The Slow & Painful Death of Outrage in the USA

I have been reading and watching reports on the rallies in Russia in support of protest leader Aleksey Navalny. And I have been comparing these protests and rallies to what we have, or actually what we haven’t, over here in the United States, the supposed land of the free:

Where are the supporting rallies and protests over the prosecution, jailing and torturing of Bradley Manning? Where are they? Other than a few dozen gathering here and there, and a handful writing in this or that alternative page on the web? We are talking about an established outrageous case - even acknowledged by pawns such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty:

Same goes for the hunt for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Same goes for the jailing of John Kiriakou. Same goes for the persecution of hundreds of other courageous truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Same goes for the disclosures of our government’s torture, kidnapping and illegal detainments, illegal wiretapping

Where are the protests and rallies? Where is the outrage?

What distinguishes the reaction of Russians from Americans? Is it because they lived under the open despotism of communism and still carry fairly fresh memories? Is it the cabbage in their diet, or Vodka? No really; what is it?

What does separate those protesting in Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East against their oppressive regimes from us Americans under our oppressive regime? Where does their resolve, unity and commitment come from? What does our lack of resolve and courage stem from?

Don’t take me wrong, we have plenty of rage and outrage-directed towards our abused children in the millions, road rage, urban violence, suburban rage … But somehow we seem to have no rage or outrage when it comes to the truly outrageous system governing us from above - untouchable and unaccountable. It has been a gradual death. It has been a painful death - the death of needed outrage against the corrupt, oppressive and ruthless regime in the USA.

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Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.

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  1. Don’t you think that most americans believe that Manning is a traitor who deserves what is happening?

  2. Robbyn, yes Manning broke the law. He broke a contract under UCMJ (Uniform Conduct of Military Justice). He signed a contract under Admiralty law, i.e., corporate law. The same law we all have been conscripted within the ten square mile area known as Washington D.C. However, the question that needs to be asked is did Manning protect his oath under the constitution, which is under common law? Did Manning protect his oath to the constitution regarding enemies both foreign and domestic? Now we need to ask this same question regarding our leaders. Did our leaders break corporate law or have they violated the constitution which is a treasonable offense. As Sibel has pointed out that nowhere in the constitution is the word National Security. National Security falls with corporate law. Under this law it appears our elite have insulated themselves from accountability against the constitution. Who benefits? The constitution or corporate law?

  3. CuChulainn says:

    Navalny is a tool of the West, protests in his support may indicate the same submissiveness as apathy in USA.

  4. ProudPrimate says:

    Pick – I find your post rather stunning. It strikes me as an approach that may have unsuspected depth to it. You sound like you understand it pretty well. Alex Jones has mentioned Admiralty Law but I sense now for the first time it may be a crucial distinction in understanding this most crucial of all subjects. Where would you suggest I start to best get a handle on this?

    As I write this my thoughts are coming clearer: is there a war between these two bodies of law? A war of long-standing? Is this the Urkrieg, come to a head at last?

  5. ProudPrimate says:

    CuChulainn – that’s another idea that I neglected to think of – another “color revolution” candidate. Does that mean you approve of Putin? Or do you see it as a battle between two forces both of which serve interests at the top, but on opposite sides?

  6. joetoad says:

    It is a fair question! Why are the Americans so slack?

    My answer in the short: America is a “melting pot” we don’t have much in the way of “Tradition” or long living memory or anything much, but a hardscrabble pioneer/farmer and so on… . But in these “Old World” places, they go back, and they remember, and they have what is left of Traditions.

    We have the fine traditions of what Freud’s nephew has deemed we should have!!

  7. peasantparty says:

    I could be wrong, but the only tradition of handing down stories to the next generation in America comes from the Native Americans. Those stories and history are baked into the children of the East. The most that we get in this country are the storify that Dad had to walk to school, barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways!

    It has only been in recent years that Americans have gained a small interest in their ancestors, and most of them came here from the East.

    For that reason, I agree with Joetoad. We have lost the time, and the honor of telling our stories. I think a good deal of it comes as a psychological battering that people get here everyday. If you are not wealthy beyond reason, you don’t matter. WE as humans and a nation have to put an end to that persona. Every single human on this planet is worthy and meaningful. If we begin to understand that, then those that rise up will be put in the right light and talked about for generations to come.

    People do not need the corporate propaganda news outlets to tell them what is good in this world, or whom we should praise.

  8. tonywicher says:

    I agree with Chuchu. This movement looks like another CIA sponsored operation to weaken and destabilize Russia. I for one do like Putin. I cosider him a real anti imperial Russian nationalist. This is the kind of leader wr need in every country, especially the USA to defeat the global oligarchy.

  9. When it comes to Navalny: I couldn’t care less. The point was not this guy’s legitimacy. This is why I mentioned protests in Turkey and elsewhere. Take the IRS spying/targeting of the Tea Party: I still haven’t heard a real outcry from that side. Again, this has nothing to do with the Tea Party, but the generaltrend: being slaughtered in so many ways and not a peep. No real demonstrations/rallies … no real outcry … just … I don’t know … this sheeple quality.


  10. CuChulainn says:

    this is Debord’s point about the current manifestation of capitalism he calls the society of the spectacle–its intrinsic passivity; the spectacle is all about being a spectator, not an agent

  11. I wonder what are Sibel’s and her colleagues’ sources of knowledge about USSR and Russia. I suspect it’s the same mainstream corporate media which they so rightfully loathe and fight plus Western “Russia experts” — the stable of old Cold War horses on the service of the military-industrial complex and the State Department. It is they who control what you know about Russia and what you don’t And there is something else. A certain internal censor which operates almost on an unconscious level when it comes to two most dangerous and tabooed subjects: Communism and Russia, i.e. the ultimate ideological and the ultimate geopolitical adversaries of Western Capitalism and Imperialism, from Napoleon to Hitler to present-day Western elites. Communism as material political force has been long dead, especially in the “Soviet” Union which was anything but Soviet. But Russia remains the only military-political force which cannot be bullied into submission by the US-dominated West even in international politics (Syria, Iran) let alone in her internal affairs. In this sense, Russia is the only FULLY sovereign state in the world besides the United States. Even China, while economic giant, remains far away from achieving this status. As such, Russia is unacceptable even formally, from the point of view of the “full spectrum dominance” doctrine that expresses the will, imagination, and ultimate goals of this country’s rulers and their political hacks.

    So what can we do about Russia short of a military attack which remains out of the question for as long as she preserves the ability to destroy us in retaliation? The answer is obvious: we should undermine Russia from the inside,just as we and our British cousins (the most experienced and skillful of colonial masters) did with dozens and dozens of other countries and peoples. This is what it’s all about. It’s that simple.

    Who is Navalny? A petty crook and wheeler-dealer with shadow past popular among certain sections of the “creative class” as they call the “upward-mobile” professional small bourgeoisie of the capital and other big cities. It’s the same social type which fueled color revolutions, sponsored by the CIA and State Department in the former SU. With one crucial difference that in Russia this type is isolated culturally and economically from the vast majority of the nation. If Navalny and the rest of the so-called “white-color opposition” stand tall in the imagination of Western public it is only because of the optical deception created by the monstrous apparatus of Western propaganda as well as the political and financial support from the West. What Sibel completely misses in her comparison between Russia and US is that “color” revolutions and the related politics like the current case with Navalny can exist only in countries subverted by the West, only in societies with influential pro-Western comprador layers who by definition cannot exit in the West as imperial heartland. This is the real secret of oppositional political activism in Russia. Just as the political apathy of US populace is rooted in relative material comfort and security: “Things are bad here but much better than in Mexico or Greece.”

    This is not to say that the Russian people are willing to or should tolerate corruption, social inequality and other ills of their country for which Putin and his regime bear a good deal of responsibility. But one way or another most of them agree that progressive change cannot be achieved with the help of “our sworn friends” in the West and that Russia’s “full spectrum” sovereignty is not for sale.

  12. tonywicher says:

    They don’t call them the American sheeple for nothing. Most people are brainwashed and dumbed down, they think only of themselves and live in the moment, without history or purpose, seeking only continuous entertainment, which their masters are happy to provide. They look at you like you’re from Mars if you even try to raise a serious issue. But of course there must come a point where reality intervenes. We who have broken the spell are now yelling and screaming trying to wake up others, and it is happening, whether fast enough to prevent some complete disaster I do not know, but one hopes for the best.

  13. CuChulainn says:

    if you are claiming that protests in support of Navalny are exemplary by contrast w. USA passivity, then you are (mistakenly, I believe) defending his legitimacy

    would you also argue that Femen and their supporters reflect a more engaged public (rather than typical East European intellectual slaves of the west)?

    which doesn’t mean that Putin is on the side of the angels either, necessarily; see PD Scott’s Sibel posted today–

    “conference speakers were bitterly opposed to Putin’s endorsement, as recently as April 11 of this year, of NATO’s military efforts in Afghanistan. They are particularly incensed by Putin’s agreement this year to the establishment of a NATO base in Ulianovsk, two hundred kilometers east of Moscow in Russia itself. Although the base has been sold to the Russian public as a way to facilitate US withdrawal from Afghanistan, one speaker assured the conference that the Ulianovsk outpost is described in NATO documents as a military base. And they resent Russia’s support of the US-inspired UN sanctions against Iran…”

  14. jschoneboom says:

    We will get what we deserve. The sad truth is most people don’t protest because they quite rightly sense that it doesn’t matter to them. Fascist police state? So what? They have no intention of ever dissenting, and they don’t care whether the news they get is pure propaganda. They’re fearful, they keep their heads down, and they don’t want to hear anything bad about anything that hits close to home. They do their jobs, they watch tv, and they say what they think they’re supposed to say.

    They may or may not understand what’s going on. But it really doesn’t matter to them. So the weirdest thing of all is…they’re not wrong. It’s twisted to hear them talk about independence and liberty, but if you think they should care more and protest more…you’re just not getting it. They don’t want liberty. They don’t need it. They don’t know what to do with it.

  15. Hi ProudPrimate. Yes, there is an unacknowledged war between these two governing bodies. I even challenged my friend an officer in the U.S. Navy about this. We are all operating under this U.S. Code. It is the Uniform Commercial Code. However, let me find exactly the text I read from years ago. And no, ProudPrimate. I am just beginning to understand the magnitude of this unconstitutional legislation. Here’s one for you. Every town, business and even you are incorporated. We are under Federal Contract per the U.C.C. However, I just read in James Bamford’s book – “The Shadow Factory” that the NSA is not incorporated! This means that the NSA does not fall within the jurisdiction of Washington D.C.

    ProudPrimate, check back in a couple of days. I will try and find what I am referring too.

    And Ron, I disagree that my post did not address the article. You acknowledge the corrupt “regime” of the United States. I agree. I am merely pointing out how we got there. We have to get to precedence to understand why Manning, Snowden, Drake, Binney, Tice, Edmonds and the rest have experienced under unconstitutional law.

  16. Addendum, ProudPrimate. You hit an operative word that says it all – “Long-standing.” Exactly! Do you and the rest of America have standing. Absolutely not! Read “Blank Check” by Weiner. Go to Richardson vs the United States. You will read where Richardson has NO STANDING. This is what we and the constitution are up against.

  17. queefersutherland says:

    I like Putin, ex kgb, wrestles polar bears with his bare hands.

    Admire your work Sibel.

  18. tonywicher says:

    I don’t want to irritate Sibel by going off topic, but I can’t resist replying to a couple of the previous posts on Russia. NATO seeks world hegemony and Russia and China are the main obstacle to this. They must not compromise their sovereignty. I agree with the anti-NATO conference criticism of Putin’s co-operation with NATO. There must be no cooperation whatsoever with NATO.

    There is no “moral equivalence of the two sides”. The two sides are imperialism on one side, and the national interest of every country in the world, including the real United States, on the other side. However lacking in democracy Russia and China may be, they are still sovereign nations that substantially abide by international law. The NATO empire recognizes no law or morality of any kind, national or international, except the law of “might makes right”. It is the enemy of every country, both those it has captured and those it threatens, and of the people of the world.

    I would like to add one more point if I may. It is that before the end of World War II, Russia was historically the best friend and ally of the United States. We were allies beginning with the American Revolution, where the decisions made by Catherine the Great during the Revolution to continue trade with the colonies, remain officially neutral, refuse Britain’s requests for military assistance, and insist on peace talks that linked a resolution of the American Revolution with the settlement of separate European conflicts indirectly helped the Americans win the Revolution and gain their freedom. Russia was also staunch ally of the United States in the Civil War.

    Russia was also the ally of the United States in WWI and WWII.

    On the other hand, our historic enemy since the Revolution has been the British Empire. It is also the historic enemy of Russia.

    But the British Empire apparently disappeared after the end of WWII, and in its place there appeared the American Empire. What really happened is that there were a lot of Wall Street Anglophiles, people such as Averill Harriman and Prescott Bush, who were fascist sympathizers that had financed Hitler’s rise to power and hated Roosevelt, maneuvered a haberdasher named Harry Truman into the vice presidency where he could succeed the ailing Roosevelt (whom they may have poisoned – at least Stalin thought so). Truman dropped the bomb on Japan, which should be seen as the first act of the Cold War. Thousands of Nazi war criminals were imported by fascist sympathizers in the State Department. Also, the State Department maintained relations with Nazi war criminals still in Europe, who were subsequently used in Gladio operations. In 1947 the National Security Act was passed, the CIA and all the other clandestine agencies were instituted, and British-inspired anti-Communist propaganda against a country that had always been our friend was turned up to maximum volume, brainwashing generations of Americans ever since to believe that Russia is our enemy. Even today, this brainwashing is a major obstacle to uniting the American people against the true enemy within.

  19. tonywicher says:

    Perhaps I should add that Stalin was a brutal dictator whose policies murdered millions. But still, I think he desired co-operation with the U.S. after WWII, and this would have happened if Roosevelt had lived. It was Churchill and the British that Stalin feared and distrusted, and it was the influence of the British imperialists in the United States that led to the Cold War.

  20. As promised, ProudPrimate. By no means is this the complete answer. However, this read will give you perspective and lead on to other literature which can help you understand the dynamics between U.S. code and our common law.

  21. joetoad says:

    Sibel, I think you hint to an answer, here:
    [“… road rage, urban violence, suburban rage … But somehow we seem to have no rage or outrage when it comes to the truly outrageous system governing us from above – See more at:”]

    That’s it, we are left with the option of “Road rage in suburbia”

    (and so, how about,)… The physical limitations imposed on Americans by… our obsession with the automobile, and the suburban sprawled out need to commute and the way cities are no longer user friendly, too over built and congested, and the speed of life and constant hectic pace that you see in cities or in the work place. People don’t hang out on park benches talking anymore, running to grab their little lunch and get back to the cubicle to do some more incessant telemarketing and sneak some illicit blogging in.

    Old civilizations are seen as quaint in part just because of the remnants of a more human scale built into the architecture for one thing, think on that, why would anybody want to spend money to go see these old places, cause that they remind us of a better time, the way it should be, civility, not runin’ around chasing own tales like caged squirrels! or grazing nonexistent grass like a shocked Sheep!!

  22. DeltaRain says:

    I know this feeling of outrage. I’ve been a late sleeper and just woke up recently. Now all I do is research and try to learn more while posting current events as well as past events, declassified documents, posting these dots for others to connect as I continue learning as much as I can each day. My son thinks I’ve gone crazy. My friends never comment or even hit a “like” except for One friend who did comment that she still loves me even if I’m now into news instead of being funny…. I replied that once you see through the monster glasses, your view of the world is forever changed… We need to not be afraid to speak out and gather together for discussions. I have an aunt who still wakes each day and is thankful for Obama. She even thinks a little socialism would be good for our country? Many Americans approve of banning our weapons? So they are wearing the rosey, everything’s cozy glasses and they refuse to remove them.

  23. LarryinColumbus says:

    American outrage is misguided and easily distracted. Hate to keep harping about the propaganda machine here but one only has to see the protests for this rediculous spectacle of the Zimmerman trial. A case that had little to no impact on our daily lives but crammed down our throat 24/7. This was population programming that Americans fall for everytime. So sure, Americans can get pissed off, but they continue to use the wrong source of information of what to be pissed off about.

    Progress is being made though. People are moving away from MSM in small strides and I personally am beginning to hear people talking about real issues a little more.

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