July 02, 2009

C.I.A. Crucifixions: This isn't Your Father’s World

Call me an “extremist,” but something seems a little off to me. According to documents recently released from the Pentagon, the C.I.A. is now in the crucifixion business. Of all the big name magazines, The New Yorker was the only publisher to cover the story and it was buried back on page 6 of the June 22nd issue. On the web, Time Magazine had described how a tortured prisoner, "the Iceman" was kept frozen "in order to hide the true circumstances of his dying." L.A. Times also covered many of the prison abuse cases ending in death. I love what America once stood for, but I'm saddened by the direction my country is headed in and the same for society in general.

The New Yorker describes some details from a Pentagon report: “A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs…Military pathologists classified the case a homicide.” What’s the main difference between the kind of crucifixion the Iraqi prisoner experienced and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in ancient Rome? Jesus had a trial.

The details of the article were obtained through a Freedom of Information lawsuit which included 44 death reports. According to the ACLU “This covers just a fraction of the total number of Iraqis and Afghanis who have died while in U.S. custody.” Mayer also points out: “No criminal charges have ever been brought against any C.I.A. officer involved in the torture program, despite the fact that at least three prisoners interrogated by agency personnel died as a result of mistreatment.”

The brutality in these secret prisons seems shocking on the one hand, but, then again, it doesn’t seem so shocking considering society's general loss of moral consciousness and the complete disconnect between the principles the US once stood for and where it is now. This morning I had an opportunity to speak to a group of Ukrainian English teachers in my wife’s institute. They asked me some of the differences between schools in Ukraine and schools in the US. One of the main differences I pointed out is that in Ukraine you can express your opinion. As a teacher, you can say "I believe God created the universe," but in America, which was founded upon ideals of freedom and democracy, teachers often lose their jobs for simply expressing their opinions while students often end up with failing grades for doing the same. Film “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” documents this reality clearly.

So where is the world headed? The Bible spelled it all out in the book of Daniel. It’s a long story, but basically the king of Babylon had a dream of a statue that was made up of four different metals with clay mixed into the feet. Daniel interpreted the dream as a representation of four sequential world kingdoms. To cut to the chase, the fourth kingdom was represented by the legs and feet of the statue. Here’s a description: “And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.” (Dan 2.40 NKJV) This iron kingdom represents the Roman Empire which was incredibly powerful at the height of its power around the II Century AD. The text continues “Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.” (V41) The Roman Empire weakened through internal corruption and eventually divided into the Eastern and Western branches, like the two legs of the statue. But, unlike the other three kingdoms, the Roman Empire was not defeated by one specific enemy. Its decline is truly a mystery. Professor Alexander Demandt published a collection of 210 theories on why Rome fell. Historian Edward Gibbon concluded that the Eastern Roman Empire was still going on strong until the Fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453. This would give it a smooth transition and overlap with contemporary Western civilization. So where does that put us today?

According to the interpretation by Daniel, the feet of clay and ten toes mark the final stage of the same kingdom before Christ returns. Daniel 7:23-25 and Revelation 17.12 further describe “ten horns” and “ten kings.” Does that refer specifically to anything in modern history? Consider that In 1973, a report by the Club of Rome entitled “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System” divided the world into ten regions. So what is the Club of Rome and the purpose of the ten regions? The Club of Rome was officially formed in 1968 by leaders in various fields to create a solution to the limited resources of the world. The ten regions were defined as a means for political and economic governance. The European Union and the plan for the North American Union coincide with this agenda. In 1976, they published “RIO: Reshaping the International Order” which calls for the redistribution of wealth, among other things.

A new paradigm is unfolding that is very different from the world your father grew up in. In their 1972 book “the Limits to Growth,” the Club outlined the issue of world population growth but also outlined the desire to circumvent the democratic political process: “The Club of Rome also will encourage the creation of a world forum where statesmen, policy-makers, and scientists can discuss the dangers and hopes for the future global system without the constraints of formal intergovernmental negotiation." (Italics added)

Long before the Club of Rome even existed, groups and organizations have been planning how to circumvent the democratic process and establish their aim of world government. The United Nations with its Agenda 21, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the Counsel on Foreign Relations, are some examples. President George Bush circumvented the democratic process when he met secretly with the leaders of Canada and Mexico in 2005 towards the creation of the North American Union.

The writing on the wall is getting clearer and clearer each day. It's obvious that free market capitalism and democracy are on the way out. A recent proposal to simply audit the Federal Reserve and see what’s going on was met with horror from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who threatened that results would be “highly destructive.” Why is that? Are the books not in order? It may have something to do with the very nature of the Fed's operations. The chief architect of the Federal Reserve, J. Paul Warburg, is on record as stating before the US Senate in 1950: “We shall have World Government, whether or not ... The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” Well, it looks like its going to be door number one, “conquest!

So the Fed considers itself above accountability. Who else does? Obviously the C.I.A. does. There is no reason to believe that abuses in secret prisons will not continue. What about the office of the president? With increasing evidence of complicity regarding 9-11-01, is there any possibility of seeing an unobstructed investigation into the truth? It seems doubtful. As the New World Order is entering its seminal phase, the US seems to be entering its final phase. It’s pretty sad. You can see many of the examples at this link:

Like the prison suspect in Iraq, free market capitalism and democracy are being slowly crucified. For appearance sake, it would be best if the death appeared natural, but really, all you have to do is look at the details. Is there any good news at all in this artcile, you may be wondering? Well, life will be a lot easier because the whole world will use the metric system. And if you survive the population reduction then you'll probably have a free medical plan. No, that's not the good news. The good news is the cross of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote: "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." (Gal 6.4) The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was one of the main focuses of his life. It is because the cross is the means by which we may pass from spiritual death to spiritual life. If you sincerely believe that Christ died for your sins on the cross, as the gospel declares, there's nothing stopping you from receiving His gift of forgiveness and eternal life through His Holy Spirit. Daniel went on to describe the establishment of God's kingdom: “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Dan 2.44).

After writing the article, someone asked me to define what exactlly a death by crucifixion means and I thnk it's a good question. The professional forensic examiner assessed the Iraqi prisoner's death as a "crucifixion" stating: “... he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs…" The actual cause of death in a crucifixion is usually asphyxiation, a lack of breath . As the body hangs from its arms, it becomes impossible to inhale and exhale. The Romans placed a small wooden platform beneath the person's feet in order to stand once in a while and catch a breath. When the person became too exhausted to stand, there would be a lack of oxygen and death. Webster's Dictionary's second definition of crucifixion states: "The state of one who is nailed or fastened to a cross; death upon a cross." Nails are not necessary. There's no video evidence of exactly how the Iraqi prisoner was hung. But the main attributes of one who has been crucified are not nail holes but evidences of being hung by the arms and dying from a slow and prolonged process of asphyxiation. This was the "state" the prisoner was found in. The photo on the right seems more like some kind of electric shock treatment but is one graphic example of what has been going on in the Iraqi prisons.

Do you believe torture, or "enhanced interrogation techniques" resulting in prisoner deaths without trials are justified? Do you believe that America is disconnected from what it once stood for, things like, truth, justice, freedom and democracy? Do you see the decline of America in any way related to the rise of the New World Order? Do these types of things make you more hopeful for Christ's return?

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