POSTED ON JANUARY 5, 2017
WARS AND RUMORS OF SECRET WARS
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
The more I read about trends in the new year, I shudder to think that when the curtain is raised on the world’s stage in 2017, the show will be explosive and deadly as it appears the Cold War is being rekindled and secret wars and occupations have been ignored in the mainstream media, or entirely censored.
The previews of the future that the elite war hawks want are now being presented in a theater of pain.
All predictions of war in 2017 will be made by left-leaning mainstream interests, as the so-called peace president makes his exit, and the new president deemed the fascist, is handed the keys to the kingdom.
There is no science to validate speculation about a coming war, only emotional tirades and propaganda being spun to create scapegoats on all sides of the world which indicate that beyond the president there are politicians and bankers with itchy trigger fingers.
Looking back through the pages of history we will see that the left and the right have somehow changed their spots and as we hear confusing speeches and see failed diplomacy.
There appears to be a pattern.
We have been lead down the primrose path of dalliance in 2016 and the madness that has crossed over into the new timeline is not showing signs of abatement. It is a time of ideological apostasy where both the right and the left are confused as to which country or ideology is persecuting them.
With this type of perplexity and division it is probable that our country is going to be in the cross hairs and the so-called safety net the intelligence operatives and the pseudo police state has promised us, will unravel leaving us vulnerable.
During the Cold War, from the time Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” speech to Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech, American liberals were saying that the Soviet threat was largely a figment of the Conservative Right’s imagination.
Now the left is championing the Russian hack illusion and there are plenty of neo-cons and neo-liberals available to destroy Donald Trump by believing the lie that gets told, over and over again.
The reversal of attitude is compelling as well as disturbing.
President Obama said that before he left the White House on January 20th, 2017 he would provide the president-elect a smooth transition. It is now apparent that he went back on his promise.
He is leaving us with questions about the legitimacy of our last election. We are told the Russians interfered with our elections, and this lie has become the all pervasive story that has lasted for weeks in the news cycle.
This should send a red flag to anyone who can smell a conspiracy that is over ripened and over reported. They don’t offer any evidence or proof whatsoever. They haven’t even shown us fake evidence. Their claims are based on anonymous sources, unnamed sources, and terms like “consensus view”, with not a shred of absolute proof.
Because the big lie has been repeated so many times by corporate media, about half of the US public, according to a recent poll, believes Russia interfered with our last election, even though there is not a bit of evidence to support it.
Any challenges to the consensus view are labeled fake news and this newspeak talking point has turned into a caricature of itself as some Americans freely use the term to describe any alternative news story that tramples their normalcy bias.
The words “fake” and “news” used in tandem are now potent magical words to discredit anything that doesn’t fit the agenda of those who play in the left wing sandbox.
Together the words “fake” and “news” create a dismissive stance against information and it is also a form of self censorship and a policing of language that is seen in despotic states.
These are trigger words being used in the secret war where censored stories will be more of the norm in 2017.
Every year there are stories that are conveniently ignored by the mainstream media—many our censored because of their inconvenient status, meaning that they are not politically expedient.
Most countries like China censor material that is politically sensitive both in the media and on the Internet.
Censorship in the People’s Republic of China is implemented or mandated by the China’s ruling party, the Communist Party of China. The government censors content for mainly political reasons, but also to maintain its control over the populace.
In the United States, we are supposed to support a free and open press including internet press.
The internet has been a vital tool in receiving information and uncovering political malfeasance that has been ignored or overlooked by corporate controlled network media.
However even on the internet, there are stories that don’t really springboard into going viral, which is also suspect in my opinion.
There is one particular story that has not seen the light of day and that deals with the fact that we are in the middle of a secret war, we are engaging in proxy wars, and it appears that there are plans ahead for many wars that may go full-blown nuclear.
Corporate media has not covered the massive expansion of US Special Operations Forces around the globe, much less raised critical questions about whether these missions result in meaningful accomplishments. The military expansion that has taken place over the past five to ten years is not “breaking” news, and so it has gone all but completely unreported by the corporate press.
Instead, the global presence of US military personnel is typically treated as the unspoken background for more dramatic reports of specific military operations or policy decisions.
It was reported by Nick Turse of Tom Dispatch that U.S. Special Operations forces have already deployed to 135 nations, according to Ken McGraw, a spokesman for Special Operations Command (SOCOM). That’s roughly 70% of the countries on the planet. Every day, in fact, America’s most elite troops are carrying out missions in 80 to 90 nations, practicing night raids or sometimes conducting them for real, engaging in sniper training or sometimes actually gunning down enemies from afar.
As part of a global engagement strategy of endless secret operations conducted on every continent but Antarctica, they have now eclipsed the number and range of special ops missions undertaken at the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Every day, Turse wrote, “America’s most elite troops are carrying out missions in 80 to 90 nations.” The majority of these are training missions, “designed to tutor proxies and forge stronger ties with allies.”
Training missions focus on everything from basic rifle marksmanship and land navigation to small unit tactics and counterterrorism operations. Special Operations Forces have carried out 500 Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) missions in as many as sixty-seven countries per year since 2012. Officially, JCETs are devoted to training US forces, but according to a SOCOM official interviewed by Turse; these missions also “foster key military partnerships with foreign militaries” and “build interoperability between U.S. SOF and partner-nation forces.” JCETs, Turse wrote, “are just a fraction of the story” when it comes to multinational overseas training operations.
In 2014, Special Operations Forces organized seventy-five training operations in thirty countries, a figure projected to increase to ninety-eight exercises by the end of 2015, according to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense.
In addition to training, Special Operations Forces also engage in “direct action.” Counterterrorism missions, including what Turse described as “low-profile drone assassinations and kill/capture raids by muscled-up, high-octane operators,” are the specific domains of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) forces, such as the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 and the Army’s Delta Force.
I have received a lot of e-mail lately, from people who secretly tell me about spouses that have deployed – young men who tell their parents they are shipping out to Africa or Ukraine and others who do war games in American cities.
They have their suspicions about why and most say that they think the secret build up will lead us to World War III.
Since 1950, presidents have claimed powers to start wars even without any authorization from Congress. Bill Clinton’s war to separate Kosovo from Serbia in 1999 had no authorization, nor did Barack Obama in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya in 2011.
Now, The Obama Administration has decided to stretch the 15-year-old congressional authorization for war against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, or those harboring them, to include an illegal war against a group in Somalia, al-Shabab.
They weren’t even in existence at the time of the attacks in 2001. But it doesn’t matter; in our mainstream corporate media agenda the story of a lame duck president acting like a tyrant gets in the way of naming the president-elect a fascist.
The mainstream media willfully avoids the trouble of reporting constitutional malfeasance as he Obama administration over the last eight years has drone killed American Citizens without trial violating the Fifth Amendment, authorized the spying on all of us violating the Fourth Amendment and racked up the worst Freedom of Information Act response rate since the Act was created which violates the First Amendment.
President Obama promised greater governmental transparency to the American people. In practice, the Obama administration has set a record for failures to find and produce government documents in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act encourages and enforces government disclosures to citizens and foreigners who request federal records, with exemptions for disclosures that would threaten national security, violate personal privacy, or expose confidential decision-making in certain areas.
Though the corporate press, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, has run stories on the Obama administration’s efforts to improve government transparency, most of these articles predate the dramatic increase in the number of FOIA requests that the Obama administration has failed to respond to adequately. And, whereas corporate media have focused on stories that seem to be false flags and fabrications, the American people are unable to check sources, narrow down documentation or even fact check anything that comes from the Whitehouse or the Pentagon.
This appears to be the game plan of secret neo-con and neo-lib groups who call themselves “The Resistance.” They are declaring a secret war against the President elect and will continue to block or censor block what the CIA and the neoconservative Trump haters fear the most: Trump’s vow to turn US foreign policy around, align with Russia against Saudi-jihadist elements in the Middle East, and bring an end to the policy of what he calls “intervention and chaos.”
The first phase of this assault is slated to be endless congressional hearings on the subject of Russian “influence” in American politics which reminds me of the old antiquated House Un-American activities committee.
We know that the corporate media has all but accepted the resounding narrative that Russia hacked the U.S. election. But as outlets like the Washington Post receive harsh criticism for perpetuating these as-of-yet unconfirmed allegations, it appears the media isn’t the only institution that’s failing to practice due diligence.
Last week, the FBI released a joint analysis report with the Department of Homeland Security that focused on providing tips to prevent another cyber attack. But the agencies also claimed to have proof Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers, acts that resulted in the leaks of private emails that embarrassed the party and Hillary Clinton and arguably helped defeat her presidential campaign. But even as the media has parroted this analysis without question, ignoring valid objections from cyber security experts — the FBI itself reportedly failed to conduct an investigation into the DNC’s email servers.
“Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers,” Buzzfeed News reported exclusively yesterday.
According to their report, Eric Walker, the DNC’s deputy communications director, said in an email:
“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington DC Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers.”
As the media continues to report the ‘Russia-hacked-the-election’ narrative as fact and their articles are increasingly condemned for failing to provide hard evidence, it appears the authorities making the claims are also failing to conduct sufficient research.
The outgoing administration is demanding a “report” on the whole matter of Russian interference ordered by President Obama to be placed on his desk before January 20th.
Now that Facebook and Google are creating an alliance with the media, we will be seeing mechanisms to filter out “fake news,” basically news and opinion they would rather you didn’t read or even know about, the truth is going to be even harder to get out.
Censorship is now threatening the free press and thanks to a highly-controlled and pervasive corporate media, you probably won’t even hear about it.