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"A whirlwind will sweep them away,
and their sacrifices will bring them shame."
Hosea 4:19


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“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do." - Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order




"From the weeding of a strawberry bed to the coercion of a child to the elimination of enemies in the name of national security, the cultivation and control of the world inherently requires violence.

Violence is a built-in feature of our worldview; it is implicit in our conception of ourselves as separate beings in a universe of discrete others competing for survival; moreover the objectification of other beings, species, people, and the earth itself enables and legitimizes violence toward them.

It is when we get lost in the manmade realm of abstractions - statistics, names of countries, figures in accounting ledgers - and believe them to be real that we end up perpetrating violence.

The increasing ubiquity of depictions of graphic violence and diabolical cruelty in the entertainment media have inured us to violent or tragic images even when they are not fictitious.

The endemic exposure to violence in our culture desensitizes us.

The suffering of others takes on an unreality, without which we could never continue to perpetrate it. Violence seems not to be violence when it is only a weed, only an animal, only a savage, only an enemy, only a thing." - adapted from Charles Eisenstein


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"Violence is a drug, indeed it is the most potent narcotic known to humankind. Those most addicted to violence are those who have access to weapons and a penchant for force." - Christopher Lynn Hedges


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"The tentacles of this high-intensity violence, now normalized, reach into every aspect of society - a spectacle that does not unsettle but thrives on more shocks, more bloodshed and more suffering." - Henry A. Giroux


Before humans were warriors they were hunters.

Before they were hunters they were gathers.



Anthropologists hypothesize ancient Cro-Magnon probably began eating flesh 2.5 million years ago.

Caleb E. Finch identified eight genes that evolved in human beings to manage saturated fat, cholesterol and other hazards of flesh eating. One of the genes is called apoE. A particular form, known as apoE3, evolved in Cro-Magnon some time after the divergence of Cro-Magnon from Neanderthal. ApoE3 is known to help protect Cro-Magnon against heart disease. The seven other genes help protect Cro-Magnon from infectious agents carried in meat and against overdose of iron and other metals that are relatively abundant in flesh compared with plants.

At some point in history Cro-Magnon began to eat the flesh of animals.

"Our results strongly suggest that wild chimpanzees exchange meat for sex on a long-term basis." - Cristina Gomes

Violence is common Cro-Magnon heritage due to the fact Cro-Magnon have genes to digest flesh.

In a civilized social culture the taking of flesh is understood to be a necessary evil which is only done for sustenance.

If a social culture believes itself to be a civil then, by reason of Natural Law, it would not glorify the unnecessary taking of life.

Is this true of American social culture?

In my youth, being overly empathetic, the violence of man against man overwhelmed me. I had naturally assumed that human life was inviolable. I was shocked into the reality that people with power, using the excuse of expediency, used human life and threw human life away as if it had no intrinsic value.

Purposeful destruction of human life was inconceivable until I understood that men justify their actions of murder, robbery, rape, war, genocide and waste because the ‘other' is only a thing. Categorizing conscious entities, in this case humans, as objects is the way in which animals are commonly thought to perceive reality.

"War is only possible by reducing the 'other' to bumper sticker slogans that rob them of their humanity. War becomes impossible once you understand that the 'other' has humanity and feels sorrow, joy and fear." - Jeff Warner



Domination by human predators occurs in response to the false need to "pacify" those branded as evil doers.

Self-congratulation is an addiction of American aristocracy which pats itself on the back in narcissistic satisfaction over it's lean mean manner of doing business - the marketing of the image of the ' pefect American hero' battling evil doers to protect the 'American Way of Life'. It is "business as usual."

In American fantasies the perfect American hero always succeeds in conquering the 'evil opposition'.

This Wetiko revolution hero, based on the strength of the berserker tribal warrior far removed from what most consider a civilized manner of living, is branded onto the minds of Americans in an attempt to militarize them. (War movies, heinous crimes on the nightly news, Afghans who legalize rape, Iraq tyrants that gas Kurds with American provided weapons of mass destruction, ad infinitum.)

The propaganda machine conditions the American people to recognize the other as deviant - as an evil doer - as a menace to the status quo. This ideology may have been necessary for primitive tribes in the past to ensure the survival of the tribe but is antithetical to a civilized culture - especially a world wide civilized culture.


The attitude of ideological superiority proscribes a social law in which it is acceptable for individual members of the social group to commit violent acts in the name of and for the benefit of the social group. (mercenaries, soldiers, terrorists, insurgents)

Glorification of violence, especially frequently used institutionalized violence , is not what citizens of a 'free', 'just' and 'compassionate' society would expect to be common traits of the culture's institutional establishments.

The myth that institutionalized violence will 'shock and awe' the evil doer into submission, when expedient, is causing the American psyche to become ever more predatory.

"Our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the Earth of evil." George W. Bush, from The National Security Strategy of the United States of America 2002

George W. Bush sees the branding of fraternity pledges with a red hot coat hanger as 'character building' - a desirable 'cute' ritual.
"My belief that George Bush and his administration are evil is not based on any single incident, but rather on a pervasive pattern. This is a man who blew up frogs when he was younger. As Governor of Texas he mocked a woman (Carla Faye Tucker) who pleaded for her life with him, mimicking her desperate pleas in discussions with other people." - Bruce McDonald

Weapons of mass destruction under the hall table? (Four teenage fraternity pledges are paddled so hard in a hazing at Cal State LA that they had to hospitalized due to internal injuries including kidney failure.)

Violent acts are perpetually pummeled into the American people's conscious and subconscious through television, movies and now in the 'cage'.

With the recent new addition to American entertainment of the bloody sport of ‘ultimate fighting', 'extreme fighting' or 'cage fighting', propagandized as mixed martial arts, the spectacle of savagery continues to gain adherents.

We can thank the Robert Meyrowitz* for bringing extreme fighting to America with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. Robert Meyrowitz first sold extreme fighting to pay-per-view providers through his company Semaphore Entertainment Group. Robert Meyrowitz also brought Ozzy Osbourne into America's living room.

"American kids want to relate to something. American kids want something edgy. American kids are looking for identity, something that makes them feel tough." - Jeff Clark, president North County Fight Club 01/07

Violence on broadcast television is approaching "epidemic proportions," surging 75% over the last six years. The 2005-06 season was the most violent since tracking began in 1998.

"The debate is over! For the last three decades, the one predominant finding in research on the mass media is that exposure to media portrayals of violence increases aggressive behavior in children." - American Psychiatric Association

"Media violence may cause aggressive and antisocial behavior, desensitize viewers to future violence and increase perceptions that they are living in a mean and dangerous world. Children younger than 8 cannot uniformly discriminate between reallife and fantasy/entertainment. They quickly learn that violence is an acceptable solution to resolving even complex problems, particularly if the aggressor is the hero." - American Academy of Pediatrics

"Violence is like the nicotine in cigarettes. The reason why the media has to pump ever more violence into us is because we've built up a tolerance. In order to get the same high, we need ever-higher levels. The television industry has gained its market share through an addictive and toxic ingredient." - Lt. Col. David Grossman

"The cumulative impact of violence-laden imagery can lead to a "mean-world" perspective, in which viewers have an unrealistically dark view of life." - The Christian Science Monitor, November 18, 1996

"People are concerned about this race to the bottom. They wonder if there even is a bottom.
I do, too." - Federal Communications Commission, Michael J. Copps 01/07

Americans generally do not regard themselves as arrogant, abusive, violent, mean, petty and ignoble. As a matter of empirical, verifiable fact, however, the best social scientific evidence suggests otherwise.

Stanford psychology professor Philip G. Zimbardo initiated an experiment in which participating Stanford students were designated either as prisoners or guards, with guards told to maintain order. After only a few days, the project had to be terminated prematurely because the guards were, with no apparent motivation other than fulfilling their roles, becoming uncomfortably abusive toward the prisoners.

Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram told subjects to give electric shocks to a victim in a learning experiment. As the victim - an actor in another room who was not actually being shocked - gave incorrect answers, the participants were asked to turn the voltage up, even to where the dial read "danger," a point at which the victim could be heard screaming. Although often reluctant, two-thirds of the subjects continued to follow orders to administer shocks.

"The jail environment is so corrosive that it is liable to turn any young guard, inexperienced man or woman, into a cynical authoritarian ready to harass, intimidate, bully and physically punish any person who does not immediately follow orders. Dehumanized inmates and dehumanized jailers are a threat to everyone when they walk the streets." - Steve Schlein

"You ever hear of emotional release? I'm talking about people having a good time."
Rush Limbaugh commenting on the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal

The Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal sheds light on the common reality of American incarceration. Abu Ghraib mirrors the American prison system - underfunded, inadequately supervised, lacking civilian oversight, unaccountable and tolerant of inmate abuse.

"The commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. A government policy was promulgated to the field whereby the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice were disregarded. There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes." - Retired Army Major General Antonio Taguba, commissioned by the Pentagon to investigate the abuses at Abu Ghraib

"I'm not willing to purchase my "security" at the cost of condoning the abduction and torture of innocent people." - Deborah Millias

From 1996 to 2001, the Parents Television Council estimates, there were 102 torture scenes on TV. From 2002 to 2005, there were 624, and the torturers were increasingly heroes rather than villains. The hit Fox action drama "24" featured 67 torture scenes in it's first 5 seasons and most of those depicted torture being used by "heroic" American counter-terrorist agents.

"Intentionally or not - and for better and for worse - fiction can play a real role in the construction of political reality. Amid the global war on terror, those in Hollywood and those in Washington would do well to take heed of this fact about fiction." - Kelly M. Greenhill

Using a television propaganda to get Americans to approve of torture is wrong!!!

On May 15, 2007 Republican presidential debate canidates for president were presented with a hypothetical terrorism scenario:

"I am looking for Jack Bauer at this point." - Tom Tancredo

Rudolph W. Giuliani said interrogators should use "any method they can think of" on suspects to find out about an impending attack. His statement was met with thunderous applause.

In a recent survey of college students nearly 44% of them supported the use of torture, and 62% backed the employment of "soft" torture methods, including "water-boarding."

A Christian Science Monitor survey done shortly after the 911 attacks put the level of support for torture at 32%.

"Rahm Emanuel* has indicated to me that the President is committed to not ever letting these photos (of torture) see the light of day." - Senator Lindsey Graham, June 17, 2009


"Let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands." - Jonah 3:8


In America state and federal legislatures, with the complicity of federal courts,
have continually trimmed avenues of legal redress for inmates subject to abuse.

The American public has been fed a myth that prisoners were coddled, and accepted on faith that inmates were treated fairly. The public myth has only been interrupted when graphic images materialized or by guards unable to cope with the violence who spoke out.

In 2004 images of California Youth Authority wards were locked up in cages for as much as 23 hours a day were broadcast.

"A staff member allows four wards into a locked cell to beat a youth she mistakenly assumed stole her cellphone (which she found later under her car), then left the youth without medical care and suborned false statements to cover the misconduct, and all that happens is that she is fired? Where are the criminal charges which should include conspiracy, aggravated assault, child abuse and perjury?" - Jay Bradshaw

A study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics out in January 2010 surveyed more than 9,000 young people in custody and found that 12 percent reported being sexually abused one or more times, mainly by staff members. The study found several juvenile facilities with rates of victimization as high as 30 percent in Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. ( How many refused to talk out of fear of reprisal?)

"How do you rehabilitate a young kid in trouble? Not with beatings! Not with sexual assault! Not with solitary confinement for months at a time! That category of treatment just perpetuates the cycle of abuse. Nine out of 10 kids get in trouble again after their release from the California Youth Authority. The only thing that's going to change the lives of young offenders is closing California Youth Authority prisons down and replacing them with real rehabilitation. California Youth Authority prisons are a dismal failure and it is time to shut them down."- Deborah Carlos, leader of Books Not Bars

Human Rights Watch reported how extensively rape is tolerated in American prisons. A sentence of three years may become a death sentence due to AIDS, tolerance of rape and lack of supervision.

In the Eddie Dillard case a paper trail was revealed in regard to one prolific cell rapist responsible for more than 30 reported incidents of attempted or completed sexual assaults at six different California prisons. Unruly prisoners were assigned to a cell with this sexual predator as guard mandated punishment for unruliness with guards full knowledge they would be raped.

In the summer of 2002 Ramon Gavira, 43, arrested for drunk driving, beat himself nearly to death before hanging himself according to Los Angeles sheriff's deputies. According to deputies Ramon Gavira broke six of his own ribs, his collarbone, and beat himself causing bruises on the torso, arms, legs, feet and internal bleeding. Ramon Gavira also had a broken hyoid, broken thyroid cartilage, and bleeding in his eyes meaning that he manually strangled himself before hanging himself. If there is one thing that Los Angeles sheriff's deputies, particularly Anel Manriquez, will not tolerate it is a grown man crying and saying he just wants to go home! In May 2007 the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $750,000 to Ramon Gavira's family because he strangled himself.

"I was appalled to read about the torture and death of Ramon Gavira in Los Angeles County Jail. As outrage mounts around the Earth over torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and secret Central Intelligence Agency prisons, now we know that right here we have deadly, homegrown torture." - Stephen F. Rohde

"Prisons are built to house people that are a threat to society, not to be houses of torture." - Ann Logan

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In November of 2005 Chadwick Shane Cochran, a mentally ill individual, was beaten to death when Los Angeles County Deputies knowingly placed him with Level 9 threats held on charges of murder, kidnaping and carjacking.

Chadwick Shane Cochran expected to be beat. Michael Cochran, his father and a Baptist minister, said his son Shane was unruly and chaffed under his authority so he punished him, "I paddled his butt, yes I did, and it was black and blue."

"I wonder how many of those enrapitured devotees of James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, realize that he was directly responsible for the inhumane beatings they received as children. In his 1970s books, "Dare to Discipline" and "The Strong-Willed Child," James C. Dobson argues that it is a biblical obligation to "break the will" of children by beating them into submission. We now see the results of his "psychological" ministry: hoards of human sheep with broken wills, who cannot think, who follow leaders unquestioningly and who pass the trauma to their own children and our nation. One need only read Philip Greven's book, "Spare the Child," or Justin A. Frank's "Bush on the Couch" to see how the religious roots of physical punishment, advocated by the likes of James C. Dobson have shaped our leaders and threaten to destroy our country." - Alitta Kullman

The mentally ill Chadwick Shane Cochran offended two violent Latino gang members who promptly beat him to death. Imagine the 'astonishment' of the deputies when they returned and found that Chadwick Shane Cochran, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm (a firearm that had been given to him by his landlady), had been beaten to death!

Chadwick Shane Cochran was handed a death sentence by the deputies involved!



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"It's never easy looking forward through the rain
Traveling backwards with my friend called pain.
Torn and tattered from this road called life
Scarred by memories that cut like a knife."
- Chadwick Shane Cochran


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Daniel Lindini, Ralph Contreras and Roxanne Fowler punched, kicked and struck California state prisoner James Monroe, shackled with leg irons, to death. James Monroe had refused to comply with deputies so Daniel Lindini, Ralph Contreras and Roxanne Fowler helped him comply.

James Monroe died of blunt force trauma. A coroner's autopsy ruled James Monroe's death a homicide.

Kim Valasquez was awaiting arraignment on charges of burglary in a Monterey County jail when he was viciously attacked in May of 2006. Kim Valasquez had to be airlifted to San Jose Medical Center in critical condition. Bail of $60 thousand was waived and Kim Valasquez was released on his own recognizance so that Monterey County would not be responsible for his medical expenses. Medical expenses that were directly related to his incarceration.

John Derek Chamberlain possessed child pornography. For this reprehensible act John Derek Chamberlain was given the death sentence by his Orange County Deputy Sheriff jailers. Inmates stripped and beat John Derek Chamberlain displacing 43 ribs. Inmates repeatedly sodomized John Derek Chamberlain between beatings, urinating and spitting on him. The guard in charge watched "Cops" on television and played video games while John Derek Chamberlain was being tortured and murdered.

"Inmates do run the jail system." - Phillip Le, Orange County Deputy Sheriff

"As long as inmates are warehoused like canned goods, without any positive outlets, hopelessness and despair will continue to feed the vicious cycle of violence and mistrust that threatens the safety of correctional staff and inmates alike." - Sandra Herwerth

Chris Penley, 15 years old, held a pellet gun to his neck saying he was either going to kill someone or die. So Mike Weippert, a lieutenant sheriff's deputy, obliged by shooting Chris Penley dead.

Martin Anderson, 14, was just trying to have some fun so he went joyriding in his grandmother's car. In the spring of 2006 the state of Florida sent Martin Anderson to "boot camp" were he suffocated at the hands of "instructors". State mandated "behavioral modification" caused the death of Martin Anderson, sentenced to death for joyriding in his grandma's car.

"My program for educating youth is hard. Weakness must be hammered away." - Adolf Hitler

American laws reward violent law enforcers! Jeremy Morse, a Inglewood police officer, was awarded $1.6 million after he was reprimanded for lifting Donovan Jackson, a teenager, off the ground, slamming him onto a car hood and punching him in the face.

"Of the 215 people exonerated by DNA evidence more than one-third were between the ages of 14 and 22 when they were arrested." - the Innocence project

"In the 1990s we witnessed the emergence of a small number of rogue states that, while different in important ways, share a number of attributes. These states: brutalize their own people and squander their national resources for the personal gain of the rulers."
- The National Security Strategy of the United States of America 2002



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"Treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing
tests of civilization of any country." - Winston Churchill

"Organized violence on top creates individual violence at the bottom. Accumulated indignation against organized wrong, organized crime, organized injustice, drives the political offender to act." - Emma Goldman


American exceptionalism

Americans have been fed a ponerologic vision of reality.

Americans ponerologic vision of reality is rooted in the idea of American exceptionalism, of our unique mission to inspire and transform the Earth.


This fantasy has been forwarded by:

Abraham Lincoln, who spoke of the America as the "last best hope of Earth";

John F. Kennedy urged us to "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship";

Ronald Reagan cast America as a "shining city on a hill, " illuminating the Earth.

The fighting in Fallouja is a good example of that ponerologic vision of reality. Four American mercenaries were killed and their bodies mutilated. In retaliation the American military pounded Fallouja, Iraq with warplanes, gun ships firing 'depleted' uranium amunition and white phosphorous. Hundreds of Iraqis died, many of them civilian. Americans shrug those casualties off as the justifiable execution of terrorists and terrorist supporters just as Americans did of the Vietnamese, supposed Viet Gong sympathizers like Kim Phuc, 12, who was hit with napalm, that died in the jungles of Vietnam.

Ryan Weemer, Jermaine Nelson and Jose Nazario captured four prisoners during the American invasion of Fallouja. They radioed to ask commanders what to do with the prisoners. They were repeatedly asked if the prisoners were dead yet. So they did as commanded and executed the Iraqi prisoners. It is yet to be seen how many years they will have to spend in prison for following orders!

George W. Bush signed an executive order on September 17, 2001, on the advice of Alberto Gonzales, that authorized the use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques' in Orwellian terms or torture in common language.

{On March 2, 2009 it was revealed that at least 92 "enhanced interrogations" had been videotaped. No one will ever know what was on those videotapes unless a patriot whistleblower steps forward as at least 92 videotapes were destroyed by a traitor.}

One of the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques' is the ‘Palestine hanging' were the victim is hung from the wall or ceiling by his wrists which are hand cuffed behind his back. This results are nearly the same as crucifixion, Jesus' fate.

Anotherenhanced interrogation technique' is ‘water boarding', first used in the Spanish Inquistion, were the victim is repeatedly dunked under water and his/her lungs are filled to the point of drowning.

"Through acquaintance with cruelty, finally accommodating themselves to it or even administering it, the citizenry, the media and the politicians have become insensible to horror. Years of conditioning to abuse and war have had a numbing effect. So George W. Bush's advocacy of an "alternate set of procedures" for detainees gets a pass. The Democrats' official response, a pass. The McCain compromise, a pass masquerading as courageous dissent. Public reaction to legislating indefinite detention, the admissibility of hearsay, prosecutions based on torture, a pass. As at Abu Ghraib, up is down, day is night." - JoAnn Wypijewski

Captain Ian Fishback, of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, witnessed detainees in Fallouja being tortured. A sergeant, in the same command, reported to Human Rights Watch that "we would give them blows to the head, chest, legs and stomach, pull them down and kick dirt on them." Another sergeant witnessed a soldier tell a prisoner "to grab a pole and to bend over" and then he "broke the guy's leg with a mini Louisville Slugger (a metal baseball bat)." As well all three witnessed kicks to prisoner's faces, chests and abdomens as well as chemical compounds poured onto eyes and skin.

Captain Ian Fishback stated that torture was being meted out at the behest of military intelligence to soften prisoners up for interrogation while Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling the Congressional Armed Services Committee that the military was obeying the rules of the Geneva Convention.

"I was immediately concerned that the army was taking part in a lie to the Congress, which would have been a clear violation of the Constitution. "Enhanced" interrogation technique that violated the Geneva Convention found their way into army systems. The problem was systemic, and it was widespread." - Captain Ian Fishback

Alberto Gonzales, as attorney general, publicly promoted the use of torture.


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Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's, born in the America, confessed of making plans to assassinate the president, hijack aircraft and providing material support of al-Qa`ida(a splinter group of the syndicate of the soulless) when tortured by Saudi interrogators. A doctor and a psychiatrist both testified that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's account was consistent with having been tortured.

"It serves as a clear warning to all that terrorists can and will be brought to justice." - United States Attorney Paul J. McNulty

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was alleged to be a high-ranking al-Qa`ida official who was captured in late 2001 in Pakistan.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was holding out so George Tenet director of the Central Intelligence Agency took over Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi interrogation.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi disappeared. Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was 'water-boarded' then forced to remain standing overnight in a cold cell, where he was repeatedly soaked with icy water. Then interrogators threatened to kill his family.

Under torture, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, 29 , finally broke. Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi claimed to be a "senior terrorist operative" who was offered chemical/biological weapons training for al-Qa`ida associates in Iraq. Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was desperate to stop the water-boarding torture so he imagined "information." A Defense Intelligence Agency memo warned that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi 's information was "misleading as he may be describing scenarios that he knows will retain interrogators interests."

In March 2008, a Pentagon sponsored study labeled Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents, based on the review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents captured after the 2003 United States invasion found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qa`ida.

"It is impossible to reconcile how George W. Bush can even remotely claim to be Christian and, with the same mouth, suggest that waterboarding is legal. Talk about the ultimate double-speak. Never mind the reality that international treaties, ones America is a signatory to, state that such techniques constitute torture and consequently make it illegal. What's truly astounding are the number of so-called Christians who line up behind this mockery, in their lame attempts to justify behavior that is not on1y illegal but clearly immoral. Spare us the "ticking bomb" justification. This is brutality, plain and simple." - Elizabeth Broyles

"Waterboarding as been referred to as "simulated drowning." Since the technique involves filling a person's lungs with water, it is plainly no simulation but is in fact drowning. This particular form of torture sometimes results in death, and the cause of death is drowning, not simulated drowning. Victims do not simulate death. They die, pure and simple." - James Caufield

"Consistent with previous historical prosecution of torture as a war crime, any member of the George W. Bush administration who has either participated in or facilitated waterboarding should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." - Stephen Burns

The use of waterboarding, which simulates drowning, was first publicly acknowledged by then-CIA director Michael Hayden during a Senate intelligence hearing on Feb. 5, 2008. Michael Hayden said waterboarding was used in 2002 and 2003.

"It was used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It was used on Abu Zubaydah. And it was used on (Abd al-Rahim al-) Nashiri." - Michael Hayden

In April, the Justice Department released 2005 legal memos that detailed the use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003. Waterboarding was used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and on Zubaydah at least 83 times. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed claims he gave false information to the CIA even after undergoing punishing bouts of enhanced interrogations.

"I make up stories." - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "admitted" to US Navy Commander Alphonso Doss' team at Guantanamo that he was one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Alphonso Doss was found murdered by an employee of the Astoria Hotel at 150 Park Avenue, Orange Park who found the body about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 12, 2014. Media reports of his murder which appeared two weeks later at the end of February 2014 suggested Alphonso Doss had substance abuse problems.

"To call this a program of torture is to libel the dedicated professionals who have saved American lives. It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness." - Dick Cheney

"I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques. I signed off on it; others did, as well." - Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney personally authorized the torture of 33 suspected terrorist detainees and approved the waterboarding of three.

On March 8, 2008, President Bush vetoed congressional legislation that called for a specific ban on waterboarding and other abusive "enhanced" interrogation technique, including stripping prisoners naked, subjecting them to extreme cold and staging mock executions.

"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed." - George W. Bush

"I am amazed by how George W. Bush continues to suggest that waterboarding is not torture. You just need to look at the fact that the American organized the tribunals that convicted Japanese soldiers for waterboarding Allied military personnel and civilians during World War II. How could it be torture then but not now?" - Mary Shaw

Japanese soldiers were prosecuted for the war crime of waterboarding American soldiers during World War II.

"You can get anyone to confess to anything if the torture is bad enough."
Bob Baer, CIA officer


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Stop and seize


"The next time the American government boasts about "confessions" made by detainees held at Guantanamo Bay for several years, remember the "confessions" made by British sailors after only a few days of custody in Iran." - Stephen Rohde

"Arguing for permission to use 'enhanced' interrogation technique, otherwise known as torture, Central Intelligence Agency Chief Michael V. Hayden warns congress, "If you create a box, we will play inside the box without exception," which in his view would "increase the danger to America." The box he rails against is the rule of law as set down by international treaty and Congress. Allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to act outside that box poses a greater and more concrete danger to our founding principles than the hypothetical threats he and the administration hope to thwart. Finally, why aren't the people who commit these crimes prosecuted?" - John De Simio 02/08

Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, claimed Dick Cheney's office, Donald H. Rumsfeld aides and others argued "the president of the United States is all powerful and as commander in chief the president of the United States can do anything he damn well pleases."

A Security and Finance State that Dominates the American People

"We have long since made clear that a state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of American citizens." - Sandra Day O'Connor, Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld



denounce pacificism

"Let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his method must inexorably choose falsehood as his principle." - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

above the law

A overlooked presidential power has come to light. All a president has to do to commit a crime is assign the criminal act to an underling and if the underling gets caught, as I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's did, then the president can simply pardon him.

"George W. Bush's commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence is particularly insidious because I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's crime was committed on behalf of the administration. What's to stop George W. Bush, or any future president, from assigning staff to commit crimes with the understanding that the staffer will get off?" - Ryan Snyder

"Scott McClellan admits that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Andrew H. Card Jr. as well as Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's all lied about their involvement in the outing of a covert Central Intelligence Agency agent, Valerie Plame. Former president George H.W. Bush, who signed into law severe sanctions for the outing of agents, called this kind of disclosure "high treason." - Eric Burns

"What they did was wrong and harmful to national security ... it is clear to me that Scooter Libby was guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice." - Scott McClellan

"McClellan is a hero. Why is the media so so blind and shortsighted? Please connect the dots." - Raquel Brac

"That certain political actors would expect McClellan to value tribal affiliation over honesty is reprehensible. When we come to value loyalty over truth we have truly lost our way." - Matthew Bilinsky

"The brilliant minds in the George W. Bush administration have created a private Gestapo of rogue agents, mercenaries and hit men whose allegiance is not to Americans but to the United States dollar. This is far worse than just another failed Republican experiment in privatization; it is a treasonous abrogation and dereliction of duty." - Steve Welle
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blackwater

mercenaries

Colonel Ted Westhunsing, a military ethicist, complained that a private security company, the civilian contractor (politically correct name for mercenary) USIS, in Iraq was committing murder. The official story is that Colonel Ted Westhunsing could not handle the fact that USIS was making a profit off the war so he committed suicide in June 2005.

Strange how Colonel Ted Westhunsing, the highest ranking officer to die in Iraq, died at the USIS camp with a single bullet to his head without ever mentioning to family or friends that the corruption in Iraq he had found sullied the militaries honor so much that he was forced to kill himself. Strange how fear took over Colonel Ted Westhunsing's life once he had made allegations of corruption.

In 2006 there were about 100,000 private 'contractors' in Iraq, of which 48,000 worked as mercenaries. Mercenaries, an undeclared expansion of the scope of the Iraqi occupation, operate with almost no oversight or effective legal constraints and make up to $1,000 a day. Mercenary deaths go uncounted in official death roles.

Erik Prince inherited control of Edgar D. Prince's, his father, automotive parts supply business to manufactures, Prince Corporation, in 1995. Edgar Prince was an engineer-developer-industrialist, who became very wealthy in an industry not known for its high degree of profitability. Edgar's father was Peter Prince, owner of a produce company, which supplied stores in the western Michigan area, including Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Dutch Reformed immigrant family arrived in the middle of the 19th century in Holland, Michigan.
Around the time of Edgar's death, the Prince family sold part of the automotive business for $1.35 billion.
Erik's sister, Betsy, is married to Amway billionaire Dick DeVos. Erik Prince's subscribes to the religious philosophy is Dominionism.

"Blackwater, one of the suppliers of mercenaries, began in 1996 with a private military training camp "to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing." Blackwater contacts run from deep inside the military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House. Blackwater has secured a status as the elite Praetorian Guard for the global war on terror, with the largest private military base on Earth , a fleet of aircraft including helicopter gunships surveillance blimps and private airstrips and 20,000 soldiers at the ready.

Blackwater's seven-thousand-acre facility in Moyock, N.C., has now become the most sophisticated private military center on the planet, while the company possesses one of the world's larget privately held stockpiles of heavy-duty weaponry. It is a major training center for federal and local security and military forces in the United States, as well as foreign forces and private individuals. Company officials say they have been training about 35,000 "law enforcement" and military personnel a year.

A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 2009 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life." - Jeremy Scahill

{Blackwater became Blackwater Worldwide which became "Xe Services LLC" (pronounced "Zee"). }

"Privatizing security has lined the pockets of war profiteers and further undermined our power as American citizens, to hold our government accountable. Democratic states, not profit seeking corporations, should control the use of force." - Ben Cohen

"How many private contractors did we have in World War II, the Korean War or in Vietnam? This war in Iraq was never intended to be fully manned by our armed forces; rather it was to be a cash cow for private business. There are more than 160,000 contractors in Iraq, many making in excess of $100,000 a year."- Leonard A. Zivitz


guantanamo


Guantanamo

"I am writing from the darkness of the United States detention camp at Guantanamo in the hope that I can make our voices heard. In January 2002, I was picked up in Pakistan, blindfolded, shackled, drugged and loaded onto a plane flown to Cuba. When we got off the plane in Guantanamo, we did not know where we were. They took us to Camp X-Ray and locked us in cages with two buckets - one empty and one filled with water. We were to urinate in one and wash in the other.

At Guantanamo, soldiers have assaulted me, placed me in solitary confinement, threatened to kill me, threatened to kill my daughter and told me I will stay in Cuba for the rest of my life. They have deprived me of sleep, forced me to listen to extremely loud music and shined intense lights in my face; placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the ability to go to the bathroom or wash for prayers; wrapped me in the Israeli flag and told me there is a holy war between the Cross and the star of David on one hand and the Crescent on the other; and beaten me unconscious.

Once, in Camp Delta, a soldier apologized to me and offered me hot chocolate and cookies. What I write here is not what my imagination fancies or my insanity dictates. These are verifiable facts witnessed by other detainees, representatives of the Red Cross, interrogators and translators." - Jumah al-Dossari

During the course of the war on terror at least 775 prisoners have been incarcerated at Guantanamo. 470 of those have been released as of November 2007. At this time only David Hicks, an Australian, had plead guilty to providing material support to the terrorists which he did in exchange for being released to Australian authorities. No other prisoners have been successfully tried.





who is next

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

“The truth is unspeakable”: A real American sniper unloads on “American Sniper”



assassination

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

JFK: A Conspiracy Theory

Officer Roger Craig JFK Assassination interview

Did the CIA track Oswald before JFK was killed?

JFK’s War With the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy was Assassinated

Q&A ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY


Martin Luther King

The Conspiracy to Kill Martin Luther King: Not a Theory But a Fact


Paul Wellstone

Was Wellstone Assassinated?

Was Paul Wellstone Murdered?

The Senator Wellstone Assassination

Murder by Plane: Senator Wellstone

Senator Paul Wellstone's plane crash


Michael Hastings

Video: Journalist Murdered?

What Happened to Michael Hastings?


Anwar Al-Awlaki

Feds cagey on early Anwar Al-Awlaki ties


Alphonso Doss


assassinations by law enforcement

Milton Hall

Cops Kill Homeless Man By Firing Squad … Over Stolen Coffee

Feds: No charges in Michigan police shooting of homeless man


Frank Serpico: The Police Are Still Out of Control

Here's One Theory About Why Cops In America Kill So Many People

Miami police kill 2 unarmed suspects by shooting disabled car 377 times

Shocking Video Shows Cops Gunning Down Homeless Man With His Hands Up

Hundreds of homicides committed by police reportedly not included in national crime statistics

Cleveland police officer shot Tamir Rice immediately after leaving moving patrol car



game of drones

Global Drones Watch


Domestic drones

Domestic drones and their unique dangers

The coming drone attack on America

Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones

Domestic drones and their unique dangers

Ex-drone operator: 'I lost that respect for life'

Confessions of a drone veteran:
Why using them is more dangerous than the government is telling you

The Border Patrol Wants to Arm Drones

Homeland Security has considered weaponizing domestic drones to 'immobilize' people

Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?
Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.



renditions

Render to Caesar, Extraordinarily

"I helped run the CIA's rendition program. Simply and callously put, covert forces cannot kill the number of enemies that require killing. Although the covert services can successfully eliminate the enemy leaders, its foot soldiers and civilian supporters are not being wiped out." - Michael F. Scheuer

Six days after the 911 attacks George W. Bush authorized an unprecedented range of covert action, including renditions, assassinations, disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks against those identified as al-Qa`ida.

The Central Intelligence Agency's Counter Terrorist Center, relies on its Rendition Group to kidnap people: dressed head to toe in black, including masks, they blindfold and cut the clothes off captives, administer an enema and sleeping drugs; they transport their victims to a detention facility operated by cooperative "allies", including Afghanistan, or one of the Central Intelligence Agency's own covert prisons, a "black site."

After the 911 attacks, the staff of the Counter Terrorist Center, directed by J. Cofer Black, went from 300 to 1,200 nearly overnight. J. Cofer Black embraced a "Hollywood model" of operations which played well with George W. Bush, where the president was keeping a scorecard of captured or killed terrorists.

Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian citizen kidnapped in Pakistan in October 2001 was sent to Egypt for interrogation where he was burned by cigarettes, given electric shocks and beaten.

Mohamedou Oulad Slahi, a Mauritanian and former Canada resident, turned himself in to the Mauritanian police 18 days after the 911 attacks because Mohamedou Oulad Slahi heard the Americans were looking for him. Mohamedou Oulad Slahi was spirited to Jordan, where he spent eight months undergoing interrogation.

Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by Indonesia authorities in January 2002, was flown to Egypt for interrogation. Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni was then tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.

Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, stated, "I saw seven or eight men with black clothing and wearing masks. They beat me from all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet. With knives or scissors they took away my clothes. In silence. The beating was just to humiliate me, to hurt me, to make me afraid, to make me silent. They stripped me naked. I was terrified. They tried to take off my pants. I tried to stop them so they beat me again. I was humiliated. And when I was naked I heard a camera."

The first night Khaled el-Masri was kicked and beaten and warned by an interrogator: "You are here in a country where no one knows about you, in a country where there is no law. If you die, we will bury you, and no one will know."

Khaled el-Masri's passport analysis by Office of Technical Services concluded the passport was genuine.

The Central Intelligence Agency had imprisoned the wrong man. A reverse rendition was suggested. Return Khaled el-Masri to Macedonia and release him. There would be no trace. No airplane tickets. Nothing. No one would believe him.

On the day of his release, the prison's director, who Khaled el-Masri believed was an American, told him that he had been held because he "had a suspicious name."

A Macedonia bus driver has confirmed that Khaled el-Masri was taken away by border guards on the date he gave investigators. A forensic analysis of Khaled el-Masri's hair showed he was malnourished during the period he says he was in the prison. Flight logs show a plane registered to a Central Intelligence Agency front company flew out of Macedonia on the day Khaled el-Masri says he was flown to Afghanistan. A Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., provided flight planning and logistical support with the full knowledge it was profiting from what one senior company official openly described as "torture flights."

Khaled el-Masri's lawsuit against the federal government was first thrown out of court in May 2006 and finally by the Supreme Court in October 2007. The first judge and the Supreme Court justices honored the request of the George W. Bush administration to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that trying the case would reveal secret classified information about American actions in the ‘war on terror' and thus provide material support to the terrorists.

"The more I heard about the imprisonment of Khaled el-Masri, abducted, tortured and imprisoned for over five months by the Central Intelligence Agency, the more sick to my stomach I became. What ever happened to justice, honor and decency? If you wonder why people hate us, this is it. The George W. Bush administration is refusing to allow justice to take place by hiding behind "state secrets." It makes me embarrassed to call myself an American." - Cpl. Robert A. Pratt, Marine Corp

"It is incredible that Khaled el-Masri was kidnaped by United States government agents, abused and transported to Afghanistan for torture in a secret prison, then dumped on an Albanian hillside five months later when agents realized he was not the right person. This sounds more like the behavior of Nazi Germany or Augusto Pinochet's Chile. The United States has become a rogue nation, one that believes it alone has the right to disregard legal norms and the rights of other nations. The state secrets defense, born solely out of the military's desire to cover up its lies and ineptitude in the United States vs. Reynolds case, has been allowed by courts to become an easy way for the government to avoid accountability." - Alex Murray

"El-Masri's ordeal received front-page media coverage throughout the world and has been the subject of criminal and intergovernmental investigations in Europe. His allegations are supported by eyewitness testimony and physical evidence. Nonetheless, when we brought suit against former CIA Director George Tenet and others seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri, the George W. Bush administration insisted the case be dismissed because any litigation of the claims would reveal state secrets. The government's argument prevailed, and the Supreme Court declined to intervene. As the law stands, the United States can engage in torture, declare it a state secret and, by virtue of that designation alone, avoid any accountability for conduct that violates the Constitution and universal human rights guarantees. A broad range of executive misconduct has been shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner

"Extraordinary renditions are utterly inconsistent with our broader foreign policy goals of promoting democracy and the rule of law, the very foundations of civil society. These practices have brought America universal condemnation and have frustrated our efforts to work in a concerted way with our allies in fighting terrorism.

They also yield no good intelligence.

Up until November 2007 over a hundred people had experienced "extraordinary" renditions and not a single one has been convicted of a crime.

These renditions have undermined our very commitment to fundamental American values. These fundamental American values are what define us a people, as a nation. When we allow our government to undermine them, we undermine everything we stand for, everything we are.

Look at the case of Khaled El-Masri, an innocent man kidnapped and brought to Afghanistan by the Central Intelligence Agency where he was brutally interrogated and then dumped off in the Albanian countryside.

How can these kinds of operations help us?

How can we justify such actions by our intelligence services?

Nations across the globe envy our commitment to freedom and the rule of law. But they are appalled at our hypocrisy when we betray those values." - Congressman William Delahunt

"No good intelligence is going to come from abusive practices."- Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence

George Tenet, told the United States 911 Commission that even before 911 the United States had abducted more than 70 foreigners it considered terrorists - a process George W. Bush administration has declared legal under the label "extraordinary rendition".

"The Central Intelligence Agency was conceived at the end of World War II as the way America could fight as dirty as any other nation. So we needed in a bad world something as evil as the Soviet KGB. This has done more to destroy the goodwill formerly enjoyed by America across the face of the Earth than anything we've done.

In addition, even in the intelligence arena, the Central Intelligence Agency has failed us on many important issues in the last 20 years. Let's start over with something in keeping with our core values." - T. Willard Hunter

In July 2008 Sweden agreed to pay a $502,000 in compensation to Muhammed Alzery. Sweden handed over Muhammed Alzery to CIA agents who transported him to Egypt where he was tortured at the CIA's behest.


war is about money and power

the myth of war

"Violence is a symptom of a wounded spirit." - Charles Eisenstein

"One of the most noble things you can do is kill the enemy." - Major Douglas Zembiec, killed May 10, 2007 while conducting a raid in Baghdad

The vanquished see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering and chest-pounding grief.

The vanquished know the lies the victors often do not acknowledge, the lies covered up in stately war memorials and mythic war narratives, filled with words of courage and a false brotherhood called comradeship.

The vanquished know the lies that permeate the thick, self-worshiping memoirs by amoral statesmen who create war but do not know war.

The vanquished know that war is necrophilia, blood lust and know the essence of wardeath.

The vanquished know how war fosters alienation, inevitably to nihilism and that war is a state of almost pure sin with its goals of hatred and destruction.

War is a turning away from God and the sanctity and preservation of life!!!

Narratives about war fall prey to the allure and seductiveness of violence, as well as the attraction of the godlike power that comes with the license to kill with impunity.

The words of the vanquished come later, sometimes long after the war, when grown men and women unpack the suffering they endured as children, what it was like to see their mother or father killed or taken away to never be seen again. What it was like to see their homes, their community, their innocence destroyed. What it is like to be discarded as human refuse.



chessboard pawns

The truth about war comes out, but usually too late.


Americans, assured by those that create war that truth has no bearing on the gloriously violent enterprise of war,see the war in Iraq only through the distorted lens of conquers.

Embedded 'reporters', dependent on the military for food, transportation and security, have a natural and understandable tendency, one I have myself felt, to protect those who are protecting them. They are not allowed to report outside of the unit and are, in effect, captives. Embedded 'reporters' have no relationships with the occupied, essential to all balanced reporting of conflicts, but only with the American Marines and soldiers who drive through desolate mud-walled towns and pump grenades and machine gun bullets into houses, leaving scores of nameless dead and wounded in their wake.

Embedded 'reporters' admire and laud these fighters for their physical courage and feel protected by the jet fighters, the heavy artillery and throaty rattle of machine guns - but rarely experience the reality of slaughter. Nearly every embedded war correspondent sees his or her mission as sustaining civilian and army morale
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wounds never heal

Americans are fed the myth of war.

The myth of war, the myth of glory, the myth of honor sells newspapers and boosts television ratings, real war reporting creates peace marches.

In war time, as Senator Hiram Johnson reminded us in 1917, "truth is the first casualty."

All our knowledge of the war in Iraq has to be viewed as lacking the sweep and depth that will come one day when a small Iraqi boy reaches adulthood and unfolds for us the sad and tragic story of the invasion and bloody occupation of Iraq.

I have spent most of my adult life in war. My life has been deformed by the organized industrial violence that year after year was an intimate part of my existence. I have watched young men bleed to death on lonely Central American dirt roads and cobblestone squares in Sarajevo. I have looked into the eyes of mothers, kneeing over the lifeless and mutilated bodies of their children. I have stood in warehouses with rows of corpses, including children, and breathed death into my lungs.

I carry within me the ghosts of those I worked with, my comrades in war, now long gone, dead and buried.

I have felt the attraction of violence, of blood lust.

in war they trust

I know its seductiveness,
excitement and the powerful addictive narcotic war is.


The young soldiers, trained well enough to be disciplined but encouraged to maintain their naive adolescent belief in invulnerability, have in war time more power at their fingertips than they will ever have again. They catapult from being minimum wage employees at places like Burger King, facing a life of dead end jobs with little hope of health insurance and adequate benefits, to being part of, in the words of the American Marine's, "the greatest fighting force on the face of the Earth."

The disparity between what they were and what they have become is breathtaking and intoxicating. This intoxication is only heightened in war time when all taboos are broken. Murder goes unpunished and often rewarded. The thrill of destruction fills their days with wild adrenaline highs, strange grotesque landscapes that are hallucinogenic, all accompanied by a sense of purpose and comradeship, overpowers the alienation many left behind.

Men become accustomed to killing, carrying out acts of slaughter with no more forethought than they take to relieve themselves. Abuses committed against the helpless prisoners in Abu Ghraib or Guantánamo are not aberrations but the real face of war.

In war time all human beings become objects, objects either to gratify or destroy or both. No one is immune. The contagion of the crowd sees to that.

"force," Simone Weil wrote, "is as pitiless to the man who possess it, or thinks he does, as it is to his victims. The second it crushes; the first it intoxicates."

This myth, the lie of human beings as objects, about Americans as perfect heroes, is imploding American democracy.

Americans shun introspection and self-criticism. Americans ignore truth, to embrace the strange, disquieting certitude and hubris offered by the radical imperialist Christian right about a war between good and evil.

Ken Ham speaks before crowds of children teaching "creation science" with warrior myths in and attempt to refute science as misguided lies.

"We're going to arm you with Christian Patriot missiles." - Ken Ham


Zaddikim do not speak of Christ's message of love, forgiveness, tolerance, redemption and compassion.


Zaddikim relish the aesthetic of violence and necrophilia. Blood lust pervades their warped theology. Zaddikim, although claiming to worship Christ, secretly worship in their hearts Thanatos, the god of death, and Mars the god of war.

As the war grinds forward, unthinking Americans sink into a morass of mass media's embrace of the god of war, Mars. Mars and Thanatos intertwined with intolerance and force have crippled Americans.

War deforms American spirtual essence, especially a war fought for and by the cult of materialism. Americans give up individual conscience to show support for the federal government in moments of feigned extremity.


Americans who stand up and find the moral courage to condemn war are condemned as unpatriotic.


The few true Christians who find war evil, are branded as heretics who refuse to worship the cult of materialistic consumerism's bloody false idols of Thanatos and Mars.

The attacks on the World Trade Center, the dramatic explosions, the fireballs, the victims plummeting to their deaths, the collapse of the towers in Manhattan, were straight out of Hollywood.

Americans have always left the same calling cards in the past. Americans delivered incendiary messages in Dresden, Hiroshima, Vietnam, Serbia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

"It would be difficult to exaggerate the terror and chaos caused in German towns and cities by Allied bombing, especially in the last two years of the war." - Jill Stephenson

McGeorge Bundy, ghostwriter for Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, claimed the bombing of Hiroshima was a meaningful message sent to Japan which saved American lives.

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (former World Bank and Ford Inc. president) in the summer of 1965 defined the bombing raids that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians north of Saigon as a means of 'communication' to the Communist regime in Hanoi.

The most powerful anti war testaments: limbs torn off, piles of corpses, young girls with their flesh sloughing off from burns, bodies strewn across the battlefield and the survivers standing in shock and disbelief, pulling their hair out and pounding their chests praying for tears to relieve their unbearable anguish are not seen by Americans. Americans never see the wounds that leave faces horribly disfigured by burns and never watch the agony of the dying.

It is the suffering of the veteran whose body and mind are changed forever because he or she served a nation that sacrificed them, the suffering of their families and children caught up in the unforgiving maw of war, which begin to tell the story of war.

War is made palatable, sanitized and glorified, by mass media for American plutocracy. Americans are allowed to taste war's perverse thrill, but spared from seeing war's consequences. Mass media willingly hides the effects of bullets, roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades on humans.

Mass media, sat at the feet of the neo cons who lied to make this war possible and dutifully reported these lies and called it journalism. War, based on lies of betrayal, betrayal of young men and women by entrenched industrial interests, the betrayal of reality by cynics who claim war is necessary and finally the betrayal by corrupt politicians elected to represent the people.

The victims, maimed forever by war, are crumpled up and thrown away as their destruction is too painful for Americans to see, too painful for Americans to hear. American denial of empathy is hollow. Indifference and apathy are used as a shield.

The victims are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of the American consciousness, ignored, even reviled for they bring conscious consideration of the reality of individual hopes and dreams destroyed.

Americans wallow in the myth of war, the myth of glory, the myth of honor, the myth of patriotism and the myth of heroism, words that in the terror and brutality of combat are empty, meaningless and obscene.

Thucydides wrote of Athens' expanding empire and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad and then a tyrant at home. The tyranny Athens imposed on others, Athens finally imposed on itself and then Athens died.

If Americans do not confront the lies and hubris told to justify the killing and mask the destruction carried out in the name of the American people in Iraq, if Americans do not grasp the moral corrosiveness of empire and occupation, if Americans continue to allow force and violence to be our primary form of communication, if Americans do not remove from power our flag waving, cross bearing, falsely patriotic versions of the Taliban, Americans will not so much defeat dictators such as Saddam Hussein as become them.

-adapted from Chris Hedges, journalist


Americans must recognize that those smirking grins and sadistic leers are simply expressions of America's evil side, they are the faces of men and women trained to be brutal, the faces of Americans involved in a never ending war against the evil doers.

Once a soldier always a soldier. Robert Ferro a retired Army Special Forces officer just loves guns. When police raided his home in Upland, California in April 2006 they found over 1,571 weapons including assault weapons, machine guns, automatic rifles and explosive devices. Robert Ferro claimed that the weapons were provided by the federal government so he could launch an invasion to free Cuba from Fidel Castro. Once a Special Forces officer always a Special Forces officer!

"Slaughtering human beings with high tech, flesh shredding machinery should not make anyone insane. It was those massively extravagant disability payments that led to all the homeless vets. Those guys were led to expect that they might have problems so, voila they developed problems. We do not want this same thing happening to our new crop of 'temporarily' stressed out warriors. They should just suck it up and forget all those memories of blood and terror."
- Eric P.

"I am a Vietnam War veteran with post traumatic stress disorder. The problem with the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder is that the people treating us have never been to war. People like Sally Satel aren't there to help veterans but to protect the system. Sally Satel's idea about veterans being rehabilitated makes it sound like we are convicts. I didn't ask to go to war, and I did not ask to be treated by the Veterens Administration, and I did not plan in junior high to be living on disability as I approach the end of my life, but that is what happens when you send naive village boys off to an immoral and worthless war." -Tim C (Sally Satel is a member of the American Enterprise Institute.)

fight !!!

"Actually, it's quite fun to fight them. You know, it's a hell of a hoot ... I like brawling. You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a burka. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them." - Lt. Gen. James Mattis, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) for NATO

"The Army pounds it into your head until it is instinct: Kill everybody, kill everybody.
And you do. Then they just think you can just come home and turn it off."
- Kenneth Eastridge, infantry specialist serving 10 years for accessory to murder

"Mythology surrounding warfare needs to move beyond the facile imagery of pure goodness confronting pure evil in a pure contest with a pure outcome. Such rectitude exists only on movie screens, not in the realworld." - Micheal Bess, Vanderbilt University



keeping America safe


the truth of war

"War is something so monstrous that it befits wild beasts rather than men, so crazy that the poets even imagine that it is let loose by Furies, so deadly that is sweeps like a plague through the world, so unjust that it is generally best carried on by the worst type of bandit, so impious that it is quite alien to Christ; and yet they leave everything to devote themselves to war alone. Here even decrepit old men can be seen showing the vigour of youths in their prime, undaunted by the cost, unwearied by hardship, not a whit deterred though they turn law, religion, peace, and all humanity completely upside down. And there’s no lack of learned sycophants to put the name of zeal, piety, and valour to this manifest insanity, and to think up a means whereby it is possible for a man to draw a murderous sword and plunge it into his brother’s vitals without loss of the supreme charity which in accordance with Christ’s teaching every Christian owes his neighbour." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Soldiers were taking steroids, Valium, hooked on painkillers, drinking and popping multiple Benzhexol pills (a strong hallucinogenic when abused). They'd go on raids and patrols totally stoned. We're killing the wrong people all the time, and mostly by accident. One guy in my squadron ran over a family with his tank. There's a lot of guys who steal from the Iraqis. Money, family heirlooms, and then they brag about it. Guys would crap into MRE bags and throw them to old men begging for food." - Cliff Hicks, American soldier recently stationed in Iraq


Maybe excessive drug use and a total lack of respect for living breathing human beings helps explain the four American soldiers of the 4th Infrantry Division that raped an 15 year old Iraqi girl named Abeer in Mahmoudiya and slaughtered most of her family, Mohammad and Ahmad her young brothers were away at school. They then crushed her skull and burned her corpse and the corpses of her sister, mother and father . The incident was reported as neutralizing insurgents.

"During a visit to the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center I met with female veterans and their doctors. My jaw dropped when doctors told me that 41% of female veterans seen in the clinic say they were victims of sexual assault while in the military, and 29% report being raped during their military service." - Represenative Jane Harman, chair of House Homeland Security intelligence subcommittee 03/08

Recent studies note that although veterans are half as likely to be incarcerated as the general population those that are incarcerated are more than 2.5 times more likely to be sex offenders. As well veterans are almost twice as likely to commit suicide than the general populace. These findings suggest two things - being dominated by military hierarchy gives some individuals the desire to dominate and murdering human beings is hard to live with.

On March 7, 2007, Army Spc. Trevor Hogue was inside his barracks in Baghdad, describing his morning on the battlefield.

"I saw things today that I think will mess me up for life," Hogue typed to his mother, Donna.

That day Trevor Hogue saw his sergeant blown to pieces. Trevor Hogue saw the bodies of half of the men in his platoon torn apart. Heads were cut off and limbs severed.

Trevor Hogue never really recovered. In June 2009 Trevor Hogue committed suicide by hanging himself in the backyard of his childhood home. Trevor Hogue was 24 years old.

"You think that they are safe when they get back home. They're not. The reality of the things that they experienced continues to haunt them." - Donna Hogue

"According to the Army, soldiers are killing themselves at the highest rate in nearly three decades, surpassing the civilian suicide rate for the first time since the Vietnam War. At least 128 U.S. soldiers killed themselves in 2008, a number that has risen four years in a row. The death toll could be even higher this year. Through April, 2009 91 soldiers had committed suicide." - Cynthia Hubert

"As an American with more than 25 years of commissioned military service, I am absolutely astounded at the dearth of leadership shown by the military throughout its chain of command. The inability of these enlisted personnel and officers to follow long-established guidelines and the service's own code of conduct is an insult to every person who has ever worn the American uniform. To the officers especially I say, "Whatever happened to the simple notion of just doing the right thing?" As citizens we must not allow this type of misconduct to continue." - Carl Schellenberg

"Let's stop acting shocked at such horrors. War has always produced these atrocities. We consider the killing of innocents exceptional when in fact it is inherent in war. We train our young soldiers to kill but want them to keep their honor and sanity. What nonsense! Honorable warfare is a lie we tell ourselves to defend the tragedy of slaughter. War itself represents "a total breakdown in morality and leadership, with tragic results." - Paul Astin

"War is a drug because when soldiers are in the Infantry, like me, they get used to everything, and fast. I got used to killing and after a while it became something I really had to do. Killing becomes a drug, and it is really addictive.

I had a really hard time with this problem when I returned to the United States, because turning this addiction off was impossible. It is not like I have a switch I can just turn off. To this day, I still feel the addictions running through my blood and throughout my body, but now I know how to keep myself composed and keep order in myself, my mind. War does things to me that are so hard to explain to someone that does not go through everything that I went through. That’s part of the reason why I want to go back to war so badly, because of this addiction.

Over in Iraq and Afghanistan killing becomes a habit, a way of life, a drug to me and to other soldiers like me who need to feel like we can survive off of it. It is something that I do not just want, but something I really need so I can feel like myself.

Killing is a drug to me and has been ever since the first time I have killed someone. At first, it was weird and felt wrong, but by the time of the third and fourth killing it feels so natural. It feels like I could do this for the rest of my life and it makes me happy.

This is what I was trained to do and now I cannot get rid of it; it will be with me for the rest of my life and hurts me that I cannot go back to war and kill again, because I would love too. When I stick my blade through his stomach or his ribs or slice his throat it’s a feeling that I cannot explain, but feels so good to me, and I become addicted to seeing and acting out this act of hate, and violence against the rag heads that hurt our country. Terrorists will have nowhere to hide because there are hundreds of thousands of soldiers like me who feel like me and want their revenge as well." - C.J. Whittington, (C.J. Whittington served as an Infantry Squad Leader in Iraq from Oct2005 to June2007)

"I was a psychopathic muderer because I was trained to kill. I was not born with that mentality. The Marines trained me to be a gangster in the interest of United States corporations - a criminal. We expected to see explosions every time we riddle the cars with bullets; but we never heard or saw an explosion. When we opened the car all we found was people killed or wounded, not a single weapon, not al-Qa`ida propaganda, nothing. Our first mission in Iraq was not aimed at offering humanitarian assistance, as the media said, but to secure oil fields in Basra."- Jim Massey USMC

"Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed." - Major General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC (twice awarded the Medal of Honor, awarded one of only three Marine Corps Brevet Medal - nicknamed "The Fighting Quaker")



last refuge


Haditha massacre

"One innocent is one too many. We all have their blood on our hands. When will we stop justifying murder in the name of peace." - Murray Rubinstein

Witnesses to the slaying of Iraqi civilians by American Marines in the village of Haditha say the American Marines shot men, women and children at close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine lance corporal in a roadside bombing.

Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident watched and listened as American Marines went from house to house killing members of three families.

Aws Fahmi heard Younis Salim Khafif plead in English for his life and the lives of his family members.

"I heard Younis speaking to the American Marines, saying: 'I am friend. I am good,' they killed him, his wife and daughters."- Aws Fahmi

The girls killed inside Younis Salim Khafif's house were ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1.

Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali, 76; Khamisa Tuma Ali, 66 (wife); Iman, 8; Abdul Rahman, 5; Abdullah, 4; were killed in the house next door.

Khafif, 43; Aeda Yasin Ahmed, 41; a son, 8 and five young daughters and an infant were killed in the third house.

Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived - saved by her mother's blood spilling onto her making her look dead.
One marine claimed that in a pistol fire fight while unloading his pistol he shot three Iraqs in the head. (Trained by Clint Eastwood!)

"Democracy assassinated the family that was here" - graffiti seen later on one of the houses

Warplanes conducted airstrikes, dropping 500-pound bombs on more than one house to cover up the massacre.

"In addition to the American Marines' individual actions, "jets dropped 500- pound bombs". The buck for the "total breakdown in morality and leadership" doesn't stop with a single unit of stressed out, third tour of duty American Marines. It stops at the very top, with George W. Bush." - Jess Winfield

"Soon Haditha in Iraq will be as infamous as My Lai, a location in that other American enterprise: Vietnam. There is the point of view that an unprovoked invasion of Iraq was a war crime itself. Because those responsible make our laws, control our military and own our courts, there is little chance that they will ever be "brought to justice," to use one of their own favorite phrases." - Jack Wright

"Haditha holds a mirror up not just to American troops in the field but to our whole society. Not just to the liars in government but to those that believe them too easily. It is past time for Americans to summon the civil courage to face what is being done in their name and refuse to be accomplices." - Daniel Ellsberg


perpetual war

My Lai

The soldiers found no insurgents in the village of My Lai on the morning of March 16, 1968. One platoon led by Lt. William Calley, killed hundreds of civilians - primarily old men, women, children, and babies. Some were tortured or raped. Dozens were herded into a ditch and executed with automatic firearms.

In the spring of 1972, the survivors of the My Lai massacre, were "accidently" slaughtered by "friendly" airstrikes and artillery bombardment.(Dead men tell no tales!)

No Gun Ri

In the chaotic early days of the Korean War, groups of refugees fleeing a North Korean advance attempted to cross American lines despite warning shots. Up to 400 refuges, mostly women and children, were shot in one incident because American soldiers suspected the group contained Communist gunmen. A document found in the National Archives in April 2007 noted that the army had a policy of shooting approaching civilians. A memo, dated July 25, 1950, from the United States Fifth Air Force regarding "Policy on Strafing Civilian Targets", written by USAF Colonel Turner C. Rogers recalls that, "the army has requested that we strafe all civilian refugee parties that are noted approaching our positions," and that, "to date, we have complied with the army request in this regard."

In 1999 the New York Times reported that 30 South Korean survivors and relatives of victims had filed a lawsuit in 1997 that "described a three-day period of killing, saying that American planes had strafed hundreds of refugees who were fleeing from North Korean troops, leaving about 100 people dead. The survivors fled under the bridge, where they said they were pinned by American troops who shot and killed almost all the refugees." The suit was rejected on a technicality.(The technicality is might makes right!)


Haditha, My Lai and No Gun Ri massacres raise serious questions about how
often incidents like this occur and are successfully covered up by airstrikes.


debreifed

Gun Control in 47 Seconds

The Assault Weapon Myth

64% of gun deaths in U.S. are suicides

Startling gun violence fact: Suicide is more likely than homicide

How the Nazis Used Gun Control

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage

Father Twice Told Uzi Too Powerful for 8-Year-old Christopher Bizilj

The archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group, made up of staff members assigned to General William C. Westmoreland, filed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland substantiated 300 atrocities which included: seven massacres from 1967 through 1971 in which at least 137 civilians died; seventy-eight other attacks on noncombatants in which at least 57 were killed, 56 wounded and 15 sexually assaulted; One hundred forty-one instances in which American soldiers tortured civilian detainees or prisoners of war with fists, sticks, bats, water or electric shock.

Members of a reconnaissance platoon swept through the Que Son Valley, burning homes, slaughtering animals and clearing civilians. Members of the platoon killed: an unarmed boy standing outside a cluster of huts; three women and three children in a hut; executed an elderly woman and a baby; raped a woman and a young girl and then executed civilian detainees. The unit reported the victims as enemy killed in action.

On the same day as the massacre at My Lai, American soldiers from the same division killed an undetermined number of women and children in neighboring My Khe. American soldiers tossed grenades into shelters and shot women, and children as they ran for cover or tried to flee. Over the next three days, members of the unit burned three sub-hamlets to the ground and tortured detainees with electric shocks. The unit reported 39 enemy combatants killed but recovered no weapons and suffered no casualties.

An American helicopter "hunter-killer" team attacked a village in Cambodia with rockets and machine gun fire, killing eight civilians, including two children, and wounding 15. After the attack, an American captain landed with a platoon of South Vietnamese troops. No enemy weapons or other war materiel were found. The troops provided no medical treatment to the wounded and made off with "large quantities of civilian property, including tobacco, poultry, and radios, and the American captain returned to the aircraft with a motorcycle."

The documents, archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group have now been reclassified "secret" and removed from the public domain.

"It is almost impossible for a Marine warrior to take on the mantle of benevolent overseer. When American soldiers are sent out to kill the enemy, and then become the force of an occupying power where there is no force monopoly, atrocities are inevitable. It happened in Vietnam War; it is happening in Iraq. The problem is exacerbated by being in an alien culture with overextended tours of duty. The tension of being constantly on guard against ambush and death, of not being able to respond with a trained warrior's need to act with decisive force, develops enormous pressures. It does not take a psychiatrist to deduce that among 150,000 men and women, something or someone has got to give to release that pressure. I do not believe we can bully people into our form of democracy; we can only corrupt our own." - Robert Silver

"Truly reducing violence involves changing hearts and minds. Black power activist H. Rap Brown said that "violence is as American as cherry pie." Indeed, it's everywhere, from our popular culture to our geopolitics. Challenging our culture's obsession with death and destruction takes swords-into-plowshares leadership, and if you haven't noticed, Isaiahs are in short supply." - Diane Winston

"Convictions can be hard to obtain because the units involved tend to cover up the facts."
Max Boot



war is a racket


war is a racket

War is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket:

We must take the profit out of war;
We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war;
We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.

The chief aim of any power of disarmament conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more armament. Professional soldiers and sailors don't want to disarm. No admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without a command. They are not for disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in the background but all-powerful, just the same, are the sinister agents of those who profit by war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously limit armaments.

Yes, ships will continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for the manufacturer must make their war profits too.

There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability. That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. " - Major General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC - medals for heroism, the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor (2)



The deprivation of physical sensory contact,

TOUCH, is the principal root cause of violence.


the difference between two brains

"The social forms and institutions of nonaggressive cultures positively reinforce acts that benefit the group as a whole while negatively reinforcing acts (and eliminating goals) that harm some members of the group. The social forms of aggressive cultures, on the other hand, reward actions that emphasize individual gain, even or especially when that gain harms others in the community." - Ruth Benedict

"Pleasure and violence have a reciprocal relationship, the presence of one inhibits the other. When the brain's pleasure circuits are 'on,' the violence circuits are 'off,' and vice versa. A pleasure-prone personality rarely displays violence or aggressive behaviors, and a violent personality has little ability to tolerate, experience, or enjoy sensuously pleasing activities.

The reciprocal relationship of pleasure and violence is highly significant because certain sensory experiences during the formative periods of development will create a neuropsychological predisposition for either violence seeking or pleasure seeking behavior later in life. Abnormal social and emotional behaviors result from 'somatosensory' deprivation, a lack of tender and loving care.

Derived from the Greek word for 'body,' the term 'somatosensory' refers to the sensations of touch and body movement which differ from the senses of seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting. The deprivation of body touch and contact are the basic causes of a number of emotional disturbances include depressive behaviors, sexual aberration, drug abuse, violence, and aggression. Not surprisingly, when high self-needs are combined with the deprivation of physical affection, the result is self-interest and high rates of narcissism.

The deprivation of body pleasure throughout life - but particularly during the formative periods of infancy, childhood, and adolescence - are very closely related to the amount of warfare and interpersonal violence a culture experiences - high self-needs coupled with high rates of self-interest and narcissism.

Another way of looking at the reciprocal relationship between violence and pleasure is to examine a society's choice of drugs as a society will support behaviors that are consistent with its values and social mores.

American society is a competitive, aggressive, and violent society. Consequently, it supports drugs that facilitate competitive, aggressive, and violent behaviors and oppose drugs that counteract such behaviors. Alcohol is well known to facilitate the expression of violent behaviors, and, although addicting and very harmful to chronic users, is acceptable to American society. Methamphetamine and engineered tobacco also belong to a competitive, aggressive, and violent society.

Marijuana, on the other hand, is an active pleasure inducing drug which enhances the pleasure of touch and actively inhibits violent aggressive behaviors. It is for this reason that marijuana is rejected in American culture.

In Western philosophical dualistic thought man is not a unitary being but is divided into two parts, body and soul.

The Greek philosophical conception of the relationship between body and soul was quite different than the Judeo-Christian concept which posited a state of war between the body and soul. Within Judeo-Christian thought the purpose of human life was to save the soul, and the body, flesh, was seen as an impediment to achieving this objective. Consequently, the flesh must be punished and deprived.

When high self-needs are combined with the deprivation of physical affection, the result is self-interest and high rates of narcissism. Cultures which are repressive of human sexuality tend to have rich pornographic art forms such as exhibitionistic dancing and pornography - a substitute for normal sexual expression.

-James W. Prescott, a neuropsychologist and health scientist administrator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland.


biochemical marker of neglect

Everyday experiences affect countless tiny genetic ‘switches' in our DNA, which are turned on or off, by extension we develop or successfully avoid all kinds of hereditarily influenced health woes.

Research indicates brain size decreases 20-30% if a child is not talked to, touched, or played with.

Startling differences in hormone levels which leave a biochemical mark linked to social bonding was found in children who spent their first two years in Romanian or Russian orphanages by Seth Pollak.

The hormone, oxytocin, the peptide of love, works on brain centers linked to reward and emotion. The oxytocin levels of children being reared by their biological parents increased when they played a game with their mothers but didn't increase when they played the game with the stranger. 83% of the adopted children showed no rise in oxytocin levels - whether playing the game with their adoptive mother or the stranger.

Negative experiences in childhood alter not only an adult's psychology but also physical health into middle age and beyond. A team led by Duke University researchers has found sustained health risks that apparently stem from childhood abuse, neglect, social isolation, or economic hardship. Adults who had been maltreated as children were twice as likely to suffer major depression and chronic inflammation. Children who grew up poor or socially isolated were twice as likely to show metabolic risk markers at age 32.

"What we're learning is that poor adult health is, in part, manufactured in childhood. The human stress response is implicated not only in psychological conditions but in other health conditions as well. The more difficult the childhood, the more adult age-related disease risk factors we see. It's multiple and cumulative childhood experience that predisposes adults to poor health." - Avshalom Caspi

"New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts. Children with diagnoses of mental or emotional problems in low-income families are also more likely to be given drugs than receive family counseling or psychotherapy. Antipsychotics are the single biggest drug expenditure for Medicaid, costing the program $7.9 billion in 2006. Studies have found that children in low-income families have a higher rate of mental health problems compared with children in better-off families." - Duff Wilson, December 11, 2009

300,000 American children under age 18 have been prescribed antipsychotics.

“A lot of these kids are not getting other mental health services." - Dr. Mark Olfson

“Medicaid kids are subject to a lot of stresses that lead to behavior issues which can be hard to distinguish from more serious psychiatric conditions. It’s very hard to pin down." - Stephen Crystal



murder

All is not well in the suburbs

"Our minds are designed with the ability to kill. It is part of human nature."
- David M. Buss, professor of psychology University of Texas at Austin

17,000 Americans were victims of homicide in 2005, thanks to American attitudes of violence toward the 'other' and societal acceptance of violence as a problem solver.


In the Chicago suburb of Country Club Hills 5 murders occurred in 11 days in the winter of 2009: Leon Taylor, 77, and Minnie Taylor, 75, were found shot to death; George Britton, 18, was stabbed multiple times; Jarrett Jones, 27, strangled his mother Sheryl, 59; and a boy, 14, stabbed his stepfather, John Weatherspoon, to death. Country Club Hills is situated on the junctions of interstate highways 57, 80 and 294 south of Oak Forest, north of Park Forest and east of Tinley Park.

"My own interest in studying murder began when I witnessed a close friend, a highly accomplished academic, fly into a murderous rage and come frighteningly close to killing his wife.

Previous theories about why humans kill typically invoke single factors: the muderer is pathological; the muderer is the violent product of poverty; the murderer is warped by neglect and child abuse; the murderer was created by evil parents; the muderer was created by exposure to mass media violence. Every one of these theories is wrong.

Killing has proved to be a effective solution to an array of adaptive problems in the evolutionary game of survival and reproductive competition: preventing injury, rape or death; protecting one's children; eliminating a crucial antagonist; acquiring a rival's resources; securing sexual access to a competitor's mate; preventing an interloper from appropriating one's own mate; and many others.

The logic of evolutionary struggle is all about reproductive competition, strategies that lead to greater reproductive success selected over eons of evolution which characterize our species. Mating is inextricably intertwined with murder.

Over the long sweep of deep time, killing has conferred such powerful advantages in the ruthless game of reproductive competition that natural selection has designed the survivor's minds to have the ability to commit murder."




murder is directly related to the concept of agency

Agency encompasses a wide range of psychological and motivational ideas, including the concepts of strength, power, expansion, mastery, control, dominance, autonomy, separation, and independence.


Charles Martin, 66, was consumed by the need to be his own agent. Charles Martin meticulously kept his lawn in perfect condition. Charles Martin did not want anyone to walk on his lawn. Larry Mugrage, a fifteen year old next door neighbor, walked across Charles Martin lawn one too many times. Charles Martin shot Larry Mugrage dead with a shotgun blast to the chest at a short distance.


Lords of War
Agency is people, with delusions of grandeur, making decisions and
enacting them on the world to create their vision of a perfect world.

Control is a problem of Agency.

Resource confiscation is directly related to the concept of Agency.

Agency can be turned into a force for good but to do so requires exclusion of coercion.



Agency
turned from
self-focus becomes:
strength to resist evil;
autonomy of physical needs;
independence from coercion;
control over personal impulsiveness;
mastery over a body of general knowledge;
power to withstand emotionally manipulative assault;
separation of single point of focus into an expansive all pervasive focus;
dominance of understanding of philosophical conceptual social structures.



mass murder

"Five factors exist in virtually all cases of mass murder:

Mass murders have a long history of frustration, failure and a diminished ability to cope with life's disappointments.

Mass murders externalize blame, frequently complaining that others didn't give them a chance. Rejection often causes anti-social behavior which feeds a vicious cycle of anti-social behavior/rejection. Marc Lepine killed 14 female engineering students at the Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal apparently because he felt that women were taking too many teaching positions.

Mass murders generally lack emotional support from friends or family. You've read the "he always seemed to be something of a loner" quote? This truth is grounded in the reality of the spurned and shunned.

Mass murders generally suffer a precipitating event viewed as catastrophic, often a major disappointment - the loss of a job or the breakup of a relationship. In massacres at colleges and universities, it's often about getting a grade the shooter feels he didn't deserve. In 1991, a graduate student at the University of Iowa killed five people because he thought his physics dissertation should have won a prestigious $1,000 award.

Mass murders need access to a weapon powerful enough to satisfy their need for revenge.

America has become much more competitive in recent years. We admire those who achieve at any cost, and it seems that we have less compassion for those who fail. (Just look at how eager we are to vote people off the island, to reject them in a singing competition or to have the bachelor send them on their way.)" - adapted from James Alan Fox

"My heart broke to hear about the murders at Virginia Tech. Even though I was only 10 when the Columbine shootings occurred, I feel the same emotions now as I did then. I cannot help but wonder: When will we all learn? Seung-hui Cho was mad at the world; why couldn't someone have reached out and befriended him? So many people are hurting and just need someone to show them that life and love are valuable and worth pursuing." - Sarah Roberts

"As shocking as Seung-hui Cho's DVD was, NBC's decision to air it was even more shocking. This heartless decision only adds to the immeasurable pain and suffering of the families affected by this horrible tragedy and gives the killer what he wanted most: immortality. It's one thing for a video to appear on YouTube, but when the major news organizations embrace it and air it over and over, the killer achieves exactly the immortality he was looking for." - James Maddox

"I wish the media would refrain from showing excerpts from the shooter's video. Media exposure like this is why many killers decide to act out. I also heard an expert on school shootings say that constant media emphasis on the "record" nature of killings (i.e., the worst school shooting in United States history) encourages other unbalanced individuals to want to break the record." - Frances Rouse


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