The Makings of a Police State-Part I

The National Security Generation

"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I say calmly, 'Your child belongs to us already...What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community'."- - Adolf Hitler

Our children who were born on and around September 11, 2001 are now almost eight years old. These children, who we usually refer to as ‘the future,’ have only known a nation that has been engaged in perpetual wars, and to them it is ‘forever.’ How many times a day do they hear and read the word ‘war’? Whether it’s the TV they are tuned in to, or their parents’ daily paper they happen to get a glimpse of, or the radio news program they listen to during their car rides…they can’t help but hear and see ‘wars’: war on terror, war in Iraq, the Afghan war…

They know a nation whose state is defined by a color coded alert system. They are being told and taught to be ‘alert’ against a vague and never-defined threat posed by an even more vague enemy.

To them the days when their parents traveled with dignity is a sweet bed-time story; one that starts with ‘Once upon a time we boarded our planes without going through metal detectors and puff-machines, without bending over before the ‘badge-men’ to remove our shoes, without being searched and probed…without fear; the fear of becoming a chosen one by our state and it’s badge-men…’

Their national pride before international eyes is forced to adopt a coping mechanism: How to defend their nation’s record on torture; how to explain their government’s world-wide kidnapping as extraordinary renditions prompted by even more extraordinary circumstances; how to justify the civilian death tolls accumulated nonstop by their government’s never-justified wars; and more.

As bad as all this sounds we may wish this was the extent of it, when it comes to our children, our new generation; our future. But we don’t always get what we wish for; do we? Sometimes it takes more than ‘wishful thinking.’

The strength and maintenance of any police state depends largely on the loyal unquestioning following of its masses. What better target than the young minds of the youth ready to soak up whatever information and training is designed for and directed toward them? What better method than misdirecting the passionate patriotism and innate sense of self-preservation against ‘perceived’ threats? What better place to create this than in our schools through ‘specialized’ education?

Our Nation’s New Scouts

On May 15 this year Telegraph UK ran an article on a nationwide Boy Scouts training program on combating terrorism. The reported number of scouts between the ages of 14 and 21 who are currently enrolled in law enforcement and terrorism programs across the United States is around 35,000. Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America Organization, runs and manages this project.

“Many agencies, such as the Border Patrol, are heavily involved in shaping the activities and admit they see the programme as a useful recruitment tool. Although law enforcement exploring originally stuck to learning the policing basics, organisers say the training has become more specialised since the September 11 attacks ...”

Can you picture our cute youngster scouts in their new scout environment, carefully designed and put in place after September 11? Here is a little glimpse:

“Dressed in combat fatigues and armed with air guns firing tiny plastic pellets, they are taught how to assault buses, raid marijuana fields and rescue terrorist hostages from buildings.”

Speaking of methods, how about this to define the new concept of being a true American? The new definition of honor and bravery?

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl. It fits right in with the honour and bravery of the Boy Scouts," said AJ Lowenthal, a sheriff's deputy and Explorer leader in Imperial, California.”

I vaguely recall the words of a dictator spoken in a not too distant past. How did it go? Was it ‘This is about being a true-blooded German youth representing their country with pride and bravery…’ or something like that? Do you too recall what I am trying to remember? Or this - from the scouts’ role in Mussolini’s Italy, Opera Nazionale Balilla (ONB):

“Mussolini assigned ex-Ardito and deputy-secretary for Education Renato Ricci the task of "reorganizing the youth from a moral and physical point of view". Ricci sought inspiration with Robert Powell, the founder of Scouting, meeting with him in England. The ONB included children between the ages of 8 and 18.The organization surpassed its purpose as a cultural institution that was intended to serve as the ideological counterpart of school, and served as a paramilitary group, training for future assignments in the Italian Army.Male children enrolled wore uniform. During military exercises, they were armed (the guns were replaced with toy versions for the Figli della Lupa).”

I for one see an amazing parallel. Is it because I am looking for it? I don’t think so.

Our High Schools & the National Security Curriculum

LA Times reports on Meade High School in Northern Maryland, the first high school in the country to offer a four-year course in Domestic Security. The article’s ‘sexy’ title goes like this: ‘The School Mixes Algebra, Homeland Security.’ The goal is identified as ‘to help graduates build careers in one of America's few growth industries.’ By the ‘few growth industries’ they mean not only the intelligence agencies, Department of Homeland Security, etc, but all the parasitic related private contractors such as private weapons companies and mercenary contractor firms like well-known Blackwater.

“the 90 ninth-graders who chose the new homeland security program this last school year focused on topics torn from the headlines: Islamic jihadism, nuclear arms, cyber-crime, domestic militias and the like.”

The story starts getting a bit sadly comical with the following lines:

“New themes even were added to their science, social studies and English classes.” There’s a lot of homeland security issues in 'Romeo and Juliet,' " said Bill Sheppard, the program coordinator. "Like, how do you deal with infiltration in your own family?"”

What is this man really saying? We must now prepare our youngsters to detect infiltration; however this infiltration is to be defined by the state, even in one’s own family? Do you remember the loyal Nazi youth who reported their own parents? Didn’t we make hundreds of movies about the Stazi and how they trained the youth to collaborate with them and act as their snitches?

You don’t need much imagination to envision a description of the homeland security class, but here is a short one for you:

“Edler's classroom is on the lower level, near the woodworking shop. One corner has armchairs, another a table covered with military and intelligence magazines. The walls are lined with students' posters that compare extremist groups at home and abroad.”...

and here is how they lure these poor naïve kids:

“"This course will help me get a top-secret security clearance," said Darryl Bagley, an eager 15-year-old. “That way I can always get a job.” Since the Sept. 11 attacks, about 320 colleges and universities have begun awarding graduate or postgraduate certificates or degrees in emergency management, bio-defense and other security-related fields. Federal grants and a steady growth in jobs have driven the surge.”

Now how many naïve kids can resist the misguided lure and glamour of getting ‘security clearance,’ the prospect of becoming a 007 like spy, the possibility of carrying badges and guns…and doing all that for one’s ‘state’ and being told that it’s for the protection and the good of the country? How many?

This new breed of programming the education of our youth seems to be mushrooming and spreading:

“Joppatowne High School in northern Maryland started a similar program in 2007. And two more schools, one near Baltimore and the other in the state's western panhandle, will follow next fall, said state education department spokesman Bill Reinhard. Schools in other states, including California, are watching closely.”

Mother Jones reports further on Joppatowne High School:

“Dedicated to everything from architecture to sports medicine, "career academies" claim to offer high school kids focus, relevancy, and solid job prospects. Now add a new kind of program to the list: homeland security high. In late August, Maryland's Joppatowne High School became the first school in the country dedicated to churning out would-be Jack Bauers. The 75 students in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness magnet program will study cybersecurity and geospatial intelligence, respond to mock terror attacks, and receive limited security clearances at the nearby Army chemical warfare lab.”

And here we can see the difference in reporting:

“The new school is funded and guided by a slew of federal, state, and local agencies, not to mention several defense firms. Officials say it will teach kids to understand the "new reality," though they hasten to add that the school isn't focused just on terrorism. School administrators, channeling Cheneyesque secrecy, refused to be interviewed for this story. But it's no secret that the program is seen as a model for the rest of the country, with the Pentagon and other agencies watching closely.”

Now think about it: how many public schools can resist getting this funding? To them, adding and offering these ‘Motherland - Fatherland’ programs means: tons of money (by their standards), real prestige (by blind and misguided standards), and maybe even the misguided positive stigma of being closely attached to the federal intelligence and police agencies.

The article goes appropriately to the real punch line:

“The school's main goal is to get its grads jobs in the booming $24-billion-a-year homeland security industry. It's certainly in the right location: Northeast Maryland has become a mecca for the military-industrial complex. The Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground is the county's biggest employer, and all manner of defense contractors have set up shop nearby, including weapons maker Northrop Grumman.”

Doesn’t it always come down to money? This is exactly how they (The Feds) diminished the role and power of the individual states and this is how they are going about taking control of the public schools. This is the bait they dangle before our new generation’s noses: we’ll give you security clearance, mysterious and glamorous policing jobs, guaranteed employment and money. Now go and resist this in the name of real Americanism, independence, and the love of liberties. How many do you think will?

Military and Para-Military Training for our Schools

Last week another relevant story got my attention. Marine Corps Times published a piece titled
‘Marine-Themed Public Schools Meet Resistance’ about how the corps is wooing public schools throughout the country to expand it’s network of military academies despite criticism.

“Marine officials are talking with at least six districts — including in suburban Atlanta, New Orleans and Las Vegas — about opening schools where every student wears a uniform, participates in Junior ROTC and takes military classes, said Bill McHenry, who runs the service’s Junior ROTC program. Those schools would add to more than a dozen public military academies that have opened nationwide, a trend that’s picking up speed as the Defense Department looks for ways to increase the number of units in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.”

Here is a single quote on the opposition side:

“Critics such as Mike Hearington, a 56-year-old Vietnam War veteran whose son attends Shamrock Middle School in DeKalb County, say the schools are breeding grounds for the military.“To pursue children like they are is criminal in my mind,” Hearington said.”

Is it me, or did they try to depict critics as die-hard Jane Fonda Style Vietnam war critics?

Now as for the ‘money’ angle:

“In DeKalb County, the school district would get about $500,000 a year plus $1.4 million in startup funds from the Corps, Lewis said. The school would open with 150 cadets, growing eventually to about 650…Last year, Congress passed a defense policy bill that included a call for increasing the number of Junior ROTC units across the country from 3,400 to 3,700 in the next 11 years, an effort that will cost about $170 million, Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez said. The process will go faster by opening military academies, which count as four or more units, McHenry said.”

To some of you these amounts may not seem much, while tremendous to others. Just take a look at most of these public schools’ budgets and you’ll see that $2 million or so is enough to have school administrators panting and drooling all over themselves…

Here is more in another article covering the same topic on Chicago schools:

“One in 10 public high school students in Chicago wears a military uniform to school and takes classes -- including how to shoot a gun properly -- from retired veterans. That number is expected to rise as junior military reserve programs expand across the country now that a congressional cap of 3,500 units has been lifted from the nearly century-old scheme.”

And…

“Opponents say the programs divert critical resources from crumbling public schools and lead to a militarization of US society.” To call these young people child soldiers might be technically inaccurate, but it does reveal the truth of it," said Oscar Castro, a spokesman for the National Youth and Militarism Program, an advocacy group.”

The Nazis were aware that education would create loyal Nazis by the time they reached adulthood. Hitler Youth, Hitler-Jugend, HJ, was organized into corps under adult leaders, and the general membership was comprised of boys aged fourteen to eighteen:

“One aim was to instill the motivation that would enable HJ members, as soldiers, to fight faithfully for the Third Reich. Many HJ activities closely resembled military training, with weapons training, assault course circuits and basic tactics.The HJ was also seen as an important stepping stone to future membership of the elite Schutzstaffe, SS. The HJ also maintained several corps designed to develop future officers for the Wehrmacht. The corps offered specialist pre-training for each of the specific arms for which the HJ member was ultimately destined. The Marine Hitler Youth, for example, was the largest such corps and served as a water rescue auxiliary to the Kriegsmarine.

Again, is it me looking for parallels, or is it really there, clear and present?!

We all know how Adolf Hitler’s regime after taking over Germany went about organizing the youth to have them become the future warriors for their armed forces. These young Germans were to be manipulated and put into service for the good of the Third Reich and would also go on to become the future warriors that would carry out the total war policies of Hitler and his loyal henchmen. Here is a paragraph on the role of the paramilitary training for the youth in schools:

“To add more excitement, a new phase began for the Hitler Youth with increased emphasis on para-military training in direct association with the Wehrmacht (Army) Luftwaffe (Air Force) and Navy. In 1937, a Hitler Youth rifle school was also established. About 1.5 million boys were trained in rifle shooting and military field exercises over the next few years with over 50,000 boys earning a marksmanship medal that required near perfect shooting at a distance of 50 meters (164 feet).”

Let’s not leave out colleges and universities. Our new President of ‘Change’ has come up with some ‘change’ plans for this segment of our youth too.

Our favorite man, Pincus, at The Washington Post seems to be having fun while reporting on our President of Change’s Spy-Rearing project plans for Universities; here is his opening:

“To the list of collegiate types -- nerds, jocks, Greeks -- add one more: spies in training. The government is hoping they'll be hard to spot.”

“The Obama administration has proposed the creation of an intelligence officer training program in colleges and universities that would function much like the Reserve Officers' Training Corps run by the military services. The idea is to create a stream "of first- and second-generation Americans, who already have critical language and cultural knowledge, and prepare them for careers in the intelligence agencies," according to a description sent to Congress by Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair.”

Keep reading my friends, the story gets hotter:

“The students' participation in the program would probably be kept secret to prevent them from being identified by foreign intelligence services, according to an official familiar with the proposal.”

How do you like that? Where will the classes be held: some underground bunkers in Utah?! Maybe they will hold the classes in the wee hours of the night and have the students clad in camouflage!

Here comes the section on the alluringly attractive money bait being dangled before the college students’ noses:

“Students attending participating colleges and universities who agree to take the specialized courses would apply to the national intelligence director for admittance to the program, whose administrators would select individuals "competitively" for financial assistance. Much like the support provided to those in the military programs, the financial assistance could include "a monthly stipend, tuition assistance, book allowances and travel expenses," according to the proposal. It also would involve paid summer internships at one or more intelligence agencies.”

I am planning to write a piece on the massive baggage that comes with obtaining Security Clearance, but here is how the new administration is planning to hook our college youth big time:

“Applicants to the intelligence training program would have to pass a security background investigation, although it is unclear when they would have to do so. Students who receive a certain amount of financial assistance would be obligated to serve in an intelligence agency for the same length of time as they received their subsidy.”

Just so that you know, a background check to receive clearance includes a background check of all your family members and friends, since you as an applicant have to provide information about everyone you regularly associate with…

The least these college babes can get out of it is becoming a good old-fashion snitch for agencies like the FBI. So for those who in the end may not score high enough, there are always positions like this:

“The FBI is taking cues from the CIA to recruit thousands of covert informants in the United States as part of a sprawling effort to boost its intelligence capabilities.According to a recent unclassified report to Congress, the FBI expects its informants to provide secrets about possible terrorists and foreign spies, although some may also be expected to aid with criminal investigations, in the tradition of law enforcement confidential informants. The FBI did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

The bureau has arranged to use elements of CIA training to teach FBI agents about "Source Targeting and Development," the report states. The courses will train FBI special agents on the "comprehensive tradecraft" needed to identify, recruit and manage these "confidential human sources." According to January testimony by FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole, the CIA has been working with the bureau on the course.”

A good friend and a source in the FBI tells me that they in fact have been very active on the college-universities circuit; hiring students away as informants, aka snitches.

As we said, children are the future. This article details the current status of our youth as defined by the state. Is this our future?

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To Ela:

I have dedicated Part 1 of my ‘The Makings of a Police State’ series to our children, the youth, and our future. My daughter’s birthday may have had something to do with this, so this is for my daughter, Ela, on her birthday, shared with all of you, something I almost never do; share my private and family life. I make this exception due to the alarming state of our nation and our government’s apparent action-plan already in motion targeting our youth:


You’ll be one year old tonight at 7:05 P.M. US EST, July 18, 2009.

I don’t want you to have to pass through metal detectors like a potential criminal before attending your classes at school. I won’t let that happen.

I don’t want you in schools where you will be subjected to regular searches, your lockers sniffed by dogs, be treated as an untrustworthy suspect, and worst of all, have you get used to all that and view it as ‘normal’ life. I won’t let that happen.

I don’t want to see you join a once-upon-a-time honorable scouts program where you’ll be clad in army fatigues, carry pellet guns, and play the hunter in search of a suspect to turn in, or take out. I won’t let that happen.

I don’t want you to come home from school and excitedly tell me about being taught how to detect and turn in ‘Islamists’, terrorists, or, maybe by then, war protesters or civil liberties activists. I won’t let that happen.

My parents rescued me and my sister from a nation, a government, that targeted the youth; to clad them in veils, force them to pray five times a day, control what they read and listened to…

I rescued me and my freedom of speech by leaving the military regime of my home country behind and immigrating to a land that was famous worldwide for it’s ‘freedom of speech’ and it’s valuing of liberties.

I didn’t come here and become a citizen to have a government whose buildings and offices were buried behind piles of concrete and metal barricades; where the gates and doors were protected by armed men, metal detectors, and cameras.

I didn’t settle here to have my conversations and writings monitored by big brother around the clock.

I didn’t take my citizenship oath just to let my rights be easily quashed by privileges befitting kings and the like.

I didn’t consent to be a tax paying law abiding citizen so that the fruits of my labor could be spent on murder, torture, kidnapping, snitching services, and abusive gun carrying badge-men…

No I didn’t. Neither did I intend nor consent to ‘this’ state of being for you. I didn’t, I don’t, and I won’t.

On your first birthday, in addition to everything else I am giving you, I give you my solemn pledge: I will do everything I can, fight as much and as long as I can, and do whatever it takes to protect you from what my parents escaped, what I left behind in my home country, and what I have been fighting against here the last eight years. You are my love, my future, and as all children must be to their parents, you are worth fighting for.

Happy Birthday to you, Ela.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    wow, just wow sibel. Have you contacted Ron Paul? He is your man!You are my inspiration.

    btw- love your daughter's pictures. thank you for sharing and HBD Ella!
    Janet

  2. Anonymous says:

    “To place within the glittering majesty of revelation..”

    The frogs were the same as before. They chose to ally themselves with Turkii. A center line down the back of toad seemed assurance that they could not hide. Without eye contact, that was a given. Shapechangers know many tricks. The toad would appear to remind Turkii. Timing required the holograph to hold its imprint. The Corrupted sought to monitor illusion, while tidal vortexes pulsed, threatening dismissal. Only the honest and those of courage would remain at the finish. The spiritually dead clung to their need for validation. Those within a pack must of necessity give to their leader. Without divine sustenance, all would collapse as heart gave way among leaders.
    Shalah chose to lead those dispossessed among Islam. The male honoring the female her virtue, consistently failed through weaknesses of their own warrior code. Finally, woman said enough! Her emotional kaleidescope her greatest weakness to sustain nurturing calm. Who would be her shield?
    The earthkeepers – Tibetan and shaman – with longest history weighed by trivial distraction of symbolic flags. Tribal clans could scarce mount the necessary power to race. Technophobes fear not, for while iron gives strength, it too must pay its due. Increasing complexity barely pacing the limits of time. Best positioned were those locusts who had no king – still a team: for that is what must win in the end.

    Teaching in this day is the Art of a Warrior. I frequently encountered JROTC kids in my classrooms. After establishing rapport, and having them finish their assignment, I would command like a senior officer, “Drop!” They would then do 10 push ups. Afterwards I would ask them a few simple questions, “Do you know what depleted uranium is?” Any soldier who has been in battle knows well the hazard of depleted uranium. Leuren Moret documents the case. To the kids, I would explain that they would be breathing radioactive U-238. Unless they got baseline radiological exams at their own expense, they would be left to fend for themselves when they returned home and had deformed kids, and later genetic damage. There are spies among the students ready to report to their parents and principals who would then direct Homeland Security to the recalcitrant teacher, I would also cover myself by saying, “I am not trying to dissuade you from joining up, I am just informing you of your rights.” Since freedom of speech remains a little bit, I will add that covertly I sought out the brightest of the students, many who were not JROTC and would start underground student activist movements by giving them this same information about depleted uranium. I would then ask them another question, do you think those who hire soldiers care for their welfare?

  3. Edit_Mommies says:

    I know stepping up defeat in our youth is like romancing firelight with books. My background is both German and Irish Catholic. That place in the front of the fire no doubt.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us. My grandson recently turned 2. Here is an article I found this morning that is quite fitting. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/07/19-0

  5. Metemneurosis says:

    Really moving Sibel, especially since you included the pictures and references to your daughter (which I'm sure is quite and unusual step for you and so attests to your depth of concern). I'm definitely concerned. Given the similarity of constant appeals – rather comic in their ubiquity to justify everything – to the threat of al Qaeda and the perpetual wars in Orwell's '1984' I guess I shouldn't be surprised that people aren't seeing the danger here. But I wonder what it will take to wake people up to that danger.

    By the way, off topic but on Wikileaks they have almost 9 hours of audio in Farsi of what is supposed to be discussions by Iranian security forces on how to undermine protesters, ect. It's actually a few years old by now (2007) but could still be interesting.

    https://secure.wikileaks.org/wiki/Purported_Iranian_Kamayeshe_Kousar_security_force_recordings%2C_9_hours%2C_2007

  6. Edit_Mommies says:

    if it is any consolation I am voting "No" on proposition M.A.S.H. meal. Not about the rapists and the liars, maybe I'm a softee?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sibel, (before you leave for you possible New Zealand Phd program).

    The situation you discuss above is truly troubling in this O’bama-Bush ENDGAME era.

    (Ela looks to me like a fine candidate for the miss USA Beauty pageant circa year 2030.)

    I too have noticed some of the parallels Sibel noted. O’bama is well schooled. Being educated in Senator Lieberman’s Senate Homeland Security committee. Many of the emerging and troubling new policy directions came across his desk there.

    What is ironic is that Barrack used to be a Constitutional Law Professor before he got into Illinois state and then national politics.

    We need to keep a wary eye on representative Jane Harman of California as a likely enabler as well. I wish this Blog would attract a Historical expert on America's Senator Joseph McCarthy era. Those years when all we CITIZENS were worried about spies and commies in the State Department, churches and beneath every rock. Hollywood Blacklists THEN destroyed many lives and careers. That stuff is passe' now.

    Off topic, but Below are few more troubling paragraphs I just gleaned from the Internet: QUOTE

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – A prominent human rights activist was found dead after being kidnapped in Russia's troubled republic of Chechnya Wednesday, provoking outrage from President Dmitry Medvedev and the international community.

    Natalia Estemirova, a close friend of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, worked for the human rights organization Memorial in the Chechen capital Grozny and documented abuses by law enforcement agencies, colleagues said.

    Her body was found in neighboring Ingushetia.

    Well known to diplomats and human rights activists in Russia, Estemirova was the inaugural recipient in 2007 of the Anna Politkovskaya Award, given by the charity Reach All Women in War (RAWinWAR).

    Politkovskaya was gunned down by a lone assailant in her Moscow apartment building in 2006 as she returned home from a shopping trip. Nobody has yet been convicted of her murder.

    A fluent Chechen speaker, Estemirova acted as Politkovskaya's interpreter during her reporting trips to Chechnya, RAWinWAR said on its website. She also reported on the situation freelance for local media.

    "During the first war in Chechnya, Natasha (Estemirova) collected numerous testimonies from civilians who were tortured by the Russian forces in unofficial detention facilities," RAWinWar said on its site.

    HRW's Lokshina said she was killed for her work: "She was documenting some blatant human rights abuses… There is absolutely no doubt that is linked to her work, she was killed simply because of doing her job as a human rights worker."

    Anna Politkovskaya Killed October 2006:

    The Russian journalist wrote for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and also published two books, The Dirty War and Putin's Russia: Life in a FAILING Democracy, which were very critical of the Kremlin's Chechen policy. Despite several attempts on her life, she carried on with her work until She was shot dead on her doorstep in Moscow. ENDQUOTE.

    CHEERS TO ALL OF US, RESIDENTS OF 'ANIMAL FARM'!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sibel has always been one of my most admired women. Your writing makes for wonderfully interesting reading. Especially this piece that is off the old topic of "those whose names cannot be mentioned". I firmly believe that among our youth there are some who will point out that The Emperor Has No Clothes. I remember how quickly my own kids and their friends got hep after seeing the movie JFK.

  9. Hannah K. O'Luthon says:

    Thanks for another superb and moving post. There is something wildly romantic in your battle against those forces undermining the basic principles that have inspired generations of Americans. American democracy has, of course, never been perfect, but its most noble, and, I hope, enduring tradition is that of generations of reformers and "radicals" struggling to overcome the patent contradictions between practice and promise in U.S. polity. Wealth and the influence it buys are disproportionately allied with the status quo, and so only a romantic idealist can hope that the mere force of logical argument and personal example can prevail against the mediatic, political, and military juggernaut rolling over those opposing the creation of not a "more perfect Union", but rather a more total Security State.
    It's time to cast aside traditional liberal or conservative shibboleths, and to make common cause with all those who see the clear and present danger posed by our very guardians.

  10. Anonymous says:

    the whole thing is like a slow moving avalanche. a terrible rats cage around our heads.The idea that corporate fascist controls have developed methods of infiltration so vast and all powerful that our whole concept of life, freedom, possibility – is governed by the color terror charts they'd have us hang in our babies crib.
    You can add to the list of viable options in the insane asylum the engineering requirement shifts needed to allow NISTs 'Thermal Expansion'.tm dog to fly in explaination of WTC7 demolition.
    The speed of deceit is now computed at 6.5 seconds flat. Time it. Thats how long it took to rob us of our hope. Of our reasoning. Of our engineering skill levels.
    NISTS stunning display of unfinished moments built to allow the great towers to suddenly 'give up the ghosts' and atomize the immense structures beneath the impact zones in seconds, deserves place in the boy scout hitlerian lexicons of inanity as they patrol the border zones of what I am not allowed to think about. Imaginations blown to dust .
    Almost biblical.

    all too sad.

    rm

  11. Anonymous says:

    The information related to the schools and security is disturbing to say the least. Although I am not in a position to offer any in-depth comments on this blog, reading your article did stimulate a few broad associations. (1) I think the latest developments you describe are one in a series that have not received as much attention over the years. I just finished reading one of those "alternative" publications that claims that attempts to indoctrinate vulnerable young people as intelligence assets goes back to post-Korean War times. (2) The film and TV industries have brought much related information to public awareness over the years. I don't know if that is good or bad because people may tend to think it is all a figment of someone's imagination. On the other hand, it may open a lot of minds. Surprisingly, FOX Network, the supposedly politically conservative news network, seems to be in the forefront. (3) Religious organizations seem to have served over the years as both a model for and an obstruction to authoritarian governments. Lately, I think the religious groups are letting themselves be co-opted by NWO operatives. I get the impression that this is a very high priority for the Obama administration, which I see as a dark continuation of these disturbing trends. (4) High technology has changed everything. How can the government use it without abusing it? How do we control those both inside and outside of government who want to devour us?

  12. That was a very, very fine post. It is the first time I have read you, and I am so glad that I did.

    I came here on a recommendation from someone at lespeakeasy.org and I am so glad I did.

    Just great.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Mrs. Edmonds, after reading your most recent blog entry, I'm reminded of the famous quote by George Santamaya. "Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it." I finished watching Naomi Wolf's movie, "The End of America", in which shows how much indeed we are on the same path the Nazis employed to gain and consolidate power in Germany during the 30's. It's amazing similiar how this country has copied the worst aspects of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Communist Soviet Union.

    On a different topic, recently in my local paper, there was a picture of a police officer carrying around a M-16 rifle, which was rather shocking to me. I also remember that the local police dept was given, by Homeland Security, an APC(Armoroued Personal Carrier). I ask one question, WHY????

    On your show, I would highly reccommend having as a guest, William Norman Grieg, who has written on the militarization of local police and sherriff departments, which sends a signal to me that the statists are expecting the worse, and be prepared for it. I hope you and your family are well, and you have a beautiful daughter.

  14. Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) says:

    The average size of the Rooseveltian CCC "battalion" was about 200 men, approximately the size of an infantry company. CCC was considered a perfect kind of "basic training" for the coming war…

  15. arealjeffersonian says:

    Another great post, and for me the most sobering one so far. The young are so very vulnerable and so easily indocrinated by what they are taught in our schools. After all, we teach them to listen to and learn from their teachers.

    I don't know whether we can reverse this onslaught on our schools by our current determined military/industrial/governmental establishment, so it is desperately critical that all of us as parents do our part as the most important teachers to our youth. If we teach our children well, no government can ever hope to control them.

  16. The thing is that the climate of fear in the US is manufactured by the American Deep State and promulgated by official state propaganda organs. The only reason the climate of fear continues is that the people do not use critical thinking against the regime's propaganda. Instead they rely on appeals to emotion (fear).

    This is just like Turkey, too, where extreme emotionalism is used in the political and social arenas instead of critical thinking.

    Maybe Americans and Turks are already pre-conditioned to prefer emotion over reason because of religion?

    In any case, what we have is America, land of the enslaved and home of the scared-sh*tless.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Mizgin, this is what happened to justice. http://www.counterpunch.org/martens07202009.html Speaking of "appeals".

  18. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Thank you for all your comments so far. Please forward the link to those you know and ask them to participate in the survey above.

    Janet: Thanks. Ron Paul's office/staff know my number & e-mail address. I will have him on my radio show soon…

    Metemneurosis: it will be good to go back and polish my translation skills:-) Seriously, I've been removed from Farsi for way too long.

    Anon re: Anna Politkovskaya: So very sad; not so unusual in many countries.

    Hannah: "It's time to cast aside traditional liberal or conservative shibboleths, and to make common cause with all those who see the clear and present danger posed by our very guardians" This is exactly what I'm hoping for; trying to achieve.

    Joseph: Welcome. Hope to have you here with us regularly, and please spread the word.

    Anon re: Naomi Wolf: On my list of films to watch."William Norman Grieg" good suggestion, and thank you. I hope I can increase the frequency of the show to weekly…more on that soon.

    Woody: hmmm; okay. I think I detect the allegory there;-)

    Jeffersonian: "I don't know whether we can reverse this onslaught on our schools by our current …" We better! Otherwise…homeschooling?

    Mizgin: At least over there (in Turkey) they all know about the existence of the 'deep state.' We don;t even have that much going for us over here; not yet. Right now the few of us who use the term: labeled radical, conspiracy theorists…

  19. M. Lavoie says:

    I am glad to see you have a place to speak your mind. I will visit often. Thank you for your courage and determination. I was also moved by your letter to your little girl, as I will soon be a father of a third child here in Quebec, Canada, where our neo-conservative wannabe government is getting us in more and more trouble as years pass.

    I found this kind of ironic, yet extraordinairly à propos: ( I know it's out of your control…)

    An ''ads by Google'' at the bottom of your ''Blog Archive'' column, next to your ''National Security Generation'' post, read as follows, capital letters as seen (I captured it as jpeg with a piece of your blog but couldn't send it to this blog):

    St John's Military
    School
    Looking for the Best in
    Military Schools? 15:1
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    Thank you Google. yuk.

    Stay strong, stand tall.

  20. Iconoclasm says:

    There are very few in our political arena that are genuine and desire to return our country to its Constitutional roots. Among the few are Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.

    I began to read a book by Ron Paul from 1987 titled Freedom Under Siege which can be read in its entirety at this link:

    http://mises.org/books/freedomsiege.pdf

    This book is so enlightening and Doctor Paul so eloquently articulates what true liberty means as well as morality under the original organic Constitutional constructs that any moron can understand it.

    I hope that anyone that sees this posting will follow the link to this most wonderful book. Doctor Paul touches base on just about everything on this site. I wish that Sibel Would contact both Doctor Paul and perhaps Dennis Kucinich (maybe even jointly) to discuss her plight.

  21. M. Lavoie says:

    Hi Sibel. Just came back to your site and ''google ads'' on your own 123realchange blogspot now had this ad, I couldn't believe my eyes:

    Have a Troubled Son?
    We Can Help! Get Free
    Information Now –
    Grades 6-12th • Voted #1
    SJMS.org/TopMilitarySchool

    troublesome.

    Here's an exerpt from their website ( the link in the text doesn't work but clicking on the link sends you to this private school in Salina Kansas):

    ''As a parent, you want your son to succeed in school, and in his life beyond. St. John's Military School will discover the hidden potentional within your son, developing him into the leader that will make you proud forever!''
    here's the real link:

    http://www.sjms.org/lp/?route=lp&gclid=CIL-rZ-J5psCFUdM5QodoWV05Q

  22. Happy First Birthday, dear Ela!

    But, what are we to do about these shocking events? Thanks, Sibel, for another eye-opener.

  23. great work!

  24. heisenberg says:

    How do you integratet that with the neocons?

    They did not have that schooling.

    They did not go to war, they dodged it, Cheney being the key example.

    School children probably always have been propagandized. So far the human race survived that.

    At some point they learn history, and later learn to understand it – about the same time they learn there are many people who can lie with a straight face and prefer it to being truthful. They learn. They develop a respect for truth, somehow, it's a percolation process.

    My favorite is the DARE folks going to schools to discuss street drugs; in case parents and peer group had not somebody's got to pique the kids' interest in such things. The teachers don't.

  25. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Working on posting the first Boiling Frogs Interview: James Bamford. Should be up soon!

    Heisenberg: Of course not. It's like saying 'Hitler' didn't receive special SS education… The deep state machine: doer, the implementer; the people: their subjects.

    Twist: Welcome & thank you.

    LLewis: Many thanks from both of us (Ela & Me).

    M Lavoie: Welcome. I am about to remove those darn 'google ads.' Will be done by tomorrow. It was partly to test it, and I learned a few things. For example: my readers don't fit the desirable wanted market for the corp advertisers when it comes to Viagra, diet pills, cosmetic surgery…;-) And for that: I am so proud of my readers!

    Back to work, before my girl's nap is over…

  26. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday, sweet Ela.

  27. Mizgîn says:

    Anonymous, the Counterpunch article exactly describes the situation. It's called "corporatism" and Mussolini knew a thing or two about it. So did FDR, who said:

    "Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power.

    "The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing."

    As for the common knowledge of the Deep State in Turkey, Sibel, what is needed in the US is a Susurluk. One would think that 9/11 would have been America's Susurluk but I guess that event wasn't spectacular enough for people who are used to having the wool pulled over their eyes.

  28. Thank you for sharing such a personal side of yourself and your family; photos (and name) of your daughter.

    Best wishes (again) to Ela.

  29. John Francis Lee says:

    Living in a Police State
    But after Prof. Gates had shown the cops his faculty ID and his drivers’ license, and had thus verified his identity, and after he had explained that he had just returned home on a flight from China and had been getting help from his limo driver in opening a stuck door, the cops should have been extremely polite and apologetic for having suspected him and for having insisted on checking him out.

    Prof. Gates, who was understandably outraged at the whole situation, properly told the sergeant that he wanted his name and his badge number, because he intended to file a complaint. Whether or not the officer had done anything wrong by that point is not the issue. It was Gates’ right as a citizen to file a complaint. The officer’s alleged refusal to provide his name and badge number was improper and, if Gates’ claim is correct, was a violation of the rules that are in force in every police department in the country.

    But whatever the real story is regarding the showing of identification information by Gates and the officer, police misconduct in this incident went further. Gates reportedly got understandably angry and frustrated at the officer for refusing to provide him with this identifying information and/or for refusing to accept his own identification documents, and at that point the officer abused his power by arresting Gates and charging him with disorderly conduct.

    Living in America while black. It's been a police state for 300 years from that perspective.

    It’s the arrest, the cuffing, and the humiliating ride in the back of a cop squad car to be booked and held until bailed out that is the outrage.

    That's outrageous all right.

    In a free country, we… allow the police, who after all are supposed to be public servants, not centurions, to behave in this manner… we do not have a free society. We have a police state.

    That's the real outrage.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Something you can do. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/08/393230.shtml

    Inform your children about Opt Out

  31. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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  32. 344thBrother says:

    “The Largest Street Gang in America – A Compilation About Police Brutality in America” 4 video clips

    Please forgive me if this is a repost, I searched but didn’t find it elsewhere on the site. These videos are attributed to “Boiling Frogs 101”. Regardless it definitely bears reposting. NOT for the faint of heart or easily infuriated with dangerously high blood pressure. NOT for children.

    Here’s a page with all 4 videos. It’s not easy to watch them all.

    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=The%20Largest%20Street%20Gang%20in%20America%20-%20A%20Compilation%20About%20Police%20Brutality%20in%20America%20%20frogs&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wv#

    God Help Us
    peace
    Dave Short

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