Naomi Wolf, the bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change The 21st Century, Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, and others, will discuss and sign her new book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. This book cuts across political parties and ideologies, and warns us - with the straight-to-fellow-citizens urgency of one of Thomas Paine's revolutionary pamphlets - that we have little time to lose if our children are to live in real freedom.- Tattered Cover
Naomi Wolf was born in San Francisco in 1962. She was an undergraduate at Yale University and did her graduate work at New College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Her essays have appeared in various publications including: The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Ms., Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She also speaks widely to groups across the country.
The Beauty Myth, her first book, was an international bestseller. She followed that with Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change The 21st Century, published by Random House in 1993, and Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, published in 1997. Misconceptions, released in 2001, is a powerful and passionate critique of pregnancy and birth in America. In 2002, Harper Collins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth.
Ms. Wolf's latest book, released in May of 2005, is The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from my Father on How to Live, Love and See.
Naomi Wolf is co-founder of the Board of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization devoted to training young women in ethical leadership for the 21st century. The institute teaches professional development in the arts and media, politics and law, business and entrepreneurship as well as ethical decision making.
Form of government in which supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodic free elections. In a direct democracy, the public participates in government directly (as in some ancient Greek city-states, some New England town meetings, and some cantons in modern Switzerland). Most democracies today are representative. The concept of representative democracy arose largely from ideas and institutions that developed during the European Middle Ages and the Enlightenment and in the American and French Revolutions. Democracy has come to imply universal suffrage, competition for office, freedom of speech and the press, and the rule of law. See alsorepublic.
Thanks I´m old enough to remember the Nazi process study history 44 years, Naomi is 100% RIGHT! Thanks for the memories, and yes I´m worried that the American will be treated the same way He treated American Indians, what goes around comes around, OR what you do to others you do to yourself, USA terrorized central America, Haiti,etc., Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen now Somalia The gift of history, "history is a nightmare I have yet to wake up from¨. The lone wolf, good luck Naomi.
Milton Friedman & his Chicago Univ. student lackeys gave Pinochet a blueprint ... This all works toward fascist oppression . Nixon gave it shot. So did Reagan with "trickle down theory" . We're starting to see it again here with the Tea Party as ignorant brown shirts. These people are sheep that have been convinced to cut their own throats for the sake of the fascist oligarchy. All the while, they see themselves as patriots fighting for freedom ...Ignorance is the friend & tool of the fascist ...
Naomi, you speak of one of the steps being that 'they' create secret prison camps. You also spoke of Guantanamo Bay. For their plans, they would need a bigger prison than Guantanamo Bay. Not long ago I came across a lecture on YouTube of Phil Schneider who has since been murdered for talking about his involvement in the building of Deep Underground Military Bases or Prisons, in America now - they're named DUMB's or DUMP's. Out of the 1,400 I think, of them, at least one is under an airport. They have the shackles and the prison transfer carriages/cars literally ready. This works in with what you're saying.
Thank so much. Thank you, Kepler for welcoming me to the Tattered Cover which is oneof my all time favorite book stores in any venue you know, any incarnation. I love thisnew space. I think all book stores should have a theatre and a proscenium and stage, andyou know just fabulocity on every level. And actually I have great fond memories ofTattered Cover from my very first book, when I was a baby author and it was worthsaying the dinner was like this magical Alice in Wonderland kind of place, where I justthought wow, I just want to live my whole life surrounded by people who love thebooks and people who care about readers and readings. So, thank you Tattered CoverTattered Cover Community; can you all hear me? All right.So tonight, I am just going to under pacers so if you don't mind I am just going to pace.I I am just going to speak from my heart about the reasons that I wrote "The End ofAmerica" and I am just going to kind of walk you through the argument. And I justwanted to kind of give you a heads up. I think I am going to have to have like a warningsort of label like on cigarettes. So, you know, really rich chocolate or something thatthey it's going to be very, very difficult journey and then we will come out into some Ican hope that your get some of your heads up. So everybody people to come closer ifthey want to; so I can just see everybody more directly.I have an older friend who is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. And she and I wouldtalk about current affairs and she kept saying, "They did this in Germany they did thisin Germany". I know, and I thought this was sort of crazy talk, extreme hyperbolic, butshe was so insistent. And she finally sat me down and said, read and she literally likegave me stack of histories of Germany not Germany in the later years but in the earlyyears when when it was still parliamentary democracy, a modern state. And the hairon my head literally stood up because indeed she wasn't wrong. There were so manyechoes from 1930, 1931, 1932 when it was a modern state you know, that would havelooked quite familiar to us with you know, pop stars and fashion and Bell Housearchitecture and Page Six type gossip columnists, you know people going about theirbusiness, parliament meeting, judiciary, newspapers, debate, dissent, and you know yousee this kind of systemic strategic assault on democracy even before the NationalSocialists came to power. And we forget in America that the National Socialists came topower legally, right, in a working democracy.So this blew me way and I stated reading other histories of times and places wheredemocracies were closed down or where would be despites pushed back against a prodemocracy movement. So, I read about Italy in the 20's, I mentioned Germany in the30's, Stalin's Russia, East-Germany in the 50's, Czechoslovakia in the 60's and China inthe crack-down against the pro-democracy movement in the 80's. And what totally blewmy mind as I was reading was that this this clear blue-print started to emerge. And itwas so obvious that whether the would be despites were on the left or on the right, itdidn't matter. They all did the same 10 things. It was like a blue-print. It was like youknow, instructions, how you close down democracy. And as you can imagine, my youknow anxiety shot through the roof when I realized that each of these 10 steps wasunderway in the United States right now.So, tonight I will be talking to you about what these warning signs are, what these 10steps are in this blue-print. And I will be talking about how we can push back. And I amgoing to stop apologizing for how kind of serious the news I have for you tonight isbecause people keep telling me, "We can handle it." You know, Americans are verythey are really re-assuring to me, they are like you know, "We know something is goingon; just tell us what you have seen and we can handle it. It's better to know." And I thinkthat's right that it is better to know.The other person for whom I wrote this book was younger is younger and he is awonderful young man named Chris Lee who is 28. He is an activist and he was marryinga wonderful young woman Jennifer whom I had mentored. And he his mom had fledVietnam with little four month old Chris in her arms, his name was Wu at the time, tobecome a boat person, she risked her life and her baby's life, because she knew that it wasworth it for the chance of raising her child in liberty. So she really understood freedomthe way our founders understood freedom. And so thinking about what this youngcouple would need as I I saw the storm clouds gathering you know, I realized that Icould kind of you know, get them something, great beryl, but that they really needed agift that would let them fight this fight that we had ahead of us, in an informed way. Andso I really wrote this book as a kind of premiere guide fresher to remind us, because wedon't spend a lot of time thinking about Mid 20th Century dictatorship, right, I don't, rightyou know, until I had to a guide to how societies close down. And also a premiererefresher about what democracy means, what freedom means, what the founders intendedus to do with liberty, because again I had a good education but I had to go back and lookat the writings of the founders, the framers, of the Constitution the Bill of Rights andreally try to understand them kind of for the first time, because the constitution is kind ofhard to understand if you are not a lawyer, no really, it's very 18th Century you know,and its like what you did its like but I mean I had to sit a lawyer for intensity okay,Due Process, walk me through it, what exactly is Due Process, right, because we don't Imean it's like this whole discussion about the constitution freedom has been kind oftaken over by constitutional scholars and politicians and activists and ordinary people likeus are no longer expected to really understand it. What is the Second Amendment? Howdoes that keep us free? What is the Fourth Amendment?And what became clear to me from my reading of the framers' letters to Americans likeus was that they totally foresaw what's happening in America right now. Totally; andthat's why they set our system up the way they did. We walk around in this kind ofbubble of smug certainty that I call it a democracy myth you know, this notion thatoh it can't happen here, democracy will always protect us, we don't have to raise a fingerto do anything to protect democracy, right, you know that pendulum will always swing.The founders would have been appalled at these attitudes because they drafted thesedocuments in a really a lot of anxiety, real fear because they knew that an Americandespot could arise in America to oppress Americans, they knew it. And that's why theyset our system up with checks and balances. Who knew that checks and balances werethis sexy, passionate, amazing thing? You don't learn that in middle school civics class,right, no right. You are asleep in middle school civics class, so was I. And they totallyknew that its human nature to abuse power if power is unchecked, whether you areAmerican or non American, they knew it. It didn't matter what party you know, theyknew that that is what happens if you arrogate too much power. And so that why theymade sure that we wouldn't have a situation we are having today. They would be appalled.So I am just going to walk you through four of these 10 steps and kind of give you ahighlight of what the rest of them are, and then I am going to talk to you about what wecan do to rise up and push back and save our country. Okay, is it you are okay so far? Iknow it's big, but you know we can handle it.So the first thing a would be despot always does is to invoke a terrifying internal andexternal threat and very often this threat is real. For instance Stalin really freaked Russiancitizens out in the 30's by telling them a made up tale about Sleeper Cells, you knowthat's the term who has read that term in the last six years? Yes. Had you heard it in the90's? Right, Sleepers Cells, same bad guys, but Clinton wasn't talking about SleeperCells, right. So the creepy thing, readers of The End of America will find is that its notjust actual tactics from the past that we are seeing replayed now, it's actual sound bytesand narratives, and imageries, scenes it's like some one went through the history booksand said okay, that worked, let's try that that worked, let's try that. So Sleeper CellsStalin's Sleeper Cells were supposed to be a capitalist terrorist, meaning us, right,seriously and these capitalists agents of terror were allegedly infiltrating Soviet societyand pretending to be good Soviet citizens for years, does this sound familiar? Right andtill the day when signaled, they would all rise up and create mayhem among nicecommunist communities and this freaked Soviet citizens out so badly that they yielded toStalin's crackdown of 1937-1938.So that was a hyped threat an imaginary threat. Now Pinochet told Chilean citizensabout a real threat, armed insurgents there were real armed insurgents, but then he usedfake documents and this is something you see a lot with a crackdown on democracyand do you all remember the fake documents that the White House held up the yellowcake forgeries, saying there is yellow cake uranium, that Niger is selling to Iraq. So verycommon to use fake documents; and he held up the document he called Plan Z and hetelevised it, and Plan Z again was supposed to be this plot where these armed insurgentswere going to rise up at a signal and assassinate all these leaders and blow up all thisinfrastructure. And this is totally freaked Chileans out so much that they did not fight fortheir democracy when he started to roll in the tanks. So there is always this invocation ofa terrifying internal and external threat.The second thing, it would be despot always does is to establish secret prison systemswhere torture takes place, outside the rule of law, and very often they will also create amilitary tribunal system that strips prisoners of Due Process. Now Mussolini was thegreat innovator and he sort of took a leaf from Lenin these guys all studied each other,and he developed this prison system outside the rule of law and Hitler studied Stalin andso often, and he elaborated it Stalin studied Hitler and he created his own. And the thingabout this secret prison systems is that they metastasize, you know they start out modestand always grow and grow and grow and grow.Now what is so disturbing what we should pay attention to, is that in the process ofwhat I call a fascist shift and I used that term very conservatively, lower case "C", I useit technically there are a lot of definitions for fascism and I use a dictionary definitionwhich means when the state starts to use terror against an individual to roll backdemocracy. So in every fascist shift what will happen especially if they are operating ina democracy like Italy and Germany, is that they start out torturing or abusing people thatmain stream society doesn't identify with, marginal people, brown people on an islandwith scary Muslim names whatever, right? You know they start with the anarchists inGermany, the communists, the gypsies, the homosexuals, the Jews. And what I want totell you is that you know they didn't in Germany, they didn't start out with deathcamps. They started out with the really funky and formal like torture cellars, and at thattime the National Socialists weren't even a majority party, and torture was still illegal,technically. But the SA would round up people that good Germans didn't identify with,and torment them in these cellars and everyone knew about it. It was considered funny,there were cartoons about it in the press, which makes me think about things like thatShow 24, you know this kind of popularization of oh yeah we torture people, okay wetorture people, right.So what always happens, I mean you know there is the moral reason for being upset, theywe're torturing brown people on an island in Guantanamo but even if you know a lotof good decent Americans, like my brother, he is a really good guy, and when I first starttalking to him about this, he was like that's not my issue, you know there are a lot ofother issues that's not my issue, that these alleged terrorist are being abused. But apartfrom the moral issue why should we care that the state has legalized torture, because youcannot name a society in which the state started to abuse people of the margins that didn'tsooner or later and usually within a reasonable time span, start to direct the abuse againstpeople of the heart of civil society. And it's always the same cast of characters, itsjournalists, editors, opposition leaders, out spoken clergy, labor leaders.So the trouble is that when Germans started to arrest people at the heart of civil society itwas still a democracy, but when that happens people get too scared to speak and at thatpoint democracy really can't be protected any more. So this is like a $50,000 reward Ishould be offering, you know can you name a society that creates a secret prison systemwhere torture takes place, that doesn't sooner or later direct abuse at it's own people,because I have been asking this question nationally for a month and no one has come upwith an example, because I don't think there is one, just human nature, to expand this andexpand this. And the reason we should kind of go way stock, you know about the fact thatthe state now legalizes torture and don't believe White House sound byte, we don'ttorture we don't torture it's a lie, they torture systematically is that the White Househas said the President has said and this is mind blowing, but it's true, that he has thepower to say to any of us, innocent American citizens who have never done any thing,you, what's your name, Caroline you are a brave woman, Caroline are an enemycombatant, you Naomi Wolf, you are an enemy combatant, you camera guy enemycombatant, right, and it doesn't matter that you are innocent. You can be taken and I canbe tomorrow, to a 10 by 12 foot cell and kept there for three years in solitary confinement,when they make it hard for me to see my lawyer, hard for me to see my family nocharges filed. They can't torture me yet, but three years in solitary confinementpsychiatrists know that solitary confinement drives sane people insane.So the state now has that power and why am I writing this book with this urgency,because we are one arrest away from really - of rapidly closing society because iftomorrow, I would read in the New York Times that someone I identified with has beennamed an enemy combatant in this in a navy break. It's at that point that I am going tostop talking like this because that's when I will just be too scared. That's how society isclosed down very rapidly when that starts to take place.The third thing that would be despots always do - are you guys okay so far? Okay alright,I feel like I should like the passing out sedatives or something you know, the third thingwould be despots always do is create a paramilitary force that is not answerable to thecitizens. Any words come to mind? That's exactly right "Blackwater" so many of youknow that Blackwater just got in normal trouble for massacring 17 Iraqi civilians in across roads, it was like the massacre in Times Square but what many people don'tknow and - and most of you know that they are operating really outside the rule of lawin Iraq that Paul Bremer wrote order 17 that basically exonerated them from anyaccountability under the law - now Hitler made sure to pass the law early on just likeBush did that retroactively protected his tortures and murders from prosecution for warcrimes and this was so clever that every would be desperate putting pressure on ademocracy tries to pass the same law and as I said Bush passed the same law.Because if you are going to close down an open society, you need murders and torturesand you need them to be not accountable to the law, so most of us don't know thatBlackwater is already operating on the streets of America. They - Homeland securityinvited them to be some of the first boots on the ground in New Orleans in the wake ofhurricane Katrina and Germany's state holder reported that they did fire at civilians orthat contractors fired at civilians in Katrina in New Orleans. What many of us don't knowis the Blackwater's business model, they just got a $15 billion contract, they are gettingbillions and billions of our tax dollars - billions and it's - most of it is unaccountablebecause under the state secrets act, congress doesn't get to see the accounting. Just thisvacuuming of our tax dollars right?Blackwater's business model costs for expansion in the United States domestically in theevent of natural disaster or quite a quite a public emergency, so a new law that defenseauthorization act of 2007 gives the President the power on his whole on to declare apublic emergency, he has the power now to see you know what Denver, you are havinga public emergency and when I thought we are fine, we were fine, we were having a latte,we were fine you know but if he say it's a public emergency he has the power to send inBlackwater to Denver to patrol the streets, fully armed. He has the power to federalize thenational guard to take national guard from Florida or from Alabama and ship them toDenver and all over Colorado to exert to enact Marshall law simply curfew in Coloradoover the objections of the governors of Alabama and of Colorado and then tell congressabout it after the fact. I am sorry you look so horrified, we will get to what we can doabout it, we will she is like she is like this - and this is like, why do we have thesecond amendment? The second amendment says, you can't have a standing army and themilitia has to be answerable to the people, I become much more supportive of like - youknow well I don't want to say I am supportive of people with guns, but I get - Iunderstand why people are like you know I could have defend my home, I get it. I am notthere but I I get it because the founders experienced what it was like to havemercenaries or an army of thugs not accountable to the people in the colonies. KingGeorge's men were harassing the colonists, they were breaking into their homes withblanket warrants that means just because they wanted to go in through their stuff, youknow remerging through stuff, taking stuff, molesting women, right - scaring people.So they knew how easily citizens could be intimidated when you have got a standingarmy. That's not answerable to the people in fact that's why they created so much of whatwe have due process like why is it so important to the founders that if they take you away,you can talk to your lawyer and your lawyer can represent you and say you know myclient is innocent, you know let's see the evidence you have got against her, she isinnocent. In a in a police state where your innocence doesn't protect you, the founderswere so determined that we have that protection because their parents or they themselveshad fled countries where like in England Tom Paine was tried for sedition and he couldhave been hanged if he had been in England for writing the "Rights Of Man".You know and Quakers fled Europe and came to Philadelphia because the state wastorturing people for their religious beliefs, so the founders wanted their to be - I get chillswhen I talk about this, they wanted there to be a place on earth where that would neverhappen again so that's why we have the second amendment and the fourth amendment,the fourth amendment says "they can't break into your home and take your stuff without aspecific warrant" meaning they have a reason to believe they persuaded a magistrate thatyou probably need to be searched, there is a cause to break into your home and that meansthat when we are in our homes in America, we are safe, the boots at the door they can'tbreak in, they can't go through our stuff.Now Brandon Mayfield was a yuppie in Oregon, a lawyer and the state broke into throughhomes, went to his kid's stuff, his personal stuffs, stole his computer right and oops youknow he settled for two he suited for $2 million and got a settlement, you probablydidn't hear about that but this is a violation of what the founders tried to give us, thesafety and security of being in our homes, being in violet with the fourth amendment sonow with Blackwater, there is a paramilitary force that's not answerable to the people,that can be deployed tomorrow.And the fourth thing that would be dictators always do is that they create a surveillanceaperatus that is aimed at ordinary citizens. Now those of you who read the WashingtonPost know that the surveillance of us has got into the point where if you get on a plane,they know what you are reading on that flight, they know who is sitting next to you, theyknow where are you going when you get off the flight and they have got the phonenumber of the person you are going to visit. Surveillance is so intense and and it's avery effective tactic I mean again Mussolini developed it, Hitler reproduced it, Stalin youknow had all kinds of surveillance going on, secret police a core of every closingsociety. And let me just tell you about my own story, I started getting really interested inthis when every time I got in a plane I would get taken aside for an extra search, I havegot a quadruples high security mark on my boarding pass every time I got on a plane,short Jewish girl from New York what terrorist profile to I fit you know this army of shortJewish girls you know we can have it and you know globally with our credit cards, I meanwhat is this? But they - they would take me aside and finally I - you know kept trying toask them what - why me and some nice TSA agent said "you are on the list" and I like,"the list? I am on the list? What list is this?" and she was sort of hustled away like hersupervisor, so I researched it and sure enough there is a list and that people who are alsoon the list are people like Richard Murphy, Emeritus of Princeton, foremost constitutionalscholar who had just given a speech critical of Bush's assault on the constitution, theyran-sacked his luggage and told him he would be lucky if he got his luggage when he goton the other end of his flight, two nice little ladies in San Francisco, peace activists whorun a newsletter called War Times critical of the war, they are on the list ACLU staffers areare on the list, senior members of Green Peace are on the list, I just heard that someonefrom Code Pink, the anti war group was turned back trying to get into Canada becauseshe is on the list - oh John Lewis democrat on the list, Ted Kennedy a thorn in the side ofBush administration, on the list and on and on.So this is just annoying in a strong democracy, it's kind of like remember the 80's like ohI got a - you know I got a file, you know and just trying to mark this it's kind of like ohthe government is watching me there must be - you know I must be making a differencebut in a weakening democracy, it starts getting really scary because every day I am - if Ilook a little hollow eye it's because I am scared to open my e-mail because now that thisbook is out every day I got e-mails from people saying I am a senior military guy and Iwas critical of the Iraq war and yesterday they took me and my 15 year old son off theplane and they harassed us and they intimidated us and my whole family is now on the listor I am just a query calf, I was a senior person at the justice department, I said to mycolleagues, "don't torture John Walker Lynd, when you interrogate him and make sure hehas a lawyer present" and they cleared out my e-mails, they directed a criminalinvestigation against me and now I am on the list and the list is getting more and more intimidating.We - most of us don't know their interrogation cells in US airports now and this youngwomen who teaches in US college was interrogated, not allowed to go home to orOakland, to her students, to her home and she was told that if she moved, they wouldconsider an assault on her interrogator and I am getting reports of people all over thecountry saying when they are standing in security lines, TSA agents come out and sayfreeze and every one has to stand in place frozen for up to half and hour and I I again Iwant to say freezing in place is a national socialist act if they do that with prisoners. Sothere is clearly this ratcheting up of intimidation and the scrutiny. When I went to copyedit this book, I went to Vermont on a plane, my computer was in my suit case, when Iunzipped my suit case in my hotel room on my computer was a letter from the Departmentof Homeland Security. They had been in my suit case, so again a classic fascist tactic or atactic of a closing to society is to make border crossing difficult and caught with fear and intimidation.And again surveillance, only ten percent of citizens in east Germany in the 50's had Stasifiles but every one thought he or she had a Stasi file and that was that belief was enough,to intimidate East German citizens. So those are just sort of the the key first four. Youknow if you can't bare it, I will just skip sorry right okay well that's fair I mean it's alot, do you want to take a vote? We are still democracy right? I will I will do a selectedI have got a selected three and then I will take questions all right.One of the steps is to target key individuals and you can think of half a dozen people thejag military lawyers who try to dually represent the detainees and not sell them out andthey saw their careers derailed , Bill Mayer, made a comment and he was fired, DanRather is suing Viacom for 70 million dollars because they caved to White Housepressure to fire him when he did the report on Bush's national guard service.Here in Colorado, you have got several examples of that, the guy - I think it was the guyat the university of Colorado who set a little eye comments - yes stupid comment, but youknow what it used to be a democracy, you allowed to says stupid things that's what thefounders were trying with the first commandment, but both he and this kid who just gotin trouble for saying - but Bush excuse me - and what happens is, there is this patternacross the country of state legislate tours putting pressure on rectors of state universitiesto put pressure on academics and students. A tactic that Goebbels perfected in 1933.But there is this targeting of key individuals across the board, another step is to restrictthe press. You remember when Bill Keller the executive editor of the New York Timespublished the swift banking story showing that the white house was spying on financialrecords and there was this drum beat of talking points from the white house treasontreason treason and also they said prosecute him under the espionage act and MelanieMorgan whom I actually debated this psycho right wing commentator in San Francisco,she said Naomi you will look great in a burka, you know which is one of those mysteriouscomments. But I think she is talking about Islamo fascism which will get to you, butthey - she said trying for treason and the penalty for treason is execution and there wasthis drum beat and now and again in a democracy that's just ridiculous you just think -you know you are insane, but in a closing society, it gets to be not so funny because andthis is why reading the historical records will just give me chose again and again. In 193637 the publisher Izvestia, which was the New York Times brasher was accused oftreason by Stalin - was tried for treason in the Third Moscow Show Trial and wasexecuted and you know again when you know look at these examples that I offer youknow in the book, so many little tiny things - not just the big things but things like theyare burning Dixie Chick CDs where have you heard that before in a spontaneous - andCDs don't really burn you know they make toxins that was like not really burnable wholeif of course Goebbels organize spontaneous gatherings of students in 1933 to burnbooks and I know famously said they start with burning books than by burning people.You know they unload the coffins of the war dead in America at night, where did we hearthat before? When I read William Shear I saw that national socialists unloaded the coffinsof the war dead from trains at night, they pioneered embedding journalists in thisIraq war, well Goebbels again pioneered embedding Leni Riefenstahl, William Shearerwith the German army in that conflict.You know Himan - Homeland you know we didn't use to have homeland security yet,domestic security or domestic affairs, homeland security where we heard that termbefore? [0:34:20] ____ was the term that the national socialists introduced in that 1931and so there are all these extraordinarily detailed historical fingerprints like you knowwhen the weapon of mass destruction, I think didn't came out, I remember the whitehouse said okay well we got to go a war against Iraq because they are abusing their ethnicminorities and their staging ground for terrorists.So again the hair on the back of my head stood up when I was reading Allan Bullock'sbiography of Hitler and he argued that they had to invade Czechoslovakia, a country thatalso they wanted war with because they were - they were abusing their ethnic minoritiesand they were providing staging ground for terrorists. So again and again and again theseguys in Florida, in Chinos right, remember the scene of their counting their vote inFlorida, and they are these you know republican staffers identically dressed in white shirtsand chinos menacing the people counting the vote and freaking them out you know whenthey were intimidated and so they kind of said okay no more hanging chats okay okayyou know stop yelling me - you have never seen a scene like this in America, you knowyoung men menacing people like that.You saw it in Italy where Mussolini pioneered the use of black shirts and sent themstrategically you know still a democracy to intimidate voters and people counting thevote, identically dressed young men and Hitler thought this was such a great idea. He senthis identically dressed in men in brown shirts to intimidate people counting the vote.Austria had a plebiscite, they voted 99 percent yeah and excess please Germany becausethe brown shirts standing outside, where they were counting the vote were intimidatingthem, well they were counting the vote.So we are seeing scenes we have never seen before in America, but we have we haveseen them elsewhere. I will skip ahead to the end. The second last step is to recastcriticisms, it's espionage and dissented treason and again you see that more and more thatsomeone speaks up - Hillary Clinton criticizes the war and it's traitor traitor traitor andthis is the page right out of telling the criminalization of speech, the expansion of thedefinition of terrorists, sebeter, - Norman Podhoretz has his new book out calling peoplelike me: domestic insurgence you know it's expansion of insurgency, terrorist and againthe blueprint is predictive, I can tell you what is a head by knowing what's in the blueprintnow and and it's not that I am that smart, it's the blueprint is that predictive. I new forinstance when they setup the military tribunal system, that the first prisoners to be triedunder it would be white and English speaking and in fact David Hicks was a whiteEnglish speaking guy.By the same token you could tell when they passed a law last November criminalizingAnimal Rights Activists as terrorists that the expansion of the definition terrorist whichsoon include people that looked like you and me, main stream, middle class whiteAmericans. I say you and me ironically. And that's these are classic shifts - classictactics in a fascist shift.The last thing that happens in a fascist shift in pressure to close down an open society isthe sub version of the rule of law. The 2007 Defense Authorization Act made it possiblefor the president unilaterally to declare Marshall Law easier, to declare Marshall Law andat the end of the book I have got a serious of what ifs that could easily play out underoccurring circumstances leading up to the election in a closing society, the monthsleading up to a national election are very unstable and a number things are likely tohappen according to the blueprints, that it's it's best to know about, so we can be proactive.So having completely traumatized you, you know welcome to my world of - oh shit youknow it's like no. I do want to turn things around now and talk about how we canactually rise up and save the country. Well there is still time because believe it or not youknow the window is closing but it is not closed, there is there - we don't have a lot oftime but we - this is a moment when if we all wakeup together, we can push back andsave our country and restore the rule of Law.What we need right now, right now we have no time to waste is that democracymovement in America led by Americans to push back these hideous laws and restore theconstitution. Now, I have co-founded and organization you can look at called theAmerican Freedom Campaign, the details are on the last page. This is the kind of thingwe need, it's not the only thing we need. This is a grass roots effort, we have got aboutfive million Americans in the affiliated member organization and we have got a pledgethat we put to all the presidential candidates and all of them have finally signed it, wefinally got Hillary and Obama last week.They were the last hold outs, but it's a pledge to restore the constitution and the rule oflaw and role back these horrible laws and you may have noticed that Hilary's position ontorture has evolved since we have been harassing her about this. She used to condone itnow she has come out strongly against it. So there is this 10 point set of laws that if youguys help us by harassing and confronting congress to pass them, we can stabilizedemocracy enough to do what we need to save the country and confront these abusers.But we need to take it many steps more than that. What we need to do is really understandwhat the founders asked of us. We are so used to thinking or first of all feeling disaffectedfrom democracy, it's all one party, they are all about and sold, I hear this all the time, it'sa very dangerous attitude right now and it's actually not right.Democracy activists around the world wish they had the opportunity to engage indemocracy that we still have if we rise up and push back and what we are also so usedto like handing over the power to this professional class. You know we will worry aboutit like my - my tax guys does my taxes, the landscaper clears the leaves you know thepoliticians and the constitutional lawyers will worry about liberty. Bad! Bad! Thefounders intended for us - you and me to do democracy, to protect democracy and defendit when it was threatened. So the the biggest change is an inward one first, thepsychological willingness to leave here dedicated, to our leading the fight, our standing upas citizen activists to reclaim democracy and liberty.And owning that responsability, that leadership decision, educating our neighbors,educating our friends and confronting these abusers and finally I never thought I wouldsay this but I really want to end and take your questions and comments and ideas. I reallywant to end by saying "We are in a war and if we don't standup in our millions and fightback, you know democracies don't close down like this, they close down like this in whatMalcolm Gladwell would call a series of tipping points" and so the first time that the statelegalized torture that was one of this vertical lines and when that kind was tasered inFlorida, that was one of those vertical lines, you are going to see more and moreAmericans being hurt when they speak up in the next 18 months according to theblueprint and when the first journalists are arrested under the espionage act, that will beone of those vertical lines and at each point each of us as I said has our limit and whathappens is that reaches a point where democracy can no longer heal democracy unless westandup and push back and right now is that moment.I mean it's really hanging by a thread. The good news is again looking at history themillions of people rise up together and say no you will not do this on our watch andconfront these abusers and insist on restoring the rule of law, there is not a force on earththat can withstand that power and it's crumbled - you know it crumble to the wall, it drewthat disputes in the Philippines, there is no force on earth that can withstand millions ofus rising up together and say no and again I never thought I would say this but historyalso shows that it's not enough to impeach criminals, that you have to lock them up and soI think we have to have a disciplined and serious discussion about prosecution for treason.So on that note I want to invite to you lead this democracy movement right now, harass,confront your congress people, marching in streets, screaming yell, do everything thattakes to restore this nation's liberty and this could be, if we do that an amazing wakeupmoment and an amazing moment for us to reclaim what it means to be patriots and andto restore what it means to be a light to the rest of the world, to become again what thefounders had intended for us to be which was this great beckon of justice and fairnessand liberty in the world. Thank you very much.