[These reviews were reprinted with permission from Citizine. ~Ed.]
Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned #5 & #6
Fall 2003 / Spring 2004
Editor: Jacob David
PO Box 3050, Eureka, CA 95502
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- Eric Blair
Why would I bury the story of the century in the back of the magazine as a mere zine review? Well, this one is a doozy. This zine goes "all-out" in exposing the Bush Administration, and there's no room in here for cheesy interviews with bands you've never heard of, or uninspiring microscopic record reviews. This is all about facts and evidence from the Sept. 11, 2001, crimes, that have been swept under the mass media rug.
September 11, 2001, was a historic day, and as such, has been compared to other famous days. In late 2001, many pro-war cheerleaders compared the events of 9/11, to Pearl Harbor, the "surprise" attack by the Japanese on U.S. warships stationed in Hawai'i in December 1941, an episode which ushered in war between America and the Axis.
Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned offers a wholly different perspective. Editor Jacob David contends that on closer examination of the consequences of both events, observers will find a closer parallel between the "9/11 attacks" that struck New York and the Pentagon some months after George W. Bush became President, and the "Reichstag Fire" that burned down the German parliament in 1933, a month after Hitler had assumed elected office.
Dr. Jerry Russell summed up the events of the "Reichstag Fire," a huge national crisis in Germany that newly-installed Chancellor Adolf Hitler used to full effect to enhance his own power: "The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down. A dazed Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is [accused]. Apparently, by and large, the German public believed Hitler was telling the truth: the Enabling Act was passed giving Hitler a dictator's powers -- and in the general election a few days later, the National Socialists cemented their hold over the German government. Communist leaders stood trial, accused of participating in a vast conspiracy to destroy the Reichstag -- and by extension, the German people themselves."
Nero Fiddled contends that the Bush Administration's response to 9/11 bears strong resemblance to Hitler's response to the Fire. While Hitler sought out Communist terrorists to gain total control over the reins of power, George Bush has expanded government control and spying powers by fighting "Islamic terrorists." A month after the Fire, the Nazis pushed through the "Law for Terminating the Suffering of People and Nation" (known to historians as "The Enabling Act") to give the Führer his due powers to protect the people and suspend liberties, while President Bush's Republicans twisted arms to pass the USA PATRIOT Act within weeks of 9/11, giving his men "new tools" to fight dissent and terrorism.
Though it is widely believed nowadays, it has never been proven certainly that the Nazis actually set the Reichstag Fire that unleashed the political crisis allowing Hitler to concentrate power. And although Rupert Murdoch's New York Post (normally a Republican ally) had the audacity to print "BUSH KNEW" as a cover story in May 2002, this certainly has not been proven either, four years after the events. It has been shown, however, that the official story of the "9/11 Attacks," as put forth by the U.S. government's 9/11 Commission, is highly questionable.
Write to Jacob David today, and he'll send you his review of the must-see documentary 911 - In Plane Site. The film, produced by Dave Von Kleist and William Lewis, uses photos, interviews, and live television footage (shown only once, and then never again, on T.V. news stations CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and CBS) to examine the events of the day in a new light. The most convincing case in the movie is probably Von Kleist's probe into whether a huge 757 filled with jet fuel could have made the damage found at the Pentagon.
Video footage and photographs taken immediately after the Pentagon was struck at about 9:40 a.m., show no sizable plane wreckage to be seen (luggage, people, engines, wings, a tail fin) and make it hard to believe that a 757 could have caused the damage, unless the plane and all the passengers somehow "disintegrated" within the Pentagon structure. Additionally, photos with the first firemen on the scene show that the roof of the Pentagon did not collapse for another twenty minutes, and that the damage done to the Pentagon appears to be a circular hole too small for a 757 jetliner to fit through.
Nero publisher Jacob David also reprints correspondence from concerned readers from around the world, and provides addresses and contact info which could be helpful for other zinemasters trying to get the word out. Send Jacob three stamps and you'll get a cool zine of your very own. Spread the word.
Warning #1 & #2
PO Box 40113, Portand, OR 97240-0113
To see the world in black and white, you must read Warning fanzine. Warning zine is composed of recycled paper doused in soy or vegetable-based ink. Since everything is either pure black or no ink at all, at first glance the text and photos appear to suffer the effects of previous generations of xeroxed ancestors, prophets' words handed down through the ages till no gray remained. But look closer and you will see this full contrast is intentional, as is the thick, quality paper and professional stapled bindery.
In the music department, this zine focuses on the crustiest edges of the worldwide punk rock scene, looking back at the origins of the scene, along with interviews with newer bands. There is Contatto from Italy 2005, and Wretched from Italy 1985. There is Hellshock who just put out the great Warlord EP, and then an interesting look at Discharge's controversial 1987 U.S. tour, where they shocked audiences with their new metal sound and refused to play any early classics.
Warning zine also gets into its own radical truthtelling about "America's Reichstag Fire," drawing parallels between the planings of 2001, and the fire of 1933. Each event served the government in power as "an opportunity to introduce their agenda of constant centralisation of power through the technique of problem-reaction-solution." The editor also makes a list of some of the internationalist groups that have supported and guided the Bush Administration's war policies since 9/11, groups like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, and the Club of Rome, among others.
After the September 11 attacks, to show people that this war was going to last a long time, President Bush compared his newly christened "War on Terror" to World War II,which last four years once the U.S.A. officially got involved. Four years later, the President is now comparing the War on Terror to the "Cold War" which lasted more than forty years.
On New Year's Day 2045, with the War on Terror now lasting even longer than the Cold War, will President-elect George P. Bush assure a war-weary, peace-loving America that the neverending, liberty-devouring, total control, photo-enforced War on Terror is actually most like the Hundred Years War? Would this buy the politicians a little more time?
Basic facts of the Reichstag Fire, 1933
By Orville R. Weyrich, Jr.
January 30, 1933
Weimar Republic President Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler to be Chancellor.
February 27, 1933
The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down. A dazed Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is found at the scene and charged with arson. [He is later found guilty and executed].
February 28, 1933
President Hindenburg and Chancellor Hitler invoke Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which permits the suspension of civil liberties in time of national emergency. This Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and State abrogates the following constitutional protections:
• Free expression of opinion
• Freedom of the press
• Right of assembly and association
• Right to privacy of postal and electronic communications
• Protection against unlawful searches and seizures
• Individual property rights
• States' right of self-government
A supplemental decree creates the SA (Storm Troops) and SS (Special Security) Federal police agencies.
Who Did It?
Historians do not agree on who is actually responsible for the Reichstag Fire: van der Lubbe acting alone -- a Communist plot -- or the Nazis themselves in order to create an incident.
But regardless of who actually planned and executed the fire, it is clear that the Nazis immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their cause at the expense of civil rights. The Decree enabled the Nazis to ruthlessly suppress opposition in the upcoming election.
March 5, 1933
National elections give Nazis 44% plurality in the Reichstag. Herman Göring [who later played a central role in the Nazi government and war effort] declares that there is no further need for State governments.
Over the next few weeks, each of the lawful Weimar State governments falls to the same ruse: local Nazi organizations instigate disorder, and the disorder is quelled by replacing the elected state government by appointed Nazi Reich Commissioners.
March 24, 1933
The Reichstag passes the Law for Terminating the Suffering of People and Nation, also known as the Enabling Law, essentially granting Adolf Hitler dictatorial power.
The events in 1933 can be summarized as follows:
While it is not clear whether the Nazis intentionally set the Reichstag fire in order to create a national crisis, or whether the Nazis simply were opportunistic, the event was used as justification for a sharp curtailment in constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.
It is clear that in other situations, the Nazis did use the tactic of creating a "law and order" crisis so that they could provide a solution which further eroded civil liberties and entrenched their power.
The Nazis also took advantage of the additional Federal police powers to suppress opponents.
The point is that a democracy can be destroyed by creating a law-and-order crisis and offering as a 'solution' the abdication of civil liberties and state's rights to a powerful but unaccountable central authority.
Orville Weyrich is a candidate to represent
Arizona Congressional District 5 in the
US House of Representatives.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org