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21 March 2005 "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims
may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber
barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's
cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated;
but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end,
for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
C. S. Lewis1) America's Agenda for Global Military Domination
- - Rumsfeld details big military shift in new document
- - Petition To Ban Weapons and Warfare In Space
- - Democracy vs the Bush Agenda - Michael Parenti2) Senate Nod to Arctic Oil Drilling Stiffens Opposition
3) International Tribunal - 9/11 Omission - David Ray Griffin
4) Richard Sitcha - Bound for No Crime
The new world order takes shape in the Rumsfeld restructuring of the US Department of Defense for a "proactive" war model. That should make us all feel secure. For an appropriate response, please make sure to check out a "Petition To Ban Weapons and Warfare In Space."
Item 2 offers more on the response to the Senate vote to drill in one of the last remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the US. There has to be a point when people draw the line. Senator John Kerry's point for "inventing" rather "drilling" out of the energy crisis is well taken, but actions are key. For new readers, make sure you check out the designed (sustainable-fueled) external combustion engine-generator for distributed power at StirlingAdvantage.com
. Also, for more on this, check out FN's updated page on a "STIRLING Solution for Onsite Power Production"
Item 3 is utterly fascinating. Emanuel Sferios of the 9/11 truth community, shares with us a correspondence reply from David Ray Griffin, March 19, 2005. I saw the DVD of his talk recently in Northampton. It was well produced, and excellent in understanding an overview on the 9/11 issue. But this following letter confirms a critical strategy proposed by David Ray Griffin for an international tribunal on the unanswered questions, and where to best focus our attention, on the pitfalls of the misleading 9/11 Commission's Report.
Item 4 is another human story, trapped by the indecency that came after 9/11, robbing Richard Sitcha, a Lawyer in Cameroon, granted US Asylum, and then whisked away by fierce bureaucratic claws, overcoming the reality of a situation, reasonableness, and the human rights of Richard Sitcha. This treatment of Sitcha is a disgrace to the principles advocated in the US Constitution. This item links to background on this case @ freerichard.com
and includes a recent letter from Richard to yours truly. Any support for justice and humanity in the Sitcha case, please consider. Help us find legal representation to represent a new lawsuit filed by Sitcha to overcome his arrest for more than eighteen months to this day, and counting, for no crime committed; just a bureaucratic manipulation of his granted Asylum in double-talk cruelty and injustice for a human. (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/) (\o/)
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with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies,
and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people
judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
John F. Kennedy
1) America's Agenda for Global Military Domination
- - Rumsfeld details big military shift in new document
- - Petition To Ban Weapons and Warfare In Space
- - Democracy vs the Bush Agenda - Michael Parenti
America's Agenda for Global Military Domination
by Michel Chossudovsky
03/17/05 "CRG " - - The Pentagon has released the summary of a top secret Pentagon document, which sketches America's agenda for global military domination.
This redirection of America's military strategy seems to have passed virtually unnoticed. With the exception of The Wall Street Journal (see below in annex), not a word has been mentioned in the US media.
There has been no press coverage concerning this mysterious military blueprint. The latter outlines, according to the Wall Street Journal, America's global military design which consists in "enhancing U.S. influence around the world", through increased troop deployments and a massive buildup of America's advanced weapons systems.
While the document follows in the footsteps of the administration's "preemptive" war doctrine as detailed by the Neocons' Project of the New American Century (PNAC), it goes much further in setting the contours of Washington's global military agenda.
It calls for a more "proactive" approach to warfare, beyond the weaker notion of "preemptive" and defensive actions, where military operations are launched against a "declared enemy" with a view to "preserving the peace" and "defending America".
The document explicitly acknowledges America's global military mandate, beyond regional war theaters. This mandate also includes military operations directed against countries, which are not hostile to America, but which are considered strategic from the point of view of US interests.
From a broad military and foreign policy perspective, the March 2005 Pentagon document constitutes an imperial design, which supports US corporate interests Worldwide.
"At its heart, the document is driven by the belief that the U.S. is engaged in a continuous global struggle that extends far beyond specific battlegrounds, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The vision is for a military that is far more proactive, focused on changing the world instead of just responding to conflicts such as a North Korean attack on South Korea, and assuming greater prominence in countries in which the U.S. isn't at war. (WSJ, 11 March 2005)
The document suggests that its objective also consists in "offensive" rather than run of the mill "preemptive" operations. There is, in this regard, a subtle nuance in relation to earlier post-911 national security statements:
"[The document presents] 'four core' problems, none of them involving traditional military confrontations. The services are told to develop forces that can: build partnerships with failing states to defeat internal terrorist threats; defend the homeland, including offensive strikes against terrorist groups planning attacks; influence the choices of countries at a strategic crossroads, such as China and Russia; and prevent the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by hostile states and terrorist groups." (Ibid)
The emphasis is no longer solely on waging major theater wars as outlined in the PNAC's Rebuilding America's Defenses, Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century" , the March 2005 military blueprint points to shifts in weapons systems as well as the need for a global deployment of US forces in acts of Worldwide military policing and intervention. The PNAC in its September 2000 Report had described these non-theater military operations as "constabulary functions":
The Pentagon must retain forces to preserve the current peace in ways that fall short of conduction major theater campaigns. . . These duties are today's most frequent missions, requiring forces configured for combat but capable of long-term, independent constabulary operations."Project for the New American Century Recruitment of Troops to Police the Empire
The underlying emphasis is on the development and recruitment of specialized military manpower required to control and pacify indigenous forces and factions in different regions of the World:
"the classified guidance urges the military to come up with less doctrinaire solutions that include sending in smaller teams of culturally savvy soldiers to train and mentor indigenous forces." (Ibid)- - Rumsfeld details big military shift in new document
by Greg Jaffe,
The Wall Street Journal
11 March 2005
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld outlines in a new, classified planning document a vision for remaking the military to be far more engaged in heading off threats prior to hostilities and serve a larger purpose of enhancing U.S. influence around the world...
Mr. Rumsfeld's goals, laid out in the document, mark a significant departure from recent reviews. Deeply informed by both the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and by the military's bloody struggle in Iraq, the document emphasizes newer problems, such as battling terrorists and insurgents, over conventional military challenges.
Mr. Rumsfeld's approach likely will trigger major shifts in the weapons systems that the Pentagon buys, and even more fundamental changes in the training and deployment of U.S. troops throughout the world, said defense officials who have played a role in crafting the document or are involved in the review...
At its heart, the document is driven by the belief that the U.S. is engaged in a continuous global struggle that extends far beyond specific battlegrounds, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The vision is for a military that is far more proactive, focused on changing the world instead of just responding to conflicts such as a North Korean attack on South Korea, and assuming greater prominence in countries in which the U.S.isn't at war.
The document comes early in the review process, which is conducted at the behest of Congress. Each of the military services already has assembled a large staff to craft plans for attacking the key problem areas identified by Mr. Rumsfeld..
..The U.S. would seek to deploy these troops far earlier in a looming conflict than they traditionally have been to help a tottering government's armed forces confront guerrillas before an insurgency is able to take root and build popular support. Officials said the plan envisions many such teams operating around the world.
That represents a challenge for a military already stretched thin by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There aren't currently enough of these specially trained soldiers and Marines to make the strategy work.
..At the same time the U.S. military re-equips itself to deal with low-tech insurgent threats, it also is seeking to dissuade rising powers, such as China, from challenging U.S. military dominance. Although weapons systems designed to fight guerrillas tend to be fairly cheap and low-tech, the review makes clear that to dissuade those countries from trying to compete, the U.S. military must retain its dominance in key high-tech areas, such as stealth technology, precision weaponry and manned and unmanned surveillance systems.
Copyright the WSJ, 2005. The complete version of this article is available in the print edition
© Copyright MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY, GLOBAL RESEARCH 2005.
For the complete Michel Chossudovsky article:
America's War for Global Domination, see:www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO312A.html
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* Campaign for Cooperation in Space
* Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
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Dr. Michael Parenti
Democracy vs. the Bush Agenda
The forces behind capitalist globalization are rapidly making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Far from being immune to it, common Americans are under attack as well. Bush's "privatization" of social security is an overt effort at economic warfare on all but the ultra-rich. Unions are under rapid assault. Basic democratic processes, such as voting, are increasingly corrupt. In the post-9/11 world the global political reality is looking more and more like fascism. This reality is not an aberration of or an imbalance of the system; it is the fate that has been long-planned by the global elite.
Very few voices are calling out the severity of what is taking place. Many say the system simply needs some fine tuning, or corporations need to be reigned in a little bit. None tackle the historical reality and the economics as directly and powerfully as Dr. Michael Parenti. Few reach the same conclusions about the nature of the change we need to create.
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For more on Micheal Parenti, see: michaelparenti.org
2) Senate Nod to Arctic Oil Drilling Stiffens Opposition
Published on Friday, March 18, 2005 by OneWorld.net
Senate Nod to Arctic Oil Drilling Stiffens Opposition
by Abid Aslam
WASHINGTON -- Environmental and public interest groups are girding for renewed battle over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Senate endorsed the idea, handing a key victory to President George W. Bush and proponents of exploration.
Senators voted 51-49 Wednesday in favor of a budget resolution that assumes drilling fees would generate $5 billion in revenues over the next decade. The federal government and state of Alaska, the site of the refuge, would split the money.
''This razor-thin vote is by no means a mandate to drill in the arctic refuge,'' said Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. ''A strong, bipartisan coalition of Senators, backed by the will of the American people, will press on with a vigilant campaign to keep the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where it belongs: wild and free and out of the budget.''
The vote dealt a body blow to activists who had lobbied long and hard to block any move toward drilling in one of the last unspoiled regions of wilderness in North America.
At issue is about 1.5 million acres of coastal plain within the refuge, which covers 19 million acres in total. Oil industry representatives have said that drilling would be limited to about 2,000 acres within the 1.5 million acres, and that it could be done with minimal environmental damage.
For drilling to take place, the senators would have to pass a separate measure explicitly authorizing drilling in the refuge. Then the House of Representatives would have to explicitly authorize drilling. The House has endorsed arctic drilling in previous years and is expected to do so again this year so advocates from both sides saw this week's Senate vote as crucial.
The narrow margin by which supporters of drilling prevailed could portend intense debate, however, and lobbyists geared up Thursday and Friday to add as many votes as possible to their camp.
A vote on the same matter last year defeated drilling 52-48 but the Republican party picked up four Senate seats in November, changing the chamber's voting arithmetic.
Seven Republicans and the Senate's lone independent sided with Democrats in opposing drilling this week. Three Democrats crossed party lines to give Republicans their two-vote victory.
Congress has failed to approve a final budget each of the last two years, largely because of add-ons promoting specific positions on abortion, creationism, or other politically prickly issues.
This week's vote ''only succeeded in adding more controversy to an already controversial and difficult budget process,'' said Buck Parker, executive director of Earthjustice, a California-based public interest law firm.
A failure to pass a budget this year would nullify the Senate approval and require a drilling bill to get not just 50 votes but rather the 60 votes necessary to spare it from a filibuster, a procedural tactic in which lengthy speeches are used to stall a vote on a given measure.
Bush, in a statement, applauded the Senate vote. ''A reliable domestic supply of energy is important to America's security and prosperity,'' he said, adding that the refuge eventually could yield up to one million barrels of oil a day.
The United States uses about 20.8 million barrels of oil a day. If the refuge were opened to drilling, its oil would take about a decade to come online, Senate Democrats said, adding that conservation efforts and tighter fuel standards could make a greater impact much sooner.
''Drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won't make a dent in gas prices at the pump or break our dependence on Middle East oil,'' said Karen Wayland, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated that Americans' energy demand could increase by about 30 percent over the next 20 years. Democrats said that if Americans somehow managed to hold their oil consumption at today's levels, the refuge might hold a total of six months' worth of the fuel.
For the complete article, see:www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0318-08.htm
Copyright © 2005 OneWorld.net
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3) International Tribunal - 9/11 Omission - David Ray Griffin
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 22:26:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: A message from David Ray Griffin
Dear 9/11 truth activists and concerned citizens,
Below is an email exchange from earlier today between Dr. David Ray Griffin and myself, where Dr. Griffin suggests a strategy for the 9/11 truth movement. I found it thoughtful as well as inspiring, and so I asked him if I could share it publically. He said yes, and so here it is. I hope it inspires you as much as it does me. If so, please consider buying his new book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. It is unquestionably the best book to open people's eyes--even better than his first book. This is definitely the one to give to your relatives and co-workers. Here's the link:www.interlinkbooks.com/Books_/911CommRep.html
Also, we still have available the new 1-hour DVD of Dr. Griffin speaking in Santa Rosa, California. We are offering these as a complimentary gift for a donation of $20 or more. (No extra shipping costs.) Like the book, this DVD is an excellent gift for someone new to 9/11 truth. We particularly encourage you to get both of them and send them to people you know in other countries, for as Dr. Griffin states in his email below, "the best hope is for an international tribunal." Here is the link for the DVD:www.septembereleventh.org/donations.php
Thanks, and may peace and truth prevail.
-----A message from David Ray Griffin, March 19, 2005
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What are your feelings about the 9/11 truth movement these days? How do you think we've done? Are you frustrated like so many others? (I'm not doing much these days. Just occasional action alerts.)
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Response from Dr. Griffin:
I have been afraid that your response is widespread. It's certainly understandable. People like you (I was a Johnny Come Lately) worked so long and hard to try to expose the lies about 9/11 clearly and widely enough to make a difference in the election, and then all this work apparently went for nought. (I say "apparently" because it's quite possible that the exposure was great enough--as suggested by the Zogby poll---to tip the balance, but then the election was stolen through voting machines and other types of fraud.)
My own view, however, is that it is precisely at times of apparent failure that it is most important for a core group to keep working away and even intensify their efforts. I myself, at least, have not slowed down. I still do one or 2 radio interviews per week. I've agreed to do a couple lectures (which I hope will be good enough to be published). I will probably go to Europe for the publication of the French translation of my 2nd book. I am willing to do this, even though I don't enjoy travel, because I think the best hope is for an international tribunal and want to support this movement.
So my hope is that after a period in which people who were working so hard needed a rest, partly out of fatigue and partly because of the great disappointment, the movement will recover and even exceed its previous energy. For one thing, I agree with those who think that the hit pieces in the Washington Post and Popular Mechanics and on CNN are a good sign, because they suggest that at least part of the complicit establishment believes that the movement was generating enough steam that the strategy of simply ignoring it was no longer sufficient.
In terms of strategy, I think---and I hope I'm not just biased because I've written the major book on this thus far---that the best strategy now would be to focus the attack on The 9/11 Commission Report. I say this for three reasons: First, the news media and the general public (as witnessed by the overwhelming majority of the reviews on Amazon) have accepted this Report as definitive. As long as that impression stands, then all radical critiques of the official story will seem to have been disproved and thereby relegated to the category of "conspiracy theories." With the audience we need to reach, therefore, it does no good to continue to refine our accounts of what really happened (e.g., war games, what really hit the Pentagon). Before people will be ready to pay any attention, we need to show---not merely say---that The 9/11 Commission Report is basically false.
Second, it may be easier to get mainstream reporters to cover this angle, because the criticisms can less easily be dismissed as "conspiracy theories," since the focus, rather than being on the question of whether the Bush administration is responsible for mass murder to advance its agenda, is simply on the factual question of whether the Commission has written untrue things. For example, if a reporter focused on the question of whether the core of each of the Twin Towers consisted of 47 massive steel columns or a "hollow steel shaft," he or she might be able to get it published. The same with the question of whether Cheney didn¹t go to the PEOC until 9:58, or whether he was already there, as all previous reports said and as Norman Mineta said to the Commission itself, by 9:20. Likewise why the Commission didn't probe the contradiction between Myers¹ account of his whereabouts that morning and Richard Clarke's account. I would think we could get some reporter to point out these contradictions.
The 3rd reason I think this would be the best approach would be that, although this approach seems less threatening at first glance, its results could be very telling. That is, if it would become widely known that the Commission had told even a few such whoppers, this awareness would rather clearly suggest that they trying to cover up something. In this regard, I have been studying the way in which the public came to reject the official story about the JFK assassination. The main factor in the early years was the concerted attack on the Warren Report leveled by people such as Mark Lane, Vincent Salandria, and Sylvia Meagher. One can point out, of course, that even turning public opinion was to no avail. But the perpetrators of that crime and cover-up did a much better job, by quickly destroying and fabricating evidence (falsifying the autopsy report, photographs, and x-rays and replacing the brain), so that most of the physical evidence seemed to support the official story. The perpetrators of 9/11 were not nearly as clever and thorough. So the result might be quite different with this case.
Those are my thoughts, for what they are worth. Thanks for asking.
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For an updated resource, see link for FN's 9/11 investigative reports: looking into unanswered questions.
4) Richard Sitcha - Bound for No CrimeEditor's Note:
I am transcribing excerpts, (with minor edits inserted) from a handwritten letter I received from Richard Sitcha, who is in the clutches of the bureaucratic claws of US injustice. Richard Sitcha's first language is from his village in Cameroon, Africa, he also speaks French. English is his third language, so please listen closely. Any support for his case brings honor to the side of humanity.For background on the case of Richard Sitcha see FreeRichard.com
and @ Traprock Peace Center's page to help Free Richard Sitcha
March 13, 2005
I thank you very much for your care about what solution we can get for my situation. ..I decided to file a lawsuit for my illegal detention. If the Judge is allowed to grant, to deny or revoke someone's Asylum, it is not right to send him to prison for a civil matter while he didn't commit any crime. The guy in Boston, who's Asylum was denied had never been in jail; he was just asked to leave the Country. In my file they are trying to justify my illegal detention by saying that I was arrested for being illegal in USA, then I asked for Asylum, but I have proof that this is not true. I was never arrested for a crime in the USA. I sent one copy of my lawsuit to ACLU and asked for a lawyer to handle this case for a civil matter. I was also sent in prison with criminals, who beat me, and I was locked up 22 hours a day while I didn't commit any crime. Please, if you know of any good lawyer who can handle this case, let me know.. I would like to meet Bill Newman so that I can let him understand my case.. And furthermore, show proof that everything they are trying to do is fake, to justify my illegal detention.. I can prove this.
One more time.. thank you for all. Sitcha, Richard
Franklin County Jail
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Greenfield, MA 01301
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