Imagine the basic design of a car. It has storage for fuel, an engine, interlocking gears and parts that allow for control over that vehicle. It has a steering wheel, which you obviously need to move in the proper direction. It has an accelerator, a brake, and all of those important things. All of these are necessary for the operator of that vehicle to exercise control.
That vehicle is your government. Now, in a government that is supposed to be democratic, the driver of the vehicle is the people. That is, you. The engine and all of the various gears and controls are the different parts of the government that are, in theory, supposed to respond to the will of the driver.
But what happens if the driver thinks he or she is steering the vehicle, but in fact isn’t? What happens when you think you are pressing the accelerator, but in reality it is not responding to you? You think you are applying brakes, but in fact you are not? You think you are going in one direction, but your GPS is lying to you?
This is generally what is happening, indeed, what has already happened. When did we lose control? I don’t know. I think it has happened over a very long period of time, and maybe we really never did control this vehicle to begin with. That’s another question altogether.
It turns out, however, that there are many people who have been trying to regain control of this vehicle. The problem is that one by one, they have either been silenced, discredited, or, in the most extreme cases, killed off.
These people represent turning points at which the world fails to turn. There are thousands of such moments, thousands of turning points at which the world fails to turn.
These people, heroic sometimes by nature, sometimes by accident, were murdered not because someone or some group disliked them personally. No. They were murdered because they had important information that would have helped make our world a better place. Their work would have enabled our vehicle to be more responsive to its proper driver. That is, We the People.
Thomas Jefferson put the matter succinctly: “All authority belongs to the people.” That being so, the deaths of these individuals represent thousands of silent coups d’état, thousands of silent usurpations of power from the proper authority to unnamed, unspoken, shadowy power-holders who have their own agendas. They insist on operating and controlling this vehicle and believe they are above the law. Indeed, history shows that belief generally to be true. We think we are the drivers, we are supposed to be the drivers, but in fact we are unwitting and, increasingly, unwilling passengers.
Utimately, time is the friend of truth: the farther down the road we travel, the more likely we are to realize we’re going the wrong way. Eventually, truth will emerge from the subterranean depths where it is concealed, and rise to the surface to feel the light of day.
But time is not a friend to justice. For justice to exist, it is necessary to respond quickly to injustice. People need to be brought to justice, and that can only happen while they are still alive. More important than that, we need to have the ability to correct the institutional problems that face us, and that, too, becomes increasingly difficult with the passage of time. After all, the longer a great injustice, such as the JFK assassination or 9/11, is concealed by lies and goes unpunished, the more time there is for an illegitimate infrastructure to entrench itself, expanding its web of control into more and more elements of our lives.
Yet I do believe that it must never be too late to tell the truth. It must never be late to fight even the most egregious of injustices, no matter how long ago they occurred, as long as they remain relevant today.
Uncovering the vast, labyrinthine structures that have profited from the deaths of important whistleblowers and truth-tellers is a daunting proposition. Consider the poor prosecutor who might be responsible for taking such powerful lawbreakers to trial, and who then uncovers a vast network of criminality going to the top of his government — and beyond?
In the movie V for Vendetta, the question is asked by Finch, the government’s top policeman, about government complicity in a horrible public disaster. “What if the worst, the most horrifying biological attack in this country’s history, was not the work of religious extremists?,” he asks his subordinate. “Would you really wanna know who it was?”
Perhaps not. Indeed, for many people, the answer is no. And yet, for better or for worse, for some, it is not a matter of negotiation or debate.
We must know.
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This was adapted from the introduction of my radio show from February 16, 2013 on http://kgraradio.com, in which I did a three-hour special looking into the suspicious deaths of the following people: James Forrestal, Dorothy Kilgallen, Danny Casolaro, Gary Webb, Moshood Abiola, Karen Silkwood, Dorothy Legaretta, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, David Kelly, Bruce Ivins, and Phillip Marshall. I encourage you to look into all of these people, and so many others who have been “suicided” or otherwise killed in a way to make it appear to be a random, accidental death. There are too many of these.