The books I recommended on C-SPAN

For those who didn’t catch the titles, here are the books I recommended, in my talk at Amherst, on the Christo-fascist threat posed by Bush/Cheney’s GOP:
Esther Kaplan, With God on Their Side (NY: New Press, 2004), now out in paperback with
an update by the author.
Stephenie Hendricks, Divine Destruction: Wise Use, Dominion Theology, and the Making of American Environmental Policy (Hoboken: Melville House, 2005).
Kevin Phillips, American Theocracy (NY: Viking, 2006).
Michelle Goldberg, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism (NY: W.W. Norton, 2006). This book will be coming out in May.
Mark Crispin Miller, Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order (NY: W.W. Norton,
2004), paperback w/ my new preface out last year.

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  1. Thanky Mark. I wish there was a comprehensive documentary film outlining the far right’s evangelical bedfellows, corporate cronies, military industrial complex, and how a lot of what we’re experiencing now was in the planning under the Reagan/Bush admin for National Security State via the “threat” or “terror.”

    Unfortunately, most will watch a film before they’ll be bothered to read a book.

    I urge all to find a copy of a doc film titled “Cover Up: The Iran Contra Affair.”

  2. Mark –

    I saw you on C-Span Book TV last night and was riveted to my seat. I am familiar with your work from listening to Thom Hartmann.

    Thank you for being so straight forward and plain spoken regarding this issue. Neither did you present your information as an “alarmist.”

    Akavar Dylutra
    Flemington, NJ

  3. Mark, thanks for your very convincing remarks on why the issue of electoral fraud is not partisan, but rather goes to the very principles of the founding of the country. And thanks for posting the book titles.

    So far as I have seen, little has been mentioned about the “plans” in the works for bombing Iran in the context of the religious right. The reason I bring this up is that I recall a few months ago reading about how evangelicals were taking over the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. See:

    “Evangelicals exploit Air Force Academy; military officials interlocked with local activists”
    By Devlin Buckley
    Dec 23, 2005

    Now, the Air Force is the branch of the military that bombs other countries, right?

  4. Hi Mark,

    I only caught the q & a part of the CSPAN program, but what I was was excellent. Thanks for being an informed voice of rationality in these confusing and disturbing times. We need more people like you!

  5. Sammy, I’m sure you recall this:

    What Is the Plan If There’s Another 9/11?

    According to Philip Giraldi, writing in the new issue (not online) of the American Conservative, it’s to nuke Iran:

    The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing–that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack–but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections. [snip]

    It seems that the initial context/pretext for bombing Iran has went by way of the “memory hole,” – couldn’t pull off another false flag, or is the justification still looming? – and as far as discussing how the PNAC plan corresponds with the fringe evangelical right, that leads to Illuminati/New World Order tones that immediately spell tinfoil to most …however, to ignore or disavow the theological properties of the loons in power is to overlook the primary psychological impetus of the movement.

  6. Mr. Miller,
    I caught you on c-span the other day and you are absolutly brilliant.[FOOLED AGAIN] Are you afraid of using the proper words to discribe what you said? The proper words are; FOURTH REICH,
    Do you realize that all the visable participants in the Iraq war were all of German ancestory. Bush,Rumsfeld,Meyers,Franks .

  7. Is The Capitol Building Next, Or Do The Tunnels Go Deeper?

    Signs of the Times | April 7, 2006

    In light of the ‘insider’ fingerprints left all over the 9/11 attacks, a few recent stories made us sit up and take notice.

    On Monday, the U.S. Capitol building (seat of the great American Democracy inaction) experienced a ‘power out’ that caused an evacuation for about an hour. Strangely enough, a spokeswoman for Potomac Electric Power Co., said the electricity shut off automatically after there was “a momentary drop in voltage due to customer operations up the lines” away from the Capitol.

    “The protective equipment sensed the significant change in voltage and tripped,” she said.

    U.S. Capitol police however said a power spike that affected much of the metropolitan area “knocked out power to the Capitol building and caused lights and cable TV reception to flicker throughout the Capitol complex.” In response, police evacuated the building and investigated, along with architect of the Capitol and fire officials.

    Normally, this apparently innocuous event would not be interesting, except for the fact that, on the weekend prior to the 9/11 attacks, power to the WTC complex was also shut off, allowing, as is now expected, the conspirators to enter the complex and ‘prep’ the buildings for the very obvious demolition that occured just a few days later.

    Added to that, we have the following very interesting story from “The Hill”, a newspaper “for and about the U.S. Congress”:

    Some officers are trained to patrol tunnels, police say

    A select group of U.S. Capitol Police have undergone special training to access the miles of utility tunnels underneath the Capitol complex, according to a police spokeswoman.

    The spokeswoman, however, would not provide further detail about how the tunnels are protected because of national-security concerns.

    “Specific information regarding our capabilities in this area cannot be discussed, as this is a security-related matter,” said the spokeswoman, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

    The Washington, D.C., fire department, which serves the Capitol campus, also says it is equipped to respond to any emergency involving the tunnels. Alan Etter, a spokesman for the department, said firefighters possess the training and equipment necessary should they need to enter the tunnel system.

    “We have just completed training involving the large underground steam tunnels that run throughout the city,” he said. “We have had limited exposure to the tunnels under the Capitol; however, they are the same as the [General Services Administration] tunnels.”

    The comments came in response to questions about what the U.S. Capitol Police are doing to secure the tunnels.

    Ten Architect of the Capitol employees who work in the Capitol Power Plant tunnels asserted that there is no police presence in the underground tunnels in a letter sent to four members of Congress nearly two weeks ago.

    The tunnels provide steam to heat and cool the Capitol campus and run from the Capitol Power Plant to the House and Senate office buildings, the Capitol and other, surrounding buildings.

    The letter contends that the police are not permitted to patrol the tunnels because of their dangerous conditions, which include crumbling concrete that could fall at any time and large amounts of carcinogenic asbestos.

    “The United States Capitol Police has made the entire tunnel system off limits to their staff because of the safety conditions as well as the lack of communication because phones and radios do not work in the tunnels,” the workers wrote.

    When asked about the concerns raised in the letter, the police spokeswoman said only that some members of the force have undergone special training and that the training allows them to access the tunnel system. Rank-and-file officers, however, are forbidden from entering utility tunnels because of the hazardous conditions.

    In the letter, the workers said that the police policy presents a security problem.

    “This should be a real concern to the Congress and Senate as all buildings on the complex can be entered through the steam tunnels,” they wrote. “Realize that it is on a regular basis [that] we see people in the tunnels that we don’t know why they are down there.”

    Citing documents received from the police, the letter adds: “The Capitol police not only won’t go down there [but] they stated ‘We won’t let our dogs down.’”

    Safety precautions regarding the tunnels have been taken in the past for special events, according to Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol (AoC), the office responsible for managing the buildings and utilities on the Capitol campus. To prepare for inaugurations or State of the Union speeches, manholes are sealed to prevent unauthorized entry.

    “After Sept. 11, 2001, there was more emphasis on securing [the tunnels] for security purposes,” Malecki said. “The AoC has started replacing the old hatches with new ones that have emergency-release features that secure the hatches from the outside, but allow egress from inside the tunnels in an emergency.”

    D.C. firefighters already use self-contained breathing apparatuses, or breathing masks, that protect them from asbestos and other particles.

    Did you know that there are miles of tunnels underneath the Capitol complex?

    Is it really believable that these tunnels have been left in such a poor state of repair that they could collapse at any minute?

    Is it really believable that the Washington Police Department cannot obtain phones or walkie talkies that would work in these tunnels?

    Is the claim that only select teams of officers can patrol these tunnels because of the health threats really believable when D.C. firefighters already have self-contained breathing masks that protect them from asbestos and other particles?

    After this news report, we tend to conclude that if there ever was a plan to detonate a nuke in these tunnels and take out all of Congress and lots of DC citizens and open the path to an overt political coup by way of the Continuity of Government group , then these plans have now been shelved. What is perhaps even more interesting is the other possible reasons why no one is allowed to go down into these tunnels.

    After all, it’s not like the U.S. is a stranger to burrowing into other people’s business.

    And just in case you are dismissing all of this as “secret government conspiracy nonsense”, then understand that to hold such a view you will also have to accept the fact that the mainstream press and government is in on this little plot along with us, which brings you to the startling conclusion that it’s all one big conspiracy to try and make you, the ordinary person, think that conspiracies exist! How’s that for conspiratorial?

  8. Mr. Miller,
    You were wonderful on C-Span last night. Like others I was riveted, I was actually leaning forward, listening and watching intensely like I do with a great movie.
    What an incredible speaker you are! Eloquent with your main talk and great with off the cuff answers to questions. I don’t know how you stayed on track and covered so much but you sure did.
    You left no room for argument just provided fact after fact. I love that.
    Plus you looked good while you were doing it. That was a fantastic suit!
    I can’t wait to start reading your books.

  9. i too watched your speech on c-span. the art of occasionally rambling yet remaining on topic is an art you have mastered. and sounding mainstream about topics the powerbrokers have quashed into silence.

    it’s just a damn shame you slipped at the end, fingering the mob for 11-22 and bobby……..these kids today don’t want to go down there, although i lived it, too, so i empathize.

    it’s just you shot your whole credibility in 2 minutes that which took 1.5 hours to masterfully build
    . damn shame.

  10. The Salon Review
    “Even if you believe this to be true, and even if it is in fact true, shut up about it; this sort of unhinged rhetoric can’t help, and can only hurt, our capacity to solve the problem of voting in America.” — Farhad Manjoo

    I think the review explains itself.

  11. I watched your speech at UMass-Amherst. Thanks for speaking out about voter fraud and christofascism. I had been trying to coin just such a term for a long time (parts of my step-family happen to be christofascists). Before listening to your, I was inclined to doubt, for example, that 2004 was another 2000 election grab. I would not doubt, of course, the presence of anti-democratic undercurrents in our society (based on militarism and corporate fascism). These are dangerous, and interesting, times indeed.

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