Computerized Genocide: The Phoenix Program: Bringing Freedom and Democracy to Vietnam

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” — Voltaire

Michael Maclear’s 1975 documentary, Spooks and Cowboys, Gooks and Grunts (Part 1) is more relevant now than ever. Forty-two years after its release, it exposes the suppressed, shameful truths that have corrupted America since the Vietnam War. The documentary makes it perfectly clear that “we” have always known what was going on – and that “we” have perfected the means of denying and obfuscating it.

Maclear’s documentary stands in stark contrast to the current Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, which is nothing more than historical revisionism, sprinkled with massive doses of cognitive dissonance, served up as healing.

While Burns assiduously avoids connecting the conflicts of the Vietnam War to America’s on-going experiment in technofascism, Maclear’s documentary is straightforward in stating several shameful truths. Foremost, that the CIA has corrupted not only the military, but America’s political and judicial systems; and that, through its secret control of the media, the CIA’s power to create the official version of history has left veterans of the Vietnam War, as well as every subsequent generation of Americans as well, in a state of neurotic delusion.

This is what Guy Debord meant when he said,

“Secrecy dominates this world, and foremost as the secret of domination.”

While Burns falsely characterizes the war as a tragedy engendered by decent men with good intentions, Maclear offers incontrovertible proof that it was a war of imperial aggression in the pursuit of counterrevolution.

Maclear gets to the heart of the matter by focusing on the CIA’s Phoenix program, which Burns spends all of two minutes on. Through interviews with Bart Osborn and Jeff Stein, both veterans of Phoenix, Maclear shows what happens to combat veterans when they are made to function as judge, jury, and executioner of civilians. Mass murder and computerized genocide are the terms used in the documentary.

While Burns places combat veterans on an unassailable pedestal, and makes America’s involvement in the Vietnam War “noble” based on their sacrifices, Maclear shows how the war managers indoctrinated the troops with lies, and then aimed them at innocents. As Maclear explains, by 1968, the CIA knew American military forces could not win the “hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people, so they turned to eliminating, through torture and terror, members of the revolution’s civilian infrastructure, as well as anyone who could be said to be sympathetic to it. …

From southeast asia the global beacon of freedom and democracy went on to bestow its wisdom on latin america, the persian gulf and africa.

I knew someone who was stationed as an MP outside an interrogation center in south vietnam. He never had to go inside, he only heard screams and saw healthy terrified people coming in and corpses or worse leaving. He never recovered. Came home, started hitting up smack and killed himself with a pistol. Mission accomplished. Seriously. Mission accomplished. It was a kind of darwinian selection and he failed the test. Satanism just wasn’t his thing.

The rape and pillage of vietnam was a war on the american people too, especially the kids. This society is BASED on child abuse from the get-go, thanks to american medicine and all the other weapons aimed at american kids to prep them as weapons in service to the empire. This is what empires do. They are based on organically self-organized systemic corruption and like any other cancer, they eventually kill their host. It has nothing to do with the formal structure of a given government. The constitution is meaningless in the face of the laws of complexity.

Here’s the farewell address of a decent and honorable patriot. He was apparently unaware of wall street’s involvement in the rise of the trojan horse of communism (and hitler) but his observations on the corruption already manifest in the arms/national security industry are even more relevant today than they were then:

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