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The Insanity Of The Manipulated Masses

By James Donahue 

During the weeks after 9-11 and during a time when President George W. Bush was talking about aggressively attacking the invisible enemy he called "world terrorism," something very strange happened to a lot of Americans.

I think just about everybody went crazy.

Everywhere you looked the American flag was flying. Red, white and blue symbols were displayed on store fronts, on every flag pole, and their cars.

Young men and women rushed to local recruiting offices to sign up because they wanted to defend their country.

America was like a hive of disturbed bees, buzzing about wildly, prepared to sting anything that looked threatening, and sacrificing their all to do it. Nobody was thinking. Everybody was going to war even though nobody knew who the enemy was.

While patriotism is usually a good thing, somehow I thought there was a lot of overplay going on. And for many, it still is. Throughout the Midwest those flags are still waving, and it seems they are even bigger than they used to be. Veterans now coming home with missing arms and legs, torn away by home-crafted bombs planted along busy roadways, are declared "heroes" who gave so much in defense of the homeland.

Even our leadership was caught up in the frenzy. The Bush Administration sent troops off to attack Afghanistan because intelligence revealed that Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attack. And even though Osama is a native of Saudi Arabia, intelligence said he was operating with the Al-Qaeda, a group of radical Moslem militants stationed in Afghanistan. Thus we bombed, shot and killed Afghanistan people. Then we shifted our attention to Iraq and did the same thing there and for even less defined reasons.

It is 12 years later and we are still in Afghanistan. We also are still in Iraq even though the Obama Administration has been trying to shut down our part in that conflict. Our troops are caught in a strange quagmire that can't be resolved. Many thousands of innocent civilians in both countries are dead. Hundreds of our troops are dead and many more are hospitalized and disabled. Osama bin Laden is dead. So is Saddam Hussein. Yet later intelligence suggested that the attack might really have been perpetrated in Saudi Arabia. In fact, most of the terrorists involved in taking over those airplanes are now known to have been from Saudi Arabia, not Afghanistan or Iraq. Conspiracy theorists are now asking if the attack wasn’t planned right here at home for nefarious political reasons.

While war insanity was going on in the streets our legislators let a document called the Patriot Act slip into law without a fight. That document, designed to strip Constitutional freedoms and turn the nation into a police state, has since fallen under severe public attack. It went through some revising since that day, but The Patriot Act remains on the books, and the Bush generated "War on Terror" continues to rage on, even on the home front.

How can we declare a war against an invisible enemy that projects no nationality or face? How could stuff like this happen in the United States?

Writer David McGowan, in a recent article in the Web's Online Journal, titled "Functionally Insane Americans," suggests that most people in the United States were so emotionally upset during the days following the 9-11 attacks that they lost touch with reality. "I think they found safety in numbers and a form of hive mentality took over."

McGowen wrote: "the severity of any individual's insanity is a function of the degree of that person's disconnection from reality.

"That definition, of course, is entirely dependent on how 'reality' is defined. From the point of view of the state, 'reality' is whatever the shapers of public opinion say it is. Anyone who disagrees with the voices of authority is, therefore, insane."

One example of the mass hysterical insanity was an arrest in Albany New York of a man who wore a "peace" T-shirt in a shopping mall. That the man associated himself with the peace activists of the 1960s so incensed the war-charged masses that the man was led away in handcuffs by uniformed police officers.

Of course not everybody in America bought into the war fever. I was among thousands of people voicing concerns to one another via the Internet in those crucial weeks. The media ignored public demonstrations opposing military action. Not many people dared to demonstrate, however. Public comment, we quickly found, could lead to open verbal if not physical confrontation.

How could so many people be guided into a mass hysteria like that?

The 9-11 event was so severe and unexpected, it seemed to glue the public into a state of mass fear. That we were constantly shown the video clips of the airplanes flying into the World Trade Center towers was a form of collective conditioning. After this, it did not take much for the nation's leaders to take us in any direction they chose.

Jeff Rense suggested on his web site that mental manipulation can be accomplished through our television sets with more than images. He said U.S. Patent No 6,506,148, for example, is a device for "nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors."

Rense wrote: "Certain monitors can emit electromagnetic field pulses that excite a sensory resonance in a nearby subject, through image pulses that are so weak as to be subliminal.

"This is unfortunate since it opens a way for mischievous application of the invention, whereby people are exposed unknowingly to manipulation of their nervous systems for someone else's purposes.

"Such application would be unethical and is of course not advocated. It is mentioned here in order to alert the public to the possibility of covert abuse that may occur while being online, or while watching TV, a video, or a DVD."

They wouldn't do that would they?

In investigative research, we must always ask who had the most to gain by declaring war in the Middle East? Who is still getting rich on the spoils of two wars that we cannot seem to end?