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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Watch CIA director John Brennan lie about spying on congress

Click here to access article from Privacy SOS.

What I find difficult to understand is the superficial treatment that such revelations as this receive by various actors in the media, especially what passes as alternative media in the US, those involved which are members of Congress, and a prominent civil liberties advocacy organization, the ACLU. All of the above, and possibly this writer, express surprise about a CIA director lying to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee about CIA's email surveillance on members of Congress. Then we see Obama, who plays the role of Chief Executive Officer of the US to cover his real function as the ruling class's chief of public relations (CPR), expressing support for the CIA director, and wanting as usual with such disclosures of high crimes by secret agencies the need to move on: 
The president’s comments about Mr. Brennan suggested that the administration was ready to put the spying matter behind it.
The best that could happen with this issue, which poses a fundamental Constitutional conflict between the Executive and Congress, would be that Brennan resigns and replaced by someone else who, of course, would approve of the same actions. Thus, nothing would change except people, but at least this might be a way to salvage the reputation of Congress and the mythology of representative government. The shadow government has become so overwhelmingly powerful that I doubt that they have much concern about this incident as demonstrated by their CFR. What is more likely is that nothing will be done other than a few Congressional people crying foul.

I frequently wonder how many lies it takes for most Americans to understand the fake system of government that they allow to rule over them. Because I have been tracking official government lies since 1959 beginning with their problems with the revolutionary government of Cuba and continuing with countless number of lies since, and have studied reliable histories which have filled in the many lies and deceptions that occurred before my time, I have arrived at a very different political consciousness than have my fellow Americans. 

I have easily arrived at the position that I have expressed so many times in this blog: the official organs of government are a facade behind which lie the real decision makers who are top members of the One Percent, a true ruling class whose power is based on the ownership and control of the economy, and much of the world's economy. They are now in control of an Empire which threatens to wage war, and wages war directly or indirectly against any nation or people who get in their way of global domination. They ally themselves with the most despicable governments in pursuit of their interests. They also, with their dependence on fossil fuels, and their obsession with maintaining the system of capitalism--the "goose that lays their golden eggs"--are on their way to destabilizing the climate which threatens human existence.