One Nation, Under Domination, With Liberty and Justice for None

Steven Newcomb

In a recent column, I demonstrated that the phrase “Indigenous peoples” means "peoples under dominance" or "peoples under domination."

This is revealed by a couple of international working definitions of the term “indigenous.” So here’s a strange question: Given the massive degree of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, and many other such trends, are the American people themselves rapidly becoming one people under domination with liberty and justice for none? Are all the peoples of the world rapidly becoming “peoples under dominance” in the name of “governance” and “government”?

Before I attempt to answer those questions, it may help for me to explain how I came to be obsessed with the themes of dominance and domination. It resulted from my studies of U.S. federal Indian law and policy, along with the Latin and English versions of Vatican documents issued by various popes in the 15th and later centuries. The English version of one such document from 1493 says that the Holy See “trusts in Him” (the Catholic deity) “from whom empires and governments and all good things proceed.”

The original Latin language version of the document uses “dominationes” (dominations) for the word “governments.” This is doubly strange. Not only did the Holy See envision its deity as an unnamed Being out of which “empires” and “dominations” were considered to issue forth, but the document also tells us that the word “government” means “domination.” In the right context, the commonly heard phrase “our government” means “our domination.”

The relationship between government and domination is undoubtedly what led George Washington to declare: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” The exact same point can be made about domination. Washington was one personality in a generation of elite Founders of the united States who viewed the common masses as “the rabble,” and as “a serpent” that “might strike,” or, in other words, as an adversary.

Today, we see an increasingly ominous trend. It has to do with those whom the United States government regards as “adversaries.” All people living in the United States are now being treated by the U.S. government (domination) as enemies and adversaries who are not to be trusted by the United States. How do we know this? In response to a recent Freedom of Information Act Request, the NSA said: “Any positive or negative response on a request-by-request basis would allow our adversaries to accumulate information and draw conclusions about NSA’s technical capabilities, sources, and methods.”

There are only two ways of interpreting this part of the National Surveillance Agency letter: Either the NSA has reason to believe the person who made the FOIA request is likely to share disclosed information with U.S. “adversaries,” or else the NSA considers the person who has made the FOIA request to be an adversary, along with anyone else who has been under NSA surveillance (everybody at this point).

It ought to be great cause for alarm that the U.S. government considers the average American citizen, or anyone living in the United States for that matter, to be an adversary. But the additional fact that by the year 2020 the U.S. government plans to have tens of thousands of drones, weaponized and unweaponized, flying in the skies of the United States to be used against its adversaries ought to make any thinking person’s blood run cold. The year 2020 is, ‘coincidently’ the same year that the U.S. military plans to complete its Joint Vision 2020 “full spectrum dominance” program. Unfortunately, far from being a “conspiracy theory” or some “crack pot” conjecture by a deluded mind, this U.S. government military program is fully in motion, and has been since the year 2000.

Then there is this: On a recent flight to Puerto Rico, coming off the plane I saw a series of HSBC bank posters with the theme: “Be part of the future.” One poster shows the front of someone’s pointer finger. It has a coded ink spot, and the slogan reads: “Your DNA will be your data.” Now that’s a cheerful prospect: Governments, militaries, and corporations, possessing a "full spectrum" dominating control over our lives, right down to the molecular level of our DNA.

Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Fulcrum, 2008), and the Indigenous and Kumeyaay Research Coordinator for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

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Steven Newcomb wrote: "Now that's a cheerful prospect: Governments, military, and corporations, possessing 'full spectrum' dominating control over our lives,..." More on this topic...by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer...President Dwight Eisenhower wrote, "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence by the military-industrial complex. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."... If it goes unchecked it will inevitably lead to a state of constant war, a fascist government and an ideology to pursue total war and absolute world domination. The industries involved, mostly arms and oil corporations, economically profit and also gain political influence from all conflicts and war. The global military-industrial complex and its chief partner, the U.S.A., have this dangerous new ideology, which is termed neo-conservatism... The philosophy of this ideology is that it is often compulsory for leaders to deceive and manipulate others for their gain, as long as it benefits the state. In constitutional democracies, the leadership power to deceive and manipulate others resides in the "emergency powers." After the Nazis created a state of "emergency" and blamed communist terrorists for it, they were able to unite the German people in opposition to a perceived "enemy". Hitler was thus enabled to gain dictatorial power.... Under the neo-conservatives, the government of the United States has grown larger than ever before. The neo-cons advocate an imperialistic foreign policy. They believe in the concept of pre-emptive war, are strong advocates of an American Empire and that it is necessary to remove many personal liberties to increase and sustain the state's power. They promote a new, inclusive and integrative force, a new ideological tool, a globalization stradegy, to contain and suppress nationalist and oppositional movements around the world.... The neo-conservatives can not maintained their power without help from the media, which is owned by the military-industrial complex. The U.S. media is entirely owned by a few corporations; Time Warner, Disney, News Corporation, General Electric. GE is also a military corporation and it is making high-tech surveillance equipment, both are making it billions of dollars from the "War on Terror," terrorists being the new "enemy," and the emergence of a domestic police state at home.... The anti-Soviet weapon is being replaced by the tool of "free trade." This new phase of capitalist accumulation and colonization is termed "globalization." Neo-cons advocate integration versus fragmentation. Thus again, the world is seen through the prism of the good versus the evil, with globalization representing good, satisfaction of economic needs for the wealthy and removal of trade barriers in pursuit of progress.... The tools of global governance are the global institutions of management of the economy, environment and politics. They include GATT, the World Trade Organization, the Security Council, the World Bank and the IMF. NAFTA, APEC, the EU, and the G-8 are among the regional instruments which are in synchronization with the global institutions. Together, they are touted as the instruments of integration and homogenization which counter the global forces of fragmentation, which include nationalists, Islamic fundamentalism, terrorism, Indigenous decolonization movements and ethnic rivalries. This is the neo-cons plan and strategy to usher in a new world order....
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The iconic author Gore Vidal, one of the best-known chroniclers of American history and politics dedicated his work to writing and critiquing the injustices of U.S. society appeared Democracy Now! in 2004 talked about the role of democracy in the U.S. dating back to the Constitution. Gore Vidal: "The word 'democracy' is not only never mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, but democracy was something that the Founding Fathers hated. This is not generally known, because it shouldn’t be known, but it is. I wrote a little book about it called Inventing a Nation that Yale published last year.”