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 Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Our Men in Iran?

Click here to access article by Seymour M. Hersh from The New Yorker. 

This journalist supplies evidence that the US government has been training and supplying a group operating in Iran which its own State Department lists as a terrorist group. This appears to be an update of an article he wrote in 2008 when President G. Bush was in office regarding the same subject. 

Once again we see that a change in presidents doesn't make the slightest difference in changes to policies. That is simply because there exists a more or less permanent secret government within the US, often referred to as the National Security State that really runs the government. Presidents, if not completely aligned with the NSS such as both Bush presidents (some might well argue that Bush Jr really didn't function in an active executive capacity being too stupid to be taken seriously by the inner power circle), have been relegated to the role of public relations officers. (Read The Secret Team by retired Col. L. Fletcher Prouty,) President Kennedy was the last truly independent executive. He greatly feared this powerful inner circle--and you know what happened to him. (Read JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglass for the details.)

Obviously, terrorism is bad only when it is directed against the Empire. Maybe the political operatives of the Empire are only following in the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt who once said, "They may be sons of bitches, but they are our sons of bitches".
The M.E.K.’s ties with Western intelligence deepened after the fall of the Iraqi regime in 2003, and JSOC began operating inside Iran in an effort to substantiate the Bush Administration’s fears that Iran was building the bomb at one or more secret underground locations. Funds were covertly passed to a number of dissident organizations, for intelligence collection and, ultimately, for anti-regime terrorist activities. Directly, or indirectly, the M.E.K. ended up with resources like arms and intelligence. Some American-supported covert operations continue in Iran today, according to past and present intelligence officials and military consultants.