Monday, August 4, 2014

Lies Too Big to Fail

Part I
How We Lost Our Naïveté

“Perhaps the most powerful moral argument for honesty has to do with what the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre called ‘bad faith.’ Liars deceive others, but in a sense, liars also deceive themselves. When we lie we tend to distort our own view of reality, and the more often we lie, the more habitual this distortion becomes. Over time, the habit of lying divorces us further and further from reality, so we see less and less clearly the choices before us and what is at stake in them. Eventually, we may find ourselves unable to see what we are really doing and how it is affecting others and ourselves. We end up leading inauthentic and irresponsible lives.”  —  “Is Lying Bad for Us?”, The Atlantic, Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, Feb 2013

An "age of innocence" the 50s and 60s

I remember watching Captain Kangaroo and Tom Terrific when I was a child back in the 50s. I really liked the Howdy Doody Show, too.

My Favorites though were Davey Crockett, Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Soupy Sales and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs, Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone. I even had one of those coonskin hats and remember wearing it everywhere. I can’t imagine how embarrassed my parents must have been. So much for my naïve youth.

No wonder we were innocent.
I believed everyone lived by the Cowboy Code.
While I was watching Captain Kangaroo, Davey Crockett, and Howdy Doody, my elders in the US State Department and the CIA were out doing some very nasty things throughout the world... all in the name of capitalism, democracy and the American Way. They were telling lies to my parents, and all the other adults, while arrogantly protesting our involvement in assassinations, coups d'état and countless dirty tricks.

Remember "Duck and Cover" drills in grade school?
Those were the 1950s and 1960s. We didn’t know about what our government was doing until recently when the Freedom of Information Act opened the secret door and things began to tumble out – and continue to fall out.

As a result we are suddenly confronted with facing up to a terrible side of out collective national personality. For me, it’s akin to realizing we have a doppelganger USA running amok in the world. Now we are forced to look at the evidence which has fallen in front of our eyes and deal with what we have let loose on the world.

It’s like a Twilight Zone episode has come true.

Can you imagine our world today if 9/11 had not happened?
What if the Vietnam War had never happened?
How would things look today if Ho Chi Minh had been our ally, or, if Fidel Castro were our ally and friend? What if Iran were our friend?

Looking back a little further: what if our banks had not financially supported Adolf Hitler prior to the Nazi rise to power in Germany? Or if the powerful U.S. law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, employer of John Foster Dulles and Allen Welsh Dulles, (U.S. Secretary of State, 1953 – 1959 and Director of the CIA, Feb 26, 1953 – Nov 29, 1961) had not directly assisted their clients, U.S. banks and investment banks, in funding the Nazis?
Allen Dulles (left) John Dulles (right)

"In his book, The Brothers, Stephen Kinzer highlights John Foster Dulles’s central role in channeling funds from the United States to Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Indeed, his friendship with Hjalmar Schacht, the Reichsbank president and Hitler’s minister of economics, was crucial to the rebuilding of the German economy. Sullivan & Cromwell floated bonds for Krupp A. G., the arms manufacturer, and also worked for I. G. Farben, the chemicals conglomerate that later manufactured Zyklon B, the gas used to murder millions of Jews.” (1)

Or, if Prescott Bush (father of President Geo. H. W. Bush and grandfather of Geo. W. Bush) had not materially helped finance the Nazis as well as Nazi steel and chemical giants? 

 “But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year (2003), show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' plans and policies, he (Prescott Bush) worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to power.” (2)

Or, if IBM had not invented and supplied the punch card system used to track the Jews at the extermination camps, where, “Card sorting operations were established in every major concentration camp. People were moved from place to place, systematically worked to death, and their remains cataloged with icy automation.” (3)

These are just a few historical “what ifs” which we present to set the stage for our story.

My point is that historically, things have never been “black or white”; or, just, “you’re with us or against us” simple. There has always been a lot more to the story.

After WWII, at the end of the 1940s, the CIA was officially created and a few years later President Eisenhower appointed of Allan Welsh Dulles as the fifth Director of the CIA and his brother John Foster Dulles as Secretary of State.

The brothers were born into blue-blood society; their uncle and grandfather both served as Secretary of State. Their father, a Calvinist Presbyterian minister, saw the world in colorless black and white, with no room for shades of gray.

Like two lunatic characters from a 1950s Roger Corman B movie, can it be true that these two men are responsible for nearly every one of the bloody coup d’états, countless assassinations, never ending undeclared wars and a bazillion despicable acts of cruelty and outright torture (many of which are just today coming to light due to the Freedom of Information Act) which took place on this Earth during the 50s, 60s and into the 70s?

Unfortunately the answer is yes.

No, it wasn’t the Russians or the Chinese or anyone else. It was us… as in U.S. … and at the helm... the Dulles brothers.

This quotation sums up the Dulles brothers’ demented operating policy when considering third world change: “For us,” John Foster Dulles once explained, “there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who are Christians and support free enterprise, and there are the others.”

Because of the Dulles brother's blindness many rising nationalist leaders, Castro and Ho Chi Minh chief among them, were rejected by the United States. Then, in the face of CIA-managed covert operations against them, they were forced to seek support from Moscow.

Kinzer explains, “Ironically, Ho Chi Minh and Castro, strengthened perhaps by their Marxist faith, proved the most resilient. But the world still lives with the consequences of bringing down Mossadegh, who might have guided Iran, and thus world history, along a very different path. The 1953 C.I.A.-sponsored coup that brought Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to power was seared into Iran’s national consciousness, fueling a reservoir of fury that was released with the Islamic revolution of 1979.”

"The Iranian section of Kinzer’s book is especially strong. Here he calls attention to the cancellation by the Iranian Parliament of a contract for what was said to be “the largest overseas development project in modern history” with Overseas Consultants Inc., an American engineering conglomerate. But it seems likely that it was the Iranian Parliament’s vote to nationalize the oil industry that sealed Mossadegh’s fate. (Allen Dulles represented the J. Henry Schroder Banking Corporation, one of whose clients was the Anglo-­Iranian Oil Company.)"

For the Dulles brothers, the “interests of the United States” were supplanted by the interests of U.S. corporations (several of which were clients of their law firm while the brothers also served in public office) and any threat against those corporation’s interests became transmuted into support for communism.

The point is that through all of these horrendous acts against humanity we, the U.S. government, through the “legitimate” media, which we also now know was (and remains) controlled by the CIA (4), repeatedly declared innocence and pointed our finger at others.

We, the PEOPLE, never knew. Our naivety remained intact through those years.

Now we know that thousands of innocent people paid the ultimate price in terms of flesh and blood for the CIA escapades which were approved and managed by the Dulles brothers. While professing innocence and arrogant denials, we now know that they not only approved the plans, but in many instances, personally saw that they were carried out — toppling democratically elected South American, Middle Eastern and S.E. Asian governments; murdering democratically elected leaders; implementing countless misinformation and false flag programs misleading the American people and plunging us into undeclared wars.

Because these “black ops” have never been publicly declared we will never comprehend their magnitude in terms of dollars.

In Dulles brothers’ eyes their lies were "too big to fail".
In their time on this earth they never stood in the light of truth to account for what they did. And the cover up lasted some 40 years.

For the rest of us… we lost our innocence, our connection to the "American Dream", our democracy and our freedoms.

For the Vietnam War and the 9/11 Wars – Afghanistan & Iraq, a free world could judge the leaders of the United States for crimes against humanity just as we, the victors, judged the leaders of Nazi Germany (Nuremberg) and the Empire of Japan warlords (Tokyo) upon the conclusion of WWII. Stupefyingly, that's the easier-to-accept part. The heart-shattering part is what they did to justify their atrocities and decimate our USA.

Part III
The Time of The Great Awakening: How We Can Resurrect Our Democracy
After 60 years of struggle we may be beginning to pull ourselves up out of the quagmire born of two psychotic relics of blindness, hatred and ignorance who wrapped themselves in the American flag to reap the rewards of predatory capitalism. What they began was followed by more than half of a century of government sponsored and media complicit misinformation campaigns; a multitude of false flag "events", which would make the Nazi’s swell with pride; accumulation of enough wealth to give every American a financially secure life or said another way - trillions of dollars - flushed down the toilet waging genocidal wars motivated by and managed by what has now emerged as the global banking / corporate “controllers”.

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