- To anyone who ever wondered where this War on Terror
is heading, and why it began, this will answer every one of your questions.
- To anyone who ever had doubts that history could repeat
itself, this will crush them.
- The following are documented historical facts that can
easily be found anywhere, as I've seen the majority of them already from
other dependable sources. This will prove to be our ultimate roadmap laying
out the past, current and future course of the Bush Regime. The corporate
government whose thumb we now find ourselves beneath has a plan, and here
it is, submitted for your disapproval, laid out for us from the dark annals
of history with frightening parallels to America's current crisis.
- From September 11th to British complicity in this war,
from Bush's personal ideosyncracies right down to Congressional censure
of the Dixie Chicks, it has ALL happened exactly like this before, in the
very same order. Reading this article is like reading the exact details
of our immediate history since September 11th . . . and yet it happened
70 years ago!
- And this single understanding is more frightening than
anything bin Laden could ever have done to us.
- If after reading this, if you are still unable to accept
the reality of what's happening around us, then you are truly and hopelessly
lost in a fantasy world. And to those people I say, good luck in your dreamstate...we'll
meet you on the other side.
- -- Mark Wyckstrom
- When Democracy Failed - The Warnings Of History
- By Thom Hartmann
- March 17. 2003
- The 70th anniversary wasn't noticed in the United States,
and was barely reported in the corporate media. But the Germans remembered
well that fateful day seventy years ago - February 27, 1933. They commemorated
the anniversary by joining in demonstrations for peace that mobilized citizens
all across the world.
- It started when the government, in the midst of a worldwide
economic crisis, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. A foreign
ideologue had launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings, but the
media largely ignored his relatively small efforts. The intelligence services
knew, however, that the odds were he would eventually succeed. (Historians
are still arguing whether or not rogue elements in the intelligence service
helped the terrorist; the most recent research implies they did not.)
- But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the
highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man
who claimed to be the nation's leader had not been elected by a majority
vote and the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to the powers
he coveted. He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of a man
who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to
understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist
world. His coarse use of language - reflecting his political roots in a
southernmost state - and his simplistic and often-inflammatory nationalistic
rhetoric offended the aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated
elite in the government and media. And, as a young man, he'd joined a secret
society with an occult-sounding name and bizarre initiation rituals that
involved skulls and human bones.
- Nonetheless, he knew the terrorist was going to strike
(although he didn't know where or when), and he had already considered
his response. When an aide brought him word that the nation's most prestigious
building was ablaze, he verified it was the terrorist who had struck and
then rushed to the scene and called a press conference.
- "You are now witnessing the beginning of a great
epoch in history," he proclaimed, standing in front of the burned-out
building, surrounded by national media. "This fire," he said,
his voice trembling with emotion, "is the beginning." He used
the occasion - "a sign from God," he called it - to declare an
all-out war on terrorism and its ideological sponsors, a people, he said,
who traced their origins to the Middle East and found motivation for their
evil deeds in their religion.
- Two weeks later, the first detention center for terrorists
was built in Oranianberg to hold the first suspected allies of the infamous
terrorist. In a national outburst of patriotism, the leader's flag was
everywhere, even printed large in newspapers suitable for window display.
- Within four weeks of the terrorist attack, the nation's
now-popular leader had pushed through legislation - in the name of combating
terrorism and fighting the philosophy he said spawned it - that suspended
constitutional guarantees of free speech, privacy, and habeas corpus. Police
could now intercept mail and wiretap phones; suspected terrorists could
be imprisoned without specific charges and without access to their lawyers;
police could sneak into people's homes without warrants if the cases involved
- To get his patriotic "Decree on the Protection of
People and State" passed over the objections of concerned legislators
and civil libertarians, he agreed to put a 4-year sunset provision on it:
if the national emergency provoked by the terrorist attack was over by
then, the freedoms and rights would be returned to the people, and the
police agencies would be re-restrained. Legislators would later say they
hadn't had time to read the bill before voting on it.
- Immediately after passage of the anti-terrorism act,
his federal police agencies stepped up their program of arresting suspicious
persons and holding them without access to lawyers or courts. In the first
year only a few hundred were interred, and those who objected were largely
ignored by the mainstream press, which was afraid to offend and thus lose
access to a leader with such high popularity ratings. Citizens who protested
the leader in public - and there were many - quickly found themselves confronting
the newly empowered police's batons, gas, and jail cells, or fenced off
in protest zones safely out of earshot of the leader's public speeches.
(In the meantime, he was taking almost daily lessons in public speaking,
learning to control his tonality, gestures, and facial expressions. He
became a very competent orator.)
- Within the first months after that terrorist attack,
at the suggestion of a political advisor, he brought a formerly obscure
word into common usage. He wanted to stir a "racial pride" among
his countrymen, so, instead of referring to the nation by its name, he
began to refer to it as "The Homeland," a phrase publicly promoted
in the introduction to a 1934 speech recorded in Leni Riefenstahl's famous
propaganda movie "Triumph Of The Will." As hoped, people's hearts
swelled with pride, and the beginning of an us-versus-them mentality was
sewn. Our land was "the" homeland, citizens thought: all others
were simply foreign lands. We are the "true people," he suggested,
the only ones worthy of our nation's concern; if bombs fall on others,
or human rights are violated in other nations and it makes our lives better,
it's of little concern to us.
- Playing on this new nationalism, and exploiting a disagreement
with the French over his increasing militarism, he argued that any international
body that didn't act first and foremost in the best interest of his own
nation was neither relevant nor useful. He thus withdrew his country from
the League Of Nations in October, 1933, and then negotiated a separate
naval armaments agreement with Anthony Eden of The United Kingdom to create
a worldwide military ruling elite.
- His propaganda minister orchestrated a campaign to ensure
the people that he was a deeply religious man and that his motivations
were rooted in Christianity. He even proclaimed the need for a revival
of the Christian faith across his nation, what he called a "New Christianity."
Every man in his rapidly growing army wore a belt buckle that declared
"Gott Mit Uns" - God Is With Us - and most of them fervently
believed it was true.
- Within a year of the terrorist attack, the nation's leader
determined that the various local police and federal agencies around the
nation were lacking the clear communication and overall coordinated administration
necessary to deal with the terrorist threat facing the nation, particularly
those citizens who were of Middle Eastern ancestry and thus probably terrorist
and communist sympathizers, and various troublesome "intellectuals"
and "liberals." He proposed a single new national agency to protect
the security of the homeland, consolidating the actions of dozens of previously
independent police, border, and investigative agencies under a single leader.
- He appointed one of his most trusted associates to be
leader of this new agency, the Central Security Office for the homeland,
and gave it a role in the government equal to the other major departments.
- His assistant who dealt with the press noted that, since
the terrorist attack, "Radio and press are at out disposal."
Those voices questioning the legitimacy of their nation's leader, or raising
questions about his checkered past, had by now faded from the public's
recollection as his central security office began advertising a program
encouraging people to phone in tips about suspicious neighbors. This program
was so successful that the names of some of the people "denounced"
were soon being broadcast on radio stations. Those denounced often included
opposition politicians and celebrities who dared speak out - a favorite
target of his regime and the media he now controlled through intimidation
and ownership by corporate allies.
- To consolidate his power, he concluded that government
alone wasn't enough. He reached out to industry and forged an alliance,
bringing former executives of the nation's largest corporations into high
government positions. A flood of government money poured into corporate
coffers to fight the war against the Middle Eastern ancestry terrorists
lurking within the homeland, and to prepare for wars overseas. He encouraged
large corporations friendly to him to acquire media outlets and other industrial
concerns across the nation, particularly those previously owned by suspicious
people of Middle Eastern ancestry. He built powerful alliances with industry;
one corporate ally got the lucrative contract worth millions to build the
first large-scale detention center for enemies of the state. Soon more
would follow. Industry flourished.
- But after an interval of peace following the terrorist
attack, voices of dissent again arose within and without the government.
Students had started an active program opposing him (later known as the
White Rose Society), and leaders of nearby nations were speaking out against
his bellicose rhetoric. He needed a diversion, something to direct people
away from the corporate cronyism being exposed in his own government, questions
of his possibly illegitimate rise to power, and the oft-voiced concerns
of civil libertarians about the people being held in detention without
due process or access to attorneys or family.
- With his number two man - a master at manipulating the
media - he began a campaign to convince the people of the nation that a
small, limited war was necessary. Another nation was harboring many of
the suspicious Middle Eastern people, and even though its connection with
the terrorist who had set afire the nation's most important building was
tenuous at best, it held resources their nation badly needed if they were
to have room to live and maintain their prosperity. He called a press conference
and publicly delivered an ultimatum to the leader of the other nation,
provoking an international uproar. He claimed the right to strike preemptively
in self-defense, and nations across Europe - at first - denounced him for
it, pointing out that it was a doctrine only claimed in the past by nations
seeking worldwide empire, like Caesar's Rome or Alexander's Greece.
- It took a few months, and intense international debate
and lobbying with European nations, but, after he personally met with the
leader of the United Kingdom, finally a deal was struck. After the military
action began, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the nervous British
people that giving in to this leader's new first-strike doctrine would
bring "peace for our time."
- Thus Hitler annexed Austria in a lightning move, riding
a wave of popular support as leaders so often do in times of war. The Austrian
government was unseated and replaced by a new leadership friendly to Germany,
and German corporations began to take over Austrian resources.
- In a speech responding to critics of the invasion, Hitler
said, "Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria
with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying.
I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people,
but when I crossed the former frontier [into Austria] there met me such
a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come,
but as liberators."
- To deal with those who dissented from his policies, at
the advice of his politically savvy advisors, he and his handmaidens in
the press began a campaign to equate him and his policies with patriotism
and the nation itself. National unity was essential, they said, to ensure
that the terrorists or their sponsors didn't think they'd succeeded in
splitting the nation or weakening its will. In times of war, they said,
there could be only "one people, one nation, and one commander-in-chief"
("Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer"), and so his advocates in
the media began a nationwide campaign charging that critics of his policies
were attacking the nation itself. Those questioning him were labeled "anti-German"
or "not good Germans," and it was suggested they were aiding
the enemies of the state by failing in the patriotic necessity of supporting
the nation's valiant men in uniform. It was one of his most effective ways
to stifle dissent and pit wage-earning people (from whom most of the army
came) against the "intellectuals and liberals" who were critical
of his policies.
- Nonetheless, once the "small war" annexation
of Austria was successfully and quickly completed, and peace returned,
voices of opposition were again raised in the Homeland. The almost-daily
release of news bulletins about the dangers of terrorist communist cells
wasn't enough to rouse the populace and totally suppress dissent. A full-out
war was necessary to divert public attention from the growing rumbles within
the country about disappearing dissidents; violence against liberals, Jews,
and union leaders; and the epidemic of crony capitalism that was producing
empires of wealth in the corporate sector but threatening the middle class's
way of life.
- A year later, to the week, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia;
the nation was now fully at war, and all internal dissent was suppressed
in the name of national security. It was the end of Germany's first experiment
- As we conclude this review of history, there are a few
milestones worth remembering.
- February 27, 2003, was the 70th anniversary of Dutch
terrorist Marinus van der Lubbe's successful firebombing of the German
Parliament (Reichstag) building, the terrorist act that catapulted Hitler
to legitimacy and reshaped the German constitution. By the time of his
successful and brief action to seize Austria, in which almost no German
blood was shed, Hitler was the most beloved and popular leader in the history
of his nation. Hailed around the world, he was later Time magazine's "Man
Of The Year."
- Most Americans remember his office for the security of
the homeland, known as the Reichssicherheitshauptamt and its SchutzStaffel,
simply by its most famous agency's initials: the SS.
- We also remember that the Germans developed a new form
of highly violent warfare they named "lightning war" or blitzkrieg,
which, while generating devastating civilian losses, also produced a highly
desirable "shock and awe" among the nation's leadership according
to the authors of the 1996 book "Shock And Awe" published by
the National Defense University Press.
- Reflecting on that time, The American Heritage Dictionary
(Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983) left us this definition of the form of
government the German democracy had become through Hitler's close alliance
with the largest German corporations and his policy of using war as a tool
to keep power: fas-cism (fbsh'iz'em) n. A system of government that exercises
a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state
and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."
- Today, as we face financial and political crises, it's
useful to remember that the ravages of the Great Depression hit Germany
and the United States alike. Through the 1930s, however, Hitler and Roosevelt
chose very different courses to bring their nations back to power and prosperity.
- Germany's response was to use government to empower corporations
and reward the society's richest individuals, privatize much of the commons,
stifle dissent, strip people of constitutional rights, and create an illusion
of prosperity through continual and ever-expanding war. America passed
minimum wage laws to raise the middle class, enforced anti-trust laws to
diminish the power of corporations, increased taxes on corporations and
the wealthiest individuals, created Social Security, and became the employer
of last resort through programs to build national infrastructure, promote
the arts, and replant forests.
- To the extent that our Constitution is still intact,
the choice is again ours.
- Thom Hartmann lived and worked in Germany during the
1980s, and is the author of over a dozen books, including Unequal Protection
and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. This article is copyright by Thom
Hartmann, but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog,
or web media so long as this credit is attached.
- From - Name On File
- Dear Mr. Rense,
- I greatly admire your site.
- I would like to reply to Mr. Thom Hartmann's article
"When Democracy Failed - The Warnings of History".
- First a little information to illustrate my viewpoint:
- * I am a British national who has lived, now, for 30
years in Germany, mainly in Berlin, and have had German/British dual nationality
for a little over a year now.
- * As a girl, my mother-in-law and her mother were beat
by the whip of a horse-ridden French/Moroccan soldier for being out after
the evening curfew hour. Her home the Rheinland, was unter French occupation
as a result of the Versailles agreement. That was in the late 1920's.
- * My father-in-law's birthplace was in Lower Silesia,
an ancient German territory. Upper Silesia also an ancient German territory,
and a very important centre of industry, had been taken from the German''s,
also because of the Versailles Agreement.
- Lower Silesia and other German teritories were taken
from the Germans after WW2 and given to the Poles, because of this millions
of Germans were forced to flee their homes (this information is freely
available in books and on the net).
- * Before WW2 the situation for the ethnic Germans grew
increasingly difficult. My father-in-law told me of trains travelling between
Danzig and Lower Silesia having boarded-up windows because when they travelled
through Polish territory they were shot at.
- * He told of aggressive Polish interference of the German
Radiowaves and Anti-German propaganda of the most primitive kind.
- He was one of the first to march into Poland and he believed
very much in what he was doing.
- On arrival, when street-fighting began they were shocked
to experience Polish forces using women and children as human shields.
- * I need not talk of the rape and pillage of the "red
army" at the end of the war and also thereafter and the Morgenthau
Plan, this is all documented, but I will tell you that my father-in-law
was held captive for many months on an open field with thousands of others
and that many starved to death. He survived because the negro soldiers
secretly smuggled supplies to them at night under the threat of court-martial
for there compassion. They understood what it was like to be oppressed.
- Now on to Mr. Hartmann's article:
- It started when the government, in the midst of a worldwide
economic crisis, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack.
- . . . In the middle of February  a meeting of
Social Democratic Party and trade-union leaders was held in Munich. One
of the trade-union representatives reported that preparations had been
made to sabotage the whole West German industrial region. Mines could be
flooded, railroad traffic halted, and many factories incaacitated for a
long time to come. But it was clear thatsuch desperate measures could serve
only as a threat . . .
- . . . Responsibility was not assumed. It was not neccessary,
said the leaders. for Hitler's government would succumb to its own weakness
. . .
- . . . On February 23  Max Brauer, Social Democratic
mayor of Altona, met Ernst Torgler, chairman of the Communist Reichstag
fraction, in Berlin. Pointing out that "it is five minutes to twelve",
he asked whether the Communists would not at least give up their fight
against the Social Democrats and conclude a united front alliance. Torgler
answered: "It doesn't enter our heads. The Nazis must take power.
Then in four weeks the whole working class will be united under the leadership
of the Communist Party". Brauer thought that Torgler must be suffering
from the strain. But a few days later, he met Soviet Ambassador Chinchook
in Hamburg, Brauer asked the same question and received the same answer
- . . .In a resolution of April 1, 1933, the International
stated that the open Fascist dictatorship in Germany had freed the masses
from the influence of Social Democracy and thus "accelerated the tempo
of the evolution of Germany toward proletariat revolution".
- The communists were prepared for illegal struggle; they
had maintained an illegal machine for years under the parliamentary governments
. . .
- . . . True in the night of February 25, a trifling fire
was discovered beneath the roof of the rambling "Castle" in the
centre of Berlin, the former residence of the Hohenzollerns, now used for
government offices. The blaze was extinguised at once; there were indications
of incendiarism, but nothing was made public. . . .
- . . . The Communists, it seemed, were planning to fire
government building, castles, and vital factories all over Germany. A sensational
fire was to be the "signal for bloody revolution and civil war."
At four in the afternoon, on the day after the fire general looting was
to begin in Berlin. (Report of the official Prussia Press Service, February
28, 1933.) According to one of G°rings reports, hostages were to be
arrested and food poisoned in restaurants. All this was discovered by G°ring
und Daluege in the papers they had found in the Karl Liebknecht House on
Februaty 24 - or so they said later. . . .
- . . . Suddenly a phone call from Doctor Hanfstaengel:
the Reichstag is burning. I think he is making wild jokes, and refuse to
tell the Leader anything about it.
- It was not a wild joke The flames were rising over the
Reichstag's cupola; the inside was completely gutted and the building
- The Police arrested a single suspect at the scene: Marinus
van der Lubbe, a twenty-four-year-old mason and vagabond, a Dutch subject
who had previously belonged to the Communist organisation in Holland an
asocial type of Left radical tendencies and definitely unbalanced. . .
- . . . The next day G°ring, through the official Prussian
Press Service, reported the plans for a communist uprising. To the assembled
cabinet he made a speech in which he claimed "that Torgler" the
Communist deputy, had conversed with van der Lubbe for several hours in
the Reichstag building. . .
- . . . On the morning of the fire, Ernst Torgler, chairman
of the Communist Reichstag fraction, went to the police: he declared that
the accusations against the Communists, and especially against himself
personally, were ridiculous and that he would refute it. He stated that
he did not know van der Lubbe, had never seen him, and consequently had
not made incendiary arrangements with him. Torgler was immediately arrested.
The police also arrested Georgi Dimitroff, a Bulgarian of whom they only
that he was a prominent Bulgarian Communist. Not until more than a year
later did it come out that this Dimitroff was the leader of the Central
European section of the Communist International. Two other Bulgarian Communists,
Popoff and Taneff were also arrested. . . .
- . . . Then the court did a strange thing: it acquitted
the two Communist leaders, Torgler and Dimitroff, and their Communist comrades,
Popoff and Taneff. Only the apathetic, evidently insane van der Lubbe,
who admitted that he knew none of the four others, but stubbornly insisted
on his guilt, was condemned to death, hastily executed, hastily cremated.
- To get his patriotic "Decree on the Protection of
People and State" passed over the objections of concerned legislators
and civil libertarians, he agreed to put a 4-year sunset provision on it
- . . .Hitler and his people did have to accept certain
restrictions: van der Lubbe would not be hanged outside the Reichstag;
Germany's highest court was to investigate the mysterious fire; G°ring
must offer better proof for his allegations against the Communists; no
mass blood-bath would be sanctioned. These were the obstacles which the
cabinet could place in the path of what the furious Chancellor called the
salvation of Germany. Still thinking that they were the true masters of
the government and well pleased that they had checked the National Socialists
to some extent, the ministers decided to assume a dictatorship of their
own until after the elections. Hindenburg signed an emergency decree "For
the Protection of People and State." It suspended the most important
property rights and personal garantees in the Reich constitution, and proclaimed:Therefore
restrictions on personal freedom, on the right of free speech, including
freedom of the press, freedom of association and meeting; infringements
on the secrecy of the mails, telegraphs, and telephones; orders of house
search and confistication; as well as restrictions on the rights of private
property, even beyound the legal limits are permissable. . . .
- . . . At first one was lucky to be arrested on the strength
of G°ring's big blacklist. These men were sent to ordinary police prison
and as a rule not beaten. But terrible was the fate of those which the
S.A. arrested for their own "pleasure." G°ring made use of
his powers to destroy the leadership and propaganda of the two worker's
parties. He imprisoned all the Communist deputies he could lay his hands
on and a few Social Democrat deputies. The whole Communist press was suppressed
indefinitely; and the several hundred Social Democrat papers suspended
for two weeks. This was a week before elections. From then on there were
virtually no Social Democratic meetings, while Cmmunist meetings were officially
- To destroy Communism, the Nazis had to smash democracy.
- Nevertheless, elections were to be held. A people which
had been deprived of all liberties should say voluntarily say yes to all
this. Sefton Delmer, correspondant of the London "Daily Express",
asked Hitler whether the present state of suspesion of personal freedom
in Germay would be permanent. Hitler replied: No! When the Communist dager
is eliminated, the normal order of things will return. Our laws were too
liberal to enable me to dispose of theis underworld suitably and quickly
enough. But I myself desire only too urgently that the normal situation
shall be restored as soon as possible. But first we must put an end to
Communism. . . .
- He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of
a man who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect
to understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist
- . . . Many a newspaper reader and radio listener was
moved to tears when the Leader renounced his salary as Chancellor; a thing
that meant little to the author of Mein Kampf, for since 1930 the sale
of his book had mounted sharply. When he was informed he could not legally
give up his salary, he had it transferred to a fund for war invalids .
- . . . According to the police register, Hitler left Vienna
in May, 1913. Until then he had scraped along in the Austrian capital by
selling his watercolours and drawings. In Munich he die not fare much better;
here he designed posters for business houses. . . .
- . . .Even so, it cannot be denied that he was a brave
soldier . . . Reserve Lieutenant Horn (Quote) "If Adolf Hitler had
been promoted to the rank of sergeant, he could not have have remained
a battle orderly and the regiment woild have lost one of its best dispatch
- Source: Der Fuehrer by Konrad Heiden. This book is an
anti-Hitler book which was printed in 1944.
- Obviously all quotes are coloured by my viewpoint so
I ADVISE YOU TO READ THE BOOK YOURSELF.
- In my opinion there are no similarity between Bush and
- * He marched into Austria at the wish of the Austrian
people who felt themselves to be German.
- * He was protecting the ethnic German minority in Poland
when he sortied there and if the British had not intrigiert to cause the
conflict and had not declared war it would have been resolved quickly.
- * Germany was being attacked from French territory and
it was necessary to drive the British out.
- * any military action taken was for the benefit of the
- * enormous protective measures were taken to keep the
population safe, bunkers, medical care, and compassionate leave etc.
- * He was fighting to give the German people their rights
and their dignity back which had been stolen from them as a result of WW1.
He did not even require that the "allies" give back all the territories
that they had stolen.
- * as we can read in the above quotes the Reichstag fire
was investigated which the 9/11 attacks were not.
- * Hitler was almost constantly at one of his headquarters
near the front line after the war started and lived as a simple soldier
(ref. Hitlers Tischgesprche, from Henry Pickers. English version, Hitler's
Table Talks can be bought at Amazon.)
- Bush is fighting an expansionist war and is attacking
countries that are no threat to his own (that is if his own country is
America, which I doubt at the moment).
- The American people are being held hostage by the government
and no serious precautions are being taken to protect them.
- Bush doesn't give a f*ck about you Americans or anyone
else for that matter.
- Similarities between Hitler and Saddam:
- * Both annoyed the international bankers because they
introduced a barter system which circumvented the bank-interest system.
- * Both fight/fought for the freedom and rights of their
- With all sincerity,
- (name on file)
- PS. You may put my freedom in danger if you publish my
name because it is at present a 'thought crime' in Germany to say anything
positive about Hitler, or Hitler Germany.