“But the point is they are not a free people now under us. They are not a free people, and we cannot fight communism terrorism all over the World, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now.” John Kerry. Once upon a time there was an idealistic man. Once there was a man with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a mouth to speak. He was a man that hated war, saw its futility and horrors, and saw who grew rich from the deaths and misery of millions. He was a man that recognized an endless war in Vietnam, and surely could spot it anywhere. He was a man who once advocated for peace “so when thirty years from now our brothers go down the street without a leg, without an arm, or a face, and small boys ask why, we will be able to say ‘Vietnam’ and not mean a desert, not a filthy obscene memory, but mean instead where America finally turned and where soldiers like us helped it in the turning.”
Chairman Frank Church, D- Idaho., the Senate Intelligence Committee, holds up a poison daft gun as co-chairman John G. Tower, R-Texas looks at the weapon during a session the panel's probe of the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1975 in Washington. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)
By 2013, we would find out about a great national security threat, a secret that had to be protected at all costs: every American was considered a potential terrorist and would require constant surveillance. Snowden NSA files also reveal FOX News alliance in phone hacking scandal.
"The termination of the civil war between Caesar and Pompey forms a new epoch in the Roman History, at which a Republic, which had subsisted with unrivaled glory during a period of about four hundred and sixty years, relapsed into a state of despotism, whence it never more could emerge. So sudden a transition from prosperity to the ruin of public freedom, without the intervention of any foreign enemy, excites a reasonable conjecture, that the constitution in which it could take place, however vigorous in appearance, must have lost that soundness of political health which had enabled it to endure through so many ages."
In Nigeria, the coming trial of Wiwa vs. Shell promises, if anything, a disturbing look at a microcosm of Big Oil’s influence on governments around the world, particularly our own under eight years of Bush and Cheney and the Democratic leaders who enabled them. Did events that transpired in Nigeria back in the 1990s foreshadow the outright seizure of government in the United States by oil interests today?