by John Vodila
Some of mine
‘Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Recognizing and defining heroism, especially in these confusing days can be quite a task and this is what has led me to write and put this page together. I well know there are many views of what being a hero is, many I agree with and many I do not. In my humble opinion I will share with you my definition of a real hero and some who I hold to be real heroes in this exposition.
The dictionary defines a hero as -
1.A person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: a war hero
2.The chief male character in a book, play, or film, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize: the hero of Kipling’s story
3.(in mythology and folklore) A person of superhuman qualities and often semi-divine origin, in particular one whose exploits were the subject of ancient Greek myths.
I couldn’t disagree more and believe not only the dictionaries definition of a hero incorrect but how loosely the word is used today is a real disservice to the very few who are real heroes. I’m sorry but courage, outstanding achievements, noble qualities, a character in a book, play or film and Greek myths just doesn’t cut it for the real definition of hero for me, and sure a hero has some of those qualities but being a real hero means much more.
In my almost 52 years here on planet hero I have been put on the spot four times, I have saved two people from drowning, one from bleeding to death and another from a heart attack. There were a couple others that weren’t so lucky; hero? Not hardly.
We are all obligated as humans to help others if we are able to if a situation arises that requires action within your capabilities, this is not heroism, this is just doing the right thing. Just as putting on a uniform, a badge or working in a dangerous field does not instantly make someone a hero.
Too me, to be a hero is
a person who is involved in something true, righteous and morally sound who is willing to go beyond their capabilities and far above and beyond their call of duty even with a great chance of known danger including possible loss of life and treasure for no profit and selflessly –
1. Save someone or something
2. Right something wrong
Some real heroes!
Ken O’Keefe a former United States Marine and Gulf War veteran is one that I consider to be classified as a hero.
Ken is involved in something true, righteous and morally sound, months before the 9/11 atrocities he had renounced his US citizenship over all the injustices he had experienced and is now an Irish – Palestinian citizen. Ken has gone beyond his capabilities and far above and beyond his call of duty, he led the Human Shield Action to Iraq to try and stop the invasion that we all know was crime against humanity. Ken has, and is fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people and was there in the Gaza flotilla raid on the MV Mavi Marmara trying to bring lifesaving medicine and supplies to the repressed people in Gaza. Ken was the one who disarmed and held two Israeli commandos.
The list is long of Ken’s heroism, he has selflessly under known danger with a great possibility of loss of life and treasure dedicated his life to righting something wrong and has saved more people than he would probably give himself credit for.
Ken O’Keefe is a real hero, a World Citizen, and as he said; ‘it is now the age of responsibility.’
Rachel Corrie another true example of a hero.
Rachel; 5th Grade Speech: “I’m here because I care”
Rachel; two days before she was murdered
Life and treasure, she gave it all standing tall all her life for what is truth, morally sound and righteous. She went above and beyond her call of duty and capabilities to right something wrong and save someone and something.
She selflessly stood for justice and peace, she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer that not only ran over her but backed back over her while she was trying to defend a Palestinian doctor’s home from demolition.
Rachel spent her whole life trying to right things that are wrong, she is the epitome of my definition of a hero.
Pat a professional football player started out as many did after the Sept 11th atrocities, pissed off, gung ho. He turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract to join the military right after 9/11/2001.It didn’t take long for Pat to figure out things were not as they should be, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and Afghanistan was about the opium production and oil.
This is the point where he stood for truth righteousness and morality and went above and beyond his capabilities and duty to right something wrong and try to save someone and something. He was used as a recruiting tool (what better than a professional football player)by the military industrial complex and had contacted Noam Chomsky, he was going to come home and blow the lid off of what he knew about all the lies of the war on terror and join the anti-war movement. This would have changed the course of history and things would be much different today, but Pat Tillman was killed.
First it was reported he was killed by enemy fire and after they accomplished imprinting in the minds (just as the Jessica Dawn Lynch story) a Hollywood type hero story so the majority would never look into the facts, after this was accomplished it changed to Pat was killed by friendly-fire after it leaked from the military doctors that he was triple tapped in the forehead.
From my study Pat Tillman was killed not from friendly-fire or enemy-fire; Pat was executed because of the information he was about to reveal and the damage it would have done is incalculable, it would have been more damaging than the Pentagon Papers and a war ender; I have no doubt.
Pat Tillman showed me every quality of my definition of a true hero!
Sibel, the classified woman, was a translator for the FBI just after the Sept 11th atrocities. Sibel specializes in Middle Eastern languages and while doing her job she found security problems and cover-ups connected to the events of 9/11. She blew the whistle and was naming names of the people and countries involved. She was fired and gagged along with the U.S. Congress by the State Secrets Privilege Act.
Below paragraph from Wikipedia
“The privilege was invoked twice against Sibel Edmonds.The first invocation was to prevent her from testifying that the Federal Government had foreknowledge that Al-Qaeda intended to use airliners to attack the United States on September 11, 2001; the case was a $100 trillion action filed in 2002 by six hundred 9/11 victims’ families against officials of the Saudi government and prominent Saudi citizens. The second invocation was in an attempt to derail her personal lawsuit regarding her dismissal from the FBI, where she had worked as a post-9/11 translator and had been a whistleblower.”
Sibel has, and is today involved in truth, morality and righteousness. She is going above and beyond her call of duty and capabilities with a great loss of treasure and putting her life on the line to selflessly right something wrong and bring the truth to light that could save thousands of lives.
Sibel Edmonds is a real hero.
The most dangerous man in America
I don’t think I need to say much here, Daniel’s heroism led to the ending of the Vietnam war, also exposing Watergate, and President Nixon’s resignation.
Daniel Ellsberg went above and beyond the call of duty risking life and treasure for truth, righteousness and morality by leaking what we all know today as the Pentagon Papers. His selfless actions righted many things wrong and saved an untold number of lives and even countries. (Think Bradley Manning)
There’s no doubt Daniel Ellsberg is a hero.
Julia was a Customs and Border Officer that had been warned by her superiors there was a high alert around the 4th of July 2004 of a probability of terrorist entering the country. After finding that a number of high risk aliens from terrorist countries had entered through a national security breach, she filed a report to the FBI Joint Task Force and instead of the Department of Homeland Security pursuing the aliens and security breach problem they went after Julia. The aftermath has left 4 innocent dead, including Julia’s father after her home was overrun with 27 DHS agents, the US Marshal armed with assault weapons and a Blackhawk attack helicopter was used.
Julia could have just done as many do and ignored the truth and not pursued the call to go beyond her call of duty for what is right and moral, she could have not put her life in danger or lost her treasure. This would have been the easy thing to do and she would have been rewarded; I have no doubt. Instead she heroically stood her ground to right something wrong that has stopped a diabolical plan and saved countless lives, who knows what kind of plan was going to be carried out if it wasn’t for her actions.
Julia Davis is a true hero and has paid dearly, like most do that hold that title.
Top Priority: The Terror Within
Federal officer with the Department of Homeland Security discovers a national security breach related to the entry of 23 aliens from terrorist countries into the United States. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, former head of the DEA Robert Bonner can’t afford any more media scrutiny, since his incompetence was already exposed in the NASA ‘Challenger’ disaster. To avoid the scandal, the full might of the government is unleashed against Julia Davis, her family and witnesses. This retaliation reaches the unprecedented magnitude, including four unexplained deaths, Hollywood and the Mafia, false imprisonments and the use of helicopters and airplanes for warrantless surveillance. Amidst many shocking revelations, this documentary provides a new insight into the deaths of well-known Hollywood figures unwittingly dragged into this scandal. The truth is no longer a secret.
Release date: Summer 2012
Bradley Manning a 24-year-old Army intelligence analyst took it upon himself to get the truth of how out of control the military industrial complex has become, including but not limited to sanctioned murder and torture. Bradley has been himself tortured and kept in a dark hole in a military prison. After trying to go through the chain of command to do the right thing he was told to shut-up and just be a good soldier, but instead of taking the disgraceful immoral road, he took the heroic road, and went selflessly above and beyond the call of duty knowing damn well the danger to his life and treasure to right something wrong and to save someone and something.
Much like Daniel Ellsberg he knew the American people had to know this information, and we would not get it voluntarily from our media or government. Remember these atrocities are being carried out in our names America!
Collateral Murder – Wikileaks – Iraq
The US government has been accused by the UN special rapporteur on torture after a 14 month investigation of the cruel and inhumane conditions and treatment of Bradley including and not limited to an 11 month period where Bradley was kept locked up alone 23 hours a day.
The special rapporteur Juan Mendez said
“The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence.”
Bradley Manning is not a criminal; he is a true hero that is being punished today for doing the right thing.
“If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?”
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
Sherry Peel Jackson
Sherry, an IRS agent and fraud examiner had her world turned upside down one day when she was told there was a reward of $50,000 offered by a tax expert named Bill Conklin for anyone who could show him the statute that requires any typical worker to pay income tax on their labor (no one has been able to claim this reward yet). Sherry believing this would be easy pickings, researched the IRS codes and regulations for over two weeks and to her surprise found there is no such law.
Sherry being of high moral and religious standards could not ignore this; it would have been easy for most to brush this off and carry on as many have and are. Sherry selflessly went above and beyond her call of duty because she is true, righteous and morally sound, knowing the danger and probability of loss of life and treasure she went head on against the biggest monster known to mankind; the Federal Reserve, to bring truth to power and the American people.
Sherry knows there is NO LAW for income tax for most of us and refused to file returns from 2000 – 2003 and was convicted by a ‘FEDERAL’ jury on Oct 30 2007 of willful failure to file; a misdemeanor. The prosecution asked for and was granted an “upward departure” so instead of 27-33 months Sherry was sentenced to 4 years. In her years in prison she was thrown in with the wolves, moved from prison to prison, spent 5 months in Tallahassee with murders and some of the worst women criminals. Also Sherry was subjected to 5 months solitary confinement, at one point in her term she became very ill and if not for the public outcry and Ron Paul there is a high probability Sherry would not be here with us today. Sherry is home now and all I can say is God Bless Her!
Sherry Peel Jackson is in everyway shape and form an American hero.
Below were her closing comments (A must read)
“ADDRESSING THE JURY – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”
Ladies and Gentlemen:
My name is Sherry Peel Jackson. I became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987, I was an Internal Revenue Agent in the Atlanta District for 7 years, and I became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2001. I am here to summarize the tales of ignorance and deception that you have heard over the last two days and I am here to inform you of the state of the nation so that you may choose your next course of action.
You have heard the truth of how the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, Federal Reserve and politicians have perpetuated this smoke and mirrors – dog and pony show on you the American people for over 88 years. You have heard of American families devastated by the invasion of privacy and unbridled fear placed upon them through threats of liens, levy’s and even jail time. In my tenure as an IRS agent, I personally saw marriages broken, families torn apart, homes confiscated and businesses destroyed – all while my colleagues and I were out making unjust demands on the American people – without the proper authority. Now, you be the judge.
You have seen that Commissioner Charles Rosatti, Dan Bryant, the majority of our congressional delegation and other civil servants have refused to do their jobs. It would have been as simple as answering the questions of these well-educated researchers in a public forum, such as this one. But they have reneged, so you be the judge.
You have learned that the Constitution of the United States of America has been trampled on and ignored through allowing the privately owned Federal Reserve to create paper currency and charge you 47 million dollars in interest per hour – money coming from the mouths of your children and the college education funds of your grandchildren, all the while the children and grandchildren of the owners of the Federal Reserve will never have to work a day in their lives, and that is wrong, on so many different levels.
And let me tell you, that as a black woman I am keenly aware of the history of slavery. But do you understand that we are all slaves to this system? Do you understand that the media and Hollywood play a part keeping the American people so fixated on Alley McBeal, WWF Smackdown, Moeisha and the Practice that we don’t take time to read the Creature from Jekyll Island, study the Internal Revenue Code and learn the Constitution?
Now, let me spend just a minute to address my culture. Do you realize that the so called black leaders make millions of dollars every year playing the “us against them” role – keeping blacks focused on the race card and away from the real issue – the theft of our future through taxation.
These publicity mongers are well aware of the oppression brought on by income taxation, they love to march on Washington about racial profiling and civil rights, not to say that these are not real problems, but these leaders have been too afraid to approach the powers that be and have a million man, woman, boy, girl march about economic freedom from income taxation and restoration of constitutional rights.
(And they have the nerve to call Clarence Thomas an Uncle Tom.)
Also, there’s been a lot of talk about reparations lately, but know this: If all Americans were able to keep the money withheld from their paychecks every year, that money would enable them to home school, start their own business and boost the economy, save for college and retirement, even buy that 40 acres and a mule. So, you be the judge.
You need to understand that with an Internal Revenue Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and other “official documents” spouting off several different definitions of United States, Internal Revenue Service and other important terms, this deception that keeps people ignorant is not a coincidence. The writers of the Code used semantics and legalese to make us think that we are required to pay the income tax and file an income tax return. Former IRS commissioner Shirley Peterson even stated that, and I quote, “Eight decades of amendments….to (the) code have produced a virtually impenetrable maze….The rules are unintelligible to most citizens….The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law.” End quote.
This fraud was strung together by people like the former president that said “it depends on what your definition of is is” and “it depends on what your definition of sex is”. This incident showed us that definitions are very important to politicians and lawyers, and no word is meaningless. For example, it does depend on what the definition of “source” is.
The opposition, in an attempt to keep the sheeple in the flock, will scoff at us and encourage unaware Americans to ridicule those of us who have been informed, saying, “these people just don’t want to pay their fair share.” We have already learned from a speech by former Federal Reserve Chairman Beardsley Rhuml that this country doesn’t need income taxes for revenue. This money collected from our sweat and tears is used to perpetuate redistribution of wealth, among other things. But the powers that be keep beating the people over the head with this “fair share’ garbage. Well, what is fair share? Haven’t the families of the victims in New York City and the pentagon paid their fair share? Haven’t the men and women that lost sons and daughters, husbands in wives in Vietnam, Korea and the other battles paid their fair share? So you see, this tactic to pit those that are uninformed of the income tax fraud against those who have seen the light is baseless and must be eliminated!
The opposition also uses our religious faith to twist the meaning of authority and to create unjust statutes. People, I know godly authority and our current system does not reflect godly authority. Many of our past and present religious leaders have been jailed for questioning authority. They have been beaten, starved and even killed for their faith and their defiance of injustice. People of America – is what you’re living for worth dying for? Are you willing to take a stand? It’s your choice.
The creators of this Creature called the income tax, engineered their system to manipulate you into staying in your comfort zones. With a little bit of patriotism and a little bit of fear tactic mixed into a pot of inflation and deflation, they have been able to keep the people confused, intimidated and obedient for over 88 years.
But now the truth about the fraudulent origin and operations of the Federal Reserve System and the Internal Revenue Service have been revealed to the American people. You can no longer claim ignorance of the truth. You must acknowledge it or reject it. The choice is yours. And the consequences of your decision will rest on the shoulders of your children and future generations of Americans.
You can remain an informed slave or you can get off of the plantation. You can remain engrossed in fear, or you can take a stand like Patrick Henry who shouted “give me liberty or give me death.” You can stay hypnotized by “As The World Turns” and “The Guiding Light”, or you can turn off the bube tube and read the Constitution, then go ask your elected representatives why they refuse to follow it. Remember that those elected representatives have sworn to uphold and defend our constitution.
Remember that each of our elected representatives has pledged to serve our country first-not a political party, or certain privileged and special interests groups-but you, the American People. They are our public servants.
In closing, we have shown you the truth. Now, for the sake of our Country and our children, we ask you to choose justice over injustice, unity over division, courage over fear, truth over ignorance, and liberty over economic slavery.
We ask you to stand with us and let the voice of freedom be heard from every corner of our great country. It is time to end this long-standing injustice and tyranny over the American People.
Sherry Peel Jackson, CPA
Joe Banister like Sherry Jackson (a whistleblower), an IRS criminal investigator and federal law enforcement officer sworn to uphold and defend the constitution found some very serious constitutional problems with the federal income tax.
Joe, investigated the claim there is no law and found it to be true, on Feb 8th 1999 he submitted his findings to his superiors that eventually led to his resignation from the IRS and set him on a selfless mission of righteousness and morality knowing the danger of a great possibility of loss of life and treasure he stood and is still standing bring truth to power and the American people. Joe is on a lifelong mission to right something wrong and save someone and something; that someone and something being we the people and the United States of America.
The big difference between Joe’s case and Sherry’s is Joe had a Jury that not only judged his charges but judged the law; unlike Sherry Joe received true justice.
Joe Bannister explains in an interview the 2 year investigation he did, resulted in the IRS forcing him to resign.
A quote from one of the jurors in telling the ‘hidden side of the story’
“Serving in a jury is a serious social responsibility of the citizenry in our country! We took our responsibility seriously.”
~ Oscar S. Ramirez, Ph.D.
Joe like Sherry is a person of flawless integrity and both are the epitome of a real hero.
There are thousands of examples of true heroes; the fireman who runs back into the burning building that has been evacuated and ready to collapse to save someone, the police officer who arrives at the scene of a terrible accident before the fire department arrives and heroically goes to the burning vehicle that could explode at any moment to save someone unconscious inside, the soldier who dives on the grenade to save his buddy’s next to him. These are surely examples of true heroes involved in something true, righteous and morally sound who are willing to go beyond their capabilities and far above and beyond their call of duty even with a great chance of known danger including possible loss of life and treasure for no profit and selflessly save someone or something and right something wrong.
In this report I have concentrated more on the unknown and forgotten heroes, the heroes that have fought for and are fighting for truth, morality and what is good and right and there are so many I cannot include them all because it would probably take months if not years to do so. I hope I have succeeded in expanding on your definition of a real hero and I hope you may find the time to leave your opinion, definition or examples of a hero in the comment section of this report.
I will end this with some quotes and a list of names (no particular order) that I will add to from time to time of some whom I consider to be worth mentioning as heroes. Some who have been either imprisoned or killed for trying to right a wrong and or save someone or something, most fall into the whistleblower category. Take into account many people I consider to be heroes have selflessly given up lifelong high dollar occupations, high standings in society and put themselves in harm’s way to do what is right and have been demonized and ridiculed by the powers that be to bring truth to light; believe it or not by their heroism they may have even saved you in some unknown way.
JOHN ANTHONY HILL(JAH) AKA – MUAD’DIB: 7/7 London bombing whistle blower and much more
Dennis Grover:Liberty And Justice For All TV
Ed and Elaine Brown: SHOW US THE LAW! New Hampshire tax standoff.
Aaron Russo: political activist made documentaries including Mad as Hell and America: Freedom to Fascism.
Jack McLamb: founder of “Police Against the New World Order” helped Randy Weaver at the Ruby Ridge incident.
Gary Webb: Exposed CIA drug involvement.
Cynthia McKinney: Too much to list, stands against the monster at any cost.
Robert M. Bowman: Too much to list, look him up.
Tom Cryer : Took on the IRS and won.
Joseph Calhoun: Broadcast journalist involved with making the video “The Panama Deception” and the truth of the 93 World Trade Center bombing.
David Ray Griffin: One of the most if not the most damning researchers on 9/11.
Ted Gunderson: was a retired American Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent In Charge.
General Benton K. Partin USAF (Ret.): reported on the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the report was submitted to the U.S. Congress and is a matter of the Congressional Record.
Sargent Terry Yeakey: Police officer killed for what he knew about the OKC bombing
Alex Jones: I know I will get some flack on this one but I have had an eye on Alex for well over a decade now and I don’t know anyone who has brought more truth to light and taken more chances to bring truth to power. I am well aware of the claims he’s an agent etc. I don’t believe it, and until I see real evidence of such claims he is on my hero list. So if you leave a comment or email me please have some real evidence not a bunch of BS that I can only find as hearsay. This guy is a real Texan and has been at it since he was a teenager, I believe he’s only like 37 now; as I said don’t waste your time or mine unless you really have something, and I really believe you will find nothing.
Ron Paul: Audit of the Federal Reserve; too much to list.
Terry Stokes: Long time whistleblower; too much to list.
Frank Serpico Former New York City police officer who reported several of his fellow officers for bribery and related charges, the first officer to testify against police corruption.
Mordechai Vanunu: Revealed Israel’s clandestine nuclear program to the British press.
Ricky Ray: Hollywood and music industry corruption whistleblower and expert on secret societies and the Black Nobility.
Senator Paul Wellstone: Questioned 9/11 and was against the Iraq invasion soon later died in plane crash.
Peter Buxtun: Exposed the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment:
Mark Klein: Was a communications technician for AT&T, revealed the details of his personal knowledge of the secret 2003 construction of a monitoring facility in Room 641A of 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco.
Samuel Provance: Whistleblower on the torture in Abu Ghraib.
Cynthia Cooper: Exposed WorldCom scandal.