Monday, June 22, 2009

flea circus

A call to the front lines from Chris Hedges

"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
- President Eisenhower - January 1961.

"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us."
- George H.W. Bush, when asked, "What will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran contra?", 1992.

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