establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new inthe American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the federal government. We recognize theimperative need for this development. Yet
we must not fail to recognize its graveimplications
. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or our democratic processes.
Here we have a career military officer, and sitting US President warning the nation in hisfinal farewell speech, that something called “unwarranted influence by the military-industrialcomplex” poses an extremely dangerous threat to our Free Republic society. According toEisenhower, this threat “exists and will persist.”To President Eisenhower, in January of 1961, this evil was a much greater threat to Americathan Castro’s Cuba or Kruschev’s Soviet Union. What exactly could have happened in the“military-industrialist” establishment that would have causedEisenhower to issue such a strongly worded warning? Improved machine gun production? Nope. Battleship production? Nope. Nuclear submarines? Nope. Proliferation of nuclear warheads? A concern of course, but a concern that most Americans were fully aware of. No, obviously what caused Eisenhower such deep concern had to be something much more pervasively shadowy, dark and secret.
Some new, covert, technology
had clearly emergedthat had the very real potential to provide certain individuals with the “acquisition of unwarranted influence” that in turn would “endanger our liberties or our democratic processes” (i.e., our free and fair
). In other words, it had the clear potential tocircumvent the voice of the people and completely empower un-elected power mongers.Eisenhower, I would submit, was warning America about something called the
“Sound of Silence”
.Eisenhower was an honest and patriotic American. Like Marine Corp General
, who decades earlier declared to Congress that “War is a Racket,” Ike knew that suchabsolute power and total covert control over the minds and hearts of individual citizens wouldcorrupt society absolutely. He also knew and understood, as did the German philosopher Goethe:
“No man is more hopelessly enslaved, than he who falsely believes that he is free.”
Therefore, he issued his strong, concluding warning to America. Today, this author must dono less.The Sound of Silence is a military-intelligence code word for certain
psychotronic weaponsof mass mind-control
tested in the mid-1950s, perfected during the 70s, and usedextensively by the “modern” US military in the early 90s, despite the opposition andwarnings issued by men such as Dwight David Eisenhower.