Excuses, backpedaling, more lies, and the truth behind Invisible Children’s mission.
April 6, 2012 – The sequel to the mega-viral disaster that was Kony 2012 may only be 20 minutes long, but financier-turned-humanitarian Ben Keesey still manages to gravely insult the intelligence of an audience clearly more awake and aware than he and the corporate-financiers behind Invisible Children would like to admit. Surely though, they are more than aware of the real revolution they’ve scratched the surface of – a population no longer swayed by slick marketing campaigns and who are more than ready to confront such deception. That is why Invisible Children has not only disabled comments on their latest piece of propaganda, but have also disabled the rating system for their video.
Image: Kony 2012: Part II (video can be found here). Ratings and comments have been disabled exposing “activism 2.0” as the one-way predetermined, monolithic, corporate-funded agenda it was all along. (click image to enlarge)
Just like traditional corporate propaganda, Invisible Children has become a one-way marketing operation – while posing as an “activism 2.0” exercise, it denies activists any opportunity to express their views, influence the debate, or sway the agenda in any shape form or way – much like Soros-funded infiltrators did to the Occupy Wall Street movement right before it petered out. You are given the illusion of being a part of something bigger than yourself when in reality you are simply being used by a monolithic unilateral predetermined agenda.
Bigger than Kony: Selling the R2P Pretext
Keesey, in his pro-imperial infomercial, begins by citing a 2005 UN World Summit “outcome” titled “the responsibility to protect” which is drafted verbatim from a 2001 report titled, “The Responsibility to Protect,”- published by the ad hoc “International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS). The commission consisted of members drawn from the Fortune 500-Soros funded International Crisis Group (Fidel Ramos, Cyril Ramaphosa), the Lowy Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and members of both Western governments and their armed forces. It is a doctrine created exclusively for the benefit of justifying wars of opportunity, profit, and conquest by former colonial rulers to recommence the golden age of global subjugation and plundering.
Already R2P has been horribly abused in Libya, where violence was purposefully triggered by the very nations behind the R2P doctrine, then insidiously used as a pretext to militarily intervene. Their intervention saw weapons, money, air support, and diplomatic legitimacy granted to vicious, racist, genocidal terrorists, notorious for decades of violence not only in Libya, but in Afghanistan and Iraq. NATO’s assistance to these terrorists, falling under the banner of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), has not only plunged Libya into perpetual chaos, but has seen these rearmed, reinvigorate terrorists carry their campaign as far east as Syria and as far west as Mali.
Ironically, Keesey in his “Kony 2012 Part II” video implicates Syria as another prime candidate for R2P intervention. It is ironic because Syria is another nation ravaged by violence openly fueled by the UN, NATO, and their junior Arab League partners, with the “Free Syrian Army” itself armed, funded, and directed by NATO-backed Libyan LIFG commander Abdul Hakim Belhaj all under the pretext of the R2P agenda.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the illegitimate “International Criminal Court” (ICC) once again lends his questionable stamp of approval to Invisible Children’s crusade to “catch Joseph Kony.” Ocampo states that it is a “dream” that we are a “global community protecting each other.” Ocampo is famous not only for his role in lying to the world to justify the Libyan War in the first place, but for his overt deceit during the height of NATO’s Libyan campaign when he claimed Saif al-Islam Qaddafi’s capture in Tripoli was not only “confirmed,” but that his transfer to the Hague was underway. The next day, Saif al-Islam appeared in Tripoli still leading efforts to liberate his besieged nation. It would be months before he was actually captured.
Keesey then claims that the world is still standing behind the goals of Invisible Children, but what his video shows instead is the same steady stream of deceitful politicians who have held the will of their constituents in contempt for decades, green-lighting a massive military build-up in Central Africa for an admittedly meager, “alleged” force of 250 men. Keesey produces a smattering of Congolese witnesses that are supposed to sway us – after their previous film falsely depicted the conflict taking place in Uganda with a similar smattering of Ugandan witnesses.
Images: Screen grabs from the Soros-funded Human Rights Watch “Joseph Kony – LRA” video uploaded in 2010 and the USAID-backed, US State Department AYM 2010 summit-attending, Soros, JP Morgan, Chase-funded (.pdf page 22) Invisible Children’s Kony 2012: Part II. Another bizarre happenstance, as an identical man, wearing an identical shirt appears in both videos – as if the editing for both organizations took place in the same office using the same footage.
The punchline of the sequel comes 13 minutes in, where it is stated that the ICC has indicted Kony, but lacks an “army” to bring him to justice. The “solution” of course, requires a joint military force. John Prendergast of the Soros-funded “Enough Project” chimes in claiming that Kony’s alleged 250 men represent a threat to “international peace and security” and requires “collective responsibility.” The “Enough Project” comes to us from the Center for American Progress run by notorious corporate lobbyist John Podesta, funded by George Soros, tied directly to the US State Department, and yet another special-interest think-tank (covered in more detail in, “JP Morgan, Exxon, Boeing, Among State Department’s New Advisers“).
Kony 2012 – R2P’s Public Roll-Out
Keesey saves the best for last, claiming, “we will not dismiss the problems of our friends simply because they are not our own – we don’t live like that anymore. And this is only the beginning because stopping injustice around the world is far bigger than stopping the LRA . We are a new generation of justice made for such a time as this. Because our liberty is bound together across the world and across the street.”
And indeed it is bigger than stopping the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – Kony 2012 and the mission of Invisible Children is the public roll-out of a geopolitical mechanism long festering amongst the pages of Fortune 500 think-tanks and being rubber-stamped at the UN for now over a decade. It is the public roll-out of R2P – the “responsibility to protect.” It is the institutionalization of wars of conquest – a systematic methodology of sowing chaos within any given nation refusing to pay into the globalist collective and using the resulting violence, real or imagined, as an excuse to eviscerate their government, bury their institutions, and build upon the rubble homogeneous networks that will interlock with globalist “international institutions.”
Kony 2012 from A-Z has been revealed as an absolute fraud – a fabrication as dishonest about the current problems in East and Central Africa as it is about the alleged solutions.
In reality, the greatest danger to the people of Africa are men like Ugandan “president-for-life” Yoweri Museveni who is in reality still carrying out the very atrocities Kony is accused of. And while the UN, ICC, and a menagerie of other “international institutions” pose as an army of “white knights,” they have been instrumental in legitimizing, covering up, facilitating, and clearly benefiting from the atrocities of men like Museveni. Just last year, it was reported that Museveni and a British corporation called “New Forests Company” forcibly evicted 20,000 Ugandans, incinerating their homes, burning alive and gunning down all who refused to leave. The evictions were part of a UN “clean air” program and involves investors including the World Bank and HSBC.
Image: Taken from New Forests’ website, they proudly display the swath of destruction their company is responsible for, of course, instead of depicting the displacements, murders, and thuggery they are committing against the people of Africa, they place images of thriving trees. In just this manner R2P is being declared as a revolutionary humanitarian achievement where tales of “democracy” and “freedom” cover up the trail of atrocities truly being blazed.
If what is essentially criminal land grabbing in Africa can be institutionalized and dressed up as “protecting the environment,” then dressing up imperial military conquest as “protecting civilians” under the R2P doctrine is an obvious logical progression. The R2P doctrine is as big a fraud as the continuous lies being told to justify it and endear it to the public – Kony 2012 being perhaps the most obvious embodiment of these lies.
For further information on R2P, readers are encouraged to listen to James Corbett’s “R2P or: How the Left Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Wars of Imperial Aggression.”
Invisible Children filmmaker Jason Russell, who created the viral “Kony 2012” video, will remain in the hospital for several weeks for what his wife described as “reactive psychosis.”
In a statement released Wednesday, his wife and other family members said they believe this condition caused him to act strangely last week, ranting and roaming around a San Diego street in the nude.
The family said the treatment could take months.
“Jason will get better,” they said. “He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery. He is, and will remain, under hospital care for a number of weeks; and after that, the recovery process could take months before he is fully able to step back into his role with Invisible Children. During that time, we will focus not on a speedy recovery, but a thorough one.”
They said doctors are treating Russell for “brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by the extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration,” the family said. “Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks.”
Russell, 33, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by San Diego police after neighbors reported him running naked in the streets of a Pacific Beach neighborhood, pounding his fists on the sidewalk and shouting incoherently. Police took him to a mental-health facility for observation.
Police responded to “several callers [who] reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating,” according to the police statement. By the time police arrived, the man was wearing underwear.
“Because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal and Jason took them very hard,” the statement said.
Among other things, critics said the video misstated the facts about the current level of violence in Uganda, Kony’s current whereabouts and the strength of his militia forces.
“Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading to” the “Kony 2012” video, the family statement said. “We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it.”
In an apparent comment to the nonprofit organization’s many volunteers, the statement concludes: “On our end, the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We’ll take care of Jason, you take care of the work. The message of the film remains the same: Stop at nothing.”
The organization plans to distribute materials about Kony in several major cities, including San Diego, in April.
Russell is a native of El Cajon, where his parents run the Christian Youth Theater. A graduate of USC, he co-founded Invisible Children, which now has headquarters in an office building in downtown San Diego.
“On Jason’s behalf, keep your attention turned to the end of Africa’s longest-running conflict, and setting a precedent for all future injustice,” the family said in the statement Wednesday. “With love and overflow of gratitude for your prayers, we thank you.”RELATED:
— Tony Perry in San Diego and Shelby Grad
Photo: Jason Russell in 2010. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego
You have probably seen or heard about the Kony 2012 campaign. The professionally produced advertising campaign from Invisible Children has gone viral to demand that a Ugandan rebel leader, Joseph Kony, turn himself in for war crimes.
The video makes a compelling, emotional appeal based on a simplified, yet reasonably accurate history of child soldiers in Kony’s “The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Invisible Children would like the US to be more involved in bringing Joseph Kony to justice.
Let’s look at the context. As with most politics, it’s a bit complex. It gets exciting near the end, I promise.
The British established a colony in Uganda, and entrusted the Acholi tribe with the military power to keep the peace.
In 1986, Ugandan President Tito Okello, a member of the Acholi tribe was overthrown in a violent revolution by Yoweri Museveni, a corrupt Marxist dictator who quickly outlawed political opposition. Religion is also a factor: the Acholis are Catholic, and Museveni is a born-again Christian.
Without any ability to form an opposing political party, many Acholis initially supported Joseph Kony‘s rebellion. But Kony’s popularity failed when he began to brutally enforce his own strict version of Catholicism on his tribe to create a new government based on his interpretation of the 10 Commandments. When his popularity dissipated, Kony turned to forced recruitments. It’s estimated that Kony’s forces have kidnapped between 60 to 100,000 children since 1986, often killing their parents in the process.
Uganda (a Catholic and born-again Christian country) has sided with South Sudan (also Christian) in their struggle for freedom against Northern Sudan (predominantly Muslim). In retaliation, Northern Sudan began funding Joseph Kony in the mid-1990′s.
Now, the war in Sudan has reached an unstable truce. After the International Criminal Court issued an indictment against Joseph Kony, Northern Sudan cut off his funding. Joseph Kony has disappeared, and is probably no longer in Uganda. Many believe he is hiding in the African bush, probably in Congo. The fact is – Kony is no longer leading an army or kidnapping child soldiers.
So, here’s the big question: Why does Invisible Children want the United States and the United Kingdom focused on a retired rebel leader, Joseph Kony, when there are still many other active child armies in other countries?
Joseph Kony has been kidnapping children since 1986 (over 26 years) why should we care now? What has changed?
In 2005, oil was discovered in Uganda. Tullow Oil has been planning to pump 200,000 barrels of oil per day, but the Marxist President Yoweri Museveni’s administration is now very unstable and reeling from bribery scandals. The political instability and existence of the Lord’s Resistance Army, has slowed the plans to produce oil.
In 2008, the United States military assisted financially and logistically during the unsuccessful Operation Lightning Thunder to stop Kony.
In May 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act that made it American policy to kill or capture Joseph Kony and to crush his rebellion.
In October 2011, Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to central Africa. Their goal is to help regional forces remove Kony and senior LRA leaders from the battlefield.
JP Morgan, Chase Bank, and Exxon Mobil
Chase Bank contributed $1 million to Invisible Children to help them produce the KONY 2012 campaign, among other programs. AND JP Morgan Chase is also a major investment banker of Tullow Oil.. That’s right, the oil company that needs US military help to pump oil out of Uganda.
Exxon Mobil is now a major partner in the oil drilling operation in Uganda. JP Morgan and Chase Bank are intimately tied to Exxon Mobil through the Rockefeller family with corporate board members sharing positions in both companies.
Invisible Children Fails to Meet Standards for Charities
The Better Business Bureau has strongly criticized Invisible Children for its lack of transparency.
“I don’t understand their reluctance to provide basic information,” says H. Art Taylor, President and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. “The whole point of the effort is to shine the light of truth on a terrible atrocity, and yet they seem to be reluctant to turn that light on themselves. It’s really unfortunate.”
Only 37% of the money raised by Invisible Children goes to the communities that desperately need the money in Uganda.
Invisible Children may be a legitimate charity interested in helping the people of Uganda, but they are being used by oil companies and banks to encourage American military intervention in Uganda.
Before you donate to a cause, or even forward a video, learn about the real issues. The underlying cause of Joseph Kony’s rise to power is the Marxist President Yoweri Museveni’s ban on legitimate political opposition, and the support by foreign governments like Sudan. Arresting Joseph Kony may help encourage peace, but the real answer is political and economic reform inside Uganda.
Sending US military troops is not the answer to every political problem in the world.
Joseph Kony is a household name, thanks to a 30-minute YouTube video raising awareness about his brutal rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Tens of millions have seen the video after US charity, Invisible Children, released the clip online last week.
On Tuesday, a charity organisation showed the film to the people who suffered at the hands of the LRA – Ugandans in the north of the country.
Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from the town of Lira after the screening.
For more reactions from Ugandans, visit our exclusive page: aljazeera.com/UgandaSpeaks