Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Thomas Barnett's Brave New World

Thomas Barnett articulates a vision that I think is at the heart of 9/11. That's not to say he was involved, though if I were prosecuting the case I would have questions for him.

Here's Dr. Barnett speaking at a Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) conference:

He's an engaging speaker with interesting ideas, so whatever you think about 9/11, you'll benefit from the speech. Please watch this before reading.

These TED conferences are full of the types of "revolutionaries" you see hailed in Wired magazine.


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Globalization Gets a Bodyguard, November 2001

And Dr. Barnett's brave new world, where the Department of Defense is split into two components:

The result? DoD will be broken into two separate organizations:

The Department of Global Deterrence (DGD), to focus on preventing and, if necessary, fighting large-scale conventional and/or weapons-of-mass-destruction-enhanced warfare among nation-states

The Department of Network Security (DNS), to focus on maintaining the United States' vast electronic and commercial connectivity with the outside world, including protection and large-scale emergency reconstitution of the Evernet, and to perform all the standard crisis-response activity short of war (with a ballooning portfolio in medical).

The Department of Network Security will, it seems, have agents throughout the economy:

DNS will discard the traditional notion of military service separate from civilian life. For most personnel, it will adopt a consultancy model, whereby the agency rents career time versus buying entire lifetimes (essentially the National Guard model). DNS's officer corps will remain career managers, but with frequent real-world tours of duty in technology, industrial, and business fields. This organization will be networked in the extreme, because networks will be what it is all about. This means no separate legal system and the end to posse comitatus restrictions.

No separate legal system?

The end of posse comitatus?

I wish he would elaborate on these, since it sounds like the worst fears of the black-helicopter crowd.

I also wonder if real-world tours will include the field of mass media.

That's already happened:

Barnett elaborates on his idea of a Department of Network Security, System Administrator force in his TED speech, and in the Wall Street Journal article linked below.

During the above slide show, Barnett asked in 2000 whether there would be new stresses that lead to the New Rule Set:

Here's what he said about 9/11:

Perhaps I'm reading too much into this:

First, we need to expand dramatically the dialogue between Wall Street and the Pentagon regarding how globalization changes our definitions of national security. Over the past several years, the Naval War College has collaborated with the broker-dealer firm Cantor Fitzgerald in conducting a series of Economic Security Exercises examining scenarios such as a terrorist strike against Wall Street, the Year 2000 Problem, and Asia’s future energy needs.

These pioneering war games are the brainchild of retired Navy Admiral William J. Flanagan, Senior Managing Director of Cantor Fitzgerald, which until 11 September had its international headquarters in the uppermost floors of the World Trade Center. It is not hyperbole to call the September terrorist strike a new form of warfare. Cantor Fitzgerald’s catastrophic human loss only underscored the paradigm shift. These individuals were killed not only to terrorize the American people, but also to disable U.S. financial markets and, by doing so, diminish global investor confidence in their long-term stability.

I agree that the individuals were killed to terrorize the American people, but the U.S. financial markets were reopened quickly, even at the cost of the health and slowly the lives of the policemen and firemen that were lied to about air quality. (These are the real heroes whose heroism is not in the least diminished by what I am saying about 9/11, because they worked to save innocent lives and give their fallen brothers and sisters the honor of a decent burial. Most of them hold faux-hero Giuliani in contempt.) And globalization was extended by 9/11, regaining ground lost by mild setbacks in Seattle and Genoa that struggled for an alternative, decentralized vision of the future.

Dr. Barnett called 9/11 the "first live-broadcast, mass snuff film in human history."

This is an accurate, if callous, statement, and is probably just a cheap way to shock people at one of his lectures. I won't say, as some have, that this shows complicity in 9/11. All I am saying about Barnett is that he articulates a vision that led to and has been furthered by 9/11.

The callousness of the statement might also reflect the mentality of those willing to make the "tough decisions," which is the type of utilitarian argument I could see made by those who implemented 9/11, those who lied about air quality, those who lied about Iraq, Al Qaeda and WMD, and so on. Madeline Albright reflected this "gravitas" when she said that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from sanctions was "worth it." I say it's Dr. Strangelove madness, and would like to see the perpetrators of 9/11 make this argument at the death penalty phase of their war crimes trials.

Again, I'm not saying Barnett was involved in 9/11. It's the mentality, not the man, I'm speaking about. Barnett exemplifies that mentality, which in addition to his intelligence, knowledge, and charisma, is what makes him the hot consultant that he is. In his TED speech, he argues that his system administrators will cure the ills of the world, like genocide in the Sudan, so I can't say the man does not genuinely believe that the world needs elite "System Administrators," rather than feckless UN bureaucrats, to ease human suffering.

The Project for a New Century called for the same goals of global domination and military transformation, the latter of which is called the "Revolution in Military Affairs":

Barnett is referenced at both of the above websites.

In 2000, PNAC said that the military transformation would require a catalytic event, a "New Pearl Harbor":

(page 63 of 90)

9/11 was that catalytic event.

It is the Fourth of July, so I will say that all of this is exactly what I was taught the Founding Fathers fought against.

I am done with this blog for the time being. I could flesh out my arguments about the 9/11 media/military mind war in my Summary of Arguments, but I have made my point. Others developed these understandings and will continue developing them at
9/11, particularly "Fred."

I'm also done for now with fighting the so-called "9/11 Truth Movement," which is just pushing lies and diversion, whether by focusing on Bush/Cheney and a "stand down," supposed Pakistani funding of the Arab patsies, assuming they even exist, or on Zionists and remote controlled planes. All these are either wrong or peripheral to the real story, no planes and faked broadcasts. Also, I don't care how the Twin Towers were rapidly pulverized, whether by explosives, 4th-generation nukes, directed energy weapons, or whatever. They were rapidly pulverized, and did not "collapse." If I'm a prosecutor, that's all I need to know to start a real investigation. If I'm a perpetrator, I'm happy for people to endlessly speculate about what I used to pulverize the towers.

9/11 was of the global corporations, by the global corporations, and for the global corporations. Davos Man v. Seattle Man, as Barnett says in his slide show.

This Seattle man wants nothing to do with it. I am no longer deceived by their televised lies. I'm not a servo-mechanism of their institutional order, as law professor Butler Shaffer says. Ultimately, that's all that counts--my mind is free.

There is far too much at stake in our world for any of us to take comfort in our institutionally-certified ignorance by pulling the blankets up over our heads so that we not see the bogeyman.

But there is another factor – what I call “existential courage” – that must remain at the forefront of our efforts to live as human beings, rather than as servo-mechanisms to the institutional order. What kind of people are we that we should lay our liberties, property, and lives – including the lives of our children – at the feet of rulers, to be disposed of in any manner that suits their momentary temperaments? What have we become that we regard any questioning of this arrangement as the products of “irresponsible” or “paranoid” minds? Why should free and energized minds be fearful of asking any questions, particularly those we have been told it is improper to ask?

The American Revolution lives in your mind, or it doesn't. That's your choice.

Dwight Van Winkle


Amanda said...

I totally agree with every word and every point you have made.

Anonymous said...

i agree as well.
good deal nin.
true independence in todays world can only come thru independent thinking.

Anonymous said...

Well said.

frank said...

Thank you. For what it's worth, you've done an admirable job of tying things together and making sense of an insane topic.

Godspeed and all that jazz.