THE EYES HAVE IT

January 17th, 2014

Eyes were everywhere.

A German awoke trembling from this frightening dream during the 12-year reign of Adolph Hitler and rule of the Third Reich in Nazi Europe. Journalist Charlotte Beradt in her book The Third Reich of Dreams recounts the nightmares plaguing Germans, whether in denial or defiance of the pervasiveness of totalitarianism.

One Amazon.com reviewer wrote: “The book traces the ways in which the rising tide of Fascism infected the unconscious lives of ordinary Germans,skewing their dreams towards increasingly brutal and nightmarish reflections of the pathology of Nazism.”

Some of the 300 dreams Beradt collected discerned the terrible path the nation was taking but the dreamer felt helpless to change events. One housewife dreamt she ripped a swastika off a flag each night, but the swastika appeared on the flag again in the morning. Another German realized he was “inch by inch” raising his arm in the Nazi salute.

The Eyes collage is PDJ’s rendition of an imagined contemporary American’s dream as the U.S. government and U.S. corporations –- independently and together – spy on citizens under the auspices of national security and commerce. Concurrently, tactics copied from Hitler’s Fascist Germany –- fear, omnipresent surveillance, aggression against sovereign nations – and the parlance of fascism – homeland, patriot –- consume U.S. politics, policies, and culture.

(See more coverage of the rising tide of fascism under Political Diary on this website.)

ACTION AGENDA
Taming the NSA*

January 20th, 2014

* National Security {Spy} Agency

The U.S. has used 9/11 as the raison d’être to instigate endless war and sweeping police powers. Twelve years after the pivotal event, the death toll from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and military actions in dozens of other countries is in the hundreds of thousands, the financial cost in the trillions of dollars.

Because of the revelations of Edward Snowden, Mark Klein, and other whistleblowers, we know the pervasive depth and breadth of the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens and elected officials and the citizens and officials of other countries.

The U.S. government has vacuumed up phone calls, emails, snail mail, internet searches– all forms of communication, often in collaboration with U.S. corporations. Now we learn this potentially lethal force is literally invading our homes, attaching spyware to our personal computers.

Remember, the firebombing of the Reichstag, the German parlaiment, on February 27, 1933, blamed on a communist, led to totalitarianism in Germany. It is time to confront the questions we ask about the German people during the Third Reich: How did the citizenry let this happen? What can we do to deter it? What will we do to stop it?

This Action Agenda on surveillance (and its ugly twin, wars of aggression) is intended to jumpstart your ideas and activism toward stemming the rising tide of fascism in the U.S.

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REMEMBERING ARTIST, ACTIVIST PAT CAREY

January 20th, 2014

Pat Carey, who died in May 2013 in San Francisco at age 93, was “one of the greatest peace activists and homeless advocates,” said Paul Bernardino of The People’s Investigation of 9/11, the Thomas Merton Peace & Social Justice Task Force, and www.stopthefourthreich.com. He credited Carey as a founder of the 9/11 Truth Movement as well as active with Food Not Bombs and in other progressive movements.

Born in New York City to emigrant parents, Carey was young when the family moved to Los Angeles. An artist, she worked for major Hollywood studios before moving to San Francisco and opening the Pat Carey Gallery. A biographical documentary A Portrait of Pat Carey explores Carey’s “vibrant” role in the San Francisco art scene.

Bernardino described Carey as part of “the inner circle of Mae Brussell’s anti-fascist movement.” Brussell was a Beverly Hills housewife when the assassination of President John Kennedy in 1963 and subsequent Warren Commission hearings woke her to the dark side of American politics.

“Brussell saw the international terrorist network comprising the Axis powers during World War Two had gone underground and continued their world-wide fascist campaign, overthrowing one country after another including America,” according to www.maebrussell.com the website established to preserve her work.

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