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"However history may ultimately judge his opposition to
the establishment of Israel, by 1949 it was clear that Forrestal
was, in a sense, one of the casualties of the diplomatic warfare
that had led to the creation of the Jewish state." Arnold
Rogow, James Forrestal, A Study of Personality, Politics, and
James V. Forrestal was America's first Secretary of Defense. He
was also the leading official in the Truman administration opposing
the creation and U.S. recognition of the state of Israel. President
Truman relieved Forrestal of his position in late March of 1949.
Within a few days he was committed, apparently against his will,
to Bethesda Naval Hospital suffering from "exhaustion."
In spite of the invaluable service he had rendered to the country
during World War II, first as Under Secretary of the Navy and then
Secretary of the Navy, he had in 1948 and early 1949 been the subject
of an unprecedented press vilification campaign, led by powerful
columnists Drew Pearson and Walter Winchell.
At around 1:45 am, May 22, some seven weeks after his admission
to the hospital, Forrestal plunged from a 16th floor window of the
hospital to his death. A belt or cord, said to be from his dressing
gown, was tied tightly around his neck.
On May 23, a review board was appointed by Admiral Morton D. Willcutts,
the head of the National Naval Medical Center to investigate the
death. The board completed its work on May 31, but not until October
11, did it publish a brief, summary report of only a few lines.
No explanation of the delay was given. The summary concluded that
Forrestal had died from the fall, but it had nothing to say about
what caused the fall, except to conclude that no one associated
with the Navy was responsible. In short, it did not conclude that
he had committed suicide, as initial reports stated and the public
is still given to believe. No mention was made in the summary, or
in those later October press reports, of the belt around Forrestal's
The Willcutts Report, itself, was kept secret, and, curiously,
no hue and cry was raised over that fact. After two unsuccessful
Freedom of Information Act tries with the National Naval Medical
Center, I was finally able to get the report of the review board
from the office of the Navy's Judge Advocate General, and my analysis
is at www.dcdave.com/article4/040922.html.
At the time of the death, all the press made much of a book containing
a morbid poem from Sophocles, "Chorus from Ajax," that
Forrestal had supposedly been copying from shortly before his plunge
from the window. The press reports all say that the book and a transcription
"were found," but they never say by whom. Neither does
the Willcutts Report. No witness is produced who claims to have
discovered the book or the transcription. Rather, the first person
to get a good look at Forrestal's vacated hospital room found broken
glass on his bed, a likely sign of some sort of struggle. She also
described bedclothes half turned back, but the official "crime
scene" photographs taken many hours later, show a bed with
a bare mattress, an obvious sign of a cover-up. One can also see
that articles were moved around from one picture to the next: www.dcdave.com/article4/040916.html.
Needless to say, no news report has ever mentioned the broken glass
or the laundering of the room before photographs were taken.
Pro-Israel writers like Rogow, Winchell biographer, Neal Gabler,
Jack Anderson, Charles Higham, John Loftus, and Mark Aarons have
continued the character assassination against Forrestal, falsely
characterizing him as an an anti-Semitic nut who had made several
previous suicide attempts. This claim of several previous suicide
attempts, echoed at this Arlington Cemetery web site: www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jvforres.htm
, is virtually proved to be false by the testimony of Forrestal's
Bethesda Hospital doctors in the Willcutts Report. They agree that,
from all indications, he had never before attempted suicide.
The indications are very strong that the Roman Catholic Forrestal
kept his no-suicide-attempt record intact on May 22, 1949, and became
another casualty of the creation of the state of Israel in the same
sense that Lord Moyne, Count Bernadotte, Yitzhak Rabin, Rachel Corrie,
34 crewmen on the USS Liberty, and Palestinian leaders on a regular
basis have been casualties.
Copies of the Willcutts Report should be available for perusal
at the Seeley Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, the
Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, and the Library
of Congress. I have given the appropriate officials at each of these
libraries compact discs of the report. I will also mail a copy of
the CD, free of charge, to any library requesting it by e-mail to
email@example.com The file, with all its exhibits, is too large
Freed Israeli nuclear
spy Mordechai Vanunu said in an interview published today that Israel
was behind the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy,
prompting some Israeli officials to hope aloud the far-fetched comments
will hurt Vanunu's credibility.
Vanunu, a former nuclear technician who was recently released from
Israeli prison after serving an 18-year sentence for exposing Israel's
nuclear program at Dimona to Britain's Sunday Times, has been barred
from leaving the country, talking to the media or meeting with foreigners.
But the London-based al-Hayat newspaper published an interview
yesterday it claims is the first Vanunu has given, in which the
spy said that according to "near-certain indications,"
Kennedy was assassinated due to "pressure he exerted on then
head of government, David Ben-Gurion, to shed light on Dimona's
"We do not know which irresponsible Israeli prime minister
will take office and decide to use nuclear weapons in the struggle
against neighboring Arab countries," Vanunu was quoted as saying.
"What has already been exposed about the weapons Israel is
holding can destroy the region and kill millions."
Vanunu, who would not be in a position to know the current security
apparatus of Israel's nuclear plant, also claims the Middle East
is at risk of a "second Chernobyl" in the event of an
accident at the Dimona plant. He said an earthquake could cause
fissures to the core that would create a massive radiation leak
Jordan should test residents in the border regions with Israel
to be sure that they have not already been exposed to any radiation
and administer the necessary medicine, Venunu said. He also criticized
the visit to Israel early this month by the head of the Atomic Energy
Agency, Mohammed el-Baradei.
"He (Baradei) should have refused to have visited Israel (because)
he was not allowed to inspect the nuclear reactor," Vanunu
According to al-Hayat, Vanunu now lives "with his Palestinian
friends" in east Jerusalem.
Israeli officials would not comment on what actions they would
take against Vanunu, who had agreed as part of the terms of his
release, that he would not grant media interviews.
"The opinions on Vanunu are divided," Ra'anan Gissin,
a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told reporters. "Some
say let him speak and it adds to the ambiguity policy, while others
say the more he speaks the more he raises tensions, particularly
in the current atmosphere."
Gissin said Vanunu's comments regarding JFK work to discredit the
former spy. "This is something you would expect from [Yasser]
Arafat," Gissin said.
Separately, an Israeli source told WorldNetDaily that after the
Kennedy assassination, Israeli intelligence carried out an exercise
to see how shooter Lee Harvey Oswald, who used a mail-order, clip-fed
6.5mm rifle, was able to kill Kennedy from his angle on the sixth
floor of a nearby building.
The simulation exercise reportedly featured expert marksmen using
more powerful equipment set up on tripods and utilized a laser direction-finder
to show where the people in Kennedy's car would have been hit after
the marksmen fired. The source said the exercise showed it was "nearly
impossible for Oswald to have done what he did."
It is with sadness
and foreboding that I write these words. John
Howard and the Liberal Coalition have been re-elected to lead the
nation of Australia. The sadness and foreboding does not arise so
much from the fact that they were re-elected; rather, from the massive
swing in support TO the government, in full light of their actions
over recent years.
Commentary was recently made on ABC news election coverage that
this was the first time since the 1960's that an incumbent government
has actually gained support during each of two successive elections.
John Howard is two months away from becoming our second-longest
serving Prime Minister since Bob Hawke, second only to Robert Menzies.
What does it say about the nature of a population that has re-elected
someone who is almost certainly a psychopath? What does it say about
the nature of a population that not only re-elected him, but also
handed over a significantly higher percentage of their vote? What
does it say about the media of a nation that pretended at impartiality,
only to swing to full endorsement of the government during the last
week of the election campaign?
It speaks of a nation afraid.
Having devoted a good deal of time to observing this campaign,
from mass-media, internet, and peer opinion perspectives (of various
political leanings), I can confidently say this campaign was very
run in the style of that tried-and-trusted favourite of the Cosmic
COINTELPRO brigade, "good cop, bad cop".
Mark Latham and Labor were the "good cop". They ran a
campaign that most people would say "focused on the positives".
They promoted plenty of policy alternatives, and generally stayed
away from fear and smear tactics. Health, education and national
security were key issues. There was quite a large "carrot"
offered to the people in terms of election promises should they
be voted in.
John Howard and the Coalition were the "bad cop". They
ran a campaign on fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Policy was kept
on the hush-hush. The main focus was on Latham's inexperience as
a leader and propagation of a meme that Labor governments were bad
economic managers and thus interest rates would rise, costing many
people their homes. Even the mass media admitted that the government
were running an "interest rates scare campaign".
And the Australian people voted overwhelmingly for the "bad
In a certain sense, they cannot be blamed for this. Gurdjieff says
only lives between "I like" and "I don't like".
Recent world events
have produced many changes around us, many of which are not
particularly likeable. This fear of change, fear of that which is
different, fear of attack, and most of all, fear that we could lose
comfort zones, are all common programs that run the automaton which
is the typical human being.
John Howard ruthlessly exploited these programs, and has been
re-elected for his efforts.
But the fault does not rest on Howard's shoulders alone. Throughout
the years of his time in office, many brave journalists, public
and academics came forward with factual data that proved Howard
a liar. He lied about Iraq, he lied about the children of refugees
being thrown overboard, he lied about taxation, political back-room
deals and corporate cronyism.
By voting this man into power yet again, the Australian people
chosen to accept the lies; they have chosen that they want, and
lies. They have chosen lies over truth. As with all things in this
Universe, there will be consequences to be borne from this.
At this stage in the count, it appears that the Liberals and their
various Christian fundamentalist allies could control the majority
the Senate, something which previously functioned as somewhat of
"check and balance" against the railroading of legislation
parliament. If this becomes the case, then some "favourites"
government has been trying to push through the Senate could become
reality. These "favourites" include issues such as:
- Foreign ownership reforms, allowing greater "investment"
by foreign (read: American) companies.
- Media cross-ownership reforms, allowing greater concentration
media organisations into fewer hands.
- Full privatisation of Australia's main telecommunications company,
Telstra (rumours have included a possible buy-out by AT&T)
- Industrial Relations reforms, decreasing the power of unions
allowing big business to squeeze their employees ever tighter.
- The US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
With total control over both houses of parliament, the government
can do what it likes with few restrictions. My personal belief is
that the Howard government will more closely align Australia with
further integrating media, economic and defence networks. A
post-election interview with the member for Townsville (in north
Queensland) made pointed reference to defence projects, one of which
has been previously reported in the Sydney Morning Herald as being
the further establishment of "training" bases for US troops.
I have a pretty good idea these "training" bases will
be the destination of a large number of US troops (perhaps relocated
from Okinawa or South Korea?)
And of course, this election result is a fantastic signal for
Republicans in the US, who will no doubt point out that Australians
are "tough on terror" and want a leader who is willing
to "do what it
takes", and thus US citizens should do likewise and re-elect
this election result is a foreshadowing of the US elections, then
will win by a landslide and Kerry will fade into the background
"straw man" who did his duty by pretending to give Americans
Perhaps I fell into the mass-mind trap of honestly thinking this
be a close race, with a slight chance that Howard could be unseated.
If so, I gave the Australian people too much credit. Once again
another veil has been ripped away, revealing the Terror of the Situation
just that little bit more.
Someone once noted that:"Invasion happens when programming
I don't know what "complete" might mean, but I'm pretty
result heralds proof that we're one large step further down that
Minnesota (AP) -- Bush campaign aides are laughing off widespread
Internet suggestions that President Bush was wired during his first
debate with John Kerry, to get help from advisers.
A photo taken during the September 30th event appears to show a
small, boxy shape between the president's shoulder blades.
Musings on various Web sites suggest it could have been a radio
receiver so the president's aides could feed him answers during
Spokesman Scott Stanzel calls the idea "ridiculous,"
and adds, "Some people have been spending too many hours looking
at left-wing conspiracy Web sites."
He adds, "Did you hear the one about Elvis moderating the
| By John Chuckman
YellowTimes.org Columnist (Canada)
Printed on Monday, October 04, 2004 @ 16:17:55 CST
Nothing tells us more about the odd political
state of America than the recent presidential debate and reactions
The American debates, of course, are not debates at all. They
are more a set of joint press conferences, a staged opportunity
for both candidates to repeat memorized lines in a cozy environment,
protected by elaborate rules and an always-undemanding moderator.
Still, once in a while, something manages to happen.
You cannot look to the prominent members of either major American
political party for an honest assessment of how their candidate
performed. Despite being regularly trotted out on America's political
discussion programs, these people leave the impression of old Soviet
apparatchiks offering spontaneous views on Stalin's latest speech.
If you looked to the mainline press or the small group of people
who hold lifetime sinecures on television, you would have concluded
the morning after that the debate was a tie, an opinion generated
by the same tireless machinery that churns out most of what Americans
hear about Iraq. Only the so-called instant polls told you something
else, and there was a clue from John McCain, a man desperate to
cleanse his conscience of groveling for Bush, who briefly admitted
that Kerry had his best night in a long stretch.
If you had read the words of former Vice President Al Gore just
before the debate, you might have expected Bush to be a formidable
opponent, consistently underestimated. But to credit Gore's judgment
required you to ignore the fact that he is the man whose inept campaign
in 2000 put Bush into office. Gore does not want to be remembered
as the smart man, groomed for decades in politics at the highest
level, who let one of the most sniveling and uninformed politicians
in American history take the country's highest office, but that
is precisely Gore's legacy.
With most of the usual sources of authority discounted, you were
left to your own judgment, something with which Americans are not
all that comfortable. American television's hazy, synthetic vision
of the world, where everything from the best choice of toilet-bowl
cleaner to what should be your view of the latest colonial slaughter
is appealingly served up to be consumed as directed, makes independent
judgment unfamiliar territory.
Still, once in a while, there's no shaking the effect of a stark
fact. Any fool could see that Bush is a man
who cannot think on his feet, that his responses are those of a
toy doll whose same scratchy set of recordings play each time you
squeeze him. Winning a debate with a man of his quality would
not be an achievement anywhere, except in America. Gore should have
landed a string of knock-out punches during the 2000 debates, but
he utterly failed to do so. My private guess as to why he didn't
is that he thought the audience might judge him harshly for assisting
an incompetent to appear incompetent. It reflects the same political
sensibility that had the razor-sharp mind of Mrs. Clinton focused
on baking cookies. Kerry's wife, an outspoken woman of foreign birth,
has only just been asked to make herself a little scarce. She doesn't
go down well with the "bowling bag and Barbara Bush" set.
Before the debate, Kerry pretty much had followed Gore's script
for campaign as light farce. On a few occasions, Kerry indulged
an inexplicable taste for the Keystone Cops, making floundering,
bizarrely-twisted statements about the war in Iraq. You almost expected
to see his eyes crossed while his jaw worked at the words. His audience,
not surprisingly, failed to see a Keystone Cop as someone to rescue
them from a moron, and the polls marked Kerry down as someone the
Political Angel of Death was not going to bypass in November. As
for turning instead to a thoughtful, honest man like Ralph Nader,
that simply is not on in an America that only buys brands with billion-dollar
So, Kerry had little to lose in the debate. Still,
he offered nothing heroic, nothing startling, only just managing
a few pointed comments most of the world takes as common sense,
but in politically-asthmatic America even that little wheeze is
significant. Judging by Bush's reaction, which (broadcast on split-screen
despite a previous understanding not to do so) resembled the movements
of one of those old monkey-on-a-stick toys, even these few comments
were deeply irritating. It may be that the broadcast of Bush's reactions
was more telling than anything Kerry managed to say. Get ready for
years of howling cries about a stab in the back from those who await
the coming of a new Dr. Goebbels to save them from the sick fantasy
of a liberal American press.
The ridiculous circumstance in America that tends to make an incompetent
like Bush seem above scrutiny and criticism starts with the very
nature of a Constitution making the President both head of state
and head of government. Thus, when you criticize
a President for doing something stupid, you are seen to be criticizing
the symbol of the country itself, and not merely another politician,
which is of course what Presidents are, first and foremost.
In the case of war - even a totally illegal, bungled, and pointless
war like the one in Iraq - you may be regarded as giving aid and
comfort to some undefined enemy or as not supporting the "boyz
in hawm's way," perhaps the most unforgivable transgression
an American politician can commit.
Less instant polls at this writing indicate the public opinion
impact of Bush's broadcast reactions may be substantial. If so,
it is remarkable that it took Americans four years to see what a
pathetic lump their President is, but it is equally remarkable that
Kerry, who has said little of anything beyond the obvious, will
[John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian
oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of
history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule
of reason, and concern for human decency.]
"He had a feeling that the answer
was quite different and that he ought to know it, but he could not
think of it. He began to get frightened, and that is bad for thinking."
- J.R.R. Tolkien
George W. Bush, still smarting from his embarrassing performance
in the Florida debate, decided on Friday night in St. Louis that
volume was a good substitute for strength, that yelling would be
mistaken for gravitas. The result was an
ugly, disturbing, genuinely frightening show.
In my report on the first debate, I described Bush as, "Shrill.
Defensive. Muddled. Angry, very angry. Repetitive. Uninformed. Outmatched.
Unprepared. Hesitant." As bad as that display was, it honestly
paled in comparison to the frenzied hectoring
Bush sprayed at 140 Missouri citizens who had the ill fortune of
watching the man come unglued before their eyes.
John Kerry, by comparison, was every inch the controlled prosecutor
pressing his case to the jury. It was, perhaps, that calm delineation
of Bush's myriad errors which caused the Republican candidate to
blow his stack. Exactly 30 minutes into the debate, Bush became
so agitated by Kerry's description of the "back-door draft,"
which is literally bleeding the life out of our National Guard and
Reserve forces, that he lunged out of his
chair and shrieked over moderator Charles Gibson, who was trying
to maintain some semblance of decorum.
"You tell Tony Blair we're going alone,"
Bush roared. "Tell Tony Blair we're going alone!" The
disturbed murmur from the crowd was audible. Bush, simply, frightened
More unsettling than Bush's demonstrable agitation was his almost
uncanny disconnect from reality.
The voluminous report released by Charles Duelfer and the Iraq
Survey Group, compiled by 1,625 U.N. and U.S. weapons inspectors
after two years of searching some 1,700 sites in Iraq at a cost
of more than $1 billion, stated flatly that no weapons of mass destruction
exist in that nation, that no weapons of mass destruction have existed
in that nation for years, and that any capacity to develop weapons
of mass destruction within that nation has been crumbling for the
same amount of years.
"My opponent said that America must pass a global test before
we used force to protect ourselves," said Bush during the Iraq
phase of the debate. "That's the kind of mindset that says
sanctions were working. That's the kind of mindset that said, 'Let's
keep it at the United Nations and hope things go well.' Saddam Hussein
was a threat because he could have given weapons of mass destruction
to terrorist enemies. Sanctions were not working."
What? First of all, the Duelfer Report
proves beyond any question that sanctions had worked incredibly
well. The stuff wasn't there, because Scott Ritter and the
UNSCOM inspectors destroyed it all during the 1990s, along with
any and all equipment and facilities to make it. The stuff wasn't
there because the sanctions put into place against Hussein prevented
him from getting any material to develop weapons. The stuff wasn't
there because Hussein stopped making it years ago, because the sanctions
were breaking his back. The sanctions worked.
When Bush made the statement about Hussein
giving weapons of mass destruction to "terrorist enemies,"
the needle edged over from 'Dumb' to 'Deranged.' How many
different ways must one say "The stuff wasn't there" before
George picks up the clue phone? How does someone give away something
he doesn't have?
Bush continued in this appalling vein when he said, "He keeps
talking about, 'Let the inspectors do their job.' It's naive and
dangerous to say that. That's what the Duelfer report showed."
Welcome to Bush World, where everything is
upside down and two plus two equals a bag of hammers. It is naive
and dangerous to point out that the inspectors got the job done
in the 1990s, that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction whatsoever?
No, George. It is simply the truth.
The mental disconnect reared its shouting head repeatedly throughout
the evening. Bush somehow lost track of where he was at one point
and called his opponent, "Senator Kennedy." He told one
questioner that he would control the deficit by stopping Congress
from spending, only a few minutes after defending the fact that
he had never, not once, vetoed a spending bill from Congress.
He made an accountant crack about "Battling green eyeshades,"
a statement that immediately became a first-ballot nominee for the
Gibberish Hall of Fame. When asked what kind of Supreme Court Justice
he would nominate if given an opportunity, he wandered off along
a free-association rant about Dred Scott. Clearly, this President
will make sure to nominate people to the bench who are opposed to
Perhaps the most telling moment came when questioner Linda Grabel
asked Bush, "Please give three instances in which you came
to realize you had made a wrong decision, and what you did to correct
As with his April prime time press conference, in which he was
asked a very similar question, Bush absolutely
refused to admit to any errors in judgment, beyond a cryptic
quip about mistakes in personnel appointments which he would not
elaborate upon. He opened himself up to the judgment of history,
a sad straddle given the simple fact that no President can avoid
such a judgment. That was all he was willing to offer. Ms. Grabel
did not hear about three mistakes. She did not even hear about one.
Bush was every inch the angry man on Friday night, which is dangerous
enough. But to witness anger combined with
belligerent ignorance, with a willful denial of basic facts, to
witness a man utterly incapable of admitting to any mistakes while
his clear errors in judgment are costing his country in blood, to
see that combination roiling within the man who is in charge of
the most awesome military arsenal in the history of the planet,
is more than dangerous.
It is flatly terrifying.
Saddam Hussein saw his life as an unfolding
epic narrative, with retreats and advances, but always the same
ending. He would go down in history as the glorious Arab leader,
as the Saladin of his day. One thousand years from now, schoolchildren
would look back and marvel at the life of The Struggler, the great
leader whose life was one of incessant strife, but who restored
the greatness of the Arab nation.
They would look back and see the man who lived by his saying:
"We will never lower our heads as long as we live, even if
we have to destroy everybody." Charles Duelfer opened his report
on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction with those words. For a humiliated
people, Saddam would restore pride by any means.
Saddam knew the tools he would need to reshape history and establish
his glory: weapons of mass destruction. These weapons had what Duelfer
and his team called a "totemic" importance to him. With
these weapons, Saddam had defeated the evil Persians. With these
weapons he had crushed his internal opponents.
With these weapons he would deter what he called the "Zionist
octopus" in both Israel and America.
But in the 1990's, the world was arrayed against him to deprive
him of these weapons. So Saddam, the clever one, The Struggler,
undertook a tactical retreat. He would destroy the weapons while
preserving his capacities to make them later. He would foil the
inspectors and divide the international community. He would induce
it to end the sanctions it had imposed to pen him in. Then,
when the sanctions were lifted, he would reconstitute his weapons
and emerge greater and mightier than before.
The world lacked what Saddam had: the long perspective. Saddam
understood that what others see as a defeat or a setback can really
be a glorious victory if it is seen in the context of the longer
Saddam worked patiently to undermine the sanctions.
He stored the corpses of babies in great piles, and then unveiled
them all at once in great processions to illustrate the great humanitarian
horrors of the sanctions.
Saddam personally made up a list of officials at the U.N., in
France, in Russia and elsewhere who would be bribed. He sent out
his oil ministers to curry favor with China, France, Turkey and
Russia. He established illicit trading relations with Ukraine, Syria,
North Korea and other nations to rebuild his arsenal.
It was all working. He acquired about $11 billion through illicit
trading. He used the oil-for-food billions to build palaces. His
oil minister was treated as a "rock star," as the report
put it, at international events, so thick was the lust to trade
France, Russia, China and other nations lobbied to lift sanctions.
Saddam was, as the Duelfer report noted, "palpably close"
to ending sanctions.
With sanctions weakening and money flowing, he rebuilt his strength.
He contacted W.M.D. scientists in Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria and
elsewhere to enhance his technical knowledge base. He increased
the funds for his nuclear scientists. He increased his military-industrial-complex's
budget 40-fold between 1996 and 2002. He increased the number of
technical research projects to 3,200 from 40. As Duelfer reports,
"Prohibited goods and weapons were being shipped into Iraq
with virtually no problem."
And that is where Duelfer's story ends. Duelfer
makes clear on the very first page of his report that it is a story.
It is a mistake and a distortion, he
writes, to pick out a single frame of the movie and isolate it from
the rest of the tale.
But that is exactly what has happened. I have never in my life
seen a government report so distorted by partisan passions. The
fact that Saddam had no W.M.D. in 2001 has been amply reported,
but it's been isolated from the more important
and complicated fact of Saddam's nature and intent.
But we know where things were headed. Sanctions would have been
lifted. Saddam, rich, triumphant and unbalanced,
would have reconstituted his W.M.D. Perhaps he would have
joined a nuclear arms race with Iran. Perhaps he would have left
it all to his pathological heir Qusay.
We can argue about what would have been the best way to depose
Saddam, but this report makes it crystal clear that this insatiable
tyrant needed to be deposed. He was the menace, and, as the world
dithered, he was winning his struggle. He was on the verge of greatness.
We would all now be living in his nightmare.
Tony Blair and George Bush have been accused
of "clinging to straws" to justify war by Hans Blix, the
man charged with finding Iraqi weapons.
Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq Survey
Group, sent in by the coalition, reported this week.
The Prime Minister and the United States President seized on author
Charles Duelfer's suggestion that the dictator might have started
producing them again if sanctions were lifted.
However Hans Blix, who feels his work as head
of the hunt for WMD was cut short by the invasion, said: "This
is the new straw to which the governments have begun to cling."
Writing in the Independent on Sunday, the former United Nations
chief weapons inspector, who wanted more time to complete his work,
rejected the suggestion.
"Even if sanctions were lifted any
breakout by Saddam would have caused loud alarm bells to ring,"
"Duelfer's report confirms that the combination of UN sanctions
and inspection, plus external pressures including the no-fly zones,
had kept Saddam contained."
There was no hint that the Iraqi dictator
had attempted to revive his nuclear programme, he continues.
"Iraq was further away from a nuclear
weapon in 2003 then it was in 1991," he says.
"It had not used the period between 1999 and 2002, when there
were no inspections, for any revival. Thus while George Bush has
been maintaining that Saddam was a growing threat he was a diminishing
danger to his neighbours and the world."
Mr Blix also takes a sideswipe at the intelligence services, pointing
out that the report "underlines the importance of having inspectors".
Throughout human history
religions have been formed, as methods, in which to attempt to explain
a purpose and ascribe some sort of meaning, for our existence. In
other words, why are we here? Religions are formed in such a way
as to also reflect the social and cultural mores of any particular
society or grouping. When those who feel as if they are disenfranchised
or excluded from a given religious perspective, they create a new
religion, or sect, of an established religion, that more adequately
encompasses the day-to-day personal reality that they themselves
experience. Therefore, subjectivity in actuality becomes a harness
that precludes a more complete understanding of the true nature
of our being.
The oversight of objectivity, or truth, because of the subjugation
of personal and prejudicial beliefs, caused by an individual experience
or irrationally induced fear, deflects our attention away from what
should be obvious, and that is, that God is a metaphor for truth,
and vice versa. The point that seems to be lost, by so many who
use religion as a means to control others, and those who allow themselves
to be manipulated, is that truth is a constant, not a gray area
that could be used for whatever purpose suits the moment.
When reading guiding principle passages from the Bible, the Koran,
or any other scriptural religious tome, insert the word 'truth'
wherever the word 'God' appears and the forgotten metaphor
becomes quite evident. Conversely, juxtapose the word 'lies'
for the term 'Satan' or whichever term is used for that negative
entity, and the message intended also becomes just as clear.
The search for, and living the truth is what is really intended
for humanity to find the pathway to a better understanding as to
why we exist. It's also, as stated in these good books, the only
way to overcome the negative sphere of influence we are inundated
with, in order to truly allow ourselves to become one with each
other and the Creator. The forgotten metaphor; truth being God,
and God being truth, remembered and lived, is the only way to break
out of the cycle of negativity we bring upon ourselves in a world
full of lies and delusions.
I have watched the
Pentagon strike video presentation by a QFS member and I have read
the comments on the Signs forum from some people who can't believe
that the U.S. government would ever lie to them. Remember the old
"Leave It To Beaver" TV episodes where Beaver would make
an uncomfortable discovery about the nature of social reality and
would lament, "Say it ain't so, Wally!", or words to that
Well, it is so! Don't believe that could be true? I suggest you
read Mike Ruppert's brand new book, "Crossing
the Rubicon", and see the hard evidence on what happened
on 9-11 for yourself:
It seems that there are many grown-ups walking around who are in
Beaver's position. Maybe for the very *first time* in their life
they are beginning to realize the profound depths of the lies and
deceptions that the American government has told them. For years
they have been blissfully asleep, profoundly secure in their knowledge
and belief that the American government is good and true and always
right and well-intentioned.
Until today, when they saw the Pentagon plane crash video expose.
And suddenly they-- maybe you who are reading this?-- have begun
to suspect that all is not as they have been led to believe that
it is, that there are mad men and liars manipulating the strings
So they/we have before us a choice. We can take the blue pill or
the red pill. We can wake up and see the situation as it is, as
uncomfortable and dangerous as it may be, or we may remain smug
in our accustomed preconceptions and attack anyone who challenges
our assumed knowledge of the way the world works, and slander anyone
who questions our views.
Consider this: in recent days, we have seen prominent news stories
saying that there WERE NO stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq prior to the American invasion. We have seen other stories
verifying that there IS NO link between the Saddam Hussein regime
and Al Queda.
These were all assertions that the Bush administration made prior
to launching the war. Now we see that they are ALL LIES. Not true.
Now we see in the newspaper that when Colin Powell went up to the
United Nations in New York and presented evidence of Iraqi programs
for weapons of mass destruction that it was all FALSE. Colin Powell
lied. George Bush lied. So did Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld. They are all liars.
So if the Bush administration will lie, repeatedly, flagrantly
and without shame, in order to launch a war against a country that
did not attack the United States -- if they will lie to you about
that, and they have - then why is it so hard to accept that they
will lie to you about other things, things like the attacks of September
As for what happened (or didn't happen) at the Pentagon, I can
tell you that I was driving in my car listening to the news that
day. I clearly heard an interview with a man who described personally
seeing the jet that struck the Pentagon. He watched it fly right
past his apartment building and slam into the Pentagon. He described
it as a small commuter plane, like a small business jet-- NOT A
I have looked carefully at the Pentagon lawn as seen in photos
taken immediately after the 9-11 attacks and there simply is not
the wreckage of a huge passenger jet on the Pentagon lawn. It isn't
Ergo, the things we have been told about what happened that day
must be false.
The lies run real deep.
Deal with it.
But don't attack the messenger who points out the truth to you.
Reserve your criticism and scorn for those who have lied to you.
The evidence suggests that the conspirators -- at least some of
them -- hold very high positions in the United States government.
Don't believe me? Get Mike Ruppert's new book, "Crossing the
Rubicon". He sets out the whole evidence trail clear as a bell.
If you want to know who ordered and carried out the 9-11 attacks
you must first realize that it was an elaborate inside job. We've
been conned by the American government and the major news media,
and massively so.
The reality is that the official explanation for the events of
the 9-11 attacks is a carefully crafted web of lies. Almost all
of what the average American thinks he or she *knows* about what
happened that day is an illusion and delusion, carefully spun up
to deflect attention from the great violence and terrible betrayal
of the American people that lies at the heart of the American government
and mass media.
That's the sad and painful truth, and we need to deal with it.
It's just that simple.
ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Erie-area researchers are
studying whether low-cost commercial radar might be used to track
vessels on the Great Lakes for U.S. homeland security purposes.
"In the wake of 9-11, the United States and Canada have taken
significant measures to further secure our borders.
However, the Great Lakes borders remain a significant weak spot,"
said Susan Breon, president of the Center for eBusiness & Advanced
"Ask the border patrol and Homeland Security how many boats
go back and forth between Canada and the U.S. and they don't have
any way to know," said Robert Gray, director of the Center
for Navigation, Communication, and Information Systems at Penn State-Behrend.
About 2,000 kilometres of the U.S.-Canadian border consist of
the Great Lakes.
Breon's business-development group is partnering with researchers
at Behrend and Mercyhurst College and have already received a $50,000
seed grant for the project's first phase - testing whether the radar
"This radar was never intended for
this kind of a mission and we have to see how it performs...if it
will be able to tell the difference between a boat and a flock of
gulls," Gray said.
"It sounds easy but it's not."
The other partner in the venture is Robert Heibel, the FBI's deputy
chief of counter-terrorism during the late president Ronald Reagan's
administration, who now directs Mercyhurst's Institute for Intelligence
Heibel has the government contacts to determine
which national security agencies could use the boat traffic data
generated by the project.
Breon's group, and Pennsylvania state Senator Jane Earll, who
obtained the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Grant for the initial study, are interested in the project because
it could bring jobs to the area, should a security centre or technology
cluster result from it.
"This project not only does that, but also shows the benefits
of collaboration with our area colleges and universities,"
Testing the radar could take up to a year, Gray said.
The federal government has finalized a $43.3-million
deal that will see the 2006 census conducted with the help of the
Canadian subsidiary of a U.S. weapons manufacturer.
While Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. won an open competition for
the work, some peace groups and opposition politicians are concerned
about taxpayer dollars' going to a weapons-builder.
"There's a moral issue, I believe,
in having an arms manufacturing industry ... do our census data
collection among citizens who are very diverse and also have relatives
... abroad who could be hurt from the actual products they use,"
New Democrat MP Brian Masse said in an interview from his home in
"We're concerned about Lockheed Martin's advocacy of the
Star Wars program of missile defence," said Darrell Rankin,
an organizer with the No War Coalition in Manitoba.
Lockheed Martin officials were not immediately available for comment.
When negotiations with the company began more than one year ago,
federal officials defended the contract, saying Lockheed Martin
helped the United States and the United Kingdom modernize their
Under its contract with Statistics Canada, Lockheed Martin Canada
will develop hardware and software to process census forms, even
ones filled out by hand.
"It's very specialized software, using
scanners, to actually digitize hand-written responses from 13.6
million households," said Anil Arora, director of the
federal census program.
The computer programs will, for the first time, allow Statistics
Canada to accept census forms filed electronically.
There are safeguards in place to ensure the private company cannot
get access to the census information, Mr. Arora said.
Lockheed Martin has worked in the United States to develop the
space-based missile-defence system – dubbed Star Wars –
and its Canadian subsidiary has worked with the Canadian military.
The company also works in the information technology sector.
While the company will supply the technology
for the census, it will not have access to any completed census
"All the locations where questionnaires and data are handled
are Statistics Canada sites," Mr. Arora said. "They are
completely isolated. There's no external connection from the outside
that anybody could hack into."
Critics fear some census information could leak
out and make its way into the hands of the U.S. government.
They point to the U.S. Patriot Act, which was enacted following
the terrorist attacks of 2001. It allows the FBI and other U.S.
authorities access to information held by private U.S. companies.
There are concerns that power might extend
to companies in Canada and other countries with headquarters in
the United States.
"It's our understanding that it makes Canadian information
vulnerable," said Mr. Masse, who is the NDP's industry critic.
British Columbia's privacy commissioner has launched an investigation
into how the Patriot Act might affect B.C. residents.
Two firms with U.S. headquarters have bid to help administer medical
billings for the province.
Privacy commissioner David Loukidelis is examining whether the
Patriot Act would let the U.S. government force such companies to
hand over personal information about British Columbians.
Statistics Canada says security concerns about the census are
"No private sector contractor will have access to completed
census questionnaires," Mr. Arora said.
That information, he added, will be available only to Statistics
Canada employees who have signed confidentiality agreements.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) - A car laden with explosives
rammed into a convoy of army vehicles in India's portion of Kashmir
on Saturday, triggering a massive explosion that left four people
dead and 22 others injured, an army spokesman said.
Two soldiers, a civilian and the driver of the car died in the
attack on a highway connecting Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu-Kashmir
state, with the frontier town of Uri, a major army garrison, said
Lt.-Col. V. K. Batra.
Four army trucks and three civilian vehicles were damaged in the
attack near Singhpora village, about 40 kilometres north of Srinagar.
Shortly after the attack, a local news agency in Srinagar said
it received a telephone call from the Jaish-e Mohammed group claiming
responsibility for the "suicide attack."
Jaish-e-Mohammed is one of more than a dozen Islamic groups fighting
for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with neighbouring
More than 65,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in
the conflict since 1989.
GAZA, Palestine -- An Israeli occupation army
officer further killed a Palestinian little girl with cold blood
by spraying her with his rifle, leaving at
least 20 bullets in her small body, Arab48 website reported
According to the Israeli-Arab website, the Israeli Yed'out Ahronot
Daily, published today that an officer of an Israeli army unit,
serving in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, shot to death
a 13-years-old local Palestinian girl Eman Alhems last Tuesday,
when the soldiers under his command spotted a person moving in suspicious
way about 70 meters a way from their military outpost.
The Israeli Daily quoted the soldiers who witnessed the killing
as saying that between 6:00am and 7:00am, on Tuesday morning, they
observed a person moving about 70 meters away from the Girit military
outpost where they are stationed.
The soldiers who serve within an elite Israeli occupation army
Shakid unit, belonging to the Giv'ati well-known brigade, told Yed'out
Ahronot, that their commander had further killed the child
Eman, by emptying his rifle in her body, though they were certain
the child was already killed.
One of the soldiers said " when we spotted the suspicious
figure, about 100 meters away from our post, we fired on it, then
it fell down"
Another soldier accounted on by saying " I saw a head moving
up and down between heaps of sand, all opened their machine guns
towards the figure, until it fell down, after that we found out
that it was merely a little girl".
The soldier further explained " some
of the soldiers identified the figure as a girl before others opened
their fire on it".
A third soldier told the Israeli Daily" I saw a little girl,
then I informed the post's command that the girl is almost 12 years-old
, so I didn't shoot at her, yet another soldier opened fire, making
her to fall down".
All the soldiers confirmed that their commander, got then out
of the outpost and headed, along with other soldiers, for the place
where the girl's body was laying on the ground.
" the unit's commander shot two bullets
on the girl, then stepped a few meters back and sprayed her with
all the bullets in his machine gun, thus the event came to
an end", a soldier revealed.
He went onto saying " there was no reason as to such killing
by the commander, as his first bullets had already killed the girl;
in brief, he abused the girl's dead body".
The abovementioned witness soldiers, asserted that they had already
informed their commander about what happened, wondering as to why
he sprayed the girl although she was dead.
The paper quoted Israeli military sources as saying that the
said commander confessed his action, by claiming he believed the
girl was a 'terrorist' , when he approached her.
The unit's soldiers who expressed astonishment of their commander's
deed, called on the Israeli concerned authorities to investigate
Last Tuesday, Eman Alhems, 13, from the southern Gaza Strip city
of Rafah was reportedly shot dead with several live Israeli bullets.
It's almost humorous to read corporate media
accounts about the supposed fall of the Straussian neocons. "Inside
the Bush administration, the influence and ideas of the neoconservative
movement seem to be in decline," writes James Mann for the
Financial Times. Philip Stephens, also for the Financial Times,
declares "Pre-emption is dead" and "Mr. Bush's version
of the doctrine—unilateral military action based on necessarily
incomplete and imprecise threat assessments—cannot survive
the Iraq war." Moises Naim, writing for Foreign Policy this
month, believes the "neoconservative approach to foreign policy…
lie buried in the sands of Iraq."
Don't believe a word of it.
As Jim Lobe writes,"while the neocons may be down, they are
by no means out. As more than one foreign-policy analyst has noted,
no neocon within the administration has resigned or been fired,
despite their responsibility for the Iraqi quagmire and public calls
by even some senior Republican lawmakers and retired military officers
that they be ousted." As the State Department and the CIA see
it, "the neocons may actually enjoy greater influence if Bush
Lobe points to a recent editorial posted on Salon by "Anonymous,"
a veteran Foreign Service officer currently serving as a State Department
official, who believes that Colin Powell will, upon Bush's "re-election,"
resign. After his departure "the last bulwark against complete
neoconservative control of U.S. foreign policy" will crumble.
"The implications are enormous, yet the American electorate
appears to be blinded by the Bush campaign's deliberate manipulations
As Lobe notes, Straussian neocon luminaries are busy at work plotting
their next moves upon Bush's "re-election" in November.
During a symposium co-sponsored by the Likudite influenced Committee
on the Present Danger (CPD), co-chaired by the war against Islam—fondly
referred to as WW IV by the neocons—fanatic and former CIA
director James Woolsey, Norman Podhoretz, the Straussian neocon
godfather, called for the United States to use Israeli tactics (think
Gaza) as a "model for how to fight this kind of war" and
said "Iran is unquestionably on the agenda" of a second
Bush administration. "I have no doubt that we're going to have
to do it and do it fast," Podhoretz declared. As if to signal
the Bushites are in-sync with the CPD warmongers, Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was in attendance at the symposium. Wolfowitz's
participation, Lobe writes, also confirms "that the neocon
faction within the Bush administration is alive, kicking and unashamed
despite the quagmire in Iraq."
But is Iraq a quagmire or something else? Is it possible what
is going on in Iraq is precisely what the Straussian neocons desire—a
social and cultural breakdown of the Arab world resulting in a realignment
along ethnic and tribal lines? Currently there is a lot of talk
of civil war in Iraq—a conflict likely to result in the fragmentation
of the country and the creation of small, ethnically comprised mini-states.
More than anything, Israel fears Arab nationalism, especially pan-Arab
nationalism. So fearful was Israel of Palestinian nationalism it
funded Hamas in the belief that Islamic fundamentalism would stem
the tide of unity represented by the PLO. Obviously, it will be
easier for the U.S. (at the behest of the Likudites in Israel) to
lord over small mini-states than deal with larger entities such
as Syria and Iran—or for that matter an Arab world united
behind a common cause, namely (as Osama bin Laden supposedly wants)
reducing the influence of the West in the Middle East and uniting
to fight against its perennial enemy, Israel.
This is precisely what the Straussian neocon war against Islam
is all about, regardless of all the highfalutin talk about democracy
and modernizing Arab and Iranian societies. As Norman Podhoretz
understands, in order to accomplish this objective the United States
will need to follow Israel's lead—that is to say launch brutal
invasions and terrorize entire populations, as the Israelis are
currently doing in the Gaza Strip. The Iraqi "quagmire"
will need to be replicated in Iran and Syria—and sooner before
later, as Podhoretz urges.
There is, however, one big problem with this scenario. Sooner
before later—or as the Straussian neocon Michael Ledeen puts
it, "faster, please"—will require more "boots
on the ground," or bullet-stoppers in the hopper. As is now
painfully obvious, the Iraq "quagmire" has nearly stretched
the U.S. military to its breaking point—and after back-to-back
"duty" in Iraq, a whole lot of soldiers will not be re-uping—so
a fresh batch of soldiers will be needed for ambitious "adventures"
in Iran and Syria. Although the Republicans are angrily denouncing
the Democrats for apparently raising the specter of conscription
in the run-up to the election—and have killed a draft reinstatement
bill that was languishing in Congress, as if to prove they have
no intention of reviving conscription—reality dictates: the
Pentagon will need more soldiers, a whole lot more soldiers, if
they are going to invade Iran, with a population three times the
size of Iraq, and Syria.
So, the question is: Are you ready to donate your kids or yourself
to fight Israel's war against the Muslim world, currently pegged
at over a billion people? Are you ready for generations of ceaseless
war—as Bush promised—and the possibility of thousands,
maybe hundreds of thousands of U.S. kids slaughtered in the name
of Greater Israel? Are you ready to accept the mass murder of possibly
a million or more Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, and maybe Lebanese
and Saudi Arabians?
I didn't think so.
| Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA -- An earthquake
measuring 4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook the city
of Kahnouj in the southeastern province of Kerman on Saturday.
According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics
Institute, the tremor occurred at 09:38 hours a.m. local time (0608
There are no reports of any damage to property caused by the quake.
Two earthquakes measuring 5.2 and 4.6 degrees on the Richter scale
shook the vicinity of Jiroft in Kerman province on Wednesday and
Iran is situated on some of the world's most active seismic fault
lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence.
| TEHRAN (AP) - An earthquake of magnitude
5.8 shook buildings in northeastern Iran on Friday, injuring 12 people
as frightened residents fled their homes for safety, state radio reported.
Provincial official Mohammad Hassan Moheimani told state radio
the quake's epicentre was located in a sparsely populated area near
the Iran-Turkmenistan border.
"Most of the 12 people were slightly injured as they ran to
safety," he said.
A magnitude five quake can damage houses and buildings in densely
Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes.
A December earthquake in Bam, in southeastern Iran, measured 6.6
magnitude and killed 26,000 people.
|MANAGUA, Nicaragua Oct. 9, 2004 —
A powerful earthquake rocked Nicaragua's western coast on Saturday,
sending residents running from their homes. No major injuries or damage
were immediately reported.
The magnitude 6.9 quake struck at 5:26 EDT, or 3:26 p.m. local
time in Nicaragua, and was centered about 50 miles southwest of
Managua, the National Earthquake Information Center said.
Emergency officials said they had no immediate reports of major
damage or injuries.
| BAKERSFIELD -- A minor earthquake
shook an area on the border of Los Angeles and Kern counties on Saturday
but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, authorities
The magnitude-3.1 quake struck at 5:02 a.m. and was centered 12
miles north of Lake Elizabeth, according to a preliminary report
from the U.S. Geological Survey.
A Kern County sheriff's dispatcher said there has been no reports
of injuries or damage.
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. -- Earthquake
activity has increased at Mount St. Helens, but overcast skies Saturday
hampered scientists' ability to see what was happening at the volcano.
"Seismicity has been picking up steadily since Friday, and
now it's at levels equal to or higher than the Oct. 5 steam and
ash eruption," said Jeff Wynn, U.S. Geological Survey's chief
scientist for volcano hazards at Vancouver.
Earthquake activity had been low until Friday, indicating molten
rock is moving upward with little resistance.
By Saturday, however, quakes of magnitude 2.4 were occurring every
one to two minutes, Wynn said.
Clouds lifted a little at dawn Saturday to reveal the mountain
covered with snow, but continued to hamper visibility and frustrate
"Exactly where the magma is, since we don't have visuals,
we just can't say," Wynn said.
A bubble on the south side of the dome has risen to at least 330
feet since scientists first spotted it Sept. 30, and it was now
almost as tall as the dome's 1,000-foot summit, said USGS geologist
"The blister is a rather remarkable event," he said,
saying that it infers magma is somewhere at shallow depths less
than a mile below the surface.
Scientists will monitor the bulge to see how the uplift relates
to the seismic activity, Pallister said.
Despite the swelling and the increase in earthquake activity, scientists
said there was no reason to raise the alert level around the 8,364-foot
There was an outside chance an eruption could shoot ash 15 miles
into the air or higher, but there was no indication that any eruption
is imminent or that one would be powerful enough to threaten lives
or property, said Larry Mastin, a USGS expert in the physics of
There's no way to tell when magma -- molten rock -- might reach
the surface, scientists said.
Weather has discouraged many of the thousands of visitors who initially
visited the awakening mountain, but some still anxiously watched
from the Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center, the closest open vantage
point for viewing the crater.
"We were here last Sunday, too," said Kathy Gurnee of
Hearing that seismic activity was ramping up again Saturday, she
said, "it gives us a little tentative feeling about it."
"I think today's going to be a big one. I can feel it,"
Gurnee's husband Mike said.
The center is 8 1/2 miles north of the southwest Washington mountain.
Since Sept. 23, thousands of small earthquakes have shaken the
peak in the Cascade Range. The volcano spewed clouds of steam mixed
with small amounts of old volcanic ash each day from Oct. 1 through
An hour-long blast Oct. 5 was the largest, sending a thick gray
cloud thousands of feet in the air and dusting some areas northeast
of the volcano with gritty ash.
Seismic activity diminished afterward, and scientists on Wednesday
lowered the alert level from "volcano alert" to "volcano
The downgrade indicated the probability of a life-threatening eruption
had decreased significantly since Oct. 2, when thousands of people
were evacuated from areas around the mountain.
Geologists said the most likely scenario now is for weeks or months
of occasional steam blasts and possibly some eruptions of fresh
Officials have cautioned, however, that an eruption still could
occur with very little warning.
Closures around the volcano -- including the Johnston Ridge observatory
five miles north of the crater -- remained in effect. Johnston Ridge
is usually closed for the winter by the end of October.
Geologists have said there is little chance of anything similar
to the blast that blew 1,300 feet off the top of the peak, killed
57 people and paralyzed much of the inland Pacific Northwest with
gritty volcanic ash on May 18, 1980.
Some 450 million years after
a meteorite slammed into western Wisconsin, geologist William Cordua's
star is on the rise.
Cordua, along with two other scientists, confirmed this spring
what he had suspected for more than 20 years: that the 4-mile-wide
crater near Rock Elm was caused by a meteor, making it the second
meteor-impact site in Wisconsin and one of 120 currently confirmed
around the world.
As a result of that finding, Cordua — a University of Wisconsin-River
Falls professor — is increasingly in demand as a speaker,
and chances of grant money to continue his work have improved.
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