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LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH: THE MAKING OF DAVID CRONENBERG’S ‘VIDEODROME’

Definitely influenced many works to come after… including my own novel:

 

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My David Cronenberg installment: Radically Different Films, Part 3.

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What’s really going on in Syria, Libya, and the wider Middle East bears no resemblance to the sludge Americans are force-fed by a clownish media. I’ve tried to set the record straight, since 2012, but the truth is no longer welcome in this dystopia. America has truly lost its mind, assuming it had one to begin with.

Our psychotic so-called “leaders” love nothing more than to play with fire. Big fire.

Moscow slams Obama decision to send 250 more US troops to Syria

The Syria debacle was always, from day one, from 1957 a proxy war against Russian influence. The US aims to kick out the Russians, their defensive weapons, their naval base, and their oil and gas industries.

That’s why a quarter of a million Syrians are dead.

That’s why ISIS and Al Nusrah exist.

That’s why we stand at the brink of nuclear annihilation: games, imperial games to take whatever can be taken.

Would you send your kid to die for that shit?

Seriously?

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The Delusionists: 90% of Americans are caught up in ideological myths about the government, what it does and doesn’t do. They don’t care much for facts, investigation, or sources other than their ideologically vetted propaganda chains.

The Realists: Hopefully we can reach even 10% of the population: the anti-Delusionists.

The Realists are sometimes overconfident and fooled by Honey Trap ploys. A Honey Trap is disinformation put out there to discredit those who fall for it. It is standard practice, longstanding, and is at the heart of the secret government’s general strategy of demonizing “conspiracy theorists” in the public mind. Those 90% who mindlessly parrot this phrase without the integrity to understand the evidence first are a major force for injustice and the continuance of an immoral status quo. Immoral and indefensible.

Wars don’t just happen. They are by and large 100% cooked up as conspiracies of one sort or another. Those who like war, and profit handsomely from it, need to find ways to sell war to the mooing masses. This is the world we have inherited.

But please go back to The Bachelor. There are no conspiracies in America.

(Some of the specifics have evolved over time, but the main thrust is quite accurate…)


Gore Vidal: The Enemy Within

October 27, 2002, The Observer

     On 24 August, 1814, things looked very dark for freedom’s land. That was the day the British captured Washington DC and set fire to the Capitol and the White House. President Madison took refuge in the nearby Virginia woods where he waited patiently for the notoriously short attention span of the Brits to kick in, which it did. They moved on and what might have been a Day of Utter Darkness turned out to be something of a bonanza for the DC building trades and up-market realtors.

One year after 9/11, we still don’t know by whom we were struck that infamous Tuesday, or for what true purpose. But it is fairly plain to many civil-libertarians that 9/11 put paid not only to much of our fragile Bill of Rights but also to our once-envied system of government which had taken a mortal blow the previous year when the Supreme Court did a little dance in 5/4 time and replaced a popularly elected president with the oil and gas Cheney/Bush junta.

Meanwhile, our more and more unaccountable government is pursuing all sorts of games around the world that we the spear carriers (formerly the people) will never learn of. Even so, we have been getting some answers to the question: why weren’t we warned in advance of 9/11? Apparently, we were, repeatedly; for the better part of a year, we were told there would be unfriendly visitors to our skies some time in September 2001, but the government neither informed nor protected us despite Mayday warnings from Presidents Putin and Mubarak, from Mossad and even from elements of our own FBI. A joint panel of congressional intelligence committees reported (19 September 2002, New York Times) that as early as 1996, Pakistani terrorist Abdul Hakim Murad confessed to federal agents that he was ‘learning to fly in order to crash a plane into CIA HQ’.

Only CIA director George Tenet seemed to take the various threats seriously. In December 1998, he wrote to his deputies that ‘we are at war’ with Osama bin Laden. So impressed was the FBI by his warnings that by 20 September 2001, ‘the FBI still had only one analyst assigned full time to al-Qaeda’.

From a briefing prepared for Bush at the beginning of July 2001: ‘We believe that OBL [Osama bin Laden] will launch a significant terrorist attack against US and/or Israeli interests in the coming weeks. The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against US facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.’ And so it came to pass; yet Condoleezza Rice, the National Security Advisor, says she never suspected that this meant anything more than the kidnapping of planes.

 

Happily, somewhere over the Beltway, there is Europe — recently declared anti-Semitic by the US media because most of Europe wants no war with Iraq and the junta does, for reasons we may now begin to understand thanks to European and Asian investigators with their relatively free media.

On the subject ‘How and Why America was Attacked on 11 September, 2001’, the best, most balanced report, thus far, is by Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed … Yes, yes, I know he is one of Them. But they often know things that we don’t — particularly about what we are up to. A political scientist, Ahmed is executive director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development ‘a think-tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights, justice and peace’ in Brighton. His book, ‘The War on Freedom‘, has just been published in the US by a small but reputable publisher.

Ashmed provides a background for our ongoing war against Afghanistan, a view that in no way coincides with what the administration has told us. He has drawn on many sources, most tellingly on American whistleblowers who are beginning to come forth and hear witness — like those FBI agents who warned their supervisors that al-Qaeda was planning a kamikaze strike against New York and Washington only to be told that if they went public with these warnings they would suffer under the National Security Act. Several of these agents have engaged David P. Schippers, chief investigative counsel for the US House Judiciary Committee, to represent them in court. The majestic Schippers managed the successful impeachment of President Clinton in the House of Representatives. He may, if the Iraqi war should go wrong, be obliged to perform the same high service for Bush, who allowed the American people to go unwarned about an imminent attack upon two of our cities as pre-emption of a planned military strike by the US against the Taliban.

The Guardian (26 September 2001) reported that in July 2001, a group of interested parties met in a Berlin hotel to listen to a former State Department official, Lee Coldren, as he passed on a message from the Bush administration that ‘the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action … the chilling quality of this private warning was that it came — according to one of those present, the Pakistani diplomat Niaz Naik — accompanied by specific details of how Bush would succeed …’ Four days earlier, the Guardian had reported that ‘Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of possible American military action against them two months before the terrorist assaults on New York and Washington … [which] raises the possibility that bin Laden was launching a pre-emptive strike in response to what he saw as US threats.’ A replay of the ‘day of infamy’ in the Pacific 62 years earlier?

Why the US needed a Eurasian adventure

On 9 September 2001, Bush was presented with a draft of a national security presidential directive outlining a global campaign of military, diplomatic and intelligence action targeting al-Qaeda, buttressed by the threat of war. According to NBC News: ‘President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaeda … but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks … The directive, as described to NBC News, was essentially the same war plan as the one put into action after 11 September. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly … because it simply had to pull the plans “off the shelf”.’

Finally, BBC News, 18 September 2001: ‘Niak Naik, a former Pakistan foreign secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October. It was Naik’s view that Washington would not drop its war for Afghanistan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban.’

Was Afghanistan then turned to rubble in order to avenge the 3,000 Americans slaughtered by Osama? Hardly. The administration is convinced that Americans are so simple-minded that they can deal with no scenario more complex than the venerable lone, crazed killer (this time with zombie helpers) who does evil just for the fun of it ’cause he hates us, ’cause we’re rich ‘n free ‘n he’s not. Osama was chosen on aesthetic grounds to be the most frightening logo for our long contemplated invasion and conquest of Afghanistan, planning for which had been ‘contingency’ some years before 9/11 and, again, from 20 December, 2000, when Clinton’s out-going team devised a plan to strike at al-Qaeda in retaliation for the assault on the warship Cole. Clinton’s National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, personally briefed his successor on the plan but Rice, still very much in her role as director of Chevron-Texaco, with special duties regarding Pakistan and Uzbekistan, now denies any such briefing. A year and a half later (12 August, 2002), fearless Time magazine reported this odd memory lapse.

Osama, if it was he and not a nation, simply provided the necessary shock to put in train a war of conquest. But conquest of what? What is there in dismal dry sandy Afghanistan worth conquering? Zbigniew Brzezinski tells us exactly what in a 1997 Council on Foreign Relations study called ‘The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives‘.

The Polish-born Brzezinski was the hawkish National Security Advisor to President Carter. In ‘The Grand Chessboard’, Brzezinski gives a little history lesson. ‘Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some 500 years ago, Eurasia has been the centre of world power.’ Eurasia is all the territory east of Germany. This means Russia, the Middle East, China and parts of India. Brzezinski acknowledges that Russia and China, bordering oil-rich central Asia, are the two main powers threatening US hegemony in that area.

He takes it for granted that the US must exert control over the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, known to those who love them as ‘the Stans’: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan and Kyrgyzstan all ‘of importance from the standpoint of security and historical ambitions to at least three of their most immediate and most powerful neighbours — Russia, Turkey and Iran, with China signaling’. Brzezinski notes how the world’s energy consumption keeps increasing; hence, who controls Caspian oil/gas will control the world economy. Brzezinski then, reflexively, goes into the standard American rationalization for empire;. We want nothing, ever, for ourselves, only to keep bad people from getting good things with which to hurt good people. ‘It follows that America’s primary interest is to help ensure that no single [other] power comes to control the geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.’

Brzezinski is quite aware that American leaders are wonderfully ignorant of history and geography so he really lays it on, stopping just short of invoking politically incorrect ‘manifest destiny’. He reminds the Council just how big Eurasia is. Seventy-five percent of the world’s population is Eurasian. If I have done the sums right, that means that we’ve only got control, to date, of a mere 25 percent of the world’s folks. More! ‘Eurasia accounts for 60-per cent of the world’s GNP and three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.’

Brzezinski’s master plan for ‘our’ globe has obviously been accepted by the Cheney-Bush junta. Corporate America, long over-excited by Eurasian mineral wealth, has been aboard from the beginning.

Ahmed sums up: ‘Brzezinski clearly envisaged that the establishment, consolidation and expansion of US military hegemony over Eurasia through Central Asia would require the unprecedented, open-ended militarisation of foreign policy, coupled with an unprecedented manufacture of domestic support and consensus on this militarisation campaign.’

Afghanistan is the gateway to all these riches. Will we fight to seize them? It should never be forgotten that the American people did not want to fight in either of the twentieth century’s world wars, but President Wilson maneuvered us into the First while President Roosevelt maneuvered the Japanese into striking the first blow at Pearl Harbor, causing us to enter the Second as the result of a massive external attack. Brzezinski understands all this and, in 1997, he is thinking ahead — as well as backward. ‘Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.’ Thus was the symbolic gun produced that belched black smoke over Manhattan and the Pentagon.

Since the Iran-Iraq wars, Islam has been demonized as a Satanic terrorist cult that encourages suicide attacks — contrary, it should be noted, to the Islamic religion. Osama has been portrayed, accurately, it would seem, as an Islamic zealot. In order to bring this evil-doer to justice (‘dead or alive’), Afghanistan, the object of the exercise was made safe not only for democracy but for Union Oil of California whose proposed pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan to Pakistan and the Indian Ocean port of Karachi, had been abandoned under the Taliban’s chaotic regime. Currently, the pipeline is a go-project thanks to the junta’s installation of a Unocal employee (John J Maresca) as US envoy to the newly born democracy whose president, Hamid Karzai, is also, according to Le Monde, a former employee of a Unocal subsidiary. Conspiracy? Coincidence!

Once Afghanistan looked to be within the fold, the junta, which had managed to pull off a complex diplomatic-military caper, abruptly replaced Osama, the personification of evil, with Saddam. This has been hard to explain since there is nothing to connect Iraq with 9/11. Happily, ‘evidence’ is now being invented. But it is uphill work, not helped by stories in the press about the vast oil wealth of Iraq which must — for the sake of the free world — be reassigned to US and European consortiums.

As Brzezinski foretold, ‘a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat’ made it possible for the President to dance a war dance before Congress. ‘A long war!’ he shouted with glee. Then he named an incoherent Axis of Evil to be fought. Although Congress did not give him the FDR Special — a declaration of war — he did get permission to go after Osama who may now be skulking in Iraq.

Bush and the dog that did not bark

Post-9/11, the American media were filled with pre-emptory denunciations of unpatriotic ‘conspiracy theorists’, who not only are always with us but are usually easy for the media to discredit since it is an article of faith that there are no conspiracies in American life. Yet, a year or so ago, who would have thought that most of corporate America had been conspiring with accountants to cook their books since — well, at least the bright days of Reagan and deregulation. Ironically, less than a year after the massive danger from without, we were confronted with an even greater enemy from within: Golden Calf capitalism. Transparency? One fears that greater transparency will only reveal armies of maggots at work beneath the skin of a culture that needs a bit of a lie-down in order to collect itself before taking its next giant step which is to conquer Eurasia, a potentially fatal adventure not only for our frazzled institutions but for us the presently living.

Complicity. The behavior of President George W. Bush on 11 September certainly gives rise to all sorts of not unnatural suspicions. I can think of no other modern chief of state who would continue to pose for ‘warm’ pictures of himself listening to a young girl telling stories about her pet goat while hijacked planes were into three buildings.

Constitutionally, Bush is not only chief of state, he is commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Normally, a commander in such a crisis would go straight to headquarters and direct operations while receiving the latest intelligence.

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This file is from Intelwire.com, where it recently disappeared from the Internet (404 error). I am reposting it here and a mirror at archive.org to make sure this vital corroboration of Senator Bob Graham’s revelations remains in the public domain.

2001-10-03: FBI COMMUNICATION, ASSOCIATES OF OMAR AL-BAYOUMI

The San Diego field office’s investigation of Omar Al-Bayoumi yielded a great deal of data on his time at the Parkwood Apartment complex, where hijackers Al-Midhar and Al-Hazmi moved after arriving in San Diego. Telephone connections put Bayoumi within three degrees of separation of the bin Laden family on one hand and blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman on the other, but the FBI’s redactions of this document make the number of degrees and their intensity unclear.

Among other things, this document states:

  • One resident of the complex, linked to al-Bayoumi, was a Saudi citizen who hosted a party for “The Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman in October 1992. The same

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    was “determined to have known Osama Bin Laden’s family in Saudi Arabia and to have telephonic contact with members of Bin Laden’s family who are currently in the U.S.”

  • A telephone link also connected a resident with Anwar Aulaqi, then-leader of the Dar El-Hijra mosque inFalls Church, Virginia and “determined… to have been the spiritual leader for hijacker Nawaf Al-Hazmi.”

  • Al-Midhar and Al-Hazmi briefly lived with Bayoumi before moving into the nearby Parkwood Apartment complex, where Bayoumi also moved.

  • “According to the apartment manager of the Parkwood Apartments, Al-Bayoumi occasionally paid rent for Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar.”

  • Evidence was found supporting the possibility that Bayoumi was affiliated with the Saudi intelligence service. The FBI redacted details of that evidence.

  • Another individual who apparently moved into the Parkwood complex may have “succeeded Omar AI-Bayoumi and may be undertaking activities on behalf of the Government of Saudi Arabia.”

  • Bayoumi or one of his associates “has had telephonic contact with Anwar N. Aulaqi,” the memo reads. “Aulaqi is the Imam of a mosque in Falls Church, Virginia and is believed to have been the spiritual leader of hijacker Nawaf AI-Hazmi.”

 

 

 

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…with Noam Chomsky, when he tells the truth.

Or with the Left media, when they tell the truth.

Or with the right, when they tell the truth.

Or with the corporate news, when they tell the truth.

The problem is that this is becoming rarer and rarer. The lies are out there, but one must be knowledgeable, well-versed in the tactics of professional propagandists, and able to counter them with reliable factual sources.

This blog was created, in part, as a clearinghouse to stuff all those sources into one place and recall them later. It is a library of reports that most news doesn’t want to cover, most people never hear about, and yet are often vital to understanding what’s really going on.

Use the search function, and you will be surprised. Guaranteed.

To get you started: Just Caught Noam Chomsky Lying About Syria

P.S.

Revelations by German editor of F.A.Z., Udo Ulfkotte, that he was on the CIA’s payroll inside the German media, for years.

“I’m fed up with this propaganda.”

He wrote a book about it too.

Yesterday America revealed that only “6%” had genuine trust in the media. Gullible fools that bunch.

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They did NOT appreciate Fact-Free Luminaries: Chomsky’s Chumpskes. I wonder why not?

Maybe I’m doing something right?

Or maybe it was exposing Chomsky’s latest Syria lie that put them over the top?

Just Caught Noam Fibbin Again

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‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’

George Tenet accused the Bushies of avoiding a paper trail by ignoring meetings and warnings prior to 9/11. But the large gap in his story is that Tenet was himself actively hiding known Al Qaeda mambers living in San Diego from Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke. This is corroborated in the CIA Inspector General report from 2005 (page xiii, bottom). Tenet also obviously lied to the 9/11 Commission–a felony.

Consider the source…

That morning of July 10, the head of the agency’s Al Qaeda unit, Richard Blee, burst into [Cofer] Black’s office…

What can we infer from this day?

Three top CIA officers were involved: Blee, Black and Tenet. The odds are that one or more of them were not in on the grand plan, that the attacks needed to succeed in order to give America a pretext to attack Asia for the next century. The September 11th attacks provided the “new Pearl Harbor” as laid out in Rebuilding America’s Defenses, from the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).

That makes everything else in this article a half-truth, a take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt, revelation:

Rich [Blee] started by saying, ‘There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months.

…And the word back,” says Tenet, “‘was ‘we’re not quite ready to consider this. We don’t want the clock to start ticking.’” (Translation: they did not want a paper trail to show that they’d been warned.)

It’s entirely possible that Blee and/or Black were not co-conspirators, and that all the rest of it was theater for their benefit.

While the Inspector General makes clear that many people at CIA were aware of the Al Qaeda men in San Diego, it has a gaping hole in it, due to the ongoing cover-up of Saudi state involvement. There is a cover story that complicates matters.

It should also be mentioned that while the top CIA brass were allegedly worried that all these Al Qaeda men were “coming here,” the issuance of VISAS from SAUDI ARABIA received no attention: which is how they actually got into the country.

J. Michael Springmann has long exposed that the CIA ran the Saudi consulates and overrode State Department officers in order to sneak in “unqualified applicants” such as the 9/11 hijackers.

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