The WikiLeaks Twitter account has announced that it has high level information that the organization’s founder Julian Assange could have his political asylum the Ecuadorian embassy revoked for him to be arrested by the British government within hours. We need to be ready to shake the earth should this happen. We need all hands on…
By Jerry Alatalo
“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”
– GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950) Irish dramatist
hristine Assange, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange’s mother, has issued a challenge to peace activists, politicians and journalists around the Earth to act in defense of her son, who she considers has now entered a life-threatening situation.
Anyone who has looked into the situation concerning Julian Assange understands that the man’s unjust, irrational legal persecution of 8-years duration is based on his efforts as publisher of WikiLeaks to end criminal wars of aggression on Earth forever.
For that series of high morality, journalistic actions on his part, Julian Assange has consciously moved forward with full cognizance that severe retribution was always forthcoming and possible, even to the extent which potentially could place him in the same extremely precarious, life-and-death position that men and women of moral conscience through history willingly accepted.
Because Assange willingly accepted the severe consequences of his actions, and because he now faces manifestation of those truly profound personal risks, it becomes necessary for people around the world of varying, similar feelings about improving conditions for humanity vis-à-vis the greatest human issue of war and peace to come to his defense.
Persons aware of Assange’s deteriorating situation might consider life on Earth without people like Julian Assange, – if treated rightly, freed and willing to act for the improving of humanity now and for future generations – when deciding what to do now. Some would describe Assange as a rare genuine hero who has neither committed nor been convicted of any crimes whatsoever, and whose continued imprisonment serves as a historical case study of injustice against an individual which turns the legal foundation of 2018 civilization upside down and totally incoherent.
In other words, what is happening to truth-revealing publisher Julian Assange is simply and obviously wrong from each and every conceivable legal level. For that astonishingly distressing reason, persons in possession of good conscience aware how utterly irrational is his situation have no alternative but to rise up and act powerfully in his defense.
This includes persons of good moral conscience the world over, – because Assange’s worldview and consequent actions have consideration of bettering the health and well-being of all humanity in focus. There is nothing difficult in determining the way Julian Assange is being mistreated – and persecuted for his peace activism over the past 8-years – is simply and clearly wrong. In the same sense, men and women around the world sharing Assange’s morality-based worldview should have no difficulty determining what action(s) are now necessary … natural.
Good people will respond to Julian Assange’s life-threatening situation in a good way. Blessed are the peacemakers.
(Thank you to Unity4J at YouTube)
by Jerry Alatalo
“… for historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should make them swerve away from the truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of the past, example of the present, and monitor of the future.” Don Quixote Pt. 1, ch. 9
– MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, playwright, poet
There was some hesitation about sharing the following talk from 1987 delivered by John Stockwell. That is because this writer sat in the front row during a talk by Mr. Stockwell at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in that same time period. At the time, John Stockwell was the highest ranking CIA officer in history to “blow the whistle” on his former employers, had been the CIA’s station chief in Angola, and wrote the international nonfiction bestseller “In Search of Enemies” – of which the profits from sales were withheld from Mr. Stockwell.
It’s remarkable/worth noting that successful efforts to stop the Reagan administration from starting a major war in Central America with Nicaragua – what people at the time perceived as potentially “another Vietnam” – became carried out before the rise of the global internet.
One of the foremost mysteries for those aware of John Stockwell was his decision to leave the public arena completely in the early 1990’s, and not re-emerging up to this day. He was born in 1937, as far as known is still alive, and so is 78 years old. Leaving speculation about Mr. Stockwell’s personal choices aside, one must admit being fascinated with the possibility – if his mental/intellectual capacity has held – of John Stockwell’s agreeing to interviews and sharing his experiences over the past 20 or more years.
he reason for hesitating to post his talk… In the mid-1980’s this writer had only begun gaining an awareness of what was occurring around the world; geopolitics naivete accurately described the personal situation. To more effectively spread his message, John Stockwell (he had no website) had compiled a list of dozens of books he believed important and brought copies to the many universities and other venues where he talked, and offered the book lists in handout form for free to men and women attending.
So, the reason for hesitation in sharing his 1987 talk is that I took his bibliography of books/authors and read a good number of those he suggested, and since reading them have at times wished attending Mr. Stockwell’s talk hadn’t occurred. In other words, the information presented in those books was very difficult to deal with, and – for those who aren’t familiar with the message Stockwell delivered across America in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s – his talk will be equally difficult to deal with.
Sharing this information from 1987 was done in the hopes of reaching men and women who come this way unaware of the historical facts Stockwell presented. Ideally, the recipients will include university students majoring or minoring in – and college graduates/persons interested in – fields including political science, international relations, economics, history, philosophy and many others – or, in the broadest sense, people who wish to gain more of the total truth, past and related to the present, of what has occurred on Earth.
Some will have the thought that a talk given in 1987, 28 years ago, has no relevance to events occurring now in 2015. This is understandable, yet gaining a fuller understanding of past historical events helps the person trying to come up with explanations for current events. What was conveyed in the famous saying by philosopher George Santayana – “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – applies to the highly condensed, astonishing measure of historical facts presented by John Stockwell in 1987 during this nearly 2-hour talk that includes a 35-minute question and answer period.
The writer wishes to express the sincerest apology for any emotional, psychological, spiritual or other distress produced in persons who listen to John Stockwell’s 1987 talk in Boulder, Colorado at what was called the “World Affairs Conference”. Again, the information he presented across America during the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s was/is not for the faint of heart.
It is impossible to predict whether some young men or women attending university who listen to this powerful and disturbing 1987 talk will become effective leaders for world peace and nuclear abolition as a result. The same goes for older men and women aware of John Stockwell because they heard him in person decades ago or in other ways.
While all too aware of the possible psychic harm and sadness which will occur for persons who pass this way and experience this post in its entirety, the overarching vision involves encouragement of utilizing increased knowledge of recent, not-so-recent, and important historical events in efforts to prevent war in 2015. That humble vision or dream can come true in various ways, the common, essential aspect being greater understanding of the realities that have comprised war and violence on Earth.
The greatest manifestation of that vision would be a man or woman who passes this way one day delivering their acceptance speech after becoming awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Obviously, the odds of that are near non-existent, and only mentioned for encouragement and inspiration.
The odds that person(s) passing this way may become effective voices for peace are much higher, and for that reason hesitation is not an option.
(Thank you to Americans For Change at YouTube)
by Jerry Alatalo
“To robbery, slaughter, plunder they give the lying name of empire; they make a desert and call it peace.”
– CORNELIUS TACITUS (c. 55-117 A.D.) Roman historian
Making an effort here to support Scott Bennett by publishing his video, where he explains to a member of United States Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin’s staff – Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee – a scandal Mr. Bennett describes as “bigger than Watergate and Iran-Contra combined.” Why? Because it has become clear that Scott Bennett is speaking vital truth, the scandal is more significant than nearly all others in United States history, people in America and around the world must have this information, and exposing this scandal is an extremely urgent matter of life and death.
That Mr. Bennett is making direct contact with United States Senators and strongly suggesting that he, Mr. Bennett, testify under oath before their committee(s) is proof positive he’s speaking the truth. Besides Senator Johnson of Wisconsin, Scott Bennett has contacted the offices of Wisconsin’s other Senator Tammy Baldwin, Kentucky’s Senator Rand Paul, Senator Kelly Ayotte of Maine, Senator John McCain of Arizona, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and others. Who in their right mind would go to such lengths if they were not speaking the truth; who would ask to commit perjury before Congress and suffer disgrace for the rest of one’s life? One only has to listen to Mr. Bennett when he speaks to become aware the man is a legitimate whistleblower whose stunning information could, and probably will, destroy political careers – if ignored by the elected representatives he has contacted.
The cliché “truth is stranger than fiction” most certainly applies in this instance. The world’s most highly acclaimed writers of political thrillers would be hard pressed to create anything like this true story of scandal. During Scott Bennett’s recorded and videotaped communications with America’s most powerful politicians, he talks about the urgent need for extreme confidentiality out of concern for the personal safety of anyone involved. He conveys to people he’s talking to on the phone the possibility that he could become assassinated, and for that reason the information he is sharing cannot, and must not, be ignored. Recording and videotaping the communications are for Mr. Bennett essentially a form of self-protection, defense from legal harm, and increasing his public exposure to prevent potential violent retribution.
Mr. Bennett worked for the giant government intelligence contractor Booz, Allen Hamilton – the same corporation where Edward Snowden worked before releasing documents on government spying that caused a worldwide debate. Bennett’s work was as a counter-terrorism financing threat analyst, who, like other whistleblowers such as Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Daniel Ellsberg and others, reported on irregular, suspicious activities he’d discovered up his chain of command. What happened to Scott Bennett, according to his statements, was that he came too close to the truth of terrorist financing, was soon fired by Booz, Allen, Hamilton, and became framed by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice for a minor mistake in filling out a housing form – then placed in a Pennsylvania prison, effectively silenced.
In a surreal twist which the mentioned writers of political thrillers might not possibly conceive, in the Pennsylvania prison he met Brad Birkenfeld, a banker at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) who traveled secretly to America to present the Justice Department with UBS accounts showing Saudi Arabia and Gulf monarchies’ financing of al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists. Attorney General Eric Holder practiced law at Covington&Burling before joining the Obama Administration, and one of the firm’s clients was UBS. Assistant Attorney General-Chief of the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer practiced law at Covington&Burling before joining the Justice Department under Mr. Holder, and left the Justice Department – returning to Covington&Burling. Scott Bennett says he shared over 20,000 UBS bank account records provided by Mr. Birkenfeld, compiled a report, then sent the information to over 150 elected representatives in the US Senate and House of Representatives and top military officials in late September of 2012. Nothing happened.
Mr. Bennett states that none of the politicians to whom he’d sent the scandalous information responded, except for one – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and for unknown reasons neither he or any of the over 150 politicians has demanded Congressional hearings/investigation to get to the truth of the matter. Brad Birkenfeld’s legal counsel included attorney Jesselyn Radack, who represented Edward Snowden, and he (Birkenfeld)eventually received an IRS whistleblower reward of over $100 million on September 11, 2012, the day of the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The following video was published by Democracy Now on September 12, 2012; Brad Birkenfeld became restricted legally from giving interviews so one of his attorneys speaks for him, and Birkenfeld has apparently not spoken in public since. It is conjecture, but it might be the case that Mr. Birkenfeld signed a “gag order” contract, where he agreed to provisions of permanent silence on his knowledge of UBS accounts and terrorist funding as a condition for receipt of the $100 million.
Scott Bennett believes Mr. Birkenfeld received the $100 million reward to silence him, and, since the man hasn’t given any interviews from September 11, 2012 until today, it’s hard to argue with Mr. Bennett’s assertion. This begs the question: what happened to, and where is, Brad Birkenfeld? Add to this line of events worthy of a political thriller that Mr. Bennett became confined in the same correctional facility in Pennsylvania as Brad Birkenfeld (why were these men put together?) – a “miraculous” type of event in Bennett’s eyes, because their meeting led to Bennett’s awareness of Swiss bank UBS terror-financing accounts. Add a possible connection to favored Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as UBS has contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation – and that is only half of Scott Bennett’s story. There is much more.
The Congress of the United States has the sworn duty and responsibility to investigate this issue and find the truth. If in doing so many high-ranking political, military and intelligence officials become prosecuted for crimes, so be it. The lives of innocent men, women and children in the Middle East and beyond are hanging in the balance. Courageous, moral leaders must step forward and take right action.
More information available on Scott Bennett’s YouTube channel:
(Thank you to ArmyPsyop Scott at YouTube)