “part of a religious group that does not believe in medical care,” and using this as a grounds to medically kidnap her children. Of course the mere fact that they brought the baby to the hospital proved that they were not opposed to all medical care.

Initially, she was told that Asaliah would only need 3 days of antibiotics and then could go home, but when the prognosis changed on the 4th day, and they wanted to keep Asaliah longer, Dontia became concerned for the health and safety of her newborn daughter.

On June 11, 2012, Dontia was told that she couldn’t take her daughter home yet, and that she would need to remain on IV medications now for 10 days.

On June 12, 2012, Dontia says that she “got into altercation with a nurse and doctors about what kind of treatment to give my newborn baby.”

In the hospital I thoroughly questioned the physicians as to what they were giving my daughter and why. Initially they told me that she would only be in there for 3 days and then I should be able to take her home and give her the medicine orally.

On the 3rd day when her results came back they said that they would need to put her on a very strong antibiotic named Clindamycin for 10 days and that she could not take it orally.

I told the doctors that I needed to think about it and if they can give me some info on the antibiotic – turns out that it would break down her natural immune system. So I showed my contempt at them experimenting and practicing on my baby and said I would like to leave as soon as possible.

When  I said I wanted to take her for a second opinion, one of the resident doctors told me I couldn’t leave. I told them that this is my child and if I decide to leave it is my right to do so.

The next day they told me they just got some more test results in and that they didn’t need to use such a strong antibiotic because her infection was not as bad as they assumed. If I had not questioned them, they would have given her the very strong antibiotic that wasn’t necessary!

On this same day, June 12, 2012, a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator, Raelyn Galassi, questioned Donita’s 11 year old son Deon about the birth of his sister, Asaliah, without the knowledge or consent of his mother. DCFS waited to question Deon, a minor, while his mother was in a sonogram with Asaliah, which Donita believes is a violation of the 5th Amendment.

Family Kicked out of Hospital and Prevented from Seeing their Newborn Baby During the Rest of Her 2-Week Stay

dsc03212_0196-460Asaliah at 2 days old. Image supplied by family.

 

On June 14, 2012, Dontia was approached in Asaliah’s room by Lisa Roscamp, a social worker for OSF Children’s Hospital and Raelyn Galassi, the DCFS investigator. Raelyn Galassi began to interrogate Dontia, and Dontia asked Galassi why she was there and why she was being questioned.

According to Dontia, Galassi stated that a nurse reported her to DCFS. When Dontia stated that she needed to seek legal counsel before answering her questions; Galassi then stated that if Dontia did not answer her questions that she would take Asaliah into protective custody immediately.

Again, Dontia insisted on seeking legal counsel, and Galassi then stormed out of the room, threatening that she was “going to go call her supervisor” as she exited the room. Galassi later returned with two security guards and two police officers and stated that she was taking Asaliah into protective custody and that Dontia would have a court date within two days.

Galassi asked Dontia for a phone number so that she could call Dontia and inform her of the date and time of the court hearing. Dontia gave Galassi her phone number, and then Galassi had the police officers escort Dontia, Armando, and her son Deon out of the hospital.

After being in the hospital for six days straight, I decided that my baby needed some fresh air and sunlight for her vitamin D so I asked one of the nurses to take the security device off of her ankle so that I could take her outside; about 20 min. later the hospital social worker and a DCFS social worker entered my room and began aggressively questioning me.

I felt very threatened and uncomfortable at the tone and the questioning of the social worker so I began to ask her why was she there and why was I being questioned. She just told me that the hospital reported me and that if I didn’t answer her questions that my child would be taken into protective custody.

I asked her what were my rights in the matter and she handed me a piece of paper describing the rights DCFS had over me. I told her to give me a minute to seek council before I would speak to her and she stormed out the room saying that she was going to call her supervisor.

She later came back with two police officers and two security officers and said that they would escort me and my family out and that the state was taking protective custody over my then 3 week daughter.

Dontia relates the heartache of that day,

They literally grabbed her off my breast as she was nursing. There is total disregard for the biological parent. They should be charged with assault. This is an assault on your life. A mother wants to die when her newborn baby is taken away, snatched out of her arms.

Weekend CPS Seizures Leaves Family with No Time to Prepare for Hearing on Monday

On June 15, 2012, Galassi called and spoke to Armando. She stated to him that the court date would be on Monday, June 18, 2012 and asked him if he could take a drug test the following day. Dontia Edwards El says she never even spoke to Raelyn prior to the court date.

Since this took place over a weekend Dontia had no time to seek any counsel and no means of providing a defense for herself at the hearing. Dontia was unaware that the hearing would determine whether or not her children would be taken into foster care.

According to Dontia, at the Shelter Care hearing, Judge Chris L. Frederickson ruled that Dontia’s children were in imminent danger and ordered that the state take temporary custody of them. Dontia was instructed that she had to turn her son Deon over to DCFS as well, which she did the following day on June 19, 2012.

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Since this day DCFS has had custody and possession of both of Dontia’s children, Asaliah and Deon.

Dontia Allegedly a Danger to Her Children, Yet Foster Family Allegedly Evicted for Not Paying Rent or Utilities

Dontia recalls that when the children were first taken into State custody, they were placed with Armando’s sister, a family she barely knew and that did not share her and Armando’s religious or cultural beliefs. Dontia was granted visitations of one day a week for 4 hours each time, which did not adequately allow her to care for a newborn breastfeeding baby.

Dontia explained that on July 31, 2012, after her second visit with her children, she informed the caseworker, Audry Turner, that the foster family would be getting evicted soon due to failure to pay rent for two months, and that the electricity would be getting cut off soon due to failure to pay her electric bill.

On August 3, 2012, the foster parent received a 5 day eviction notice, and on August 6, 2012, Dontia again notified the caseworker that lights would be getting cut off in the next few days and gave a reference for another relative who could better care for the children.

On August 9, 2012, the foster parents’ electricity was cut off at 7 am. The foster parent informed Audry that the electricity got cut off and left a message with Faye Law, Audry’s supervisor. The children allegedly spent a whole day and night with no electricity in foster care.

According to Dontia, the foster parents even called and spoke to Faye Law to complain and get an explanation why the children were not picked up the day before. According to Dontia, Faye responded that, “they could not predict the outcome of what was going to happen,” and “that they couldn’t get the children because she [the foster parent] hadn’t written a letter explaining why she couldn’t care for them [the children].”

And yet, Dontia was the one who would allegedly be found “unfit” to care for her children. As Dontia declares,

There is clearly a different standard for foster families than for birth families. If I had not paid my rent or had my electricity cut off, they would have used that against me as a reason to take my children, yet they allowed the children to remain in this home, even when they were warned that this was about to happen!

State Violates Mother’s Religious Beliefs Regarding Vaccines for Her Children

Dontia voiced many times in the hospital that vaccinations were against her religious beliefs, and yet Asaliah was vaccinated without her permission, and Deon was scheduled for vaccinations. Dontia alleged that the state used a fraudulent consent form dated a month before Asaliah’s birth in order to obtain these vaccinations for Asaliah.

On July 12, 2012 Asaliah was immunized by OSF Children’s Hospital without the knowledge or consent of her parents though OSF medical records clearly show that Dontia Edwards refused vaccinations several times during her stay at the hospital. A court order for Asaliah Edwards’ medical records was not filed until September 6, 2012. Pl. Ex.3

On June 26, 2012 Healthworks of Illinois Peoria / Marshall County Lead Agency TASC, Inc. “requested all previous medical records from birth to present on: Asaliah Edwards.” A fraudulent consent for the “Release of Information” and “Consent for Ordinary and Routine Medical and Dental Care” forms were signed by D. Jean Ortega-Piron, as custodian or authorized agent were dated April 14 and April 15, 2012 more than a month before the child, Asaliah Edwards El was born. Pl. Ex.1-2.

On July 23, 2012, Deon was taken to the doctor for vaccinations, but wasn’t given them because I submitted Vaccination Exemption form.

Dontia Judged Unfit and Children put Into Foster Care

On June 19, 2012, the day after the Shelter Care Hearing, Dontia was ordered to turn over her 11 year-old son, Deon, to foster care.

deon-asaliah-460Deon and Asaliah after being taken into CPS custody. Image supplied by family.

 

Dontia alleges that prejudice about her religious beliefs were used by DCFS to remove custody of her children.

In the records, you will see conversations where Levon and Galassi are discussing Dontia’s religion based on assumptions and bias. Pl. Ex.4, p. 72-73. Not for the health and safety of these children.

July 3, 2012 Galassi sent a message to Kathleen L. Wilson at OSF Children’s Hospital stating that Dontia Edwards and partner Armondo Aguirre “are a part of a religious group that does not believe in medical care… it is actually a cult and called the Hebrew Israelites.” Galassi’s final statement was that, “It appears that Deon may have been brainwashed by this ‘religion.’ He is in need of counseling right away.” Pl. Ex.6, p. 116.

Dontia says that she was found “unfit” based on these religious prejudices against her.

DCFS “Services” Biased, Compelling Dontia to Flee & Hide to Prevent CPS from Snatching Unborn Child

Dontia shares how she was forced to attend biased therapy for ‘Spiritual Problems’ with a DCFS Lutheran therapist.

On July 12, 2012, I was assigned a caseworker with Lutheran Social Services, Audrey Turner.

On July 16, 2012, I was interviewed in a DCFS Integrated Assessment by Julia Gray and Audrey Turner. I then informed both workers of my nationality as a Moorish-American and of my religion of Islamism, and clearly identified myself as not being black, African American, or colored.  I also voiced that my constitutional and religious rights were being violated by my children being taken from me for following my religious customs.

They also tried to allude to me being “crazy” for practicing my religious beliefs by making me go thru counseling and therapy, to acknowledge that my religious beliefs are wrong and a threat to the well-being of my children.

I also have evidence of conversations from Levon, the DCFS investigator, Raelyn Galassi and hospital employees discriminating against my religion and saying that my son has been “brainwashed” by his religion, alluding that he needed to be removed from my care and custody because my religious beliefs are brainwashing my children!

I absolutely refused to agree with that in therapy and refused to answer questions as they wanted me to do in psychoanalysis, which is to answer stereotypical questions in ONLY “yes” or ‘no” form, which could be read any number of ways by a psychologist to further incriminate me, so I answered my questions clearly with explanations and skipped questions that were biased and stereotypical.

dsc02982_0029-460Dontia embracing baby (Asaliah) at 6 months pregnant. Image supplied by family.

 

Unable to bear the heartache of losing another child, Dontia fled town when she found out she would be having another child.

On May 2013 I left town and was last time I saw Asaliah and when I stopped participating with DCFS’s program. This is also when a warrant was placed on me and newborn daughter.

In the midst of Asaliah’s case I became pregnant again and Social Worker, Audrey Turner, informed me that as soon as I gave birth DCFS would take my baby.

I could not allow this to happen a second time so I fled town.

DCFS put a warrant on me and my baby and have since been trying to obtain custody and possession of her. My newest daughter is currently safe with people I trust. They never found me or my youngest daughter, she is now 2 years old.

I have had no more dealings with DCFS since I had my new baby. I have no trust in the CPS system or the judicial system after such a horrendous violations of my families’ liberties and rights, as well as how they have and continue to violate others in the same manner.

I feel my only recourse is to get the public and media involved, so these corporate culprits cannot continue to violate me and my children in the privacy of court rooms.

And now based on these things they are attempting to terminate my parental rights, when one allegation is void and the other is medical kidnapping.

Alienated from her Children, Dontia Files Lawsuit

On June 8, 2014, Dontia filed a Filed Lawsuit in District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Peoria Division, against all parties involved in the kidnapping of her children: Case No.14-cv-01325-JES-JEH, Chief Judge James E. Shadid and Magistrate Judge, Jonathan E. Hawley.

Dontia does not have an attorney and is representing herself. The lawsuit is still pending.

I sued State of IL, DCFS, OSF Children’s Hospital, Levon, judges, everyone involved for RICO, constitutional violations, kidnapping, fraud, slander libel, religious discrimination etc. Total of 24 counts.

Note: RICO, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a U.S. law enacted in 1970, which allows victims of organized crime to sue those responsible for punitive damages.

DCFS Threatens to Terminate Parental Rights but Dontia Continues to Fight and Hide

Dontia contacted MedicalKidnap.com because she wanted to share her story, and like so many families in her situation, needs concerned citizens to listen and share her story, in hopes that someone will listen and stop this egregious violation of constitutional rights and the utter destruction of innocent families!

At this time the state of Illinois and DCFS are attempting to petition the court to Terminate my Parental Rights. I really need help and to get this story out to protect myself and others who may being going through a similar trauma.

dsc02970_0022-460Deon and his mom before he was kidnapped. Image supplied by family.

 

Dontia says she was so happy to find the MedicalKidnap website, and hopes that her story will help expose the evil and corrupt system of DCFS, and Child Protective Services nationwide.

I have contacted news stations, talk shows, and media who might listen to me to try to help others understand what’s going on and to make people aware.  I never understood what CPS could do until it happened to me. I never knew they could come in an destroy innocent families. They can take your children – no court orders, no verification of facts! Who gives them this type of power?  It’s too much power!  They are not there for the parent. You think they would be for the natural parent, but you soon realize that they are completely against you!

I was happy to find MedicalKidnap. It was like a ray of light! Like there is some hope! I want to do whatever I can to help other families in this type of situation.

 

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California is Ground Zero for the Vaccination Civil War

By TLB Contributor: Paul Fassa

It’s almost a cliché that America’s social trends start in California. It’s actually observable. The trendsetting is beyond mere popular culture movements. Political movements, real estate trends, financial and business trends usually spread throughout the nation after originating from California.

Currently, medical fascism has many Californians rightfully in an uproar. It is SB277, the bill that has been signed into law and is intended to be enforced in 2016. In case you’re not familiar with this state sponsored medical tyranny, it requires that all children entering school have to be up to date with most of the CDC recommended vaccinations, or they can’t attend.

This bill eliminates all vaccination exemptions except for medical reasons that are decided or confirmed by MDs. No choice is allowed for parents to decide on whether or not to have their children vaccinated, unless they home-school. Considering the reputation of California as a national trendsetter, this recent adventure of of total state and medical control bodes badly for the rest of us.

But there are counter movements being organized by Californians that are encouraging.

The Movement to Repeal SB277

This is the most bodacious counter-attack against actual state tyranny anyone could ask for. Former California assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate, now radio talk show host, Tim Donnelly has initiated a referendum to take SB277 to a public ballot that could decide whether SB277 will remain standing after the polls in November of 2016.

But it’s a long shot for even getting off the ground and into the voting polls. California state law requires 365,000 valid state registered voters to sign the petition within 90 days of Governor Brown’s signing the bill into law. Guided by Big Pharma lobbyists from hell, the gullible greedy suckers in state legislation passed the bill into Brown’s ready signature on June 30, 2015.

So they have only until the end of September to get the required signatures to call a vote on SB277. Donnelly is passionate about the referendum. He asserts the bill is “devastating to parents” right to choose how their children are treated medically. “Why should the state have more control over our children’s health than we do?” he asked.

Though a lot has to happen in a short time, Donnelly has been gratified and encouraged by what he called “a huge outpouring” of bipartisan opposition to the bill. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “We’ve got hardcore Christian conservatives working side by side with people on the far left.”

Christina Hildebrand has pledged her group, A Voice for Choice into the referendum attempt. She is also pursuing means to bring SB277’s unconstitutionality into the courts system. Donations toward these causes can come from anywhere. Only the signatures along with the court system’s attendants are required to be California only.

Get Pan!

Senator Richard Pan was the primary author and key legislator of SB277. He brought the bill into the State House and Senate on the heels of the so-called Disney measles “outbreak” hysteria with solid financial backing from Big Pharma.

SB277 opponents have begun gathering the 35,926 signatures needed from voters in Pan’s district to qualify for a recall election. They have until 31 December 2015 to gather the necessary support. If they are successful, an election for Pan’s seat would be held within 180 days after the secretary of state verifies the signatures.

One of the most publicly vocal against Senator Pan is a former active Pan political supporter, John Berchielli, who was recently seriously vaccine injured himself. He talks about his plight and SB277 in the video below.

Let’s hope the vaccination anarchists of California resolve this fascist issue of medical tyranny before it takes hold and spreads beyond its borders. Online health freedom journalist Tim Bolen says it best, “The second American Civil War has begun, and it started over vaccines.” You can be part of the battle by contributing here.

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Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com and The Liberty Beacon project. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s valiant contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are well taken among truth seekers. Visit his blog by following this link and follow him on Twitter here.

Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.ageofautism.com
http://www.scpr.org
http://www.bolenreport.com
Image: Daniel Paquet/Flickr

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FREEMANSPERSPECTIVE · Aug 25th, 2015

In the current deluge of wannabe leaders clamoring for attention and trying to convince us that they are the boss who should be applying rules to us, it strikes me that all of them are looking backward and none are looking forward. (I do not consider “My administration will give you more bennies” to be seriously forward-looking.)

So, since none of this crowd is going to venture anywhere outside of their hermetically sealed status quo, I’d like to give you an example of something a real leader might say.

Late summer 2015, Anytown, USA: A small platform stands at the edge of a cornfield. A very average-looking person steps up to a microphone and speaks:

Friends,

I stand here, not to praise you, but to acquaint you with reality, at least as well as I am able. Perhaps that means I should be killed or at least run out of town. But if that’s so, then so be it. I am tired of living a life other than my own – the pre-scripted, advertiser-generated life that is shoved before my eyes day by day. And I suspect that some of you are tired of it as well.

Please allow me to begin by pointing out that all the fights from all the platforms this election cycle will concern trivialities – Team Red versus Team Blue – and competing varieties of fears – terrorists versus outlawed unions versus less free stuff versus whatever works in your little corner of the world. At most, these are fights over personalities – He’s an arrogant ass, she’s a conniving witch, and so on  – all of which really come down to, “My opponent is scarier than I am.”

None of these bobbleheads will ask the questions that matter: Who are we? What do we want? Where should we be headed?

You see, once we get past all the publicized fears – some real, but most imaginary – the dialog we’re having, if we care to admit it, is mostly self-praise. We laud our great “democracy,” even though not one in a thousand can define it. Or we brag about our wonderful “freedom” but avoid defining it, knowing that our definition wouldn’t stand up to the test. Freedom is “what we have,” and further questions are evidence of stupidity, bordering on treason.

The truth is that we’ve trained ourselves to evade reality. Praising ourselves is so much easier: Team America!

By doing this, my friends, we’ve been blind to the greatest opportunity that has ever stood before a human generation: If we wanted to, we could quickly and easily step into a golden age. In fact, we’ve been doing just that, half by accident, for a long time. If we bothered to work at it, even halfheartedly, we’d go down in history as the generation that transformed humanity forever.

But perhaps most of us wouldn’t like that. And if so, that’s our choice to make. My objection is that no one bothers to talk about it.

I’d like for you, for just a few seconds, to take a look at two graphs, which I pulled out of Julian Simon’s The State of Humanity. The first graph shows how much wheat is not grown, because our production capacity is so much greater than our demand for wheat.

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This second one shows the price of wheat measured in wages.

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And I have others like this, for other commodities.

There is one message that comes screaming through here, and it’s one that I know can be deeply troubling. Nonetheless, that message is true: Scarcity on planet Earth is dying.

I’ll pause to allow you a small freakout over that, to let all those prerecorded messages run screaming through your mind.

You see, our ruling systems have been built on the assumption of scarcity, and the idea that scarcity may be failing throws us into crisis.

Isn’t it odd that good news should upset us?

Scarcity, sadly, became more than a sad fact to us; it became a psychological necessity. But what if we no longer need to fight over resources? Is that a concept that we should rush to eliminate?

And in actual fact, there are fewer and fewer starving people all the time, and most of those are starving because of political distortions, not because of insufficient production technology.

All of this reminds me of a comment from Buckminster Fuller that I like to condense:

I decided man was operating on a fundamental fallacy: that he was destined to be a failure. I decided that man was, in fact, designed to be an extraordinary success. His characteristics were magnificent; what he needed was to discover the comprehensive patterns operating in the universe.

So, what if humanity is designed to be an extraordinary success? Why should this thought repel us, even before we honestly consider it?

You see, these are things we need to discuss.

We are, whether we like it or not, stepping out of scarcity, and it seems to me that we should decide whether or not that’s a good thing.

Our problem – our real problem, if we can muster the courage to admit it – is that we’re living with space-age technology and bronze-age rulership. But we can get past this problem if we wish, and we can easily meet all of humanity’s basic needs… if we wish.

But perhaps we don’t want to. Maybe it’s more important to us that we should be the biggest dog in town and that everyone else should be a little yap-yap dog.

And if that’s the case, we need to admit it to ourselves. Perhaps we’ll decide that what we really need is to be the dominant dog, and that all the morality stuff we talk about – golden rules and loving our neighbors – was all juvenile blather; that what we really want is to dominate everyone else.

And if that’s the case, we should get busy rebuilding our civilization in the form of the Roman Empire. We should get serious about beating the hell out of everyone else… at least until a new Christ comes along (or perhaps just people who remember the old one) and convinces our subjects that there’s a better way to live.

But in the meantime, we could kick the crap out of a billion brown people for a century or two, minimum. That’s our choice to make, of course, I’m only suggesting that we be forthright about it.

So, my friends, let me conclude by saying this:

If what we really want is to be the big dog, to feast on the fact that we’re able to kick all the smaller dogs around, then let’s do it. Let’s go full-Caesar on ’em. Let’s conquer everything, steal what we like, and live it up.

Or, if that’s not what we really want, then let’s get the golden age started; let’s dump the hierarchies that steal half our earnings and labor to keep fear alive. Let’s build and plant and thrive; and let’s welcome others to thrive with us.

Thank you for not shooting me.

Paul Rosenberg
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By Derrick Broze

Earlier this month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a new project designed to help educate communities about the growing list of surveillance tools deployed against the unsuspecting public. The EFF calls the new project the Street-Level Surveillance Project (SLS), which it describes as “a Web portal loaded with comprehensive, easy-to-access information on police spying tools like license plate readers, biometric collection devices, and ‘Stingrays.’”

The EFF has been involved in the fight against surveillance for 25 years, but with a massive influx of military equipment and surveillance tools to local police departments, it has never been more important to be aware of the growing Surveillance State. EFF Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch says the project “provides a simple but in-depth look at how these surveillance technologies work, who makes and uses them, and what kind of data they are collecting. We hope that community groups, advocacy organizations, defense attorneys, and individuals all take advantage of the information we’ve gathered.”

The SLS project hopes to educate users about the dangers of spying from law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local level. The privacy invasions include tracking cell phone calls, photographing our vehicles and following our driving patterns, taking our pictures in public places, and collecting our fingerprints and DNA.

“The public has heard or read so much about NSA spying, but there’s a real need for information and resources about surveillance tools being used by local law enforcement on our home turf. These technologies are often adopted in a shroud of secrecy, but communities deserve to understand these technologies and how they may be violating our rights,’’ said EFF activist Nadia Kayyali.

The Anti-Media works diligently to keep readers aware of the looming Surveillance State and any possible solutions. The Street Level Surveillance Project is one of those solutions. The website currently includes information on biometric technologies, which collect fingerprints, DNA, and face prints. It also details the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) — cameras mounted on patrol cars and on city streets that scan and record the plates of millions of cars across the country. In the coming months, more information will be added regarding cell site simulators, also known as “Stingrays.”

The website also includes explainers, FAQs, infographics, and links to EFF’s legal work in courts and legislatures. Under the “Resources” tab, there is also information for defense attorneys fighting surveillance cases, information on how to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, and resources for community members fighting surveillance.

In the fight against oppression it is paramount that each individual find a method to contribute to the global awakening. Organizations like the EFF help fight the legal battles and provide resources such as the Street Level Surveillance project. At the same time, journalists at The Anti-Media and other organizations help spread the word. Now it is your turn, brothers and sisters. If you want to join the resistance to tyranny, the tools are available. The only thing left to do is to shake off the chains of bondage and take your first steps towards liberation.

Derrick Broze writes for TheAntiMedia.org. Tune in! The Anti-Media radio show airs Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Help us fix our typos: edits@theantimedia.org

 

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By John W. Whitehead

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.

Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans continue to be reminded that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials. Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.

Indeed, on a daily basis, Americans are being forced to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States.

In other words, we are all guilty until proven innocent.

Worst of all, it seems as if nothing will change as long as the American people remain distracted by politics, divided by their own prejudices, and brainwashed into believing that the Constitution still reigns supreme as the law of the land, when in fact, we have almost completed the shift into fascism.

In other words, despite our occasional bursts of outrage over abusive police practices, sporadic calls for government reform, and periodic bouts of awareness that all is not what it seems, the police state continues to march steadily onward.

Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.

Consider, for example, what happened to Charnesia Corley after allegedly being pulled over by Texas police for “rolling” through a stop sign. Claiming they smelled marijuana, police handcuffed Corley, placed her in the back of the police cruiser, and then searched her car for almost an hour. They found nothing in the car.

As the Houston Chronicle reported:

Returning to his car where Corley was held, the deputy again said he smelled marijuana and called in a female deputy to conduct a cavity search. When the female deputy arrived, she told Corley to pull her pants down, but Corley protested because she was cuffed and had no underwear on. The deputy ordered Corley to bend over, pulled down her pants and began to search her. Then…Corley stood up and protested, so the deputy threw her to the ground and restrained her while another female was called in to assist. When backup arrived, each deputy held one of Corley’s legs apart to conduct the probe.

As shocking and disturbing as it seems, Corley’s roadside cavity search is becoming par for the course in an age in which police are taught to have no respect for the citizenry’s bodily integrity.

For instance, 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, were pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2012, allegedly for flicking cigarette butts out of the car window. Insisting that he smelled marijuana, he proceeded to interrogate them and search the car. Despite the fact that both women denied smoking or possessing any marijuana, the police officer then called in a female trooper, who carried out a roadside cavity search, sticking her fingers into the older woman’s anus and vagina, then performing the same procedure on the younger woman, wearing the same pair of gloves. No marijuana was found.

David Eckert was forced to undergo an anal cavity search, three enemas, and a colonoscopy after allegedly failing to yield to a stop sign at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Cops justified the searches on the grounds that they suspected Eckert was carrying drugs because his “posture [was] erect” and “he kept his legs together.” No drugs were found.

Leila Tarantino was subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic during a routine traffic stop, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. Nothing illegal was found. Nevertheless, such searches have been sanctioned by the courts, especially if accompanied by a search warrant (which is easily procured), as justified in the government’s pursuit of drugs and weapons.

Meanwhile, four Milwaukee police officers were charged with carrying out rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the course of several years. One of the officers was accused of conducting searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums and leaving some of his victims with bleeding rectums. Halfway across the country, the city of Oakland, California, agreed to pay $4.6 million to 39 men who had their pants pulled down by police on city streets between 2002 and 2009.

It’s gotten so bad that you don’t even have to be suspected of possessing drugs to be subjected to a strip search.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Florence v. Burlison, any person who is arrested and processed at a jail house, regardless of the severity of his or her offense (i.e., they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic offense), can be subjected to a strip search by police or jail officials without reasonable suspicion that the arrestee is carrying a weapon or contraband.

Examples of minor infractions which have resulted in strip searches include: individuals arrested for driving with a noisy muffler, driving with an inoperable headlight, failing to use a turn signal, riding a bicycle without an audible bell, making an improper left turn, engaging in an antiwar demonstration (the individual searched was a nun, a Sister of Divine Providence for 50 years). Police have also carried out strip searches for passing a bad check, dog leash violations, filing a false police report, failing to produce a driver’s license after making an illegal left turn, having outstanding parking tickets, and public intoxication. A failure to pay child support can also result in a strip search.

It must be remembered that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to prevent government agents from searching an individual’s person or property without a warrant and probable cause (evidence that some kind of criminal activity was afoot). While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

Unfortunately, the indignities being heaped upon us by the architects and agents of the American police state—whether or not we’ve done anything wrong—don’t end with roadside strip searches. They’re just a foretaste of what is to come.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the government doesn’t need to strip you naked by the side of the road in order to render you helpless. It has other methods, less subtle perhaps but equally humiliating, devastating and mind-altering, of stripping you of your independence, robbing you of your dignity, and undermining your rights.

With every court ruling that allows the government to operate above the rule of law, every piece of legislation that limits our freedoms, and every act of government wrongdoing that goes unpunished, we’re slowly being conditioned to a society in which we have little real control over our lives. As Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone and an insightful commentator on human nature, once observed, “We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”

Indeed, not only are we developing a new citizenry incapable of thinking for themselves, we’re also instilling in them a complete and utter reliance on the government and its corporate partners to do everything for them—tell them what to eat, what to wear, how to think, what to believe, how long to sleep, who to vote for, whom to associate with, and on and on.

In this way, we have created a welfare state, a nanny state, a police state, a surveillance state, an electronic concentration camp—call it what you will, the meaning is the same: in our quest for less personal responsibility, a greater sense of security, and no burdensome obligations to each other or to future generations, we have created a society in which we have no true freedom.

Government surveillance, police abuse, SWAT team raids, economic instability, asset forfeiture schemes, pork barrel legislation, militarized police, drones, endless wars, private prisons, involuntary detentions, biometrics databases, free speech zones, etc.: these are mile markers on the road to a fascist state where citizens are treated like cattle, to be branded and eventually led to the slaughterhouse.

If there is any hope to be found it will be found in local, grassroots activism. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s time for “militant nonviolent resistance.”

First, however, Americans must break free of the apathy-inducing turpor of politics, entertainment spectacles and manufactured news. Only once we are free of the chains that bind us—or to be more exact, the chains that “blind” us—can we become actively aware of the injustices taking place around us and demand freedom of our oppressors.

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by HENRY GIROUX

Authoritarianism in the American collective psyche and in what might be called traditional narratives of historical memory is always viewed as existing elsewhere. Viewed as an alien and demagogic political system, it is primarily understood as a mode of governance associated with the dictatorships in Latin America in the 1970s and, of course, in its most vile extremes, with Hitler’s poisonous Nazi rule and Mussolini’s fascist state in the 1930s and 1940s. These were and are societies that idealized war, soldiers, nationalism, militarism, political certainty, fallen warriors, racial cleansing, and a dogmatic allegiance to the homeland.[i] Education and the media were the propaganda tools of authoritarianism, merging fascist and religious symbols with the language of God, family, and country, and were integral to promoting servility and conformity among the populace. This script is well known to the American public and it has been played out in films, popular culture, museums, the mainstream media, and other cultural apparatuses. Historical memory that posits the threat of the return of an updated authoritarianism turns the potential threat of the return of authoritarianism into dead memory. Hence, any totalitarian mode of governance is now treated as a relic of a sealed past that bears no relationship to the present. The need to retell the story of totalitarianism becomes a frozen lesson in history rather than a narrative necessary to understanding the present

Hannah Arendt, the great theorist of totalitarianism, believed that the protean elements of totalitarianism are still with us and that they would crystalize in different forms.[ii] Far from being a thing of the past, she believed that totalitarianism “heralds as a possible model for the future.”[iii] Arendt was keenly aware that the culture of traditionalism, an ever present culture of fear, the corporatization of civil society, the capture of state power by corporations, the destruction of public goods, the corporate control of the media, the rise of a survival-of-the-fittest ethos, the dismantling of civil and political rights, the ongoing militarization of society, the “religionization of politics,”[iv] a rampant sexism, an attack on labor, an obsession with national security, human rights abuses, the emergence of a police state, a deeply rooted racism, and the attempts by demagogues to undermine critical education as a foundation for producing critical citizenry were all at work in American society. For Arendt, these anti-democratic elements in American society constituted what she called the “sand storm,” a metaphor for totalitarianism.[v]

Historical conjunctures produce different forms of authoritarianism, though they all share a hatred for democracy, dissent, and human rights. It is too easy to believe in a simplistic binary logic that strictly categorizes a country as either authoritarian or democratic and leaves no room for entertaining the possibility of a mixture of both systems. American politics today suggests a more updated if not different form of authoritarianism or what some have called the curse of totalitarianism. In this context, it is worth remembering what Huey Long said in response to the question of whether America could ever become fascist: “Yes, but we will call it anti-fascist.” [vi] Long’s reply indicates that fascism is not an ideological apparatus frozen in a particular historical period, but as Arendt suggested a complex and often shifting theoretical and political register for understanding how democracy can be subverted, if not destroyed, from within.

The notion of soft fascism was articulated in 1985 in Bertram Gross’s book, Friendly Fascism, in which he argued that if fascism came to the United States it would not embody the same characteristics associated with fascist forms in the historical past. There would be no Nuremberg rallies, doctrines of racial superiority, government-sanctioned book burnings, death camps, genocidal purges, or the abrogation of the constitution. In short, fascism would not take the form of an ideological grid from the past simply downloaded onto another country under different historical conditions. Gross believed that fascism was an ongoing danger and had the ability to become relevant under new conditions, taking on familiar forms of thought that resonate with nativist traditions, experiences, and political relations. Similarly, in his Anatomy of Fascism, Robert O. Paxton argued that the texture of American fascism would not mimic traditional European forms but would be rooted in the language, symbols, and culture of everyday life. According to Paxton:

No swastikas in an American fascism, but Stars and Stripes (or Stars and Bars) and Christian crosses. No fascist salute, but mass recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance. These symbols contain no whiff of fascism in themselves, of course, but an American fascism would transform them into obligatory litmus tests for detecting the internal enemy).[vii]

It is worth noting that Umberto Eco in his discussion of “eternal fascism,” also argued that any updated version of fascism would not openly assume the mantle of historical fascism; rather, new forms of authoritarianism would appropriate some of its elements, making it virtually unrecognizable from its traditional forms.[viii] Eco contended that fascism, if it comes to America, will have a different guise, although it will be no less destructive of democracy.

The renowned political theorist Sheldon Wolin, in Democracy Incorporated, expanded and updated these views by arguing persuasively that the United States has produced its own unique form of authoritarianism, which he calls “inverted totalitarianism.”[ix]Wolin claimed that in the United States an emerging totalitarianism has appeared in form different from what we have seen in the past. Instead of a charismatic leader, the government is now governed through the anonymous and largely remote hands of corporate power and finance capital. Political sovereignty is largely replaced by economic sovereignty as corporate power takes over the reins of governance. The more money influences politics, the more corrupt the political culture becomes. Under such circumstances, holding office is largely dependent on having huge amounts of capital at one’s disposal, while laws and policies at all levels of government are mostly fashioned by lobbyists representing big business corporations and financial institutions. Moreover, as the politics of Obama’s health-care reform indicate–a gift to the health insurance giants–such lobbying, as corrupt and unethical as it may be, is now carried out in the open and displayed by insurance and drug companies as a badge of honor–a kind of open testimonial to their disrespect for democratic governance and a celebration of their power.

Rather than forcing a populace to adhere to a particular state ideology, the general public in the United States is largely depoliticized through the influence of corporations over schools, higher education, and other cultural apparatuses. The deadening of public values, civic consciousness, and critical citizenship are also the result of the work of anti-public intellectuals representing right-wing ideological and financial interests, a powerful corporate controlled media that are largely center-right, and a market-driven public pedagogy that reduces the obligations of citizenship to the endless consumption and discarding of commodities. In addition, a pedagogy of historical, social, and racial amnesia is constructed and ciculated through a highly popular celebrity culture and its counterpart in corporate-driven news, television, radio, and entertainment to produce a culture of stupidity, censorship, and diversionary spectacles.

The protean forces for creating an authoritarian state are in full play in the United States and extend far beyond the shadow of a debased and corrupt politics. A set of complex forces working in tandem is slowly, insidiously eroding the very foundations of a civic and democratic culture. Some of the most glaring issues are massive unemployment; a rotting infrastructure; the defunding of vital public services; the dismantling of the social safety net; expanding levels of poverty, especially for children; and an imprisonment binge largely targeting poor minorities of color. At the same time, a reign of lawlessness is overtaking the United States as police violence and state terrorism result in the killing of an increasing number of black men, women, and young people. But such a list barely scratches the surface. Institutions that were once designed to serve the public good now wage war against all things public. For instance, we have witnessed in the last thirty years the restructuring of public education as either a source of profit for corporations or an updated version of control modeled after prison culture coupled with an increasing culture of lying, cruelty, and corruption.

A culture of thoughtlessness now drives the predatory formative culture that allows a range of anti-democratic tendencies to flourish–tendencies that embody a new and extreme form of lawlessness and a theater of cruelty. Civic literacy in the United States is not simply in decline, it is the object of scorn and derision. The corporate controlled media have abandoned even the pretense of holding power accountable and now primarily serve as second rate entertainment venues spouting the virtues of balance, consumerism, greed, and American exceptionalism.

The seeds of extremism are everywhere. Instead of being educated, school children are handcuffed and punished for trivial infractions or simply taught how to take tests and give up on any vestige of critical thinking. Celebrity culture now works in tandem with neoliberal values to vaunt as models individuals who represent extreme forms of solipsism and a cultivated idiocy. The war on democracy by the financial elite and other religious and political fundamentalists is intent on defunding and eliminating every public sphere that serves the public good rather than moneyed interests. A war culture now shapes every aspect of society as war-like values, a hyper-masculinity, and an aggressive militarism seeps into every major institution in the United States including the schools, the media, and local police forces. The criminal justice system has become the default structure for dealing with social problems. More and more people are considered disposable and excess because they are viewed as a drain on the wealth or offend the sensibilities of the financial elite who are rapidly consolidating class power.

The spirt of aggression and the spectacle of violence permeates the culture and deeply imprints domestic and foreign policy. As Robert Koehler points out, “America is armed and dangerous—and always at war, both collectively and individually.”[x] The outcome of this unfolding nightmare will be not only a political and economic instability but this disappearance of public institutions to serve public needs, if not politics itself. At the same time, the destruction of a public culture that embraces and sustains democratic values and practices will be intensified. Surely all this points to what Hannah Arendt believed was the harbinger of totalitarianism–the disappearance of the thinking and speaking citizens who make politics possible.

What is particularly troublesome is the manifestations of totalitarianism in the discourse and proposed policy measures of the extremists that now govern the Republican Party and how this is taken up in the mainstream media. One finds in the rhetoric of Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and others a mix of war like values, expressions of racism, a hatred of women’s rights, unabashed support for the financial elite, a religious fundamentalism, a celebration of war, and a deep seated hostility for all things public. Chris Christie sells himself to the American public as a bully and believes that threatening violence is a crucial element of leadership. This was on full display when he recently stated that teacher’s unions “are the single most destructive force in public education in America [and deserve] a punch in the face.”[xi]

Threatening violence appears to be a powerful ideological register shared by many of the Republican Party candidates. Donald Trump comes close to supporting a form of racial cleansing by threatening to depart 11 million undocumented Mexican immigrants all the while demonizing them as rapists and criminals. This script has been played out before just prior to the genocide promoted in Nazi Germany. Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker want to abolish a woman’s right to abortion, and go so far as to argue that they would not permit women to get an abortion even if their lives depended on it. Huckabee takes this threat even further. When Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi asked Huckabee if he would send “the FBI or the National Guard to close abortion clinics,” he answered “”We’ll see when I’m president.”[xii]Huckabee is a real piece of work stating at one point that he would deny an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim.[xiii] This hatred of women and the need to control and domesticate them to the crudest forms of male hegemony and control is central to all fascist regimes.

All of these candidates, with the exception of Rand Paul, support the surveillance state and warrantless spying on American citizens. All of the candidates want to send troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic extremists, expand the military, and Trump goes so far as to claim he wants to seize the oil wells in Syria in order to appropriate their wealth–no apologies for naked imperialism here. Rick Santorum brags that if he is the next president of the United States he will be a wartime president, and add that he will also defend the “sanctity of life in the womb.”[xiv] John Dean in resurrecting arguments about the authoritarian personality argues that Donald Trump, though this applies to most of the Republican Party leadership, has four clear characteristics or traits that distinguish them as authoritarian: “They are dominating; they oppose equality; they desire personal power; and they are amoral.”[xv] This echoes the classic work by Theodor Adorno on the authoritarian personality.

Similarly, the mainstream media treats this group of extremists who promote a culture of fear, racism, and hatred as eccentric, odd, crazies, colorful, or simply toxic. All the while, they refuse to acknowledge that the extremism on full display among these politicians reveals a dark and more threatening side of politics, one that exposes the unapologetic register of totalitarianism and goes far beyond either the psychologizing of authoritarianism or locating it within the aberrant personalities of a few politicians. Totalitarianism is a complex systemic register that is deeply woven into American ideology, governance, and policy. It is present in the attack on the welfare state, the attack on civil liberties, the indiscriminate killing of civilians by drones, illegal wars, the legitimation of state torture, and the ongoing spread of domestic violence against minorities of class and color.

A few journalists have raised the specter of totalitarianism but they largely confine the charge to the bellicose Donald Trump. For instance, Connor Lynch claims points to Trump’s authoritarian discourse which is “full of race baiting, xenophobia and belligerent nationalism.” [xvi] Jeffrey Tucker goes further arguing that Trump’s popularity not only draws support from “the darkest elements of American life” but also mimics a form of neoliberalism in which economics is affirmed as a way of governing all of social life.[xvii] For Tucker, Trump is representative of a mode of totalitarianism that “seeks total control of society and economy and demands no limits on state power.”[xviii] Those on the Left, such as Norman Solomon, who raise this issue are largely marginalized.

What is useful about these critiques is that they acknowledge that democracy is dead in the United States and that the forces of tyranny and authoritarianism offer no apologies for their hatred of democracy and the culture of poverty, immiseration, and cruelty that they want to impose on the American people, if not the rest of the world. What they fail to acknowledge is that the anti-democratic forces at work in the new totalitarianism are not limited to the discourse of the new extremists. Totalitarianism is not merely about errant personalities. It is also about the ideological, political, cultural, and governing structures of society. These systemic forces have been building for quite some time in the United States and have been recognized by our most astute writers such as Sheldon Wolin and Chris Hedges. What is new is that they are not only out of the shadows but are enthusiastically embraced by a segment of the population and articulated in all of their fury by a number of politicians. Totalitarianism is not simply a personality disorder and is not limited to the power of a few erratic politicians; it demands and cannot survive without mass support—it is systemic, a desiring machine, a politics, a culture, and a distortion of power. And it is not limited to Republican Party extremists.

Take for instance the comments on CNN by the alleged liberal Wesley Clark, a former 4-star general and one-time Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Clark called for World War II-style internment camps to be revived for “disloyal Americans.” Clark unapologetically argued for people to be identified who are most likely to embrace a radical ideology stating that “If these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It is their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict.”[xix] Calling for domestic internment camps for radicals is more than chilling and suggests the degree to which a poisonous nationalism mimics the legacy of Nazi Germany.

As Bill Dixon has observed “We live in an era in which the conditions that produce totalitarian forms are once again with us.”[xx] A new form of authoritarianism is now shaping American society. What is equally true is that there is nothing inevitable about this growing threat. This dystopian politics must be exposed, made visible, and challenged on both the local, national, and global planes.

What is crucial is that the mechanisms, discourse, culture, and ideologies that inform authoritarianism must become part of any analysis that now addresses and is willing to challenge the anti-democratic forces at the heart of American politics. This means, in part, focusing on the ongoing repressive and systemic conditions, institutions, ideologies, and values that have been developing in American society for the last forty years, at the very least. It means finding a common ground on which various elements of the left can be mobilized under the banner of a radical democracy in order to challenge the diverse forms of oppression, incarceration, mass violence, exploitation, and exclusion that now define the authoritarian nature of American politics. It means taking seriously the educative nature of politics and recognizing that public spheres must be created in order to educate citizens who are informed, socially responsible, and willing to fight collectively for a future in which a radical democracy appears sustainable.  This suggests an anti-fascist struggle that is not about simply about remaking economic structures, but also refashioning identities, values, social relations, modes of identification as part of a democratic project along with what it means to desire a better and more democratic future.

Hannah Arendt was right in stating that “the aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any,” suggesting that totalitarianism was as much about the production of thoughtlessness as it was about the imposition of brute force, gaping inequality, corporatism, and the spectacle of violence.[xxi] Totalitarianism destroys everything that democracy makes possible and in doing so thrives on mass terror, manufactured stupidity, and the disappearance of politics, all the while making of human beings superfluous. Yet, power however tyrannical is never without resistance. Dark times are not ahead, they are here but that does not mean they are here to stay.

Notes.

[i] See, for instance, Mabel Berezin, Making the Fascist Self: The Political culture of Interwar Italy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997).

[ii] Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York: 2001).

[iii] Marie Luise Knott, Unlearning With Hannah Arendt, trans. by David Dollenmayer, (Other Press: New York, NY. 2011, 2013), p 17.

[iv] I have taken this term from Zygmunt Bauman, Living on Borrowed Time: Conversations with Citlali Rovirosa-Madrazo,(Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2010), p. 132.

[v] See Bill Dixon insightful commentary on Arendt use of “sand storm” as a metaphor for analyzing the protean elements of totalitarianism. Bill Dixon, “Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm,” Hannah Arendt Center (February 3, 2014). Online:http://www.hannaharendtcenter.org/?p=12466

[vi] Paul Bigioni, “The Real Threat of Fascism”, CommonDreams.org, (September 30, 2005). online at:http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0930-25.htm

[vii] Robert O’ Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism (New York: Knopf, 2004), p. 202.

[viii] Umberto Eco, “Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt,” New York Review of Books (February 2010), pp. 12-15.

[ix] Sheldon S. Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, (Princeton University Press, 2008).

[x] Robert Koehler, “Armed Insecurity,” Counter Punch, (July 24, 2015). Online at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/24/armed-insecurity/

[xi] Chris Christie, “Chris Christie: Apologize for Threatening Teachers,” AFT A Union of Professionals, (August 15, 2015). Online at: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/chris-christie-apologize-for-threatening-teachers

[xii] Matt Taibbi, “Inside the GOP Clown Car,” Rolling Stone (August 12, 2015). Online: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-gop-clown-car-20150812

[xiii] Emily Atkin, “Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion to 10-year-Old Rape Victim,” Think Progress (August 16, 2015). Online:http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/08/16/3692100/huckabee-paraguay-rape-abortion/

[xiv] Lou Dubose, “Ted Cruz and the Politics of Faith and Fear,” The Washington Spectator, (July 27, 2015). Online at:http://washingtonspectator.org/ted-cruz-and-the-politics-of-faith-and-fear/

[xv] John Dean, “Trump Is the Authoritarian Ruler Republicans—and Some Dems—Have Been Waiting For,” Alternet, (August 13, 2015).Online at: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-authoritarian-ruler-republicans-and-some-dems-have-been-waiting

[xvi] Conor Lynch, “Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base,” Salon, (July 25, 2015). Online at:http://www.salon.com/2015/07/25/donald_trump_is_an_actual_fascist_what_his_surging_popularity_says_about_the_gop_base/

[xvii] Jeffrey A. Tucker, “Is Donald Trump A Fascist?,” Newsweek, (July 17, 2015) Online at: http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-fascist-354690

[xviii] Ibid. Jeffrey A. Tucker, “Is Donald Trump A Fascist?.”

[xix] Murtaza Hussain, “Welsely Clark Calls for Internment Camps for ‘Radicalized Americans.” The Intercept (July 20, 2015). Online:https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/20/chattanooga-wesley-clark-calls-internment-camps-disloyal-americans/

[xx] Bill Dixon, “Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm,” Hannah Arendt Center (February 3, 2014). Online:http://www.hannaharendtcenter.org/?p=12466

[xxi] Hannah Arendt, “Ideology and Terror: A Novel Form of Government,” The Origins of Totalitarianism, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York: 2001). p. 468.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. His most recent books are America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (Haymarket Press, 2014). His web site is www.henryagiroux.com.

 

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The Korean war…

To finally understand the motivations and justification behind The Korean War, and how it contributed to our loss of liberty and fortune, it has to be understood after the fact, with both sides weighed and considered. This campaign, similar to the Vietnam campaign just a few short years later, were said to have been fought for three primary reasons, and justified to the American People from congress to media.

Even though they are both now considered an extension of the cold war with Russia, the real story eludes the American people to this very day, with a forth, well-hidden agenda that I will reveal…

At the time, most Americans perceived them to be wars of ideology, differing methods of governance between the North and South of both countries, a so-called Democracy against an influx of Totalitarian Communism. But that is not the entire story and, so too, not the entire truth. I will present these three justifications here, as presented to Congress by the President of that time, but the true and primary reason will be found in the last paragraphs below, in my notes…

The first reason was called the “Domino theory. China had just become Communistic in 1949, soon morphing into the domination of a totalitarian government. President Truman proposed his many fears of this to Congress, with his primary concern being that Japan might be next. You see, international enterprises had Japan earmarked for something else. At the same time President Eisenhower was warning America that the Military Industrial Complex, that had finally and decisively won WW2 on two fronts, had grown to gigantic proportions and was vying to be fed by another war. They could not, and would not devolve. He warned us that they would take over our government, and he was right.

The second, and this was also promoted in media… that we, as a democratic Republic, have an unwritten obligation to undermine Communism on all levels, to insure and protect the American way of life, in spite of the fact that this is diametrically opposed to our Constitution. One year later, after much debate and conjecture, and of course much lobbying by the military and corporations, the American National Security Council recommended what they called a ‘roll back’ of Communism, by way of what we now refer to as a “police” presence. This way, no congressional approval was necessary, and it could be done by Presidential mandate without bending the Constitution. Some called this traitorous, as it was indeed a viable loop-hole, and is working effectively to this very day.

The third was not discussed openly at that time, but the Truman administration saw Russia to be in competition with our military for world dominance, and a viable contender. Fear was promoted to the American people, and we have had our children dive under their desks when a special siren was heard, the building of a self-contained shelter in case of nuclear attack, threats to take our weapons cleared the shelves of ammunition and assault weapons, hoarders and preppers buying silver and heirloom seeds, waiting for end times, and all of it has been very lucrative for those who have promoted it.

Though WW2 motivations are too complicated to justify in this paper, Russia’s war with Stalin promoted the growth of Communism, also under Totalitarian dictate. In the processes found in the dust of WW2, Kim Ti Sung convinced Stalin and the infamous Mao Tse Tung to support an invasion of South Korea in 1949. Soon after, in the year 1950, South Korea’s Syngman Rhee gave a fear-driven threatening posture back to them, that his forces were prepared to attack North Korea. Of course he was in communication with the White House, and this gave him the necessary courage, without a doubt, as he was assured American support. If this had been known, the hammer that triggered the NKPA to invade South Korea, war might have been reconsidered.

It seems now that the boasting by Kim Sung to Russia, that an invasion of South Korea would be an easy task, had no idea the United States would take a stand to stop them… Surely, the leader of China, Mao Tse Tung, would have seen the folly of such a strike, because all of these powers knew full-well the ability of the US military, a military with claws, hungry for a feed, and itching for a fight…

Author’s note: The Korean conflict was a cold, economic war between the United States and the USSR, as was Vietnam. Both superpowers had ‘The Bomb,’ and so the concept of MAD was formulated to avert what they called a ‘hot war.’ MAD, (mutually assured destruction), insured that all future wars would be fought conventionally, unless the homeland was threatened. I am sure that this agreement, over the period of sixty years, has saved this planet more than once, and was indeed, very lucrative.

One final consideration, with no solution at hand… so please, pay attention here …

As there is unimaginable profit to be made by both destruction and reconstruction, bombs and armament to start, but also the rebuilding process for the future manufacturing businesses, planned to bypass the American Market. Japan was primarily earmarked but the military needed a feeding, and opportunities abounded in post WW2. This is where our manufacturing jobs have gone, and as it thwarted the Unions, they created a market without government control, sanction or tax, from pollution to human rights. Insurance, safety, child labor laws, and many other American workplace benefits we take for granted, were sacrificed to create what can only be described as sweat shops, and manned by slave labor. And as the international banks financed both sides, they could pick up property and resources for pennies on the dollar. And before the dead were buried and the smoke cleared, similar to what the South had to contend with after our own Civil War, Carpet Baggers spread over the countryside from a central Bank, buying up everything not nailed down.

War sir, is a racket, and as countries go toe to toe, international banks, and the Federal Reserve who are printing money out of thin air to pay for it all, are inflating our money as a hidden tax, and increasing a debt that can never be paid. Debt slavery for both sides… and finally, RUSSIA went bankrupt during their own Vietnam war, Afghanistan, and as Saudi Arabia flooded the market with cheep oil, they defaulted. Osama Bin Laden helped America to achieve this, as a CIA operative. So why did we allow this to happen? Why could we not see that an international Central Bank, international corporations, and The Federal Reserve who is considered by mandate to be above the law, would work in collaboration, and not for the best interests of America? Why did we allow men of other nations to hold office with duel citizenship? Surely we had some who warned us, but why weren’t those warnings heeded? Could the answer lie in the very mindset that we ascribe to as the American People? Surely, we have been played, but how can we continually be confounded? Why can’t we learn for our past mistakes? Why do we continue to trust the same growing powers who put their boots on the neck of our civil liberty, and are dismantling the very fabric of what we were created by our founders to be?

Could it be, I dare say, that there is actually something wrong with the American people? How can we be assaulted, one after another, and from every side, and not react? What is wrong with us? As three percent claim to be awake, what viable game plan have they proposed, as they are infiltrated by moles that undermine the cause of Liberty…. and the rest, so easily distracted by a trusting collective mentality, with a psyche of selfish entitlement indignation, ego-eccentric in nature, with violent reactions based on what can only be described as indolent myopia, social breakdown, and the lack of a moral and ethical standard. Yes, the Progressive mindset is fixed into the minds of America, by a black box owned by them. And we sit there, night after night, eating TV dinners, drinking beer and smoking illegal pot like that is a form of resistance and, in that fog, we open our minds to subliminal indoctrination and are convinced, even as we polish our collars, that what we have inside was put there by our own volition, and an original thought.

And so… Might there be another consideration as to why our collective consciousness is so overwhelmed from every direction? Is it possible that our lives, our fortunes, or liberty, our motivations and insight are actually in the hands of something too horrible to comprehend? Consider, for just a moment, the 17-Petaflop Titan Supercomputer. It is, at this moment, officially the world’s fastest, and with the right program, certainly smarter than anything we can collectively reason. How can we fight something that can formulate a million future moves, to our one, a move we can’t agree on? When one looks at the amazing veritable complexities on that eventful day on 9-11, 13 years ago, it seems plausible that something of a higher order was in charge. Something that can divert attention, immediately and effectively adapt and rewrite history on the fly. The name of the beast is Titan, its language is biometric, and it has the ability to hide in plain sight, by creating diversions, even in our own minds. And as we can’t come together for a common cause, Titan might do it for us, and not in our name, but for those who program it to do their bidding.




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