The Stasi days are back with a vengeance in USA and the western World in general....
The USA; just like Israel and dictators everywhere have become a nation of Snitches....
One side lively happily decadent party town West Berlin which never slept. On the other side east of the Berlin Wall, the somber depressing DDR Police State on steroids. Stasi and Soviet troops everywhere in the east. Gray drab facades, gray drab people, gray drab dull lives with the stink of insidious hopelessness and depressing monotony that penetrated everyone to the bone marrow.
The Soviets were there, tanks in the streets and all, but they were sometimes even half-friendly. German Stasi was awful. A giant police state, a whole country blanketed by impervious surveillance with that pedantic German twist. East Germany was a terrible place under Honnecker, far worse than anything we had in Yugoslavia. We had Surveillance Lite under Marshall Tito in comparison to East Germany. In Yugoslavia, we could leave the country at all times. East Germany was a giant locked prison with 19 million inmates behind the Berlin Wall under constant surveillance.
I remember sitting down in a cafe in east Berlin. It was around 1976 and I was on a high school trip in the east. A waitress took my order and made a few friendly personal remarks. Immediately, a man rushed from the other side of the cafe and barked at her to leave at once. A German man in cheap civilian clothes, but he was obvious Stasi. One learned to spot them immediately, the watchers. The waitress had talked to what looked like a westerner and that was not allowed. She ducked, looked fearful and did not look at me again when the Stasi cop barked. This was a typical scene for DDR East Germany. It repeated itself on every street corner. East Germans always reflexively looked over their shoulder first before answering a simple question.
They were everywhere. A 1:6 ratio sounds about right. It was not possible to enter any place - store, train station, intersection - without one or more of them. They lurked in corners like silent cockroaches, watched, reported, snitched. It went beyond just low-tech street corner surveillance. People were rewarded for turning their family members and neighbors in for thought crimes.
Like they do us here now. See something, say something...No, wait, that's not Erich Honnecker's Germany and the Staatssicherheitspolizei I remember. That is Obama, Big Sis and that other totalitarian regime, the one we live in now. I sometimes can't tell them apart anymore except that the surveillance here is even worse. Technological advancement since those days allowed them to invade us deeper and on a more personal level than Stasi ever did. And the police state here is far worse also. They got more technology, bigger weapons against us and a giant army of dumbed down dehumanized cop-bots ready to be turned loose on us when the time comes.
And the time will come.
All totalitarian regimes rely on false flags, deep fear-mongering and identifying a common enemy of the people, sowing fear and hatred to get the sheeple to fearfully enslave themselves, obediently hand over their rights and snitch out of fear, snitch for extra brownie points with the captors.
In communism, we had "class enemies". That's what it was called, klasni neprijatelji. Enemies of the classless one-class system whom communism identified for us as being capitalists, fascists, imperialists and the agitprop droned on day and night.
Ironically, they were actually not even so far off the mark considering what a monster the late stage dying capitalist monster is now, metastasizing its murdering plundering ruthless brand of imperialism around the world, still greedily grabbing anything it can even as it is dying.
My father served in Tito's JNA communist army. He was drafted and sent to Macedonia in April of 1961 ready to be deployed to Cuba to fight alongside Castro's troops in the Bay of Pigs should Cuba need help against the US. A routine thing in the communist world back then. My father always said "you'll see, the US imperialists will overrun the world. The US imperialists will fall but they will destroy the world before they concede. They are that evil. You will see."
I often think about that. He still tells me that sometimes.
Democracy is long gone. The imperialist monster has long shown its face and is taking its last breaths. It cannot be that much longer. They are running out of steam. They want us to fear them. They can only control us with fear now. All this surveillance and hyper-vigilant paranoia is a manifestation of their own fear of us. They know this is the end. And they fear us, the great unwashed's, greatly now. And because they are mortally wounded, they are more dangerous than ever now.
I am afraid my father was right all along. The evil Empire is falling. And it will try to destroy the world before it gives up its totalitarian brand of tyranny. Let's hope in their persistent grandiosity, they once again overreached and overestimated themselves and fall onto their own swords before it is too late and they really do destroy the world before the monster takes its last breath.
We can hope and pray and unite and defy the fear and threats they sow and we can still win this thing but we have to unite and stay focused. Together. There is no other way.
PUTTING OUT FIRE WITH GASOLINE IN LIBYA
By Susan Lindauer, former U.S. Intelligence Asset covering Libya and Iraq at the United Nations
War doesn’t work, does it? Best case scenario, NATO's war against Libya will run 18 to 24 months unless decisive action is taken right now—this day—to end the military confrontation.
Moussa Koussa, Libya's Foreign Minister who defected to Britain on March 30, warns Libya is in danger of becoming the "New Somalia."
Violence is erupting from both sides. The ugly truth is that with every missile strike, NATO kills more and more Libyan people.
NATO cares nothing for the Saudi invasion of Bahrain, which has resulted in wide-scale disappearances of democracy activists. NATO cares nothing for the uprisings in Yemen, peppered with government snipers. Only Libya has been singled out for violent retribution. Of course, this is an oil grab. Gadhaffi challenged U.S. (and probably British) oil companies to reimburse Libya for the economic damage caused by U.N. sanctions tied to the Lockerbie bombing, which Libya had nothing to do with. The U.N. Security Council forced Libya to submit to the Lockerbie Trial and pay $2.7 billion in damages to the families of Pan Am 103, only for the U.S. to bribe witnesses with $4 million payments to testify against Libya's men at Trial.
The judicial corruption at The Hague underscored the absence of evidence against Abdelbassett Megrahi and Al-Amin Fhaima. Under the circumstances, it's hard to blame Gadhaffi for wanting to take something back for his people. The United Nations was grossly in error to apply sanctions to Libya in the first place.
But other than holding power for 42 years against a tide of popular support for fresh voices, is Gadhaffi really so bad? The Libyan people receive a cash distribution of oil revenues every year, houses, education and free health care under Gadhaffi's regime. They enjoy one of the lowest poverty rates in the world—an enviable 5 percent, an 82 percent literacy rate, and a life expectancy of 75 years, 10 percent above the world average. Yet suddenly NATO is determined to break Gadhaffi's hold on power, as if they've recently uncovered some great evil.
The facts are that an alarming number of Libyan rebels are returning from conflicts in Iraq, Chechnya, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Warfare is what they know, and they've brought it home with them. They have articulated no vision for the future. Instead, they have demonstrated an insatiable hunger for violence. No bombing is ever enough. Like tyrants they shout for more NATO bombs. They are guaranteed to destroy Libya if NATO doesn't pull the plug.
NATO has only itself to blame. By rushing to take sides, NATO has lost the ability to apply its influence to both parties, and press for a non-violent transition to power-sharing. By adopting the role of arms supplier to the rebels, NATO has ratcheted up the internal power struggle in Tripoli, which should have exhausted its objectives in a couple of weeks, if not for outside meddling.
It doesn't have to go this way.
Thankfully, the African Union has applied its influence in Tripoli to push for a ceasefire and immediate access to humanitarian assistance for Libya's people. The Presidents of South Africa, Mali, the Congo and Mauritania achieved this victory in diplomatic sessions with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhaffi over the weekend, joined by the Chair of the African Union Commission and the Peace and Security Division.
The international community should demand that NATO accept the African Union platform immediately, whether Libya's rebels approve or not. It's NATO's responsibility to deliver the message that for the sake of the world community, there must be a truce so that political talks can resume.
International oil corporations should likewise take an honest look at their bottom line, and acknowledge that a prolonged war in Libya is guaranteed to damage oil structures and distribution mechanisms upon which oil trading depends. Any protracted Oil War will hurt their profits, too. Most unforgivably, War in Libya will harm the global economy, driving up energy and freight transportation costs at a most difficult moment.
The African Union gets NATO out of this trap. It achieves the most pressing goals of the United Nations mandate in Libya, upon which NATO has claimed authority for its air strikes.
Doctors Without Borders and the Red Crimson would be ideal to lead humanitarian efforts. Doctors Without Borders won a Nobel Peace Prize for its commitment to high quality medical care and triage in conflict zones, while staying clear of political entanglements. For its part, the Red Crimson is the Islamic version of the Red Cross, and would be ideally sensitized to Libya's cultural lines.
It's an excellent first stage. What remains to be seen is whether a second stage will be necessary to secure the peace—That would deploy a small Peace Keeping force, probably from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in North Africa—who share Libya's Islamic heritage and aversion to European Occupation. North African peace keepers would have the advantage of neutrality, which NATO has sacrificed by taking sides in the conflict.
As much as it would rankle Libya's sense of sovereignty, given the rebels' history of violence, there's going to have to be some temporary peace-keeping force to divide these groups. The question is whether we do that today--- or in 18 to 24 months when the world finally acknowledges the stupidity and waste of this unnecessary war. There's going to have to be a solution at some point.
But NATO has to face up to some hard truth, too.
If elections in Libya are inevitable, then one more thing is also inevitable. It is strictly up to the Libyan people to choose their future leadership, including whether or not they want Gadhaffi or his sons to continue any role in the government. Genuine democracy demands that all comers have a right to throw their hat in the ring. Nobody has the right to stop them. The rebel forces have a very poor understanding of democracy indeed, if they expect to dictate which candidates participate in future elections.
For that matter, Britain, France and Italy are poor servants of democracy, if they are encouraging such misguided philosophies. That's colonialist thinking, and there's no place for it in a modern age.
If European powers are deeply persuaded of the Libyan rebels' cause, then they should not be afraid to present a full slate of policy ideas and candidates before the Libyan people for their final decision. However European powers must accept that there are no guarantees Libya's rebel forces would win a national election.
Quite the opposite is probably true. The longer the rebels fight, the more likely they are to antagonize the Libyan people who are going to cast those ballots. That's one more excellent reason for NATO to exit this conflict as quickly as possible.
If this War goes on much longer, there's strong probability NATO will win the battle—and lose the War. The world has only to look at Iraq to see what that would mean.
For the humanitarian welfare of the Libyan people and the goal of democracy itself, we must stop this War against Libya right now...
Well thankthegods, Susan Lindauer is one of a few who points out the relatively high standard of living for Libyan people under Gaddafi. That is an incredibly rare statement for any Western journalist.
This standard of living will change rapidly after we bomb them to rubble, bring them poverty, disease, DU, a NWO central bank, the IMF and the stinkin' UN, endless occupation and when the fires go out, the Clinton, Gates and Soros orgs/CIA will descend upon them in the name of "humanitarianism" and spread cholera, vaccines, Monsanto and more death. This is called a routine humanitarian mission.
Similarly, Iraq before 1990 had a strong middle class, high standards in education, medicine and a rugged economy and while Saddam was without question a brutal dictator, those who did not challenge his politics lived a comfortable life, at least with respect of standard of living. Since then, we bombed them into our brand of democracy and brought them DU, IMF...copy the above list...we are the good guys and Saddam was bad, you know?
Lindauer does a commendable job pointing out Libya under Gaddafi being something different than the MSM white noise we are getting about it but she is far off the mark with other assessments - what she calls "Red Crimson" is actually Red Crescent which is the Muslim Red Cross. She thinks them ideally suited to take over humanitarian missions. Ahem, Susan... I knew Red Crescent well from their ops in Bosnia - under humanitarian cover, they were an arms-smuggling pipeline to certain radical Muslim groups and highly corrupt - but our own Red Cross is rotten, too, so are most humanitarian NGOs. But putting them in charge of something anywhere is not a good idea.
Lindauer loses me when she takes the "rebels" for face value. She must know they are Langley assets, color coded in a perky shade of pink so they remain visible to NATO planes cars these days - and Langley's rebels also knew how to open Rothschild central bank in Libya! Hmmm.
She elaborates on the NATO mission and goes along with the headline that NATO is really interested in a humanitarian mission in Libya and questions if that can be done. No, it won't be done but Susan, puhleez. They are not even trying. We know why NATO is there and so does NATO and so does Susan. She overall does a good job. But she misses the opportunity to fully unmask the deceptions by the Empire.
WEST vs CHINA: A NEW COLD WAR BEGINS ON LIBYAN SOIL
America’s Total Surveillance Society
America’s war on terror involves a “massive expansion of (FBI, NSA, Pentagon, and CIA) data-mining systems, (amassing billions of) private documents (on) US citizens” kept in classified data banks. “Abroad, after years of failing counterinsurgency efforts in the Middle East, the Pentagon began applying biometrics – the science of identification via facial shape, fingerprints, and retinal or iris patterns – to the pacification of Iraqi cities, as well as….electronic intercepts for instant intelligence and split-second” satellite imagery use to aid drone assassinations from Africa to South Asia to perhaps America after a future homeland attack. Today, the combination of biometric identification, global surveillance, and digital warfare makes counterinsurgency more sophisticated than ever. With everyone in a database, authorities can get instantaneous feedback from iris, retinal, or other data to identify, target, arrest or kill. In Iraq under General Stanley McChrystal, “every tool available….from signal intercepts to human intelligence (was employed for) lightening quick strikes.” The same technology is used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, dozens of other countries, and perhaps soon, if not already, in communities across America. http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/lendman9.1.1.html
"You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!