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Dictatorship USA Part 14A

The September 11 (2001) Terrorist Attack (continued)

What really happened?

Based on decades of study plus my vast personal experiences as a victim of the massive US lie, spy, criminal, provocation, subversion and regime change, terror, drug-runnning, torture, war and mass murder apparatus. I can state unequivocally that it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for any such 9/11 terrorist group especially made up of foreigners to avoid meticulous, day-in, day-out surveillance by the US secret political police.

By all accounts, there WAS in fact such a group of terrorists. The US secret political police knew about them all the time and knew what they were planning to do. Two of them were even identified members of the US-supported terrorist organization al-Qaeda!

As a concrete example of how the US secret political police operate, I will touch on some of my personal experiences. The US secret political police determinedly and constantly surveilled and subjected me to interference even well before I became politically active. Not because I had committed any crime. Simply because from my early teenage years on, I understood that socialism was the only possible solution to mankind's manifold severe problems. In my early youth, that was the mortal transgression. And a serious crime it was!

As a youngster and relatively young adult, the concept of secret political police surveillance, intrusion and harassment never entered my mind. However, with the widespread experience I subsequently gained, I was able without great difficulty to reconstruct this meticulous monitoring and frequent interference in virtually everything I did.

Here I will provide just one example. As a young teenager I studied classical piano rather seriously, although I never had ideas of becoming a professional musician. Yet the US secret political police monitored my piano lessons! Not flying lessons, mind you, but piano lessons. And on occasion instructed my piano teacher to undertake certain ploys against me. With the main intention of at least disabusing me of my political ideals.

And not only the piano. Everything. My school and university friends and room-mates, my social life, and so on were thrust into this disgusting plot.

My mother was always my loyal friend and supporter, even when she worried about the dangers I might confront due to my political activities. But other family members, including very close relatives, were firmly incorporated into the secret political police designs against me.

And my mother also was a victim. Partially because of her own progressive views and especially because she never abandoned me. Her own husband, my biological sister and brother were part of the ugly and inhuman machinations against her and me.

I was not a foreigner. I was hardly a terrorist. During my early years, I found no way to be politically active. Nonetheless, the FBI-CIA etc. had and have different criteria. Even a potential genuine dissident is a threat. And so is anyone supporting him or her.

As fascists during World War II responded when asked why they murdered children, the answer was the children we kill today cannot become the anti-fascists of tomorrow. Fascist preventative medicine. That is also the CIA, FBI and company.

I allude to my personal experiences to demonstrate that the US secret political police leave no stone unturned. They work in the dark, but they are virtually omnipresent and omnipotent in American society.

I repeat: it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for such a 9/11 terrorist group especially made up of a large group of foreigners to avoid meticulous, day-in, day-out surveillance by the US secret political police. US authorities knew about the terrorists all the time and knew what they were planning to do!

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Dictatorship USA Part 15

The Secret Political Police of Imperialism: Not Only in the USA


Secret political police are a worldwide imperialist phenomenon.


In Europe, for instance, we see distinct parallels with phony and violent anti-fascist eruptions in the US (see Dictatorship USA Part 9D).


Take, for instance, the contrived violent manifestations during periodic G-20 summits:


In 2017, In the weeks prior to the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, sporadic car fires in remote places, such as the neighborhood of Blankenese, occurred regularly in the city. On the night of 18 June 2017, unidentified individuals in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Dortmund, Leipzig, and Bad Bevensen caused a total of 13 arson attacks on tracks of the German railways. Cable fires had been caused by 'unconventional explosive and incendiary devices'.

A group called 'Shutdown G20 Hamburg vom Netz nehmen!' claimed responsibility for the attacks in an internet post.

On 6 July, protests turned violent when over 160 police were injured in clashes with protestors and more than 75 people were arrested. As protestors attempted to storm into the 'red zone' where the summit took place they were dispersed with water cannon.

On 7 July rioters set dozens of parked cars on fire. Several shops were destroyed and looted during 7 July night-time riots in the Schanzenviertel area. Masked rioters and militants from the 'black bloc' went uncontrolled for a period of three hours, prompting the deployment of special armed police forces.

On early Sunday morning, 9 July, riots continued in the Schanzenviertel though the G20 leaders had already departed; 144 rioters were arrested.

It was estimated that the farl-left protesters had committed more than 2000 crimes, among them vandalism, bodily harm, disturbing the peace, arson and resisting arrest. (2017 G20 Hamburg summit, Wikipedia)

It need hardly be added that absolutely nothing about the G20 changed as a result of all this apparently meaningless violence.


Apparently, because there is a distinct motive: to discredit legitimate opposition to capitalist economics and imperialist politics. That is what these riots were about!

These phony leftists, anarchists or whatever have no positive program and no body of coherent political activity. The mass actions of these provocateurs could not possibly influence the decisions or policies of the G-20. In between the summits, these ostensibly hyper-emotional actors are quiescent, coming out of the woodwork only once in a blue moon to do their damage.


These provocations are organized by the secret political police of the respective countries in this case Germany.


The violence and mayhem are analagous to AntiFa provocations in the US. In the US and other countries, these are well-financed and well-planned disruptive activities of inherently reactionary governments acting through their secret political police.


Subversive governmental assaults on legitimate opposition do not end with these overt manifestations. It can only be concluded that in the imperialist world generally, the full spectrum of
disruptive activities described in earlier posts of Dictatorship USA are also operative.

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Dictatorship USA Part 14C

Never Forget: The US Government Has A Known History Of Using False Flags

Medium.com, Sept. 21, 2017


When it comes to 9/11, there are two groups of people: those who dont know exactly what happened, and those who orchestrated it.


We know for sure that (A) the official story is riddled with plot holes, and (B) the American power establishment has an extensive and well-documented history of using false flags and propaganda to manipulate the public into supporting evil acts of military interventionism.

Here are just a few of the times the US government is known to have distorted the reality of events in order to manufacture public support for military intervention, which is per definition what a false flag is:
The False Nayirah Testimony

On October 10, 1990 a 15 year-old girl known only as Nayirah testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus about the horrors that Iraqi troops were inflicting upon the people of Kuwait. Her testimony that hundreds of babies had been taken out of their incubators and left to die on hospital floors was repeated as fact by Amnesty International, the mass media, numerous senators, and President H. W. Bush, tugging at the heartstrings of America and manufacturing support for American action in the Gulf War.


It was a lie. Nayirah was in fact the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the US, and her TV-friendly removing babies from incubators testimony was false. It never happened.

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

In 2005 a declassified historical study by the NSA revealed that one of the two incidents which were used to propel America into the disastrous Vietnam War happened the opposite of the way it was reported to have happened, and the second of the two incidents did not happen at all. The allegation that there were deliberate and unprovoked attacks upon the US Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin on August 2 and August 4 of 1964 was solemnly affirmed by President Johnson, which led to the swift passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing full presidential authority to commit US military power to the Vietnamese intervention.

In reality the August 2 incident was not in any way unprovoked, and it was in fact Americas USS Maddox which fired upon North Vietnamese boats first. On August 4 there was no engagement with any ships whatsoever, with Johnson privately admitting a year later that For all I know, our navy was shooting at whales out there.

The USS Maine

The Spanish-American war was brought on by a highly suspicious explosion upon the USS Maine while it was docked at the Havana Harbor in 1898, combined with the anti-Spain narratives of the plutocrat-owned newspapers of that time. Like all US wars, it was extremely profitable and benefitted the very rich.

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This tradition of using lies to rally the unwashed masses behind military endeavors on behalf of the rich and powerful has probably been going on since the dawn of civilization


If the power elites didnt need the consent of the public to rule, they wouldnt have to lie constantly about their reasons for war. The public would never consent to military interventions if politicians were allowed to appear on CNN and say Yeah well America has become a stronghold for the most powerful plutocracy in the history of civilization and it needs to maintain its status as the worlds only superpower in order to protect the investments of that plutocracy. This is why we have to keep knocking the pillars of support out from underneath Russia and China.

Americans are basically good people who generally want whats best for the world. If they werent, the unelected power establishment which rules over them wouldnt have to keep making up lies about babies in incubators and protecting their family from Weapons of Mass Destruction in order to secure US hegemony. If they ever told the public the truth, theyd be dealing with hundreds of millions of heavily-armed Americans telling them to get their sociopathic asses out of here.

There is no reason to believe anything these lying sociopaths say, especially not about something that has served such a crucial role in their openly stated agenda to ensure US dominance over the world using its military and economic might. When youve got the extremely influential neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century saying in September of 2000 that it would require a new Pearl Harbor to advance this agenda, and then getting exactly that one year later in an American tragedy which was used to manufacture support for greatly expanded US military interventionism, theres no good reason to take all that in with a trusting Yeah, that sounds legit.

These people are liars, and they are depraved. They have no problem using lies to kill a million Iraqis and thousands of US soldiers to advance their agendas, and theres no reason to believe they wouldnt kill US civilians as well.

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Dictatorship USA Part 14B

The September 11 (2001) Terrorist Attack (continued)



Why?

The September 11 events were the culmination of a deliberately designed and implemented provocation by the US secret political police.

The purpose: to provide a propaganda of the deed massive provocation to inaugerate the phony War on Terror and systematic US military aggression. A major catastrophe was needed to provide the impetus for US imperialism to invade one country after another and thereby further expand the American empire.

Afghanistan was the first country on the list. Although NONE of the presumed 9/11 fanatics was from that country,

Modern day terrorism in fact got its first major impetus with the largely US imperialist-organized war (1979 1989) against the progressive Afghan government of that time. The terrorist so-called mujahideen were lavishly financed, trained and organized by the CIA with the cooperation of the ultra-reactionary Saudi regime and cohorts and the Pakastani military dictatorship.

The total irrecoverable personnel losses of the Soviet Armed Forces, frontier, and internal security troops came to 14,453. (Soviet-Afghan War, Wikipedia). But in Russia today there is virtually no mention of the primary role of the CIA in generating that bloody conflict!

The ostensible Afghan victors in that war, however, would not then automatically cede their country's reputedly vast mineral wealth to America. So a bloody pretext was concocted to justify American military intervention in a country that allegedly harbored al-Qaeda but was no threat to the US and had nothing to do with the 9/11 mass murder.

Then, after Afghanistan which was supposed to be a cake walk of easy victory came Iraq, whose government was likewise accused of collaborating with al-Qaeda: a total lie.

The gross geopolitical miscalculations of US imperialism in both Afghanistan and Iraq should be topics of a separate discussion.

Then came US-NATO mass murder in Libya using the very same bloody terrorists that the US is supposedly against. Then came mass US-NATO countries' vast support for vicious terrorists in Syria a war that is still ongoing.

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The US secret political police were fully informed about the band of fanatics who arrived in the US to commit the heinous crimes of 9/11. The US political police gendarmes not only did nothing to prevent these attacks but in fact facilitated them. The excuse that the CIA-FBI >>> could not connect the dots (an extremely simple child's game) and counter the terrorists is a total lie.

Thus, the bloody 9/11 episodes were one more big-time provocation by US imperialism. Make no mistake about it: the vicious and predatory US ruling class and government will do anything to further their mercenary aims.

That is, to expand the reach of US imperialism even further and brutally demolishing one unsubmitting government after another no matter what the human cost.

For the US hegemons, the relatively large number of Americans killed was merely a triviality. The wars that ensued killed substantially more US citizens that on 9/11. US military deaths in Iraq and Afghan (through 2014) were 5,650 (United States military casualties of war, Wikipedia).

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Dictatorship USA Part 14A

The September 11 (2001) Terrorist Attack (continued)

What really happened?

Based on decades of study plus my vast personal experiences as a victim of the massive US lie, spy, criminal, provocation, subversion and regime change, terror, drug-runnning, torture, war and mass murder apparatus. I can state unequivocally that it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for any such 9/11 terrorist group especially made up of foreigners to avoid meticulous, day-in, day-out surveillance by the US secret political police.

By all accounts, there WAS in fact such a group of terrorists. The US secret political police knew about them all the time and knew what they were planning to do. Two of them were even identified members of the US-supported terrorist organization al-Qaeda!

As a concrete example of how the US secret political police operate, I will touch on some of my personal experiences. The US secret political police determinedly and constantly surveilled and subjected me to interference even well before I became politically active. Not because I had committed any crime. Simply because from my early teenage years on, I understood that socialism was the only possible solution to mankind's manifold severe problems. In my early youth, that was the mortal transgression. And a serious crime it was!

As a youngster and relatively young person, the concept of secret political police surveillance, intrusion and harassment never entered my mind. However, with the widespread experience I subsequently gained, I was able without great difficulty to reconstruct this meticulous monitoring and frequent interference in virtually everything I did.

Here I will provide just one example. As a young teenager I studied classical piano rather seriously, although I never had ideas of becoming a professional musician. Yet the US secret political police monitored my piano lessons! Not flying lessons, mind you, but piano lessons. And on occasion instructed my piano teacher to undertake certain ploys against me. With the main intention of at least disabusing me of my political ideals.

And not only the piano. Everything. My school and university friends and room-mates, my social life, and so on were brought into this disgusting plot.

My mother was always my loyal friend and supporter, even when she worried about the dangers I might confront due to my political activities. But other family members, including very close relatives, were firmly incorporated into the secret political police activities against me.

And my mother also was a victim. Partially because of her own progressive views and especially because she never abandoned me. Her own husband, my biological sister and brother were part of the ugly and inhuman machinations against her and me.

I was not a foreigner. I was hardly a terrorist. During my early years, I found no way to be politically active. Nonetheless, the FBI-CIA etc. have and had different criteria. Even a potential genuine dissident is a threat. And so is anyone supporting him or her.

As fascists during World War II responded when asked why they murdered children, the answer was the children we kill today cannot become the anti-fascists of tomorrow. Fascist preventative medicine. That is also the CIA, FBI and company.

I allude to my personal experiences to demonstrate that the US secret political police leave no stone unturned. They work in the dark, but they are virtually omnipresent and omnipotent in American society.

I repeat: it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for such a 9/11 terrorist group especially made up of a large group of foreigners to avoid meticulous, day-in, day-out surveillance by the US secret political police. US authorities knew about the terrorists all the time and knew what they were planning to do!

To be continued...

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Dictatorship USA Part 14

The September 11 (2001) Terrorist Attack


The 9/11 events in the United States entailed the near-simultaneous destruction of the huge Twin Towers in New York City combined with an explosion in the Pentagon (US military headquarters) and a failed airplane crash in the state of Pennsylvania.


The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers all of which departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for California were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed, with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, leading to a partial collapse of the building's western side. The fourth plane initially was steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. 9/11 was the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively. (September 11 attacks, Wikipedia)

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Some, including physicists and structural engineers, have argued that plane crashes into the World Trade Center's steel-reinforced buildings alone could not have caused their rapid collapse. Other investigators determined that the entry cavity in the Pentagon was too small to have been caused by a passenger airliner: "How does a plane 125 ft. wide and 155 ft. long fit into a hole which is only 60 ft. across?" (Thierry Meyssans book, LEffroyable Imposture - published in English as 9/11: The Big Lie) See 9/11 conspiracy theories, Wikipedia.

There have been numerous other claims as well.

The alledged perpetrators of 9/11 were a large group of Arab foreigners who lived and worked and plotted in the US for years prior to the mass murders. Moreover, some of them even took professional flying lessons in preparation. Two of the culprits, Khalid al Mihdhar and Nawaf al Hazmi, had earlier both been identified as al-Qaeda agents by the CIA . (9/11 conspiracy theories, Wikipedia)

What really happened?

(To be continued)

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Dictatorship USA Part 13

Dictatorship America It's Inescapable


American phony democracy - that is, actual dictatorship - is not an accident nor a product of this-or-that president or other happenstance. CAPITALIST DICTATORSHIP IS AN INEVITABILITY! CAPITALIST DICTATORSHIP IS ESSENTIAL.


This dictatorship flows from the every essence of capitalism, especially in its imperialist stage.


The twin failures of capitalist democracy and capitalist prosperity...


Capitalism is based on EXPLOITATION. The very few receive the benefits from the labor of the very many. The system of capitalism leads to under-consumption by the masses of people, who cannot afford to buy back the totality of what they produce. Thus economic crises are also inevitable. To maintain its hold on power and wealth, it is ESSENTIAL for the ruling capitalist class to suppress the strivings of the majority for equality and a better life. This REQUIRES false democracy and actual dictatorship.


There are masses - many tens of millions - of impoverished and oppressed people in the United States of America and other imperialist countries. Nonetheless the imperialist countries have a generally higher standard of living than most of the rest of world. Imperialism's enthusiasts attribute this differential to the wonder of capitalist democracy, which alledgedly has thrust open the doors for human advancement and prosperity.


Imperialist democracy is an elaborately designed and cynical farce. There is no town-hall democracy in the US or any other imperialist country that accounts for the relatively better standard of living in the so-called civilized world.


The disappearing bases of capitalist prosperity...


The capitalist class and the governments it controls have devised essentially artificial and in the long run, temporary - mechanisms to increase imperialist society's purchasing power: firstly, by (a) devaluing, i.e., printing money, so that it is largely divorced from its status as opposed to its perception - as an actual repository of wealth; (b) by vastly increasing the amount of government and private debt. With allowances for occasional reversals, overall debt is astronomically high and is on the increase. A crash is inevitable. (See my series of posts Modern Capitalism The Marxist View.)


Secondly, by MASS PLUNDERING AND EXPLOITATION OF OTHER PEOPLES AND NATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.


While the less-than-1% of the population receives the lion's shares of the profit from this massive world-wide super-exploitation, capitalism's rulers have allowed the domestic populace to partially share in world plunder. Thus the average US consumer benefits from cheap materials and cheap products produced by super-exploited labor in countries under the heel of US and world imperialism.


This sharing, however, is on the way out. Expensive labor in the imperialist countires is continuing to be lost and shift to ultra-cheap labor in the economic colonies. Thus, decisively increased poverty in the US and other imperialist countries.


Even stalwart bourgeois economists and apologists cannot avoid mentioning the enormous income gulf between the tiny minority of rulers of the imperialist countries and the masses of people. Top 1% Of Americans Are 70% Wealthier Than The Bottom 90% (ZeroHedge, Sept. 27, 2017).


To repeat: the elaborate and often complicated devices of phony democracy necessarily flow from the very nature of the capitalist system itself.


DICTATORSHIP!!


A GENUINE WORLDWIDE SOCIALIST REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY ANSWER!!


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Dictatorship USA Part 12E

Addendum 1D: Opioids and the American Social Crisis (2)


Perverse, asinine neo-fascist America First Donald Trump slams the blame on everyone but the perpetrators: The opioid crisis, Trump said, is the fault of the Mexicans and the Chinese... (Trump Misdiagnoses the Opioid Crisis, The New Yorker, Aug. 21, 2017).


In fact, the opioid epidemic in the USA has reached today's catastrophic heights through the direct actions of American (not Mexican or Chinese!) pharmaceutical companies with the closest cooperation of the US (not the Mexican or Chinese!) federal government!


ALL prescription drugs in the United States including opioids - can be marketed ONLY AFTER
having received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


In the United States, the FDA approves drugs. Before a drug can be prescribed, it must undergo the FDA's approval process, which certifies that the drug is safe and effective for its intended use. (Approved drug, Wikipedia)

THESE OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED SAFE OPIOIDS ARE EXPECTED TO KILL OVER A HALF MILLION MORE AMERICANS IN THE NEXT DECADE!! (Opioid epidemic, Wikipedia)

Federal agencies for years have made it far too easy to prescribe painkillers. (Declare opioid 'national emergency', USA Today, July 31, 2017)


We know that the proximate cause of this epidemic is Big Pharma, which promised non-addictive painkillers that lasted for 12 hours but delivered addictive painkillers that did not last 12 hours.

Those who share responsibility for this public health and law-enforcement disaster: physicians who all too readily passed out prescriptions for powerful synthetic opioids; and the government agencies that approved the synthetic heroin as 'safe' and paid for their distribution via Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, etc. (The Real Cause Of The Opioid Epidemic: Scarcity Of Jobs And Positive Social Roles, OfTwoMinds, July 3, 2017)

Perverse, asinine neo-fascist America First Donald Trump does nothing: Its been nearly six months since President Donald Trump issued an executive order forming a commission to combat the nations opioid crisis which he described on August 10 as 'a national emergency'. But Trump's administration has yet to officially declare the crisis a national emergency. In fact, theres no evidence that his administration has moved on nearly any of the of the commissions recommendations. (Trumps Failure to Tackle Opioid Crisis Is Costing Lives, The Intercept, Sept. 21, 2017)

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Why?


Not only because profits always come before people under US imperialism.


Not only because the US Trump Administration always acts on behalf of its big business and billionaire sponsors.


But also because mass addiction of opioids and other narcotics - is fostered by the US police state dictatorship to roadblock people's efforts to radically change the ruinous existing state of affairs in American society. Millions of people caught in the suffocating web of drug addiction are not likely candidates for determined, sustained mass struggle against the evils of the most powerful imperialist empire in world history.


Opioids are the opium of the American people...


For the US ruling class, narcotics opioid addition is profitable not only financially. But socially and politically as well.


In concert with ultra-chauvinism, filthy demagogy and racism, war-mongering, blatant favoritism for big banks and corporations... a drugged-out, politically-inactive populace fits perfectly well in Donald Trump's Make America Great Again program.

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Dictatorship USA Part 12D

Addendum 1D: Opioids and the American Social Crisis (1)


"Religion is the opium of the people" Karl Marx

Opioids are the opium of the American people


The opioid catastrophe in the United States of America is another sign of a sick and decaying, plundering and predatory, repressive and dictatorial society.


The American narcotics (legal and ostensibly illegal) crisis is a consequence of social degradation, poverty and hopelessness.


'US Opioid Use Linked To Unemployment, Researchers Say' (International Business Times, Aug. 26, 2017): 'The use of opioids is linked to the unemployment rate.' A paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research analyzed the connection between drug deaths and the economic climate.

The research comes as the number of opioid-related overdose deaths, which includes prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, as well as heroin have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'The fact that some of the recent rise in drug deaths coincides with the Great Recession and its aftermath highlights the importance of understanding the connection between economic conditions and drug deaths,' the researchers wrote in the paper.

'Those who dont have jobs are kept out of the spotlight as the country battles the opioid crisis. 'Overall, we obtain strong evidence that opioid-related deaths and ED visits increase during times of economic weakness,' the researchers wrote:

"'The fatal and near fatal abuse of opioids often (and increasingly over time) reflects a physical manifestation of mental health problems that have long been known to rise during periods of economic decline... With the increased availability of prescription opioids (and reductions in heroin prices), it seems likely that the consumption of these drugs rises when economic conditions worsen and that some of this increased use leads to adverse outcomes including or death.'

Another study found the number of opioid deaths might actually be higher that reported, since the number of opioid and heroin deaths are calculated through death certificates which sometimes do not specify which drug was used during a fatal overdose. Opioid deaths across the country were 24 percent higher than reported rates, while heroin fatalities were 22 percent greater.

The Real Cause Of The Opioid Epidemic: Scarcity Of Jobs And Positive Social Roles (OfTwoMinds, July 3, 2017): The employment rate for males ages 25-54 has been stairstepping down for 30 years, but it literally fell off a cliff in 2009.

We all know there is a scourge of addiction and premature death plaguing the US, a scourge that is killing thousands and ruining millions of lives: the deaths resulting from the opioid epidemic (largely the result of "legal" synthetic narcotics) are mounting at an alarming rate.

But what's missing from the public conversation is the underlying cause of the epidemic: a structural scarcity of paid work and positive social roles for vast swaths of America's workforce.

We all know what paid work means: jobs. Positive social roles include jobs--supporting oneself and one's family provides purpose, meaning, identity and a source of pride. How do you support a consumer economy with stagnant incomes for the bottom 90%, rising basic expenses and crashing employment for males ages 25-54? Answer: you don't.

Faced with a scarcity of jobs and social roles that provide the dignity of being needed and productive, people slip into the toxic depths of the opioid epidemic.

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It goes without saying that the American opioid epidemic and its disastrous consequences are hidden from the Russian people by the CIA-controlled mass media.

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Dictatorship USA Part 12C

Addendum 1C: The Pharmaceutical Companies Get Into The Narcotics Business... In a BIG Way (continuation)


American pharmaceutical companies - in real terms legalized US narcotics vendors - have a double bonus with their prescription drugs: they sell their mass killer medicines and they also sell antidotes for these poisons. The companies make money both ways, even as the putative anti-overdose agents are often too expensive or administered too late to save the patients.


Opioid painkillers: 2015 U.S. sales: $9.57 billion
Drugs that treat addiction: 2014 U.S. sales: $1.4 billion
Drugs that treat overdoses: Estimated annual sales $1.3 billion
Drugs to treat side effects such as constipation: Estimated at $1.9 billion to $4.8 billion.
(Behind the Curtain of the Opioid Epidemic: The Companies That Profit, Narconon, Aug. 5, 2017)

The sales and profits are certainly higher now.

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Six in 10 American adults take prescription drugs, creating a vast market for new medicines to treat the side effects of the old ones.


Opioid prescriptions alone have skyrocketed from 112 million in 1992 to nearly 249 million in 2015, the latest year for which numbers are available, and Americas dependence on the drugs has reached crisis levels. Millions are addicted to or abusing prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.


Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, from 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the United States from prescription-opioid overdoses, which have contributed to a startling increase in early mortality among whites, particularly women a devastating toll that has hit hardest in small towns and rural areas.


The pharmaceutical industrys response has been more drugs. The opioid market now worth nearly $10 billion a year in sales in the United States has expanded to include a growing universe of medications aimed at treating secondary effects rather than controlling pain.

Theres Suboxone, financed and promoted by the U.S. government as a safer alternative to methadone for those trying to break their dependence on opioids. Theres naloxone, the emergency injection and nasal spray carried by first responders to treat overdoses. And now theres Relistor and a competitor, Movantik for constipation.

In colorful charts designed to entice investors, numerous pharmaceutical makers tout the 'expansion opportunity' that exists in the 'opioid use disorders population.'

Indivior, a specialty pharmaceutical company listed on the London Stock Exchange, sees 'around 2.5m potential patients, the majority of whom are addicted to prescription painkillers,' as opposed to illicit drugs such as heroin. Another company, New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, highlights 'growth drivers' for the market, noting that millions of additional Americans not yet identified are also likely to be dependent on opioid painkillers.

Analysts estimate that each of these submarkets addiction, overdose and side effects is worth at least $1 billion a year in sales. These economics, experts say, work against efforts to end the epidemic.

If opioid addiction disappeared tomorrow, it would wipe billions of dollars from the drug companies bottom lines.


From a profit-making standpoint, opioids are a potent product. Chronic use can cause myriad side effects that usually are mild enough to keep people taking painkillers but sufficiently uncomfortable to send them back to the doctor.

This domino effect can turn a patient worth a few hundred dollars a month into one worth several thousand dollars a month.

Many patients wind up very sedated from opioids, and its not uncommon to give them amphetamines to make them more alert. But now they cant sleep, so they get Ambien or Lunesta. The amphetamines also make them anxious, paranoid and sweaty, and that means even more drugs.

Women, in particular, are ideal customers. About 57 percent of working-age women who take opioids have four or more prescriptions, according to an analysis of participants in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. About 41 percent of working-age men on prescription opioids have at least four prescriptions.

Studies show that constipation afflicts 40 percent to 90 percent of opioid patients. By promoting opioid-induced constipation as a condition in need of more targeted treatment, the drug industry is creating incentives to maintain the painkillers at full strength and add another pill instead. (The drug industrys answer to opioid addiction: More pills, WashingtonPost, Oct. 16, 2016)


Naloxonethe drug that brings people back from an opioid overdose. This drug is in phenomenal demand as cities across the country lose thousands of citizens to heroin and fentanyl.

In 2015, the price of naloxone manufactured by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals skyrocketed. Originally, one shot of this drug cost about a dollar. The price climbed to $40 a dose by mid-2015. (Behind the Curtain of the Opioid Epidemic: The Companies That Profit, Narconon, Aug. 5, 2017

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Addendum 1B: The Pharmaceutical Companies Get Into The Narcotics Business... In A Big Way


The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that $100 billion worth of illegal drugs were sold in the U.S. In 2013 (Illegal drug trade in the United States, Wikipedia)


The illegal narcotics business in the United States and in the world was far too lucrative for the pharmaceutical giants to ignore. Why shouldn't they also cash in?


Legally cash in.


Cash in on the mass sale of narcotics. And cash in on selling remedies for the narcotics. Cash in BIG!


The United States Opioid epidemic:


The opioid epidemic or opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada in the 2010s. Opioids are a diverse class of very strong painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, which are synthesized to resemble opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin. The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them popular both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression, and may cause respiratory failure and death.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 'overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels.'. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescriptions. From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales, and substance abuse treatment admissions related to opioid pain relievers all increased substantially. By 2015, annual overdose deaths surpassed deaths from both car accidents and guns.

Drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with two-thirds of those deaths from opioids. In 2016, 62,000 Americans died from overdoses, 19 percent more than in 2015, and had killed more Americans in one year than both the wars in Vietnam and Iraq combined. By comparison, the figure was 16,000 in 2010, and 4,000 in 1999. Figures from June 2017 indicate the problem has worsened. While death rates varied by state, public health experts estimate that nationwide over 500,000 people could die from the epidemic over the next 10 years.

In July 2017 the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that 'America is awash in opioids; urgent action is critical.' The crisis has changed moral, social, and cultural resistance to street drug alternatives such as heroin." (Opioid epidemic, Wikipedia)

Opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl are completely legal in the US!

If opioid addiction disappeared tomorrow, it would wipe billions of dollars from the drug companies bottom lines. (The drug industrys answer to opioid addiction: More pills, WashingtonPost, Oct. 16, 2016)

There is so much money to be made with opioids. US rulers hardly worry that over 500,000 Americans could die from the epidemic over the next 10 years!!

Or more... Despite all the chatter surrounding the globalized synchronized growth narrative rocketing equity markets to the moon, and or the constant bombardment of news stories about newly minted Bitcoin and Ripple millionaires living in their parents basement, the fracturing of the real and the financial economies has become more evident than ever, as many young millennials who are trapped in the real economy with high debts and wage stagnation are dying at an alarming clip.

The figures are so concerning that millennials deaths have shifted the overall life expectancy rate for the United States lower for the second consecutive year.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC): 'From 2014 to 2016, the rate at which 25-34-year-olds died advanced by 19%, from 108 per 100,000 to 129. For 15-24 and 35-44-year-olds it was much of the same with a significant increase in the death rate. (Millennial Deaths Surge As Opioid Crisis Deepens, ZeroHedge, Jan. 5, 2018)


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Addendum 1A: The Phony and Racist War on Drugs...



The Drug Pay-off...


Drug-related income has to be enormous for the CIA, narco-cops and related law enforcement agencies. They have to get their cut, both on an institutional scale and personally for their aiding and abetting the drug trade as narcotics flood the world.


In its 1997 World Drugs Report the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated the value of the market at $4 trillion, ranking drugs alongside arms and oil among the world's largest traded goods. An online report published by the UK Home Office in 2007 estimated the illicit drug market in the UK at £46.6 billion a year (Illegal drug trade, Wikipedia)


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There is a long and dirty history of deep involvement of the US secret political police at home and abroad with the trade of harmful narcotic substances. For instance: At two critical junctures after World War II, the late 1940s and the late 1970s, when America's heroin supply and drug addiction seemed to ebb, the CIA's covert action alliances generated a sudden surge of heroin that soon revived the US drug trade (The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, New York 1991, Alfred W. McCoy, p. 17).


Major US banks are intimately tied in with the international and national drug trade. Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money... Bank of America, Western Union, and JP Morgan, are among the institutions allegedly involved in the drug trade (TheHuffingtonPost, Sep 22, 2014). Even when big bankers occasionally admit guilt, they are let off with just a slap on the wrist. No big banker in the US has ever gone to jail for massive drug-related financial activities!


The huge US gang structure not only tolerated, but in fact sponsored and protected by US law enforcement - comprises the primary structure of American small-scale wholesalers and retailers of destructive narcotics: Street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs are the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets of the United States. ... Gangs primarily transport and distribute powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, MDMA, and PCP in the United States (Drugs and Gangs Fast Facts - US Department of Justice).

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Drug Enforcement - a Powerful Weapon against Liberation of Oppressed Peoples in the US...


On the other hand, what purports to be law enforcement of dealing drugs is directed with special ferocity against the racially oppressed Black and Brown communities in America: The Drug War, Mass Incarceration and Race... With less than 5 percent of the worlds population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and draconian sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites (Drug Policy Alliance, Feb 10, 2016).


Approximately 1213% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 35% of jail inmates, and 37% of prison inmates of the 2.2 million male inmates as of 2014 (U.S. Department of Justice, 2014) (Statistics of incarcerated African-American males Wikipedia). One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001 ( NAACP | Criminal Justice Fact Sheet).


The War on Drugs in the US is not in the slightest directed against the massive sale and usage of harmful narcotics in the country. This war, however, serves as a pretext to terrorize and further oppress the Afro-American and Latino-American population of the country and thereby suppress strivings to liberation from oppressive poverty and racial persecution. In particular, young people in the massive US ghettos and barrios are viciously harassed and arrested and not infrequently murdered - on virtually any pretext. Their common lot long-term imprisonment, where they simultaneously are forced to work for semi-slave wages as a mass source of ultra-cheap labor for American corporations. (How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it, Return to Now, June 13, 2016)


The US has exported an adaptation of drug-and-mass-oppression polices to neighboring countries, especially Mexico. In Mexico and Central American countries the US stimulates ferocious drug wars, supplying ample weapons to both drug cartels and subservient governments which encourage massive reciprocal murder. By November 30, 2012, the official death toll of the Mexican Drug War was at least 60,000. Estimates set the death toll above 120,000 killed by 2013, not including 27,000 missing (Mexican Drug War Wikipedia)

The result: oppressed peoples torn apart by internecine wars and thereby incapacited in liberating themselves from US imperialist domination and puppet national governments.


US imperialism in the raw. Democracy anyone?


DICTATORSHIP !!


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Addendum 1: The Phony and Racist War on Drugs...


A discussion of Dictatorship USA would not be complete without discussing the phony drug war in the USA (and in most of the world). An enormously profitable war, which also is used to impose additional dictatorial control on the oppressed Black and Brown populations in the US.


In June 1971, President Nixon declared a war on drugs. He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants (A Brief History of the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance).


More than 46 years later, the war has proven to be a total failure: Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older9.4 percent of the populationhad used an illicit drug in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, June 2015).

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It is impossible to believe that the US government with its massive police and secret political police apparatus - could not effectively block the drug trade if that were the aim. The production and marketing of harmful illegal narcotics is a complicated procedure, which could be decisively interrupted or even closed down at multiple points. Narcotic substances are often grown and harvested in one area or country usually outside the US, often processed elsewhere and then sold through a complicated international marketing process. There are established routes for the transport of the substances and for wholesale and then retail sales. None of this could possibly be some unfathomable mystery for law enforcement.


In spite of the fact that approximately 1- 2% of the Amgerican working-age population serves as part-time agents of the US secret political police and although there are well over one million uniformed law inforcement personnel in the country (Law enforcement in the United States, Wikipedia), drug use is not only not being stymied, it is in fact increasing! It is common knowledge that in the US harmful narcotic substances are readily available to anyone who wants them.


In fact, the production, unending distribution and massive sales of harmful narcotic substances are promoted by the US secret political police and drug enforcement agencies.


When the US government wants to block something or harass, arrest or terrorize someone, nothing stands in the way! My personal history is testimony to that! (Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the US, arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com)


Yet in spite of the decades-long War on Drugs, the big-shot producers and dealers rarely get touched! The narcotics business always procedes as usual.

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Dictatorship USA!


Let us summarize what we know about the political system in the United States of America.


The United States is a political dictatorship. Without a massive, surging peoples' movement for real change, the US will remain bound by the ultra-reactionary two-party vise. There are no fundamental differences between the dominant Republican and Democratic parties.


The American people got rid of the vile George Bush and obtained the vile George Bush Barak Obama. Any difference between the two administrations was purely superficial. US policies change from time to time because the world changes and the US is not in a position to control everything. The individual sitting in the White House is a secondary figure who has to adapt to this changing reality.


The election of swindler, thief, liar, racist, neo-fascist, war-monger Donald Trump as US president is a forceful step in the direction of outright fascism.


Political debate in the US usually is centered around reactionary official positions and very often even more reactionary positions of the opposition. Who can be more anti-labor, pro-business, pro-police, pro-militarism and war? The peoples' interests are effectively shut out, although occasionally apparently and weakly - are more-or-less defended by a handful of fake progressive representatives. Who change nothing.


The basic line of the US mass media is controlled by the US secret political police. As dictated by the principles of psychological warfare propaganda, there have to be stylistic variations in the enunciation in the official line, but very rarely is there any deviation from the standard theses. Pro-US imperialist propaganda is massive and practically constant. It forms mass consciousness and generally succeeds unless harsh reality rudely intrudes.


The United States loudly proclaims that it is a political democracy, but genuine opponents to the US imperialist policies are harassed, terrorized and sometimes outright killed. In the stead of genuine political dissent and organization, the US secret political police set up and populate a huge variety of fake opposition organizations. Such outfits serve the purposes of (1) falsely demonstrating US democracy and (2) trapping, identifying and misleading honest people and activists, thereby enhancing the opportunities of harassing, terrorizing or killing them.


The US secret political police directly pays off some 10,000 20,000 full time stooges who ostensibly head up all sorts of revolutionary, progressive, activist, etc. organizations and movements.


At the same time, the US secret political police massively interfere in the economic and social life of the country, paying off hundreds of thousands and more likely millions of part-time accomplices by offering them a better status in life. These part-time stooges provide the bulk and sometimes the entire gaggle of activists who vociferously (but sometimes quietly) make up the mass of protestors at demonstrations and the membership of opposition outfits.


The US labor movement is controlled by the US secret political police. It is a zero in opposing official polices.


Phony dissenting publications and internet sites are thoroughly monitored by the US secret political police. The NSA mines all visitors and responders to the offerings of the fake alternate media. A blacklist is thereby established to facilitate further actions against the offenders. From the standpoint of US imperialism, the internet is the perfect Big Brother is Watching You machine.


The internet likewise is a vehicle for the secret political police to issue many thousands of blogs, photos, clips, commentaries... to, among other things, mimic mass support for one or another reactionary cause.


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Approach to Peoples' Struggle...


No matter how you cut it, in the USA the path of struggle for genuine for genuine progressive activists is very, very difficult. Notwithstanding that brutal fact, struggle must and will proceed.


While the United States of America is a dictatorship, it is not yet - a fascist dictatorship.

Therefore, whatever rights exist even if only on paper must be utilized to the utmost. The progressive individual must therefore organize and continue organizing, propagate progressive and genuine revolutionary ideas, create struggle movements, etc. - even use the internet notwithstanding the enormous obstacles created by the US secret political police. Whenever possible, it is best to communicate on personal and organizational - political matters by non-electronic means although clearly that is not always possible.


Just be prepared psychologically and practically for a lot of false comrades and friends along the way. Expect lots of difficulties, harassment and even terror.


If when - the United States' rulers finally resort to outright fascism, then different approaches will be necessary.


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The Internet and the Alternate Press


American freedom of the press is evident in the internet and in the wide variety of publications critical of the government. So say the apologists for US imperialism.


To begin with, the propaganda power of the mass media is not counteracted by small-time publications and blogs that reach a small fraction of the population. It can hardly be denied that the US mass media fully supports the general principles of US imperialist rule and the direction of US policies. The differences that one occasionally encounters in the big-time media almost always center around personalities and secondary tactics. No problem there. Presidents, senators etc. come and go, but the basic orientation and policies of US imperialism do not change as a result.


What is crucial besides direction is the volume of the propaganda of the genuine mass media, which reaches constantly and repeatedly virtually the entire population. Various liberal and left publications are read by only a tiny fraction of the populace and usually just occasionally. Quantity translates into quality, in that the vastly powerful mass media basically determines public consciousness unless harsh reality contradicts the disseminated lies.


Very rarely even the big mass media may offer a genuine dissenting point of view, but this occurs so infrequently that these rare occasions cannot effectively counter the main thrust of the reactionary mass propaganda. Instead, the aura of fake democracy and freedom of the press is enhanced by rare sorties into the realm of more-or-less dissent.


As for dissenting publications, internet sites and blogs, they serve two main goals. The first is to show how democratic US imperialism is. More importantly, they function in a big way as traps for the US secret political police to identify and scrupulously follow the thoughts of virtually every honest, independent activist or would-be activist in the entire country.


If the independent-minded individual connects with The Nation, Counterpunch, Alternet, etc. etc. (as ineffectual or diversionary as the criticism of most of these publications is), this is immediately signaled to the US National Security Administration (NSA) and personal records are recorded and kept. If you plug in repeatedly, you are more suspect than if you do it only once or twice. If you contribute money to some cause on the internet, you are even more dangerous.


The vast majority of the liberal and radical publications are established and run by the US secret political police. In this respect, they serve the same function as the vast multitude of liberal and radical organizations set up by the FBI and its cohorts. But even if a site, etc., is genuine, i.e. if it is unwitting, the secret political police tap into it in the same way and for the same purpose.


For instance, anyone logging into the site of Silent Terror arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com/ is sure to be recorded by the NSA. What should I do? Tell people not to read the book? Avoiding the vicious claws of the US secret political police is virtually impossible.


As for the internet, it is the ideal Big Brother is Watching You machine. We know from Edward Snowden's revelations that the US NSA an important arm of the US secret political police intercepts, analyses and stores virtually everything transmitted electronically by anybody in the world. Definitely including the internet, of course.

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The widespread use of the internet social media also has become a favorite tool of mass imperialist propaganda. The secret political police apparatus can and does send thousands, if not tens and hundreds of thousands, of ostensibly independent, spontaneous texts and videos through the internet. All this is simply another form of imperialist propaganda, designed to produce an independent, personal touch to mass dissemination of vicious lies and distortions.

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Phony Anti-fascists in the US


The enormous US secret political police apparatus - as befits this vicious and ubiquitous lie, spy, criminal, provocation, subversion and regime change, terror, drug-runnning, torture, war and mass murder apparatus has been quick to besmirch widespread anti-Trump sentiment in the US by establishing and running provocateurs known as Antifa (for anti-fascist).


Antifa is a militant,anarchist political movement of autonomous, self-styled anti-fascist groups. They focus more on fighting far-right and white supremacist ideology directly than on encouraging pro-left policy. The salient feature of Antifa is to oppose fascism by direct action, including violence. Antifa groups tend to be anti-government and anti-capitalist, and are predominantly far left and radical left. Antifa's militant challenge to militant free speech has been regarded as problematic.


The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI internally classify militant actions of Antifa as 'domestic terrorist violence' (Antifa [United States], Wikipedia)

Antifa is nothing other than a bunch of goons hired by the US secret political police with the assistance of police departments. Antifa has no program, no progressive political agenda. Nothing other than a mission to provoke violence in the name of the left and thereby discredit growing anti-Trump sentiment in America and especially progressive ideas.

On police state orders, the Antifa so-called anarchists or whatever crawl out of the woodwork to perform their raucous, violent, politically senseless acts. And then crawl back into the woodwork, apparently dormant.

No mentally fit honest individual would take part in Antifa, with its undirected and redundant violence and program-less activities.

Much of Antifa's publicity was garnered in the alledgedly progressive city of Berkeley, California. In order to authenticate the viability and validity of these secret police stooge provocateurs.

The 2017 Berkeley protests refer to a series of violent protests and clashes between organized groups that occurred in the city of Berkeley, California in the vicinity of the University of California campus. Violence has occurred predominantly between anti-Trump protesters, including far-left radicals such as anarchists and antifa and pro-Trump and right-wing groups, including the alt-right, white supremacists and neo-Nazis.


"Antifa activists and some who identified themselves as members of the left-wing group By Any Means Necessary, set fires, damaged property, threw fireworks, attacked members of the crowd, and threw rocks at the police. Within twenty minutes of the start of the violence, protesters were ordered to disperse.The protests continued for several hours afterwards, with some protesters moving into downtown Berkeley to break windows at several banks, a Starbucks, a Target, a Sprint store, and a T-Mobile store." (2017 Berkeley protests, Wikipedia)


Antifa members are rarely arrested for such provocations. If arrested (for show), they are soon released. If, however, an honest but strangely emotional person somehow becomes in these counter-productive rampages Watch Out! A trap has been sprung.


The supposed classification of Antifa as domestic terrorist violence is to give these political hoodlums authenticity. This is not a new tactic of the US establishment.


From the late 1940's through the 1960's the FBI and congressional anti-communists persecuted fake communists - agents of the US secret political police - to solidify the concept of a domestic communist threat and instill mass anti-Soviet hysteria.


What a constant uproar it was! Richard Nixon, Joe McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, the FBI, the filthy mass media, the Hollywood Ten, the Pumpkin Papers, Loyalty oaths mass hysteria. Almost entirely against fake communists and leftists, with, rarely, an occasional honest person such as William Sherwood (see our book Silent Terror) thrown to the dogs.


Antifa accordingly has become a favorite whipping boy for the obscenely pro-Tramp, CIA-run Russian RT television station. Nothing unusual here, as the Russian mass media in general is controlled by the US CIA.


More fake democracy in the US of A. More genuine DICTATORSHIP.


And more CIA-NSA etc. interference in Russia (and not only Russia!).

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The January 2017 Women's March - a case study

The day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as US President, massive pro-women's rights marches were held in Washington DC and other American cities.

The Women's March was a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers' rights. The rallies were aimed at Donald Trump... (2017 Women's March, Wikipedia further quotes are from this source).


The march ended up drawing between 440,000 to 500,000 in Washington D.C. - that is about half a million in the nation's capital and additional hundreds of thousands elsewhere in the country.


How was such a massive turnout ensured? The patent explanation: On November 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, in reaction to Trump's election campaign and political views, Teresa Shook of Hawaii created a Facebook event and invited friends to march on Washington in protest. Similar Facebook pages created by Evvie Harmon, Fontaine Pearson, Bob Bland (a New York fashion designer), Breanne Butler, and others quickly led to thousands of women signing up to march.


"Planned Parenthood partnered with the march by providing staff and offering knowledge related to planning a large-scale event... Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970." Thus, an organization openly funded by the US government organized a huge demonstration against the US government! What glorious democracy!


While a couple of partner organizations of the demonstrations, such as the AFL-CIO, have a large membership (although roughly 90% of American workers belong to no trade union!), there is no evidence that this national trade union did anything to mobilize their members. Their partnership was pure formality. Most of the other partner organizations are paper outfits and like the AFL-CIO leadership run by stooges of the monstrous and vicious US lie, spy, criminal, provocation, subversion and regime change, terror, drug-runnning, torture, war and mass murder political police state apparatus.


The speakers at the Washington democration included long-time US political police finks such as
Goria Steinem, Angeles Davis, Michael Moore and others of the same ilk.


Thus organizations led by the US secret political police and individual and organizational accomplices of the same US political police ran massive America-wide demonstrations against the government of the US secret political police. Wow!

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Such massive demonstations - given enormous publicity by the US imperialist mass media machine - could never have taken place by someone creating a Facebook event. From far-off Hawaii, or all places!


Phony partner organizations - such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Organization for Women, MoveOn.org, Human Rights Watch, Code Pink, Black Girls Rock!, the NAACP, the American Indian Movement, Emily's List, Oxfam, Greenpeace USA, etc. could not organize their way out of a paper bag. Most are largely dummy outfits themselves; they do not have the resources, leadership or will to organize anything of substance. Each of these organizations separately and all of them combined in fact organize nothing important day after day, month after month, year after year.


The massive Washington and allied demonstations could only have been organized by the US political police apparatus, using the leaders and a host of partner outfits largely as fronts.


Why?


One should not confuse this kind of popular manifestation with the very real confrontation that currently exists among the elite themselves: between the ultra-reactionary Donald Trump forces and other less reactionary in posture only - big-time political elements opposed to him. Opposed to Trump, but DEFINITELY not opposed to US imperialism generally. The current conflict within the American ruling top dogs is the greatest of its kind since the US Civil War (1861-65).


The US secret political police provided the enormous muscle, resources and funds to organize this event (actually multiple events) of very large magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of part-time agents of the US lie, spy, criminal, provocation, subversion and regime change, terror, drug-runnning, torture, war and mass murder political police state apparatus were ordered to participate in the Washington and related actions. Part-time agents of the US secret political police constituted the great bulk of the participants.


Were there also honest participants in these actions? Almost certainly.


So what was the purpose of these massive charades? To get Trump? Nonsense.


Trump's policies no less than Hillary Clinton's, if this vicious war-monger had been elected are going to be a disaster for many tens of millions of Americans. Trump's ultra-phony, reactionary and racist posture as a friend of essentially white (Caucasian) American workers and middle-class elements is a total fraud, and the real-life exposure of these lies will be felt fairly soon. A real basis for mass outrage is in the cards.


The mass demonstations in Washington and elsewhere are going nowhere. Nothing in the US has changed politically. Absolutely nothing has changed or will change as a result of these marches. There is no follow-up, no program of continued action. The US ruling class has nothing to worry about.


Meanwhile, the United States showed how democratic it is a critically important propaganda ploy for domestic as well as international consumption. These marches allowed even honest non-participants to vicariously let off steam and be reassured that all is alright - or at least tolerable - in democratic America. Things in America are bad, but at least someone is prepared to defend good.


Moreover and no less important, these marches allowed honest potential activists to be (further) identified by the US secret political police. Who is willing to go against the status quo?


Such mass propaganda ploys are fairly rare events in the US their frequency depends on circumstances. But they serve crucially important objectives of the US lie, spy, criminal, provocation, subversion and regime change, terror, drug-runnning, torture, war and mass murder political police state apparatus.


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Dictatorship USA Part 9B

Full-time collaborators...


In the United States, there is a several-thousand member army of essentially full-time collaborators-agents of the US secret political police (FBI, CIA, etc.). Thousands but not millions. Directing and financing this army by the US secret political police is a manageable task, which may cost on the order of $1-2 billion annually.


In the US, I was an (at first, totally naive) organizer in the so-called Communist Party USA. The Party had a couple hundred or so (only in this one totally fake organization!) full-time personnel as Party organizers, officials, youth organizers, journalists, etc. The Party clearly had no internal sources of funds to support this substantial entourage of agents. The support money had to come directly from the US secret political police; there was simply no other source of funds.


Add to this fake communist organization all the trotskyite, maoist, socialist, anarchist, libertarian, civil rights, civil liberties, peace, womens' rights, environmental etc., etc. groups and you arrive at a figure of perhaps 10,000 20,000 full-time professional stooges. Manageable, without an excessive organizational and financial burden for the US secret political police. Sure, it is still lots of money, but so what? The US secret political police are very, very well financed.


A life-time sinecure...


But what about the additional army of some millions of collaborators who operate on-call, on a part-time basis? These people have their own, everyday non-political work and only participate now-and-then as required to attend meetings and demonstrations, to join parties and organizations and to espouse the views that they falsely support.


To put this vast millions-man army of collaborators on the government-secret police payroll would not only be an enormous expense for the government, but in addition a monumental, burdensome organizational task for the secret polical police.


For these part-timers, what happens instead is the following: the US secret political police intefere in the very process of American economic and professional life to provide their collaborators with an improved station in society.


I have already noted how young finks who worked in the Stehlin Foundation were guaranteed highly desirable admission to medical school, where it would be anticipated that THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES they would earn an income far out-stripping the average American. This enormous boost in their personal lives was not simply payment for their slaving at the Stehling Foundation in itself, a rather minor endeavor and a test of sorts. More importantly, it was totally understood by both the secret political police benefactors and by the lucky recipients of such generosity that these collaborators would be lifetime bound to the political police and permanently carry out their orders. These stooges were vetted preliminarily for that purpose. They would then earn a good, considerably better than average, living as medical doctors (a well-paying profession in the US).


I have also noted that many secret political police stooges get life-time positions at US universities and colleges. These are permanent sinecures, where these fake leftists and fake-whatevers secure an easy life-long position and are always on call to do their pernicious and fake duty for US imperialism. Including trapping and ratting-on honest students and others who seek out genuine support and cooperation of other progressives.


But this principle goes far beyond educational institutions. The US secret political police massively intrude into the entrails of American economic life to benefit their subordinates. Fink-workers are rewarded with privileged, higher-paying positions than they would otherwise obtain. Stooges are set up in business, able to avoid the most of the hindrances and corruption that plague US commerce. The spouses and children of finks are also often rewarded with an improved status in life.


US imperialist finks also populate charitable and humanitarian institutions of American society. The person with a full-time position at a Planned Parenthood outfit, at an organization supporting, for instance, the deaf, the blind, invalid veterans, the Red Cross etc. etc. is more than likely a stooge of the US secret political police. Most of the remuneration for these services comes from the organizations themselves, which may also receive partial or complete government funding.


How do the US secret political police accomplish these economic missions? They simply inform necessary parties to demand that such-and-such be done for the political police stooges in the name of national security interests, for instance. What reasonable person would refuse the requests/demands from the secret political police? That would be a dangerous and futile challenge to the all-powerful and absolutely ruthless gendarmes of US imperialism!


One of the observations I made about Communist Party members when I was in the Party was the secure and comfortable life-styles they all had. This, in spite of the contrived McCarthyite anti-communist hysteria that not long before had swept through the United States. In virtually all cases, Party members had more prosperous lives than most of their counterparts in society. I could not find an obvious explanation then; now I can: the US secret political police provided them with an improved economic station.


The US secret political police are thus an IMPORTANT FACTOR in the very economic life of the country. The superior position of their stooges is a direct result of the US secret political police demanding and receiving a privileged status for their accomplices. Whether that be admission to medical or law school or prestigious universities, whether that be higher-paying employment or establishment in business, etc., etc. It hardly need be added, that if an accomplice would somehow revert to honesty (does that ever happen??), the penalties could be decisive: loss of privileged position, poverty, persecution whatever required.


Thus, the US secret police have at their bidding (a) a professional army of many thousands of full-time stooges, who play-act the role of more-or-less radical or progressive or whatever opponents of the US political system; and (b) a huge army - numbering in the millions (probably low millions) - of part-time accomplices who operate on call for specific activities demanded by their secret political police superiors.


If the average honest American believes that he or she has a fair chance of getting ahead on his or her own sorry about that. The US secret political police uber alles!


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Dictatorship USA Part 9A

Further elaboration of accomplices of the US secret political police (see Bought-And-Paid-For Accomplices of the US Secret Political Police [Dictatorship USA Parts 9 and 9AA])


The importance of the US secret political police in the political life of the United States can hardly be overstated. We will further elaborate on the means and mechanism by which accomplices are recruited, directed and financed.


Never having been on the inside, I obviously cannot know all the details. However, I have had decades of experience confronting the US secret political police directly in the United States as well as decades with their collaborators in the former Soviet Union and now in Russia (where the methodology is in general terms virtually identical with the US). What follows is a description focused on the glorious US of A.


The well-cultivated and generally accepted image of collaborators of the secret political police is that the FBI, local and state police send a relatively small band of informers into movements and organizations to report on the activities of the international communist conspiracy (in former times) and terrorists and other criminals today. This is a very partial and deliberately false portrait of the US secret political police and their accomplices.


Numbers: The number of informers or accomplices in America is not numbered in the hundreds or thousands but at least in the hundreds of thousands and more likely low millions. I cannot know the exact number, but it is certainly massive. Likely about 1 - 2% of the working-age population of the US., or about 3 million people.


And not difficult to do. Such an endeavor certainly requires a vast political police apparatus and ample funds. All of which US imperialism has. No problem there!


Ideology: The vociferously proclaimed assertion that the United States of America is a democracy is pure lie and deception. Allegedly, this democracy would proscribe the US secret political police from recruiting and managing a vast team of accomplices in its vicious struggle against honest and progressive people.


This inherently false ideology is promoted by the pernicious idealization of the American revolution against British colonialism. Vicious, ruthless slave-owners such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are portrayed as the heroic and nearly god-like founders of not only American democracy, but even democracy on a world scale! In fact, the fundamental forces behind the American Revolution were (1) expansion and elaboration of the most brutal system of human exploitation known - human chattel slavery; and (2) massive theft of land from and concomitant horrendous virtual extermination of native American peoples. While there were progressive elements active in the American Revolution motivated by opposition to the tyranny of kings and royal families and feudalism - the influence of more humane elements was virtually nil in the creation and further development of the American state.


This outrageously false depiction of the origins of American democracy serves as a backdrop for the phony proclaimed freedom of the US system. The US secret political police are not guided by even the slightest hint of a hint of any concept of democratic rule. Their objective: to protect and extend the anti-human, ruthlessly exploitative machinations of the multi-billionaire US ruling class. All and any methods are appropiate; the end always justifies the means.


Forget about any democratic prohibitions or inhibitions for the US secret political police!


Ideology among Americans: It would be absurd to think that the US secret political police have significant diffculties in finding many MILLIONS of people who would wholeheartedly collaborate with the FBI, local police, etc. A massive and permanent campaign is waged in the US to inculcate the concept that the law enforcement agencies are virtually sacred cows, which deserve in fact, require the cooperation of ordinary citizens. Hollywood movies, major television programs and US political culture in general are devoted to glamorizing the exploits of the police secret and otherwise. All of this is augmented in the educational system, in religious institutions, the mass media, etc.


No doubt, some Americans would be moderately repelled by the idea of being an informer or a provocateur for federal or local police forces. But the great majority of even these potential dissenters would be swayed by appeals to patriotism, threats of consequences for refusal and/or rewards for cooperation. Under current circumstances, it would be a dangerous illusion to believe that the vast majority of Americans would not cooperate with the US secret political police.


Funds: Ultra-reactionary and murderous Allen Dulles, the key figure in the establishment of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) of the United States, stated that as much money should be spend on intelligence as on the military (The Craft of Intelligence, Allen Dulles, New York 1963, p. 264). How much is this? The real US military budget was about 1.2 trillions dollars (Fighting Over Crumbs Left from Military Spending, Alternet March 3, 2011) and is greater now, although the official sum is about one-half that amount (580 billions dollars in 2016 - Military budget of the United States, Wikipedia).


By rough comparison, the combined total for US intelligence activities (foreign and domestic in total 16 acknowledged agencies) officially was about 70 billion dollars in 2016 (United States intelligence budget, Wikipedia). Compared to the military budget, this is an immense shortfall and far below what Allen Dulles demanded. However, these kind of intelligence figures should be viewed with a great deal of scepticism, that is, as lies. For one thing, the intelligence community and their administration and congressional proponents are habitual liars. Lying is an essential aspect of this profession. In addition to the governmental budget, there are vast sources of funds additionally available to the CIA, FBI, etc.


One of the chief source of funds for the US intelligence community is the international trade in narcotic substances (drugs). This aspect of the work of the CIA, FBI etc. requires a separate discussion.


A crucial method of paying off the massive army of US secret political police stooges will be highlighted in the next discussion.


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Dictatorship USA Part 9A

Why Would The US Secret Political Police Set Up An Opposition?


At first glance, it might seem counter-productive, even absurd for the US government and its secret political police to spend whopping funds and devote enormous energy to sponsor and promote organizations and movements opposed to US policies, even opposed to the US political-economic system itself.


Not at all absurd. One should note that psychological warfare operations are frequently counter-intuitive, that is they often go against what good old common sense would suggest.


A closer examination shows that the promotion of a vast and variegated fake internal opposition is entirely appropriate and in fact vital for the dominant ruling class. For several important reasons:


To begin with, genuine popular opposition to imperialist policies can and often does arise spontaneously in response to poverty, racism, exploitation, unjust wars, police brutality, official lies, etc. If the ruling class, acting through its repressive organs, did nothing or only overtly oppressed and jailed or killed activists, the class enemy and its dictatorship-state would become fully exposed. Genuine movements for progressive and eventually revolutionary change could become massive. Moreover, with the growth of genuine mass movements, progressive and genuine revolutionary ideology could develop with striking force.


It is far, far, far better for the reactionary US (and not only the US!) ruling class to organize a manifold variety of fake movements which the secret political police entirely control. A great deal of noise and furor can be generated, but nothing permanent or meaningful develops. And the movements can be turned off when needed.


Secondly, such massive fakery serves to entrap unsuspecting honest activists, who find themselves not among comrades-in-struggle, but among disguised enemy. Such activists can then be assiduously followed and attacked, as I was when I was a member of the phony Communist Party USA.


Moreover, a plethora of false peoples' or progressive or communist organizations and movements give the abjectly phony perception of the United States of America as a democracy. See we have our protest movements. Everyone is 'free to do their thing' in the fake democracy of dictatorship USA.


We saw the fruits of this approach in the phony Occupy Wall Street movement that gained tremendous publicity in the US a few years ago. This was a fake FBI-organized psychological warfare operation, ostensibly directed against the terrible economic hardships of tens and tens and tens of millions of Americans while the biggest financial houses, banks and speculators reap vast amounts of government and Federal Reserve (the US central bank) monies and other ill-gotten gains. The phony movement made unrealizable demands, garnered loud attention and ended up repeatedly jousting with the police - and accomplished absolutely nothing.


It cannot be excluded that honest people, incensed over the great injustices of US society, also were attracted to this movement. But that, after all, is an important part of the game. The US secret political police need to identify honest activists, discourage them, intimidate them, persecute and terrorize them.


Most, if not almost all of the honest people, are driven away from Occupy Wall Street and other secret political police-organized movements by the deliberately counterproductive tactics, internal squabbling, dishonesty, highly discouraging atmosphere etc. within the movements and organizations themselves.


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