single entendre: Clean Elections Fight Corporate Selections
Campaign Finance Reform For The Sake Of ALL Causes
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Welcome friends, to the Wiki World Order Report: peacefully replacing the corporate-industrial complex. This is episode seven, Clean Elections Fight Corporate Erections. Listener supported video and audio downloads, as well as transcripts with detailed documentation and Research-Along Theaters can be found for FREE online at WikiWorldOrder.org. And please check out Facebook.com/wikiworldorder for more frequent links to potent news, documents, and alternative media in between episodes. I’m your host, Morgan Lesko.
A lot of people feel their like votes are not worth anything anymore, and opt out of participating in that part of democracy. We can use non-participation in trinket capitalism could help defund the corporate-industrial complex, or really send a message via mass strikes. And I do think we need to out-grow our kleptocracy to replace it with a new decentralized system.
But I also strongly believe that while we plan for our future, we must simultaneously steer the present. I think we must maximize our participation in the community and political process in hopes of reclaiming it. It is the only way to change how our government spends its big money funding the status quo, while supposedly working on our behalf. If and when we out-grow our current government, whatever system we replace it with will hopefully embody the principles we establish and fight for right now within the current governing paradigm.
Reclaiming democratic freedom is far from included in your taxes…it takes real effort and real people power. It means…
- Informing yourself on important issues from many perspectives
- Voting in every election you can, and unelecting legislators who don’t represent you
- Frequently lobbying your elected representatives
- And even organizing groups in your community
No matter what system of human relationships rules your land, is it not your duty to help ensure it hears each of our voices?
There is a concept largely associated with the military-industrial complex known as the iron triangle. It describes the trading of economic and human resources between interest groups and the government to perpetuate and continually expand the industry. This technique is not just used by the military, but is replicated by many different industries. I argue that one of the primary starting points for these endless cycles is the electoral support in the form of campaign contributions. So if we target this part of the formula, perhaps we will finally be able to make progress in pushing some of these industries back.
I’ve learned from 20 years of experience as an activist that the U.S. House and Senate, and therefore our country, move extremely slow on most issues. The biggest corporate interests sponsor candidates on both sides of the aisle, with some industries supporting red a bit more than blue, but both sides of the duopoly are generally corrupt and co-opted. There are a few brilliant exceptions of course, but they are vastly outnumbered.
Many citizens have fought for DECADES trying to fix issues which are NO-BRAINERS when faced with the facts, so we don’t even get to the point of discussing the underlying problems of the crony capitalism running our system. I want to emphasize that we might have a chance at accomplishing the obvious steps, and then the even more difficult steps, by first cutting our legislative bodies free from their addiction to corporate purse strings. In addition to greatly helping all activist efforts, this could also to improve Congressional oversight over the top secret parts of our government…thereby improving OUR oversight over those private parts.
The US Senate and the House of Representatives are designed to most directly represent we the people. But members of Congress spend a great deal of their time trying to raise money for future or current campaigns, which could be spent legislating. These bodies have been perversely corrupted by trends like the over 12,000 registered lobbyists who spent over $3.5 Billion in 2010. We see bills defeated and passed by politicians who are loyal to their purse strings over their values and sense of equality and justice…usually more concerned about doing what is right for their careers instead of their constituents.
Between November 2008…and Sept. 30, 2009, the financial industry…has given $48.3 million in campaign contributions to members of Congress and their leadership political action committees…
…The 94 members of the two finance committees have received $16.9 million overall. The top 10 committee recipients include the Democratic chairmen: Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.); and the ranking Republicans on the committees: Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) and Rep. Spencer Bachus (Ala.).
Also, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org), Wall Street made up five of the top twenty contributors to Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign, and three of the top ten.
(* animation with added corporate logos of just a few familiar Wall Street donors to the signing ceremony for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Stats for other politicians in attendance can be found below *)
- Obama’s 7th largest contributor was JPMorgan Chase & Co: $695,132
- His 6th largest was Citigroup Inc: $701,290
- His 2nd largest was Government Sachs — I mean —- Goldman Sachs: $994,795
Now here we are in 2011 and we have still not seen real fundamental reforms of the financial sector to fix the root causes of the financial crisis…which was predicted by many. And after breaking the economy toward the end of the Bush administration, nobody from Wall Street has gone to jail. Instead, Wall Street has now just broken it’s all-time compensation record paying its employees a total of $135 billion in 2010, as unemployment stats remain consistently high despite being manipulated.
These systemic problems also dramatically worsened on January 21st, 2010 with the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The 5-4 decision held that “corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment.” This has opened the floodgates even more for corporate millions to affect the outcomes of elections. The Sunlight Foundation calculated that this case already enabled an extra $186 million to be spent in the 2010 election, or 40 percent of the total spent by outside groups.
In Justice Stevens’ dissent he wrote: “The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.” Some propose a constitutional amendment to counteract this decision, which may in fact be worth all the effort it will require. Even if such an effort were unsuccessful, it may help rally the grassroots support needed to pressure for national reform through other legislative routes. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, “80 percent of Americans likewise oppose the ruling, including 65 percent who ‘strongly’ oppose it, an unusually high intensity of sentiment.”
Even without the Citizens United case, the standard behavior inside the beltway disgusts me. Like corporations, too many politicians follow their bottom-lines, which generally translate to the needs of their biggest corporate sponsors. It is one thing to make compromises while bills are being crafted and written, but the way politicians trade votes on various unrelated legislation seems backwards to me.
Why wouldn’t our representatives vote on a bill-by-bill basis, based on whether a bill is wise and just?
Why would we want our representatives to vote for bills any differently than their actual positions on the given issue?
The political capital that trumps all in my book, is voting and leading from the heart, backed by the facts. That is perhaps the best we can ask of any politician.
What Do Clean Elections Look Like?
One of the secrets in all aspects of life is to envision the swish, before making the shot. There are many different types of reforms promoted, so I’ll do my best to provide a quick road map of the more popular paths towards various levels of reform.
While I focus here on the national level, most of these issues are applicable at each state’s level. Even though most state legislative bodies are also filled with corporate money, fighting for campaign finance reform in individual states is also required to make the whole country more representative of its citizens.
Improvement Set #1: Adding Sunlight (Transparency)
- A. Require groups that spend heavily on elections to disclose their donors (like the Disclose Act which passed the House but not the Senate in 2010).
- B. Require something like the top five donors of non-restricted funds to be listed on the screen at the end of a television advertisement.
Improvement Set #2: Shifting Voice Volumes
- A. Limit how much “hard money” can be directly given to political campaigns by political action committees and other corporate funded entities, including some kind of repeal of the Citizens United decision.
- B. Limit how much “soft money” can be given to political parties (and/or find better ways to enforce the laws).
- C. Give corporate shareholders greater say over how companies spend to influence elections.
- D. Prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, and enforce it.
- E. Prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections.
- F. Apply some kind of equal-access formula for how legislators spend their time. “For example, after a legislator plays a round of golf or spends an evening being wined and dined, this public servant would devote the same amount of time seeking out constituents who cannot afford even a part-time lobbyist.“
Reform Model #1: Matching Funds
- This “method allows the candidates to raise funds from private donors, but provides matching funds for the first chunk of donations. For instance, the government might “match” the first $250 of every donation.“
- This already exists in Presidential primary elections, but could be extended to the rest of the election process.
- Unfortunately, this existing Presidential primary public financing is currently being challenged in Congress in a bill which has already passed in the House.
Reform Model #2: Voting with Dollars
- First Part: Patriot Dollars – each voter would get a maybe $50 voucher for patriot dollars to give to various presidential and congressional candidates.
- Second Part: Anonymous Donations – donations to any campaign would be masked by the FEC so candidates do not know for sure who donated.
Reform Model #3: Clean Elections/Clean Money
- This would give “each candidate who chooses to participate a certain, set amount of money. In order to qualify for this money, the candidates must collect a specified number of signatures and small (usually $5) contributions. The candidates are not allowed to accept outside donations or to use their own personal money if they receive this public funding. Candidates receive matching funds, up to a limit, when they are outspent by privately-funded candidates…”
- Some form of Clean Elections have already existed in the states of Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin, and in the cities of Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico…though not all have survived.
While I am not personally positive what model will work the best if implemented, I do think we desperately need some serious, systemic reform of campaign financing and I do like the Clean Elections/Clean Money model. If enacted, voters could also essentially boycott candidates who do not use public financing.
Since this is such an important issue, there are many groups working on it which you can check out. A few include:
- Sunlight Foundation – http://sunlightfoundation.com/
- Common Cause – http://www.commoncause.org/
- Public Campaign – http://www.publicampaign.org/
- Public Citizen with their Clean Up Washington campaign – http://cleanupwashington.org/cfr/
- Democracy 21 – http://www.democracy21.org/
So please sign up for national and local groups which focus on this issue to stay informed and take action when needed.
Billionaires and mega-corporations larger than most countries often donate a fraction of their profits to charities to improve their image for public relations. But very rarely does that generosity counter-balance the vast damage and inequity caused by their profit-maximizing over the years, decades, or centuries. Similarly, I feel we’ve reached a point where the vast majority of signed legislation benefits the Corporate-Industrial Complex, and the average citizen only gets a tiny charitable kick-back in benefits…for political public relations.
Strengthening the citizen representation in Congress and state legislatures with fundamental campaign finance reform could be the most vital step in bringing back our beautiful republic to replace our current plutocracy. So please use your voice to its maximum potential, in whatever way you are most creative, and consider making clean elections one of the big issues in the 2012 elections.
Thank YOU for listening, and participating in the Wiki World Order!
Appendix A: Signing Ceremony Participants’ Campaign Contributors
Top three for each politician listed here:
- Robin Fox, lady in white, is the communications chair for the Floyd County (Georgia) Democratic Party and a seventh grade science teacher
- Next to her was Andrew Giordano, a victim hurt by a couple of the policies being fixed by this bill
- Then Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) got totals of $67,475 from Bank of America (including their purchase of MBNA Corp), and $29,650 from Barclays, and $16,125 from AIG, with a grand total of $159,575 from all highlighted contributors, from 2003-2008
- Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) got totals of $45,500 from JP Morgan Chase, $35,800 from Credit Suisse, and $19,000 from H&R Block, with a grand total of $115,900 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
- Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) only got totals of $38,000 from CME Group, $24,000 from the American Bankers Association, and $20,330 from Wells Fargo, with a grand total of $96,330 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Timothy Geithner was PRE$IDENT of the FEDERAL RESERVE Bank of New York from 2003-2008
- Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) got totals of $37,350 from JP Morgan Chase, $34,900 from Goldman Sachs, $29,399 from Bank of America, with a grand total of $326,699 from all highlighted contributors , from 2005-2010
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got totals of $50,000 from CME Group, $30,000 from UBS, and $30,000 from Wells Fargo, with a grand total of $246,100 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) got totals of $47,600 from NYSE Group, $35,050 from Bank of New York Mellon, and $34,250 from CME Group, with a grand total of $474,000 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) got totals of $66,850 from JP Morgan Chase, $50,300 from Goldman Sachs, $45,600 from Fidelity Investments, with a grand total of $221,250 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
- Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC) got totals of $33,250 from Bank of America, $26,500 from the American Bankers Association, and $20,500 from American Express, with a grand total of $214,972 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) only got totals of $8,500 from Fannie Mae, $3,000 from the American Bankers Association, and $3,000 from Morgan Stanley, with a grand total of only $19,900 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) got totals of $111,100 from Citigroup, $93,100 from the Royal Bank of Scotland, and $87,700 from AIG, with a grand total of $885,400! from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
- Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) got totals of $44,950 from Bank of America, $44,650 from Citigroup, $35,400 from American Express, with a grand total of $392,850 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) got totals of $105,050 from Fidelity Investments, $49,000 from CME Group, and $47,000 from Bank of America, with a grand total of $581,800! from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS) got totals of $25,119 from QC Holdings, $25,000 from the American Bankers Association, and $24,000 from Bank of America, with a grand total of $297,819 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) only got totals of $26,000 from CME Group, $15,700 from QC Holdings, and $14,500 from Citigroup, with a grand total of $82,200 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) got totals of $65,800 from JP Morgan Chase, $31,000 from UBS, and $30,000 from the American Bankers Association, with a grand total of $279,150 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
- Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) got totals of $67,095 from JP Morgan Chase, $31,500 from H&R Block, and $27,000 from Capital One, with a grand total of $341,295 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
Appendix B: Issues I Care About Which Might Benefit From Clean Elections
I think if we had serious campaign finance reform, we’d have a much better shot at progress in issues I care about like…
- Ending ALL of the illegitimate wars around the world, for the sake of all the victims of these wars, and deconstructing the majority of the military-industrial complex
- Ending the Patriot Act, rendition, torture, and similar Constitution shredding policies
- Ending the Federal Reserve System, fractional reserve banking, derivatives and other legal financial Ponzi schemes
- Ending the War On Drugs which among other things, imprisons far too many citizens and keeps minorities disproportionally disenfranchised and oppressed, a modern incarnation of the old Jim Crow laws
- Curbing large-scale pollution and using alternative energies and overunity energies to end our dependence on oil and coal…using solutions that DO NOT try to solve the problem by creating new legal Ponzi schemes to keep the profit-maximizers happy
- Creating a true public option to provide all citizens with universal health care, and supporting not-for-profit private health care options (see episode 4 on social businesses)
- Protecting farmers from the Monsanto food paradigm
- Basic animal rights to prohibit various forms of large-scale and legal torture
- Attaining full and equal legal rights for all citizens of all sexual orientations and identities
Appendix C: Episode Music – Clean Elections Fight Corporate Erections
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To Trish for animating the Iron Triangle! http://www.madebytrish.com/
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Despite initial skepticism, I have been blown away over the years of how often there is in fact much more evidence, AND much more convincing evidence, for some “conspiracy theories” than for the official explanations — which are also in fact, usually conspiracies theories too, just with a different bad guy and narrative. The very label “conspiracy” is sometimes used intentionally as a slur, instructing the listener to dismiss, reject or deny anything said as “crazy.” Therefore we who try to approach these difficult topics often prefer to talk about these not as “conspiracy theories,” but just as an “alternate analysis” of an event — a competing theory to be weighed by the evidence at hand.
If you have yet to scratch the surface of such alternative analyses of our shared reality, then a very warm welcome to you. Do not be afraid. Such information may lead you to a very painful reality, but this is such an exciting time to be alive and we must learn from our mistakes if we wish to move forward at this critical period. No matter your familiarity with the information, I stronger encourage all of my listeners to check out the work of James Corbett with his Corbett Report at CorbettReport.com, Open Source Intelligence News. I found his work far later in my research than I would have liked, but he has really covered these topics in a format and voice I have long waited for. I thank him dearly for this, and request that you listen to any of his episodes which spark your interest, for I will usually only scratch the surface here.
A bit over a year ago, while diving into the difficult task of trying to convince my loved ones of my “crazy” beliefs regarding recent history, I had a desire to use some resource to quickly bring the few dozen key mainstream articles with the evidence vital to a few alternative theories. There were some good data dumps on specific topics, but I couldn’t find what I had in mind for the bigger, interconnected picture. My lazy, pass-the-buck first response was to contact Infowars and see if they already had such a thing or were interested in making one, since they are a key nerve [center] for the movement. Having professionally built web-based software for nearly a decade, it only took me a couple days without any response before I started coding.
I built a collaborative online research database to help me organize and backup all this key evidence and documentation which had convinced me of such crazy realities. I hastily named my database InfowarDocs.org, but after growing with it for over a year I have just renamed it AltBib.Com, aka AlternateBibliography.Com. I came to this name because it has essentially become a bibliography for many of the alternative theories, which ironically references mostly mainstream sources.
I basically use it to catalog articles, documents and some video clips I find somewhat compelling related to any of the topics which spark my interest. I use a heavy tagging method and backup the source document on my server, except for the last half of the videos posted (when there’s time). There are now over 4,700 links posted and 6,500 tags/keywords (and 46,000 linkages/taggings). So it’s a great resource for those documents on the tip of your tongue, or to look over the evidence for alternative theories with more distance from the bombastic narratives of alleged conspiracies.
Any visitor can suggest links to the database using the same tool I do, and add tags to links or vote for links as “Interesting” or not. I still personally go through all the suggestions and try to keep the formatting relatively consistent. As a side-note, over the course of adding the first 2,000 links to my database my tagging style developed a lot, so I am still working on re-tagging many of the first 1,600 documents better to match the later style.
But without promoting the site too much and focusing on it as a personal research tool, I still received some encouraging feedback from people online, for example:
“I was motivated to donate to your work because I feel that we really need to concentrate on ‘fact checking’ in order to make real headway.” – Jim
“I have researched for three years on our government corruption and the elite controlling our government. People need to wake up and do some research and reading. The one place I have found more factual documents with the truth than any other is http://www.Infowardocs.org. You will be amazed at the documents they have in there, and they are all verifiable people.” – Janine
A huge thank you to the bunch of people who have suggested a few hundred links, rated links and passed the site on to their friends. And an extra thank you to Jim and the other person who donated in support of my efforts! Pretty early on, I also decided to announce my database on Jason Bermas’ show, The Infowarrior, to share my work with him and his very cool and relevant audience: [see video clips in video version of episode]
The Infowarrior, May 4th, 2009, GCN & PrisonPlanet.tv
Jason: Alright let’s go to Morgan in Maryland. Morgan, you’re on the air.
Morgan: Hi Jason, I just want to help out, I was so excited to hear a few callers call in earlier asking for document lists. And it’s something I came — I came into the same wall a few weeks ago trying to, you know, passionately explain to my parents and my girlfriend about a lot of these issues, and I just wanted a list where I could just search for the words and try to show them the documents…
Jason: Well you know what, well we’re going to come back to you and we’re going to talk about this more. But really, the forums are the place to go, that’s where you can have a subject line, where you can have a quick link. Remember we can’t just give you other people’s information and documents. We have to write stories about that and source it. We’ll come back after this. It’s the Infowarrior with Jason Bermas, PrisonPlanet.tv, Infowars.com. …. Back to Morgan in Maryland. Morgan, go ahead…
Morgan: Thanks Jason. So basically I’ve created InfowarDocs.org. Basically documentation — it’s all the links you guys reference. Last night, for example, I just re-watched the Obama Deception and pulled up every link, entered it as a link in there. So if you’re watching Obama Deception with your friends, you can do a quick Control+F or search or filter by tags on there.
Jason: And that always helps us by the way, we love that Morgan. Somebody did that with Martial Law , if you go to MartialLaw.info, or you just type MartialLaw.info into Google, they did the same exact thing where they went through the entire thing and went through every document that we sourced in that film, and now you’ve done it for the Obama Deception, and even the stuff that we were talking about on our radio programs over the week. This is impressive and we need this kind of dedication, sir.
[* side-note: at least as of May 4th, MartialLaw.info was no longer online *]
Morgan: Great! And I would love for people to add — suggest links, and even if somebody in the studio wants a password, you guys could add links directly. But having people add tags to things and rating things, I think it could be a great open source tool, ’cause I feel that’s our advantage. You know, Google it yourself, learn it yourself. You guys are doing great, thank you so much!
Jason: Thank you Morgan, people go check that out, and hopefully Morgan will get on the forums and show that website to people. So if you do want an archive, if you do want a source list, he’s going to provide it for you.
[* I failed on the forums task, any pros who like the site want to pick up my slack and help promote it? *]
The Infowarrior, May 18th, 2009, GCN & PrisonPlanet.tv
Jason: Let’s go to Morgan in Maryland. Morgan, you’re on the line.
Morgan: Hi! I called you a couple weeks ago –
Jason: How you doin’ Morgan?
Morgan: Good, and you?
Morgan: I’ve been working on this InfowarDocs.org. And last I talked to you I had just gone through the Obama Deception and put all the references and sources and articles up there. Since then, now I’m up to 1,700 documents and articles. I’m pulling from Obama Deception, Endgame, Martial Law 911, Fabled Enemies, Loose Change both Final Cut and 2nd Edition.
Jason: Excellent. So maybe I should this girl who’s doing this paper, this newsletter, over to your site for these sources.
Morgan: Yea yea, it’s not — I mean don’t have like a whole lot — I all the bills from the last month or so at least. But it is a growing resource, and hope to keep adding, so if she wants to add too, that’s awesome. Other than that I just wanted to say ‘great job,’ I finally watched Final Cut for the first time and I had no idea how much new info was in there! It’s amazing, great stuff!
Jason: Oh yea, it’s a completely different movie. Yea no, everyone thinks we’re just going to rehash the second edition. No, we took the best, maybe 20 minutes, MAYBE 20 minutes. Alright, from the first movie — the first movie was 60 minutes long. We took the best 30 minutes, we made a 90 minute documentary. Added a whole hour. Final Cut was a completely new movie. We maybe touched on two or three of the points in the other one, maybe 15 to 20 minutes of old footage, and then you had a two hour and nine minute movie. Literally an hour an forty-five minutes of new material. I’m going to hold you over, Morgan, because I want you to give that website on the other side. It’s the Infowarrior with Jason Bermas, PrisonPlanet.tv, Infowars.com. … Morgan are you still there my friend?
Morgan: Yes I am.
Jason: Excellent, why don’t you give out that website. Again, Morgan is going through all the documentaries that we carry here and have created here at Infowars and myself, and going down the line on the facts, giving you the source articles, much like MartialLaw.info. You’re going through all the films: the Obama Deception, Martial Law , you said Fabled Enemies, Loose Change Final Cut, Endgame –
Alex Jones: – WhatIsTheEndgame.com. Yea that’s a bibliography, I think he’s one of the guys that did that…
Morgan: — I wish [* trying to correct the wrongly placed praise *]
Alex: …and there is the viewers guide at theObamaDeception.net. The viewers guide, when you click on About, is a bibliography we just call it a viewers guide, we probably need to change that. And you can see all the facts there. So I salute all of you.
Jason: Alright give out that website, Morgan.
Alex: I salute you!
Jason: Go ahead Morgan.
Morgan: Thank you, Alex!
Alex: I SALUTE YOUU!
Morgan: I SALUTE YOUUU!
Alex: Hip Hip Hooray!
Jason: Alright, hit up that website, Morgan.
Jason: InfowarDocs.org. Thanks for holding of buddy.
Some of the issues most relevant to my interests as a web-based software engineer, are net neutrality and “cybersecurity.” There is very real potential for losing access to so much this controversial information if it is largely censored with a loss of net neutrality or if the internet is taken down in the name of emergency. Therefore, I soon added another aspect to my database: the offline backup. This one year old backup is really really crappy compared to the current version of the live web site, but it does allows you to browse through backups of these documents and video clips through your web browser without any internet connection. You can download the ~4.5GB ZIP file at http://altbib.com/offline.
The offline backup, includes most sources cited from all featured stories on PrisonPlanet.com from May 1st to June 7th, 2009, and most of the articles referenced in those articles, and those articles, and those articles. The database also includes almost all web-accessible articles, documents and some video clips referenced in the films, The Obama Deception, End Game, Martial Law 9/11, Fabled Enemies, Loose Change Final Cut AND 2nd Edition. Since the making of Offline Backup Version 1, I’ve also added documents referenced in Zeitgeist: Addendum, Who Killed the Electric Car?, The World According to Monsanto, Orwell Rolls in his grave, Mind the Gap, 7/7 Ripple Effect, and David Ray Griffin’s 9/11: The Myth and The Reality. I have also finally added the first episode of the Corbett Report and plan to eventually add all of them, as well as adapting his documentation time stamp format.
As the months went on, I have continued to catalog all the documents I find interesting during the course of my natural research on the various topics at the top of my long list. Periodically, I am compelled to organize my resulting thoughts through writing. This process very much helps me hone in on what I think I know, when wading these conspiratorial waters, and I plan to continue writing more.
So recently I realized that as long as I’m spending dozens or hundreds of hours researching these topics before writing about them, it would at least be worth me reading my writings into the camera to give people wider access to my ideas and information. Not to mention, how many people want to read some guy’s 10 page research paper online? So with a couple weeks worth of my instinctive volunteering/hobby hours I’ve created all the art for a template to turn my blog into a vlog and podcast. Then on top of this, I’m excited to open up this forum to anyone looking to share their perspective with me. Please feel free to reuse and remix the episode template, which doesn’t have me in it, so you can drop yourself in as an unofficial — but way cooler — Wiki World Order reporter.
Many of this movement’s greats have inspired me like John Perkins, Alex Jones, Jason Bermas, William Cooper and of course James Corbett. I encourage you to lend your ear to their work, as it is my goal to minimize trying to replicate old analysis of long past events and maximize focus on promoting the best solutions I can find out there. Some episodes might be more or less theoretical, practical, casual, opinionated, documentary-style or even family-safe, but hopefully all will be relatively informative and constructive discussions of solutions to the world’s most awkward and painful problems.
And of course, never take my word for ANYTHING. I beg of you to research all of the topics that interest you, come to your own conclusions, and share them with the Wiki World Order. Throughout my years of research, for better and worse, I have ignored countless rabbit holes to focus on issues I find most provable and actionable. But we are all still learning and teaching together, and it will be even more beautiful in retrospect…we just need to ensure we all get there together. So look alive, and always keep learning. Thank you.
Dearest Friends and Family,
“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” – Socrates (probably)
I wish to unite a somewhat urgent meeting with you and several other closest and most trusted minds. While being aware of certain information and ideas since 2001, perhaps I was intimidated by the breath and scope. Or perhaps my focus on fighting the absurd ‘war on drugs,’ which had affected me more directly, seemed like a more manageable goal. But over the past seven years, I have done my best to research and rationalize away from what increasingly seems to be an Orwellian reality, without adequate success. Therefore, I feel this need to reveal my opinions to an unprecedented degree. In this endeavor, I hope I am not, though assume I am, unknowingly plagiarizing ideas of great minds past. But rest assured: I am still, and always will be, an absolute pacifist.
The topics I am touching on here are only being raised here because I have found enough solid evidence to support them. The bits of evidence I do briefly touch upon can found via Google and my research database, InfowarDocs.org, described at the end. My hope is that some of these issues alarm you too, and we can find solutions together.
Background On My World View
These are the most difficult, and highest level issues to wrestle with in search of truth. Usually we have the official story on one side and the ‘conspiracy theorists’ providing an alternate story. But rarely do we receive rational debate based on facts and evidence from both sides, let alone an official response to accusations. Instead, the two sides endlessly write off each others’ arguments as coming from the crazies, blinded or corrupted. My tendencies lean on the side of those promoting transparency over secrecy. Therefore, I am particularly skeptical of the motives of those who categorically deny the evidence for such theories, no matter how strongly it is based in science or public record.
Raised solidly from the left, one of my earliest memories from elementary school is of writing George H W Bush a letter, including silly clip art, pleading against the war in Iraq. I have always voted for Democrats except a protest vote for Nader in 2000 when Maryland was safe for Gore. But my belief in the right for anybody to put anything into their bodies, absent harm to others, (all drugs should be taxed and regulated) opened me to many of the libertarian concepts. But at the end of the day, I disagree with the right-left paradigm and do not think any two parties could ever provide a true democracy.
While raised with a firm belief in capitalism, I simultaneously believe that certain things should be not be based in profit, like basic food, shelter, health care and protection of the environment…to the extreme that it would be far more effective to feed and shelter peoples of the Middle East rather than invade and murder them in reaction to the 9/11 attacks. Hence, I do not think the appropriate question is asking what form of capitalism or socialism is best, but rather we must accept the fact that we have no working examples of superior forms of government which could obey truth and citizens’ interest.
Similarly, I am not against globalization, but rather I am concerned with the motives and methods which have thus far been used to covertly bring in world governmental bodies that we already know like the United Nations and World Trade Organization. I do think most people in these organizations have good intentions. Have you heard of the North American Union, which quietly began merging the United States with Canada and Mexico in 2005? While there are certain realities which require countries to coordinate closely with each other, but this can be done without loss of sovereignty and human rights, using transparent and honest methods.
9/11 Was A False Flag Attack
“False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations or other organizations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.” (Wikipedia)
In the days following 9/11, the official story developing and the war drum beating towards the Middle East was inherently illogical to me (blaming Osama bin Laden the ex-CIA asset and Al Qaeda, which we now know was at the time merely the name of one of our intelligence databases). First, how could our citizens assume we did not deserve such an attack despite the [covertly] inflicted terrorism and wars we have promoted around the world through the decades? Second, how could unilaterally invading any country possibly improve our national security? Of course, it was clear to everyone that such logic pales to the forces of the military-industrial complex, and yet I felt very nervous about making many of my ‘unpatriotic’ views public.
The ‘USA Patriot Act’ earned my attention both as a drug policy activist and as one with an open ear to ‘conspiracy theorists.’ As it was clear to most, this was a blatant slap in the face to our Constitution and our basic rights, sold to the public as a required trade of freedoms for security. While we have never had something close to a pure democracy, now even our basic liberties and rights are too threatened. And of course, our country’s invasions of the Middle East were fear-mongered missteps in defiance of US and international law.
But as increasing 9/11 evidence and analysis have come out over the years, it has become increasing conclusive in my mind that the official story was at best, a gross mismanagement of foreknowledge by multiple agencies. At worst, it is much closer to an intentional plot including some of the nation’s highest leaders to quickly progress their pre-declared goals of war and a state of security. But from years of interest and study in basic physics, simply watching the nearly free-fall collapse of the World Trade Center buildings, through the path of most resistance, inherently screamed to me that these were controlled demolitions…and I knew I was not alone (patriotsquestion911.com).
To this day, the victims of 9/11 still have not had 70% of their questions answered, including two of the most smoking guns, in my opinion:
- The controlled demolition of World Trade Center Building 7, not hit by any planes
- This statement from the 9/11 Commission Report: “To date, the US Government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance.”
It is my opinion that the origin of the money is of the most practical significance, and this mentality completely discredits the efforts and motivations of the 9/11 Commission.
Intelligence whistle blowers and rare media outlets have found fairly convincing paper trails, much more informative than the official 9/11 Commission. Far beyond that, just two months ago Niels Harrit and his team of chemists at the University of Copenhagen published a peer-reviewed paper confirming the discovery of un-reacted nano-thermite (thermate) explosives in World Trade Center dust in New York City. Nano-thermite, is extremely advanced and currently only publicly known to be used by the US Department of Defense and military. This finding is in direct conflict with the conclusions of fire-based collapse provided by FEMA, NIST and the 9/11 Commission.
So while the attacks gave all governments across the world a great boost in power, increasingly clear to me that our US leaders allowed, if not provided, this problem to which they could directly push through their narrow-scoped set of solutions. These are the conclusions I have come to thus far on this event, and I strongly encourage you to learn as much as you can to reach your own conclusions. Unfortunately, given all the evidence I have reviewed, I can only believe that 9/11 was a false flag attack.
Is A Policy Paradigm Shift Actually Happening?
While it is good for people to come to these realizations now, it is obviously far too late to stop the mass deaths from wars and torture. We are almost eight years out from this event, and people reaching these conclusions are still categorically considered ‘crazies’ by the mainstream media. This sets an extremely dangerous precedent as to how much the government is still able to get away despite this budding age of information, a renaissance which I hope ushers in a paradigm of ultimate respect for truth…but this is clearly not the agenda of the top policy makers.
Ever since the 9/11 false flag, we have seen such a rapid disassembly of our constitutional liberties and rights, but more importantly President Obama seems to be defending far too many of these abominations. One major turning point for me was his recent speech delivered in the National Archives in front of the US Constitution, during which he defended the use of prolonged detentions, the guilty before proven innocent logic (we still have plenty of legal loopholes remaining open for torture and rendition)…it felt straight out of Orwell, and offended me to my very core. Simultaneously, the new administration is saying we should not investigate and prosecute the crimes of the past administration, and instead focus on the future…one must remember that we are only supposed to prosecute crimes which have occurred in the past.
During his excellent speech in Cairo, A New Beginning, he echoed another core George W Bush principle, “I am aware that some question or justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day.”
President Obama’s constitutional law background (which I was so naively counting on) does not appear to be enough for truly fundamental change, absent widespread pressure from citizens. While much of the rhetoric is still sounding good, there seem to be inadequate actions on most fronts to back it up. Since I was a supporter of the Obama campaign (knowing Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul would probably not be able to win), I still like to believe that he has good intentions deep down but we must free him from his handlers to see them enacted.
Grave Concerns About ‘State Of Emergency’ Executive Powers
Even our internet is now (publicly) being threatened with the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, by Senator John D Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This would give the executive branch the power to shut down or retrieve loosely defined ‘critical’ data throughout the internet in a case of emergency (which is absolutely possible from a technical standpoint). If passed this gives the power to end our key source of free speech or fully shut down the internet as we know it.
This is only the most recent in the growing ‘emergency’ powers the executive branch has been accumulating over the past 50 years to the point where the US President can truly act as a dictator, and martial law can be imposed over every aspect of our country. Unfortunately, martial law is also much more realistic than it might sound. The military and police have become increasingly integrated across the country since 9/11, in addition to the availability of international forces if need be (North American Union, United Nations). While some would argue that we need policies in place as contingency plans, to me this argument does not hold to me. The same people providing such solutions are also creating, or at least driving us towards, the crises in which it could be ‘needed.’
The threat of martial law really hit me a month ago during the height of the bogus swine flu scare, which the World Health Organization used to practice pandemic alert level 5 (after tweaking the requirements to declare it). With George W. Bush’s Executive Directive 51 and other directives, the US President can declare a ‘state of emergency’ from this alert level (the final level 6 would have made it far more likely). That week I watched a lawyer on a FOX news show rationalizing and mentally preparing people to accept martial law should it be imposed, and now there are discussions in the media debating forced inoculations for the fall.
Even if this spring’s harmless yet unprecedented swine flu was not hatched in a US military lab, as many voices argue, I feel our world leaders and their industry counterparts have far too much control over our collective and individual fate. To me, this is yet another largely unseen example of how far we have strayed from the democracy I was taught; just how little voice we effectively have, and the potential for certain interests to force their problem on us, followed by their solution, without a care for our principles or liberties.
While I am in no way an economist, my research on our financial system as we’ve known it for the past 100 years points to its acute design for inevitable collapse. Even without ridiculous blank checks to banks (and who knows what’s in the stimulus package), we pay interest on the money which is privately printed for us, and we can therefore never break even with our collective debt. Through this inherent debt on currency, derivatives tools and exponentially growing government spending (in the past decades for tools of destruction rather than creation), there are many indicators and economic experts say our current economic collapse will shortly include the end of our fiat dollar.
Taking The Next Steps
I would like to believe we can solve all these core problems with the right kind of policy actions, even if we cannot determine what, if any, specific group(s) of individuals are enclosing this trap upon us. But I am conflicted because this strategy, as with any policy-based activist movement, it would require the broadest public mobilization. While maybe this may be a possibility given the impending financial collapse of our society, one of my key questions is if we have time before our financial collapse is combined with one state of emergency of choice to usher in a new darker age in place of a renaissance.
Furthermore, I cannot help but feel that in retrospect, our human race will be defined by whether we can resist our own self-destruction and evolve past violence and corruption, to possibly become more significant force of creation and truth in our universe.
When I hit my breaking point a month or two ago and needed to start taking action, I built a simple online database to help me catalog and aggregate the mostly mainstream articles and public records upon which these ‘conspiracy theories’ are based, or as I find more appropriate, ‘agenda analysis.’ INFOWARdocs.org now has over 2,300 links to news articles, documents (both government and corporate) and videos, organized by over 1,700 keywords, with basic options to filter and search. To get started on your research, I would advise loading the site and filtering for topics that interest you, reading some headlines, then reading the details than interest you.
So I find myself in desperate need of your counsel as to what we must do to preserve the rights and ideals we were all raised to hold most dear. I would love to be proven wrong by you on as much of this as possible, but know we are all crippled by the filters through which all evidence is processed. So I wish to recruit you to check my work, bring your perspective to the table, and to collaborate on potential solutions and strategies. Thus far, here are some of the concrete solutions I feel may give us a chance without full-blown revolution:
- Campaign Finance Reform
so long as the politician with the most money usually gets elected we can never shed their corruption
- End the Federal Reserve
so long as we have no control over, and are indebted by the printing of our own currency, we are always at least partial slaves to some banking elite
- End Nuclear and Biological Weapons (world development and stockpiles)
as this is the easiest and most straight-forward ways for us to destroy ourselves
- End the Corporation
so long as corporations are entities which are legally obligated to maximize profits for the benefit of their shareholders, we can never shed their corruption
- End the Central Intelligence Agency (and possibly the National Security Agency)
even if we need covertly collected intelligence, citizens cannot make informed decisions without transparency
I implore you to do as much research as you can, and join me for an initial meeting of our minds to help decide how we might best lead our generations away from Orwell’s world and towards positive and sustainable prosperity. I will be contacting you to try to organize one or two meetings between August and October at my house (maybe one on west coast if needed)…even though I understand very few will want to get involved with any of these issues (via activism), I need to gather your perspectives on these issues to determine their validity and strategies for solutions as thoroughly as possible. While sharing our ideas, it is also my hope that we will all learn a great deal and evolve our personal filters with which we each view our respective fields and lives. If you have a trusted friend who might be, it would be great to invite them too. I must thank my beloved parents and girlfriend for so patiently, rationally and respectfully debating these issues with me over the past few months, allowing me to clarify and verbalize what all of this means to me.
What do you think about a working title for these informal meetings?
2009 InfoWar and Peace Summit
PS. I am also posting this letter online at http://wikiworlndpeace.blogspot.com with some imbedded hyperlinks regarding certain key information mentioned.
Requested Viewing Material For Your Review
Yes, most of this is blatant propaganda promoted by various ‘conspiracy theorists.’ But they distribute the videos for free, don’t seem to own the mainstream media, must compete with the main line to the best of their abilities, and I assume none of us have the time to read all of the books one might need to grasp these concepts. As I strive to be, please be open-minded yet skeptical of all, and investigate deeper into topics which you may find particularly interesting, offensive or alarming. I would like to discuss, and possibly re-watch, some of these films when we meet. These should be accessible online through a Google search:
1. America: Freedom to Fascism (2006, 111 minutes)
Important documentary by Aaron Russo, on the unconstitutionality of the federal income tax and the federal reserve system. Ties in a bit with the USA Patriot Act and its atrocities to our constitution.
2. The Obama Deception (2009, 111 minutes)
A decent post-partisan overview as to where we stand today as of May 15th, by Alex Jones who has also made some of the most damning documentaries of the Bushes. The only significant statement of fact I have found to be false is that Timothy Geithner, not Barack Obama, got his first job from Henry Kissinger, the majority is simply public record. All accessible source articles displayed can be quickly found in my INFOWARdocs.org database.
3. Loose Change Final Cut (2007, 130 minutes)
The brute logic, eyewitness and scientific evidence one can use to cut through the official conspiracy theory sold by the 9/11 Commission. The third version of a classic, started by some of the original 9/11 Truthers in New York, contains much updated information. An earlier edition of this film was one of the few things specifically debated by the editors of Popular Mechanics, though I have not found their arguments to hold up. All accessible source articles displayed can be quickly found in my INFOWARdocs.org database.
4. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008, 123 minutes)
The first Zeitgeist film’s first 1/3 focusing on religion has been widely contested and discredited information, and the rest of the 9/11 info is covered elsewhere. But this sequel focuses on the inherently illogical Federal Reserve system and an extensive interview with John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Then in the end the Venus Project advocates for a new technologically-based social system (utopia), elements of which I find quite debatable, but if nothing else, is an important thought experiment.
5. Fabled Enemies (2008, 102 minutes)
This film, by one of the makers of Loose Change, Jason Bermas, does not focus on what happened on 9/11 but who did it and where the money trails lead. It follows the intelligence ties of Osama Bin Laden, the alleged hijackers, and those who were actually detained on 9/11. All accessible source articles displayed are found in my INFOWARdocs.org database.
6. End Game – Blueprint for Global Enslavement (2007, 139 minutes)
This Alex Jones film depicts a more hard-core doomsday analysis of the publicly stated goals of the elite, covering the Bilderberg Group, North American Union, eugenics and depopulation. While the depopulation agenda is so vast and integrated it might be impossible to conclusively prove, it is nonetheless a very important concept to be familiar with. All accessible source articles displayed are found in my INFOWARdocs.org database.
7. The Capitalist Conspiracy (1969, 47 minutes)
Similar to The Obama Deception, this is not so much about evils of capitalism, but the structures controlling both sides (capitalism and communism). Amazing how long these ideas have been around and little public opinion has changed since the 60s. Slightly harder to find online, but it is there.
8. Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State (2005, 96 minutes)
This Alex Jones film provides specific examples and video footage of our country’s integration of the police and military forces since 9/11. All accessible source articles displayed are found in my INFOWARdocs.org database.