Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What they ask us to believe...

The leaders of the United States Military-Industrial Complex watch Usama Bin Laden's assassination from a remote camera attached to the helmet of a special forces soldier. 
"Then there are intelligence agencies in the U.S., which require billions of dollars worth of funds from the Congress and the government every year. This [funding issue] was not a big problem till the existence of the former Soviet Union but after that the budget of these agencies has been in danger. They needed an enemy. So, they first started propaganda against Usama and Taleban and then this incident happened. You see, the Bush Administration approved a budget of 40 billion dollars. Where will this huge amount go? It will be provided to the same agencies, which need huge funds and want to exert their importance. Now they will spend the money for their expansion and for increasing their importance."  attributed to Usama Bin Laden on October 16, 2001

On May 1st  ("International Worker's Day" or May Day) on 5/01/11, nearly 116 months to the day  after 9/11/01, the greatest straw man in the history of the world was found living in a palatial estate 800 yards from Pakistan's Military Academy. (Pakistan is a military junta with nuclear weapons to whom the United States has poured billions of dollars into since the start of the war on terror.)  No picture was shown of his face or body which was allegedly dumped into the North Arabian Sea.

He was allegedly thinly defended, yet he was not taken alive.  If he would have been, there would have been no fair trial, just a military tribunal after months of torture.  And they tell us the world we live in will now be a safer place.  For me, this story is just as unbelievable as the story they told us 116 months ago: That 19 impoverished, mid-eastern terrorists destroyed the twin towers with hijacked commercial airplanes.  Kamikazes in 1944 I can believe.  56 years later, I never bought the story they fed us on 9/11/01.

But I believe what I can see around me.  That the United States is a poorer and more disliked country since the start of the war on terrorism.  We have created a fascist set of laws and a surveillance capacity unrivaled in modern times, yet we can not feed, house, or employ many of our citizens. And the rich continue to immobilize most of the nation's wealth. And if you had to create a pretext to develop a military, surveillance state capable of suppressing citizen dissent, capable of spying on all Americans, capable of silently dumping the working and middle classes into poverty while removing all possible avenues of a  revolution against the monied elite who have sucked the wealth out of this country....  How would you do it? What lies would you feed the people?

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