Imagine John Lennon Talking About 911.

This piece was written by an American summing up what it means to be an American today.  It is a paragraph in a review of a book by Stuart Bramhall, which provides a good description of the trauma that resisting the government in the US brings down on an individual’s head.  I’ll come back to the book next.  


First the paragraph –
A very large portion of the population, probably close to one half, disbelieves the government’s story of 9/11, and a clear majority does not support the ongoing war (read “military engagement”). There is a huge disjuncture between what people think and what the government and the mainstream media tell them.
If societies were people, the U.S. would have to be locked up with the criminally insane. No person could remain sane harboring so many violently conflicting ideas. Societies are not people, but people do have to live in this insane society. 


How do they do it? 


I think there are three alternatives: 1) denial, 2) acceptance, and 3) fighting back. 1) and 2) are themselves psychotic states. How can you deny or accept insanity without becoming part of it?
3) is the only sane, reasonable and honorable alternative. This is what Bramhall did, and what many of us try to do, each in our own way. It is wrong to see her story as negative or her struggle as futile. It is part of the ongoing struggle.
Stuart left a comment on The Tap under the John Lennon post.  She linked to her website (yes – her website), and there I read the summaries of her story.  I suggest you do the same.  Fighting back in the UK is not a lot different.  Activists can expect to be followed, have phones tampered with and face other threats, and interference with their lives.  John Lennon, like many was eliminated.  But fighting back was the right thing to do.  
Lennon knew he was facing the ultimate risk but that didn’t stop him.  But John is not here to talk any more.  Can you imagine him talking about 911?    


Voices like Stuart Bramhall’s go a long way to fill the void of silence and of understanding.  You can see why a government that wanted to create a state of permanent war would have to eliminate peace-loving individuals who had captured the public’s imagination like John Lennon, or Diana. 


All Stuart was doing was trying to help black people, and her life and sanity were also put under threat.  There will be a million Bramhall’s for every John Lennon, but the story’s the same.  The price of freedom is always high.


www.stuartbramhall.com


Extract –


Although the promotional material for my book focuses mainly on my own experiences, my main motivation for writing it was the murder of a postal worker and union activist, Oscar Manassa.  As I recount in my book, prior to his death, Manassa also experienced extensive covert harassment. His death was a personal epiphany – as I recognized that Americans who challenge powerful government or corporate interests are denied the protection of the US criminal justice system. 


The Seattle police were blocked from undertaking a homicide investigation when the US Postal Inspectors (who unbeknownst to many Americans are actually an intelligence arm of the federal government) seized the evidence file.
It has been my lifelong dream to pressure Congress into launching an investigation into Oscar Manassa’s murder, as well as those of 20-plus other postal workers who died of violent and suspicious “suicides” in the late eighties and early nineties.
As my book describes, the two year crusade I undertook to identify and expose Oscar’s killers made me an “expert” in the some of criminal activities US intelligence is notorious for – illegal narcotics trafficking, arms dealing, money laundering, and covert assassinations of both foreign and domestic leaders and activists.
Sadly I also discovered that the US government, via CIA funding of so-called “left” foundations,  has deeply infiltrated Seattle’s progressive movement. This occurred when the exposure of a mutual friend as a government agent led to the breakdown of my oldest and closest friendship.
The Tap Blog is a collective of like-minded researchers and writers who’ve joined forces to distribute information and voice opinions avoided by the world’s media.
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