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Sunday, February 20, 2011

We Must Close Down the National-Security State

We Must Close Down the National-Security State

2011 February 20
by Steve Beckow

Many of us are concerned with a number of developments that are happening at the moment. Joseph Paul Watson, Alex Jones, Jesse Ventura, Alfred Webre, Mike Adams and many others have been drawing our attention to TSA body scanners, surveillance technology, interference with the Internet, and other developments and we have been addressing these issues one by one.

But it seems to me that we have been overlooking something more basic, something that David Ickes has been addressing , although he may use slightly different words for it.

Do you remember the Washington Post series perhaps last Spring or Summer in which they detailed the really huge growth and multiplication of personnel, organizations, and technologies which I'd like to call, for short, the "national-security state"?  The national-security state is the creation of the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower and President Kennedy warned us about.
Everyone here is very much familiar with the national-security state and the military-industrial complex. There are many articles in the righthand column that introduce you to the subject if you're a new reader.


The point I wish to make is that this effusion of surveillance systems, Internet interference technologies, scanners and so on is, it seems to me, testimony to the tremendous growth, budgeting, staffing, and work of that very structure that the Washington Post described - let me call it the NSS for short to avoid repeating myself.

For many reasons, not the leas of which is the security of the American people, but another compelling reason for which is the ending of a huge budget drain, we must close down the national security state.

Now by that I don't mean closing down the military. For now we need a military until such time as we close down crime and reduce political friction in the world. But we do not need the NSS.

Just the other day, I listened to an economist on CNN say, whatever we do, we cannot reduce the defense dollar. Oh, no. I beg to differ. Whatever we do, we must reduce the defense dollar. It is not butter we need to spend less on. It is guns.

The whole notion of defense, the whole notion of a war on terror, of the need for aircraft carriers, fighter jets, surveillance systems, tanks, depleted-uranium weapons, on and on and on, all of it must go. All of it must be ended. And it must be ended because we the people say so.

This NSS, this national-security state, is itself the problem. There are no terrorists lurking under bushes here and there. There may be people defending themselves against our aggression. There also may be some dark groups which we ourselves have created through our bogus "war on terror," etc. But the NSS is itself creating its enemies in order to keep its funding up and the citizens of the world in a state of confusion and we need to get honest about that and to stop refusing to address it.

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This national-security state, which has grown up since 9/11, which you and I know was itself engineered by the NSS to provide a "new Pearl Harbor" that spur the growth of the defense industry and the military, must be closed down. And, if it were, immediately prosperity would return to America and the threat of war would end on the planet.

Make that first on your list please. It's time to stop talking about the nickels and dimes that are spend on social programs. If we want to save money, the way to do it is to close down the defense industry globally and with it the national security state. When we do that - and we will - the money to send each child to university, to create a universal medicare system, to see that everyone is well fed, well sheltered, and well cared for will be there.

We are being myopic and we are allowing ourselves to be misled. The NSS has no future and you and I know it. The NSS must be closed down and closed down immediately. It's the source of threat in the world and the source of our problems. I request that we refuse any longer to participate in the debate about austerity on any other grounds before the total closure of the national-security state is accomplished. Close the NSS down first and then let's take a second look at the state of the union.


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The Declaration of Human Freedom

The Declaration of Human Freedom

Every being is a divine and eternal soul living in a temporal body. Every being was alive before birth and will live after death.

Every soul enters into physical life for the purpose of experience and education, that it may, in the course of many lifetimes, learn its true identity as a fragment of the Divine.

Life itself is a constant process of spiritual evolution and unfoldment, based on free choice, that continues until such time as we realize our true nature and return to the Divine from which we came.

No soul enters life to serve another, except by choice, but to serve its own purpose and that of the Divine from which it came.

All life is governed by natural and universal laws which precede and outweigh the laws of humanity. These laws, such as the law of karma, the law of attraction, and the law of free will, are decreed by God to order existence and assist each person to achieve life’s purpose.

No government can or should survive that derives its existence from the enforced submission of its people or that denies its people their basic rights and freedoms.

Life is a movement from one existence to another, in varied venues throughout the universe and in other universes and dimensions of existence. We are not alone in the universe but share it with other civilizations, most of them peace-loving, many of whom are more advanced than we are, some of whom can be seen with our eyes and some of whom cannot.

The evidence of our five senses is not the final arbiter of existence. Humans are spiritual as well as physical entities and the spiritual side of life transcends the physical. God is a Spirit and the final touchstone of God’s Truth is not physical but spiritual. The Truth is to be found inward.

God is one and, because of this, souls are one. They form a unity. They are meant to live in peace and harmony together in a “common unity” or community. The use of force to settle affairs runs contrary to natural law. Every person should have the right to conduct his or her own affairs without force, as long as his or her choices do not harm another.

No person shall be forced into marriage against his or her will. No woman shall be forced to bear or not bear children, against her will. No person shall be forced to hold or not hold views or worship in a manner contrary to his or her choice. Nothing vital to existence shall be withheld from another if it is within the community’s power to give.

Every person shall retain the ability to think, speak, and act as they choose, as long as they not harm another. Every person has the right to choose, study and practice the education and career of their choice without interference, provided they not harm another.

No one has the right to kill another. No one has the right to steal from another. No one has the right to force himself or herself upon another in any way.

Any government that harms its citizens, deprives them of their property or rights without their consent, or makes offensive war upon its neighbors, no matter how it misrepresents the situation, has lost its legitimacy. No government may govern without the consent of its people. All governments are tasked with seeing to the wellbeing of their citizens. Any government which forces its citizens to see to its own wellbeing without attending to theirs has lost its legitimacy.

Men and women are meant to live fulfilling lives, free of want, wherever they wish and under the conditions they desire, providing their choices do not harm another and are humanly attainable.

Children are meant to live lives under the beneficent protection of all, free of exploitation, with unhindered access to the necessities of life, education, and health care.

All forms of exploitation, oppression, and persecution run counter to universal and natural law. All disagreements are meant to be resolved amicably.

Any human law that runs counter to natural and universal law is invalid and should not survive. The enactment or enforcement of human law that runs counter to natural and universal law brings consequences that cannot be escaped, in this life or another. While one may escape temporal justice, one does not escape divine justice.

All outcomes are to the greater glory of God and to God do we look for the fulfillment of our needs and for love, peace, and wisdom. So let it be. Aum/Amen.

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