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07 May 2006

America -- All Set To Get To Hell In A Handbasket -- With General Hayden ...

Well, it looks a lot like the USA in now entering the last chance saloon. Or rather it's citizen's are certainly being herded into it, as Bush is all set to install as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) a Karl Rove look-alike, think-alike and act-alike -- in top brass military uniform.

It's General Michael Hayden. A man who's proved in the recent past - in public and on the record - just what he thinks of the sacred American Constitution's fourth amendment.

And therefore by logical extension, what he thinks of his fellow Americans' supposedly self-evidently, God-given equality. And by further logical extension, one of their most important national and basic civil rights.

This giant leap forward of George's has lain - barely hidden - just beyond the horizon for some considerable time, ans so comes as no surprise to any of those with an IQ even in low double figures. But to those who've been blind to what's been brewing, it should soon sink in exactly how much their ignorance and/or apathy has helped hasten their soon to be experienced, excursion to hell in the proverbial handbasket.

Strange how so many still seem so incapable of seeing a sucker-punch coming - even when it's been on it's way in slow motion - since the fateful first day in Florida 2000 when this whole terrible chain of events began proper. By which we mean of course, the rigging of the US Presidential Election's result ~#1.

So from we, your 'wider-awake' friends from today's wider [and wiser] world -- farewell, oh fabled land of the free -- and good luck.

Maybe we'll meet again.

But we won't hold our breath.



Anonymous Griffon said...

To me, watching America is like watching one of my favourite movies - The Matrix.
During the show I get caught up in the story but then someone moves in the room or the screen flickers and I realise the wider context.
But living in America must be like being in "the Matrix" itself without any alternative reality making itself known. As Morpheus says (paraphrased), "It's all around you. It's everything you see, feel and breathe". Yet it is invisible.
(Can a fish perceive water?).

Judging from the blogs I read, even the sharp ones don't really get it. Too often you hear the brainwashing come through. Their confidence in the mythology is discordant in my ears.
All the focus is on winning the November election and not a thought given to what to do if there isn't an election, never mind how to stop it being stolen again if it does come about!

It's like Little Red Ridinghood remarking, "What big teeth you have, Grandma" and being confused by the answer instead of processing the obvious and getting the eff outa there!

Mind you, in my country, Oz, it's not a whole lot better and it is getting, little by little, worse every day.

Wish I knew the answer!

2:35 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Here's a rather long article (but worth the time to read IMHO) about many things including that article of faith "American Exeptionalism" which underpins much of the wrong-headedness we hear.

9/11, American Empire, and Christian Faith
- by David Ray Griffin -

The last paragraph reads-
"An analogous question before churches in America today is whether the American empire, with its imperialism and global apartheid, is "so perverted and oppressive" that the public rejection of it should be regarded as an implication of fidelity to God as revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, who died on a Roman cross."
(Note- Griffin compares Pax Romana to Pax Americana)

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at the School of Theology at Claremont (California).

4:35 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Don't mean to hog the show here but couldn't resist linking this article by Kurt Nimmo as it's so on-topic, I think.

Dumbed Down Americans: Chattel for Global Tyranny
Kurt Nimmo

I'd link to the original but there is a really worthwhile reader's comment at the end of the article at this site.

4:57 am  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

I read your last link, griffon, and the comment. Such a smart fellow, can't spell "verboten"?


As for the elections in Nov., there still is hope, at least according to the near daily polls, that the Populus Americanus is beginning to rouse itself to action.

But we'll see soon enough.

BTW, "Oz" as in Kansas, or somewhere else?

5:39 am  
Blogger Cassandra said...

OZ as in Australia, I'm thinking

7:13 am  
Anonymous Tess said...

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9:15 am  
Anonymous Tess said...

Aw, come on basil, don't bring down the spelling police on us on top of everything else.

And Baum through Alice said there weren't no Oz in Kansas didn't he?
(Better watch out for the geography cops)

9:17 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

That's Oz as in Orstraylya where we speak Strine, dontchano, Cobber Mate Digger Pal!

"Let he who hath not typoed, caste the first bottle of white-out"

And another quote from the Matrix which might be appropriate,
"Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye"

11:44 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this the man in charge of the National Security Agency when the greatest ever breach of US national security occured - on 9/11/01 ?

Some testimonial he has - NOT.

7:42 pm  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

It is terrifying, Hayden is the last guy you would want for that post.

Then again it's not the first time that rotten eggs have been the boss of the CIA.

7:50 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

I'm hoping for miracle in that Hayden won't get confirmed. However, the underlying Porter Goss resignation is quite a juicy piece - hookers, defence contractors etc., which the Bushies have buried double quick.

12:24 am  
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1:07 am  
Anonymous Tom said...

Griffon your writings and opinions are very interesting. I think it is just about impossible to the masses, to aknowledge, that Democracy or the Republic has been basically lost.

Let's not forget also, that the whole media (disinformation) and entertainment industry is working hard, to perpetuate the myth as well.

For me the feeling is similar, to a popular Sci-Fi novel from the sixties, where the hero is destined to wake up every day the same day. Nothing changes, the rat-race cheerfully continues to go on, everybody is busy, yet nothing changes. They have made a movie out of it too, but I haven't watched that.

1:40 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

"Groundhog Day", with Bill Murray ... Very funny movie, though I could watch it just the once -- and I imagine you'd not find it to taste these days, griffon!

Re: the Hayden nomination, I heard Stansfield Turner, Carter's CIA head -- and the only other military officer to head the agency, ever -- say on a Natl. Public Radio segment that his chief objection to the man is Hayden's execution of Bush's OK to conduct warrantless search and surveillance on Americans. Admiral Turner called that "clearly illegal".

In normal times and other administrations, that would be enough to sink any nomination. But these days, it might not be.

FWIW, I'm of the notion that Hayden is Rummy's proxy-wannabe, for getting all U.S. intel under military control. And of course implementing Total info Awareness, all the better to sabotage the opposition in any election -- or venue.

2:20 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

BTW, the date of the NPR interview with Stansfield Turner was Monday May 8 (V-E Day, weird huh). I heard it around 3:30-45, so it might have been on the Terry Gross program "Fresh Air"?

2:24 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

Oops, gotta amend what I said about S. Turner ... there were other military guys who headed the Company at times. I keep forgetting about the likes of James Schlesinger.

But not all nominees wearing a uniform have been confirmed. If memory serves, Admiral Bobby Inman (another NSA veteran, like Hayden) was not able to get confirmed to head the CIA -- back in the Reagan-Bush years. But we had Senate Democrats with fully intact spines back then.

2:52 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

Dammit, gotta correct another thing ... the Inman nomination was in the Clinton years, 1993-94. Dems controlled the Senate then.


[Research first, THEN post!]

I'll just shut the hell up now.

2:58 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

I feel I must say that it is a heckova lot easier seeing the effects of social conditioning in someone else's culture that it is to see it in your own, myself included.
I saw Groundhog Day (kinda made me squirm watching it - good Taoist ending, though, if I remember correctly) but I think Tom's sci-fi novel sounds like a little different to that.
A book that has had a profound effect on me recently regarding this conditioning to see ourselves in a certain way and also on how we got the world to this critical state is, "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" by Thom Hartmann.

3:32 am  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

My "Oz" is Kansas, smack dab in the middle of American Provincialism.

Really, there actually is a southern hemi "Oz"?

Don't that beat all!

Alas poor white-out, I knew it well.

As for the recent CIA business, it seems Goss gutted the place, and now the new guy is bringing the old crew back.

...and poor Shrubbie, all he can think of is fishing on his private pond.

It reminds me of ancient Roman senators and fish-ponds.

Trolling for hookers, anyone?


3:49 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

John at Americablog links to good news indeed:

CIA pick Hayden linked to hookergate company
by John in DC - 5/08/2006 09:30:00 PM

yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

6:27 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Plenty to read & catch up on here today. Everyone's been hard at it - except me, I see. No matter - there's plenty to think on and see here.

All I'll say right now is my fingers are crossed like many others' are. This guy is NOT the one - imho. Best man for the job, they say. Yeah - best man for the cabal & their cronies - that's for sure.

7:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just recently, Negroponte appeared in all his sinister Mr. Burns glory at an Anti-Defamation League dinner shown on C-Span (which is how I saw it). Can't remember all the details about the Special Relationship, but the first person up to ask questions wanted to know why the American public was being spied on by NSA. You can bet there were no more questions like that! I am sure that one could find this still on the Cspan website. It was my first taste of what a nasty human being Negroponte could be, even among friends. And now he has his brother-in-evil about to head the CIA, a death-from-above kind of guy, who could care less about humint on the ground.

One interpretation of the Goss interlude at CIA was made by Mike Ruppert at From the Wilderness. He thought that Goss would go head to head against Tenet as a deposable witness in the Plame Affair, in order to whitewash the outing of the agent. You can only be summoned as a witness (in his case, for the defense) if you are not actively serving the agency. Don't know if this smallish reason for replacing him makes sense.

10:12 pm  

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