14 October 2006

Spies, Lies, and Propaganda on Uncle Sam's Plantation

Once again on Friday (Eric Lichtblau in the New York Times... this time) the corporate media reported the stunning revelation that Uncle Sam has an extensive spy operation - funded and run out of MafiaDon's Department of Torture and Genocide - responsible for collecting personal information and reconnaissance on civic organizations and religious groups on his plantation. The piece begins:
Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department’s collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students, Quakers and others opposed to the Iraq war....

The Defense Department acknowledged last year that its analysts had maintained records on war protests in an internal database past the 90 days its guidelines allowed, and even after it was determined there was no threat.
Despite its appearance in the Times, this is old news. Millions have widely known it for years, and Lichtblau acknowledges that even others in the privatized, state-sponsored news media reported it last year.
A document first disclosed last December by NBC News showed that the military had maintained a database, known as Talon, containing information about more than 1,500 'suspicious incidents' around the country in 2004 and 2005. Dozens of alerts on antiwar meetings and peaceful protests appear to have remained in the database even after analysts had decided that they posed no threat to military bases or personnel.
Many other people outside Uncle Sam's prevaricating, imperialist propaganda system have spoken about similar spy operations. Michael Moore reported it in 2004. And Lichtblau notes:
An internal report produced in May 2005, for instance, discussed antiwar protests at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and... noted that several hundred students had recently protested the presence of military recruiters at a career fair and demanded that they leave.
There's not a thing wrong or 'illegal' - even in Uncle Sam's decrepit, racist, arcane legal system - with the behavior of these people.

But Uncle Sam's belief in 'laws' - not unlike 'justice' - has forever been a myth. And the very system now reporting these violations will use the endless hours spent 'investigating' whether Sam violated his own 'laws' to erase and change popular history.

The fact that so many people still believe Uncle Sam after all the lies and deceptions is a credit to two factors. One is the huge, privatized, hierarchically organized system of thought control - i.e., propaganda system - force-feeding Uncle Sam's fairy-tale version of history and current events to those on his Plantation (n assist here must go to an educational system that falsifies history and indoctrinates an easily-influenced population stoned on pharmaceutical drugs).

The other component - brought on by psychotic, paranoid fear and virulent racism - manifests itself in Vanilla Sam's fetish for bloodlust, conquest, and murder of a mysterious 'Other'. It hardly matters to Vanilla Sam whether the 'Other' is a Mexican peasant, a Palestinian farmer, or a framed-up descendent of captured Africans living inside Uncle Sam's global gulag.

Because, to Vanilla Sam, they're all the same - "Not like me!"

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