As We Continue To Protest Against Military Action In Syria…

headed to Syria

let us not forget what woke many of us the hell up! Let us not forget Pfc. Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning who gave up her freedom so that the world would know what our government is capable of. Let us not forget that there are those who have sacrificed themselves because they knew that ‘without information we cannot make informed decisions’. Pfc. Manning sits in a lonely prison cell this very minute because she exposed what the puppets who serve their masters did not want exposed. She informed the world of the most heinous of atrocities and cover-ups.

The world was made known of our torturing of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Did we cease the practice of torture? Hell no! Are we going to cease the practice of torture? Hell no! We have used chemical weapons and we are still using chemical weapons. Are we going to stop? Hell no! Do not give our government a free pass on its hypocrisy when the U.S. government claims that it is going to bomb a country because of the use of chemical weapons, if that were the case, why hasn’t the U.S. bombed itself? We’re certainly guilty of using chemical weapons. We have no moral high ground on which to stand. We never have and we never will. But we must continue to put the pressure on our government so that they get the message that just because the U.S. government condones atrocities and torture, we do not! Just because the mainstream media looks the other way and refuses to report on the atrocities perpetrated on innocent civilians and citizens by this government, we will not! The U.S. government is under the auspice of a global group that is controlling and dictating and initiating world events to suit their purpose. This is just a game to them. We are all expendable. Make no mistake, the threat to our very existence is real. Just look up from your smartphone and glance across the street. What do you see? There is suffering. There is hardship. There is hunger. There is unmitigated sickness. There is homelessness. There is poverty. There is fear. There is hopelessness. There is loss and there is so much of it that it is an epidemic. We are told that there is no money for seniors, there is no money for head start programs for children, there is no money to shelter the homeless, there is no money to feed the hungry, there is no money to fund the programs that were intended to keep people from falling between the cracks. We are broke, they tell us and yet there IS money to bomb a country in the Middle East that has not threatened us with war. We have the money to send missiles across the seas to kill innocent mothers and fathers and children.

You see, those who pull the strings of the puppets they put in power will not stop until all the world’s people are starving, sick, homeless, broke and hopeless. It will not end if we bomb Syria, it will continue. We must be ever vigilant and aware. We must constantly question what our government says and not take their word as law. They lie! This has been proven, time and time again, they lie! So, to those of you who think that we no longer need to keep shouting and protesting and marching and calling our representatives, think again! We cannot stop because that will mean that we have been lulled into a false sense of ‘all is well’. All is not well and all will not be well if we continue to let this government mislead us, lie to us and continue to lead us down the primrose path. We know what this government is capable of. Remember Pfc. Manning and what she exposed. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Never stop questioning. Never accept at face value what your president and your representatives tell you. Do your own thinking. Don’t let others think for you. Remember, they have an agenda and it most definitely will not coincide with yours if peace is what you seek.

And so, I will re-post a poem that I think is extremely important and appropriate and I will include it from now on in every blog post.

We Are The Terrorists

What rights do we have left? We have watched them fade to black.
There are those who tried to warn us. They’re on the torture rack.

They dared expose the truth; shed light on all the lies.
So many people dead, so many lost their lives.

The West destroyed the East; just look what we have done.
We always cross an ocean to take from everyone.

Wherever we have gone, the people always lose.
There is something that they have; there is something we can use.

We must control the world and all who live there in.
And every place we go, the killing will begin.

Not many we let live, our bloodlust’s never sated.
We will never stop, we’re loathed and we’re hated.

The innocent are the guilty. You’re so easy to deceive.
The truth is hard to take and so you won’t believe.

Do you understand how expendable you are?
Just ask Chelsea Manning, she was a rising star.

She exposed our depravity, let the world know where we stand.
Liberty and justice and freedom have been banned.

Look at what we’ve done to her; we’d do the same to you.
Never doubt it for a minute. Our course is tried and true.

The dead did see it coming; they could not avoid attack.
Children cry for their mothers who are buried in Iraq.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
©2013 Shelby I. Courtland

Did The Terrorists Go On Vacation With Obama?

He doesn't look concerned about a 'terror' alert to me!
He doesn’t look concerned about a ‘terror’ alert to me!

What happened to the ‘terror alert’? Did the ‘terrorists’ all meet up with Obama on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard and decide to forego their ‘terrorist’ activities until Obama finished his golf game?

A ‘terror alert’ was declared and then President Obama went on vacation. Embassies and consulates were closed, tourists were warned and yet our president did not seem unduly concerned enough to postpone his vacation. I wonder why. Actually, I don’t because the ‘terrorist’ was taking a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. If the ‘terror’ threat was so serious, would a vacation be in order?
Although, to be fair, I did hear of several drone strikes in Yemen and a couple of civilians who were not deemed ‘terrorists’ got drone struck but no matter. They are resting peacefully knowing that they were merely ‘collateral damage’ in the Obama Administration’s ongoing terror war with itself. We’ve got to be kept in line you know. And the way to do that is to play on our fears that the ‘terrorist bogeyman’ is still at large. Just because he had Osama bin Laden taken out, doesn’t mean that the threat is over. How convenient for Obama that Osama, even though he was the son of a billionaire, was found in a hovel watching a program on a 10 inch television screen. Osama was just waiting to be picked off. That Obama, I gotta tell ya, he’s a really crafty fellow who can be very charming and engaging. When not ordering the spying on U.S. citizens and allies of the U.S. and torturing whistle-blowers while ordering the dropping of drones, he can be found enjoying the many artery clogging burgers to be found at many Washington D.C. carry outs or golfing on Martha’s Vineyard or relaxing at Camp David. Golfing is his favorite hobby between ‘terrorizing’ others. It has a calming effect after torturing whistleblowers like Bradley Manning. Not to mention, he’s still upset with Russian President Vladimir Putin for granting temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. No wonder Obama needed a vacation right after putting U.S. embassies and consulates on high ‘terror’ alert because…well..because he could.

In Obama’s world, the sky is always falling even though it is caused by him. We must all prepare ourselves because the ‘terrorist’ never rests. My bad…yes he does…only this time, it was on Martha’s Vineyard.

For Shame!

Once, I would have said that Bradley Manning deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, but since Obama has one, quite obviously, it has no meaning anymore. Therefore, I can only state that Bradley Manning should be FREE!!!!
Once, I would have said that Bradley Manning deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, but since Obama has one, quite obviously, it has no meaning anymore. Therefore, I can only state that Bradley Manning should be FREE!!!!
Awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for torture...and what's more, he's proud of it!
Awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for torture…and what’s more, he’s proud of it!

I awake, screaming in the night,
knowing where I am and paralyzed with fright.

Eyes wide from terror, body drenched in sweat.
My tormentor’s coming back, I know what to expect.

I hear the cell door clang; I am thrown to the floor.
He kicks me in the gut; where I am already sore.

Will the torture never end? My body’s had enough.
Yes, these are Americans who are treating me this rough.

A gun put to my head, the trigger is released.
They do this every day and then call me, “the beast!”

Obama’s in control; the commander-in-chief,
who promised us transparency, then stole it like a thief.

Deception and transparency do not go hand in hand.
Horrific acts of torture can be found throughout this land.

The leaders of this country are corrupt right to the core.
People need to know just what they’re paying for.

I am tortured every day for exposing all the lies.
Did Obama not receive a Nobel Peace Prize?

What does it mean to him? Not a thing and that’s for sure!
If he ever had the truth disease, I see he found a cure.

I’ll spend my life in prison; unlike others I could name.
Those who order torture are the ones still in the game.

I was young and so naïve when arrested in Iraq;
for leaking secret documents and I take nothing back.

Torture is the shame; not sharing what I knew.
I’m at peace with myself; the shame belongs on you.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

Under the Obama administration, seven Espionage Act prosecutions have been unleashed – more than all those initiated by previous presidents combined. Of those that have been completed, prosecutions have either failed – as in the case of Thomas Drake, a former NSA official against whom all 10 charges were dropped – or led to a prison term for non-Espionage Act charges, as in the case of John Kiriakou, who is serving a 30-month sentence for disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer.

“The Manning verdict takes us to a whole other level,” said Liza Goitein, who co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security programme. “The government has done a poor job in thinking through the potential effects of this prosecution.”

Though Manning was found not guilty of the most serious charge, “aiding the enemy”, Goitein suggested that multiple convictions under the Espionage Act are certain to have a chilling effect across public information. “This will discourage the average whistleblower, an official who maybe has just a few classified documents that reveal corruption or wrong-doing and who ensure[s] accountability in the system. This will shoot down the least offensive, and the most valuable leaks.”
source:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/bradley-manning-espionage-act-civil-liberties

If the Obama Administration was all about ‘transparency’ then why has this administration prosecuted more ‘whistleblowers’ than all other presidents combined????!!!! This speaks volumes about the corruption that is rampant in this administration to the point where they are hell bent on attempting to prosecute those who have exposed their spying and their filthy war crimes, and then try to make an example out of them to discourage others from shedding light on their crimes and depravities. We have sunk to a new low in America when a corrupt government can point to a man and say “you are guilty because you exposed the truth that we did not want exposed and laid us open to claims of hypocrisy even though that is exactly what we are,” and many of us jump on the bandwagon. We do not care that this man is being subjected to torture and will most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. I am so terribly sorry that unlike Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning was unable to seek sanctuary.

There is something terribly wrong in America when Russia is granting asylum to someone seeking asylum coming FROM America! America was supposed to be a beacon for people seeking relief from persecution and now the roles are reversed. We are the persecutors!…but then again…haven’t we always been?

America:Creator of Terrorists and Exiles

committed war crimes but are not imprisoned, nor in exile
committed war crimes but are not imprisoned, nor in exile
in exile for leaking the truth
in exile for leaking the truth

Dismantle Lady Liberty and send her back to France.
The poor and the homeless never stood a chance.

Edward Snowden is in exile, but not where you might think.
Bradley Manning did no wrong and yet he’s in the clink.

The Russian President has said he’s sick and tired,
of cleaning up our mess in which his country’s mired.

Obama’s throwing a fit; he did not get his way.
He is quite upset at what Putin had to say.

The ‘terrorists’ are gleeful since we are on alert.
The power of the government, again they did subvert.

As all of this plays out; it really is absurd,
if you can’t figure out why all of this occurred.

Ask Bush and Cheney, they are the reasons why.
A senseless war was started because they told a lie.

But are these two in jail? Are they not walking free?
If I commit a crime, the jail has room for me.

Even Ronald Reagan had a nice affair.
That Iran-Contra thing did rearrange his hair.

Did he not ‘arm’ Iran, bed down with Noriega?
And smell just like a rose all over Nicaragua.

History played this down, to hide our dirty deeds.
We fund terrorism when it fits in with our needs.

This country has no claim on morality and such,
when we prosecute the innocent, but the guilty? Not so much!

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

The Reagan administration had been negotiating with terrorists (despite Reagan’s repeated public position that he would “never” do so). There were illegal arms transfers to Iran, flagrant lying to Congress, soliciting third country funding to circumvent the Congressional ban on financing the contra war in Nicaragua, White House bribes to various generals in Honduras, illegal propaganda and psychological operations directed by the CIA against the U.S. press and public, collaboration with drug kingpins such as Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, and violating the checks and balances of the constitution.

“If ever the constitutional democracy of the United States is overthrown,” the leading political analyst of the scandal, Theodore Draper wrote at the time, “we now have a better idea of how this is likely to be done.”

Despite the gravity of the scandal, and the intense political and media focus it generated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Iran-Contra has been largely forgotten.
source:http://www.salon.com/2011/11/25/the_iran_contra_scandal_25_years_later/

The United States government has made a ‘business’ out of terrorism since the so-called founding of this country. So really, just who are we on ‘terror alert’ from? Ask the American Indians.

…..and the beat goes on…..

We Are The Terrorists

terror

What rights do we have left? We have watched them fade to black.
There are those who tried to warn us. They’re on the torture rack.

They dared expose the truth; shed light on all the lies.
So many people dead, so many lost their lives.

The West destroyed the East; just look what we have done.
We always cross an ocean to take from everyone.

Wherever we have gone, the people always lose.
There is something that they have; there is something we can use.

We must control the world and all who live there in.
And every place we go, the killing will begin.

Not many we let live, our bloodlust’s never sated.
We will never stop, we’re loathed and we’re hated.

The innocent are the guilty. You’re so easy to deceive.
The truth is hard to take and so you won’t believe.

Do you understand how expendable you are?
Just ask Bradley Manning, he was a rising star.

He exposed our depravity, let the world know where we stand.
Liberty and justice and freedom have been banned.

Look at what we’ve done to him; we’d do the same to you.
Never doubt it for a minute. Our course is tried and true.

The dead did see it coming; they could not avoid attack.
Children cry for their mothers who are buried in Iraq.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

Terror Alert:Closing Embassies in the Middle East

fake terrorism
The state department is closing embassies and warning tourists traveling to the Middle East of potential ‘terrorist’ activities aimed at U.S. consulates, embassies and tourists.

Apparently, ‘al-qaeda’ or ‘al-quaida’ (depending on what news source you’re getting this story from) is vamping up its ‘Anti-American stance and to make sure that another Benghazi incident doesn’t unfold, the U.S. is taking precautionary measures by closing its embassies.

I shall pick a spelling of ‘al-qaeda’ and go from there. It is quite obvious that those who live in the Middle East are sick and tired of being dictated to by a bunch of hypocrites from the West. Maybe, they are fed up with the U.S. sticking its dirty and depraved nose into their business. Maybe, they have figured out that the U.S. does not have Middle Eastern interests at heart when the U.S. is constantly hell bent on honing in on Mid East oil. Maybe Middle Eastern countries have decided that the U.S. with its recent public airing of spying on its own citizens, not stopping there, but also spying on other countries is, in no position to dictate anything to anyone.

Perhaps, the U.S. is selling ‘wolf’ tickets in the hopes that we will buy them, especially since the closure of embassies and warnings come directly after Russia has granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum and has offered Snowden a job. It begs the question, just what is the U.S. government up to with regards to this latest high alert terrorist activity alarm? I don’t have my nose stuck in the Middle East, so I am not worried. I have harmed no one with my hypocritical policies. I have not screamed to all and sundry that the U.S. is a beacon for democracy, human rights, civil rights and liberty and justice for all while backing dictators as long as they play along with what the U.S. government wants them to and if the U.S. government has no further use for them, they are quickly dispensed with.

The threat is from the U.S. government and not from the Middle East. The Middle East is simply sick and tired and fed up with the U.S. government dictating and brandishing their weapons of sanctions, withdrawal of aid, and outright blackmail. But it is not just the Middle East that is fed up with the U.S. government’s blatant disregard for other countries, South America seems to have nothing but contempt for the U.S. government and for good reason as countries in South America were also threatened. If the U.S. government is writing a book on how to treat other countries, it will never make it on the best seller list.

According to the U.S. government, the sky is falling. Meanwhile, do not concentrate on what Bradley Manning exposed about the U.S. Do not concentrate on what Edward Snowden exposed. Do not concentrate on the fact that the U.S. sponsored so-called ‘terrorists’ in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Tunisia and so forth and so on. Exactly where is this ‘credible’ threat coming from? Why now? When the U.S. government has basically ‘fallen out’ with Russian President Vladimir Putin who has thumbed his nose at the Obama Administration and rightly so and of course the president has threatened to refuse to attend a planned summit in Moscow. Oh, well…I am sure that President Vladimir Putin will not lose any sleep over it.

To the American citizens who work in the Middle East, prepare yourselves. It is the U.S. government that will initiate ‘terrorist’ acts because the government has funded ‘al-qaeda’ from the beginning of its inception and all American citizens are expendable and have the potential to become ‘collateral damage’ and I am sure that you have heard of ‘friendly fire’.

No Truth Will Set Me Free

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I told what I should not and went against the grain.
The truth I did expose. What would I stand to gain?

A loser I am called with no fortune and no fame.
I wish that I could hide my deep, abiding shame.

Cloak me from the prying eyes to hide my misery.
Why I so desire the dark, can be no mystery.

Each test, yes I did fail; there is punishment in store.
They’ll hold me in contempt and shun me evermore.

I melt into the shadows, become one with the night.
There is safety incognito, not found in morning light.

What waits for me down yonder road?
I broke no moral code.

I thought the truth would set me free.
Why is that not to be?

The laws of God and man are not so well defined.
When a man can do what’s right and still get left behind.

There! On the horizon. Behold, what do I see?
Endless nights of pacing in a prison built for me.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

We Do NOT Come In Peace!

no peace

We smile and we grin when we look you in the face.
We are evil and depraved and we left the human race.
If you have what we want, we will not be denied.
When we said, “we come in peace,” quite obviously, we lied.

Give us all your land, we’ll make it worth your while.
We’re slick and oh so smooth, how glibly we beguile.
Underneath this polished exterior, we’re covered deep in slime.
We now demand ‘black gold, pure Middle Eastern prime.

The 5th fleet is on standby, awaiting direct orders.
Assessing every conflict and watching all the borders.
They’re there to do our bidding, should oil production cease.
We own all the rights, there’ll be no Mid East peace.

We are the controllers with no need for alibis.
We took over North America, killed so many native tribes.
Free labor we did gather from the shores of Africa.
To build this once great nation, we now call America.

This here is the land of the free and of the brave.
All who do not bow to us will end up in a grave.
Our suits of body armor and our missiles and our tanks
will protect for us our interests. Oh yes, we are the skanks!

If you see that we are coming, you’d better run and hide.
There is naught that you can do as many have thus tried.
We torture and we kill, it’s nothing new to us.
We’d even throw our mother underneath a greyhound bus.

Once upon a time, a spy was in our midst,
we tortured him real good; his balls, yes we did twist.
He’s locked up in a cell, confined both day and night.
He committed quite the crime. He did what he thought right!

There’ll always be a soldier to get our bidding done.
So many without conscience, we’ll always find someone.
The training here starts early. At age three, they know the drill.
By the time they come to us, they’re all ready for the kill.


Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2013 Shelby I. Courtland

On 'Combat missions' at age 3? Wow, just...wow!
On ‘Combat missions’ at age 3? Wow, just…wow!

If this is supposed to be cute, it is anything but!
If this is supposed to be cute, it is anything but!