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"In our disenchanted world,

violence has become the decisive means for politics.


Society must be understood objectively,

a procedure that entails

refusing to jump to evaluative conclusions.



An important contribution of the social scientist

is to alert us to inconvenient facts and the

unintended consequences of human action.


Humankind may be constructing its own iron cage.


Ironically and tragically,

our own presumed progress may trap us."

Maximilian Weber



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Air blast killed crew of Confederate submarine

costs of major US wars

November 2008



DoD spending on the war in Iraq has nearly matched the cost of the war in Vietnam, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis of the financial costs of wars throughout United States history.

Total post-911 United States military spending has exceeded the cost of Vietnam by a considerable margin.

The ongoing war in Iraq has incurred an estimated $648 billion to date, and total post-911 military spending including the Iraq War, Afghanistan and other terrorism related military expenditures has reached $859 billion.

The Vietnam War cost an estimated $686 billion in 2008 dollars.

The total cost of the American Revolution was $101 million, or about $1.8 billion in 2008 dollars and less than 1% of gross domestic product.

The cost of World War II was about $4.1 trillion in 2008 dollars, and consumed a massive 35.8% of gross domestic product.

The Iraq war took 6.2% of gross domestic product in 2008.

"All estimates are of the costs of military operations only and do not include costs of veterans benefits, interest paid for borrowing money to finance wars, or assistance to allies," the CRS report indicated.

Costs of Major US Wars, Congressional Research Service, July 24, 2008





"The Pentagon's new Defense Media Activity (DMA) -- which "combines formerly separate Pentagon media organizations, such as the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and the Pentagon Channel" -- needs someone to run it.

The Defense Department is looking for an "energetic and imaginative executive" to oversee "2,400 military, government and contract employees around the world and a budget of more than $225 million."

The DMA is tasked with communicating "messages and themes" from officials and providing "a wide variety of information products" to Pentagon staff, service members and their families, veterans and "external audiences."

The DMA also provides "high quality visual information, including Combat Camera imagery depicting United States military activities and operations."

Army Times: "Development of the group and its first-year budget has been given to Bryan Whitman, since the job of his supervisor ... is vacant."

Whitman's name frequently appears in the Pentagon pundits documents.

The DMA "will not include the America Supports You public relations program," which is currently under investigation for funneling PR and marketing contracts through Stars and Stripes.

Whitman said America Supports You "wasn't placed under the DMA because it is not of the same 'nature' as other external information programs." - Washington Post, August 25, 2008

Veteran Pentagon consultant Michael Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board, told his fellow panelists that the new president's inner circle should "set aside time in transition to identify the planning, gravitas and interagency process necessary to respond to a likely first-270-day crisis."



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The Militarized Budget 2017

Military Industrial Complex:
US Military Contracts and Defense Spending

Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans On Private Corporations For Special Ops

The Real Cause of the US Debt Crisis: Spiralling Defense Spending

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1968 DoD Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, or "Operation Garden Plot," is developed in response to the major protests and disturbances of the 1960s.

November 18, 1988

Executive Order 12656 defines national security emergency as "any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the US."

Since this date the US military has been training troops and police in "civil disturbance planning".


1990

Estimated value of the weapons, equipment and factories devoted to the DoD is 83% of the value of all plants and equipment in US manufacturing.

2008

"The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they're training for the same mission at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

After 1st Brigade Combat Team finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control." - Army Times, September 30, 2008 On December 17, 2008,


"A new report by the US Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses or runs on beleaguered banks.

The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the US" - Phoenix Business Journal


"Widespread civil violence inside the US would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and national security." - Army War College report






"Some quick to arm,

some for adventure,

some from fear of weakness,

some from fear of censure,

some for love of slaughter,

in imagination, learning later ...

love of slaughter;

walked eye-deep in hell

believing in old men's lies."

Ezra Pound

homeland security

Brothers in Arms



"Escalation" is a word for a methodical process of acclimating people to the idea of military intervention.

Nothing too sudden, abrupt or jarring, just a step-by-step process of turning war into media wallpaper backdrop.

More soldiers, more dollars funneled into a "blackhole" - mayhem, terror and killing on a grand scale for profit.



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Revolving Door: Pentagon to the Private Sector


1896 Manufacturers and industrialists inform their employees that if William Jennings Bryan is elected all factories and plants will close.

William McKinley favors the Gold Standard.

William McKinley beats William Jennings Bryan by a small margin over the question of the demontization of silver.

1897 EH Harriman is director of Union Pacific Railroad.

1918 Samuel Prescott Bush, now serving on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, is appointed chief of the Ordinance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section.

Samuel reports directly to Bernard Mannes Baruch as director of the Facilities Division of the War Industries Board.



The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth


"The strategic target remains our population.

We can lose people day in and day out, they can't beat our military.

They can, and will, strip away our support." - James Terry Conway

The weapons industry has associations, lobby groups, and trade shows.

Why? Defense and military industries in permanent war trash economies.

Those who profit from permanent war erase the line between the State and the corporation as retired military officers walk through the revolving door.

Pentagon public relations campaigns focus on the transformation of military men into news analysts - "message force multipliers" - to fuel weapons sales.

Retired military men ideologically in sync with neoconservative think tanks, frame events in anticipation of large budget increases for military contracts.

Analysts, paid for the number of times they appeared on television, are instructed not to quote handlers directly or mention contacts.

"We knew we had extraordinary access." - Timur J. Eads, retired Army lieutenant colonel, Fox "analyst", Blackbird Technologies

Omnitec Solutions, corporate branding experts, monitors performance.

September 6, 2001 Veritas announces the formation of an "advisory council" of well-connected retired generals and admirals.

Veritas gives its advisers board seats, profit sharing and equity stakes.

Veritas intends to turn quick profits through initial public offerings.





After September 11, 2001

Barry Richard McCaffrey makes 1,000 appearances on NBC and its sisters.

McCaffrey, paid $25,000 for speeches, is quoted or cited regularly in The Wall Street Journal and thousands of "news" articles.

Barry Richard McCaffrey and Wayne A. Downing are on the advisory board of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an advocacy group created with White House encouragement to make the case for ousting Saddam Hussein.

BR McCaffrey Associates, promises to "build linkages" between government officials and contractors like Defense Solutions.

McCaffrey advocates building up the military to sustain an occupation, warning premature withdrawal would invite catastrophe.

He advocates spending for high-tech weapons, including precision-guided munitions and unmanned aerial vehicles - important to the Veritas portfolio.

McCaffrey, chairman of HNTB Federal Services - an engineering and construction management corporation that often competes for national security contracts, consistently advocates wartime policies.

In corporate filings, Veritas' tells investors they are well positioned to benefit from a widening global war on terror.

Veritas goes on a shopping spree, buying corporations deeply enmeshed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including DynCorp.

McCaffrey ridicules the Iraq Study Group recommendation of withdrawing all combat brigades from Iraq while working with James A. Marks to win the Iraqi translators contract for Global Linguist Solutions a newly incorporated subsidiary of DynCorp.

When the Pentagon awards the contract to Global Linguist Solutions DynCorp stock jumps 15%.



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Defense Contractors on the Dole

The Pentagon & Academia Connection

Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand


"I am 100% behind what the president of the US is doing in Iraq."

Barry Richard McCaffrey


James A Marks, an analyst for CNN, pursues military and intelligence contracts as a senior executive with McNeil Technologies.

James A Marks is named president of Global Linguist Solutions and Barry Richard McCaffrey is designated as chairman of Global Linguist Solutions.

McCaffrey is eligible to share in profits: the contract is worth $4.6 billion over five years, but only if the US does not pull out of Iraq.

McCaffrey published a report recommending that the US equip Iraq with 5,000 armored vehicles provided by Defense Solutions.

Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News analyst, a specialist in psychological warfare had co-authored a paper in 1980 that accused American news organizations of failing to defend the nation from "enemy" propaganda during Vietnam.

"We lost the war - not outfought, we were out psyoped." - Paul E. Vallely

Paul E. Vallely urges the continued use of psychological operations which took aim not just at foreign adversaries but domestic audiences as well.

Paul E. Vallely called his approach "MindWar" - using network television and radio to "strengthen our national will to victory."

2005 Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq account for 37% of DynCorp International revenues.



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Army Deploys Psy-Ops on US Senators

The Callousness of the Corporate Military Empire

Security and Finance State Dominates the American People



2008 David Barstow reports that 75 retired military officers regularly appearing on television "have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air."

Collectively, the group represented "more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants."

The Pentagon pundits program used three propaganda techniques to sell the necessity of what is now called "a dynamic and evolving threat."

The Pentagon worries that framing this as a 'global' war risks reinforcing the image that al-Qa`ida seeks to project of itself - a highly organized, global entity capable of replacing sovereign nations with a global caliphate.

The three propaganda techniques involve:

the distortion of facts by the selective withholding of information;

the creation of an emotional cascade beginning with fear and ending with righteous anger;

and the concealment of the true source of the message by putting the message in the mouth of some seemingly independent third party.


2009 Pentagon employs 27,000 people for recruitment, advertising and public relations - nearly the 30,000-person State Department work force.

The money spent on winning hearts and minds has grown by 63%, to at least $4.7 billion - about the same amount the military spent on body armor for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2004 and 2006.




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