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Revolutionary Greetings to the Workers Attending the 56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show!

If an alien spaceship was to fly over North Avenue Beach this weekend during the Chicago Air and Water Show, undoubtedly some of the crew would laugh at the stupidity of the human race, madly applauding the spectacle of a display of weapons of mass destruction designed for the sole purpose of – destroying the human race. But it would be as likely that one member of their crew, in possession of a finer knowledge of the history of their own civilization, would point out to his comrades that “it wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were struggling to evolve past the nuclear age”.

What you are witnessing this weekend is the singular spectacle of allegedly civilized human beings teaching their children to approve of our nation’s annual expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons systems capable of bringing about the complete extinction of the human race. It’s a snapshot of life in the United States as humanity struggles through our own nuclear age, hopefully to a higher level of civilization – if we don’t kill ourselves first.

We see our fellow workers and their families arrayed on North Avenue Beach in Chicago to celebrate the thrilling technology our nation’s military can use to slaughter our fellow human beings – right in the midst of the City of Chicago, the murder capital of the USA, where the city government is contemplating the deployment of the Illinois National Guard, armed to the teeth, to patrol the city’s streets in order to “prevent violence”. The citizens of this fair city, you see, are so “up in arms” about gun violence taking place in many of the city’s neighborhoods – “senseless violence” they call it – that they are considering overthrowing their own Constitutional protections against the deployment of military forces to quell domestic disturbances by deploying the military (whose own weapons make the pitiful arsenals of the city’s gangs look like a box of water pistols) to “stop the violence”. It makes us wonder if there is to be found anywhere on this planet a nation as dumb as ours is.

“Why are our children killing one another?” we hear our neighbors cry. “Where does this savage impulse to kill come from?” “What can we do to stop the violence that threatens us on our streets, in our schools and in our workplaces?”

Is it so hard to figure out? The violence comes from the class that runs this country – the US capitalist class – that takes our unemployed daughters and sons and gives them jobs as soldiers, pilots and weapons designers, and who deploy our children all over the world to protect their investments overseas, and to slaughter anyone who dares to oppose the robber barons of the US capitalist class. Our children are taught to accept violence – real violence, the military kind – every day in school, where ROTC programs recruit young women and men to join the military and live a life of “adventure” – adventure that consists of rampaging across the face of the Earth killing their fellow human beings in defense of the U.S. capitalist class and their global investment portfolios. The news media tells us that the most heroic of all our citizens are “our” soldiers who are all “heroes” for “defending our nation”. Hollywood churns out movies and TV shows extolling the noble sacrifice of our nation’s armed forces, deployed all over the world to “fight for freedom” and to wage war on “terrorism”. Our children are taught to believe, by the capitalist class’ bought-and-paid-for politicians, that the final solution to every seemingly intractable human problem lies in bombing those recalcitrant people into submission.

But it isn’t just the US capitalist class and its government and media conglomerates that brainwash our children into worshipping the “military solution” to all human problems; it is YOU, fellow workers! who are teaching your children, by taking them to this festival of the weapons of mass murder and showing them how exciting it is, how beautiful the weapons are, how powerful armed women and men are to change the world for the better, that a better life is possible for us all through mass murder! You, who would raise hell if a swimming instructor “inappropriately touched” your son or daughter during a swimming lesson, and who scream “CHILD ABUSE!” when advertisements are mailed to your home showing a beautiful woman’s (almost) naked body, who think nothing at all of bringing your young and even infant children to the Air and Water Show to praise the glory of our nation’s ability to rain death and destruction on our working-class brothers and sisters all over the world!

Why do you, fellow workers, living here in Chiraq – the murder capital of the USA – bring your children to celebrate weapons of mass destruction which are being used – as you sit there on North Avenue Beach, idiotically “oohing” and “aahing” – in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine and a host of other nations to butcher human beings – your fellow workers and their families?

Why do the same disgusting capitalist politicians like the odious Rahm Emanuel, in the middle of such violence taking place on the streets of Chicago, present to the citizens this festival of celebration of the revolting, savage aspect of the human race?

The reason is twofold. One: to dull your innate sense of hatred and revulsion for the weapons of war, to awe you with the power of the ruling class that daily robs you and your family of the necessities of life in order to spend hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth generated through your own sweat and blood and used to slaughter your fellow workers overseas – all in pursuit of the US capitalist class’ insatiable lust for PROFITS; and Two: to scare the hell out of you and your children so you will not dare to fight for your rights against forces poised to be unleashed upon YOU and YOUR FAMILIES should you ever dare to rise up against your exploiters! In the final analysis all this weaponry is designed to defend the filthy rich US capitalist class from “all enemies, foreign and domestic” – including YOU should you dare to fight for higher wages, to defend yourselves from the brutal racist cops rampaging through the streets of our nation armed to the teeth and daily shooting down in cold blood anyone who stands up to their brutality! YOU, brothers and sisters are the source of the fear engendered in the cold hearts of the US capitalist class, who are deploying their weapons of mass destruction throughout the land to protect the 1% from YOU, the working class, who they rob every day of the blood, sweat and tears of your family and its labor in the factories and shops of the capitalist class and whose sons and daughters are sent out to kill and be killed so the US capitalist class can amass even greater fortunes for themselves while you struggle to feed, clothe, shelter, educate and provide basic health care services for yourselves and your families!

These weapons of mass destruction, these highly-trained teams of assassins and murderers the capitalist class and its media hacks teach you to believe to be heroes your children should one day strive to be like, this machinery of mass murder you applaud has, in the final analysis, YOU and YOUR CHILDREN in its sights! Because only YOU have the power to rip the guns out of the hands of the capitalist class and their cops and military – and the capitalists fear your power to do that above all else! It is your children who pull the triggers on the guns and cannon; it is YOUR children who fly the planes, drop the bombs, and kill innocent civilians – families just like yours! Only YOU can put an end to this repulsive national worship of the Pentagon’s tools of mass murder that is the REAL SOURCE of the violence on the streets of our nation!

We are revolutionary socialists – Trotskyists – and it is a principle of our political movement that the working class of the United States – and that of all nations – has no enemies, since we know that all of the people of this planet, of every skin color and every religion and nationality – are descended from common ancestors that lived about 100,000 years ago. Science has proven to us that, as Karl Marx said more than 150 years ago, “All workers are brothers and sisters”. The workers and peasants of China are not our enemies; nor are the workers of Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Yemen or any other nation you can name. All the workers of the world we consider to be our sisters and brothers. We understand that the real enemies of the workers are not our fellow workers overseas whom our national capitalist class tries to get us to hate; our real enemies are the billionaires and millionaires on Wall St. and on Main St., who systematically rob us of the product of our labor every time we go to work, every time we purchase anything and who try to get us to hate our fellow workers overseas so that they can get us to send our sons and daughters into the military where they can be used by the capitalists to defend their hundreds of billions of dollars of foreign investments all over the globe. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, all over the world, the US capitalist class is trying to seize the mineral wealth of other nations for their own selfish personal gain; and they teach our children the dark arts of war in order to steal through military conquest what they can not or do not wish to pay for. It is tax money systematically stolen from your paychecks every week that is used to pay for these weapons of mass destruction you are cheering for that enables them to go around the globe raping the environment and slaughtering the human beings that stand between the US capitalist class and the natural resources that they seek to steal in order to feed their unquenchable thirst for more and more money!

You see the Blue Angels? Imagine that those jets were on their way to your neighborhood to drop bombs on your house because you were the head of a political movement trying to organize opposition to the US war machine. Imagine what would happen to your children if those Ospreys were used to attack your family while you were celebrating a wedding in your yard; imagine those Navy Seals attacking your friends’ house next door. Imagine that it was not a T.V. show or a video game, but a real-life massacre like those that have happened repeatedly to families in Afghanistan, Iraq, in Palestine, Vietnam, North Korea and all over the world where the US capitalist class has deployed these very same weapons of mass destruction that you sit there and applaud, with your children joining in – in imitation of you.

You’d better think about it, because, more and more, the police forces of the United States are being given military-grade weapons; helicopters, grenades, machine guns and all the weapons of war necessary to defend the interests of the US capitalist class from what they KNOW is an inevitable struggle by the working class of the US to fight for higher wages and better working and living conditions. They know that, sooner or later, you are going to be forced to fight for your rights at work, and that you will seek to create political parties THAT THEY CAN’T BRIBE OR CONTROL to defend your rights as workers. You don’t realize this yet – but they do. And they are getting ready for you, as you can see every time the workers of Chicago try to oppose the machinations of the US capitalist class. The deployment of heavily armed police forces in military formations, armed with weapons of mass murder in the cities and even the small towns of the United States is not happening by accident. The capitalist class knows what it wants, and it knows how to get it – and it isn’t always going to be by asking nicely first – and then sticking it to you like they did to Chicago’s teachers last year. As the police response you’ve seen this week in Ferguson, Missouri proves (where the entire police force consists of only 53 cops): even in a tiny town like Ferguson, the police possess weapons indistinguishable from those given to US military units overseas – and they’re trained and willing to use them, children! The class war is coming home, and it is headed for your front door, brothers and sisters. The Obama Administration has even gone so far as to obtain from the US Department of Justice the legal authority to order the assassination of US citizens for writing things and for hanging around with people the US capitalist class doesn’t like! And why has the capitalist class given the NSA the green light to spy on every single phone call, Internet search and email you and your family sends to anyone, anywhere? Are they afraid of you, the loyal members of the US working class?

Now that we’ve drawn your attention to the reality of what it means to celebrate the weapons of mass destruction that the US capitalist class and their mass-murdering military, we’d like to put you on the spot and ask you: knowing all that we’ve told you, do you still wish to wave the flag of U.S. imperialism and teach your children to worship the U.S. war machine? If the answer is “yes”, then you – by your support of this war machine that is being unleashed every day against your fellow human beings – declare yourselves to be the enemies of human civilization and have absolutely no right to complain when you, personally, are held accountable for the war crimes being committed every day in your name. By supporting the U.S. war machine you must accept responsibility for the murders of civilians being committed every day, all over the world by the U.S. military and the C.I.A., who use the very same weapons of mass destruction you have bought, paid for (and which you worship) to commit mass murder and the assassination of untold thousands of your fellow workers around the world – and who now are even assassinating your fellow citizens!

Now that you’ve read this article, you know that the real reason why the U.S. military is deployed all over the world is not to “defend your freedom” – neither Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, China, North Korea nor Cuba possess any means of attacking the United States, and the workers of those countries have never attempted to do so – but to defend the current and planned future foreign investments of the U.S. capitalist class in all these nations – investments being made not to improve your lives or the lives of the people where the investments are made, but simply to make the tiny number of U.S. billionaires and millionaires who own half our nation’s wealth – just that much more obscenely wealthy.  Now you know that the very same U.S. capitalist class that uses its war machine to commit mass murder around the world is the same gang of greedheads that robs you and your family blind every time you go to work or purchase anything from toothpicks to land mines – and you support this! 

And here’s another bit of information for you who worship your own exploiters and their weapons of mass destruction: now that you have read this article, you can no longer pretend to your friends and family that “you didn’t know” the truth about the U.S. capitalist class and what they are really about and what they are really using their military for!  By having read this explanation of precisely what it means to applaud and to teach your innocent children to applaud the murderous, repulsive war machine that the U.S. capitalist class uses to physically destroy every worker in the world who dares to oppose their global thievery – and in spite of this knowledge, still continuing to support the U.S. capitalist class and its war machine – you have become, now, a CONSCIOUS ENEMY OF THE HUMAN RACE!  Congratulations!

One more point we’d like to make before we let you go: you may think that the U.S. war machine can be counted upon to protect you from the very justified wrath of the workers of the world whom you declare to be your enemies by supporting the U.S. capitalists’ war machine that murders them… but know this:  the United States of America represents just 4.5% of the world’s population!  If you believe that there is a future for a nation that represents just 4.5% of the world’s population yet that thinks that it can – through sheer military brutality – force the other 95.5% of the world’s human beings into a state of abject surrender, you are wrong – and you and your nation are doomed to suffer the fate of the last genocidalist capitalist class which dared to attempt such an exercise in futility: the universally-hated German capitalist class that financed Adolf Hitler’s rise to power!

Enjoy the show!

IWPCHI

Solidarity With The Citizens of Ferguson, MO Protesting the Police Murder of Michael Brown!

Thoughts on Ferguson, MO and the Murder of Michael Brown by the Police State

[As we publish this tonight (14 August 2014) we learn that the rebellion of the citizens of Ferguson, MO is continuing amid police assaults against the right of the citizens there to assemble and address their just grievances against the government. Tear gas has been deployed against the workers and many people have been reported injured and arrested. – IWPCHI]

Why do we call for workers revolution? Why should we not just settle for reforms of this decaying, murderous capitalist system?

Another day, another US citizen gunned down by those trigger-happy thugs – the police – allegedly hired by the citizens “to protect and serve” the citizenry. This time it is young Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri; a town whose racist history was nicely outlined for us yesterday by the New York Times. In an editorial entitled “The Racial History Behind the Ferguson Protests” the Times delivers the following indictment of the degree of racism that still exists here in the “post-racial” U.S. Presided over the the nation’s first black President:

“It doesn’t take a federal investigation to understand the history of racial segregation, economic inequality and overbearing law enforcement that produced so much of the tension now evident on the streets. St. Louis has long been one of the nation’s most segregated metropolitan areas […]. Until the late 1940s, blacks weren’t allowed to live in most suburban St. Louis County towns, kept out by restrictive covenants that the Supreme Court prohibited in 1948. As whites began to flee the city for the county in the 1950s and ’60s, they used exclusionary zoning tactics — including large, single-family lot requirements that prohibited apartment buildings — to prevent blacks from moving in. Within the city, poverty and unrest grew […] By the 1970s, many blacks started leaving the City of St. Louis as well […] attracted to older, inner-ring suburbs like Ferguson […] because they were built before restrictive zoning tactics and, therefore, allowed apartments […] As black families moved into Ferguson, the whites fled. In 1980, the town was 85 percent white and 14 percent black; by 2010, it was 29 percent white and 69 percent black. But blacks did not gain political power as their numbers grew. The mayor and the police chief are white, as are five of the six City Council members. The school board consists of six white members and one Hispanic […] The disparity is most evident in the Ferguson Police Department, of which only three of 53 officers are black. The largely white force stops black residents far out of proportion to their population […] [b]lacks account for 86 percent of the traffic stops in the city, and 93 percent of the arrests after those stops. Similar problems exist around St. Louis County, where earlier this year the state chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging widespread racial profiling by police departments.”

[Source: New York Times, Editorial Board, “Racial History Behind the Ferguson Protests”, 13 August 2014]

Such is the state of affairs throughout the United States, from New Jersey to California: black and Hispanic workers in the “post-racial” era supposedly ushered in by the election of Democrat Barack Obama continue to suffer brutality and murder at the hands of the police forces of the US.

Michael Brown was shot down by the cops, as have been so many other black and Hispanic youth, while he was unarmed and – according to witnesses – had his hands in the air in a gesture of surrender. It availed him nothing – he was shot down like a dog by a rabid member of the United States’ burgeoning paramilitary police state, which has increasingly taken the attitude that the citizens exist to serve the police, and not the other way around. In response, the citizens of Ferguson organized a protest and demonstrated their long-pent-up frustration with their continued abuse at the hands of the Ferguson police department. That some in the crowd saw an opportunity to loot and acquire a few valuables does not impugn the motives of the vast majority of the peaceably assembled and angry citizens one iota. All in all, the degree of looting and destruction was quite minor compared to what might have been expected given the enormity of the crime committed by an “officer of the law”.  Yet the reaction by the Ferguson cops and the slander heaped upon the righteously protesting majority of the citizens of Ferguson by the capitalist news media attempts to make it appear as though Mike Brown and his fellow citizens are all criminals out to create “chaos”, which can only be averted by the forces of law and order, i.e. the same racist police department whose gunman murdered Brown in cold blood!

This shameless slandering of the citizens of Ferguson and their murdered brother is to be expected of those disgusting “knights of the pen” – the hired propagandists of the capitalist press who never tire of licking the soles of the feet of their capitalist masters.  But surely we could expect much better from the first black President of the United States!  So what did that paragon of the “lesser evil” Democratic Party have to say about this latest wanton murder of a fellow U.S. citizen of color?

The President of the United States was on vacation in the capitalist class’ summer playground on Martha’s Vineyard – an idyllic former whaling community on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. He somehow found time to break away from a round of partying with his filthy rich Hollywood friends and billionaire political donors on the island to issue the following official statement:

“The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

August 12, 2014

Statement by the President on the Passing of Michael Brown

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.”

[Source: whitehouse.gov, “Statement by the President on the Passing of Michael Brown, 12 August 2014]

So, according to the alleged top representative of the black working class of the United States, the first black President in U.S. history, Michael Brown wasn’t murdered by a racist cop; he has merely “passed” into the great beyond, by some undetermined means! It’s as if he died of natural causes! How far removed from the reality of the day-to-day lives of African-Americans is this tinhorn alleged representative of his fellow black citizens, the paragon of that phony “party of the working class”, the Democratic Party!

But should we be at all surprised at Barack Obama’s indifference to the murder of Michael Brown? After all, he has recently approved of the conduct of the insane Zionist leaders of israel and their wanton slaughtering of civilian men women and children in Gaza , witnessed and condemned by the entire civilized world! And this is, after all, the same Democratic Party commander-in-chief who has requested and obtained from his own Justice Department a legal opinion that declares  that it is eminently legal and in conformance with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights that the President of the United States has the “right” to order the assassination of a U.S. citizen for his spoken and written declarations of support for and friendship with a group labeled as “terrorist” by the United States Government! Why should we be surprised that such a man as Barack Obama would denigrate the outright murder of a U.S. citizen by a police officer as the mere “passing” into the next world of the victim of that police murder? A man who thinks nothing of approving the slaughter of hundreds of women and children by a nation he considers to be led by his personal friends and who routinely authorizes the murder of suspected terrorists – and who brags about it! – and who is principally responsible for the continued torture of 149 people at the US torture center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and who has ordered his “Justice Department” to imprison heroic citizen-whistleblowers who have courageously exposed massive domestic and international spy operations targeting law-abiding citizens of the entire planet can not be expected to possess the capacity to characterize the murder of Michael Brown as anything other than the mere “passing” of Mike Brown into the Great Beyond.

The pro-capitalist bourgeois press has characterized the minor looting in Ferguson as “chaos” that must be vigorously opposed by the very same racist forces of “law and order’ that committed the murder in the first place. We see it as an eminently justified expression of the boundless outrage felt by the citizens of Ferguson at the murder by “their own” police department of a law abiding citizen – and perhaps, hopefully, as the beginning of a civil war of the long abused and downtrodden victims of the United States capitalist class against their intolerable oppression at the hands of the “lawful authorities”!

And by the way: what “right” does the Ferguson, MO police department – or ANY police department in the United States! – have to deny the citizens their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble in the center of their – not the police department’s – town at any time or at any place of the citizens’ choosing?

To the police of Ferguson, and to the members of the US Police State across the nation: ever hear of the Bill of Rights? It’s a fascinating document that you are all allegedly sworn to uphold – not that your oaths are worth a damn, since you are so used to lying in court immediately after swearing to tell the truth “so help me God”.  Still, you should read the Bill of Rights some time – you’ll undoubtedly find it to be shocking.  Example:

“Amendment I

Congress shall make no law […] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Clue: since Congress can make no law abridging a US citizen’s right to peaceably assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances, that means that YOU the police can’t pretend that you are “defending the Constitutional rights of citizens” by REFUSING to allow the citizenry the free exercise of their right to assemble whenever and where ever they choose to assemble to protest!

The fact is that the US capitalist class has no use for the millions of poor workers who struggle to survive in America’s hellhole poverty-stricken communities. The capitalists see no reason to spend money feeding, clothing and sheltering what they consider to be a surplus population of workers who the capitalists have no intention of ever hiring in order to squeeze profits from their labor-power. And so, if the poor workers and unemployed will not either join the military and assist the US capitalist class in stealing the raw materials of and murdering the many enemies of the US capitalist class all over the planet for sole purpose of the enrichment of the US capitalist class, or if these excess human beings will not consent to be beaten into submission by the police forces of the nation and submit to being forced to live poverty-stricken, attenuated lives, then the US capitalist class has a “final solution” for them: life in prison or death in the streets at the hands of the racist cops! THIS IS THE FUTURE FOR BLACK, HISPANIC AND POOR WHITE WORKERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY CAPITALIST WORLD!

We say: FUCK THAT! We seek to organize the multi-racial US working class into a revolutionary army to sweep away the US capitalist class and their racist, oppressive, murderous capitalist system once and for all – and to replace it with a civilized, egalitarian socialist workers government, which will guarantee food, clothing, shelter, a first-class education and comprehensive cradle-to-grave health care for everyone! The greed-based system of capitalism, which annually steals trillions of dollars of wealth created by the labor of the working class and places it in the bank accounts of a few hundred billionaires and multi-millionaires has got to go! And their racist cops, courts and heartless, bought-and-paid-for politicians must be swept into the dustbin of history as well! Only then can the Michael Browns of the nation be safe from random murder by the police! Only then can we look forward to a post-racial future of full equality for all working class people: men, women, black, white, immigrant and citizen!

We need to organize revolutionary socialist political parties to achieve this goal.  Workers must organize themselves in self defense against the murderous US police state and fight not for the empty and temporary reforms being begged for by the likes of Democrat Al Sharpton and the sellouts of all the other black members of the racist, pro-capitalist Democratic Party, from Barack Obama on down – all of whom can be counted upon to defend the racist US police state and the the racist, exploitative capitalist system!

We stand in defense of the black working class of Ferguson, Missouri! Workers of Ferguson, Missouri, Unite! Workers of the World, Unite! For a workers socialist revolution in the United States of America and throughout the capitalist world!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

Full Text of Newly-Declassified Documents Relating to NSA’s US Domestic Spy Operations

We are presenting here the complete collection of declassified documents released by the [U.S.] Office of the Director of National Intelligence [DNI] James Clapper on December 21, 2013.  These documents have been released in an attempt by the NSA to defend itself for its own utterly indefensible US domestic spying operations in which every phone call made by every US citizen was captured and archived for 5 years in an attempt by the US Government to ferret out all political dissidents in the United States of America – present and future – under the guise of the “War on Terror”.  We are posting them here so our friends can download them without having to visit the NSA websites that are offering them to the public.

We’ve decided to publish the entire statement of DNI James Clapper that was released to accompany these documents so that all of our readers can see for themselves the utter bankruptcy of the defense Clapper puts forth in order to justify the unjustifiable NSA/FBI spy operation that has gutted the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States and rendered those documents, essentially, null and void.  If the working class of the United States had a political party of its own, defending the rights of the working class against such outrageous wanton violations of the privacy rights of the citizens of the United States, we would be in a position to see to it that the men and women responsible for these spy ops and the secret courts that oversee them would be facing decades behind bars for their criminal conspiracy against the citizens of the United States.  Unfortunately, the working class of the United States – which is by far the largest single social class in this and every other capitalist state in the world – has NOT ONE representative in any legislative body in the country!  Both of the major pro-capitalist political parties – the Democratic and the Republican – have created the legislation that brought these spy operations into existence; and both parties have repeatedly and overwhelmingly voted again and again to extend and continue the domestic spy operations that have turned the United States into a national police state unsurpassed in the history of the world.  Neither Hitler nor Stalin ever possessed a spy network as comprehensive as the one in possession of the US capitalist class’ national government today.

The bipartisan support for this unparalleled attack on the rights and liberties of every US citizen should be a clarion call to every thinking human being in this country that the time has come to organize ourselves and to create a truly independent revolutionary socialist workers party to fight to overthrow the capitalist US government and replace it with the most democratic socialist workers republic ever created in the history of the world.  Only by disarming the greedheads of the capitalist class; only by taking away their “right” to wage war abroad and to destroy our rights and living standards here at home can we secure a future for our families worth living in.  For the potentially powerful US working class to continue to allow this renegade ruling class and its bought-and-paid-for political puppets in state and national legislative bodies to ride roughshod over our rights would be an act of political suicide.  Time is not on our side, brothers and sisters!  Organize!  We need to build our own working class political parties right now!  Every day we wait, the ruling capitalist class is seizing more and more political and military power into its hands and on behalf of the US’ tiny capitalist class a massive, finely-woven police state apparatus that will be increasingly difficult to combat effectively as the months and years roll on. And the US capitalist state is not just a deadly threat to workers here in the US, but a deadly threat to all our working class sisters and brothers all over the world.

The US capitalist press is spreading the lie that there are politicians in Congress who are taking steps to rein in the NSA/FBI spy apparatus – this is NOT TRUE!  The Obama Administration’s “Presidential Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies” – composed in part of “ex”-“Intelligence Community” honchos – was created by the Obama regime to throw up a massive smokescreen of phony reforms designed not to rein in the NSA/FBI spy operations but to strengthen and even privatize them!  Their “reforms” place special emphasis on cracking down on whistleblowers like heroic former NSA operative Edward Snowden and on making sure that in the future no one like him will ever again be able to emerge from within the US “Intelligence Community”.  To allow the recommendations of Obama’s own handpicked “Review Group” to be accepted as if they were designed to protect the rights of US and foreign worker-citizens is essentially the same as to allow a pack of wolves to redesign the security arrangements for a flock of sheep.  And sheep we certainly must be if we fall for this transparent fraud of Obama’s “Review Group”!

We warn our readers that these documents have necessarily come directly from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s own website, so be sure to set your antivirus scanners to “kill” before opening them.  Unfortunately, we use Ubuntu Linux (which makes us yearn for the halcyon days of Windows Me), so we have only some shaky antivirus program we can use (ClamAV) to scan this garbage with.  We’ve “scanned” it with ClamAV, which did not detect anything amiss, but we simply can not vouch for the security of any .pdf coming from any branch of the repulsive US Government, and neither should you.  You can’t trust this police state any farther than you can throw it.

IWPCHI

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[Office of the Director of National Intelligence Press Release – Source: http://www.odni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/191-press-releases-2013/991-dni-announces-the-declassification-of-the-exisitence-of-collection-activities-authorized-by-president-george-w-bush-shortly-after-the-attacks-of-september-11,-2001  – IWPCHI]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Leading Intelligence Integration

DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Saturday, December 21, 2013

[.pdf version of this document – IWPCHI]  DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001

December 21, 2013

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence (“DNI”) announced the declassification of the existence of collection activities authorized by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Starting on October 4, 2001, President Bush authorized the Secretary of Defense to employ the capabilities of the Department of Defense, including the National Security Agency (“NSA”), to collect foreign intelligence by electronic surveillance in order to detect and prevent acts of terrorism within the United States.  President Bush authorized NSA to collect: (1) the contents of certain international communications, a program that was later referred to as the Terrorist Surveillance Program (“TSP”), and (2) telephony and Internet non-content information (referred to as “metadata”) in bulk, subject to various conditions.

President Bush issued authorizations approximately every 30-60 days.  Although the precise terms changed over time, each presidential authorization required the minimization of information collected concerning American citizens to the extent consistent with the effective accomplishment of the mission of detection and prevention of acts of terrorism within the United States.  NSA also applied additional internal constraints on the presidentially-authorized activities.

Over time, the presidentially-authorized activities transitioned to the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”).  The collection of communications content pursuant to presidential authorization ended in January 2007 when the U.S. Government transitioned the TSP to the authority of the FISA and under the orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”).  In August 2007, Congress enacted the Protect America Act (“PAA”) as a temporary measure.  The PAA, which expired in February 2008, was replaced by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which was enacted in July 2008 and remains in effect.  Today, content collection is conducted pursuant to section 702 of FISA.  The metadata activities also were transitioned to orders of the FISC.  The bulk collection of telephony metadata transitioned to the authority of the FISA in May 2006 and is collected pursuant to section 501 of FISA.  The bulk collection of Internet metadata was transitioned to the authority of the FISA in July 2004 and was collected pursuant to section 402 of FISA.  In December 2011, the U.S. Government decided to not seek reauthorization of the bulk collection of Internet metadata.

After President Bush acknowledged the TSP in December 2005, two still-pending suits were filed in the Northern District of California against the United States and U.S. Government officials challenging alleged NSA activities authorized by President Bush after 9/11.  In response the U.S. Government, through classified and unclassified declarations by the DNI and NSA, asserted the state secrets privilege and the DNI’s authority under the National Security Act to protect intelligence sources and methods.   Following the unauthorized and unlawful release of classified information about the Section 215 and Section 702 programs in June 2013, the Court directed the U.S. Government to explain the impact of declassification decisions since June 2013 on the national security issues in the case, as reflected in the U.S. Government’s state secrets privilege assertion.  The Court also ordered the U.S. Government to review for declassification all prior classified state secrets privilege and sources and methods declarations in the litigation, and to file redacted, unclassified versions of those documents with the Court.

The eight previously classified DNI declarations and classified NSA declarations that were filed in support of the U.S. Government’s prior assertions of the state secrets privilege and sources and methods privilege in this litigation are posted on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website and ICOntheRecord.tumblr.com, the public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government.  Some information has been redacted from the declarations to protect information that remains properly classified for national security reasons and because of the great harm to national security if disclosed.  The unclassified DNI and NSA declarations filed with the Court yesterday are also posted.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Public Affairs

Documents:

DNI McConnell 2007 Shubert State Secrets Declaration

DNI Blair 2009 Shubert State Secrets Declaration

DNI Blair 2009 Jewel State Secrets Declaration

DNI Clapper 2012 Jewel State Secrets Declaration

DNI Clapper 2013 Jewel Shubert SSP Unclassified Signed Declaration

NSA Alexander 2007 Shubert Declaration

NSA Bonanni 2009 Jewel Declaration

NSA Alexander 2009 Shubert Declaration

NSA Fleisch 2012 Jewel Declaration

NSA Fleisch 2013 Jewel Shubert Declaration Unclassified

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[Source:  Office of the Director of National Intelligence at http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/tagged/declassified%5D

IC On The Record

DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001

December 21, 2013

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence (“DNI”) announced the declassification of the existence of collection activities authorized by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Starting on October 4, 2001, President Bush authorized the Secretary of Defense to employ the capabilities of the Department of Defense, including the National Security Agency (“NSA”), to collect foreign intelligence by electronic surveillance in order to detect and prevent acts of terrorism within the United States.  President Bush authorized NSA to collect: (1) the contents of certain international communications, a program that was later referred to as the Terrorist Surveillance Program (“TSP”), and (2) telephony and Internet non-content information (referred to as “metadata”) in bulk, subject to various conditions.

President Bush issued authorizations approximately every 30-60 days.  Although the precise terms changed over time, each presidential authorization required the minimization of information collected concerning American citizens to the extent consistent with the effective accomplishment of the mission of detection and prevention of acts of terrorism within the United States.  NSA also applied additional internal constraints on the presidentially-authorized activities.

Over time, the presidentially-authorized activities transitioned to the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”).  The collection of communications content pursuant to presidential authorization ended in January 2007 when the U.S. Government transitioned the TSP to the authority of the FISA and under the orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”).  In August 2007, Congress enacted the Protect America Act (“PAA”) as a temporary measure.  The PAA, which expired in February 2008, was replaced by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which was enacted in July 2008 and remains in effect.  Today, content collection is conducted pursuant to section 702 of FISA.  The metadata activities also were transitioned to orders of the FISC.  The bulk collection of telephony metadata transitioned to the authority of the FISA in May 2006 and is collected pursuant to section 501 of FISA.  The bulk collection of Internet metadata was transitioned to the authority of the FISA in July 2004 and was collected pursuant to section 402 of FISA.  In December 2011, the U.S. Government decided to not seek reauthorization of the bulk collection of Internet metadata.

After President Bush acknowledged the TSP in December 2005, two still-pending suits were filed in the Northern District of California against the United States and U.S. Government officials challenging alleged NSA activities authorized by President Bush after 9/11.  In response the U.S. Government, through classified and unclassified declarations by the DNI and NSA, asserted the state secrets privilege and the DNI’s authority under the National Security Act to protect intelligence sources and methods.   Following the unauthorized and unlawful release of classified information about the Section 215 and Section 702 programs in June 2013, the Court directed the U.S. Government to explain the impact of declassification decisions since June 2013 on the national security issues in the case, as reflected in the U.S. Government’s state secrets privilege assertion.  The Court also ordered the U.S. Government to review for declassification all prior classified state secrets privilege and sources and methods declarations in the litigation, and to file redacted, unclassified versions of those documents with the Court.

The eight previously classified DNI declarations and classified NSA declarations that were filed in support of the U.S. Government’s prior assertions of the state secrets privilege and sources and methods privilege in this litigation are posted on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website and ICOntheRecord.tumblr.com, the public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government.  Some information has been redacted from the declarations to protect information that remains properly classified for national security reasons and because of the great harm to national security if disclosed.  The unclassified DNI and NSA declarations filed with the Court yesterday are also posted.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Public Affairs

Documents:

DNI McConnell 2007 Shubert State Secrets Declaration
DNI Blair 2009 Jewel State Secrets Declaration
DNI Blair 2009 Shubert State Secrets Declaration
DNI Clapper 2012 Jewel State Secrets Declaration
DNI Clapper 2013 Jewel Shubert State Secrets Declaration

NSA Alexander 2007 Shubert Declaration
NSA Bonanni 2009 Jewel Declaration
NSA Alexander 2009 Shubert Declaration
NSA Fleisch 2012 Jewel Declaration
NSA Fleisch 2013 Jewel Shubert Declaration

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IWPCHI

US, World Bankers Dope-Slap Their US Sock-Puppet Lawmakers Over Looming Debt-Ceiling Crisis

Every once in a while, the thin veneer of bourgeois “democracy” is viciously stripped away and we get to see who actually runs a capitalist country.

While the Republicans and the Democrats were busily engaged in a ridiculous dirt-bomb fight over Wall St. sock-puppet Barack Obama’s pathetic Obamacare disaster, their phony posturing – intended to play to the cheap seats occupied by the few habitual voters who actually participate in America’s sham democracy – world bankers were starting to reveal their disdain for the comedy that was being played out in Washington.

With all the useful services run by the US Government shut down – of course, the vast U.S. police state and military apparatus was still running 24/7 – a small but powerful gang of Wall St. criminals representing the smaller and more powerful gang of even bigger criminals who actually run the United States Government – the U.S. capitalist class – were ordered to call a “timeout” between the Democrats and Republicans by arranging an unscheduled meeting at the White House to remind the politicians in Washington who is in charge.

The events that are unfolding as we write this will provide those who are paying attention with a profound lesson in where the real power actually resides not only here in the U.S. but in any capitalist state.  While most capitalist states are nominally “democracies” they are a special kind of democracy: bourgeois democracies. The United States is one such critter, and a very fine example it is, too.  On its face, it is a democratic country in which every adult citizen – man and woman, old and young – gets to select the people who run the country by voting in periodic elections, “freely” choosing candidates for all important political positions, from local to state to federal elective offices.

In reality, this is all a fraud.  Every candidate for the most important public offices in the United States is pre-selected by the actual rulers of the United States – the tiny U.S. capitalist class – long before any election is held.  Especially in the U.S., where running for office is quite deliberately made to be very expensive, it is only those candidates who are capable of raising hundreds of thousands (small-town mayor), millions (state governor, state representative or House of Representatives, Senate candidates) or even hundreds of millions (President) of dollars who are allowed to place their names on the ballot in a way that matters.  This money is almost entirely “donated” to the political campaigns of the various candidates by businessmen and the top 10% of wealthy people in the U.S. – the capitalist class.  If a candidate intends to pursue policies inimical to the interests of the capitalist class, he or she will be either gently or quite harshly told to remove themselves from consideration, or they will find that their ability to raise election funds has been cut off by the capitalist class.  Long before an election is held, all the candidates for political office of any statewide or national significance must pass through this litmus test of the capitalist class, and pass it – or they will not be allowed to continue their campaigns.  It is in this way that only the capitalists’ pre-approved candidates are offered to the workers so that they may then go through the charade of bourgeois democratic elections.  “Go ahead and vote!” say the capitalists.  “No matter who you pick from either of the two parties we allow to exist in our ‘democracy’, it is all right: they have all gained our ‘seal of approval’ already!  Enjoy your ‘freedom to vote’!”

The Democrats, especially, have tended to forget that they are, in the final analysis, only the employees of the capitalist class.  Barack Obama rode to power in the wake of the spectacular collapse of the U.S. economy “engineered” by the Republican “free-marketers” who ran the George Bush Jr. White House.  So full of false indignation at the economic crisis they were handed were the Democrats at the time of Obama’s coronation – and so completely stunned at their own inability to prevent the collapse of the U.S. economy triggered by the real estate bubble the U.S. capitalist class had allowed to occur was that same capitalist class and their bankers – that the incoming Obama Administration was able, for a number of years, to publicly humiliate the very same Wall St. swindlers and capitalists who had financed the election of Barack Obama and who were in charge of all the top financial posts in his cabinet!

The truth is that – despite what the lunatic fringe of the Tea Party claims – Barack Obama is no socialist, communist or even a mere “fellow traveler” of Stalin; not even close.  If anything, Obama and his cabinet represent Wall St. and the U.S. capitalist class even more nakedly than most of his predecessors in the White House; that is why the capitalists financed his successful run for re-election to the tune of $381 million dollars in advertising alone!

.   Obama and his group of liberal greedhead war criminals are just the cabal, the ‘more moderate’ wing of the U.S. capitalist class believes, to pull the U.S. economy out of the mess created by the – shall we say – ‘less moderate’ wing of the U.S. capitalist class.

Years pass and the U.S. economy – blissfully free of any kind of working-class struggle against massive wage and benefit cuts being shoved down the throats of the U.S. working class by the U.S. capitalist class and their toadies ‘leading’ the pro-capitalist AFL-CIO unions – stabilizes.  Barely.  The Obama brain trust is unable, after almost 5 years of effort, to engineer an economic recovery discernible with something other than an electron microscope.  The Republican Party, which was uterly discredited when Obama was first elected, has regained its usual fanatical free-market delirium and is now sensing that it has a chance to take back the White House from Obama’s Wall St. Communist Party.  To that end, the Republicans have engaged in all manner of obstructionist political shenanigans in Washington and in every state they hold Governorship in, conducting a nakedly racist campaign to attack everything done by Barack Obama’s administration, no matter how tepidly reformist in nature, like his Obamacare multi-multi-billion-dollar gift to U.S. insurance companies and their stockholders.  This infighting between the two political parties has grown so intense and so all-engrossing – for the politicians involved – that they have “one-upped” each other to the point of shutting down the United States government itself.  And that is dangerous enough, in the eyes of the U.S. capitalist class, whose “prestige” in the world is increasingly threatened by the irrationality – in the eyes of “First World” European leaders especially – of such a Quixotic pantomime being played out in the face of absolutely NO WORKING CLASS STRUGGLE AT ALL IN THE UNITED STATES JUSTIFYING THE REACHING OF SUCH A POLITICAL IMPASSE!  To the European capitalist class, the U.S. government is looking like one giant unfenced lunatic asylum.  And that makes them nervous, because the U.S. is armed to the teeth – and they aren’t, yet! – and the U.S. is where they have invested hundreds of billions of dollars, and where many of their gold reserves are stored – for the time being, anyway.

The first major, unmistakable shot across the U.S. bow regarding the dissatisfaction the European capitalist classes are feeling toward their U.S. imperialist rivals came late last year, when the central bank of Germany requested the repatriation of their gold reserves from the United States Federal Reserve Bank of New York – and was told that the U.S. would be happy to comply – in seven years, give or take!  The reaction in Berlin to that timetable was not reported in the press, but can be inferred.  What could they do but grit their teeth and agree to it?  Germany’s ability to seize the initiative in these types of situations died thanks to the efforts of the Red Army back in 1945, though it is quite possible that by the time they get their gold back they will have taken steps to render themselves more capable of responding in kind to such U.S. insults to their “national sovereignty”.

The second, unmistakable shot across the bow of U.S. imperialism came in August when the U.S.’ closest ally in Europe – the capitalist class of the U.K. – through their political sock-puppets in Parliament refused to give a “thumbs up” to the United States’ deeply held desire to bomb Syria to kingdom come and to  break that oil-rich nation up into tiny, easily defeatable feuding principalities a la Libya.

This, and the subsequent brokering by Russia and the endorsement by the U.N. of a WWIII-postponing accord for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arms stockpiles has tumbled the United States Government from that of being “the world’s sole superpower” into the position of the third or fourth most politically powerful country behind China, Germany, Russia and the U.K..

This rapid decline of the U.S.’ “honor” among the thieves of world capitalism has gone almost unnoticed by the squabbling politicians in Washington, who have been continuing to carry on as if nothing in the world is more important than whether or not they manage to get re-elected.  So it came to pass last week that the U.S. capitalist class had to send their own envoys to Washington to call for a timeout.

Who called this meeting?  It would appear to us that it was placed on the agendas of both the Republicans and the Democrats by the demand of the top swindlers running U.S. capitalism: the Wall St. investment bankers.  They got together and decided that they’d better find out just how far gone into cloud-cuckoo-land John Boehner, Harry Reid and the Obama Administration had ventured and whether they intended to come back before they had accidentally trampled the goose that lays the golden eggs to death in the course of their heedless wrangling to cripple or defend the terrifying windmills of Obamacare.

The coverage variance between the New York Times and the Wall St. Journal was illuminating as well.  The New York Times, though it prides itself on being America’s “newspaper of record” is only in reality a mere newspaper for the more literate masses, who – in the eyes of the U.S. capitalists who own it – need not be kept apprised of the inner workings of the capitalist system.  Rather, it is the role of newspapers like the New York Times to pull the wool over the eyes of the working class of the erstwhile “capital of the capitalist world” – and to keep it pulled over their eyes.

In this case, though the meeting was mentioned on the front page of the “National Edition” of the Times, it was only in a brief blurb at the bottom of page one: “Wall St. Wary of Default Peril – As the shutdown continues, Wall St. is shifting its focus to a greater concern: the possibility that the government could default in two weeks”. Those who are not put on alert by this seemingly mundane “government shutdown” story are sent to the Business Section – a place seldom visited by members of the working class.  Here, the importance of the meeting is thoroughly downplayed: “Wall St. Fears Go Beyond Shutdown”.  In this article, the New York Times utilizes its opiate-like style to allay any fears that might be evoked by such alarming news as the fact that if the US Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17th, it could force “an unprecedented default” on U.S. debt.  A photo on page 3, where the article continues shows a group of scowling business leaders walking on the White House driveway, but the caption says only: “Chief Executives headed to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting of the Financial Services Forum with President Obama”; it does not identify who they are. The text of the article only identifies one of the “Wall Street chieftains” present at the meeting: “Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs.”  Only those who are aware of the seriousness of the looming deadline for an agreement to be reached on raising the debt ceiling would fail to be placated by the Times’ pacifying blather about White House “game theory” over the issue preparing the road for a very questionable use of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as a pretext for Obama ordering the Treasury to make payments on the U.S. debt regardless of whether or not the Republicans and Democrats in the Congress agree to raise the debt limit or not.

In the Wall St. Journal article describing the very same meeting, the tone and description are, of course, much more detailed and to the point, though the articles are also relegated to the interior of the newspaper: “Top Bankers Say Default Would Be Disastrous”.  The lead paragraph: “Top financial leaders met with President Barack Obama and his economic team Wednesday, warning that a protracted battle over the nation’s ability to fund itself and pay its bills would have serious ramifications.”

Blankfein is quoted as saying that the group of executives had “told Mr. Obama ‘exactly how bad it would be.’ ”

Unlike the New York Times, who downplayed the importance and the rank of the people involved in this meeting, the WSJ gives us a clear idea of the rank of the top capitalist criminals involved: “Among those at Wednesday’s meeting [besides Goldman Sachs’ Blankfein – IWPCHI] were J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. CEO James Dimon, American International Group Inc. CEO Robert Benmosche, Citigroup Inc. CEO Michael Corbat, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman and John Stumpf, who heads Wells, Fargo & Co.” – in other words, it was a group of the most powerful private bankers in the world, representing many hundreds of billions of dollars of investment capital.  Oh, and the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Vice President Joe Biden were there with the President as well.  Damned right!  When this much financial firepower calls a meeting with their servants in Washington, they all better be there.  And we are also informed that this meeting took place AFTER the same group of Wall St. criminals had held a similar tete-a-tete with the top Republican leaders earlier that same morning!

This was not just a wake-up call for official Washington as to who is actually running the show down there; it was a bold move by these banker-criminals to fully publicly regain the whip hand over the Washington politicians that they had superficially “lost” in the eyes of “the public” in the wake of the 2008 U.S. economic disaster that the bankers had brought upon the world.  This time, it’s the politicians whose heads are getting publicly knocked together.  “Participants said the White House struck a more collegial tone than it has in the past when dealing with Wall St. executives who have become a lightning rod in the wake of the financial crisis.”  Indeed.

This isn’t the first time that such a situation has occurred in U.S. history.  On one memorable occasion in 1975, New York City faced bankruptcy and then-acting-President Gerald Ford told New York Mayor Abraham Beame to  “Drop Dead!”

“Only a month after Ford’s October speech, after a barrage of criticism from such elite figures as the chairman of Con Edison [and] the president of the Bank of America […] the administration reversed its position and agreed to extend loans to New York.” [Source: The Nation, “The Legacy of the 1970s Fiscal Crisis” by Kim Phillips-Fein, 6 May, 2013]

That’s because under capitalism – and especially in the United States – where money doesn’t talk – it swears – and political bullshit walks – or else.  And in the eyes of the world’s capitalists today’s political bullshit in Washington had better take a walk, too or the world’s bankers are going to take aim at the U.S. economy and open fire, selling off stocks and U.S. assets until the asshats in the Democratic and Republican parties put down their water pistols and start playing “political statesmen” again.

This gang of cretins who we – the working class of the United States – continue to allow to play ‘chicken” with the world’s economy and the lives of the 7 billion-plus human beings on this planet – are going to get us all wiped out economically and/or killed one of these days.  We need to start RIGHT NOW to build revolutionary working class parties determined to overthrow the corrupt capitalist politicians, the capitalist class and their capitalist system and introduce rational planning in the interests of the working class of the world where there is now only untrammeled greed in the interests of less than 5% of the world’s population.  The longer we wait, the more damage they will do to this planet and its inhabitants.

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

Only a month after Ford’s October speech, after a barrage of criticism from such elite figures as the chairman of Con Edison, the president of the Bank of America and the chancellor of West Germany, the administration reversed its position and agreed to extend loans to New York – See more at: http://www.thenation.com/article/173873/legacy-1970s-fiscal-crisis?page=0,1#sthash.lquZqtQ6.dpuf
Only a month after Ford’s October speech, after a barrage of criticism from such elite figures as the chairman of Con Edison, the president of the Bank of America and the chancellor of West Germany, the administration reversed its position and agreed to extend loans to New York – See more at: http://www.thenation.com/article/173873/legacy-1970s-fiscal-crisis?page=0,1#sthash.lquZqtQ6.dpuf

Hunger Strike in 6th Week at US’ Obama Torture Center at Guantanamo Bay: “No one is accepting food from prison authorities”

The New York Times is reporting that conditions at the United States Government’s Obama Torture Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have deteriorated so far that the prisoners, in desperation, have resorted to going on a hunger strike to bring their plight to the world’s attention.  The hunger strike, now in its sixth week, is an attempt by the prisoners in the world’s most notorious torture camp to force the US Government of Wall St. sock puppet Barack Obama to either hold trials immediately or release them immediately.

The hunger strike was precipitated when the US torture camp’s guards conducted searches of the cells for imaginary contraband – where would it come from?! – and proceeded to manhandle the prisoners’ Korans.   86 of the prisoners were supposedly “cleared” for release back in 2009 (!) only to have that hope viciously dashed by the Democratic Party uber-commandant of the torture camp Barack Obama, who was more interested in pursuing his re-election than in finally closing down the US torture center as he promised he would back in 2007.  The prisoners have reached the end of their vast reserves of patience, apparently, preferring to die rather than spend another year as hostages in the US’ endless “War on Terror”.   We demand: Release all the GITMO prisoners immediately and close down your torture camps and secret prisons – all of them!

According to lawyers for the prisoners – some of whom have been held in this torture camp since shortly after 9/11 – only “a few elderly prisoners” are not participating in the hunger strike.  Lawyer Ramzi Kassem flatly contradicted the US military commandant’s claim that only 28 prisoners were involved in the hunger strike: “No one is accepting food from prison authorities” he told the New York Times’ Charlie Savage.

Of course, the commandant of the US torture camp denies that the hunger strike is widespread, claiming that, of the 166 prisoners said to be entombed in this rat hole of a torture camp, “only” 28 prisoners were participating.  The prisoners’ lawyers say the US Military is lying.  We believe the prisoners’ lawyers!

The Guantanamo Bay torture camp, created by the US Government in January 2002 ostensibly in order to hold the “worst of the worst” “terrorist” members of al-Qa’ida, was in fact a fraud from its inception.  The reality is that this torture camp prison was created to con the American public into believing that the US Government was “doing something” to stop al-Qa’ida.  GITMO apparently never has held any terrorists at all:  out of the grand total of 779 men who have been kidnapped and shipped to this notorious torture camp,  around 600 have been released to their families, having never been charged with any crime!  At least eight men committed suicide, despondent after years of solitary confinement without any contact with their families.  They were all simply pawns in Washington’s cynical “War on Terror”, launched after the US own bought-and-paid-for Islamic fundamentalist terrorists – trained by the CIA originally to wage jihad in the US’ own “Holy War” against communism and the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – turned, Frankenstein-like, on their US masters.

The CIA’s own chickens – having flown the coop after the USSR’s Stalinist “leadership” criminally abandoned the defense of Afghanistan en route to selling out the entire USSR in 1989 – came home to roost on 9/11.

The GITMO prisoners seized by the US in the reaction to the 9/11 attacks were not terrorists;  many were simply Afghanis or Iraqis literally “sold” to the CIA as “terrorists” by the US Government’s own puppets in Afghanistan and Iraq.  These men were never charged with any crime because there was either never any real evidence against them in the first place or the “evidence” would never have even stood up to the feeble light that would have shone upon it if it had been presented even in one of the US military’s kangaroo courts.  Not one single person who was kidnapped from their home countries and sent to GITMO has ever been convicted in a US court of anything at all.  The whole operation was a sham designed to fool the US public into believing that the “War on Terror” was real.  And it worked.

Some of the prisoners who were kidnapped, drugged, tortured and then shipped off to GITMO – Wikipedia says there were between 17 and 22 of them – were as young as 15 years old when they were arrested.  After being repeatedly tortured by the US puppets in the countries where they were originally seized, they were turned over to US troops and CIA agents in Afghanistan and Iraq and tortured some more.  Then they were bound and gagged and shipped to GITMO and tortured some more!  Finally, their utility as pawns in the “War on Terror” exhausted, they were quietly repatriated without ever being charged with any crime.  Upon release, though, the US Government was careful to warn the ex-detainees that if they ever spoke out about their experiences, they would risk being taken into custody again – or worse.

When the lying Wall St. sock puppet, Democratic Party “lesser evil” Barack Obama was running for the White House the first time, he promised to close down GITMO if he won the election.  Five years later, he still continues to run George W. Bush’s torture camp, having not even bothered to speak about GITMO in his most recent re-election campaign.  The US capitalist-owned news media dutifully gave Obama a pass on GITMO during the election and continues to do so today.  The New York Times’ coverage of the hunger strike at has been heavily slanted in favor of the Pentagon’s lies about the issue.

This sordid chapter in US history – along with the US’ legalization of torture and the legalization of the assassination of US citizens – has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt just how “dedicated” the capitalist US Government is to modern bourgeois judicial standards – which are nothing special themselves as far as workers are concerned.  Under capitalism, “justice” is a commodity like everything else, and everyone gets just as much “justice” as they can pay for.

The crimes the United States has committed in its cynical “War on Terror” will never be erased from the blood-soaked red-white-and-blue banner of the US capitalist class.  From Fallujah to Abu Ghraib to Vietnam, the Korean War and all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, the  US slave trade and the slaughter of Native Americans, the reign of the US ruling class has been one long orgy of violence waged against the workers of the world by the US landed aristocracy and capitalist class. Show us a time in US history when the US ruling class was NOT engaged in some hideous crime against the workers and indigenous peoples of the United States and/or the rest of the world!  This hideous US capitalist ruling elite – by far the most despotic gang of criminals on the planet today – must be swept into the “dustbin of history” by the workers of the United States at the earliest opportunity.  Having legalized torture and the assassination of US citizens, this US ruling class has declared war on all decent people on planet Earth.  Before they drive the world into the abyss of World War Three in their endless, mad, greedy drive for profits, the workers of the United States should do the world a favor and seize power in their own name, deposing the US capitalist class and depositing them in the same GITMO hellhole where they made our brothers languish for so many years.

For more information about the crimes being committed daily against the long-suffering prisoners at Democratic “lesser evil” Barack Obama’s torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, skip the capitalist press and their lies and go to the people telling the truth about what’s going on there: the prisoners’ lawyers and their friends and families.  Here are some links to the REAL story at Obama’s torture camp:

http://www.closeguantanamo.org/

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/

Workers of the World, Unite!  Close Down GITMO NOW!  For workers revolution in the US!

IWPCHI

EXCLUSIVE: US Capitalist Class Wins Presidential Election Again, Will Rule for 223rd Straight Year As U.S. Working Class Once Again Fails to Support Workers Parties

IWPCHI EXCLUSIVE:  US Presidential Election Results Have Been Final for Months Now…

(CHICAGO, IL) The US capitalist class has won the US Presidential election once again and will continue 223 years of unbroken bourgeois domination over the U.S. working class.

The results have been known for months by the Trotskyist leadership at IWPCHI; in fact, they have been obvious to everyone who understands basic Marxism and the class nature of the United States Government.  We do not live in a “democracy”: we live in a “bourgeois democracy”, in which pre-approved glad-handing, baby-kissing pro-capitalist candidates are carefully selected and then paid to run for political office  by the US capitalist class, whose own members are so widely hated by the US working class that they couldn’t win an election even in their own corporate headquarters.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will not “win” this election: the billionaires bought this election for themselves months ago.

The 400 richest U.S. citizens who own 50% of the wealth in the U.S. have already decided that no matter which “choice” the voters “select” in any US Presidential poll, the fix is in and the oligarchs will be able to continue to control the destiny of the nation via one or the other of their their bribed and suppliant Presidential “candidates” as well as the oligarchs’ wholly-owned subsidiary, the U.S. Congress.

The pro-capitalist bourgeois press, colloquially known by the poorly-educated U.S. working class as “MSM” or “mainstream media”, which is in fact owned by the very same tiny oligarchy that owns the vast majority of the nation’s wealth (and therefore disseminates only those political and social ideals that uphold and justify the rule of the oligarchy) has been pretending all these many months that there is an actual “election” going on in the United States.  The entire bourgeois press is involved in a conspiracy on behalf of their masters to commit massive fraud in an effort to hoodwink the U.S. working class into believing that they have an actual choice in this or any U.S. election, when in fact, as every newscretin with a brain must understand by now, the workers  most assuredly do not.

The blame for the fact that for the 223rd straight year the working class of what is alleged to be the “World’s Greatest Democracy” ™ will once again fail to support any of the several worker-candidates for President can be spread far and wide.  However, the main bulwark blocking the road to the emancipation of the U.S. working class from the dead end of the capitalist system which is responsible for war, poverty and unemployment, rests squarely on the shoulders of the repulsively fawning servants of the capitalist class in the leadership of the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  This gang of sellout labor lieutenants of capital, led by a man with unimpeachably phony credentials as a “union militant” – Richard Trumka, who sold the United Mineworkers Union down the river time and time again in order to “prove his value” to the capitalist class as someone who could be trusted to lead the AFL-CIO’s member unions from defeat to defeat – has once again squandered hundreds of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues and rounded up tens of thousands of future sellout union bureaucrats to go door-to-door proslytising for Barack Obama – a mass-murdering, US citizen-assassinating, U.S. imperialist torturer-in-chief who has done nothing to help millions of U.S. workers suffering in poverty and unemployment, while slaughtering tens of thousands of our working-class brothers and sisters from Syria to Libya to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The AFL-CIO pulled out all the stops to re-elect Imperialist chief Obama, organizing thousands of young would-be union bureaucrats into phalanxes of “get-out-the-vote” door-knockers right up until the day of the election, begging the 70% of uninterested workers who never bother to vote to go out and re-elect a man who has done not a damned thing for the working class in the US over the past four years.  Young trade unionists were sent to Wisconsin and Iowa to canvass for the re-election of the class enemy, having been somehow brainwashed into believing that Barack Obama, whose first Presidential cabinet was made up almost entirely of scumbags from Wall St. investment firms, and who has spent 4 years launching unmanned drone strikes against their brothers and sisters in Pakistan and Iraq, somehow was “the workers’ candidate”.

The utter lack of support among U.S. workers for the candidates of the “socialist” left parties was astonishing, once again.  And it wasn’t because the majority of them were “too radical” – on the contrary.  If anything, it could be argued that they were too lukewarm in their denunciations of the capitalist system to arouse interest among the working class of the U.S., who have been cynically avoiding any serious attempt at fighting for their rights in any effective way since the late 1970s.   The pantomime horses of the Green Party – despite the very public statements of one of their two (!) Presidential candidates,  Roseanne Barr, are clearly NOT socialists.  Nowhere in their party platform will you find any statement that they are in favor of abolishing the capitalist system and replacing it with a workers government – which is a fundamental basis for any actual socialist transformation of society.  The Green Party are pro-capitalist reformists who, in the final analysis, would conduct war in defense of the interests of the U.S. capitalist class, just as they avow in their platform that they aim only to  “reduc[e] militarism”, and pledge “to abide by the principles and guidelines” of the U.S. Constitution, which is a document created by slaveowners that places private capitalist property interests over all other interests.  By pledging allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Green Party is pledging allegiance to the capitalist system.  There is simply no other way to interpret their published political program other than as a wretchedly reformist and not-at-all-socialist political program.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation ran very attractive candidates for President and Vice-President this year.  Any worker who voted for them cast a significant protest vote of “no confidence” in the capitalist system.  We considered calling on the U.S. working class to vote for the PSL this year, but could not do so, knowing that even the PSL falls far short of promulgating a revolutionary Marxist political program, avoiding any discussion of the class nature of capitalist society and putting forth the classless and sub-socialist programmatic demand that “the poor and working people” “fight for socialism”.  They do not seek to organize the workers as a class but as an amorphous “people power” movement – another hallmark of petit-bourgeois reformist politics.  Their analysis of the capitalist system is sub-Marxist.  They seek to build a multi-class party of the oppressed and working people, rather than to build what is necessary to lead a socialist revolution in the age of imperialism: a Leninist vanguard party.  They also seem to believe  that a socialist United States would peacefully exist  while the rest of the world remained capitalist – the old Stalinist pipedream of “socialism in one country”.    It was this bankrupt Stalinist philosophy that led directly to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and paved the road to the emergence of the imperialist United States Government as the world’s sole superpower – an unstable political situation that will either be resolved through the overthrow of capitalism on an international scale through workers revolution or through the annihilation of much of the human race in WWIII.

On the main website of Occupy Wall St., that absolutely useless collection of self-professed “non-leaders” who pretend to somehow “not-lead” a revolution, OWS supporters begged people to  “Hold Your Nose and Vote Obama 2012”!

What else can they do?  Their puerile opposition to the formation of an actual political party that could actually LEAD a fight to overthrow the capitalist system renders them sterile in the face of the extremely well-organized and LED forces of the U.S. capitalist class.  It’s as if they want to stop live bullets with moral suasion – a more childish, impotent protest movement could not be imagined, let alone created.  The organized working class has long ago and very wisely abandoned any hope that OWS might represent a serious challenge to U.S. capitalism.

Bereft of revolutionary political parties capable of leading a workers revolution that can create even a spark of interest among the U.S. working class in the program of revolutionary socialism, the U.S. working class again failed to produce even a hint of substantial organized opposition to the program of the U.S. capitalist class, who can  confidently move forward with all their most reactionary war plans, and continue to preside unopposed over their long-planned slash-and-burn programs cutting health care, social and educational spending, wages and benefits.   Until the socialist parties can find a way to win over the workers to the program of socialist revolution, the U.S. capitalist class will have nothing to fear from the working class.   We absolutely must find a way to break the stranglehold of pro-capitalist ideology over the minds of the most powerful working class in world history, or the United States will be ripe for a fascist takeover and will plunge the world into the maelstrom of a nuclear World War Three.  WWIII, which no one outside of the revolutionary socialist parties believes will happen – just as the capitalists never believed that WWII would happen – will be fought by the U.S. and its NATO allies to smash, principally, the powerhouse degenerated workers state of China, which competes with the U.S. for strategic raw materials around the world and threatens to outcompete the U.S. both economically and militarily.   This war must not be allowed to happen; and the only way for it to be avoided is for the capitalist system to be overthrown everywhere by the working classes of the world, with the U.S. working class at the forefront of this tremendous struggle for the life or death of the human race.  We have a lot of work to do here in the “belly of the beast”!  Join us!

Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI

 

 

 

 

 

US Government Panics, Wall St. Shuts Down, Capitalist News Media Freaks Out Over Category 1 Hurricane

The onslaught of governmental panic and capitalist news media frenzy over a strong tropical cyclone which barely makes the cut as a category one hurricane continues unabated.  The vast depths of scientific illiteracy in the United States even at the highest levels of government, coupled with deliberate panic-mongering by a capitalist press that is struggling to survive financially and is nakedly using the storm to make money by scaring the bejeezus out of a hundred million people on the east coast – is something to behold.  They’ve been so effective at scaring the crap out of everyone that even the greedy swine on Wall St. essentially canceled trading for a whole day, and maybe even for the next two days!  Normally, it takes something big to keep those pigs’ mouths out of the trough.  And the storm isn’t even going to come ashore anywhere near New York City!

“Tone turns ominous at the Weather Channel” was the headline of a hilarious (intentionally?) Associated Press report by one of their television reviewers, David Bauder.   He reported that on Sunday, the Weather Channel had already been doing ’round-the-clock features on the hurricane for three solid days; not surprisingly, the Weather Channel’s own special computer forecasts of the storm showed it to be gaining more strength over time, in contradiction to the much slower pace of storm development reported by the National Weather Service (who were themselves overhyping the severity of the storm).

From Bauder’s article: “‘We want you to know we are not hyping this storm, OK?’ on-air meteorologist Vivian Brown said. ‘We don’t do that at The Weather Channel…’ ” !  Riiiiiiiiiight!

Bauder also relates that on Sunday the Weather Channel’s on-air and behind-the-scenes mediarologists – perhaps due to lack of sleep – were just plain losing it: “Bryan Norcross, the network’s senior hurricane specialist [our emphasis, lol! – IWPCHI], explained in an interview that the network tries to keep its tone serious yet urgent. The network’s computer models have been consistent in their forecasts of the storm and it has been acting as anticipated, perhaps with even more strength.

” ‘Our goal has been to get people to appreciate the magnitude of the storm and try to prove to them that, based on everything we know, that this is going to be a system that is outside of their experience,’ Norcross said.

Wow!  So this hurricane is going to be the worst hurricane anyone’s ever even heard of – a “frankenstorm” of unprecedented severity!  Bigger than even any of the other hurricanes that we’ve all come to learn about from the Weather Channel’s very own documentaries on previous killer hurricanes, then?  Bigger than the Galveston hurricane of 1900, a category 4 storm that killed 8000 people?  Bigger than the 1928 Florida hurricane, also a category 4 storm,  that killed 2500 people?  Bigger than Katrina, which was a category 3 and killed 1200 people?  Knock it off, Weather Channel!  You’re not just hyping the storm for cold, hard cash. you’re doing it so brazenly and outrageously that some of your directors and owners should be arrested for panic-mongering!  In fact, out of the 30 largest and most deadly hurricanes to ever hit the US mainland, only 2 were category 1 hurricanes.  [Source: “Deadliest U.S. Hurricanes of All Time“, Weather Underground website]

This nonsense being spewed by the Weather Channel – for absolutely no other reason other than to make themselves huge piles of money – is causing an even greater disruption of U.S. domestic life than the famous 1938 Orson Welles radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”:

“As it listened to this simulation of a news broadcast, created with voice acting and sound effects, a portion of the audience concluded that it was hearing an actual news account of an invasion from Mars. People packed the roads, hid in cellars, loaded guns, even wrapped their heads in wet towels as protection from Martian poison gas, in an attempt to defend themselves against aliens, oblivious to the fact that they were acting out the role of the panic-stricken public that actually belonged in a radio play. Not unlike Stanislaw Lem’s deluded populace, people were stuck in a kind of virtual world in which fiction was confused for fact.”

That’s good!  Tell us more!

“In a prescient column, in the New York Tribune, Dorothy Thompson foresaw that the broadcast revealed the way politicians could use the power of mass communications to create theatrical illusions, to manipulate the public.

” ‘All unwittingly, Mr. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater of the Air have made one of the most fascinating and important demonstrations of all time,’ she wrote. ‘They have proved that a few effective voices, accompanied by sound effects, can convince masses of people of a totally unreasonable, completely fantastic proposition as to create a nation-wide panic.

” ‘They have demonstrated more potently than any argument, demonstrated beyond a question of a doubt, the appalling dangers and enormous effectiveness of popular and theatrical demagoguery….’ ” [Source: Transparency at transparencynow.com by Ken Sanes: “War of the Worlds, Orson Welles And The Invasion From Mars”]

The Associated Press article says that, after seeing the Weather Channel’s on-air staff hyperventilating over what they were essentially calling the storm of, not just the century, but of all human experience ever (“the Weather Channel sent a message via Twitter calling it ‘an extraordinary storm, an extremely serious threat’ and urged followers to re-tweet it. The storm ‘will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States’ the network tweeted”),  a staffer at Business Insider tweeted: ” ‘WHOA. The Weather Channel meteorologist just completely freaked out.’ “!

The capitalist politicians – those twin shills for Wall Street scumbaggery, Barack Obama and Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney – both threw some gasoline on the fire, cancelling their scheduled election campaign appearances so that they could focus their full attention on posturing in a competition to see who “looks more ‘presidential'” in the face of a major national [non-] emergency.

Today, we watched as far outlying clouds from the northwestern edge of this very large storm slowly moved across the sky in northern Illinois.

Chicago enjoys a beautiful sunset courtesy of outlying clouds from western ‘arm’ of ‘Hurricane’ Sandy, 29 October, 2012. Credit: IWPCHI

It’s a big storm, but its extent really isn’t any greater than any of the big weather systems that routinely cross the continental US.  We just had a couple of those large, comma-shaped low-pressure systems that crossed the country in the past few weeks; the rain front in those storms was hundreds of miles across, just like this one.  It’s not at all unusual to have major anticyclonic storms crossing the continental U.S. that extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Sandy is a big, slightly unusual category one hurricane, period.  Nothing more or less.  If it kills anyone at all in the US, it will likely be people who try to cross flooded streams in their cars, people killed by falling trees or who step on downed electrical wires and those folks, like we said yesterday, who are dumb enough to frolic in front of the big waves at the seashore and who get clobbered by a rogue 20-foot wave and dragged out to sea.

We spent a couple of hours looking at what we believe are some of the most compelling and factual reports on the storm, which come not from highly-paid entertainers on the profit-at-any-cost Weather Channel, or from the feckless, vicious and scientifically illiterate, bought-and-paid-for US bourgeois political class, but from non-humans, not subject to hysteria or greed: the hundreds of weather buoys moored along the east coast of the United States, which anyone can monitor using the National Data Buoy Center website.  Here’s what we found, as of this afternoon (Monday, October 29):

The National Data Buoy Center was reporting as of 2007 GMT (2:07PM Chicago time) that, out of  614 buoy observations taken over the previous 3 hours from buoys located within 150 English nautical miles of the center of Hurricane Sandy (that is, those ocean buoys closest to the storm), the highest sustained winds observed were:

46.6 knots (53.63 MPH) with gusts as high as 58.3 knots (67.1mph) from 50 degrees (ENE) with wave heights of 28.9 feet at buoy Station 44025 (LLNR 830) 30 NM South of Islip, NY off Long Island, NY.  The anemometer height of this buoy is 5 meters above sea level. Buoy at 1900 hours was approx. 117 miles from the storm center.

(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44025);

48.6 knots (55.93 MPH) with wind gusts as high as 64.1 knots  (73.76 mph) from 50 degrees (ENE) at buoy Station 44025 (LLNR 830) – (same buoy);

Highest reported wind gusts from these same 600 or so observations made in the previous 3 hours (as of 20:07 GMT, or 2 PM Chicago time) were:

62.0 knots (71.35 MPH) reported at Station ROBN4 – 8530973

(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=ROBN4) located at Robins Reef, NJ, 149 NM from the center of the storm;

66.0 knots (75.95 mph) also at ROBN4.

This is to be compared with the National Hysteria [Hurricane] Center’s reported observations of winds as high as 90 MPH reported from Coast Guard airplane flights across the eye of the storm.  Those observations, obviously, are taken at higher altitudes and include observations in the actual center of the storm where the winds are the highest.  Ground-level observations as close as 75 miles from Sandy’s eye are not indicating that winds are anywhere near hurricane force once you get outside the immediate center of the storm.

The closest buoy to the storm, Buoy Station 44009 (LLNR168) located in Delaware Bay, 26 NM southeast of Cape May, NJ, [http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44009] which is only 76 NM from the center of the storm reported (1900 hrs GMT) sustained winds of just 44.7 knots (51.44 mph) and gusts of 58.3 knots (67.1 mph) with wave heights of 17.4 feet.
[Sources: as listed, including the National Data Buoy Center (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/) and an online “knots to miles per hour” calculator at  http://www.calculateme.com/Speed/Knots/ToMilesperHour.htm%5D

So, none of the data buoys have yet reported sustained winds of hurricane force – that is, around 74 miles per hour or greater.  This is because, first, they are not at several thousand feet above sea level but are just a few meters above sea level; and they are not in the actual eye of the storm, where the hurricane force winds will and do exist.  This area is just some tens of miles across in diameter and will rapidly lose power the minute it hits land, which will be somewhere along the Delaware/Maryland or southern New Jersey coast this evening.  Look at the latest graphic illustrating the wind speed probabilities and likely locations of the highest winds of Tropical Storm Sandy  issued by the National Weather Service:

Hurricane Wind Speed Probabilities chart for ‘Hurricane’ Sandy. Only the area in red and purple will see actual hurricane force winds of around 75 miles per hour, with wind gusts somewhat higher. Lighter orange, yellow and green-colored areas have a 50% or less chance of seeing hurricane force winds.  Credit: NOAA/National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center

As you can see from this graphic, the area of landfall that Sandy will impact most severely is relatively small and will not include New York City or Philadelphia and will – sadly – only barely scrape Washington, D.C.   Also, the inland areas affected by the highest sustained winds will not extend beyond the boundaries of Delaware and Maryland and limited areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Virginia.

And we’re talking about 75 mile-an-hour winds here; houses built along the coast are – or damned well should be! – built to withstand sustained winds of much higher intensity that are found in category 1 hurricanes.  Building houses  that are located on the seashore and not building them to withstand sustained winds of 100 MPH or greater should be – and would be in a Socialist United States – ILLEGAL.   Any house that can’t stand up to 75 mph winds shouldn’t be in existence anywhere within 200 miles of the ocean.

So, to wrap up:  If you live along the coast of New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or northeastern Virginia, don’t go swimming in the ocean tonight!  And stop watching those asshats on the Weather Channel, who are just trying to scare you into watching their channel so they can sell some more soap and get an enormous pile of cash and a ratings boost out of this storm.

We’ll leave the final word on this phenomenon to the folks at Transparency Now, from the concluding paragraph of their excellent article on the phenomenon of media and government manipulation of mass psychology cited above:

“…[W]e live in a time in which the ability to create deceptive simulations, especially for television, has become essential to the exercise of power. And the inability to see through these deceptions has become a form of powerlessness. Those who let themselves be taken in by the multiple deceptions of politics, news, advertising and public relations, are doomed, like the more gullible members of the radio audience in 1938, to play a role in other people’s dramas, while mistakenly believing that they are reacting to something genuine.”

IWPCHI

Workers of the World, Unite!

Democratic Party’s “Lesser Evil” Obama Gives Green Light for Military Coup in Egypt

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, standard-bearer of the Democratic Party, defender of torture, originator of the concept that it is legal for aUS President to order the assassination of American citizens, has given a clear signal to the Egyptian military in the wake of the assassination of a US “ambassador” in Libya and an attack on the US Embassy in Cairo:  overthrow the just elected Morsi government at the earliest opportunity and take power into your own bloody hands.

The green light for a military coup in Egypt from the Afghan and Iraq war criminal, US imperialist chief Obama to the friends of the US government in the top echelons of the Egyptian military was given during an exclusive interview with the Telemundo TV network this week.

“I don’t think that we would consider [Egypt] an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,”  Obama said to the Telemundo interviewer.

Referring to the attack on the US Embassy in Cairo, the advocate of remote-control assassination by Predator drone had this to say:

“I think that we are going to have to see how they [the Morsi government] respond to this incident,” Obama said.

“Certainly in this situation, what we’re going to expect is that they are responsive to our insistence that our embassy is protected, our personnel is protected… and if they take actions that indicate they’re not taking those responsibilities, as all other countries do where we have embassies, I think that’s going to be a real big problem.”

[Source: ahramonline: “Obama: Egypt no ally but no enemy either” from Agencie France-Presse, 13 September, 2012]

This far from accidental statement, given as tensions in the Middle East erupted into massive anti-US rioting and as the US “ambassador” to Libya was assassinated, is a barely concealed message to the Egyptian military that Washington believes that the “instability” in Egypt has reached levels that are unacceptable to the US capitalist class, who are blaming the election of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood  government of Mohamed Morsi and the “Arab Spring” uprisings for creating a situation in the mideast that is “inimical to the interests of the US government”.  As if the role of the leaders of every nation on Earth was to pave the way for the US corporations and banks to rape and pillage their countries.

Although we do not support the Morsi government politically, we of course defend the nation of Egypt from attack by the United States and NATO imperialist countries, who wish to either purchase the governments of “third world” countries or overthrow their governments and place vicious, anti-worker governments in place who will make their nations “safe” for the extreme exploitation of the workers there by international banks and corporate interests.  US/NATO hands off Egypt and the Middle East!

The statement that Egypt is “neither an ally nor an enemy” is a clear statement that since the election of the Morsi government, the US no longer trusts the authorities in Egypt to defend US investments in that nation.  By signalling to the military rulers in Egypt that they are no longer considered “allies” of US imperialism, they are firing a warning shot over the heads of the Egyptian ruling class, in effect telling them that if they don’t “stabilize” their internal affairs very soon, the US and NATO may consider taking extreme actions to implement “regime change” a la what they did in Iraq to Saddam Hussein, who was once a pampered pet of the US capitalist class and who was even a US employee on the CIA payroll.  You can be sure that every key military leader in Egypt is either now, or has been at some time receiving a stipend from the CIA for keeping them informed of the internal workings of the Egyptian government, and who use their influence to push pro-US policies.  If there had been an actual revolution in Egypt instead of a simple rearranging of place cards at the dining table at the presidential palace in Cairo, these blood-soaked, traitorous Egyptian military scum would have been sent on a well-earned journey into the next world long ago.  The sad fact is that the uprising in Egypt, though extremely heroic and self-sacrificing of the working class has produced only a reform of the bloody Egyptian capitalist regime, not its overthrow.  There is much work to be done by the working class in Egypt before a actual workers revolution can even commence.

This threat issued by Barack Obama, a war criminal US president who has repeatedly authorized assassinations of political activists all over the world who the US deems to be “against” US foreign policy or an “enemy” is not an idle one, and the Egyptian military, the true power in Egypt, you can be sure, has heard it loud and clear.  This creates a very dangerous situation for the Egyptian working class, who have heroically fought for months on end to topple one of the most savage regimes in northern Africa, the Egyptian capitalist class and its torture-happy military satraps.

In Egypt, the police and military routinely torture union activists, women’s rights advocates, and political activists of all persuasions.  The Egyptian ruling class rules with an iron fist over an impoverished nation where unemployment is at unbelievably high levels and wages are kept at below subsistence levels.  In spite of the massive police repressive apparatus put in place by the Egyptian ruling class to maintain their repulsive status quo, the Egyptian workers have heroically fought for their rights again and again. For decades the Egyptian workers have suffered in the torture cells and prisons of one US-backed regime after another, from the brutal regime of Anwar Sadat to the elegantly savage rule-by-torture cabal of Hosni Mubarak – whose overthrow was mourned by Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton, who considered the Mubaraks to be “personal friends”.

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood as a political force in Egypt can be traced in no small part to the savage repression faced by this group under successive regimes in Cairo.  The members of the Brotherhood – a group that had been banned in Egypt until the Arab Spring uprising – were subjected to repeated arrests, beatings and imprisonment, which almost always meant torture at the hands of the sadistic police and Egyptian military forces.  The steadfast resistance the members of the Brotherhood showed against this brutal repression has earned them a tremendous amount of respect among the working class of Egypt, and is undoubtedly one of the reasons for their success in the recent national elections.  But the Muslim Brotherhood is not a working class political party – it is a Muslim clericalist party that seeks to impose strict Islamic law on the workers of Egypt.  The burden of an imposition of such an integration of mosque and state would fall heaviest upon Egyptian women, who, under the Muslim Brotherhood government, are expected to accept a societal role that is completely subservient to the men at all times.  We stand for full equality for the sexes and for the complete separation of Mosque and State.

It is significant, though little reported in the US press, that in the recent national elections in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood did not do very well in some major cities, where socialist parties received a large number of votes.  The most class-conscious elements of the Egyptian working class oppose the anti-woman Islamic fundamentalism of the Egyptian Brotherhood, as do we.  They also recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood is decidedly PRO-CAPITALIST and therefore stands opposed to the emancipation of labor and a workers government.  This is why we oppose the Brotherhood politically; however, should the US and its partners in blood, NATO attempt to overthrow the Morsi government militarily we would call on our party members (if we had any) in Egypt to defend the Egyptian government arms in hand.  And we call on our supporters here in the US to get in contact with us immediately in order to ready ourselves to protest any attempt by the US or its allies to overthrow the elected government of the nation of Egypt; one we do not support politically, but which has every right to exist and to defend itself from imperialist attack.

The current situation in Egypt shows once again how critical it is that the working class of the United States breaks free from the stranglehold the Democratic Party has over US workers and creates its own political party completely independent of the US capitalist class and its wholly owned subsidiaries, the Republicans and the Democrats.  The Democratic Party, subservient to the corporate interests of the US capitalist class, is all too willing to murder millions of workers on behalf of their masters in order to make the world “safe” for the US capitalists and their corporations to rape and pillage the planet.  Until the working class of the United States wakes up from its tragic infatuation with the greed-based system of capitalism and fights for its own political future – one in which the working class will overthrow capitalism and replace it with a socialist workers government – we will continue to see the US military being used to trample the rights of our working class brothers and sisters all over the globe, replacing elected governments with dictatorships that rule through the murder of trade union leaders and the killing of the political leaders of the workers parties.

If the working class does not wrest the weapons out of the hands of the US capitalist class we will be faced with more wars and more killing in the name of the bloodthirsty US bourgeoisie.  The workers of the entire world are looking to us to see what we do.  If we do nothing, then that will be a clear sign to them that we support the US government when it slaughters our working-class brothers and sisters overseas.  There is no place to hide from our responsibility: silence is consent.  Either we get to work building a workers party that shows our complete opposition to the blood-drenched exploitation of the world carried on by the US capitalist class and its military forces, or we will be correctly seen as aiders and abettors of US imperialism – their “enablers” if you will.  And then, since the US only makes up 6% of the world’s population, the workers of the rest of the world will have to come here and straighten us out.  And that will not be fun, boys and girls.  You can look at what happened in Germany and Japan at the end of WWII as examples of what will happen to the US if we continue down this bloody capitalist road.

US Hands off Egypt and the Middle East!

IWPCHI