To: Greens USA, for discussion and debate:
From: Caucus on Government Accountability, Transparency and Whistle Blower Protections.
Regarding: A media project to call out the malfeasance and demand accountability and justice.
The time for offering a vision for a better society is long past. The ecological emergency we are in makes getting justice and accountability a priority because without that the power of the elites will remain unchallenged, and green possibilities for a free and ecological society will be doomed by state and corporate domination. To break the chains of domination, Greens need to call out the Big Lies that have been used to build the oligarchic technocratic plutocracy into the monster that it is today.
A concerted campaign dedicated to calling out the ‘Big Lies’ will garner considerable attention. Greens can position themselves as champions of the people and the planet by calling out the lies that have enabled the power structure to act with impunity to advance a violent military industrial state. But this requires speaking truth to power, and may ultimately require mobilizing the general strike. But first, we must agree on a strategy for delegitimizing the power structure.
I was active in Oregon’s Pacific Party at the time the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred on the Twin Towers, Building #7, and the Pentagon. Since then, the Pacific Green Party has increased its numbers only marginally even though the conditions that Greens have warned about have gotten worse: the wealth divide has increased; the environmental conditions have worsened; and the collusion of the military industrial, chemical complex with unaccountable deep state elements has only deepened. But the appeal of the Green Movement has not kept pace with the growth of the American national security state.
To explain the lack of growth, anecdotally, party activists point to the problem of campaign finance and the difficulty of overcoming Big Money; some point to the electoral inequities and cite the need for Ranked Choice Voting to help a minor party gain a foothold in state legislatures. Oddly, since 2001, Oregon has added two other ‘progressive’ and centrist political parties to the ballot, further diluting strength of Greens. And now, ‘Bernie-crats’ are advancing a “people’s party” that will likely siphon energy away from the Green Movement.
I wonder, though, might GPUS be more well known, and more highly regarded, had the Green Media Machine stood firm on calling out the Big Lie of 9/11from the beginning? Greens would have had to have been willing to face off with slurs of “conspiracy theorist” from those advancing the false ‘official’ narrative of the 9/11 Commission.
Had we more vociferously called out the Big Lie of 9/11, the Green Movement, I think, could have become a bigger player in American politics and culture than we are today. If we had relentlessly pushed back against the obviously phony assertion that the buildings just ‘pancaked,’ (to quote Dick Cheney), we would be considered tenacious champions of justice; I am sure of this. But Greens would have faced a furious mainstream media, the one owned by the plutocracy.
To be clear, the GPUS platform plank does call for a full investigation of the 9/11 events and by implication rejects the credibility of the 9/11 Commission Report. Furthermore, Greens recognize the problem of the Military Industrial Complex, the abuse of National Security protocols, and the need to resist an encroaching surveillance state emblematic in the proposed “vaccine passports” for Covid vaccine. But Green leaders seem shy about invoking platform planks that give us moral standing to call out the malfeasance.
Ironically, the protest against the Iraq War in 2003 responded to the ‘Big Lie’ that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, but mainstream progressives wouldn’t question the 9/11 events, or even the 1960’s assassinations (considered too long ago to matter). It was a lost opportunity because by 2005 upwards to 80% of Americans wanted a new investigation.
While Jill Stein as Green presidential candidate took heat for challenging the official narrative on 9/11, perhaps if Greens had a stronger, more militant institutional message about getting accountability, then her standing may have been bolstered by the Party activism.
The newly formed Caucus on Government Accountability calls on Greens, across a variety of media platforms, to advance reports that call out the corruption and the malfeasance of big business and Congress, and the unaccountable deep state; this will distinguish us from all the other parties, especially the duopoly. Running against corruption, and detailing the crimes, is very likely to give Greens more traction with those on the political spectrum who are suspicious and skeptical of state authority and corporate power.
I will leave it up to each reader to do his or her own research on 9/11, but my reading and understanding is that the attacks were an inside job and the events of 9/11 constitute an act of state by unaccountable deep state actors who betrayed their oath to defend the constitution.
Consider these facts of culpability: by invoking “national security” Federal authorities precluded a forensic criminal examination of the Towers and Building 7; there was a media blackout on the recovered airplane Black Boxes from the Towers; there was a complete denial of the obvious case of imploded buildings, among other issues, all of which implicates the US Government in a crime scene coverup. Greens need to call this out every day.
Much has been written about 9/11 and the record is clear that a preponderance of evidence shows the US Government is lying to the American people and is hiding the truth.
What might the Green Movement look like today had Greens relentlessly fought for the truth, and not caved under pressure and gone silent on state crimes? What might the movement look like today had Greens positioned themselves more antagonistically to the state authorities, and functioned as a foil to security state overreach?
One thing is for certain, if pressing for the truth caused the Green Party to grow, greens would have been subject to FBI surveillance and beset with agent provocateurs to undermine the political message. We should expect this, but if our message is clear, it won’t matter. We need to make a strong case by considering what we have lost.
What historic possibilities were lost as a result of the 1960’s assassinations and the 9/11 attacks? This question is important because it reveals how impactful these crimes have been on determining the course of history. Our current conditions are due to the decisions of the national security state in collusion with the military industrial complex.
For example, society never got a ‘peace dividend;’ we never got a chance to see where President Kennedy would have taken the country given his willingness to negotiate with post-colonial nationalists; we never got to see what influence Malcolm X could have had on international affairs as a radical muslim citizen diplomat, nor did society get to follow the trajectory of Martin Luther King was leading the country.
Instead, American society has been on a war footing since WW II that has not let up, and the military industrial elites have held virtually absolute power. We should be very indignant about the unsolved crimes that have enabled a form of corporate and government tyranny to develop in our society.
The failure to prosecute state crimes has led to even grander acts of impunity by which deep state / Big Industry operators are able to carry out a plutocratic agenda. Indeed, if the culprits were exposed by an aggressive Congressional investigation into Kennedy’s assassination, then impunity might have been broken.
But that didn’t happen, and so the impunity carried on and enabled the events of 9/11. The lack of accountability of the 1960’s taught the power elite that they can tell a big lie and get away with it. So, they told a bigger lie than ever told before in the 9/11 crime.
To recall the lyric: ‘silence like a cancer grows;’ and American silence has enabled increased acts of impunity which has expanded the power of the state and weakened the strength of civic institutions and the people’s will to fight.
If Greens champion getting to the truth, and demand justice, then we will be filling a rhetorical void in the mainstream media-sphere. We will be champions of a moral cause, and the American people will come to the party to be in solidarity with our call for justice. It isn’t enough to run on our 4 pillars; we are long past that language; now we need to run on breaking the chains that bind us to a plutocratically controlled criminal state.
It is time for Greens, Progressives, Populists, Libertarians, to all unite around demanding justice for state crimes against our democracy, and insisting on the possibilities a democracy promises, as a measure of taking back our country.
Greens should lead on this, and it would behoove us to consider recruiting Jesse Ventura and Cynthia McKinney to be the presidential ticket for the Greens for the 2024 presidential run; they both have electoral experience and have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing the truth.
We the people cannot make a better society without the plutocracy being held to account for crimes against our democracy and earth’s ecosystem. Let’s call out elite impunity by calling out the malfeasance and demanding accountability.
April 12, 2001