Who’s A Low Level Terrorist? Are You?

Recently, an American Civil Liberties Union report pointed out, “Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as ‘low level terrorism’.” [1]

Despite that DoD officials removed the offensive section from their educational resources at the urging of ACLU members, the DoD stance is still troubling since a longstanding practice to designate peaceful, law abiding activists as dangerous and treasonable still exists in many government departments and agencies. Indeed the participants of the first antiwar protest against the Vietnam incursion, put together in the mid-1960′s by peaceable Quakers and FOR members after having discussed Gandhi’s Salt March as a model for a nonviolent demonstration, faced government operatives filming them face by face from rooftops as they moved en masse down Broadway to the UN Plaza. (My mother, a pacifist married to a World War II Conscientious Objector, and I, a child at the time of the march, both were in attendance. When the film crew focused on us, she stood tall, faced the agents with their telephoto lens, glared in disdainful defiance and, simultaneously, throw the corner of her coat over my face. Afterwards, she muttered, “How dare they try to intimidate us!”)

This sort of happening in mind, the treatment of Nobel Peace Award winner Aung San Sui Kyi in Myanmar is not necessarily all that different than the response that she’d receive in the USA and, while it’s commendable that American spokespersons publicly object to her most recent arrest, they, certainly, might seem to be a bunch of hypocrites. This is due to the fact that a number of Nobel Peace Award recipients, such as American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), have had difficulties of their own on American soil.

For example, “AFSC’s work, always open and resolutely nonviolent, has been under government surveillance for decades. The Service Committee secured nearly 1,700 pages of files from the FBI under a Freedom of Information request in 1976. These files show that the FBI kept files on AFSC that dated back to 1921. Ten other federal agencies kept files on AFSC, including the CIA, Air Force, Navy, Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service, and the State Department. The CIA has intercepted overseas mail and cables in the 1950s, and some AFSC offices (and even its staff’s homes) have been infiltrated and burglarized in the late 1960s into the 1970s.”

In relation, AFSC associate general secretary for justice and human rights, Joyce Miller, asked, “How can we speak of spreading democracy in Iraq while dismantling it here at home?” She further remarked, “Political dissent is fundamental to a free and democratic society. It should not be equated with crime.”

Add to the AFSC problems, those pertaining to Nobel Peace Award recipient Nelson Mandela, who only a year ago had the designation “terrorist” removed from his name, under protest by the State Department, so that he no longer suffered travel restrictions from the US government. Yet his travel curtailment was not nearly as awful as was Ramzy Baroud’s blockage. He, the editor of Palestine Chronicle, had his US passport seized by a consular officer at an overseas American Embassy. [3] Similarly, Senator Edward Kennedy was, also, flagged by the US no-fly list.

Then again, Ted Kennedy received much less harassment than did Nobel Peace Award winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire after her flight from Guatemala had been directed to Ireland through Houston:

She was probably tired and ready to get back to Belfast, where her attempts to bring about an end to The Troubles in 1976 made her at 32 the youngest Nobel Peace Prize-winner ever. Since then, she’s been given the Pacem in Terris Award by Pope John Paul II, and the United Nations selected her (along with the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jordan’s Queen Noor and a dozen or so other fellow Nobel Laureates) as an honorary board member of the International Coalition for the Decade.

Unfortunately for Maguire, her flight back home to Northern Ireland was routed through Houston, where none of that meant diddly. Federal Customs officials were far less interested in any of that than they were in a box on the back of the transit form she filled out on her flight.

“They questioned me about my nonviolent protests in USA against the Afghanistan invasion and Iraqi war,” Maguire said later in a statement. ‘They insisted I must tick the box in the Immigration form admitting to criminal activities.

Maguire was detained for two hours — grilled once, fingerprinted, photographed, and grilled again. She missed her flight home. She was only released after an organization she helped found — the Nobel Women’s Initiative — started kicking up a fuss.

On can add to her troubles countless other ones wherein human rights and environmental supporters have been repeatedly hassled for no other reason than that they’re holding views that don’t jive with positions at any number of U.S. government institutions. One needn’t return in time to the McCarthy Era to find many individuals who have been investigated and persecuted for holding vilified opinions. For example, Stephen Lendman, a peace advocate and writer in his seventies with a permanent knee injury that delimits travel, has been repeatedly investigated by the FBI.

At the same time, he is joined by myriad others such as assorted activists in Maryland whose names were put on federal terrorist lists by state police who infiltrated their groups. As such, their perfectly legal activities, freedom of speech and right to unhindered assembly have been criminalized.

Simultaneously, there’s a certain inescapable irony and disingenuous quality presented by the Western government heads who are harshly critical of the Iran crackdown on dissenting citizens while they, themselves, condone similar ironfisted policies in their own lands. Their two-faced position is barely hidden beneath the surface of their mock concern for the well-being of Iranian protesters as they urge their own and allied troops into battle, show little (if any) sincere remorse over the slaughter of masses of civilians that happen in the process and make sure that demonstrators at home are disregarded, denigrated or preemptively rounded up as happened at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Then again, one might find himself in pretty good company if he were singled out as unpatriotic and treacherous for holding viewpoints or undertaking actions that go contrary to the perspectives that a certain hawkish and totalitarian segment of society holds. All the same, every method conceivable might be used to hunt down the offenders and, when taken to the extreme, render their seemingly provocative positions ineffectual by any means possible, including imprisonment and murder.

Anyone who doubts this to be the case needs only to remember about what happened to people like Howard Fast, the slain Freedom Riders Andy Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, the thirteen shot students at Kent State University at which Ohio National Guardsman fired sixty-seven rounds over a thirteen second period, and scores of others who have stood against mainstream policies.

Meanwhile, stigmatizing dissidents is a fairly common practice. As such, “There are 1.1 million people on the [U.S.] Terrorist Watch List and there is a 35 percent error rate, minimum, for that list,” according to ACLU’s Michael German. [6] Furthermore, the overzealous and aggressive surveillance tactics used by the National Security Agency (NSA) to check the public’s e-mails, telephone calls and other communications are the same ones as were in use during George W. Bush’s administration. Likewise, the amount of spying on personal exchanges is as high as it ever was.

In relation to recent claims by Justice Department and national security officials that the overcollection was unintentional, House representative, Rush Holt, a Democrat from New Jersey and Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, commented, “Some actions are so flagrant that they can’t be accidental.” Additionally, the act of tracking e-mailed transmissions and other interactions has seemed in violation of federal law according to lawyers at the Justice Department. Regardless, the practice continues.

At the same time, the decision to designate social activists as troublemakers, while singling them out for intimidation, threats and investigations, carries serious legal and political implications in democratic societies. The further measure of subjecting them to the sorts of difficulties that Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Ramzy Baroud, AFSC members and innumerable others have endured is clearly based in xenophobic, paranoid and despotic thinking. It embodies the kind of authoritarian mentality and oppressive activities that one finds in the worst types of tyrannical regimes.

As Harry S. Truman suggested, “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” Due to this fear, are we, then, to all conform with lock step in perverse obedience to the State’s dictates, outlooks and agendas in an increasingly Orwellian milieu? If not, then we must constantly remind ourselves and each other of US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s vision: “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

Emily Spence is an author living in Massachusetts. She has spent many years involved in human rights, environmental and social services efforts. She can be reached at: EHSpence@aol.com Read other articles by Emily.

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  1. Don Hawkins said on June 28th, 2009 at 2:26pm #

    “(Propaganda) proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes – The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth”
    Jacques Ellul

    And the thinking of so called leaders and or elites who use this myth there thinking is on the same level as used car salesman although they dress like new car salesman and that is illusion and not very good illusion. The amazing part it seems to work.

  2. Josie Michel-Brüning said on June 29th, 2009 at 3:03am #

    Thank you very much, dear Emily Spence, for this great article!
    I will copy and save it. Additionally, as soon, as I have time, I will translate it for my friends her in Germany, or at least use your arguments.
    At the same time it makes me hopeless, once again, concerning all the human right issues and momentous occasions the several groups are involved in.
    I wonder, if there could not be a synergistic effect, instead of all the splitted groups fighting for special interests.
    There are so much analogies between the different cases, whether we are thinking of Mumia Abu Jamal (mentioned above by Hans Bennent) or the “Cuban Five”, both cases have been denied by the Supreme Court for revising.
    The Mc Carthy Era is far from being over, it it continued by more sophiscated means today.

  3. Emily said on June 29th, 2009 at 4:50am #

    Thank you, Don and Josie, for your insightful individual remarks. Both give plenty of “food for thought”, as did the report that my sister sent me last week about the Clerk of her Friends (Quaker) Meeting:
    GRANDMOTHER AND RETIRED NURSE LABELED A TERRORIST (http://activepaper.olivesoftware.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=Rk5QLzIwMDkvMDYvMjEjQXIwMjUwOA==&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom).

    Meanwhile, my mother and I have had plenty of debates over the years about pacifism. (She’s one of the courageous pacifists, who’s willing to lay her life on the line if need be for her morals and guiding principles, unlike many American and other countries’ sheeple who have been conditioned to obey authoritarian leadership, be apathetic except when it comes to self-interests, and conforming in behaviors.)

    As such, she and I have discussed the role of sliding values in choices and actions, including Lawrence Kohlberg’s scale. So, here are some pithy examples:

    Lying is considered bad, but is protection of life a higher value? What if you are hiding Jews in your basement and Nazis come by your home to ask if you know where any Jews are located. Alternately, what if some thugs are chasing an elderly lady who just left the bank and you know that she is hiding from them in an alley and they ask you to reveal her whereabouts?

    What if it is illegal to steal day old bread from a trash can at a bakery. Do you steal it, anyway, to keep your younger siblings alive? (My Great-grandfather was arrested and thrown in prison at age twelve for taking bread from a trash can for his siblings of whom some died, anyway, from starvation related causes.) And what about stealing one small dose of overpriced antibiotic drugs from a truck delivery bay outside of a pharmaceutical company to keep an impoverished child without healthcare insurance alive?

    Excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Rhinoceros:
    “The World Conservation Union (IUCN) announced on 7 July 2006 that one of the four subspecies, the West African Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes), has been tentatively declared as extinct.[3]

    “About 3600 Black Rhinoceros exist in the world.”

    What do you do if members of your village are starving with no relief in sight and, while you know it is illegal to poach from a game reserve, you know that you could get a veritable feast and lots of money from the skin and other parts of a rhino on the black market? Would you sneak onto the reserve and kill one?

    (Close to one third of all species have gone extinct from 1970 – 2005 with loss rate at about one percent per year at present while the human population is rising by fifty percent more within around forty or so years… As people nearly always identify with and chose to support their own kind, i.e., members of their own group relative to outsiders, where does this set of factors ultimately lead us in around sixty years from now when ninety percent of all species could hypothetically be destroyed and the population is exponentially “through the roof”?)

    Ratcheting the conundrum up a notch: What if an old, senile and hard-of-hearing switchman is mistakenly switching a track and the train that is coming will, subsequently, go down a track that, due to a bridge being out, ends such that the whole train with hundred of people onboard will plunge into a deep ravine?

    What if you, standing quite a bit away from him, can get his attention by throwing a rock at him and, thereby, causing injury to him? Do you toss it so that you can ensure that he doesn’t switch the track, but at the cost of harming him? Is it a small enough price to pay to save a trainload of people from certain death?

    What if he is too far away from you to be hit by a stone, but you found a loaded pistol at your feet and you know that you aren’t trained in shooting so, at his distance, your shot to get his attention might kill him? Would you fire the gun or not? Is his elderly life worth more than hundreds on the train or not? Is one’s noninvolvement a better choice?

    Here’s one of the exact examples about which my mother and I have conversed: What if the ONLY way that you can stop Josef Mengele (a person who epitomizes wrongdoing to her) is by killing him and he has rounded up all of the women and girls who you know, including family members, for medical experiments and their ultimately painful deaths? What would you do?

    While my mother I go in circles over that sort of dilemma, I, myself, think along the line of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s moral dictum, expressed among others when he stated: “If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.”

    At the same time, Mohandas Gandhi, explaining his stance to a friend of my parents, nailed one of the central issues about activism when he talked of where our focus should be in the attempt to move the world forward into constructive patterns that often stand against the status quo. His vision is shared at An Open Letter To Cindy Sheehan By Emily Spence (http://www.countercurrents.org/spence010607.htm).

    Likewise, Eleanor Roosevelt struck at the gist of the issue when she discussed matters of conscience with my parents in the 1940′s. Her stance is, thus, noteworthy, too, and is described at The Ugly Face Of Capitalism: A Blight On The World By Emily Spence (http://www.countercurrents.org/spence140807.htm).

    In any case, it certainly is a complicated matter. Especially it is so when one knows that one’s actions will clearly not lead to the outcomes that one wants while they could put one in personal jeopardy for harm or death. Then again, one never does know the ultimate outcomes for one’s choices in the long-view for events.

    As I. F. Stone so aptly points out:

    “The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing – for the sheer fun and joy of it – to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.”

  4. John S. Hatch said on June 29th, 2009 at 2:51pm #

    Sadly, all rhetoric and myth aside, America fits the definition of a fascist state.

    Mr. Obama is a mere figurehead.

    Congress is hoplessly corrupt.

    The same people who perpetrated 9/11 rule from behind the scenes, murderously.

  5. Emily said on June 29th, 2009 at 7:44pm #

    John, quite a number of people of late consider that the USA has turned into a fascist state. Here are two assessments about it that you might find of interest:

    Naomi Wolf: Fascist America, in 10 easy steps | World news | …
    Apr 24, 2007 … From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional …

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/apr/24/usa.comment – 111k – Similar pages

    14 Points of Fascism NOTE: The above 14 Points was written in 2004 by Dr. Laurence Britt, a political scientist. Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of: Hitler (Germany), …
    http://www.ellensplace.net/fascism.html – 13k – Similar pages

  6. Mulga Mumblebrain said on July 1st, 2009 at 3:29am #

    Emily, I may be low bred, low brow even low life, but low LEVEL-never!Of course the US is a fascist state, and always has been. Your elections are shams, lately blatantly stolen. Your populace is brainwashed from childhood, the accepted range of opinion in your increasingly narrowly owned media is miniscule and you are amongst the most closely monitored populaces anywhere. Your economic system is brutally inegalitarian, your ruling elites insatiably avaricious. Your global empire is a vast archipelago of bases, from which you spread murder, torture and savagery to every corner of the planet. You oppose and overturn all decent regimes, and have established and maintained a pandaemonium of evil butchers and psychopaths for centuries. Throughout the world, save amongst the corrupt and evil, your country is feared and despised. You have led the world not only into economic collapse, unparalleled inequality and poverty, but to the edge of the abyss of Peak Oil and other reserve depletion and runaway anthropogenic climate change. When some alien archeologist inspects the detritus of our ‘civilization’ or interprets our radio and TV broadcasts, they will surely be dumbfounded not just at such relentless cruelty, and such self-delusion as to portray, and apparently believe, yourselves as the epitome of goodness, but at the craven cowardice and impotence of the rest of the planet who let you get away with it. Of course where I say ‘you’ I mean the US power elite, and the obtunded US public, not the elightened few, such as yourself, who see the naked emperor as he really is.

  7. Emily said on July 1st, 2009 at 6:31am #

    Mulga,

    As an aside, your organizational patterns, relative to the way that you thread information together based on underlying mental constructs, and your writing style remind me of three associates of mine. So curious, I am trying to figure out about which one you might be.

    That amusement aside, your description, I am very sad to state, fits with this comment that I received this morning from Peter H. So what can we do about all of the wrongs? How can we make the needed corrections, I wonder, in our various societies so that the mad butchery can stop rather than continue to ramp up as the critically needed and wanted resources become even more depleted during this century? Likewise, how can we maintain our own safety and protection when we are faced with all of the craziness described in this following set? (I often remind some of my associates that they have to be careful in what they state and any risk undertaken to expose the truth and change the status quo have to seem worth the potential gain.)

    There exist myriad countless other forms of control (that are getting more effective over time) besides:

    Thoughts On The Harassment Of Tom Feeley – ROGUEGOVERNMENT.COM
    (http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=11277),
    Anti-War Website Operator Threatened By Armed Thugs
    (http://www.infowars.com/anti-war-website-operator-threatened-by-armed-thugs/),
    Keystroke Loggers Installed In New Laptop Computers (http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/keystroke-loggers-installed-in-new-laptop-computers/), Mind Reading – 60 Minutes – CBS News (http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/mind-reading-60-minutes-cbs-news/), High-tech Barbarism:: Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Raytheon Spy Blimp! (http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2009/06/high-tech_barba.html),
    World Prout Assembly: Raytheon ADS – A Pain ray gun to keep us … (http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2009/06/raytheon_ads_-.html).

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Peter H.
    Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 7:32 AM
    Subject: Re: …The Panama Deception

    I lived in Panama for about a year ten years ago. Some of the people there were very resentful of the US invasion. Panama City saw most of the action. Whole city blocks were turned to rubble. Since the surrounding areas were filled with multi-story brick tenement buildings occupied, generally on the ground floor, by small businesses, and, upstairs, by poor families, I assumed that was the nature of those destroyed. My understanding of the death toll from locals is that it likely was around 3 to 4,000. Incidentally, their bodies were bulldozed by the US Army into mass graves. All this to arrest one man, a former CIA asset?

    Peter

    On Tue, 2009-06-30 at 03:22 -0400, Tony B. wrote:
    —– Original Message —–
    Subject: The Panama Deception

    > For those of you who have never seen this…..time you did.
    >
    > In memorium of the >4000 victims of the US invasion of Panama, Dec. 1989…
    >
    > T.

    >> http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/654.html
    >>

    At the same time, there are always plenty of manpower and funds to throw at such misadventures. As I wrote in another recent essay:

    Meanwhile, Alan Greenspan summarized, in talks and The Age of Turbulence, his displeasure with the Bush administration. “My biggest frustration remained the president’s unwillingness to wield his veto against out-of-control spending,” Greenspan indicated. “Not exercising the veto power became a hallmark of the Bush presidency. . . To my mind, Bush’s collaborate-don’t-confront approach was a major mistake.”

    It, certainly, was and, in the Obama administration, it still is a major mistake compounded by other factors. These include the bailout funds committed as of December 2008 in the amount of $8.5 trillion, which represents 60% of the GDP [5] and the $1,449 billion, 54% of the federal budget, allocated for military expenditures in 2009. (This is in contrast to $1,210 billion, which represents 46% of the $2,650 billion total intended for the 2009 federal outlay, which is largely comprised of money borrowed from Chinese government controlled institutions). [6]

    ==

    In Fiscal Year 2008, $412 Billion was spent to pay back interest on money owed to holders of the National Debt. It represents the third biggest federal expense and the full amount owed in 2009, due to continued borrowing, will be, in all likelihood, higher as it equaled $214 Billion by May. Furthermore, educational spending in 2008 received a mere 4.4 percent of the budget while the accumulated estimated total for the interest owed on the National Debt is estimated to be $445,095,000,000, although the sum will, obviously, increase as more money is borrowed. [9]

    Meanwhile, the current monthly aggregate for the 2009 interest owed comes to roughly $42.8 billion per month while the entire monthly federal outlay is approximately $220.8 billion per month. Therefore, the $42.8 billion in interest paid back each month represents around 5% of each tax dollar spent or, posed another way, totals over nineteen cents for each dollar expended while the budget deficit, itself, entails loans close to fifty cents on every dollar paid out with an increase in borrowing in 2010 by $87 billion to $1.3 trillion over 2009 anticipated to occur according to a White House spokesperson. [10]

    Meanwhile, Mulga, these writings could be of interest to you:

    By Scott Baker
    Geonomics and the true cost of poverty
    The real reason for poverty has nothing to do with labor, or even with (true) capitalists, it has to do with monopolists. This was recognized in 1879, by political philosopher Henry George. An updated form, Geonomics, provides the way out of our mess – before it is too late.

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Geonomics-and-the-true-cos-by-Scott-Baker-090629-672.html

    Rising From The Phoenix’s Flames By Emily Spence (www.countercurrents.org/spence220707.htm)

    Lastly, thanks for your commentary. Although your assessment is disturbing, it is welcome.

  8. Melissa said on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:21am #

    Max,

    Here’s the IF Stone quote, posted by Emily in comments above. Stumbled across it. I am surprised that this thread isn’t more hot . . . while what is playing out across the world seems to be ripples of USA influence, the intense focus outward serves as a great diversion of energy. Symptoms, symptoms. They are not the root or point of origin.

    Emily,

    Thank you for this article. I hope we can find a way to act as citizens working for a free society soon. Hopes of reigning in genocidal foreign policy, and predation through economics are moot until we can regain some sense of common interest here within our own borders. Keep shining the light!

    Peace,
    Melissa

  9. Melissa said on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:24am #

    Emily,
    Another thing, the article about Geonomics was very interesting. I am going to my library today to see if I can find the book, Progress and Poverty. Thank you for widening the sphere.

    Melissa

  10. Emily said on July 2nd, 2009 at 3:27pm #

    Melissa, thanks for sharing your fine thoughts and enthusiasm. Both are wonderful!

    On another note, I personally envision a tightening of the plutocratic corporatist clamps in times to come, along with some sort of updated version of Social Darwinism for which, obviously, capitalism is a perfect vehicle, as was hinted in The Worsening U.S. Failure (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12931). Add in the exponentially rising human population, ever increasing resource deficits (i.e., water, oil, food, etc.), overall ecological ruin (i.e., from further deglacialization, spreading desertification and other happenings that are, in large measure, related to climate change) and there’s a perfect backdrop for widespread social unrest, governmental crackdowns and other serious troubles across the globe. Indeed, many authors, including Orlov in The Five Stages Of Collapse By Dmitry Orlov (http://www.countercurrents.org/orlov131108.htm), spell out the direction that the combined results will take quite well.

    As I recently wrote to a few of my friends: “Anyone who thinks that the self-regulating mechanisms in the natural world that apply to population size and resource exploitation (i.e., excessive consumption) do not eventually catch up to humans despite all of our innovative ways to provide temporary fixes (which usually further stress natural systems) needs to reconsider. Anyone who thinks that a globally decreasing resource base combined with overpopulation only leads to crashes for other species besides ours needs to reflect hard on Easter Island and St Matthew Island events, along with other similar occurrences throughout history. Lastly, anyone who thinks that a supernatural force is going to save him and his personal companions because of some anthropocentric notion that humans are superior to other species (that were primarily put here on the planet by a deity for the sake of human use) needs only to recall about what happened to the Jews, gypsies and dissidents in Nazi concentration camps or the children and the adults during the Irish Potato Famine.”

    In a similar vein, anyone who thinks that many government leaders don’t know about the worsening combinations of dilemmas that are on the way might want to peruse Lester Brown’s When Population Growth And Resource Availability Collide By Lester … (http://www.countercurrents.org/brown160209.htm), Arianna Huffington’s The Pentagon Sounds The Alarm On Global Warming; Why Isn’t … (http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-13.htm), Betsy Hartmann’s t r u t h o u t | Betsy Hartmann | War Talk and Climate Change (http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112607H.shtml) and Bob Fitrakis’s The Free Press — Independent News Media (http://www.freepress.org/journal.php?strFunc=display&strID=330&strJournal=36). In other words, the chief officials are prepared and ready for the looming fallout, so to speak.

  11. Melissa said on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:48pm #

    I agree, Emily, with your forecast. Good point also made: just because our government leaders (oh why do I even call them leaders?) are largely silent, doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy with preparations on all fronts.

    I am wondering, well, worrying I guess, about the viruses, pharma, and laboratory adventures of late. . . . .Baxter and Novartis, “accidental” release of deadly virus combinations from a Level 3 biosafety facility (trials on homeless people), now countries placing huge orders for vaccines from the very same shady companies. Something is not right here. At the least, it’s a lot of money for pharma, at the worst it’s bioterrorism.

    If you have any reliable sources . . . I am interested.

    Thank you for the links above, the big picture is a sight, huh?

    Peace,
    Melissa