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Re: wtf

Postby lostandfound » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:43 am

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Normalizing the Abnormal

Dr. Estés observes that the disorder of normalizing the abnormal is rampant across cultures. When there are formidable punishments for breaking silence, for pointing out wrongs, for demanding change, we cut away our rightful rage and become used to not being able to intervene in shocking events. Despair, fatigue and resignation follow.3

Normalization of the abnormal has been achieved in large part through the power elite's control of the news media and entertainment. This dominance has permitted not only deciding the "information" the public is allowed to receive, but also the molding of public opinion and behavior. One example is sponsorship of the TV show 24, carefully designed to desensitize the viewers to the use of torture. Another is the use of TV commercials showing stars cheerfully endorsing invasive personal identification technology, as part of a carefully designed program for grooming us to accept Big Brother surveillance and control, including the eventual implantation of microchips under our skin.

The power elite goes to any lengths to keep the public misled, distracted, fearful, and ultimately imprisoned in a matrix of disinformation, rampant consumerism and the lowest common denominators of human nature, including raw violence and mindless sexuality. As Huxley observed in 1962, the controlling oligarchy has long been at work developing scientific methods of control to "induce people to love their servitude" - to make them "enjoy a state of affairs which by any decent standard they ought not to enjoy."4 This dystopic scenario was echoed by Bertrand Russell, who predicted that as a result of the gradual and ruthless use of technological advances, "a revolt of the plebs would be as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton."5

I would contend that the disorder of normalizing the abnormal consists in large measure of reshaping our very construct of human nature in terms of its basest parameters, especially in the areas of acquisitiveness, violence, and sexuality. Massive effort has gone into studying and modifying human behavior to serve the global elite's greed for money and power. The modern consumer is not reflective of genuine human nature, but rather a phenomenon created in great part by the psychoanalytic studies, experiments and recommendations of the brilliant capitalist asset Edward Bernays. The widespread aberration of a dumbed down populace, unaware and largely uncaring regarding its destiny, has taken years of careful elitist effort to orchestrate. And the disgusting extremes of human sexual behaviors that are fast approaching the excesses of the infamous last days of the Roman Empire are similarly a product of diligently researched scientific techniques of psychological and social control.

It is terrifying but essential to come into awareness that it is in great part the knowledge of human nature gained through the application of torture techniques by intelligence agencies that has infused the broader mind control strategies of the ruling class. More generally, its control techniques have evolved in large measure from "black" psychological operations (psyops) that are carefully compartmentalized and hidden from our bone fide representatives in all three branches of government. Many of the current mind control techniques have been derived from barbaric projects secretly conducted by governments, private laboratories and universities. In his 2000 book titled The Mind Controllers, Dr. Armen Victorian used the Freedom of Information Act to document experiments by the CIA and other agencies exploring new forms of "non-lethal" weapons which exploited hospital patients, pregnant women, school children, prisoners and military veterans without their consent. Other extremely dangerous experiments, including nuclear radiation experiments, have been conducted on an unsuspecting public at large, and even on our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.6

Learned Helplessness

The phenomenon of normalizing the abnormal was given experimental validation in the 1970s through controlled studies with groups of dogs. The experiments revealed a great deal about the innate flight or fight reactions to danger and indicated that self-protective instincts can be overriden by inducing "learned helplessness." In one experiment the bottoms of cages were wired to produce a shock on one side only, resulting in the expected avoidance behaviors; then the entire floors of the cages were wired to give random shocks, resulting in confusion, then panic, and then just lying down in resignation, taking the shocks as they came and no longer trying to avoid or outsmart them. Next the cage doors were opened, but the dogs did not move to escape as expected, leading to the hypothesis that they had adapted to or "normalized" their pain and were consequently exhibiting symptoms similar to chronic clinical depression.7

Learned helplessness manifests in everyday situations or environments in which people perceive, rightly or wrongly, that they have no control over what happens to them, e.g., war, famine, or detention (those who refused to care or fend for themselves in the Nazi concentration camps were called Muselmänner). When the instincts for self-determination are injured, as observed by Dr. Estés, humans will 'normalize' assault after assault, acts of injustice and destruction toward themselves, their offspring, their loved ones, their land, and even their moral and spiritual values.8

The electroshock of the dogs in the learned helplessness experiments has, as Naomi Klein documents, been copied on a societal level by the financial oligarchy. The capitalist elite shocks a nation with an event like 9/11, and in the ensuing stage of confusion and panic rushes in with salvation in the form of protective father figures who provide a narrative that offers a perspective on the shocking events that allows the profoundly disoriented victims to make sense of the trauma.9 Hence the extraordinary power of the mind control matrix known as the War on Terror.

But what is learned can be unlearned; what has been forgotten can be relearned. Especially in the case of our inherent instincts of preservation, we can engage in forensic analysis with a view to restoring the natural skills that give us power:

"[The] normalizing of the shocking and abusive is refused by repairing injured instinct....To re-learn the deep...instincts, it is vital to see how they were decommissioned to begin with....[We compose] a map of the woods in which we live, and where the predators live, and what their modus operandi is....[Then] if our wild nature has been injured by something, we refuse to lie down to die. We refuse to normalize this harm. We call up our instincts and do what we have to do."10

Klein demonstrates a similar optimism: "Once the mechanics of the shock doctrine are deeply and collectively understood, whole communities become harder to take by surprise, more difficult to confuse-shock resistant."11

The Betwixt and Between Syndrome

The relentless march toward tyranny in the United States and other nations with a heritage of freedom, underscored by the blatant criminality of the recent bailout package implemented against the political will and interest of the populace, seems to portend a terrifying future for humanity. It leaves us in a no man's land between the familiarity of our previous reality and the uncharted dangers lying ahead.

This loss of bearings should be seen as a form of psychological control by the globalists over the populace for two reasons. First, it is a situation they have engineered, and engineered in such a way as to serve their self-interest. Second, our fear of a destiny they have designed for us keeps us from exercising our full potential of actively opposing its unfolding. At a time of the implementation of what can only be perceived as their endgame, we find ourselves floundering and cut off from our inner fire.

Humans have an instinctive fear of the unknown, which is exacerbated if trends indicate an unknown that is negative rather than positive. In the present case the unknown seems to be characterized by the probability of enormous global destabilization, with massive suffering in store for the populace. Although the world as we have known it is far from acceptable, the horizon appears quite possibly unbearable--hence the phrase "looking into the abyss" used recently by a number of analysts.

This makes the betwixt and between predicament more difficult to navigate than it would be in less extreme situations, such as adolescence as a normal and predictable transition from childhood to maturity. Another exacerbation is the endless onslaught of crises that the oligarchy orchestrates in order to keep us in a state of continual disorientation, seemingly unable to process one trauma before the next one hits.

But as in the case of normalizing the abnormal and learned helplessness, the solution lies in keen understanding of the problem. Once we dissect the betwixt and between predicament, a predicament that all of us have experienced and navigated in our personal lives but may well not have recognized and named as such, our fear will lose its hold and we can reclaim our power.

The betwixt and between predicament occurs whenever we are forced to revise our previous sense of self and reality, and are required to remain in a zone of unfamiliarity, disorientation and loss of control until a new set of truths emerges and is integrated. All of us have faced this predicament again and again in our lives, e.g., during the teen years, after a major loss, and in our daily lives when our personal growth process entails the death of old aspects of the self and the birth of new ones. Even transitions that one welcomes gladly, such as marriage, a better job, or moving, are in fact highly stressful because of their magnitude.

Anthropological insights on initiations and rites of passage have much to teach us regarding the betwixt and between phenomenon. Rites of transition are marked by distinct (although often overlapping) stages:

"Separation: a detachment or departure from a previous state, whose familiarity provided a sense of security;

Marginality / Ambiguity: entering the margin between the former and the new state of being, not quite here but not quite there, having lost the security of familiar boundaries and facing disorientation; * Consummation: a culmination in which one integrates a new state of being and sense of self." 12

In a classic essay on the betwixt and between predicament, Victor Turner observes that the transition from separation to ambiguity is marked by temporary invisibility: one cannot be classified either in the old or the new way and is therefore structurally invisible.13 This goes a long way in explaining the fear that marks major transitions and initiations.

The good news is that, as with the process of grieving, there is a well-charted process by which we can move from the frightening state of ambiguity and achieve a new equilibrium: a new equilibrium that is in fact healthier and more resilient because it is based on full awareness of the truth of things. It is less painful to accept the need for change than to stay in denial. Indeed, as the renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell stresses, there is great dignity in answering the call to heroism, a call that is now sounding to all of humanity.

The good news goes further: Turner and others in fact see potential gifts in the betwixt and between ambiguity that is so emotionally difficult. The inability to classify oneself, while one is in the stage of uncertainty and not-knowing, is also freedom to explore new ways of constructing reality and identity. The stage of ambiguity can become one of enormous creativity and fertility as we move to a new reality that we ourselves construct. It is vital to keep this awareness as we face and oppose the unfolding of the financial elite's endgame of cementing its global control through the current economic crises and so-called solutions it has itself engineered. As an advancing power nears its goal of full spectrum dominance, its crimes break the surface for all to witness, as evidenced by the audacity of the corporatocracy in forcing the passage of the bailout package and in its brazenly self-serving implementation.

Our Republic was not always ignorant and apathetic in the face of such criminality. In reaction to an offer in 1905 of a $100,000 donation by John D. Rockefeller for the missionary work of the U.S. Congregationalist Church, its most eminent leader asked, "Is this clean money? Can any man, can any institution, knowing its origins, touch it without being defiled?" The Reverend Washington Gladdington, echoing the prevalent outlook of the era, berated the accumulation of wealth on every side "by methods as heartless, as cynically iniquitous as any that were employed by the Roman plunderers or robber barons of the Dark Ages. In the cool brutality with which properties are wrecked, securities destroyed, and people by the hundreds robbed of their little, all to build up the fortunes of the multi-millionaires, we have an appalling revelation of the kind of monster a human being may become."14

No longer can the oligarchs use the insidiousness of the iceman Brak to further their agenda. And longer do we need to allow them to disempower us through technocratic techniques of psychological control. The efficacy of these techniques has stemmed in great measure from our internalization of oppression, a process we can work to reverse once we understand it.


When Gandhi was asked his opinion of Western civilization he said it would be a good idea. But that oft-cited quote, is misleading, assuming as it does that civilization is an unmitigated blessing.

Civilized people, we are told, live peacefully and cooperatively with their fellows, sharing the necessary labour in order to obtain the leisure to develop arts and sciences. And while that would be a good idea, it is not a good description of what has been going on in the so-called advanced cultures during the past 8,000 years.

Civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been based on slavery and "warfare." Incidentally, the latter term is a euphemism for mass murder.

The prevailing recipe for civilization is simple:

1) Use lies and brainwashing to create an army of controlled, systematic mass murderers;

2) Use that army to enslave large numbers of people (i.e. seize control of their labour power and its fruits);

3) Use that slave labour power to improve the brainwashing process (by using the economic surplus to employ scribes, priests, and Page Ranking men). Then go back to step one and repeat the process.

Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, injure, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse. The inventor of civilization -- the first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers -- was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that momentous discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over non-psychopaths in the struggle for power in civilizational hierarchies -- especially military hierarchies.


Military institutions are tailor-made for psychopathic killers. The five percent or so of human males who feel no remorse about killing their fellow human beings make the best soldiers. And the 95 percent who are extremely reluctant to kill make terrible soldiers -- unless they are brainwashed with highly sophisticated modern techniques that turn them (temporarily it is hoped) into functional psychopaths.

In his book, "On Killing" (1996), Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has re-written military history to highlight what other histories hide: The fact that military science is less about strategy and technology than about overcoming the instinctive human reluctance to kill members of our own species. The true "Revolution in Military Affairs" was not Donald Rumsfeld’s move to high-tech in 2001, but Brigadier Gen. S.L.A. Marshall’s discovery in the 1940s that only 15-20 percent of World War II soldiers along the line of fire would use their weapons: "Those (80-85 percent) who did not fire did not run or hide (in many cases they were willing to risk great danger to rescue comrades, get ammunition, or run messages), but they simply would not fire their weapons at the enemy, even when faced with repeated waves of banzai charges" (Grossman, p. 4).

Marshall’s discovery and subsequent research proved that in all previous wars, a tiny minority of soldiers -- the five percent who are natural-born psychopaths and perhaps a few temporarily-insane imitators -- did almost all the killing. Normal men just went through the motions and, if at all possible, refused to take the life of an enemy soldier, even if that meant giving up their own. The implication: Wars are ritualized mass murders by psychopaths of non-psychopaths (This cannot be good for humanity’s genetic endowment!).

Marshall’s work, brought a Copernican revolution to military science. In the past, everyone believed that the soldier willing to kill for his country was the (heroic) norm, while one who refused to fight was a (cowardly) aberration. The truth, as it turned out, was that the normative soldier hailed from the psychopathic five percent. The sane majority, would rather die than fight.


The implication, too frightening for even the likes of Marshall and Grossman to fully digest, was that the norms for soldiers’ behaviour in battle had been set by psychopaths. That meant that psychopaths were in control of the military as an institution. Worse, it meant that psychopaths were in control of society’s perception of military affairs. Evidently, psychopaths exercised an enormous amount of power in seemingly sane, normal society.

How could that be? In "Political Ponerology," Andrzej Lobaczewski explains that clinical psychopaths enjoy advantages even in non-violent competitions to climb the ranks of social hierarchies. Because they can lie without remorse (and without the telltale physiological stress that is measured by lie detector tests) psychopaths can always say whatever is necessary to get what they want. In court, for example, psychopaths can tell extreme bald-faced lies in a plausible manner, while their sane opponents are handicapped by an emotional predisposition to remain within hailing distance of the truth. Too often, the judge or jury imagines that the truth must be somewhere in the middle, and then issues decisions that benefit the psychopath. As with judges and juries, so too with those charged with decisions concerning who to promote and who not to promote in corporate, military and governmental hierarchies. The result is that all hierarchies inevitably become top-heavy with psychopat

So-called conspiracy theorists, some of whom deserve the pejorative connotation of that much-abused term, often imagine that secret societies of Jews, Jesuits, bankers, communists, Bilderbergers, Muslim extremists, papists, and so on, are secretly controlling history, doing dastardly deeds, and/or threatening to take over the world. As a leading "conspiracy theorist" according to Wikipedia, I feel eminently qualified to offer an alternative conspiracy theory which, like the alternative conspiracy theory of 9/11, is both simpler and more accurate than the prevailing wisdom: The only conspiracy that matters is the conspiracy of the psychopaths against the rest of us.


Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate power. And as that power grows ever-more-threatened, the psychopaths grow ever-more-desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the overworld -- the criminal syndicate or overlapping set of syndicates that lurks above ordinary society and law just as the underworld lurks below it. In 9/11 and the 9/11 wars, we are seeing the final desperate power-grab or "endgame" (Alex Jones) of brutal, cunning gangs of CIA drug-runners and president-killers; money-laundering international bankers and their hit-men, economic and otherwise; corrupt military contractors and gung-ho generals; corporate predators and their political enablers; brainwashers and mind-rapists euphemistically known as psy-ops experts and PR specialists. In short, the whole sick crew of certifiable psychopaths running our so-called civilization. And they are running scared. It was
their terror of losing control that they projected onto the rest of us by blowing up the Twin Towers and inciting temporary psychopathic terror-rage in the American public.

Why does the psychopathocracy fear it is losing control? Because it is threatened by the spread of knowledge. The greatest fear of any psychopath is of being found out. As George H. W. Bush said to journalist Sarah McClendon in December, 1992, "If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us."

Given that Bush is reported to have participated in parties where child prostitutes were sodomized and otherwise abused, among his many other crimes, his statement to McClendon should be taken seriously.


Psychopaths go through life knowing that they are completely different from other people. They quickly learn to hide their lack of empathy, while carefully studying others’ emotions so as to mimic normalcy while cold-bloodedly manipulating the normals.


Today, thanks to new information technologies, we are on the brink of unmasking the psychopaths and building a civilization of, by and for the normal human being -- a civilization without war, a civilization based on truth, a civilization in which the saintly few rather than the diabolical few would gravitate to positions of power. We already have the knowledge necessary to diagnose psychopathic personalities and keep them out of power. We have the knowledge necessary to dismantle the institutions in which psychopaths especially flourish -- militaries, intelligence agencies, large corporations and secret societies. We simply need to disseminate this knowledge -- and develop the will to use it -- as widely as possible.

Above all, we need to inform the public about how psychopaths co-opt and corrupt normal human beings. One way they do this, is by manipulating shame and denial -- emotions foreign to psychopaths but common and easily-induced among normals.

Consider how gangs and secret societies (psychopaths’ guilds in disguise) recruit new members. Some criminal gangs and satanist covens demand that candidates for admission commit a murder to "earn their stripes."

Skull and Bones, the Yale-based secret society that supplies the CIA with drug-runners, mind-rapists, child abusers and professional killers, requires neophytes to lie naked in a coffin and masturbate in front of older members while reciting the candidate’s entire sexual history. By forcing the neophyte to engage in ritualized behaviour that would be horrendously shameful in normal society, the psychopaths’ guild destroys the candidate’s normal personality, assuming he had one in the first place, and turns the individual into a co-opted, corrupt, degraded shadow of his former self -- a manufactured psychopath or psychopath’s apprentice.

This manipulation of shame has the added benefit of making psychopathic organizations effectively invisible to normal society. Despite easily available media reports, American voters in 2004 simply refused to see that the two major-party presidential candidates had lain naked in a coffin masturbating in front of older Bonesmen in order to gain admission to Skull and Bones and thus become members of the criminal overworld.

Likewise, many Americans have long refused to see that hawkish elements of the overworld, operating through the CIA, had obviously been the murderers of JFK, MLK, RFK, JFK Jr., Malcolm X, ChÈ, AllendÈ, Wellstone, Lumumba, Aguilera, Diem, and countless other relatively non-psychopathic leaders. They refuse to see the continuing murders of millions of people around the world in what amounts to an American holocaust. They refuse to see the evidence that the psychopaths’ guilds running America’s most powerful institutions use the most horrific forms of sexualized abuse imaginable to induce multiple-personality-disorder in child victims, then use the resulting mind-control slaves as disposable drug-runners, prostitutes, Manchurian candidates and even diplomatic envoys. And of course they refuse to see that 9/11 was a transparently obvious inside job, and that their own psychopath-dominated military-intelligence apparatus is behind almost every major terrori
st outrage of recent decades.

All of this psychopathic behaviour at the top of the social hierarchy is simply too shameful for ordinary people to see, so they avert their gaze, just as wives of husbands who are sexually abusing their children sometimes refuse to see what is happening in plain view. If deep, deep denial were a river in Egypt, American citizens’ willful blindness would be more like the Marianas Trench.


But thanks to the power of the Internet, people everywhere are waking up. The only obvious non-psychopath among Republican presidential candidates, Ron Paul, also happens to be the only candidate in either party with significant grassroots support.

If "love" is embedded in the Revolution Ron Paul heralds, that is because Dr. Paul -- a kindly, soft-spoken physician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies -- implicitly recognizes that government is the invention and tool of psychopaths, and therefore must be strictly limited in scope and subjected to a rigorous system of checks and balances, lest the psychopath’s tools, fear and hatred, replace love as the glue that binds society together.

The decline in militarism since World War II in advanced countries, the spread of literacy and communications technology, and the people’s growing demands for a better life, together represent a gathering force that terrifies the psychopathocracy, (those alternately competing-then-cooperating gangs of psychopaths who have ruled through lies, fear and intimidation since the dawn of so-called civilization).

Since nuclear weapons have made war obsolete, the pathocracy is terrified that its favourite social control mechanism -- ritualized mass slaughter -- is increasingly unavailable. And if war was the great human tragedy, the pathocrats’ pathetic attempt at a war-substitute -- the transparently phoney "war on terror" -- is repeating it as sheerest farce.

Truly, we are witnessing the twilight of the psychopaths. Whether in their death throes they succeed in pulling down the curtain of eternal night on all of us, or whether we resist them and survive to see the dawn of a civilization worthy of the name, is the great decision in which all of us others, however humbly, are now participating.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrongs look like right in their eyes." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Re: wtf

Postby lostandfound » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:04 am

"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck."--from an Address at a Civil Rights meeting, 1883


A New Covenant*

by L. Neil Smith

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED Witnesses to the Lesson of History -- that no Form of political Governance may be relied upon to secure the individual Rights of Life, Liberty, or Property -- now therefore establish and provide certain fundamental Precepts measuring our Conduct toward one another, and toward others:

Individual Sovereignty

FIRST, that we shall henceforward recognize each individual to be the exclusive Proprietor of his or her own Existence and of all products of that Existence, holding no Obligation binding among Individuals excepting those to which they voluntarily and explicitly consent;

Freedom from Coercion

SECOND, that under no Circumstances shall we acknowledge any Liberty to initiate Force against another Person, and shall instead defend the inalienable Right of Individuals to resist Coercion employing whatever Means prove necessary in their Judgement;

Association and Secession

THIRD, that we shall hold inviolable those Relationships among Individuals which are totally voluntary, but conversely, any Relationship not thus mutually agreeable shall be considered empty and invalid;

Individuality of Rights

FOURTH, that we shall regard Rights to be neither collective nor additive in Character -- two individuals shall have no more Rights than one, nor shall two million nor two thousand million -- nor shall any Group possess Rights in Excess of those belonging to its individual members;

Equality of Liberty

FIFTH, that we shall maintain these Principles without Respect to any person's Race, Nationality, Gender, sexual Preference, Age, or System of Beliefs, and hold that any Entity or Association, however constituted, acting to contravene them by initiation of Force -- or Threat of same -- shall have forfeited its Right to exist;


UPON UNANIMOUS CONSENT of the Members or Inhabitants of any Association or Territory, we further stipulate that this Agreement shall supercede all existing governmental Documents or Usages then pertinent, that such Constitutions, Charters, Acts, Laws, Statutes, Regulations, or Ordinances contradictory or destructive to the Ends which it expresses shall be null and void, and that this Covenant, being the Property of its Author and Signatories, shall not be Subject to Interpretation excepting insofar as it shall please them.


Harry Browne defines freedom as living your life as you want to live it. He claims that you can enjoy a high degree of freedom right now. He indicates that:

Hoping to be free, many people engage in continual social combat — joining movements, urging political action, writing letters to editors and Congressmen, trying to educate people. They hope that someday it will all prove to have been worthwhile.

But as the years go by they see little overall change. Small victories are won; defeats set them back. The world seems to continue on its path to wherever it’s going. Until they die, the hopeful remain just as enslaved as they’ve always been.

The plans, the movements, the crusades — none of these things has worked. And so the unfree man continues to dream, to condemn, and to remain where he is.

There must be a better way…

Fortunately, there is such a way… http://www.escapeartist.com/Roger_Gallo ... rinciples/




Today, to escape the hectic stress of life for a moment, I took a
stroll through the cemetery in the town where I grew up. I saw lots
of names I knew, but the main thing I noticed was how many American
flags were adorning grave sites, and how many gravestones mentioned
that the deceased had either died in combat or served in the
military. If I were a good, loyal, patriotic American, the sight
would have filled me with nationalistic pride, and thankfulness for
the soldiers' sacrifice. But it didn't. It filled me with sadness.
There is no greater love than that shown by someone who lays down
his life for his friends. But there is no greater tragedy than
someone laying down his life for a lie. And that is exactly what
every soldier, of every country, who dies in battle, does.

I can already feel the outrage many will have at reading that. The
last thing the flag-wavers, and especially the friends and families
of fallen soldiers, want to consider is the possibility that,
rather than being a great and noble sacrifice for the greater good--
for freedom, security, peace, whatever--those who died in battle
accomplished absolutely nothing worthwhile. Nothing. Those who
parrot the phrase, "If you love your freedom, thank a veteran," are
deluding themselves. The goal of the U.S. military has never been
freedom, for you or anyone else. It's a gang that engages in turf
wars with other gangs, and that's all it has ever been.

That's why I found the cemetery so depressing. It's a travesty that
so many courageous humans have died, acting as pawns in games
played by tyrants. What makes it worse is that, because the
nationalistic, authoritarian indoctrination has been so successful,
this is likely to continue for many years to come. And, perhaps
saddest of all, it could be prevented if the friends and families
of aspiring soldiers could set aside their blind nationalism long
enough to see reality objectively, and then do anything in their
power to stop the person from becoming a mercenary for the

Today I stood over the grave of a young man who died in Iraq. The
gravestone talks about "love" and "service." I admit, it made me
tear up, but not for the reason it would make "good Americans" tear
up. It made me tear up to know that this young man, who by all
accounts was a principled, giving, kind human being, had been duped
into giving up his life for a lie. His courage, his integrity, were
thrown away for nothing. His death accomplished nothing. The young
man's virtues were twisted and exploited, to convert him into a
tool to be used and then thrown away by some of the most evil
people on the planet.

But who wants to be the one to point this out to the friends and
family of the dead young man? I don't. But what happens if no one
ever points it out? If no one does, then the pattern will continue.
Thousands of young men and women will continue to be trained to
feel profound pride and pack mentality, to the point where they
will kill, or die, for a lie. And this is not unique to this
country. Pretty much every war consists of two large numbers of
basically decent human beings who have been twisted, corrupted,
duped and deceived, exploited and manipulated, to the point where
they will create hell on earth, engaging in prolonged, widespread
mass murder, torture and terrorism, in the name of some abstract
nothing. Sadly, both sides will do this, both believing their cause
and their "country" to be righteous, and both being dead wrong--

The comfortable, easy, feel-good response would be to "honor"
fallen soldiers, treat them as brave heroes who fought for freedom,
served their country--to be thankful for their "sacrifice," as if
by giving their lives they somehow benefitted humanity and justice.
But that is a lie, and repeating the lie will only lead to more
people dying for the same lie. I don't doubt the courage of
soldiers, but bravery without understanding, more often than not,
ends up doing more damage than good. And that is the case with
every war.

Somewhere, in others countries around the world--Korea, Vietnam,
Germany, Japan, etc.--there are other cemeteries, filled with the
graves of brave, patriotic men and women who fought and died for
the same lie. It's very likely, for example, that somewhere in
Korea is a gravestone marking where a decent, honest man lies dead,
having been killed by one of the decent, honest American men whose
grave sites I visited today.

Must we continue this insanity? Must we continue to allow those who
crave dominion to divide and conquer us, to turn man against man,
riling up millions to engage in vicious brutality and bloodshed?
Must we keep acting as pawns for tyrants of all nationalities, and
continue to be duped into exterminating each other, for the benefit
of liars and crooks?

If I had a universal rewind button, and could go back and talk to
that young man for a bit, before he joined the military, maybe give
him a book to read, maybe challenge his assumptions a bit--maybe I
wouldn't have stood over his grave today. Now it's too late. But
it's not too late for the next one. However uncomfortable it might
be, those of us who see through the lie must do whatever we can to
keep the next generation from falling for it. Trying to avoid
making waves, by repeating the lie that has cost so many millions
their lives, does not serve anyone, except tyrants and
megalomaniacs. If, by stepping out of your comfort zone, you might
have a chance to keep the next young man from needlessly dying,
scared and alone, bleeding in the dirt in some foreign country, how
could that not be worth it? And if some people condemn you for your
lack of blind loyalty and "patriotism," or get angry at you for
exposing the lethal lie that they have always believed and
repeated, is that really too big a price to pay to save a life … or
a million?

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am, I've decided to give a discount, down to $8, for anyone who
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someone in the military, or someone thinking of joining.)

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“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

http://mises.org/daily/5758/Depoliticize-Everything > What strain of person derives profit — monetary or psychic — from elected office? Mostly the strain of person I strive to avoid: the nosy neighbor too quick to comment on your daughter's comings and goings; the junior-college erudite miffed by the world's reluctance to embrace his brilliance; the sentimental Luddite who believes yesterday is always better than today; the impassioned community organizer whose sentences are too peppered with "we" and "must."
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Congressman Ron Paul describes the American power structure. As a member of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Paul was in a unique position to see the inner workings of economic power and control of the country, and how this power translates into political power.

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A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School

In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today's education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, the schools' teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams' essay that they began a campaign of harassment—kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school.

In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. "If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him," Auld says. "It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master."

Williams wrote that overcrowded, poorly managed classrooms prevent real learning from happening and thus produces the same results as Mr. Auld's outright ban. She wrote that her white teachers—the vast majority of Rochester students are black and Hispanic, but very few teachers are people of color—are in a "position of power to dictate what I can, cannot, and will learn, only desiring that I may get bored because of the inconsistency and the mismanagement of the classroom."

Instead of truly teaching, most teachers simply "pass out pamphlets and packets" and then expect students to complete them independently, Williams wrote. But this approach fails, she concluded, because "most of my peers cannot read and or comprehend the material that has been provided." As a result, she continued, not much has changed since the time of Douglass, "just different people, different era" and "the same old discrimination still resides in the hearts of the white man." Williams called for her fellow students to "start making these white teachers accountable for instructing you" and challenged teachers to do their jobs. "What merit is there," she asked, if teachers have knowledge and are "not willing to share because of the color of my skin?"

According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Williams' parents transferred her to another school, then withdrew her altogether. The conservative Frederick Douglass Foundation gave Williams a special award, saying that her essay "actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography." They have also reached out to the school for an explanation of the 13-year-old's treatment.

While the issues Williams raises are controversial, even Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has acknowledged that closing the achievement gap requires more black educators in the classroom. But because the large majority of current teachers are white, they have a responsibility to figure out how to be effective with children of color.

Given that only 19 percent of School #3's eighth graders were proficient in language arts last year (and just 13 percent in math)—well below the state average of 60 percent—it's clear that the school and its teachers need to change their approach. Attempting to silence Williams by branding her a troublemaker and driving her off campus isn't the answer. Now she is walking away from this controversy convinced that white teachers don't want to educate black students at all.

As the parent of two black boys I know firsthand that white teachers can excel at teaching black children. What set those outstanding teachers apart was their genuine desire to see my boys succeed and hard work to build relationships with them and with our family. What if Williams' English teacher had used her essay to turn a critical eye on her teaching practice and her expectations for black students? What if the school had used it as a jumping-off point to start a student-centered dialogue about what everyone—teachers, students, and parents—must do to improve the struggling school? Until that happens in our schools, America's achievement gap will endure.

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:beerbang: Wow! Now on the youtube.


A Lamp in the Dark is an exciting new documentary that unfolds the fascinating "untold" history of the Bible, revealing critical information often overlooked in modern histories. Enter into a world of saints and martyrs battling against spies, assassins and wolves in sheep's clothing.

Throughout the Middle Ages, the Papal Inquisition forbade biblical translation, threatening imprisonment and death to those who disobeyed. Learn the stories of valiant warriors of the faith, such as John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Martin Luther, the ancient Waldenses, Albigenses and others who hazarded their lives for the sake of sharing the Gospel light with a world drowning in darkness.

Once the common people were able to read the Bible, the world was turned upside down through the Protestant Reformation. The Reformers subdued whole kingdoms by preaching the grace of God, and exposing the unbiblical doctrines of Rome. In response, the Vatican would launch a Counter Reformation to destroy the work of the Reformers, including the bibles they produced.


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6) The Counter Reformation which began with the founding of the Jesuit Order in 1540.

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On the day after Thanksgiving, 2008, a holiday season employee died from asphyxiation when he was trampled by some 2,000 bargain hunters smashing through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart store on what is traditionally, and in this case quite appropriately, called Black Friday. A 34-year-old, 6-foot-5, 270-pound giant, Jdimytai Damour had been sent to the vestibule as a crowd control measure because of his size. The throngs, who had had been standing outside or waiting in their cars for the 5 AM opening, and who were in competition with each other to get to the bargains, crumpled a metal portion of the door frame like an accordion as they fought their way into the store. Wal-mart employees scurried atop vending machines to avoid the masses, but Damour was knocked down and trampled while he was trying to shield a pregnant shopper.

Other employees were knocked down as they tried to rescue Damour. Nassau police and paramedics trying to save Damour were also jostled and pushed to the ground. Police and witnesses said shoppers continued to surge inside, simply stepped over Damour, and kept shopping even as the store announced it was closing because of the death. Witness Kimberly Cribbs said "all those people who got in went right on shopping after the worker was run over and was seen gasping for air." Four shoppers, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured and treated at hospitals.

In the ensuing debate regarding whether Damour's death was a prosecutable crime, experts were divided. “In order to prosecute a homicide, you have to establish that someone caused a death," said one lawyer. "If I stepped on his arm, or chest, or leg, even if you have that on video, how are you going to establish that I caused his death?" [1]

Our moral sense finds this legal argument repugnant, and insists on calling a spade a spade: a man was unnecessarily killed as a result of obsessive consumerism in which human beings acted less than human.

Damour's death is horrific enough in itself as an example of the potential consequences of the manipulation of human nature into what film maker Adam Curtis terms "the all-consuming self.” [2] But a mind-boggling video interview with a customer after the incident raises the hypothesis of our deterioration into a subhuman species. A transcript follows, but Footnote 3 gives the link to the You Tube video, which is even more chilling to watch.

Yeah, I was here on Black Friday. Let me tell you about that guy that died. About two thousand of us [were] outside in a...nasty, cold...parking lot -- compressed into a small space....That is not a humane way to treat 2,000 people; they should have set up something like a tent for us to sit in and possibly eat pancakes....That is terrible thing to do to people....And on the inside there was a lot of good deals....He didn't get out of the way. He opened the door and he stood there. This was the one obstacle we had between us and the deal of a lifetime....They said “y'all got to leave.” Most of us said, "unh, unh” [the man gives the finger at this point]. This is Wal-Mart. I can do what I want here. Always. You seen the sign outside? It says I can do what I want here. Actually, I think it says "Low Prices Always," but I equate low prices to freedom. Eagles. Bald ones. Everywhere.... On this particular day, the most holiest of days, Black Friday, [a Wal-Mart employee is meant to help people] buy things much cheaper than normal. And he kept getting in the way....Serves him right, that's all I have to say. I bought a whole set of silverware for eight...for $7.00. If that guy hadn't been standing in my way, I could have gotten it much faster....I bought a bunch of presents for my children...[including] a Barbie...and for Susie...just... a bunch of flannel shirts; I'm pretty sure Susie is going to end up being a lesbian. She's always doing weird things; she's always sawing wood up out in the yard....For my wife I got a shotgun in the hunting section and a tent; she might also be a lesbian, I don't know -- all the girls in my family are fucked up. If that guy wasn't there I could have very easily gotten in and gotten out a little quicker.” [3]

How did we get to this point? To a juncture in which humans are not only capable of mindless killing in their all-consuming narcissism but are also exhibiting an apparent descent of their very species? In 2008 I addressed this tragic anomaly in a two-part essay presenting a threefold model of the types of power used by the ruling class to gain ascendancy -- brute force, the power to hurt, and psychological manipulation [http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10493; www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10687 ].The essay emphasized the prospects for solutions that derive from a keen understanding of the problem – from a forensic dissection of the three forms of power and their potency. In this dissection we need to examine how mind controllers have preyed upon humanity’s lowest common denominators in an effort to literally change the substratum of human nature itself. The group killing cited at the beginning of this article is a pivotal example.

As a social scientist I am repelled by the idea that the inherent architecture of human nature, which includes myriad positive traits, can be permanently or fundamentally altered for the worst. I accordingly find hope in the following expert testimonial:

The pathological authorities are convinced that the appropriate pedagogical, indoctrinational, propaganda, and terrorist means can teach a person with a normal instinctive substratum, range of feelings and basic intelligence to think and feel according to their own [agenda]. This conviction is only slightly less unrealistic than the belief that people able to see colors normally can be broken of this habit [author’s emphasis]…. Normal people will never stop feeling and perceiving psychological and sociomoral phenomena in much the same way as their ancestors; [they] cannot get rid of the characteristics with which the Homo sapiens species was endowed by its phylogenetic past [its evolutionary history]....Any attempt to [thus degrade the human spirit] is fated for failure regardless of how many generations it might last. [4]

These profoundly life-affirming words are from Andrew M. Lobaczewski’s Political Ponerology: A Science of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, a special grace that has not received the attention it merits. They are not the words of a mindless optimist, but rather of a Pole who lived the brutal repression of both Nazis and Stalinists, who studied their psychopathology first hand, and who managed to get the word out despite enormous personal dangers.

Lobaczewski was a clinical psychologist in Poland with extensive field experience with mental disturbance. My interpretation of his overall argument is as follows: the argument is a rejection of the “blank slate” view of human nature in favor of a theory positing inherent human traits ("a normal instinctive substratum"), traits that include positive moral characteristics such as empathy and altruism. It does not matter whether one believes this as a result of a spiritual worldview or an evidentiary psychological theory such as evolutionary psychology or archetypal psychology. What matters is the starting premise that any effort to eradicate positive human traits is as bound to fail as an attempt to induce color blindness.

Despite this optimistic premise -- and as acknowledged by Lobaczewski himself -- a tyrannical agenda to modify human nature can in fact result in profound distortions of human nature:

It does, however, call forth a series of improper psychological results which may give the pathocrats the appearance of success....Such a pedagogical system...produces serious negative results, especially in those generations unfamiliar with any other conditions of life. Personality development is impoverished....We observe the characteristic lack of respect for one's own organism and [for] the voice of nature and instinct, accompanied by brutali- zation of feelings and customs. [5]

Note that in the above quote Lobaczewski is discussing human degradation in extreme cases of tyranny, such as Nazi concentration camps or North Vietnamese prison camps. Yet we can also see, in our own populace, evidence of psychological impoverishment, diminished self-regard, a brutalization of feelings and customs, and an absence of vital instincts. The ruling class has been working calculatingly and patiently over a very long period to restructure human nature to its liking, and has succeeded alarmingly in reducing our capacity even to notice this agenda.

This lack of noticing, so opposed to our inherent animal instinct to remain alert to danger on all sides, is due in large part to psychopathogy's greatest survival mechanism and greatest asset in achieving dominance: the inability of good-hearted humans to conceive of evil on that scale. In Lobaczewski's words, "the pathocratic world, the world of pathological egotism and terror, is so difficult to understand for people raised outside [its] scope that they often manifest childlike naiveté, even if they have studied psychopathology and are psychologists by profession.” [6] To his caveat “even if they are psychologists” I would add “even if they are ideologues in the left-right paradigm” and “even if they are New Agers who tend to underestimate the power of the forces of darkness.”

Our shared danger is that the engineered diminishments we are witnessing in the nature of humanity are more than the temporary and superficial distortions of Lobaczewski's paradigm: that in the absence of effective countermeasures, these distortions could in fact reach a point of no return.

Judith H. Young, Ph.D., has a B.A. and an M.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College and Brown University respectively. Her Ph.D. is in Political Science from Brandeis University. Dr. Young has also studied psychology extensively at the postgraduate level. In the 1960s she was a published think tank researcher in the areas of international politics, conflict resolution, and arms control. In 1973-74 she taught International Politics at Mount Holyoke University in Massachusetts.

In the 1990s Dr. Young became a practitioner in the healing arts, including animal-assisted therapy and mind-body energy medicine. She founded a nonprofit animal and nature center dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children and youth, which she directed from 1994-2004, and she published pieces in equine-assisted activities and eco-therapy.

Dr. Young has resumed her earlier vocation of writer and educator in international politics, philosophy and psychology. She is currently writing a book titled The Dark Night of the Collective Soul: Pain Tearing Through Us Like a Holocaust.
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1. "No Crowd Control?," Fox News Videos, December 3, 2008. http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html; "Was Wal-Mart Trampling a Crime?," newser, December 2, 2008 (Source: Newsday). http://www.newser.com/tag/17591/1/black-friday.html; "Trampled Worker's Family Sues Wal-Mart," newser, December 3, 2008 (Source: AP). http://www.newser.com/story/44318/tramp ... mart.html; Oren Yaniv, Nicole Bode and Dave Goldiner, "Autopsy confirms Wal-Mart worker was 'trampled to death,' says Nassau's top cop," Daily News, December 1, 2008; "Report: Line-Cutting Dispute Led to Wal-Mart Trampling Death," FoxNews.com, December 4, 2008; "Police Want Answers In Wal-Mart Trampling Death," cbs5.com, December 1, 2008. http://cbs5.com/national/Jdimytai.Damou ... 76878.html
2. Curtis, Adam, “The Century of the Self,” BBC Four Documentaries, www.bbc.co.uk/ bbcfour/ documentaries/ features/ century_of_the_self.shtml
3. Wal-Mart Trampling: "He Deserved It" Video, metacafevideo, http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2103592/w ... eserved_it
4. Lobaczewski, Andrew M., Political Ponerology (Canada: Red Pill Pres, 2006), pp.163-64.
5. Ibid. p.164
6. Ibid. p. 165.

But it is also due to the negative distortions of human nature exemplified by the global elite's hair raising dumbing down mechanisms, rampant consumerism, and its widespread pharmacological control over adults and children. Lob seems not to have anticipated that this agenda is so advanced and DE-humanizing that society’s usual counter reaction of elaborating "pinpointed, well-thought-out self-defense measures" is not kicking in. Huxley Both Hitler and Stalin talked about the coming of "the new man" in the New Order Jordan Maxwell.

I will in this article elaborate on one example of this negative distorting, the narcissism explained so well in Adam Curtis' widely acclaimed 2002 BBC documentary, “The Century of the Self." Part I of the documentary, entitled “Happiness Machines,” addresses the elitist manipulation of human drives so as to create a populace focused on consumption of mass-produced goods. It details the machinations of Sigmund Freud’s American nephew, Edward Bernays, who showed client U.S. corporations for the first time how they could make people want things they didn’t need by making mass-produced goods for their unconscious desires. Out of this would come a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying people’s inner selfish desires one makes them happy and thus docile. It was start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate our world today. Bernays used focus groups and other techniques to demonstrate how business could profit from creating an "emotional connect" to a product or service, so that irrelevant objects, such as cigarettes or cars, could become powerful emotional symbols of how one wanted to be seen by others and from thereby overcoming the public's previous practice of basing purchases on genuine need, functionality, durability, and other practical virtues. Thanks to Bernays and other PR specialists, "the corporations realized they had to change how masses thought about products—from a need to a desire approach; people must be trained to desire new things, even before they needed them or did not even need them."

Bernays was also employed by President Woodrow Wilson in promoting Wilson’s position, both at home and abroad, that the U.S. had entered the fighting not to restore the old Austro-Hungarian Empire but rather to bring democracy to all of Europe. He and other propagandists promoted Wilson as a liberator of the people who sought to make the world safe for democracy. When he accompanied Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference, he was astounded at Wilson's reception by the populace, motivating him to explore whether similar mass persuasion of the masses could be achieved in peacetime. Bernays later wrote a series of books arguing that he had developed techniques called for by political analyst Walter Lippmann for elitist management of the “bewildered herd,” through psychological techniques: by creating desires and then sating them with consumer products, he was creating a new way to manage the irrational force of the masses, which he called the “engineering of consent.” In the view of Public Relations historian Stuart Ewen, both Bernays’ and Lippmann’s concept of managing the masses turns the concept of democracy into a palliative; a feel good medication that will respond to an immediate pain or yearning but will not alter objective circumstances whatsoever; continuing to stimulate the psychological lives of the public, its irrational self, would allow the leadership to go on doing what it wants to do. Indeed, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels cited the writings of Edward Bernays as a source of inspiration.

As a central advisor to the NY World’s Fair in 1939, Bernays promoted the link between democracy and American business as the central theme, the idea that real democracy was possible only in a only capitalist society and that an American consumerist utopia would result if free market capitalism were unleashed. The vision portrayed by the world’s Fair was of a new form of consumerist democracy in which business and the free market, guided solely by the people's will and not by ideology or political power or raw greed, would read and fulfill people’s innermost desires in a way politicians could never do. But this form of democracy depended on people seen not as an active citizenry with rational decision making power but rather as passive consumers driven by instinctual needs and desires, which if triggered would permit social control. And in reality, this was an elaborate piece of propaganda on behalf of huge corporations by a man who believed that it is too dangerous to let the masses to have control over their own lives. Indeed, later during the Cold War, Bernays went on to become a powerful PR agent for both Presidents and business, including United Fruit -- for which he backed a secret coup and cold blooded manipulation of public opinion to maintain the corporation's control over its "Banana Republic" Guatemala,

Consumerism thus became a way of giving people the illusion of control while allowing elite to continue managing society, and to manage it in great part through using ruthless techniques hidden from the public view. Social critics rightly attacked it reduction of humans solely to puppets to keep mass prod lines running. Capitalism was perceived as manipulatively creating desires for ever new brands and models while ignoring social costs, ravaging of the planet through systems such as of planned obsolescence, and impoverishing human nature through its focus on consumption, competition and material riches.

The interview with the Wal-Mart shopper given earlier is chilling testimony to the success of the global elite's effort in instilling the false notion that consumer freedom equates to political liberty, indeed to instill consumption as a prevalent addiction characterized, like all addictions by obsession, compulsion and a loss of values, is found in the interview with the Wal-Mart shopper, an interview that is so disturbing I "This is Wal-Mart. I can do what I want here. Always....I equate freedom to low prices. Eagles. Bald ones. Everywhere [author's emphasis].” an interview that is so disturbing I thought it must, surely it must, be a caricature. NOT ONLY IS CONSUMER FREEDOM DISTINCT FROM POLITICAL LIBERTY, BUT IT HAS BEEN USED AS A KEY MECHANISM FOR POLITICAL ENSLAVEMENT. The criminal elite has advanced its agenda in great part through the creation of consumerism as a form of widespread mind control, viz., a predictable addiction characterized, like all addictions by obsession, compulsion and a loss of moral values, and more generally by a distracted, mindless and self-absorbed caricature of human nature.

In discussing the inherent weaknesses of psychoanalysis following Marilyn Monroe's suicide, Arthur Miller astutely observed that it assumes that emotional suffering is a mistake, a sign of weakness or even illness. Instead, emotional pain such as grief and loss are inherent to life experience and can be used as grist for the mill of psychological maturation, including some of the greatest truths we have come to know as a species. What a sharp contrast to the assumption that one should avoid being other than lobotomized happiness machines. But a solution orientation also requires examining the underlying susceptibilities in human beings that render us receptive to elitist machinations in the first place

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Video: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

March 28, 2005


Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for BBC Channel 4 . It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.


By Deborah Davies

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for BBC Channel 4 . It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.

The prison guards stand over their captives with electric cattle prods, stun guns, and dogs. Many of the prisoners have been ordered to strip naked. The guards are yelling abuse at them, ordering them to lie on the ground and crawl. Crawl, motherf*****s, crawl.

If a prisoner doesn’t drop to the ground fast enough, a guard kicks him or stamps on his back. There’s a high-pitched scream from one man as a dog clamps its teeth onto his lower leg.

Another prisoner has a broken ankle. He can’t crawl fast enough so a guard jabs a stun gun onto his buttocks. The jolt of electricity zaps through his naked flesh and genitals. For hours afterwards his whole body shakes.

Lines of men are now slithering across the floor of the cellblock while the guards stand over them shouting, prodding and kicking.

Second by second, their humiliation is captured on a video camera by one of the guards.

The images of abuse and brutality he records are horrifyingly familiar. These were exactly the kind of pictures from inside Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad that shocked the world this time last year.

And they are similar, too, to the images of brutality against Iraqi prisoners that this week led to the conviction of three British soldiers.

But there is a difference. These prisoners are not caught up in a war zone. They are Americans, and the video comes from inside a prison in Texas

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for Channel 4 that will be broadcast next week.

Our findings were not based on rumour or suspicion. They were based on solid evidence, chiefly videotapes that we collected from all over the U.S.

In many American states, prison regulations demand that any “use of force operation”, such as searching cells for drugs, must be filmed by a guard.

The theory is that the tapes will show proper procedure was followed and that no excessive force was used. In fact, many of them record the exact opposite.

Each tape provides a shocking insight into the reality of life inside the U.S. prison system a reality that sits very uncomfortably with President Bush’s commitment to the battle for freedom and democracy against the forces of tyranny and oppression.

In fact, the Texas episode outlined above dates from 1996, when Bush was state Governor.

Frank Carlson was one of the lawyers who fought a compensation battle on behalf of the victims. I asked him about his reaction when the Abu Ghraib scandal broke last year and U.S. politicians rushed to express their astonishment and disgust that such abuses could happen at the hands of American guards.

I thought: “What hypocrisy,” Carlson told me. “Because they know we do it here every day.”

All the lawyers I spoke to during our investigations shared Carlson’s belief that Abu Ghraib, far from being the work of a few rogue individuals, was simply the export of the worst practices that take place in the domestic prison system all the time. They pointed to the mountain of files stacked on their desks, on the floor, in their office corridors – endless stories of appalling, sadistic treatment inside America’s own prisons.

Many of the tapes we’ve collected are several years old. That’s because they only surface when determined lawyers prise them out of reluctant state prison departments during protracted lawsuits.

But for every “historical” tape we collected, we also found a more recent story. What you see on the tape is still happening daily.

It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.

In one horrific scene, a naked man, passive and vacant, is seen being led out of his cell by prison guards. They strap him into a medieval-looking device called a “restraint chair”. His hands and feet are shackled, there’s a strap across his chest, his head lolls forward. He looks dead. He’s not. Not yet.

The chair is his punishment because guards saw him in his cell with a pillowcase on his head and he refused to take it off. The man has a long history of severe schizophrenia. Sixteen hours later, they release him from the chair. And two hours after that, he dies from a blood clot resulting from his barbaric treatment.

The tape comes from Utah but there are others from Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Arizona and probably many more. We found more than 20 cases of prisoners who’ve died in the past few years after being held in a restraint chair.

Two of the deaths we investigated were in the same county jail in Phoenix, Arizona, which is run by a man who revels in the title of “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”

His name is Joe Arpaio. He positively welcomes TV crews and we were promised “unfettered access.” It was a reassuring turn of phrase you don’t want to be fettered in one of Sheriff Joe’s jails.

We uncovered two videotapes from surveillance cameras showing how his tough stance can end in tragedy.

The first tape, from 2001, shows a man named Charles Agster dragged in by police, handcuffed at the wrists and ankles. Agster is mentally disturbed and a drug user. He was arrested for causing a disturbance in a late-night grocery store. The police handed him over to the Sheriff’s deputies in the jail. Agster is a tiny man, weighing no more than nine stone, but he’s struggling.

The tape shows nine deputies manhandling him into the restraint chair. One of them kneels on Agster’s stomach, pushing his head forward on to his knees and pulling his arms back to strap his wrists into the chair.

Bending someone double for any length of time is dangerous the manuals on the use of the ‘restraint chair’ warn of the dangers of “positional asphyxia.”

Fifteen minutes later, a nurse notices Agster is unconscious. The cameras show frantic efforts to resuscitate him, but he’s already brain dead. He died three days later in hospital. Agster’s family is currently suing Arizona County.

His mother, Carol, cried as she told me: “If that’s not torture, I don’t know what is. Charles’s father, Chuck, listened in silence as we filmed the interview, but every so often he padded out of the room to cry quietly in the kitchen.

The second tape, from five years earlier, shows Scott Norberg dying a similar death in the same jail. He was also a drug user arrested for causing a nuisance. Norberg was severely beaten by the guards, stunned up to 19 times with a Taser gun and forced into the chair where like Charles Agster he suffocated.

The county’s insurers paid Norberg’s family more than millions in an out-of-court settlement, but the sheriff was furious with the deal. “My officers were clear,” he said. “The insurance firm was afraid to go before a jury.”

Now he’s determined to fight the Agster case all the way through the courts. Yet tonight, in Sheriff Joe’s jail, there will probably be someone else strapped into the chair.

Not all the tapes we uncovered were filmed by the guards themselves. Linda Evans smuggled a video camera into a hospital to record her son, Brian. You can barely see his face through all the tubes and all you can hear is the rhythmic sucking of the ventilator.

He was another of Sheriff Joe’s inmates. After an argument with guards, he told a prison doctor they’d beaten him up. Six days later, he was found unconscious of the floor of his cell with a broken neck, broken toes and internal injuries. After a month in a coma, he died from septicaemia.

“Mr Arpaio is responsible.” Linda Evans told me, struggling to speak through her tears. “He seems to thrive on this cruelty and this mentality that these men are nothing.”

In some of the tapes it’s not just the images, it’s also the sounds that are so unbearable. There’s one tape from Florida which I’ve seen dozens of times but it still catches me in the stomach.

It’s an authorised “use of force operation” so a guard is videoing what happens. The’re going to Taser a prisoner for refusing orders.

The tape shows a prisoner lying on an examination table in the prison hospital. The guards are instructing him to climb down into a wheelchair. “I can’t, I can’t!” he shouts with increasing desperation. “It hurts!”

One guard then jabs him on both hips with a Taser. The man jerks as the electricity hits him and shrieks, but still won’t get into the wheelchair.

The guards grab him and drop him into the chair. As they try to bend his legs up on to the footrest, he screams in pain. The man’s lawyer told me he has a very limited mental capacity. He says he has a back injury and can’t walk or bend his legs without intense pain.

The tape becomes even more harrowing. The guards try to make the prisoner stand up and hold a walking frame. He falls on the floor, crying in agony. They Taser him again. He runs out of the energy and breath to cry and just lies there moaning.

One of the most recent video tapes was filmed in January last year. A surveillance camera in a youth institution in California records an argument between staff members and two wards they’re not called prisoners.

One of the youths hits a staff member in the face. He knocks the ward to the floor then sits astride him punching him over and over again in the head.

Watching the tape you can almost feel each blow. The second youth is also punched and kicked in the head even after he’s been handcuffed. Other staff just stand around and watch.

We also collected some truly horrific photographs.

A few years ago, in Florida, the new warden of the high security state prison ordered an end to the videoing of “use of force operations.” So we have no tapes to show how prison guards use pepper spray to punish prisoners.

But we do have the lawsuit describing how men were doused in pepper spray and then left to cook in the burning fog of chemicals. Photographs taken by their lawyers show one man has a huge patch of raw skin over his hip. Another is covered in an angry rash across his neck, back and arms. A third has deep burns on his buttocks.

“They usually use fire extinguishers size canisters of pepper spray,” lawyer Christopher Jones explained. “We have had prisoners who have had second degree burns all over their bodies.”

“The tell-tale sign is they turn off the ventilation fans in the unit. Prisoners report that cardboard is shoved in the crack of the door to make sure it’s really air-tight.”

And why were they sprayed? According to the official prison reports, their infringements included banging on the cell door and refusing medication. From the same Florida prison we also have photographs of Frank Valdes autopsy pictures. Realistically, he had little chance of ever getting out of prison alive. He was on Death Row for killing a prison officer. He had time to reconcile himself to the Electric Chair he didn’t expect to be beaten to death.

Valdes started writing to local Florida newspapers to expose the corruption and brutality of prison officers. So a gang of guards stormed into his cell to shut him up. They broke almost every one of his ribs, punctured his lung, smashed his spleen and left him to die.

Several of the guards were later charged with murder, but the trial was held in their own small hometown where almost everyone works for, or has connection with, the five prisons which ring the town. The foreman of the jury was former prison officer. The guards were all acquitted.

Meanwhile, the warden who was in charge of the prison at the time of the killing “the same man who changed the policy on videoing” has been promoted. He’s now the man in charge of all the Florida prisons.

How could anyone excuse “still less condone” such behaviour? The few prison guards who would talk to us have a siege mentality. They see themselves outnumbered, surrounded by dangerous, violent criminals, so they back each other up, no matter what.

I asked one serving officer what happened if colleagues beat up an inmate. “We cover up. Because we’re the good guys.”

No one should doubt that the vast majority of U.S. prison officers are decent individuals doing their best in difficult circumstances. But when horrific abuse by the few goes unreported and uninvestigated, it solidifies into a general climate of acceptance among the many.

At the same time the overall hardening of attitudes in modern-day America has meant the notion of rehabilitation has been almost lost. The focus is entirely on punishment even loss of liberty is not seen as punishment enough. Being on the restraint devices and the chemical sprays.

Since we finished filming for the programme in January, I’ve stayed in contact with various prisoner rights groups and the families of many of the victims. Every single day come more e-mails full of fresh horror stories. In the past weeks, two more prisoners have died, in Alabama and Ohio. One man was pepper sprayed, the other tasered.

Then, three weeks ago, reports emerged of 20 hours of video material from Guantanamo Bay showing prisoners being stripped, beaten and pepper sprayed. One of those affected is Omar Deghayes, one of the seven British residents still being held there.

His lawyer says Deghayes is now permanently blind in one eye. American military investigators have reviewed the tapes and apparently found “no evidence of systematic abuse.”

But then, as one of the prison reformers we met on our journey across the U.S. told me: “We’ve become immune to the abuse. The brutality has become customary.”

So far, the U.S. government is refusing to release these Guantanamo tapes. If they are ever made public ” or leaked” I suspect the images will be very familiar.

Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo or even Texas. The prisoners and all guards may vary, but the abuse is still too familiar. And much is it is taking place in America’s own backyard.

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"The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, 'See if it weren't for the government, you wouldn't be able to walk'." ~ Harry Browne


Chicago Prepares for Martial Law!

Chicago, IL—Officials at every level of government are cooperating in an exercise of unprecedented restraint of civil liberties in connection with the upcoming NATO meeting.
They’re shutting down miles of expressways, streets and alleys but for government travel. The skies will be a no fly zone where anyone found in the air space will be shot out of the sky. Private property anywhere near the meeting will be overrun with Secret Service, Homeland Security and the dreaded TSA Bozos.
Chicagoans will lose millions in business disruptions. Government obstruction of commerce and normal movement of people commuting to and from their homes is right out of our worst nightmare.
People will be searched, groped and ordered around by heavily armed men in jackboots and bucket helmets. They are counting on Chicago cops to obediently follow any and all commands from the Whitehouse.
If this was not bad enough they are openly making plans to incarcerate thousands into closed and condemned Illinois prison facilities. They have also set up a master plan to forcibly evacuate city residents to camps in other states.
I don’t see this as a necessary security plan but rather a dry run for Martial Law. They want to see just how far they can push Americans around before they will resist tyranny.
Sadly we already know full well by Europe’s Holocaust that people will respond like frightened sheep and fully cooperate with their own mass extermination.
Folks, this is only a blueprint for things to come. We are about to enter some really dark days ahead.

http://www.crimefilenews.com/2012/04/am ... llian.html

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/02/2 ... her-ground
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We’re All Anarchists – Most Just Don’t Realize It Yet

Posted on May 18th, 2012 by Marc Stevens

When it comes right down to it, unless you’re just being a jerk who doesn’t want to admit the obvious, we’re all anarchists. Because what it comes down to is each us personally does not want to be forced to pay for services. We each want the freedom to choose, we don’t want to be slaves or thrown into a cage for no other reason than we didn’t want to pay someone’s salary.

It’s very easy to prove we’re all anarchists by just asking a few questions, get to the “first principals” and expand from there. Forget the political platitudes; start with a basic principal we all agree on. I usually start with:

Should a service or product be provided on a violent basis?

Pretty simple; most everyone admits no man should be forcing another man to pay for a service. Just about everyone I have spoken with about this will always say using violence to provide services is always wrong. Those who hesitate to answer usually have a vested interest in government, such as a lawyer. Well, it’s not really fair to use lawyers as an example as they generally won’t give you a straight answer anyway. But ask someone in the military or other occupation that relies on the government concept, if they personally want me or someone else using violence to get them to pay for a service they may or may not want and they will answer “No”, they don’t.

They’ll agree, as we all learn by the time we’re five years old, it’s wrong to initiate the use force against others. So once we understand that anarchy is voluntary interaction, the absence of government, then it’s easy to admit we’re anarchists. Once someone admits they are an anarchist, then they are by definition abolitionists, supporters of the abolition of governments, or rather the concept of governments, states, nations etc.

So in the video below, I went to a farmer’s market here in Mesa, Arizona to spend some time converting statists into anarchists; though it’s really not converting, just making people aware they already are. Turns out farmer’s markets are not a hotbed of statism. As you’ll see in the video, the first couple of people I spoke with were not statists.
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