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............................................... The man
Of virtuous soul commands not nor obeys.
Power like a desolating pestilence
Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
A mechanized automaton.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab, Canto III (1813)

July 4, 2011

More and more Americans have totally lost confidence in the United States government. Many of us believe that the government is guilty of high treason for periodically carrying out “false flag attacks” like the Bay of Tonkin incident which began the war in Vietnam, or the attack on the World Trade Center, which began the war in Iraq. Hundeds of thousands of people have been ruthlessly slaughtered as a result of these false flag attacks, and a totalitarian dictatorship is being established in our nation under the false premise of “homeland security”. Air travelers are staying home rather than to be subjected to humiliating mistreatment at the airports by TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officials. This involves either being subjected to low-level radiation in full-body-scan machines, or full-body pat-downs that involve probing the genitals of all passengers, adults and children, routine gropings that would be felony sexual molestation punishable with prison if done anywhere else. Even the diapers of babies are being examined by TSA officials. Outrageous crimes are being committed at the airports by order of the US government, like the 95-year-old leukemia patient on her way home to die whose soiled adult diaper was examined in a private room by the TSA from which her loved ones were denied access.

More and more of us do not believe the government’s explanation of the attacks on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993 and on September 11, 2001. Other suspicious “terrorist acts” include the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995; the “shoe-bomber” on American Airlines flight 63 from Paris to Miami on December 22, 2001; the “underwear bomber” on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25, 2009. To determine whether or not these were the acts of one lone madman or “false flag” attacks orchestrated by the CIA or other government agencies, will take years or decades to sort out, just as it has taken decades for the murder of JFK to be sorted out, as more and more people question whether Lee Harvey Oswald indeed was the killer, or merely a “patsey” for the real killers.

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the two planes could not have caused the collapse of the 110-storey Twin Towers at free-fall speed, the hundreds of scientists, engineers and architects who have revealed evidence for controlled demolition to the entire world are dismissed as lunatics who believe in a “conspiracy theory”. A “conspiracy theory” no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation that questions the government’s official explanation. The government states that the war in Vietnam was to keep the world safe from communism. We – who believe that this war was purely evil, with no intelligent reason, initiated by tyrants deranged by power who remain indifferent to the deaths of millions of people – are also believers in a “conspiracy theory”.

The official explanation for 9/11 is that nineteen young muslim Arabs who could not fly airplanes, outwitted not only the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies and the intelligence agencies of US allies including Israel’s Mossad. In addition to outwitting every intelligence agency of the United States and its allies, they outwitted airport security four times in the same hour on the same morning, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense), air traffic control, prevented the highly alert, expertly trained US Air Force from launching interceptor aircraft, and, armed only with ordinary box-cutters used at the post office, and with precision only possible from highly experienced ace pilots, caused three state-of-the-art steel-structured skyscrapers (including one not hit by an airplane) to collapse in a few seconds as a result of limited structural damage and short-lived, low-temperature fires that burned on a few floors, inflicting the United States with its worst disaster since Pearl Harbor. This occurred in the most protected airspace on earth.

"It was like Dumb and Dumber. I mean, they [the 9/11"terrorists"] were
clueless. It was clear to me that they weren't going to make it as pilots."
– Rick Garza, flight instructor Sorbi's Flying Club

On June 28, 2001 radio host and author Bill Cooper commented on how a CNN reporter found Usama bin Laden, went to his “hideout” with his camera crew and interviewed him and his top leadership. The reporter announced to the world on CNN that within weeks bin Laden was going to attack the United States. Cooper saw through the deception: “Now don’t you think that’s kinda strange, folks? You see, the largest intelligence apparatus in the world (CIA) with the biggest budget in the history of the world has been looking for Usama bin Laden for years and years and years… and can’t find him! A reporter from CNN and his little camera crew got in to Usama bin Laden’s secret hideout and conducted an interview! (…) And whatever is gonna happen that they’re gonna blame on Usama bin Laden, don’t you even believe it! When in hell are all you people going to wake up?” Three months later, and almost exactly one month after 9/11 proved his prediction, Bill Cooper was murdered by the police at his home in Arizona.

Among many odd coincidences, 911 is the number you call in in the USA in an emergency. Coincidence? It has taken nearly a decade after 9/11 for these terrifying doubts to enter my sluggish mind, when one clear-headed American journalist, Alex Jones, predicted the ”false flag attack” on the World Trade Center two months before it happened, and that the CIA asset Osama bin Laden would be blamed for it. And when it did happen, Jones was one of the few people in the world (along with the conspirators) who was not duped by the media. The owner of World Trade Center Building No. 7 (which was not hit by an airplane), Larry Silverstein, has admitted on video that Building No. 7 was a controlled demolition, that he gave the order: "Pull it" (bring it down). Building No. 7 housed the largest CIA headquarters outside of Langley, Virgina, as well as then New York mayor Giulliani's command center for the Office of Emergency Management. The supposed perpetrators of 9/11, al Queda, do not appear to have benefited from the attacks. Those who clearly did benefit from the attacks were the (American) war profiteers. In the wars that resulted from 9/11, trillions of dollars were made.

"The stench of evil lingers."
– Dmitri Shostakovich on Soviet Russia

The mainstream media will not seriously consider the hypothesis that 9/11 was an inside job, nor the ramifications of what this means to the entire society in the broadest historical perspective. But immediately after the Twin Towers and Building No. 7 had collapsed, a major mainstream TV journalist, Dan Rather, instinctively blurted out the truth: “It is reminiscent of those pictures we’ve all seen too much on television before when a building was deliberately destroyed by well-placed dynamite to knock it down.“ Despite the intimidating corporate power of a huge television network that refused to discuss this on the news for the following ten years, Dan Rather instantly blurted out the fact which they have subsequently suppressed: “It looks like controlled demolition.” The mainstream media have become a servile public relations office for the official version of events, and not unbiased messengers of truth.

We must recognize that there is substantial evidence pointing to the fact that the mass-murderers of thousands of New Yorkers on 9/11 have ascended to positions of immense power and decision-making up and down the civilian, military, and government chain of command in our country. Our apathy and fear of facing the truth will do nothing but perpetuate a status quo and feed a geopolitical system that will continue to murder innocent human beings, destroy the environment, funnel wealth and resources into fewer and fewer hands, and chain us to a life burdened by a terror invented, packaged, and delivered by the very people assigned to work for and safeguard us.
9/11 Hard Facts

Newly declassified U.S. Government documents reveal that in the 1960s, the Joint Chiefs of Staff began Operation Northwoods to blow up American airplanes, commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. The use of false flag attacks to start a war is a Machiavellian strategy consistently used during the thousands of years of civilization by the power elite. But the deception of false flag attacks is not always required for blatant mass-murders by the state. The history of the United States is filled with horrifying tales of mass-murders of civilian Native Americans across the continent. In 1864 American soldiers massacred nearly two hundred Cheyenne men, women and children in Black Kettle’s Cheyenne village at Sand Creek, Colorado. The victims, who had gathered under the US flag in total surrender, were raped and sexually mutilated. (Alas, this was not the worst massacre of innocent Native Americans during Abraham Lincoln's presidency.) Ordinary people living with a moral code guiding their actions simply can’t believe that those in power in the United States are not like us – that they are not guided by a moral code, and that their eagerness to kill civilians in other countries – mothers, fathers, sons, daughter, sisters, brothers, babies – and heartlessly call it “collateral damage” reveals the deranged behavior of psychopathic mass-murderers, programmed to lie, kill, injure, and generally inflict epic suffering on other humans without any feeling of remorse.


(left) 24 Iraqi civilians were massacred by US marines in Haditha, a city on the banks of the Euphrates,
on November 19, 2005. “It was premeditated slaughter in every sense of the word. The Marines came
in and they killed everyone inside.” Khalid Ahmed Rsayef, Haditha eyewitness. (right) Some of the
5,000 victims of Sadam Hussein’s gas attacks in the Kurdish town of Halepce, Iraq in 1988.
Which massacre was committed by the “good guys“?

So called “thrill killings” (above left) have been committed by American soldiers in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Rarely are the murderers punished. However, on September 24, 2011 a US soldier was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the murders of Afghan civilians last year. Andrew Holmes, 21, was among five soldiers charged for the “thrill killings” of three civilians during patrols in Kandahar. Holmes, from Boise, Idaho, confessed in court to firing a heavy machine gun at a boy from 15 feet away, after his co-defendant threw a grenade at him. But the American mass-murderers in Haditha (above left) seem to have avoided justice thus far. Eight marines were charged in connection with the “incident“. Six defendants had their cases dropped and one was found not guilty. The eighth marine has had his trial date postponed indefinitely.

One US military group revelling in “thrill killings” call themselves Lethal Warriors. They committed repeated murders, mutilations, decapitations and dismemberings of their civilian victims in Iraq. So little concerned were they for being held accountable for their war crimes that they boasted on videos about their murders, filled with demented pride and unabashedly revealing themselves as an utter disgrace to their nation and their sex. After coming home from two tours in Iraq, and after having survived a suicide attempt, Lethal Warrior John Needham beat his girlfriend to death in California in 2008. Although most men understand that a big muscular man beating a small defenseless woman to death is the very essence of cowardice, Needham was a decorated “war hero”.

Wounded several times, accomplice in unspeakable acts, Needham began to have guilt feelings about participating in these crimes. He reported them to the high command of the Lethal Warriors who then subjected him to severe physical and psychological punishment for being a whistleblower. He died the same year in which he murdered his girlfriend of undisclosed causes. Much has been said, especially by his father, in his defense. Patriots condemn gutless politicians for “sending” soldiers to a meaningless war, when the plain fact is that Needham willingly chose to become a Lethal Warrior, willingly subjected himself to their bestial and mindless initiation rite, and willingly went to Iraq to give his assistance to an evil war that will forever be a disgrace to our nation. He alone is accountable, because disobedience was always an option, as it is for the rest of us. Disobedience to war crimes is not a choice but a moral duty, as decreed by international law after the Nuremburg trials. Now the nation must brace itself for the return of thousands and thousands of such killers, unable to adapt to civil society, deranged by nightmares, drugs, alcohol, ready to commit mayhem and murder at a snap of the fingers.


US marines in Afghanistan (left) and Heinrich Himmler (right) with SS symbols

update March 12, 2012:

Still more American soldiers went on a “thrill killing“ spree yesterday in Afghanistan's
southern province of Kandahar, killing at least 17 innocent Afghan civilians in their
sleep (including nine women and three children) and wounding several others.


Robert Bales, thus far the only one
accused of the Kandahar murders

“Hard day for the good guys.”
(Bales to his wife)

American military personel who go berserk and commit mass-murder and mayhem in foreign countries, like Robert Bales in Afghanistan, have sympathizers who believe that they have been cruelly exploited by the government. They have been given training with video games in which simulated mass-killings are seen as routine, given diabolic drugs that warp their minds, sent on excessive tours of duty, and therefore are not responsible for their actions. They have been artificially rendered insane by those who control them. Of course, the surviving mothers, fathers and siblings of their victims, like the sleeping civilians whom Bales massacred, have another view of things. The killers are not innocent by reason of insanity, but are fully answerable and should receive full punishment for their crimes.

The martial artist trains first and foremost to defend himself. That a US soldier should be regarded as defenceless as a child, driven to do things beyond his control by an evil government, means that he is incompetent to assume the martial artist’s first priority: self-defence. And if he is unable to defend himself, how on earth will he be able to defend the nation? Being in servile obedience to those who inflict harm on you with no remorse certainly is not the manner of the martial artist.

There was a time when even Bales was in full control of his life, when self-defence was as simple as this: you don’t join up! Now, after being spared the death penalty, Bales sits out a life-sentence in prison, and it is totally irrelevant that he was “exploited” by the military and the government. He once had the choice of personal self-defence by remaining a free (non-military) man, or willingly placing himself in obedience to an evil overlord. It takes little brain-power to understand that if the government was willing to waste the lives of 58,000 Americans in Vietnam for no intelligent reason, then it will have no qualms about today’s soldiers wasting their lives in another war with no intelligence behind it.

Defending the nation is an entirely different story. As it was during the American Revolution, normal citizens driven to self-defence and defence of the homeland in a crisis can turn out to be triumphant practitioners of the art of self-defence, defeating a by far superior force, fighting for an intelligent reason: liberty and independence. A soldier and a martial artist are two distinct individuals. The former has lost the basic instinct for self-defence, which is the root of national defence.

In 2000 Hans von Sponeck, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, resigned his position in protest of the US imposed sanctions on Iraqi civilians. According to Sponeck, even before the US invasion of Iraq, 1.26 million Iraqis died, including over 500,000 children, as a direct result of the sanctions. This psychopathic callousness by those in power, reminiscent of Caligula and Nero, is not an exception, but the norm. If, after careful consideration of the facts by each individual, we are left with the knowledge that those in power are psychopathic mass-murderers, responsible for over three million meaningless deaths in Vietnam, including the deaths of 58,000 Americans, and the unknowable multitudes of deaths in Iraq, Afganistan, Pakistan, Libya and elsewhere, then it is time to hold the criminals accountable. They must be stripped of their power and brought to justice for their crimes, whether they be presidents, attorney generals, secretaries of defence, national security advisors, brigadier generals, or burglars and assassins of no high rank. As ridiculous as this sounds, the former president of Tunisia, Ben Ali, was recently expelled from office and into exile by the people, and condemned in absentia to 35 years in prison.

Henry David Thoreau coined the term “civil disobedience” in response to the US waging war against Mexico. Thoreau's 1849 essay “Resistance to Civil Government” was eventually renamed “Essay on Civil Disobedience,” and became a popular source for resistance to corrupt governments throughout the world, inspiring Gandhi in his resistance to British tyranny. The great American sage was uncompromising, and so must we be uncompromising. Some veterans have come out against the wars in which they participated. However, uncompromising civil disobedience is not to blindly obey evil and then publicly display regret after the harm has been done. You don't join up in the first place. Successful civil disobedience means the death of tyranny. It means the beginning of liberty as did the civil disobedience of the American Revolution. Tyranny is allowed to prevail because the populace gives it emotional support, joins the military, commits war crimes, pays taxes, cheers and waves flags at political rallies, participates in elections which, however the outcome, result in the continuation of tyranny. When the population is obedient, tyranny thrives. Turning our backs on tyranny, fully removing emotional support , being unconditionally disobedient, ostracizing it into the frightened little group of incompetent misfits which they in truth are, will deplete it of all power and legitimacy. Real power has always been at the most local level. Voting is a way to relinquish one’s autonomy and give the tyrants undeserved emotional sanction, as philosopher Stefan Molyneux so eloquently states in “The Truth about Voting”.

US Military forces are now in over 150 countries. The psychopaths who control them are eager for war, but they are neither interested in fighting it themselves nor having their children fight. The gullible masses over whom they exert mind-control are instead herded off to slaughter civilians by the tens of thousands, and themselves to be slaughtered or maimed for life, or take their own lives back home weighed down by the terrible burden of the guilt they bear for having made this evil possible. These lost souls believe that the government cares if they are killed overseas. However, the Washington Post (8.XII.11) wrote that the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 US soldiers were dumped at a Virgina landfill between 2004-2008, literally as garbage. Whether they come back home dead or alive, the government does not give a damn about them. And yet, they obey. Their obedience is seen as a virtue and it is the cause of epic death, destruction, suffering, and sorrow. Their obedience is, as Shelley wrote, the bane of all freedom.

These tens of thousands of American men and women who are unable to think for themselves, are strangely seen by many who are anti-government as exempt from responsibility. They are still “our fine men and women in uniform.” It is easier to blame the death and devastation on the tyrants in power, when in truth, their past deeds of devastation and mass-murder and their future plans for global domination and World War III are only possible because hundreds of thousands of obedient slaves abdicate from personal and moral responsibility to become high-tech assassins for the state. We are not concerned about what type of mental and physical stress nazi soldiers underwent during World War II. Having been the cause of unspeakable evil, it is difficult to have any sympathy for them, when our sympathy is insufficient for the victims of nazi atrocities and their grieving families. Soldiers in blind obedience to evil simply do not inspire admiration. Disobedience requires courage:

Joseph Schultz (depicted above by the arrow) was a German soldier stationed in Serbia during World War II. He was executed in 1941 by the very firing squad of which he was part after disobeying an order to execute innocent civilians. He has dropped his helmet and rifle and is calmly walking to join those who minutes later were shot dead. His friend photographed him in mid-stride on his pilgrimage of meters from the eternal disgrace of bestial tyrannies to the blessedness of heroic disobedience.


Third Reich Afrika Korps (right) and USA Afganistan Korps (left)

Although more and more Americans have utterly lost faith in the government, we are not one united group with the same goals and ideals. Some are extremely religious, others atheists. Some are constitutionalists, others anarchists. Some are passionate about guns, others are unarmed. Some believe that “reptilians“ living inside a hollow moon have inter-bred with and programmed globalist rulers in their plan to take over the planet as in the movie “The Body-Snatchers“. Others of us believe that the entire system – the Constitution, the presidency, the senate, the house of representatives, the supreme court – it is all a central part of national and global tyranny and therefore of no value to freedom-loving people. Several people in the front lines of the war against tyranny in America would not agree with my total lack of faith in the US Consitution. One of the most eloquent and passionate of these is Christopher Greene. Among his Seven Building Blocks for Saving Liberty & Freedom is the systematic practice of civil disobedience on a mass scale throughout the nation and the world. This I believe is the main weapon we have, along with spreading the word far and wide, which is Greene's seventh “building block“.

However, to base a healthy new society on a document written by slave-owners (tyrants) in the 18th century who had already begun the trans-continental genocides of Native Americans, does not seem like a good beginning. Whatever the case, the very concept “United States of America” is well on its way to becoming the former United States of America, just as we now say the former Soviet Union. Some anti-government Americans hold the Constitution as holy scripture and believe that the despicable tyranny at present comes from corrupt sexually depraved politicians who ignore the Consitution to become marionettes of the “military industrial complex” which Dwight Eisenhower warned of in his farewell speech in 1961:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

In fact, the Constitution is a validation of tyranny as it was a validation of slavery for the slave-owners who wrote it. The Constitution legalized slavery and the trafficking of human beings, their degradation, their torture, their murders. Not only did Thomas Jefferson consider his race superior to that of his many slaves, but his sex superior as well. Women were simply not to be considered as full-fledged citizens according to the laws and amendments of the Constitution. That it took the power elite nearly 150 years to correct this great constitutional flaw reveals the extreme slow-wittedness of basically all politicians. And thus, even at the moment of its conception, the blue-print of American law was indelibly stained with crime. Its signatures bear witness to all the foundering fathers who whole-heartedly agreed to “compromise” with evil. The obscene humiliation inflicted on the African people who survived the brutal passage over the Atlantic, and the continued humiliation of their offspring, was deemed necessary for the new nation. The slaves of Washington, Jefferson and the other “founding fathers” helplessly witnessed the separation of families on the auction block, the rape of daughters, the murder of fathers, the maiming of sons and the brutalization of children at the hands of proud Euro-Americans. (Thomas Jefferson's nephews murdered a slave at Monticello in a rage for having broken a teacup.)

Many historians admire the “homage of reason” of the “founding fathers”, very common in the Age of Enlightenment. Hindsight shows us that this age however was not so “enlightened” regarding the ideological white supremacy of the global European colonizers and the first American leaders; the buying, selling and abusing of slaves, as did Jefferson, Washington and many others; the genocides of Native Americans (countless lives, cultures, languages); the democratic “tyranny of the majority” which Alexis de Tocqueville condemned; and the systematic destruction of the natural environment for monetary profit. It was “reason” and the most advanced scientific theories of the age that condoned, fostered and nurtured these criminal transgressions, which have caused irreparable harm in the collective psyche of human beings. El sueño de la razon produce monstrous (the sleep of reason brings forth monsters). Francisco Goya, Los Caprichos (1799)

Despite the traditional advocacy of philosophers, scientists and statesmen, reason cannot always be trusted. The voice of reason says: “If our purpose is to dominate, make money, produce goods, acquire territory, develop new technology, and give free rein to science, then morality must be circumvented if it becomes an obstacle to our purpose.“ The calamitous result of heeding this voice throughout centuries boils down to the equation Reason = Lunacy. Reason annihilated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Reason has cursed humanity with bio- and geo-engineering which are presently wreaking havoc in the natural harmony of planet Earth. Thomas Jefferson and the “founding fathers” chose reason over morality. Thus, the businessman Jefferson could write with pride in a letter to president Washington in 1792 that he was making a 4 percent profit every year on the birth of black children by his slaves.

A letter has recently come to light describing how Monticello’s young black boys, “the small ones,” age 10, 11 or 12, were whipped to get them to work in Jefferson’s nail factory, whose profits paid the mansion’s grocery bills. This passage about children being lashed had been suppressed — deliberately deleted from the published record in the 1953 edition of Jefferson’s Farm Book, containing 500 pages of plantation papers. That edition of the Farm Book still serves as a standard reference for research into the way Monticello worked.

— Henry Wiencek, (Smithsonian Magazine, October 2012)

In Notes On The State of Virginia (1781) Jefferson hypocritically wrote of “gradually” abolishing slavery in a future time when he, the slave-owner, would be dead and gone and suffer no financial loss. This “gradual“ Jeffersonian process of abolition, conceived to spare wealthy land-owners a decline in profits, resulted in nearly 85 more years of terrible suffering for the slaves, and came about only after the bloodiest war in US history in which Americans slaughtered over 600,000 fellow Americans in an insane debacle. Patriots today write of how the “founding fathers” in fact (poor men!) “struggled” with the idea of slavery, a pathetic and shameful con-game when compared to the merciless struggles of the slaves themselves.

The lewd hypocrisy of the owner of 600 slaves who wrote “All men are created equal“ while being openly a racist advocate of white supremacy is part and parcel of the American political system today. Like politicians today, Jefferson preached against an immoral practice while in the act of committing it, doing nothing at all to remedy it. On the contrary, he openly revelled in the profits he was making from slavery. The Virginia abolitionist Moncure Conway observed Jefferson’s enduring reputation as a would-be emancipator of slaves, and wrote with contempt: “Never did a man achieve more fame for what he did not do.” After the Revolution most northern states abolished slavery. Even in Virginia the number of freed slaves jumped tenfold from 2,000 in 1780 to 20,000 in 1800. Thus Jefferson lagged behind more enlightened whites of his time (both in the north and in the south) who truly valued freedom for all people and liberated their slaves. Among them was George Washington.

The Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence, validated the genocides of the Native Americans. After the Revolution the ancient inhabitants of the continent Turtle Island were entering an era of such brutal tyranny that their ancient cultures and languages would be devastated in two short centuries. These, the original inhabitants of the continent for thousands of years, were not granted legal citizenship until 1928. The Declaration of Independence lists grievances against British tyranny, but before long the new American tyranny would itself be guilty of having “obstructed the Administration of Justice” among the ancient societies of Turtle Island; of having “sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass (them)”; of having kept among their independent nations “in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without (their) consent”; of having subjected them “to a Jurisdiction foreign to their (ways)”; and of having perpetrated on them “the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages.”

"The average American enthusiastically supports a government that
is hundreds of times more oppressive and brutal than the British
government from which his ancestors fought to free themselves."

— Stefan Molyneux, On Truth


sacred Lakota mountain ..................... sacred Lakota mountain defiled

A sacred mountain of the Lakota people was destroyed in the 1930s to violenty impose the heads of four presidents onto the continent. Most non-indigenous Americans do not have profound spiritual attachment to natural landmarks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon or the Black Hills (site of the above defiled sacred mountain) as do Native Americans. These sacred sites have become mere ”recreational areas” for bored summer tourists. I do not consider Mount Rushmore, Plymouth Rock nor Disneyland part of my cultural heritage. The first of these, misnamed after an insignificant New York lawyer, is really called Tunkasila Sakpe (Six Grandfathers), one of the sites on the legendary vision quest of Lakota medicine man Hehaka Sapa (Black Elk). Due to a deep attachment to the ocean, deserts, mountains and forests of California from earliest childhood, I can unequivocally state that this is my most meaningful cultural heritage, and not the arbitrary institutions of an arbitrary nation, arbitrarily named after Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), an insignificant figure unworthy of bestowing his name on two splendid continents.

An even more insignificant man, the German map-maker Martin Waldseemüller (1470-1520), flirting with Amerigo, arbitrarily scrawled the name “America” on his maps (when there were far greater explorers more worthy of the honor) and the fictitious name stuck. However, for certain tribes along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the continent was known as Turtle Island. In his captivity Tatanke Iyotake (Sitting Bull) was doubtful about the merits of the name “America“: “I feel that my country has gotten a bad name, and I want it to have a good name. It used to have a good name. I sit and wonder who it is that has given it a bad name.“ Amerigo Vespucci has simply nothing to do with me. Possessed of the poet's desire for a genuine application of language, a much more correct name is needed to refer to my nationality – Amerigo's stupid nickname no longer suits me. Henceforth, yes, to the very core of my being, I shall feel myself to be a Turtle Islander.

If we are to believe the Declaration of Independence, a government must have the consent of the governed. I do not give my consent. I have never given my consent. Nor is it my wish, as Shelley wrote of the man of virtue, to command or obey any man or woman. But for my whole life I have been commanded to obey the government and threatened with punishment if I do not. Thus, as in the above-mentioned “Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny“ inflicted on Native Americans, the fact that I do not give my consent to be governed is utterly meaningless, revealing the Declaration of Independence as hypocrisy.

Having made it clear to the reader that I have no faith in governments, the Constitution nor in any other document meant to order society, he or she may ask, “Well then, Theo, what system do you believe in?” The system which I believe in has no name. For lack of a better word, the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu called it 道 Tao (The Way). This can be paraphrased as the manner in which the universe functions. This system has worked perfectly throughout the universe and in every crink and cranny on earth (except for civilized societies) for billions of years. Suddenly creatures appeared on earth who were very proud and believed themselves superior to all other creatures. Subject to the delusions accompanying pride and vanity, they believed that they had better systems on which to construct a society. Every time they tried to implement these systems, disaster and collapse was the result, whether it was after seventy-two years as in the Soviet Union, or two-hundred and thirty-five years as in the United States. Using the system with no name, Native American societies thrived on the continent for thousands of years.

Considering that the system in which I believe is already in place, nothing needs to be done to install it. I interact with it daily and it brings serenity and harmony to my life. On the other hand, turmoil and disharmony are associated with absolutely every interaction with the State, which can only impose its laws, rules and regulations by using force and constant threats of punishment if I do not comply. Governments were directly responsible for the deaths (murders) of 300,000,000 people in the twentieth century. Many people see the chaos and tyranny of the government and want to do things to correct it. To benefit from the system with no name, things must be undone. In fact, 10,000 years of “doing things” to arrive at this suicidal culmination of civilization must be undone – an impossibility. We are left to weather out the storm as shipwreck survivors on this unseaworthy craft called the State, leaking and captained by fools. Should there be a mutiny, there are plenty more fools to take their place.

That which goes against the Way
will come to an early end.
– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Those who despise the government but love the Constitution often have an equal love of guns and are especially fond of the second amendment. Their reasoning is that with the police behaving more and more violently toward common citizens, seizing private property, shooting innocent people and at times murdering them, the second amendment is used as an argument for citizens who feel threatened by local, state and federal law enforcement. They want guns to defend themselves against thugs with or without badges invading their homes and terrorizing their families in the name of American law. According to the second amendment, a citizen may have guns in his home, and should police come to his home and behave in a life-threatening manner towards his family, the citizen may shoot to kill.

This is the reasoning which led to the Civil War: the government in Washington D.C. was so threatening to citizens in the South that they armed themselves for war, and, after a greater death toll than in all American wars combined, the Confederacy lost the Civil War. The second amendment may give a citizen a feeling of security against the tyranny in Washington, but should he kill a policeman who invades his home, even in self-defence, his guns, the second amendment, the entire Constitution – it is all useless to him if a SWAT ("special weapons and tactics") team surrounds his house, armed to the teeth with automatic weapons against which no common citizen can defend himself, crashes down the front door and slaughters him without remorse. Guns and the second amendment are totally useless to citizens who want to defend themselves from a violent police state. The police state will always out-gun them, as it did in the Civil War.

The constitutionalists passionately believe that if we only return to the ideas of the “founding fathers” and the Constitution, Liberty will be restored and the tyranny and chaos prevailing in our nation at present will be defeated. With this future agenda for taking action, I am equally as reluctant to include myself in the concept “our nation” as I am today. The continent is my homeland, the nation is its misfortune. Native American cultures are of the continent, as are its geographical features, flora and fauna. The nation established here in 1776 is foreign to the continent, based on dubious intellectual notions sprung from dubious white supremicist minds on that distant continent, over there, on the other side of the Atlantic. The nation did not harmoniously grow from the continent like a birch tree, but was violently imposed upon it, like the heads blown from Mt. Rushmore with dynamite.

Modern patriots have turned the “founding fathers” into fanciful Olympian gods who could do no wrong. That is the demented myth of Mt. Rushmore. At the moment of founding the nation, they represented about 2% of the population, the wealthy land-owners. Everyone else – women, slaves, indentured servants, Native Americans, Jews, Hispanics, French, poor people, non-landowners – were not considered important enough to have a real say in the Constitution or its protections. However sound a text may be, corrupt humans will quickly make it unsound. Thus, the American War of Independence was not a “people's revolution“ but a war that favored an elite ruling class.

Establishing a pattern for the annexation of future states, the ruling class used the government (then as well as now) to benefit their own agenda, and not for the welfare of the entire population. Fantastic economic growth was accompanied by apalling human and environmental devastation. Bewitched by the myth of the “founding fathers” as the Europeans were bewitched by the “divine right” of kings herding them like livestock, the American patriots harnassed themselves to the yoke of the Constitution. Like the Bible, the Constitution can be “interpreted” in virtually any manner, depending on which insider group is doing the interpreting based on which bribes are being offered by which lobbyists. Biblical law simultaneously advocates “turn the other cheek” and “an eye for an eye”, just as slave-owners advocated that “all men are created equal” while speaking and writing of white supremacy.

This is Orwellian double speak which has been the language of the US government since its founding. Lysander Spooner (1808 – 1887) was an American anarchist and abolitionist who believed that the Constitution “has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” The historical facts are plain enough: The Constitution, written by slave owners (tyrants in the eyes of the slaves) to guarantee the nation a system of “checks and balances” to prevent domestic tyranny, has utterly failed. If Liberty is the henhouse, then the “founding fathers” in charge of guarding it were the foxes. This historical pattern of one group of tyrants replacing another (as in Orwell's Animal Farm) is illucidated by Stefan Molyneux:

There is a myth – a lie – at the core of every country, a fundamental falsehood embedded in the ideas that legitimize governments. But what is this falsehood? In 1786 George Washington wrote that “mankind left to themselves are unfit for their own government.” How then can he justify his governance of other people? Is he not a part of the mankind he speaks of? This obvious contradiction is hidden away in the act of mythologizing a person. A leader. By elevating George Washington above mankind, by creating a “hero,” the founders of America legitimized their rule above the common, ordinary people. To rule over mere mortals unfit to rule themselves you must create divinity. Falsehoods precipitate exploitation, and mythology is often the vehicle for the most dangerous falsehoods humanity has ever invented.

– Stefan Molyneux
“The Truth About George Washington” (podcast)

Going into detail in the legend of Washington, whose considerable military defeats were glorified while his victories were “rare and questionable,” Molyneux concluded: “It is hard to see any virtues at the core of his legend.” Indeed, the “founding fathers” initiated the police state which oppresses us today. But it is possible to strip the police state of its power without using violence. Individuals by the tens of millions simple withdraw all emotional support from the government, completely ostracize it by daily practicing civil disobedience as a sacred calling, eventually bringing the criminals who have stolen the nation before a tribunal for crimes against humanity, and punishing them accordingly. This requires individuals who are their own masters, who have a moral code which they will never compromise, and not livestock ready to vote for any master, but who do not cast a vote not to be slaves.

Most people are easily manipulated and are ignorant of how susceptible their minds are to the many influences which bombard them daily. From the time we are born our minds are under a constant barrage of external conditioning from which most people can never liberate themselves. Reality is absent from daily life. Most of the conditioning is intentional mind-control designed to mass-produce obedient, and often violent, slaves. What the global elite now tyrannizing the planet most fear is the awakening of their populations (whom Stefan Molyneux sees as livestock bred in ”tax farms”). To believe that humanity will suddenly awaken is to believe that the incorrigible Homo sapiens (who reportedly committed genocide on the Neanderthals) will suddenly change after 100,000 years of bad character.

The constitutionalists do not believe that certain Americans among the power elite responsible for crimes against humanity in the past (for example, Henry Kissinger) and in the present (for example, George Bush Jr.) should be brought before the international court in the Hague. They believe instead that the U.S. Supreme Court is properly qualified for this legal action, and overlook many facts that reveal the Supreme Court as totally biased in favor of American war criminals. Only citizens of other countries commit crimes against humanity. Americans are always on the side of Good, but unfortunately there can at times be some “collateral damage” (human sacrifice) in carrying out good deeds. Atrocities have become routine for Americans. Although the My Lai massacre (above left) is regarded by many as an isolated incident, Nick Turse reveals in his book Kill Anything that Moves (2013) that such massacres of innocent civilians were common. He writes that “atrocities were committed by… every major army unit in Vietnam.” He quotes one soldier as saying that during one intense period there was “one My Lai a month.“ American war crimes like those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Syria at present, as well as those in the past like the massacre of 504 civilians in My Lai, Vietnam, in which even babies were machine-gunned by American soldiers, and the routine tortures carried out by Americans in Abu Grahib, Iraq and elsewhere, are not crimes being considered by the Supreme Court. It is doubtful that they ever will be.

Under the psychopathic label “collateral damage” (human sacrifice), mass murders of civilians by Americans are not even seen as a crime. (The naked agression now taking place in Libya is called “humanitarian intervention“.) If recent presidents have been incompetent and criminal, how can the constitutionalists believe that the Supreme Court justices whom they appointed are not but a third branch of the same criminal government, and thus totally untrustworthy? While impeachment has always been an option, it has never occurred in the history of the United States. Several presidents, like Clinton committing perjury and Obama starting wars without an act of Congress, are guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors“ that are clearly impeachable offenses. The three branches of government — executive, congressional and judicial — conceived to be “checks and balances“ for abuse of power, insure the abuse of power. How could it be otherwise?

Since World War II, the United States has been responsible for the death of between 20 and 30 million people in various conflicts and wars from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to James A. Lucas. The Aztecs used non-Aztec people as human sacrifice because they believed it was for the good of their society. Americans used and use non-American people in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as human sacrifice because they believe it is for the good of their society. The Aztecs and Incas sacrificed children. The Americans sacrifice children. The Aztecs also sacrificed Aztecs. The Americans also sacrifice Americans. The Aztecs used obsidian knives. The Americans use drones. The sadistic and demented Aztec executioners are replaced by cowardly little devils in uniforms staring at computer screens on which they navigate drones to drop “love bombs“ on civilians with a click, slaughtering innocents as if it were another brutish video game for dull-witted teenagers. O demented patriots, “Be thine the glory, and be mine the shame!” (Dryden)


(left) Video screen of drone "pilot". (center) Drone firing missiles. (right) Aztec executioner.


(left) Three children killed in CIA drone attack in Pakistan on Aug. 21, 2009.
(right) Mummy of Inca child sacrifice 500 years ago.

Update June 25, 2013

On June 10, 2013 Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide motivated by his role in committing what he called “crimes against humanity” in his suicide note. Somers was involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, and also conducted interrogations. His suicide note reveals that horrible atrocities beyond the scope of our imaginations are routinely committed by US military combatants in the Middle East, crimes for which he found himself obliged to “participate in the ensuing coverup” :

The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.

Somers (still proud at his death!) is one among thousands of returning veterans killing themselves as a direct result of committing atrocities while in combat. Somers revealed in his suicide note that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Among active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpasses the US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan. Although disobedience is an option by far preferable to this dishonor, US troops consistently obey orders to commit atrocities so evil that the only way many of them can cope with the horror of what they have done is by killing themselves. Some people have sympathy for these men. My sympathy is insufficient for the victims of their atrocities. There is nothing left over for them. Disobedience was always an option for them long before they committed these crimes. The United States at present is run by criminals who must be tried and condemned to prison so as to spare innocent people around the world these all-American horrors. Examples of atrocities aided directly or indirectly by US troops in Iraq and condoned by Washington DC include:

– Orders to slaughter “all military age men” during operations.
– Torturing detainees, many of whom had never engaged in combat and were totally innocent, at grisly prison camps across the country.
–Raping and torturing children at the infamous Abu Ghraib detention facility while they shrieked in terror. Women forced to watch later begged to be killed.
– Sodomizing detainees with chemical lights and broom sticks.
– Indiscriminately firing upon and killing journalists and children from the air.
– Massacring entire groups of unarmed Iraqis, including children and the elderly in Hadith.

Somers’ full suicide note published with his family’s permission

Those who hold the wealth and power have no knowledge of how they should be used. They ignite our terrestrial paradise like snot-nosed urchins playing with detonating caps, oblivious to the peril. We others can only sit by and watch in desperation, too overwhelmed by the idiotic struggle of financial survival to truly participate intelligently in society. Whatever happens in the ominous near future, no improvements will be made, no justice will be achieved, using the corrupt system that brought this present evil on the whole world. The American Revolution did not liberate the people from British tyranny by trying to change the British system from the inside – a hopeless task. Total rejection of the tyrannical system was required, and a solution (however temporary) was found outside the system. Now we await the blow clearly approaching from the chain-reaction of misdeeds rolling through two centuries after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which I have rewritten:

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Atom bombs or no
.... they shall not possess
........the square inches of earth

beneath my bare feet
.... to which they have no claim.
........ If my toes curl over

a portion of the empire
.... then where I stand is a new nation
........ — a nation of square inches.

Here I alone am sovereign
.... and no other jurisdiction
........ than my own prevails.

Here it is pure and calm as usual.

(From The Dying Yucca)

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