Posts Tagged ‘manipulation’

29
Apr

America is being Destroyed III

   Posted by: Rasputin    in America Series, Issues, Politics

Part III. Creating a Gulag

The second item in Naomi Wolf’s book, “The End of America, A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, is “Create a gulag”. Thanks to step one, “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy” creating a gulag is all but accomplished. The Bush administration created a worldwide network of ‘detainee’ camps. The most public Gulag is Guantanamo but it is not the only one.

One of the worst is Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan. Unlike Guantanamo prisoners at Bagram do not have the right of Habeas Corpus. Bagram is just the tip of the iceberg. Also used to ‘detain’ enemy combatants are navy ships4, jails in third world countries (where torture is legal) and military bases around the globe. From Gwynne Dyer ‘s article  Obama and the Gulag Archipelago

“Only 242 prisoners are still held at Guantanamo, but that is just the tip of an iceberg. There are thousands more held in legal black holes at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, in Iraq, Djibouti and the prison ships, at the US base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, and in the countries where the Central Intelligence Agency has been out-sourcing the more severe forms of torture (notably Egypt, Morocco and Jordan).

An exact count of the detainees is impossible, because in many cases even their names are not known, but estimates run as high as 18,000 people. Some of them have been held for as much as seven years.”

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17
Apr

America is being Destroyed

   Posted by: Rasputin    in America Series, Issues, Politics

Part I, Laying the groundwork for the Fascist takeover of America

Many heaved a sigh of relief when George Bush left office, thinking the threat of a fascist regime was over. Not so. The destruction of our country is in the middle stages. It took Hitler almost ten years to seize total power in Germany. In America, a much larger and culturally diverse country, the process, while still the same, is taking longer to complete.

In Naomi Wolf’s book, “The End of America, A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, she outlines ten steps that are used to seize and maintain power. The first is, “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy”. From the nineteen fifties to the seventies the external enemy was clear – commies. The problem with Communism being a viable sustaining threat is the inherent weakness of the system, weaknesses that are too easily recognized and defeated.

It is interesting to note even after reports have shown many of the Russian nuclear missiles were inoperable and the Russian bureaucracy incapable of even launching an attack many still believe Communism to be threat. Perhaps they weren’t paying attention when the Soviet Union attempted to invade Afghanistan. A futile effort that ended with their defeat at the mountain pass of Jaji when 200 Soviet troops, supported by bombers and helicopters, were beaten back by fifty Islamic fighters. The leader of the Islamic force was Osama Bin Laden, more on that later.

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6
May

Media Manipulation

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Issues

You are being manipulated. Some would have you believe it is for your own good. As Edward Bernays, widely considered one of the fathers of public relations said in his 1928 book ‘Propaganda’

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

Bernays stance makes sense when you realize he wanted to be the one doing the manipulation. It should scare the crap out of the rest of us. Keep in mind Bernays’ book was written over 80 years ago. Before radio, television and the Internet.

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