Senator Harry Reid Involved?
Alright so there was this article that claimed that the siege of the Bundy ranch was about was really about fracking leases. It referred to this article on shalereporter.com which actually referred to land sold in Eastern Nevada, and Clark county isn’t in Eastern Nevada, so that’s clearly not the same land. At this point the author has to be aware of this mistake. Leaving it up like this without correcting the mistake is really bad. I’m still having people send me this.
We had some unsubstantiated rumors claiming that “There are developers working for military contractors that want that land and water for mining weapons grade minerals for industry… they want to sell the land by the highway for real estate development because it’s close to I-15″. Again this claim isn’t even coherent. Military contractors like blackwater don’t buy land for mining.
Now for the troublesome story. That the showdown in Nevada was really about an underhanded business deal involving Senator Harry Reid, his son, the BLM and a 5 billion dollar solar energy plant.
The first source we referred to was Reuters August 21, 2012, which does indeed go into the details of a shady business deal involving ENN energy that Harry worked to push through. This is a reputable source, and it tells us a lot about how Senator Reid operates. Just one problem: the project fell through in 2013. ENN isn’t in the game anymore.
However there still several issues here that remain. We have the web page that was taken down from the BLM website and which someone quickly deleted from google’s cache. This webpage mentions that the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone’s mitigation strategy as one of the justifications for seizing Cliven Bundy’s cattle. You also have the fact that the current head of the BLM, Neil Kornze, is Harry Reid’s former adviser and as the Senate majority leader directly participated in his confirmation, and to make things even more interesting we have the fact that it was revealed this past week that the FBI had been attempting to investigate Harry Reid on unrelated corruption charges, but they were blocked by the Department of Justice.
We also know from this article from the LA Times that Harry Reid has a long history of finding creative ways to funnel money towards family members, and we have the well documented case of his attempt to push the ENN project through for his son Rory Reid via Reuters. So the question isn’t really whether Harry Reid is corrupt, the question is whether he had a hand in the Bundy ranch debacle.
But that’s where the story starts to get murky.
Now there are some people who have formulated an alternative explanation tying Reid to the BLM’s move against the Bundys.
That the standoff is about solar-industry crony capitalism, but just not ENN.
That narrative revolves around a company called First Solar. First Solar is running quite a few solar projects in Nevada, one which is planned for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. The company apparently has been heavily subsidized by the Department of Energy, there was a scandal when a CEO from First Solar sold off 450 million in the company’s stock even though the company was floundering miserably (Reuters claimed a lower number than Rep. Mike Kelly), and one of it’s top executives James Hughes (aka Jim Hughes) just happens to be one of the unindicted conspirators in the Enron case. First Solar seems to be a questionable company, but how all this is supposed to connect to the Bundy case is very, very blurry.
Now on March 6th, the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit suit against Neil Kornze, head of the Bureau of Land Management for his role in pushing through two massive solar projects that they say is going to devastate the tortoise habitat. According to an assessment released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013, the two projects, which are owned by First Solar, are expected to displace, injure, or kill up to 2,115 federally Threatened desert tortoises. So while the BLM is attempting to claim environmental concerns to push the Bundy’s off the land they’ve fast tracked projects that literally raze the desert completely destroying all wildlife.
That information is interesting, but it doesn’t prove that Kornze made the decision due to a conflict of interest, and it doesn’t prove that Harry Reid was involved.
If we had strong evidence connecting Harry Reid to First Solar then we might have a case, but no one has posted any hard evidence tying Reid to First Solar financially as far as I know. There are some who have pointed to a small campaign donation that one of the executives of First Solar made to Reid some years back, but that claim wasn’t very well sourced, and even if it was it would be very hard to make the case that this would be enough to drive Reid to pit the BLM on the Bundys years later. Others have posted this article showing Reid in a ground breaking ceremony for the Moapa Paiute Solar project, but that doesn’t mean anything. Participating in a ground breaking ceremony for a project like that is normal for a Senator.
It may very well be that if we could look at Reid’s financial statements, investments and the investments of his family members we might find something. Unfortunately the public no longer has access to that information online. We don’t have access to that information because of a law which Harry Reid himself introduced. The bill (S.716), which was passed on April 15, 2013 modified the STOCK Act repealing the requirement for the congress and executive branch employees to post their financial disclosures online where they could be read by the public. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s716
It may be a total coincidence, but it’s interesting to note that Harry Reid passed this law after the scandal regarding his son’s stake in the ENN project, and right before the ENN officially backed out.
I’m sure we would have learned all sorts of interesting things if the FBI corruption probe into Harry Reid’s dealings hadn’t been blocked by the Department of Justice. It’s important to be clear here though that it may be that if they investigate him it is possible that they would turn up all sorts of dirty laundry, but nothing that relates to this situation. We can’t know that, and we shouldn’t make assumptions.
So was Harry Reid the man behind the Bundy ranch crackdown? I don’t know, and I’m not going to pretend that I know unless I see solid evidence one way or another. If you have evidence you’re welcome to send it to us on our facebook page or on twitter, and we’ll look at it.
Now some people were angry with me for taking down the last video. Some claimed I was cowering to these guys or that I was being threatened by someone, or intimidated. Listen, I know that makes better television, and it’s less humbling than having to admit a mistake but it’s just not true. No one sent me any threats on this particular issue and even if they had I don’t bow to those kinds of tactics. I do however bow to reality. No one ever wins a fight against reality. You might think you win, but you actually just become delusional. So if someone shows me evidence that destroys one my arguments, then I must change my stance. Period. I don’t view that as optional, especially if you’re dealing with information that’s being spread to the public. Because if you don’t correct yourself, there’s a lot of people that are going to assume that the false information is correct.
That’s what the mainstream media does. They get things dead wrong all the time and rarely corrects themselves. In fact more often than not they build on their faulty information and keep referring back to it as fact.
A good example is sarin gas attacks in Syria. We have the U.N. investigator Carla Del Ponte who went public saying that the evidence they found indicated that it was the rebels behind the attacks and that there was no evidence whatsoever that the Syrian government was involved and yet you’ll still see Western politicians and the mainstream media referring to that attack as a justification for measures against Assad.
Unfortunately the alternative media has a really bad habit of doing the same thing. For example this article which originally went viral covering the Reid connection hasn’t been taken down or corrected even though the authors are fully aware that the ENN project has been shelved. We know that they are aware of that fact due to another article they posted mentioning this fact. The article claiming that this was all about fracking leases is still up as well, and hasn’t been updated.
People are still linking to these articles as evidence, people are still sending this stuff to their friends. That’s really bad.
If we get something wrong we have to take it down otherwise we’re spreading disinformation, and we can’t just take it down and pretend like nothing happened, because if you do there are going to be people that didn’t notice that you took and down and are going to continue spreading the wrong information.
We can’t compete with the big corporations in terms of budget and equipment, all we he have going for us is our commitment to telling the truth. If we lose that we have nothing.
We have this story that the showdown in Nevada was really about an underhanded business deal involving Senator Harry Reid, his son, the BLM and a 5 billion dollar solar energy plant. You probably saw a few people sharing links making these claims. Let’s fact check.
Claim number one: Senator Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid (try saying that name ten times as fast as you can), is the primary representative for ENN energy group, a Chinese energy company involved in a $5 billion solar project planned for Clark County Nevada, on the on land where the Bundy ranch is located. First source: Reuters: Aug 31, 2012. Well this is interesting. It turns out that the conflicts of interest in this project were well documented, but Harry pushed it through anyway. He pushed it through in spite of the controversy that was stirred up when the land was sold to ENN for $4.5 million dollars even though separate appraisals valued the land at between $29.6 million and $38.6 million.
Claim number two: Reid put one of his former employees in charge of the Bureau of land management and thereby used his leverage in the agency to clear the Bundy’s off the land. What do they claim as their source: CBS Las Vegas. Hmmm… That’s interesting. Neil Kornze, the current BLM Chief is a former adviser for Harry Reid, and Harry Reid is the Senate Majority leader, and therefore was directly involved in his confirmation. That’s another serious conflict of interest there considering that the BLM is claiming jurisdiction over the land where Rory Reid’s company wants to build.
But do we have any evidence that Reid actually exercised that influence in the agency to get what he wanted? Well that brings us to claim number three: Supposedly the BLM had posted on their website that they needed to get the Bundy family off of the land to make room for the energy project, but the BLM has since removed the page. The website that made this claim posted a screen shot split into two files and a link to a text version of the page that someone had copied. This is pretty weak. Though it does seem to match the overall narrative here, this would never be admissible in court. But let’s dig a little deeper shall we. What if there is a version of the site cached somewhere on the web? Let’s try the way back machine on archive.org. Nope, no dice, the page was never cached on way back machine. Let’s try google’s cache… BINGO! Here it is folks. This is google’s record of what used to be on the site.
To download the full screenshot, right click on the image below and select “Save Image As”.
“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle”
They specifically referred to the solar project as a justification to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle.
Funny thing, we found the mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy zone, and guess who wrote it? That would be the BLM. Pretty convenient, for Harry Reid isn’t it?
Now I took a screen shot of the Google cache right away. As I’m compiling this information I go back and I look at it again an hour later and what do you know, somebody came and took the cached version down. Somebody is trying to cover this thing up and fast. But you know what, they missed one. I found this cached version of the page on archive.is. If you follow the link in the description to our website SCG News.com you’ll find a direct link to this page. I highly recommend that each and every one of you go and verify its contents for yourself before someone has it taken down.
Click here to view the cached version of the page that the BLM was desperately trying to hide.
Or click here to get to that link from another path.
But even if they take this last link down they left trail. Google’s server logs will still have a record of the exact date their cached snap shot was taken, chances are they still have that snap shot, and you know what? Even if someone tried to erase it completely, with modern technology It is very easy for forensic technicians to recover data like this even if it seems to be deleted from the system. The digital trace is still there. The BLM’s servers and every computer involved also have a trail, and trying to remove that trail would leave an even bigger trail.
All we need is somebody in law enforcement with a spine, but that’s another story isn’t it.
This isn’t about turtles folks. It’s not even about cattle. This is about money and power.
Turns out our little friend Harry Reid has a nice little empire rigged for himself in Nevada. Let’s take a look at this article from the LA Times. This is from 2003. Apparently it’s no secret that Harry’s way of profiting off his position is by using his influence to push through deals that help his family members. He’s got family representing virtually every major industry and they are doing quite well thank you very much. Thing is, this is technically not illegal. In fact it has become the standard way to bribe politicians in the United States. You can’t line their pockets directly, but you can line their son’s pockets, and their cousin’s pockets and their uncle’s pockets all you want.
However using a federal agency to seize cattle, and physically intimidate and brutalize a family to facilitate that dirty deal. That’s all kinds of illegal. Then they to attempt to cover up the evidence… and that’s also a crime.
Again, all we need is a law enforcement officer with a spine.
I’ll be perfectly honest. When I saw some of the media personalities that were capitalizing on this this drama, I was very skeptical, but once I saw what was really going on I understood right away why people’s blood is boiling.
Take another look at what happened on that ranch, the military style crack down, the violence. Imagine Clive Bundy was your father or grandfather. Imagine if his wife was your mother or grandmother. Imagine it was your family who’s livelihood was being destroyed by some filthy rich politician who just can’t get enough.
What happened in Clark County Nevada struck a nerve with the American people, but the response we saw had very little to do with this particular crisis. There is something much deeper brewing under the surface in the United States. This showdown was just a catalyst.
It wasn’t the greatest atrocity of the decade or even of the year. I wish people had felt this moved by the NSA’s domestic spying program, or the secret kill list, or the drone program, or the Libyan war, or the Iraq war or the Afghan war. I wish people had been activated by something bigger than the plight of a cattle rancher. But you know what? We don’t get to pick the breaking point.
Rosa Parks sparked a civil rights movement with her refusal to sit in the back of the bus. Clive Bundy almost started the 2nd American revolution by refusing to let the feds run him over.
What we saw in Nevada clearly demonstrated just how easily that breaking point can be reached.
Now even knowing the real story, hearing about militia mobilizing all over the country to come physically defend the Bundy family is probably still very disconcerting for many progressives, this was a very dangerous situation. A lot of people could have ended up dead. But consider this: remember back in 2011 when riot police swooped in to brutally crush the occupy movement? Remember how you felt? No one stood up for them. No one fought back. And what was the result? The thugs won.The media quickly switched to a new distraction, and the public forgot.
Imagine if it had been different. Imagine if people swarmed in from all over the country; not to wave signs in the air, but to stand up for your rights; even if they disagreed with you politically. That didn’t happen, but it should have.
It’s been said that the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Trouble is, the people of the United States have been a bit confused about who the enemy really is. You’ve been allowing a thuggish, out of control, corporate owned government to persecute your ideological rivals, not realizing that the same boot will someday be grinding your face into the dirt. And all the while your common enemy, your real enemy gets stronger, and more aggressive, more lawless, and more blatantly corrupt as we dance the left right left right two step to tyranny. They’ve been playing you like a fiddle.
But the sleeping giant is starting to wake up.
And they are scared to death of you.
Now as for Harry Reid. He may just be one rotten apple in a barrel full of rotten apples, but he needs to be brought to justice.
To all of you out there who call yourself law enforcement, the American people are putting down a line the sand. If you don’t stand up for justice, if you do not hold these scum bags accountable for their crimes, if you do not at least raise your voice and take a public stand then you are an accomplice. You are discrediting the entire framework of law and order, and you are giving the people a clear mandate to remove you from your office.
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On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Reno station KRNV that as far as he’s concerned, the dispute with the Bundy ranch in Clark County is “not over.” Reid, KRNV added, has not been very vocal about the dispute, but made his feelings known after speaking at the University of Nevada in Reno.
“Well, it’s not over,” he told KRNV’s Samantha Boatman. “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”
The comment sparked ridicule from a number of people on the Internet, who derided the Nevada Democrat as a hypocrite. A number of readers at The Blaze, for example, said Reid himself has no room to talk considering his own campaign finance irregularities and other scandals.
Reid, of course, was not asked about his own links to the dispute, which Bundy says is about much more than cattle. Nor was he asked about documents linking Reid and BLM director Neil Kornze — a former senior aide to the Majority Leader — to a Chinese energy firm that has reportedly been working to remove Bundy from his home in order to install solar panel power stations.
“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” documents said.
Making matters worse, Reid’s son, Rory, has been the chief representative to the Chinese company, which announced plans to build a $5 billion solar plant on Nevada land in 2012. Reid was not asked about that connection, nor did he volunteer any information.
A day after those documents became known, the BLM backed down from what was starting to resemble a Waco-style siege.
“We were among 500 militiamen at the gates [of the BLM cattle compound]. The militia went muzzle to muzzle with BLM. Fingers on triggers, safeties off. We told them we’re not backing down and we are prepared to lay our lives on the lines for these principles.” — actual quote relayed to Natural News from an American Citizen who took part in the raid on the BLM cattle compounds to free Bundy’s cattle. The BLM later surrendered and evacuated the area, fearing for their lives.
The second American Revolution has begun. You are watching history unfold in real time now, and of course the lamestream media has intentionally decided U.S. history isn’t worth covering because, frankly stated, the media is largely run by anti-American interests who absolutely do not want any victory by the People to be broadcast anywhere.
While the U.S. government claims to be supportive of freedom in Kiev or Iraq, it is absolutely terrified of freedom within U.S. borders.
Among big media, only Fox News has dared cover this story with anything resembling responsible reporting, as you can see in this video. The video text says “Govt backs down due to safety concerns.” In reality, BLM backed down because they were grossly out-gunned and didn’t want to die.
In this video, Fox Radio host Todd Starnes says, “For the past five years, we’ve seen the American people become increasingly frustrated with these government intrusions into their lives. [A tweet characterized this] as the 1st salvo of the American Revolution.”
I couldn’t agree more. This was the 1st salvo of the American Revolution, and the framework of the Revolution has now been cast. The People now realize they can defeat tyranny by merely showing up in huge numbers armed mostly with mobile phones and video cameras (plus lawfully-obtained firearms as needed).
What you are seeing here is precisely the reason why the federal government has been pushing so hard to criminalize private firearms ownership. The government knows that as long as citizens own firearms, there is a balance of power in America. When citizens are denied the right to own those firearms, power shifts to those who own the guns (i.e. the government) who can then engage in unlimited tyranny, confiscation, intimidation and violence against the People who are left utterly defenseless.
Patriots emboldened by victory at the Battle of Bunkerville
This victory at Bunkerville is likely to encourage even more people to attend populist rallies such as the upcoming Operation American Spring, where patriots plan a massive march on Washington D.C. to arrest all of Congress and throw them out of office. “[Protesters] will assemble in a peaceful, non-violent, physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership in Washington D.C., with the mission to replace with law abiding leadership,” says the Operation American Spring website, which calls for this action to begin on May 16th.
This effort is just part of a growing number of planned protests, impeachment proceedings and media events that call for an end of criminal government and a restoration of legitimate, constitutional government. The mainstream media routinely characterizes this movement as being “anti-government,” but that’s factually incorrect. Nearly everyone in the movement fully supports “constitutional government” and merely seeks to restore it. They see a legitimate role for lawful government but also see today’s federal government as lawless and out of control, in desperate need of reform.
When the BLM even has access to snipers, helicopters and hundreds of armed men, it makes you scratch your head and wonder why there is such a push for militarization across today’s federal government. Even Mother Jones, a populist publisher typically leaning toward the left, has become alarmed at the rapid escalation of military hardware among U.S. law enforcement. Click here to read their story, “How Every Part of American Life Became a Police Matter – From the workplace to our private lives, American society is starting to resemble a police state.”
The Battle of Bunkerville won without firing a single shot
What’s truly commendable in the recent showdown at Bundy Ranch is the amazing discipline and integrity demonstrated by armed American citizens who did not fire a single shot during this encounter.
This must be noted in the history books: that armed citizens not only held their ground; they also held their fire! They did not seek needless bloodshed, nor did they allow it to happen. They simply stated their principles and held firm to them regardless of the outcome. Those principles were:
1) BLM is operating unlawfully and in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
2) We the People will no longer stand for federal tyranny and the theft of Bundy’s cattle.
3) We are lawfully armed and willing to use force as a last resort (but seek no violence).
4) We are willing to die for these principles. You must leave or we will open fire.
When these four points are explained to any agency — including the BLM — the People have already won. Because at that point, the feds have only two choices: 1) Surrender and back down, or 2) Unleash massive violence and bloodshed (and die en masse).
Option 2 doesn’t equal a “win” for the federal government. In fact, option 2 would most likely set off armed revolutionary marches and backlash operations across the entire nation. If Bunkerville had become a slaughter of anyone (citizens or BLM agents), it would have set off a series of actions which simply could not be contained by the federal government, even with an invocation of Martial Law.
Also at stake are the 2014 elections. Had BLM initiated a shooting war in Nevada, it would have strongly rallied conservatives to vote against oppressive government in the upcoming elections. No doubt a call from Washington told BLM to back off for political reasons. After all, they can always return and SWAT-team Cliven Bundy and his family after the elections are done. The march of tyranny is in no real hurry.
Rural America is fed up with government tyranny, confiscation and theft
People who watch a lot of CNN are wholly out of touch with the level of pent-up frustration and outrage that exists across much of America right now. People are losing their jobs, losing their health insurance, losing their homes and losing their freedoms. The disastrous policies of U.S. lawmakers have thrust tens of millions of Americans into situations where they literally have nothing left to lose. Believe it or not, a great many people have reached the point where they are willing to die in the protection of principle and what they see as “the heart and soul of America.”
Government tyrants never understand this because they do not understand principles. They operate primarily on power, domination and threats of violence. That’s why the BLM brought snipers, helicopters and 200 armed agents to a tortoise dispute.
As revealed in the secret audio recording obtained by Natural News (featuring BLM director Dan Love threatening Pete Santilli with arrest), today’s government operates almost entirely on coercion and the threat of violence against innocent Americans who refuse to kowtow to tyranny. That’s also why California raw milk man James Stewart was raided at gunpoint and thrown in jail for distributing fresh milk to health-conscious consumers. It’s why Americans are being arrested and threatened all across the country for growing their own home gardens. And it’s the same reason why Cliven Bundy was threatened with extreme violence by the BLM for refusing to surrender to their demands that he pay over $1 million in “grazing fees” for land his family has been working since the 1870′s.
The next clash may turn violent
Where this is all headed, by the way, is toward an extremely violent clash between an arrogant, incensed federal government and emboldened American patriots who now have momentum (and history) on their side.
Sadly, my prediction is that the next such clash will see neither side willing to back down, and it will very likely result in bloodshed. The feds, you see, can never allow themselves to appear overpowered, especially not by a group of people they consider to be “subjects” of the empire. No doubt the feds are right now engineering a plan to reassert power over the Bundy Ranch battleground through the use of extreme force or threat of violence.
Be on the lookout for a staged false flag event, where government agents shoot some of their own people and then blame it on citizen protesters. Staged events have always been used throughout history to provide public justification for cracking down on groups that oppose government interests. Definition: “False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by other entities.” The history of the U.S. government is, of course, rife with numerous false flag plans such as Operation Northwoods in which declassified government documents state, “We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba. Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.”
While the mainstream media mocks anyone who cites factual U.S. history on such matters, the undeniable truth is that the U.S. government drew up detailed, classified plans to stage a massive wave of false flag events against Cuba. From pages 10-11 of declassified documents, here’s what the U.S. government planned to do as a false flag operation against Cuba, written in the government’s own words:
A series of well coordinated incidents will be planned to take place in and around Guantanamo to give genuine appearance of being done by hostile Cuban forces.
A. Incidents to establish a credible attack:
(1) Start rumors (many). Use clandestine radio.
(2) Land friendly Cubans in uniform “over-the-fence” to stage attack on base.
(3) Capture Cuban (friendly) saboteurs inside the base.
(4) Start riots near the base main gate (friendly Cubans).
(5) Blow up ammunition inside the base: start fires.
(6) Burn aircraft on air base (sabotage).
(7) Lob mortar shells from outside of base into base.
(8) Capture assault teams approaching from the sea or vicinity of Guantanamo City.
(9) Capture militia group which storms base.
(10) Sabotage ship in harbor; large fires — naphthalene.
(11) Sink ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals for mock-victims.
A “Remember the Maine” incident could be arranged: We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba. Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation. We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.
So have no illusions that the federal government is capable of when it comes to staging things for political purposes. Whether a false flag event is set up by the feds is anyone’s guess, but for the moment, the People have achieved a remarkable victory against tyranny. The Battle of Bunkerville was won without a single shot being fired. The People stood their ground and the government backed down.
Alternative media dominates coverage, upstages lamestream media
The entire story was spearheaded and shaped by alternative media, with the mainstream media snoozing on the job and discrediting itself by pretending none of this ever happened. Social media rapidly propelled this story beyond the ability of the government to control it, and this above all things has the BLM utterly outraged.
They are extremely angry that they cannot control the narrative. And the mainstream media is baffled by their inability to suppress this story. What has really come out of this is a new era of citizen journalism and grassroots activism: when faced with tyranny, the People will spontaneously report the news, share the news and handily beat the media at its own game. This has now been demonstrated and proven beyond all doubt.
The only way for the federal government to stop this is to shut down Facebook, shut down Twitter and essentially seize the internet. While there are surely plans in place to do exactly that, such a move would undeniably cement the U.S. government as a totalitarian regime on equal footing with North Korea or Communist China. And while today’s government in many ways operates just like North Korea — complete with secret military torture camps and widespread surveillance of citizens — it cannot afford the public perceiving it as such. So shutting down the internet is only a last-ditch “nuclear option” that’s extremely unlikely to ever be invoked.
Honestly, I don’t know why the feds haven’t tried to hire alternative media leaders to provide them with intelligent assessments of developing situations. Everybody knows the smartest people in media today are found in alternative media. Most mainstream media reporters don’t engage in real investigations anymore, so they’ve become cognitively lazy. Who needs to ask questions when the White House hands you all the scripted answers up front?
What sets all this apart from massacres like Waco, Oklahoma City or 9/11? The fact that in all those cases, government had near-total control over the media coverage and therefore could construct the false narratives to be broadcast to the masses.
All three of those events took place long before the rise of social media and the modern-day phenomenon of rapid sharing of videos, photos and articles.
Today, alternative media can share the truth faster than the government can suppress it. (And if you don’t think the government suppressed many truths about Waco, Oklahoma City and 9/11, you’re wildly uninformed.)
This story at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, in other words, got away from the feds before they could control the narrative. Oh, they tried of course. There are reports that cell towers were shut down to prevent citizen journalists from completing phone calls and sending photos. The feds also shut down the air space around the ranch, commanding the FAA to issue an air traffic “blackout” to prevent citizen journalists from using airplanes and helicopters to monitor the situation.
They were too late, however. A pilot had already done a flyover and exposed the BLM’s bovine concentration camps, which the agency had desperately tried to hide from the public.
Citizen journalists also snagged the video of BLM personnel ordering attack dogs to attack innocent bystanders. In this video, I provided absolute video proof that the BLM was the aggressor, yet the mainstream media stupidly reported this as protesters “attacking a police dog and assaulting law enforcement officers.”
The bottom line is that the mainstream media thinks you are incredibly stupid and will buy anything they say, no matter how illogical or irrational it might be. What the alternative media has now proven is that the mainstream media is largely irrelevant. It matters nothing what they print or broadcast. The people who are informed know it’s all lies, and the mind-numbed propaganda victims who still watch shows like CNN and MSNBC are irrelevant to the march of history anyway.
Real history is being shaped, investigated and reported by the alternative media. We are the ones who have no big corporate sponsors and no million-dollar budgets, but we have the hearts and minds and passion for truth and justice that drives our work to levels of authenticity that the mainstream media can never hope to attain… regardless of production budgets.
In fact, for his on-the-scene reporting and active involvement in standing up to the feds, guys like Pete Santilli deserve to be nominated for journalism awards. I don’t agree with every single thing he posts, but his reporting work on the Bundy Ranch was astounding. Click here to visit his Facebook page.
The research uncovered by Kit Daniels at Infowars is also world-class journalism. Kit deserves to be nominated for some sort of journalism award for that article, and follow-up articles by Paul Joseph Watson were also outstanding. This is the kind of work the Washington Post used to do a generation ago when it was an institution of journalism instead of a shameless political mouthpiece for the White House, but today Washington Post reporters know they will never be allowed to cover the stories that really matter because such stories are declared off limits by the powers that be.
Notes: It might be an obscure article that no one cared about in June of 2013, but now it’s kind of important. If the company did back out of the Lauglin deal in June then any reference to that project is not valid.
Does that mean that Reid isn’t corrupt? No, of course not (see the Washington times article below), but if Reid is involved in the Bundy ranch scandal directly we need to be accurate regarding how he was involved.