Truth Series

The Statue of Liberty is globally recognized as a symbol of Freedom and as an aspired American Ideal. However, the government has interpreted “with Liberty and Justice for all” as is sees fit to serve its agenda.
During WWII President Roosevelt ordered for the evacuation of all persons of Japanese ancestry, including Japanese American citizens, to be put into concentration camps. For four years, over 120,000 people were forced to live under harsh conditions with little contact from the outside. 

Currently we are seeing these same war hysteria patterns arise, but towards people of Arab and Muslim descent. Who will be the next target? In a climate of international war how does the symbol of Miss Liberty take on new meaning, and how are the boundaries of liberty and freedom blurred? Is truth accessible within today’s corporate plutocracy?

Truth1: Infotainment        
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11 ½”L x 9 ½”W x 3.25”D
frame: Acrylic and sterling silver
19”L x 18”W x 1 1/8”D    
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“Today [‘s media] it’s not about the quest for Truth, it’s about Entertainment.” 
John Nichols, Washington DC correspondent

It’s up to each one of us to gather the grey, the missing Truth, 
from amongst the black and white fragmented “facts”.


Truth2: Past, Present, Future  
Series of 3 crowns
(Truth 2 :Future not pictured)

Truth 2: The Past                
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Recycled: plexiglass, wood, plastic film; sterling silver
24.75”L x 13.75”H x 2.25”D
Private Collection
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Truth 2: The Present            
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Recycled: plexiglass, plastic film, electronics; sterling silver
16.5”L x 11.5”H x 3.75”D
photo credit: George Post

The Statue of Liberty is globally recognized as a symbol of Freedom and as an aspired American Ideal. However, the government has interpreted “with Liberty and Justice for all” as is sees fit to serve its agenda. 

 "Unnecessary suffering versus military necessity.  There is no agreed definition of unnecessary suffering.  Whether a weapon causes unnecessary suffering turns on whether the injury, including death, to combatants is disproportionate to the military advantage gained by use of the weapon.  The effect of a weapon must be weighed in light of levels of injury to enemy combatants by comparable, lawful weapons in use on the modern battlefield.  The critical factor is whether the suffering is needless or disproportionate to the military advantage secured by the weapon, not the degree of suffering itself.  The MOAB weapon kills by way of blast or fragmentation.  Blast and fragmentation are historic and common anti-personnel effects in lawful military weapons.  There are no components that would cause unnecessary suffering.  The explosive ingredient H6 is a widely-used explosive that is typical for weapons of this type.  The components RDX and TNT do have some potential toxic effects from long-term exposure, but these are limited and within US government tolerance levels.  The potential psychological effect of the weapon does not constitute suffering.  The intent is to demoralize or frighten the enemy by impressing them with the large footprint, resulting cloud, and tremendous noise of the explosion."

Excerpt from MEMORANDUM FOR AAC/JAQ (Mr. Luthy), 3/21/03, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCEHeadquarters; SUBJECT:  Requested Legal Review of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) Weapon


Truth3: Mediacracy—Sold! To the Highest Bidder!        
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brass, sterling & fine silver
27”L x 23”H x 3.25”D
Private Collection
photo credit: George Post

“Any relaxation of ownership restrictions will further denigrate the quality and diversity of information received by the public and will have grave consequences for the fee and open debate necessary to sustain a democratic society.”    
Linda Foley, President of The Newspaper Guild—Communications Workers of America

A total of six multinational corporations own and control 80% of the Media around the world. It is their viewpoint that we see and hear daily on TV, in print, and radio. Because of the power these corporations wield it is almost impossible for alternative media to compete monetarily. As a result, alternative viewpoints are being suffocated, and may ultimately be wiped out.

June 2, 2003 the Federal Communications Commission voted to abolish the last of the media-ownership limits. These rules—intended to protect diversity of viewpoints, competition and local ownership—keep major TV networks from merging into one and prevent a single company from dominating the local TV market or owning a cross-platform of local media markets. FCC’s Chairman Powell (former board member of AOL and son of Colin Powell, Secretary of State) claims “media mergers are good for business.”  Since when has it been the FCC’s job to protect business interests over public interests?

By September 16, 2003, thanks to the hundreds of thousands of citizens who spoke out against the FCC’s ruling, both the Senate and House voted resoundingly in favor of reversing the FCC’s ruling. And by using the Congressional Review Act, Congress passed a resolution in a 55-40 vote to roll back the FCC rules. 

President Bush vows to veto this resolution when it passes his desk. Is it any coincidence that the media industry has spent $124 million on political contributions and lobbying in Washington, DC since 1995? 

Will you hear about this on the nightly news? Does the Bush Administration believe our voices matter?


Truth4: The Past is Present--Violations of the IV     
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31”L x 18.25”H x 3”D
photo credit: George Post

“May it serve as a constant reminder of our past so that Americans in the future will never again be denied their constitutional rights and may the remembrance of that experience serve to advance the evolution of the human spirit.”               Plaque at the Poston Relocation Center                                   

During WWII from the spring of 1942 through the spring of 1946, over 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry, the majority of them American citizens were forced to live in “relocation camps”, tar paper barracks thrown up in the middle of the barren lands. War hysteria had overtaken the country and Japanese Americans were the targets of extreme racial discrimination, losing their lands, homes, and businesses, not welcomed to return after the war.

Ironically, during the entire course of the war, only 10 people were convicted of spying for Japan, none of which were of Japanese descent.

Their Constitutional rights guarding against unreasonable search and seizure were violated. And it is happening again, this time against individuals of Arab descent. The Bush Administration has deemed it lawful through the Patriot Act to arrest whomever they please, without reason for an infinite amount of time. No one is given access, not even families, not even lawyers. 

Is this what our Statue of Liberty, the international icon of “freedom and justice for all” stands for in today’s democracy?