American Herods &
The Fallacy Of
A Free Press

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By Douglas Herman
Many writers and essayists on the Internet--that last bastion of a truly free press--have thoughtfully and passionately compared George W Bush to imperial leaders throughout history. Everyone from Richard Nixon to Adolf Hitler to Nicolo Machiavelli.
"This is a dangerous analogy," wrote Byron Williams in The Moral Cynicism of George Bush. "Tragedy, popularity, and bad intelligence combined to allow this president to consolidate his amoral agenda of power, selling it to the American people with overtly pious language."
Rather sympathetic, wouldn't you say? By contrast many essayists, like myself, wonder if something far more sinister hasn't been developing, for a much longer time, here in America. Ever since Eisenhower realized who wielded the REAL power behind the seats of power and spoke out, belatedly, in his farewell speech.
The recent essay "Informant Names JFK Jrs Assassins?" would have struck me as only another wacky Internet conspiracy theory if someone hadn't revealed the exact same thing to me several months earlier. Indeed my informant, a former intelligence insider, became the inspiration for the central character my recent novel, the sinister protagonist, Jimmy Jeremiah. Assassination by aviation, was how the real-life Jeremiah explained it to me, removing troublesome but charismatic leaders who become problematic to the status quo.
If we Americans realize that those in power are never hindered by any feelings of conscience or guilt, if we realize that our rulers freely act in their own self interest, (unless forced to do so by popular outcry), that they conduct policy as insatiable predators would, we begin to see them with a new clarity. If we realize profits and personal agendas, not ethics, forever influence foreign and domestic policies, then we may finally see how everything seems to make sense in a senseless world.
Thus the controlled demolition of a potential rival's plane--whether John F. Kennedy Jr. or Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone--makes perfect sense. Thus the controlled demolitions of sensitive buildings (Oklahoma City, World Trade Center, Building 7), or the controlled demolition of a country like Iraq, or the controlled demolition of the American media, not to mention the controlled elections in 2000 and 2004, all make perfect sense and have always made perfect sense.
Which makes the US media accomplices to an ongoing series of great crimes, stretching over fifty years. As Richard Salent, Former President of CBS News once admitted, "Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have." Clearly controlled, wouldn't you say?
But this sort of cold-blooded criminality speaks less of Prince Machiavelli or the Borgias than the Biblical Herod family. The three generations of the Bush family parallel the uncanny rise to power of the Biblical Herods. Just as the Herods conducted ruthless policy--secret assassinations and public executions, religious plots, terrorism, manipulation of the economic system while seeming to embrace the religious leaders of their day--so too have our own American Herods.
And all of these crimes have been aided and abbetted by the American mainstream media for well over fifty years! Indeed, when has anyone heard or read anything about Patrick "Bulldog" Fitzgerald, in the American media? US Attorney Fitzgerald, pursuing corruption in high places, very likely will become the next "accidental" death, planned by the American Herods. The details of his death, and the predictable press reports, are all being worked out behind the scenes as I write this.
When we realize that the Biblical Herods wielded limited but absolute power backed by imperial Rome, we realize that the Bushes, Clintons, Johnsons and Nixons wield limited power within a framework of power brokers. Otherwise what stake do our American Herods have in the Middle East? Certainly not for the benefit of the average US citizen.
Likewise our "free press," never seems to ask the pertinent question of any crime: Who benefits? Who benefits when a Paul Wellstone or well-respected critic dies "accidentally?" Who benefits when a 47 story building falls mysteriously? And who benefits when a country is invaded? Who profits? Aside from cementing power within the ruling junta--our American Herods, whether Democratic or Republican--the select group of power brokers continue to reap obscene profits. Katrina being no exception; witness the spike in petroleum prices.
Ironic indeed that far more blame has been leveled by the complicit US media, against the US government, for slow response to a predicted natural disaster, than to the predicted un-natural debacle in Iraq. Thirty months later still no outrage from the embedded US media to a phony war draining the American treasury and the volunteer armed forces. Ironic that far more outrage is directed against armed looters in New Orleans than to well-connected cronies of our American Herods who receive billions for looting the US citizen in no-bid contracts.
The Biblical Herods, like their American predecessors, once wielded incredible power. Until one day they were swept away, swept away more completely than Katrina swept away Biloxi. And today the Herods are remembered as diabolical scoundrels, relegated to the dust bin of history.
Amateur historian and Rense essayist, Douglas Herman is the author of the recent novel,
Guns of Dallas
M. L.
And all of these crimes have been aided and abbetted by the American mainstream media for well over fifty years! Indeed, when has anyone heard or read anything about
Patrick "Bulldog" Fitzgerald, in the American media?
I said as much [see item 18] to Bob Chapman yesterday:
12. No news shows mentioned that bodies are all over the place and many were being eaten by alligators.
13. Looters were being arrested and handcuffed to be taken to - where?
=== Rendition-land
14. My thought: If it is true that there are internment camps all over the US (800 supposedly) which are completely supplied, manned and ready for action. If this is true, then why aren't they being used?
Because this is a lie...fear propaganda to keep the Internet distracted from true events..... These reports come out every few months. === Because this is the setup for their use on the next, upgraded synthetic attack. Everything in its time. You're skipping ahead. Look how people were begging to go to the Superdome gulag.
18. AND WHAT IS GOING ON ELSEWHERE, IN THIS COUNTRY AND GOVT. THAT IS KEEPING US CITIZENS DISTRACTED? === Rove et al. are still subject to indictment in Plame affair.
20. The idiot's main thoughts are about reconstruction with barely any mention of the people. === Of course.
September 1, 2005: The disaster in New Orleans was not unforeseen. In spite of his too-little too-late bleatings, Bush personally scrapped a multi-million dollar program to strengthen the dikes around that flooded mass of tragedy but took the money for his criminal war in Iraq.
We now see a genuine phenomenon with dozens of American television reporters, on the ground and on the scene in New Orleans and southern Mississippi, turning against both the Administration and the governments of both Louisiana and Mississippi for their utter failure to relieve the terrible suffering of hundreds of thousands of trapped, starving and sick citizens.
I would like to add something to the bubbling pot that might cast a light on the disgusting official breakdown of rescue and support. This afternoon, I was having lunch at the Cosmos Club out on Massachusetts Avenue. A good friend is a member of the posh club (that once was the elegant town home of Sumner Welles), and while at lunch, I was privy to a very vocal conversation at one of the big round center tables in the club dining room.
One man was giving an overview of the situation to a group of his friends. The speaker was an undersecretary of an important department, well -liked by Bush and often in the White House to consult. The others ranged from an academic economist whose writings can be seen in a right wing paper and a number of Washington-based businessmen, all of whom are active and heavy contributors to the Bush White House.
The loud one had obviously had a few drinks at the bar and this is probably why he was not more discreet. The gist of his comments was horrible to contemplate and it sounded like a top Nazi discussing Jews.
It is well known here that the Bush family and many of the top advisers at the White House are racists but instead of detesting Jews, in this case, they all detest blacks. Their rationale, aside from their view of racial superiority, is that blacks are all "welfare queens, unwed mothers and drug dealers." It was the very firmly stated view of the host that it was better for everyone that New Orleans was under water for the time being.
In that way, we were told (and I was not the only person in the dining room who heard all this), this served to "chase out the niggers" and permit Bush-supporting businessmen from buying up the soon-to-be condemned sodden houses for five cents on the dollar from friendly insurance companies (which one of them was a CEO of) and put up an enlarged and very profitable combination of industrial park and office building section. The money for this would, naturally, come from government grants which a terrified Congress (Mid Term elections are coming) had just voted for and the contracts to demolish the wrecked low-income slums would go, as a no-bid contract, to another stellar Bush supporter.
As for the refugees, our table of proto-fascists all commented on the fact that most of them were on welfare and probably all voted Democratic so they could all be shipped to California or Chicago at the public expense and allowed to occupy less valuable public housing there.
This conversation went on in a similar vein for some time and it was difficult for both myself and my host to refrain from making nasty comments or, for that matter, to enjoy our meal. These people are greedy and purely evil and I am positive from the overall conversations that Bush is conversant with this attitude and has no intentions of interfering with it.
He had an unparalleled opportunity to revive his sagging opinion polls and make an appearance in New Orleans, naturally with an army of sycophants and eager media, and be seen (in a safe placeprobably in Baton Rougebecause the desperate black citizens of New Orleans have taken to shooting at people and Bush is scared to death of violence) holding a small and photogenic black child whilst comforting its mother. Instead, Bush, typically, opted to sail overhead in his luxury Air Force One and having seen the inundated city below, retired to his small but elegant dining room for a nice lunch with some of his top aides.
I should also note here that Bush now has added the Mayor of New Orleans and a half a dozen irate and very articulate news reporters to his hate list because they have dared to criticize him to a very large audience.
Maybe this time, the Democrats will organize and nail him and his friends to a wall somewhere and then open the flood gates and watch them drown like the rats that they are."
21. Was this a "training exercise" on a large scale? === Test for something on a larger scale yet.
22. Why haven't companies like Coca-Cola, etc. offered free water? === Budweiser has.
23. Is this the start of martial law for the country? === A presage to it.
24. Interesting that all military leave had been cancelled BEFORE this horror occurred, isn't it? === An Iran war was the skinny for that reason.
25. Something to think about... the TimeTraveller, John Titor, said civil war began in the US in 2005. Also, I have heard that this summer was being referred to as "The Summer of Blood"...Why? === Be that as it may, that's what the globies want...the timeline may be a bit premature. This week may have been a tripping point for it, but I just don't see it going down literally that soon.
Since you mention Titor, I'll throw in web bots that say a beginning point in early Dec. extends its impact through that doesn't sound like an acute rather chronic event. On the downside, someone who pegged, generically, New Oreans says something matching it lies in wait for later in Sept.
26. Where is Cheney? === Probably, just like during 911, sitting in front of a control panel under a bunker somewhere...rather than anything being told.
M.L. W, DC




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