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The Pentagon Owns the Gridiron…

Ok, I just had to post a little something about this, after hearing Tim and Andrew mention it on the latest episode of RRNews

The fact that the NFL is a major propaganda tool of the Pentagon and the American military/industrial complex isn’t really breaking news, but now it is at least out in the open that our tax dollars have been spent in the direct promotion of the U.S. military and it’s recruiting efforts:

“The NFL reportedly accepted millions of dollars from the defense department over the course of three years in exchange for honoring troops and veterans before games, the New Jersey Star Ledger reports.

The Pentagon reportedly signed contracts with 14 NFL teams — including the New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens — between 2011-2012 stipulating that teams would be paid sums ranging from $60,000-$1 million each (in federal taxpayer money) to pause before the start of games and salute the city’s “hometown heroes,” according to nj.com.

Agreements also include advertising on stadium screens and sideline ‘Coaches Club’ seats for soldiers.

Congress and the President recently imposed strict caps on military spending as part of an austere new budget.

The military has defended the funding it provides to the NFL, stating that it is an effective recruitment tool for soldiers.

“Promoting and increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of military service in the New Jersey Army National Guard increases the propensity for service in our ranks,” National Guard spokesman Patrick Daugherty told nj.com, referring to the $377,000 the Jets received from the Jersey Guard between 2011-2014.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-pentagon-pays-the-nfl-millions-to-honor-veterans-at-games-2015-5#ixzz3acSUO6gc

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The NWO and the Rise of the Praetorian Class…

As I have increasingly begun to understand the depths to which the “war on terror” has always been intended to be used not to keep the public safe from genuine Terror threats, but to impose a host of Draconian measures upon ordinary citizens in the progression towards global governance, one aspect that has continued to both amaze and baffle me are the questions related to the realization that the so-called “elites” are absolutely incapable of ever truly creating any sort of “New World Order” without the compliance and assistance of a comparatively large subsection of the “regular people”, in order to physically enforce any given tyrannical system. They can print all the fiat currency they like, and pass a myriad of executive orders, pork-filled bills, Supreme Court rulings, etc., but ultimately, unless there is some kind of boots-on-the-ground method of enforcement, the fact remains that it would still be quite easy for millions of people to finally get fed up and oust a tiny handful of corrupt bankers, political leaders, and corporate heads. They need a human buffer…

And this was what really perplexed me for some time. After several years of hearing source after source point to the same chilling conclusions that some kind of martial law was eventually planned for America and elsewhere by the globalist elites, I still would get hung up on trying to understand just how it would be possible to ever convince soldiers of any sovereign nation to actually militarily occupy their own people, their own cities, their own neighborhoods, their own friends and families. After all, it’s one thing to understand how events like 9/11 were effective in convincing thousands of troops to occupy the streets of Kabul or Baghdad for years on end, but New York? Los Angeles…?

Of course, there are lots of examples we can point to now where there have been short glimpses of this. The WTO protests in Seattle in 99. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The “man-hunt” after the Boston Bombing. Ferguson. And now add Baltimore to that list.

But speaking of Baltimore, what prompted me to sit down and start writing about this specifically, was listening to the latest Revelations Radio News podcast (which I am absolutely addicted to), “Episode 151: End the Drug War”. In this episode, co-host Andrew Hoffman reads the entirety of an excellent article from vice.com called “David Simon Talks About Where the Baltimore Police Went Wrong”, in which Simon (also creator of the HBO series “The Wire”) calls from his years of experience as a police journalist in Baltimore in order to outline how the Drug War played a major factor in turning the police force into a “mechanism of societal control”. Really fantastic piece.

Then shortly after, I did some searching and found this absolutely phenomenal article called “Rise of the Praetorian Class” by Pete Kofod. Honestly, I am very tempted to simply paste the entire article here but I think that might be a tad lengthy. Essentially Kofod outlines a breakdown of society whereby instead of classifying folks into the three basic economic camps of lower, middle, and upper class, there are three classes of people defined far more by internal motivations and self-identity than their purchasing power.

“Much attention has been paid to the “disappearing middle class” and the “vanishing American Dream.” While the observations are largely accurate, they are also misleading. The traditional three-tier model of the upper, middle and lower class broadly categorizes people according to income and net worth. One significant problem with this model is that membership in any particular class is very much in the eye of the beholder. One man’s “scraping by” is another man’s “opulent living.” This subjective and arbitrary grouping and boundary assessment inevitably gives rise to the simmering class warfare that is starting to rear its ugly head in many Western countries. Such categorization is therefore meaningless at best, if not outright deceptive as it conflates a variety of economic actors.

The chief fallacy of this model rests in the fact that it focuses on how much those actors are compensated, as opposed to how and why they are compensated. A far better perspective is perhaps gained using two classes, the Political Class and the Economic Class, with a third class emerging.” (the Praetorian class…)

Simply stated, the “Economic Class” is us, and the “Political Class” are the Elites. Bit of an over-simplification I’ll admit, but again, it’s a measurement based on degrees of true power and influence, rather than just money. Already I’d say this represents a far more accurate description of how the populace is truly segregated, but let’s look more closely at what Kofod has to say about the Praetorian class, and the psychology behind them:

Legions and Lictors – the Praetorian Class

“The Praetorian Class includes members of the Armed Services, federal, state and local law enforcement personnel as well as numerous militarized officials including agents from the DEA, Immigrations, Customs Enforcement, Air Marshalls, US Marshalls, and more. It also includes, although to a lesser extent, various stage actors in the expanding security theater such as TSA personnel. The main mission of the Praetorian Class is to keep the order of the day. This requires displaying an intimidating presence in their interactions with the Economic Class.

As the Praetorian Class ascends, the clear, albeit unstated, message that emerges is that actions and events in the Economic Class only occur with its tacit consent. Whether driving on roads, traveling in the air, visiting public land, walking down the street or even living in your own home, every action you take is predicated on its permission. By preconditioning the populace to enforcement of its edicts, most of which are completely arbitrary, the Praetorian Class sets itself up for a high degree of autonomy in its actions. This is confirmed by the fact that consequences for malfeasance within the Praetorian Class are almost never observed, and when it happens, it typically becomes a grotesque spectacle in which one of their own is sacrificed as an example, so as to keep appearances of effective internal controls.

Members of the Praetorian Class are typically recruited from the Economic Class and usually from the lower socio-economic spectrum, which offers them an opportunity for personal and professional gain that otherwise might be out of their reach. Early on in the training and indoctrination process, a strong emphasis is placed on teamwork and advancing the welfare of the team above the individual. While independent thought is never overtly discouraged, the fact is that questioning authority and failing to display complete loyalty to the team results in censure, shunning and even expulsion. Naturally, the recruit learns in short order which behavior is rewarded and responds accordingly. This forges a lifelong, unbreakable bond between the brothers-in-arms. This bond can be observed when people proudly display unit insignia and decorations decades after their departure from service.”

The article goes on to make many more very insightful points about the Praetorian mindset, such as “as the members of the Praetorian Class socially distance themselves from both their origins and their masters, even though they are paid to do their bidding, a new group identity among them emerges“, and how senior members of the Praetorian class might be invited in to join the Political Class, and so on. But I don’t think it takes a great deal of reflection to really recognize how so many of the things Kofod describes have truly been fostered and propelled further and further in the context of the last several decades, perhaps even over the last century or so.

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The Military/Industrial Complex had the Cold War, Local Law Enforcement had the Drug War. Both created and controlled scenarios which (amongst other things) served to bolster the spending for such arenas, but also to maintain and fortify a social identity for both subgroups which was distinct from “ordinary civilians”. Then 9/11 was the match that lit the fire designed to burn and slowly melt away the division between the two. Tours in Iraq and Afghanistan gave American soldiers experience not in fighting uniformed soldiers of some other super-power with tanks and missiles of their own, but plain-clothed “enemy combatants” with I.E.D.’s and using “unconventional warfare”. These eventually became openly labeled as “wars of occupation”, and after dragging on for years, the tired troops eventually started coming home, bringing much of the specially-designed, IED-proofed MRAPs and other hardware home with them. (the rest was left for the next incarnation of CIA-sponsored terrorists to scoop up)

10375675_642528995834869_1967842546_nAnother factor which began in earnest after 9/11 was the psychological conditioning of the “economic class” (i.e. “civilians”) to revere the Praetorians. The whole “heroes” meme. “Thank you for your service” became an ingrained maxim of expected civil participation. The military, police officers, fire-fighters and almost anyone in uniform were elevated to a such a status of quasi-worship that to question anything about what the government was doing was tantamount to spitting on the honor of these brave, self-sacrificing souls. (A psy-op which to this day continues to play a major role in the intellectual dissonance preventing most people from even looking at the copious amount of evidence regarding things like 9/11 being an “inside job”, and so much else…)

Then only a few years ago, we start hearing about how the Obama administration is “cleaning house” among all the top military brass. Seasoned generals are suddenly being let go left and right without any external explanation. Only military leaders who appear to have passed some secret sniff test are kept in place. There are reports of the government buying up massive quantities of hollow-point ammo, and survival rations. Then last year, ISIS suddenly “appears” out of nowhere in the Middle East and takes over parts of Iraq and Syria (which coincidentally the White House and Pentagon were pushing to bomb, but failed) and we also had that bizarre period where the southern U.S. border was basically opened wide in order to let in all these “refugee children” from Central and South America that allegedly had suddenly showed up on the door step.

And now we are weeks away from Jade Helm…

Has a true “Praetorian class” been sufficiently created to the degree where they would now really, truly, blindly obey orders to the point of openly disregarding Posse Comitatus, trouncing upon the fundamental tenets of the Constitution, and treating the “economic class” as though we were suddenly the real enemy…?