*edit, August 8, 2014 – I have tidied this up a bit. Re-reading it, I realize that I got some things wrong. I incorrectly described a symbolic beast that the Christian Bible talks about. I could have been tired and that made me neglect to go to my source, my Bible, which I have here, to be sure about what I was saying. I must have misremembered something, for the two horns of the lamb of Revelation chapter 13 aren’t what make it fearsome, although that’s what I suggested. They merely represent the democratic ‘lamb’ in the beast, whereas the same beast is said to start speaking like a dragon. And I tossed in a small quote, about terrorism, from Chomsky. And that’s all.
Click on the above link to find the March 21, 2012 Democracy NOW! headline titled “U.S. Exempts Countries from Iran Sanctions.” There are other headlines there as well.
“Even as we’ve imposed sanctions on the Iranian government, today my administration is issuing new guidelines to make it easier for American businesses to provide software and services into Iran that will make it easier for the Iranian people to use the Internet,” said Obama, presumably so that uncle Sam, who owns the world (or most of it), will be able to keep a constant close eye on everyone there, all the time, because your country of origin doesn’t matter to uncle Sam. Your native language, your skin color, your beliefs don’t matter to uncle Sam. All that matters is that you are of ‘the people’, which makes you, by the operational definition, ‘the enemy’ of power and privilege which people like Barack Obama and Hu Jintao are given power to protect.
From the March 21st DN segment titled “Exposed: Inside the NSA’s Largest and Most Expansive Secret Domestic Spy Center in Bluffdale, Utah,” the following:
** NERMEEN SHAIKH: A new exposé in Wired Magazine has revealed new details about how the National Security Agency is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program codenamed “Stellar Wind.” According to investigative reporter James Bamford, the NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency. This includes the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases and other digital “pocket litter.”
AMY GOODMAN: In addition, the NSA has also created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. James Bamford writes the secret surveillance program “is, in some measure, the realization of the ‘total information awareness’ program created during the first term of the Bush administration,” but later killed by Congress in 2003 due to privacy concerns and public outcry. **
The Christian Bible depicts the United States as being a creature possessing two horns “like a lamb.” The report in Revelation chapter 13 adds that it “began speaking like a dragon.”
With features like a lamb, which is an image of the United States that uncle Sam is happy to let fools believe is reality if they are willing to, but the overriding goal of world domination, and not of the benevolent sort, the United States in fact speaks, and acts, like a dragon, a creature with a fearsome mouth full of sharp teeth that it uses to tear it’s victims to pieces so that it can swallow them down. The inoffensive characteristics of democracy and godliness are characteristics only present (usually) in the speechifying of tools like the fascist Obama. The deeds of Obama and his macho, criminal associates – also stemming from his mouth in the form of policies and pronouncements and orders – are as undemocratic and ungodly as those of the worst of uncle Sam’s official enemies.
When uncle Sam speaks, his voice and words are frightening (unless you don’t understand them). That’s because he’s loveless and he rules the world and he doesn’t care how he does that. Which isn’t to say that the modern American Empire doesn’t have it’s preferences. It does, and those include using others to do the violence that it would otherwise have to do to conquer. But, as with every empire, the use of force by it, directly, is there as an option.
“If the doctrinal requirement is lifted… we find that, like most weapons, terror is primarily a weapon of the powerful.” – page 189 of “Hegemony Or Survival” by Noam Chomsky
In fact, Terrorism, toward weak nation states and toward the 99% of the American population that doesn’t reap the benefits of mafia capitalism, is how uncle Sam gains the obedience of people everywhere. No people is safe from this false prophet (who the Christian Bible says ascends, unlike other Biblical symbolic beasts of former, and formative, times, out of the ‘earth’ rather than the sea and) who swallows down the world and defies God to do something about it.
“And I saw another wild beast ascending out of the earth and it had two horns like a lamb but it began speaking as a dragon. And it exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in it’s sight. And it makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first wild beast whose death-stroke got healed. And it performs great signs so that it should even make fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind.
“And it misleads those who dwell on the earth, with the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived…
“And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse and with his army. And the wild beast was caught and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to it’s image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur.” (Revelation 13:11-17; 19:11-21)
The false American prophet was instrumental (through Woodrow Wilson) in bringing into being the United Nations (in it’s earlier form as The League of Nations, even though the US didn’t ratify the Covenant of The League of Nations), an image of the composite wild beast composed of nation states that have always rejected Jehovah God and his Son. There are those among the ruling class in the United States who feel that America is or should be a Christian nation, but Jesus Christ himself warned us about them when he spoke prophetically about them, saying: “”Many will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, Did we not prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and perform many powerful works in your name?” And yet I will confess to them: “I never knew you! Get away from me you workers of lawlessness!””(Matthew 7:22,23)
Interestingly, Naomi Klein wrote an in-depth article about Western corporations’ work with the Chinese government to build a super surveillance/security system to help the Chinese government keep an eye on and control it’s very unfree people, noting that ruling classes in developed democracies (let’s call them) were keenly interested in, and supportive of, the approach to democracy and capitalism taken by the Chinese government. Her Rolling Stone article is titled “China’s All-Seeing Eye.” The only reason we don’t (or, now, didn’t) have the integrated sweeping surveillance/security system that unpatriotic (from the people’s standpoint) corporations helped China build for it’s 2008 Olympics spectacle was that we still have vestiges of a social democratic state here. Civil rights, meaningful laws and traditions of decency that our parents parents parents fought for and won helped produce relatively civilized countries. Also, Our elites like a little less chaos and bloodshed in their backyards and so they’ve been less inclined to attack civilization here – until now.
With states like Israel passing a law that makes it a crime to have a bad opinion of the Israeli government and the obscene Citizens United ruling in the U.S. and governor Scott Walker’s direct, Koch brothers’ supported, attack on labor and the people of Wisconsin, that reticence is dissipating. Indeed, fascism is with us, here in Canada (where Stephen ‘the hell with my supreme court’ Harper currently dictates) and in the U.S. where a fake democrat and champion of the people rules, thanks to money from many dupes and a corrupt and unregulated financial industry that would later not regret helping to put Barack Obama in the White House.
“Remember how we’ve always been told that free markets and free people go hand in hand? That was a lie. It turns out that the most efficient delivery system for capitalism is actually a communist-style police state, fortressed with American “homeland security” technologies, pumped up with “war on terror” rhetoric. And the global corporations currently earning superprofits from this social experiment are unlikely to be content if the lucrative new market remains confined to cities such as Shenzhen. Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.” – Naomi Klein