"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Our story begins on the 11th of September 2001. That morning I was driving on the highway out from Oak Park to Palatine for a work meeting. Both my kids were in school full time now and I was transitioning from being a stay at home parent working part time to full time with a night job. This was day two. I was listening to sports talk radio when they broke in when the fist plane crashed into New York.
Traffic was terrible and moving slowly as this growing horror unfolded on the radio. I finally had to pull over when you could hear the bodies hit the sidewalk as people began jumping out of the buildings. Even now more than a decade later when I think about it I can still hear that sound and it always brings me to tears. The rest of the day was an odd mixture of nightmare and reality.
Then at some point and I believe it was that night I heard a curious report on the radio. In one of his first post 9/11 actions he issued a blanket pardon to himself and any past president for anything that might come out of an investigation of the attacks. And when I heard that I thought to myself “Hmmm that's interesting what's going on here? WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?”.
And that with the aid of this relatively new thing the internet put me on this journey, this quest for answers that has cost me everything and has brought me only sadness and bitter truth. But at least I found out why. The attacks of 9/11 was the culmination of more than twenty years of covert warfare fought by the United States. It is what happens when you empower people who are motivated by money and hatred.
Chapter 2 Before The beginning Is The Cause
Of course we might not have had the attacks of 9/11 or a lot of the other terrible things that have happened in the first decade of the 21st century had the Bush clan not been allowed to steal the election of 2000. By any measuring stick other than criminal prosecution that is what happened.
Imagine this is happening in a foreign country. There is an election for leadership and the brother of one of the candidates is in charge of a key province. In the year leading up to the election this brother hires a company to scan voter records for people to kick off the rolls. The chairperson of the candidates campaign in that province is also the person in the state in charge of enforcing the voting laws. Does it sound hinky enough yet?
Well as we all know come election night the state becomes an election day disaster that goes on for months and when all the votes were finally counted the winner was not the man installed by the Supreme Court George Bush, the real winner was Al Gore. By then the Democrats had done what they almost always do. Gave in to the Republicans and got kicked in the nuts for their trouble. Once again it shows that the Democrats are more like the Washington Generals perennial foils of the Harlem Globetrotters. Or something out of pro wrestling where you have actors playing out a script.
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Disaster Capitalism -End Game
Breaking The American Dream Is The Effect
The end result of eight years George Bush's disaster capitalism approach to government was to squander a surplus and create a huge deficit by giving huge tax breaks to the richest Americans and then launching a massive military campaign throughout the middle east without paying for it. Added to this toxic combination we had a huge part of out net worth as a nation become tied up in real estate value.
Instead of an economy based on things we made value we were creating it was based on the amount of debt we were taking on based on the supposed value of our property. And a lot of this value was inflated by giving loans to people who couldn't afford them. It was all just a house of cards made of paper and plastic. And once again while this happened on Bush’s watch the policies that allowed it to happen was a bipartisan affair.
Just like any good Hollywood movie these destructive forces all helped cause the finacial collapse that began, just as George Bush's presidency was ending. We'd been spending money we didn't have on things that weren't really adding any value that in the end resulted in more wealth in the hands of very few and more debt and the hands of those that can least afford it. Then in the summer and fall of 2008 the scam unfolded those that perpetrated the scam got bailed out and put incharge of making things better
The Empire Strikes Back, The Obama Years; Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement the Rise of Isis
That we have now moved into the post coup world seems to be without a doubt if we examine the events. Barak Obama. A man a lot of people, myself included, would be a bold progressive leader has turned out to be another corporate hack. While he has done some good work despite unrelenting opposition in many areas he has been more regressive than progressive.
In the spring of 2008 we started Mindsi2 as a way of exploring the attacks of 9/11 and the history that led to them. It grew into a deeper examination of the American empire then in May of 2013 the station was terminated without warning or previous "strikes" by YouTube
More To Come
The Power of Nightmares
A three hour 2004 BBC documentary that explores the roots of the War On Terror. And is one that every American should see. It is an excellent fifty year history of the evolution of two radical belief systems. One in the Muslim world and one in America.
One person's story about a ten year journey into the dark heart of the world's soul as he witnesses the final days of the American dream. It's a journey many of have taken but it's a dark secret we don't share because the truth of it all is so sad. I tell this story because I can't hold the sadness in any more. There's not enough distractions in a world filled them to keep me from the realization of how much has been lost since the beginning of the 21st century. And I seek to use the tools that Dr. Thompson left behind to honor his memory and explain in part why he killed himself.
It's a story that I have been trying to tell here online for the past four years but instead of a cohesive story with a begining middle and end presented in a single package we have the story broken up into groups of page spread throughout the internet. It's the story of a corrupt empire who's wealth and power is unlimited and has come to control not only our own political system but those of the rest of the world's nations. It is the story of how the American global empire that had been growing over the past hundred years has become highjacked and is now a global corporate empire controlled by wealthy bankers. And in the end what they seek is a modern version of the middle ages a fearful and ignorant population kept under control through fear, ignorance and brute force wielded by anointed groups.
It's just about every conspiracy nuts theories coming true. It's a story that doesn't have a happy ending. Yet
Alternative Views was one of the longest running Public-access television cable TV programs in the United States. Produced in Austin, Texas in 1978, it produced 563 hour-long programs featuring news, interviews and opinion pieces from a progressive political perspective. Show founders and on-air hosts, Douglas Kellner and Frank Morrow, produced the show on virtually no budget using facilities at Austin Community Television (ACTV) and The University of Texas at Austin. They also pioneered an innovative syndication system that placed the program in almost 80 television markets around the country. More from Wikipedia .
Below we present a total of four episodes that examine the confluence of criminals, government and the intelligence community. One of the more important yet little covered events of the second half of the 20th century.
Gary Shaw & John Stockwell
Professor, jounalist, and lawyer Pete Brewton examines the 1980's S&L scandal. Where we find the same interests from President Kennedy's murder coming together once again.
Old News That's New
A playlist on our ChiTownView YouTube station. Hidden and/or forgotten stories from the last century that still influence todays events.