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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OF IDEOLOGICAL MAINSPRINGS

Of Ideological Mainsprings

by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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I’ve become increasingly aware lately that many in the 9/11 Truth community are, or tend to be, what I would call “nihilist” in their world view. That is, they profess to see nothing good whatsoever in the structure of the world we live in now. Accordingly, they want to see – if not abet – the whole thing getting dumped , more or less as in the proverbial days of Noah – particularly the Constitution of the United States – and start over afresh.

But, I’ve noted that what we’re to do after the deep-sixing is seldom suggested. Their thinking, as 9/11 Truthers, being, it seems, that the only way we can ever get a fair hearing on anything and a community-sanctioned full investigation of 9/11 is, somehow, by destroying everything else. I don’t see it, but that does seem to be their drift.

And many among those I’ve taken the liberty to characterize as “nihilists” or “nihilistic” observe that the whole structure of governance and organization of the society is surely rotted and contaminated all the way through. Hence, they even despair of any replacement structure or organization – in effect, an all-new society – possibly being any better, since the same human failures and excesses are bound to beset it, too.

In consequence, they typically declare themselves “anarchists”, and claim that the sovereignty of the human community ought to rest not in “We, the People” collectively, which, they point out, is the mostly deceitful cant of political discourse in the west since the Enlightenment, but that sovereignly should reside in the individual.

Now, what would this strikingly new apparent preference for the sovereignty of the individual in a stateless society, with whatever is done moving forward effected at the level of the individual, mean in practice, if the idea of a government, and presumably, organized, unrestrained and potentially bullying and ungoverned activity from privately financed concerns (most often likewise-ungoverned corporations) were likewise rejected as deceitful and likewise removed in practical terms out of fear and preference for their vaunted self-sufficiency?

Man as individual is capable of personal enjoyment, of helping or hindering others, private mental reflection extending precisely the finite distance outward his senses and memory can reach.

Collaborating and at the collective level, the common benefit potential and capability become infinitely greater and more varied, so that the individual (any and every individual) can benefit not only from there being many more hands at work and more finances to apply, but also numerous ideas and talents applied than no one individual alone will possess. Accordingly, associations are normally formed, and the potential for causing harm has to be relinquished and made subject to eternal vigilance within the association as the price of membership, creating rule of law.

The finest, most desperate cry of the relatively-powerless determined, holdout individualists, meanwhile, is: “Leave me alone! I can do everything for myself!” And, with that idea applied (which humans outgrew in practice at the dawn of the Paleolithic), few would long survive, and the perpetual crisis level would be such that it’s hard to see how 9/11 would ever get effectively investigated and its perpetrators brought to anything resembling justice.

Yet, that sort of “dropping out” (or giving up) sure seems to be at least the flavor of the month currently in the 9/11 Truth and Conspiracy Theorist (or, preferably, Conspiracy Analyst) communities.

But, don’t I at least agree that the institutional structure of U.S. governance and the organization of at least American society are rotten and contaminated to the core?

Well, they certainly are infected. But, in my estimation, the Constitution of the United States, with its current amendments and maybe one or two added, remains a workable formulation for a basically democratic society, which has been hijacked over the past X-number of years.

I think an apt analogy might be a perfectly operational car with an ample amount of water put in the gas, making the machine splutter and lurch. What has happened, in my humble opinion, is that, through bribes, elite bias in some quarters, and lots of trickery, the “We, the People” (meaning, obviously, flesh-and-blood people) have been replaced increasingly in stages since at least the 1870’s by corporations, international banks, and the super-rich as the constituents and sovereigns, the de facto citizens of the United States. And the common people know only what the above want them to, and eat, drink, drive, wear, and watch – and, in the mass, think – only what the above want them to.

But if the real, intended, flesh-and-blood citizens ever perceive that reality as clearly as I believe many of our number do (making dissidents out of us), we/they, the intended citizenry the Constitution and the country were originally designed for theoretically still have the power to flush all the water out of the machine, putting it back in fine operating order, and take back control of it, even divesting it from the global Central Banking system, as the Icelanders did, with us flesh-and-blooders in charge as the de facto citizens as intended instead.

So, don’t give up and go it alone – you won’t get the job done, and you won’t save the world.

JH/5/27/14

Thursday, May 22, 2014

James Tracy - The Witch Hunt Against Independent Research and Analysis

Cracking The “Conspiracy Theories’” Psycholinguistic Code: The Witch Hunt against Independent Research and Analysis

By James F. Tracy

Global Research, May 21, 2014

Url of this article:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cracking-conspiracy-theorys-psycholinguistic-code-the-witch-hunt-against-independent-research-and-analysis/5383108

A new crusade appears to be underway to target independent research and analysis available via alternative news media. This March saw the release of “cognitive infiltration” advocate Cass Sunstein’s new book, Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas. In April, the confirmed federal intelligence-gathering arm, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), released a new report, “Agenda 21: The UN, Sustainability, and Right Wing Conspiracy Theory.” Most recently, Newsweek magazine carried a cover story, titled, “The Plots to Destroy America: Conspiracy Theories Are a Clear and Present Danger.”

As its discourse suggests, this propaganda campaign is using the now familiar “conspiracy theory” label, as outlined in Central Intelligence Agency Document 1035-960, the 1967 memo laying out a strategy for CIA “media assets” to counter criticism of the Warren Commission and attack independent investigators of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. At that time the targets included attorney Mark Lane and New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who were routinely defamed and lampooned in major US news outlets.

Declassified government documents have proven Lane and Garrison’s allegations of CIA-involvement in the assassination largely accurate. Nevertheless, the prospect of being subject to the conspiracy theorist smear remains a potent weapon for intimidating authors, journalists, and scholars from interrogating complex events, policies, and other potentially controversial subject matter.

As the title of Newsweek’s feature story indicates, a primary element of contemporary propaganda campaigns using the conspiracy theory/ist label is to suggest that citizens’ distrust of government imperatives and activities tends toward violent action. The “conspiracy theorist” term is intentionally conflated with “conspiracist,” thus linking the two in the mass mind. Images of Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh, and Osama bin Laden are subtly invoked when the magic terms are referenced. In reality, it is typically Western governments using their police or military who prove the foremost purveyors of violence and the threat of violence—both domestically and abroad.

In his Newsweek article, author and journalist Kurt Eichenwald selectively employs the assertions of the SPLC, Sunstein, and a handful of social scientists to postulate in Orwellian fashion that independent research and analysis of the United Nations’ Agenda 21, the anti-educational thrust of “Common Core,” the dangers of vaccine injury and water fluoridation, and September 11—all important policies and issues worthy of serious study and concern—are a “contagion” to the body politic.

In a functioning public, honest academics and journalists would uninhibitedly delve into these and similar problems–GMOs, state-sponsored terrorism, the dangers of non-ionizing radiation– particularly since such phenomena pose grave threats to both popular sovereignty and self determination. Such intellectuals would then provide important findings to foster vigorous public debate.

Absent this, segments of the populace still capable of critical thought are inclined to access and probe information that leads them to question bureaucratic edicts and, in some cases, suggest a potentially broader political agenda. In today’s world, however, such research projects carried out by the hoi polloi that are expressly reserved for government or foundation-funded technocrats “’distort the debate that is crucial to democracy,’” says Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan.

With the above in mind, a simple yet instructive exercise in illustrating the psycholinguistic feature of the conspiracy theory propaganda technique is to replace “conspiracy theories/ists” with the phrase, “independent research and analysis,” or “independent researchers.” Let us apply this to some passages from Eichenwald’s recent Newsweek piece.

For example, “Psychological research has shown that the only trait that consistently indicates the probability someone will believe in conspiracy theories independent research and analysis is if that person believes in other conspiracy theories independent research and analysis,” Eichenwald sagely concludes.

“One of the most common ways of introducing conspiracy theories independent research and analysis is to ‘just ask questions’ about an official account,’’’ says Karen Douglas, co-editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and a senior academic ... at Britain’s University of Kent.”

In fact, substituting the phrases accordingly throughout the article significantly neutralizes its overall propagandistic effect.

Researchers agree; independent research and analysis are espoused by people at every level of society seeking ways of calming the chaos of life, sometimes by simply reinforcing convictions.

While the growth in the number of news outlets has helped spread independent research and analysis, it doesn’t compare to the impact of social media and the Internet, experts say.

9/11 conspiracy theorists independent researchers protest outside the World Trade Center in 2011 [Photo caption]

“If you have social networks of people who are talking with one another, you can have independent research and analysis spread in a hurry,’’ says Cass Sunstein, a professor at Harvard Law School … “It literally is as if it was contagious.”

While some may dismiss independent researchers as ignorant or unstable, research has shown that to be false. “The idea that only dumb people believe this stuff is wrong,’’ says Dartmouth’s Nyhan.

People who more strongly believed in independent research and analysis were significantly less likely to use sunscreen or have an annual medical checkup.

According to a just-released report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the independent research and analysis flowed in April at a hearing before Alabama’s Senate Education Committee about legislation to allow school districts to reject Common Core.

It’s true. Since September 11, 2001 the internet has increasingly allowed for everyday people to retrieve, study, and share information on important events and phenomena as never before. And as a recent study published in the prominent journal Frontiers of Psychology suggests, tendering “alternative conspiracy theories” to the government-endorsed explanations of September 11, 2001 is a sign of “individuation,” or psychological well being and contentment.

Such a condition is a clear danger to those who wish to wield uncontested political authority. Indeed, the capacity to freely disseminate and discuss knowledge of government malfeasance is the foremost counterbalance to tyranny. Since this ability cannot be readily confiscated or suppressed, it must be ridiculed, marginalized, even diagnosed as a psychiatric condition.

The recent abandonment of network neutrality may eventually further subdue the nuisance of independent research, thought, and analysis. Until then, the corporate media’s attempts to bamboozle and terrify the American public with the well-worn conspiracy theory meme will be a prevalent feature of what passes for news and commentary today.

Copyright © 2014 Global Research

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Overwhelm the Obstacles to 9/11 Truth

Overwhelm the Obstacles to 9/11 Truth

By James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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First of all, we need to squarely face the obstacle that, for the greater media and accordingly a large segment of the public, our refusal, as proponents of 9/11 truth, to tranquilly accept the official narrative of September 11, 2001, directly and overwhelmingly contradicted by all available evidence, puts us most frequently in the same sentence with schizophrenics and Holocaust deniers, and worse than used car hawkers, chainsaw murderers, and child molesters combined. Not going along quietly makes us, in many cases, unemployable and second-class citizens.

People who want to legitimize pedophilia and organized dogfighting are entitled to an answer – though, so far, not the one they want. We, to the contrary, are uniformly ignored totally as thoughtful thinkers and minds by public officials, politicians, and their media enablers, the most-common response to our requests and demands for objective consideration of irrefutable, courtroom-ready evidence being either “Next question, please” – sometimes while literally running away from us --or “That’s already been dealt with”, when it hasn’t at all and never is.

And our best response to that by-now-accustomed pariah treatment, like that of our identically-treated brethren from the bleakest early years of the Abolition Movement, which suffered its own crises of resolve aplenty, is dogged persistence, never stand down.

But what good is that?

Persistence and unflappability in the face of total intransigence keeps the issue alive, public awareness (of those consciously paying attention) fresh. And every time we bring the matter up, some will ask themselves, “What could be important enough to impel these apparently rational neighbors of ours to undergo such shoddy, unthinking, humiliating inconsideration even by mindless functionaries and the me-too, amen public, none of whom know squat about the finer points of 9/11? Are these ardent, basically polite people really morons, keeping on after all these years? What could they know that I don’t? And why must they be shunned?” And as they begin to inquire, we’d better be ready to share; because, that’s how and when we gain traction and attention.

The government and its media lackeys revile serious investigators of 9/11 and hold them (us) in a position of contempt too deep to warrant any answer other than revulsion because, to rationally and decently respond would be to ultimately blow the thinly-veiled cover of the culpable mechanism – whether manifest on 9/11 under puppet American auspices, as most of us are persuaded, or puppet Israeli auspices – that holds virtually all governments and their establishment together as a sham of a popularly-propelled system. Thus, unwarranted fact-based participants like us must be frozen out of any proper role in evaluating and constructing going forward, lest the operative myth be dispelled and the whole superstructure of controlling power invalidated.

The people, by and large, go along unquestioningly (less so now in general as time passes and absurdities abound) because the rules instilled in them define any who view things differently than taught as “un-American”, “malicious”, “lame-brained”, “loud-mouths”, “enemy combatants” properly one act away from opprobrium and corrective camps of a New American / New Guantanamo gulag.

The worst thing that can be said these days of a political aspirant member of the political theatre troupe that pretends to run America through (managed) competitive elections and their scandalous financing system is that he/she has consorted with or voiced sympathy, however nebulous, with 9/11 Truthers. That’s the final kiss of death! And such bespeaks the low esteem in which we are held.

It all works together like clockwork: we, the fact-based community, thus aren’t going to get any sincere support or attention from any of those on the inside, as hard as we may try. ‘Tain’t going to happen under this paradigm. Period. Inside, it must be universally known that those, at the beginning, in positions of power and following who were too eager to lead a genuine investigation paid with their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor – all for naught: Wellstone, Daschle, Toricelli, Dayton before he came to terms, McKinney.

They that follow know the rules. And we must know them, too, and continue. The dross, the sunshine soldiery has largely burned out of our Movement now. It’s just we so serious or buzzed we refuse to cave or chill still left. Let us remaining essentially stick to 9/11 and not veer off and dissipate our strength against every other worthy cause and rock out there. Because, I dare say, nothing in our lives is as important to the possibility of a humane future world as our continued and intensified witness for 9/11 Truth and due process’s renewal.

The other major obstacle is you. First and foremost, be someone people will want to believe. Let nothing stand in the way of your love for the truth and human worth and dignity, and you will have done your duty and sanctified your life and work as nothing else on earth ever can. Never stop caring enough.

JH: 5/11/14