The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night — and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

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San Cristobal on Tuesday night

Thanks, Patrick.

Distressing to see this and the violence in the Ukraine. I’m afraid if anything started in the USA remotely like this, that it would mean total anarchy.  Let’s hope for a rapid resolution and end to the volatility of the situations in these places. 

It’s shameful how the media sits on their thumbs rather than doing their job… but what else is new? Their mission is to keep the world in the dark—and they’re blocking Facebook coverage?  ~ BP

Dear International Editor:

Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unraveling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and  storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street. And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

After the major crackdown on the streets of major (and minor) Venezuelan cities last night, I expected some kind of response in the major international news outlets this morning. I understand that with an even bigger and more photogenic freakout ongoing in an even more strategically important country, we weren’t going to be front-page-above-the-fold, but I’m staggered this morning to wake up, scan the press and find…

Nothing.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, the New York Times World Section has… nothing.

The Guardian’s World News has some limp why-are-you-protesting? piece that made some sense before last night’s tropical pogrom, but none after it.

So… basically nothing.

The BBC is still leading its Latin America section on a Leopoldo story, as though last night had been just business as usual.

CNN is also out chasing the thing that was the story in the old Venezuela:

Al Jazeera English never got the memo:

Even places that love to hate the Venezuelan government are asleep at the wheel:

The level of disengagement on display is deeply shocking.

Venezuela’s domestic media blackout is joined by a parallel international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia. It’s hard to express the sense of helplessness you get looking through these pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns; nobody cares.

Let me put this clearly. Y’all need to step it up. The time to discard what you thought you knew about the way things work in Venezuela is now.

Quico

(Damnit, there’s just no way to stay retired in these circumstances…)

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What Special Ops Soldiers Stumbled upon in the S. American Jungle [video]

Thanks to Extraterrestrials.ning.com. You certainly dredge up the good ones.

This is an excerpt from an interview, 13 minutes long, and includes some interesting photographs.

Here is one of the oddest stories yet, but it’s possible when you’ve heard “rumours” and have your own suspicions.

In fact, just last night I listened to an interview on Project Camelot and they touched on this topic. (I’ll include in a separate post.)

Many insiders tell us that Nazi scientists were relocated from Germany after WWII by the Illuminati and installed through ‘Operation Paperclip’ in South America to secretly continue their advanced work in genetics, mind control, anti-gravity propulsion, etc.

For me it’s not so much the UFOs that are remarkable about this story, but the village they discovered back in 2002.

Because of the NATURE of the settlement, this could be a tale from the ‘Twilight Zone’. 

For those not familiar with Mexico, South America and the Spanish language, they open the discussion speaking of a “cenote”, which is a hole in the ground where the path of underground rivers has surfaced when the cave or tunnel ceilings collapsed.

There are countless caves, many of them filled with water, some of them very deep, and very large. Scuba divers love exploring these “sink holes”.  In the Mexican Riviera you can go tubing through a maze of underground rivers. It’s a blast.

So technically, the craft they witnessed were not just UFOs, but USOs—Unidentified Submersible Objects. There’s plenty of video showing saucers flying into and out of oceans. I would think cenotes might be a little more challenging, but what do I know? 

And it begs the question; were they Earthly craft, or galactic? The Third Reich built flying saucers prior to WWII so by now they would have dramatically improved their ‘flugelrads’, particularly since the US military industrial complex has back-engineered so many galactic craft over the years.

Enjoy pondering the possibilities.  ~ BP

The Hiroshima Myth, Unaccountable War Crimes and the Lies of US Military History

The Hiroshima Myth. Unaccountable War Crimes and the Lies of US Military History

 

July 31, 2013

This coming Tuesday, August 6, 2013, is the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the whole truth of which has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans celebrated V-J Day 10 days later.

In the pitiful history lessons that were taught by my uninspired/bored history teachers (which seemed to be mostly jocks) came from patriotic and highly censored books where everything the British and US military ever did in war time was honorable and self-sacrificing and everything their opponents did was barbaric. Everybody in my graduating class of 26 swallowed the post-war propaganda in our history books. It was from these books that we learned about the “glorious” end of the war against Japan.

Of course, I now know that I had been given false information, orchestrated by war-justifying militarists (and assorted uber-patiotic historians) starting with General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur successfully imposed total censorship of what really happened at Ground Zero. One of his first acts after taking over as viceroy of Japan was to confiscate and/or destroy all the photographic evidence documenting the horrors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Back in 1995, the Smithsonian Institution was preparing to correct some the 50-year-old pseudo-patriotic myths by staging an honest, historically-accurate display dealing with the atomic bombings. Following the vehement, orchestrated, reactionary outrage emanating from right-wing veterans groups and other patriot groups (including Newt Gingrich’s GOP-dominated Congress that threatened to stop federal funding of the Institute), the Smithsonian was forced to censor-out all of the unwelcome but contextually important parts of the story. So again we had another example of politically-motivated groups heavily altering real history because they were afraid of revealing “unpatriotic” historical truths that might shake the confidence of average Americans in our leaders, sort of like the near-total media black-out about the controlled demolitions of the three World Trade Center buildings on 9/11/01 that killed thousands of innocent people and unleashed the dogs of war against innocents in Afghanistan (explore www.ae911truth.org for the documentation of that assertion).

Nagasaki on August 9, 1945

The Smithsonian historians did have a gun to their heads, of course, but in the melee, the corporate-controlled mainstream media – and therefore the public – failed to learn an important historical point, and that is this: The war could have ended in the spring of 1945 without the summer atomic bombs, and therefore there might have been no Okinawa bloodbath for thousands of American Marines and soldiers. Also there would have been no need for an American land invasion of Japan – the basis of the subsequent propaganda campaign that justified the use of atomic weapons on defenseless civilian populations and meets the definition of an international war crime and a crime against humanity.

American intelligence, with the full knowledge of President Truman’s administration, was aware of Japan’s desperate search for ways to honorably surrender months before Truman gave the fateful order to incinerate Hiroshima.

Intelligence data, revealed in the 1980s, showed that the contingency plans for a large-scale US invasion (planned for no sooner than November 1, 1945) would have been unnecessary. Japan was working on peace negotiations through its Moscow ambassador as early as April of 1945. Truman knew of these developments because the US had broken the Japanese code years earlier, and all of Japan’s military and diplomatic messages were being intercepted. On July 13, 1945, Foreign Minister Togo said: “Unconditional surrender (giving up all sovereignty, especially deposing the Emperor) is the only obstacle to peace.”

Truman and his advisors knew about these efforts, and the war could have ended through diplomacy by simply conceding a post-war figurehead position for the emperor Hirohito – who was regarded as a deity in Japan. That reasonable concession was – seemingly illogically – refused by the US in their demands for unconditional surrender, initially demanded at the 1943 Casablanca Conference between Roosevelt and Churchill and reiterated at the Potsdam Conference between Truman, Churchill and Stalin. Still, the Japanese continued searching for an honorable peace through negotiations.

Even Secretary of War Henry Stimson, said: “the true question was not whether surrender could have been achieved without the use of the bomb but whether a different diplomatic and military course would have led to an earlier surrender. A large segment of the Japanese cabinet was ready in the spring of 1945 to accept substantially the same terms as those finally agreed on.” In other words, Stimson felt that the US had unnecessarily prolonged the war.

After Japan did surrender, MacArthur allowed the emperor to remain in place as spiritual head of Japan, the very condition that coerced the Japanese leadership to refuse to accept the humiliating “unconditional surrender” terms.

So the two essential questions that need answering to comprehend what was going on behind the scenes are these:

1) Why did the US refuse to accept Japan’s only demand concerning their surrender (the retention of the emperor) and

2) why were the atomic bombs used when victory in the Pacific was already a certainty?

Shortly after WWII, military analyst Hanson Baldwin wrote:

“The Japanese, in a military sense, were in a hopeless strategic situation by the time the Potsdam Declaration (insisting on Japan’s unconditional surrender) was made on July 26, 1945.”

Admiral William Leahy, top military aide to President Truman, said in his war memoirs, I Was There:

“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons. My own feeling is that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages.”

And General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a personal visit to President Truman a couple of weeks before the bombings, urged him not to use the atomic bombs. Eisenhower said (in a 1963 interview in Newsweek):

“It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing . . . to use the atomic bomb, to kill and terrorize civilians, without even attempting [negotiations], was a double crime.”

There are a number of factors that contributed to the Truman administration’s decision to use the bombs.

1) The US had made a huge investment in time, mind and money (a massive 2 billion in 1940 dollars) to produce three bombs, and there was no inclination – and no guts – to stop the momentum.

2) The US military and political leadership – as did many ordinary Americans – had a tremendous appetite for revenge because of Pearl Harbor. Mercy wasn’t in the mindset of the US military or the war-weary populace, and the missions against Hiroshima and Nagasaki were accepted – no questions asked – by most of those folks who only knew the sanitized, national security version of events.

3) The fissionable material in Hiroshima’s bomb was uranium. The Nagasaki bomb was a plutonium bomb. Scientific curiosity was a significant factor that pushed the project to its completion. The Manhattan Project scientists (and the US Army director of the project, General Leslie Groves) were curious about “what would happen if an entire city was leveled by a single uranium bomb?” “What about a plutonium bomb?”

The decision to use both bombs had been made well in advance of August 1945. Accepting the surrender of Japan was not an option if the science experiment was to go ahead. Of course the three-day interval between the two bombs was unconscionably short if the Hiroshima bomb was designed to coerce immediate surrender. Japan’s communications and transportation capabilities were in shambles, and no one, not even the US military, much less the Japanese high command, fully understood what had happened at Hiroshima. (The Manhattan Project was so top secret that even Douglas MacArthur, commanding general of the entire Pacific theatre, had been kept out of the loop until five days before Hiroshima.)

4) The Russians had proclaimed their intent to enter the war with Japan 90 days after V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day, May 8), which would have been Aug. 8, two days after Hiroshima was bombed. Indeed, Russia did declare war on Japan on August 8 and was advancing eastward across Manchuria when Nagasaki was incinerated. The US didn’t want Japan surrendering to Russia or sharing the spoils of war.

Russia was soon to be the only other superpower – and a future enemy – so the first nuclear threat “messages” of the Cold War were sent. Russia indeed received far less of the spoils of war than they had anticipated, and the two superpowers were instantly mired in the Cold War stalemate that led to the unaffordable nuclear arms race and the possibility of total extinction of the human race. What did happen was the mutual moral and financial bankruptcies of both nations that occurred over the next couple of generations of military madness.

An estimated 80,000 innocent civilians, plus 20,000 weaponless young Japanese conscripts died instantly in the Hiroshima bombing. Hundreds of thousands more suffered slow deaths from agonizing burns, radiation sickness, leukemias, anemias and untreatable infections for the rest of their shortened lives. Generations of the survivor’s progeny were also afflicted with horrible radiation-induced illnesses, cancers and premature deaths, still going on to this very hour.

Another shameful reality that has been covered up is the fact that 12 American Navy pilots, their existence well known to the US command, were instantly incinerated in the Hiroshima jail on the fateful day.

So the official War Department-approved version of the end of the war in the Pacific contained a new batch of myths that took their places among the long lists of myths that Americans are continuously fed by our corporate, military, political and media opinion leaders, the gruesomeness of war being changed to glorification in the process. Among the other censored out realities include what really happened in the US military invasions and occupations of the countries of North Korea, Iran, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, the Philippines, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Colombia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, etc. This list doesn’t cover the uncountable secret Pentagon/CIA covert operations and assassination plots in the rest of the world, where as many as150 nations contain American military bases (permission lavishly paid for by bribery or threats of economic sanctions).

But somehow most of us still hang on to our shaky “my country right or wrong” patriotism, desperately wanting to believe the cunningly-orchestrated myths that say that the war-profiteering multibillionaire corporate elite (and their politicians, military leaders and media talking heads who are in their employ) only work for peace, justice, equality, liberty and “making the world safe” for predatory capitalism.

While it is true that the US military has faced down the occasional despot, with necessary sacrifice from dead and mortally-wounded (in body, mind and spirit) American soldiers and veterans, more often than not the rationalization for going to war are the same as those of the “godless communists”, the anti-American “insurgents” and “freedom fighters” who want to convince us Yankees to just go home where we belong.

August 6 and 9, 1945 are just two more examples of the brain-washing that goes on in all “total war” political agendas, which are always accompanied by the inevitable human slaughter that is euphemistically labeled “collateral damage” or “friendly fire”.

It might already be too late to rescue and resuscitate the humanitarian, peacemaking America that we used to know and love. It might be too late to effectively confront the corporate hijacking of liberal democracy in America. It might be too late to successfully bring down the arrogant and greedy ruling elites who are selfishly dragging our world down the road to our destruction. The rolling coup d’etat of what I call Friendly American Fascism may have already accomplished its goals.

But there may still be some hope. Rather than being silent about the wars that the war-mongers are provoking all over the planet (with the very willing assistance of the Pentagon, the weapons industry and their lapdogs in Congress), people of conscience need to start learning the whole truth of history, despite the discomfort we will feel (cognitive dissonance) when the truth can’t be ignored any more.

We need to start owning up to America’s uncountable war crimes that have been orchestrated in our names. And then we need to go to the streets, publicly protesting and courageously refusing to cooperate with those who are transforming America into a criminal rogue nation that will eventually be targeted for downfall by its billions of suffering victims outside our borders, similar to what happened to Nazi Germany and Fascist Japan.

Doing what is right for the whole of humanity for a change, rather than just doing what is profitable or advantageous for our over-privileged, over-consumptive and unsustainable American way of life, would be real honor, real patriotism and an essential start toward real peace.

Copyright © 2013 Global Research

Wake-Up Call: Three Dynamite Videos to Explain the Current Crises

Thanks to Tony Z at Syncrenicity.com for sending these out.

If there are people you’d like to share with about what is going on in America and across the globe, these three videos are some of the best I’ve seen.

Military guys explain it from their perspective in one, and—well, see for yourself.

The first two are short, the last one is lengthy but really terrific from two Canadian guys discussing how the law/government dupes people and provides a solid resource for those who want to learn more.

These videos come across in a dramatic way but fall short of making it sound like a conspiracy theory—avoiding the terms New World Order, Illuminati, etc. so they may break through to even the most resistant.

I think they’re very believable, hard-hitting, and informative productions that most people can relate to that will ease the unaware into the truth of the matter in a gentle way and give them something to ponder.

I believe most people see that “something is wrong”, but because they don’t understand they’re being lied to and manipulated or that the media is completely controlled, they don’t know how to find out what it is or what to do about it. They think someone else is going to fix it at some point. I think these videos get the point across: WE have to do it ourselves.

You may want to use these tools to wake up a few people you just didn’t know how to approach.

 

 

 

U.S. Government Censorship has Crossed the Line

DoD Blocks internet

A couple of articles here that reveal the dismal state of affairs in the U.S. with respect to freedom of information, speech, thought and opinion.

DoD Blocks Millions of Computers From Viewing Alternative News on the Internet

After the initial surge of web traffic to alternative news websites following The Guardian breaking the NSA spying story, traffic has slowed considerably despite the continued interest in the NSA story as well as other alternative headlines.

This dramatic drop in traffic may be due to broad censorship by the Department of Defense on “millions of computers”.

What began as a rumor that the military brass was ordering soldiers not to view news about the whistleblower revelations that the NSA is spying on all Americans has swelled into a confirmed military-wide censorship campaign using a high-tech computer filtering system.

The US News and World Report is reporting that the DoD is blocking access to all articles related to the NSA scandal from all DoD computers. The filter reportedly affects millions of computers and potentially thousands of alternative news and civil liberties websites.

According to U.S. News:

The Department of Defense is blocking online access to news reports about classified National Security Agency documents made public by Edward Snowden. The blackout affects all of the department’s computers and is part of a department-wide directive.

“Any website that runs information that the Department of Defense still considers classified” is affected, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told U.S. News in a phone interview.

According to Pickart, news websites that re-report information first published by The Guardian or other primary sources are also affected:

“If that particular website runs an article that our filters determine has classified information… the particular content on that website will remain inaccessible,” he said. Pickart said the blackout affects “millions” of computers on “all Department of Defense networks and systems.”

This is perhaps one of the most shocking displays of blatant censorship in the history of the United States. The idea that classified information should still be treated as “off limits” to regular military personnel after its broad release to the public makes no sense.

Unless, of course, they don’t want soldiers learning the truth about what their government is doing for fear that they may recognize who the true enemies of the Constitution are.

Or this may simply be a beta test of the government’s technical capability to filter Internet traffic away from certain news stories and the websites that carry them.

In either case, this should be a HUGE story in itself.  Draconian Internet censorship has finally arrived in a big way.

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Thanks, S.

“thug-like behaviour”… “thought thuggery”… I couldn’t agree more. Let’s see what happens with these “talks”.

U.S. Bans Media that Exposes Lies to American Citizens

Government Denies Americans Access To Free Media

Complete Control Agenda Trumps Americans Right to Have Free and Open Debate on the Issues

Several international satellite providers, including Eutelsat and Intelsat, have stopped the broadcast of a number of Iranian channels.

On June 19, Intelsat said it would no longer provide services to Iranian channels, including Press TV, as of July 1. The decision has been made under the pretext that the company should be “abiding by” the sanctions against the president of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Ezatollah Zarghami.

Press TV has learned that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – an agency of the US Treasury Department – is behind the pressure on Intelsat.

Press TV and other Iranian channels have come under an unprecedented wave of attacks by European governments and satellite companies since January 2012. They have been taken off the air in several Western countries, including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

European satellite companies say they are complying with the anti-Iran sanctions. However, Michael Mann, a spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief, has told Press TV that the sanctions do not apply to Iranian media.

The French-Israeli CEO of Europe’s satellite giant, Eutelsat, has written letters to several satellite companies, asking them to stop cooperating with Iranian channels.

The Israeli lobby in the United States has publicly supported European attempts to shut down Press TV.

Who Serves Who? Questions and Answers for American Soldiers and Nationals

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Drake has explained this to us in the past, but maybe this format will work for those who found it elusive. It’s very well done and in black and white. Thanks to Soldier Hugs.

I vote we appoint Vlad. If we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, perhaps he would consider it. (see the last questions)

 

Who Serves Who?

Questions and Answers for American Soldiers and Nationals

Questions:

Is the US Government a Republic for “We The People?” Or is it a Corporation?

Answers:

First answer; the original and organic structure of the US Government is a Republic established “For the People of these several United States.” As such, each of us “Americans” are actually defined as an “inhabitant” of one of the several united States of America. As inhabitants, we are natural born “American Nationals” of these several united States.

Second answer; our current US Government is a “CORPORATION” that is a false overlay that has illegally usurped our original organic government structure and masquerades as the legal and lawful US Government. Additionally, one default and key mechanism of this manipulated fraud, is that each one of us previously defined “inhabitants or Nationals” has been be replaced with the term “US Citizen”. This term actually means means a “dead person or other entity; ie: a Corporation or other “non-living entity”.  US Citizen in this context refers to “non living property (dead), or other non living asset owned by the CORPORATION. This entire false and illegal overlay is designed at making the government the “Master” of the people, instead of the way it was intended and written as “We The People” as the Masters of the Government.

Question:
What is an Executive Order?

Answer:
An Executive Order is an order given by the CEO (Chief Executive
Officer) of a corporation.

Question:
To whom does the Executive Order apply?

Answer:
An Executive Order applies to all the employees of that corporation.

Question:
If the CEO of Acme Corporation gives an executive order that all
persons must wear pink ties with yellow shorts does that mean that
all Americans are subject to this Executive Order?

Answer:
No, only employees of Acme Corporation are subject to this Executive Order.
All others may completely ignore this Executive Order.

Question:
If the CEO of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation issues an executive order that
Americans are to be dragged from their homes and detained, or that roadblocks
are to be set up to prevent freedom of travel, must soldiers and American
nationals obey this order?

Answer:
First, this Executive Order (in fact any order or command from the WHITE HOUSE
Corporation) is only valid and applies only to employees of the WHITE HOUSE
Corporation, and absolutely no one else.

Second, Soldiers and American nationals are under no legal or lawful obligation to
obey Executive Orders from the WHITE HOUSE Corporation, nor soldiers in response
to orders from superiors that are based on Executive Orders from the WHITE HOUSE
Corporation.

Question:
What is the address of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation?

Answer:
The address of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation is
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500-0004

Question:
Who is the CEO of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation?

Answer:
At present, Barack Obama.

Question:
Is the CEO of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation the Commander-
in-Chief of the armed forces?

Answer:
No, the CEO of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation is an appointed
position and he/she can not be the Commander-in-Chief of the
armed forces.

Question:
Can anyone be the CEO of the WHITE HOUSE Corporation?

Answer:
Anyone who is appointed by the Board of Directors may be CEO of the
WHITE HOUSE Corporation. There are no particular requirements
such as being a natural-born citizen; anyone – even Vladimir Putin
can be CEO/President.

Question:
Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces?

Answer:
Both the question and the answer are very embarrassing. Presently,
there is no Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.

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