The First and Last Freedom

When reading and writing become a myth, the people will finally know true bliss.

An Eastern candle (still) unlit

A resounding reverberation,[1]

Those secrets in the dark,[2]

Not the unknown knowns,[3]

But the known unknowns,[4]

And the more ominous unknown unknowns,[5]

This state is deep,[6]

Much like our consciousness,[7]

The web entangles and entwines,[8]

Tentacles like no other,[9]

The indescribable terror,[10]

Its shadow almost mystical,[11]

Its effects undeniable,[12]

Light comes too late for those which hope,[13]

But beauty can (still) be found in the madness.[14]

[1] BBC News, ‘Ankara attacks: Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100’, October 11th, 2015 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34498497 accessed on 11/10/2015).

[2] Today’s Zaman, ‘Journalist arrested over columns on alleged ties between Iranian terror group and Turkish intelligence’, September 21st, 2015 (http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_journalist-arrested-over-columns-on-alleged-ties-between-iranian-terror-network-and-turkish-intelligence_399704.html accessed on 11/10/2015); Associated Press, via Yahoo News, ‘Turkish journalist detained for tweets critical of president’, October 9th, 2015 (http://news.yahoo.com/turkish-journalist-detained-tweets-critical-president-193806834.html accessed on 11/10/2015).

[3] Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall, Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped shipped arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas, Reuters, May 21st, 2015 (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/21/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-arms-idUSKBN0O61L220150521 accessed on 11/10/2015).

[4] Today’s Zaman, ‘Deep state suspects’ release arouses deep suspicions’, January 11th, 2008 (http://www.todayszaman.com/national_deep-state-suspects-release-arouses-deep-suspicions_131390.html accessed on 11/10/2015).

[5] David A. Graham. ‘Rumsfled’s Knowns and Unknowns: The Intellectual History of a Quip’, The Atlantic, March 27th, 2014 (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/03/rumsfelds-knowns-and-unknowns-the-intellectual-history-of-a-quip/359719/ accessed on 11/10/2015).

[6] Although emerging in myth and legend, the reality of Turkey’s ‘deep state’ has become ever more apparent and undeniable over the last two decades, with many scholarly works theoretically and empirically examining the phenomenon and its consequences for the Turkish nation and peoples. For rigorous, contemporary analysis on the matter, see Mehtap Söyler (2015). The Turkish Deep State: State Consolidation, Civil-Military Relations and Democracy, New York: Routledge. pp.1-9 & 43-52; Daniele Ganser (2005). NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe, New York: Frank Cass. pp.224-249; Ryan Gineras (2014). Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp.239-270.

[7] Dean Radin (2006), Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, New York: Pocket Books.

[8] http://www.wanttoknow.info/newsarticles

[9] Eric Wilson, ed. Government of the Shadows : Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty (New York and London: Pluto Press, 2009); The Dual State: Parapolitics, Carl Schmitt and the National Security Complex (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).

[10] Richard Jackson and Samuel J Sinclair, Contemporary Debates on Terrorism (Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2012), 9-26.

[11] H. H. A. Cooper (2001). Terrorism: The Problem of Definition Revisited, American Behavioural Scientist, Vol. 44, No. 6, February, p.892.

[12] Daren Butler. Reuters, via Yahoo News, ‘Turkey launches airstrikes on PKK camps after ceasefire move’, October 11th, 2015 (http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-launches-air-strikes-pkk-camps-ceasefire-move-095208814.html accessed on 11/10/2015).

[13] Kajsa Olsson and Anton Klepke. The hopes of the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey in spite of turmoil and violence, Open Democracy, October 8th, 2015 (https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/kajsa-olsson-anton-klepke/hopes-of-pro-kurdish-hdp-in-turkey-in-spite-of-turmoil-and-violence accessed on 11/10/2015).

[14] Peter Dale Scott, The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy, MA: Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. pp.183-190.

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The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the attack on U.S. Democracy, by Peter Dale Scott

The American Deep State is the third book published by Professor Scott via Rowman and Littlefield’s War and Peace series, his first two being published in 2003 (Drugs, Oil, and War) and 2010 (The American War Machine) respectfully. The War and Peace library published by Rowman and Littlefield is described by one of its contributors, Mark Selden, as examining the “nature and dynamics of war in all historical periods and in regional and comparative perspective. Works in the series will consider the logic of war, the scale of destruction, and the efforts to limit and end war that have long been central to the human agenda” (http://markselden.info/Book-Stories). In this regard, Scott’s latest work does not disappoint. However, unlike the other contributors to the series, Scott’s primary concern is the ‘deep politics/history’ of war and how such politico-history – focusing on the United States – has affected both domestic and international relations. Many elements of the book are updated, extended, and refined versions of his Road to 9/11 (2007) [e.g., the research into Ali Mohamed and Continuity of Government], and The War Conspiracy (2009) [e.g., the similarities between the JFK assassination and other ‘deep events’, i.e. 9/11], but they do not take away from the importance of those previous volumes.

I have to say from the start that it’s difficult to understate the importance and brilliance of The American Deep State. I must also declare that I’m not a completely objective reviewer. I’m currently a research student at a university in the UK and my topic and research interests overlap and parallel with those of Scott’s, and I’m sure I will be drawing from his writings a great deal for my own thesis. Furthermore, I communicate with Peter on a semi-regular basis (on average once a month) via social media, usually sharing news stories and pieces I believe will be of interest and use for his own research. And Peter has informed me that one of the articles I shared with him was used in the book, which he thanked me for. However, these biases are, I feel, minor ones and should not prevent me from analysing The American Deep State to the best of my abilities.

Scott published a few of his chapters in the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus over the course of half-a-year in 2014, all of which I have read. Thus, I found myself rereading many of the points I had learnt previously. But this did not hamper the profound impact of the research and analysis presented by Scott throughout the book. Of particular importance and interest to me are chapters 4-6, where Scott shows without a shadow-of-a-doubt that elements within, what he terms, the U.S. ‘deep state’ have protected key individuals in al-Qaeda; which in turn has allowed terrorist attacks to be carried out. This analysis can be combined with his research in chapter 13 which highlights how key U.S. allies, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and presumably their own deep elements, have been themselves not only protecting but financing al-Qaeda. This leads Scott to his conclusion that the Global War on Terrorism has been ‘falsified’ and is ‘self-generating’, much the same as the War on Drugs.

Scott has again slightly modified his definition and understanding of what he means by the ‘deep state’ (now referring to the deep state in a more similar capacity as deep politics – ‘not a structure but a system, as real and as powerful as a weather system’), and introduces the long awaited international dimension, which he terms the ‘supranational deep state’. Though I could speak about these much needed concepts further, I shall refrain from doing so right now as I am planning to do more in-depth research into them for my own work at a later date, and the issues are rather complex to layout with any authority in such a review.

As always, the editing and writing quality are superb, though others have accused Scott of being overly detailed and dry in his analysis, I can assure you that The American Deep State, though thoroughly referenced, is not these things. And now I must conclude with the sombre part of this review, the tough reality that such a wonderful book will barely be discussed or read by those who need to read it most.

I have now been in higher education for the best part of five years, and I am currently pursuing postgraduate research in the UK, all of which has focused on the disciplines of political theory, political science, and most of all international relations. And, having gone through multiple universities and courses, I have yet to find one academic who has even heard of Peter Dale Scott, let alone read any of his works. I don’t say this to harm Scott’s reputation, but to highlight the silence and ignorance of those in academia studying and teaching politics and international relations who, by not engaging with Scott’s work, have left their own fields in dire straits. Anyone who reads Scott’s work will have to come to terms with the fact that both domestic and international politics do not work the way one is taught they work in university. The facts, cold and hard, challenge and contradict the narratives given to the public by politicians and academics alike.

I must reiterate how important this book is, not just to Americans, of which I am not, but to all citizens that live in this world and who have inevitably been affected by the effects of the U.S. deep state and the supranational one that accompanies it. The library series title ‘War and Peace’ is prudent in this sense: the status quo of American hegemony and its self-generating wars could well lead to further destruction on a global scale; though peace is possible, one cannot be sure that it is probable, not unless we as informed citizens try our hardest to achieve peace through truth.

P.S.
The poem at the end of the book is extremely moving and poignant; one of the best I’ve read by Scott. Though Scott leaves the reader with some hope, the daily news cycle says otherwise. We should try our hardest to be optimistic; in such dark times, hope (or faith, as Scott prefers) might be one’s only light.

The winding road of a tin hat

It would have been easy to forget, if the evidence wasn’t so abundant,[1]

It would have been plausible to stop, if the pain hadn’t changed one’s nature,

The long night of innocence has drawn to a close,[2]

Behind closed doors the pandemonium awaits—its ugly head eager to emerge from the shadows,[3]

Yet, it’s not satisfactory show them the facts,

Talk is cheap, and those who refuse to see and hear must be made to feel,

The endless machinations turn madness into sanity,

If all is manipulated, then the societal norm is one of malfeasance,[4]

The corrupt no longer guilty, the free no longer just,

If not insane, then quite clearly inane,

The winding road of the tin hat rarely recovers from such a deep fall,

The masks of the madmen conceal their democide,[5]

Control is their game,

And they must not win.

A lesson in subtlety

They care little for the masses,

For whoever wins– left or right,

The outcome is always the same,[1]

The haves have more, and the have-nots have less,[2]

Debt– the ultimate form of slavery,

Subtle, invisible, non-physical, panhuman,[3]

Pandemonium, the world in uproar,[4]

Hope, the eternal harbinger of light,

Cynicism fades—only for awhile,[5]

Global in vision, international in implementation,

The shadows run wild with glee,

One man’s panic, is another [Gold]man’s paradise,[6]

Technology the great liberator, only if we choose wisely,[7]

Moderation discarded when change is due,

The crossroads for humanity lies within our hearts and minds,

Terror will be their only solution,[8]

So, one must abandon all notions of being terrified.


[1] Washington’s Blog. The Founding Fathers Tried to Warn Us About the Threat From a Two-Party System, July 7, 2011 [http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/the-founding-fathers-tried-to-warn-us-about-the-threat-from-a-two-party-system.html].

[2] Wearden, Graeme. Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world. The Guardian, January 20, 2014 [http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/20/oxfam-85-richest-people-half-of-the-world].

[3] The Economist. The Global Debt Clock. Accessed on 13/02/2014 [http://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock].

[4] Stout, David. 2013: The Year in Global Protest. Time Magazine, December 19, 2013 [http://world.time.com/2013/12/19/the-year-in-protest-2013/] & List of ongoing protests, Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_protests].

[5] Russia Today. ‘Muddling and meddling?’ US, EU politicians plunge deeper into Kiev protest. December 12, 2013 [http://rt.com/news/us-eu-ukraine-protest-062/] & Zero Hedge. ‘’F**k the EU’’- US State Department Blasts Europe; Revealed As Alleged Mastermind Behind Ukraine Unrest. February 6, 2014 [http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-06/fuck-eu-us-state-department-blasts-europe-revealed-alleged-mastermind-behind-ukraine].

[6] Vellacott, Christopher. Super rich still making money in crisis. Reuters, August 19, 2011 [http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/19/us-rich-investors-idUSTRE77I39120110819] & Cohan, William. How Goldman Sachs Made Money Mid-Crisis. Bloomberg Business Week, September 12, 2013 [http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-12/how-goldman-sachs-made-money-mid-crisis].

[7] Washington’s Blog. The Government Is Spying On US Through [Everything]. September 23, 2013 [http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/the-government-is-spying-on-us-through-our-computers-phones-cars-buses-streetlights-at-airports-and-on-the-street-via-mobile-scanners-and-drones-through-our-smart-meters-and-in-many-other-ways.html].

[8]Tyler, Ciaran Joseph. Deep Politics, Dark Duals, and the Terror like no other. The First and Last Freedoms, February 12, 2014 [https://thefirstandlastfreedoms.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/deep-politics-dark-duals-and-the-terror-like-no-other/].

Do the shadows really move of their own accord?

Unaccountable and unseen,

Their rules are their own,

Their course is unknown,

The light of day would be sublime,

Harrowing cries of unimportant politicians, the likes of which are themselves in the dark,

The public’s burden is not a lonely one,

Riddles in the dark, placed purposefully to sow confusion, and perhaps discontent,

The secrecy gives them power, but in reality shows us how fragile they really are,

Light, simple and abundant, would be more than enough to wash clean their sins,

But their curtain is thick and their shadows quick,

Not even the best investigative journalist could penetrate the deepest caverns of the dark state,

Yet, plurality is the rule not the exception,[1]

Too many who peruse the net get caught in a web of lies,

Though their black shield is strong, the parallel networks are treacherous,

Internal, Machiavellian machinations briefly revealing the players surrounded by smoke,

There is not one cabal, one conspiracy, but many,[2]

Too many to count or record,

Thank goodness for ego, greedy and self-centred by its nature,

If there were one grand-conspiracy, unchallenged and unchecked by internal disputes,

The fate of humanity would be paved with hopelessness,

The records of their misdeeds have trouble finding the light of day,[3]

Thus, it is up to us to help those records become illuminated,

The legacy of Man[ning] and Snow[den] fall heavy on insiders’ shoulders,

Their consciences must grow heavy, as their pockets line with blood,

Only the most psychopathic of humans could survive in a realm where innocence is destroyed on a daily basis,

Their war on legitimacy is far from over,

The deep state shall not overcome our [re]public.

 


[1] Wilson, Eric [eds]. Government of the Shadows: Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty. (London: Pluto Press, 2009)

[2] Wilson, Eric [eds.]. The Dual State: Parapolitics, Carl Schmitt and the National Security Complex. (Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2012).

[3] Scott, Peter Dale. Deep Politics and the Death of JFK. (Berkeley: California University Press, 1993) part 1.

The War Conspiracy

This war is not a conspiracy in the traditional sense,

If it is, then it is an open one,

They knew, we all knew, and even if they did not initially, we certainly know now,[1]

Almost one thousand lies in fewer than three hundred and sixty-five days: a record like no other,[2]

Even the most establishment of types admit to the falsity– but not the tragedy,[3]

History will remember bitterly those leaders who beat the drum so, despite deeds decrying those seeking truth as inane,[4]

The ruby richness of the innocence, spilled so profusely through such ancient and wondrous cities, was not too high a price to pay for the black gold,[5]

The spread and ironic strengthening of those you sought to destroy,[6]

A future pretext, perhaps? or a genuine mistake?– only time will tell,

War crimes are for the poor and powerless, peace prizes for the merchants of death,

War is a racket,[7]

Death: the great equaliser,

Happiness felt remembering that all things pass, both good and bad,

Justice comes in the form of time– she waits for no man,

The deep, dark past will be remembered,

But only for as long as we choose to acknowledge our role in the desolation of a country once considered a paradise.


[1] Dugan, Andrew. On 10th Anniversary, 53% in U.S. See Iraq War as Mistake. Gallup Politics, March 18, 2013 [http://www.gallup.com/poll/161399/10th-anniversary-iraq-war-mistake.aspx].

[2] Lewis, Charles & Reading Smith, Mark. False Pretences. The Center for Public Integrity, January 23, 2008 [http://www.publicintegrity.org/2008/01/23/5641/false-pretenses].

[4] Bignell, Paul. Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq. The Independent, April 19, 2011 [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/secret-memos-expose-link-between-oil-firms-and-invasion-of-iraq-2269610.html].

[5] BBC News, Iraq Study Estimates War-related Deaths at 461,000, October 16, 2013 [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24547256].

[6] Sly, Liz. Al-Qaeda linked forces captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq. Washington Post, January 3, 2014 [http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/al-qaeda-force-captures-fallujah-amid-rise-in-violence-in-iraq/2014/01/03/8abaeb2a-74aa-11e3-8def-a33011492df2_story.html].

[7] Butler, Smedley (Major General). War is a Racket. (Los Angeles: Feral House, [1935] 2003)

Deep Politics, Dark Duals, and the Terror like no other

Once upon a time, we were free—or perhaps free from anxiety,

But this freedom was not to last, the net spreads information like no other,

Flies were bound to be caught,

If ignorance is bliss, then knowledge is not power but powerlessness,

The red pill was difficult to swallow; its bitter aftertaste could not be replaced by sweeter foods,

Terror, it seems, was not as it appeared to be,

The Guardians,[1] paid to protect and serve, instead chose to feast and manipulate,

Can the entity social scientists call ‘the state’ be to blame for such nefarious activity?

Were not certain individuals involved, deep, dual, parallel, existence within the comforts of officialdom,

The enemy of one’s enemy is an opportunity,

International relations theory cannot contemplate, let alone explain, the nature of such profound malfeasance,

When does organised politics become organised crime?[2]

If security is paramount, then the Guardians are not secure, and the public even less so,

They must be overthrown,

But not in the same way that they have overthrown our rights,

Judgement is never final, (social) science is never settled,

Psychological warfare, more accurately called state terrorism,

A military ruse turned against the public,

The flags that rise up are false,[3]

To state such things is blasphemy, to know is to be insane,

To demand answers is to be unpatriotic, to love is to be inane.


[1] deHaven-smith, Lance. The Guardian Elite. Presentation at Public Administration Theory Network’s 23rd Annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska May 20-23 [http://dehaven-smith.com/The%20Guardian%20Elite%20for%20PDF.pdf p.13].

[2] Tilly, Charles. War making and State making as Organised Crime in Bringing the State Back In edited by Evans, Peter, et al.(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985),  pp.169–191.

Deep Happenings of a Dark Politik

A general despair,

Hope changes only the most cynical,

Machinations insight, justice far from certain,

Imperial might, only an abandonment of the illusion of control could make the powerful powerless,

Snow[den] and Man[ning], both falling  as hard as expected,

The winter is wet in England and cold in the US,

Partners in crime like no other,

The rise of concrete evil, supported and funded by those wealthy few who seek control over the soul of man,[1]

Though the sun silences itself,[2] perhaps embarrassed to shine such wonderful light onto our world and reveal the true nature of power in this long and forgotten episode of history,

Nonetheless, it only takes one ray of light to push back the dark politiks,

A momentum built by Snow and Man, all true to reason and justice support—knowingly or unknowingly – the continuation of said momentum until the deep happenings of our time are vanquished like darkness before the dawn,

Madness is simple,

Deep, dark, disturbing politics can be a puzzle like no other,

Security is important, even to those who seek eternal freedom…


[1] Preparata, Guido Giacomo. Conjuring Hitler: How Britain and America Made the Third Reich (London: Pluto Press, 2005) & Sutton, Anthony C. Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler (Russet: Claireview Books, [1976] 2010).

[2] Morelle, Rebecca. Is Our Sun Falling Silent? BBC World  Service, January 18, 2014 [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25743806].

Why I love Peter Dale Scott and Why You Should Too

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Peter Dale Scott [PDS] (January 11 1929) is a Canadian born, now US based, former University of California, Berkeley English professor who has authored numerous academic books, journals, articles, and book length poems on ‘deep politics’ and ‘deep events’.[1] I am almost certain that those who have read his work extensively feel the same way that I do: I love this man.

Love is a powerful word, it conjures up a multitude of emotions and responses beyond anyone’s ability to describe in script alone. It is undisputedly the most important aspect of what it means to be human. Declaring love for another individual is not merely an abstract undertaking, but rather an overwhelming necessity, if indeed it is truly felt.

The love I feel towards PDS is, of course, Platonic. Platonic love, in my humble opinion, is more difficult to describe and generally boarder in terms of range and depth compared to the love one has towards a spouse.  The love I feel for professor Scott is one which has inspired my mind and soul, and helped direct me to more meaningful and greatly spiritual pursuits. Primarily, poetry, philosophy and deep history.

Some in the alternative research community have criticised PDS for being too conservative with his conclusions and too soft with his social democratic solutions, when examining those deep political-historical realities in the United States — and elsewhere — that so many fail to acknowledge,  or actively suppress. However, such critics are unappreciative of the highly nuanced and delicately rigorous approach that has allowed PDS to write scholarly books, with academic publishers, on some of the most controversial events in world history e.g. the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and terrorist attacks of 9/11. By advancing an empirically judicious examination of all the available evidence, PDS has recorded beautifully woven webs of corruption, conspiracy, and high crimes of corporate-government combines, which collude to further their own agenda(s).

However, the difficultly in establishing a prudent theoretical framework for such deep events is noticeable. Throughout his work, PDS has struggled to fully describe the murky world in which the covert and overt powers meet to do business. The deep state, deep politics, deep events, parapolitics, para-state, dual-state, meta-group and other terms have been created, moulded, and remoulded to try to understand and explain all the wide ranging phenomena that have emerged from the collusion(s) between legitimate and illegitimate violence (Scott, 1996: xi-xxii & 2007: 267-271).

Alongside PDS’s impeccable political-historical research, he has authored multiple works of political poetry; allowing exploration of all those emotions and feelings with regards to violence and deep events, which one is unable to examine via the historical record alone (1989 & 2012).

Beyond these accomplishments, PDS was also a public servant for the Canadian government; for four years he was in diplomatic service as a junior representative (1957-1961) asking, during the height of the Cold War, ‘Why can’t we just have peace?’

PDS, again, in my humble opinion, has done more for social science and history than any other scholar still alive today. Although many anarchists, Marxists, and other radicals will cite Noam Chomsky as the most important social and political critic of US foreign policy and contemporary history of the last century—and don’t get me wrong the sheer scale and scope of his contribution is highly impressive and relevant to our understandings of current issues—PDS’s analysis and cutting insights into the collusions within the underworld and overworld in the West are second to none. Indeed, he has been one of the only academics working with a university status to publish books on deep events in the US over the last half century.

PDS’s research pokes a huge hole through those purely structural and systemic theories, still found in the majority of academic literature. As PDS himself has put it: if one believes dominant structures determine the course of world events, one has to accept that those structures and systems have back-doors in them, which can be exploited and abused by corrupt individuals and networks. Without the insights generated and discovered via PDS, and those few other academics that study and write about deep politics, the world would be supremely more confusing and indiscernible as it already is.

Structuralists struggle to answer why certain individuals act in seemingly bizarre ways that go against their own interest. For example, Chomsky has recently admitted that he is unable to account for President Obama’s policy of further eroding basic rights, stating: “The one thing that did surprise me is his attack on civil liberties. They go well beyond anything I would have anticipated, and they don’t seem easy to explain…. It’s a very serious attack on civil liberties. He doesn’t gain anything from it — he doesn’t get any political mileage out of it. In fact, most people don’t even know about it… I just don’t understand why he’s doing it.” (Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/29/noam-chomsky-obamas-attack-civil-liberties-goes-we/)

However, if Chomsky were to read PDS’s analysis of deep politics and the Continuity of Government agenda, found in elements of the US dual state, then issues such as these would be crystal clear (Scott, 2007:180-194 & 236-246). Put more simply, an understanding of the world without the incorporation and acceptance of deep events, deep politics, and dual/para-state paradigms, is an understanding fundamentally flawed and incurably inaccurate. Without acknowledging and trying to uncover those machinations between governmental, corporate, and organised crimes elements which routinely corrupt and ‘game’ the systems and structures of societies the world over, then one is not only viewing the world through ‘rose-coloured glasses’, but will lose the ability to comprehend both political and economic reality; finding themselves befuddled by seemingly incongruous events and policy directions.

That is why I love Peter Dale Scott: his work opens the world up to a deeper more nuanced understanding of society, and the nature of political reality. Without him, would we know what really happened during the build up to and the day of 9/11 (Scott, 2007)? Would we know all the reasons for the continuing occupation of Afghanistan (Scott, 2010)? Would we know what happened to JFK and why (Scott, 1996 & 2008)? Would we know that the very government at ‘war’ with drugs around the globe, has elements within it which profit from their sale (Scott, 1998 & 2003)?  Would we know what was really going on in the world? And would we have a chance of stopping all this madness? The answer to all of these questions, as always, in my humble opinion, is: no, we would not. The world is a much better place with the likes of PDS exposing those elites who try their hardest to remain in the shadows, and I am eternally grateful for his hard work, his dedication to the truth, and for radically altering my view of reality forever.

Professor Scott, you may not have changed the whole world, but you have touched and inspired a generation of truth seekers, such as myself, who struggle to find sanity in an insane society. For all of these reasons and countless more, I will never let your work be forgotten and I will always love you.

For more of Scott’s fascinating work see his homepage at: http://www.peterdalescott.net/

Bibliography:

Scott, Peter Dale: (1989): ‘Coming to Jakarta: A poem about terror’, US New York: New Directions Publishing.

––––––––––––––. (1996): ‘Deep Politics and the Death of JFK’, US Berkeley: University of California Press.

­­­––––––––––––––. (1998): ‘Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America’, US Berkeley: University of California Press.

––––––––––––––. (2003): ‘Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Columbia, and Indochina’, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

––––––––––––––. (2007): ‘The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America’, US Berkeley: University of California Press.

––––––––––––––. (2008): ‘The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11 and the Deep Politics of war’, US Ipswich, MA: Mary Ferrell Foundation Press.

––––––––––––––. (2010): ‘The American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan’, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

––––––––––––––. (2012): ‘Tilting Point’, Word Temple Press.


[1] ‘Deep politics’, as defined by Scott, are “All those political practices and arrangements, deliberate or not, that are usually repressed in public discourse rather than acknowledged” (2007:267).

Kony 2012, or Phony 2012?

“[S]uperficial focus on the activities of one man and a few of his commanders largely sidesteps the point.”

I did not want to be so cynical about the wave of slacktivism that took over the online youth only a few months ago, but the Ugandan People’s Defence Force has committed (and still does commit) atrocities just as awful and devastating as the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Additionally, the humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo is a much more serious and wide-scale problem; with an estimated 4-8 million dead since 1998, half of these being under the age of 5. Where is their viral internet campaign? Or their NATO ‘no-fly-zone’ and humanitarian emergency forces?

More importantly, as Allen et al. have noted in Foreign Affairs, the mission does not focus on any sort of civilian protection, and the first two missions failed, leading to brutal retaliation by the LRA on the local civilian populous. The LRA are only a small symptom of a much larger and more destructive problem. Bringing Kony to justice, although noble, will do little to solve the political, social, and economic problems in the region. Nor will it stop his army from forming their own (just as destructive) rebel forces — if he is killed.  The final three paragraphs sum up the issues perfectly:

“Beyond the ins and outs of dealing with Kony, the political challenges in the region are simply too massive for Obama’s new operation to yield much fruit. The violence in Uganda, Congo, and South Sudan has been the most devastating — anywhere in the world — since the mid-1990s. Even conservative estimates place the death toll in the millions. And the LRA is, in fact, a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence. If Kony is removed, LRA fighters will join other groups or act independently.

Until the underlying problem — the region’s poor governance — is adequately dealt with, there will be no sustainable peace. Seriously addressing the suffering of central Africans would require engagement of a much larger order. A huge deployment of peacekeeping troops with a clearly recognized legal mandate would have to be part of it. Those forces would need to be highly trained, have an effective command structure, be closely monitored, and be appropriately equipped with sophisticated surveillance equipment and helicopters, among other things. It would require a long-term commitment and would be targeted not only at chasing the LRA. Moreover, it would make the protection of the local populations a key priority. Finally, the deployment of such a force would need to have emerged from concerted efforts in international diplomacy — including with the African Union, the United Nations, the ICC, and governments in the region — not as a knee-jerk reaction to the most recent media splash.

Kony and his colleagues lead a dreadful but relatively small organization that punches above its weight. If achieving stability and relative prosperity in this blighted region of Africa is the real objective, devoting the month of November to the LRA will obviously not be anything like enough.”

Further reading and watching:

http://news.yahoo.com/kony-2012-viral-campaign-scam-094450230.html

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/kony-2012-activist-filmmaker-arrested/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29777

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esskoSaATXk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvqFi_HRPmk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J2P4Diu-TM