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TUT PODCAST: Syria’s destruction in order to create a ‘Greater IsraHell’-

TUT Podcast June 6, 2012

by crescentandcross

Syria’s destruction in order to create a ‘Greater IsraHell’–a plan in the works for a long time.

We are joined by ‘George’ from the Syrian Free Press network to discuss this and other relevant issues.


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Movie Stars Whore Themselves to Illuminati



Hollywood Hall of Shame

Paul Bettany (left) has participated in outrageously explicitly Illuminati productions .

by Aspen

Hollywood isn’t just a matter of “big names”.

Fame and talent do not, on their own, operate as part of the actor selection process. For example, Al Pacino and Robert deNiro are two of the most sought-after actors in film history… but they have not been, in general, tapped for serious Illuminati projects.

There are other actors whose participation in Illuminati film production is clearly conscious and explicit. Nearly every film these actors show up in is a heavily-invested Illuminati production.

These include Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, Geoffrey Rush, Shia LeBeouf, Tom Cruise, Dennis Quaid, Will Smith, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, Megan Fox, and more recently, Jeremy Renner.


Have you ever wondered how it is that former fringe actors, far past the prime of youth, like Jeremy Renner, left, (or, for that matter, Geoffrey Rush) suddenly enjoy the proverbial “meteoric rise to fame”?

And others, equally talented, don’t? It’s because they were selected, based on incredibly sophisticated algorithms that establish their selective marketability.

Initially they are approached with the promise of a short itinerary of films that they must agree to. This is rote Hollywood procedure. Later, some of them are brought into the inner circle. Only a very few dare to resist.

Do you recall Randy Quaid, the brother of Dennis Quaid, running for the Canadian border and seeking asylum?

Randy Quaid, Wife Seek Asylum in Canada, Saying They Fear for Their Lives

“The increasingly eccentric duo, who are wanted in California for allegedly skipping out on a hefty hotel bill and for vandalizing a house they once owned, fled north of the border earlier this month, and now claim they are the targets of a mysterious clan they believe murdered actors Heath Ledger and David Carradine. (Ledger died of a drug overdose in 2008 and Carradine was found dead, apparently from accidental asphyxiation, last year.)

“Hollywood is murdering its movie stars,” Evi Quaid said in Vancouver last week.” They wouldn’t go with the program.


While Bettany is not a broadly-recognized actor (as Brad Pitt is), he has participated in outrageously explicitly Illuminist productions that make the subtle thematic toying of the UNDERWORLD series look like scrambled crayon drawings.

Examples (taken from the Internet Movie Database,

Role:  Charles Darwin

Film Synopsis:  “What happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, formulates a theory in conflict with religious dogma? This is the story of Charles Darwin and his master-work ‘The Origin of Species’. It tells of a global revolution played out the confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child.”

Interpretation:  Double-speak. “Evolution” is in fact “creation”. Illuminati science.



Role:  Archangel Michael

Plot:  The archangel Michael turns his back on God, to protect the birth of the Anti-Christ. God used the ancient Flood to wipe out Humanity once before, and he’s determined to do it again. If the Anti-Christ is born, Humanity will survive. Michael cuts off his wings and mounts a campaign to defend the coming child from a massive horde of ANGEL-possessed (NOT demon-possessed) weak-minded humans who aim to cut the baby from its mother.


Role:  a futuristic Catholic priest

Plot:  Christians and Vampires have been fighting for centuries. Vampires have been suppressed and re-settled in dank subterranean “reservations”. When the daughter, Lucy (read: Lucifer and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”), of a warrior-priest is taken captive by a Vampire-Human HYBRID, the warrior-priest states his intention to go against the will of God and rescue the girl.

Other of Paul Bettany’s film involvements are revealing, including Master and Commander (with Russell Crowe), A Beautiful Mind (with Russell Crowe), The Da Vinci Code (Illuminati ad infinitum), Dead Babies (referred to in a line from LEGION), The Suicide Club, The Reckoning (medieval Christian justice), Stories of Lost Souls, Iron Man 1, 2, and 3 (technological superiority), The Avengers, and Blood.

It’s a massacre.


(Angelina Jolie, left, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations)


The only way to penetrate these films is to review the dialogue line-by-line. We don’t have that time, here, but I will offer some choice examples.


“I want the same thing you want: to follow my every desire and not have it called a sin. After all, if you’re not sinning, you’re not having fun.”
“I accepted the blood of the [vampire] Queen, and I was turned into something never seen before: a Human Vampire.”


“When I was a child, my mother told me that God was merciful and just. After my father left us, I asked my mother why God had turned his back on Humanity, why he was no longer merciful and just. My mother said, ‘I don’t know. I guess he was fed up with all the bullshit’.”

For more, you will have to view these films for yourself. Every word, every scene, was carefully delivered.

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First Comment from Donald:

This genre of Luciferian hero has been cranked out of Hollywood with increasing frequency for decades.   Another one was the 2005 release starring Keanu Reeves, “Constantine”, based on the 1990’s Vertigo comic book “Hellblazer”.

In the movie, an absentee God and Lucifer are engaged in a “proxy war”, in which angels and demons can’t directly act,  but they can use humans as puppets on the side of God or Lucifer. The meaning of human existence? God and Lucifer are merely acting on a bet to see who can obtain more souls.

The ‘hero’ of this Luciferian blasphemy from the  – John Constantine – played by Keanu Reeves.  In the comic, Constantine “is portrayed as a kind of confidence man who does morally questionable things, arguably for the greater good. He usually triumphs through guile, deceit, and misdirection.”

Church of Satan founder Anton LeVay said comic books were a means to get Satanic philosophy into the hands of children since that medium was invented by Eastman Color Printing’s salesmen Max Ginzberg (Maxwell Gaines) and Harry Wildenberg in 1933.  The first comic was a harmless collection of newspaper style ‘funnies’ titled “Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics”.

The sinister type of comic ‘super hero’ genre was invented by a couple of teenagers as ‘Superman’ during 1932, Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster in Cleveland Ohio.   They sold the prototype story boards to the new ‘Detective Comics”, now known as DC Comics.  The Superman Concept spawned endless copycats, such as Batman who was soon to follow.

Yeah I know, “but Superman was a good guy”.  LeVay went on to explain the Luciferian ‘hero’ characteristics.  He’s a superior being trapped in the human world where he must conceal his identity, lest the inferior human beings try to destroy him.   His past usually involves a fall from his previous world to Earth, often left to die by comrades or enemies.   LeVay identified the 1950’s TV character “The Lone Ranger” as a typical Luciferian hero.

Seigel and Shuster by the way were royally screwed by DC comics out of any claim to copyright or royalties on Superman until negative publicity in the mid 1970’s prompted DC to grant the men a $20,000 per year ‘pension’ and health care benefits.

From Wikipedia entry on “Superman”:

“Because Siegel and Shuster were both Jewish, some religious commentators and pop-culture scholars such as Rabbi Simcha Weinstein and British novelist Howard Jacobson suggest that Superman’s creation was partly influenced by Moses and other Jewish elements. Superman’s Kryptonian name, “Kal-El”, resembles the Hebrew words קל-אל, which can be taken to mean “voice of God”. The suffix “el”, meaning “(of) God” is also found in the name of angels (e.g. Gabriel, Ariel), who are flying humanoid agents of good with superhuman powers. Jewish legends of the Golem have been cited as worthy of comparison, a Golem (described in the Zohar),  being a mythical being created to protect and serve the persecuted Jews of 16th century Prague and later revived in popular culture in reference to their suffering at the hands of the Nazis in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Superman is often seen as being an analogy for Jesus, being a savior of humanity. Furthermore, the surname Kent, in early 20th century real life, was a common Americanization of “Cohen,” and Clark Kent’s wimpy, bumbling persona strongly resembled the classic Yiddish schlemiel.”

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POLICE STATE USA: The Paranoid Style of American Governance

By Prof. James F. Tracy
In 1964 Harper‘s magazine published the now famous essay, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics,” by historian and public intellectual Richard Hofstadter. Appearing in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s Republican presidential nomination, the tract remains emblematic of liberal anxiety toward serious and in many cases unresolved questions regarding the forces behind American governance. “The Paranoid Style” overall helped establish the term “conspiracy theory” as perhaps the most powerful epithet in the American political lexicon.  “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote.
“In recent years, we have seen angry minds at work, mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated, in the Goldwater movement, how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But, behind this, I believe, there is a style of mind that is far from new, and that is not necessarily right-wing. I call it the paranoid style, simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind.” (emphasis added)
Americans typically comfort themselves in the notion that they live in a democracy, with a government that is rational, responsible, and accommodative of their needs. Yet what if the government Americans look to for protection of personal property, the creation and enforcement of fair and just laws, and defense of the nation’s borders and interests abroad exhibits the paranoia Hofstadter attributed to John Birchers and Goldwater supporters, complete with deep suspicions and conspiratorial fantasies toward those it is supposed to serve and protect?

The New York Times Health Guide explains a prevailing symptom of Paranoid Personality Disorder as being “highly suspicious of other people.” Those afflicted “often feel that they are in danger, and look for evidence to support their suspicions. People with this disorder have trouble seeing that their distrustfulness is out of proportion to their environment.” Other symptoms include “concern that other people have hidden motives, expectation that they will be exploited by others, inability to work together with others,” “detachment”  and “hostility.”

US legislation exhibiting undue suspiciousness toward allegedly strange “others” suggests how the paranoid style has thoroughly imbued American governance, particularly over the past 10 years. An especially strong onset of symptoms is evidenced in the blizzard of new laws, programs, and executive orders dating from September 11, 2001.

Indeed, the US government’s dramatic increase in suspicion and contempt toward others over the last decade, combined with its accelerated violent and criminal aggression toward innocents at home and abroad, indicates a potential onset of what might even be deemed paranoid schizophrenia. With the development of such a condition the subject as a whole suffers from acute delusions of persecution and is tormented by illusory forces that it perceives as seeking to inflict harm on it.

This advanced stage of illness may have been triggered by the violent terrorist attack of September 11, 2001; one that the subject immediately blamed on a set of previous associates, Osama bin Laden and his mercenary group known as Al Qaeda. Despite the government’s continued insistence that bin Laden and Al Qaeda are the culprits, exhaustive expert forensic and scientific investigations have been unable to confirm their involvement in the crime. Nevertheless, the subject uses the unresolved incident as the primary rationale for its accelerated paranoia.

The following pieces of legislation, programs, and actions–by no means exhaustive–illustrate the unfortunate yet steady advance in the paranoid style of American governance that especially since 2001 has placed both the subject and all who come in to contact with it at risk of serious injury or death.

Alien Enemies Act of 1798
Gave president power to apprehend and deport resident aliens if their home countries were at war with the United States of America. With no sunset provision, act is intact today as 50 U.S.C. §§ 21–24.

Sedition Act of 1798
Made it a crime to publish “false, scandalous, and malicious writing” against the government or certain officials. Enacted July 14, 1798, with expiration date of March 3, 1801 (the day before John Adams’ presidential term was to end).

Espionage Act of 1917
Made it a crime to interfere with the war effort or with military recruitment or to attempt to aid a nation at war with the US.

Sedition Act of 1918
Extended Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds.

Executive Order 9066, 1942
Authorized internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. Also authorized transporting these citizens to assembly centers hastily set up and governed by the militaries of California, Arizona, Washington state, and Oregon. EO 9066 was combined with other war-time orders and restrictions to smaller numbers of residents of the United States who were of Italian or German descent.

Operation Garden Plot / REX 84
General plan by the US military to respond to major domestic civil disturbances within the US by suspending US Constitution and declaring martial law. Developed in response to the civil disorders of the 1960s and now would be carried out by U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM).

Executive Order 12148, 1979

Created the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is to interface with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding. Bulk of FEMA funding utilized for construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic.

Executive Order Number 12656, 1988

Appointed National Security Council as principal body to consider emergency powers. Allows government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and grant the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians.

Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995
Allows US government to use evidence from secret sources in deportation proceedings for aliens suspected of terrorist involvement. Deportee would not have right to face accusers. Makes an individual liable for contributing to an organization deemed by US President to be involved in terrorism, even if donation was for a non-terrorist activity.

Model States Emergency Health Powers Act, 2001

Calls for giving state public health officials broad, new police powers for controlling epidemics of infectious diseases during public health emergencies. Defines “infectious disease” as “a disease caused by a living organism.” Forces individuals suspected of harboring an “infectious disease” to undergo medical examinations, be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for infectious diseases.


Enacted in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Provides for wide range of unchecked US government surveillance powers to access personal records, monitor financial transactions, student, medical and other information. “Sneak and peak” searches permit “delayed notice” warrants, roving wiretaps, email tracking, and Internet and cell phone monitoring.” Crime of “domestic terrorism” enacted to include anti-war activists, global justice demonstrators, environmental and animal rights adherents. Civil disobedience, and dissent of any kind may be included under all-encompassing definition. Law is vague enough to label almost anything “terrorism” at government’s discretion.
US government may confiscate or freeze all foreign and domestic assets of any individual, entity, or organization accused of engaging in, planning, supporting, concealing, or perpetrating any act considered domestic or international terrorism against America.

Establishment of United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 2001

Created in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Cabinet department of the US federal government that is domestic counterpart to US Department of Defense. with primary responsibilities of protecting the United States of America and US Territories from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. In fiscal year 2011 it was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion, spent $66.4 billion, and had 200,000 employees. Stated goal is to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism.

Establishment of Transportation Safety Authority, 2001

Created in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Charged with developing policies to protect U.S. transportation, especially airport security and the prevention of aircraft hijacking. TSA oversees security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines, ports. Responsible for screening passengers and checked and carry-on baggage at 450 U.S. airports.

Federal establishment of State and Local Fusion Centers, 2004
DHS establishes Fusion Centers, defined as a “collaborative effort of two or more Federal, State, local, or tribal government agencies that combines resources, expertise, and information with the goal of maximizing the ability of such agencies to detect, prevent, investigate, apprehend, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.” “Fusion” also refers to data mining of multiple sources of information on citizens who may pose “terrorist threat”. There are presently 58 such centers operating throughout US.

John Warner Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5122) 2007

Allows US President to declare a “public emergency,” station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to “suppress public disorder.”

National Defense Authorization Act, 2011

Puts domestic terror investigations and interrogations into the hands of the military. Allows for stripping of due process, indefinite detention of anyone, including American citizens, based on US government claim that they are terrorists.

Strategic Implementation Plan, 2011
Coordination of United States federal government with regional and local authorities in three core areas: (1) enhancing engagement with and support to local communities that may be targeted by violent extremists; (2) building government and law enforcement expertise for preventing violent extremism; and (3) countering violent extremist propaganda while promoting US ideals.

Communities Against Terrorist Program, 2011

FBI and DOJ campaign to enlist workers in 25 industries to spy on fellow workers and citizens and report findings to federal authorities. Citizen spies being recruited from hotel and motel personnel, dive shop operators, car and property rental agents, tattoo parlors employees, gun dealers and Internet cafe clerks.

Spy-ware in Home Appliances, 2012

All new online devices provide a treasure trove of data to US intelligence on “persons of interest” or “potential terrorists.” In March 2012 CIA Director David Petraeus discussed emergence of an “Internet of Things” — or, wired devices — at summit for the CIA’s venture capital firm In-Q-Tel. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus remarked, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

Executive Order – Food Resources, 2012

“National Defense Resources Preparedness” EO enacted on March 16, 2012 renews and updates the president’s power to take control of all civil energy supplies, including oil and natural gas, control and restrict all civil transportation, which is almost 97 percent dependent upon oil; and even provides the option to re-institute conscription in order to achieve both the military and non-military demands of the country.

DHS Purchases Enough Ammunition to Eliminate Entire US Population, 2012
The DHS signs off on “indefinite delivery” for nearly 500 million high-power ammunition for .40 caliber firearms from defense contractors ATK. Department says it expects to continue receiving shipments from the manufacturer for the next five years.

President Obama’s Assassination List, 2012

Obama and about 100 counter-terrorism officials have created “kill list” to specify extrajudicial killings of suspected Al Qaeda terrorists in the drone war in Pakistan and Yemen. Obama exercises complete discretion over who may be placed on list. American citizens are not exempt.

US Military to Launch Armed Drones Domestically, 2012

NDAA sets stage for US military to arm up to 30,000 drones set to fly over US. More powerful versions of the famed Predator drones, known as MQ-9 Reaper drones, are being fitted with missiles and other explosive ordinances as part of the deployment of 30,000 drones authorized to fly over the US.

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FUKUSHIMA: Pacific Ocean Will Not Dilute Dumped Radioactive Water According to Previously-Secret 1955 Government Report:

By Washington’s Blog
Global Research

The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has been dumping

something like a thousand tons per day of radioactive water into the Pacific


Remember, the reactors are “riddled with meltdown holes”, building 4 – with more radiation

than all nuclear bombs ever dropped or tested – is missing entire walls, and building 3 is a

pile of rubble.

The whole complex is leaking like a sieve, and the rivers of water pumped into the reactors

every day are just pouring into the ocean (with only a slight delay).

Most people assume that the ocean will dilute the radiation from Fukushima enough that

any radiation reaching the West Coast of the U.S. will be low.

For example, the Congressional Research Service wrote in April:

Scientists have stated that radiation in the ocean very quickly becomes diluted and

would not be a problem beyond the coast of Japan.


U.S. fisheries are unlikely to be affected because radioactive material that enters the

marine environment would be greatly diluted before reaching U.S. fishing grounds.

And a Woods Hole oceanographer said:

“The Kuroshio current is considered like the Gulf Stream of the Pacific, a very large

current that can rapidly carry the radioactivity into the interior” of the ocean, Buesseler said.

“But it also dilutes along the way, causing a lot of mixing and decreasing radioactivity as

it moves offshore.”

But – just as we noted 2 days after the earthquake hit that the jet stream might

carry radiation to the U.S. by wind – we are now warning that ocean currents might carry more

radiation to the at least some portions of the West Coast of North America than is assumed.

Specifically, we noted more than a year ago:

The ocean currents head from Japan to the West Coast of the U.S.

As AP notes:

The floating debris will likely be carried by currents off of Japan toward Washington,

Oregon and California before turning toward Hawaii and back again toward Asia,

circulating in what is known as the North Pacific gyre, said Curt Ebbesmeyer,

a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam.


“All this debris will find a way to reach the West coast or stop in the Great

Pacific Garbage Patch,” a swirling mass of concentrated marine litter in the

Pacific Ocean, said Luca Centurioni, a researcher at Scripps Institution of

Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Here is what the North Pacific Gyre looks like:

North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone Previously Secret 1955 Government Report Concluded that Ocean May Not Adequately Dilute Radiation from Nuclear Accidents

NPR reports:

CNN said that “the Hawaiian islands may get a new and unwelcome addition in coming months — a giant new island of debris floating in from Japan.” It relied in part on work done by the University of Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center, which predicts that:

“In three years, the [debris] plume will reach the U.S. West Coast, dumping debris on Californian beaches and the beaches of British Columbia, Alaska, and Baja California. The debris will then drift into the famous North Pacific Garbage Patch, where it will wander around and break into smaller and smaller pieces. In five years, Hawaii shores can expect to see another barrage of debris that is stronger and longer lastingthan the first one. Much of the debris leaving the North Pacific Garbage Patch ends up on Hawaii’s reefs and beaches.”

Indeed, CNN notes:

The debris mass, which appears as an island from the air, contains cars, trucks, tractors, boats and entire houses floating in the current heading toward the U.S. and Canada, according to ABC News.

The bulk of the debris will likely not be radioactive, as it was presumably washed out to sea during the initial tsunami – before much radioactivity had leaked. But this shows the power of the currents from Japan to the West Coast.

An animated graphic from the University of Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center shows the projected dispersion of debris from Japan:

Simulation of Debris from March 11 2011 Japan tsunami Previously Secret 1955 Government Report Concluded that Ocean May Not Adequately Dilute Radiation from Nuclear Accidents

Indeed, an island of Japanese debris the size of California is hitting the West Coast of North America … and some of it is radioactive.

In addition to radioactive debris, MIT says that seawater which is itself radioactive may begin hitting the West Coast within 5 years. Given that the debris is hitting faster than predicted, it is possible that the radioactive seawater will as well.

And the Congressional Research Service admitted:

However, there remains the slight potential for a relatively narrow corridor of highly contaminated water leading away from Japan …


Transport by ocean currents is much slower, and additional radiation from this source might eventually also be detected in North Pacific waters under U.S. jurisdiction, even months after its release. Regardless of slow ocean transport, the long half-life of radioactive cesium isotopes means that radioactive contaminants could remain a valid concern for

Indeed, nuclear expert Robert Alvarez – senior policy adviser to the Energy Department’s secretary and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment from 1993 to 1999 – wrote yesterday:

According to a previously secret 1955 memo from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission regarding concerns of the British government over contaminated tuna, “dissipation of radioactive fall-out in ocean waters is not a gradual spreading out of the activity from the region with the highest concentration to uncontaminated regions, but that in all probability the process results in scattered pockets and streams of higher radioactive materials in the Pacific. We can speculate that tuna which now show radioactivity from ingested materials [this is in 1955, not today] have been living, in or have passed through, such pockets; or have been feeding on plant and animal life which has been exposed in those areas.”

Because of the huge amounts of radioactive water Tepco is dumping into the Pacific Ocean, and the fact that the current pushes waters from Japan to the West Coast of North America, at least some of these radioactive “streams” or “hot spots” will likely end up impacting the West Coast.

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A. Loewenstein Online Newsletter

Australia to take best lesson possible from indulging Zionism since 1948


Posted: 05 Jun 2012


A friend in Israel sent this to me today. We’ve been warned:

Australian politicians, senior bureaucrats, journalists, academics, military and business leaders have for many years been taking paid-for trips to Israel to observe the Israeli model in action, how it works, and to take home lessons that could be applied by Australia.

After many years Australia’s elites have finally agreed to put the Israeli model to work for Australia’s benefit. On December 7 2012, Australian forces will launch surprise attacks on East Timor, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, destroying their airforces on the ground and following up with land assaults to occupy large parts of the territories of these states. Australia will then destroy most of the productive capacity of these lands, occupy the best of these lands with its own colonists, extract the resources of these lands for its own benefits and then sell the produce of this extraction back to the lands’ prior occupants, who will be forced to purchase it with humanitarian funds provided by the international community.

In addition, Australia will receive several billion dollars in military aid every year, to help it cope with the security threat the prior occupants present. It will use this money to train the children of the elites in advanced scientific and engineering fields and purchase arms from Australian companies staffed by these people, owned and managed by former military leaders. Once established, these companies will produce both advanced weaponry and other hi-tech products, which will then be sold worldwide, except to East Timor, PNG, and New Zealand.

‘We’re confident this model will work for Australia, East Timor, PNG and New Zealand,’ said a leading member of Australia’s intelligence services, “and in light of the fact that these land masses were once joined to the mainland of the Australia, it’s clearly what God wants and requires of us. You have to respect that.”

My #LeftTurn chapter on media complicity in war post 9/11


Posted: 04 Jun 2012


This appears in Crikey’s Pure Poison blog today:

Following is an extract from “Media War Junkies Unite”, an essay by Antony Loewenstein from Left Turn: Political essays for the new Left which is edited by Loewenstein and Jeff Sparrow, and which was released last week.


The decade since 11 September 2001 has seen a litany of western journalists, editors, writers, opinion makers and politicians, many on the progressive Left, endorse a neoconservative worldview that required massive American military might. ‘Liberal hawks’ spruiked toughness. They preached eternal vigilance after the terror attacks in New York and Washington and spent the following years hyping threat after threat. First it was Afghanistan. Then Iraq. Yemen and Pakistan were in their sights. Add Somalia, Syria, Gaza and Iran.

They opined without responsibility and reputations that should have been diminished, but because of their endless credulity towards official claims continued to be published and respected. Take Christopher Hitchens, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman or the Sydney Morning Herald’s Gerard Henderson—who praised the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ in March 2011 for creating ‘nascent democracy’ in Iraq. Three prominent commentators whose standing hasn’t been negatively affected by years of amplifying government spin over the ‘terror threat’ and downplaying civilian casualties. There are many others.

This has occurred precisely because of a journalistic and political culture that rewards loyalty to an establishment class without accountability. It allows the Australian to editorialise in late 2010 that former US president George W Bush should be respected because of the ‘achievement’ of the Iraq war. ‘It was a war for democracy’, readers were informed, though ‘the price its people paid is very high’. That’s how the death of over one million Iraqis became a mere footnote. Liberal Party senator Nick Minchin could merely muster the claim of ‘debacle’ for the war when speaking to the Senate in 2010.

Half-hearted mea culpas about being ‘wrong’ about the Iraq war were the extent of some commentators’ regret over the mess the invasion created. Laying the intellectual groundwork for the invasion and occupation contributed to an atmosphere, even years after 2003, where Baghdad remains a deeply polluted city and electricity levels lag at pre-war levels. Millions of external and internal Iraqi refugees remain displaced.

Today Tehran is in the cross-hairs of Tel Aviv and Washington; the same media courtiers are working hard to rehash suspect WMD ‘intelligence’ and unnamed US ‘officials’ are claiming Iran is on the verge of attacking American cities. It is as if the last decade never happened. Understanding the reasons behind this media reality requires an appreciation of how mainstream journalism, from the BBC in the United Kingdom to Fairfax in Australia, has historically been willing to sacrifice independence for access to power. A favourable quote from an MP here. A sanctioned leak from a ministerial adviser there. An exclusive interview with a leader or advance notice of an important policy for tomorrow’s lead story.

Perhaps the most forthright appraisal of why scepticism after September 11 disappeared was expressed by former executive editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller, who soon after stepping down to become an opinion columnist for the paper in September 2011 wrote ‘My Unfinished 9/11 Business’. He argued that the ‘exclusive boy’s club’ of which he was part—middle-aged men who ferociously championed the Bush administration’s rush to war against Iraq—were ‘drugged by testosterone. And maybe a little too pleased with ourselves for standing up to evil and defying the caricature of liberals as … brie-eating surrender monkeys.’

Reporting in the post-9/11 decade has revealed a media class that has too often not been a check on power but an enabler of it. Bringing accountability will require a fundamental rethinking of the role of language and intent. It makes independent journalism all the more important but its funding remains limited. Until an embedded mindset is excised and a critical posture adopted, we are guaranteed to see yet more wars in the name of eradicating terrorism and ‘protecting’ the homeland.

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