Category: Military & War


West Bank “TRUTH”

Recently the Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon presented a video “Israel Palestinian Conflict: The Truth About the West Bank”. What a pack of misinformation and untruths from this unknowledgeable man. Appears he has no problems with destroying a country and committing genocide. Israel does NOT want peace, they want land, water and air that does not belong to them. And, from what I read a lot of Israel citizens are waking to to the fact of the truth of the evils their Zionist government is up too.

Below a couple of Palestinian women set him straight.

IS this a publicity stunt or do they really know something? If they do know something is coming down the pike then it won’t be good.

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Oath Keepers is instructing it’s 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and eventually to assist in forming and training town and county militias (established by official act of town and county elected representatives). We want our chapters to organize themselves as a working model that we can then take to other veterans organizations, such as the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, etc. in each town and help them establish such teams within their already existing veterans halls. And likewise, to serve as a model and training cadre to help churches, neighborhood watches, and any other civic organization organize.

We are basing this on the Special Forces model, which has a twelve man “A team” of specially trained soldiers who are inserted into a community to train and lead that community in resistance to oppressive regimes (hence their motto: “De Oppresso Liber). SF’s primary mission is to teach, organize, and lead, rather than to directly fight. They can fight, of course, but they are most dangerous as a force-multiplier by helping an entire community to fight. We will do the same – be force multipliers to help prepare communities so they can preserve civilization by providing their own security, disaster relief, infrastructure preservation, emergency communications, strategic food reserve, and medical care.

In an SF team, there are:

Two communications experts.

Two Medics.

Two Combat Engineers (who can do more than demolitions. They can also build bridges, dig wells, install water-treatment, irrigation systems, etc. ).

Two weapons experts.

An Operations NCO.

An Assistant Operations NCO who also does intelligence.

A commanding officer, and his assistant commanding officer.

Read More: http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2013/10/01/oath-keepers-is-going-operational-by-forming-special-civilization-preservation-teams/

I don’t know about you but, there have been so many lies coming out of the capital hard to say there is any truth remaining. The country can not bear another war in Syria and anybody in congress that thinks we do, well they can pack up their families members of age and head to the front. I’m sure DoD will supply them with the needed gear and some MRE’s. Send in the longest elected members of congress first. We already know they have done the most damage here and I’m sure they can really fu*k thinks up there as well.

We’ve seen this type of thing before and it is usually becomes known to be a planned event to promote an agenda.

Having the ability to print up huge piles of fiat $$ plays a big part in any bankers war.

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Everyone knows the story of the boy who cried wolf, that’s the problem with the US regime. You can only lie so many times before no one will believe you ever again. Another problem is the White House keeps telling bigger lies to cover up the previous lies. Russia, China and all other important countries are well aware of the pack of lies coming forth from the WH and Israel. Will the high level politicians ever come forward and tell the people “We’ve been lying to you for decades, we will no longer try and gain your support by lies, fabrications and misinformation utilizing the controlled mass media.” Of course not, they will keep lying because they know no other way to keep themselves in power.
This below video gives a good idea of the back room deals and the lies that create a slave race, you. But, knowing a little bit about Palast is he trying to make us look over here while something worse is happening over there, like WW III?

White House’s war lies may backfire on beleaguered administration

Global Times | September 11, 2013 23:08
By Clifford A. Kiracofe

Although US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that diplomatic options suggested by Russia to solve the Syrian chemical weapon crisis would be pursued, the damage done by the US beating the drums of war has already been done.

The use of propaganda in wartime is nothing new. From experience with Washington’s lies during former president George W. Bush’s Iraq War, the international community knows the US cannot be trusted.

The Bush administration knowingly and systematically circulated false stories about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) allegedly possessed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Washington’s outrageous claims such as supposed uranium “yellowcake” from Niger being transferred to Iraq proved false. Claims about “aluminum tubes” for rocket production proved false. Claims about chemical warfare and WMDs raised by then secretary of state Colin Powell at the UN proved false.

The broader pattern of Western deception for the Iraq War included falsified “intelligence” reports from the UK ordered by then prime minister Tony Blair. Parliament in its subsequent investigations of the “dodgy dossier” intelligence manipulation revealed Blair’s lies.

Investigations of the British claims revealed that Israeli institutions, including the Herzliya research complex, played an important role in creating these false British and US reports.

Today in the case of Syria, the world is experiencing the same spectacle of US, British, and Israeli propaganda and deception. The players remain the same and the pattern of lies and deception is the same.

In the present case, the White House bases its case of the Syrian use of WMDs primarily on a single “intercept” of an unencrypted Syrian military voice communication. Washington alleges that this intercept proves the Syrian military used WMDs against civilians.

But what are the facts? Official Washington carefully avoids identifying the source of the intercept and hides it under the rubric of classified information because, critics say, the source of this intelligence report is Israel.

Experienced retired US intelligence officers believe that Israel is once again playing false with information so as to influence the West to go to war in the Middle East. Reports say that the alleged electronic intercept of a conversation between Syrian military personnel was fielded by Unit 8200 of Israeli military intelligence, which specializes in signals intelligence.

Some US experts believe that this alleged intercept, if it even exists, was doctored by the Israeli government so as to “prove” Syrian government complicity in WMD attacks.

Former British ambassador Craig Murray raises additional questions about the Israeli report.

He claims that the powerful British electronic intelligence center for the region, located on Mount Troodos in Cyprus, has no such intercept from its own monitoring.

He says that this center has such powerful capabilities that no electronic communications in the Middle East can escape it.

In addition to the Israeli allegation, the White House says it has obtained materials from the scene of the recent attack in Syria which “prove” the nerve agent Sarin was used.

From whom did the US obtain such contaminated materials? The Obama administration refuses to identify the source and chain of custody of the materials.

Given Washington’s transparent propaganda campaign, it is not surprising that some leaders around the world express grave doubts about US allegations. Russian President Vladimir Putin forthrightly calls such propaganda “lies.” Many Americans, including senators and congresspersons, would agree with him.

It is significant that the US Intelligence Community (IC) so far is not on public record supporting the Israeli allegations. The US IC apparently cannot assess with high confidence this Israeli reporting.

This is why the Obama administration had to issue its own politicized report on alleged Syrian WMD use from the White House.

The White House made a major political mistake engaging in such blatant deception of the American people and the international community.

The recent turnabout may mean no strikes, but the harm to US credibility has already been done.

Who will start WW3

Who will start WW3

The participants of G-20 have said no to US aggression while Iran has plans for an attack on US soil if Obama decides to put missals in the air and boots on the ground in Syria. People with brains to think outside the box have to wonder if this isn’t a ploy to bring down the west turning the US into a third world state. The possibility of war on US soil is not that far off the page.

Putin told the assembled world leaders that the chemical weapons attack was “a provocation on behalf of the armed insurgents in hope of the help from the outside, from the countries which supported them from day one.” In other words, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Washington–the axis of evil.

China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, and Argentina joined Putin in affirming that a leader who commits military aggression without the approval of the UN Security Council puts himself “outside of law.

In other words, if you defy the world, obama, you are a war criminal.

The entire world is waiting to see if the Israel Lobby can push obama into the role of war criminal. Many are betting that Israel will prevail over the weak american president, a cipher devoid of all principle. A couple of decades ago before the advent of the american sheeple, one of the last tough Americans, Admiral Tom Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, publicly declared that “no US president can stand up to Israel.” America’s highest ranking military officer could not get an honest investigation of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.

Read More:
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/09/the-west-dethroned.html

How STUPID am I ? Very !

Another WAR, a cat couldn't scratch this smile off my face

Another WAR, a cat couldn’t scratch this smile off my face

 

It appears our illustrious prez thinks the people of the US are as stupid as he is. If he’s so gung -ho give him a 22 and a plastic helmet and let him personally go fight in Syria. Same goes for Israel leaders, after firing rockets into Syria. Russia has said the Israelis fired first trying to provoke war.

The polls are lopsided against another war in the middle east.

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Remember the only people that win in war are the bankers. I have a bad feeling this operation will escalate into higher gas prices which will cause everything else to skyrocket.
Also the US used Agent Orange and Napalm in Viet Nam and the Israelis used White Phosphorous on Palestine, both on innocent people.

Little girl screaming too hot, too hot - 41 years ago.

Little girl screaming too hot, too hot – 41 years ago.

 

“The will of the people is the law of the land.” — Democratic President Harry Truman

Former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson admits Israeli false flag operations do happen. This may be the beginning of more former White House administrators coming forward and admitting false flags such as the one on the WTC on 9-11. The factual evidence that 9-11 was false flag to drag the US into war is ill refutable and the Israeli mossad played a huge role.

Again, if the US invades Syria expect a major financial crisis as China and Russia pull away from the petrodollar.

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Israel Said So

Israel Said So

If the US does decide to attack Syria because the US funded rebels used chemical weapons on innocent civilians not the government be READY. Be ready for the US economy to plunge to record lows. China and Russia has been wanting to get out from under the petrodollar for a long time, this will give them a reasonable excuse to ditch the USD. Then other countries will follow suit resulting in the complete collapse of the already teetering economy. DON’T BE AFFRAID BE PREPARED. And yes this is a back door into Iran war. This war with Syria has been planned for months as Raytheon’s stock price gone to a 52-week high this week after two months of continued rise. Coinciding with the biggest U.S. military build-up America has mounted since it launched an assault against Libya in 2011. Raytheon is the manufacturer of the BGM-109, more commonly known as the Tomahawk missile, the weapon of choice of the Obama administration in any strike against Syria.

Syria war links: there are 100’s out there

http://en.ria.ru/news/20130831/183081484/Putin-US-Claims-About-Syrian-Chemical-Attack-Unimaginable.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-sharply-steps-up-criticism-of-us-over-syria/2013/08/31/532c48ea-1238-11e3-a2b3-5e107edf9897_print.html

http://www.mintpressnews.com/witnesses-of-gas-attack-say-saudis-supplied-rebels-with-chemical-weapons/168135/

http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_08_31/Saudi-Prince-Bandar-delivered-Israeli-chemicals-to-Syrian-terrorists-Official-7578/

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Reports%3A_Saudi_Prince_using_U.S._to_topple_Assad_to_consolidate_own_power/28549/0/38/38/Y/M.html

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/more-false-flag-events-on-way.html

http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2013/08/obama-saying-us-will-strike-syria.html

http://12160.info/group/impending-attack-on-syria/forum/topics/u-s-military-officers-have-deep-doubts-about-impact-wisdom-of-a-u?xg_source=activity

What we’re hearing on MSM is propaganda to build support for WW III. Which will be more of an economic war than a humanitarian one. This possible Syrian war is also a backdoor to a war with Iran, they have defense treaties in place. Who wants war with Iran more than anybody else: Israel. So you can expect the Israelis to be heavily involved.
Also be ready for a MAJOR false flag event in the not to distant future. Because the largest proportions of the US population are saying no more imperial wars. And don’t forget this is your tax dollars at work.

BUSTED! US, UK, BACK FALSE FLAG CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA

From Jan. 2013
U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’
•Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying ‘the idea is approved by Washington’
•Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was ‘totally unacceptable’

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Read More: http://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/cached-copy-of-scrubbed-article-confirming-us-and-uk-backed-chemical-weapons-in-syria/

Had to add this because the rebels love recording their misdeeds.

The water is starting to boil and soon it will boil over. The economy is already past the point of no return and the FED and central bankers are well aware. Something has to break, this will most likely be the people. As Iv said before I give it until mid 2015 but quite possibly sooner. All depends when they show their cards.

All indicators are pointing to an event occurring this fall. The gun bill, UN arms treaty are all pending in the senate sitting there waiting for something to happen, the FED and financial institutions are continually reminding the world that the BIS wants all central banks to taper come this fall to avoid massive bubbles they are creating and to avoid an economic collapse.

War is coming to cover up the economic collapse

1. The paid mercenary (syrian free army) are losing ground and Assad’s army has retaken the city of Homs and now moving onto Aleppo.

2. The US has been holding aerial drills with Israel

3. Israel has been conducting nighttime parachute drills

4. The fiscal year for providing the paid mercenaries with weapons ends Sept 30.

5. The US government has been strategically preparing for WWIII. Biden says the US will remain in the Asia-Pacific region. They are creating an Arc around China by positioning military assets around the pacific. America’s most capable all-around air weapon, the F-35, will be deployed first in the Pacific once it achieves Initial Operating Capability (IOC), Carlisle said. Air Force F-35s probably will head to four bases: Misawa, Japan; Kadena, Japan; Osan Air Base, Korea; and Kunsan Air Base, Korea.

6. The US government is now providing Philippines with military assets in exchange for the use of the island to rotate US armed troops and equipment to secure the pacific region from threats.

7. Japan now has the authority to act against China if provoked.

8. Israel’s navy is now installing a new defense system on its missile boats, the Barak eight systems on its Saar 5 missile boats that would protect them from the feared Yakhont Russian anti-ship missile

9. The Russian have setup a base in Armenia and installed missiles that can reach Syria

10. Russia are quietly trying to renew their request to set up an air and naval base in Cyprus with the goal of being better able to deploy troops to Syria

11. We have seen countless drills, US and Japan, US and South Korea, US and Israel, Russia and China all countries flexing their muscles.

12. Japan just built the largest warship since world war II. They started building this ship in 2009 and now it is complete just in time and it just so happens that Japan a pacifist country (strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war) needs a warship of this magnitude.

Part 1 Of The Economic Collapse This Fall

As we know the central bankers are in a tough spot, if they continue with the money printing the bubbles they are creating are going to eventually pop and the world will see an economic collapse like it has never seen before. If the central bankers ease off and start to taper the world will see an economic collapse, not as bad as all the bubbles popping at once but bad enough that people will want to blame someone for this collapse. The advantage that the central bankers see by tapering is that they think they have control over the collapse. Leading up to the first part of the collapse the US government has been working hard to remove the people’s rights and to put into place security to control the people during this period.

1. Rights of the people have been completely taken away

2. NSA spying on all Americans, tracking keeping tabs on everyone and placing them on lists to be dealt with during the collapse.

3. DHS in place to deal with the American people when the collapse occurs.

4. The US government has succesfully passed laws that take the rights away from the people. The NDAA, Patriot Act, Miranda Exception Rule, Declaring whistle-blowers as traitors etc. The Gun Bill and UN arms treaty that are pending in the senate waiting for the right event to have these passed will allow the government control over the one thing they are most scared of, an armed people.

5. The government needs to control the flow of information, they already control the mainstream media the internet is the prize. With the executive order taking control over all communications ans CISPA pending in the senate, which is waiting for an event to occur so it will be passed will give the government complete control over the internet and they will have the ability it down whenever they need to.

The FED along with the government will proceed with tapering in the fall, all indicators will show that the economy is improving, unemployment, GDP and inflation look good. The FED will announce that they will start to taper and before they have the ability to there will be some type of false flag event that will occur. It could be a cyber attack on the banks. Using a cyber attack from another country will allow the banks to close, bail-ins to occur and the entire collapse can be blamed on another country such as Syria. The focus would be off of the US and the FED and the blame shifted away to another country. To remedy this situation the FED will now need to increase the amount of QE to two times the current amount. Now the FED will be monetizing the debt at a rate of a 170 billion a month.

During this time the US government will now have what it needs to wage war on Syria since they are the cause of the economic collapse of the US. The banks would now need to freeze bank accounts and since bailouts are not allowed under the Resolving Globally Active, Systemically Important, Financial Institutions document. Many of the banks have changed their TOS and they are not responsible for money that is lost due to cyber attacks and the officers and representatives can not be held responsible.

As the US prepares for war, the US economy and the world starts to degrade and goes into a depression spiral. War starts to breakout all over the world, Russia, China, Japan, North Korea and other nations get involved. WWIII has begun and it allowed the economic collapse to be covered up.

Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/us-economy-is-on-the-edge-time-is-running-out-to-start-a-new-war/#YVSjyagfgQSJVisK.99

Lets just face the facts, main stream media is a pack of lies to benefit the international bankers and corporations. This bankporations is the new world government. They use the US military industrial complex to rule the world and do with it as they see fit.

Big Lies launch wars. Public opinion’s manipulated.

It’s done to enlist support.

Truth is suppressed.

Fear and misinformation substitute.

by Stephen Lendman

 

Waging war requires manufacturing consent.

Public opinion’s manipulated to do so.

Big Lies substitute for full and accurate reporting. 

Truth is systematically avoided. Americans get a steady diet of managed news misinformation.

On August 20, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) debuted. Qatar’s monarchy controls programming.

Ehab Al Shihabi (right), with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has promoted himself as the public face of Al Jazeera America. (Source: Al Jazeera America)

It’s waging war on Syria. AJAM didn’t explain. It claims to offer “unbiased, fact-based, in-depth stories of US in international news.”

On August 22, it said “Syrian activists (offered) horrific images of dead and dying children from near Damascus.”

AJAM called it “proof of a chemical-weapons attack by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.”

It did so despite no verifiable evidence whatever.

It repeated the Big Lie.

Follow-up reports were just as biased.

It’s promoting war.

It spurns peaceful conflict resolution.

Nation magazine cheerleads Obama’s administration. It’s done so throughout his tenure. It’s done it shamelessly. Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel’s an establishment figure.

Katrina vanden Heuvel -- The Nation

Her maternal grandfather, Jules Stein, founded entertainment conglomerate MCA. Her father, William, was executive assistant to William Donovan. He was involved in CIA’s creation. He was a Farfield Foundation board member. During the Cold War, it was a CIA front group. Vanden Heuvel supports humanitarian interventions. She does so for “security” and “stability.” She’s a regular on scoundrel TV. She’s a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member.

Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. once called it a “front organization (for) the heart of the American Establishment.”

Last May, she discussed “the reported use of chemical weapons by Syria’s embattled Assad regime.” She did so without saying no evidence suggests it’s true.

She ignored clear proof insurgents used CW multiple times. She called Assad a “dictator.” She said he heads a “brutal regime.” She ignored Washington’s war. She blamed Assad for insurgents’ crimes.

Last June, Media Lens co-founder David Edwards said “Guardian Editors Swallow US Claims on Syrian WMD.”

He discussed “questions and doubts surrounding claims that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria.”

“The Obama administration has since claimed that its ‘red line’ has indeed been crossed – it now has firm evidence that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons.”

IRAQ PROPAGANDA

Despite no evidence suggesting it, Guardian editors said:

“That use is an outrage and is against international agreements. It adds to the charge sheet against the Assad regime.”

According to Edwards:

“These are among the most shocking comments we have ever seen in the Guardian.”

“Despite the indisputable fraudulence of US-UK claims regarding Iraqi WMD, an equally staggering litany of lies on Libya, and despite the existence of gaps and doubts so reminiscent of Iraq 2002-2003, the Guardian is willing to quietly endorse the latest claims on Syria – ‘Assad’ clearly has used chemical weapons and that use should be added to the charge sheet against him.”

“Once again, when it really matters, the Guardian editors are on-message, on-side and boosting war propaganda.”

It’s not alone. British major media misreport like their US counterparts. BBC’s a longstanding imperial tool. It’s owned, operated and controlled by Britain’s government.

It’s a propaganda service for elitist interests. It’s notoriously so for issues mattering most. None rise to the level of war and peace. BBC’s selling war on Syria. It does so by misreporting.

BBC’s selling war on Syria. It does so by misreporting.

Weeks earlier, BBC said “pressure to act has intensified in recent days after emerging evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons such as the nerve gas sarin.”

It did so despite no proof whatever. On August 23, it headlined “Syria ‘chemical attack:’ Distressing footage under analysis,” saying:

” ‘Chemical attack:’ What we know:

August 21: Facebook pages of Syrian opposition report heavy fighting in rebel-held districts of Ghouta, the agricultural belt in eastern Damascus.

Opposition posts Facebook report of ‘chemical shelling’ in Ein Tarma area of Ghouta.

Second opposition report says chemical weapons used in Zamalka area of Ghouta.

Unverified video footage shows people being treated on pavements in the dark and in a makeshift hospital.

Reports say chemical weapons were used in Ghouta towns of Irbin, Jobar, Zamalka and Ein Tarma as well as in Muadhamiya to the west, but this is not confirmed.

Syrian government acknowledges military offensive in the Ghouta area but denies chemical weapons use.”

BBC manipulates viewers and listeners. It conditions them to believe Syrian opposition claims.

Dismissively it says Syria’s government refutes them. Doing so shows its reporting lacks credibility.

Nowhere does BBC cite verifiable evidence. Opposition claims suffice. Government shelling’s highlighted. “Chemical attacks on civilians shocked the world,” it said.

“Rebel strongholds” were struck. Ignored were credible reports about homemade rockets fired from insurgent-held territory. They contained toxic substances.

Considerable coverage was given to “ambulances with sirens screeching.”

Another report “show(ed) victims being laid out on a pavement to be methodically washed down in an apparent attempt to decontaminate them.”

“And from the overwhelming and distressing litany of footage of victims an overview of the symptoms can be gleaned,” said BBC.

“Most of those being treated are men of all ages and very small children.”

“One man twisting and shivering on the floor seems to be having convulsions. Several are in such distress, they seem to be foaming at the mouth or nose.”

“One man whose stark, glazed eyes stand out from his ashen face looks almost frozen, his pupils apparently contracted – a telling indication of possible nerve gas.”

BBC duplicitously built an anti-Syrian case. It did so without credible evidence. Innuendo furthers it. Assad’s blamed for insurgents’ crimes.

It’s been this way throughout the conflict. BBC’s a weapon of mass deception. Lies substitute for truth. Pressure builds toward military intervention.

BBC and other media scoundrels bear much responsibility. Supporting imperial lawlessness makes them culpable.

America’s National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting operate the same way. They’re called public to conceal their real agenda.

Critics ridicule NPR. They call it National Pentagon or Petroleum Radio. They do so for good reason. PBS operates the same way. Calling it Propaganda Public Broadcasting more accurately explains its mandate.

Both operations long ago abandoned truth and full disclosure. They’re indistinguishable from other corporate media sources. They’re corrupted like the rest.

They’re house organs for government and business interests. They’re well funded for services rendered.

On August 21, NPR headlined “Syrian Government Accused Again of Using Chemical Weapons.” Credible sources aren’t interviewed. They aren’t cited. They’re ignored.

So-called “Syrian activists accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of launching a huge chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus,” said NPR.

Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris was interviewed. A graphic account of what happened followed.

“(W)hat else could have killed these people, other than some kind of toxic gas,” was claimed. Assad was blamed.

“(I)t seem(s) very brazen for (him) to launch an attack of this size with UN weapons inspectors in the country at the time, but the West has said on multiple occasions if these red lines are crossed, there will be action.”

“And I think their government has obviously reached a stage where they feel that there won’t be any consequences.”

This type reporting repeats with disturbing regularity. Voices of truth are systematically shut out. Listeners get one-sided accounts. It happens every time.

On August 22, PBS’ New Hour interviewed Robert Zarate. He’s Foreign Policy Initiative’s policy director. FPI’s the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) successor organization.

Robert Zarate

It sells war. It deplores peace. It promotes US global military dominance. It targets independent governments. It urges replacing them with pro-Western subservient ones.

Zarante told News Hour host Margaret Warner he “think(s) the West has an obligation – the United States in particular has an obligation to intervene militarily, and not just because of what happened in the suburbs of Damascus, but because of what has happened over the last two-and-a-half years, since the Assad regime began its conflict with the Syrian people.”

He blames Assad for insurgent crimes. He ignored the worst ones they commit.

“Look, what we’re seeing right now in Syria is a rogue regime that has used weapons of mass destruction, ” he added.

Professor Joshua Landis was interviewed on the same program. His comments were more measured. He stopped short of explaining things accurately.

He called Syria “a failed nation.” It operated normally until Western-backed death squads arrived. He didn’t explain.

He’s concerned about making things worse, not better. He failed to lay blame where it belongs.

“(I)f we go in,” he said, “we have to either rebuild Syria or we have to divide it up into three states, like we did in Yugoslavia.”

He ignored international law saying so. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others. Doing so is brazenly illegal.

Landis didn’t explain. Zarante wants US military intervention. International law is clear and unequivocal.

No nation may attack another except in self-defense. It may only do so only until the Security Council acts. It has final say.

Syria threatens no one. Zarante didn’t explain. Nor did Landis. Host Margaret Warner betrayed News Hour viewers. One-sided reporting’s featured. It happens every time.

Democracy Now manipulates viewers. It does it subtly. It does it deceptively. Followers believe it’s a reliable alternative news and information source. At times it is. Too often it’s not. When it matters most, it’s on the wrong side of issues.

Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Soros, MacArthur, and other corporate foundations provide funding. They expect payback in return. They’re not disappointed.

Misinformation’s featured. Propaganda substitutes for honest reporting. Guests represent imperial interests. Legitimate alternative media avoid them. Not Democracy Now. It shows in its Syria coverage. It’s shameless. It’s one-sidedly anti-government. Opposition figures are featured. Assad’s wrongfully vilified. He’s blamed for insurgent crimes.

On August 23, Razan Zaitouneh was interviewed. She’s actively involved in anti-Assad activities. Syria calls her a foreign agent. She blames insurgent-committed atrocities on government forces.

“(T)he regime launched a chemical attack on civilians two days ago,” she claimed. She pointed fingers the wrong way. She did so shamelessly.

Assad had nothing to do with Wednesday’s incident. She maintained otherwise. “I haven’t seen such death in my whole life,” she said.

“People were lying on the ground in hallways, on roadsides, in hundreds.”

Asked how she knew who was responsible, she said:

Rockets used came “from the regime forces, it’s clear. There is no doubt about it.”

She ignored clear evidence otherwise. Rockets fired came from insurgent held territory.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said reports circulated online. They did so hours before Wednesday’s incident.

It was a “pre-planned action,” he said. It was an insurgent attack. Assad had nothing to do with it. Claiming otherwise is spurious anti-government propaganda.

Journalist Patrick Cockburn was interviewed on the same program. He called video evidence “compelling and convincing.” He asked why would government forces use chemical weapons?

“That seems pretty extraordinary,” he said. It’s “the one thing most likely to lead to a foreign intervention. It’s not an argument they didn’t do it.”

Host Amy Goodman accepted State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki’s claim. She said opposition forces “don’t have the capability to use chemical weapons.”

False! On December 9, 2012, CNN headlined “Sources: US helping underwrite Syrian rebel training on securing chemical weapons.”

“The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior US official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday.”

Training takes place in Jordan, Turkey and covertly in Syria. It involves using CW.

On May 8, 2013, Michel Chossudovsky said “CNN confirmed that contractors hired by the Pentagon were in fact training the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons.”

Michel Chossudovsky

“And now we have a statement by a United Nations Independent Commission, which has confirmed unequivocally – and it was revealed on the same day – that the terrorists who are backed by the United States and its allies, are in possession of deadly sarin nerve gas, which they are using against the civilian population.”

“And once these Al Qaeda rebels had been supplied and trained in the use of WMDs by military contractors hired by the Pentagon, the Syrian government would then be held responsible for using the WMD against the Syrian people.”

Chossudovsky correctly explained a “diabolical scenario.” It’s part of Washington’s regime change strategy. Anti-Syrian media scoundrels proliferate the Big Lie. They blame Assad for insurgent CW use.

Democracy Now’s like the rest. Anti-Syrian programming betrays its viewers. It repeats with disturbing regularity.

Western media scoundrels report one way. Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. It’s verboten. It’s polar opposite how things should be.

John Pilger calls journalism war’s first casualty. It’s a “weapon of war,” he says.

“(V)irulent censorship” by misinformation or “omission” condones imperial lawlessness.

George Seldes (1890 – 1995) called media scoundrels “the most powerful force against the general welfare of the majority of the people.”

AJ Liebling (1904 – 1963) said “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

“People everywhere confuse what they read (or view) with news.”

Big Lies launch wars. Public opinion’s manipulated. It’s done to enlist support. Truth is suppressed. Fear and misinformation substitute.

Patriotism means supporting what’s wrong. It means ignoring state lawlessness. Terrorism’s what they do, not us.

Imperial wars are called good ones. Reasons why they’re waged aren’t explained. Wealth and power alone matter. Sacrificing human lives and freedoms are small prices to pay. Humanity’s at risk but who cares.

Media scoundrels aid and abet state crimes. Truth is the most dangerous disinfectant. Suppressing it matters most.

Syria was largely peaceful until Washington initiated conflict. So were Libya and Iraq earlier. Iran’s moment of truth awaits.

An entire region’s being systematically destroyed. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow. Where things end, who knows.

original post at: http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/


NON- EXISTANT TERRORISM

So what this amounts too is your chances of dying by terrorist action is equivalent to getting struck by lighting twice while at the same time drowning in the shower.
Terrorist Questions
Scary, Non-Existent Terrorism: According to the State Department a mere 10 Americans were Killed by Terrorism in 2012. None of them in the U.S.

Nearly 12 years after the 9/11 attack, virtually every single element of national security policy – from the occupation of Afghanistan, to the drone war, to a massive NSA surveillance apparatus, to a defense budget the outpaces the rest of the world combined – is justified by citing terrorism as a threat. Together these policies amount to trillions of dollars, the decay of the rule of law, rampant government criminality, and the evisceration of the the constitutional rights of millions of Americans. What does this terrorist threat really amount to though? According to the State Department a mere 10 Americans were killed by terrorism in 2012. None of them in the U.S. U.S. citizens worldwide killed as a result of incidents of terrorism: 10 U.S. citizens worldwide injured as a result of incidents of terrorism: 2 U.S. citizens worldwide kidnapped as a result of incidents of terrorism: 3 Nine out of 10 of those killed were in Afghanistan, the remaining one in Iraq. One of the injured was in Afghanistan, the other in Iraq. The three instances of a single person being kidnapped occurred in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Instead of tormenting Afghans in a military occupation that costs more than $120 billion per year; instead of empowering the NSA to snuff out the Fourth Amendment and collect and store the communications of all Americans; instead of wasting almost$1 trillion annually on defense spending mostly as a wealth transfer to rent-seeking corporations; instead of granting the president the kingly power to assassinate anyone, anywhere, at any time – maybe we just shouldn’t go to the above-mentioned countries. Then our terrorism casualty rate will be zero. Read more http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/07/19/scary-non-existent-terrorism/

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I wouldn’t put anything past the suits at dhs or any other government agency for that matter. As more people become aware of the real District of Criminals and their evil doers, those very criminals become fearful and afraid, very afraid. Which means their campaign of fear toward the debt slaves (you & me) is backfiring. As these so called leaders get closer to the edge of the abyss they will do anything to maintain the status quo and the power structure. We’ll have to wait and see if this story goes anywhere.

FBI Document (Deleted) Plot’s to Kill Occupy Leaders – if deemed Necessary

Would you be shocked to learn that the FBI apparently knew that some organization, perhaps even a law enforcement agency or private security outfit, had contingency plans to assassinate peaceful protestors in a major American city — and did nothing to intervene?

Would you be surprised to learn that this intelligence comes not from a shadowy whistle-blower but from the FBI itself – specifically, from a document obtained from Houston FBI office last December, as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Washington, DC-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund?

To repeat: this comes from the FBI itself. The question, then, is: What did the FBI do about it?

The Plot

Remember the Occupy Movement? The peaceful crowds that camped out in the center of a number of cities in the fall of 2011, calling for some recognition by local, state and federal authorities that our democratic system was out of whack, controlled by corporate interests, and in need of immediate repair?

That movement swept the US beginning in mid-September 2011. When, in early October, the movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and the city’s banking and oil industry executives freaked out perhaps even more so than they did in some other cities. The push-back took the form of violent assaults by police on Occupy activists, federal and local surveillance of people seen as organizers, infiltration by police provocateurs—and, as crazy as it sounds, some kind of plot to assassinate the “leaders” of this non-violent and leaderless movement.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the document obtained from the Houston FBI, said:

An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles. (Note: protests continued throughout the weekend with approximately 6000 persons in NYC. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests have spread to about half of all states in the US, over a dozen European and Asian cities, including protests in Cleveland (10/6-8/11) at Willard Park which was initially attended by hundreds of protesters.)

Occupiers Astounded—But Not Entirely

Paul Kennedy, the National Lawyers Guild attorney in Houston who represented a number of Occupy Houston activists arrested during the protests, had not heard of the sniper plot, but said, “I find it hard to believe that such information would have been known to the FBI and that we would not have been told about it.” He then added darkly, “If it had been some right-wing group plotting such an action, something would have been done. But if it is something law enforcement was planning, then nothing would have been done. It might seem hard to believe that a law enforcement agency would do such a thing, but I wouldn’t put it past them.”

He adds, “The use of the phrase ‘if deemed necessary,’ sounds like it was some kind of official organization that was doing the planning.” In other words, the “identified [DELETED” mentioned in the Houston FBI document may have been some other agency with jurisdiction in the area, which was calculatedly making plans to kill Occupy activists.

Kennedy knows first-hand the extent to which combined federal-state-local law enforcement forces in Houston were focused on disrupting and breaking up the Occupy action in that city. He represented seven people who were charged with felonies for a protest that attempted to block the operation of Houston’s port facility. That case fell apart when in the course of discovery, the prosecution disclosed that the Occupiers had been infiltrated by three undercover officers from the Austin Police department, who came up with the idea of using a device called a “sleeping dragon” — actually chains inside of PVC pipe — which are devilishly hard to cut through, for chaining protesters together blocking port access. The police provocateurs, Kennedy says, actually purchased the materials and constructed the “criminal instruments” themselves, supplying them to the protesters. As a result of this discovery, the judge tossed out the felony charges.

FBI Response

WhoWhatWhy contacted FBI headquarters in Washington, and asked about this document—which, despite its stunning revelation and despite PCFJ press releases, was (notwithstanding a few online mentions) generally ignored by mainstream and “alternative” press alike.

The agency confirmed that it is genuine and that it originated in the Houston FBI office. (The plot is also referenced in a second document obtained in PCJF’s FOIA response, in this case from the FBI’s Gainesville, Fla., office, which cites the Houston FBI as the source.) That second document actually suggests that the assassination plot, which never was activated, might still be operative should Occupy decisively re-emerge in the area. It states:

On 13 October 20111, writer sent via email an excerpt from the daily [DELETED] regarding FBI Houston’s [DELETED] to all IAs, SSRAs and SSA [DELETED] This [DELETED] identified the exploitation of the Occupy Movement by [LENGTHY DELETION] interested in developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire.

Asked why solid information about an assassination plot against American citizens exercising their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly never led to exposure of the plotters’ identity or an arrest—as happened with so many other terrorist schemes the agency has publicized—Paul Bresson, head of the FBI media office, offered a typically elliptical response:

The FOIA documents that you reference are redacted in several places pursuant to FOIA and privacy laws that govern the release of such information so therefore I am unable to help fill in the blanks that you are seeking. Exemptions are cited in each place where a redaction is made. As far as the question about the murder plot, I am unable to comment further, but rest assured if the FBI was aware of credible and specific information involving a murder plot, law enforcement would have responded with appropriate action.

Note that the privacy being “protected” in this instance (by a government that we now know has so little respect for our privacy) was of someone or some organization that was actively contemplating violating other people’s Constitutional rights— by murdering them. That should leave us less than confident about Bresson’s assertion that law enforcement would have responded appropriately to a “credible” threat.

Houston Cops Not Warned?

The Houston FBI office stonewalled our requests for information about the sniper-rifle assassination plot and why nobody was ever arrested for planning to kill demonstrators. Meanwhile, the Houston Police, who had the job of controlling the demonstrations, and of maintaining order and public safety, displayed remarkably little interest in the plot: “We haven’t heard about it,” said Keith Smith, a public affairs officer for the department, who told us he inquired about the matter with senior department officials.

Asked whether he was concerned that, if what he was saying was correct, it meant the FBI had not warned local police about a possible terrorist act being planned in his city, he said, “No. You’d have to ask the Houston FBI about that.”

Craft International Again

Sniper action by law enforcement officials in Texas would not be anything new. Last October, a border patrol officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety, riding in a helicopter, used a sniper rifle to fire at a fast-moving pickup truck carrying nine illegal immigrants into the state from Mexico, killing two and wounding a third, and causing the vehicle to crash and overturn. It turns out that Border Patrol agents, like a number of Texas law enforcement organizations, had been receiving special sniper training from a Dallas-based mercenary-for-hire organization called Craft International LLC. It seems likely that Houston Police have also received such training, possibly from Craft, which has a contract for such law-enforcement training funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Efforts to obtain comment from Craft International have been unsuccessful, but the company’s website features photos of Craft instructors training law enforcement officers in sniper rifle use (the company was founded in 2009 by Chris Kyle, a celebrated Army sniper who last year was slain by a combat veteran he had accompanied to a shooting range). A number of men wearing Craft-issued clothing and gear, and bearing the company’s distinctive skull logo, were spotted around the finish line of the April Boston Marathon, both before and after the bombing. Some were wearing large black backpacks with markings resembling what was seen on an exploded backpack image released by the FBI.(For more on the backpacks that allegedly contained the bombs, see this piece we did in May.)

An Activist Responds

Remington Alessi, an Occupy Houston activist who played a prominent role during the Occupy events, was one of the seven defendants whose felony charge was dropped because of police entrapment. He says of the sniper plot information, which first came to light last December as one of hundreds of pages of FBI files obtained by PCJF, “We have speculated heavily about it. The ‘if deemed necessary’ phrase seems to indicate it was an organization. It could have been the police or a private security group.”

Alessi, who hails from a law-enforcement family and who ran last year for sheriff of Houston’s Harris County on the Texas Green Party ticket, garnering 22,000 votes, agrees with attorney Kennedy that the plotters were not from some right-wing organization. “If it had been that, the FBI would have acted on it,” he agrees. “I believe the sniper attack was one strategy being discussed for dealing with the occupation.” He adds:

I assume I would have been one of the targets, because I led a few of the protest actions, and I hosted an Occupy show on KPFT. I wish I could say I’m surprised that this was seriously discussed, but remember, this is the same federal government that murdered (Black Panther Party leader) Fred Hampton. We have a government that traditionally murders people who are threats. I guess being a target is sort of an honor.

There, Alessi is referring to evidence made public in the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s which revealed that the FBI was orchestrating local police attacks (in Chicago, San Francisco and New York) on Panther leaders. (For more on that, see this, starting at p. 185, esp. pp. 220-223; also see this .)

Alessi suspects that the assassination plot cited in the FBI memo was

probably developed in the Houston Fusion Center (where federal, state and local intelligence people work hand-in-glove). During our trial we learned that they were all over our stuff, tracking Twitter feeds etc. It seems to me that based on the access they were getting they were using what we now know as the NSA’s PRISM program.

He notes, correctly, that in documents obtained from the FBI and Homeland Security by the PCJF’s FOIA search, the Occupy Movement is classed as a “terrorist” activity.

Ironically, while the Occupy Movement was actually peaceful, the FBI, at best, was simply standing aside while some organization plotted to assassinate the movement’s prominent activists.

The FBI’s stonewalling response to inquiries about this story, and the agency’s evident failure to take any action regarding a known deadly threat to Occupy protesters in Houston, will likely make protesters at future demonstrations look differently at the sniper-rifle equipped law-enforcement personnel often seen on rooftops during such events. What are they there for? Who are the threats they are looking for and potentially targeting? Who are they protecting? And are they using “suppressed” sniper rifles? Would this indicate they have no plans to take responsibility for any shots silently fired? Or that they plan to frame someone else?
By Dave Lindorff on Jun 27, 2013

You can add your own words in the detracted holes , like – dhs agency, dod, ssa or others.
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If, and I mean if this has any validity (using nukes) there’s a whole new game of war starting. Start small and escalate to the major weapons of destruction. The conflict in the middle east is out of control and I think that many leading officials around the world are waking up to this fact. Are we on a path of destruction that will finally come home to roost here on US soil. It certainly is starting to look that way. We can not keep the charade of being the protector going much longer. The US seems to be putting the noose around it’s own neck, time is short, hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t good.

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Striking evidence of the use of American EPW (Earth Penetrating Weapons) nuclear weapons in Syria has come to light. Experts say the proof is irrefutable.

Dramatic video footage from Syria has revealed startling evidence that counters Israel’s claims of “surgical strikes” on weapons headed to Lebanon.

What were said to be air strikes is now proven to have actually been artillery, something easily discernible to even an untrained observer.

What happens next is shocking. While artillery shells rain down on Syrian army positions, mobile Israeli artillery in direct support and even accompanying rebel forces inside Syria, a huge explosion occurs.

After analysis, it had become clear, Syria had come under attack by Israel using, not just nuclear weapons, but an American nuclear bunker buster bomb, one of several supplied to Israel to use against Iran, one of the last acts of the Bush/Cheney administration.

Submitted for analysis, the footage was compared with tests of the 37,000-pound MOB (Massive Ordnance Penetrator), designed by Boeing to be used against Iran’s underground facilities. There was no similarity whatsoever noted between the Syrian “event” and a conventional “bunker buster”

More here: http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013/05/details-of-israels-nuclear-weapon-used-on-syria-emerge-2520436.html

 

On this date in 1865 the war ended and a new war began.

There was even more to “The War Between The states” then meets the eye. The states united changed drastically during and shortly there after. Prior to this war of aggression each state was it’s own country as determined by thats states constitutions. What we as Americans live in now as a country is not what you think it is. The people have been dumbed down to preserve our situation as what it is not. We are slaves to the bankers and will remain as such un til we decide and learn that the so-called money we use is nothing more than pieces of worthless paper. All wars are banker wars. The central bankers don’t fight in these wars, they finance both sides and let their slaves die for the riches they acquire. Those riches are then used to develop more power and control of vast amounts of people and their labor. Creating more wealth and power. We have to ask ourselves, what does the average person accomplish in their life time? We work most of our better years of life, raise families that will do the same giving much of their small wealth to the bankers and governments. It seems with every passing generation we lose more and more of self and well-being, to become controlled carbon forms of life and labor. It’s a sad time we live in.

The Victors Write the War History but Should Their Lies be Immortal?

Posted at: http://www.veteranstoday.com/

[Editors Note: I was 46 before I learned that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave anywhere. We are re-running Steve’s article for Confederate Heritage Month – April, 2013, because it is a classic ….Jim W. Dean]

                 … by  Steve Scroggins

The most persistent and pernicious Big Lie regarding the so-called “Civil War”— more properly called the “War to Prevent Southern Independence”— is this:

Noble and saintly Yankees fought the war to abolish slavery; evil Confederates fought to preserve it.

The historical record incontrovertibly refutes this Big Lie and yet it lives on, repeated incessantly by many who know better, and by many, many more who accept without challenge what they were taught in government schools.

The proverbial phrase “the victors write the history” was well-known well before the war.

In fact, General Patrick R. Cleburne, arguing for freeing slaves in exchange for military service, warned what would happen should the South’s bid for independence fail:

“… Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late. … It means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the War, will be impressed by all influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, our maimed veterans as fit objects for their derision. …to establish sectional superiority and a more centralised form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.” –Major General Patrick Cleburne, C.S.A. (Jan. 2, 1864)

Cleburne’s warning was indeed prophetic. The Big Lie is the official myth taught in virtually every public school in the country. Jim Dean noted this above, and he even went to a fancy prep school for two years in Massachusetts.

It is the myth believed and repeated incessantly by most Americans who never looked any deeper than the textbook they were issued in junior high history class. And when FDR’s New Dealers migrated from government service to academia in Southern universities, they made sure the Big Lie was taught down here in the South.

The facts and the historical record, which we will review below, are widely and easily available, but unfortunately most Americans don’t see it as their duty to understand American history in more depth than was offered in the superficial, comic-book summary they heard in government schools.

“It is a testament to the effectiveness of 140 years of government propaganda that a 308 page book filled with true facts about Lincoln could be entitled “The Lincoln No One Knows.” It is not a matter of a poorly-performing government education system but quite the opposite:

The government schools have performed superbly in indoctrinating generations of American school children with a pack of lies, myths, omissions, and falsehoods about Lincoln and his war of conquest.

As Richard Bensel wrote in Yankee Leviathan, any study of the American state should begin in 1865. The power of any state ultimately rests upon a series of government-sponsored myths, and there is none more prominent than the Lincoln Myth.” –Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Unknown Lincoln

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has as its mission statement what is commonly called “The Charge,” issued by General Stephen Dill Lee, who was then the Commander General of the United Confederate Veterans.

The Charge is a reflection of Cleburne’s warning above, and a stated desire to keep alive the memory of the Confederate soldier’s true history and motivation and the founding principles he fought to defend.

” To you Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldiers’ good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish.

Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the south is presented to future generations.” —Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1906

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First, let’s establish HOW the war was started, then we’ll proceed to WHY.

South Carolina seceded December 20th, 1860. Major Robert Anderson, commanding U.S. forces in Charleston, moved the garrison in Fort Moultrie (Sullivan’s Island across the harbor East of Charleston proper) –which he deemed indefensible– to Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. He made this move in stealth in the middle of the night on December 26th.

South Carolina officials were understandably infuriated, but Anderson refused to evacuate Sumter. President Buchanan was a lame duck; he didn’t want a war started on his watch, but refused to issue orders either way.

South Carolina officials made clear that the U.S. Army staying in Sumter was NOT an option and that resupply or reinforcements would be viewed as a hostile act.

On January 9th, an unarmed steamer, the Star of the West, approached Charleston harbor intent on reinforcing Sumter with more troops and ammunition (see diagram below). Charleston batteries fired warning shots near the ship and the Star of the West turned and fled.

By February, South Carolina had joined six other states in the Confederate States of America. Confederate officials pressed for the evacuation of Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens (Pensacola, FL). Buchanan stonewalled and the crisis escalated. Lincoln would inherit the crisis March 4th.

“[T]he Union … will constitutionally defend and maintain itself… In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence, and there shall be none unless it be forced upon the national authority.

The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion, no using of force against or among the people anywhere.” –Abraham Lincoln, from inaugural address, March 4, 1861.

Lincoln essentially declared war in his inaugural address March 4th in which he promised not to invade or attack any one EXCEPT…EXCEPT to hold the forts and property of the U.S. government for the purpose of collecting tariffs. In essence, he was denying the right of secession and promising to invade the southern states and force them back into the Union.

Lincoln refused to meet with Confederate emissaries sent to negotiate full payment for U.S. properties now within the jurisdiction of the C.S.A. Secretary of State Seward gave mixed signals, suggesting that evacuation of the forts was likely — in fact, all senior U.S. military officers recommended immediate evacuation to Lincoln.

Instead, Lincoln ordered a flotilla of war ships with additional troops and supplies to Charleston, then advised Confederate officials that it was coming to “resupply” Sumter, “by force if necessary.”

Rather than wait for war ships and the greater likelihood of loss of life on both sides, the Confederates decided to force a surrender before they arrived. Anderson was given a final chance to evacuate Sumter, given a deadline and told when the bombardment would commence. He replied that he would not evacuate.

The bombardment commenced on April 12th and Anderson surrendered on April 14th due to fears the magazine (with powder and ordnance) would ignite. No one was killed during the bombardment and Anderson’s garrison was allowed to peacefully leave the fort .

Though he made force necessary, Lincoln had succeeded in provoking the Confederates to fire the first shots and it had the desired effect: it incited a war fever in the North. On April 15th, Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to invade the southern states to force their return to the Union, or as he phrased it, to quell “a rebellion.”

As a result of Lincoln’s call for a coercive force, four more states seceded in protest to join forces with the C.S.A. Virginia seceded April 17th and North Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee followed in short order.

The stealthy taking of Fort Sumter was an act of war. The stated intention to insert more men and ammunition BY FORCE was another act of war. The bombardment of Fort Sumter to force its surrender was an act of war, but it was NOT the first act of war in the conflict.

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Now, let’s review the WHY of the war.

There would have been no war if Lincoln had not ordered invasions and naval blockades of southern states. The southern states made known they wanted a peaceful separation. The answer to WHY the southern states fought the war is painfully obvious: Self Defense. Duh! Because their country was being invaded!

In the same Inaugural Address (March 4th, 1861) in which Lincoln promised to use force to collect the tariffs (protect U.S. tax revenues), Lincoln reiterated his previous statements that he had no intent, no lawful right and no inclination to interfere with slavery where it existed.

He went on to say that he supported the proposed Constitutional Amendment (the Corwin Amendment) that would constitutionally enshrine slavery beyond the reach of the U.S. Congress.

The proposed amendment reads as follows:

“No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.”
As noted earlier, Lincoln called for troops to launch an invasion April 15th. He ordered a naval blockade, and made various preparations for war beginning April 15th without a Congressional declaration of war. When Congress finally convened in July, it basically rubber-stamped his actions thus far.

But Congress also approved the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution on July 25th, specifically stating the purpose of the war was to reunite the southern states into the U.S.A. It was clearly stated the war’s purpose was to “preserve the Union” and NOT to overthrow or interfere with “the rights or established institutions of the states” (slavery). This unequivocal statement from Congress and Lincoln’s unequivocal support for the Corwin Amendment directly contradict the official Big Lie. But there’s more. As you’ll see below, Lincoln’s stated purpose remains the same 16 months into the war.

At this point (July 1861), it seems clear that if the Confederate States’ purpose was merely to “preserve slavery,” then its best option would have been to end hostilities and rejoin the Union. It was independence the South was committed to maintain and it was Southern Independence that the North intended to prevent by force if persuasion failed.
“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.
What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.” –Abraham Lincoln, from letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862
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Horace Greeley

Over 16 months after the war began (Aug. 22, 1862), Lincoln wrote to Horace Greeley of The New York Tribune, an open letter in response to a Greeley editorial, in which Lincoln essentially said that slavery was not relevant to the war.
He stated that his “paramount object” was to “preserve the union,” and that slavery had no bearing on the war effort.

This was just days before the Emancipation Proclamation extended the offer, once again, to preserve slavery if the southern states would simply lay down their arms and return to the Union.

The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free any slaves in any territory controlled by the U.S. government. It was generally seen as a farce by both Americans and the British press.
“We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.” —Secretary of State William Seward

“The Union government liberates the enemy’s slaves as it would the enemy’s cattle, simply to weaken them in the conflict. The principle is not that a human being cannot justly own another, but that he cannot own him unless he is loyal to the United States.” –London Spectator, 1862

Right up to very near the end of the war, the South could have saved slavery simply by returning to the Union. Independence was the southern goal.

General John B. Gordon, in his book Reminiscences of the Civil War (p. 19) summarized it this way:

General John B. Gordon

“But slavery was far from being the sole cause of the prolonged conflict. Neither its destruction on the one hand, nor its defense on the other, was the energizing force that held the contending armies to four years of bloody work.

I apprehend that if all living Union soldiers were summoned to the witness-stand, every one of them would testify that it was the preservation of the American Union and not the destruction of Southern slavery that induced him to volunteer at the call of his country.

….No other proof, however, is needed than the undeniable fact that at any period of the war from its beginning to near its close the South could have saved slavery by simply laying down its arms and returning to the Union.” —General John B. Gordon, from Reminiscences of the Civil War, page 19

The North’s primary purpose was to prevent southern independence. It’s the North that betrayed the Founding principle of “consent of the governed” from that celebrated secession document, the Declaration of Independence.
How can any American deny the right of secession and at the same time celebrate Independence Day and the principle it embodies? As Greeley put it in his editorial in the New York Tribune December 17th, 1860:

If the Declaration of Independence justified the secession of 3,000,000 colonists in 1776, I do not see why the Constitution ratified by the same men should not justify the secession of 5,000,000 of the Southerners from the Federal Union in 1861…

We have repeatedly said, and we once more insist that the great principle embodied by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence that government derives its power from the consent of the governed is sound and just, then if the Cotton States, the Gulf States or any other States choose to form an independent nation they have a clear right to do it…

And when a section of our Union resolves to go out, we shall resist any coercive acts to keep it in. We hope never to live in a Republic where one section is pinned to the other section by bayonets.” —Horace Greeley, NewYork Tribune, Dec. 17, 1860.

In December of 1860 and January of 1861, many newspapers across the North and Midwest echoed Greeley’s sentiments to “let the South go in peace.” But the bankers, railroads and shippers soon informed the press of the financial implications of southern independence.

The editorial tune changed dramatically in February and March of 1861 to “No, we must NOT let the South go,” and “what about our shipping?” and “what about our revenue?” As the New York Times noted on March 30th, “We were divided and confused until our pockets were touched.” [ See Northern Editorials on Secession, Howard C. Perkins, ed., 1965 — See Sample editorials here. ]

All the powder keg needed was a spark to ignite a war. Lincoln sent the war ship flotilla to Charleston and it was on. Lincoln had his excuse.

There you have it. The North prevented southern independence because it threatened their financial interests. The South wanted independence for its own best interests, in the tradition of the American Founders. It sought peaceful separation, but fought in self-defense when invaded and blockaded.

The current best estimate for death toll of the war is 750,000 American soldiers and at least 50,000 southern civilians. Adjusted to current population, that’s the equivalent today of 8 million Americans dying in four years.

The Official Big Lie was created and maintained to obscure the overthrow of the Founding Principles, and the true motivations that resulted in tragic and unnecessary death on an epic scale.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean

The United Confederate Veterans – Reunion Time

Some reply fromthe author:

Steve Scroggins

Obviously, the war could have been worse.  Had the powers followed the Sherman plan, every last southern man, woman and child would have been wiped out.  Sherman famously said that “the only good Indian is a dead Indian.”  He wrote more or less the same thing about the southern people and it’s documented in The Offical Record of the Rebellion published by the U.S. Government.  Of course, the survivors would have scattered to the hills and a decades long guerilla war would have ensued.

Lincoln’s stated objective was to “preserve the Union” but his true objective (achieved!) was to effect a “total transformation” to borrow an Obama phrase.  He converted a decentralized republic of republics into a centralized empire ruled from D.C. that controlled the money and banks, that set about building the transcontinental railroad with taxpayer subsidy and established a police state mentality.  Trampling the Constituion at will, Lincoln shut down or destroyed newspapers at the drop of a hat.  He had thousands of northern citizens imprisoned without trial, at the nod of a head or snap of the fingers from the king’s men.  He had thousands of southern civilians bombarded, looted, burned out and left to starve.  He revelled in stories of their suffering; Sherman and Grant both noted that he always asked to hear such stories.

Lincoln was a tyrant in every way and yet modern Americans consistently rank him among the “greatest” presidents.  THAT is an indication of the staying power of the Lincoln Myth.  Adolf Hitler also warmly approved of Lincoln’s conduct and centralizing policies… Lincoln inspired Hitler and Marx.  The evidence is in Mein Kampf.  http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo20.html

Socialism and centralization were the rage in Europe during our war and many refugees from the failed German revolution ended up in the U.S. Army.  The grandson of Francis Scott Key (author of the Star Spangled Banner), Francis Key Howard, was a Baltimore newspaper editor held as a political prisoner in Fort McHenry… and wrote of a Union officer with a thick German accent lecturing him on what it means to be a “good American.”  Howard was arrested for criticizing Lincoln in an editorial (Baltimore Exchange) — specifically he was criticizing Lincoln’s suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus (See Ex Parte Merryman).   Most of the Maryland legislature were also arrested to prevent their voting on secession.

What Americans hear in government schools, of course, is of Lincoln the “Great Emancipator” and Lincoln the “humanitarian.”

Steve Scroggins

In 1871, most southern states were still under military occupation, that happy time known as “Reconstruction.”  The years immediately after the war was the time when the southern states did not have “state” status… at least not until they ratified the “Reconstruction Amendments” at the point of a bayonet.  So how exactly can a state that is not really a state ratify anything?  The 14th Amendment was declared ratified when in fact it never met the requirements (3/4 of the states).  The 14th Amendment is often cited as the authority for all manner of trampling on state’s rights.

Incidentally, 1871 was the year when Nathan Bedford Forrest testified before Congress that he was not a member or founder, nor was he ever a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  These members of Congress (Sherman, et al) were not friends of Forrest, but they were satisfied with the testimony.  That myth about Forrest lives on.

It was 1913 when the 16th Amendment to introduce an income tax was allegedly ratified.  Then the U.S. government designated the Federal Reserve Bank as the controller of U.S. currency and money supply.  Southerners had fought the establishment of central banks for decades after the founding, but after 1913, a cartel of international bankers were inside the henhouse.