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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Let the Sun Shine

Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria)

[B]ut there are also unknown unknowns

-- the ones we don't know we don't know

--Donald Rumsfeld


You have no respect for excessive authority

or obsolete traditions.

You're dangerous and depraved,

and you ought to be taken outside and shot!

--Catch-22
, Joseph Heller

Light is sweet,

and it pleases the eyes to see the sun

--Ecclesiastes 11:7


I'm sick and tired of hearing things

From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites

All I want is the truth

Just gimme some truth

--Give Me Some Truth
, John Lennon

You see what no one else can see,

and now I'm breaking free.

For your eyes only, only for you

--For Your Eyes Only
, Sheena Easton
_________________


Per the most recent Wikileaks, the White House said,

"Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the U.S. for assistance in promoting democracy and open government."

Wrap your mind around that for a moment. The U.S. government is bound in secrecy, yet espouses "democracy and open government". This is a no-go theorem. The U.S. government is open to a select group which is privy to the details, the group which conducts back room deals and signs secret treaties -- a professional class, beyond citizen supervision. It is from these events that wars are sprung.


How has democracy arrived at the point that truth must be classified and digested by an anointed class which then determines what we, the
canaille, can view? Is truth so fungible that it can't be displayed without an official redaction?

How can we claim a democracy if our citizens are uninformed concerning the actions of our leaders? Secret budgets and hearings, secret prisons and programs do not comport with an open society. Is secrecy now integral to democracy? If so, how do we differ from all the other -ISMS, to include terrorism, for the basis of all terrorism -- whether state-sponsored or individual -- is secrecy?

The reliance on secrecy tags the U.S. as a reactive player on the world scene. If we were leaders, the truth would be something with which other players would be required to deal. Reaction to truth should be a definition of policy, but that is the exact opposite of the Phony War on Terror
(PWOT ©)

The
PWOT © is and was based upon deception, lies and illegality, and that's neither a lie nor a secret.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,

I saw that quote and thought the same thing. Good post.

Dave

Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 8:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Dave,
I've finally gotten you trained properly.
Now we'll unleash you.
jim

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 3:40:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Blakenator said...

Great post. Great web site. I just blundered into it a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately we live in the age of no shame, led by the proudly ignorant who roundly oppose skepticism as a form of blasphemy. This easily enables the bunch of sociopaths and charlatans controlling the political system at every level. I was watching a short on how the Nazis used propaganda this morning and it had a very familiar ring.

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 4:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

Doublethink at its finest. Welcome to 1984 and A Brave New World rolled into one. Just remember that we have always been at war with East Asia and the weekly ration of chocolate has been increased to 3oz.

People amaze me when they say they want to solve these problems by giving more power to the government. As if the ass-jackals in there now are somehow going to reform their incompetent ways if they are given a 'little' more money and control over our lives.

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:21:00 PM GMT-5  

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