Community members protested in downtown Chico today in efforts to raise awareness to chemtrails left behind by geo-engineering aircrafts. More…
Earth Day, Geo-Engineering and Chemtrails
Global Research News Hour Episode
By Michael Welch
Global Research, April 25, 2015
Theme: Environment, GLOBAL RESEARCH NEWS HOUR
“Geo-engineering changes our soil PH, it toxifies our soils with aluminum.
We’re seeing crop loss and we’re also seeing eco-system collapses around the world. And geo-engineering creates something that’s called ‘abiotic stress’…well Monsanto has developed a new genetically-modified seed that addresses abiotic stress.” – Michael J. Murphy, Producer/Director of “Why in the World are They Spraying”
Dr. William Mount presents documents as evidence for sterilization of regional populations using radioactive aerosols. More…
4/25/2015: On April 21, Congressman Paul Gosar (R) held a town hall meeting in Kingman, AZ where constituents showed up to discuss environmental and health problems associated with covert deployment of jet aircraft aerosols that the governrment’s own documents have referred to as “chemtrails” in HR-2977.
The Department of Defense actually invented the term “chemtrails” for the United States Air Force Academy pilot training program in 1990.
Observers from a broad range of educational backgrounds later adopted the taxpayer funded “chemtrails” term to describe what they observed to be “chemical trails” or “false contrails” that did not behave like normal condensation trails (contrails) created by engine combustion water vapor that freezes into ice crystals behind the aircraft for a short time.
A detailed history of “Chemtrails” including a download of the pilot training manual is available here
The Town Hall meeting opens with Al DiCicco making a frustrated comment about inaction by Arizona State authorities then demands to know what Rep. Gosar is going to do about it.
Rep. Gosar then asks, “Who are the science guys here?” after which DiCicco too hastily responds, “We don’t need science…” followed by another comment that was not clearly audible. If Al was trying to clarify his reply, it wasn’t made clear in this video.
A thoughtful reply to Gosar’s question, (“Who are the science guys here?”) could have been:
“As your constituents, we are all qualified to make the scientific observations necessary for you to take action on our complaint.”
Richard Feynman — Nobel-winning physics icon taught us that scientific observations can be made by anyone. It’s not necessary to be a university professor with a peer-reviewed paper to adhere to the essentials of the scientific method. Feynman says:
“In general, we look for a new law by the following process: First we guess it; then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right; then we compare the result of the computation to nature, with experiment or experience, compare it directly with observation, to see if it works. If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It does not make any difference how beautiful your guess is, it does not make any difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is — if it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong.”
The preceding quote was taken from Feynman’s most beloved classics, a 1964 lecture in which he distills with equal parts wit and wisdom the essence of the scientific method: Source
So, just as a jet pilot doesn’t need to be a meteorologist, an observer of aircraft emissions doesn’t need to be college professor with a peer-reviewed paper in order to make a valid observation.
Rep., Gosar was a dentist prior to his election to the House. This qualifies the Congressman to serve on two committees unrelated to his educational training, but appropriate enough to following up on his constituents’ complaint concerning aerosol air pollution. (Bio)
- Natural Resources
- Oversight and Government reform
“Make Believe: Smoke & Mirrors” is an extraordinary set of videos where Newtonian physics is employed to clearly demonstrate the Apollo moon landing video footage could not have been produced on the moon.
This compelling evidence was accomplished through free-fall acceleration calculations of numerous objects including instances of sand kicked-up by the “astronauts”.
This forensic analysis also establishes how news media deceptions – like the collapse of the Twin Towers and numerous other propaganda events – are accomplished using the powerful mind-control technology of mass media television.
Visit the vast resources on “Media and Mind-Control” available at RABBITHOLENEWS.com
That is PHASE 1 of our effort. PHASE 2 will involve another level of ENHANCEMENT, where we do such things as side-by-sides of astronauts and objects falling. That is exciting! We can’t wait to show you!
A new study suggests that long-term exposure can cause dementia and damage to brain structures and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults. More…
Chemtrails hardly get any more blatant than this.
Climate scientist at CERN explains how aerosols sprayed by jets can produce the type of drought now threatening water and food rights in California. (More)
Just what is up with what we’ve all been seeing up in the sky? Lingering, persistent aerosols that some dismiss as jet contrails or aberrant cloud formations are actually just the most visible and mysterious part of an ongoing climate engineering effort that is admittedly being tested (and enacted) on an increasingly larger scale.
On the surface, it’s rumored by disinfo sources as an attempt curb global warming by dimming and/or reflecting the sun’s rays. But behind the veneer of state propaganda are corporate profit motives that include ownership of water and the life-sustaining food it produces.
Ellen Brown, a California litigation attorney has gone public alleging that aerosol climate modification is responsible for the State’s extended drought, endangering a huge contribution to the nation’s food supply by deliberately denying normal rainfall. (More)
The result of corporate ownership of water, food (GMO crops) and human DNA leads to the inescapable conclusion that population control is part of the agenda through what author, Naomi Klein calls “Disaster Capitalism”.
A major event involving attacks on Dr. Oz serves to warn of a corporate agenda to remove the public’s voice in deciding their own family’s nutrition. In this drama, Monsanto was behind an attempt to take away the public’s right to know which of our foods are natural and which foods have been altered by genetic modification by removing a requirement to label GMO foods.. (Dr. Oz Show Video) (Label GMO’s)
Vaccine Mafia Wins: California is Now a Medical Police State.
In direct violation of the American Medical Association’s Code of Ethics, the California Senate used unethical methods to pass SB277 to require mandatory vaccinations.
The Senate achieved the skulduggery by rigging the vote and silencing all public testimony at the hearing, essentially shoving this legislation down the throats of their own constituents. *** Continue
Covert Deployment of Dangerous Bioengeered Pathogens
The New Biology by Clifford E Carnicom – Apr 09 2014
It is generally perceived that the so-called “Morgellons” issue is primarily, if not exclusively, a human condition. It is not.
It will be found that this condition actually represents a fundamental change in the state and nature of biology as it is known on this earth. The evidence now indicates and demonstrates that there is, at the heart of the “condition”, a new growth form that transcends, as a minimum, the plant and animal boundaries. The precedent for this argument was made some time past in the paper entitled “Morgellons : A New Classification” (Feb 2010); the central theme of that paper remains valid at this time. The very classification of the domains of life is central to that paper.
Readers may also wish to refer to the papers entitled, “Animal Blood” (Jan 2010) and “And Now Our Children” (Jan 2008), where additional precedents were established. The August 2011 video presentation, “Geo-Engineering & Bio-Engineering : The Unmistakable Link” is also relevant here.
Resources highlighted in the video:
- Geoengineering: Governance and Technology Policy
- The Carnicom Institute
Originally posted on Memory Hole:
By James F. Tracy
On March 4, 2015 former Florida State Trooper and school safety expert Wolfgang Halbig appeared on The Alex Jones Show to announce a lawsuit he has filed in Florida seeking information from officials across the United States involved in the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre event.
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If accurate, Deagle’s catastrophic population reduction report for the USA and declining western countries could help to explain the desperation of secrecy involved in the Chemtrails Weather and Biological warfare program.
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The Deagle.com website main theme is a “Guide to Military Equipment and Civil Aviation”.
The “Country” section provides independent demographic and economic forecasts with a time horizon to year 2025 – ten years from now.
“It is already said that this website is non-profit, built on spare time and we provide our information and services AS IS without further explanations and/or guarantees. We are not linked to any government in any way, shape or form.”
Demographic data is provided on a country-by country spreadsheet with convenient interactive user features.
Although Deagle recommends only general sources for his conclusions, a review of the spreadsheet combined with your own independent research could provide a useful “what-if” outcome if you’re inclined to believe the global reserve currency (petrodollar) may be due for fatal collapse.
Deagle forecasts the global population to decline only modestly through population migration (7.1 to 6.7 Billion), but deep population reductions are forecast for selected countries like the USA, Australia, Ireland, UK, EU, Israel and elsewhere.
According to Deagle, severe population reduction in the USA will be a result of a catastrophic economic crash that will result in the demise of the US dollar as the global reserve currency, or “petrodollar”.
The Documentary – “Die, America, Die” supports the concept of an abrupt takeover of America by China, sending shock-waves of destruction into governments loyal to the US Empire.
“America will go out with a bang and not a whimper, though, indeed, there will be a whimpering mass of surprised citizens whose minds and senses will be unable to register the horror that has befallen their once great and prosperous empire.”
“China will be the leader of the New World Order. American citizens better not resist.” — George Soros
Posted by Deagle on Sunday, October 26th, 2014
There have been many questions about the countries forecast specially the one focusing on the United States of America (USA). They won’t be answered one by one but below you can find some explanation, thoughts and reflections. We are going to keep this as short as possible.
The majority of the economic and demographic data used in the making of the forecasts is widely available by institutions such as the CIA, IMF, UN, USG, etc. You can see the most relevant data at every single country’s page. There is a tiny part of data coming from a variety of shadow sources such as Internet gurus, unsigned reports and others. But all these sources are from the internet and are of public domain for at least a minority. For example, several years ago Dagong, the Chinese ratings agency, published a report analyzing the physical economy of the States comparing it with those of China, Germany and Japan. The conclusion was that the US GDP was something between $5 to $10 trillion instead of $15 trillion as officially reported by the USG. We assume that the official data, especially economic, released by governments is fake, cooked or distorted in some degree. Historically it is well known that the former Soviet Union was making up fake statistics years before its collapse. Western as well as other countries are making up their numbers today to conceal their real state of affairs. We are sure that many people out there can find government statistics in their own countries that by their own personal experience are hard to believe or are so optimistic that may belong to a different country.
Despite the numeric data “quantity” there is a “quality” model which has not a direct translation into numeric data. The 2014 strain of Ebola has a death rate of 50-60% but try to imagine what would happen if there is a pandemic of Ebola with hundreds of thousands or millions infected with the virus. So far the few cases of Ebola-infected people have “enjoyed” intensive healthcare with anti-viral and breathing assistance but above all with abundant human support by Physicians and nurses. In a pandemic scenario that kind of healthcare won’t be available for the overwhelming number of infected leading to a dramatic increase of the death rate due to the lack of proper healthcare. The “quality” factor is that the death rate could increase to 80-90% in a pandemic scenario from the stated 50-60% rate. The figure itself is not important what is relevant is the fact that the scenario can evolve beyond the initial conditions from a 50% death toll to more than 90%. By the way, no pandemic or nuclear war is included in the forecast.
The key element to understand the process that the USA will enter in the upcoming decade is migration. In the past, specially in the 20th century, the key factor that allowed the USA to rise to its colossus status was immigration with the benefits of a demographic expansion supporting the credit expansion and the brain drain from the rest of the world benefiting the States. The collapse of the Western financial system will wipe out the standard of living of its population while ending ponzi schemes such as the stock exchange and the pension funds. The population will be hit so badly by a full array of bubbles and ponzi schemes that the migration engine will start to work in reverse accelerating itself due to ripple effects thus leading to the demise of the States. This unseen situation for the States will develop itself in a cascade pattern with unprecedented and devastating effects for the economy. Jobs offshoring will surely end with many American Corporations relocating overseas thus becoming foreign Corporations!!!! We see a significant part of the American population migrating to Latin America and Asia while migration to Europe – suffering a similar illness – won’t be relevant. Nevertheless the death toll will be horrible. Take into account that the Soviet Union’s population was poorer than the Americans nowadays or even then. The ex-Soviets suffered during the following struggle in the 1990s with a significant death toll and the loss of national pride. Might we say “Twice the pride, double the fall”? Nope. The American standard of living is one of the highest, far more than double of the Soviets while having added a services economy that will be gone along with the financial system. When pensioners see their retirement disappear in front of their eyes and there are no servicing jobs you can imagine what is going to happen next. At least younger people can migrate. Never in human history were so many elders among the population. In past centuries people were lucky to get to their 30s or 40s. The American downfall is set to be far worse than the Soviet Union’s one. A confluence of crisis with a devastating result.
The Demographic crisis in the former Soviet Union countries has extended for over two decades, if we accept that it ended early in this decade (2010s). The demographic crisis will hit the World in the near future and is projected to last between three and eight decades more or less depending on technological breakthrough and environmental issues. The aftermath is more likely a frozen picture with the population numbers staying the same for a very, very long period of time. The countries forecast population numbers do reflect birth/deaths but also migratory movements. Many countries are going to increase their gross population due to immigration while their native population may shrink.
Over the past two thousand years we have witnessed the Western civilization built around the Mediterranean Sea shifting to Northern Europe and then by the mid 20th century shifting to an Atlantic axis to finally get centered into the States in the past 30 years. The next move will see the civilization being centered in Asia with Russia and China on top. Historically a change in the economic paradigm has resulted in a death toll that is rarely highlighted by mainstream historians. When the transition from rural areas to large cities happened in Europe many people unable to accept the new paradigm killed themselves. They killed themselves by a psychological factor. This is not mainstream but it is true. A new crisis joins old, well known patterns with new ones.
Sorry to disappoint many of you with our forecast. It is getting worse and worse every year since the beginning of the pre-crisis in 2007. It is already said that this website is non-profit, built on spare time and we provide our information and services AS IS without further explanations and/or guarantees. We are not linked to any government in any way, shape or form. We are not a death or satanic cult or arms dealers as some BS is floating around the internet on this topic. Take into account that the forecast is nothing more than a model whether flawed or correct. It is not God’s word or a magic device that allows to foresee the future.
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Using both electrostatic precipitation devices and hepa air filters to collect outdoor atmosphere samples, chemtrail researcher Cliff Carnicom and his associates have documented desiccated blood cells floating in the atmosphere in populated areas of both New Mexico and Colorado. More…
PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE CARE
One way of making people aware of your wishes is by a process that is called advance care planning.
This booklet provides a simple explanation about advance care planning and the different options open to you. The booklet uses some of the terms contained within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), so some of the language used may be new to you.
Video Caption: “This is a video of the front and back covers of a recent NHS leaflet given to those who deal or live with dementia. It is strange in the extreme that the NHS should have commissioned a photograph of chemtrails in view of the controversy surrounding the subject. A sick joke, perhaps, poking fun at the lobotomised public? Well, if not, it’s just a weird coincidence.”
California litigation attorney is suspicious that aerosol geoegineering and covert weather manipulation is responsible for California’s record drought.
“What makes me suspicious is this wall of weather that prevents the jet stream from pushing storms that usually come from the Pacific Ocean across California, Oregon and Washington State. So, that’s been going on for 4 years, and nobody knows what causes it. It is highly suspicious, and it may be caused by HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program). That’s the military use of Tesla technology, or it could be caused by geoengineering, which is chemtrails. A lot of people call this conspiracy theory, but if you look up in the skies, you can see them. The skies are crisscrossed, and they are dropping aluminum and barium on the land. California supplies the nation with 50% of their produce. Most of the organic produce comes from California. So, if you are putting aluminum on all the land, there is going to be no such thing as organic anymore. All food and all crops are being poisoned by this aluminum.”
March 15, 2015 – California Drought Caused By Weather Manipulation
There is a massive ongoing four year long drought in California. This video presents the evidence that it is being done on purpose, and the multiple reasons it would be done. Geoengineering is very real and you are seeing the massive implications of manipulating the weather right now in California. If you are not familiar with just how weather manipulation works take the time to watch the video.
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Veterans for Peace Founder Resigns Lifetime Membership in His Own Organization
Since 2010, VFP has been increasingly infiltrated by leadership sympathetic to the agenda of the Deep State, organised crime syndicate currently in control Congress, the Presidency and agencies of the US government.
The primary VFP mission to opposed the military policies of the United States, NATO and Israel in perpetual and illegal wars is now substantially undermined.
The history of organized crime, CIA, NAZI and Media takeover of America is stunningly revealed in the documentary: Everything is a Rich Man’s trick.
This brief video presents Jerry at the 25th Anniversary meeting in 2010 – just as leadership was hijacking VFP’s mission of peace to promote the Deep State agenda of perpetual war.
Why I Am Withdrawing My Lifetime Membership From Veterans for Peace
By Jerry Genesio (Website)
Ever since the Peace At Home – Peace Abroad project was introduced to the VFP rank-and-file membership at the last annual convention as a fait accompli, I’ve been corresponding with members of VFP in an attempt to determine if anyone could explain why this mission-changing project was never drafted as a resolution and submitted to the entire membership for a vote. Much less important issues certainly were. To this day I have not received an explanation other than that the Board of Directors, in its infinite wisdom, deemed it to be so, and that’s just not good enough. I should add that Ken Dalton, then a member of the Board, opposed the PAH-PA concept. In response, he was called a f***ing idiot, a racist, and told he was not being a team player and had become “suspect”, and these comments came from fellow Board members, as hard as that might be to believe. In the face of such unforgiveable intolerance, Ken resigned, and I can’t say that I blame him.
For the past seven or eight months, since the 2014 convention, I’ve been paying close attention to the VFP website and the activities of VFP’s national leadership circle. I’ve complained about much that was missing from the website such as financial reports for the past couple of years, and Board minutes since October of last year. The financial reports finally materialized, and most of the missing minutes have only recently been posted, but the minutes for November and December of 2014 are still missing without explanation. Why?
I recently saw a national roster that indicated former national Board of Directors member Margaret Stevens’ military service had never been documented (a requirement for full membership) and that her dues had lapsed in June of 2014 (also a requirement for full membership), and yet she held a seat on VFP’s Board of Directors and was certainly one of the strongest advocates of the Peace At Home – Peace Abroad project. I was told only recently that Stevens’ military service has been documented, but I have no idea when that might have happened, if indeed it has. If the roster is correct, Ms. Stevens was never eligible to be nominated for a seat on the Board of Directors, nor was she eligible to be reimbursed for travel and accommodations associated with VFP conventions and Board meetings during her tenure. But I have been told her expenses were indeed covered by VFP.
Perhaps the February 2015 Board minutes weren’t posted previously because our national leaders did not wish to reveal how they addressed my concerns during that meeting. Every VFP member should read them. The discussion not only questions why the Board should feel obligated to share information with the membership, but it gave several members, especially Tarak Kauff and Michael McPhearson, an opportunity to express their opinions of me. Tarak said of me, “the guy is a racist”, and McPhearson advised the Board to “let him reveal his racism”. Simply because I dared to challenge the membership status of Margaret Stevens during her tenure as a National Board member. Such comments are ignorant at best, and because they have been published perhaps libelous as well as slanderous at worst. This is the very same syndrome that so often manifests when one criticizes Israel for any reason: dare to do so and you are anti-Semitic.
The same roster indicates Board member Michael Prysner’s dues lapsed on January 1, 2013. According to the By-laws, that means he was not a full member of VFP at least through mid-November of 2014 and therefore ineligible to serve on the Board. I for one would like to know if expenses Prysner incurred to attend VFP conventions and Board meetings were unlawfully reimbursed, while Lifetime and regular dues paying members were required to pay their own expenses. Further, I suspect that every motion he and/or Stevens’ voted on during that period arguably could be legally challenged. On February 10, 2015, well over six weeks ago, I submitted a formal request to VFP President Barry Ladendorf for an investigation into several of these allegations which I was aware of at that time, but I have not yet received a copy of any formal investigation or its conclusions. And based on an informal e-mail response I did receive, it appears that the entire matter might well be swept under the national office rug.
While some insist Peace At Home – Peace Abroad is naught but a “lens”, it has become a major national office focus without a vote of the membership. The phrase is ubiquitous within the VFP organization. It’s even prominently displayed on the banner carried by our national leaders at the recent Spring Rising in D.C. PAH-PA rose to the top of VFP’s agenda in Ferguson, MO, where VFP national leaders chose a side during the Michael Brown protests, which in and of itself was in conflict with the spirit and intent of the VFP Statement of Purpose. I was there when it was written and it was never intended to embrace domestic social justice issues. Those who would amend the statement to include domestic social justice issues should write a proposed amendment and submit it to the full membership for a vote. That’s what democratic principles require. And that is certainly what is required of every issue, resolution or amendment that is not supported by the Board.
When the VFP Statement of Purpose was created, it was considered very unique, perhaps because VFP has always been and until very recently still was very unique. There is not now nor has there ever been another military veterans’ organization exactly like it. Our focus has been unique. VFP members have been respected, if not for their opinions, for their service, and because we have limited our projects to activities and pursuits we know something about: the military and war. We are not nationally recognized as an authority on social justice issues, or the constitution, or law enforcement, or medical indications for marijuana, or criminal psychology. In other words, VFP cannot be all things to all people. If it continues trying to be, I firmly believe it will become ineffective, insubstantial and eventually irrelevant.
According to a report titled “Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror'” produced as a collaborative effort between Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq has thus far been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of that country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The total number of lives lost in these three countries is at least 1.3 million since the onset of the wars that followed the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.
How can the Board possibly justify removing VFP from its formerly enviable and unique position in the U.S. peace movement presuming that a paradigm shift will allow it to compete and not be lost among the other 3,513 U.S. organizations that result when you search the GuideStar non-profit directory for “social justice” organizations in the U.S.? But when you search the same directory for “true costs of war”, only seven organizations result and two of them are VFP National and VFP Chapter 132. This is where all of VFP’s members, time and resources are desperately needed, and this applies in particular to VFP’s national leadership.
I’m also concerned about the fact that VFP’s Executive Director Michael McPhearson is co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition which includes the New Black Panther Party. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the New Black Panther Party “a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers”. It is also very troubling to me that while VFP Board members have been standing with those protesting the killing of African-Americans by white police officers, they have not protested or issued a statement condemning the deliberate and related murders of two police officers in New York and another in Ferguson, Missouri. Former National Board member Ken Dalton asked the Board to issue such a statement following the New York incident, but there was no response of which I am aware. On March 12, 2015, when I asked VFP President Ladendorf for a VFP response to the Ferguson incident, he told me the Board should issue a statement condemning the murder. That was more than a month ago but to the best of my knowledge, no such statement has yet been made public, nor do I expect to see one.
One of VFP’s directors, Michael Prysner, is also a leader, perhaps even the founder, of an organization called March Forward! Their web site states that they and “Veterans for Peace . . . are actively building a multinational, multigenerational group of veterans and service members who will stand up and fight back against the injustice perpetrated by the Pentagon against our sisters and brothers throughout the developing world, against working and poor people in the United States, and against those still serving in the U.S. military.” What exactly does that mean? After reading March Forward!’s 10-Point Program, also on their web site http://www.marchforward.org/10_point_program , I am certain I don’t wish to be associated with them any more than I wish to be associated with the New Black Panther Party.
Another of VFP’s national directors, Kourtney Mitchell, is on the Steering Committee of an organization called Deep Green Resistance. As I read their website http://deepgreenresistance.org/en/ it appears that they advocate attacks on the infrastructure of civilization in the interest of destroying civilization as we know it today so we can begin again. I simply cannot bring VFP’s Statement of Purpose and DGR’s philosophy together without encountering more contradictions than anyone could possibly explain.
It has been reported in the minutes of VFP Board meetings or teleconferences that the national leadership has given IVAW as much as $60,000.00 in loans over the past couple of years. And I understand these were unsecured loans, which means the funds were knowingly placed at risk. I have a problem with VFP asking for funds to support VFP’s work and projects and then loaning $60,000.00 of those funds to another organization to benefit them and their work, and accepting the possibility that those funds could be lost. The VFP National Board of Directors is responsible for safeguarding the organization’s assets and vested interests. Have our national leaders become such hypocrites that they hold everyone accountable but themselves?
I have asked why VFP has seen such instability and rapid changes at the national office over the past few years. Several Executive Directors have come and gone without explanation. I was told the reasons were “confidential”, which left me wondering how VFP can celebrate people like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, when it apparently has some dark secrets of its own. Perhaps the VFP national office, or at least the membership, could benefit from a few Wikileaks as well.
For the past few months, I have subscribed to the vfp-all Yahoo list serve and at times I really can’t quite believe what I’m reading, at least not in terms of how it relates to VFP. I’ve seen insulting, angry and intolerant exchanges. Some members claim the U.S. government is working with ISIS and the Mafia…..Really? Just exactly what kind of conspiracy theorists is VFP attracting these days…..how many…….and perhaps more importantly……WHY? There was a time when VFP attracted thinkers who considered their words carefully and never made accusations they couldn’t support with sources generally deemed reliable. They believed that “Black Lives Matter” because they believed “All Lives Matter” regardless of their color. They loved no country more than their own and wanted nothing more passionately than to correct their country’s mistakes. Unfortunately, far too many of them have already left VFP in disappointment and frustration. I did the same thing some time ago but recently returned hoping to find the wrinkles had been ironed out. Instead I find the wrinkles have become folds that are hiding new and even greater problems.
Today I watched a video of Ben Swanson’s interview of Gerry Condon concerning the Bowe Bergdahl controversy on RT-TV, which is the English language U.S. satellite of Russian Television. In it Condon was introduced as VFP’s president. He is not. Condon claimed to know why Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan. He does not. Condon claimed to know what motivated President Obama and the Pentagon to bring charges against Bergdahl. He does not. And I’m not at all sure President Obama has been involved in Bergdahl’s case in any way other than to approve the terms for securing his freedom from captivity by the Taliban.
Ben Swanson introduced Gerry Condon not only as the President of VFP, but also as a deserter from the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. The VFP Statement of Purpose is clear about our military service:
“ We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace.”
But veterans who were deserters, draft dodgers, or were otherwise discharged under less than honorable conditions did not “dutifully” serve their nation in the spirit of that phrase as it was written. I make no personal judgments, but I do not believe veterans who served under less than honorable conditions should campaign or be nominated for national leadership positions in VFP, for whether right or wrong, their personal status will tarnish the organization’s credibility in the eyes of most Americans. I believe it’s also the reason why VFP’s recruiting efforts have not been very successful in attracting veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars. For good or ill, VFP derives its credibility solely from the singular claim that its members have “dutifully served our nation”. Some, perhaps even many members, will say they could not care less what most Americans think. But their attitude will paralyze the progress of VFP toward achieving its stated goals for no politician will publicly stand with us, and without politicians standing with us in agreement, we will accomplish very little in terms of policy reform.
I sincerely hope others will pick up the gauntlet where I have dropped it; continuing to ask questions and demanding answers. But I am getting on in years, my health is not what it once was, and I don’t want to spend the years I have left swimming against the tide in the company of people who are so busy fighting among themselves and casting aspersions on the organization and everyone in it that they have lost sight of the good fight altogether.
The VFP that exists today is not even close to being the VFP that was founded in 1985. I don’t really know what this VFP is, what it stands for, or what it hopes to accomplish. Radical protests appear to be its raison d’etre rather than activities like Project RENEW or the Children of War Rescue Project, which require a lot of personal sacrifice and hard work. VFP has evolved into something much different than it was when it began and I don’t wish to be a part of it any longer. Perhaps, if and when VFP should ever return to its original mission, new leaders who respect democratic principles, openness, and the rights of those who would disagree will invite those of us who have left to return, but until then I will march only with those who stand in defense of the rights of ALL others. I have been asking a lot of unsettling questions lately so I don’t doubt that some, perhaps many, will be pleased to learn of my departure. But that only serves to further define what VFP has become.
Founder & Past President
Veterans For Peace
“(I)n America, disagreement with the policies of the government is not evidence of lack of patriotism.” U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell (D-ME)
Seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached North America. More…