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Power brokers exposed

Maybe Americans still cling to their fantasies about their country, the land of the free and that political leaders care about us.

What Pvt. Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and the rest have done has alerted us to the fact that our corporate-controlled media outlets have stopped reporting the truth.

Charging that Manning endangered people’s lives is a lie, and it’s central to government’s censorship platform. Documents reveal three significant things: The United States was committing war crimes systematically; the U.S. government was lying in relations with other nations; and the U.S. was spying on diplomats at the United Nations and threatening governments on behalf of corporate clients, e.g. Hillary Clinton trying to force France to accept Monsanto’s genetically modified food or face retaliation.

Washington was outraged at the disclosure, not at the crimes depicted; outraged at the man who had the integrity and the patriotism to risk everything in order to alert his country about what was being done in its name.

Condemning through the media is an old tactic. Richard Nixon tried condemning Daniel Ellsberg over the Pentagon Papers regarding Vietnam. Don’t let it work. Stand up, be heard, that’s the American way.

Corruption cannot live in transparency, federally or locally.

Carole Landt

Reardan


 

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