Monthly Archives: February 2013

Beware the Consequences of Pre-Emptive War by Ron Paul

Last year more US troops died by suicide than died in combat in Afghanistan. More than 20 percent of military personnel deployed to combat will develop post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. Some 32 percent of US soldiers reported depression after deployments. More than 20 percent of active-duty military are on potentially dangerous psychotropic drugs; many are on multiple types. Violent crime among active duty military members increased 31 percent between 2006-2011.The statistics, compiled by the military last year, are as telling as they are disturbing. The Defense Department scrambles to implement new programs to better treat the symptoms. They implement new substance abuse and psychological counseling programs while they continue to prescribe more dangerous psychotropic drugs. Unfortunately, most often ignored are the real causes of these alarming statistics.The sharp rise in military suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic and other violence, is the unintended consequence of a violent foreign policy – of an endless and indefinable “global war on terrorism.”

via Beware the Consequences of Pre-Emptive War by Ron Paul.

“Live by the Sword”

StormCloudsGathering | Voices of Revolution

If there is one principle that I believe defines me and my mission in life, it is that I do my best to be honest with myself. Being honest with yourself means being committed to reality, and that commitment is tested each time we are confronted with a concept that threatens our world view. Self honesty is the only path to truth. Intelligence may help, but not if you’re delusional. I find that a large percentage of the public only wants to know the truth that fits their expectations, they only listen to perspectives that validate their current identity, and they spend enormous quantities of energy defending the ideas which hold their world view together. My goal is to put a dent in those tendencies, and to push human society in the direction of reality as much as I can in my lifetime. I push aggressively at times because the stakes are high.

via StormCloudsGathering | Voices of Revolution.

There is nothing in this statement that I can’t disagree with.  I think many people strive to be honest, as a moth is attracted to light, but  people find it easier to not be honest and live in a state of ignorance about themselves, because so much of what they understand about the world in which they live is a lie.

It Has Happened Here by Paul Craig Roberts on the Police State is Here

The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. So much unaccountable power has been concentrated in the executive branch that the US Constitution is no longer an operable document.

Whether a person believes the official story of 9/11 which rests on unproven government assertions or believes the documented evidence provided by a large number of scientists, first responders, and structural engineers and architects, the result is the same. 9/11 was used to create an open-ended “war on terror” and a police state. It is extraordinary that so many Americans believe that “it can’t happen here” when it already has.

We have had a decade of highly visible evidence of the construction of a police state:

the PATRIOT Act, illegal spying on Americans in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the initiation of wars of aggression – war crimes under the Nuremberg Standard – based on intentional lies, the Justice Department’s concocted legal memos justifying the executive branch’s violation of domestic and international laws against torture, the indefinite detention of US citizens in violation of the constitutionally protected rights of habeas corpus and due process, the use of secret evidence and secret “expert witnesses” who cannot be cross-examined against defendants in trials, the creation of military tribunals in order to evade federal courts, secret legal memos giving the president authority to launch preemptive cyber attacks on any country without providing evidence that the country constitutes a threat, and the Obama regime’s murder of US citizens without evidence or due process.

via It Has Happened Here by Paul Craig Roberts.