"The target suffered a terminal illness before a firing squad in Baghdad." -- CIA officer testifying to US Senate hearing, after bloody CIA aided Ba'th Party coup overthrew Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Kassem, 1963 "Strikes at population targets (per se) are likely not only to create a counterproductive wave of revulsion abroad and at home, but greatly to increase the risk of enlarging the war with China and the Soviet Union. Destruction of locks and dams, however - if handled right - might offer promise. It should be studied. Such destruction does not kill or drown people. By shallow-flooding the rice, it leads after time to widespread starvation (more than a million) unless food is provided - which we could offer to do 'at the conference table'." -- John McNaughton, US State Department Vietnam policy, as quoted in 'The Mentality of the Backroom Boys.' Article by Noam Chomsky, 1973
The US must carry out some act somewhere in the world which shows its' determination to continue to be a world power." -- Henry Kissinger, post-Vietnam blues, as quoted in The Washington Post, April 1975 "It would not have been possible for a political party to be more committed to a national home for the Jews in Palestine than was Labour." -- Harold Wilson, former British Labour Party Prime Minister, 1981 "One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about everything that's come before them, where we're involved, and it didn't upset my breakfast at all." -- Ronald Reagan, former US President, basking in the triumph that was the US invasion of Grenada, 1983 Q. "Mr. President, have you approved of covert activity to destablise the present government of Nicaragua?" A. "Well, no, we're supporting them, the - oh, wait a minute, wait a minute, I'm sorry, I was thinking of El Salvador, because of the previous, when you said Nicaragua. Here again, this is something upon which the national security interests, I just - I will not comment." -- Ronald Reagan, former US President, Washington press conference, February 13th, 1983, as quoted by John Pilger in 'Heroes' "After seeing 'RAMBO' last night, I know what to do the next time this happens." -- Ronald Reagan, former US President, as reported by Daily Express, July 2nd, 1985 "Aerosol DU (Depleted Uranium) exposures to soldiers on the battlefield could be significant with potential radiological and toxicological effects. [...] Under combat conditions, the most exposed individuals are probably ground troops that re-enter a battlefield following the exchange of armour-piercing munitions. [...] We are simply highlighting the potential for levels of DU exposure to military personnel during combat that would be unacceptable during peacetime operations. [...DU is..]... a low level alpha radiation emitter which is linked to cancer when exposures are internal, [and] chemical toxicity causing kidney damage. [...] Short term effects of high doses can result in death, while long term effects of low doses have been linked to cancer. [...] Our conclusion regarding the health and environmental acceptability of DU penetrators assume both controlled use and the presence of excellent health physics management practices. Combat conditions will lead to the unco! ntrolled release of DU. [...] The conditions of the battlefield, and the long term health risks to natives and combat veterans may become issues in the acceptability of the continued use of DU kinetic penetrators for military applications." -- Excerpts from the July 1990 Science and Applications International Corporation report: ' Kinetic Energy Penetrator Environment and Health Considerations', as included in Appenix D - US Army Armaments, Munitions and Chemical Command report: 'Kinetic Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy Study, July 1990' These documents state clearly and equivocally that the US army was well aware of the radioactive and toxic dangers of Depleted Uranium ammunition long before the first shots of the war were fired. "We do not have any defence treaties with Kuwait, and there are no special defence or security commitments to Kuwait." -- Margaret Tutweiller, US State Department spokeswoman, 24th July 1990, nine days before Iraq's invasion of Kuwait "The more individuals capable of watching the world theater calmly and critically, the less danger of monumental mass stupidities - first of all, wars." Hermann Hesse: Author (1877-1962) "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." -- Pericles, 430 BC "If one acknowledges a group or a nation willing to commit atrocities, then one must also acknowledges the existance of a nation willing to commit atrocities to blame on the first nation." -- Michael Rivero "War doesn't fall out of the clear sky. Like every other human undertaking, it requires preparation; to make it a possibility and then a reality, the care and cooperation of many are needed. It is desired, prepared for, and proposed by those men and powers who stand to gain by it. Either it brings them direct cash profit, as in the case of armaments industry (and as soon as war breaks out, how many previously harmless industries become war industries, and how automatically money flows their way!), or it brings them advantage in the form of prestige, respect, and power, as in the case of unemployed generals and colonels." Hermann Hesse: Author (1877-1962) "Once a government resorts to terror against its own population to get what it wants, it must keep using terror against its own population to get what it wants. A government that terrorizes its own people can never stop. If such a government ever lets the fear subside and rational thought return to the populace, that government is finished." --Michael Rivero "My instinct as an individualist and artist has always warned me most urgently against this capacity of men for becoming drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective hatred, and collective honor. When this morbid exaltation becomes perceptible in a room, a hall, a village, a city, or a country, I grow cold and distrustful; a shudder comes over me, for already, while most of my fellow men are still weeping with rapture and enthusiasm, still cheering and venting protestations of brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going up in flames." Hermann Hesse: Author (1877-1962) "Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanos remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves... So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations...It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts."  --Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn "We have come to recognize that there are potentially desirable limits to economic growth. There are also potentially desirable limits to the indefinite extension of political democracy...A government which lacks authority ...will have little ability, short of cataclysmic crisis, to impose on its people the sacrifices which may be necessary.."  -- 1975 Trilateral Commission Report on the Governability of Democracies "There is a systematic plan to use the concepts of war to rearrange the chess pieces on the world playing board. It has to do with the New World Order, Globlism and the attack on national sovereignty we are seeing. Occasionally, the globalists who want One World Government have to turn to war to accelerate things." -- Joel Skousen "News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising".  --former NBC news prez Rubin Frank "Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."  -- Richard Salent, Former President CBS News. "Stopping terrorism is simple. Just quit screwing around with other people's countries and the terrorists will go home. But the government of the United States wants to go on screwing around with other people's countries, refuses to stop, indeed views it as Manifest Destiny for the United States Government to persist in screwing around with other people's countries, and views the inconvenience, increased tax burden, loss of civil liberties, and even deaths among the American people as just another cost of doing business.   -- Michael Rivero "By way of deception, thou shalt do war." --Motto of the Mossad ``The [government] must put the most modern medical means in the service of this knowledge.... Those who are physically and mentally unhealthy and unworthy must not perpetuate their suffering in the body of their children.... The prevention of the faculty and opportunity to procreate on the part of the physically degenerate and mentally sick, over a period of only 600 years, would ... free humanity from an immeasurable misfortune.´´ -- Adolf Hitler ``The per capita income gap between the developed and the developing countries is increasing, in large part the result of higher birth rates in the poorer countries.... Famine in India, unwanted babies in the United States, poverty that seemed to form an unbreakable chain for millions of people--how should we tackle these problems?.... It is quite clear that one of the major challenges of the 1970s ... will be to curb the world´s fertility.´´ -- George H. W. Bush HISTORY is just new people making old mistakes... -- Sigmund Freud "One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda." -- General Douglas MacArthur "Politics is the womb in which war develops." --Carl von Clausewitz "If you give a man the correct information for seven years, he may believe the incorrect information on the first day of the eighth year when it is necessary, from your point of view, that he should do so. Your first job is to build the credibility and the authenticity of your propaganda, and persuade the enemy to trust you although you are his enemy." -- A Psychological Warfare Casebook Operations Research Office Johns Hopkins University Baltimore (1958
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws." --Abraham Lincoln "The first casualty of war is truth." --Rudyard Kipling "All warfare is based on deception."The Art Of War -- Sun Tzu Just as every dead soldier marks the eternal repetition of an error, so truth must eternally be repeated in a thousand forms. -- Hermann Hesse - Author (1877-1962) "Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." -- Michael Rivero " Great military peoples have conquered their known world time and time again through the centuries, only to die out in the inevitable ashes of their fire. Well over two thousand years ago, the Chinese philosopher, Laotzu, concluded that: "Weapons often turn upon the wielder, An army's harvest is a waste of thorns." We may have to resort to arms in the future, as we have in the past. We may have to use them to prevent atomic war from being launched against us. But let us have the wisdom to realize that the use of force is a sign of weakness on a higher plane, and that a policy based primarily on recourse to arms will sooner or later fail." -- Charles Lindbergh, Of Flight and Life, 1948 "The history of war is the history of powerful individuals willing to sacrifice thousands upon thousands of other people's lives for personal gains. -- Michael Rivero "Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government."  -- Henry Kissinger speaking at Evian, France, May 21, 1992 Bilderburgers meeting. Unbeknownst to Kissinger, his speech was taped by a Swiss delegate to the meeting. "We tell the people what they need to know, what they want to know." -- Frank Sesno, CNN "News" "We need a common enemy to unite us."  -- Condoleeza Rice, March 2000 "Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..." -- General Douglas MacArthur, 1957 "History is a joke played by the victors on the vanquished in front of an audience that dares not laugh." -- Michael Rivero "I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes. The moral effect should be good...and it would spread a lively terror.... " -- Winston Churchill commenting on the British use of poison gas against the Iraqis after World War I "... somehow we find it hard to sell our values, namely that the rich should plunder the poor." -- former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles "The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them. " -- Harold Pinter "If there has to be a blood-bath [of our own youth], let's get it over with." -- Ronald Reagan, Governor of California during the Vietnam War "History is the history of war -- of leaders of countries finding reasons and rationales to send the young people off to fight." -- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author "Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. was part of the crew that sold Saddam Hussein the deadly means to wage war with anthrax germs. That's when the United States wanted the 'Butcher of Baghdad' to use anthrax on Iran." -- Air Force Major Glenn MacDonald, explaining HOW anthrax came to be the biological weapon of choice in the world. Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. owns 13% of BioPort Corporation, the only source for Anthrax Vaccine. "There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself." -- Senator Daniel K. Inouye - Iran Contra Hearings I like to think of myself as a patriot, but even more so as a man. Where the two disagree, I say the man is right. -- Hermann Hesse - Author (1877-1962)
Confused? Having difficulty telling the good guys from the bad guys? Use this handy guide to differences between Terrorists and the U.S. Government: TERRORISTS: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family US GOVERNMENT: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family TERRORISTS: Leader has declared a holy war ('Jihad') against his 'enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified. US GOVERNMENT: Leader has declared a holy war ('Crusade') against his 'enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified. TERRORISTS: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers US GOVERNMENT: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers TERRORISTS: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election US GOVERNMENT: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election TERRORISTS: Kills thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings US GOVERNMENT: Kills thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings TERRORISTS: Operates through clandestine organization (al Qaeda) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics US GOVERNMENT: Operates through clandestine organization (CIA) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics TERRORISTS: Supposed leader has extensive financial ties to Supposed leader of US GOVERNMENT US GOVERNMENT: Supposed leader has extensive financial ties to Supposed leader of TERRORIST TERRORISTS: Supposed leader invested heavily in US bio-chemical companies US GOVERNMENT: Supposed leader invested heavily in US bio-chemical companies TERRORISTS: Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties US GOVERNMENT: Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties -- arrived in an email "Americans don't need to lie to themselves. That's what the government is for!" -- Michael Rivero "We [the U.S.] has over 200 incidents in which we have put our troops into other countries to force them to our will." -- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author "Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -- Leading Nazi leader, Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg Trials before he was sentenced to death "Religion is an invention useful to persuade men to murder each other for conveniently located lands without having to pay them what the job is worth." -- Michael Rivero "Just who are these goddamn reds, anyway? A goddamn red is anyone who wants 30 cents when I am paying 25." -- John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath" "The American oligarchy increasingly has less in common with the American people than it does with the equivalent oligarchies in Germany or Mexico or Japan." -- Lewis Lapham, editor of Harpers "I can make careful use of the intelligence at Israel's disposal to identify, locate and kill...with minimal loss of innocent life, by such means as booby-trapping their telephones, rocketing their cars and offices, etc. In a word, assassinate them. Sounds good to me. "...hold a trial with the help of witnesses similarly abducted from the Palestinian territories. If necessary it (Israel) should apply physical pressure to these witnesses..." -- Israeli columnist Hillel Halkin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2001, p. A14. The term "physical pressure" means use of torture. "If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job. There are lots of them and many of them are hungry." -- Andrew Grove, president of Intel Corp., in his book "High Output Management" "[Nationalism is] a set of beliefs taught to each generation in which the Motherland or the Fatherland is an object of veneration and becomes a burning cause for which one becomes willing to kill the children of other Motherlands or Fatherlands." -- Howard Zinn, historian "The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." -- George Orwell, writer "Terrorists are just Freedom Fighters pointed back at us." -- Michael Rivero "The agony and moral anguish that ought to accompany an act of mass killing -- yes, even in a war [the Gulf War against Iraq in 1991]-- seemed wholly absent from American culture." -- Ruth Rosen, history professor "Indonesia plays a key role in maintaining regional stability. It is a leader in ASEAN and is a fundamental force for peace and prosperity ... We did not have a discussion about East Timor." -- Secretary of Defense William Cohen at a press conference, January 1998, after meeting with Indonesian President Suharto who is responsible for the deaths of 500,00 - 1,000,000 following his US-sanctioned coup against Indonesian President Sukarno in 1965, and the deaths of 200,000 during Indonesia's US-sanctioned invasion and occupation of East Timor in 1975 " Scare the hell out of the American people." -- Senator Arthur Vandenburg, telling President Truman what the he needed to do in order to tax the American people to pay for the weapons and covert activities of the US National Security State that was being planned, to destroy the Russian Communist State "The men who possess real power in this country have no intention of ending the cold war." -- Albert Einstein "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence, clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary" -- H.L. Mencken " Everyone likes to say Hitler did this" and "Hitler did that". But the truth is Hitler did very little. He was a world class asshole, but the evil actually done, from the death camps to WW2 was all done by citizens who were afraid to question if what they were told by their government was the truth or not, and who because they did not want to admit to themselves that they were afraid to question the government, refused to see the truth behind the Reichstag Fire, refused to see the invasion by Poland was a staged fake, and followed Hitler into national disaster. " It's easy to look back and realize what a jerk Hitler was. But at the time, Hitler looked pretty good to the world, with the help of the media. He was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 1938. Stalin was TIME Man Of The Year for 1939 and 1942. The lesson is that it isn't easy to spot a genocidal tyrant when you live with one, especially one whom the press supports and promotes. Tyrants become obvious only when looking back, after what they have done becomes known. " It is the very nature of power that it attracts the very sort of people who should not have it. The United States, as the world's last superpower, is a prize that attracts men and women willing to do anything to win that power, and hence are willing to do anything with it once they have it. It is racist to assume that tyrants appear only in other nations and that somehow America is immune simply because we're Americans. America has escaped the clutches of a dictatorship only through the efforts of those citizens who, unlike the Germans and Russians of the 1930s, have the moral courage to stand up and point out where the government is lying to the people." -- Michael Rivero "The rich love nobody better than those who make them richer still. -- Michael Rivero "No triumph of peace can equal the armed triumph of war." "In strict confidence ...I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one." -- Theodore Roosevelt "There is no regime to reactionary for us provided it stands in Russia's expansionist path. There is no country too remote to serve as the scene of a contest which may widen until it becomes a world war." -- Henry Wallace, Vice-President under Franklin Roosevelt 1941-1945 "The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic." -- John Dewey "War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against each other." -- Thomas Carlyle " Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the (U.S.) media." -- Noam Chomsky "The U.S. will not permit constructive programs in its own domains, so it must ensure that they are destroyed elsewhere to terminate " the threat of a good example". -- Noam Chomsky "Patriotism is the last resort of scoundrels." -- Samuel Johnson "Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers." -- Leo Tolstoy