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Bush declares war on freedom of the press

March 6, 2006 07:44 AM / The Rant .


Using many of the questionable surveillance and monitoring techniques that brought both questions and criticism to his administration, President George W. Bush has launched a war against reporters who write stories unfavorable to his actions and is planning to prosecute journalists to make examples of them in his "war on terrorism."

Bush recently directed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to use "whatever means at your disposal" to wiretap, follow, harass and investigate journalists who have published stories about the administration's illegal use of warrantless wiretaps, use of faulty intelligence and anything else he deems "detrimental to the war on terror."

Reporters for The New York Times, which along with Capitol Hill Blue revealed use of the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and emails of Americans, say FBI agents have interviewed them and criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department admit they are laying "the groundwork for a grand jury that could lead to criminal charges,"

CIA Director Porter Goss told Congress recently that "it is my aim and it is my hope that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information. I believe the safety of this nation and the people of this country deserve nothing less."

As part of the investigation, the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency are wiretapping reporters' phones, following journalists on a daily basis, searching their homes and offices under a USA Patriot Act provision that allows "secret and undisclosed searches" and pouring over financial and travel records of hundreds of Washington-based reporters.

Spokesmen for the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security admit there are "ongoing investigations" regarding publication of stories "involving threats to national security" but will not reveal what those investigations include.

In addition to using the USA Patriot Act to pry into the lives of journalists, the Justice Department has also dusted off a pre-World War I law to prosecute people who receive classified information, although the law was aimed at military personnel not civilians.

"This is the first administration that I can remember, including Nixon's, that said we need to think about a law that would put journalists who print national security things up in front of grand juries and put them in jail if they don't reveal their sources," says David Gergen, who served as President Regan's director of communication and also worked in the Nixon and Ford White Houses.

Political scientist George Harleigh, who worked in the Nixon administration, says such use of federal law enforcement authority was illegal when Nixon tried it and still so today.

"We're talking about a basic violation of the Constitutional guarantee of a free press as well as a violation of the rights of privacy of American citizens," Harleigh says. "I had hoped we would have learned our lessons from the Nixon era. Sadly, it appears we have not."

In recent weeks, the FBI has issued hundreds of "National Security Letters," directing employers, banks, credit card companies, libraries and other entities to turn over records on reporters. Under the USA Patriot Act, those who must turn over the records are also prohibited from revealing they have done so to the subject of the federal probes.

"The significance of this cannot be overstated," says prominent New York litigator Glenn Greenwald. "In essence, while the President sits in the White House undisturbed after proudly announcing that he has been breaking the law and will continue to do so, his slavish political appointees at the Justice Department are using the mammoth law enforcement powers of the federal government to find and criminally prosecute those who brought this illegal conduct to light.

"This flamboyant use of the forces of criminal prosecution to threaten whistle-blowers and intimidate journalists are nothing more than the naked tactics of street thugs and authoritarian juntas."

Just how widespread, and uncontrolled, this latest government assault has become hit close to home last week when one of the FBI's National Security Letters arrived at the company that hosts the servers for this web site, Capitol Hill Blue.

The letter demanded traffic data, payment records and other information about the web site along with information on me, the publisher.

Now that's a problem. I own the company that hosts Capitol Hill Blue. So, in effect, the feds want me to turn over information on myself and not tell myself that I'm doing it. You'd think they'd know better.

I turned the letter over to my lawyer and told him to send the following message to the feds:

Fuck you. Strong letter to follow.

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Your message to the Feds was simple, eloquent, and to the point. It is just what EVERY American, regardless for politcal affiliation should say to these facist bastards.

Hope we have adjoing cells, in Gitmo.

Posted by Peter Chewning at March 6, 2006 08:21 AM

Doug, I am surprised! Don't you realize that if your reporting on the unconstitutional goings on with this administration lead to impeachment, that would be a national security problem? They are so smart that only they can run this country, thus the threat being somebody "less capable" is a national security threat.

With this current group in D.C. (both Reps and Dems) their opinion is: Anything or anybody that threatens their power is a threat thus they must be at least throttled if not eliminated. Does anybody honestly beleive that the Homeland Security Dept or the Patriot act are there to protect ordinary citizens? They are their to protect the powers that are running this country into the ground! Why is the Army setting up Prison Labor Camps?
Do people honestly beleive a few "terrorist" in the mountains of Pakistan pose a serious threat to America-such a threat that the Constitution must be shreded? Wake up people we are watching a police state being formed and implemented before our eyes! The amazing thing is people are supporting these in the name of security. Who is going to protect us from our protectors?

Posted by Martin at March 6, 2006 08:24 AM

Un-freakin-believable...these gestapo style tactics HAVE to go!

The idea of this happening in THIS country is so off the wall Orwellian, that...well...I don't know. Words fail me. He's got to go...and instead of feathers to go with the tar, it should be copies of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Now I suppose that I too will be in trouble for "daring" to have an opinion.

'Nuff Said,

The Caveman

Posted by cavemantech at March 6, 2006 08:28 AM

I agree Doug.
Fuck 'em.
If they want to take one of rights afforded me by the First Amemdment of the U.S. Constitution, then they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands, so to speak.

But, since the U.S. Constitution is considered as just a god-damned piece of paper, they'll just take it from my dead hand and wipe their stinking asses with it.

Sorry for getting so vile, but this just really stinks of McCarthyism, doesn't it?

Posted by Victory Gin at March 6, 2006 08:32 AM

Thank you Doug!

I will soon see you in the prison state of Missarkloutexzona. The worlds largest penal colony. It is being built by Halliburton as we speak.

That constitution? Pesky thing seems to have disappeared after 9/11. Kind of pre 7/4 isn't it?

Posted by oddball at March 6, 2006 08:36 AM

Notice how New Mexico is there....Bill Richardson ceded from the nation and declared war on Halliburton.

Go Bill.

Posted by oddball at March 6, 2006 08:41 AM

Notice how New Mexico isn't part of the penal state....Bill Richardson ceded from the nation and declared war on Halliburton.

Go Bill.

Posted by oddball at March 6, 2006 08:43 AM

Constitutional guarantees? WHAT constitutional guarantees? They started trashing the constitution with the so-called, false, and illegal ratification of the 14th ammendment and with supreme court decisions in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Since Lincoln, we have been under martial law, the president has supreme rule and is only answerable to the "supreme" court.
Wake up people, just like the economy, it is all smoke and mirrors, an illusion. The dictatorship is here, alive and well with Adolph Bush. Welcome to the gulags.

Posted by Bob at March 6, 2006 08:44 AM

Alas poor doug, we knew ye well....

I'll see you in Gitmo Version 2.0 Doug.
I'm sure my quarters will be somewhere close to yours.

Posted by fortheflag at March 6, 2006 08:48 AM

Please post an image of the letter.

Posted by General Incompetence at March 6, 2006 08:49 AM

This is Bush's answer to low poll ratings. Well, I'm with you - FUCK 'EM. They can't put us all in concentration camps

Posted by Frank Chisholm at March 6, 2006 08:56 AM

My sentiments exactly. This is just way over the top. FUCK THEM!!!! There, I said it!!! In the gulogs for me? Like HELL!! They come for me they better be ready to take me down right then and there, 'cause I'll go down in a blaze of glory!!! Better to go out that way than go to the gulogs.
And I'll keep right on posting in the mean time.
So....FUCK YOU Bush thugs!!!

Posted by phantomstarchild029 at March 6, 2006 09:03 AM

My sentiments exactly. This is just way over the top. FUCK THEM!!!! There, I said it!!! In the gulogs for me? Like HELL!! They come for me they better be ready to take me down right then and there, 'cause I'll go down in a blaze of glory!!! Better to go out that way than go to the gulogs.
And I'll keep right on posting in the mean time.
So....FUCK YOU Bush thugs!!!

Posted by phantomstarchild029 at March 6, 2006 09:03 AM

Doug, I really, really hate the F word. That said, sometimes it is warranted. Such as your letter to the Feds. I join the chorus. F you NSA!
Oops, I guess I am on the list now too. If I have to go to the gulag, do I get to bring my 600 thread count sheets?

Posted by Sherry at March 6, 2006 09:08 AM

Listen, many of us are concerned about your welfare, but we'd all love to see the contents of this letter.
Could you publish this FBI letter so that we can
get an idea of what these fascists are up to?

Posted by jason karov at March 6, 2006 09:12 AM

Listen, many of us are concerned about your welfare, but we'd all love to see the contents of this letter.
Could you publish this FBI letter so that we can
get an idea of what these fascists are up to?

Posted by jason karov at March 6, 2006 09:13 AM

Is there any way that you could publish a copy of the Fed's letter to dispell the orchestrated chorus of dismissal that your revalation is recieving from more establishment sites? Thanks. This kind of intimidation goes way over the top.

Posted by mom cat person at March 6, 2006 09:24 AM

So exactly when are you cowards going to take your country back from the homicidal maniacs currently in control? You seem to think that flapping your lips in public is going to miraculously restore 'freedom' to amerika (the freedom to remain ignorant).

Considering your history of believing the most outrageous lies about how 'good' amerika is...completely ignoring the reality of your crimes against humanity...your wanton murder of anyone who opposes your insatiable greed...the chances don't look too good. Oh well, you always were nothing but cowards to begin with.

Posted by Brian Tilley at March 6, 2006 09:26 AM

We'll all go down with you if need be. But I still have hope that won't happen and you will prevail. To the writers of the comments above, while I understand your anger and I myself (a 69 year old grandmother) mutter obsenities under my breath, remember to keep it clean in public. You wouldn't want to be in the same category as "fowl" mouth Cheney.

Posted by Janet Hanks at March 6, 2006 09:58 AM

A lot of us are going to have to fall on our swords. Our family histories are full of fallen heroes. Guess it's our turn to step up to the plate, again. I'm a Vietnam combat vet, been to jail a couple of times. (recovery is like that).
What bothers me is don't these people realize that they will not be in power forever, or is this the start of a 1000 years type of thing.
Oh well, time for my meds.

Larry Jones, is a little nuts, I hope.

Posted by Larry Jones at March 6, 2006 09:59 AM

According to my lawyer, publishing the letter (or even quoting from parts of it) would be a one-way ticket to jail. I'll let him handle it from here. I'm on thin enough ice just admitting we got one of the damn things.


Posted by Doug Thompson at March 6, 2006 10:00 AM

Hell yeah Doug! I'm with ya. Fuck em all! I'm most likely on the "watch list" too. With all the filthy stinking puke that lies on the floor of the Capitol Building and the White House, it seems that a major cleaning is in order. This scum can't be reasoned with or voted out. They must be driven out of power by the masses. I just wonder how long it's gonna take before these illuminati idiots realize that they can NEVER rule the world. They have tried countless times and failed every time because people just woun't put up with being in servitude to them. Keep on keeping on Doug! Good luck to ya!

Posted by midway at March 6, 2006 10:11 AM

way to go doug, i quit work in 2003 when i knew for sure that our government under bush and his complicit stacked congress were a complete fraud. every time i leave my house , i come back see things out of place , but havent seen anything missing yet, but what security risk do i pose, i call my wife who 2500 miles away with our grandchild who is one of the victims of the birth defects our ex soldiers are passing on, he is 25 months today and he has had constsant seizures every day of his life, he is on a feeding tube and needs almost constant 24 hour care, fortunately last month one of the over 25 specialist is this area decided to take him off all medications and not feed him for a week , when i heard this all i could think of was that poor logan was going to be the next schiavo, fortunately though this treatment appears to be helping , in the last 10 days logan has went from almost nonstop seizures to around 3 to 5 small ones a day, imagine after you have 2 insurance policies by both parents on him and yet you still owe over a million dollars in fees despite this insurance. that is not what gets me though,and i also call my mom, other than that i dont call anyone , i have made no overseas calls in my life, i dont write letters other than to my congressmenand senators, i am basically a hermit , becaue my wife is 2500 miles away doing what has to be done , and yet i cant even fly to see her, because yes i too am on the no fly list. and when i called to appeal they would give me no reason nor would they let me fly. i am not one to drag my own self into court, i know i should sue them, but i have turned that lawsuit over to God and will let him sue the government on my behalf, it works for me. i dont need money ,i am not rich but i have enuff to live frugally til these usurpists and despots are thrown out on their tails or til they destroy our planet. either way doug there are 1000 times more of us than they are of these criminals in dc, i hope these bastards in dc get the justice they deserve. keep up the good fight , we are with you

Posted by gary at March 6, 2006 10:20 AM

The undercurrent of passivity in these responses disturbs me. Fall on our swords? How about swinging them! Meet you in Gitmo? They will not take me alive!

They want a revolution and are willing to take it incrementally. They despise democracy. Nothing less than civil disobedience will work, and perhaps it is going to take a good deal more.

Doug, keep up the good work and make necessary preparations for next stage.

As I see it pressing Cheney's resignation is imperative. Push with all the might we have. Get this fascist out, so we can impeach his puppet George next January!

Posted by Jim Brett at March 6, 2006 10:21 AM

To Janet Hanks:Ok I'll give you that one grandma.
That clever turn of words did bring a smile to my face and a good chuckle.

Posted by phantomstarchild029 at March 6, 2006 10:27 AM

Until the American people realize that 9/11 was an inside job nothing is going to change. Wake up people.

Posted by Mike Hagerty at March 6, 2006 10:34 AM

It would appear a lock on everyone is with Doug.

What appears to be happening at the moment is that they are selecting certain individuals, the little pockets of "resistance" or "telling it like it is" by the intelligent reasoning people such as those on CHB and basically harrassing, not necessarily threatening them KNOWING people like Doug will talk about it here.

They have already reasoned that 70% of Americans are fast asleep and not likely to wake anytime soon. That, they see makes their job that much easier.. Again, by pre-selecting a few of the more vociferous ones. like Doug who in fact DOES OWN the website, they believe they will frighten others into submission,,,and guess what, for some they are correct.

When I come to the USA for a vacation in the next weeks, I almost fully expect to be given the "evil eye look", maybe selected for a few additional questions you normally don't or wouldn't get. Then if you were so bold as to ask why the questions you would be given the stock, Oh we do that to every 100 people or know, something like that you could never prove.

Hell, I figure if Kennedy, who is so unmistakeably recognizable in person can make the list, anyone can.

Certainly publishing then letter received at CHB would be a good thing but that I believe would send a clear and distinct message, actually two of them.

1. I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore

2. I will not be intimidated.

There are the 98% majority that freely express opinions on this site and who knows how many others might be tipped off and would actually read the posted letter,joining the party, backing you up all the way Doug.

To do nothing about it other than give it to a lawyer to send a letter to some disinterested bureaucrat who will appropriately file it, says, I am intimidated, which was the entire purpose in the first place.

I say copy and paste it here and below it, have just two lines.

The parties signing below say we will not be intimidated. That if honest and free speech is about to be against the law in America we demand that the Congress draft and Mr. Bush sign that law for all to see.

That IMO will definately intimidate them.

Posted by TRUTH 101 at March 6, 2006 10:36 AM

Sorry, I'm not trying to be cute or anything, but I can't help but think of the Rage Against the Machine song, "Township Rebellion" ... WHAT'S IT GONNA TAKE?

Posted by x at March 6, 2006 10:40 AM

This latest violation of our rights calls to mind the early '60s Dylan song, Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues. You can find the lyrics here:

Plus ca change. . . .Only by taking to the streets and refusing to be silent did change come about to end the war in Vietnam and bring down the corrupt Nixon regime. It's that time again.

Posted by Marion at March 6, 2006 10:41 AM

Brian Tilley, kiss my ass. We're "cowards"? Well, sure, many Americans are, for not even having the nuts to face the truth. But those of us who see what's going on ... what would you have us do, get a few hundred together with small arms and get shot up on Pennsylvania Avenue?

Posted by x at March 6, 2006 10:42 AM

March 6, 2006

Dear Doug,

In his essay on Civil Disobedience, Thoreau notes the majority of Americans tend to sit on their hands rather than take action in a crisis. What was true about the war of aggression against Mexico is true today about Iraq. Nothing will change unless we make it change, and that means taking action to impeachd the Bush Gang. We can't sit on our hands or they'll whip our asses.

Posted by Sherwood Ross at March 6, 2006 10:46 AM

March 6, 2006

Dear Doug,

In his essay on Civil Disobedience, Thoreau notes the majority of Americans tend to sit on their hands rather than take action in a crisis. What was true about the war of aggression against Mexico is true today about Iraq. Nothing will change unless we make it change, and that means taking action to impeach the Bush Gang. We can't sit on our hands or they'll whip our asses.

Posted by Sherwood Ross at March 6, 2006 10:46 AM

It's time for every anti-bush human to set up a website bashing the bastard.

It is time to harrass the hell out of this bunch of murderers. Lying, hateful murderers.

bush is not a president. cheney is not a vice-president. rumsfeld is not a defense secretary. gonzalez is a closeted homosexual who hides his true self by acting the opposite.

I think we need to tie up the phone lines at the White House with everyone calling and saying "Fuck bush and fuck cheney. They need to leave. Just get out."

Posted by kdaves at March 6, 2006 11:05 AM

Way to go Doug. I wouldn't mind sharing a suite at the Gitmo Hilton before I will bow down to these treasonous slime. And for the Fed-Nazi's that are scanning this, a hearty fuck you from the bottom of my heart. Further let me say that the only terrorist the world needs to fear are George W. (snakes-eyes) Bush and the morphing lizard shitheels that squat behind his soft machine. These are the people that were behind the 9/11 attacks and they are behind much of the terror attacks in the Middle East. They are fascist scum and they need to be in prison for life. I hereby declare my membership in the opposition- whatever that opposition may be and invite them to get in their cars, roll down the windows and step on the gas and drive that puppy right up in their ass. I realize I was rather restrained in this message. I didn't mean to be. My natural civility restrained me from really saying what I think.

Posted by Les Visible at March 6, 2006 11:06 AM

This is exactly how I saw and posted about it. Bush is attempting to instill a Gestapo style control of all media.

Please check out.


Sorry it isn't a link, but this site can't seem to handle HTML tags.

Posted by spiiderweb at March 6, 2006 11:14 AM

At the start of these comments, go read the army civilian prison corps thing, it's #3 or 4. Guess we'll see each other there! I think it's clear all the reporters will be there, maybe it'll be a fun group. Interesting conversation, at least, while we break rocks. Shades of 1949, everyone will be afraid to speak.

Posted by Linda at March 6, 2006 11:14 AM


True and infact it was a minority during the American Revolution that dissented, fought and brought about the change. The Loyalists comprised a large majority of colonials throughout the whole conflict.

This below, if it happens, may bring the MSM into this fully...

"Senators Rockefeller and Durbin May Take Polygraph Tests"

Posted by C. J. Thompson at March 6, 2006 11:18 AM

This is fascism closing in - soon they will expect us to goosestep - I'm truly frightened/angry - back and forth - Yes, - I'm 74 years old - but I'll be happy to hit the streets - The most frightening/maddening part is that who knows how many media has been hit by this because you're not supposed to say anything....Omigod - I never thought something like this could happen in this country....
Tears and very bad/angry language....

Posted by Ronelle Moehrke at March 6, 2006 11:20 AM

I am anxiously waiting to for the law to pass so we can all be carried into concentration camps (our prison system) for not agreeing with Haliburton, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and corporations. afterall, if we lose our first amendment right to free speech, and if journalist lose their investigative rights we are only left with the march toward holocaust. I agree with that teacher who compared Bush the bitch to Hitler the hypocrite.

Posted by Manuel at March 6, 2006 11:20 AM

You are a liar and your site is a bunch of bullshit.

Nice try.

Posted by EG at March 6, 2006 11:26 AM


Isn’t it amazing that while this administration talks about spreading democracy and ending tyranny around the world, it is slowly dismantling democracy and instituting tyranny here in the United States? National Security Letters that have the power of a subpoena, don’t require a judge’s approval and require complete silence on the part of the recipient? A program touted as an anti-terrorist surveillance initiative that openly spies on our own citizens, all without court approval? The Department of Homeland Security?

I wish I could blame only the Republicans and the President for this mess, but I can’t. I have to also blame those cowardly Democrats who don’t want to appear “soft on defense” or soft on the never ending “war on terrorism”. How about those independents that have yet to raise their voices or their fists in condemnation? Hell, even the great Senator John McCain sold his soul for Karl Rove’s donor list.

Martyrdom has never appealed to me, not in the sense of the Middle Ages or today’s Muslim extremists, but you know, sometimes, you just have to take one for the team. Keep fighting the good fight, Doug and let’s hope that America wakes up from this nightmare and starts taking back our hopes, dreams and freedoms from those who would deny us.

Posted by Phoenix Justice at March 6, 2006 11:31 AM

Mr. Thompson,
As usual, your rant is dead on.Speaking truth to power has always been a journalist's first and main responsibility.Todays corporate controlled media has already turned its back on this basic principle but I guess the administration doesn't feel it has enough control over the flow of information so it must go to even greater lengths to try to keep us in the dark and in line.
The fact that Bush has managed to control the country for as long as he has is proof of the incredible complacency of the citizens of this country.His current downturn in the national polls is overdue and I'm afraid,ultimately meaningless.The truths of the state of our nation's policies is such that I feel little hope of any real change coming in what's left of our lifetimes.That Bush was elected at all and then reelected(even if you believe as I do that both elections amounted to little more than bloodless coups)is the only mirror one needs to observe to realise how improbable hope for a better future really is.
You, and those of us like you ,are tilting at windmills and ultimately preaching to the already converted.As long as most American's cherish their petty comforts more than they cherish their freedom,nothing will change.As
long as most American's know (and care)more about Paris Hilton's sex life than about the truth of the Iraqi War,nothing will change.As long as American's consider constant entertainment to be a constitutional right,nothing will change.This is exactly what our so called leaders depend on.They allow us just enough that more of us are fearful of what we might lose than realise what we have already lost.
So I find that I am without hope,but that knowledge changes nothing.Like you,Mr.Thompson,and your regular readers,I'll just keep on keeping on,fighting where I can,and knowing that the real only achievable victory is to not let the bastards take my mind and my heart and my soul. David Williams in western N.C.

Posted by David Williams at March 6, 2006 11:49 AM

"When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression. When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substan tial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest is disregarded but that of the army and the priesthood, both the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the everready minions of power, and the usual instruments of tyrants. When,long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances being regarded, the agents who bear them are thrown into dungeons, and mercenary armies sent forth to force a new government upon them at the point of the bayonet. When,in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of the government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its original elements. In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness. ... "

Texas Declaration of Independence, Original Manuscript, March 2, 1836

Posted by Brian Hecht at March 6, 2006 12:02 PM

I agree that Bush and Co. should be impeached, incarcerated and every damning document published around the world. That said, he is just using the tools that have been built up over the last half century to allow an executive coup. The federal government needs to go back to what it was mandated to do by the Constitution and stay out of individual citizens lives. Re-assign the DEA to focus on terrorists, let the states handle law enforcement as it was meant to be. Cut the defence budget and increase education assistance. Allow Medicare/aid to negociate prices. Stop bowing to corporations and special interests. Why is it that the Unted States, the home of the free, is a slave to "special interests" when the only reason for the government to exist is for the people? The ONLY special interest that should exist is the best interest of the people of America.
Yes the current administration should be fired, but the bigger problem is that there are very few people in our federal government that have the people they represent in mind when they cast their vote.
If every person that has gotten a NSL was to publish it, whould they prosecute everyone? If the press wants to remain free, they need to use their power to shine a light onto the abuses of power.
To use a tagline from an upcoming movie : The people should not fear their government. The government should fear the people.

Posted by Lon at March 6, 2006 12:14 PM

Way to go, Doug.

The thing to remember, and I am sure of this, is that the one thing they never plan on is resistance.

They never expected the Iraqis to fight for their country and they don't expect us too, either. It is a huge blind spot for them and they simply have no idea what to do about it.

That's why they are flailing around, harassing journalists and building prison camps -- they are freaked out. Oppression is the only response they know, but it is one that only makes the situation steadily worse. They are losing control.

Let's keep up the pressure, folks.

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Posted by William Borgstrom at March 6, 2006 12:22 PM

Well David Williams and others this all looks gloomy indeed. We'll have to (learn how to)suffer, fight,persevere, and even joke about our predicament. This is the right time to study precedents that are culturally speaking not too far from home: the establishment of communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe and of course fascism in Europe. We should find out how the majority of people managed to preserve their dignity and slowly undermined their suppressors. The book I am reading now '911 the ultimate truth' I have to admit is helpfull. It is produced by signs-of-the-times. Even though signs-of-the-times is cult-like and maybe dangerous I find they have something to contribute. I would like to hear others comment on it.

Posted by Rob at March 6, 2006 12:24 PM

"praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition" are lyrics from an old WWI or WWII song that was popular and referred to the "troops" in the trenches fighting against Fascism on foriegn soil to protect our freedoms here in the States. Well, I am not proselitzing for any particular religion when I referred to "Lord" but my ammunition of choice is .44 magnum. Although the Elitist puppetmasters do WANT physical confrontation so that martial law can be invoked and then bye, bye Miss American Pie.

The avenue of Law is the right manner to take down a blatant criminal violator. I am in the battle against Fascism today and if I were a barrister, I would find a State prosecutor somewhere who had the "stones" to file criminal charges against this Administartive pre-emptive strike thug. Have ALL the legislator and judicial backbones turned to jelly?

What say you, Doug!

Posted by Lobo one at March 6, 2006 12:24 PM

My sympathies are with you, Doug, and I'll be praying that nothing untoward happens to you.

But your ire should more properly be directed against the majority of your fellow Americans who not only voted in George Bush, but voted him in twice, knowing what he was about.

But the saving grace of the United States is that it is a democracy with mandated elections every two and four years.

As happened to Joseph McCarthy and his acolytes, George Bush and his acolytes will eventually get their come upppance, But the tragedy is that many innocent people will suffer, and perhaps die, before this happens.

Meanwhile, just stay safe.

Posted by Richard J at March 6, 2006 12:33 PM

Thank heavens for Doug Thompson! Someone has to keep reporting on these fools. Please be careful, Doug - these are very scary times.

Posted by SuZQ at March 6, 2006 12:38 PM

Way to go Mr. Thompson!

Just remember what Hal Turner says: "I protect my First Amendment rights with my Second Amendment rights!"

Our nation is heading for rough times, time to WAKE UP!!!

Posted by bobediah bobson at March 6, 2006 12:38 PM

Are all Bush appointees certified homos?
"Bushs' Law"
If at first the Presidents butt to prefix does not succeed, Figarove and all his cockatrice just suck and tongue his assuffix a little harder.

Posted by jesse at March 6, 2006 12:44 PM

It is sad watching the Republicans and the richest Americans take the USA down the path of a dictatorship for their self enrichment. The religious right is manipulated to win elections facilitating the take over.

Next we will bomb Iran in the name of the American Empire while the freedom of the press is stolen. Sounds familar! Nazi Germany is the 30's

Posted by jbb at March 6, 2006 12:47 PM

Hey EG,

Too scared to post your name? Sorry you're so misled and stupid.

I hope that you don't fall down and die or anything.

See ya,


Posted by Libby Buck at March 6, 2006 12:47 PM

Hey Doug,

Your article mentioned that:

"Just how widespread, and uncontrolled, this latest government assault has become hit close to home last week when one of the FBI's National Security Letters arrived at the company that hosts the servers for this web site, Capitol Hill Blue.

The letter demanded traffic data, payment records and other information about the web site along with information on me, the publisher."

Just what does the part about demanding "traffic data" encompass? Does it include any data about identifying the IP numbers of those of us who log on to this website?

If it does, I'll feel the chill again. However, my family has been in America since the year 1740. They fought in the Revolutionary War and if they knew what was going on here now, they would say the same thing that I say:


Posted by Lon at March 6, 2006 12:53 PM

Hey Doug !

None of the BS this Nazi Administration is pulling surprises me. Unfortunately there are still quite a few coolaid drinkers out there that think these fuckers walk on water. These people will not wake up until they (The Bushies) lock their dumb asses up in a FEMA camp.

Posted by Robert at March 6, 2006 12:56 PM

For those with concerns, please understand that we WILL NOT provide the federal government with ANY information regarding this website, those who visit it, or how we obtain the information we publish. We will fight this infringement on freedom of the press with all the resources I have at my disposal.


Posted by Doug Thompson at March 6, 2006 01:02 PM

Give'm Hell Doug!

Posted by Hedgy at March 6, 2006 01:03 PM

WAKE UP! Stop watching Television IMMEDIATELY! Stop purchasing stupid shit you don't need! Stop getting the shit you do need from soulless corporate bastards like Walmart. Purchase localy produced items from localy owned business whenever possible.
For what good it will do, write letters to your various government reps, local and national, letting them know in no uncertain terms that, unles they begin representing the interest of the people, neither they nor their party will EVER receive your money or vote again. Write letters to the heads of busines or industry groups informing them of your boycott of their products and services so long as they insist on interfering with democracy through bribing our public officials.
The sad fact of the matter is that, in todays world One Dollar equals One Vote. Lets not give them any more votes.

Posted by Luopsapien at March 6, 2006 01:19 PM

many of us out here will contribute to your legal defense, if necesary.
Some of us are undoubtedly lawyers, and others have cash.
Keep us posted, and thanks

Posted by jason karov at March 6, 2006 01:19 PM

hey doug right another great article as always, thank you for caring, heres an idea for a headline i had if you like and want to expand it , "TEAR SOWN THIS WALL OF SECRECY MR. BUSH THE FREE WORLD DEPENDS ON IT" , well it sounded good to me anyway , have a good day all and keep the faith , we shall overcome

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 01:25 PM

"How we burned in the prison camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every police operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive? If during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever was at hand? The organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt."
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize winner and author of The Gulag Archipelago, who spent 11 years in Soviet concentration camps.

Posted by Sweejak at March 6, 2006 01:29 PM

over 3200 organizations are coming to dc in less than a fortnight , lets show the world how the usa citizens really feel. 34 % ha they dont even have 0.34 %. lets go 2 dc and plan on staying til they lead every last 1 of them out in ankle chains , handcuffs and hoods . viva ussa

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 01:33 PM

These people are far more dangerous. I have been shot at twice and my wife five times because of what I was saying to the press. I can not prove all I know about this coup. At least Doug has documentation of the tail. The head is very dangerous.

Posted by doug woodzy at March 6, 2006 01:50 PM

could not have said it better myself, except one thing. I would have said it in caps FUCK YOU!

This is way out of control, and with the new P.A-2 seems we are going to see more and more of this.

Give me Liberty or give me death at this stage of the game the latter of the 2 will be fine thses days!

Posted by us citizen at March 6, 2006 01:51 PM

Did anybody read the Army posting at regarding the Army prison camps? If you do, pay special attention to section 4-2 on the bottom of page 10. Looks like any news media trying to get the word out is gonna face Bush's wrath. Good luck Doug, these lunatics are getting more serious every day. Interesting times ahead.

Posted by Jim at March 6, 2006 02:02 PM

Many of you probably already have either heard of or read the 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel "It Can't Happen Here!", about the rise of a fascist government in the U. S. in the mid-1930's. Some of it is a little sentimental, maybe overly optomistic about the chances of an insurgency to succeed in stopping a truly entrenched corportocracy. It also draws many of the main characters as too incompetent. The really chilling parts deal with what happens to those who cross the regime. If you think that we're going to end up running discussion groups in "Gitmo II", think again. They've been practicing their torture techniques for US! There's a quote from Lewis that has been making the rounds this past weekend that really hits home: "Facism in this Country will arrive wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross".

Posted by Paul at March 6, 2006 02:05 PM

some posts urge preparedness for "the next level". i think it's going to involve affinity groups and cellular organization for one initial duty: watch lists. we have to start keeping eyes out for one another and if anyone goes missing, others must spread the word and initiate the search. create your group among people you've known personally for some time. keep the groups small and don't tell anyone outside your group that you exist as a group. only contact groups you are aware of under emergency circumstances.

Posted by TNW at March 6, 2006 02:17 PM

The Fourth Amendment is an illusion and has been for most of our history. It protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures the same way it protects you against being struck by lightning, which is to say it protects you right up to the point it happens and then there is simply nothing to be done. I had three cops point guns at me and force me to the ground and handcuff me because some shithead old woman in Scarsdale saw me with a pocketknife. Google my name if you don't believe it.

Posted by harry zirlin at March 6, 2006 02:17 PM

Way to go Doug!

With enough folks like you in the USA, we can stop those bastards yet!


Posted by Eric in Ottawa at March 6, 2006 02:23 PM

Terrorism according to websters mass organized ruthlessness: torture as defined malicious ruthlessness patriot act says you cannot help fund groups that practice this, so whats that going to do to the treasury of the usa?i know i want pay

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 02:30 PM

WOW, i never knew how many democrats were members of the tin-foil-hat bregade

Posted by Lester at March 6, 2006 02:41 PM

can we build 2 huge domed undrground cities and put the looney left wing cultists and the rabid far right into these and put them 6 foot under where they belong so the rest of the 98% can live peacefully

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 02:50 PM

So, according to Bush and Company, it's wrong to publish information about their wrong-doings because it threatens our national security. (As far as I can see, out national security was threatened far more when the mainstream media FAILED to report on earlier misdeeds.) Meanwhile, in the reports on the flap over Dubai ownership of port management, and a recent report on airport security, details have been published about where our weaknesses lie. And there's no fuss at all. I guess putting our vulnerabilities out there for Al Qaeda et al to see is no big deal, but bad press for Bush is unforgivable. Shows you where Bush's priorities lie, in case we didn't know.

Seems Mr. Bush and his cronies have confused national security with personal security, or self with state. Isn't that what Saddam did? and a few other dictators throughout history.

Impeach Bush and Cheney now!

Posted by Dee Halzack at March 6, 2006 02:55 PM

lester and the reat of u gop, quick don the batcap, your vampiristic leader needs your help. he has chipped his fangs while suxing on karls new stainless steel dong rust free from all the slobber see, yess you guessed it chainsaw took the turd on a duck hunt and yeah you guessed it , oh well vlad the impaler needs sum blood quick like

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 03:00 PM

Boy Howdy! I saw the news about the administration "investigating leaks" but this goes way ,way beyond anything warranted by so-called "national security". You must fight them and you will have legions to back you. However, with the fascist legalists these criminals have helping them, and the outrageous "laws" they have now to persecute people with, it will be an interesting fight. Who knows how this will tumble with the current culture of repression in this country and the cowardice of the press and Democrats? One thing is very clear to me however, most assuredly FUCK THEM ALL !!

Posted by Constitutional Crow at March 6, 2006 03:02 PM

ps about the earlier post i have talked with 3 of the most prominent lawyers in my community and they all said i had a very valid point about the us treasury

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 03:04 PM

doug...........i am with you 100%...........i have dealt with things in MY own manner....i invite every one of you bloggers to visit MY site create OUR own version of reality like our poor excuse of a government claims to do!..............good luck Doug!........Emperor Ted

Posted by Ted Sizelove Jr. at March 6, 2006 03:05 PM

Talk about Gestapo tactics! I can't even read what you have to say because of that advertising crap bouncing around in front of my eyes on your web page. Yeah, I know, that's an economic necessity for you but I don't care. It's just more hucksterism that's part of what's driving us all sick and mad!

Posted by Rico at March 6, 2006 03:12 PM

i know we are not supposed to compare anyone to the nazis so, how about facists? there, i said it. those who don't remember history are forced to relive it and historically, this is how a repressive regime begins. somebody call me when we storm the barricades

Posted by therealmrsjamesrubin at March 6, 2006 03:18 PM

after we lead these enemy combatants in charge of our government out of their homes and our government we will use their inhumane laws against them and televize their humane humiliation on world wide ppv and sell 200 different lotteries each day that weill allow 200 lucky winners from the 50 cent ticket to win a trip to usa and a chance to pick and humiliate which of the 3333 criminals we have at leavenxworth. i ran the numbers if only 5 % bought annual daily subscription to view and if only 5 % of world pop buy 2 tickets daily the gross earnings from this would equal roughly 20 trillion dollars annually , i think after 25 years we could have just about all of their cases reviewed if we have time too , lolroflmao,with this 500% increase in newfound gdp we could end terrorism by paying off everyones bills with a fair settlement for all , build everyone homes and find them jobs they can handle rebuild all transportation to smart systems that drive 4 us with their gps thAAT THEY USE TO SPY WE WILL UTILIZE , AFTER EVERY 1 has a fair start at life , we may release these felons then and watch them like hawks , well i guess now i am officially a common crriminal 4 voicing my opinion on how i would solve terror, but oh well i aint skeered, when u see simpleton says , art, UNDERDOG,bushburnersxxx,rxxxgary, sey hey, i aint as eloquent as doug but i stand with him. stand up 4 yourselves dont depend on every1 else lets gstart taking the white house back now. todaysb as good as day as any to give me liberty or death, let the parade begin and lets plan on staying til they are all led outin handcuffs ankle chains and hoods that will be taken off 1 by 1 in front of the cameras 4 all to see the real terrorists. let the parade begin if they dont they will come 4 us . they already are . viva the revolution and may God be with all good hearted nonbelievers and bless all good hearted believers. lets roll and take back the peoples white house like our ancestors and dead soldiwrs they have murdered in the name of greed . we all deserve it. ps i no i aint eloquent and i am damn sure not pretty but you can see me at roxxgallery i aint open 4 business cause i dont need no money in my name paid into the us mafia, but if u want a see i aint scared go to and click on aboutus, my beautiful wife is now 2500 miles away with our grandchild who just turned 25 months and has had uncontrollable seizures every day of his life til just the last 3 weks they have subsided down to a few a day , its to their benefit they have put me on the no fly list as well , so they give me all day to stay informed , so if you see a blog or anything from one of the psuedonyms above i aint pretyy but i share. yal;l come on down lets make them show us the secrets , and then we will sit down and decide what to do. mr bush , we demand you tear down this wall of secrecy 2 day. signed gary lineberger 5683 woebegone trail made in maiden north caroilina 28650-9036 i aint skeered and i ask you 2 take a chance give it a try no matter what your beliefs . try this 4 me with a very sincere desire and belief that he will help us ask jesus christ to strengthen us for battle and protect us from evil and let the party begin. amen hallejulah or hopwever a good editer ould speeel shit ,. anyway dont take this 4 granted its now or we lose

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 03:29 PM

Time for me to start making posters. I will be adding them to my blog. Feel free to copy them.


Posted by fortheflag at March 6, 2006 03:31 PM

GIVE THE FEDS WHAT THEY WANT! Get some 132-column fan-fold paper and print out everything, including all the raw IP packets sent and received (in hex). When you have a U-Haul truck completely filled, drive it up to Langly.

There are two ways to fight this: One is to refuse and give the FED something to fight against, and undoubtedly many providers will just comply. The other is to make the information-to-noise ratio so high it isn't worth it. If every US internet user volunteered the Fed just 1 piece of paper (nothing electronic) with some information about themselves (perhaps telling them about what breed of dog you own) spying on American "dissidents" would be nearly impossible.

We need to create a list of companies that comply with the requests so we know where not to do business. If fighting the request is cheaper than all the business a company might lose, guess which one they'll choose.

Posted by Patrick Roberts at March 6, 2006 03:32 PM

I assume then that Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and a few others who orchestrated political leaks outing former CIA agent Valerie Plame will also be going to jail. Send that smug Bob Novak too.

Posted by Lucy Dee Lay at March 6, 2006 03:39 PM

Every single American needs to pick up the phone and say all the words that trigger investigations. The every single American should arrange large cash payments on their credit card bills. Large withdrawals of cash would most probably help. Everyone should do something to protect the country in other words. Our country has been stolen and hijacked by criminals attempting to make all of us into criminals. I vote we send every single one of em home...

Posted by liz at March 6, 2006 03:43 PM

Holy Shit. I'm officially scared shitless.

Doug, hang in there man...I love this blog and read it daily to find out what is really going on in this fucked up country.

I'm in New Orleans and still kicking...believe me when I tell you we've got a city full of pissed off Americans that are on the brink. If you need a place to hide out....come down here, we've already been written off.

Posted by Jason Berry at March 6, 2006 03:47 PM

The core objective is silence.

Doug... is doing exactly what was intended, intimidating potential sources of secrets from "retired intelligence officers". The fear is valid. The information (just below the surface) is a looming disaster.

Posted by doug woodzy at March 6, 2006 03:48 PM

i know we are not supposed to compare anyone to the nazis
if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....

Posted by ponygrrl at March 6, 2006 03:48 PM

For several weeks now, Doug, I have been unable to pull up on my computer, no
what I do.. Your e-mail comes in, such as this page in the e-letter----but even a link "home"
won't connect to your main website won't work..

So take heart, Doug.. You are not the only, "Enemy of the State" who is on the traitor list because he adheres to the values and principles of the Declaration of Independence, and has sworn to protect to The Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC..

Once I grasped the fact that little pee president
lesser b bush thinks that he is ruling the American people by DIVINE RIGHT, then all his actions make perfect sense.. Simply read about the actions of the English Kings and nobility prior to the Magna Carta in 1215, and that's the
essence of what Dubya, Satan & Co., have in mind
for the American serfs..

And as some of my Irish friends have said, "And if the Crown's people be cummin' to me house, it's a wunderful warm welcome they'll get.."

Posted by Walt Ludewig at March 6, 2006 03:53 PM

Violence never solved anything. Great social and political changes have come about because of social movements. The Sufferage movement in the 20's, Ghandi in India and Civil rights movement in the 60's, to name a few, were social movements that, after long struggles finally yielded results. Never underestimate the power of mass populations to alter the course of events without resorting to violence. Its all up to us.
The corporations and the rich have invested billions over the last thirty years to get to where we are now. This will not be changed easily.

Posted by Epimethius at March 6, 2006 03:58 PM

That fact of the matter is, I'm scared. I'm frightened at what is happening in our country. I'm frightened that our congress, blows, puffs, but no houses come down, the fires just get higher. The fires are burning up and destroying the whole edifice that supports our freedoms. Our congress has pansied out on almost every issue. Almost all of them. Almost all the time.

Secrecy at every turn. Of course there always has been secrecy in the government. We know that. The degree to which it has expanded under this administration is astounding, however; affecting every man, woman and child of us. Even more astounding to me is that so many people are sanquine in the face of this assault of our basic liberties; so many are totally indifferent; so many just don't pay attention, don't seem to care. By the time people begin to understand, will it be too late? Will those who dare to speak up be swept into gulags to forever disappear?

Bush brings the law down on the journalists? Will this be allowed to happen? It's already OK to plant ficticious "news" articles wherever they chose. He now wants the line item veto. Who will he punish with that ability? Who will he cause to "fall into line"?

Sometimes I feel that I'm at the bottom of a dry well in the middle of an uninhabited field, hollering for help - but no one hears and no one's coming.


Posted by Vivian Latham at March 6, 2006 04:01 PM

After reading the rants of the choir it occurs to me that we are fucked. Nowhere did I see a suggestion of what course of action one should take to "constructively" change the direction of this dictatorship in the making. All I saw was half assed endorsement or your position in this. I also think that you said it best.
The astute observer of the direction we are headed can see the grand plan unfold more and more everyday. Most people are in denial, and will follow each other off the cliff. History repeats itself. The history channel nighty conditions us for what will surely come. Take care of your own ass -- no one else will.

Posted by Tom at March 6, 2006 04:21 PM

America Anesthetized
By Alex Sabbeth
March 5, 2006

The new Zogby poll gauging the opinions of American troops in Iraq has drawn attention mostly because it finds that 72 percent believe the United States should withdraw in a year or less and only 23 percent favor George W. Bush’s plan to “stay the course.”

But the poll also illustrates the power of propaganda.

Shockingly, 85 percent of the troops questioned believe they are fighting in Iraq “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks” – one of the key Iraq War myths built by Bush’s frequent juxtaposition of references to Osama bin-Laden and Saddam Hussein.

This subliminal message has stuck with the vast majority of U.S. troops even though Bush eventually acknowledged publicly that there is no evidence linking Saddam to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

In other words, more than eight in 10 of the U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq think they are there avenging the 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, even though the U.S. government lacks evidence of the connection.

The poll also found that 77 percent think that a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al-Qaeda in Iraq” – another myth nurtured by the Bush administration even though Hussein’s secular government was a bitter enemy of al-Qaeda’s Islamic fundamentalists.

Traitorous Troops?

Despite this confusion over the reasons for the war, the poll exploded another myth promoted by the administration and its media allies – that Americans are unpatriotic if they criticize Bush’s policies, because to do so would damage troop morale.

It turns out the troops want the war brought to a quick end because they have concluded it’s unwinnable based on their own experiences, not from the carping of home-side naysayers, often denounced as “traitors” by Bush’s supporters.

It seems somehow that 72 percent of the U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq have become “traitors,” too.

But what’s going on? How can the Bush administration and its supporters get away with spreading so much confusion about the reasons for invading Iraq? How can they justify demonizing so many Americans who disagree with the war policy?

The answer seems to be that the relentless application of propaganda was always part of the administration’s strategy for herding the American public in the direction favored by Bush and his neoconservative advisers.

Remember Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s Office of Strategic Influence, the secretive project designed to manipulate international opinion but which was expected to “blow back” some of its propaganda onto the American people.

On Feb. 19, 2002, five months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and 13 months before the invasion of Iraq, the New York Times reported that this Pentagon office was “developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations” in order “to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and unfriendly countries.”

News of this disinformation program caused outrage and led to a Pentagon announcement that the office had been shut down. But Rumsfeld later explained that the concept was kept alive even though the office was closed.

“There was the Office of Strategic Influence,” Rumsfeld said. “You may recall that. And ‘Oh, my goodness gracious, isn’t that terrible; Henny Penny, the sky is going to fall.’ I went down that next day and said, ‘Fine, if you want to savage this thing, fine, I’ll give you the corpse. There’s the name. You can have the name, but I’m gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done’ and I have.” [See Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting press release, Nov. 27, 2002]

So the Pentagon continued its propaganda project of placing stories, possibly false, in the foreign media, with some of them surely feeding back into the U.S. political debate though the U.S. government is barred from disseminating propaganda at home.

In 2003, the Pentagon produced another propaganda program described in a document called “Information Operations Roadmap,” which describes the need for influencing journalists, enemies and the public.

The document recognizes that Americans consume propaganda – on TV and through the Internet – that is intended for foreign audiences. [BBC, Jan. 28, 2006]

Propaganda Abroad

While the Pentagon insists that its public information is accurate, albeit promoting images favorable to the United States, the BBC registered a different opinion about the stories circulated by the U.S. military during the Iraq invasion.

“We’re absolutely sick and tired of putting things out and finding they’re not true,” a senior BBC journalist told the Guardian. “The misinformation in this war is far and away worse than any conflict I’ve covered, including the first Gulf War and Kosovo. …

“I don’t know whether they (Pentagon officials) are putting out flyers in the hope that we’ll run them first and ask questions later or whether they genuinely don’t know what’s going on – I rather suspect the latter.” [The Guardian, UK, March 28, 2003]

Military analysts also shake their heads at how reliant the administration has become on propaganda for promoting its goals. Sam Gardiner, an instructor in strategy at the National War College, said the Bush administration has waged a systematic P.R. campaign to sell the invasion of Iraq to the American public.

“There is absolutely no question that the White House and the Pentagon participated in an effort to market the military option,” Gardiner said. “The truth did not make any difference to that campaign. To call it fixing is to miss the more profound point.

“It was a campaign to influence. It involved creating false stories; it involved exaggerating; it involved manipulating the numbers of stories that were released; it involved a major campaign to attack those who disagreed with the military option; it included all the techniques those who ran the marketing effort had learned in political campaign.” [Kevin Zeese, Democracy Rising, June 23, 2005]

Government Propaganda

So, there was the tale about Pfc. Jessica Lynch, both her fierce resistance under fire and her daring rescue from a hostile Iraqi hospital – when the reality was that she never fired a shot and the hospital staff presented no opposition to her rescue. [AP, Nov. 11, 2003]

Then, there was ex-football player Pat Tillman, who died in Afghanistan. Contrary to official reports of his death in a firefight while on patrol, he actually was killed by friendly fire, a reality that was suppressed for five weeks while the Bush administration milked the propaganda advantage of Tillman’s death.

“I’m disgusted by things that have happened with the Pentagon since my son’s death,” his mother, Mary, told the Los Angeles Times. “I don't trust them one bit.”

The truth was stretched, too, when it came to containing negative stories, like the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Bush said the problem was limited to a few guards on the night shift and that the United States doesn’t engage in torture.

The reality has turned out to be much worse. Torture and other abuse of prisoners have reached from Guantanamo Bay to Iraq and Afghanistan – finally overwhelming official denials.

The Bush administration has practiced propaganda on domestic issues as well. In 2005, the Government Accountability Office objected to the broadcasting of fake “news videos” that were designed to look like independent news stories. The GAO said the stories appeared to violate federal rules against propaganda. [AP, Feb. 19, 2005]

The GAO also reported that the administration spent more than $1.6 billion on public relations and media contracts in a 2 ½ year span, including hiring advertising firms to sell its policies to the America public. []

Beyond this expensive outreach, the Bush administration has succeeded in gaining cooperation from U.S. news organizations in its news management. Bowing to the administration’s national security claims, New York Times executives held the story of warrantless wiretaps for more than a year, possibly altering the outcome of 2004 election.

Violence in Iraq

And what has happened to journalists who act independently and write what they observe in war zones like Iraq?

In 2005, they were killed at a record rate, including a growing number of them becoming the victims of “targeted” killings, according to the International Federation of Journalists. At least 89 journalists were murdered because of their professional work out of a total of 150 media deaths, IFJ said.

“The numbers are staggering,” IFJ general secretary Aidan White said.

IFJ listed 38 deliberate killings in the Middle East in 2005, with 35 occurring in Iraq. Five other media workers in Iraq were killed by U.S. troops, bringing the total killed by coalition forces to 18 since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. [Reuters, Jan. 23, 2006]

In April 2003, as U.S. forces were moving into the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a U.S. tank fired on the Palestine Hotel, which housed foreign journalists, purportedly in “response to hostile fire.” Two journalists were killed, but other reporters monitoring the fighting from their balconies denied that there had been any shooting from the hotel.

“There is simply no evidence to support the official U.S. position that U.S. forces were returning hostile fire from the Palestine Hotel,” said a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. [CBS, May 28, 2003]

U.S. news executives also have complained about strong-arm tactics used to prevent journalists from reporting on incidents that might undermine support for the war back in the United States.

“Our journalists in Iraq have been shoved to the ground, pushed out of the way, told to leave the scene of explosions; we’ve had camera disks and videotapes confiscated, reporters detained,” said Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sandy Johnson. [Nation, Dec. 25, 2003]

As the Iraqi insurgency grew in 2004, so did the heavy-handed tactics against journalists. In May, three Reuters journalists and one working for NBC said U.S. forces subjected them to beatings and other abuse similar to what was later revealed at Abu Ghraib prison.

“Two of the three Reuters staff said they had been forced to insert a finger into their anuses and then lick it, and were forced to put shoes in their mouths, particularly humiliating in Arab culture,” Reuters reported.

“The soldiers told them they would be taken to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, deprived them of sleep, placed bags over their heads, kicked and hit them and forced them to remain in stress positions for long periods.” [Reuters, Oct, 14, 2004]

The British newspaper, The Guardian, described Iraqi police following the American lead in adopting their own harsh tactics toward journalists in 2004:

“Dozens of journalists in Najaf, including the entire BBC team, were forced from their hotel at gunpoint and detained by local police. Around 60 journalists from local and foreign news organisations including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent as well as the BBC, were held for almost an hour while police officers delivered what one correspondent described as an ‘unexpected press conference at gunpoint.’ …

“Correspondents in the Najaf Sea hotel said around a dozen policemen, some masked, stormed into the rooms of journalists and forced them into vans and a truck. The Independent's Donald Macintyre reported that the police, some masked, ‘shouted threats and abuse at the reporters, along with their Iraqi drivers and translators, and fired about a dozen shots inside and outside the hotel before taking them before the police chief, Major-General Ghaleb al-Jazaari, to hear his emotional complaints about media coverage and the sufferings of police officers during the present crisis’.” [Guardian, Aug., 26, 2004]

One of the lessons of “democracy” apparently being taught to the Iraqi government is the need to control the information reaching the public, at almost any cost. What American spin doctors call “spreading our values” has become the tireless manipulation of public perceptions within an endless “information war.”

Media stories are planted; public relations firms are hired to shape the opinions of an unsuspecting public; reporters who document contrary facts are deemed the enemy and are subject to bullying or worse.

Rumsfeld’s dictums about the need to wage “strategic” media campaigns may be right in a way that his words didn’t fully articulate. The truth must be managed lest the American people learn what the administration is actually doing.


Author Alex Sabbeth acts as an informal researcher and organizer for several retired intelligence officers who share his concerns about America's future.

Posted by Connie Z at March 6, 2006 04:22 PM

Folks, the spam filters have kicked in on some recent posts. What causes these filters to activate are (1) long posts (2) multiple posts from a single source in a short period of time and (3) duplicates. If your posts have disappeared trying waiting a bit before reposting. We're also getting flooded with spam by one of the conservative sites right now so response time may be slow.


Posted by Doug Thompson at March 6, 2006 04:23 PM

The path to heaven is indeed narrow, in fact most of us won’t make it there, whereas the one straight into the “gates of hell” is wide open, and it’s full of putrefying souls waiting for their turn.

Posted by x3fydish at March 6, 2006 04:31 PM

The post by x3fydish brings up the other sure road to war and all that it means. God has nothing to do with it, leave he/she out of it.

Posted by Tom at March 6, 2006 04:32 PM

This is indeed deeply disquieting. If it were simply a question of prosecuting reporters who disclose classified information, that would be one thing -- Bush would be within his legal rights to do that (although if he doesn't want to reveal himself as a total hypocrite, he'd better be prepared to prosecute anyone within his own administration who does the same). Governmental whistleblowers who uncover corrupt and illegal policies should ideally be protected from persecution -- unfortunately, however, persecution of whistleblowers is by no means limited to the government (just ask Frank Serpico or Jeffrey Wigand). However, if they're going to start targeting reporters merely for writing articles critical of Bush administration policies, this should be a very loud alarm bell in our national consciousness -- particularly since the step from there to prohibiting all criticism of the President is an alarmingly small one.

Posted by Bluestocking at March 6, 2006 04:33 PM


Posted by BRUCE at March 6, 2006 04:38 PM

Bush has no idea what's in store for him when the entire world media turns against him shortly. He will now be finished off politically just that much quicker. It will take a long time to get the US back to normal after Bush's 6+ years of steady, egregious, heinous crime. There is no possibility of Bush getting away with what he has done. No possibility at all.

We're now whitnessing Bushco's losing endgame.

Posted by Tom Lowe at March 6, 2006 04:42 PM

Well, Doug. Looks like 2006 may be the year of the jackpot. We will either 1)Wind up in concentration camps together or 2)See the Chimp start WW3 or 3)See him and the boys take the plunge into Impeachment.
Which ever, be seeing you there, buddy. And, oh yeah, EG. Why don't you slink back to your scummy handlers and leave decent people alone?

Posted by nathan brazil at March 6, 2006 04:44 PM

Thank You Doug!!!

If there is anybody in the country that still supports Bush and cannot see that this is a descent into Nazism, I'd like to ask them what they did with their 2 remaining brain cells. Did they merely drink them into oblivion or have they been taking the blue pill?

I understand that the Halliburton subsidiary KBR has the contract for constructing the detention centers around the country and a large number of them are already in place. When will the educated, the intelligent and the freedom loving constitutionalists be disappeared? To a student of history, this is all too familiar.

The best way to restrict the freedoms of a people is to tell them they are free.

Keep up the good work,


Posted by Burt Tschache at March 6, 2006 04:47 PM

We're not all democrats here, Mo-Lester. Crawl back under your Bush.

Posted by Tony at March 6, 2006 04:47 PM

Didn't anyone see this coming? This is truely a FACIST government.How do we come to grips with it without ending up in jail?

Posted by Roger Faulmann at March 6, 2006 04:50 PM


Posted by GARY LINEBERGER at March 6, 2006 04:53 PM

well my bags are packed im ready to go come on and join me if we dont do it now they will come for us soon or start ww3

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 04:55 PM


You are kidding, aren't you? Bush would not do this, would he? I have got to believe that even the right wingers would be upset with this one. But don't you dare back down. We have so few voices any more. And yes, FUCK 'EM!

Posted by tedhoss at March 6, 2006 05:04 PM

pppps when expressing similar views at my last job , my bossman walt bebee said to me on my lunch break at dinner in front of 3 other witnesses " i would take you out from a 1000 yards and you would never no what hit you." his son by the way works for narcotices so this may have some significance , i dont use them , but that d=oesnt have to be the case in the loons amerikkka. despite having a 7 year flawless work record making diesel motors and axles for corvettes and caddies, i was fired for making an indirect threat and leaving work early w/o notifying a sup. both lies. the first accusation was made after i filed a report with human relations asking for help how to deal with it, it is a very large machne shop and only wanted moved away from this excuse my french , lardbutt. i was fired despite offering to submit to lie detectors voice analyzers or anything else they thought would determine who was telling the truth. i was fired , oh well i thiought unemployment, denied appel denied hire lawyer appeal denied. it isnt like i needed it , but that isnt the point. it can happen 2 you to, what kind of terrorists am i . they have forced me to remain in my hovel , so i fight back the only way i can, with the pen.. ppppps i have never advocated the nee for a peaceful revolution before today and if we wait any longer we will lose

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 05:04 PM

GWB should remember that we kicked one
'King George' our of our country, and we
have no qualms about doing so again.

Posted by jt at March 6, 2006 05:05 PM

Wow!! Such language from all you peace loving dems. The feds send you a letter because you are suspected of something, and you immediately drop the "F" bomb. And all your pinko buddies who read this crap fall right in line lock step. You probably are guilty of doing something, and instead of taking any responsibility for it, you do what all liberals do....blame someone else or shift the attention to someone else. What a coward you are.

Posted by Conservacrat at March 6, 2006 05:06 PM

Speaking of knowing where we are and what we do; Google my name and there is a message to Doug where I thought his move to the country should have been kept a secret from prying eyes.
How did it get there? There are stories I've written; field trips I've lead. Out for the whole world to see and even a picture of me. I have no idea how this happens.
Just the fact that it's there sort of causes me to wonder if I'm being " Presented "
I am a Great Grandmother and of no harm to anyone physically.
The only thing I remember that could have caused this is I signed the " Impeach George Bush website" almost as soon as he was sworn in.
I feel I'm on the watch list because I get the extra searches at the airport every-time. I can see this sometimes because my carry on is field guides, binoculars,cameras, tripods.and these do look odd when they come through, but a few weeks ago I drove to Houston and flew back the same day. NO luggage They got me again. I try to make sense of it but haven't yet. WHY give Great Granny the full search?
But still I say F you George Bush. I will not go quietly

Posted by Myrna Engle at March 6, 2006 05:07 PM

ppppppps 1 of the witnesses of the earlier incidence was another supervisor, he initiated the conversation with a game of about 20 questions on my views, what a setup.

Posted by gary lineberger at March 6, 2006 05:10 PM

Doug: See you at the Gulag. I'll be there too. Fuck You, Bush.

Posted by lickspittle at March 6, 2006 05:18 PM

Maybe this is exactly the jolt that the lamestream press needs to get them to start reporting the REAL news about our government rather than what their handlers tell them to print...or it could be the complete end of the distant memory we called the "free press". I hope that there is still enough American spirit and desire to bring our government back under the law of the Constitution, but I fear that it may be too late. Thanks CapitalHillBlue for sticking to your guns, there are many non-partisan Americans out there who feel that we currently live under a quasi military dictatorship and honest alternative news sources like you help slow down this military junta and may call enough attention to it to actually make a difference.

Posted by Scott at March 6, 2006 05:31 PM

Good 4 you Doug!! Were all aware that Bu$hCo is not a legitimate administration and that our beloved country has been hi jacked by fascists but it seems nobody but a few brave souls like yourself are willing to stand up to these bully boys and their flunkies.

Posted by glenn at March 6, 2006 05:36 PM


You sir are a champion of the American people. Keep your chin up and keep duking it out. We are in your corner.

To the People,

We need posters and bumper stickers well before this November that read, "If they currently hold office, VOTE THEM OUT". Total regime change is the only thing that has a chance of beating this fascist machine. They are all, Republican and Democrat Congress-people, on the take and ass kissers of the Bush regime. If anyone has the ability or the finances to print the stickers and posters please feel free to use my slogan or create a slogan that carries the same message. After all in times like these, we Americans need to stick together. We the people, can take back Congress this year. We can demand that our new Congress order the release of anyone that get's locked up in Army labor camps between now and then. This can only hinder the Bush administration for the two remaining years and we will vote his ass out in 2008.

We must not ever vote anyone in that is a member of any secret society of the Ivy League or any other secret society such as the current "Skull and Bones" administration. If they have secrets to hide, they can't be trusted.
We also need to pressure our "New Legislators" for campaign funding laws that mandate public funded elections and outlaw campaign contributions by corporations. This is the way to stamp out fascism!!!!

Fuck the Bastards and may they burn in Hell!!!! But first, let's tar and feather them. In Kentucky, we do chicken right!!!!!

Posted by Kevin at March 6, 2006 05:37 PM

How much of that Kool-aid have you been drinking??
Dumbass, keep writing stupid, brain dead posts like this one, keep licking Bush's heels, keep on
with the stupid name calling...until you wake up one morning and discover that it's YOU that they have issued a NSL on. In the meantime, enjoy that kool-aid while you can. I hear that today's flavor is red(rhymes with brain dead).

Posted by andrew at March 6, 2006 05:40 PM

We as a people need to vote out all sitting congressmen and congresswomen, senators and start anew. Make peace once again with cuba. Clean up the election laws with publicly funded transparent elections (with paper trail) and back the dollar with gold once again. Until then this country will not follow the course of common and fiscal sense but of someone else's interest.

Posted by Andy at March 6, 2006 05:41 PM

After reading your outstanding "rant" on the freedom of the press, I decided to post it in a Discussion forum I regularly participate in (

The anti CHB , Bushlicking segment has decided your " letter to Homeland Security " is a figment of literary imagination and does not exist. Please provide an authenticated copy of said letter and smack the collective smile off their faces.

Rant on Doug.

Posted by Wally Burger at March 6, 2006 05:41 PM

The above post was directed to Conservacrat.

Posted by andrew at March 6, 2006 05:41 PM

FUCK BUSH AND SILENT DICK! FUCK THEM UP THEIR STUPID ASSES! The feds wanna come take us away? Fuck that. This is why our Bill of Rights says that we have the right to keep and bear arms! To protect us from these fascist pieces of shit. Thats right Georgie. I'm talking to you. Thats right Dick(head) and Rove and Wolfowitz. I'm talking to you. We all are! Go fuck yourselves. GO FUCK YOURSELVES.

Posted by cONSTITUTIONALIST at March 6, 2006 05:55 PM

Well said Constitutionalist.

Posted by lickspittle at March 6, 2006 05:59 PM

I am a little concerned that, indeed, many of you may end up in an American Gitmo but I wonder if Doug will be there. He has safely turned his letter over to his lawyer & won't print it for us to see to prevent his going to jail but many of you are publishing your rants & needlessly exposing yourselves, some with very inflamatory statements. Whether I agree or not is immaterial. I have read Doug with pride for a long time but I went cold when I saw all of these comments brazenly published. If you weren't on a list before you certainly are now. I spent four tours in Viet Nam. I hold the Purple Heart & the Viet Nam Honor Medal. I can tell you now that the final success will not come from talking & demonstrating. By virtue of exposing yourselves you may have given the information necessary to be removed from having a fighting chance at being a part of it. Do I think that Doug has turned double? Don't know but he's safe & you're exposed.

Posted by oldranger68 at March 6, 2006 06:01 PM


Posted by A Pissed off Canadian at March 6, 2006 06:14 PM


I am Australian, and I have been reading your rants for quite a few months. You are always spot-on with your viewpoint and you are an important voice for civilised behaviour in a veritable ocean of madness. Please keep up the solid good work, people of the entire world, not just the USA, need to push back against the tyranny that has emerged in the once golden nation of the USA.


Posted by djr at March 6, 2006 06:25 PM

VERY WELL PUT!!! fuck you is right! the members of the justice department should dropping as many f-bombs to the federal government, as they've had the military drop on baghdad... or so the news says they have.

it is time people shrugged off the gov't that is robbing them in their sleep. also preparing to order us at gunpoint, the gun being "terrorism (what a questionable threat that is)."

godspeed to the whistleblower journalists, it seems they may put everything on the line for the preservation of our country, and to hold back the tyrantial power developing and beginning to appear in our gov't.

well said mr. doug thompson!

Posted by Tritoch at March 6, 2006 06:33 PM

Conservacrat you didn't mention Clinton's BJ, I'm impressed. That must have been difficult.

Posted by C. J. Thompson at March 6, 2006 06:42 PM

The time has now come for all good men to come to aid of their country.

M boys lets roll

Posted by noname at March 6, 2006 06:58 PM

Old Ranger68:

If it comes to that...let them take me away. Why was it that we went to Vietnam? I certainly did not go there so Bush, Reagan, Nixon, etc. (the same assholes that continue to ruin this country) could tell me how think, act, and behave. Look at what Bush has done to this nation. So if they come to take me to the camps and gulags I will consider it a badge of courage. Bush, Homeland Security, torture, rendition, NSA, Katrina, "Duke", Libby, K Street, the list is endless. Next is Iran...are you ready?

Posted by lickspittle at March 6, 2006 07:17 PM

When peacefull revolution is impossible then violent revolution is inevitable. We all are witnessing what happens when power is stolen by a criminal cabal. And the only way we can get out of the responsibilty of the killing that this cabal is responsible for is to remain vigilant like Doug and speak out to stop these fucking crazies from ruling the world using our troops to do it. Out of 500k plus troops that fought the Gulf war in 1991 56% are 100% disabled. Depleted Uranium will kill far more humans over time than Hitler ever dreamed of.

Posted by Joe at March 6, 2006 07:27 PM

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,

Buy more ammo

Posted by Donald at March 6, 2006 07:49 PM

Hello Doug,

All my support from France. I am looking for many years how things are going (wrong) in your country.

Don't give up!

I expect same kind of trouble in my country not so far.

War is on. American : Fight for your rights!

Posted by Antoine at March 6, 2006 07:53 PM

Dear Doug ~ I lived and worked in the DC political arena for most of my life (nonprofs, "soft" causes) so I'm pretty familiar with how ugly and personal it can get. It happened to me on my last job there. You march to my tune, or I'll kick you out of the parade.

But this takes the cake, and the donut, and the cookies, and the pretzels (and what else do folks munch on there now besides each other ~ I've been in New Mexico for a few years). I would say, I can't believe it! But, sadly, I do believe it.

What I can't believe is why nothing is being done about any of this. Each new thing that comes out is more horrific than the last, and I'm beginning to think this is a new "distract the enemy" (the "enemy" being "we, the people") kind of tactic. Okay, no weapons of mass destruction, let's deviate the attention to "weapons of mass intrusion" against "we, the people," and then when that gets hot, lets deviate attention to the port issue; then when that gets too hot, let's start lobbing weapons of mass intrusion at the journalists ... just keep the attention jumping around so people don't have enough time to focus on or respond to anything.

The fact that the administration is doing this itself is a truly amazing strategy, but it seems to be working. Bush is the new teflon man. And with each new horror that takes us further and further away from true democracy (whatever that is), I sit and wonder ... okay, how come nobody has tried to impeach this guy yet. Look what they did to Clinton ... yes, pretty bad decision making going on there, but nowhere close to Bush's misappropriation of the constitution and sending his battering ram to destroy the division of powers our government is based on. Congress? What Congress?

And what is Bush's league ... is it the home team, or is it the little guy who comes out of nowhere and knocks everybody down league, or is it the league of talking blankly to school children after being told a plane has hit the trade center tower, the league of downing all air travel except the travel that got some of the people somebody might have actually wanted to question, the league of conjuring up a war with "proof" that didn't exist. And isn't it interesting that, all this time later, when the whole Homeland Security idea was supposed to get agencies communicating with one another, that we see yet another abysmal communications failure when New Orleans is devastated. Heaven help us if there is another terrorist attack.

So what is being done with all this "communications" power? Well, you covered it all. So what can "we, the people" do with ours? Suggestions? Write to? Written letters are better than emails...

I'm saving your blog in my "favorites," Doug, because it seems like you know what's going on, and the pablum we get fed out here, "beyond the Beltway," is a bit too easily digestible.
I don't want the slow, lazy beauty of the desert to totally disarm the activist, peacenik, lobbying, ranting and raving part of myself. ~ Linda

Posted by Linda at March 6, 2006 07:55 PM

'Harleigh says. "I had hoped we would have learned our lessons from the Nixon era. Sadly, it appears we have not."'

Well, the Republicans seem to have learned their lessons from the Nixon era. They know now to intimidate, persecute and silence by all means necessary any hint of opposition to the administration regardless of legality or morality.

Who says no one learns from history?

Posted by socdemnow at March 6, 2006 08:13 PM

All this has happened before in history. Post WW1 when the German government gave up the citizens elected post to a man named Hitler.

Difernet country, Difernet person same old story...

Posted by Roger at March 6, 2006 08:27 PM

If you love america then you'll do the right thing and turn over those records. Otherwise you are a lawbreaker just like any ordinary criminal.

Posted by Jethro at March 6, 2006 08:28 PM

I have no sympathy Doug.

Now, perhaps, it is the time for journalists to use their super-powers-of-not-actually-telling-the-truth to the government instead of not actually telling the truth to the people....

Posted by Joe Public at March 6, 2006 08:33 PM

I've been waiting for this to happen Doug. Sooner or later it was bound to come knocking and I don't envy your position as one of the "first in line" so to speak.

My American wife (who came here to the UK) put it better than most when she said: "I could never understand how this shit happened in 1930s Germany but now I'm seeing it happen in my own country".

Hell, that almost looks like a cliche and I'd be tempted to laugh at it if it wasn't true. These are interesting times indeed.

Take care Doug!

"If the government becomes a lawbreaker,it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto itself; it invites anarchy." - HS Thompson

Posted by desertrat at March 6, 2006 08:37 PM

Doesn't look like it's getting any better does it Doug? Nope! Herman Gerring would of been Too proud of this Administration. I can just see my Grandpa rolling in His grave right now. A Man that spent 6 years in the Navy fighting Nazi U-Boats on the Atlantic High Seas. Putting His life on the Line for Freedom & Liberty for his fellow countrymen & Women & childrens futures. To be stabbed in the back by such traitors. And in our own country and our own countrymen to Boot.
THANK God .The Laws Say I donot have to Obey UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS. And many of My Policmen friends are starting to think the same way. And there will be no way in Hell they will arrest their fellow americans and confiscate their arms and lives for despots. I say Good Luck to them. They will NEED IT! Because I've learned. What comes around, goes around..........! And it seems to work that way all the time. Those who deserve their a$$ handed to them. Usually get it handed to them! Keep up the good work Doug.
You should set up a emergency Post to send out of your computer or by your wife, etc.,in case the Stasi Bush thugs come to get you. So we all will know when & If they did...Immediatelly.

Posted by Decoymaker at March 6, 2006 08:39 PM

Doug, this couldn't have come as a complete surprise. Just this summer, you published the fact "they" have a file on you. Not too swift to send a letter to you about you, but hey that's government for you.
I posted some rather nasty comments on a message board a couple of years ago. No threats against anyone or this great nation. More rant than anything. Three days later the racket in my phone was to the point it was almost unusable.
I went to stay by my father who was ill. his phone line was replaced 3 times in 2 months and at times there was no service at all. He passed away in November. I moved back to VA and can you believe it, my brother who still lives in the house said the phone is fine. Dad never protested anything. I think he caught my "virus"??? Was he guilty by association because he took my calls several times a day?
I won't say how I got it stopped except to say it had nothing to do with the phone company. Of course after this little post..........
Tin cans anyone?
We have all turned into keyboard warriors. What do we do? Write congress? What a joke. My congressman is Baghdad Bob Goodlatte whose phone number is 1 800 I don't give a care. George Allen the junior senator has his eye on the white house, (Lord help us all). his number is 1800 I luv GWB. John Warner. HA! So you see, I effectively have no voice. None of my elected officials care. I called Allen's office. They were downright rude when I discussed the un Patriot Act. Warner's office said,"his decision had been made" duh My letter from Goodlatte was so pathetically condesending.
If anyone has any brilliant ideas, I am willing to listen. As is, it just seems like a lost cause. It breaks my heart.

Posted by sherry at March 6, 2006 08:40 PM

Seriously, im starting to wonder if all this stuff ive been hearing about our country is true or if its just over hyped like they do with almost everything these days.

Thing that i really want to know is why crap like this is happening. Why and for what? We have almost everything we possibly could want.

Isnt there any good news anywhere?

Posted by John Smith at March 6, 2006 08:45 PM

oldranger as the dad of a new ranger , i am deeply disappointed that a veteran would allow despots and usurpists and downright murdering thieves put a scare into you. shame on you.

Posted by rip ussa at March 6, 2006 08:51 PM

john smith , there are none so blind as those who refuse to see

Posted by rip ussa at March 6, 2006 08:58 PM

I don't feel alone any more. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!

Posted by rob at March 6, 2006 09:01 PM

Anyone who thought that Phillip Roth's little gem of a book "The Plot Against America" was some retro little novel about pre-WW II antisemistism in America just didn't get it. The fact is there was a coup in America in 2000. Does anyone think Bush actually won that election? Does anyone believe that Rove & Co. ever intend to let power slip from their hands. Comparing the rising totalitarianism to Hitler is hyperbole; study Fancisco Franco or Juan Peron instead. They didn't kill or even imprison everyone - just a enough of the people to scare the shit out of evryone else, most of whom continued to go about their ordinary daily business.

Does anyone really beleive that everyone who serves a fascist state is a horrible bloodthirsty fascist? Do you think all the Brits in Northern Ireland are evil? Do you think all members of the Israeli army are evil? Do think every American in Iraq tortured people in Abu Gharib? Ordinary people can and often have, done extraordinarily bad things.

There's a lot of strong talk on this site but watch what happens when the shit really explodes. Your friends and neighbors will be gentle as they take you away. They will be kind and offer a "fair price" for your home. They will tell you how much they agree with you even as they explain why they had to join the Homeland Security Armed Militia (you know, kids to feed, bills to pay). The surprise is not that our experiment in democracy ended; the surprise is how quickly it fell apart.

Posted by Jason Shapiro at March 6, 2006 09:06 PM

Dear Bush:


Love, a true patriot and Constitution Party member.

Posted by Alexandra at March 6, 2006 09:06 PM

This must be coming as a huge shock to you in America.

As an Englishman I've been more than surprised for many years that you didn't see it happening before now. Heh, maybe y'all will get to make some decent punk rock sooner or later ;o)

Seriously. This could be the best thing that ever happened to the people of America! Don't let yourselves down on this one!

Posted by sortofoptimistic at March 6, 2006 09:08 PM

Attorney General sounds more like a mob boss mouthpiece testifing to congress with his cynical hair-splitting, obfuscation, disinformation and stonewalling . Recently correcting his misleading testimony to Congress, Attorney General indicated that warrantless surveillance may have gone beyond known eavesdropping on communications of suspected terrorists overseas to regular everyday american citizens.

Posted by k-man at March 6, 2006 09:10 PM

Dear John Smith.

Having material goods without freedom or the law it's based on., Is not freedom at all. We Donot own anything. Our money is a fraud. You donot own private property. You RENT it from the State. The Law of the Land has been Usurped. These despot can take your life from you and have not to answer to anyone. Just because you can't see the duck for what it is. Don't feel to Bad. Just learn. BUT? What's happening is as real as the back of your hand.

Posted by Decoymaker at March 6, 2006 09:10 PM

Bush is now the totally mad fascist dictator destroying our country. This is just the begining, they are pulling out all the stops with the lame duck phase. This won't end pretty for America. We won't go quietly into the night, of that you can be sure!

Posted by Daisy at March 6, 2006 09:25 PM

the scary thing is that you americans have the right to bear arms. can we send tony blair over there when you decide to use them constructively? please!

Posted by oldlabour at March 6, 2006 09:34 PM

Alright, everybody! Stop the negative masochism! Recalibrate your minds for victory over these criminal anachronisms. You have all the positive forces of the universe at your beck and call. You have but to call upon them unflichingly and consistently. We are not going to any gulags. They are going to prison and oblivion. Their freak show is coming to an end. Embrace this fact and act upon it.

Posted by Mac McKinney at March 6, 2006 09:45 PM

MAR's::whats really going on and why won't they tell You?

Posted by sparkieone at March 6, 2006 09:46 PM

Fuck them indeed.
Color me among the disapeared.

Posted by Bill at March 6, 2006 10:02 PM

Anyone who doesn't respect the Constitution doesn't deserve my respect. You can put that on the public record.

Posted by Ryan Elisei at March 6, 2006 10:03 PM

re Bush declares war on freedom of the press.

Dougie, you fukn legend, mate! As an Aussie I join you in telling Bush/Blair/Howard "Suck me off, Deadmen...we're coming for all of you". Like Samuel Jackson at the end of the Gimp scene in 'Pulp Fiction'...(paraphrased) "We're gonna get medieval with this shit"!

Posted by GreginOz at March 6, 2006 10:04 PM

Now Doug, just think, if they put us all in labor camps we will have full employment and the terrorists will not be able to get in to hurt us. Who needs freedom when one has so much security. On the other hand, we will be free to watch the TV propaganda, free to potty, free to go to our cell, and free to work at the appointed time. Oh, well, I suppose it is all fair. Americans keep supporting these guys with their taxes. If they didn't have any money they could not jail anyone.

Posted by Wayne at March 6, 2006 10:08 PM

By the time we al get to Gitmo or the nearest equivelant, think of all the fantastic conversation we will be able to enjoy together.

The only people this Junta has a desire to see shut up or incarcerated, are those with minds and intelligence. At least we won't be bored with each others company once we're all in the camps.

Your precise and elegant response to the FBI wankers should be a shining example to all.

It has been my attitude to injustice and corruption for years too, and even if it is probably about to result in me going to prison as it happens, FUCK THEM!

Posted by Rabbitvoz at March 6, 2006 10:17 PM

Give 'em HELL Doug.

Posted by AJ at March 6, 2006 10:18 PM

You're worried about someone who might write inflammatory statements, let me tell you something your whole website is inflammatory. You're nothing more than someone who is trying to get people all worked up to serve your own purpose, of which I do not know what that is yet. Maybe just to get more people to listen to you because that makes you feel better. I'll be the first to say that Mr. Bush has and is making some mistakes but they're not all his mistakes he inherited some them and now you want to blame him for everything under the sun. Go get a real job and work for a living instead of sitting around like a vulture waiting for Bush to make a mistake.

Posted by James at March 6, 2006 10:19 PM

Doug, You're a hero. You've got genuine balls of steel. If you end up needing a legal defense fund, I'll contribute.

Posted by Maryland lawyer at March 6, 2006 10:20 PM

Is it sedition to support George W. Bush?

Posted by doug woodzy at March 6, 2006 10:21 PM

Doug, Lot's of "FUs." Lots of testosterum being released here. I'm 68, a former reporter and the daughter of blacklisted parents during the McCarthy era (mentioned a few times in the blogs above). In 1948 we went into hiding, within the states, and lived a double life for more than 5 years - beginning when I was 10. My father hoped by hiding he'd avoid being served a subpoena. If he was found and served when the HUAC hearings were in session, he'd have no choice but to go to prison, for up to a year. My father was lucky to avoid prison, but the FBI finally did discover where we lived, and he was tracked - in different cities - until he died (1980!). I saw our friends incarcerated because of their beliefs - in federal prisons - for refusing to "rat" on their friends. Families disintegrated. It was an awful era, but this has the potential of being FAR WORSE!

I second Jason Karov's suggestion (above) for donating some bucks to CHB, to be used for legal and related fees. It's pro-active. It's also a supportive act which would make us feel good that we are contributing to the preservation of CHB.

I suggest we might also think of writing - en mass but independently - to the DOJ (Justice Dept.), CIA, HLS, NSA, the FBI, et al stating we are aware the Federal Government is attempting to shut down CHB AND cut off a reliable source of TRUTHFUL information, which we find necessary to read because the Administration has been proven to be neither truthful nor trustworthy! If 25,000 letters hit one of these agencies, they'd be blown away. I would, however, sign using a nom d'plume rather than my full name.

Doug - Any better/other suggestions?

PS: I hope you are v. proud! You've been chosen as one of the early targets because your record for "breaking" news stories originating from the inner circles of the White House has been spectacular, accurate and very humiliating to the Little Weed that sullies that awesome and oversized chair in our Oval Office! elgee

Posted by elgee at March 6, 2006 10:30 PM

The Constitution of the United States of America (COTUSA)and the Bill of Rights (BOR), applies to the elected government, not to the citizens! Are you surprised? You shouldn't be, read it sometime. The COTUSA, is the "framework of our government" and the BOR), "is not a list of our rights, but a list of restrictions placed on government, to protect our rights" With the COTUSA being a framework of our government, it sets forth the limits, and separation of powers, of our three government offices. The BOR, is the first ten amendments to the COTUSA, but do not remove, We the People (the voting citizens and patriots), from responsibility in supervising the elected government. The Ninth Amendment states "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The Tenth Amendment states "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." The Ninth speaks of unmentioned rights of the people, and the Tenth speaks of powers. The last four words in the Tenth Amendment read, "or to the people." From this I infer, the responsibility, We the People, to step forward, when we feel, the government (our employee), needs assistance or supervision, in carrying out their duties.

If the government disobeys the Constitution, or trashes it, then they have relinquished, their contract with We the people, and therefore they are out of a job and we don't have to pay taxes. We also need to toss the bums out, and rebuild a government.

But, since the military is in control of the weapons, we would need to inquire of them, of their intended goal, and if it involved following their oath of commission or enlistment, or the orders of those appointed over them. Since they are under oath to support and defend the COTUSA, they will have to make a choice. Remember they have the weapons, and the government has, committed treason, so now everyone gets to open carry loaded, their weapons of choice. We have a revolution!

Posted by Border Raven at March 6, 2006 10:37 PM

George W. Bush will go down in history as America's Nero.

Bush's corrupt regime has declared war on the American people.

Good on you Mate for challenging the gag order!

Posted by Bush Protester at March 6, 2006 10:39 PM

Dear Doug--

When you are looking over something, you "pore" over it, not "pour" over it.

Just a little journalistic tip.


Posted by Fred Olsen at March 6, 2006 10:39 PM

Good work Doug. Keep talking for the rest of us sinners, who I guess won't do anything until it's too goddamned late. What will it take for ma and pa kettle, that 34 percent of lame dipshits still approving of whackoboy to know he helped pull Sept. 11 and is probably awful damn close to pulling another to declare marshall law and keep the heat off his beady-eyed, big-eared, NWO- controlled head? Let's just keep breathing the chemtrails, drinking fluoridated perchlorated water, watching brain-draining Faux News and waiting for the Chinese ground troops to come in here and mop us up. Don't you think these assholes are overplaying their hand? Something's gotta' give. Maybe military coup? It seems somebody in the Pentagon or some goddamned place won't just sit there and watch this thing happen? My guess is something fucking crazy is coming from a direction that none of these NWO assholes is really seeing. Unintended consequences will be their undoing, as well as ours, of course; but the rest of us can smugly sit back and say, as Freddie Prinz used to: "It's not my job." Question: How do we convince people that it IS their job, that it's nobody else's job, that nobody else is gonna do it?

Posted by Max at March 6, 2006 11:00 PM

KDaves ....

You mentioned Gonzales being a closet gay. That I can't say ... but Bush is. Ditto with Rove. There's a reason Arianna Huffington hates Georgie boy so much. Think about the days when she was a red-blooded Republican, pushing her hubby's senate campaign ... why such a 180 shift? Just politics?

Texas folk have known that since his governor days. BTW, his successor, TX Gov. Perry also had his own gay tryst, and caught red-handed by his wife. The Republican machinery paid his wife off to hold off on divorce and getting loose lips. Nice little windfall for being in the right wrong place at the right wrong time!

And to think ... these are the Religious Right's darlings! The "moral" guys!

Posted by NessaFoster at March 6, 2006 11:03 PM

Am I the only one worried that we won't have another election after the next one in November?
I think Bush will declare martial law because the cabal will blow something up (like the Twin Towers) and that will be that...the Army will patrol our streets after the 10pm curfew, any movemment of people in the US will be strictly controlled, we will all be implanted with ID chips with GPS technology, the government will control the radio and TV and all of us dissidents will be rounded up and put into concentration camps. I have already spent 2.5 yrs in one...I think I will become an insurgent if the above comes to pass. Yes, an insurgent...someone who fights for the freedom of his or her own country. I am pretty old (almost 70) but there is life yet in these old bones!
If any of you are in WashDC for Code Pink, I am mentally with you!

Posted by gem at March 6, 2006 11:06 PM

Is Bush a fascist or dictator?
I suspect a dictator.
Does that mean America is now a Banana Republic?

Posted by Rick at March 6, 2006 11:21 PM

You represent a growing number of Americans in this country. The pot has began to boil, and America is steaming. Bush will not under any circumstance back away from his agenda, and we have all been witness to these facts thanks to Patriotic Americans like yourself.
It does not take a genius to see America coming head to head with this Administration in the coming months, and we should all know it won't be friendly.
Stay the course Doug, America is uniting behind you and others that will Awaken The Sleeping Giant > The American Citizens for the Defence of our Constitution!
Bob, USMC-Defenders of Americas Freedoms.

Posted by Bob Tyler at March 6, 2006 11:29 PM

American are slow on the uptake. in my country we gather ourselves together and pull the politicians out on the street and humiliate them until they want the earth to swallow them up, come on america gather yourselves and organise how youll take over your government kick both the dems and the reps and start afresh before its too late or youll be chewing cud in one of those huge buildings built by halliburton...cmon quick.

Posted by peacenik at March 6, 2006 11:34 PM

My God don't these Goddamn ignorant ass cons understand what's going on in this country? Do they care? I guess as long as the 2nd amendment isn't being phucked with they're not intelligent enough to know it won't matter when the rest of our protections are gone? Hey you 2nd amendment freeks...what good is a household full of guns when it's being targeted by an F-15 two miles up?

Posted by doneman 2000 at March 6, 2006 11:35 PM

I always wondered what I would have done had I been a German when Adolf Hitler came to power. It appears I'm going to get to find out.

I don't take this shit lightly.

Little do the people of this nation know that even inside federal law enforcement there are attacks on each other and snitches.

Also, while the private mercenaries of Blackwater Security, Inc. roamed the steets of anarchic post-Katrina New Orleans, Gonzales refused to sign a directive permitting the deputization of federal law enforcement officials; to wit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

We are tired of the corruption. We are tired of the paranoia. We are tired of the meglamania.

The Jews survived the Holocaust. The Native Americans survived the American genocide. African American's survived slavery. And, all that is left is the shame and propogandistic quips about why it was okay at the time.

We Americans will survive and his corrupt regime.

If the FBI wants my information as having posted on this site, give it to them. Tell them to come see me at 27433 Tourney Road, Suite 160, Valencia, CA 91355 because I have something to share:

"I concur - Fuck you!"

Posted by Anthony D. Zinnanti, Esq. at March 6, 2006 11:41 PM

My God, every time I think Bush can't get any scarier. The man is FUCKING NUTS. Certifiable. How is it that he is still holding office? Is this the Twilight Zone?? Was there some sort of freak accident with the galactic continuum and we all woke up in some sort of alternate bizzarro universe?

Posted by Jerry Owens at March 7, 2006 12:10 AM

When the merger of Bell South and AT&T goes through, almost all of the phone companies in the US will be owned by just 2 companies. How long before they then shut down the internet? Is this the reason for these telecommunications mergers lately?

Posted by julie at March 7, 2006 12:13 AM

How long I have wanted to send a letter to people in the Whitehouse, Congress, Judiciary, and others that says, "Fuck You". You sir in that one simple response have become a hero in my eyes.

Hopefully you won't have to go to prison for exercising your right to speak to them in hte manner in which they speak to us, i.e. Mr. Cheney. The sad thing is our prisons seem to be destined to fill up with the innocentwho have the ability to distingquish reality from rhetoric. Seems to me that this is what Pol Pot, Mau, Ceaser, and many other likeable leaders have done to quell discussion of right from wrong.

Well remember that thought crimes are the last desperate act of all tyranies.

Posted by Boyd Applegate at March 7, 2006 01:03 AM

Could it be that....THE END IS NEAR

Posted by Julianne at March 7, 2006 01:31 AM

No fear buddy. Focus on all the multi millions of people who support you throughout this world. I know there are some lawyers who are ready to clean up and take out the government trash. It's just all in the timing, but watch and see. Freedom cannot be taken. It is earned.

Posted by Billy Hunt at March 7, 2006 01:49 AM

Seems that there are more people in the "good ol' US of A that hate Bush's guts than actually like him. Isn't it time to really force the issue against the SOB and his cronies? Or is the rest of the population so chicken livered [or also corrupt] they are afraid to really go after them? Most Aussies I speak to just don't understand what the hell is wrong with the general population of the US that they allow the animals to stay in power. For God's sake, wake up America!

Posted by average aussie at March 7, 2006 01:52 AM

Lots of Talk and No Action

As a Canadian I am watching with Horror how USA is sinking in it’s own created quicksand …

I see a lot of talk from the American public yet there is no action what so ever . US is just about to repeat the Iraq fiasco but this time in Iran ( and on top of it involving Nuclear weapons ) and the American people do nothing but talk … US is just about to hit the $ 8.2 trillion debt mark and the American people do nothing but talk …
WHAT is wrong with you people ??

Don’t you know how to Demonstrate ? How to saturate your Congress person with phones , petitions , etc. ?

With all respect , but the big question that comes to my mind is “ Are most Americans Brain dead ?? “ .

Get UP and fight dear neighbours !! We , Canadians , and the rest of the world are watching you and judging you . So far is truly scary .

Posted by Sincere Canadian at March 7, 2006 02:00 AM

2 things, EDUCATION - the public must be educated, it is our strongest weapon. Any Direct Mailers out there start mass mailings linking to this post or website. Everyone start working your lists. And 2 GET UNIFIED - together we stand, divided we fall. Let's get grass roots on their ass.

They're going to be clamping down hard on the internet - do it now before it's gone.

Posted by eAlchemy at March 7, 2006 02:05 AM

" Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is a music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tommorrow comes!"

What happened America? If you truly believe that what your leaders are doing is wrong, stand up and be counted, change comes from within.

Posted by Grant Irvine at March 7, 2006 03:35 AM

Hey girls & guys,


The rest of us in the world look on in amazement as you all sleepwalk your way to the camps.

YOU elected these lunatics who threaten the rest of us with their 'We rule the world ' view & short of us nuking you ( tempting but impractical even though its what you do to us, can you say depleted uranium ?? ) there is little we can do to wake you all up.

80% of you think that Iran is a nuclear threat to the USA. GROW UP !!!!!

Start to educate the morons, all these fine words I'm reading here mean nothing - only your actions mean anything.

Start protesting, get on the streets, start civil disobedience acts, refuse to comply with these requests because if you don't start now IT WILL BE TOO LATE.

How many documented crimes must these murderers commit until someone there has the guts to impeach them ? It's not as if the evidence is exactly hidden or hard to find.


Best wishes from as far away from your lunatic cabal as it is possible to get.

Hello there NSA ( via Echelon )


Posted by Ian at March 7, 2006 03:37 AM

Hey girls & guys,


The rest of us in the world look on in amazement as you all sleepwalk your way to the camps.

YOU elected these lunatics who threaten the rest of us with their 'We rule the world ' view & short of us nuking you ( tempting but impractical even though its what you do to us, can you say depleted uranium ?? ) there is little we can do to wake you all up.

80% of you think that Iran is a nuclear threat to the USA. GROW UP !!!!!

Start to educate the morons, all these fine words I'm reading here mean nothing - only your actions mean anything.

Start protesting, get on the streets, start civil disobedience acts, refuse to comply with these requests because if you don't start now IT WILL BE TOO LATE.

How many documented crimes must these murderers commit until someone there has the guts to impeach them ? It's not as if the evidence is exactly hidden or hard to find.


Best wishes from as far away from your lunatic cabal as it is possible to get.

Hello there NSA ( via Echelon )


Posted by Ian at March 7, 2006 03:49 AM

Government can be overthrown at the ballot box or by constitutional convention. Fuck those pricks,
they are not my masters.

Posted by John at March 7, 2006 03:54 AM

Well, I don't know what to say about all this. There's more to this than meets the eye. Sending out letters to news organizations to provide information about journalists and what they write is disturbing. All this from 9/11. And with all the "obscure" facts surrounding who did it, I find it interesting that the strongest candidate for investigation of that crime are the very people instigating this witch hunt. It's more than obvious that they're scared and they're running to protect themselves. I'd be scared too with 3000 dead souls on my hands and two pre-empted invasions of countries with one based concretely on lies. But it's even deeper than it's acknowledged. Both houses sided with this executive's unconstitutional laws. There's alot of house cleaning to be done in America, and I hope the people realize the full extent of how far they've been sold up the river.

Posted by Richard Jenkins at March 7, 2006 04:27 AM

The bottom line is that 911 was an inside job and we have had 2 stolen elections. We dont have assasinations in this country just fake accidents and fake suicides. Senator wellstone and JFK jr were murdered. If this isn't facism what is.

Posted by Louis S. Acker at March 7, 2006 04:30 AM

Mr. Thompson, do you need any help? Mick

Posted by mick lovett at March 7, 2006 06:00 AM

Doug,I thank you for your courage. I'm sick of hearing people say, "Well, I guess I'd better be quiet about this now." No, now is the time that we should all make some noise! My college students say, "I'm not really into this politics stuff." What? Patriotism means buying a bumper sticker that says "Support Our Troops" or hanging your flag out on the 4th of July? How lazy! Real patriotism--the kind our forefathers lost everything over, including their lives--takes work (passing a petition or writing to your congressperson). It takes risk (speaking out when they threaten to shut you up.) and it takes time (to read the newspaper from front to back so you can make an INFORMED decision!) Those of us at give our free time to make this monthly progressive news program happen(via Internet, cable access, Link and Free Speech TV.) We simply need your support to strengthen our--your--voice. Dear God, if we don't all speak in one loud voice, they're still going to outshout us, and unfortunately, thanks to the ignorance and laziness of the average American citizen, they could succeed again--only this time, their success might be permanent. Thank you, Doug, for being a real patriot!!

Posted by Rhonda at March 7, 2006 06:40 AM

Hey Doug,
Congratulations on your letter from the FBI, it means you have pissed them off. That is exactly what we need more of. If everybody pisses them off what are they going to do? Give them the finger, post the letter they sent you. I will be more than happy to help support you financially or however I can. Enough is enough, we need to start over again, and the first step is to throw these bastards out of power. If it cant be accomplished peacefully then We The People will use whatever means necessary. There are many in the army who would help. They are Americans too, dont forget. They dont want their freedom and their wealth stolen any more than we do. Lets get the bastards, lets have protests! All over the country! Down with Republicans and Democrats!

Posted by Alex at March 7, 2006 06:51 AM

I'm an Australian, and yes, we have our own evil empire to deal with, but, as it is a well known fact, our own dictator is nothing but a coat tail hanger of Amerika's own despot. The best piece of advice I can offer to the People of America is remember the words of Albert Einstein "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." I will surely remind my own compatriots of this sentiment, and I will hope just as much that we are both successful in our usurping of the despicable evil that assails both our countries. Goodluck Doug, and your erstwhile patriots.

Posted by Shaun Johnson at March 7, 2006 07:40 AM

How much longer must we put up with this crap? It boggles the mind that the jackals of Congress have done their best to prop up these bastards while at the same time lining their pockets while freedom goes down the train. In six years, the BA has not only bankrupted the country and sowed hatred for us all over the world but also has wiped away the bill of rights and NO ONE IS FIGHTING BACK. No bad for a C student who was selected twice to be our inarticulate dauphin who wants to be dictator for life.

Keep fighting against this administration of darkness.

Posted by remoran at March 7, 2006 08:33 AM

How much longer must we put up with this crap? It boggles the mind that the jackals of Congress have done their best to prop up these bastards while at the same time lining their pockets while freedom goes down the train. In six years, the BA has not only bankrupted the country and sowed hatred for us all over the world but also has wiped away the bill of rights and NO ONE IS FIGHTING BACK. No bad for a C student who was selected twice to be our inarticulate dauphin who wants to be dictator for life.

Keep fighting against this administration of darkness.

Posted by remoran at March 7, 2006 08:34 AM

How much longer must we put up with this crap? It boggles the mind that the jackals of Congress have done their best to prop up these bastards while at the same time lining their pockets while freedom goes down the train. In six years, the BA has not only bankrupted the country and sowed hatred for us all over the world but also has wiped away the bill of rights and NO ONE IS FIGHTING BACK. No bad for a C student who was selected twice to be our inarticulate dauphin who wants to be dictator for life.

Keep fighting against this administration of darkness.

Posted by remoran at March 7, 2006 08:34 AM

I wrote to my Senator Boxer and read her the roit act for voting for the Patriot Act. She sent me an email telling me how the PA keeps America safe and all. Let me tell you, they are all in on this scam. When only 10 Senators will stand up to it, we've got a real problem here!

It time time to throw all these bastards out of office, by force!

Posted by Checkers at March 7, 2006 08:40 AM

I wrote to my Senator Boxer and read her the roit act for voting for the Patriot Act. She sent me an email telling me how the PA keeps America safe and all. Let me tell you, they are all in on this scam. When only 10 Senators will stand up to it, we've got a real problem here!

It time time to throw all these bastards out of office, by force!

Posted by Checkers at March 7, 2006 08:40 AM

We'll all heve to plan our escape together, that way we can get out and go back to work and pay taxes! There is no such thing as freedom. Native Americans have been fighting terrorism since 1492. Not to offend, but you are all sounding like the "New Natives" and that is good. Besides being out-gunned, one thing they could not do is organize a unified front. Even if you are afraid, keep the dialouge open. Just remember that what you are dealing with is a very old and treacherous entity, that has no continum of conciousness. US Goverment. And be prepared to be abused. Remember the united states governments policy of 'Manifest Destiny"? The new horizon is the "Globalization". Just be aware. Don't die, don't kill, Live. Communicate. Love. This way we win.

Posted by Patricia O'Brien at March 7, 2006 09:02 AM

Good effort I say!
This regime's boundless yet viscious brand of imbecility demands no greater courtesy than that afforded in your final line.
One doesn't take that horse-carp from anybody, least of all one's "elected" officials.

Posted by Agitprop at March 7, 2006 09:35 AM

Yeah hell Bush wants it to where no one has any privacy nor say an honest thing especially against his sorry ass Hitler brain. Honestly this ass hole needs to be impeached and sent on a rail back to Crawford and there he can fuck up as much as he pleases without disrupting the rest of the nation

Posted by Billy Gosa at March 7, 2006 09:59 AM

I can't imagine why people are shocked or awed by this attack on civil rights by one who is in the White House courtesy of a coup d'etat in 2000 and through a fix of voting machines in 2004.

Did you think GWB just liked the view of the rose garden? Are you seeing the possibility that PNAC rigged this whole thing years before it happened? Do you not see a connection between this and 9/11 where the towers fell after underground explosions and building 5 that triggered them then also imploded? Did you not wonder when evidence showed that the Pentagon was hit not by a suicide plane but by a missile? Did you not wonder when all the debris of 9/11 was illegally (according to US law) carted overseas so it could not be examined for evidence?
GWB has no mind for such engineering feats, but he has the arrogance to allow himself to be crowned king while the king-makers work behind the scenes to plot the demolition not only of the World Trade Center but of this experiment in democracy that seems to be about to collapse as well.
We are witness to a planetary takeover by a corporate entity determined to rule the world.

Posted by genevieve at March 7, 2006 10:46 AM

Yes we have had enough of this "Hitler" in office and I think it is high time to get rid of him. We should all ban together and impeachment him. If we were to do what he is doing we would be put in jail, just because he is president of this country that does not give him the right to break the law and not get away with it.


Posted by Elmer at March 7, 2006 10:58 AM

To Kevin and all who believe that we can vote these bastards out of office.

How the hell are we going to vote em out if we don't control our own voting process? We don't even control who will be a candidate in the presidential primaries. As for the last 2 presidential elections, Bush has NOT won either but wes selected by either voting machine fraud or as in the case of the first time in 2000 a panel of 5 judges who were bought off by corporate interests. Some say Coca Cola and Walt Disney corp had a hand in this. If I can find the url's to these articles I will post them here as soon as I can. If anyone is interested in how deep the rabithole really goes, check out this website.

Posted by mimdway at March 7, 2006 11:01 AM

Resistance is futile. This is all required for the 'Great Work of the Ages' to be completed. The alchemical transformation is unstoppable until it runs its course. Bush and Co. are only a smaller pretext in a larger context. Do not just focus on The current administration but look at the trend throughtout our nation's history. Unfortunatly, our entire government apparatus is now (except the peons who don't count anyway) fully compromised and manipulated by an elitist faction who has a dream in mind that is larger than any one nation.

Posted by David at March 7, 2006 11:10 AM

Since when are reporters immune to laws against national security? Just because you write for a living gives you carte blanc to out classified information?

And your constant hyperbole about the dangers of this administration have done irrepairable harm to your credibility.

Posted by deb at March 7, 2006 11:11 AM


J. Croft

This article will start off assuming that the Reader (you) is already subject to MARTIAL LAW; that is, the "suspension" of the Constitution. Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted chumps in black wielding assault rifles. Basic survival tips will be followed by more detailed ideals on how to counter this coup against the American People.

The remainder will apply IF you're reading this before MARTIAL LAW is imposed by the current corrupt government. IF you are reading this while you still nominally under Constitutional Law, it's urgent you read from the beginning to end so as to appreciate the opportunities you currently have to not only protect yourself and yours, but to attempt to stop a coup.


Rule #1

Never take the government's word at face value-except when they tell you that they'll kill you.

Government-it's components of career politicians, bureaucratic vermin, and SS ninja wannabes live, have lied. For a lot longer than you'd think. It's the very job; being part of an empire wrapped in the cloak of American political traditions of Freedom, that corrupts. All that power, attracting the most venal along with the most patriotic to defend America. All that license under ever mutable law written by money whores to lie, steal, embezzle, blackmail, extort, poison, torture, enslave, murder.

Is it any wonder then that such human scum would get together and work "the system" to set themselves up as kings, dispensing with the pretty coverings of Constitutional limitations that trip their crimes like a prom dress? Taking as much as they can, while keeping YOU ASLEEP AS YOU LET YOURSELF BE SEDUCED AND PUT ASLEEP BY THEIR FELLOW TRAVELLERS IN THE MEDIA AND CORPORATE BOARDS?

Yes: a lot of the blame can be laid on your shoulders, American. You dropped the ball with going along with not finding the truth about JFK's assassination. Dropped the ball with MLK, RFK, Malcolm X. Dropped the ball with Vietnam, the air trafficker's strike that Reagan crushed, Iran-Contra. Dropped the ball with the 92 election-picking that drug runner and murderer Bill Clinton because he was charming… like a pimp. And boy did he pimp you out at the expense of Randy Weaver and his family, the 81 casualties at Waco, the peoples of the former Yugoslavia. You were too busy following Micheal Jordan and watching Friends.

Then you assholes really dropped it when George W. Bush STOLE the Presidency, with the media not even allowing a Ross Perot to run. If you would've elected him in 1992 in fact America could've been saved. BUT, you'd rather take government careerists at their word and plan your next outing to the mall than save your nation. Save your jobs, your freedoms, YOUR government.

Now it's gone. The criminals that've systematically taken over YOUR government they've removed the last vestiges of Constitutional law. Now it's law by the barrels of their assault rifles in your face-do ANYTHING other than obey in utter fear and you're dead. Or worse. You listened to their lies for over a century, you and your ancestors-where has it gotten you? Don't take their word on any "news" they have. Nor take their advice, their "assistance" their laws at face value because they manipulate everything they do to screw you.

What you can take their word on is, if you DON'T go along with them screwing you, they'll kill you for it.

Rule #2


Do NOT tell anyone anything that could get you in trouble. Assume anything can get you in trouble, because it probably will. Especially with any government official, but anyone looking to gaining a favor with the state can and will snitch on you. The rat who would sell you out for his thirty pieces could be:

*A small businessman looking for a in with the state so he can make money a little easier.

*A former friend who's looking to get some revenge.

*Someone desperate for even some food. Times are tough and will get tougher.


Review the remaining rules of surviving MARTIAL LAW with Rule #2 ALWAYS in mind. Because some rat on two legs you say the wrong thing to WILL snitch to the "authorities" in exchange for favors or even brownie points… and then you get to find out how ironclad Rule #1 is.


Rule #3

ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE IS THE ENEMY! Unless you are waging a war of liberation-gathering intelligence or spreading disinformation or infiltrating-have no relation with nor voluntary contact with any soldier, police officer, bureaucrat, or anyone in authority in private life cooperating with MARTIAL LAW. Review Rule #1: they're all liars, con artists, hustlers, thieves, murderers. Same goes to any fellow travellers in big business; they and government have been in the same bed for a century.

Stay away from them as much as possible. Tell them lies. Don't do any business with them. Unless they're sticking a gun in your face don't even acknowledge that they exist.

Shun them, their family and any sycophants that fawn over them for a few favors.

Rule #4

YOUR PERSONAL SURVIVAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBEYING ANY DICTATE! If you're prohibited from having an item that helps you survive, get the item, review Rule #2 AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

If you're prohibited from having extra food, medicine, guns (no brainer) then you will CACHE your prohibited items in a place where it won't easily be found. Foods, after properly sealed for storage, and medicines can be placed in hollow spaces in walls, floorboards, stairs, behind false walls in closets, or even in a hidden underground pantry dug underneath your foundation or basement.

Firearms are metallic; they can be detected by metal detectors unless you store them deep underground or in a place they won't think of looking right away… like sealed in wider metallic tubes, or away from your property. And if you by chance acquire or keep firearms knowing HOW TO USE THEM(sight alignment, trigger squeeze) and RELOADING AMMUNITION will be mandatory.


To use a gun, first find the PROPER AMMUNITION FOR IT. After loading, pointed end forward, the ammo into the magazine, cylinder, or chamber load the weapon. On semiautomatic pistols if the slide-that moving part on top-is locked back there's a small lever on the left side of the gun. Push on it and it will close. Otherwise you'll have to pull the slide back yourself.

Pistols are concealable, rifles and shotguns are for starting a fight. Shotguns you load from a port on the underside, behind the fore stock or it breaks open. Rifles come in several flavors; single shot, pump, bolt action, automatic, and feed from the chamber, a internal magazine or has a detaching magazine. The rifle you want first and foremost is a automatic rifle in a military common caliber. That coupled with proper marksmanship transforms you from a victim to a freedom fighter.

Here's the most important part: see what you're aiming at… put your FRONT SIGHT where you want the bullet to go… then WHILE YOUR FRONT SIGHT'S ON TARGET align your REAR SIGHT with your FRONT SIGHT. …When your FRONT SIGHT and REAR SIGHT aligned like this more or less:
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…when you're aligned and aimed AT THE SAME TIME DO A SMOOTH, QUICK PRESS ON YOUR TRIGGER. The gun will go BOOM! and will push back in RECOIL. Don't be afraid; think of it like setting off a firework, only you're also sending a lead bullet at someone. If you did all the steps right you'll hit.

Dry firing a empty gun at a target is one way to practice. Even better is getting a air gun, paint some targets on a sheet of paper and going at it until you can aim and land every round in the black as fast as possible.)

Rule #5

While keeping the above rules in mind ALWAYS HELP OUT THOSE WHO ARE RESISTING! They, unlike you, have decided that there's nothing to lose and therefore deserve anyone's help who's willing to risk their lives. You think MARTIAL LAW is going away on it's own? Those bastards in black will have a sudden change of heart and do something worthwhile for a change and not oppress you? I like to dream too…

The VERY LEAST: have extra food, water for resistance fighters, basic medical supplies, ammo caches(hint, these should be concealed).

A secret room either built from some closet space or under the home can house a couple of fighting Patriots. Those who fight will need to keep hidden, yet able to communicate with fellow fighters. You can be a intermediary.

You have skills, like welding, machine tools, chemistry? You can take that secret room and make weapons, ammo, other things the resistance needs.

You have inside information? Share it. You have videography experience, tools? Make how-to videos on resisting the theft of your freedoms. You have medical training? Set up a underground hospital.

Not all Patriots can or should pick up a rifle and blow a traitor's head off. Riflemen need ammo, food, a place to rest, medical assistance, repairs for their weapons, intel on their next target. Most of all they and you need each other because a man alone doesn't stand a chance. Only by uniting in common cause with all one has to offer can the traitors be defeated, and Freedom restored to the land.

…If you're not at least giving aid to those helping to liberate you put this article down, go back to being a victim of government oppression; maybe you can get by being a pathetic lackey they'll thieve from and occasionally beat or take sex from.

Rule #6

With the utmost care develop a SURVIVAL NETWORK. This is a group of people with skills and/or resources who can help each other in areas they would be lacking on their own. It could be anything from extra food, medicine, repair parts, fuel, transportation-whatever.

In any given neighborhood you can have machinists(weapon makers), medical personel, drivers(good knowledge of local roads), gardeners(agriculture knowledgebase).

Petty bureaucrats secretly opposing martial law are prime candidates to spy, steal, or commit sabotage.

Computer technicians can hack government systems and create surveillance systems and guidence packages for missiles.

Construction workers can build secret rooms to hide anything from a arms cache to a secret factory. People in the media can smuggle cameras and work with computer techs to: bug enemy meetings, produce freedom media that documents sucessful means of resisting and present government atrocities for the reasons why.

Salesmen can "borrow" merchandise from their stores for use-anything and everything is useful.

Especially useful will be disgruntled cops and military who can provide everything from intel on raids to weapons to training.

Keep the numbers of your group "small": smaller cells are more difficult to penetrate by enemy agents and professional snitches. Keeping that in mind, a means of communication independent from wiretapped phones and audible eavesdropping devices must be developed amongst you.

Runners can be a athlete or a kid on a bike. They can carry small packages, or notes with a handy breakable vial of flammable liquid if discovered. With a sealed packet of potassium chlorate taped to it the gasoline(preferable) will automatically ignite; otherwise you'll have to actually light that incriminating evidence.

A mail drop can be a home, a hollowed out tree trunk, a hole in the ground, a open fence pole-anything. Just be sure it's discreetly out of sight of surveillance.

If God's really liking you, one of your group will be a SMART SURVIVALIST. This will be a exceedingly rare breed, because most in this group were smart enough to begin preparing for the collapse to begin with. They WEREN'T smart enough to avoid detection of their awareness and distrust of government. They signed form 4477 registration forms for their firearms, used credit cards and checks for their weapon and ammunition purchases, registered for weapons permits, or registered themselves with gun clubs and shooting organizations. These people more than likely got swept up in pre-dawn raids or got blasted resisting.

No the SMART SURVIVALIST prepared-and kept his mouth shut about those preps. He or she never signed federal permit forms for purchases or carry license. He or she presented a "average American" profile or totally disappeared. Get or find one in your group and you'll have a literal treasury of knowhow and resources to survive… maybe even start taking back a little?

Rule #7

AVOID GOVERNMENT MONITORING AND CONTROL! Know where the cameras are and how to avoid them. Know who patrols where, and what routine they follow so as to avoid contact. Know your snitches and always feed them b.s. if you can't avoid them.

Find ways around checkpoints. Side streets, forest paths, neighbor's yard, railroad tracks, tunnels; whatever go arounds to getting from point a to point b without a pack of government troops searching you, checking your ID. I can't and won't go into detail; how you find your ways is up to you.

Rule #8

AVOID A GOVERNMENT ROUNDUP. It could be from a disaster, a attack, or even because they've decided to end the pretense and show you what they really think of you and your "rights". You'll just wind up in a detention camp where your freedom of movement and resources will be strictly controlled. That means having a place to go away from your area, a means to get there, and supplies.

Very difficult to do in a martial law situation, with shortages and rationing at gunpoint. Remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina; how they were set up to be stranded in New Orleans by the government? How they were constantly baited with false hope of rescue for a week after the catastrophe? How they eventually were herded by FEMA into concentration camps?

You disregard Rule #1, you'll find out.

Get a safe house of your own-a friend or a abandoned home, a empty storefront or even a patch of woods. When the troops start going street to street, house to house have escape routes by lesser used streets, trails, whatever. You may have to go on foot, so have a light backpack with a few days worth of nonperishable food, portable water purifier, a first aid kit, a light sleeping bag-and your weapon. A mountain bike may be a more optimal and versatile escape mode than your road-dependent car. Better to be on the run, desperate-and have your freedom-than be imprisoned in a FEMA slave camp.

Rule #9

Find a way you can successfully resist. Probably not with guns or bombs unless you have the training, but there's plenty of ways you can monkeywrench the basic functioning of the state during MARTIAL LAW.

If you work for the state you have plenty of opportunities to mess things up, but even private firms are subcontracted by the government. You know who's just earning a paycheck, who's backing this war against the people, and who's getting off on "just following orders". If you can take action, great; concentrate most of your planning on getting away with the job. Otherwise, get contacts with Patriots and be the most reliable source of intelligence you can be.

Every bit of drag on the government beast helps-perhaps in botching that paperwork, breaking that surveillance camera in disguise, or misdirecting that bureaucrat or soldier cop that act might be the beginning of a butterfly effect of bringing down the state of MARTIAL LAW and restoring Freedom to our nation. Always keep that in mind. You must find your own way, but find it you must if you want what was stolen from you back.


To be honest it's probably the most difficult challenge anyone can face. Because you're starting a conflict from scratch inside the belly of the beast. You can't fight for territory when you've only got a few guns against divisions of enemy troops equipped with automatic weapons, armor, air support, the pitiful acquiescence of a "people" who long ago gave up Liberty for the trap of existence of a childlike, cushy debt slavery.

So the smart coup leaders that prosecute a martial law takeover will do it against a population that's already been pacified in one way or another. Now with the gilding stripped off their chains they're as frightened hostages willing to go along with ANYTHING massah state wants so long as they have some semblance of their former "lives". Aside from sickened, disgruntled vets, the American People; untrained in the military arts or even basic survival have been pacified-or the coup would never have taken place.

It is simply fear of loss after being so coddled, so divorced as a culture from personal responsibility -although enough exposure to fear and the human psyche has a way of becoming psychologically inured to it… which can lead to anger, and then revenge.

No: better way to pacify is to bring it on in a overwhelming torrent onto a population unprepared for it, unprepared for hardships. Take away their culture, their moral cores, their connections to God. Ply them with trinkets and baubles and other junk-get them to find solace in material things, in distractions like spectator sports, television. "Our" junk culture.

Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture while their means of sustenance-their jobs-are shipped overseas piecemeal, so they don't wake up.

Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture while their rights are legislated into impotence, irrelevance to the state's enforcers.

Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture, as even the know how of being able to survive outside the system; basics like growing food, repairing stuff, marksmanship is slowly stifled.

And all the time tell them they're free and prosperous. Eventually you'll have a people much like modern America's dumbed down materialistic debt slave. Such a people as ours, fed lies about our evil corrupt system as you find on TV are ready for a fall now as I write this. All that's needed is a plausable pretext, a cover story for the sheeple to accept the loss of their freedom in exchange for a impression of security in a land where the plenty of food and goods has been taken away.

Now some will see through the b.s.; but Humans can be stubbornly stupid when it comes to misdirected hope. These slaves, in every sense of the word, will actually defend the system that has enslaved them. Such is the enemy's genius at their social engineering. All those slavishly obeying the state in a martial law enviroment for some forlorn hope that their lives will somehow go back to the false paradise of the late 20th century will in effect be the enemy themselves.

You won't be alone. The enemy's genius is formidable, but not perfect. Quite frankly they're overconfident-and even if they weren't they're not God. They can't see all and will make fatal mistakes. The question will be, will you be man enough to exploit those mistakes to bring their downfall and save the Human Race?

How to beat the state when it has all the cards; can't take on an army with a pistol… but you can take on one of it's soldiers when you sneak up on him when they're not looking for it. If you're skilled with a rifle you can kill at distance and sneak off… if you have a supressor on your weapon you can do a whole lot of killing and not be detected. If you know chemistry, you can come up with all sorts of nasty stuff that can do damage to the enemy's expensive stuff.

If you have friends or fellow travellers you can do a lot more damage, even recruit if you have a video camera, editing system, and dvd duplicators(get someone skilled in video production) to advertise your victories and how others can duplicate your efforts, plus why they should fight in the first place.

If you're successful your area of operations will be overflowing with Patriots looking to bag as many jack booted thugs, bureaucrats and other traitors as they can get at. The excess Patriots can then spread out to other areas of our country, replicating as best they can what you've done.

With whole regions of the country infiltrated and secured secret industry can develop. Light weapons can be constructed at first, but eventually heavy weapons will be designed and made, and distributed. Ammunition, food, fuel, medicine-all can be manufactured on or made with basic machine tools and chemistry.

The time will come… if the enemy still clings to their forlorn hope of defeating the American People with the brainless thugs and sheeple that lick their boots… the time will come that OPEN WARFARE can begin and territory openly liberated.

After that… it'll probably devolve into a stalemate. The enemy isolated in their city/prison states unable to retake the surrounding countryside, but the Patriots not having enough strength to retake the cities. Or perhaps enough time because either the enemy develops some funky new superweapon, or their continued control of military assets overseas causes a outside power to intervene… on whose side… who knows?


Because a MARTIAL LAW will lead to CIVIL WAR… and national destruction… what I just described to you.

Let's NOT have a civil war, and spend the next century rebuilding. Much better to organize right now, as I write in October, 2005! We still have a political process we can use if we learn how to use it effectively. We can together find a small town and take it over-like the Libertarian's Free State Projects, only focused onto one town. Take that over, free it, and spread out from there. We as Americans need a standing example of what a Free State is; since we don't have the numbers to take over a state, we have to take over a town… so we can get the numbers to take over a state.

Even some in the traitorous elite don't want to see MARTIAL LAW because they recognize the exquisite control and enslavement the current American political system has over Americans, and want to keep their power. They can be used, then abused.

Individually, if you have guns, bury spares of your fighting arms, or sell them privately to new Patriot recruits. This will get easier as deteriorating conditions bring the reality of our situation home, and the government's conduct in New Orleans make personal preparation a priority.

Buy lots of ammo, food, medicine, reloading supplies. Get these at gun shows for CASH ONLY. Go to gun shows while they're still legal!

Find books on basic manufacturing processes-that's vital!

If you have EVER joined a gun group, bought guns and ammo with credit cards, checks, and/or signed registration forms and permits HIDE AND/OR SELL YOUR EXCESS GUNS TO MOTIVATED PATRIOTS! You WILL be searched first on "The Day", and if so much as a empty shell casing's found you can count on being starved, beaten and raped to death in a internment camp. Or maybe they'll take you anyway for being on record.

Start driving around: look for abandoned homes, businesses, and roads or trails that'll get you to them. Caves, forest haunts, old barns, the nastiest trailer in that tired old trailer park.

When you recruit, don't let them put their names on any forms that could implicate them in the eyes of the government. Keep their profile low-Patriots will need infiltrators, safe houses, spies… can't do that if you're still running around openly displaying a "I'm the NRA" sticker or a Gadsen Flag. Sorry.

Take your Recruits and:

*Toughen them up. Camping, survival courses, hand to hand combat courses. Even getting them to let their TV gather dust to do… anything will be of benefit. Demonstrations, projects, meetings, find places to hole up like anything without people around…

*Shooting, and lots of it! Paintball to teach tactics. A range of some sort for battle rifle practice. Airguns and required turning in of targets for their own practice-the airsoft guns are coming along as viable training tools and as soon as they perfect a paintball that'll cycle through them you should splurge a couple hundred bucks and get some guns and paintballs.

*Group buy ammo, parts, food, knowledge, a legal fiction to acquire property not under your own name, nor any connection to you. Have your stashes in several small units throughout the area you figure you're going to operate. The more the better, and, no one person should have knowledge of where all the caches are at. A cache should have ammo for the standard weapon/caliber your group should standardize on. I recommend a military pattern rifle in 7.62NATO, along with spare parts because they'll break down with all the shooting and abuse you're gonna heap on them. Enough ammo to refill all your carry mags for a mission. Also, nonperishable food. Should have lots of calories, carbs, protein. Medical supplies.

…No you're not going to get a lot of recruits. The enemy's cultural weapons are pretty damn powerful, and their mind control of Americans is exquisite-but not foolproof! On occasion a event will occur that will defy their spin control and b.s.-like the live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and their criminal abandonment of the Black Community to die in that open sewer so they'll abandon the city to foreclosers wanting a "Las Vegas on the Gulf". Point out the criminal abandonment of the government of their People. A lot of eyes were opened by that hurricane, and not all of them are going to shut again by the system's lies. Take your opportunities as they come.

I have a plan of peaceful political action that can be used, so here's a excerpt of my essay, "Message to Mr. and Mrs. America" at my blog

Taking back the government-peacefully!

This is the preferable manner of us as groups reclaiming our Freedom. To be effective, one must have a understanding of America's political system as it relates to our cause. We have a president, a vice-president and their agents, a congress, a federal judicial system, and the duplication of this political layout among the states. Beyond that you have the many thousands of county and local governments. So what will work?

Take over the presidency?

It's long been proven that unless you have the blessings of the two official parties of this nation, you cannot seriously run for president. The closest independent candidate was Ross Perot back in 1992, and even being a billionaire didn't shield him from getting shredded by the media.

So, assuming the voting machines are honest(not)and the media's fair(not) you need the machine of a major party backing you(won't happen).

And the president can only do so much; America's system of government is extremely compartmentalized, so that unless you have a common ideology and party mechanism guiding and controlling the various components, it's impossible for one man to dictate policy. So a independent party president, one lone person against the rest of the hydra headed federal monstrosity is not only impossible, it's retarded even planning such a thing.


Congress is made up of 540 members-100 senators and the rest in the house of representatives. All are elected in staggared election cycles so it would take approximately a decade of successful nationwide campaigning to create a majority party. Yes, congress writes the laws and taking it back is essential in our struggle, but even factoring out the two official parties and their political machines the structure of this body demands a massive political machine of our own.

Massive organizations that have a heirarchial structure have been penetrated, subverted and corrupted by our enemies since the beginning of time. It's a process that to them is a natural as breathing. Then there's all the fundraising that will be needed and we're not rich-the only ones with money in America are the same pack of vampires who've been sucking us dry. So a singular, national organization will not be sucessful.

Independent and rogue candidates however do have some success. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Ron Paul of Texas, and at one time James Trafficant of Ohio sadly represent the successes. Most candidates are attorneys who've long ago prostituted themselves. They whore themselves to the political machine that will take them where they want to go. All they want is power and in exchange have legislated the monstrosity American government has become. The democrats and republicans, their bosses for all practical purposes appoint these elitists their congressional seats and they're prepared to spend whatever cash it takes to take or retain that seat. Vote fraud of course is part of their arsenal.

There are no rich left in these times who would willingly sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor-they're either sold out or scared. So any candidates for congress will have to be raised and funded by us. That means we have to do it in a grass roots manner. We have to build not one political machine, but a army of political machines that are independent of one another, yet cooperative.

Many small parties, one common agenda

This form of political resistance lends itself naturally to our groups. It will go like this:

The group helps other groups form. They in turn during the next local election cycle turn out and get the candidates they choose elected in town and county governments. Much of the oppressive laws plaguing us are drafted and enforced locally. Taking over local governments will not only give the freedom groups relief from local law enforcement harassment, it will give us the tools to revoke and repeal such things as:

Property taxes that allow the government to sieze that home you're working a lifetime to pay for if you miss one "rent" installment. Those in power whine that property taxes are for the schools and the children-isn't that what their gambling rackets known as the lotto are for? And they're willing to make you and yours homeless for the children… such evil makes me just want to shoot them. But let's try not to go there yet.

All those damned zoning restrictions, regulations, speed trap traffic laws designed to churn up "tax" revenue, laws criminalizing all sorts of things and actions that bother nobody. Think of any local ordinance that seems to have been drafted by a neurotic control freak… the list would be endless really!

Un-Constitutional, pro criminal gun control legislation. A big part of their program's disarming us so that we're helpless and have to rely on them exclusively for protection, establishing dependence. Not that the cops are legally obligated to your personal protection of course.

Anything that pledges cooperation with state and federal authorities, at least until we take our nation back!

Another book recommendation: HOW TO WIN A LOCAL ELECTION. Should be in your local bookstore.

When we take back a local government and bring that jurisdiction back into line with the classic tenants of American government, it will be a beacon of light, an example of successful peaceful resistance. It will immediately inspire and launch similar efforts in neighboring communities. Each composed of small, decentralized groups working together on the big problem, so that one day they can afford to bicker on the small stuff-that the Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Christian Patriots and Conservatives currently do. So together, with control of enough cities and townships, the combined efforts of those groups can take over counties. With control of enough counties, an entire state can be taken over by our groups.

Why take that next step? The list of things we can do when we take back our local governments is vast, but then there would be the call to centralize governmental control with state and federal authorities. So when this begins we must be as aggressive as possible-being examples to others, advising, and most importantly WE MUST NOT FIGHT AMONGST OURSELVES OVER STUFF WE CAN DEBATE AFTER WE RETAKE OUR LAND! Backbiting will be exploited by our enemies, it will be our biggest downfall.

And if we can take the nation back…

There are many things we must do immediately, as soon as we can take back control of America's destiny.

(1)Secure our borders from any further infiltration. Whatever that takes, whatever manpower's available, we must find a way to seal up thousands of miles of hinterland border, and many thousands of miles more of coastline. This will take bringing our troops and ships home, and in effect end America's era of being used as a tool of global empire. It will be good, as being number one just makes you the one everyone else wants to take out.

At the same time, a heightened state of alert must be maintained if another power were to take advantage of our transistional phase and attempt some economic or military adventure against our interests. America will be painfully contracting from it's global economic empire as we attempt to revive a self-sufficient free republic and the last thing we'll need is for Muslims seeking revenge against the Empire, or China rolling the dice on a military adventure against us.

(2)Impose a flexible series of tariffs so that no matter where on Earth a imported good is made, it's cost after going through customs is just a few percent more than one made in America-with all the taxes still imposed. This must be implemented by law for I'd calculate twenty years; because this is the minimum time required to rebuild America's manufacturing economy. The rest of the world's just going to have to learn to live economically without the American consumer, and the American consumer is going to have to learn basic economics. It will be a horrifically shocking adjustment, and lead to a economic collapse-of the megacorporations. It's the bitterest medicine, but America and Americans have become almost terminally sick with the current system imposed upon us and those that don't immediately take steps to save themselves will need some hard lessons quick to bring them back to reality.


Most important thing you can do? Pray. I'm serious. Don't do it in some gay mega-church and tithe to some blowdried huckster-do it like Jesus taught. Find a quiet place, quiet your mind, and open your heart. God WILL talk to you , or at least convey some feeling. You can't listen because you're out of practice listening so, practice. Eventually God will talk to you, and it's in your best interest to listen because God does love you!

He isn't looking to burn you for eternity for your petty imperfections. He's looking to liberate His People-all of us. Can't liberate a people if they're dead from some "bible prophecy" going on as scripted: wouldn't the events of Revelation carried out as written be a victory for the devil… wanting to possess and destroy? Humanity's all but destroyed in the end of that book. Why not fight to derail that outcome?


Lindsay's Technical Books-basic knowhow and such.

Gun Show-to buy guns and ammo, but also camoflage, gun books. Look in the paper in the classifieds. Bring cash for discreet purchasing.

Google-start googling terms like militia, patriots, martial law.

RWVA.ORG-Revolutionary War Veterans Association; these people are working hard to resurrect rifle marksmanship in America, and you WILL need to be able to shoot straight if you want your meager supply of ammo to be effective.,,, are independent news media and also popular nexus points to web search and find out the truth.

Posted by J. Croft at March 7, 2006 11:20 AM

Cincinnati Ohio here and aware of the big scam that is happening to our country. The question is were we ever Free or has it always been a planned smoke and mirror operation? The men that wrote our freedoms such as the constitution were also powerfull men that were members of some of the same sercret societies that today's elite belong too. I think this runs much deeper then even the awake people know. Maybe the fear of loosing the country is really what they want us to feel. Maybe we just need to realize this life is one experience of something greater and in the end we ourselves have the power to mentaly change our enviornment. (i.e. enough people think positive we will get positive results)

Either way you have to think that fear and turmoil has always been their goal. Let's keep smiles on our faces and face them with pure positive energy knowing in the end they cannot change what matters most. Our will to do good and help the fellow human!! Those who have no fear will win in the end.

Posted by Jay at March 7, 2006 11:54 AM

I turned the letter over to my lawyer and told him to send the following message to the feds:

Fuck you. Strong letter to follow.

Give them holy hell. The CRIMINAL murderers and thieves of the Bush crime syndicate deserve to hang for treason.

Posted by Jimmy Taylor at March 7, 2006 12:03 PM

Go get'em, Doug. Ready to contribute to your defense fund.

Posted by Military_Mentality at March 7, 2006 12:18 PM

My fellow Americans, regardless of our political affiliations or preferences, we all share a common goal and concern and that is, our individual rights and freedoms.
While many Americans are aware of the aggressive laws being enacted, that actually impead upon our Rights and Freedoms, just as many Americans are equally unaware. America is quickly becoming a country that is strictly ruled by Big Government and Big Money, without any concern for the citizens of America.
As we Americans continue to hold a false belief that our Government conducts itself with the exclusive interest of the American Citizen being their first and highest priority, our Government is quickly undermining our way of life by manipulating and creating laws that clearly drives a wedge between the power of the American People and the Government by the People.

It is up to the American Citizens and "not" the Government, to save America from the Government as it continues on this path of destruction, of "Government by the People".
We must not and can not, continue to allow ourselves to become a passive force and voice, in the shaping of our country by simply ignoring the events currently enveloping our lives within our Governmental structure.
As each year, month, week, day and hour passes, laws are being passed in the guise of Freedom, but whose freedom do these laws protect, should be the question we must all ask ourselves and the law makers of America.

Are we Americans actually naive enough to put blind faith in our Government to conduct itself in a manner that is beneficial to the interest of all Americans, without jeopardizing our fundamental rights and freedoms?
As the days since 911 grows into years, we have seen many changes occur that has removed the power of the people to have a Government by the People, towards a Government over the People.
This is a disaster in the making to allow such Government rule over the people of these United States. Do we really want a Dictatorship Government or would we rather have a continued "Government by the People-For the People"?
It is up to each individual citizen of America to be informed beyond what the controled Major Media Networks allow us to hear, by manipulating the real truths behind the stories.

Have we already forgotten that Power tends to Corrupt and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely?
Have we become so passive that we no longer wish to be responsible Americans, with a responsible Government, that has a duty to answer to all Americans for actions not conducive of a responsible Government? Let us not forget that this country was established because of a Government "over" the people, and our Founding Fathers went to great lengths to establish our Constitution so that the Citizens of America would no longer be ruled by a Tyrannical Government.
Will our generation be looked upon by future generations as being the generation that let America fall to Government rule over the People?
I simply cannot say it enough, America wake up and take back our Country and establish a responsible Government once again!

America can not and must not be manipulated by Government rhetoric using fear tactics and the like, to turn this country against itself.
We no longer seem to have proud Americans standing up to state they are Americans, but what we do have is, Americans, one after another standing up and saying "I'm a Democrat or I'm a Republican", as if this defines their commitment to this Country and denies the others.
The time has come, that all Americans once again set aside political preferences and become a Nation of Patriotic Americans, and Unite to Defend our Constitution from a Tyrannical Government!
The Constitution is NOT a piece of paper, it is America, and it is what we Americans must hold in the highest regard, above any form of Government, with Pride and Determination, till death do we part.
Bob USMC-Defenders of Americas Freedoms

Posted by Bob Tyler at March 7, 2006 12:19 PM

And another thing. I do not believe you got such a letter in the first place. And if you did, and you are the patriot you claim to be and not just a blowhard, you would publish the letter despite the (supposed) warnings from your attorney.

Posted by deb at March 7, 2006 12:35 PM

And another thing. I do not believe you got such a letter in the first place. And if you did, and you are the patriot you claim to be and not just a blowhard, you would publish the letter despite the (supposed) warnings from your attorney.

Posted by deb2 at March 7, 2006 12:35 PM

My friends south of the 49th,

Come join us in the socialist paradise of Canada, where the governence is so inept they are the the last thing you have to worry about!

Seriously though, all true Americans are at risk;
Be Safe!

mighty mushr00m

Posted by mighty mushr00m at March 7, 2006 12:56 PM

wow, feel the waves of hate and discontent...I think one thing that's wise to do when contemplating the whole issue of what freedoms are, prudence and so forth, is the fact that we don't make use of those freedoms on a daily basis, and so like with unused muscles, there's a lot of complaining from the body at the outset.
Similarly, there's an outcry from the body politic over it's previously uncomplaining
members and constituents, but unlike a muskuloskeletal complaint, this one won't get fixed with drugs and massage, it's just going to have to work itself out.

I really and truly believe that the internet should be hailed as 'The Bringer Of The Democratic Renassance' in america...for too many years, frankly nobody gave a crap about some long-standing problems quite simply because prior to the Information Age, no one knew about a lot of em. It stands to reason, the world's not perfect, nor is america.

At the same time, you should always strive to balance vitriol with sound reasoning and well-thought-out discourse. Find a copy of Robert's Rules Of Order, the debate handbook basically,
and think in terms of having civil debate.
People are probably 10 times more likely to listen to whatever it is you have to say if you keep your head AND your manners with you when you say it. No one wants to hear some jerk who's just venting his spleen about this or that like a 10-year-old complaining 'cause his TV got cut off.

We live in 'interesting times'. What's REALLY interesting to me is that people aren't rallying to have a National Energy Conservation Program or something similar. The problem is obvious: We
have met the enemy, and he is us, so to speak.
Before you accuse me of being a communist, unamerican godless commie pinko etc., hear me out: We've known there's an issue with oil since, oh, about 1973. No one listened to Jimmy Carter in his sweater talking about the merits of energy independence or the pitfalls of reliance on foreign energy, words that Bush is now repeating, and our chickens are coming home to roost. Parents blithely ignored school systems for years, now kids can't hold a candle to countries like India, China, and elsewhere that are making a MINT off us annually in sales of goods to the US. People ignored the reports of declining polls, meaning less people AT the polls than expected during votes and elections,
now we've got BushCo. No one really listened to Eisenhower either, and now we've got MegaCorp etc., er, 'defense', doing pretty much whatever it damn well pleases, and that 800 lb. gorilla
sits wherever it wants.

This nation is 8.2 trillion in debt, soon to be 9, if the news has the debt cap estimates right.
Can people, WILL people refuse to listen to the likes of Matthew Lesko with the free handouts,
or have we become entitlement-americans, perpetually beholden to some type of handout from Uncle Sam?

It can be successfully argued that We, The People, get the government we vote for(or by not voting, as the case may be.) Are YOU a registered voter? If not, it might be a point to ponder...I'd just as soon not have large corporate interests from god knows where telling Congress what to do, basically, and as the old saying goes 'money talks' much do YOU save per year? Do you have a retirement plan, OTHER than social INsecurity? Would you vote for politicians or legislation based on the premise that they would enrich you? What are YOUR principles? These and other lofty questions are frequently only aired in literature, which is where, to my opinion, the internet has really shown a lot of promise.

If you think about it, today, more information is available to people than at any point in time in recorded history. What we choose to do with that information is a subject of great debate, and also a subject of our personal conscience,
in the sense that most good tools can also dually be some kind of weapon in the hands of an unprincipled person or people. That's where the
whole issue on the wiretap debate gets interesting, because like money, knowledge is also a form of power. Power tends to corrupt...
To get biblical, eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge got Adam and Eve tossed out of Eden on their cans...somehow they made it, if they hadn't, according to the Bible, we un's wouldn't be here today...likewise I think america will survive the Information Age, but not by selling ourselves down the river for a new DVD player, but rather by re-evaluating our basic principles and ethics, and examining our path towards the future.

Now, democracy's not a religion, per se, but rather a philosophy that people have rights, and a voice, and that that voice should help to guide society and the country at large on its' path to the future. Accordingly, people need a forum in which to express that voice, to make themselves heard, and communicate among themselves, not for some kind of subversion, but rather in the spirit of freedom of assembly.

The Grand Debate is not a plan to destroy ourselves, or our country, but rather a way to air grievances, discuss ideas, and generally
participate in open, public discourse. The greatest threat our freedoms and liberties face is not the narrowminded minority that would squelch partisan dissent, but rather that silent majority that doesn't ever speak up, either out of distractedness, fatigue, or apathy. I fully believe that national votes should be held more than once a year. People, the majority, the 'We, The People' reference in the founding documents of america as we know it today, should play a more active role in the collective choices our country makes, which doubtless places a burden on Congress of inestimable proportion, imagine having 300 million customers...but such are the challenges of a representative government in the Information Age...hopefully, the wiser heads will prevail on the issue as they invariably tend to on such things, and not give into the hotheads and fearmongers and knee-jerk partisan wonks prone to blaming their political opposition for everything from stopped clocks to moldy bread. Whether you count yourself as a Democrat, Independent, Republican, Chicken Taco Pizza, whatever, the point remains that people need to participate more actively in government,
and enliven the debate which of late has largely revolved around who's getting how much money this year, which is hardly a fitting topic for Congress, and continued focus on such pettiness and orchestrated avarice kind of raises people's eyebrows, makes em wonder what school these guys really went to, at the end of the day, and what their actual commitments are to the people that pay them, namely the taxpayers in america who will foot the bill for all manner of foolishness so long as they're willing to passively stand by and tolerate evidence of greed, incompetence, institutional apathy, and so forth. Reforms are healthy, but as with foul-tasting medicine, the patient typically protests loudly...

We gauge ourselves and so does the world we live in, by our demonstrated ethics. Idle lip service is all good and fine, but how much time do we take out of our lives to walk that block to work instead of driving, or helping the elderly, what are our expectations nationally of our government's role in society, or do we still have the pluck and determination to solve our own problems maturely and creatively when they arise?

My question is, 'what if New Orleans had been worse'? As it was, thousands of people died through collective negligence and lack of initiative. Does New Orleans now represent the collective american psyche throughout the world?
Do we look like selfish,lazy, apathetic idiots? Is there a grain of truth in that statement? I believe so. 'Garbage in, garbage out' so it goes with computers as with society and people.

Anyway, I say 'discourse away', just try and keep it above the waistline, and come out swinging!

Posted by Bert at March 7, 2006 01:21 PM

JFK said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable."

Posted by Robert at March 7, 2006 01:23 PM

We need to remember, these policies are not just those of the Bush Administration. The Patriot act was overwhelming approved by the Senate. This is fascism pure & simple.

Posted by Sad for my country at March 7, 2006 01:23 PM

While I am also appalled at virtually anything that this administration does, I do think that you should publish an image of the letter with whatever personal information you feel is appropriate to redact.

Posted by demidog at March 7, 2006 01:24 PM

How much longer 'til they start assinating their enemies? ........John

Posted by John Byers at March 7, 2006 01:40 PM

It seems that US Pres. Bush and Gloria Mockcapagal Arroyo of the Philippines are working in harmony.

Their actions are almost similar.

Gonzalez is the surname of our Justice Secretary and Bush Attorney General is also surnamed Gonzales.

The FATHER of these two President are both former President.

Sounds funny!

Posted by Danny L. Signo at March 7, 2006 01:54 PM

Add my support for your position, and quandry. What's happening in the country, and in the world in our name, is truly astounding, and heart-wrenching. I for one don't really know what more is necessary to stir us from our opiate-like stupor (really in truth a deeply seated fear).
Also, add my name to those who would appreciate seeing the harassment letter you've received, if you believe it would serve any purpose.

Posted by tom santulli at March 7, 2006 01:57 PM

Great patriot posts, so many. Prepare for events that might once again overtake us. Do not be shocked and awed by another terrorist play, like a dirty bomb with a "signature from Iran".

Doug, considering your audience, photocopying that letter could be destabilizing to some dangerous people. They are reading this blog. Be careful, we need you out of jail.

Posted by doug woodzy at March 7, 2006 02:02 PM

I'll give you a 'patriotic act'. WALK. Get healthy, be less of a burden on the healthcare system, unload the roads from one car, stop burning so much damn gasoline so that'll help reduce demand. That'd be pretty gosh-darn patriotic. If you wanna feel REALLY patriotic(and draw a lot of attention to yourself), I suppose you could walk WHILE carrying the american flag(properly, with no lighter).

Ever read 1984? Other than being a very depressing book, it kind of also serves as a warning against a future where the State Rules All etc. Bad scene, people living under the All-Seeing Eye of Big Brother, being told what to think and when to think it, Victory Cigarettes and Victory Gin, but it's also a love story,
Between Winston Smith and a young woman, maybe a dark and twisted variation on Lolita.

The book goes on to discuss things like Thoughtcrime, Sexcrime, and a list of other offenses that would get a person imprisoned or worse under the Ultimate Totalitarian Society
of Orwell's 1984.

Now, while some might argue that 1984 has come and gone and that we live in it still, I would recommend that they get OUT more, like that walk thing we were talking about before. It's too easy to convince yourself that the world is just such-and-thus, and not otherwise, be content with that evaluation, and then duck back under the covers and never re-emerge. My stand is that the world we live in is partly composed of our perceptions, and if those perceptions are inaccurate and we can't see clear to digest conflicting information, it can radically skew our points of view to the point where they're completely and totally out of tune with reality.

I try to catch some news every day, and I like what I'm hearing/seeing: we're finally seeing our way clear as a NATION to look at what we're doing with energy, and the future it's making for us...and energy's just one issue. I think people are also realizing they missed out by NOT hitting the polls, and that there are potentially DIRE consequences related to not voting, not a midnight knock at the door, but rather the slow but inexorable erosion of what we've come to expect and accept in our country in terms of ethics, standards, and generally the
way in which we're headed as a country.

Water is soft, rock is hard, but in time water washes the rock away, given time. Similarly, a fluid debate process will wash away a lot of our national 'problems' and they can find their way into the history book with the rest of their peers. Personally, I'm looking forward to hybrids and 'green' houses. In one way, the last 5 years or so have been a blessing in disguise for america, because now we've GOT debate, on something else besides 'da bears' etc.
I just wish we'd do more nationally, instead of buying more bombers or something, buy more windmills. Cut taxes by choking back 30% on spending overall. Tell people to fend for themselves and not just sit around waiting for a handout etc. 'American' should not be synonymous with 'entitlement'. Voters should re-take ownership of their respective parties from the special interests that have been squeezing them for every penny humanly possible, and get the country back on track. I support a full change of management in congress in 2006, I think it'd be a great thing, I think there's some bright and ethical people out there who could do really well in office, and not be susceptible to payola,
as it is a form of corruption that helps build
Orwell-style society, where there's only government and governed. Question is, can you run for office on your values and still make it into office, or have we slacked so bad into de facto vote-buying that the only value some people see in a candidate is the zeroes in front of the decimal point? Questions, and decisions, yes, many questions, and no easy answers. Insight isn't a quality that's highly valued in society today, and increasingly less and less people seem to have it. But, it's one of the keys to being a better person, and a better citizen, and voter, and hence is a tool to help build a better country. Sitting down and figuring out what YOUR values are, and how you can best express them through the act of voting
is a grey area, though, not something CNN's really in an all-fired rush to push at you in between Jeep commercials etc.

Anyway, vote regularly, vote consciously and deliberately, or stop complaining...

Posted by Bert at March 7, 2006 02:07 PM

Doug, you ROCK!
Fuck 'Em indeed. Fuck all those pushy, arrogant, power-mad thugs. We have it no better in Canada.
I can clearly see a day when a homegrown insurgency begins to develop right here in North America followed by the expected result of a crushing response by forces loyal to whomever is really driving this bus. We're all going to the Gulags. Come to think of it, we are probably already there.
I'm afraid of flying so a redition flight is not an option. Maybe a slow boat to Gitmo.


Posted by David Vanzella at March 7, 2006 02:10 PM

Yes we have had enough of this "Hitler" in office and I think it is high time to get rid of him. We should all ban together and impeachment him.

That's really an insult to Hitler- GWB is much
worse i.e. TRAITOR

Posted by Micky Borrne at March 7, 2006 02:17 PM

Divide and Conguer

Using party politics, it is easy to keep the American public divided and pointing fingers at each other while the leadership of both parties turns the
US Constitution into toilet paper.

The last thing on earth local, state, or federal governments want is for the public to wake up and realize that party politics is a ploy, a game, a startegy. Because if the public did wake up and realize this, no longer would they point fingers at each other, but they would unify in their convictions and question the role of UNconstitutional government in Washington. Thus, the finger pointing would be directed at all levels of government by nearly 300,000,000 Americans. That is the most scary thought any politician or bureaucrat has had in his political life.

So, keep marching in lock step to the demands of our leaders by arguing with each other. If you ever stop, you'll begin to question what you're doing and in particular, what your elected officials have done to your country.

Posted by Tracey121212 at March 7, 2006 02:56 PM

We the people of the United States or America need to have a simple march in D.C. Everybody free for July 4,2006. 200,000,000 people march.We need to express all of our displeasures in person. All talk on blogs is great,but lets let the mass comunications we have put to real use. We need to show the true feelings of a REAL PATRIOTIC AMERICAns!!!!!! Let's start organizing this!!!!!!

Posted by Steven Yauch at March 7, 2006 03:07 PM

I must have done to much LSD in the 70's (lol) . I am having flashbacks to a previous life in Germany in the 30's . Don't be surprised if we don't see a totalitarian government soon though . This type of abuse of power happens every so often in this wonderful country . If we see a Democrat administration continuing this abuse after the next election ... is it really 2 more years away ... all bets are off and I will be glad we once had the right to bear arms . Of course , the totalitarians might not be so happy about millions of gun owners .
I applaud the efforts of journalists to expose the abuses taking place now . Keep up the good work , man .

Posted by AndyV at March 7, 2006 03:07 PM

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