Submitted by Terence Blackett
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, number or name” Rev 13: 17.
The Latin phrase ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ which means “condemnation of memory” based on the formulation of an archaic judgment made upon individuals which removes their works, sentiments and memories of who they were from the annuls of the public record with the sole intent of a form of “dishonorable discharge” – where a person’s personal records were expunged having been passed by the Roman Senate as dissenters, traitors & subversives who discredited, maligned or leaked the secrets of the Roman State.
The 1st Reich was seen as The Holy Roman Empire – geographical and political enclaves which were a continuity of the Roman Empire in Europe that started in the lands ruled by Charlemagne.
The 2nd Reich, also known as The German Empire, ruled by the Hohenzollern dynasty, in the areas known as Prussia and Brandenburg, from 1871 to 1919, then fell with the ending of World War I. During this “Reich” the “Iron Chancellor” Otto Von Bismarck united Germany, and set the roots for what was World War I. The 2nd Reich under Hohenzollern Germany, from the unification of Germany following the Franco-Prussian War (1870 – 1871) and the crowning of Wilhelm I as German Emperor at the Palace of Versailles, with Otto von Bismarck as the first Reichskanzler, to the abdication of Wilhelm II in 1919 following the German defeat in WW1.
Then enters a period known as the Weimar Republic, from 1919 to 1933 (called sometimes the pre-3rd Reich). The 3rd Reich (from 1933 to 1945), called Nazi Germany, under Hitler control – a term most likely taken from the book “Das Dritte Reich” published by Arthur Möller van den Bruck (1876 – 1925) in 1923. He called it the 3rd Reich because he thought that under his leadership Germany could reunite the old Holy Roman Empire, bringing Germany back to its glory days. This Reich was terminated with the fall of Germany at the end of World War II.
In the 21st century landscape, we are witnessing the emergence of the 4th Reich – an Elitist corollary of a “Fourth Estate” who claim that in order to keep us safe from “TERROR & CRIME” they must be the self-anointed, postmodernist vanguard that implements “Snooper’s Charters”; curtailment of civil liberties; and the infringement and abridgement of our human rights by an Elite intelligentsia who sole modus agendi is to ‘spy’, ‘intrude’ and ‘monitor’ every single move every human being makes on the planet.
In Barbados this past week, what we have witnessed are on-going attempts by an international elite under the guise of our current government to have announced biometric monitoring which include finger-printing technologies of everyone coming and going out of the island which merely fulfils the NSA’s & GCHQ’s cyber-electronic surveillance, DNA genotyping, biometric fingerprinting IRIS scans, footprint technology and human leukocyte antigen data pools – orchestrating the pretext for full Caribbean monitoring and data storage of the 40 million persons who live in these idyllic island states.
Alexis de Tocqueville in his ground-breaking work – “Democracy in America” in chapter 15 answers a very important question in an age where governments are instituting all kinds of biometric technologies which include all of the above and more – a whole sleuth of insidious mass surveillance techniques of meta data compilations to supposedly avert any plot, presage and portent acts of crimes or terror in a Minority Report type “Predictive Technology” which will be rolled out across every country on the planet very soon.
Tocqueville argued that while the Elite anciently would attack the person in order to subdue his soul – he believes that today: “Such is not the course adopted by tyranny in democratic republics; there the body is left free and the soul is enslaved. The master no longer says: “You shall think as I do, or you shall die”; but he says, “You are free to think differently from me and to retain your life, your property, and all that you possess; but you are henceforth a stranger among your people… Your fellow-creatures will shun you like an impure being; and even those who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they should be shunned in their turn.”
This form of ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ today which is a form of “Pornification” have been seen as a result of information “leaks” by Julian Assange and Wikileaks & the on-going self-imposed, forced incarceration of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London; the self-exile of Edward Snowden in Russia and the 35 year imprisonment of Bradley Manning by US military establishment for handing those files over to Assange. Fallout from both the NSA and GCHQ revelations, as well as the (mis) trial of Mr. Manning, convicted of leaking those classified documents to WikiLeaks poignantly reminds us that ‘BIG BROTHER is watching you’ but also, as British Home Secretary Theresa May ask BRITS to spy on eachother during this time of Islamic Jihad radicalization posits the idea that ‘BIG BROTHER is you watching’ everyone else. Sinister indeed!
One can safely argue that in 2016, George Orwell’s ‘1984’ have become the ‘Brave New World’ of Aldous Huxley but with much more sinister overtures. This “vapourization” of “unpersons” as cited by Orwell where “He did not exist; he never existed” – a type of ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ is telling of a future world tyrannically held captive by the ever-watchful oppressive gaze of BIG BROTHER – a world of “perpetual war, omnipresent repressive government surveillance and public mind control – a malevolently dystopic fiction that has become a menacingly quotidian reality of death, obfuscation and plausible deniability.
Since George ‘DUBYAH’ Bush’s 9-11 war on terror – we have witnessed extraordinary rendition, imprisonment without trial or Habeas Corpus, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions in Saudi Arabia and across ISIS held territory, breaches in Geneva Convention on torture to extract confessions, the use of Yazidi and Christian hostages as human shields, and the mass deportation of whole populations as are being witnessed across OZ (Australia) and now across Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea into Europe. A deluge of humanity which will have serious repercussion for every nation state on earth!
The acrid aftertaste left in our mouths as a result of BIG BROTHER is vacuously political in its nature. Orwell’s vision of the capitalistic comodification of human life captures a nasty, niggling, nefarious portent for our times – a world with the loss of privacy through intrusive technologies, the relegation and degradation of language, the waging of proxy wars by #AmeriKKKa, Britain et al notwithstanding, the ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ which sees the disappearance and sequestration of political dissidents.
The ‘thought’ Gestapo in concert with the (im) ‘moral’ police pits us in a constant state of combat and turmoil to secure and control the narrative in the public space; the hopelessness of a counter-narrative as a way of moral escape given the mass media’s broadcast of empty speeches and meaningless rallies by politicians and law enforcement over the need for constant surveillance.
Barbados is a small nation state with a population under 300,000 people. According to Bloomberg, Barbados debt load equal to 96% of GDP. The government’s (CAB) Current Account Balance stands at -$276.6 million (2013). Yet despite the dramatic improvement in the tourism industry in the last year, seeing a 14% increase in long stay visitors from UK & Canada et al, the Barbados economy merely grew by a nominal 0.3% in the first 9 months of the year, according to Central Bank numbers. Net new foreign capital inflows were estimated at BDS$417 million (US$208.5 million), down from BDS$542 million (US$271 million) a year ago. The country spent BDS$144 million (US$208.5 million), or about 20% less on fuel although the amount brought in increased by 8% with public debt standing at a whopping 90.5% of GDP (2013).
While immigration remains a huge, all-consuming issue around the world with some in Europe calling it a refugee crisis – the pretext is much deeper underlying the globalization of biometrics and the need to have every person tagged and labelled has become a much more sinister proposition. The question must be asked of the Barbados government as to where the monies are coming from to offset this biometric project given that individuals in the country still aren’t being paid. Is this project being funded by the US or EU governments and to what ends? Freedom of Information and transparency as to how taxpayer’s monies are being spent is crucial to accountability notwithstanding; integrity and openness of foreign investments which seek the control of the data of local citizenry are paramount.
President Bill Clinton in his State of the Union address, on 25th January 1994, said: “we must also work with the private sector to connect every classroom, every clinic, every library, every hospital in America into a NATIONAL INFORMATION SUPER HIGHWAY by the year 2000.” Today, that super highway is fueled and run by the NSA, GCHQ, Interpol, CIA, FBI, Mossad & a whole sleuth of invidious international agencies who according to 6WResearch declare that the Global Biometrics Market is projected to reach some $21.9 billion by 2020.
North America leads the overall biometrics market, where the U.S. is the major revenue generating country in this region. Increasing homeland security, government spending, research and development activities are driving the growth of the U.S. in North American biometrics market which also includes Canada. The key companies in global biometrics market include – Morpho Safran, 3M Cogent, NEC, Suprema, Nuance, Hitachi, Crossmatch Technologies, Iris ID, ZK Technologies and others. Biometrics Technologies include: Fingerprint, Face, IRIS, Hand/Palm-Print, Voice, Vein, Keystroke Dynamics, DNA, GAIT, & Multimodal Biometrics.
The Indian government of Mr. Modi will spends some US$250 billion over next five years on programs aimed at the poor however; the government has approved about $670 million as part of an overall package of several billion dollars to biometrically register its 1.2 billion population.
The Orwellian dystopia of BIG BROTHER foresees a looming global totalitarianism unobtrusively realized by very few people who are awake and alert to the machinations and manipulations of the Elites. As a result, most people will fall victim to an impregnable conspiracy based on ignorance, apathy and refusal to accept certain realities. Orwell suggest that “the people could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.”
40 years ago, few would have envisioned an interconnected ONE-WORLD where a fusion of politics, religion and commerce would be amalgamated into a diabolical whole. That dream is even closer now than at any other time in human history. Yet many will still argue as to the validity of the BIBLE* and the authenticity of Biblical prophecy!
Former Pope Paul VI in an 1967 encyclical on the topic of “The Progress of Peoples” in an entire section titled “Toward an Effective World Authority’’ proclaimed: “This international collaboration on a worldwide scale requires institutions that will prepare, coordinate, and direct it until finally there is established an order of justice which is universally recognized….Who does not see the necessity of thus establishing progressively a world authority, capable of acting effectively in the juridical and political sectors?”
The late Pope John Paul II saw his uniquely ‘divine’ role as the one capable of bringing to reality ‘The World Government’ which is yet to emerge – however, an excerpt from his Catechism declares: “It is the role of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society. The common good of the whole human family calls for an organization of society on the international level.” A dream that may very well come true under the Jesuit Pope Francis!
Stay tuned as it all kicks off!