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Episode 7 – There are four lights!

Today our hosts explore some of the more insidious tactics used by the corporate media to control the public mind. After taking a quick detour to discuss the meaning of “Imminent Threat” they expose the myriad of subtle mental manipulations that the news companies are engaged in attempting do dominate the public narrative.

Conditions for Moral Use of Lethal Force

  1. You cannot be the aggressor. If you started the fight, deadly force is not justified.
  2. You must reasonably fear that you or others will be killed or suffer serious injury.
  3. The threat must be imminent (or certain and immediate). Three criteria must be satisfied simultaneously for a threat to be imminent.
    1. Ability – The attacker must have the means or ability to cause death or serious bodily harm.
    2. Opportunity – The attacker must be in range and proximity at the right time and place. They must simultaneously demonstrate ability in order to have opportunity to cause death or serious bodily harm.
    3. Jeopardy – You must witness aggressive behavior from the attacker. The attacker must threaten and intimidate. You must reasonably believe that you or others will suffer death or serious bodily harm if you do not take action. The condition of jeopardy necessarily requires ability and opportunity to also be demonstrated simultaneously. You cannot justify lethal force by coupling ability and opportunity with past threats (either verbal or behavioral). The threat must be immediate.

Bush National Security Strategy of the United States September 2002 – Changes the Definition of Imminent Threat

For centuries, international law recognized that nations need not suffer an attack before they can lawfully take action to defend themselves against forces that present an imminent danger of attack. Legal scholars and international jurists often conditioned the legitimacy of pre-emption on the existence of an imminent threat—most often a visible mobilization of armies, navies, and air forces preparing to attack. We must adapt the concept of imminent threat to the capabilities and objectives of today’s adversaries…. (Page 15)

Rand Paul (Human) Versus George Stephanopoulos (Cardassian)

Captain Picard: “There are FOUR LIGHTS!!!”

Other Sources Referenced in Episode 7

“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.”

July 6th 1776 – Declaration of Independence

“The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”

Chief Justice John Marshall – McCulloch v. Maryland 1819

The final lines of Orwell’s 1984:

After having betrayed his lover to the state, and she having done the same, Winston’s mind, fully-broken, daydreams, the metaphorical bullet entering his brain.

The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little. The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long hoped-for bullet was entering his brain.

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right,everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

Orwell – 1984
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