“The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail: Enter the Kissinger!
Whether you consider him a war criminal or you’re a war criminal yourself, there are any number of reasons to read White House Years. Regardless of whatever else he may be, Kissinger is certainly a sure hand at characterization:
Nixon’s fear of rebuffs caused him to make proposals in such elliptical ways that it was often difficult to tell what he was driving at, whether in fact he was suggesting anything all. After frequent contact I came to understand his subtle circumlocutions better; I learned that to Nixon words were like billiard balls; what mattered was not the initial impact but the carom.
This is rather poetic for a German. And one has little choice but to respect someone so thoroughly ruthless that he will deploy two semicolons within a single sentence. Quibble with his methods, but here is a man that gets results.
Not all of the book’s gems are provided by Kissinger himself. Here’s a bit of folksy wisdom from Lyndon Johnson:
“Read the columnists,” he said, “and if they call a member of your staff thoughtful, dedicated, or any other friendly adjective, fire him immediately. He is your leaker.”
As much as I enjoyed this magisterial treatise on U.S. foreign policy in the Age of Spiro Agnew, it was nonetheless disturbing to read under my particular, limited circumstances. Not having access to the internet by which I might readily check Kissinger’s claims against the historical record, and my own knowledge of the era being limited largely to the fact that Jefferson Airplane had not yet evolved (suddenly and Pokemon-like) into Jefferson Starship,
I felt myself at the mercy of Kissinger, whose famous advocacy of realpolitik and secret bombings and such things would presumably also entail a not-entirely-thorough commitment to the truth on such occasions as when U.S. national security might be better served by lies, which I gather is often the case…"
Enter the Kissinger! The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail, Front/Burner… “Making Dallas Even Better”
Also see the CIA’s latest media asset’s (the Washington Post) blog, The Switch” (As in “Flip the switch and it’s ‘Turnkey Tyranny’ “, that Ed Snowden spoke of) for “The government is dropping the hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown”
Guardian UK, Jeremy Hammond, sentenced to ten years in a federal prison for the Stratfor Dox hack.
Chelsea Manning, the US soldier formerly known as Bradley who leaked a massive trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks now serving a 35-year sentence in military jail, was a major influence on him. Manning showed him that “powerful institutions – whether military or private security firms – are involved in unaccountable activities that the public is totally unaware of that can only be exposed by whistleblowers and hackers”.
Hammond has often described himself as an anarchist. He has a tattoo on his left shoulder of the anarchy symbol with the words: “Freedom, equality, anarchy”. Another tattoo on his left forearm shows the Chinese representation of “leader” or “army”, and a third tattoo on his right forearm is a glider signifying the hacking open-source movement that is drawn from the computer simulation Game of Life .
He says he plans to use his time in prison “reading, writing, working out and playing sports – training myself to become more disciplined so I can be more effective on my release”…
"When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out," - Ho Chi Minh, Prison Diaries
Certain elements are calling for an attack on Syria on the grounds of suspected chemical weapons use. The reality is that the state-sponsored terror campaign against Assad’s government has not yielded the results that these elements have hoped for and they now seek direct military intervention to reach these goals. The supposed chemical weapon attack is merely a pretext to justify this intervention. There is a possibility that you are going to be involved in a military campaign against Syria and possibly Iran.
The overwhelming majority of American people strongly disagree with the idea of going to war with Syria and/or Iran. Unfortunately, this issue is not being put to a popular vote. In fact, it appears that the President is seeking to launch this campaign without the approval of Congress. It is clear that this administration is willing to act contrary to the wishes of the American People.
In this campaign, you would be working together with and supporting Al-Qaeda affiliated groups, because these are the groups that represent the opposition to Assad in Syria. Whether or not you will be personally involved in this campaign, now is the time to voice your concerns about going to war with Syria and/or Iran, if you see anything at all wrong with this situation. You are in a position where you are likely going to have to choose between going against the wishes of the government or going against the wishes of the People.
IF YOU REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE, THE CONTENTS OF YOUR REPLY WILL BE PUBLIC."
E-Mail from Anonymous apparently sent to all US Military personnel about the Pentagon’s Illegal War on Syria
Addenda: Note that ALL major Pentagon and military staff have email addresses that ARE quite public. Never doubt for a second that a devoted group of hackers could ABSOLUTELY play havoc with the Pentagon’s public external communications or easier still, any person involved in the military that participates in an illegal war on Syria. IF these people have the addresses of even a small percentage of US soldiers, and it’s obvious that much is true, they have much more, and the potential to destroy the everyday lives of anyone singled out for ‘special treatment’.