America: A Deteriorating Nation of Denial & Apathy

The Ultimate Enemy We Must Take On & Out

As the unending back-to-back scandals unfold, from the arrest and prosecution of courageous truth-tellers (aka whistleblowers), to the illegal wiretapping of all Americans, torture, indefinite detentions, the groping and handling of travelers, utilizing the IRS as the government’s hit-men and thugs … I am asked to provide statements, interpretations and/ or explanations as to what it is we are facing as a nation today. Some seek my opinion on what it is we are fighting against; on whom it is we are fighting against. After all, I am that government whistleblower- the one who has been fighting these same enemies and their recurring assaults, one way or another, in courts or congress or executive halls or the media, for twelve years, on and off-and to no avail.

I guess those experiences must make me some sort of an expert- on the illusion of pursuing justice in the US federal courts, on the naivety of expecting the US Congress to fulfill its theoretical responsibilities, on the futility of expecting real journalism from what is known as the US media … Because: Once upon a time, for over a decade, I was that relentless naïve sucker under the illusion of America the land of the pretty much free and the nation more-or-less governed by the Constitution.

Then I stopped-being that sucker.

That’s right. I stopped talking about that enemy sympathizer called the US Federal Courts. I ceased cheering for entities filing lawsuits, year after year, in pursuit of illusionary justice coming out of imaginary Halls of Justice.

I completely ended my day after day rounds in the congressional halls in hopes of finding the real representatives of the people. The occupiers of the US Congress represented a thing or two, but rest assured, “the people” was not among the what and who they represented.

I severed all my contacts with anything or anyone known as the US media, and I reduced my exposure to them to pretty much ‘zero’- a must do in resisting and preventing the worst kind of toxicity to mankind (a concoction of propaganda, lies and misinformation ).

Most importantly, I found the real enemy. I discovered the mega beast. I unearthed the main evil paving the way for all the secondary evils and their deeds. I found the one common answer to the most common question asked of me: who/what is the real enemy we are facing today that we must fight.

Unfortunately that answer is not what the inquirers in the alternative media want to receive and air.

Sadly, the real answer is not what the bewildered and irate activists are willing to hear or acknowledge.

It is much easier to stare at the beasts in the forms of palaces and presidential mansions, carved majestic marble-granite courts, congresses or parliaments, media conglomerates …

Beast-making is not that difficult. Channeling rage and energy towards the beastly abysses outside is a common practice.

On the other hand, it is hard and painful to turn the eyes inwards and look at one’s self. It is not a common practice- that’s for sure. It is not what we want or like to hear, acknowledge or tackle.

I find myself standing alone when I now answer the questions directed at me following the endless atrocities and scandals. I am no longer the provider of the popular answer. My answer is one of the most unpopular, if not the most, in the eyes and ears of the public. I accept the consequences. I may never be sought as an opinion-provider after the never-ending breaking news on ever-expanding and continuing scandals. And that’s okay. Because I know there will be no hope of any meaningful action or changes so long as we stick with our national pride.

The enemy has been us; we the people. We the majority – in denial. Our national apathy. Our large majority’s denial, indifference; apathy. Apathy is a must ingredient for any police state, authoritarian regime, dictatorship, for abuses of power, for corruption, national atrocities, genocide … Some ingredients may be decreased, increased or substituted, but one key ingredient remains constant: Public Apathy.

Like a cat chasing its tail, like Don Quixote chasing the many windmills, we can target and point fingers at kings, presidents, statesmen, judges and media puppetries. In the end we’ll end up with our own tail, we’ll arrive at the windmill of our own. We will end up with us the people. And that is the ultimate enemy we must take on and out: Our very own denial and apathy.

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Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.


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  1. Sibel, I know that what you say is true. I have studied and informed myself over the past two years, and I now feel that I’ve learned all that’s necessary to conclude, like you, that our judicial institutions will never provide the people justice, that the official media will never inform the people of the scope of the corruption in the corridors of power, and that our Congress has long since ceased to represent our interests. I know all this, yet I do not dare risk the comfortable life I lead. My comfort zone is reading your blog, getting angry, pointing fingers, posting Facebook diatribes–but nothing truly effective. I’m afraid, Sibel. Afraid for my safety, my financial security (tenuous as it is) and for the safety of my family. I’m afraid of being targeted as an “extremist” by the American Gestapo. Most of all, I’m afraid that a critical mass of awakened citizens in the streets will trigger overt repression. I’m not proud to admit it, but it is the truth.

  2. avatar jschoneboom says:

    So sad, so true…

  3. I’m where Iamb is, but retired for almost 15 years. So it was easy for me to sign Ed Snowden’s pardon petition. And I can see how that’s got to be harder for others. But it’s what we all should have the minimal courage to do. Let’s hope the critical mass signs on, and do what we can to help.

  4. Sadly, I am not aware of empires that have been reformed by citizen action and clearly, as your piece says Sibel, faith in the courts or congress is misplaced. Rome was not reformed by a political savior, nor by insurrection, but weakened by the rot within it fell apart over time – attacked from within and without. Shadows of the European empires are still with us, like zombies that refuse to die. Maybe a great convulsion lies ahead, or maybe a series of illnesses and smaller injuries until the patient is no longer functional as a recognizable controlling force. What ever the case the track record for empires is that they all pass… and new ones come to the fore. Must be human nature.

    A number of years ago some associates were targeted by a congressional investigation (witch hunt if you will) and software developed by a private firm for identifying terrorist networks was deployed against them. When the “State Secrets Privilege” was codified under Eisenhower it was already clear that the capture of the state by private interests was very far advanced.

    Individuals do have choice and I am grateful for yours Sibel, and others of like mind who have seen behind the curtain and chosen to speak out publicly. I helps to have some bits of clarity in the fog of this ‘information age’.

    A cynic

  5. Sibel

    Your words ring so true:

    “My answer is one of the most unpopular, if not the most, in the eyes and ears of the public. My answer is one of the most unpopular, if not the most, in the eyes and ears of the public.”

    Excellent. Your efforts have really helped round out my understanding.

    May I suggest one more step along a philosophical plane that may be even less popular, yet critical? (smile)

    After breathing, the most fundamental human endeavor is the acquisition and consumption of food. Humans are omnivores — we can survive as vegetarians — but we are omnivores (veg/meat eaters) nonetheless. We kill to eat. Attractive as the thought may be we cannot grab a handful of sand and make oatmeal. Thus would be my question to God: Why must we kill to eat/survive?

    The point. Any human being who spends any time investigating the factory food system should reel back in horror. The treatment of the animals and the land is thoughtless and cruel beyond belief. When by ‘our’ cruelty we break this oath with the domesticated animals we keep to sustain us, then what chance is there for moral and just treatment of our fellow brothers and sisters? None. Until we form a moral food system from the ground up and understand ‘why’ we did so, we humans will morally drift.

    These thoughts were worked out with a long time friend who now raises some of the happiest laying hens one’s ever seen. Chickens are great a great meditation. Chickens don’t lie.

    Thanks again, Sibel, your contributions are legendary.

    Peace,

    PeterM

  6. Sibel, unfortunately we are all born into the “sucker” system. Do not beat yourself up over this. However, for the few who have experienced or reached an epiphany, or an existential awaking, or even a material death depends on recognizing the sublime versus reality. For you, I think it happened on three fronts. One, your father and what war means. Two, the FBI and its policy of covering up. And three, your efforts to inform the masses through your Whistle-Blowers coalition and Boiling Frogs forum. I think Plato would say you have evolved.

    My epiphany occurred when playing professional football. It happened one day when at practice after running a route and coming back to the huddle. It hit me like a bolt of lightening. I realized then that I was on the grid; Yeah, the sucker grid. I resolved that I was involved in a system which cannot be satiated and the price of flesh is nothing but bread and circuses to distract ourselves from what is important.

    Recently I was talking with the head of NYPD’s Facial Recognition unit. It was a friendly conversation and the gentleman was truly intrigued about professional football. He asked me why I never wrote a book about being on the “bubble.” FYI – The bubble is about a player on the verge of being cut from the team because of the number’s game. I told the gentleman that I moved on and said there are far more important things in life than sports. I could feel an almost palpable rejection of what I said. Mind you, I was not dismissed, but it told the gentleman that I was aware and that he figured me out wrong. Perhaps when enough Americans realize they are on the bubble true “change” can be affected. Moreover, Schopenhauer has illustrated his steps of cognitive recognition and we can take comfort that human aspirations are not static.

    And that’s just it. The FBI figured you out wrong. And, I got figured out wrong not just in sports but my search for the truth. Sometimes I wonder if its in our DNA?

  7. You are totally right. Of course you are. But this has been so since 911 – ESPECIALLY since 911 – it is why we are HERE – talking. was and IS the moment the terror running the superstate finally exposed its rotten soul. ‘The peoples’ inability – Failure of IMAGINATION – to understand and cope with the explosive events blowing Manhattan APART – rest with us now – with everybody still unable to let go. Were TRADED upon. Thats how it WORKS. The shock turns to stupidity turns to apathy. the WAR. Truth and trust got rammed inside OUT by a black operational fist., stripped of its skin and handed back on a plate of bloody corpses and we got told to suck on it that day, and we been SUCKING on it ever since. 911Was when corruption opened out exponentially and we got told to shut the fuck up. Most everybody DID. It has remained the same since . In a long line of lies and cover-up and ‘corruption at the heart of the American Judicial System’- your words – you do your best with MIGHTY heart. So too Susan Lindauer and the Jersey Girls and able Danger and Richard GAGE and everyone ELSE that has stood up to this stupification throwing the truth back in our faces every day. We understand. THIS IS the way it is. This is it. The LAW is controlled by masters of corruption. The police are their tool. It holds together behind the pretend ‘freedom’ La La. This delusion is important for the conspirators to keep. They KNOW about public apathy. they rely on it. Its what they EAT. Its a known known.
    Work on with that in mind. They don’t own the future. Every bit counts.

  8. avatar Sam Adams says:

    I have wondered why friends and (especially) family don’t seem concerned about these issues brought up here and on other websites. This has been the source of considerable frustration for me. I have often run into people’s active denial. They don’t know, and don’t want to know. – - Much of this comes from the human tendency to avoid unpleasant information. Much of this comes from the resistance to anything which contradicts the indoctrination that people have purposely received in public ‘schools’ and from the mainstream media. — In addition, if you study personality typing (Myers-Briggs etc), you’ll learn that a large majority of the population are made up of people who aren’t ‘Big Picture’ or long term thinkers. They focus on the more immediate, and what they consider ‘hands on’ and ‘practical’. They aren’t stupid by any means, but their eyes are likely to glaze over if you talk to them about the overall picture. (These same folks can be very adaptable and cool headed in emergencies. Everyone has their own strengths & weaknesses.) In addition, a large portion of the population is made up of ‘good boy/good girl’ rule follower types. These people respect authority and the rules.
    I don’t have the exact figures in front of me now & am only going by memory, but something like 2/3 of the population fit into these two categories. That is, they are in denial and are of a personality that isnt predisposed to consider the facts & information that is often discussed here. Most police and military people fit within these personality categories.
    So, what can be done ? – - – Keep communicating to them. Provide them with the tools to put this all together for themselves, in their own minds.
    Unfortunately, the situation will have to degrade to the point that it hits people personally, and is no longer ‘just theoretical’ to them. The time will come. Don’t cut off the line of communications. That is easy to do when youre frustrated by those who just seem to refuse to ‘get it’. Never give up on people. Things are happening below the surface. Many of us who were complete skeptics of ‘conspiracy theories’ have completely changed our views – - so can others.

  9. I’ve decided to act. My desire is to organize an action, a march, some kind of show of solidarity with Snowden et al, as well as to bring about awareness concerning the encroaching police state. I am considering contacting my local ACLU chapter, but I have no experience with the ACLU or organizing resistance. Will the ACLU be a help or a hindrance?

  10. Citizens’ apathy is a rather optimistic diagnosis. If so they still can be awakened either by organized human effort or by the force of radically changed circumstances. At least hypothetically. I am afraid though that the average square citizen has no problem with all that outrage Sibel and us. It’s not apathy but complicity. I would even propose that the average US citizen is much less scrupulous than his government when it comes to civil liberties and all that. I would even venture to suggest that the US government is still more enlightened that US citizenry. Let’s not forget that the Nazis came to power by popular vote in Germany and that much more numerous crimes of the British Empire had enthusiastic backing of its laboring classes let alone its bourgeoisie. The organized genocide of the indigenous population in North America was carried out not because European settlers were apathetic but because they forcefully demanded it.

  11. Sibel,

    You did not grow up in this country. As somebody who did but who has become aware thanks to people, such as you, I have both experienced the apathy and now observe it in others. I say we plead guilty but with an explanation. The explanation is this. We have been hypnotized, manipulated, programmed, and demoralized by the very beasts you’ve uncovered. And while on the subject of said beasts let us not forget that whether or not you or I believe in such things those beasts actively worship Satan and eagerly sacrifice human lives as part of their ancient rituals. On 911 a very symbolic sacrifice was staged on a day with great occult significance while a giant likeness of the Colossus of Rhodes, the sun god, Lucifer, almost smiled while standing witness in NY harbor. (Google it!) Remember, even if such ideas seem silly to you, this is why those secret societies are so secret.

    Our secularized (by “elite design”) society has turned away from God, thus serving the interests of the one who gives power and wealth to the “elite”. Even in ancient times, God’s people had a way of turning towards the disgusting (to God) habits of their idol (devil) worshiping neighbors. Not much has changed in 6000 years.

  12. Hi Sibel & Co. Please watch this. A perfect documentary on how the propaganda machine indoctrinated all of us into “suckerdom.”

    http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/endless-war/the-atomic-cafe—full-film.html
    Endless War ‘The Atomic Cafe’ – Full Film
    http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com

  13. avatar Globus2013 says:

    The best we can do is to be responsible for our own actions (or non-actions), voice our discontent with injustice and teach our children to do the same. Overpowering the government will lead to new government (different on the outside but same on the inside). While we may not be able to change the governmental system in our life time, we can always improve our microworlds and build up from there. For some people, their microworld is their family, their work environment. Others have high leadership positions in companies and organizations. Everyone creates their own government on some scale. Active genuine engagement in one’s microworld is what makes the world go round. Apathy is the easy way out. Some people seek meaning in life by joining Peace Corps and helping malnourished/ maleducated African children. Though surely some good comes of it, I think these people are mislead. I think people have to take care of their own people first, before they can start helping others. And this is the problem with over-sized centralized government. The second to last paragraph really resonates with me on a personal level. I too hide from engagements and seek retreat in apathy. “As long as I don’t hurt/bother anyone” is not always enough. Lets all try to help each other be more engaged in our micro-worlds, so that everyone has a say. This includes encouraging participation in making improvements and being more open and tolerant of others, whose views may be different from our own.

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