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[FEATURE] An Assange-Proof Nation

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner is one of those informative but worthless books you never want to read again. It would be a total waste of time to reread such a fraudulent book.

The very first leaf of the extraordinarily voluminous book is almost blank only with a brief quote printed in the center as if it were an insurmountable oracle. It reads:

There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
- Jean Racine, Britannicus (1669)

I don't think Weiner had read or saw the French play that is said to depict historical episodes about the Roman Empire. But that doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that he thought he could help "time" unearth the whole truths just by mining for the newest crop of declassified documents at the U.S. National Archives. After all, Weiner is just one of those stupid and arrogant American pundits who don't notice there is a fundamental flaw of logic involved in the line from the French drama - something even a kindergarten kid may detect.

The author should have known who have suffered the most the consequences of these crimes committed by the CIA in the last six decades. It's not Harry S. Truman who signed the National Security Act of 1947 on which the intelligence agency was founded, Dwight D. Eisenhower who thought intelligence was "a distasteful but vital necessity," or Tim Weiner who revealed dark secrets about what successive directors of the agency did only to win yet another award.

It's us non-American citizens who have really suffered. Certainly "the docile satellite of the United States," as Chalmers Johnson called Japan, is one of the most affected nations.

For one thing, we were told in the book, officially for the first time, that Nobusuke Kishi, Japan's Prime Minister (1957-60,) was an undercover agent of the CIA when he signed the revision of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan.

With their long-held doubt about the lawfulness of the treaty finally confirmed, a small group of independent journalists filed a class action lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court in February last year. But it was a piece of cake for the judges to brush aside their complaint. This was yet another reminder that the judicial branch of the Japanese government is not an independent entity as the Constitution calls for, just like the government itself is a puppet of Washington.

More importantly, the poor plaintiffs woke up too late, as usual. Once missed, the right timing will never visit you once again.

The reason Weiner failed to make a bit of difference to the rotten relationship between the two countries is because he based his research work on a false assumption that the whole truth will come to the surface sooner or later as Racine may or may not have thought.

This brings me to Bertrand Russell, British philosopher and mathematician (1872-1970.) He was widely acknowledged as a dedicated anti-war activist, which is what he actually was after losing his unrivaled intellect. But very few know that Russell was also a realistic thinker when he was younger. In his book on education (I forgot its title) he wrote to this effect:

"People always say, 'A real talent should come into bloom on its own no matter what adversity is in its way.' But this is something like arguing there cannot be a perfect crime."

Before Weiner, we had already heard a lot of bullshit from "truth seekers" who found a lucrative business opportunity in the niche created by those mainstream ideologues and demagogues. It's these conspiracy theorists who first detoxified revelations of truth.

Now the mainstream media are rife with leaks of innumerable classified documents by WikiLeaks. Although similar whistleblowing sites are mushrooming on the web, the media don't really look upset. From their previous experiences, they know for sure that at the end of the day they can neutralize these whistleblowers, and even in the worst case, make their world's most gullible audiences dismiss the new herd of cyber-warriors as nerds or oddballs.

The only thing that explains all this ado about nothing is the fact that, as Russell exquisitely pointed out, there are perfect crimes, a lot of them.

A perfect crime does not necessarily have to be carried out in an artful way. Actually the words only refer to a crime whereof no victim notices he has been victimized, or a more cognizant victim is not vocal enough to be heard by many.

Needless to say, Japan's Emperors have perpetually committed unnoticed crimes in the last thirteen centuries. They have always succeeded despite the fact that the imperial lineage has been filled with mentally retarded bastards primarily because of repeated incestuous marriages. The only reason behind their success stories is because their subjects have been equally retarded.

In his 2006 book titled Princess Masako - Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne, Australian writer Ben Hills revealed part of the dark secrets about Japan's imperial family. Unlike Legacy of Ashes, Princess Masako was instantly banned here simply because Hills' revelations were considered much more harmful.

Yet Japanese could have purchased a copy of Princess Masako through the likes of By 2006, Japan's Internet Penetration Rate had already topped 80%. But as usual what I term the "Glass Firewall" which is far more unpenetrative than China's Great Firewall could keep the poisonous truths at bay.

At all levels of the general population, self-imposed prohibition is always at work here. As a result, practically no Japanese feel persecuted by the mythified polity sponsored by the CIA and have English- and Internet-literacy at the same time.

The American people can only go as far as to scratch the surface of declassified secrets about U.S.-Japanese relations, just as Tim Weiner did three years ago. But their Japanese friends have been fully immunized even for Assange kind of information. They should, therefore, rest assured that no matter what, the Japanese will tag along with them until the last day of the American century, which is when any revelation of truth makes no sense at all.

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An Assange-Proof Nation
Authored by: samwidge on Friday, December 24 2010 @ 05:57 PM JST
Life is not always fair. Intelligence agencies are not required to tell all they know. Whole truths do not come out.

If a whole truth came out, how would you know?

A strange thing about life on this planet is that some people live a little longer than others and then, all die. Justice does not prevail. Life and death on the global scene is much like winning and losing at baseball. There are no good guys or bad guys, only winners and often, losers.

You and I agree that we would like everybody to win. We also agree that universal wins are not possible.

The famous James Bond (fictional) series reminded in every book and show that no spy could demand the right to live. In fact, real spies can expect to die early and in ignominy.

There is that attractive Russian redhead who spied here in the United States. She risked her life to do what she did and, when she survived, the Russians cheered.

We can't be too grumpy about that. After all, she is cute regardless of how many lives she has taken.

Assange and Manning are both spies. They are not cute and they have managed thus far, to live. I understand that Manning continues in prison and is miserable.

Mr. Yamamoto, I would like you to address the idea of moral standards for each and every country. I know your writing well enough to be sure that you have something interesting to say. While you are at it, address the idea of how well we can believe managed news reports of the activities of any intelligence (spy) agency.

Does it seem mysterious to you that the Wikileaks secrets failed to show anything really bad about the United States, nothing anywhere near what we could have expected to hear about the Russians or the Chinese. Does it surprise you that nobody compares? Do you suppose that Japan suffers from its (seemingly) incompetent spy efforts?

Would you disenfranchise those life-saving waterboarding treatments at Guantanamo Bay and then ignore Fidel Castro's outright murders? Would you believe news reports without question and make your decisions on them alone?

Do you suppose that Japan has never had to dispose of an international spy who was doing something profoundly destructive?

On a number of occasions you have pointed out that the things that have happened to Japan in its international operations have not been fair. Then you have berated the Japanese people for failing to stand up for themselves. You have said, quite clearly, that Japan is "unviable."

Assange and Manning may be considered lucky. They got caught but did not die or face torture as they would have in other countries. They did not face the difficult circumstances they might have endured in places like Saudi Arabia and even Iran.

We have lots of people like Assange and Manning here in the states. Many would stop at nothing to take the life of an American soldier. Many have deliberately, coldly and openly caused the deaths of American spies and diplomats. Only the smallest number will face justice.

I respect you too much to think that you would ignore these things.
An Assange-Proof Nation
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, December 24 2010 @ 08:23 PM JST


You wrote: Life is not always fair.

I would rather put it this way: life is always unfair. 我的生日是聖誕節 – Yesterday one of my Chinese neighbors taught me how to say in Chinese that my birthday falls on Christmas Day. When I was a kid, my parents always cheated me by giving me one thing, instead of two, as Christmas and birthday present. According to his biography, Humphrey Bogart whose birthday was also Dec. 25 kept grumbling about the misfortune even after he grew up. I know only two adults who were born on that date and have never grumbled about that: Jesus Christ and me after growing up. So life is unfair. But so what? Let it be, as you would agree.

Actually I see a certain fairness in the fact that everybody suffers God’s partiality.

You wrote: If a whole truth came out, how would you know?

Exactly. That’s what Bertrand Russell wanted to say. But in reality, that’s what most people never understand. Especially, know-it-all scholars and pundits are all too arrogant to understand the commonsense matter.

You wrote: You and I agree that we would like everybody to win.

Nope. I have never wanted my foes to win. The total amount of resources available at a given time, be it money, food, beautiful women, intelligent men, oxygen or even "time", are all in short supply. So when you win, someone else must lose. That is the real beauty of life.

You wrote: I would like you to address the idea of moral standards for each and every country.

Sorry, but that is not my forte. I think this is something for busybodies such as Clinton.

You wrote: We have lots of people like Assange and Manning here in the states. Many would stop at nothing to take the life of an American soldier [without risking their own.]

I know little about Stuart Manning. But as for Julian Assange, I neither like nor dislike that guy. I just wanted to point out Japan is an Assange-proof nation because it’s so used to the perfect crimes committed by Emperors in the last 13 centuries.

Yu Yamamoto
[FEATURE] An Assange-Proof Nation
Authored by: Diogenes on Tuesday, May 03 2011 @ 08:50 PM JST
Former CIA Director William Colby is supposed to have said: "The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." I don't need to read Weiner's book to know that it can't be taken seriously. The Amazon review said he'd won the Pulitzer Prize several times. Is that any different than Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize? A meaningless prize is still meaningless.

Twenty-five years ago, the estimate of the persons the C.I.A. murdered was set at approximately 20 million (1947 - 1985 or so). That's not counting the overt attacks by the American Imperial Military machine.

Now, we're insulted with the fiction that the American Emmanuel Goldstein, Osama bin L., was murdered in Pakistan. Right. And he used his wife as a human shield. Right, the coward angle. And Brian Williams of NBC Evening News interviewed Leon Panetta, head of the C.I. A. tonight, to clarify and champion that water boarding was useful in discovering this Hydra. The most difficult experience is to watch people conspiring together in their lies, and knowing that they are lying right to your face, to the camera. At one time, this display would have been considered treason. Now it's called the evening news.