Truth is a funny thing.
In today’s world, truth has become relative, not a certainty as it was in times past.
Today, truth is whatever those in Power say it is, and when someone is able to prove them wrong, that someone usually disappears and is never heard from again.
What prompted this little musing?
I’m signed up for a list of Freedom-related quotes, and yesterday’s email contained a few interesting quotes, but the one that struck me was the one by author John Gilmore:
“Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity.
Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities.
Outlawed by all governments everywhere.
Possession is normally punishable by death.”
It was the “Outlawed by governments everywhere” line that caught my eye and actually made me laugh out loud, simply because it is so true in and of itself.
The trouble isn’t so much that governments despise the truth, for I don’t believe that is the core issue. What governments despise is not truth, but loss of power. For those sitting in the big chairs, that is what all this unfettered access to “TRUTH” really means.
It means they have lost, or are about to lose some (or all) of their power.
One look at the protests around the world this past year certainly makes that clear, doesn’t it?
I’m going to wander around a little here, so please bear with me. There is a point to it all, I promise.
I’ve long been interested in the Oklahoma City Bombing that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. This bombing was allegedly in retaliation for the ATF and FBI raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993, and the murder of Vicki Weaver by FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi at Ruby Ridge in Idaho in 1992.
I’ve never bought into the official story that a single truck bomb placed by Timothy McVeigh took down the Murrah Building. That single truck bomb simply wasn’t powerful enough to do a lot of damage to the building.
Like Building 7 in New York, which mysteriously and magically collapsed without ever being hit by anything, taking down the Murrah Building would require a lot more that a truck bomb parked on the street.
I’ve watched some of the documentaries that came out in the wake of that event recently, and there is such a stunning amount of evidence (TRUTH) that the government didn’t want to see the light of day.
It would cause them to lose power. It would cause them to lose control over the population.
So why has my interest in the Oklahoma City Bombing been re-ignited again? More inconvenient truths are coming out about that event that make me question even more deeply the official government story.
When Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Clinton Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1997, he had no idea that the scraps of information grudgingly released by the federal government would be the first in a 15 year trail of evidence detailing the criminal involvement of the FBI, CIA, ATF, and United States Secret Service in the planning and execution of the Oklahoma City bombing.
It’s caused me to reflect on the nature of Government and what it means to know the truth in an age where there is no truth, or more to the point, Truth is only what the Government dictates.
Shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing, Holder instructed FBI agents to recover from Terry Nichols any remainder of the explosives the Bureau had provided him and McVeigh. To the chagrin of Eric Holder, the explosives were later discovered by another agency, complete with the fingerprints of Nichols, McVeigh, and two FBI agents.
Anyone daring to ask why, for example, the BATF offices (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) were vacant that fateful Oklahoma day, yet miraculously were able to pounce on the scene mere moments after the blast is called a lunatic, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, or worse.
It’s such a simple question… yet nobody will answer it.
Is that because there is some measure of TRUTH to the theory that governments manufacture crisis after crisis so we “mere citizens” are kept in a constant state in fear?
Is it so governments can hold themselves up as the great saviour of us all?
In my more cynical moments I believe that is true. Governments always want more power and control over the lives of its citizenry. It’s in their nature. They can’t help it.
Jesse Trentadue accidentally came across PATCON while investigating the murder of his brother Kenneth at the hands of the Clinton Department of Justice. An FBI informant (Federal Bureau of Investigation) familiar with the Oklahoma City bombing story, Kenneth was found hanged in his cell after having been jailed by the FBI. Though an official FBI report had listed Kenneth as a suicide, it was obvious that he had been severely beaten and had his throat cut.
Upon Jesse taking the federal government to court, a federal judge ruled that the FBI had not only lied about Kenneth Trentadue’s death, the Bureau was also found guilty of having destroyed evidence concerning the case. In 2001 the Trentadue family was awarded $1.1 million, $250,000 of which remains a reward for information leading to the conviction of Kenneth Trentadue’s killers.
The rest of the time I think it’s just that someone screwed up so horrifically that they can’t even believe it themselves, and the cover-up begins in order to protect someone’s behind. That’s all any scandal really is about, isn’t it? Covering the behind of the person who massively screwed up?
A scandal is just, to steal a line from that environmental hypocrite Al Gore, “an inconvenient truth” that they can’t bear to admit.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if the next time someone from any of the alphabet soup agencies screws up royally, that they just admit it, apologize and do whatever is required to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
Okay… Okay… I said I had a point…
I never said it wouldn’t be filled with wishful thinking!
I have, however, been researching the new head of the RCMP. If he doesn’t get shot in the back by his own members, he just might drag the RCMP kicking and screaming out of the Dark Ages and into the 18th century.
What a treat that would be, wouldn’t it? An RCMP once again held accountable for its actions?
Perish the thought!