Fear and terrorism

In 1988, Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman, co-wrote a book they titled, “Manufacturing Consent.”

In this book, the authors illustrate how the corporate controlled news media is dependent on governmental news sources for information. To challenge the government’s narrative is to potentially lose access to the sources needed to publish the news. This is true whether it’s the print media, television, or radio.

The dominant mass-media outlets are large firms which are run for profit. Therefore they must cater to the financial interest of their owners—often corporations or particular controlling investors.

Since the majority of the revenue of major media outlets derives from advertising (not from sales or subscriptions), advertisers have acquired a “de facto licensing authority.” News media must therefore cater to the political prejudices and economic desires of their advertisers.

So, what we, the public hear and see are the points of view and “facts” that the people with power and influence wish us to hear and see. We become the passive recipients of their propaganda and, unwittingly, the supporters of their agenda.

Let’s be clear . . . this propaganda program could not succeed without the cooperation of the mainstream media. When the same message is repeated over and over, without any voices to contradict their message, it tends to become the “truth.”

One very important variable used in keeping the masses under control is to generate and perpetuate a state of fear. September, 11, 2001 was a major turning point in the use of the fear factor. We were witness to a major attack on U.S. soil allegedly organized and implemented by 19 fanatical Arabs carrying box cutters and directed by Osama bin Laden from a cave in Afghanistan.

WOW, these guys are good!! And, they were also able to outwit the billion dollar defense system of the U.S.

Isn’t it strange that the media never challenged the government’s narrative despite overwhelming evidence that it was a lie? Scientists, engineers, and architects were all claiming that the towers did not fall from planes crashing into them. All that came from the media was ridicule of the people demanding answers to questions that still remain unanswered 14 years later.

And, what were the results of this unfortunate, or for some folks, fortunate incident?

Fear has allowed the government to compromise and dismiss many of the human and civil rights we once took for granted. Look at the PATRIOT Act, the NSA surveillance program, the ability of our officials to arrest or assassinate American citizens if they are suspected of planning, supporting or implementing “terrorist” acts. Americans can now be arrested indefinitely, without charges being brought if the surveillance or “intelligence” community suspects involvement in “terrorist” activity.

“We are living in a (Western) world dominated by neoliberal dictators, criminals and crooks. And many of us, impregnated with the human idiocy, as so well described by Andre Vltcheck (The West Spreads Intellectual Idiocy), are every day deeper and deeper immersed into fear—fear of action, fear of what’s next—fear of losing our comfort zone. The Western propaganda machine paid for by the corporate and financial oligarchy through the presstitute media is constantly indoctrinating the little we have left of our free-thinking brains.”

These are the words of Peter Koenig in his article in Global Research, “Breaking the Fear Factor”: Opposing War, Financial Fraud and State Terrorism, Dismantling Propaganda.

We are all living in a constant state of fear. When and where will the “terrorists” strike again? Fear causes us to obey our so-called leaders. To resist can bring arrest and/or incarceration and possibly extermination.

Koenig states further, “People take-up arms in self-defense. The West calls them terrorists. A term popularized by the media. A term that instills fear. Imagine a world where the Judo-Christian aggressors would suddenly see the light and stop spreading wars and conflicts and subjugating the world—peace would break out and settle in—terrorism, one of the key reasons for fear, would have no purpose to persist—fear would die, trust and solidarity would grow. The empire’s worst enemy: solidarity, friendship, and trust among people.”

What is a “false-flag” operation? This is where a government carries out a terror attack and then falsely blames it on another country. Why do I raise this question? Because false-flag operations have been used, with a high degree of success for many years and they continue to be used today, to influence the people.

Here are some examples: The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister.

In 1960, American Senator George Smathers suggested that the U.S. launch “a false attack . . . on Guantanamo Bay which would give us the excuse of actually fomenting a fight which would then give us the excuse to go in and [overthrow Castro]“.

Official State Department documents show that, in 1961, the head of the Joint Chiefs and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country. The plans were not carried out, but they were all discussed as serious proposals. On April 28, 1965, 42,000 U.S. troops invaded the Dominican Republic. By the end of the invasion over 3,000 Dominicans had died

As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in 1962, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up American airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba.

The NSA admits that it lied about what really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 . . . manipulating data to make it look like North Vietnamese boats fired on a U.S. ship so as to create a false justification for expansion of the Vietnam war.

A Mossad agent admits that, in 1984, Mossad planted a radio transmitter in Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, Libya which broadcast fake terrorist transmissions recorded by Mossad, in order to frame Gaddaffi as a terrorist supporter. Ronald Reagan bombed Libya immediately thereafter.

Although the FBI now admits that the 2001 anthrax attacks were carried out by one or more U.S. government scientists, a senior FBI official says that the FBI was actually told to blame the Anthrax attacks on Al Qaeda by White House officials (remember what the anthrax letters looked like). Government officials also confirm that the White House tried to link the anthrax to Iraq as a justification for regime change in that country.

The U.S. falsely blamed Iraq for playing a role in the 9/11 attacks—as shown by a memo from the defense secretary—as one of the main justifications for launching the Iraq war. Top U.S. government officials now admit that the Iraq war was really launched for oil . . . not 9/11 or weapons of mass destruction.

Therefore, when a so-called “terrorist” attack is reported, do not accept the government’s narrative as being the truth. We must always ask, who benefits from this incident and how does it align with the agenda put forward by the ruling elite . . . global domination and control of all natural and human resources?

At this point in world history, we are all involved in the “War on Terror.” Periodically, there are events which take place to remind us that there is danger out there and we should remain in our shells and comply. You have a greater chance of dying from being hit by a bolt of lightning than at the hands of a “terrorist.”

“A former CIA official recently admitted that virtually all so-called terror acts in the US and most of those in other parts of the world since (and including—added by me, Peter Koenig) 9/11 are false flags. With every false flag, the system can tighten its grip on the population under the pretext of ‘protection and security.’ The populace literally asks for it—please protect us, please come to our houses, put them upside down and see whether there are terrorists hiding in our closets . . . that’s how the Boston people reacted after the April 2013 false-flag Marathon bombing.”

J. Michael Springmann, a former member of the US Foreign Service in Saudi Arabia during the Reagan and Bush administrations, exposes the truth about American involvement in the training and international movement of Muslim terrorists and the subsequent increase in jihadist terrorism. Some of these terrorists have links to 9/11.

During the 1980s, the CIA recruited and trained Muslim operatives to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Later, the CIA would move those operatives from Afghanistan to the Balkans, and then to Iraq, Libya, and Syria, traveling on illegal US visas, issued by Mr. Springmann on orders from the CIA. When Springmann complained to his bosses, he was fired. These US-backed and trained fighters would morph into an organization that is synonymous with jihadist terrorism: al-Qaeda.

The release of “Visas for Al Qaeda” also comes after the so-called “20th hijacker,” Zacarias Moussaoui, has confirmed what many independent observers and researchers of 9/11 have already concluded: that the House of Saud directly financed the attack and Al Qaeda.

Guess who has a close, friendly long term relationship with the House of Saud . . . the Bush family. It’s all right, you may call me a “conspiracy nut” but the fact remains that there are too many coincidences for me to feel sanguine about who was really behind the 9-11 attack.

9-11 is not a dead issue. We are where we are today because of 9-11. Unless we deal with what happened on that day and who was responsible, it is destined to happen again. The number of lives lost because of that day is of no concern to the ruling class and their lackeys. We are all pawns, here to serve the needs of the ruling class.

It is we and our children who fight these needless wars and it is time to say, “We are angry as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore.” It’s time we stopped buying into their propaganda and lies.

Hermann Goering, Nazi leader stated many years ago, “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany.

“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

Why did I use a quote from this Nazi murderer? The Nazis had a very effective propaganda machine and were able to convince the German people to go to war and put their lives on the line for a false and degenerate ideal, the “master race.” Despite it being a lie, the people enthusiastically bought into it. Goering was a master of manipulation and building mass consent and support.

Today, the U.S. is on the threshold of a similar moment in history, a moment where we have been convinced to fear the “other.” The Germans scapegoated the Jews, we have the Muslims. The Germans saw themselves as the “master race,” the U.S. refers to “American Exceptionalism.”

We have given up many of our “freedoms,” we are now a police state with local police departments in possession of military weapons; we have sent our sons and daughters away to fight and possibly die for this country under the guise of spreading democracy and freedom throughout the world, while such freedoms are being increasingly denied here at home, we are consistently being misinformed, manipulated, and lied to.


Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents.

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