11/21 U.S.Controls Pak. Nukes; .Military Strike on Pak. Urged; Coming: Media 'Single Core' War Message; Indigenous Resistan

"I think that an objective analysis of events that are taking place on this earth today points towards some type of ultimate showdown. You can call it political showdown, or even a showdown between the economic systems that exist on this earth which almost boil down along racial lines. I do believe that there will be a clash between East and West. I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation."
Malcolm X

Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq
A documentary film by John Pilger
Sanctions enforced by the UN on Iraq since the Gulf War have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, including over half a million children - many of whom weren't even born when the Gulf War began.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15385.htm

Pak Nukes Already Under US Control: Report
By Times Of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/The_United_States/Pak_nukes_alr...
In a stunning disclosure certain to stir up things in Washington's (and in Islamabad and New Delhi's) strategic community, the [private intelligence] journal Stratfor reported on Monday that the "United States delivered a very clear ultimatum to Musharraf in the wake of 9/11: Unless Pakistan allowed US forces to take control of Pakistani nuclear facilities, the United States would be left with no choice but to destroy those facilities, possibly with India's help."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18752.htm

US military strike on Pakistan advocated
Khalid Hasan, Daily Times
Two experts have proposed that the US should take pre-emptive action to secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons before they fall into the wrong hands. Frederick Kagan of the neocon American Enterprise Institute and Michael O’Hanlon of the neoliberal Brookings Institution argue in an article published in the New York Times on Sunday that the US simply cannot stand by as a nuclear-armed Pakistan descended into the abyss. Nor would it be strategically prudent to withdraw US forces from an improving situation in Iraq to cope with a deteriorating one in Pakistan....
While admitting that all possible military initiatives to avoid those possibilities are daunting, given Pakistan’s size and complexity and the scanty US knowledge about the location of its nuclear weapons, the US would have to act before a complete government collapse, and for that it would need the cooperation of "moderate Pakistani forces".
Possible plan: One possible plan would be a Special Forces operation with the limited goal of preventing Pakistan’s nuclear materials and warheads from getting into the wrong hands. Given the degree to which Pakistani nationalists cherish these assets, it is unlikely the United States would get permission to destroy them. Somehow, American forces would have to team with Pakistanis to secure critical sites and possibly to move the material to a safer place. For the United States, the safest bet would be shipping the material to someplace like New Mexico, but even pro-American Pakistanis would be unlikely to cooperate. It would be better for the US to settle for establishing a remote redoubt within Pakistan, with the nuclear technology guarded by elite Pakistani forces backed up and watched over by crack international troops. It is realistic to think that such a mission might be undertaken within days of a decision to act. The price for rapid action and secrecy, however, would probably be a very small international coalition. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38364

India: Army Begins Exercise Near Pakistani Border
Nov 20, 2007
https://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/barrier.php?err=3&prodid=&subi...

U.S. PLAYS PASSIVE OBSERVER..
U.S. Is Looking Past Musharraf in Case He Falls
Officials involved in the discussions in Washington said the Bush administration remained wary of the perception that the United States was cutting back-room deals to install the next leader of Pakistan. “They don’t want to encourage another military coup, but they are also beginning to understand that Musharraf has become part of the problem,” said one former official with knowledge of the debates inside the Bush administration...
the State Department and the Pentagon now say they recognize that the Pakistani Army remains a powerful force for stability in Pakistan, and that there is little prospect of an Islamic takeover if General Musharraf should fall. If General Musharraf is forced from power, they say, it would most likely be in a gentle push by fellow officers, who would try to install a civilian president and push for parliamentary elections to produce the next prime minister, perhaps even Ms. Bhutto, despite past strains between her and the military.
Many Western diplomats in Islamabad said they believed that even a flawed arrangement like that one was ultimately better than an oppressive and unpopular military dictatorship under General Musharraf. Such a scenario would be a return to the diffuse and sometimes unwieldy democracy that Pakistan had in the 1990s before General Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup. But the diplomats also warned that removing the general might not be that easy. Army generals are unlikely to move against General Musharraf unless certain “red lines” are crossed, such as countrywide political protests or a real threat of a cutoff of American military aid to Pakistan.... Pakistan’s cadre of elite generals, called the corps commanders, have long been kingmakers inside the country. At the top of that cadre is Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, General Musharraf’s designated successor as army chief. General Kayani is a moderate, pro-American infantry commander who is widely seen as commanding respect within the army and, within Western circles, as a potential alternative to General Musharraf....
“But what keeps Musharraf in the position he is in with the military is the huge largess from the United States.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/15/washington/15policy.html?th&emc=th

Note: Next stages of U.S. world war for "full-spectrum dominance" to require even more stringent state surveillance and control of information
U.S. Ponders War Message, and How Best to Deliver It
By THOM SHANKER
A complex debate is under way within the State Department and Pentagon about how to shape and transmit their messages -- to their own personnel, to the nation at large and overseas during a time of war...There is no disagreement that extremist and terrorist ideology is spread over the Internet and by videos with far more agility than either the administration or the military has mustered. The debate is over what to do. A study addressing that question is being prepared for release by the Defense Science Board, an advisory panel at the Defense Department. The study, titled “Strategic Communication,” calls for restructuring how the government organizes and disseminates the nation’s messages.
A set of briefing slides that accompanies the study includes a recommendation to consolidate the government’s various efforts by appointing a deputy national security adviser who would serve as assistant to the president for strategic communication. It also urges creating a permanent deputy under secretary of defense for policy in charge of strategic communication....
The goal is creating what those officials call “a single core message” to be transmitted using “the full use of traditional and new media to counter ideological support for terrorism.” Supporters of that view say responsibility for those efforts should be placed under what they envision as a Pentagon office of “Support for Public Diplomacy.”Some involved in the debate over the government’s information and public affairs programs say there are broader international implications. “Our credibility is at stake,” said Representative Adam Smith, the Washington Democrat who serves as the subcommittee chairman... “If you go back to the cold war, we had a military buildup, but strategic communications was also a central part of our battle against Communism,” Mr. Smith said. “We have to get that same sense of importance in the current conflict.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/15/washington/15military.html?th&emc=th

U.S. Congress Legislates Genocide Of The Mind
Jeff Knaebel, ICH
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955, titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.The full text is available at www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=110-1955. It was passed with 404 votes in favor. A close reading within an historical context – keeping especially in mind the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and Presidential Executive Orders, pursuant to which the government has engaged in massive surveillance of its own citizens, as well as detentions, extraordinary renditions, assassinations, and torture – leads me to the following conclusions: * This is a "Thought Crime" bill of the type so often discussed in an Orwellian context. * It specifically targets the civilian population of the United States. *It defines "Violent Radicalization" as promoting any belief system that the government considers to be extremist. · "Homegrown Terrorism" and "Violent Radicalization" are defined as thought crimes. * Since the bill does not provide a specific definition of extremist belief system, it will be whatever the government at any given time deems it to be.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38340

Dangerous minds: Confession of an American thought criminal
By Jason Miller
Ninety-three percent of the filth “representing” us in the House voted in favor of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1955). Once this vile piece of legislation sails through the Senate and the sociopath on Pennsylvania Ave. gleefully slaps his endorsement on it, the mechanisms will be in place for our lords and masters to initiate programs that will make COINTELPRO and the murder of Fred Hampton look like child's play. http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2644.shtml

ARTICLE ON Total Intelligence Solutions FOLLOWING NEXT 2 BLURBS PUTS THE SCANDAL IN REAL CONTEXT..
The State Department's embattled inspector general suddenly removed himself Wednesday from investigations into security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, after belatedly acknowledging his brother sits on a Blackwater advisory board... The revelation came at a House hearing that cited allegations from current and former State Department employees — and the Justice Department — that Inspector General Howard Krongard had impeded investigations into Blackwater and the construction of the $740 million U.S. Embassy complex in Iraq. The allegations before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee added to the questions about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's management of the U.S. diplomatic presence in Iraq and of the State Department in Washington. Krongard initially said he was unaware his brother, former CIA executive director Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard, had financial ties with Blackwater. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004014928_krongard15.htm...

Blackwater's Brothers
JEREMY SCAHILL, The Nation
Every day, new revelations emerge in the mounting scandal rocking the Bush Administration and the mercenary company Blackwater Worldwide. Much of the attention focuses on the now infamous shooting spree in Baghdad’s Nisour Square on September 16, in which seventeen Iraqi civilians were killed and twenty-four wounded. FBI investigators are now alleging that fourteen were victims of unjustified and unprovoked shooting–some were shot while they were fleeing. Investigators also say they found nothing to substantiate Blackwater’s claims of being fired on by Iraqis. This comes a month after a US Army investigation determined there was "no enemy activity involved" and labeled the shootings a "criminal event." But while Blackwater gets hammered in the press, the behind-the-scenes actions of the company’s paymaster, the State Department, grow more scandalous by the minute... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38290

Total Intelligence Solutions
BLACKWATER'S BIGGER WORLD: CAPITALISM'S FASCIST INFRASTRUCTURE
The spies who came in for the gold
By Dana Hedgpeth
The Washington Post
First it became a brand name in security for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it's taking on intelligence. The Prince Group, the holding company that owns Blackwater Worldwide, has been building an operation that will sniff out intelligence about natural disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government. The operation has assembled a roster of former spooks — high-ranking figures from agencies such as the CIA and defense intelligence — that mirrors the slate of former military officials who run Blackwater. Its chairman is famed spy Cofer Black, the former head of counterterrorism at the CIA known for his leading role in many of the agency's more controversial programs, including the rendition and interrogation of al-Qaida suspects and the detention of some of them in secret prisons overseas.
Its chief executive: Robert Richer, a former CIA associate deputy director of operations who was heavily involved in running the agency's role in the Iraq war. Total Intelligence Solutions, which, like Blackwater, is part of the Prince Group, is one of a growing number of companies that offer intelligence services such as risk analysis to companies and governments. Because of its roster and its ties to owner Erik Prince, the multimillionaire former Navy SEAL, the company's thrust into this world highlights the blurring of lines between government, industry and activities formerly reserved for agents operating in the shadows. Richer, for instance, once served as the chief of the CIA's Near East division and is said to have ties with the king of Jordan. The CIA had spent millions helping train Jordan's intelligence service in exchange for information. Now Jordan has hired Blackwater to train its special forces. "Cofer can open doors," said Richer, who served more than two decades at the CIA. "I can open doors. We can generally get in to see who we need to see. We don't help pay bribes. We do everything within the law, but we can deal with the right minister or person."

Total Intel, as the company is known, is bringing "the skills traditionally honed by CIA operatives directly to the board room," Black said. Black had a 28-year career with the CIA. "They have the skills and background to do anything anyone wants," said R.J. Hillhouse, who writes a national-security blog called The Spy Who Billed Me. "There's no oversight. They're an independent company offering freelance espionage services. They're rent-a-spies." The heart of Total Intel operations is a suite on the ninth floor of a tower in Arlington, Va., patterned after the CIA counterterrorist center Black once ran, with analysts sitting at cubicles in the center of the room and glass offices of senior executives on the perimeter. A handful of analysts in their 20s or 30s sit hunched over Macintosh computers, scanning Web sites, databases, newspapers and chat rooms. The lights are dimmed. Three large-screen TVs play in the background, one showing Al-Jazeera. The room, called the Global Fusion Center, is manned 24/7, as analysts search for warnings on everything from terrorist plots on radical Islamic Web sites to possible political upheavals in Asia, labor strikes in South America and Europe, and economic upheavals that could affect a company's business. "We're not a private detective," Black said. "We provide intelligence to our clients. It's not about taking pictures. It's business intelligence. We collect all information that's publicly available. This is a completely legal enterprise. We break no laws. We don't go anywhere near breaking laws. We don't have to."

Total Intel was launched in February by Prince, who a decade ago opened a law enforcement training center in Moyock, N.C., that has since grown into a half-billion-dollar business called Blackwater Worldwide. Prince has nine other companies and subsidiaries in his Prince Group empire, offering a broad range of security and training services. (One, Blackwater Security Consulting, is under scrutiny because of a Sept. 16 shooting incident that involved some of its armed guards in Iraq, in which 17 Iraqi civilians were killed.)

Prince built Total Intel by buying two companies owned by Matt Devost, the Terrorism Research Center and Technical Defense Inc., and merging them with Black's consulting group, called the Black Group. Devost, a cyber security and risk-management expert, is now president of Total Intel....
The company won't reveal its earnings, the names of its customers or other details of its work. Even looking at the screen of an analyst at its Global Fusion Center wasn't allowed.... In their conference room overlooking the Global Fusion Center, Total Intel executives fired off a list of some of their work. Are some recent bombings at major cities in India isolated incidents or should you pull your personnel out? What are the political developments in Pakistan going to mean for your business? Is your company popping up on jihadist Web sites? There's been crime recently in the ports of Mexico, possibly by rogue police officers. Is the government going to be able to ensure safety?
Since 2000, the Terrorism Research Center portion of the company has done $1.5 million worth of contracts with the government, mainly from agencies like the Army, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Special Operations Command ...

Intel Official: Say Goodbye to Privacy
Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguards people's private communications and financial information.

Court Bars Secret Papers in Eavesdropping Case
The ruling was a partial victory for the Bus administration and signaled trouble for those trying to prove that an eavesdropping program was illegal.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/washington/17nsa.html?th&emc=th

SPYING HIGH & WIDE...
Holidays looming, Bush announcing steps to reduce air travel delays
President Bush has settled on steps intended to reduce air traffic congestion and long delays that have left passengers stranded....
...Congestion is not the only problem for air travelers.
A report made public Wednesday said government investigators smuggled liquid explosives and detonators past airport security, exposing a dangerous hole in the nation's ability to keep these forbidden items off of airplanes. The investigators learned about the components to make an improvised explosive device and an improvised incendiary device on the Internet and purchased the parts at local stores, said the report by the Government Accountability Office. Investigators were able to purchase the components for the two devices for under $150, and they studied the published guidelines for screening to determine how to conceal the prohibited items as they went through checkpoint security. At the end of the testing, investigators concluded that terrorists could use publicly available information and a few cheaply available supplies to damage an airplane and threaten passenger safety. The covert tests were conducted at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at 19 airports in March, May and June of this year. The GAO did not identify the airports.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004015729_webairtrave...

...IMPERIAL SYNCHRONICITY...

Security to snarl travel to Britain
Travelers face new delays and disruption on trips to Britain under government plans unveiled Wednesday to tighten defenses against terrorism at airports, rail stations and major public spaces....
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said airports and 250 of the busiest train terminals will get new blast barriers. The recommendations include new baggage checks at major rail terminals, strict limits on cars dropping travelers off near departure gates, and — at times of heightened threat — frisking customers before they enter shopping malls. Thousands of movie theaters, shopping malls, hospitals and schools will be advised on how to protect against bombs.
Brown said Internet and technology companies will be asked to help stop online terrorist propaganda, and he announced that a meeting would be convened with leading British Internet service providers to find ways of doing that. Along with possibly removing customers' sites, service providers also might be pressured to block ones hosted abroad.
Brown told Parliament major work was needed to isolate extremist preachers and neutralize their message, particularly after worries that schoolchildren have access to violent propaganda.Jonathan Evans, head of the domestic spy agency MI5, claimed last week that young teenagers were being radicalized to carry out terrorist plots. Public libraries and universities will also check that extremist literature is not being handed out on their premises.
The plan is the result of a sweeping security review of nearly 900 public spaces by Terrorism Minister Alan West, former head of navy and defense intelligence...West warned that the battle against extremists would likely last a generation. "It will take 30 years to excise that cancer of terrorism, I believe," he said. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2004015051_britterror15.htm...

UK: Terror crackdown: Passengers forced to answer 53 questions BEFORE they can travel:
For every journey, security officials will want credit card details, holiday contact numbers, travel plans, email addresses, car numbers and even any previous missed flights. http://snipurl.com/1tpmn

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross
Sinclair Lewis
fascist terror came to north america with the original invader-settlers and driven by its ideological engine, racism, has always been capitalism's mode of rule over oppressed peoples and nations here and worldwide.
liz burbank

Executed ‘Walking While Black’ in Miami
Miami by Mel Reeves
http://www.blackagendareport.com/
Only 20 yards from his home, walking with friends on his way back from the local laundromat, Gracia Beaugris was shot dead by a Miami policeman. Three bullets ripped into the unarmed, 19 year-old Haitian immigrant - two of them as he lay on the ground, defenseless. The police union declared that the cop should have unleashed the fatal barrage even sooner. Miami-Dade Community Relations apologists swarmed the neighborhood, seeking reconciliation of the unforgivable. The Black police chief wonders why nobody trusts him to investigate the crime, while the state's attorney conducts business as usual from an office that has "failed to indict a single officer in brutality and wrongful death cases in over 20 years." Read more...

Young Black Man Killed by 20 Police Bullets in Brooklyn
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/nyregion/14shooting.html?pagewanted=2&...
Khiel Coppin, was struck by 10 of the bullets fired by the police and was later pronounced dead. The police say he was holding a hairbrush.
At the building where Mr. Coppin lived, several people described officers swarming in the street, their guns drawn, focusing on Mr. Coppin. Mr. Coppin’s friends, acquaintances and others marched to the 79th Precinct station house to protest the shooting of an unarmed black man nearly a year after another black man, Sean Bell, was killed in a hail 50 police bullets in Queens.

HLG mimics Bill Crosby: Black Misleaders job to to keep Blacks enslaved to capitalism to prevent revolutionary struggle and leadership
Forty Acres and a Gap in Wealth
By HENRY LOUIS GATES Jr.
...The historical basis for the gap between the black middle class and underclass shows that ending discrimination, by itself, would not eradicate black poverty and dysfunction. We also need intervention to promulgate a middle-class ethic of success among the poor, while expanding opportunities for economic betterment.
Perhaps Margaret Thatcher, of all people, suggested a program that might help. In the 1980s, she turned 1.5 million residents of public housing projects in Britain into homeowners. It was certainly the most liberal thing Mrs. Thatcher did, and perhaps progressives should borrow a leaf from her playbook. The telltale fact is that the biggest gap in black prosperity isn’t in income, but in wealth. According to a study by the economist Edward N. Wolff, the median net worth of non-Hispanic black households in 2004 was only $11,800 — less than 10 percent that of non-Hispanic white households, $118,300. Perhaps a bold and innovative approach to the problem of black poverty — one floated during the Civil War but never fully put into practice — would be to look at ways to turn tenants into homeowners. Sadly, in the wake of the subprime mortgage debacle, an enormous number of houses are being repossessed. But for the black poor, real progress may come only once they have an ownership stake in American society.
People who own property feel a sense of ownership in their future and their society. They study, save, work, strive and vote. And people trapped in a culture of tenancy do not. The sad truth is that the civil rights movement cannot be reborn until we identify the causes of black suffering, some of them self-inflicted. Why can’t black leaders organize rallies around responsible sexuality, birth within marriage, parents reading to their children and students staying in school and doing homework? Imagine Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson distributing free copies of Virginia Hamilton’s collection of folktales “The People Could Fly” or Dr. Seuss, and demanding that black parents sign pledges to read to their children. What would it take to make inner-city schools havens of learning?
John Kenneth Galbraith once told me that the first step in reversing the economic inequalities that blacks face is greater voter participation, and I think he was right. Politicians will not put forth programs aimed at the problems of poor blacks while their turnout remains so low.
If the correlation between land ownership and success of African-Americans argues that the chasm between classes in the black community is partly the result of social forces set in motion by the dismal failure of 40 acres and a mule, then we must act decisively. If we do not, ours will be remembered as the generation that presided over a permanent class divide, a slow but inevitable process that began with the failure to give property to the people who had once been defined as property.
Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor at Harvard, is the author of the forthcoming “In Search of Our Roots.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/opinion/18gates.html?th=&emc=th&pagewa...

KATRINA MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Whites Take a Majority on New Orleans's Council
In one of the clearest signs of Hurricane Katrina's lasting demographic impact, the City Council will have a white majority for the first time in over two decades. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/us/nationalspecial/20orleans.html?th&e...

In Mississippi, Poor Lag in Hurricane Aid
The state has spent $1.7 billion in federal money on programs that have mostly benefited relatively affluent residents and big businesses. The money has gone to compensate many middle- and upper-income homeowners, to aid utility companies whose equipment was damaged and to prop up the state’s insurance system. http://snipurl.com/1tsxm

"Watercure" declared illegal torture, Mississippi Supreme Court 1926
Stephen Soldz
1926, the Mississippi Supreme Court found that "the water cure" [aka "waterboarding"], "well known to the bench and bar of the country" was illegal torture, and threw out a conviction of a young African-American male, charged with killing a white man because his confession was secured by *the cure* obtained with its use:
Fisher relied on a case called White v. State, 182, 91 So. 903, 904 (Miss. 1922), in which the court took — as I understand history in those parts — the unusual step of reversing the murder conviction of a young African-American male, charged with killing a white man (it appears), because his confession was secured by *the cure*. The court said: ". . . [T]he hands of appellant were tied behind him, he was laid upon the floor upon his back, and, while some of the men stood upon his feet, Gilbert, a very heavy man, stood with one foot entirely upon appellant’s breast, and the other foot entirely upon his neck. While in that position what is described as the "water cure" was administered to extort a confession as to where the money was hidden which was supposed to have been taken from the dead man. The "water cure" appears to have consisted of pouring water from a dipper into the nose of appellant, so as to strangle him, thus causing pain and horror, for the purpose of forcing a confession. Under these barbarous circumstances the appellant readily confessed . . . " http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38333

Raising Children Behind Bars
The rush to criminalize children has set the country on a dangerous path.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/opinion/20tue3.html?th&emc=th

top-down social -democrat state-capitalism threatens U.S. domination of Venezuela and Latin American continent...
Chávez's Vision Shares Wealth and Centers Power
In a sweeping revision of the constitution backed by President Hugo Chávez, Venezuela seems likely to start an extraordinary experiment in centralized, oil-fueled socialism. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/world/americas/17venez.html?th&emc=th

"The Assassination of Hugo Chavez"
By Greg Palast. Video Report
In my interview with the president of Venezuela on March 28, he made Bush the following astonishing offer: Chavez would drop the price of oil to $50 a barrel, "not too high, a fair price," he said — a third less than the $75 a barrel for oil recently posted on the spot market. That would bring down the price at the pump by about a buck, from $3 to $2 a gallon. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18724.htm

Coup D'État Rumblings in Venezuela
Stephen Lendman
The Bush administration tried and failed three prior times to oust Hugo Chavez since its first aborted two-day coup attempt in April, 2002. Through FOIA requests, lawyer, activist and author Eva Golinger uncovered top secret CIA documents of US involvement that included an intricate financing scheme involving the quasi-governmental agency, National Endowment of Democracy (NED), and US Agency for International Development (USAID). The documents also showed the White House, State Department and National Security Agency had full knowledge of the scheme, had to have approved it, and there's little doubt of CIA involvement as it's always part of this kind of dirty business. what went on then may be happening again in a fourth made-in-Washington attempt to oust the Venezuelan leader... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38379

Chiquita sued for Colombia killings
Leading banana producer, Chiquita Brands International, has been sued for funding and arming a Colombian paramilitary organisation accused of killing banana growers.
http://snipurl.com/1tpml

Muslim Charities: Denial of Due Process to Muslims Disgraces Us All
Katherine Hughes
Naylor points out that the government is aware of the discrepancy between what people are convicted of and what they are sentenced for:
Since the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Government has pursued its "war on terror" on two fronts. The obvious one is the military front, which has taken American soldiers to battle in places like Afghanistan and Iraq; less obvious is the financial front. The government has instituted a strategy of tracking and freezing money internationally as a way to stem the flow of the "terror-dollar" which it sees as the "lifeblood" of terrorist operations.1 ... Thomas Naylor, a McGill University professor and author of Satanic Purses: Money, Myth and Misinformation in the War on Terror, accuses the U.S. government of fueling the myth of "coordinated global terror" to justify targeting Muslim charities in the U.S. and since September 11, 2001, six major U.S. Muslim charities and several smaller Muslim charities have been shut down.6 ... The government assault on U.S.-based Muslim charities has left many Muslim communities with some of their most esteemed members behind bars. Associates of charities are often held without bail and subjected to smear campaigns by the government and press long before their cases come anywhere near a court of law.12 They are denied the most basic rights of due process: the right to liberty, to be secure in their persons from unreasonable search and seizure, to a speedy trial by an impartial jury, to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusations, and to be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.13 Many Muslims have been virtually forced to accept plea agreements, either because they did not believe they could get fair trials in the post-9/11 climate and the consequences of losing at trial under present draconian federal sentencing laws was too big a gamble to take, or because they were threatened with being declared "enemy combatants" and stripped of their rights under the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. Constitution....
Those few who chose to go to trial, trusting in the integrity of the U.S. legal system, faced gross impediments to achieving even a measure of justice. In addition to being held without bail, they were bankrupted, denied access to their own records and counsel, and subjected to trials that were not really about what they were ostensibly about.14 Where no link to terrorism could be found, the government prosecuted for routine white-collar crimes and then declared successes in the "war on terror." ... Naylor points out that the government is aware of the discrepancy between what people are convicted of and what they are sentenced for: When reporters queried these oddities, a federal prosecutor responded: "Bona fide terrorism is a matter of semantics. I don’t think you can draw conclusions based on what a person is convicted of." Indeed. In a further explanation of the inner workings of the justice system, he noted: "We charge them with readily provable offenses … rather than what they might actually have done."19 http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38345

25 Thousand Protest U.S. Army’s “School of Torture, Murder”
Matthew Bigg
Thousands of people demonstrated outside a big U.S. Army base on Sunday to demand the closure of a defense department training school they say promotes torture and murder in Latin America. Dennis Kucinich joined the annual protest outside the Fort Benning Army base in Georgia to shut down the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The institute is the defense department’s main Spanish-language training facility.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=38384

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Three Arrested as 300 Protest Torture at Ft. Huachuca
3 Arrests Sunday at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Huachuca, Ariz., as more than three hundred people rallied against torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Abu-Ghraib today outside the gates of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and school for interrogation. Photo of anti-torture protest in Tucson during the trial of Fr. Louie Viatale and Fr. Steve Kelly in 2007, both now in prison for kneeling in prayer at Fort Huachuca, home of the torture manuals leading to the disappearance, rape, torture and murder of Indigenous Peoples in Central and South America/ Photo Brenda Norrell
Today's demonstration at Ft. Huachuca took place in conjunction with the annual vigil at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where 25,000 people vigiled today and 11 were arrested as they called for closing the infamous School of the Americas (now named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). Dozens of Latin American military leaders who trained at the "School of Assassins" have since been convicted of torture, murder, and other heinous crimes in their own countries.
Fr. Louie Vitale and Fr. Steve Kelly, two priests who were arrested at last year's demonstration at Ft. Huachuca, are currently serving a five month prison sentence. For more information see http://tortureontrial.org/.

Response to "Today We Experienced America" Arresting Indigenous People on the Border
By Brenda Norrell
http://www.counterpunch.org/norrell11162007.html
Dear Miss Norrell:
Mahalo for the article that you've written. It is such an abomination that the US conducts itself with hypocrisy, prejudice, inhumanity, and arrogance. Being insensitive and disrespectful is unconscionable as well as bigoted. This ethnocentric behaviour is just another form of genocide promulgated by their doctrines of manifest destiny, imperialism, and hegemony of the WASP racist culture and society enforced on others who have their own culture, society, and country.
We Hawaii nationals have been fighting against that for well over a hundred years. We are still working toward the deoccupation of the US belligerent occupation within our Hawaiian Kingdom. We know the USA likes to make its own rules and revise their history to "white-wash" themselves (pardon the pun). It is clear that the US makes a mockery of freedom, justice, and the concept of democracy.
I find it strange that these Christians do not live and practice their religious belief and teachings; instead they embrace their base feelings. Isn't it odd that they can forgo their spirituality to feed their materialistic covetousness? Probably, it's their lack of faith and fear that they "gate" themselves to protect themselves from their own demons and treachery.
Aloha,
Tane

Three amigos at Indigenous Border Summit
Sebastian (far right) Mayan from Guatemala, spoke on the grim work of searching for bodies, including women and children, on Tohono O'odham land. Listen to Sebastian's reports, and a report from Pedro Sosa on stopping the immigration raids in Oregon at www.earthcycles.net/Photo Brenda Norrell

Call for help from Lipan Apache in Texas: Homeland Security and National Guard attempting to seize homelands for border wall:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/11/urgent-call-for-help-homeland-secu...

Bush-friendly corporations imprisoning migrants for profit in Texas:
http://www.riograndeguardian.com/columns3.asp

About the journalist Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter for 25 years. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she wrote articles for Navajo Times, AP and USA Today. Norrell served on the staff of Indian Country Today for most of the years since it was created in 1994.
She was terminated in 2006 after challenging censorship at the newspaper. The Censored Blog was created to combat the censorship of news about Indigenous Peoples, border injustice and international human rights.

In Thanksgiving Speech, Bush Urges Americans to Give Back
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/washington/20bush.html?th&emc=th

THE INDIANS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TERRORISM SINCE 1492

The Truth About Thanksgiving
http://www.vernoncoleman.com/thetruth.htm

The people who now describe themselves as `Americans' actually stole their
country from the Native Americans. They put the Indians in reservations
(which got smaller and smaller). The Indians were civilised and spiritual
but they had no guns and were an easy target. America was stolen by force.

At a meeting in New England in 1640 the following motions were put to the
assembly.

1. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.
2. The Lord may give the earth or any part of it to his chosen people.
3. We are his chosen people.

Naturally the assembled bunch of smug, barbarians voted `yes' to all these
motions, and thereby sanctified (in their minds) the theft of a nation.

It was generally agreed that the Indians were savages with no rights and yet
both the American constitution and the Declaration of Independence were
based on texts devised and used by Native American Indians - texts which
included fundamental ideas on liberty, freedom and even legislature.

The American Government signed 370 treaties with the Native Indians but
violated provisions in every one of these treaties.

The Americans now celebrate the theft of the country they call their own
with a feast called Thanksgiving.
Taken from `Rogue Nation' by Vernon Coleman, published by Blue Books and available from the shop on this website.

THE ORIGINAL THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION
06/20/1676
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5302.htm
"The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive
dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this
land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant
people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the
midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his
Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with
many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving
many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy,
and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal
Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly
we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not
consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies
are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should
take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be
found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as
well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions: 

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this
instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his
Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced,
but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as
diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a
People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend
it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction;
Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by
the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies
and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ." 

THE SUPPRESSED SPEECH OF
WAMSUTTA (FRANK B.) JAMES, WAMPANOAG
To have been delivered at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1970
http://home.earthlink.net/~uainendom/wmsuta.htm

Speech by Moonanum James, Co-Leader of United American Indians of New
England at the 29th National Day of Mourning, November 26, 1998
http://home.earthlink.net/~uainendom/Mnanum98.htm
"The greatest single acts of terrorism to date were not perpetrated by
Osama bin Laden, but by the US military when it dropped atomic bombs
on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
Speech by Moonanum James
32nd National Day of Mourning, 2001
http://home.earthlink.net/~uainendom/moonanum2001.html

The End of American Thanksgivings Will Be a Cause for Universal Rejoicing
http://www.blackcommentator.com/66/66_cover_thanksgiving.html

The Mayflower's cultural heirs are programmed to find glory in
their own depravity and savagery in their helpless victims.

Nobody but Americans celebrates Thanksgiving. It is reserved by history
and the intent of “the founders” as the supremely white American holiday,
the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the
imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis,
and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most
loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year – a pure glorification of
racist barbarity.

We at are thankful that the day grows nearer when the almost four
centuries-old abomination will be deprived of its reason for being: white
supremacy. Then we may all eat and drink in peace and gratitude for the
blessings of humanity’s deliverance from the rule of evil men.

Thanksgiving is much more than a lie – if it were that simple, an
historical correction of the record of events in 1600s Massachusetts would
suffice to purge the “flaw” in the national mythology. But Thanksgiving is
not just a twisted fable, and the mythology it nurtures is itself
inherently evil. The real-life events – subsequently revised – were
perfectly understood at the time as the first, definitive triumphs of the
genocidal European project in New England. The near-erasure of Native
Americans in Massachusetts and, soon thereafter, from most of the remainder
of the northern English colonial seaboard was the true mission of the
Pilgrim enterprise – Act One of the American Dream. African Slavery
commenced contemporaneously – an overlapping and ultimately inseparable Act
Two.

The last Act in the American drama must be the “root and branch”
eradication of all vestiges of Act One and Two – America’s seminal crimes
and formative projects. Thanksgiving as presently celebrated – that is, as
a national political event – is an affront to civilization.

Celebrating the unspeakable

White America embraced Thanksgiving because a majority of that population
glories in the fruits, if not the unpleasant details, of genocide and
slavery and feels, on the whole, good about their heritage: a cornucopia
of privilege and national power. Children are taught to identify with the
good fortune of the Pilgrims. It does not much matter that the Native
American and African holocausts that flowed from the feast at Plymouth are
hidden from the children’s version of the story – kids learn soon enough
that Indians were made scarce and Africans became enslaved. But they will
also never forget the core message of the holiday: that the Pilgrims were
good people, who could not have purposely set such evil in motion. Just as
the first Thanksgivings marked the consolidation of the English toehold in
what became the United States, the core ideological content of the holiday
serves to validate all that has since occurred on these shores – a national
consecration of the unspeakable, a balm and benediction for the victors, a
blessing of the fruits of murder and kidnapping, and an implicit obligation
to continue the seamless historical project in the present day.

The Thanksgiving story is an absolution of the Pilgrims, whose brutal quest
for absolute power in the New World is made to seem both religiously
motivated and eminently human. Most importantly, the Pilgrims are depicted
as victims – of harsh weather and their own naïve yet wholesome visions of
a new beginning. In light of this carefully nurtured fable, whatever
happened to the Indians, from Plymouth to California and beyond, in the
aftermath of the 1621 dinner must be considered a mistake, the result of
misunderstandings – at worst, a series of lamentable tragedies. The story
provides the essential first frame of the American saga. It is unalloyed
racist propaganda, a tale that endures because it served the purposes of a
succession of the Pilgrims’ political heirs, in much the same way that
Nazi-enhanced mythology of a glorious Aryan/German past advanced another
murderous, expansionist mission.

Thanksgiving is quite dangerous – as were the Pilgrims.

Rejoicing in a cemetery

The English settlers, their ostensibly religious venture backed by a
trading company, were glad to discover that they had landed in a virtual
cemetery in 1620. Corn still sprouted in the abandoned fields of the
Wampanoags, but only a remnant of the local population remained around the
fabled Rock. In a letter to England, Massachusetts Bay colony founder John
Winthrop wrote, "But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued
them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by
smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared
our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not
50, have put themselves under our protection."

Ever diligent to claim their own advantages as God’s will, the Pilgrims
thanked their deity for having “pursued” the Indians to mass death.
However, it was not divine intervention that wiped out most of the natives
around the village of Patuxet but, most likely, smallpox-embedded blankets
planted during an English visit or slave raid. Six years before the Pilgrim
landing, a ship sailed into Patuxet’s harbor, captained by none other than
the famous seaman and mercenary soldier John Smith, former leader of the
first successful English colony in the New World, at Jamestown, Virginia.
Epidemic and slavery followed in his wake, as Debra Glidden described in
IMDiversity.com:

In 1614 the Plymouth Company of England, a joint stock company, hired
Captain John Smith to explore land in its behalf. Along what is now the
coast of Massachusetts in the territory of the Wampanoag, Smith visited the
town of Patuxet according to "The Colonial Horizon," a 1969 book edited by
William Goetzinan. Smith renamed the town Plymouth in honor of his
employers, but the Wampanoag who inhabited the town continued to call it
Patuxet.

The following year Captain Hunt, an English slave trader, arrived at
Patuxet. It was common practice for explorers to capture Indians, take
them to Europe and sell them into slavery for 220 shillings apiece. That
practice was described in a 1622 account of happenings entitled "A
Declaration of the State of the Colony and Affairs in Virginia," written by
Edward Waterhouse. True to the explorer tradition, Hunt kidnapped a number
of Wampanoags to sell into slavery.

Another common practice among European explorers was to give "smallpox
blankets" to the Indians. Since smallpox was unknown on this continent
prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Native Americans did not have any
natural immunity to the disease so smallpox would effectively wipe out
entire villages with very little effort required by the Europeans. William
Fenton describes how Europeans decimated Native American villages in his
1957 work "American Indian and White relations to 1830." From 1615 to 1619
smallpox ran rampant among the Wampanoags and their neighbors to the north.
The Wampanoag lost 70 percent of their population to the epidemic and the
Massachusetts lost 90 percent.

Most of the Wampanoag had died from the smallpox epidemic so when the
Pilgrims arrived they found well-cleared fields which they claimed for
their own. A Puritan colonist, quoted by Harvard University's Perry Miller,
praised the plague that had wiped out the Indians for it was "the wonderful
preparation of the Lord Jesus Christ, by his providence for his people's
abode in the Western world."
Historians have since speculated endlessly on why the woods in the region
resembled a park to the disembarking Pilgrims in 1620. The reason should
have been obvious: hundreds, if not thousands, of people had lived there
just five years before.

In less than three generations the settlers would turn all of New England
into a charnel house for Native Americans, and fire the economic engines
of slavery throughout English-speaking America. Plymouth Rock is the place
where the nightmare truly began.

The uninvited?

It is not at all clear what happened at the first – and only – 
“integrated” Thanksgiving feast. Only two written accounts of the three-day
event exist, and one of them, by Governor William Bradford, was written 20
years after the fact. Was Chief Massasoit invited to bring 90 Indians with
him to dine with 52 colonists, most of them women and children? This seems
unlikely. A good harvest had provided the settlers with plenty of food,
according to their accounts, so the whites didn’t really need the
Wampanoag’s offering of five deer. What we do know is that there had been
lots of tension between the two groups that fall.  John Two-Hawks, who runs
the Native Circle web site, gives a sketch of the facts:
“Thanksgiving' did not begin as a great loving relationship between the
pilgrims and the Wampanoag, Pequot and Narragansett people.  In fact, in
October of 1621 when the pilgrim survivors of their first winter in Turtle
Island sat down to share the first unofficial 'Thanksgiving' meal, the
Indians who were there were not even invited!  There was no turkey, squash,
cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie.  A few days before this alleged feast took
place, a company of 'pilgrims' led by Miles Standish actively sought the
head of a local Indian chief, and an 11 foot high wall was erected around
the entire Plymouth settlement for the very purpose of keeping Indians
out!”

It is much more likely that Chief Massasoit either crashed the party, or
brought enough men to ensure that he was not kidnapped or harmed by the
Pilgrims. Dr. Tingba Apidta, in his “Black Folks’ Guide to Understanding
Thanksgiving,” surmises that the settlers “brandished their weaponry” early
and got drunk soon thereafter. He notes that “each Pilgrim drank at least
a half gallon of beer a day, which they preferred even to water. This daily
inebriation led their governor, William Bradford, to comment on his
people's ‘notorious sin,’ which included their ‘drunkenness and
uncleanliness’ and rampant ‘sodomy.’”

Soon after the feast the brutish Miles Standish “got his bloody prize,” Dr.
Apidta writes:
“He went to the Indians, pretended to be a trader, then beheaded an
Indian man named Wituwamat. He brought the head to Plymouth, where it was
displayed on a wooden spike for many years, according to Gary B. Nash, ‘as
a symbol of white power.’ Standish had the Indian man's young brother
hanged from the rafters for good measure. From that time on, the whites were
known to the Indians of Massachusetts by the name ‘Wotowquenange,’ which
in their tongue meant cutthroats and stabbers.”

What is certain is that the first feast was not called a “Thanksgiving” at
the time; no further integrated dining occasions were scheduled; and the
first, official all-Pilgrim “Thanksgiving” had to wait until 1637, when the
whites of New England celebrated the massacre of the Wampanoag’s southern
neighbors, the Pequots.

The real Thanksgiving Day Massacre

The Pequots today own the Foxwood Casino and Hotel, in Ledyard,
Connecticut, with gross gaming revenues of over $9 billion in 2000. This is
truly a (very belated) miracle, since the real first Pilgrim Thanksgiving
was intended as the Pequot’s epitaph. Sixteen years after the problematical
Plymouth feast, the English tried mightily to erase the Pequots from the
face of the Earth, and thanked God for the blessing.

Having subdued, intimidated or made mercenaries of most of the tribes of
Massachusetts, the English turned their growing force southward, toward the
rich Connecticut valley, the Pequot’s sphere of influence. At the point
where the Mystic River meets the sea, the combined force of English and
allied Indians bypassed the Pequot fort to attack and set ablaze a town
full of women, children and old people.

William Bradford, the former Governor of Plymouth and one of the
chroniclers of the 1621 feast, was also on hand for the great massacre of
1637:
"Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to
pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly
dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about
400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the
fire...horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a
sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought
so wonderfully for them, thus to enclose their enemies in their hands, and
give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enemy."

The rest of the white folks thought so, too. “This day forth shall be a day
of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots," read Governor
John Winthrop’s proclamation. The authentic Thanksgiving Day was born.

Most historians believe about 700 Pequots were slaughtered at Mystic. Many
prisoners were executed, and surviving women and children sold into slavery
in the West Indies. Pequot prisoners that escaped execution were parceled
out to Indian tribes allied with the English. The Pequot were thought to
have been extinguished as a people. According to IndyMedia, “The Pequot
tribe numbered 8,000 when the Pilgrims arrived, but disease had brought
their numbers down to 1,500 by 1637. The Pequot ‘War’ killed all but a
handful of remaining members of the tribe.”

But there were still too many Indians around to suit the whites of New
England, who bided their time while their own numbers increased to
critical, murderous mass.

Guest’s head on a pole

By the 1670s the colonists, with 8,000 men under arms, felt strong enough
to demand that the Pilgrims’ former dinner guests the Wampanoags disarm and
submit to the authority of the Crown. After a series of settler provocations
in 1675, the Wampanoag struck back, under the leadership of Chief Metacomet,
son of Massasoit, called King Philip by the English. Metacomet/Philip,
whose wife and son were captured and sold into West Indian slavery, wiped
out 13 settlements and killed 600 adult white men before the tide of battle
turned. A 1996 issue of the Revolutionary Worker provides an excellent
narrative.

In their victory, the settlers launched an all-out genocide against the
remaining Native people. The Massachusetts government offered 20 shillings
bounty for every Indian scalp, and 40 shillings for every prisoner who
could be sold into slavery. Soldiers were allowed to enslave any Indian
woman or child under 14 they could capture. The "Praying Indians" who had
converted to Christianity and fought on the side of the European troops
were accused of shooting into the treetops during battles with "hostiles."
They were enslaved or killed. Other "peaceful" Indians of Dartmouth and
Dover were invited to negotiate or seek refuge at trading posts – and were
sold onto slave ships.

It is not known how many Indians were sold into slavery, but in this
campaign, 500 enslaved Indians were shipped from Plymouth alone. Of the
12,000 Indians in the surrounding tribes, probably about half died from
battle, massacre and starvation.

After King Philip's War, there were almost no Indians left free in the
northern British colonies. A colonist wrote from Manhattan's New York
colony: "There is now but few Indians upon the island and those few no ways
hurtful. It is to be admired how strangely they have decreased by the hand
of God, since the English first settled in these parts." In Massachusetts,
the colonists declared a "day of public thanksgiving" in 1676, saying,
"there now scarce remains a name or family of them [the Indians] but are
either slain, captivated or fled."
Fifty-five years after the original Thanksgiving Day, the Puritans had
destroyed the generous Wampanoag and all other neighboring tribes. The
Wampanoag chief King Philip was beheaded. His head was stuck on a pole in
Plymouth, where the skull still hung on display 24 years later.

This is not thought to be a fit Thanksgiving tale for the children of
today, but it’s the real story, well-known to the settler children of New
England at the time – the white kids who saw the Wampanoag head on the pole
year after year and knew for certain that God loved them best of all, and
that every atrocity they might ever commit against a heathen, non-white was
blessed.

There’s a good term for the process thus set in motion: nation-building.

Roots of the slave trade

The British North American colonists’ practice of enslaving Indians for
labor or direct sale to the West Indies preceded the appearance of the
first chained Africans at the dock in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. The
Jamestown colonists’ human transaction with the Dutch vessel was an
unscheduled occurrence. However, once the African slave trade became
commercially established, the fates of Indians and Africans in the colonies
became inextricably entwined. New England, born of up-close-and-personal,
burn-them-in-the-fires-of-hell genocide, led the political and commercial
development of the English colonies. The region also led the nascent
nation’s descent into a slavery-based society and economy.

Ironically, an apologist for Virginian slavery made one of the best,
early cases for the indictment of New England as the engine of the American
slave trade. Unreconstructed secessionist Lewis Dabney’s 1867 book “A
Defense of Virginia” traced the slave trade’s origins all the way back to
Plymouth Rock:

The planting of the commercial States of North America began with the
colony of Puritan Independents at Plymouth, in 1620, which was subsequently
enlarged into the State of Massachusetts. The other trading colonies, Rhode
Island and Connecticut, as well as New Hampshire (which never had an
extensive shipping interest), were offshoots of Massachusetts. They partook
of the same characteristics and pursuits; and hence, the example of the
parent colony is taken here as a fair representation of them.

The first ship from America, which embarked in the African slave trade,
was the Desire, Captain Pierce, of Salem; and this was among the first
vessels ever built in the colony. The promptitude with which the "Puritan
Fathers" embarked in this business may be comprehended, when it is stated
that the Desire sailed upon her voyage in June, 1637. [Note: the year they
massacred the Pequots.] The first feeble and dubious foothold was gained by
the white man at Plymouth less than seventeen years before; and as is well
known, many years were expended by the struggle of the handful of settlers
for existence. So that it may be correctly said, that the commerce of New
England was born of the slave trade; as its subsequent prosperity was
largely founded upon it. The Desire, proceeding to the Bahamas, with a
cargo of "dry fish and strong liquors, the only commodities for those
parts," obtained the negroes from two British men-of-war, which had
captured them from a Spanish slaver.
Thus, the trade of which the good ship Desire, of Salem, was the
harbinger, grew into grand proportions; and for nearly two centuries poured
a flood of wealth into New England, as well as no inconsiderable number of
slaves. Meanwhile, the other maritime colonies of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations, and Connecticut, followed the example of their
elder sister emulously; and their commercial history is but a repetition of
that of Massachusetts. The towns of Providence, Newport, and New Haven
became famous slave trading ports. The magnificent harbor of the second,
especially, was the favorite starting-place of the slave ships; and its
commerce rivaled, or even exceeded, that of the present commercial
metropolis, New York. All the four original States, of course, became
slaveholding.

The Revolution that exploded in 1770s New England was undertaken by men
thoroughly imbued with the worldview of the Indian-killer and slave-holder.
How could they not be? The “country” they claimed as their own was fathered
by genocide and mothered by slavery – its true distinction among the
commercial nations of the world. And these men were not ashamed, but proud,
with vast ambition to spread their exceptional characteristics West and
South and wherever their so-far successful project in nation-building might
take them – and by the same bloody, savage methods that had served them so
well in the past.

At the moment of deepest national crisis following the battle of Gettysburg
in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln invoked the national fable that is far
more central to the white American personality than Lincoln’s battlefield
“Address.” Lincoln seized upon the 1621 feast as the historic
“Thanksgiving” – bypassing the official and authentic 1637 precedent – and
assigned the dateless, murky event the fourth Thursday in November.

Lincoln surveyed a broken nation, and attempted nation-rebuilding, based
on the purest white myth. The same year that he issued the Emancipation
Proclamation, he renewed the national commitment to a white manifest
destiny that began at Plymouth Rock. Lincoln sought to rekindle a shared
national mission that former Confederates and Unionists and white
immigrants from Europe could collectively embrace. It was and remains a
barbaric and racist national unifier, by definition. Only the most
fantastic lies can sanitize the history of the Plymouth Colony of
Massachusetts.

”Like a rock”

The Thanksgiving holiday fable is at once a window on the way that many,
if not most, white Americans view the world and their place in it, and a
pollutant that leaches barbarism into the modern era. The fable attempts to
glorify the indefensible, to enshrine an era and mission that represent the
nation’s lowest moral denominators. Thanksgiving as framed in the mythology
is, consequently, a drag on that which is potentially civilizing in the
national character, a crippling, atavistic deformity. Defenders of the
holiday will claim that the politically-corrected children’s version
promotes brotherhood, but that is an impossibility – a bald excuse to
prolong the worship of colonial “forefathers” and to erase the crimes they
committed. Those bastards burned the Pequot women and children, and ushered
in the multinational business of slavery. These are facts. The myth is an
insidious diversion – and worse.

Humanity cannot tolerate a 21st Century superpower, much of whose
population perceives the world through the eyes of 17th Century land and
flesh bandits. Yet that is the trick that fate has played on the globe. We
described the roots of the planetary dilemma in our March 13 commentary,
“Racism & War, Perfect Together.”

The English arrived with criminal intent - and brought wives and children
to form new societies predicated on successful plunder. To justify the
murderous enterprise, Indians who had initially cooperated with the
squatters were transmogrified into "savages" deserving displacement and
death. The relentlessly refreshed lie of Indian savagery became a truth in
the minds of white Americans, a fact to be acted upon by every succeeding
generation of whites. The settlers became a singular people confronting the
great "frontier" - a euphemism for centuries of genocidal campaigns against
a darker, "savage" people marked for extinction.
The necessity of genocide was the operative, working assumption of the
expanding American nation. "Manifest Destiny" was born at Plymouth Rock and
Jamestown, later to fall (to paraphrase Malcolm) like a rock on Mexico, the
Philippines, Haiti, Nicaragua, etc. Little children were taught that the
American project was inherently good, Godly, and that those who got in the
way were "evil-doers" or just plain subhuman, to be gloriously eliminated.
The lie is central to white American identity, embraced by waves of
European settlers who never saw a red person.

Only a century ago, American soldiers caused the deaths of possibly a
million Filipinos whom they had been sent to “liberate” from Spanish rule.
They didn’t even know who they were killing, and so rationalized their
behavior by substituting the usual American victims. Colonel Funston, of
the Twentieth Kansas Volunteers, explained what got him motivated in the
Philippines:
"Our fighting blood was up and we all wanted to kill 'niggers.' This
shooting human beings is a 'hot game,' and beats rabbit hunting all to
pieces." Another wrote that "the boys go for the enemy as if they were
chasing jack-rabbits .... I, for one, hope that Uncle Sam will apply the
chastening rod, good, hard, and plenty, and lay it on until they come into
the reservation and promise to be good 'Injuns.'"

Last week in northern Iraq another American colonel, Joe Anderson of the
101st Airborne (Assault) Division, revealed that he is incapable of
perceiving Arabs as human beings. Colonel Anderson, who doubles as a
commander and host of a radio call-in program and a TV show designed to
win the hearts and minds of the people of Mosul, had learned that someone
was out to assassinate him. In the wild mood swing common to racists,
Anderson decided that Iraqis are all alike – and of a different breed. He
said as much to the Los Angeles Times.
"They don't understand being nice," said Anderson, who helps oversee the
military zone that includes Mosul and environs. He doesn't hide his
irritation after months dedicated to restoring the city: "We spent so long
here working with kid gloves, but the average Iraqi guy will tell you, 'The
only thing people respect here is violence…. They only understand being
shot at, being killed. That's the culture.' … Nice guys do finish last
here."

Col. Anderson personifies the unfitness of Americans to play a major role
in the world, much less rule it. "We poured a lot of our heart and soul
into trying to help the people,” he bitched, as if Americans were God’s
gift to the planet. "But it can be frustrating when you hear stupid people
still saying, 'You're occupiers. You want our oil. You're turning our
country over to Israel.'” He cannot fathom that other people – non-whites
–  aspire to run their own affairs, and will kill and die to achieve that
basic right.

What does this have to do with the Mayflower? Everything. Although
possibly against their wishes, the Pilgrims hosted the Wampanoag for three
no doubt anxious days. The same men killed and enslaved Wampanoags
immediately before and after the feast. They, their newly arrived English
comrades and their children roasted hundreds of neighboring Indians alive
just 16 years later, and two generations afterwards cleared nearly the
whole of New England of its indigenous “savages,” while enthusiastically
enriching themselves through the invention of transoceanic, sophisticated
means of enslaving millions. The Mayflower’s cultural heirs are programmed
to find glory in their own depravity and savagery in their most helpless
victims, who can only redeem themselves by accepting the inherent goodness
of white Americans.

Thanksgiving encourages these cognitive cripples in their madness, just as
it is designed to do.
Things are looking up
We began this essay by saying that “the day grows nearer when the almost
four centuries-old abomination [Thanksgiving] will be deprived of its
reason for being: white supremacy.” We firmly believe this. The wired
world works against the Bush men’s insane leap to global hegemony, while
creating the material basis for (dare we say the words) brother- and
sisterhood among humankind. It becomes clear that the fruits of millennia
of human genius cannot be captured and packaged for the enrichment of a few
for much longer – and certainly not by a cabal that cannot see beyond the
bubble of its own, warped history. The dim outlines of a new and more
democratic world order can be seen in the often tentative, but sometimes
dramatic actions of movements and nations determined to construct a fairer
way to live. As the world witnesses the brutality, stupidity and sheer
incompetence of the Pirates currently at the helm of the United States, the
urgency of a common, alternative human project becomes apparent to all. The
“end of history” that the Bush men triumphantly announce is really the end
of them, through a process they have accelerated with every deranged action
and delusional strategy they have undertaken since 2001.

They are like men in quicksand. White racism as a global scourge will sink
with them, and eventually whither to a mere prejudice rather than a
world-threatening menace.

We at are thankful to be alive in the knowledge that a new world is just
over the horizon, close enough to sense, even if we never see it.

We are optimistic about our struggle in the United States – if not, we
would never encourage anybody to fight for anything....