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The Ongoing Suicide of America: Leftists and Neocons Move to Annul the Vote


The Land of the Free? Globalists and their media marionettes are moving to annul the vote of tens of millions in service of their agenda

Politics indeed makes for strange bedfellows. Proving they’re hardcore authoritarians to the core, people who absolutely hate and despise White America and working class people – the Marxist left in America/Racial Bolshevists – are now teaming up with Neoconservatives in a desperate attempt to crucify the Whitey, anti-Establishment President they hate so much.

They’re shrieking from their crumbling ivory towers the narrative that Trump’s ascendancy to power is illegitimate in a desperate attempt to debase him. Both factions are also pushing for a new Cold War style conflict with Russia, if not a hot war.

Make no mistake, the Marxist/Neocon/globalist faction, often referred to as the corporate-government complex and the Deep State, are attempting to annul the votes of the “deplorables” who elected Donald Trump in service of this agenda. In other words, they’re telling Main Street America to shut the fuck up, sit back and don’t question anything we do and accept your new status as third-class citizens in your own country. Dummy up while we destroy the President you elected and start a new war our paymasters can profit from.

Showing how vicious the Left really is when the self-righteous facade they hide behind is revealed, there are already calls from some corners to impeach Trump before he even gets sworn in. Infowars recently reported on the continuing “It’s the Russians!” narrative being promulgated by the military-industrial complex.

A Democratic Congresswoman has called for Donald Trump to be impeached on the grounds that he coined the term ‘crooked Hillary’ in collusion with the Russian government, even suggesting that the Kremlin was feeding Trump such lines to use during his campaign.

The decrepit, even treasonous John McCain is also pushing for conflict with Russia. As reported by Sputnik News in an astute article entitled The Coup Against Trump:

The Rome of our time is Washington, Russia is Carthage, and today’s Cato the Elder is none other than US Senator John McCain, whose quest for conflict with Russia is unbounded. Indeed for Mr. McCain the belief that Russia must be destroyed has been elevated to the status of a self evident and received truth.

McCain recently leaked a false story about Trump (the one stating Trump had sexual escapades with Russian hookers) and has been attempting to debase him even before he was elected to office. McCain has been pushing for conflict with Russia for years, since the nation is one of the only forces that could stop the globalists’ plans for worldwide domination.

Beyond this collusion of interests singing from the same figurative choir sheet proving both sides of the political aisle are nothing but whores for globalists and the corporate-government complex, Neoconservatives have been pushing phantom enemies for generations to allow the military-industrial complex to continue to gorge itself on the tax money supplied by the very people whose vote they’re trying to annul.

This agenda kicked into high gear in the 1970s and 1980s with Neocons turning Russia into much more of a threat than they really were, then as the Berlin Wall fell Neocons shifted to a strategy of creating a phantom enemy of a worldwide group of terrorists that never really existed. Neocon and globalist attempts to prop this narrative up with fake videos of ISIS and possible false-flag terrorist events conducted on their own citizens is failing.

In short, the people who profit from never-ending war are becoming increasingly desperate to continue the “good vs. evil” narrative. It seems they’re now going back to the tried and true method of villainizing Russia, a nation which in many ways is more democratic than the USA in 2017.

What both the Neocons and the Left don’t seem to grasp is Trump is a man who doesn’t bow to their wailing when they shout racism in service of an agenda of Racial Bolshevism, and Middle America isn’t listening to their commands anymore for them to commit ethnic and economic suicide.

The friction created by the Neocon war mongering combined with the Left’s attempts to cut the legs out from under traditionalists, rural Americans, and conservatives does not bode well for the future of the country, and the rift between the Establishment and the rest of the nation will only grow wider in the coming years and decades.

The saggy-faced Al Sharpton poured fuel on the fire of the anti-Trump agenda with an appearance on MSNBC, in which he echoed John Lewis, civil rights leader turned race racketeer.

There’s no question that the process that elected him was not legitimate.

Sharpton and Co. might as well call Trump a bastard, since shrieking an “illegitimate President” narrative has obvious overtones echoing that term.

Predictable rabble rouser Michael Moore and two washed up actors, Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo, will also be out trying to further silence the Silenced Majority as they protest with other fellow travelers on Inauguration Day.

We are sending a message to Washington that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies, today, tomorrow, and every day.

It’s interesting to point out Trump was never labeled a racist until he opposed the globalist agenda. The race-obsessed left creates the very racial problems they claim to oppose by labeling everyone who doesn’t agree with their Marxism a racist.


The military-industrial complex cannot function and cannot profit without perpetual war

A Nation Destroying Itself from Within

Pollsters with the dying, shameless mainstream media are also putting out more fake polls intended to convince us Trump is unpopular, except a cursory look at who they polled shows the numbers are skewed with heavy Democrat sampling biases. Zero Hedge exposed this tactic:

ABC/Washington Post and CNN are out with a pair of polls on Trump’s favorability this morning that sport some of the most egregious “oversamples” we’ve seen.  The ABC/Wapo poll showed an 8-point sampling margin for Democrats with only 23% of the results taken from Republicans.

This is only the beginning of the globalists’ effort to destroy a democratically elected President. Trump hasn’t even entered the Oval Office yet and everyone from the globalists to race racketeers to the disgraced media are seething and looking to draw blood.

Pat Buchanan’s prescient book Suicide of a Superpower warned of the implosion of the nation happening before our very eyes, brought on by the conflict between degenerate leftists, war mongers and everyone else.

There has been a precipitous decline in the character of our people. We are not the people our parents were. We are not even the people we used to be. This is not the country we grew up in. This is a different country. And given where America is headed morally and culturally, we are not far from a day when traditionalist Catholics will be saying, “This isn’t my country anymore.”

Indeed, upon having that very realization among others, including learning that Anglo women’s predatory female tendencies to demonize men, use men as nothing but utilities, then leave them sexless and alone were indulged by Deep State social engineers pushing feminism and the welfare state for 50 years – and that I cannot fix these problems alone but I can fix my own life by leaving this toxic cultural and national stew – pushed me to expatriate.

Other men are going MGTOW and checking out of the economy for lives poolside for the same reasons, whether they realize who destroyed their families and sex lives or not. The same factions are now moving to destroy the president they elected.

History echoes itself once again, and the prescient wisdom stating a nation cannot be conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within certainly is representative of the ongoing decline and disintegration of America.

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Video of the Week: Engineers and Architects Speak Out on 9/11

Taking the specter of government involvement in 9/11 much farther than some “crazy conspiracy theory” are thousands of high-rise engineers and architects who all say the official account of the collapse of the World Trade Center – both the Twin Towers and especially WTC Building 7 – makes absolutely no sense. They use the scientific method to deconstruct the narrative involving the disaster.

Never heard of these engineering and architectural experts? You can thank the media for blacklisting their compelling and very well-reasoned case, and labeling these giants in their field “truthers.” By the way, the shameless, lying American media recently attempted to coin the term “healthers” for those “crazy people” questioning Queen Hillary’s health until she dropped like a bag of bricks in video the mainstream media “missed” but eyewitnesses (lucky for us deplorables) were able to capture, changing the entire course of the 2016 campaign. She is sick, and the mainstream media owes the “healthers” a massive apology. So, the mainstream media’s myopic opinions and name-calling about so-called “conspiracy theories” have proven to have the same value as a steaming pile of excrement. The “truther” producers of the film write:

As millions of people are becoming aware that they haven’t gotten the whole story on 9/11, over 1,700 architects and engineers are leading the way at AE911TRUTH, with dozens of these professionals giving testimonials in this documentary, putting their careers on the line in their demand for a new independent investigation. High-rise architects, structural engineers, scientists, physicists, chemists, scholars, educators, firefighters, forensic fire engineers, demolition experts and others also testify in this ground-breaking scientific assessment of the events at the World Trade Center.

The sudden, complete collapse of the third skyscraper, WTC Building 7 at 5:20pm on 9/11 at free-fall acceleration, is now being seen around the world as “the smoking gun” which disproves the official story about 9/11. These experts also introduce additional “overwhelming evidence” for a controlled demolition hypothesis of the three World Trade Center highrises – which raises many disturbing questions.

The film does not speculate – but does empathize with viewers by also introducing the professional perspectives of eight psychologists who explain some of the reasons why it is so hard for people to face the scientific evidence. This is the most scientific and compelling 9/11 documentary film to date.

The physics don’t add up. The fact no highrise building in history has collapsed as the result of a fire doesn’t add up. The engineering doesn’t add up, as the Twin Towers were designed to withstand an impact from larger airliners than the ones that impacted them. Jet fuel and office fires don’t melt steel beams, as several engineers explain in the film. Eyewitness accounts don’t match the narrative. The government’s actions following the disaster don’t add up, particularly rounding up all the evidence and shipping it to China. The fact Donald Rumsfeld announced $2.3 trillion was missing from the Pentagon the day before 9/11 doesn’t add up.

Many Americans will dismiss government involvement offhand when one discusses this event. But one must ask, is this out of fear of reality people behave this way? Are myths really that powerful for the average person? As Carl Sagan told us:

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.

I, more than anyone wish we didn’t have to consider government involvement in terrorist acts. But, considering Neoconservative philosophy and policy which provides motive, and compartmentalization of information which provides method, we must be skeptical of a government that has repeatedly lied to and deceived its citizens about…well…everything.

The film is highly recommended, as it provides insight into just how rotten the official account of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers is. When engineers with lifetimes of experience building the very type of buildings that collapsed call bullshit on the official account of the collapse, and illustrate how the buildings could not have fallen at freefall speed without the help of demolitions explosions, the official narrative gets blown up.

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth is our video of the week.

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A Dozen States Have More Painkiller Prescriptions Than People


Cutting the supply of illegal drugs only makes the demand for legal drugs increase – demand overall stays the same

Opioids are becoming the new cocaine as iron-fisted drug laws force drug addicts away from street corner drug dealers and towards pill-pushing prostitutes with medical degrees. After all, why risk going to jail in the biggest prison state the world has ever seen when you can doctor shop until you find one who is willing to write you a prescription for powerful, and legal drugs?

Prescription opioids are quite similar to heroin in chemistry and effects on the user. Of course, heroin is illegal. But fear not, the medical-pharmaceutical establishment has heroin proxies. Today’s current class of opioids are incredibly powerful, and are proving addictive as most of the people who get hooked on them do so after surgery. So, it’s not just doctor shopping drug addicts who go looking for pills. Some of the biggest opioid name brands include:

  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Palladone
  • Vicodin
  • Percodan
  • Tylox
  • Demerol

There are legitimate uses for these drugs, but when enough prescriptions are being written that every American adult could pop a pill every 4 hours for a month there is obviously a problem! That’s a lot of people in severe pain, apparently. Opioids were designed for people with severe pain that other medications may not alleviate. Here’s how these drugs work:

Opioid drugs work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. They reduce the sending of pain messages to the brain and reduce feelings of pain. Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe pain that may not respond well to other pain medications.

Deaths from opioids, usually obtained legally with a prescription, or swiped for free from the medicine cabinet of a friend or relative have shot up nearly 400% since 1999, displacing cocaine as the number one killer of drug addicts. Here’s how the deaths currently break down.

  • Opioids: 18,900
  • Heroin: 10,600
  • Benzodiapenes: 7,900
  • Cocaine: 5,400

Despite the fact legal prescription drugs kill nearly 2,000 times more people than mass shooters, the Marxist media throws its weight behind a gun control agenda and not finding a solution to a much deadlier problem.


OxyContin has been a favorite of prescription drug abusers for a generation

Drug Dealers with Medical Degrees

Showing the influence of the police state cutting supply but doing nothing to diminish demand for drugs in a sometimes miserable society to live in, doctors are now writing 219 million prescriptions annually, up from 76 million 25 years ago. These statistics from the CDC show just what a windfall shifting supply from drug dealers to doctors has been for not only shameless quacks but unscrupulous drug companies.

Sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, but there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain Americans report. During this time period, prescription opioid overdose deaths increased similarly. The supply of prescription opioid pain relievers remains high in the U.S. An estimated 1 out of 5 patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in office-based settings.

According to Frontline, a dozen states now have more prescriptions than people:

  • Alabama: 142.9 per 100 people
  • Tennessee: 142.8
  • West Virginia: 137.6
  • Kentucky: 128.4
  • Oklahoma: 127.8
  • Mississippi: 120.3
  • Louisiana: 118
  • Arkansas: 115.8
  • Indiana: 109.1
  • Michigan: 107
  • South Carolina: 101.8
  • Ohio: 100.1

What’s the government’s solution? Why, more regulation of course! But what proponents of the Drug War fail to realize is prohibition always fails. If there is a demand for a product, there will be a supply for it no matter how many lives are destroyed. Decriminalizing drugs and seeking treatment for those with drug addictions rather than tossing them into crowded jails and making them unemployable with criminal records is not helping the problem.

When a nation has 5% of the worlds population but consumes 75% of its drugs, and has large swaths of people abusing opiates or popping antidepressants like SSRIs, it screams that nation has deep problems well beyond the scope of simple drug addiction. It implies life has become so painful people are looking for any escape they can get their hands on. The marginalization of men, trivialization of sex roles, lifting up of the lowest most degenerate segments of society and making them the role models, debasing the culture, rewriting history, breaking down the nuclear family, among other travesties is why Anglo culture has become spiritually dead in the 21st century.

Millions of people will do something – anything – to get away from being turned into a corporate happiness machine, debased of their biology and humanity. That includes medicating themselves with illegal – and legal drugs.

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The Mysterious Death Of Iraq Veteran And “Gray State” Film Director David Crowley

Gray State is a dystopian film project centered around current trends in American government

Gray State is a dystopian film project centered around current trends in American government

The director of a dystopian film five years in the making entitled Gray State was found dead, along with his 28-year old wife and 5-year old daughter in their Minneapolis home last year. Screenwriter and Iraq Veteran David Crowley is said to have committed murder-suicide, killing his Pakistani wife Komel and daughter Raniya. At least, that is the official story.

Officials say Crowley shot his family and then himself after learning a deal to finish the Gray State project fell through. Musician and friend Jordan Page said Crowley was negotiating a $30 million production budget with a major Hollywood studio to finish the film. Crowley was a former Army soldier who met his wife Komel while serving in Texas. She converted from Islam to Christianity for the marriage.

Neighbor Collin Prochnow grew suspicious when he saw unopened Christmas presents lingering on the couple’s doorstep three weeks after the holiday. He decided to check on them, and found the family dead inside their home. Following his death, the future of the Gray State project is in doubt as Crowley’s colleagues wrote:

The future of Gray State is uncertain… please understand we are all in complete shock by this having lost a great friend.

Interestingly, Gray State is a movie about emerging world government, which dramatized FEMA camps, the police state, martial law, RFID chip implants, state violence against the citizenry, false flags, and the loss of freedom. The film shows U.S. military patrolling American streets, FEMA soldiers shooting dissenters, surveillance cameras in homes, and a “cashless” society in which one has to be implanted with a chip to buy food from government-run food distribution centers because supermarket shelves are empty.

This is the concept trailer, which shows how far production on the film was before Crowley’s untimely death. The tag line for the film is The Second American Revolution may not be remembered.

Intimidation Tactic

Many of Crowley’s followers feel he was murdered as an intimidation tactic, and as a warning to those would pick up the Gray State mantle and try to alert the masses to what’s coming. Live Free or Die posted this reaction on All News Pipeline:

With ‘watchmen’ and US Patriots/Veterans now under what appears to be a well-coordinated assault to silence them, were the deaths of Crowley and his wife and child another such move by a NWO now desperate to continue their long-held plans? Were these deaths REALLY murder suicide or something MUCH more sinister?

A Facebook page has been set up calling for Justice for David Crowley, which aims “to help clear the good name of David Crowley.” The page currently has over 7,000 supporters.

Since most of the people involved with the film are advocates for personal liberty speaking out against organizing world government and the loss of liberty, a box office success of the film could help spark a wider awakening and change in public opinion. It is plausible that striking at the shepherd to dispel his followers was the real reason behind Crowley’s death.

The crime scene offers up questionable evidence, including an opened Quran, Allahu Akbar written on a wall in the home in blood, and a quickly scribbled note which is claimed to be the suicide note. Investigators said Crowley wrote Allahu Akbar as a swipe at his wife after he killed her, which is strange since she converted to Christianity to marry him. Crowley’s neighbor Prochnow, who discovered their bodies, said he never heard the couple fighting and that they seemed an idyllic family. This makes the murder-suicide claim all the more suspicious. Further, why would Crowley kill his own 5-year old daughter? Why did the neighbors not hear gunfire? The issue has never received the attention or scrutiny it deserves.

When looking at the intimidation tactic angle, it helps to examine Crowley’s project further.

Gray State director James Crowley with his wife and daughter, all were found dead weeks after Christmas in their home

Gray State director James Crowley with his wife and daughter, all were found dead a few weeks after Christmas in their home

Film Synopsis

The film description for Gray State picks up where Orwell, Huxley, and Bradbury left off. Here is the synopsis:

The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order.

Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control. Fear mongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance – these are the terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and everyone becomes a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.

This is the backdrop to an unfolding story of resistance. American militias prepare for guerilla warfare. There are mass defections from the military as true Patriots attempt to rally around the Constitution and defend liberty, preparing a national insurgency against federal forces, knowing full well this will be the last time in history the oppressed will be capable of organized resistance.

It is a time of transition, of shifting alliance, of mass awakening and mass execution. It is an impending storm, an iron-gray morning that puts into effect decades of over-comfort and complacency, and Americans wake up to an occupied homeland. It is a time of lists. Black list, white list, and those still caught in the middle, those who risk physical death for their free will and those who sell their souls to maintain their idle thoughts and easy comforts. It is in this Gray State that the perpetuation of human freedom will be contested, or crushed.

Is it the near future, or is it the present? The Gray State is coming – by consent or conquest. This is battlefield USA.

The idea behind the film is as chilling as it is prescient about current world events. This documentary about the film, entitled Behind The Veil, offers astute commentary as to what is going on in the world and why those involved with the film felt it was so important to get it released. In the documentary, when asked is Gray State real Lead Actor Danny August Mason said this to interviewers:

Absolutely it’s real. We see it every day. We see it in the news. We see it in headlines, but people still don’t acknowledge it. People don’t want to recognize that it’s actually here.

Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, seen in the behind the scenes documentary has perhaps the most chilling and relevant commentary:

If we allow democracy, through negligence, and carelessness, and the crude ambition for money, power and glory of politicians, to be handed away as we already have in Britain, to a super-national entity which we do not elect and cannot control, then you become just another police state. The freedom of the people will no longer be guaranteed by their own voices and their own vote. There will be an increasing gulf fixed between the governing class which will wield all realistic power, and the governed who will wield none. We’ll be right back to square one, and all the work of your Founding Fathers will be carelessly set to naught by the very people to whom you have entrusted the defense of that Constitution.

Stifling debate about the issue of encroaching tyranny by eliminating or censoring other views has been the modus operandi of authoritarian governments since time immemorial.

Vincenzo Camuccini, "The Death of Caesar" (1798)

Vincenzo Camuccini, “The Death of Caesar” (1798)

Political Assassinations

Going back thousands of years, the political elimination of enemies of the state or those who reveal dirty deeds is nothing new. It was a regular occurrence in Roman government. If one scratches the surface, the Crowley death is just one of many deaths of those who do not adhere to the official narrative coming out of Washington that have occurred under mysterious circumstances.

A cursory Google search will reveal numerous credible sources asking questions that never get asked by the mainstream media about whistle-blowers randomly dying of everything from high speed car accidents (Michael Hastings) to heart attacks (Andrew Breitbart) to cancers (Aaron Russo, who refused to be recruited by the Rockefeller family) when they challenge corporate-government power brokers. What makes these deaths suspicious is the fact they came either as major stories were about to be broke or after the whistle had already been blown.

Speaking of heart attacks, interestingly, confirmed the existence of a heart-attack gun by digging up Congressional testimony from the 1970s. Keep in mind, this technology is now 40 years old, and even then the U.S. had the technology to fire a heart attack dart into a target—a dart so small it was imperceptible as it enters the victim and leaves no evidence other than a tiny red dot. The toxin breaks down and is undetectable in an autopsy. This interview with a former CIA agent is very revealing and includes relevant testimony from the Congressional Church Committee in 1975, who wanted to find out what they shadowy agency was up to.

There are also other assassination techniques such as the infamous “polonium sushi” and tea meal (KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko) and electronically hijacking cars causing them to suddenly speed out of control, such as some claim in the mysterious death of Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings. A Wikileaks document from 2010 reveals CIA Director John Brennan was on a witch hunt against investigative journalists like Hastings who the agency perceived as hostile. San Diego 6 News (yes, the legacy media!) even reported this email about the Michael Hastings incident, sent by none other than Fred Burton, head of Stratfor, which is often referred to as “The Shadow CIA”:

Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.


The just-leased Mercedes C250 coupe of another whistle-blower, journalist Michael Hastings, aflame after a mysterious high speed impact in 2012

At the time of his death, Hastings was working on a story about Brennan. Hastings had previously brought down General Stanley McChrystal with an award-winning story. Hastings, much like Gray State director Crowley, was also a vocal critic of the growing surveillance state who referred to Obama administration censorship and blackballing of journalists as a “war on journalism.” The potential motives in both deaths are easy to see.

As previously mentioned, assassinations for political reasons are nothing new. What is new is the fact millions of people are waking up from the collective delusion that dominated the Television Age. We have seen media talking heads at least appear to be controlled opposition quite often. Once the Internet Age destroyed the propaganda model of mass communication, all sorts of chilling stories and inconvenient realities started to emerge. Chalk it up either to conspiracy theories, a CIA-created term invented to discredit dissenters, or to something more sinister going on—that really should not come as a surprise when reviewing the history of governments and of the human species.

Why are false flags and politically motivated assassinations hard to believe when such a small percentage of people control virtually all the wealth and power in the world, and have weapons and tactical killing strategies at their disposal that most dare not dream of? Many ask how can that many people be in on a crime when nobody speaks out or spills the beans. This question was broached a few months back in my expose entitled “Compartmentalization and Conspiracy Theories.” Compartmentalization of information is so effective at hiding state secrets it was successfully used to have thousands of people working on the Manhattan Project without knowing they were building a nuclear bomb.

As former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura pointed out, people who scoff at conspiracy theories of 9/11 actually believe in a conspiracy theory themselves. They believe a conspiracy of mostly Saudi Arabian terrorists were able to get funding from a man living in caves in Afghanistan, remain undetected, then conspire to commit the worst act of terrorism to date. In this case, either one conspiracy theory is true or another one is true. Which do you believe?

For these reasons alone, it behooves us to treat each untimely death of people who challenge those in power with at least a modicum of suspicion. Not every trail will lead to a conspiracy. But there are a lot of people dropping if you are paying attention, and Crowley was working on a film that could be devastating to the consolidation of centralized power in Western governments. Those in power have the means, they have the motives, and they have ways of keeping their activities secret. Are we supposed to believe it’s preposterous that forces are at work silencing people each time another whistle blower falls? Do people in government really have that strong a moral compass? Often, it’s not a conspiracy as much as it is oligarchy, psychopathy, and greed.

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The Rise of the Politics of Fear, Part 2

In Part 1 of The Rise of the Politics of Fear based on the documentary The Power of Nightmares by Adam Curtis, a history of the radical Islamists and the Neoconservatives is presented from the late 1940s through 1980. These distant groups share the same view that the root cause of disintegrating Western culture is liberalism. Indeed, both groups are correct that liberalism is causing the disintegration of the West. However, the responses of both groups to correct the damage done to society by liberalism lead to disaster. The radical Islamists become terrorists and the Neoconservatives create huge myths instead of telling the truth to the American public, a policy which has directly lead to increasing authoritarianism and the curbing of freedoms in America.


Reagan meets with the Mujahadin (who the U.S. supplied $40 billion of aid and weapons to and Bin Laden trained with) and later gave a 1985 speech saying, “They are our brothers, these freedom fighters, and we owe them our help…these men are the moral equivalent of America’s Founding Fathers.” Source

The Mujahadin, “The Moral Equivalent of America’s Founding Fathers”

After the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, the Islamists and Neoconservatives (who seem like natural allies in the fight against liberalism to many at the time) teamed up to fight against the Evil Empire in Afghanistan. To influence public opinion and policy, the Neoconservatives created powerful myths to make the USSR seem like much more of an imminent threat to America than it actually was, as the entire socialist system was rotting from within. Rather than telling the public the truth that the U.S. could bankrupt this system through the strengths of capitalism, Neocons resorted to Straussian mythmaking. They told voters and other government agencies the Soviet Union had weapons it did not actually have in order incite fear in the American public and consolidate their power, as well as start an arms race which benefited the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned about. The CIA knew these claims were exaggerated, and denounced the mythmaking until William Casey took over the agency.

As the first Space Shuttles launched, Ronald Reagan dedicated the Columbia to the heroic Mujahadin “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan.

Just as the Columbia, we think, represents man’s finest aspirations in the field of science and technology, so too does the struggle of the Afghan people represent man’s highest aspirations for freedom. I am dedicating, on behalf of the American people, the March 22nd launch of the Columbia to the people of Afghanistan.

A total of $40 billion in U.S. aid flowed to this group through the 1980s. Reagan also invited the Mujahadin “freedom fighters” into the White House, later lauding them as “The moral equivalent of America’s Founding Fathers,” along with other groups the neoconservatives said were “freedom fighters” in a 1985 speech.

These speeches were part of an agenda in which Neoconservatives said powerful good vs. evil myths needed to be told to the public – rather than telling the truth and letting voters make a rational judgement. This view, that the public is too stupid to understand policy and that citizens needed to be told simple, emotionally powerful myths was not only championed by Leo Strauss, but has been practiced since the 1920s in both corporate and government spheres of influences. The concept of emotional manipulation rather than intellect guiding public decisions was invented by the father of public relations, Edward Bernays. Bernays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and his theories have been used since the 1920s to manage public opinion. Because this practice bypasses the rational decision making of man and relies on emotional simplification and myth, critics have called the practice enlightened despotism. As a result, a myth of America as the only force for freedom and good in the world was told to the masses rather than the truth. Richard Perle, Assistant Secretary of Defense under Reagan explains the reasoning behind this policy.

We’re closer to being revolutionaries than conservatives, in the sense that we want to change some deeply entrenched notions about the proper role of American power in the world. We want to see that power used constructively, and to enlarge the opportunity for decent governance around the world. We’re not happy about the old, cozy relationships with dictators.

That idea indeed sounds logical, except for the mythmaking. Meantime, the U.S. was supplying the Mujahidin with advanced weapons, billions of dollars in funding, giving glowing public relations speeches about them, and creating an American alliance with the Islamic resistance was the result of this policy. As long as the Soviet Union was the bad guy, the CIA continued funding and training the very Islamic fighters it would later brand as the next force for evil in the world once the decrepit Russian economy collapsed.


After the Berlin Wall fell and the decrepit USSR collapsed, Neoconservatives needed to find a new enemy for their epic battle of Good vs. Evil

Bin Laden Enters the Picture

Meanwhile, the leader of the Afghan resistance, Abdullah Azzam saw the war against the Soviet Union as the first step in a much wider Islamic revolution. He and the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to see Islam govern the Middle East with Sharia Law. The Islamists turned ever more radical as time went on, and they became stronger with U.S. money and weapons flowing in. Abdullah Anas, General Commander of the Afghan Arabs in Northern Afghanistan tells us it was not long before Osama bin Laden arrived.

Osama came to participate in 1985. When he was—when he came, as you know, he is, he came from a rich family from Saudi, and he had much, much money to spend. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam was a scholar, he can organize the Afghans, but he is not a rich man. So when Osama came, he filled in this gap. So the main duty of Osama at that time was spending money.

Ayman Zawahiri, returning from prison after the assassination of Egyptian President Sadat, along with other radicals believed democracy let politicians become the highest authority rather than the Koran and endorsed terrorism as a way of “waking up” the masses. Zawahiri and his group also viewed America and its liberalism as a source of corruption of these ideals. Radical Muslims including Zawahiri, who cozied up to the money man Bin Laden began to challenge the leadership of Abdullah Azzam, who was eventually killed in a car bomb in Peshewar.

By the late 1980s, Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbechev, facing a collapsing economy was forced to try and negotiate a peaceful withdraw from Afghanistan. Gorbechev told reporters:

The state of the Soviet Union and its society could be described very simply with a phrase used by people across the country: We can’t go on living like this any longer. And that applied to everything. The economy was stagnating. There were shortages. And the quality of goods was very poor. We had to finish this war, but in such a way that the Russian people would understand why tens of thousands had died. We couldn’t just run away from there in shame, no. We needed to find a process.

As a result of the Russian desire to withdraw from the Afghan war, both sides, the Neocons and their allies the Islamists claimed victory. As the USSR plotted its exit strategy from Afghanistan, Gorbechev warned Americans the Mujahidin they were funding, training, and supplying with weapons would lead to the most extreme forms of Islam rising up and terrorism becoming a threat. Later, as the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union crumbled, forcing the Soviets out of Afghanistan, the Neocon good vs. evil narrative concluded and a new enemy had to be found. Melvin Goodman, Head of the Office of Soviet Affairs in the CIA said this about the mythological good vs. evil battle the Neocons had created and then had to sustain:

I think probably one of the greatest myths in America, in the political discourse now, right now, is that actions of the American government were responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union collapsed like a house of cards because it was a house of cards. It rotted away from within. The economy was rotten, the political process was rotten, they had developed a central government that was no longer believed by people outside of Moscow, there was total cynicism throughout the Soviet system of governance, there was no real civil society. And the United States missed all of this, because they believed their own myths and their own fanciful notions. They had become their own victims of their own lies.

As the Islamists celebrated victory, Zawahiri seduced Bin Laden and his money to come join the extremists. Along with the Muslim Brotherhood, they wanted to use the Koran as a political framework and let people vote to end democracy in Algeria and Egypt. In effect, they wanted a fundamentalist government to be legitimized by a final election before voting was ended permanently. Elections to institute this form of government were ultimately cancelled and the Muslim Brothers arrested. The Brotherhood saw this as evidence of the corruption of liberalism from the West and shifted tactics to jihad, just as Gorbechev had warned the U.S. would happen years earlier when they were funding, training, and praising the group.

The Neocons continued on with their good vs. evil strategy and next moved to topple Saddam Hussein, who had been a close ally of the United States in the 1980s. Rather than pressing on to Baghdad to oust Hussein after his army was defeated, Bush I devised a strategy similar to Henry Kissinger’s: achieving a balance of power. Bush ultimately decided to leave Hussein in power after the successful Gulf War had gutted him militarily. Paul Wolfowitz and other Neoconservatives were furious at his decision. They saw Bush’s decision as a corruption of liberal relativism entering the Republican party.

In a move to oust what they saw as this liberal corruption of society’s values from politics, Neoconservatives moved to the right and wanted to ban abortion, gay rights, and end multiculturalism, many of the ideas that today seem like good policy in that liberalism is indeed destroying the foundations of society. They did not succeed as liberal Bill Clinton was elected in 1992.

Zawahiri and Bin Laden continued jihad through the 1990s, but were losing the battle for the hearts and minds of Islamists, finding themselves increasingly isolated and desperate as U.S. training and funding of the Islamists had ended.


After 9/11 the U.S. entered the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

Second Iraq War

Zawahiri had unsuccessfully attempted to create revolutions throughout the Islamic world since the 1980s using terrorism. Along with Bin Laden, he returned to Afghanistan in the late 1990s. Zawahiri subscribed to the ideals of Sayid Qutb, who believed in using the benefits of Western science and technology, but believed (as the Neoconservatives correctly believed) Western liberalism would ultimately destroy society. After failing to incite revolution in the 1990s, the group changed tactics as explained by Gilles Kepel, Historian of the Islamist Movement:

They had no revolution at all. I mean, they had failed in their takeover, they had failed to topple the powers that be, and, you know, they became more and more interested in this idea that only a small vanguard could be successful. I mean, they had lost confidence in the spontaneous capacity of the masses to be mobilized. Then they decided to change strategy completely, and instead of striking at what they called the near enemy—i.e., the local regimes—they decided that they could strike at the far away enemy—i.e., at the West, at America—and that would impress the masses, and the masses would be mobilized.

This new strategy ultimately led to suicide bombings outside American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These moves were on the fringes of the Islamist movement and did not have wide support. Most Islamists had no interest in attacking America. Beyond a small group, Bin Laden and Zawahiri had no formal organization, that is, until the Neoconservatives invented one for them. The Neoconservatives, who came back into power after the Clinton administration, took the failing Islamist movement and began to spin it into another good vs. evil narrative, which they said was controlled from bin Laden’s secret lair in Afghanistan. Jason Burke, author of Al Qaeda explains how they began to construct a case under the RICO statute, a law intended to be used against mafias and crime families but now used to fight a shadowy terrorist group.

The picture that the FBI want to build up is one that will fit the existing laws that they will have to use to prosecute those responsible for the bombing. Now, those laws were drawn up to counteract organized crime: the Mafia, drugs crime, crimes where people being a member of an organization is extremely important. You have to have an organization to get a prosecution. And you have Jamal al-Fadl and a number of other witnesses, a number of other sources, who are happy to feed into this. You’ve got material that, looked at in a certain way, can be seen to show this organization’s existence. You put the two together and you get what is the first bin Laden myth—the first Al Qaeda myth. And because it’s one of the first, it’s extremely influential.

The idea—which is critical to the FBI’s prosecution—that bin Laden ran a coherent organization with operatives and cells all around the world of which you could be a member is a myth. There is no Al Qaeda organization. There is no international network with a leader, with cadres who will unquestioningly obey orders, with tentacles that stretch out to sleeper cells in America, in Africa, in Europe. That idea of a coherent, structured terrorist network with an organized capability simply does not exist.

Many believe Jamal al-Fadl lied to give the Americans what they wanted. Indeed, he was paid off by the American government and given witness protection after he had stolen a large sum of money from Bin Laden. Vincent Cannistraro, former Head of Counterterrorism in the CIA explains the playbook.

What the Neoconservatives are doing is taking a concept that they developed during the competition with the Soviet Union, Soviet Communism was evil, it wanted to take over our country, wanted to take over our people, our classrooms, our society. It was that kind of concept of evil that they took—an exaggerated one, to be sure—and then apply it to a new threat, where it didn’t apply at all, and yet it was layered with the same kind of cultural baggage. The policy says there’s a network, the policy says that network is evil, they want to infiltrate our classrooms, they want to take our society, they want all our women to wear veils, and this is what we have to deal with and therefore since we know it’s evil let’s just kill it, and that will make it go away.

The next series of events that occurred after this stated desire to create an epic new Good vs. Evil narrative and the effort by the FBI to create a case under RICO, are explained by Adam Curtis, journalist and author of The Power of Nightmares:

[Even though the terror network did not really exist] what did exist was a powerful idea that was about to inspire a single, devastating act that would lead the whole world into believing the myth that had begun to be constructed in the Manhattan courtroom.

The terrible 9/11 attacks resulted in thousands of deaths, which the Bush administration said happened at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists mainly from Saudi Arabia, but funded and trained by the elusive Bin Laden. After the Islamists’ deadly triumph on 9/11, they were destroyed within months by the U.S. military. The Neoconservatives were not satisfied with this outcome, however. They began to construct another narrative which would ultimately lead to the Iraq War. The narrative gave politicians enormous power in an disillusioned age of liberalism and the politicians with the darkest nightmares became the most powerful.

Donald Rumsfeld went on Meet the Press to sell the illusion of the Al Qaeda network. His main piece of evidence was a map of Bin Laden’s underground lair, which Russert described during the interview.

RUSSERT : A complex. Multi-tiered. Bedrooms and Offices on the top, as you can see. Secret exits on the side, and on the bottom. Cut deep to avoid thermal detection. A ventilation system, to allow people to breathe and to carry on. The entrances, large enough to drive trucks and even tanks. Even computer systems and telephone systems. It’s a very sophisticated operation.

RUMSFELD : Oh, you bet. This—this is serious business. And—and there’s not one of those; there are many of those.

Rumsfeld’s Mountain Fortress diagram below, claimed to be a massive compound underneath a hollowed out mountain in Tora Bora complete with everything from munitions to offices to hydroelectric power generated inside the mountain, said by Rumsfeld to represent how advanced Al Qaeda had become was a complete and total fantasy. As the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, nothing of the sort was found. The administration’s claims of a massive stockpile of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in Iraq, said to be the reason for invading Iraq was also proven to be another fantasy.


Bin Laden’s Mountain Fortress Command Post in Tora Bora, said to exist by Donald Rumsfeld but later proven to be a fantasy

Another Good Vs. Evil Fantasy

Beyond the fantasies of the Bin Laden Mountain Fortress, the farcical massive terror network spanning 60 countries and the WMDs in Iraq, the Neoconservatives also scared the public into believing a dirty bomb could go off in their neighborhood at any time, at the same time the Patriot Act, the first in a long line of freedom-curbing laws was passed. Lewis Koch of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists explains how the dirty bomb idea was another Neocon fantasy:

The dirty bomb—the danger from radioactivity is basically next to nothing. The danger from panic, however, is horrendous. That’s where the irony comes. This—instead of the government saying, “Look, this is not a serious weapon; the serious danger of this is the panic that would ensue, and there is no reason for panic. Don’t panic.”

Neoconservatives Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle, back in power 20 years after Reagan under Bush II, were once again constructing an enemy for a showdown in good vs. evil, even though the Al Qaeda network was proving not to exist. In reality, the 9/11 attacks had been an incredible stroke of luck for two insane radicals, Zawahiri and Bin Laden. George W. Bush pressed on with the Al Qaeda narrative, echoing the FBI’s RICO statute court case detailed above:

Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods, and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of terror.

He also returned to the good vs. evil narrative.

This is our calling. We’re going to find those who, uh, who, uh, uh, those evil-doers.

In parallels between the myths created about a hidden web of worldwide terrorism run by the Soviet Union 20 years earlier, the Neoconservatives told the public myths about another web of evil, this time run from caves in Afghanistan but with aims to build weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This led to the bloody and expensive Iraq War. However, just as the Soviet Union was failing on its own because Communism does not work, the radical Islamist movement was also failing on its own but the Neoconservatives  profited from it financially and politically. Adam Curtis closes out this arc of mythmaking with this paragraph:

What the British and American governments have done is both distort and exaggerate the real nature of the threat. There are dangerous and fanatical groups around the world who’ve been inspired by the extreme Islamist theories, and they are prepared to use the techniques of mass terror on civilians. What is new is the way the American and other governments have transformed this complex and disparate threat into a simplistic fantasy of an organized web of uniquely powerful terrorists who may strike anywhere and at any moment. But no one questioned this fantasy because, increasingly, it was serving the interests of so many people. For the press, television, and hundreds of terrorism experts, the fact that it seemed so like fiction made it irresistible to their audiences. And the Islamists, too, began to realize that by feeding this media fantasy they could become a powerful organization—if only in people’s imaginations.

Perhaps the best thing for politicians to do – once the mass belief in this dark form of mythmaking has ended – and as the dark fantasies of Neoconservatives and the Utopian fantasies of liberals continue to fail, would be to admit both sides of the political aisle have run out of fantasies to sell the public and start telling us the truth.

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