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1: The crimes against the people of the United
Lies to distort the past and present, create fear and hate,
deny truth, corrupt the mind, distort morality, confuse,
mislead, manipulate, disenfranchise, disarm, obstruct justice.
Consider the soldier in the video: he believed
that Saddam Hussein, Iraq, and the Iraqi people had something
to do with 911, which they did not; he didn't know that Saddam
Hussein rose to power supported by the CIA and past
administrations; he didn't know that the US supplied
Saddam Hussein with the chemical weapons that he used on his
own people; he didn't know that the US did not object to the
use of those weapons when they were used. He believed
that Iraqi citizens were his enemies when in fact, they were
international law, his Commander-in-Chief had a supreme responsibility to
protect them, keep the citizens of Iraq safe, properly fed, and well cared
for, as well as keep all their property safe and
secure. I bet he didn't know that. Why
He didn't know that Iraqis who despise Americans
do not distrust us because of our freedoms and democracy, which
is what they were told by Bush and his enablers, but rather because
we have systematically over the years betrayed them and
others, including the people of Palestine, Iran, Saudi
Arabia... in fact probably all the countries in the
region. Iraqi citizens know, although he doesn't know,
that sanctions and embargos that we imposed in the
1990s caused the death by disease and starvation of
approximately 600,000 of Iraq's
children, in addition to the fact
that almost all Iraqis now have family members and/or friends
who were killed by Americans directly or indirectly.
only did he not know that, but he
didn't know that our use of depleted uranium weapons, which is
a war crime, has
resulted in an epidemic of birth defects and cancers among
Iraq's children. And it is likely that these birth defects and
will persist now for generations. A great many Iraqis know
this. Much of the world knows this even though most
American citizens do not. He didn't know that the reason the US is in Iraq is to control
their oil and water resources and/or to reverse Iraq's policy
of selling oil for Euros rather than Dollars. Saddam
Hussein had nationalized Iraq's oil industry for the good of
people. We are there to reverse that policy so that
their oil industry is structured for the good of the American
people at the
expense of the people of Iraq. Some Americans know this
and approve of the theft, but I don't believe that most Americans know this,
or believe this, and they would not approve of it if they did.
US policy makers have decided to trade our humanity for
oil; to sell our soul to
insure that we can keep driving our SUVs. I don't think
this is a good trade. I realize that some people who are insecure,
are afraid of
living up to their responsibilities, and live in fear, might
think it's a good trade.
short, this soldier did not know that we are not there for any
legitimate purpose, nor did he know that our invasion is illegal under
international law. In fact, he believes that torture is acceptable
given that the CIA came to teach him and others how to improve
their torture techniques. That the CIA came there at all implied that crimes
committed at Abu Ghraib were legal, approved and sanctioned higher up the
chain of command. In short... this soldier's mind and morals
have been purposely and systematically corrupted. Our
government cheated him out of his morality and good sense...
his ability to think clearly. We therefore cheated him
out of his dignity, his freedom and his pursuit of
happiness. We cheated others out of their lives and limbs,
their relationships with loved ones and friends, and for some,
their ability to ever live successfully in society.
believes that his behavior and the behavior of others at that
post were somehow acceptable; that the crime was not what they
did, but that they took pictures of what they did and got
caught. He was purposely misled
and betrayed to make him willing to terrorize the people of Iraq so that the people
of Iraq would give up their will to resist, so that the
US could do and take what it wanted from them, namely their
oil and their sovereignty.
He is the
logical result of policymaking at the highest levels of our
government and his crimes are their crimes even though the strategy
of his Commander-in-Chief and his Commander's closest
associates is designed to give them plausible immunity
from prosecution and accountability... all at his expense. This
and betrayal at the highest levels of government.
I have described in the preceding paragraphs are crimes against
an American citizen, someone's son, maybe someone's brother,
perhaps someone's father... who was once in touch with reality and
the decent values he was taught growing up by his parents,
teachers, and other
people in his life.
truth is, he was
mentally abused by our government before he ever enrolled in the
military. He was lied to in order that he would be easy
prey for military recruiters. In basic training, his
indoctrination and dehumanization began. That's when he
first heard the terms 'raghead' and 'haji.' That's when
systematically he was slowly and purposely taught to fear and hate
Muslims, to shoot and kill them, and even to rape their
children, without remorse. That's what lies do.
That's what lies did to him and others. And that's what lies
did to citizens that never even joined the military... corrupting
their judgment and their perspective. Not everyone succumbs to this
treachery. But those who do are deeply injured and their
injuries affect the whole of society.
is not just a failure of leadership. This is moral
turpitude. It is the use of leadership, knowledge and
experience for the purpose of cheating trusting citizens out of their intelligence, their humanity
and their free will.
information this soldier was fed, were
crimes in and of themselves, lies designed with purposeful
intent to get him to believe that the military was engaged in
legal activities for the good of humanity, when, in fact, the
military is being used for criminal purposes in an illegal
training in the military... that taught him to hate and despise
'ragheads' and hajis' ... that too was a crime. Slowly
his mind and spirit were degraded so that he would now follow
orders without question, even though those orders were illegal and
Iraq he saw that some of his fellow soldiers who perpetrated criminal acts,
rather than being reprimanded and punished, were praised
it is likely that this
person, without a great deal of love and healing attention, can not be
expected, or trusted, to function successfully in society as a
responsible citizen... at least not in the state of mind we see
him in in this
video. He is, in a real sense, mentally ill. He was made
that way through lies and deceit... atrocities for which I don't
really have a name. He has been crippled. Who will
treat him and bring him back into the family of man? Who
will make him whole again? Who is responsible for
this is just one man; someone's son, perhaps
someone's father or husband. Do a Google search.
How many Iraq veterans commit suicide every day, every week, or
every month? Who is responsible for this tragic toll, this
loss of human potential. How do you quantify or even
talk about all the crimes connected with what he saw and
did? This is Operation Iraqi Freedom: More
than a million Iraqi citizens dead, five million
displaced, millions grievously injured, a nation destroyed,
fraud and corruption rampant, permanent bases under
construction, oil on the verge of being stolen, Americans dead
and wounded, our treasury depleted, our people confused,
disoriented, ineffectual. Our Constitution, national
pride, self-respect all in tatters... and the perpetrators of
these crimes and
their enablers still in power not being held accountable.
the US media, every soldier is a hero... support our
troops. Well, I think we should. For I am not saying that the military is not populated with
loyal, conscious, honorable people. But whether they are
that or not, they are being led by people who are not.
And that puts every soldier at risk. We are all at risk.
B. So in
the paragraphs of Part 1. A. above, I illustrate how lies have
effected the mind, heart, spirit and life of one soldier and
everyone who loves him. And
by inference, the same is true for comrades he knew and worked with... and one
beautiful innocent girl who he calls a 'raghead.'
How many soldiers have succumbed to this inhuman indoctrination?
I have seen other videos, heard testimony, read interviews and
reports of many similar atrocities. How many like him
does it take to destroy a nation, theirs and ours? While
we contemplate the atrocities perpetrated against our soldiers
and the victims they traumatized in return, we realize that it
is our own government who does this in our name... and now
contemplate what they have done to our own civilian
population. Lies take away our dignity, our ability to
function normally, our ability to learn from history, our
ability to progress as a people, our happiness, and our freedom.
of the beliefs and attitudes held by average American show that a very
large percentage of the population still believe the lies
that were purposely told to allow the Bush administration to
attack and occupy Iraq. We remember that the war was opened with one of
the most cowardly acts our military could have conceived of...
Shock and Awe... an act of terrorism designed to put fear into the heart of every Iraqi
man, woman, and child. I wrote about this before the war
began. I pointed out that more than half the population
of Iraq were children under the age of 15. I asked what
the toll on them was going to be?. Read my book, The
The purpose was to
frighten the people of Iraq into submission even before our soldiers set
foot on their soil. Thus the war started with the murder
and dismemberment of innocent civilians in order to
insure that none of our soldiers would come into harms way,
even though international law requires that civilians be
protected. It was a dastardly, dishonorable thing to do. A failed strategy from the first
moment, creating a host of civilian enemies where before there were
hardly any at all.
not only corrupt those to whom they are told, but in order to
lie, the perpetrators of those lies must be corrupt themselves
and so it was, and is... the lies never stop... the mind that
tells them is corrupted... as are all the illegitimate
policies and strategies they invent to pursue, justify, and
defend their illegitimate occupation.
In addition to lies there
is the misuse of language itself for the sole purpose of hiding
and/or misrepresenting the truth. For example, calling our
illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq a 'war on terror.'
What it really is, is a 'war of terror.' Before we attacked Iraq, there was no evidence of so called
terrorists in Iraq. For the most part, we are fighting ordinary
citizens— citizens who have lost friends and/or family
members — and who are
now motivated by revenge or trying to defend their homeland against
an illegal occupation. When they try to defend
themselves, we call them insurgents. Lies and more lies.
happens to ordinary American citizens who are inclined to believe the lies told
by a government and a corporate media they thought they could trust. Their
trust is turned against them, for in trusting and believing
their government and key institutions, they are rewarded only with a lost perception of reality...
a direct attack on freedom, honor, and decency.
The unconscious mind
is forced to somehow deal with
the incongruities between what is really happening in the
world as it is reported by foreign journalists and various
independent sources vs. what we are told is happening by the
White House and our own mainstream media. To defend
themselves against the discord between believable lies and
uncomfortable truths, some people refuse to
look at readily available information and instead turn
blindly to more propaganda for reassurance, and so the lies
persist. Most people don't realize that foreign and
outlets are reporting things that our own news sources
regularly self-censor and distort.
it becomes impossible to hide the truth. Soldiers come
home and some tell
their stories. After years of believing lies, the pain
of hearing the truth is just too much for some folks to bear.
So many people continue to believe the
lies. And so we end up with a confused society that is at
war with itself. A society that is divided is a society
that is at risk of being conquered. And so it is.
A people out of touch with reality. Divided. Few
are able to see the big picture because too many people are
afraid to tell the truth while others are too afraid to hear
truth is, there are those who want us to be confused... our confusion
insures their hold on power. Who then is able to respond
appropriately when the fundamental
rights that we thought were once carved in stone and recorded
on a document we call our Constitution have somehow been
erased. That's when we begin to realize that the conspiracy
about which I speak has been in place for decades.
who are the conspirators. Many are conscious of what
they are doing, but others, maybe even most, have simply,
without thinking or questioning have just accept the norms of
the institutions and colleagues with whom they interact —
like cogs in a wheel — they play their part, hoping to get
ahead, without ever giving a thought to how their decisions
impact other people far removed from their space. This
is easily accomplished because indeed, people in powerful
positions are often far removed from those who pay the price
for what they do. Like armchair generals, they send in
the troops, pawns in a game, to bring back the spoils, no
does our educational system leave so many children
behind? One important reason is that there are those
who do not want every child to become educated; they don't
want too many people to have the ability and wisdom to rigorously
and with intellectual integrity think for themselves. If
too many people became intellectually competent, we as a
society would no longer tolerate the government we have, for
realize that the government we have no longer operates of, by,
or for The
People; it operates in the interest of an elite segment of a
powerful and wealthy few.
These are the people who use their accumulated
wealth and power to distort the past and present, create fear
and hate, deny truth, corrupt the mind, corrupt morals,
confuse, mislead, manipulate, disenfranchise, disarm, and obstruct
justice in order that they might remain in control of their power
and resources. And their ability to do that now reaches into every
aspect of life. It is embedded in our culture and until
and unless we raise our consciousness to the point that we can
recognize how we are being manipulated, nothing will change.
is it possible that other nations have a shorter work week,
free education for all who are able to learn, and free
healthcare that outperforms our own and does so at less
cost. Our tax laws are skewed to benefit the rich.
We spend more money on military power than nearly all other
countries combined. It doesn't make us safer; it puts
all of humanity at risk. But it does make a lot of people wealthy who by
all rights shouldn't be. Brilliant engineers and
scientists are at work their whole lives wasting their talents when society
needs their creativity more than ever. This foolishness
has corrupted our government, squandered our resources, and
puts us at risk of losing our freedoms and our
you understand what I have been saying, you must realize how
important you are to our future, for too many people do not,
cannot understand, or will not understand. Without your
leadership, if we continue down this road, we will slide into
such a state of mediocrity and injustice that there will be no
turning back anytime soon. We will be a defeated
nation... defeated not by any foreign terrorist or enemy, but
by our own greed and small mindedness.
our culture today, too few
Americans value and respect intellectual integrity and
wisdom. And yet if we are to survive as a free nation or
even as a species,
that's what we're going to need. Today we are being
driven into intellectual incompetence by our own lack of
integrity, curiosity, and moral courage. We almost
recognize that we excuse ourselves by saying that we are too busy trying to make a
living to think.
Meanwhile those who control the media are busy
feeding us propaganda that keeps us uninformed and ineffectual. We are not a
mentally healthy society. In many ways we are out of touch with
reality. We live in a society where baseball scores are
more interesting and important to some of us than even congressional votes that give away our freedoms or steal the
resources that belong to other people, including our own
grandchildren, and generations yet unborn.
Our best chance to turn
this around is right now and we should take advantage of that
opportunity while we still have the chance.
2: The crimes against the people of other countries.
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