by Jonette Crowley, copyright 2011
In my quest not to be hypnotized about current events by government, media, or popular opinions, I’ve been allowing myself to be guided to books that tell inconvenient truths. Last week I read and was spell-bound by the book by Susan Lindauer: Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq. The bottom line is that Susan was a life-long peace activist and spiritual person who, because of her contacts with officials in Iraq and Libya, became a “back-channel” asset working for CIA handlers to negotiate tricky issues between those countries and the U.S.. Because of her intelligence work she warned the Bush administration, prior to 9/11, about an imminent attack to lower Manhattan–most likely the World Trade Center–that would involve hijacked airplanes. No one listened. Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi officials had already approved a plan for peace. There didn’t need to be a war. Once Susan started talking and the Bush administration didn’t like what she was saying, she was arrested under the Patriot Act and thrown in prison for a year…without a trial! She was nearly forced to be drugged in prison so she “would forget her past.” I plan to continue to read books and blogs that open up the blinders so that I can begin to see truth…even if it isn’t what I want to hear. If we say we want secrets to be out in the open, corruption revealed, and the light to shine in all the dark corners, we must inform ourselves. The energy of our awakening can have a bigger impact than we know.