I had a dream last night. I dreamed you & I, we three, were all talking to Gandhi.
We asked him how he was able to non-violently overthrow the British govt. in India? We asked him what we could do now?
Gandhi suggested we make demands that go to the economic root of our poverty, oppression and slavery.
Gandhi suggested by giving each worker a 30 hour work week, we could share the necessary work more equally, prevent young people from resorting to crime, and when we win a 30 hour work week,
this would in effect raise taxes on the rich, because, of course, workers would have to be paid enough to pay their mortgage. So pay would have to be the same for 30 hours of work as it was for 40.
That is what Henry Ford did when he shortened the work week, from 60 hours a week, to a 40 hour week, in all his mass assembly plants.
The demand for a 30 hour work week solves many problems.
It creates jobs, creates equality, gives people more free time to educate their kids about science, more free time to engage in running society, more time for democracy.
It was a beautiful dream.
This dream really happened.
If you let me be in your dream, I will let you be in my dream.
100 Unnecessary Deaths.
Here is a new list of people you know, who died way before they
should have, because they did not take 2 grams of mineral ascorbate vitamin C hourly.
Superman. Christopher Reeves died from..... bed sores,
at age 41, because
the most expensive hospital in America refused to give him vitamin C hourly.
Jim Fix. Fix invented the modern marathon running. Yes, he invented
the first Boston Marathon Run & a dozen more. He died at age 43,
due to a simple lack of selenium.
When Comedians Understand Health Truth You Know We Are Making Progress
(Watch This Video: 4 minutes 10 seconds)
Here, Bill Maher ends his show with a hilarious, yet oh-so-true rant about Big Pharma, astutely observing, "If you believe you need all the drugs the pharmaceutical industry says you do -- then you're already on drugs."
Starve a cold.
What group has the highest rate of deaths from AIDS? "Let me just put this in perspective: If AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34 there would be an outraged outcry in this country."-- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the third primary debate between Democratic presidential candidates held at Howard University in Washington, DC, June 28, 2007.
Cracked Barak Obama in response: "I just want to make it clear, I got tested.”, drawing laughter from the black male members of the audience. Black women did not laugh. Why should they? The AIDS joke has been on them for 25 years.
This is more evidence that Obama is insensitive to Black women. He continues to ignore the oppression of Black women. Jokes betray true believes. Obama should have not made a joke of this disease. Why can’t he speak about great ideas? He could have taken the issue to the next level: “AIDS can be cured by selenium”. But no. Instead, Obama exposed that he is not mature. Not educated about science. If someone was to raise this issue with Obama next month, he would still not have a scientific answer, or the facts in his answer.
It takes a woman president to expose this gender slavery. Black women have been raped & murdered into silence by black men for a 1,000 years in America & in Africa. No one dares to talk straight about the facts of rape in the Black community. Especially not Obama. Rape counselors list white men are the main rapists of Black women.
Yet the stats show that 93% of the rapes of Black women was at the hands of black men with AIDS. Most of these rapes happen to Black girls from age 7 to 17. Usually by family members: fathers, brothers, cousins, friends, neighborhood gangs of older black men with syphilis, frequently ex-cons who control the neighborhood drugs & prostitution. The rate of syphilis has gone up 60% in Black girls, 10 million new cases.
Black men commonly rape Black girls, inject them with drugs, force them into addiction and prostitution. Slavery today. Black women who dare report their B/m rapists are commonly killed. Honor killings. Black men hold this 1,000 year old cultural belief that if they have AIDS, the cure for AIDS is to rape virgin Black babies. Black women’s groups have called for the death penalty for black men with AIDS who rape Black babies. (SF Chron 5-5-03). There are no black men writing against rapes of Black women by black men in the Black community.
AIDS is an Acquired Immune nutritional Deficiency of Selenium, hence the word: A.I.D.S.
The cause of AIDS is a diet lacking selenium. In rain forest areas, the rain washes the selenium out of the soil, so there are higher rates of AIDS in wet areas. Dry desert areas, like Senegal, have almost no AIDS.
The cure for AIDS is selenium. If a person with AIDS takes 15 selenium pills daily, (3,000 mcg) that may cure their AIDS. We could cure AIDS in 5 years by giving free selenium to all. Doctors want to keep AIDS spreading, by denying selenium cures AIDS.
Townsend Letter for doctors, 7-00.
People who eat high amounts of foods fried in corn oil have the highest rates of all cancers & AIDS. Kentucky fried death. Is the Colonel killing Black women?
Paul Kangas, Green Party candidate for President.
Whenever I get the first sign of a cold, weakness, I start drinking warm water with 2 grams of vitamin C powder, each hour.
Then I lay down & massage my lymph nodes 3 times a day, for 20 minutes.
I sleep 10 hours each night.
I drink Miso soup.
But most of all, I do not eat any food for 3 days.
Prior to getting a cold, I get a chiropractic adjustment each month.
If I get a cold, I get an adjustment each week. Sometimes each day, until it goes away.
I also wash my eyes with my own perfect eye wash.
I use the same medicine drops down my nose. Yes, that is right, I put drops of my own perfect urine in my eyes & nose & ears to fight a cold.
I also drink all my urine each day, for 4 days, to fight the cold. When you drink like this, you do not experience hunger.
I am joining the Fast for Haiti. I will Fast for 20 days, sitting in front of Sen. Feinsteins home.
Here is how we can commemorate the 4,000 dead in Iraq.
Make a large poster of the number 4,000, with the faces of Pelosi, Cheney & Bush in the zeros.
Put it on the sides of our cars & park them around Pelosi's house each weekend.
Such a car caravan driving around will be noticed.
Pelosi is more responsible for the 4,000 dead children,
Yes, most of them are just children, ages 18 to 27. They are really just children.
They do not know why they died.
No one under 35 should be sent to war.
Plus we string 4,000 Christmas lights in a line & stretch it across Lake Merritt.
At the end of each side, we hang posters that say, Troops home by Christmas.
I have 100 such posters, if anyone wants 10.
That will encourage the troops to go on strike , for a week, over Christmas.
This is a demo that is easy to photo. The media would find it attractive.
Paul Kangas, Vice President, Veterans for Peace
Leonardo de Vinci was proud of the fact that he had no formal education. He was raised free from brain washing.
What Would Really Happen If
The U.S. Withdrew from Iraq?
The conventional wisdom is that Iraq will descend into chaos, the chaos will lead to regional conflict, and the regional conflict will hurt our interests in the Middle East. The media is running a scam on your brain.
Do you believe it? Do not believe a word of it.
Representative George Miller said, The national decision has been made by the majority of the people. We are leaving Iraq. The only delay now is the politicians are trying to figure out who gets the blame for losing Iraq.
The Pew Research Centers new poll of 5,937 people last week, shows that 54% of Americans want all the troops home by Christmas.
That means by the time the big demonstration comes on Saturday, Oct 27th, at 11am, in almost every large town in America, this should be the largest demonstration in history. Five million people. Meet me there.
If there is not a demo in your town, start one now. The next national day of protest is April 19th, Sat. Begin planning now. Get a march permit. That is the anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, lead by George HW Bush.
Just get a permit in front of your City Hall. Invite a Vet to speak against the war.
A newly discovered FBI document reveals that George HW Bush was directly involved in the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy.
Note: All references to "George Bush" refer to George Herbert Walker Bush, Father of George "Dubya" Bush who was "elected" President by a 5 to 4 vote of the Supreme Court. This article was written by Paul Kangas, whose Comanding Officer, for the Bay of Pigs Invation was George HW Bush.
A newly discovered FBI document reveals that George Bush was directly involved in the 1963 murder of President John Kennedy. The document places Bush working with the now-famous CIA agent, Felix Rodriguez, recruiting right-wing Cuban exiles for the invasion of Cuba.
It was Bush's CIA job to organize the Cuban community in Miami for the invasion of Cuba. The Cubans were trained as marksmen by the CIA.
Bush at that time lived in Texas. Hopping from Houston to Miami weekly, Bush spent 1960 and '61 recruiting Cubans in Miami for the invasion. That is how he met Felix Rodriguez.
You may remember Rodriguez as the Iran-contra CIA agent who received the first phone call telling the world the CIA plane flown by Gene Hasenfus had crashed in Nicaragua. As soon as Rodriguez heard that the plane crashed, he called his long-time CIA supervisor, George Bush. All this information is in the Congressional Record.
That clearly connects Bush.
Bush denied being in the contra loop, but investigators recently obtained copies of Oliver North's diary, which documents Bush's role as a CIA supervisor of the contra supply network.
In 1988 Bush told Congress he knew nothing about the illegal supply flights until 1987, yet North's diary shows Bush at the first planning meeting Aug. 6, 1985.
Bush's "official" log placed him somewhere else.
Such double sets of logs are intended to hide Bush's real role in the CIA; to provide him with "plausible deniability." The problem is, it fell apart because too many people, like North and Rodriguez, have kept records that show Bush's CIA role back to the 1961 invasion of Cuba. (Source: The Washington Post, 7/10/90).
That is exactly how evidence was uncovered placing George Bush working with Felix Rodriguez when JFK was killed. A memo from FBI head J. Edgar Hoover was found, stating that, "Mr. George Bush of the CIA had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the reaction of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President Kennedy. (Source: The Nation, 8/13/88).
On the day of the assassination Bush was in Texas, but he denies knowing exactly where he was. Since he had been the supervisor for the secret Cuban teams, headed by former Cuban police commander Felix Rodriguez, since 1960, it is likely Bush was also in Dallas in 1963. Several of the Cubans he was supervising as dirty-tricks teams for Nixon, were photographed in the Zagruder film.
In 1959 Rodriguez was a top cop in the Cuban government under Batista. When Batista was overthrown and fled to Miami, Rodriguez went with him, along with Frank Sturgis and Rafael Quintero.
Officially, Rodriguez didn't join the CIA until 1967, after the CIA invasion of Cuba, in which he participated, and the assassination of JFK. But records recently uncovered show he actually joined the CIA in 1961 for the invasion of Cuba when he was recruited by George Bush. That is how Rodriguez claims he became a "close personal friend of Bush."
Then "officially" Rodriguez claims he quit the CIA in 1976, just after he was sent to prison for his role in the Watergate burglary. However, according to Rolling Stone reporters Kohn & Monks (11/3/88), Rodriguez still goes to CIA headquarters monthly to receive assignments and have his blue 1987 bulletproof Cadillac serviced. Rodriguez was asked by a Rolling Stone reporter where he was the day JFK was shot, and claims he can't remember.
George Bush claims he never worked for the CIA until he was appointed director by former Warren Commission director and then President Jerry Ford, in 1976. Logic suggests that is highly unlikely. Of course, Bush has a company duty to deny being in the CIA. The CIA is a secret organization. No one ever admits to being a member.
The truth is that Bush has been a top CIA official since before the 1961 invasion of Cuba, working with Felix Rodriguez. Bush may deny his actual role in the CIA in 1959, but there are records in the files of Rodriguez and others involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba that expose Bush's role. The corporations would not put somebody in charge of all the state secrets held by the CIA unless he was experienced and well trained in the CIA. (Source: Project Censored Report, Feb 1989, Dr Carl Jensen, Sonoma State College).
Recently I interviewed former CIA liaison officer L. Fletcher Prouty. He is a consultant for the excellent new movie on how the CIA killed JFK, being made by Oliver Stone. He told me that one of the projects he did for the CIA was in 1961 to deliver US Navy ships from a Navy ship yard to the CIA agents in Guatemala planning the invasion of Cuba. He said he delivered three ships to a CIA agent named George Bush, who had the 3 ships painted to look like they were civilian ships.
That CIA agent then named the 3 ships after: his wife, his home town and his oil company. He named the ships: Barbara, Houston & Zapata. Any book on the history of the Bay of Pigs will prove the names of those 3 ships. Again, this is more finger prints of George Bush's involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Yet Bush denies his role in this great adventure.
Why would Bush be so shy about his role in this war? What is the secret? Is there something dirty about this war that Bush & Nixon don't want the public to know about?
Answer: Yes there is. The same people involved in the Bay of Pigs were the people involved in the Watergate burglary. Why was the Watergate burgalarized [sic]? The CIA was trying to plug up a possible news leak. They were trying to stop the Democrats from publishing the photos of Hunt & Sturgis under arrest for the murder of JFK (May 7, 1977, SF Chronicle.)
Presently, there is a law suit attempting to force the government to release the records about the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Why are those documents still secret? Why are they locked in the National Archives along with all the photos from [the] Dallas assassination of JFK? Why are the 4000 hours of Watergate tapes in which Nixon is babbling about the mysterious connections between the Bay of Pigs, Dallas and Watergate also being sealed in the National Archives? Is it because all three incidents are connected?
Yes. We must demand the secret files on these 3 cases be released now. For a copy of the petition to release the files, please write to: Paul Kangas, private investigator, POB 422644, SF, CA 94142.
Thanks to Oliver Stone's blockbuster new movie on JFK there is now sufficient national movement to reopen all these cases. The White House fears Stone's new movie so much that they have hired more CIA journalists to slander the movie & Stone. Don't fall for it.
Every serious investigator now agrees that Oswald did not shoot JFK. That James Earl Ray did not shoot Dr. Martin Luther King and that Sirhan Sirhan did not shoot Robert Kennedy. These cases must be reopened so that Sirhan and Ray can be set free. The only bar that keeps Sirhan in prison is the tremendous anti-arab racism in Americans: in both blacks & whites.
According to a biography of Richard Nixon, his close personal and political ties with the Bush family go back to 1941 when Nixon claims he read an ad in an L A. newspaper, placed by a wealthy group of businessmen, led by Prescot Bush, the father of George Bush.
They wanted a young, malleable candidate to run for Congress. Nixon applied for the position and won the job. Nixon became a mouthpiece for the Bush group. (Source: Freedom Magazine, 1986, L.F. Prouty).
In fact, Prescot Bush is credited with creating the winning ticket of Eisenhower-Nixon in 1952.(Source: George Bush, F. Green, Hipocrene, 1988).
Newly discovered FBI documents prove that Jack Ruby has been an employee of Richard Nixon since 1947. That that [sic] FBI document Ruby is listed as working as a spy & hit man for Nixon. On Nov. 22, 63 Ruby was seen by a women who knew him well, Julian Ann Mercer, approximately an hour before the arrival of JFK's motorcade, unloading a man carrying a rifle in a case at the Grassy Knoll from his car. Ruby later was seen on national TV killing a witness who could link Nixon & Bush to the killing of JFK: Oswald. On the Trail of the Assassins, Garrison, p xiii.
Richard Nixon was Vice President from 1952 until 1960. In fact, Nixon was given credit for planning Operation 40, the secret 1961 invasion of Cuba, during his 1959 campaign for President After Batista was kicked out by the starving people of Cuba, and Fidel Castro came to power, Castro began telling American corporations they would have to pay Cuban employees decent wages. Even worse, Pepsi Cola was told it would now have to pay world market prices for Cuban sugar.
Pepsi, Ford Motor Co., Standard Oil and the Mafia drug dealers decided Fidel had to be removed since his policies of requiring corporations to pay market wages was hurting their profits. So the corporations asked then Vice-President Nixon to remove Fidel. Nixon promised he would, just as soon as he'd won the 1960 elections against some underdog, an unknown Democrat named John Kennedy.
It would be an easy victory for Nixon. The polls had Nixon winning by a landslide. Besides, Kennedy was a Catholic, and Americans would no more elect a Catholic President than they would elect a woman, a black or a Jew. This was 1959.
Nixon told Pepsi, Standard Oil and other corporations who lost property given back to the farmers of Cuba, that if they would help him win, he would authorize an invasion to remove Castro. To further impress contributors to his campaign, then Vice-President Nixon asked the CIA to create Operation 40, a secret plan to invade Cuba, just as soon as he won.
The CIA put Texas millionaire and CIA agent George Bush in charge of recruiting Cuban exiles into the CIA's invasion army. Bush was working with another Texas oilman, Jack Crichton, to help him with the invasion. A fellow Texan, Air Force General Charles Cabel, was asked to coordinate the air cover for the invasion.
Most of the CIA leadership around the invasion of Cuba seems to have been people from Texas. A whole Texan branch of the CIA is based in the oil business. If we trace Bush's background in the Texas oil business we discover his two partners in the oil-barge leasing business: Texan Robert Mosbacher and Texan James Baker. Mosbacher is now Secretary of Commerce and Baker is Secretary of State, the same job Dulles held when JFK was killed. (Source: Common Cause magazine, 3-4/90).
On the Watergate tapes, June 23, 1972, referred to in the media as the "smoking gun" conversation, Nixon and his Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman, discussed how to stop the FBI investigation into the CIA Watergate burglary. They were worried that the investigation would expose their conection to "the Bay of Pigs thing." Haldeman, in his book The Ends of Power, reveals that Nixon always used code words when talking about the 1963 murder of JFK. Haldeman said Nixon would always refer to the assassination as "the Bay of Pigs."
On that transcript we find Nixon discussing the role of George Bush's partner, Robert Mosbacher, as one of the Texas fundraisers for Nixon. On the tapes Nixon keeps refering to the "Cubans" and the "Texans." The "Texans" were Bush, Mosbacher and Baker. This is another direct link between Bush and evidence linking Nixon and Bush to the Kennedy assassination.
In the same discussion Nixon links "the Cubans," "the Texans," "Helms," "Hunt," "Bernard Barker," Robert "Mosbacher" and "the Bay of Pigs." Over and over on the Watergate tapes, these names come up around the discussion of the photos from Dallas that Nixon was trying to obtain when he ordered the CIA to burglarize the Watergate. (Source: Three Men and a Barge", Teresa Riordan, Common Cause magazine, March/April 1990, and San Francisco Chronicle, May 7,1977, interview with Frank Sturgis in which he stated that "the reason we burglarized the Watergate was because Nixon was interested in stopping news leaking related to the photos of our role in the assassination of President John Kennedy.")
After Nixon's landslide victory in 1972, he knew he had to centralize all power into the White House to keep his faction in power, not only to hold power, but to prevent the media from digging into how he secretly shot his way into the White House, just like Hitler shot his way into control of Germany. The first thing Nixon did was to demand signed resignations of his entire government. "Eliminate everyone," he told John Ehrlichman about reappointment, "except George Bush.
Bush will do anything for our cause." (Source: Pledging Allegiance, Sidney Blumenthal.)
The reason why Bush will 'do anything" is because his hands have as much of Kennedy's blood on them as do Nixon's, Hunt's, Sturgis's, Felix Rodriguez's and Gerald Ford's. This White House gang fears that if the public ever realizes how they shot their way into power it could set off a spark that would destroy their fragile fraud and land them in jail.
Other famous Watergate members of the CIA invasion that Bush recruited were Frank Sturgis, E. Howard Hunt, Bernard Barker and Rafael Quintero. Quintero has said publicly that if he ever told what he knew about Dallas and the Bay of Pigs, "It would be the biggest scandal ever to rock the nation."
Meanwhile, in 1960, Prescot Bush was running Nixon's campaign. Nixon was sent to South Vietnam to assure the French-connection government there that if France pulled out, the U.S. would step in to protect the drug trade from the GoIden Triangle. (Source: Frontline, 1988, "Guns. Drugs and the CIA"; Alexander Cockburn; "Cocaine, the CIA and Air America," S.F. Examiner, Feb. 2, '91; The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred McCoy, 1972.)
In 1959, Vice President Nixon was flying all over the world, acting just like presidential material. It was an easy race for Nixon. Congressman Jerry Ford was doing a great job fundraising for Nixon, as was George Bush. The rich loved Nixon. The media picked up every bone Nixon tossed out to them. The biggest problem was that Nixon was afraid to speak openly of his plan to invade Cuba. The plan was a secret. No sense in alerting Cuba to the coming invasion. But Kennedy was taking a harder line on Cuba than Nixon, because Kennedy was not aware of the corporate/CIA planned invasion.
Nixon lost the 1960 race by the smallest margin in history. At first Bush, Nixon, Cabel and Hunt decided to just go ahead with the invasion, without informing President Kennedy. Then, at the last second, at 4 a.m., just two hours before the invasion was set to go, General Cabel called JFK and asked for permission to provide U.S. air cover for the CIA invasion. Kennedy said no.
The CIA was furious with JFK but decided to go ahead with their private invasion anyway. Due to poor intelligence, the CIA landed at the worst possible beach. A swamp. The invasion failed. The CIA lost 15 of its best men, killed, with another 1100 in Cuban prisons. It was the worst single blow the CIA ever suffered. (Source: F. Howard Hunt, Give Us This Day.)
Bush, Nixon and Hunt blamed Cabel for asking Kennedy and blamed Kennedy for saying no. They were livid with anger. Nixon's corporate sponsors ordered JFK to make any deal necessary to recover the 1100 CIA agents imprisoned in Cuba. JFK did. Once the CIA had its well-trained Cubans back, they decided to continue the invasion of Cuba just as soon as they could get rid of that S.O.B. Kennedy.
The 1964 election was fast approaching. Nixon was running against Kennedy again. Bush, Ford and Nixon knew that they had to get rid of JFK now, or else the Kennedy clan, with Robert and Ted in the wings, could control the White House until 1984. They decided not to wait until '84 to get back in the White House.
The Cuban teams of "shooters" began following Kennedy from city to city looking for a window of opportunity to shoot from. They came close in Chicago, but couldn't get the cooperation of Mayor Daley.
But in Dallas they had an ace.
The mayor was the brother of General Cabel, whom the CIA blamed for the failure of the invasion. The general prevailed on his brother, Earl, and the motorcade was changed to pass the grassy knoll at 7 m.p.h. Hunt and Sturgis shot JFK from the grassy knoll. They were arrested, photographed and seen by 15 witnesses. But the media turned a blind eye to the photos, and for 25 years the world has been searching for the truth.
On the day JFK was murdered, Nixon, Hunt and some of the Watergate crew were photographed in Dallas, as were a group of Cubans, one holding an umbrella up, like a signal, next to the President's limo just as Kennedy was shot.
The Cubans can be seen holding up the signal umbrella in the Zapruder film and dozens of stills taken during the assassination. After the murder they can be seen calmly walking away.
Nixon denied he was in Dallas that day, but new photos and stories prove he was there. Nixon claimed to the FBI he couldn't remember where he was when JFK was killed.
(Source: FBI memo, Feb. 23, 1964, published in Coup d'etat in America, Weberman & Canfield). Bush, too, claims he can't remember where he was. Jack Anderson did a TV special in 1988 proving beyond any shadow of doubt that two of the tramps arrested in Dallas behind the grassy knoll were Hunt and Sturgis.
After the assassination, former Vice President Nixon asked President Lyndon Johnson to appoint Nixon's friend, former FBI agent Jerry Ford, to run the Warren Commission. Nixon also asked LBJ to appoint Nixon's long-time supporter, Judge Earl Warren, to head the Commission. LBJ agreed. Ford interviewed all the witnesses and decided which ones would be heard and which ones eliminated.
It is no coincidence that Nixon selected Ford as his Vice President after Spiro Agnew was ousted.
When Nixon himself got busted in the Watergate scandal, Earl Warren offered to set up another special commission if it would help get him out of trouble again.
Ford, of course, pardoned Nixon for the Watergate burglary but Nixon is still not out of the woods. There are 4000 hours of Watergate tape. On the June 23, 1972, discussions with John Ehrlichman and Haldeman there is clear evidence that Nixon is openly "confessing" to hiring Hunt to kill JFK. That is why the Watergate "investigation" went into secret session after Congress heard some of the tapes.
This is why only 12 hours of 4000 hours have been released to the public.
Did Congress realize that Nixon and Bush had openly discussed killing JFK for stopping the air cover for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba?
Remember, Nixon taped virtually every discussion he had with anyone in his inner circle, including Bush, in order to blackmail people later.
There is a photo of Bush reporting to Nixon in the White House in 1968. It will be interesting to see what they were talking about on that day, when the full 4000 hours are finally released.
The key to unlocking the secrets behind the 1963 murder of JFK is hidden in the 3988 hours of unreleased White House tapes. Bush was in Dallas the day Reagan was shot.
(Source: George Bush, F. Green, 1988.) That must have given Bush a flashback to November 22,1963.
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How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president
Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington
The Guardian| September 25, 2004
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.
The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty.
Remarkably, little of Bush's dealings with Germany has received public scrutiny, partly because of the secret status of the documentation involving him.
But now the multibillion dollar legal action for damages by two Holocaust survivors against the Bush family, and the imminent publication of three books on the subject are threatening to make Prescott Bush's business history an uncomfortable issue for his grandson, George W, as he seeks re-election.
The evidence shows that Prescott Bush was sympathetic to the Nazi cause, preparing the Nazi Army to invade Russia, and the documents reveal that the firm he worked for, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), acted as a US base for the German industrialist, Fritz Thyssen, who helped finance and controlled Hitler.
The Guardian has seen evidence that shows Bush was the director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) that represented Thyssen's US interests and he continued to work for the bank after America entered the war.
Bush was also on the board of at least one of the companies that formed part of a multinational network of front companies to allow Thyssen to move assets around the world.
Thyssen owned the largest steel and coal company in Germany and grew rich from Bush's efforts to re-arm Germany between the two world wars, to attack Russia, to privatize all the oil in Russia.
One of the pillars in Thyssen's international corporate web, UBC, worked exclusively for, and was owned by, a Thyssen-controlled bank in the Netherlands. More tantalising are Bush's links to the Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC), based in mineral rich Silesia on the German-Polish border.
During the war to seize the huge Russian oil resources, the company made use of Nazi slave labour from the concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
The ownership of CSSC changed hands several times in the 1930s, but documents from the US National Archive declassified last year link Bush to CSSC.
Three sets of archives spell out Prescott Bush's involvement. All three are readily available, thanks to the efficient US archive system and a helpful and dedicated staff at both the Library of Congress in Washington and the National Archives at the University of Maryland.
The first set of files, the Harriman papers in the Library of Congress, show that Prescott Bush was a director and shareholder of a number of companies involved with Thyssen.
The second set of papers, which are in the National Archives, are contained in vesting order number 248 which records the seizure of the company assets. What these files show is that on October 20 1942 the alien property custodian seized the assets of the UBC, of which Prescott Bush was a director. Having gone through the books of the bank, further seizures were made against two affiliates, the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. By November, the Silesian-American Company, another of Prescott Bush's ventures, had also been seized.
The third set of documents, also at the National Archives, are contained in the files on IG Farben, who was prosecuted for war crimes.
A report issued by the Office of Alien Property Custodian in 1942 stated of the companies that "since 1939, these (steel and mining) properties have been in possession of and have been operated by the German government and have undoubtedly been of considerable assistance to that country's war effort".
Prescott Bush, a 6ft 4in charmer with a rich singing voice, was the founder of the Bush political dynasty and was once considered a potential presidential candidate himself. Like his son, George, and grandson, George W, he went to Yale where he was, again like his descendants, a member of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society. After college he became a tire salesman and began trying to date rich women.
He was an artillery captain in the first world war and married Dorothy Walker, the daughter of George Herbert Walker, in 1921.
In 1924, his father-in-law, a well-known St Louis investment banker, helped set him up in business in New York with Averill Harriman, the wealthy son of railroad magnate E H Harriman in New York, who had gone into banking.
One of the first jobs Walker gave Bush was to manage UBC. Bush was a founding member of the bank and the incorporation documents, which list him as one of seven directors, show he owned one share in UBC worth $125.
The bank was set up by Harriman and Bush's father-in-law to provide a US bank for the Thyssens, Germany's most powerful industrial family.
August Thyssen, the founder of the dynasty had been a major contributor to Germany's first world war effort and in the 1920s, he and his sons Fritz and Heinrich established a network of overseas banks and companies so their assets and money could be whisked offshore if threatened again.
By the time Fritz Thyssen inherited the business empire in 1926, Germany's economic recovery was faltering. After hearing Adolf Hitler speak, Thyssen became mesmerised by the young firebrand. He joined the Nazi party in December 1931 and admits backing Hitler in his autobiography, I Paid Hitler, when the National Socialists were still a radical fringe party. He stepped in several times to bail out the struggling party: in 1928 Thyssen had bought the Barlow Palace on Briennerstrasse, in Munich, which Hitler converted into, the Brown House, the headquarters of the Nazi party, named for the Brown Brothers company.
The money came from another Thyssen overseas institution, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvarrt in Rotterdam.
By the late 1930s, Brown Brothers Harriman, which claimed to be the world's largest private investment bank, and UBC had bought and shipped millions of dollars of gold, fuel, steel, coal and US treasury bonds to Germany, both feeding and financing Hitler's build-up to war.
Between 1931 and 1933 UBC bought more than $8m worth of gold, of which $3m was shipped abroad. According to documents seen by the Guardian, after UBC was set up it transferred $2m to BBH accounts and between 1924 and 1940 the assets of UBC hovered around $3m, dropping to $1m only on a few occasions.
In 1941, Thyssen fled Germany after falling out with Hitler but he was captured in France and detained for the remainder of the war.
There was nothing illegal in doing business with the Thyssens throughout the 1930s and many of America's best-known business names, IBM, Ford, GM, ABC, CBS, NBC, US Steel, invested heavily in the German economic recovery in order to build up Germany to invade Russia, to steal Russian oil, gold & land.
However, everything changed after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Even then it could be argued that BBH was within its rights continuing business relations with the Thyssens until the end of 1941 as the US was still technically neutral until the attack on Pearl Harbor. The trouble started on July 30 1942 when the New York Herald-Tribune ran an article entitled "Hitler's Angel Has $3m in US Bank". But none of this really mattered, until Hitler lost the battle for Moscow in December 1943.
UBC's huge gold purchases had raised suspicions that the bank was in fact a "secret nest egg" hidden in New York for Thyssen and other Nazi bigwigs. The Alien Property Commission (APC) launched an investigation.
There is no dispute over the fact that the US government seized a string of assets controlled by BBH - including UBC and SAC - in the autumn of 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy act. What is in dispute is if Harriman, Walker and Bush did more than own these companies on paper. Bush & many of the rich in the US, in fact, was controlling Hitler & the march on Russian oil, gold & land.
Erwin May, a treasury attache and front man for Bush, assigned to cover up for Bush, and officer for the department of investigation in the APC, was assigned to look into UBC's business. The first fact to emerge was that Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush and the other directors didn't actually own their shares in UBC but merely held them on behalf of Bank voor Handel. Strangely, no one seemed to know who owned the Rotterdam-based bank, including UBC's president.
May wrote in his report of August 16 1941: "Union Banking Corporation, incorporated August 4 1924, is wholly owned by the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. My investigation has produced no evidence as to the ownership of the Dutch bank.
Mr Cornelis [sic] Lievense, president of UBC, claims no knowledge as to the ownership of the Bank voor Handel but believes it possible that Baron Heinrich Thyssen, brother of Fritz Thyssen, may own a substantial interest."
May, as ordered by Bush, cleared the bank of holding a golden nest egg for the Nazi leaders but went on to describe a network of companies spreading out from UBC across Europe, America and Canada, and how money from voor Handel travelled to these companies through UBC.
By September May had traced the origins of the non-American board members and found that Dutchman HJ Kouwenhoven - who met with Harriman in 1924 to set up UBC - had several other jobs: in addition to being the managing director of voor Handel he was also the director of the August Thyssen bank in Berlin and a director of Fritz Thyssen's Union Steel Works, the holding company that controlled Thyssen's steel and coal mine empire in Germany.
Within a few weeks, Homer Jones, the chief of the APC investigation and research division sent a memo to the executive committee of APC recommending the US government vest UBC and its assets. Jones named the directors of the bank in the memo, including Prescott Bush's name, and wrote: "Said stock is held by the above named individuals, however, solely as nominees for the Bank voor Handel, Rotterdam, Holland, which is owned by one or more of the Thyssen family, nationals of Germany and Hungary. The 4,000 shares hereinbefore set out are therefore beneficially owned and help for the interests of enemy nationals, and are vestible by the APC," according to the memo from the National Archives seen by the Guardian.
Jones recommended that the assets be liquidated for the benefit of the government, but instead UBC was maintained intact and eventually returned to the American shareholders after the war. Some claim that Bush sold his share in UBC after the war for $1.5m - a huge amount of money at the time - but there is no documentary evidence to support this claim. No further action was ever taken nor was the investigation continued, despite the fact UBC was caught red-handed operating a American shell company for the Thyssen family eight months after America had entered the war and that this was the bank that had partly financed Hitler's rise to power.
The most tantalising part of the story is clear: the connection, between Prescott Bush, Thyssen, Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC) and Auschwitz.
Thyssen's partner in United Steel Works, which had coal mines and steel plants across the region, was Friedrich Flick, another steel magnate who also owned part of IG Farben, the powerful German chemical company.
Flick's plants in Poland made heavy use of slave labour from the concentration camps in Poland. According to a New York Times article published in March 18 1934 Flick owned two-thirds of CSSC while "American interests" held the rest.
The US National Archive documents show that BBH's involvement with CSSC was more than simply holding the shares in the mid-1930s.
Bush's friend and fellow "bonesman" Knight Woolley, another partner at BBH, wrote to Averill Harriman in January 1933 warning of problems with CSSC after the Poles started their drive to nationalise the plant. "The Consolidated Silesian Steel Company situation has become increasingly complicated, and I have accordingly brought in Sullivan and Cromwell, in order to be sure that our interests are protected," wrote Knight.
"After studying the situation Foster Dulles is insisting that their man in Berlin get into the picture and obtain the information which the directors here should have.
You will recall that Foster is a director and he is particularly anxious to be certain that there is no liability attaching to the American directors."
But the ownership of the CSSC between 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland and 1942 when the US government vested UBC and SAC is not clear.
"SAC held coal mines and definitely owned CSSC between 1934 and 1935, but when SAC was vested there was no trace of CSSC. All concrete evidence of its ownership is clear, after 1935 and there are only a few traces in 1938 and 1939," says Eva Schweitzer, the journalist and author whose book, America and the Holocaust, is published next month.
Silesia was quickly made part of the German Reich after the invasion, but while Polish factories were seized by the Nazis, those belonging to the still neutral Americans (and some other nationals) were treated more carefully as Hitler was still hoping to persuade the US to at least sit out the war as a neutral country. Schweitzer says American interests were dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Nazis bought some out, but not others.
The two Holocaust survivors suing the US government and the Bush family for a total of $40b in compensation claim both materially benefited from Auschwitz slave labour during the second world war.
Kurt Julius Goldstein, 87, and Peter Gingold, 85, began a class action in America in 2001, but the case was thrown out by Judge Rosemary Collier on the grounds that the government cannot be held liable under the principle of "state sovereignty".
Jan Lissmann, one of the lawyers for the survivors, said: "President Bush withdrew President Bill Clinton's signature from the treaty [that founded the court] not only to protect Americans, but also to protect himself and his family."
Lissmann argues that genocide-related cases are covered by international law, which does hold governments accountable for their actions. He claims the ruling was invalid as no hearing took place.
In their claims, Mr Goldstein and Mr Gingold, honorary chairman of the League of Anti-fascists, suggest the Americans were aware of what was happening at Auschwitz and should have bombed the camp.
The lawyers also filed a motion in The Hague asking for an opinion on whether state sovereignty is a valid reason for refusing to hear their case. A ruling is expected within a month.
The petition to The Hague states: "From April 1944 on, the American Air Force could have destroyed the camp with air raids, as well as the railway bridges and railway lines from Hungary to Auschwitz. The murder of about 400,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims could have been prevented."
The case is built around a January 22, 1944 executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, calling on the government to take all measures to rescue the European Jews.
This law was passed after is was obvious the Russians were winning the war against Hiter & Bush. The Russian winter of 1943 froze the whole German-Bush Army, in place, around Moscow. The winter killed half the German army by November 1943!!! Bush knew the jig was up. So Bush hired General Smedly Butler to assassinate Roosevelt.
In fact, the Russians drove the Bush-Hitler Army out of Russian, so by May 1, 1945, the Reds had won WWII.
The lawyers claim the order was ignored,
because of pressure brought by a group of big American companies, including BBH, where Prescott Bush was a director.
Lissmann said: "If we have a positive ruling from the court it will cause [president] Bush huge problems and make him personally liable to pay compensation."
The US government and the Bush family deny all the claims against them.
In addition to Eva Schweitzer's book, two other books are about to be published that raise the subject of Prescott Bush's business history.
The author of the second book, to be published next year, John Loftus, is a former US attorney who prosecuted Nazi war criminals in the 70s. Now living in St Petersburg, Florida and earning his living as a security commentator for Fox News and ABC radio, Loftus is working on a novel which uses some of the material he has uncovered on Bush. Loftus stressed that what Prescott Bush was involved in was just what many other American and British businessmen were doing at the time.
"You can't blame Bush for what his grandfather did any more than you can blame Jack Kennedy for what his father did - bought Nazi stocks - but what is important is the cover-up, how it could have gone on so successfully for half a century, and does that have implications for us today?" he said.
"This was the mechanism by which Hitler was funded to come to power, this was the mechanism by which the Third Reich's defence industry was re-armed, in order to invade Russia for the American banks,
this was the mechanism by which Nazi profits were repatriated back to the American owners, this was the mechanism by which investigations into the financial laundering of the Third Reich were blunted," said Loftus, who is vice-chairman of the Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg.
"The Union Banking Corporation was a holding company for the Nazis, for Fritz Thyssen," said Loftus. "At various times, the Bush family has tried to spin it, saying they were owned by a Dutch bank and it wasn't until the Nazis took over Holland that they realised that now the Nazis controlled the apparent company and that is why the Bush supporters claim when the war was over they got their money back.
Both the American treasury investigations and the intelligence investigations in Europe completely bely that, it's absolute horseshit. They always knew who the ultimate beneficiaries were."
"There is no one left alive who could be prosecuted but they did get away with it," said Loftus. "As a former federal prosecutor, I would make a case for Prescott Bush, his father-in-law (George Walker) and Averill Harriman [to be prosecuted] for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. They remained on the boards of these companies knowing that they were of financial benefit to the nation of Germany."
Loftus said Prescott Bush must have been aware of what was happening in Germany at the time. "My take on him was that he was a not terribly successful in-law who did what Herbert Walker told him to. Walker and Harriman were the two evil geniuses, they didn't care about the Nazis any more than they cared about their investments with the Bolsheviks."
What is also at issue is how much money Bush made from his involvement. His supporters suggest that he had one token share. Loftus disputes this, citing sources in "the banking and intelligence communities" and suggesting that the Bush family, through George Herbert Walker and Prescott, got $1.5m out of the involvement. There is, however, no paper trail to this sum.
The third person going into print on the subject is John Buchanan, 54, a Miami-based magazine journalist who started examining the files while working on a screenplay.
Last year, Buchanan published his findings in the venerable but small-circulation New Hampshire Gazette under the headline "Documents in National Archives Prove George Bush's Grandfather Traded With the Nazis - Even After Pearl Harbor".
He expands on this in his book to be published next month - Fixing America: Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Rule, Big Media and the Religious Right.
In the article, Buchanan, who has worked mainly in the trade and music press with a spell as a muckraking reporter in Miami, claimed that "the essential facts have appeared on the internet and in relatively obscure books but were dismissed by the media and Bush family as undocumented diatribes".
Buchanan suffers from hypermania, a form of manic depression, and when he found himself rebuffed in his initial efforts to interest the media, he responded with a series of threats against the journalists and media outlets that had spurned him. The threats, contained in e-mails, suggested that he would expose the journalists as "traitors to the truth".
Unsurprisingly, he soon had difficulty getting his calls returned. Most seriously, he faced aggravated stalking charges in Miami, in connection with a man with whom he had fallen out over the best way to publicise his findings. The charges were dropped last month.
Buchanan said he regretted his behaviour had damaged his credibility but his main aim was to secure publicity for the story. Both Loftus and Schweitzer say Buchanan has come up with previously undisclosed documentation.
The Bush family have largely responded with no comment to any reference to Prescott Bush. Brown Brothers Harriman also declined to comment.
The Bush family recently approved a flattering biography of Prescott Bush entitled Duty, Honour, Country by Mickey Herskowitz. The publishers, Rutledge Hill Press, promised the book would "deal honestly with Prescott Bush's alleged business relationships with Nazi industrialists and other accusations".
In fact, the allegations are dealt with in less than two pages. The book refers to the Herald-Tribune story by saying that "a person of less established ethics would have panicked ... Bush and his partners at Brown Brothers Harriman informed the government regulators that the account, opened in the late 1930s, was 'an unpaid courtesy for a client' ... Prescott Bush acted quickly and openly on behalf of the firm, served well by a reputation that had never been compromised. He made available all records and all documents. Viewed six decades later in the era of serial corporate scandals and shattered careers, he received what can be viewed as the ultimate clean bill."
The Prescott Bush story has been condemned by both conservatives and some liberals as having nothing to do with the current president. It has also been suggested that Prescott Bush had little to do with Averill Harriman and that the two men opposed each other politically.
However, documents from the Harriman papers include a flattering wartime profile of Harriman in the New York Journal American and next to it in the files is a letter to the financial editor of that paper from Prescott Bush congratulating the paper for running the profile. He added that Harriman's "performance and his whole attitude has been a source of inspiration and pride to his partners and his friends".
The Anti-Defamation League in the US is supportive of Prescott Bush and the Bush family. In a statement last year they said that "rumours about the alleged Nazi 'ties' of the late Prescott Bush ... have circulated widely through the internet in recent years. These charges are untenable and politically motivated ... Prescott Bush was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathiser."
However, one of the country's oldest Jewish publications, the Jewish Advocate, has aired the controversy in detail.
More than 60 years after Prescott Bush came briefly under scrutiny at the time of a faraway war, his grandson is facing a different kind of scrutiny but one underpinned by the same perception that, for some people, war can be a profitable business.
Significantly, that number, 54% did not change after General Petreaus spoke. I should say lied. This means the majority strongly believe it is time to leave. Let the healing begin.
By J. F. Miglio
The interesting thing about conventional wisdom is that it is almost always wrong. In fact, it's an oxymoron. If ideas or opinions are conventional, they represent the status quo or the majority view, which are always a step behind the changing times or latest information. "For chrissake, Columbus, we all know the world is flat!"
So if you're looking for wisdom, look elsewhere; don't look to the same so-called authorities, who brought you the Vietnam War, the debacle in Central America, and the disaster in Iraq. That said, let's examine the fallacy of each premise espoused by today's leading lunkheads about what will happen if we withdraw our troops from Iraq.
Iraq Will Descend into Chaos
If the deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens, the creation of over two million Iraqi refugees, and the miserable day-to-day existence of suicide bombings, mass unemployment and a collapsed infrastructure are not evidence of a country in chaos, I'd like to know what is.
But it could get even worse! So say those espousing conventional wisdom. Perhaps. But it could also get a lot better. Bear in mind, most Iraqis want America out of Iraq. So if we withdraw all our troops within a six-month time frame, bring in the United Nations, and organize a summit of all of Iraq's neighbors, including Iran, to put together a peace strategy, the situation would more than likely get better rather than worse.
As a precedent for this, look at what happened in Central America in the 1980s when El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua were all engaged in civil wars. For years the Reagan administration turned a blind eye to the right-wing death squads in each country, trained and funded the Contras in Nicaragua, and supported armed conflict in the region in general, ostensibly to prevent the "godless communists" from taking over Central America. As a result, hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered, including many priests and nuns.
Finally, after years of bloody conflict, and with no chance of a military solution in sight, Congress passed the Boland Amendment, and the Reagan administration grudgingly withdrew its support of the Contras and other warring factions in Central America. At least they pretended to. (See the Iran-Contra Affair for more details on how the right-wing forerunners of the neocons screwed this one up, and how Daddy Bush pardoned all the culprits, including Elliot Abrams, who still works for Junior.)
In the meantime, Oscar Arias, the president of Costa Rica, promoted a peace plan in the region (Esquipulas Peace Agreement) that eventually ended the conflicts and won Arias the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. The same type of strategy could be used in Iraq.
But let's say a peace initiative like this didn't work and the chaos in Iraq got even worse. Let's say the conventional wisdom is right and--
The Chaos in Iraq Will Lead to Regional Conflict
Following this logic, the conflict spreads. Iran backs up the Shiites with money, arms, and perhaps soldiers. Saudi Arabia follows suit and does the same with the Sunnis. The Turks and the Kurds get nervous and start attacking each other. And Al Qaeda? If the Americans are gone, whom do they attack? Sunnis? Not likely. Shiites? Even less likely. Kurds? No reason to. So what happens to Al Qaeda in an all-out Middle East conflict where one Islamic sect and/or country is attacking another? Do they choose sides or pull up stakes and find a new game?
The truth is, without the U.S. in Iraq, Al Qaeda will lose its raison d'etre in that country. Will they "follow us home"? as the leading lunkhead of conventional wisdom has said. Let's pretend we have half a brain: If Al Qaeda had the wherewithal to attack us at home, they already would have done so. No, the reason they attack us in Iraq is because we're there. We're easy targets. Once we're gone, they may score a few PR points by saying they chased America out of Iraq, but the truth is, they're left with nothing but a bleak, war-torn environment occupied by hostile Iraqi soldiers and battle-hardened Sunni and Shiite insurgents, some of whom hate their guts.
But what about the rest of Iraq's Islamic neighbors, like Syria or Jordan or Lebanon? Won't they join the fight? Doubtful. Do you really think they want to choose sides with either Iran or Saudi Arabia, broaden the conflict, and destroy their own countries? More than likely, they will do everything they can to promote peace. But even if they are dumb enough to get involved, how does that hurt the United States or Israel? It doesn't. It only hurts the Islamic countries involved in the war. Which is why they will do everything they can to make peace. After all, do you think all these Islamic countries will continue to slaughter each other while the United States and Israel stand on the sidelines and crack "dumb Muslim jokes!"
But let's say they don't care. Let's say they continue to kill each other and blow up their respective countries. Let's say the conventional wisdom is right and--
The Regional Conflict Will Hurt Our Interests in the Middle East
Now we come down to the real reason the Bush administration and the espousers of conventional wisdom don't want the government to withdraw U.S. troops from the Middle East: because it will hurt our interests.
And just who are "our interests"? If you haven't already figured it out, it's the same group that buys and sells our politicians, the same group that helped Saddam Hussein seize control of the Iraqi government in a 1963 coup and backed him up with money and weapons until the Persian Gulf War, the same group that helped overthrow the democratically elected president of Iran and replace him with the Shah, the same group that is best friends with the royal Saudi family (and the bin Ladin family), the same group that has been bilking the Middle East (and the American people) out of trillions of dollars for over 100 years, the same group that has polluted our environment and called global warming a hoax, and the same group that has prevented the United States from establishing a sweeping national renewable energy program so that we can become truly independent of foreign oil.
Simply put, "our interests" in the Middle East are the interests of Big Oil-- and their allies in Congress and the CIA, who do their dirty work. If the Middle East goes up in flames, so does their business. And if the price of oil gets too high and Americans convert to renewable energy en masse, the oil companies lose their power and control over the U.S. and the world.
Therefore, according to conventional wisdom, the U.S. can't pull our troops out of Iraq until we make it secure for the oil companies to carry out their business, because their interests are supposed to be the same as the interests of the American people. But they're not. In fact, they're antithetical to our interests. But as long as Americans continue to believe this lie, we will continue to keep our troops in the Middle East, U.S. soldiers will continue to die needlessly, and a sweeping national renewable energy program will always be just out reach.
Son grew up with war. His father fought the French in the first Indochina War, and by the time Son was a young man, the bloodiest fighting of the American War ravaged the central provinces of Vietnam. After the Tet offensive of 1968, which decimated Hue, Son began to speak out for all those in Vietnam who deplored war.
Vietnam's Bob Dylan:
Songwriter Trinh Cong Son was born in Hue, the 3,000-year-old imperial capital of Vietnam.
His father had fought the French in the first Indochina War, and by the time Son was a young man, the bloodiest fighting of the American War was ravaging Vietnam's central provinces. The 1968 Tet offensive decimated Hue, and Son began to "sing" out for all those in Vietnam who deplored war.
He soon became known as the "Bob Dylan of Vietnam." He expressed his beliefs in lyrics like those of "The Love Song of a Madwoman":
The one I loved is dead at Plei Me;
The one I loved, somewhere in Zone D, is dead at Dong Xoai;
Dead in Hanoi, quite suddenly at Chu Prong;
The one I loved is dead, his body carried off by swift currents
Dead in the rice paddies, in the fields;
Dead in the dark forest;
Dead, cold, burned,
Vietnam, how I would love you!
Son speaks out:
Son was one of the only artists who dared to protest against the war and its alarming death toll -over 4 million Vietnamese from both sides would die. Students thronged to his concerts at universities. Soldiers from the North carried tapes of his songs on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Hanoi. Son's popularity grew and soon exceeded any South Vietnamese military or political figure. His anthems to peace could no longer be ignored. Both the South and North Vietnamese governments banned the sale or broadcast of his music, but black market tapes of his songs flourished. To avoid being arrested, Son often had to hide.
Peace for some, imprisonment for Son
Son's dream of peace was finally realized in 1975 when the VC defeated the US occupiers. The beautify images of the VC tanks & ranks crashing thru the Saigon Palace gates on May 1, 1975 is still in my memory. Most of his family and friends fled Saigon in the final days of the war, but Son stayed. "If I leave my land, I am nothing," he said. He penned a song as NVA forces entered Saigon, "Joining Great Arms" that was (and is) repeatedly played on the radio. Son, however, was condemned. His lyrics had too often suggested that "the American War" was a civil war between North and South Vietnam. This was a lie created by the US CIA media.
This idea clashed with the official Communist line, which was closer to the truth, which maintained that the war had been a fight of the Vietnamese people against American imperialism. As punishment for this verbal treachery, Son was sent to a reeducation farm labor camp for one year.
He was ordered to plant cassava and sweet potatoes in landmine-strewn fields.
As were 100,000 other young people. That is the national draft of the young people of Vietnam.
It really is necessary national service. Young people were asked to do what they could to rebuild their country. Especially drug addicts are forece to work on the farms. They had to be taught how to grow their own food. Most of them had never worked at a real job a day in their life. The American military created millions of drug addicted children & now young people who lived selling drugs or worked as prostitues for the American military.
Son said he actually somewhat, enjoyed the farm work and understood why it was necessary. They had to rebuild the nation. Vietnam is still devastated today in 2007. Forced labor is still necessary to grow basic crops. American would do well if it too would require drug addicts to grow their own food in forced labor farms. It is far better for society to force prisoners to do useful work, rather than to just allow them to sit in prison. It costs more to keep a killer in prison, than it costs to send a young person to college.
Son abandons protest music:
In 1979, Son was allowed to return to Saigon-now renamed Ho Chi Minh City. When he began writing songs again, he stayed away from the controversial music that had previously defined his career and composed love songs devoid of any political content.
"I had a painful choice - I chose tranquility of peace and soul. I am another now; I hide my treasure," he said. Son's love songs brought him renewed recognition and a whole new generation of Vietnamese grew up listening to his ballads of love and loss. Once again Son was Vietnam's most popular songwriter.
Ironically Son, who had been condemned for his outspokenness, was criticized by many Vietnamese who had fled Vietnam and settled abroad for not speaking out against the the current Vietnamese government. He was called "a communist stooge" and "a traitor."
GOOD MORNING, Vietnam. The last 30 days of the Vietnam war.
The most important thing to remember about what we learned about the US defeat in Vietnam & rapid withdrawal, is that the US can withdraw its whole Army in 30 days, if they want to. Just start piling the officers & their wives, on the helicopters & whoosh, they are all gone in 30 days.
The next thing to remember, is that the civil war , after the US left, lasted only 36 days. Fewer people died, per day in the fighting, in those 36 days, than died in the war, per day.
Mainly because most of those who fought on the side of the US, were so busy getting onto helicopters, that they didn’t have time to fight. Then, when the last helicopter left, the boat people began leaving, even though, an Amnesty had been offered by the North, that if people just drop their guns, they would be allowed to live.
As a result most did drop their guns & were jailed for 1 year. Then trial began. Most were given short prison sentences. There were only 2359 actually executions of former members of the US military.
Bush & the media run urban myth stories of the killing fields.
Most Americans will never realize that it was the Viet Cong who stopped the killing fields in Cambodia.
For the record, the illegal U.S. bombing of Cambodia destabilized that country and boosted the Khmer Rouge, who eventually took power and exterminated those "millions" in the "killing fields."
The monstrous Khmer Rouge regime was finally ousted by ... none other than the communists who took power in Vietnam after the American withdrawal.
Bush killed JFK. See the Photos. This slideshow will cover the secret history of George Bush, from the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba, to Dallas & the JFK assassination, to Vietnam, to Watergate. No one covers it better than Private Investigator Paul Kangas, former Guard for President Kennedy and member of the US Bay of Pigs Invastion of Cuba.
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Bubbling waters of health.
Here are American cities that offer us a positive vision of the future.
Ashland, Oregon has natural lithium waters bubbling out of the hills that prevent crime, homicides, postpartum depression, drug cravings, pica, ADD, sugar blues, panic attacks & suicides.
What is the connection between crime & minerals? Counties that have lithium rich waters have the lowest crime rates in America. People who live in these areas tend to become more educated, more affluent, more calm, families stay together longer and the people live longer. There are fewer traffic accidents. All these positive results of people taking lithium adds up to a better city & a better life for the people.
Ashland represents one of these areas of calm & prosperity created by lithium water bubbling up from the ground.
Most people do not realize that crime can be prevented by supplementation with natural minerals like lithium.
This phenomenon was first documented in a study of 254 counties in Texas in 1977 by Drs. Schrauzer & Shrestha. Texas has some 50 counties with a high alkaline lithium water level. It also has 170 counties with no lithium & extremely high crime rates.
This study is published in the book: Rare Earths (800-755-4656). This research has been published in peer review journals since 1978, but since most judges and district attorneys don’t read the good stuff, so the facts are lost in the paper work. Once the courts realize that lithium can save kids from a life of drug cravings & crime, they will give lithium water to the teen locked up in the youth guidance centers.
Once the school officials realize lithium can help kids learn better & succeed in life, they will give lithium water to their students. Once the parents realize lithium will prevent ADD & fighting, they will take lithium themselves, & give it to their kids, before the kids get out of control. This is prevention medicine.
To reveal this crime prevention knowledge, Paul Kangas, Green Party candidate 4 President will be traveling to Ashland, to discuss this point with parents & school officials.
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