Archive for November, 2006

American Dictatorship

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

A Dictatorship is form of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute power without effective constitutional limitations.

When Hitler was appointed in January 1933, Germany was a democracy. Germany had fair elections; nobody had their right to vote abused; there were numerous political parties to choose from at voting time. To pass a law, the Reichstag had to agree to it after a bill went through the normal processes of discussion and debate.

Hitler had promised a general election for March 1933.  One week before the election was due to take place, the Reichstag building burned down.  Hitler knew that if he was to convince President Hindenburg to give him emergency powers – as stated in the Weimar Constitution – he had to play on the old president’s fear of communism. What better than to convince him that the communists were about to take over the nation by force?

Unsurprisingly, a convenient patsy, and known Communist supporter – Marianus van der Lubbe – was caught near the Reichstag building immediately after the fire started. Those that arrested him – Nazi officials – claimed that Lubbe confessed that the fire was a signal to other communists to start the revolution. Matches were allegedly found on van der Lubbe and those who arrested him claimed that he smelt of petrol.

Hmmm, how convenient.

Hitler asked Hindenburg to grant him emergency powers in view of the ‘communist takeover’. Using the constitution, Hindenburg agreed to pass the Law for the Protection of the People and the State.  In the months and years thereafter, Hitler steadily introduced law after law, which gradually turned Germany into a Dictatorship.

Exactly the same process commenced on September 11, 2001 in the USA, and concluded with the inclusion of law HR6166 into the American Constitution on the Sept 28, 2006.

A good friend, Peter from Australia, has provided the following summary of HR6166:

  • Revokes habeas corpus (click for an explanation)
  • Ends enforcement of the Geneva Conventions
  • Legalizes torture
  • Gives the President the power to imprison anyone, without need for explanation, once the President declares the imprisoned person to be an “enemy”
  • Ends the right to a speedy trial, allowing imprisonment without criminal charges for long periods of time – potentially for a lifetime
  • Sets up show trials that allow conviction to happen before an investigation into the alleged criminal activity has even begun
  • Allows the government to use secret evidence to convict defendants, which not even the defendants’ lawyers can see
  • Legalizes the use of testimony that was obtained through torture or other means of coercion – much as occurred at the Salem Witch Trials to force people to testify that their neighbors were witches
  • Keeps the processes of trials, the results of the trials, and even the existence of the trials, secret from the American public
  • Ends the enforcement of the 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination
  • Allows defendants and their lawyers to be prevented from cross examining witnesses, while placing no such restriction on the prosecution
  • Gives anyone suspected of war crimes, including President Bush himself, immunity from prosecution.

The Twist

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

But getting back to the point of police officials stopping this behavior, which occurred in Sydney, Australia.  It’s long been my belief that Big Brother antics are tested in Australia, implemented in the UK once proved successful, and finally introduced into the US.  This has been true of such diverse incidents like Mad Cow Disease, Avian Flu and closed circuit cameras in public places.  Do your own research – it’s true.

If this trend is accurate, we need to be particularly wary of military operations planned in Australia for May/June.  If successful, similar operations could well be implemented in the UK and US.  Alternatively, the troops who take part could be used as UN soldiers in far-flung corners of the globe.

Here are the details from David Bradbury, an Australian documentary film maker:

Next May/June will see Australia host the largest military exercises we’ve ever had in peacetime. Talisman Sabre 07.

Twelve thousand Australian soldiers and nearly 14,000 US troops and sailors will take place in bombarding our shores and fragile landscape, storming our beaches, gunning down ‘terrorists’ in the newly built urban guerilla warfare training centre, testing their latest laser guided missiles and ‘smart’ bombs in some of the most pristine wilderness I’ve ever seen on this planet – and in 30years of making films, I’ve seen a lot of this planet.

Idyllic Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton  will cop it all – live aerial bombing, ship to shore naval firings, underwater depth charges exploded in areas where turtles and dugong breed, nuclear subs using high level sonar frequency which zaps the hearing of sea life and mammals, nuclear aircraft carriers inside the so-called Great Barrier Reef marine national park (!), land based artillery firings blasting the hell out of areas where the most amazing biodiversity in Australia is to be found. (Shoalwater Bay covers 740,000 hectacres and is almost unique in our
climatic landscape because it is a cross over point for tropical, sub tropical and temperate zones giving rise to an amazing variety of many species of flora and wildlife, birds, sea creatures etc).

Anyone who has seen Al Gore’s film has to ask why are we allowing such madness to take place and wanton misuse of resources to further add to the huge level of CO2 put up into the atmosphere in exercises such as these at a time when we all should be combining forces in the War for Our Survival.

These live munitions actions at Shoalwater Bay will run simultaneously with US bombing runs by Stealth, B1 and B52 bombers (just one B52 bomber carries 30 tonnes of bombs -needs three semi trailers to load it up with its bombload…) from Guam to drop their live payload from 5 kilometres high on Delamare bombing range near Katherine NT and live fire exercises
involving many Abrams tanks rumbling across the landscape at Bradshaw tank range (surrounded by Bradshaw national park south of Darwin, target practising on country against the wishes of the senior Aboriginal elders, custodians of that country…).

These military exercises and their coordination in both states will be beamed live via satellite from tiny cameras on the tanks, bombers, landing craft, army commanders’ lapels etc to the coordinating War Room at Newcastle where the US and Australian generals will call the shots of what is fired next. Son of Star Wars has arrived in Australia!

Next year’s Talisman Sabre exercises are a con for blatant continuing militarism of a similar vein post Afghanistan and Iraq. We are now about to pollute our own most pristine areas, far away from the centres of population by letting the US military test their latest weapons here

There are big plans by British Aerospace and the other arms
manufacturers to quietly turn the depressed Rockhampton area into a big arms manufacturing industrial estate. So not only will we export our soldiers who are the best there is to adventurist wars overseas, we are about to see an explosion in Australia manufacturing and exporting weapons of war.

If you wish to stay informed about what is happening in Australia, sign up at this website: http://www.peaceconvergence.com

A Heart Warming Video

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

On a much-needed lighter note, a video appeared recently of a man in Sydney giving free hugs to passers-by.  Serial hugger Juan Mann describes the free hugs he hands out…as fast-food emotion. His cuddling campaign received an international dose of publicity today, after a clip showing his public displays of affection won a coveted front page spot on the video sharing website, YouTube. An American television audience of millions also watched him at work, when the video was broadcast on the prime-time breakfast program Good Morning America recently.  But his efforts to spread the love became a little too popular for some people’s liking, according to a blurb on the YouTube video, which said: “As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED.” Undeterred, Mann collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition he presented to the City of Sydney council. Demands for a halt to the hugs petered out shortly after, and the end of the clip shows Mann hugging an official. City worker Elly Mitchell, who handed out a few free hugs on her lunch break today, said she was inspired to organise [an] event after seeing the video online. “We’re going to hug the city,” Ms Mitchell said.  Watch the 5 minute video here.

US Elections – Staged Politics

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Here’s the flavor of most international commentators regarding the November US mid-term elections:

US midterm election results that heralded a massive power shift in the American political landscape were greeted with jubilation around the world.

From Paris to Pakistan, politicians, analysts and ordinary citizens said they hoped the Democratic takeover of Congress and the departure of defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld would force US President George Bush to adopt a more conciliatory approach to the globe’s crises, and teach a president many see as a “cowboy” a lesson in humility. (From Ireland Online)

What bunk.  The drivel being carried by international media sickens me.

By now you know of course that there is little difference between Republican and Democrat.  The Democrat win will no doubt cause many to heave a sigh of relief and go straight back to their slumber while the real power behind BOTH Democrats and Republicans continue their push for globalization.  How do we know this?  By the continual use of the term ‘bipartisan’.  Very simply, Republican policies will be continued even though the House is now under Democrat leadership.

The win will change nothing, except perhaps to accelerate changes already in place.  My bet: not a single current important policy will change during the Democratic term.  Do not be fooled by the elation expressed worldwide.