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DUBAI (Reuters) -
British hostage Kenneth Bigley, kidnapped 10 days ago by gunmen
in Iraq, is still alive, a London-based Muslim activist who has
good contacts with Islamist groups in Iraq said on Sunday.
Yasser al-Serri, director of the Islamic Observation Center, said
his group issued an appeal to Bigley's kidnappers through mediators
in Iraq and received a reply that the Briton was still alive.
The British engineer is being held by Tawhid and Jihad, a group
led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It beheaded two Americans
seized along with the Briton when its demand to have female prisoners
released from Iraqi jails was not met.
"We were told by the mediators today that the British hostage
is still alive," Serri told Reuters by telephone.
"We had sent an appeal to the kidnappers for the hostage's
release, and another Islamic group also sent an appeal, and the
mediators said the appeals were being studied," he said.
The appeal, he said, urged the kidnappers to free Bigley for the
sake of his family and as "a clear message to the British people
to see their government's weakness and crime in not freeing prisoners
held by coalition forces to spare their sons."
In July 2002, Serri won a legal battle in Britain against extradition
to the United States, which accuses him of funding al Qaeda, the
group blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
A British judge has cleared him of conspiracy in the 2001 murder
of Afghan General Ahmad Shah Masood. Serri was sentenced to death
in absentia by an Egyptian military tribunal in 1994 for trying
to assassinate then Egyptian prime minister Atef Sedki.
(AP) - Police stepped up patrols around foreign
consulates and government offices in this volatile city on Monday,
fearing a backlash after Pakistani forces killed a suspected top
al-Qaida operative wanted for his alleged role in the 2002 kidnapping
and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Amjad Hussain Farooqi, also accused in two attempts on the life
of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December 2003, died in a four-hour
shootout Sunday at a house in the southern town of Nawabshah. Two
or three other men, one of them an Islamic cleric, were arrested.
Like Farooqi, they are all Pakistanis.
Authorities hailed the operation as a breakthrough and on Monday
the investigation expanded to include the arrest of three other
suspected Islamic militants, all brothers, in Sukkur, a town not
far from Nawabshah. One was identified as Khalid Ansari, alleged
to have ties to the Sunni Muslim group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Police said the men were blindfolded and led away by intelligence
officials as security forces using loudspeakers warned residents
to stay indoors.
Fayyaz Leghari, deputy chief of police in Karachi, a hotbed for
Islamic militants, said the city was on ``red alert.'' As well as
stepping up patrols around foreign consulates and key government
offices, police posted more plainclothes officers at sensitive locations.
Pakistan is a key U.S. ally in the war against terrorism and has
arrested more than 600 al-Qaida suspects, including several senior
figures in the terror network. Many have been handed over to U.S.
In Washington, a U.S. official who described Farooqi as a key al-Qaida
figure said the government could not yet confirm he had been killed
but that appeared to be the case. Pakistani officials said they
were awaiting the results of DNA tests but had little doubt the
body was that of Farooqi.
Farooqi was believed to have been an associate of Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed, the reputed al-Qaida No. 3 captured in Pakistan last year.
He had been missing since Pearl was abducted in Karachi in January
Pearl's captors beheaded the journalist and released a videotape
of the killing. Four Islamic militants have been convicted of his
kidnapping but seven other suspects - including those who allegedly
slit his throat - remain at large.
Farooqi, thought to be 32, was born in a village in eastern Punjab
province. His family says he was radicalized by a visit to Kashmir,
where he trained with Islamic militants fighting against Indian
security forces. He later visited Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
In May, security officials identified him
as an organizer, with Libyan al-Qaida suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi,
of two attempts to assassinate Musharraf last December by blowing
up his motorcade in Rawalpindi, a city near the capital, Islamabad.
Musharraf, who has enraged Islamic militants with his support for
Washington's campaign against terrorism, escaped injury both times
but several other people were killed. Al-Libbi remains at large.
Pakistan says it has arrested at least 70 terror
suspects since mid-July, including Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, an
alleged al-Qaida computer expert, and Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a
Tanzanian suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in east
Africa that killed more than 200 people.
There is evidence
of foreign intelligence backing for the 9/11 hijackers. Why is the
US government so keen to cover it up?
Omar Sheikh, a British-born Islamist militant,
is waiting to be hanged in Pakistan for a murder he almost certainly
didn't commit - of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
in 2002. Both the US government and Pearl's wife have since acknowledged
that Sheikh was not responsible. Yet the Pakistani government
is refusing to try other suspects newly implicated in Pearl's kidnap
and murder for fear the evidence they produce in court might acquit
Sheikh and reveal too much.
Significantly, Sheikh is also the man who, on
the instructions of General Mahmoud Ahmed, the then head of Pakistan's
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), wired $100,000 before the 9/11
attacks to Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker. It is extraordinary
that neither Ahmed nor Sheikh have been charged and brought to trial
on this count. Why not?
Ahmed, the paymaster for the hijackers, was actually in Washington
on 9/11, and had a series of pre-9/11 top-level meetings in the
White House, the Pentagon, the national security council, and with
George Tenet, then head of the CIA, and Marc Grossman, the under-secretary
of state for political affairs. When Ahmed was exposed by the Wall
Street Journal as having sent the money to the hijackers, he was
forced to "retire" by President Pervez Musharraf. Why
hasn't the US demanded that he be questioned and tried in court?
Another person who must know a great deal about what led up to
9/11 is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, allegedly arrested in Rawalpindi
on March 1 2003. A joint Senate-House intelligence select committee
inquiry in July 2003 stated: "KSM appears to be one of Bin
Laden's most trusted lieutenants and was active in recruiting people
to travel outside Afghanistan, including to the US, on behalf of
Bin Laden." According to the report, the clear implication
was that they would be engaged in planning terrorist-related activities.
The report was sent from the CIA to the FBI, but neither agency
apparently recognised the significance of a Bin Laden lieutenant
sending terrorists to the US and asking them to establish contacts
with colleagues already there. Yet the New York Times has since
noted that "American officials said that KSM, once al-Qaida's
top operational commander, personally executed Daniel Pearl ...
but he was unlikely to be accused of the crime in an American criminal
court because of the risk of divulging classified information".
Indeed, he may never be brought to trial.
A fourth witness is Sibel Edmonds. She is a 33-year-old Turkish-American
former FBI translator of intelligence, fluent in Farsi, the language
spoken mainly in Iran and Afghanistan, who had top-secret security
clearance. She tried to blow the whistle on the cover-up of intelligence
that names some of the culprits who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks,
but is now under two gagging orders that forbid her from testifying
in court or mentioning the names of the people or the countries
involved. She has been quoted as saying: "My
translations of the 9/11 intercepts included [terrorist] money laundering,
detailed and date-specific information ... if they were to do real
investigations, we would see several significant high-level criminal
prosecutions in this country [the US] ... and believe me, they will
do everything to cover this up".
Furthermore, the trial in the US of Zacharias
Moussaoui (allegedly the 20th hijacker) is in danger of collapse
apparently because of "the CIA's reluctance to allow key lieutenants
of Osama bin Laden to testify at the trial". Two of the alleged
conspirators have already been set free in Germany for the same
The FBI, illegally, continues to refuse the to release of their
agent Robert Wright's 500-page manuscript Fatal Betrayals of the
Intelligence Mission, and has even refused to turn the manuscript
over to Senator Shelby, vice-chairman of the joint intelligence
committee charged with investigating America's 9/11 intelligence
failures. And the US government still refuses to declassify 28 secret
pages of a recent report on 9/11.
It has been rumoured that Pearl was especially interested in any
role played by the US in training or backing the ISI. Daniel Ellsberg,
the former US defence department whistleblower who has accompanied
Edmonds in court, has stated: "It seems
to me quite plausible that Pakistan was quite involved in this ...
To say Pakistan is, to me, to say CIA because ... it's hard to say
that the ISI knew something that the CIA had no knowledge of."
Ahmed's close relations with the CIA would seem to confirm this.
For years the CIA used the ISI as a conduit to pump billions of
dollars into militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan, both before
and after the Soviet invasion of 1979.
With CIA backing, the ISI has developed, since the early 1980s,
into a parallel structure, a state within a state, with staff and
informers estimated by some at 150,000. It wields enormous power
over all aspects of government. The case of Ahmed confirms that
parts of the ISI directly supported and financed al-Qaida, and it
has long been established that the ISI has acted as go-between in
intelligence operations on behalf of the CIA.
Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate select committee on
intelligence, has said: "I think there is very compelling evidence
that at least some of the terrorists were assisted, not just in
financing ... by a sovereign foreign government." In that context,
Horst Ehmke, former coordinator of the West German secret services,
observed: "Terrorists could not have carried out such an operation
with four hijacked planes without the support of a secret service."
That might give meaning to the reaction on 9/11 of Richard Clarke,
the White House counter-terrorism chief, when he saw the passenger
lists later on the day itself: "I was stunned ... that there
were al-Qaida operatives on board using names that the FBI knew
were al-Qaida." It was just that, as Dale Watson, head of counter-terrorism
at the FBI told him, the "CIA forgot to tell us about them".
· Michael Meacher is Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton.
He was environment minister 1997-2003
Like so much in the
"war on terror", the trail of the latest warnings of imminent
al-Qa'ida attacks and orange alerts in the United States appears
to lead back to Pakistan - and, more specifically, to two recent
arrests of al-Qa'ida suspects here.
One, that of Ahmad Khalfan Ghailani, who is a prime suspect in
the 1998 US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, was trumpeted
by the Pakistani authorities as a major triumph and reported around
The other, of a mysterious "computer expert", was kept
secret and went unreported at the time. It is still veiled in secrecy.
Pakistan is refusing to confirm the name of the arrested man, or
even that he is believed to be an Al-Qa'ida member. "He is
a very wanted man, but I cannot say his name now," was all
the Information Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, would say.
The Pakistani authorities are playing up the arrest of Mr Ghailani
as the main source of information on al-Qa'ida plans for new attacks
in America and Britain. But the US is putting more emphasis on the
arrest of the computer engineer, at least according to US press
Little is known about this man. Almost the only source is a report
in The New York Times, citing unnamed American officials. It appears
he was arrested two weeks before Mr Ghailani, on 13 July. The computer
engineer, identified by the paper as Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, is
said to have set up a code system for sending messages to al-Qa'ida
operatives over the internet.
He is described as being heavily built, 6ft 2in tall, and speaks
English with a British accent. The accent is reminiscent of Omar
Saeed Sheikh, the man sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering
the American journalist Daniel Pearl. Although he was living in
Pakistan at the time, Mr Sheikh was brought up and educated in Britain.
But it is believed the computer engineer is the unemployed son of
someone who works with Pakistan International Airlines, and took
his degree from a university in Karachi.
There has been widespread scepticism that Tom Ridge's warnings
of imminent attacks in New York and Washington may have been politically
motivated - with the presidential election in November and President
Bush doing badly in the polls.
The timing of two arrests that apparently provided vital information
could be just as convenient for Pakistan, which has come under pressure
after receiving scores of mentions in the 9/11 commission's report.
Mr Ridge, the Secretary for Homeland Security, made a point of singling
out Pakistan for praise as an ally at his press conference. [...]
If the 9-11 Commission
is really looking for a smoking gun, it should look no further than
at Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Ahmad, the director of the Pakistani
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at the time. In early October
2001, Indian intelligence learned that Mahmoud had ordered flamboyant
Saeed Sheikh - the convicted mastermind of the kidnapping and killing
of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl - to wire US$100,000
from Dubai to one of hijacker Mohamed Atta's two bank accounts in
A juicy direct connection was also established between Mahmoud
and Republican Congressman Porter Gross and Democratic Senator Bob
Graham. They were all in Washington together discussing Osama bin
Laden over breakfast when the attacks of September 11, 2001, happened.
Mahmoud's involvement in September 11 might be dismissed as only
Indian propaganda. But Indian intelligence swears by it, and the
US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed the whole
story: Indian intelligence even supplied Saeed's cellular-phone
numbers. Nobody has bothered to check what really happened
Keep in mind when reading this, that the man
being interviewed is no two-bit internet conspiracy buff.
Stanley Hilton was a senior advisor to Sen Bob Dole (R) and has
personally known Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz for decades. This courageous
man has risked his professional reputation, and possibly his life,
to get this information out to people.
The following is from his latest visit to Alex Jones' radio show.
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Note: All honor to Stanley Hilton for risking his life so that we
may know the truth of 9/11.
The Bush Junta Unmasked
"This (9/11) was all planned. This was
a government-ordered operation. Bush personally signed the order.
He personally authorized the attacks. He is guilty of treason and
mass murder." --Stanley Hilton
Alex Jones interview of Stanley Hilton, attorney for 911 taxpayers'
Alex Jones Radio Show September 10, 2004 Transcription by 'RatCat'
AJ: He is back with us. He is former Bob Dole's chief of staff,
very successful counselor, lawyer. He represents hundreds of the
victims families of 9/11. He is suing Bush for involvement in 9/11.
Now a major Zogby poll out - half of New Yorkers think the government
was involved in 9/11. And joining us for the next 35 minutes, into
the next hour, is Stanley Hilton. Stanley, it's great to have you
on with us.
SH: Glad to be on.
AJ: We'll have to recap this when we start the next hour, but just
in a nutshell, you have a lawsuit going, you've deposed a lot of
military officers. You know the truth of 9/11. Just in a nutshell,
what is your case alleging?
SH: Our case is alleging that Bush and his puppets Rice and Cheney
and Mueller and Rumsfeld and so forth, Tenet, were
all involved not only in aiding and abetting and allowing 9/11 to
happen but in actually ordering it to happen. Bush
personally ordered it to happen. We
have some very incriminating documents as well as eye-witnesses,
that Bush personally ordered this event to happen in order to gain
political advantage, to pursue a bogus political agenda on behalf
of the neocons and their deluded thinking in the Middle East.
I also wanted to point out that, just quickly, I went to school
with some of these neocons. At the University of Chicago, in the
late 60s with Wolfowitz and Feith and several of the others and
so I know these people personally. And we used to talk about this
stuff all of the time. And I did my senior thesis on this very subject
- how to turn the U.S. into a presidential dictatorship by manufacturing
a bogus Pearl Harbor event. So, technically
this has been in the planning at least 35 years.
AJ: That's right. They were all Straussian followers of a Nazi-like
professor. And now they are setting it up here in America. [...]
AJ: All right my friends, second hour, September 10th, 2004, the
anniversary of the globalist attack coming up tomorrow. It's an
amazing individual we have on the line. Bob Dole's former chief
of staff, political scientist, a lawyer, he went to school with
Rumsfeld and others, he wrote his thesis about how to turn America
into a dictatorship using a fake Pearl Harbor attack. He's suing
the U.S. government for carrying out 9/11. He has hundreds of the
victims' families signing onto it - it's a $7 billion lawsuit. And
he is Stanley Hilton. I know that a lot of stations just joined
us in Los Angeles and Rhode Island and Missouri and Florida and
all over. Please sir, recap what you were just stating and then
let's get into the new evidence. And then we'll get into why you
are being harassed by the FBI, as other FBI people are being harassed
who have been blowing the whistle on this. So, this is really getting
serious. Stanley, tell us all about it.
SH: Yeah, we are suing Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld,
Mueller, etc. for complicity in personally not only allowing 9/11
to happen but in ordering it. The hijackers
we retained and we had a witness who is married to one of them.
The hijackers were U.S. undercover agents.
They were double agents, paid by the FBI and the CIA to spy on Arab
groups in this country. They were controlled.
Their landlord was an FBI informant in San Diego and other places.
And this was a direct, covert operation ordered,
personally ordered by George W. Bush. Personally ordered. We have
incriminating evidence, documents as well as witnesses, to this
effect. It's not just incompetence - in spite of the fact
that he is incompetent. The fact is he personally ordered this,
knew about it. He, at one point, there were rehearsals of this.
The reason why he appeared to be uninterested and nonchalant on
September 11th - when those videos showed that Andrew Card whispered
in his ear the [garbled] words about this he listened to kids reading
the pet goat story, is that he thought this was another rehearsal.
These people had dress-rehearsed this many times. He had seen simulated
videos of this. In fact, he even made a Freudian slip a few months
later at a California press conference when he said he had, quote,
"seen on television the first plane attack the first tower."
And that could not be possible because there was no video. What
it was was the simulated video that he had gone over. So this was
a personally government-ordered thing. We are suing them under the
Constitution for violating Americans' rights, as well as under the
federal Fraudulent Claims Act, for presenting a fraudulent claim
to Congress to justify the bogus Iraq boondoggle war, for political
gains. And also, under the RICO statute, under the Racketeering
Corrupt Organization Act, for being a corrupt entity. And I've been
harassed personally by the chief judge of the federal court who
is instructing me personally to drop this suit, threatened to kick
me off the court, after 30 years on the court.
I've been harassed by the FBI. My staff has been harassed and threatened.
My office has been broken into and this is the kind of government
we are dealing with.
AJ: Absolutely and now it has come out - five separate drills of
flying hijacked jets into buildings that morning - which you told
us about before it even broke in the Associated Press. They were
trying to get out ahead of you. You talked about how you interviewed
military people who were told it was a drill that morning. Then
to get out ahead of that, the news finally reported on it. Now,
we've learned that all these operations - I want to get into that,
I want to talk about the new incriminating evidence of ordering
it and how they had drilled on this, how Cheney was in the bunker
controlling this. That has even come out in the mainstream news
but they won't release the details of that, Stanley. But what type
of FBI harassment are you going through? SH: First of all, my office
was burglarized in San Francisco several months ago. Files were
gone through and some files were seized - particularly the ones
dealing with the lady that was married to one of the hijackers.
Fortunately, I had spare copies in a hidden place so nothing disappeared
permanently. But more significantly, FBI agents have been harassing
one of my staff members and threatening them with vague but frightening
threats of indicting them. And it's just total harassment. They
have planted a spy, an undercover agent, in my organization, as
we just recently discovered. In other
words, these are Nazi Germany tactics. This is the kind of government
you have in this country. This is what Bush is all about.
Online Journal Contributing Writer
10, 2004 Just before his death, James Jesus Angleton, the legendary
chief of counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency,
was a bitter man. He felt betrayed by the people he had worked for
all his life. In the end, he had come to realize that they were
never really interested in American ideals of "freedom"
and "democracy." They really only wanted "absolute
told author Joseph Trento that the reason he had gotten the counterintelligence
job in the first place was by agreeing not to submit "sixty
of Allen Dulles' closest friends" to a polygraph test concerning
their business deals with the Nazis. In his end-of-life despair,
Angleton assumed that he would see all his old companions again
transformation of James Jesus Angleton from an enthusiastic, Ivy
League cold warrior, to a bitter old man, is an extreme example
of a phenomenon I call a "paranoid shift." I recognize
the phenomenon, because something similar happened to me.
I don't remember ever meeting James Jesus Angleton, I worked at
the CIA myself as a low-level clerk as a teenager in the '60s. This
was at the same time I was beginning to question the government's
actions in Vietnam. In fact, my personal "paranoid shift"
probably began with the disillusionment I felt when I realized that
the story of American foreign policy was, at the very least, more
complicated and darker than I had hitherto been led to believe.
for most of the next 30 years, even though I was a radical, I nevertheless
held faith in the basic integrity of a system where power ultimately
resided in the people, and whereby if enough people got together
and voted, real and fundamental change could happen.
constitutes my personal paranoid shift is that I no longer believe
this to be necessarily true.
his book, Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower,
William Blum warns of how the media will make anything that smacks
of "conspiracy theory" an immediate "object of ridicule."
This prevents the media from ever having to investigate the many
strange interconnections among the ruling class - for example, the
relationship between the boards of directors of media giants, and
the energy, banking and defense industries. These unmentionable
topics are usually treated with what Blum calls "the media's
most effective tool - silence." But in case somebody's asking
questions, all you have to do is say, "conspiracy theory,"
and any allegation instantly becomes too frivolous to merit serious
the other hand, since my paranoid shift, whenever I hear the words
"conspiracy theory" (which seems more often, lately) it
usually means someone is getting too close to the truth.
September 11 - which I identify as the date my paranoia actually
shifted, though I didn't know it at the time.
I'm paranoid, it doesn't make any sense at all that George W. Bush,
commander-in-chief, sat in a second-grade classroom for 20 minutes
after he was informed that a second plane had hit the World Trade
Center, listening to children read a story about a goat. Nor does
it make sense that the Number 2 man, Dick Cheney - even knowing
that "the commander" was on a mission in Florida - nevertheless
sat at his desk in the White House, watching TV, until the Secret
Service dragged him out by the armpits.
I'm paranoid, it makes no sense that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
sat at his desk until Flight 77 hit the Pentagon - well over an
hour after the military had learned about the multiple hijacking
in progress. It also makes no sense that the brand-new chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sat in a Senate office for two hours
while the 9/11 attacks took place, after leaving explicit instructions
that he not be disturbed - which he wasn't.
other words, while the 9/11 attacks were occurring, the entire top
of the chain of command of the most powerful military in the world
sat at various desks, inert. Why weren't they in the "Situation
Room?" Don't any of them ever watch "West Wing?"
a sane world, this would be an object of major scandal. But here
on this side of the paranoid shift, it's business as usual.
even decades before 9/11, plans had been drawn up for American forces
to take control of the oil interests of the Middle East, for various
imperialist reasons. And these plans were only contingent upon "a
catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor,"
to gain the majority support of the American public to set the plans
into motion. When the opportunity presented itself, the guards looked
the other way . . . and presto, the path to global domination was
as long as the media played along. And there is voluminous evidence
that the media play along. Number one on Project Censored's annual
list of underreported stories in 2002 was the Project for a New
American Century (now the infrastructure of the Bush Regime), whose
report, published in 2000, contains the above "Pearl Harbor"
Why is it so hard to believe serious people who
have repeatedly warned us that powerful ruling elites are out to
dominate "the masses?"
Did we think Dwight Eisenhower was exaggerating
when he warned of the extreme "danger" to democracy of
"the military industrial complex?"
Was Barry Goldwater just being a quaint old-fashioned
John Bircher when he said that the Trilateral Commission was "David
Rockefeller's latest scheme to take over the world, by taking over
the government of the United States?"
Were Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt or Joseph Kennedy
just being class traitors when they talked about a small group of
wealthy elites who operate as a hidden government behind the government?
Especially after he died so mysteriously, why shouldn't
we believe the late CIA Director William Colby, who bragged about
how the CIA "owns everyone of any major significance in the
can't we believe James Jesus Angleton - a man staring eternal judgment
in the face - when he says that the founders of the Cold War national
security state were only interested in "absolute power?"
Especially when the descendant of a very good friend of Allen Dulles
now holds power in the White House.
Bush, the late, aristocratic senator from Connecticut, and grandfather
of George W Bush, was not only a good friend of Allen Dulles, CIA
director, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and international
business lawyer. He was also a client of Dulles' law firm. As such,
he was the beneficiary of Dulles' miraculous ability to scrub the
story of Bush's treasonous investments in the Third Reich out of
the news media, where it might have interfered with Bush's political
career . . . not to mention the presidential careers of his son
declassified US government documents, unearthed last October by
investigative journalist John Buchanan at the New Hampshire Gazette,
reveal that Prescott Bush's involvement in financing and arming
the Nazis was more extensive than previously known. Not only
was Bush managing director of the Union Banking Corporation, the
American branch of Hitler's chief financier's banking network; but
among the other companies where Bush was a director - and which
were seized by the American government in 1942, under the Trading
With the Enemy Act - were a shipping line which imported German
spies; an energy company that supplied the Luftwaffe with high-ethyl
fuel; and a steel company that employed Jewish slave labor from
the Auschwitz concentration camp.
all the other Bush scandals that have been swept under the rug in
the privatized censorship of the corporate media, these revelations
have been largely ignored, with the exception of a single article
in the Associated Press. And there are those, even on the left,
who question the current relevance of this information.
Prescott Bush's dealings with the Nazis do more than illustrate
a family pattern of genteel treason and war profiteering - from
George Senior's sale of TOW missiles to Iran at the same time he
was selling biological and chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein, to
Junior's zany misadventures in crony capitalism in present-day Iraq.
disturbing by far are the many eerie parallels between Adolph Hitler
and George W. Bush:
authoritarian style, with public appearances in military uniform
(which no previous American president has ever done while in office).
Government by secrecy, propaganda and deception. Open assaults on
labor unions and workers' rights. Preemptive war and militant nationalism.
Contempt for international law and treaties. Suspiciously convenient
"terrorist" attacks, to justify a police state and the
suspension of liberties. A carefully manufactured image of "The
Leader," who's still just a "regular guy" and a "moderate."
"Freedom" as the rationale for every action. Fantasy economic
growth, based on unprecedented budget deficits and massive military
a cold, pragmatic ideology of fascism - including the violent suppression
of dissent and other human rights; the use of torture, assassination
and concentration camps; and most important, Benito Mussolini's
preferred definition of "fascism" as "corporatism,
because it binds together the interests of corporations and the
their fruits, you shall know them.
perplexes me most is probably the same question that plagues most
paranoiacs: why don't other people see these connections?
sure, there may be millions of us, lurking at websites like Online
Journal, From the Wilderness, Center for Cooperative Research, and
the Center for Research on Globalization, checking out right-wing
conspiracists and the galaxy of 9/11 sites, and reading columnists
like Chris Floyd at the Moscow Times, and Maureen Farrell at Buzzflash.
But we know we are only a furtive minority, the human remnant
among the pod people in the live-action, 21st-century version
of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
being paranoid, we have to figure out, with an answer that fits
into our system, why more people don't see the connections we
do. Fortunately, there are a number of possible explanations.
on the list would have to be what Marshal McLuhan called the "cave
art of the electronic age:" advertising. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's
Karl Rove, gave credit for most of his ideas on how to manipulate
mass opinion to American commercial advertising, and to the then-new
science of "public relations." But the public relations
universe available to the corporate empire that rules the world
today makes the Goebbels operation look primitive. The precision
of communications technology and graphics; the century of research
on human psychology and emotion; and the uniquely centralized control
of triumphant post-Cold War monopoly capitalism, have combined to
the point where "the manufacture of consent" can be set
on automatic pilot.
major reason people won't make the paranoid shift is that they are
too fundamentally decent. They can't believe that the elected leaders
of our country, the people they've been taught through 12 years
of public school to admire and trust, are capable of sending young
American soldiers to their deaths and slaughtering tens of thousands
of innocent civilians, just to satisfy their greed - especially
when they're so rich in the first place. Besides, America is good,
and the media are liberal and overly critical.
people don't want to look like fools. Being a "conspiracy theorist"
is like being a creationist. The educated opinion of eminent experts
on every TV and radio network is that any discussion of "oil"
being a motivation for the US invasion of Iraq is just out of bounds,
and anyone who thinks otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist."
can trust the integrity of our 'no-bid" contracting in Iraq,
and anyone who thinks otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist."
course, people sometimes make mistakes, but our military and intelligence
community did the best they could on and before September 11, and
anybody who thinks otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist."
Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin of JFK, and anyone who thinks
otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist."
the biggest hidden reason people don't make the paranoid shift is
that knowledge brings responsibility.
we acknowledge that an inner circle of ruling elites controls the
world's most powerful military and intelligence system; controls
the international banking system; controls the most effective and
far-reaching propaganda network in history; controls all three branches
of government in the world's only superpower; and controls the technology
that counts the people's votes, we might be then forced to conclude
that we don't live in a particularly democratic system. And then
voting and making contributions and trying to stay informed wouldn't
be enough. Because then the duty of citizenship would go beyond
serving as a loyal opposition, to serving as a "loyal resistance"
- like the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, except that in
this case the resistance to fascism would be on the side of the
national ideals, rather than the government; and a violent insurgency
would not only play into the empire's hands, it would be doomed
from the start.
Forming a nonviolent resistance movement, on the other hand, might
mean forsaking some middle class comfort, and it would doubtless
require a lot of work. It would mean educating ourselves and others
about the nature of the truly apocalyptic
beast we face. It would mean organizing at the most basic neighborhood
level, face to face. (We cannot put our trust in the empire's technology.)
It would mean reaching across turf lines and transcending single-issue
politics, forming coalitions and sharing data and names and strategies,
and applying energy at every level of government, local to global.
It would also probably mean civil disobedience, at a time when the
Bush regime is starting to classify that action as "terrorism."
In the end, it may mean organizing a progressive confederacy to
govern ourselves, just as our revolutionary founders formed the
Continental Congress. It would mean being wise as serpents, and
gentle as doves.
would be a lot of work. It would also require critical mass. A paradigm
But as a paranoid, I'm ready to join the resistance.
And the main reason is I no longer think that the "conspiracy"
is much of a "theory."
the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations
concluded that the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy was "probably"
the result of "a conspiracy," and that 70 percent of Americans
agree with this conclusion, is not a "theory." It's
the Bay of Pigs fiasco, "Operation Zapata," was organized
by members of Skull and Bones, the ghoulish and powerful secret
society at Yale University whose membership also included Prescott,
George Herbert Walker and George W Bush; that two of the ships that
carried the Cuban counterrevolutionaries to their appointment with
absurdity were named the "Barbara" and the "Houston"
- George HW Bush's city of residence at the time - and that the
oil company Bush owned, then operating in the Caribbean area, was
named "Zapata," is not "theory." It's fact.
George Bush was the CIA director who kept the names of what were
estimated to be hundreds of American journalists, considered to
be CIA "assets," from the Church Committee, the US Senate
Intelligence Committe chaired by Senator Frank Church that investigated
the CIA in the 1970s; that a 1971 University of Michigan study concluded
that, in America, the more TV you watched, the less you knew; and
that a recent survey by international scholars found that Americans
were the most "ignorant" of world affairs out of all the
populations they studied, is not a "theory." It's fact.
the Council on Foreign Relations has a history of influence on official
US government foreign policy; that the protection of US supplies
of Middle East oil has been a central element of American foreign
policy since the Second World War; and that global oil production
has been in decline since its peak year, 2000, is not "theory."
in the early 1970s, the newly-formed Trilateral Commission published
a report which recommended that, in order for "globalization"
to succeed, American manufacturing jobs had to be exported, and
American wages had to decline, which is exactly what happened over
the next three decades; and that, during that same period, the richest
one percent of Americans doubled their share of the national wealth,
is not "theory." It's fact.
beyond their quasi-public role as agents of the US Treasury Department,
the Federal Reserve Banks are profit-making corporations, whose
beneficiaries include some of America's wealthiest families; and
that the United States has a virtual controlling interest in the
World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade
Organization, the three dominant global financial institutions,
is not a "theory." It's fact.
- whether it's heroin from Southeast Asia in the '60s and '70s,
or cocaine from Central America and heroin from Afghanistan in the
'80s, or cocaine from Colombia in the '90s, or heroin from Afghanistan
today - no major CIA covert operation has ever lacked a drug smuggling
component, and that the CIA has hired Nazis, fascists, drug dealers,
arms smugglers, mass murderers, perverts, sadists, terrorists and
the Mafia, is not "theory." It's fact.
the international oil industry is the dominant player in the global
economy; that the Bush family has a decades-long business relationship
with the Saudi royal family, Saudi oil money, and the family of
Osama bin Laden; that, as president, both George Bushes have favored
the interests of oil companies over the public interest; that both
George Bushes have personally profited financially from Middle East
oil; and that American oil companies doubled their records for quarterly
profits in the months just preceding the invasion of Iraq, is
not "theory." It's fact.
the 2000 presidential election was deliberately stolen; that the
pro-Bush/anti-Gore bias in the corporate media had spiked markedly
in the last three weeks of the campaign; that corporate media were
then virtually silent about the Florida recount; and that the Bush
2000 team had planned to challenge the legitimacy of the election
if George W had won the popular, but lost the electoral vote - exactly
what happened to Gore - is not "theory." It's fact.
the intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was deceptively
"cooked" by the Bush administration; that anybody paying
attention to people like former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter,
knew before the invasion that the weapons were a hoax; and that
American forces in Iraq today are applying the same brutal counterinsurgency
tactics pioneered in Central America in the 1980s, under the direct
supervision of then-Vice President George HW Bush, is not a "theory."
"Rebuilding America's Defenses," the Project for a New
American Century's 2000 report, and "The Grand Chessboard,"
a book published a few years earlier by Trilateral Commission co-founder
Zbigniew Brzezinski, both recommended a more robust and imperial
US military presence in the oil basin of the Middle East and the
Caspian region; and that both also suggested that American public
support for this energy crusade would depend on public response
to a new "Pearl Harbor," is not "theory."
in the 1960s, the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously approved a plan
called "Operation Northwoods," to stage terrorist attacks
on American soil that could be used to justify an invasion of Cuba;
and that there is currently an office in the Pentagon whose function
is to instigate terrorist attacks that could be used to justify
future strategically-desired military responses, is not a "theory."
neither the accusation by former British Environmental Minister
Michael Meacher, Tony Blair's longest-serving cabinet minister,
that George W Bush allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen to justify
an oil war in the Middle East; nor the RICO lawsuit filed by 9/11
widow Ellen Mariani against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Council
on Foreign Relations (among others), on the grounds that they conspired
to let the attacks happen to cash in on the ensuing war profiteering,
has captured the slightest attention from American corporate media
is not a "theory." It's fact.
the FBI has completely exonerated - though never identified - the
speculators who purchased, a few days before the attacks (through
a bank whose previous director is now the CIA executive director),
an unusual number of "put" options, and who made millions
betting that the stocks in American and United Airlines would crash,
is not a "theory." It's fact.
the US intelligence community received numerous warnings, from multiple
sources, throughout the summer of 2001, that a major terrorist attack
on American interests was imminent; that, according to the chair
of the "independent" 9/11 commission, the attacks "could
have and should have been prevented," and according to a Senate
Intelligence Committee member, "All the dots were connected;"
that the White House has verified George W Bush's personal knowledge,
as of August 6, 2001, that these terrorist attacks might be domestic
and might involve hijacked airliners; that, in the summer of 2001,
at the insistence of the American Secret Service, anti-aircraft
ordnance was installed around the city of Genoa, Italy, to defend
against a possible terrorist suicide attack, by aircraft, against
George W Bush, who was attending the economic summit there; and
that George W Bush has nevertheless regaled audiences with his first
thought upon seeing the "first" plane hit the World Trade
Center, which was: "What a terrible pilot," is not
"theory." It's fact.
on the morning of September 11, 2001: standard procedures and policies
at the nation's air defense and aviation bureaucracies were ignored,
and communications were delayed; the black boxes of the planes that
hit the WTC were destroyed, but hijacker Mohammed Atta's passport
was found in pristine condition; high-ranking Pentagon officers
had cancelled their commercial flight plans for that morning; George
H.W. Bush was meeting in Washington with representatives of Osama
bin Laden's family, and other investors in the world's largest private
equity firm, the Carlyle Group; the CIA was conducting a previously-scheduled
mock exercise of an airliner hitting the Pentagon; the chairs of
both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees were having breakfast
with the chief of Pakistan's intelligence agency, who resigned a
week later on suspicion of involvement in the 9/11 attacks;
and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States
sat in a second grade classroom for 20 minutes after hearing that
a second plane had struck the towers, listening to children read
a story about a goat, is not "theoretical." These are
the Bush administration has desperately fought every attempt to
independently investigate the events of 9/11, is not a "theory."
finally, is it in any way a "theory" that the one, single
name that can be directly linked to the Third Reich, the US military
industrial complex, Skull and Bones, Eastern Establishment good
ol' boys, the Illuminati, Big Texas Oil, the Bay of Pigs, the Miami
Cubans, the Mafia, the FBI, the JFK assassination, the New World
Order, Watergate, the Republican National Committee, Eastern European
fascists, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission,
the United Nations, CIA headquarters, the October Surprise, the
Iran/Contra scandal, Inslaw, the Christic Institute, Manuel Noriega,
drug-running "freedom fighters" and death squads, Iraqgate,
Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, the blood of innocents,
the savings and loan crash, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International,
the "Octopus," the "Enterprise," the Afghan
mujaheddin, the War on Drugs, Mena (Arkansas), Whitewater, Sun Myung
Moon, the Carlyle Group, Osama bin Laden and the Saudi royal family,
David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and the presidency and vice-presidency
of the United States, is: George Herbert
To the contrary.
is a well-documented, tragic and - especially if you're paranoid
- terrifying fact.
Hasty is a writer, activist, musician, carpenter and farmer. His
award-winning column, "Thinking Locally," appeared for
seven years in the Hampshire Review, West Virginia's oldest newspaper.
His writing has also appeared in the Highlands Voice, the Washington
Peace Letter, the Takoma Park Newsletter, the German magazine Generational
Justice, and the Washington Post; and at the websites Common Dreams
and Democrats.com. In January 1989, he was the media spokesperson
for the counter-inaugural coalition at George Bush's Counter-Inaugural
Banquet, which fed hundreds of DC's homeless in front of Union Station,
where the official inaugural dinner was being held.
Chairman, there exists today a world-wide phenomenon... indeed
if it were not world- wide I should not be addressing you and
these representatives from many parts of the world. There exists
a global phenomenon the scope and extent of which is not generally
recognized. It is a phenomenon so strange and foreign to our daily
terrestrial mode of thought that it is frequently met by ridicule
and derision by persons and organizations unacquainted with the
refer, of course, to the phenomenon of UFOs... Unidentified Flying
Objects... which I should like to define here simply as "any aerial
or surface sighting, or instrumental recording (e.g., radar, photography,
etc.) which remains unexplained by conventional methods even after
competent examination by qualified persons.
will note, Mr. Chairman, that this definition says nothing about
little green men from outer space, or manifestations from spiritual
realms, or various psychic manifestations. It simply states an
operational definition. A cardinal mistake, and a source of great
confusion, has been the almost universal substitution of an interpretation
of the UFO phenomenon for the phenomenon itself. This is akin
to having ascribed the Aurora Borealis to angelic communication
before we understood the physics of the solar wind. Nonetheless,
in the popular mind the UFO phenomenon is associated with the
concept of extra-terrestrial intelligence and this might yet prove
to be correct in some context. […]
have on record many tens of thousands of UFO reports… they include
extremely intriguing and provocative accounts of strange events
experienced by highly reputable persons... events which challenge
our present conception of the world about us and which may indeed
signal a need for a change in some of these concepts. […]
Chairman, any phenomenon which touches the lives of so many people,
and which engenders puzzlement and even fear among them, is therefore
not only of potential scientific interest and significance but
also of sociological and political significance, especially since
it carries with it many implications of the existence of intelligences
other than our own. […]
then for myself as an astronomer, and I believe for many of my
colleagues as well, there is no longer any question in my mind
of the importance of this subject. […]
Chairman, I have not always held the opinion that UFOs were worthy
of serious scientific study. I began my work as Scientific Consultant
to the U.S. Air Force as an open skeptic, in the firm belief that
we were dealing with a mental aberration and a public nuisance.
Only in the face of stubborn facts and data similar to those studied
by the French commission... have I been forced to change my opinion.[…]
UFO phenomenon, as studied by my colleagues and myself, bespeaks
the action of some form of intelligence... but whence this intelligence
springs, whether it is truly extra-terrestrial, or bespeaks a
higher reality not yet recognized by science, or even if it be
in some way or another a strange psychic manifestation of our
own intelligence, is much the question.
seek your help, Mr. Chairman, in assisting scientists, and particularly
those already associated with the many formal and informal investigative
organizations around the world, by providing a clearing house
procedure whereby the work already going on globally can be brought
together in a serious, concentrated approach to this most outstanding
challenge to current science.
would like to draw your attention to particular remarks made by
Dr. Hynek in the passage quoted above before we move on to our next
global phenomenon … so strange and foreign to our daily terrestrial
mode of thought… it carries with it many implications of the existence
of intelligences other than our own … [It] bespeaks the action
of some form of intelligence... but whence this intelligence springs,
whether it is truly extra-terrestrial, or bespeaks a higher
reality not yet recognized by science, or even if it be
in some way or another a strange psychic manifestation of our
own intelligence, is much the question..
people in the UFO field have an idea that the government” is planning
open disclosure ever so slowly, ever so gradually, and that a key
method for doing this is through the media. One hears this quite
to this belief, movies by Steven Spielberg, or television shows
like The X-Files are part of the plan to accustom us to the idea
that aliens are among us.
this unpersuasive for several reasons, not least of which has to
do with my own assessment of what the media itself actually is.
we call the media is essentially a sophisticated technology under
centralized control that sells information and entertainment
to the public. The public, as everyone knows, is diverse culturally
and stratified economically. Thus, to be effective, The Media” must
show a different face, depending on whomever it is trying to reach
– that is, whatever market segment being targeted by its advertisers.
that in mind, let’s look at America today. A complete, comprehensive
sociological breakdown is rather beyond my capabilities this afternoon,
so let’s just look at the money.
matter how you slice and dice the data, the inescapable conclusion
is that American society is incredibly stratified (of course, the
same applies to most of the world, but that’s another story for
another day). You can look at income patterns, or you can look at
net worth, and either way the unavoidable conclusion is that America
is a society broken into distinct economic classes.
at income. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the share of national
income going to the top fifth of wage earners rose from 44% in 1973
to 50% in 2000. The share going to the top 1% rose to 15% in 1998.
This is the highest it has been since World War Two.  [...]
is important, but wealth even more so. After all, if your living
expenses match your income, you won’t be saving and investing very
much, and you won’t generate wealth. It is wealth, not income, that
matters when it comes to wielding power and influence.
at patterns of wealth ownership, America’s classes are shockingly
easy to see. Essentially, we have four classes in our society. I
call them the:
Worker Bees, and
can think of America as a room. In this room are 100 people who
collectively own $100. If this were a communist utopia, each person
would have one dollar, and they would all be holding hands, singing
in our little room, one person owns 33 of those dollars. Some analysts
put this figure at $38, and they may be right, but let’s just say
$33. Either way, it’s quite a lot.
next 19 wealthiest people get to share 51 more of those precious
dollars. That’s $2.68 each. It doesn’t seem like much compared to
our fellow at the top, but it’s quite good compared with the remaining
is because there’s now only $16 left. In fact, 18 of these people
get nothing at all. The other 62 people get to keep some small change,
averaging about twenty-five cents each.
from the issue of whether such a breakdown is fair – you can leave
that to your private ethical ruminations – remember that this room
has many interesting things that make it go. For instance, it has
a legal system, an economy, a political system, and so on.
may ask, who is in the best position to manipulate these things
for his own benefit? The question answers itself: that person with
the $33, whom we may with full justice label as the practical owner”
of the society.
owner likes his position, but can’t run things entirely by
himself, so he enlists allies. These are in the top quintile. They
are the managers. They supervise the great many people who
have a few pennies to their name – the worker bees.
the bottom are those 18 with nothing – absolutely no net worth at
all. These are the expendables. As far as the guy at the top are
concerned, they could drop dead and he wouldn’t care, except that
their presence helps to keep the worker bees nervously occupied
and distracted from that most fundamental of all social and political
questions: Who Owns What.
if you look at the numbers more precisely, you can break down the
social groups more accurately. The expendables remain at the bottom,
of course. Then, up to around the 60th percentile of the population,
you have essentially the lower half of the worker bee population.
Then, from the 60th to approximately the 90th percentile, you still
have worker bees, but they’re better off. Many would call this the
American middle class. So in fact, the American management class
comprises not the top 20 percent, but more like the top 10 percent
of the population. This also conforms more closely with the observed
reality of most workplaces.
become interesting starting at around the 90th percentile. A dramatic
expansion of wealth begins at this point, and you can discern roughly
two stratifications within the 90th to 99th percentiles. Of course
the Fat Guy at the top percent still sits happily above the rest.
(And to go even further, if you were to break down that top 1% of
wealth owners you would find the same continued levels of stratification
continuing within it). 
economic stratification comes cultural stratification, which
takes us back to the media, which is an important part of our little
American room. Leading executives know this far better than I do,
but it’s pretty obvious that certain types of news and entertainment
are designed for people in different economic classes. Indeed,
since media organizations make their money through advertising revenues,
the right demographic analysis can affect billions of dollars, and
you can be sure that media executives have among the most sophisticated
demographic data in the world.
it isn’t true that all people of a certain class will slavishly
follow their cultural expectations, it’s generally true that, say,
someone of the upper management class will be more likely to sit
down to watch Tom Brokaw and read the Wall Street Journal than the
watch his local FOX affiliate and read the New York Post.
because NBC News and the Journal are designed for the management
class, or at least management class trainees and wannabees.
If you doubt this, then look at the commercials and ads, most of
which are geared toward conspicuous consumption of the affluent
while I don’t have demographic information pertaining to the Wall
Street Journal newspaper, I do have information pertaining to the
Journal’s website, WSJ.com, as well as for some other pillars of
the cyber-establishment, NYTimes.com and CNN.com. At WSJ.com, the
average household income for its readers is $215,600, placing it
easily within the top 5 percent of income earners in the U.S. The
NYTimes.com readers fared not quite as well, with a mean income
of only $86,150 (still placing most of its readers in the top quintile).
The same applies to CNN.com, whose readers have an average household
income exceeding $80,000. 
not all that complicated. There are certain very obvious outlets
of the media that cater to the management class and above, which
makes perfect sense since that’s where the money is.
the belief in UFO disclosure through the media, my point is this:
when you look at the obvious management and above” media outlets,
you find nothing of a serious nature relating to UFOs. This
is because management classes historically have relatively narrow
ranges of acceptable beliefs. The first requisite of a successful
ruling elite is that it share important foundational assumptions
about its society and interests.
you are born into the American Management Class, for instance, certain
assumptions become second-nature, like believing in the corporate
American style of capitalism as the best solution to humanity’s
problems, or in the inherent goodness of American intentions around
the world. Members of this class must share its belief structure,
else they become marginalized from real power.
far as UFOs are concerned, all you have to do is study the management-oriented
media to understand that believing in the existence of unexplained,
highly advanced technology traversing the skies and oceans of this
world is simply not acceptable. Not if you are a member of the management
say the least, this is an idea that could be unsettling to the stability
of those who rule. How to admit that UFOs are real after almost
60 years of incessant denial, without compromising the very political
system upon which you’ve relied to keep things moving smoothly and
profitably? Especially if (speaking hypothetically, here) certain
of your members reap incredible profits from ground-floor investments
in technologies that were adapted from sources that aren’t supposed
the other hand, from the perspective of power, it doesn’t really
matter what the bottom 80 or even 90 percent think. If they
want to believe in aliens, or bigfoot, or conspiracy notions pertaining
to the Kennedy assassination (another verboten topic for our management
class), then by all means they can. Better yet, turn all that stuff
into cheesy entertainment, keeping the rabble happily distracted
while at the same time you disable these topics from entering
the realm of serious” discussion.
course, some of the media coverage discussing UFOs is rational and
intelligent. After all, there are many rational and intelligent
people in the bottom 90 percent. And no doubt there are management-types
who enjoy slumming it, and who will catch the occasional UFO documentary.
Perhaps such people enjoy a naughty and illicit feeling that comes
with such a secret pleasure.
the sampling of pro-UFO information that makes it to the Worker
Bee culture doesn’t mean very much as long as the management-oriented
media refuses to take the subject seriously.
we hear Tom Brokaw talking seriously about UFOs as real,” then we’ll
all know something is afoot. Until then, don’t hold your breath
waiting for disclosure.
see The Economist Fisks Paul Krugman” at http://ambit.typepad.com/ambit/2003/09/the_economist_f.html]
See Inequality Matters,” at http://inequality.org/facts.html. Source
from data is Edward N. Wolff, Changes in Household Wealth in the
1980s and 1990s in the U.S.,” Jerome Levy Economics Institute, May,
See Good News for Marketers, Thursday, June 10, 2004, By Cheryl
Pruett, iMedia Connection, http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/3618.asp]
Dolan is Senior Editor for Phenomena Magazine, and author of UFOs
and the National Security State. Visit his webpage at http://keyholepublishing.com.
economic stratification comes cultural stratification, which
takes us back to the media, which is an important part of our
little American room. Leading executives know this far better
than I do, but it’s pretty obvious that certain types of news
and entertainment are designed for people in different economic
classes. Indeed, since media organizations make their money
through advertising revenues, the right demographic analysis can
affect billions of dollars, and you can be sure that media executives
have among the most sophisticated demographic data in the world.
did you notice that the average American Citizen is obviously held
in extreme contempt by the Powers That Be. This leads us to one
of the tools of the Powers That Be...
the start of WWII millions of men showed up at registration offices
to take low-level academic tests before being inducted. The years
of maximum mobilization were 1942 to1944; the fighting force had
been mostly schooled in the 1930s, both those inducted and those
turned away. Of the 18 million men were tested, 17,280,000 of them
were judged to have the minimum competence in reading required to
be a soldier, a 96 percent literacy rate. Although this was a 2
percent fall-off from the 98 percent rate among voluntary military
applicants ten years earlier, the dip was so small it didn’t worry
was over in 1945. Six years later another war began in Korea. Several
million men were tested for military service but this time 600,000
were rejected. Literacy in the draft pool had dropped to 81 percent,
even though all that was needed to classify a soldier as literate
was fourth- grade reading proficiency. In the few short years from
the beginning of WWII to Korea, a terrifying problem of adult illiteracy
had appeared. The Korean War group received most of its schooling
in the 1940s, and it had more years in school with more professionally
trained personnel and more scientifically selected textbooks than
the WWII men, yet it could not read, write, count, speak, or think
as well as the earlier, less-schooled contingent.
American war began in the mid-1960s. By its end in 1973 the number
of men found noninductible by reason of inability to read safety
instructions, interpret road signs, decipher orders, and so on—in
other words, the number found illiterate—had reached 27 percent
of the total pool. Vietnam-era young men had been schooled in the
1950s and the 1960s—much better schooled than either of the two
earlier groups—but the 4 percent illiteracy of 1941 which had transmuted
into the 19 percent illiteracy of 1952 had now had grown into the
27 percent illiteracy of 1970. Not only had the fraction of competent
readers dropped to 73 percent but a substantial chunk of even those
were only barely adequate; they could not keep abreast of developments
by reading a newspaper, they could not read for pleasure, they could
not sustain a thought or an argument, they could not write well
enough to manage their own affairs without assistance.
how much more compelling this steady progression of intellectual
blindness is when we track it through army admissions tests rather
than college admissions scores and standardized reading tests, which
inflate apparent proficiency by frequently changing the way the
tests are scored. [...]
their famous bestseller, The Bell Curve, prominent social analysts
Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein say that what we’re seeing
are the results of selective breeding in society. Smart people naturally
get together with smart people, dumb people with dumb people. As
they have children generation after generation, the differences
between the groups gets larger and larger. That sounds plausible
and the authors produce impressive mathematics to prove their case,
but their documentation shows they are entirely ignorant of the
military data available to challenge their contention. The terrifying
drop in literacy between World War II and Korea happened in a decade,
and even the brashest survival-of-the-fittest theorist wouldn’t
argue evolution unfolds that way. The Bell Curve writers say black
illiteracy (and violence) is genetically programmed, but like many
academics they ignore contradictory evidence. [...]
not heredity, what then? Well, one change is indisputable, well-documented
and easy to track. During WWII, American public schools massively
converted to non-phonetic ways of teaching reading. On the matter
of violence alone this would seem to have impact: according to the
Justice Department, 80 percent of the incarcerated violent criminal
population is illiterate or nearly so (and 67 percent of all criminals
locked up). There seems to be a direct connection between the humiliation
poor readers experience and the life of angry criminals.
reading ability plummeted in America after WWII, crime soared, so
did out-of- wedlock births, which doubled in the 1950s and doubled
again in the ’60s, when bizarre violence for the first time became
commonplace in daily life.
literacy was first abandoned as a primary goal by schools, white
people were in a better position than black people because they
inherited a three- hundred-year-old American tradition of learning
to read at home by matching spoken sound with letters, thus home
assistance was able to correct the deficiencies of dumbed-down schools
for whites. But black people had been forbidden to learn to read
under slavery, and as late as 1930 only averaged three to four years
of schooling, so they were helpless when teachers suddenly stopped
teaching children to read, since they had no fall-back position.
Not helpless because of genetic inferiority but because they had
to trust school authorities to a much greater extent than white
in 1952 the Army quietly began hiring hundreds of psychologists
to find out how 600,000 high school graduates had successfully faked
illiteracy. Regna Wood sums up the episode this way:
the psychologists told the officers that the graduates weren’t
faking, Defense Department administrators knew that something
terrible had happened in grade school reading instruction. And
they knew it had started in the thirties. Why they remained silent,
no one knows. The switch back to reading instruction that worked
for everyone should have been made then. But it wasn’t.
1882, fifth graders read these authors in their Appleton School
Reader: William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir
Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes,
John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas
Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others like them.
1995, a student teacher of fifth graders in Minneapolis wrote to
the local newspaper, "I was told children are not to be expected
to spell the following words correctly: back, big, call, came, can,
day, did, dog, down, get, good, have, he, home, if, in, is, it,
like, little, man, morning, mother, my, night, off, out, over, people,
play, ran, said, saw, she, some, soon, their, them, there, time,
two, too, up, us, very, water, we, went, where, when, will, would,
economic stratification comes cultural stratification, which
takes us back to the media, which is an important part of our
little American room. Leading executives know this far better
than I do, but it’s pretty obvious that certain types of news
and entertainment are designed for people in different economic
now that most of America has become a Sheep Class, they are softened
up to be fleeced. The next article tells us just how bad it has
a new study of media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
a group of American college students was asked, "Who is occupying
the occupied territories, and what nationality are the settlers?”
Fairly simple questions, but only 29 percent knew the correct answers.
The Israelis are both the occupiers and the settlers.
thought the Palestinians occupy the occupied territories, but the
Israelis are the settlers. Others thought the Israelis occupy the
occupied territories, but the Palestinians are the settlers. A smaller
number thought the Palestinians were both the settlers and the occupiers.
The rest simply could not answer.
study points out that the Americans questioned were journalism
and media students and some had even done projects on the Israeli-Palestinian
issue. So their answers clearly overstated the public’s level of
knowledge about the Middle East.
a journalist who has spent almost four decades reporting on world
affairs and especially the Middle East, I was not surprised. I learned
long ago that you cannot underestimate the level of understanding
of the general public.
study(*) by the Glasgow University Media Group examines coverage
of the Middle East conflict and its impact on public opinion. It
includes audience samples of over 800 people, most of them British,
and large samples of television news reports from September 2000
to April 2002. It claims to be the largest study ever undertaken
in this area.
focus is not on the public confusion and ignorance about the Middle
East, but on where the fault lies. The researchers believe the media,
and primarily television news, are at fault.
point to the way Israeli and Palestinian combatants are labelled
in television reports. Palestinians are "activists," "militants,"
"extremists," "assailants," "gunmen,"
"bombers," "terrorists," "killers,"
"assassins," "fundamentalist groups," "attackers,"
"self-styled Palestinian martyrs" and "fanatics."
are "soldiers" or "troops," and even when an
Israeli group tried to bomb a Palestinian school, they were not
"terrorists" but "vigilantes."
report also found that there is significantly more coverage of Israelis
casualties than Palestinian, even though Palestinians consistently
have two or three times as many casualties.
in the spiral of Palestinian-Israeli violence, Palestinians are
frequently described as "starting" the trouble, while
the Israelis "retaliate."
researchers say television has largely denied its audience an
explanation of the background and origins of the conflict. "It
is clear," they say, "that the fact of military occupation
and its consequences are crucial to an understanding of the rationale
of Palestinian action."
in the audience sample did not understand that there is a military
occupation and that it is widely seen as illegal.
BBC journalist even told the researchers his boss had instructed
him not to do "explainers." So his reports were "all
bang bang stuff." And the BBC is widely thought to be better
on foreign news coverage than American TV.
authors conclude that the lack of understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict leads to a lack of interest. One British viewer complained,
"Every time it comes on, it never actually explains it so I
don’t see the point in watching it. I just turn it off and go and
make a cup of tea or something."
both Britain and America, television news is still the main source
of information on world affairs for most of the public. So it is
not surprising that most of the public hasn’t got a clue about what
is behind the depressing news from the Middle East. It’s mostly
"bang bang" and very little context.
It's heartwarming, really.
President Bush has his own Mini-Me now, someone to echo his every
word and mimic his every action.
For so long, Mr. Bush has put up with caricatures of a wee W.
sitting in the vice president's lap, Charlie McCarthy style, as
big Dick Cheney calls the shots. But now the president has his own
puppet to play with.
All last week in New York and Washington, Prime Minister Ayad
Allawi of Iraq parroted Mr. Bush's absurd claims that the fighting
in Iraq was an essential part of the U.S. battle against terrorists
that started on 9/11, that the neocons' utopian dream of turning
Iraq into a modern democracy was going swimmingly, and that the
worse things got over there, the better they really were.
It's the media's fault, the two men warble in a duet so perfectly
harmonized you wonder if Karen Hughes wrote Mr. Allawi's speech,
for not showing the millions of people in Iraq who are not being
beheaded, kidnapped, suicide-bombed or caught in the cross-fire
every day; and it's John Kerry's fault for abetting the Iraqi insurgents
by expressing his doubts about our plan there, as he once did about
"These doubters risk underestimating our country and they
risk fueling the hopes of the terrorists," Mr. Allawi told
Congress in a rousing anti-Kerry stump speech for Bush/Cheney, a
follow-up punch to Mr. Cheney's claim that a vote for John Kerry
is a vote for another terrorist attack on America.
First the Swift boat guys; now the swift dhow prime minister.
Just as Mr. Cheney, Rummy and the neocons turned W. into a host
body for their old schemes to knock off Saddam, transform the military
and set up a pre-emption doctrine to strike at allies and foes that
threatened American hyperpower supremacy, so now W. has turned Mr.
Allawi into a host body for the Panglossian palaver that he believes
will get him re-elected. Every time the administration
takes a step it says will reduce the violence, the violence increases.
Mr. Bush doesn't seem to care that by using Mr. Allawi as a puppet
in his campaign, he decreases the prime minister's chances of debunking
the belief in Iraq that he is a Bush puppet - which is the only
way he can gain any credibility to stabilize his devastated country
and be elected himself.
Actually, being the president's marionette is
a step up from Mr. Allawi's old jobs as henchman for Saddam Hussein
and stoolie for the C.I.A.
It's hilarious that the Republicans have trotted out Mr. Allawi
as an objective analyst of the state of conditions in Iraq when
he's the administration's handpicked guy and has as much riding
on putting the chaos in a sunny light as they do. Though
Mr. Allawi presents himself as representing all Iraqis, his actions
have been devised to put more of the country in the grip of this
latest strongman - giving himself the power to declare martial law,
bringing back the death penalty and kicking out Al Jazeera.
Bush officials, who proclaim themselves so altruistic about bringing
liberty to Iraq, really see Iraq in a creepy
narcissistic way: It's all about Mr. Bush's re-election.
As The Chicago Tribune reported, Deputy Secretary of State Richard
Armitage alleged that Iraqi insurgents have stepped up their bloody
attacks because they want to "influence the election against
At a recent G.O.P. fund-raiser, House Speaker Dennis Hastert claimed
that terrorists would be happier with a Kerry presidency. "I
don't have data or intelligence to tell me one thing or another,"
he said, but "I would think they would be more apt to go"
for "somebody who would file a lawsuit with the World Court
or something rather than respond with troops."
Faced with their dystopia, the utopians are scaling back their
grand visions for Iraq's glorious future.
Rummy suggested last week that a fractional democracy might be
good enough. "Let's say you tried to have an election, and
you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country,
but some places you couldn't because the violence was too great,"
he said at a hearing on Capitol Hill, adding: "Nothing's perfect
At a Pentagon briefing on Friday, Rummy also blew off Colin Powell's
so-called Pottery Barn rule that if we broke Iraq, we own it. "Any
implication that that place has to be peaceful and perfect before
we can reduce coalition and U.S. forces, I think, would obviously
be unwise, because it's never been peaceful and perfect," he
said. "It's a tough part of the world."
As he said after the early looting in Iraq: "Stuff happens."
U.S. aircraft launched new air strikes in the rebel-held city of Falluja
on Saturday aimed at killing supporters of a Jordanian militant who
has led a campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings in Iraq. In
one attack, the U.S. military said it targeted supporters of Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi and that no innocent civilians were in the area. In a second
operation, U.S. forces responded with a "precision air strike"
against a house after American troops came under small arms and rocket-propelled
Iraqi man screams as he carries his wounded son, following a
U.S. army bombardment in the town of Falluja, early morning
on September 25, 2004
But doctors at Falluja's main hospital said at least seven civilians
were killed and 13 wounded, including women and children. Reuters
television pictures showed a crowd of Iraqis digging through the
ruins of a destroyed building and pulling out survivors, including
two women and two children.
"Intelligence sources reported that Zarqawi terrorists were
using the site to plan additional attacks against Iraqi citizens
and multinational forces," U.S. forces said in a statement.
|-- US warplanes, tanks
and artillery units have renewed their assault on the Iraqi city of
Falluja, killing and wounding many women and children. At least 15
people were killed and 25 wounded in what US military authorities
are calling a precision strike targeting "terrorists meeting
in the Jolan district of Falluja".
|--A virulent form of
hepatitis that is especially lethal for pregnant women has broken
out in two of Iraq's most troubled districts, Iraqi Health Ministry
officials said in interviews this week. They warned that a collapse
of water and sewage systems during the continuing violence in the
country is at the root of the outbreak. [Well, actually Bush is at
'the root,' for carrying out the illegal, imperialist conquest of
|----The top U.S. military
commander for Iraq said Sunday he expected flawed elections and much
violence ahead of the voting scheduled for January. General John Abazaid,
commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East, said the elections will
be carried out. But he warned that voting may not be possible in parts
of Iraq where the violence is too intense. Abazaid compared the situation
in Iraq to the disputed U.S. presidential election in 2000 [coup d'etat]
that put George W. Bush in the White House following a protracted
fight that ended up in the Supreme Court. "I don't think Iraq
will have a perfect election. And if I recall, looking back at our
own election four years ago, it wasn't perfect either," he said.
Nine people were killed and 26 wounded in
an attack on Saturday on a convoy of petrol tankers in the flashpoint
town of Latifiya south of Baghdad, medical sources said on Sunday.
The head of the general hospital in the city of Hilla, 100km south
of the capital said he had received three dead and 23 wounded.
Doctor Razzak Jabbar from another hospital in Iskandariya, 50km
south of the capital, said six dead bodies and three wounded were
brought in following the attack.
Iskandariya police lieutenant Mohammed Masudi said gunmen opened
fire on a convoy of petrol tankers, setting all five trucks ablaze
and damaging three Iraqi national guard vehicles escorting the convoy.
Security officials said the attack prompted an intense firefight
between the insurgents and the Iraqi forces.
They said both sides had sustained casualties, as did the truck
drivers, whose nationalities were not immediately known.
Latifiya lies on the main southbound road 40km from the capital.
The lawless Sunni town has been the scene of countless drive-by
shooting attacks and kidnappings, and its back roads leading to
rebel strongholds in the western Al-Anbar province have earned it
the nickname "Fallujah's second head".
President Bashir al-Assad of Syria is in secret
negotiations with Iran to secure a safe haven for a group of Iraqi
nuclear scientists that was sent to Damascus before last year's
war to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Western intelligence officials believe that Mr Assad is desperate
to get the Iraqi scientists out of his country before their presence
prompts the US to move against Syria as part of the "war on
The issue of moving the Iraqi scientists to Iran was raised when
Mr Assad made a surprise visit to Tehran in July. Intelligence officials
believe that the Iranians have still to respond to the Syrian leader's
Intelligence officials said about 12 middle-ranking Iraqi nuclear
technicians and their families were transported to Syria before
the collapse of Saddam's regime. The transfer was arranged under
a combined operation by Saddam's now defunct Special Security Organisation
and Syrian Military Security, which is headed by Arif Shawqat, the
Syrian President's brother-in-law.
The Iraqis, who brought with them CDs crammed with research data
on Saddam's nuclear program, were reportedly given new identities,
including Syrian citizenship papers and falsified birth, education
and health certificates. Since then they have been hidden away at
a secret Syrian military installation where they have been conducting
research on behalf of their hosts.
Growing political concern in Washington about Syria's undeclared
weapons of mass destruction programs, however, has prompted Mr Assad
to reconsider harbouring the Iraqis.
American intelligence officials are concerned that Syria is secretly
working on a number of weapons of mass destruction.
They say they have also uncovered evidence that Damascus has acquired
a number of gas centrifuges - probably from North Korea - that can
be used to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb.
Relations between Washington and Damascus have been strained since
the invasion of Iraq, with American commanders accusing the Syrians
of allowing foreign fighters to cross the border into Iraq, where
they carry out terrorist attacks against coalition forces.
"The Syrians are playing a very dangerous game," a Western
intelligence official told The Sunday Telegraph of London.
"The Americans already have them in their sights because
they are doing next to nothing to stop foreign fighters entering
Iraq. If Washington finds concrete evidence that Syria is engaged
in an illegal WMD program then it will quickly find itself targeted
as part of the war on terror."
Under the terms of the deal Mr Assad is said to have offered the
Iranians, the Iraqi scientists and their families would be transferred
to Tehran together with a small amount of essential materials. The
Iraqi team would then help Iranian scientists to develop a nuclear
Apart from paying the relocation expenses, Mr Assad also wants
the Iranians to agree to share the results of their atomic weapons
research with Damascus.
The Syrian offer comes while Iran is under close scrutiny from
the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is investigating claims
that Tehran is maintaining a secret program to develop a nuclear
The Iranians, who possess one of the world's largest oil reserves,
insist that their nuclear program is aimed solely at developing
Last week relations between Tehran and the agency deteriorated
further after Iran reneged on a commitment to suspend its nuclear
HALIFAX - At least 16 flights were delayed
and about 900 people were evacuated from the Halifax airport Sunday
morning because of a security breach.
Normal operations resumed Sunday afternoon.
"A passenger left the pre-board screening area before the
procedure was complete. When this occurs, the area must be searched
and all passengers must be rescreened through security," the
airport said on its website.
The second-floor lounge was declared safe after security officers
and police dogs searched the area.
A passenger's laptop computer raised security concerns, airport
spokesperson Karen Sinclair said.
RCMP questioned the man, who co-operated fully, Const. Joe Taplin
The passenger, who gathered up his possessions before security
personnel had finished their check, was not aware he had caused
a security breach, Taplin said.
Some flights were delayed up to four hours.
It was the third security breach at Halifax International Airport
in about three months.
Knoxville First Amendment Radio KFAR 90.9FM.
has been raided and equipment confiscated only 30 minutes after
the premier of a scheduled weekly 'The Axis of Good' broadcast that
discusses the Venezuelan democratization process and its relevance
at the Latin American and International levels.
Bolivarian Circles International member Jesus Rivas had introduced
his program saying that "many progressive and liberal minded
people ask about the (Venezuelan) process ... reliable information
on topics or interest regarding the process is difficult to obtain
in the United States of America ... especially in English ... so
the radio show in English aimed to discuss all types of alternates
with Venezuelan music."
Jesus Rivas' show, which admittedly has
a modest audience, is exactly the kind of grassroots communication
that the current US Bush 2 administration does not want between
the citizens of the US and Venezuela. But, in
a curious pretext, US FCC authorities acted precipitously on a spurious
claim that KFAR 90.9FM was interfering with other frequencies and
alleged that the radio station was broadcasting a higher wattage
Radio KFAR has denied the accusation and instead
draws attention to the fact that the raiding order was signed by
an FBI operative known to broadcast personnel and it is possible
that the FBI was monitoring KFAR's broadcast when they decided to
take prevent transmission.
"If the Bush administration wants to 'go
Iraq' on Venezuela and fabricate a war with some made up excuse
to invade it to loot the country from their wealth, they'll need
to make sure they can construe Chavez as an evil dictator with no
popular support ... they do have a lot of media paid PR working
Radio KFAR executives are trying to obtain the return of their
transmission gear back but so there is no information available
from the authorities as to when or if this will happen.
LONDON - British police say they arrested
four men in London after a tip-off that they were trying to buy
radioactive materials for a "dirty bomb."
Police said they acted on information supplied by the tabloid
newspaper News of the World.
The paper claims one of its reporters infiltrated a gang trying
to buy a substance called "red mercury" for a Saudi Arabian
with possible links to al-Qaeda.
The newspaper said the Saudi was prepared to pay $750,000 a kilogram
for the radioactive substance.
Britain has long seen itself as a target of al-Qaeda-inspired
militants, because of its support for the United States in Iraq.
The suspects were detained under Britain's Terrorism Act on suspicion
of commissioning, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism.
Under the act, police can question suspects for up to 14 days
before they must be charged or released.
|When it comes to weather news, it's been all-hurricane-all-the-time
-- and under the pressure of storm after storm, news language has
escalated. "Bizarre" and "strange" have been two
recent words of choice in describing Florida's weather disasters.
Yesterday, I heard a CBS radio announcer complain that "Mother
Nature's piling on"; while the "chief meteorologist"
for a local Florida TV station recently wrote, "But I think I
echo the sentiment of many when I say, 'Come on, Mother Nature, you
are out of control!'"
When "Ivan the Terrible" threatened New Orleans, correspondents
there had a field day discussing whether the city might literally
disappear beneath the waves -- this was referred to as the "Atlantis
scenario." Then there were those dramatic shots of gridlocked
highways filled with fleeing refugees -- whether from New Orleans
or the Florida Keys; there were the pans of massive post-storm destruction;
the close-ups of weeping survivors; the dramatic tales of rescue;
the interviews with people who had "lost everything"; the
discussions of President Bush's trips to "comfort" the survivors;
and above all, the endless shots of correspondents in rain slickers
in front of dripping camera lenses trying to keep their balance in
the pelting rain and swirling wind, shots which have become the sine
qua non of hurricane coverage in recent years.
And yet something was missing. For the first time in history, four
hurricanes -- Charley, Frances, Ivan (the Terrible), and now Jeanne
-- have smacked into Florida's long coastline one after another in
a single hurricane season (not yet over), and here's the strangest
thing of all: Forget that in March Brazil experienced the South Atlantic's
first hurricane ever -- Brazilian meteorologists didn't even know
what to name it; or that the Atlantic coast of Canada got whacked
by Hurricane Juan, "the storm of the century," late last
year (and the Canadian government suspects a link to global warming);
or that the United States has already experienced a record number
of tornados in 2004; or that Japan has had the worst season of typhoons
in memory; or that Xtreme weather events have increased in recent
years across the planet, including massive flooding in Europe, Bangladesh,
and China, and a deathly summer heat wave that struck Europe in 2003.
Forget the rising sea levels and the increased melt-off toward the
poles. Forget that the head of at least one (hated) country in the
path of Hurricane Ivan -- Fidel Castro -- was ready to warn his people
about global warning and hurricanes, or that the Bush administration's
closest ally, Tony Blair of Britain, made a major speech, widely ignored
in the American press, labeling global warming a danger beyond compare.
("What is now plain is that the emission of greenhouse gases...is
causing global warming at a rate that began as significant, has become
alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long-term. And by long-term
I do not mean centuries ahead. I mean within the lifetime of my children
certainly; and possibly within my own. And by unsustainable, I do
not mean a phenomenon causing problems of adjustment. I mean a challenge
so far-reaching in its impact and irreversible in its destructive
power, that it alters radically human existence.") Forget all
that, and just focus for a moment on the fact that it took almost
to the moment Jeanne hit Florida for our media to produce a spate
of pieces that even speculated in passing about possible links between
the hurricanes in Florida and global warming -- and almost all of
those articles denied that there were any connections at all. [...]
elements were recovered by members of the Special Services Division
of the Police, who took photographs of the Valle de Andora region.
Experts from CADIC shall try to ascertain their origin.
USHUAIA -- Objects of unknown origin were found in the forested
area located behind the Le Martial Glacier, where the luminous objects
reported late Tuesday and Wednesday allegedly fell.
The objects were recovered by personnel of the Special Services
Division of the provincial police, who scoured the area. The objects
and some photos taken in the area shall be submitted for analysis
by experts of the Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas
No details on the items found were put forth, but it was learned
that they did not correspond to the characteristics of the area.
The survey in Valle Andorra and the Le Martial Grlacier - indicated
as the sites of the fireball impacts - will continue today, weather
permitting. Strong winds are forecasted for today, according to
the weather report issued by official agencies.
The new projected expedition may include scientists from CADIC
interested in discovering "in situ" the conditions under
which the strange elements were found, and which drew the attention
of police researchers. It is worth noting
that Dr. Acevedo, a member of this research center, was one of the
witnesses to the fall of strange luminous bodies over the skies
Acevedo suspects that the objects could be the remains of a meteorite
or otherwise of a satellite tha burned out upon reentry into Earth's
Readers will remember that on Tuesday night, almost at the same
time -- between 20:30 and 21:00, over a hundred
residents of Ushuaia alerted the Civil Defense and the Police about
"fireballs" falling behind the Martial Glacier.
The phenomenon was also seen on Wednesday by residents of the city
of Rio Grande. There were even rumors yesterday that new luminous
objects had fallen from the sky around 9:00 o'clock at night.
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