Book Review: Conspiracy Theory in America (2013)

The Conspiracy Theory [and Proof] of 20th-21st Century ‘Conspiracy Theory’
by Lance deHaven-Smith (University of Texas Press)

conspiracy_theoryThis marvelous book is a deep, practical scholarly dissection of the origin and application of the term ‘conspiracy theory,’ particularly in America in the late 20th century. DeHaven-Smith is Professor in the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University and former president of the Florida Political Science Association; he’s written several books and appeared on numerous national mainstream-media news and talk shows, as well as Alex Jones’ Infowars and other alternative outlets.

This investigation goes straight to the heart of the problem of the coercive state and its sycophants in mainstream academia and media (academedia) who dismiss causal ex- planations of political events with the simple utterance, “Well, that’s only a conspiracy theory.” From the book description on Amazon:

From the book description on Amazon: Ever since the Warren Commission concluded that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy, people who doubt that finding have been widely dismissed as conspiracy theorists, despite credible evidence that right-wing elements in the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service—and possibly even senior government officials—were also involved. Why has suspicion of criminal wrongdoing at the highest levels of government been rejected out-of-hand as paranoid thinking akin to superstition?

Conspiracy Theory in America investigates how the Founders’ hard-nosed realism about the likelihood of elite political misconduct—articulated in the Declaration of Independence—has been replaced by today’s blanket condemnation of conspiracy beliefs as ludicrous by definition. Lance deHaven-Smith reveals that the term “conspiracy theory” entered the American lexicon of political speech to deflect criticism of the Warren Commission and traces it back to a CIA propaganda campaign to discredit doubters of the commission’s report.

He asks tough questions and connects the dots among five decades’ worth of suspicious events, including the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, the attempted assassinations of George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, the crimes of Watergate, the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal, the disputed presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, the major defense failure of 9/11, and the subsequent anthrax letter attacks. Continue reading

Movie Review: Amreeka (2009)

A tale of dispossession, emigration, hope ___ 9/10

Review initially posted October 2014. It remains topical today, except 10 years of slow genocide and ethnic cleansing by Israel have made matters much, much worse. — bw

Immigration Official: Occupation?
Muna Farah: Yes… 40 years.

“What’s with ‘the Wall,’ man?”

After watching Amreeka, I can put faces on the effects of a twisted foreign policy that sends American tax funds to the Zionist occupational government (ZOG) of Israel.[1] And they’re friendly faces, too… at least the Palestinians. The film begins with Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour) performing some errands in her Palestinian village amidst the rubble and random patrols of ZOG police and soldiers, ca. 2003, just before the American invasion of Iraq. You see the story germinating right there; her husband has taken up with some hottie and basically abandoned Muna… who, with her young teenage boy Fadi (Melkar Muallem), lives with her mother and other extended family, scraping by.

Written by Cherien Dabis
Directed by Cherien Dabis

Nisreen Faour Muna Farah
Melkar Muallem Fadi Farah
Hiam Abbass Raghda Halaby
Alia Shawkat Salma
Jenna Kawar Rana Halaby
Selena Haddad Lamis Halaby
Yussuf Abu-Warda Nabeel Halaby
Joseph Ziegler Mr. Novatski

Muna works as an administrator in a bank. The Wall—this monstrous despoiler of anything resembling human communities erected by the ZOGs in the West Bank, for, well, the same reasons the communists erected the Berlin Wall, or that any state erects barriers: apartheid, dispossession, genocide—is going up. What used to take 20 minutes now requires two hours. More, if she is stopped and questioned at the numerous ZOG checkpoints.

We accompany her and her son on a weekend shopping trip. The digital video camera captures the essence of any occupation: “Papers?”

A couple of ZOG security officers interrogate her for no reason, they want to know her street address. She informs them they don’t use house numbers where she lives. It’s obvious the officers are aware of that fact, and, indeed, they make a point of it, proceeding to ridicule her and the boy as members of a race of inferior beings… so savage and primitive they don’t even use house numbers. Ha Ha Ha.

Then Fadi talks back to the ZOGsters. They don’t like that at all, and proceed to get him out of the car, forcing him to lift his shirt up time and time again, as if to prove he’s not carrying a bomb. It’s humiliating, it’s dehumanizing, and Muna pleads with the ZOGs to let them go. “He’s only a boy, he’s sorry, he didn’t mean anything by it.” She realizes these uniformed guys can cart away her son without so much as a “Have a Nice Day.” And she’ll never see him again. Happens all the time. Continue reading

Guest Column: Palestine, South Africa, and the Myth of One State

Exiled Palestinian proposal of a principled solution to the “israel” problem
Reformatted from Nahida, column here

Editor’s note: This marvelous article was referred to me by one of the local regular Ann Arbor protesters of Israel. It’s an inspiring document of the same elevated stature as our country’s Declaration of Independence and First Principles. Just about everyone, most libertarians included, wants to take the easy way out to resolve the Middle East issue.

There’s only one solution: Recognize that Zionist Israel is the 100-year-old psycho-pathic aggressor and ethnic cleanser on the people of Palestine, and these people must be enabled by the nations and people of the world to a) obtain full restitution, b) subject culpable Israelis to war crime trial and conviction, and c) evict and completely undo the invader state and statists of Israel from Palestine, restoring Palestine to the open society—with a substantial minority of law-abiding, peaceful Jews—it was before the invasion.

World peace, international law, and human individual rights around the world are at stake. I have done a bit of editing and formatting and basically transcribed the entire column Nahida has written, hopefully making it easier to read. I trust she will forgive me. — bw

Insisting on squeezing the Palestinian struggle to fit the apartheid model of South Africa or black America is a double whammy:

First, presenting the Zionist entity as a normal state with a few apartheid policies that can be changed is fundamentally false:

  1. What is happening in Palestine is not mere segregation and apartheid, what is going on is ethnic cleansing, wiping a country off the map, and slow genocide.
  2. Racism in the “Jewish state” is ideological, grounded in “sacred” texts, cultural practices, and the inherent concept of “chosen-ness,”—unlike South Africa in which racism was a momentary convenience, reflecting opportunistic fulfillment of self-interest of a white minority.

Second, when activists are intoxicated with the deceptive mantra of “Equal rights, One State, Two People,” offered as the best formula and ideal model of solution rather than other successful models of Liberation, such as Algeria for example, that means they participate in whitewashing and rewarding the century-ongoing Zionist crimes. Such a paradigm gives leeway to the thriving of an illegal genocidal expansionist racist entity… and would mean blessing the expansion of “israel” and granting the Zionist occupier a comprehensive and “peaceful” takeover, and unrestricted control over our land and our lives.

Like North America, South Africa was conquered and subsequently ruled by white Europeans several centuries ago, i.e. before International Law adopted through the Nuremberg Principles right after WW2, explicitly prohibiting land acquisition through military conquest, and clearly defined Crimes Against Humanity—amidst them:

  • Wars of Aggression and Conquest,
  • Genocide and Instigation of Wars and Crimes against Peace,
  • and War Crimes to be the worst categories of crimes

All these have been, and still are in even worse manner, perpetrated by Jewish “israelis.”

Furthermore, this “one-state, two people” approach fully ignores the unbalanced premise of the reality on the ground, and the implication such proposal would have— namely the finalization of the aims of the racist, expansionist and exclusionary Jewish Nationalist experiment called “israel.” Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Thoughts on Memorial Day 2019

Let’s remember those tricked into “the racket” who suffered and died
By Brian R. Wright

Especially those who suffered and died via US government treason for Israel. That’s right, in particular whom I have in mind are the 34 dead and 175 wounded from the coordinated US-Israeli ambush/false-flag attack by Israel on the USS Liberty, June 8, 1967. Read the gory details about the attacks and coverup in Clint Burnette’s outstanding movie screenplay, Enemies Within. If you can help bring it to screen—with a contact inside the noncorrupted global movie business, or financial resources—please drop me a note at FreeManPubCo@protonmail.com.

Then going deeper from a scholarly level, find out exactly how and who inside the US government aided and abetted the mass murder of American servicemen on that fateful day. Ref. Dr. Joan Mellen’s Blood in the Water.  All that was ever good and honorable about this country’s government leadership and top operational military brass went out the window with that horrific slaughter on the high seas nearly 52 years ago… and cries out for a) a feature film, and b) justice. “Those who served” in such circumstances deserve our highest gratitude and praise. My USS Liberty hat is off to all such men.

As for the great mass of American servicemen fighting and dying over the years, let’s also not forget the tools of propaganda and engineered lack of economic prospects that led them to fall, one way or another, into the trap that America’s most decorated soldier, US Marine General Smedley Butler, pointed out in his classic War is a Racket (1935). Yes, even before high treason for Israel got into the act, American imperialism has been afoot in laying waste to the Indians, democide in the Philippines, and other acts of organized mass murder. More relevant to Butler’s thesis, the looting objectives at the behest of powerful globalized businesses were central.

We’re finding out more and more these days about the 20th-century American wars, and how they were NOT “to make the world safe for democracy,” nor in the case of World War II, “the GOOD War.” One of the more important books—yes, I have some reservations, but Mike King’s general (intentionally obscured by the establishment) evidence is unassailable—anyone truly serious about knowing the truth behind the 20th-Century “Bankers'” Wars of Europe MUST read is his The Bad War. It even has the high honor of being ceremoniously banned by Amazon. Continue reading

Book Review: Strategic Terror (2006)

The politics and ethics of aerial bombardment
by Beau Grosscup
Review by Brian Wright

Originally posted in July 2012.

As many Americans, I’ve tended until recently to put out of my mind the actual effects of aerial bombardment on, you know, people, especially when the bombs are dropped by the American military or its allies over there. It’s just too easy to attend to other matters, to focus on our brave boys doing all the work, flying the planes, risking being shot down, and so on. How many times have the media shown the aftermath, on the ground, of an aerial bombing?

Once I became ready to face the harsh reality, it took a microsecond to grasp that being bombed from aircraft, in the city or the country, is probably the most horrific holy hell any living being can go through. Your screaming children writhing from shards of glass, people crushed or buried alive by falling concrete and steel, appendages torn off in an instant, then with the incendiaries like napalm—esp. napalm-B[1] coming along in the Vietnam Warcrime era—people’s lives ending in a slow, excruciating fireball of goo. [Speaking of Vietnam and antipersonnel weapons, millions of the ingeniously sadistic CBU (cluster bomb unit) 24s were dropped from US aircraft (mostly via B-52s and B-57s from undetectable altitudes).[2][3]

Background

Professor Grosscup starts by giving us the early history of aerial bombing, at the point where the flying technology and bombardiering technology were coming together… essentially the WW1 era. The author notes four major theoreticians, whom he calls the Prophets: Giulio Drouhet (Italy), Hugh Trenchard and Sir Basil Liddell Hart (England), and William ‘Billy’ Mitchell (United States). As every other political figure or military mind, the Prophets were horrified by World War I, the so-called Great War; they saw the millions of men killed in trenches as a feminine, defensive war, where nothing was glorified and offensive attack was suicidal. Strategic bombing became the savior of the affirmative role of manly martial prowess in stoking the Western patriarchies. Continue reading

Screenplay Review: Enemies Within (2019)

When Israel Declared War on the United States of America
By Clint Burnette, Reviewed by Brian R. Wright

This is a book I actually had a hand in bringing to publication initially via the Amazon independent-publishing print-on-demand and Kindle preparation facilities (was Createspace, now = Kindle Direct Publishing). The book posted on Amazon on this link is actually a screenplay, by Clint Burnette, documenting the all-out, war-crime attack on the United States Navy intelligence ship, the USS Liberty, by all three branches of the Israeli military on June 8, 1967, and its subsequent coverup by top corrupt Israeli and United States officials… with wholesale disrespect of the ship’s officers and crew, their families, and friends of American liberty, justice, and truth, worldwide.

The intent of publishing Enemies Within for general reading audiences is to generate wide support, readership, and enthusiasm among the general public for word of mouth referral to a special filmmaker(s) of excellence and courage wishing to step up and DO the movie that wants to set sail from its pages. [Disclaimer: It shouldn’t be necessary to state this, but Enemies Within is not anti-Jewish anymore than opponents of those corrupting the US government are anti-American. It is the STATE of Israel and its corrupt personnel and accomplices who must be held accountable for the assault on the Liberty.]

My review consists of 1) the context and description of the Liberty incident and its coverup (appearing on the back cover) followed by 2) the initial review of Enemies Within posted on Amazon by Hiram Chance.

Enemies Within: Context and Description

On June 8th, 2019, patriotic Americans will mark the 52nd anniversary of a day of infamy for our naval forces and for our country. The harsh realities of that day will never leave the crew, and can only be assuaged by service to and victory of truth and justice.

For on that day in 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Israeli military launched a deliberate, unprovoked, full-scale attack against the defenseless American Naval intelligence ship USS Liberty—with unmarked jet fighters, followed by Israeli Navy torpedo boats and Israeli Army boarding helicopters with commandos. The US ship was steaming in international waters on a cloudless day with flags unfurled and other identifying features fully visible. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Corporation (2003)

Some camera tricks but hits target well enough ____ 7/10

Directed by Mark Achbar

Noam Chomsky ….Himself
Peter Drucker ….Himself
Milton Friedman …. Himself
Kathie Lee Gifford …. Herself (archive)
Michael Moore ….Himself
Franklin Delano Roosevelt  Himself (archive)
Steve Wilson ….Himself
Others…..  Almost all themselves

In a continuing quest to determine whether the corporate person is conducive to the life of real breathing human persons, I picked up this 2004 movie from the Netflix queue.  It has the look and feel of a Michael Moore movie, and accordingly is a lesser effort for some cheap camera tricks.

Nonetheless, I come away with an appreciation of new information that, along with what our informal tribunal of citizens has already learned, is certainly enough for an indictment of the corporation in extremis.

Basically the camera trick is as follows: In the course of a narrative the viewer is shown images of something utterly devastating, so the viewer wrongly believes the images connect to the narration.

My favorite is a guy complaining about sinus problems at a business conference near a polluting company.  Then we see this river full of suds—heck, it looks like a toxic Tide commercial—then pictures of a big ol’ fish being poisoned and falling to the river floor.

For all we know the images could be from the former Soviet Union.  It’s unfortunate the producers undercut their case by faulty logic, or at the very least undocumented footage.  Still, as scrupulous attenders we have to consider the totality of their message.

For most of the analytical description, the movie is on solid ground.  It goes through the history of corporations and successfully makes the case that they have acquired unintended privileges (which have become fundamentally dangerous to human life).

As we observe from a book review of Unequal Protection, the Founders never intended corporations to have any but temporary powers granted by the state for specific purposes, such as building bridges.  Now they’ve wrongly become “persons” and have set themselves above any law or constitution—buying off public officialdom en masse. Continue reading