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$3.5 Trillion in Offshore Tax Havens

You’re not going to believe my interview with economist James Henry on the $30 Trillion dollars in tax havens!
Some of the highlights:
Tax havens are being used to hide and house 15% of the world’s wealth.
Shell companies are being used off shore so that corporations avoid paying taxes.
Representation without taxation.
We tried inflation, debt and privations but the only way to support a society is taxes.
It’s not a Global Mafia: it’s worse, the rich and corporations have created laws to support their ability to evade paying taxes.
The difference between tax shelter and tax evasion is a jail cell.
Since the recession the top 1% is not only making insane profits but avoiding paying more and more taxes.
A Great Society cannot survive without having the means to support it and a regressive tax policy is not the way to do it.
The rich are getting richer and paying less and less in taxes while the middle and lower classes’ “real” income is lower than the 70s and we are being taxed more through income, sales and service taxes.

The Price We Pay – Le Prix à Payer – Film http://www.thepricewepay.ca

We’re Not Broke http://werenotbrokemovie.com

The Tax Justice Network http://www.taxjustice.net

Jame’s book Blood Bankers and can be found on Amazon

My interview w/ former C.I.A. agent & whistleblower John Kiriakou

I had an opportunity to interviewed John Kiriakou​ on his insights in the Middle East and what we should know about the most important details that the media isn’t covering on the United States’ war on terror. Most importantly, John gives us a wake up call to how the government is taking away our civil liberties every chance they can and what we can do.

Support this true patriot and ex-CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou ​for all he’s done for us. It you want to know more about John, Paul Jay​ of The Real News​ did a great interview here: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=13824

John’ interview with Jared Leto http://aol.it/1XFiroA

John’s book: The Reluctant Spy…buy it or listen to it on audible: http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Spy-Secret-Life-Terror/dp/1616086289

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tXTtCHZs0g&feature=player_embedded

Filmed by Natalie Rae Fuller​

Oil-archy

THE BIGGEST COVER UP IN HISTORY

Speak the Truth . Drive Accountability . Create Action . Save Lives.

If it wasn’t for Turkey shooting down the Russian jet I would have never started asking questions that led to all these articles that I hadn’t discovered before now.

I’ve put this up because people have been asking me about what I’m trying to do and reading. Here it is.

Greed has no allegiance. We live in a plutocratic state which means that sovereign borders mean nothing. The super super rich have money, homes, security and transportation everywhere and anywhere they need to be. They sit on the same boards of directors and give money to both sides of the political agenda

Now what? So what? We can take a look at all this and see what we think about it and what we can do about it?

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/08/syria-ultimate-pipelineistan-war/

http://www.businessinsider.com/israel-grants-golan-heights-oil-license-2013-2

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-29/chad-sees-higher-fees-from-cnpc-oil-deal-offsetting-price-drop

https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/europe-is-harbouring-the-islamic-state-s-backers-d24db3a24a40#.sncybwgxu

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/GNE:US

http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2015-09-09/aVjnWdYE0pUk.html

http://genieoilgas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/PR-041910-Steinhardt-Will-Chair-IEI-Board.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/private-equity-firms-play-major-role-in-defense-industry-today/2014/01/31/c41c763e-853c-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/israel-oil-drilling-golan-criticised-2014121475759500874.html

https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-exploits-syrian-chaos-plan-looting-golan-oil/14701

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/27/rupert-murdoch-and-the-israeli-genie/

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/how-islamist-rebels-engineered-israel-s-oil-grab-syria-740568063

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Jonas

http://seekingalpha.com/article/263958-idt-corporation-genie-energy-makes-it-worth-a-look

https://www.rt.com/business/323568-syria-russia-oil-deposit/

https://www.rt.com/news/323658-turkmen-commander-turkish-ultra/

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/GFS:LN

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/25/syrias-cauldron-of-fire-a-downed-russian-jet-and-the-battle-of-two-pipelines/

http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?Ind=D

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21677597-geologists-israel-think-they-have-found-oilin-very-tricky-territory-black-gold

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/how-the-media-makes-the-israel-story/383262/

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/us-russia-gas-pipeline-war-syria-could-destabilise-putin-103505758

http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-environment-romney-and-hannity-share_12.html

http://www.saveadullam.org/english/

http://wearechange.org/israel-buys-most-oil-smuggled-from-isis-territory-report/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/israel-oil-drilling-golan-criticised-2014121475759500874.html

http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?Ind=D

http://www.sipri.org/about

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-01/syrian-proxy-war-world-war-iii-esque-summary

http://www.economist.com/node/21677597/comments#comments

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/b8234932-719b-11e5-ad6d-f4ed76f0900a.html#axzz3rmp7IXl8

http://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-russia-turkey-pipes-idUSL8N13S2FU20151203#VT6ECkspjFx4RWKH.97

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/324563-isis-russia-turkey-syria/

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/us-russia-gas-pipeline-war-syria-could-destabilise-putin-103505758

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Are You

Don’t read this. It’s personal and boring. It’s for my kids for when I’m dead so they have some idea of what I might be doing on a Friday night when they aren’t with me. If you read it you will have to share something that makes you vulnerable on the end of a week that has many so confused.
I live in a small town an ventured out tonight. After a week of solid writing about wars and shootings (no months or years of writing), I bumped into a few people that I barely new. When they asked what I did, I thought for a moment and gave a few false start answers then said, I’m an anti-war activist.
Something about how the anti-war movement is dead and I’m hoping it’s looking at the white light and about to be revived.
They were generally interested and all believed that our government is a corporate oligarchy. Both are white, in their forties and well educated. The whole town is white. Most of the people in the streets hadn’t a care in the world about what was going on. I thought man I’m more in Ankara (capital of Turkey) than Carbondale. I see policy instead of street lamps.
There were fundraisers for different local enivormental charities and I fought off a disillusionment of luxury status charity. I’m so new to this area and spend more time thinking about the Middle East than open space.
An hour walking around I notice that I was still out of sorts with the people and conversations, maybe from too much writing. Maybe because I feel like I’m Sisyphus, pushing a stone uphill and watching it roll back and doing it again and again.
I was speaking, listening and writing in my head all at the same time. It was like sailing for days, getting off the boat and walking with that feeling like I’m still moving. I wanted a way to understand what we were thinking. I wanted to find a inner thought.
I deeply listened to each of the different people in different conversations. And, began saying something slowly out loud, “we are white guys who won the birth lottery and well educated. If not us who? If not now when?” I had always known this, but because of the intensity of the past two weeks of expanded war, mass shootings and a murder convictions of a police officer, I felt it grab me. Who are we?
If white middle upper class aren’t taking the hit for the injustices why do we think as the separation of rich and poor increases and war is defined as endless that our children won’t be the next victims. I tried to make it about them/us/me. I tried to make it about our privilege and responsibility for having been given so much. It came out soft and mindful (for me;).
I spoke with a friend on Skype tonight who is Pakistani and lives in London. I have conversations with new friends around the world and from all walks of life. I hear over and over again how they have been unjusticely treated because of the color of their skin. Each story is so intense.
I learned all about this as a boy in grade school. When I was old enough to represent the poor and minority, I was fortunate enough to do it. I’ve been called an elitist by minorities for thinking I could help and bleeding heart socialist by conservatives. Whatever?
My mind went deeper into how the people I know the best now days are writers, artists, activists, whistleblowers, and victims of injustices around the world. It won’t be this way forever, I’m sure and…I don’t need a conclusion to this story.
I’m just writing to you Maya and Matteo to let you know how much I love you and that the road is long and winding, make sure you look beyond the horizons and not worry if you will see what on the other side, but whether you will be able to serve justice wherever injustice resides.
When they get past race it will become about class. -Malcolm X

Who Are You

Who Are You

Don’t read this. It’s personal and boring. It’s for my kids for when I’m dead so they have some idea of what I might be doing on a Friday night when they aren’t with me. If you read it you will have to share something that makes you vulnerable on the end of a week that has many so confused.
I live in a small town an ventured out tonight. After a week of solid writing about wars and shootings (no months or years of writing), I bumped into a few people that I barely new. When they asked what I did, I thought for a moment and gave a few false start answers then said, I’m an anti-war activist. Something about how the anti-war movement is dead and I’m hoping it’s looking at the white light and about to be revived.
They were generally interested and all believed that our government is a corporate oligarchy. Both are white, in their forties and well educated. The whole town is white. Most of the people in the streets hadn’t a care in the world about what was going on. I thought man I’m more in Ankara (capital of Turkey) than Carbondale. I see policy instead of street lamps. There were fundraisers for different local enivormental charities and I fought off a disillusionment of luxury status charity. I’m so new to this area and spend more time thinking about the Middle East than open space.
An hour walking around I notice that I was still out of sorts with the people and conversations, maybe from too much writing. Maybe because I feel like I’m Sisyphus, pushing a stone uphill and watching it roll back and doing it again and again.
I was speaking, listening and writing in my head all at the same time. It was like sailing for days, getting off the boat and walking with that feeling like I’m still moving. I wanted a way to understand what we were thinking. I wanted to find a inner thought.
I deeply listened to each of the different people in different conversations. And, began saying something slowly out loud, “we are white guys who won the birth lottery and well educated. If not us who? If not now when?” I had always known this, but because of the intensity of the past two weeks of expanded war, mass shootings and a murder convictions of a police officer, I felt it grab me. Who are we?
If white middle upper class aren’t taking the hit for the injustices why do we think as the separation of rich and poor increases and war is defined as endless that our children won’t be the next victims. I tried to make it about them/us/me. I tried to make it about our privilege and responsibility for having been given so much. It came out soft and mindful (for me;).
I spoke with a friend on Skype tonight who is Pakistani and lives in London. I have conversations with new friends around the world and from all walks of life. I hear over and over again how they have been unjusticely treated because of the color of their skin. Each story is so intense.
I learned all about this as a boy in grade school. When I was old enough to represent the poor and minority, I was fortunate enough to do it. I’ve been called an elitist by minorities for thinking I could help and bleeding heart socialist by conservatives. Whatever?
My mind went deeper into how the people I know the best now days are writers, artists, activists, whistleblowers, and victims of injustices around the world. It won’t be this way forever, I’m sure and…I don’t need a conclusion to this story.
I’m just writing to you Maya and Matteo to let you know how much I love you and that the road is long and winding, make sure you look beyond the horizons and not worry if you will see what on the other side, but whether you will be able to serve justice wherever injustice resides.
When they get past race it will become about class. -Malcolm X

Hillary Clinton Takes A Hard Right Turn Since Paris

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The Face of Ms U.S.A.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton wants to ‘intensify and broaden’ President Obama’s current policy, also insisting on a no-fly zone over Syria and ‘intelligence surge’

Hillary tries to prove to independents and mainstream media that she’s tough.

Let’s take each of her points and ask some important questions:
*You can’t have a no fly zone and fight ISIS and Assad. This is a civil war inside of a civil war.
*How may troops are you recommending? How do we go into Syria without knowing who and what we are shooting at?
*Will you ask for Authorization for the Use of Military Force?
*Are you disputing the President of the United States position?
*Do you have military intelligence that he doesn’t have?
*Do you wonder why Russia doesn’t have troops in Syria?
*Who do you want to replace Assad?
*How did that no fly zone in Libya go for world peace and harmony?

Since Hillary is down in the polls in places like Colorado (a swing state) against Republican candidates, she has to come out sounding like she’s going to kick some butt. It’s not a gender issue, it’s that Americans have historically bought into the fear and are drinking the Hatoraid.

This as been played out since Truman was put in over Henry Wallace for the Democrat Presidential Candidate in 1948. Watch Professor Peter Kuznick​ and Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States​” on this.

Here is a reprint of the Gardian’s Article on Hillary’s speech today:

“Hillary Clinton distanced herself from Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating Islamic State extremists on Thursday in a sweeping foreign policy speech that called for greater use of American ground troops and an intensified air campaign.

Though ruling out deploying the tens of thousands of US troops seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, the former of secretary of state made clear she would take a notably more hawkish approach than the current administration if she is elected president.

“The United States has been conducting this fight for more than a year; it’s time to be begin a new phase and intensify and broaden our efforts,” Clinton told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

“We should have no illusions about how difficult the mission before us really is … but if we press forward on both sides of the border, in the air on the ground and as well as diplomatically, I do believe we can crush Isis’s enclave of terror,” she added.
The extensive but nuanced speech singled out coalition efforts against Isis in Iraq for particular implied criticism, urging that US troops be given “greater flexibility” to embed with Iraqi troops on the frontline and target airstrikes. She also said the US should arm Sunni tribes and Kurds in the country if the government in Baghdad refused to.

But Clinton called for further US special forces to be deployed to Syria too, reiterated her call for a no-fly zone and demanded an “intelligence surge” to allow the airstrikes against Isis to be stepped up. “We have a lot of work to do to really decimate Isil in Iraq and Syria,” she said, using an alternate name for Isis.

Dressed entirely in white, a determined Clinton also used the speech to attack a number of key allies, including Turkey and the Gulf states for not doing enough to tackle fundamentalism.

She called on Silicon Valley to stop viewing the US government “as the enemy” and urged the tech industry to design encryption tools that can balance privacy and yet still allow for state surveillance.

Taking questions afterward, Clinton said her speech called for an “intensification and acceleration” of the Obama strategy, rather than a major change to it.

She also defended the White House response to the Syrian refugee crisis, in the face of opposition from Republicans who want to bar new entrants to the US.

“We are in a conflict of ideas against an ideology of hate … but let me clear, Islam is not our adversary,” added Clinton.

“The obsession in some quarters with a clash of civilisation, or repeating the words Islamic terrorism, isn’t just a distraction, it plays into their hands by alienating people we need by our sides.”

In the question and answer session, Clinton made clear she would directly arm Kurds and Sunni tribes if Baghdad refused to do so, saying the war required “a second Sunni awakening” after the alliance of tribes that took on al-Qaida in Iraq in the mid-2000s.

She was also specific about a no-fly zone for northern Syria to cut off supply lines of resources and foreign fighters to Isis – at the same time insisting Turkey “finally locks down its border”.
Republican candidates have been robust in their attacks on Obama, and by extension Clinton, casting the administration’s record as weak and risky given his decision to enter into an agreement with Iran.

Among the proposals put forth by presidential candidates, frontrunner Donald Trump has suggested bombing oil fields in the Middle East, and Jeb Bush and Texas senator Ted Cruz have suggested only allowing Christian refugees into the United States from the Syrian conflict zone. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, the most hawkish of the candidates, has gone as far as to call for the deployment of 10,000 American troops to Iraq and Syria.

The Democratic candidates have been more restrained in their response in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt and explosions that killed 43 people in Beirut, all of which have been claimed by Isis.

During the Democratic television debate on Saturday, in which the candidates paused for a moment at the outset to remember the victims of the Paris attacks, Clinton sought to distinguish herself from Obama when she was asked about his comments hours before the Paris terrorist strike in which he said the group had been “contained”.

“It cannot be contained. It must be defeated,” Clinton responded on Saturday.

It was a theme she returned to in more detail in New York on Thursday, with a lengthy section on what she believed were the shortcomings of the current coalition approach against Isis.

“A key obstacle standing in the way is a shortage of good intelligence about Isis and its operations, so we need an immediate intelligence surge in the region, including technical assets, Arabic speakers with deep expertise in the Middle East, and even closer partnership with regional intelligence services,” said Clinton.

“Our goal should be to achieve the kind of penetration we accomplished with al-Qaida in the past. This would help us identify and eliminate Isis’ command and control and its economic lifelines.”

Clinton leans on secretary of state experience
The speech drew heavily on Clinton’s involvement in the Obama administration’s efforts against al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, so is unlikely to alarm the White House hugely, but nonetheless the president deliberately sought to pre-empt some of Clinton’s suggestions – such as a no-fly zone in Syria – during remarks at the G20 this week, in which he said US experts had examined such options and decided they would be counterproductive.

Perhaps the toughest criticism was reserved for the combat in Iraq, where in the fight against Isis-controlled cities such as Ramadi is increasingly bogged down despite overwhelming numerical superiority by the coalition.

“We’ve been in a similar place before in Iraq,” said Clinton. “In the first Sunni awakening in 2007, we were able to provide sufficient support and assurances to the Sunni tribes to persuade them to join us in rooting out al-Qaida. Unfortunately, under Prime Minister Maliki’s rule, those tribes were betrayed and forgotten.

“So the task of bringing Sunnis off the sidelines into this new fight will be considerably more difficult,” she added. “But nonetheless, we need to lay the foundation for a second Sunni awakening. We need to put sustained pressure on the government in Baghdad to get its political house in order, move forward with national reconciliation, and finally stand up a national guard.”

Clinton, who is fond of noting that she traveled to 112 countries during her four-year tenure as secretary of state, had hoped her near million miles of travel would give her an unassailable advantage on foreign policy – a record that includes pushing Obama to intervene earlier in Syria and take a harder line with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Her Democratic challengers cannot match her knowledge of foreign affairs, but during the second debate, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders attacked her for her 2002 vote in favour of invading Iraq and her policies in Libya, which left a vacuum for extremists to exploit. She pushed to topple the Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, to which Sanders responded during the debate: “I’m not a big fan of regime change.”””

Is There A Difference In How We Fight ISIS?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX USA (2642870a) Hayat Boumeddiene, far right Hayat Boumeddiene 'appears in Islamic State film' - 06 Feb 2015 The latest video released by French-speaking Islamic state (ISIS), fighters may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is believed to have knowledge about the deadly January 9, 2015 attack on a Paris kosher grocery,The video, titled "Blow Up France 2," was released Tuesday and shows an ISIS fighter praising previous attackers in France and calling for new attacks. The video shows a woman standing next to the speaker, wearing camouflage clothing and holding a weapon. French authorities are investigating the possibility this woman could be Hayat Boumeddiene. Her husband, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four hostages January 9 at a kosher grocery in Paris, authorities said. He was killed by police in a rescue and the remaining hostages fled to safety.

How is Obama’s strategy and the Republicans’ not the same strategy in fighting ISIS? Why are the Republicans trying to make it sound so different? Why is the media complicit on the similarities?

In Obama’s Press Conference on Monday he clearly spells out what his administrations is doing in the war against ISIS, ISIL, &/or DAESH.

In listening to several on the right complaining about Obama leading from behind and popping off with their plan of action, I find no real differences between the two strategies except for:

1.) a no fly zone which as of Wednesday, since Russia and France is flying in Syria, has been downgraded to a “humanitarian” no fly zone. A section of land in Syria that zoned off as safe. Like if Assad and local zone commissions will big section off real estate that will give Syrian refugees a place to quietly be refugees. Hell of a stupid idea. Think of it as the kids table at Thanksgiving without them hearing the adults fight over who is going to win the football game.

2) The other is boots on the ground but no one but Trump will commit to any. Trump on Monday committed to 10,000 but didn’t say if it would be in Iraq or Syria. Some military analysis say if there was a commitment to boots on the ground it would take over 200,000. In 2007 during the surge in Iraq troop levels increased to 180,000.

The important question then becomes are they both giving the same military strategy? Most like yes.

They all want to:

  1. Work with partnering counties.
  2. Help arm the Kurds (even thought Turkey keeps bombing them).
  3. Increase intelligence.
  4. Work closely with the Iraqi military.
  5. Bomb ISIS oil supply (which U.S. just began.

In summary, training, equip, intelligence and airstrikes.

So, what does this all tell us?

A.) There’s no other real way to defeat ISIS except to drop nuclear bombs.

B.) Let’s send in 250,000 troops and years of occupation that Americans will never accept.

C.) The Empire likes a destabilized Middle East for control and constant military involvement/spending.

D.) Since Congress hasn’t signed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force required be Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution that we are using a 2001 AUMF to still fight Al Qaeda who is now Al Nursa in Syria and we are supporting.

There is the complete text of President Obama’s Press Conference in Turkey

Click Here

 

Credit: Photo by REX USA (2642870a) Hayat Boumeddiene, far right Hayat Boumeddiene ‘appears in Islamic State film’ – 06 Feb 2015 The latest video released by French-speaking Islamic state (ISIS), fighters may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is believed to have knowledge about the deadly January 9, 2015 attack on a Paris kosher grocery,The video, titled “Blow Up France 2,” was released Tuesday and shows an ISIS fighter praising previous attackers in France and calling for new attacks. The video shows a woman standing next to the speaker, wearing camouflage clothing and holding a weapon. French authorities are investigating the possibility this woman could be Hayat Boumeddiene. Her husband, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four hostages January 9 at a kosher grocery in Paris, authorities said. He was killed by police in a rescue and the remaining hostages fled to safety.

You Never Want A Serious Crisis To Go To Waste

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I keep getting asked to help explain to friends what I think is happening and what to do about this endless war.

It’s not that there’s an Illuminati that makes the decisions on how the world is run. It’s just that like the person who likes the corner office and parking spot, our representatives like power. And corporations like profit and need to keep representatives there working for their end game.

The biggest profits are in multi-national corporations such as finance, defense, oil, big pharma, and ag; therefore, our representatives are going to make rules that make the biggest donors to their campaigns richer.

Or if you prefer to use senior George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove’s own words back in 2002: “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he said. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study, too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

So if the U.S. is an empire or a plutocracy, why do I make stopping the war my No. 1 issue and not campaign finance or climate change to make a difference?

Because I believe my taxes are going to the killing of innocent lives, injuring children, creating more homeless and destroying generations. I believe murder is wrong, and I can’t live with myself indirectly killing people. Even if it doesn’t make a difference, I can’t turn my back on my own evils.

I’m 56 and witnessed the lies for each of the wars where none were for imminent attacks. We fought in Afghanistan, the country where all empires go to die, and 14 years later are still not winning. In Iraq for oil. Against al-Qaida and now ISIS.

So when we drop bombs on cities, villages, hospital and schools, are we killing the good guys, too? But we don’t see that. We are told we need to stop these barbarians, but what is your definition of a barbarian? I think I am if I let genocide occur.

So what can we do? Let every one of our friends know this is our stance. Let our papers know how we feel. Let our representatives know what we believe and to represent us.

Here are a few talking points:

• The defense budget is $625 billion and $6 billion of it goes to counterterrorism. Why is so little of the overall budget going to counterterrorism?

• It’s not stopping terror. It’s breeding terror.

• The military budget is going to defense corporations and not to the needs of our soldiers and veterans.

• Our war is throwing good money after companies that keep their profits offshore and don’t pay taxes.

• Spend our taxes here at home.

• Why hasn’t Congress passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force and following Article 1 of the Constitution requiring Congress to give the president war powers?

• Why haven’t we ever seen an audit of the Defense Department’s budget?

• Get us off oil and stop giving weapons to Saudi Arabia, which funds terrorists.

• Don’t make the corporations richer at the expense of Americans.

• Place sanctions on the oil companies and banks that are buying oil from ISIS.

Make a call, write a letter or have others get involved to save lives and build a better future for all.

Call you member of Congress at 202-224-3121.

 

Lied To Death: Conversations with Daniel Ellsberg on how the U.S. lies to go to war

In May of 2015, I did a series of interviews with Daniel Ellsberg at his home in Berkley over a 10 day period. Henry Kissinger called Dan, “the Most Dangerous Man in America” when he released 7000 pages of top secret documents called the Pentagon Papers in 1969.

The Pentagon Papers revealed how Presidents from Truman to Nixon lied about how and why we were in Vietnam. Dan was forty and could have been sentenced to jail for 115 years, but instead his case was dismissed when the judge learned that Nixon knew and approved of the break in to his psychiatrist office and to have him “roughed” up by C.I.A. operatives. This was Nixon’s unraveling which lead to ending the Vietnam War and saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Over 2 million lives where lost in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Dan knew that Nixon was threatening to use nuclear weapons.

Our conversations are called “Lied to Death: How U.S. Leaders Keep Taking Us Into War”. The oral history is mixture of historical, political science and Dan’s sixty-years of scholarly analysis as a former nuclear planner for Rand Corporation. He’s best line to me is when he says, “Arn, no one knows of these things, because even I didn’t until the Freedom of Information Act released it.”

So what makes this important is how we are being lied to and how to understand how to use these same applied principles to today’s wars and national security state.

Before, I would have shook my head and moved on by what seemed like conspiracy theories, but I’ve come to understand in the hundreds of hours of stories I’ve listen to and studied that there is too much empirical evidence on how our government works covertly for special interests of the military, oil, finance and other corporate powers. It’s the story of every Empire from the Iraqi Sumerian Empire in 4000 B.C. to ours, expand and control.

Click here to listen to my conversations with Daniel Ellsberg And if you do, you have to promise to share it with others. Promise?Whistleblower5_1

A lot of work from many caring people goes into a something like this. I want especially thank Dr. Nathan Rodriguez for taking 20 hours of original interviews and making them into a  5 hour story of history and intrigue. Having just completed his PhD in Journalism, Nathan demonstrates his brilliance and handwork so you can learn the intricacies of Dan’s wisdom. Paul Hager, between travels to L.A. & N.Y.C., edited & enhanced the audio into high quality sound oral. And, the journalist and author Rula Jebreal who saw something in me I didn’t know existed…the ability to stead light on the bullshit in a big way:)

Most importantly, thank you to all the National Security Whistleblowers, as they seem to call themselves. They are a very small club of less that a dozen people. They all know each other and are extremely loving and caring towards one another because they have lost everything from money, friends, family and careers. They speak freely and openly about their depression brought on by resentments for what happen for exposing the truth about our “dark” and “secret” government.

You should get to know their work. It’ll change your life for the better. It certainly did mine. Thank you for your courage, integrity, wisdom and compassion: John Kiriakou, Jesselyn Radact, Thomas Drake, Chelsea Manning, Jeffrey Sterling, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and of coursed the original O.G., Daniel Ellsberg.

Finally, it might seem over odd to dedicate an audiobook, but a year went into this and it’s because of  my commitment to 3 things: my two children, who I love so deeply, Maya and Matteo and for Justice, that which I fight for.

If our forefathers fought for liberty, our’s must be for justice.

I hope you learn as much as I have from Daniel. We are indebted to him for saving so many through almost sacrificing his life. I hope it gives you the inspiration in your heart to stand for people you’ll never meet.

Thank you,

Arn Menconi
Social Justice Advocate
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John Kiriakou, author of the The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror​ review of Lied To Death:​

“Daniel Ellsberg’s wisdom is timeless. “Lied to Death” is a primer for all of us interested in making the world a safer place, promoting the cause of peace, and working to ensure a sane future in a nuclear world. This is a must-read for anybody who cares about that future.”

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Artwork by © Scott Meskill 2015