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

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Vice President’s Men

Click here to access article by Seymour Hersh from London Review of Books. (Edited at 6:23 PM CT to correct and clarify my commentary.)

Note that Hersh can no longer be published in the USA because his writings contain too much truth for the ruling class to tolerate. It appears that he is too popular and credible within the USA to being allowed to publish his writings by a US based publishing outfit. You see, the truth about our wars and government must be prevented at all costs which includes the legitimate charge of censorship, and above all, to maintain the fiction of some kind of official constitutional government and quasi-democracy. 

Hersh can't help writing about specific topics that undermine this fiction: it because he is obsessed with a drive to report the truth wherever he finds evidence to support some version of the truth. As is clear in Hersh's recent book Reporter, he relies heavily on government informants. In this rather lengthy article Hersh reports on how George (Herbert Walker) Bush set up a secret government within the official government to evade the onerous laws to curb the actions of the CIA which had been passed in 1976 in the aftermath of the (Sen.) Church Committee’s hearings.

It is not a general exposé of the crimes committed by our masters in the Deep State that control our government and their secret services. Relying mostly on his government informants, Hersh specifically targets what occurred in the Reagan administration with Vice-President George H.W. Bush thoroughly in charge. In this piece, he often refers to an "officer" who reportedly worked for Vice-Admiral Arthur Moreau who, in turn, was setup by Bush to work effectively as a CIA director (working around the official CIA Director Bill Casey) in the White House.

Typically our masters order their media corporations to fire such truth-tellers and/or smear them so that no one pays attention to them, but Hersh has too much credibility. This is another illustration of how the ruling class are increasingly resorting to fascist methods of control because the usual methods of capitalist control of employees no longer works to curb the writings of the independent and determined Hersh; and because they have long been engaged in "high crimes and misdemeanors", they don't want anyone writing about it. Therefore, he is dangerous and must be effectively blocked from any publications that Americans might read.

Normally our masters stay far removed from the glare of publicity, but in the case of George H.W. Bush, who had a Deep State heritage beginning with banker and Nazi supporter Prescott Bush, posed quite a challenge for them to keep Bush in a low profile. They set up a popular front man, former GE salesman and B-grade actor Ronald Reagan, who our capitalist masters had their media corporations focus on and glamorize in order to distract attention from who was really running the government.

The article requires one to have an extensive knowledge of what occurred, at least officially, in the Reagan years. I expect that this article will often be referred to and used for documentation in other broader essays about our secret government.

(You might also be interested in Bernhard's take (Moon of Alabama) on the article in his post "Seymour Hersh: George H.W. Bush Team Leaked To Media To Reveal CIA's Iran-Contra Affair".)