Friday, November 09, 2007

Power Books

Peter Dale Scott, "The Road to 9/11," chronicles a history of the "deep state" in America, post World War II. An excellent review is found: here. I have only one criticism of this spectacularly researched book, and that is the title. A less modest title would be better. I suggest, "A Short History of the American Empire."

Footnotes tell this story without hyperbole. Peter Dale Scott is remarkably well-read, and ties together much you already know. He also visits areas where the record is contradictory or non-existent to which I quote the poetry of Donald Rumsfeld:

The Unknown
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.
—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Let me be clear that you will not find this "poem" in Peter Dale Scott's book. However, every statement will be classified as known, unknown, or speculative. You may decide you are reading conspiracy theories. However, if you conclude that after the 9/11 disaster, our system of government was replaced with a "continuity of government" structure, it will be because of facts cited by Peter Dale Scott.


Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) wrote many plays, including "The Children's Hour" (1934), which ran for two years on Broadway. Though there is no sex in the story, it hints at lesbian characters. The 1936 Hollywood movie makes sure that all of the characters are clearly labeled as heterosexual. Hollywood revisited the story in a 1961 movie starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacClaine, and James Garner. This time, the lesbian theme is restored, but the ending is changed. In 1961, the subject of political power was more taboo than the implied lesbian relationship.

The story's message reverberates from the pages of this play, available at your local library. In less time that it takes to watch a bad movie, you can learn why enforcing moralism is not always moral or smart.


These two stories tell the truth about power. Dave Emory says: "Read history, or the world is a mystery. Read or bleed, people. Read or bleed." But, that advice only works if you know WHAT to read. Well people, this is what you need to read. It is time for me to find more by these authors.