Heck of a job Brownie


If you wonder why America is in terminal decline, look no further than the lack of accountability.

Not for us, silly. Under the regime of neoliberal-flavored-austerity there’s extreme accountability. Fuck-up and you’ll be living in a van down-by-the-river.

No, I’m talking about America’s elite.

I touched on this lack of accountability in my last post, where Bush and his happy band of neocons, after destroying Iraq and murdering millions, never faced justice.

It was explained away and everyone moved on. The corporate media never raised a stink precisely because they’d been such fervent cheerleaders. If they did discuss it, pundits described the invasion of Iraq as an honest mistake with the US flubbing its noble efforts to introduce democracy to a indifferent population.

This account is bullshit.

As Rolling Stone’s gonzo journalist, Matt Taibbi says. “The invasion was no mistake, and nobody above the age of eight believed the WMD story. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. We all knew what was going on. Far from being an error, the war was a perfect expression of everything we stood for then, and still stand for now.”


Now, by all accounts, Bush has settled into a comfortable retirement and his second career as an artist. He recently appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show to promote his book of paintings.

Condoleezza Rice is a political science professor at Stanford, busy shaping tender young minds.

Ditto for torture rationalizer John Yoo, lecturing as a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Yoo, if you’ll recall, was one of the key formulators of the outrageous legal opinions that justified the Bush administration’s use of torture.

The most interesting member of the gang–Karl Rove–was something of the mastermind. After all, his moniker was Bush’s Brain. A famous exchange between journalist Ron Susskind and Rove summed up the attitude of the Bushies. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” 

While Rove was wrong about a great many things and indeed helped drive the US empire into a ditch he was absolutely prescient about elite impunity.

In fact, President Obama, after campaigning on bringing the perpetrators to justice, backtracked. In a later speech describing his lack of action he perfectly encapsulated elite impunity, citing what he called “a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards”.

I wish I could tell you that the Bush administration was an aberration. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just the Bush administration that’s been allowed to skate.

After the Wall Street crash, the bankers that wrecked the economy and destroyed untold lives were bailed out and allowed to keep their bonuses rather than being arrested and jailed.

Once again Obama intervened and made absolutely sure that no one was held accountable. On 27 March 2009, Obama assembled the top executives of the bailed-out financial firms in a secret meeting at the White House and he assured them that he would cover their backs; he promised “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks”.

Do I detect a pattern?

It’s not just Obama.

Neither political party nor the press has had the temerity to ask a simple question about our never-ending War-on-Terror. Why has our vaunted military–the finest fighting force everbeen unable to win any of these conflicts? Does lack of success have something to do with our military brass failing upwards, transitioning from leadership to Lockheed/Martin or Raytheon?

What about our intelligence agencies in the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures? It turns out that in the aftermath of 9/11, they authorized a sweeping surveillance program here in the homeland, capturing the phone conversations and emails of millions of Americans without our consent or knowledge. This disclosure was after senior intelligence officials and current liberal hero James Clapper openly lied to congress about the existence of the vast extralegal spy regime.

Again, bygones.

The upshot is that our elite have been able to make their crimes vanish from the legal, economic and moral process. Whatever crimes you commit, whether wars, invasions, torture, murder, fraud, theft–if you’re a member of the elite, you’re given a pass. To paraphrase Leona Helmsley, who famously described taxes as only for the little people. Crimes are only for the little people.

And, here we are.

The abandonment of the rule of law by our elite has been corrosive. In my opinion it was a huge contributing factor in the election of Donald Trump, who described the invasion of Iraq as a mistake.

Liberals take satisfaction that Trump is an aberration. He isn’t. He’s the logical outcome of elite impunity.

In the disastrous wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bush inadvertently exposed the curve that our elite are graded on when he told his FEMA director–“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.“.

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War is a Product


Fifteen years ago our neocon-foreign-policy elite sold us a war based on fraudulent intelligence. They acquired much of this intelligence through torture. Saddam Hussein was accused of having weapons of mass destruction. He had none. Iraq was illegally attacked and invaded regardless on the basis of a pack of lies. Now US oil companies have what they coveted all along. It wasn’t a mistake or blunder. It was a war crime.

We should never forget this.

The US architects of war were hardly subtle about their plans. In September of 2002, White House chief of staff Andrew Card explained why the Bush administration didn’t make the case for the second Gulf War during the summer. ”From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”

Not when Americans are still at the beach, or busy barbecuing in the backyard. No, any advertising campaign for a new product would be much more effective once Americans were back to work or school and paying attention to the idiot box.

Indeed, the big advertising campaign would commence in ernest in the autumn of 2002, with Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld all making appearances on TV through the winter. Colin Powell made his infamous case in front of the UN in early February of 2003, and the rest of the administration made a big push on TV during sweeps week. Bombs started falling on Iraq starting March 20, 2003.

Jeffrey St. Clair, describes how Bush and his neocon minions closed the sale. “Facts were never important to the Bush team. They were disposable nuggets that could be discarded at will and replaced by whatever new rationale that played favorably with their polls and focus groups. The war was about weapons of mass destruction one week, al-Qaeda the next. When neither allegation could be substantiated on the ground, the fall back position became the mass graves (many from the Iran/Iraq war where the U.S.A. backed Iraq) proving that Saddam was an evil thug who deserved to be toppled. The motto of the Bush PR machine was: Move on. Don’t explain. Say anything to conceal the perfidy behind the real motives for war. Never look back. Accuse the questioners of harboring unpatriotic sensibilities. Eventually, even the cagey Wolfowitz admitted that the official case for war was made mainly to make the invasion palatable, not to justify it.”

I still marvel at the propaganda operation that was waged on the American people. At the time I was already up to speed on the alternative reality presented through the Internet, and remember being mystified that anyone could believe the blatant pro-war propaganda.

However, I underestimated the power of the corporate media.

Too many Americans believed the narrative about Saddam as an aggressor–brandishing WMD and palling around with Al Qaeda. The lies that were fed to the them were built on gullible, easily manipulated public opinion fanned by emotive outbursts from politicians and the media.

In the build-up to war with Iraq a decade and a half ago, there were those of us who pushed back on the politicized intelligence that the Bush administration was using to convince the American people of the need to go to war, but for the most part, the media and political establishment parroted these claims. Dissent was ruthlessly suppressed as the Dixie Chicks learned the hard way. It was a shameful period in our history.

Observing the way that liberals have lost their mind over Russia-gate, a similar pro-war ad campaign, it’s apparent that little has been learned. Right now, the neocons, who still control US foreign policy are busy demonizing Russia, and using the same playbook to sell the coming conflict to the American people.

As you might have noticed, the neocons still have tender plans for the Middle-East. Right now, they are hard at work drumming up support for an attack on Iran. Recently, South Carolina Senator, Lindsey Graham wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, where he laid out the case for war with Iran as if the invasion of Iraq never happened and America, in its role as the benevolent policeman walking the beat, has simply been negligent in its efforts to protect the region from the malign Persian influence. In an up-is-down kind of logic, Graham blames Iran, rather than the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, for the ongoing disaster in the region.

However, the invasion of Iraq was the chief cause of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle-East, opening up “the gates of hell”. We can see the smoking ruins, the ongoing violence, the mass displacement and the deaths that have resulted  from the invasion of Iraq. The accumulated evil of the invasion and destruction of Iraq is difficult to fully comprehend.

But rather than leading to substantive changes or reversals in U.S. policies, it’s like the invasion of Iraq never happened. The same cast of neocon-foreign-policy elite are busy plotting further conflicts, having easily overwhelmed Trump’s campaign promises of a non-interventionist foreign policy.

And, why not?

The most enduring legacies of the 2003 invasion of Iraq was that no one has been held accountable. Bush, and the members of his administration rode into the sunset. Mission Accomplished.

There has also been zero accountability for the corporate media stars who cheered on the invasion. In fact, as I’ve noted, being pro-war is great for your career, while being anti-war is guaranteed to deep-six your future in the corporate media.

It’s readily apparent that war is simply another product to sell.

And, business is good.


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Game Changer


The corporate media barely covered it but Russian President Putin’s recent speech was a wakeup call to our neocon-foreign-policy elite.

To understand the geo-political ramifications of this speech, I would recommend the excellent article entitled “The Implications of Russia’s New Weapon Systems” by Andrei Martyanov who offers a superb analysis of what these new weapons mean.

Martyanov writes that, “Vladimir Putin’s March 1st, 2018 address to Russia’s Federal Assembly was not about Russia’s upcoming presidential elections, as many in the election-obsessed West suggest. Putin’s speech was about coercing America’s elites into, if not peace, at least into some form of sanity, given that they are currently completely detached from the geopolitical, military and economic realities of a newly emerging world.”

This warning by Putin occurred against the backdrop of the non-stop Russia-gate hysteria raging in the US. The majority of Americans believe that Russia is the perpetrator of hostilities against the United States, mainly because the neocons and their corporate media handmaidens have promulgated the spurious claims that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.

In my opinion, Russia-gate has been used by our neocon-foreign-policy elite precisely to manufacture public support for escalations against Russia to secure strategic regions and ultimately hobble the emerging Russia-China partnership. The elephant in the room is the American empire and the desperate attempts by the neocon foreign-policy-elite to maintain this empire as American economic and military strength ebbs.

A large part of why Russia-gate has gained such traction is that our corporate media fails to provide history or context. The end result is that most US citizens remain oblivious in our United States of Amnesia.

For instance, few people know that the US, under President George W. Bush, withdrew from the ABM Treaty in 2002. And recently, the US changed its nuclear posture from MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), to a policy of first use of nuclear weapons even in the event of a computer hacking attack.

But, guess what?

The Russians are aware. Just like they know that after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, NATO expanded eastward and now surrounds Russia with hostile NATO members. After promising Russian President Gorbachev that NATO would never “expand one inch to the east”, the US-led military alliance added 13 new countries to its membership. NATO forces now routinely conduct military exercises just miles from the Russian border while anti-ballistic missile systems surround Russia on all sides.

How could the Russians not take these measure as hostile? In fact, Putin was very clear: “You didn’t listen to us then, you will listen to us now”. After that he proceeded with what can only be described as a military-technological bitch-slap, the strategic ramifications of which are historic in nature. In fact, they are a game changer.

Here are the new weapons that Putin unveiled in his historic speech:

–The deployment of the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM with hypersonic maneuverable reentry vehicles

–The deployment of conventionally armed very long-range cruise missiles

–The deployment of a nuclear powered cruise missile with a basically unlimited range

–The deployment of a nuclear powered unmanned submersible with intercontinental range, very high speed, silent propulsion and capable of moving a great depths

–The deployment of the Mach 10 hypersonic missile Kinzhal with a 2000 kilometer range

–The deployment of a new strategic missile Avangard capable of Mach 20 velocities

The weapons systems that Putin announced demonstrate that our neocon-foreign-policy elite have been lying to us. According to these leading-lights, Russia is a basket case, whose economy is on life support, “a gas station masquerading as a country”. The new Russian weapons also demolishes another myth–that the US has better weapons because of our superior technology.

For those of us who’ve been paying attention, the myth of American technological superiority has been apparent for some time.

This brings us to the other elephant in the room–the military/industrial/complex (MIC).

57 years after Eisenhower’s famous speech it’s beyond obvious that the  US military/industrial/complex is concerned with profit not defense.  If the weapons systems don’t work as advertised–oh well. With cost/plus contracts there’s simply more money to be made upgrading said weapons system. At this point it’s probably safe to assume that rather than a bug, it’s a feature of the vaunted US weapons procurement system—delays and astronomical costs of US weapons, which, despite constantly being declared the “best in the world” are no such thing, especially for the prices charged.

Now, with Putin’s Sputnik moment, it’s apparent that Russian weapons rival or are superior to those made in the USA. For example, since WWII, US naval warfare doctrine has emphasized aircraft carriers as the primary means of power projection. For the MIC this carrier centric navy has been a stunningly profitable business operation. However, as Martyanov makes abundantly clear, one of the weapons that Putin revealed has the potential to re-write the rules of naval warfare for a fraction of the cost.

“While Western punditry was discussing all those exotic and, no doubt, stunning weapon systems designed for the delivery of nuclear weapons to any point on the globe with very high precision, many true professionals were gasping for the air when the Dagger (Kinzhal) was unveiled. This is a complete game changer geopolitically, strategically, operationally, tactically and psychologically. It was known for some time now that Russian Navy was already deploying a revolutionary M=8 capable 3M22 Zircon anti-shipping missile. As impressive and virtually uninterceptable by any air defenses the Zircon is, the Kinzhal is simply shocking in its capabilities. This, most likely based on the famed Iskander airframe, M=10+ capable, highly maneuverable, aero-ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers, carried by MiG-31BMs, just rewrote the book on naval warfare. It made large surface fleets and combatants obsolete. More specifically, no modern or perspective air-defense system deployed today by any NATO fleet can intercept even a single missile with such characteristics. A salvo of 5-6 such missiles guarantees the destruction of any Carrier Battle Group or any other surface group, for that matter–all this without use of nuclear munitions.”

Unfortunately, I’m not sure our neocon-foreign-policy elite are capable of heeding Russia’s warning. For whatever reason, whether hubris, lack of military experience, or zero accountability within the Beltway bubble (where being pro-war is always a career enhancer), when one of their hare-brained schemes fails the neocons simply double-down.

They seem to be following the script. In the wake of Rex Tillerson’s firing and Mike Pompeo’s ascendance at the State Department, UN representative Nikki Haley has now specifically threatened Syria and Russia with attack if the Syrian government does not halt its offensive in East Gouta and the Yarmouk camp.

The Russians were quick with a response.

This could get really interesting.







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Surveillance is the business model


In Surveillance Valley, Yasha Levine, challenges conventional wisdom and says that the Internet was actually founded by the US government as part of their counterinsurgency program in Vietnam. The US government wanted to build a connected computer system that could collect and share real time intelligence, observe the world in real time, and watch and analyze people and political movements–especially communist or socialist ones.

“The Internet was hardwired to be a surveillance tool from the start. No matter what we use the network for today–dating, directions, en-crypted chat, e-mail, or just reading the news–it has always had a dual-use nature rooted in intelligence gathering and war…The Internet is the most effective weapon the government has ever built.”

Not only does the US government use the Internet to spy on us but, as Levine discovered, powerful Internet corporations, like Google and Facebook, do too. In fact, their business model is surveillance.

This concept is foreign to most Americans. Since the 90’s when the Internet became widely available to American households the dominant narrative has been that of a liberating technology that decentralizes power, overthrows corrupt states and brings about freedom and democracy.

Levine makes an interesting point about knowledge of this pervasive surveillance. In the 60’s and 70’s political activists understood the dystopian potential of the Internet and saw both government and corporations using it for surveillance and control. Thanks to Silicon Valley PR, the narrative changed to become the story that’s widely accepted today. You know, the one about the nerdy computer engineer bravely standing up to government oppression through the power of the Internet.

“Personal computers and information networks were supposed to be the new frontier of freedom–a techno-utopia where authoritarian and repressive structures lost their power, and where the creation of a better world was still possible. And all that we, global netizens, had to do was get out of the way and let Internet companies innovate and the market work its magic. This narrative has been planted deep into our cultures collective subconscious and holds a powerful sway over the way we view the Internet today.”

Reading Surveillance Valley, gave me a sense of deja-vu. Where had I heard this sort of rah-rah, techno-triumphalism before? Then it came to me, Levine’s take on the Internet was remarkably similar to One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy, by Thomas Frank.

Frank was examining neoliberalism’s market populism but it reads very similar to the techno-triumphalism that Levine recounts. Frank wrote how Americans were seduced and coerced during the 1990s into accepting the free market as the perfect way of arranging human affairs, with the Internet providing the hip new cover story why this time it really was different. With the end of the cold war, the first public enthusiasm for the Internet and the discovery that great profits could be made from youth culture, the corporations saw an opportunity to make themselves seem more heroic, more popular, more hip.

This brave new economy of the 1990’s promised to transform labor and create a workers paradise, with pleasant, engaging tasks and lots of free time. Instead, by 2018, neoliberalism and the Internet have created a workers purgatory, with repetitive, timed labor, and a part-time precariat, largely because the leading intellects of Silicon Valley have ensured that workers are so thoroughly atomized by the gig economy that organizing and solidarity have become almost unimaginable.

The Internet was predicated on surveillance and the business model of the network giants remains surveillance. Not just surveillance, but with most communications occurring on the Internet, censorship too. In America, corporate consolidation and financialization has allowed economic power to be transformed into political power. Therefore, in our corporate/state system of government, corporate censorship is government censorship.

It’s how we roll.

Going further, through corporate and social media on the Internet, the American people are extensively propagandized. Critical thinking is disappearing, replaced by fear, mindlessness and the manipulated passions of the herd.

Those of us who reject this propaganda are being attacked by the Internet gatekeepers who depict alternatives as fake news. When pundits and politicians talk about changing social media algorithms to combat fake news, you have to wonder if their real target isn’t us.

The Internet is an amazing technology that offers the Library of Congress at our fingertips and connects friends and acquaintances half-way around the world. But, as Levine warns, it also allows for government and corporate surveillance and control. And, no, privacy apps like Tor and Signal don’t offer any meaningful protection from this persuasive surveillance. In fact, not only were they designed by the military but the US spy agencies view these cryptography tools as a useful means to concentrate targets in one convenient location. Levine offers up a warning about trusting these privacy apps. “Activists protesting at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016 told me that they were bewildered by the fact that police seemed to know and anticipate their every move despite their having used Signal to organize.”

After reading Surveillance Valley it appears obvious that to have any hope of wresting power from the unelected plutocrats we’re going to have to learn to organize off-line.

Paraphrasing Gil-Scott Herron’s classic protest songThe revolution will not be on social media.






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A dirty game


The sociopathic elite that make up the deep state are playing a very dirty game.

Russia-gate has gone from allegations that Donald Trump personally colluded with Vladimir Putin to deny Hillary Clinton the presidency to the latest indictment of internet trolls from St Petersburg accused of manipulating social media. The whole sorry spectacle has been a year long exercise in hyperbole and breathless media speculation that has not resulted in the impeachment of Trump but has instead brought the cold war roaring back.

Maybe, that was the whole idea?

On February 16 Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for the crime of sowing “discord in the U.S. political system” and encouraging “U.S. minority groups not to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election or to vote for a third-party U.S. presidential candidate.”

In my opinion, the indictments were not designed reveal the truth or bring the accused to justice. They were written to shape public perceptions and to persuade the American people that Trump cheated in the elections and that Russia poses a serious threat to US national security.

The indictments are also a distraction from the allegations that members of the deep state, led by former CIA director John Brennan, surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election by fraudulent means. For instance, the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Trump’s alleged connections to Russia was launched on the basis of information gathered from a report that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign. The surveillance of a Trump campaign member (Carter Page) was approved by a FISA court on the basis of information from that same report.

I can already see the endgame, where Trump is absolved but the charges of Russian malfeasance linger. Going further, I believe that Trump has cut a deal with the deep state where he is cleared of charges and avoids impeachment in exchange for not pursuing the investigation into the deep state surveillance.

In the meantime, it’s obvious that the deep state has accomplished its goal of neutering Trump’s campaign promises of a non-interventionist foreign policy and detente with Russia.

As a bonus, these charges against Russia have transformed liberals into raving McCarthyites, calling for war. Indeed, inflating the threat of Russia has become de rigueur for liberals as well as conservatives and certainly for much of the corporate media. It’s been extremely disconcerting to watch liberals embrace a narrative put forth by the CIA and FBI, institutions that have spent their entire existence in a dirty war against the left. I guess in this day and age of disposable history and instant news updates on the smart device, liberals have forgotten about COINTELPRO and MK-ULTRA?

They’ve obviously forgotten the ability of the US government to marshall the American populace for war. As we’ve discussed previously, the ruling elite figured out to do this with the Creel Committee, led by the nephew of Sigmund Freud–Edward Bernays. This effort at war propaganda led to the nascent public relations and advertising industries, and new and improved war propaganda.

Liberals have also forgotten about all of the times that the US government has used false-flag events to whip the American people into a war frenzy.

Here are some examples of false-flag events designed to drive American support for war:

Operation Northwoods.

Gulf of Tonkin.

In the run up to the first gulf war a young woman who gave only her first name, Nayira, testified that she had been a volunteer at Kuwait’s al-Adan hospital, where she had seen Iraqi troops rip scores of babies out of incubators, leaving them “to die on the cold floor.” Between tears, she described the incident as “horrifying.”

Saddam’s WMD, aluminum tubes, and mushroom clouds.

CNN’s fake interview–On the fifth of April, 2017, CNN staged a fake, scripted interview featuring a seven year-old Syrian girl sounding out pro-regime change talking points syllable-by-syllable using concepts that she could not possibly understand. CNN host Alisyn Camerota was asking the child questions throughout the performance, which means that Camerota necessarily had the other half of the script.

Knowing all the times that they’ve lied, why, on God’s green earth would you believe them?

Thankfully, there are enough of us out there now who disbelieve every establishment utterance.

Don’t think that the authorities have not noticed. The new trend is towards censorship of dissenting voices. Not only that but there is still a tremendous amount of pressure being applied to progressives to join the Russia-gate narrative, as Bernie Sanders is finding out the hard way.

What’s so depressing is that just 15 years ago on March 20th the US invaded Iraq under false pretenses after a prolonged propaganda campaign. Today’s warnings of  Russian aggression is the 2003 equivalent of Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and like the WMD claim, it’s based on zero evidence.

Why, it’s almost as if the American people have been lobotomized.

Russia-gate is ultimately a distraction from the real work we need to do to save our Republic. Thanks to Citizens United, Russian influence is minuscule compared to the influence of our unelected billionaires. These billionaires have captured both political parties forestalling any attempt to change from endless war to programs and policies designed to reverse the savage inequality ripping apart the fabric of our society.

Update: A wee bit of humor in these dark times.



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Deep State–Über Alles


In light of the non-stop yammering about Russian meddling in our precious democracy, it’s time to revisit the concept of an American deep state.

Liberal commentators have heaped derision on the term–deep state, depicting it as Trump supporters protecting the president, but this analysis elides the historical relevance of the concept.

In my opinion, the American deep state exists as an unelected shadow government because it represents what Federalist Papers co-author John Jay articulated“The people that own the country ought to govern it.”

The American deep state thrives on an uninformed and confused populace. The average American is captive to corporate media news and never looks elsewhere for information. Any narrative that counters the official story is deliberately disappeared from view and the result is ignorance of the people and institutions that largely control our country.

The chief player in the American deep state is the CIA. To understand the CIA, it’s incumbent to understand the Phoenix Program (assassinations, death squads, torture, mass detentions, exploitation of information), which since the Vietnam War has been the CIA’s means of controlling populations.

Author Douglas Valentine was the first to document this development in his groundbreaking book–The Phoenix Program, where he gained the trust of CIA insiders to describe their pacification campaign, as first fully developed in Vietnam.

Valentine explains that the Phoenix Program was developed by the CIA in 1967 to combine “existing counterinsurgency programs in a concerted effort to neutralize the Vietcong infrastructure (VCI).” He explained further that “neutralize meant to kill, capture, or make to defect.” “Infrastructure” meant civilians suspected of supporting North Vietnamese and Vietcong soldiers. Central to the Phoenix Program was that its targets were civilians, making the operation a violation of the Geneva Conventions which guaranteed protection to civilians in time of war.

In his  latest book–The CIA As Organized Crime, Valentine connects the CIA’s Phoenix Program to Nazi counterinsurgency warfare during WWII. He says that the Phoenix Program bears an eerie resemblance to German Einsatzgruppen-style special forces and Gestapo-style secret police operations on the Eastern Front. “Both programs were extreme forms of repression operating under martial law principles where the slightest form of dissent was deemed to represent the work of the enemy.”

That the U.S. drew upon German counter-insurgency doctrine is well documented elsewhere. This is shown explicitly in a 2011 article published in the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies entitled–German Counterinsurgency Revisited, by Charles D. Melson.

I believe that the CIA based their Phoenix Program counterinsurgency programs after Nazi ones because of the historical period in which the CIA was created and its leading proponents. No individuals are more important to this effort than the two Dulles brothers–Allan and John Foster.

Going further, the Dulles’s, their elite circle of allies, and the actions they took during the 1930’s are the key to understanding the modern American deep state.

The election of FDR and the implementation of the New Deal was a shocking development to the ruling elite of America. This loss of power and prestige was so traumatic that many of them contemplated changes to our representative system of governance. Gazing at Europe for inspiration, Mussolini and Hitler, came in for special praise. And, support.

One of the darkest secrets of the 1930’s, is the fact that US corporations and banks financed German reconstruction under the Nazis, especially their rapidly expanding armaments industries, in exchange for priceless industrial patents. This funding of German industry continued through World War II and involved some of the most powerful and well known US corporations, such as GM, Ford, and IBM. It also involved powerful US banks and investment houses, and influential Republicans, like George W.’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and the Dulles brothers, Allan and John Foster.

Worried that the defeat of the Nazi’s would cause them to lose their investments, the directors of many of these companies plotted to protect their interests. Law firms like Sullivan and Cromwell specialized in helping to arrange these deals. Before and during the war, the Dulles brothers, Allen (who was a partner in that firm) and John, helped these companies hide their assets. As a result, many Nazi industrialist and their American collaborators maintained their wealth after the hostilites ceased.

Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg once stated that “The Dulles brothers were traitors.” Some historians believe that Allen Dulles became head of the newly formed CIA in large part to cover up his treasonous behavior and that of his clients. One of the most notorious manifestations of this agenda was an attempt to rescue and negotiate with Nazis – against Roosevelt’s wishes – during Operation Sunrise.

Allan and John Foster Dulles are dead but their evil legacy lives on.

With the ongoing revelations of Russia-gate, we should always be mindful of the role of the CIA in disseminating propaganda and disinformation that is complementary to the violent tactics of the Phoenix Program which has been adopted as the model for policing the American empire and maintaining the power of the deep state.




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Won’t end well


Lately, I’ve detected a certain sense of malaise among my fellow citizens.

In my opinion, it’s long been apparent that this won’t end well.

Take the stock market, the indicator that our elite reliably depict as proof of the superiority of American capitalism. Wall Street’s panicked reaction to signs of wage growth shows just how weak the economy is — and how much it caters to the wealthy.

In fact, the stock market, despite commentators cheerful pronouncements about universal ownership, is an elite wealth creation machine that has little to do with the real economy that you and I inhabit. Going further, Wall Street’s recent ascendancy was based largely on decisions made by our unelected Federal Reserve overlords. To fight the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed drove interest rates to record-low levels and injected vast sums of money into the financial system, a process called quantitative easing (QE).

Essentially what happened, is that in the aftermath of the Wall Street crash, the wealthy and corporations and banks they control were bailed out while the majority of Americans were left to slowly twist in the wind.

Expanding our view from the stock market, things look much worse.

Life expectancy in the US has fallen for the second year in a row. This is alarming because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including the US. The decline in US health relative to other countries, however, is not new; it has been unfolding for decades. With the Reagan years came a war on labor, the busting of unions and the war on our meager welfare state. All of these neoliberal “reforms” were consolidated in the Clinton years, as the Democratic party was turned into the other business party.

With household incomes under pressure, people used credit cards and mortgages to fund the semblance of a middle-class standard of living. The financial crisis busted that model apart. Household incomes are still under pressure, but money has been far less easy for the middle and lower ranks than it has been for the upper. Slow growth and popular rage are the result.

The US is also alone among wealthy nations when it comes to extreme poverty. That we tolerate this state of affairs is shameful. After all, in a country that possesses the resources that the US does, it’s obvious that this is a political choice.

Then, there’s the other maladies afflicting the US.

Suicide is a perennial problem throughout the nation. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows the 2016 national age-adjusted suicide rate reached the highest level seen in decades.”

Not just suicide but murder. The US leads the world by a large margin when it come to enraged citizens taking a gun and mowing down their neighbors.

All of these factors points to a day of reckoning that is rapidly approaching. Perhaps the prevalence of school shootings is acting as the proverbial canary in the coal mine?

Don’t think that the elite have not noticed the way things are moving. In my own line of work I interact with the 1% on a regular basis. I can tell you that even though they are doing better that ever, there is a sense of discreet terror. It’s obvious when they discuss all the ways that they’re trying to replicating their own advantages in the education of their little darlings.

And, they’re taking steps to protect their wealth and privilege, working hand in hand with the US government to control the growing unrest. Indeed, many of the institutions and technologies that we take for granted in our high-tech world are dual use and can be turned upon us as a means of repression.

Take the internet, for example. Journalist Yasha Levine has written a bookSurveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet, where he traces the history of the internet to US counterinsurgency programs.

“My research reveals a third historical strand in the creation of the early Internet—a strand that has all but disappeared from the history books. Here, the impetus was rooted not so much in the need to survive a nuclear attack but in the dark military arts of counterinsurgency and America’s fight against the perceived global spread of communism. In the 1960s, America was a global power overseeing an increasingly volatile world: conflicts and regional insurgencies against U.S.-allied governments from South America to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. These were not traditional wars that involved big armies but guerrilla campaigns and local rebellions, frequently fought in regions where Americans had little previous experience. Who were these people? Why were they rebelling? What could be done to stop them? In military circles, it was believed that these questions were of vital importance to America’s pacification efforts, and some argued that the only effective way to answer them was to develop and leverage computer-aided information technology.

The Internet came out of this effort: an attempt to build computer systems that could collect and share intelligence, watch the world in real time, and study and analyze people and political movements with the ultimate goal of predicting and preventing social upheaval.”

It’s a dark take, but I think our plutocratic owners are going to try to abscond with their loot and leave us to rot, while doing everything they can to protect themselves and their property.

Let them eat cake.



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