- Several billion people in the world - including myself
- are wondering why:
- * America is hellbent on destroying its own Constitution.
The first Patriot Act torpedoed most of it, but now the new Patriot Act
II - currently under wraps and about to be deployed secretly for a rigged
vote in Congress - actually contains a provision to revoke the citizenship
of American citizens if they are deemed to be connected with a terrorist
organization. This decision would require no proof, only an assertion by
the government. It means that people who attend peace protests are now
eligible for indefinite detention without access to lawyers or phone calls
to family. To be clear, it means quite literally that America is no longer
a free country, and that its citizens are no longer Constitutionally protected
from arbitrary punishment by its war-mad government.
- Several billion people don't understand why all Americans
aren't out screaming in the streets that their freedom has been taken away
by rich fascists who don't tell the truth about anything.
- * Nobody is talking about the experiments by an
Israeli astronaut that may have brought down space shuttle Columbia. Despite
controversial photos of lightning hitting the craft, and knowledge that
Ilan Ramon was working on a new way to spy on Iraq, the phrase "americium-242"
- which is apparently the new technology to take us to Mars - remains hidden
from the public. As Yoichi Clark Shimatsu wrote: "The negative charge
of the high-energy electron pulse from the americium-242 would attract
the positive charge of the gas plasma generated by sprites (lightning is
positive in the upper elevations) .... A lightning burst would account
for the sudden surge in temperature, the immediate shutdown of heat sensors
and communications systems (why the ghostly "last words" were
never transmitted to NASA monitors), and for the tumbling that sent Columbia,
a flaming chariot of the heavens, to her doom." Ramon was testing
an infrared spy camera that can see through clouds.
- * Anyone believes these "terror alerts"
so frequently declared by the American government. More people are beginning
to notice that these things are called for one of two reasons: either when
some nasty bit of political revelation threatens to further tarnish the
already-trashed reputation of the Bush regime - as most recently when Secretary
of State Powell used plagiarized material to impress the world about how
dangerous Iraq was - or, when the Bush regime wants to clandestinely sneak
another repressive legislative measure past American's comatose Congress,
as it does now, with Patriot Act II. Because the spinoff stories completely
seize control of the attention of the prostituted major news media, these
terror alerts are clearly meant to distract the public from the actual
news, as in the current case, which is the dismantling of the Constitution,
and the continued coverup of Bush financial crimes.
- * There has never been an effort to investigate
the events of 9/11 and explain what happened on this sad day to the general
public. Clearly most of the several billion - including myself - believe
that the reason is obvious: because the people who did the crime are doing
the coverup. How else could eight of the named hijackers still be alive?
A good point made by a friend the other day was that how could Osama bin
Laden have been praising the devotion of suicide hijackers when eight of
them were still alive. Or how about: how does Colin Powell already know
what bin Laden is saying before the TV station which is going to reveal
the piece has done so? Did you know al-Jazeera used to be a BBC outlet?
Who is bin Laden, what is his purpose, and who does he really work for?
- * Few people are raising questions about the obviously
false statements we have been told about 9/11? Why did it take 28 minutes
for flight controllers to notify NORAD two planes had been hijacked when
the average time to do so in such a case is 3 minutes? Why were fighters
scrambled from a base 180 miles away when seven other bases had fighter
jets ready that could have done the job in a fraction of the time? Why
was FEMA in New York the night before the crashes? Why did those fires
at the base of the towers burn for 100 days? Why did Bush read a book for
a half hour when he knew two planes had hit and two more were hijacked?
Why was the binLadin family flown out of the country when all flights were
grounded? Why did the FBI chief say we had no warning this was coming and
everybody else in the FBI say we had plenty of warning? Who did make the
billions of dollars from all those put options on two airlines the day
before the attacks? These are only a fraction of the question the government
continues to cover up, as several billions of people know.
- * All the targets of American aggression in recent
history have been former allies who were armed and supported by Washington,
but then suddenly "went bad." Saddam and Osama bin Laden are
only the latest examples. Iraq was a staunch U.S. ally when it was using
chemical weapons sold by Donald Rumsfeld against Iran. Osama bin Laden
was the recipient of billions of U.S. aid when he was involved in fighting
the Soviets. Panama's Manuel Noriega was a personal friend of the first
President Bush when he suggested he was going to blow the whistle on American
drug smuggling; soon, 5,000 Panamanians were killed by U.S. soldiers and
Noriega's doing 40 in a Supermax. How does it happen that who America supports
with guns and money soon become America's enemies? Is there an American
formula to "set up" other countries with military aid only for
the purpose of creating threats to be combatted in the future? It is very
easy to read history in this way, and it makes you wonder who Saddam and
Osama are actually working for, not to mention Yasir Arafat. Will we soon
invade Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and all those Stans to whom we have recently
given so much money?
- * There is no legitimate opposition party in Washington,
D.C. Zealous American patriots, many of whom voted for George W. Bush,
used to castigate the Soviet Union as being an evil one-party dictatorship,
but given the recent votes in Congress, how can there be any doubt that
the United States has become " or perhaps has always been " a
one-party state? Only eight senators voted against continuing America's
falsely framed aggression against Iraq. Virtually the entire Congress voted
for Patriot Act I without even reading it, according to Rep. Ron Paul,
the principled Texas congressman who has undoubtedly been targeted for
deportation by Jewish groups. Virtually the entire Congress accepts the
premise that Iraq should be invaded because it represents a threat to the
United States, when in fact, this sanctions-ravaged country is not even
a threat to its nearest neighbors.
- It is crystal clear to billions of people around
the world that the United States is doing the bidding of Israel, which
controls vital communications and financial systems in the U.S. and plans
to conduct the mass expulsion of Palestinians once the U.S. provides adequate
cover with its invasion of Iraq.
- * There are no actual human beings among the world's
leaders. In all of the discussions about how to split up Iraq, there has
been no discussion by any of the principal leaders of the world about the
people of Iraq, who have been savaged by 12 years of unrelenting bombing,
and continue to suffer from the effects of illegal bombing and poisonous
uranium contamination, all approved by not only the American people but
by the populations of all its major allies as well. Even Germany, France,
and Russia, who recently have expressed support for additional moves to
forestall the cynical American invasion, are not doing it to protect the
millions of innocent people who will surely be killed or injured by such
an invasion. They're doing it because they want to get more leverage when
Iraq's oil is stolen by the capitalist vigilantes who covet it.
- * Why are we so willing to throw away our freedom?
The obviously false pronouncements that we hear everyday are merely justifications
for the robbery and enslavement of all the world's people by the evil men
who control our money, our media, and our beliefs. They believe that they
can buy their friends. They believe that if you give someone enough money,
those who accept these bribes will look the other way when their neighbors
are killed. The "blackmail, terror and mass murder" President
Bush speaks of are not something the U.S. and its allies are combatting,
they are things the U.S. is perpetrating. This is the Orwellian doublespeak
that now assails us.
- The famous Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti
once described the difference between an individual and a human being.
An individual is someone who is concerned only with aspects of his own
life; a true human being is concerned with aspects of the lives of every
person in the whole world.
- We are on the cusp of a new world. Whether we advance
toward a new age of enlightened empathy and understanding or regress back
into the dark ages of traditionally secret political manipulation is a
question that currently hangs in the balance.
- Perhaps a billion people all over the world will
be out on the streets Saturday (2/15/03) to express which way they hope
this question will go. There are demonstrations against the unjust invasion
of Iraq planned in virtually every American city. Find out where it is
and go. If you don't, there may come a day - and maybe real soon - when
- John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the coast
of Florida and is very encouraged that anti-war protests are being scheduled
in even some of the smallest towns around the world. You won't hear it
on TV, because TV is the corporate enemy, but virtually everyone with a
brain is against what's happening in the world right now. If anyone is
for it, it's because they are being paid to be for it. Don't let our freedom
slip away. Say something.