Sunday, August 21, 2016

What Can We Do?

                                       
                     

                                                             From The Ramparts
                                                            Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                              What Can We Do?

            There are many who subscribe to the notion "you can't fight city hall" so they deliberately avoid trying solve and resolve problems. That type of thinking negates our sense of  agency, self-determination and our ability to act in our own best interests. I know from experience you can take on the powers that be and affect change!
            The United States is drowning in corruption, fraud, criminality and malfeasance to the point it is obvious to even the most casual observer. This is why so many people feel angry, overwhelmed and anxious about their future. This is why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were able to resonate with people on all sides of the ideological spectrum. This is why Congress is held in such low esteem. This is why so many have opted out of the electoral process and don't vote.  But we already know this, the question is what can we do?
            The corporate media is a propaganda machine that serves as the stenographers and megaphones for the 1%, their minions and flunkies. Their goal is to maintain the status quo. They want us to think we can't win.  What can we do?
            Often demonstrations and protests fail because the government intervenes and break them up like the US government did to the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. But there are other ways to get our point across. During the Vietnam War era people tired of the mainstream media's lies and created independent newspapers dedicated to peace, liberation and truth.
            While some still exist today, the new communications paradigm is the Internet, wreless streaming and social media . We can replicate the efforts of the dissidents and activists of 60's and 70's by creating Websites and social media platforms to get our message out, share our perspective, change the narrative and offer counterbalance to the corporate media's disinformation and propaganda.
            Because of the streaming capabilities of the Internet, we can effectively counter the corporate media's influence at a fraction of the costs. There are numerous Websites, Internet radio and television stations, streaming platforms and services we can use to get our ideas, images, ideologies and information to the masses. Social media is the modern way to galvanize and organize!
             Websites come and go, change is an ever present reality but opportunities are still available.  Since 2000 I have been involved with numerous Internet radio stations, only a few are still operational today. Nevertheless, new technologies and opportunities constantly arise to facilitate, create, produce and share content and I have taken full advantage of them.
            Each municipality, state and the federal government has "right to know" or "freedom of information" legislation. Except for top secret or classified data, you can write to them to request their records, minutes, internal audits and notes. You can then share this information with the community and world via the Internet.
             I have made such requests, fortunately because of a positive relationship a key person at the institution gave me the documents without me having to make a formal written demand.
            In 1971 a group of anti-war activists broke into the FBI office in Media Pennsylvania and stole records that revealed the existence of a massive nation wide surveillance and counter insurgency program called COINTELPRO. COINTELPRO was one of the major campaigns the US government used to illegally spy on ordinary citizens, disrupt dissident groups, viciously attack the Peace, Civil Rights, anti-war, Native American and organized labor movements. The perpetrators were never caught or prosecuted. I am not advocating breaking the law or violence but there may come a time when it is necessary. Civil disobedience and direct confrontation can be effective means to social reformation and change. Those tactics brought down legalized US apartheid and the Vietnam War! Of course you have to be prepared to face the consequences such as arrest, jail having an arrest record but real heroes have the courage of their convictions.
            Today whistleblowers, hackers and leakers can easily gain access to government, corporate and individual documents and reveal them to the world. We can cut through the government wall of secrecy and get to the truth. We see it all the time.
             You can organize to file a lawsuit or a class action suit to seek redress for an issue. In 2014 I was part of the group of alumni who filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because of their egregious neglect of Cheyney University and their failure to abide by a 1999 consent decree agreement to fund programs and renovations at that HBCU. Our lawsuit contributed to the defeat an incumbent governor and brought the new administration to the negotiation table, committed to saving the school.
            When it comes to dealing with corporations and businesses the best way to affect real change is through their bottom line, disrupt their income flow via boycotts, disinvestment strategies and where possible in the board rooms by gaining support of sympathetic shareholders. Since WWII numerous leaders and organizations have successfully used selective patronage and withholding dollars as a means to get the attention of the powers that be. Organizations have led boycotts of cities, voting not to hold their conventions in that town thereby depriving them of millions of dollars and discouraging tourism. These tactics are very effective.
            We are not hopeless nor helpless. There are numerous ways we can take on the powers that be and win. The first and foremost action is, to believe we can.

                                                                        -30-



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Massive Fiscal Irresponsibility


                                                           


                                                From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                         Massive Fiscal Irresponsibility

            "While the Department of Defense can’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer funds, in 2014 there were 47 million people, including over 15 million children, living in poverty in the U.S. – 15% of the U.S. population, which is the largest total number in poverty since records began being kept 52 years ago."
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/audit-reveals-pentagon-6-5-trillion/#JWIwDrmxrbyVdTgs.99

            You probably won't see this on the front page of your local newspaper, or see/hear it repeated incessantly by the corporate mind control apparatus, but an Inspector General audit revealed the US Department of Defense cannot account for $6.5 trillion that's trillion with a "T" of US Army general fund transactions and data. According to the report released on July 26th the US Army cannot account for "$6.5 trillion in adjustments made to its year end 2015 financial statements." This is not a one time occurrence, the military has not been able to track, account for or comply with standardized accounting procedures in reporting their transactions for decades!
            Remember on September 10, 2001 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to announce the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 trillion dollars. http://www.911myths.com/html/rumsfeld__9_11_and__2_3_trilli.html  Of course the very next day 9-11 the "new Pearl Harbor" catalyst the NeoCons needed to jump start their bogus war on terror occurred. Nine-eleven was the instigator of perpetual war, no bid contracts worth billions to administration crony insiders and campaign contributors, it spurred the creation of  new government departments like Homeland Security, TSA and expanded the police spy state apparatus that grows larger every year.
            Fiscal irresponsibility is the norm in this country. We forget this is our hard earned taxpayer dollars being spent on wars started based upon lies!!  How many new bridges, roads, schools, sewage systems, humanitarian research and development projects could have been built, started and created with the trillions of dollars the US spends to kill innocent civilians? $8.5 trillion dollars from 1996 to 2014 has not been accounted for! http://www.biggovernment.news/2016-08-08-6-5-trillion-reasons-why-the-pentagon-needs-to-get-its-act-together-before-it-asks-taxpayers-for-more-money.html
            If you handled your personal finances or your business and tax returns like the Department of Defense handles its accounting, you'd be wearing an orange jump suit now. Here are some examples of Pentagon mismanagement: "$300 Million a Year Unaccounted for in Afghanistan. In the latest example of lax oversight, a blistering new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reveals the Pentagon isn’t keeping sufficient tabs on the $300 million in tax dollars each year that are supposed to help fund the payroll of the Afghan National Police (ANP). U.S. Weapons Worth $500 Million Vanish in Yemen. Pentagon officials cannot track the whereabouts of $500 million worth of military equipment the U.S. donated to Yemen since 2007 – raising alarms that the hardware may have ended up with al-Qaeda or Iranian-backed rebels.$1 Billion Paid for Loose Bolts and Damaged Aircraft. It’s bad enough that federal contractors hired to perform routine maintenance work on Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) airplanes dodged their work hours and shirked important safety requirements. It’s even worse that they overcharged the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars for their 'work' – and agency officials didn’t notice any of it." http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/03/19/85-Trillion-Unaccounted-Should-Congress-Increase-Defense-Budget.
            Not one person has been held accountable, demoted or punished! "Consider that politicians of both major political parties are demanding accountability for every penny spent on welfare, including demanding that recipients of welfare prove that they are trying to find work. Ditto for people receiving unemployment compensation. Consider the amount of money and time spent on testing students in public schools in a vain effort to make teachers accountable for student 'performance.' And yet the military doesn’t have to account for any of its trillions of dollars of spending on manpower and weapons — even though Congress fully a generation ago passed a law requiring such accountability." http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/11/pentagon-money-pit/
            Wow, the military industrial complex is really powerful.
           

                                                            -30-


Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Depths of US Depravity

   
                                        



                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                             The Depths of US Depravity

            August 6 2016 marked seventy-one years since the United States unleashed the first of two atomic bomb attacks on two Japanese cities killing, maiming and disfiguring hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians. It cannot be stressed enough that both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not militarily significant, they were civilian cities! The US did this dastardly deed despite the fact Japanese resources had been so depleted they were unable to counter the relentless and destructive US bombing runs over Japan the months preceding the dropping of the atomic bombs. The Japanese bombing campaign like the US bombing of German cities was devastating to both the Japanese war effort and their morale. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were killed by that bombing campaign. The two atomic bombs amounted to deliberate overkill, war crimes of the highest magnitude!
             Records indicate the Japanese were actively seeking negotiations to end the war as early as  January of 1945. Their only condition was that their Emperor not be touched. The US ignored their efforts.  In fact the US boosted their aerial assaults on Japanese cities! The Japanese continuously pressed for a way to save face in their surrender. In July of 1945 the US and Britain issued the Potsdam Declaration demanding an unconditional surrender, saying if they did not Japan faced "prompt and utter destruction."
            The Americans knew the Japanese wanted to end the war as soon as possible but were unwilling to accept a dishonorable surrender! "America's leaders understood Japan's desperate position: the Japanese were willing to end the war on any terms, as long as the Emperor was not molested. If the US leadership had not insisted on unconditional surrender -- that is, if they had made clear a willingness to permit the Emperor to remain in place -- the Japanese very likely would have surrendered immediately, thus saving many thousands of lives." Was Hiroshima Necessary? Mark Weber http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v16/v16n3p-4_weber.html
            The US goal was to humiliate the Japanese, not allow them to save face and demonstrate the full power of the US military for all the world to see. By that reckoning the atomic bombs were acts of terrorism!  That US position cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives, non-combat men, women and children! Months prior to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US conducted massive bombing runs on Japanese cities reducing them to ruble.
            Looking at the various records, communiqués and memos the dropping of atomic bombs was not necessary! The first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6 1945, three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. When Russia attacked the Japanese positions in Manchuria on August 8, 1945 reneging on their 1941 treaty of non-aggression against the Japanese, the Japanese were in no position to continue the fight. They were totally overwhelmed by the US bombings of Tokyo and the other Japanese cities.
            What lessons can we glean from this knowledge? We can easily conclude the US civilian and military leadership are psychopaths who have no regard for human life. We see this same contempt for life in the Vietnam War, in Kosovo and the "Middle East". Now the US military routinely bombs the civilian infrastructures of nations it deems terroristic regimes, targeting their water treatment plants, electrical generating plants, roads, oil refineries, airports and rail lines inflicting massive suffering on civilians. The US leadership enjoys killing civilians. Look at what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and now Syria.
            This is the history of the United States. We must never ignore or dismiss this history when we look at the US government and military.


                                                            -30-

Monday, August 01, 2016

Law and Order

     
                                          

                                               From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Law and Order

            When racial oppression gets so bad in this country, when Blacks say enough is enough and respond in kind to the violence the system routinely metes out on us and their responses threaten the status quo, the ruling class goes into conniptions calling for "law and order." Law and order are code words for oppression, a defense of and return to the status quo of 1% privilege and domination. Their calls for "law and order" are paradoxical given the history of white people in general and the history of this nation in particular. Notice white people never ever call for justice. They never implore for peace, compassion or harmony.
            The calls for law and order mean for the authorities to protect and defend the bestiality and brutal nature of their socio-economic and political system. Their insistence on "law and order" belies the fact violence and terror have been the primary means whites have used to maintain domination over the indigenous inhabitants of this nation and the people of color they imported here to do the back breaking work the 1%ers could not or would not do and supply the genius and other expertise whites did not posses.
            From jump street the US system denied legal and civil rights to non property owning whites, all females, Africans and indigenous inhabitants. The US Constitution the law of the land sanctioned slavery and the US government made money off of the trans- Atlantic slave trade; "up to ten dollars a head on those persons imported the states saw fit to import". That was US law and order.
             When the police were shot in Dallas and Baton Rouge a few weeks ago, it was the equivalent of the Gabriel Prosser ,Nat Turner uprisings or the Haitian Revolution. Those events sent fear, panic and alarm throughout the US.  The biggest fear whites have is we will repay tit for tat to them every vile thing they've done to us!
             These same people calling for "law and order" had no problem passing laws excluding Black people from engaging in certain professions, preventing Blacks from voting, or even remaining a certain locations if perchance they were free during slavery. Following the War Between the States when for a brief period Black men could vote and hold office, the Southern 1% pressed for the removal of the US troops from the South who were maintaining order and protecting Black people. The Southern 1% abhorred the post war "law and order" imposed upon the South because they were prevented from holding the reigns of power and excluded from participating in the political process! They were determined to end "Reconstruction" and return to the "law and order" they felt comfortable with.  Once the troops left Southern whites went on a rampage of violence and terror that continued with impunity until the late 1960's.
             When Blacks migrated North and West we were still subject to oppression and violence. Today's police shootings of Blacks are merely a continuation of those policies.
Black people have never experienced equal protection or respect under their laws, we have never fully enjoyed the benefits of the law. In the early Twentieth Century when Black people pleaded with the US Congress to pass anti-lynching laws their pleas were ignored.
              It took the Civil Rights movement which consisted of aggressive activism, law suits, civil disobedience, demonstrations, boycotts and on occasion violence to break the US legal system of apartheid and the Black Codes that prescribed just about every aspect of life for Black people in the South.  
            Today when white people call for "law and order" this is what they mean, a return to those days!


                                                                        -30-

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Political Circuses

                                                  
                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                  
                                                   The Political Circuses

            Both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia are fraught with controversy and hypocrisy but with recent events: the attempted coup in Turkey, the bombings in Nice and the shooting of Blacks and police officers here in the US we will see just how deranged corrupt and megalomaniacal the American political process really is. The two major political parties are really two sides of the same coin a corporate owned duopoly created and put in place to do the bidding of the 1%.
              In Cleveland the Republicans nominated Donald Trump a wealthy real estate mogul with no governance experience whatsoever as their standard bearer. The Democrats will nominate the consummate 1%er, Washington insider and warmonger Hillary Clinton. Trump is the fly in the buttermilk for the Republican Party. The ruling class hates Donald Trump because he openly proclaims the system is rigged against working stiffs and routinely lambasts D.C. politicians for their ineptitude, greed and malfeasance.  He mocks their sacrosanct positions on war, NATO, and the economy.
            Trump frightens Republicans with his off the cuff, ill thought out rhetoric. The party even went against the will of the people, tried to dump him but failed. How can a party that nominated an idiot like George W. Bu$h, who only won because the US Supreme Court packed with Reagan and Bu$h appointees interfered with the vote count fear someone like Trump? If the bland totally white bread Republicans could nominate lames like John McCain and Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan how in the world can they not want an attention grabbing,  pop culture icon like Donald Trump? He's the perfect circus ringmaster. Obviously the reason they fear Trump is because he is an outsider, he's not one of the political class good ol' boys.
            Hillery Clinton doesn't have that problem. She is the consummate 1% insider, crook and warmonger. She is the candidate of Wall Street, the military industrial complex, Big Pharma and fast money. For her that's a problem and Trump will blast her to high heaven for it, is her entitlement attitude and her long record of cronyism and deception.
            Hillery Rodham cut her teeth working for Barry Goldwater an ultra conservative who opposed the 1964 Civil Rights legislation and all other progressive social legislation. Ever the opportunist Hillary married Bill Clinton and embarked on a life of "public service" that has made them rich beyond their wildest dreams.
            As president Bill Clinton sold out the traditional Democratic Party constituency: organized labor, Blacks, women and progressives when he and Al Gore replicated Nixon's Southern Strategy, courted corporate money and pivoted towards a neoliberal globalist agenda that facilitated US jobs being shipped overseas. That corporate partnership and their years of access to the rich and well connected both legal and illegal have made Bill and Hillery super rich.
            Both national conventions are circuses. They will trot out their most eloquent speakers, hoop, holler, lie and make promises they have no intention of keeping. Both parties will attempt to soothe the angst, anxiety and contempt the masses feel towards the political process. They will try to convince the American people they are sincere, that they feel our pain and will make things right again. They will put on a great show, spend lots of money then hit the campaign trail determined to maintain the status quo.

            Don't fall for the okey-doke. Neither party has our best interests at heart. Neither party is going to redirect the trillions currently going to the military industrial complex to rebuilding the crumbling American infrastructure. Neither party is going to reevaluate US foreign policy, to go from war to peace, neither party is going to disengage the US from NATO and neither party is going to minimize the influence of the NRA, Wall Street, AIPAC or other special interest group money in politics. Neither party is going to embrace the desire for real change or do something for the people for a change. Hey be happy the circuses will give us some very entertaining moments.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Presumptions of Criminality



                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                           Presumptions of Criminality

            When reporters asked Malcolm X  to comment on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm defied Elijah Muhammad's order not to say anything about the event and responded "It was, as I saw it, a case of ‘the chickens coming home to roost.’ I said that the hate in white men had not stopped with the killing of defenseless black people, but that hate, allowed to spread unchecked, had finally struck down this country’s Chief Magistrate.” 
            The recent shootings and killings of police is another example of the chickens coming home to roost. Martin Luther King Jr said in a speech exactly one year to the day  before he was assassinated, "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government."  The United States is the most violent country on Earth. It was conceived in violence when Europeans landed in this hemisphere and began brutalizing and killing its indigenous inhabitants. That violence continued until Europeans claimed all of North America. Now their goal is to completely dominate the world.
             Violence escalated once Africans were imported here to do the back breaking labor to make America profitable. The history of gun ownership here is based upon the need for whites to have guns, not to protect themselves but to facilitate the theft, appropriation and conquest of the Native Americans' lands and to keep the Africans they imported passive and under control.
            Organized militia patrolled and protected the colonies. The Sheriffs were colonial administration officers with duties similar to those of sheriffs in England. Standing armies cost money and the colonists didn't have money to pay. Sheriffs and Constables served warrants and did other non law enforcement duties once the United States was founded. Police departments didn't come into existence until the 1830's.
            Read the late Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr's well researched and written books In the Matter of Color Race and the American Legal Process, The Colonial Period and Shades of Freedom Racial Politics and Presumptions of the American Legal Process and you'll understand the roots of the presumptions of racial inferiority and criminality woven into the US legal system and enforced by the police. Constitutionally sanctioned slavery, color peonage and Post Civil Rights America still remain stuck in those notions. US police departments were originally created and used to maintain social order and control for the ruling classes to keep European immigrants, and people of color in check. Connect the historical dots and you'll realize the causes of what is happening today.
            Police brutality has existed since police have been around. In addition to patrolling neighborhoods, police were primarily tasked with being the guardians of the ruling class and their property. If you are old enough to remember the '60's and 70's police brutality was a contentious and volatile issue. Following the passage of the Voting Rights Act and the subsequent murder of Martin Luther King Jr more Black Sheriffs were elected, more Black police officers were hired and more Blacks became chiefs. Yet the presumptions of inferiority and criminality Judge Higginbotham described still remain.
             Due to the recent shootings of police officers, police, politicians and pundits are demonizing the Black Lives Matter movement. They claim BLM is a hateful anti-police movement.  In their haste to defend their actions, the police deny tensions between police and the Black community have always existed. They focus on the small number of Blacks killed by police, admitting police shoot and kill more whites than Blacks.
              This is a complex issue. See http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/police-reasonable-force-brutality-race-research-review-statistics. Ironically, the police are resorting to the same presumptions of inferiority and criminality Judge Higginbotham wrote about. They are attempting to sweep police brutality and misconduct under the rug. The chickens are coming home to roost.

                                                            -30-

            

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Strategy of Tension

                                          
                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                 Strategy of Tension?

            The recent shootings in Dallas Texas and Orlando Florida are being compared to an ongoing Post WWII clandestine operation in Europe initiated by the US and its NATO allies to prevent the rise of independent regimes. That campaign was/is widespread, ongoing and current.  In Italy it was called Operation Gladio. For an historical synopsis of this program go to http://www.globalresearch.ca/operation-gladio-cia-network-of-stay-behind-secret-armies/9556, it will give you another perspective on how the ruling elites operate.
            You ask what does a clandestine network operating in Europe and the "Middle East" have to do with us? That's a valid question. The underlying agenda of the global elite is to control the world by creating false flag operations to discredit, undermine or in the case of the recent color revolutions in the North Africa and Ukraine destabilize existing governments via regime change. These governments are then replaced with pliable puppet "leaders" and reduced to vassal status.
            Many are speculating the 1% have upped their timetable for the total implosion of America using their tried and true "strategy of tension" of exacerbating existing socio-economic divisions. A major goal of the ruling elite is to disarm the populous.  Gun ownership has been sacrosanct in the US (except for Black folks) going back to European settlers' theft of the lands and the genocide of the indigenous people of this hemisphere. Not having standing armies or peace officers they depended on armed citizen militias for "protection", to monitor and control lower class whites and their African slave populations.
             A well armed populous posses a serious threat to the 1%'s plans to replicate Nazism and Stalinism in the US. So they stage events like the Oklahoma City bombing (the FBI was involved), 9-11, the Boston Marathon bombing, Orland, Dallas and others as the means to advance their police state agenda.
            The globalists always work on simultaneous fronts. The only way they can impose their will and agenda on the masses is to keep us duped, divided, disorganized, discombobulated and at each other's throats. So events are planned using agent provocateurs, patsies, stooges and Manchurian Candidate mind controlled  individuals in well orchestrated events like 9-11. The corporate media does its part by serving as uncritical and pliant stenographers for the ruling class.
            The megalomaniacal elites also take advantage of  man made and natural disasters like 9-11 (an inside job) and Hurricane Katrina to further their agenda for an imperialist grab of natural resources or the ethnic cleansing of a whole city. We see how they used Hurricane Katrina to dislocate and displace thousands of Black folks out of New Orleans. We know Bu$h had foreknowledge of the 9-11 attacks, allowed it to happen to justify their pre 9-11 plans to invade Afghanistan, launch their bogus global war on terrorism and pass a series of Draconian laws like the USA PATRIOT ACT which was written way before 9-11 happened!
            All of us have been impacted by these events. The Orlando shootings was a staged event that went sour (most of the people in the nightclub were killed by the SWAT officers). The Dallas shootings are being used to escalate the tension between the Black Lives Matter movement and police, Blacks and whites and of course promote gun control. Dallas was working hard to improve community police relations and overcome the distrust; perhaps that is why it was selected for this event. Remember JFK was assassinated in Dallas by the 1%. 
             Dallas was almost an exact replay of what happened in Kiev Ukraine. See http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/07/08/ffwn-dallas/ and http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=42566 to get a global perspective on current events. Don't fall for their okey-doke. Review the evidence for yourself, keep an open mind, think for yourself and act accordingly.

                                                            -30-