As a beginning allow me to acknowledge that there is evil in the world. Political evil (PE) is generally perpetrated by those (mainly males) who have money and power. In terming this evil, I am advocating that any who wish to destroy the freedom and liberty given to us as people through our inalienable rights as evil. The PE, both individuals and groups, seek to fundamentally change this country. In speaking to fundamental transformation, I am speaking specifically to their desire to move the United States away from a democratic republic to a totalitarian state masked in the benevolent disguise of justice, whether that benevolence is shaded in social, environmental or economic terms or reform.
In recognizing evil one must be able to ascertain whether the information they receive is factual, this itself can be time consuming. In our hectic world we seldom seem to have time for the things we enjoy or which are important to our lives, let alone time to run down every claim of conspiracy that happens to pop up.
As humans we seek order, we seek connections which help us categorize and make sense of our world. In viewing conspiracy theories, we look for aspects of the theory which we have factual knowledge of and suddenly that small sliver of truth cements the entire theory as fact in our mind. Instead of researching the claims made we make split second decisions on truth based on one factual piece of knowledge or on the celebrity status of the individual making the claim.
Oh yes we assure ourselves the decision was made with full self-autonomy and void of the star status of the individual but what if this was your Uncle Joe making this claim, how ready would you be to jump on board? Or lets say it was your preacher, and do not ignore there have been a number of instances where those who we give high placement in society have fallen with a loud THUD, once their true motivation was exposed.
Recently I have a number of people who have brought up Jesse Ventura’s “Police State” conspiracy, some asking my opinion about the information presented yet most citing it as absolute truth. Some of these believers have never even seen the show in question which aired on TruTV and have only heard of it by word of mouth. Apparently an encore presentation which was scheduled “mysteriously” was canceled, according to believers of this conspiracy as a result of government pressure because of the truths expose by Ventura, which he does get paid a Hollywood salary to create. Some believers started yelling that the cancelation of the rerun was an infringement of Ventura’s First Amendment rights to free speech. It is nothing of the sort.. period. Heck even if the original broadcast had been cancelled, which is was NOT, Ventura could not claim amendment protection.
TruTV paid Ventura to produce X number of shows, as an employer TruTv can choose to NOT air any of the shows Ventura produces, they may find the ratings to low and would rather air reruns of Full Throttle. As long as Ventura gets his contractually agreed upon pay check from TruTV he has no rights period.
For those interested and who may not have seen the show it is available on You Tube.. shh, the government may not be aware that You Tube exists.
So lets sit down and wade through the conspiracy theory which Ventura states as fact.
First and foremost his claim that FEMA is operating detention camps through legislation is blatantly FALSE. He continually makes claims that funding for these detention camps was allocated by, H.R. 645 National Emergency Center Establishment Act introduced in the House on January 22, 2009. Mind you there is the sliver of truth, yes the bill was submitted yet it has sat in committee for almost a year without passage.
In fact there are many bills which sit in committee year after year without ever leaving said committee. Yet Ventura continually alludes to the misinformation that this bill is law, that there is federal money being allocated for its enactment and that you sheeples better wake up .. they are coming to get ya. There are more than a couple bills which I know of in committee which I would never want to see the light of day yet I find it unproductive to rally people around bills which may not make it out of committee, let alone insinuate to people these bills have passed when they have not.
Next up Fusion Centers: yes these centers do exist and yes many of the stated concerns by Ventura and guests are real. The ACLU back in 2007 was issuing reports on the establishment of these centers and the threats to our civil liberties they posed. From their 2007 report, “ What’s Wrong With Fusion Centers,” which lays out the concerns Ventura presented plus a couple additional ones (read the article at the link):
The lack of proper legal limits on the new fusion centers not only threatens to undermine fundamental American values, but also threatens to turn them into wasteful and misdirected bureaucracies that, like our federal security agencies before 9/11, won’t succeed in their ultimate mission of stopping terrorism and other crime.
The Washington Post earlier this year filed a multi-article investigative report which was the culmination of two years investigating governmental monitoring of the public. In “A hidden world, growing out of control,” they state:
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.
These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.
The investigation’s other findings include:
* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
Read the rest of this article at the link above. As for the remaining multi-article report on the monitoring of US civilians by the Federal government read “Monitoring America,” along with the links at the bottom right of the page under TSA Index.
One good reference Ventura offered was Operation Defuse. An interesting and informative site, under their “Take Action!” one helpful feature is form letters for Freedom of Information requests. While I culled out this piece of information I wonder, how many who watched this episode of his TV series bothered to even check on this link? The reason I ponder this is because if you gain information without taking action, you are no different than the sheeples who never seek truth or knowledge.
Next up the T. Don Hutto Residential Center which Ventura placed so prominently in the center of his detention camp scenario. A quick review of easily googled information shows this facility, with the two fences, playground equipment and barbed wire to keep people in the facility is an ICE detention center for those arrested illegally in this country. So now what, sort of destroys Jesse’s theory? I can understand why the people at the facility appeared apprehensive to talk with Ventura about the type of facility it is, given the politics surrounding illegal immigration. I can see groups like La Raza and other various pro-illegal immigration groups protesting in front of the facility.
The Counsel of Governors with its board of 9 state governors and 1 from Puerto Rico is in fact true. Obama set them up by Executive Order on January 11,2010 under a provision set forth in the fiscal year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. This is concerning because it could be an end run around using military to police circumstances in the United States. This is subject for a future post since this power grab was given by Congress so can it be taken away, with the Executive Order being challenged as unconstitutional.
How many people do you think die each year in the United States? Go ahead and guess… according to the Center for Disease Control approximately 2.5 million die. Ventura was aghast at the sight of coffin liners at a manufacturer of <surprise> funeral products. First, according to my notes Jesse claimed there were “100’s of 1,000’s” on site, later he rolled down that number to tens of 1,000’s. A with minimal digging on the Vantage Products Corporate site, you can find out that at one time they were owned by Hercules before they were purchased by the current owners. In fact, while owned by Hercules they manufactured a more diverse product line than now, with their business solely focusing on funeral products.
Now my question if a company’s sole focus is in burial products, how many coffin liners should they have in stock ready and available for customers? And assume that Vintage Products only sells in the United States and Canada since that is where they list distributors, since I have no way of knowing if they also sell Internationally. Okay morality rates each year in Canada are quite a bit lower than in the United States which is logical since the population is far less. Canada comes in with 250,000 deaths annually. Ventura gives the impression he is absolutely shocked and horror-struck at a number which he can’t quite put a finger on 100’s of 1,000’s or 10’s of 100’s. For the sake of argument would the number 50,000, seem like a lot? If the number is bumped up to 100,000, in the raw factual data of deaths from the two countries that is not an unreasonable number of units. If Ventura or anyone has trouble understanding why a company with a limited business focus would not stockpile 100,000 product units, please never go in to business because you will fail.
Next up for review is the $385 million awarded Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) a subsidiary of Halliburton to build detention centers. Taking a ride in the time machine we land in 2006, when KBR was indeed awarded a time limited contract to build detention centers in case of a massive influx of illegal immigrants
From the New York Times 2006:
KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, company executives said. KBR, which announced the contract last month, had a similar contract with immigration agencies from 2000 to last year.
The contract with the Corps of Engineers runs one year, with four optional one-year extensions. Officials of the corps said that they had solicited bids and that KBR was the lone responder.
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jamie Zuieback, said KBR would build the centers only in an emergency like the one when thousands of Cubans floated on rafts to the United States. She emphasized that the centers might never be built if such an emergency did not arise.
To date there has been NO substantiated reports of KBR building anything in the United States. A search of the net regarding KBR does indicate they have built structures in war zones, also that this group is dubious to say the least. There are reports from female employees about brutal rapes which occurred in war zone areas where KBR was contracted in, the Pentagon in 2008 refused to investigate. The company has the stink of slim yet nothing can be found which lends credence to Ventura’s claims.
If Ventura is looking to do service to this country as a means of information distribution, he should remain with facts which are verifiable and not go off on tangents of speculation. The speculative nature of this show does more harm than does it help in maintaining our freedoms. A populace informed with facts can create movement, yet skew those facts with misinformation or hyperbolical nonsense and anything the believer’s state to be true becomes discredited.
Where in the scheme of moral behavior or honor or ethics can one play loose with truths and remain creditable? Just because you offer a small fact here, a small fact there when you tie it together with over-the-top fantasy and mistruths you have lost creditability. House bill 645 never passed, any logic which comes from the premise that this bill is law is faulty. Ventura attempts to tie a Army Corp of Engineer contract from 2006 of $385 million to a bill sitting in committee, which by the way allocates less than half that amount should it ever reach the President’s desk. Grave liners sitting in a storage yard of a company whose sole business focus is funeral products is not unusual and to suggest otherwise is delusional. The Counsel of Governors as well as the Fusion Centers should remain in the focus of all patriots and Ventura would have kept some creditability had he stopped right there; but perhaps that’s not over the top enough to increase TV ratings.
We have limited time, so instead of believing a conspiracy theory in its entirety continue to believe the aspect which you know to be true and remain vigilant as to other parts of the puzzle. Spreading and advocating conspiracy theories which you haven’t taken the time to investigate is a waste of the most precious thing we have.. time. Time which could be better spent informing others of the tyrannical evil embodied by the political elite, those who wish to subjugate your freedom and liberty.