Standing on the Cusp; Shall it be peaceful, or no?

WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2011/02/25 13:44:53
Related Topics: Federal Reserve
Spent this morning watching/listening to Union members threaten gay rape ( http://michellemalkin.com/2011/02/24/video-rhode-island-union... ) , commit acts of violence ( http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/260567/union-unrest-idah... ), and advocate euthanasia of older people because said "fuddie-duddies" (I'm not kidding!) just need to die (
http://michellemalkin.com/2011/02/24/more-union-civility-eyew... )... ah, the wonderful salad days of civility.
Anyway, let's get to the main attraction, shall we?

This is a thought provoking piece from a site I had previously been unaware of. Imagine that. ;-)


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Analysis of the Global Insurrection Against Neo-Liberal Economic
Domination and the Coming American Rebellion – We Are Egypt [Revolution
Roundup #3]

February 20th, 2011 | Filed under Activism, Economy, Feature, Hot
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Editor’s Note: The following report includes adapted excerpts from
David DeGraw’s book, “The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War

The Road to Revolution

Part One :: Neo-Liberal Economic Domination

I :: Centrally Planned Economic Repression

II :: Economic Imperialism: IMF Plunder of Egypt and Tunisia

III :: US-Egypt Economic Parallels: Inequality & Poverty

IV :: Debt Slavery: Unemployed, Underemployed, Underpaid, In Debt

V :: The American Dream Foreclosed Upon

VI :: A Recipe For Revolution: Tax Breaks for the Rich, Budget Cuts for the Poor

VII :: “Hungry People Don’t Stay Hungry For Long”

VIII :: The Empire State Rebellion

IX :: The Battle in Madison: A Sign of Things to Come

Part Two :: The Most Repressive Regime: US Police State

X :: Torture: Made in the USA

XI :: American Gulag: World’s Largest Prison Complex

XII :: Loss of Civil Liberties

XIII :: Internet Crackdown

XIV :: Silencing Dissent

XV :: Protected By Anonymous

Part Three :: Bring the Tyrants Down

XVI :: The Denial of Wealth

XVII :: Economic Death Squad

XVIII :: 99.9% Vs. 0.1%

XIX :: Join the Movement

Analysis of the Global Insurrection Against Neo-Liberal Economic
Domination and the Coming American Rebellion – We Are Egypt [Revolution
Roundup #3]

By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus Report

If you think what’s happening in Egypt won’t happen within the
United States, you’ve been watching too much TV. The statistics speak
for themselves.

Join The MovementIn previous Revolution Roundups, before we were
knocked offline, we featured mass protests by the people of Ireland,
Italy, Britain, Austria, Greece, France and Portugal, as the Global
Insurrection contagion spread throughout Europe. And now, as we have
seen over the past month, North African and Middle Eastern nations have
joined the movement as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco,
Gabon, Mauritania, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and
Algeria have taken to the streets en masse.

The connection between this latest round of uprisings and the prior
protests throughout Europe is one the mainstream media is not making. We
are witnessing a decentralized global rebellion against Neo-Liberal
economic imperialism. While each national uprising has its own internal
characteristics, each one, at its core, is about the rising costs of
living and lack of financial opportunity and security. Throughout the
world the situation is the same: increasing levels of unemployment and
poverty, as price inflation on food and basic necessities is soaring.

Whether national populations realize it or not, these uprisings are
against systemic global economic policies that are strategically
designed to exploit the working class, reduce living standards, increase
personal debt and create severe inequalities of wealth. These global
uprising, which have only just begun, are the first wave of the
inevitable reaction to the implementation of a centralized worldwide
Neo-Feudal economic order.

The global banking cartel, centered at the IMF, World Bank and
Federal Reserve, have paid off politicians and dictators the world over —
from Washington to Greece to Egypt. In country after country, they have
looted national economies at the expense of local populations,
consolidating wealth in unprecedented fashion – the top economic
one-tenth of one percent is currently holding over $40 trillion in
investible wealth, not counting an equally significant amount of wealth
hidden in offshore accounts.

IMF imperial operations designed to extract wealth and suppress
populations have been ongoing for decades. As anyone researching
economic imperialism will know, a centrally planned Neo-Liberal
aristocracy controls the global economy.

I: Centrally Planned Economic Repression

The IMF has a well-worn strategy that they use to conquer national
economies. As I warned four months ago, we have now progressed into Step
3.5: World Wide IMF Riots. Back in October, in a TV interview with Max
Keiser, we discussed leaked World Bank documents that revealed the IMF’s
strategy. I stated the following:

“They have a four-step strategy for destroying national
economies…. We are about to enter what they would call Step Three. Step
Three is when you’ve looted the economy and now food and basic
necessities all of a sudden become more expensive, harder to get to. And
then, Step 3.5 is when you get the riots. We are fastly approaching

We are headed to, as the IMF said, and as they plan, Step 3.5: IMF Riots. That’s what’s coming…”

Fast-forward four months to today, and now we see country after
country rebelling against high food prices. Since our October interview,
food prices have spiked 15%. According to new World Bank data, since
June 2010, “Rising food have pushed about 44 million people into poverty
in developing countries.”

As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced another round of
Quantitative Easing (QE2), those of us paying attention knew that the
trigger had been pulled and Step Three had been executed. It was a
declaration of economic war, an economic death sentence for tens of
millions of people – deliberately devaluing the dollar and sparking
inflation in commodities/basic necessities. It was a vicious policy that
would impact people from Boston to Cairo.

When QE2 was announced, I warned: “Food and Gas Prices Will
Skyrocket, The Federal Reserve Just Dropped An Economic Nuclear Bomb On
Us.” I also wrote: “The Federal Reserve is deliberately devaluing the
dollar to enrich a small group of a global bankers, which will cause
significant harm to the people of the United States and severe
ramifications throughout the world…. The Federal Reserve’s actions are
already causing the price of food and gas to increase and will cause
hyperinflation on most basic necessities.”

To be clear, there are several significant factors contributing to
rising food prices, such as extreme weather conditions, bio-fuel
production and Wall Street speculation; but the Federal Reserve’s
policies deliberately threw gasoline all over those brush fires. QE2 was
another economic napalm bomb from the global banking cartel.

In a recent McClathy news article entitled, “Egypt’s unrest may have roots in food prices, US Fed policy,” Kevin Hall reports:

“‘The truth of the matter is that when the Federal Reserve moved
on the quantitative easing, it did export inflation to a lot of these
emerging markets…. There’s no doubt that one of the side effects of the
weak dollar and quantitative easing has been rising commodity prices. It
helped create this bullish environment for commodities. This is a very
delicate balancing act.’

It’s a view shared by Ed Yardeni, a veteran financial market
analyst, who reached a similar conclusion in a research note to
investors…. He joked that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke should be added to a
list of revolutionaries, since his quantitative easing policy, unveiled
last year in Wyoming, has provoked unrest and change in the developing

‘Since he first indicated his support for such a revolutionary
monetary change… the prices of corn, soybeans and wheat have risen 53
percent, 37 percent and 24.4 percent through Friday’s close,’ Yardeni
noted. ‘The price of crude oil rose 19.8 percent over this period from
$75.17 to $90.09 this (Monday) morning. Soaring food and fuel prices are
compounding anger attributable to widespread unemployment in the
countries currently experiencing riots.’”

The people throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, on the
fringe of the Neo-Liberal economic empire and most vulnerable to the
Fed’s inflationary policies, are the first to rebel.

Before analyzing the situation within the US, let’s take a closer
look at the global Neo-Liberal economic policies that led to the
Egyptian and Tunisian revolts.

II :: Economic Imperialism: IMF Plunder of Egypt and Tunisia

Join The MovementIn the Middle East and North Africa populations are
rising against their local dictators. However, these “dictators” take
orders from the IMF.

A report from the Center for Research on Globalization revealed some background and historical context:

“The Alliance between Global Capitalism and Arab Dictators

It is paramount to understand that the Arab dictators and
tyrants serve the interests of organized capital. This is their primary
function. They are elements of the global system formed by organized

Looking back, protests and riots started in 1977 against the
regime of Mohammed Anwar Al-Sadat, Mubarak’s predecessor. The causes of
these protests were the neo-liberal policies that the I.M.F. had handed
down to Sadat. The I.M.F. policies ended government subsidies on basic
daily commodities of life. Food prices jumped and Egyptians became

The Arab people grasp the fact that their ruling class and
governments are not only corrupt regimes, but also comprador elites,
namely the local representatives of foreign corporations, governments,
and interests…. In Egypt, Gamal Mubarak (who was being groomed by his
father for the presidency) worked for Bank of America.

In Tunisia, Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali was a military officer
trained in French and American military schools who, once in power,
served U.S. and French economic interests. In Lebanon, Fouad Siniora was
a former Citibank official before he became prime minister…. Within the
corrupt Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad worked for one of the banks
forming the U.S. Federal Reserve and the World Bank….

Moreover, almost all Arab finance ministers are affiliated to
the major global banking institutions. All of them also strictly adhere
to the Washington Consensus of the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.)
and the World Bank…”

Samer Shehata, professor of Arab politics at Georgetown University, summed up the situation in Egypt and Tunisia:

“Beginning in 2004… Egypt began implementing economic reforms
called for by the IMF—or really forced on them by the IMF and the World
Bank… a new government was appointed, new ministers were appointed, who
believed wholeheartedly in the ideas of the IMF and the World Bank. And
they quite vigorously pursued these policies. And there was at one
level, at the level of macroeconomic indicators, statistics, GDP growth
rates, foreign direct investment and so on—Egypt seemed to be a miracle.
And this, of course, was the case with the Tunisian model earlier.
You’ll remember that Jacques Chirac called it the ‘economic miracle,’
and it was the darling of the IMF and the World Bank, because it
implemented these types of reforms earlier. Well, of course, we saw what
happened in Tunisia. In Egypt, from 2004 until the present, the
government and its reforms were applauded in Washington by World Bank,
IMF and US officials…. Egypt received the top reformer award from the
IMF and the World Bank…”

Former Goldman Sachs executive Nomi Prins reveals more details:

The Egyptian Uprising Is a Direct Response to Ruthless Global Capitalism

“The revolution in Egypt is as much a rebellion against the
painful deterioration of economic conditions as it is about opposing a
dictator…. When people are facing a dim future, in a country hijacked by
a corrupt regime that destabilized its economy through what the CIA
termed, ‘aggressively pursuing economic reforms to attract foreign
investment’ (in other words, the privatization and sale of its country’s
financial system to international sharks), waiting doesn’t cut it….

Tunisia’s dismal economic environment was a direct result of its
increasingly ‘liberal’ policy toward foreign speculators. Of the five
countries covered by the World Bank’s, Investment Across Sectors
Indicator, Tunisia had the fewest limits on foreign investment…. Egypt
adopted a similar come-and-get-it policy, on steroids…. But, as we
learned in the U.S., what goes up with artificial helium plummets under
real gravity…. Not surprisingly, those foreign speculation strategies
didn’t bring less poverty or more jobs either. Indeed, the insatiable
hunt for great deals, whether by banks, hedge funds, or private equity
funds, as it inevitably does, had the opposite effect….

Ironically, the [Egyptian Ministry of Investment] brochure
touted the large college graduate population entering the job market
each year — 325,000. The same graduates are the core of the current
revolution. They failed to find adequate jobs and are faced with an
official unemployment rate of just below 10 percent (though, similar to
the U.S., that figure doesn’t account for underemployment, poor job
quality or long-term prospects)…. Meanwhile, 20 percent of Egypt lives
in poverty… For in the United States, economic statistics are no better.
By certain measures, like income inequality, they are worse than in

III :: US-Egypt Economic Parallels, Inequality & Poverty

Comparable economic statistics between the US and Egypt are facts that US mainstream media propagandists are not reporting.

Inequality of Wealth

Income inequality has reached a record level within Egypt, as Pat Garofalo explained:

“One of the driving factors behind the protests is the… growing
sense of inequality. ‘They’re all protesting about growing
inequalities…. The top of the pyramid was getting richer and richer,’
said Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
in the Middle East.

As Yasser El-Shimy, former diplomatic attaché at the Egyptian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote in Foreign Policy, ‘income inequality
has reached levels not before seen in Egypt’s modern history.’”

As the US mainstream media references the “oppressive” and “corrupt”
inequality of wealth throughout Egypt, the hypocrisy is shameful. The
inequality of wealth in the United States is currently the most severe
it has ever been. Gini coefficient ratings are a measure of a nation’s
inequality – the higher a nation scores, the more unequal the society
is. The US has a Gini coefficient rating of 45, compared to Egypt’s
34.4, Yemen’s 37 and Tunisia’s 40, making the US the most unequal,
“oppressive” and “corrupt” of the four.

As John Dewey once said, “There is no such thing as the liberty or
effective power of an individual, group, or class, except in relation to
the liberties, the effective powers, of other individuals, groups or


When well-paid “experts” in expensive suits sitting behind desks in
state of the art studios discuss the hardships of the Egyptian people,
something tells me that these pundits haven’t spent much time
interacting with tens of millions of people living in inner city America
– just because the mainstream media doesn’t cover them, doesn’t mean
they don’t exist. They exist in larger numbers in the US than they do in
most rebelling countries.

The rising price of food has played a pivotal role in sparking the
uprisings, food prices have a larger impact in countries like Egypt and
Tunisia, as they represent a more significant percentage of total
income. However, the overall costs of living in the US are significantly
higher. When these costs are factored in — medical expenses, housing,
transportation, education, etc. – the US poverty level of $22k per year,
for a family of four, is comparable to the poverty rate measure in

According to the CIA, the poverty rate in Egypt is 20%. With a
population size of 83 million people, this would put 16.6 million
Egyptians living in poverty. In the US, the current poverty rate is
16.8%, with a population of 309 million, this puts 52 million Americans
living below the poverty line.

When you consider that the US has 52 million people currently living
in poverty, you realize, as shocking as it may sound, that we have a
larger number of desperate people in the US than rebelling populations
in countries throughout the Middle East and Europe. Overall, in
comparison to Egypt, the US population is obviously more geographically
spread out, but if you breakdown the demographics, many large US cities
have a poverty rate higher than the 20 percent rate in Egypt.

Consider that, according to low-ball government statistics, nine major US cities have a poverty rate over 25%.

IV :: Debt Slavery: Unemployed, Underemployed, Underpaid, In Debt

The unemployment rate in Egypt mirrors the unemployment rate in the
US, currently fluctuating between nine and ten percent, according to
government sources. The unemployment rate among recent graduates
attempting to enter the workforce also mirrors the crisis in the US. The
young unemployed and underemployed demographic has played a pivotal
role in leading the rebellion. Reporting for the Financial Times in an
article entitled, “At hand, an Arab awakening,” Roula Khalaf sums it up
this way:

“In Egypt, as in Tunisia, the young people who initiated the
street campaigns were educated, internet-savvy activists with no
political affiliation. [Sound familiar?] After watching the fervour
unleashed in the past month, young Syrians, Bahrainis, Algerians and
even the quiescent Libyans are turning to Facebook and Twitter to call
for their own ‘day of rage’.

As Mr Khashoggi puts it: ‘The 25-year-old unemployed today has become the strong man.’”

A report from Business Week entitled, “The Youth Unemployment Bomb,” provides more detail:

“In Tunisia, the young people who helped bring down a dictator
are called hittistes—French-Arabic slang for those who lean against the
wall. Their counterparts in Egypt… are the shabab atileen, unemployed
youths… In Britain, they are NEETs – ‘not in education, employment, or
training.’ In Japan, they are freeters: an amalgam of the English word
freelance and the German word Arbeiter, or worker. Spaniards call them
mileuristas, meaning they earn no more than 1,000 euros a month. In the
U.S., they’re ‘boomerang’ kids who move back home after college because
they can’t find work. Even fast-growing China… has its ‘ant tribe’ –
recent college graduates who crowd together in cheap flats on the
fringes of big cities because they can’t find well-paying work.

In each of these nations, an economy that can’t generate enough
jobs to absorb its young people has created a lost generation of the
disaffected, unemployed, or underemployed—including growing numbers of
recent college graduates for whom the post-crash economy has little to

More common is the quiet desperation of a generation in
‘waithood,’ suspended short of fully employed adulthood. At 26, Sandy
Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a college graduate and a mother of two who
hasn’t worked in seven months. ‘I used to be a manager at a Duane Reade
in Manhattan, but they laid me off. I’ve looked for work everywhere and I
can’t find anything,’ she says. ‘It’s like I got my diploma for

The collapsing job market, declining wages, loss of benefits and
skyrocketing cost of education has created a “lost generation” of young
college graduates with little options and massive debt. When millions of
American students took out tens of thousands of dollars in student
loans to pay for an education which they assumed would give them the
skills needed to make a good living, they never imagined that they would
be either unemployed, working part-time, or making significantly less
than people in their chosen profession have traditionally made. The
majority of young workers in their twenties and early thirties have debt
that they will spend most of their life trying to pay back. They’ve
been sentenced to a life of…

Debt Slavery

Mike Whitney recently interviewed Alan Nasser on CounterPunch for a
piece entitled, “The Student Loan Swindle.” Here’s an excerpt:

“MW: Is it possible to ‘walk away’ from a student loan and declare bankruptcy?

Alan Nasser: No, it’s not possible for student debtors to escape
financial devastation by declaring bankruptcy. This most fundamental of
consumer protections would have been available to student debtors were
it not for legislation explicitly designed to withhold a whole range of
basic protections from student borrowers. I’m not talking only about
bankruptcy protection, but also truth in lending requirements, statutes
of limitations, refinancing rights and even state usury laws – Congress
has rendered all these protections inapplicable to federally guaranteed
student loans. The same legislation also gave collection agencies
hitherto unimaginable powers, for example to garnish wages, tax returns,
Social Security benefits and – believe it or not – Disability income.

Twisting the knife, legislators made the suspension of
state-issued professional licenses, termination of public employment and
denial of security clearances legitimate measures to enable collection
companies to wring financial blood from bankrupt student-loan borrowers.
Student loan debt is the most punishable of all forms of debt – most of
those draconian measures are unavailable to credit card companies….

MW: Is it fair to say that the student loan industry is a scam
that targets borrowers who will never be able to repay their debts? Are
these students like the people who were seduced into taking out subprime
loans? How much money is involved and how much of that money is either
presently in default or headed for default?

Alan Nasser: It’s as fair as fair can be. First, the student
loan industry is huge – a large majority of students from every type of
school are in debt. Debt is held by 62 percent of students enrolled at
public colleges and universities, 72 percent at private non-profit
schools and 96 percent at private, for-profit (‘proprietary’) schools.
It was announced last summer that total student loan debt, at $830
billion, now exceeds total US credit card debt, which is itself bloated
to the bubble level of $827 billion. And student loan debt is growing at
the rate of $90 billion a year.”

Join The MovementThese students weren’t expecting an economic crisis
to occur, and, unlike the banks that lent them the money, they’re not
getting a bailout. Also factor in that the overwhelming majority of new
jobs, the few that are being added, are either part-time, temporary or
in low paying fields without health or retirement benefits. Mix all of
this together, and you have a vicious cycle with devastating

Given the size of this segment of the population, carrying this much
debt, at such a young age, with limited prospects, you can feel the
winds of revolution blowing.

Contrary to all the propaganda you hear from the mainstream media
and politicians, the economy is still shedding jobs at a staggering
pace. ZeroHedge recently featured a report entitled, “Just How Ugly Is
The Truth Of America’s Unemployment” by economist David Rosenberg:

“It is laughable that everyone believes the labor market in the
U.S.A. is improving.… The data from the Household survey are truly
insane. The labor force has plunged an epic 764k in the past two months.
The level of unemployment has collapsed 1.2 million, which has never
happened before. People not counted in the labor force soared 753k in
the past two months.

These numbers are simply off the charts and likely reflect the
throngs of unemployed people starting to lose their extended benefits
and no longer continuing their job search (for the two-thirds of them
not finding a new job). These folks either go on welfare or they rely on
their spouse or other family members or friends for support….

Of all the analysis we saw over the weekend, the only one that made any sense was the editorial by Bob Herbert:

‘The policy makers don’t tell us that most of the new jobs
being created in such meager numbers are, in fact, poor ones, with lousy
pay and few or no benefits. What we hear is what the data zealots pump
out week after week, that the market is up, retail sales are strong,
Wall Street salaries and bonuses are streaking, as always, to the moon,
and that businesses are sitting on mountains of cash. So all must be
right with the world.

Jobs? Well, the less said the better.

What’s really happening, of course, is the same thing that’s
been happening in this country for the longest time — the folks at the
top are doing fabulously well and they are not interested in the least
in spreading the wealth around.

The people running the country — the ones with the real
clout, whether Democrats or Republicans — are all part of this power
elite. Ordinary people may be struggling, but both the Obama
administration and the Republican Party leadership are down on their
knees, slavishly kissing the rings of the financial and corporate

… the civilian population rose 1.872 million last year. At the
same time, the labor force fell 167k. Those not in the labor force
soared 2.094 million. Just in January, we saw 319,000 people drop out of
the work force. These numbers are incredible. This is a highly
dysfunctional labor market. People are falling through the cracks at an
alarming rate as they come off their extended jobless benefits….”

In the US, we have over six million people who have now been
unemployed for over six months, the highest total we have ever had.
Factoring long-term unemployed and part-time workers looking for
full-time work in to the total unemployment count, we now have over 30
million Americans in need of employment.

V :: The American Dream Foreclosed Upon

The foreclosure crisis in the United States, which has already
affected over seven million people since the crisis began, is not
slowing down, it’s accelerating. Economist Joseph Stiglitz recently
predicated another two million foreclosures in 2011. David Walsh sums up
the growing crisis:

Nearly 30 percent of US homeowners now ‘underwater’

“Year over year, home values were down 5.9 percent nationally,
and have fallen 27 percent since their peak in June 2006. The total
value of US single-family homes fell a staggering $798 billion in 2010’s
fourth quarter, and for the entire year, more than $2 trillion….

The number of US homeowners ‘underwater,’ i.e., owing more than
their homes were worth, at the end of 2010, jumped to 27 percent, up
from 23.2 percent in the third quarter…. ‘The rate of homes selling for a
loss reached a new peak in December, with more than one-third (34.1
percent) selling for a loss. The rate of homes sold for a loss has
increased steadily for the past six months.’ Some 15.7 million
homeowners had negative equity at the end of the fourth quarter, in
households home to more than 40 million people.

The massive number of those underwater will ‘surely lead to
higher foreclosure rates soon,’ notes CNNMoney…. Economist Joseph
Stiglitz, speaking at a conference in Mauritius February 9, predicted
that another 2 million foreclosures would take place in the US in 2011,
adding to the 7 million already recorded since the financial meltdown of

Banks repossessed 1 million homes in 2010, and this year is
expected to be bleaker. Approximately 5 million borrowers are at least
two months behind in their mortgage payments.”

VI :: A Recipe For Revolution: Tax Breaks for the Rich, Budget Cuts for the Poor

Let’s recap the statistics: we have 59 million people without
healthcare, 52 million in poverty, 44 million on food stamps, 30 million
in need of work, seven million foreclosed upon and five million homes
over two months late in their mortgage payments. Meanwhile, all new
political policies and proposals on the table, on the state and federal
level, are committed to major cuts in social services. In a sign of
what’s to come, Obama’s first disclosed spending cut targets the poor.
As Salon recently reported:

New Obama strategy: Beat up poor people

“To prove it is ‘serious’ about the deficit, the White House
proposes cutting a program that helps pay heating bills. The Obama
administration… will propose big cuts to a program that provides energy
assistance to poor people when it unveils its suggested 2012 budget.
‘The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP… would see
funding drop by about $2.5 billion from an authorized 2009 total of $5.1

The news is generating a lot of outrage… in large part because
of a paragraph that suggests that the White House wants to gain
political advantage from being seen as tough on the most vulnerable
Americans — people who can’t afford heating oil during cold winters…. If
the White House wants to convince Americans that it is serious about
budget discipline, it should do so by ‘going after powerful vested
interests rather than those least able to defend themselves within the
political arena.’ The White House could redouble its efforts to cut oil
company subsidies or repeal tax cuts for the rich, for example.”

As The Independent reported, “Obama to set out painful budget plans
for austerity in America. Americans are about to get a first glimpse of
what tight-fisted federal government looks like with President Barack
Obama releasing an austerity-tinged draft budget.”

In a report we featured on the AmpedStatus Hot List with the
headline, “US Democracy Crushed By Economic Elite,” Bob Herbert sums it

“One state after another is reporting that it cannot pay its
bills. Public employees across the country are walking the plank by the
tens of thousands. Camden, N.J., a stricken city with a serious crime
problem, laid off nearly half of its police force. Medicaid, the program
that provides health benefits to the poor, is under savage assault from
nearly all quarters.

The poor, who are suffering from an all-out depression, are
never heard from. In terms of their clout, they might as well not exist.
The Obama forces reportedly want to raise a billion dollars or more for
the president’s re-election bid. Politicians in search of that kind of
cash won’t be talking much about the wants and needs of the poor.
They’ll be genuflecting before the very rich.”

Austerity measures and draconian cuts to the social safety net are
occurring just after passing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax
breaks to multi-millionaires and billionaires. On the state level, the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report revealing,
“Thirty-one states have released their initial budget proposals for
fiscal year 2012 (which begins July 1 in most states), and, for the
fourth year in a row, these budgets propose deep cuts in education,
health care, and other important public services…”

After committing trillions of dollars to bailing out the big banks,
the Federal Reserve and government officials have now made it clear that
the states will not receive the same treatment. In fact, the bailed out
players on Wall Street, who have taken our tax dollars and given
themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses, are looking to cash in on
the suffering of states across the country. As Lynn Parramore recently
put it:

Crank Up the Casino! Hedge Funds to Short American States and Cities

“The looming possibility of municipal defaults, which some say
could total hundreds of billions of dollars, is causing grave concern.
Hedge funds are also deeply concerned about America’s municipal debt
crisis. They worry about how to best profit from it.

The Wizards of Wall Street have looked over the catastrophe of
cash-strapped America and found it good for business. In their corporate
laboratories, they are working furiously to whip up wondrous new
financial products that will allow them to reap millions from misery.
You might think that after plunging the country into said Recession with
their fancy financial products, these Wizards might feel a little
indelicate about gearing up for a game of shorting a community near you.
Clearly you don’t know Wall Street. The Financial Times reports that
once-boring muni bonds are suddenly sexy.”

Speaking of reaping millions from misery, the food stamp racket pays
off just as well as the war racket. The economic parasites profit off
of food stamps:

Food Stamps: JPMorgan & Banking Industry Profit From Misery

“JPMorgan’s division that makes food stamp debit cards made
$5.47 billion in net revenue in 2010. As the head of this division,
Christopher Paton, says, ‘This business is a very important business to
JPMorgan in terms of its size and scale.’ According to the company’s
most recent quarterly filing with the SEC, the Treasury & Securities
Services segment, which is the division that includes the food stamp
business, was up 2% in the last three months of last quarter and brought
in $5.47 billion in net revenue for most of 2010.”

Republicans and Democrats, along with their Wall Street masters, are
so arrogant, deluded with wealth, completely lacking perspective,
shortsighted and, quite frankly, ignorant.

As the economic top one-tenth of one percent has more wealth than
they have ever had, the middle class is quickly disappearing and poverty
is soaring. As politicians ignore the needs of the suffering masses in
favor of a Kleptocratic Oligarchy, which operates above the law, it is
only a matter of time before an uprising takes hold.

After analyzing societal and economic indicators within the US, in
comparison to rebelling countries, it is not a matter of whether people
will revolt or not, it’s a matter of when.

There are two significant differences between the United States and other rebelling nations:

1) The US has a much more powerful, sophisticated and
omnipresent propaganda media system to keep the populace suppressed –
isolated and confused.

2) The US keeps 52 million people temporarily pacified in
anti-poverty programs by giving them food stamps, unemployment benefits
or other forms of life-sustaining government assistance.

Both of these differences are temporary, and not in any way
sustainable. The safety nets here are unraveling and cuts in vital
social services will be implemented just as millions more will need
them. At the same time, food stamps and other forms of limited
government assistance will be worth less and less as food and gas prices
continue to rise.

Rising commodity prices will push the 239 million Americans
currently living paycheck to paycheck over the edge. Also factor in
healthcare costs, which have been skyrocketing even faster. On a
personal level, my health insurance provider just notified me that my
family has to pay 45% more for coverage – and we already had the world’s
most expensive healthcare system. For my wife, one child and myself, we
will now have to pay over $1100 per month for a basic health insurance

There are currently 59 million Americans who don’t even have
healthcare insurance. The health system has become vintage Grapes of
Wrath, as have most aspects of the centrally planned system of economic
despotism that we live under.

Add all of these factors together and you have a recipe for
revolution. The mainstream propaganda news outlets and “Reality” TV soma
will only keep people at bay for so long. The propaganda system
collapses when people can’t afford to eat. Americans may be late to the
party, but once one city revolts, the dominos will fall and a wave of
protest will sweep through the country like a tsunami.

The only questions are: when will it happen, and how it will begin?

VII :: “Hungry People Don’t Stay Hungry For Long”

Join The MovementFood prices have been a leading indicator for
rebellion thus far. Given the Federal Reserve’s commitment to driving
food prices higher, as a matter of policy, and the government’s
commitment to cutting assistance programs, people lining up at Wal-Mart
on the last day of the month, waiting for the clock to strike midnight
so they can buy their family milk and bread on their food stamp debit
card, seem to be the most likely to rebel first.

As food prices increase, food stamps are obviously going to buy you
less food. On top of that, as food prices escalate, millions more will
need food assistance, right at the point when the current safety net can
least afford it.

Let’s analyze the most recent food stamp data to see how America’s inevitable revolution may begin.

With 43.6 million Americans currently relying on food stamps, there
are 13 states with over a million people already on food stamps:

· Texas 3,925,119 (number of people on food stamps) — 15.6% (of state population)

· California 3,521,881 — 9.5%

· Florida 2,994,413 — 15.9%

· New York 2,934,493 — 15.1%

· Michigan 1,920,330 – 19.4%

· Ohio 1,772,608 — 15.4%

· Georgia 1,732,865 — 17.9%

· Illinois 1,732,169 — 13.5%

· Pennsylvania 1,673,714 — 13.2%

· North Carolina 1,531,255 — 16.1%

· Tennessee 1,264,407 — 19.9%

· Arizona 1,050,181 — 16.4%

· Washington 1,019,791 — 15.2%

States with over 18% of the population on food stamps:

· Mississippi 612,889 — 20.7%

· Tennessee 1,264,407 — 19.9%

· Oregon 749,498 — 19.6%

· Michigan 1,920,330 — 19.4%

· New Mexico 399,454 — 19.4%

· Louisiana 866,905 — 19.1%

· West Virginia 345,683 — 18.7%

· Kentucky 813,041 — 18.7%

· Maine 241,117 — 18.2%

· South Carolina 839,109 — 18.1%

· Alabama 863,606 — 18.1%

In our nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, there are 131,611
people on food stamps, which is a stunning 21.9% of the population.

As mentioned before, cities with a poverty rate over 25% – Detroit
36%, Cleveland 35%, Buffalo 29%, Milwaukee 28%, St. Louis 27%, Miami
27%, Memphis 26%, Cincinnati 26% and Philadelphia 25% – are also highly
vulnerable to revolt.

VIII :: The Empire State Rebellion

Given all the data, due to New York’s geographical lay out,
population size and proximity to power, it is a prime candidate for
insurrection. There are currently 2.9 million people living in New York
that are on food stamps, which is equivalent to the entire population of
Manhattan. Just imagine three million people flooding into lower
Manhattan. Imagine if three million people decided to take a 15-30
minute subway ride down to the Financial District and camped out from
Wall Street to the NY Fed, spilling over to the corporate offices of JP
Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Bank
of America.

Join The MovementPerhaps the one million people on food stamps from
New Jersey and Connecticut will make a short trip into lower Manhattan
as well, four million strong shutting down lower Manhattan, the economic
capital of the world.

How would that play out in the global media?

One million people gathering in Cairo, Egypt sent shock waves
throughout the world, and rightfully so, but just wait until millions of
Americans begin flooding the streets. The revolution contagion will
spread throughout the world like a category five hurricane.

“The civilization may still seem brilliant because it possesses an outward front,

the work of a long past, but is in reality an edifice crumbling to ruin

and destined to fall in at the first storm.”

– Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

IX :: The Battle in Madison: A Sign of Things to Come

While bloated federal and state spending has grown to staggering
levels of debt, and demands immediate attention, any cut in spending or
attempts to reduce the deficit must first come at the expense of the
organized criminal class that has looted the national economy. Any cuts
that happen before that need to be understood as an escalation and
extension of the attacks on the American people.

While continuing their attacks on American small businesses and
private-sector workers, the global financial elite are now stepping up
their attacks on public workers. In this context, the Wisconsin state
government attacks against the state teachers’ union doesn’t have
anything to do with the old Democrat Vs. Republican divide and conquer
debates of the past. This is about people fighting back against their
economic oppressors. In Egypt, Mubarak was the Neo-Liberal Aristocracy’s
local enforcer. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker is the Neo-Liberal
Aristocracy’s local enforcer.

This battle in Madison, Wisconsin, between the American people and
the global financial elite, represents the opening salvo, the awakening
of an American resistance movement and a sign of what’s to come.

Join The Movement

In a report entitled, “Wisconsin governor threatens to call National
Guard on state workers,” Andre Damon explains the situation:

“Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, announced an assault
against state…. Walker’s proposal, which he said would quickly pass in
the state legislature, drastically limits collective bargaining,
removing the right of unions to negotiate pensions, retirement and

When asked by a reporter what will happen if workers resist,
Walker replied that he would call out the National Guard. He said that
the National Guard is ‘prepared … for whatever the governor, their
commander-in-chief, might call for … I am fully prepared for whatever
may happen.’

Walker’s proposal allows state authorities to arbitrarily fire
workers who ‘participate in an organized action to stop or slow work,’
or who ‘are absent for three days without approval of the employer,’
according to the governor’s press release.”

Democracy Now pointed out:

“… the governor’s actions could have national ramifications: ‘If
Governor Walker pulls this off… if he takes down one of the strongest
and most effective teachers’ unions, WEAC, in the country, then we
really are going to see this sweep across the United States.’”

As a recent Washington Post report summed it up:

Workers toppled a dictator in Egypt, but might be silenced in Wisconsin

“In Egypt, workers are having a revolutionary February. In the
United States, by contrast, February is shaping up as the cruelest month
workers have known in decades.

Join The MovementThe coup de grace that toppled Hosni Mubarak
came after tens of thousands of Egyptian workers went on strike
beginning last Tuesday. By Friday, when Egypt’s military leaders
apparently decided that unrest had reached the point where Mubarak had
to go, the Egyptians who operate the Suez Canal and their fellow workers
in steel, textile and bottling factories; in hospitals, museums and
schools; and those who drive buses and trains had left their jobs to
protest their conditions of employment and governance. As Jim Hoagland
noted in The Post, Egypt was barreling down the path that Poland, East
Germany and the Philippines had taken, the path where workers join
student protesters in the streets and jointly sweep away an
authoritarian regime.

But even as workers were helping topple the regime in Cairo, one
state government in particular was moving to topple workers’
organizations here in the United States…. Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s new
Republican governor, proposed taking away most collective bargaining
rights of public employees. Under his legislation… the unions
representing teachers, sanitation workers, doctors and nurses at public
hospitals, and a host of other public employees, would lose the right to
bargain over health coverage, pensions and other benefits. (To make his
proposal more politically palatable, the governor exempted from his hit
list the unions representing firefighters and police.)….

[Those who] often profess admiration for foreign workers’
bravery in protesting and undermining authoritarian regimes. Letting
workers exercise their rights at home, however, threatens to undermine
some of our own regimes, and shouldn’t be permitted. Now that
Wisconsin’s governor has given the Guard its marching orders, we can
discern a new pattern of global repressive solidarity emerging – from
the chastened pharaoh of the Middle East to the cheesehead pharaoh of
the Middle West.”

Part Two :: The Most Repressive Regime: US Police State

X :: Torture: Made in the USA

It is extremely hypocritical when well-paid mainstream “news” people
talk about how repressive and barbaric the Mubarak regime is in Egypt.
Once again, I doubt they’ve been to inner city America recently.

If you want to report on Egypt participating in torture, it is vital
to point out where they were getting their weapons, training and
funding from. Who paid them to commit horrific crimes against humanity?
Look in the mirror US taxpayers; you may not like what you see.

WikiLeaks revealed information on a US-Egyptian torture program:

WikiLeaks Docs: Torture-Linked Egyptian Police Trained in U.S.

“Newly released classified U.S. diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks
have shed more light on the key U.S. support for human rights abuses
under Mubarak’s regime in Egypt. The cables show Egyptian secret police
received training at the FBI’s facility in Quantico, Virginia, even as
U.S. diplomats in Egypt sent dispatches alleging extensive abuse under
their watch.

Coincidentally, Quantico also hosts the military base where
alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is
being held in solitary confinement.

A cable from October 2009 cites allegations from ‘credible’
sources that some prisoners were tortured ‘with electric shocks and
sleep deprivation to reduce them to a ‘zombie state.’ One cable from
November 2007 shows then-FBI deputy director John Pistole praised the
head of Egypt’s secret police for ‘excellent and strong’ cooperation
between the two agencies. Pistole currently heads the Transportation
Security Administration in the United States.”

America the beautiful… The Transportation Security Administration,
from electric shocks, sleep deprivation and zombie states in Egypt, to
cancer causing, civil liberty-destroying Naked Scanners at an airport
near you.

XI :: American Gulag: World’s Largest Prison Complex

If you want to report on Egypt putting their citizens in prison,
again, the hypocrisy is astonishing. The US, by far, has more of its
citizens in prison than any other nation on earth. China, with a billion
citizens, doesn’t imprison as many people as the US, with only 309
million American citizens. The US per capita statistics are 700 per
100,000 citizens. In comparison, China has 110 per 100,000. In the
Middle East, the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia imprisons 45 per
100,000. US per capita levels are equivalent to the darkest days of the
Soviet Gulag.

The majority of prisoners are locked up for non-violent crimes, with
tens of thousands in Supermax cells. In addition to the heinous torture
programs that the US government has carried out in Abu Ghraib, Bagram
and Gitmo, we have our own solitary confinement torture programs for
Americans in Supermax Units throughout the country. As Jim Ridgeway from
Solitary Watch explains:

“Solitary confinement has grown dramatically in the past two
decades. Today, at least 25,000 prisoners are being held in long-term
lockdown in the nation’s ‘supermax’ facilities; some 50,000 to 80,000
more are held in isolation in ‘administrative segregation’ or ‘special
housing’ units at other facilities. In other words, on any given day, as
many as 100,000 people are living in solitary confinement in America’s
prisons. This widespread practice has received scant media attention,
and has yet to find a place in the public discourse or on political

The US prison industry is thriving and expecting major growth over
the next few years. A report from the Hartford Advocate titled
“Incarceration Nation” revealed, “A new prison opens every week
somewhere in America.” If you want to report on the brutal suppression
of citizens, consider that somewhere in America, every week, a new
prison is being built to literally “house the poor.”

A Boston Globe article by James Carroll shined a light on our repressive regime:

“… as federal corrections budgets increased by $19 billion,
money for housing was cut by $17 billion, ‘effectively making the
construction of prisons the nation’s main housing program for the poor.’
State budgets took their cues from Washington in a new but unspoken
national consensus: poverty itself was criminalized. Although ‘law and
order’ was taken to be a Republican mantra, this phenomenon was fully

Again, just because you don’t hear this reported on TV, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

XII :: Loss of Civil Liberties

In addition to the record-breaking imprisonment of the American
population, since 9/11 our civil liberties have been violated in
unprecedented fashion. Tom Burghardt, in an article entitled, “American
Police State: FBI Abuses Reveals Contempt for Political Rights, Civil
Liberties,” summed up a new report from the Electronic Frontier
Foundation “documenting the lawless, constitutional-free zone under
construction in America for nearly a decade:”

“As mass revolt spreads across Egypt and the Middle East and
citizens there demand jobs, civil liberties and an end to police state
abuses from repressive, U.S.-backed torture regimes, the Obama
administration and their congressional allies aim to expand one right
here at home.

Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released an
explosive new report documenting the lawless, constitutional-free zone
under construction in America for nearly a decade. That report,
‘Patterns of Misconduct: FBI Intelligence Violations from 2001-2008,’
reveals that the domestic political intelligence apparat spearheaded by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, continues to systematically violate
the rights of American citizens and legal residents….

According to EFF, more than 2,500 documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that:

* From 2001 to 2008, the FBI reported to the IOB approximately
800 violations of laws, Executive Orders, or other regulations governing
intelligence investigations, although this number likely significantly
under-represents the number of violations that actually occurred.

* From 2001 to 2008, the FBI investigated, at minimum, 7000
potential violations of laws, Executive Orders, or other regulations
governing intelligence investigations.

* Based on the proportion of violations reported to the IOB and
the FBI’s own statements regarding the number of NSL [National Security
Letter] violations that occurred, the actual number of violations that
may have occurred from 2001 to 2008 could approach 40,000 possible
violations of law, Executive Order, or other regulations governing
intelligence investigations.

But FBI lawbreaking didn’t stop there. Citing internal
documents, EFF revealed that the Bureau also ‘engaged in a number of
flagrant legal violations’ that included, ‘submitting false or
inaccurate declarations to courts,’ ‘using improper evidence to obtain
federal grand jury subpoenas’ and ‘accessing password protected
documents without a warrant.’

In other words, in order to illegally spy on Americans and haul
political dissidents before Star Chamber-style grand juries, the FBI
routinely committed perjury and did so with absolute impunity.

Reviewing the more than 2,500 documents EFF analysts averred
that they had ‘uncovered alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence
investigation practices’ and that the ‘documents suggest the FBI’s
intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of
American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was
previously assumed.’”

XIII :: Internet Crackdown

When the Egyptian regime shut down the Internet, they did so by
using American made technology. Having been knocked offline here at
AmpedStatus.com, we have firsthand experience in what it feels like to
have your ability to communicate and First Amendment rights stripped
away. We still don’t know who was behind the attacks on our website, but
the situation in Egypt was an interesting case study. As it turned out,
Obama’s new Chief of Staff, Bill Daley’s company provided the
technology used to shut down the Internet in Egypt. No, I’m not
referring to JP Morgan, it was the other company Bill Daley was a board
member of up until last month, Boeing.

As media reform organization Free Press revealed:

“The Mubarak regime shut down Internet and cell phone
communications before launching a violent crackdown against political

Free Press has discovered that an American company —
Boeing-owned Narus of Sunnyvale, CA — had sold Egypt [Telecom Egypt, the
state-run Internet service provider] ‘Deep Packet Inspection’ (DPI)
equipment that can be used to help the regime track, target and crush
political dissent over the Internet and mobile phones. Narus is selling
this spying technology to other regimes with deplorable human rights

The power to control the Internet and the resulting harm to
democracy are so disturbing that the threshold for using DPI must be
very high. That’s why, before DPI becomes more widely used around the
world and at home, the U.S. government must establish clear and
legitimate criteria for preventing the use of such surveillance and
control technology.”

It is probably just be an odd coincidence, but it was soon after we published the following report that we were knocked offline:

Obama Renews Commitment to Complete Destruction of the Middle Class – Meet the New Economic Death Squad

Join The Movement“…. Boeing certainly does love Wall Street. For
those of you out of the loop, you may not recall that the most powerful
and destructive WMD that Boeing executives ever helped develop was the
CDO, that’s a Collateralized Debt (Damage) Obligation. Do you remember
Edward Liddy? Liddy and Bill Daley were both Boeing board members,
before Liddy temporarily moved to Goldman Sachs where he oversaw their
Audit Committee. Liddy was the person who had the most knowledge of
Goldman’s CDO exposure insured through, what was that company’s name?…
Oh, AIG. Yeah, that was it. Then, Hank ‘Pentagon-Watergate-Goldman’
Paulson unilaterally made Liddy the CEO of AIG, before teaming up with
Tim ‘Kissinger-Rubin-Summers-IMF’ Geithner to flush $183 billion tax
dollars down the ‘too big to fail’ drain. And then… after the government
was finished pumping our tax dollars to financial terrorists through
the AIG SPV, Liddy scurried back to the board of Boeing where he could
have cocktails with his ole pal Billy-Boy Daley. Yep, Goldman, JP
Morgan, Boeing and the destruction of the US economy, birds of a

Within an hour of publishing that report, our site was knocked offline.

Something that has become very clear to me: when you accurately
criticize the most powerful people, most people will ignore you, except
the people who have the most power. They notice right away, and they let
you know about it.

As I said, this is all probably just a coincidence.

However, this tangled web of interests between the Pentagon, Wall
Street and the White House is fully exposed, yet again, with Obama’s
special envoy to Egypt, Frank Wisner Jr.

Wisner has just as many conflicts of interest as Bill Daley and
Edward Liddy. Some reports have mentioned that Wisner was biased toward
supporting the Mubarak regime because he is a longtime friend of
Mubarak, and worked for a law firm that represented the regime, Patton
Boggs. But that’s only part of the story. Wisner, like Bill Daley, is a
Council on Foreign Relations member. He is the son of legendary CIA
propaganda expert Frank Wisner Sr., who created and ran Operation
Mockingbird. For those of you who haven’t heard of Frank Wisner Sr., he
used to report on “his ‘mighty Wurlitzer,’ on which he could play any
propaganda tune.”

Frank Jr. was also a board member of Enron, up until its collapse,
and like Edward Liddy, he also worked for AIG, from 1997 until 2009.
Wisner oversaw two of the greatest corporate catastrophes in American
history, back to back. Given his track record, Barack “mighty Wurlitzer”
Obama must have thought he was the perfect guy for a collapsing
corporate puppet regime in Egypt. Wisner is a disaster capitalism
expert, right up there with Edward Liddy and Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
Birds of a feather…

XIV :: Silencing Dissent

The recent internal emails from cyber-security firm HB Gary,
released by WikiLeaks, exposing online campaigns to crackdown on
critical journalists, reveals some of the other common methods used by
the financial elite, like the Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America,
to target and silence political adversaries.

As one of the targets of the revealed campaign, Brad Friedman reported:

US Chamber of Commerce Thugs Used ‘Terror Tools’ for Disinfo
Scheme Targeting Me, My Family, Other Progressive U.S. Citizens, Groups

“The US Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful Rightwing
lobbying group in the country, was revealed to have been working with
their law firm and a number of private cyber security and intelligence
firms to target progressive organizations, journalists and citizens who
they felt were in opposition to their political activism, tactics and
points of view.”

Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who was a constitutional law and civil
rights litigator, was also a target of these planned attacks. In a
report on the campaign to smear and discredit him, he focused on how
common these illegal attacks are:

The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters

“The real issue highlighted by this episode is just how lawless
and unrestrained the unified axis of government and corporate power is.
As creepy and odious as this is, there’s nothing unusual about these
kinds of smear campaigns. The only unusual aspect here is that we
happened to learn about it this time because of Anonymous’ hacking. That
a similar scheme was quickly discovered by ThinkProgress demonstrates
how common this behavior is. The very idea of trying to threaten the
careers of journalists and activists to punish and deter their advocacy
is self-evidently pernicious; that it’s being so freely and casually
proposed to groups as powerful as the Bank of America, the Chamber of
Commerce, and the DOJ-recommended Hunton & Williams demonstrates how
common this is. “

Greenwald later added:

“Given the players involved and the facts that continue to
emerge — this story is far too significant to allow to die due to lack
of attention…. As the episode… demonstrates, simply relying on the
voluntary statements of the corporations involved ensures that the
actual facts will remain concealed if not actively distorted…. Entities
of this type routinely engage in conduct like this with impunity, and
the serendipity that led to their exposure in this case should be seized
to impose some accountability… that these firms felt so free to propose
these schemes in writing and, at least from what is known, not a single
person raised any objection at all — underscores how common this
behavior is.”

Dylan Ratigan recently interviewed Glenn Greenwald and they summed up the situation, here’s a brief excerpt:

DYLAN: Am I correct in understanding that substantial,
legitimate, serious, powerful private security firms were pitching Bank
of America and the Chamber of Commerce a campaign for which they would
be paid money, in which they would assassinate the reputations and
intimidate and threaten the well-being of targeted private individuals.
Is that true?

GLENN: Yes, the journalists, activists, political groups, and the like.

DYLAN: Whoever it may be. And that the law firm that brought
these private security firms in was recommended by the U.S. Department
of Justice. So it’s on a recommendation from the DOJ that private and
substantial security firms are being brought in to pitch smear and
intimidation campaigns against those who support transparency in
information. Fair?

GLENN: Yes, exactly….

DYLAN: … they were saying, ‘You pay me money and those who are
validating the efforts of WikiLeaks or the efforts of transparency,
period, in the modern information world, we will threaten their careers
such that they’ll give up the cause, if you pay us.’

GLENN: Right. ‘We’ll investigate them. We’ll find out dirt on
them. We will destroy their reputation using all kinds of schemes and

DYLAN: And this came out through another leak which is the ironic twist…

GLENN: Well, one ironic twist is that it came out through a leak
and the other ironic twist is that these are internet security firms
that held their expertise in providing internet security and yet their
e-mail system was hacked.

XV :: Protected By Anonymous

Propaganda doesn’t work as well when you have the Internet, a
cyberspace Underground Railroad, a form of mass communication that
allows citizens to interact without corporate gatekeepers effectively
censoring critical thought. All of these attacks show the desperation of
the ruling class, in attempting to maintain an obsolete propaganda
system. Just look at how common and accepted unlawful practices have
become in pursuit of their goals.

Join The MovementIt is a strategic imperative that we protect
Internet freedom from the forces of media concentration and censorship.
Organizations such as WikiLeaks and Anonymous are playing a critical
role in exposing information and protecting those who are critical of
the most powerful and corrupt elements within society.

Part 3: Bring the Tyrants Down

Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience:

“All people recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to
refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny
or its inefficiency is great and unendurable. And oppression and robbery
are organized, I say; let us not have such a machine any longer. I
think that it is not too soon for honest people to rebel and

XVI :: The Denial of Wealth

As I wrote in The Economic Elite Vs. The People:

“When you take the time to research and analyze the wealth that
has gone to the economic top one percent, you begin to realize just how
much we have been robbed. Trillions upon trillions of dollars that could
make the lives of all hard-working Americans much easier have been
strategically funneled into the coffers of the Economic Elite. The
denial of wealth is the key to the Economic Elite’s power. An entire
generation of massive wealth creation has been strategically withheld
from 99% of the US population.”

In a new report entitled, “Nine Pictures of the Extreme Income/Wealth Gap,” Dave Johnson helps make the point:

“Many people don’t understand our country’s problem of
concentration of income and wealth because they don’t see it. People
just don’t understand how much wealth there is at the top now. The
wealth at the top is so extreme that it is beyond most people’s ability
to comprehend. If people understood just how concentrated wealth has
become in our country and the effect it has on our politics, our
democracy and our people, they would demand our politicians do something
about it….

Top 1% owns more than 90% of us combined….

400 people have as much wealth as half of our population.”

XVII :: Economic Death Squad

A report entitled, “Grapes of Wrath – 2011,” presents a challenge to us:

“The American people have a choice…. The current path, forged by
a minority of privileged wealthy elite, will lead to the destruction of
this country and misery on an unprecedented scale…. Are you prepared to
incur the wrath of the vested interests and meet their lies and
propaganda with the fury of your own wrath in search for the truth?
These men are sure you don’t have the courage, fortitude and wrath to
defeat them.”

In an article and video entitled, “The Wall Street Economic Death Squad,” as I reported back in October, 2009:

“We need to focus our strategy on the small group of men who
carried out the financial coup. These 13 men played leading roles in
first crashing the economy, and then stealing trillions in taxpayer
funds. Some of them are now calling the shots and running the government
to insure that their obscene profits keep pouring into their coffers.

Know Our Enemies, EHMs – Meet The Wall Street Economic Death Squad:

Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Robert Rubin, Larry
Summers, Alan Greenspan, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, John Mack, Vikram
Pandit, John Thain, Hank Greenberg, Ken Lewis.

These men ‘presided over the largest transfer of wealth in
history, from the working class to the flamboyant super rich.’ What
these men have done is obscene. After crashing the economy, trillions,
literally trillions of dollars have been funneled into the pockets of a
select few, in secrecy, while billions of people suffer in poverty,
billions suffer to survive. This small tight-knit Wall Street cadre has
committed a crime against humanity.”

Ralph J. Dolan, writing on Dissident Voice, declares, “Bring the Tyrants Down!”

“… while we’re observing these historic events in Egypt we might
take a lesson in justice. We might come to our senses and freeze the
assets of Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Vikram Pandit of Citigroup,
Brian Moynihan of Bank of America, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase and
John Strumpf of Wells Fargo – for starters. Then we could go after the
other major players in orchestrating the financial meltdown – Timothy
Geithner, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Lawrence Summers, Robert Rubin,
Alan Greenspan, etc.

These guys who waltz away with billions in profits while they
create misery and dislocation for many millions of struggling working
people are beneath contempt….

We seem ready to kneel at the feet and kiss the hands of those who would rob us blind.

Enough! Let us bring these tyrants down!”

If Egyptians can seize the assets of a dictator like Mubarak, why can’t we seize the assets of Jamie Dimon and Llyod Blankfein?

A new report from Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone harshly sums up Banana Republic USA:

“A former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his
beer. ‘Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,’ he said.
‘That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write
the rest of it. Just write that.’ I put down my notebook. ‘Just that?’
‘That’s right,’ he said. ‘Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to
jail. You can end the piece right there.’

Not a single executive who ran the companies that cooked up and
cashed in on the phony financial boom — an industrywide scam that
involved the mass sale of mismarked, fraudulent mortgage-backed
securities — has ever been convicted. Their names by now are familiar to
even the most casual Middle American news consumer: companies like AIG,
Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and
Morgan Stanley. Most of these firms were directly involved in elaborate
fraud and theft.”

Once again, veteran financial journalist Paul B. Farrell hits the
nail on the head. Writing for Market Watch, Farrell doesn’t pull any
punches in summing up what needs to be done, and it can’t be said

Fed Dictator Bernanke Needs To Be Toppled

Join The Movement“Fed boss Ben Bernanke is the most dangerous
human on earth, far more dangerous than Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 30-year
dictator, ever was. Bernanke rules a monetary dictatorship… But this
reign of economic terror will end. Just as Mubarak was blind to the
economic needs of the masses and democratic reforms, Bernanke is blind
to the easy-money legacy that’s set the stage for revolution, turning
the rich into super rich while the middle class stagnates and peanuts
trickle down to the poor.”

You can’t sentence the overwhelming majority of the population to
slow death through economic policy and expect to get away with it.

While one-tenth of one percent of the population rolls around in
obscene wealth, they may want to take a look outside of their groupthink
short-sighted delusional perspective and notice the outside world. You
cannot ignore the suffering of the masses. They will show up at your
doorstep next.

I hear footsteps…

XVIII :: 99.9% Vs. 0.1%

Egypt exposed the power that the people have. One million Egyptians
proved that you can shut down a powerful regime through a mass
demonstration of non-violent force. Here in the US, according to public
opinion polls, 75-80% of the population believes the government doesn’t
have the consent of the governed.

The mainstream media leaves Americans feeling isolated and powerless
to create change, but in reality, average Americans have all the power
that they need to end the economic suffering and injustices that they
endure. The overwhelming majority of people feel powerless to create
change, if they would just realize that they are the overwhelming
majority, we would have the change we so desperately need.

As I’ve written in the past:

“To those Americans who feel powerless to change things, I say
that your feelings are only a result of your induced delusion. You have
become so propagandized that you do not even understand the significant
position that you are in…. We are still a mass of people who have the
power to change the course of history…. we are 99.9% of the US
population, and they are only 0.1%.

If we fight, we win!”

The people of Tunisia and Egypt has shown us the way. People are
rising up throughout the world against the exact same people who looted
America. The economic central planners that have launched an economic
war on Americans, are also plundering the rest of the global economy
with devastating consequences for 99.9 percent of the global population.

As John Pilger points out:

The Egyptian Revolt Is Coming Home

“The uprising in Egypt is our theatre of the possible. It is
what people across the world have struggled for and their thought
controllers have feared…. Across the world, public awareness is rising
and bypassing them. In Washington and London, the regimes are fragile
and barely democratic. Having long burned down societies abroad, they
are now doing something similar at home, with lies and without a
mandate. To their victims, the resistance in Cairo’s Liberation Square
must seem an inspiration.”

We are, as fate has it, the most power group of people on the
planet. The sooner a critical mass can understand this, and the urgency
of the moment, the better chance we have of solving this crisis through
non-violent means. When the aware but passive realize that they too will
face increasingly harsh consequences, that’s when we will have a chance
to fix things. Until then, the hole gets deeper by the day.

As nations continue to fall to internal revolt, the more covert and
militaristic elements of power will move to the fore. In a world of
collapsing economies, limited resources and extreme weather, it appears
we are on a road to worldwide war. As the people of Egypt have
demonstrated, the non-violent movement has to assert itself before the
situation gets so dire that outbreaks of violence will be commonplace,
thus insuring a further, much harsher crackdown, police state and
Neo-Feudal economic order.

As Chris Hedges makes clear:

“The longer we believe in the fiction that we are included in
the corporate power structure, the more easily corporations pillage the
country without the threat of rebellion….

No system of total control, including corporate control,
exhibits its extreme forms at the beginning. These forms expand as they
fail to encounter resistance….

All centralized power, once restraints and regulations are
abolished, once it is no longer accountable to citizens, knows no limit
to internal and external plunder. The corporate state, which has
emasculated our government, is creating a new form of feudalism, a world
of masters and serfs.”

If we do not stand and rebel now, devastating consequences are sure
to drastically lower our living standards within the near future. If we
rise, people across the globe will continue to rise.

“We must conclude that a changeover is imminent and ineluctable in
the co-opted cast who serve the interests of domination, and above all
manage the protection of that domination. In such an affair, innovation
will surely not be displayed [in the mainstream media]. It appears
instead like lightening, which we only know when it strikes.”

– Guy DeBord

When revolution returns to America, the point won’t be to take down a
figure head puppet politician like Mubarak or Obama, mere public
relations moves will not suffice. We will take down the system behind
them. We will take down the global banks, break them up, end the
campaign finance racket, end closed-door lobbying, end the system of
political bribery, end the two-party oligarchy, remove puppet judges who
voted for unlimited spending by private economic elites, end corporate
welfare and the various financial rackets which loot national wealth at
the expense of the people.

“All countries are basically social arrangements, accommodations to
changing circumstances. No matter how permanent and even sacred they may
seem at any one time,

in fact they are all artificial and temporary.”

– Strobe Talbott

We must enact common sense polices to deter organized corruption.
The devil is always in the details, so rain RICO laws down upon them.

They shall reap what they sow.

Their day of reckoning is fast approaching.

Thomas Jefferson was correct when he said, “I believe that banking
institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

As Jefferson rightfully declared, “Every generation needs a new revolution.”

Great ready… here it comes.

As a wise man once said,

“Rise like Lions after slumber

In unvanquishable number

Shake your chains

to earth like dew

Which in sleep

had fallen on you

Ye are many

they are few”

Join The Movement

We will not let our families continue their descent into debt slavery.

We will not leave our children to toil in a Neo-Feudal society.

We will not be on the wrong side of history.

A global uprising has begun.

Join the Movement.

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  • Don't let em' win 2011/03/02 11:24:55
  • WannaBe... Don't l... 2011/03/02 13:28:47
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Ah, Camp FEMA... the indoc, the razor wire, the gas chambers.
  • jajanet 2011/02/27 13:51:13
  • jajanet 2011/02/26 17:48:10
    This an excellent piece Wanna. What a read! This summer is gonna be the tipping point. I predict the Royal Wedding will be the media distraction. And of course energy black outs and regional Internet outages will be blamed on solar flares and energy crashes all designed to keep us from communicating and seeing what is going on in different regions of the country. We will only hear about the incidences which advance the agenda of further eroding our liberties. The website is great. I think I am gonna sign up. I am sure that will put me on another list. Lets just hope it is not the SHORT LIST.
  • WannaBe... jajanet 2011/02/26 20:24:54
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Remember the 10 districts.
  • jajanet WannaBe... 2011/02/26 23:34:46 (edited)
    yes and when are they meeting next? it would be interesting to be a fly on the wall

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm we need a mole in there. maybe it is conveining at BOHEMIAM GROVE you know after the blood scarafice or the ritual of getting their dyck sucked by a demom lol BUT I DIGRESS

    you are talking about the 10 Gov. state thing right???

    for the newbees I surely sound insane lolol
  • WannaBe... jajanet 2011/02/27 08:23:12
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Yeah, the Counsel of Governors I believe it's called.
  • jajanet WannaBe... 2011/02/27 12:07:57


    just another day.
  • jajanet jajanet 2011/02/27 12:09:04
    and who are these regional dictators anyways? is there a list of names somewhere?
  • WannaBe... jajanet 2011/02/27 14:39:59
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Role Name State Party FEMA Region
    Executive Director --- --- --- ---
    Co-Chair James Douglas Vermont Republican Region I
    Co-Chair Chris Gregoire Washington Democrat Region X
    Member Luis Fortuño Puerto Rico NPP/Republican Region II
    Member Robert McDonnell Virginia Republican Region III
    Member Martin O'Malley Maryland Democrat Region III
    Member Beverly Perdue North Carolina Democrat Region IV
    Member Brad Henry Oklahoma Democrat Region VI
    Member Jay Nixon Missouri Democrat Region VII
    Member Michael Rounds South Dakota Republican Region VIII
    Member Janice Brewer Arizona Republican Region IX
    Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Federal --- ---
    Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Federal --- ---
    Asst to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan Federal --- ---
    Asst to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett Federal --- ---
    Asst Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs Paul N. Stockton Federal --- ---
    USNORTHCOM Commander Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. Federal --- ---
    Commandant US Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. Federal --- ---
    Chief National Guard Bureau Craig R. McKinley Federal --- ---
  • jajanet WannaBe... 2011/02/27 16:08:08 (edited)
    wow what a nice mix of DEMOCRATES AND REPUBLICANS all willing to work together on our enslavement.


    see they can work and play well together ...JUST NOT TO CREATE JOBS or solve and pressing economic problems like home foreclosures.

    play create jobs solve pressing economic problems home foreclosures political party
  • WannaBe... jajanet 2011/02/27 16:37:57
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Bingo. Both "parties" walking merrily hand in hand.
  • jajanet WannaBe... 2011/02/27 16:55:13
    AND they got some balls to have their names published too.

  • Don't l... WannaBe... 2011/03/02 03:07:47
    Don't let em' win
    Yep, these are the "new" enemy. Puppet dictasters for a puppet government.
  • Don't l... WannaBe... 2011/03/02 11:22:37
  • Don't l... jajanet 2011/03/02 11:23:25
  • Don't l... WannaBe... 2011/03/02 04:18:44
  • Drew~PWCM~JLA~ 2011/02/26 05:03:51
  • WannaBe... Drew~PW... 2011/02/26 15:26:32
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    It's starting to roll. Personally, not really looking forward to it, as it's gonna be nasty beyond all belief... but, it's gotta be done.
  • jajanet WannaBe... 2011/02/26 18:16:44
    I am think'n you'll not have to go look'n for this they will be kicking your door down.

    Hope you have your companions close at hand. ;)

    was it Caesar who said..."Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer"? Well times have changed some since then Keep your BFF AT YOUR SIDE AT ALL TIMES.
  • jajanet WannaBe... 2011/02/26 23:42:12 (edited)
    I saw a Black man walking down the street today carrying a MUSKET ...it looked like it was 6 feet long I am sure it was just a prop but ... it was a hoot to see. OR maybe it was a really big sewer plunger either way it made an impression lolol I swear folks are getting weirder by the day. I just wanted to buy some gas and go about my day and here comes this guy with what appeared to be a MUSKET. I LOVE IT... I laughed myself into tears. It is one of those visuals i will never forget. lol
  • Drew~PW... WannaBe... 2011/02/28 19:00:18
  • WannaBe... Drew~PW... 2011/03/01 11:23:55
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Good analogy. That's exactly what it will be.
  • Drew~PW... WannaBe... 2011/03/01 19:49:18
    Chin up my friend. We have too much work to do! >:)
  • WannaBe... Drew~PW... 2011/03/01 21:06:07
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Work, I am accustom to, actually
  • Drew~PW... WannaBe... 2011/03/01 21:16:01
    Never thought different. ;)
  • Don't l... WannaBe... 2011/03/02 03:10:50
    Don't let em' win
    I am looking forward to it. I'm a "get the job done" kind of guy. We are going to have no peace until it is done.
  • jajanet Drew~PW... 2011/02/26 17:53:24
    when the government fires the first shot IT IS OVER. There are plenty of us that remember Kent State. ONLY THIS TIME... we will fire back Not tRying to encourage anybody just stating the facts. What those in power have not conculded is that THIS TIME WE ARE WELL PREPARED and are in full knowledge of the ALL OR NOTHING END GAME
  • jajanet 2011/02/26 00:00:30 (edited)
  • jajanet 2011/02/25 15:06:44 (edited)
    I am highly distracted right now at work.BUT THIS WEEKEND it is on. I will read every word of this. As I scanned it it looks like a real education I am glad you found it and will go to the website more often. After I read it I will most likely be passing it on to my contacts.

    Thank you as always you are warrior for freedom. We can not know who to fight this beast if we do not know what it is and the forms it takes. THIS BYTCH IS A TRUE SHAPESHIFTER indeed.
  • irish 2011/02/25 13:52:27
    i read this the other day! excellent!
  • WannaBe... irish 2011/02/25 14:22:13
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    I didn't even know this site was up... damn it!
  • irish WannaBe... 2011/02/25 14:23:36
    i read it on another site!
  • WannaBe... irish 2011/02/25 14:30:33
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    I actually found it on SH Groupies, stole it and brought it out for all to read and digest.
  • irish WannaBe... 2011/02/25 14:35:21
    LOL LOL well done!
  • WannaBe... irish 2011/02/25 14:42:49
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    ka CHING!
  • irish WannaBe... 2011/02/25 14:45:13
    LOL LOL check out my short videos i put up today from mark fiore's site. a good laugh and some truth in them!LOL
  • WannaBe... irish 2011/02/26 15:24:49
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Will do. ;-)
  • irish WannaBe... 2011/02/26 15:26:55
    great! i put up a bunch yesterday and do read my article on humantarian war vs humanity. if you get the chance!:)

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