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Iron Mountain: America’s Hope Became America’s Suicide Note


Report From Iron Mountain: Peace Would Be All Hell


By Rand Clifford


Early in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, protagonist Winston Smith writes in his diary, “I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY.”

Sixty-four years later, neocon think-tank warriors bristling with the bravery of being out of range are realizing their dreams of perpetual war; fruition of their world-conquest manifesto, Project for the New American Century (1). For humanity it’s all translating into a nightmare with no waking up.

If we step back from mainstream-media sweet talk about freedom and liberty, democracy, government of, by and for the People, human rights, “humanitarian” interventions…we might better see the roots of perpetual war.

Mainstream corporate media calls what is essentially perception management, news.
Regarding HOW:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

—  H. L. Mencken (2)
Hobgoblins come in many varieties. Among the most enduring are inanimate menaces such as communism, socialism, environmentalism, Islam, other nations’ weapons of mass destruction; and there’s Cuba, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela—essentially, any nation not yet under Washington’s thumb….
Living hobgoblins are more ephemeral; we often kill them and add fresh ones.

Castro, Milosevic, Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Kony, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, bin Laden…ahem, Osama was scary enough that even after mainstream media reported his death at the end of 2001, his menace was prolonged for years with ridiculous body doubles, then audio for idiots…until we “…killed Osama bin Laden” for political lube (3).

So many people actually swallowed Osama’s second death that, after profound amnesia kicks in as usual, we may kill him again, and again—keep surfing the amnesia waves until the “new” wears off. Stay tuned to Fox News (if we do kill bin Laden again, it will be Fox’s third announcement of his demise).

Third time’s a charm—or is Osama bin Laden a bad cat living to the nines?

My apologies if this seems over the top, but…please consider that, officially, 19 Arab boys with box cutters executed the heinous “surprise attacks” of 9/11. It’s stoned into history now, right down to a hijacker’s passport fluttering unscathed to the sidewalk for officials to snatch up. 9/11 is evidence that if the PR, branding and packaging are just right, and fear is cultivated properly, virtually anything is salable to the American public.

The hobgoblin mill runs at capacity 24/7, scaring us into apathetically surrendering citizens’ rights earned over centuries with bravery and blood.

Ever more docile, ignorant, disinformed, xenophobic, acceptive of fascism…we have hands bloodier by the day from being party to an expanding palette of war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Acquiescence to neocon barbarity has left our hands—even our souls?—with stains that might never wear off.

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, told us at every opportunity that “They hate us for our freedoms and democracy.” Well, perhaps “they hate us” more for our handiwork (and souls—or lack thereof) than anything else?

Unelected and unaccountable neocon foreign-policy prophets that inspire our ruling 1% are dogs of war wagging the deadliest machine the world has ever seen. Neocons are a gnarly bunch, war on their breath, Satan in their eyes, hearts full of Zion. A tiny tribe of Israeli-American think tank psychopaths sometimes known as, “The Crazies”, “The Bombers”, “The Vulcans”. Royal neocon Richard Perle justly deserves his moniker, “The Prince of Darkness”.

And regarding the ruling 1%: Is it simple coincidence that 1% of the population are born psychopaths, with brain abnormalities detectable via magnetic resonance imaging? 9/11 was a pageant of reality-defying coincidences, enough to span eternity, all packed into one sunny and Satanic late-summer morning. Many of the 1% profited enormously—still profit enormously and will until enough scat hits the fan. Do you think anyone above our 99% were among 9/11’s fatalities?

We 99% are tolerated by the 1%, used, abused, mocked, hustled toward oblivion….

Report from Iron Mountain

They were called the “Special Study Group”. Fifteen anonymous men, experts of diverse disciplines; social and natural sciences, humanities, law, business, communications theory, systems analysis, international relations, war planning….

The Group was commissioned to study what might happen if we find ourselves in a state of peace…and to suggest how we should prepare to deal with no more war. They began their work in August of 1963. And after producing The Report thirty months later, they insisted that it not be released for publication. Public discussion of The Report’s conclusions and recommendations threatened to provoke, as they said, “…clear and predictable danger of a crisis in public confidence.”

The U.S. News and World Report claimed in their November 20, 1967 issue, that an unnamed government official told them President Johnson “hit the roof” after reading The Report, and ordered that it be suppressed for all time. The same government official also confirmed the Report’s authenticity.

Apparently, a member of The Group leaked The Report…leading to Dial Press publishing The Report From Iron Mountain (4), also in 1967.
The book made the New York Times bestseller list, has been widely translated.

The government declared it a hoax, did all they could to suppress The Report. Then in 1972, Leonard Lewin (5) claimed that he was the author, and that The Report from Iron Mountain was a spoof.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists The Report from Iron Mountain as the “Most Successful Literary Hoax”. (6) lists it as number five on it’s list of most controversial books.

So what was in there that made LBJ hit the roof, and order The Report suppressed for all time?

The Report’s first paragraph of SECTION 7 – SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS, under the subheading THE NATURE OF WAR, reads:

“War is not, as is widely assumed, primarily an instrument of policy utilized by nations to extend or defend their expressed political values or their economic interests. On the contrary, it is itself the principal basis of organization on which all modern societies are constructed. The common proximate cause of war is the apparent interference of one nation with the aspirations of another. But at the root of all ostensible differences of national interest lie the dynamic requirements of the war system itself for periodic armed conflict. Readiness for war characterizes contemporary social systems more broadly than their economic and political structures, which it subsumes.”

They are leading up to saying that before consideration of a peace scenario, it must be recognized that war is the foundation of our social systems. The nature of the war system, and the functions it performs for society must be explicitly understood, and replacements for those crucial functions must be ready before any abandonment of the war system is contemplated; before peace could ever work.
The Report breaks the functions of war down into five categories; economic, political, sociological, ecological, cultural and scientific.

Economically, war has throughout history stabilized and provided a system for controlling national ecomomies.

Politically, war, and the permanent possibility of war have been basic to stable government while propagating acceptance of political authority, maintaining “necessary” class distinctions, and subordinating citizens to the state. The Report claims that without sustaining credible threats of war, no modern rulers have been able to maintain proper control.

Sociologically, war, and presence of military institutions have throughout history helped control social dissidence and antisocial behaviors while promoting binding social allegiance and social cohesion.

Ecologically, war has been indispensable for balancing population with available supply of food and other essentials.

Culturally and Scientifically, war culture has shaped values in the creative arts, as well as motivating advances in science and technology.

Essentially, The Report insists that without war, modern civilization would fall apart—unless substitutes can be devised to replace the functions of war summarized above. Topping the list of general criteria these substitutes must meet are: political acceptability; technical feasibility; public credibility.
The Report breaks down into the same five categories certain characteristics of any acceptable surrogate for the war system.

Economic – Expenditures of resources for “completely nonproductive purposes” must be at a level similar to that achieved by war, must remain independent of the existing supply-and-demand economy, and must be under arbitrary political control.

Political – A “generalized external menace” must be maintained to promote acceptance of political authority.

Sociological – Institutions must be developed to maintain public fear of “personal destruction” the war system provides; fear that promotes adherence to societal values, and acceptance of the transcendence of such values over individual lives.

Ecological – Population control must be maintained to keep humans from threatening the species by reproducing beyond the carrying capacity of Earth’s biosphere.

Cultural and Scientific – Establishment of “a basis for sociomoral conflict” as powerful as war provides is important for determination of cultural values. Also, there must be a “sense of internal necessity” to motivate the quest for scientific knowledge.

Under SUBSTITUTES FOR THE FUNCTIONS OF WAR: MODELS, The Report effectively, if obliquely, fleshes out fundamentals of WHY we have perpetual war.
Shining in these proposed substitute institutions for replacing the nonmilitary functions of war are reflections of the kinds of minds behind the war system being the very foundation of civilization.
In terms of economics, the three suggested war surrogates are:

  • —  “A comprehensive social-welfare program, directed toward maximum improvement of human life.”
  • —  “A giant open-end space research program, aimed at unreachable targets.”
  • —  “A permanent, ritualized, ultra-elaborate disarmament inspection system, and variants of such a system.”

Four suggestions in the politicalarena:

  • —  “An omnipresent, virtually omnipotent international police force.”
  • —  “An established and recognized extraterrestrial menace.”
  • —  “Massive global environmental pollution.”
  • —  “Fictitious alternate enemies.”

The section of sociologicalsurrogates has six entries, two under CONTROL FUNCTION:

  • —  “Programs generally derived from the Peace Corps model.”
  • —  “A modern, sophisticated form of slavery.”


  • —  “Intensified environmental pollution.”
  • —  “New religions or other mythologies.”
  • —  “Socially oriented blood games.”
  • —  “Combination forms.”

The only ecologicallisting:

  • —  “A comprehensive program of applied eugenics.”

No replacements are suggested in the cultural arena.
The listing related to science:

  • —  “The secondary requirements of the space research, social welfare, and/or eugenics programs.”

The Group rounds out the SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS section of The Report with the caveat: “The models listed above reflect only the beginning of the quest for substitute institutions for the functions of war….”
The entire text of the Report from Iron Mountain is available online (7).

If it didn’t ring so true, The Report might be easier to suppress. Another factor is the government’s relationship to the truth. Not only is there overwhelming evidence that the relationship is, at best, adversarial, evidence of the government telling the truth seems hyper-rare.

Realistically, shouldn’t the government calling The Report a hoax be considered solid evidence of The Report’s authenticity?
With neocons stroking so many levers of power, the government’s relationship to peace is a no-brainer. Besides, if peace didn’t scare the government’s pants off, why were they so terrified of John Lennon? Seems certain that, through black-op back doors, American taxpayers paid dearly to get rid of Lennon.

Similarly, concerning how government feels about truth, an inescapable example is the taxpayer-funded circus engulfing Julian Assange.
Maybe perplexing, maybe not…our own apathy could be a greater public menace than government of, by and for the 1%.

Regardless of how far our nation is from being a democracy, or even a functional republic, the following seems apropos:

In 1787, Alexander Tyler of the University of Edinborough wrote that all democracies go through eight stages, two hundred years being the average cycle time. The stages are:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • From spiritual faith to great courage;
  • From courage to liberty;
  • From liberty to abundance;
  • From abundance to complacency;
  • From complacency to apathy;
  • From apathy to dependence;
  • From dependence back to bondage.

As deeply as we have sunk into apathy, dependence is breathing down our necks. And the “New World Order” sounds like a euphemism for bondage.
Speaking of apropos…while Winston Smith is referring to their proletariat in 1984 (“proles”), our 99% sure seems a tidy fit regarding this this entry in his diary:

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

Next time you hear the word “peace” squeak from between the lips of someone lying for your vote, remember “The Crazies”, “The Vulcans”, “The Bombers”, “The Prince of Darkness”.
And don’t forget the Report from Iron Mountain.


(1) Project for the New American Century:
(2) H.L. Mencken quotes:
(3) Obama on the “killing of Osama bin Laden”:
(4) The book, The Report from Iron Mountain:
(5) Leonard Lewin:
(6) list of most controversial books:
(7) Complete text of the Report from Iron Mountain:
Rand Clifford lives in Spokane, Washington. His novel, CASTLING, is “A Story of the Power of Hemp”. The sequel, TIMING, and Clifford’s new novel, Priest Lake Cathedral, are published by StarChief Press.


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27 Responses to "Iron Mountain: America’s Hope Became America’s Suicide Note"

  1. JKinTX  August 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Always hit the enemy from several directions at the same time- gives them more to deal with and you more advantage to slip a blade into them.

  2. JKinTX  August 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “Oh, right, all hail the analytical genius that tells us everything is hopeless. You’re right, dude. BTW you are marching over the cliff without me. Enjoy the trip, especially the ending part”.

    And your parents had children that actually lived?
    You can’t kill evil by killing other humans- it doesn’ t work. Look at history; some 6000 years now recorded and the methods you espouse have failed every single time. Enjoy the trip yourself doofus.

    • Mike Kay  August 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      So, evil is some animate being that walks around and just happens to sway human behavior? Or perhaps you are positing that it is some disembodied force? Or maybe you really don’t have a clue of what you are saying, but you enjoy filling the airways with your senseless blather.
      Some day maybe you will get a clue about action and responsibility, but right now you only think you have a point, because some half formed thought has stuck in your limited rational capacity.
      I suggest you read the Tao de Ching, and compare the wisdom therein with you stilted and propagandized views. I won’t hold out much hope, but you may, possibly learn something, puppy dog.

    • JKinTX  August 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Missed clean.
      Please Junior, even I can write better tripe than that, You are wasting ammo. Better learn some sense yourself. Ball is in your court.

    • JKinTX  August 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Oh, by the way, I forgot to say nice to see you 1311.

    • JKinTX  August 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      I suggest you move a great deal faster and hold your point higher if you want to fence with me. Your provacation is amusing but little else. That is about a -3 on the attack level to me.
      Your move.

    • JKinTX  August 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I think you mean “airwaves” there Junior.

  3. FactversusHype  August 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    WHERE is my comment.

  4. Mike Kay  August 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Is the R.F. I.M. authentic? Who knows.
    The truth is that humanity does not need war. War exists for only a few legitimate purposes, not for the economic enrichment of the vampire class. The fact that the vampire class is addicted to war means that war must advance to the point of directly involving the vampires. Only when vampires are blown to shit with missing limbs will they reconsider their position. Think of it as a double boon, getting rid of the war mongers, and educating them with the sword at the same time.

    • JKinTX  August 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      The problem is the vampire class serves a “higher” order and that one DOES need war and all it’s aspects to sustain it. Until you can eliminate that, any attempt to end war as we know it is doomed to failure. The human stooge slave controllers will simply be replaced with other humans and it all will continue as before.

    • Mike Kay  August 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Dude, you are not speaking the language,
      Let me make it simple, dead slave, or live independent. As long as you, and everyone else thinks we need to take orders from the vampires, its dead slave time. The rest should be easy.

    • JKinTX  August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      You are mistaken. You are thinking in terms of dealing with humans, their masters are not. Do YOU understand? Apparently you don’t- you can’t kill evil by killing it’s servants, it will simply find others to replace them. Is that simple enough for you?

    • Mike Kay  August 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Oh, right, all hail the analytical genius that tells us everything is hopeless. You’re right, dude. BTW you are marching over the cliff without me. Enjoy the trip, especially the ending part.

    • FactversusHype  August 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      You’re right, in law. To vote is to agree to an insurgent government. Paste each to your browser and read in order –

  5. JKinTX  August 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Looking at the current state of the world, sometimes one can speculate on if the SS actually ceased to exist in 1945 or did they just go underground for a few decades? Biding their time, working and waiting for the rebirth…

  6. Ann  August 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm


    Is this the IM report?

  7. FactversusHype  August 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    where did my comment go.

  8. FactversusHype  August 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    The cabal could have could have steered the ignorant smart and kept the numbers down without the wars etc. but instead played on lessor instincts, and by agenda helped grow a world of ignorance. Thinking, responsible people do not necessarily need much government. Limited state governments should be all that’s needed outside of limited contribution to a moderate national millitary. The federal govmt is just a corporate killing casino now, and too many don’t care because they are bought with a govmt check or are dumb sheep who believe in a ‘rapture’ or big organized religion. I blame the ignorant equally to the cabal. Ignorance is often a decision.
    See link below. I have been wondering about the conclusion of the article myself. From keeping troops overseas, to O’s growing ‘other militarys’ I find it disturbing. Troops should talk to other troops about the big picture. It’s important to communicate. We the people need to become we the people, together again. Troops, civilians, officers, immigrants, all of us who are being divided. Those aware have to continue waking others, many are purposely ignorant but many just don’t know they should be asking questions. A way to assist that is by putting good alt sites like VT,, etc on notes and giving them to friends, strangers, neighbors. Start out with an interesting fact like ‘did you know HAARP can create drought, earthquakes and hurricanes?’ put a link for that, then ‘here is something happening you may not know about, see new documentary ‘Why in the World are They Spraying’ free online. Peak the interest then give them places for real news. Giving info is the way to get people thinking.
    See what you think of this, especially the ending – paste to browser –

  9. Allesandro  August 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Good Job. Excellent piece (No pun intended)

  10. Detlef Reimers  August 21, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Thanks to the author for this excellent article. I want to remind the VT readers of the fact, that these thoughts which were manifested in the “report of the iron mountain”, where not the first of this kind.

    All this goes way back. To give only one example, I want to name William F. Engdahl’s excellent book “Power of Money, Rise and Decline of the American Century”. In a chapter, named “The American Century” he speaks about the “War & Peace Study” from 1941, made by a CFR group, which later became the basis of american foreign policy. One of the important figures was Isaiah Bowman. Some valuable information can be found here:

    The “Inquiry” team of president Wilson, which formulated the 14 points of the Versailles treaty, was a historical forerunner for all this, and if you look at the persons involved, you’ll see the continuity and the real driving forces behind the scene.

    • DaveE  August 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Great links, Detlef. Thanks.

  11. Preston James, Ph.D  August 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Rand Clifford gets it correct in this excellent article. My take on The Iron Mountain Report is that is clearly illustrates the arrogance and narcissism of the super elite ruling deviants (the 1%) and their academic minions who fawned at their feet. It serves as another secret rationalization that war is good and govt has the right to plot, conspire and rule in secrecy because the people are mere pawns to manipulate. This article clearly lays out the psychopathic ideology driving these sociopaths who run the world. Such extreme narcissism and arrogance is used to justify mass murder by war and numerous other deviant and perverse acts of the secret shadow govt. The importance of this article cannot be overestimated.

  12. DaveE  August 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Neocons on the right, Bolsheviks on the left, all the same people or different divisions of the same crime syndicate. The “Protocols” spell it out pretty clearly.

    • DaveE  August 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      I always learn SOMETHING at VT. Thanks for the education, once again.

  13. Ann  August 20, 2012 at 5:33 am

    And after that last NWO stunt in Colorado our ruling serial killers wasted no time sending out their flying monkeys to murder anyone who threatened their sick plans. A nurse in the ER probably saw/heard something and made the mistake of speaking to one of their snitches. So once again these traitors tear up another family, leaving a husband bereft and a child’s mother torn away.

    Note the other members of the ER team who were with the Gofer in Chief who came all the way from DC to thank them. Ya think? Maybe he was supposed to act all rah-rah American and collect info as to who saw what? Was Jenny Gallagher the only one who got murdered?


    Could you good for nothings please do something right for a change and figure this out.

  14. Excalibur  August 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

    “Realistically, shouldn’t the government calling The Report a hoax be considered solid evidence of The Report’s authenticity?” Made me chuckle, sadly.

    Brilliant article.

    • Excalibur  August 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      In other words: ‘Never believe anything until it has been officially denied ….’

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