New Preface: About The Z-D Generation
I wrote The Z-D Generation (it) in the summer of 1978 as an introduction
to a book of 13 short stories, as yet unpublished, called Nuke Shrine
Barbecue: Stories from the Age of Surveillance (it). The stories are
set in the anti-war movement of the late 1960s and early 70s, with a few
inside what could be called the military-industrial-surrealist complex.
The mid- and late-70s, following the fall of Richard Nixon, and the end
of the Vietnam War, were a time of expectation that Investigation and
Muckraking might help change America for the better. American reporters,
for a change, actually took chances to bore into the core of certain secret
aspects of the American Imperium. There had been several Congressional
investigations that had exposed, for example, the CIAís foreign assassination
activities, and the CIAís illegal domestic program called CHAOS, which
was designed to disrupt the American anti-war movement, particularly the
underground press. Army Intelligence, it turned out, placed a spy in the
Chicago 7 defense camp, and the ghastly FBI Cointelpro program, designed
to stir up dissension and plant lies against a wide variety of groups
and American citizens, came to public knowledge during the years just
before I wrote The Z-D Generation (it). Accordingly, I wrote
my manifesto as a hopeful encouragement to a generation to make America
better through insisting on knowing the nationís secrets while the secrets
are still warm from the oven. I had a great belief in the power of words,
as seed syllables, to make a better world. Little did I know in 1978 that
Ronald Reaganís years in the White House would bring a version of the
British Official Secrets Act to the USA, so that now, 23 years after I
typed Z-D (it), secrets are kept more ferociously secret than ever,
and maybe even secret forever.
- Ed Sanders August, 2001.
The Age of Investigation
is the age of
Investigation and every citizen must investigate"
Eleutherarchy has taken to the airwaves
since the days of Dostoevsky,
and the Freedom is there for all
NEVER HESITATE TO OPEN
A CASE FILE
UPON THE BLOODIEST OE BEASTS
sec the day of
To go after
an item of time,
Olson says: p. 134 of
Human Universe & Other Essays,
essence is to
TILE NEW FACTS EARLY.")
a graph or glyph
your investigation target
to the target
and never surrender!
everything to be known
with Question Lists (very important
to have precise,
if you get knocked down,
confused by the target's
up, reassemble your Q-Lists,
and proceed again toward the data-target
----> ^ ----> knock down ----> ^ ----> knock down ---->
ever in mind
that there will be no danger, though we urge the
Adverbs upon you--
keep in mind, when targeting, say a possible
security psychotic killer hidden in a tweed suit,
suitable to remember,
good w/ the blindness
the passion that animates them,
the good pursue the
with a wise discretion"
the FBI in recent
encouraged Secret Sadism.
more Secret Sadism!
FBI, Military Intelligence,
CIA, the dour minions
National Security w/ repressionist
be confronted, infiltrated, exposed,
Psychology, Openness, Love, Bravery,
are our tools.
Demand to infiltrate the National Security grouch apparatus!
Poets, union organizers, academics, environmentalists, people of all persuasions,
must demand to join, to observe, to participate in,
councils of the military, councils of the police, and organizations
of the right, in order to come into contact with the War Caste.
poets and writers should
take on an investigation
requires close scrutiny of, and contact
be only an image in a dossier.
(Demand to know and to talk with the police -- investigate th' investigators.
Demand to know the technology, the techniques, and the personal philosophies
of the secret police. Demand citizen input during working
hours in the offices of the National Security Agency, say, as well as
your local Sheriff's office intelligence division, not to mention the
Naval Intelligence, and the Pentagon's weapons research laboratories.
And why should not groups of United States Citizens be drawn by lot for
inspection of the nation's most sensitive top secret documents,
plans, and proposals? And why do we not sec women high in the councils
of the War Caste yet? Why should not, during an interim period, a delegation
the National Organization for Women serve on the National Security
Council, and have a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff?)
not be beaten away from the barricades of investigation
by fear, by shyness, by stonewall, or by the glowerings of
National Security grouches.