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The Good News Is Everywhere

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The Good News Is Everywhere!

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For libertarian-minded people, that is.

This assertion may seem counterintuitive and even dead wrong in an age of metastasizing American empire, state corporatism-lite at home, a shredded Bill of Rights, and a crazy unitary executive.

But there is good news. It is consumed daily not just by the remnants, or the vanguards of American libertarianism, or free thinkers – but by hundreds of millions of average people across the country.

Heartland and city dwellers, those in small towns and suburbs, are all seeing what we libertarians see, and drawing many of the same conclusions.

And I’m not just talking about the Ron Paul campaign! Dr. Paul is a guiding star for people across a contrived political spectrum and across educational, economic and cultural divides in this country. The very possibility of his presidency is simultaneously exciting and comforting, and the founders would be very proud.

Today, we still accept as normal a massive federal government, fifty growing state governments, and a 20th-century money-printing Federal Reserve that works for whom, we aren’t sure. We live in an era of state/corporate-led mercantilism that we are told is free trade and globalism. While most Americans do not admit to empire, and certainly none of our schoolbooks suggest it, Americans accept the garrisoning of the planet with our military forces and our corporate talons as part of the modern condition. And, like people in countries everywhere, whether emphasizing a glorious past, present or future, we publicly believe our country is strong and glorious.

But you wanted good news. Here’s a start.

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In Step With Ron Paul’s Campaign

July 29, 2007 Leave a comment

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Primary People: In step in with Paul’s campaign (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | July 29, 2007 | Clynton Namuo
Posted on 07/29/2007 8:13:01 AM EDT by OrthodoxPresbyterian
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Primary People: In step in with Paul’s campaign
By CLYNTON NAMUO
New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent

Dover – Some supporters hold signs on street corners for their candidates.

Others raise money or talk to their friends.

For resident Kelly Halldorson, those acts simply weren’t enough for her favorite candidate, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who faces an uphill battle for the Republican nomination.

So Halldorson, 34, plans to tell more people than the average supporter about Paul when she hands out literature this Saturday while she walks to Concord. From Dover.

“Instead of giving $2,300, I’m going to walk 38 miles,” Halldorson said.

Paul, who represents the Gulf Coast area of Texas, is by every means a maverick. He wants to abolish the IRS and the Department of Education. He believes in withdrawing from free trade agreements and international organizations he says infringe upon America’s independence, including the United Nations, the WTO and NAFTA, among others.

Above all, Paul pushes personal freedom and small government with lower taxes. He also strongly believes troops should be taken out of Iraq.

“His views are so much in line with mine,” Halldorson says. “I agree with him on 95 percent of the issues. How many candidates do you find that you agree with that much?” Halldorson said she knows first hand what government assistance does — not much.

After living in a housing project and then a trailer in Dover, Halldorson said she moved out to Los Angles with her then boyfriend and now husband, Jeff, just in time for the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, which killed dozens and injured thousands.

Disappointed with government

Halldorson said the government’s response after the earthquake had a profound effect on her view that less government is better for everyone.

“I think that had a huge impact,” she said, noting a terrible federal response after Hurricane Katrina as well. “To me the federal involvement was a huge failure.” Earthquake victims lined up and got federal money with little proof they even needed it, Halldorson said. She said federal help overall is a failure and points to her time living in the projects as evidence.

“A lot of the urban housing in these districts have so much crime and so much pain,” she said, adding “I’ve lived in the projects. I don’t think those projects help anyone.” The solution for much of society’s ills is self-reliance, Halldorson said.

She, her husband and their three children — sons Wolfgang, 12, and Griffin, 10, and daughter, Zoey, 9 — have their fair share of money problems, she said, but they get by however they can, whether asking family for help, cutting back on expenses or getting another job.

“You don’t have to have the answer,” she said, noting that her family deals with problems as they arise and always finds a way out.

For example, when her one of her sons hurt his tooth, Halldorson said she had no money to fix it.

So she took him to a free clinic at Dover’s Wentworth Douglass Hospital — but only after making sure the clinic received no public funds whatsoever.

Likes his independence

This ideal of personal freedom and self reliance is a cornerstone of Paul’s campaign, and Halldorson believes more people, particularly in Live Free or Die New Hampshire, would support the congressman if they knew more about him and his views.

With little name recognition and even less media coverage, however, it is up to supporters like her to spread the message. In this case, she’ll spread the message from her home in Dover along Route 9 to Route 4 and all the way into Concord.

“I think the word just needs to get out,” she says.

For its part, the Paul campaign plans to have water and additional supporters along Halldorson’s route, said New Hampshire coordinator Jared Chicoine. He said Paul and his views attract ardent grassroots supporters that are a key element needed to win a primary like New Hampshire’s. “I think it really energizes supporters to get out there and work for him and do incredible things,” he said. Chicoine said the many news stories calling Paul a long shot miss the point that New Hampshire is a state made specifically for those candidates to break out. “From a New Hampshire point of view, if they call us a long shot, fine, fine,” he said. “We’re still gonna work hard and our base is motivated. Our supporters here are ready to go. I don’t get discouraged by it, to be honest with you. I just think it’s more motivation to work harder.”

Halldorson plans to leave her Dover home at 5 a.m. Saturday for the trek to Concord and is shooting to get to the Statehouse by 10 p.m., if not earlier. A vegan herself, Halldorson plans to stop at Susty’s Radical Vegan in Northwood for lunch before continuing on to Concord.

Despite having never walked such a long distance before, Halldorson said the only things that could stop her are thunder and lightning.

“I’m not going to get electrocuted doing it,” she said. “If it’s just raining, I plan to keep going.”

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Ron Paul and the Greased Pig

July 28, 2007 1 comment

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Ron Paul and the Greased Pig

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Presidency, noun: The greased pig in the field game of America’s politics.
~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

I generally avoid discussing national politics. I always have. That’s because I don’t think democratic involvement makes much difference except at the local level. The size of the permanent national bureaucracy is so enormous, in every large nation, that political activities are capable of changing very little. Except in times of enormous crisis – mainly national wars – political change is marginal. War centralizes everything. This is why national politicians lie their countries into wars. This is a bi-partisan practice. It rarely fails. If you doubt me, click here.
http://mises.org/story/2622

What can national politics accomplish? The American government’s bureaucracy is protected by Civil Service legislation which goes back to the 1880’s. The system’s archetype institution is the United States Postal Service, which recently raised the price of postage. It does that frequently, as you know. We grimace and bear it. If it were not for e-mail, Federal Express, and UPS, we would suffer a lot more.

My professor, Robert Nisbet, once commented that in the year of his birth, 1913, the only contact that most Americans had with the Federal government was the U.S. Post Office.

My father-in-law, R. J. Rushdoony, born three years later, once commented that 1913 was the last year of the golden age of America: after indoor plumbing but before the income tax. That was a long time ago.

Leonard E. Read, the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education in 1946, used to say that Americans live in a country in which various levels of government extract over 40% of their productivity, yet they call this system freedom. “They don’t know the difference between freedom and coercion.”

So, I do not pay much attention to national politics. Politics always reflects the understanding of the voters, and the voters cannot tell the difference between freedom and coercion. Worse: they are unwilling to surrender coercion for freedom.

It is not just America. Citizens all over the world are persuaded of the grand illusion of the 20th century, namely, that government coercion provides personal security: a safety net against hard times. They look at the government’s net and think “safety.” I look at the net and think “entrapment.” Voters say, “Don’t take away the net. We paid for it. We deserve it.” They do, indeed.

A fish caught in a net may get away if it is at the outer edge of the mass of fish caught in the net. It may wiggle through a gap. There are more gaps than rope. But inside that mass of fish, there is no way to escape. Professional fishermen know this. They do not worry about the one that got away.

THEN THERE IS THE CFR

The Council on Foreign Relations was established in 1921. It was a deliberate imitation of the old Round Table group of Great Britain. The Round Table was made up of academics, politicians, and bureaucrats who ran the British empire abroad and hoped to run the domestic political order in the same way. These were the best and the brightest men in Great Britain. They led the country into two world wars, thereby bankrupting the British empire by 1945. They were too clever by half.

Members of the Council on Foreign Relations are just as clever.

In 1935, the Round Table ran the British Empire. The Great Depression had enabled them to gain dominance in the domestic political order. It looked as though they were invincible. In a sense, they were. Tony Blair was only the latest representative of that highly educated hierarchical order. They still preside over the domestic political scene. But voters, year by year, are becoming Muslim. Birth rates determine this.

If this continues, the heirs of the Round Table will be replaced. There is no sign that this will not continue. Demography is destiny unless the national confession changes. Britain’s national confession is, “I’m all right, Jack.” They aren’t.

The CFR has maintained similar control. Within three years of the CFR’s founding, one of the founders, a New York corporate lawyer named John W. Davis, got the Democrats’ nomination for President. Today, no one gains the nomination who is not a CFR member.

The Presidential election is therefore a contest between CFR Team A and CFR Team B.

In 2004, the race narrowed down not just to members of the CFR. It narrowed down to a pair of Skull & Bones members. Bones lets 15 people a year into its ranks. What are the odds against two members gaining the joint nomination of the highest office in the land? Did the media dwell on this? Of course not. The public would not have known of the existence of The Order, had not George H. W. Bush been a member. So, to turn it into a peripheral matter in 1980, Bonesman Gary Trudeau make light of it – featherweight light (his image of Bush, Sr.) – in a series of “Doonesbury” cartoons.

How did Bush get the nomination for Vice President in 1980? Reagan had beaten him, and Reagan said he would not put him on the ticket. Then he reversed himself.

The following story I believe is true. It was told to me by W. Cleon Skousen ( The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist ). Immediately prior to Reagan’s smiling announcement of Bush as his VP running mate, Reagan had spent the weekend at a large estate in Leesburg, Virginia. At that meeting was one of Skousen’s relatives (not Mark or Joel). He witnessed two CFR members, very prominent, who cornered Reagan for the weekend. According to this third-hand, unverifiable testimony – which Skousen relayed to me a few years later – they presented Reagan with a choice: Bush as VP with media neutrality or someone else with media skewering. One of these figures was a talking head with enormous influence. The other was a Rockefeller hireling with enormous influence. They are still alive. One of them still has influence.

Did this event take place? I think it did. But even if it didn’t, the implied threat was always there. The media had wiped out Goldwater’s campaign in 1964. It can do this at any time, just as it can raise concern about any of two dozen wars that are going on at any time, merely by focusing on one of them. What is the difference between Darfur and Rwanda? Media attention.

If you look at Reagan’s cabinet, the difference between it and Carter’s in terms of CFR membership was minimal. James Baker ran Reagan’s White House whenever Reagan wasn’t personally committed to a non-CFR project. Baker was then and remains closely associated with George H. W. Bush. He actually had far more influence over Reagan’s White House than he has over George W. Bush’s, where Cheney seems dominant.

The overall direction of politics remains the same: toward centralization.

The CFR is in a position to deny both funding and media semi-neutrality to any candidate who does not toe the bipartisan Party Line on taxes (no major changes), on regulation of the economy (more), on foreign policy (Superpower intervention in 100+ countries at 700+ bases), on the United Nations, and on the military-industrial-oil-banking complex. The only political question is which special interest gets its hands on a larger share of the loot.

Only one candidate breaks ranks on all of these issues: Ron Paul.

1976 VS. 2007

When I joined his Congressional staff in June, 1976, he was the most junior Congressmen, having been sworn in only two months earlier. The Democrat incumbent had been given a position in the Federal bureaucracy, and he had resigned his office. Paul won the special election.

I wrote his newsletters. I also did research on issues coming before Congress. In my three-person tiny office was Dr. John W. Robbins, a former student of Hans Sennholz in economics and of Gottfried Dietze in political science. In the main office was Bruce Bartlett, who later became one of the leading defenders in Washington of supply-side economics. This was a high-powered staff for a Congressman with two months’ seniority.

Unlike every other Congressman, he had no administrative assistant. That meant he ran a decentralized office. Staffers reported to him, not to some professional screener.

When I joined the staff, little did I suspect that three decades later, he would be a candidate for President, with a campaign bank account with a couple of million (depreciated) dollars in it. There was no Web in 1976. There were no desktop computers other than the Altair, a brand-new gadget for techies.

There was no Alexa Web traffic ranking. To use Alexa, I used Google to search for these names: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani. I then selected the top Google link for each name. One by one, I entered these on http://www.Alexa.com. Oddly enough, I had selected the names in order of their Alexa rankings.

* http://www.RonPaul2008.com, 23,600
* http://www.MittRomney.com, 65,500
* http://www.JohnMcCain.com , 106,500
* http://www.JoinRudy2008.com, 108,500

Barack Obama’s site ranks 21,000. Hillary Clinton’s is 22,000. John Edwards’s is 59,000.

Ron Paul is #3 in the digital race. Everyone else is an also-ran.

Political pundits are employed by two relentlessly shrinking sectors of the economy, network TV and paper-based newspapers. They seem unaware of all this. Anyway, they remain silent.

Ron Paul has come out of cyberspace, which is where the future is, according to everyone except the political pundits. How was this possible? What does this mean? The pundits’ response: “Don’t ask. Don’t tell.”

THE SCREENERS WILL SCREEN

The American political party system has had only three successful outsiders in American history: James Polk in 1844 (won), William Jennings Bryan in 1896 (lost three times), and Barry Goldwater in 1964 (lost overwhelmingly).

Reagan was twice elected as a governor. He had been an almost-ran in 1976. He was a semi-outsider with an insider as his VP.

Reagan got his shot because of new technology: his famous TV speech, late in the Goldwater campaign, which was paid for by the Goldwater campaign. It has been known ever since as “The Speech.” It is a good speech on paper. On radio, it was powerful. I have not been able to locate a full version of the TV version, but it was riveting. The audio version is here .

The Republican Party in 1964 paid to have a version of that speech shown locally with paid-for TV time. I recall no other speech ever used this way. The Republican Party’s professionals fought this decision, but Goldwater insisted.

[Note: The speech did not stick with Hillary Clinton, a "Goldwater girl" in 1964. Her parents sent her to Wellesley. Too bad.]

Reagan won in 1980 because of Richard Viguerie’s direct-mail techniques, 1965–80, based on 12,000 names and addresses of Goldwater campaign donors.

Bryan won the nomination because of a speech, arguably the most important political speech in American history. Reading it today, we wonder why, apart from the famous “cross of gold” line. That speech lost the Democratic Party for the gold standard, low-tax wing that had dominated ever since Andrew Jackson’s era. It turned the party into the high-tax, interventionist party it has been ever since Woodrow Wilson took office in 1913. Bryan’s brother Charles mastered the technology of direct mail. He later was Davis’s running mate as VP.

Technology matters.

I am not persuaded that technology can overcome the screeners’ ability to raise funds in 2008. The major political parties since at least 1912 have been controlled by the banking interests and their allies. There is no candidate in American history more hostile to the existing anti-gold banking system than Ron Paul. He also opposes all tax-funded foreign aid, which includes foreign aid to the State of Israel.

The screeners will screen.

But Paul, at age 71, represents a fundamental break with the existing system. By surfacing on the Web, he has identified himself as a representative of people who do not trust the Federal government. There are a lot of them.

GRASS-ROOTS POLITICS

For over 40 years, I have heard conservatives talk about how important grass-roots politics is. This is rather like listening to guys at the corner bar talk about the how much they respect the work of Alcoholics Anonymous. Then it’s “Bartender, hit me again.”

Grass-roots politics is what is needed. But its focus must be on local politics.

There are 3,000 counties in the United States. They possess the property tax, which was the broadest-based tax prior to 1914.

Most counties are dominated by a single political party. So, only masochists or visionaries get involved with the minority party.

What if someone with a huge mailing list, or a series of mailing lists, were to create a below-the-radar movement for training citizens in the techniques of high-tech, low-cost political mobilization techniques? The target? Precincts.

You say, “That’s boring. Nobody cares about the local precinct.”

Exactly.

In most careers, you start at the bottom. But because money talks, and media talk, only those with connections and money get access to the voters. They do not start at the bottom. They want to start as a state representative or even higher.

They do not want to pay their dues.

So, the American political system is geared to state and national politics. Yet technology is moving toward decentralized communications: cheaper, faster, easy to master by non-techies.

Technology today is doing what the free market began doing in 1780: broadening the market through price competition.

This is the #3 threat to the screeners: low-cost, powerful computer and Web technologies. The #2 threat is the power of ideas. These ideas now can get out to the public without printing presses or ten-storey transmission towers. The screening gatekeepers stand guard at the gates, but the walls are crumbling from the acids of digital technology. The #1 threat is the nature of society. The French conservative Lamennais described it in the 1820’s:

Centralization produces apoplexy at the center and anemia at the extremities.

On all fronts except higher education, the screeners in America are in retreat.

What the silent digital minority needs in order to become a screaming electoral majority are the following:

1. A decades-long vision of victory
2. Programs of privately funded welfare
3. A readiness to de-fund the state
4. Technologies of communication
5. Technologies of local mobilization
6. Patience
7. A willingness to labor under the radar
8. A leader who believes in grass-roots politics

If you want a slogan, try this: “Replacement, not capture.”

Conservative politics made a series of mistakes, beginning no later than 1948.

1. A defensive vision of stalemate
2. No programs for private welfare
3. A goal of capturing the state
1. Education
2. Welfare
3. Bureaucracies
4. No local political mobilization
5. Replacing Communism’s empire with America’s

It had an operational slogan: “Capture, not replacement.” It got co-opted every time. Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn lured them all in with his slogan: “To get along, you’ve got to go along.” They went along.

The Federal government got larger.

CONCLUSION

Ron Paul’s campaign offers a unique opportunity, just not to win the Presidency. It will be interesting to see what his campaign organization does with all those email addresses after mid-2008.

I know what Richard Viguerie did with 12,000 names and addresses of Goldwater campaign donors. Nobody else wanted those names. Anyone could have walked onto Capitol Hill and written them down. Only Viguerie saw the opportunity.

For me, this is mostly hypothetical. I watch from a distance as an interested observer. I enjoy stories of entrepreneurship.

I also recall the words of George Washington Plunkett of Tammany Hall a century ago: “I seen my opportunities, and I took ‘em.”

That’s what opportunities are for.

July 28, 2007

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Is He Good For Libertarians? Why Some Libertarians Don’t Want To Join The Ron Paul…

July 27, 2007 2 comments

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Is He Good for the Libertarians? – Why some libertarians don’t want to join the Ron Paul…
Reason ^ | July 27, 2007 | Brian Doherty
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Why some libertarians don’t want to join the Ron Paul revolution.

Republican congressman from Texas (and 1988 Libertarian Party presidential candidate) Ron Paul seems to be doing pretty good for libertarianism these days. He’s gotten more press exposure and more Internet buzz than any libertarian movement political figure, and has done so outside the dead-end third party context. A surprising amount of the attention has even been respectful and positive—and for a candidate as ignored and excluded as Paul, any press short of a full-on hostile shredding is good news.

Sure, he still has zero traction (well, 2 percent) in conventional polling . And any respectable reporter would sooner fail to check whether his mother loves him than neglect to mention the apparently settled fact that Paul has no chance of winning the nomination.

But some Ron Paul Revolutionaries insist that the mainstream media are putrid corpses in brackish water, and conventional polls are for losers who still answer their landlines. Paul’s support—by more postmodern measures—continues to grow. He’s still the king of meetup.com, which does generate real-world crowds, and even real-world food drives . He’s also the political king of YouTube (22,157 subscribers). We won’t find out for months if these netroots measures mean anything in electoral terms. And that’s just fine for a thrifty message-oriented candidate, who psychically benefits from running (and builds up more fundraising resources for any future effort) even if he fails utterly with vote totals.

This past Sunday he hit a political respectability jackpot, with a long, thorough, serious, and critical-but-respectful profile in the New York Times Magazine. Most of the Ron Paul press tells, however questioningly, of a politician dedicated to severely limited government that doesn’t want to interfere in our personal lives, doesn’t want to investigate us and control us, wants to abolish the income tax, and wants to bring troops home and dedicate our military only to actual national defense—a politician against the federal drug war, against the Patriot Act, against regulating the Internet, and for habeas corpus.

Still, many libertarians are either ambivalent or actively unhappy with Paul’s campaign and the public attention it has gotten. They feel either that Paul is not libertarian enough in all respects, or are unhappy with linking libertarianism to certain aspects of Paul’s rhetoric, focus, or past. You’ll hear: If, after this campaign, whenever anyone thinks of libertarian, they think, oh, you are like Ron Paul?—will that be good for libertarianism in the future? And would you feel personally comfortable with it?

One prominent version of Libertarian Ron Paul Anxiety comes via noted and respected anarcho-legal theorist Randy Barnett in The Wall Street Journal. Barnett has decades of hardcore libertarian movement credentials behind him and is one of Lysander Spooner‘s biggest fans. (Spooner, the 19th century individualist anarchist, famously declared the state to be of inherently lower moral merit than a highway bandit.) But the mild obstetrician, family man, and experienced legislator Ron Paul is too radical for Barnett in one respect—the respect that is key to most of Paul’s traction to begin with: hisconsistent, no-compromise, get-out-now stance against the war in Iraq.

Barnett is eager to dissociate libertarianism writ large from Paul’s anti-Iraq War stance, claiming that many libertarians are concerned that Americans may get the misleading impression that all libertarians oppose the Iraq war—as Ron Paul does—and even that libertarianism itself dictates opposition to this war. It would be a shame, he suggests, if this misinterpretation inhibited a wider acceptance of the libertarian principles that would promote the general welfare of the American people.

This is doubly curious. First, because opposition to non-defensive war traditionally is a core libertarian principle (to begin with, since it inherently involves mass murder and property destruction aimed at people who have not harmed the people imposing the harm) and is, in fact, the position of the vast majority of self-identified libertarians. Second, why would one worry that libertarianism can be damaged by an association with an idea that is in fact immensely popular? And, to boot, a popular position in which Paul has unique credibility for being right, and right from the beginning, unlike pretty much every other candidate.

Paul does, though, believe some things many libertarians don’t, and some libertarians think these issues are so important that his libertarian credentials should be revoked. For example, he’d like to eliminate Roe v. Wade and would be happy to allow states and localities to ban abortion—and personally considers abortion a moral crime.

But this position, however hard to explain to one’s liberal friends who ask a libertarian about this Ron Paul guy, doesn’t place him outside the libertarian pale. If you see a living human fetus as a human life the same in morally significant respects as any born human, then supporting a ban on it is as consistent with libertarianism as laws against murder.

On trade, Paul takes a position that is perfectly proper from a radical, no-compromise libertarian position. That is, he’s for free trade, but against government managed trade agreements. In practice, though, this seems to block off the only way tariff reductions and eliminations actually happen in the real world, a politically tone deaf stance that makes the perfect the enemy of the good.

When it comes to immigration, Paul believes the federal government can legitimately defend the border, and thinks that, in a world of government benefits and minimum wage laws, it is appropriate for government to do so stringently. I strongly disagree with how border defense has been done in practice, as do most libertarians. But as Paul told me, it doesn’t mark him as essentially unlibertarian, but rather falls within a potentially legitimate set of actions for non-anarchist libertarians who do believe in the nation-state.

Paul’s concern with immigration is of a piece with his right-populist strains, an obsession with “sovereignty” that feeds his fevered opposition to international trade pacts and the UN. Combined with his strong emphasis on trash-talking the Federal Reserve and advocating a return to gold, it’s the sort of thing that strikes many other libertarians as, if not inherently unlibertarian, sort of cranky and kooky, and that led me to note to TheNew Republic that many libertarians (though not me) think of Paul as a bit of a yokel .

And a yokel with some ugly things in his past that no libertarian wants to be linked with. As The New York Times Magazine, among others, reported, Paul’s newsletter during his years out of Washington contained some ugly race-baiting comments about the overwhelmingly criminal nature of black males in D.C. Paul says the comments were written by a staffer, but he’s refused to say who and hasn’t gone through any serious garment-rending and regret about it, though he did disavow them.

Some unhappy with Paul’s presence in the GOP race are just Libertarian Party partisans who think no good for political liberty in America can arise from someone flying under the GOP flag. But LP-associated blogger Thomas Knapp presented a more interesting and detailed version of why Paul and the Paul movement can’t do good for libertarianism (which he framed, unfortunately, in a jokey 9-11 Truther baiting frame, in which he seemed to be saying that because the GOP will benefit in the long run from Paul’s campaign, that Paul was recruited for the task by Karl Rove).

Knapp argues that Ron doesn’t always call himself libertarian, selling himself sometimes as a constitutionalist or small-government conservative depending on his audience; that he’s accomplished almost nothing specific that furthers libertarian goals as a congressman while sucking lots of money out of libertarian donors; and that because of Paul’s campaign, the LP won’t do very well in 2008. Of course, there is nothing about these complaints that wouldn’t apply to any almost-entirely-libertarian federal politician short of the libertarian revolution. It seems a classic best-enemy-of-the-good maneuver, or perhaps an inadvertent declaration that libertarian electoral politics, LP or major party, is inherently pretty useless for furthering libertarian policy change.

And Paul undoubtedly falls short of his reputation as a hardcore, no-compromise-ever libertarian constitutionalist. For example, he happily inserts earmarked pork spending that benefits his district in spending bills, to keep them happy—and then votes against the bills, to keep his free-market constituents nationwide happy.

Paul argues that the voting against the total bill is enough, that the rules of Congress mean the earmarks don’t actually increase total federal spending anyway, and that while he’d rather the government didn’t take the money, it’s not inherently a crime to try to get some of it back for his constituents.

Sure, he’s trying to have it both ways. Something about Paul that sometimes evades both his fans and opponents: He’s a very, very successful politician. He’s won election to Congress as a nonincumbent three times—an extraordinary record. And he’s won as an incumbent 7 times, with steadily growing percentage totals. One of his political skills is a chameleonic quality: Without changing the roots of his message, he’s able to seem a lot of things to a lot of people by intelligently strategic choices about which Ron Paul to sell. He’s a libertarian, he’s a constitutionalist, he’s a true conservative. When I saw him speak earlier this month at FreedomFest to an audience of mostly self-conscious libertarians, he never once mentioned immigration, emphasizing rather war and money.

So, yes: Ron Paul is by no means the perfect candidate for most American libertarians. Some find his stance on trade obtuse, his stance on abortion tyrannical; the race-baiting, however disavowed, stupid, wrong, off-putting to most Americans, and dangerous for libertarians to be associated with; his position on earmarks sleazy politician logic-chopping. They envision a horrific Ron Paul’s America in which abortion and immigration are banned, the federal drug war ended but a state-level one ongoing, and a financial system wrecked with reckless goldbuggery—and libertarianism tarnished forevermore.

Libertarians leery of Paul should ask themselves (while bearing in mind that of course no one, certainly no libertarian, is under any obligation to support or advocate or vote for any politician ever): Have we ever seen a national political figure better in libertarian terms—better on taxes, on drugs, on spending, on federalism, on foreign policy, on civil liberties? And for the pragmatic, cosmopolitan, mainstream libertarian: Why is Ron Paul the place where making the non-existent best the enemy of the good becomes the right thing to do?
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Gunny G: Fair and Balanced? BS!

July 27, 2007 Leave a comment

FAIR and BALANCED? BS!

FoxNews is fond of referring to itself as “Fair and Balanced.”
Brit Hume even likes to say, “Fair, Balanced and Unafraid.”
But is it, really? I don’t think so.

So, if I thought they really were, I’d have a suggestion for them–but I don’t think they are. Maybe a couple suggestions.

For instance, I would remove O’Reilly from his prime-time nitely show–who needs his brand of “news” and “commentary.” If O’Reilly is fair and balanced, I am….(never mind).

Some of his previous supernumeraries would make excellent replacements–and I don’t mean MM, who is just as bad as he is. Having her for his stand-in is a little bit like Bush having Dick Cheney as his VP!

And, in the interest of fair and balanced, why not add Don Imus to their lineup! How’s that for fair and balanced? Not a conservative, you say, hey, they have Geraldo aboard already, don’t they? And Colmes. O’Reilly is neither a conservative, nor a liberal; although many could suggest filling in the blank with various names for this one.

In any case, O’R’s spot is a great time slot, and worthy of a much better personality. And, we, the viewing public are also worthy of something better too.

Imus is a morning person, so he could replace all those silly Fox boys and girlees always vying for attention, attempting to dominate by talking above the other. Does anyone really watch them, anyway?

Hell, they could even tie Imus in doing a simultaneous morning radio/ broadcast. And just think, Imus isn’t a conservative–actually, I don’t think he’s really a lib, either, although many think he is. If they would go w/Geraldo, they oughta go w/Imus–Fair, Balanced…(and unafraid?). Can’t have too many non-conservatives around can we?

No, no, I haven’t submitted this to Fox–you don’t think they’re really fair and balanced do you?–if you like the idea, go ahead and do so yourself. Just thinking aloud.

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The Bushes, Smedley Butler USMC, The BBC, etc.

July 24, 2007 Leave a comment

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BBC: Bush’s Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup In America

New investigation sheds light on clique of powerbrokers, including Prescott Bush, who sought to overthrow U.S. government and implement Hitlerian policies

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A BBC Radio 4 investigation sheds new light on a major subject that has received little historical attention, the conspiracy on behalf of a group of influential powerbrokers, led by Prescott Bush, to overthrow FDR and implement a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. based around the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler.

In 1933, Marine Corps Maj.-Gen. Smedley Butler was approached by a wealthy and secretive group of industrialists and bankers, including Prescott Bush the current President’s grandfather, who asked him to command a 500,000 strong rogue army of veterans that would help stage a coup to topple then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

According to the BBC, the plotters intended to impose a fascist takeover and “Adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.” The conspirators were operating under the umbrella of a front group called the American Liberty League, which included many families that are still household names today, including Heinz, Colgate, Birds Eye and General Motors.

Butler played along with the clique to determine who was involved but later blew the whistle and identified the ringleaders in testimony given to the House Committee on un-American Activities.

However, the Committee refused to even question any of the individuals named by Butler and his testimony was omitted from the record, leading to charges that they were involved in covering the matter up, and the majority of the media blackballed the story.

General Smedley Butler, author of the famous quote “war is a racket”, exposed the fascist plotters but was subsequently demonized and shunned by the government and the media.

In 1936, William Dodd, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in which he stated,

“A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime…. A prominent executive of one of the largest corporations, told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his progressive policies. Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there. Propagandists for fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare. We should be aware of the symptoms. When industrialists ignore laws designed for social and economic progress they will seek recourse to a fascist state when the institutions of our government compel them to comply with the provisions.”

The proven record of Prescott Bush’s involvement in financing the Nazi war machine dovetails with the fact that he was part of a criminal cabal that actively sought to impose a fascist coup in America.

Prescott did not succeed but many would argue that two generations down the line the mission has all but been accomplished.

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A New “King George”

July 24, 2007 1 comment

 

A New “King George”
July 22, 2007(The Nation) This column was written by Robert Scheer.

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George W. Bush is the imperial president that James Madison and other founders of this great republic warned us about. He lied the nation into precisely the “foreign entanglements” that George Washington feared would destroy the experiment in representative government, and he has championed a spurious notion of security over individual liberty, thus eschewing the alarms of Thomas Jefferson as to the deprivation of the inalienable rights of free citizens. But most important, he has used the sledgehammer of war to obliterate the separation of powers that James Madison enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

With the “war on terror,” Bush has asserted the right of the president to wage war anywhere and for any length of time, at his whim, because the “terrorists” will always provide a convenient shadowy target. Just the “continual warfare” that Madison warned of in justifying the primary role of Congress in initiating and continuing to finance a war — the very issue now at stake in Bush’s battle with Congress.

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GyG: If Only They Had Such Enthusiasm Re Our US-Mex Border FENCE!!!!

July 24, 2007 Leave a comment

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GyG: If Only They Had Such Enthusiasm Re Our US-Mex Border FENCE!!!!

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From the Los Angeles Times

New U.S. Embassy rises in Iraq

Conspicuously huge and self-contained but deemed inadequate for a disaster scenario, the compound is already taking fire.
By Alexandra Zavis
Times Staff Writer

July 24, 2007

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BAGHDAD — Huge, expensive and dogged by controversy, the new U.S. Embassy compound nearing completion here epitomizes to many Iraqis the worst of the U.S. tenure in Iraq.

“It’s all for them, all of Iraq’s resources, water, electricity, security,” said Raid Kadhim Kareem, who has watched the buildings go up at a floodlighted site bristling with construction cranes from his post guarding an abandoned home on the other side of the Tigris River. “It’s as if it’s their country, and we are guests staying here.”

Despite its brash scale and nearly $600-million cost, the compound designed to accommodate more than 1,000 people is not big enough, and may not be safe enough if a major military pullout leaves the country engulfed in a heightened civil war, U.S. planners now say.

Militants have fired shells into the compound in the fortified Green Zone, where more than 85 rocket and mortar strikes have killed at least 16 people since February, according to a United Nations report last month. Five more people died in fierce barrages this month.

“Having the ‘heavily fortified Green Zone’ doesn’t matter one iota” when it comes to rocket and mortar attacks, said one senior military officer.

Like much U.S. planning in Iraq, the embassy was conceived nearly three years ago on rosy assumptions that stability was around the corner, and that the military effort would gradually draw down, leaving behind a vast array of civilian experts who would remain intimately engaged in Iraqi state-building. The result is what some analysts are describing as a $592-million anachronism.

“It really is sort of betwixt and between,” said Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations who advises the Defense Department. “It’s bigger than it should be if you really expect Iraq to stabilize. It’s not as big as it needs to be to be the nerve center of an ongoing war effort.”

In a stunning security breach, architectural plans for the compound were briefly posted on the Internet in May.

“If the government of Iraq collapses and becomes transparently just one party in a civil war, you’ve got Ft. Apache in the middle of Indian country, but the Indians have mortars now,” Biddle said.

When completed in September, the compound will have the amenities of a small town, with six apartment buildings, a palm-fringed swimming pool, a gym, fast-food outlets, a barbershop and beauty salon, and a commissary stocked with the comforts of home. It is designed to be entirely self-sufficient, boasting its own power plant, wells and wastewater treatment system, according to a December 2005 report for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Plans are also being drawn up to build short-term housing for several hundred additional people on a currently unused portion of the site, said Patrick F. Kennedy, the State Department’s management policy chief, who traveled to Iraq in May to review embassy staffing. How much the housing will add to the price tag has not been determined.

The project echoes another mega-embassy where diplomats, spies and army brass met for drinks and golf dates in a slice of America amid the escalating chaos in Somalia. That compound, which dwarfed even the Baghdad facility, was dismantled by looters after the overthrow of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

The magnitude of the new compound, with nearly the same acreage as Vatican City, has convinced many Iraqis that the United States harbors long-term ambitions here, even as domestic pressure mounts to start bringing the troops home.

“They’re not leaving Iraq for a long time,” said Hashim Hamad Ali, another guard, who called the compound “a symbol of oppression and injustice.”

The compound was designed to accommodate career diplomats, representatives of almost every major U.S. government agency and their security personnel. But U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it had been assumed that the military presence would have diminished by now, so little room was included for them, which could make coordination between the civilian and military aspects of the U.S. mission difficult.

The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, and hundreds of headquarters staff work out of the current embassy.

Adding pressure on the available space is the unusually high number of non-Iraqi workers doing temporary jobs that would be handled by local nationals at other embassies, officials here said. All of those workers need to be housed.

“Just as the military is surging, the State Department is surging too,” said Kennedy of the State Department. Although he declined to discuss precise figures, he said space would be made available in the new compound for some, though not all, of the military headquarters staff. Most temporary foreign hires would also live and work there, though some would be assigned to other facilities depending on their functions.

“Now we do end up short on some housing,” he said.

The U.S. Embassy is currently housed in Saddam Hussein’s Republican Palace, also inside the 5-square-mile Green Zone. Employees work inside plywood cubicles in the cavernous marble halls and typically share digs in a vast trailer park that offers little protection against the near-daily assault of rockets and mortar rounds.

The decision to occupy what had been the center of Hussein’s oppressive rule was criticized at the time for the message it might convey about U.S. intentions in Iraq. In October 2004, the U.S.-appointed interim government transferred to the United States 104 acres of riverfront parkland for a new embassy with “hardened” accommodation.

The deal was part of a land swap in which the United States agreed to hand back three properties, including the palace, to the Iraqi government in return for the use of the new site and two properties in other cities, Kennedy said.

The Bush administration asked for more than $1 billion to build the new facility, which it said could be completed in two years. But Congress shaved the price tag by nearly half.

The lead builder is Kuwait-based First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting Co., which has been beset by accusations of deceptive and abusive labor practices on the project. The company denies the charges. Investigations by the State Department’s inspector general and his counterpart in the U.S. military in Iraq found no evidence of wrongdoing. The Justice Department refused to confirm or deny reports that it too was investigating the allegations.

The embassy has also complained about shoddy workmanship at a facility to house security guards, an issue that the State Department says it has raised with the builders and that should not delay completion of the project.

The deadline for completion, originally set for June, was delayed three months due to the complications of building in a war zone, Kennedy said.

“Convoys have been delayed from time to time. There have been some rockets that have fallen in the compound,” he said, without elaborating. “But we have every anticipation that come Sept. 1, the construction will be complete.”

Embassy staff will move into the compound after an inspection and certification process that is expected to take weeks.

Kennedy said that it made financial sense to combine living and working quarters.

Security measures will be extraordinary, even by standards imposed since the Al Qaeda terrorist network bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Structures will be reinforced to 2 1/2 times the standard with additional setbacks and perimeter clearance areas, five high-security entrances plus an emergency exit, according to the Senate report.

But in May, detailed architectural plans were briefly posted on the website of Berger Devine Yaeger Inc., an American firm contracted to design the facility. The company promptly removed the plans when contacted by the State Department on May 31. By then, the plans had been picked up by numerous other websites.

The walled site in the middle of Baghdad is also within easy range of Sunni and Shiite Muslim militants, whose attacks on the Green Zone are becoming more frequent and deadly. The U.S. military refuses to provide figures on the strikes, saying it would aid the assailants.

The American Foreign Service Assn., the professional body representing State Department employees, questions why the Bush administration is sending more civilians into a deteriorating war zone, when they are only rarely permitted to interact with Iraqis outside the Green Zone — an essential part of their job.

“The general risk is in an order of magnitude greater than it would take to close any other embassy in the world,” said Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, a former president of the association.

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Times staff writers Louise Roug and Said Rifai, along with researchers John Jackson and Robin Cochran in Los Angeles, contributed to this report.

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HELP ME LOCATE THE BLACK REGIMENT

July 23, 2007 Leave a comment

Help Me Locate The Black Regiment

 

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

July 24, 2007

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http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin384.htm

Faithful readers of this column know of my burden for the pastors of America. Without informed, energized, and engaged pulpits, I see little hope for the maintenance of liberty and independence in this land.

When the colonies broke free from the shackles of the Crown, it was the moral and spiritual strength of colonial pulpits that helped lead the way. These revolutionary preachers became known as The Black Regiment, due to the long, black robes they were known to wear in the pulpit.

The Black Regiment taught their congregations the principles of freedom Sunday by Sunday. They expounded, explained, and extrapolated the Biblical principles of authority and jurisdiction carefully and meticulously. As a result, the men of colonial America were so well informed, both spiritually and politically, that when the time came to declare their independence, they had both the heart and mind to do it. Statesmen took up the pen, and soldiers took up arms in the greatest fight for freedom in world history. And leading both statesman and soldier was the Black Regiment.

If there is one question that I receive more than any other, it is, “Chuck, do you know a pastor like you in such and such a city?” I receive those letters and emails constantly. It is a heavy burden. I know they are out there, but where?

I must admit that I often fall victim to the same “woe is me” syndrome as did Elijah. I find myself crying, “I, even I only, am left.” However, as God had 7,000 prophets in Israel that had not bowed the knee to Baal, so, too, God has a remnant-host of Black Regiment preachers in America today. The problem is, they are scattered hither and yon with little notice or recognition.

Therefore, I use this column today to enlist the help of my readers. Will you help me locate the Black Regiment? If you know of any Bible-believing, Gospel-preaching pastor who would qualify as being a Black Regiment preacher, would you please let me know who they are?

Before sending me your list of names, let’s set some ground rules. In order to qualify as a Black Regiment pastor, the following criteria must be met:

1. He is a Bible believer: he believes the Bible is God’s holy and authoritative Word.

2. He is the head of his own home, having his wife and children in subjection to his authority. No henpecked men here.

3. He is the spiritual leader and shepherd of his local congregation, not a committee-controlled man.

4. He is a strong proponent of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

5. He understands the necessity and integrity of sovereign national borders. And, to the degree that he understands it, has publicly spoken out against amnesty for illegal aliens and the burgeoning North American Union.

6. He understands freedom of speech and believes that a preacher is a spokesman for God (not the State) and has publicly decried so-called “hate crimes” legislation that would prohibit preachers from preaching Biblical truth regarding homosexuality.

7. He has publicly promoted the sanctity of life by preaching and protesting against abortion.

8. He has publicly repudiated the unconstitutional policies of President Bush in his promotion of the USA Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps and eavesdropping, and the deceptive manner in which he led America into an undeclared, unprovoked, and preemptive war against Iraq.

9. He has publicly resisted “Seeker-Friendly,” and “Purpose-Driven,” and “Emerging Church” church growth movements.

10. He believes the church has a responsibility to be the salt and light of the world. That is, that we are to win souls to Christ, and resist Satan in whatever form (spiritual, social, political, cultural, etc.) he reveals himself.

Will you help me find such men? Please email me with as much contact information as possible, including the name of the pastor and church, his address, phone number, and email address.

I already have a short list of under 100 men who seem to be of Black Regiment caliber. I am confident there are many hundreds more. We need to be in contact with each other. We need to pray for each other. We need to support each other. We need to inform each other. We need to encourage each other. This Black Regiment list can be a tool to help accomplish all this and more.

If you know of only one such man, please let me know who he is. He might be thinking, “I, even I only, am left.” He needs to know he is not alone. We all need to know that we are not alone.

Thanks for your help. I will keep readers of this column posted as to the results of my appeal.

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How to Save Your Presidency: Mr. President: Bring POWs Home

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Mr. President: Bring POWs Home

John LeBoutillier
Monday, June 18, 2007

MEMO

TO: President George W. Bush

FR: Former Congressman John LeBoutillier

RE: How to Save Your Presidency

Mr. President, 66 percent of today’s public views your performance as “poor.” You are today almost as unpopular as Richard Nixon was just before he resigned in disgrace. And most voters rank your presidency as a “failure” or as one of the “worst” — right down there with Jimmy Carter.

However, there is a way for you to reverse your fortunes in one fell swoop.

There is a way for you to do something so spectacular as to change the whole dynamic of American politics.

There is a way for you to earn the respect of those who today shun you.

There is a way for you to reverse the declining morale of our armed forces — and to restore pride again in the American uniform.

There is a way to take the national focus off of Iraq, and instead focus it on something for which you share no blame.

There is a way to make Americans feel good again about the country, because this single act will help to cleanse the body politic.

There is a way to expose all your predecessors, and rivals, for their role in something that the American people would never accept — if and when they know about it. And, Mr. President, there is also a way to “one-up” your father.

What is this magic elixir for a lame-duck-bordering-on-a-dead-duck presidency?

Quite simple, Mr. President.

This coming Friday — June 22 — you are meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet in the Oval Office. It is the first time a Vietnamese head of state has come to the United States since before the war.

Here is a simple plan, President Bush: when you sit down with President Triet, tell him you recently received and read a copy of “An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia.”

Tell President Triet, “Mr. President, this never-ending POW issue has hurt, and continues to hurt, both our nations — and yet neither of us had anything to do with it. So here is what I am proposing.”

As you speak, pull out a letter to President Triet and hand it to him. Then say, “President Triet, this letter from me to you serves as a public, presidential statement that the government of the United States is now prepared to pay the government of Vietnam $15 billion for all the living Americans who are “left over” from the war — including any in Laos. These include U.S. servicemen who were not “registered with the Centre for POWs. This $10 billion is to make up for the $4.75 billion Nixon and Kissinger pledged to you 35 years ago and which was never paid.”

You can also tell President Triet that for face-saving purposes if Vietnam wants to continue to claim they have no POWs that is just fine with us. We understand. It is OK with us if they “find” the POWs in Laos and “liberate” them and return them to us.

We have no interest in embarrassing Hanoi; nor do we want to renew hostilities with them.

All we want is our men — all of them — and to put this sordid chapter in our national rear view mirror.

Yes, there will be critics who say, “we can’t pay for these POWs. That would be tribute or ransom. It will encourage others to seize Americans and hold them for negotiation. And besides we don’t have enough money any more for all of this.”

Well, that is all nonsense.

We are now offering rewards in Iraq for the two missing U.S. Army servicemen. And President Bush, you have just pledged $30 billion for AIDS in Africa.

If we have enough for people in other countries, then we certainly have enough to pay for hundreds of our servicemen who have spent over 35 years in captivity waiting for Uncle Sam to come and bring them home.

So, Mr. President, are you going to step up to the plate and make history?

Are you going to be different than all your predecessors, including your father, who have allowed this festering sore to continue?

This Friday, President Bush, is the day you can reverse all the negative trends and do something so spectacular that you will earn a level of respect you haven’t seen since right after 9/11.

Friday, June 22.

The Oval Office. Make the deal, Mr. President.

It is time for our POWs to come home.

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Coup d’état: Seven Days In May

July 22, 2007 6 comments

Coup d’état: Seven Days In May
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This 1964 drama was based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. The screenplay was written by Rod Serling.

Burt Lancaster plays General James Mattoon Scott, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kirk Douglas plays Marine Colonel Martin “Jiggs” Casey. Nothing needs to be said about the performances of these two actors because they always turn in excellent acting jobs. Fredric March is President Jordan Lyman and I can’t think of anyone who would play him better. Ava Gardner has the role of Elinor Holbrook, the ex-girlfriend of General Scott. Edmond O’Brien is the bourbon drinking Senator Raymond Clark from Georgia and Andrew Duggan is Colonel Henderson. John Houseman has a small role as Vice-Admiral Barnswell.

The story takes place when the cold war is in full bloom and the president and congress have entered into a treaty with the Soviet Union in which each country has agreed to destroy its nuclear arsenal. The treaty is highly unpopular with the citizens of the United States and with the military. There is a strong belief that the Soviets will not honor the treaty and will eventually attack the defenseless United States. General Scott and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hatch a plot to overthrow the constitutionally elected government of the United States. This plot is discovered by Colonel Casey and he reports it to the president. The rest of the movie shows the attempts of the president and a small group of his advisors trying to stop the coup.

Edmond O’Brien was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar but Peter Ustinov won for Topkapi. The movie was remade for cable in 1994 and was called The Enemy Within.

Some critics have suggested that the movie is dated and the plot driven by the hysteria of the times. The word “hysteria” suggests an uncontrollable and maybe even irrational fear of nuclear war. There was nothing irrational about the fear to anyone who lived through those times when backyard bomb shelters were being sold on street corners and school children were taught to “duck and cover”. In fact, the fear was much more real and immediate than the things people are afraid of today. Today’s fears are promulgated by many different groups whose very existence depends on donations from the public. Take, for example, global warming. Earth has been a relatively warm, ice-free planet for 95% of its existence. There were no glaciers or polar ice caps. The present warm up is probably just a mild, natural occurring fluctuation not unlike the previous small warming trend which began about 1870 and ended about 1940. Many of the same end-of-the-worlders who are worried about global warming were predicting a new and severe ice age back in the 1970’s. Also, the hole in the ozone layer is probably another naturally occurring phenomenon caused by changes in solar activity and not by us spraying cans of hair spray into the air. The fears today are much more “hysterical” than they were back in the early 1960’s when this movie was made.

There have been reports that I can’t confirm that President Kennedy wanted this movie made so badly that he allowed filming in the White House. These same reports claim that he feared a military overthrow of the United States Government. I don’t know if this is true or merely hype or urban legend. In any case, he didn’t live to see the movie completed.

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The plot

The novel and film tell the story of fictitious U.S. President Jordan Lyman ( Fredric March). As the story begins, Lyman faces a wave of public dissatisfaction with his decision to sign a treaty with the Soviet Union, an agreement that will supposedly result in both nations simultaneously destroying their nuclear weapons under mutual international inspection. This is extremely unpopular with both the President’s opposition and the military, who believe the Soviets cannot be trusted.

As the debate over the treaty rages on, an alert and well-positioned Pentagon insider, United States Marine Corps Colonel Martin “Jiggs” Casey (Kirk Douglas ) becomes aware of a conspiracy among the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) led by his own superior officer, the charismatic head of the JCS, Air Force General James Mattoon Scott ( Burt Lancaster). As he digs deeper, he uncovers the conspiracy’s shocking goal: Scott and his cohorts, along with allies in the United States Congress and the news media, are plotting to stage a coup d’etat to remove President Lyman and his cabinet seven days hence.

The plot itself, called ECOMCON (for “Emergency Communications Control”), entails the seizure of the nation’s telephone, radio and television network infrastructure by a secret United States Army combat unit created and controlled by Scott’s conspiracy and based near Fort Bliss, Texas. Once this is done, General Scott and his conspirators will control the nation’s communications assets; then, from their headquarters within a vast underground nuclear shelter called “Mount Thunder” (based on the actual Alternate Seat of Government maintained by the U.S. at Mount Weather in Berryville, Virginia), they will use the power of the media and the military to prevent the implementation of the treaty.

Although personally opposed to President Lyman and to the treaty, Casey is appalled by the unconstitutional cabal and alerts Lyman and his inner circle. As the countdown begins, both sides maneuver behind the scenes: Lyman sends Casey to New York to ferret out secrets that can be used against Scott, forcing Casey to cruelly deceive the general’s former mistress, the vulnerable Ellie Holbrook (Ava Gardner). Meanwhile, the plotters take action against Lyman’s closest advisors, the aging, alcoholic Georgia Senator Raymond Clark ( Edmond O’Brien) and earnest White House aide Paul Girard (Martin Balsam ), as they race against time to derail ECOMCON.

As events reach their climax, Lyman confronts Scott in the Oval Office; Clark and Girard each find that their pursuit of the truth has led them into deadly danger; and Casey must decide between his newborn love for Ellie Holbrook and his oath to protect and preserve the United States Constitution.

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A coup d’état (pronounced /ku de’ta/), or simply coup, is the sudden overthrow of a government, often through illegal means by a part of the state establishment — mostly replacing just the high-level figures. It is also an example of political engineering. It can be (although not necessarily) violent, but it is different from a revolution, which is staged by a larger group and radically changes the political system through unconstitutional means.

The term is French for “a (sudden) blow (or strike) to a state” (literally, coup, hit, and État, state, always written with a capital É in this meaning). The term coup can also be used in a casual sense to mean a gain in advantage of one nation or entity over another; e.g. an intelligence coup . By analogy, the term is also applied to corporations, etc; e.g. a boardroom coup.

Since the unsuccessful coup attempts of Wolfgang Kapp in 1920, and of Adolf Hitler in 1923, the Swiss German word “Putsch” (pronounced /pʊtʃ/) (originally coined with the Züriputsch of 1839) is often used also, even in French (such as the putsch of November 8, 1942 and the putsch of April 21, 1961, both in Algiers) and Russian ( August Putsch in 1991), while the direct German translation is Staatsstreich.

Tactically, a coup usually involves control of some active portion of the military while neutralizing the remainder of a country’s armed services. This active group captures or expels leaders, seizes physical control of important government offices, means of communication, and the physical infrastructure , such as streets and power plants. The coup succeeds if its opponents fail to dislodge the plotters, allowing them to consolidate their position, obtain the surrender or acquiescence of the populace and surviving armed forces, and claim legitimacy. Coups typically use the power of the existing government for its own takeover. As Edward Luttwak remarks in his Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook: “A coup consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.” In this sense, use of military or other organized force is not the defining feature of a coup d’État.

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“Lion of Fallujah” USMC

July 20, 2007 Leave a comment

Defense Secretary Honors Marine Corps’ ‘Lion of Fallujah’

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WASHINGTON, July 19, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid an emotional tribute last night to one of the Marine Corps’ fallen heroes of the war in Iraq.

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Marine Capt. Douglas Zembiec, the commanding officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, gives orders to his men over a radio prior to leaving their secured compound for a short patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, April 8, 2004. The company entered Fallujah on April 6 to begin the effort of destroying enemy held up in the city. Zembiec was killed in action May 10, 2007. He was 34 years old. Photo by Sgt. Jose E. Guillen

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At the end of his speech at the Marine Corps Association annual dinner in Arlington, Va., Gates talked about the Marine who became known as “The Lion of Fallujah.”

The secretary’s remarks follow:

“On one wall of my conference room there is a large, framed photo of a Marine company commander taken during the first battle of Fallujah, in April 2004. He’s speaking into a radio handset while giving directions to his men as combat rages just blocks away. It’s a shot that could have been taken of any number of Marines in any number of places over the last century – at Tarawa, at Inchon, or of Lieutenant Peter Pace at Hue, in 1968.

“During that Fallujah battle, Captain Douglas Zembiec and some men from his Echo Company were on a rooftop drawing rocket-propelled grenades from all directions. They tried to radio a tank crew for support but couldn’t get through. Zembiec raced out onto the street through withering fire, climbed onto the tank, and directed the gunner where to shoot.

“After the battle, he said that his Marines had ‘fought like lions,’ and he was soon himself dubbed ‘the Lion of Fallujah.’ He was an unabashed and unashamed warrior, telling one reporter that ‘killing is not wrong if it’s for a purpose, if it’s to keep your nation free or to protect your buddy.’

“Zembiec’s battalion operations officer described him as someone who ‘goes out every day and creates menacing dilemmas for the enemy.’ A newspaper profile at the time described him as a ‘balding, gregarious man who, in glasses, looks like a high school science teacher.’

“After returning from Iraq, Doug was promoted and given a desk job at the Pentagon. He chafed at the assignment, volunteered to deploy again, and was sent back to Iraq earlier this year. This time, he would not return — to his country or to his wife, Pamela, and his 1-year old daughter.

“In May, the Lion of Fallujah was laid to rest at Arlington (National Cemetery) and memorialized at his alma mater in Annapolis. The crowd of more than 1,000 included many enlisted Marines from his beloved Echo Company. An officer there told a reporter: ‘Your men have to follow your orders; they don’t have to go to your funeral.’

“Every evening, I write notes to the families of young Americans like Doug Zembiec. For you and for me they are not names on a press release or numbers updated on a web page, they are our country’s sons and daughters. They are in a tradition of service that includes you and your forebears going back to the earliest days of the republic.

“God bless you, the Marine Corps, the men and women of our armed forces, and the country we have all sworn to defend.”

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The New Democracy Amendment, etc.

July 20, 2007 Leave a comment

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The New Democracy Amendment


The Prometheus Institute ^ | 7/20/2007 | M. Harrison
Posted on 07/20/2007 9:40:17 AM EDT by tang0r
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We the people, in order to secure a more responsive and representative government for the Nation’s future, hereby establish term limits for Congress, provide for the nonpartisan and nonpolitical redrawing of voting districts, and establish a system of direct democracy by which Americans can overturn unjust or unpopular Federal legislation.

Section 1. All elected officials to Congress, both in the Senate and House of Representatives, shall be limited to a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms in office.

Section 2. All Congressional voting districts should be redrawn by the Census Bureau in order to preserve geographic continuity and demographic accuracy; Congress itself should have no authority or influence in the redistricting process.

Section 3. A national public referendum, constituting either 70% of the national voting public, or 3/4ths of all State legislatures, may abolish any federal legislation, spending measure, or newly-created agency or government organization.

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“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

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Throughout the presidential election controversy, we have been bombarded with references to our sacred “democracy.” Television and radio shows have been inundated with politicians worried about the “will of the people” being thwarted by the courts. Solemn warnings have been issued concerning the legitimacy of the presidency and the effects on our “democratic system” if the eventual winner did not receive the most popular votes. “I’m really in love with our democracy,” one presidential candidate gushed to a reporter. Apparently, the United States at some point become a stealth democracy at the behest of news directors and politicians.
The problem, of course, is that our country is not a democracy. Our nation was founded as a constitutionally limited republic, as any grammar school child knew just a few decades ago (remember the Pledge of Allegiance: “and to the Republic for which it stands”…?). The Founding Fathers were concerned with liberty, not democracy. In fact, the word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. On the contrary, Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution is quite clear: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government (emphasis added). The emphasis on democracy in our modern political discourse has no historical or constitutional basis.
In fact, the Constitution is replete with undemocratic mechanisms. The electoral college is an obvious example. Small states are represented in national elections with greater electoral power than their populations would warrant in a purely democratic system. Similarly, sparsely populated Wyoming has the same number of senators as heavily populated New York. The result is not democratic, but the Founders knew that smaller states had to be protected against overreaching federal power. The Bill of Rights provides individuals with similar protections against the majority. The First Amendment, for example, is utterly undemocratic. It was designed to protect unpopular speech against democratic fervor. Would the same politicians so enamored with democracy be willing to give up freedom of speech if the majority chose to do so?
Our Founders instituted a republican system to protect individual rights and property rights from tyranny, regardless of whether the tyrant was a king, a monarchy, a congress, or an unelected mob. They believed that a representative government, restrained by the Bill of Rights and divided into three power sharing branches, would balance the competing interests of the population. They also knew that unbridled democracy would lead to the same kind of tyranny suffered by the colonies under King George. In other words, the Founders had no illusions about democracy. Democracy represented unlimited rule by an omnipotent majority, while a constitutionally limited republic was seen as the best system to preserve liberty. Inalienable individual liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights would be threatened by the “excesses of democracy.”
Last week I introduced a resolution in Congress which reaffirms our nation’s republican form of government. H.Con Res 443 serves as a response to recent calls for the abolition of the electoral college. The collectivist liberals want popular national elections (rather than the electoral college system) because they know their constituencies are concentrated in certain heavily populated states. They want to nullify the voting power of the smaller, pro-liberty states. Supporters of my resolution in Congress can send a strong message that every state still matters, and that liberty is more important than shifting majority sentiment.

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GyG: Pentagon Complains While At Same Time Dictating “Deadly Hesitation” To Troops!

July 20, 2007 Leave a comment


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Pentagon Aide Says Clinton Helps Enemy
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WASHINGTON, July 19 (AP) A Pentagon official has told Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that questions she has raised about how the United States would withdraw from Iraq feed enemy propaganda.

The stinging wording of the message, from Under Secretary of Defense Eric S. Edelman, was unusual, particularly because it was directed at a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mr. Edelman’s July 16 message, in response to questions Mrs. Clinton raised in May, was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

“Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq,” he wrote, “reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia.”

A Clinton spokesman, Philippe Reines, said the senator would respond to Mr. Edelman’s boss, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Mr. Reines said military leaders should offer a withdrawal plan rather than “a political plan to attack those who question them.”

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“Quotes” (Lyn Nofziger)

July 20, 2007 Leave a comment

Sooner or later, it will have to be the American people themselves that decide to put a stop to this out-of-control government arrogance. Perhaps the sentiments of the late Lyn Nofziger will be helpful at this point.

You will recall that Mr. Nofziger served as press secretary in Ronald Reagan’s administration as Governor of California and as a White House advisor during the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan presidencies.

Shortly before he passed away, he composed a short treatise entitled “These Things I Believe.” Here it is:

“That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquility. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free. That America should be wary of foreign entanglements. That the tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. That states are the bulwark of our freedom. That states should have the right to secede from the Union. That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows.”

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QUESTIONS THAT WON’T BE ASKED ABOUT IRAQ (Ron Paul)

July 19, 2007 Leave a comment

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Congressman Ron Paul U.S. House of Representatives September 10, 2002

QUESTIONS THAT WON’T BE ASKED ABOUT IRAQ

Soon we hope to have hearings on the pending war with Iraq. I am concerned there are some questions that won’t be asked- and maybe will not even be allowed to be asked. Here are some questions I would like answered by those who are urging us to start this war.

1. Is it not true that the reason we did not bomb the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War was because we knew they could retaliate?

2. Is it not also true that we are willing to bomb Iraq now because we know it cannot retaliate- which just confirms that there is no real threat?

3. Is it not true that those who argue that even with inspections we cannot be sure that Hussein might be hiding weapons, at the same time imply that we can be more sure that weapons exist in the absence of inspections?

4. Is it not true that the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency was able to complete its yearly verification mission to Iraq just this year with Iraqi cooperation?

5. Is it not true that the intelligence community has been unable to develop a case tying Iraq to global terrorism at all, much less the attacks on the United States last year? Does anyone remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia and that none came from Iraq?

6. Was former CIA counter-terrorism chief Vincent Cannistraro wrong when he recently said there is no confirmed evidence of Iraq’s links to terrorism?

7. Is it not true that the CIA has concluded there is no evidence that a Prague meeting between 9/11 hijacker Atta and Iraqi intelligence took place?

8. Is it not true that northern Iraq, where the administration claimed al-Qaeda were hiding out, is in the control of our “allies,” the Kurds?

9. Is it not true that the vast majority of al-Qaeda leaders who escaped appear to have safely made their way to Pakistan, another of our so-called allies?

10. Has anyone noticed that Afghanistan is rapidly sinking into total chaos, with bombings and assassinations becoming daily occurrences; and that according to a recent UN report the al-Qaeda “is, by all accounts, alive and well and poised to strike again, how, when, and where it chooses”?

11. Why are we taking precious military and intelligence resources away from tracking down those who did attack the United States- and who may again attack the United States- and using them to invade countries that have not attacked the United States?

12. Would an attack on Iraq not just confirm the Arab world’s worst suspicions about the US, and isn’t this what bin Laden wanted?

13. How can Hussein be compared to Hitler when he has no navy or air force, and now has an army 1/5 the size of twelve years ago, which even then proved totally inept at defending the country?

14. Is it not true that the constitutional power to declare war is exclusively that of the Congress? Should presidents, contrary to the Constitution, allow Congress to concur only when pressured by public opinion? Are presidents permitted to rely on the UN for permission to go to war?

15. Are you aware of a Pentagon report studying charges that thousands of Kurds in one village were gassed by the Iraqis, which found no conclusive evidence that Iraq was responsible, that Iran occupied the very city involved, and that evidence indicated the type of gas used was more likely controlled by Iran not Iraq?

16. Is it not true that anywhere between 100,000 and 300,000 US soldiers have suffered from Persian Gulf War syndrome from the first Gulf War, and that thousands may have died?

17. Are we prepared for possibly thousands of American casualties in a war against a country that does not have the capacity to attack the United States?

18. Are we willing to bear the economic burden of a 100 billion dollar war against Iraq, with oil prices expected to skyrocket and further rattle an already shaky American economy? How about an estimated 30 years occupation of Iraq that some have deemed necessary to “build democracy” there?

19. Iraq’s alleged violations of UN resolutions are given as reason to initiate an attack, yet is it not true that hundreds of UN Resolutions have been ignored by various countries without penalty?

20. Did former President Bush not cite the UN Resolution of 1990 as the reason he could not march into Baghdad, while supporters of a new attack assert that it is the very reason we can march into Baghdad?

21. Is it not true that, contrary to current claims, the no-fly zones were set up by Britain and the United States without specific approval from the United Nations?

22. If we claim membership in the international community and conform to its rules only when it pleases us, does this not serve to undermine our position, directing animosity toward us by both friend and foe?

23. How can our declared goal of bringing democracy to Iraq be believable when we prop up dictators throughout the Middle East and support military tyrants like Musharaf in Pakistan, who overthrew a democratically-elected president?

24. Are you familiar with the 1994 Senate Hearings that revealed the U.S. knowingly supplied chemical and biological materials to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war and as late as 1992- including after the alleged Iraqi gas attack on a Kurdish village?

25. Did we not assist Saddam Hussein’s rise to power by supporting and encouraging his invasion of Iran? Is it honest to criticize Saddam now for his invasion of Iran, which at the time we actively supported?

26. Is it not true that preventive war is synonymous with an act of aggression, and has never been considered a moral or legitimate US policy?

27. Why do the oil company executives strongly support this war if oil is not the real reason we plan to take over Iraq?

28. Why is it that those who never wore a uniform and are confident that they won’t have to personally fight this war are more anxious for this war than our generals?

29. What is the moral argument for attacking a nation that has not initiated aggression against us, and could not if it wanted?

30. Where does the Constitution grant us permission to wage war for any reason other than self-defense?

31. Is it not true that a war against Iraq rejects the sentiments of the time-honored Treaty of Westphalia, nearly 400 years ago, that countries should never go into another for the purpose of regime change?

32. Is it not true that the more civilized a society is, the less likely disagreements will be settled by war?

33. Is it not true that since World War II Congress has not declared war and- not coincidentally- we have not since then had a clear-cut victory?

34. Is it not true that Pakistan, especially through its intelligence services, was an active supporter and key organizer of the Taliban?
35. Why don’t those who want war bring a formal declaration of war resolution to the floor of Congress?

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Did the United States put bounties on the heads of supposed deserters during the Vietnam War

July 18, 2007 1 comment


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Friendly Fire
By NICHOLAS PROFFITT
Did the United States put bounties on the heads of supposed deserters during the Vietnam War

Spite House
The Last Secret of the War in Vietnam.
By Monika Jensen-Stevenson.
Illustrated. 371 pp. New York:
W. W. Norton & Company. $25.

When Robert Garwood, a private in the Marines, finally came home from Vietnam in April 1979, the war had been over for six years, having ended with the 1973 peace accord that supposedly repatriated all prisoners of war. But for Private Garwood, who had just escaped Vietnam after spending 14 years as a P.O.W., one war may have concluded but another was just beginning, this one with his own people. And though he was unaware of it, he had been at war with his own kind for some time. For the better part of a decade, his Government had secretly tried its best to murder him.

For this returning P.O.W., there were no welcome-home banners or marching bands. Instead, he was hurriedly court-martialed and found guilty of collaborating with the enemy. The press and the public took the verdict at face value, and they relegated Private Garwood to that special American hall of shame reserved for the likes of Benedict Arnold.

Monika Jensen-Stevenson, a former producer for ”60 Minutes” who has lectured widely about Vietnam veterans, is convinced that the public and private pillorying of Bobby Garwood was a miscarriage of justice, and ”Spite House” is her attempt to put the record right. Working from copious interviews and what official documents she could extract from the classified bin, Ms. Jensen-Stevenson makes a strong argument not only that Private Garwood was not a traitor to Corps and country but that he is an unsung American hero. (At present, Bobby Garwood lives on the West Coast and supports himself by doing mechanical repairs.)

In addition, her book shines a light into a dark corner of the war, the secret world of special operations conducted by clandestine military units working with, and for, the Central Intelligence Agency. In this world, torture, assassination, even the killing of fellow Americans were given official, if unwritten, sanction. We are told that United States ”hunter-killer” teams, working from a list of suspected American deserters and defectors, had standing orders to kill them on sight. And, according to at least one former marine, that in 1973, after the signing of the peace accords, the C.I.A. assembled five-man sniper teams and paid them $12,000 to $25,000 a head for assassinating alleged renegade Americans. It is this aspect of the book that will undoubtedly shock American readers, who probably believe nothing about the Vietnam experience could surprise them at this point.

The impetus for ”Spite House” came at a veterans’ convention in 1991, when a stranger approached the author and declared: ”I am Col. Tom C. McKenney. You must know how to reach Bobby Garwood. I directed an official mission to assassinate him behind enemy lines, because I believed what they told me. Would you tell him that I will crawl on my hands and knees to beg his forgiveness?”

For the most part, the book’s narrative proceeds along twin, nearly parallel tracks, alternating the stories of these two once-proud marines, the private and the lieutenant colonel, their paths inching ever closer until they cross in a hotel room in 1993, when Colonel McKenney finally gets his chance to apologize.

While the two men had wildly dissimilar backgrounds — Bobby Garwood grew up poor in a trailer park in rural Indiana; Tom McKenney was raised in Old South gentility in Lexington, Ky. — they were alike in many ways. Both believed in old-fashioned values like hard work, honesty, duty and personal honor, and both totally believed in, and loved, the United States Marine Corps.

They had another thing in common: in Vietnam, both men were assigned to the intelligence (G-2) section of Marine headquarters at Da Nang, though Bobby Garwood was a lowly motor pool driver, whereas Tom McKenney, then a major, was a special operations expert. The two never met in Vietnam, however. Private Garwood had been a P.O.W. for three years by the time Major McKenney reported for duty in 1968.

In 1965, 10 days before his tour in Vietnam was to end, Private Garwood was given a seemingly mundane chore by a G-2 captain. He was to drive out to China Beach, pick up an officer, take him to the airstrip and return to G-2. Armed with nothing but a pistol, and with only a sketchy idea of where he was going, he was captured by a Vietcong patrol.

It was at this point in Private Garwood’s long odyssey, the author contends, that the official machinery began to turn against him. The captain who had given him his chore, Ms. Jensen-Stevenson says, realized he’d made a mistake in sending an underarmed, unprepared private into hostile territory, and so denied ever having done so. Because of that denial, Private Garwood was initially listed as being absent without leave, and a possible deserter. As a result, his case was put under the jurisdiction of the criminal division of Marine counterintelligence, where it would stay until 14 years later, when the Marine Corps would charge him with desertion.

Bobby Garwood’s life, meanwhile, consisted of one brutal P.O.W. camp after another. For a variety of reasons, Ms. Jensen-Stevenson writes, his captors became convinced that he was an intelligence operative. Consequently, they kept him largely isolated from other American prisoners (which led some to suggest that he received special treatment) and never considered releasing him, even after their war with America was over. This was Private Garwood’s life until 1979, when he managed to slip a note to a Finnish official, and the world learned of his circumstances.

His re-emergence clearly embarrassed Government officials both in Washington and in Hanoi, who were still maintaining the fiction that all American P.O.W.’s either were dead or had been returned. Washington’s quick explanation was that Private Garwood was a defector who had chosen to stay behind.

For his part, Colonel McKenney first heard Bobby Garwood’s name when he was put in charge of the Marine hunter-killer teams in Vietnam. Suspected American turncoats, more than a hundred of them, were included among their targets. When Colonel McKenney was briefed on Bobby Garwood, ”the only U.S. marine in history who had ever gone over to the enemy,” he was told that the private had been seen leading enemy soldiers and personally turning his weapon against his fellow marines. This put him at the top of the hit list as far as the colonel was concerned.

It was only after Private Garwood’s court-martial in 1980 that Colonel McKenney began having doubts. Retired from the Marine Corps and engaged in ministerial and counseling work, he started hearing from former special operations men who had briefly known Private Garwood in the P.O.W. camps. Bobby Garwood had been a stand-up guy, they told him. Then he was contacted by an old friend who had helped debrief Private Garwood on his return from Vietnam. The private was being railroaded, the friend told him. And there were the comments of Gen. Eugene Tighe, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and a man Colonel McKenney respected. The general, who had debriefed Private Garwood at the agency, said that ”the court-martial was completely controlled by the fanatical elements of the Marine Corps.”

But for Colonel McKenney, the capper came when he obtained a copy of an unreleased, unedited videotape made of Private Garwood in Hanoi on the eve of his release. If the North Vietnamese had intended to make a propaganda film, it had backfired. Unlike the healthy-looking, well-scrubbed marine of the court-martial, the Private Garwood on the tape was a distressed living skeleton with sunken eyes and rotting teeth. He was also, in Colonel McKenney’s view, a defiant marine, one who refused to heed the audible, off-camera prompting of his handlers.

In a flash, Colonel McKenney said, ”I realized that my Government had done the unthinkable, not only in betraying Garwood but in using me and others like me as murder weapons. How many other innocent and brave men were made to look like traitors?” For Tom McKenney, the tape inspired an epiphany that would lead him to his climactic face-to-face meeting with Bobby Garwood to ask for absolution.

Nicholas Proffitt was the Newsweek bureau chief in Saigon in 1972 and 1973. He is the author of ”The Embassy House,” a novel about C.I.A. operations during the Vietnam War.

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Reported Story: Re Smuggling Iraqis/Middle Easterners Across NM/Mexico Border, etc.???

July 17, 2007 Leave a comment


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The FBI is investigating an alleged human smuggling operation based in Chaparral, N.M., that agents say is bringing “Iraqis and other Middle Eastern” individuals across the Rio Grande from Mexico.

An FBI intelligence report distributed by the Washington, D.C. Joint Terrorism Task Force, obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com, says the illegal ring has been bringing Iraqis across the border illegally for more than a year.

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Fbiiraqisbein_mn The FBI is investigating an alleged human smuggling operation based in Chaparral, N.M., that agents say is bringing “Iraqis and other Middle Eastern” individuals across the Rio Grande from Mexico.

An FBI intelligence report distributed by the Washington, D.C. Joint Terrorism Task Force, obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com, says the illegal ring has been bringing Iraqis across the border illegally for more than a year.

Border Patrol officials in the area said they were unaware of the specifics of the FBI’s report, and federal prosecutors in New Mexico told ABCNews.com they had no current cases involving the illegal smuggling of Iraqis.

The FBI report, issued last week, says the smuggling organization “used to smuggle Mexicans, but decided to smuggle Iraqi or other Middle Eastern individuals because it was more lucrative.” Each individual would be charged a fee of $20,000 to $25,000, according to the report.

The people to be smuggled would “gather at a house on the Mexican side of the border” and then cross the Rio Grande into the U.S., the report says.

“Unidentified individuals would then transport them to train stations in El Paso, Texas or Belen, New Mexico,” according to the FBI document.

A spokesman in Albuquerque said the FBI had “no viable information” that could lead to a case.

Until recently, the United States has kept its doors all but shut to the estimated two million refugees fleeing the violence in Iraq. Until this year, the country had taken in fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees, according to the State Department. This May, the Bush administration pledged to resettle 7,000 Iraqi refugees here by the end of the year.

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WHERE THE EVIDENCE LEADS

July 17, 2007 1 comment

WHERE THE EVIDENCE

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By Lynn Stuter

July 17, 2007

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A well-meaning individual sent me a commentary by Raymond Kraft entitled Historical Significance. It touched a nerve by insinuating that anyone who didn’t get behind George W Bush and his “war on terror” was just anti-America, the enemy of America, unpatriotic.

I’ve heard this argument before — if you are against the war, you are against America and aiding the enemy. This is the typical “either you are for us or against us tack,” evidence to the contrary.

Who was behind, who was involved in the events of September 11, 2001 is crucial to all that follows, including the “war” in Iraq and the “war on terror.” As such, it is imperative that we look at the evidence.

Within hours of the events of September 11, 2001, the name of Osama bin Laden and his band of renegade radicals, al Qaeda, was on the lips of most mainstream news anchors. The name of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are indelibly etched in the minds of Americans. Within days, and through the months that followed, the names and pictures of nineteen of bin Laden’s supposed renegade radicals were paraded before the American public. George W Bush went on record, stating he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive.” The government provided not one shred of evidence that bin Laden and al Qaeda were involved. From the mainstream media blitz, the American people simply assumed that the government had the evidence pointing to bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Then news stories start appearing in mainstream media over seas that some of the individuals named as involved in the hijacking of the four jets were still alive. Despite the two passports of supposed terrorists “found”, one in pristine condition (it miraculously survived the explosion of the plane around it), in and near the WTC complex, the FBI press release makes it apparent that the FBI did not know for sure if these individuals were involved but hasn’t, to this day, changed its list of supposed hijackers. That list went from “we believe” to “that’s them” with little if any supporting evidence.

And questions concerning the government’s official story of events of 9/11 started to surface. It was obvious to a growing number of people that the official story didn’t add up. The anomalies between the official story and what the evidence showed were not answered by the 9/11 Commission, established by the government, which ignored most of the testimony that came before it. There has been no logical answer provided for all the anomalies surrounding the fall of WTC 1, 2, and 7 and the craters that appeared in WTC 6; discussed previously in Reclaiming our Heritage, Twists and Turns, Purdue University Weighs in on WTC Towers Collapse and In Perspective.

If the government had nothing to hide from the American people, it would let the American people see all the evidence instead of parceling out a little evidence here and there but keeping the rest under lock and key.

The latest to throw their hat in the ring of those who do not believe the government’s official story of 9/11 are a group of commercial airline pilots. They have obtained, from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) the flight data information from the black box of the plane that supposedly hit the Pentagon along with an animation produced by the NTSB of American Airlines 77 inbound to the Pentagon. By their calculations, using the flight data information supplied by the NTSB, AA77 over flew the Pentagon by 300 to 400 feet! When questioned about this obvious anomaly, the NTSB had “no comment.” Using the simulation provided by the NTSB, these same pilots determined that the flight path, as constructed by the NTSB, did not conform to the five light poles supposedly toppled by the plane inbound to the Pentagon. Not only this, but the angle of descent did not conform to the five frames released by the FBI showing something at near-ground level streaking across the lawn of the Pentagon. (Source)

Logic supports these pilots. Anyone with any knowledge of large planes and large engines knows that no plane that large can fly that close to the ground, nose down as the NTSB simulation shows, and as would be required if the plane plowed into the ground floor of the Pentagon, as the hole in the Pentagon showed, and not plow into the ground. Anyone who has ever watched a plane that size land knows the plane comes in nose up, lands on its wing wheels first with its nose wheel settling thereafter as the plane slows. If the plane comes in nose down, it will either crash before reaching the runway or crash into the runway.

Then there is the fact that the engines on a plane that large are very powerful, acting like monstrous vacuum cleaners, sucking anything and everything in proximity to those engines, not well anchored, into and through the engines. The point being that if the plane were actually flying as low as has been claimed, what would have been vacuumed into and through those engines would have caused the engines to malfunctioned before the plane got close to the Pentagon. And the prop wash from the engines would have literally tossed the vehicles caught in its wake as well as spewing out bits and pieces of whatever was sucked into and through the engines.

What actually hit the Pentagon leaving a mere 16 foot in diameter entrance hole at ground level, no wreckage, and penetrating nine feet of concrete through three rings (six walls) of the Pentagon? Good question. But the after-effect certainly diverted attention away from the $2,300,000,000,000 (trillion) in Pentagon funds unaccounted for under the leadership of Donald Rumsfeld. Interesting that the part of the Pentagon hit that day housed the computers that held all the information and the civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts who would have investigated where those missing funds went. To this day, five years later, that question has not been answered.

Was 9/11 the work of bin Laden’s renegade band of radicals with box cutters? Not unless they had free run of the World Trade Center complex, which, given bin Laden’s connections to the CIA (see In Perspective), isn’t impossible. Researchers would learn that the head of the New York Port Authority, in charge of security at the WTC complex right up to the day of 9/11, was none other than Marvin Bush, brother of George W Bush.

George W Bush, right after his inauguration in January 2001, ordered that all investigation of bin Laden family members, living in the U.S., cease. With all planes ordered grounded following the events of September 11, 2001, with planes only being allowed to fly with high government-level permission, members of the bin Laden family boarded a jet and left the United States in the days immediately following 9/11. As stated previously, in the days following 9/11, George W Bush vowed to bring bin Laden to justice. In March of 2002, however, Bush went on record stating that bin Laden wasn’t important. If bin Laden wasn’t important in March 2002, it is obvious that he also wasn’t important in September 2001 when Bush and Company fervently placed the blame for 9/11 at his doorstep. For part 2 click below.

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Strike The Root – Some Notes On Dr. Ron Paul, How Libs Created Neo-cons, etc.

July 17, 2007 Leave a comment

Strike The Root – Some Notes On Dr. Ron Paul, How Libs Created Neo-cons, etc.

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OPEN BORDERS LEAVE US VULNERABLE TO ATTACK

July 16, 2007 Leave a comment

OPEN BORDERS LEAVE US VULNERABLE TO ATTACK

by Michael Cutler
July 15, 2007
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For the past several days Michael Chertoff, the current Secretary of Homeland Security has been appearing on various news programs conceding his concerns that Al Qaeda operatives are either attempting to enter the United States or have already done so in preparation for a major attack against the United States. He claims this is only a “hunch.”

I think that Mr. Chertoff is hedging his bets, being able to say “I warned you” if we are, in fact, attacked. Once again the name of the game seems to be “protecting his backside” while our country is left vulnerable to the specter of a terrorist attack. The article just posted by CNN in conjunction with the Associated Press. As you read the article, notice the reference to the extremely dangerous Visa Waiver Program that just a couple of weeks ago, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge said should be expanded to include an additional ten countries.

Our nation’s borders have not been secured even after the attacks of September 11, 2001, nearly 6 years ago. What is very important to bear in mind is the fact that the issue of border should not be limited to the physical borders of the United States but should be considered by understanding that immigration is a system and that the borders are but one component of that system. As I have often noted, it is estimated that perhaps as much as 40% of the illegal aliens in the United States did not run our nation’s borders but rather entered the United States through ports of entry. Additionally, sleeper agents, that is to say, aliens who enter our nation with the goal of embedding themselves in our country in communities around our nation, hiding in plain sight, waiting for a message that informs them how, where and when they are to carry out a terrorist attack inside our nation, may well have secured lawful immigration status that would enable them to not only enter our country, but to move easily among us. They would be able to easily board airliners, enter secure government and corporate buildings and travel easily across our nation’s borders.

Such “legal” aliens would be able to secure employment that might facilitate their nefarious objectives without fear that immigration authorities might arrest them or otherwise interfere with them. This is why I was so adamantly opposed to the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill that was pushed so strenuously by Senators Kennedy, McCain, Reid and others including President Bush. That bill, would have undoubtedly resulted in terrorists securing official status and official identity documents in false identities.

It is important to remember how many times the President and his administration have refused to hire as many special agents for ICE and Border Patrol agents as were authorized by Congress. It is also important to think back to those politicians who stood before the myriad microphones and cameras in the days and weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001 demanding to know why no one “connected the dots.” I myself have testified before more than a dozen Congressional hearings since the attacks of September 11, 2001. I am one of many experts who have furnished extensive testimony from a perspective of experience concerning the many vulnerabilities that still imperil our nation and our citizens. The 9/11 Commission has laid out a veritable blueprint, describing the ways that our country was vulnerable to the attacks of 9/11, consequently illustrating areas of vulnerability that still very much need to be addressed.

Perhaps Mr. Chertoff thinks that by making his very disturbing and public statements about his “hunch” will “inoculate” him if our nation is once again attacked and thousands of innocent people are slaughtered. His track record as an administration “bobble head” who failed to stand up for secure borders and the creation of an immigration system that possesses meaningful integrity will stand as evidence of his complicity in the failings of our government to protect us and our nation. So too will the voting record of every member of the Senate and the House of Representatives offer incontrovertible evidence of the failings of the politicians to secure our nation and protect our people. This time the dots will have been connected.

Consider this: after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the United States, not yet a “super power” nevertheless, mobilized and showed real determination and the indomitable “can do” spirit that had been the hallmark of American ingenuity. Within mere months hundreds of airplanes and fleets of a variety of ships and other military devices were designed and rushed into production. Nuclear weapons were designed and then built with unproven technology. In under 4 years World War II was brought to a highly successful conclusion in large measure because of the incredible efforts of the “Greatest Generation.”

Today the United States is considered a “Super Power” yet little is manufactured within our borders. Those borders are little more than speed bumps to illegal aliens including drug dealers, violent gang members and terrorists. Narcotics easily enter our country and the proceeds from those illegal drugs fund criminal gangs and terrorist organizations. USCIS, the division of DHS the agency I have come to refer to as the Department of Homeland Surrender is utterly inept and incompetent at creating a system that uncovers and prosecutes those who commit fraud against our government, consequently the number of applications laden with fraud continues to escalate thereby increasing the total number of applications further eroding any efforts to combat fraud, further increasing the number of applications in a vicious cycle that rewards criminals who a able to game the system. Our government has proven itself so inept and incompetent that our nation has not been able to even produce enough passports to enable the implementation of WHTI, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that would require United States citizens who are returning to the United States from within the Western Hemisphere, including from Canada and from Mexico, to provide passports to the inspectors at ports of entry to help prevent terrorists from entering our country.

Sixty years ago our nation built the first atomic bombs under the extreme pressure of World War II. In 1969 the United States landed the first astronauts on the moon and returned them safely to the earth, a feat that has yet to be duplicated by any other nation. Yet today, “Super Power” United States cannot even produce an adequate number of passports to help prevent the entry of terrorists into the United States. Today we still lack the resolve to terminate the Visa Waiver Program that enables aliens from 27 countries including countries that are known to have a significant problem with terrorists living within their borders such as Great Britain, Spain and Germany because the executives of the travel, hospitality and tourism industries have exerted extreme pressure on politicians through their high-powered lobbyists including, apparently, former Secretary of DHS Tom Ridge.

Our nation and our citizens may pay one hell of a price for “cheap labor” and corporate profits that are obviously behind the immigration crisis confronting our nation today!

If, God forbid, there is a terrorist attack committed by foreign operatives of Al Qaeda inside our country, the questions that will and must be answered will include how they managed to enter the United States, how they embedded themselves in our country as they prepared for the attack.

“We the People” must make it clear to the politicians on Capitol Hill who have not acted to secure our borders and create a secure immigration system, irrespective of political party. This is about accountability and the “Fools in the Hill” as I refer to those politicians who have not acted in our best interest will be held accountable if there is, in fact, a terrorist attack.

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Michael W. Cutler graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. Mr. Cutler began working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in October 1971 when he entered on duty as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport. In August 1975 he became a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) for the INS at NYC.

He rotated through virtually every squad in the Investigations Branch. From 1988 until 1991 he was assigned as the INS representative to the Unified Intelligence Division (UID) of the DEA in New York. In 1991 he was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which required that he work with members of other law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Customs and local and state police as well as law enforcement organizations of other countries including Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan, to conduct investigations of aliens involved in major drug trafficking organizations. He retired from the INS in February 2002, after a career that spanned some 30 years.

Finally, Michael Cutler has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Lou Dobbs, Fox News, MSNBC and many other television and radio news-oriented programs to discuss the enforcement of immigration laws.
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Homeland Security Response To Ron Paul

July 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Homeland Security Response To Ron Paul

by George Gould

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The following is a statement released by Mr. Reginald B. Pasingas, special assistant to Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Lew Rockwell for giving me this opportunity to respond to the scurrilous attacks made by Representative Ron Paul against the Department of Homeland Security in his utterly futile campaign to become President of the United States.

“Representative Paul, you have repeatedly stated that the Department of Homeland Security is a huge and wasteful bureaucracy, which has done nothing to add to the security of the American people. Congressman you are either blind to reality or you are purposefully misstating the facts.

“Let�s look at the record:

“Have you forgotten the color-coded Terror Alert Chart, Congressman? The American people depend on Homeland Security to keep them informed of the correct level of fear to feel at any given time. It wouldn�t do to have Americans experiencing yellow fear when the appropriate response to conditions is red or orange. None of the independent agencies now under the aegis of Homeland Security had thought of that.

“What about Hurricane Katrina? Had the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) not been under the crack oversight and supervision of Homeland Security, do you think FEMA would have responded with the alacrity and precision it demonstrated after the New Orleans flooded? I think not, Congressman. I think not.

“The border. You never mention the border, Congressman. Is it because you know that after five years under the control of Homeland Security, the border is still there separating the United States from Mexico? And what about the other border between Canada and the United States? Under Homeland Security, neither border has gone anywhere. They are still in the same places they have always been. You can thank Homeland Security for that.

“Now, in one of the greatest leaps forward ever in the field of national security, Secretary Chertoff has unveiled the latest tool in detecting enemy threats against the homeland and the American people.

“For most of recorded history, leaders had to rely on spies. The spies were human. This was human intelligence (HUMINT). In the 20th Century, we developed the ability to detect their communications. We intercepted their signals. This was signals intelligence (SIGINT).

“On Tuesday, July 10, 2007, Secretary Chertoff unveiled the newest means of detecting the enemy�s plans and threats. He described it as �a gut feeling� about a new level of increased risk. This is an example of gastro-intestinal intelligence (GASINT). Show me one instance before in American history, Congressman, where a cabinet secretary steered a multi-billion dollar organization on the basis of GASINT.

“You can�t do it, Congressman. You know you can�t because Homeland Security just developed GASINT.

“But there�s more. By fortifying the diets of all senior leaders in the executive branch of the Federal Government with copious quantities of hardboiled eggs, beans, broccoli, and beer, we are extending the benefits of GASINT. The terrorists won�t stand a chance. Every move the terrorists make will be captured by GASINT and show up as a �gut feeling.� Again you can thank Homeland Security.

“So, there you have it. Your puny efforts to besmirch the Department of Homeland Security have all gone for naught, Congressman Paul.

“So why don�t you�

“Wait� I�m feeling something� in my gut�

“Ahh, yes, you are a doctor, are you not, Congressman Paul? A medical doctor? I have a gut feeling that our agents are going to want to talk to you. Weren�t those terrorists in England all doctors? Medical doctors? Coincidence, you say? Maybe � maybe not. We�ll see. Just stay where we can find you. I have this gut feeling.

“GASINT really works. You can thank Homeland Security.”

July 14, 2007

George Gould [send him mail] is a retired Imperial Storm Trooper and 2nd place finisher in the Southeast Asia War Games. He writes from Valrico, Florida and Falls Church, Virginia.

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Alan Stang Review: An Enormous Crime, by Billy Hendon

July 11, 2007 1 comment

My Dear Gunny,

Here are Parts I and II of my review of the new POW book An Enormous Crime. Go ahead and reprint if you like what you see.

Here is Congressman Billy Hendon’s review of my review:
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dear mr. stang,

i just read your part 1 piece on the pow issue, and i must tell you it is magnificent – the most well-written, perceptive and on-target analysis of this national tragedy that has ever been written.  EVER.

our paths must cross, and must cross soon, sir, so i can thank you in person – and maybe while doing so soak up a little of this very special guy alan stang clearly is.

with respect and thanks,

billy hendon

Americans Abandoned

Worst Treason in US History (I)

      I had thought that by now – after all these years – it would be over, that, although the pain would never leave, it would persist as nothing more than a dull ache. I was wrong, of course. The book that inspires these comments brought it all back as bad as before, worse, because the book contains much I hadn’t known. I could only read a few pages at a time. Then I had to wait until the rage and guilt subsided, guilt because despite my puny efforts, the best that I could do, the subjects of the book are still abandoned; rage because of the reason that is true.

This is a book about treason, not a single act of treason, but treason that continues for many years, for decades, treason perpetrated by the highest officials in our government through Republican and Democrat administrations, breathtaking treason on every page, treason that makes Benedict Arnold look like George Washington; that makes Aldrich Ames look like Audie Murphy.

The book is An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWS Abandoned in Southeast Asia (New York, Thomas Dunne Books [St. Martin's], 2007), by former North Carolina Congressman Bill Hendon and Florida lawyer Elizabeth Stewart, whose father is missing in action in North Vietnam.

Yes, it is an enormous crime, so enormous that all the words I know seem insufficient. They don’t adequately describe what happened; they don’t cover the subject. “Enormous” itself doesn’t do the job. The treason I’m talking about is more than mere treason, however long and extensive. It doesn’t just betray the country. It is treason that violates the sacred relationship between men in combat, between you and me and the men we send to fight.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. But here you will read about men who lay down their friends’ lives for love of career and self-protection, men who would deliberately betray Jesus, boast about it and – even worse than Judas – lack the decency to commit suicide. Here is what you will find in An Enormous Crime:

It establishes beyond even a hint of doubt that the Vietnamese Communists kept hundreds of our POWS after the war and that the traitors who ran our government at the time conspired with the Communists to abandon them. The book establishes those facts with a tsunami of evidence of all kinds, literally thousands of reports over many years – totaling 66,000 pages published here for the first time – from eye witnesses, from signal intelligence, from satellite imagery, to such an extent that no one without some other agenda could conclude otherwise.
Many of the reports corroborate each other. The signals could have been made only by downed Americans who know the secret codes. The satellites are of course American and can read the label on your lingerie. They can tell the exact coordinates of the sites. There can be absolutely no doubt that hundreds of Americans were there long after the U.S. government cut and ran in 1973.

Bill Hendon and Elizabeth Stewart pored over these thousands of official documents for twenty five years. The record shows that every Administration starting with Nixon’s colluded in the treason. Nixon of course was a Socialist. He said as much when he announced he was a Keynesian, a disciple of Communist favorite and sexual predator John Maynard Keynes.
The treason consisted and still consists of destroying the evidence, of lying about it, of discrediting the witnesses, of doing everything possible to bury the Prisoners Of War alive, of sabotaging every effort to liberate them. Remember, these are men with names we knew were there. Yes, there were periodic investigations; but the purpose of a federal investigation, especially here, is to conceal the subject it is investigating.
All the traitors are here, starting with Nixon and Kissinger. Frank A. Capell, the late intelligence officer, exposed Heinz Kissinger as a member of Odra, a Soviet spy ring in Germany after World War II, code named “Bor.” His guttural stench is worse than a week old corpse. Herr Kissinger has committed so much treason over so many years, has betrayed and killed so many that, honestly, I wonder why someone, God forbid, hasn’t blown his God damned head off.

What did Heinz do here? He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Communist Le Duc Tho by accepting the North Vietnamese demands in toto without negotiation, keeping the agreement secret from our loyal ally, the Republic of Vietnam in Saigon, one of the main participants. He said he would go to Hanoi “to pay our respects to the heroic people of North Vietnam,” and later reflected that his acceptance of the agreement was “my most thrilling moment in public service.”

South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu later said Kissinger “gave me the impression that he was a representative of Hanoi, not America.” Yes, that is what he was. In a Nixon letter to the Reds kept secret from Congress for years, Heinz promised Hanoi $4.75 billion in reparations. When Congress balked, Heinz wrote the POWS off. Knowing that the Reds had kept hundreds, Nixon lied and announced that they all had come home.
The treason has continued through every administration and continues today. Jimmy Carter did everything he could to declare the POWS dead – and did so while CIA was sending the White House messages that quoted top Hanoi officials who were saying they did indeed hold American POWS.
Of course Jimmy Carter’s treason rivals Kissinger’s. It is difficult to find a betrayal of America in the past thirty years, and there have been so many – from the treasonous surrender of our Canal in Panama, to the betrayal of our loyal ally in the Republic of China, to the support of Fidel Castro – in which this dour, humorless skunk has not played a decisive role.

Throughout the administrations, Republican and Democrat, verified sightings of American POWS in Communist hands kept arriving in Washington. It is important to establish not only that the Republicans were as treasonous as the Democrats, but also that the Reagan Administration was as bad as the worst.

One of the reasons was that by the time Reagan took office, the Vietnamese “boat people” had set sail, fleeing the country however they could. Many of these people were friends, even allies, who had served beside us in uniform. They were comrades in arms. And they reported dozens of eyewitness sightings of American POWS in Communist hands to U.S. authorities.

You and I would have thought such sightings were opportunities. But the Reagan Administration treated them as crises the Administration had to overcome. For instance, in 1981, a CIA reconnaissance team crossed the Mekong into Laos, and traveled overland to “Fort Apache,” where they observed a tall, dark-haired man who “could have been a Caucasian.” CIA officials withheld that information from the Pentagon. William G. Graver, CIA, later testified that his bosses “did not want to put gasoline on the issue.” What? Yes, that’s what he said.
Again and again, the Reagan Administration denied POW files to Hendon and other sitting Congressmen, even including files Hendon had worked on himself as a civilian employee of the Pentagon. Hendon and the others consulted an attorney about filing suit against DOD. What legitimate reason could there have been to deny Hendon those files? Instead of looking for living men, the Administration focused on the pretext of looking for remains.

A couple of former Green Berets did go to court, accusing the Reagan Administration of burying or discrediting reports of living POWS. A week later, Lee Hamilton, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, issued a report that said in effect there were no living POWS. Recently, Hamilton was a member of the Nine Eleven Commission. He is a media-made “dignitary,” who has made a career of burying inconvenient truths.
Major General Colin Powell became “livid” when Congressman Duncan Hunter asked him to help fly to Washington a Vietnamese who had seen live POWS in Hanoi twice. Powell angrily refused, snatching away a letter Hendon tried to hand to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Of course, Colin Powell is no George Patton.

No matter how strong a sighting report was, no matter how credible the source, no matter how well corroborated, the government’s POW “investigators” flunked it. Every one. No one was telling the truth. The sighting was a “fabrication,” a “mistake,” a “Russian,” a “Swede”; co-author Hendon reports there was not even a category on the official form to report a verified sighting.

One of the most revealing aspects of this treasonous horror is that while Washington was doing everything it could to suppress the facts and discredit the witnesses, those witnesses again and again volunteered to return to the Vietnamese Communist hell to rescue the American comrades-in-arms they had served with and now had seen there. That’s right; these Vietnamese volunteered to do the job Washington should have done. What could they hope to gain by taking such a risk, if no one was there?
One refugee said that he and some other resistance fighters had tried to rescue some Americans they had seen in a camp near Nha Trang in August, 1983, but that the Reds drove them off. A royal Lao sergeant saw twenty six American POWS at the mouth of a cave inside Laos. Back in Thailand, his commander ordered him to return to Laos to rescue the Americans, but, by the time they arrived, the Americans had been moved. Senate intelligence investigators compared his report to what they already knew and concluded he was completely credible.

A Vang Pao militiaman told U.S. authorities he had been imprisoned for nine years, until October, 1985 in a cave in Laos with five American POWS. The militiaman said he would happily go back to rescue them or to take pictures of them. Meanwhile, the Americans did nothing or worse. Of course there were heroes in the matter, like Lieut. General Gene Tighe, Colonel Mike Peck, who quit in disgust citing a “mindset to debunk,” and Hendon himself, but they did not run the show.
Ross Perot offered to help. Remember that he had rescued his own men without government help from Teheran. For years, he had done what he could to help the POWS he knew had been left behind in the Nam. Here is An Enormous Crime’s version of the meeting on the subject between Reagan and Perot:

“[T]he president, reading from three-by-five index cards he held in his lap and motioning – almost lecturing, really – with his left hand, conveyed to Perot the crystal-clear ‘thanks but no thanks’ message . . . .” According to one Administration official, the President was “deliberately cool.”

What does this tell you? It tells me that Reagan knew perfectly well what was being done in his name. He was not an innocent bystander. Also, notice that he is reading from index cards, but he is holding them in his lap, presumably to pretend that he is not reading from index cards.
What kind of man – what kind of mind – must conduct such a crucial conversation from cards? By the way, I have had a few conversations with Ross “The Boss.” I was able to get through them without index cards or lecturing and he understood instantly what I was saying. Of course, I wasn’t the President.

In January, 1989, the Reagan Administration issued a final report which said there were no live POWS after 1973. In July, 1990, the Bush I Administration said the same thing. Meanwhile, reports of hundreds of living POWS were arriving, including one about a prison under the Ho Chi Minh Memorial in the center of Hanoi.

So foul did the betrayal become that Hendon and other congressional heroes and private citizens cobbled together a reward of $2.4 million of their own money, payable to anyone who escaped with an American POW and turned him over to U.S. authorities. But those treasonous authorities worked overtime telling people in Southeast Asia not to attempt rescue of those POWS and that there was no reward.

A Thai businessman came forward with information about Bill Milliner, a U.S. Army Warrant Officer missing for eighteen years. The businessman said Milliner was alive in Laos and could be brought to the Lao/Thai border for the reward. But the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) told him to stop the rescue and there would be no reward. Hendon tried unsuccessfully to have the responsible officials tried.
An Enormous Crime also records in detail the staggering treason perpetrated by Senators Kerry and McCain. Under Kerry’s direction, official POW records were destroyed, a felony. Kerry is not just a gigolo who specializes in marrying rich, obnoxious women. Because of his treasonous behavior and associations after he returned from his suspiciously brief tour in Vietnam, befouled with medals he had awarded himself, it would be no surprise to learn that he was a secret member of the Communist Party.
The aptly named McCain is of course an incredibly obnoxious, little puke himself, who goes out of his way to treat the POW families like garbage. For some reason, the encyclopedic Hendon/Stewart book omits the incident in which McCain actually embraced a North Vietnamese Communist torturer who had come to the District of Criminals to testify at one of McCain’s phony hearings. Which again raises the perennial question: did the Communists recruit McCain when he was a POW in Hanoi? What really happened in Hanoi, John? Is McCain the McChurian Candidate?

Along these lines, for many years Ann Mills Griffiths has run the National League of Families. The League started out looking for live POWS. Then Miss Griffiths was put on a government panel and the families rejoiced. Now the League would have an official voice in government. Instead, she was co-opted – which was probably the reason they hired her – and began to spout the government line.

No more live POWS. Now she was looking for remains. In fact, no one has worked harder over the years to bury live POWS than Ann Mills Griffiths. If the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court were to testify that he had seen a live POW still in Communist hands, she would figure out a way to discredit him. But politics makes strange bedfellows, right? Over the years, an eminently reasonable question repeatedly asks itself. With whom is Ann Mills Griffiths in bed? Who is it, Ann? Give us a name and serial number.

      End of Part I


      Americans Abandoned

      Worst Treason in U.S. History (II)

      So where do we stand in the Bush Administration? If Japanese Imperial soldiers in their seventies could be discovered deep in some jungle decades after World War II, living in harsh conditions, awaiting orders from the Emperor for the final assault, equally hardy American POWS could certainly still be alive in Southeast Asia, still waiting for us to bring them home. Indeed, our encyclopedic authors make clear that today – today – today, while you read this, signals from captive Americans are still arriving.

Along these lines, in 1977, a former South Vietnamese navy officer undergoing Communist “reeducation” saw a couple of Americans under guard carrying wood. The Americans smiled and one of them made a V sign with his fingers, a gesture the South Vietnamese officer and other prisoners returned. So, at least in 1977, the American spirit still was alive in Vietnam. Is he still waiting for us to bring him home?

During the first Bush Administration, George H.W. appeared at a meeting of the POW families and rudely told them, “Shut up and I’ll tell you what you want to hear.” Offended, some of the special ops types present began to filter down the aisles toward the lectern. Thank God the women saw what was getting ready to happen; they surrounded the men, joined hands and herded them back up the aisles and out the doors. The men grumbled but did as they were told.

Had the women not acted so decisively, poor Jorge W. Boosh could have lost his daddy, the Secret Service detail could have gone to the hospital and a lot of good men could have wound up in jail. I wasn’t there myself, but my dear friend Mrs. Earl “Patty” Hopper was and told me all about it.

Patty is the wife of Col. Earl Hopper, Sr., an early chairman of the National League of Families, whose son, Earl, Jr., is missing in Southeast Asia. Patty herself is chairman of Task Force Omega. I didn’t come across this incident in An Enormous Crime, but you can read a dramatized version of it in my novel, Perestroika Sunset (go to alanstang.com). Bush, Sr., a strident advocate of world government – the abolition of our nation – was and is bitterly opposed to rescuing our abandoned men.

So here we are with son Jorge as President. What can we do? First consider who and what Jorge is. Along with fat slob, drunk, sexual predator Ted Kennedy, he is conducting the present invasion of our southern border, an essential step in his daddy’s plan to submerge our country in a totalitarian socialist world government.

On March 23rd, 2005, he met with then Mexican President Vicente Fox and then Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. They announced that henceforth the border would not be between the countries, but around the countries, abolishing them in effect. So the reason Boosh does not enforce the border is that he believes it no longer exists.
That is why Border Patrol agents and at least one deputy sheriff are on trial and in jail. Jorge’s actions are calculated to reduce Border Patrol morale to zero. Would you aggressively enforce federal law on the border if you thought for doing so you could lose your job, your pension, your house and be thrown into jail? I would not.

Boosh started a war illegally, without the Declaration of War the Constitution requires; worse, as in Vietnam, his rules of engagement forbid our superb military to win. Even worse, far worse, he gives the often fatal edge in combat to the enemy. In combat in Iraq a man’s best friend is not the man beside him but his lawyer. That is why we “cannot win.” You cannot win a war by making nice.

Boosh routinely puts our best officers on trial. U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Jeff Chessani – the best of the best – is just the latest example. Before him there were Lieut. Ilario Pantano and Col. Allen West. Other Marines are on trial; the only witnesses against them are Iraqis who may be terrorists. Boosh is trying to destroy the Marine Corps. We could win this phony “war” whenever Boosh lets us. Instead, we have Vietnam all over again. Remember that we won in Vietnam; we lost in Washington.
As I write, the latest example arrives. In a massive operation involving some two hundred agents, the federal government has arrested Vang Pao and many others in California. We have already mentioned Vang Pao. Who is he? He is a 77-year-old legend, the leader of some 100,000 Hmong now in this country. He is a former Royal Lao general, sponsored by CIA, who fought the Communists for years beside the United States in Laos. He is a comrade-in-arms. A school under construction in Wisconsin is being named for him. So why is Vang Pao under arrest?
He is under arrest for organizing an attempt to overthrow the typically bestial Communist government of Laos, which is presently perpetrating genocide against the Hmong people. The Communist dictatorship of Laos has fulsomely praised the arrests and suggests that Vang Pao and the others be tried under the Patriot Act. As always – as always – as always, the U.S. government is taking the Communist side, as it has since Washington helped install the Reds in Russia in the first place.
Why is Boosh doing all this? Because he is a Communist. He is a Communist world government traitor, like his father. That is why, against all reason, against the unusually united, overwhelming will of the American people – against political survival itself – he recently besieged the Senate to pass the illegal alien amnesty bill. He is just the latest President to abandon our men. So, realistically, with Boosh as President should we live with the pain and try to forget about these brothers-in-arms abandoned in Southeast Asia or can anything be done? Here is a realistic program:

1. First, no serious proposal should get anywhere near the government. The government is the enemy. It will betray you. It has always betrayed you. It always betrays our allies. Our authors have proved this better than anyone else. Avoid it. Tell the government nothing. Because the “mainstream media” are a branch of the government, tell the media nothing. Do not cooperate with the government. Whatever you wind up doing, tell only the people who “need to know,” and take steps to thwart infiltrators.

2. Revive the reward our authors discuss in the book. It doesn’t need to be $2.4 million. Even with today’s devalued dollar, a reward of, say, $1 million would be enough. For this purpose, you could probably raise that amount in ten minutes. Plaster word of that reward up and down the Mekong. Because you now understand where the U.S. government stands, the flyers should warn that Washington will lie about the reward. To prove your bona fides, deposit the money in escrow in a prestigious bank, not an American bank – a foreign bank with no American branches. Co-author Beth is a lawyer; she knows how to do that.
3. “There is no military solution.” The traitors have dinned that mantra into our minds so long and so incessantly that we almost believe it. No military solution? Really? Friends, there is no other solution. Remember, the war isn’t over until the last man – Col. Pete Stewart – sets foot on hallowed American soil and bear hugs lady Beth. The war continues despite the treason. Without a military solution, no one will take you seriously. Boosh & Co. will dismiss you as jokes because the only thing a Communist respects is power. Accept the probability that if we are really serious about getting our men back, someone must die. Are we serious?

As we have seen, Laotians and Vietnamese have volunteered to go back and bring Americans out. South Korean Rangers would probably volunteer. So could Republic of China patriots. Recruit them. They have the advantage of being Asians, who would not stand out in Southeast Asia like blond telephone poles.

Back them up with the deadliest creatures who ever stalked the earth: the Marine Corps sniper, the gunny who can kill at more than a mile, the SEALS, Force Recon, Army Rangers and Green Beanies, leftover SOG types, etc., specialists in violent confrontation lusting to finish the job. Stop making nice. Don’t repeat Vang Pao’s mistake. Organize all this in another country. Take along some cameras and pretty wives. If anybody asks, laugh it up and say you are making a movie.
4. The make nice word these days is that we must negotiate. Negotiate with what? You don’t need Donald Trump to tell you that, to negotiate, you must have something the other side wants. What do we have? We have nothing. The Communists still want the $4.75 billion promised by Nixon und Herr Heinz. Sure, let’s negotiate. Let’s make nice. But first let’s get something to negotiate with, something they want. We can’t get $4.75 billion. So what could we get?

I’m just fantasizing, of course, just day dreaming, but what would happen if somewhere in the world, without warning, the staff of a Vietnamese Communist embassy or consulate, including the ambassador, or, more easily, the high ranking members of a Vietnamese Communist delegation at an international conference on the redistribution of your wealth, or something, were suddenly kidnapped and secreted in well prepared bamboo cages, dressed in black rags and fed on slops.

Needless to say, I don’t recommend this. H-e-c-k, no! I’m just naively wondering what would happen. Would something like that get Hanoi’s attention? Would it give our side something to negotiate with? What would happen if these slimy Communist weasels were afraid to step outside, in fear that they could be cold-conked by a blond telephone pole? Admit it. However crazy you think I am, as you read this, you are smiling.
5. When we get one or more of these men back, hide them. Keep the rescue a secret. Don’t even think of letting the DOD debunkers debrief them. Debrief them yourselves. Then, when all is ready, when they have sufficiently recuperated, surface them in a coordinated media blitzkrieg, if they are willing. Or, maybe they will never surface, understandably reluctant to face the predictable, treasonous outrage of the conspiracy for world government. The most important purpose of all this is not to prove some point, but to bring them home, to deliver Col. Pete to Beth.
Of course, these are just a few amateur suggestions. The military types could no doubt come up with many more and better. First, read An Enormous Crime. Let it sink into your pores. Go to the web site, enormouscrime.com, where you will see an overwhelming avalanche of evidence that buries any doubt. Below are a few excerpts. Shake off the decades of government brainwashing.

Then get mean. 

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Here are some sickening excerpts from what you will find on the book’s web site, enormouscrime.com:

[Robert] Destatte, after digesting the latest news from Kuala Lumpur, composed a memorandum that included the facts of the Lieutenant’s sighting and DIA’s official interim assessment of the case. In the memorandum, Destatte acknowledged that the MOI Lieutenant was not seeking any money or favors in return for his testimony; acknowledged that the Lieutenant had now passed two polygraph examinations; and acknowledged that Xuan Loc K-4 was a “known camp” and that the Special Office possessed satellite imagery of the camp. Then, without offering any justification, Destatte declared that the Lieutenant was a “probable fabricator with no useful knowledge.” 90

This refugee, a newly-arrived Vietnamese man named Dinh, had reported that following a series of interviews with analyst Sedgwick Tourison, Tourison had invited him to his (Tourison’s) home in suburban Washington one evening, allegedly for a meal, but that when he had arrived, Tourison had accused him of being a North Vietnamese spy sent by Hanoi to spread disinformation about live POWs. According to Dinh, when he had vigorously denied Tourison’s charge, Tourison had threatened to take him to the Pentagon that very evening and have him deported unless he signed a statement declaring that he had not actually seen the prisoners but had only heard about them from someone else. Appalled and frightened, Dinh had refused to sign and instead had bolted from Tourison’s house and fled. 116 He had then contacted Madam Anh and, at her insistence, had taken his story to Burch, the Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Coalition. When Burch and other Coalition officers had debriefed Dinh and found him credible, they in turn had taken him to the Hill where he had told his story to selected Members of Congress and their staffs.
Upon having heard Dinh’s account, as noted in An Enormous Crime, Chapter 23, Rep. Douglas Applegate, (D-OH), a House Veterans Affairs Committee subcommittee chairman and a highly respected congressional champion of Vietnam veterans, had gone before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee in early August to declare that he was “fearful” the Reagan Administration was covering up evidence of live American POWs. In his testimony, Applegate had said that, “[a]s of July 15, 1984, the Defense Intelligence Agency had over 2,620 reports of Americans in Southeast Asia – 640 of these reports are eyewitnesses,” and, after making specific reference to Dinh’s sighting, had declared that his (Applegate’s) efforts to check out these reports had run into “roadblocks in the name of national security” and that he feared a cover-up may be underway. 117

Though Applegate’s charge of cover-up had been greeted with skepticism by the Administration’s many supporters on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee – and had been denied outright later in the hearing by DIA Director Lt. Gen. James Williams, USA – the incendiary charge of “cover-up” had quickly become the battle cry for the activist families, Vietnam vets and others concerned about the fate of the living POWs. In mid-August, Burch and other Coalition leaders—all of whom were Republicans – had traveled to Dallas and, at a press conference held outside the site of the 1984 Republican National Convention, had charged that the Reagan Administration had “covered up the truth” about American servicemen still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia. To bolster their case, Burch and his men had released a number of declassified intelligence reports showing American POWs alive in captivity long after the war and had then brought Dinh to the podium to tell of the POWs he had seen and the mistreatment he had reportedly endured at the hands of Tourison. Following Dinh’s remarks, Burch had declared that the rough treatment Dinh and other refugees had received was keeping many refugees from coming forward with information they possessed about living POWs, thus putting the lives of the POWs in jeopardy. Burch had then called on the Administration to form a joint task force with the Coalition to ensure that the abuse of the refugee sources would stop and that the intelligence would no longer be debunked without cause. 118

Knowing that hearsay accounts carried less weight than eyewitness accounts, the analysts would use this tactic time and again to debunk the eyewitness reports. The analysts’ standard MO was to telephone the refugee and explain that DIA had determined that he or she was not telling the truth about seeing American POWs and that to avoid further embarrassment and make the whole thing go away he or she need only say that he or she had only heard about American prisoners and not actually seen them. If the refugee failed to get the hint or refused to comply, the analysts would continue to call and harass the refugee until he or she finally “recanted” his or her eyewitness account and “admitted” that he or she had not actually seen the Americans as earlier reported, but had only heard about them from another refugee, a relative, a friend, etc. (Statements made to Hendon during the 1980’s by a number of refugees).


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So, “There’s No Such Thing As An ex-Marine” Huh?

July 11, 2007 1 comment

So, “There Are No ex-Marines” Huh?
July 2007

There has been a rash of news articles lately where ex-Marines or Soldiers present at the scene during shootings, robberies, etc. have taken out the perpetrator. Usually the article, in the case of Marines, refers to the Marine as an “ex-Marine,”

Where does this term “ex-Marine come from? Well, I personally and clearly recall that it was in vogue just after WW II and long after. When someone was referred to as an ex-Marine, it was with pride and admiration of his having been a U.S. Marine! The old saying, “Once A Marine, Always A Marine” went hand-in-hand, and there was no contradiction in terms. Although the term has apparently gone out of use within the active duty establishment, it continues to be used today in the media, etc.

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IMUS PLOTS JANUARY COMEBACK

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IMUS PLOTS JANUARY COMEBACK

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Controversial radio host Don Imus is considering a return to the airwaves — as early as this coming January, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Legal issues pending with CBS must first be resolved before any dramatic return to the airwaves.

‘We’re going to see Don back in front of a microphone for the ’08 election,” said a top source close to Imus.

The source would not reveal where Imus would make his comeback.

A pre-4th of July report by the NEW YORK POST fueled speculation of an Imus return.
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This Is Not Our Fight

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Hate like hell to side in any way, on any one point, to any extent w/a lib at all!
WTH, Global George did run on. “No More Nation-building,” didn’t he?
Damn right he did.
If we were to go to Iraq at all–the time to get out would have been after Baghdad was taken; certainly after Saddam was taken, etc.

To begin with, we should have determined who our 9/11 enemies are, named them, declared war, and bombed them back into the stone age.
Simply that.
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Congress must end U.S. role in a civil war nobody voted for

By ROBERT BYRD & HILLARY CLINTON

Posted Tuesday, July 10th 2007, 4:00 AM
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On Oct. 11, 2002, the Senate gave President Bush authority to use force against Iraq. Nearly five years later, it is time for Congress to say enough is enough.

The American people have waited long enough for progress in Iraq. They have waited long enough for the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future. Today, more than 150,000 members of our armed forces are caught in a civil war. According to the Pentagon, overall levels of violence in Iraq have not decreased since the surge began. The last three months have been the deadliest period for American troops since the start of the war. It is time for the waiting to end and for our troops to start to come home.

That is why we propose to end the authorization for the war in Iraq. The civil war we have on our hands in Iraq is not our fight and it is not the fight Congress authorized. Iraq is at war with itself and American troops are caught in the middle.

At a recent Senate hearing, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked if the 2002 authorization still applies to Iraq. His response was surprisingly candid: “I don’t know.” Four years into the conflict in Iraq, longer than American involvement in World War II, after years of White House misjudgment and miscalculation, as our troops fight and die in the midst of an Iraqi civil war, the answer could not be clearer.

The 2008 defense authorization bill is now before the U.S. Senate. This legislation presents a vital opportunity for Congress to step up and force the President to change course in Iraq. Amending the bill to deauthorize the war would do exactly that. We intend to lead that effort.

If the Bush administration believes that the current war, as it is being executed, is critical to America’s future, then it should make the case and let the people decide. Explain to the public why our young men and women should be sent into the middle of a fight between religious factions. Explain why we should continue to devote $10 billion each month to this fight.

Prior to the vote on the original authorization of force in 2002, we worked to limit that authority to one year. Unfortunately, the amendment failed — a fact rendered all the more distressing in hindsight.

By deauthorizing the original use-of-force resolution this year, we would put a stop to the President’s failed strategy and require him to articulate a new policy that takes into account the desires of the American people, the reality in Iraq and the recommendations of military experts.

The American people deserve to know how the President intends to judge the results of our ongoing efforts in Iraq and what strategy he proposes to bring the occupation to an end.

Our men and women in uniform toppled the dictator. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Iraq has established a parliament and elected a president and a prime minister. Yet our troops remain in Iraq and our President remains unmoved by any arguments to change course.

As Bush admitted in his State of the Union address in January, “This is not the fight we entered in Iraq.” We could not agree more. This is not the fight Congress authorized, Mr. President. If you want to continue to wage this fight, come to Congress and make your case. Otherwise, bring our troops home.

Byrd, senior senator from West Virginia, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Clinton, junior senator from New York, is the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Ron Paul Questioned: “To win,” replied Paul…

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There was an interesting exchange with Texas Rep. Ron Paul about the GOP contest. George asked Paul what success was to him?

“To win,” replied Paul.

“That’s not going to happen,” the show’s host replied.

“You want to bet your–every cent in your pocket to that?”

“Yes,” said George.

No political expert gives Paul any chance of winning right now. But he has his fervent followers. A sizeable crowd of supporters gathered outside ABC in Washington during the interview Friday. And they tend to invest much time on the Internet praising their man or protesting criticism of him for his black-and-white isolationist ideas, like someone shooting out of several windows of a house to give the impression of greater strength. Let’s see if they find the Comment section below.

Still, Paul was in a good mood. He has more money in the bank now than John McCain, who those same political experts had as the obvious Republican frontrunner not so many months ago. “I think,” Paul said, ” some of the candidates are on the downslope; we’re on the upslope. So can you imagine what it will be like if we do as well in the next quarter, and quadruple our income and our numbers?”

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GyG: The Straight Scoop On Those Salty Seadogs, The Seagoing Marines…

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The Corps’ Salty Seadogs Have All But Come Ashore: Seagoing Traditions Founder as New Millenium Approaches

By Herb Richardson and R.R. Keene


Related Resource: Brief History of the Seagoing Marines

Detachments of Marines have served aboard American naval vessels since the beginning of the Continental Marine Corps in 1775. That stretch of more than two centuries ended last May when officials at Marine Headquarters in Washington, D.C., opted to scuttle the detachments to free more Marines for Fleet Marine Force duty.

Although the death knell sounded in 1998, the trend toward reduction of the number of seagoing Marines was noted decades before that time.

For instance, the 1967 edition of “The Marine Officer’s Guide” explained to young officers, “Since World War II and the Korean War, and even more today, the great permanent expansion of the Marine Corps has unfortunately been accompanied by a corresponding reduction in the number of ships of the Navy carrying Marine detachments, with the result that sea duty is a much rarer tour for the young officer than in the past.”

How deep is the tradition of seagoing Marines?

It goes right into the heart of the Corps–to the reason the organization was born–to its oldest and original duty.

The concept of marines goes far back into naval history. A study of warships over the past 2,500 years will almost always turn up marines of some form or fashion. The ancient Greeks were known to put 20 to 30 dedicated archers on their war vessels.

American Marines don’t go quite that far back. They arrived on the scene, albeit as English colonists, in 1740, first commanded by Alexander Spotswood, the governor of the colony of Virginia. He didn’t get to do battle with the four battalions raised to face the Spaniards in the War of Austrian Succession. Spotswood died shortly after assuming command.

But the Marines did fight here and there in the continent’s formative years and soon became fixtures on the war vessels of the time. Their duties were to enforce discipline aboard ship, help the sailors going into battle, lead landing and boarding parties, help with the cannon fire and deliver rifle fire from aloft during sea skirmishes.

Then came the American Revolution, the famous Maritime Commission Meetings headed by John Adams at Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern and the founding resolution passed by Congress Nov. 10, 1775:

“Resolved, that two Battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors & Officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no person be appointed to office or inlisted (sic) into said battalions, but such are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required.”

The passage of that resolution is the now-celebrated birthdate of the United States Marine Corps, then known as the Continental Marines.

Tun Tavern figured prominently in the Marine affairs of the day. The Philadelphia tavern became the Corps’ first recruiting headquarters where able-bodied men were lured into signing on the dotted line for six and two-thirds dollars per month, and every day a ration of a pound each of bread, beef or pork, potatoes or turnips, or a half-pound of peas, and a half-pint of rum.

There was also butter once a week, pudding twice and cheese three times a week. In addition, they were issued green and white uniforms, if the clothing was available.

Inn owner and ace recruiter Samuel Nicholas was commissioned as a captain and charged with taking nearly 300 of the country’s new Marines to New Providence Island, in the Bahamas, where it was known the British had large stores of gun powder, arms and ammunition–war staples for which General George Washington had great need.

After a two-week voyage from Maryland, on March 3, 1776, the Marines seized two forts in the face of almost zero-resistance to capture guns, powder (less than anticipated because the governor had slipped most of that valuable commodity out the back door before the invasion), cannon balls, mortars and shells for the latter weapons. Nicholas, the expedition leader, is considered to be the first Commandant of the Marine Corps.

During the attack on the forts the Marines took three rounds of cannon fire that hurt no one.

The return trip was different.

Britain’s HMS Glasgow turned her 20 guns on the squadron transporting the Marines at Block Island. When the smoke cleared, seven Marines lay dead and four others were wounded. The British ship reported four killed and wounded.

Seagoing marines were involved in many of the battles of the war for America’s independence, sometimes delivering their rifle fire from platforms rigged high over the ships, and sometimes on land–but almost always near the coastal waters of their struggling new country.

When peace came with the Treaty of Versailles, Nov. 30, 1783, the American Navy and the Continental Marines were disbanded. The Marines had grown to 124 officers and 3,000 enlisted men.

The concepts of a national Navy and Marine Corps lay dead in the water until March 1794, when Congress authorized construction of six frigates, all of which were to have Marine detachments.

This buildup was triggered by the habit of sailors from Algiers capturing U.S. vessels and holding them and their crews for ransom. This happened 11 times in 1793. In addition, European powers continued to wage war, and Americans were pressured to break their position of neutrality.

The frigates United States, Constellation and Constitution were launched in 1797, and the Congressional Act of July 1, 1797, followed. The act specified five lieutenants, eight sergeants, eight corporals, three drummers, three fifers and 140 privates to man the ships’ detachments of Marines.

The strength of the Corps’ seagoing Marines continued to grow.

In 1802 President Thomas Jefferson pulled the plug again. It was considered by some to be a shortsighted attempt to get a handle on the growing national debt. Ships were decommissioned, and some were even dismantled. The Marines suffered, too, with a cutback to 26 officers and 453 men.

But the Marines and sailors had managed to wreak havoc on the French before President Jefferson wielded his budget ax.

The fledgling sea warriors in 1798 turned to the task of driving French cruisers and privateers from America’s coast. But the French simply withdrew to various sites in the West Indies, where they could continue to ambush American trade vessels.

This set the scene for several heavy sea duels when the Americans sailed their ships of war into the island waters to stem the predations of the French marauders.

USS Delaware was the first American ship to claim a French prize in early July 1798. The encounter was brief.

The French 40-gun ship Insurgente fought a spirited battle Feb. 7, 1799, but was captured by Constellation. The same American ship got into a five-hour firefight with the 52-gun frigate Vengeance about a year later. The French vessel struck her colors in surrender three times, but the signal was missed in the dark of night. Casualties were heavy on both ships, and both vessels were heavily damaged and barely able to make port.

Lieutenant Bartholomew Clinch commanded the Marine detachment during both battles. His Marines reportedly contributed greatly to the victories and suffered more than their share of casualties.

There were also some landings during this period. Marine Lt. James Middleton led a landing party of Marines from Merrimack and Patapsco to help save the port of Curaçao from the invading French.

Other Marines went ashore in support of an operation to seize an English ship being held under heavy cannon cover at Puerto Plata Harbor in Santo Domingo.

As the trouble with France neared a conclusion triggered by dozens of captured and sunken French ships, the mighty frigate Enterprise, with a detachment of 16 Marines, began predations of its own. In 1800 the ship’s crew captured nine French privateers, took back 11 American vessels and took down a Spanish brig of war after the latter ship sought an encounter.

In the last month of that year the stalwart American ship captured the 10-gun privateer L’Aigle and engaged and beat the superior vessel Flambeau after a tough fight. Marines and their small-arms fire were credited with a major role in the Flambeau battle outcome.

President Jefferson’s budget-inspired standdown soon came to an end as countries such as Algiers, Morocco, Tunis and Tripoli extorted a couple million dollars a year, roughly one-fifth of the national income, either as ransom for captured Americans or as tolls to allow American ships to sail the Mediterranean waters.

In 1805, Tripoli’s leader declared war on the United States because he didn’t think he was getting a full slice of the American pie. The pirates of Tripoli went so far as to capture the frigate Philadelphia and imprison the crew that included 44 Marines.

Navy Lt. Stephen Decatur and a complement of men that included eight Marines under the command of Sergeant Solomon Wren sailed the captured ketch Intrepid into the harbor at Tripoli, boarded Philadelphia, overpowered the pirates and burned the ship to the waterline to keep it from being used against the Americans.

One of the most daring, historic feats of this war involved Lt. Presley O’Bannon and a few other Marines, who, along with a group of Greeks, Arabs, Turks and an assortment of mercenaries, caravaned 600 miles across the searing heat of the Libyan desert to the harbor fort of Derna. The assault on the fort and nearby castle was envisioned as a joint forces operation. It did not go according to plan, but O’Bannon and his men, including a small English force, assaulted the fort and carried through their objective.

Then the Stars and Stripes was raised for the first time in that part of the world. The Marines turned the fort’s cannons on the castle of the governor and soon drove the remaining defenders out of the battle. This matter spawned a couple of lines of a song about the “Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.”

Seven years later, during the War of 1812, a seagoing marine became the only leatherneck to command a Navy vessel. Lt. John Marshall Gamble, with 31 Marines, sailed aboard Essex Oct. 22, 1812.

The Essex crew captured three English whaling ships which were fitted for combat, and Gamble was given command of one of them, Greenwich.

In 1813, Gamble and a crew of 14 men engaged a British whaler. The American commander used the best of naval strategy to block the escape of the English ship, then maneuvered into position for a few broadside cannon volleys and convinced the English sailors to strike their colors in surrender.

The ship was Seringapatam–the terror of American whalers in the pacific until that day in July when the English vessel and crew encountered the Marine-commanded warship in the Gálapagos Islands.

Gamble later had a big problem with a mutiny after being left to hold some fortifications in the Marquesas Islands. The main body of ships and sailors was to return later, but were instead captured. Gamble was soon beset with the mutiny, which he, his Marines and some loyal sailors were unable to contain. They fled, were later captured in the Sandwich Islands and held captive until the end of the war. Gamble later reached New York during August 1815, where he was promoted to major and later Lieutenant colonel. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1834.

A young Marine captain served aboard Constitution during that war and was involved in the battle with Java Dec. 29, 1812, after engagements with Cyane and Levant during February of the same year.

Archibald Henderson was cited for his actions while on sea duty, promoted to brevet major in 1814 and went on to become a brigadier general, the fifth Commandant of the Marine Corps and the man who would guide and shape the Corps for more than 38 of its most formative years.

Another legendary Marine, Major General Smedley Butler, known as “Old Gimlet Eye,” pulled his sea duty some time later. Butler was awarded his first Medal of Honor for his actions in Vera Cruz, Mexico. The second came a year later, in 1915, for bravery and forceful leadership as commander of a detachment of Marines and seamen of USS Connecticut in repulsing Caco bandit resistance at Fort Riviere, Haiti.

During the time between Henderson and Butler, seagoing Marines, among other duties:

  • fought the Barbary pirates and pirates in the Caribbean
  • fought Indians and pirates in Florida
  • held a flag-raising ceremony in Oregon to cement U.S. claims to the western territory
  • landed in Haiti to protect American lives and interests
  • battled a fire in the Virgin Islands that threatened to burn St. Thomas.
  • landed in the Falkland Islands to protect American lives and property
  • landed in Sumatra, Argentina, Peru and several South Sea islands to protect Americans
  • acted to suppress slave trade
  • partook of diplomatic ceremonies in Japan
  • landed in China several times to protect American lives and property
  • landed in the Fiji Islands to avenge the murders of American seamen
  • fought on both sides in most of the major sea battles of the Civil War
  • fought the battle of the “Citadel” in Korea
  • landed in Haiti and Egypt on peace-keeping missions and
  • fought in the Spanish-American War.

As the storm clouds of World War I began looming on the horizon, Marine strength ashore was growing. With the advent of steamships that strength was more easily and rapidly projected to trouble spots around the world.

But even as transportation grew quicker and more reliable, and the threat of mutiny became almost nonexistent, shipboard Marines found ways to help in time of war.

During World War II, with the spotlight on the landings of divisions on obscure islands, a Marine detachment aboard the cruiser Philadelphia landed at the port of Safi, French Morocco, to secure the airport there until the Army could arrive. That’s where the Marine Detachment celebrated the Marine Corps Birthday in 1942.

June 6, 1944, was a journey back to the past. Marines took their rifles aloft during the Normandy invasion with the mission to shoot and detonate floating mines in the paths of ships in the English Channel as the invading force made its way to the soon-to-be-bloodied beaches. They also manned secondary batteries in cruisers and battleships.

Marines from USS Philadelphia (CL-41) and Augusta (CA-31) went ashore Aug. 29, 1944, during the invasion of southern France to take charge of some 700 Germans who had been manning fortified garrisons around the French harbor of Marseilles.

They manned naval guns as Japanese suicide bombers off Iwo Jima, the Philippines and Okinawa threw themselves at the U.S. Navy’s largest and most powerful war ships. There were also Marines on board the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, when the “kamikaze” attacks finally failed and the defeated Japanese were humbled into signing a formal surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.

The end of the war also saw the dawning of the atomic age and the start of more than four decades of cold war with the Soviet Union. Initially, the U.S. military, made up [of] citizen soldiers serving for the duration of WW II, quickly reduced in size, but carefully redefined the individual services’ roles and missions.

The National Security Act of 1947, Title 10, United States Code 5013 essentially reaffirmed in writing the Corps’ seagoing mission: “the Marine Corps shall provide detachments and organizations for service on armed vessels of the Navy, and shall provide security detachments for the protection of naval property at naval stations and bases.”

When war broke out in 1950 on the Korean Peninsula, the Navy responded by sending essentially the same carriers, battleships and cruisers it had used in World War II. There would, however, be no sea battles such as those at Midway, the Coral Sea and off Guadalcanal; not in the Korean War or, for that matter, not anywhere on the high seas for the next five decades. Naval guns were essentially for artillery which fired in support of Marines and soldiers slugging it out in the hills just up from the sea. Naval aviation cleared the skies and provided floating airfields, which supported strategic and tactical maneuvering on land. However, the Marine detachments remained basically unchanged in their duties at sea.

As the Cold War and the technology it spawned escalated, and ships were sent to the shores of Lebanon, Santo Domingo, Formosa, Cuba and a place in French Indochina called Vietnam, Marines served aboard carriers and cruisers–some of which had become nuclear powered and nuclear capable. Battleships, in and out of mothballs since shortly after Korea, were for the most part out of service, with one exception. Marines were aboard the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) as she sent shells from her 16-inch guns onto targets on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and dug in behind rice paddy dikes on the coastal plain (during Tet of 1968 she fired 3,615 16-inch shells and 11,500 5-inch shells supporting leathernecks). Marines were serving in the aircraft carriers on “Yankee Station” and in the Tonkin Gulf. When a missile from an aircraft accidentally exploded July 29, 1967, on the deck of USS Forrestal (CVA-59), killing 134 and injuring 64, Marines helped fight the fires and provided damage control with their fellow shipmates.

There is no doubt that the members of the Marine detachments and sailors of the ship’s complement saw themselves as shipmates, and for the Marines, in particular, sea duty had become a career enhancer and a proud tradition.

Navy regulations, Paragraph 1047 stated in part; “A Marine Detachment detailed to duty on board a ship of the Navy shall form a separate division thereof. Its functions shall be: (1) To provide for operations ashore, as a part of the ships landing force; or as a part of the landing force of Marines from ships of the fleet or subdivision thereof; or as an independent force for limited operations. (2) To provide gun crews. (3) To provide internal security of a ship. (4) To provide for the proper rendering of military honors.” They also provided the ship’s captain an orderly, brig sentries and special weapons (read nuclear) sentries.

Detachments usually consisted of two officers and 35 to 44 Marines on cruisers and two officers with 46 to 55 leathernecks on carriers. They still manned 5-inch, single or dual mounted guns, 3-inch guns or twin .50-caliber machine guns, trained sailors for landing parties and taught small-unit tactics.

The officers found sea duty professionally enhancing. In addition to their duties with the detachment, additional duties included air spotting on cruisers and battleships, serving as legal officers or on courts-martial and special boards, and as officers of the deck when in port. As such, the Marine officers were involved in naval matters which their fellow officers in the Fleet Marine Force were seldom exposed to.

In 1958, Captain William M. Cryan, who commanded a detachment in the cruiser USS Los Angeles (CA-135), wrote in the Marine Corps Gazette: “Professionally, sea duty places relatively junior officers and Staff NCOs on their own. There is no battalion or regiment to bail them out when they run into trouble. Sea duty teaches how to command, if only from forcing you to do it yourself.”

Also in 1958, Major George C. Fox, another former Mar Det commander, wrote in Gazette: “Few if any assignments nowadays place a junior officer with troops so ‘far away from the Marine Corps’ as does sea duty. The Detachment CO stands or fails on his own. And what better training!”

The times, however, were changing. As ships replaced guns with guided missiles and computer controlled weapons systems for defense, the role of Marine detachments started getting a closer scrutiny. The last gun cruiser, USS Oklahoma City (CL-91), flagship of the Seventh Fleet, was retired in the late 1970s. Her replacement, the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), became flagship in 1979 with her sister ship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), becoming flagship of the Second Fleet in 1981. Initially, both had Marine detachments. However, both were built specifically for an amphibious command-ship role, and as such had other Marines aboard whose duties were directly related to the combat operations center helping direct and coordinate leatherneck operations ashore.

Little by little the Navy and Marine Corps stripped the brass buttons away from the ship’s detachments. In 1979 then-Commandant of the Marine Corps General Louis H. Wilson signed a new mission statement:

“Provide security for special weapons storage spaces and for the transfer of special weapons aboard the ship, provide physical security for the ship; provide gun crews, as required; and perform such other appropriate duties when so ordered by competent authority. However, these additional duties may not detract from or interfere with the performance of the primary duties.”

Further, Marine detachments dropped the duties of supplying landing parties and overseeing ships’ brigs.

When Gen. Paul X. Kelley became Commandant in 1986, he further revised the mission statement for Marine detachments, declaring they were to “provide security for special weapons storage spaces and for the transfer of special weapons aboard the ship. Perform such other appropriate duties when so ordered by competent authority. However, these additional duties may not detract or interfere with the primary duties.”

Those duties, although diminished, were worth noting. In the 1980s and early 1990s battleships were brought back to life again. Marines were with New Jersey when she shelled terrorist camps in the hills beyond Beirut after the 1983 barracks and embassy bombing. They were on board USS Iowa (BB-61) when one of her massive gun turrets exploded, killing 47, and helped provide damage control. They watched Tomahawk cruise missiles launch from USS Wisconsin (BB-64) headed for downtown Baghdad in the first barrage of Desert Storm Jan. 16, 1991.

However, using Marines to provide security for special weapons on ships had become selective. While most of the U.S. Navy’s men-of-war were special weapons capable, many questioned why Marines provided security for little more than 10 percent of the ships.

It, of course, boiled down to manpower and priorities. Reductions in forces during the late 1970s and again in the 1990s forced the Corps to reevaluate how to best meet its mission under the National Security Act of 1947. The nation had also entered into another dangerous era, one which created new, tough problems and difficult answers: namely, how to deal with the threat of international terrorism.

In the late 1980s, officials created the Marine Corps Security Forces (MCSF) in order to “provide trained MCSF personnel and cadres to security departments at designated Navy installations; provide mobile training teams to support antiterrorism training at Naval installations; augment training at Naval installations; augment fleet/force Inspectors General to oversee employment and use of Naval Security Forces at navy installations; to maintain a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team for deployment as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations.”

Last Seagoing Detachment Stands Down Friday, May 1 marked a historic day for the Navy/Marine Corps team. The Navy’s last Marine Detachment (MarDet) aboard an aircraft carrier bid farewell to the ship that had been its home since 1993.

In a ceremony held in Hangar Bay Two on board USS George Washington (CVN-73), Captain Lindell G. Rutherford, the ship’s commanding officer, called it “the end of an era in Marine Corps history.”

“It’s been a great piece of history between Mar Det and these, the Navy’s capital ships,” Rutherford said. “We cannot allow [MarDet] to just walk down the brow without celebrating what has truly been a great marriage between sailors and Marines on board aircraft carriers.”

During the ceremony, First Lieutenant Grant Goodrich, GW’s Marine Detachment commanding officer, took the opportunity to reflect on the traditional relationship between the two services. “[Marines] have served as riflemen, as gunners… soldiers on ships,” Goodrich said. “Today marks a sad day as that traditional relationship changes, but Marine security forces will continue to serve elsewhere in the Navy community. This has been, is now and will always be our job.”

That job has carried the Marine Detachment through three Mediterranean/Arabian Gulf deployments and through the Suez Canal a total of eight times. It’s an experience Mar Det Marines called unique.

According to Mar Det guard member Lance Corporal Tom T. Mews from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., “It was an opportunity I never knew existed when I joined the Marine Corps.”

“I cannot image a better environment in which to operate or a better environment to lead Marines,” Goodrich agreed. “I want to thank the Marines for their dedication to the security of the ship and to each other. They truly embody the spirit of the Marines–Semper Fidelis–always faithful. They are faithful to the command, faithful to each other and to the mission.”

Gunnery Sergeant Henry J. Tomasko Jr., the Mar Det guard chief, said the carrier duty was anything but boring.

“I’ve worked with some outstanding Marines here. They were very motivated,” he said. “When I got here, I needed a shot of motivation, and that’s what I got from every one of them.”

–JO3 Pete Robertson

The Marine detachments fell under the umbrella of this new organization.

Today, when the Navy and Marine Corps want quick and effective protection against terrorism, sabotage and physical security, they look to the MCSF headquartered in Norfolk, Va., and trained in Chesapeake, Va. These Marines spend time analyzing job requirements, designating and developing training programs, implementing and evaluating instruction for the purpose of standardizing training in physical security and antiterrorism measures, combat weapons skills and tactical response techniques to Marines and sailors assigned security duties.

The ongoing antiterrorism efforts greatly changed many of the traditional roles of Marine security forces both afloat and ashore. The image of brass-buttoned leathernecks, bedecked in blues, checking passes at Navy gates or as admiral’s orderly on the bridge of a nuclear carrier, while not completely outdated, was becoming less a mission.

In the end, however, there really weren’t many ships left for the Marines to provide detachments. The battleships have again been mothballed or turned into floating memorials and museums. The modern cruisers, armed and packed with guided-missiles, have little room or mission for Marines. The Navy also began enhancing its own master-at-arms for ships’ security. The amphibious command ships gave up their Marine detachments in the early 1990s. And the nation’s remaining 11 carriers have for years been scaled down to one officer and 25 enlisted Marines in each detachment.

To make matters worse, in 1997 the Quadrennial Defense Review recommended more than 3,000 cuts from the Corps’ nonoperating forces. The largest cut was made by removing 1,771 billets from the MCSF battalion. The Commandant had decided to beef up the Fleet Marine Force in favor of the ships’ detachments, a strategic manpower decision he was forced to make.

By January 1998 All Marine Corps Message 24/98 announced that all Marine ships’ detachments (totalling 11 officers/275 enlisted) were to be disestablished. The nondeployed detachments stood down on Jan. 31, while the remaining deployed detachments were to stand down following their deployments.

Those Marines from the disestablished detachments were to be used to create a second Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) company.

Marines from the Corps’ two FAST companies will be rotationally deployed and placed under the control of the commanders in chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Pacific fleet, and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command for assignments as required.

One of their missions is, if needed, to provide security aboard ships.

So for now a 223-year tradition comes to an end. And although there are Marines still afloat aboard the amphibious ships of the Navy, which carry them to the fight, the brightwork of the Navy’s capital ships will certainly lack some old luster.


Source: Richardson, Herb and R.R. Keene. “The Corps’ Salty Seadogs Have All But Come Ashore: Seagoing Traditions Founder as New Millenium Approaches.” Leatherneck 81, no. 11 (November 1998): 16-23.

Acknowledgment: The Navy Department Library gratefully acknowledges Leatherneck magazine for granting permission to post this article on the Naval Historical Center website. All rights reserved by Leatherneck.


22 February 2006

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Mexica Movement: Worldview and Agendas

July 8, 2007 1 comment

Mexica Movement: Worldview and Agendas

By John Perazzo
Discover The Networks
April 2006

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The Mexica Movement (MM) derives its name from “Mexica” (Meh-shee-kah), which is purportedly the original Aztec way of pronouncing “Mexican.”

MM calls itself “the Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) rights educational organization for the people of Anahuac [Ah-nah-wahk] .” Anahuac is what the Mexica Movement calls “the true name of our nation,” which it says European “invaders” unjustly “stole,” carved up, and renamed. MM rejects the legitimacy of all North and Central American nations named or established by Europeans — including not only the U.S., but also Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Belize. “All of these are false and invalid labels created by trespassers, ” says MM. “…These artificial divisions of our continent and our people are the result of the last 500 years of European colonialism, Genocide, forced relocations, and other crimes.”

The Mexica Movement takes pains to distinguish itself from what it terms “the Spain-centric and error-filled ‘Aztlan’ … agenda,” which calls for Mexico’s “re-conquest” of the American Southwest. MM’s aims go much farther, seeking “the total liberation of our Anahuac continent (‘North America’) not just to where the European Spaniards drew their colonial borders on our continent.” According to MM, this includes every portion of what are currently called Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

MM views existing borders as the arbitrary constructs of “illegal squatter descendants” of “pirates” who are illegally occupying land that is not rightfully theirs. “This whole continent is our homeland,” says MM. “We are not bound by the colonial illegal boundaries of the Europeans … We have no obligation to be foreigners in our own land, on our own continent.” In MM’s calculus, the entire North American land mass should be open to the unfettered migrations of all its indigenous inhabitants — who constitute “one Anahuac nation” whose far-flung, disparate populations are linked by “historic[al], cultural, linguistic, and racial factors.” By this reasoning, white Americans (like their ancestors before them) are the real “illegals” — intruders in a land where they do not rightfully belong.

MM describes itself as an “Indigenous rights educational organization for the Nican Tlaca people of the occupied lands of our continent.” The ultimate objective of this “education” is to render Europeans “shamed and forced to acknowledge that they are collectively thieves of our continent, Genocidal murderers, and that they are in a criminal occupation, possession, and exploitation of our continent and all of its wealth.”

MM summarizes the white European influence in North America as follows: “Terrorism is European colonialism’s main tool against Non-European people all over the world. … This first attack was by the pirate-terrorist Columbus and his raping criminal racist thugs. … Colonialism is the European parasitic habitual crime of invading other people’s land, stealing their resources, destroying their society, committing genocide against the majority of the people … enslaving the remaining population, and culturally annihilating them.”

In MM’s view, the only equitable resolution to this horrific legacy is for Europeans to make “full reparations for our people,” “return the continent to its rightful heirs,” and “go home to their homeland: Europe.” “We are only asking unwelcomed guests to leave our home,” explains MM, which likens Europeans to “parasites” and “a cancer” which must “be removed” from Anahuac. Not absolving modern-day Europeans of shared guilt for the crimes of their ancestors, MM says, “These crimes … are collective European crimes because you have all benefited from these crimes. We will not let you weasel yourselves out of your past crimes or allow you to continue in your current parasitic behavior.”

MM’s ultimate objective is to restore Anahuac (North America) to the glory it supposedly knew in pre-Columbian times: “We were once a great civilization of large cities, large towns …We were once the greatest astronomers, the greatest mathematicians, a people dedicated to science and logic, law and justice … We were once architects, engineers, doctors, men and women of books, of cities … a people of tremendous industry, vast commerce, men and women of great intellect … morally and ethically superior to any European.” “The European Genocide of our people,” laments MM, “destroyed our Einsteins, Shakespeares, Newtons, and all of the other possibilities for greatness that our nation had in the last 500 years.”

Lamenting further that its ideal of racial purity has been somewhat compromised by the interbreeding that has occurred during the “European colonialism and racism that has enslaved us for over 500 years,” MM nonetheless declares: “Being Mixed-blood … does not stop us from being Nican Tlaca, no matter how ‘white’ one looks. The shades and physical looks of our Mixed-blood people are just scars from the rape of our nation. These scars do not define us! Our core blood, our Pre-European history, our heritage, and our land are all what define us!”

MM’s intent is to ” win our continent and our lands back through a disciplined united educational liberation war.” Toward this end, MM teaches what it calls “the truth of Columbus: thief, murderous savage monster.” It condemns “the crimes of the Europeans, genocidal users of biological weapons [that] killed 95% of us.” “Smallpox,” says MM, “was their favorite weapon. … They also enjoyed doing torture, mutilation, rape, massacres. … We must learn the truth … o f the holocaust that happened here to us: 23 million of us killed in Mexico and ‘Central America,’ 10 million more of us killed in Canada and the ‘U.S.’ … Genocide. Our Holocaust.” In another section of its website, MM says, “In the whole of the Western Hemisphere (‘the Americas’), 70 to 100 million of our people were killed, mostly using biological warfare in the form of smallpox.”

Characterizing “the white man” as “the thief,” “the occupier,” and “the enslaver,” MM views the legalization of all illegal immigrants as a crucial step in the Nican Tlaca quest to regain “control” of Anahuac. As MM explains, this is simply a matter of demographics: “The white man’s days on our continent are limited. … Remember that our numbers are growing in ‘The United States of America.’ We were only 4% in the 1970 census. We were 14% in the 2000 census. … We will easily be the majority of the population of the ‘USA’ in 2100. … This is our continent … it will be ours again, in our control.”

While working toward that long-range goal, MM counsels its people to steadfastly eschew any impulse to assimilate into America’s illegitimate society or to embrace its inherently corrupt values. “We are educating our people against the ignorant suicidal assimilation into European blood and culture,” says MM. “… Assimilation is the slow motion kill. Assimilation means marrying white to kill the brown in us, to kill the heart of us. Assimilation means the end of us. Assimilation sucks us down into the white race. Assimilation kills our race. Assimilation is the death of us. Assimilation is racism. Assimilation is Genocide.”

Just as the Mexica Movement rejects the validity of American borders, so does it reject Western-imposed “racist colonial” labels such as “Hispanic” and “Latino” — terms MM claims were designed to “‘kill off’ our people’s true identity, history, independence, and our rights to our land and its wealth.”

MM advocates a form of socialism / communism as an economic ideal, but rejects “European people’s Eurocentric Marxist … social agendas [that] ignore or minimize … the ongoing racist crimes of the Europeans.” Claiming that Karl Marx himself derived his “best solutions” from “research[ing] … our Nican Tlaca societies,” MM says, “We don’t need the European Karl Marx interpreting the success of our ancestors’ collective societies to us. With proper study, we can interpret ourselves to ourselves a lot better than Mr. Karl Marx.”

“But worse than the Marxist approach for our people,” says MM, “is the suicidal embrace of individualism, materialism, capitalism, ‘Christianity’ … Each of these approaches offer us the ‘opportunity’ to work within colonialism — and the guaranteed extermination of our people. … We are today in the process of being digested by the worldwide European empire that has been built on massive piracy, exploitation, lies, oppression, racism, slavery, cultural destruction, and genocide.”

MM denies that it is a racist organization. “Racism only comes in when one race oppresses another because of their race,” explains MM. “We are not now capable of oppressing Europeans, nor do we intend to oppress Europeans. We intend to educate Europeans on the crimes of their ancestors. We want to show them the injustice of our enslavement to their interests and the ongoing theft of our wealth of the natural resources of our continent.”

The Mexica Movement does not confine its activism solely to the goal of returning North America to its pre-Columbian “owners.” It is also a staunch supporter of Palestinian militarism and terrorism. MM is a member of the bitterly anti-Israel “Free Palestine Coalition,” along with such organizations as the American Arab-Anti-Discrimination Committee, Ramsey Clark ‘s Marxist-Leninist International Action Center, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), the Socialist Workers Party, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the National Lawyers Guild , the Palestinian American Women Association, Veterans For Peace, the Humanitarian Law Project , Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba, the Chapter of the Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, the All African People’s Revolutionary Party , Friends of Sabeel, the Black Radical Congress, the Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, and the Islamic Association for Palestine .

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Believes that North America was unjustly “stolen” from its rightful owners by white Europeans

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MEXICA MOVEMENT (MM)
PO Box 5088
Huntington Park, CA
90255-9088

Phone :(323) 981-0352
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URL : http://www.mexica-movement.org/

* Believes that North America was unjustly “stolen” from its rightful owners by white Europeans
* Rejects the legitimacy of any North or Central American nation named or established by Europeans
* Advocates open borders
* Calls for the expulsion of all whites from North America

Regarding the current debate over illegal immigration to the United States, Mexica Movement leader Olin Tezcatlitoca says that “Europeans forced their way into our [North American] continent” and now “should go home.” “This is outrageous,” he says, “for us who are indigenous people to be told we cannot migrate on our own land. … Kind of like the Jews wanted to take their land back after 2,000 years. We’re saying we lost this land 150 years ago in a clearly unjust war, in a clearly racist war against our people.” Tezcatlitoca adds: “We want to reframe this whole question, not about our people being illegals but about Europeans being illegal. It’s something that European people should be ashamed of … [W]hen they say ‘Okay, how can we right this?’ then we can have a real discussion.” In Tezcatlitoca’s view, other Hispanic and Chicano advocacy groups are not nearly radical enough. He describes the National Council of La Raza as a “mainstream organization which isn’t working in the interests of the people,” and characterizes MEChA as being “more like college party clubs.”

The Mexica Movement (MM) derives its name from “Mexica” (Meh-shee-kah), which is purportedly the original Aztec way of pronouncing “Mexican.”

MM calls itself “the Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) rights educational organization for the people of Anahuac [Ah-nah-wahk].” Anahuac is what the Mexica Movement calls “the true name of our nation,” which it says European “invaders” unjustly “stole,” carved up, and renamed. MM rejects the legitimacy of all North and Central American nations named or established by Europeans — including not only the U.S., but also Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Belize.

The Mexica Movement takes pains to distinguish itself from what it terms “the Spain-centric and error-filled ‘Aztlan’ … agenda,” which calls for Mexico’s “re-conquest” of the American Southwest. MM’s aims go much farther, seeking “the total liberation of our Anahuac continent (‘North America’) not just to where the European Spaniards drew their colonial borders on our continent.” According to MM, this includes every portion of what are currently called Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

MM views existing borders as the arbitrary constructs of squatters who are illegally occupying land that is not rightfully theirs. “This whole continent is our homeland,” says MM. “We are not bound by the colonial illegal boundaries of the Europeans … We have no obligation to be foreigners in our own land, on our own continent.” In MM’s calculus, the entire North American land mass should be open to the unfettered migrations of all its indigenous inhabitants — who constitute “one Anahuac nation” whose far-flung, disparate populations are linked by “historic[al], cultural, linguistic, and racial factors.” By this reasoning, white Americans (like their ancestors before them) are the real “illegals” — intruders in a land where they do not rightfully belong.

MM summarizes the white European influence in North America as follows: “Terrorism is European colonialism’s main tool against Non-European people all over the world. … This first attack was by the pirate-terrorist Columbus and his raping criminal racist thugs. … Colonialism is the European parasitic habitual crime of invading other people’s land, stealing their resources, destroying their society, committing genocide against the majority of the people … enslaving the remaining population, and culturally annihilating them. …”

In MM’s view, the only equitable resolution to this horrific legacy is for Europeans to make “full reparations for our people,” “return the continent to its rightful heirs,” and “go home to their homeland: Europe.”

Lamenting that its ideal of racial purity has been somewhat compromised by the interbreeding that has occurred during the “European colonialism and racism that has enslaved us for over 500 years,” MM nonetheless declares: “Being Mixed-blood … does not stop us from being Nican Tlaca, no matter how ‘white’ one looks. The shades and physical looks of our Mixed-blood people are just scars from the rape of our nation. These scars do not define us! Our core blood, our Pre-European history, our heritage, and our land are all what define us!”

While working toward that long-range goal, MM counsels its people to steadfastly eschew any impulse to assimilate into America’s illegitimate society or to embrace its inherently corrupt values. “We are educating our people against the ignorant suicidal assimilation into European blood and culture,” says MM. “… Assimilation is the slow motion kill. Assimilation means marrying white to kill the brown in us, to kill the heart of us. Assimilation means the end of us. Assimilation sucks us down into the white race. Assimilation kills our race. Assimilation is the death of us. Assimilation is racism. Assimilation is Genocide.”

Just as the Mexica Movement rejects the validity of American borders, so does it reject Western-imposed “racist colonial” labels such as “Hispanic” and “Latino” — terms MM claims were designed to “‘kill off’ our people’s true identity, history, independence, and our rights to our land and its wealth.”

MM advocates a form of socialism / communism as an economic ideal, but rejects “European people’s Eurocentric Marxist … social agendas [that] ignore or minimize … the ongoing racist crimes of the Europeans.” Claiming that Karl Marx himself derived his “best solutions” from “research[ing] … our Nican Tlaca societies,” MM says, “we don’t need the European Karl Marx interpreting the success of our ancestors’ collective societies to us. With proper study, we can interpret ourselves to ourselves a lot better than Mr. Karl Marx.”

“But worse than the Marxist approach for our people,” says MM, “is the suicidal embrace of individualism, materialism, capitalism, ‘Christianity’ … Each of these approaches offer us the ‘opportunity’ to work within colonialism — and the guaranteed extermination of our people. … We are today in the process of being digested by the worldwide European empire that has been built on massive piracy, exploitation, lies, oppression, racism, slavery, cultural destruction, and genocide.”

The Mexica Movement does not confine its activism solely to the goal of returning North America to its pre-Columbian “owners.” MM is a member of the bitterly anti-Israel “Free Palestine Coalition,” along with such organizations as the American Arab-Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Ramsey Clark’s Marxist-Leninist International Action Center, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), the Socialist Workers Party, the Council on American Islamic Relations , the National Lawyers Guild, the Palestinian American Women Association, Veterans For Peace, the Humanitarian Law Project, Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba, the Chapter of the Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, the All African People’s Revolutionary Party, Friends of Sabeel, the Black Radical Congress, the Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, and the Islamic Association for Palestine.

In July 2006, Mexica Movement called for ” an immediate international boycott against The Walt Disney Company and all of its holdings.” The boycott was intended as retribution for Disney having allegedly “made a habit of hiring talk show hosts who spread the Minutemen white supremacist racist agenda against the Mexican and Central American communities in the United States.” Specifically, MM cited Paul Harvey and Doug McIntyre, both of whom are nationally syndicated by Disney-owned ABC, as “the top racist Nazis in this campaign against our people”; it accuses the pair of “promoting racist hate against our people and … promoting an atmosphere of fear in our communities.” McIntyre earned the wrath of MM when he gave wide exposure to a taxpayer-funded Los Angeles school whose principal, Marcos Aguilar, advocates racial segregation and considers his school to be part of a larger cultural “struggle” to take possession of the American Southwest. MM villified Harvey as “the other monster,” a man who is “proud of the racist genocide that Europeans committed against the Indigenous people of this continent,” and “the KKK of the radio airwaves.” The organization vowed to continue the boycott “until we are assured of the immediate firing of all of Disney’s ABC racist radio terrorists.”

MM’s current leader is Olin Tezcatlitoca, who maintains the organization’s website.

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Addendum: KALASHNIKOV – Weapon of choice for children, rebels and soldiers…

July 8, 2007 Leave a comment

Weapon of choice for children, rebels and soldiers…

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Lewis Jones reviews AK47: the Story of the People’s Gun by Michael Hodges

At the beginning of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), in which Sylvester Stallone takes on the entire North Vietnamese army with an AK47, an American colleague regards the weapon with scepticism: “A beat-to-shit AK? Every 12-year-old in ‘Nam’s got one of those.” Rambo looks pleased, slowly nods his meaty head, and laboriously masticates his reply: “Exactly.”

Unlike practically everything else in the film, Rambo’s choice of gun is historically accurate. American soldiers in Vietnam were equipped with the M16 rifle, invented by Eugene Stoner, which tended to malfunction if it was even sneezed on. When they came across the Chinese AKs of the fallen Viet Cong, they discovered that they still worked, even if they had been lying in the rain for weeks, so at every opportunity they abandoned their modern capitalist gun for a 25-year-old socialist one.

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Michael Hodges’s breezy history describes how a Soviet antique became the world’s favourite gun. The A stands for “automatic”, the K for “Kalashnikov”, and the 47 for the year of its invention. Mikhail Kalashnikov was born in 1919, the second son of a family of Siberian kulaks who were persecuted under Stalin’s first Five Year Plan. During the German invasion of Russia in 1941, he was a tank sergeant, wounded in a battle with Panzers. The next winter he began work on a prototype, and five years later won a national competition for a new automatic rifle.

Promoted to the rank of general, and proclaimed a Hero of Socialist Labour, Kalashnikov was honoured by Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Yeltsin and Putin, collecting the Order of the Red Star, the Stalin Prize First Class, and three Orders of Lenin. He is still alive, subsisting on a modest pension in Izhevsk, and though proud of his invention he describes it as a golem, an imp with a life of its own.

All Soviet schoolchildren were taught to strip an AK in under a minute – it has only eight moving parts – and the gun was deployed throughout the Evil Empire, most notably in Afghanistan and Chechnya. In both places it proved a double-edged sword, appropriated by the locals and turned on their aggressors, as it has been elsewhere.

In Vietnam it became an emblem of resistance, winning victory for peasants in pyjamas and sandals against the world’s greatest military machine; according to Viet Cong propaganda, a soldier named Phan actually shot down a B52 with one. In 1972, it became an emblem of terrorism, when it was used by the Palestinian Black September gang to attack Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. And in Ramallah today it is emblematic of both, so ubiquitous that one observer said she wouldn’t be surprised to see a dog armed with one.

In 1982, the Israelis gave the Kalashnikovs they had captured from Palestinians to the CIA, which shipped them via Pakistan to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Russians. Osama bin Laden’s first AK was a Palestinian gun supplied by the Israelis and given to him by the Americans.

Africa was sent millions of AKs by Russia, China and North Korea. In Mozambique and Angola, sons were named Kalash in its honour, and when Mozambique achieved independence, its flag featured a book, a ploughshare and a Kalashnikov.

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US military neglected to guard the arms dumps and the entire stock of the Iraqi Army’s AKs was stolen, available soon afterwards on the street at less than $100 each, and universally prized as “a flamboyant symbol of masculinity”.

In 2004, a Russian rock star launched an MP3 player modelled on an AK magazine, which when attached to an AK47 plays music into headphones. “This is our bit for world peace,” he explained. The same year Vladimir Putin sent George W Bush a bottle of Russian vodka in the shape of a Kalashnikov, which might have seemed a peculiar present for a teetotaller who has never fought on a battlefield, but was no doubt meant as a timely reminder that, for all its popularity in America – with gun clubs (as a “sporting” weapon, its firing rate of 650 rounds per minute making it just the thing for quail or elk), disaffected students and the enterprising gangs of Detroit and New Orleans – the AK was invented in Russia rather than Hollywood.

Hodges pursues his subject with commendable energy and bravery – on patrol with Alpha Company in Baghdad he comes under AK fire – but his prose tends to over-excitement and cliché, and one sometimes wonders about the reliability of his reporting. He writes, for example, about drinking coffee in an Arab café with a view of Edgware Road Tube station. I don’t know about Baghdad, but I live across the road from that station, and there’s no such place.

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DOCTOR NO, THE 3 MUSKETEERS & THE 7 DWARFS

July 7, 2007 Leave a comment

DOCTOR NO, THE 3 MUSKETEERS & THE 7 DWARFS
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By Mary Starrett
July 7, 2007
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There’s reluctance among conservatives to see the ideological flaws of the current crop of president-wannabes but unless we’re willing to line up each one of the 11 Republican contenders and strip off his 3 piece posturing to look deep into his political past, we’ll simply be fooling ourselves (again) when it comes to supporting a candidate for president.

Much like a woman who wants to get married so badly she ignores those ‘deal-breaking’ flaws, when it comes to the Republicans vying for the nomination, we just don’t want to face the truth, because well, it would hurt too much to say, once again, “He’s not for me,” and move on, when there might not be anyone else to move on to. That kind of thinking always leads to desperation and ultimately disappointment.

For those who’ve been saying “he’s good enough, you can’t have everything” I offer the following perspective of the Republicans in the ’08 lineup.

Mitt Romney: Nice hair, easy on the eyes, good suits, and lousy standard-bearer for the pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government constitutionalist crowd.

First off, Romney’s lightning bolt conversion to a pro-life candidate isn’t fooling many. His RomneyCare health plan, which he signed into law just over a year ago, forces the taxpayers of Massachusetts to pay for the gruesome slaughter of thousands of pre-born children in the state each year.

Romney campaigned for Governor of Massachusetts as a pro-choice candidate, and was endorsed by a pro-abortion political group. Regarding his position on abortion he said: “… [W]hen asked, will I preserve and protect a women’s right to choose, I make an unequivocal answer: Yes.”

If, after hearing Romney wax conservative in the recent GOP debates you’re confused about Romney’s stand on abortion, marriage, gun control, gay rights or immigration, don’t feel too badly. Up until recently he was a hard core liberal on all of those issues.

Now Mitt’s hoping people will pay attention to what he says these days, not to what he did while governor of Massachusetts. While in office, Romney:
– supported and promoted legalizing homosexual civil unions
– opposed the Boy Scouts’ ban on homosexual scoutmasters
– refused to endorse original Massachusetts’ constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman

In 2002 Romney had this to say about some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,” Mitt said. “I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

Fred Thompson: Sorry folks, the kindly actor you’ve come to know through the TV series “Law and Order” is not who you’d like him to be. Despite the polls (AP/ IPSOS 6/9/07) which tout Thompson as a darling among conservatives, most are apparently ignorant of his political pedigree. Like his friend, McCain and other GOP leaders, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a main group behind the North American Union.

Thompson’s “Pro-Life” position in his own words: “Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.”

After 8 years as a US Senator from Tennessee, Thompson racked up some votes that should be cause for concern. He voted YES:

1. in support of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act- the law to silence grassroots conservative groups.
2. to expand NAFTA. Modeled after the European Common Market, NAFTA was a first step toward open borders in North America and the North American Union.
3. on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
4. on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
5. for permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
6. for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
7. to fund the GOP Medicare prescription drug benefit debacle.

Thompson also seems to believe in a robust military presence worldwide and apparently advocates continued US military involvement in Iraq. (Freemarket news.com) Prior to his run for U.S. Senate, he was a Washington lobbyist for 20 years.

Newt Gingrich: Not even close… In 1995 the 104th Congress’ House of Representatives, led by Speaker Gingrich was made up of 73 spanking new representatives who had their sights set on reducing the size, scope and cost of the federal government. They weren’t allowed to. Gingrich saw to that.

Remember Newt’s “Contract with America?” While it was portrayed as a way to fix our country’s problems it did nothing of the sort. The policies therein were unconstitutional, NATO was expanded, the feds got more control of law enforcement, laws affecting children and more. Within a year Gingrich’s approval rating had tanked. CFR member Gingrich tried to portray himself as a true ‘conservative’ twelve years ago, now he’s doing it again as a possible candidate for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.

Gingrich’s globalist pedigree was evident back in 1994’s lame-duck session of Congress. His cheerleading for GATT and the WTO made sure the votes on those two sovereignty-bludgeoning tools got a pass. The vote on GATT should have been held off for a month when a more conservative Congress convened in January of 1995. GATT, that 120 member trade alliance that now dictates our trade policies has become part of the underpinning for the implementation of the North American Union. Thanks, Newt. (Seeing a pattern here?)

Gingrich, in 1978, supported the creation of the Department of Education. Our kids have been paying for the expansion of federal control over schools ever since. Can you say: “way down the list of industrialized nations in math, science and literacy scores?” Sure you can!

After that, Newt went on to support giving taxpayer money to the evil power that is Communist China, then voted to approve most-favored-nation trading status for the regime so fond of murdering political dissidents and harvesting the organs of those they’ve deemed “criminals.” This, from the man labeled one of America’s foremost “conservatives.”

Sam Brownback: Kansas Senator, elected in 1996 to the seat held by Bob Dole. On marriage Brownback said: “The right to marry is not the right to redefine marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

Brownback is staunchly pro-life saying: “Abortion ends a human life.” His votes have resulted in a 0% rating by NARAL. However, Senator Brownback softens his otherwise pro-life stance by saying he could support a pro-abortion nominee for president.

A voting record indicative of the senator’s decidedly unconstitutional political positions include:

1. YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.
2. YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (NATO does nothing to protect the United States and again, brings us into foreign alliances our Founders warned against)
3. YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (If you liked what NAFTA did for the US economy you’ll love CAFTA!)
4. YES on permanent normal trade relations with China.
5. YES on funding GOP Medicare prescription drug debacle.
6. YES on reauthorizing the un-patriotic PATRIOT Act.
7. NO on getting troops out of Iraq by July 2007.

Disappointingly, Senator Brownback voted to send American troops to fight in Iraq. He’d do well to read the Constitution; not just because he sits on a House subcommittee regarding that august document, but, like his colleagues, he swore an oath to uphold and defend the principles therein; chief among them, no unauthorized wars. Brownback said that he never read the National Intelligence Estimate (the justification for the war) in advance. This lack of preparation is inexcusable.

Mike Huckabee: Governor of Arkansas for over 10 years, a Southern Baptist preacher, he’s pro-life, unapologetically Christian and is vocal in his rejection of the theory of evolution.

Huckabee:
– has been criticized for raising taxes but says he cut taxes 94 times while in office.
– says he would have made the decision to go to war in Iraq if he were president.
– supports a guest worker program and has commented that “racism” could be responsible for those who oppose it.
– signed one of the highest minimum wage laws in the region.

His “nanny-state” tendencies are evident in his consideration of a law to ban pregnant women from smoking and his support for laws that require school children be weighed for obesity.

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These state-level policy decisions are an indication Governor Huckabee takes a ‘more-is-better’ approach to the federal government’s role. Those who subscribe to a constitutionally-sound political ideology could not support Huckabee for president.

“How’s that working for you” is a phrase TV psychologist and author Dr. Phil is fond of asking those he counsels. After listening to those troubled by chaos and failed relationships, Dr. Phil asks the simple question to make a simple point: Continuing certain behaviors that have repeatedly failed to produce a desired outcome is just plain nuts. Yet that is what American voters are considering when they register approval for candidates like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.

John McCain: Anger issues aside, John McCain sponsored a major piece of legislation so destructive to the republic it’s mind-boggling that the man could still be considered a “conservative.” These two words should send chills down the spines of every liberty-loving American: McCain-Feingold.

The result of this and most ‘campaign finance reform’ was to make sure that only the richest people would even consider running for office. By making it so that a wealthy person couldn’t give more than a couple of thousand dollars to anyone running for office except himself, now only rich people will go for it.

The New York Daily News came up with this estimate of the candidates’ finances: Mitt Romney $250 million, Rudy Giuliani $70 million, John Edwards $62 million, John McCain $25 million, Sen. Hillary Clinton $15 million, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson $10 million.

What makes the McCain-Feingold bill even worse, much worse, is it effectively restricts the content of political speech through advocacy groups.

The Senator from Arizona, one of the states most affected by the flood of illegals, has totally ignored the folks back home and the severe impact illegal immigration is having on their daily lives by leading the effort for the Bush amnesty plan.

Other inexplicable behavior which should give those contemplating supporting a McCain candidacy in ’08 pause includes McCain’s opposition to tax cuts in 2001. McCain sounded like a true Marxist when explaining why he opposed the cuts saying: “I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who need tax relief.” For part 2 click below.

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Another Soldier Takes Down A shooter…

July 7, 2007 Leave a comment

NEW YORK-NEW YORK: Tourists take down shooter (Iraq war veteran ends shooters rampage)
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Justin Lampert was snacking at a Nathan’s hot dog stand at New York-New York early Friday when gunshots exploded inside the casino.

Sixteen bullets rained down from the mezzanine onto the casino floor, striking four people.

As tourists and employees scattered, Lampert dropped his hot dog and hunkered down.

Moving slowly amid the stampede, one man in a cream-colored trench coat walked by clutching a gun in his hand. Lampert said he made eye contact with the man as a magazine dropped out of the Springfield XD 9mm semiautomatic handgun.

The man said, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” Lampert recalled.

Drawing on military training and some liquid courage, the 24-year-old university student and North Dakota National Guard staff sergeant jumped to his feet and grabbed the man.

The gun fell to the ground and Lampert put him in a choke hold. Soon three more men ran over to help subdue the gunman until security and police arrived.

Four people had been shot by Steven Francis Zegrean, Las Vegas police said. And he had a lot more ammunition.

On Friday, Lampert, who was in town to attend the bachelor party of a buddy for whom he’ll be the best man, was hailed as a hero.

The Iraq war veteran said he did only what anyone else would have done. “I’m not a hero,” he said.

So why did he do it?

“I was drunk,” he said.

Las Vegas police detectives were trying on Friday to determine what led Zegrean to snap.

Police know Zegrean was emotionally distraught when he entered the hotel about 12:43 a.m. from the overpass that crosses Las Vegas Boulevard South from the MGM Grand.

Police said he might have recently lost a job. Financial troubles or relationship problems might have influenced him or maybe a combination of the three, police said.

“I was trying to create a conflict,” the 51-year-old told investigators during an interview, a police source said.

He might have been attempting to commit suicide by cop, where a person forces officers to kill him, police said.

But he was stopped by four men. All of them unarmed. All of them on vacation.

Lampert, a zoology major and criminal justice minor at North Dakota State University at Fargo, was the first to reach Zegrean, police said.

He was joined by three others: David James, a Navy Reservist from Jacksonville, Fla., and brothers Robert and Paul Ura, both special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“These men are heroes,” said Capt. James Dillon of the Police Department’s robbery/homicide unit. “The subject was capable and he was motivated to continue shooting his weapon, but he was tackled and then taken into custody after the first volley of rounds.”

Zegrean was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on four counts each of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, 16 counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and burglary with a deadly weapon. Dillon said the burglary charge can be applied to a person who enters a structure with the intent to commit a crime.

Zegrean was on suicide watch and being held without bond.

None of those wounded in the incident received life-threatening injuries. A woman and a teenage boy were wounded; a man was grazed by a bullet; a woman was hit by a bullet fragment or shrapnel; and a woman was bruised and scraped when she fell amid the crowd of people exiting the casino, police said.

Zegrean’s mug shot shows dried blood between his eyes, on his mouth and right ear. Dillon did not know how Zegrean received his injuries, but said he might have gotten cut when he was taken down by the four men.

Police tried Friday to trace Zegrean’s movements in the days before the shooting.

On Wednesday, somebody called police and told them Zegrean was suicidal. Police and paramedics arrived at his Las Vegas residence and spoke with him, police said.

“But there was no apparent injuries, and the information he provided and his demeanor and actions at the time led the officers and medical personnel to believe that he was not a threat,” Dillon said.

Police then left Zegrean’s home. At some point investigators believe he put on the trench coat, armed himself with the handgun and spent the next 24 to 36 hours walking up and down the Strip in the sweltering heat apparently seeking to engage a member of law enforcement in a confrontation.

“He did not have the encounter we believe he was hoping to have with law enforcement. We don’t know why he picked the New York-New York. At this time we think that this was a random act,” Dillon said.

According to surveillance video, Zegrean was walking around inside New York-New York 20 minutes prior to the shooting, Dillon said.

Melody Zegrean, 43, a Las Vegas resident who identified herself as Steven Zegrean’s cousin, said he had been divorced for several years and estranged from most of his family since his ex-wife remarried.

“I love my cousin and everything,” she said, “but his temper and not being able to relate has really gotten worse recently. He’s been threatening the family for some time now. He’s been pushing everyone away.”

She described Steven Zegrean as a Hungarian immigrant and unemployed house painter who liked to gamble.

In 2002, Zegrean and his wife filed for divorce to end their 20-year marriage, according to court records. Mary Zegrean got sole custody of their two teenage children, and the couple sold their home and split the proceeds.

Six months later, in March 2003, Steven Zegrean married Beatrix A. Horvath. But he filed for an annulment two months later, saying Horvath only married him for immigration reasons and never intended to live with him.

Mary Zegrean remarried in June 2004.

She filed a report with Henderson police in January against her husband for making annoying phone calls, officer Todd Rasmussen said. That case remained open.

Gordon Absher, spokesman for MGM/Mirage, which owns and operates New York-New York, said business was going on as usual by 7 a.m. Friday.

“There have been a lot of questions,” from guests, Absher said. Casino officials have tried to quell fears by talking up the hotel’s surveillance system, security personnel and relationship with police.

When officials do that, “people revert to their normal satisfaction that Las Vegas is a very safe and very secure destination,” Absher said.

On the pedestrian walkway outside the hotel Friday morning, Klaus Torp, Magnus Lind and two fellow Norwegians posed for photos to commemorate their trip. But Torp, 28, and Lind, 31, will return home with more than the usual tourist snapshots: They’ll also carry memories of running for their lives after the gunfire started.

Lind was waiting in line to buy a slice of pizza when he heard a series of booms and saw people running his way.

“It was total chaos, and I started running too,” Lind said.

Torp had just come down the escalators from the mezzanine when he heard gunshots behind him. At first he thought they were firecrackers. Then he saw an employee run past him screaming about a shooting.

“Everybody dived under the poker tables,” he said. “Everybody was under tables or on the floor.”

Soon security guards and police armed with shotguns appeared. Some tried to calm the panicked crowds, Lind said.

Torp said he and Lind had nightmares that morning, but they weren’t going to let it ruin their vacation.

“It can happen anywhere,” Torp said.

Absher praised the four men who subdued Zegrean.

“We’re very appreciative of the brave actions they took, stepping in to prevent this incident from becoming any more tragic,” Absher said.

MGM/Mirage acknowledged that the incident might have put a damper on the four men’s vacation, Absher said.

“We are making sure they are having an enjoyable stay. This is probably not how they planned on spending the weekend,” he said, adding that they will be offered free rooms on a return trip.

Review-Journal writers Brian Haynes and Paul Harrism and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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GyG: Nothing Ever Changes… Who Is The Bank? Who Is The Gubmint?

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GyG: Nothing Ever Changes… Who Is The Bank? Who Is The Gubmint?

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MIA: Reference: John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath (Abstracts)

Abstracts from
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“The bank — the monster has to have profits all the time. It can’t wait. It’ll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can’t stay one size…..” “It’s not us, it’s the bank. The bank isn’t like a man. Or an owner with 50,000 acres, he isn’t like a man either. That’s the monster….”

“And that reminds me,” the driver said, “you better get out soon. I’m going through the door-yard after dinner.”

“You filled in the well this morning.”

“I know. I had to keep the line straight. But I’m going through the dooryard after dinner. Got to keep the line straight. And — well, you know Joe Davis, my old man, so I’ll tell you this. I got orders whenever there’s a family not moved out — if I have an accident — you know, get too close and cave the house a little — well, I might get a couple of dollars. And my youngest kid never had no shoes yet.”

“I built it with my hands. Straightened old nails to put the sheathing on. Rafters are wired to the stringers with bailing wire. It’s mine. I built it. You bump it down — I’ll be in the window with a rifle. You even come to close and I’ll pot you like a rabbit.”

“It’s not me. There’s nothing I can do. I’ll lose my job if I don’t do it. And look — suppose you kill me? They’ll just hang you, but long before your hung there will be another guy on the tractor, and he’ll bump the house down. You’re not killing the right guy.”

“That’s so,” the tenant said. “Who gave you orders? I’ll go after him. He’s the one to kill.”

“You’re wrong. He got his orders from the bank. The bank told them: “Clear those people out or it’s your job.”

“Well, there’s a president of the bank. There’s a Board of Directors. I’ll fill up the magazine of the rifle and go into the bank.”

The driver said: “Fellow was telling me the bank gets orders from the East. The orders were: “Make the land show profit or we’ll close you up.”

“But where does it stop? Who can we shoot? I don’t aim to starve to death before I kill the man that’s starving me.”

“I don’t know. Maybe there’s nobody to shoot. Maybe the thing isn’t man at all. Maybe, like you said, the property’s doing it. Anyway I told you my orders.”

“I got to figure,” the tenant said. “We all got to figure. There’s some way to stop this. It’s not like lightning or earthquakes. We’ve got a bad thing made by men, and by God that’s something we can change.” The tenant sat in his doorway, and the driver thundered his engines and started off, tracks falling and curving, harrows combing, and the phalli of the seeder slipping into the ground. Across the dooryard the tractor cut, and the hard, foot-beaten ground was seeded field, and the tractor cut through again; the uncut space was 10 feet wide. And back he came. The iron guard bit into the house corner, crumbled the wall and wrenched the little house from its foundations so that it fell sideways, crushed like a bug. And the driver was goggled and a rubber mask covered his nose and mouth. The tractor cut a straight line on, and the air and the ground vibrated with its thunder. The tenant man stared after it, his rifle in his hand. His wife beside him, and the quiet children behind. And all of them stared after the tractor.

From Chapter 5, pp. 31 to 32
Chapter 14

The Western land, nervous under the beginning change. The Western states, nervous as horses before a thunderstorm. The great owners, nervous, sensing a change, knowing nothing of the nature of the change. The great owners, striking at the immediate thing, the widening government, the growing labor unity; striking at new taxes, at plans; not knowing these things are results, not causes. Results, not causes; results, not causes. The causes lie deep and simply — the causes are hunger in the stomach, multiplied one million times; a hunger in a single soul, hunger for joy and some security, multiplied one million times; muscles and mind aching to grow, to work, to create, multiplied one million times. The last clear definite function of men — muscles aching to work, minds aching to create beyond the single need — this is man. To build the wall, to build a house, the dam, and in the wall and house and dam to put something of Manself, and to Manself take back something of the wall, the house, the dam; to take heart muscles from the lifting, to take the clear lines and form from conceiving. For man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. This you say is man — when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back. This you may say and know it and know it. This you may know when the bombs plummet out of the black planes on the marketplace, when prisoners are stuck like pigs, and the crushed bodies drain filthily in the dust. You may know it in this way. If the step were not being taken, if the stumbling forward ache were not alive, the bombs would not fall, the throats would not be cut. Fear the time when the bombs stop falling while the bombers live — for every bomb is proof that the spirit has not died. And fear the time when the strikes stop while the great owners live — for every little beaten strike is proof that the step is being taken. In this you can know — fear the time when manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of man self, in this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.

The Western states, nervous under the beginning change. Texas and Oklahoma, Kansas in Arkansas, New Mexico, Arizona, California. A single family moved from the land. Pa borrowed money from the bank, and now the bank wants the land. The land company — that’s the bank when it has land — wants tractors, not families on the land. Is a tractor bad? Is the power that turns the long furrows wrong? If this tractor were ours it would be good — not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours. We could love that tractor then as we have loved this land when it was ours. But this tractor does two things — it turns land and turns us off the land. There is little difference between this tractor and a tank. The people are driven, intimidated, hurt by both. We must think about this.

One man, one family driven from the land; this rusty car creaking along the highway to the West. I lost my land, a single tractor took my land. I’m alone and I am bewildered. In the night one family camps in a ditch and other family pulls in and the tents come out. The two men squat on their hams and the women and children listen. Here’s the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here “I lost my land” is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate — “we lost our land.” The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from his first “we” there grows a still more dangerous thing; “I have a little food” plus “I have none”. If from this problem the sum is “we have a little food”, the thing is on its way, the movement has direction. Only a little multiplication now, and this land, this tractor are ours. The two-men squatting in a ditch, the little fire, the side-meat stewing in a single pot, the silent, stone-eyed women; behind, the children listening with their souls to words their minds do not understand. The night draws down. The baby has a cold. Here, take this blanket. It’s wool. It was my mothers blanket — take it for the baby. This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning — from “I” to “we”.

If you who own the things people must have could understand this, you might preserve yourself. If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that Paine, Marx, Jefferson, Lenin were results, not causes, you might survive. But that you cannot know. For the quality of owning freezes you forever into “I”, and cuts you off forever from the “we”.

The Western states are nervous under the beginning change. Need is the stimulus to concept, concept to action. A half-million people moving over the country; one million more restive, ready to move; 10 million more feeling the first nervousness.

And tractors turning the multiple furrows in the vacant land.

Written: June-October, 1938
First Published: April 14, 1939
Publisher: Heron Books
Transcription/Markup: Brian Basgen
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Kalashnikov

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MOSCOW – Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world’s most popular assault rifle.

“I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” Kalashnikov said Friday at a ceremony marking the birth of the rifle, whose initials stand for “Avtomat Kalashnikov.”

It was before he started designing the gun that he slept badly, worried about the superior weapons that Nazi soldiers were using with grisly effectiveness against the Red Army in World War II. He saw them at close range himself, while fighting on the front lines.

While hospitalized with wounds after a Nazi shell hit his tank in the 1941 battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov decided to design an automatic rifle combining the best features of the American M1 and the German StG44.

“Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer,” said Kalashnikov, frail but sharp at age 87. “I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery.”

Since production began, more than 100 million AK-47s have been made — either at the home factory in the central Russian city of Izhevsk, under license in dozens of other countries, or illegally. Sergei Chemezov, director of the Russian arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport, said nearly a million a year are produced without license.

The AK-47 has been a mainstay in wars, coups, terrorist attacks, robberies and other mayhem. Its popularity comes from being rugged and easy to maintain, though its accuracy is not high.

It proved ideal and extremely reliable for warfare in jungle or desert — easily assembled and able to keep firing in sandy or wet conditions that would jam a U.S-made M-16.

“During the Vietnam war, American soldiers would throw away their M-16s to grab AK-47s and bullets for it from dead Vietnamese soldiers,” he said. “I hear American soldiers in Iraq use it quite often.”

The simplicity and reliability of the AK-47 made it a favorite of rebel movements worldwide — it even features on the Mozambique flag. Keen to support anti-colonial movements in Asia and Africa, the Soviets proliferated the rifle, sometimes for free, to pro-Soviet regimes or insurgents.

In 2005, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who styles himself as a leader of the fighting against imperialism, ordered 100,000 for his army.

“The Kalashnikov rifle is a symbol of the creative genius of our people,” President Vladimir Putin said in a statement read to Kalashnikov at the ceremony in the Central Russian Army Museum.

“It’s a huge and splendid celebration,” said Nikolai Shvets of Rosoboronexport. “For another 20 years, the AK-47 will remain unsurpassed by any other automatic rifle in the world.”

Kalashnikov is still active and prolific — he tours the world as a Rosoboronexport consultant helping strike new arms deals, and has written several books on his life, about arms and about youth education.

“After the collapse of the great and mighty Soviet Union so much crap has been imposed on us, especially on the younger generation,” he said. “I wrote six books to help them find their way in life.”

He said he is proud of his bronze bust installed in his native village of Kurya in the Siberian region of Altai. He said newlyweds bring flowers to the bust.
“They whisper ‘Uncle Misha, wish us happiness and healthy kids,'” he said. “What other gun designer can boast of that?”


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IT’S THE PEOPLE vs. THE GOVERNMENT

July 5, 2007 Leave a comment

IT’S THE PEOPLE vs. THE GOVERNMENT

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July 5, 2007

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero 42B.C.

The title of this column is a caption from a recent CNN poll news item which contained some extraordinary comments from poltroons like Jon Kyl of Arizona, a counterfeit U.S. Senator who sold out the people of Arizona and these united states of America with his solid support of lawlessness and the recently defeated amnesty bill. Kyl is quoted in the aforementioned: “It is a sad commentary in America today that many Americans have lost faith in their government,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said. He added, “Americans don’t believe that their government is representing them, is acting on their behalf. The polls show it.”

And, whose fault is that Kyl? This news item says it’s come down to the people vs the government: “It was a bipartisan bill, supported by President Bush and by most Democrats in Congress. Why didn’t it pass? Because the people didn’t like it.” That’s right, the American people by a margin of some 68-72% were demanding its defeat. If ever there was a reason for one state to take up a challenge of the fraudulent ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, it is Arizona. Unless and until the states finally decide they want back their rightful and equal power, the federal machine will continue stomping on them in pursuit of dissolving America and absorbing US into one region of world government with Mexico and Canada. Back in April 2004, Zell Miller [D-GA], a former counterfeit U.S. Senator recommended rescinding the Seventeenth Amendment. You can’t rescind a law that does not exist and the Seventeenth Amendment absolutely, clearly and without question was never ratified by the states of the Union.

The warnings have been placed right in front of our faces regarding how the shadow government intends to deal with we the people taking back our government:

“1987: Then U.S. Attorney General William French Smith blew the whistle on a fairly low ranking Marine officer by the name of Oliver North. According to Smith, Lt. Col. Oliver North directly helped draft a plan in 1984 to impose martial law in the United States in the event of an emergency. This secret plan would suspend the U.S. Constitution and turn over control of the government to the little known agency at that time: FEMA. This plan would appoint military commanders to run state and local governments. Implementation of this plan would have been triggered by violent and wise spread internal dissent, disagreement with government policy or national opposition to any U.S. military invasion abroad. Essentially, it amounted to a complete and total suspension of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

“Investigators who uncovered this plan believe that between 1983 – 1986, North’s office was the ‘central command center’ for this informal secret structure which involved more than the illegal sale of arms to Iran and illegal funding of the underground war in Nicaragua under President Ronald Reagan. “Lifers” in the military were shocked, saying at the time that no Lt. Colonel is ever given the kind of power North was apparently given within this secret structure. So great was his authority, he could have the orbits of sophisticated satellites altered to follow Soviet ships around the world or launch high-flying spy aircraft on secret missions. Some even compared this whole operation as eerily similar to the one portrayed in the movie, Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford (1994).

“North wasn’t alone in this secret structure. Others included Reagan’s closest advisers: U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, CIA Director William Casey and National Security Adviser William Clark. Congressional investigators at the time were shocked by how far along this secret structure and planning had progressed. Arthur Liman, who was the chief counsel of the Senate’s Iran-Contra committee stated in a memo that Oliver North was at the center of what he called a “secret government within a government.” Prior to those hearings, Liman wrote that a policy decision made at the highest levels during the Iran Contra scandal “…reveals the whole secret government within a government, operated from the Executive Office Building by a lieutenant colonel with its own army, air force, diplomatic agents, intelligence operatives and appropriations capacity.”

And: “The next real war we fight is likely to be on American soil. Our civilian-military face-off”

“One startling quote in this article is from Admiral Stanley Arthur, Commander of U.S. naval forces during the Gulf War, where he says, “Today the armed forces are no longer representative of the people they serve. More and more, enlisted as well as officers are beginning to feel they are special, better than the society they serve.”

“When you turn to page two of this story, the headlines read, “Bill of Rights no obstacle for the Corps.” Another disturbing quote jumps out at you, “Because of the rising potential for civil disobedience within the inner cities it is ‘inevitable’ the U.S. military will be employed more often within American borders.” Timothy Reeves, The U.S. Marine Corps and Domestic Peacekeeping, a paper written at the Marine Command and Staff Colleges. Why the concern that there is a potential for civil disobedience by Americans? Where did this come from? I can make an educated guess based on my 14 years of research. In case no one has noticed, the bulk of our population is being forced into these big inner cities whose infrastructures are unable to sustain such masses.

“Further into this shocking story: “…Major Reeves notes, when faced with violating doctrine or violating the law, some Marines chose the latter course and detained suspects and conducted warrantless searches. Indeed, with characteristic Marine Corps bluntness, the major states that, “in interviews with Marine officers involved in domestic peacekeeping missions with officers responsible for articulating the Marine Corps’ policy on domestic peacekeeping, it became apparent to the author that Marines took whatever action was necessary. At times, these actions required Marines to violate U.S. law.

“Similarly, Marine Capt. Guy Miner reported in the Gazette that Marine intelligence units were initially worried by the need to collect intelligence on U.S. citizens, which would violate a 1981 Executive Order, but that “this inhibition was quickly overcome….” And to chill you even further, “To enable the Marines to execute these new domestic missions in the same way that they do abroad, Major Reeves calls for major alternations in U.S. laws. “Experience from the Los Angeles riots,” he warns, “demonstrated the need to grant U.S. Marine forces the legal right to detain vehicles and suspects, conduct arrests, searches and seizures in order to accomplish the peacekeeping mission.” Now, do national IDs and driver’s licenses take on a new meaning?” Click here to view the actual newspaper. Anyone paying attention to the paramilitarization of local police in this country and the destruction of Habeas Corpus can see this 1997 revelation wasn’t just some exercise in word smiting.

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From one of my columns, January 17, 2004 one can see the plan to ram world communism down our throats:

“Take a good look at this map published in the Denver Post, August 30, 1992, a mere four months before Bush, Sr. signed the unconstitutional NAFTA treaty into law December 17, 1992. This map is not some academic exercise. This IS what’s on the horizon for US if the people of this nation don’t mobilize. What you’re seeing with this latest, grotesque proposal by Bush, Jr., has everything to do with building a new world order (global governance), redistributing the wealth of our nation into the hands of illegals and riffraff from all over the world.” I published that information about this map in one of my old newsletters back in 1995 trying to warn Americans.

The people v the people

Not only do the American people see the complete and total failure of the Democrat controlled Congress and the real agenda of Bush and his minions, they are also coming to understand the big picture: world wide communist domination. Unfortunately, due to the corrosive, toxic messages out there brain washing Americans and the deliberate dumbing down of children in the government’s indoctrination centers they call schools, we the people are also being pitting against one another in a massive ideological battle. Let me give you two examples, the first is a column by a Carolyn Baker, where she states:

“Franklin Roosevelt’s stellar accomplishment in the engineering of New Deal policies was the emphasis on “purchasing power” for average Americans…The author goes on to point out the “feminization” of American society during the Great Depression, noting that “The self-centered, aggressive, competitive ‘male’ ethic of the 1920s was discredited. Men who lost their jobs became dependent in ways that women had been thought to be.” Yet it was not only in loss of jobs that men became more “feminized.”

“Whenever any individuals, male or female, join to create community in a spirit of cooperation, they are “feminizing”, for the feminine principle is above all, relational—a concept inherent in the traditions of many indigenous peoples. It is this kind of joining that characterized the Great Depression era and to which we must aspire as we build economic, emotional, and spiritual lifeboats for the daunting journey ahead.”

What drivel. This woman is promoting the communitarian doctrine – communism. Has she never read history? FDR’s New Deal – a “stellar accomplishment” was focused around “purchasing power” for Americans? How about the opinion of people who were actually there at the time? “The New Deal will bring the Communist Party within striking distance of overthrow of the American form of government…” Arthur Henning, Chicago Tribune. “This may be the last presidential election America will have. The New Deal is to America what the early phase of Nazism was to Germany…” Mark Sullivan, Buffalo Evening News. The “feminine principle” is above all? God save us from these females. What she really needs to do is read Nancy Levant’s superb columns on the rot of feminism. Better yet, Baker needs to read Nancy’s book, The Cultural Devastation of American Women.

Example: A recent column by a woman named Caroline Arnold calling for Americans to: “…declare our independence from “the works of death, desolation, and tyranny,” and from “the circumstances of cruelty and perfidy” that led to them.”

And how does Ms. Arnold believe this should be done? By restoring democracy and getting rid of handguns. That’s right, disarm the American people. That will surely bring us independence and freedom from tyranny! Apparently Ms. Arnold has never read a single word by Patrick Henry, has zero understanding of how gun control is nothing more than people control and she clearly ignores the fact that you cannot have freedom and liberty without an armed population. It’s for certain that Ms. Arnold has ZERO understanding of the Second Amendment. She also doesn’t even know our legal form of government; we are not a democracy. Each state of the Union is guaranteed a republican form of government, not a democracy. It is these types of dangerous ideas that are pitting Americans against each other: those of us who understand and stand for the Constitution and those who pump out nonsense and toxic waste. One can only hope that Americans who are genuinely concerned about the downfall of this republic don’t fall for the propaganda above and seek the truth through historical documentation.

We the people had a huge victory last week in defeating the formidable forces arrayed against us for passage of the grotesque amnesty bill, but the evil doers will be back, make no mistake about it. We must continue to target Congress in between their vacations, demand enforcement of existing immigration laws and go after employers who hire illegals. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano finally found her guts and signed the strongest legislation against employers hiring illegal aliens in the nation. About time, lady.

We must also demand passage of House Concurrent Resolution 40 (H.C.R. 40) to stop the North American Union. Demand Congress get rid of the so-called Patriot Act, the dangerous John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and National Security Presidential Directive No. 51. We must demand this police state being erected is torn down. As Dr. Edwin Vieira so articulately writes in his scholarly columns, we MUST get one state to reconstitute the militias under the authority of the state legislatures.

It goes without saying that Congress – unless Ron Paul gets elected – will never touch getting rid of the FED, the IRS and the withholding scam. However, the states themselves can and must adopt a sound money bill; see link below. We must continue to go for the jugular, expose the players and be relentless until we drive these America haters out of our political arena and control of our state and federal governments. We must continue demanding the state legislatures get rid of ALL electronic ballot machines and return to paper ballots, hand counted in the precincts in front of the general public or we will NEVER get rid of these traitors who have we the people by the throat – and that includes the mayors in this country selling US out.

Our fight is a noble one and if freedom and independence really mean anything, we the people must stay focused and strong. We the people are on the move and we must not falter. This is our government and we are the masters.

Important Information:

1, States must force showdown on the Seventeenth Amendment fraud
2, Sound money bill effort in New Hampshire
3, Constitutional Homeland Security
4, Second Amendment Committee – A treasure trove of critical information and documentation
5, Democracy v Republic
6, An Important Distinction: Democracy v Republic

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DO YA MISS “IMUS IN THE MORNING”???

July 5, 2007 1 comment


DO YA MISS “IMUS IN THE MORNING”???

(Now that it is obvious and Imus himself was only the first target of all the talk shows (conservative anyway); I know, Imus was not even conservative–but they’ll eat their own for the cause, won’t “they”! Might be time now that some few will admit that they indeed watched Imus…)
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Time for Another Revolution

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Something to contemplate on this “Independence” day.

“And, until 1913, the federal establishment had to get along as best it could with what it picked up from custom duties and a few excise taxes. Its sovereignty was thus contained.”

But I’ve got a plan. Every April 15 we hold a bake sale (if we are feeling really energetic, we can throw in a car wash) and the bastards–all of them–fed, state, and local–will have to live for the rest of the year on what ever we raise.

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Time for Another Revolution

By Frank Chodorov

Posted on 7/4/2007
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[From One is a Crowd, by Frank Chodorov, 1952.]

It all began, as you know, with the Declaration of Independence. The Americans stated their case, both as to the disabilities put upon them by the British Crown and as to the kind of government they considered it fitting for men to live under.

The indictment was rejected and the issue was joined in battle. The god of war decided in favor of the Americans, insofar as removing the grievous rule was concerned; but in the establishment of a government to their liking the victors were on their own. Nobody could help them.

Even history could not make a suggestion; for never had there been a political establishment constructed or operating on principles laid down in the Declaration. These principles, moreover, were quite metaphysical, completely outside the realm of experience. They were: (1) that all men are created equal, and, (2) that all men are endowed with inalienable rights. When you come down to it, the two metaphysical concepts are really one. For the postulate of equality did not apply to human capacities or attributes, which are quite unequal and far beyond the scope of government, but to the enjoyment of rights or prerogatives.

In that respect, they maintained, all men must be considered on a par. This was a brand-new base for government. In all political science hitherto known it had been an axiom that rights were privileges handed down to subjects by the sovereign power; hence there was nothing positive about them. A new king or a new parliament could abrogate existing rights or extend them to other groups or establish new favorites.

The Americans, however, insisted that in the nature of things all rights inhere in the individual, by virtue of his existence, and that he instituted government for the sole purpose of preventing one citizen from violating the rights of another. Sovereign power, they said, resides in the individual; the government is only an agency of his will. If it fails to carry out its duties properly, or if it itself presumes to invade his rights, then the moral thing to do is to kick it out.

But, government is not an abstraction; it consists of people, and the inclination of all people is to improve upon their circumstances with whatever skills or capacities they possess and by whatever opportunities they meet up with. The power placed in the hands of this agency — to enforce the observance of an equality of rights — is in itself a temptation from which only the saintly are delivered.

The Founding Fathers were therefore confronted with a difficult contradiction: men being what they are, a government is necessary; and government being what it is, men must be safeguarded against it. Their recipe was the Constitution. Whether or not the ensuing government would materialize the metaphysics of the Declaration, the Constitution was, at any rate, a definite pattern; and when it was ratified and put into operation, it became the end-product of the Revolution.

To be sure, the Constitution cut corners around the doctrine of natural rights. We must remember that it was, after all, a political instrument, concocted by men. Only in its preamble can such an instrument serve the moralities; its working parts must be geared to the interests of the dominating groups in society, and hence it must be a compromise; to effect the compromise the moralities must be watered down. The Constitution was no exception. The assumed equality of rights was distinctly out of line with the profitable slave trade; owners of large estates wondered how it might affect their business; merchants and manufacturers deemed it dangerous to their preferred position. The Constitution was therefore so framed that the doctrine could not be employed to disrupt the status.

There were many Americans who contended that the profit of the Revolution was liquidated by the Constitution and at their insistence a Bill of Rights was included.

The Basic Social Struggle

The Founding Fathers forged well. Putting aside what it might have been, the Constitution did pay homage to the doctrine of natural rights. It did so by the simple expedient of putting restraints and limitations on the powers of government. We learn from their published statements that the intent of the Founding Fathers was to prevent the despised “democrats,” should they come into power, from using it for spoliation. They were quite forthright about it, and not a little could be said in favor of their thesis. In recent years the “mob” they feared has indeed come into power and the result seems to support the contention of Madison, Adams, and Hamilton.
“The postulate of equality did not apply to human capacities or attributes, which are quite unequal and far beyond the scope of government…”

But regardless of their argument and regardless of their intent, the Constitutional shackles did in fact, though perhaps inadvertently, protect the people in the enjoyment of their cherished rights.

From this we learn a little heeded lesson in social science, namely, that the real struggle that disturbs the enjoyment of life is not between economic classes but between Society as a whole and the political power which imposes itself on Society. The class-struggle theory is a blind alley. True, people of like economic interests will gang up for the purpose of taking advantage of others. But within these classes there is as much rivalry as there is between the classes.

When, however, you examine the advantage which one class obtains over another you find that the basis of it is political power. It is impossible for one person to exploit another, for one class to exploit another, without the aid of law and the force to back up the law. Examine any monopoly and you will find it resting on the State. So that the economic and social injustices we complain of are not due to economic inequalities, but to the political means that bring about these inequalities.

If peace is to be brought into the social order it is not by accentuating a class struggle, but by restraining the basic cause of it; that is, the political power. To bring about a condition of equal rights, which is a condition of justice, the hands of the politician must be so tied that he cannot extend his activities beyond the simple duty of protecting life and property, his only competence.

To the extent, then, that the Founding Fathers delimited the powers of the new government — by the system of checks and balances — to that extent did they render inestimable social service. And to that extent did they insure the victory of the Revolution.

For about a century and a half the American citizen enjoyed, in the main, three immunities against the State: in respect to his property; in respect to his person; in respect to his thought and expression. Pressure upon them was constant, for in the pursuit of power the State is relentless, but the dikes of the Constitution held firm and so did the immunities. Only within our time did the State effect a vital breach in the Constitution, and in short order the American, no matter what his classification, was reduced to the status of subject, as he was before 1776. His citizenship shriveled up when the Sixteenth Amendment replaced the Declaration of Independence.

The income tax completely destroys the immunity of property. It flatly declares a prior right of the State to all things produced. What it permits the individual to retain is a concession to expediency, not by any means a right; for the State retains the liberty to set rates and to fix exemptions from year to year, as its convenience dictates. Thus, the sacred right of private property is violated, and the fact that it is done pro forma makes the violation no less real than when it is done arbitrarily by an autocrat. The blanks we so dutifully fill out simply accentuate our degradation to subject status.

Demagoguery loves to emphasize a distinction between human rights and property rights. The distinction is without validity and only serves to arouse envy. The right to own is the mark of a free man. The slave is a slave simply because he is denied that right. And because the free man is secure in the possession and enjoyment of what he produces, and the slave is not, the spur to production is in one and not in the other. Men produce to satisfy their desires and if their gratifications are curbed they cease to produce beyond the point of limitation; on the other hand the only limit to their aspirations is the freedom to enjoy the fruits of their labors.
“The American no longer regards his local government as anything more than an agency of the State.”

That fact, deep rooted in the nature of man, accounts for the progress of civilization when and where the right of property is recognized, and for the retrogression that follows from its denial. Property rights and human rights are more than complementary; they are identical.

The income tax did more than revoke the immunity of property. It gave the State the means of effectively attacking the immunities of mind and of person; it transferred to the State that sovereignty which, according to the American theory, is lodged in the individual. In the final analysis, sovereignty is a matter of dollars. The more dollars the more sovereignty. The individual is no longer sovereign when his living is dependent on a superior will, when that will becomes dominant by the economic strength behind it.

The edicts of the State are not self-enforcing, since they lack the voluntary support of public opinion, and are therefore only as effective as the size of the police force; but the police force must be paid, and since the payments must come out of the property of those upon whom the edicts fall, there is no standing up to it. Without an FBI, military conscription — which violates the immunity of person — would be impossible; it failed during the Civil War simply because Lincoln did not have the funds to support such an agency. The Espionage Act — which violated the immunity of mind — would have been but a piece of paper but for the thugs hired by the State to enforce it.

Bribing the Constitution

Further, the wealth acquired by the State at the expense of the producers enabled it to buy its way into sovereignty. The Founding Fathers put a check on the central power by clearly delimiting its scope, specifying that all other prerogatives, named and unnamed, shall reside in the component and autonomous commonwealths. They knew from experience what a far-away and self-sufficient authority could do to human liberty, and sought to avoid that danger by making local government the residuary of all unspecified power; not that the local politician is different in kind from the national politician, but that his proximity to the people makes him more sensitive to their will.

However, with the advent of the income tax this safeguard lost all meaning, for from then on the local politician was less and less under obligation to his constituents; on the other hand, they fell under his obligation by his ability to hand out gratuities derived from federal grants, for which he gave up nothing but the dignity vested in him by the Constitution. His political preferment is now largely a matter of dispensing federal patronage. The American no longer regards his local government as anything more than an agency of the State.

Thus, the original federation — the Union — has been superseded in fact by a single, centralized power, and the citizen of the commonwealth has become a subject of that power. The income tax alone made this possible, inevitable.

The transmutation of the Constitution by bribery has also been effected through private channels. The income tax has made the State the largest single buyer in the country and, since “the customer is always right,” it is unthinkable that the recipients of its patronage would oppose the State on any issue important to its purposes. Subvention of agriculture, education, and the press has been supplemented by gratuities to sundry pressure groups, all easing the shift of sovereignty from the individual to the State. To top it all off, the capital absorbed by the State, via the income tax, has put it into business in a big way, so that it is now the largest employer in the nation; loyalty to a boss of that potential breeds a peculiar kind of freedom of conscience.

Lost Will for Freedom

Our forefathers were not unaware of the inverse ratio of taxation to liberty. Their experience with the British Crown was still fresh when the Founding Fathers came up with the Constitution, and they scrutinized its taxing provisions most carefully. About the only fiscal power generally conceded to the federal authority was a levy on imports. Hamilton knew this would hardly yield enough to support the establishment contemplated and pleaded with great acumen for the right to levy internal excise taxes. His argument prevailed, but only because, as he pointed out, without this revenue the government would be compelled to ask for the unthinkable: a land tax or an income tax.
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“In exchange for an income tax King George III would have conceded every point made against him by the colonists.”

And, until 1913, the federal establishment had to get along as best it could with what it picked up from custom duties and a few excise taxes. Its sovereignty was thus contained.

In 1913 the relationship between the State and Society was reversed. Areas which had heretofore been considered within the private domain, sacred ground so to speak, were now invaded by the arrogant and enriched State, and within thirty years the individual was squeezed into a corner so small that even his soul lacked elbow room. His case was far worse than it was in 1776; in exchange for an income tax King George III would have conceded every point made against him by the colonists, and might even have done penance for past sins. But, such was the character of these Americans that they challenged him to battle because he presumed to impose a miserable tax on tea. What they won at Yorktown was lost by their offspring one hundred and thirty-two years later.

Were the disposition of the current crop of Americans comparable to that of their forbears, a new revolution, to regain the profit of the first one, would be in order. There is far more justification for it now than there was in 1776. But, people do not do what reason dictates; they do what their disposition impels them to do. And the American disposition of the 1950s is flaccidly placid, obsequious and completely without a sense of freedom; it has been molded into that condition by the proceeds of the Sixteenth Amendment. We are Americans geographically, not in the tradition. In the circumstances, a return to the Constitutional immunities must wait for a miracle.

Frank Chodorov (1887–1966) was a journalist of the Old Right. Murray Rothbard wrote, “The outstanding disciple of his beloved mentor, the great libertarian Albert Jay Nock, Frank Chodorov, again unlike his ‘libertarian’ colleagues, never forgot for an instant that the State is the great predatory enemy of the human race, that the State is, in its very being, the organization and regularization of predation, exploitation, and robbery.” Comment on the blog.

This article is excerpted from chapter four, “Return Revolution,” of One is a Crowd (Devin-Adair, 1952) pp. 43–51, available in PDF.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO RON PAUL

July 3, 2007 3 comments

AN OPEN LETTER TO RON PAUL


TIME TO SHATTER THE HEGEMONY OF THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM

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Kevin Tuma

 

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” -Henry David Thoreau

Mr. Paul, you have served the cause of individual liberty superbly, and honorably, in your role as the last living statesman remaining in the United States Congress.

You have recently gone on to score great rhetorical victories—and achieve much fame in the public eye—in the debates, where you have so adroitly told the world The Emperor Has No Clothes.

You have earned the respect of virtually every libertarian in America, as well as every true conservative.

You have served your country well, and, I might add, proudly represented the fine state of Texas. You have taken your oath of office seriously, in an age when other politicians have only chosen to serve the twin gods of Marx and Mammon.

I have one question for you, Mr. Paul, and it’s a very important question:

After your GOP presidential candidacy ends, because the neo-conservative elites–and their cronies in the media–push you out, in one manner or another..will you do one more great thing for the cause of Liberty?

Will you, in turn, announce that you are officially switching your party affiliation to the Libertarian Party? Thereby helping this small, struggling Third Party land its first high-profile presidential candidate, its first sitting US Congressman—and giving the party a much-needed shot in the arm for future benefits from federal matching funds?

The reason the GOP bigwigs, and the elite classes who control them, have rushed to embrace Rudy Guiliani is because that particular authoritarian, establishment liberal is the quintessence of a modern-day Republican. Modern-day GOP ‘conservatives’ are only distinguishable from Democrats by “virtue” of their lust for aggression, warfare, and bombs. In almost all other respects, the two parties are now fully synonymous, as you well know.


You have already aroused the anger of the neo-con GOP establishment by challenging its police state and its imperial war mania. They will, in all likelihood, attempt to undermine your seat on Capitol Hill, to take you out of the equation. They did so with sitting Senator Bob Smith, after he caused the party much embarrassment in 1999. They abandoned Alan Schlesinger when he ran against Democrat Neo-con lackey Joseph Lieberman. They will quite likely make some sort of snide, underhanded move to put you out to pasture in the near future, no matter how loyal your past affiliation to the old school GOP platform. The neo-cons expect more than just an “R” after your name–they demand fealty to their military-industrialist Bush throne. Instead, you have been speaking inconvenient truth to power—lecturing pro-war candidates about blowback, protesting the status quo, and generally reminding them all of their complete apostasy to the Constitution.

The elephants will not forget. I can assure you they are currently kicking themselves for not having given you the bum’s rush years ago. And they are almost certainly planning to try it in the near future, when your next bid for re-election begins.

Why not steal their thunder, and declare yourself, now and always, to be officially a Libertarian?

The Libertarian movement needs you, Mr. Paul. Badly. Your candidacy has already proven that–while there are still a great many real conservatives extant in the public grassroots—in the circles of power, there are no “real Republicans left”.

The Libertarian Party is not perfect. It stretches too diffuse a big tent between anarchists and paleoconservatives. (Anarcho-capitalists, while having many intriguing ideas, don’t belong in a political party, any more than pacifists belong in an Army.) The Libertarian Party, historically, has also been too hung up on domestic social issues, like the War on Drugs, and not focused enough on encroachments in more serious areas. Especially since 9-11, the party has been much too softspoken toward the Executive Branch, and too lax toward the state’s grotesquely unconstitutional anti-terror acts.

However, the Libertarian Party is unique in the sense that (a) It is benign, seeking out no monsters to destroy; (b) It recognizably exists on the radar screen of the body politic; and (c) It is classically liberal (or paleoconservative—whichever terminology one prefers). These qualities make the Libertarian Party a good home for a strong leader motivated toward the cause of Liberty.

There is only one true conservative, and one libertarian, left in Washington in the public eye. That man is Ron Paul. Whenever you leave Washington, Mr. Paul, for whatever reason, there will be no more conservatives left–only a multitude of Neo-con socialists who treat the Constitution as toilet paper. Hence, when you leave our nation’s capital, constitutionalist conservatism will be dead and officially extinct.

Unless you ignite a powerful political brushfire in your wake. One capable of storming the barricades via the Ballot Box. Become a Libertarian Congressman, and run again in Fall 2008 as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate.

It is time to shatter the hegemony of the Two Party system. Of all the evils facing America today, there is none that supercedes the corruption of the Two Party system. With only a simple duality of political parties, it is simply too easy for ambitious men to overthrow and poison the waters of an open system. Extreme voter apathy–caused by the ludicrousness of two very similar football teams forever playing one another in the Super Bowl of politics–just exacerbates the problem, by increasing the public’s ignorance, and thereby tolerance, of government intrusion.

If America is to have any hope of surviving its current constitutional crises, Americans who believe in the Bill of Rights and individual responsibility need a party they can support. And the disillusioned youth of America, cynical almost to the point of misery, need a party that they can believe in.

Mr. Paul, you are the long-needed galvanizing public figure who could bring that party to life. By abandoning the GOP when the spotlight shines the hottest, you could energize a potent political movement, and jam the monkey wrench of an effective Third Party into the greased wheels of America’s corrupted, decadent political system.

It’s just the sort of move I believe Dr. Franklin would make.

The cause of freedom does not have to advance only by means of pyrrhic victories, martyrs, or Quixotism. Sometimes, expediency is the best course…especially when it comes at exactly the right time.

Strike the root, Mr. Paul. Millions of libertarians stand ready to follow you.

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UPDATE: Iwo Jima – The Man We Left Behind

July 3, 2007 Leave a comment

UPDATE: Iwo Jima – The Sgt Bill Genaust USMC Story

The following is from an e-mail sent by Frank Clynes on 3 July 2007
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The GyG website mentioned is…
The Man We left Behind
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Considering the present search on Iwo Jima for the remains of Sgt Genaust, etc., this will serve as an update to “The Man We Left Behind” (above).

My thanks, Well Done!, and a hearty Semper Fidelis to both Mr. Clynes and Mr. Bolus, without whom the events we are now witnessing regarding the Bill Genaust story likely would not have occurred.
Dick Gaines
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In 1999 I wrote a short article about Sgt. Bill Genaust for a Marine Corps website called “Gunny G’s Globe and Anchor”. It’s sponsored by Dick Gaines, then of Rochester, NY, a retired Marine . His blog is read by millions of Marines all over the world. My article was called, “The Man we Left Behind.”

In the book “Immortal Images” by Tedd Thomey, I learned that Genaust had shot the historic motion picture footage of the flag raising on Mt. Suribacci, alongside AP photographer Joe Rosenthal, and had never received due recognition for his work from the USMC. In 1945 there was no television, so people got their news from the newsreels in their local theaters. This is where I first saw the famous flag raising, shot on 16mm color film.

Genaust had been recommended for the Navy Cross by his commanding officer, Lt. Col. Donald Dickson for his earlier actions on Saipan, but had never received it. It had been reduced to Bronze Star, by some rear echelon general back in Quantico who had never heard a shot fired in anger. Col. Dickson later went on to become the editor of Marine Magazine and Leatherneck.

When I read Thomey’s book, I recalled videotaping a gun battle on Babcock St. in Providence in 1984, for which I won the NPPA national spot news award. But this paled in comparison to what Sgt. Bill Genaust had to face every day of his life in the Pacific theater.

My typical mornings were spent in city hall, capturing the wit and wisdom of Buddy Cianci’s weekly press conferences. I was determined to do what I could to get Bill Genaust his well deserved recognition and hopefully have his remains returned to his homeland. I personally would like to see him laid to rest next to the famous Flag Raising statue in Arlington National Cemetery, which was inspired by his 16mm film.

I had received a pledge of support from Senator John Chafee, who himself had fought on Guadacanal as a young Marine. I had often filmed him as governor, secretary of the Navy in Wasington and later as senator. One morning while getting background materiel from the Newport war college library, I learned from the librarian that Chafee had just died. That pretty much stalled the process, as I had been stonewalled by the brass hats at Quantico.

Bob Bolus of Scranton Pa. read my article on “Gunny G’s Globe and Anchor” and contacted me. He was actually an army veteran, but was inspired by Genaust’s story. He pledged to bring Bill Genaust back, if he had to go to Iwo Jima and do it himself. And that’s exactly what he did.

Bob, owner of a salvage company, spent thousands of dollars to travel to Iwo Jima. He located the hill where Bill Genaust was killed, and believes that he located the location of the cave Bill had entered to save another Marine. Genaust was shot by the Japanese inside that cave, and the opening was hit with a flame thrower and sealed.

The expedition presently working on Iwo Jima Island is the direct result of Bob Bolus’s lobbying efforts. He also has pledges of support a US Senator to get the Navy Cross awarded posthumously. A niece of Genaust living in Minn. has been asked for a DNA sample to match with any remains they may find.

While working to have Genaust receive his Navy Cross, I learned that the original cast for the Iwo Jima Flag Raising statue was lying abandoned and forgotten in the Fall River State pier warehouse, getting busted up by the longshoremen’s fork lifts.

Mrs. Butler, director of the warehouse asked me to help her draw attention to its plight. I contacted Bob Kerr, who lives in Fall River. He wrote a column about it and ran some artwork. This lit a fire under the city fathers, who raised sufficient money to have it bronzed and erected along the waterfront.

But that crusade isn’t finished. When last I saw the monument, the sign in front of it credited the wrong sculptor. Felix DeWeldon created it, but it erroneously credited the most recent artisan who assembled it, as the sculptor. I hope by this writing, it has been credited properly.

Frank Clynes
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(WPRI-12’s unofficial motto.)

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Scranton, Pa. 1850

Tedd Thomey
562-420-8435
7228 Rose Bay St.
Long Beach, Ca. 90808
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217-536-6800
14018 E. 1100th Ave
Effingham, Ill. 62401
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Why the Libertarians must draft Ron Paul

July 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Why the Libertarians must draft Ron Paul
The Exterritorial Imperative
by Kevin Tuma

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“Libertarians are dreamers. This is both a blessing and a curse. But I’m
frankly surprised at the number of libertarians who actually believe Ron
Paul will be our next president with an ‘R’ after his name. I would have
thought that as cynical as libertarians seem to be, and as intelligent as
most libertarians are, they would, collectively, be incapable of such Jiminy
Cricket naivete. The reason Ron Paul must be invited to run on the
Libertarian party ticket is because it is now time for the libertarian
movement to grow up.” (07/07)

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THE DEATH OF FREEDOM, Part I…by Joe American

July 3, 2007 1 comment

THE DEATH OF FREEDOM
PART 1

Joe American
July 2, 2007
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Preamble:

“Any society that would give up a little liberty, to gain a little security, will deserve neither, and will lose both” –Benjamin Franklin

Introduction: This is the first of a series of articles I intend to write in what may very well be a fools errand. I say that because I love my country. I love the noble ideals of the Republic our flag represents, but I’m not sure many of my fellow Americans still feel the same way.

What I see around me is a nation of people who don’t seem to have a clue about what is going on around them. For some, the reason for their distraction or disinterest is “they’re too busy,” for others “life’s too complicated.” Then again, I hear people say “I don’t care” or “let someone else worry about those things.”

What those attitudes represent is an aversion for personal responsibility. The reasons for avoiding personal responsibility don’t really matter. Whatever the reason, the the result is the same. When the people of a free country disconnect themselves from their government by apathy, distraction or in any other manner, they are responsible for killing their nation.

Sometimes that death is slow, sometime it’s fast, but dead is dead just the same.

How about you? Do you share any of the attitudes I mentioned above? If so, you are guilty of killing your country. You read that right. If that accusation upsets you, too bad. It does not matter if you like me or what I write. What does matter is that you read this series of articles and then do something to change your attitude. No matter who you are, where you live or, when you were born, it is long passed the time for you to begin acting like a responsible citizen.

Whether you realize it or not, the remnant of the formerly great Republic we all live in does not have much time left. Oh, I know you have a job, maybe even a career. You might be married with children. Perhaps you’re rich and famous. None of that matters in the slightest, if your country perishes. If you do nothing you will have quite literally thrown away your birthright because it held no apparent value for you.

But there is still time. Turn off the television, pick up a nonfiction meaningful book, visit a reputable online news service and find out what is happening around you. Care enough to become a responsible person who will actually make a difference in this world. Discover what it means to be an American while that term still means something. Do it now, this vary moment. Read the rest of this article and the articles that follow in this series.

No, I don’t make a penny for writing this, so take back that little curse word you just said about me. This isn’t about me, It’s about you. I’m doing something to try and save what is left of the legacy of freedom this country once exemplified. Join me and the other people just like us, before it’s too late. Read on.

THE DEATH OF FREEDOM

America, circa 2007, is being deconstructed right before our eyes. It no longer matters if the effort is intentional, deliberate treason, or just complete incompetence. It is happening and the effects are building to a crescendo that will shatter the lives of every American and perhaps everyone else on earth.

America, the light of the world, the hope for the future, is dying. The disease is terminal and we have done it to ourselves. We have become a greedy, selfish and intellectually lazy people who cannot even bring themselves to vote most of the time and certainly cannot be bothered to pay attention to what our elected leaders are doing.

We seem to believe that elections occur so we can elect people to office to think for us. The problem is, 95 out of every 100 people we elect are just like us, also greedy, selfish and intellectually lazy. Once elected, they in-turn hire someone else to think for them. Those hired thinkers are called bureaucrats, who aren’t quite as lazy as the rest of us. But they are still greedy and selfish. They serve themselves first and the electorate second, if at all.

The result is a theatrical farce we have come to know as government. But it is no longer a government of the people, for the people and by the people. Today, the national government and to lesser extents, State governments, are of the bureaucracy, for the special interests, and by the privileged. It has become what it is because of what we have become. Reread the second paragraph above.

Our 177 6 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain included a reference to a “long train of abuses” as being among the reasons for people to “set up new guardians” to protect their God given rights.

I submit to you dear reader that the train of abuses {of power}, inflicted by the British Crown on our founding fathers and which caused them to take up arms to throw off that abusive power, was but a pittance compared to the abuses our current government has and is inflicting on Americans today.

The actions of the current presidential administration are clear examples. Soon after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the President declared that we are now “at war with terror”. Putting aside the legal fact that the President is not vested with the authority to declare war (that authority is vested with Congress), have you ever thought about what that means?

We are at war with terror? Terror is a concept, and idea. How can we be at war with an idea, a concept? How do you defeat it? Whom do you kill? How do you win? Yet, this concept of being “at war with an idea” has lead to some of the most egregious abuses of governmental power any American has ever witnessed. The most far-reaching example is the reverse named “USA Patriot Act”, passed shortly after the destruction of the World Trade Center.

No true patriot of this nation would propose, let alone sign such a foul Act of Congress. This “Act” is so blatantly unconstitutional, anti-freedom and illegal, that average Americans should have already been in the streets demanding it’s repeal along with either the resignation, recall or impeachment of any elected office holder that either voted for or otherwise facilitated it’s passage into Law.

The “USA” Patriot Act” is a “how to” rule book for instituting a dictatorship in these United States. I suggest that the deliberately misnamed “War on Terror” is in fact a war on freedom. On your freedom.

The fact is, I no longer believe its safe for me to write these very words, in this once free country. That is the reason I use the pseudonym “Joe American.” The realization that some low or mid-level bureaucrat in the new Department of Homeland Security could decide my words are seditious (anti-government) and order a secret “review” of my telephone records, e-mail history, library use history, banking, tax and/or health records, etc., etc., until they found something to use to silence me, with or without my consent, scares the hell out of me. So much for the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

I you are one of those non-thinkers who say, “Well, if you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?”, I say this: Let me have access to your private information and I’ll find enough information about your personal activities to make a claim that you are guilty of any number of crimes. You don’t need to do something wrong, I just need enough information to claim you could have. Under these new “laws” that’s enough to make the accusation and force you to prove that I’m wrong.

And that is the point. If the government can secretly look into your private records and then develop and keep databases about you from what it finds, that information can be used without your knowledge or consent, to build a false charge against you, at any time. You will then be placed into a position of being forced to prove you are not guilty. Ever try to prove you didn’t do something? Besides, that is also contrary to the very premise of our legal system. Remember innocent until proven guilty? Do you really want to live in a country that follows the legal path of claiming you are guilty until you can prove you are innocent?

The difference in these two concepts is the difference between being a free person and being a subject, which is just a politically correct way of saying slave. I don’t know about you, but that sure matters to me. Put another way, it is the difference of living in a nation where citizens are voluntarily governed (a nation of laws), or involuntarily ruled by the whim of a dictator. I hope you can tell the difference between the two and also care about which one you want to live under.

You are probably saying to yourself right about now that I’m a fringe-group, black helicopter fearing weirdo/whacko.

Wrong.

In fact, I am a former soldier, law enforcement officer, and current elected official. I have sworn many oaths to protect this nation from enemies, both foreign and domestic. If I am a whacky, then so were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and all of our founding fathers. Remember, King George lll thought these men were seditious when they spoke out with the truth about what was happening 230 years ago.

It can’t happen here, in America, you say? We are the home of the free, this is the land of the brave! We would never put up with a dictatorship here!!

Wrong again.

You are letting it happen this very second! It is happening because you believe it can not happen and those interests who want this country to be ruled “more efficiently” know they can pull it off because you and people like you will do nothing to stop them.

Unless you wake-up , right now, they’re right.

Enough for now. You are probable getting the first twinges of a headache anyway. You can either go take a painkiller and go back to sleep or you can bear the pain for a little while as you think about what you’ve just read. To allow you to digest the words from this first half of Article One, I’ll bid you adieu for now.

Part Two of “The Death of Freedom” is coming soon. While you are waiting with baited breath, try reading something worth while, like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. You just might learn something important. You’ll probably realize how much you don’t know, and that is a crucial step in the process of waking up. Along with a good cup of coffee. Go read.

Noblesse oblige; Veritas vos liberabit

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