Shock and Awe: Domestic Terrorism and Boston

Yesterday in Boston, our nation collectively held its breath.  We whispered quiet prayers for victims and their families.  Shortly after news of the tragedy unfolded, we regained our equilibrium and immediately, had suspicions.  Perhaps being jaded is an inevitable byproduct of being an American.  We have, after all, watched the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK and witnessed as their platforms of peace and equality dissolved into so much alphabet soup.  We have seen NAFTA promoted as a gateway to a prosperous America while it whittled away and hollowed out our nation’s industrial core.  We have seen the elections of 2000 and 2004, with vast disparities between exit poll data and final vote tallies.  We have seen the events of 9/11 and the police state it has created around us.  We have been led into a senseless wars of aggression, based on lies and unfounded allegations.  We have watched as our media has been cowed into silence, serving no more benefit to society than tabloids.  We have watched the Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to a man who began a program of targeted killings and signature assassinations, of indefinite detention and continued the use of torture, by our personnel and through our proxies. We have seen the creation of a surveillance state, enacted by threats of terrorism.  This year, the European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize, while enacting austerity measures that have included the outright theft of deposits from Cypriot banks.  We have grown accustomed to the propaganda that masquerades as news.

Maybe then, it is understandable why the events of Monday are viewed through the mirrored shades of skepticism.

Immediately after the events in Boston, literally before the smoke had cleared, CNN was chomping at the bit to invoke ”terrorism”.   They termed it an “attack”, despite having no evidence to do so, as though they were following a prewritten script to its predetermined conclusion.  The parade of pundits seemed determined to offer a list of motivations for such an attack.  They repeatedly mentioned ‘patriots’ and ‘patriot day’ as a potential motive, also tax day.  They painted a picture quickly, acting without hard facts, speaking with authority.  The assertions made by the media were validated by others, equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to use a ”terror attack” against a shocked citizenry.

Local 15, an NBC affiliate serving Mobile, Alabama, spoke the a cross country coach for the University of Mobile, participated in the marathon.  According to Ali Stevenson, “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise.” Stevenson saw police spotters on roofs and bomb sniffing dogs at both the start and finish of the race.  Stevenson, who has participated in numerous marathons world-wide said he had never seen the level of security that was present in Boston. “Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” Stevenson said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”

Approximately an hour after the explosions, VP Biden used the word ”bombing” while delivering a statement on Boston.  This opened the flood gates and through them came a suffocating wave of assumptions and conjecture.  Propaganda, to call these broadcasts by their rightful name.

The fear and loathing of American media is at an all-time high.  The mantra ”if it bleeds, it leads” is heard in newsrooms across the country.  Blood, death and mayhem…it sells papers and that satisfies the profit margin.  When able to invoke images of a ”terror attack” on US soil, the registers hum with increased advertising dollars and circulation.  Cable news coverage of Boston was no disappointment to the boards of directors at Time-Warner, Disney or News Corporation.  For them, it is the beginning of high cotton.

In addition to the glut of talking heads on these networks and their subsidiaries, we were treated to a quote from MA Representative Keating, who called the explosions a sophisticated, organized attack.  Keating sit on a DHS oversight committee.  He reinforced the assumption of motive, by mentioning both ‘patriot day’ and tax day as perhaps leading to the timing of the attack.

Cable news was off and running.  Squeezed between pictures of chaos, bloodied spectators and explosions, the seeds of acceptance were sown.  Fusion Centers, DHS intelligence hubs, were mentioned as playing a crucial role in tracing suspects.  Law enforcement, as a result of DHS centralization, were ordered to ‘phase one mobilization’.  All available officers, deputies, etc were called in.  Flights were suspended in Boston.  A no fly order was given for the area of the blasts, preventing any media aerial coverage.  Through the use of language and bias, cable media endorsed the widespread debut of the US Police State.

For months, independent media, progressive and libertarian bloggers, writers and reporters have been discussing the rise of a Gestapo-like, militarized police force.  They have brought us reports on Operation Flex, a sting operation that led to FBI entrapment in the Muslim community.  We have seen the case of the Cleveland Five, arrested in a similar FBI operation for plotting to bomb a bridge.  These five men have been described as ‘anarchists’, a government code for domestic terrorism.  Their case, upon close examination, clearly shows FBI agents feeding the men drugs while leading, aiding and abetting them in concocting a plot to blow up a bridge in the name of Occupy Cleveland.

We have seen the arrest of the NATO 3 in Chicago, after FBI agents ingratiated himself with the group.  In that particular case, FBI infiltrators attempted to convince the young men to commit an act of terror at the Chicago NATO summit.  After failing, the agents then planted materials in the apartment of the men and called in a raid.  This is ”worse than a case of entrapment”.  These young men, arrested on May 16, 2012, are still in jail fighting 11 felony counts.

 

Recently, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky stood and conducted an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan.  Brennan, the architect of the drone program and signature strikes in addition to having knowledge of the torture of detainees overseas, was asked questions about drones, as was Obama.  These questions centered around the use of domestic drones and assassination programs conducted in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.  The White House did not clearly answer questions surrounding the murder of three American citizens without due process.  They did not say unequivocably, that drones wouldn’t be used on American soil.

The Obama administration has sought to extend and make permanent the Authorization of the Use of Military Force.  He means to make it permanent as the ‘war on terror’, against a tactic, not a specific enemy promises to be.  The creation of a permanent state of war, a war without borders and bounds, will allow the President to conduct military operations on American soil against American citizens.

The NDAA has allowed for the indefinite detention of American citizens, without due process.  It will allow for those who dissent from the government and would rise up against government overreach to be arrested.  It allows for them to be held, without ever hearing charges against them, without ever seeing a judge.  It allows for Americans to be detained as those who are held in GITMO bay.  There, many detainees are staging a hunger strike against being held without charge.  Many of the individuals who are being held and tortured there see death as the preferable alternative to never-ending incarceration without having been found guilty of anything.  In fact, many held at GITMO are farmers and civilians who were snatched up in the beginning days of our ‘war on terror’.

As this article is being written, three more potential ricin envelopes have been discovered in the Senate offices..  This follows the discovery of a ricin letter addressed to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.  Mentioned in the media account of events in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, was his recent vote to allow debate to begin on a gun control bill.  While Wicker is a conservative and NRA member, he was quoted as saying  “I cast this vote at the request of the National Rifle Association, of which I am a member.”  He also added that he is a 100 percent supporter of the Second Amendment and his voting record proves that.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) was quoted as saying his office was ”quarantined” and his staff was being evacuated.  An anonymous staff member in the Hart building described a man with a backpack running into offices and dropping envelopes. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) said in a statement his office also received one of the packages. Capitol Police are controlling access to the buildings.

Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said his regional office in Saginaw, MI received a “suspicious-looking letter”.  It was turned over to authorities, who are now investigating.

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said that the police suspect a person who “writes a lot of letters to members.” This comment after a law enforcement briefing.

President Obama also received a parcel that tested positive initially for ricin.  This package was found at an off-site processing facility and results are expected in 24-48 hrs.

If this pattern seems familiar, if it reminds, of similar letters with mysterious powders after a violent attack, it should.  This is the same methodology employed in the days after 9/11.  Senate offices were closed as a result of anthrax fears.  We are watching a re-run, it would appear.

In the days after Sept. 11, the Patriot Act was rushed through.  As was the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.  We heard government lies and a conspiring media lead the cheers for war.  This resulted in the invasion of a previously sovereign country.  It was the use of ”shock and awe” against an unwilling population in order to stun them into having less will to resist.  It is the same thing we are seeing now, in the wake of a new ”terror attack”.  Shock the population, scare them, in order to pass things you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to.  In order to push agendas on an unsuspecting public jumping at media created shadows and ”domestic terror” boogeymen.

It is no accident that legislation like CISPA is in Congress right now.  Neither is it a coincidence that Common Core resistance has picked up momentum as citizens begin to educate one another on this government/corporate collusion that will fundamentally work to destroy public education as we know it.  It isn’t an accident that there is an increasing militarization of our local police forces.  It is not random that the president is set to join the GOP in cutting social safety nets and enacting measures of American Austerity.

Wednesday, the IMF released a report that said we are on the brink of a world-wide economic crisis.  Apple shares dropped today on signs of missed revenue and lagging sales.  The stock market continues to climb as our Fed has made $85 billion dollars a month available to big banks.  This has allowed corporations to merge and expand on our tax dollars, sending the market into the stratosphere, while having no effect on the people whose money is being given away.  The rich continue to get rich, the poor continue to pay the tab.

The events in Boston, regardless of who was responsible (a suspect has been taken into custody as I am writing this), set the stage for tightening the noose around us while singing praises to those who would tie it to a tree.  The media cannot heap enough praise on DHS and the rise of our police and surveillance state.  They will say it has led to a quick capture, minimizing the potential for other acts of terror.  They will create a characature out of whomever is responsible.  Based on the rudimentary components of the bombs, pressure cookers, ball bearings and nails, and with the narrative already set in place through government and media, almost certainly it will be someone matching the description of a ”domestic terrorist”.  Almost certainly, the person will sound like many of us, who are tired of a government that no longer serves them.

It is no accident that, while these events unfold around us, we are seeing land grabs at the local level.   It is no accident that we are seeing sales taxes being introduced in favor of cutting the taxes for the wealthy.  It is no accident that Ameren now has effective control over our shore line.  It is no accident that EEZ’s and Article 600 has been considered by our county officials.

It is no coincidence that Lake Ozark has passed an ordinance that violates free speech and the ability to protest at official meetings.  Those who would commit crimes against us would rather not have to hear our opposition.

The Boston Marathon blasts will lead to an escalation of police state tactics.  This is an inevitable conclusion, one drawn from all-too recent experience.  It is not an accident that it comes now, as we are putting down our party banners and focusing on those who would truly do us harm.

Those of us who see the truth, who see the working parts of a mechanism of corruption, will not be silent in the wake of Boston.  Instead, we will realize that it is that much more urgent to work together against a government that no longer serves us.  We realize the time to stand is now and we will do so, shoulder to shoulder.

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High Brothers, Hartzler and Hatred – The theft of your rights

Much has been made of corporate influence and corruption in Washington politics.  It is understood now, in our post “Citizens’ United” world, that money donated directly equates to access to and influence over, politicians.  There have been generic cries of outrage over a system that favors oligarchs, but we are rarely offered a hometown look at these relationships and the repercussions they have on the community at large.  Fortunate then, that as I was sitting at a traffic light, staring me in the face was the perfect example of this destructive parasitic relationship.

High Brothers Lumber and Home Center has been a member of the Camden County business community since 1979.  While no one can say for certain how long ownership has endorsed stealing the liberties of their clients and customers, it can be said that their recent enthusiasm for these extreme ideas is bubbling over.  A trip to their place of business, located on South Hwy 5 just outside of Camdenton, Missouri, finds one under the Gadsen flag, the chosen symbol for Tea Partiers in the area. 

Its slogan, ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ matches the view of High Brothers Lumber and Home Center ownership perfectly, as I learned sitting at the aforementioned traffic light. In front of me was one of High Brothers’ trucks, painted up in a gaudy style that resembled a NASCAR machine.  On the left side of the rear bumper however, was something that stood out like a blazing neon sign.  There, displayed proudly for all to see, was a sticker endorsing Vigilant Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s 4th District and her ongoing war against liberty. 

Hartzler has voted in favor of making it a felony to protest anyone under Secret Service protection.  She has voted in favor of the NDAA, which allows the government to apprehend and detain you indefinitely without charge or warrant.  She has voted to extend the Patriot Act. 

She has had Missourians arrested in her office. 

Her town hall meetings, with the doomsday projections of our debt, armed police guard and threats have the look and feel ofGermanyin the late 1930’s. 

No gays.  No contraception.  No abortion.  No Medicare.  No Medicaid.  No Social Security.  No rules for business, at all.  No public post office or education.  No public welfare, only corporate.

No peace.

Yes, to the constant state of war.  Yes, give more breaks to Big Oil.  Yes, impose a religious belief through legislation.  Yes, sell off government holdings to private companies.  Yes, shred the Constitution and the Rights bestowed upon us by birth.  Yes to oppression.  Yes, allow big banks to go unpunished for the theft of our treasury while writing laws to allow for even more fraudulent practices (JOBS Act).  Yes, cut tax rates on corporations and the wealthy.  Yes, pass that burden on to the rest of us via a 10% income tax no one is exempt from.  

We expect no more from Vigilant Vicky Hartzler, who was paid $1,485, 076.00 to run for office and then to cast votes in favor of the aforementioned positions.  In fact, of all Vicky Hartzler’s top contributors for the above time frame (2010 election and voting through mid 2011) with one lone exception, were from OUTSIDE Missouri’s 4th.

 From them, I would expect such impersonal treachery.

 High Brothers Lumber and HomeCenter is the local face of Vicky Hartzler, while she is whoring out our country and legislating us all into submission.

 From them,  I would expect better.

Government Overreach

This past Thursday, Representative Vicky Hartzler made stops around Missouri’s Fourth District in town hall/meet and greet events.  The picture that emerges from this trip across MO 4 is not a particularly flattering one for the first term politician. 

 

On April 5, Hartzler visited Warrensburg, Sedalia, Warsaw and Clinton.  From 10:00 AM until 5 PM, the Representative gave us a clear picture of her agenda moving forward in her first term in Congress. 

 

Her tour began in Warrensburg with a very particular tone and message.  The police would maintain order if necessary. “Disruptions and rudeness will not be tolerated,” her Chief of Staff was reported to have remarked under a doomsday-style debt counter. 

 

While in Warrensburg and to a small group, she went on to promote parts of her pro-corporate agenda, which includes:

 

Maintain and further lower taxes on the wealthy and corporations.

 

Cut social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and food stamps.

 

Continue a crusade against rules and regulations that ‘restrict’ corporations and ‘job creators’.

 

Maintain historically high levels of defense spending.

 

In Sedalia, she repeated the same themes, from debt odometer and police presence to threats of China holding “29 % of US foreign debt” and warning of their “military buildup” to the imminent danger the Social Security Trust is in. 

 

She promoted lowering the tax rates on corporations and the wealthy to 25%.  To make up the difference in lost revenue, she supports a 10% tax on the rest of us.

 

In what quickly devolved into an intellectual downward spiral, Hartzler attempted to frighten the crowd with fears of Chinese spy technology.  When it was correctly pointed out how much US technology is tied to Chinese factories (such as the notorious ties between Apple and the Chinese corporation, Fox Conn. Their ‘employees’ commit suicide in order to escape.), Hartzler said she would look into it and make sure it stopped immediately. 

 

In the next breath she held China as the business model she hopes to see the US to aspire to.  The way to compete with factories who can force people to view suicide as a reasonable escape is clear, according to Hartzler. Placate ‘job-creators’, deregulate and create a more “business-friendly” environment. 

Ironically, Obama signed into law on the same day the JOBS Act, which effectively further deregulates the banking industry to a laughable extent exposing millions of Americans to financial ruin as the rules of Wall Street fall away, allowing them access to previously protected retirement funds, among other things.

 

Hartzler went on to profess her doubts about the President’s citizenship, as well, but minimized her own concerns, stating: 

 

“I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they claim it is, so we are just going to go with that.”

 

Blind consent and claimed ignorance is a recurring theme with Hartzler. 

 

Later, in Clinton, when asked about her vote on HR 347, which makes it a felony to protest anyone under Secret Service protection,  Hartzler said:

 

(The excerpt below is from a two-part report from Michael Bersen and Show-Me Progress on Hartzler’s stop in Clinton)

 

Uh, that’s what, uh, everybody I talked to, uh, you know, has said before the vote. And then afterwards we had a lot of, you know, people have been saying this ’cause it’s been going around the Internet that it takes away your free speech rights, but I double checked with attorneys and, and legal experts and they tell me that’s not the case. Uh, like I said, there’s a lot of misinformation. But, trust me, if, if it turns out there is a problem with that, I mean, I’ll be the first to vote against. I did support it at the time. It was, like I said, not controversial. Nobody called. I mean, it was, everybody said, oh, it was a simple bill, fix a, a, oversight in the statutes, so. But, keep, keep, uh, keep me apprised. If you hear anything different, if there comes problems in the, if, you know, somebody gets arrested for protesting, using a free speech, let me know. ‘Cause we’ll, we’ll vote to try and change it if we need to. You bet. Thanks for bringing that up.

Wow.

 

“…if, you know, somebody gets arrested for protesting, using free speech, let me know.”

“Cause we’ll vote to try and change it if we need to.  You bet.”

 

 

Hartzler stands on the frontlines of the War on American’s Rights.

 

With votes in favor of the NDAA, which allows for the warrantless apprehension and detention of American citizens without charge or trial, and her aforementioned support of (HR 347) a law that now makes protesting against anyone with Secret Service protection a felony, Hartzler has declared a very distinct legislative path.

 

Vicky Hartzler, by virtue of her voting record, has declared war on the Constitutional Rights of the citizens of the United States and MO 4. 

 

Her office has enforced the threats of her Chief of Staff, as they HAVE arrested those who seek a conversation.  Dissent will not be tolerated. Vicky Hartzler does indeed practice as she preaches.  She backs her extreme positions with the conviction of action. 

 

Vigilant Vicky Hartzler marches in perfect goosestep to the drumbeat of her constituents, and with each passing day and each successive vote we are learning it is an agenda that has a shocking historic precedent. 

 

We should have no fear however, as Hartzler’s faith is an “important part” of her life, as noted by the Daily Star Journal’s J.C. Ventimiglia in Warrensburg.  (NPG, the corporation that owns the Daily Star Journal, offers no free content.  As a result, I cannot include the rest of their coverage of the event.)  Hartzler’s record reflects a somewhat questionable moral compass, however.

 

A click on Hartzler’s official website reveals much.  Here, she uses a local problem in the Lake of the Ozarks area as an example of “government overreach” and a reason to use a manufactured crisis to do away with corporate rules. She also uses this site as a platform through which to impose a religious code on others in what appears to be a prolonged campaign designed to undo the separation of church and state.  The latest front opened in this advance of religion through government is to claim a woman’s sovereign right to privately use birth control is somehow a violation of someone else’s religious freedom.  In fact, it is an excuse to instead impose an employer’s religious view, through legislation designed to ‘protect religious freedom’, on their employees.  Perhaps this is what Hartzler meant by making Missouri and our country more “business-friendly”. 

 

To be fair to Hartzler, she was not alone in her rush to appease her benefactors.  To add context, Hartzler’s march across MO 4 comes along with a meeting with leaders in Jefferson City on how to best “protect and promote” Missouri’s military bases in the face of potential downsizing.  The best way to do that is to pass a rapid fire pro-corporate agenda that benefits companies such as Boeing.  In the rush to sell out Missouri, we have Cushing, the precursor for Keystone, cutting across our state and employers who will soon be able to dictate your bedroom behavior to their liking.

 

The Missouri State Senate weighed in on the birth control issue last week. They decided an employer’s religious views supercede a woman’s right to choose how to treat her body, to say nothing of the disgusting intrusion of privacy this presents. They also passed pro-corporate legislation designed to put Missouri’s workers at the mercy of the corporations, all in an effort to ease the minds of “job creators”.  They have repeatedly overturned the will of the people of this state in order to satisfy those who contribute most to their campaigns. 

 

Here, in my county of Camden, the local political leadership, along with the local branch of the Missouri Ministry of Truth, Gatehouse Media’s Lake Sun, is attempting to assume their way to passing a measure that would subsidize a tax break for the big ticket purchases made by the wealthy.  They are skillful in their sales pitch and their choice of language, as has been noted elsewhere in this blog, in attempting to tell a population whose median family income is $40,695 they must subsidize a tax break for the big ticket purchases of the wealthy, i.e. boats.

 

The people in this county are hurting financially and they would threaten us with cuts to our road service if we don’t accept the deal they are offering.   In my community, we are already at the mercy of Big Oil every day, and a trip to Camdenton’s Wal-Mart tells you all you need to know about a corporation.   The suddenly antiquated notion of customer service that built Sam Walton’s company is inconvenient and costs too much to keep up. Now, they hardly have any checkout lines open, forcing customers to wait in long lines.  This produces better bottom lines and besides, where else are you going to go and what else are you going to do? 

 

The media of the Ministry of Truth in MO 4 endorses it because it is in the best interest of their ownership to do so.  There is a profit motivation to create an ignorant, uninformed population.  The trip to Wal-Mart and to fill up says so.

 

The result of this philosophy has been Vicky Hartzler and her assault on our rights, the ultimate government overreach.