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John L. Perry’s Advice from the Dark Side: “Try listening with your eyes closed”

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Folks are scratching their heads over the inner workings of John L. Perry, whose resume credentials would seem to contradict his current campaign to overthrow the U.S. government. After all, what would compel a man who worked for the Johnson and Carter Administrations to turn, in his old age, to the rantings of traitors and treasonists, calling for a coup of our democratically elected president? What happened? I have my theories.

But the fact is — just as there are some men, such as Frank Schaeffer, who consciously choose to make a u-turn from the dark side — there are some men, and John L. Perry is one of them, who are compelled to turn toward the dark side.  

The comparison between these two men ends there, as Schaeffer’s choice was toward enlightenment, whereas Perry’s choice was to embrace that certain darkness wherein a man — urging a coup of Barack Obama’s presidency — might choose to begin his epistle by paraphrasing Samuel Johnson, “Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging,” then conclude it with his own dark words, advising Americans:

“Start thinking. It comes at a time when Americans’ minds are focused on what gallows the future may hold for them and theirs.”

Those were the words penned by John L. Perry eight days before Obama’s inauguration. And, if there were any doubt as to what, exactly, Perry meant by this, he neatly clarified this in a subsequent column, on January 19 — on the eve of Obama’s inauguration — wherein Perry constructed a vision of how our democratically elected, constitutional government might best be overthrown. Building on Jeb Bush’s suggestion that Republicans form a “shadow government” (a term drawn from the British Parliamentary system), John L. Perry extrapolated this: “When a ruling party fails to stay ahead of the hounds, the shadow government, at least in theory, is equipped to step into power.”

Perhaps the years have muddled things up in Perry’s head. He confused the British Parliament with the Keystone Kops. Or maybe he just plain holds no regard for the facts. Whatever the case, Perry took Jeb Bush’s shadow and ran with it, completely sidestepping the fact that the British version of a shadow government — also called, “Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition” — is termed “loyal” for a reason: their role is to offer healthy opposition, not to dispute the legitimacy of the government.  John L. Perry’s version, on the other hand, seeks to do just the opposite: to challenge the legitimacy of our democratically-elected, constitutional government, toward the potential goal of overthrowing it. 

Some men’s minds are compelled to turn toward darkness, some toward light. This is the warp and weft of our history, the de facto nature of our national character. We earned it. Whether John L. Perry’s decision to lurk in the shadows is based in old ignorance and old hatred, or in new money, is yet unknown. But one thing is for certain: there is no resume so spiffy that it can polish the stain off a foul soul.

For the record, if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on Deep Throat’s advice: Follow the money. In the spirit of learning from this particular history, lest we repeat it, I’ve chosen to preserve some of John L. Perry’s words, which are prone to being scrubbed from the Newsmax website. For now, you can read it straight from the horse’s, er, mouth, via this link to the Perry archive. Below are links to several notable gems from his archive. Should these links disappear, let me know. I have copies of the text. 

FROM THE PERRY ARCHIVES:

John L. Perry’s idea on insurrection against the U.S. government (published the day before Obama’s inauguration):  “A way must be found — invented if necessary — to defuse the perils lying ahead for America.”

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John L. Perry on his discontent with the Obama Administration (published 8 days before Obama’s inauguration): “Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging.”

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In this column, titled, “Grumpy Old Men for Sarah Palin,” (which could have as easily been titled, “Old Confederate Soldiers Hatin’ on Blacks and Protectin’ the Honor of White Women”) John L. Perry — writing in terms that any klansman would adore — explains how the men in “their day” would have handled the liberal media and left-wing politicians who were “slandering the honor of Alaska’s woman governor”: “Had such churlish conduct been inflicted on one’s mother, wife or daughter, it would have been answered in their day by horse-whipping in broad daylight.”

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John L. Perry, writing on July 5, 2007, extolls the yet-to-be-realized greatness of George W. Bush, prefacing his column with this: “America sleep-stumbled once again through the significance of July 4, 1776. Centuries more could elapse before it awakens to history’s judgment of George W. Bush.”  Reading onward, you’d almost think Perry was talking about…. Oh, nevermind. Just read on: 

If you don’t know anything much about history, especially of your own nation, how can you pass a valid judgment about this current president, let alone about any president’s proper place in history?

At various points in their public careers George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, and Ronald Reagan were abused most vilely in the public prints. Years later, all are re-discovered as men of greatness — just as other presidents gained little, or sunk lower, in public regard as history unfolded….

He has not pandered to popularly perceived precepts of conventional wisdom. More and more, it is becoming clear that he is, with dogged courage, listening to the dictates of his own mind and heart. In the final analysis, is that not his overriding attribute that persuaded American voters to elect him?

Put bluntly, he is one of the rare presidents who genuinely believes the right thing to do is the right thing to do. And he persists in doing that, whatever the cost.

Any conscientious reader and serious student of American history knows this rare quality is the one indispensable ingredient in history’s stern requirement for greatness.

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In his column titled, “Clues to Deciphering Obama Speeches,” John L. Perry takes a close look at President Obama’s elocution and finds, (surprise!) an arrogant black man. In all fairness, it must be said that a man must close his eyes, in order to see things that don’t exist, just as closing one’s ears can prevent facts from seeping into the mind: 

“Elocution matters, so try listening with your eyes closed. You’ll notice Obama ends almost every sentence or phrase on a decided drop in tonal scale as added emphasis. That says you are being looked down upon oratorically by one whose haughtiness and arrogance he cannot camouflage and relishes displaying.” — John L. Perry, describing how to “listen” to an Obama speech (April 21, 2009)

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The text of John L. Perry’s (now-scrubbed) column on staging a coup to fix the “Obama Problem” is available via a pdf here at mediamatters.org.  He prefaces this column by giving notice to all those who have been waiting for this very moment in history:  

“There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.”

Continuing, Perry explains how there is already in place a secret component to our democracy — a built-in machination left by our forefathers, who apparently had the foresight to envision the day when it would become necessary to trample the U.S. Constitution. On this fateful day, which Perry paints in painstaking detail, our military (whose officers, according to Perry, are not compelled to obey Obama, but are readying themselves, as we speak, to defend America against the laundry list of armageddon-style scenarios prophesied in Perry’s column) will overthrow the Obama Administration, much like a “family intervention,” only with “skilled, military-trained nation-builders.”

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What Perry seems to have overlooked, for all his fancy know-how on American history, is that the predictions for this very terrible, awful, dire time (the day when the chickenhawks and the Chicken Littles take to the streets in arms to warn us all — oh God, oh God, if only we’d listen! — that our country is about to be overrun by communists, socialists, blacks, Catholics, Japanese, Jews, Nazis, fascists — take your pick) arrive at least a few times per century. Ask the Know-Nothing Party of the 1850s; ask the Red Shirts of the 1870s; ask the Klan of 1920s; ask the doomsday predictors of the New Deal era; ask Joseph McCarthy; ask George Wallace. Twenty years from now, you can also ask Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck: How did your socialist apocalypse pan out?

Better still, do this: be good girls and boys; learn your history well — paying special mind to people who say and do stupid things — then lather, rinse and, whatever you do, don’t repeat.  

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by Mantis Katz for the canarypapers

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ON DICK CHENEY’S STAGE, ALL THE WORLD’S A PUPPET

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And the puppet master, holding all the strings, decides when to effect a nod, a stoop, a crook, the twisting of the arm that will compel entire governments to dance. 

The recent hostage release of Ingrid Betancourt and 14 others from Colombia’s FARC rebels is not necessarily what it seems. To better understand the facts surrounding her kidnapping, her captors, and those behind the scenes who fought (or didn’t) to free her, you first have to understand that what happened to Ingrid Betancourt is not an isolated incident. Her experience is part of a global epidemic of corruption, victimizing whole populations and individuals, alike. Second, you have to understand that much of what our mainstream U.S. media reports on these tragedies is propaganda — a motley mix of partial truths, sins of omission, inexcusable ignorance, and outright lies — all intended to deceive us into believing that the Bush-Cheney Administration and their puppets are the good guys in the “war on terror.”
 
Whenever I read an international headline about whole populations being systematically oppressed, robbed, raped, kidnapped, tortured or murdered, I know that, somewhere in the equation, I’ll nearly always find the United States of America. If I consult the mainstream U.S. media for information, I’ll find that we are heroes, the good guys, working in some capacity to aid the oppressed. If I consult alternative and international media I’ll invariably find that we are, in fact, the bad guys, paying off other bad guys to do bad things to people. From here, I never have to scratch too far below the surface to find oil.
 
Most Americans are clueless to what the U.S. is doing inside their own country, much less inside other countries. (Editor’s note: I admit that I am often equally clueless, as I am continually surpised to discover. For example, just this week, I discovered that, since December 2006, the U.S. has been at war in Somalia, having armed the the Ethopians in yet another “war on terror” for oil, which has resulted in genocide on the scale of Darfur. I guess our media overlooked this in their discussions of Cindy’s credit card spending, Michelle’s proud-of-America gaffe, Madonna’s latest publicity stunt, and who’s got the bigger flag pin, Obama or McCain.) In a nutshell, we are warmongering, both openly and covertly, to gain control of the world’s oil supply. To this end, we buy, overthrow and blackmail other governments — from rogue regimes to even our closest, best allies — to comply with us. Using both oil and the international banking system as commodities of coercion — combined with the threat of labeling dissenters as terrorist appeasers — Bush-Cheney have so far been successful in staunching all credible opposition to our illegal wars.
 
Colombia is but one such place. The evils we’ve committed there did not begin with Bush-Cheney, or even the Clinton Administration. It’s that our global war for oil has grown more sophisticated over the past two decades. We now hire corporations to fight our wars.
 
Side-stepping legal, constitutional channels to war, the Bush-Cheney Administration evades scrutiny from the U.S. Congress, the U.S. citizenry and much of the international community by hiring its own private militaries from U.S. corporations who specialize in the war machine –mercenaries, as they were called in the old days — to staff their covert wars. Knowing that these wars are illegal under our U.S. Constitution; knowing that they violate the Nuremberg Principles; knowing that they are illegal under U.N. treaties and conventions; knowing that, as such, these wars would never gain congressional approval, outright, our government hires, on the taxpayer’s dime, mercenaries to conduct dirty wars in dark places.
 
These wars, not really so different from the war in Iraq, are always conducted under false flags: stopping drug trafficking, peacekeeping missions, or fighting terrorism/rogue regimes. This is how Bush-Cheney get official Congressional approval for funding their private militia, although it would be a lie to say that our lawmakers were doing anything but turning their own blind eyes to reality, whether from political pressure or for financial gain, as the corporations that staff our wars are also among the most powerful lobbyists in Washington. Whenever you hear of our government doing business with private contractors such as Halliburton, DynCorp, MPRI, Blackwater, United Technologies, Vinnell, SAIC, General Electric, Logicon/Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, and Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) think: “mercenary.” (That is, if you can get past some of these corporations’ putrid dealings in the human sex trade of women and children).
 
By the same token, when you read about genocide in Darfur, think “oil.” When you hear of any U.S. government involvement in Africa — be it Nigeria, Sudan, Angola, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia — think “oil.” As a matter-of-fact, think “oil” anytime you read of a U.S. government involvement anywhere in the world: Abu Dhabi , Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrghistan, Think “oil” when you recall the role of Clinton (and now Bush-Cheney) in Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and the Balkans. Think “oil” when you consider the Bush-Cheney “wars on terror” in Afghanistan and Iraq. Think “oil” when you hear of the Clinton/Bush efforts to stop drug trafficking in Colombia (a rip-roaring success, costing U.S. tax payers billions, while — to this day — Colombia supplies about 90% of the cocaine consumed in the U.S.) Think “oil” when you hear Bush-Cheney’s saber-rattling to go to war in Iran. And when you read about the kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, and countless others in Colombia, think “oil.” Think this sounds too far-fetched to be true? Think again.
 
Or, better yet, read and become an informed citizen, instead of one of the button-eyed puppets our government relies upon to swallow their fiction about their wars. Ask questions, even as you know that the important questions will go unanswered. Know that Bush-Cheney will summarily excuse and dismiss any inquiry or investigation into their illegal activities by pleading “national security” or “state secrets” or “executive privilege.” Read alternative and international news to see what our government is up to, then protest this administration with everything you own, because what happened to Ingrid Betancourt could happen to you, or to someone you love.

Wherever you find vulnerable populations of people being systematically oppressed, robbed, raped, kidnapped, tortured or murdered, either the U.S. is funding the effort, or we simply don’t care.

Recent U.S. history stands as evidence: Unless oil interests are involved, our government turns a blind eye to the politics of a region, no matter how great the human suffering. If oil is involved, however, we will either allow the brutalization to continue (covertly aiding those who brutalize their citizens, fortifying our ties, while weakening the country) or will spare no effort and no cost to “save” a country with good old U.S. democracy, which always necessitates U.S. occupation of their country (read that: puppet regime). Is it a fledgling democracy or rogue regime? Only our government can say, and their interpretation can change overnight, depending on how well a country follows the Bush-Cheney script for oil. This same arbitrary allegiance applies to those individuals caught in the crossfire– be they prisoners of war, or mercenaries working for the U.S. government in Colombia, who have been kidnapped, held hostage, tortured and/or murdered: these individuals are of no interest to our government. This is why Bush-Cheney have paid, at best, only a token interest in their release. Like the British Empire, once described by Prime Minister Palmerston:  

The U.S. has “neither permanent friends, nor permanent enemies, only permanent interests.”

History has recorded these “permanent interests” playing out all over the world, notably Iraq over the past 20 years, as U.S. allegiance flip-flopped according to Saddam Hussein’s role in our oil strategy. The same is true in Colombia, a country already divided by 40 years of civil war. Having installed a puppet-regime base in Colombia, the U.S. focus is now (as in the Middle East and the Caspian Sea region) toward expansionism in Latin America, toward weakening and overthrowing bordering countries of strategic oil field or pipeline interest.

Our Latin American focus is now on Venezuela and Ecuador — which Bush accuses of having terrorist influences — with both countries bordering Colombia and, coincidentally, of strategic, vital interest to the U.S. oil mandate. To you will always find before a war in any country (e.g. Iraq & Iran) Bush-Cheney are working to demonize the government with a flimsy smear campaign , alternately calling them terrorists or terrorist appeasers, who offer aid to the FARC guerrillas in Colombia — an accusation denied by both countries. Demonizing rulers and countries is necessary, of course, to justify our attacks on them — such as the April 2002, U.S.-backed military coup against democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Hugh Chavez. While the coup was short-lived, Chavez being restored to power within 48 hours, it sent a clear warning to other Latin American countries of what is to come. More recently, in March 2008, the U.S. sent armed forces into Ecuador –to the condemnation of Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan president, Chavez, continues to be demonized by Bush-Cheney as a rogue leader and a terrorist appeaser who, according to Bush, “squanders” their oil wealth, leaving his people to “face food shortages.” Quite an irony, when you look at the conditions in the U.S. today, and compare them to Venezuela where — since coming to power in 1998 — the Chavez government has increased public spending dramatically, directing billions of dollars of oil revenue towards social programs that provide free education and health care to the poor, as well as providing low cost oil and unconditional aid to Latin American and Caribbean countries.

When Bush accuses Venezuela of squandering their oil, what he really means is that Venezuela is not following the Bush-Cheney script for compliance with U.S. oil interests… 

…Unlike the Uribe regime in Colombia, which does follow the script; unlike Colombia, where all sides have been corrupted, due in great part to the U.S., which plays all sides, including the drug traffickers, from whom our government extracts both money and drugs. We fund whichever sides suit our purposes of the moment, be they the Colombian government, the military our own mercenaries, or our “enemies” — the paramilitary death squads, the guerrillas, the drug lords. The only “good guys” left in Colombia are the powerless citizens, whose daily lives are terrorized by the lawlessness and greed of the powers-that-be, in their warring for oil and drugs, with the U.S. pulling all the strings. This was the corruption that Ingrid Betancourt fought for 8 years before her run for the presidency and her subsequent kidnapping. This is the sort of corruption that many in the U.S. are fighting, within our own government. As she, herself, said shortly before her kidnapping in 2002:

“All our big leaders have been killed in Colombia, all of them, they have been assassinated. So the challenge is to be alive till the end of the elections.”

Sadly, there are many of us in America who increasingly feel the same way about our own country. The dismantling of our U.S. Constitution over the past 7 years has been aided and abetted by our own Congress, as our laws have been re-written by the very corporations that serve as foot-soldiers in the Bush-Cheney wars for oil. The majority of our representatives and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have either been bought and paid for by these corporations, or they’re just too damned afraid to speak out. To those rare dissenters — the courageous representatives on Capitol Hill who have maintained the patriotic integrity of their sworn dutes — the costs can be enormous to their careers, their campaigns and their reputations. Adding insult to injury, any one on Capitol Hill who votes against the Bush-Cheney agenda will find their integrity smeared with the same brush as any rogue leader: terrorist appeaser.

Is it any wonder, then, that many in this country find a clearer reflection of reality in the discussions of so-called conspiracy theorists than in the official news delivered by our media and our government? Is it any wonder then that, lacking the protection of our Constitution or our lawmakers, some in this country feel as powerless as any citizen in the jungles of Colombia, when we read our own government’s “contingency plans” for martial law in the U.S., via the Defense Authorization Act of 2007, the REX 84 plan, Operation Garden Plot , the Civilian Inmate Labor Program, PDD 51 H.R. 1955 and the myriad Executive Orders associated with these plans? Is it any wonder that some of us in America actually fear our own government? That some of our own politicians almost fear our government, as they’re barred access  to the facts?

Should Bush-Cheney’s PDD 51 come to fruition this fall, our country would not be so different from the Colombia described by Ingrid Betancourt. Only, in the U.S., our corrupt executive branch would be the pathogens to the infection, as described by Betancourt’s husband, Juan Carlos LeCompte:

The guerrillas, the paramilitary, the violence in Colombia… are like the fever a person gets because of an infection. The infection is what causes the fever. The real infection Colombia has that must be cut out of the country is corruption. Corruption is the infection. If you get rid of the corruption, you get rid of the fever. You get rid of the violence.

Of course, our Congress had a golden opportunity to clean our country of these pathogens that have delivered an epidemic of terror around the globe, but Congress turned away from it. Was it greed or fear that prompted our Congress to table impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney for war crimes and treason? Perhaps one day the history books will make these truths known. For now, most of the facts — past, present and future — can only be gathered piecemeal, drawn together by a willingness of the human mind to suspend incredulity that our government, that any government, could be guilty of the atrocities the U.S. has committed in the name of oil.