Steven Bannon is to Donald Trump what Josef Goebbels was to Hitler. Writing this is not meant to be alarmist. Instead, it is written so we can understand his role. It is clear from his work with Breitbart and in his production of propaganda films for the far-right that Breitbart is a clever propagandist. Indeed, it seems likely that he has read and absorbed Goebbels’ admonitions and advice regarding the role of propaganda to the State. His appointment to the National Security Council is not appalling because it removes a couple of war criminals from positions they assumed were theirs by decree. It is appalling because it represents the rise of an American fascist to the inner circles of power. Not just the inner circles, but arguably a circle most fundamental in matters of life and death.
Given the turbulent arrival of Tyrannosaurus Trump, (little hands, enormous head), even his gullible legions had best take seriously what his ex-wife had to say:
Trump has now declared war on the press, his lackeys claim the right to their own “alternative facts” and that the White House Press Office can “disagree with the facts.”
He’s just taken steps to force construction of more oil pipelines, including on Native American lands, and is in favor of more coal. On that front he not only removed all references to civil rights and global warming from the White House website; he instituted an information blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency, censorship.
Shit is hitting the fan, and it’s been less than a week. His fascistic outbursts and gloating over some vague notion of more “law and order” do not bode well for a free society here any longer.
Trump is declaring war after war, step after step, and his wars are with the majority of Americans.
One of those real issues is that the CIA has consistently lied to the American people for many, many years. Why would Trump conclude that Brennan was spouting fake news? Well, in the past 15 years, the CIA said that it was not torturing its prisoners. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not created an archipelago of secret prisons where it was holding hundreds of people, including innocent civilians. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not created and used a dungeon torture center called the “Salt Pit” in Afghanistan. That was a lie. The CIA said that it was not sending prisoners to third world countries to undergo torture with a wink and a nod from the CIA’s leadership. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not hacked into computers belonging to investigators of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence while they were writing the definitive report on the CIA torture program. That was a lie.
I won’t even get into CIA protestations that it hasn’t overthrown governments, influenced elections, committed assassinations, or otherwise mucked up U.S. foreign policy since the late 1940s.
Historical background mostly…
My problem with Hedges concerns his cowardice over the September 11th Treason:
Message to Hedges:
Hedges has been a coward over the 9/11 Treason. This betrayal discredits him and others like Noam Chomsky, who also sold lies, the most dangerous lies, by letting them get away with it.
There is no way to stop the gains of the empire if you let them get away with massive attacks on the “homeland.” The ignorance Hedges displays is staggering. You ceded the entire debate to them on 9/12/01 and made yourself irrelevant. We had a chance to stop them. They allowed terror attacks on NYC and the Pentagon, and perhaps aided and abetted. They committed high Treason to cover it up and protect the Saudi sponsors. The CIA hid the hijackers from exposure for 16-18 months — ADMITTED TO SINCE 2005!
These facts render your efforts moot, Mr.Hedges. You will get exactly nowhere by allowing massive false flag terror attacks to occur without opposition. Your efforts are little more than the chatter of the Internet. Interesting entertainment. Nothing more.
Jon Gold and Robbie Martin discuss the lies about 9/11 warnings...