Archive for the ‘9-11’ Tag

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHISTLEBLOWERS AND TRUTH AND AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT – AMERICA’S PUBLIC HISTORY OF LAST HALF CENTURY IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS ALMOST COMPLETELY FABRICATED – DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND HONEST TULSI GABBARD – JOE BIDEN WITH HIS LONG RECORD OF AVOIDING TRUTH WILL LIKELY BE THE CANDIDATE – AMERICANS JUST DO NOT SEEM TO CARE ABOUT ALL THE COUNTRY’S KILLING AND IMMENSE DISHONESTY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SAM HUSSEINI IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Film ‘Official Secrets’ is the Tip of a Mammoth Iceberg

“A new film depicting the whistleblower Katherine Gun, who tried to stop the Iraq invasion, is largely accurate, but the story is not over”.

 

Good gripping tale.

As we can see from so very many modern instances, it matters not at all that truth is on your side, if what you are doing is attacking those with money and power.

And there’s an entire American establishment dedicated to keeping things just that way.

America’s public history of the last half century, at least so far as foreign relations and control of an empire are concerned, is almost entirely an artificial construct.

Absolutely no truth in everything from John Kennedy’s assassination, which was intimately connected with America’s schemes in Cuba, and the despicable Vietnam War to 9/11 and the despicable Neocon Wars in the Middle East which promptly followed.

From hundreds of millions of printed newspapers and television broadcasts to speeches from prominent American politicians, you have a gigantic fabric of lies not unlike that that was constantly being woven and altered by Oceania’s Inner Party in 1984.

That’s not even the slightest exaggeration, but, truly, are Americans in general the least concerned or bothered?

We have no evidence of significant concern. None.

The Democratic Party just weeded out of its debates for leadership the only candidate whom it had brave and informed enough to speak to truth in some of these matters, Tulsi Gabbard.

The ten left just represent varying degrees of hopelessness. On and on with describing dreams about this or that creative social program while the resources and close official attention dedicated to destruction in a dozen lands make all the dreams impossible.

At the same time, there is an almost complete lack of knowledge, and the courage to find out, about what America has been actually doing in Syria, in Iraq, in Libya, in Israel, and in such massively important countries as China, Russia, and Iran.

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are brave contemporary examples of the American establishment’s methods for shutting down truth and punishing severely those who reveal it. While they have followers and supporters, I am always amazed at how relatively small their numbers are.

And we have remarkably few individuals like Manning or Assange themselves, especially when you consider the scale and scope of America’s many dark works which involve huge numbers of workers. Mostly, we see only “willing helpers” carrying on with their sensitive, secretive, well-paid careers in government.

In the Democratic nomination contest, the “star” liberals, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are virtually no different in these absolutely critical matters than a confirmed old puke of a war criminal like Joe Biden, someone who probably deserves recognition as father of Obama’s industrial-scale extrajudicial killing project with drones and Hellfire missiles making thousands of legally-innocent people in a dozen countries just disappear.

Biden has a long record of smarmy deeds and lack of courage and principles. He is, of course, the most likely to get the nomination.

Acts of killing by America’s CIA are no different in principle and in law than those of the old Argentine military junta’s massive efforts at dragging people they disliked off the streets, drugging them, and throwing them out of airplanes over the ocean, something they did to thousands.

Oh, and during that wonderful project in Argentina, there were no objections from the people in America who had detailed knowledge of what was happening, as at the State Department and the CIA. Only silence.

_______________________

Response to a comment expressing concern that America was going to be lost:

Sorry, but, oh please, America is lost, and has been so for a very long time.

Only tremendous, virtually revolutionary influences such as depression or war or the growth of competing states with the loss of the dollar’s privileged status, are going to change what has become reality.

America’s feeble democratic political system is capable of changing almost nothing. After all, it was constructed with just that in mind.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN EXCELLENT SUMMARY-AND-SURVEY PIECE BY ANALYST PHILIP M GIRALDI, A MAN WHO INTIMATELY KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND INTELLIGENCE MATTERS, ABOUT JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S “SUICIDE” – MORE INTRIGUING BITS FROM OTHER SOURCES   4 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP M GIRALDI IN SOUTHFRONT

 

“JEFFREY EPSTEIN RIP: BUT MANY MORE QUESTIONS REMAIN TO BE ANSWERED”

 

https://southfront.org/philip-m-giraldi-jeffrey-epstein-rip-but-many-more-questions-remain-to-be-answered/

 

Just an excellent summary and survey of the many issues around the case.

If someone can die under the circumstances Epstein did – a very high-profile person under supervision in a jail and after a previous effort – then there seems little reason for optimism about the case being meaningfully carried on or any new revelations coming.

The rot at the top of America’s power establishment – the result of its wielding close to absolute power for so very long – is yet again revealed, and yet again, the revelation will likely lead nowhere.

Lead nowhere, as with Seth Rich. Or Loretta Lynch. Or the DNC. Or Hillary Clinton. Or Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Or John Brennan. Or James Comey. Or 9/11. Or, indeed, John Kennedy.

Here are two additional facts I’ve just learned from separate sources about the Epstein matter.

One, he was in solitary confinement. For what possible reason? He was the kind of prisoner who was no danger to anyone else. And what happened then with the regular checks that are supposed to be part of solitary confinement in any modern prison?

Two is the fact that, apparently, weeks ago, Epstein told his jailers that his life was in danger, that there were people who wanted to kill him.

And where is the surveillance video that is just a normal part of any modern institution?

Readers might enjoy:

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/john-chuckman-comment-jeffrey-epstein-kills-himself-just-as-the-fun-of-revelations-was-about-to-begin/

 

AFTERNOTES:

Other sources contradict the report of solitary confinement.

Epstein is said to have been put on “suicide watch” after the first “attempt.” That apparently requires having a cellmate and having guards check frequently around the clock.

But he was removed from “suicide watch” two weeks before his death, a move requiring the signature of a prison psychologist and the warden. Resources are tight, and it is reasonable to try minimizing the cost of “suicide watches,” but, still, here was a case with an actual recent “attempt.”

As far as guards checking frequently, the prison was shorthanded with guards working mandatory overtime.

Epstein apparently was put into a cell with another inmate, but the other inmate was transferred and not replaced. So, he was alone.

I have seen no explanation for the lack of a video record.

Someone quite familiar with that prison, a person with a criminal background, said the cells contain literally nothing that could be used for suicide. Even the bed sheets are made of special paper.

You would have to obtain anything of that nature from outside, but that would not be difficult since many important prisoners receive things they are not supposed to have by bribing staff.

In reading the mainline press, one senses an effort to avoid the many controversial associations with this case. There is a frequent pooh-poohing of “conspiracy theories,” something hardly convincing.

Since procuring and exploiting underage girls is already an extremely sensitive and attention-getting topic, it is easy to blur over other matters.

The mainline press insists on calling Epstein a billionaire and financier, assertions for which there appears to be no solid evidence. Again, a convenient blurring device.

And of course, unexplained large amounts of money always are viewed as extremely suspicious matters by intelligence services.

EPSTEIN CASE REFERENCES:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/john-chuckman-comment-the-gift-that-just-keeps-giving-jeffrey-epstein-fascinating-new-facts-about-his-imprisonment-and-before-more-big-names-associated-with-him-and-a-big-and-highly-suggestiv/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/john-chuckman-comment-some-new-observations-on-the-death-of-jeffrey-epstein-why-i-believe-it-impossible-for-him-to-have-killed-himself-what-this-death-vividly-demonstrates-about-america/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/john-chuckman-comment-a-word-on-conspiracy-theories-reported-details-of-jeffrey-epsteins-death-just-raise-doubts/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/john-chuckman-comment-jeffrey-epstein-kills-himself-just-as-the-fun-of-revelations-was-about-to-begin/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/john-chuckman-comment-more-intriguing-bits-on-jeffrey-epsteins-suicide-in-custody-an-excellent-piece-by-philip-m-giraldi/

 

CANADA’S OMAR KHADR – FORMER CHILD SOLDIER SHOT AND TORTURED BY AMERICANS JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: FINALLY GETS BAIL – A FORMER AMERICAN SOLDIER IS USED BY THE NATIONAL POST TO STIR UP HATE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST AND PROMPTLY REMOVED

This man’s words are pathetically ignorant special pleading and, in publishing them, the National Post shows how far it will go to stir up the right-wing against the proper working of justice. The comments generated by the article, the ones left posted, resemble an orgy of right-wing hate-masturbation.

You go to war, sometimes you get wounded. You don’t whine and snivel about it long afterward, even more so when you were a paid professional killer in America’s special services, as this man was.

The man was a Green Beret, the guys who made their wonderful reputation crawling around at night in the jungles of Vietnam to sneak into villages and cut civilian officials’ throats. They were part of the CIA’s Project Phoenix which included perhaps 40,000 such brave and honorable acts.

But here he is, whining about a 15-year old who was caught up in the bloody mess of war, as though he were a criminal.

Omar Khadr is not a criminal, full stop.

Otherwise every soldier and volunteer who ever went to a foreign war is a criminal, and there are hundreds of thousands of them, including many who ran off to Israel’s various wars to help the IDF kill Arabs.

But they are not treated as criminals by the law.

It has never been the practice, after a war is over, for the winners to try the losers as criminals, unless flagrant war crimes were involved, and even then, it generally has not been the practice.

The United States has itself behaved as a massive war criminal in Western Asia. War after war. Threat after threat. Killing after killing. Massacres. Assassinations. And plenty of torture. The “laws” of war were broken countless times by the United States, and then it had the arrogance to try others for war crimes after torturing them for confessions, including a child, no less.

Only recently, it has been confirmed that a million souls perished in America’s totally illegal invasion of Iraq. Criminal acts do not come a great deal larger than that, but no one received years of confinement and torture for being part of them, much less planning and authorizing them.

This young man was fifteen when American soldiers shot him – twice in the back, a little detail often left out in the telling of the story.

Then they shipped him off for years of torture and isolation in Guantanamo, denying him for a long time all Red Cross-guaranteed rights. His interrogator was a Nazi-like American who made this kid sit up – pulling at his serious and unhealed wounds each time he brutally questioned him, and that after sleep-deprivation.

After years of abuse and without a hope of improving his situation, Khadr finally gave his torturers what they wanted and confessed to killing an American. I am virtually certain he did not kill anyone, but even if he did, he was a mere child and in a war the United States launched. The U.S. in its abuse of him has violated countless laws, including violating the UN Treaty on Child Soldiers, the Geneva Conventions on Prisoners of War, and Red Cross International Conventions on the Rights of Prisoners.

If you want a world governed by law, then you yourself must live by the law. Otherwise, we have international anarchy where might makes right and where America feels free to tell everyone, everywhere what they can and can’t do and even decide who may live and who may die.

And this man who is whining about Khadr’s finally receiving bail was himself nothing less than part of America’s bloody enforcement mechanism.

Thank God for a Canadian judge with some courage and proper legal values. A lot of the most beloved qualities of our Canada have suffered under the hateful government of Stephen Harper, but every once in a while it’s nice to see the old values shine through the gloom.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE HORRIBLE SHOPPING CENTER ROOF COLLAPSE AT ELLIOT LAKE – LACK OF LEADERSHIP? – AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – COMMENTS ON RESCUERS AND AN UNTHINKING COMPARISON WITH 9/11   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED COMMENTS TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

I don’t believe the situation involves leadership at all.

Elliot Lake is desperate old mining town trying to spark a new life as a retirement community.

We know from the words of residents and its history that the shopping center has been in poor shape for years, the owner undoubtedly reluctant to spend a million dollars or more to bring it up.

And just who is that would push him?

He would just close the facility and sell the land.

Who would take this risk of seeing a fairly essential service close down in a community trying to lure new residents?

The local newspaper? You must be kidding, local papers everywhere and always are just community boosters.

Any part of the local government? Again, boosterism is a primary function.

Indeed, an engineer inspected the place in the not-too-distant past.

He said to someone working in a shop, someone very worried about the roof, that the stains and cracks and water leaks were just cosmetic.

No matter how conscientious the engineer, would he take on all the community boosters to threaten the existence of the center?

Remember Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People”?

That was the definitive story of how a single conscientious man, a doctor, discovering something very wrong with his community’s main source of income, was treated.

The story is iconic because that is the way most of the human race behaves given such circumstances.

We are, after all, nothing but chimps with somewhat larger brains.

Look closer to home.

Has the Globe started any kind of campaign about a Mayor who has broken laws a number of times during his brief time in office? Observed driving while using his cellphone? Running an open streetcar door? Abusing a TTC employee trying to be conscientious towards his passengers?

Did the Globe start any campaign over Mr. Harper’s contempt of Parliament? His refusal to provide essential information? His lying to Parliament? His grovelling to special interests, distorting Canada’s historic fairness in policies? His deliberate ignoring of international treaty obligations?

No, the Globe recommended he be re-elected.

Why would you expect more in a remote, sad little place like Elliot Lake?
__________________________________________

“The performance of the would-be rescuers at Elliot Lake was shameful.

“When I think of the hundreds of firemen, police, EMS personnel and others who risked, and lost, their lives…”

Sorry, but you cannot judge that unless you were on the spot.

The average policeman, day in-day out, risks almost nothing – the stats on fatalities in police work show it to be far, far safer than many industrial jobs, including oil-well roughnecks.

Firemen face a good deal more hazard than police according to stats.

Rescue workers are not expected in the normal course of their efforts to risk their lives.

This structure was rotten when standing. Who knows the risks faced in rummaging through the remains?

You can’t blame them.

Any blame belongs to the owner and town officials who were reluctant to push for repairs.

It’s all a terrible case of passing the buck.

And so far as the same writer’s comparison to 9/11, it is ridiculous.

Virtually none of those New York rescuers expected a tower could collapse.

Yes, there were the usual risks of smoke and fire, but firemen are equipped for that.

The towers were said to be virtually impossible to knock down, actually designed to take an airline collision.

When they did collapse, it was totally unexpected.

And, by the way, still unexplained.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A PROFESSOR OFFERS THE ACCURATE VIEW OF THE MEANING OF 9-11 BUT IT IS AN UNPOPULAR ONE – AN UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST PROPAGANDA   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY LAWRENCE DAVIDSON IN INTIFADA PALESTINE

An accurate assessment, but an unpopular one.

From the beginning I have explained and advocated the same view, the view of relatively powerless people taking violent action against great injustices.

But governments and the large mainline news media which invariably support them have filled the atmosphere with Islamophobic nonsense to such an extent that it is blindly accepted by many.

Being a humanist with loyalty to no religion, I have no special brief for Islam.

But I am a person who has little toleration for injustice, and American policies after WWII are nothing if not one long series of injustices.

A very wise woman once said, in answer to the question of what distinguishes a good, democratic society, that it was whether the people lived with a sense of justice.

I cannot agree more with that profound and simple observation.

But we see very little justice from the foreign policy of the United States. We see, quite to the contrary, the imposition, over and over again, of injustice, on an international scale being much as one would experience in an old society where deliberate injustice is maintained as the ordinary state of affairs.

Global affairs, if we are to support democratic values and humane dealings, must also feature justice. It is no less required.

But so many people recognize that that is not the situation, and they include not only people living in the artificial reality of the Middle East maintained by the United States but people in Europe and North America who find it difficult even to have good public discussions of the matter.

The United States through NATO and its tremendous financial and economic power is remarkably capable of keeping these issues off the public agenda.

Sometimes, as in Egypt, an eruption simply gets too big to suppress, and the U.S. takes great hypocritical noises about democracy and the people’s desires, but it never does this automatically, and at the same time it throws its support to inevitable change (really as a form of emergency measure and damage control) in a place like Egypt, it is bombing people and supporting repression of people with the same kind of demands for freedom in Yemen, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.

And even in Egypt, what do we see now? Basically a military junta taking immense amounts of time to change anything meaningful, hoping to let people’s energy and dreams dissipate. And it is the United States supporting the effort.

So much for the land of the free, a slogan that always has been more slogan than reality. Free people do not enslave others. Genuine democratic states do not do deals with dictators and just wink at gross injustice. But America is a land where all the vaunted assertions of the Constitution end right at the shoreline. The horrors of Guantanamo, 90 miles off shore, are just fine. And increasingly, with terrible invasions of privacy and police-state laws about “terror” even on shore America becomes a less democratic place daily.

Terror has become a word very similar to what the ghastly Joe Stalin meant when he spoke of “wreckers,” one of his signal words for new waves of state terror in the Soviet Union.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: 9/11: BRITISH COLUMNIST JANET DALEY OFFERS DRIVEL ABOUT ANTI-AMERICANISM AND BRITISH RESPONSE TO 9/11 – HARD TRUTHS ON AMERICA’S SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT AND EXCESSES OF GRIEF   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY JANET DALEY IN THE TELEGRAPH

Just the kind of genuinely ignorant column one expects of Janet Daley.

Rather nice of her not to disappoint.

It is simply fact that America has been since WWII an arrogant and highly aggressive nation, clothing itself in the words of democratic values while invading, interfering with, or overthrowing anyone whose policies did not toe the American line, and those dark operations have included a number of democracies along the way.

America is a democracy on its own shores (sort of) which behaves every bit the bloody tyrant offshore, and where it has itself not directly acted as tyrant it has used and supported other tyrants to do its biding, right down to our time with someone like Mubarak.

Very much as it makes the same distinction with human rights: its border is where the spirit and letter of Constitutional protections stop.

It’s perfectly okay for the CIA to have an international torture gulag, flying illegal prisoners here and there by the thousands to dark holes around the world, just so the CIA keeps its operations outside American territory. The horrors of Guantanamo are just fine ninety miles offshore.

Is it any wonder that there are people and indeed whole peoples in the world that dislike America?

We know from the past that people love America at its best, but we’ve seen damn little of its best in a very long time.

It was Lord Acton who gave us one of the most profound truths of human nature, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Now, why would anyone who purports to think believe America is exempt from this fundamental law of human nature?

It is not, of course, and criticizing it for its many excesses, stupidities, and brutal behaviors is not anti-Americanism. It is simply honest reaction to unthinking hypocrisy and an offensive sense of entitlement which feels it can do anything it wants to the rest of humanity.

Britain heroically endured the Blitz, but does Britain commemorate the Blitz every year? Does it read a list of the victims every year?

America does this with 9/11 out of its deep sense of its own ‘specialness’ and entitlement: one American is worth God knows how many of that motley lot of humanity out there. After all, it has managed to kill perhaps a million innocent people “out there” since 9/11 as payback.

These things need saying because they are truths, not out of any sense of anti-Americanism, whatever that undefined pejorative epithet is supposed to mean anyway.

Prejudice is a form of superstition and mumbo-jumbo. Responding to facts is exactly the opposite, refusing to accept superstition.

It really is the Janet Daleys of this world who are prejudiced and steeped in unexamined superstition. And of course, there are plenty of them, else we wouldn’t be bombing the crap out of others all the time.

Readers may enjoy:
http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/americas-strange-political-culture-of-grief-and-dying/

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BIN LADEN’S ASSASSINATION – ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY ON SHOOTING AN UNARMED FUGITIVE – THE GRAND INQUISITOR TALKS WITH JESUS – WHAT A DARK THING AMERICA HAS BECOME   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN INTIFADA REPEATED FROM THE TELEGRAPH

The Archbishop has long been one of the West’s most important moral critics, as one might expect from a genuine Christian leader.

Contrast his tough and honest views with the kind of diplomatic pap we typically get from, say, the Vatican.

Or compare his moral bravery with certain American Christian fundamentalists who sound as though their job was to serve as cheerleaders for the American military-industrial complex.

In books and stories about the past, we invariably praise the kind of character we find in the Archbishop.

But in real life, the establishment and substantial parts of the population have no use for them, because their tough views and moral authority call into question accepted clichés and create inconvenient truths.

Recall the powerful and famous scene in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov in which Jesus returns to earth to meet the Grand Inquisitor, and the two have a conversation.

Jesus himself recognizes none of his teachings in the words of the Grand Inquisitor, and the Grand Inquisitor grows irritated with someone he regards as a nuisance, finally sending Jesus off to be heard from no more.

That is, sadly, the immortal truth of how power and establishment welcome honesty, decency, and truth: they don’t, ever.

America has descended to the ghastly moral level of Israel in all of its reactions to 9/11: illegal arrests, kidnapping, torture, assassinations, ignoring international laws and treaties, imposing harsh new laws completely out of the spirit of its Constitution, maintaining an international torture gulag, and making deals with monsters like General Dostum.

When you throw away everything of genuine human value in a place like America, all you are left with is a great imperial power ready to crush anyone with whom it disagrees.

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/obama-bin-ladens-assassination-nothing-to-celebrate-and-no-justice-at-all-considering-the-facts-this-is-just-one-more-proof-of-might-makes-right/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/more-on-bin-ladens-assassination-the-nonsence-of-al-qaeda-web-sites-making-announcements-the-nonsense-of-al-qaeda-background-on-bin-laden/