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Inilah Jadwal dan Nama Anggota DPR yang ke Argentina

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Inilah Jadwal dan Nama Anggota DPR yang ke Argentina

Senin, 19 Mei 08 07:15 WIB

Sudah bukan rahasia umum lagi jika agenda studi banding ke luar negeri yang dilakukan oleh anggota DPR sesungguhnya cuma merupakan akal-akalan para anggota terhormat untuk bisa melancong gratis ke luar negeri (pakai uang rakyat, yang sekarang banyak yang bunuh diri gara-gara himpitan kemiskinan dan kemelaratan hidup yang kian hari kian sulit ditanggung).

Di saat rakyat banyak antri BBM, menangis dengan airmata darah, bahkan bunuh diri atau membunuh anak-anaknya yang masih balita karena tidak tahan dengan kemiskinan, anggota DPR tanpa sedikit pun memiliki empati terhadap nasib rakyat ini lagi-lagi melancong ke luar negeri. Kali ini ke Buenos Aires, Argentina, untuk (katanya) studi banding soal pemilihan umum.

Situs Kompas (16/5) berjudul “Anggota DPR Bawa Keluarga Plesir ke Argentina” menulis, “Anggota DPR melakukan kunjungan kerja dengan uang saku 500 dollar AS atau Rp 4, 6 juta per hari per orang. Ada 12 anggota DPR yang mendapat uang saku sebesar 500 dollar AS per hari per orang atau setara dengan Rp 4, 6 juta. Total menghabiskan uang negara 6.000 dollar per hari atau 48.000 dollar atau senilai Rp 441 juta dalam delapan hari. Tidak termasuk biaya untuk 10 staf.”

Jumlah tersebut hanya untuk uang saku. Belum termasuk akomodasi hotel kelas luxury, transport, tunjangan ini itu, dan sebagainya. Dan ingat, semua ini berasal dari uang rakyat.

“Anggota DPR yang berangkat studi banding ke Argentina pada masa persidangan IV Tahun Sidang 2007-2008 mewakili semua fraksi di DPR, kecuali Partai Golkar dan Partai Demokrat. Jumlah rombongan yang berangkat 27 orang, dengan rincian 12 anggota DRP, dua isteri anggota DPR, satu suami anggota DPR, 12 staf, dan seorang isteri staf, ” demikian Kompas.

Dari jadwal kegiatan mereka di Argentina ini yang selama lebih kurang delapan hari, waktu yang dipergunakan untuk sungguh-sungguh bekerja (rapat) cuma 10 jam, sedangkan untuk piknik adalah 55 jam! (lihat jadwal terlampir). Ini merupakan fakta yang tidak bisa dibantah jika anggota DPR ini memang plesiran dengan mempergunakan uang rakyat!

Siapa saja dan apa saja yang mereka lakukan di Argentina? Silakan lihat sendiri. Berikut ini jadwal kegiatan anggota DPR selama di Argentina dan daftar nama-nama yang berangkat (dari Kompas, 16/5):

Senin (12/5)

Pukul 20.00 WIB berkumpul di Bandara Soekarno Hatta.

Pukul 22.10 tinggal landas menuju Bandara Changi, Singapura.

Selasa (13/5)

Pukul 00.45 tiba di Singapura (transit)

Pukul 02.00 tinggal landas menuju Dubai Uni Emirat Arab.

Tiba pukul 10.00 setelah transit, ganti pesawat terbang lagi ke ke Sao Paolo, Brasil.

Pukul 17.55 Tiba di Sao Paolo

Pukul 21.30 tinggal landas menuju Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rabu (14/5)

Pukul 00.30 tiba Buenos Aires, check-in di Park Chateau Kempinski

Pukul 09.00-11.00 rapat dengan parlemen

Pukul 13.00-17.00 rapat dengan Camara Nacional Electoral (KPU)

Kamis (15/5)

Pukul 09.00-11.00 Rapat dengan Lembaga Penyelesaian

Konflik Pemilu (Electoral Management Body)

Pukul 13.00-17.00 Tamasya ke Delta Tigre dan Colon Theatre

Jumat (16/5)

Pukul 07.00 check-out dari hotel

Pukul 08.30-11.00 tamasnya ke 9th Juli Avenue, Obalisk, Metropolitan Cathedral, Cabildo dan menuju bandara

Pukul 18.00 tiba di Sao Paolo, check-in di Novotel Jeregua

Pukul 19.00-21.00 pertemuan dengan KBRI

Sabtu (17/5) hingga Minggu (18/5): Dua hari penuh, tamasya dalam kota

Minggu 19.00 check-out dan menuju bandara

Senin (19/5)

Pukul 01.25 tinggal landas menuju Dubai

23.05 tiba di Dubai, rombongan berpisah dan sebagian umroh

Selasa (20/5)

Pukul 16.25 tiba Bandara Soekarno Hatta

Sedangkan daftar nama-nama anggota dPR yang plesir ke Argentina adalah:

1.Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly (PDIP)

2.Andi Yuliani Paris (PAN)

3 Tumbu Saraswati (PDIP)

4.Jacobus Mayongpadang (PDIP)

5.Emmy Rerung Rante (isteri Jacobus Mayongpadang)

6 Hasril Azwar (PPP)

7 Nani Muliani (isteri Hasril Azwar)

8 Patrialis Akbar (PAN)

9 Putra Jaya (PAN)

10 Saifullah Mas’hum (PKB)

11 Badriyah Fayumi (PKB)

12 Abu Bakar (suami Badriyah)

14 Jazuli Juwaini (PKS)

15 Saut Marasal Hasibuan (PDS)

16 Rahmat Budiaji (staf)

17 Andie Widianto (staf)

18 Novianto Murti Hartono (staf)

19 Sudarsono (staf)

20 Evi Adiningrum (isteri Sudarsono)

21 Jajang Abdullah (staf)

22 Karim Mustari (staf)

23 Robert Simbolon (staf)

24 Suwarno Putra Raharjo (staf)

25 Gunawan Suswantoro (staf)

26 Agung Mulyana Saleh (staf)

27 Desmalili Mariati (staf)

Believe it or not? Inilah kelakuan para wakil rakyat kita yang kita pilih dalam Pemilu 2004 lalu.(rizki)

NB. RALAT: Ketua F-PKS Al-Muzammil Yusuf tidak ikut serta dalam rombongan Pansus RUU Pilpres seperti yang telah diberitakan oleh media-media nasional. Yang bersangkutan telah memberi tahukan kepada kami tentang ralat tersebut..(rz)

sumber : http://www.eramuslim.com/berita/tha/8519070109-inilah-jadwal-dan-nama-anggota-dpr-ke-argentina.htm

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Menag: Non Muslim Jangan Ikut Campur Soal Ahmadiyah

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Menag: Non Muslim Jangan Ikut Campur Soal Ahmadiyah

Rabu, 28 Mei 08 07:11 WIB

Kendati gesekan antar umat beragama mengalami penurunan yang cukup signifikan. Namun persoalan internal agama masih banyak yang harus diselesaikan, seperti masalah Ahmadiyah yang dianggap umat Islam merupakan penyimpangan ajaran agama. Karena itu Menteri Agama M Maftuh Basyuni mengimbau penyelesaian masalah tersebut dapat diselesaikan sendiri oleh penganut agama masing-masing.

“Masalah Islam dengan Ahmadiyah, saya harapkan non muslim tidak usah campur tangan, ” kata Menteri Agama saat membuka Rapat Kerja Daerah Kantor Wilayah Departemen Agama provinsi DKI Jakarta, Selasa (27/5).

Menag mengatakan, sejak penerbitan SKB no 9 dan 8 yang tahun 2006 tentang kerukunan umat beragama, gesekan antar umat beragama mengalami penurunan, dan patut disyukuri SKB tersebut disusun oleh perwakilan majelis-majelis agama.

Maftuh menyarankan, masalah yang menyangkut internal agama tersebut, sebaiknya diselesaikan sendiri, karena hal itu lebih baik dari pada mengikut sertakan orang atau golongan banyak.

Terkait tentang penerbitan Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) tentang aliran Ahmadiyah yang belum juga diterbitkan, Menag mengakui masih ada kendala antara lain belum adanya pertemuan antara ketiga menteri yang menandatangani SKB tersebut. Meski demikian, Maftuh Basyuni tetap menjanjikan SKB yang ditunggu-tunggu itu segera terbit.

Berdasarkan Rapat Koordinasi Badan Koordinasi Pengawas Aliran Kepercayaan Masyarakat (Bakor Pakem) Ahmadiyah telah menyimpang dari ajaran Islam, sehingga ketiga pejabat menteri yakni, Menteri Agama, Menteri Dalam Negeri, dan Jaksa Agung perlu segera menerbitkan SKB tersebut. (novel)
source: http://www.eramuslim.com/berita/nas/8527145857-menag-non-muslim-jangan-ikut-campur-soal-ahmadiyah.htm

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Dur dan Duka Palestina

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Dur dan Duka Palestina

Selasa, 13 Mei 08 08:28 WIB

Illan Pape, sejarawan Israel, pernah memaparkan bagaimana cara yang dilakukan teroris Zionis-Yahudi untuk mengusir bangsa Palestina dari rumah dan kampung mereka di tahun 1948. Kala itu bangsa Palestina masih mendiami sebagian besar tanah airnya, di saat bersamaan, orang-orang Zionis-Yahudi dari segala penjuru dunia didatangkan oleh komplotan teroris Zionis Internasional ke tanah Palestina untuk mengusir orang-orang Palestina dan mendirikan negara Yahudi di sana.

“Salah satu cara orang-orang Yahudi untuk mengusir rakyat Palestina dari tanah dan kampungnya adalah dengan mengepung desa mereka dari tiga arah. Satu arah dibiarkan terbuka. Setelah dari tiga sisi dikepung, orang-orang Yahudi yang bersenjata itu menembaki orang-orang Palestina, siapa saja. Tujuannya adalah untuk menimbulkan ketakutan sehingga mereka, orang-orang Palestina itu, keluar dari rumah-rumah mereka dan meninggalkan kampung mereka. Cara-cara ini biasa dilakukan pada malam hari tatkala orang-orang Palestina tengah terlelap sehingga ketika mereka berlari meninggalkan rumahnya, mereka tidak membawa bekal apa pun.”

“Setelah desa berhasil dikosongkan, maka orang-orang Yahudi itu saat itu juga menduduki wilayah tersebut dan mengklaim tanah itu sebagai tanah milik orang Yahudi. The Homeland.”

“Selain cara mengepung dari tiga arah, orang-orang Yahudi juga menggunakan cara pengepungan empat arah. Jika cara ini yang dipakai maka yang terjadi adalah pembantaian terhadap seisi desa. Orang-orang Palestina, besar-kecil, tua-muda, dibantai dan dibunuh. Setelah semuanya menemui ajal, maka desa itu pun diduduki oleh orang-orang Yahudi dan diberi nama dengan bahasa Ibrani, ” ujar Pape yang atas kejujurannya ini menuai kecaman dari banyak tokoh Israel dan dianggap sebagai sangat berlebihan.

Di saat-saat itu, ada tiga organisasi teroris Israel yang terkenal yakni Stern, Haganah, dan Irgun. Dengan cara teror, pembantaian, pemerkosaan, kriminal, inilah “negara” Israel didirikan. Dan ironisnya, Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa merestuinya. Padahal, apa yang dilakukan Israel adalah ilegal dan kriminal.

Dur Peringati Berdirinya “Negara” Israel

Sepanjang tahun, setiap Mei dirayakan oleh orang-orang Palestina dan juga orang-orang Israel. Bangsa Palestina memperingati sebagai momentum pengusiran mereka dari tanah airnya (Palestine Nakba), sebuah momentum yang sangat pedih dan pahit, yang harus dibayar dengan nyawa dan darah jutaan bangsa Palestina sampai sekarang.

Sedang orang-orang Zionis-Israel merayakannya dengan penuh sukacita dan menganggap momentum itu sebagai hari kemerdekaan bagi negara mereka.

Orang waras yang tidak pernah makan bangku sekolahan pun, asal masih punya nurani, akan berdiri di sisi bangsa Palestina dan mengecam orang-orang Israel. Tapi sayangnya, seorang Abdurahman Wahid malah memilih bersama orang-orang Israel. Bahkan Dur menyatakan akan menghadiri peringatan hari kemerdekaan “Negara” Israel.

Dur pun pergi ke Amerika Serikat memenuhi undangan organisasi Zionis Yahudi “Simon Wiesenthal Center” untuk menerima penghargaan The Jewish Medal of Varlor, sebuah medali penghargaan bagi orang-orang yang terbukti berani menjadi tameng bagi kepentingan Zionis-Yahudi di dunia.

Dalam wawancara dengan Hidayatullah, tokoh HAMAS Musa Abdul Marzuq mengomentari kelakuan Dur ini dengan mengatakan, “Sungguh memalukan! Ini sama saja dengan merayakan dan mensyukuri pembantaian yang menimpa rakyat Palestina yang dilakukan oleh kaum Zionis-Israel!” Namun apa pun yang terjadi, ya inilah sosok Dur. (rz)

sumber : http://www.eramuslim.com/berita/tha/8513081551-dur-dan-duka-palestina.htm

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Laissez-Faire Pak SBY, Laissez-Faire

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Laissez-Faire Pak SBY, Laissez-Faire

Oleh : Redaksi 22 May 2008 – 5:30 pm

Oleh: Amran Nasution *

Harga bahan bakar minyak (BBM) naik akhir Mei 2008. Itu sudah keputusan Pemerintah SBY–YK. Mahasiswa bisa saja menolak dan melakukan demonstraasi merata hampir di seluruh Indonesia, dari Padang sampai Kendari, dari Jakarta sampai Ternate. Tapi harga bensin tetap harus naik.

Para ekonom atau pengamat bisa saja protes. Kwik Kian Gie siap dengan hitung-hitungan bahwa tak betul rakyat disubsidi lewat harga BBM. Pemerintah ternyata sudah memperoleh keuntungan berlipat-lipat selama ini, dengan menjual bensin Rp 4500/liter. ‘’Mau debat dengan siapa saja, di mana saja, dari dulu saya siap. Tapi mereka diam saja,’’ kata mantan Kepala Bappenas itu.

Ekonom dan anggota DPR Drajat Wibowo bisa saja bersikukuh tak ada mashalat dengan APBN sekali pun harga BBM tak naik. Ia ajari cara menyusun APBN, antara lain, dengan menunda pembayaran cicilan utang.Â

Dengan itu Drajat ingin menunjukkan adalah bohong pernyataan yang menyebutkan APBN akan jebol kalau harga minyak tak dinaikkan. Ia prihatin, begitu harga BBM naik harga semua kebutuhan pokok turut naik pula. Maka rakyat yang selama ini daya belinya sudah merosot, menjadi korban. Pengalaman kenaikan harga BBM tahun 2005, menunjukkan begitu.

Bantuan Langsung Tunai (BLT) yang diberikan pemerintah tak ada artinya, rakyat tetap saja bertambah miskin. BLT tampaknya memang sekadar proyek politik pencitraan – bahwa Presiden kita pemurah – guna menghadapdapi pemilihan umum.

Padahal rakyat sudah amat menderita. Percuma saja Biro Pusat Statistik (BPS) memilih-milih dan memilah-milah data untuk mendukung citra pemerintah. Semua orang tahu di mana-mana sekarang rakyat makan nasi aking. Berita radio, koran dan TV menunjukkan berapa banyak anak-anak kurang gizi dan kelaparan. Di Makasar, seorang ibu hamil meninggal dunia karena berhari-hari tak tersentuh makanan. Mereka tak mungkin diselamatkan hanya dengan data BPS.

Lagi pula, apa pun data BPS, faktanya Indonesia masuk indeks 60 negara gagal 2007 (failed state index 2007) yang disusun Majalah Foreign Policy bekerja sama dengan lembaga think-tank, The Fund for Peace. Majalah itu amat berwibawa, milik The Carnegie Endowment, think-tank dengan jaringan internasional paling luas di Amerika Serikat. Salah satu pendiri majalah itu adalah Profesor Samuel Huntington, ahli ilmu politik senior dari Harvard University.

Yang hendak dikatakan, Foreign Policy bukan majalah yang diterbitkan dari pinggir got. Indonesia memang betul-betul negara gagal, satu kelompok dengan Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, atau Haiti. Shalat satu ukurannya: pemerintah pusat sangat lemah dan tak efektif, pelayanan umum jelek, korupsi dan kriminalitas menyebar, dan ekonomi merosot. Nah, kalau mau jujur, memang begitulah persis potret negeri kita sekarang.

Data indeks pembangunan manusia (human development index) dari badan PBB, UNDP, memberikan indikator serupa. Indonesia menduduki peringkat 107 dari 177 negara, jauh di bawah Singapore, Arab Saudi, Malaysia, atau Thailand. Malah kita di bawah Filipina, Vietnam, Palestina, atau Srilangka. Padahal Srilangka itu negeri rusuh karena pemberontakan Macan Tamil dan Palestina lebih rusuh lagi akibat penjajahan Israel.

Begitu pun kenyataannya tetap saja harga minyak harus naik. Apakah rakyat tambah menderita seperti dikhawatirkan Kwik Kian Gie atau Drajat Wibowo dan kawan-kawan, tak ada mashalat bagi pemerintah. Soalnya, ini sudah tak bisa ditawar. Ini sebetulnya untuk kepentingan ideologi.

Ideologi? Barang siapa membaca buku terlaris dari Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (The Penguin Group, September 2007), akan terang-benderanglah motif sebenarnya di balik langkah pemerintah menaikkan harga BBM atau mengobral 37 perusahaan BUMN (Badan Usaha Milik Negara) kepada asing. Itu semata-mata untuk menegakkan ideologi kapitalisme-laissez-faire, atau di sini dikenal sebagai sistem ekonomi liberal, yang dianut pemerintah kita.

Inilah sistem ekonomi pasar yang menyerahkan urusan ekonomi kepada perusahaan swasta dengan campur tangan pemerintah sebisa mungkin dihilangkan. Sistem ini menginginkan pemerintah tidur saja.

Pemerintah tetap tak boleh mencampuri urusan ekonomi, sekali pun hanya untuk meningkatkan taraf hidup orang miskin.

Dalam pandangan ideologi ini, jika pemerintah mengurusi perekonomian orang miskin, itu sama artinya melakukan redistribusi kekayaan, menyebabkan orang menjadi malas dan kehilangan kreativitas. Kalau orang jadi miskin, biarkan saja miskin. Karenanya dia disebut sistem laissez-faire, dari bahasa Perancis: biarkan terjadi.

Ciri khasnya: deregulasi, pajak rendah (terutama untuk pengusaha kaya, agar mereka lebih cepat melakukan akumulasi modal untuk meningkatkan kemampuan bersaing), swastaisasi/privatisasi, anti-subsidi, anti-pengaturan upah buruh minimal, dan semacamnya.

Tentang upah buruh, misalnya, serahkan saja kepada mekanisme pasar, jangan diatur-atur pemerintah atau serikat buruh. Mekanisme pasar akan bekerja menentukan upah yang pantas untuk buruh. Artinya, semua terserah pengusaha. Karena itu belum bisa terlaksana, dunia perburuhan kita memakai sistem buruh terputus (off-sourcing), sehingga posisi tawar pengusaha kuat ketika berhadapan dengan serikat buruh.

Ideologi ini pertama kali dirumuskan ekonom Skotlandia, Adam Smith, di akhir abad ke-18. Tapi setelah ekonomi dunia dilanda krisiss dahsyat (great depression) di akhir 1920-an, mulai banyak negara meninggalkannya. Ideologi ini dituduh sebagai biang keladi kehancuran ekonomi, meski para pendukungnya selalu membela diri.

Ia kembali berkibar di awal 1980-an, ketika Presiden Amerika Serikat Ronald Reagan dan Perdana Menteri Inggris Margaret Teatcher mengkampanyekannya, terutama untuk menghadapi sistem ekonomi komunisme Uni Soviet, dalam perang dingin. Maka ambruknya Uni Soviet, dengan simbol rubuhnya Tembok Berlin, 1989, diklaim sebagai kehebatan sistem ini.

Dalam prakteknya sistem ini menyebabkan orang kaya bertambah kaya, orang miskin bertambah miskin. Dunia pun terus-menerus dilanda krisis ekonomi, mulai great depression sampai krisis yang melanda Asia 1997, atau Amerika Serikat sekarang.

Banyak para ahli berpendapat, multi-krisis yang melanda Amerika saat ini karena laissez-faire. George Soros, investor sukses pasar modal, termasuk berpendapat begitu. Padahal Soros justru dianggap simbol sukses kapitalisme global di tahun 1990-an.

Naomi Klein, 38 tahun, aktivis, penulis dan wartawati terkemuka Kanada, lulusan London School of Economics, berhasil mengungkap sebuah metode dari sistem kapitalisme laissez-faire. Itu dikembangkan pemenang nobel ekonomi 1976, Profesor Milton Friedman, dan pengikutnya di Chicago School of Economics, University of Chicago.

Klein menyebutnya Doktrin Kejut (The Shock Doctrine) dan itu yang ia jadikan judul buku setebal 558 halaman, dan banyak mendapat pujian. Sebuah artikel di Dow Jones Business News, Oktober 2007, menyebut The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Doktrin Kejut, Bangkitnya Kapitalisme Bencana) sebagai buku terpenting tentang ekonomi di abad 21.

The Chicago Boys

Begini. Pada 2005, badai Katrina diikuti gelombang pasang meluluh-lantakkan New Orleans, kota berpenduduk 500.000 jiwa di tepi Sungai Mississippi, di tenggara Negara Bagian Louisiana. Hampir 2000 penduduk meninggal, rumah, jembatan, dan berbagai infrastruktur hancur. Inilah bencana alam dengan korban material terbesar di Amerika.

Paman Miltie – begitu Milton Friedman dipanggil hormat pengikutnya – ternyata punya pendapat tersendiri atas bencana itu. Melalui koloom di koran The Wall Street Journal, 3 bulan setelah bencana, Paman Miltie menulis, ‘’Banyak sekolah di New Orleans rusak. Begitu juga rumah tempat anak-anak berteduh. Anak-anak terpencar di seluruh negeri. Ini adalah sebuah tragedi. Ini juga sebuah peluang.’’
Bagaimana bencana begitu dahsyat disebut Profesor Friedman sebagai peluang? Ternyata itu beralasan. Hanya dalam tempo 19 bulan, ketika banyak penduduk masih tinggal di pengungsian, sebuah kompleks sekolah telah berdiri di bekas sekolah negeri (public school) yang dihanyutkan badai. Sekolah itu dilengkapi berbagai fasilitas dan guru. Tapi ia bukan lagi sekolah negeri melainkan sekolah swasta yang didirikan pemodal. Reformasi pendidikan telah terjadi dengan gampang. Tanpa badai Katrina tak mudah memprivatisasi sekolah publik itu.

Para bekas guru menyebut apa yang terjadi pada sekolah mereka sebagai perampasan lahan pendidikan. Naomi Klein menyebutnya aksi kapitalisme bencana (disaster capitalism). Ternyata sudah lebih tiga dekade Profesor Friedman dan pendukungnya yang biasa dijuluki The Chicago Boys, mentrapkan strategi itu: Menunggu datang krisis atau bencana lalu dengan cepat bergerak mereformasi status-quo.
Semua yang berbau pemerintah dijadikan swasta (swastaisasi/privatisasi), ketika orang-orang masih dirundung kaget. Krisis bisa saja terjadi karena perang, bencana alam, teror, ambruknya pasar modal, atau krisis ekonomi lainnya.

Dalam sebuah esei menarik, Friedman menulis bahwa hanya krisis – akktual atau hanya persepsi – yang bisa menghasilkan reformasi sesunggguhnya untuk mengubah status-quo. Maka di New Orleans, orang bersiap-siap dengan stok makanan dan air minum, sementara para pendukung Friedman datang dengan ide-ide pasar bebas (free-market). Friedman meninggal dunia setahun kemudian, November 2006, dalam usia 94 tahun.

Dari riset Naomi Klein, diketahui bahwa pengalaman pertama Friedman mengeksploitasi krisis atau kejut (shock) terjadi pertengahan 1970-an, ketika Chili mengalami kudeta oleh Jenderal Augusto Pinochet. Negeri di Amerika Latin itu juga terkena trauma inflasi yang amat tinggi (hyperinflation). Friedman datang menasehati Diktator Pinochet untuk melakukan reformasi ekonomi dengan cepat: deregulasi, pemotongan pajak, perdagangan bebas, privatisasi BUMN, pemotongan anggaran sosial, antara lain, pemangkasan subsidi untuk rakyat miskin.

Semua dijalankan Diktator Pinochet dengan tangan besi. Maka Chili mengalami reformasi sistem ekonomi menjadi kapitalisme laissez-faire paling ekstrim yang pernah terjadi, dan dijuluki sebagai revolusi The Chicago School. Kebetulan sejumlah penasehat ekonomi diktator itu adalah bekas mahasiswa Friedman di Chicago University.

Naomi Klein mulai melakukan riset tentang ketergantungan kapitalisme pasar pada situasi krisis atau shock ketika Amerika Serikat menduduki Iraq, 2003. Penyerbuan itu betul-betul menimbulkan shock yang luar biasa bagi rakyat Iraq mau pun dunia. Lalu apa yang kemudian terjadi di negeri sosialis itu?

Luar biasa: Privatisasi massif berbagai perusahaan pemerintah, penurunan pajak sampai tinggal 15%, deregulasi dan perampingan fungsi pemerintah secara dramatis, terutama menyangkut urusan ekonomi dan praktek perdagangan bebas, sebebas-bebasnya. Friedman dan The Chicago Boys berperan dari belakang. Ia diketahui berteman akrab dengan Donald Rumsfeld, Menteri Pertahanan Amerika waktu itu, dan sejumlah pemikir neo-konservatif yang mengelilingi Presiden George Bush.

Coba bayangkan, militer saja diprivatisasi di Iraq. Pemerintah mengontrak perusahaan Amerika, Blackwater Worldwide – yang sebelumnya sudah terrancam bangkrut – untuk proyek jasa pengamanan para kontraktor minyaak dan proyek bisnis lainnya. Termasuk untuk mengamankan Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat dan personalnya di kawasan zona hijau (Green-zone), Baghdad. Sekitar 30.000 pasukan Blackwater betul-betul mirip tentara dengan persenjataan lengkap berkeliaran di Baghdad dan sekitarnya.

Pasukan bayaran itu berhak menembak dan membunuh orang tanpa bisa diadili. Dia tak tunduk pada hukum Iraq, tidak pula pada hukum Amerika Serikat. Oktober lalu, DPR Amerika membuat undang-undang, bahwa kontraktor yang bekerja pada Pemerintah Amerika di daerah konflik di luar negeri, bertanggung-jawab pada hukum Amerika. Tapi Gedung Putih menolaknya, dan sampai kini undang-undang itu terkatung-katung di Senat.

Padahal September lalu, sejumlah pasukan Blackwater, pengawal konvoi pejabat Departemen Luar Negeri Amerika Serikat yang berkunjung ke Baghdad, entah mengapa tiba-tiba menembaki kendaaran yang ada di jalan umum sekitarnya. Akibatnya, 17 orang meninggal, sejumlah lainnya luka-luka. Para pelaku penembakan sampai sekarang bebas tanpa diadili, dengan dalih belum ada undang-undangnya.

Serangan dahsyat tsunami akhir 2004 di Sri Langka, tak luput dari inceran kaum kapitalis. Penanam modal asing bekerjasama dengan bank internasional memanfaatkan situasi panik akibat bencana, untuk menguasai garis-garis pantai yang indah. Di sepanjang pantai dengan cepat berdiri resor wisata yang megah, hotel, villa, motel, dan sebagainya, menyebabkan ratusan ribu nelayan yang semula mendiami kawasan itu, kini tergusur.

Jelaslah sekarang bagaimana sistem kapitalisme global bekerja untuk mencapai tujuan: memanfaatkan momentum trauma kolektif dari suatu krisis, musibah atau bencana, untuk melaksanakan rekayasa sosial dan ekonomi di berbagai belahan bumi.

Raksasa Carrefour dan Kios Eceran

Krisis ekonomi yang menimpa Asia pada 1997, jelas momentum yang ditunggu-tunggu oleh operator utama sistem kapitalisme global – IMF, Bank Duniia, dan WTO – dan itu dengan lengkap dilaporkan Klein di dalam The SShock Doktrine. Operasi IMF di Indonesia, misalnya, ditulis detil. Bagaimana IMF yang katanya datang untuk mengobati krisis, ternyata bekerja lebih untuk kepentingan ideologi kapitalisme.

Bagaimana deregulasi, privatisasi, dan berbagai perangkat ideologi laissez-faire dipaksakan. Dan untuk itu, menurut The Shock Doktrine, IMF bisa sukses karena bekerja sama dengan kelompok Mafia-Berkeley di Indonesia yang dipimpin Profesor Widjojo Nitisastro (halaman 271). Biarlah sejarah kelak membuktikan, apakah tindakan kelompok Mafia-Berkeley itu penghianatan kepada bangsa Indonesia, atau tidak.
Sejak itu, bukan rahasia lagi kalau banyak undang-undang kita yang amat liberal disahkan DPR atas pesanan IMF. Dikabarkan sejumlah draf undang-undang disiapkan NDI (National Democratic Institute for International Affairs), organisasi yang dibentuk dan dibiayai pemerintah Amerika Serikat – deekat dengan Partai Demokrat – dengan dalih untuk menyebarkan demokraasi di negeri berkembang. Dulu NDI sempat punya ruang khusus di Gedung DPR-RI. Jadi DPR kita tinggal mengetuk palu.

Operasi IMF dalam krisis ekonomi Asia amat menakjubkan. Dalam tempo 20 bulan, terjadi 186 merger dan aquisisi (pengambil-alihan) atas perusahaan-perusahaan negeri yang dilanda krisis — Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Filipina, dan Korea Selatan — oleh perusahaan multi-nasional, terutama dari Amerika Serikat. Itu tercatat sebagai aquisisi terbesar yang pernah terjadi di dunia. Merrill Lynch dan Morgan Stanley, perusahaan Amerika yang banyak berperan sebagai agen merger dan aquisisi itu, panen keuntungan komisi yang cukup besar.

Carlyle Group yang suka merekrut ‘’pensiunan’’ pejabat tinggi Amerika – mulai bekas Menlu James Baker sampai bbekas Presiden George H.W.Bush – sebagai konsultan, memborong perusaahaan telkom Daewoo dan perusahaan informasi Ssangyong. Yang disebut terakhir merupakan shalat satu perusahaan teknologi tinggi terbesar di Korea Selatan. Dengan menguasai perusahaan itu, Carlyle menjadi pemegang saham mayoritas di shalat satu bank terbesar di negeri ginseng itu.

Semua transaksi itu tak normal, atau dengan kata lain dijual obral. Sekadar contoh, perusahaan mobil Korea Daewoo yang sebelum krisis bernilai 6 milyar dollar, waktu itu diambil-alih perusahaan mobil Amerika, General Motor, hanya dengan 400 juta dollar.

Di Indonesia, sistem penyediaan air minum dikavling oleh Thames Water dari Inggris dan Lyonnaise des Eaux dari Perancis. Westcoast Eergy dari Kanada menguasai proyek pembangkit listrik yang besar.

Sejak IMF menguasai Indonesia, perusahaan raksasa pengecer Carrefour dari Perancis masuk ke sini, menyapu perusahaan lokal yang sudah lama ada, seperti Golden Truly atau Hero, atau perusahaan kecil-kecil di pasar tradisional Tanah Abang dan Cipulir, yang jumlahnya begitu banyak. Nasib mereka tambah parah karena kemudian super-market raksasa dari Malaysia, Giant, hadir kemari. Dia telan Hero yang memang sudah ngos-ngosan. Itulah hasil konkret reformasi 1998.

Ternyata itu belum cukup. Belum lama, perusahaan Perancis itu membeli Alfa-Mart, super-market yang aktif masuk ke pedesaan. Dengan demikian, kini Carrefour dengan bebasnya akan menghancurkan kios eceran di desa-desa. Itulah laissez-faire yang sesungguhnya.

Karena laisses-faire, Presiden SBY lebih memilih menyerahkan proyek minyak dan gas di Cepu yang amat menguntungkan kepada Exxon-Mobil, perusahaan minyak terbesar dan tertua Amerika Serikat, daripada kepada Pertamina, perusahaan BUMN milik sendiri.

Ternyata setelah resep-resep IMF ditrapkan, artinya prinsip kapitalisme laissez-faire dilaksanakan, menurut The Shock Doktrine, justru penduduk miskin bertambah 20 juta orang di Korea Selatan, Malaysia, Thailand, Filipina, dan Indonesia. Pengangguran meledak.

Organisasi buruh internasional ILO, mencatat terjadi 24 juta penganggur baru. Itu justru terjadi pada masa puncak pelaksanaan reformasi IMF. Di Indonesia, angka pengangguran meloncat dari 4% menjadi 12%, dan dua tahun kemudian melambung tiga kali lipat. Setiap bulan ada 60.000 buruh di Thailand dan 300.000 buruh di Korea Selatan yang harus diberhentikan.

Di balik angka-angka statistik itu banyak kisah mengharukan, terutama menimpa anak-anak dan perempuan. Di pedesaan Korea Selatan dan Filipina banyak orang tua harus menjual anak gadisnya kepada pedagang manusia, untuk kemudian dijadikan pelacur di Australia, Eropa, dan Amerika Utara. Di Thailand, pejabat kesehatan melaporkan hanya dalam setahun terjadi peningkatan pelacuran anak-anak sebesar 20%. Data yang mirip terjadi di Filipina.

Tapi sudahlah, ini semua cerita masa lalu. Sekarang, krisis baru terjadi lagi karena harga minyak meningkat di atas 120 dollar/barel. Dunia kian terguncang setelah harga pangan ikut menggila. Artinya, berdasarkan tesis The Shock Doktrine, kapitalisme global dan para operatornya sekarang sedang bekerja.

Tapi di sini apalagi yang mau direformasi? Sejak 1998, Indonesia sudah menjadi shalat satu negara kapitalisme laissez-faire paling liberal di dunia. Lihatlah berbagai undang-undang yang dilahirkan DPR, semua liberal. Mulai UU Migas, UU privatisasi air, Pendidikan, Pertanahan, dan terakhir Undang-Undang Pelabuhan.

Karena liberalisme, siapa yang ingin masuk perguruan tinggi negeri harus menyediakan uang Rp 100 juta. Habis bagaimana lagi, kampus sedapat mungkin harus membiayai diri sendiri. Dengan demikian, anak petani, nelayan, buruh, pedagang kecil, jangan harap bisa mendaftar ke sana. Padahal kalau tak universitas negeri kemana lagi mereka belajar untuk meningkatkan taraf hidupnya?

Artinya, dengan sistem ini orang miskin sampai kapan pun akan terus miskin. Hampir tertutup kemungkinan bagi mereka melakukan mobilitas vertikal lewat pendidikan. Inilah kemiskinan yang diciptakan oleh sebuah struktur.

Era Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM) dijuluki Ndeso karena banyak anak desa kuliah di sana, sudah berakhir. Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) serupa. Zaman ketika anak-anak desa dari seluruh Indonesia berlomba-lomba belajar ke sana, kini agaknya sudah menjadi nostalgia.

Perusahaan minyak Pertamina yang dulu perkasa kini sudah dirontokkan. Bulog yang dulu efektif sebagai penjamin stabilitas pangan sudah tamat riwayatnya. Bahwa akibatnya rakyat bertambah melarat dan segelintir konglomerat berlipat-ganda kekayaannya, itu soal lain.

Majalah bisnis Forbes, 13 Desember 2007, menulis sepanjang tahun lalu kekayaan para konglomerat Indonesia meloncat dua kali lipat. Sungguh fantastis. Jadi kalau BPS menyodorkan angka pertumbuhan ekonomi kita tahun ini sekian persen, percayalah, itu berasal dari pertumbuhan kekayaan konglomerat kita. Bukan pertumbuhan kekayaan rakyat banyak.

Yang paling menakjubkan adalah Menko Kesra Aburizal Bakrie. Pemilik perusahaan kelompok Bakrie itu, kekayaan bersihnya tahun lalu meroket empat kali lipat. Itu menjadikannya sebagai orang terkaya Indonesia, dengan kekayaan 5,4 milyar dollar.

Apakah Aburizal punya lampu Aladin? Sebuah artikel di Asia Times Online, 22 Juli 2006, sebenarnya sudah pernah membongkar rahasia lampu Aladin itu. Antara lain, karena politik dan bisnis di Indonesia di zaman Presiden SBY, tak terpisah melainkan menyatu.

Memang begitulah yang selalu terjadi di negeri dengan sistem laissez-faire. Begitulah Rusia di zaman Boris Yeltsin dulu. Para konglomerat dalam tempo singkat mendadak jadi kaya-raya, sampai Vladimir Putin datang menertibkannya. Para konglomerat itu kini lari ke luar negeri atau masuk penjara di Siberia. Tapi nantilah dalam kesempatan lain soal ini dibahas.

Di mata kaum kapitalisme laissez-faire, masih ada status-quo yang tersisa di Indonesia. BBM belum sepenuhnya mengikuti harga pasar dan perusahaan BUMN masih eksis. Mumpung suasana shock akibat kenaikan harga minyak dan krisis pangan masih berlangsung, sektor hilir pertambangan harus direformasi. Artinya, pemerintah harus menaikkan harga BBM, dan BUMN harus diobral. Semuanya harus dilakukan sekarang, mumpung krisis masih terjadi.

Masih kurang jelas? Silahkan berkeliling Jakarta dan sekitarnya. Lihatlah bagaimana perusahaan minyak internasional Shell, dan Petronas dari Malaysia, telah dan sedang membangun sejumlah pompa bensin raksasa. Kabarnya izin yang dikeluarkan pemerintah sudah lebih 100.

Semua pompa bensin Shell atau Petronas itu buka sampai malam dengan lampu yang terang-benderang, tapi betul-betul sepi pembeli. Seharian puluhan petugasnya yang berseragam hanya duduk-berdiri sampai capek sendiri, tak pernah melayani konsumen. Coba dicek, penghasilannya setiap bulan, mungkin tak cukup walau untuk sekadar membayar rekening listrik.

Ini terjadi karena mereka hanya menjual BBM non-subsidi yang konsumennya hanya segelintir mobil mewah milik orang kaya. Bahwa mereka terus membangun pompa bensin baru, pasti karena ada jaminan subsidi minyak akan dicabut.

Dengan demikian mereka bisa bersaing bebas dengan pompa bensin Pertamina milik pengusaha lokal yang selama ini menguasai pasar karena menjual BBM bersubsidi. Bila itu terjadi, pompa bensin multi-nasional yang raksasa itu pasti dengan mudah menelan pompa bensin lokal yang kecil-kecil.

Kasus Carrefour merontokkan Hero atau pedagang Tanah Abang, akan berulang. Itu sebabnya Shell dan Petronas dengan sabar menunggu laissez-faire. Cukup jelas? [habis/www.hidayatullah.com]

* Penulis adalah Direktur Institute for Policy Studies.

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9/11: Cover For A Coup D’Etat?

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

9/11: Cover For A Coup D’Etat?

Diary Entry by Ed Encho

May 27, 2008 at 04:55:49

“A coup consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”

-Edward Luttwak

On Memorial Day, a day that is intended to be one of somber remembrance and the recognition of our nation’s war dead although it is perversely come to be more associated with boozing barbecues, silly NASCAR races and the inevitable retail extravaganzas at the shopping emporiums throughout the land it is no longer necessary to most Americans to pay tribute. They are the type who just wear those stupid assed American flag pins as though they were some sort of star spangled merkin, festoon their gas guzzlers with yellow ribbon stickers that in and of themselves are gauche take offs on a lousy country western song and wrongly believe that they are being truly patriotic. Such garbage only serves to dishonor those who have sacrificed and perished in past conflicts and will continue to do so in the new American century due to the illegal wars of aggression and conquest that have been thrust upon us due to the criminal Bush regime and it’s neocon policy makers who conspire in secret to launch their schemes of global conquest all justified by that one great and fortuitous ‘terrorist’ attack that tore open a hole to a parallel universe where up is down, black is white, freedom is slavery, war is peace and most importantly: ignorance is strength.

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September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

Since that horror filled, pristine Tuesday morning that was abruptly shattered as no other day in the history of our republic had ever been prior to it (I omit Pearl Harbor for the obvious reasons that it was a military target and Hawaii in 1941 was not yet an official state) we as a society have been changed forever and changed for the worse. We now torture as a matter of official policy. We allow ourselves to be spied upon by a rogue government that increasingly views dissent as sedition and treason. We have seen Habeas Corpus which had been a bedrock principle of law since the days of the Magna Carta rendered null and void. There has been an unprecedented consolidation of power in the Executive Branch and the neutered Congress has been reduced to a chattering club of irrelevant partisans with no real power or the intestinal fortitude to reassert itself as per the intentions of the founders as put forth in The Constitution.

There has sprung up a permanent and highly lucrative industry of institutionalized surveillance that has rendered privacy a quaint thing of the past. Our national airports have become Soviet style checkpoints where citizens are treated as criminals by ill tempered and poorly trained goons and thugs. Our domestic police are becoming increasingly more aggressive and militarized with instances of brutality and bullying becoming commonplace, the saying “if you’re not cops you’re little people” has gone from a line in a dystopian science fiction movie to reality. Deaths by Taser have been steadily increasing with no oversight, our fascist packed courts are now ruling in favor of the manufacturer of this dangerous weapon. The United States has in the most perverse Orwellian way been transformed into something as antithetical to what America was supposed to have always stood for that is strangely called “The Homeland which conjures up memories of a certain mid 20th century European land gone insane.

I am not going to go into a further litany of all that has gone terribly wrong in the land of Jack Bauer and extremist right-wing apple pie authoritarianism but suffice it to say that NONE of what has been visited upon us would have been possible were in not for the events of that terrible Tuesday in September 2001. Hitler had his enabling act and the ‘terrorist’ attacks of 9/11 gave us the USAPATRIOT Act and both were made possible by a false flag attack, in 1933 in was the Reichstag Fire and in 2001 it was the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks. While some may cringe at the comparison to history’s most infamous totalitarian regime’s actions to those of the neocon junta and the Bush-Cheney administration the comparison has merit in that both events forever changed societies for the worse in their aftermath. There has never been a legitimate, objective and conflict of interest free investigation of 9/11 despite the growing suspicion among the American and international communities that the official government story is riddled throughout with lies, propaganda, omissions and obfuscations.

With any crime it is imperative to look at who benefited or Cui Bono for those familiar with Latin and there have been many beneficiaries of 9/11, first and foremost there is the by now infamous Project For The New American Century, a policy organization for global/full spectrum U.S. military dominance whose members and contributors are a who’s who of fifth columnist fascist filth including none other than Richard B. Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. The PNAC’s reference to the need for a “New Pearl Harbor” to allow for their plans to be implemented should have been ample circumstantial evidence for major players to be subpoenaed and put under oath in front of the Kean-Hamilton Commission but any questioning of this most blatantly arrogant statement was as absent from the report as the collapse of WTC 7 or what Sibel Edmonds may have stumbled upon while translating communications while she was employed by the FBI.

While the official pocket press and what passes for government in this sham democracy has continued to ignore any serious investigation into 9/11 it has been investigated by thousands of citizen journalists and investigators who have used the internet as a resource and an organizing tool. The most success at working to get at the truth of the day when the fascist switch was tripped has been the so-called ‘9/11 Truth Movement’, a loosely affiliated and diverse group of activists which despite their progress is often impeded by factions or segments whose focus on differing highly controversial theories (missiles not planes, explosive pods, ghost flights etc) are often easily mocked or are intentional pieces of disinformation. In this essay for the purpose of clarity I do not seek to at this time address any of these theories on how the event was actually pulled off but rather the serendipitous happenstance that allowed for rogue elements of the intelligence community, the military industrial complex and the government itself to implement their plans for world domination starting in the Middle East.

Given that I have immersed myself in reading and research over the past five years since the day when an ugly little idea turned into a blow that hit me like a sucker punch to the solar plexus that something was terribly amiss with the official story I have slowly been working at doing an end around on the obviously corrupt corporate media that lies through omission to protect the oligarchy by assembling the pieces to the puzzle myself as I am certain that many readers of this particular essay of mine have also done. Suffice it to say that the official story as put forth by the Bush administration and their government is hogwash and the Kean-Hamilton Commission that was eventually seated despite protestations by the Bush-Cheney junta was a classic whitewash along the lines of the Warren Commission which also was used to cover up involvement by a government within a government or as President John F. Kennedy called it “a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy”.

A while back I found a piece of information that really gave credence to my strongest suspicions that the ‘terrorist’ attacks of 9/11/01 were used as cover for an actual coup d’etat by a rogue network of fifth columnists and their multi-national foreign allies who then utilized the (C.O.G) Continuity Of Government infrastructure to effectively seize control of the United States which would effectively render the actual attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as not even the greatest crimes of that particular day. I discovered this piece on Edward Luttwak while plowing through the massive tome Neo-Conned! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness, and the Rape of Iraq which is the second volume of a great collection of essays on the neoconservative pox on America that run the ideological gamut from Pat Buchanan to Noam Chomsky but all are consistently antiwar. The particular piece that I refer to is one that was written by Italian journalist Maurizio Blondet on neocon Edward Luttwak that references his seminal 1968 book Coup d’Etat: A Practical Handbook. In the essay (a postscript to Chapter 3) Blondet draws comparisons to the Luttwak blueprint and the ascension of the neocons by using 9/11 as a basis for their rise to power.

The necessary pieces were already in place within the bureaucracy, having slowly been installed ever since the heady days of the Iran-Contra affair where a shadow government was set up under the nose of the doddering and out of touch ‘product as president’ Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s administration was an incubator for dangerous right-wing extremists and the neocons who had been steadily asserting their influence within the government since the Cold War Team B days (a great resource on this along with other lies of the mythical ‘war on terror’ is Adam Curtis’ excellent documentary for the BBC: The Power Of Nightmares) on through the exploits of cowboys like Colonel Oliver North and his cohorts with their plan to subvert congress, trade arms with Iran and secretly supply the Contras in Latin America (by many accounts also trafficking in illegal narcotics which is a story for another time) to brutally crush resistance to the right-wing governments that used torture and death squads to protect American business interests.

Iran-Contra was exposed and while sending tremors throughout the system and resulting in many indictments and convictions which were then eventually largely covered up with some of the worst felons like Elliot Abrams (who figures prominently in Dick Cheney’s rogue shop of horrors to this day) were pardoned by George H.W. Bush, a man with a very sordid history of participation in covert and black ops himself as well as a long affiliation with the CIA which has long been a veritable secret police/paramilitary organization that exists largely for the benefit and protection of the interests of the oligarchy and American corporations. Many of the same players reemerged during this second Bush administration and this time they were going to ensure that their delusions of grandeur as exemplified through the neocon manifestos and white papers A Clean Break and the Project For A New American Century be implemented even if it they had to infiltrate and wait for their opportunity to overthrow the existing government in order to make it happen.

The essay by Mr. Blondet to which I refer may be interpreted to go some places that I choose not to go and before I get into this I want to make it perfectly clear up front that I by no means intend to imply that Luttwak was in any way tied to the actual plotters of the coup or of those who used the events of September, 11 2001 as a cover for their nefarious deeds. I do however assert that Luttwak’s playbook for a successful coup d’Etat was a major inspiration to the neocons who were obviously impressed enough to follow it with the same vigorous attention to detail that Karl Rove quite obviously devoted to the teachings of Joseph Goebbels who himself was inspired by American father of Public Relations (propaganda) Edward Bernays. Luttwak was no more personally responsible for the actions on 9/11 than Judas Priest was after some drug addled teen commits suicide after listening to their music or David Berkowitz’ dog was responsible for his Son of Sam killing spree. I just wanted to get that out front because some of the more imaginative bloggers/writers on the internet have made such a connection and it serves no use in addressing the very real problems of a regime run by madmen and are merely an unwelcome distraction. Now some excerpts first from a piece that ran in Time magazine back in 1969 entitled How To Seize A Country:

Unlike a revolutionary assault from the outside, Luttwak notes, a coup is an inside job, done by a government’s own members. It involves minimal manpower and bloodshed. As in judo, the secret is to use leverage and make a state overthrow itself. Bureaucracy facilitates this by severing the loyalties that once personally bound rulers and their servants. A modern bureaucrat follows impersonal orders; if his immediate boss is subverted, the bureaucrat tends to obey orders blindly, even orders designed to topple his own government. According to Luttwak, a coup requires three preconditions: 1) a highly centralized government with a seizable seat of power, 2) a passive people not likely to react to a takeover and 3) the assurance that no foreign power will intervene.

Now from Blondet’s piece:

The target State must have a political centre. If there are several centres these must be identifiable and they must be politically, rather than ethnically, structured. If the State is controlled by a non-politically organized unit [like the CFR, the representative of business] the coup can only be carried out with its consent or neutrality.

Already in the Preface, Luttwak underlined as essential the fact that the perpetrators of a coup must be able to count upon “the absence of a politicised community,” upon the apathy of the public. “The dialogue between the rulers and the ruled [upon which democratic legitimacy is founded] can only take place if there is a large enough section of society which is sufficiently literate, well fed and secure to ‘talk back.’” But “without a politicised population, the State is nothing other than a machine.

Then the coup d’état becomes feasible because, like every machine, one can take control of everything by grasping the essential levers.” [Now Luttwak identifies this "machine" in the Bureaucracy.]

The growth of modern bureaucracy has two implications which are crucial to the feasibility of the coup: the development of a clear distinction between the permanent machinery of State and the political leadership [which changes], and the fact is, like most large organizations, the bureaucracy has a structured hierarchy with definite chains of command….

The importance of this development lies in the fact that if the bureaucrats are linked to the political leadership, an illegal seizure of power must take the form of a ‘Palace Revolution,’ and it essentially concerns the manipulation of the person of the ruler. He can be forced to accept policies or advisers, he can be killed or held captive, but whatever happens the Palace Revolution can only be conducted from the ‘inside’ and by ‘insiders’ [in these pages, we have seen nothing but the work of insiders surrounding a weak President].

The State bureaucracy has to divide its work into clear-cut areas of competence, which are assigned to different departments. Within each department there must be an accepted chain of command, and standard procedures have to be followed. Thus a given piece of information, or a given order, is followed up in a stereotyped manner, and if the order comes from the appropriate source, at the appropriate level, it is carried out…. The apparatus of the State is therefore to some extent a ‘machine’ which will normally behave in a fairly predictable and automatic manner.

A coup operates by taking advantage of this machine-like behaviour; during the coup, because it uses parts of the State apparatus to seize the controlling levers; afterwards because the value of the ‘levers’ depends on the fact that the State is a machine.

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With detailed planning, there will be no need for any sort of headquarters structure in the active stage of the coup: for if there is no scope for decision-making there is no need for decision-makers and their apparatus. In fact, having a headquarters would be a serious disadvantage: it would constitute a concrete target for the opposition and one which would be both vulnerable and easily identified…. We should avoid taking any action that will clarify the nature of the threat and thus reduce the confusion that is left in the defensive apparatus of the regime….

The leaders of the coup will be scattered among the various teams. [As we can see Luttwak is theoretically discussing an invisible coup d'état: the infiltrated coup participants speak with the voice of the legitimate government, of that which they have seized. On September 11, let's remember, the immediate entourage of President Bush were not thinking of an Arab attack, but of a military coup d'état. It is for this reason that the President was taken to a secure location for 10 hours].

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The masses have neither the weapons of the military nor the administrative facilities of the bureaucracy, but their attitude to the new government established after the coup will ultimately be decisive. Our immediate aim will be to enforce public order, but our long-term objective is to gain the acceptance of the masses so that physical coercion will not longer be needed…. Our far more flexible instrument will be our control over the means of mass communication…. In broadcasting over the radio and television services our purpose is not to provide information about the situation, but rather to affect its development by exploiting our monopoly of these media. [This is exactly what the American mass media has done since September 11.]

[The action of the media] will be achieved by conveying the reality and strength of the coup instead of trying to justify it [the emotional blow of the collapse of the World Trade Centre was presented with plenty of "reality" and "force" by CNN]. We will have fragmented the opposition so that each individual opponent would have to operate in isolation. In these circumstances, the news of any further resistance against us would act as a powerful stimulant to further resistance by breaking down this feeling of isolation. We must, therefore, make every effort to withhold such news. If there is in fact some resistance…we should strongly emphasize that it is isolated, the product of the obstinacy of a few misguided or dishonest individuals who are not affiliated to any party or group of significant membership. The constant working of the motif of isolation, and the emphasis on the fact that law and order have been re-established, should have the effect of making resistance appear as dangerous and useless.

There will arise, Luttwak says, “the inevitable suspicions that the coup is a product of the machinations of the Company [American slang for the CIA]. This can only be dispelled by making violent attacks on it…and the attacks should be all the more violent if these suspicions are in fact justified…. We shall make use of a suitable selection of unlovely phrases [for example, anti-Americanism? Anti-Semitism?]. Even if their meanings have been totally obscured by constant and deliberate misuse, they will be useful indicators of our impeccable nationalism.”

So who really runs America? The elected government or a parallel/shadow government that has existed in some shape or form essentially since the end of WW II? The evidence is beginning to strongly support the latter. Most importantly and absolutely essential to the successful execution of a hostile takeover is the secret/shadow government apparatus itself. Author Peter Dale Scott recently alluded to the execution of the C.O.G. plans that subvert the Constitution (originally implemented during the Cold War in the event of a Soviet decapitation strike) in both this easy to read Counterpunch article and in much more depth in his outstanding new book on the “Deep State” entitled: The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America. It is naive and childlike for thinking Americans to ignore the deep politics that represent the true power base in this and other countries for it not only exists but thrives in darkness and through it’s existence makes the ability to subvert the traditional processes possible.

Then there is that matter of inconsistent reports of what exactly was Dick Cheney up to while he was in the PEOC tunnel on the morning of the attacks. The history of Rumsfeld and Cheney’s involvement in Continuity of Government has been documented in articles in The Atlantic entitled The Armageddon Plan, Andrew Cockburn’s recent book on former SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld (Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy) and in James Mann’s The Rise of the Vulcans. Alpfonso Chardy of The Miami Herald did a hard to find piece back in 1987 entitled Reagan Aides and the ‘Secret Government’ which talked of Colonel North’s REX 84 program that has been updated recently with the Bush administration’s revisions of C.O.G. plans in National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD 51) and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 to facilitate the declaration of martial law if and when it becomes necessary. This all unfortunately gets little to no play in the corporatist media but it is far out of the realm of the ‘tin foil hatters’ that critics of such secretive actions are so easily dismissed as by professional debunkers and others who are simply in denial that such things just can’t happen here. I would like to recommend this piece by Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg of The San Francisco Chronicle that I find to be worth reading entitled Rule By Fear or Rule By Law.

The evidence strongly suggests that a rogue faction has seized control since 9/11 and may have even in some way been complicit in allowing the attacks to occur. There are just too many little inconsistencies, procedural changes (NORAD intercepts), multiple war games on 9/11 including simulated hijacks, a war game called Global Guardian that happened to utilize the same B4B Doomsday Planes that were used for C.O.G., the knowledge of the alleged hijackers by the government in Able Danger, the immediate information available to the news media on the ‘hijackers’ (could be that they were being tracked and monitored but for what exact purpose?) those mysterious Israeli art students who were thrown out of the country (why were they here? To prevent the attacks or ensure that the plan was going accordingly), the immediate availability of the USA PATRIOT Act to implement the police state, the unsolved military grade Anthrax attacks that only were targeted against influential Democrats and news anchors and the list goes on much longer than I can list here although I do want to mention the possibility that 9/11 may have been aided and abetted by the same nuclear blackmail ring that Sibel Edmonds spoke of in those three stories in the London Times earlier in 2008 (For Sale, West’s Deadly Nuclear Secrets , FBI Denies File Exposing Neclear Secrets Theft and Tip Off Thwarted Nuclear Spy Ring Probe) and while this is purely speculative may be connected to security of breaches in association to 9/11 as well as raises questions as to exactly who the recently suicided D.C. Madame Deborah Jeane Palfrey may have had on her client list and what they were being used for . It all adds up though to JFK’s “monolithic and ruthless conspiracy” and the neocons are as guilty as hell in all of it and especially those with ties to a traitor named Richard B. Cheney who did after all select himself as Vice President and then proceed to consolidate power in his office.

Especially telling was the award winning Washington Post series on Dick Cheney entitled Angler. Cheney has in the past unequivocally stated that his office is NOT a part of the executive branch and presumably functions as some sort of unaccountable fourth branch of the government. This is entirely consistent with the concept of the coup per Luttwak: “A coup consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the State apparatus”. Power has been consolidated in Cheney’s shop since the beginning, Seymour Hersh in his great piece for the New Yorker entitled The Redirection wrote the following:

Iran-Contra was the subject of an informal “lessons learned” discussion two years ago among veterans of the scandal. Abrams led the discussion. One conclusion was that even though the program was eventually exposed, it had been possible to execute it without telling Congress. As to what the experience taught them, in terms of future covert operations, the participants found: “One, you can’t trust our friends. Two, the C.I.A. has got to be totally out of it. Three, you can’t trust the uniformed military, and four, it’s got to be run out of the Vice-President’s office”—a reference to Cheney’s role, the former senior intelligence official said.

And of course the Iran-Contra network survived to rise through the bureaucracy, the key players either pardoned by ‘Poppy’ Bush or let off the hook by the Clinton administration they were only hiding in the background like cockroaches couched in fetid dankness and awaiting their opportunity to feed. A key player who keeps turning up is none other than the son in law of ideologue Norman Podhoretz (the godfather of neoconservatism) Elliot Abrams a dangerous man who is connected with virtually every influential neocon and virtually every dirty deed undertaken during the Reagan years and thereafter. A veteran of secret government operations it would be highly unlikely if he were not a key component of the neocon coup and is another who stands to lose much if the Cheneyites were to be exposed and held accountable. With so much at stake they will throw everything but the kitchen sink into the works to ensure that 1: the plot is never exposed 2: that legitimate investigations into 9/11 and the decidedly anti-American assault on civil liberties are never undertaken 3: that come hell or high water that Iran will be the next stop on the neocon world destruction tour.

I mean when you really think about it there is not much of a reach in looking at 9/11 as an actual coup d’etat, I am not going to get into how the attacks actually were pulled off and who was involved but the neocon cabal and Cheney’s C.O.G. experience were sure as hell ready and waiting to put their own plans into action using the attacks as an opportunity. Rather than focus on such things as controlled demolition, missiles hitting buildings, ghost flights or any of that other happy horseshit, it is essential to look at exactly who benefited and why. Perhaps we should all be asking the other real question that is why do so many Americans doubt the official story on 9/11 to the extent that they would blame a government that holds the laws of the land in the utmost of contempt and cloaks every decision in a shroud of secrecy.

The real problem is that this neocon government is so pathologically psychotic, anti-American and criminally negligent in EVERY act that they engage in gives reason to believe that they would be capable of murdering 3,000 + American citizens in order to further their nefarious plans for global hegemony, the conquest of the Middle East through a war of civilizations in which the religious right shock troops could get behind and ultimately culminate in the encirclement of China. These guys think ahead, according to an insider named Stanley Hilton who just happened to go to school with neocons Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith such radical plots were discussed frequently. I think that any of us who went to school during the 60’s and 70’s know the type of little world leader pretends who gathered over their Avalon Hill board games and conjured up doomsday scenarios. The neocons are just those kids grown up and in highly influential foreign policy positions.

Stealing the 2000 election was essential, the neocons needed a useful idiot in George W. Bush to piggyback into the White House where Cheney and Rumsfeld could set up their shops in order to allow for the coup to be executed. Once Bush’s installation was ensured by the requisite political chicanery, black ops, a massive psyops media campaign and the assistance of the Federalist Society stooges on the Supreme Court all the pieces were in place. A weak and easily manipulated president who appealed to a certain segment of the population, a self-selected V.P., the necessary bureaucratic appointments and the stage was set for the catalyzing event that would set the plan into motion and the ensuing quashing of dissent when the power grab came. I wonder why any serious investigation of those nasty little anthrax letters has never taken place, and why the only recipients were influential media figures and key Democrats who could have potentially stopped the USA PATRIOT Act.

The neocons have too much to lose if they are removed from the White House, the implications of real investigations would be devastating, shocking and could very likely result in convictions on charges of treason and not that silly dittohead talking point style ‘treason’ which has become a common euphemism for dissent and criticism in the reich wing media but REAL treason.

Our immediate aim will be to enforce public order, but our long-term objective is to gain the acceptance of the masses so that physical coercion will not longer be needed…. Our far more flexible instrument will be our control over the means of mass communication…. In broadcasting over the radio and television services our purpose is not to provide information about the situation, but rather to affect its development by exploiting our monopoly of these media.

-Edward Luttwak

The shameful abrogation of the media is even more responsible for America’s tragic present and ugly future than even the neocons themselves and they spit on the graves of every American serviceman or woman who is killed in Iraq and Afghanistan every time that they cue up the saturation coverage of Paris Hilton, the missing white teenager of the week, the pervert of the day or the latest brushfire that is deemed worthy of national coverage. The media is despicable and the charlatans along with every big-haired, addle-brained bimbo with nice tits who can read a teleprompter like Paula Zahn or Katie Couric is a disgrace to truly dedicated journalists who once viewed their profession as that of integrity rather than of opportunity for career ladder climbing shills and corporate whores who are nothing more than charlatans masquerading as journalists.

About a week ago I was away for a trip with no access to the internet, satellite radio or any foreign news sources. All that I had was the network ‘news’ and CNN and it was quite a shocking experience. I really do not watch that crap when I am at home and the unbelievable spin, fixation on one story ad nauseum (for example Ted Kennedy) at the expense of anything at all meaningful and the complete disappearance of any thing at all on Iraq is stunning. It was travelling into some sort of bizarre parallel universe and yet the majority of Americans are trapped in that world with no way of knowing what is really going on. While understanding the problem with a population kept enshrouded in a cloaking device of enforced ignorance I am just in a state of disbelief of what life is like for those who aren’t online and informed on the real issues while the country goes fascist and the economy goes bankrupt.

As Orwell said:

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”

It’s no wonder that Dick Cheney, Joseph Lieberman and the rest of America hating neocons are trying to crack down on the internet by levelling scurillous ‘terrorist’ accusations to lock in their gains before the matrix of fear and ignorance is penetrated. The dumbing down of America has worked to perfection at least until now but the peasants are growing restive and the movements behind Barack Obama and Ron Paul are if nothing else encouraging first signs of a real resistance that is growing in this country against the neocon executors of the coup d’etat that stole away our legitimate government under the cover of the black smoke of burning jet fuel and the stench of scorched human flesh. Let us all begin the call for a REAL investigation of the events of 9/11, the day when our history was stolen from us by a pack of ruthless thugs who rightfully belong swinging at the end of a rope.

It’s far past time for that something very loud (In the words of William Rivers Pitt) to take place and a damned good start would be in pulling the chain and flushing the neocon toilet and then turning the hoses on Cheney’s office. Then how about a coup d’état using the existing bureaucracy to take over the government through the democratic processes that have been stolen from his country over the past seven and a half years by a power crazed anti-American junta that belongs in the dock at The Hague instead of in the White House, The Congress and The Pentagon.

source: http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=7521

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AMERICANS EMBRACING THE IRON FIST OF TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICANS EMBRACING THE IRON FIST OF TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT

By: Devvy

© 2008 – NewsWithViews.com

May 26, 2008

Despite the massive, overwhelming documentation proving that elite groups around the world have been planning the complete annihilation of this constitutional republic for a more than a hundred years, Americans continue to deny, deny, deny. Let me give you this example. It’s an email I received a few days ago regarding a January 7, 2005, column I wrote titled, President Bush supporting global communist domination:

“That is the most absurd statement I have ever heard and you fail to detail just how this is transpiring. Either you are outright ignorant or you are joking. Communism is the exact opposite of what Georgie boy stands for. He is a capitalist and has tried to kill suspected terrorist communist Hugo Chavez. How in hell do you equate Bush with communism? You are too absurd to even bother with!”

I politely directed him to two columns for research: The Proper Role of America’s Military and The Praetorian Guard. Of course, this person never bothered to get the facts from them because he addressed me as Sir in a snit he fired off:

“Sir, I have three graduate degrees, taught history and education courses in colleges and am 67 years old and I have done more research than you can even imagine. I eschew lying television news but you sound like a Fox bred brat. Don’t tell me to do any more research, yours was faulty and at some two bit college no doubt. I am a big ten man. Get lost with your bunk! “

Wow! He’s a big ten man! It is just this level of ignorance and denial that has allowed the destroyers to bring this nation to the brink of ruin and a police state. A closed mind is a dangerous weapon.

This country is full of Americans who also suffer from a mass case of infantilism. A couple of months ago a man who identified himself as a college professor wanted me to review his book. While I am sincerely flattered, it’s impossible for me to read every request from individuals who write books. My Reading Room has a list of books I have read which I need to update it because I’ve read another hundred books since the posting. In any event, when I politely declined, this author sent me a snotty email telling me I was making a big mistake, his book had facts no one else had! Just like a little kid who can’t have his way.

Hundreds, if not thousands of writers and investigative journalists have been pumping out the facts on the implementation of a one world government. We have exposed the players, the organizations and the politicians. We have exposed the corrupt “mainstream” media (print and electronic), including cable networks (MSNBC, FAUX, CNN) who lie through omission and openly support those who are carrying the water for the global lunatics. Our biggest cannon has been the Internet. This tool has allowed us to reach millions of Americans with the truth and we will continue to do so. However, the bottom line as I have said so many times before is that only we the people can stop these united States of America from becoming part of a global region is by rejecting the agenda.

The mendacity by these evil individuals world wide pushing globalization down our throats has been incredible. The program adopted to bring these plans to fruition has worked beyond their wildest dreams because tens of millions of Americans have allowed it to happen either through laziness, blind party loyalty, indifference and apathy. However, as time has gone by and conditions worsen for the American people, millions are waking up. Sadly, many more millions are willing to surrender their freedom and liberty for scraps from the King’s table.

In my last column, I strongly recommended that people read an assessment by my dearest friend, retired USAF Brigadier General Ben Partin, titled, Deadly Failures in Intelligence Analysis and Defense Preparedness. Ben is no lightweight; his bio is in the link. There is a three volume tome on the communist blueprint for world domination titled ‘The Program,’ which Ben and I discussed at great length when I was at his home a week ago in Virginia. I have been pounding on this for years in my columns. Copies of these three books are hard to find and cost more than a $100 dollars per book. This work titled, ‘The Communist International,’ is broken down into time periods. It was issued under the Royal Institute of International Affairs. This organization touts itself as a home for “forward thinking.” Another global operation. Beware the forward thinkers and progressives. They are dangerous to freedom.

The Communist Party USA is alive and well in this country. They are working to over throw our constitutional republic. They consistently endorse Democrat candidates like Al Gore and John Kerry. Right now they’re leaning towards a fellow comrade, Barack Obama. The Sixth Congress put on by the commies over in Moscow made clear their goals and there has never been any retreat despite the massive propaganda thrown at the American people – “Take down that wall, Mr. Gorebechev!” Reagan had nothing to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union. From the main U.S. Marxist web site:

“And the most important thing in all this is that Social-Democracy is the main channel of imperialist pacifism within the working class — consequently, it is capitalism’s main support among the working class in preparing for new wars and intervention. But for the preparation of new wars pacifism alone is not enough, even if it is supported by so serious a force as Social-Democracy. For this, certain means of suppressing the masses in the imperialist centres are also needed. It is impossible to wage war for imperialism unless the rear of imperialism is strengthened. It is impossible to strengthen the rear of imperialism without suppressing the workers. And that is what fascism is for.” Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, is the classic Fascist. He and Benito Mussolini would have been great pals.

‘The Communist International,’ Volume II, 1919-1943, is a precise blue print for establishing world wide communism and destroying capitalist countries like these united States of America. It contains the usual gushing about colonial peoples (that’s us), the bourgeoisie and other deadly mumbo jumbo. Each subsection has it’s own title, i.e., ‘The Struggle for World Proletarian Dictatorship and the Principal Types of Revolution.’ The Reds laid it all out nice and plain. Of course, this is of little interest to a population taught fluff in the government’s indoctrination centers (public schools) and bred to government dependency by design. Tens of millions will watch garbage like American Idol, spend endless hours looking at porn on the Net, twittering at the costmetics counter or rotting in front of the boob tube watching sports ad nauseum, but anything above that level simply doesn’t interest them or is beyond their ability to grasp.

Today millions of Americans depend on mother government for their very livelihood. The American people have been expertly boxed into a corner. With the destruction of our most important job bases caused by Congress, their financial well being now depends on continuing to support the very programs destroying this country. When it comes to the U.S. Constitution vs jobs, guess what loses? If you click here, you will get a pdf file that contains pages from ‘The Communist International.’ Read them this weekend. It will give you a better grasp on ‘The Program’ and how the American people are being led to the slaughter.

Those who think communism is dead are making a fatal mistake. The push for world domination has never subsided. This link is to eleven pages from the transcript of ‘Public Hearings, Joint Committee on Regional Government, September 26, 1978,’ in Edwardsville, Illinois. Regional governance is one of the major building blocks to destroy private property rights and keep the American people in their proper herds. These hearings also deal with a malignant cancer called tax exempt foundations working to destroy this country. They also employ tens of thousands of Americans. At the very least, ring leaders like David Rockefeller should have been charged with sedition decades ago. If I were the U.S. Attorney General, I would have charged them with treason.

Please read on page 52, the testimony of Norman Dodd, chief investigator in 1953 for U.S. Congressman B. Carroll Reece, whose committee investigated tax-exempt foundations run by the biggest traitors in this nation. This investigation eventually narrowed down to about 10 foundations, those chief among them for Un-American activities were Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie and the Rhodes Scholarship Fund:

“Mr. Dodd, we have invited you to come to NY and stop in and see us in the hope that, off the record, you would tell us why the Congress of the U.S. should be interested in an operation such as ours.” Before I could think of just exactly how I would reply, Mr. Gaither volunteered the following information, and these are practically in his exact words: “Mr. Dodd, we operate here under directives which emanate from the White House. Would you like to know what the substance of these directives is?” I said, “Indeed, I would, Mr. Gaither.”

“Whereupon he then said the following: “We here, operate and control our grant making policies in harmony with the directives, the substance of which is as follows: We shall use our grant making power so to alter life in the U.S. that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”

Page 53: “Now, the second experience that I would like to share with you, oh, and incidentally, it is the Ford Foundation’s grants which are responsible for the formulation of this idea of regional government, and also the idea that given regional government, we must, in turn, develop and accept and agree to a totally New Constitution which has already been drawn up, as was mentioned just a few minutes ago.” Take a look at “Americans” who were Rhodes Scholarship Fund recipients. You can also view a number of documents from my Reading Room which clearly shows how many elected officials (state and federal) who endorse one world government. This is the link. Page 103, Congressional Record, Minnesota’s endorsement of a Declaration of Interdependence to “join with others to bring forth a new world order.” pages 107, 109- 116; 121 – 123; 129; 131: UNESCO is “another attempt to destroy the United States”; pg. 135 Bricker; pages 139 – 146, March 25, 1976: “A major event…forumation of the Declaration of Interdependence…endorsed by 30 Senators and almost 100 Congressmen.” That’s just a small sampling of documents I spent days scanning. Treason right out in the open.

Back on February 4, 2008, I quoted this in my column:

“We must realize that our party’s most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by the whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to install in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.” Israel Cohen, a leading Communist in England, in his ‘A Racial Program For The 20th Century (1912).’ Quoted by Congressman Abernathy, Congressional Record, June 7, 1957, p. 8559

I was accused of being a racist; same old worn out attack. If you click here, you’ll see another page from ‘The Communist International’ which reads: “On 14 September 1925 the orgbureau discussed the Negro congress to be held the following month in Chicago, organized by the American CP (Communist Party).” The goal was/is to use our fellow Americans of the Negro race to further inculcate the communist doctrine. It’s sickening. Agitate, continue with constant haranguing that the Negro is oppressed by white America and all the other propaganda so they will turn to the imaginary utopia of communism. It is why Martin Luther King was brought to prominence. We know for a fact that Barack Obama was mentored and trained by communists; click here. People continue to have selective blindness because they forget Obama is a mulatto; half Caucasian, half Negro. However, for the purposes of the masters behind the scenes who pull the strings, Obama has black skin and therefore is their useful fool of choice this election. Should Obama’s stinking baggage somehow derail him, fellow comrade, Marxist Hillary Clinton is waiting in the wings.

Perhaps those in denial would like to read the truth from someone who would know: ‘New Lies for Old: The Communist Strategy of Deception and Disinformation’ by Anatoliy Golitsyn, a former KGB officer. “This book is the product of nearly twenty years of my life. It presents my convictions that, throughout that period, the West has misunderstood the nature of changes in the communist world and has been misled and outmaneuvered by communist guile.” This book is now available for free on the Internet.

I urge you to listen to Ben Partin on the Jeff Rense radio show, May 29th. Ben knows this material inside and out. He should because he’s been on it for six decades. What he has to tell the American people is critical in understanding how the people of this country are embracing their own destruction. Ask family and friends to listen. Tell them you would like their opinion on what they hear. Click here to get the broadcast. You might tune in a few minutes early just to make sure you’re set for the broadcast. Don’t miss this critical program.

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If for some reason you can’t listen, you can watch Ben explain OKC, WACO and world communism for free. I put on a sold out event at the Santa Clara Convention Center in June, 1998; Ben was a featured speaker. He was 72 years old then; a remarkable man who has never been given the credit due him for all his work in exposing the lies and ‘The Program’ to destroy this republic. This free Internet video is a must watch.

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Change is not possible with the same players. We can only destroy the destroyers by identifying who they are and refusing to enrich them with our buying power and support. Americans have been taking a knife to a gun fight because they do not understand the genesis of the problems (health care, SS, failed foreign policy, energy, our monetary system and these endless wars) plaguing this country. You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know how it started. We cannot and will not defeat the planned destruction of this republic unless each and every one of us that now number in the millions reject the program and that requires a solid understanding. More on this in my next column. Also, you can listen to dozens of my columns on audio (free) on my web site; download to your IPod or to a CD and listen while driving. In addition to Ben’s speech referenced above, you can also watch two other speakers from that day, constitutional attorney Larry Becraft and Dr. Eugene Schroeder on the War and Emergency Powers issue. Feel free to watch; download onto a CD and share this knowledge.

Learning Links:

1 - United States-Russian Merger: A Done Deal?
2 - Membership roster of the Council on Foreign Relations
3 - Treasonous agenda of the Council on Foreign Relations
4 - Treasonous agenda of the Trilateral Commission
5 - Republican Party, Red From the Start
6 - Should Democratic Party merge with Communist Party?

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America’s road to torture and those who kept silent about it

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Blumner: America’s road to torture and those who kept silent about it

By Robyn Blumner

Article Last Updated: 05/25/2008 11:17:43 PM MDT

Bystander guilt. That is what FBI and Justice Department officials have on their conscience and what John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and FBI Director Robert Mueller should be haunted by every day.

The long-awaited report from the Justice Department inspector general on abusive detainee interrogations says that the FBI should be credited for its ”professionalism” due to the way FBI agents separated themselves from the harsh methods meted out by military and CIA questioners.

They did do that. But that was not enough.

FBI agents started complaining to their higher-ups as early as 2002 that abuse was occurring at the hands of CIA and military interrogators; yet our chief law enforcement agency failed to act in any way beyond absenting itself from the dirty business. Those officials failed in their jobs to uphold American law and values.

I remember a case that horrified and transfixed America about 11 years ago. A young girl was sexually assaulted and murdered in a Nevada casino bathroom by a man whose friend saw the girl struggling and left the scene. There was a great public outcry that the friend should be prosecuted as well because he had failed to intervene or go for help.

This bystander may not have been legally culpable but, from a moral vantage, he had blood on his hands.

The same holds true for a law enforcement agent who ignores a prisoner being abused, except that it is that agent’s duty to intervene – turning one’s face away or absenting oneself is not an option for an FBI agent. That’s the message that should have been sent from on high to agents in the field, but wasn’t.

The IG’s report said that the inception of the FBI’s head-in-the-sand approach began in 2002 with the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, a top al-Qaida operative. Two FBI agents had been questioning the gravely injured Zubaydah using the rapport-building techniques that have been proven to work in obtaining actionable intelligence. Then the CIA took over, with a different approach – one that is ugly and un-American and violates U.S. and international laws. Concerns over the CIA’s actions led to Mueller’s determining in August 2002 that the FBI would not be part of joint interrogations where harsh or extreme techniques were employed.

Still, complaints from FBI agents who observed abuse kept coming. Hundreds witnessed it, according to the report. Agents opened a ”war crimes file” at Guantanamo to document the rough methods, but an FBI official had it closed because detainee abuse was not the FBI’s problem.

FBI headquarters informally let it be known that it was OK to witness these ”non-FBI authorized interrogations so long as they did not participate,” the IG’s report said.

Be a bystander, let it happen, ignore the law. How could that be our policy?

Agents kept up their complaints about what was happening to prisoners at Guantanamo, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking for better guidance and receiving none. The report confirms that top officials in the Justice Department, including Ashcroft, knew what agents on the ground were saying.

And still it was: hands-off, heads-down.

Then in January 2004, months before the explosive Abu Ghraib pictures became public, senior managers at the FBI learned of the prisoner mistreatment there. The agency again decided to do nothing.

It wasn’t until the pictures hit the news and the FBI realized it had to address the PR problem that an official policy was issued on what to do if prisoner abuse is observed. Report it to the ”on-scene commander” who will report it to FBI headquarters, the May 2004 policy said.

But then, agents started hearing that ”abuse” means only those techniques used beyond those authorized for the person doing the interrogation. Don’t bother reporting ”routine” harsh treatment, they were told.

Everyone important in the FBI and Justice Department knew what was happening and no one stopped it, no one made a public ruckus. That makes them professionals all right, professional bystanders, with a burdened conscience.

source: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_9381028

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Are You A Coward Like Me?

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Are You A Coward Like Me?

By Ibrahim Turner

27/05/08 “ICH” – – From time to time I receive from my friends in the Middle East, horrific photographs of the atrocities perpetrated on the Palestinians by the IDF. (Israel Defence Force)

Apparently these photographs are never ever distributed in the western media; they are in fact, censored.

Additionally, any essays or discussions about the Israel/Palestinian situation also never see the light of day in the Western media.

Why is that?

There are on the Internet at least, some articles about the Israel Lobby, and even books and articles appear in the mainstream press, most notably the writings of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. And there is the book by the former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, with his book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which was fiercely attacked by the foot soldiers of the Israel Lobby.

Witness also the vociferous ongoing war of words between Alan Dershowitz and Norman Finkelstein, which has resulted in Professor Finkelstein not being offered tenure at the DePaul University. While I was checking the spelling of his name I came across this breaking news.
BREAKING NEWS: “Israel Arrests Outspoken Academic Norman Finkelstein”

(Democracy NOW! “And the American academic Norman Finkelstein has been arrested and ordered deported from Israel. Finkelstein arrived in Tel Aviv earlier today on his way to the Occupied Territories. He was immediately detained and told he is banned from Israel for ten years. He’s expected to be deported tomorrow. Finkelstein is known as one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. He was detained by the Interior Ministry and Shin Bet.”) NEW! 05.23.2008

So these people and many others, have stood up to the torrent of criticism directed at them from the Israel Lobby and their cohorts, even though the criticism is usually nothing to do with their message, but an attack on the messenger, denigrating the character, outright lies about the slightest error in their work, and so on.

So I ask you, are you brave enough to take on the almost complete control of the media and public opinion that has grown up in the United States and also in Europe? And if you are so inclined, in what way?

Writing articles on blogs and websites isn’t very brave really; it never has a chance of getting into the mainstream press or on radio and TV. Of course there are a few radio and TV stations that do publish such things, but are they largely preaching to the choir? I do get email alerts and messages to my inbox, from quite a few of these, and of course welcome the information. But what do I do with it?

And I sometimes get photographs of things happening in Gaza and the West Bank, in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are heartbreaking and bring tears to my eyes. But what do I do with them? Very often the sender requests that I forward the photographs to as many people as possible. I hesitate to forward them to my friends because although my friends may be, in some ways quite open, my hesitation either stems from my cowardice in not standing up for what I profess to believe in, human rights, etc and rationalizing that perhaps they are too busy, are already working to help people in other ways.

I’m sure that face to face, my friends would probably agree with me about these things happening in Gaza and the West Bank, Iraq and so on, but would they do anything about it? I’m not sure.

This brings me to the realization that most people abhor such things but would prefer not to be disturbed from their comfortable lives, especially as they get older. It always seems to be the young that go on marches and protests. That’s not to say there are no older people in those marches, far from it. But by and large people have other personal worries, like keeping their jobs, making mortgage payments and bringing up their kids, the numbers in the protests speak for themselves.

And then there is the recent history of such protests. I was in Istanbul at the time, but in England there was the largest protest against the war in Iraq just before Tony Blair and George Bush gave the orders to invade. What effect did that protest have? Nada, zilch, nowt. This lack of power leads to despair for many people and they give up. Quite often in the comments of progressive sites people actually say, we are preaching the choir and unless we get out there on the streets, nothing will change. Others try to counter this despair by enthusiastically advocating meet up groups, as in the ‘Ron Paul Revolution’, and although that is remarkable and commendable, will that lead to Ron Paul being elected as the next President of the United States. The best one can say is that the jury is still out on that one.

So while there are plenty of advocates for change both in the United States and Europe as well as in Israel, when you stand back and look at it, there is no communication between the different groups and no organization. They all seem to be waiting for the White Knight in shining armour to come and rescue them all and perhaps also with the Palestinians.

But my contention is that there will not be a White Knight and the ‘Age of Aquarius’ is characterized by group co-operation. The character of the preceding age of Pisces was the cult of the individual. Anyone who knows the astrological signs knows that the sign of Pisces is the last of the twelve signs and that there is a great new beginning with the start of the next cycle.

Part of the despair felt by people who advocate change is based on the seemingly large intractable forces involved. One elite group sends its working class cannon fodder to fight the working class cannon fodder of the elites of another group or nation. How can one individual or small group of people change anything in that scenario? Witness the many dual nationality Neocons who have infiltrated the United States government and their ideology of perpetual war, for the sake of Israel, marrying Israel’s interests with the USA’s interests in the area, and the complete complicity of the ruling class of America to standing by Israel, right or wrong.

The common people seem to have no chance of overturning this situation. Yet these people are just that, people, who have banded together to achieve their goals, and very successfully. The forces and people who appose this ideology are successfully marginalized, ridiculed and nullified because of the complete take over of the means of communication, the mainstream press, radio and TV. The only medium left to the others is the Internet, and the Pentagon has indicated that it would like to shut it down. And on the Internet there are many trolls, publishing disinformation and distractions, some of them very clever, but most are easily spotted and ignored.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who would like to see the Zionist regime disappear from the pages of time, as Ahmadinejad said, and who is consistently misquoted, and I’m sure you all know the phrase that is repeated time and again.

But are you going to stand up for justice and human rights in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere? Will you forward articles and photographs that are sent to you? Will you add your pen to others in advocating change in America, Europe and Israel?

Everyone reading this should, at the very least, contemplate their own complacency and cowardice in the face of the undoubted strong entrenched groups that want to keep you in their control, devoid of real information, and the feeling of helplessness and powerlessness. Will you reach out to others of like mind? Will you put your pet project aside for the greater good? Will you agree with what I have written and then go on to the next thing? When will you make a stand and act like Norman Finkelstein and Jimmy Carter and many others, taking the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and return again and again to the fray, the greater jihad of struggling with your weaknesses?

From today, with my limited resources and indifferent health, I will not despair, will not roll over and play dead, hoping to avoid the fight that we must all undertake – to rid the world of tyrants and not allow ourselves to be corrupted by their ideology.

source: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19993.htm

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UK Academics Arrested For Researching al-Qaida

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

UK Academics Arrested For Researching al-Qaida

Posted by kdawson on Monday May 26, @09:29PM
from the terrism-is-the-root-password-to-the-academy
dept.
Government
D Afifi writes “Two political researchers at the University of Nottingham, in the UK, have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for downloading Al-Qaida material from a US government website. The material was to be used for research in terrorist tactics. There has been a huge public outcry, with university staff planning a march to demonstrate against the attack on academic freedom. Yet, one of the students, an Algerian, is still held in custody under immigration charges and is being fast-tracked for deportation.”

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Australian town rejects Muslim school

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Australian town rejects Muslim school

Tue May 27, 2008

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities rejected the development of a 1,200-student Islamic school on the outskirts of Sydney on Tuesday saying it was inappropriate for the small town where anti-Muslim protesters opposed the school.

Camden Council voted against the school being built based on concerns over the impact on traffic flows, loss of agricultural land, but not on religious grounds.

“It is a site issue … we said all along religious issues, nationalistic issues, will not be entered into,” Mayor Chris Patterson told local media.

The school was planned for Muslim students and would have taught the standard Australian education programme but also conducted religious classes just as Catholic and Anglican schools in Australia do.

However, the school development has sparked anti-Muslim sentiment in Camden, with pigs heads being planted on spikes and threats to attack any Muslims attending the school.

“We just don’t want Muslim people in Camden, we don’t want them not only here, but we don’t want them in Australia,” one woman, wearing a cowboy hat with an Australian flag wrapped around it, said at the council meeting on Tuesday.

But other residents said opposition to the school was not based on religion. “Its nothing to do with being Islamic, if it had been a Catholic school, Buddhist, whatever, it is not an appropriate area for a 1,200-student school,” a male resident told local television.

Camden Council received 3,000 submissions opposing the school and only 100 in favour of the development.

Relations between non-Muslim Australians and Muslims have been strained since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Australia has deployed troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Race riots erupted at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach in 2005 as the predominately Anglo-Saxon residents attacked anyone of Middle Eastern appearance, believing they were Muslims intent on taking over their beach.

Muslims have been in Australia for more than 200 years. The country’s first Muslims were Afghani camel drivers who helped to open its vast outback.

Today there are about 280,000 Muslims in the 21 million population, more recently from the Middle East, Asia and Fiji, living predominantly in Sydney and Melbourne.

(Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Valerie Lee)

source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKSYD3619320080527

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Bible Burning in Zionistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Bible Burning in Zionistan

Zahir Ebrahim

burningbook.jpg

May 26, 2008

The following is an update to Project Humanbeingsfirst’s public service announcement of May 15, 2008 made on the occasion of Celebrating Israel’s 60th Birthday bash, when the President of the United States along with the First Lady had just arrived in Israel.

[May 20, 2008] It is known to be customary to celebrate independence day with much mirth, joyous merry-making, firecrackers, and bonfires. The “New Israel” which excitedly welcomed the fervent Evangelical Christian American President, George W. Bush Jr., and his fair lady, to its holy lands for three days of love-fest and merriment, the moment their guests departed, lit the brightest bonfires to continue on with its “Three thousand years old, and going on sixty” traditional celebrations of “protect[ing] the freedoms given to us by an Almighty God”, as reported today by the Tel Aviv based Hebrew language Daily, Maariv, the second largest in Israel.

AP translated it for the rest of the world who haven’t yet learned Hebrew:

“Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land. The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue. The Israeli Maariv daily reported Tuesday that hundreds of Jewish religious school students took part in the book-burning. Israeli authorities and Orthodox Jews frown on missionary activity aimed at Jews”,

as observed by DAWN, MSNBC, IHT, all eloquently headlining it “Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Israel”, and all narrating the ‘biblical’ epiphany from the Associated Press supplied rendition of events.

There were no BBC television news cameras on hand to record the bonfires as there usually are when some DVDs featuring scantily clad women are put to the torch by “islamofascists”.

Too bad the First Family of the United States of America, Der Judenstaadt’s primal benefactors, did not stay a few extra days to witness the full spectrum love-fest that perhaps awaits the rest of Christendom as ‘god’s chosen peoples’ are grown into the “Zion that will light up all the world”!

It escapes the humble imagination at Project Humanbeingsfirst headquarters how can the lowly, deftly cultivated islamofascist pirates ever hope to hold a candle up to this naturally occurring light of Judeofascism?

Perhaps the greatest “Western Scholar[s] of Islam” and the “Middle East” in the United States of America, Bernard Lewis, Daniel Pipes, David Horowitz, et. al., can explain it to the erstwhile Christian President of the United States whose most sacred Holy Book, and that of approx. 2 Billion other Christian peoples sharing the same planet, was just desecrated by the most fervent ‘Believing’ Jews in Zionistan!

It is Project Humanbeingsfirst’s profound wisdom – which the “Almighty God” in Its own Profound Wisdom seems to have denied those whom He apparently CHOSE as the custodians of “protect[ing] the freedoms given to us” – that “islamofascism” will magically instantly disappear from the international scene, just as it was deliberately instantly brought into existence by God on your side with people in foreign ’suits and ties’, if only the President of the United States would equitably distribute the veritable “shock and awe” of collateral language across all of: Islamofascism – Zionofascism – Judeofascism – Christofascism – Neofascism etc. “

Project Humanbeingsfirst offers its humble lifetime guarantees that doing so will leave behind the more harmless and normative struggles for Renaissance within each of the respective cultures and societies. These are the social struggles normal for every generation in every epoch as forward thinking courageous human beings in these civilizations attempt to keep up with the new modernity of their respective times, and continually attempt to overcome their respective demons of history and its concomitant cultural baggage in defiance of the status quo that is known throughout history to overwhelm them. Socrates was forced to drink the Hemlock, Galileo was forced to recant, Martin Luther was forced to Reform against all odds, not to mention Jesus Christ who was crucified! The indigenous struggles for full spectrum Renaissance can do without external subversion for world conquests!

By eliminating the exploitation of social-cultural-religious-legal vulnerabilities through its major and minor cracks and lacunas by a tiny handful of the ‘ubermensch’ Fascist types who calculatingly inflict its exploitation upon the rest of the world as the fabricated WAR on TERROR, indeed provides the much needed genuine “Lebensraum” to conduct a genuine Renaissance. Rather than the devilish one being so Machiavellianly orchestrated by the friends and exponents of Zionistan for premeditated “imperial mobilization”. The latter in turn, equitably endeavors to devour all friends and foes alike, as the ubermensch “chosen peoples” of “an Almighty God” ethereally appointed to rule upon all the world’s Goy in a New World Order of their own devilish making!

Wake up Mr. President of the United States of America. Between Christian Zionism and Zionistan, you are grooming the real ‘ubermensch’ Devils that will devour you just the same when your services have been dutifully rendered. Their “Almighty God” is apparently far more powerful, as evident from the birthday bash in Zionistan! No harm has come to them for boldly lighting bonfires from other people’s Holy Books! Never mind their cataclysmic conquests and re-settlement of another far ‘lesser’ people’s inhabited lands as their personal Redemption handed them by the same “Almighty God”! Thou shall equally not escape its wrathful vengeance for 2000 years of anti-Semitism in Christendom – “Eye for an eye” – against its “chosen” peoples!!

A public service message of Renaissance rationalism humbly brought to you by Project HumanbeingsfirstTM.org.

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Stop the Oil Speculators

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 28, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Stop the Oil Speculators

by Ralph Nader – <info@nader.org>

5/27/08

What factors are causing the zooming price of crude oil, gasoline and heating products? What is going to be done about it?

Don’t rely on the White House­with Bush and Cheney marinated in oil­or the Congress­which has hearings that grill oil executives who know that nothing is going to happen on Capitol Hill either.

Last week the price of crude oil reached about $130 a barrel after spiking to $140 briefly. The immediate cause? Guesses by oil man T. Boone Pickens and Goldman Sachs that the price could go to $150 and $200 a barrel respectivly in the near future. They were referring to what can be called the hoopla pricing party on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (NYMEX)

Meanwhile, consumers, workers and small businesses are suffering with the price of gasoline at $4 a gallon and diesel at $4.50 a gallon. Suffering but not protesting, except for a few demonstrations by independent truckers.

A consumer and small business revolt could be politically powerful. But what would they revolt to achieve? Their government is paralyzed and is unable to indicate any action if oil goes up to $200 or $400 a barrel. Washington, D.C. is leaving people defenseless and drawing no marker for when it will take action.

Oil was at $50 a barrel in January 2007, then $75 a barrel in August 2007. Now at $130 or so a barrel, it is clear that oil pricing is speculative activity, having very little to do with physical supply and demand. An essential product­petroleum­is set by speculators operating on rumor, greed, and fear of wild predictions.

Over the time since early 2007, U.S. demand for petroleum has fallen by 1 percent and world demand has risen by 1.3 percent. Supplies of crude are so plentiful, according to the Wall Street Journal, “traders of physical crude oil say their market is suffering from too much supply, not too little.”

Iran, for instance, is storing 25 million barrels of heavy, sour crude oil because, in the words of Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, Iran’s oil governor, “there are simply no buyers because the market has more than enough oil.”

Mike Wittner, head of oil research at Societe Generale in London agrees. “There’s various signals out there saying for right now, the markets are well supplied with crude.”

Historically, oil has been afflicted with the control of monopolists. From the late nineteenth century days of John D. Rockefeller, and his Standard Oil monopoly, to the emergence of the “Seven Sisters” oligopoly, made up of Standard Oil, Shell, BP, Texaco, Mobil, Gulf and Socal, to the rise of OPEC representing the major producing countries, the “free market” price of oil has been a mirage. Despite the breakup of the Standard Oil company by the government’s trustbusters about 100 years ago, selling cartels and buying oligopolies kept reasserting themselves.

In an ironic twist, the major price determinant has moved from OPEC (having only 40% of the world production) and the oil companies to the speculators in the commodities markets. What goes on in the essentially unregulated New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX)­without Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) enforced margin requirements, and, unlike your personal purchases, untaxed­is now the place that leads to your skyrocketing gasoline bills. OPEC and the Big Oil companies reap the benefits and say that it’s not their doing, but that of the speculators. Gives new meaning to “passing the buck.”

Deborah Fineman, president of Mitchell Supreme Fuel Co. in Orange, New Jersey, summed up the scene: “Energy markets have been dictated for too long by hedge funds and speculators, who artificially manipulate the numbers for their own benefit. The current market isn’t based on the sound principles of supply and demand but it is being rigged by companies and speculators who are jacking up prices for their own greed.”

Harry C. Johnson, former banker who worked for many years inside Big Oil and ran his own small oil company in Oklahoma, blames the CFTC, the Department of Energy, the Administration, and Congress, as “asleep at the switch on an issue that is probably costing U.S. consumers $1 billion per day.”

He cites “some industry experts, who profit greatly from the high price of crude, and have stated openly that the worldwide economic price of crude, absent speculators, would be around $50 to $60 per barrel.

Imagine, our government is letting your price for gasoline and home heating oil be determined by a gambling casino on Wall Street called NYMEX. The people need regulatory protection from speculators and an excess profits tax on Big Oil.

In addition, a sane government would see the present price crises as an opportunity to expand our passenger and freight railroad capacity and technology.

A sane government would drop all subsidies and tax loopholes for Big Oil’s huge profits and other fossil fuels and promote a national mission to solarize our economy to achieve major savings from energy conservation technology, retrofitting buildings, and upgrading efficiency standards for motor vehicles, home appliances, industrial engines and electric generating plants.

Those are the permanent ways to achieve energy independence, reduce our trade deficit, create good jobs that can’t be exported and protect the environmental health of people and nature.

Those are the reforms and advances that a muscular consumer, worker and small business revolt can focus on in the coming weeks.

What say you, America?

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