by Mikael Thalen,
While some see the year’s countless political scandals as a negative example of western society’s current state, continued revelations and increased public knowledge of government corruption has undoubtedly made 2013 the year of awakening.
Although many of the year’s major news stories can be linked to the alternative media, several in particular are undoubtedly connected to a surge in the public’s awakening.
Western Governments Run Al Qaeda
Even with a small portion of the public being aware of Al Qaeda’s 1979 creation by the United States government, the idea of the West continuing to run and control Al Qaeda into the modern day has been brushed off and ridiculed by most mainstream media outlets. Now, with the continued rise of alternative media, mainline sources have been forced to admit or become aware of the fact, bringing “Al-CIA-Da” to the mainstream in 2013.
As President Obama forged ahead with the admitted decade long plan to destabilize the middle east, as revealed by General Wesley Clark in 2007, the United States’ support of Al Qaeda became increasingly evident. Although the presence of Al Qaeda jihadists in Libya made some headlines, President Obama’s public support of Al Qaeda in the Syrian conflict has forced major outlets to finally state the obvious.
“While the Americans drone al-Qa’ida to death in Yemen and Pakistan – along, of course, with the usual flock of civilians – they will be giving them, with the help of Messrs Cameron, Hollande and the other Little General-politicians, material assistance in Syria by hitting al-Qa’ida’s enemies. Indeed, you can bet your bottom dollar that the one target the Americans will not strike in Syria will be al-Qa’ida or the Nusra front,” said Robert Fisk of The Independent.
The alternative media’s relentless coverage of the situation in Syria, which exposed the hypocrisy and lies from the beginning, ultimately helped block the establishment’s attempt to launch a major war.
‘False Flag’ Goes Mainstream
Despite the historical reality of false flag operations, the establishment has continued to paint the highly documented military tactic as a figment of the imagination. Although the issue has received some coverage by mainstream media, including an ABC News report on Operation Northwoods, the term remained mostly unknown. Following the alternative media’s widely viewed coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Syrian chemical attacks, false flag became a phrase uttered throughout the public in 2013.
Following the tragic Boston bombing, the establishment narrative of alleged facts and information quickly began to unravel. Confirming local news reports, Anthony Gucciardi’s exclusive interview with veteran marathon runner and track coach Alastair Stevenson, who overheard loudspeaker announcements informing runners of bomb drills being carried out at the finish line, shattered the media’s initial stranglehold on the event’s coverage.
“You know, that just concerned me that that’s the only race that I’ve seen in my life where they had dogs sniffing for explosions, and that’s the only place where there had been explosions,” Stevenson said.
With critical information in hand, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi made international news by demanding answers regarding drills and a possible false flag during three official press conferences. Media attempts to demonize Bidondi and legitimate questions regarding the incident immediately backfired, as Google searches for “false flag” skyrocketed following his appearance.
Despite denying any knowledge of the suspected bombers, the FBI were later forced to admit that both Tsarnaeva brothers were on CIA and FBI terror watch lists since 2011. Information that the Russian government asked the FBI to investigate one of the brothers only six months before the bombing was uncovered soon after.
Similarly, following the federal government’s attempts to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for several chemical attacks, false flag saw another resurgence after information pushed out by the alternative media pointed to US backed Al Qaeda as the primary suspects. Major political figures such as Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan specifically referred to the attacks as false flags on major news outlets while Rush Limbaugh and Seymour Hersh followed with similar statements.
The Fraudulent War On Terror
Despite years of warning from prominent figures in the alternative media regarding the alleged war on terror, mainstream news has continued to champion the cause of eroding liberties for safety. While real terrorism clearly exists, the establishment’s continued support of terrorist groups, who admit to killing US troops, shows their true intentions. Now, with the government’s anti-terror apparatus admittedly aimed at peaceful Americans, the public has finally begun to understand the war on terror’s true target.
Most notably, the emergence of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has validated claims made by the alternative media for over two decades. Despite other prominent NSA employees such as William Binney and Wayne Madsen blowing the whistle over 10 years ago, mainstream media largely ignored the revelations, instead opting to push the growing surveillance state.
With the knowledge of all emails, phone calls, text messages and internet activity being recorded, a public once willing to give up privacy in the name of protection has now begun to shift. Exclusive documents released by the alternative media, including documents exposing Seattle’s Homeland Security funded mesh network, have prompted national attention as well. Unfortunately, the surveillance state is only one part of the war on terror’s multipronged attack on the American public.
Despite the establishment’s attempts to twist and downplay the discovery, investigative reports by Infowars uncovering the federal government’s purchase of more than two billion rounds of hollow point ammunition were forced into the mainstream earlier this year. The story, reaching millions and even prompting a congressional investigation, garnered the attention of several military figures, who quickly refuted the government’s claim of needing the ammunition for training.
“We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire four and a half years in the Marine Corps,” retired Marine Richard Mason told reporters in Pennsylvania.
In a letter to Texas Sen. John Cornyn, United States Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow voiced concern over the massive stockpiling of ammunition as well.
“It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America,” the letter states.
While excuses regarding the ammunition purchases were echoed by some, few excuses could explain the federal government’s acquisition of “No More Hesitation” shooting targets.
Spending more than $5.5 million, $2 million of which came from the Department of Homeland Security, government agencies were found to be training against pregnant women, the elderly and families in playgrounds.
Coupled with the government’s major ammunition purchases, few could continue to deny the disturbing trend laid out by the alternative media. Following considerable outrage, the producer of the targets, Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., issued a public apology on their Facebook page.
Countless other stories regarding the government’s targeting of American citizens has only increased the public’s distrust, revealed in several polls conducted throughout 2013.
A poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind showed that 29 percent of the public believes an armed rebellion may soon be necessary to protect civil liberties. Just last November, a separate poll found the public’s approval rating of Congress to be only six percent, reaching a historic low. Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media is now only trusted by 23 percent of the country as well, showing the establishment’s continued failure at controlling public debate.
Given comments made by major political figures such as former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski, who continues to warn of the alternative media fueled “global political awakening,” 2014 is set to be one of humanity’s most important years.
This post originally appeared at Story Leak