I got the idea of not voting for
either Democrats or Republicans while watching the Bill Moyers
interview with Glenn Greenwald (Ref1
An expression I'm hearing more and more is "ashamed to be an
American". It's very clear that the U.S. is today's
equivalent of Genghis Khan. The idea presented on this page
offers a glimmer of hope.
The Major political parties (Democrats and Republicans) are not
responsive to the electorate and they are pursuing courses
of action that are diametrically opposed to the policies they
espoused during the election campaign. Look what’s happening in
the Obama presidency in relation to the key issues of War, Health
Care, The Economy and in relation to the Freedom Of Information
Act, Whistle Blowers, Presidential Powers, and the list goes
accomplishments SNL -
The people can only vote if they are educated in regard to the
). When the government lies
to the voters and conceals the truth (and influence the media Ref9
) the voters can not make informed
I think the reason that Obama has the least transparent
) and is so up tight about
whistle blowers (Ref8
) is that they know they
are acting in ways that are opposed to the principles they vowed
to support in their campaign. There may be a number of
factors in why they are doing that. First, and in my opinion
most likely, is that they need support from the House and Senate
to get anything done and that requires the politicians not do
anything that will hurt their campaign contributions (Ref10
). Another is who they listen to
for advice. When Johnson took over as president he didn't
know what to do and relied on Robert McNamara for how to run the
Vietnam war, rejecting the advice of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. Bush did essentially the same thing by listening to
the CIA and for all practical purposes put the CIA in charge of
the military. Obama has inherited this convoluted structure
which is in line with his idea of using the CIA to go after
terrorists rather than use the military, but that's not consistent
with his escalation of the military efforts. Again, it's
hard to know what's going on when the administration keeps the
important facts secret.
Republicrat & Demopublican (Wiki
24 July 2011 - Since Democrat and Republican don't have any
meaning with regard to the policies the president supports there
must be some other determining factor. The most obivious one
is money. (Ref 10
Not Voting for a president, but rather
voting against the prior administration
You can see that for the past 50 years whenever the "other" party
takes office it's because of a problem created by the prior party.
The country was so pissed at George W. Bush that the Democrats
elected the first Black predident in the history of the
country. They could have elected a female black women if
they would have put her on the ballot. The same is true of the
1977 election of Jimmy Carter, whoever was the Democratic canidate
|John F. Kennedy
|Lyndon B. Johnson
|The Democrats were associated with the Vietnam
|Country was pissed at Nixon and the
Republicans over Watergate
|Carter's term was known for inflation and
|George H. W. Bush
|GHW Bush was viewed as "politician befuddled
by economic matters".
|Sex & Lying
in the White House
|George W. Bush
|Bush referred to as "the worst president
ever" Major Lying about Iraq War
2003 Iraq War
This is a very important issue. The three reasons Bush gave for
the invasion of Iraq (9/11 related, yellow cake uranium &
Weapons of Mass Destruction) were all lies. (See: Ref1
) The Bush administration was so
concerned about covering up their lies that they used character
assassination against Valerie Plame and others. (Ref12
It's taken a month of research on the internet and reading a
number of books to figure this out. "It's about the oil"
really didn't feel like the total answer. The
neoconservatives are behind it and yes oil is part of it but by no
means the focus. It's a much more troubling concept of the
U.S. taking over the world. Ten days after Bush41 was
inaugurated in the first Security Council meeting on assignments
were given out for an attack on Iraq. The second security
Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), ?
Thompson (CA), Nay
Why? Ans: Project for the New American
I have moved all the prior research into this question to
another web page (Prior
) since I've found the answer. It's well
described in the movie:
9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
by Julian Bond (Wiki
for the New American Century
- Closed down in 2006 -
replaced by FPI:
Open Letter to The Honorable
William J. Clinton, President of the United States, January
26, 1998 (at PNAC
) signed by:
special assistant to the president and senior director
for democracy, human rights, and international
operations at the National Security Council
|Richard L. Armitage
||member of The Vulcans (Wiki)
(Bush43 campaign foreign policy team)
Deputy Secretary of State
|William J. Bennett
||Sec of Education Reagan
supported by Irving Kristol
Drug Czar under Bush41
|| Assistant Secretary of State
for Legislative Affairs 2005 - 2008
| John Bolton
||Under Secretary of
State for Democracy and Global Affairs 2001 - 2005
||contributor to the
formulation of the Reagan Doctrine (Wiki)
active in the PNAC
argued that the worldwide spread of liberal democracies (Wiki)
may signal the end point of humanity's sociocultural
evolution and become the final form of human
||co-founded the PNAC
||Ambassador at Large for
Free Iraqis with the task of coordinating
"preparations for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq." 2002
||chairman of the New
Citizenship Project 1997 - 2005
co-founded the PNAC
board of trustees for the free-market Manhattan
for Policy Research (Wiki)
director of the FPI
board member of Keep America Safe (fear monger?)
on the board of the Emergency Committee for Israel (Wiki)
||chairman of the Defense
Policy Board Advisory Committee (Wiki) Bush43
member or patron of:
Hudson Institute (Wiki)
Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) (Wiki)
Center for Security Policy (CSP) (Wiki)
"Peace through Strength"
was established by the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Wiki
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
"'regime change' by
any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi
Arabia and the Palestinian
Authority is an urgent imperative."
Henry Jackson Society (Wiki)
maintenance of a strong military
Gives two cheers for capitalism
|Peter W. Rodman
|| United States
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International
Security Affairs (Wiki)
2001 - 2007 (left early)
||Sec of Defense 2001 -
resigned Nov 6, 2006
eight retired generals
and admirals called for Rumsfeld to resign in early
2006 in what was called the "Generals Revolt,"
accusing him of "abysmal" military planning and lack
of strategic competence
Center for Security Policy (Wiki)
Signed PNAC's founding statement
of principles as well as two policy letters on Iraq
Freedom House (Wiki)
NGO with 80% from U.S. government
selected by the State
Department to receive funding for 'clandestine
activities' inside Iran
Committee for the Free World
|William Schneider, Jr.
||Commission to Assess
the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (Wiki)
1998 - said Iraq could attack U.S.
Chair Defense Science Board (Wiki)
2001 - 2009
nuclear weapons in certain limited first-strike
chairman National Endowment for Democracy (Wiki)
funded by Congress
senior fellow at the Humphrey
on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Law and
board member of:
Aspen Institute (Wiki
Council on Foreign Relations (Wiki
||Wolfowitz Doctrine (Wiki) Feb 18,
is an unofficial name
given to the initial version of the Defense Planning
Guidance for the 1994–99FY
Deputy Secretary of
2001 - 2005
2005 Bush43 nominates as Pres World bank (Wiki
|R. James Woolsey
||head of the CIA (Wiki)
1993 - 1995
accused of both profiting from and promoting the Iraq War
released a book entitled "Shariah: The Threat to
America," published by the Center for Security
|Robert B. Zoellick
||Office of the United
States Trade Representative (Wiki)
2001 - 2005
Deputy Secretary of State (Wiki)
2005 - resigned 2006
Open Letter to The
Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States,
September 20, 2001 (at PNAC
Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) - (Wiki
- Official web site
The next question is why did the PNAC want to to this?
Authoritarian personality (Ref 18)
Rouge State: A guide to the World's Only Superpower (Wiki
by William Blum (Wiki
this is the book that Osama bin Laden asked people to read
On the concept of a Rouge State (Wiki
controversial term applied by some international theorists to
states they consider threatening to the world's peace. This
means meeting certain criteria, such as being ruled by authoritarian
severely restrict human rights
, sponsor terrorism
, and seek to proliferate weapons
of mass destruction
Why Libya War?
It looks like Obama has bought into the same foreign policy that
Bush43 was using.
Neo-Con William Kristol Endorses Barack Obama Foreign
Policy?! Dec 2, 2008 -
appointments tell us something about Barack Obama's foreign
policy and does this mean change?
Bill Kristol: "Obama is not the change. In what
foreign policy area is he the change? He's gone ahead
and increased the number of troops in Afghanistan something
that's already in course under the Bush
administration. He's going with the Bush schedule for
the draw-down in Iraq, not what he proposed during the
campaign. He's going to be a strong partner with
India, he's going to fight terrorism, he's going to work
with NATO, he's going to, I hope he sticks with this,
increase defense spending, and the size of the Marines and
the Army. I think he's going to continue Bush's
foreign policy basically for better and worse. I hope
he continues it a little better actually. Is a little
tougher on certain things. But he'll have some token
negations with Iran but he'll end up with the same choice
that Bush would have in terms of having to perhaps threaten
in a certain way, perhaps to use military force to stop the
Nuclear program. So Obama is not the
change. That's the simple answer and his appointments
FPI - Foreign
Policy Experts Urge President to Take Action to Halt Violence
- 15 March 2011
asks for (1) the no fly zone and
(2) bombing and regime change. The UN is not
Signed by: See FPI - People
The Weekly Standard (Kristol's mag) - You’ve
Come a Long Way, Baby Mar
NPR - The
Nation: Obama Fails To Explain An Unjust War March 29, 2011 by
Daily Caller - Bill
Kristol declares Obama ‘a born-again neo-con’ days after
consulting with him on Libya policy
The 9/11 Commission (Wiki
was formed in Nov. 2002 and submitted it's report (Wiki
Aug 2004. During this time span Bush43 (Wiki
president. The report has been criticized (Wiki
Since it's clear that Bush43 lied about the reason for the Iraq
war (See above
& Prior Research
it's not unreasonable to suspect that he influenced the 9/11
The Wiki web page Criticism
of the 9/11 Commission
leads to a Wiki web page Able Danger
which was a classified military planning effort led by the U.S.
Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Defense Intelligence
Agency (DIA). It was created as a result of a directive from the
Joint Chiefs of Staff in early October 1999 by Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, to develop an information operations
plan against transnational terrorism. That lead to the
Congressional Record (House) for June 27, 2005 pages H5243 to
where Curt Weldon (Wiki
talking about Intelligence and in particular the NOAH program
and Mohamed Atta (Wiki
one of the masterminds and the ringleader of the September 11
attacks. Curt says the Army was prevented from reporting
Mohamed Atta to the FBI for arrest prior to 9/11.
The Congressional Record mentions the Gilmore Commission (Wiki
which was established as a result of legislation by Curt Weldon.
Curt has been accused of a number of wrongful acts that have the
smell of character assination (see Ref15
CIA transnational anti-terrorism activities (Wiki
Worldwide Attack Matrix (Wiki
[a place holder]
The Road to
by Peter Dale Scott - Most of the book is pre 9/11
history going back to the formation of the CIA. The key
The 9/11 Commission was overseen
by the Bush-Chaney administration and there are indications
that their report contains gaps.
There's a question about interceptions, to look at that first
let's get a feel for the time lines.
Aviation Administration (FAA) Standard Intercept Procedures
Change 9/11: An American Coup
- If the interceptors were told to "stand down", there may
have been a conspiracy. Was there a change in June 2001
that required the Sec of Defense to approve
interceptions? Note: interceptions, like the 1999 South
Dakota case, happened at least every day, they are not shoot
downs, but rather checking to see why an aircraft is not
South Dakota Learjet crash
- 1331z call for interception
to F16 already airborne, 23 minutes later at 1454z F16
inspects Lear 35.
When the first plane crashed (8:46 am) it was thought to be an
accident although there was some concern at the FAA that it
may not be an accident. When the second plane crashed
(9:03 am) there was no doubt that this was not accidental.
If there were armed interceptors on standby at a nearby
airport one of them might have been able to stop flight 77
now notified immediately of unusual air traffic events
at 8:52 two F-15s took off from Otis AFB in Massachusetts, the
153 mile flight at the speed of sound (768 mph) (Wiki
ti would take 12 minutes to get there, or 9:04.
F-15 pilot, 9/11 a day of what-ifs -
who flew one of the F-15 says he did not have authorization to
shoot down civlian aircraft. He flew at Mach 1.4
(breaking the rules) but still arrived at the WTC after
9:03. If he would have shot down an airliner over
Manhattan there would be many dead on the ground.
A Combat Air Patrol that was authorized to shoot down a
civilian airliner and was in the area would not have made any
difference. That's to say shooting down a jumbo jet
that's full of fuel over a populated area would result in
about the same number of deaths as what happened, just in a
I think this is a conspiracy theory, not a fact.
. It has a number of
For example on Pearl Harbor the
comment by Short was referring to the message from Washington
that was at Pearl in the communications room unopened.
The movie made you think FDR withheld the info and that's not
the case. I've had a deep interest in Cryptography ever
since reading Ultra Secret by Frederick William Winterbotham
in 1973 and have read about this aspect of Pearl in great
The information (examples) about fire is very distorted.
As part of my EE education I took a ME class and was surprised
to hear that metal framed buildings have a much poorer fire
rating than wood buildings. This is because the tensile
strength of metals falls rapidly as they are heated.
They fail long before the steel melts. Because of this
it's necessary to somehow insulate the steel from fire (this
is a building code requirement). In the examples of
buildings that had fires that lasted for hours the insulation
was intact and doing its job, but in the case of WTC1, WTC2
when the plane hit (WTC7 the debris fell on) the building the
insulation was dislodged exposing the steel to the heat of the
fire causing them to fail.
The information about how fast WTC7 fell is similar to (the
same as) how WTC1 and WTC2 fell with an acceleration of 1
G. In the case of WTC1 and WTC2 the steel was overheated
in the vicinity of where the plane hit the building and so
once that level failed it allowed all the building above that
level to fall, acting as a pile driver. Once the moving
part of the building started to move the floors below could
not slow down the top part and it fell at 1G. In the
case of WTC7 fires on the lower floors caused the same type of
There was no evidence in this movie. It seems to be
saying look at this coincidence. But even perfect
correlation does not prove causation. It's just the
first step. For example I expect there's a perfect
correlation between (make up your own condition) people who
have had one or more beers between the ages of 10 and 17 and
(make up your own result) people who are addicted to
heroin. That in no way proves that there's any causal
relationship. In the movie "Conspiracy Theory" the guy
just looks for correlations and then prints them up as
one. At a former work place there as a guy who would
make up rumors and then wait and see of they died out or if
they developed traction.
In the case of the military exercises that were in progress on
9/11 that's just a coincidence. They could have
strengthened that case if they could have shown that these
exercises were vary rare and when they did occur had only
occurred at times of the year far from 9/11, but to just say
that there was a military exercise on the same day is a very
weak suggestion that something is amiss. The fact that they
did not address the issue of how often exercises do occur,
something that they could easily check, implies they are just
presenting things to arouse the audience.
The misrepresentation of the above facts seems to indicate
this movie, and most of the 9/11 related books, movies, web
pages I've looked at have technical problems that negate what
they are implying.
National Geographic did a series of video documentaries
specifally in rebuttal to Loose Change 9/11:
Science & Conspiracy Part 01
Background on Conspiracy
theories & 9/11 chronology
National Geographic Science & Conspiracy
photos of the steel
shows tiny remants of the white insulation, but 99% exposed.
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 03 -
Purdue Univ & ASCE develop computer models of WTC1
You can see how the plane would knock the insulation off the
columns and beams exposing the metal to the heat of the fire
Steven Jones & David Ray
Griffin show that many buildings have survived fires lasting
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 04 -
but they had the insulation in tact protecting the
steel. They also talk about melting steel, which is
750 gallons of jet fuel heats an uninsulated 1 ton 20 foot
8"x18" steel beam loaded with weights that fails in at 3min
47 sec ,not because it melts (the narrator messes up
and says thermo coupler instead of thermocouple which peaked
at 2010 deg F)
Controlled demolition of
building shows the prep needed and the tell tale signs of
the demolition that can't be hidden
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 05 -
what the FBI forensic bomb squad is very good at detecting
Nichols State University, Thibdaux, Louisiana 9 story steel
framed building is preped and taken down.
The bottom 2 floors are removed leaving only the steel
columns. The prep took 2 weeks.
The WTC buildings are 10 times more massive so would take 20
weeks, i.e. 5 months and a large crew to prep.
Where to prep? The ground floor, no it must be on the
97th floor but is it possible that
that exact floor would be hit by a plane?
Part of the prep includes partially cutting the columns with
a torch. But prior to this the concrete (including
maybe 1" re-bar) needs to be removed from around the
Shaped linear charges are used to cut the columns at a 45
deg angle and dynamite is used to push the column top and
bottom parts away from each other so they don't
rejoin. I'd guess thousands of feet of det cord is
used not just to tie all the explosives together but also a
lot is used to provide a time delay between the shaped
charges doing the cutting and the dynamite doing the
pushing. After the job is done there's a lot of det
cord remnants in the derbies
Nano thermite is mentioned.
Molten metal is mentioned with the assumption that it was
steel, but planes are made of aluminum that's easier to
In part 1 the Truthers say the fires went out quickly, but
in this part they say the fires went on until 13 Dec. (4
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 06 -
An attempt to cut vertical
column using thermite
is made of steel.
Guess what type of residue you'll find after a fire where
there's steel and aluminum. Note thermite burns at
high temperature, but it is not an explosive. Steven
Jones thinks because the chips he found contained iron oxide
and aluminum it must be thermite. But the equation
shown in this part is the same as that for regular thermite
on the Wiki page.
Molten aluminum reacting with something is a thermite
reaction, like a 4th
of July sparkler. That
explains the waterfall like stream of sparks coming from the
floors where the plane hit.
When thermite was used in W.W.II it was dropped on the roof
of buildings and it would burn through each floor in turn
going all the way through the building. But to use it
on a vertical column would require some way of holding it
that would not succumb to the 4500 degree burning
temperature. They tried making a pocket using
clay, but it did not hold and the burning thermite leaked
out before it could damage the column.
There's talk of painting super thermite on the
columns. But the thermal mass of the columns would
make it impossible to ignite.
It's like trying to unsolder a copper water pipe joint while
there's water in the pipe. The torch that can easily
melt solder when the pipe is dry can not melt solder when
there's a thermal mass that prevents heating to solder
melting temperature. The ignition temperature of any
thermite is orders of magnitude hotter than solder melting.
A thin wall missile acting as
a kinetic weapon (not explosives on board) punches a hole
through simulated Pentagon.
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 07 -
Purdue Univ also did a simulation on the Pentagon.
First test tube goes off at an oblique angle
a second run works as
planned. The thin wall kinetic projectle explains the
hole in the outer Pentagon wall.
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 08 -
When the Truthers disagree and are asked what their theory
is, there's no answer.
Forces inside our government
were responsible the Truthers say.
Geographic Science & Conspiracy Part 09 -
The Truthers theory of what happened depends on Ghost
The complexity and cost involved is way to huge to work.
Truthers like the story they make.
The psychological basis of
conspiracy theories. The theory improves on reality.
National Geographic Science & Conspiracy
Truther's say it was a false
The Trughers will not accept any evidence.
A very interesting book is: The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True
Story of War, Politics, and Religion
by Matt Taibbi
who is the political writer at RollingStone
He talks about Republicans and their linkage to fundamentalist
Christians and Democrats and their linkage to 9/11
Truthers. In researching things related to politics I've
come across a number of excellent articles by Rolling Stone,
something I wasn't expecting. I've been reading articles
by Matt Taibbi and think he's an excellent reporter.
PBS - Nova - The Spy Factory
based on the Bamford book
Since it doesn't’t make any
difference if you vote Republican or Democrat (Obama has shown us
this in spades) and the other political parties do not have a
chance of winning, voting has no effect on how the country is
run. I think the problem is the system and not the people
trapped in it.
Put simply, the solution is to fire
BOTH the Democrats AND Republicans. We can do this simply by
no longer voting for either of them but voting for someone else
for that seat.
If this is the only thing that you did it would take a number of
election cycles to have an effect. To get a faster response
it’s necessary to change your voter registration political party
affiliation to "Decline to State", unaffiliated or whatever name
your state calls not a member of any party. In some states
this just means you don't vote for candidates in a primary
election, but you still get to vote for local issues and
If you are now registered with a political party other than
Republican or Democrat you should still change your registration
to Decline to State. The reason is that the signal to
politicians is going to be the size of the change. If you are not
now registered to vote it’s important to register as an
unaffiliated. I expect that existing Republican and Democrat
politicians will change their party affiliation to
unaffiliated. I also expect new candidates to run as
|The key idea that's new is
that we have the power to fire both the Democrats AND
In the past we've tried firing either the Democrats or the
Rebublicans, but that does not work.
The Get Out Of Our House
is saying a similar thing, i.e. fire the professional politicians
and elect citizen representatives. But I think they don't
appricate the real problems and so the canidates that they select
will not be able to make the needed changes. For example
thier only economic measure is the Fair Tax, nothing about
Congressmen who seem to be able to think about the issues (the
Dennis Kucinich (Dem Oh) (Wiki
Ron Paul (Rep Tx) (Wiki
Bernie Sanders (Ind, VT) (Wiki
Number of Changes Neeeded
Currently the House and Senate are about split down the middle
between the Republicans and Democrats and that makes it very
difficult for either party to pass any bill. In order for
this idea to work it's not necessary to gain a majority of the
seats, but instead to just gain enough seats so that if you have
the support of either party the total exceeds the required minimum
needed vote. This amounts to something like 10 percent of
Note that the new third party can introduce new legislation the
same as anyone else. I expect that there are a number of
Democrats and Republicans that have excellent ideas that have been
supressed that now will have a chance of being heard. An
example is the 47 proposed laws in the Reining in the Imperial
Presidency paper (Ref15
Not only the ongoing wars but also
things like "the war on drugs". The idea is to end the concept
of war. That's not to say disband the military, we still
need the ability to defend ourselves. Not only would this
save a lot of lives and reduce the huge amount of property
damage it would stop the financial drain on our economy.
If we are going to war over oil (I haven't heard any government
official say this) then does it make sense to spend the dollars
as we are not or used them to both buy some oil and to develop
ways to both reduce our consumption and develop alternatives.
I've come to realize that everything that would be called a
crime under normal circumstances goes un punished in a combat
zone. The only exception would be when there's a witness
who spends a lot of effort to try and get some justice. To
a lesser degree this is the case on overseas U.S. bases
(Chalmers "secret shame" except it applies not to just rape but
to all of what otherwise would be considered crimes and even to
things like traffic violations). This means that
things like Blackwater "civilian contractors" who hose down
civilians out the back of their SUV on a public highways get
away with it because there are no police to arrest them and no
civilian is going to try to pull them over and make a citizens
arrect. If a civilian did the same thing they also would
get away with it.
I think we need to get all American troops out of all foreign
countries. This includes bases on foreign soil.
Fix the Economy
This may require repealing bad
), reforming the monetary
system, etc. It seems that Obama administration has
brought in key Wall Street executives (Ref10
and none of the criminals involved in the 2008 meltdown has been
sent to jail (with the exception of a Florida banker on the
fringes of the mess). Prior to the melt down Eliot Spitzer
saw that there was criminal activity and was bringing cases
against the criminals, but the Bush administration used
character assassination to get him off thier backs. (Ref12
I think this is the most critical of all the economic problems
(and maybe the most important problem of all the
problems). It's much more important than what tax method
is used for the federal government or the details of the tax
rate schedule. (I've moved the prior research to a
separate web page Monetary Reform
Many of the policies of the Project for the New American Century
) are based on the Chicago School of
economics as promoted by Milton Freeman. They are big on
Economic liberalism (Wiki
which leads to economic inequality.
The current monetary system is resulting is a very large
disparity in income levels (Wiki: Economic
). It's common that in third world
countries there are two classes, the very rich and the very
poor. This is associated with human rights violations and
poor conditions for most people. The below figure is from
the Wiki Economic
web page. You can see the U.S. is as bad
as Sub-Saharan Africa or China.
On the Wiki page List
of countries by income equality
you can click at the top
of the columns to sort the table by that column. When you
click on the UN R/P 10% column (
The ratio of the
average income of the richest 10% is to the poorest 10%) Japan
is #1 at 4.5 and the U.S. is not in the top 10% and is at 15.9,
not as bad as Bolivia at 93.9. no matter which metric you
look at. And it's getting worse. The effect of the
liberal economic policies that started with R. Reagan are
continuing to cause more income disparity.
24 Aug 2011 - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein (2007) - She makes the case that "the Chicago
School" i.e. Milton Friedman - was behind the human rights
violations in many places: Algeria,Argentina,Bolivia, Brazil,
Chile, China (Tienanmen Square -"it wasn't Communism he was
protecting with his crackdown, but Capitalism."), hurricane
Katrina, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia,
South Africa, Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay), South
Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States,
Uruguay. I remember learning that the guns along the
Berlin Wall were pointing into their country to keep people from
leaving, not to the neighboring countries. That's to say
that force was needed to keep the people in the country.
This book is saying that force in the form of government
terrorism is needed for "Chicago School" capitalism to work.
23 Aug 2011 - After the Great Depression of 1929 (Wiki
and the Recession of 1937-1938 (Wiki
a lot of thought was put into fixing the economy and in 1939 A
Program for Monetary Reform (Wiki
was written and circulated to 318 economists.
|Approved with some
Of what I've read it makes sense today and I expect it's the
basis of the reforms that are being proposed today.
" Under the fractional reserve system any attempt to pay off the
Government debt, whether by decreasing Government expenditures
increasing taxation, threatens to bring about deflation and
American Monetary Institute
The Need For Monetary Reform
"The power to create money is an awesome power – at times
stronger than the Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers
combined. . . .Thus the money issuing power should never be
alienated from democratically elected government and placed
ambiguously into private hands as it is in America in the
Federal Reserve System today. . . . Much of our leadership is
acting like patsies, instead of protecting our people as the
financiers rape America. . . Private money
creation through “fractional reserve” banking fosters an
unprecedented concentration of wealth which destroys the
democratic process and ultimately promotes military
...The American Society of Civil Engineers
gives a D grade to our infrastructure and says it will soon be a
D-; and estimates that $2.2 trillion is needed to bring it to
safe levels over the next 5 years! That fact alone
shows the world’s dominant money system to be a major failure
crying for reform." There are three things needed, and all
three are required, anything less will not work:
the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury
2. end the fractional reserve system
3. spend new money into circulation on 21st
century eco-friendly infrastructure and energy sources,
including the education and healthcare needed for a growing
and improving society, starting with the $2.2 trillion that
the Civil Engineers estimate is needed for infrastructure
18 Aug 2011 - It may be that the philosophy put forth by Project for the New American Century
called Foreign Policy Initiative
a Milton Friedman (Wiki
style free market system where there's no goverment control.
Friedman advised Ronald Reagan. It appears that almost all
the presidents since have bought into this idea.
When Reagan came to office the
Laffer Curve (Wiki
presented. At that time the marginal tax rate for the
wealthy was in the 80% to 90% range. I had a
neighbor who was buying tax losses, i.e. he paid hundreds of
thousands of dollars to get maybe twice that in tax
losses. For every dollar of tax loss he could generate he
got to keep 90 cents. The idea then was that by lowering
the marginal tax rate for the wealthy the government would
collect more taxes. It worked.
In 1980 when Reagan said that lowering the tax rate
would bring in more money, most people (including
today's Republicans) did not understand why he said
It was because of the Laffer Curve (Wiki)
says lowering the tax rate will increase income IF THE
TAX RATE IS ABOVE THE OPTIMAL RATE (t* in the graph at
In 1980 the marginal tax rate (what rich people paid on
their next dollar earned) that lowering the rate did
bring in more money to the government.
Today (2011) the marginal tax rate is very low and
maintaining it or lowering it will only bring in less
money. It needs to be raised.
I think we are now on the other side of the curve, i.e. the
marginal tax rate is too low, so raising the tax rate for rich
Americans will stimulate the economy and increase government
Sam Harris.org - A
New Year’s Resolution for the Rich
NYT - Buffett’s
Plan to Tax the Rich
NYT - Stop
Coddling the Super-Rich
by Warren E. Buffett: August 14,
Income or Consumption Tax
The current federal income tax is extremely complex, to the
point that it's beyond comprehension. The cost of
compliance, i.e. all the record keeping, accounting people,
legal people, etc. that are required to meet these complex
laws in and of themselves cost billions of dollars each
year. But after all the deductions you really are paying
what amounts to a consumption tax, like a sales tax.
Income tax discourages savings two ways. First you have
less money to save after paying income tax and second any
interest you do make will be taxed lowering the rate of
Consumption taxes are regressive, that's to say they penalize
people with lower incomes since the tax is a much larger
percentage of their total income. If there was a
national consumption tax the regressive nature could be
overcome by a rebate system.
Consumption taxes encourage saving since you don't pay tax
until you withdraw the money and spend it.
The advantages are: The current cost of compliance is
eliminated putting a huge amount of money back into productive
use. Criminal profits are now taxed. In the
current income tax system criminals do not report their
income, mainly so keep from being caught for the crime, but
that also has the effect of making their income tax
free. But when they buy something they pay consumption
taxs. Products are more competitive when exported
because there's no income tax built into the pricing and
exported products are exempt from sales or VAT taxes helping
the international balance of payments.
Types of Consumption Taxes (Wiki)
The advantage of a national sales tax (Wiki: Sales
) is that most states are now collecting a state
sales and could also collect the national sales tax. A
rebate system needs to be setup.
The FairTax (Wiki: FairTax
a sales tax . One of it's problems is that the rebate
schedule is in terms of fixed dollars, and all the government
schemes where this is done have a problem since our current
monetary system has build in inflation. After not that
many years the dollar values are no longer revalent.
Value Added Tax
Value Added Tax (Wiki: VAT
) charges a
sales tax on that part of a products value which was added by
the current manufacturer. It's used in the European
Excise taxes (Wiki
sales taxes that only apply to certain types of goods.
There have been proposals to tax for things like carbon use to
add a financial cost to polution.
Government Credit Rating
There has been a political battle that's erupted over the
spending limit, whereas in the past this was never of
concern. As a result Standard & Poor's has downgraded
it's rating of the U.S. (6 Aug 2011) for the following
reasons (see thier
- We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to 'AA+' from 'AAA' and affirmed the 'A-1+' short-term
- We have also removed both the short- and long-term ratings from CreditWatch negative.
- The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of
what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government's medium-term debt dynamics.
- More broadly, the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political
institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned when we assigned a
negative outlook to the rating on April 18, 2011.
- Since then, we have changed our view of the difficulties in bridging the gulf between the political parties over fiscal policy, which makes us
pessimistic about the capacity of Congress and the Administration to be able to leverage their agreement this week into a broader fiscal
consolidation plan that stabilizes the government's debt dynamics any time soon.
- The outlook on the long-term rating is negative. We could lower the long-term rating to 'AA' within the next two years if we see that less
reduction in spending than agreed to, higher interest rates, or new fiscal pressures during the period result in a higher general government
debt trajectory than we currently assume in our base case.
Remember this is the same firm that rated the junk CDOs as AAA
when they were really junk (FFFF).
The Daily Show - Law
professor John Coffee explains why major credit rating
agencies inflated their ratings and how they contributed to
America's financial collapse.
Health Care for
This requires repealing the
existing bills and making a new one that works.
Reform Lobbying, PAC & Campaign
It's clear that by lobbying, those
with the money can buy laws. This must be put to an end. (Ref10
Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
Using an aircraft with a pilot and
any type of bomb is obsolete except for a very small number of
uses in war. The problem, even with a very smart bomb, is
that there will be civilian deaths (collateral damage).
Even the current Predator UAV (Wiki
bombs are resulting in civilian deaths.
Countdown to Zero
) 2010 -
Makes the case that even though the odds are verry small that a
nuke will be detonated the destruction it would cause is so high
that it's not worth the risk.
Russia in the 1960s = U.S. Today
In school we learned that the
Russian news (Wiki: Pravda
means Truth) was really propaganda (Fox News). The people
were called the Proletariat (Wiki
: is a
term used to identify a lower social class, usually the working
class; a member of such a class is proletarian
Currently in the U.S. virtually all the wealth is held by a few
percent of the population (Wiki: Bourgeoisie
so the rest of us are the Proletariat.
The Politburo (Wiki
put on a show in their public sessions and made the laws behind
closed doors (U.S. Congress). The Congress spends it's
working hours naming post offices, writing letters of
commendation to sports teams, etc. Nothing of substance.
The U.S.S.R. came apart not too long after that. If we really
are like them then the U.S. federal government may dissolve and
each state may become it's own country. That would mean an
end to the IRS, Social Security Administration, Army, Air Force,
Navy, etc. The states could pick up the SSA and just let
the rest cease to exist.
The problem is that congress is
split on party lines and has become ineffective. This is
the key thing that needs to be fixed and the reason for this web
Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War,
Politics, and Religion - points out the congress
today looks just like the U.S.S.R. government in the
1960s. That's so say if you visit during any day
what you see is a post office getting renamed, a sports team
congratulated, etc. just show for the American
The real business is conducted out of the sight of the
Note that most of these not only
address the topic of the reference, but also address some of the
other topics so it's a good idea to take in all of them.
2 On the need for an educated electorate
from Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, Jan. 8. 1789
"... wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted
with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong
as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to
Rolling Stone - Al
Gore: Climate of Denial
"We haven't gone nuts — but the
"conversation of democracy" has become so deeply dysfunctional
that our ability to make intelligent collective decisions has
been seriously impaired. Throughout American history, we relied
on the vibrancy of our public square — and the quality of our
democratic discourse — to make better decisions than most
nations in the history of the world. But we are now routinely
making really bad decisions that completely ignore the best
available evidence of what is true and what is false. When the
distinction between truth and falsehood is systematically
attacked without shame or consequence — when a great nation
makes crucially important decisions on the basis of completely
false information that is no longer adequately filtered through
the fact-checking function of a healthy and honest public
discussion — the public interest is severely damaged."
3 On Presidents Lying to their own people
: The Truth About Lying in International Politics,
written by John J. Mearsheimer - Has a number of examples of U.S.
Presidents lying to the voters, FDR (W.W.II), Johnson (Gulf of
Tonkin Resolution (Wiki
based on lies) , Bush (reasons for 2003 Iraq war).
) - A
suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on
himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his
voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and
Wag the Dog (IMDB
- Before elections, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join
efforts to "fabricate" a war in order to cover-up a presidential
4 On the Economy
The economy is best understood by
looking what the big money guys have paid for and expect.
It has nothing to do with Democratic or Republican
rhetoric. The president and congress are whores who
provide favors to those who can pay the price.
16 Aug 2011 - Since the reason for the Iraq was was the cabal
known as PNAC
the economic mess may be due
to a similar cabal
whose interest is in
The potential problem is that the U.S. credit rating will be
lowered. But you may ask, who makes those ratings?
Answer: Why the same rating companies that said
Collateralize Dept Obligations were AAA, that's correct Moodys and
Standard & Poors (Wiki: Credit
rating agencies and the subprime crisis
). So there really
was no problem, yet the news media cried WOLF WOLF THE SKY IS
GOING TO FALL and since they said there was an impending crisis
there must have been one.
Rolling Stone - Debt
Ceiling Deal: The Democrats Take a Dive Aug 1, 2011 -
|In the movie "Shipping
Now, you'll have to start by making up some headlines.
You know? Short, punchy, dramatic headlines.
Now, have a look. What do you see? Tell me
Horizon Fills with Dark Clouds.
Imminent Storm Threatens Village.
But what if no storm comes?
Village Spared from Deadly Storm.
This is to say that the news business, as forecast in
the movie "Network" (IMDB),
is an entertainment business and they get more sales if
the story frightens their audience. This is
universally the case.
Democrats aren't failing to stand up to Republicans and failing to
enact sensible reforms that benefit the middle class because they
genuinely believe there's political hay to be made moving to the
right. They're doing it because they do not represent any actual
voters. I know I've said this before, but they are not a
progressive political party, not even secretly, deep inside. They
just play one on television.".
"And what does that mean? Who spends hundreds of millions of
dollars for what looks, on the outside, like rank
incompetence? It strains the imagination to think that the
country's smartest businessmen keep paying top dollar for such
lousy performance. Is it possible that by "surrendering" at the
11th hour and signing off on a deal that presages deep cuts in
spending for the middle class, but avoids tax increases for the
rich, Obama is doing exactly what was expected of him?"
The two very real bad aspects of the national debt are:
1) there is a huge interest cost that gets paid to the Federal
Reserve - See seperate web page Monetary
2) One way or another it translates into inflation.
written & Directed by Charles Ferguson (IMDB
) - Charles
Ferguson's Oscar Speech Rips Wall Street: 'Inside Job' Director
Levels Criticism During Acceptance
- Obama has not punished
the criminals and has put Wall Street men in positions of power.
Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War,
Politics, and Religion- makes clear that in 2006, when
the Democrats had control of both houses, they did not pursue
their own stated goals.
New SEC Chief: In Through the Revolving Door
People vs. Goldman Sachs
Goldman-Style; A Tour Through the Levin Report
( U.S. Senator:
Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse
Street's Bailout Hustle
- Goldman Sachs and other big
banks aren't just pocketing the trillions we gave them to
rescue the economy — they're re-creating the conditions for
Alternatives to the fractional reserve system not dependent
on money as debt...
- "There has been no legal, moral, or
financial reckoning for the most powerful wrongdoers. Nor
have there been meaningful reforms that might prevent a
repeat catastrophe. "
Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms Of
- "companies like AIG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers,
JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley",
- "That's the way it's supposed to work. But a veritable
mountain of evidence indicates that when it comes to
Wall Street, the justice system (DOJ) not only sucks at
punishing financial criminals, it has actually evolved
into a highly effective mechanism for protecting
- "Meanwhile, in a demonstration of the government's
priorities, the Justice Department is proceeding full
force with a prosecution of retired baseball player
Roger Clemens for lying to Congress about getting a shot
of steroids in his ass."
- "The SEC's enforcement director was saying, in
essence, that firms like Goldman Sachs and AIG and
Lehman Brothers will henceforth be able to get the SEC
to act as a middleman between them and the Justice
Department, negotiating fines as a way out of jail
- "As for President Obama, what is there to be said?
Goldman Sachs was his number-one private campaign
contributor. He put a Citigroup executive in charge of
his economic transition team, and he just named an
executive of JP Morgan Chase, the proud owner of $7.7
million in Chase stock, his new chief of staff."
- "Illegal immigrants: 393,000. Lying moms: one.
Bankers: zero. You want to win elections, you bang
on the jailable class. You build prisons and fill them
with people for selling dime bags and stealing CD
players. But for stealing a billion dollars? For fraud
that puts a million people into foreclosure? Pass. It's
not a crime. Prison is too harsh."
- a case has been turned over to
the DOJ, but according to the Imperial Presitent (Ref 15
) investigation the president's
office has gutted the DOJ, so I expect nothing will happen.
The Daily Show - The
with Larry Wilmore
on Olbermann: SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes
Matt Taibbi August
the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes? By
Matt Taibbi August 17,
Shredding: Why SEC's Defense Won't Fly By
Matt Taibbi August 19,
Goldman-Style; A Tour Through the Levin Report
Just so readers understand, the SEC in my
communications with them on this story drew a
distinction between the words records and documents.
According to the SEC, they do maintain "records" of
Matters Under Inquiry, and by that they appear to mean
the line-item entries of the sort Darcy Flynn
forwarded to members of congress, an example of which
Fraud /Issuer Disc.
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
May 13, 2011
People vs. Goldman Sachs
By Matt Taibbi May 11,
A Senate committee has laid out the evidence. Now the
Justice Department should bring criminal charges
...but that won't happen because the DOJ has been
corrupted to be an arm of the office of the president
SEC & DOJ
Under the Bush administration the DOJ was hijacked and
made a subsidiary of the office of the president.
See: Section 1 Politicization of the DOJ in the House
Committee on the Judiciary Majority Staff Report to
Chairman John Conyers, Jr. Jan 2009 (Ref 15
It looks like Obama has continued this practice.
Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
Matt Taibbi February 16, 2011
Financial crooks brought
down the world's economy — but the feds are doing more
to protect them than to prosecute them
SEC & FOIA
Obama has exempted the SEC from FOIA requests as part of
H.R. 4173 - Dodd-Frank, see: SEC & Wall Street Fraud
So Dodd-Frank becomes part
of the cover up, not a fix.
The Banking Act of 1933
aka. Glass-Stegall Act
- contains provisions concerning Commercial vs. Investment Banking
1980 by the Depository
Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act
- first step in removing the checks and balances
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
(Public Law 106-102) (Wiki
1999 - Removed some of the protections of the Glass-Stegall Act
and opened the door to the economic meltdown of 2008. Note
the words "too big to fail" are here, i.e. this act came with a
guarantee for the banks.
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Thompson (CA) , Yea
Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (Wiki)
Enron Loophole & allows the bundling of home
mortgages into unregulated derivatives
real hunger games: How banks gamble on food prices – and the
poor lose out
In addition to allowing banks to gamble on food it may also allow
the gambling on oil prices and other commodities.
H.R. 4173 - Dodd-Frank
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010
- They tried to close the loopholes created by the
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, but it didn't work. It's my
understanding that any "international" bank is exempt (all the big
banks are international).
Note: Dodd-Frank section 929 has a provision that exempts
the SEC from Freedom of Information Act requests.
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Thompson (CA), Yea
It looks like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act needs to be repealed in
Credit Rating agency regulation - The Daily Show - John
- talks about his new book, "The Truth (with jokes),
For a long time most of the world operated on the Gold Standard (Wiki
UK left the Gold Standard in 1931 because of the expense of W.W. I
which was the beginning of the decline of the Gold Standard.
To pay for their purchases of U.S. munitions for W.W.II the UK
could not afford to go back on the gold standard so the
International Monetary Fund (Wiki:
) was setup to control the exchange rates for
transactions between countries using the Bretton Woods system (Wiki
It used the Gold based U.S. dollar as the currency of
international trade. The expense of the Vietnam war depleted
the U.S. gold so in 1971 Richard Nixon ended the Gold Standard for
the U.S. At the time one of the key arguments against the
Gold Standard was that the total amount of Gold in the world was
not increasing to match the Gross World Product. That's to
say that as the value of the world increased the money supply
could not follow.
The Gold Standard put a limit on the Fractional-reserve banking (Wiki
although it was not a hard limit. This means that a bank
need not have reserves that are 100% of the money it loans, but
rather the bank only needs to have some fraction of the money it
loans. Essentially money is generated whenever someone
borrows money. This is what amounts to a Ponzi Scheme (Wiki
that the debt can never be paid back for all the loans. Another
way of looking at it is to say that if all the loans were paid
back there would be no money in circulation.
As you can see major wars cost so much that they require major
changes in the economic system to pay for them. We're now in
the middle of the most expensive war in history, and it's no
surprise that we're in big economic trouble. Some of it is
caused by the Wall Street collapse of 2008 (Wiki: TARP
but that's the tip of the iceberg. Fixing the Wall Street
problems needs to be done, but that's not enough to fix the
economy. Note the Bush wars were financed "off the
books". It's not clear to me where the money is coming from?
The monetary system has been inflationary for all of it's
existence and that rewards borrowers and punishes savers.
When you borrow money and pay it back in inflated money you are
ahead. If you put enough money into a savings account to buy
a new car and in ten years withdraw that money and the interest it
earned you no longer will be able to buy an equivalent car,
i.e. you've lost buying power because of inflation. Worse,
if you put cash under your mattress as time goes by you will loose
more buying power. China has a high savings rate, but the
U.S. has a very low savings rate that's made worse by taxing the
interest that's paid to the saver.
It was sold on the idea that while working you made contributions
and when you retired you got benefits. This is really a
Ponzi Scheme (Wiki
that would be illegal if offered by a private business. It
pays benefits not based on what those people paid into the system
plus interest, but by taxing the income of those workers who are
not yet receiving benefits. Starting with the baby boom the
payments into the system far exceeded the expenses and the fund
grew. But in 1977 Jimmy Carter established the Social
Security Trust Fund (Wiki
that formalized the Ponzi aspect of the system, i.e. there was no
need to maintain a fund for future use, just tax the current
workers to pay for the current expenses. As the baby boomers
start to retire the smaller work force will need to pay more to
fund the benefit payments. The effect of the Trust Fund is
to weaken the system.
If you look at Denmark they are one of the best countries in terms
of taking care of their citizens, but it comes at the price of an
overall effective tax rate near 50%. Sure, everyone would
like to have a lot of benefits and pay a minimal amount for them,
but that's just not realistic.
5 On Obama's Health Care
|It's my understanding the Obama Care:
1) Requires everybody
(except congressmen who have their own government
medical plan) to have private medical insurance
2) Requires the medical
insurance companies to accept everyone. This means
their costs go up so they need to increase the rates.
3) There is no provision
about the rates the insurance companies charge or what
amount of profit they can make.
PBS - Frontline - Obama's
Full Program On Line
"A sobering look at the push to reform
health care, revealing the realities of American politics, the
power of special interest groups and the role of money in policy
My pages: H.R. 3590
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
My doctor (and I've talked to friends who are hearing the same
thing) and he's very unhappy with Medicare. Essentially it's
- "Obama’s (2011 proposed budget) cuts,
which will take effect immediately, are to be administered by his
newly created Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) of 15
members appointed by the president. Its recommendations for cuts
in Medicare services or for reductions in reimbursement will not
be subject to congressional approval but will take effect by
administrative fiat. Right now." This would dismantle
Medicare. Maybe this is how he's going to pay for his wars?
The Independent Payment Advisory Board (Wiki
is appointed by the President. That means it's members are
going to be selected to further the current political parties
goals, a very bad thing in my opinion.
The current way insurance companies work does not allow for
competition. For example the "usual and standard fee" is the
starting point for what the insurance company is going to
pay. So it's common that a new doctor will charge a lot more
than an established doctor, so the new doctor gets paid a lot more
than the established doctor just because his fee schedule can be
written on a blank piece of paper. You can see that's not
fair and it's wasteful. Medicare provides it's services at a
much lower cost.
July 9, 2011 - a friend and a number of coworkers have had to drop
their Medicare supplement insurance provider and go to Kaiser
because the cost to maintain their old insurance became way too
if you have Kaiser
July 2011 - The southern California grocery workers can no longer
afford their medical insurance and are talking about a strike.
Health Reform Over the Finish Line
- "So how much higher do
premiums have to rise until we do something about it? How
many more Americans have to lose their health insurance? How
many more businesses have to drop coverage?" - Well he's now made
this into law, so " it is what the American people deserve".
Smedley Butler (Wiki
Dan Hamberg (Wiki
Former U.S. Congressman and member of the Mendocino
James E. Hansen (Wiki
Global Warming (email question sent 5 Aug 2011)
of TomDispatch: Chalmers Johnson, Dismantling the Empire
Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire
And Ten Steps to Take to Do So By Chalmers
1. We Can No Longer Afford Our Postwar Expansionism
2. We Are Going to Lose the War in Afghanistan and It Will
Help Bankrupt Us
3. We Need to End the Secret Shame of Our Empire of Bases
Bill McKibben (Wiki
- Global Warming (email question
sent 5 Aug 2011)
Peter Dale Scott (Wiki
The Road to 9/11: Wealth,
Empire, and the Future of America
- Peter Dale Scott (on
order 5 Aug 2011)
Tariq Ali (Wiki
"The major reason to take Iraq
was a display of imperial power."
Benjamin Barber (Wiki
" Fear and terror
are terrorism's means. Fear is terrorism's turf.
America's turf is democracy, the open society, pluralism, an
unwillingness to be scared into submission, scared out of it's
liberties, scared out of it's multiculturalism."
"The danger since 9/11 has been not the damage of the 9/11
strikes themselves but the damage that we have done to
ourselves on the way to "protect ourselves".
Noam Chomsky (Wiki
Richard A. Clarke (Wiki
I've read his book: Against All Enemies
and the movie is consistant with thie book.
Kevin Danaher (Wiki
Mark Danner (Wiki
Shadia Drury (Wiki
not in the movie, but is in the Extended Interviews on the DVD.
Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics
Palgrave Macmillan: London, 1994. ISBN 0-312-12092-3
The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss
. 1st ed. Macmillan:
London, 1988. ISBN 0-333-41256-7
Leo Strauss and the American Right
. Palgrave Macmillan:
London, 1999. ISBN 0-312-21783-8
Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the
.Palgrave Macmillan: London, 2004. ISBN 1-4039-6404-1
Michael Eric Dyson (Wiki
Daniel Ellsberg (Wiki
- published The Pentagon Papers (1971) (Wiki
Michael Franti (Wiki
Stan Goff (Wiki
- Peak Oil
William Hartung (Wiki
Chalmers Johnson (se
"Right now as we talk the 4th
amendments of the Constution, the Bill of Rights, are dead
"Perpetual war, the loss of civil liberties, the lack of trust
in government because they don't tell the truth. These
are outrageous and unpleasant political developments but they
don't necessarily spell the end of the United States.
Financial bankruptcy does."
- Houston Chronicle
14, 2001 Jensen wrote that the September 11th terrorist
attacks were "reprehensible and indefensible" but "no more
despicable than the massive acts of terrorism – the deliberate
killing of civilians for political purposes – that the U.S.
government has committed during my lifetime." (also see
Jackson Katz (Wiki
Michael Klare (Wiki
"Resource control, military
policy focused on protection of pipe lines."
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (Wiki
"we now have 4 bases in
Iraq. Beautiful bases, we can hit Syria, we can hit
Iran, we can keep tabs on Afaganastan. There's all kinds
of things we can do from those bases."
"If you look at the pipeline, the proposed pipeline route
across Afaganastan, and you look at our bases - matches
Norman Mailer (Wiki
Zia Mian (Wiki
Mark Crispin Miller (Wiki
Paul O'Neill (Wiki
- Sec of the Treasury under Bush43.
Supplied the information for the
book The Price of Loyalty
It was reading this book the lead to the movie Hijacking
Catastrophe and the book and movie are consistant.
Scott Ritter (Wiki
- the chief United Nations
" And what did we see in the
aftermath of September 11, 2001. Immediate action on all
fronts. The Patriot Act (Wiki) was passed here in the
United States without a public debate, without any debate by
Congress, just passed. It's a frontal assault on the
Chicken Hawks and their children who have not served in
Bush (Vietnam), Chaney (Vietnam), Rumsfeld (Korea), Wolfowitz
(Vietnam), Ashcroft (Vietnam)
Mazar-E Sharif (Wiki
"...it has nothing to do with
Osama bin Laden. It has everything to do with a longer plan
and in this case a strategy which I wouldn't necessarily call
neo conservative. However it fits perfectly in with the
neo conservative ideology which says - If you have military
and you need something from a weaker country then you need to
deploy that force and take what you need because your
country's needs are paramount."
Wandana Shiva (Wiki
Norman Solomon (Wiki
- Fairness and
Accuracy in Reporting
"Robert Jackson, the Justice
from the U.S. Supreme Court who went to Neurmberg in 1945,
made it very clear that the Natzi leaders were being put on
trial not because they lost but because they launched an
aggressive war and he described it as a crime aginst humanity
that had no possible justification."
Harlan K. Ullman (Wiki
& James P. Wade (Wiki
1996 advisory report Shock and Awe
at National Defense UniversityU
[the book] argues that the aim of modern warefare is not to
mearly to achieve military victory, but also, by means of
shear intimidation, to inflict a deep psychological injury, to
scare and terroize potential rivals into submission. It
is in effect the practical application of the Wolfowitz
doctrine of global domination through force."
Immanuel Wallerstein (Wiki
"so yea, there interested in
oil, but that's a middle run interest. Their immediate
goal is intimidation. So when people say for example,
which is very frequent, that it's all about oil, of course
oil's important and of course we want control of oil, but oil
isn't enough to explain a war on Iraq."
Jody Williams (Wiki
Max Wolff (Univ of Mass, Dept of Econ)
People who signed letter of 15 March 2011 calling for bombing
Libya and regime change (while not mentioning the UN).
|Ajami predicts that after
liberation, the streets in Basra and Baghdad are 'sure
to erupt in joy in the same way the throngs in Kabul
greeted the Americans.'"
|Stephen E. Biegun
2001 to 2003, - Executive Secretary of the National
"No Child Left Behind" - bio
|| head of the Coalition
Provisional Authority (Wiki)
Disband the Iraq Army
of the Iraqi civil service
didn't repair the meters on the oil wells so no
accounting of the oil pumped
||Dick's wife & worked
in the State dept under Bush43
||a founding member of the
||Dir of the International
Broadcasting Bureau (Wiki)
under Bush43 (VOA, etc.)
||Deputy Assistant to the
Vice President for National Security Affairs (2001-2003)
|Reuel Marc Gerecht
||former director of the PNAC
former resident fellow at the AEI
|Bruce Pitcairn Jackson
||co-founded the PNAC
to Pres. Clinton
||formerly at the AEI
now a fellow at the School of
Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (Wiki)
LA Times Bomb
Iran: Diplomacy is doing nothing to stop the
Iranian nuclear threat; a show of force is the only
||During Peretz's tenure as
editor of the New Republic (Wiki),
the magazine faced one of journalism's most notorious
fabrication scandals. Shattered Glass (IMDB)
||President of the
Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (Wiki)
created by PNAC
an advisor to Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq
advises Sarah Palin (Wiki)
|Gary J. Schmitt
||exe dir (1999–2001) and
president (2002–2005) of the New
Citizenship Project (Wiki)
contributes to Fox News (Wiki)
and WSJ (Wiki)
Republican, free market