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Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Name of the White Rose

Do you know what the original “White Rose Society” was?

They were a student/activist group in Nazi Germany in the ‘30’s, working against the Nazi regime. They were dedicated, they were committed, they were fearless.

They were beheaded. They were rounded up, tortured, and convicted of their “crimes” of speaking out against the racist, militaristic society that they suddenly found themselves living in when a democratic republic was taken over by authoritarian thugs masquerading as protectors of the people. They saw the restrictions on civil liberties and the increasing militarism of the Nazi regime, and the endless wars conducted in the name of self-defense, and when they decided to resist, they were faced with a brutal, utterly ruthless regime that had progressively shaken off checks and balances that were there. Torture was an integral part of their methodology, as is is in every authoritarian regime. This was blandly accepted by most of the ordinary citizens of Germany because they could not believe how brutal and ruthless their leaders could become and the worst abuses were done out of sight of the general public. Milton Mayer, in “They Thought They Were Free”.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security.” The Bush/Cheney administration is the most secretive and least forthcoming in my memory.

Our country was brutally attacked on 11 September. Three thousands of our citizens were lost in those attacks, and hundreds of rescue workers and first responders are suffering horribly from the effects of breathing a toxic atmosphere at ground zero, where the people who were charged with making that determination suppressed knowledge that the air was unfit to breathe.

More than a year and a half passed before any official attempt to review what had happened despite the fact that the events of that day were utterly unprecedented, and were very far from being understood by anyone, and apparently least of all by those who were charged with conducting an ‘investigation’. A congressional probe was cut short without much in the way of investigation, and when a Commission was put together, primarily at the insistance of the families, it was staffed by insiders and individuals with fairly obvious conflicts of interest. Limits on its access to information rendered them powerless to confront alleged perpetrators due to secrecy and they had to accept the government’s word on what interrogation, now revealed to have been under waterboarding torture, turned up. The tapes of those sessions were recently revealed to have been destroyed.

Why should the American people blandly accept the word of the Bush/Cheney administration for anything important? Have they amassed a sterling record for candor and openness? I don’t think even the most rabid partisan could defend a claim like that. They have paid journalists to propagandize unpopular programs, they cherry-picked intelligence reports to support pre-ordained war plans, documented in the Downing Street Minutes, and other sources. Yet on the most crucial events of our young 21st century, if not our lives, we are expected to accept a highly compromised inquiry that left many, many stones unturned and mounds of evidence unaccounted for in an explanation that essentially rubber-stamps the planted propaganda that was spread in the first 48 hours after the events.

It is inconceivable to many Americans that our govenment could turn on us in the way that the Nazis did to ‘30’s Germany. But in a sense, they already have and were doing so before 9/11. Illegal evesdropping began before 9/11, and continued afterwards. Habeas Corpus has been rendered meaningless, and if you are deemed by the administration to be an “enemy combatant”, your goose is pretty well cooked. How long will it be before the next “attack” on American soil that will justify martial law and even more draconian measures “for our protection”.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Some Of The Outrageous Lies About 9/11

We must not vote for anyone who does not speak out about the lies and deceptions regarding 9/11, the removal of all electronic voting machines from the election process and the termination of the Federal Reserve Bank. Of course, there must be term limits and only public financing of national elections.

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