Tuesday, November 15, 2011

War Is A Racket By Smedley Butler

CHAPTER ONE
WAR IS A RACKET

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

Again they are choosing sides. France and Russia met and agreed to stand side by side. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. Poland and Germany cast sheep's eyes at each other, forgetting for the nonce [one unique occasion], their dispute over the Polish Corridor.

The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia] complicated matters. Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies, were almost at each other's throats. Italy was ready to jump in. But France was waiting. So was Czechoslovakia. All of them are looking ahead to war. Not the people – not those who fight and pay and die – only those who foment wars and remain safely at home to profit.

There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making.

Hell's bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?

Not in Italy, to be sure. Premier Mussolini knows what they are being trained for. He, at least, is frank enough to speak out. Only the other day, Il Duce in "International Conciliation," the publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said:

"And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace... War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it."

Undoubtedly Mussolini means exactly what he says. His well-trained army, his great fleet of planes, and even his navy are ready for war – anxious for it, apparently. His recent stand at the side of Hungary in the latter's dispute with Jugoslavia showed that. And the hurried mobilization of his troops on the Austrian border after the assassination of Dollfuss showed it too. There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later.

Herr Hitler, with his rearming Germany and his constant demands for more and more arms, is an equal if not greater menace to peace. France only recently increased the term of military service for its youth from a year to eighteen months.

Yes, all over, nations are camping in their arms. The mad dogs of Europe are on the loose. In the Orient the maneuvering is more adroit. Back in 1904, when Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends the Russians and backed Japan. Then our very generous international bankers were financing Japan. Now the trend is to poison us against the Japanese. What does the "open door" policy to China mean to us? Our trade with China is about $90,000,000 a year. Or the Philippine Islands? We have spent about $600,000,000 in the Philippines in thirty-five years and we (our bankers and industrialists and speculators) have private investments there of less than $200,000,000.

Then, to save that China trade of about $90,000,000, or to protect these private investments of less than $200,000,000 in the Philippines, we would be all stirred up to hate Japan and go to war – a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men.

Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit – fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders. Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well.

Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn't they? It pays high dividends.

But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children?

What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?

Yes, and what does it profit the nation?

Take our own case. Until 1898 we didn't own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America. At that time our national debt was a little more than $1,000,000,000. Then we became "internationally minded." We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our country. We forgot George Washington's warning about "entangling alliances." We went to war. We acquired outside territory. At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over $25,000,000,000. Our total favorable trade balance during the twenty-five-year period was about $24,000,000,000. Therefore, on a purely bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.

It would have been far cheaper (not to say safer) for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements. For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people – who do not profit.

CHAPTER TWO
WHO MAKES THE PROFITS?

The World War, rather our brief participation in it, has cost the United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400 to every American man, woman, and child. And we haven't paid the debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our children's children probably still will be paying the cost of that war.

The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits – ah! that is another matter – twenty, sixty, one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent – the sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let's get it.

Of course, it isn't put that crudely in war time. It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, love of country, and "we must all put our shoulders to the wheel," but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket – and are safely pocketed. Let's just take a few examples:

Take our friends the du Ponts, the powder people – didn't one of them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder won the war? Or saved the world for democracy? Or something? How did they do in the war? They were a patriotic corporation. Well, the average earnings of the du Ponts for the period 1910 to 1914 were $6,000,000 a year. It wasn't much, but the du Ponts managed to get along on it. Now let's look at their average yearly profit during the war years, 1914 to 1918. Fifty-eight million dollars a year profit we find! Nearly ten times that of normal times, and the profits of normal times were pretty good. An increase in profits of more than 950 per cent.

Take one of our little steel companies that patriotically shunted aside the making of rails and girders and bridges to manufacture war materials. Well, their 1910-1914 yearly earnings averaged $6,000,000. Then came the war. And, like loyal citizens, Bethlehem Steel promptly turned to munitions making. Did their profits jump – or did they let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? Well, their 1914-1918 average was $49,000,000 a year!

Or, let's take United States Steel. The normal earnings during the five-year period prior to the war were $105,000,000 a year. Not bad. Then along came the war and up went the profits. The average yearly profit for the period 1914-1918 was $240,000,000. Not bad.

There you have some of the steel and powder earnings. Let's look at something else. A little copper, perhaps. That always does well in war times.

Anaconda, for instance. Average yearly earnings during the pre-war years 1910-1914 of $10,000,000. During the war years 1914-1918 profits leaped to $34,000,000 per year.

Or Utah Copper. Average of $5,000,000 per year during the 1910-1914 period. Jumped to an average of $21,000,000 yearly profits for the war period.

Let's group these five, with three smaller companies. The total yearly average profits of the pre-war period 1910-1914 were $137,480,000. Then along came the war. The average yearly profits for this group skyrocketed to $408,300,000.

A little increase in profits of approximately 200 per cent.

Does war pay? It paid them. But they aren't the only ones. There are still others. Let's take leather.

For the three-year period before the war the total profits of Central Leather Company were $3,500,000. That was approximately $1,167,000 a year. Well, in 1916 Central Leather returned a profit of $15,000,000, a small increase of 1,100 per cent. That's all. The General Chemical Company averaged a profit for the three years before the war of a little over $800,000 a year. Came the war, and the profits jumped to $12,000,000. a leap of 1,400 per cent.

International Nickel Company – and you can't have a war without nickel – showed an increase in profits from a mere average of $4,000,000 a year to $73,000,000 yearly. Not bad? An increase of more than 1,700 per cent.

American Sugar Refining Company averaged $2,000,000 a year for the three years before the war. In 1916 a profit of $6,000,000 was recorded.

Listen to Senate Document No. 259. The Sixty-Fifth Congress, reporting on corporate earnings and government revenues. Considering the profits of 122 meat packers, 153 cotton manufacturers, 299 garment makers, 49 steel plants, and 340 coal producers during the war. Profits under 25 per cent were exceptional. For instance the coal companies made between 100 per cent and 7,856 per cent on their capital stock during the war. The Chicago packers doubled and tripled their earnings.

And let us not forget the bankers who financed the great war. If anyone had the cream of the profits it was the bankers. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders. And their profits were as secret as they were immense. How the bankers made their millions and their billions I do not know, because those little secrets never become public – even before a Senate investigatory body.

But here's how some of the other patriotic industrialists and speculators chiseled their way into war profits.

Take the shoe people. They like war. It brings business with abnormal profits. They made huge profits on sales abroad to our allies. Perhaps, like the munitions manufacturers and armament makers, they also sold to the enemy. For a dollar is a dollar whether it comes from Germany or from France. But they did well by Uncle Sam too. For instance, they sold Uncle Sam 35,000,000 pairs of hobnailed service shoes. There were 4,000,000 soldiers. Eight pairs, and more, to a soldier. My regiment during the war had only one pair to a soldier. Some of these shoes probably are still in existence. They were good shoes. But when the war was over Uncle Sam has a matter of 25,000,000 pairs left over. Bought – and paid for. Profits recorded and pocketed.

There was still lots of leather left. So the leather people sold your Uncle Sam hundreds of thousands of McClellan saddles for the cavalry. But there wasn't any American cavalry overseas! Somebody had to get rid of this leather, however. Somebody had to make a profit in it – so we had a lot of McClellan saddles. And we probably have those yet.

Also somebody had a lot of mosquito netting. They sold your Uncle Sam 20,000,000 mosquito nets for the use of the soldiers overseas. I suppose the boys were expected to put it over them as they tried to sleep in muddy trenches – one hand scratching cooties on their backs and the other making passes at scurrying rats. Well, not one of these mosquito nets ever got to France!

Anyhow, these thoughtful manufacturers wanted to make sure that no soldier would be without his mosquito net, so 40,000,000 additional yards of mosquito netting were sold to Uncle Sam.

There were pretty good profits in mosquito netting in those days, even if there were no mosquitoes in France. I suppose, if the war had lasted just a little longer, the enterprising mosquito netting manufacturers would have sold your Uncle Sam a couple of consignments of mosquitoes to plant in France so that more mosquito netting would be in order.

Airplane and engine manufacturers felt they, too, should get their just profits out of this war. Why not? Everybody else was getting theirs. So $1,000,000,000 – count them if you live long enough – was spent by Uncle Sam in building airplane engines that never left the ground! Not one plane, or motor, out of the billion dollars worth ordered, ever got into a battle in France. Just the same the manufacturers made their little profit of 30, 100, or perhaps 300 per cent.

Undershirts for soldiers cost 14¢[cents] to make and uncle Sam paid 30¢ to 40¢ each for them – a nice little profit for the undershirt manufacturer. And the stocking manufacturer and the uniform manufacturers and the cap manufacturers and the steel helmet manufacturers – all got theirs.

Why, when the war was over some 4,000,000 sets of equipment – knapsacks and the things that go to fill them – crammed warehouses on this side. Now they are being scrapped because the regulations have changed the contents. But the manufacturers collected their wartime profits on them – and they will do it all over again the next time.

There were lots of brilliant ideas for profit making during the war.

One very versatile patriot sold Uncle Sam twelve dozen 48-inch wrenches. Oh, they were very nice wrenches. The only trouble was that there was only one nut ever made that was large enough for these wrenches. That is the one that holds the turbines at Niagara Falls. Well, after Uncle Sam had bought them and the manufacturer had pocketed the profit, the wrenches were put on freight cars and shunted all around the United States in an effort to find a use for them. When the Armistice was signed it was indeed a sad blow to the wrench manufacturer. He was just about to make some nuts to fit the wrenches. Then he planned to sell these, too, to your Uncle Sam.

Still another had the brilliant idea that colonels shouldn't ride in automobiles, nor should they even ride on horseback. One has probably seen a picture of Andy Jackson riding in a buckboard. Well, some 6,000 buckboards were sold to Uncle Sam for the use of colonels! Not one of them was used. But the buckboard manufacturer got his war profit.

The shipbuilders felt they should come in on some of it, too. They built a lot of ships that made a lot of profit. More than $3,000,000,000 worth. Some of the ships were all right. But $635,000,000 worth of them were made of wood and wouldn't float! The seams opened up – and they sank. We paid for them, though. And somebody pocketed the profits.

It has been estimated by statisticians and economists and researchers that the war cost your Uncle Sam $52,000,000,000. Of this sum, $39,000,000,000 was expended in the actual war itself. This expenditure yielded $16,000,000,000 in profits. That is how the 21,000 billionaires and millionaires got that way. This $16,000,000,000 profits is not to be sneezed at. It is quite a tidy sum. And it went to a very few.

The Senate (Nye) committee probe of the munitions industry and its wartime profits, despite its sensational disclosures, hardly has scratched the surface.

Even so, it has had some effect. The State Department has been studying "for some time" methods of keeping out of war. The War Department suddenly decides it has a wonderful plan to spring. The Administration names a committee – with the War and Navy Departments ably represented under the chairmanship of a Wall Street speculator – to limit profits in war time. To what extent isn't suggested. Hmmm. Possibly the profits of 300 and 600 and 1,600 per cent of those who turned blood into gold in the World War would be limited to some smaller figure.

Apparently, however, the plan does not call for any limitation of losses – that is, the losses of those who fight the war. As far as I have been able to ascertain there is nothing in the scheme to limit a soldier to the loss of but one eye, or one arm, or to limit his wounds to one or two or three. Or to limit the loss of life.

There is nothing in this scheme, apparently, that says not more than 12 per cent of a regiment shall be wounded in battle, or that not more than 7 per cent in a division shall be killed.

Of course, the committee cannot be bothered with such trifling matters.


CHAPTER THREE
WHO PAYS THE BILLS?

Who provides the profits – these nice little profits of 20, 100, 300, 1,500 and 1,800 per cent? We all pay them – in taxation. We paid the bankers their profits when we bought Liberty Bonds at $100.00 and sold them back at $84 or $86 to the bankers. These bankers collected $100 plus. It was a simple manipulation. The bankers control the security marts. It was easy for them to depress the price of these bonds. Then all of us – the people – got frightened and sold the bonds at $84 or $86. The bankers bought them. Then these same bankers stimulated a boom and government bonds went to par – and above. Then the bankers collected their profits.

But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.

If you don't believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran's hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men – men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.

Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to "about face"; to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed.

Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another "about face" ! This time they had to do their own readjustment, sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers' aid and advice and sans nation-wide propaganda. We didn't need them any more. So we scattered them about without any "three-minute" or "Liberty Loan" speeches or parades. Many, too many, of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that final "about face" alone.

In the government hospital in Marion, Indiana, 1,800 of these boys are in pens! Five hundred of them in a barracks with steel bars and wires all around outside the buildings and on the porches. These already have been mentally destroyed. These boys don't even look like human beings. Oh, the looks on their faces! Physically, they are in good shape; mentally, they are gone.

There are thousands and thousands of these cases, and more and more are coming in all the time. The tremendous excitement of the war, the sudden cutting off of that excitement – the young boys couldn't stand it.

That's a part of the bill. So much for the dead – they have paid their part of the war profits. So much for the mentally and physically wounded – they are paying now their share of the war profits. But the others paid, too – they paid with heartbreaks when they tore themselves away from their firesides and their families to don the uniform of Uncle Sam – on which a profit had been made. They paid another part in the training camps where they were regimented and drilled while others took their jobs and their places in the lives of their communities. The paid for it in the trenches where they shot and were shot; where they were hungry for days at a time; where they slept in the mud and the cold and in the rain – with the moans and shrieks of the dying for a horrible lullaby.

But don't forget – the soldier paid part of the dollars and cents bill too.

Up to and including the Spanish-American War, we had a prize system, and soldiers and sailors fought for money. During the Civil War they were paid bonuses, in many instances, before they went into service. The government, or states, paid as high as $1,200 for an enlistment. In the Spanish-American War they gave prize money. When we captured any vessels, the soldiers all got their share – at least, they were supposed to. Then it was found that we could reduce the cost of wars by taking all the prize money and keeping it, but conscripting [drafting] the soldier anyway. Then soldiers couldn't bargain for their labor, Everyone else could bargain, but the soldier couldn't.

Napoleon once said,

"All men are enamored of decorations...they positively hunger for them."

So by developing the Napoleonic system – the medal business – the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. It made enlistments easier. After the Civil War no new medals were issued until the Spanish-American War.

In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription. They were made to feel ashamed if they didn't join the army.

So vicious was this war propaganda that even God was brought into it. With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to kill, kill, kill. To kill the Germans. God is on our side...it is His will that the Germans be killed.

And in Germany, the good pastors called upon the Germans to kill the allies...to please the same God. That was a part of the general propaganda, built up to make people war conscious and murder conscious.

Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the "war to end all wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure."

Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large salary of $30 a month.

All they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat canned willy (when they could get it) and kill and kill and kill...and be killed.

But wait!

Half of that wage (just a little more than a riveter in a shipyard or a laborer in a munitions factory safe at home made in a day) was promptly taken from him to support his dependents, so that they would not become a charge upon his community. Then we made him pay what amounted to accident insurance – something the employer pays for in an enlightened state – and that cost him $6 a month. He had less than $9 a month left.

Then, the most crowning insolence of all – he was virtually blackjacked into paying for his own ammunition, clothing, and food by being made to buy Liberty Bonds. Most soldiers got no money at all on pay days.

We made them buy Liberty Bonds at $100 and then we bought them back – when they came back from the war and couldn't find work – at $84 and $86. And the soldiers bought about $2,000,000,000 worth of these bonds!

Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. His family pays too. They pay it in the same heart-break that he does. As he suffers, they suffer. At nights, as he lay in the trenches and watched shrapnel burst about him, they lay home in their beds and tossed sleeplessly – his father, his mother, his wife, his sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his daughters.

When he returned home minus an eye, or minus a leg or with his mind broken, they suffered too – as much as and even sometimes more than he. Yes, and they, too, contributed their dollars to the profits of the munitions makers and bankers and shipbuilders and the manufacturers and the speculators made. They, too, bought Liberty Bonds and contributed to the profit of the bankers after the Armistice in the hocus-pocus of manipulated Liberty Bond prices.

And even now the families of the wounded men and of the mentally broken and those who never were able to readjust themselves are still suffering and still paying.

CHAPTER FOUR
HOW TO SMASH THIS RACKET!

WELL, it's a racket, all right.

A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.

The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the nation – it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted – to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.

Let the workers in these plants get the same wages – all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers –

yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders – everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!

Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.

Why shouldn't they?

They aren't running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren't sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren't hungry. The soldiers are!

Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will smash the war racket – that and nothing else.

Maybe I am a little too optimistic. Capital still has some say. So capital won't permit the taking of the profit out of war until the people – those who do the suffering and still pay the price – make up their minds that those they elect to office shall do their bidding, and not that of the profiteers.

Another step necessary in this fight to smash the war racket is the limited plebiscite to determine whether a war should be declared. A plebiscite not of all the voters but merely of those who would be called upon to do the fighting and dying. There wouldn't be very much sense in having a 76-year-old president of a munitions factory or the flat-footed head of an international banking firm or the cross-eyed manager of a uniform manufacturing plant – all of whom see visions of tremendous profits in the event of war – voting on whether the nation should go to war or not. They never would be called upon to shoulder arms – to sleep in a trench and to be shot. Only those who would be called upon to risk their lives for their country should have the privilege of voting to determine whether the nation should go to war.

There is ample precedent for restricting the voting to those affected. Many of our states have restrictions on those permitted to vote. In most, it is necessary to be able to read and write before you may vote. In some, you must own property. It would be a simple matter each year for the men coming of military age to register in their communities as they did in the draft during the World War and be examined physically. Those who could pass and who would therefore be called upon to bear arms in the event of war would be eligible to vote in a limited plebiscite. They should be the ones to have the power to decide – and not a Congress few of whose members are within the age limit and fewer still of whom are in physical condition to bear arms. Only those who must suffer should have the right to vote.

A third step in this business of smashing the war racket is to make certain that our military forces are truly forces for defense only.

At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington (and there are always a lot of them) are very adroit lobbyists. And they are smart. They don't shout that "We need a lot of battleships to war on this nation or that nation." Oh no. First of all, they let it be known that America is menaced by a great naval power. Almost any day, these admirals will tell you, the great fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate 125,000,000 people. Just like that. Then they begin to cry for a larger navy. For what? To fight the enemy? Oh my, no. Oh, no. For defense purposes only.

Then, incidentally, they announce maneuvers in the Pacific. For defense. Uh, huh.

The Pacific is a great big ocean. We have a tremendous coastline on the Pacific. Will the maneuvers be off the coast, two or three hundred miles? Oh, no. The maneuvers will be two thousand, yes, perhaps even thirty-five hundred miles, off the coast.

The Japanese, a proud people, of course will be pleased beyond expression to see the united States fleet so close to Nippon's shores. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles.

The ships of our navy, it can be seen, should be specifically limited, by law, to within 200 miles of our coastline. Had that been the law in 1898 the Maine would never have gone to Havana Harbor. She never would have been blown up. There would have been no war with Spain with its attendant loss of life. Two hundred miles is ample, in the opinion of experts, for defense purposes. Our nation cannot start an offensive war if its ships can't go further than 200 miles from the coastline. Planes might be permitted to go as far as 500 miles from the coast for purposes of reconnaissance. And the army should never leave the territorial limits of our nation.

To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket.

We must take the profit out of war.

We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war.

We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.

CHAPTER FIVE
TO HELL WITH WAR!

I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. I know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we cannot be pushed into another war.

Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in 1916 on a platform that he had "kept us out of war" and on the implied promise that he would "keep us out of war." Yet, five months later he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.

In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds. The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.

Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?

Money.

An allied commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before the war declaration and called on the President. The President summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke. Stripped of its diplomatic language, this is what he told the President and his group:

"There is no use kidding ourselves any longer. The cause of the allies is lost. We now owe you (American bankers, American munitions makers, American manufacturers, American speculators, American exporters) five or six billion dollars.

If we lose (and without the help of the United States we must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money...and Germany won't.

So..."

Had secrecy been outlawed as far as war negotiations were concerned, and had the press been invited to be present at that conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the proceedings, America never would have entered the World War. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was a "war to make the world safe for democracy" and a "war to end all wars."

Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than it had then. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.

And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars.

Yes, we have had disarmament conferences and limitations of arms conferences. They don't mean a thing. One has just failed; the results of another have been nullified. We send our professional soldiers and our sailors and our politicians and our diplomats to these conferences. And what happens?

The professional soldiers and sailors don't want to disarm. No admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without a command. Both mean men without jobs. They are not for disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in the background but all-powerful, just the same, are the sinister agents of those who profit by war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously limit armaments.

The chief aim of any power at any of these conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more armament for itself and less for any potential foe.

There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability. That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. Even this, if it were possible, would not be enough.

The next war, according to experts, will be fought not with battleships, not by artillery, not with rifles and not with machine guns. It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases.

Secretly each nation is studying and perfecting newer and ghastlier means of annihilating its foes wholesale. Yes, ships will continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for the manufacturer must make their war profits too.

But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists.

If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples. By putting them to this useful job, we can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war – even the munitions makers.

So...I say,

TO HELL WITH WAR!

The Story That Was Never Told!



By Jim Kirwan
Source

Late in the day on 9-11-01, this story should have appeared on the front pages of every American Newspaper, and should have been running non-stop on CNN and every other network media outlet on the planet. But it was buried and has been totally forgotten by the so-called media at every possible turn. (1)

The story is this:
'Did Israeli's execute 911? On September 11, 2001 NYPD arrested two Israelis fleeing in a truck filled with explosives. They took two to three people in custody. Why did the truck the Israelis were driving, filled with explosives, have a mural painted on the side of the truck depicting the first plane hitting the first tower? The truck was loaded with thousands of pounds of explosives and was headed for the George Washington Bridge. The FBI said that there were tons of explosives inside the van that could have done great damage to the George Washington Bridge. The FBI arrested the two suspects. (CNN tape of this is included in the video). NJ State Police pulled the van over and began to question them. Under questioning the Israelis said that their purpose was to document the event (no explanation was ever given about the tons of explosives, in their van or about why the mural depicting the first plane hitting the first tower was painted (professionally) on their van (which had to have been completed long before the day of the attacks).

The bomb squad was called, to deal with the truck, between 6th and 7th on King Street. The two occupants had fled, and were arrested after the truck exploded. Five men total were detained 8 hours after the attack on the towers, according to the New Jersey News (on screen). All the Israeli's arrested worked for Urban Moving Systems, a Mossad front company. After 71 days the 5 Israeli's were taken out of jail, put on a plane and deported back to Israel.'

If these five had been Americans they would have made front page news, and this incident would have been all over the news. But because they were Israelis, and therefore (protected suspects), no stories appeared, and no photographs of the truck with that damning mural on its side were ever published: At the time. Because if that had happened it would have been clear who killed all those people on 911, and it wasn't a crew operating from a cave in Afghanistan!

Had this story been given the coverage it deserved; there would have been no ATTACK on Afghanistan, because the events of 911 would have been seen for the crime of mass murder which it was; and not as the Governments of Israel, Britain and the US wanted this to be seen. Mossad and the FBI as well as the CIA were all complicit in this coverup, along with those terrorist cells in Washington D.C., more commonly known as the legislative, executive and judicial branches, of this government.

Just as the demonstrators inside OCCCUPY need to stop just-watching and start acting; the American public must begin to DEMAND ANSWERS to this and other events that have gone on now for over ten years without ANSWERS. What this means is that all those people that we killed after 911 were murdered for yet another lie; and that this massively important lie changed the history of the United States forever. Because without this false-flag story of 911, there could never have been a PATRIOT ACT or TSA, never mind the invasion and slaughter of millions of people in both Afghanistan and Iraq; not to mention all the additional millions that have come after those two more lies that must be added to the events of 911.

The FBI was the agency that released these Mossad operatives back to Israel - we need to find and arrest the FBI officials that let them go;
ALONG WITH THE HIGHER-UPS THAT ORDERED THEIR RELEASE - and we need to do this BEFORE THE END OF THIS WEEK!

If this story does not become the front-page news that it did not become on 911; then it will be clear that the mainstream media here is also complicit in the events behind this extremely revealing story of the van with the mural of the first tower being struck-before the day even arrived for that to have happened.

kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.net

9/11 Vans: 'Splain This! - 7 min 02 second Video

Rense & Adrian Salbuchi - Zionist Control Constantly Increasing

Monday, October 17, 2011

Robbery In Progress!


By Jim Kirwan
Source

"Do you want to know the real reason banks aren't lending and the PIIGS have control of the barnyard in Europe?

It's because risk in the $600 trillion derivatives market isn't evening out. To the contrary, it's growing increasingly concentrated among a select few banks, especially here in theUnited States.

In 2009, five banks held 80% of derivatives in America. Now, justfour banks hold a staggering 95.9% of U.S. derivatives, according to a recent report from the Office of the Currency Comptroller.

The four banks in question: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS).

These are four of the Big-Six Banks that people are pulling their money out of NOW. Six-Hundred-Trillion dollars is a huge payday; so WHY aren't any of the agencies responsible for protecting the people of this country, even remotely interested, in preventing this CRIME!

At the very least this is a HUGE CRIME IN PROGRESS, that has been discussed worldwide; yet our own government's criminal agencies have yet to even blink. Since seven months BEFORE 911, the FBI has occupied itself with hunting down innocent Americans, spying on us 24-7 and even creating 17 separate fake bombing stories in which they turned out to be both the originators of the idea and the agency that furnished the money & the material to supposedly catch terrorists: only to have the whole thing in each case, blow up in their filthy-un-American faces? (2)

Now this story has surfaced and AGAIN, where is the un-American FBI ­ they're protecting the bad-guys, as usual, when what they should be doing is insuring that the public is not robbed blind: AGAIN!


"Derivatives played a crucial role in bringing down the global economy, so you would think that the world's top policymakers would have reined these things in by now - but they haven't. Instead of attacking the problem, regulators have let it spiral out of control, and the result is a $600 trillion time bomb called the derivatives market.

Think I'm exaggerating?

The notional value of the world's derivatives actually is estimated at more than $600 trillion. Notional value, of course, is the total value of a leveraged position's assets. This distinction is necessary because when you're talking about leveraged assets like options and derivatives, a little bit of money can control a disproportionately large position that may be as much as 5, 10, 30, or, in extreme cases, 100 times greater than investments that could be funded only in cash instruments.

The world's gross domestic product (GDP) is only about $65 trillion, or roughly 10.83% of the worldwide value of the global derivatives market, according to The Economist. So there is literally not enough money on the planet to backstop the banks trading these things if they run into trouble.

Compounding the problem is the fact that nobody even knows if the $600 trillion figure is accurate, because specialized derivatives vehicles like the credit default swaps that are now roiling Europe remain largely unregulated and unaccounted for." (1)

So are we to believe that there is absolutely nothing that can be done about this "Crime of the Century" that continues to unfold? The smallest of the victims here are the people who still have their accounts in these Mega-banks that are now attempting to lock out their customers and otherwise are scrambling to prevent people from taking their hard earned money out of these criminally-connected banks!

The rest of the public that has yet to act needs to begin to move very swiftly TOMORROW, to insure that they can get their money back before these Banking Monstrosities implode!

kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.net

1) Derivatives the $600 Trillion Time Bomb that's set to explode
http://moneymorning.com/2011/10/12/derivatives-the-600-trillion-time-bomb-thats-set-to-explode/

2) The Judge Accuses FBI & Our Government of being the Real Terrorists
http://newsworldwide.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/the-judge-accuses-fbi-our-govt-of-being-the-real-terrorist-creating-terror-plots-in-america/

'Israelis, Saudis' behind Iran terror plot - Press TV News

Will U.S. Submit Its Case Against Iran to Arbitration or Will it Take Unilateral Action?‏

U.S. CAN DEMAND ARBITRATION
OVER ALLEGED IRANIAN PLOT


By Sherwood Ross

“If the Obama administration truly believes it has credible evidence that Iran was behind this alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi diplomat on the streets of Washington D.C., then it must invoke the Protection of Diplomats Convention(PDC) and demand arbitration of this claim with Iran,” a distinguished American authority on international law says. The diplomat Iran is accused of plotting to kill is the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

“In the event Iran were to reject such arbitration, then the Obama administration could sue Iran at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the so-called World Court of the United Nations System,” says Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Boyle recalled that during the Iranian Hostages Crisis, “the International Court of Justice rendered an overwhelming victory on behalf of the United States against Iran that played an important role in the successful resolution of that crisis. So the World Court is an eminently fair institution to resolve this latest international dispute between Iran and the United States.”

On the other hand, Boyle continued, “If the Obama administration’s real motivation is to concoct and manufacture a pretext for a crisis resulting in provocations and hostilities, it will continue to argue its so-called case to the Western news media which is inherently biased against Iran, instead of resorting to this regularly established and already proven to be effective international judicial dispute settlement procedure.” The PDC was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1973.

Boyle has been involved in major international cases challenging U.S. defense policy on nuclear and biological warfare activities and against its preemptive wars. He is the author of numerous books on these issues, including, “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions,” (Clarity Press), and he was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Convention.

The headlines about the alleged conspiracy have successfully sensationalized U.S. charges. There was no comparable publicity in U.S. media when Iranian nuclear scientists have been actually assassinated.

Over the past several years three Iranian scientists involved in that country’s nuclear effort have been murdered, the most recent this past July. (An attempt on the life of a fourth scientist was foiled.) The Times said the killings are widely believed to have been the work of Israeli agents and were conducted “with tolerance from the United States.”

Also, as the Times reported: “Both countries (Israel and America) are believed to have worked in recent years to sabotage Iran’s program to enrich uranium, smuggling damaged components into Iran’s supply chain and destroying centrifuges by planting the so-called Stuxnet computer worm.”

The goal behind those actions appears to be to continue Israel as the dominant nuclear power in the region. Israel, which declines to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, is believed to possess some 200 nuclear warheads. It has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of 1996 and refuses to allow international inspection of its facilities. Iran, by contrast, has no nuclear weapons and the former head of the IAEA said recently there is no evidence that Iran is attempting to build one.

Gary Sick, an Iran expert at Columbia University told The New York Times October 15th, “The Iranians absolutely believe the U.S. and Israel have been carrying out a covert campaign against them and clearly they are right.”

Resorting to assassination, though, would be the worst possible response for Iran. Given past official Iranian statements disavowing retaliation for the murders of the three scientists, the new charges brought by the U.S. about the Saudi ambassador plot must be viewed with some skepticism. According to the Associated Press, an Iranian official has said Iran would not retaliate for the “ugly phenomenon” of the killing of their scientists. By refraining from any revenge killing for its scientists, Iran has sought to place itself on the high ground in the dispute.


(Sherwood Ross is a Miami-based public relations consultant for good causes and director of the Anti-War News Service. He formerly reported for major dailies and worked as a columnist for several wire services. Reach him at sherwoodross10@gmail.com)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

IKE'S GRANDSON REISSUES "MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX" WARNING---A LITTLE TOO LATE?

By Sherwood Ross

David Eisenhower, grandson of the president who warned Americans of a “military-industrial complex(MIC) 50 years ago, says in an essay this month that that coalition today “retains significant influence...” Yes, indeedy! In fact, when the Pentagon gets more than half of all taxes collected from the American people and spends more for war than all our 50 governors spend to run their states, his phrase “significant influence” may be a wee bit understated.

As the National Priorities Project(NPP) of Northampton, Mass., puts it: “Since 2001, the U.S. has spent $7.6 trillion in security-related efforts, including: Department of Defense base-line, nuclear weapons, Homeland Security and war.” The $500 billion being spent just on the F-35 fighter-bomber jet alone is feeding Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney and 1,300 other suppliers from nine countries and 48 U.S. States, a business magazine reports.

What’s more, NPP says, this year’s spending of $122 billion just on the Afghan war “is greater than the 2012 deficits of 42 states and the District of Columbia combined.” (Holy cow, Batman, you could run America on that money!)

In a gentlemanly essay published in “Bloomberg BusinessWeek” magazine of September 5th, (the source of much of the other military data in this article), Eisenhower writes that Pentagon budgets today “remain large, and the U.S. military operates globally in a way not remotely foreseen 50 years ago.” Again, how true! Fifty years ago who could have imagined a Pentagon involved in six wars of aggression in the Middle East! When Eisenhower’s brilliant grandfather ran the army, the United States was not a country that started wars. Instead, it finished them. Why, it defeated the great powers Germany and Italy in three and a half years while today’s Pentagon has dawdled around for 10 years trying to wrest control of tiny Afghanistan and just can’t seem to manage it! Indeed, a person with a paranoid turn of mind, such as myself, might even suspect the MIC wants an ongoing war or two to keep contractor profits at their historic record highs!

And because the American cause was just in 1944, the entire civilized world rallied behind General Eisenhower as he brilliantly organized and directed the invasion of Hitler-occupied Europe. By contrast, today the entire world, including a majority of Americans, opposes the U.S. and NATO presence in the Middle East, and wants them O-U-T, out!

And who could have imagined in President Eisenhower’s day any American president believing he owns the kingly right to wipe out any human being on the planet without first consulting a judge and jury? Yet Mr. Obama, with perhaps divine guidance from the CIA, follows this routine regularly. And so what if innocent civilians, including children, are incinerated suddenly by exploding missiles aimed at the enemy from drone attack planes? So what if the USA has become the world’s No. 1 jailer and is holding thousands of prisoners without jury trials in squalid conditions and denies that torturing them is torture?

In his essay Eisenhower writes that his grandfather meant every word of his famous warning. Proof: the popular (“I like”) Ike slashed military spending 27% during his eight years in office. The contemporary Eisenhower says the MIC phrase wasn’t “just words written for him by a speechwriter...Watching segments of it (Ike’s Farewell Address) today, no one who knew Dwight Eisenhower can doubt the earnestness of his words or that they are his own.”

That Farewell Message, Eisenhower writes, “conveyed his deeply held values: his dedication to America’s adventure in free government” and our “charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.” Those undoubtedly were Ike’s values, all right, but they hardly represent the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Via their ongoing wars, America’s indentured taxpayers today lavish nearly as much on the military as the rest of the world combined. It is a nation that is even manufacturing noxious germ warfare in secret laboratories, and that has set much of its ingenious scientific community to the task of perfecting its killing machines. As Winston Churchill in a speech in the House of Commons once warned, a Nazi victory would sink the world “into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.” (Is anyone tracking the number of otherwise splendid American universities where germ warfare is being researched right on the campus?)

As for “human betterment,” that phrase can hardly describe the 1-million innocent victims killed by USA in Iraq, the millions of wounded, the millions forced to flee their homes and/or country. And as the Pentagon bleeds the American people for wars they don’t want, “human betterment” doesn’t describe the fate of America’s 95-million with housing problems(source: Habitat for Humanity), its 50-million without health insurance(source: AP), its 13-million unemployed,(source: Robert Reich) its 44-million on food stamps(source: Department of Agriculture), and its record 46-million living in poverty(source: Census Bureau).

“Retains significant influence?” Ha! Ha! I'm laughing all the way to the firing squad.

(Sherwood Ross directs a public relations firm “for good causes” and writes on military and political affairs. To comment or contribute to his work, contact him at sherwoodross@gmail.com)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WAS PRESIDENT BUSH COMPLICIT IN 9/11?

By Sherwood Ross


Was President George W. Bush complicit in the 9/11 attacks? That’s a question that will not go away on this 10th anniversary of those terrible events.

If many people continue to wonder about it, perhaps it’s because the Bush regime did not call for a prompt investigation into 9/11 and subsequently obstructed its work. There is a fresh report that some information turned up by the FBI in Florida was held back on direct orders from Mr. Bush.

To begin with, as Philip Shenon reported in The New York Times of July 9, 2003, “The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said today that its work was being hampered by the failure of the executive branch agencies, especially the Pentagon and the Justice Department, to respond quickly to requests for documents and testimony.”

He wrote the panel’s chair and vice-chair released a statement “declaring that they had received only a small part of the millions of sensitive government documents they had requested from the executive branch.”

What’s more, Shenon pointed out, the Administration would not allow its officials to be interviewed “without the presence of government colleagues” so that the panel’s chairman suggested the situation amounted to “intimidation” of the witnesses. Why?

There’s ample evidence President Bush didn’t want a panel convened in the first place. As David Firestone reported in the Times of Nov. 15, 2002, the White House only yielded “to intense pressure from families of Sept. 11 victims” to create the panel. Firestone wrote that Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, “had fought zealously for the commission for months, leveling bitter criticism at the White House for stalling it...”

Of course, Bush’s opposition to the panel is zero proof that he was involved in the 9/11 attacks in any way. He may have only wished to cover up the incompetence of his government’s response to them. Writing in The Times on Feb. 4, 2008, Evan Thomas pointed out, “The official ineptitude uncovered by the commission is shocking.”

Questions about Bush’s appointments to the 9/11 panel are more than troubling. Bush initially named former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger chairman of the 9/11 probe---a man whose consulting firm it turned out had done work for the bin Laden family! What a coincidence, right?

When Kissinger hurriedly resigned, Bush named former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean in his place. Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research pointed out that Kean “sits on the board of directors of a company which has business dealings with financier Khalid bin Mahfouz.” Kean, it turns out, was a director of Amerada Hess Corp., involved in a joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia, an outfit owned in part by Mahfouz---a man whose sister is married to Osama bin Laden! Another coincidence, of course.

Chossudovsky writes, “Carefully documented by (Washington reporter) Wayne Madsen, George W. Bush also had dealings with Osama’s brother-in-law (bin Mahfouz,) when he was in the Texas oil business” and both Bush and bin-Mahfouz were implicated in the Bank of Commerce International scandal.”

Americans are right to be skeptical of Bush’s motives when the two chairmen he names to the 9/11 panel are linked to the bin Laden family. They are also right to be skeptical of the 9/11 Commission Report. As David Ray Griffin noted in his “Debunking 9/11 Debunking”(Olive Branch Press), a Zogby poll taken in May, 2006, indicated that 42% of the American people believed that “the U.S. government and its 9/11 Commission concealed...critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks.” And a Scripps/Ohio University poll in August, 2006, showed 36% of the public believes “federal officials either participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or took no action to stop them “because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East.”

A new report in the Miami Herald of September 8, states that “The final 28-page of the (official) Inquiry’s report, which deals with “sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers,” was entirely blanked out. It was kept secret from the public on the orders of former President George W. Bush and is still withheld to this day, (former U.S. Senator Bob) Graham (D-Fla.)said. This new information was provided by Anthony Summers, co-author of “The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden” and Don Christensen, editor of the online “Broward Bulldog.”

Kept from the public until now is information that a Saudi family who abruptly vacated their Sarasota, Fla., home two weeks before 9/11, “were visited by vehicles used by the hijackers” and who were in telephone communication with those “who carried out the death flights---including leader Mohamed Atta.” The information was unearthed by the FBI. Graham stated further that FBI information unearthed in California linking Saudis to 9/11 was never turned over to the 9/11 Commission , either, until Congressional investigators found it on their own.

If President Bush was honored for his probity and integrity, one might argue there is no reason today to inquire into suspicions that he was complicit in the 9/11 attacks or concealed vital information about them. Yet, as subsequent events revealed, the man lied the nation into destructive wars that killed more than a million people. It should be noted that he confided in a friendly journalist before entering the White House that he planned as president to make war on Iraq’s Saddam Hussein---and later used 9/11 as the excuse to launch it.

Was George W. Bush complicit in the 9/11 attacks? That’s a question that deserves further investigation.

(Sherwood Ross formerly worked as a reporter for major dailies and as a columnist for wire services. Today he directs the Anti-War News Service as well as a global-reach public relations firm “for good causes.” Contact him at sherwoodross10@gmail.com)

War by Deception Director's Cut (911 and Iraq lies from the same cabal)

Kirwan - LIFE Is A Moving Target

By Jim Kirwan
Rense


Americans are not used to living 'in the Moment' or in coming anywhere near the edges of oblivion that surround us now. Real Life is an agile and moving target that demands awareness and concentration from those that want to continue to live and prosper, despite the criminality that has become pervasive in this atmosphere of complete and total denial.

Real life is about far more than schedules and making money. The relationship between our thoughts and our actions have consequences; but we care not, because far too many of us have subscribed in advance to the price of being involved in getting their own part of the global-profits that are coming from the death and destruction of the planet for personal and private gain. Americans are NOT asleep; they KNOW what's going on and for the most part always have. They are choosing to stay on the sidelines because they still believe that they might one day profit from our criminal-policies and global-crimes.

Back in the 1980's some "games" came out that purport to be able to teach people how to deceive others and basically how to begin to steal the world for fun and profit: These games came from the Illuminati, and were sold openly to the public that thought they had discovered an inside track to real success, even though it might be dipped in blood. But since it would not be their blood that hardly mattered, hence when Bush made his move in 2000, that audience quietly cheered and began to look for ways to share in what was about to be. Here are three links related to this particularly underhanded commercial-scheme that seems to have worked amazingly well. The first link shows you their targets that were included in the 911 attacks. (1)

Today, this is where we are at the moment: "For most Americans, modern war has largely been an abstraction - something that happens only in far-away lands. The victims of U.S. air attack and bombardment in Pakistan, Vietnam, Lebanon, Iraq and other distant countries have seemed somehow unreal. Few ordinary Americans pay attention because U.S. military actions normally have little impact on their day-to-day lives. ... One positive consequence of the shock of Nine Eleven has been to encourage many more Americans to question official claims and re-think entrenched assumptions about their government's arrogant "policeman" role in the world. Many more Americans have come to understand how political leaders of both parties have subordinated American interests and basic justice and humanity, to Jewish-Zionist interests. ... The calamity of September 11 was a consequence, above all, of the Jewish-Zionist grip on American political life and the U.S. media. Enduring security will therefore remain elusive as long as U.S. policy, especially in the Middle East, is set by a small but very influential minority with its own agenda and strong ethno-religious ties to a key protagonist in the region." -- Mark Webber

Beyond this still distant awareness there are some very interesting aspects of the situation that we find ourselves in. This has now altered the realities under which "our military" commits itself to war. We fought fascism and the Nazi's in WWII to supposedly free the world from this contagion. However after the bullets ceased to fly in Europe the USA and Europe took the cream of the Nazi War Machine into the heart of America and Europe to continue what the Nazi's started during that war; and of course this was all done with great SECRECY.

By the time that we became involved in the 1967 War between Israel & the Arab world, that SECRET poisoned relationship revealed itself when LBJ ordered the U.S. Sixth Fleet to abandon its rescue mission of the USS Liberty, because as he said; "I want that ship (the USS Liberty) on the bottom of the sea!" and the US navy complied by recalling the fighters! Yesterday the Navy was asked if it would assist a lone American ship that is at the spot now where the USS Liberty was attacked. The ship is there to commemorate the attack on the Liberty. Here was "our" Navy's response:

""The Sixth Fleet cannot guarantee the security of S/V Liberty. Sixth Fleet recommends that if S/V Liberty is concerned about its safety and security that it should return to its point of origin." This is the sick and cowardly statement a spokesperson for the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean gave to an American citizen and sailor, Larry Toenjes, who sailed 8,000 miles to pay respect to the two U.S. Marines and 32 U.S. sailors who were murdered by the terrorist Jewish state of Israel during their cowardly and repeated attacks on the U.S.S. Liberty on June 8, 1967!"(2)

I think the US Navy has joined with the American Luftwaffe, that used to be the U.S. Air Force; but given that our air forces don't engage other air forces now, but instead they just carpet-bomb and strafe civilians, for NATO among others, while murdering civilians in five wars by the hundreds.

So why do we bother with American flags or American unit designations ­ I mean that since we have spent the entire treasury on weapons and armaments since 911; the least we can do is tear off all the American unit designation patches, for all branches of the American forces, and just furnish all our military forces with Israeli Defense Force patches, so that everyone knows who we are really fighting for!

And as for today's continuing outrage that is being orchestrated by the same people who did 911: What has been completely overlooked for the past TEN YEARS is the fact that the real failures of the same people that are now screaming that there will be another terrorist attack on 911 of this year ­ completely ignores the only real facts that the world continues to be beaten to death with. The only OUTRIGHT FAILURES to PROTECT this nation from everything that happened on 911 ­ came directly from the same people that are now demanding that this nation surrender all our rights to them, along with our Constitution and our way of life: This OUTRAGE has led to the almost complete destruction of the USA, along with their institution and promulgation of the POLICE-STATE mentality of USI, which is now running this crisis-driven state of total FEAR right into the ground.

The amounts of money spent to "protect us" against some car bombs tomorrow is ludicrous: given that these same people who caused 911 to succeed were promoted after 911 instead of being fired and charged with treason for allowing these attacks to proceed uninterrupted for an hour and forty-five minutes on 911. Now they want our total and undivided loyalty to kick-in to defend them from those of us that want them tried for TREASON!

Consequently the real terrorists in the US, Israel and England who collaborated in creating the "new Pearl Harbor" that 911 so conveniently provided them with; are continuing to soar as they loot, rape, pillage and plunder their way to victory over this nation and by extension are shoving us all into our new place at the bottom of the ladder in their New World Order. The place they have designed for us is to be the world's first 4th world nation: Because we are now slaves to everyone and everything else in the universe, and all because we continue to buy-in to the massive-lies which are now being formally crowned with whatever happens tomorrow - even if there is "no attack"!

With those games in footnote one, below, they got a head-start on treachery and treason back in the 1980's but even so it did not take them long to turn everything here on its head, so that the literal death of the USA has not even been noticed, while the USI moves in to finish us off.

Then there is this report from RT Television: Charley's comments in this report from RT are illuminating; however the point AGAIN being made, behind this made-for-TV farce is to keep the public focused on the war between the "completely irrelevant-sides" while actually ignoring the FACT that congress is now dead and has been replaced by THE SUPER COMMITEE of THIRTEEN. The so-calledpresident is the ultimate DECIDER, and the thirteenth man in everything that will now be run through the TREASON, created by the very existence of the SUPER-COMMITTEE that was created to end representative government in the USA and then will turn over all the real power to USI.(3)

Say hello to the new symbol for the left-hand side of the USI dollar bill.


kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.net

1) The Illuminati as commercial-games
http://thecomingepiphany.com/BookArticles/Cardgame.html
http://www.sjgames.com/illuminati/
http://www.sjgames.com/inwo/

2) The US Navy Won't Protect Americans from Israel's Terrorists
http://investigateussliberty.info/index.php?itemid=15

3) Out of Control: Reactive US is Crisis-Led
http://rt.com/news/reactive-usa-political-jobs-205/

BACKGROUND: Slogans Are No Substitute for Reality
http://www.kirwanesque.com/politics/articles/2011/art195.htm

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Israel and ADL Coverup of 9/11 Exposed

Abe Foxman Acolyte Taken to the Woodshed By Veterans Today

By Gordon Duff
Source

For the months leading up toward this disastrous period in Israeli history, the break in relations with Turkey, hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews demonstrating for real democracy, the flood of evidence tying Israel to 9/11, the UN condemnation of Israel for the Freedom Flotilla killings and the upcoming UN vote on Palestine, Veterans Today Senior Editor, Gordon Duff along with columnist James Fetzer are confronted with what clearly is shown to be a 9/11 “denialist” pretending to be a peace activist.

During a recitation of “talking points” from Abe Foxman’s ADL (Anti-Defamation League), an organization we believe has been tasked with covering up Israel’s involvement in 9/11, total mayhem breaks out. Amid a flood of deflections, accusations of “antisemitism” and outright falsehoods, what can only be considered a clandestine spokeperson for the New World Order is stopped in his tracks:



Note that the video edits out additional charges of “antisemitism’ and references to the “holocaust.” However, enjoy what you are allowed to see.

In retaliation for this confrontation, Abe Foxman of the AntiDefamation League issued a press release yesterday condemning Veterans Today, Gordon Duff, James Fetzer, Alan Sabrosky and Kevin Barrett as “vicious antisemites.”

The real height of hilarity is Foxman and the ADL putting up a page criticizing one of their own front organizations. The real shame about having Foxman hate you is how meaningless it is. Now, if it were Dick Cheney, then you could brag: “The worst person in the world hates me.” With Foxman, all you can say: “The second worst person in the United States hates me.”

(Veterans Today sees the ADL, misnamed the “AntiDefamation League” as an anti-American organization that targets Jews in America with fear mongering and has been repeated tied to acts such as spraypainting synagogues with swastikas and worse.

Their affiliate group, AIPAC, is known to be a spy organization that worked for the Soviet Union against the United States during the Cold War. These aren’t simple “Jews” but rather something extremely sinister, something using much more than propaganda, an organization willing to use violence, particularly against the Jewish people.)

If that were on a T shirt, it would be on the 75% off rack at Bloomingdales in a week.

Our take on all of this?

Shakespeare says it best, as is so often the case:

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
Hamlet Act 3, scene 2, 222–230

This oft misquoted line from Shakespeare, used in the context we note, makes the point well

If there were any doubt of Israel’s complicity in 9/11, we have put those doubts to rest.

As Abe Foxman pointed out so aptly on his website, www.adl.org, the issues of Israeli involvement in 9/11 must be addressed, not through childish accusations and bad prose, as the ADL is best known for, but extradition, trials and executions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Torture Alleged at Chain of Children's Homes

By JONNY BONNER
Source

SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - Hundreds of parents claim a group of boarding schools tortured their children: locked them in dog cages, forced them to lie in feces and eat vomit, masturbated them and denied the troubled teens any religion "except for the Mormon faith."

The Utah-based World Wide Association Of Specialty Programs and Schools and its owners - Robert Lichfield, Brent Facer and Ken Kay - went to great lengths to hide the "torture," which began in the mid-1990s and continued for a decade, the 357 plaintiffs claim in Salt Lake County Court.

The plaintiffs say that 59 schools and owners tied to the company "jointly promoted, advertised, and marketed defendants' residential boarding schools as a place where children with problems could get an education while receiving instruction and direction in behavior modification for emotional growth and personal development."

But they say the children were subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the schools including, Cross Creek Center for Boys, Brightway Adolescent Hospital and Red Rock Springs. They say the abuses inflicted upon some children for years "could be accurately described as torture."

According to the complaint, students were locked in boxes, cages and basements at the schools, denied medical and dental care, and forced "to carry heavy bags of sand around their necks or logs throughout the day over many days."

They were sexually abused, "which included forced sexual relations and acts of fondling and masturbation performed on them," according to the 119-page complaint.

Students were "forced to eat their own vomit ... bound and tied by hands and/or feet ... chained and locked in dog cages ... forced to lie in, or wear, urine and feces ... forced to sleep on cold concrete floors, boxspring, or plywood," and put to forced labor, the complaint states.

Children were "kicked, beaten, thrown and slammed to the ground ... forced to eat raw or rotten food ... poked and prodded with various objects while being strip searched ... denied any religious affiliation, except for the Mormon faith ... [and] threatened [with] severe punishment, including death, if they told anyone of their abuses and poor living conditions," according to the complaint.

Their mail was confiscated, and personal visits and telephone calls were forbidden or discouraged, the parents say.

"At all times relevant, defendants did not disclose to the parents the physical, emotional, mental, and/or sexual abuse to which their children were subjected at their facilities and conspired, even to this day, to prevent them from discovering such abuse," the complaint states.

The defendant company still operates residential centers in Utah, South Carolina and Costa Rica, but has faced school shutdowns in Mexico, Jamaica and Samoa amid child abuse investigations, according to the complaint. It says that more than 2,100 students were enrolled in its schools in 2003.

The plaintiffs filed a similar lawsuit in Federal Court in 2006, which U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups dismissed in August for lack of jurisdiction.The parents seek punitive damages for fraud, gross negligence, false imprisonment, assault and battery, and breach of contract, and a protective order to prevent spoliation of evidence.

They are represented by Windle Turley of Dallas, Texas and James McConkie II with Parker & McConkie of Salt Lake

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kirwan: The World's Largest Slave Auction

By Jim Kirwan
Rense

Immediately after the "Labor Day Holiday" congress will come back to "work" to finish the 52 days that they officially spend each year actually working for their astronomical compensation packages that we pay them; to do what they do? Would it surprise you to know that this time what is 'first-up' on their agenda is the 'seating' of the new SUPER-CONGRESS?

You've probably heard something about it but what you might not know is that by being sworn in and actually seated; these twelve people will be openly committing TREASON against the US Constitution and the people that supposedly elected this congress to their offices? That is a true statement because everything the constitution spells out includes the fact that only the Congress (all of the congress) shall be responsible for all legislation. Bush began this erosion of the rule of law when he introduced his totally illegal third signing-option; wherein he could decide which parts of any legislation he would be bound by and which parts he as Dictator would ignore. That began the illegal-precedent for criminal-violations by the congress as well as the Executive Branches of this government ­ and so far the courts have not challenged these completely unconstitutional actions.



Back in 2002 Congress gave away their oversight and war powers to the Executive; which was and still is illegal. Now congress and this resident of the Oval Office have decided to consolidate the powers of the congress into a SUPER-COMMITTEE of twelve people, plus the dictator; who shall jointly decide for the people of the United States (without any input from any citizen), exactly what programs will be cut and which programs shall be created in the name of the people of the United States. In effect this would also set precedent for disallowing the public to have anything to say ­ ever ­ about what laws are passed and what monies are to be given to which body within the government: And all of this will be done without any voice being present to represent those who are going to pay for everything they decide to do! Everything that this government does, from now on will be on the table; before this SUPER-CONGRESS only; and none of the current rules either in the House of Representatives or the Senate shall apply to whatever these twelve TRAITORS (who will be replacing the entire congress) decide to do, basically for themselves and those backers that they each represent!

But the government cannot have this both ways. Either they create this SUPER CONGRESS and shut down forever both the House of Representatives and the US Senate (because this act will make them completely unnecessary); or we must force congress to drop this TREASON of the SUPER-CONGRESS, which they euphemistically call the Super Committee.

The day this gets decided is the day that Americans will know whether we still have a country or that we have officially become a totally-controlled dictatorship that is currently running this place as a POLICE-STATE.

What about "The World's Largest Slave Auction"? Well that has been in the works now for centuries; more precisely it has finally come to fruition in the ten years just since 911 became the pivotal moment in what was formerly American History. The final moments of this Slave Auction were begun when the FED put a gun to the head of the Congress and demanded that Americans bail out A.I.G, or face financial ruin back in 2008. This was the beginning of a huge number of similar bailouts that netted those responsible for the corporation-ending debts more than the $14.5 trillion that we are now facing in the DEBT-CEILING fiasco.

But these corporations kept the money, and continued to run up their bill. Most recently that "bill" reached over $1.2 Quadrillion. This too was passed from the corporations back onto the backs of the American tax-payers and it is this "problem," of the need to increase the DEBT-CEILING, that congress can no longer deal with-because no matter how they vote the public will be enraged. So, congress decided to give away the authority to just twelve stand-in's for their votes so that each of those not on that committee can say they had nothing to do with burdening this population with a nation-ending series of taxes that can never be paid off.

The Slave Auction was created by the money that you and I paid to the government that was used to enslave each and every one of us: Yes we have paid for our own enslavement and none of the major parties has said even one word about this travesty of everything that the USA supposedly once stood against.

Why Not?

Because the game is rigged and you and I are not a part of it and never have been! We're just the slaves that will have to pay for it all and in that process we will lose our own government as part of the price that must be paid to these self-appointed OUTLAWS who tell us that "we have no choice, in this or in any other serious matters that come before the nation."

In case you were wondering why TSA does what it does so blatantly; you should know that this is just practice for how every citizen still employed after the auction, will be treated wherever they go. If they still have a job; all employees wherever they work, will have to be considered possible traitors and will need to be searched, patted down and possibly x-rayed every time they enter or leave a building. The same will apply to schoolchildren all the way down to and including kindergarten.

The TSA exercises have been very successful in proving that Americans have no guts when it comes to challenging any authority (regardless of illegalities) ­ and this is what this government believes that it has learned from their treatment of us now over the last few years. The same is true of roadblocks and checkpoints that will also soon become a part of life-unless we stop the SUPER CONGRESS from becoming a reality. This is why the cops are approaching the point where the number of people they kill shall soon exceed the number of people killed by criminals: All of this is possible because ordinary people apparently do not track how these cops are behaving routinely-all over this country.

What is truly mind-numbing about this heavy-handed takeover of this nation is that it does not make any real sense. Who will continue to pay rents on all that real-estate if no one is allowed to keep anything which, in theory, they have worked for? The government plans to steal the contents of every safe-deposit box; all of everyone's retirement funds, while at the same time reducing what anyone can make, that is still working, to no more than $15 an hour. So without an income and no future who will be spending the money that keeps these criminal corporations in business? For that matter who will there be to buy anything beyond subsistence items? With no consumers who will travel anywhere? True the government will control everything from your thoughts to your habits of any kind and you and I will be watched and controlled as never before: But to what end?

Who will make the money for the government to continue to steal? How will this affect our bloated military adventures all around the world? What if China decides to knock out our satellites (which China has proven they can do) with earth-launched ICBM's that can target and destroy our satellites at will?

Moreover the rest of the planet will not remain idle while we implode into nothingness; and besides that, the largest by-product of all this aggression by this government against its own people; will have to be seen to vindicate everything that the rest of the planet has always suspected: Which is that we are nothing but a savagely barbaric-state that has no conscience and only seeks to destroy the entire planet in the name of greed and unending wars that will end up poisoning all the water, the air and the earth so that nothing that survives now can ever recover from our completely uncontrolled rage against life and everyone who is not a Zionist!

After all, just look at our history. We began by slaughtering over 59 million Native people (the red people) that before we came here had been here for over 15,000 years. We then added to that by enslaving mostly black people and running their lives into nothingness for over 400 years as well. Now we've been murdering and enslaving brown people all over the planet because many of them do not believe in Usury or 'interest' or many of the "pleasures" which we and Israel market to the rest of the planet; mostly through sex-slaves, drugs of all kinds, and lately by selling the body parts of those that we (and Israel) have enslaved, for huge and illegal profits around the planet. We have invaded other places over two hundred times in the 230 plus years that we have been 'a nation.' And for all that time we have been the worst of the worst when it comes to our Colonial polices and practices that still continue to destroy so many people around the planet.

After WWII there was Korea (still not settled), Vietnam, Panama, Haiti (3 times), Grenada, Iraq (twice and still going on), Pakistan (still going on), Afghanistan (still going on), Somalia (still going on), and now Libya and soon to be Syria followed by a number of other nations in the Middle-East and Africa. And of course there were also all the unclaimed wars against Chile, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, not to mention Palestine since 1948. How can any of this vast military-machine be supported by an enslaved population?

So ultimately what is the point of all this aggression, this unvarnished hatred of anyone and everyone else who is not part of the Elites that control our private-for-profit financial systems? This is INSANITY INC. and we must come together to stop this slaughter and our global-destruction NOW!

There is a solution that is not very dramatic but which could work if everyone subscribed to it. Just STAY HOME for an entire week, do not answer the phone, do not go to work, do nothing for an entire week; beginning with the day that the SUPER-COMMITTEE is "seated." That simple act would bring this totalitarian government and the corporations that created it to their knees. Have you got the guts?

Because if you do not then lots of us are going to be seeing the inside of those FEMA camps very soon, and a lot more of us will just be shot: Since to them, our lives don't amount to anymore that a $.38 cent slug. By the way what is your life, or the lives of those you love really worth - to YOU?

I forgot to mention that in this coming contest the poor will be siding with what remains of the middle-class and together they will be attacking the wealthy and the super-rich; Of course the super-rich will also be targeted by the government as well, because they have too much to ignore, and too many of them are not candidates for the elites because that requires a blood-line to qualify.

So during the kick-off of this shut-down a large part of this will become a class-war, on top of a nation under siege. The gangs and the prisoners will also play their part. But the really interesting thing is that the symbols of the wealth, which these creatures have amassed at our expense, will be the reason they are targeted: Especially those that are just wealthy enough to have some goodies but not rich enough to have body-guards-say bye-bye, cause your lives will soon be over too!

It is really in the best interests of us all to rid ourselves of these tyrants forever; and the only way to effectively do this is to deny them the fruits of your labor. It's legal and the damages it will cause to their precious businesses will be able to change everything about this totally messed up world: Maybe NOT immediately but in a very short period of real time, we will get our country back.

Think about it ­ please!