TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A political expert based in the US city of Atlanta described freedom in the country as "shallow and fake" and said if Washington denies something requested by Israel, pressure groups like AIPAC and the ADL go to work "interfering" in US domestic affairs.
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"For the best example of how shallow and fake freedom is, look at when Israel wants something from the US," Jim W. Dean, the managing editor of VeteransToday.com, told Tasnim in an interview.
"If the particular government ministry denies their request, then pressure groups like AIPAC and the ADL go to work "interfering" in US domestic affairs via our compromised Congress that cannot stand up to a little country in the Mideast the size of metro Atlanta," he added.
Jim Dean is a regular geopolitical commentator on various media outlets around the world. He and Sr. Editor Gordon Duff have begun their own bridge building campaign with Iranian university youth via Skype conferences. Jim comes from an old military family going back to the American Revolution.
Following is the full text of the interview:
Tasnim: Some Western powers which call themselves defenders of freedom of speech and interfere in the internal affairs of independent countries under this pretext have acted differently when it comes to their own countries. In the latest instance, the US voiced its support for violent protests in various sovereign states around the world ranging from Iran, Iraq, and Venezuela to China's Hong Kong. However, many critics slam the lack of free expression in the US, itself. What do you think?
Dean: The power of the State is inherently corrupt, primarily due to special interests that wield huge political power over government through their power of campaign donations. Both Democrats and Republicans line up shoulder to shoulder when it comes to their slogan of "pursuing our interests." They love the vague term because they can interpret it any way needed to fit the situation.
The most common application is to remove a government not subservient to US business interests that want to asset strip a foreign country. If Russia would prefer a US president less Russophobic, then that would be presented as an attack on the foundation of US democracy.
For the best example of how shallow and fake freedom is, look at when Israel wants something from the US. If the particular government ministry denies their request, then pressure groups like AIPAC and the ADL go to work "interfering" in US domestic affairs via our compromised Congress that cannot stand up to a little country in the Mideast the size of metro Atlanta.
Tasnim: If an academic association in the US criticizes Washington's Israeli policy, it will lose its federal funding. That is the message the Department of Education recently sent with its threat to withdraw federal support for the Consortium for Middle East Studies, operated jointly by Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, if it does not alter the content of its programming, according to a recent report published by the Guardian. How do assess academic freedom in the US?
Dean: Academics are free to pursue anything they want unless it upsets a powerful business or political entity whose support is deemed valuable to local, state, and federal elected politicians, especially those who seek higher office with bigger campaign bills.
This has gotten so bad that Israel operatives came out with a new plan. Instead of having to do the lobbying work to coerce Congress to block something they do not like, they conspired with Congressional people they controlled and came up with this plan to actually make it illegal to speak out politically against Israel, e.g. for Americans who support the BDS movement, by classifying it as a violation of our hate laws.
The Israel Lobby focused on getting these anti-BDS bills passed in State legislatures first to establish a political momentum to carry it up to the federal level. Any state politician voting against it knew they would be targeted with an Israeli Lobby funded opponent. So far, no one has brought a challenge to the US Supreme Court, where our Constitution's First Amendment on freedom of speech will be ultimately judged to be real or subject to veto by Israel and its political terrorism operation inside the US.
Tasnim: The French government's crackdown on yellow vest demonstrators is another example that refutes the world power's claim to be a defender of freedom of speech. The protests began a year ago over high fuel prices but evolved into a broader social movement over income inequality and President Emmanuel Macron's leadership. How do you assess the crackdown and the free expression situation in the Western European country?
Dean: The French are in much better shape than Americans, with the Israelis having subverted our own government, and with no effective enforcement from our security organizations, which is a sad story in itself. There have been no protests in America on the scale of the Yellow Vests since our Vietnam War, where many of our Veterans Today colleagues were involved.
Where the Yellow Vests have a chance to win is in joining with other citizen groups with a variety of interests, because they understand that only with bigger numbers can they really pressure the State to heed their demands.
France is looking at major strikes, starting with a railroad strike on Thursday, which I do not support as the workers are demanding to keep their retirement age of 50, which is ridiculous, a form of worker elitism. Farmers are protesting, as they end up having to work until they no longer can.
If these groups can pull together, they have a chance to bring Macron down, but huge multi-faction strikes also hurt the general public, where the strikers need their support.