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A picture tells the thousand words the U.S. mainstream does not tell. Syria is about pipelines and Rothschild, Murdoch, Cheney and other Globalist Warmongering Elites fracking in Syria’s occupied Golan Heights.
I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness . . .
The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance” ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.
Think for yourself, question everything, don’t be fooled again, is a tag line I use to close out chapters in my book Youtopia. Don’t be fooled, PBS and NPR do not qualify as public media, if anything they follow the same script as the networks and cable “news” outlets, albeit a little higher brow, perhaps devoting a bit more time and resources to environmental, minority and global content, but they do not question everything. In fact Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio are not fully funded by the public, by We the People, instead rely heavily on corporate donations, donations from such shadow corporate/financial luminaries such as Koch Brothers and Rockefeller Foundation. Much like the corporate donations to university endowments, these sponsorships don’t come without strings attached. To make matters worse, Trump’s proposed budget would all but eliminate any public funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, not that this entity should be confused with free and open public discussion.
Along with Public Banking, Public Media is probably the most important aspect of the commons the people need to seize control of, because the media has tremendous technology and marketing power with which to frame and dominate everything from political contests to geo-strategic power plays. The corporate media relies heavily, much as does corporate advertisement, on input and strategies derived from psychologists, the Mad Men of Madison Avenue marketing, in order to indoctrinate the public to accept American exceptionalism and offer up their sons and daughters to wars of imperial geo-strategic conquest.
Part 1 of Seizing the Commons dealt with the necessity of creating a fully transparent and unreservedly accountable public banking system, entirely free from conflict of interest, owned and controlled by We the People. But consider the attendant fact we will never have a public service banking system until we can convince the public this system is in their best interest, and we cannot convince the public of this certainty until we have a public media where such topics can be openly discussed. With our Council of Foreign Affairs dominated media, we will never have the opportunity to hear the voices of the middle class intellectuals debating the Ivy League-born pundits speaking on behalf of entrenched wealth and privilege. For instance, how many of today’s media war zealots would be chiming for the violence of war if they themselves had to actually face a hostile with a rifle or worse?
There is no better opportunity to bring home this argument than to observe the current spiral of war and death in Syria and the impending nuclear posturing in Korea. As I write this, the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier battle group is steaming (really, this time) toward the Korean peninsula as the diminutive, Napoleonian-complex dictator Kim Jong-un threatens South Korea, Japan and anywhere else he can get his missiles to fly, that is, if they don’t blow up on launch.
North Korea is an example of a country mired in global isolation, where the citizens seemingly accept submission to the state precisely because the citizens have NO opportunity to challenge the repressive state authority. The reason they have no opportunity to challenge their military state is because they have no freedom of press; their TV’s spew propaganda and refuse to allow any real debate, sound familiar?
We are blessed to have the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights, but nevertheless, we should not be confused and believe we have complete freedom of the press, we have a semblance of freedom of the press. Topics that are threatening or embarrassing to the entrenched global financial rulers are forbidden or at least rigorously discouraged, while meaningless sports and entertainment trivia are encouraged and debated ad-nauseam.
To be clear, we must not confuse fascist corporate-state media—what we have—with publicly accountable and free access media. They are as polar opposites as public banks and the Federal Reserve. As an example, we only have to look once again at the Syria gassing and cruise missile retaliation. How can a country launch 59 or even one cruise missile as an act of war against another country without knowing the full facts of the gassing incident? There is no question that it was a heinous, deplorable event that caused nearly 100 suffocating deaths, that is not debatable. What is debatable is: did Assad attack his own people and if so, why? What did he have to gain? Or, did Assad drop a bomb on a suspected Isis or al-Qaeda stronghold that was storing Sarin gas? Or is there another answer as yet to be determined?
Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer and Director of the Council for the National Interest suggests the latter is more likely than the version being spoon fed to Americans by the Mockingbird CIA/CFR media. Listen for yourself courtesy of Scott Horton’s radio show.
Our self-serving war hungry media, determined to make an enemy of Russia, Iran and Syria, was quick to deplore the attack and quick to blame Assad and praised Trump’s response. This harkens disturbingly back to the election rhetoric, especially by Hillary Clinton, who, when debating Bernie Sanders during the democratic presidential primary in 2016, declared she would enforce a “no fly zone” over Syria.
Few at the time—or even now—realized Russia has a navy base in Tartus, Syria, so such an enforcement would likely mean an “accidental” shoot down of a Russian jet. She doubled down on that promise when she debated Trump, and after Trump somehow upset the New World Order’s carefully prepared coronation of Queen Hillary, they now had to foment the divorce between Trump, Putin and Russia. This has finally come about and Trump recently announced that relations between USA and Russia were at an all-time low.
This gas attack harkens back to the 2013 gas attack that was also questionable, but not debated in our Operation Mockingbird media. But here is a Guardian report from August 2013, where the author and Wesley Clark outlines the determination by the Neocons to overthrow certain countries in order to control the geo-strategic oil reserves and or pipeline routes. Here is one excerpt from that report, something you certainly didn’t here discussed in the U.S. mendacious media.
Experts are unanimous that the shocking footage of civilians, including children, suffering the effects of some sort of chemical attack, is real – but remain divided on whether it involved military-grade chemical weapons associated with Assad’s arsenal, or were a more amateur concoction potentially linked to the rebels.
That sounds familiar to the most recent event.
Whatever the case, few recall that US agitation against Syria began long before recent atrocities, in the context of wider operations targeting Iranian influence across the Middle East.
Our media likes to portray national leaders who resist American/British/Israeli Empire as looney tune nut cases—in Kim Jong-un’s case they have a point. In most cases, however, the bankster/military/oil complex have to rely on their media to create boogeyman, and unfortunately too many tin pot dictators don’t realize how effective the media saturation of public thought has become. Americans don’t literally goose-step, we do it figuratively when we believe the corporate media’s well paid drill sergeants. Back to the Guardian report:
In May 2007, a presidential finding revealed that Bush had authorized CIA operations against Iran. Anti-Syria operations were also in full swing around this time as part of this covert programme, according to Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker. A range of US government and intelligence sources told him that the Bush administration had “cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations” intended to weaken the Shi’ite Hezbollah in Lebanon. “The US has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria,” wrote Hersh, “a byproduct” of which is “the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups” hostile to the United States and “sympathetic to al-Qaeda.” He noted that “the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria,” with a view to pressure him to be “more conciliatory and open to negotiations” with Israel. One faction receiving covert US “political and financial support” through the Saudis was the exiled Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
We all remember Hillary’s lamentable remarks after killing Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in 2011: “We came, we saw, he died,” she said smirking.
Suggesting the morally superior U.S. forces killed a terrible boogeyman while ignoring the fact Gaddafi created a State/public central bank and desired to sell his oil in gold dinars, a currency not connected to the U.S. petro dollar, is typical of controlled fascist corporate-serving media. Again, the U.S. public didn’t understand this facet of why Gaddafi had to go. But in this video, All Wars are Bankers Wars, the connections to oil, controlling currency and false flag events are made clear.
This video moves along at a fast pace and ties together Seizing the Commons Part 1, Public Banking with this Part 2, Public Media. It tells you much the controlled media is hiding.
Back to the Guardian article on the 2013 gas attack in Syria:
According to former French foreign minister Roland Dumas, Britain had planned covert action in Syria as early as 2009:
“I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business,” he told French television: “I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was preparing gunmen to invade Syria.”
The 2011 uprisings, it would seem – triggered by a confluence of domestic energy shortages and climate-induced droughts which led to massive food price hikes – came at an opportune moment that was quickly exploited. Leaked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor including notes from a meeting with Pentagon officials confirmed US-UK training of Syrian opposition forces since 2011 aimed at eliciting “collapse” of Assad’s regime “from within.”
So what was this unfolding strategy to undermine Syria and Iran all about? According to retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans to “attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years”, starting with Iraq and moving on to “Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.” In a subsequent interview, Clark argues that this strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.
Much of the strategy currently at play was candidly described in a 2008 US Army-funded RAND report, “Unfolding the Future of the Long War”. The report noted that “the economies of the industrialized states will continue to rely heavily on oil, thus making it a strategically important resource.” As most oil will be produced in the Middle East, the US has “motive for maintaining stability in and good relations with Middle Eastern states”:
“The geographic area of proven oil reserves coincides with the power base of much of the Salafi-jihadist network. This creates a linkage between oil supplies and the long war that is not easily broken or simply characterized… For the foreseeable future, world oil production growth and total output will be dominated by Persian Gulf resources… The region will therefore remain a strategic priority, and this priority will interact strongly with that of prosecuting the long war.”
In this context, the report identified several potential trajectories for regional policy focused on protecting access to Gulf oil supplies, among which the following are most salient:
“Divide and Rule focuses on exploiting fault lines between the various Salafi-jihadist groups to turn them against each other and dissipate their energy on internal conflicts. This strategy relies heavily on covert action, information operations (IO), unconventional warfare, and support to indigenous security forces… the United States and its local allies could use the nationalist jihadists to launch proxy IO campaigns to discredit the transnational jihadists in the eyes of the local populace… US leaders could also choose to capitalize on the ‘Sustained Shia-Sunni Conflict’ trajectory by taking the side of the conservative Sunni regimes against Shiite empowerment movements in the Muslim world…. possibly supporting authoritative Sunni governments against a continuingly hostile Iran.”
Exploring different scenarios for this trajectory, the report speculated that the US may concentrate “on shoring up the traditional Sunni regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan as a way of containing Iranian power and influence in the Middle East and Persian Gulf.” Noting that this could actually empower al-Qaeda jihadists, the report concluded that doing so might work in western interests by bogging down jihadi activity with internal sectarian rivalry rather than targeting the US:
Today in Syria there are two pipeline routes (See graphic at top of page) but American corporate news consumers don’t yet know that. Most still think there are bands of insane people who hate other people because they are free. Our media is complicit in the bloodshed in Syria and is responsible for the mass exodus and refugee crisis. From Dmitry Minin, in Strategic Culture Online, May 31, 2013.
The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis
In the apt expression of F. William Engdahl, «Natural gas is the flammable ingredient that is fueling this insane scramble for energy in the region.» A battle is raging over whether pipelines will go toward Europe from east to west, from Iran and Iraq to the Mediterranean coast of Syria, or take a more northbound route from Qatar and Saudi Arabia via Syria and Turkey. Having realized that the stalled Nabucco pipeline, and indeed the entire Southern Corridor, are backed up only by Azerbaijan’s reserves and can never equal Russian supplies to Europe or thwart the construction of the South Stream, the West is in a hurry to replace them with resources from the Persian Gulf. Syria ends up being a key link in this chain, and it leans in favor of Iran and Russia; thus it was decided in the Western capitals that its regime needs to change. The fight for «democracy» is a false flag thrown out to cover up totally different aims.
It’s been quite a few years now since I attempted to ask my elected representatives in Washington State to explain the reason for the U.S. Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce. The question I asked: (D) Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and, first (R) House Representative Dave Reichart, then after redistricting (D) HR Suzanne Delbene—Is the USACC a lobby group and if so are they lobbying for U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund infrastructure of Azerbaijan so that the members can ship their oil and other natural resources out of Azerbaijan while the U.S. infrastructure fails miserably on all fronts? Despite five attempts to receive an answer from my elected representatives they simply refused to respond. If you look at the “Honorary Council of Advisors” of USACC, you will see Henry Kissinger, Zbigneiw Brzezinski, John Sununu, Brent Scowcroft and James Baker III. Perhaps my representatives didn’t want to disturb the high priests of the shadow government.
I had reported on Genie Energy operating in Syria’s Golan Heights back in December 9, 2015, and others have too, but below is a follow up article by True News from April 14, 2017 that builds on those articles and adds a lot more detail, detail the Mockingbird/CIA media does not want the public to know about.
A company named Genie Energy, with major investors and advisors such as Lord Rothschild, former VP Dick Cheney and news mogul Rupert Murdoch, could be at the center of decade long play for Israeli energy dominance in the Middle East.
Other major players associated with Genie Energy include economist Larry Summers, Democratic Party veteran Bill Richardson, and former CIA director James Woolsey.
Genie Energy Ltd. (GNEPRA) is an American-based oil and gas company comprised of two operating divisions, Genie Retail Energy division (GRE) and Genie Oil and Gas (GOGAS). GRE operates retail energy providers and brokerage and marketing services, while GOGAS is a global oil and gas exploration company operating an exploratory program in Northern Israel through a subsidiary called Afek Oil and Gas.
In late-February 2017, an ISIS affiliated group took control of the strategic oil-exploration area of the Golan Heights in Syria which Genie had rights to. After a surprise attack the jihadists captured the towns of Tseel, Sahem al Golan, Adwan, and Ten Jamoua which bridge Syria and Israel over the Yarmouk River.
The Israelis did not intervene at any point of the military confrontation, but have intervened on a dozen of occasions against the Assad regime.
In early-March, the Syrian government retook the Hayyan natural gas field in Syria’s central province of Homs from ISIS, which is in vicinity of the Syrian Shayrat airbase, which was struck with US tomahawk missiles on April 6th 2017. In January 2017 ISIS reportedly ‘blew up’ the Hayyan gas plant, the source of one-third of Syria’s electricity, putting it a potential regional competitor “totally out of order.”
While this conflict was unraveling between 2015 and 2017, Genie Energy was busy beefing up its advisory board with top names in the political and business world including many with Goldman Sachs connections.
Mary Landrieu, former U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1996-2014), and previous Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, was one edition. While serving as head of the Senate Committee she sponsored and passed the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill, which promised to foster partnerships focused on developing resources such as natural gas and alternative fuels, on the academic, business and governmental levels.
In 2010 her brother, the current Mayor of New Orleans, selected Goldman Sachs for a $20 million investment in small business loans, and in 2014 a PAC representing Goldman Sachs donated $15,000 to her failed Senate campaign.
The wife of the board’s Chairman, Michael Steinhardt, serves on NYU’s Board of Trustees with former Goldman Sachs’ #2 man Gary Cohn, along wth Laurence Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, which is a top shareholder in Goldman Sachs, and John Paulson, who made billions of dollars on the purchase of credit default swaps with the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008. In 2010, Paulson along with Goldman Sachs was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of creating financial products designed to fail.
Genie investor Rupert Murdoch, the Founder and Executive Chairman of News Corporation, co-chairs the Partnership for New York City with Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Murdoch also had Goldman Sachs co-head of investment banking John Waldron manage the merger of Fox and News Corp, and his abortive bid for Time Warner.
Lastly, in 2011 The New Yorker accused Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal of holding a profile story on-then Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn (now chief economic advisor for President Trump) because they did not want him being unfairly associated with news stories about Goldman Sachs having sold clients mortgages it thought were junk.
With that real news in mind, let’s watch and listen another report on the most recent gas attack in Syria. The enlightenment is coming to those who seek to know, and knowing, we can easily understand why the corporate media will simply not allow any public discussion on Syria, Iran, Russia or the global private central banking system which magically creates money as debt and uses unlimited wealth to create sophisticated propaganda outlets and use those outlets to convince people they are actually free and the media is fair and balanced.
Josh Sigurdson World Alternative Media on false blame for Syria gas attack.
So now Trump has capitulated to the media onslaught and has obviously decided it’s easier to become popular if he just became the NWO puppet the media expected Hillary to be. He has bombed the Syrian air base with little effect, he has dropped the MOAB in Afghanistan, is situating a battle fleet near North Korea, has sent troops into Somalia, hopefully not by Blackhawk helicopters, and is contemplating sending troops into Syria, but may send them into Chicago instead. The fact Trump fooled so many working class people into believing he was going to oppose the global elite, drain the swamp, reign in Goldman Sachs, is just proof how desperate some people are to believe there are still some good leaders in Washington and Manhattan. That last honest one with courage was probably Smedley Butler, and he never made it into politics, especially after he wrote a book titled, War is a Racket.
Butler refused to go along with the Businessman’s Plot of 1934. While there are admirable politician here and there, I’d list Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein as honest and well meaning, but the missing ingredient in today’s would-be leaders in unbridled courage of the kind animating Smedley Butler.
Trump is closer to a Saudi Sheik than to Smedley Butler, surrounding himself by fawning yes men, constantly seeking praise, sprawling in gilded palaces, and wearing out superlatives in the English language. While entertaining Chinese President Xi Jinping with a lavish dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Trump announced the 59 cruise missile barrage on Syria as they dined on a “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen . . .”
Because the Chinese president also condemned the gas attacks, Trump has now exonerated China for currency manipulation. Somehow, somewhere in Trump’s mind those two things are connected.
The helicopter combate veteran, ahem, journalist, Brian Williams waxed poetic at the beauty of the cruise missile attack on Iraq, (as Trump said mistakenly) or Syria, or wherever, suggesting many in the media really love the glory of war.
Brian Williams: “We see these beautiful pictures at night . . . and they are beautiful pictures.”
The war drums are pounding for sure, the latest was the breaking news that two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted and escorted two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers near the Alaskan coast on April 18, 2017. This is how wars start, too many close calls, an incident goes live and we have action/reaction/reaction until who knows what?
A truly open public media, where public debate is actually encouraged is essential if we are going to get at the real motives for the war posturing that grows greater and more menacing everyday. The media is stocked with Council of Foreign Relations members, Fox news is headed by Rupert Murdoch, business partner with Lord Jacob Rothschild, as shown above. MSNBC has a cadre of global elitists, including Andrea Mitchel, wife of Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal (private) Reserve, along with Mikka Brzezinski, daughter of Zbigneiw Brzezinski, founder of the globalist think tank, The Trilateral Commission. CNN has Wolf Blitzer, allegedly a member of AIPAC, and one only has to research who owns the media, the conglomerated big five to understand the media is directly tied to the objectives of the Federal Reserve banking system which makes the member banks and bankers wealthy beyond imagination as they manipulate currency, lending and usury to serve the whims of Wall St. while putting U.S. workers and environmental standards in a global race to the bottom. For evidence, the Trans Pacific Partnership was barely mentioned by the corporate media for obvious reasons.
Another area that needs hefty public discussion are the numerous incidents of false flags that have occurred throughout history and continue into the present, the gas attacks may or may not be just such and incident, hence the need to encourage open discussion and present all evidence regarding such incidents. Even mainstream media is acknowledging and daring to mention Hitler’s Reichstag Fire as evidence of a self imposed false flag attack designed to put Hitler in supreme power and diminish civic rights with the Enabling Act. Even iconic academic Noam Chomsky alluded in March 27 in AlterNet that Trump might resort to a false flag in order to galvanize public opinion.
In order to maintain his popularity, the Trump administration will have to try to find some means of rallying the support and changing the discourse from the policies that they are carrying out, which are basically a wrecking ball to something else. Maybe scapegoating, saying, “Well, I’m sorry, I can’t bring your jobs back because these bad people are preventing it.” And the typical scapegoating goes to vulnerable people: immigrants, terrorists, Muslims and elitists, whoever it may be. And that can turn out to be very ugly.
I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly.
While some false flags have been fully exposed, the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, which started the Spanish/American war, the HMS Lusitania, which precepted WWI, the Gulf of Tonkin which drew the U.S. into the Vietnam conflict, and other war starters are still debated, just not on mainstream media. Pearl Harbor, many contend the U.S. had deciphered Japanese codes; 9/11, the physical evidence clearly proves controlled demolitions of the three buildings in Manhattan, but no public debate is allowed because public debate would bring out too many details from many years of research by academics, physicists, scientists, engineers and statesemen who understand physics. Most people don’t even know about the third building that fell at free fall rate into its own footprint.
We only have to remember the banksters and moneychangers who destroyed our economy resulting in massive losses to the public savings and loss of homes, were never prosecuted; no one of any clout stood trial or went to jail. That’s how our system of justice works, it works for the elite, Justus.
With a public media, the bankster’s media would not be able to choose which topics were open for debate on the airwaves and which ones were not. The public would decide what topics were open to discussion–period. Right now the media encourages endless hours of discussion on non-important issues, sports pundits are paid handsomely to investigate and evaluate every minutia of detail regarding an athlete’s attitude, health, meniscus tear, little toe fracture, or contract disputes. Hollywood reporters stalk and hound actors, i.e., people who are faking it, thousands of hours are devoted to discussing these people every week. But when it comes to the really important issues there is no such devotion to rooting out the facts, thus real journalists, those who dig down to the bare essence of the story and tie in related stories, people and events, are generally not to be found on any major media outlet. They are certainly out there and you have to find them, and chances are they have another job that supports them while they do their best to bring truth to the public.
A few items that need immediate attention regarding the language we use and accept. First, lobbying is just an euphemism for bribery. Bribery is illegal so lobbying politicians should be illegal. Conflicts of interest, all military advisors to the media must disclose their relationship to military contractors, must disclose any potential conflicts of interest. For instance, FOX news regularly invites retired four-star general Jack Keane on for his military analysis and opinion. Keane nor Fox disclosed he is Chairman for the Institute for the Study of War. What the hell is that, you ask?
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is a United States-based think tank founded in 2007 by Kimberly Kagan. ISW describes itself as a non-partisan think tank providing research and analysis regarding issues of defense and foreign affairs. Others have described ISW as “a hawkish Washington” group favoring an “aggressive foreign policy”. Though it had produced reports on the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War, “focusing on military operations, enemy threats, and political trends in diverse conflict zones”. The non-profit organization is supported by grants and contributions from large defense contractors, including Raytheon, General Dynamics, DynCorp and others. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The Kagan’s, like the Koch Brothers, are billionaire neocon, warmongers who’s deep pockets heavily influence the political process in a most negative way. The title of this article by Tyler Durden from Mar 22, 2017 should clue the reader into this malevolent war monger family: Kagans are back, wars to follow. The Kagans are members of the American Enterprise Institute, and if you haven’t looked at this lobbying/think tank group of neocons then I suggest you take a look at their membership because once you do you will have a good start on some of the most influential people of the “Shadow Government.” This is by no means a complete list, you’d have to go look at the banking fraternities and CFR membership, but it’s a good list of the people above and controlling the puppet politicians and presidents we have all come to question.