We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

After Americans become outraged with TSA, CIA announces airplane bombing thwarted

Click here to access article from RT.

The article examines the timing of this widely reported airport security breach, and questions whether it is coincidental or contrived to counter complaints about TSA. 
What does appear to be in danger, however, is the TSA itself. The Transportation Security Administration has been marred with scandal after scandal since its development after the September 11 terrorist attacks, and some reports even suggest that Americans are actively seeking train tickets and scrounging for bus fare in lieu of letting Uncle Sam play grab ass with every airport patron in the country. So was this alleged bomb plot actually in the works? 
Could this be just another example of managing the consent of the people? Noam Chomsky expressed this well when he wrote, "the more 'free and popular' a government, the more it becomes necessary to rely on control of opinion to ensure submission to the rulers."

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