“… The Progressive movement resulted from a combination of forces, some new and some old. Its foundation rested on the remains of agrarian and labor discontent which had struggled so vainly before 1897. There was also, as a kind of afterthought on the part of successful business leaders, a weakening of acquisitive selfishness and a revival of the older sense of social obligation and idealism. To some extent this feeling was mixed with a realization that the position and privileges of the very wealthy could be preserved better with superficial concessions and increased opportunity for the discontented to blow off steam than from any policy of blind obstructionism on the part of the rich. As an example of the more idealistic impulse we might mention the creation of the various Carnegie foundations to work for universal peace or to extend scholarly work in science and social studies. As an example of the more practical point of view we might mention the founding of The New Republic, a “liberal weekly paper,” by an agent of Morgan, financed with Whitney money (1914), Somewhat similar to this last point was the growth of a new “liberal press,” which found it profitable to expose to the public eye the seamy side of Big Business and and of human nature itself. “
Georgetown U. Professor and William Jefferson Clinton mentor, Carroll Quigley
Pp. 75-76, Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time
Did you know that the Secret Service, employees of the Treasury Department, dropped away from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy motorcade, fifty years ago today, as it made its final turn from Houston onto Elm into Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy’s head was split, shooting back and to the left, in other words, in the direction opposite his position in regards to the infamous grassy knoll?
Did you notice the bewilderment and frustration on the part of at least one agent when ordered to stand down?
One, lone agent did not “get the memo” and latched onto the limousine as it sped up. There should have been two agents walking to the rear of the car, one for each handle.
Did you know the Mayor of Dallas at that time was the brother of the Deputy Director of the CIA who resigned in the wake of the Bay of Pigs fiasco?
This event was one of the signal events of modern history. It literally changed the course of US policy in a twinkling. In that way, and in the remorseless subsequent cover-up, censorship and distortion of facts by government and press in the aftermath, it was like “9/11.” In each case, the details pointing to conspiracy are voluminous, enough to fill many published books of research, enough to stretch “coincidence theory” far past the breaking point.
Many liberals believe they stand as principled reformers challenging an unjust system. Many liberals also unthinkingly believe without question anything uttered by the MIT intellectual, Noam Chomsky. What does Noam say about these seminal events?
I like what politically perceptive blogger, Joe Gambrione, has to say about Chomsky.
And I wholeheartedly agree with his assessment that 50-year cover-ups do not perpetrate themselves. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Noam Chomsky is living proof of allowing a cult of personality or “authority” to shape one’s thinking. Our thinking needs to be “radical,” that is, “of the root.” Don’t take anyone’s word without question, or you’ll be kept helpless inside a mental corral — until it’s your time to be butchered.
Noam Chomsky’s evident modus operandi and power structure which he serves are adroitly explained here. One of the problems with presenting information like this, is that it takes many years of actually wanting to understand how the world works, and of casting a wide net of reading, are required to accept the background of our true state of affairs. For anyone who has not made that commitment, it is far more convenient to dismiss the entire series of revelations researchers have strung together in many books than to dig in and do the homework. It is easier to decide it is too fantastic to believe than to correlate the facts and conclude … it is true. There is a power structure hidden behind the picture painted for us by mass media, and it is capable of any crime in the pursuit of its objectives. But, by uncritically accepting the “priestly” status of the likes of Noam Chomsky, the so-called America Left willingly rejects radical inquiry in fact and embraces what the author aptly calls “glittering generalities.”
Where has the major media been when it comes to purported confessions from the man claiming to be the actual (final) shooter in the murder of President Kennedy? Is his taped confession unworthy of making the news? Unworthy of investigation?
One thing we had in common as an audience when the topic was physical effects on the occasions of the JFK assassination and 9/11 was authoritative pronouncements by newsmen paid multi-million-dollar salaries denied basic laws of physics. Peter Jennings, in a special featuring animations which tried to “scientifically” “debunk” conspiracy theories about JFK’s murder, actually asserted, with no offering of proof (because there can be none for a preposterous lie about Newtonian physical principles at work) stated in a special on the 40th anniversary of the assassination (and two years prior to his own death at age 67) that “‘back and to the left’ in no way indicates where a bullet came from.” (see 1:22:48 into the program). Jennings insinuated only “some conspiracy theorists” would doubt his word on this But, of course, the direction Kennedy’s head snapped does indicate that the shot which split open the President’s skull came from in front of him to his right, the general direction of the grassy knoll. To claim otherwise is sheer nonsense. Kennedy’s head reacted in the classic “equal and opposite” fashion to an applied force. This is a simple fact on principle, and Jennings, like the much-revered, symbolic opposisionist, Chomsky, was a liar to assert otherwise. Jennings and his backers, like Chomsy and his backers, depend on an “appeal to (perceived) authority” to get you to buy into their bullshit; a blatant abuse of trust as well as a 100% implicit assertion that you are an idiot, which, if you believe them, I would agree with. My own assertion is that you should wake up to the realization that there is a systematic agenda intended to deceive you about matters of crucial importance.
Another barrier to common understanding of elite control is that it is little realized how it follows a “strategy of tension” or “Hegelian Dialectic” which posits a thesis and an antithesis. By controlling perceptions from both sides, disinformation can thrive, the people can be wedged apart, universally deluded and divided over issues of crucial importance, and the world essentially shattered, so as to be put back together in new configurations more suitable to the power structure. This was exactly what was done in the wake of both World Wars waged to date. As the US economy is reduced to a weakened, de-industrialized and, seemingly, completely untenable state, this kind of deadly chaos leading to new reconfigurations may be once more in the works for our near future.
Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception, about the media response to 9/11, has an issue with Chomsky and his ilk (who are legion in the subsidized US “Left” — those who purport to speak for the “left out”).
The keepers of such sites as Alternet, Daily KOS, and various others where liberals congregate to shout out their hallelujah choruses — sites which I became familiar with over the years because my own political sentiments are liberal — serve the “pressure valve” function for liberals written of by Prof. Quigley in 1966. They’re the go-to sites for reading muckraking ariticles, whereas the mainstream press pasteurizes and homogenizes its coverages of corporate malfeasances. The corporate media dare not risk the consequences of losing major sponsorships, let alone the fate which befell The San Jose Mercury News after it ran the late Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of stories detailing how the CIA flooded inner city neighborhoods with hard drugs. (Its computers, according to a report of the time, were destroyed in an anonymous nighttime raid in which acid was poured over their hard drives.) But, when it comes to discourse which could uncover for a broader audience the nitty-gritty of Kissinger-esque, Brzezinski-an levels of international intrigue and skullduggery, the world of the foundations (funding sources for these sites), the Council on Foreign Relations, the harmful effects of the Federal Reserve System, the existence and purpose of the Bilderberg group, never mind the evidence that the political assassinations of the 1960s and 9/11 were high-level political conspiracies, the alternative media are censorious. This is for the same reason the mainstream, overtly corporate (a.k.a., “liberal,” to some) media are censorious on the same topics. The sponsors are, essentially, the same. On the mainstream level, corporate sponsors controlled by members of a few hundred families who sit on interlocking boards of directors buy selective reporting via advertising revenue largesse. On the “alternative” level, corporate sponsors controlled by members of a few hundred families who sit on interlocking boards of directors buy selective reporting geared for appearing to be exposé-oriented, through grant revenue largesse. On the surface, it’s easy enough to fool liberals and conservatives alike by painting a different face and slapping a more “radical” version of content on various sites, all the while making the same structural changes to society that are stripping all working people of their assets and their capacity for self-determination, regardless of their choice of affiliation between two parties who also prosper or suffer in accordance with their willingness to serve the concentration of wealth and power which has so accelerated in the years since the success of the Reagan Revolution (with Nixon’s trade opening to China and initial domestic deregulations under Carter paving the way for our globalized, one-million-people-prospering, seven-plus-billion-people-beseiged, economy).
The professional “Left Gatekeeper,” obedient denialists serving elite mind-control goals stand in complete contradistinction to researchers such as these who matched radio audio recordings to the filmed events in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963 and produced this evidentiary video which contains one of the many strong indicators of conspiracy in the assassination of the beloved President whose policies might have changed our miserable course of history, if only they could have been effected.
Was George H. W. Bush standing by in Dallas on November 22, 1963? He and Richard Nixon, Pres. Eisenhower’s Veep and JFK’s opponent in the 1960 Presidential election, both famously claimed, contrary to the experience of everyone else in the nation that fateful and shocking day, not to remember where they were on the occasion. Others who worked close to them have stated their whereabouts that day, though. Others have claimed they were in Dallas, Texas.
Three days before leaving the White House and his office of US President, Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell adress to the nation on national television. One of the things he said then has been immortalized, and it was this:
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
In the wake of 9/11, that man’s son, George Walker Bush, appointed president in Dec., 2000, called for a blameless investigation into the most gigantic terrorist attack every perpetrated on Anglo-American society in the USA. In the “shock and awe” of its aftermath, Americans were stunned, quiescent, diverted from reason in favor of anger at parties who could not possibly have perpetrated the deed in the manner witnessed (because it defied the laws of physics, fundamentally, given the apparent cause of disaster), and, in a word, terrorized into accepting “the day that changed everything.” In many US States, a person can be imprisoned for life if caught stealing items like a pack of cigarettes or a can of soda the third time from a convenience store. But no one in the air defense systems of NEADS or the intelligence agencies was to be held culpable for two hours’ un-molested airline hijackings over what was normally the most heavily-defended air space, was to even be censured for evident criminal negligence in the loss of thousands of lives?
In fact, several obstructionists who foiled the prevention of the 9/11 plot from their official supervisory positions were promoted. Well, what was the Bush Regime about, if not rewarding “failure?”
And, would it not seem odd that an “objective,” “independent” news media would not report the finding of the former head of all military intelligence assessments that no airliner struck the Pentagon on 9/11/01?
As Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Treasury Secretary of the US during Ronald Reagan’s first term, writes today of the JFK assassination on OpEdNews, one of the last bastions of free speech left in the United States today (until SOPA, CISPA, TPP, or Verizon manage to kill the free internet):
I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.
To briefly review, the facts are conclusive that JFK was on terrible terms with the CIA and the Joint Chiefs. He had refused to support the CIA-organized Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs’ “Operation Northwoods,” a plan to commit real and faked acts of violence against Americans, blame Castro and use the false flag events to bring regime change to Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs case that the Soviet Union should be attacked while the US held the advantage and before the Soviets could develop delivery systems for nuclear weapons. He had indicated that after his re-election he was going to pull US troops out of Vietnam and that he was going to break the CIA into a thousand pieces. He had aroused suspicion by working behind the scenes with Khrushchev to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis, leading to claims that he was “soft on communism.” The CIA and Joint Chiefs’ belief that JFK was an unreliable ally in the war against communism spread into the Secret Service.
It has been established that the original autopsy of JFK’s fatal head wound was discarded and a faked one substituted in order to support the official story that Oswald shot JFK from behind. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Johnson knew that Oswald was the CIA’s patsy, but they also understood, as did members of the Warren Commission, that to let the true story out would cause Americans to lose confidence in their own government at the height of the Cold War.
Robert Kennedy knew what had happened. He was on his way to being elected president and to holding the plotters accountable for the murder of his brother when the CIA assassinated him. A distinguished journalist, who was standing behind Robert Kennedy at the time of his assassination, told me that the killing shots came from behind past his ear. He submitted his report to the FBI and was never contacted.
Each of the Kennedy brothers’ assassinations of the 1960 is worthy of study if you have any desire to understand the society you are living in as Americans, the society which, more than any other today, has shaped the state of the entire world. What is not so apparent is just who is shaping the society. Privacy is gone, but not for all of us. P.S. The CIA was involved in both of those assassinations.
Yet, those assassinations were only part of a long series of assassinations of progressive political leaders during the 1960s. Numerous others who struggled in various ways to achieve fundamental changes in the direction of justice under law, equity for work in society, and simple human dignity were also gunned down, two of the most famous being Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Both of their cases are also well worth studying, for they, too, contained many hallmarks of targeted, officially-sanctioned murder ordered up from the murkey depths of the Establishment, the combine of elite, networked dynastic forces with corporate faces who constantly deliver “a word from our sponsor” while censoring out factual counter-ads such as those exposing dangers and price-gouging from pharmaceuticals or environmental devastations unleashed by ruptured oil pipelines, items also most often frequently found not newsworthy by the corporate, what some laughably call “liberal,” news media.
Did you know that the King family won a lawsuit, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, in which the verdict was that his death was the result of a government conspiracy? The liberal media kept that one rather quiet… just as its commentators routinely, still, ridicule anyone who points out evidence that JFK was struck by a bullet from his facing direction and to the right.
Q: O man of the worldly mind, why do you deny your senses? – ghost of Jacob Marley, addressing Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
A: Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all. – Michael Rivero
I would add to Dr. Roberts’ brief litany of grievances the not-insignificant fact that President John F. Kennedy had created, by Executive Order 11110, the authority for the Treasury Secretary to circulate a form of money called Silver Certificates since 1963, backed by US reserves of silver. These bills were printed debt-free and interest free for the sake of government payment and citizen commerce alike, they were legal tender, a competing form of tender with the Federal Reserve Notes which were established, some contend illegally, by Congress in the closing hours of 1913. In the five years following JFK’s assassination, Silver Certificates went to their grave as a form of money. Today, we are at a point where practically half the tax dollars collected go directly to the member banks of the Federal Reserve banking system, as interest on the notes printed by the Federal Reserve. Had Kennedy’s system prevailed, that, too, would have changed US history. We could have half the tax rates we have, or twice the government services, no problem. Instead, the deregulated Money Power deliberately wrecked the US economy and plunged every man, woman, and child in the nation at the very least, $270,000 dollars into their debt, just for the sake of insuring them against the Collateralized Debt Obligation-engineered implosion of the US economy they created in a gigantic, national Ponzi scheme. The financialization of the USA proceeded apace with its de-industrialization, paid for by US tax dollars as corporations busted unions in what is now typically referred to as “the Homeland” and set up shop to take advantage of poor beggars abroad (often made poor or kept poor by US foreign policy).
Regarding 9/11, again, no one should ever have believed the official story that was cobbled together, even for one minute.
A smaller, lighter mass, particularly one which is itself clearly in the process of disintegrating, cannot pulverize a larger, heavier mass beneath it to fine powdered concrete and hurtling steel debris. The energy isn’t there. Even had the tops of the buildings remained intact, the observed effects could not possibly have damaged more than about fifteen floors of the north tower, or roughly thirty floors of the south tower, before the momentum of their fall would have been exhausted by absorption against the aforesaid larger, heavier mass below. The upright support girders were thicker toward the bottom, too, to support the buildings’ height.
As for the meme about steel needing fireproofing to resist building collapses due to office fires (this is all that was going on, and the fires were past their peak intensity and cooling as evidenced by the black smoke), that is inane. If it were true, your fireplace grate. made of iron, would melt in the course of an evening’s fire. Steel is an excellent conductor of heat and would have dissipated the temperatures of office fires out over a large area; the heat would not have remained concentrated in an open-air environment and, considering this was a kerosene-type open air fire, not a gigantic acetylene blowtorch, could only have burned at a fraction of the intensity needed to deform steel.
An out-of-control fire in the North Tower in 1975 absolutely gutted the 11th floor and burned down to the 9th and up to the 14th floors in a blaze a firefighter described as like fighting a blowtorch. Nothing so intense was observed by firefighters in the towers on 9/11/01 as evidenced by recorded radio traffic. Nor would the fires have melted the steel, any more than they did in 1975, with the weight of 99 floors above bearing down on them without collapsing.
I watched live television on 9/11/01 and soon found myself extremely disappointed at the sheer dumbness of my countrymen when they rushed to embrace groundless, official pseudo-scientific yarns of buildings “unzipping” and “pancaking.”
NIST couldn’t replicate the story of sagging steel in their single phsyical test; they had to resort to a computer model to explain even the inception of collapse (leaving completely unexplained its unnatural symmetry and rapidity;seriously, utter pulverization at a rate of 11 floors per second? try even just clapping your hands 110 times in 10 seconds), and a court declared the settings on their computer model used to cheat that result for these Commerce Department employees’ politically-falsified report as a “national security secret.” May God help us all for harboring the criminals and fools who have perpetrated this deed and lovingly embraced its bolstering, deadly public falsehoods!
WIth Project Paperclip, the CIA smuggled many Nazis into the USA in the wake of WWII. Soon, MK-Ultra was in full swing, along with vast amounts of international skullduggery. With globalization to come, the complete subjugation of the United States was in progress, as the Reagan Revolution putsched into place the shredding of the old social contract in favor of countless, horrendous corporate subjugations such as this one. Without victory on the battlefield (thanks largely to Hitler’s ill-considered choice to double-cross Stalin), through connections with their US business partners in high places, it appears more and more as if their kind ultimately won the war.