Government lies and the Sony hack

Sony Corporation, with offices in California, has been hacked. Several terrabytes of data were copied off its internal networks and some of it was shared with the world via file sharing sites on the internet. Some of the corporate executives had e-mails exposed that have been very embarrassing for the corporation. We have been told that the main reason for the hack attacks was a new comedy movie about killing the leader of North Korea. We have been told by countless news articles that the North Korean state is behind these attacks. As it turns out, there was a lot other data such as social security numbers and payroll data taken. These items might well be of high value to hackers.

The hackers seem to have not needed anything more than tools that were well known and in the public domain. It is also known that Sony was not the best in the world at corporate security and they had been hacked before. With a little inside information and skills held by hackers worldwide, any small group of hackers could well have pulled off this cyber crime. They seem to have used servers in Bolivia, China and South Korea as part of this plot, and that incriminates North Korea in what way? There is no public information as of this time that even indicates a State sponsored this crime, much less that North Korea specifically did.

Now we have the US Empire crying that this crime is a “national security matter”. How is e-mails by Sony executive being made public, to their embarrassment, a national security matter? Now the security of a private entertainment company is “national security”? Ah, where is H.L. Mencken when you need him?

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” ~ H.L. Mencken

Apparently it is the Obama administration’s position that accusing the state of North Korea of having done the hack is the only rational conclusion. They don’t see, apparently,  how private hackers might have done this for private financial gain. North Korea has denied any involvement with this crime, but the Empire continues to accuse them via the lapdog press anyway. The FBI and Sony say they have no evidence for such a claim but the White House claims mystical knowledge it looks like.

We have the editors of the New York Times editors claiming that North Korean hackers, seeking revenge for a silly little movie, stole millions of documents and released all to the world. The NYT has always been a reliable lapdog for any aggressive administration, Democratic or Republican, when they were busy demonizing another country and looking for the need for “regime change”.

So, how does the New York Times know that these were North Korean hackers? The same way they always know it is the fault of some new enemy that we can go to war with. Much like they knew that Saddam had “weapons of mass destruction” or that North Vietnam attacked our ship in the Gulf of Tonkin — they just know. Mysticism I guess.

The most bizarre thing about all this is that it makes no sense to satirize Kim Jong-un and North Korea as they are already a major joke in the world. Besides, the silly little movie was a ripoff of an older one by the boys who do “South Park”. Team America: World Police has already been done! So why the hack? I suspect private hackers of taking advantage of Sony’s lack of security and the Empire’s need to demonize other countries to keep the populous willing to shell out Trillions for “defense”.

In this country the default position of anyone who has been paying attention is to not believe whatever the US Empire says. The Empire may occasionally mess up and tell the truth but if the government issues a statement saying that the sun rises in the east, then I would advise you to get up at dawn and see for yourself before you believe them.

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Do we need the State?

Do we really need the state? A fellow who follows me on twitter (“Cyptid”) and appears to be a miniarch type libertarian spent most of late Saturday afternoon defending the necessity of the state. He kept saying that some foreign people would attack and kill us all — or at the least enslave us if we did not have a state to submit to. This is the normal non sequitur of the miniarch types where they claim that the necessity of society and cooperation proves that we need the state. They conflate the state and society.

So, what is the state? Like Murray N. Rothbard did, I like to define the state as that institution which possesses one or both of the following properties:

(1) it acquires its income by the physical coercion known as “taxation”; and (2) it asserts and usually obtains a coerced monopoly of the provision of defense service (police and courts) over a given territorial area. An institution not possessing either of these properties is not a state.

I often run into people  like “Cyptid” who claim that we must have a state and that anarchy is a “pipe dream”. We did not disagree on the horror that is that state. I continually talk to  people who are convinced that having a state in charge of everyone’s life is the only way that mankind can exist, or at least exist in a society even though they agree with me that there are countless examples of the state harming perfectly innocent people in various ways.

I contend that the state is an attack on society and not the protector of society but rather  the state is a monster. A most dangerous monster.

Robert Higgs make makes a powerful argument for why the state is a monster:

Lest anyone protest that the state’s true “function” or “duty” or “end” is, as Locke, Madison, and countless others have argued, to protect individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property, the evidence of history clearly shows that, as a rule, real states do not behave accordingly. The idea that states actually function along such lines or that they strive to carry out such a duty or to achieve such an end resides in the realm of wishful thinking. Although some states in their own self-interest may at some times protect some residents of their territories (other than the state’s own functionaries), such protection is at best highly unreliable and all too often nothing but a solemn farce. Moreover, it is invariably mixed with crimes against the very people the state purports to protect, because the state cannot even exist without committing the crimes of extortion and robbery, which states call taxation (Nock 1939), and as a rule, this existential state crime is but the merest beginning of its assaults on the lives, liberties, and property of its resident population.

I could spend all day listing various horrors committed by the Evil Empire that is the United States Government. But that was not the issue; rather the issue is if we are doomed to always have to live under a state or else be overrun by some foreign people who did have a state.

Without a central state to attack, any invader would have a real problem as the invader would have to dominate over 300 million people in the area now known as the “US”. We have found that throughout history men will rise to defend their homes from a foreign invader and that is without any defense agencies. Many people have pointed out that Defense Agencies would arise to provide defense for paying customers from the criminals both domestic and foreign. The laissez faire free market has always been far more efficient and effective than any agency or program of the state — and there is no reason to believe that would not remain the case if the area of defense.

A recurring theme of “Cyptid” was that the native Americans were wiped out by the Europeans as they took over north America. That argument neglects to mention that the invading Europeans came with very little in the way of “A State” which invalidates the whole example, but it does bring to mind “the old west”.  According to the research of Terry L. Anderson and P. J. Hill, the old west from the 1830s to around 1900 was very much like an anarcho-capitalist society. And anarchy in effect. They tell us that in effect; “private agencies provided the necessary basis for an orderly society in which property was protected and conflicts were resolved.” They also tell us that the common popular perception that the Old West was chaotic and that there little respect for property rights is totally false. There were “land clubs” and other organizations formed to allow people to cooperate with each other in the absence of a brutal government to dictate affairs to them.

The real question is how would the defense of the anarchist society be financed. After all, with enough money a strong deterrent defensive operation could be assembled. There are many who have studied that issue who believe that big businesses will tend to pay the bulk of the defense costs since they stand to lose the most in the event of any attacks. Since big businesses have to pass all costs on to the consumers, we see that the costs of defense would be spread out among the whole population just as it is now — only far more efficient. The defense providers in an anarchy are interested in keeping the peace and in defense — not invading other countries as the evil empire has done for nearly three centuries.

We can not know exactly how different people would decided to operate mutual defense organizations any more than people 100 years ago could describe modern social media via the internet. But we can say that men and women would join together to provide for a common defense in some manner without the need for a slave master government to force them to do so.

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Would the Empire create an Ebola outbreak?

A report at Global Research tells us that a Liberian scientist, Dr. Cyril Broderick, is accusing the US of being responsible for the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

Dr. Broderick wrote the following:

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus. Hence, the DoD is listed as a collaborator in a “First in Human” Ebola clinical trial (NCT02041715, which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March.

It is certainly possible that the United States Department of Defense is behind this outbreak of Ebola, after all there have been reports of US scientists working in Liberia on bio-weapons for years now. The US government has a long and well documented history of using chemical and biological weapons against innocent men, women, and children so there is no reason to expect common human decency to stand in the way of the US Empire weaponizing Ebola and releasing it.

There was a joke that circulated in the run up to the war on Iraq that said that we knew darn well that Saddam had chemical weapons because the CIA had delivery receipts to prove it. One did not have to be an insider to know that the US had been arming Saddam for years and had given him illegal chemical weapons and possibly biological weapons.

Paul Craig Roberts tells us:

A group of 30 doctors and scientists have published their findings on the website of the New England Journal of Medicine that the ebola ravaging West Africa is a new strain of the disease and was not imported from Central Africa. The doctors and scientists’ conclusion is consistent with Dr. Cyril Broderick’s report in the update below that the strain originated in US government biowarfare labs and was injected into humans in Department of Defense field trials that began just weeks prior to the ebola breakout. The US government has a history of using unsuspecting humans for tests. Blacks in Alabama and Guatemalan soldiers and prisoners were infected with syphilis and gonorrhea in order to study the effects of the diseases and to experiment with cures.

Of course most Americans will have trouble believing that their Empire would do such a horrific and immoral thing, but much evidence points to the fact that the US military was actively developing a new terror weapon based on an Ebola strain. But would our people really do such a thing?

Once upon a time when the US was using a small Pacific island to do nuclear testing, it came time to test a hydrogen fusion bomb. Several scientists warned that we did not yet know if the hydrogen bomb would set off a chain reaction with the ocean and thereby turn the earth into a star killing all life. Would the military test in the desert first? Test near a very small lake? Why of course not; they proved that it was safe by taking a chance on the whole world dying. Such is the mind of the American military.

Do we know for sure that the US military is behind the this new and highly dangerous strain of Ebola? Of course not. But the evidence sure does point in that direction. The one thing we do know for sure is that this strain of Ebola is far more communicable than any we have seen before — weaponized as it were. The US had scientists on the ground in Liberia working on Ebola, and now there is a disastrous outbreak. Only the most foolish would say that there is no chance that the US is behind it.

Paul Craig Roberts:

University of Illinois law professor Francis Boyle, an expert of the perfidies of the US government, reminds us that Sierra Leone and Liberia, the countries most affected by the ebola outbreak, are two West African countries that host US biological warfare laboratories. Professor Boyle asks how the disease, which is mainly associated with equatorial Congo reached West Africa thousands of kilometers away.

This is just one more example of the fact that governments are your enemy and not your friend and protector. The US Empire is a gang of criminals writ large as Murray Rothbard would say.

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The building tyranny

On occasion I have referred to the US Empire as a police state and have received complaints that we are nowhere near a police state. This morning I was reading an article by the always wonderful Fred Reed when I read the following paragraphs.

NSA spies on us illegally and in detail, recording telephone conversations, reading email, recording our financial transactions, on and on. TSA makes air travel a nightmare, forcing us to hop about barefoot and confiscating toothpaste. The police kick in our doors at night on no-knock raids and shoot our dogs. In bus stations we are subject to search without probable cause. The feds track us through our cell phones. Laws make it a crime to photograph the police, an out-and-out totalitarian step: Cockroaches do not like light. The feds give police forces across the country weaponry normal to militaries. Whatever the intention, it is the hardware of control of dissent. Think Tian An Men Square in China.

And we have no recourse. If you resist, you go to jail, maybe not for long, not yet anyway, but jail is jail. Object to TSA and you miss your flight. They know it and use it. The courts do nothing about this. They too are feds.~ Fred Reed

There is much, much more to the story of course, but those two paragraphs (tip of the iceberg that they are) tell us that the Empire is now a police state and that it is getting more totalitarian by the day. It was just this past week that my wife was complaining that some mother got arrested and put in jail because she had a spoon in her purse. Mothers have all sorts of things in their purse and a spoon is one of the things that could easily be in any mother’s purse. (especially if her young are still toddlers) Arrested for what? For having “drug paraphernalia” of course. The most horrible thing is that her public defender wanted to plea bargain her straight to jail. What a wonderful system, eh?

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We have SWAT teams everywhere and they are raiding people’s homes as if they were in a war zone in WWII. I read that SWAT teams are even serving court papers via military style reads these days. This fact alone should tell you that we live in a police state that is growing in power and arrogance all the time.

And yet, I read “conservatives” who claim that we need to vote in Republicans next election cycle to “put things right”. What in the hell are those people drinking? The Republicans are every bit as guilty as the Democrats of setting up the control freak nanny state. The “war” between the two parties is every bit as real as the “war” between two professional wrestlers on TV. It is all for show my friends, all for show. And all to get you distracted from the fact that the US Empire is totally out of control.

I read “progressives” who claim that all is well except for the Empire’s foreign policy. May the gods have mercy on progressives — they are so stupid that they can’t see that they have been supporting “humanitarian” military interventions since the early 1900s. The progressives want to see a totally powerful central state so that the central government can make everyone do just as they think people should act. The Republicans want the same — except people should be forced to act as Republicans think they should rather than what Democrats want. Both sides want to “run the world”.

We are caught between two sets of idiots. May the gods have pity on us.

Another example of the building tyranny is that there is always unwarranted secrecy by the central state. There are still sealed and secrete papers concerning the assassination of John Kennedy for god’s sake. What is up with that? Kennedy died in 1963! And I read that ever since the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI has been intimidating, harassing, and silencing friends and acquaintances of the Tsarnaev brothers. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers are having trouble getting anyone to talk to them according to recent court documents. It seems that no big national “terror” event is ever handled with the transparency that one would expect of a free country — it is always handled as if the state itself was in on the event. (and maybe they are in some of them)

Cops are stopping people in their cars and robbing them if the people have any cash — to the point that the Canadian government recently warned its citizens not to carry cash if they visited the US. Cops are killing “suspects” in the street on a regular basis but they have immunity. They are trained in military tactics and they make full use of their training.

If you have any delusions that we live in a free country rather than a police state, then you have not been reading the news at alternative news sites across the net. Turn off you TV and stop reading your mainstream newspaper. Turn off the propaganda and take a look at what is going on in this country right now.

The state is your enemy.

 

 

Lies of the Regime

Often when I contemplate the lies of various regimes around the world, both now and in the past, I become confused by how badly all those lies play out. The stories and myths seem concocted by middle school kids barely paying attention. Often the lies are concocted to lead a country to war against some innocent people, but often the lies are just banal and trivial.

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As I was pondering the lies of the state, I stumbled over the following quote in my travels over the internet. I can’t remember where I saw the quote so apologies to whomever I should give credit to.

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ― Theodore Dalrymple

Please remember that there is precious little real difference between the communist system and the crony capitalist system (or “corporatist” as Mussolini liked to use) that has become the standard in the world today. All states sooner or later assume dictatorial control over their subjects. (yes, subjects and not citizens) So this theory is that the state’s lies are even better if we are forced to believe them even when they are so very infantile and unbelievable. This fits in with many other descriptions of the state and its common methods.

I like the comparison between Mr. Dalrymple’s ideas and those of George Orwell in the quote by a high party official in 1984 that I wrote about some time ago. A member of the Inner Party tells Winston Smith:

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others were cowards and hypocrites. They never had the courage to recognize their motives. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. How does one man assert his power over another? By making him suffer. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement – a world of fear and treachery and torment. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.” ~1984

In both quotes we see that the ultimate goal of the state is the infliction of pain, suffering, and humiliation upon the unfortunate subjugated people. The state is our enemy as Albert Jay Nock pointed out to us long ago. But it is not just that the power mad control freaks want your obedience, they want you utterly humiliated and enslaved. They want you to be dehumanized.

Murray Rothbard pointed out in his famous essay Anatomy of the State that the state is the “organization of the political means”; it is the systematization of the predatory process over a given territory. The state seeks to dominate, subjugate, and loot the human sheep they see as existing for that very purpose.

Considering the above, how can anyone believe that there is any form of the state that is not evil? Even the nation-state with the smallest power will grow stronger every day, just as the U.S. government did, and in the end dominate the populous in the manner foretold by Orwell or demonstrated in the communist dictatorships of the past.

The state is your enemy. The state is the eternal enemy of mankind. Remember that even when you can see through the simple-minded lies of the state it is still winning if you must remain silent about those lies. You must speak out when and where you can.

 

From Mayberry to Martial Law: The Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Police

I was sent a link to this graphic and asked to share with others if I wanted to do so. It was a real coincidence as I was just talking to some friends about the police in my youth as compared to today. Today we have a rapidly growing police state and the graphic lends evidence to that fact.

Here it is:

 

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What Civil Liberties?

I survived another solemn tribute to 9/11, but the occation got me to thinking about what a police state we live in compared to my childhood a half century ago.

I got to thinking about the Snowden revelations of massive government spying programs at the NSA and other agencies. I got to thinking about the almost daily reports of police brutality and the murders of innocent civilians by these brutal thugs. I got to thinking of the outlandish “asset forfeiture” horror stories of the state’s goons looting innocent people around the country. Finally I got to thinking about the horror that we call the state and the fact that on 9/11 we should be morning the fact that the state exists.

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I think that very soon some states will make it illegal to have any space in your car where one might hid contraband. This will make asset forfeiture and caging of innocent people even easier than it is now regardless of whether the suspect mundane citizen has ever done drugs or not. I further predict that the state and its prosecutors will start hiring private goons to pull over motorists and seize their property for the local government for a cut of the action.

I think that as the cities of America spy on the poor mundane citizens with cameras and drones that they will think to make it illegal to record the police or other “officials” since the state’s minions are said to be immune from all law and morality — for our protection.

I think that local governments will use license plate scanners to keep lists all associations of the citizenery. Richard Nixon only dreamed of this sort of power to spy on the people. The state will know what church you attend — or if you do so at all. The state will know everyone who attends some political rally or belongs to any group. Freedom of association will become a dead letter. Stalin would have loved the surveillance ability of the modern US police state. It may soon become a crime to be in the area where the police believe crimes may be committed and they will be able to tell who was in the area. Innocent until proven guilty? Surely you know that is not the modern way.

I think it will become a crime for the citizen if the police mistakenly shoots at him or if the police mistakenly beats him. He should not have caused the police this trouble! I think that soon all colleges will have SWAT teams and that they will have grenade launchers and all the other “cool” military gear that all police departments have now. I further think that the Kent State shootings of the 60’s will soon be viewed as a successful mission by the national guardsmen that killed the students.

I think that the police and SWAT teams will soon be enforcing zoning laws and other formerly civil matters or misdemeanors. In fact, the SWAT teams will soon be serving all search warrants in no-knock raids and shooting the pets first, and that is when they are not spying on you via your computer or phone. I think that judges will get in on the dystopian act by  issuing warrants based on predictions of future crimes. I  think that the police will soon give up any pretense about protecting and serving the people and declare that they are now government soldiers and America is a battlefield where rules of war are in force.

I think it will soon be commonplace for NSA records to be utilized by law enforcement agencies for whatever purposes they feel like and that the courts will accept this as “constitutional”. I think that there is almost no violation of common sense or constitutional rights that you can think of that will not become commonplace in the American Dystopia.

The government or their brutal, mindless enforcers are not the friend of mankind. They are the enemy of all that is good and decent. Never forget that.