Bracken: Dear Mr. Security Agent

lisaleaks:

This essay is for you, Mr. Security Agent, because it won’t be elite Manhattan or Malibu liberals or Ivy League professors or politicians or columnists who will be ordered to strap on the sweat-stained body armor and enforce the new gun control laws at gunpoint. No, that grim task will fall to you.

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:

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For widespread distribution, more cutting-edge commentary from Matt Bracken, former SEAL and author of the Enemies Foreign and Domestic trilogy, along with his most recent novel, Castigo Cay:

Dear Mr. Security Agent,

Federal, state, or local. You, the man or woman with the badge, the sworn LEO or FLEA and those who inhabit the many law enforcement niches in between and on all sides. This essay is directed to you, because in the end, how this turmoil about gun control turns out will depend largely upon your decisions and actions over the coming months and years.

I sincerely wish that members of Congress—who may soon be voting on new gun control measures—would read this essay, but I realize that’s a pipe dream, considering the impenetrable bubbles around those exalted entities. So I’ll settle for you, Mr. (or Ms.) Security Agent, since you already gobble up everything on the…

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NATO: A Test of the Transatlantic Alliance Mission in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Resolute SupportFollowing the completion of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the end of 2014, a new, follow-on NATO-led mission called Resolute Support was launched on 1 January 2015 to provide further training, advice and assistance for the Afghan security forces and institutions.

Some 12,000 personnel from both NATO and partner nations will be deployed in support of the mission. The mission will operate with one central hub (in Kabul/Bagram) and four spokes in Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, Kandahar and Laghman. Currently, 14 partner countries are contributing to Resolute Support.

Key functions include:

  • Supporting planning, programming and budgeting;
  • Assuring transparency, accountability and oversight;
  • Supporting the adherence to the principles of rule of law and good governance;
  • Supporting the establishment and sustainment of such processes as force generation, recruiting, training, managing and development of personnel.

The detailed operation plan for Resolute Support was approved by NATO Foreign Ministers at the end of June 2014.

The legal framework for the Resolute Support mission is provided by a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which was signed in Kabul on 30 September 2014 by the newly inaugurated Afghan President and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, and later ratified by the Afghan Parliament on 27 November 2014. The SOFA defines the terms and conditions under which NATO forces will be deployed in Afghanistan as part of Resolute Support, as well as the activities that they are set to carry out under this agreement.

The United Nations Security Council welcomed the Resolute Support mission with the unanimous adoption on 12 December 2014 of Resolution 2189, which underscores the importance of “continued international support” for the “stability of Afghanistan.”

Beyond the training, advice and assistance mission, Allies and partner countries are committed to the broader international community’s support for the long-term financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces (see ANA Trust Fund below).

Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust FundANA TRUST FUND

The Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund was created in 2007 to provide a mechanism for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) nations to support the transportation and installation of equipment donated by ISAF nations, to purchase equipment and services for ANA engineering projects, and to support in and out-of-country training.

The scope of the ANA Trust Fund was gradually expanded to also support the long-term sustainment of the ANA and to support literacy and professional military education.

At the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012, NATO Allies and ISAF nations reaffirmed their strong commitment to support the training, equipping, financing and capability development of the Afghan National Security Forces Beyond 2014. They agreed that, as part of the wider International Community, and building upon existing mechanisms, they would play their part in developing appropriate, coherent and effective funding mechanisms and expenditures arrangements for all strands of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Such mechanisms would have to be “flexible, transparent, accountable and cost effective” and would need to include measures against corruption.

The provisions of the adapted ANA Trust Fund post-2014 were agreed in December 2013. They stipulate that:
_ the adapted ANA Trust Fund will continue to focus its activities on the Afghan National Army, “while retaining the existing flexibility” to provide support to other elements of the ANSF as necessary.
_ Funds will be allocated against the ANSF requirements plan, which the Afghan authorities will develop.
_ The United States will continue to manage the Fund until 2017; any extension of this mandate after 2017 will be subject to future decisions.
_ The use of the adapted ANA Trust Fund will be regulated by a yearly Implementation Plan which will include estimated costs, timelines and performance objectives.
_ The management and implementation of the adapted ANA Trust Fund will be subject to annual audit.
_ An ANA Trust Fund Board will be constituted to monitor the ANA Trust Fund and to review its cost effectiveness, financial “integrity and accountability.” The Board is composed of national representatives of donor nations and the Trust Fund manager. The Board had its inaugural meeting on 1 September 2014.

The ANA Trust Fund is but one of the funding streams supporting the long-term sustainment of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, alongside United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) and the U.S. bilateral Afghanistan Security Forces Fund. Lead responsibility for sustaining the Afghan National Security Forces remains, however, with the Afghan government. They have agreed to provide at least 500 million Euros per year at the start, with that contribution increasing steadily over time.

The ANA Trust Fund is open for contributions by the broader International Community. As of February 2015, the total amount of contributions made to the ANA Trust Fund exceeds 1 billion of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars.

Australia 200,000,000
Azerbaijan 1,263,000
Bulgaria 214,000
Czech Republic 678,000
Denmark 17,449,000
Estonia 698,000
Finland 9,466,000
Germany 322,298,000
Hungary 400,000
Italy 16,812,000
Japan 55,301,000
Latvia 500,000
Lithuania 52,000
Luxembourg 26,653,000
Netherlands 99,208,000
Norway 75,183,000
Slovakia 500,000
Slovenia 321,000
South Korea 150,000,000
Spain 5,427,000
Sweden 11,324,000
Switzerland 186,000
the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1 1,000
Turkey 14,983,000
United Arab Emirates 10,000,000
United Kingdom 10,188,000
Total 1,029,105,000
(1 Turkey recognizes the republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.)

Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund
Status of Contributions Made
February 2015
(All amounts in US dollars – rounded figures)
Some Allies and Partners have made additional pledges. Once these are actually released to the Fund, they will be reflected above.

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Mexico, A Toxic Mix of Crime, Corruption and US Collusion

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2014 Iguala mass kidnappingOn September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College were kidnapped in Mexico, and presumed dead. This tragic event has inflamed the anger of people both within Mexico and abroad. In this incident, local politicians ordered the police to attack and shoot protesting students and then handed 43 of these young people over to an allied criminal gang, Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors).

mexicos-disappeared-mass-graveThe missing students search continues in Iguala but has since unearthed multiple mass graves surrounding the city, cementing the obvious reality of an abductee’s fate.

Other such deadly attacks upon small farmers and their organizations by politicians allied with wealthy landowners and criminals have also been commonplace in the state of Guerrero which is governed by the supposedly ‘leftist’ Party of the Democratic Revolution. This violent and grisly act that was committed by these oligarchs against these young people was intended to intimidate and silence the voices of protesting students and this incident is symbolic of what is left of a shattered Mexican democracy.

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Protestors at a demonstration for 43 missing Mexican students on December 3, 2014.

The growing financial and political complicity between government officials and criminal gangs and their blatant use of terror and violence is aimed at stifling the rights of the Mexican People to enact social change through democratic means. Other victims of this violent trend within Mexico have included numerous journalists, politicians seeking reform, trade unionists and human rights advocates.

This deadly attack and kidnapping of these students is a clear example to the world of the blatant lack of democracy and rule of law that now exists within Mexico.

Such growing lawlessness on the part of government officials and gang cartel members combined with a consistent growth in financial inequality and unemployment throughout the country has also exerted a downward push on people’s standard of living and on the economic well-being of their families.

HSBC-depositsAdding fuel to this deteriorating national situation is the financial pressure being applied by foreign banks and corporations upon the Mexican government to privatize the country’s resources and dwindling social services which will result in higher profits for Wall Street and Mexico’s oligarchs while reducing social programs aimed at improving people’s lives.

The last 25 years of governance under the National Action Party (PAN) and Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) parties have led to widespread political corruption, a drastic rise in wealth and class inequality and the development of a violent narco state. These factors have contributed to an erosion of democratic institutions and the norms of justice within Mexican society and created a situation where power in society now grows out of the barrel of a gun.

The burdens of NAFTA and the ‘War on Drugs’ stunt Mexican society

Illegal immigration in southern Arizona.In order to place these recent events and growth of violence in Mexico within a historical context we need to view the political factors and events from the past that have influenced and contributed to this violent and undemocratic situation within that country. The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 was accompanied with overly optimistic claims by then US President George W. Bush and Mexican President Salinas de Gortari that a future expansion of trade, a higher level of prosperity and a growth of economic development in both countries would ultimately decrease the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants attempting to enter the US.

With the implementation of NAFTA many existing trade regulations and tariffs which had previously protected Mexico’s fledgling industries were removed.

This imposition of so-called ‘free trade’ subsequently led to a flood of US manufactured and agricultural products being exported into Mexico which soon overwhelmed and severely damaged fragile sectors of that country’s economy. Such an unregulated flow of US government subsidized exports into Mexico also caused widespread economic dislocation in that country particularly within the agricultural sector which led to an ensuing rise in unemployment among many urban workers, small farmers and farm workers.

nafta-decimated-mexican-agricultureThis sharp rise in unemployment soon fueled heavy migration to Mexico’s urban areas and eventually this movement of people seeking work began flowing northward to the US border. By the latter part of the 1990’s the empty promises that had been promoted by NAFTA advocates about more prosperity, a reduction in poverty and eliminating the need to immigrate to the US for work were soon replaced by a new wave of immigration to El Norte by the unemployed. This exodus was met by a vicious immigrant bashing campaign on the US side that was supported by former California Governor Pete Wilson and a host of other racial xenophobes in numerous states.

Another burden placed upon Mexican society was the political pressure that the American government applied on Mexico’s politicians to accept and implement the ‘War on Drugs.’

This misguided drug war ignored any US responsibility for the growing domestic demand for illegal drugs and did not include any widespread drug use prevention and rehabilitation programs within this country. Instead, this war has sought a military solution to the US drug problem by primarily focusing on eliminating the ‘bad guy’ drug suppliers in Mexico and other Latin-American countries and by resorting to mass imprisonment of drug users within the US.

The contradictory result of this drug war policy has been a dramatic increase in US drug consumption and incarceration and a subsequent growth in the number of drug suppliers in Mexico.

war on drugs mexicoThe young men who are recruited by the drug cartels tend to be poor and unemployed youth who are willing to supply violence for money in order to satisfy the cravings of American addicts. As far as the increase in north-south trade once promised by NAFTA, it now consists of a massive amount of US military and DEA advisers and weapons being shipped south to Mexico along with thousands of illegal weapons being sold to the drug cartels by American arms merchants located along the border area. Conversely, a constant supply of drugs for American recreational use and immigrants seeking work flows north to the US.

The dual burdens of NAFTA and the ‘War on Drugs’ that have been imposed upon Mexico have resulted in a widespread growth of unemployment, drug gangs on both sides of the border, overcrowded prisons and the deepening of political corruption within Mexican society which has undermined democracy and created a narco state. While the leaders of both the US and Mexico had approved and benefited financially from these harmful policies, it would be the Mexican People and particularly the 43 students from Ayotzinapa who would have to endure the deadly effects of these toxic decisions.

A profitable immigration system is supported by the US and Mexico

Besides NAFTA and the ‘War on Drugs,’ there is a third burden pressing upon Mexican society that contributes to the increase in crime, political corruption and human misery. This is the flawed 100 year-old immigration system that is shared by Mexico and the US and which continues to be fundamentally supported by both governments.

This century-old system has and is governed by the capitalist law of supply and demand which determines how much undocumented cheap labor is needed for certain US industries, the amount of low wages to be paid to these imported workers and the required methods of governmental regulation and deportation of any excessive and unnecessary labor. Certain corporations seeking low-wage workers in order to maximize profits for their industries utilize legal contractors and grapevines of village and family connections to lure unemployed workers to the north with promises of jobs.

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President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pose for a photo in Toluca, Mexico, Feb. 2014.

This immigration pipeline is aided by gangs of coyotes whose illegal smuggling activities along the border area are generally ignored by Mexican officials and whose role is now being taken over by more powerful criminal drug gangs with the result that robberies, kidnapping and sexual assaults are on the rise.

This existing immigration network is greased by the aid of financial mordidas to Mexican politicians on one side of the border and through huge campaign donations doled out on the US side to American politicians by corporations who benefit from this supply of exploited human labor. This century-old immigration system continues functioning according to the needs of the US economic system for low-wage workers which are supplied by a reserve labor force in Mexico that exists with governmental approval.

Such cooperation and support by the Mexican government of this system is in essence a policy of consciously getting rid of its own people by exporting them to the US rather than resolving the deep-rooted social problems that exist within Mexico. Such a corrupt situation is resistant to change as it is very profitable for both politicians and certain corporations who maximize their earnings on the backs of undocumented workers. These employees are quietly allowed into the US when needed and attacked with immigrant-bashing campaigns and swiftly removed through the use of deportations when no longer useful.

NAFTA-protest-bad-for-workers-1024x768Throughout the decades this labor system has been refined with adjustments such as the old ‘Bracero program’ and now the increasing use of an expanding guest worker program. In addition to the other burdens on Mexico such as NAFTA and the ‘War on Drugs,’ this third burden of a corrupt and exploitative immigration system results in a lawless border, divides families and leads to a loss of life for many people who attempt to cross into the US. Despite periodic laments and flowery proclamations by politicians about the need for reform, this traditional and profitable immigration system is fundamentally supported across party lines by the governments of both countries. Presently, the slow-growing US economy has an over-supply of workers including many who are undocumented. Thus, the actual economic regulator of this traditional immigration system lies within the executive branch as ICE has been directed by Obama to remove any excess immigrant labor and this results in the continuing deportation of close to 30 thousand people a month.

The US-Mexico alliance on foreign policy, the drug war and human rights

Mexico is a strong ally of the US within Latin America along with other right-wing governments such as Honduras, Colombia and Guatemala. The US and these conservative governments constitute a minority political bloc that is used within the region to counter the majority of countries with progressive governments such as Brazil. Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua and others. These countries that presently have center-left governments had previously suffered from human rights abuses under previous US-supported dictatorships and are now asserting their economic and political independence.

The US which has a history of dominating Latin-America is opposed to such a progressive bloc of countries who are independent and sovereign and a subservient Mexico obediently supports and follows these reactionary US policies and actions. Within Mexico, the increasing demand for illegal narcotics by US customers combined with the militaristic ‘War on Drugs’ have ravaged the Mexican economy and social fabric while unleashing a wave of corruption, cartels and human rights abuses.

While this drug war is clearly not in Mexico’s interests nor beneficial to the country, both the PAN and PRI political parties have previously allied themselves with Presidents Bush and Obama to support the use of violence to carry out this ongoing and disastrous drug policy. This US sponsored military campaign within Mexico has become a deadly civil war that has instigated hatred and violence and which uses American supplied weapons to pit Mexicans against Mexicans.

The ongoing political unity and collusion on the part of the US government and its lackey Mexican government in regard to Latin-American foreign policy, NAFTA, the ‘War on Drugs’ and support of the century-old immigration system has also been extended to a united viewpoint and position involving violations of human rights in Mexico.

This agreement and collusion between US and Mexican politicians pertaining to human rights abuses and violations of democratic norms in Mexico consists of both governments essentially condoning and glossing over these brutal acts perpetrated against the Mexican People.

In this country, there are no expressions of outrage and anger by US government officials nor by the media over the massacre of the 43 students as well as the deaths of thousands of others due to these misguided US policies which support the actions of the corrupt Mexican government. We do not hear any denunciation of President Pena-Nieto and his PRI-led government with its repressive policies by President Obama nor do we hear of any US demand for sanctions to be placed upon Mexico as is usually done in a self-righteous manner with other countries who violate human rights.

The three burdens of NAFTA, the ‘War on Drugs’ and a corrupt immigration system have created three resulting pillars of injustice within Mexican society that consist of labor exploitation, human rights abuses and a lack of democracy. Massive political pressure has to be applied within Mexico and externally in order to demolish these anti-democratic pillars that prop up a repressive society. The objectives of such a political movement must be the abolishment of NAFTA, the ‘War on Drugs’ and fundamentally changing the present and unjust immigration system.

 

 

 

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Reconquista: Mexico’s Retaking of America

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aztlan-mapThe El Plan de Aztlán (“Aztlan Plan”) manifesto should be required reading for every U.S. public official and citizen. The Aztlan Plan is the ethnocentric Chicano blueprint for invading and occupying the Southwestern United States. The goal of this ethnocentric movement is to “reestablish” the ‘Nation of Aztlan.’

For those of you who don’t read Spanish, the English translation of the Spanish phrase:

“For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada”
English translation:
“For our race everything. For everyone else nothing.”
[Note: “Race” refers to the “bronze” Chicano peoples. “everyone else” means non-Chicanos.]

‘Aztlan’ is the legendary ancestral home of the Aztec peoples. Aztecah is the Nahuatl word for “people from Aztlan

 La Raza Unida PartyThe Aztlan Plan was drafted in the 1960’s.  It has served as the fundamental document and manifesto of hundreds of Chicano high school and college student groups across the U.S.

This shows the philosophy, and Ideology that is a part of the Mexican American Mindset, called Chicanismo. This belief is in all levels of Chicano Society, and this is something that was hidden from the American people.

AluristaThis so-called Poem “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” In English is “Spiritual Plan of Aztlán” was written in 1969 by Alurista, but his real name is Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia. He was born in Mexico in 1947, and he came to America when he was 13 years old. He is a Chicano poet and activist. Well, lets look at the key words in this truly.

 

Proclamation, and Chicano Manifesto!

“Brutal Gringo! Invasion of our Territories, Northern Land of Aztlan, Came Our Forefathers,  Reclaiming the Land of the Land of their Birth, and our inevitable “Destiny.” Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds..etc..etc…”and Not to the Foreign Europeans. We do not Recognize capricious frontiers on the Bronze Continent. Brotherhood Unites Us…Time has Come, and who Struggle against the Foreigner. Gabacho (foreigners)…We Declare the Independence of our “Mestizo Nation.” We are a Bronze people. Bronze Continent, We are a Nation”..We are Aztlán.”

This is a Chicano, or Mexican manifesto hidden within a so-called poem. I don’t believe this is just a poem, and neither do most Mexicans. Notice how the Chicano use ‘El Plan de Aztlan‘ as a Manifesto, and as the foundation of their movement. “Sets the theme that Chicano must use!” “Once we are committed to the idea and philosophy of El Plan de Aztlan, we can only conclude that social, economic, cultural, and political independence is the only road to total “liberation!”

aztlan-liberate-or-death“Control of our Barrios,” which is towns, and the word “Lands” is the belief that the Southwest is their land. The plan is so important, it must commit “All Levels of Society.” Our struggle then must be for the “control of our barrios, campos, pueblos, lands, our economy, our culture, and our political life.” El Plan commits all levels of Chicano society.”

Then “Nationalism” Transcends “ALL” areas of Life.

Next is Unity, again all levels of Societies must be committed to the “Liberation of La Raza” The Race!

The next is “Economy,” Economic Control… our Communities can only come about by “Driving the Exploiter Out” of our Communities. This is already happening in California on a large scale, are now Latin Americans.

They say “lands rightfully ours will be fought for and defended.” That sounds like a reclaiming of lands and they are ready to fight for them.

“Lands rightfully ours” “will be fought for and defended.”

The next is Education, and notice that American history is not included and that this Aztlan movement wants to “Control” the schools, and the teachers, the administrators, and counselors. This is happening in California, and was happening in Arizona, until fellow Americans realized that it was racist, and Anti-American, and forced it out of their school system.

Next is INSTITUTIONS, notice they want “Restitution” for a Full Life, “Restitution for past economic slavery.” They want total control of institutions in our community, and those they can’t control must get out!

Next is Self-Defense, which is a good idea, all us Americans should learn self-defense, and also have the weapons to do so! Look at the words of “Front Line” and they are mostly referring to Gang-bangers, and the Mexican Mafia, for it says those from the Barrios! Also the Protectors must be given respect and dignity. Notice the words “offer their responsibility and their lives.” They mean war folks, for they are offering their lives to it.

Then they say: Those who place themselves in the front ranks for their people do so out of love and carnalismo.

The word Carnalismo is a Gang word which means Love for the Homies: its an inner attitude that a true vato has, full of loyalty, courage and love for his homies (Urban Dictionary).

aztlan-civil-warFor the very young there will no longer be acts of juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts.

Notice how they say that “Juvenile Delinquency” will now be “Revolutionary Acts.” This anarchy and hate is encouraged by M.E.CH.A, which is a student organization, and it’s on Colleges, and Universities across the Country. These M.E.CH.A students are to proselytize, and Evangelize Hispanics in their area.

Next is Cultural, they want to Unite the family of “La Raza” (the Unified Race) towards “Liberation,” and they must insure that their writers, activists, poets, and artist produce literature that is appealing to their people and relates to their revolutionary culture.

Notice “defeat the gringo dollar value system,” this is anti-capitalism, and they are always saying “Defeat the Gringo!”

Next is Political Liberation, with the support of our own government, they are trying to take over our political power, and if we don’t wake up, and stop worrying about being called a Racist, then we might be able to protect our country. We as a country should be tired of having our hands tied by ‘political correctness,’ we also need to protect our culture, and our people. We helped build this country. Our Forefathers would be trippin if they saw how we were just giving away our country, and allowing others to over run us.

Many Hispanics and our own government are working against us, and want the Hispanic culture to dominate, for they believe they own this Continent according to the Papacy!

Below is the document that many Mexicans believe and follow, from the Elites to the students, and to the Chicano people.

Awareness and distribution of El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan.

la-raza-get-out2Presented at every meeting, demonstration, confrontation, courthouse, institution, administration, church, school, tree, building, and car.

El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan   

‘In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal “gringo” invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlán from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.  We are free and sovereign to determine those tasks which are justly called for by our house, our land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlán belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent. Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come and who struggles against the foreigner “gabacho” who exploits our riches and destroys our culture.’

‘With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlán. Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada.’

The Program

El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán sets the theme that the Chicanos (La Raza de Bronze) must use their nationalism as the key or common denominator for mass mobilization and organization. Once we are committed to the idea and philosophy of El Plan de Aztlán, we can only conclude that social, economic, cultural, and political independence is the only road to total liberation from oppression, exploitation, and racism. Our struggle then must be for the control of our barrios, campos, pueblos, lands, our economy, our culture, and our political life. El Plan commits all levels of Chicano society-the barrio, the campo, the ranchero, the writer, the teacher, the worker, the professional-to La Causa.

Nationalism: Nationalism as the key to organization transcends all religious, political, class, and economic factions or boundaries. Nationalism is the common denominator that all members of La Raza can agree upon.

Organizational Goals: 1. UNITY in the thinking of our people concerning the barrios, the pueblo, the campo, the land, the poor, the middle class, the professional – all committed to the liberation of La Raza.

2. Economy: economic control of our lives and our communities can only come about by driving the exploiter out of our communities, our pueblos, and our lands and by controlling and developing our own talents, sweat and resources. Cultural background and values which ignore materialism and embrace humanism will contribute to the act of cooperative buying and the distribution of resources and production to sustain an economic base for healthy growth and development. Lands rightfully ours will be fought for and defended. Land and realty ownership will be acquired by the community for the people’s welfare. Economic ties of responsibility must be secured by nationalism and the Chicano defense units.

3. Education: must be relative to our people, i.e., history, culture, bilingual education, contributions, etc. Community control of our schools, our teachers, our administrators, our counselors, and our programs.

4. Institutions: shall serve our people by providing the service necessary for a full life and their welfare on the basis of restitution, not handouts or beggar’s crumbs. Restitution for past economic slavery, political exploitation, ethnic and cultural psychological destruction and denial of civil and human rights. Institutions In our community which do not serve the people have no place in the community. The institutions belong to the people.

5. SELF-DEFENSE: of the community must rely on the combined strength of the people. The front line defense will come from the barrios, the campos, the pueblos, and the ranchitos. Their involvement as protectors of their people will be given respect and dignity. They in turn offer their responsibility and their lives for their people. Those who place themselves in the front ranks for their people do so out of love and carnalismo. Those institutions which are fattened by our brothers to provide employment and political pork barrels for the gringo will do so only as acts of liberation and for La Causa. For the very young there will no longer be acts of juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts.

6. CULTURAL: values of our people strengthen our identity and the moral backbone of the movement. Our culture unites and educates the family of La Raza towards liberation with one heart and one mind. We must insure that our writers, poets, musicians, and artists produce literature and art that is appealing to our people and relates to our revolutionary culture. Our cultural values of life, family, and home will serve as a powerful weapon to defeat the gringo dollar value system and encourage the process of love and brotherhood.

7. POLITICAL LIBERATION: can only come through independent action on our part since the two-party system is the same animal with two heads that feed from the same trough. Where we are a majority, we will control; where we are a minority, we will represent a pressure group; nationally, we will represent one party: La Familia de la Raza. (The Family of the Race).La Raza Unida

Action

1. Awareness and distribution of El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan. Presented at every meeting, demonstration, confrontation, courthouse, institution, administration, church, school, tree, building, car, and every place of human existence.

2. September 16, on the birth date of Mexican Independence, a national walk-out by all Chicanos of all colleges and schools to be sustained until the complete revision of the educational system: its policy makers, administration, its curriculum, and Its personnel to meet the needs of our community.

3. Self-defense against the occupying forces of the oppressors at every school, every available man, woman, and child.

4. Community nationalization and organization of all Chicanos: El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan.

5. Economic program to drive the exploiter out of our community and a welding together of our people’s combined resources to control their own production through cooperative effort.

6. Creation of an independent local, regional, and national political party. A nation autonomous and free -culturally, socially, economically, and politically-will make its own decisions on the usage of our lands, the taxation of our goods, the utilization of our bodies for war, the determination of justice (reward and punishment), and the profit of our sweat. El Plan de Aztlan is the plan of liberation! MEChABelow is taken from the M.E.CH.A Website, please read carefully, and notice their Aztlan National belief! Can you believe that our Government is permitting such a Anti-American organization to be on almost every College in the Country!

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA)the largest US Hispanic student organization, National MEChA: The Philosophy of MEChA is a “student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society…”

Chicana/Chicano Movement in El Plan de Aztlán (EPA). A synopsis of El Plan stipulates:

1) We are Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán reclaiming the land of our birth (Chicana/Chicano Nation);

2) Aztlán belongs to indigenous people, who are sovereign and not subject to a foreign culture;

3) We are a union of free pueblos forming a bronze (Chicana/Chicano) Nation;

4) Chicano nationalism, as the key to mobilization and organization, is the common denominator to bring consensus to the Chicana/Chicano Movement;

5) Cultural values strengthen our identity as La Familia de La Raza; and

6) EPA, as a basic plan of Chicana/Chicano liberation, sought the formation of an independent national political party that would represent the sentiments of the Chicana/Chicano community……National Pride Recognizing that the majority of our Raza are members of the working class, we avow an anti-imperialist analysis that includes Chicana/Chicano self-determination. Chicano self-determination must begin with the recognition of what is implied in using the term MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán).

‘Essentially, we are a Chicana and Chicano student movement directly linked to Aztlán. As Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours by birthright. As a nationalist movement we seek to free our people from the exploitation of an oppressive society that occupies our land. Thus, the principle of nationalism serves to preserve the cultural traditions of La Familia de La Raza and promotes our identity as a Chicana/Chicano Gente……..Such leadership should be principled and not liberal. For this reason, we cannot believe in unity for unity’s sake since there are many opportunistic organizations, groups, and/or individuals who care only for themselves and not for our people. Just as we would expel FBI or CIA agent provocateurs from our organizations, such opportunistic organizations, groups, and/or individuals must be exposed and expelled to strengthen our Movement.’

“The Rhetoric of Aztlán: HB 2281, MEChA and Liberatory Education Dora Ramirez-Dhoore | Boise State University

Author, Ramirez-Dhoore, rights about Aztlan, and notice how she says “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” is often deemed a “manifesto of Chicanismo,” then she says “reclaiming the land of their birth,” or the land annexed to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Believe me, Mexicans are taught this in their schools, in their churches, and in their meetings, and MECHA is their Proselytizing, Evangelizing mouth piece!

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The Mexican government during the occupation was headed by General Winfield Scott. A big reason why land was sold at a fire sale price.

Chicano Activists Call for Self-Determination

In March 1969 at the first national Chicano Liberation YOUTH CONFERENCE, Chicano Movement hosted by The Crusade for Justice in Denver, Colorado, a young poet and activist named Alurista read “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” which forged the ideas of “the bronze continent” and “Aztlán” (Anaya and Lomeli 1). This historical document, often deemed a manifesto of Chicanismo, or a militant ethos1, advocated Chicano nationalism and self-determination for Mexican Americans. Today, it continues to be one of the founding plans of the student organization, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or MEChA.

treaty1MEChA, which “has been one of the more important student organizations to address the issue of education” (Vargas 378), focuses on the organizational goals laid out in the plan, including: Unity, Economy, Education, Institutions, Self Defense, and Cultural and Political Liberation. Included in this plan is the idea of “reclaiming the land of their birth,” or the land annexed to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

NOTE: If it wasn’t for illegal immigration, and past Amnesty programs, the Mexican, and Latin American population would be much smaller. We Americans are permitting the invasion of our Country. OUR GOVERNMENTS HAVE BETRAYED US, AND FAILED US! THEY ARE SELLING US OUT! Think NAFTA and Beyond

mexico-moving-forwardThe total ethnic Mexican population of both nationalities in the U.S. grew from about 1.6 million 1940, to 2.5 million in 1950, and reached 4 million by 1960.  And reached 34 Million as of 2012, and now the total Hispanic population is more than 54 million.

foreignBornLineThe nation’s foreign-born population is projected to reach 78 million by 2060, making up 18.8% of the total U.S. population, according to new Census Bureau population projections. That would be a new record for the foreign-born share, with the bureau projecting that the previous record high of 14.8% in 1890 will be passed as soon as 2025.

Hispanic immigrants are projected to continue to be the main sources of U.S. immigrant population growth.

 

Here we have several quotes from Chicano Leaders just plain out speaking their mind!

“Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die. Through love of having children, we are going to take over.” Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets.

Richard Alatorre“They’re afraid we’re going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will take them over. We are here to stay.” Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Councilman

“We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population . . . I love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it!” — Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas

Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas professor, supports open borders, amnesty; and in the late ’60s said, “We have got to eliminate the gringo … if worst comes to worst, we have got to kill him.”

“Remember 187-proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens–was the last gasp of white America in California.” – Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party

“We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country . . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, ‘I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back.'” — Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor

“California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.” — Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton

“We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California.” — Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General

“We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos.” — Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University

“The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot.” — Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico

Note: There are Mexicans that don’t feel this way, but there is a growing majority who do believe this.

Here we have a Mexican American history teacher advocating revolution against white America at the Campus of UCLA! The Infamous Ron Gochez.

In San Diego, the Mexican people have a park called Chicano Park, which is connected to a group called the Brown Berets (Los Boinas Marrones). They claim the park is now Mexican soil.

Chicano ParkThe Brown Berets focus on returning all United States territory once held by Mexico to Mexico. Several groups have been quite active since the passage of California Proposition 187. Units exist in most sections of California and a few in other southwestern states.

Their members are encouraged to study the Black Panthers and American Militant Resistance.

During a session discussing the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act at California State University, Fresno on January 6, 2011, a Brown Beret member spoke out of turn and was taken out of the building by the police officers and detectives. In agreement, others in the audience argued that California lands that had previously belonged to Mexico were acquired by the United States in an unlawful manner. – I don’t disagree.

Brown Beret member and former Watsonville Mayor Oscar Rios was quoted in an interview as saying,“It (California) belonged to us, Mexico, 1848. It was taken away okay, so it’s no surprise we’re taking it back slowly but surely.”

Americans, this is our Country too, lets Fight to Keep it!

 

 

 

Related:

Mexican United States Relations

The Mexican American Youth Organization

The Struggle for Chicano Liberation – Marxists

National Council of La Raza | Reconquista and Segregation

Aztlan U.S.A! – Freedoms Phoenix

Brown Berets

Internet Archive

Nation of Aztlan — Printer Friendly Verson

Reflections of a Chicano Brown Beret | Notes from Aztlán

Latino History and Culture

Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America’s Borders

Reconquista (Mexico)

La Raza Threat | German Victims

Raza Unida Party

The Crusade for Justice: Chicano Militancy and the …

Who will stand up to the Brown Berets? – RenewAmerica

National MEChA

National MEChA .:|:. The Philosophy of MEChA

LA’s Largest Teachers’ Union Endorses Racist Anti-Semite …

Ron Gochez

The American Resistance Foundation

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) | lisa’s leaks

 

Our Terrorists: How the West Created the Islamic State

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CIA-Admitted-to-Staging-Fake-Jihadist-Videos-in-2010Islamic fundamentalist militants are the enemies of Israel and Western governments, right? Think again.

Once upon a time, the CIA trained, financed and supported Osama bin Laden and his mujahidin (one engaged in Jihad “Holy War”) networks in Afghanistan to repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. After the end of the Cold War, bin Laden turned against the West and we no longer had any use for him. His terrorist attacks against us for more than a decade, culminating in 9/11, provoked our own response, in the form of the ‘War on Terror.’ This is the official narrative. And it’s false.

Not only did Western intelligence services continue to foster Islamist extremist and terrorist groups connected to al-Qaeda after the Cold War; they continued to do so even after 9/11.

The CIA’s jihad

The story begins in the summer of 1979, six months before the Soviet invasion, when the CIA had already begun financing elements of an emerging Islamist mujahidin force inside Afghanistan. The idea, according to former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former CIA Director Robert Gates, was to increase the probability of a Soviet invasion, and entrap ‘the Soviets into a Vietnamese quagmire.’1

“We Created Al Qaeda to Fight the Soviets in Afghanistan”

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Brzezinski admitted on CNN that the U.S. organized and supported Bin Laden and the other originators of “Al Qaeda” in the 1970s to fight the Soviets.

Brzezinski told Al Qaeda’s forefathers – the Mujahadin:

We know of their deep belief in god – that they’re confident that their struggle will succeed. That land over – there is yours – and you’ll go back to it some day, because your fight will prevail, and you’ll have your homes, your mosques, back again, because your cause is right, and god is on your side.

Osama bin Laden arrived in the country later that year, sent by then-Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal, where he set up the Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) which helped finance, recruit and train mujahidin fighters.2 Bin Laden, the MAK, and the Afghan mujahidin in total received about half a billion dollars a year from the CIA, and roughly the same from the Saudis, funnelled through Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).3

By around 1988, as Jane’s Defence Weekly reports, ‘with US knowledge, Bin Laden created al-Qaeda (The Base): a conglomerate of quasi-independent Islamic terrorist cells spread across at least 26 countries.’4 US and Western intelligence agencies facilitated this process, seeing right-wing Islamist movements as a counterweight to Communist, left-wing and nationalist political trends. They supported the Saudis and other Gulf states, as well as Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan among others, in proliferating Islamist extremist institutions in far-flung countries such as Algeria, Yemen, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Funding for these activities was intertwined with the establishment of organized criminal financial centers in Malaysia, Madagascar, South Africa, Nigeria, Latin America, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Turkestan, and elsewhere.5

Islamism and the CIA’s destabilization doctrine

1991 Gulf MassacreAfter the collapse of the Soviet Union, and in particular in 1991 when the Saudis accepted the stationing of 300,000 US troops in the country due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Osama bin Laden reportedly turned against his former masters in Riyadh and Washington. Since then, bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist network allegedly became our “enemy,” targeting Western citizens and interests throughout the 1990s, culminating in the most devastating strike of all in the form of the 9/11 atrocities in the US.

Unfortunately, this is where the official story begins to break down. Because after 1991, Islamists affiliated to bin Laden and al-Qaeda continued to receive selective support from Western intelligence services. The policy was alluded to by Graham Fuller, former Deputy Director of the CIA’s National Council on Intelligence, when he stated: ‘The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia.’6

Afghanistan, Big Oil and the Taliban

AFGHAN-MAP-e1322082382421Throughout the 1990s, the selective US intelligence sponsorship of Islamist extremist networks was linked not simply to destabilizing potential Russian and Chinese influence, but further to securing US-led Western control over strategic energy reserves. When bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan in June 1996, the State Department warned that the move ‘could prove more dangerous to US interests,’ granting him ‘the capability to support individuals and groups who have the motive and wherewithal to attack US interests almost worldwide.’7 He had been offered protection by Pakistan on condition that he align his mujahidin forces with the Taliban. This is where the al-Qaeda-Taliban alliance was blessed by the Saudis.8

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Colonel Tim Osman and White House National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski Discuss America’s Clandestine War Against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan (Osman/bin Laden spoke perfect English)

Yet as the respected Pakistani correspondent Ahmed Rashid reported, US intelligence supported the Taliban as a vehicle of regional influence at least between 1994 and 1998. This policy continues, despite growing cautions. Thus, when the Taliban conquered Kabul in 1996, a State Department spokesperson explained that the US found ‘nothing objectionable’ in the event. One year later, a US diplomat commented: ‘The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis… There will be Aramco (consortium of oil companies controlling Saudi oil), pipelines, an emir, no parliament and lots of Sharia law. We can live with that.’9

The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Eldridge Odom – noted:

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Odom also said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

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Ronald Reagan meets Afghan Mujahideen Commanders at the White House in 1985 (Reagan Archives)

Continued US sponsorship of the al-Qaeda-Taliban nexus in Afghanistan was confirmed in Congressional hearings. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – former White House Special Assistant to President Reagan and Senior Member of the House International Relations Committee – declared that ‘this administration has a covert policy that has empowered the Taliban and enabled this brutal movement to hold on to power.’

The assumption is that ‘the Taliban would bring stability to Afghanistan and permit the building of oil pipelines from Central Asia through Afghanistan to Pakistan.’10 US companies involved in the project included UNOCAL and Enron. As early as May 1996, UNOCAL had officially announced plans to build a pipeline (Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, also known as Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline, TAP or TAPI) is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank to transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through western Afghanistan.

trans-Afghanistan pipeline (TAPI)Expected to be completed around 2017, the pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. The abbreviation comes from the first letters of those countries. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road.

WTC_enronUS officials held several meetings with the Taliban from 2000 to summer 2001, in an effort to get the Taliban to agree to a joint federal government with their local enemies, the Northern Alliance, promising financial aid and international legitimacy if the deal was struck. By then, US policymakers had belatedly concluded that the Taliban would never bring the stability needed for the pipeline. According to Pakistani Foreign Minister Niaz Naik, who was present at the meetings, US officials threatened the Taliban with military action if they failed to comply with the federalization plan. Even the date of threatened military action, October 2001, was proposed. Needless to say, the Taliban rejected the plan.11 Long before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a war on Afghanistan was already on the table. Jean-Charles Brisard, a former French intelligence officer, thus speculates that 9/11 may have been a pre-emptive attack by al-Qaeda to head off the declared US military invasion of Afghanistan.12

There is still keen interest in the pipeline. ‘Since the US-led offensive that ousted the Taliban from power,’ reported Forbes in 2005, ‘the project has been revived and drawn strong US support’ as it would allow the Central Asian republics to export energy to Western markets ‘without relying on Russian routes.’ Then-US Ambassador to Turkmenistan Tracey Ann Jacobson noted that: ‘We are seriously looking at the project, and it is quite possible that American companies will join it.’13 The problem that remained was the southern section of the pipeline ran through territory controlled by Taliban forces.

Mega Oil and mujahidin from the Balkans to the Caucasus

The Special RelationshipAbove Far Left: Hashim Thaçi, Head of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a previously State Department listed terrorist organisation, closely linked to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda
Above Far Right: US General Wesley Clark, NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1997 – 2000)

We now know that US flirtations with the al-Qaeda-Taliban nexus in Afghanistan throughout the 1990s were only one moment in a much wider covert US geo-strategy to secure control over strategic energy resources across the Eurasian continent, by co-opting Islamist networks affiliated with bin Laden.

In 1991, the first Bush Administration wanted an oil pipeline from Azerbaijan, across the Caucasus, to Turkey. That year, three US Air Force officers, Richard Secord (a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs), Heinie Aderholt and Ed Dearborn, landed in Baku, and set up a front company, ‘MEGA Oil.’ They were veterans of previous CIA covert operations in Laos and later with Lt. Col. Oliver North’s Contra scandal. In Azerbaijan, they setup an airline to secretly fly hundreds of al-Qaeda mujahidin from Afghanistan into Azerbaijan. By 1993, MEGA Oil had recruited and armed 2,000 mujahidin, converting Baku into a base for regional jihadi operations.14

Heydar Aliyev President of Azerbaijan

Heydar Aliyev pledging allegiance to Azerbaijan after being sworn in as President for his second five-year term. Republican Palace.

The covert operation contributed to the military coup that toppled elected president Abulfaz Elchibey that year, and installed US puppet Heydar Aliyev. A secret Turkish intelligence report leaked to the Sunday Times confirmed that ‘two petrol giants, BP and Amoco, British and American respectively, which together form the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), are behind the coup d’état.15

From 1992 to 1995, the Pentagon flew thousands of al-Qaeda mujahidin from Central Asia into Europe, to fight alongside Bosnian Muslims against the Serbs. The mujahidin were ‘accompanied by US Special Forces equipped with high-tech communications equipment,’ according to intelligence sources. Bin Laden’s mercenaries were used as ‘shock troops’ by the Pentagon ‘to coordinate and support Bosnian Muslim offensives’.16

The pattern continued in Kosovo, where ethnic violence broke out between Albanians and Serbs. In 1998, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization financed by bin Laden and the heroin trade. Bin Laden had sent a senior lieutenant, Muhammad al-Zawahiri (brother of al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri), to lead an élite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict. He had direct radio contact with NATO leadership.

Indeed, British Special Air Service (SAS) and American Delta Force instructors were training KLA fighters as early as 1996. The CIA supplied military assistance up to and during the 1999 bombing campaign, including military training manuals and field advice, under the cover of OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) ceasefire monitors.17

After the Kosovo War, when the KLA switched operations to Macedonia under the banner of the National Liberation Army (NLA), its links with al-Qaeda were as strong as ever according to US, Macedonian, Albanian and Yugoslav intelligence sources. Yet by 2001, Canadian military correspondent Scott Taylor reported after a visit to Tetovo that ‘there is no denying the massive amount of material and expertise supplied by NATO to the guerrillas’.18

Trans-Balkan pipelineSo why the Balkans? Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, then-commander of NATO troops in the region, summed it up in 1999: ‘We will certainly stay here for a long time in order to guarantee the safety of the energy corridors which cross Macedonia.’ The General was talking about the Trans-Balkan Pipeline passing through Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania, planned to be a primary route to the West for Central Asian oil and gas.19

Around the same time, US intelligence stepped up sponsorship of al-Qaeda mujahidin in Chechnya. Chechnya is traditionally a predominantly Sufi society, yet the increasing encroachment of US-sponsored mujahidin operatives linked to Osama bin Laden transformed the character of the Chechen resistance movement, empowering al-Qaeda’s hardline Islamist ideology. US intelligence ties had been established in the early 1990s in Baku under Dick Secord’s operation, where mujahidin activities had quickly extended into Dagestan and Chechnya, turning Baku into a shipping point for Afghan heroin to the Chechen mafia.20

From the mid-1990s, bin Laden funded Chechen guerrilla leaders Shamil Basayev and Omar ibn al-Khattab to the tune of several millions of dollars per month, sidelining the moderate Chechen majority.21

US intelligence remained deeply involved until the end of the decade. According to Yossef Bodansky, then-Director of the US Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Washington was actively involved in ‘yet another anti-Russian jihad, ‘seeking to support and empower the most virulent anti-Western Islamist forces’. US Government officials participated in ‘a formal meeting in Azerbaijan’ in December 1999 ‘in which specific programs for the training and equipping of mujahidin from the Caucasus, Central/South Asia and the Arab world were discussed and agreed upon’, culminating in ‘Washington’s tacit encouragement of both Muslim allies (mainly Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) and US “private security companies”… to assist the Chechens and their Islamist allies to surge in the spring of 2000 and sustain the ensuing jihad for a long time.’ The US saw the sponsorship of ‘Islamist jihad in the Caucasus’ as a way to ‘deprive Russia of a viable pipeline route through spiraling violence and terrorism’.22

terrorist stateAlgeria – state terrorism in disguise

Parallel covert operations were deployed in the same period in Algeria, where the army cancelled national democratic elections in 1992 that would have brought the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) to power in a landslide victory. Tens of thousands of FIS voters were rounded up into detention camps in the Sahara, while the FIS and other Islamist political parties were banned. Not long after the coup, hundreds of civilians were being mysteriously massacred by an unknown terrorist group, identified by the Algerian junta as a radical offshoot of the FIS calling itself the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). The GIA was formed largely of Algerian veterans of bin Laden’s mujahidin forces in Afghanistan who had returned in the late 1980s.23 To date, the total death toll from the massacres by the GIA is an estimated 150,000 civilians.24

Yet in the late 1990s, evidence began to emerge from dissident Algerian Government and intelligence sources that the GIA atrocities were in fact perpetrated by the state. ‘Yussuf-Joseph’, a career secret agent in Algeria’s sécurité militaire for 14 years, defected to Britain in 1997 and told the Guardian that civilian massacres in Algeria, blamed on the GIA, were ‘the work of secret police and army death squads… not Islamic extremists’. GIA terrorism was ‘orchestrated’ by ‘Mohammed Mediane, head of the Algerian secret service’, and ‘General Smain Lamari’, head of ‘the counter intelligence agency.’ According to Joseph: ‘The GIA is a pure product of Smain’s secret service. I used to read all the secret telexes. I know that the GIA has been infiltrated and manipulated by the Government. The GIA has been completely turned by the Government… In 1992 Smain created a special group, L’Escadron de la Mort (the Squadron of Death)… The death squads organize the massacres… The FIS aren’t doing the massacres.’

Joseph also confirmed that Algerian intelligence agents organized ‘at least’ two of the bombs in Paris in summer 1995. ‘The operation was run by Colonel Souames Mahmoud, alias Habib, head of the secret service at the Algerian embassy in Paris.’ Joseph’s testimony has been corroborated by numerous defectors from the Algerian secret services.25

Algerian soldiers

Atrocity: Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the BP-operated gas plant where over 600 people were kidnapped and held hostage by Belmoktar’s men, who killed 37 of them

Western intelligence agencies are implicated. Secret British Foreign Office documents revealed in a terrorist trial in 2000 showed that ‘British intelligence believed the Algerian Government was involved in atrocities, contradicting the view the Government was claiming in public’. The documents referred to the ‘manipulation of the GIA being used as a cover to carry out their own operations’, and that ‘there was no evidence to link 1995 Paris bombings to Algerian militants.’26

The US-Algerian security pact is about energy

Algeria’s gas reserves rank as the tenth biggest in the world. It is also the largest gas producing country in Africa, and the sixth-largest gas exporter, with 3.053 trillion in natural gas reserves and 159.05 trillion cubic feet of proven oil reserves. Approximately 90 per cent of Algeria’s crude oil exports go to Western Europe, including Britain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. Algeria’s major trading partners are Italy, France, the United States, Germany, and Spain.

The militant Algerian splinter group, the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) organization – formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) – played a predominant role in regional terrorist violence. Yet in a series of extensive analyses for the Review of African Political Economy, social anthropologist Professor Jeremy Keenan – Director of Sahara Studies at the University of East Anglia – documents ‘an increasing amount of evidence to suggest that the spread of terrorist activities across much of the Sahelian Sahara, has indeed been an elaborate deception on the part of US and Algerian military intelligence services.’ He discusses evidence that an al-Qaeda hostage-taking of European tourists in early 2003 ‘was initiated and orchestrated by elements within the Algerian military establishment,’ an operation ‘condoned by the US’, and that al-Qaeda leader Ammar Saifi (also known as Abderazzak El Para, or ‘the Maghreb’s bin Laden’) ‘was “turned” by the Algerian security forces in January 2003’.27

Cameroon-Chad Oil PipelineEnergy hegemony is a key priority. al-Qaeda activity in North Africa has focused on oil-rich nations, particularly the Niger Delta, Nigeria, and Chad. Thus, in July 2003, Keenan reports, under US auspices Algeria, Chad, Niger and Nigeria ‘signed a co-operation agreement on counter-terrorism that effectively joined the two oil-rich sides of the Sahara together in a complex of security arrangements whose architecture is American’. This evolved into the $500 million Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative, in which Algeria plays a pivotal role in US regional military deployment. The region-wide security arrangement coincides with the inauguration of a $6 billion World Bank project, the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project.28

Islamist extremism and the Israeli connection

Curiously, Israel has played a key role in some of these policies, starting with the involvement of Congressman Charlie Wilson, who used his position in the House Select Committee on Intelligence, gained with the support of then Senator Dick Cheney, to funnel billions of dollars’ worth of support for both Israel and the Afghan mujahidin.29 Gust Avrakotos, the CIA’s Station Chief in Islamabad, commented that ‘Wilson brought the Israelis into the CIA’s Muslim jihad’, opening opportunities for Mossad penetration of the ISI and al-Qaeda and securing Israeli arms contracts and intelligence ties with Pakistan.30

Hamas

Israel and the U.S. created Hamas.

Closer to home, Israel played a very similar game in its ambiguous relationship to Hamas. US Government and intelligence sources confirm that Israel provided direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas in the late 1970s as a counterbalance to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).31 According to the Israeli military affairs experts Ze’ev Schiff and Ehud Yaari, at the time of the first Intifadah, Fatah ‘suspected the Israelis of a plot first to let Hamas gather strength and then to unleash it against the PLO, turning the uprising into a civil war… many Israeli staff officers believed that the rise of fundamentalism in Gaza could be exploited to weaken the power of the PLO’.32

Oslo AccordsIsraeli support for Hamas continued even after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, during the period of some of the worst suicide bombings.33 Even the late Palestinian Authority (PA) President Yassir Arafat said in 2001 that Hamas ‘continued to benefit from permits and authorizations, while we have been limited, even [for permits] to build a tomato factory… Some collaborationist of Israel are involved in these terrorist attacks.’34

Indeed, the Israeli assassination of Hamas leader Abu Hanoud in November 2001 was a ploy to provoke more terror bombings. Three months earlier, the Israeli Insider reported Ariel Sharon’s plan for an all-out attack on the PA to permanently destroy its infrastructure, noting that the plan would only ‘be launched immediately following the next high-casualty suicide bombing’ – which was later provoked by Israel’s extrajudicial killing of Hanoud. As Israeli military security analyst Alex Fishman noted: ‘Whoever gave a green light to this act of liquidation knew full well that he was thereby shattering in one blow the gentleman’s agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Under that agreement, Hamas was to avoid future suicide bombings inside the Green Line (pre-1967 border), having come to the understanding that it would be better not to play into Israel’s hands by mass attacks on its population centers. This understanding was, however, shattered by the assassination  – and whoever decided upon the liquidation of Abu knew in advance that that would be the price. The subject had been extensively discussed both by the military and the political echelon, before it was decided to carry out the liquidation.’35

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Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat weeps in Ramallah in 1998 as he sits alongside the crying Intissar Wazir, wife of his deputy Abu Jihad who was assassinated by Israeli in Tunis.

Elements of the Israeli far-right, including senior cabinet officials, recognized that the plan to destroy the PA would facilitate the rise of Hamas. In an Israeli Cabinet meeting in December 2001, for instance, one minister declared: ‘Between Hamas and Arafat, I prefer Hamas.’ He added that Arafat is a ‘terrorist in a diplomat’s suit, while Hamas can be hit unmercifully… there won’t be any international protests’.36

Ties with terror

Osama bin Laden and the CIA

Front row, from left: Major Gen. Hamid Gul, director general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Willian Webster; Deputy Director for Operations Clair George; an ISI colonel; and senior CIA official, Milt Bearden at a Mujahideen training camp in North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan in 1987.

Islamist terrorism cannot be understood without acknowledging the extent to which its networks are being used by Western military intelligence services, both to control strategic energy resources and to counter their geopolitical rivals.

Even now, over a decade after 9/11, covert sponsorship of al-Qaeda networks continues. In dispatches for the New Yorker, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cites US Government and intelligence officials’ confirmation that the CIA and the Pentagon have funneled millions of dollars via Saudi Arabia to al-Qaeda affiliated Sunni extremist groups, across the Middle East and Central Asia. The policy, which Hersh says began in 2003, has spilled over into regions like Iraq and Lebanon, fuelling Sunni-Shi’a sectarian conflict.37 The program is part of a drive to counter Iranian Shi’a influence in the region.

In early 2008, a US Presidential Finding to Congress corroborated Hersh’s reporting, affirming CIA funding worth $400 million to diverse anti-Shi’a extremist and terrorist groups. This was not contested by any Democratic members of the House.38 When Obama became President, he retained Bush’s Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, as his own. Gates was the architect of the covert strategy against Iran and he also confirmed in his memoir that the U.S. backed the Mujahadin in the 1970s.

The history outlined here throws into doubt our entire understanding of the ‘war on terror.’ How can we fight a war against an enemy that our own governments are covertly financing for short-sighted geopolitical interests?

If the ‘war on terror’ is to end, it won’t be won by fighting the next futile oil war. It will be won at home by holding the secretive structures of government to account and prosecuting officials for aiding and abetting terrorism – whether knowingly or by criminal negligence. Ultimately only this will rein in the ‘security’ agencies that foster the ‘enemy’ we are supposed to be fighting.

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Related:

  1. Le Nouvel Observateur (15-21 January 1998) p. 76; Robert Gates, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997) pp. 143-149
  2. Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud – The Secret Relationship between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties (London: Scribner, 2004) p. 100.
  3. Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (Yale: Yale University Press, 2000) p. 91
  4. Rahul Bedi, ‘Why? Attempt to Explain Unexplainable (9-11),’ Jane’s Defence Weekly (14 September 2001)
  5. Richard Labeviere, Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam,  (New York: Algora, 2000)
  6. Cited in ibid.
  7. Judicial Watch Press Release, ‘Clinton State Department Documents Outlined bin Laden Threat to the United States in Summer 1996’ (17 August 2005) www.judicialwatch.org/5504.shtml
  8. Gerald Posner, Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11 (New York: Ballantine, 2003) pp. 105-6
  9. Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000) pp. 166, 179
  10. Dana Rohrabacher, ‘US Policy Toward Afghanistan,’ Statement before Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia (Washington DC: US Senate, 14 April 1999). Also see Rohrabacher, Statement before Hearing of the House International Relations Committee on ‘Global Terrorism And South Asia,’ (Washington DC: US House of Representatives, 12 July 2000).
  11. George Arney, ‘US ‘planned attack on Taleban’,’ BBC News (18 September 2001) news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/southasia/newsid1550000/1550366.stm
  12. Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, Forbidden Truth: US-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for Bin Laden (New York: Nation, 2002); George Arney, ‘US ‘planned attack on Taleban’,’ BBC News (18 September 2001). news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/southasia/newsid1550000/1550366.stm
  13. ‘US Companies Eye Trans-Afghan Pipeline’, Forbes (19 January 2005) http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/ap/2005/01/18/ap1764703.html
  14. Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 911 – Wealth Empire and the Future of America (Berkley: University of California Press, 2007) pp. 163-165
  15. ‘BP Linked to the Overthrow of Azerbaijan Government,’ Drillbits and Trailings (17 April 2000, vol. 5, no. 6)
  16. Cees Wiebes (2003) Intelligence and the War in Bosnia 1992-1995: The role of the intelligence and security services (New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers State University, 2003); ‘US Commits Forces, Weapons to Bosnia,’ Defense and Foreign Affairs: Strategic Policy (31 October 1994)
  17. Sources in Nafeez Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism (New York: Interlink, 2005)
  18. Scott Taylor, ‘Macedonia’s Civil War: ‘Made in the USA’’ (Randolph Bourne Institute, 20 August 2001) www.antiwar.com/orig/taylor1.html
  19. Michel Collon, Monopoly – L’Otan à la Conquête du monde (Brussels: EPO, 2000) p. 96
  20. Scott, op. cit., pp. 163-165.
  21. Mark Erikson, ‘Bin Laden’s terror wave 2’, Asia Times (29 October 2002) http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/DJ29Ag05.html
  22. Yossef Bodanksy, ‘The Great Game for Oil’, Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy(June/July 2000)
  23. Colin Robinson, ‘Armed Islamic Group a.k.a. Groupement Islamique Armé’ (Washington DC: Center for Defense Information, 5 February 2003) www.cdi.org/terrorism/gia_020503.cfm
  24. The Guardian (8 April 2004)
  25. Ahmed, 2005, pp. 65-77; Ahmed, 2001
  26. Richard Norton-Taylor, ‘Terrorist case collapses after three years’, The Guardian (21 March 2000)
  27. Jeremy Keenan, ‘Terror in the Sahara: the Implications of US Imperialism for North & West Africa,’ Review of African Political Economy (September 2004, 31 (101): 475–486); ‘Political Destablisation and ‘Blowback’ in the Sahel’, Review of African Political Economy (December 2004, 31(102): 691–703).
  28. Keenan (2005) ‘Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline: World Bank and ExxonMobil in Last Chance Saloon,’ Review of African Political Economy (2005, Vol. 32, No. 104/5) pp. 395-405; Keenan, (2006) ‘The making of terrorists: Anthropology and the alternative truth of America’s ‘War on Terror’ in the Sahara’, Focaal – European Journal of Anthropology (2006, No. 48) pp. 144-51.
  29. George Crile, Charlie Wilson’s War (London: Atlantic Books, 2003).
  30. Ibid. p. 391.
  31. Richard Sale, ‘Analysis: Hamas History Tied to Israel,’ United Press International (18 June 2002) www.upi.com/Security_Industry/2002/06/18/Analysis-Hamas-history-tied-to-Israel/UPI-82721024445587
  32. Ze’ev Schiff and Ehud Ya’ari, The Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising – Israel’s Third Front (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990)
  33. George Szamuely, ‘Israel’s Hamas’, New York Press (April 2002, Vol. 15, No. 17)
  34. L’Espresso (19 December 2001) [Rome]
  35. Yediot Ahranot (25 November 2001)
  36. Ha’aretz (4 December 2001)
  37. Seymour M. Hersh, ‘The Redirection’, New Yorker (5 March 2007) www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fafacthersh
  38. Alexander Cockburn, ‘Exclusive: Secret Bush ‘Finding’ Widens Covert War on Iran’, Counterpunch (2 May 2008) www.counterpunch.org/andrew05022008.html
  39. Islam in Power

New Internationalist: http://newint.org/features/2009/10/01/blowback-extended-version/#sthash.ynmAP8mO.dpuf

 

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Analysis: YPG – the Islamic State’s worst enemy – IHS Jane’s

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“Resource Wars” Assume Epidemic Proportions | lisa’s leaks

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The Hidden History of 9/11

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Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) | Terrorist Groups

Mujahidin

Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat – Association of …

The US-Algerian security pact is about energy, not al-Qaeda

Algeria Economy 2015, CIA World Factbook

Countries With Most Energy Reserves

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Unheeded Warnings: The Lost Reports of The Congressional .

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NATO Backed Islamic Terrorism In The Balkans

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Congressional Taskforce Chair Warns Americans to …

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A short history of radical Islam

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WTC 7 | The Tonka Report

Hillary, Obama And The Cult Of Alinsky

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hillary-clinton-rules-for-radicalsLetter From Hillary Clinton to Saul Alinsky Reveals Close Relationship

Previously unknown correspondence between Hillary Clinton and Saul Alinsky shows that Clinton has not been honest about her far-left past.

The lost Alinsky letters also remind us of what we ought to know but have forgotten: Hillary is not “Clintonian.” While Bill and Hillary have worked, schemed, and governed as a couple for decades, Hillary has always been to the left of Bill. As president, she would govern more like Obama than like her husband. Hillary Clinton was the Elizabeth Warren of her day, the leader of the left-wing of the Democratic party. Hillary continually pressed Bill from the left during their White House years, while clashing on the inside with Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and the administration’s Wall Street contingent. The difference between Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren is that Warren flaunts her ideology, thrilling the base by making the leftist case as few other Democrats dare. Ever the Alinskyite, Hillary prefers to achieve leftist ends incrementally, in pragmatic guise.

It’s a conflict of means rather than ends, the same conflict that leads many leftists to doubt Obama’s ideological credentials, when in fact the president is as much a man of the left as ever. Alinsky’s original quarrel with the young radicals of the 1960s, which Hillary alludes to in her letter, was over the New Left’s tendency to make noise rather than get things done. Working effectively, Alinsky believed, requires ideological stealth, gradualism, and pragmatic cover. In his day, Alinsky took hits from more openly leftist ideologues for his incrementalist caution, as Obama and Hillary do now. Yet he was no more a centrist than his two most famous acolytes are today.

Glenn Reynolds links to a tweet in response to the Goodman story by Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Remind me again why liking Saul Alinsky is unacceptable.” Alright Glenn, and the rest of a Democratic-leaning media that will do everything in its power to play this revelation down, I’ll remind you. Alinsky was a democratic socialist. He worked closely for years with Chicago’s Communist party and did everything in his power to advance its program.

His innovations were reportedly patterned on Communist-party organizing tactics. Alinsky was smart enough never to join the party, however. From the start, he understood the dangers of ideological openness. He was a pragmatist, but a pragmatist of the far left. (See Chapter Four of Spreading the Wealth for details.) Hillary Clinton understood all of this. As she noted at the conclusion of her undergraduate thesis on Alinsky, “If the ideals Alinsky espouses were actualized, the result would be social revolution.” In her letter to Alinsky, Hillary says, “I have just had my one-thousandth conversation” about Reveille for Radicals (Alinsky’s first book).

Nowadays, people focus on Alinsky’s more famous follow-up, Rules for Radicals. But Reveille, which Hillary knew inside-out, is the more ideologically revelatory work. Here’s how Alinsky defined his favored politics in Reveille for Radicals: Radicals want to advance from the jungle of laissez-faire capitalism to a world worthy of the name of human civilization. They hope for a future where the means of economic production will be owned by all of the people instead of the comparative handful.

So Alinsky supported the central Marxist tenet of public ownership of the means of production. Unlike the New Left, however, Alinsky had no expectation of reaching that end through swift or violent revolution. He meant to approach the ultimate goal slowly, piecemeal, perhaps over generations, through patient organizing efforts at the local level. Hillary has made much of the fact that she turned away from Alinskyite organizing to seek change from within the political system instead. What these new letters show is that this was also a change of means rather than ends.

Hillary’s belief in Alinsky’s goals, and her willingness to adopt and adapt his methods in a political context, remained strong. In this, Hillary has much in common with Obama and other modern Alinskyites. Alinsky wanted community organizers to shun electoral politics. Yet, as shown in Radical-in-Chief, Alinsky’s New Left followers found ways to combine his methods with electoral politics. This synthesis of Alinskyism and electoral politics, pioneered by Alinsky’s acolytes in Chicago, is what inspired Obama’s career. Hillary was part of the same wave. Despite her attempts to use her choice of electoral politics as evidence of distancing from Alinsky, these letters make clear that she never lost the faith.

1967_Saul_Alinsky_transformingHillary’s letter to Alinsky was written while she was doing a summer internship at the left-wing law firm of Treuhaft, Walker, and Bernstein. As Carl Bernstein points out in ‘A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton,’ Hillary hasn’t been honest about this episode either. Bernstein quotes Treuhaft saying that of the firm’s four partners, “two were communists, and others tolerated communists.” Yet none acknowledged party membership until years later.

Whether Hillary knew about those memberships or not, the firm was obviously very far on the left. They represented some of the Black Panther Party leadership and other left-wing causes as well. “There was no reason except politics for a girl from Yale” to intern at the firm, Treuhaft told Bernstein. “She certainly . . . was in sympathy with all the left causes,” he continued. Yet as Bernstein notes, in her memoir Hillary took pains to gloss over “anything that could be construed as resembling a radical or leftist past.”

During her time in Arkansas, Hillary may seem to have moved to the center. The Rose Law Firm, after all, was nothing like Treuhaft, Walker, and Bernstein. It was an establishment law firm representing the most powerful economic interests in the state. With the help of Dick Morris, moreover, Hillary took on the Arkansas teachers’ unions from the right as she led Bill’s education initiative during his final governorship. In retrospect, all of this was largely pragmatic positioning. When Hillary finally got to the White House and assumed the co-presidency, she veered sharply back to the left on a whole range of issues, especially Hillarycare.

The same pattern will repeat itself should Hillary be elected president. Hillary has never abandoned her early leftist inclinations. She has merely done her best to suppress the evidence of her political past, from barring public access to her thesis on Alinsky during her time in the White House, to papering over the significance of her internship at Treuhaft, Walker, and Bernstein, to pretending that she turned away from Alinsky after her undergraduate years, when in fact she brought his methods and outlook into the heart of her political work.

Her strategic preference for polarization and targeting enemies is well documented from her time in the White House, even, or especially, by sympathetic writers such as Bernstein. Hillary is fortunate in having a more open and straightforward champion of the Left like Elizabeth Warren as a foil. Yet far less separates the two of them than meets the eye. Not only have Hillary’s deepest sympathies always been on the left, but the newly ideologized Democratic party is going to pressure a President Hillary Clinton to be what she has always wanted to be.

With Obamacare and much else besides, the legal and bureaucratic groundwork has already been laid for a leftist transformation of America. It is naive to believe that Hillary would roll any of this back. On the contrary, as president she would finish the job Obama started. A Hillary presidency is destined to be Obama’s third term. Two Alinskyite presidents in a row? Hillary said it best: “The result would be a social revolution.”

Hilliary’s Thesis

Hillary D. Rodham thesis

Hillary Rodham in 1965, when she was president of Wellesley College’s Young Republicans, shown here with the cover page of her senior thesis from 1969 on radical organizer Saul D. Alinsky.

Despite the fervent interest in the thesis, few realize that it is no longer kept under lock and key. It is now available to anyone who visits the archive room of the prestigious women’s college outside Boston.

Before reading Hillary Rodham’s assessment of the old radical from Chicago — Alinsky’s “compelling personality,” “his exceptional charm,” and the limitations of his “anachronistic” tactics — it’s important to understand how the document was sealed and how it has been portrayed.

Just as conservative authors have speculated, it was the Clinton’s who asked Wellesley in 1993 to hide Hillary Rodham’s senior thesis from the first generation of Clinton biographers, according to her thesis adviser and friend, professor Alan H. Schechter, who describes taking the call from the White House.

Wellesley’s president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read — except for those written by either a “president or first lady of the United States.”

So far, that action has sealed precisely one document: Hillary Rodham’s senior honors thesis in political science, entitled “ ‘There Is Only the Fight…’: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.”

‘Alinsky’s daughter’
Many authors on the long shelf of unsympathetic Clinton biographies have envisioned the thesis as evidence of Marxist or socialist views held by young Hillary — or conversely as proof of her political agnosticism, a lack of any ideology besides a brutal willingness to attack opponents and accumulate power in the Alinsky style.

The Seduction of Hillary RodhamDavid Brock, in his 1996 biography, “The Seduction of Hillary Rodham,” called her “Alinsky’s daughter.”

Barbara Olson, the conservative lawyer and commentator, used an Alinsky quote to open every chapter of her 1999 book, “Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Olson, who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, had charged in her book that the thesis was locked away because Clinton “does not want the American people to know the extent to which she internalized and assimilated the beliefs and methods of Saul Alinsky.”

BARBARA OLSON

The late Barbara Olson, author of “Hell to Pay”

Under Wellesley’s rule, Clinton’s thesis became available to researchers again when the Clintons left the White House in 2001 — available only to those who visit the Wellesley archives. But few have made the trip, and the document’s allure continued to grow.

A purloined copy was offered for sale on eBay in 2001, then withdrawn when Clinton’s staff cited copyright law.

“Democracy is still a radical idea”
The confident young student took her thesis title — “There Is Only the Fight…” — from T.S. Eliot:

“There is only the fight to recover what has been lost and found and lost again and again.”

She began with a feminist jab at the clichés of male authors: “Although I have no ‘loving wife’ to thank for keeping the children away while I wrote, I do have many friends and teachers who have contributed to the process of thesis-writing.” She thanks particularly “Mr. Alinsky for providing a topic, sharing his time and offering me a job.”

Hillary D. Rodham thesis

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s senior thesis at Wellesley College was on radical Saul D. Alinsky.

“I sometimes think that I didn’t leave the Republican Party,” she wrote, “as much as it left me.”

Elected president of the Wellesley student government, she worked closely with the administration to increase black enrollment, to relax rules on curfews for the Wellesley girls and to give students more freedom in choosing their courses.

Saul AlinskySaul David Alinsky would have thought that tame stuff. The old Jewish radical was famous as a community organizer from Chicago’s Back of the Yards, the home of stockyard workers made famous by Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” From the late 1930s until his death in 1972, Alinsky crisscrossed the country, stirring the have-nots — poor whites and blacks — to demand power from the haves.

Alinsky was no mere showman. He was a sometimes brutal seeker of power for others, schooling radicals with maxims such as “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.”

Hillary already had covered a great deal of ideological territory when she sat down to assess Alinsky’s tactics.

A Methodist field trip
The teenage Rodham and the 60-year-old Alinsky met, of all places, on a Methodist church outing. Her youth minister, Don Jones, was introducing the youth of white, comfortable Park Ridge to social action. His “University of Life” took them to poor black and Hispanic churches, to hear Martin Luther King and to meet Alinsky.

When Rodham returned to Wellesley for her senior year and began scouting for a topic for her honors thesis, professor Schechter suggested she look up Alinsky again. She interviewed him in Chicago, in Boston and when he accepted her invitation to visit Wellesley.

In a 1993 interview with The Washington Post, about the time the Clinton health care plan was being formulated and the thesis was being sealed, the first lady characterized her college writing as an argument against big government, supporting Alinsky’s criticism of the War on Poverty programs. “I basically argued that he was right,” she told the newspaper. “Even at that early stage I was against all these people who come up with these big government programs that were more supportive of bureaucracies than actually helpful to people. You know, I’ve been on this kick for 25 years.”

 

Related:

READ THE HILLARY CLINTON-SAUL ALINSKY LETTERS HERE.

To read a PDF copy of the thesis, click here.

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Since when has socialism ever led to a ” if the commitment to a free and open society”????? Never!

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All of her words and actions show that she is not merely “infatuated” with Alinsky, but a committed disciple.

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What I care about is that Clinton is the poster child for today’s politician: false, vain, deceitful, lying, elitist, entitled, slimy, nepotistic, incompetent, obsessive, treacherous, disingenuous, self-promoting, dishonest, egotistical, vicious, self-victimizing, and feel free to add to the list. I need more adjectives to describe her.

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Resources:

Saul Alinsky

Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky’s 24 Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky, Who? | BillMoyers.com

Saul Alinsky: The activist who terrifies the right

The Hillary Letters

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Hillary’s Thesis: The Village Needs an Enemy

Hillary’s senior thesis about activist Saul Alinsky. – Hillary …

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Interview with Saul Alinsky – Part 1 – The Progress Report

Saul Alinsky – Discover the Networks

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Philosopher King – Fordham University

The Paradox of the Philosopher-King

Plato advocated ‘rule by the elite,’ around 400 b.c.

The Philosopher Kings. This tug towards tyranny has long been with us. As you point out, it has been recognized and we have long been warned. I think humans prefer the security of slavery to the risks of liberty. Sad, but I think this is our nature.

Plato’s Argument for Rule by Philosopher Kings

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Statesman, philosopher and Roman orator, 42 B.C.

What Does The Artificial Womb Mean For The Future Role Of Women?

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artificial-wombScientifically, it’s called ectogenesis, a term coined by J.B.S. Haldane in 1924. A hugely influential science popularizer, Haldane did for his generation what Carl Sagan did later in the century. He got people thinking and talking about the implications of science and technology on our civilization, and did not shy away from inventing new words in order to do so. Describing ectogenesis as pregnancy occurring in an artificial environment, from fertilization to birth, Haldane predicted that by 2074 this would account for more than 70 percent of human births.

His prediction may be on target.

In discussing the idea in his work, Daedalus–a reference to the inventor in Greek mythology who, through his inventions, strived to bring humans to the level of the gods–Haldane was diving into issues of his time, namely eugenics and the first widespread debates over contraception and population control.

Whether Haldane’s view will prove correct about the specific timing of when ectogenesis might become popular, or the numbers of children born that way, it’s certain that he was correct that tAt the same time, he was right that the societal implications are sure to be significant as the age of motherless birth approaches. They will not be the same societal implications that were highlighted in Daedalus, however. 

Technology developing in increments

Where are we on the road to ectogenesis right now? To begin, progress has definitely been rapid over the last 20-30 years. In the mid 1990s, Japanese investigators succeeded in maintaining goat fetuses for weeks in a machine containing artificial amniotic fluid. At the same time, the recent decades have seen rapid advancement in neonatal intensive care that is pushing back the minimum gestational age from which human fetuses can be kept alive. Today, it is possible for a preterm fetus to survive when removed from the mother at a gestational age of slightly less than 22 weeks. That’s only a little more than halfway through the pregnancy (normally 40 weeks). And while rescuing an infant delivered at such an early point requires sophisticated, expensive equipment and care, the capability continues to increase.

transhumangod2A comprehensive review published by the New York Academy of Sciences three years ago highlights a series of achievements by various research groups using ex vivo (out of the body) uterus environments to support mammalian fetuses early in pregnancy. Essentially, two areas of biotechnology are developing rapidly that can enable ectogenesis in humans, and, along the way, what the authors of the Academy review call partial ectogenesis.

Because a fetus develops substantially with respect to external form and internal organs during the second half of pregnancy, our current capability to deliver and maintain preterm infants actually is a kind of partial ectogenesis. Supported by all of the equipment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a premature infant continues its development as a normal fetus of the same gestational age would do inside the mother’s uterus, but with one important exception. Inside the womb, oxygenated, nourished blood comes in, and blood carrying waste goes out, through the placenta and umbilical cord. Once delivered, however, a preemie must breathe through its lungs, cleanse the blood with its liver and kidneys, and get nutrition through its gastrointestinal tract.

But because these organ systems, especially the lungs, are not really ready to do their job so early, there is a limit to how early a developing fetus can be transferred from womb to NICU. Known as viability, the limit definitely has been pushed back with special treatments given to the mother prior to delivery and, just after birth, directly into the preemie’s lungs, and with intensive support. But the 22 week gestational age may be around the absolute limit for survival for a fetus that will have to depend on lung-breathing, not to mention other organs, rather than its mother’s nourished blood.

Still, the capability to push back the limit is around the corner. One of the two developing key technologies is the artificial amniotic fluid filled environment that has continued to develop with laboratory animal models since the work with goats in the 1990s. The other area is embryo transfer. Not only can a developing mammal be transferred from the uterus of its own mother to that of a surrogate, but gradually investigators are reproducing the endometrium–the cell layer of the uterus that contains and nourishes the pregnancy–as a cell culture, or an in vitro model. The convergence of these technologies will make it possible to transfer a developing human into a system that includes the placenta and umbilical cord and supplies all consumables (oxygen and food), and removes all waste, directly through the blood.

Thus, survival and continuing development would not depend on the lungs and other organs being ready yet to do their job. Applying such a system to fetus delivered in the middle of pregnancy would constitute real partial ectogenesis. Furthermore, since bypassing the developing, not fully functional organs, stands to improve survival substantially, and might even decrease the costs of extreme premature birth, the movement of the technology from research to clinic is inevitable.

gene.therapyOnce that happens, there will be no obstacle against pushing the limit further, toward full ectogenesis. But there will be no obstacle to pushing the limit akin to how lung viability has placed an obstacle to conventional pre-term care. At some point, an in vitro fertilized egg could be planted directly into the artificial womb, with no need for a natural uterus even for the early stages.

Societal implications

An artificial womb may sound futuristic, and in Haldane’s time this may have supported a perception that realizing the technology would go together with controlling the birth rate and eugenics controlling which humans come to life, and thus which genetic traits get passed down to future populations. But today, we could do these things without ectogenesis. We have plenty of contraceptive methods and can sterilize people, or make them more fertile, while pregnancies can be induced with implanted embryos made with in vitro fertilization.

If anyone is working on a eugenics program at present, they can use surrogate mothers and don’t really require an artificial uterus–unless, we imagine a society that routinely, forcefully sterilizes all females, so that whoever has the artificial uterus has a monopoly on reproduction, ectogenesis does not relate particularly to those 1920s issues. Instead, the artificial uterus would simply move the pregnancy outside of the woman’s body. When considering societal consequences, that’s the main factor that we need to keep in mind, and doing so we see that it does relate to many currently controversial issues.

Fetuses in Artificial Wombs

Considering abortion, for instance, while the proposition that a fetus, even an embryo, is a person with a “right to life” is a religious belief that cannot be imposed on everyone else, the main argument for the right to choose is a woman’s right to control her body. If a developing embryo or fetus is not viable and the mother wants it out of her uterus, that’s her right.

But what happens once we have the technology to remove it from her without killing it and let the pregnancy continue in an artificial womb? Already, with NICU technology pushing back the survival limit, the timing of viability affecting the legality of abortion, has been challenged by abortion foes. The prospect of ectogenesis stands to turn the viability issue on its face, and it will be interesting to see where that leads.

While social conservatives might be receptive about what an artificial uterus might do to the abortion paradigm, make no mistake they’d probably not be happy that the technology also stands to make it much easier for male gay couples to have babies. All they’d need is an egg donor; no more need for a surrogate mother to take the embryo into her uterus and carry it for 40 weeks. That’s easier for any gay couple in terms of practicality, waiting periods, and money. The same thing goes for a transgender person wishing to have a child.

Finally, because of the sheer numbers, the artificial uterus could have major implications for heterosexual women with fully functional uteri. Many who want children of their own might prefer to forgo pregnancy yet would hesitate to hire a human surrogate. Not only is it expensive, but the surrogate could grow fond of the fetus she’s carrying, so why bother taking the risk?

On the other hand, the mind set could be quite different if the surrogate were a high tech jar. It’s your baby with no worries about competing mothers. I’m not suggesting that all potential mothers would opt for this, but Haldane’s guess might not be so unrealistic in that it might end up being a substantial fraction of the population.

 

 

 

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The Political Structure of a Nation – Dependency

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Matrix1It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom.

He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.

Oscar Wilde

One of the major expressions of the Matrix program in this reality is what we call Religion, and that’s not only Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the others we associate with that term.

I also mean the religions we call money, politics, the pursuit of ‘success’, television, the cult of celebrity and what has been dubbed the ‘New Age.’ Anything, in fact, that dictates your sense of reality and entraps you in the illusion.

The Matrix loves religions. They are the diversions that hold consciousness in the headlights of an oncoming fairytale. Which fairytale you choose to believe doesn’t much matter so long as you buy into one of them and, of course, your DNA is always there to guide you.

The idea is to keep you focused on one obsession so you don’t see the guy at the stove preparing the gravy.

Horses have wide peripheral vision and some wear blinkers to ensure they can only see what’s in front of them and not the panorama they would normally see. The blinkers are there to focus the horse on the desired activity – the race – and stop it being distracted by other horses or influences. The religions in all their forms are blinkers for humans.

FreeThey are there to discourage consciousness from seeing beyond the program because they are focused on one predominant belief or goal.

The Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars document said:
‘Keep them busy, busy, busy, back on the farm with the other animals’.
The Matrix wants to keep the cell door bolted and religions have served the cause magnificently.

They entrap people in laws, irrelevance, and fine detail to such an extent that the big picture is never seen.

Table of Strategies

 
Do this:                        To get this: 
 
Keep the public ignorant        Less public organization 
 
Maintain access to control      Required reaction to outputs (prices, 
points for feedback             sales) 
 
Create preoccupation            Lower defenses 
 
Attack the family unit          Control of the education of the young 
 
Give less cash and more         More self-indulgence and more data 
credit and doles 
 
Attack the privacy              Destroy faith in this sort of 
of the church                   government 
 
Social conformity               Computer programming simplicity 
 
Minimize the tax protest        Maximum economic data, minimum  
                                enforcement problems 
 
Stabilize the consent           Simplicity coefficients 
 
Tighten control of variables    Simpler computer input data --  
                                greater predictability 
 
Establish boundary              Problem simplicity / solutions of 
conditions                      differential and difference equations 
 
Proper timing                   Less data shift and blurring 
 
Maximize control                Minimum resistance to control 
 
Collapse of currency            Destroy the faith of the American  
                                people in each other. 

Diversion, the Primary Strategy

Experience has prevent that the simplest method of securing a silent weapon and gaining control of the public is to keep the public undisciplined and ignorant of the basic system principles on the one hand, while keeping them confused, disorganized, and distracted with matters of no real importance on the other hand.

This is achieved by:

  • disengaging their minds; sabotaging their mental activities; providing a low-quality program of public education in mathematics, logic, systems design and economics; and discouraging technical creativity.
  • engaging their emotions, increasing their self-indulgence and their indulgence in emotional and physical activities, by:
    • unrelenting emotional affirmations and attacks (mental and emotional rape) by way of constant barrage of sex, violence, and wars in the media – especially the T.V. and the newspapers.
    • giving them what they desire – in excess – “junk food for thought” – and depriving them of what they really need.
  • rewriting history and law and subjecting the public to the deviant creation, thus being able to shift their thinking from personal needs to highly fabricated outside priorities.

These preclude their interest in and discovery of the silent weapons of social automation technology.

The general rule is that there is a profit in confusion; the more confusion, the more profit. Therefore, the best approach is to create problems and then offer solutions.

confusionDiversion Summary

Media: Keep the adult public attention diverted away from the real social issues, and captivated by matters of no real importance.

Schools: Keep the young public ignorant of real mathematics, real economics, real law, and real history.

Entertainment: Keep the public entertainment below a sixth-grade level.

Work: Keep the public busy, busy, busy, with no time to think; back on the farm with the other animals.

Consent, the Primary Victory

A silent weapon system operates upon data obtained from a docile public by legal (but not always lawful) force. Much information is made available to silent weapon systems programmers through the Internal Revenue Service. (See Studies in the Structure of the American Economy for an I.R.S. source list.)

This information consists of the enforced delivery of well-organized data contained in federal and state tax forms, collected, assembled, and submitted by slave labor provided by taxpayers and employers.

Furthermore, the number of such forms submitted to the I.R.S. is a useful indicator of public consent, an important factor in strategic decision making. Other data sources are given in the Short List of Inputs.

Consent Coefficients – numerical feedback indicating victory status. Psychological basis: When the government is able to collect tax and seize private property without just compensation, it is an indication that the public is ripe for surrender and is consenting to enslavement and legal encroachment. A good and easily quantified indicator of harvest time is the number of public citizens who pay income tax despite an obvious lack of reciprocal or honest service from the government.

Amplification Energy Sources

The next step in the process of designing an economic amplifier is discovering the energy sources. The energy sources which support any primitive economic system are, of course, a supply of raw materials, and the consent of the people to labor and consequently assume a certain rank, position, level, or class in the social structure, i.e., to provide labor at various levels in the pecking order.

mediaEach class, in guaranteeing its own level of income, controls the class immediately below it, hence preserves the class structure. This provides stability and security, but also government from the top.

As time goes on and communication and education improve, the lower-class elements of the social labor structure become knowledgeable and envious of the good things that the upper-class members have. They also begin to attain a knowledge of energy systems and the ability to enforce their rise through the class structure.

This threatens the sovereignty of the elite.

If this rise of the lower classes can be postponed long enough, the elite can achieve energy dominance, and labor by consent no longer will hold a position of an essential energy source.

Until such energy dominance is absolutely established, the consent of people to labor and let others handle their affairs must be taken into consideration, since failure to do so could cause the people to interfere in the final transfer of energy sources to the control of the elite.

It is essential to recognize that at this time, public consent is still an essential key to the release of energy in the process of economic amplification.

Therefore, consent as an energy release mechanism will now be considered.

Logistics

The successful application of a strategy requires a careful study of inputs, outputs, the strategy connecting the inputs and the outputs, and the available energy sources to fuel the strategy. This study is called logistics.

A logistical problem is studied at the elementary level first, and then levels of greater complexity are studied as a synthesis of elementary factors.

This means that a given system is analyzed, i.e., broken down into its subsystems, and these in turn are analyzed, until by this process, one arrives at the logistical “atom,” the individual.

This is where the process of synthesis properly begins, at the time of birth of the individual.

The Artificial Womb

From the time a person leaves its mother’s womb, its every effort is directed towards building, maintaining, and withdrawing into artificial wombs, various sorts of substitute protective devices or shells.

The objective of these artificial wombs is to provide a stable environment for both stable and unstable activity; to provide a shelter for the evolutionary processes of growth and maturity – i.e., survival; to provide security for freedom and to provide defensive protection for offensive activity.

This is equally true of both the general public and the elite. However, there is a definite difference in the way each of these classes go about the solution of problems.

The Political Structure of a Nation – Dependency

The primary reason why the individual citizens of a country create a political structure is a subconscious wish or desire to perpetuate their own dependency relationship of childhood. Simply put, they want a human god to eliminate all risk from their life, pat them on the head, kiss their bruises, put a chicken on every dinner table, clothe their bodies, tuck them into bed at night, and tell them that everything will be alright when they wake up in the morning.

This public demand is incredible, so the human god, the politician, meets incredibility with incredibility by promising the world and delivering nothing. So who is the bigger liar? the public? or the “godfather”?

This public behavior is surrender born of fear, laziness, and expediency. It is the basis of the welfare state as a strategic weapon, useful against a disgusting public.

Action/Offense

Most people want to be able to subdue and/or kill other human beings which disturb their daily lives, but they do not want to have to cope with the moral and religious issues which such an overt act on their part might raise. Therefore, they assign the dirty work to others (including their own children) so as to keep the blood off their hands. They rave about the humane treatment of animals and then sit down to a delicious hamburger from a whitewashed slaughterhouse down the street and out of sight. But even more hypocritical, they pay taxes to finance a professional association of hit men collectively called politicians, and then complain about corruption in government.

Responsibility

Again, most people want to be free to do the things (to explore, etc.) but they are afraid to fail.

The fear of failure is manifested in irresponsibility, and especially in delegating those personal responsibilities to others where success is uncertain or carries possible or created liabilities (law) which the person is not prepared to accept. They want authority (root word – “author”), but they will not accept responsibility or liability. So they hire politicians to face reality for them.

Summary

The people hire the politicians so that the people can:

  • obtain security without managing it.
  • obtain action without thinking about it.
  • inflict theft, injury, and death upon others without having to contemplate either life or death.
  • avoid responsibility for their own intentions.
  • obtain the benefits of reality and science without exerting themselves in the discipline of facing or learning either of these things.

They give the politicians the power to create and manage a war machine to:

  • provide for the survival of the nation/womb.
  • prevent encroachment of anything upon the nation/womb.
  • destroy the enemy who threatens the nation/womb.
  • destroy those citizens of their own country who do not conform for the sake of stability of the nation/womb.

Politicians hold many quasi-military jobs, the lowest being the police which are soldiers, the attorneys and C.P.A.s next who are spies and saboteurs (licensed), and the judges who shout orders and run the closed union military shop for whatever the market will bear. The generals are industrialists. The “presidential” level of commander-in-chief is shared by the international bankers. The people know that they have created this farce and financed it with their own taxes (consent), but they would rather knuckle under than be the hypocrite.

Thus, a nation becomes divided into two very distinct parts, a docile sub-nation [great silent majority] and a political sub-nation. The political sub-nation remains attached to the docile sub-nation, tolerates it, and leaches its substance until it grows strong enough to detach itself and then devour its parent.

System Analysis

In order to make meaningful computerized economic decisions about war, the primary economic flywheel, it is necessary to assign concrete logistical values to each element of the war structure – personnel and material alike.

This process begins with a clear and candid description of the subsystems of such a structure.

The Draft (As military service)

Few efforts of human behavior modification are more remarkable or more effective than that of the socio-military institution known as the draft. A primary purpose of a draft or other such institution is to instill, by intimidation, in the young males of a society the uncritical conviction that the government is omnipotent. He is soon taught that a prayer is slow to reverse what a bullet can do in an instant. Thus, a man trained in a religious environment for eighteen years of his life can, by this instrument of the government, be broken down, be purged of his fantasies and delusions in a matter of mere months. Once that conviction is instilled, all else becomes easy to instill.

Even more interesting is the process by which a young man’s parents, who purportedly love him, can be induced to send him off to war to his death. Although the scope of this work will not allow this matter to be expanded in full detail, nevertheless, a coarse overview will be possible and can serve to reveal those factors which must be included in some numerical form in a computer analysis of social and war systems.

Definition of the draft

  • The draft (selective service, etc.) is an institution of compulsory collective sacrifice and slavery, devised by the middle-aged and elderly for the purpose of pressing the young into doing the public dirty work. It further serves to make the youth as guilty as the elders, thus making criticism of the elders by the youth less likely (Generational Stabilizer). It is marketed and and sold to the public under the label of “patriotic = national” service. Once a candid economic definition of the draft is achieved, that definition is used to outline the boundaries of a structure called a Human Value System, which in turn is translated into the terms of game theory. The value of such a slave laborer is given in a Table of Human Values, a table broken down into categories by intellect, experience, post-service job demand, etc. Some of these categories are ordinary and can be tentatively evaluated in terms of the value of certain jobs for which a known fee exists. Some jobs are harder to value because they are unique to the demands of social subversion, for an extreme example: the value of a mother’s instruction to her daughter, causing that daughter to put certain behavioral demands upon a future husband ten or fifteen years hence; thus, by suppressing his resistance to a perversion of a government, making it easier for a banking cartel to buy the State of New York in, say, twenty years.Such a problem leans heavily upon the observations and data of wartime espionage and many types of psychological testing. But crude mathematical models (algorithms, etc.) can be devised, if not to predict, at least to predeterminate these events with maximum certainty. What does not exist by natural cooperation is thus enhanced by calculated compulsion. Human beings are machines, levers which may be grasped and turned, and there is little real difference between automating a society and automating a shoe factory. These derived values are variable. (It is necessary to use a current Table oHuman Valuesf

    Human Values

    for computer analysis.) These values are given in true measure rather than U.S. dollars, since the latter is unstable, being presently inflated beyond the production of national goods and services so as to give the economy a false kinetic energy (“paper” inductance).The silver value is stable, it being possible to buy the same amount with a gram of silver today as it could be bought in 1920. Human value measured in silver units changes slightly due to changes in production technology.

    Enforcement

    Factor I
    As in every social system approach, stability is achieved only by understanding and accounting for human nature (action/reaction patterns). A failure to do so can be, and usually is, disastrous. As in other human social schemes, one form or another of intimidation (or incentive) is essential to the success of the draft. Physical principles of action and reaction must be applied to both internal and external subsystems.To secure the draft, individual brainwashing/programming and both the family unit and the peer group must be engaged and brought under control.
    Factor II – Father
    The man of the household must be housebroken to ensure that junior will grow up with the right social training and attitudes. The advertising media, etc., are engaged to see to it that father-to-be is pussy-whipped before or by the time he is married. He is taught that he either conforms to the social notch cut out for him or his sex life will be hobbled and his tender companionship will be zero. He is made to see that women demand security more than logical, principled, or honorable behavior.By the time his son must go to war, father (with jelly for a backbone) will slam a gun into junior’s hand before father will risk the censure of his peers, or make a hypocrite of himself by crossing the investment he has in his own personal opinion or self-esteem. Junior will go to war or father will be embarrassed. So junior will go to war, the true purpose not withstanding.
    Factor III – Mother
    The female element of human society is ruled by emotion first and logic second. In the battle between logic and imagination, imagination always wins, fantasy prevails, maternal instinct dominates so that the child comes first and the future comes second. A woman with a newborn baby is too starry-eyed to see a wealthy man’s cannon fodder or a cheap source of slave labor. A woman must, however, be conditioned to accept the transition to “reality” when it comes, or sooner. As the transition becomes more difficult to manage, the family unit must be carefully disintegrated, and state-controlled public education and state-operated child-care centers must be become more common and legally enforced so as to begin the detachment of the child from the mother and father at an earlier age. Inoculation of behavioral drugs [Ritalin] can speed the transition for the child (mandatory). Caution: A woman’s impulsive anger can override her fear. An irate woman’s power must never be underestimated, and her power over a pussy-whipped husband must likewise never be underestimated. It got women the vote in 1920.
    Factor IV – Junior
    The emotional pressure for self-preservation during the time of war and the self-serving attitude of the common herd that have an option to avoid the battlefield – if junior can be persuaded to go – is all of the pressure finally necessary to propel Johnny off to war. Their quiet blackmailing of him are the threats: “No sacrifice, no friends; no glory, no girlfriends.”
    Factor V – Sister
    And what about junior’s sister? She is given all the good things of life by her father, and taught to expect the same from her future husband regardless of the price.
    Factor VI – Cattle
    Those who will not use their brains are no better off than those who have no brains, and so this mindless school of jelly-fish, father, mother, son, and daughter, become useful beasts of burden or trainers of the same.

 

 

 

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The Resurrection of Tammuz

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Ishtar

Ishtar, Goddess of Fertility, Love, War and Sex.

 Semiramis, Queen of Babylon became known as the fertility goddess Ishtar. She took on many names in different cultures including Isis, Diana, Astarte, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus, and Easter. She was even identified with Mary as Mary was falsely deified and took on the titles “Mother of God” and “Queen of Heaven.”

Her son Tammuz took on many names as well such as Horus, Apollo, Sol, Krishna, Hercules, Mithra, and finally Jesus. The name Jesus H. Christ, in fact, originated by Constantine as Hesus Horus Krishna.“Hesus Horus Krishna” evolved into Jesus H. Christ over the years. All names of Tammuz put together for the son of the sungod and member of the Trinity worshiped on Sunday the day of his sungod. We will get to that in greater detail later in this book series.

Semiramis instituted a holy day in her Babylonian religion in honor of the supposed “death/resurrection” of her son Tammuz.  Below is a picture of the Semiramis and Tammuz, the “Modonna/Child” and “Mary/Jesus”…

Babylonian religionNotice the “child” in these images is not a baby but a small fully developed man.  While protesting Catholics (called Protestants) deny worship of this pagan deity… they in deed contradict that denial in action as they openly do just that on Christmas and Easter.

In the images above we see to the left the idol of Ishtar/Tammuz renamed Jesus/Mary.  The idol of the Modonna/Child renamed Jesus/Mary.  And a painting of Jesus/Mary all the exact same Babylonian deities.  We need to begin admitting the obvious truth; these idols were not renamed because the pagans now believed in Yahshua the Messiah. No, Tammuz and Ishtar/Semiramis simply had their names changed in the false religion of Christianity which is a carbon copy of The Mystery Religion of Babylon!

What we now call “halos” were nothing more than images of the Sun clearly demonstrating who these “paintings” were really representing.  Not Yahshua but Tammuz.  Not Miriam but Isthar/Semiramis.

The real truth behind the “cross of Jesus” and the “halos” around Jesus and Mary is simple.  Jesus is Tammuz and Mary is Ishtar, they were the renamed and latest versions of the Babylonian Madonna and Child.  This is clearly depicted below in the bottom right image as we see the images of the Sungod behind them, the X of Tammuz (the cross of the equinox from The Zodiac) written on The Sun over “Jesus”, and the crown on the Queen of Heaven and “Tammuz” in the upper right image of Jesus/Mary.

Queen of Heaven and TammuzTheir still remains idols in the Vatican of “Tammuz the great hunter” to this day… their (Christianity’s) REAL messiah they renamed Jesus or Hesus or Iesous or I.H.S. which means… Hail Zeus or Son of Zeus.  The picture below is Tammuz the Great Hunter idol in The Vatican.

Tammuz the Great HunterWe still pass on images of Tammuz son of Semiramis today as Cupid, son of Venus.  Still depicted as the “mighty hunter” complete with a bow and arrow! Tammuz son of Semiramis

We still “hunt Ishtar eggs” in honor of Tammuz the Great Hunter on Ishtar’s day and eat ham in his honor.  We just call it by its English name Easter but every ritual remains the same as in ancient Babylon.

No longer do we keep Passover and eat Lamb as commanded by The Messiah (strengthening theLaw of YHVH) as he kept Passover on the 14th of Abib (eve of Passover) just before he gave his body as The Passover Lamb:

Luke 22:19

19 And when he had taken some bread and given thanks (on the eve of Passover), He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This (Passover Dinner) is My body (Passover Lamb) which is given (sacrificed) for you; do this (keep Passover) in remembrance of Me.”

No… we now keep Ishtar and eat Easter Ham!!! The most abominable “beast” in The Torah. The fact, that Jesus of the Christian Church is in reality the Babylonian Tammuz, reincarnated Nimrod son of Ba’al to this day is denied by Christianity as they have been given over by YHVH to believe a lie.  They have literally fallen for Nimrod/Semiramis/Tammuz under another name as they became Isis/Horus/Seb or IHS Monogram for Hesus Horus Krishna all names for Tammuz.  Hesus Horus Krishna eveolved into Jesus H. Christ in English.  But in Latin it remains I.H.S. in the middle of Sol Invictus, the same “invincible Sun” worshipped from Nimrod to Constantine!

IHSThis symbol of the sun (below) with the pagan Babylonian Trinity of Isis Horus and Seb (I.H.S) with the elevated Cross of Tammuz is the very monogram of Jesus H. Christ and carried around by the High Priest of Ba’al today with the cross of Tammuz blazoned on top:

 IHSForty Days of Weeping for Tammuz: Lent & Ash Wednesday

When Tammuz was forty years old, he was hunting in the woods and he was killed by a wild boar (a pig) that is why we eat “ham” on Easter/Ishtar Day even though it is against YHVH’s commandments to eat pig. He took after his father Nimrod in that he was a “mighty hunter.” After Tammuz died, his mother Semiramis began a custom in Babylon called “forty days of weeping for Tammuz” where people were commanded to fast and pray for Tammuz in the underworld. They exchanged one day of pleasure in this life for each year of Tammuz’s life.

Today in the Roman Catholic Church this has been renamed “Lent.” This forty days of fasting from something would begin on what is called “Ash Wednesday” in the Catholic Church and many protestant Churchs with the Cross of Tammuz being writtin in ash on the forehead of the “faithful”. The priest would take ashes and place a “mark” on our foreheads of a cross as he would recite a declaration about how we were “created from ashes and to ashes we shall return.”

We were all told that when we celebrated Lent, that we were commemorating the time when our Messiah fasted and prayed in the wilderness for “forty days and forty nights.” That is what I was made to believe that Lent was all about. But the truth of the matter is that our Messiah fasted and prayed during the “Forty Days of Repentance” leading up to Yom Kippur. The Hebrew descendants of Abraham/Isaac/Jacob have a tradition of fasting and repenting for forty days leading up to Yom Kippur and this is when our Messiah fasted and prayed. It had NOTHING to do with “Lent” or Easter.

Here we see YHVH condemning this practice called “weeping for Tammuz” which today is called Lent:

Ezekiel 8:13-14

“Turn you yet again, and you shall see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of YHWH’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Have you seen this, O son of man?”

Today in many cultures people make “Easter Bread” or “hot crossed buns”. Do people realize that they are inadvertently offering up Cakes for the Queen of Heaven?

Jeremiah 7:18-19

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? says YHWH: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? Therefore thus says the YHWH ELOHIYM; Behold, my anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place.”

Semiramis nimrodSemiramis, (Nimrod’s mother), became known in other cultures as “Magna Mater,” the “Great Mother,” and she was worshiped as Mother Earth. The Sun “mated” with the Earth each spring, and the “Rites of Spring” symbolized by the “May Pole” and “Easter” came 9 moons (months) before December 25th on the “birth” of the winter Sun. Her Assyrian name is Ishtar which is where we derive the name “Easter.” Easter, the goddess of the dawn is the Universal goddess of fertility throughout history since the Tower of Babel. She began as Nimrod’s wife Semiramis, and then after YHVH scattered the nations and confused their languages at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10-11), her image with her baby son Tammuz migrated to other nations under different names.

The Romans called her Astarte but later she was called Venus, and the Phoenicians called her Asherah. The Hebrews called her Astoroth, the consort of Ba’al. Her emblem is the flower of the lily. She is the “goddess of the dawn,” and her statue stands on a bridge in France. The French made a colossus of this image, and it now stands in New York Harbor, facing “East,” referring to the name Ishtar or Easter. We call this idol of her the Statue of Liberty (Why is she facing the East?).  We can begin to see the USA is a self-proclaimed Christian nation.  Christianity is the Mystery Babylon.

Ezekiel 8 16

Shamash: Babylonian Sun god

Ezekiel 8:16

And he brought me into the inner court of YHWH’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of YHWH, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of YHWH, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty nothing more than a pagan trinity goddess which stands guard over our “Christian Nation”.

The French Illuminati donated this statue to America in order to bring the spirit of Jezebel’s influence upon our nation!  I covered this earlier on the section on pagan Trinities. The torch that she carries is the “light of Lucifer” the same “light” of Freemasonry.

Easter is a day that is honored by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ which now we know is actually Tammuz not Yahshua. The holiday often involves a church service at sunrise, a feast which includes an “Easter Ham,” decorated eggs and stories about rabbits.  Below is a quick summary of exactly “what” Easter really is all about.

Summary of Easter Origins

“Ishtar (goes by man names),” which is pronounced “Easter” was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called “Tammuz,” who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god. In those ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who was the grandson of one of Noah’s son named Ham. Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis. Cush and Semiramis then had a son named him “Nimrod.”

After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerful King. The Bible tells of of this man, Nimrod, in Genesis 10:8-10 as follows: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad,and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his wife and mother, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon.

Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom. Semiramis had all of the parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found. That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called “Baal”, the sun god.

Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship. Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, and with the help of Satan, she set herself up as a goddess. Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived. She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full. She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River as she emerged as the moon fertility goddess Ishtar.

MadonnaChildThis was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox. Semiramis became known as “Ishtar” which is pronounced “Easter”, and her moon egg became known as “Ishtar’s” egg.” Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal that caused her to conceive. The son that she brought forth was named Tammuz.

Tammuz was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in the ancient religion, because Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal. Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter. The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig. Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshipers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.

Ishtar, who was now worshiped as the “Mother of God and Queen of Heaven”, continued to build her mystery religion. The queen told the worshipers that when Tammuz was killed by the wild pig, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz. She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz. During this time, no meat was to be eaten.

Worshipers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and to make the sign of the “T” in front of their hearts as they worshiped.   Today this is called “The Sign of the Cross” made over the heart of Christians as we read from the Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13785a.htm

The cross was originally traced by Christians with the thumb or finger on their own foreheads. This practice is attested by numberless allusions in Patristics literature, and it was clearly associated in idea with certain references in Scripture, notably Ezekiel 9:4 (of the mark of the letter Tau); Exodus 17:9-14; and especially Apocalypse 7:3, 9:4 and 14:1. Hardly less early in date is the custom of marking a cross on objects — already Tertullian speaks of the Christian woman “signing” her bed (cum lectulum tuum signas, “Ad uxor.”, ii, 5) before retiring to rest—and we soon hear also of the sign of the cross being traced on the lips (Jerome, “Epitaph. Paulæ”) and on the heart (Prudentius, “Cathem.”, vi, 129).

They also ate sacred cakes with the marking of a “T” or cross on the top. We know them today as “hotcross buns” we bake and eat on “Ishtar Sun God Day” i.e. Easter Sunday.

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Easter was originally a pagan festival and it still is

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ostaraOstara, Eostre, Easter, Eggs, and Bunnies

Ostara marks the day when light is equal to darkness, and will continue to grow. As the bringer of light after a long dark winter, the goddess was often depicted with the hare, an animal that represents the arrival of spring as well as the fertility of the season.

Ēostre is the Germanic Goddess of Spring, she was very popular with the Anglo-Saxon pagan brigade who worshiped her. Eostre is connected with renewal and fertility. Eggs and rabbits are sacred to her, as is the full moon, since the ancients saw in its markings the image of a rabbit or hare. She is also a dawn goddess, and may be related to the Greek Goddess of the dawn Eos.

Easter2Like Ostara and Ēostre she was also called Eastre, she gave her name to the Christian festival of Easter (which is an older Pagan festival appropriated by the Church), whose timing is still dictated by the Moon. Modern pagans celebrate her festival on the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, the first day of Spring. Also known as the springtime Paschal (i.e. Passover) festival ‘Easter.’

Easter is a pagan festival

Much like Christmas, the trappings of the Easter Holiday aren’t Biblical, they are a hodgepodge of Christian, pagan, culture, and circumstance.

Christians would have you believe that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead, and to a large extent, that’s certainly a popular belief, but Easter is about more than that. Easter is a traditional pagan holiday, celebrating Spring and the renewal of life. Since Beltane and the Spring Equinox are not generally celebrated by our society as a whole, Easter fills the void of “secular Spring holiday.” I think we all know that eggs, plastic grass, and chocolate bunnies have nothing to do with Jesus, and everything to do with the ideas of renewal and fertility (along with crass commercial marketing, but I digress).

The Venerable Bede, who lived in the 7th century, was the first to record her name as the source of the new Christian festival. Bede determined the word “Easter” comes from the name of a Germanic fertility goddess named Eostre, whose name was given to an entire month “Eosturmonath,” and then eventually to one specific holiday occurring in that month, the one we now call Easter.

  • Like many other pagan traditions, the festival of Eostre was adopted by the early Church in an attempt to convert followers of the old religions to their ways.
    Other goddesses traditionally celebrated at this time include:
    Aphrodite, in ancient Greece
    Ashtoreth, from ancient Israel
    Demeter from Mycenae
    Hathor from ancient Egypt
    Ishtar from Assyria
    Kali, from India
    Ostara, a Norse Goddess of fertility

The story of Cybele, the Phrygian fertility goddess, is quite striking in its similarity to Christian mythology.

Depiction of Cybele on a Roman altar.

Cybele, Mother of the Gods, in a chariot drawn by lions, accompanied by her lover, Attis.

Gerald L. Berry, author of Religions of the world,” wrote:

“About 200 B.C. mystery cults began to appear in Rome just as they had earlier in Greece. Most notable was the Cybele cult centered on Vatican hill …Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis (the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.”

 

 

One thing that really points towards Eostre existence in Ancient History is that her name shares a linguistic origin with that of various Indo-European goddesses of the dawn. The questions then becomes whether the dawn was named after the deities in question, or if the deities were named after the rising sun. The word Easter then could be linked directly to a pagan goddess, or simply mean beginnings.

 

The most pagan element of Easter is probably Jesus himself as the dying and “resurrecting god.” At Easter, Jesus has more in common with Dionysus, Tammuz, and Adonis than he does with Moses or the various apostles. The idea of a man or god overcoming death would have been alien to Second Temple Judaism, but not to the millions of pagans living in the Roman Empire.

I think it’s important to remember that Jesus was one of many deities on the “god buffet” during antiquity. To be taken seriously as a deity he had to match up with the other gods of the era miracle for miracle. I don’t think it’s honest to suggest that Jesus turned aside the grave because he was a vegetation god in the tradition of Tammuz, but his pedigree demanded equal power over life and death. There are many unique elements in Christianity; the dead man walking is not one of them.

Jesus as a dying and resurrecting god is a two thousand year old tradition, there’s no question of its connection to ancient antiquity. The other trappings of Easter, the egg and the bunny, are far more problematic. I’ve been conditioned to always think of them as ancient pagan practices, but researching this article has brought up more questions than answers in that regard. I can say with certainty that eggs as a symbol of fertility and rebirth have a long pedigree, but they were also very common items whose symbolism and role certainly could have changed and evolved over time.

Orphic EggIn the Greek Orphic tradition the god Phanes was said to have hatched from a “World egg ,” illustrating that the Ancient Greeks believed in the egg as a symbol of rebirth and new life. A direct link to Easter Eggs and Pagan Rome can be found in a legend surrounding the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The day when Marcus was born his mother’s red hen is said to have laid an egg spotted with red. That speckled egg was seen as a sign that young Marcus would become a great Emperor. When Marcus eventually assumed the throne colored eggs began to be passed around throughout the Empire as a symbol of congratulations. Later Christians adopted the custom. It’s hard to say with any certainty if that Marcus Aurelius legend is the origin of the Easter Egg, as it’s likely that eggs were being passed around before Marcus assumed the throne.

While colored eggs were shared in the Ancient World, there’s no continuous history linking the colored egg of pagandom to the Easter Egg. Eggs were relatively common in the Middle Ages, and an important source of nutrition in a society where meat was a rare treat. Monks and priests were often given “presents” (payment) on important Christian holidays, with Easter being one of those. Eggs were a common gift, and they were often given to priests in baskets. In Russia it was common for priests (and later, members of the nobility) to give out eggs as gift, especially around Easter. Eventually the eggs that were passed out were elaborately decorated, and the custom spread throughout the country. Eggs were also generally banned during the period of Lent, so people sometimes would decorate them as they waited on their Easter feast and the return to eating eggs.

Eggs were also begged for by children in Great Britain during the Seventeenth Century. Before important holidays it was common for the poor to “trick or treat” for food, and at Easter children begged for eggs. It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to picture poor children begging for eggs to put in a basket transforming into the modern Easter basket full of sacred goodies like waxy chocolate bunnies and stale jelly beans.

Rabbits have been associated with fertility from pagan times into the present. (I have friends who like to say “they go at it like rabbits” when discussing the sexual habits of others.) It seems likely that the Easter Bunny is an ancient pagan tradition, but the first references to the Easter Bunny only dates back to the 1500′s. That doesn’t mean the Easter Bunny didn’t exist before those first references to the Germanic Oschter Haws (or Osterhase), it just hasn’t been well documented.

There’s a part of me that believes human beings have a natural tendency to venerate “Pagan things,” and tend to be drawn to things in the natural world that correlate to what is going on in their own environments. Venerating a rabbit in April during the Earth’s annual period of rebirth makes complete sense. That doesn’t mean it’s pagan in the sense that people worshipped a rabbit in the year 100, but it’s Pagan in the sense that it taps into the natural rhythms of the Earth. It’s also possible that now forgotten myths transformed into now lost folk tales and then into the egg laying rabbit we now call the Easter Bunny.

 

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In case you think we’re being flippant, recent research suggests that EOSTRE herself may have been invented during a mischievous moment by the Venerable St Bede. This well-known monk mentioned her in connection with the pagan festival Eosturmonath in a book written in 750 A.D. — but extensive research has failed to find a trace of her prior to that. Could he possibly have been fibbing?

Rabbits and hares are ubiquitous in mythology. Every culture seems to have a rabbit god — and they’re nearly always trickster spirits. This, we feel, explains a lot. We also have a terrific theory explaining why stage magicians love doing tricks with eggs and rabbits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paschal mystery

The word “paschal” is the equivalent of Greek “pascha” is derived from Aramaic “pasḥā” and Hebrew “pesaḥ”, meaning “the passing over.” Some scholars refer to Assyrian “pasah” – appease or Egyptian “pa-sh” – remembrance or “pē-sah” – the blow. The Bible links “pesaḥ” with “pāsaḥ” – two literal meanings are: to limp and to perform a ritual dance around a sacrifice (1 K 18:21.26). Figuratively it may be understood, “to jump”, “to pass”, “to spare.” It refers to the passage of God on the Passover night, when the Israelites left Egypt. God struck the houses of Egyptians and left the Israelites untouched, i.e. passed over.

The second word, mystery, is regarded in Christian 20th century theology as one of the most important key-words of Christianity and its theology. It opposes the ideas of Gnosticism, Rationalism and Semi-Rationalism, pointing out that there are Divine mysteries properly so called which cannot be grasped by mere human reasoning. They need to be revealed by God through the grace. In this meaning mystery describes not an idea that must be unlocked or solved like a mystery novel, but the Divine truth and life, to which God through the Church, sacraments, word of God and faith initiates the deidecaters (cf. Eph 1,17ff).

The very first known use of the term Paschal mystery (literally Mystery of the Pascha) was found in the homily of Melito of Sardis On the Pascha written between A.D. 160 and 170.

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