Category Archives: Brian’s Blog

RE: FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force/JTTF

From the FBI’s origins it has been used primarily as an instrument to repress ideological enemies. In the late 1910s and 1920s, after collecting names of 150,000 US residents, it ravaged with jail, deportations, and killings, those labeled labor and immigrant “radicals” who were harshly condemning US entrance into World War I and intelligently critiquing [...]

Americn Exceptionalism – The Rhetoric and the Reality

“Our business is killing, and business is good.” – Slogan painted on a US 9th Infantry Division helicopter in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta, 1969   The Conditioning Virtually all of us born and raised in US America have been, or were, inculcated in the myth that the United States is the greatest country in the [...]

Grieving

Written December 17, 2012 I grieve for the 20 children, ages 6 and 7, who were murdered in Newton, CT elementary school last Friday (Dec. 14, 2012). Then I remember the hundreds of small children murdered by fellow military in numerous villages in Viet Nam 43 years ago. These are just the ones I saw. [...]

Armistice Day Has Morphed Into Veterans Day* – “Thank You For Your Service!”

“Thank you for your service.” For more than the three decades that I have publicly acknowledged being a veteran, I continue to hear over and over this professed appreciation. Recently I was admitted to the Portland, VA hospital and once completing her medical intake interview the attending physician made sure she thanked me for my [...]

Examining US Rhetoric, Patterns, & AWOL – the Wool IS Our Eyes (not pulled over our eyes)

PROPOSITION: The USA is a relatively recent nation-state culture. It is an over-sized imperial monster, irredeemable, unreformable, and vertically anti-democratic, enabled by popular obedience & cooperation, even if reluctant, of the vast majority of our non-autonomous population who deeply believe in and materially benefit from manifest destiny, maintained at any cost. Original wool IS in [...]

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