Saturday, July 30, 2011

Attacking "Mouthy" Citizens with Electronic Pulse and Radiation Technology?

The below comment was made by Steven G. Erickson, to this Opednews Article which is also cut and pasted below.

Real Technology, not Tinfoil hat wearing fodder

After making this video all of my content on was removed. Their servers in the Atlanta Georgia area kept frying after power surges where neighbors were unaffected. All laptops and desktops friend at a friends house in Stonington Connecticut fried at the same moment. A friend in Ellington Connecticut who has made a Connecticut State Police misconduct complaint and complained about a judge had all electronics, computers, televisions, and his furnace blown in a power surge and his neighbors were unaffected. During the same weeks, a power surge occurred at the Wales, Mass horse farm I was staying at.

During the same week I was brought to my knees inside a house, Pawtucket Connecticut, with intense burning that lasted for about 3 minutes in 10 second bursts. I had surface burns all over my body. I left Connecticut and went into hiding.

This is my beef.

Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Technology-- A Threat To The US Or Not?

By William P. Homans (about the author)

In response to a recent article I published about a country music singer, the late, great Dave Dudley, and the USA's FUBAR military mission, one of the OpEdNews readers, Mr. Timothy Gatto, posted this, which I take as interesting but tangential good counsel:

"Wait a minute. All a nation has to do to send us back to around say 1850 is to shoot a few EMP nukes over the US. It would shut our grid down for years. These are the threats they should be looking at instead of the false crap they throw at us on a daily basis."

I have been aware of EMP technology since a book appeared in 1995 describing the HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program) Project, which was conducted in the wilds of Alaska. That book is Angels Don't Play This HAARP (Manning, Jeane, and Begich, Dr. Nicholas; Earthpulse Press, Anchorage, 1995).

Manning and Begich introduce the technology, of which the roots were certan experiments by the great and suppressed inventor Nikola Tesla, near the end of the 19th century. In 1940, old man Tesla (52 years after his crucial invention of alternating current) announced the invention of a "death ray." (P. 1-2)

Tesla, of course, was suppressed, and Thomas Alva Edison got most of the credit, and most of the money, for the inventions upon which modern electrical power are based.

The researchers learned that "HAARP represents a technology which could lead to a new class of weapons that could change our world profoundly-- an all-purpose military tool. If misused, the tool could mess up the weather. It could be used against humanity in a way that would change the way people think, believe and feel. It could be used for good or evil, just the way a harp can produce the music of Mozart or the melody of a death march..."

"...(EMP technology) can: manipulate global weather; hurt ecosystems; knock out electronic communications (its primary use as a military weapon); and change our moods and mental states." (Angels Don't Play This HAARP, P. 9)

Having read this back then, I have been waiting for OUR government to use EMP on some other country. Unfortunately for such warmongers, as the authors of Angels note, there is no way (or there was not, as far as they were able to find out, in 1995) to reliably unleash this technology on a country or its military force such that the effects do not also affect the attacker. If you blast the ionosphere with this incredible power, it's just as likely to knock out the WHOLE WORLD's electricity as it is to just stop America's grid from operation.

It is a sign of how fast the rate of increase of technological innovation is increasing (increase of rate of increase, graphed, is called logarithmic, and the graph is a hyperbola, where the x axis represents linear time, and the Y axis represents the present, which is always receding at a linear rate into the future. The hyperbola, representing increase of rate of increase, climbs, infinitely, and gets closer and closer to the y axis, but never touches it. That's the way hyperbolas work.

In their conclusion (P. 204-206), Begich and Manning tick off various technologies now fully, ubiquitously in use (GPS for one). The corporations E-Systems and its controller, Raytheon, were, in 1995, the OWNERS of the HAARP patents.

Even the military (at least the military during the Clinton Administration) understood, though, that they were playing with fire, or worse.

The concept, "revolution in military affairs" (RMA) first emergd in a document issued by the US Army War College in July 1994: The Revolution In Military Affairs. This document said a philosophy of "conflict short of war" ("terrorism, insurgency or violence associated with narcotrafficking") requires new weapons and a change in public opinion. It asserts that this change in public opinion does not have to evolve naturally, but can be deliberately shaped by the government. The idea is that belief systems of Americans can be slowly altered to allow the military to introduce new weapons technology which would, at this time, be resisted by most Americans. (P. 202)

However, in another section of the same document, the authors urge (perhaps disingenuously) caution:

"Even with all the constraints and countermeasures, there is some value in applying emerging technology using existing strategy, doctrine, organization, force structure, objectives, concepts, attitudes and norms. But there is another alternative: we could deliberately engineer a comprehensive revolution, seeking utter transformation (of warmaking) rather than simply an expeditious use of new technology. However alluring, such a program is rife with hidden dangers and unintended consequences. Unlike the Manhattan Project, we are not forced to pursue revolution without considering the implications (IS THAT A DAMNING STATEMENT OR WHAT? THEY WENT AHEAD WITHOUT CONSIDERING IMPLICATIONS, JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT DROP A "FAT MAN" FIRST??). In conflict short of war, RMA is a Pandora's Box desperately in need of careful scrutiny before opening." (P. 205)

This book is now 16 years old. I have not kept current (it is probably impossible to do so, since certainly the cutting edge of this technology is held in top secrecy) on the latest wrinkle in EMP technology, and by now, certainly, any nation that is our adversary with the capability to actually make a successful missile attack on the US (and there are only three such nations-- China, Russia and Israel) certainly possesses all the information described or alluded to in this book.

But I am not in the least scared of foreign domination. It's our own rulers, Timothy, who are out of control, have a military budget as large as the rest of the world combined, who have shown that they are a clear and present danger to the security of the world. You are correct that what they are throwing at us is "false crap" designed to TERRORIZE US. The bugbear-touting of the Bush and Obama Administrations is all part and parcel of the RMA of 1994, the central tenet of which is not the new technologies themselves, BUT THE BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THOSE TECHNOLOGIES.

If anybody uses EMP tech, with its "unintended consequences", Timothy, it's going to be US. [source]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

WikiLeaks parody of MasterCard ad... priceless

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The banking blockade on WikiLeaks: not only is it illegal under current trade laws, it goes against the fundamental principles of freemarket capitalism. Another sign that the game is rigged?

The original upload of this video can be found at:

Help spread this video and increase public awareness of the banking blockade on WikiLeaks. Popular support will make a huge difference in the coming months as WL takes on the legal battle against the global guardians of financial portals.

Music composed by our friend, Jonathan Dreyfus

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Suggested links to visit:

It is time to bring back the Glass–Steagall Act, and end the Monopoly of the US Police State brought to you by Global Corporate Banksters:

Another Rap New Video:

Another interesting post from the Kenny's Sideshow blog:


Steven G. Erickson's reasons to blog:

In the USA, 6 figure salaries are paid to insiders, police, and to the so called, "New World Order" goons, to officially kidnap children, destroy the self-employed, small business, and any independent thinkers who dare question the reign of the Global Corporate Bankster Drug Running Military Industrial Complex

stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot Com

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Whether you like, who some call a "Shock Jock", Alex Jones, he is no Howard Stearns. Some very interesting subjects are touched on here:

Incredible Dehumanization - Alex Jones Tv

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Eye Popping Fed Audit

The below re-posted [from here]

By Bernie Sanders (about the author)

Editor's note: Paul Craig Roberts suggested this article by Bernie Sanders be posted and the editor who received it misunderstood and thought it was by Roberts.
There is no better example of the US government's attitude of "let them eat cake" than the following alert presented by Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders, who is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history... I implore you to read -- and then re-read -- the results of this critical investigation.

The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study. "As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world," said Sanders. "This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you're-on-your-own individualism for everyone else."

Among the investigation's key findings is that the Fed unilaterally provided trillions of dollars in financial assistance to foreign banks and corporations from South Korea to Scotland, according to the GAO report. "No agency of the United States government should be allowed to bailout a foreign bank or corporation without the direct approval of Congress and the president," Sanders said.

The non-partisan, investigative arm of Congress also determined that the Fed lacks a comprehensive system to deal with conflicts of interest, despite the serious potential for abuse. In fact, according to the report, the Fed provided conflict of interest waivers to employees and private contractors so they could keep investments in the same financial institutions and corporations that were given emergency loans.

For example, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase served on the New York Fed's board of directors at the same time that his bank received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed. Moreover, JP Morgan Chase served as one of the clearing banks for the Fed's emergency lending programs.

In another disturbing finding, the GAO said that on Sept. 19, 2008, William Dudley, who is now the New York Fed president, was granted a waiver to let him keep investments in AIG and General Electric at the same time AIG and GE were given bailout funds. One reason the Fed did not make Dudley sell his holdings, according to the audit, was that it might have created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

To Sanders, the conclusion is simple. "No one who works for a firm receiving direct financial assistance from the Fed should be allowed to sit on the Fed's board of directors or be employed by the Fed," he said.

The investigation also revealed that the Fed outsourced most of its emergency lending programs to private contractors, many of which also were recipients of extremely low-interest and then-secret loans.

The Fed outsourced virtually all of the operations of their emergency lending programs to private contractors like JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo. The same firms also received trillions of dollars in Fed loans at near-zero interest rates. Altogether some two-thirds of the contracts that the Fed awarded to manage its emergency lending programs were no-bid contracts. Morgan Stanley was given the largest no-bid contract worth $108.4 million to help manage the Fed bailout of AIG.

A more detailed GAO investigation into potential conflicts of interest at the Fed is due on Oct. 18, but Sanders said one thing already is abundantly clear. "The Federal Reserve must be reformed to serve the needs of working families, not just CEOs on Wall Street."

To read the GAO report, click here.

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Some Steven G. Erickson comments to articles with links to articles:


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The "Flipping Off Big Brother" Movement

click above link for video, scroll down in post

Megan Fox image [found here], click image to make bigger

More, and more, Americans are waking up seeing that they are under armed occupation. All internet, phone calls, movement, medical, legal, and financial activities are monitored. The abuse is obvious to those who just look up and have an open mind.

There is a war on for your mind.

Those who are sick of paying for their own abuse with tax dollars have been starting to give the puppeteers of the US Government, "The Bird", whenever they see a traffic light surveillance camera, or any one they see in passing. Corporate restaurants and bars have them, your every move can be tracked. Giving the surveillance cameras the finger tells others you are upset with the current state of affairs.

The Pentagon funds and controls the scripts of many of the block busters showing military hardware. Corporations and bankers are pro war, military, and police state and want you, the taxpayer, to fund the abuse and their lavish lifestyles. Your silence signifies your acceptance. So, do you wish to be silent?

Megan Fox is shown torturing, kidnapping, and confining a human-like robot in the 2nd installment of the Transformers movies. Children are being shown that torture, kidnapping, and killing is sexy. Fighting for the global corporate bankster empire in the US military is heroic.

Those of us in the independent movie and documentary trenches, want to offer you alternatives to the mind bending government propaganda that the CIA, banksters, and corporate organized crime want you to see.

-stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot Com


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Prison Industrial Complex

The below text was placed as a comment in an article on prison written by David Swanson:

Before 9-11, there was a domestic spy program where police use informants in the State of Connecticut and other states. Informants help police collect revenue, confiscate assets, homes, ruin small businesses in competition with organized crime, who get in the way of the official selling of cocaine and heroin, police and judge rackets, and to retaliate, beat, up, falsely arrest, and imprison citizens who have big mouths.

I was given the option of continuing to date a police informant who was offered money to set me up for a police beating in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, and get a civic award for what I have done for the community, or if I didn't continue to date her, the police would enforce a "no dating policy" on me, I'd be arrested, lose my contracting business built over two decades, my home, my daughter, and the rental properties I had spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars fixing up and obtaining.

A rapist of a 3 year old got probation as did an armed robber on probation already. I got a year in prison for resisting being beaten up by a police informant who was terrorizing, stalking me, and threatening my life, ending the beating I was taking with pepper spray. Stand up against the tyrants in the USA, and get prison. Great piece Mr. Swanson, I re-posted it here, with links to my story.

stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot Com

This blogger was held as a political prisoner in the State of Connecticut, I'd like my bogus criminal record expunged, and I'd like to get compensated for what I've lost. Money won't compensate me for what I've suffered for over ten years, the loss of my family, home, everything, but it would be a way to start over, and try to move on.

This blogger's related links:

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[click here] for the Kenny's Side Show post below, excerpt:

Deadly Trance

Image from one of the alleged Norwegian bomber/shooter Anders Behring Breivik's favorite videos from his alleged Facebook page where he allegedly talked to himself about his love of 'trance' tunes.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Gardening and Standing up to Tyrants, Arrestable "Offenses"

The below is an article re-posted [
from here]

Oak Park drops charges against home gardener Julie Bass, but hits her with two other misdemeanor crime charges

By Mike Adams (about the author)

Shortly after my interview with Julie Bass yesterday on the Alex Jones Show, the city of Oak Park, Michigan dropped the current charges against Julie Bass. This is being reported on Julie's blog:
"Our attorney went into court this morning to file a motion. While he was there, someone told him the charge against the garden was dropped. Wow. Nobody called us. Nobody called our lawyer. This has got to be the strangest case of dropping charges I have ever heard of. so, they wouldn't let him file his motion, and when they showed him the paperwork, it was signed by another judge, from another place, who we have never even heard of. Weird weird weird."
Of course it's weird! Because this is all a tactic of the tyrannical bureaucrats to make the public pressure about this story go away while they plot a new way to punish Julie Bass for daring to stand up against them. You can bet the city officials there are already scheming on ways to wait 30 days for all this to die down and then reinstate the same charges against her.

One indication of what's happening here is that the papers dropping the charges were signed by another judge "from another place" as Julie says. That means an order has come down from a higher judge to dismiss this case and try to end the public outcry against the city of Oak Park. What this indicates is that the local officials in Oak Park had to be overridden by a higher court authority because at the local level, they were just too ego-invested in the whole thing to let it go.

Meanwhile, the public pressure was mounting. NaturalNews led the charge on this issue, publishing the emails and phone numbers of Oak Park city bureaucrats, resulting in thousands of phone calls and email complaints being lodged against the officials there (thank to YOU and your action!). Then we took the story to the Alex Jones show yesterday and had Julie on the air, reaching a nationwide audience of millions of listeners (in real time), which had another huge impact.

Plus, I released a hilarious satire video of Kevin Rulkowski, the city planner from Oak Park, Michigan, who has now been immortalized in a Monty Python-style video satire that's getting rave reviews. Watch it at Natural News or on YouTube.

Alex Jones has posted an update commentary on the Julie Bass victory, which you can view here. As Alex reminds us, when we stand up against tyranny, we WIN!

City now enforcing dog licensing violations against Julie

It is important to remember that the city can reinstate the charges against Julie at any time. So this is not a permanent victory. This is a tactic used by the city to try to make the public pressure go away.

As Julie writes on her blog: "We weren't actually cleared of any wrongdoing. The charges have not been settled in a way that gives us any assurance at all of them not coming back the second the media spotlight is off of Oak Park."

And even as they were dropping the charges against Julie for her front yard garden, they reinstated charges against her regarding the licensing of her dogs. Julie says she already paid the fine for the licensing of her dogs, but they are now dragging her into court and charging her with two misdemeanors related to her dog licenses.

So now she's facing not just 90 days in jail, but 180+ days in jail for something related to her dog licenses. And she explains on her blog:

"On a dumber note, the city has decided to reinstate the case about our dog licenses. When they came over and saw we didn't move the garden after their warning, they added a 'no license' charge for our 2 dogs. We went within the week to pay for licenses and even paid late fees, and when we came to court the prosecutor asked to see the documentation that it had been taken care of.

"So, he wrote a few notes, it seemed like everything was taken care of, and when I was in front of the judge nothing was mentioned at all about the dogs. In fact, nothing has been mentioned since then about the dog licenses, with the exception of a few blog readers who noticed the dog charges on the ticket and asked me about it.

"We thought the city just wanted the dogs to be vaccinated against rabies. Our vaccines for the dogs are now and have always been, current and up-to-date. We didn't protest. We didn't complain. We paid and we were done.

"Or so we thought.

"So, the city still wants us to appear in court on the 26th of July. This time it will be for the dog licenses, which we have already taken care of. The dog charges are each a misdemeanor. So now we are up to misdemeanor x 2.
This is the way tyrants work. When pressured, they'll back off one thing, but then they will maliciously try their best to find some other way to make you pay. And if you embarrassed the tyrants, they will try to make you pay even worse.

Let it be known that NaturalNews will continue to cover Julie's story so that Oak Park officials cannot get away with punishing Julie for going public with the truth about what's really happening there. If necessary, we will repeat our call for public protests against Oak Park city officials, and I'm sure there are tens of thousands of NaturalNews readers who want to stay updated on this story and make sure Julie is left alone by the tyrants of Oak Park, Michigan.

So keep reading NaturalNews. We'll stay in touch with Julie and do our best to make sure she is left alone by the city and allowed to grow her tomatoes in peace!

Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning journalist with a strong interest in personal health, the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal. He has authored and published thousands of articles, interviews, consumers (more...)

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Some Steven G. Erickson comments to articles with links to articles:


Sunday, July 10, 2011


The below text was placed in Vermont US Senator Bernie Sander's article here.

Social Security and getting services for our tax dollars, what we pay for, would not be such an issue if more than half of our taxes were spend on illegal wars of occupation, torture, rape, robbery and murder committed in our name. It is time to slash the military/CIA drug smuggling, organized crime budget. It is time to audit the Federal Reserve private bank.

Secret police policies are targeting intact families who pay taxes for breaking up of their families, taking away their children, making them lose their homes and especially if they are self-employed. What does it cost to follows someone around in cruisers all day, and into the night if they work late, 2 at a time. I was under 24 hour surveillance for being a contractor and landlord. Prostitutes, vandals, thieves, and thugs are used by the police for revenue collection and to make taxpayers into non-taxpayers using taxpayer funds. Processing citizens in courts, putting them in prison, and taking away children allows insiders and police to make 6 figure salaries making more debt for less people to pay.

The former Soviet Union fell. The US is becoming much worse human rights and citizen abuser than the USSR was. Let's change this Bernie.

-stevengerickson At yahoo Dot com

Monday, July 4, 2011

A July Fourth Shame on the Founders

The below is an article re-posted [from here]

By Ray McGovern (about the author)

Yes, that was I standing before the U.S. Embassy in Athens on the eve of the July Fourth weekend holding the American flag in the distress mode -- upside down.

Indignities experienced by me and my co-guests on "The Audacity of Hope," the American boat to Gaza, over the past 10 days in Athens leave no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama's administration has forfeited the right to claim any lineage to the brave Americans who declared independence from the king of England 235 years ago.

In the Declaration of Independence, they pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to a new enterprise of freedom, democracy and the human spirit. The outcome was far from assured; likely as not, the hangman's noose awaited them. They knew that all too well.

But they had a genuine audacity to hope that the majority of their countrymen and women, persuaded by Thomas Paine's Common Sense and the elegant words of Thomas Jefferson, would conclude that the goal of liberty and freedom was worth the risk; that it was worth whatever the cost.

These days we have been seduced into thinking that such principles have become "quaint" or "obsolete" -- words used by President George W. Bush's White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to make light of important international agreements like the Geneva Conventions.

As every American should know, and remember, the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence were based on the firm belief that ALL men are created equal, that they have UNALIENABLE rights -- among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Not just "all Americans," mind you, but all people. The Declaration of Independence was meant to be a statement expressing the "self-evident" rights of all mankind. Those principles had a universality that was a beacon to the world.

True, American democracy and, indeed, the Founders themselves were far from perfect. In the early decades of the Republic, basic rights were denied to women, to black slaves, to Native Americans and to many of the poor. But Americans worked on building that "more perfect union" and are still working on it.

Justice was always at the heart of the American ideal. That we still have a long way to go in securing that justice must not be allowed to obscure the fact that ours is a noble and courageous experiment. Or at least it was.

That President Barack Obama would have popularized the phrase "audacity of hope," after which we named our boat, now seems a cruel hoax, particularly as many of us recalled the high hopes we had once harbored for Obama the candidate. Instead of an "audacity of hope," Obama the president has often displayed a "paucity of courage."

But it's not just Obama. Sadly, all too many of Americans now think of the sacred principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence as applying to Americans, but not to many others -- like the 1.6 million people locked in the narrow confines of Gaza.

The tendency is to think of ourselves as "exceptional" -- so special that we need not care about suffering elsewhere in the world, including the suffering enabled by our own tax dollars.

It is also sad that many U.S. politicians -- from the Chief Executive to members of Congress -- have been seduced by money and political expediency into disregarding our first president's farewell address, George Washington's warning to avoid what he called "entangling alliances" and a "passionate attachment" to goals of another country.

At the time, it was France that Washington had in mind. Today, the "entangling alliance" and "passionate attachment" relate to Israel. Common values are adduced to try to justify conflating U.S. objectives and actions with the goals and behavior of our "ally," Israel.

Why the quotation marks around "ally?" Because decades ago, when the U.S. government broached the possibility of a mutual defense treaty with the government of Israel, it refused to go along. Mutual defense treaties, you see, require internationally recognized borders and normally a mutual commitment to avoid attacking other countries at will and without forewarning.

The difficulties, which we on "The Audacity of Hope" have encountered at the hands of the Greek government, are clearly a result of Israeli pressure with a likely assist from Obama's diplomats.

In my own writings, I have highlighted what I have learned about the extraordinary power of joint U.S.-Israeli influence. But it is something quite different to watch that influence be brought to bear on the government of Greece, a seafaring nation normally devoted to unfettered navigation.

And for what purpose? To prevent our "ally" Israel from being exposed for its brutish behavior vis-a-vis the people of Gaza.

I thought I'd seen everything. But the Israeli accusation that our Gaza flotilla is carrying sulfur to pour on Israeli commandos attempting to board our boats ... well, that one takes the cake. Plus, the accusation by an Israeli official that we had vowed to shed the blood of Israeli Defense Forces. Amazing.

On the U.S. side, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears as unconcerned about what might happen to us at the hands of Israeli (or Greek) commandos as she was on Feb. 15 as she watched me brutalized just 12 yards in front of her during a speech she was giving at George Washington University.

My offense then? Standing quietly -- motionless, actually -- with my back turned toward her, as a way of showing that not everyone in that audience was oblivious to the killing, maiming and other suffering inflicted on millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen ... and the list goes on.

Last week, Clinton charged the international flotilla, of which "The Audacity of Hope" is a part, with planning to enter "Israeli waters" and warned of the consequences -- in effect, giving Israel carte blanche to have its way with us.

Meanwhile, descriptions of last year's violence, in which Israeli commandos staged a night-time boarding raid on the Turkish ship Mari Marmara in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea and killed nine passengers including one American, get expressed in the passive voice. Violence by whom, a Martian might ask.

In any event, we have long since made it abundantly clear that we had no intention to enter "Israeli waters." Is it conceivable that Madame Secretary still doesn't know that or is she simply spreading a falsehood meant to discredit our mission? Gazan waters are not Israeli waters. Neither, we thought, is the Aegean Sea.

Adding transparent insult to injury, eight days ago the State Department spokeswoman obfuscated when asked directly, twice, whether the U.S. government considered the Israeli blockade of Gaza legal. This determination to fudge on this key issue (the blockade is, on the face of it, against international law) has not stopped U.S. government functionaries from speaking as if the Israelis are well within their rights.

Worse still, we have learned that some U.S. officials wouldn't shed a tear if we got our comeuppance at the hands of the Israelis.

Before leaving the United States, I was cautioned by a source with access to very senior staffers at the National Security Council that not only does the White House plan to do absolutely nothing to protect our boat from Israeli attack or illegal boarding, but that White House officials "would be happy if something happened to us."

They are, I am reliably told, "perfectly willing to have the cold corpses of activists shown on American TV."

So here we are, passengers and crew of "The Audacity of Hope," awaiting further instructions from the local Greek authorities, some of whom have been quite candid in expressing their embarrassment and resentment at being manipulated by Washington/Tel Aviv in this new Great Game.

The instructions, of course, come from a weak Greek government unable to stand on principle because of the economic damage that can be done to Greece by the U.S.-dominated IMF, the European Union and Israel, a major trading partner.

We await a deus ex machina to extract us from this seemingly intractable situation. We remain determined to sail to Gaza at the earliest opportunity. And so do the passengers on the other boats in our international flotilla, at least on those boats that have not been physically sabotaged.

(No one has claimed credit for the damage to propeller shafts to two of the boats, but Israeli officials won't exactly deny that they had a hand in the underwater operations.)

Delays seem to be built into the scenery in this part of the world. After all, It took Odysseus 20 years to get back to Ithaca.

In this day of instant communication, in which audacity can trump cowardice, we continue to hope. Whatever our circumstances, they are light-years better than the everyday experience in Gaza. We are holding that before our eyes. We do not intend to let the suffering Gazans down.

On Friday, the Audacity of Hope did make a move to set sail, before being turned back by the Greek coast guard. On Saturday, we were on a coast guard wharf with the boat impounded, the crew restricted, and the captain facing some significant charges.

The authorities said the guests were free to leave the boat, but it wasn't clear that we'd be allowed back on. So, we decided not to leave the captain. We remain determined to go to Gaza.

It would be a fitting way to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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My comment to a comment posted on a blog post here on this blog, "What is prison really like?":

Yes, there is much more to the story. It is all disgusting. Sgt. Samuel Izzarelli could have been a good cop and not lied, committed perjury, and covered up for Connecticut State Police misconduct. It has been almost 1o years since my daughter called me "Daddy" and that I've received holiday and birthday cards and invitations by mail from family. Izzarelli was key to showing the system is not a corrupt Police State also run by crooked lawyers and offshore corporations and banks. Izzarelli story posted [here]. Prison corporation video [here].