[I don't know where I'll be in two months' time, so instead of waiting to post this essay until then, I offer it now. I've written it in the form of a sermon, and if you resonate with its themes of peace and justice, I encourage you to share it with your fellow congregation members. America has needed its own Confessing Church for quite some time, and in some ways, it seems even more appropriate for me to post this today, the start of the Columbus Day weekend, when many indigenous people are celebrating Abya Yala, rather than wait until December 2nd. We would do well to remember that imperialistic conquerors run over everyone in their way as they procure their conquests.]
You Are Not Free
A Sermon on the 9th Anniversary of the Assassination of Vermont Peace Activist
Robert “Woody” Woodward
December 2, 2010
Former Nazi prisoner and Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemöller, said about his experience as a political prisoner in his post-war lectures, The Work of Germany’s Pastors’ Emergency League During WWII: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”
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II Kings 20:14-19
"Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, 'What said these men? And from whence came they unto thee?' And Hezekiah said, 'They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.' And he said, 'What have they seen in they house?' And Hezekiah answered, 'All the things are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among any treasures that I have not shewed them.' And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, 'Hear the word of the Lord. Behold, the days come, that all that is in thing house, and that which they fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left,' saith the Lord. And of they sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shall beget, shall they take away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, 'Good is the word of the Lord which thou has spoken.' And he said, 'Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?'"
If strangers openly covet your treasures, you can be sure they will take them away from you and make you slaves, and peace and truth will not be in your days. You will become their slaves.
Malcolm X (for Dudley Randall)
By Gwendolyn Brooks
He had the hawk-man's eyes.
We gasped. We saw the maleness.
The maleness taking out and making guteral the air
And pushing us to walls.
And in a soft and fundamental hour
A sorcery devout and vertical
Beguiled the world.
He opened us -
Who was a key,
Who was a man."
Our secret police who murder our prophets, such as Robert 'Woody' Woodward, in our very churches is not the only reason why we will never have another Malcolm X, and quite possibly, no more Dudley Randalls. The deliberate reprogramming of human beings in America to be brutes enviable by even the Nazis, who despised as weak those who lived ethically and by the equal application of religious, civil and human rights laws, is the reason no other American will ever again be able to open us and our eyes and push us to walls to get us to resist our fascist leaders, not even in this fundamental hour. Because you are not free.
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On a sunny but chilly Sunday morning in December of 2001 a Unitarian-Universalist congregation sat anxiously in the All Souls Church in Brattleboro, Vermont. The service was set to begin in mere minutes, but instead of the usual somber moments that precede the Sunday liturgy, a couple dozen members of the church that December 2nd morning were witnessing the horrifying pleas for help and last moments of 37 year-old peace activist, Robert Woodward.
Woodward had gone to the church that morning because, according to him and to those of his neighbors above whom Woodward lived in Bellows Falls that were later interviewed, he had been interrogated and threatened by FBI agents the previous evening. He was terrified they would carry out the threats they had made against him imminently, and he was looking for sanctuary. Woodward knew the Unitarian-Universalist church had harbored refugees fleeing the U.S.-backed civil wars in Central America in the 1980s. He thought he could count on them for help. Help is not what he found that morning.
By many witnesses’ accounts that morning Woodward was in distress. He spoke to the congregation from the altar about the threats he was receiving. Purportedly, he said they had been provoked by the activism in which he was engaged -- particularly, his discovery of scandals having to do with the environmental movement; my guess is that he was well aware that the Bill of Rights had already been scuttled and that covert war was very much being waged against legitimate activists such as himself, as it always has been, apparently, as evidenced by declassified government documents. He threatened at one point to gouge out his eye with a paring knife he had brought with him. At no time did he threaten anyone else, and when someone asked him to put his knife away, noting that he was scaring some members of the congregation, he did so forthwith, and apologized. He begged the congregation for asylum and emphatically asked that the police not be called, assuring those congregants who had not vacated the church that he would be killed if they were. The congregation’s president, Charles Butterfield, told journalist Keith Harmon Snow that when he placed the call to police that alerted them to Woodward’s desperate situation he stressed they not come armed because Woodward was fearful of them, and Butterfield did not want the situation to escalate to a point where Woodward would harm himself.
Nine years later no one is any more certain why those simple requests were not heeded, nor why less-than-lethal weaponry (which had been given to every law enforcement agency across the nation by Attorney General Janet Reno’s Justice Department in 1996) had not been used to subdue Woodward, than they were in the days following what became that morning Woodward’s assassination. Butterfield had assured the police Woodward was not threatening anyone other than himself and had ceased threatening his own person by the time he called for their assistance. That did not prevent the police from shooting Woodward several times as he sat on the altar steps, unarmed, and then later, as he lay unarmed and face-down on the church floor, in his back at least once. In fact, Woodward had been in such a compliant and non-threatening attitude when police arrived that they had to ask which of the people in the front of the church was Woodward. And no one is certain why it took ambulance drivers more than twenty minutes to reach Woodward after he was first shot; why police refused to allow a congregation member, who was a nurse, to attend to Woodward’s wounds while they waited for the ambulance; nor why it took the ambulance more than a half hour to complete a four-minute drive to the nearest hospital.
Today, Woodward’s family dutifully tends a flagging civil case against Brattleboro police, whom Vermont’s attorney general exonerated, which has languished in supreme court appeals after failing at the state level. Before I get into some facts that may offer insight into why the blatant assassination of another American political dissident has not – nor ever will – receive justice I want to remind you of what Pastor Martin Niemöller said because it’s important to remember that in a military dictatorship which is operating a police state no one is safe. Niemöller was someone who, by his own admission, complacently delivered the same old predictable homilies to his congregation each Sunday – someone who never said a peep about Hitler, or the Nazis, to his congregation until von Hindenberg essentially crowned Hitler king when he made Hitler chancellor in 1933. Although a compatriot of Dietrich Bonhoeffor’s, Niemöller was not the scholar that Bonhoeffer was, and he would be the first person to tell you that in his post-war lectures – right before he would tell you about the surrealistic state in which Germans lived under the Nazis, practically pleading with his audiences to pay attention to the signs given by the dictators who will inevitably rise up in corrupt governments. He knew what he was talking about. No government was more corrupt than the Versailles Agreement-resentful Reichstag; the Reichstag bank chief, Hjalmar Schacht, even resigned in 1938, saying the bank was run by criminals. When the Nazis passed the Aryan paragraph, making it impossible for any person not of (allegedly) pure German descent to work in public offices, Niemöller helped found the Pastors' Emergency League to aid refugees then fleeing the country, most of which were Jews. In this capacity, he became a confidant of Bonhoeffer's and a supporter of the Confessing Church, the group of church leaders who refused to swear allegiance to Adolf Hitler and the newly concocted Reichskirsche. Soon, this one-time Nazi supporter - who went so far as to send congratulations to Hitler when he became Chancellor - found himself denouncing the police state which the Gestapo had created, even taunting officers who dared attend his services to spy on his opposition activities, such as taking up collections for the outlawed Confessing Church pastors, until he, too, became their prisoner. One day, Niemöller was a respected clergyman and the next, he was in jail. In fact, it wasn’t at the end of the war, or one prison, that Niemöller was incarcerated; it was fully 8 years and more than 3 prisons and work camps that Niemöller experienced Nazi persecution. That’s right – he, too, was made a slave of the Nazis. And why? Because he had a vocation that would predispose him to care about fighting fascists, which he came to believe was the greatest mission of his life's work.
Everywhere for at least fully 30 years we’ve seen the dissolution of shared, pubic government and the encroachment of fascism into our society: our popular culture, where an inhumane, animalistic, men-must-be-ruled vision of humanity is represented in TV programs such as Big Brother, Survivor, Bully Beat Down, Gangland, Cops and even Wife Swap; our politics, where we’ve been deluded into believing the threat to the good guys has been merely from neocons, or “Libertarianism,” or “Tea Party” candidates despite the fact presidents of both parties occupying the White House have passed secret laws stripping first amendment rights from every American, making our government an instrument of its demise; our religious institutions, which may now arrest members of their congregations and pursue without hindrance aggressive missionary work while the average unchurched, law-abiding American is persecuted with covert warfare; our sacred family and friendship bonds, which are routinely undermined by agents waging that covert war; even our individual lives, bodies, and minds, where much of that covert warfare is now waged. The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Paperback Edition, defines fascism as, “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.” Our Congress has been overtly fascist for decades, but today, we’re told the sudden and explosive popularity of the Tea Party is due to the fact conservatives are not just disappointed but disgusted with the neocons and Republicans – for not being ‘right’ enough. This sermon would go on for weeks if I were to list even just a few particular of the many examples I could here of fascism, such as the TARP bailouts, but since we’re talking about the police state today, I’ll give just two or three other examples of it, of which you may not be aware. The first happened just last August 29th in Seattle, and I mention it because I want you to see it as not the bellwether that Woody Woodward’s murder was but the natural culmination of the degradation of a civil society in which none of us has any first amendment rights, let alone, human rights.
On that day, Ditidaht First Nations of Canada’s Vancouver Island (Nuu-chah-nulth) master wood carver John T. Williams was busy carving between Eastlake and Pike Street Market in downtown Seattle. Two-year veteran police officer Ian D. Birk parked his patrol car near Williams, got out, issued commands at Williams and then opened fire on him, striking Williams multiple times and killing him. The entire incident took less than a minute, was partially recorded on the patrol car’s video surveillance camera that has not been released to the public, and, of course, is recounted by witnesses of the event differently according to who is giving it: the police say alternately that Williams was shot while carving on a ledge when Birk mistook him for someone with whom he had to be concerned, or that he was walking across the street with his carving knife unsheathed in a threatening manner, but always that Williams was a miscreant and alcoholic deviant who failed to acknowledge Birk’s orders (whatever they may have been). Bystanders say Williams was at work as usual, crouched in a non-threatening position because he was riddled with arthritis. The entire community gathered September 3 to honor Williams, who was well-known in the Pike Street Market as a vendor of his carvings, which have sold at galleries in the northwest as well. The native community was naturally outraged that a man they knew universally as a kind and gentle one and a brilliant artist died for absolutely no reason at all and contend – not unjustifiably – that anyone who lived in the community any amount of time – particularly, an officer of the law – should have known that carving knives are neither illegal for Seattleans, nor socially unacceptable for natives.
What I’d like you to think about today is how Woodward’s and Williams’ deaths are related. In the first instance, a known target of our government’s secret military was slain in cold blood. In the second instance, a member of a much beleaguered group that, as we know from the federal police state run on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s – which falsely imprisoned Leonard Peltier and murdered Anna Mae Aquash – may also have been a target of our government’s secret military was slain in cold blood. The only seeming difference in each case is time: in 2001, it took our secret military slightly more than half a day to murder Woodward; in 2010, it took less than a minute to murder Williams. In the intervening years, we’ve heard over and over again of youth and immigrants who’ve been subjected to what is colloquially – and I would suggest to you, wrongly – called “police brutality:” an honor student of Puerto Rican descent in New York City is gunned down by police in a raid on what turned out to be a police informant’s apartment when he wasn’t there, after being lured there with his cousin, a street dealer, and when the young man’s mother asks for answers from then Mayor Rudy Guiliani on a local radio program not about her son’s murder, but about the cover-up that was carried out on the Citizens’ Investigation Review Board by the police department, he insults the woman and implies she’s a terrible mother to have raised a criminal. And there are more connections we can make among the many examples of the police state in which we all now live.
Both Abner Louimah and Amadou Diallo are too well-recognized and similar cases of persecution by the same New York City police force, but are you aware that echoes of Rodney King’s beating are being heard today? On September 5th, Manuel Jaminez Xum, another indigenous person from Xexac, Guatemala – who was a husband, father and hard-working itinerant worker – was murdered by the same division of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Rampart division, which beat Rodney King. Riots in Watts in 1967 were everywhere on the evening news, all across our nation, but I challenge anyone here today to tell me where they were when they saw the 2-day riots in Pico Union, west L.A., after news of Jaminez Xum's murder became known. Can't remember? I'm not surprised. These riots weren't covered by the mass media. But they were covered by Copwatchla.org, which notes that the people who live in this community come from a first-hand experience of revolution and civil war; they were forced to migrate here because of U.S. imperialism and what it has done to their homelands. Is Stephen Colbert testifying to that sad, but obvious, fact to Congress? We could go back much further in our history to find the genesis of the American police state, back to the murders of civil rights workers who registered voters in the south and were killed for doing so – as we now know from declassified FBI documents, by right-wing extremists under the purview of the FBI. I would suggest to you that we have been negligent in our civic duties since we haven’t. We’ve all been sunshine patriots. We have allowed this police state to accrete so that it is now no longer barely visible, but so ubiquitous incidences of it have to be suppressed by the mass media, as Woodward’s, Williams’ and Jaminez Xum’s horrific murders have been. This is not without precedent. The vast majority of Chinese youth younger than 30 years of age today (and most of those who are older as well) have no idea what occurred in Tiananmen Square in June of 1989. Those who admit to knowing, refuse to talk about the repressive socialist regime that pro-democracy activists in the thousands were gunned down trying to protest. Civil socity is clearly uncivilized today. We must ask ourselves, ‘why?’
Here’s something else to consider. Unlike Woodward, neither Williams nor Jaminez Xum (nor King) fit the most common profile of people we’ve come to expect will be brutalized and murdered by agents of our police state: African-American, or immigrant, or minority civil right activists. That’s key. Williams was a middle-aged and disabled homeless artist battling alcohol addiction. Jaminez Xum was a migrant laborer whose concept of territorial integrity was likely based on his cultural, if not spiritual, identity. King was a working man who was just doing his job. While all men were members of groups traditionally persecuted by uncivilized members – even, groups – of our fellow citizens, their assaults and murders represent a zenith of brutality against productive, law-abiding people that civil society cannot sustain; none was the type of citizen that George W. Bush declared an “enemy combatant” of the United States in 2003, the political dissident. They were all peaceful, honorable men whose assaults and murders are sensible only to those in control of our country, who see anyone other than imperialistic-minded social Darwinists as less than human in the same way that the Nazis categorized 16 different types of people as “undesirable” and undeserving not merely of citizenship but also of life. You don’t even have to be a political activist, or member of a minority group that is fighting for rights which are unlawfully denied you any more to be a target of this once small cadre within the United States government that has now become its most dominant operational unit, the military. All you have to be is alive and hated by members of this police state to be one of their targets. Sound familiar?
[1/25/11: I've only just learned about the savage murder of nine year-old Brisenia Flores, who was shot at point-blank range in the head while begging for her life after watching her father be murdered. The self-confessed vigilante who committed this heinous act of cowardice, Shawna Forde, goes on trial this week for the May 30, 2009, slaughter near Tucson and many are asking whether the murder of this nine year-old will receive the same attention that Christine Taylor Green's despicable murder received this last month. My guess is that since it didn't a year-and-a-half-ago, it won't now, not least of which because the murder of brown-skinned people on the border that have been wrongly targeted as drug traffickers, as Brisenia's family had been, is part of the military's covert war which makes the targeting of innocents for liquidation - even U.S. citizens, as the Flores' were - seem plausibly justified, though, as we know, our war "on" drugs has actually been a war "for" drug traffickers, whose industry is just another money-making endeavor that must be protected by the fascists in control of our government. And that's why the founder of the Minutemen vigilante group, Jim Gilchrist, with whom Shawna Forde had much contact across the nation in what she described as the "fun" pastime of 'border wars,' has defended child murderer Shawna Forde as 'innocent until proven guilty,' despite Ms. Forde's admission of guilt.]
[3/5/11: Here is yet another story from Arizona about the heinous execution of a troubled Latino youth by (what else?) a police officer.]
So here are some facts about the evolution of our police state of which I doubt the Woodward, Williams and Jaminez Xum families are aware. The native community is much more familiar with the military policies and practices of persecution by this government, though through much of their history in this “country,” those policies were illegal. I was shocked to discover they are no longer, and shocked to discover them at all since I had been what anyone (certainly, minions of the military) would describe as a nascent activist of the so-called “peace and justice” movement that opposed the U.S.-backed wars in Central America, and then the invasion, occupation and colonization of Iraq, but I never heard Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, or Naomi Wolf say anything about these things. Wolf never made the following information available to readers of her 2007 The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, though they’ve been available for as much as 30 years and Robert Woodward was assassinated less than 50 miles from her publisher’s office.
1. Robert Woodward’s assassination was a military operation. Local police – all local police – have been given the technology to wage covert warfare against otherwise law-abiding citizens by direct order of successive Commanders-in-Chief, including Bill Clinton, since Ronald Reagan was in office. These covert forces followed Woodward, impeded his life, threatened him and ultimately killed him, as they said they would.
In 1981, then Commander-in-Chief Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12333 granting all branches of the military the use of CIA-developed technologies, including the various PSYOP technologies such as COINTELPRO and MK-Ultra, that were used illegally against anti-war activists in the 1960s. (If you don’t know what PSYOP, COINTELPRO and MK-Ultra are, you can wiki them.) Today, included in the U.S. arsenal of covert weapons are microwave and ultra-audio technology, both of which deprive individuals of private association by depriving them of private thought and private speech. You can see descriptions of patents for and demonstrations of some these technologies at artificialtelepathy.blogspot.com. He also gave them the ability to use these technologies anywhere in the world, including right here, in America.
Another thing Commander-in-Chief Ronald Reagan did with E.O. 12333 is to make covert war against U.S. activists a permanent feature of American domestic policy by making it legal for the CIA and the FBI – and anyone directed by, or working with, them – to infiltrate “for the purposes of influencing the activity of” your local political action group, be it CISPES, the ACLU, or your church. As you can see, long before Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush created The Patriot Act, Homeland Security and the TSA, your ability to think and act freely was taken away from you by Commander-in-Chief Ronald Reagan, in whose cabinet Bush’s father was, as we all know, the head of the CIA. (Homeland Security and the TSA are just a chimera created to make you believe, if you ever have reason to suspect that your liberty has been taken from you, that they were taken from you only recently, by the creation of these agencies, so that you won’t revolt and demand all of the constitutionally undermining directives such as E.O. 12333 be abolished but instead will simply settle for the abolition of the Homeland Security and the TSA – once the “War on Terror” is over, of course, whenever that may be).
2. In 1993, Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, began a “study” that former Commander-in-Chief George H.W. Bush had proposed to evaluate the feasibility of distributing to every local law enforcement agency across the nation so-called less-than-lethal weapons – more covert weapons – developed by the CIA and FBI, such as pepper spray guns and, as we’ve seen, microwave and ultra-audio. We all remember the tragic case of Emerson College student Victoria Snellgrove, who was shot in the eye and killed by one such gun while celebrating the Red Sox’s 2004 pennant victory. But many people don’t know that the “Dazzler” microwave gun – rarely mentioned in the context of covert warfare and always described as in use in far-away regions of conflict, such as Iraq – is used right here, in our cities, according to victims flocking for help and community to websites such as torturedinamerica.org. By 1996, the program was fully operational.
3. In 1994, Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton created the Joint Forces (www.jfcom.mil/about/about1.htm) – Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard battalions that occupy our America, making redundant our reserve forces (so they can be deployed to our imperialistic endeavors elsewhere around the globe). He justified it, along with his AG’s distribution of the CIA/FBI less-than-lethal weaponry, because of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Clinton justified the creation of the ultimate fascist organization in America, Infra-gard, in which employers working with the not-so-secret secret agencies of our military dictatorship can either recruit or persecute their employees using all of the “black box” tricks at the disposal of those agencies: home invasion, PSYOP, less-than-lethal weaponry and other electronics that disrupt communications, some of which can be seen on the revenge page of the website, spymall.com. This arsenal also includes bioweapons as well.
Now don’t forget – Joint Forces now has all the stealth weaponry and mind control technology the CIA developed back when their research to develop and use it was illegal, in the 1950s. There are those of you who probably remember the Rockefeller/Church hearings that Sen. Kennedy called for in 1974 to investigate these abuses, and perhaps even the sanitized 1976 report by the Rockefeller/Church commission that seems to have had little practical effect in curbing the abuses of our secret government agencies and our military. I mentioned Naomi Wolf’s 2007 The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, which contains disclosure of none of these things. That’s because Wolf appears to be another type of covert weapon our government has been using against its citizens for quite some time as well – a particular type of propagandist known as a disinformation specialist, which is why she’s given prominent airtime on programs such as The Colbert Report and Brian Glick, NYU professor, attorney and author of 1989’s War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It, from which I’ve taken this information, is not. Work such as that Wolf appears to do is why much, if not all, of what I am telling you is not known to the general public, and that is why you are not free.
4. There have been other military operations in UU churches before and since Woodward’s assassination. I was at a Unitarian-Universalist church a few months ago attending a meeting -- "conversations" -- after the Sunday service at which was discussed a "new" way to "dialogue" with others. The minister was instructing the monthly meeting attendees on taking turns saying what was on their minds and then relinquishing the floor. Then the next person who wanted to say something took his/her turn, either responding, or not, and so on. So, effectively, no actual dialogue was taking place, and those who had thoughtful, passionate views on relevant anti-social issues were silenced. Anyone familiar with the function of propaganda knows that it is intended to “stop” thought, as this “new” form of “dialogue” does. This was in the context of learning how to be an "open, more tolerant" congregation in which those who chose not to discuss important community, social, political and ethical issues were accorded the right not to participate in this "community" -- but were nevertheless given the power to influence this community’s actions and inaction. The last person who spoke was a woman who said (after many people agreed that "conservatives" should be accorded respect for the opinions they take up the public sphere propagating), "I was at a training seminar recently and the trainer said that no matter how much we dislike what a person says, we should practice thinking of two positive things that could be said about that person," and I immediately thought, "Well, Hitler liked dogs and was a vegetarian. But I still don't think he should have been accorded the rights to not just say what he thought, not just live his own personal beliefs in private, but to take control of the entire country right down to its culture and enforce/inflict his eugenics-mad, anti-Semitic, FASCIST beliefs on the world." As she was the last person to speak -- after, in fact, the minister had dismissed the meeting -- I couldn't say anything.
In 1992, I was the target of a PSYOP campaign to separate me from my church and those there who supported me. It took the form of an MK-Ultra program to discredit me and included the use of a bioweapon. More of the details of this ordeal are unnecessary to this sermon, but I will just say that it was the perceptiveness of my beloved minister of ten years at the former First and Second Church in Boston, and dear friend, the Rev. Dr. Rhys Williams, who, unbeknownst to me at the time, saw that I was being maligned and alerted me to the fact that my influence in the community was being undermined – a typical MK-Ultra tactic. Many peculiar things began to happen to me after a woman was brought in as my “aid” in the church school classes I was then teaching – so peculiar, in fact, that I didn’t know how to describe them to anyone and, therefore, never said anything to Rhys about them. But somehow, he was aware that my reputation was being disparaged, and in one final conversation with him, he emphatically told me, “You are being blocked.”
It was 20 full years after Commander-in-Chief Ronald Reagan first created our military dictatorship that Woodward was assassinated, and those of you in positions of leadership here, in this church, and in your many peace and justice groups, who do know how your peace groups and churches have been undermined in that time, or who are in positions to know, may believe that if you collude with the fascists now in control of your government and your organizations that you will be spared their terrorism. I would simply remind you that that is what not just Pastor Niemöller believed at one time, but also, the Rabbinate of Warsaw, who told the Jews for whom they were responsible that they should move into the Nazi’s newly erected Warsaw ghetto, just before cattle car after cattle car arrived to transport nearly all of the law-abiding, productive, ordinary Jewish men, women, elderly, children and infants – excepting those who did not comply with this order and later died in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – to Auschwitz, including that same Rabbinate. Those of you right here, in this church, who aid these fascists and grant them unfettered access to your congregation had better start to think very seriously about in whose interest your are acting, not least because of the fact that being a quisling doesn’t make you safe; it didn’t take Hitler long to dispose of many of the politicians and bureaucrats who had initially been opposed to his chancellorship but then backed him once von Hindenburg appointed him. They were among the first to be sent to the prisons and firing squads. If you think your removal from society is somehow prohibited by any always-difficult-to-enforce and ultimately irrelevant “constitutional right,” while you turn away from those in your community who need your help, you need to acquaint yourselves with the military’s use of the “wall-less” prisons and the social extermination they affect in which you will one day find yourselves because you didn’t act against American fascism when you had the chance. You can do so on the websites, thehiddenevil.com, or multistakingvictims.org (stalking, or cause stalking, or gangstalking is the cover the military uses for this “cell control” battle strategy).
Churches aren’t the only place the secret government has infiltrated; ever wondered why Amnesty International abandoned its no-conflict-of-interest mandate? Now, so-called human rights activists at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International will never work to protect the human and civil rights (whatever are left of them) of the most vulnerable Americans – its political activists. They won’t talk to any American target of the U.S. government, and neither will the ACLU, or National Lawyer’s Guild. They’re not Vietnamese; they have no interest in fighting the Pentagon. They like this fascist government just as it is.
I would be remiss if I did not also mention some of the many beloved pets that our police state has killed: Parrot, a ginger-colored pit bull terrier who, while at a neighborhood festival just this past August in the Adams-Morgan community of Washington, D.C., tussled with a poodle briefly and then, after their encounter had been subdued, was thrown down a cement stairwell and shot by a police officer; JoJo, a feline belonging to the Olsons of Blue Earth County, Minnesota, whose partial remains were found on the couple's stoop after their landlord called Mrs. Olson at work and bragged about smashing the cat's head onto the cement steps, after which the Olsons sought the help of an international animal rights advocacy group, whose Action Alert on behalf of them has been deleted from their database with no explanation subsequent to complaints to the County Prosecutor's office; the three month-old puppy that was shot in front of a crying toddler after FBI stormed the home of a law-abiding – probably, peace activist – family and proceeded to strip search both its owner and his eight-month pregnant wife; many of my own beloved cats, most of which came to me from alleged animal shelters sick with zoonotic diseases, tortured and murdered with bioweapons. You are under siege, people, if these things can happen to a critically ill, part-time church schoolteacher and college student-cum-unemployed, middle-aged woman. You better believe that.
I could say more – much more – about the need for us to get our own house in order, about the importance of our understanding now that “charity” begins at home because our leaders have robbed us of not merely our collective assets today but our collective assets in the future, and we will soon be unable to help ourselves in the inevitable chaos with which they will visit us, as their past practices indicate. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing and armchair quarter-backing since the financial crisis caused by the mortgage-backed securities meltdown in 2008, though it’s all been a lot of bluster when you look at it carefully. The investments made in these risks were done in corrupt ways that have been outlawed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Whether they were profitable or not is beside the point; the SEC consciously looked the other way as these massive gambling schemes took place and then that same government made good those institutions’ losses. That transfer of wealth is fascism! Instead of encouraging you to stock up on bullion as the so-called “Libertarians” have been advising you to do (to drive the price of gold even higher so their wealth increases in the next catastrophe they and their fellow fascists in every political party engineer), and start putting funds aside to support your congregation’s targeted dissidents (both of which you should have been doing for the past three decades anyway), I’d like to leave you with two final thoughts.
For years we’ve heard from people who’ve claimed that their bodies and liberties have been usurped by government agents who have used them in spurious research protocols, such as the atomic-era radiation and Tuskegee Syphilis experiments. Many – if not all – of these people were not believed during their lifetimes, and they were tortured for decades by our government because they weren’t, as we now know from exposés based on declassified government documents, such as Eileen Welsome’s The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War, or James H. Jones’s Bad Blood. If you don’t know the deplorable disposition of the cases of these victims of government bioslavery – which number in the millions and may realistically even include you – then you don’t know critical facts about the way in which every single doctor in this country works to enslave you because your government charges them with the duties of slavers; it has done – and will continue to do – nothing to protect you from its abuses. No bioweapons convention treaty; no improved protections for human research subjects such as those Sen. John Glenn advised Congress to adopt. Certainly, no universal health insurance program that has as its primary goal your health and life’s protection. Nothing. Think about it. Why would they? They need slaves for their programs, and that’s why your alleged health care system – just one of several anti-free-market, price-fixed markets controlled by our government – is a mess. It’s run by fascists, and fascists like slavery. Remember, “Arbeit Macht Frei,” the motto of the heretofore most notorious fascists, which hanged over the gates to Auschwitz? “Work will make you free.” Right. Similar slavery charges have been leveled at other agencies of our military government for decades; it was finally proved our so-called peacekeeping force was running a sexual slavery ring in Bosnia during Clinton’s war there when former Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac blew the whistle on the operation. Her story is told in the new movie, The Whistleblower, which stars Rachel Weisz. Fascists love slavery, people. I can’t say it enough.
Among today’s groups of bioslaves are included groups of people on whom the most pernicious type of freedom-denying weapons imaginable have been researched. They include countless numbers of today's legatees of Pentagon mind control technologies, including victims of electronic harassment used in the covert war being waged by our government.
Defense contractor Ambient Technologies – whose stock consistently outperforms the market even though its purported oligopsony is for one of the smallest markets imaginable – that of the mute, advanced-stage ALS patient – has made nano technology that can be implanted in anyone – anyone having a dental appointment to install caps or a crown, anyone having any type of surgery that requires general anesthesia – which actually reads the minds of those people in whom it is implanted. artificialtelepathy.blogspot.com details – and discloses the patents for – this and other truly heinous “mind control” stealth weaponry technology that cannot possibly have been developed solely to help the relatively few Steven Hawkings of the world. I mention this partly so you will be aware that if someone comes to you one day looking for help and claiming that the government knows what he or she is thinking, they are telling you the truth. Don’t dismiss them, or turn them away, but rather, listen very carefully to what they have to say. They are talking about what can – and does – happen to people like you. Because you are not free. They are today’s prophets. You should also know that the government makes technology to direct our thoughts remotely, through silent sound technology, which even advertisers and retailers now use, all of which is discussed on the previously mentioned website. What better way, after all, is there for the government to know what people are thinking than by directing their thoughts?
The reason I mention this is so you realize that the famous mind control cases for which a tiny fraction of bioslaves, such as Orlikow, sued the federal government – and won – were the bases upon which your military dictatorship has continued to develop these enslaving mind control technologies. What you should understand is that these weapons and technologies are stealth weapons. They are designed to be as undetectable as humanly possible so as to be used in covert warfare. You can’t see the microwave gun that’s pointed through a plaster wall at your head for hours at a time from a neighboring apartment; you only see the effects – burns on your scalp and face so bad you look as though you’ve spent a week in the Caribbean, or have the worst case of jaundice in recorded history, and slowly leaking subcranial bleeds which eventually result in strokes. You can’t hear the directives with which you are being bombarded when you go into a store to buy a certain product, or to not shoplift – or to do any anti-social behavior the handlers of this equipment can dream up to indict and denounce you as a social misfit and criminal, as they do. This isn’t your daddy’s stealth mind control weaponry; this is 21st century, everyone’s-a-potential-Manchurian-candidate mind control stealth weaponry. And how can I say this more plainly? When George W. Bush declared war on you by declaring any one of you an enemy combatant should you dissent against the U.S. imperialistic war his cabal was then about to wage, he made you a slave of the U.S. government by legalizing the use of this technology on you in the U.S.’s covert war against its citizens. When he declared never-ending propaganda war at the creation of his Global Office of Communications (formerly, his wartime communications office), these are merely some of the weapons he gave to his minions to use against you. Back to that other covert weapon, propaganda.
The 9/11 Commission released a report this past September 10th, saying that our government hasn't done enough to curb "home-grown terrorism." The reality is the exact opposite. As you can see, our government assiduously makes of its political dissidents targets for its (now not so secret) secret police by denouncing them as terrorists, often exchanging the term, “terrorist,” for “extremist” to tacitly justify what they do from a legal standpoint, just as they have done for many decades. The warfare they use to persecute, contain and kill those “terrorists” is a HIGHLY DEVELOPED STEALTH type of “covert” warfare. If you want to understand the persecution of America's "undesirables," you can't do it without understanding ALL of America’s covert warfare practices, including propaganda such as this report – because this is the type of war that it has been waging against us for decades. If you choose not to learn about the predominant form of covert warfare being waged right now against your fellow law-abiding Americans, you will continue to be deluded into thinking the time in which we now live isn't as brutal – isn’t as fascist – a time as the time in which, for example, Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived because that’s the purpose of this propaganda – to delude you. Not only are we slaves now denied all our civil (and many of our human) rights (again – once, illegally, but now, legally), we have to suffer the indignity of our existence being denied, when the thousands of us who were thusly persecuted in the '60s, '70s and '80s now number in the millions – and our numbers grow every day. This is what that yearly $75 billion security expenditure is for (and that doesn’t include the $20-something billion in computer/internet security technology). And this fact begs other critical questions – questions that we cannot afford to ignore, or put off answering – such as, why has the sexual slavery trade in America actually broadened since members of our military were found to have been conducting it in a war-torn area of the world? A father tells his story of having to rescue his daughter from sexual slavers who had used their own daughter to help kidnap his after school in Toledo, Ohio, one day, and the police did nothing to help this man – except give him the telephone number of a broker who knew the identity of his daughter’s captors. That’s a scenario we hear more and more about on MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, etc. Sara Kruzan is in prison for life in the bankrupt state of California, with its brand-spanking-new death row, for killing her pimp; she resisted her enslavement the only way she could, since no civil or social institution protected her from sexual slavery, and for it, she’s now a slave of the prison industrial complex. For what has all this advanced weaponry our country has developed that we’ve heard precious little about been created, if our society is actually more – not less – criminal than before and our culture promotes that criminality? How many types of slavery have you been dragooned into? How many minders do you have? How many handlers? Is the external, so-called “Islamo-fascist” threat really as great as we’ve been led to believe it is, or are the real fascists really merely pointing the finger at extremists their own misdeeds have created to justify the closing of America? This is a question we have avoided for far too long answering.
If you care about yourselves, your church community, the future of this country – and the future of humanity – because these fascist practices are unprecedented in history, are being replicated all over the world where the CIA operates, and have terrible consequences for the human species and its humanity – then you will heed my warning. I’m not asking you for your help for myself. I’m not asking you for your help, even, for Robert Woodward, or others of us like him. I am asking you to help yourselves. I don’t know what the answers to these enormous problems are; there are many factors mitigating against a quick, comprehensive and violence-free solution to them. I only know that if we don’t do something about them now, there are plenty of others in the world who will be happy to do the job for us, once they learn of them, and that’s not something any of us wants. We stand a better chance of survival if we attack American fascism head-on, in non-violent direct action, ourselves and commit to the decades- – perhaps even, centuries- – long work of eradicating it. If neither our enemies, nor we, succeed in confronting, fighting and defeating American fascism, humanity will simply be a luxury commodity such as an SUV in the future, and not a right of every individual. Freedom will no longer exist even as a human ideal in the human mind. This isn’t some crazy-ass, hyperbolic, insane plea to get rid of government such as that being proffered by the asinine Tea Party movement, or so-called “Libertarians.” Those ultra-right-wing alleged parties are calculated misdirection to make you believe your government isn’t already everything these people say they stand for. This is a heartfelt plea like Henry David Thoreau’s: “To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, [which is not today] a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? — in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then?” We have to recall and replace every single Congressperson who has given us this unprecedented level of fascism in America – and continue to do so each and every time one of our representatives does not uphold the entire constitution, including the Bill of Rights for each individual citizen, as they are sworn to do.
Rhys wrote in a 1990 sermon entitled, Decisive Battles Behind Closed Doors, “One advantage of having a knowledge of the Bible is that continually you find the current experience within its context. . . . When I speak about the Bible as being pertinent to these times, I find one element missing . . . the prophet.” I think if he were alive today he’d agree that it’s hard to hear what our prophets have to say when they’re being gunned down in our very churches and streets. That’s the reason we have no prophets today – and that’s the reason you are not free.
We Need Our Own Confessing Church, not Churches that Aid The Fascists in Control of OUR Government.
“Listen to me. . . . I don’t want money, or pity.
Elie Wiesel’s Night
[THE ABOVE ESSAY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED OCTOBER 8, 2010. IT IS REPOSTED TODAY SUBSEQUENT TO A MALICIOUS HACK EVEN BLOGGER'S PASSWORD COULDN'T PROTECT.]
[(sigh) Hacked again. :-( ]