[FEATURE] An Assange-Proof Nation

Wednesday, December 22 2010 @ 08:28 PM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto



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 Amazon.com. 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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