And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)
According to Fred Branfman, it is the executive branch of the US government: http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/worlds-most-evil-and-lawless-institution-the-executive-branch-of-the-u-s-government-by-fred-branfman/ It is a matter of indisputable fact that the US Executive Branch has over the past 50 years been responsible for bombing, shooting, burning alive with napalm, blowing up with cluster bombs, burying alive with 500-pound bombs, leveling homes and villages, torturing, assassinating and incarcerating without evidence more innocent civilians in more nations over a longer period of time than any other government on earth today. If a handful of Executive leaders could unilaterally and secretly destroy the 700-year-old civilization on the Plain of Jars, it meant that America was not a democracy, that the US was a government of men, not laws. And it meant that these men were not good and decent human beings, but rather cold-blooded killers who showed neither pity nor mercy to those whose lives they so carelessly destroyed. That such utter moral depravity now could be called "the indispensable nation" is mind-boggling. I tremble for my country when I reflect that G-d is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
It sure looks like things have gone sour in Californication land: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-truant-kids-20130930,0,7573219.story Americans have have split into two main cultures: one which believes in the "dream" and is willing to pursue it in the traditional way, and one that has abandoned the dream (or was abandoned by the dream itself) and who wants to construct its own way of life. If our money woes keep sucking all the capital out of this country, the part of our population which has abandoned the dream will grow, and grow, and grow. And DC is doing NOTHING to help restore the dream. Nothing.
Apparently Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill will soon tell us how the NSA helps Obama ad-Dajjal kill people: http://www.infowars.com/reporters-to-reveal-us-assassination-program/ However, as I posted a few minutes ago, Obama ad-Dajjal is empowered to do anything he wants, without ANY limits: http://sainthoward.blogspot.com/2013/09/i-have-seen-light.html So far we have had revelation after revelation of the unconstitutionality and illegality of the actions of the US government, both domestically and internationally, and NO ONE is willing to do anything about it ... except to talk, and talk, and talk. A tyrant unopposed becomes a greater tyrant. To once again paraphrase Patrick Henry: And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the administration and Congress. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. "Land of the free"? "Home of the brave"? Not any more ... unless we stop talking and DO something.
Continuity of government (COG) measures were instituted on 9/11/2001, and the United States has been in a declared state of emergency since 9/14/2001. The "rules" of the COG measures are classified, and not even Congress has been allowed to see them. The Supreme Court has never ruled on their legality or constitutionality. However, it is widely believed that these COG measures allow the President to suspend the Constitution in the event of emergencies, including unspecified emergencies, as he sees fit. This possibility has been confirmed by several unclassified executive orders. Congress, although by law required to debate and vote on the reason(s) for and the continuation of the so-called state of emergency has never done so. This is why Obama ad-Dajjal has been able to do anything he wants, because the COG/State of Emergency supposedly allow him to do so. Congress, in truly cowardly fashion, has allowed this situation to go unchallenged. I suggest this is so because they silently approve what is happening and want the President to openly suspend the Constitution and rule by decree. I predict this will happen soon. One of the following "disasters" will be used as the pretext:
A prolonged government shutdown, or
A prolonged Congressional logjam, or
A wide scale terrorist attack, or
Civil unrest, possibly that which will follow one or more of the aforementioned disasters.
The bottom line is this: don't bother to argue what the US Constitution does or does not allow. IT HAS ALREADY BEEN SUSPENDED, and the powers that be can literally do whatever they want. And we the people no longer have any effective tools with which to challenge the ongoing coup d'état which began on September 11, 2001. Do you see the light? http://youtu.be/yv_E8eBbaOs
Since the towers obviously WERE stuck by lightning, I'm not sure what his statement signifies; something deficient in his detection system, or something strange about the twin towers. I'll let you know when I figure it out.
Obama ad-Dajjal and his Israeli puppet masters may be planning a nuclear attack on Iran, or
Someone may be planning a false-flag nuclear terrorist attack on the United States.
I would expect at least some of our generals to protest such things, but I also would expect Obama ad-Dajjal to fire such rebellious generals and find someone else to do his bidding. If the entire officer corps does not resign in protest, it will be the greatest betrayal in our history. You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.
Are we being invaded? Why else would police departments need MRAPs? http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/dallas_county_now_has_its_very.php In truth we ARE being invaded, but the police aren't doing anything about THAT. All this military hardware, guns, and ammunition being purchased by federal, state, and local authorities will be used to SUBDUE the US population. Starve us, shoot us, subdue us; that's the plan. To paraphrase Patrick Henry: What means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can you assign any other possible motive for it? Has the United States any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of tanks, guns, and ammunition? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the bankgangsters and corporations have been so long forging. If you disagree, please show me your proof.
I'm with Pat Buchanan: http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/republicans-fix-bayonets/ If it takes a government shutdown, then that's what it takes. And NO ... Obama ad-Dajjal cannot raise the debt ceiling by executive action: US Constitution, Article I, Section 9: 7: No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time. Congress isn't broke just because. It's broke because thugs like Obama ad-Dajjal and his minions WANT to break it. If Obama ad-Dajjal won't follow the Constitution, then shut the government down ... and don't fund anything until AFTER he has been impeached and removed from office. If Biden pulls the same shit, then impeach him too.
Here is another must-read essay on the deep politics behind 9/11. This one is shorter and much easier to read than the one I posted earlier: http://www.globalresearch.ca/9-11-deep-state-violence-and-the-hope-of-internet-politics/9289
The author (Peter Dale Scott) has some really astounding credentials. Glance at his website, and you will be amazed at all of the stuff he has written: http://www.peterdalescott.net/q.html
You might also like to watch this 28 minute video in which he discusses the concept of "deep politics", although the audio quality is very bad: http://youtu.be/5A5cNiiMRng By the way, in the above essay the part dealing with "the hope of Internet politics" is a tiny fraction of the whole essay. I also disagree with any such concept. The DARPA Internet we all use is a carefully crafted tool for spying on both individuals and large populations. Any hope that it can be used to fight our monstrous government is a delusion.
If you have a spare hour, I suggest you spend it listening to Professor Peter Dale Scott's video on the suspension of the US Constitution which has taken place through Continuity of Government (COG) measures enacted as part of the 9/11 State of Emergency: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWVTkUMXcU0&feature=share&list=PLKCCfw4BC2dgRD7RrnkI9JUXwoFYDh1R1 In case you missed it, Obama ad-Dajjal once again extended the 9/11 State of Emergency on 9/11/2013: http://news.antiwar.com/2013/09/11/obama-renews-911-state-of-emergency/ Apparently this will be a semi-permanent "state of emergency". How can this be done without even a Congressional vote? I guess it's easy when Congress consists of 535 cowards. The Republic is indeed dead; the coup d'état of 9/11/2001 did us in. Obama ad-Dajjal is merely a sock puppet for the cabal that caused 9/11 and the powers for whom they work, powers that are not finished with their plans to turn us into serfs. By the way, the apparent earlier rationale for FEMA to build detention camps (i.e., to hold illegal immigrants) is no longer valid (if it ever was). The immigrants are going to be legalized, which means the existing detention camps can be used primarily to house political prisoners prior to their summary execution.
Clearly, if our children start using this stuff they don't think they have a good reason to live: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/26/first-cases-flesh-eating-drug-krokodil-surface-in-us/ Dr. Lewis Nelson, a medical toxicologist at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York, also said in 2011 that he doubted krokodil would reach the United States due to the availability of other cheap, powerful drugs such as black tar heroin and Oxycontin. Well that's a comforting thought: black tar heroin is readily available in the US, and cheap too. I feel a LOT better about our children's future knowing that. Let's see ... we can afford sending our troops to Afghanistan to protect the poppy crop, but we can't stop the heroin from coming into our country. Gee, I wonder why?
So says Judge Andrew Napolitano in this EXCELLENT essay: http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2013/09/25/is-the-fisa-court-constitutional/
And he's right. Bush, Obama ad-Dajjal and their minions have SHREDDED the US Constitution, and our Republic is dying ... perhaps already dead.
What has taken its place? A supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.
The ruling moral absolute is expressed by the core master idea behind the “supranational sovereignty” of an “intellectual elite and bankers”: “limitless capital accumulation - - - the highest right and moral duty”.
Leo Strauss (attributed)
How did this come about? An end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.
Of course, a frontal assault every now and then, such as 9/11, helps too.
Had you forgotten that the World Trade Center was a Rockefeller project, with the twin towers nicknamed David and Nelson?
David knows what happened. You damn well better believe he knows. The real question is: was 9/11 the fruition of the long range plans of the Titans, or the doing of the upstart Olympians who intend to take their place?
GREER: You read the classics at Annapolis, Kara. Do you recall The Titans? The old gods? They were so afraid of the new gods, their own children, that they ate them. You work for the old gods, Kara. And they betrayed you. They were willing to kill you because they're afraid. They have an inkling of what happens next. STANTON: If you don't work for the MSS, then why are you here? GREER: Because unlike the CIA, my organization still thinks you could be VERY useful. STANTON: You think I'd work for you? (Laughs bitterly.) If I break your neck, can I go back to watching TV? GREER: No Kara, I know you wouldn't work for us. Not for money. As I said, money is not my business. I can offer you what your old employers couldn't, or wouldn’t, give you. I can give you an answer. You merely have to tell me the question. STANTON: Who? Who did this to me? GREER: Precisely. Not your old boss, Mark Snow. I've a fairly graphic idea of your plans for him. But the person truly responsible. The person who sold the laptop in the first place. STANTON: In exchange for what? GREER: Do you remember how the Titans were finally killed? Before they could eat their youngest child, Zeus, he wrapped a boulder in his swaddling clothes and then watched as his father choked on it.
[borrowed from https://www.personofinterestdiscussion.com/node/603]
In the fantasy world of the TV show "Person of Interest", the boulder in swaddling clothes appeared to have been the virus which was used to shut down The Machine. In our fantasy world, the boulder appears to have been 9/11.
It's funny how we can see things so clearly in our TV fantasy world, but then refuse to see them in the fantasy world in which we are forced to live. Is it because we know we are helpless, and would prefer to cherish our old fantasies instead of dealing with the new ones? By the way, the boulder on which Zeus's father choked may have been the omphalos stone at Delphi:
There also was a famous oracle at Delphi. Hmmm ... Oracle ... you don't suppose that Larry Ellison has anything to do with this, do you?
The fall TV season has started, and tonight I tried to watch the latest episode of NCIS (recorded last night). I gave up after a few minutes. I refuse to watch any more "war on terror" or anti-Iran propaganda. Could Hollywood be any more obvious in their lying for the US government and their Israeli pals? I read the following essay instead - The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S.Criminal State: http://www.journalof911studies.com/resources/2013McMurtryVol35Feb.pdf I will warn you: it's long (67 pdf pages), difficult to read (strange terminology and syntax), and a wee bit repetitious. But if you want to understand the deep politics behind 9-11 and what's really happening in the world and in the US today, you need to read this. If anyone can refute the arguments in this essay, I would like to hear from them. But if all you have to say is some version of "he's a conspiracy nut", please don't bother.
So says this article: http://www.mintpressnews.com/group-of-truckers-propose-strike-to-shut-down-america/169523/ Don't know if this is a good idea or not. There would be plenty of ways for the government to break such a strike, and in the aftermath our independent trucking industry might disappear. Free trade has not yet run its course. As corporations consolidate and gobble up resources, and as companies like Amazon.com get into the grocery business, transportation costs will become an ever more important part of the finance equation. I'm sure they would just LOVE to crush the trucking industry and replace it with one more to their liking.
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM) (Arabic: حركة الشباب المجاهدين; Ḥarakat ash-Shabāb al-Mujāhidīn, Somali: Xarakada Mujaahidiinta Alshabaab, "Mujahideen Youth Movement" or "Movement of Striving Youth"), more commonly known as al-Shabaab (Arabic: الشباب, "The Youth" or "The Boys"), is the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda. [from Wikipedia]
Sounds more or less like a Somali version of the Taliban, no?
What did al-Shabaab just do in Kenya, and why? Here are two analyses: http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-kenyan-massacres-roots-in-americas-somalia-policy/ http://scotthorton.org/2013/09/23/92313-thomas-c-mountain/
How should this be characterized? Here are some definitions [all from Wikipedia]: War is an organised and often prolonged armed conflict that is carried out by states or non-state actors. It is characterised by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction. Asymmetric warfare is war between belligerents whose relative military power differs significantly, or whose strategy or tactics differ significantly. Terrorism is the systematic use of violent terror as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition. Humanitarian intervention has been defined as a state's use of military force against another state when the chief publicly declared aim of that military action is ending human-rights violations being perpetrated by the state against which it is directed.
The impression I get from all this is that if you are a nation, and especially if you are the United States, you can use all the extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction you want, and it will be deemed to be "war" or maybe even "humanitarian intervention". Anyone who fights back, justified or not, will be called a "terrorist".
Here's something we should consider, Colonel Kurtz's soliloquy from Apocalypse Now: I've seen horrors... horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that... but you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror... Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we, because they could stand that these were not monsters, these were men... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love... but they had the strength... the strength... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us.
Men who are moral ... and who are able to kill without judgment.
To whom does that description apply: to us, or to al-Shabaab? To both, or to neither?
People in the Horn of Africa are starving, and again we are using food as a weapon against them, aiding the processes of starvation and killing as just another phase of our war on Islam: http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/u-s-government-to-blame-for-somalias-misery/
Libya was a breadbasket for the region, so we destroyed it and stole their water. Syrians were suffering from drought and famine, and instead of helping we fomented their civil war. Egypt also may soon be suffering from famine, so our ally Ethiopia is damming the Blue Nile River, which will make that famine worse.
Is our goal to starve them? Do we really expect no one to fight back? And when they do fight back, will we call it "war" or "terrorism", or will anyone even be able to tell the difference?
Another song / video by David Rovics: http://youtu.be/LYW6S3hHvrI Americans don't want to know, and those who do know say they don't. That's what the Nazis said: "we didn't know". It was BS then, and it's BS now.
Good essay by Paul Craig Roberts: http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/09/washingtons-tyranny/ Who will liberate Americans from Washington’s tyranny, overthrow the executive branch dictatorship, and bring freedom and democracy to America? No mere human being can or will do all these things. However, Jesus Christ will liberate everyone from earthly tyranny, overthrow all earthly dictatorships, and bring justice to the world. He will NOT "bring freedom and democracy" in the sense meant by Roberts to anyone. He will establish a Kingdom of G-d based upon G-d's eternal laws; in other words, a true theocracy based on true justice. The Kingdom of G-d ain't no democracy, and its only freedom is freedom from evil. 99.99% of what America now is don't belong in the Kingdom of G-d. Get ready for a rude shock.
Lie, after lie, after lie. Anyone who believed what that lying bastard (Obama ad-Dajjal) said deserves what this program has become: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/obamacare-one-blow-after-another-97231.html But hey ... I bet the illegals will like it. Why not? Free medical, free food, and they probably won't have to wait in line like the rest of us do. AND they can sign up to vote whether they are legal or not. Talk about manipulating the electorate. Wasn't Tom DeLay persecuted for a mild version of this? What a stupid country.
So says Professor Allen Smith in this believable essay: http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/09/ronald-reagan-and-the-great-social-security-heist/
Reagan, along with George W. Bush and Obama ad-Dajjal, was one of the biggest liars ever to sit in the White House. EVERYTHING he did, including his supposed contribution to ending the Cold War, worked to the detriment of American citizens.
I think we should divert the Pentagon's entire budget into the Social Security Trust Fund until all the stolen money is paid back. I'm sure our "patriotic" generals wouldn't mind, and they can pay for military salaries by diverting some of the drug money they have been siphoning out of Afghanistan. Or maybe they could get by on the $2.3 trillion that Rumsfeld lost track of, which by the way is almost enough to repay what was stolen from the SS Trust Fund: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-325985.html
Another innocent person beaten by a mob in NYC: http://news.antiwar.com/2013/09/23/sikh-professor-beaten-by-nyc-mob-called-terrorist/ Of course no one was arrested. Was anyone arrested when we illegally invaded Afghanistan and Iraq? Was anyone arrested when we (allegedly) murdered Osama bin Laden? Was anyone arrested when our drones murdered hundreds of innocent people in SW Asia and Africa? America is a land of hatred, and the US government has plenty of experience fomenting that hatred and using it for its nefarious purposes.
More illegals have been crossing our southern border: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/23/pew-poll-illegalimmigrationontheriseinus.html And why not? They smell a good deal, and things just aren't that good down south. What I don't get is that we are already broke and don't have enough money for food stamps or Social Security, but somehow we can afford benefits AND free medical care for millions of new immigrants? Can you see what's wrong with this picture?
Apparently Brazil wants to rebuild its portion of the Internet to thwart NSA spying: http://www.mintpressnews.com/could-brazil-actually-keep-the-nsa-out-of-its-internet-traffic/169335/ Two observations: (1) Jeez, it's the DARPA Internet ... so what did you expect? Of course they were spying on everyone. (2) There's a lesson still to be learned here, one that Americans (of the US variety) still haven't figured out. FREE TRADE means that bankgangsters and the undead (a.k.a. corporations) have the RIGHT to take whatever they will and make money from it. You and idiotic members of your Congress and so-called "regulators" are the people who invented and legalized stupid shit like this. Now it's your turn to be screwed, and you don't like it? SO SORRY !!! Dumbasses !!!
Lest we forget, the 9/11 "patsy" Osama bin Laden denied all responsibility for the attacks of 9/11: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/11/26/the-osama-bin-laden-myth-2/ He was never tried for his "crimes", and in fact the US did not try very hard to bring him to justice. The questionable "assassination" brought an end to the charade when he no longer served any purpose in America's war on Islam (a.k.a. The Global War on Terror). Do you remember Andrew Cunanan, the man who allegedly killed Lee Miglin and Johnny Versace? With the help of the FBI, America was led to believe that Andy went on a nation-wide killing spree, evaded capture during an intense manhunt, and finally shot himself in Miami. And we all bought it. Only problem was an eyewitness who says that Andy was living in that houseboat in Miami the whole time he was supposedly out and about killing all those people. What's easier to believe: a blizzard of "information" from The Mighty Wurlitzer, or real evidence from an eyewitness? Obviously we'd rather believe the government, often to our detriment.
So say the Russians, as quoted by Robert Fisk in this essay: http://www.zcommunications.org/gas-missiles-were-not-sold-to-syria-by-robert-fisk.html
If the Russian claim is correct, then it's likely these weapons came from Libya.
And maybe THAT is why Obama ad-Dajjal is trying so hard to stop anyone from finding out what really happened in Benghazi and why. If the CIA was running an arms bazaar in Libya, this would all make sense:
Kill Muammar al-Gaddafi
Ransack his country
Steal his weapons
Transfer them to America's friends in al-Qaeda
Launch them in Syria in another of America's false flag attacks
And suddenly we have the "evidence" we need to bomb another sovereign nation.
Clever, but criminal. By the way, Dr. Webster Tarpley confirmed a similar scenario on his website: http://journal-neo.org/2013/09/18/rus-siriya-zapad-fal-sifitsiruet-fakty-po-himoruzhiyu/
You know, if we had put Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra thugs in jail we might have been able to prevent all this. It just goes to show that when cowards let their own war criminals go free, there will be more war crimes.
What is the "Federal Reserve Bank" doing? What will be the legacy of all the cheap money they are creating? Here are some suggestions from the WSWS website: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/23/pers-s23.html
One thing is certain: by buying up all these cheap assets, the Fed is making itself one of the biggest "owners" of property in the US. When the shit hits the fan, many of us will discover that the Fed is our landlord, and I don't think compassion will be high on their list of priorities. And here's another analysis of the same issue, one that predicts that soon all the money we pay to the IRS will go to fund the debt; i.e., the Fed will get every penny we pay: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101062461
If you haven't read Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, you should. The US is now being subjected to the same process he describes in the book: persuade governments to borrow more money than they can possibly repay, and then subject their economies to draconian measures when things collapse. In other words, sell them the rope with which to hang themselves.
Isn't that exactly what is happening? Who are the shareholders of this "bank", and what is their agenda? SO SORRY !!! It's a privately held corporation that has never been audited. What a stupid country !!!
Pope Francis has attacked the global economic system which worships the god of money: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/pope-attacks-global-economics-worshipping-god-money-100212602.html I think we're past due for some liberation theology, and this is the pope who can lead the charge. Churches should NOT continue to support a political/economic system which regards people as a commodity (best case) or as refuse (worst case). Does G-d want the one percent to have everything and the 99 percent to have nothing? I don't think so.
This is a fairly long essay by Arthur Silber, and its significance won't be obvious as you start reading it: http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2013/09/dying-for-control-ii-exhausted-culture.html
In spite of that, you should read it if you have time.
Combined with John Cobb's essay "Truth, 'Faith', and 9/11" (http://sainthoward.blogspot.com/2013/09/truth-faith-and-911.html), it should give you a good understanding why otherwise intelligent people have allowed themselves to be fooled by the government's 9/11 conspiracy theory. Our "nationalist faith" and our lifelong obedience training override our powers of observation and rational thinking. And if you're interested, here's a link to more info about the Asch experiment mentioned in Silber's essay: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments
By the way, this phenomenon of conformity and obedience is chillingly similar to what happened to the German people as the Nazis led them down the road to destruction. Obama ad-Dajjal imitates Hitler in all things. The longer he is President, the more America will imitate Nazi Germany in all things.
Excellent essay by Professor John Cobb: http://rl911truth.org/index.php/related-911-articles/65-cobb-john-b-truth-faith-and-911
It explains the concept of "nationalist faith" and shows how such "faith" is blinding us to the truth.
And this begs the question, "Is 'nationalist faith' the 'strong delusion' mentioned in this Biblical passage?" And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 KJV
Within the context of Professor Cobb's essay, I would say the answer to that question is "yes".
And if that be so, then our "patriotism" is indeed from God, but He gave us this to BLIND us ... NOT to enlighten us.
And what would America do with the truth anyway? Don't we worship an idol, the so-called Statue of Liberty, whose formal name is "La Liberté éclairant le monde (Liberty enlightening the world)"?
That's the only enlightenment WE want.
The collapse of the WTC
by Kevin Ryan Underwriters Laboratories Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 NOTE: The following letter was sent by Kevin Ryan of Underwriters Laboratories to Frank Gayle of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Underwriters Laboratories is the company that certified the steel componets used in the constuction of the World Trade Center towers. The information in this letter is of great importance.
Having recently reviewed your team's report of 10/19/04, I felt the need to contact you directly.
As I'm sure you know, the company I work for certified the steel components used in the construction of the WTC buildings. In requesting information from both our CEO and Fire Protection business manager last year, I learned that they did not agree on the essential aspects of the story, except for one thing - that the samples we certified met all requirements. They suggested we all be patient and understand that UL was working with your team, and that tests would continue through this year. I'm aware of UL's attempts to help, including performing tests on models of the floor assemblies. But the results of these tests appear to indicate that the buildings should have easily withstood the thermal stress caused by pools of burning jet fuel.
There continues to be a number of "experts" making public claims about how the WTC buildings fell. One such person, Dr. Hyman Brown from the WTC construction crew, claims that the buildings collapsed due to fires at 2000F melting the steel (1). He states "What caused the building to collapse is the airplane fuel…burning at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The steel in that five-floor area melts." Additionally, the newspaper that quotes him says "Just-released preliminary findings from a National Institute of Standards and Technology study of the World Trade Center collapse support Brown’s theory."
We know that the steel components were certified to ASTM E119. The time temperature curves for this standard require the samples to be exposed to temperatures around 2000F for several hours. And as we all agree, the steel applied met those specifications. Additionally, I think we can all agree that even un-fireproofed steel will not melt until reaching red-hot temperatures of nearly 3000F (2). Why Dr. Brown would imply that 2000F would melt the high-grade steel used in those buildings makes no sense at all.
The results of your recently published metallurgical tests seem to clear things up (3), and support your team's August 2003 update as detailed by the Associated Press (4), in which you were ready to "rule out weak steel as a contributing factor in the collapse." The evaluation of paint deformation and spheroidization seem very straightforward, and you noted that the samples available were adequate for the investigation. Your comments suggest that the steel was probably exposed to temperatures of only about 500F (250C), which is what one might expect from a thermodynamic analysis of the situation.
However the summary of the new NIST report seems to ignore your findings, as it suggests that these low temperatures caused exposed bits of the building’s steel core to "soften and buckle." (5) Additionally this summary states that the perimeter columns softened, yet your findings make clear that "most perimeter panels (157 of 160) saw no temperature above 250C." To soften steel for the purposes of forging, normally temperatures need to be above1100C (6). However, this new summary report suggests that much lower temperatures were be able to not only soften the steel in a matter of minutes, but lead to rapid structural collapse.
This story just does not add up. If steel from those buildings did soften or melt, I’m sure we can all agree that this was certainly not due to jet fuel fires of any kind, let alone the briefly burning fires in those towers. That fact should be of great concern to all Americans. Alternatively, the contention that this steel did fail at temperatures around 250C suggests that the majority of deaths on 9/11 were due to a safety-related failure. That suggestion should be of great concern to my company.
There is no question that the events of 9/11 are the emotional driving force behind the War on Terror. And the issue of the WTC collapse is at the crux of the story of 9/11. My feeling is that your metallurgical tests are at the crux of the crux of the crux. Either you can make sense of what really happened to those buildings, and communicate this quickly, or we all face the same destruction and despair that come from global decisions based on disinformation and “chatter”.
Thanks for your efforts to determine what happened on that day. You may know that there are a number of other current and former government employees that have risked a great deal to help us to know the truth. I've copied one of these people on this message as a sign of respect and support. I believe your work could also be a nucleus of fact around which the truth, and thereby global peace and justice, can grow again. Please do what you can to quickly eliminate the confusion regarding the ability of jet fuel fires to soften or melt structural steel.
1. http://www.boulderweekly.com/archive/102104/coverstory.html 2. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 61st edition, pg D-187 3. http://wtc.nist.gov/media/P3MechanicalandMetAnalysisofSteel.pdf 4. http://www.voicesofsept11.org/archive/911ic/082703.php 5. http://wtc.nist.gov/media/NCSTACWTCStatusFINAL101904WEB2.pdf (pg 11) 6. http://www.forging.org/FIERF/pdf/ffaaMacSleyne.pdf
Site Manager Environmental Health Laboratories A Division of Underwriters Laboratories
[borrowed from http://www.septembereleventh.org/newsarchive/2004-11-11-ryan.php]
$$$$$$$$ NOTE: Kevin Ryan was then fired from his position at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and wrote this second letter.
A Personal Decision by Kevin Ryan
Have you ever found yourself caught between several hundred million people and their most cherished lies? After writing a letter to a government scientist, pleading with him to clarify a report of his work, I found myself in just that situation. The letter was circulated on the Internet and for a brief time I became a reluctant celebrity. Of course I stand behind what I wrote, although it was originally intended as a personal message, not an open letter. Since many have asked for clarification, here is my message to all.
To me, the report in question represents a decision point, not just for the US, but for humanity as a whole. We're at a point where we must decide if we will live consciously, or literally give up our entire reality for a thin veneer of lies. In the US these lies include cheap propaganda that passes for journalism, police-state measures that promise security, and mountains of debt that paint a picture of wealth. Additionally we've adopted many implicit self-deceptions, like the idea that we'll always enjoy a limitless share of the world's resources, no matter where these are located or who might disagree.
All people lie to themselves. It's one of the most important things we have yet to accept about our own nature. We lie to ourselves to justify our past actions, to protect our self-image, and to promote ourselves relative to others. This lying is at the root of many of our problems (e.g. nationalism and racism). Until we see this, and strive to understand if not control it, the resulting problems will continue unchecked and the outcome will be certain. Any organism or society that makes self-deception its modus operandi will make many bad, and ultimately fatal, decisions. The day will come when we are collectively fooling ourselves in such a way that we essentially trade everything we have for what's behind our fantasy curtain. It appears that day is near.
The official conspiracy theory of 9/11 is a key part of our current self-deception. More importantly, this story may be our last chance to see just how critical our situation is so that we can all stop, and begin working together to solve the real problems we face. These problems, for the US and the world as a whole, amount to a growing storm of factors including environmental changes, resource depletion, and growth in resource usage.[1,2] Undoubtedly the secret Energy Taskforce report of May 2001 would verify this, and help us to understand that our government is responding to some of these threats with a carefully laid out plan. This plan assumes that people cannot rise above their own natural, ego-based self-deception, and therefore few of us will survive the coming storm. In essence, they're betting against us.
Anyone who honestly looks at the evidence has difficulty finding anything in the official story of 9/11 that is believable. It's not just one or two strange twists or holes in the story, the whole thing is bogus from start to end. In my previous job I was in a position to question one part, the collapse of three tall buildings due to fire. But this isn't really a chemistry or engineering problem, and may be best approached initially through statistics.
The three WTC buildings in question weren't all designed the same way and weren't all hit by airplanes. The only thing they seemed to have in common were relatively small and manageable fires, as indicated by the work of firefighters right up to the moment of collapse. From the government's report we know that only a small percentage of the supporting columns in each of the first two buildings were severed, and that the jet fuel burned off in just a few minutes.
To follow the latest 'leading hypothesis', what are the odds that all the fireproofing fell off in just the right places, even far from the point of impact? Without much test data, let's say it's one in a thousand. And what are the odds that the office furnishings converged to supply highly directed and (somehow) forced-oxygen fires at very precise points on the remaining columns? Is it another one in a thousand? What is the chance that those points would then all soften in unison, and give way perfectly, so that the highly dubious 'progressive global collapse' theory could be born? I wouldn't even care to guess. But finally, with well over a hundred fires in tall buildings through history, what are the chances that the first, second and third incidents of fire-induced collapse would all occur on the same day? Let's say it's one in a million. Considering just these few points we're looking at a one in a trillion chance, using generous estimates and not really considering the third building (no plane, no jet fuel, different construction).
How convenient that our miraculous result, combined with several other trains of similarly unlikely events, gives us reason to invade the few most strategically important lands for the production of oil and natural gas. As I said, this is not about chemistry or engineering. Our continued dependence on this highly improbable story means that we have a desperate need to believe it. It is, in fact, a psychology problem.
Solving the problem is a personal challenge, and involves at least three-steps. First, we have to admit we were wrong, and that we were fooled. This is not easy for most people, but congratulations to the neo-cons for noticing that their political opponents seem to be least able to admit they were wrong on any significant issue. Secondly, we have to see that terrorism is actually much worse than we feared because the terrorists are in charge. Such a pause on a national scale would be dramatic to say the least. If we get to the third step we begin to realize the scope of change necessary to move forward in a conscious manner. Obviously the US government must be substantially changed and/or forgiven. New cooperative, multinational agreements would need to be implemented immediately.
If you make it through step one and care enough about people to work for step three, you may face ridicule and isolation. You may lose your income and some friends, but if we continue down the same path there's a real chance you're going to lose those anyway. On the upside you may be able to hold on to some sense of integrity. The only thing you can be certain of is that we're all in this together. No matter how you voted, what credentials or positions you hold, or what faith you have in people, you will face the consequences of our collective self-deceptions. Now is the time for each of us to decide between a stormy reality and what's behind the fantasy curtain.
1. http://www.energybulletin.net/primer.php 2. http://www.worldwatch.org/press/news/2005/05/12/ 3. http://www.septembereleventh.org/newsarchive/2005-05-22-571pglie.php 4. http://www.peakoil.net/uhdsg/UppsalaProtocol.html
[borrowed from http://www.911review.com/articles/ryan/personaldecision.html]
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In other words, the government's "9/11 conspiracy theory" that al-Qaeda destroyed the WTC buildings is based upon fantasy instead of accepted scientific and engineering principles. And too few people are willing to risk their jobs to tell us the truth.