A recent appearance by top US bureaucrat Michele Leonhart is making a stir throughout the blogosphere because of its incompetence and evasiveness. But perhaps there is a bigger story.
In fact, one might argue Leonhart’s appearance signals a turning point in the “war on drugs” … much the way an appearance in 2009 by the Federal Reserve’s Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman helped puncture Fed credibility.
In the video itself (which also accompanies various articles), Drug Enforcement Administrator Leonhart refuses to answer whether heroin is more addictive than marijuana. But her caution – caught in the crosshairs of YouTube’s merciless gaze – comes across as evasion. Her determined rephrasing would seem to present itself as reluctance to convey the truth.
Testifying at a recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, she seems either woefully uninformed or maliciously determined to mislead those conducting the hearing. The entire encounter is reminiscent of a video presenting the testimony of Fed Inspector General Coleman on May 5, 2009.
This testimony has already gone down in the history of the alternative press as “The Day that May Have Ended the Fed as We Know It.” The Coleman video basically shows one of the Fed’s top officers shakily denying that she has the authority to find out where trillions of Fed dollars – money printed from nothing – were shipped during the “contagion crisis” of 2008-2009.
|Doug Casey: A Eurocrash Is Baked in the CakeIn an interview with Louis James, world traveler and legendary speculator Doug Casey makes a compelling case for becoming a “permanent tourist” to be best able to survive the coming economic crash.
Louis James: So Doug, you’re off to Freedom Fest shortly, where people will be able to hear your latest thoughts on many subjects. Maybe you can give us a sneak preview on whatever is uppermost on your mind today.
Doug: FreedomFest should be especially outrageous, since I’ll be tag-teaming with my friend Jeff Berwick of the Dollar Vigilante for a featured lunch. I’m not sure exactly what topics we’re going to discuss, but I hope we aren’t prosecuted for breaking too many federal, state, and local statutes at one sitting. Anyway, lately I’ve been thinking about the EU’s rising tide of troubles. We talked about this last January, when I said it was coming, but it seems to me that at this point it’s rapidly coming to a head. A major financial and economic catastrophe in Europe is unavoidable. From there, it’s likely to spread out to the whole world.
L: I fear you’re right, but the latest headlines have it that the EU bigwigs are taking measures to make it easier for Greece’s new pro-bailout government to honor its austerity obligations. Doesn’t that mean the EU has dodged the bullet for now?
Doug: As far as I can tell, they’re doing absolutely nothing except print up more currency, in hope that will move the problem further into the future, when a <em>deus ex machina</em> device will magically appear.
I haven’t seen any hard numbers published as to exactly what Greece has to cut to meet its EU-imposed austerity obligations, nor how that fits into Greek budgetary realities. But, as usual with popular reporting, the terms used are inaccurate, which makes clear thinking impossible. These idiots aren’t even capable of framing the problem, much less solving it.
First of all, it’s not “Greece” we’re talking about, but the Greek government. It’s the Greek government that’s made the laws that got people used to pensions for retirement at age 55. It’s the Greek government that’s built up a giant and highly paid bureaucracy that just sits around when it’s not actively gumming up the economy. It’s the Greek government that’s saddled the country with onerous taxes and regulations that make most business more trouble than it’s worth. It’s the Greek government that borrowed billions that the citizens are arguably responsible for. It’s the Greek government that’s set the legal and moral tone for the pickle the place is in.
Second, the term “austerity” is used very loosely by the talking heads on TV. It sounds bad, even though it just means living within one’s means… or, for Europeans, not too insanely above them. But who knows what’s actually included or excluded from what the EU leaders think of as austerity? Take the Greek pension funds, for example: exactly how are they funded? I’d expect that private companies make payments to a state fund, as Americans do via the Social Security program. I suspect there’s no money in the coffers; it’s all been frittered on high living and socialist boondoggles. Tough luck for pensioners. Maybe they can convince the Chinese to give them money to keep living high off the hog…
In the case of Coleman, her questioner is (former) Representative Alan Grayson. In the case of Leonhart, her questioner is Rep. Jared Polis. But the identity of the questioners is not so important as the appearances of their victims, eventually, on YouTube.
There, on YouTube, they are judged by multi-millions of viewers and subjected increasingly to generalized derision. The omnipotent state that sponsors both the Fed and the “war on the drugs” can withstand almost anything, but not mockery. YouTube’s exposure and the subsequent reaction of viewers are deadly to the state’s justifications for many of its most Draconian and authoritarian policies.
Is it a coincidence that in the 21st century, much of the fear-based propaganda that elites have used to promote world government is beginning to crumble? Global warming and other scarcity-based propaganda along with the “war on terror” are all increasingly subject to corrosive popular doubt and public ridicule.
This is a trend little noted in the bought-and-paid-for media, but no less powerful for its lack of mainstream reporting. Already, the Polis/Leonhart dialogue probably has in aggregate something like a million views. The Grayson/Coleman confrontation probably has many millions more. As noted, the consequences can be severe.
Coleman’s appearance at Grayson’s hearing surely aggravated the Fed’s current troubles. The Fed has been subject to increasing scrutiny, and the latest bombshell to emerge is that top Fed board members – as a result of the ongoing “financial crisis – distributed up to US$4 trillion to various banking entities in which they had specific interests.
But at the time, Coleman’s appearance showed quite clearly that those at the top of the Fed had absolutely no idea how to operate in an era when one’s evasiveness and incompetence is not celebrated by the New York Times, but excoriated by millions on YouTube. Alex Jones, Infowars and the organization We Are Change, among others, have helped pioneer this type of exposure.
Leonhart is not Coleman, of course, but she is similarly an upper echelon person and as such speaks for the bureaucratic elites that make their leeching off the grief and blood of those captured in the web of “illegal” drug use.
The soft-fascism of the West’s political functionaries is increasingly under attack and every day – week, month and year – that the Internet exists, the difficulties are compounded. Many more average people understand that there is almost no justification for any of the government vaunted paraphernalia – let alone the monopoly central banking that is continuously ruining countries around the world.
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