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How America’s “Think Tanks” are Compromised and Bought Off by Foreign Governments

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The think tanks do not disclose the terms of the agreements they have reached with foreign governments. And they have not registered with the United States government as representatives of the donor countries, an omission that appears, in some cases, to be a violation of federal law, according to several legal specialists who examined the agreements at the request of The Times.

As a result, policy makers who rely on think tanks are often unaware of the role of foreign governments in funding the research.

Several legal experts who reviewed the documents, however, said the tightening relationships between United States think tanks and their overseas sponsors could violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the 1938 federal law that sought to combat a Nazi propaganda campaign in the United States. The law requires groups that are paid by foreign governments with the intention of influencing public policy to register as “foreign agents” with the Justice Department.

At least one of the research groups conceded that it may in fact be violating the federal law.

– From the New York Times article: Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks

Liberty Blitzkrieg readers will be under no illusions when it comes to the role “Think Tanks” play within America’s crony, unethical, slimy and entirely compromised political system. Nevertheless, today’s New York Times article exposing how foreign government, likely illegally, use them to buy influence in Washington D.C., is extremely important and disturbing. Let’s examine a few excerpts.

From the New York Times:

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U.S. Propaganda Enters Into Insane, Irrational Overdrive in Attempt to “Sell” War in Syria

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 12.09.44 PMThanks to a dizzying barrage of lies, mainstream media fear-mongering and a couple of beheadings, the Obama Administration finally achieved its long sought after war in Syria. The tactic that proved most effective in mobilizing the American public back into a shivering, post-9/11 fetal position, was the same tactic used by elites in the UK to convince Scotland against voting for independence. That tactic, as I detailed in a recent post, is fear.

However, fear in itself is not enough. It must be coupled with endless slogans and misdirection by the mainstream media and politicians. It must lead the public to subconsciously embrace a thought process that is completely irrational. Such tactics can be labeled propaganda, and it results in a public suddenly supporting a war it strongly opposed only a year ago. All it takes is a little repackaging. Propaganda allows those who profit from war to push the American public into a tizzy of trepidation based on a couple of beheadings from ISIS, while not batting an eye over the daily beheadings that were simultaneously occurring in Saudi Arabia.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Slams U.S. Foreign Policy in Farewell Speech

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.52.56 AMYou’ve got to hand it to the brain surgeons running America’s foreign policy. They possess an uncanny ability to seamlessly forge alliances, break alliances and turn former allies into existential enemies, while simultaneously demonizing regimes, making amends with demonized regimes, and then quickly forming alliances with the same bitter enemies.

Friends become enemies and enemies become friends in the blink of an eye. This is what happens when a global empire possesses no real foreign policy other than the pursuit of economic opportunities for mega corporations and the military-industrial complex. The result is perpetual war, countless dead and injured young men and women, and billions of riches for a small and ruthless cadre of oligarchs. This is American foreign policy and those are its results.

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Video of the Day: Help Obama Kickstart World War III

This is a really funny, short video making fun of that segment of the population referred to as Obamabots, the seemingly lobotomized drones who support everything Obama does simply because, well he’s Obama.

In it, the actors plead with you to help raise funds for World War III and one of them passionately states:

There is no way that he or the cabal of corporate interests, spy agencies, and shadow bankers that tell him what to do would ever mislead us.

A real treat. Enjoy!

Video of the Day: Bill Hicks on the Iraq War

You know during the Persian Gulf War, those intelligence reports would come out:

“Iraq has incredible weapons, incredible weapons.” 

“How do you know that?”

“Well…uh, we looked at the receipts.”

– Bill Hicks

Enjoy the war serfs.

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Noam Chomsky on the Classification System: “It’s to Protect the State from the Citizens”

I’ve spent quite a lot of time studying declassified internal documents, and written a lot about them. In fact, anybody who’s worked through the declassified record can see very clearly the reason for classification is very rarely to protect the state or the society from enemies.  Most of the time it’s to protect the state from its citizens.  So they don’t know what the government’s doing.

– Noam Chomsky

The interview below is crucial viewing for all Americans on this Memorial Day.  It is also extremely timely.  With journalists now being accused of criminality as a result of reporting on “classified” information, we must ask ourselves; what does “classified” even mean?  Who does such classified information really protect, and is it in the best interests of the citizenry?  The answer may surprise you.  Enjoy!

The Pentagon Declares War on the Internet

What Dwight Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex has been feeding itself on fear campaigns since it was born. A never-ending carousel of Menacing Enemies – Communists, Terrorists, Latin American Tyrants, Saddam’s chemical weapons, Iranian mullahs – has sustained it, and Cyber-Threats are but the latest.

This new massive expansion has little to do with any actual cyber-threat – just as the invasion of Iraq and global assassination program have little to do with actual terrorist threats. It is instead all about strengthening the US’s offensive cyber-war capabilities, consolidating control over the internet, and ensuring further transfers of massive public wealth to private industry continue unabated. In other words, it perfectly follows the template used by the public-private US National Security State over the last six decades to entrench and enrich itself based on pure pretext.

– Glenn Greenwald in his powerful article in today’s Guardian.

Glenn really knocked it out of the park today.  What began as a story covering the latest revelation that the Pentagon will be increasing its cyber-security force more than fivefold, turned out to be a comprehensive and scathing critique of the surreptitious rise in the surveillance state gulag throughout these United States ever since 9/11.  He rightly makes the point that it is our own government that actually fired the first real opening shot in the “cyberwar,” and as a result  already essentially started war with Iran with the mobilization of the Stuxnet virus.  So who’s acting like a rogue nation?

From the Guardian:

As usual, though, reality is exactly the opposite. This massive new expenditure of money is not primarily devoted to defending against cyber-aggressors. The US itself is the world’s leading cyber-aggressor. A major purpose of this expansion is to strengthen the US’s ability to destroy other nations with cyber-attacks. Indeed, even the Post report notes that a major component of this new expansion is to “conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries”.

Indeed, exactly as Obama knew would happen, revelations that it was the US which became the first country to use cyber-warfare against a sovereign country – just as it was the first to use the atomic bomb and then drones – would make it impossible for it to claim with any credibility (except among its own media and foreign policy community) that it was in a defensive posture when it came to cyber-warfare. As Professor Glenny wrote: “by introducing such pernicious viruses as Stuxnet and Flame, America has severely undermined its moral and political credibility.” That’s why, as the Post reported yesterday, the DOJ is engaged in such a frantic and invasive effort to root out Sanger’s source: because it reveals the obvious truth that the US is the leading aggressor in the world when it comes to cyber-weapons.

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Amazing Video: The Great Awakening of U.S. Soldiers

Don’t show me one side and tell me it’s patriotism, it’s courageous.  Nothing I did in Iraq was courageous.

– Kyle Snyder, Iraq Veterans Against the War

I was bombarded by a range of wild emotions while watching this video.  Sadness, hope and resolve were felt almost simultaneously.  The dominant feeling; however, was hope.  These misled, abused and brave young men are taking matters into their own hands in an attempt to inform the public and their fellow active duty soldiers about the truth of the oligarch-fueled wars for profit and the Petrodollar we are enmeshed in.  This is also why the establishment wants the population disarmed.  We are awakening to their matrix of deception en masse.

Please take the 11 minutes.  It’s worth it.

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The Permanent Militarization of America

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizen can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals – so that security and liberty may prosper together.

– Dwight D. Eisenhower in his famous speech on the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex

Good Op-Ed yesterday from the New York Times about how dangerous our cultural fascination with war and aggressive foreign policy is for the health of the nation – both economically and spiritually.  That said, I do take one major exception with the author’s premise that we have moved beyond a time “when commercial interests influenced military action.”  To think this takes a naivety of the highest order, and he clearly does not understand how the global financial system operates and what the petro-dollar is.  Nonetheless, some very important points are made.  From the NY Times:

In his farewell address, Eisenhower called for a better equilibrium between military and domestic affairs in our economy, politics and culture. He worried that the defense industry’s search for profits would warp foreign policy and, conversely, that too much state control of the private sector would cause economic stagnation. He warned that unending preparations for war were incongruous with the nation’s history. He cautioned that war and warmaking took up too large a proportion of national life, with grave ramifications for our spiritual health.

Like all institutions, the military works to enhance its public image, but this is just one element of militarization. Most of the political discourse on military matters comes from civilians, who are more vocal about “supporting our troops” than the troops themselves. It doesn’t help that there are fewer veterans in Congress today than at any previous point since World War II.

Eisenhower understood the trade-offs between guns and butter. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed,” he warned in 1953, early in his presidency.

In this strange universe where those without military credentials can’t endorse defense cuts, it took a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen, to make the obvious point that the nation’s ballooning debt was the biggest threat to national security.

That which is left unexamined eventually becomes invisible, and as a result, few Americans today are giving sufficient consideration to the full range of violent activities the government undertakes in their names.

Watch a brief but powerful clip of Eisenhower’s famous speech below.

Read the entire NY Times Op-Ed here.

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