Signs Supplement: The Suicide Bombing Cycle
Strike Flash Presentation by a QFS member
of the Day
- Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland 2004
Evidence of the president's
fudged war record emerged in time to undermine the Republicans'
Republicans marched out of their convention intoxicated with the
sensation of victory. President Bush, the "war president",
was the most honest, moral, decisive, and strongest leader in the
world. (The unvarying encomiums eerily echoed those of the brainwashed
soldiers about the sleeper agent in The Manchurian Candidate: "Raymond
Shaw is the kindest, warmest, bravest, most wonderful human being
I've ever known in my life.")
After Bush's defiant speech - "Nothing will hold us back!"
- his lead was reported by Time magazine to have climbed to 11 points,
which was inhaled like pure oxygen by the Republican cadres. (Both
John Kerry's and Bush's internal polls gave Bush only a four-point
"Our strategy is succeeding," Bush told his jubilant
Bush campaigns before the faithful; distressing facts are dismissed
with sarcasm and ideology is implacable. Yet at this moment of disdain
a discovery that cast light on Bush's character suddenly emerged,
having the potential to alter the momentum of the campaign.
On Wednesday, the Boston Globe published documents proving that
Bush, whose spotty record in the National Guard was always mysterious,
"fell well short of meeting his military obligation".
Maj Gen Paul A Weaver Jr., who retired in 2002 as the Pentagon's
director of the Air National Guard, was quoted: "It appears
that no one wanted to hold him accountable."
That night, CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast the first interview with
former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes, who explained how he
contrived to get young George his safe posting in the "champagne
unit" of the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war.
The programme also revealed further documents showing he never fulfilled
Abruptly, the Republican marchers stumble as Kerry is galvanised.
"His miscalculation was going to war without planning carefully
and without the allies we should have had," he said yesterday.
Meanwhile in the White House, aides anxiously wonder how to explain
the president's haunted past and his long years of hiding it and
who will have the task of facing the cameras.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo., Sept. 6 --
The God-fearing folk of this rural hamlet must have been mighty
scandalized Monday evening when President Bush dropped by to tell
them about a previously unappreciated problem.
"We've got an issue in America,"
the president said in discussing the need to limit malpractice
awards. "Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too
many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across
For Bush, it was the second time in three days that he announced
an unintended policy position. In Erie, Pa., on Saturday, he said:
"I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental
-- supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts
and ammunition and fuel."
Presumably he meant "money for body armor and parts."
AS SOON as the wheels touched
the tarmac at Dallas airport, the previously shy stewardess grabbed
the microphone and made horse noises while the plane braked.
"Woaaah boy. Woaaah," she said, and made clip-clop sounds
while the aircraft taxied to the gate. The man beside me said it
was a regular stunt. "Welcome to Texas," he said. "You'll
find things different here."
Politically, I had entered a parallel universe. The airport bookshops
were transformed: instead of the usual Bush- hating tomes, it was
selling The French Betrayal of America and the intriguingly
titled Why the United Nations is Worse than You Think.
I stopped for lunch at a diner and saw a bottle of ‘W'
ketchup, a condiment taking Republican tables by storm since Teresa
Heinz Kerry became a fixture of her husband's run for the
My first port of call was an electronics shop called Radio Shack
on the outskirts of Dallas where David Jackson, a 52-year-old black
shop attendant, described himself as a Democrat - voting for Mr
"That man's got balls," he said, in a deep Texas
accent. "He knew what had to be done in Iraq, and he went straight
in there. You have to admire that kind of courage in a man."
Music on the local radio seemed about a different lifestyle: not
sex and desire, but marriage, love and horses. Even songs about
being cheated on ("that ain't my truck in her drive")
were stamped with the DNA of Texas.
I decide to take a different tack - seek out Democrats in Texas,
seeing as Republicans are crawling out of the walls. I am directed
to an up-market shopping mall, on the logic that foreign clothes
(Prada) and foreign politics (voting Democrat) go together.
At a French-style café (in Texas) two women are having lunch,
eating fruit salad and drinking cappuccinos, and I overheard one
talking about her drama class trip to Rome.
She ticks all the boxes marked "Democrat". She is shocked
at the very suggestion. "I'm a Roman Catholic,"
she explains, as if this spoke for itself. But Mr Kerry, I offer,
is a practising Catholic. "Not if he doesn't believe
in the church's fundamental teaching - the right to life,"
she said, meaning opposition to abortion.
Worse, it emerges, Mr Kerry has been excommunicated for his sins.
This, as it turns out, is a widely held myth. Some priests have
said he should be denied communion. But in Texas, it's gone
down as fact.
Here is a 19-year-old drama student staunchly and instinctively
Republican. None of her peers, she says, are Democrats - which she
attributes to the success of the education system.
I try again - to Starbucks, where Susan Martin, a 52-year-old Barista,
was taking a break.
She was just as fired-up as the liberals in San Francisco, but
from the opposite side of the debate. The Bush administration, she
believes, is leading the US into the most noble chapter of its history
- and is midway through a vital election.
"This is not a political election. It's a spiritual
election. It's about the kind of freedom our ancestors fought
for and spilled their blood for," she says.
She adds: "[If Mr Kerry is elected] we will be loosening our
grip on freedom. If we stop fighting for the oppressed overseas,
we'll stop doing it here as well. That's why President
Bush has got to win."
This is naked neo-conservatism - the kind of talk seen in Britain
as a bizarre and slightly twisted ideology forged by a handful of
right-wing academics. Yet in Euless, Texas, it was coming from the
heart of a Starbucks worker.
And she traces the Bush mission to John F Kennedy, Democratic Party
icon, reciting his inaugural address by heart: "Let every nation
know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price,
bear any burden... to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
Democrats who criticise Mr Bush's foreign policy, she says,
are betraying JFK's legacy. "If they put those words
into a Bush speech, no-one would notice. History brings us such
people - Churchill, Eisenhower." And now, she says, George
My last chance to find a Democrat is at the party's own headquarters.
The nerve centre of John Kerry resistance in Dallas looks more
like a guerrilla hideaway. It is tucked inside a run-down industrial
block, next to a garage and opposite a lonely Mexican carryout .
After checking my credentials to ensure I am not a Republican spy,
they let me sit in on a meeting of candidates who are discussing
how to subvert the enemy from within.
Their strategy is partly given away by an ethnic map of Dallas
showing the city's main concentration of Hispanics. It is
the political equivalent of oil drilling - each area of minorities
is a potential well of voters.
One discusses a visit to "Anglos" (white men with Stetsons).
"Don't bother, it's 99.9 per cent Republican,"
he's told. "Save it for people who will listen."
| It has been a wild week for numbers.
Immediately after the Republican Convention, Time and Newsweek released
poll numbers indicating a significant bounce for George W. Bush, and
an 11 point lead over John Kerry. A few days go by, however, and the
air appears to have been let out of the tires.
The new Rasmussen poll has the two Presidential candidates tied
47.3% to 47.3%. This leads to an inescapable conclusion: If all
these numbers are correct - Time, Newsweek and Rasmussen - then
Mr. Bush has suffered an historic cratering in his poll numbers
within 100 hours of the close of his party's convention.
But perhaps the ballyhooed post-convention lead enjoyed by Bush
never existed at all. Pollster John Zogby says, "I have Mr.
Bush leading by 2 points in the simple head-to-head match up - 46%
to 44%. Add in the other minor candidates and it becomes a 3 point
advantage for the President - 46% to 43%...it simply is not an 11
point race. It just isn't."
It should be noted that Rasmussen provided the
core data for both the TIME and Newsweek polls. Their independent
interpretation of the very same data produced dramatically different
conclusions than those reached by TIME and Newsweek.
The 'Bush bounce' after the convention has either disappeared
completely, or never existed at all. Neither bodes well for the
incumbent. Gallup, which has on many occasions appeared to be working
as a PR arm of the Bush election campaign, paints an interesting
political perspective: "Bush's two-point convention bounce
is one of the smallest registered in Gallup polling history, along
with Hubert Humphrey's two-point bounce following the 1968 Democratic
convention, George McGovern's zero-point bounce following the 1972
Democratic convention, and Kerry's "negative bounce" of
one point among registered voters earlier this year. Bush's bounce
is the smallest an incumbent president has received."
"America," said Bush, "is called to lead the cause
of freedom in a new century....freedom is not America's gift. It
is the Almighty God's gift."
If there was ever any doubt, the acceptance speech of President
George Walker Bush as the presidential candidate of the Republican
Party of the U.S.A., excised it when he proudly proclaimed himself
God's missionary on earth to bring God's gift of freedom to the
"America," said he from an altar-like podium especially
constructed for the occasion, "is called to lead the cause
of freedom in a new century....freedom is not America's gift. It
is the Almighty God's gift."
The night before, Vice President Dick Cheney trashed the UN as
any kind of civilized arbiter of world affairs. The Republican United
States of America will apparently have no truck with such sissified
"George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend
the American people," he thundered, and got thunderous applause
Why should he, one might ask, when George W. Bush gets his instructions
to create Imperial America directly from the Almighty.
That proposition puts this American election in everyone's interest.
With a smirk, George W. declared that all Texans walk the walk
as he does, with that bowleggety swagger that comes from strapping
a hogleg mounted .44 revolver to the hip.
And so, in a set-up reminiscent of a thousand Hollywood westerns,
George W. has swaggered out onto the dusty street in search of his
effete eastern prey, the interloper John Kerry.
It is the election as shoot-out — a High Noon showdown at
the ballot box with John Kerry in the Gary Cooper role.
If the Republican National Convention in New York told us one thing,
it is that the two parties are separated by one letter in one word
— crass and class — but there is an enormous gulf in
sensibility between them as they fight for the American electorate.
Consider the keynote speakers:
The Democrats introduced a fresh 45-year-old first time Senate
seat seeker improbably named Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan goat
herder and an American aid worker — a perfect example of the
Obama took the Democratic convention by storm, as well as every
political pundit from Portland, Maine to Point Barrow, Alaska.
He was eloquent, mannerly and the soul of sweet reason who talked
of the need for a united America.
The Republicans trotted out a Democratic Party
turncoat Senator named Zell Miller, a bitter and twisted old man
who spewed venom with a crazed glint in his eyes to roars of approval
from the multitude.
It was a crazy speech, irrational, illogical and
built on a tissue of lies. It tried to make the case that to oppose
the "Commander-in-Chief" was treason and that John Kerry
himself was treasonous.
The crowd loved it.
It was unbridled hate, live and venomous, and
the Republicans loved it, every vile syllable.
So the question is: can you win an election based
on the crassest of emotions — hate and fear?
In the immediate aftermath of the Republican Convention, CNN reported
with obvious enthusiasm that the Republicans had received their
hoped for "bounce" and opened up an 11-point lead over
Curiously, two other polls released the same day did not reflect
the "bounce." They went unreported.
A state-by-state analysis of the infamous Electoral College, gave
the Republicans a 30-point lead over the Democrats.
Without question, hate and fear are the two strongest emotional
motivators impelling human response. They are also the most destructive,
to an individual, and to a society — and maintained over a
period of time, ultimately become self destructive.
But in the meantime, they can cause a lot of hurt to a lot of people.
Coupled with the notion that hate and fear can be mobilized into
a quest for world imperial power, the scary meter goes right off
Bush and his Republican legions apparently believe they can win
the hearts, if not the minds, of enough Americans by characterizing
John Kerry as one of Ah-nold Whatsisname's "girlie men."
That, they believe, will be an expression of God's will on earth.
It is a frightening thought, given H. L. Mencken's aphorism that..."No
one ever went broke underestimating the taste [and intelligence]
of the American people."
Politics is, after all, an emotional exercise.
So is religion.
God of Love, God of Hate.
Crass and Class.
Take your pick.
John Kerry has 60 days.
Some doctors use it to treat
insomnia, asthma and eczema. Others to calm migraines and irritable
bowels, and to reduce anxiety. Yet, even though the use of hypnosis
is on the increase across the medical profession, no one understands
how it works. Some experts even believe the "trance" induced
by hypnosis can happen to us all when we are daydreaming, engrossed
in a bestseller or commuting to work. [...]
Hypnosis is now one of the most commonly used complementary therapies,
with an estimated 353,000 consumers every year in England. To meet
this demand, more and more health professionals are being trained
in its use. General practices in 12 per cent of primary care groups
in England offer hypnosis to patients. This results in nearly one-and-a-half
million private and NHS appointments with hypnotherapists every
year, at a cost to private users of £34 million and to the
NHS of more than £5 million.
Despite this increase in medical use and a boom in hypnosis research,
experts still don't agree how it works and such understanding could
make it even more effective. Scientists at the British Association's
Festival of Science in Exeter will continue the long-running debate
on the subject tomorrow.
Hypnosis attempts to direct a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviour
by "suggestions" that instruct him or her to concentrate
on particular images or ideas. This can be achieved with the help
of a hypnotist or through self- hypnosis. For example, a "suggestion"
to reduce the pain of having a tooth extracted might invoke an image
of pain being controlled like the volume on a television set. So
if the dial is turned down, the pain can be reduced. Likewise, the
image of lying on a beach in the sun can help some people to experience
People usually need a series of hypnosis sessions, starting with
a "hypnotic induction", which increases relaxation and
allows people to become absorbed in their inner thoughts. During
hypnosis, subjects are usually aware of their environment, can remember
most of what happens and cannot be made to do things against their
Scientists agree that there is a pattern or "orchestra"
of brain activity during hypnosis that some refer to as a trance.
A trance can be described as a state of mind in which a person's
attention is focused, he or she is absorbed in a specific activity
and is switched off from what is going on around them. This brain
activity depends on the type of "suggestion" that the
patient is given and can occur in a number of parts of the brain,
including the cortex that controls the "higher" brain
functions such as perception, sensation, thought and memory and
the lower parts that control unconscious processes such as breathing,
heart rate and muscle movement.
One view suggests that the brain achieves an altered state of consciousness,
a unique trance, during hypnosis.
Prof Helen Crawford, of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University in Blacksburg, Virginia, an expert in the neurophysiology
of pain relief through hypnosis, says she has concrete physiological
evidence to show that the brain achieves a state of focused attention
during hypnosis. She says there is something "dramatically
different" about the brain activity in people during hypnosis,
for pain relief, compared with when they are not hypnotised.
She describes a change in the pattern of brain activity during
hypnosis, characterised by a significant increase in theta waves
of about 5-7Hz recorded by electroencephalograph (EEG) monitors.
However, support among experts for an alternative explanation appears
to be growing. Although proponents of this rival theory do not dispute
that research has reliably shown physiological changes in the brain
during hypnosis, they do not believe these changes are confined
They propose that the pattern of brain activity seen during hypnosis
can be found during everyday experiences when attention is focused:
for example, being absorbed in a piece of music or driving a long
distance. This explanation makes the brain activity seen during
hypnosis seem less special, since it suggests this can happen to
One of the authors of a British Psychological Society report on
hypnosis, Dr Graham Wagstaff of the University of Liverpool, believes
the physiological evidence cited by some scientists to support the
idea that the brain is in a unique "trance" during hypnosis
has been over-interpreted. "If you give anybody an instruction,
you will get physiological changes in the brain," he says.
"To establish that hypnosis invokes a special physiological
state of the brain, you have to show that the person is not capable
of doing that when not hypnotised." [...]
"There are question marks," acknowledges another author
of the report, Dr Michael Heap of Wathwood Hospital, Rotherham,
who has frequently used hypnosis to treat psychological conditions.
Dr Heap says the traditional idea that you are in some special state
of consciousness, a unique trance, during all forms of hypnosis
is very unlikely. [...]
We may not know how it works, but it certainly seems to. Phyllis
Alden, of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, is a clinical psychologist
who has used hypnosis to treat patients for the past 20 years. She
says hypnosis can be so effective in reducing pain that patients
can even stop using conventional painkillers. She believes the hypnotic
state is simply capitalising on our natural capacity to focus our
"Hypnosis involves the focusing of attention to the point
where you can make what you imagine feel real at the same time as
being able to switch off from what is real," she says. "That
is what makes hypnosis work. I don't think it is a lot more complicated
than that. You don't have to formally induce this state called hypnosis
to get some of these things to happen." [...]
As the debate continues, it highlights how little is known about
the closely related and fundamental scientific question of human
consciousness. These complex questions are likely to continue to
baffle scientists for many more years.
In the meantime, millions of people will continue to benefit from
hypnosis, even though this lack of understanding seems to be at
odds with the health service drive for evidence-based medicine.
Hypnosis: the history
Hypnosis was first recognised by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks
as a way of inducing dreams to solve people's problems.
Franz Mesmer (1734-1815), an Austrian doctor, is regarded as the
modern "father of hypnosis". However, the medical profession
rejected what was later termed mesmerism".
James Braid (1796-1860), a Scottish doctor, coined the terms "hypnosis"
and "hypnotism" from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos.
Scientists now know that hypnosis and sleep are two very different
A swinging watch was commonly used in the early days of hypnotism
to allow people to fixate on an object and go into a "trance".
Scottish surgeon James Esdaile (1808-1859) used hypnotism as an
anaesthetic during countless major operations he performed in India.
However, the British medical profession rejected the use of hypnosis
in this way in favour of new anaesthetic drugs.
In 1892, the British Medical Association (BMA) . rst formally recognised
that hypnosis had therapeutic benefits.
Hypnosis was used to treat the physical and psychological effects
experienced by soldiers in the two world wars.
Although public demonstrations of hypnosis have been popular throughout
history, stage hypnotism as a form of television entertainment,
was pioneered by an American, Ormond McGill, who also wrote the
"bible" of stage hypnosis, The Encyclopedia of Stage
Hypnotism, in 1947.
In 1955, the BMA first supported the teaching of hypnosis in medicine.
In any murder inquiry, investigators
should look for suspects who had the motive, means, and opportunity
for committing the crime. In an assassination, a politically-motivated
killing, the same holds truth, though finding suspects is more difficult
because of the greater need and ability of their employers to hide
their identity, and how they did the deed.
Only intelligence services of most tenuous states these days resort
to clear, conspiratorial acts of violence - like Pinochet's secret
police organization (DINA) blowing up critics Orlando Letelier and
Ronni Moffitt in a car in front of the Chilean Embassy in Washington
on September 21, 1976 - for fear that they will be fatally exposed
by their opponents, leading to the regime's collapse. On the other
hand, the conspiracy must not be so clever that no one is convicted
of the killing - what unexpectedly happened because of Soviet spying
in the 1986 assassination of Swedish statsminister Olof Palme -
because everyone will conclude that it must have been one, most
likely by the people who wanted him dead.
Consequently, the secret intelligence services
of developed states, especially America's Central Intelligence Agency,
Israel's Mossad, and Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, have
spent countless amounts of money, and endless research by scientists
to develop assassins who will do the desired acts on demand, and
without any recall of what they have done. Of course, here
we are talking about Manchurian Candidates, but the name is a misnomer
as the most important research and operations in the field were
done by the Americans and the Israelis, not the North Koreans.
The primer on the subject is John Marks' The Search for the
"Manchurian Candidate", but in reading it, one must
realize that the search was successful, and Manchurian
Candidates have often been used in many operations around the world.
The classic cases have used drugs to prepare the mind for manipulation,
psychic driving of a positive and negative nature to create a false
manic-depressive condition, and hypnosis to implant a secret agenda
in the candidate's subconscious which will be acted upon in an elevated
state. The most sinister trigger of the process has been achieved
by a form of remote viewing instead of hypnosis where the handler
commands the subject's subconscious to action through extremely
low frequency sound messages and images directly into the brain
from a nearby location. Marks, in short, has just exposed the most
benign tip of the projects.
The task for covert operatives, especially the CIA's William King
"Executive Action" Harvey, and Israel's Major Benjamin
Shalit, has been to find just the right kind of loner, one with
a most disassociated makeup which can be determined by proper personality
assessment, and who can be driven upon demand, ideally from a remote
source, with little chance of anything being dragged out of him
later by any investigator. Experience has shown that even with the
right type of loner, operatives must not try to make him do anything
that he is consciously or unconsciously opposed to, and even successful
assassins, especially ones with split personalities, can be exposed
if they later experience stable, nuturing relationships. The best
insurance against this ever happening is for operatives to see that
any successful Manchurian Candidate is either killed on the spot,
or locked up in prison for life.
The evidence of this being the case in political
assassinations is everywhere if one only thinks about it. Nearly
all the important political assassinations or attempted ones of
the last half century have involved loners of this nature. For
example, James Earl Ray was programmed by Harvey's people in Los
Angeles and New Orleans to kill Dr. Martin Luther King after he
was moved into position with binoculars and a rifle with a telescopic
sight to trigger the shooting in Memphis, while Sihran Sirhan was
driven by similar people to be a decoy shooter for assassin Thane
Eugene Cesar in the murder of RFK a few months later on the West
Coast. The attempted assassination of Governor George Wallace in
1972 by loner Arthur Bremer, arranged by Harvey in Milwaukee when
he was leading Nixon's Plumbers, was very similar to the MLK one.
In sum, assassinations by developed states
today almost always require a single gunman or decoy to seemingly
do the deed, preferably Manchurian Candidates, so one should never
discount a probable political conspiracy because of police claims
that the assassin was a loner. He almost has to be, or else
the plot could result in serious consequences, even war, if prevented,
or discovered after the fact. Even in the Palme assassination, Stig
Bergling, the convicted Soviet spy, was set up to appear to be the
party policeman who killed the statsminister for Moscow while on
prison release to get married, and then had escaped to the USSR
for his honeymoon - what the CIA's Rod Carlson tried to arrange
through the American Embassy in Stockholm, but Bergling had enough
sense to decline, leaving the void Swedish police have yet to decipher.
All this seems most relevant in discussing
the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. The Mossad certainly
had the motive, capability, and apparently the opportunity to kill
the most troublesome Swedish politician since Palme. Ever
since Ariel Sharon was elected Israel's Prime Minister in his own
right in early 2001, the government in Tel Aviv has increasingly
sought to end the peace process with the Palestinians under the
Olso Accords in a way which would secure her demise as part of the
war on terror, starting with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, while achieving
the release in America of the Mossad's Jonathan Pollard for allegedly
spying for the Soviets.
Pollard had been set up for spying in the run-up to Palme's assassination
to persuade Moscow that it had all the protection it needed to prevent
a first strike from the West - what Washington planned to take full
advantage of with more sophisticated satellites, a cargo container
full of sensitve sensors transported across the USSR at the time,
taps of key communication cables in Moscow and the Barents Sea,
and double agents to make it look as if the Soviet response to the
set up was a first strike of their own against Sweden.
While the real spying by the Agency's Aldrich "Rick"
Ames, and the FBI's Robert Hanssen prevented this from happening
after Palme was assassinated, Washington locked up Pollard for life
in an attempt to defuse the growing confusion about what had happened,
and why. Sharon, as part of his election mandate, made Pollard's
release from prison an integral condition of Irsael's on-going diplomatic
relations with Washington. Then fellow Likud Member of Parliament
Gilad Erdan made such a fuss about Pollard's plight that Jewish
agencies, as far away as the Orthodox Union in America, were calling
for pardoning him, what President Clinton had granted sleazy Marc
Rich, and Al Schwimmer, the arms dealer who was supposed to arrange
the HAWK missile shipment through Sweden in November 1985 - the
fiasco that led to Palme's assassination.
Lindh was soon doing things, especially during Sweden's presidency
of the European Commission, which made her Sharon's leading antagonist
while his election manager, Meir Dagan, was clearing the way through
special operations for the elimination of Iraq's regime, and ultimately
the Foreign Minister herself.
Dagan's agenda was headed by eliminating Yasser
Arafat, and the Oslo Accords - what brought him into direct conflict
with Lindh who did not consider the PLO leader a terrorist, wanted
their implementation at the expense of illegal Jewish settlements,
and was ultimately calling for the EU to break diplomatic relations
with Tel Aviv. To help promote Lindh's agenda in Palestine, MI6
agent Alistair Crooke, veteran security adviser to the EU's special
envoy to the Middle East, worked with Palestinian militants, especially
Hamas, to arrange a ceasefire so the Mitchell Plan could be implemented.
To prevent this initiative from getting anywhere, Dagan arranged
in July 2002 for the IDF to bomb Sheikh Salah Shehadeh's house,
killing him and 14 other people, nine of whom were children. Then
there was Lindh's strong criticism of Kofi Annan's report on the
IDF's invasion of Jenin the following month, killing up to 500 Palestinians
Dagan earned the Mossad's Director Generalship in September by
arranging the assassination of deepest agent Abu Nidal in Baghdad,
what cleared the way for the Coalition's war on Iraq. Nidal knew
where many of the West's skeletons were buried, especially arms
shipments and armed attacks in the lead-up to the Palme assassination,
and Saddam Hussein believed that what he could divulge was a great
deterrent to an attack. While one of Dagan's kidons, four-man special
operations squads, was allegedly trying to kill the Iraqi leader,
another one cut down Nidal in the same fashion that Gerald Bull
was eliminated, leaving Iraqi security forces to explain lamely
that they had killed Nidal because he had documents linking him
to an unnamed enemy, obviously Israel.
During the past year, Lindh actions - promising Palestinians political
asylum while protesting the Iraqi war, the isolation of Arafat at
Abu Mazen's expense, the treatment of so-called unlawful combatants
from Afghanistan in Cuba, and the targeting of militants, especially
by America, of any sort - just moved the Mossad to give teeth to
Sharon's permission .."to carry out assassinations," as
UPI reported in January, "of suspected terrorist targets on
the U.S. and other allies' soil." The Foreign Minister had
worn down the last opposition to her assassination in Washington
by being so demanding about the release of three Swedish citizens,
charged falsely with working for Al-Qaeda while helping fellow Somalis.
While the Mossad was infiltrating agents into, and recruiting
co-religionists in friendly countries to carry out these missions,
counterterrorists in Europe and North America were dragooned into
the process. Britain was so afraid that an air liner would be shot
down over Heathrow - like what nearly happened to an El Al liner
in Africa, and resulted in Dagan being named the Mossad's DG - that
MI5 called out the Army to meet the alleged threat. The FBI, in
cahoots with the Russian intelligence service, trapped a New Jersey
arms merchant into buying doctored missiles for the same purpose
in the States.
The clock starting ticking for Lindh's assassination when MI5's
Director General Eliza Manningham-Buller gave an unprecedented lecture
in June, warning that an unconventional terrorist attack upon a
West European city by Osama bin Laden or one of the Islamic networks
loosely affiliated with him was just "a matter of time."
Thanks to allowing 15 Mossad agents (katsas) to help Britain in
its counterterrorist efforts, the country had unrivalled expertise
in fighting terrorism, she explained.
Gordon Thomas added in his May 16, 2003 article, "Mossad's
Killing Machine comes to Britain," an Israeli kidon was even
in Britain, tracking down, and killing at close quarters. An MI5
source told Thomas that "...they are equiped with long and
short-blade knives and piano wires to strangle" their victims.
The kidons, composed of men and women in their late twenties, were
trained to melt into the local community.
In this context, it seems most likely that Swedish
security forces again followed Britain's lead - as they had in the
Palme case to their detriment about providing reliable bodyguard
protection for their leading public officials - allowing katsas
and their kidons to take up positions in Stockholm to protect the
city from terrorist attacks. How else could Säpo, the Swedish
security service, have denied Lindh repeated calls from the Foreign
Ministry for bodyguard protection, claiming that she was under no
threat? Of course, the Israelis were the greatest threat to the
Foreign Minister, as Jewish extremists were constantly contending
that she was"the greatest apologist of terrorsim," deserving
to be assassinated - what they gleefully repeated when it happened.
During the summer, Dagan's people apparently found a Serb in Stockholm
- like the ones who had assassinated the Serbian Prime Minister
Zoran Djindjic in March while he was on his way to a meeting with
Lindh - to give them cover for what they planned. Djindjic, who
Tel Aviv wanted murdered because of his alleged supplying Saddam
with vital, illegal war materiel in the run-up to the war, was the
first European political leader since Palme to be assassinated.
Djindjic had infuriated Slobodan Milosevic's followers in just the
way Lindh had Sharon's - sending the former President to The Hague
to answer war crimes charges - and bloody pre-emptive action, Dagan's
specialty, seems what the situation called for. If a Serb could
solve the problems with Djindjic, another one could solve the ones
While the 24-year-old suspect may prove to be
innocent despite all the claims by the newspapers, and leaks from
the police - as happened in the Palme case with Victor Gunnarsson
and Christer Pettersson, and was repeated in this one with a 35-year-old
suspect - it seems much more likely that the conspirators planned
very carefully for a convincing fall guy this time to avoid another
fiasco which would make Sweden's police the laughing stock of the
world. This suspect appears to have all the credentials for a knife
attack he couldn't recall since this was what actually happened
when he repeatedly attacked his father with a knife, for which he
received a suspended sentence. He also made threatening phone calls,
and was convicted of illegal gun possession. In sum, this suspect
is an ideal fall guy, a loose cannon, just waiting for someone to
pull his trigger. [...]
Trowbridge H. Ford, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1967)
| A car bomb exploded outside the Australian embassy
in Jakarta, killing at least eight people and injuring nearly 170
just weeks before Australia -- a key US ally
in Iraq -- votes in general elections.
Police said the blast
had all the hallmarks of the Al-Qaeda-linked
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group, which has staged a string of
deadly attacks in Indonesia.
The blast punched windows out of tower blocks and badly mangled
the security perimeter around the embassy.
Glass showered down from office blocks as people fled, dragging
wounded friends and colleagues behind them shortly after the explosion,
which shot a tall plume of smoke into the sky and left smouldering
debris in the street.
National police chief Da'i Bachtiar said he suspected the attack
was carried out by a top JI bombmaker, Malaysian Azahari Husin.
He is being hunted for the 2002 Bali bombings and last year's attack
on Jakarta's Marriott Hotel.
"Our suspicion is that it was by the same group, especially
the bomb maker, Dr. Azahari. This is what we can conclude from the
modus operandi and our investigation," Bachtiar said.
A total of 202 people, including 88 Australians, were killed in
the October 2002 nightclub bombings on the resort island of Bali.
The August 2003 car bombing of the Marriott Hotel left 12 dead.
Thursday's attack came two days before the third anniversary of
the September 11 attacks and ahead of the September 20 presidential
election in Indonesia and October 9 polls in Australia.
It followed fresh warnings from the United States and Australia
that militants may strike again in Indonesia.
There were scenes of chaos in the business and residential district
of Kuningan as those caught in the force of the blast attempted
"It was like an earthquake, like thunder," said Budi
Harianto, 30, who was was slightly wounded in the leg as he queued
at the embassy to get a visa.
Mariani Reksoprojo of Indonesia's health ministry said eight people
were confirmed dead and 168 injured. Of the injured, 85 were discharged
from hospital after receiving medical attention.
The explosion at around 10:30 am (0330 GMT) prompted the immediate
evacuation of the embassy and caused a sharp drop of nearly four
percent on the Jakarta stock market, although prices later recovered.
Witnesses said a police truck and a taxi in front of the embassy
had been blown apart and the high steel fence surrounding the building
President Megawati Sukarnoputri cut short a visit to attend a royal
wedding in Brunei to return to Jakarta. Speaking on a tour of the
blast site and a hospital she defended her government's efforts
to tackle terrorism.
"We should continue to battle terrorism and this is something
we have already done so far," she said, echoing international
condemnation of the attack.
Megawati faces a challenge on September 20 from her former security
minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who made a hospital visit.
Australia votes in general elections on October
9 in which the conservative government's staunch support
for the US invasion of Iraq is a key issue. Australian Prime Minister
John Howard said his country would not bow to terrorism.
"This is not a nation that is going to be intimidated by acts
of terrorism. We are a strong, robust democracy," Howard told
In March an attack on trains in Madrid just before
a Spanish election was credited with causing the defeat of a conservative
administration which had also allied itself with the United States
Australian Foreign Minister Downer, who is due to fly into Jakarta
later Thursday, said the attack was a deliberate strike on Australian
"It is clearly a terrorist attack, it was
outside the Australian embassy, you would have to conclude that
it was directed towards Australia," he said.
Downer said it was still unclear whether the bombing was a suicide
bombing like previous attacks on the Marriott and in Bali. One security
guard quoted by state media said he had seen a van draw up to the
embassy moments before the explosion.
Both Australia and the United States last week raised new warnings
urging their citizens to avoid Western hotels in Jakarta.
Speaking in Jerusalem Dec. 20, U.S. Ambassador
to Israel Daniel Kurtzer made the connection between the growth
of the Islamic fundamentalist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and
Israel's promotion of the Islamic movement as a counter to the Palestinian
nationalist movement. Kurtzer's comments come very close to EIR's
own presentation of the evidence of Israel's
instrumental role in establishing Hamas, and its ongoing control
of that organization.
Kurtzer said that the growth of the Islamic movement in the Palestinian
territories in recent decades—"with the tacit support
of Israel"—was "not totally unrelated" to the
emergence of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and their terrorist attacks
against Israel. Kurtzer explained that during the 1980s, when the
Islamic movement began to flourish in the West Bank and Gaza, "Israel
perceived it to be better to have people turning toward religion
rather than toward a nationalistic cause [the Palestinian Liberation
Organization—ed.]." It therefore did little to stop the
flow of money to mosques and other religious institutions, rather
than to schools. [...]
The ambassador's comments are an acknowledgment of what any serious
Middle East observers knows: Hamas has always been seen as a tool
by which Israel could undermine the nationalist movement led by
Palestinian Authority President and Palestine Liberation Organization
(PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat. Similar statements by Arafat have
been dismissed by Israel as "cranky" propaganda. In an
interview with the Dec. 11 Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Arafat
said, "We are doing everything to stop
the violence. But Hamas is a creature of Israel which at the time
of Prime Minister [Yitzhak] Shamir [the late 1980s, when Hamas arose],
gave them money and more than 700 institutions, among them schools,
universities and mosques. Even [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak]
Rabin ended up admitting it, when I charged him with it, in the
presence of [Egpytian President Hosni] Mubarak."
The Israeli Mossad agent Zev Barkan has been
running Asian criminal gangs used to obtain Australian Identity
documents and other passports stolen from Australians Killed in
Asia, a New Zealand security official has said.
I was contacted by a New Zealand official, who has intelligence
connections in Asia while I was shopping in Toul Tom Pong Market
in Phnom Penh and provided documents to support this information
on the condition that it remain anonymous and I not publish the
documents considering the risk to officials if the source of this
leak was identified, this New Zealand official said Barkan was connected
to an Israeli terrorist cell operating out of Thailand.
"He goes to Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand
and is running gangs that he pays to kill tourists, and steal their
Identity papers passports then cover it up, most just disappear
or their deaths have been reported as accidents, drownings and such,
they like to throw their victims off the side of tour boats"
said a New Zealand security official
Barkan has been named by New Zealand authorities as the kingpin
in a passport theft ring for which two Israelis with Australian
links were jailed for six months last week in Auckland.
One of the jailed men, Eli Cara, 50, had his rented home in Turramurra
raided by ASIO in March. A short time later, he was arrested in
The New Zealand Government has named Barkan, Cara and the other
convicted man, Uriel Kelman, as Mossad agents.
Barkan fled New Zealand before police moved in. There are reports
that Barkan, using a Stolen Canadian Identity documents, has now
made a move to North Korea out of reach of authorities.
"Barkan is mostly interested in passports and identity documents,
there have been a number of Australian killed for their passports."
Intelligence analysts in New Zealand believe Barkan, a former navy
diver in the Israeli IOF (sic), was trying to secure clean passports
for use in Israeli terrorist operations in
Barkan had grown up in Washington as Zev Bruckenstein, where his
father was director of religious studies at a synagogue.
A New Zealand security official says his services
have uncovered an Israeli operation to create al-Qaeda cells in
Thailand. The security official in Thailand said Israeli terrorist
are posing as operatives of al-Qaeda.
Over the past nine months we have been investigating
eight cases, 11 people informed us of this Israeli operation, asking
Thai Landers to join al-Qaeda. One email had even been signed by
the al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. a New Zealand official said.
A New Zealand official said his services had traced
back to Israel the phone calls and emails - purportedly from Germany
and Lebanon and Pakistan.
We investigated the origin of those calls and found
out they all came from Israel.
The people the Israelis tried to recruit were then
given stolen Australian documents, and received money and weapons.
The money was provided by Israel directly
to the recruits or was transferred from bank accounts in Jerusalem
or Israel, said the New Zealand official.
JABALYA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli forces
thrust into Gaza's largest refugee camp on Thursday, killing four
Palestinians including a 9-year-old boy, as the army tightened its
grip on the northern part of the coastal strip.
Scores of gunmen fought a column of tanks and armored vehicles
as Israeli troops took up positions in and around the teeming Jabalya
camp, a militant stronghold, in an operation the army said was aimed
at stopping rocket fire into Israel.
Helicopter gunships fired missiles into the camp of 100,000 inhabitants
as Israeli forces sealed it off in Israel's biggest incursion in
the northern Gaza Strip in months.
Munir el-Deqqes was shot in the chest while playing
with friends outside his grandfather's house, witnesses said. "How
can anyone blame children playing in the street?" said the
boy's uncle. "Munir was a victim of blind Israeli retaliation."
At least 35 people, including militants and civilians, were wounded
by Israeli fire, medics said.
A military source said soldiers had shot only at armed men. It
was the latest chapter in Israel's military response after suicide
bombers killed 16 people in southern Israel last week.
The raid marked a widening of Israel's incursion that began on
Wednesday when forces swept in and seized control following a barrage
of makeshift rocket strikes in southern Israel.
The latest spiral of violence could further
complicate Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw
troops and settlers from the occupied Gaza Strip by the end of 2005.
VIENNA (AFP) - The United States and three
major European countries differ over setting a deadline for Iran
to fully suspend uranium enrichment activities ahead of a meeting
next week of the UN atomic agency, diplomats said.
The United States and the so-called Euro 3 of Britain, France and
Germany are preparing resolutions for Monday's meeting in Vienna
of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that highlight
their different approaches to cracking down on Iran's nuclear program,
which Washington charges is secretly developing nuclear weapons.
The Euro 3, who stress constructive engagement with Iran, want
to avoid setting a deadline for Tehran to fully suspend uranium
enrichment activities while the United States takes a harder line
as it seeks to bring Iran before the UN Security Council.
But the Euro 3 seem to have moved closer to the United States over
an IAEA investigation of Iran that began in February 2003, as both
sides agree that "this process is not going to go on forever,"
a diplomat close to the atomic energy agency told AFP.
Several diplomats said that while the IAEA's
35-nation board of governors may not reach a decision on Iran at
its meeting this month, the crunch may come at the next board meeting
in November, which would be after the US presidential election.
WASHINGTON - Americans today are as fearful
of becoming victims of terrorism as they are of losing their jobs
or having their homes burglarized.
Almost all of the people questioned in an Associated Press poll
say they remember what they were doing when they learned about the
Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon —
and seven in 10 say those memories are among their most vivid.
Such a highly charged atmosphere could play to the advantage of
President Bush, who counts his handling of terrorism as a leading
Those who were worried about another terrorist attack, including
women with those concerns, were more likely to support the president.
Those who were less worried were more likely to support Democrat
Almost four in 10 in an Associated Press poll
say they sometimes worry about the possibility of another terrorist
attack — about the same number who worry about getting burglarized
or losing a job.
In a measure of the trauma of Sept. 11, the AP-Ipsos poll found
that 98 percent remember exactly what they were doing three years
ago when hijackers flew jetliners into the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon, killing almost 3,000.
Those memories can resurface with the most routine cues —
a plane flying overhead, a siren from a passing ambulance or news
about the ongoing war in Iraq. [...]
Israel's nuclear whistleblower
Mordechai Vanunu has said he wants to be a Palestinian citizen and
was planning to present his request to Palestinian leader Yasir
"I want to ask the Palestinian Authority and chairman Arafat:
'If you want, I would like to be a Palestinian citizen'," Vanunu
told Israeli private television late on Tuesday.
The Israeli, who has taken refuge in St George's Anglican cathedral
in occupied east Jerusalem since his release in April, has frequently
said he wants to leave Israel where he is widely reviled for not
only for exposing Israel's nuclear arsenal and clandestine weapons
programme, but also for converting to Christianity.
| MOSCOW - Russia's military is ready
to launch pre-emptive strikes at terrorist bases anywhere in the world,
one of the country's top generals said Wednesday.
Azamat Mukagov, 20 months old, a Beslan survivor, lies in a hospital
bed, Moscow. (AP photo)
"As for carrying out preventive strikes against terrorist
bases, we will take all measures to liquidate terrorist bases in
any region of the world," Col.-Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, chief
of the Russian General Staff, told reporters.
"It does not mean that we are planning nuclear strikes,"
he said. "The forms and methods will depend on the circumstances."
|South Korea may have been involved
in illicit nuclear activity even before its recently disclosed experiment
to enrich uranium, the United States said Wednesday as North Korea
warned of a nuclear arms race.
"Our understanding is that over 20 years ago, the South Koreans
did experiments involving trace amounts of plutonium," a senior
US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Highly enriched uranium and plutonium could be used to make nuclear
Seoul last week admitted that South Korean scientists had
carried out an unauthorised experiment at its state-run nuclear
research center to enrich uranium four years ago but says it was
not linked to any weapons program.
The clandestine activity embarrassed both the United
States and its ally South Korea at a time when they are trying to
pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons drive through six-party
talks hosted by China.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team went to South
Korea to carry out a probe last week and its findings will be discussed
at a four-day board meeting of the nuclear watchdog starting Monday.
Asked whether the United States had been talking to South Korean
on any activity beyond the uranium enrichment experiment, specifically
involving plutonium, US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher
said: "I think I'd just have to say in general terms we are
in touch with the South Korean government."
He said Washington was aware of what the South Koreans had reported
to the IAEA on nuclear experiments conducted in past years.
"We have confidence that the agency will pursue all these
matters, including any questions that might arise from the declaration,"
Boucher told reporters.
"So at this point, as far as other possibilities and things,
I withhold comment," he said.
On whether South Korea had indulged in illicit nuclear activity
other than what it had already admitted, Boucher said: "Our
understanding is that all these activities were in the past and
some of them quite a while back in the past."
During the military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee in the 1970s,
Seoul launched a secret nuclear weapons program, but the United
States reportedly persuaded it to abandon the plan.
Boucher reiterated that the United States was satisfied South Korea
was reporting its nuclear activities to the IAEA.
But North Korea has stepped up criticism of its southern neighbor
and accused the United States of practising "double standards."
"We view South Korea's uranium enrichment program as part
of armament race in the Northeast Asian region," Han Song-ryol,
deputy chief of North Korea's mission to the United Nations, told
the Yonhap News Agency.
"It will be difficult to prevent the spread of armament race
in the region due to the South's nuclear experiment.
Han said Pyongyang would take issue with the matter, casting doubt
on multilateral talks aimed at resolving the impasse over North
Korea's nuclear weapons program, Yonhap said.
The fourth round of six-nation talks, involving China, the two
Koreas, Japan, Russia and the United States, aimed at persuading
Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions, are expected in Beijing
Global environmental group Greenpeace has said that South Korea's
illicit nuclear activity revelation was a "stark warning"
about the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula and the wider Northeast
Japan currently has a plutonium stockpile of some five tonnes of
plutonium, it says. North Korea is believed to have already acquired
China is the region's only "official nuclear power."
Continued immigration and a stubborn high
school dropout rate have stymied efforts to improve literacy in
Los Angeles County, where more than half
the working-age population can't read a simple form, a report
released Wednesday found.
Alarmingly, only one in every 10 workers deemed functionally illiterate
is enrolled in literacy classes and half of them drop out within
three weeks, said the study by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
"It's an emergency situation," said Mayor James Hahn,
adding that poor literacy rates could jeopardize the region's economy
by driving out high-tech businesses and other industries that pay
In the Los Angeles region, 53 percent of
workers ages 16 and older were deemed functionally illiterate, the
study said. [...]
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Hurricane Ivan grew
into the deadliest of storms overnight Thursday, packing winds of
160 mph as it made a beeline for Jamaica after pummeling Grenada,
Barbados and other islands, causing at least 15 deaths.
As dazed survivors emerged from half-destroyed homes in Grenada
— where at least 12 people were killed and 90 percent of the
100,000 islanders' homes were damaged — Jamaican leader P.J.
Patterson urged his people to pray.
"We have to prepare for the worst case scenario. Let us pray
for God's care," Patterson said Wednesday night. "This
is a time that we must demonstrate that we are indeed our brothers'
and sisters' keeper."
The most dangerous storm to hit the Caribbean in years already
pummeled Barbados and other islands Tuesday before setting its deadly
winds and rains, blamed for three other fatalities in Barbados,
Tobago and Venezuela, on a course projected to take it directly
over Jamaica, Cuba and into the heart of the hurricane-weary southern
The storm strengthened early Thursday to become a Category 5 on
a scale of 5. It packed sustained winds of 160 mph with higher gusts
as it passed north of the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire
and Curacao. [...]
MIAMI - Tourists and residents were told Thursday
to leave the Florida Keys to avoid mighty Hurricane Ivan, even as
Floridians still struggled with the destruction and misery left
by Hurricanes Frances and Charley.
Forecasters said Ivan — which strengthened
early Thursday to 160 mph — could reach the island chain as
early as Sunday, making it the third hurricane to hit Florida in
Charley struck southwest Florida on Aug. 13 with wind of 145 mph,
causing an estimated $6.8 billion in damage and 27 deaths. Frances
hit the state's eastern coast early Sunday with 105 mph wind, leaving
$2 billion to $4 billion in insured damage and at least 15 dead
in the state.
Ivan has already killed at least 15 people
as it tears through the Caribbean, the most powerful hurricane to
hit there in a decade. Ninety percent of the homes in Grenada
were damaged, looting erupted and a prison was destroyed, leaving
criminals on the loose.
At 8 a.m., Ivan's center was about 455 miles southeast of Kingston,
Jamaica, or about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. It had top sustained
winds of 160 mph.
National Hurricane Center forecasters predict that Ivan could hit
the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 131 to
155 mph, late Sunday or early Monday. [...]
Remnants of Frances continued to create problems Thursday.
In Ohio, where up to 7 inches of rain fell, two deaths were attributed
to the storm. In Asheville, N.C., tens of thousands of people remained
without drinking water early Thursday after a major water line from
a reservoir washed out. [...]
The death toll from Typhoon Songda rose to
31 Wednesday, with at least 14 people still missing and more than
900 injured mainly in Hokkaido and western Japan. [...]
Hokkaido felt the full force of the typhoon, the agency said. The
Sapporo experienced winds of up to 180 kph before noon. [...]
Airlines canceled 106 domestic flights and two international flights
Wednesday, affecting more than 14,000 passengers. On Tuesday, 82
domestic flights and two international flights were scrubbed, affecting
nearly 13,000 travelers.
Songda is the seventh typhoon to land on Japan proper this year,
breaking the record of six in a single season. [...]
Songda followed close behind Typhoon Chaba, which left at least
13 people in Japan dead, and Megi, which killed at least 10.
| TOKYO — An earthquake measuring
a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted wide areas in central
and western Japan at 11:58 Wednesday night, the Japan Meteorological
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A former corrections officer
went on a shooting spree at a mobile home community, killing two
people and wounding two others before killing himself, police said.
One of the dead was believed to be the shooter's wife. At least
one of the wounded had life-threatening injuries.
A SWAT team, hostage negotiators and dozens of
officers responded to the shooting Wednesday afternoon and police
surrounded a mobile home, believing the shooter was inside. A police
helicopter hovered overhead, and an armored tank pulled close to
the home in western Mecklenburg County.
A SWAT team, dozens of officers, a helicopter, and a tank - all
for one man??
Residents of the mobile home park received an automated telephone
message telling them to lock their doors and stay inside.
For about 2 1/2 hours, police tried to make contact with the man,
police spokesman Keith Bridges said. When officers entered the home,
they found the suspected shooter and a woman believed to be his
wife shot to death. [...]
Police said the gunman, whose name they had
not released, had worked in law enforcement, most recently for the
N.C. Department of Correction. It was not immediately clear whether
he was still employed there. [...]
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A man who was trying to
shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs made the
.38-caliber revolver discharge, deputies said.
Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of Pensacola, was charged with felony
animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Bradford was being treated at an undisclosed hospital for the gunshot
wound to his wrist, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy.
Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old puppies in the
head because he couldn't find another home for the shepherd-mix
dogs, according to the sheriff's office.
On Monday, he was holding two puppies, one in his arms and another
in his left hand, when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw
on the trigger, making the gun discharge, the sheriff's report said.
The revolver and a rifle were seized from the home, deputies said.
Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside
Bradford's home, Roy said. The other four appeared to be in good
health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned
to make them available for adoption.
"That should never have to happen," said Bruce Rova,
director of the Escambia County Animal Shelter. "There are
so many options people have. We'll try to find them a new home."
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