Rust In Peace
1991 | Metal
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“The military Intelligence, two words combined that can't make sense.”
- Drummer Nick Menza wrote the lyrics, Mustaine composed the music.
- Mustaine wrote the intro for the Metallica instrumental "The Call of Ktulu", the final Metallica song for which he has a writing credit.
- Hangar 18 is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Rumor has it an alien aircraft was relocated there from Roswell in 1947.
THE HOT TAKES
"Anyone else reading this a fan of the X-Files? What a show. Hangar 18 (and the later follow-up song, Return to Hangar) will always conjur memories of Mulder and Scully. So yes, the song is mainly about alien lifeforms. But the refrain ""Possibly I've seen too much; Hangar 18, I know too much"" hints at a very strange concept: Knowing too much. Too much for what? Too much for your own good, in this case. The state, with its mighty fortresses and secret experiments and black budgets and heinous crimes against humanity...how does it keep this information under lock and key? By threat of imprisonment, torture, violence, and death. Ancient empires used slaves, whips, and public torture. Modern empires use less obvious methods, but the brutality remains. "
Military Intelligence, oxymoron for sure. The truth is any intelligence the military has, it only has because of the monopoly on force that it exerts to keep others from having access to things they don't want them to. Even though I don't believe in extra terrestrials, if they did exist and the US military had them, it would be a good illustration of my point. The E.t.s visited the Earth, but by force, the US government keeps them withheld and takes advantage of any technologies that they have. The bigger question though is not only why should the government have a monopoly on force, but also why should it have a monopoly on information?
I waffled on the inclusion of this song because it's overt themes are really more fantastic and conspiratorial than libertarian, but there are some topics I'm not sure we've hit yet that definitely get implied in this song. We talk a lot about the obvious murder that the military commits because it's easy to point that out to normies. It's still hard to get them to see it for it's hypocrisy but that's perhaps been done to death so far. We've yet to address here the secretive nature of our government. You know thos e wonderful public servants that lied to congress about bulk data collection and somehow now have jobs for CNN. In the roswell incident we're getting close to the 1oo year mark and the classified documents are still heavily redacted as to be useless. Why does no one question whether there should be any designation as classified at all? Why is there any part of the government that is unelected. I beleive at this point in time the unelected personelle outnumber the elected. So why is it so difficult to get people to take Ron Paul's talk of a deep state so seriously. It's difficult to think about the trump presidenccy and not question how the most powerful position in the world could be neutered so easily. Where does the power really reside? I'm not gonna go to deep into conspiracy but there are legit questions that anyone who cares about freedom should ponder when they listen to this fantastic song.