Monday, June 25, 2007

Attend the Emergency Anti War Convention

(originally published at OpEdNews)

There will be an Emergency Anti War Convention in Philadelphia on the fourth of July (note the flyer).

The convention will be attended by activist groups who support impeachment, who want to end the war in Iraq and who want a real investigation in what happened in the lead up to September 11, 2001, what has happened since September 11, 2001 and especially want to know exactly what happened on September 11, 2001 and exactly who was responsible. We especially intend to prove who was responsible and incarcerate them as quickly as a jury can find them guilty. If removing them from any political office is part of the process, we plan on doing that as well. We may not know exactly how at this time, but waiting for a complicit Congress is no longer part of the plan.

Our message to them is, despite whatever power they may have, we have the power of the people on our side. Who ever you are, you do not intimidate nor frighten us, unlike the effect you seem to have on members of Congress.

This convention is going to be more than a mere demonstration!

We feel that almost the entirety of our government, which includes all three branches and both parties, is more or less playing poker for the C-Span cameras on a daily basis. Nothing seems important enough to compel members of Congress to engage in tough, fact based debate with the goal of resolving the important issues of our day.

We are still mired in a no win situation in Iraq which is killing members of the American military as well as Iraqi citizens, there has been no truly independent panel created with subpoena power to answer glaring anomalies surrounding the tragedy of September 11, 2001, there has not yet been a serious attempt by The House to send articles of impeachment to The Senate which address the obvious crimes committed by the Cheney/Bush Regime, the leaders of this country are seriously considering creating more death and destruction by preemptively attacking Iran, our nation is about to give way to a "North American Union" which will have more devastating effects upon Americans and the American work force and there are a plethora of domestic issues which Congress is either ignoring or about which they've engaged in fine theatrics.

The last straw, of course, was the hyped up election and election results of November 8, 2006.

The so called Democratic Party proved itself to be only the other part of The Corporacracy.

The phrase "take our country back" has been bandied around like a cheap, rolled up pair of socks.

However, without any help forthcoming from those "inside the system", it is, indeed, time for we, the people, to take our country back.

Please read the flyer below as it does a good job of explaining the goal of the Convention and we would be extremely grateful if you attended this historic convention and help us get this off the ground.

To friendship,

“The big thieves hang the little ones.” - Czech Proverb

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An invitation to the:

Independence Center, Philadelphia, PA
JULY 4, 2007, Starting 1 PM

In the spirit of our Declaration of Independence, join activist organizations throughout the country to collaborate and forge common strategies and actions. As our forefathers of this nation did, we too must face tyranny, this time from the collusion of government, big business, media, and religion.

We convene to form a strategic alliance with peace, pro-impeachment, civil liberties, 9/11 Truth, and other groups to develop a comprehensive strategy and implement actions to deal with this emergency.

Together we can eliminate the common root cause of our separate activist concerns. During this time of urgency, petty differences or past transgressions diminish as the need for each other increase, we need each other now. Through this union we can access the only power feared by this corrupt alliance … the power of community.

The convention will be inclusive as each delegate will have the floor to describe their organization, primary concerns, strategies and actions they propose. These strategies and actions will be part of further discussions. There will be time for deliberation and participation in break-out groups. Other activities include showing documentaries that support your cause at a separate theater for delegates and general public.

This is also a media opportunity as already we have received national coverage through our radio ads. The entire event will be simulcast globally through the internet as well as filmed. Come and be part of history.

Register: describe your organization, and number attending, email:
Collaborate: send your suggestions on agenda and events for the available eight hours.
Network with other activist groups and expand your influence.
Access the power of community that will bring needed change.

Events begin at 1 PM on July 4
Located at Independence Center, 6th and Market St., Philadelphia
Endorsed By: World Can’t Wait, Temple University Anti-War, Northeast 9/11 Truth, Green Party of Vermont, Peace Action-Delaware Valley, Philadelphia Regional Anti-War Network, Students for a Democratic Society- Delaware Valley

Paul Deslauriers email:
Phone: 413-232-7888
Bruce Marshall email:
Phone: 802-767-6079

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Emergency Anti War Convention, Philadelphia, July 4, 2007

(originally published at OpEdNews)

“Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he who gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it’s ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a changin’.” – Bob Dylan, 1963

That’s right, folks, nineteen hundred and sixty-three. I was thirteen years old and I was told that the big bad communists in North Vietnam just shot at one of our destroyers. I was told that, if we didn’t fight back, the North Vietnamese were going to take over Democratic South Vietnam and then Laos, Cambodia, Burma, The Philippines and even New Zealand and Australia would fall!

After misleading the American people about the phantom attack on the American destroyer Maddox in The Gulf of Tonkin, Lyndon Johnson went so far as to proclaim, “If we quit Vietnam, tomorrow we'll be fighting in Hawaii and next week we'll have to fight in San Francisco.”

My god, people, what in the hell does this sound like to you! Does this not reek of “if we don’t fight them over there, we’ll have to fight them over here.”?

What I wasn’t told when I was thirteen was that the very same commander who reported being attacked by the North Vietnamese in The Gulf Of Tonkin on August 4, 1964, Captain John Herrick, retracted his original report after further investigation.

However, Lyndon Johnson, getting all he needed with the first, erroneous report, ignored Herrick’s correction and the rest, as they say, is one sad history.

What I wasn’t told when I was thirteen was that the “Democratic” South was under the leadership of a madman, Ngo Dinh Diem. He was the only South Vietnamese leader to whom we listened. We listened to him because, while we were trying to make a case to invade Vietnam and save the South, Roman Catholic Diem was making us look bad with his killing of Buddhists and his favoring of Roman Catholics, who made up only 10% of the population, for high government positions.

The US, by way, of course, of the CIA, paid several generals to overthrow Diem. They did this and then they killed him.

The leaders that followed Diem were only nominal as the United States government and military acted as if they were the government of South Vietnam. The United States ignored subsequent leaders of Vietnam when they asked for help in fighting a violently bloody civil war which may not have been nearly as intense if the factions in Vietnam were allowed to resolve their own internal conflict.

“Those who can not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Why is it that Americans fall into this category so frequently and so easily? Why did Americans believe two presidents when they promised to keep us out of a European war?

Why does everything written above about Vietnam sound so familiar? Why have we fallen for it again?

Not only are Americans still saying that we need to win the war in Iraq, whatever that looks like, but there are those who to this day blame “hippies” or peace advocates for our “loosing” the war in Vietnam and proclaim that, if we “lose” the war in Iraq, it will be the same, “unpatriotic” peace advocates who will be the cause.

Hey, ole blood and guts, why aren’t the presidents who lied to get us into Vietnam and Iraq the causes of our losing? How about if we didn’t send an army into a nation we had no business sending an army into, there would have been no war to lose? How about maybe those who’ve obviously forgotten our history enough to allow it to be repeated are the people who lost in Vietnam and are losing in Iraq?

We never lost the war in Vietnam. We lost our morality in Vietnam once it was lost in Washington D. C. and we’re not going to lose in Iraq. We’ve lost our morality once again in Iraq once it was lost in Washington D. C.

What about the fact that we’ve allowed The United States of America to become The Former United States of America because there is a faction of the population who believes that the American government has always been infallible? What about the fact that we’ve finally allowed ourselves to be governed by one political party, The Corporacracy?

Even our two so called maverick presidential candidates are too chicken shit to remove their feet from inside The Corporacracy’s door. The Democrats don’t want Dennis Kucinich to run for president and The Republicans don’t want Ron Paul to run for president and yet Kucinich still runs as a Democrat and Paul as a Republican.

These two men say that their parties have lost their way, that the parties’ bases have to change the parties into what they once were.

The Democratic Party and The Republican Party are havin’ a party and have no intention of changing or allowing any other organization to put its own candidate up for president. Comfort and greed bloat both arms of The Corporacracy.

Has the Democratic Party done anything for which it was elected? Death in Iraq has not slowed down since November of 2006. They had no intention of facing off against The Regime because, for those insulated reds and blues, it’s all a very high stakes game of chance. The stakes are what they are in most games of chance, dollars.

“The times they are a-changin’.”

If the result of the Philadelphia Emergency Anti War Convention isn’t a major paradigm in this nation, the curtain may very well fall on this, just one more in a long line of stupid empires.

We need a paradigm and only we the people can implement it!

To friendship,

“It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” - Gore Vidal

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Our Next Target – The Mainstream Media

(originally published at OpEdNews)

I wrote the letter below to my local newspaper, The Contra Costa Times, on May 22, 2007, including the preface which was a note to the newspaper not meant for publication.

Today is June 3, 2007 and, after obviously having learned, if in no other way than through my letter to the editor, that The Regime has set itself up to easily officially become the dictatorial power in The Former United States of America (The FUSA), The Times has not contacted me about publishing the letter.

More importantly, from what I can gather by doing a search on The Contra Costa Times web site, this newspaper has not even covered the drastic change in national security policy.

I hope that the editorial staff at The Contra Costa Times will believe, as I do, that this information is urgent and time sensitive.
If you like having George W. Bush as your president or The Regime of which it seems George W. Bush is just a minor part, as your leader, you’ll love National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51.

In it, under any catastrophic condition, as vaguely defined by this directive, anywhere in the world, George W. Bush will become a dictator.

He’ll not be a dictator in The United States of America or, actually, The Former United States of America, as The Regime has divided the citizens of this country against one another. Under NSPD 51, the USA will become the ECG , The Enduring Constitutional Government (and it will be anything but constitutional).

If you go to on the official White House web site and read this directive, you’ll see that it can’t be taken any other way.

If the mainstream media does not report on this directive, it will be complicit in installing the first self appointed dictator in the history of our nation.

Two questions come to mind when thinking about this directive.

Why now, as we draw closer to the 2008 presidential election?

How can anyone support this regime?

Michael Bonanno
Antioch, CA 94531
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I have just finished writing a follow-up letter to The Contra Costa Times.

I sent you the letter to the editor found below on 5/22/07.

The subject of the letter is the new National Security Presidential Directive,
. This directive was created and published on the official White House web site on May 9, 2007. It revokes National Security Presidential Decision Directive 67 which was created in October of 1998 and which, along with FEMA’s Federal Preparedness Response Circular 65 adequately covered the necessary scenarios to maintain a Constitutional Government in case of a legitimate catastrophic event.

One may have a more difficult time reading FPRC 65 than NSPD 51 because the former rightly spreads the responsibility for maintaining a Constitutional Government among the many administrative departments which should be involved in that task.

National Presidential Security Directive 51 is easier and quicker to read because all power goes to “The President”. In addition, the parameters which define a “catastrophic event” are very loosely widened, making NSPD 51 extremely easy to implement.

Not only have you not published my letter, but I can not find any coverage of this extreme and unnecessary updating of a national emergency plan by doing a search on The Contra Costa Times web site.

I know that some people would rather call others names, such as “alarmists”, than to closely investigate changes in our government’s policies as extreme as the NSPD 51 is. I hope that this isn’t the reason you’re not publishing my letter.

I would also like to know what you think it is about NSPDD 67/FPRC 65 that necessitated their revocations and the implementation of NSPD 51.

By its not even covering this change in policy, The Times obviously concurs that NSPDD 67/FPRC 65 was inadequate and that it was so obviously necessary to potentially bestow dictatorial powers upon George W. Bush based upon a very loose and widely encompassing definition of a “catastrophic event” that it wasn’t even important to let the American people know.

Do you honestly look at the implementation of a national policy change that easily opens the door to dictatorship for the president as being “no big deal” or “all in a day’s work”?

Please help me understand why The Times does not find this drastic change in national emergency policy important enough to report to the people.

Michael Bonanno

I urge anyone and everyone reading this article to write to their local newspapers and to bring this unwarranted and dangerous national security policy change to their attention.

I urge you to follow-up often until they either publish your letter or give you a reason why they don’t feel that this policy change warrants publishing your letter.

If your local newspaper has not even covered this change, I urge you to ask them why they don’t feel that covering it is important.

I ask you to share their reasoning with the rest of us. Who knows, maybe we are being “alarmists” in this case. If so, we should probably stop.

On the other hand, we should want everyone, everywhere to know any lame reasons why a newspaper doesn’t find a government’s setting itself up to easily become a totalitarian power newsworthy.

As a final step, I would urge everyone who is reading this article and who learns of the excuses by specific newspapers for not covering this important directive to not only become a thorn in the side of your own local newspaper, but to write to the other newspapers that refuse to cover this policy change and to become thorns in their sides as well.

If the mainstream media won’t cover important events or ask hard questions of our so called leaders, then we must continue to cover important events and ask hard questions of the mainstream media.

It’s time to start relentlessly catalyzing the mainstream media.

To friendship,
Michael Bonanno

“Writers are the engineers of human souls.” – Joseph Stalin

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