is carried out in many forms by this nation’s corporate
government against everyday people both internally and
externally, and its most powerful facilitator is apathy.
the national economy crumbles for everyday Black, White,
Brown, Red, and Yellow people, there is in the White
House a corporate / military master-president masquerading
as the slave, a Congress insatiably feeding
from a bottomless corporate trough, and a judiciary that
makes an utter mockery of justice, constitutional rights,
and human rights. Meanwhile, bloody overt and covert U.S. wars rage on in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and elsewhere abroad.
As contempt grows for the hypocritical and diabolical
de facto policies of this nation’s government, it
is everyday people at home and abroad whose lives
are being torn assunder and who are quite literally dying,
as the banksters and other assorted corporate gangsters
grow ever richer and even more vicious.
corporate-stream so-called “news” media of this
nation has sunk to its lowest level since the very inception
of the United States of America. It is pathetic as it
serves as the propaganda arm, of and for, this actual
one-party corporatist / military state. The corporate-stream
media serves to keep everyday people misinformed (or
not relevantly informed at all), apathetic
and lethargic, while being simultaneously terrorized.
Its role is to omit, distract, confuse, and discredit:
Omit - at all costs - delineating the truth
and reality of what is actually occurring and why;
distract attention away from how everyday
people are being emotionally pimped and economically &
politically emaciated by the U.S. corporate / military
elite while purposely confusing the issues;
and discredit - by any means necessary -
those who dare to speak truth to power. Indeed, the function
of this corporate-stream media is to keep people mindless,
confused, and manipulated. There is no such thing in this
nation as consistently serious, honest, and hard-hitting,
thought-provoking journalism in the corporate-stream media,
for such a thing would be absolutely unacceptable to the
corporate elite who financially own the
corporate-stream “news” media. Thus, the cycle of terror
against everyday people in this nation and around the
world is maintained and perpetuated.
is no mere coincidence that as the horrific economic melt-down
worsens for everyday people - political repression
increases [i.e. de facto terrorism] in this
nation. In other words, everyday people are being simultaneously
terrorized both economically and politically right
here at home. Moreover, the dangerous, absurd, and hypocritical
political & military policies abroad, of this nation’s
government, virtually guarantees a continuing cycle
of blind physical terror against the people
of this nation and around the world. But who cares,
as long as the blood-lined financial coffers of the tiny
avaricious corporate / military elite continue to be filled
to the brim?! It’s time for us, everyday people,
Terror, COINTELPRO, the Patriot Act & Everyday People
reiterate: Terror is carried out in many forms,
both nationally and internationally.
most obviously destructive form of terrorism is
of course war, and is primarily carried out by
governments, most notably our own. Nevertheless, political
repression is also a virulent form of terrorism
- also, more often than not, carried out by governments.
States government has, for many decades,
been engaged in a war against its own everyday people.
It is a terroristic war of political repression, and presently
this form of terrorism is being ratcheted-up to a crescendo
level by the U.S.
government, under the auspices of the Obama administration.
are terorized that they will have their doors kicked
in by the FBI et al, or placed on a government no-fly
list, or set-up and framed on some well orchestrated bogus
offense - all for, in actuality, exercising the
right to political dissent against this government’s internal
and/or external policies. However, this Orwellian reality,
though being continued in the year 2011, by no means just
began this year. It is in fact part and parcel of a long,
sordid, ignored, often glossed-over and/or hidden chapter(s)
of the ‘American’ government’s continuing experiment in
terror against its own people.
such continuing chapter of terror against the people
of this nation is the U.S.
government’s insidious program to “frame, murder, imprison,
discredit and/or [otherwise] neutralize” political
dissenters; known as COINTELPRO [i.e. the Counter Intelligence
Program]. In point of fact, the political repression
of COINTELPRO has been insidiously codified in
the so-called ‘Patriot Act’ itself. The Obama / Biden
administration, with the complicity of the Congress and
the courts, has extended and broadened this ‘American’
experiment in terror against everyday people throughout
this nation. Today, even the semblance of political
transparency in government has been morphed into a disfigured
relic of the past, and those who attempt to pull back
the heavy curtain of secrecy and subterfuge permeating
this corporate-government become targets to
be “neutralize[d].” Nevertheless, an increasing amount
of everyday people are becoming fed-up with these
amoral, unjust, and secretive, corporate-government intrigues
and are increasingly insisting upon speaking truth
to power. As in the past, so today, the government
invokes the nebulous, omnipresent cloak of “national security”
(which really means corporate security for the
elite rich) in an attempt to rationalize and defend
its secrecy, subterfuge, and wars - at home and abroad.
corporate-government is in fear of its own people and
is resorting to every conceivable dirty trick to
keep just plain everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people uninformed, in disarray, and
under control. This is not government
“of, by, and for the people.” It is a farce and a sham,
and getting worse every day. It’s time to wake up and
turn things around!
We Must Do
is no single answer or set of answers for bringing
about the real systemic change that the people
of this nation and globe need and deserve. There
are many answers. However, one thing is certain: Resistance
is not futile - it is absolutely essential.
In order to develop viable answers for bringing about
systemic change, we must be critical thinkers and
come up with uncompromising and viable questions.
We must stop acting as lethargic corporate drones and
regain the human creativity that we have allowed the corporate
/ military elite to steal from us. We must reconnect
with our own humanity and that of peoples globally. We
must demand a full accounting from those
politicians who allegedly represent us everyday
people. We must educate ourselves and each other
- in the truest sense of the word; and informed critical
thinking and analysis is an integral part of real “education”
[not brainwashing]. We must seriously educate our
young people. Yes, “educate” ourselves and one another
- so that we, all of us women, men, and children,
Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow are, in the words
of Frederick Douglass, utterly “unfit to be slaves!”
Unfit to be drones! We must support, in word and deed,
those who stand up for justice and human rights and who
speak truth to power - for in so doing we are supporting
the very best in ourselves and each other.
more home foreclosures! No more burgeoning prisons! No
more unemployment or under-employment! No more wars abroad
or at home! No more corporate greed and domination! No
more subterfuge and political repression! No more double-speak
rhetoric! It’s time for real change - that is,
must organize locally, nationally, and internationally
for justice and human rights. Contrary to the words
from the motion picture, The Wizard of Oz; we will
and must pay attention to that metaphorical
“man behind the curtain.” In fact, we must rip that
curtain down! We must educate, organize,
and agitate for the good of the planet and the whole
of everyday people! Stop looking elsewhere for all the
answers when it is you, yourselves, collectively
who have them within you. Humanity and Mother Earth
call to us. And we must respond. Let’s get busy.
my sisters and brothers! Onward!
Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the
Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and
the only American to have successfully self-authored his
civil/political rights case to the United Nations under
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
In connection with his political organizing activities
in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was
interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News
Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour.
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and
Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard
to read excerpts from the book). Click here
to contact Mr. Pinkney.