Another One Bites the Dust

A.M. Freyed
June 26, 2012

A recent appearance by top US bureaucrat Michele Leonhart is making a stir throughout the blogosphere because of its incompetence and evasiveness. But perhaps there is a bigger story.

In fact, one might argue Leonhart’s appearance signals a turning point in the “war on drugs” … much the way an appearance in 2009 by the Federal Reserve’s Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman helped puncture Fed credibility.

In the video itself (which also accompanies various articles), Drug Enforcement Administrator Leonhart refuses to answer whether heroin is more addictive than marijuana. But her caution – caught in the crosshairs of YouTube’s merciless gaze – comes across as evasion. Her determined rephrasing would seem to present itself as reluctance to convey the truth.

Testifying at a recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, she seems either woefully uninformed or maliciously determined to mislead those conducting the hearing. The entire encounter is reminiscent of a video presenting the testimony of Fed Inspector General Coleman on May 5, 2009.

This testimony has already gone down in the history of the alternative press as “The Day that May Have Ended the Fed as We Know It.” The Coleman video basically shows one of the Fed’s top officers shakily denying that she has the authority to find out where trillions of Fed dollars – money printed from nothing – were shipped during the “contagion crisis” of 2008-2009.

In the case of Coleman, her questioner is (former) Representative Alan Grayson. In the case of Leonhart, her questioner is Rep. Jared Polis. But the identity of the questioners is not so important as the appearances of their victims, eventually, on YouTube.

There, on YouTube, they are judged by multi-millions of viewers and subjected increasingly to generalized derision. The omnipotent state that sponsors both the Fed and the “war on the drugs” can withstand almost anything, but not mockery. YouTube’s exposure and the subsequent reaction of viewers are deadly to the state’s justifications for many of its most Draconian and authoritarian policies.

Is it a coincidence that in the 21st century, much of the fear-based propaganda that elites have used to promote world government is beginning to crumble? Global warming and other scarcity-based propaganda along with the “war on terror” are all increasingly subject to corrosive popular doubt and public ridicule.

This is a trend little noted in the bought-and-paid-for media, but no less powerful for its lack of mainstream reporting. Already, the Polis/Leonhart dialogue probably has in aggregate something like a million views. The Grayson/Coleman confrontation probably has many millions more. As noted, the consequences can be severe.

Coleman’s appearance at Grayson’s hearing surely aggravated the Fed’s current troubles. The Fed has been subject to increasing scrutiny, and the latest bombshell to emerge is that top Fed board members – as a result of the ongoing “financial crisis – distributed up to US$4 trillion to various banking entities in which they had specific interests.

But at the time, Coleman’s appearance showed quite clearly that those at the top of the Fed had absolutely no idea how to operate in an era when one’s evasiveness and incompetence is not celebrated by the New York Times, but excoriated by millions on YouTube. Alex Jones, Infowars and the organization We Are Change, among others, have helped pioneer this type of exposure.

Leonhart is not Coleman, of course, but she is similarly an upper echelon person and as such speaks for the bureaucratic elites that make their leeching off the grief and blood of those captured in the web of “illegal” drug use.

The continued lack of competence when it comes to public appearances goes to show that 20 years after the ‘Nets initial public penetration, the global elites that want to rule the world still have little or no coordinated strategy (other than censorship) on how to deal with the Net’s subversive and ultimately corrosive impact.

The soft-fascism of the West’s political functionaries is increasingly under attack and every day – week, month and year – that the Internet exists, the elite’s difficulties are compounded. Many more average people understand that there is almost no justification for any of the government vaunted paraphernalia – let alone the monopoly central banking that is continuously ruining countries around the world.

Of course, censorship DOES remain an option, and it has been pointed out elsewhere that the global elites seem to be making an effort to legalize some drugs. One could argue that Leonhart’s disastrous appearance is part of this larger trend.

One theory is that the elites used the “war on drugs” to build up the penitentiary-industrial complex around the world and that they are now in the process of transferring the infrastructure to its intended destination as a resource for the “war on terror” – aimed at anyone who resists the putative New World Order.

While it is certainly true that the elites are trying to use the awesome power of the Internet for their own ends, it is equally true that the Internet remains a weapon of freedom and insight available to tens and hundreds of millions.

Video clips, freely disseminated, have the ability to undermine those shadowy few that wield tremendous power but operate in the shadows. They are exposed by their own words. Coleman and Leonhart are two such. But there are many others … and more to come.

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