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.
We are standing here, like Revolutionary soldiers next to a dying fire on the eve of battle. We have felt the weight of our responsibilies on our shoulders, we have felt their noose as it has begun to tighten, choking off a way of life. We have seen first hand, tyranny’s black hand draw closer and closer into a fist. We have watched as our will, the will of the people, has been exchanged in a series of back room deals by unscrupulous politicians and dirty benefactors. We have watched as the illusion of democracy has begun to fade like a distant dream. It knows no bounds. It is blind to party alignment.
There is a prevailing sense of calm around our campfire. One look around and you will see weariness. You will also see resolve, enthusiasm and determination. We know the feelings of our forefathers, when the winds of change began to blow. We know ours is a long road. The way is hard. Seldom is the right path the easy one.
There have been defeats. Despite best intentions, there have been failures. Though they discourage us, they do not define us.
Our cause is righteous. It is just. It is good. From that noble cause comes the cold, uniquely American steel in which we are all formed. All of us, each citizen, have a birthright that is also uniquely American. Whatever we have become, whatever has been done in our names, behind closed doors, Americans are born of rebel blood. Revolution is our birth right. It is our greatest legacy. Patriots, of different backgrounds, religions and beliefs joined together against a tyrannical government. Against taxation without representation. Our Founding Fathers’ shrugged off the chains of oppression, the machinations of power and gave full throated voice to their cause. They knew it was better to die free than to live as a subject.
Through defeat comes understanding and from that understanding, confidence. Confidence that we will defend our common ground with a common purpose against common threats.
I have made mistakes. I have lashed out against those who would seek to protect our children from initiatives such as Common Core. I did so without better understanding what the three school board members were standing in opposition to. I did so without taking the time to pay attention. I was guilty of ignoring what was right in front of me. For that and for shouting ‘obstructionist’ without being better educated, I am truly sorry. I acted no better than those I seek to hold accountable. I was looking at the world through partisan glasses.
To Laura Martin, I apologize. While I appreciate the more concice nature of a lantern, we need you in the sunshine. I apologize for any blisters I may have caused you and your family. To Mr. Beckett and Mr. B, I offer my humble apologies as well. I was wrong.
From that defeat however, the most glorious rebirth. From those losses suffered during a bloody election battle, we have found that we stand back to back. From these lessons, we have learned and, we have learned well.
Those of us who would stand together on this smoky battlefield are unbeatable. We are undeniable. We the people, the 99%. Together, in this place, at this time, we are righteous in our anger and we embrace its fury.
Forces are gathering against us, we know them all too well. We know their tools, of intimidation, of desperation. We understand that they will bring them to bear. It justifies our actions, replaces our fears and trepidations with the fire of purpose. It allows us to stand here together, against all odds. The same as it was for the Founders, it is for us. Those of us who would stand together, under one banner, for one cause are united. United as one, divided by zero. Invincible against those who would seek to take our liberties and our way of life.
Those of us who would stand together, to fight for our freedoms and our children, understand the ideas expressed by the Forefathers. Liberty or death. Patriots dissent. Those who would give away security for liberty deserve neither. We understand we are out-gunned and out-financed. We know it doesn’t matter. This is about all of us. It isn’t about them. We know that now. We have seen behind the curtain. We know the truth.
If we can stand together, we cannot fail.
We clad ourselves in the armor of our loved ones, we put down our banners. We pick up our swords. We fulfill our birthright and bring about a revolution in thinking. A revolution of knowledge. A revolution built on truth. A revolution of understanding.
The time to stand is now.
By Keith Broekemeier
Guns! Guns! Guns!
There has been a lot of talk lately about new gun control laws since the Sandy Hook shooting. Most are in favor of some of these laws like the universal background check. Some are dead set against some of these laws like a new ban on assault weapons or magazine size.
The main result of this is to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals. I always read post and comments that say “none of these new laws will stop the criminals from getting their hands on them”. So I asked myself, how do these criminals obtain these weapons? What I have found is quit shocking.
Most would think that theft is the most common way criminals obtain guns.
In reality most guns used in crimes are not stolen from private gun owners.
According to the ATF stolen guns account for only 10% to 15% of gun crimes. There are a number of sources that allow guns to fall into the wrong hands, with gun thefts at the bottom of the list. One of the most common ways criminals obtain guns is through Straw purchases. A Straw purchase occurs when someone who may not legally acquire a firearm, or wants to do so anonymously has a companion buy it on there behalf. So several underage people can walk into a store with an adult pick what they want and have the adult make the purchase for them. This is illegal, but does not store owners from making these sales.
The next biggest source of illegal gun transactions where criminals get guns are sales made by legally licensed but corrupt at-home and commercial gun dealers. A ATF report states that out of 120,370 seized guns used in crimes 27.7% were traced back to a FFL dealer within 2 years of the purchase. When arrestees were asked how they obtained these guns 56% said they paid cash, 15% said it was a gift, 10% said the borrowed it, 8% said they made a trade, while 5% said they were stolen.
ATF agent Jay Wachtel (an expert on crime gun patterns) said, it would help if we had a better monitoring of the activities of legally licensed gun dealers. This means examining FFL paperwork to see where their guns are being sold legally. Law enforcement agencies don’t have that information because of the federal blockage of gun tracing data.
Another response I hear all the time is “why don’t we enforce the laws we already have”. This is a very good point. Here is why. The ATF started in 1972 they employed 2500 agents at that time, so you would think in 2013 that the ATF would have a lot more agents. The fact is we have less. We only have about 2000 agents working in the field today. It’s hard for 2000 agents to enforce laws with a country of 360 million people. That’s just common sense.
When I was doing this research I wondered how many people have been killed by use of a gun in this country. The number is staggering. From 1960 tell now there has been 1.3 million gun related deaths, from suicides to homicides, etc. Now, I wondered how many have been killed in all the wars we have fought as a country from the Revolutionary War tell now. We have lost approximately 1.2 million people in all the wars combined. That is just crazy I think. We have lost more people to gun deaths in the last 50 years than we have in all the battles we have fought. So the next time you hear about the issue of gun control take a minute and really think about that.
I am all for the Second Amendment ( A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the rights of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed).
“Well regulated” this stands out to me.
1. To control or direct by a rule, principle, etc.
2. To adjust to some standard or requirement as for amount degree etc.
3. To adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation
4. To put in good order.
We hold this right dear, this right also comes with responsibility.
Info taken from: ATF wikipedia, New York Times, Frontline: Hot guns, Number of deaths in American wars wikipedia, vpc.org