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"The history of mankind is a history of the subjugation and exploitation of a great majority of people by an elite few by what has been appropriately termed the 'ruling class'. The ruling class has many manifestations. It can take the form of a religious orthodoxy, a monarchy, a dictatorship of the proletariat, outright fascism, or, in the case of the United States, corporate statism. In each instance the ruling class relies on academics, scholars and 'experts' to legitimize and provide moral authority for its hegemony over the masses."
&mdash Ed Crane

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
&mdash Benito Mussolini

"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."
"How can you liberate people by killing them?"
— Voltaire

"Then once you release the weapons, that's a good feeling. It's a good feeling to have the bombs come off the jet. As to who the target is, we don't necessarily care about that. We follow the orders that we're given, drop the targets that we need to hit"
— Capt. Chris Wachter, B-1 Pilot, 4/8/03

"We shoot them down like the morons they are."
— Brig. Gen. John Kelly, 4/8/03

"A compassionate country has an obligation to wage it as humanely as possible, and that is exactly what we are doing."
— Victoria Clarke, ASD PA, DoD News Briefing, 4/8/03

"Free societies do not intimidate through cruelty and conquest, and open societies do not threaten the world with mass murder."
— George W Bush, Speech at UN, 9/02

"You see people who are tasting, for the first time in their lives, what freedom is."
— U.S. Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, 3/2703

"What a stupendous, incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment ... inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose."
— Thomas Jefferson

"It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable."
— Eric Hoffer

"You see what power is— holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them!"
— Amy Tan

Probe Suggests Marines Hid Haditha Evidence

A Pentagon investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha has found possible concealment or destruction of evidence by U.S. Marines involved in the case, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Two Defense Department officials briefed on the investigation said the unit's logbook had been tampered with and an incriminating video taken by an aerial drone was not given to investigators until a top-ranking commander in Iraq intervened, the newspaper reported.

The findings, based on an investigation by Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell, draws no conclusions about who may have tampered with the log and does not directly accuse Marines of attempting a cover-up, The New York Times said.

It said the report, concluded last month but not made public, is the first time details about possible concealment or destruction of evidence have been disclosed.

The Pentagon had no immediate comment.

U.S. Marines have been accused of killing 24 unarmed Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005, one of a series of incidents in which U.S. troops are suspected of killing Iraqi civilians.

Two investigations were initiated into the Haditha case -- a murder inquiry and a probe into the Marines' procedures following the killings.

The Bargewell report was sent to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Times report said.

According to the newspaper, the report faults officers in the Second Marine Division for not aggressively investigating the Haditha killings.

The defense officials were quoted as saying the report also found commanders had created a climate that minimized the importance of Iraqi lives, particularly in Haditha, where insurgent attacks were rampant, The New York Times said.

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the new top Marine general in U.S. Central Command, is due to decide on whether charges are warranted, officials said this week.