…life from my perspective
“Obama got rid of Osama!” – Mike Tyson, heavyweight champion
I believe Osama has been dead for a while, though the government is just now informing us. He was killed because he knew too much. – Toe, the BFF
HOORAY FOR THE U.S.!
May 1, 2011 at 11PM ET President Obama addressed the nation and the world announcing US military forces had captured and assassinated Osama bin Laden, leader of the Afghani terrorist group “Al-Qaeda” and alleged mastermind behind the 9/11/2001 World Trade Center attacks. After listening to our President inform us that “the death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our [US] efforts to defeat Al-Qaeda”, crowds flooded the White House gates waving the American flag, crying and chanting “USA, USA, USA”. And while I should demonstrate my patriotism by singing alongside my fellow Americans, feeling elated and relieved that we NOW know public enemy number one is dead, my gut feeling is telling me this is some bullshit. Straight malarkey. To a person who hasn’t consumed pork in almost two decades, the smell of this is more gut wrenching than bacon frying on a stove. Let me be clear. My intention with this essay is NOT to argue whether bin Laden is dead or alive – I don’t give a fuck. The specifics of his whereabouts, how he was killed, whose DNA evidence was used to identify him and why he was so quickly buried aren’t as important to me as the orchestrated deception surrounding his death. The mere fact that numerous and various media outlets report bin Laden’s death as far back as December 2001 is enough to give me pause. And while there is a source to support almost any “conspiracy theory” one can contrive, I just desire to get at the truth. And what is the truth? The truth is the true or actual state of the matter; an obvious or accepted fact. And while I don’t believe I ever uncover the truth in its totality, I do think I find legitimate evidence to support claims that poke holes in widely accepted “truths”. Look – I’m about to get as knee deep in this shit as I can go, given my limited time and your short attention span. Some of what I write will challenge public opinion and may even cause you to question the things you THOUGHT you knew. “So push your seats back, your trays down and feet up – cause we about to heat up!” – Jay Electronica
“Fuck is these people outside Washington crying and cheering about? This shit makes me sick.” – Kiwi, confused soul trying to make sense of it all.
“Truth is, from my vantage point, the death of another human being is not a celebratory event.” 2 – the ghetto Michael E. Dyson
DON’T BE CAUGHT SLEEPING…
Self-discovery can only be made possible through self-knowledge, self-acceptance and self-awareness. In order for people to live healthy, self-sustaining lives, society is responsible for providing them with quality, accurate and relevant information. Incorrect and dishonest information can disorient people, causing them to become vulnerable and ill-prepared for life’s occurrences which can and oftentimes does result in them becoming dysfunctional members of society. In order for us to operate effectively, we must closely examine information as it is presented. Using a critical eye to pull-apart the story and locate the missing pieces so the true picture can manifest itself is key to separating reality from illusion. Information shapes our attitudes and our thinking which influences our judgments and dictates our responses to people and situations. One means of controlling the thoughts and actions of people is to control the information they receive. How the information is disseminated, the public’s access to information, the credibility of the information source, the amount of information and the accuracy of the information ALL influence how a person processes and uses that information. I mentioned the power of the media in a previous blog post 1520 Sedgwick Ave – Bronx, NY:
The media is an agent of mass communication through which news is reported and information is received. Viacom, GE, Disney, Tribune and News Corporation pretty much dictate what we see on TV while Clear Channel, the No.1 radio station owner, and Hoellinger International , the world’s largest newspaper owner, controls what we hear and read. There exists no major competition between these companies and because each possesses such a stronghold in the media monopoly, they often times share the same audience.
Well, now that we know who owns what, what does all of this mean? Corporate ownership means mainstream media receives corporate funds to sell a product via radio or TV commercials, billboard and/or print ads. This alone is not an issue except propaganda is at the forefront of the selling strategy. Propaganda is a systematic approach to selling or promoting a product, cause or IDEA that reflects the views and interests of the seller and its advocates. Servicing the public with what they want or need is rarely carried out as public relations (PR) firms package the propaganda to MANIPULATE the PUBLIC’S EMOTIONS with IMAGES and slogans to manufacture illusions and present them as truths. Drive slow homey and re-read that last sentence. Image and perception in American society defines our reality by dictating how we view each other and sets the stage for how we interact with one another. A perfect example of this is an elderly white woman clutching her purse while in the presence of a black man or why most folks stare at a Muslim in airport security who is dressed in hijab or a turban. I’ll do you one even better. How the government uses propaganda to thoroughly convince the American and international public that we are at war against “terrorism” and taking down the leaders of these terrorist organizations is the first step in disbanding and eventually eliminating these extremist groups. Nothing can be further from the truth.
As I see it, bin Laden died in December 2001, either by US troops in the Battle of Tora Bora or of natural causes, but our government falsified military intelligence and intentionally misled the American people because there was money to be made and resources to be claimed (opium). Our extended stay in Afghanistan beyond 2001 was legitimized by our mission to take down the “Al-Qaeda” leader, Osama bin Laden, and bring him to justice for his planning and involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The bottom line is the top dollar and the war profiteers saw a cash cow opportunity in Afghanistan so they milked it for what it was worth. The decision to inform the public NOW of bin Laden’s death, comes off the heels of the government’s decision to shift the focus of its foreign policy initiatives. My guess is their next immediate targets are Libya, Syria and Yemen though they will continue to invade countries currently not occupied by the US that neighbor the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Caspian Sea, all in an effort to conquer the land and capitalize off of its resources. This decision will also strengthen America’s grip on its plan for global expansion of US multinationals which continue to serve and protect US interests. (Ahem….which continue serve and protect the interests of America’s elite.) An effective exit strategy was needed and the capture and murder of bin Laden is symbolic of America’s minor victory in the war against terrorism. The American people have a burning desire to feel like they are a part of the victory so the President announces this wonderful information, live from the White House, our troops come home and the public’s anxiety and fears about US budget spending and senseless war deaths are eased. Everybody wins. Right? HELL NO!
“We can be patriotic but sane and sober at the same time. Patriotism is not license to just close our eyes and dive into whatever garbage is being shoved down our throats.” – Dr. Rice, the teacher
“Critical thinking is compatible with patriotism and we must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of one dies with it.” – Edward R. Murrow, award winning journalist
NO MORE THINKING! MY HEAD HURTS!!
I’m not gone lie. I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. There are SOOO many reports, articles, commissions, op-ed columns and WAAAY too much information for me to sort through and lay all out right here – right now. I DO suppose had I taken an interest in this 10 years ago I’d be all caught up and I could break it down for you real nice like, straight off the dome, but er uh….that ain’t finna happen. There will be a THAT NI**A DEAD PT. DOLCE and in that post I will attempt to draw a brief time-line for the Aghan war and try to show you how the War in Afghanistan is NOT connected to the 9.11.2001 attacks, Al-Qaeda or bin Laden. I may throw in an example or two about how the government uses manipulation, lies and deception to advance their agendas i.e. MK-ULTRA, COINTELPRO, The Gulf of Tonkin, The Tuskegee Experiment, The Iran-Contra Affair…….And while I may not be successful in communicating all the facts, my intention is to cause you to question the information the mainstream media is feeding you. My ass is tired and the brain done temporarily shut off so I may be gone for a while. Until tomorrow youngn’s.
“Since we caught Osama do I still have to take my laptop out at security.” – Steve Nash, the Canadian
“Or will the, as to be expected, retaliation by the “terrorist” networks justify an escalation of American military action? Such a master stroke. This sh!t is chess, it ain’t checkers!” – Zarakyah, the ALMOST all knowing
READ EM SON!!