Empire serves no one but itself

painting of Edward Snowden

Photo: Abode of Chaos/Flickr.

Humanity has come to a defining moment in its two hundred thousand year evolution: we are at a place where we either have to give up or we have to stand up.

Last night, amidst a backdrop of fear-creation by the security state, where you either shut up or face the consequences, my wife and I were talking about standing up to empire and what it might mean.

The slap-in-the-face awareness of the consequences-we-can-no-longer-ignore that people face for standing up to empire are finally and blatantly right in front of us. The evidence, which has been mounting since Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex in his farewell address in 1960, has been building, slowly, through the decades since.

Just consider: Vietnam, Nixon’s resignation, the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy, the Reagan economic policies, Bush 1 & 2, the Clinton years of globalization that destroyed manufacturing in America, false flag wars, supporting dictators as long as they are our dictators, the hopium of a young Barack Obama and the incredible disappointment and betrayal as the security state moves into its fullness.

That awareness has been fully awakened by the recent charges filed against Edward Snowden.

Ike’s nightmare

We are no longer a nation, in the farewell words of Eisenhower, whose basic purposes have been “to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations.” He went on to say, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.” – James Madison

That disastrous potential has come to full fruition when our government wages wars for profit and pursues and punishes those who would expose illegal activities rather than those sociopaths who treasonously commit them against the founding principles of this nation. I can no longer keep silent against those who violate their oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States.

How bad is it?

According to Ron Tice, who worked as an offensive NSA agent from 2002 to 2005, before becoming a source for this Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times article exposing NSA domestic spying, in the summer of 2004 he saw orders to spy on Hillary Clinton, Senators John McCain and Diane Feinstein, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, Gen. David Petraeus, and a current Supreme Court Justice. In 2007, the NSA wiretapped a bunch of numbers associated with a forty-some-year-old senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives now would you? It’s a big White House in Washington D.C. That’s who the NSA went after. That’s the President of the United States now.” Tice went on to say:

“The abuse is rampant and everyone is pretending that it’s never happened, and it couldn’t happen. … I know [there was abuse] because I had my hands on the papers for these sorts of things : They went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of congress — Senate and the House — especially on the intelligence committees and the armed services committees, lawyers, law firms, judges, State Department officials, part of the White House, multinational companies, financial firms, NGOs, civil rights groups …”

According to Tice, “Outrageous abuses … have happened, and it’s all being kept hush hush,” according to Reuters.

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” — Abraham Lincoln

Self-censorship on the rise

One of the fears that has been created, is that even journalists who report on what whistle blowers are doing can be prosecuted, has already had a chilling effect on those who would normally come forward. The results of this mean that free speech and a free press no longer exist in the U.S.

Add to that the recent unconstitutional surreptitious surveillances directed toward the Associated Press, PRISM, and American citizens, where non-violent protesters are now labeled “terrorists,” where congress upholds the Indefinite detention of Americans, and where Journalists who are investigating government secrets die suspiciously. The message? Keep your mouth shut, don’t get involved, and do as we say, and we’ll tell you what the news is. Intimidation means it won’t be long before nobody is talking to the media.

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” — Isaac Asimov

It is time to choose sides. As the Burning Platform blog states, “There is no middle ground in this debate. You are either on the side of freedom, liberty, truth, transparency and the U.S. Constitution or you are on the side of mindless obedience, oppression, deception, corruption and tyranny.”

So what does it mean in light of my conversation with my wife?

It means I know that I’m very much aware that I’m walking a fine line, one that could lead me to being considered an “enemy of the state.” I love my country, but what I’m not fond of is the imperialist bent of the present government. A DHS anonymous insider who is still talking – no source link provided – says that “so-called citizen journalists will be particularly vulnerable. Watch for a serious crackdown of bloggers, online news publications and websites.”

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin

Worth the fight

There’s an enormous amount of freedom in knowing that there are things more important than me. I’m in tune with my purpose and comfortable with my decision to resist tyranny regardless of what that might mean. Of course, that’s easy to say in the comfort of our mountain home, growing much of our own food, steeped in resilience and sustainability. Who knows where I might find the point where I can no longer make that claim?

I consider myself lucky because I’ve had a near death experience, so I don’t fear death. Dying is easy. Living your purpose is hard.

Although not her path in this lifetime, my wife supports my intentions, mostly because she knows that I wouldn’t be the authentic man she loves if I weren’t paying attention to what I have to do. At 68-years old, my voice is my sword, and my mind is my armor. My path will be non-violent unless violence is hoisted upon me or my loved ones. You and I will enjoin this battle because we have no choice and we will stand side by side until we win or lose…and I have every intention of winning and living until I die. Everything is already changing, and while we can see where it’s headed, I have to believe we can still triumph.

Last, as pointed out in one of my previous writings, it is exactly these kinds of disruptions and cognitive dissonance that spur new ways of thinking. The fascist oligarchy created by the merging of government and corporations is one of many inter-connected problems that are serving to awaken more and more people, and will hopefully serve as a catalyst for increased awareness. We are beginning to realize that we have much more in common than not, that we are connected as one, and what one loses, all lose. What one wins, all win. Life conditions determine how people respond and adapt and life for Americans, by all accounts, is changing rapidly.

Gary Stamper, Ph.D., is the founder of CollapsingintoConsciousness.com, and the author of Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior.

— Gary Stamper, Transition Voice

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  1. says

    “so-called citizen journalists will be particularly vulnerable. Watch for a serious crackdown of bloggers, online news publications and websites.”
    Speaking as a wannabe ‘so-called citizen journalist’…
    … gulp. I hope someone will warn me when it’s time to panic.

    Very well written; thank you for spreading the word.

  2. Auntiegrav says

    “There is no middle ground in this debate. You are either on the side of freedom, liberty, truth, transparency and the U.S. Constitution or you are on the side of mindless obedience, oppression, deception, corruption and tyranny.”

    What if I don’t believe in Intentionality? I mean, what if I think humans NEED some forms of moderation to prevent them from consuming themselves out of house and home? A community-based lifestyle doesn’t fit the “liberty” model: it is a form of self-oppression by compromise. Humans don’t survive well as individuals, so the Myth of Liberty is really a trick to get people to buy a piece of kingdom which they will support by working for a corporation or buying corporate products.
    To say “you’re either with us or agin’ us” is another one of those false dichotomy statements. There is Survival and there is Consumption. Either our species learns to be generous to its environment, or it goes extinct. It doesn’t matter what we believe as far as liberty, god, good, or otherwise(except in limited terms): only our actions count to nature. In the case of “freedom”, we have consumed enough of the resources (including climate stability) to ensure a massive die-off), and what’s the point of protesting the tyranny of the masses? The NSA is just one facet of the massive consumerism that came from the exploitation of people who believe they act intentionally when they are actually coerced or “nudged” into the marketing slaughterhouse. Little Jane and Johnny want liberty on their perfect little corner lot with their perfect his and her SUVs, fed organic food at Always Low Prices, working at Ergonomically Correct desks, paid with Fair Trade Bank Money, protected by The Invisible Hand Job; just like everyone else: they just don’t want “the government” watching them do it. Meanwhile, every dollar they touch or credit card they swipe has an eyeball tethered to it determining their every want and transmitting those wants through lobbyists and “representative government” to the spooks at the NSA who find the insecurity squeaks in the wheels of commerce.
    In other words, the “mindless obedience, oppression, deception, corruption and tyranny” are demanded by the mindless seeking of freedom, security and liberty.
    We first have to question what people are FOR, before we can demand they be granted any rights beyond the right to Try to Live (everything else is statutory and relative to human goals). The right to Try to Live must be considered in context of planetary/species survival, not based on blind acceptance of “God-given” or “inalienable” statements, or the nationalistic drivel of American Business Interests.
    Question everything: especially your gods. Civilizations are built by barbarians that get tired of living like barbarians. Civilians seem to forget we need barbarians to tell us what’s wrong with the comforts of the system.

    • says

      Auntietgrav: HUGE leap from “on the side of freedom, liberty, truth, transparency and the U.S. Constitution” to “humans NEED[ing] some forms of moderation to prevent them from consuming themselves out of house and home.” What if we change “some forms of moderation” (who decides? you? Your intentionality?) to awareness and education, a paradigm shift that changes our basic relationship to the planet and each other? Anyway, I think you’re missing the point of my essay: That the “more perfect” world we all seek won’t happen in the totalitatarian police state we’re now living in, and that doesn’t mean changing who’s in charge of the police state, even if its goals are enforcing moderation. Like the question of how many pyschiatrists does it take to change a light bulb: None…the light bulb has to want to change….

      BE the change.

  3. James R. Martin says

    Does anyone reading here think it would be worthwhile to organize events around the subject of Snowden and mass surveillance? Events like … rallies and marches? (or?) Where? Well, in every town and city in the USA, of course. Also, why not hold public forums (panel discussions, debates) in towns and cities across the country? — on this topic.

    The corporate mass media should not be allowed to spin nor frame this stuff.

    Where are the people? Why are we not hitting the streets?


  4. James R. Martin says

    Must Americans be so damn passive about this mass surveillance?

    Can anyone tell me why there are not street protests organized in every town and city about this? One good reason, please.

  5. Rosemarie F. Newton says

    This is the discussion I want to join. One that is principled and unwavering in that regard, AND not so extreme or biased to even consider that there are still ways through most of these problems, hopefully. Dialogue, not monologue Balance, and always checking the mirror and compass.

  6. Rosemarie F. Newton says

    Yes, the issue of blatantly running rampant over basic Constitutional rights, the NSA spying, the NDAA, widespread ignorance and complacency about violation of long-settled and fought-for rights — I totally agree with you, there is no waffling or negotiation about these issues. Great article, great comments!

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