For the first time since Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in 1932, a major-party presidential candidate wants to reduce inequality.
Bernie Sanders proposes raising taxes on rich people and corporations, doubling the minimum wage, investing $1 trillion in infrastructure, ending NAFTA/CAFTA/PNTR/TPP “free trade for billionaires,” investing $5.5 billion in a youth jobs program creating one million new jobs, and passing a host of other programs that would significantly raise the standard of living for average Americans – while siphoning wealth and power out of the hands of the 1%.
A Bernie Sanders presidency could reverse the exponentially-escalating trend towards economic inequity. It could save the American middle class, and prevent the USA – and perhaps the world – from becoming a slave plantation run by billionaire overseers lording it over a powerless and increasingly impoverished population of “useless eaters.”
Bernie’s ambitious plans for big domestic projects would necessitate a major cut in military spending. The US would have to end its Middle East and Afghan wars, cut many of its wasteful pork-barrel weapons programs, and begin to withdraw from its 900 official and unofficial military bases in 130 foreign nations.
Bernie’s supporters are excited and optimistic, for good reason. Sanders’ stunning series of upsets over the bankster-puppet war criminal Hillary Clinton could be a harbinger of significant positive change.
But Bernie’s supporters shouldn’t be naïve. The corporate elite is unlikely to simply roll over and relinquish its privileged position.
In my 2008 book Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters, I argued that the mere election of the seemingly progressive Barrack Obama would change nothing – unless the people wised up to the elite’s dirty tricks, mobilized, and forced change on their recalcitrant leadership. Most importantly, the people would have to expose the fraudulent “war on terror” in order to clear the way for real change.
It is now 2016. The phony war on terror continues, and Obama – like the rest of us – is its prisoner. Obscenely bloated military and security budgets are untouchable. Constitutional liberty is a dead letter. The economy is booming for banksters, investors and war profiteers, even as Main Street dies. Republican demagogues direct popular anger away from the criminal elite, towards darker-skinned foreign scapegoats.
Now imagine that the same hopey-changey multitudes who helped elect Obama somehow succeed, despite a totally rigged system, and put Bernie Sanders in the White House. Best-case scenario: It’s a landslide. Congress is Democratic. A huge pro-Bernie youth movement is making noise and demanding the changes they voted for.
What happens next?
The bastards – excuse me, I mean “the terrorists” – just blew up the Sears Tower and set off dirty bombs all over Chicago. A heroic Rahm Emmanuel struts across TV screens, starring in the same role Rudy Giuliani played on 9/11.
Suddenly Bernie looks like a frail old geriatric socialist, not the heroic, hairy-chested “you’re either with us or against us” alpha male leader everyone’s demanding.
Suddenly everyone has forgotten about Bernie’s “reduce inequality” proposals.
Suddenly the whole nation is clamoring for revenge.
No more talk of the 99% versus the 1%. Now it’s United We Stand! Throw money at the military! Expand surveillance! Torture suspects! Shred what’s left of the Constitution! Invade foreign lands that may or may not be linked to the atrocity! And then in 2018, swamp Congress with hairy-chested Muslim-hating neocon-Republican apes!
The whole Bernie Sanders agenda is dead in the water. It will be a long time before anything like it ever happens again.
I have seen the future: A boot stamping on a human face for eternity.
What I have just described is the best case scenario (landslide Sanders victory) followed by the worst case scenario (9/11-scale “terrorist attack”). I did this to starkly outline to problem, to make it easily visible.
But the Sanders agenda could just as easily be sabotaged in less-extreme scenarios. For example, a series of smaller “terrorist attacks” prior to the election could sabotage Sanders’ chances of winning. Or a similar series after the election could undermine his mandate.
Think the US elite wouldn’t stage murderous false-flag “terrorist attacks” to control the outcomes of elections – specifically, to prevent the election of honest, independent left-wingers like Bernie Sanders – or to control policy? Think again. That is precisely what the American military leadership, in cahoots with the money power, did throughout the Cold War period in Europe.
Daniel Ganser’s book NATO’s Secret Armies documents the horrors of Operation Gladio – a NATO program, commanded by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, that terrorized Europeans by bombing and shooting them en masse in false flag terror attacks blamed on left-wingers. Gladio-sponsored atrocities included the mass shootings of innocents in Belgian streets and supermarkets; the bombing of the Bologna train station (85 dead, 200 injured); and the kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
Ganser’s research has never been challenged. His findings were affirmed by the European Parliament. There are no “debunkers” even bothering to try to claim that Operation Gladio never existed.
And yet none of the higher-ups responsible for Gladio terrorism have ever been prosecuted. Only lower-level flunkies like Vincenzo Vinciguerra ever served prison time. (Vinceguerra famously confessed to his role in the false flag crime wave, saying: “You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force … the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”)
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has revealed that Operation Gladio continues today, under the rubric of “Gladio B.” Instead of left-wingers, Muslims are the scapegoats. But blaming Muslims for government-sponsored false flag terror attacks is just as effective as blaming left-wingers, if the objective is to prevent people like Bernie Sanders from implementing a progressive agenda.
That is why Bernie Sanders supporters need to understand the problem of false flag terrorism. And they need to proactively spread the word.
Of all of the many forms of information activism, raising public consciousness about state-sponsored false flag terrorism is perhaps the most important and effective. If the public understands that whatever “official story” being peddled in the wake of a major terror event is probably a lie concocted by the real perpetrators, it will not be stampeded into war and tyranny. The false flag will fail. It may even backfire.
One major “false flag fail” came on May 11th, 2004, when Gladio B operatives bombed commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 192 people and injuring 2000. The purpose: Re-elect pro-Iraq-War Prime Minister José Maria Aznar, give his government tyrannical emergency powers, demonize Basque independence forces as well as Muslims, and push the hyper-authoritarian Spanish government deeper into Iraq.
But the Spanish people did not react the way the perpetrators had expected. Instead of being terrorized into voting for the pro-NATO pro-Zionist authoritarian Aznar, they threw him out. “Nationwide demonstrations and protests followed the attacks asking the government to tell the truth” (Wikipedia). The new government immediately withdrew from Iraq. Spaniards’ mistrust of their own government saved their country from war and tyranny.
Imagine if such a thing had happened in the USA after 9/11.
Another major “false flag fail” was the August 2013 chemical weapons attack on al-Ghouta, Syria. The attack, perpetrated by the Gladio B war party and its Saudi foot soldiers, was intended to be falsely blamed on Syrian President Assad. The motive: Make it appear that Assad had crossed Obama’s “red line,” and trigger a US bombing campaign against Syria.
The global alternative media immediately broadcast the truth: The al-Ghouta attack was obviously a false flag. Why would Assad blatantly cross Obama’s “red line” at the precise moment that a UN chemical inspections team was touching down at the airport a few miles away?
The resulting hoopla led to President Obama being informed that the case for Assad doing al-Ghouta was “not a slam dunk.” Translated from the official BS, that meant “it was a false flag, and we got caught.”
The British Parliament, skeptical about Assad’s purported responsibility for al-Ghouta, voted against authorizing military action. The US Congress, many of whose constituents read the alternative media, was wary. At the last minute, the proverbial 11th hour, Obama decided to refuse to play along with the perpetrators’ war agenda. A potential World War III was avoided … thanks to the “false flag truth movement.”
Along with such examples of false flags that failed to trigger the intended agenda are the presumably numerous cases of pre-emptively neutralized false flags. When perpetrators sit down to consider potential false flags, they carefully consider the likely public reaction; and as the public becomes more skeptical, the number of workable false flag plots decreases.
These examples show that an aware, alert public can spoil the best-laid plans of false flag perpetrators. Anyone planning to sabotage a potential Bernie Sanders presidency with one or more false flag incidents would use advanced techniques for monitoring public attitudes and awareness, and decide whether or not to go ahead with “Plan A, “Plan B,” “Plan C” and so on based on what sort of public reaction they were expecting.
If Bernie Sanders supporters, as a group, become sufficiently educated about false flags, and convey what they know to the larger public, they could dissuade the war party, and the banksters who own it, from blowing up Bernie’s chances by blowing up a skyscraper or public monument … or even nuking an American city.
For those who may wish to educate themselves about false flags, and help make a better world possible, here is a very brief list of key books; my apologies to the hundreds of authors whose important works didn’t make the cut.
Richard Cottrell: Gladio: NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe
Daniele Ganser, NATO’s Secret Armies
Paul Williams, Operation Gladio
War-Trigger PR Stunts
Robert Stinnett, Day of Deceit
Colin Simpson, The Lusitania (discussed at https://jamesperloff.com/2014/05/21/false-flag-at-sea/ )
Recent False Flags
Kevin Barrett, Ed. ANOTHER French False Flag
“ “ , We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo
David Ray Griffin, 9/11 Ten Years Later
Webster Tarpley, 9/11 Synthetic Terror
Christopher Bollyn, Solving 9/11
Israel and false flags
Ari Ben-Menashe, Profits of War
Peter Hounam, Operation Cyanide
John Le Carré, The Little Drummer Girl
Victor Ostrovsky, By Way of Deception