In celebration of Halloween (or Samhain), here are too unwelcome articles, one on the provision Bush™ recently snuck through Congress that gives the Boy King the authority to seize control of the National Guard anywhere, anytime, without informing or asking permission of any state's governor. And if that news wasn't good enough for you, the dollar is looking pretty precarious right now. What should you care? two words: Howard Beale. The US dollar is the default currency of the world, against which all other currencies are measured. Heretofore it's been stable and so half of Asia has been buying up dollars and loaning them to us to pay for massive tax cuts for the rich, earmark giveaways, war profiteering and bloody, out-of-control wars in the Middle East.
So here we have a president illegally overriding Congress and state governors and a currency that's rolling down hill pretty fast until it reaches bottom and collapses.
What I've worried about vis a vis this election is the nexus of several disturbing, dictatorial trends, namely:
- The rapid construction of prison camps throughout the country which could eventually hold up to 400, 000 people. This is being done under the cover of "immigration reform."
- At the very least the last two elections were stolen outright, and there's all the documentary evidence you could ever want to back it up. And the GOP is busy stealing this one too.
- Cheney's order not long ago that the Pentagon draw up detailed plans for responding to another 9/11, despite the fact that the Administration is allegedly "keeping us safe" and we have no idea how to respond to an attack that has not occurred by people from a country we don't know.
- The building of superhighways for transporting things from Canada to Mexico and back. This is the flipside of a North American "security zone" that's in the works. Essentially, we'd cede our national sovereignty in exchange for a continent-wide shared security apparatus.
- The death of Habeas Corpus.
- Illegal wiretapping of the entire population.
- Using signing statements unconventionally to undermine legislation
- Ceding federal authority to industry insiders who join government and write legislation on behalf of said industry.
- Gearing up for war with Iran. Right now, most of our military hardware, most of it Naval, is in the Persian Gulf doing exercises with Israel and NATO (I think). Russia, China and most Caspian countries performed exercises as well, as did Iran. Add to that our cooptation of the exiled Iranian terrorist group the MEK to carry out acts of terror in Iran itself. There's good reason to believe that at least two planes full of top brass were crashed by the MEK. The war on Lebanon was a test case and was a smashing success. At least it was according to the Israelis. That's because the war had little to do with Hizbollah and everything to do with undermining Russia, China and Iran so Israel and Turkey could build their Ceyhan to Ashkalon oil, gas and water pipelines along the coast.
Sadly, though, we shouldn't be surprised. The same thing happened after 9/11. Before the attacks, the Taliban insisted that they wouldn't allow Bin Laden to attack the US. After the attacks, they agreed to hand over Bin Laden to the Hague, for trial. What did we do? Not only did we not tell the American public but we told either the Taliban or reporters (from the UK?) that peace was against our interests. We'd already threatened the Taliban with "a carpet of bombs" rather than "a carpet of gold" before the "snows fall in October." Which is when the bombing began. Considering that we have documentary proof that the war plans were ready before 9/11 and that taking Afghanistan was central to the War on (Some) Terror and that the entire fake war was an ingenious, if crazy plot cooked up by Zbigniew Brzinzski and Wolfowitz and later revised by the Project for the New American Century, it's pretty clear from that evidence alone that 9/11 was our plan to create a pretext for an underhanded war whose purpose was base economic gain and world domination. And that's even before you venture into the shadowy realm of Tora Bora, where we purposefully left open an escape route and later flew ~8000 Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters to Pakistan over several days, requiring the full knowledge and approval of Reich Marshall Rumsfeld, not to mention the Pakistan ISI, our offspring and favorite cutout in the Middle East.
The detailed legal releases, which it seems no one ever reads, were presented to people as if they were permission forms for being interviewed by a Kazakh TV show.
Once this project gets rolling, I'm going to find some guest bloggers to take over for a while. I'll probably have a blog for the production, but I doubt I'll have time to write it. Interns: they're not just for blowjobs anymore.
If you're not used to reading movie scripts, the format is pretty much like a play, though I'm not suggesting that what's below is perfect. I haven't read or written a film script in years, so I'm not sure if you use quotation marks or whatever, but it's close enough for now.
Silouette. Long shot. Camera slowly pushes in.
NARRATOR: "Tim Osman is a bad man. Tim Osman is a liberal. Tim Osman thinks you should wear a veil...or a burka...or some kind of sheet or something. Tim Osman wants to kill you. But worst of all: Tim Osman wants to kill your children."
Fade in on medium shot of Osman, in a bare semi-shadowed medium blue-gray studio, on a stool. He looks around quizzically.
OSMAN: "Sorry. I--I didn't catch that part. Did you say something?"
Fade to black. Slow zoom on typical film fest laurel quotations. Big, dramatic kettle drum resonates (as in 2001).
NARRATOR: "From the makers of...mmm...a couple of short films you probably haven't seen and Anal Pounders Four and Midget Donkey Blowjobs Five--What!?" Bleeped language. "--divorced for finding that! I can't afford another--"
STUDIO ENGINEER: Bleeped cuss word. "Fuck this shit!"
NARRATOR: "Works for me."
Sound of door crashing open. Lots of bleeped shouted epithets. Scuffling. Cries of pain.
INTERLOPER: "--finish the fucking trailer or I'll--"
STUDIO ENGINEER: [frightened] "Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Absolutely. I understand. I understand...."
NARRATOR: "Dmitri, are you okay? Dmitri!?"
STUDIO ENGINEER (Dmitri): [whimpering but trying to sound tough] "I'm okay. Yeah, I'm okay. I'm fun. He just surprised me is all."
Resume zoom on quote. Background noise of studio, steps, door closing.
NARRATOR: "This fall...or possibly next fall, depending on whether our captors can get a decent distributor...so, like if you know anybody, please, call them at 504-522-1408,"
Substitute still of phone number (same font) on screen in large characters.
NARRATOR: "Again, that's 504-522-1408.
During voiceover, number flashes and then each digit flashes once, in sequence.
NARRATOR: "And if they're not in, please, please, I fucking beg you [beat] leave a message and repeat your number twice so they're sure to get it. Thank you. [beat] Thank you. I mean really. [hushed tone] These evil fuckers have me locked up and they're [beat] threatening to [bleep] my chil--!"
Sound of door crashing open. Muffled shouts and epithets. Sound of NARRATOR crying for help. Pain. Blows. Whimpering.
NARRATOR: "...get ready for Tim Osman [beat] to kill your children."
Osman on stool. Medium shot.
OSMAN: "What!? I--I don't want to--"
NARRATOR: "Shut up, liberal."
FADE TO BLACK on Osman.
OSMAN: "Hello? [beat] Hello?" Taps on microphone. "Is this thing on?" Steps echo. Sound of jiggled doorknob. "Hey. Hey! I--Can you open this [bleep] thing!?" Pause. Sigh. [Bleeped "shit" We hear the "t"].
Basso profundo echo of kettle drum. Zoom in on far-off title, maybe with whooshing sound for each word as it approaches, with ever-increasing insistence and pitch of temolo violins until they reach near-dog-whistle pitch.
TITLES: "Tim. Osman. Wants. To. Kill. Your. Children."
Background sound: children laughing at playground, etc.
UNNAMED CHILD: [faintly] "I'll never tell...."
We hear an unseen child scream.
UNSEEN CHILD: Please, don't hurt me!
We hear a wicked cackle from whomever is threatening the children.
FADE TO BLACK. Zoom in on title, as before.
TITLE: FALL 2008. OR POSSIBLY NOT. IT DEPENDS. [Smaller letters, each line decreasing in size in an absurd fashion] So much depends on a distributor / Glazed with, er, rain or something / beside, or maybe on, or next to, if I may / no, not white chickens / that won't work / hmmm... / anybody? a little help...? / [very small letters] 504-522-1408 / that's 504-522-1408 / Visa, mastercard, COD or money orders accepted. Shipping and handling included. / Thank you for your business!
FADE TO BLACK.
Credits aside, my grandmother, Louise--help me out here, Ned and Matt--has had Parkinsons' for at least two decades. My grandmother for two decades has frightened me over her use of a knife. Rush Limbaugh once again proves he's so much more than just a drug-addicted pedophile.
I understand that it's "hard" to "pull out" and "end" the war. But as Bill Maher said last week, we wanted to "penetrate Iraq and bring it to a glorious, euphoric climax," but three years later, we "keep pounding away until the whole area has become inflamed. Under the circumstances, the kindest thing you can do is just...pull out."*
*If you find the quote and I got some of the words wrong, let me know. And if you want to know how to make fine print like this, just ask. I use the font-size property of the span tag.
–Daniel EllsbergFor those who know a good bit about the blockbuster dirty secrets of Bush, Reagan and Iran-Contra, connections between drug-smuggling, arms dealing/smuggling and various Western intelligence services will come as no surprise. But then there's Sibel Edmonds, who can (apparently) link widespread congressional bribery by foreign interests like Turkey to: Dennis Hastert, the Perlowitz Neocon Allstars, Afghan heroin, the European heroin market, Al Qaeda, Brewster Jennings (Valerie Plame's cover), Israel, AQ Kahn's bomb and other arms trading. This is The Big One that the FBI had gone quite a ways investigating (including documents and wiretaps) and was handing over to DoJ when Johnny "Spank Me, I Love Authori-tie" Ashcroft quashed it. These interviews with Larisa Alexandrovna and Daniel Ellsberg make it pretty clear that this story is one of the biggest out there in an era where you can throw a rock and hit a ginormous story--so, you know, don't expect to read it in the New York Times.
NOTE: If you haven't heard of "The Octopus," google it and read the Spy magazine article from several years ago. Whenever I hear about international organized crime (which Sibel Edmonds explicitly mentions) connected with the Military Industrial Complex and Western intelligence services, I think of it. The most disturbing thing is perhaps the extent to which such criminal enterprise drives foreign policy and influences government. For a taste, read Robert Parry's many articles on Bush, drug smuggling, the October Surprise and other tasty treats. (Scroll down and follow the links on the left-hand sidebar.)
But if you want an excellent overview of what we're up to in the Middle East and Central Asia, including all the military exercises Iran, Russia, China and their neighbors have conducted recently, and the massive naval military buildup by us, NATO and other allies, read this. For a detailed list of all the hardware we're positioning in and around the Persian Gulf, follow the Chossudovsky link near the beginning of the article. Considering that the Enterprise Strike Group (I may have the name wrong) is 1)
UPDATE (Not Exactly): From CBS and ABC morning news to NPR, I have heard nothing but whitewash from every Mainstream News Media outlet today. If you've heard something substantive, please, let me know. E&P sums up what most of the "news" sounded like. As pathetic as NPR's coverage was, at least they let Don Gonyea put criticism of the new tyrranical legislution in stark terms.
UPDATE: More Olbermann on today's tragedy.
UPDATE (Sort of): Meant to post this earlier Olbermann Habeas Corpus dirge, which is quite funny, but couldn't find it at the time.
Defending the president's policy on torture, he says, "I think there is a very sound argument for saying that those who violate the Geneva Conventions should not benefit from its provisions." When Solomon reminds him that that the U.S. stands for rights for all, he answers, "Well, we have guaranteed many rights to the prisoners."(Emphasis mine.)
Speaking of which: Ashcroft reveals that his artistic leanings go beyond music. He also makes "barbed-wire sculpture," he says (you can't make this stuff up).
Elsewhere, Ashcroft, a leading evangelical, admits he is a sinner, explaining, "I'm unkind on occasion, and I am selfish." He's an active Christian "because I am not good, because I need help."
Nuff said. (Via Raw Story.)
As so many have already done (including myself), it's time to recognize that America is dead.
...perhaps Bush was just trying to be heard this week. Mark Foley's heavy breathing by BlackBerry consumed a lot of news cycles. Maybe Bush should have talked about Iraq by IM to get heard.(Emphasis mine.)
A well-placed source has told WMR that the Pagegate scandal will soon involve underage male and female teens who have not served as congressional pages, but who have reported abuse by well-known GOP players in the nation's capital. The source says the Psychiatric Institute of Washington's "Center Unit" has dealt with a number of child abuse cases involving senior Republican office holders in the Washington, DC area. Now that GOP abuse of minors is finally receiving media attention as a result of Pagegate, it is a matter of time before the abused males and females report the details of their own abuse cases.Even if that proves false, Brian Ross reports that three more teens are accusing Foley:
Three more former congressional pages have come forward to reveal what they call "sexual approaches" over the Internet from former Congressman Mark Foley.If both reports prove true, the GOP isn't just toast, it's burnt toast.
The pages served in the classes of 1998, 2000 and 2002. They independently approached ABC News after the Foley resignation through the Brian Ross & the Investigative Team's tip line on ABCNews.com. None wanted their names used because of the sensitive nature of the communications.
Kinda reminds you of Bush Sr.'s Boys Town, Credit Union sex scandal starring sicko Larry Franklin, don't it? Haven't heard of it? Not surprising. It got killed by most "respectable" news outlets. (Raw Story's Larisa Alexandrovna told me about it in a really, really long phone call in 2005.)
UPDATE: Now Congresscritter Ferguson gets caught at a Washington college bar.
UPDATE: Kevin Drum's heard rumors that two more politicos are about to get swept up in this unholy mess. (Via Democratic Underground.)
NOTE: One thing that's never made sense to me about all the previous data theft stories is how it's even possible. How do you steal 19,000 laptops? Don't people take them home? What gives? And why am I (seemingly) the only person to wonder why the MSM seemed uninterested in investigating such a huge number of thefts occurring in just a few months?
The first article is Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya's thoroughly researched "The March to War: Naval build-up in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean." The second is Wayne Madsen's special report of September 17-18 (scroll all the way down), which is stunning in its detail and connects the CIA, Bob Ney, Iran, Valerie Plame, Armitage and a bunch of arms smuggling and dirty dealing. I hate to say it, but these two articles make Hersh and Woodward look neophytes.
UPDATE: More reason to think war with Iran is a few short blocks away. But here's the clincher: The plan was requested in the event of another 9/11 attack. Put that together with the indications that the war will occur in October (or possibly a month later, post-election) and you'll understand why I'm a bit anxious. Add to it the Halliburton-constructed detention centers and the abrogation of Habeas Corpus, and you'll understand why leaving the country is an option everyone should consider. Moreover, in light of the outright, nationwide theft of the last two elections and you'll understand why the next five weeks are critical to the country.