A couple of ‘f**king crazies’, past and present. Lemnitzer and Rumsfeld.
I’ve been reading James W. Douglas’ excellent book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why he died and why it matters. If you have time to read only one book on JFK, this is the one to pick. Douglas presents a detailed picture of Kennedy’s all-too-short time in office that leaves the reader in no doubt about how and why he was eventually killed, and who did it. In addition, it’s very well-written.
Douglas recounts that, during the summer of 1961, Kennedy was being harassed by the militant members (i.e. all) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to approve the use of nuclear weapons on Laos and Berlin, against the ‘Communists’ (of course). After one meeting where the Joint Chiefs reiterated their psychopathic demands, Kennedy just walked out and, looking back at generals and admirals left in the Cabinet Room, said to an aide: “These people are crazy“. Read More →
Dim-witted patsies, easy prey for British ‘war on terror’-mongers
More ‘Muslim terror plot’ horse-shit from the British authorities was revealed this week at the trial of three Birmingham men who were accused of planning a “mass suicide bomb plot” that would have been “worse than 7/7” according to hysterical British police and mainstream media. About 39 years ago, six Irish Catholics were tortured by British authorities and forced to confess to planting bombs in two pubs in Birmingham. Their deliberately and obviously wrongful convictions were overturned after they had spent 16 years in a British prison.
Reading the newspaper headlines you could be forgiven for thinking that British authorities had thwarted the worst criminal terrorist plot to wage mass murder on the British public since the Nazi blitz. If you look a little deeper than the headlines however, you’ll quickly realise that this is just more evidence that British intelligence agencies (like their US counterparts) dedicate themselves to finding young, (usually unemployed) British Muslims who are low on intelligence and high on personal hubris and bravado to parade in front of the British and World public as ‘evidence’ of a ‘Muslim terror threat’ and, therefore, why the British public should look to the British establishment for protection. Read More →
I became familiar with the poems of Pablo Neruda while studying Spanish/Latin American literature at University. Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, the legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 1973. Throughout his life he was one of the world’s most eloquent freedom fighters in the true sense of the word. You can read a reasonably balanced synopsis of his life here.
One of his most famous poems is called simply, Poem 20, and it’s one of my favorites (and even better in the original Spanish), but the poem by Neruda below is more topical (in terms of this web site) I suppose. It’s a poetic (and accurate) rendering of the history of US corporate and government involvement in Latin America, a history that was defined by CIA coups, death squads and the installation of brutal dictators that would do business the ‘American way’ and not balk at murdering thousands of innocent people.
I suppose I’m just feeling a bit melancholic because there are so few people of the caliber of Neruda left in the world today. Read More →
Soon-to-be CIA director, John Brennan, and one of the CIA drones he wants to introduce you to.
How many Americans are aware that their government has claimed the authority to arbitrarily kill their fellow citizens when it chooses, and that it can do so ‘legally’, without any evidence that the citizen in question posed any threat to anyone, let alone the US government or its ‘interests’?
How many Americans are aware that the US government has responded to court cases brought by the ACLU questioning the US government’s authority to engage in targeted assassinations of US citizens by saying that this is a political question and that US courts and judges have no say in the matter (“There exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional considerations“)? I’d wager not many. But that’s precisely what the US government has done, according to a leaked unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News. You can read the white paper here. The actual legal justification as defined by Justice Department lawyers in 2010 is being kept secret by the government, but the ‘white paper’ explains that, not only has the government decided that targeted assassinations without due process are legal, but that no evidence of any imminent threat from a target is necessary for the target to be deemed an imminent threat. (Go figure). Read More →