Monday, December 1, 2008

Goodnight Mumbai

And goodnight to George Harrison where ever you are.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

John F. Kenney On an Open Society


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blackwater Exploiting Piracy Crisis off the Coast of Somalia

Here is some breaking news that may indicate why the US Navy announced this week that "it can't be everywhere" and therefore chose not to intervene in the Saudi Oil Tanker Incident:

The American security company Blackwater is planning to cash in on the rising threat of piracy by launching a flotilla of gunboats for hire by shipping companies.

The firm, which gained international notoriety when its staff killed civilians in Iraq, has already equipped one vessel, the McArthur, which will carry up to 40 armed guards and have a landing pad for an attack helicopter.

The McArthur, a former survey ship, arrives in the Gulf of Aden, the scene of high-profile hijackings and shootouts with Somali pirates, at the end of the year.

It is to be joined by three or four similar vessels over the next year to form the company's private navy.
We saw this coming over the last couple of months, long before piracy off the Somali coast was pushed by the press as
"a problem":

"Blackwater Worldwide today announced that its 183-foot ship, the McArthur, stands ready to assist the shipping industry as it struggles with the increasing problem of piracy in [Somalia's] Gulf of Aden," the firm says in a statement. "As a company founded and run by former Navy SEALs, with a 50,000-person database of former military and law enforcement professionals, Blackwater is uniquely positioned to assist the shipping industry."

Somali pirates have hit commercial vessels 100 times, just in this year. The U.S. Navy and its allies have admitted than they don't have a big enough fleet to ensure every ship's safety. So ship owners are now reaching out to Blackwater for protection, according to Executive Vice President Bill Matthews.

It's not exactly a brand-new idea. Mercenaries have been battling pirates for a good eight centuries, off and on. Back in 2005, the Somali government tried to hire a U.S. security contractor for maritime protection -- only to have the company fall victim to scandal. This June, there were conflicting reports that a French security outfit had won a $150 million deal to take the American firm's place. One U.S. admiral even joined in the pirate-fighting mercenary chorus, allegedly. But it "raises more legal issues than anyone could possibly count."

Meanwhile, Blackwater is looking for new income streams, as its business protecting diplomats and executives in Iraq looks increasingly fragile. Blackwater employees are protecting missile interceptors in Japan, schooling Taiwan's secret police, and rescuing blonds in Kenya. The company is assembling a private fleet of airplanes, helicopters, and spy blimps. And let's not forget about Blackwater's work after Katrina in New Orleans. Maybe the company will get a chance to follow up another mess.
In fact, by the time they made that noble offer they had already begun remodeling light ships, such as the geophysical survey ship, The MacArthur seen in the photo, equipping them with heliports and quick offloading speedboats.

Blackwater's 183-foot vessel MacArthur underway. The ship is based in Norfolk with a 14-person crew, and is ready to deploy with small rigid-hull boats and helicopters to provide escort. (Blackwater photo)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Alan Keyes Files Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Right to Serve

It's the birth certificate issue again.

Alan Keyes, 2008 American Independent Party candidate, filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court today challenging Barack Obama's right to serve under the Constitution that specifies that candidates for the presidency must be "natural born" citizens of the United States.

The suit demands that Obama produce a certificate of live birth from a hospital in Hawaii to prove his status as natural born. More specifically, the suit petitions the State of California and it's Secretary of State to withhold Californian's electoral votes from Obama at its meeting of electoral delegates in December unless he can provide documentary proof of his "natural born" status.

The suit asserts that the Hawaiian hospital that claims it holds the certificate on file but will not release it has not provided sufficient evidence to show proof of "natural born" citizenship. Under Hawaiian law, a birth certificate can be issued in Hawaii if the parents are citizens of Hawaii but the child does not actually have to be born in Hawaii. The suit asserts that if this was the basis for issuance of Obama's certificate it does not meet the requirement that he be a "natural born" citizen under the United States Constitution. Here is the portion of the petition for writ of mandate that makes that point of contention:
74. A press release was issued on October 31, 2008, by the Hawaii Department of Health by its Director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino. Dr. Fukino said that she had “personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Senator Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.” That statement failed to resolve any of the questions being raised by litigation and press accounts. Being “on record” could mean either that its contents are in the computer database of the department or there is an actual “vault” original.

75. Further, the report does not say whether the birth certificate in the “record” is a Certificate of Live Birth or a Certificate of Hawaiian Birth. In Hawaii, a Certificate of Live Birth resulting from hospital documentation, including a signature of an attending physician, is different from a Certificate of Hawaiian Birth. For births prior to 1972, a Certificate of Hawaiian Birth was the result of the uncorroborated testimony of one witness and was not generated by a hospital. Such a Certificate
could be obtained up to one year from the date of the child’s birth. For that reason, its value as prima facie evidence is limited and could be overcome if any of the allegations of substantial evidence of birth outside Hawaii can be obtained. The vault (long Version) birth certificate, per Hawaiian Statute 883.176 allows the birth in another State or another country to be registered in Hawaii. Box 7C of the vault Certificate of Live Birth contains a question, whether the birth was in Hawaii or another State or Country. Therefore, the only way to verify the exact location of birth is to review a certified copy or the original vault Certificate of Live Birth and compare the name of the hospital and the name and the signature of the doctor against the birthing records on file at the hospital noted on the Certificate of the Live Birth.
Adding to the controversy, a Video has been posted to YouTube that claims Obama was born in Kenya. Someone does not want this man to be president.

Here is a PDF copy of the lawsuit filed today in Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento. There are purportedly five other lawsuits pending that make the same challenge.

The rides not over. The Right-Wing didn't get to sing and its not over till their fat lady from the Wagnerian opera "does her thang."

Brünnhilde Palin

This breaking news report has been cross-posted to the writer's blog at:
Open Salon: Southern Perspectives

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama Initiates 2012 Presidential Campaign; Selects Rahm Emanuel as Chief-of-Staff

Obama's caution in last night's victory speech that "change" will not happen all at once is not encouraging in the light of today's announcement of Rahm Emanuel's selection as chief of staff.

I. First, during the primaries, he tip-toed away from his commitment to Progressives to limit the influence of lobbyists. This is the bedrock of change; you simply cannot restore the Republic without limiting the influence of the lobbies.

The lobbies were the financial engine employed by Tom DeLay in the complete and utter destruction of the
democratic process in the House of Representatives.

The largest o
f these is the Israel Lobby, followed by the National Rifle Association. Bankers and other corporatists employ a variety of lobbies but they were all being organized under the "K-Street Project"in Washington D.C. by the minions of Tom DeLay and his comrade in corruption, lobbyist organizer Jack Abramoff.

II. The second sign of the betrayal was Obama's surprise vote in favor of the renewal and upgrade of the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) along with the immunity provision for the telecommunications companies, a provision that all but eliminates any hope that the National Security Agency (NSA) can be effectively investigated in their use of "offshore" telecom companies to spy on the American people.

Interestingly, the central telecoms involved, who NSA and the Neocon Pentagon wished to protect, were those "offshore" in Tel Aviv under private contract along with with Mossad and CIA sigintel crews operating
on-site, among whom were telecoms involved in the intel that warned against the terrorist strikes on 9-11 but, as it is now alleged, were ignored by the Bush Administration leaving open the question of complicity by the Office of the Vice President in facilitating the attacks. If true, it opens the Bush Administration to charges of high treason and the use of terrorism against the American people as an act of (false-flag) provocation in order to initiate a region-wide war of adventurism in the middle east.

Obama had changed his mind to vote with the Bush Administration on
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) literally over a weekend where he was under intense pressure from his Indiana colleague Rahm Emanuel and the threat from the McCain Campaign to use a no-vote as evidence that Obama is weak on security issues. Members of Congress were denied access by the Administration to a list of telecoms the immunity provision would affect, an unusual act of disrespect indicating a lack of trust and/or the desire for a guarded outcome by manipulation for the expected rubber stamp from a compliant, indeed possibly criminally complicit, Congress.

III. The third event in this time line happened almost immediately
after the vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He met with the Israeli Lobby, speaking before AIPAC and followed-up with a visit to Israel. All the while Joe Lieberman played the roll of yapping dog biting at the seat of his pants throughout this entire period of change.

From a progressive-pandering candidate of the people who recognized the paramount prerequi
site of limiting lobbies and special interests in the great task of rescuing democracy from the plundering hands of the Corporatists and Neocons, Barack Obama moved under the Shadow of the wings of the Great Shades of the right-wing in what seemed like only weeks.

And now Obama wants us to accept Rahm Emanuel? The "pit-bull" of big-donor fund raising? The Jack Abramoff of the Democratic Party? The former Bill & Hillary Clinton "New Democrat" apparatchic? I'm sorry, that is just too in-your-face. And what separates Rahm Emanuel from Joe Lieberman is that Emanuel never had to change parties in order to overtly expedite his dual loyalties.

So going into an Obama Administration that touts change in Washington as well as the withdrawal of forces from Iraq, the very first appointment Obama makes is a cross between Jack Abramoff and Joe Lieb
erman with the added nuance that Emanuel served in the Israeli Defense Forces under wartime conditions, hails from a family of -- let's call his father a "Zionist paramilitary insurgent" to be kind -- and holds dual citizenship in both the United States and Israel.

This is a major red flag that cannot be ignored. There is more th
an naiveté going on here on the part of a president elect, unfamiliar with the nuances of foreign policy and the contrivances of K-Street who wishes to demonstrate loyalty to an extremely talented Chicago collegue. Here, in the minds of Progressives from every quarter, we have the suspicion of a sell-out that some suspect was planned from the very beginning and approved by the Israeli Lobby.

If indeed, this is part of some lobbyist conspiracy that Obama hasn't yet figured out, this is as sinister as it gets. If his appointment of Emanuel in predicated on a calulated political gamble that he will be able to control the volitile and aggressive Emanuel, Obama reveals himself as overly optomistic and prone to take unnecessary risk as the boldest members of the Kennedy dynasty. Th
e selection of dual citizen Rahm Emanuel doesn't just smack of lobbies, it stinks to high heaven of APAC-Likud influence, of Bibi Netanyahu [on the right] and the extremist right-wing Zionism of Sheldon Adelson, the third richest man in America, 12th richest in the world, who sits on top of the largest money laundering operation in the world, the Las Vegas, Nevada, casino industry, which Adelson is using to fund the Netanyahu campaign in Israel.

Emanuel has already alienated himself from left-of-center Democratic stalwarts such as DNC Chairman Howard Dean and special issues philanthropist George Soros; although, their relationships were said to be on the mends going into the 2008 elections cycle. If former Clinton political adviser James Carville is still looking askance at Howard Dean, Dean can count the days before he is forced out since Obama's choice of Emanuel, if nothing else, indicates an alliance with the Clintons and their well-oiled political machine.

If the selection of Rahm Emanuel is indicative of Obama's current right-of-center political leanings, the betrayal by Obama of the Progressive Movement will not be undone soon, unless of course, Obama intuits that Progressives are part of a necessary coalition in order to insure a successful administration. And if the utility for personal exploitation is the criteria he imposes for his personnel and policy decissions, rather than the ideological needs for the restoration of repu
blican democracy, then Obama will very quickly be defined by his detrectors as the pandering narcissist some Progressives have already projected upon his dubious character, given numerous instances of insencerity, avoidance of taking stands before he can determine what's in it for him personally and, of course, his betrayals.

Indeed, with this appointment, it may already be to late for Obama to placate the Democratic Left. The now predictable ouster of Howard Dean will confirm the betrayal yet again and the Progressive Movement may well turn again to its favored son, Howard Dean, for a future challenge to Obama.

Many in this country think that Israel controls American
politics. They allow their antisemitism to drive their thinking from an emotional ground, one immersed in hate. It is just the opposite: The Zionist-Corporatist right-wing, its neoconservative aparatchicks in American government and a Zionist-Christianist American populist base controls Israeli politics.

More appropriately, we should describe it, as did Hillary, although indirectly, as a "vast right wing conspiracy," one that involves the largest of the lobbies that, in their aggregate, are responsible for the corruption of government with which Obama has pledged to change.

But "calling a spade a spade" doesn't go far enough. It's not just that the Israel Lobby is the largest of the lobbies and wields the most political power of any of the major lobbies simply by buying the candidates. It's not just that it implies an even greater risk to democracy that this lobby is dominated by internal right-wing forces of corporatism, shutting out the more moderate and progressive voices of the Jewish American community that seek to mitigate the extremist Zionism of their efforts. Even that seriously mendacious condition does not sound the alarms from "beyond the pale" as does the fact that this vastly powerful right-wing lobby, which has extended its tentacles via the interrelationship of the K-Street organization into virtually every lobbying wing in the United States, operates on behalf of the interests of a foreign nation -- a decidedly right-wing militarist foreign nation so paranoid for its existence as it render stability in the entire Middle East at risk with the coming ascension of its most extremest expression, the Likud Party under Benyamin Netanyahu.

And we didn't get enough of the Neocons with Scooter Libby, David Wolfowitz, David Wumzer, Elliott Abrams, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith?

My God, who will rescue us from these Corporatists and Neocons if not Obama? Does Obama have any idea what he's gotten himself into by making this apparent deal with the devil? Is this how he got elected. Did he cut a deal with them to get them not to commit election fraud against him? It this sounds over the top and I like a conspiracy theory fabulist, then you haven't been paying attention, dear reader.

Extending this discussion to the Vice President Elect, someone today said Joseph Biden is a good guy but also noted with caution that he proclaims himself to be a proud Zionist. Some would label Biden's pandering comments to Shalom TV the yammering of a politician. I confess that I don't know what to make of them.

But let's see, how long did it take? Obama was declared a winner last night around 11:00 PM and his announcement of Rahm Emanuel came at noon today! Let's hope he was only floating a name in order to gauge the American response. If that's the case, we should start making the phone calls first thing in the morning.

One thing seems predictable in Obama's strategy thus far: He is certain to avoid any decisions that threaten his current sweetheart relationship with the Isreal Lobby. If we can take him at his word when he warned last night in his victory speech from Grant Park in Chicago that we should not expect change to occurr overnight, we will see no change until he wins reelection in 2012, if then. His very first move, even before assuming office in January of 2009, was to initiate the reelection campaign of Obama-2012.


Will the Circle Be Unbroken? A Condolence

While I grieve and let go this evil that has possessed my soul for the past eight years, this cynical regime that exploited religion and instilled in me hatred for its leaders, I recall that even more immediately Barack Obama and his family will need time to let go and grieve as well -- that many of you here will experience a similar process and need a time to grieve.

Music is part of my family roots, particularly the music of the blue grass country and the Irish who carried it to these shores. It is a way through grief that opens the heart to spiritual healing.

My great-great grandfather watched the family plantation south of Atlanta burn while Sherman's soldiers poured molasses into my great grandmother's imported piano, breaking her heart and taking from her the final dignity.

One can sense the trauma and the defeat in my great-great grandfather's eyes in the family photo to the left. I am a son of the South, a grandson of her past tattered and defeated aristocracy. I know the suffering of a people enslaved and the people who enslaved them. The stories have burdened my conscience since childhood, even as racism continued to grip my family and I fought them.

I am a rebel against my extended family -- a true outsider, a man exiled from his own family traditions and yet I too have a mother whose memory lives on inside my grieving heart and because of her memory, my love for her, my respect for all those suffering and for Barack Obama's great victory tonight in the midst of his grief, a bitter-sweet victory, I offer this tribute from the hearts of people of the land, a land of the grasses that run blue in the springtime: A condolence to Barack Hussein Obama. May the lineage holders of all our parallel family narratives come together some day to sing a final dirge to The South and to the memories of family members we hold dear.

I regret deeply that Georgia did not join us tonight.

My grandfather was the Georgia state blue grass fiddle champion for so long they retired him and made him a judge so that the competition could continue before the contestants resigned. My father played on the radio for a time during the Great Depression. My youngest brother has the very fiddle that our great grandfather carried with him on military campaigns throughout the War Between the States. It was a bloody struggle. Some have still not surrendered.

For a Brief time in his youth, my father was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in Florida, one of the largest chapters in the South at the time. But when he was 19, having lied about his age in order to get a job as a bus driver busing the St. Louis Cardinals around during spring camp in Sarasota, the brakes on his bus went out on a regular run. He was unable to prevent his bus from plunging into a canal while traffic stopped ahead at a draw bridge. He was knocked unconscious. His porter, a young black man, went into the canal and pulled him out of the bus, saving his life. From that day, my father refused to attend another meeting of the Klan. I am so proud of him. He was named after Woodrow Wilson, one of the intellectual leaders of the Progressive Movement of the early 20th century.

Racism contaminated that movement.

Tonight looking at the electoral map, it is obvious to me that the war continues. The hatred lives on needlessly, tragically.

Ask yourself this: Who does this hatred benefit?


This narrative is crossposted to my blog at Open Salon:
Southern Perspectives; The Decline & Fall of the Southern Strategy

Obama Wins!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pax Amerikana in Decline: The Plundering Continues

In the wake of the Great Depression, and after a half-century struggle between the American people and the corporatist robber barons who were plundering -- and continue to plunder -- the great American continent for its natural resources, Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie posited a radical populist notion in the American progressive conscience: "This land is your land; this land is my land."

This is a folksong that continues to intrude upon the American conscience, a conscience grown dim after having entrusted all responsibility for the land and it's management into the hands of a cynical right-wing who has continued to facilitate the personal fortunes of the robber barons -- their cronies -- while manipulating their base of conservative evangelicals and dominionists with the grandiose delusion that this generation is the last -- that these are the "End Times," and that, therefore, the environment is of no pressing concern.

To those not given to such delusions, they have proffered outright lies and denials about global warming, denigrated the honest work of scientists, exploited the Christianist fear of science, sought to distract attention from the reality of the Earth's great climatological crisis, covered up the devastations facilitated through "fair trade agreements," and have continued to facilitate the plundering and contamination of our forests, our waters, our oil and gas reserves and other natural resources held in common by the people of this great land and they've done it in the name of free market economy. They have enlisted the corporatist-owned resources of the mainstream media against us in doing so.

Now, under cover of the national elections, these duplicitous Amerikan Corporatists, led by Bush & Company, are currently attempting to slip one by us in the waning days of The Regime. This is a self-serving affront by the neoliberal oligarchy that Bush represents against Justice and the common good:

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent Mon Nov 3, 5:02 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. presidential candidates sprint toward the finish line, the Bush administration is also sprinting to enact environmental policy changes before leaving power.

Whether it's getting wolves off the Endangered Species List, allowing power plants to operate near national parks, loosening regulations for factory farm waste or making it easier for mountaintop coal-mining operations, these proposed changes have found little favor with environmental groups.

The one change most environmentalists want, a mandatory program to cut climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, is not among these so-called "midnight regulations."

Bureaucratic calendars make it virtually impossible that any U.S. across-the-board action will be taken to curb global warming in this administration, though both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama have promised to address it if they win Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.

Even some free-market organizations have joined conservation groups to urge a moratorium on last-minute rules proposed by the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

[The article continues here]
The question remains: After we elect a new president, will he, Nancy Pelosi and a "Democratic" Congress allow the plundering and contamination of our economy, our natural resources and our very ecosystem to continue? Whose country is this, anyway?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tony Hillerman, Beloved Writer of Navajo Mystery Novels, Dies at 83

Acclaimed Author Tony Hillerman Dies at 83

The Associated Press
Monday, October 27, 2008; 1:57 AM

PHOENIX -- Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels and creator of two of the unlikeliest of literary heroes -- Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee -- died Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83.

Story continues here

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Judith Miller -- Pentagon OSP Media Disinformation Specialist Hired by Fox

Judith Miller -- former Pentagon OSP Media Disinformation Specialist -- is now working for Fox News, according to a report by Editor and Publisher published on October 20, 2008.

The CIA has always employed members of the press for disinformation purposes. The Georgetown social club became infamous for providing members of the press for CIA media campaigns during the Cold War.

The only difference here is that Judith Miller wasn't working directly for CIA; but rather, for the Neocon intelligence office in the Pentagon, the Office of Special Plans, as was Ahmed Chalabi, who was feeding her "all the news that's fit to print" as they traveled about Iraq together with the U.S. Marine Corpse pretending to be looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist.

In fact, due to the CIA "A-Team" conflict with the Neocon hawks of "B-Team" (who Cheney and Rumsfeld moved to the Pentagon to exploit), CIA was working to expose both Miller and Chalabi. Vice President Cheney rescued both of them after CIA raided Chalabi's Baghdad office, taking Chalabi's computers at the same time accusing him of working with the Iranians (a double feint, in that he was actually feeding the Iranians disinformation and the CIA both wanted to bust his role in helping Bush and Cheney fabricate a justification for the invasion of Iraq while reinforcing his standing with the Iranians, who were thinking all along they had him in their pocket as a double agent when he was in fact a triple agent working for OSP and Mossad on the promise he would be the new president of Iraq).

The sacking of Chalabi's Baghdad office by CIA was actually one of the hallmark events in the turfwar between CIA and the Neocon hawks of OSP. After CIA Director George Tenet took the fall for the "faulty intelligence" received by the Bush Administration, thus providing them cover from impeachment proceedings that a cooperative Congress wasn't about to initiate anyway, Cheney then let fall the Sword of Damocles. He never trusted CIA; now with the manufactured blame falling on CIA, he had the opportunity he'd always wanted and initiated a major purge. This further served his purpose of covering up the fact that the "faulty intelligence" that led to the invasion of Iraq had been manufactured under his authority; often under his direct orders.

But before Cheney could have his way with CIA, the Office of Special Plans was closed in June of 2003. In the early days of the invasion, a major scandal broke involving Neocon Larry Franklin, who was feeding the Israeli's classified intelligence on American operations in Iraq. Franklin quickly pleaded guilty for purposes of damage control. But the truth was out. The intelligence for the invasion had been a total fabrication and was proceeding along under orders from the Office of the Vice President and was being coordinated with Neoconservatives working in the national interests not of the United States, but of the state of Israel. Cheney's cable of Nonconservatives had now been indicted in the public discourse as having the "dual loyalties" indicative of their hawkish foreign policy positions.

It was all quickly swept under the carpet at Pentagon. Congress still refuses to execute it's constitutional duty to impeach and the two involved members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, still have not come to trial. There is a lot of money riding on playing along for everyone involved. The truth of American politics is that one simply cannot get elected without the support of the Israel Lobby, which is the strongest lobbying force in the country today, having surpassed even the National Rifle Association. Despite promises of change by both Obama and McCain, you can count on Israel's continued influence in American government for years to come; that is, if the money holds up through the current crisis. If the money fails, there's always Mossad.

Miller went to jail for all the wrong reasons -- certainly not in the spirit of the First Amendment. The ostensible reason was to protect her source on the Plame scandal, Scooter Libby [pictured at right], who was rescued by Bush from doing time by presidential order to commute his sentence for perjury. Libby has since been outed as Mossad. Senator Joseph Lieberman holds onto a very tenuous position in the Democratic Party and is under great suspision himself, having demonstrated dual loyalties of the sort that border upon treason since the beginning of the war. But as anyone who weilds power can tell you, there is the kind of treason one commites in support of one's enemies, and there is the sort that is committed on behalf of one's friends. Despite all such artificial and dichotomous definitions there remains the matter of national interests and which nation's national interests are being served.

With the American economy on the verge of the abyss, it is much easier to make the case that treason has been committed by many officials in government who have allowed their dual loyalties to tip in favor of Israel and against the United States. By all definitions, that is treason. Judith Miller walks a dangerous line and her incipient relationship with Fox News does not help to mititgate the questionable effects of her loyalties and whose regime they have served.

Some members of the press actually could not differentiate between Miller's playing the hero for a fascist regime under Cheney and the true spirit of protecting one's sources from the government.

Miller was doing time knowing she'd eventually be rescued, making money for being there and providing further cover for the real story -- an even bigger story than the outing of Plame -- which is a story that Valerie Plame and Sibel Edmonds are still gaged from telling in the United States. So you'll have to read about the whole sorted affair at the Sunday Times Online, a London paper owned by, of all people, Rupert Murdoch, who was apparently not paying much attention to content when his London staff published this explosive story of corruption and espionage regarding the Bush Administration and some high ranking members of Congress, such as Speaker of the House, Denny Hastert, who has quietly stepped down because of this and other scandals, opting not to run for reelection, hoping the shadows will close in around him as he slips out the back way.

Number three at the State Department, Marc Grossman, was involved as well. Number two, Richard Armitage is suspect. One therefore has to doubt the squeeky clean reputation of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Grossman's role was in tipping off members of the Turkish espionage ring to stay away from Valerie Plame and her CIA storefront operation, Brewster Jennings & Associates. Armitage admited being the first actually to make the breach in outing Plame; although, he claims it was a mistake that was not connected to Cheney's vendeta with her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. I don't have the energy to relate the entire story so you'll have to get it from three-part seriers published by the Sunday Times Online in London.

By hiring Miller, Fox exposed themselves yet again as the corporatist-run institution of Neocon disinformation that it always has been. Her job is disinformation, she knows it, she is in agreement with it, gets paid well and she likes it.

When her lips are moving, anyone who takes anything she says as anything other than the disinformation she is paid to shill-out is a damned fool. Everyone from Arlington to Mossad will laugh themselves silly at anyone who takes her seriously.

No really. This is absolutely straight-up the way it is. The press has always been in bed with the intel infrastructure. Cord Meyer of CIA (and the Georgetown set) was the most tragic of examples. While he was working to disinform the world as a pressman during the Cold War, JFK was playing hide the saussage with his wife, Mary. Of course, that overstates it all too bluntly. She and JFK went all the way back to college where they were an item together. She did acid with JFK on a few occassions while he was in the White House. [cf. Brothers, by David Talbot.] CIA's wizard of counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton, was having a fit -- you see, he was in love with her too. Many analysts think he had her murdered because of what she might have known that was classified. Certainly, Angleton was so paranoid (like Cheney) that he thought Kennedy might have been a Soviet mole. Kennedy! Angleton was one crazy s.o.b. and more than likely, both he and Cord Meyer were at the center of the JFK assassination; although, to my knowledge, the Kennedy archives have not yet provided evidence of their direct involvement, the focus of which was centered at the rogue Miami Station of CIA.

You decide: Am I disinforming you? Or telling you straight up? Miller isn't just "wrong." She is right-wing wrong. (Say that five times out loud and win a trip of Hong Kong).

Chomsky on Elitism and the Coming Election

Friday, October 17, 2008

"Dirty Little Wars" & "Rumors of Wars" -- U.S. Black-Op Provocations in Latin America Continue

"The Guaraní Aquifer, located beneath the surface of the original four Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), is one of the world's largest aquifer systems and an important source of fresh water for its people."

The ranch bought by the Bush family in Paraguay that so many have speculated would be used by them in the event they needed to abscond in the face of criminal investigations including impeachment, while it may yet serve that function, may only be secondary to the coming struggle for control over water resources brought on by the world's increasing population and the exacerbation caused by global warming.

It may also be related to the recent development of mercenary training bases in South America used to mine the Chilean government's School of the Americas trained paramilitary forces of former American corporatist-supported dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who replaced the democratically elected Salvador Allende in the CIA-backed coup in 1973 at the height of the Nixon regime, and then had Allende and his family assassinated.

One thing is certain, the Bush Family has not wasted a moment in office while exploiting its insider knowledge and political influence in bringing about the best possible conditions for self-aggrandizement.

Both Paraguay and Uruguay are "neutral ground" for the recruitment and training of mercenary forces by groups such as Blackwater, DynCorp and Triple Canopy, recruitment and training that has angered the people of the region and their left-leaning reformist governments. Earlier this year, in May, Journalist Dave Lindorff had this to say about the Bush Family's choice of refuge in South America:
Back in late 2006, it was widely reported in the Latin American media that President Bush, or perhaps his old man, had bought a 100,000-acre farm in a remote area of Paraguay.

What struck people at the time was the choice of country. Paraguay, of course, has gained a certain Club Med status among the world's villains and criminal elements as the place to go when the law's on your tail. The country, ruled for six decades by the dictatorial and fascist Colorado Party of Gen. Alfredo Stroesser, an almost cartoon caricature of a Latin American dictator, has no extradition treaty with any nation.

That's why it has long harbored aging Nazis, bank robbers, and a string of ousted or retired Latin American dictators and their assistants over the years.
After detailing the dirty laundry list of war crimes and crimes against the Constitution committed by the Bush Administration, Lindorf went on to report this bit of bad news for the First Family in the event they continue to entertain hopes of finding refuge with South America's Hole-In-the-Wall Gang of exiled dictators, lamsters and fugitive Nazis:
Last month [April, 2008], a former Roman Catholic Bishop with leftist, populist tendencies, Fernando Lugo, surprised almost everyone in Paraguay, and no doubt President Bush, by winning the national presidential election, ousting the Colorado Party for the first time in 61 years. There is talk that among other things, Lugo is thinking of returning Paraguay to the community of nations, by signing some of those extradition agreements.
If he does that, Bush may be stuck having to hide behind his rump squad of Secret Service agents down at the Crawford Ranch, hoping they can keep the process servers from Brattleboro and Marlboro, VT, with their war crimes arrest warrants, at bay.
In fact, given the presence of highly trained Chilean mercenaries who once operated under Pinochet but who are now in the employ of American private mercenary contractors, all that could turn on a dime if the powers that be decide it is Lugo's time to go.

Have faith, dear hearts of the Bush regime, all is not lost as long as the dollar holds steady relative to all other currencies now slumping, retaining its status as the coin of the realm and American insider corporations like Eric Prince's
Blackwater Worldwide continue to mine troops in the region for deployment in the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as in Colombia and for secret black-ops in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Malaysia.

Conversely, if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are successful in establishing a trend in the world energy markets to shift the payment for oil from dollars to euros (or a combinations of currencies other than the dollar), the dollar is irrevocably doomed. If their tactic is successful, the U.S. can no longer play its world dominating monetary game whereby it borrows from foreign investors at a fixed rate to pay for U.S. foreign wars, a rate that we make sure is outpaced by the rate of inflation which we control through national banking systems to insure that by the time our debts are paid off we will have paid less than the real value of the loans at the time the loans were made.

In long-term economic realities, this world monetary con-game (which depends upon the dominance of an essentially free-floating dollar
with nothing but faith to back it since Nixon removed it from the gold standard in the 70s) amounts to an artificial global system of taxation levied for the privilege of being a U.S. trade partner. As long as all who play benefit through continued economic growth, no one complains; but, as some economists speculate, Saddam's tactical desertion of the dollar to establish his own oil bourse based on the euro may be the ultimate reason for the invasion of Iraq.

As stated above, the OPEC nations of Iran, Venezuela and Ecuador have followed suit by establishing their own oil bourses, amounting to an economic declaration of war on the dollar and thereby on the United States and its closest economic allies. If the price per barrel of oil stabilizes -- in current dollar value, around $70/brl -- and oil settles in temporarily as the new world gold standard against which currencies establish their exchange rate now that the dollar no longer dominates those rates of exchange (thanks to OPEC), the United States is fated to drown in its own debt, no longer able to play The Sting.

But The Great Game
[see map above] "ain't over until the fat lady sings." And the aria she performs may well turn out to be about renewable sources of energy. Oil, now at its world production peak and beginning to decline, can never provide the stability as did precious metals long through history as the standard of exchange between currencies.

In the meantime, the ever patriotic Bush Family and their corporatist cronies, including Richard B. Cheney, have begun to diversify their personal fortunes, gained at the expense of world peace and the American middle class, moving their investments offshore to the European economic markets without compunction or the slightest sign of grimace as the damage they helped bring about through monetary con-games and greed-driven privatization of government functions continues to affect the economic collapse of Pax Amerikana as the baby at home "drowns in its own bathwater." [Grover Norquist paraphrased.]

For BushCo, this emergency diversification has included South America. For almost three years now, about the time Bush Family managers purchased the huge track of ranch land in Paraguay near a military base, the handwriting has appeared on the walls of Latin America: The Dirty Little Wars made notorious by Nixon and the CIA's own George Herbert Walker Bush are now in resurgence. Their lives, their land, their water and their oil and gas reserves are now at increasing risk. The peasant land reforms promised in revolution after bloody Latin American revolution continue to advance and fade in a dizzying flux of history dominated by American corporatists and it's paramilitary arm of foreign policy enforcement, the CIA, now expanded and repackaged as the Department of Homeland Security, operating under the motto: "Preserving our freedom."

Concurrent with these developments are increasingly vociferous voices among the people in Chili, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay who, in union with families in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama remember those "disappeared." They remember those tortured at the hands of paramilitaries trained at Fort Benning Georgia at the School of the Americas [we can no longer link to Fort Benning with a secure Internet connection that includes trustworthy certificates -- surprise!]; and they are fully aware that the raising of private military forces within their borders continues and that it violates both their sovereignty and their dignity.

Soon after the national elections, between November 21-23, the annual vigil at the School of the Americas will be held by SOA Watch. Perhaps if enough of us raise our voices during this crucial nexus in the history of The Republic the American people will begin to pay attention despite our betrayal by the fourth estate.

It is important to note, however, that despite years of protest which have included the voices of Edward Kennedy and others of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as the clergy, not only have the U.S. schools of torture, disappearance, assassination, snipping, intimidation, kidnap and terrorism continued, but they have proliferated under private contractors, such as at Blackwater U.S.A.'s training compound in northeastern North Carolina and elsewhere.

The torturously tragic irony of this is that Blackwater was founded and is administered by, Eric Prince, a conservative "Christian" with deep-pocket connections to American Values founder and chief hypocrite Gary Bauer, the paragon of American righteousness, as he will tell you himself no doubt. My God! Who allowed these wolves to get off with so many sheep?

Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater, has provided concise information in the video below that is relevant to the Latin American theater of war as well:

As it turns out, to no one's surprise among progressives, the Drug En
forcement Administration functions in the region not so much in the Congressionally mandated job of curtailment of drug trafficking as it does in the dual covert roll of assisting in the training of private mercenaries for Congressionally non-sanctioned paramilitary adventurism around the globe currently unfolding under Cheney's Pentagon, another diversion of American resources toward the covert goals and objectives of the American shadow government under him [cf. also Dr. Richard Boylan's site for a more controversial, flavorful analysis].

Perhaps even more threatening to the stability of the Americas, the DEA's current mission in Latin America involves more than assisting crony-connected private enterprise in the recruitment and training of mercenary forces for deployment to the Middle Eastern war -- co-operations with the private paramilitary forces who have been allowed to operate with officially sanctioned impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan at enormous profit and below the radar of Congressional review -- they involve covert paramilitary operations in and out of Colombia against Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.

To wit: There is no "War on Drugs," just as there is no "War of Terrorism." We are currently self-destructively enmeshed within an economy-busting world war against OPEC and the Russian Federation for complete control of the energy markets and no one is talking about it in terms that transcend the Straussian propaganda frames enforced upon us by the corporatist owned mainstream media.

In the Latin American theater, the war is now being waged against OPEC's Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, of Venezuela, and Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado, of Ecuador as well as Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The Neocon-led war in Latin America began during the Clinton Administration with Hugo Chavez's refusal to sign onto the proposed Latin American Free Trade Agreement that the Venezuelan government rightly recognized, as well as did Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Argentina, as a redux of the neocolonialism meted out against them during the days of the Dulles CIA, it's infamous institution of "banana republics" and the right-wing government of war hawks under Richard M. Nixon, directed by his foreign policy adviser of Realpolitik, the notorious Henry Kissinger.

It is said that when the American trade proposal was reviewed by the economic advisers of Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, affectionately known as "Lula," you could hear the LAFTA all the way to Caracas.

Despite their famously congenial relationship, compared to Brazil's Lula [pictured at left], Hugo Chavez has been at best a disappointment to idealists on the left who had hoped for a truly progressive democracy to emerge in Venezuela as an outcome of the Bolivarian Revolution, and at worst a democratically elected socialist driven to leftest dictatorship out of sheer self-defense against corporatist driven American black-ops seeking to overthrow him.

neocolonialist subversion [cf. also: neoliberalism and globalization] directed against his socialist government has even included abuses perpetrated against Venezuelan sovereignty by CIA field operatives acting under cover as missionaries working for televangelist Pat Robertson's Christianist New Tribes Missions.
This situation was known widely among those in intelligence circles long before it was brought to the attention of Hugo Chavez. In fact, it was the missionaries themselves who brought forth the issue fearing a loss of trust and credibility among the people caused by Robertson's allowance and televangelist exploitation of the penetration.
Robertson's notoriously unchristian calls for the assassination of Chavez, based upon his quite revelatory allusions to his having been privy to official intelligence coming out of the region, have led to accusations that Robertson is more functionally a part of the Bush Administration's disinformation campaigns on behalf of right-wing neoconservative political objectives than to any pretentious role of apostleship he arrogantly clams or any genuine evangelical missionary work undertaken by his organization in Latin America.

Robertson himself is estimated to hold personal assets worth from $150 to $200 million. At one time he owned and refused to give up stakes in apartheid South African gold mines that used a system of indentured servitude that amounted to slavery; he owned and ran a race horse; and had plans to build a multi-million dollar theme park complex on the Sea of Galilee. The Israeli government eventually banned Robertson's participation in the venture because of insults he directed at them for their willingness to trade land for peace. How radically Zionist is that, eh?

Despite his dubious claims, including the ability to leg-press at age 78 over 2000-lbs because of his life-sustaining and nutritious power shake, which comes in two invigorating flavors and can be ordered by calling the 1-800 number at the bottom of your screen, the argument is mooted by the fact that the Evangelical Movement itself has become irrevocably corrupted by partisan politics and has failed it's founding prophet by becoming, as is the general historical tradition in such affairs as institutional religion has dedicated itself, just another conquering sword of imperialism.
Note of Fair Warning: Be sure you have a good anti-virus program in place before you go to Robertson's 700-Club thespian-christian site to complain or conduct journalistic inquiries about his questionable "missionary outreach." When this writer did so in 2003, Robertson's 700-Club handlers sent him a return email containing a nasty virus that wiped out his entire hard drive. Robertson is certainly a warrior Zealot, but his suspect "Christian" bona fides leave one breathless vis-à-vis the ever more urgent need for church and state separation.

Another Note:
I've just got to say this and I'll justify if by calling it Gonzo Journalism: When I think of all the money my poor Irish Catholic mother sent to him and his 700-Club out of her retirement account, I just want to slap that shit-eatin' grin off his face from Bumfuck to Tel Aviv.

Countries in the region whose leaders were brazen enough to accept the self-aggrandizing offers extended to them by American corporatists [read: "bribes" and "kickbacks"] are now subject to a resurgent Bolivarian Revolution, romanticized and inspired in the hearts and minds of the people by the legendary Ernesto Che Guevara, who actually disdained the intrusion of Soviet Communism despite the accusations of American propagandists, rightly recognizing Sovietism to be just another force of exploitation being fomented vis-à-vis the dichotomously confrontational paradigms of the Cold War which demanded, as does Bush, that "You're either for us or against us." In fact, his disagreements with Castro regarding the acceptance of the Soviet mission into Cuba, led to the demise of Guevara as Castro sent him out to the front lines more to get rid of him than to use him to inspire. The jealousies of King David of the Old Testament come to mind, Castro being the grandiose persona of narcissism that he is.

This week's announcement, if confirmed, that Cuba has discovered a 20-billion+ barrel offshore oil field, one that is substantially larger than first estimated, one that could elevate the island nation to the status of 20th largest oil producing nation, is both a blessing and a curse. Other than its strategic location near Florida, once the Meyer Lansky-led Mafia's gambling empire in Havana was written off after newly presiding President Johnson canceled the second invasion scheduled to come in the wake of the coup d'etat assassination of John F. Kennedy -- an assassination partly intended as a false-flag provocation by the '63 Coup that would then justify the invasion of Cuba by Cuban exile forces stationed in Guatemala under the administration of CIA's George H. W. Bush to be fully supported by American naval and air support -- and with Soviet-American missile agreements firmly in place, there was no longer any pressing need to reacquire the island nation in the Caribbean. [cf. Brothers; the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, by David Talbot; and Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK, by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann].

So we put off the Cuban "crisis" to escalate the Vietnam War. One of the chief reasons for the removal of Kennedy was that he had secretly (he thought) planned to withdraw from Vietnam after the '64 national elections. In the meantime, throwing red meat to the dogs of war, LBJ imposed an economic blockade to placate them, a blockade with which all but the American citizens with no interest to travel there continue to comply to the present. At that, the blockade is only half-heartedly enforced as a conciliatory political measure aimed at Florida's exiled Cuban population who continue to align with the right-wing of the Republican Party and cheer every time Fidel Castro develops diarrhea.

All these conditions change with the discovery of oil off the Cuban coast, especially with Cuba's close association with "enemies" such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia and their unified outreach to China for fair trade agreements that may eventually develop into a formidable military alliance if China continues to burgeon toward world status. The Chinese are currently forging such alliances with the nations of Southeast Asia and the Russian Federation is at least toying with the notion of trade alliances with them. Economists view such alliances not so much as military threats or economic competition
-- as do the paranoid Neocons; but rather, as "economic zones" within the continually emerging global economy.

Venezuela is our 4th largest supplier of foreign oil, behind Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Ecuador ranks 9th; Colombia 10th; Brazil 12th.

In this week's final presidential debate, both American presidential candidates were terse in their comments about current paramilitary operations against FARC rebels in Colombia. In fact, the introduction of the subject of paramilitary involvement in the region seemed to be the result of a slip of the tongue by Senator John McCain in the context of addressing the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

The fact that FARC has been broken by defeat into small isolated groups without an effective system of communication between them seemed to have escaped the Senator from Arizona who spoke as if our presence in Colombia was one of urgent need for counterinsurgency measures to protect the Colombian democratic republic from fascist Venezuelan subversion. The inverse is the case.
The U.S. presence in Colombia continues to be one of destabilization and provocation.

The United States-sponsored paramilitary black-ops against Colombia's independent minded neighbors are still incipient; therefore, the United States is still exploiting Colombia as a base of paramilitary operations while pretending that we are there to protect the current Colombian regime. If the DEA happens to stumble over drugs in transit through the region it is because the drugs are being trafficked for the same reason the United States allowed the cartels to burgeon in the first place -- to finance revolutions by taxing their transit through "the plaza" bottlenecks, such as Panama. It's just that some plazas are acceptable to the United States and some are not. Generally, where there is smoke there is the fire of American accusations that Chavez is allowing the trafficking of drugs by FARC guerrillas in Colombia through Venezuela to ports in the Dominican Republic. Not surprisingly, the latest reported plane crash carrying cocaine out of the region happened to be one owned by the CIA.

The "straight talking" McCain didn't go there or anywhere near any of that. But turning metaphor into talking point, McCain was astute enough to point out that Obama has never traveled south of the border, thereby inadvertently providing Obama with an excuse for his ignorance at the same time he doubled his own hypocrisy for just having reinforced the Bush Administration's public disinformation campaign. This is a region under escalation by the Russian Federation as well, who will be conducting joint-Venezuelan naval exercises in the Caribbean next month in response to U.S. meddling in Georgia and the Caspian, yet McCain, who boasts of his family naval tradition, seemed completely unaware of any but the most remote developments regarding South America.

Russian Federation battlecruiser Pyotr Veloky is currently in route to the Caribbean to participate with Venezuela in joint naval exercises scheduled for November 10-14, 2008

Interesting to note: That despite recent revelations -- now disappearing quickly from the Internet -- that the current president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez [pictured at right] was part of the Medellin Cartel and one of Pablo Escobar's chief operations officers within the Colombian government (then serving as senator), he continues to have the firm support of the Bush Administration. Again, there is no war on drugs. That is all sound bite and blunderbuss designed as cover for the real story: there is a world war for control of energy resources that threatens to expand to include water and other natural resources. Part of that war is for control of the cocaine, heroin and cannabis markets because of their usefulness in financing covert operations that Congress refuses to acknowledge or support. Meanwhile, your kids are getting high behind your back, and who wouldn't with asshole parents like you. [How am I doing, Moose?]

Bush Administration support for Uribe is not all that surprising when one considers the role of Colombian cocaine in helping to finance the Nicaraguan Contras deployed by the CIA against socialist President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua during the now infamous Iran-Contra Affair. Then Vice President under Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, former head of CIA, was in charge of the covert operations in contravention of the will of Congress. While not taking an active role in trafficking of cocaine into the western United States and the parts of Southeast, the CIA passively facilitated the activity just as it facilitated the Burmese heroin trade in Vietnam as a source of covert funding and just as it currently facilitates the trafficking of Afghanistan heroin and nuclear technology as both a source of funding for covert ops in the Middle East and the channeling to Iran of allegedly non-functional nuclear technology [cf. the ongoing suppression of the Sibel Edmonds and Valerie Plame/Brewster Jennings scandals].

Some have accused G. H. W. Bush and his top cadre of operatives of rationalizing the operation based on racist attitudes that the cocaine was being sold illegally by black drug addicts to black Los Angelenos in poverty stricken neighborhoods by agents of expatriated Nicaraguan Contra rebels. [cf. Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb.]

Returning to the discussion of this week's presidential debate, Senator Barack Obama followed the remarks by McCain by vaguely issuing a seemingly faux-patriotic, pandering comment to the effect that Venezuela is our enemy. IMHO this revealed Obama's ignorance on foreign policy issues and his naive and unquestioned acceptance vis-à-vis the disinformation and manipulation of the public through the corporatist owned mainstream media, just as he revealed his ignorance and naiveté at the outbreak of the recent Russo-Georgian conflict by immediately issuing a statement of support for "victim" Georgia who turned out to be the aggressor in the conflict.

This piece of brown-colored appeasement for war mongers of the right was preceded this summer by his outrageous support for the renewal of FISA, containing retroactive immunity for telecom companies for their part in spying on American citizens as part of NSA's overly zealous and paranoid world elctronic surveillance program. FISA came under fire in the courts just this week via a federal lawsuit filed in California challenging FISA's tack-on telecom immunity provision as unconstitutional in presuming to limit the court's right of judicial review regarding the culpability of these telecoms, as well as that of the NSA, at the same time FISA attempts to strengthened the unconstitutional "unitary presidency," a renegade executive branch quickly morphing itself under the influence of authoritarian personality Dick Cheney into a fascist regime by all definitions of the term. Wherefore, the lawsuit maintains that the renewal of FISA threatens to exacerbate the crisis regarding the issues surrounding constitutional separation of powers among the branches of government that threaten the structue and integrity of our democratic republic itself. Obama's apparent ignorance of these issues is totally inexcusable.

Red flags should be going up all over the MSM. The operative word in that last sentence is "should."

In the meantime, Blackwater Worldwide announced late this week that it is now in the business of providing naval security to bolster the merchant marine. At no time in our history have we seen such an unabashed display of imperialism that recalls to mind the abuses of the British East India Company who raised their own armies, forced their opium trade upon a sovereign 19th century China, traded in slaves and molasses to the Americas, enforced conditions of slave labor and apartheid in South Africa while committing genocide against native tribes and then dominated the entire subcontinent of India until the British Empire crumbled. All sanctioned by the British Crown. However, they did succeed in forwarding the career of Mahatmas Gandhi, if even unintentionally.

What great spiritual leader is now arising in conditioned geneses riding the Sublime Winds of Ruah to challenge the violence, the injustice and the destructive greed of Pax Amerikana and her grand dragons of Leviathan? What is her name? Where is he immerging as needed by the huddled masses yearning to breathe free?

There is no family in America better positioned through crony networking and family tradition to exploit the current surge of privatized corporatist takeover (fascism) than the very family who has been its foremost champion since the days of it's patriarch, Prescott Bush, who both plotted the overthrow of FDR during WWII and participated in the Coup d'Etat of 1963 with the dream that it might someday benefit his posterity. If there are Nazis still alive in Paraguay -- and I write this in the full knowledge that most will just not understand our shadowed history and be able to make the necessary connections -- they will surely make room for one of their own.

Who would dare disturb this slumbering giant of moral righteousness who thinks of herself as "free" and that she continues to represent the enlightened advance of liberty? The mainstream media? King George of Kennebunkport? I don't think so. In Crawford, Texas, they have an expression that the national media seems to have assimilated as their own: "Let sleeping dogs lie." The ambiguity of that aphorism is ripe with irony, given the Texas White House as its context.

The coming national elections -- tragically -- may represent one final opportunity to change the direction of this country. All may be lost to the threatening economic collapse anyway. The question of Obama's ability to provide enlightened vision to a Pax Amerikana world in decline, beyond his current rhetoric of change, is a legitimate one. Let us pray that he can deliver and that they will let him.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"