January 15, 2006

The Big Lie: Are We Living One?

The predictable response to this question that I might expect from you is, "One? We're living a whole slew of big lies."

That is true; however, I recently had one of those sinking-feeling moments that made me wonder if we're not living an even bigger lie than even the one that lead us into the Iraq war. I'm not talking about the "9/11 Truth" conspiracy, though *shrug* ya never know. I'm talking about rampant criminality being the norm rather than an accepted marginal reality.

True, the US Government has frequently worked with organized crime. When the Government needs information or a favor, and the criminals can provide it, the Government is often willing to "look the other way" in exchange for what it needs. This is routine. There's also the situation in which the Government itself becomes involved in criminal activity, such as transporting drugs to fund black operations. The implied rationale is that the national security benefits of the black operations out weigh the costs of US Government participation in the illegal drug trade. Then, there are even cases in which US officials, or even small units of government, engage in criminality simply for benefit. But it seems today that criminality of a nature that is deeper and more wide spread is going on... I'm not talking about Jack Abramoff, though you start to get an idea of what I'm talking about if you consider this a tip-of-the-arctic example.

Those familiar with organized crime know that "once you get in, you can never get out." The primary reason is that "you know too much" and the syndicate is so powerful, there's no place to hide... and if you can hide, they'll "get" your family. I have that "Invasion-of-the-body-snatchers" feeling, or "Rosemary's Baby" feeling, that things aren't what they seem to be. This hunch is more than a healthy, or unhealthy, dose of paranoia.

I'm getting the feeling that some people within US government are being forced to "choose sides," and that many are choosing the criminal side who they predict will come out winners. Many others are in denial, and simply staying quite. A few are speaking out. Unfortunately, because the few speaking out face "The Big Lie," their voices are going unheeded by the vast majority of the American public continue to slumber in denial.

According to Wikipedia, Hitler wrote in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf (James Murphy translation, page 134): "... in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation."

So, "what," you ask, "is this big lie."? We see is a pattern of actions, all predicated on "protecting the National Security," that is more akin to a group of people seeking to accumulate wealth, control and power in the face of an oncoming global debacle. They believe that law of the jungle is creeping up upon World. They have a mentality like that of the survivalists who create a horde of canned goods and dig fallout shelters. They have access to "intelligence," so they "know more" than many of us mere mortals. They mouth words of "freedom" and "democracy," some even believing that they are being true to those ideals, while their actions expose them as frauds at best and more likely as fascists. Ironically, many would honestly not view themselves as fascists, in part, because they have not taken the time to learn much about fascism. In this case, the lie is so big, they themselves are living a delusion, not realizing they are wrapped in the lie. Many also wrap themselves in the American flag.

This must all sound very nebulous to you, the reader. If you want a better feel for this hunch, read the following:

1. The Introduction to "The Great Unraveling," by Princeton economist Paul Krugman. See my blog piece on "A Revolutionary Power" for the gist.

2. "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," by John Perkins.
Interview Link

3. "Worse than Watergate: The Secret presidency of George W. Bush" by John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon. My hunch is that it's worse than "worse than watergate".

4. "An Inconvenient Patriot," David Rose, Vanity Fair, September, 2005. Tells the strange tale of how former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds came to know "too much," and describes similar tales about BFI intelligence-operations specialist John Cole, FBI counter terrorism specialist Mike German, Russ Tice who worked for both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. All of these people discovered "strange things" happening in their agencies, and when they tried to get to the bottom of it, they were set up and fired.

"She [Sibel Edmonds] is credible, and the reason I feel she's very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story." US Senator Charles Grassley (R) Iowa.
Sibel Edmonds Article Link

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