“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs.: When he first appears, he is a protector”–
—Plato, the Republic.
I was cleaning out some files this morning when I came upon this drawing. It was made by a young guitar player named Glenn Fink, in a hotel room, and if I remember correctly, we were in Omaha, Nebraska. I was a drummer on the road with a group, and I do remember Glenn played just about the best Jeff Beck around, so we were best buddies. While I was watching the Nixon interview Glenn kept laughing at me, because then, just as now, I get real intense when I hear a politician talk nonsense. So..he drew a quick sketch.
I had to laugh. I still have this same expression on my face whenever I’m watching Obama on TV.
The picture also brought me back to the question of how Nixon was brought down…it was really by one man: Daniel Ellsberg. Nixon was taken down by Watergate, and Watergate was all about Nixon’s ‘plumbers” looking for psychological dirt on Ellsberg because he had just leaked the Pentagon papers.
For those of you who are younger and don’t remember, basically the Pentagon papers revealed this:
After serving in Vietnam, Ellsberg resumed working at RAND. In 1967, he contributed to a top-secret study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War that had been commissioned by Defense Secretary McNamara. These documents, completed in 1968, later became known collectively as the Pentagon Papers. It was because Ellsberg held an extremely high-level security clearance and desired to create a further synthesis from this research effort that he was one of very few individuals who had access to the complete set of documents.
In late 1969—with the assistance of his former RAND Corporation colleague Anthony Russo and the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy—Ellsberg secretly made several sets of photocopies of the classified documents to which he had access; these later became known as the Pentagon Papers. They revealed that the government had knowledge, early on, that the war could most likely not be won, and that continuing the war would lead to many times more casualties than was ever admitted publicly. Further, as an editor of the New York Times was to write much later, these documents “demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration had systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress, about a subject of transcendent national interest and significance”.
Daniel Ellsberg became an overnight hero, but unlike Snowden, he didn’t leave the country.
On June 28, 1971, two days before a Supreme Court ruling saying that a federal judge had ruled incorrectly about the right of the New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg publicly surrendered to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts in Boston. In admitting to giving the documents to the press, Ellsberg said:
“I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision.“
Now, fast forward to today–it’s much the same thing that Edward Snowden said, but Daniel Ellsberg had something Snowden did not have. At that time, the government couldn’t legally listen to your conversations, and Nixon was wiretapping him.
On May 9, further evidence of illegal wiretapping against Ellsberg was revealed in court. The FBI had recorded numerous conversations between Morton Halperin and Ellsberg without a court order, and furthermore the prosecution had failed to share this evidence with the defense. During the trial, Byrne (The judge in the case) also revealed that he personally met twice with John Ehrlichman, who offered him directorship of the FBI.
(Ahhhhhhhh, those were the good old days!)
Later on, Ellsberg claimed that Watergate Prosecutor William H. Merrill told him of an aborted plot by Liddy to kill him. In his autobiography, Liddy said it was an “Ellsberg neutralization proposal.” They were going to put LSD in his soup. And then, kill him, and let’s see…didn’t Obama just say he was REALLY good at killing people? So, in light of this knowledge, many said that Snowden should have stayed here and gone on trial. But, does anyone think, that Snowdon would have gotten a fair trial?
Nobody Thinks that Snowden would have just ‘disappeared” Remember, Obama has GIVEN himself the power to put anyone he deems a threat to the United States away forever, without a trial. While Daniel had a decent court system to protect him: Snowden does not.
I doubt seriously if China would have ‘protected’ him.
Putin, on the other hand, gained immensely from welcoming Snowden into Russia. Putin would protect Snowden–if only to rub it in Obama’s face that Russia, is superior…and that’s exactly what he did. Snowden is a bright shiny feather of an American pawn in Putin’s game.
And IF your FIRST plan is to stay alive—-let’s just say that Nobody Thinks I might have made the same choice as Snowdon with Obama as President, being as he did sign the National Security Authorization Act, giving himself the power of judge, jury and executioner. Nixon did NOT have that luxury.
Both these men, Ellsberg and Snowdon, in their time, have done the world a great service. It’s clear that both men, did what they did because of their own conscience and morality.
And Ellsburg recently, had more to say:
“Various things that were counted as unconstitutional then have been put in the president’s hands now. He’s become an elected monarch. Nixon’s slogan, “when the president does it, it’s not illegal,” is pretty much endorsed now. Meaning not only Obama but the people who come after him will have powers that no previous president had. Abilities on surveillance that no country in the history of the world has ever had.”
Hey, makes perfect sense to me. See the rest of his interview where he enlightens us about the Manning arrests here:
By the rights of our Constitution, we have a right to know what our government is doing, and let’s hope more whistleblowers come out…
Common Core, Obama’s new educational tool for America, is teaching our children that you must NEVER disobey the government.
Tyranny—-is just a whisper away, I’ll be listening for the whistlers.
Everyone was talking today about how Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin wrote a scathing remark about America in an opinion piece.. The old cold war tensions are starting to blow up again, thanks to BO…and you might think this is the first time Russia has embarrassed the United States, but it’s happened before. Before Putin, there was Nikita Khrushchev.
According to Brian Thomsen in the book: Lies and Propaganda Thought History, America has stepped in deep doo-doo before. We have a habit of losing our spy planes:
In 1960 the cold war was heating up and an effort to defuse the tensions there was a summit meeting for May 16, bringing together the four heads of state of the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. Unfortunately on May 1, a U.S. Lockheed U-2 plane disappeared over the sovereign territory of the Soviet Union. Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev declared that a “spy plane’ had been shot down, whereupon the United States issued a statement reaffirming the claim that the plane was a ‘weather research aircraft” and the pilot had difficulty with his oxygen equipment during a mission over Turkey” The administration stated, “There was absolutely no deliberate attempt to violate Soviet airspace and never has been.”
The U.S. was lying.
The U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers had left Peshwar, Pakistan, intending to fly over the Soviet Union and land at Bodo, Norway with the intention to photograph Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles development sites in and around Sverdlovsk and Plesetsk….but he was shot down by a 14 SA-2Guideline surface-to-air missile which brought the plane down. Powers was suppose to destroy the plane and/or himself, but he was captured after he abandoned the aircraft by parachute. The Soviets got the film, and found 7,500 rubles on him.
Powers was put on trial for espionage, pleaded guilty (to avoid being executed) and was convicted on August 19. After serving three years hard labor he was exchanged for Soviet spy master Rudolf Abel in 1962. The Paris summit was called off, and Eisenhower, Charles De Gaulle, Harold Macmillan, and Khrushchev. didn’t meet and things got worse.
As usual to American politics, a cloak of deniability was quickly fashion for the president to protect him from scandal….of course. Later on, when asked how high he was flying on May 1, 1960, he often replied, “evidently not high enough.” Many of you do not remember, but Obama lost a valuable spy plane to Iran in 2011. No, there wasn’t a pilot, but gee…nothing like handing over our best technology. Nobody Really remembers that now do they? That was an even bigger blooper than the U-2 taking pictures.
Yes, Nobody Remembers so I just thought I’d bring it up. Oh yes, George W. Bush lost a plane in China…but…he at least tried to get it back.
Obama made an appearance today, and granted the permission for a hand-picked reporter to ask him the question about the fact that the government is collecting all our data, including internet, phone, email, and financial information. And with his usual wide-eyed, I am innocent look on his face proceeded to say…pretty much this:
“Uh..well you weren’t suppose to find out about this, because it was TOP SECRET and by the way, I had nothing to do with this: Congress has approved it, I didn’t do anything about this, and we looked over it, and we are NOT reading your emails, we are just collecting them, for the safety of America, and really, my job is to protect the American people (Like he protected the men in Benghazi) and trust us, this stuff had been going on for a long time, and so you don’t have to worry about it. Nobody wants to read your stuff.”
We should trust the NSA, just like we trusted the IRS.
And if you believe anything Obama says anymore, than I have the biggest shark ever caught on record to sell you residing in my basement, as a reminder to us all—-the humongous appetite, just one shark can have. I’d say there’s more than one cell phone in that baby.
Every American should take 12 minutes out of their day and watch this video. William Binney is a true hero in my Nobodys’ Opinion…he is trying to warn the public that every single email they send is being filed away illegally, so that our government can have the ammunition to call you on some crime they think you have committed. While you might think that since you are a law-abiding citizen, and have no need to worry, let me remind you, IF you have said anything against our government, or voiced strong patriotism for America, you are a terrorist according to the Obama Administration.
They are especially fearful of veterans, who they fear might just side with citizens one day and kick them all out.
William Binney is trying to take this unlawful and disgusting practice to the Supreme Court, and by law, they should shut it down. BUT, as we saw with Obamacare which was unconstitutional, that doesn’t mean they will. The Supreme Court now works for the elites agenda, not the people OR the Constitution.
And to all you dweebs at the NSA who are reading this…May Obama someday do unto your children, as you have done unto us.”
In fact, that’s the ONLY good news coming out of all this.
Remember in your emails to give em all hell.
First up— we have the Detroit Firemen, who are complaining about running out of toilet paper. It’s bad enough they say that they are having to take cutbacks in their big union government budgets, but the paper towels and toilet paper are not being refilled due to a mess up at the main office. Some of them are having to bring their own …from HOME!!
Second Up— We have an example of the new spy mannequin, (see video) which has face recognition software, and by the claims of this video, can tell you everything you want to know about the person standing in front of it that you will ever need to know, in order to make a profit.
Since a REAL human cannot look at somebody and tell you much of anything for sure, how does a computer do it? If a person is standing in front of a mannequin too long, and smiling, maybe they are just standing and smiling because, as they say in baby lingo, they just passed gas!
Or…they just got a raise and are in somekind of “I don’t believe what just happened to me!” mode. It might not have anything to do with the outfit on the mannequin.
So, therefore, the only way they can know about you is if they are linked up to the police database, and then EVERYTHING about you will appear.
Nobody Thinks the firemen should get some of these mannequins and put them in the bathroom WITH the toilet. Then, it will become clear who is stealing the toilet paper. If we don’t nick this in the bud now, next thing you know, all the firemen will be wanting free condoms.
Also, I’d have one in all the rooms to watch and make sure our Firemen are actually doing their jobs. HEY!…Maybe we should have them in all our government building, and post the videos on the internet “public service” website with live feeds!
Why shouldn’t the taxpayers know what their ‘public servants’ are doing? They are spying on us, and WE pay their salaries! I think it should be the other way around, don’t you?
And after Monica…I think a spy mannequin that looks like George Washington, should be put in the Oval Office.
Both of them are absurd.
Do they have to spy on us shopping now? Didn’t that job use to go to a HUMAN?
I’m thinking…the solution is gum. If I ever see one of those things I’m going to take my wad out and place it in the right places. Really, it would be a whole lot better than talking to one. Surely, they would NOT like what I would say.
Gum, in both eyes. That way they wouldn’t be able to see me wrapping the whole thing in toilet paper.