As more and more studies demonstrating the corrosive effect of psychopathy on government, finance, and business emerge, researchers have begun to explore how our society itself has been molded in the psychopaths’ image. Now, one of those researchers, Stefan Verstappen of ChinaStrategies.com, shares his insights on psychopathy in modern culture.
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By James Corbett
April 24, 2013
It has often been observed that the war on terror is unwinnable. After all, how could a war on an abstract noun ever have its “Mission Accomplished” moment? It is, according to this wisdom, meant to drag on forever.
Just because a war can’t be won, however, doesn’t mean it can’t be lost. The truth is that the war on terror is over. And America has lost.
Just look at the images of the Watertown lockdown. A city under a supposedly “voluntary” lockdown that was in fact enforced by bands of roving SWAT team members going door to door, forcibly removing people from their own homes at gunpoint. Whatever the use of the word “voluntary” might mean in this case, I defy anyone to differentiate these images from a martial law scenario.
And yet, amazingly, the media does not show us images of enraged Bostonians. It does not interview those who were treated this way by the SWAT teams. It does not ask those people directly affected what they think, or report on dissent. Instead, we are shown images of mindless celebrations orchestrated to the score of that age-old chant of the mob that has lost all capacity to reason critically: “USA! USA! USA!” Surely it is a mob far under the hypnotic spell of the mainstream fear programming that can cheer the destruction of their own rights. It is even more perverse that this destruction is being done in the name of two bumbling college-age boys who, it must be stressed, have yet to be proven guilty of anything.
The irony seems to be lost on much of the American population that scenes like these are precisely what the all-pervasive “terrorist” boogeymen supposedly want: a people so enslaved to the fear of their own shadow that the actions of two hapless misfits can cause such chaos and the disruption of so many people’s lives. This irony is certainly NOT lost on a government that has tried its utmost to make people afraid of the so-called terrorist threat over the past decade.
Yes, the terrorists hate you for your freedom. So who are the terrorists? And who is trying to take away your freedoms?
If terrorism is the use of violence to further political ends, then the real terrorists by definition are the ones who are ramping up the fear after each and every incident in order to shape the public’s perception. Has some shadowy group of scary bearded men with turbans really caused the American population to cower in fear at the first sign of a homemade explosive anywhere in the country? Or has the government and their cronies in the media primed the population to be afraid of something that, statistically, is less likely to kill someone on American soil than a bee sting?
In the end, the questions answer themselves. All that is needed is reflection over what we have witnessed play out over the past week: an Orwellian two minutes of hate directed not at these boys– about whom almost nothing is known except for their previous contact with the FBI–but at the ghost that has been haunting America’s nightmares ever since the Bush Administration conjured them into existence.
These ghosts will continue to haunt the American population until they, and their like-minded allies around the world, choose to wake up from the nightmare. After all, you can’t win a fight against a ghost. You can lose one, however. The events of the past week have proven that much.
This article first appeared in The International Forecaster newsletter.
FBI whistleblower and BoilingFrogsPost.com editor Sibel Edmonds joins us to discuss the recent Boston bombing hysteria and the potential geopolitical implications of the American public’s “discovery” of Chechen terror. We discuss Sibel’s work exposing the US/NATO roots of so-called Chechen terrorism, and what the FSB’s involvement in this twisted tale might mean in terms of future Russian-US relations.
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Far from abandoning its atomic program – North Korea is now reportedly seeking international recognition, as a Nuclear armed state. The US had laid out disarmament as a condition for talks. But Pyongyang’s official newspaper says if negotiations happen – it will be between equal, nuclear armed nations.
RT discusses the North’s atomic aspirations with James Corbett, the editor of The Corbett Report.
The specter of terror is once again being raised to haunt the collective consciousness of the American psyche. But as the terror meme rears its ugly head, we see an understanding of false flag terrorism creeping into the mainstream discourse. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore the real terror paradigm and examine who really hates you for your freedoms.
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Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:
Story #1: Boston Marathon Bombings Fuel Conspiracy Theories, Speculation Of False Flag Operations
Boston Marathon Massacre: Police Don’t Deny Running “Drills On Morning Of Attack”
Boston Marathon Runner: ‘Police Warned of Training Exercise’
‘Daily News’ Doctored Front-Page Photo From Boston
Did Anonymous Find The Boston Bombers?
FBI Cancels Press Conference Amid Conflicting Reports
Story #2: Federal Employee Financial Disclosures To Remain Offline
From SOPA to CISPA
How Your ISP Will Take Six Strikes At Suspected Pirates
Video: Adam Kokesh’s Copyright Alert
Story #3: Epicenter of Quake Misses Iran’s Nuclear Sites
Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea
Strong Japan Quake Injures 23; Aftershocks Expected For About A Week
Japan Sends Mistaken Missile Alert to Airports After Quake
In Light Of Biggest Solar Flare Of Year, Did Piers Corbyn Predict All Of This?
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by James Corbett
April 17, 2013
People around the world watched in horror this week as explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, turning a day of sportsmanship and celebration into one of shock, grief and outrage. As with all such events, the desire to discover who was behind this cowardly act has driven many into a speculative frenzy. And, in a sad reminder of the indoctrination that the Western world has been under for over a decade now in the mythical “war of terror,” it did not take long at all before the collective finger of the mob was pointed squarely in the direction of Muslim terrorists.
Within hours of the blast, fear spread throughout the international Muslim community that the bombing would be connected to an Islamist extremist. A Libyan Twitter user touched a nerve—and received thousands of retweets and worldwide media coverage—by tweeting “Please don’t be a ‘Muslim.’” The backlash began shortly thereafter, with the New York Post falsely implying that a Saudi national was being questioned for his possible role in the attack. The next day, a plane departing Boston Logan Airport returned to the gate and two passengers were forcibly removed because they had been overheard speaking Arabic before takeoff.
As data continues to pour in regarding the bombing and who may be behind it, it is instructive to take a moment to step back and consider this knee-jerk tendency to conclude that this is the work of Islamic radicals. In the minds of millions of Americans, bombs targeting innocents on US soil are inextricably linked with the image of the bearded, turban-wearing boogeyman that has become the shorthand for evil in this age of terror.
This association is not only incorrect, it is dangerously incorrect because it signally fails to identify the one unifying thread between all of the recent terror plots in the US. Lurking behind the shadowy armies of would-be jihadis in the popular imagination is the sober reality that every single major terror bust in the United States since 9/11 has sourced back to the same group, a single entity that has in every single case funded, equipped and even incited the would-be terrorists into action: the FBI.
In 2005, federal prosecutors charged Michael Reynolds, a 47 year old drifter living with his elderly mother, of attempting to wage jihad on the US by blowing up fuel facilities. In reality, his plan for jihad was little more than a series of conversations he had on a Yahoo! Chat room with a US judge posing as a militant. He was arrested after agreeing to meet with an FBI informant who had promised him $40,000 for his cause, and two months later the FBI quietly announced he was likely mentally ill. He was eventually convicted and is curently serving 25 years in jail.
In 2007 the so-called “Fort Dix Six” were nabbed in a much-hyped FBI terror bust after allegedly hatching a plan to attack a US military base and kill the soldiers there. At the time, a 26-page indictment revealed that the group had “no rigorous military training” and “did not appear close to being able to pull off an attack.” The next year it was revealed that the FBI informant who had infiltrated the group had in fact offered to organize the members and lead the plot itself.
In 2009 the Newburgh Four were arrested for an alleged plot to blow up synagogues and shoot down military airplanes in Newburgh, New York. The group was a ragtag bunch of poor black men, at least one of whom was mentally unstable and stored his own urine in jars around his apartment. The group’s fifth member, Shahad Hussein, turned out to be an FBI informant who had promised the members hundreds of thousands of dollars to carry out the plot. In sentencing the defendants, Federal Judge Colleen McMahon said:
“[The government] created acts of terrorism out of [the defendant's] fantasies of bravado and bigotry, and then made those fantasies come true. The government did not have to infiltrate and foil some nefarious plot – there was no nefarious plot to foil.”
In November 2010 the FBI busted the so-called Portland Christmas Tree Bomber, who was allegedly attempting to bomb the lighting ceremony at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. “The threat was very real,” the FBI intoned at the time. “Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale.” The alleged bomber, Arthur Balizan, turned out to be a teenager who bragged to undercover agents that he could get a gun because he was a “rapper” and wrote an article on workout tips for jihadis.
In 2011 the FBI arrested a man that they themselves had supplied with a remote controlled plane and C4 explosives in a harebrained attempt to bomb the Pentagon. In 2012 they busted another would-be jihadi that they again had supplied with a fake gun and suicide vest. Also in 2012 the FBI busted a group of five “anarchists” who were allegedly going to bomb a bridge in the Cleveland area, although it was quietly admitted that the FBI informant who had infiltrated the group had in fact initiated the contact with them and been present at the meetings where they developed the plan to blow up the bridge.
One of the most ridiculous examples of this pattern dates back to 2006, when the DOJ attempted to make it seem as if they had just nabbed a group of dangerous jihadis who were preparing a full ground war against the United States.
The picture that is painted by these facts is as overwhelming as it is difficult for much of the public to comprehend. The conclusion, nevertheless, is incontrovertible: that without the FBI, many of the so-called “terrorist cells” that have been hatching their inept, bumbling schemes against the United States for decades might never have existed at all.
Despite what many would believe, this conclusion is not even controversial. Rather, it has been backed up time and again by evidence in the official record and multiply attested to by FBI insiders and whistleblowers themselves.
Given all of this damning history and insider whistleblowing, it is vital that the Western public break out of their media-induced programming and question the core assumptions of the war on terror paradigm that we have been programmed with for decades now. If there is to be speculation at all over events like these, and if there is any group that has to present a thoroughgoing case for why it is NOT responsible for this atrocity, surely it is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Having been at the heart of so many terror plots in the past, both the hilariously inept and the chillingly successful, how could the public refuse to even interrogate the organization that has the most to answer for?
The simple fact of the matter is that the history of the modern age of terrorism has proven time and again that the FBI is the prime suspect in any terrorist atrocity that takes place on American soil. Let us all keep this in mind as the details of the investigations into this (and all other) American terrorist incidents begins to emerge.
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by James Corbett
April 16, 2013
In last week’s report we examined the stories of just a handful of the dozens of courageous insiders who have stepped forward over the past 11 years to blow the whistle on the lies at the heart of the official story of the September 11th attacks. Although we now know that the 9/11 Commission and other congressional and media investigations into those attacks were whitewashes that obscured the truth about what happened that day, there is one thing that we were told in those early days of terror, confusion and grief that has proven all too true: that September 11, 2001 was a day that ‘changed the world forever.’ At the very least, it changed the American cultural conversation about the role of intelligence agencies like the NSA in “protecting” the US from such attacks.
The modern-day National Security Agency was officially born in 1952 from its predecessor, the Armed Forces Security Agency, itself created in 1949 to direct the electronic and communications surveillance capabilities of the U.S. military intelligence establishment. One of the earliest mentions of the agency in the public record came in a government organization manual from 1957, where it was described as “a separately organized agency within the Department of Defense under the direction, authority, and control of the Secretary of Defense [...] for the performance of highly specialized technical functions in support of the intelligence activities of the United States.”
For the next four decades, however, references to the agency and its work were maddeningly few and far between. Other than a few vague references, little was known about what the agency did. Although reporters were occasionally able to pierce the official secrecy surrounding the organization to reveal such programs as the ECHELON system, so little was known about the agency that for a long time it was half-jokingly referred to as “No Such Agency.”
In the wake of 9/11, however, that was to change radically. Suddenly the NSA and its activities were being portrayed as vital to the security of Americans in an increasingly technologically sophisticated “war on terror.” The seeds of this idea were implanted within the first few days of 9/11, with CBS broadcasting an interview with then-NSA Director Michael Hayden claiming that the agency had been unable to track Osama Bin Laden’s off-the-shelf American satellite phone.
We now know that this story is itself completely false. The groundbreaking work of investigative journalist James Bamford, for instance, has detailed that the NSA not only had the technology to track and surveil all of the communications of Osama Bin Laden and his contacts, but were doing so for years before September 11th, although they often deliberately refused to share the information from their surveillance activities with other branches of the American intelligence apparatus. As with other “incompetence theories,” however, Hayden’s NSA incompetence theory with Osama Bin Laden established a convenient narrative: that the NSA was not powerful enough to do its job properly. Framed in these terms, the solution to this problem practically presents itself: the NSA needs more funding, more authority, and more leeway to act in contravention of US laws to carry out its task of “protecting” the American public from the terrorists.
As numerous whistleblowers from the agency, the telecom industry and elsewhere have demonstrated time and again over the past decade, the NSA used that narrative to blatantly cross the line into open, acknowledged, illegal surveillance of the American population itself in outright contravention of long-established laws, and even the Fourth Amendment itself. [See this and this and this and this and this.]
Thanks to these insiders, we not know that the NSA has consistently and systematically broken the law in its surveillance activities, and in fact that these programs started before 9/11, which served merely as a justification for bringing them into the public spotlight. So what has been the reward for their bravery in stepping forward to blow the whistle on this government abuse? The gratitude of the government? Public acclaim? Widespread media coverage of their stories?
Sadly, if unsurprisingly, these whistleblowers have not been recognized as the heroes that they are. Quite the contrary, they have been shunned, marginalized, swept under the rug, and even prosecuted for attempting to shine the light on the NSA’s illegality, fraud, waste and corruption.
In return for blowing the whistle on the Stellar Wind program and giving key details about the NSA’s illegal warrantless wiretapping and data collection of American citizens, longtime NSA veterans William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe were aggressively retaliated against. Binney was demoted and Wiebe was passed up for career-advancing assignments. Both chose to accept early retirement packages in October 2001 rather than to continue to cooperate with an agency that was now blatantly breaking the law.
In 2006, five current and former NSA employees spoke out about the agency’s practice of labeling whistleblowers as ‘delusional’ or ‘psychotic.’ The group included Russ Tice, one of the sources for the New York Times story that first exposed the NSA’s illegal surveillance program, who was labeled as “paranoid” by an NSA-appointed psychologist, stripped of his security clearance and eventually fired, despite multiple neutral psychologists confirming that he did not manifest paranoid symptoms and exhibited no evidence of mental problem.
Perhaps most egregiously, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake was one of only four people ever to be charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 with the crime of “willful detention” of “national security information.” The charges were widely condemned as the most obvious and worrying example of the Obama administration’s ongoing war against whistleblowers and the charges were eventually dropped in return for Drake’s agreement to plead guilty to the misdemeanour of “misusing the agency’s computer system.”
In some ways, it is easy to look at the plight of whistleblowers like Thomas Drake or a Russ Tice and to blame the various branches of government or the complicit corporate media for the treatment they have received. Undoubtedly, the attempts to silence and prosecute these whistleblowers reveal a fundamental rot at the heart of the system.
But in some ways it could be argued that the treatment these whistleblowers have received at the hands of the general public is even worse. After all, what have all of the would-be whistleblowers within the agency learned from watching their more courageous colleagues stepping out on a limb to stand up to corruption and illegality over the past decade? If anything, the moral of the story so far has been that such whistleblowers will become footnotes in the never-ending torrent of noise coming from Washington, D.C. these days, and the majority of the public will not even bother to learn the names of these whistleblowers, let alone the information they are attempting to expose.
The NSA is currently constructing its new spy center in Utah, an unprecedented complex that will in the words of James Bamford, be capable of collecting “all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter.’” The complete secrecy surrounding the technical capabilities of the center and even its official mission is par for the course for the NSA, but anyone who is not concerned about the complete invasion of privacy that the center represents is simply ignorant of the stories of the whistleblowers who have exposed the agency’s fraud, corruption and outright illegality over the years.
Now more than ever we need insiders to step forward to reveal details about the NSA and the activities it is engaged in to further undermine the American public guaranteed Fourth Amendment right to privacy. But given the governmental persecution and public apathy that has greeted previous NSA whistleblowers, what incentive do any would-be insiders have in stepping forward with this information?
In the end, there is little the average man or woman can do to directly influence the workings of a bureaucratic behemoth like the NSA. But in this age of instantaneous, worldwide communication, each of us has the ability to help disseminate the information of the NSA whistleblowers and to generate public interest in their stories. And, given the gravity of the situation that the people of the United States and others around the world face in this era of total communications surveillance, it would not be hard to argue that that ability to spread this information is in fact an ethical imperative.
Welcome to the 150th episode of http://NewWorldNextWeek.com – the video
series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most
important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:
Story #1: Cyprus To Sell €400 Million In Gold To Finance Part Of Its Bailout
Flashback: FDR Issues Executive Order 6102 Banning Gold Ownership
Related: The Bitcoin Bubble Explained – Understanding The Mathematics Of
The Inevitable Bitcoin Crash
Story #3: First Magic Mushroom Clinical Trial Hits Stumbling Block
Governments Block Research On Using Magic Mushrooms To Treat Depression
Flashback: Study Shows ‘Spiritual’ Effects Of Magic Mushrooms
Bonus: Portland Fluoride – Politics, Science And Our (Not-So) Liberal Minds
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