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Congressional War Criminals

by WILLIAM C. LEWIS

The war criminals of congress are protected by the ignorance of the public.

As Americans waste time watching their favorite sports teams compete with one another and remain spellbound, the youth of the nation is corrupted with Miley Cyrus while the American corporate military occupies over 130 nations in nearly 1000 war system bases that facilitate the slaughter of other races of people on the command of an imperial executive.

Congressmen, the lawmakers who have the power to reign in the war making executive, are complicit war criminals themselves and are supported by the military industrial complex weapons industry that supplies the generals, the soldiers, the Special Forces, the mercenaries and the killer team CIA. Congress is an appendage of America’s right-wing killing machine that must remain sacrosanct in this system of militarized violence that continues its killing spree, globally.

Congressmen interests are funded by their war criminal industrial machine masters, Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon to continue making drones, missiles, aircraft and bombs and to control Caspian Basin oil in Afghanistan to reserve a never ending supply of oil for the military that plans to wage war forever.

Society is under corporate technological militarized control and surveillance. How can any genuine massive civil-disturbance protest against militarization, standing armies and the war economy occur within the United States whether on college campuses or anywhere when every waking moment individuals are attached to machines such as I-Phones, I-Pads, headphones, that function as  time eating, attention stealing devices deliberately designed to infest their minds with corporate military commercialized brainwash and stifle and kill free thought as a form of pacification and electronic soft counter-insurgency against genuine antiwar anti-militarized sentiment? The manufactured terrorism threat functions symbiotically with mass consumerism and structured life as people plug in and tune out or remain ignorant of corporate military imperial violence documented in history and investigative journalism books that is the real terrorism waged by the Pentagon and CIA.

What does it say about the indoctrination level of U.S. society when the vast majority of its citizens have no idea that their nation is an empire and that their government has a militarized presence around the world and that flat-screen televisions are situated in every restaurant, mall, store or other public gathering place blaring the familiarized mind-numbing war criminal propaganda of Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, football, tools of murder treated as spectacle through the coordinated propaganda of jet-takeoffs over football fields, or worse, the commercialized and morally decadent adjunct of the Pentagon that has historically amplified and churned out a readily available supply of both state war and police state propaganda–Hollywood “entertainment,” no doubt responsible for the recruitment of thousands upon thousands of now dead and maimed men and women killed in greedy wars for profit and glory of government officials and will continue to do so as long as a permanent institutionalized war system run by the Pentagon remains in place. Civilian federal workers are forced to take a furlough but the Pentagon-NSA-CIA war machine remains in full operation against manufactured enemies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and conducts surveillance against the domestic U.S. public while U.S. war threats abound against Iran over nuclear weapons they don’t even have.

When individuals have no idea what a SOCOM, CENTCOM, a NORTHCOM, and SOUTHCOM, is, but they are academics working at universities, dentists, mechanics, laborers in general–living in a world of delusion and social control and not understanding the violence of imperial corporate war factory military bombs and missiles deliberately targeting innocent civilians and infrastructure and blowing people away because of the deliberate systematic information control and diversion of the ideological system this means America has gone insane drinking the poison of violence commercialization and war and remains suspended in this narcosis even if another slaughter is temporarily suspended.

Routine slaughter continues unabated via deliberate drone attacks on civilians, including CIA murder in Pakistan, Somalia, Philippines, counterinsurgency JSOC jackboot door-to-door murder in Afghanistan, and CIA-funded cutthroat mercenaries in Syria. Killer Special Forces teams are stationed in 120 nations including the latest area of imperial expansion, Africom. War is permanent. Taliban resisting U.S. occupation are retina scanned to feed their identities into massive U.S. imperial military surveillance databases as were Iraqis, Yemenis and now Somalis.
Understanding the problem doesn’t necessarily necessitate having the solution. The structural controls are so daunting that the false consciousness of the majority of the population cannot perceive the mass societal manipulation. They don’t see the dead bodies piled up by the CIA, U.S. Army, Marines, private mercenaries and JSOC nor do they see the millions killed in Iraq from 1991 during the Bagdhad Amman Highway of death U.S. air hunt of fleeing Iraqi civilians or the present day sectarian warfare slaughter caused by the brutal U.S. occupation.

War and corporate militarism death and destruction eat out the substance of the land. The U.S. is the greatest war criminal nation on the planet, laden with atrocities, from 3 million murdered with agent orange defoliants and counterinsurgency in Indochina, 80,000 dead in El Salvador, a counterinsurgency bloodbath Guatemala in the 1980’s that took up to 60,000 lives, hundreds of thousands dead in Iraq due to infrastructure bombing and a sanctions campaign in 1991, followed by the U.S. criminal invasion and bombing of that nation in 2003. The majority of the population doesn’t know about the U.S. use of Salvadoran and Guatemalan secret police advised by CIA and the formulation of death squads where CIA installs the dictatorships, then supplies the bullets and the guns for the police constabularies and elite, rich property owning death squad mercenaries to root out communist subversion wherever it lurks its head as these militarized corporate counterinsurgency then go to work against dissident populist movements.

They don’t know about the torture, assassination, bugging, spying, training in secret police methods, infiltrating dissident groups, training in mercenary warfare and sending arms to criminal elements to slaughter U.S. Pentagon and CIA “enemies,” including 40,000 Vietnamese revolutionaries during Operation Phoenix, thousands upon thousands of Nicaraguans murdered under the U.S. military trained Somoza national guard and during the Contra War against peasant farming cooperatives in which 10,000 Nicaraguan civilians were murdered, raped, bombed and mutilated by CIA trained and supplied right-wing exile guerilla insurgents.

All of these crimes were waged and continue indefinitely without a declaration of war against a state by the U.S. Congress in violation of Article I Section 8 as does the inhumane, racist and unconstitutional torture and forced feeding of emaciated Guantanamo and Bagram concentration camp detainees held indefinitely as the U.S continues its corporate war military slaughter across the globe.

This is a conspiracy that separates the powers that be from the rest of the people. If only they knew and were awakened perhaps this cognitively disturbing information would spark the indignation of the depoliticized, indignified American masses whose tax dollars pay for slaughter.

Death and destruction abounds in a fake oligarchic domestic social control system and fake elections penetrate the mass mind with propaganda, lies, distortion mentally deranged control and simulated manipulation through the television screen while bombs and missiles obliterate civilians, including children and captives of the U.S. military detention system are continuously tortured. Congress is too bloodstained with their own war crimes and loaded with buy-offs from the armaments industry to ever stop the killing.

This truth is too hard for many “proud” Americans to swallow, but black operation foreign policy is the rule of the day. Individuals are slaughtered via U.S. CIA-military interventions into their country to control the development of their economies and their land, resources, labor, utilities and other infrastructure that is bought up by foreign multinational corporations. This is why the U.S. never leaves Afghanistan. The CIA and military are waging a permanent psychological warfare counterinsurgency campaign, including assassination, bombing, and torture to keep the Afghan population from defecting to the Taliban so that U.S. imperialism can continue its Caspian Oil dominance. It’s not now and never was about pursuing the perpetrators of 911 who died on an airplane and were Saudis, Yemenis and U.A.E. citizens. Thousands upon thousands of Guatemalans and Salvadorans have starved due to counterinsurgency policies which facilitated the export of bananas, beef and coffee to North America while land for the growth of maize for domestic consumption was denied by the U.S. suppressive violence of the allied oligarchical elite working with the CIA, the Pentagon and the U.S. embassy.

The CIA imparted the Greek KYP intelligence service with torture, assassination techniques, bugging equipment, spying techniques and training this secret police agency to torture and murder the political left in Greece and the CIA conspired with the Greek military and Nazi Security Battalion CIA asset and KYP chief George Papadopoulos to oust Andres Papandreou, after this prime minister objected to CIA-KYP spying on his ministerial conversations, in a coup to facilitate the continued massive stationing of U.S. military/NATO nuclear weapons bases, military bases housing war mobilized American soldiers and other infrastructure of the imperial NATO capitalist imperialist war machine.

U.S. military allowed Joint US Military Advisory Group to serve as a front, cross-pollination cover for CIA combat psywar expert Edward Lansdale whose CIA psywar squad collaboration with Philippine military, wealthy landowner goon squads and police lead to the slaughter of the Philippine Huks to maintain 23 U.S. military bases in the Philippines and reinforce a U.S. Philippine trade agreement allowing foreign interests parity in the development of Philippine resources. This policy drove the peasants and farmers off their land for the U.S. sugar interests and decimated the Philippine farmer population, allowing the U.S. a stationing area for the criminal bombing of Vietnam where anticolonial Vietnamese resisting this slaughter and occupation were tortured and locked in small, crippling stone boxes known as Tiger Cages and Philippine troops participated with U.S. military in slaughtering the Vietcong.

This slave factory war machine run by war mongers obliterates nations with evil criminality all over the world. Just because the media is blacking it out doesn’t mean it’s not occurring—right now, don’t be fooled. Don’t expect congressional war criminals to bring justice to those slaughtered by the U.S. imperial massacre war machine. Under the War Crimes Act of 1996—passed by the United States Congress and signed by Bill Clinton, a war crime is “a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions.” The U.S. congress relinquished their war authority to George Bush and Dick Cheney who proceeded to carry out aggressive war for natural resources and presided over a network of torture bases that included Syria and Libya, where Assad and Gaddafi helped Bush torture Arabs in dungeons, not to mention grotesque torture that still exists and has devolved into force-feeding emaciated prisoners in Guantanamo. Article 6 of the U.S. constitution says that all ratified treaties are law of the land and the U.S. ratified article 3 of the Geneva Conventions in 1949, which prohibits torture of detainees “taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms.” Many people rounded up for bounty by the U.S. military and Northern Alliance in Afghanistan didn’t even have weapons, and individuals snatched and grabbed under the Bush administration extra-ordinary rendition system surely didn’t have weapons, yet all of these people have suffered torture.

The U.S. Congress has violated its own Constitution, passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 suspending Posse Comitatus and gave the military the authority to arrest and detain Americans on U.S soil. They cannot be trusted to turn themselves in for war crimes or for violations of the U.S. Constitution.

William C. Lewis is a journalist, researcher and book collector from Washington State.

(C) William C. Lewis

William C. Lewis is a journalist, researcher and book collector from Yreka California. He blogs at http://politicalaffairs.weebly.com/

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