The Ultimate Enemy We Must Take On and Out by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
June 9, 2013

Death to Apathy

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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.

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.

from the archives:

Chris Hedges VS Geoffrey Stone Debate: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

Chris Hedges: The Moral Order of the Country Has Been Flipped Upside Down

Julian Assange: It’s a Vast, Sprawling, Transnational Surveillance System

Julian Assange To Edward Snowden: I Would Strongly Advise Him To Go To Latin America + Glenn Greenwald: Boundless Informant: The NSA’s Secret Tool

Long Running, Long-Known NSA Illegalities and Long-Ignored NSA Whistleblowers by Sibel Edmonds

Sibel Edmonds on Her Book, Classified Woman by Peter B. Collins + Ungagged: Telling the Sibel Edmonds Story

6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Enemy We Must Take On and Out by Sibel Edmonds

  1. Those among my ever shrinking circle of acquaintances still having discourse with me are rather skeptical as i pronounce their efforts to petition, write letters, hold signs as useless.”That is so negative!” they proclaim. No s##t Sherlock.I do not even try to substantiate my observations with history or facts, it is plain to any with the wit to see.

    • RESPONSE to shrinking circle

      Trite like phases have cluttered the air with crap. Some many cry out lets make war but don’t follow me. Others like to make a buck or two repeating what others have already found out and written about.

      Because of those things I will remain a cynical skeptic about anything to do with politics.

      We Americans have been fed lies till our eyes have crossed in far two many close examinations.

  2. RESPONSE to the ultimate enemy

    Twelve years fighting in the identified wars with seems no visible results of victory will let the air out of most. Will she fight on or will she dwindle away and die on the vine?

    She is not the only one who have been in the heat at the heart of the beast as it has moved though our society taking control of all we have and most hope to have — yes now our freedom in most all things is thought to be up for grabs to the highest bidder.

    So what went so wrong long ago that has led our American society down this path? Too much to tell but we have been the warring nation for Britain since our inception. All the world wars have been designed by Britain with us being a close ally. So to start there and go forward where we are today takes a long time too much for most to want to go.

    Therefore our entire history as most have been taught is a total lie, our hands are not clean because most of our parents and old others went along.

    So then what is our end? Biblical thoughts about that are not allowed in most circles many today deny the creation story, and when that is done mysticism moves in to take up the slack.

    MY TAKE the Cain spirit is alive and in most of the ones who are against us. Cain killed his brother and that is what we have today many that love to kill are in control.

  3. awesome sibel,we all should be ashamed of the insane world we are leaving our kids&grandkids,by our all talk/very little action the last32 years or so since the power that have destroyed the world and slaughtered millions upon millions of innocent people in their heartless quest for money and power!!!!that said,what the hell are we waiting forlets take on these cowards and bums right now/no more excuses folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I totally agree with this. What disempowers human beings is the corporate erasure of meaningful identity, of personal context, of community.

    Once we are consigned to think of ourselves as just another face in the crowd, as a mere consumer statistic, the inability to act coherently becomes overwhelming and the apathy creeps into our veins like Socratic hemlock.

    This demeaning projection from on high of “the people” is arguably the most powerful weapon the autocrats can wield.

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