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of the Day
Hitler. Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" 1938
Bush. Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" 2004
Several times over the past
several months I have come across the idea that somebody "has
it in" for the U.S. of A., and that they are using a "Fifth
Column" to destroy it from within. Certainly, it is baffling
to observe the current U.S. administration carrying out polices
that anyone with two neurons firing know will lead only to destruction,
and worse still, to see that so many Americans blindly support these
destructive policies whose only end is - and I won't mince words
- death and destruction of the American people and the American
Yesterday a reader sent me some comments posted on a message board
on the internet out of which only one paragraph really interested
me. It said:
It seems that a grouping of international corporate entities
and financial institutions have decided that America at this late
stage is only good for projecting military force, and so it will
use up American resources to advance its own agenda until there
is not much left of American power and credibility.
Well, even if I am not precisely certain that this identification
of those who wish to see America destroyed is correct, I do see
that the comment is a succinct description of what is happening
in America. And it grieves me to no end.
Bush has declared that he will not bring back the draft, and I
am reasonably certain that he will keep his word on that. He doesn't
have to bring back the draft. When the economy gets so bad that
the only place young men and women can get employment and a roof
over their heads is in the military, that is where they will be.
And that is certainly what looks to be ahead in the very near future.
But still, there is the problem: what is behind it all? What is
the point? Why, or WHO would want to destroy America, its ideals,
its leadership that held so much promise not too many years ago?
Can it simply be the hubris of a small group of men who literally
cannot see the end results of their actions as Hitler could not
see the end of his Thousand Year Reich in less than twelve years?
shaken my head repeatedly and wondered is that REALLY the intention
of the Bush Reich? Destruction of America?
No, I don't think it is. The destruction of Germany and the German
cultural inheritance was not Hitler's intended outcome either. And
so, we must see that there is actually someone, something, somewhere
else, pulling the strings.
From the 1940s to the 1970s, military personnel from the United
States and many other nations encountered unidentified flying
objects, visually and on radar, sometimes at close range. These
instances happened not scores of times, but hundreds of times,
perhaps even thousands. Sometimes the encounter was nothing more
than a solid radar return of an object moving at an incomprehensible
speed, performing impossible maneuvers. Sometimes it included
the violation of sensitive airspace. Often it involved the dispatch
of one or more jets to intercept the object. At times, crew members
claimed to see a metallic, disc-like object, sometimes with portholes,
sometimes with lights, frequently engaged in what appeared to
be intelligent, evasive maneuvers. In a very few cases, it involved
the crash and military retrieval of a UFO. In a few others, it
involved injury and even death to military personnel. In the large
majority of instances recorded in [Richard Dolan's book, UFOs
and the National Security State}, military personnel who encountered
UFOs were adamant that they did not see a natural phenomenon.
This is clearly a serious development, and it was treated as
such by those groups we may call the national security state.
The CIA, NSA, and all branches of military intelligence received
UFO reports and discussed the matter as something of serious concern.
There is also evidence, provided by former Blue Book chief Edward
Ruppelt, of an "Above Top Secret" group with access
to all UFO data, a group that straddled the worlds of government,
military, and industry.
At the same time, the military created the fiction, for public
consumption only, that the UFO problem was nothing to be concerned
about - certainly not the result of little green men. Aided by
a heavy[handed official media and culture, it tried to convince
the public that the air force's Project Blue Book was the appropriate
tool for looking into this purely academic concern. Blue Book
was fundamentally a public relations tool, not an investigative
body. Throughout its existence, it was under orders to debunk.
Some intelligence agency, most likely CIA, appears to have surveilled
civilian UFO groups... In 1952, the Aerial Phenomena Research
Organization (APRO) was founded in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, by
Coral Lorenzen. It soon became one of America's most influential
and respected UFO organizations. Months before the first appearance
of the organization's periodical, the APRO Bulletin, a man claiming
an intelligence background became an active supporter and attempted
to lead the organization into "metaphysical areas of research."
Coral Lorenzen said she "gently parried" these attempts.
She later discovered light embossing on a letter she received
from him, and used a soft pencil to discern what looked like an
intelligence report about her. During the summer of 1952, two
suspicious men posing as painting contractors called on her and
engaged her in conversation. The men did not seem interested in
selling any services. After they left, they parked their car where
they had a clear view of the back of her home. These two men also
visited APRO's treasurer and secretary the same day, but apparently
not any other homes in the neighborhood.
It is worth mentioning that, by 1952, 74 percent of the CIA's
money (and 60 percent of personnel) went toward covert operations.
... Contrary to the 1947 National Security Act, which stipulated
that the CIA's activities be confined outside the United States,
the agency had already infiltrated and financed many U.S. labor,
business, church, university, student, and cultural groups, usually
channeling the money through various foundations. In 1952, it
began opening the mail through a new program known as HT Lingual,
which targeted correspondence between U.S. citizens and communist
nations. For twenty[one years, with FBI help, the program photographed
two million envelopes and opened 215,000 letters. No one, not
even the president was exempt. By 1952, also, the CIA was using
unwitting subjects to test the effects of LSD. [...]
In March 1965... FBI offices were asked to compile lists of reliable
reporters who could be called on for COINTELPRO work. Hoover was
meanwhile busy gathering data on antiwar groups as well as members
of Congress. That summer, US Army intelligence agents began to
infiltrate and spy on a wide range of political groups involving
about one thousand investigators and three hundred officers collecting
questionable political utterances. [...]
The CIA also controlled an army of thirty-six thousand men...
which cost perhaps $300 million annually. Although Congress never
authorized this activity, there was little to fear, considering
the agency's classified budget and its many private sources of
The HtLingual program remained aggressive. By the early 1970s,
the New York City component examined over 2 million mail items
per year, photographed over thirty thousand envelopes, and opened
eight thousand to nine thousand letters. In 1971, CIA Director
Richard Helms gave a rare public address, in which he insisted
that the CIA did not surveil domestic targets. "The nation
must to a degree take it on faith," he said, "that we
who lead the CIA are honorable men, devoted to the nation's service."
Meanwhile, CIA mind-control guru Sid Gottlieb had developed a
strong interest in electronic stimulation of the brain, which
he persuaded Helms to support. The idea was to program a human
being to attack and kill upon command, to be done through the
CIA's Operation Often.
The NSA was examining over 150,000 telegrams per month, as part
of Operation Shamrock. [...]
Hoover, increasingly paranoid about exposure of the enormity
of FBI activities, severed all relations with the CIA in the spring
of 1970, and soon thereafter with all other intelligence agencies.
One of Nixon's most persistent goals was the reorganization of
the intelligence community, an immense undertaking. The most famous
result of his efforts was the Huston Plan, named after Tom Huston,
his point man on the project. At the June 1970 meeting in the
Oval Office, all the main players attended: Haldeman, Ehrlichmann,
Huston, and intelligence chiefs Hoover (FBI), Helms (CIA), Adm.
Noel Gaylor (NSA), and Lt. Gen. Donald Bennet (DIA). Nixon made
it clear he wanted a major effort against domestic dissidents.
The group was chaired by Hoover and named the Inter Agency Committee
on Intelligence (ICI). Even the formidable presence of the now
cautious Hoover, however, could not prevent its far-reaching recommendations:
expanded mail openings, resumption of illegal entries and "black
bag" jobs, electronic surveillance of Americans and foreigners
within the US, an increase in the number of "campus sources,"
and expansion of the army's counterintelligence mission.
Nixon endorsed the plan in mid-July but would not sign it, nor
would Haldeman and Ehrlichmann. Who, then, at the White House,
put his name to this dramatic authorization? Why, Nixon's young
staffer, Tom Huston. Hoover easily torpedoed the plan on July
23, when he announced that he would certainly go along, just as
soon as he received written authorization from the president for
all these break-ins and wiretaps. Thus, the plan to "institutionalize
burglary as presidential policy" failed. In practice, it
made little difference, as these agencies were already engaging
in many of the practices for which they sought approval. They
did not cease simply because official sanction was not forthcoming.
In some cases, they even expanded their activities.
The first cracks in the facade appeared in 1971. With intelligence
community break-ins widespread, Hoover ended the COINTELPRO program
in April, not du to any recognition of impropriety but to fear
of exposure. The bureau continued to be aggressive against its
COINTELPRO targets, but was less systematic. Hoover's fears proved
well justified, for in May 1971, burglars broke into the FBI Field
Office at Media, Pennsylvania, escaping with about a thousand
documents and exposing the FBI's massive surveillance of blacks,
students, radicals, and other mischievous groups. The word "COINTELPRO"
escaped into society.
Then, on June 13, 1971, the New York Times began publishing a
series of highly sensitive documents known as the Pentagon Papers.
These were a classified history of the Vietnam War, leaked by
Daniel Ellsberg, whom the White House immediately sought to smear
and discredit. In September, a group of Cuban-Americans connected
with the CIA, along with G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, broke
into the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist. These people were
Richard Nixon's personal covert action squad, nicknamed the "plumbers
group." In April 1972, it was almost certainly Nixon people
who broke into the home of CBS White House correspondent Dan Rather.
Also in April 1972, the residence of J. Edgar Hoover was broken
into twice. According to Hoover biographer Anthony Summers, the
second break in allowed for the placement of a poison (thiophosphate)
into Hoover's personal toilet articles. The chemical is a compound
used in insecticides, highly toxic if taken orally, inhaled, or
absorbed through the skin. It causes fatal heart seizure and is
detectable only if an autopsy is performed within hours of death.
J. Edgar Hoover died between 2. a.m. and 3 a.m. on May 2, 1971.
He received no autopsy, and the cause was ascribed to cardiac
arrest, although Hoover's doctor claimed he had been in good health.
That morning, about twenty government agents methodically ransacked
Hoover's residence, but Hoover's secretary destroyed countless
files before anyone reached them. The official establishment lionized
and glorified Hoover, and twenty-five thousand people flocked
to the Capitol to pay homage to him. Nixon called him "a
great force for good in our national life." Privately, Nixon
feared Hoover even in death. A year later, he spoke of the old
Director as though he were still alive: "He's got files on
Shortly after Hoover's death, Nixon's plumbers group burglarized
the Chilean embassy in Washington. Then, on June 17, 1972, they
were caught while breaking into the Democratic National Committee
in Washington's Watergate Office Building. Many believe Watergate
was just the tip of the iceberg, since there had been at least
a hundred similar types of break-ins, all apparently politically
motivated, all unsolved, an unknown number of which were connected
to Nixon. ... It took some time before the FBI realized the break-in
was not a CIA operation. [...]
Nixon's several failed attempts to reorganize the intelligence
community showed that he was no better than his predecessors at
controlling this sprawling octopus. Dissatisfied with and mistrustful
of Helms, Nixon fired him following his reelection to the presidency
in November 1972. Helms now began two months of vigorous cleanup
at the CIA, closing down such vulnerable programs as Operation
Often. During his last days as CDI in January 1973, Helms ordered
Gottlieb, also on his way out to destroy all files relating to
MK-Ultra, MK-Search, and related endeavors in mind control. Among
other things, Helms was worried that the lawsuits of Ewen Cameron's
former patients could blaze a trail straight to Langley Inexplicably,
Gottlieb failed to destroy about 130 incriminating boxes in the
archives. Had he destroyed these, MK-Ultra might have remained
unknown to this day. Meanwhile, the CIA was also working to prevent
the publication of an expose by former agent Victor Marchetti.
HTLingual and the NSA's Minaret programs also ended in 1973, the
latter in order to prevent exposure during the Weathermen Trial.
James Schlesinger, a CIA outsider, replaced Helms, then named
William Colby as head of clandestine services. At Colby's urging,
Schlesinger soon ordered CIA employees to report all suspected
violations of the law, or of the CIA's charter, to the CIA's Inspector
General. The result was a 693 page report called "Potential
Flap Activities," known more commonly as The Family Jewels.
It discussed Operation Chaos, bits of MK-Ultra (although nothing
significant), illegal domestic wiretaps and bugging, and so on.
As amazing as these revelations were, there is little doubt that
much, much more never surfaced. Schlesinger fired about one thousand
CIA officers, then left the agency in July 1973 to take over at
the Pentagon. [...]
Classified information spilled out throughout 1973. People learned
that the FBI actually wiretapped reporters and White House officials.
... The National Security apparatus suddenly looked vulnerable...
and the president most of all... [Shortly thereafter, Nixon fell
from power.] [...]
In 1969, and into the early 1970s, the American National Security
state was at its most expansive. This belied a losing effort in
Southeast Asia. But while the Vietnam front was being lost and
domestic dissent remained widespread, the UFO front appeared to
be won. Flying saucers were relegated to a remote corner of cold
war history as a curiosity in cultural paranoia and mass hysteria.
The UFO phenomenon, however, did not go away after the Condon
Report debunked it. Odd, unexplained, and even fantastic events
continued to be reported by sober, reliable people. Although the
intense media fixation of 194-s or 1960s was no longer the rule
in the 1970s, evidence for the reality of UFOs as something extraordinary,
and even alien, did not escape the public.
Nor, it appears, the classified world. JANAP-146 and CIRVIS remained
in effect, for example, indicating that UFO reports were still
being routed through those channels. Moreover, journalist Howard
Blum noted that since 1972, the NSA had been "secretly monitoring
and often assessing worldwide allegations of UFO activity."
It was mandatory, Blum wrote, to "Flash-report" Fort
Meade on all intercepted flying objects; "and these installations
are required to track and Flash-report on any signals or electronic
intelligence that might have an extraterrestrial origin."
In February 1974, the French Defense Minister, Robert Galley,
confirmed in a radio interview that his department was very interested
in UFO reports and "that it had been interested since the
great wave of 1954..." His department's records contained
"some baffling radar/visual incidents." The UFO phenomenon
was global, Galley said, and he expressed his conviction that
"we must regard these phenomena with an attitude of completely
open mind... It is undeniable that there are facts that are unexplained
or badly explained."
The great advantage to UFO secrecy henceforth was the official
deniability that the military now possessed. Previously, those
who disbelieved air force denials about UFOs always replied with
the unanswerable question: then why investigate UFO reports through
Project Blue Book? Now, however, the air force no longer officially
investigated UFOs. With Blue Book gone, the last link to official
sanction was removed from the UFO problem, and it was taken in
toto to where the national security elite had always wanted it
to be: deep within the classified world. [...] [UFOs
and The National Security State]
The compiled evidence - which includes government documents - suggests
that a group of specialists working in the shadows of the numerous
national security organizations, set up and executed the most massive
cover-up in the history of government; and that the Human Potential
movement and the subsequent New Age movements, were key elements
of this cover-up. In other words, they not only have used the "colorful
community" of alternative ideas as an unwitting tool of disinformation,
it is highly probable that most of it was literally created by them
as COINTELPRO. Though the name stands for "Counterintelligence Program,"
the targets were not enemy spies. The FBI set out to eliminate "radical"
political opposition inside the US. What a lot of people do not
realize is that this was a high level psychological operation specifically
set up to vector "ideological" trends - beliefs, etc.
[T]he cover up of UFO information is nothing unique. A state
capable of conducting terminal mind-control experiments, biological
spraying of American cities, illegal mail and cable interceptions,
nationwide domestic surveillance by its military, human plutonium
and syphilis injections, sundry coups and assassinations, ongoing
media manipulations and flat-out public lying on a continual basis,
would surely be capable of lying about UFOs, too. Indeed, it was
the very institutions involved in such unsavory and subterranean
activities that were most interested in maintaining UFO secrecy.
What could they have been so concerned about? As everyone likes
to ask, why the secrecy? Surely, if the military truly believed
what it said for years about UFOs - that they are usually misidentifications
of natural phenomena - it would hardly be interested in the problems.
But that is not the case. [...]
[I]t is within the national security apparatus, and not among
civilians, where most of the pieces to this puzzle exist. UFOs
have national security implications, if for not other reason than
that they have involved the military personnel of many nations.
The subject is therefore subject to secrecy protocols, a situation
that has existed for over fifty years, and is unlikely to end
any time soon. ... The military dimension to the UFO problem remains
locked away within the classified world.
Some believe this is as it ought to be. Can the public really
handle the truth about aliens? If the presence of others constitutes
a threat to humanity, for example, what could the average person
even do about it? There are those who believe that secrecy about
UFOs is in the public's best interest. Whatever the value of this
sentiment - which I do not share - the "public interest"
has never been the main concern of those making the decisions.
Ultimately, a national security apparatus exists not to protect
the public but itself. The attachment of American to the fiction
of a representative government, or - God forbid - a democracy,
has clouded their ability to see their society for what it is:
an oligarchy that uses the forms of democracy to appease and distract
the public. [It is] folly to imagine that an oligarchy is not
concerned with maintaining its position, to the exclusion of all
If we accept the reality of an alien presence, as the UFO evidence
suggests, we must be willing to consider that presence as a threat.
The record of military encounters with UFOs suggests that this
is the case. Since the public is completely unprepared to meet
this threat, one can only hope that those groups which have been
dealing with it will act in the public interest. During the period
of review [covered by Dolan's book], those groups did not always
work in the public interest when it came to other matters. There
is little reason to believe it was, or is, any different regarding
an alien presence.
Since the 1970s, the subject of UFOs has become more complex.
Encounters are as widespread as ever, and even more plentiful
than in the early years. At the same time, UFOs have received
a thoroughly schizophrenic cultural treatment. Within popular
culture, UFOs and aliens possess a cachet they never had during
the cold war. Yet, the bastions of "official culture"
- academia, mainstream media, government, and the elements of
national security - continue to ignore the subject or else treat
it as a joke. One can plainly see that neither ABC Nightly News
nor the American Historical Review deems the subject worthy of
Throughout most of the [last] century's last three decades, very
little effort was expended by the larger organizations either
to end government UFO secrecy or, it appears, to reach the public
with a coherent message. Instead, they have spent their efforts
squirreling away huge amounts of data for... who knows what end?
In addition to these, there now exist organizations that serve
in a kind of professional debunking capacity. The military and
intelligence community continue to show myriad connections with
UFO organizations, and several instances of UFO disinformation
planted by intelligence personnel are known. The result has been
three decades of fragmentation and perennial wheel-spinning [...]
UFOs have continued to intersect with the militaries of the world.
Unauthorized airspace violations by unknown vehicles continue
to occur; attempted interceptions continue to take place; secrecy
orders are as severe as ever. For all of our sophisticated, secret,
technology, these objects do not appear to be under our control.
Through the cultural static, that signal is clear. [UFOs
and The National Security State]
Now, let us take a few logical steps. The UFO problem emerged into
the national consciousness in 1947, or thereabouts. Not long afterward,
a lot of people began asking a lot of questions. The government
wasn't answering, and so the people began to band together to find
out the answers for themselves. They started forming groups. And
this is where things get just a bit curious.
The thing that was most threatened by the UFO/alien issue seems
to have been the Standard Monotheistic Religions. Religion seems
to be a necessary component of political control. Social control
- that is the mainstay of religion - was most definitely under threat.
In fact, what seems to be true is that it is not even clear that
religions - as we know them - would have survived a full disclosure.
So the logical conclusion is that part of the main reason for the
cover-up was to "protect the religious status quo."
As things stood at the time, protecting the religious status quo
- mainly the social controls that stem from religion - was iffy
at best. After a century of scholarly investigation into many religious
texts, and the raising of many questions about the "old time religion,"
there were a lot of people in society who were most definitely turning
away from religious dogma. It's fairly simple to take the next logical
step and see that a combining of the questions of those who were
disenchanted with religion, with the questions of those who wanted
to know just what the heck was going on in terms of possible "extraterrestrials,"
was seen as a dangerous and explosive mixture. Something had to
The activities of COINTELPRO in attempting to neutralize political
opposition have been pretty well exposed by many others, but we
are now considering the fact that, in addition to political activists,
it seems that COINTELPRO has particularly targeted groups that are
seeking the truth about the interactions between the US government
and Ultra Terrestrials, or so-called "aliens."
That a longtime cover-up of these matters has been in effect is
certainly evident to any careful researcher. The COINTELPRO files
show the US Government targeted a very broad range of religious,
labor and community groups opposed to any of its agendas, and it
is only logical to assume that the same type of operation would
be created to cover up the "alien agenda." Such a theoretical COINTELPRO
operation also goes far in explaining why, when the sincere researcher
of UFO phenomena enters this field, he or she discovers only lies,
lies, and more lies; confusion and disinformation. That is most
definitely the signature of COINTELPRO.
Considering all of the above, would anybody care to suggest that
it did not also occur to the Powers that Be that the chief means
of diverting attention and covering up the truth of the so-called
"alien agenda" would be to literally fund and create the
"New Age" and "Human Potential movement" so that it would follow
their agenda of keeping secrets by creating lies? In other words,
it is extremely likely that the most successful and popular of Metaphysical
teachers - those who can get their books published and promoted
by big publishing houses, those who appear on television shows,
those who have regular radio shows, and so on - are COINTELPRO agents
- either consciously or as dupes of those who are.
The objective seems to be to attack and "neutralize" those who
are seeking the answers. Those who are sincere, who do bona fide
research and seek to explicate the truth, are infiltrated, attacked,
and marginalized according to standard COINTELPRO procedures.
What all of this seems to suggest is that the Powers That Be (PTB)
have developed COINTELPRO to an all new level of Social Shaping,
Cultural Brainwashing, and the main targets of this activity would
include virtually anyone who is seeking the truth about the shifting
realities of our world in ANY context. The cases of COINTELPRO activities
against political groups must be no more than the tip of the iceberg,
given that the great bulk of COINTELPRO-type operations remain secret
until long after their damage has been done.
By all indications, domestic covert operations have become a permanent
feature of US politics and Social Programming, and it is hardly
likely, considering the evidence, that the New Age and Human Potential
fields are exempt.
The implications of this are truly alarming.
Those who manage to get close to the truth of these matters, despite
the many obstacles in their path, face National covert campaigns
to discredit and disrupt their research and reputations. Clearly,
COINTELPRO and similar operations under other names also work to
distort academic and popular perceptions of the problems facing
our world. They have done enormous damage to the search for the
"Terrorism is changing. New adversaries, new motivations and new
rationales have surfaced in recent years to challenge much of the
conventional wisdom..." wrote Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Director of RAND.
And he was right. The only problem is, the reader is largely unaware
of the definition of "new adversaries" that might be implied in
his remarks. What he means by "terrorists" is anyone who
challenges the "received wisdom" of the Powers That Be.
Dolan lays out the evidence and disabuses us of the notion that
the UFO activity could be human, technological breakthroughs as
such naive conspiracy theorists propose. As he says, "all of the
indicators point to a definitive NO." He then points out that, every
single person who actually studies the UFO problem [yours truly
included - who began as a flaming skeptic] - becomes convinced that
it IS a problem of Alien invasion of our planet. Every official
study of UFOs persuaded the researchers that aliens were the explanation
for the data. But that data has been denied, and when denial no
longer worked, it was obscured by the noise, the smoke and mirrors
that prevail today in UFO research and the New Age and Human Potential
movements. Do we think that this is coincidence?
Another evident production of "noise" is the nonsense that passes
today as "channeling" or "alien contacts". Indeed, our own work
involves what can certainly be called inspirational
material, but as we have noted repeatedly, it is not your usual
"channeled" info, nor do we treat it as such. For us, a controlled
channeling experiment is the 10% inspiration that must be matched
by the 90% perspiration of real research.
With a broad historical awareness of the facts, a firm grounding
in the realization that most of what is out there is deliberate
disinformation, the individual who surveys the plethora of "alternative
information" in books and on the Internet, can easily recognize
the "noise" factor produced by the Secret State. Dolan tells us:
By the early 1970s, there were already means available to alter
the moods of unsuspecting persons. A pocket-sized transmitter
generating electromagnetic energy at less than 100 milliwatts
could do the job. This is no pie-in-the-sky theory. In 1972, Dr.
Gordon J.F. McDonald testified before the House Subcommittee on
Oceans and International Environment on the issue of electromagnetic
weapons used for mind control and mental disruption. He stated:
[T]he basic notion was to create, between the electrically charged
ionosphere in the higher part of the atmosphere and conducting
layers of the surface of the Earth, this neutral cavity, to create
waves, electrical waves that would be tuned to the brain waves.
...About ten cycles per second. ...You can produce changes in
behavioral patterns or in responses.
The following year, Dr. Joseph C. Sharp, at Walter Reed Hospital,
while in a soundproof room, was able to hear spoken words broadcast
by 'pulsed microwave audiogram.' These words were broadcast to
him without any implanted electronic translation device. Rather,
they reached him by direct transmission to the brain.
Electrical Stimulation of the brain can produce hallucinations.
If you put hallucinations together with words, you can produce just
about anything that you want in the way of "noise" to obscure the
truth - including the "shape-shifting reptoids-as-humans," or a
"gray dude in the bathroom," or a "Guardian Alliance," or a "Nibiruan
Council," or an "Ashtar Command," or talking whales and dolphins,
etc. You name it - they can produce it via voices in the head and
hallucinations and transmissions of frequencies that produce ecstatic
states, healings, or whatever. And so it is that the human element
of the Cosmic COINTELPRO operation manages their many "agents" of
disinformation - pied pipers leading the masses of New Age seekers
- so that whatever the real truth is remains their secret. And that's
exactly the way they want it.
Notice the dates in the above quote from Dolan's book telling us
that in the early 70s certain technologies were being developed
that could "broadcast" signals over the entire nation. We
certainly suspect that this technology was developed further in
the subsequent years. The question is: what did they do with it?
Better yet, what ARE they doing with it? Can it have anything to
do with the perceptions of the American people, including the attacks
on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001?
What strikes me as an essential turning point in this COINTELPRO
operation was the beginning of the "planned expose" of
two particular items that hold sway in certain "conspiracy" circles
to this very day: Alien Abduction and Satanic Ritual Abuse.
The Gray alien scenario was "leaked" by Budd Hopkins. Whitley Strieber's
alien abduction books, including Communion, followed a few years
after. Prior to the publication of these books, the ubiquitous "Gray
aliens" had never been seen before. In fact, a review of the history
of "contact" cases show that the type and variety and behavior of
"aliens" around the world are quite different across the board.
Even Betty and Barney Hill's alleged abductors were not your standard
But, along came Budd, followed by Whitley and his glaring alien
on the cover, and suddenly the Grays were everywhere. In respect
of Whitley and his Grays, allow me to emphasize one of Dolan's comments
"By early 1969, teams within the CIA were running a number of
bizarre experiments in mind control under the name Operation Often.
In addition to the normal assortment of chemists, biologists,
and conventional scientists, the operation employed psychics and
experts in demonology."
Remember what Dolan revealed above about Operation Often?
Meanwhile, CIA mind-control guru Sid Gottlieb had developed a
strong interest in electronic stimulation of the brain, which
he persuaded Helms to support. The idea was to program a human
being to attack and kill upon command, to be done through the
CIA's Operation Often.
One has to wonder just how many so-called "abductees"
may be victims of such programming: "Manchurian Candidates"
just waiting for the signal to "go off" to start killing
their neighbors and friends. What is also scary is the number of
abductees that have fled to religion to find protection against
the "demonic" aliens. In light of the ties between nearly
all Christian "evangelicals" with the CIA, the Council on Foreign
Relations, the Trilateral commission, the Bush family and Bush Sr's
"New World Order", we have to consider that fanatical Christian
fundamentalism can also be a production of "Operation Often."
This, of course, brings us to the parallel event of that period
of time: Satanic ritual abuse. SRA is the name given to the allegedly
systematic abuse of children (and others) by Satanists. As it happens,
keeping our timeline in mind, it was in the mid to late 1970s that
the allegations of the existence of a "well-organized intergenerational
satanic cult whose members sexually molest, torture and murder children
across the United States" began to emerge in America.
There was a panic regarding SRA triggered by a fictional book called
Michelle Remembers. The book was published as fact but has
subsequently been shown by at least three independent investigators
to be a hoax. No hard evidence of Satanic Ritual Abuse in
North America has ever been found, just as no hard evidence of abductions
by Gray aliens has ever been found. That doesn't mean that neither
have ever, will or do happen, but we have to ask some serious questions
about any phenomenon that is so widely circulated by what we know
to be a controlled press acting at the behest of a Secret Government.
It is a fact that such allegations were widely publicized on radio
and television talk shows, including Geraldo Rivera's show. Religious
fundamentalists promoted the hysteria and, just as during the Inquisition,
endless self-proclaimed "moral entrepreneurs" both fed the fires
of prosecution and earned a good living from it.
Most of the early accusations of satanic ritual abuse were aimed
at working-class people with limited resources to fight back, and
with a few exceptions, the media and other groups that are ordinarily
skeptical either remained silent or joined in the feeding frenzy
of accusations. The few professionals who spoke out against the
hysteria were systematically attacked and discredited by government
agencies and private organizations.
The question has to be asked: If there are thousands of baseless
accusations of SRA and thousands upon thousands of cases of unverifiable
alien abductions, how do they originate?
Most of the SRA cases are said to originate with children. Since
there is a widespread belief that children wouldn't make up stories
of eating other children or being forced to have sex with giraffes
after flying in an airplane while they were supposed to be in day
care, the stories are often taken at face value by naive prosecutors,
therapists, police officers and parents. Researchers have found
that children are unlikely to invent stories of satanic ritual abuse
on their own. So again, where do the stories come from? Accusing
the therapists, district attorneys, police and parents of inducing
such stories from children doesn't seem to be a very productive
answer. Yes, it may happen in some cases, but certainly doesn't
seem likely in the vast number of cases.
Now, let's go back and think about our timeline. As it happens,
Michelle Remembers was published in 1980, co-written by Michelle
Smith and Lawrence Pazder, M.D. Budd Hopkins finished Missing
Time in December of 1980, with an "afterward" by Aphrodite Clamar,
It's looking pretty "coincidental" from where I sit.
When we consider the fact that Operation Often employed "the normal
assortment of chemists, biologists, and conventional scientists"
and "psychics and experts in demonology," we begin to think that
electronic COINTELPRO includes a whole supermarket of new "beliefs"
- Gray aliens and "alien contacts" for the New Age crowd and a whole
range of "sexual/ritual abuse scenarios" for those who are not open
to the alien shtick, not to mention fanaticism among Christians.
Are Manchurian candidates being created among all strata of American
Society based on some sort of "free-formal imaging," and, depending
on the conscious acceptance of one or another version, it takes
on its individual characteristics in the conscious minds of the
millions of victims?
Are the public productions, books by Tim La Haye - of the "Left
Behind" series - Hopkins, Strieber, and the SRA scandals, just
variations on the closing of the circuit by the conscious
mind accepting or creating one or the other scenario as the explanation
for the constant bombardment of such signals as described in Dolan's
Is it the job of COINTELPRO to create "bogus organizations" that
produce various "explanations" to close the circuit and "make it
real" in the person's mind? One has to wonder about the name of
the program: Operation Often in terms of the claims of abductees
- victims of repeated and "often" abductions - as well as the claims
of those who suggest the SRA explanation. In all of the above scenarios,
the believer is being "herded" into a "response camp" of faith in
alien saviors, or faith in Jesus to save them from the demonic/satanic
Illuminati, Jews, Pagans - take your pick.
Let me make it clear that I am in no way suggesting that "abductions"
or some whacked out satanic rituals do not ever take place somewhere,
under some circumstances; we all know that George Bush and John
Kerry are members of a cult that very well may engage in such practices.
What I am suggesting is that the Gray Alien and SRA phenomenon,
as well as fanatical Christian fundamentalism most certainly were
not restricted in any way by COINTELPRO and/or the mass media and
Culture," and may indeed be the smoke and mirrors that
hides a far more insidious state of affairs.
In essence, Dolan's book shows us the history of how the many levels
of society have been duped and deceived - or directly controlled
- from the average citizen, to the seeker of higher truths, to the
scions of science and industry, to the hallowed halls of government.
Each "type" has been targeted in the way most likely to "manage"
them best. Those who cannot be "managed" generally die, as scientist
James McDonald - and others - did.
But all the while, the UFOs kept coming, and people kept seeing
them, but it seems they have stopped asking questions...
Under all conceivable civil and criminal laws,
‘Forced Entry’ into the property of others to steal,
kill, destroy, reconfigure original border and layout structure
to deface the truth of a culture or religion is generally considered
U.S. and U.K. military forced their entry into Iraq; devastated
the population; maimed, killed and destroyed; now they rob the worth
and wealth of the entire country. All took place under pretext of
regime change, weapons of mass destruction, or another lie yet to
be told. This illegal invasion has brought shame; it dishonored
every American citizen. George W. Bush has clearly scarred the reputation,
integrity and human dignity of Americans. United
States of America is rapidly declining on all fronts: socially,
economically and ethically. It is becoming an outlaw country by
breeding outlaw states like Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Saddam’s crimes against his own people,
war against Iran and the invasion of Kuwait were all orchestrated
by the U.S. Administration. In each case, the U.S. objective was
the same to provide cover to change the map of the Middle East.
From the point view of the U.S. neoconservative
surveyors, their war against the Middle East will only end when
all objectives are fulfilled to the full satisfaction of the apartheid
This conspiracy has spanned for nearly twenty years and was crystal
clear to a lot of Arab and Muslim thinkers and ordinary citizens.
The sad fact here is that this conspiracy was never taken seriously
by Arab leaders. U.S. officials and emissaries sent to the Region
have proven sophistication in conniving; they promised friendship
and delivered atomic weapons to Israel. They illuminated pure lies
and converted them into believable tales. Arab leaders believed
the illuminated lies and decided to allow time to prove otherwise.
Ill-deeds, the U.S. administration delivered to the Region stand
naked under the sun, right in the heart of Iraq, in Afghanistan
and in occupied Palestine. George W. Bush,
Toni Blair and Ariel Sharon lecture on peace and terrorism. In the
meantime, they kill women and children, destroy culture and history.
Just look at the devastation of Iraq, Afghanistan
and the deplorable plight of Palestine and Palestinians. Justice
is crucified. Morality is dead. Decency is paraded under
banners of drugs, filthy sex and theft. Court houses, judges and
attorney generals do not consult law books for just verdicts. They
take direct orders from U.S. neo-gangsters and killers. A hope for
a world order is the simplest farce that does not deserve a laugh.
The entire world population needs to rise against U.S. sick mind
and ambition before we all become a total reject. Remember, the
earth is a genuine mother, physically and spiritually attached to
every decent human. At any one point in the human history when filth
prevailed, the earth and its Creator rocked the universe and destroyed
all destructive means and weapons, including killers and murderers.
U.S. and U.K. leaders and their generals must be brought to justice
and tried for thefts, crimes against humanity and be isolated from
the world community all together. The question is! Is there a leader
in the world today willing to initiate such a legal action? Brave
men died before the birth of Zionism. I am not aware of a mother’s
womb that is capable of conceiving, carrying and delivering the
next baby who can save the world from total destruction. We know
for certain, evil mothers are continuously conceiving and delivering
the likes of George W. Bush, Toni Blair and Ariel Sharon.
Today the world community must share considerable
part of the blame for the destitute of the Iraqi people, the destruction
of their country and the mass murder of many Iraqis. Complicity
to crimes committed by the U.S. and U.K. troops is a crime by itself
enforced by Regional countries that provided military and other
logistic assistance. The international community, namely China,
Germany, Russia and France stood by and did nothing to prevent this
historic crime against humanity. They did, however, voice strong
disagreement to the war against Iraq; this was not enough to stop
blood flow on Iraqi’s streets, in homes, hospitals, schools,
daycare centers and other public places. Occupiers speak of mass
graves, suicide bombing, and foreign terrorist cells being built
rapidly. They fail to recognize U.S. and U. K. bombs dropped on
Iraqi civilians and military personnel. They fail to recognize the
one million Iraqi children who died from starvation and depleted
uranium. Now you tell me who are bigger terrorists and murders?
Has `even-handed' Canada swung to Israel's
side? Surprise No vote
at U.N. signals marked change
Every year at the United Nations, a predictable series of anti-Israel,
pro-Palestine resolutions are placed before the General Assembly.
And every year, in an attempt to appear unbiased, Canada joins Europe
in abstaining on the more ferociously worded of them. The
United States, colours permanently nailed to the pro-Israel mast,
routinely opposes them.
But this year, the script changed.
On Dec. 1, Canada joined the U.S. in voting No to a resolution
extending the mandate of the Committee on the Inalienable Rights
of the Palestinian People. Why? Because it had "reservations
about its work and objectives."
That explanation was lost, however, in the frenzy of speculation
ignited by the surprise No vote: Had "even-handed" Canada
just quietly swung over to Israel's side?
No one seemed to notice that on the same day, it voted in favour
of or abstained from five other, less inflammatory pro-Palestinian
A few days after, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew belatedly
explained that the contentious vote signalled the start of a new
"principled" approach at the U.N.
From now on, Canada would not automatically align with any one,
but judge each of the 20 or so annual resolutions on its own merit,
weighing the content and language against its Middle East policy.
And that policy is not changing, stressed Pettigrew.
Ottawa still advocates a two-state solution in the Middle East.
It still supports the Palestinian right to self-determination, but
not the use of terrorist attacks. It still defends Israel's right
to live in peace and security, but not its settlement expansion.
Only now, Canada truly will be the balanced, honest broker it claims
On the face of it, how could there be a problem?
But there is.
In the realm of Canada's Mideast policy, things are not always
what they seem. "Nuance" is the currency; polar-opposite
perceptions the norm.
Why the shift? Why now? Why not? are easy questions to ask, not
necessarily to answer.
Officially, it's because Prime Minister Paul Martin wants to play
a stronger, more credible role on the world stage, especially in
the Middle East. And it happened now because this is the first General
Assembly of his tenure at which Canada could formally distance itself
from resolutions that it believes hinder the pursuit of peace.
A laudable goal, say foreign policy critics, but it's not the
way to go about it, not the best time even to try.
They argue that the recent death of Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat is an opportunity to push for peace, not to alienate the
Palestinians or other Arab states. It's illogical to change the
voting pattern now.
One long-time consultant to the foreign affairs department says
many officials there and at the Canadian International Development
Agency were caught by surprise and are infuriated by the sudden
"There are layers of tension there right
now," he says. "It's a mess. I've never seen things quite
Many in Ottawa continue to favour the status quo, saying that
no matter how distasteful the rhetoric, the
General Assembly is the only place Palestinians feel they get a
fair hearing, if only a symbolic one. Everyone
knows that the binding votes occur at the Security Council, which
has passed 70 of them in Israel's favour.
Many officials also feel that hiving off from the European majority
is a high risk.
"We're asking for trouble," says career diplomat Steve
Hibbard, until this summer Canada's representative in Ramallah.
"We're not in a position to part from the herd. The
Palestinians will think our Mideast policy is being dominated by
the U.S. That's what we've been trying to get away from."
U.S. President George W. Bush was in Canada
on the day of the tradition-breaking vote.
But that was just a coincidence, say analysts. Ottawa is
forging its own line, not bowing to any Washington request: the
U.S., to understate considerably, is not viewed as an "honest
broker" in the Mideast and Canada doesn't want to be too closely
To Canada's pro-Israel lobby, the shift is simply a "small
and welcome readjustment," says Paul Michaels of the Canadian
Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, an umbrella group formed
earlier this year.
"We'd like to think our arguments
had some effect on this happening, but there were a number
of factors, it wasn't uni-causal. This isn't an earth-shattering
change," he says.
For a true policy shift, says Shimon Fogel, chief executive of
the Canada-Israel Committee, the senior lobbying group, "Canada
would have to say: `The U.N. treats Israel so disgracefully that
we will vote for it across the board.'
"They haven't done that, nor did we expect it."
The switch didn't come out of the blue, he says. The "different
stakeholders" knew it was coming because Martin had promised
to do it during his election campaign this spring. Even though many
foreign affairs staff are "not comfortable with switching from
the status quo," says Fogel, serious discussions have been
happening for months about a more activist international role for
He pauses, and sardonically adds: "But,
of course, it's the all-powerful Jewish lobby."
Bethlehem - Zionist terrorist forces last night
kidnapped the nine-year-old child Warid Jamal Zawahra from Karkafa
suburb in Bethlehem and took him to Jilo barrier where he was subjected
to cruel questioning.
Palestinian sources quoted family of the child as saying that
he went outside to play with his friends at 04.00 pm and did not
The family members quoted other children as saying that a Zionist
foot patrol arrived to the scene and arrested Warid at around 04.30
The soldiers scared and terrorized the child
to force him divulge his familyís telephone number and other
He was released at 08.00 pm and arrived home in a very bad shape,
the family members reported, noting that he had to walk a long way
in order to return home.
The boy could not go to school today and remained in bed since
The sources noted that Waridís brother Shadi, 17, was sentenced
to four months jail term and another seven-month suspended sentence
along with a 200 dollars fine by a Zionist court.
[A] leaflet was dropped on Gaza this morning
from Israeli military helicopters. The translation says:
TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
Your life is being harmed by irresponsible elements who exploit
you by firing missiles from in between your houses at the Israeli
settlements. These missiles backfire on you causing only destruction
and loss of your source of living without leaving you any road
Be aware !!! that firing missiles from your area will compel
the Israeli Defense Forces to act in your area and to hit missile-launching
elements in any place they act from.
Get rid of terror which leads you to the bottom.
Follow the road of hope.
Do not allow the terrorists to come close to your area.
It is clear from reports from multiple human rights organizations
that Israel's actions in Gaza are not necessarily
related to any Palestinian shooting at Israeli settlements.
Case after case reported on the international human rights newswires
speak of people shot inside their homes with bullets.
With telescopic sights standard issue to all soldiers manning
watchtower positions around settlements and on the Gaza-Egyptian
border, there can be no doubt that these cases include many unlawful
and willful acts of killing.
Since the beginning of the Intifada, EI
has received many reports from trusted sources of indiscriminate
Israeli shelling and firing at Palestinian neighborhoods -- without
there having been any fire from the Palestinian side -- on
a daily basis.
In recent weeks, case after case has surfaced in the Israeli media
highlighting the abuse and killing of Palestinian civilians throughout
the Intifada prompting one Ha'aretz writer to note that the situation
of "feigned innocence of the IDF's top brass, which has "suddenly"
discovered that immoral acts are being committed by soldiers in
the territories, is extremely grave. Suddenly,
the IDF command has discovered that soldiers are desecrating dead
bodies, shooting at children, humiliating people at checkpoints
and shooting the wounded in order to confirm the kill. The
truth, of course, is otherwise: They have known about these grave
acts all along. They heard about what happens at the checkpoints
and knew the details of shooting incidents in which civilians were
killed." ("The message to the soldiers was clear",
Reuven Pedatzur, Ha'aretz, 13 December 2004).
If we look at one week in Gaza, as reported by the Palestinian
Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Israel's
pattern of targeting Palestinian civilians and civilian property
On December 2nd, PCHR reported that, "At approximately 16:30,
Israeli troops positioned in a military post in Tal Zo'rob area
in the southwest of Rafah, opened fire at Palestinian houses in
Zo'rob neighborhood.† A Palestinian
child, 8-year-old Khalil Hisham Buraika, was injured by shrapnel
in the head when he was near his house.†
At approximately 17:10, Israeli troops positioned at the Egyptian
border, south of Rafah, opened fire at Palestinian houses in al-Salam
neighborhood near the border.† A Palestinian
woman, Fathiya Mohammed al-Akhras, 52, was wounded by a live bullet
in the right hand when she was inside
On December 3rd, PCHR reported that, "At approximately 12:00,
Israeli troops positioned in military posts in the vicinity of 'Morag'
settlement, north of Rafah, opened fire at Musabbeh neighborhood.†
A Palestinian woman, Raiqa Mansour Tabasi,
60, was wounded by a live bullet in the left shoulder when
she was inside her house."
On December 4th, PCHR reported that, "At approximately 18:00,
Israeli troops positioned in military posts in the west of Rafah
opened fire at Palestinian houses in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood
to the east.† A Palestinian child,
15-year-old Nidal Mohammed Abu Hilal, was wounded by a live bullet
in the left leg when he was near his
house. †At approximately 19:45, Israeli troops positioned
at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, opened fire at Palestinian
houses in al-Salam neighborhood near the border.† A
Palestinian civilian, 20-year-old Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Hassanain,
was wounded by a live bullet in the buttocks when
he was inside his house."
On December 5th, PCHR reported that, "At noon, Israeli troops
positioned at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, opened fire at
Palestinian houses in al-Brazil neighborhood near the border.†
Two Palestinian civilians, including a schoolchild,
were wounded: Mohammed 'Abdul Fattah Mansour, 11, wounded
by shrapnel in the head; and 'Abdul 'Aziz Farraj Abu Mour, 40, seriously
wounded by a live bullet in the chest.†Also at noon, Israeli
troops positioned at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, opened
fire at residential areas in the town.† A
Palestinian physician, Mohammed 'Ata Hamed Hamad, 30, was seriously
wounded by a live bullet in the chest, when he was nearly 900 meters
away from the border.†At approximately 14:30, Israeli
troops positioned at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, opened
fire at Block J in Rafah refugee camp, adjacent to the border.†
A Palestinian child, 13-year-old Bustan Mufid
Sha'at, was wounded by a live bullet in the left leg."
On December 6th, PCHR reported that, "At approximately 13:30,
Israeli troops positioned in military posts in the vicinity of "Gadid"
settlement, southwest of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian
houses in Baten al-Samin area to the east.† A
Palestinian child, 5-year-old Ahmed Mohammed al-Bashiti, was seriously
wounded by a live bullet that entered the back and settled in the
chest when he was on the roof of his
On December 7th, PCHR reported that, "At approximately 10:10,
Israeli troops positioned at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah,
opened fire at Palestinian houses in al-Brazil neighborhood, adjacent
to the border.† A Palestinian civilian,
25-year-old Mohammed 'Abdul Karim Qeshta, was wounded by a live
bullet in the left knee as he was on duty as a traffic man.††At
approximately 14:30, Israeli troops positioned in military posts
in the vicinity of "Neve Dekalim" settlement, west of
Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian houses in al-Nimsawi neighborhood
and Khan Yunis refugee camp.† A number of live bullets hit
the buildings of Nasser Hospital, nearly 700 meters away from the
source of fire.† A Palestinian woman,
50-year-old Fatema Khamis 'Ennaba, was injured by shrapnel from
a live bullet in the left shoulder."
On December 8th, PCHR reported that, "At approximately 17:00,
Israeli troops on a tank positioned near "Morag" settlement,
south of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian houses in Gizan
al-Najjar area to the north.† A Palestinian
civilian, 20-year-old Mohammed Hassan al-Najjar, was wounded by
a live bullet in the neck."
PCHR usually identifies situations in which killings and injuries
resulted during an exchange of fire. However, typically even clashes
see indiscriminate Israeli fire against Palestinian non-combatants.
It is believed that the majority of the week's
events involve unilateral Israeli firing at Palestinian areas, not
clashes between two sides. Reports from the week which did
involve Palestinian militants were not included in the list above.
Looking at the list of casualties above, are we expected to accept
that boys aged 5, 8, 11, 13 and 15; men aged 20, 20, 25, 30, and
40; and women aged 50, 52, and 60 -- were all wounded in the course
of Israeli military actions against Palestinian militants?
Are we supposed to believe that 52-year-old Fathiya al-Akhras
was entertaining some Hamas militants with a cup of tea while they
shot at Israeli military positions from her living room window?
Or that Mohammed Qeshta, the "traffic man", continued
to direct pedestrians across the street after some lads from the
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades showed up and set up a mortar position
next to him? These are not credible situations
in which "retaliation" can be argued to be taking place,
unless we subscribe to the most base, dehumanizing and -- in these
two particular cases -- comical beliefs about Palestinians.
Most of the casualties detailed in the list
above were shot in or near their homes during the day, not
a favorite time for militant groups to be firing mortars at settlements
for obvious reasons stemming from the disparity in military technology
on the two sides. When this does take place, it almost always takes
place when it is dark.
No Palestinian in Gaza believes that Israel acts in their area
only when Palestinian militants are "firing missiles"
from the area! The sheer scale and daily frequency of indiscriminate
fire at Palestinian neighborhoods make the notion ludicrous to anyone
with on the ground experience. During the
first three-and-a-half years of the Intifada, Israel demolished
1,800 homes in Gaza's Rafah refugee camp alone, and this
was even before either the massive military campaigns of "Operation
Rainbow" in May or "Operation Days of Penitence"
in September 2004.
Israel is not so self-deceived as to believe Palestinians will
ignore this evidence from their own bitter and extensive personal
experience, or believe that Palestinians will accept that the false
premise offered by the propaganda leaflet will actually guarantee
their safety. The Israeli military and Palestinians in Gaza know
very well how the realities on the ground play out, even if the
commercial media remains confused. The leaflet portrays a situation
completely contrary to these well-known realities.
With all this in mind, the leaflet achieves
a much more sinister goal, that of threatening a powerless Palestinian
civilian population with more violence which they can do nothing
to stop. The leaflet represents a
desperate act of general intimidation aimed at driving even more
Palestinians from their homes with the threat of future violence.
This is utterly contrary to international law. Article 33 of the
Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons
in Time of War explicitly states that, "No protected person
may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed.
Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or
of terrorism are prohibited... Reprisals against protected persons
and their property are prohibited."
My old friend John Hess makes the astute observation
that President Bush must have been having an ADD moment when he
was discussing with his God the issue of a new Homeland Security
Secretary. Surely the Lord knew about Bernie Kerick's ethical issues.
That may explain a lot of things.
It's kind of disturbing to hear that this president is acting as
an agent of God and takes his counsel from the Big Guy, when you
look at some of the dumb-ass decisions that he has made.
To name a few:
Invading Iraq with a bare-bones military.
Failing to realize that Iraqis would not greet the U.S. invaders
with open arms.
Failing to guard essential infrastructure in Iraq after the initial
Spending billions on a non-functioning ballistic missile defense
Cutting taxes on corporations and the rich to create jobs.
Destroying a well-functioning retirement system and replacing it
with a national 401K-type system that has already left retirees
penniless in Britain, Chile and other places it's been tried.
Trying to debate while wearing a hidden earpiece.
Eating pretzels while watching TV.
Now, thanks to the perceptive pundit Hess, we can rest our minds.
It's not the Lord who has been giving bad advice; it's his messenger
who has been failing to pay attention.
Who knows, he may be having these conversations with God while
playing video games, or running on his treadmill?
We the People need to start putting political pressure on the president's
handlers to make sure that the president has some quality time each
day to sit in some quiet room free of such distractions, where he
can commune with his Maker and carefully jot down the message of
This could spare us all a great deal of unnecessary angst, suffering
So, in the interest of a better America and a better world, please
write to Karl Rove and Andrew Card, c/o the White House. Tell them:
"Please establish some quiet time and a Communing Room for
the president so he can get his messages from God accurately and
"And Please, check to see that his ears have been cleaned."
Renewed exposure of prisoner abuse, torture
and even murder by American military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan
is widening already deep divisions between the Pentagon and the
intelligence community - and creating an
untenable situation for Donald Rumsfeld, the beleaguered
secretary of defense. A recently disclosed
FBI memo indicates that "marching orders" to abandon traditional
interrogation methods came from the defense secretary himself.
In recent days, a coalition of human rights groups led by the American
Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights has
brought new cases of abuse to public attention. Using the Freedom
of Information Act, they have pried thousands of pages of previously
secret documents from the Defense Department and other agencies.
Even after the shock of Abu Ghraib, these substantiated stories
of cruelty, sadism and lawlessness are stunning. Files
from the Navy's Criminal Investigative Service describe how U.S.
Marines ordered four Iraqi teenagers to kneel while a gun was "discharged
to conduct a mock execution"; how they inflicted severe burns
on a detainee's hands with flaming alcohol; and how they tortured
another detainee with an electric transformer, making him "dance."
In June, a Navy investigator revealed in an e-mail that his caseload
of "high visibility" cases of abuse was "exploding."
As a result of such offenses, at least two Marines were convicted
and sent to prison.
If justice has been done in a few cases, the ACLU documents show
that abuses were more common - and more extreme - than the Bush
administration had previously conceded. More
important, however, the documents show that the impetus for abuse
came from above, not below. The use of coercive and violent
methods spread from Guantánamo Bay, where alleged Taliban
and al-Qaida prisoners are incarcerated, to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The documents also show that officers from the
CIA, the FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency lodged "heated"
objections to the abusive methods of interrogation used by the military,
denouncing them in previously secret memoranda as not only unethical
but useless and destructive.
In the files released by the government, FBI officials with special
expertise in counterterrorism and interrogation techniques recorded
their ongoing debate with Army officers about the harsh, coercive
techniques authorized by the Pentagon. They
were as concerned about the efficacy of those methods - which they
believe often produce poor intelligence - as with possible violations
of law and regulations. But the commanders overseeing the
military interrogations simply dismissed the sharp warnings of the
law enforcement and intelligence officers.
The abuses continued, in some cases even after the initial furor
over Abu Ghraib. What's more, an internal
FBI memo indicates that the directive to discard traditional restraints
came from the very highest civilian official in the Pentagon: Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
That revealing memo is dated May 10, 2004,
a time when the Abu Ghraib revelations were humiliating the United
States before the entire world. An e-mail, it is addressed to FBI
counterterrorism officer Thomas J. Harrington from an agent whose
name is redacted (along with much else), and its subject is captioned
"Instructions to GTMO [Guantánamo] Interrogators."
The memo's obvious purpose is to set down, for the record, the FBI's
opposition to the Pentagon's use of coercive and abusive methods
when questioning the Guantánamo detainees. It describes the
FBI's fundamental disagreement over interrogation tactics with Gen.
Geoffrey Miller and Gen. Michael Dunlavey, then the military commanders
at Guantánamo Bay.
"I will have to do some digging into old files," the
unnamed author begins. "We did advise each supervisor that
went to GTMO to stay in line with Bureau policy and not deviate
from that ... I went to GTMO ... We had also met with Generals Dunlevy
& Miller explaining our position (Law Enforcement Techniques)
vs. DoD [Department of Defense]. Both agreed
the Bureau has their way of doing business and DoD has their marching
orders from the SecDef [Secretary of Defense]. Although the
two techniques [of interrogation] differed drastically, both Generals
believed they had a job to accomplish."
The e-mail goes on to recall how, during the questioning
of one prisoner, the Pentagon interrogators wanted to "pursue
expeditiously their methods" to "get more out of him ...
We were given a so-called deadline to use our traditional methods."
Scott Horton, a New York lawyer and president of the International
League for Human Rights, has spent months investigating the role
Bush administration officials played in the torture scandal. He
says there is mounting evidence - including the May 10 FBI e-mail
- that strongly suggests that Rumsfeld and his top intelligence
aides were directly responsible for the wholesale abandonment of
legal and ethical norms as well as international treaty obligations.
Now that Republican senators and neoconservative
ideologues are publicly turning their backs on the defense secretary,
perhaps even he may someday be held accountable for this disgraceful
stain on the honor of the U.S. armed forces.
WASHINGTON — After American Taliban recruit
John Walker Lindh was captured in Afghanistan, the office of Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld instructed military intelligence officers
to "take the gloves off" in interrogating him.
The instructions from Rumsfeld's legal counsel in late 2001, contained
in previously undisclosed government documents, are the earliest
known evidence that the Bush administration was willing to test
the limits of how far it could go legally to extract information
from suspected terrorists.
The Pentagon and Congress are now investigating the mistreatment
of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003 and trying
to determine whether higher- ups in the military chain of command
had created a climate that fostered prisoner abuse.
What happened to Lindh, who was stripped and humiliated by his
captors, foreshadowed the type of abuse documented in photographs
of American soldiers tormenting Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
At the time, just weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the
U.S. was desperate to find terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. After
Lindh asked for a lawyer rather than talk to interrogators, he was
not granted one nor was he advised of his Miranda rights against
self-incrimination. Instead, the Pentagon ordered intelligence officers
to get tough with him.
The documents, read to The Times
by two sources critical of how the government handled the Lindh
case, show that after an Army intelligence officer began to question
Lindh, a Navy admiral told the intelligence officer that "the
secretary of Defense's counsel has authorized him to 'take the gloves
off' and ask whatever he wanted."
Lindh was being questioned while he was propped up naked and tied
to a stretcher in interrogation sessions that went on for days,
according to court papers.
In the early stages, his responses were cabled to Washington hourly,
the new documents show.
A Defense Department spokesperson said Tuesday evening that the
Pentagon "refused to speculate on the exact intent of the statement"
from Rumsfeld's office to the military authorities interrogating
Lindh, who pleaded guilty in return for a 20-year federal prison
sentence for aiding the Taliban, was a young Northern California
Islamic convert who joined the Taliban army before Sept. 11, attended
a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan and was captured soon after
U.S. troops invaded the country.
While Lindh was being interrogated
in Afghanistan and later aboard a ship,
senior Bush administration officials were strategizing on how to
handle other prisoners being rounded up in Afghanistan, with an
eye toward flexibility in interrogating them.
In a series of memos from late 2001 to early 2002, top legal officials
in the administration identified the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, as a safe haven offshore that would shield the secret
interrogation process from intervention by the U.S. judicial system.
The memos show that top government
lawyers believed the administration was not bound by the Geneva
Convention governing treatment of prisoners because "Al Qaeda
is merely a violent political movement or organization and not a
nation- state" that had signed the international treaty.
However, the memos also show that
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell warned the White House that a
tougher approach toward interrogation "will reverse over a
century of U.S. policy and practices in supporting Geneva Conventions
and undermine the protections of the law of war for our troops,
both in this specific conflict and in general."
The military, in contrast, has maintained in previous court documents
that Lindh was treated well and that he was read his rights under
the Miranda law against self-incrimination.
But the new records raise new questions.
According to the government documents, when Lindh was first under
interrogation at the schoolhouse, authorities realized that as an
American he was drawing the attention of the Defense and Justice
departments. There was some initial discussion of whether Lindh,
as an American, should be advised of his right against self-incrimination
before military intelligence officers talked to him.
One Army intelligence officer said in the documents that he had
been advised that "instructions had come from higher headquarters"
for interrogators to coordinate with military lawyers about Lindh.
"After the first hour of interrogation, [the interrogator]
gave the admiral in charge of Mazar-i-Sharif a summary of what the
interrogators had collected up to that point," the documents
say. "The admiral told him at that point that the secretary
of Defense's counsel has authorized him to 'take the gloves off'
and ask whatever he wanted."
The Army intelligence officer responded that if a "criminal
investigator" wanted to later question Lindh, "that was
But in the meantime, the officer said, he was "interested
in tactical information. He was in the business of collecting [intelligence]
information, not in the business of Mirandizing."
The officer did ask to be faxed a Miranda form, according to the
documents, "but he never got it. He never gave Lindh a Miranda
Rumsfeld's legal counsel is not named
in the documents. The office was headed by William
J. Haynes II.
On Dec. 14, 2001, Haynes' deputy, Paul W. Cobb Jr., told Lindh's
San Francisco lawyers that "our forces have provided him with
appropriate medical attention and will continue to treat him humanely,
consistent with the Geneva Convention protections for prisoners
But court documents suggest that
Lindh was treated much as the prisoners later were at Abu Ghraib.
Along with nudity and the sleep and food deprivation, Lindh was
allegedly threatened with death. One soldier said he "was going
to hang." Another "Special Forces soldier offered to shoot
At other times, soldiers took photos and videos of themselves smiling
next to the naked Lindh, another image eerily similar to the Abu
Such actions appear to be in violation of the Geneva Convention,
which requires that prisoners have adequate clothing, food and sleep
and not be threatened or subjected to degrading treatment.
As the interrogation of Lindh was going on, officials in Washington
were privately working out details for handling other prisoners
On Dec. 28, 2001, John Yoo, then
deputy assistant attorney general, told Haynes at the Pentagon that
Guantanamo Bay was a perfect place for detainees because it was
not a part of the sovereign United States and therefore not subject
to the federal courts. But, Yoo cautioned, "there remains some
litigation risk that a district court might reach the opposite result."
The holding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay without charge or a
court hearing has been challenged by several defense lawyers, and
the U.S. Supreme Court is expected
to rule this month on whether the government went too far.
WASHINGTON, United States - A new wave of
criticism is set to hit US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after
he admitted did not personally sign Pentagon condolence letters
to families of soldiers killed in Iraq and that a signature stamping
device had been used instead.
But he has vowed to do so in the future, according to a Washington
"I wrote and approved the now more than 1,000 letters sent
to family members and next of kin of each of the servicemen and
women killed in military action," Rumsfeld said in a statement
to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
"While I have not individually signed each one, in the interest
of ensuring expeditious contact with grieving family members, I
have directed that in the future I sign each letter," the defense
chief said, according to the Post.
An outcry ensued after the Stars and Stripes reported
in late November that the Pentagon was using a signature device
to stamp Rumsfeld's signature on the letters, and quoted recipients
who said they were insulted.
Several top Republicans, including senator and former presidential
candidate John McCain, have recently criticized Rumsfeld, whom Bush
has asked to stay on amid a cabinet re-shuffle in the wake of the
Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott said he
hoped Rumsfeld would step down sometime next year, accusing him
of not listening enough to his officers.
The defense chief has drawn fire since seeming to dismiss the concerns
of a US soldier in Kuwait who asked about the lack of armor for
US military vehicles in Iraq.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee
Friday morning to talk about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, went
through the motions of taking responsibility (Rumsfeld: "It
took place on my watch"), issued almost perfunctory apologies,
and then tried to explain away the Abu Ghraib torture story as old
But under questioning, first by John McCain and then by Ted Kennedy,
Rummy began to crumble, unable to describe for the senators such
basic things as the chain of command and what instructions the guards
had been given. Time and again, Rumsfeld returned to the line that
this is an old story: "The idea that this is a story broken
by the media is simply not the fact."
As for the issue of U.S. apologies, Rumsfeld said in a petulant
tone, "There have been many apologies here today."
[...] Was the torture systemic? Levin pointed out that White House
counsel Alberto Gonzalez did not want to conform to the Geneva conventions
so as to gain added "flexibility." Rumsfeld, however,
told the senators at Friday's hearing that prison personnel were
told to operate within the Geneva conventions. In the past, however,
when questioned about their applicability to the U.S. prison at
Guantánamo Bay, Rumsfeld has shrugged off the Geneva conventions.
WASHINGTON — President Bush on Thursday
apologized for the "humiliation" some Iraqi prisoners
suffered at the hands of U.S. troops as he said that Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is safe in his job. [...]
The president rejected calls from some Democratic
members of Congress that he should fire Rumsfeld. [...]
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - No more passing
The U.S. Army has enlisted IBM and a handful of other companies
to create an automated record-keeping system that ends the need
for electronic forms to be printed out, signed and delivered up
the military service's chain of command.
IBM, the world's largest computer company, together with PureEdge,
an electronic forms supplier, and Silanis, a digital signature technology
maker, said on Thursday it has created a complete system to take
the paperwork out of Army bureaucracy.
Terms were not disclosed. The project is being managed by contractor
Enterprise Information Management Inc. (EIM).
When fully implemented over the next decade, the forms management
system could save well over a billion dollars a year in unnecessary
paperwork and administrative procedures, according an Army Audit
"It's anticipated it will offer $1.3 billion in cost avoidance
per year," Jim Acklin, the civilian project manager working
for the Army Publishing Directorate, said of the potential cost
savings the project hopes to realize. [...]
Boston: America's First Amendment turned 213
years old on Wednesday, but supporters of the bulwark of personal
liberty and free press are hardly celebrating.
The free press -- a linchpin of America's proud democracy -- faces
its toughest challenge in a generation thanks to legal assaults
that have left one US journalist in home detention and others facing
prison. A flurry of well-publicised scandals at some of the country's
top news organisations has sullied the media's image and only made
With other nations expecting America to lead the
world in press freedoms, the stakes could not be higher, said Committee
to Protect Journalists Executive Director Ann Cooper.
"The very big concern for us is if journalists are imprisoned
in these cases it sends a terrible message around the world,"
Imprisoning journalists is typically associated
with tyrannies and dictatorships, making it ironic that US judges
in the past six months have threatened at least eight reporters
with sanctions or jail time for not naming sources, said First Amendment
Center Ombudsman Paul McMasters. [...]
The American Civil Liberties Union is using
sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information
about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited
a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights.
Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery
of the organization's frequent criticism of banks, corporations
and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data
on people for marketing and other purposes.
Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach
Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said
the software the organization is using, Prospect Explorer, combs
a broad range of publicly available data to compile a file with
information like an individual's wealth, holdings in public corporations,
other assets and philanthropic interests.
The issue has attracted the attention of the New York attorney
general, who is looking into whether the group violated its promises
to protect the privacy of its donors and members. [...]
The demand for emergency shelter
and food in US cities has risen significantly over the past year,
straining a tattered social safety net beyond the breaking point,
according to a report released Tuesday by the US Conference of Mayors.
The “Hunger and Homeless Survey” covering America’s
27 largest cities showed that requests for food aid increased by
14 percent in 2004, while the demand for shelter rose by 6 percent.
The most striking conclusion of the survey was that working families
now constitute one of the largest groups in need of regular emergency
assistance. Contrary to the image portrayed by the mass media, those
going homeless and hungry in America are not just the “down
and out,” the alcohol or drug-dependent, mentally ill or people
otherwise unable to earn a living. They include many people who
are working, but earn so little that they cannot make ends meet.
Chronic poverty afflicts wide sections of the working class, particularly
those employed in the predominantly low-paid and casual service
industry. Of all adults requesting food assistance, 34 percent were
employed. Children and their parents accounted for fifty-six percent
of all recipients of food aid. Families now make up 40 percent of
the total homeless population in the United States.
These stark figures are another indication of the economic and
social catastrophe confronting millions of Americans. While Bush
boasted of an economic recovery during the presidential campaign,
the reality is that only a small layer at the top has seen significant
income gains in 2004. For millions of Americans, mass layoffs and
the spiraling cost of living—particularly food, housing and
fuel expenses—have made it increasingly difficult to get by.
“Working poor, unemployed, multi-generational, single and
traditional parent families have to make difficult decisions as
whether to pay for utilities, rent, medicine, gas, health or car
insurance,” city authorities in Louisville reported. “Food
is being pushed further down the list of priorities.”
“The time when households used food assistance facilities
primarily for emergency situations is long over,” noted officials
in Philadelphia. “At least 86 percent of the people receiving
assistance from the food cupboards return every month. The network
is used to sustain families every month so they can use their limited
resources on rent, heat, medical bills, and transportation.”
The report included a number of case studies. In Phoenix, the Robertsons,
a married couple and their three children, became homeless after
the father lost his job at a telemarketing company. He struggled
to develop his own landscaping business, while his wife worked day
labor jobs. “The family has no money and is having trouble
accessing services because they do not have appropriate documentation,
and do not have the money to pay for new birth certificates... Currently
the Robertsons are on a waiting list of a large family shelter,
but will need appropriate identification to enter the program.”
In St. Paul, a 24-year-old woman, Tara, her husband Martin, and
their three young children became homeless after she lost her job
as a home healthcare worker, which paid $6.20 per hour. The family
was forced to move into a shelter run by the local Catholic church.
Assistance for the poor remains grossly inadequate. Charity organizations
are overwhelmed by the demand, and both the federal and state governments
have gutted the budgets for social programs over a number of years.
The survey reported that in the past 12 months, one in five requests
for food assistance went unmet—nearly a 50-percent increase
over the previous year. Twenty-three percent of requests for emergency
shelter were turned down, and this rejection rate rose to 32 percent
for homeless families.
In many cities, the shortfalls are far higher than these averages.
In New Orleans, 66 percent of food requests were rejected, and in
San Francisco 50 percent. In Los Angeles, 66 percent of all shelter
requests made by families were turned down, and in Boston 50 percent.
The report provides a glimpse into some of the innumerable hardships
and indignities suffered by those who seek assistance. More than
half of the responding cities routinely forced homeless families
to be broken up in order to be accommodated in emergency shelter.
Food pantries forced to cut portions
Two-thirds of all cities surveyed reported that emergency food
assistance facilities, in a desperate attempt to meet demand, were
forced to cut back on the quantity of food they provided. Restrictions
are also enforced on the number of times people are permitted to
Punitive government welfare cutbacks and restrictions, introduced
by both the Clinton and Bush administrations, have only added to
the hardship. “According to the Boston Medical Center Pediatric
Emergency Department,” the report noted, “25 percent
of homeless families interviewed in their clinic had been cut off
of welfare benefits within the past year (compared to 11 percent
of non-homeless families) due to failure to comply with behavioral
or procedural requirements, such as not being able to provide a
mailing address to the welfare office.”
The swelling of the ranks of the working poor has seen a parallel
increase in the demand for subsidized housing. Requests for such
housing by low-income families and individuals increased in 68 percent
in the surveyed cities. Applicants for public housing now wait an
average of 20 months before they receive any assistance. Fifty-nine
percent of the surveyed cities are refusing to accept any new applications
because they already have long waiting lists.
City authorities reported that they expect no improvement in hunger
and homelessness in 2005. Eighty-eight percent said that they anticipate
another increase in the demand for food assistance, and 92 percent
expect a rise in requests for emergency shelter.
The Conference of Mayors made a somewhat bizarre attempt to put
a positive spin on the survey’s findings. Bill Purcell, mayor
of Nashville and chair of the conference’s task force on hunger
and homelessness, admitted that the “bad news is that the
increased demand [for assistance] is all over the country.”
He then added: “The good news here is that the increase in
demand overall has slowed somewhat.”
In other words, the “good news” is that things are
getting worse but—at least for the moment— at a slower
rate. Every year the survey, first conducted 20 years ago, has registered
an increase in the demand for food and shelter assistance.
Over the last year, the demand for food aid increased 17 percent,
while requests for emergency shelter rose by 13 percent. In 2003,
the demand for both food and shelter increased by 19 percent. As
the survey demonstrates, the continued growth in the numbers of
working people who are unable to earn enough to house and feed themselves
has already overwhelmed the limited assistance programs that exist
To focus on a decline in the rate at which hunger and homelessness
is growing only confirms that the government and the corporate-controlled
two-party system are unwilling and unable to take any action to
alleviate the suffering.
What emerges from the survey is a devastating portrait of the human
cost of American society’s unprecedented level of social inequality.
While the wealthiest strata are anticipating a lucrative new year
(see “America’s super-rich look forward to a merry Christmas”),
millions of people will spend the holiday season in desperation
After failure in Fallujah, what
next for beleaguered United States forces in Iraq?
The United States assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in November
2004, launched just after the American presidential election, was
intended to break the back of the insurgency in Iraq. It was heralded
by assertions that Fallujah was out of control, that it had become
a central logistics base for the insurgency across much of central
and northern Iraq, and – not least – that the subjugation
of Fallujah would be an essential prerequisite to the Iraqi elections
planned for 30 January 2005.
The Fallujah operation was followed almost immediately by vigorous
military action against insurgents in other towns and villages in
central Iraq. United States strategists, while not persuaded that
the taking of Fallujah would bring the insurgency to an immediate
end, believed that these actions as a whole would be a decisive
turning-point in a war that would otherwise soon be heading towards
its third year.
Routes of turmoil
It is now clear that the reality in central Iraq is radically different
from these American projections and expectations (see last week’s
column in this series, “No direction home”, 25 November
2004). There are five recent indicators of this, which together
seem almost to model the developing dangers of the insurgency as
The first is an apparently minor change of policy reported on 3
December, concerning the route between Baghdad airport and the heavily-protected
"green zone" that houses the Iraqi government and the
thousands of American officials attached to the US embassy and other
agencies. This twenty-kilometre road has now been deemed too dangerous
for US government personnel to use. In future, they will be flown
to and from the airport by helicopter (see Bradley Graham, "US
Embassy Bans Us of Airport Road", Washington Post, 3 December
The airport highway is nowhere near Fallujah, Ramadi, Samarra,
Mosul or any other centre of insurgency; it runs through the heart
of Baghdad. Yet it has been rendered unsafe, although around 1,000
troops from the US army's 1st cavalry division have been guarding
Around six months after the termination of the Saddam Hussein regime
in April 2003, small-arms fire along the airport road began to make
travel insecure. The US military responded by deploying armoured
vehicles and checkpoints. These initially seemed to have an effect,
but the insurgents quickly adapted by exploding bombs planted on
the roadside. The frequent military checks deterred these to some
extent, but in the last two months the insurgents have started to
use suicide bombs concealed in ordinary cars. The only sure answer
would be to close the entire highway to all but official vehicles,
but the negative symbolic impact of this for the United States would
Instead, flying to and from the airport has become the only option.
Thus, the highway that connects possibly the two most significant
American locations in Iraq is now considered too precarious for
US forces to use.
The second indicator of the failure of the Fallujah assault to
have its intended effect is the level of US casualties. The US armed
forces lost 136 troops in November, the worst death toll of any
month since the war started in March 2003. Almost half of these
deaths occurred in incidents away from Fallujah; indeed, there are
indications that the rate of attacks on US and Iraqi security forces
increased from sixty-to-seventy a day before Fallujah to nearly
double that number during the assault.
The number of US troops wounded was also exceptionally high; from
4-30 November, 1,265 US soldiers and marines were wounded–
again the worst month since the war began. Almost half of the injuries
were serious, involving mass airlifts from Iraq to the Landstuhl
military hospital in Germany for later evacuation to the United
The third indicator is the continuing level of violence across
much of Iraq. In the past week alone, attacks on US and Iraqi security
forces (and especially the Iraqi police) have been at an almost
unparalleled intensity. More than ninety people were killed and
scores more 100 injured in the three days to 5 December. A particular
feature was the persistent raiding of police stations, many of them
resulting in the seizure of large quantities of weapons and ammunition
to replenish insurgents’ own stocks.
Indeed, an important aspect of the violence is the high level of
intimidation being applied to those working for the Iraqi regime
or for United States forces. According to US military sources, 338
Iraqis linked to the government or American forces have been killed
since 1 October. These include thirty-five police chiefs, mayors
and middle-ranking appointed officials; in the northern city of
Mosul alone, 136 people have been killed in the past month.
In a single town, Abu Ghraib, five members of the town council
have been killed in recent weeks and two kidnapped; reconstruction
projects are consistently destroyed, sometimes within days of their
being completed; and the local commander of the Iraqi national guard
battalion has survived six assassination attempts within ten days
(see Josh White, "Town Reflects Rising Sabotage in Iraq",
Washington Post, 9 December 2004).
A fourth indicator is the decision to bring in to Iraq an additional
12,500 US troops. Almost all of these are frontline combat troops,
including two battalions from the 82nd airborne division, currently
held in reserve in the United States to respond to emergencies overseas.
The fifth and perhaps most telling indicator is a report from the
CIA's bureau chief in Baghdad, about to return to Washington after
a year in Iraq. This speaks bluntly of a deteriorating security
situation, with no prospect of improvement in the near future. According
to the New York Times, the bureau chief was highly regarded in intelligence
circles and headed a bureau of some 300 people, making it the largest
overseas CIA station since Saigon at the height of the Vietnam war
(see Douglas Jehl, “Iraq deteriorating, CIA warns” (International
Herald Tribune, 8 December 2004).
In the midst of this turmoil, and despite the increasing number
of Iraqi political voices within Iraq calling for a delay in the
election timetable, the Bush administration insists that the nationwide
vote will go ahead in January. This is both part of a wider process
of public denial in Washington that the situation in Iraq is becoming
untenable, yet also evidence that excuses are already being found
for the developing failure.
A component of this denial is the belief that much of the insurgency
is being directed by Ba'athists based in Syria (see Thomas E Ricks,
“Rebels Aided by Allies in Syria, U.S. Says”, Washington
Post, 8 December 2004). This puts more of the onus on Syria, a situation
certain to be welcomed by the Ariel Sharon government in Israel.
It is also a return to the idea that the insurgency is organised
to a considerable extent on a hierarchical basis, and that it should
therefore be possible to destroy or detain its leadership in Iraq
and possibly even in Syria.
The problem with this mindset is that it replicates the approach
to Fallujah, which has signally failed to crush or even diminish
the insurgency. Some analysts believe that US military intelligence
simply does not understand the nature of the insurgency, and that
it is far more dispersed and organic than is normally recognised.
As dangerous to US plans is the wider impact of its military operations
across the middle east. The cumulative effect of the persistent
and detailed reporting in the region of civilian casualties in Fallujah
and many other Iraqi urban centres, and of the numerous instances
of torture and other forms of violence against detainees in Iraq,
Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan, is further to increase the bitter
anti-American popular mood. This is an invaluable aid to al-Qaida
and its affiliates, and encourages more recruits to the insurgent
cause within and beyond Iraq.
A month after the start of the latest assault on Fallujah, it is
now apparent that it has been counterproductive within Iraq and
the wider Arab and Muslim world. What was expected to be a turning-point
for the United States could even turn out to be a turning-point
for the insurgents.
The 30 January election will
go ahead, even though violence is unabated and the campaign may
The Iraqi election on 30 January, for which campaigning began
last week, will be one of the most secretive in history. Iraqi television
shows only the feet of election officials rather than their faces,
because they are terrified of their identity being revealed. It
will be a poll governed by fear.
Those fears were amply borne out yesterday when insurgents launched
attacks on election offices in northern Iraq. Two people were killed
and eight wounded when mortars landed on an election office in Dujail,
one of many around the country registering and educating potential
voters. Two Iraqis were killed in execution-style shootings and
four American contractors were wounded by a roadside bomb in other
When Iyad Allawi, the interim Prime Minister,
announced his slate of candidates for the 275-member National Assembly
in Baghdad last week, it was to a small audience of American
security guards. The venue had been changed at the last minute to
baffle potential assassins, and foreign journalists deemed it too
dangerous to attend.
Shopkeepers distributed registration forms, tucked into the bags
of monthly rations on which most Iraqis depend for survival. In
Sunni districts in Baghdad some shopkeepers, fearing execution by
the resistance, had begged their customers not to reveal where they
got the forms.
There is now little doubt that the elections will go ahead. The
Sunni political powers, fearing mass abstention by their constituents,
would like a delay. But they could provide no convincing argument
that the security situation will be any better in six months. Hoshyar
Zebari, the powerful foreign minister, argued that "a delay
in holding the election would be taken as a sign of weakness",
and the interim government is doing what it can to manipulate public
Announcements that former members of the Saddam regime will go
on trial this week, starting with the notorious "Chemical Ali",
Ali Hassan al-Majid, are seen as electioneering more than anything
else. The same applies to news yesterday that judges had begun interrogating
him and another top suspect.
It is doubtful if the election, at least at first, will mark a
real change in the balance of power between the three main communities
in Iraq: the Shia, the Sunni and the Kurds. Nor is it likely to
see a shift in authority from the US to Iraqis. The outcome could
simply be a photocopy of the present government. [...]
BAGHDAD - Saboteurs blew up Iraq's northern
export pipeline for the second week in a row on Saturday, halting
oil flows to Turkey's Ceyhan port, oil officials said.
A bomb that exploded overnight blew off a section of the twin pipeline
near the oil center of Baiji, they said.
The pipeline runs from the Kirkuk oil fields to the IT-1A storage
tanks near Baiji, where oil accumulates before it is pumped further
north to Ceyhan.
Storage tanks at IT-1A were full before the attack, but technical
problems have been hampering pumping to Ceyhan, one official said.
The northern pipeline, which can carry around
500,000 barrels per day (bpd), was also attacked on Dec. 10.
Exports through Turkey have been volatile since, lowering the level
of Iraqi crude oil stored at Ceyhan.
Sabotage against the northern pipeline network has been intense
since U.S. forces attacked the Sunni Muslim city of Falluja near
Baghdad last month.
Another domestic oil pipeline was hit near Baiji
on Saturday, the latest in attacks that have crippled operations
of refineries and helped to create severe shortages of fuels, especially
In the mostly Shi'ite south, exports have been steady. Shipping
data showed two tankers loading from the Basra offshore terminal,
formerly known as Mina al-Bakr, at 1.2 million bpd on Saturday.
The tanker Front Duchess was loading 13,000 barrels per hour and
the Magdalene 38,000 barrels per hour.
The death of Baha Mousa is recorded
in a terse and simple entry in the British Army logbook, and written
in slightly shaky handwriting.
Timed at 22.42 on 15 September 2003, the three-line note reads:
"Prisoner died in custody deceased at 2205 after CPR [resuscitation]
from 2150 - Baha Nashen Mohamed - one of suspects from hotel raid
And someone had scratched a line through the word "after"
- perhaps in an attempt to distance the soldiers who tried to bring
Baha Mousa back to life after the abuse and torture that allegedly
caused his death.
Word of the hotel receptionist's death spread extremely quickly.
Within minutes, the logbook reveals, the news had surged through
the upper ranks of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment - the battalion
that had arrested and interrogated Mr Mousa - and the Army's brigade
Within 30 minutes of his death, military detectives of the Special
Investigation Branch (SIB) were alerted. From
then, their investigation into what has become one of the most notorious
incidents of the occupation of Iraq should have been a textbook
example of British justice in action. Instead, said two senior
High Court judges last week, the official military inquiry was slow,
shambolic and failed to meet the basic legal standards of the European
Convention on Human Rights.
MOSCOW, Dec. 17 - Russia's lower house of Parliament
overwhelmingly voted to give preliminary approval on Friday to a
counterterrorism law that would hand the
Kremlin broad powers to declare states of emergency, restrict free
speech and clamp down on communications, organizations and the news
media in cases of terrorist threats or attacks.
Legislators voted 385 to 47 in favor of the law, which must pass
two more readings in the lower house, the Duma, before being handed
over to the upper chamber, the Federation Council. The main opposition
came from the Communist Party and the handful of independent members
of the Duma.
Like President Vladimir V. Putin's recent overhaul of the political
system, which included replacing the election of governors with
appointments by the Kremlin, the legislation, if
passed, would notably increase his power and would be another blow
to democratic freedoms. Critics of the legislation called it another
sweeping consolidation of Mr. Putin's increasingly authoritarian
"The Communist Party voted against the law for one simple
reason," said Leonid N. Dobrokhotov, an adviser to the party,
in a telephone interview on Friday. "It is based on the habits
of the regime, and precedents show that the
battle against terrorism is used for one goal: encroaching on the
rights of citizens."
Other liberal parties that have opposed Mr. Putin's consolidation
of power failed to make the threshold for Duma seats in elections
last December and are represented by a handful of legislators who
won direct elections representing local districts. Those direct
elections will also be eliminated by Mr. Putin's changes.
Lawmakers are considering the counterterrorism law after another
stretch of attacks linked to Russia's decade-long war in Chechnya.
In the biggest recent attack, in September, a hostage crisis at
a school in Beslan, in nearby North Ossetia, ended in a cataclysm
that left 330 people dead. In that case, as in most other similar
attacks, the Kremlin and security officials stressed the links of
attackers to international terrorism.
The law would create a three-level public alert
system that echoes the one in the United States. In fact, American
antiterrorism measures were cited in the Duma's debate as justification
for the legislation.
Among other measures, the law would allow a 60-day
clampdown in areas where terrorist threats are suspected, including
telephone tapping, spot checks and restrictions on movement. After
an attack, news media restrictions would also take effect, giving
security officials the authority to limit coverage to what they
deem acceptable, although Russian television is already with very
rare exceptions loyal to the Kremlin.
United Russia, a pro-Kremlin party that unfailingly supports Mr.
Putin, controls the Duma and orchestrated the measure's swift approval
with little debate. Lyubov K. Sliska, the deputy speaker of the
Duma, told Rossiya, the state television channel, "There's
no need to whip up any passions."
"When a distressing incidents happens in our country, we
always see there are problems and gaps in our existing legislation,"
Coroner tells police board members stun
guns save lives
Outgoing chief returns controversial subject to the agenda
The Toronto Police Services Board will reconsider arming more officers
with stun guns after a top forensics expert insisted Tasers can
Ontario's Deputy Chief Coroner James Cairns told board members
that Tasers are typically used to subdue delirious people who could
die if not taken to hospital and treated.
Without access to Tasers, police are forced to use guns, as people
in such a state are almost "superhuman" and impervious
to pepper spray and clubbing with batons, Cairns said.
"There is evidence that the Taser has definitely saved lives,"
Cairns told the board, which only last month voted against equipping
about 500 more officers with stun guns until further medical research
Board member Alok Mukherjee said he had been "almost convinced"
to change his vote on the stun guns, and the board unanimously decided
to readdress the issue again next month, rather than in the spring.
"We all want to save lives," Mukherjee said. [...]
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) -
Police used a Taser on a 12-year-old boy who attacked another special-needs
student, the third time this fall authorities in South Florida have
used a stun gun on children.
Police said the student was Tasered on Dec. 10 after he tried to
stab another student with a pencil on a school bus, then kicked
and threatened an officer.
The boy was charged with several offenses, including aggravated
assault and resisting a police officer with violence. He was released
Pembroke Pines police Cmdr. David Golt said the officer used the
In November, a Miami-Dade County police officer used a Taser on
a 12-year-old girl who was caught skipping class. Officials said
the officer faces disciplinary action for inappropriately using
Two months ago, a Miami-Dade schools security officer used a Taser
on a 6-year-old-boy. The boy was holding a shard of glass and had
DARLINGTON, England (AP) - British police
arrested a Libyan man and blew up his luggage Saturday in a security
scare that closed a small regional airport for about two hours.
No traces of explosives were found
in an initial check of the luggage at Durham-Tees Valley Airport,
It was not immediately clear why the 35-year-old
man's baggage aroused suspicion but he was arrested under the Terrorism
Act, police said.
Passengers were evacuated from the flight, which was destined
for London Heathrow airport and army experts
carried out a controlled explosion on the suspect's luggage.
Police said the suspect was an electrical engineer employed by
a Libyan oil company and had been studying in Britain for six months.
He had a ticket for a connecting flight to the Libyan capital Tripoli,
Richard Whitehouse, commercial manager at the airport, said six
flights and about 750 passengers were delayed by the temporary suspension
BALTIMORE, Dec. 16 - A 21-year-old security
guard who worked at a new subdivision in southern Maryland was arrested
Thursday and charged with setting fires to houses there in the worst
case of residential arson in the state's history, federal authorities
The guard, Aaron L. Speed of Waldorf, Md., was arrested at his
home not far from the Hunters Brooke subdivision in Indian Head,
where blazes set early on Dec. 6 caused some $10 million in damage,
destroying 10 houses in various stages of construction and damaging
Mr. Speed had been an employee of Security Services of America,
a company based in Morehead City, N.C., that had been hired to guard
the development, a law enforcement official said. A woman who answered
the phone at the company's headquarters declined to comment Thursday
Local opponents had joined environmental groups in lawsuits intended
to block construction of the Hunters Brooke development, about 25
miles south of Washington in an area once dominated by tobacco fields.
The subdivision sits near an environmentally
sensitive bog, which had led to speculation that environmental extremists
may have set the fires.
That prospect stirred fear and alarm among those who had bought
the new houses, priced at $400,000 to $500,000.
The arrest of Mr. Speed helped allay concerns
that ecoterrorists had set the fires, said Eugene T. Lauer,
the Charles County administrator.
"No question about it, it's a relief they caught someone,"
Mr. Lauer said. "I think it'll bring some closure, hopefully,
to people who were going to live in that neighborhood and to the
county. It's definitely a relief if it's
not related to ecoterrorism."
Lisa Wright, whose niece Tamara Speed is married to Mr. Speed,
said Thursday night that his arrest stunned family members.
Ms. Wright said Mr. Speed had cooperated with the F.B.I. during
the investigation and had reported seeing a blue van leaving the
subdivision the morning of the fires. Investigators, she said, had
searched the Waldorf home where Mr. Speed and his wife and their
young son, Aaron Jr., lived with Mr. Speed's parents.
"He's a good provider for his family; he works hard,"
Ms. Wright said. "He was trying to help these people find out
what was going on, who did this."
She said he also believed that investigators
had begun to "harass" him and used him as a "scapegoat
to make an early arrest."
Ms. Wright, who lives in Indian Head near the subdivision, said
that in April one of Mr. Speed's twin sons had died at 10 weeks
old. His wife, Ms. Wright said, is pregnant.
Reed Lindsay is the only journalist
to get into the Port-au-Prince prison since a riot three weeks ago
when, it is said, guards executed inmates
At first the smoke billowing from the national penitentiary in
the Haitian capital seemed of no consequence.
On 1 December, US Secretary of State Colin Powell was visiting
Haitian President Boniface Alexandre. The UN peacekeeping force
in the capital, Port-au-Prince, was preoccupied with guarding the
national palace where Powell's visit was taking place. But meanwhile,
in the prison, something terrible was unfolding.
According to official reports, prisoners in a three-storey cell
block called 'Titanic' had rioted, breaking free from their cells,
setting fire to mattresses and brandishing water pipes as weapons.
Prison guards called in a special police unit to help put down the
uprising, and officials later said that seven prisoners had been
killed and more than 40 detainees and guards wounded during the
But according to prisoners and others interviewed by The Observer,
this is a woeful understatement. The government, they say, is concealing
a savage bloodbath in which dozens of detainees were killed by police
and guards. [...]
'I saw everything,' said Ted Nazaire, 24, a prisoner who was released
two days after the riot and is now in hiding. 'It was a massacre.
More than 60 were killed.'
Nazaire said police opened fire on the detainees, and then went
from cell to cell, forcing prisoners into a passageway and methodically
executing them. [...]
Prisoners and police say the riot was motivated by the decision
to transfer some detainees to another penitentiary, combined with
mounting frustration at the slow progress of their legal cases.
Only 17 of around 1,100 prisoners at the
national penitentiary have been convicted of a crime, and many detainees
have not seen a judge. [...]
Human rights groups urge Britons
to help save abused women from execution by hanging and stoning
Two women convicted of crimes against morality in Iran are facing
imminent execution, one by being buried up to her chest and stoned,
Amnesty International said last night.
One of the women, a 19-year-old with a mental age of eight who
was forced into prostitution by her mother, is to be flogged and
executed. An official said yesterday he was waiting for orders on
whether to stone or hang her. The other woman was convicted of adultery
and is due to be stoned to death this month in accordance with Iran's
severe penal code.
Amnesty issued an urgent warning that time was running out for
both women and urged the international community to tackle Iran
over its executions of women and child offenders. In August another
mentally ill girl, 16-year-old Atefeh Rajabi, was hanged in a street
for having sex before marriage.
The 19-year-old, known as 'Leyla M', was a prostitute by the age
of eight and was raped repeatedly, according to a Tehran newspaper
report. She gave birth when aged nine and was sentenced to 100 lashes
for prostitution at about the same time. When she was 12 her family
sold her to an Afghan to be his 'temporary wife', while her mother
became her new pimp, 'selling her body without her consent', the
At 14 she became pregnant again, receiving a further 100 lashes
before giving birth to twins. When her temporary marriage ended,
her family sold her again, to a 55-year-old man who was married
with two children and did not object to Leyla's clients coming to
Last month, Leyla, appearing at a court in the central Iranian
city of Arak, was sentenced to death on charges of 'acts contrary
to chastity' by controlling a brothel, having intercourse with blood
relatives and giving birth to an illegitimate child. The sentence
has now been passed to the supreme court for confirmation. She apparently
'confessed' and faces being flogged before being executed.
Iran has executed at least three child offenders in 2004 and 11
others are believed to have been sentenced to death, according to
Amnesty. Under the penal code, girls as young as nine and boys as
young as 15 can be executed.
Interviewed by an Iranian journalist in her cell, Leyla was asked
if she understood she was to be put to death. 'Yes, that's what
they are saying,' she replied. 'But people in prison say this is
a lie. They want to frighten you a bit.
'I haven't done anything. My mother told me to go to a man's house
and I did. If she said don't, I wouldn't have. I was frightened.
If I didn't listen to her, she would have harmed me. She beats me
- my father, too.'
Asked when she was first forced to have sex, Leyla said: 'I was
eight, the first time my mother took me to a man's house. It was
a horrible night. I cried that night. Cried a lot. The day after
she [my mother] came after me and took me home and bought chocolate
and crisps for me.'
Leyla has been robbed of the consolation of spending time with
her children. 'We used to play together before I went to prison.
For some time they were with my mother and then they went to my
father. I don't know where they are at the moment.'
She said of her father: 'He is a very bad-tempered man. He frightens
me. But I liked him when he bought me goodies.'
Asked if her mother had visited her on death row, Leyla said: 'No,
she hasn't. If you see my mother, tell her that she promised to
bring me crisps and chocolate. Also tell her not to forget my red
PARIS, France (AP) -- A European
rocket roared into space from a pad in South America on Saturday,
placing into orbit a surveillance satellite billed as giving France's
military new abilities to spy worldwide.
The unmanned craft lifted off smoothly from a launch center in
Kourou, French Guyana, at 1:26 p.m. local time (4:26 p.m. GMT) --
the third and last launch of an Ariane-5 rocket this year, Arianespace
The satellite and six smaller scientific ones were placed into
orbit about an hour after liftoff. It was the first time in 11 years
that an Ariane rocket carried as many as seven satellites on a single
The Helios 2A military satellite, the rocket's main cargo, is to
rotate in sun-synchronous orbit around 435 miles above the Earth,
"The success of the Helios 2A launch is a great step forward
for our space policy," Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie
said at Ecole Militaire. "Mastering space is an imperative
for tomorrow," she said, calling for greater space cooperation
The French military will "benefit from additional capabilities,
more precise images and faster reaction speed," she said at
a screening room at the Paris academy.
Among expected functions, the satellite is to monitor possible
weapons proliferation, prepare and evaluate military operations
and digitally map terrain for cruise missile guidance, the French
Defense Ministry said in a statement Friday.
Helios 2A, weighing 4.6 tons, is said to be able to spot objects
as small as a textbook anywhere on Earth.
Equipped with infrared sensors, it is expected to allow France's
military to gather information at night from space for the first
Among its predecessors, Helios 1B, which was launched in 1999,
suffered a power problem and the military let it disintegrate in
the upper layers of the atmosphere two months ago. The first satellite
in the series, Helios 1A, went up in 1995 and is still operating.
Also in the payload Saturday was the Parasol satellite, which is
to help study the effect of cloud cover and aerosols on global warming
and the greenhouse effect, believed to occur when carbon dioxide
emissions trap the sun's heat in the atmosphere.
Parasol is part of a French-American space observation mission
involving six satellites that can study the world's atmosphere and
help give a complete idea of how human activity affects the environment.
The launch marks the 165th Ariane mission since the European launcher
first began operating in 1979. Arianespace is the commercial arm
of the 13-country European Space Agency.
RAW India's equivalent of CIA has advanced
quite a bit in recent days. Sources close to New Delhi report that
RAW is using advanced satellite technologies and remote viewing
techniques to look into foreign intelligence activities within India.
Remote viewing is the paranormal activities with psychics that can
sense into the future and unknown. CIA in America has used remote
viewing for many years. Many times remote viewing has worked very
well for the CIA and the Russian intelligence.
Recent days India has seen a massive amount Pakistan's ISI agents
arrested all over the country. The situation has gone so bad for
Pakistan and Al-Queda that they are looking for reasons what is
really happening. Taking clue from CIA, RAW Indian counterpart started
remote viewing techniques many years back. They also tried to correlate
the remote viewing readings with high tech feedbacks like satellite
sensing and imaging. This is being further validated with the agents'
report in the field. The net results for RAW and CBI (Central Bureau
of Intelligence - equivalent of FBI) are astounding.
Sources say India has locked in close surveillance over most of
foreign agencies within the country. RAW has recently expanded the
efforts for strategic intelligence. This include spying over Pakistan,
China and the Western nations.
The reason for the success is attributable to traditional Indian
cultural richness in spirituality and paranormal activities.
The remote viewing activities are nothing new for India. Indians
traditionally have been doing it for thousands of years. But now
India is doing it for a reason.
Satellite technologies are also helping understand movement of
Pakistan's ISI supported militants in South Asia. Sources close
to RAW say Pakistan's ISI is more active in Bangladesh and North
East India than Kashmir these days. In the field, the agents are
confirming these information.
According to some remote viewers, Bangladesh has recently seen
enormous amount of violence related to election. Pakistan's main
goal is not Kashmir at this time. It is to hijack Bangladesh again
and start a covert front on the east of India.
Remote viewing if applied in a wrong way can cause catastrophe
and total embarrassment. An ideal example would be the WMD information
in Iraq. Seventy-three thousand pages of secret documents have recently
been declassified in the United States. The information unveiled
the activity of two special groups that worked with extrasensory
individuals. The CIA had to acknowledge that it used remote viewers
and other individuals possessing paranormal abilities for intelligence
According to Pravda.Ru CIA's remote viewers initiated quest for
WMD in Iraq. Obviously they were wrong at least based on what we
CIA's remote viewing activities has been not all that failure.
"Psychic spy" Joseph McMoneagle also known as "remote
viewing agent #001" was shown a spot on the map of the USSR,
where the mysterious secret object was supposedly located, as CIA
agents thought. McMoneagle put his finger on the map and described
the image that he saw in his mind:
"It is a congregation of low stone and concrete buildings.
A huge underground warehouse filled with lethal weapons, not
only missiles. There are other square and round items there. I see
a very high column of smoke, bearing some semblance to a huge lifting
crane, rising above the area (it was most likely the smoke of a
nuclear blast). The people inhabiting that place are sick. Their
hair is receding, their bones are putrefying. They deliver sick
children, and they are still obsessed with some idea."
It was quite an eloquent description for secret agents to understand,
what kind of an object was located in Semipalatinsk (which is now
a town in the republic of Kazakhstan). Then CIA Director Richard
Helms moved the paranormal espionage from the category "Research"
to the category "Practice." Joseph McMoneagle's success
as a remote viewer increased the funding of such unusual activities,
not to mention the improved moral aspect. The US authorities spent
about $2 million a year on a rather small group of 20 extrasensory
individuals in the 1990s.
Other achievements of American psychic agents include: factories
making weapons of mass destruction in third world countries, including
Iraq (it is not ruled out that the information about WMD in Iraq
sprang from remote viewers.) Extrasensory intelligence officers
also developed certain recommendations to recruit CIA agents and
rendered some other services too.
India's achievement in remote viewing and use of advanced technologies
is remarkable in recent days. According to some international experts
what really worked for India is not just remote viewing but the
availability of the field agents who could confirm the clues from
the remote viewers.
|A large explosion was heard over
Jakarta today after a suspected meteor was seen streaking across the
sky over the Indonesian capital.
The blast, which came as the country is on heightened alert after
warnings of an imminent extremist attack, caused
brief alarm but astronomers said it was likely caused by a large
meteor exploding as it fell to Earth.
Dozens of people telephoned Jakarta's el-Shinta radio to describe
an object, white in appearance, crossing the sky west of Jakarta
and a violent noise followed by what they said sounded like an echo.
The explosion could be heard in Tangerang, just west of Jakarta,
the southern suburb of Depok and as far away as Bogor, some
60 km south of the capital.
"It is difficult to say what it was because there were no clear
timings between the sighting and the blast, but from what the various
accounts said, it is very likely to have
been a falling meteor," said astronomer Muji Raharto.
Hours after the sightings were reported at around 7.30am (1130
AEDT), it was still unclear what the object was or where it exploded.
Police said they had no reports of any fallen objects and said they
were still investigating the origin of the explosion.
Indonesia's security forces have been on alert
after warnings from the Australian government last week that Islamic
militants blamed for a series of deadly bombings in the country
were planning an imminent attack in the run-up to Christmas.
Meanwhile, meteorologists in both Jakarta and Tangerang said there
had been no seismic irregularities registered in those areas. Officials
at Jakarta's international airport said their radars were incapable
of picking up meteors.
Raharto, from the Boscha astronomical observatory in Bandung, West
Java, said only specialised radar can detect falling space debris
and to be visible in daylight, the falling meteor would have to
be substantial in size. He also said that
the suspected meteor could have exploded as it entered Earth's atmosphere,
explaining the absence of any evidence of a large impact.
Raharto also said that based on the witnesses saying they heard
what appeared to be an echo after the explosion, the suspected meteor
could have exploded over a region with high relief, such as the
hills around Jakarta. He said that it was
very unlikely that the falling object was part of an obsolete satellite
as some witnesses cited a clear tail behind the object.
A slight quake was recorded in the Rann of
Kutch area in Gujarat early on Saturday morning, the meteorological
department said. The quake, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale and
classified as 'slight,'' occurred at 0533 hrs on Saturday morning.
Its epicentre was at a point 23.6 degrees North latitude and 70.0
degrees East longitude in the Rann of Kutch area.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Volcanic landslides that generate
huge and devastating tsunamis tend to occur during historically
warmer times on Earth, a new study suggests. Scientists don't know
exactly why, but since the global climate is warming as you read
this, the apparent connection was tossed out this week as a reason
for scientists to be concerned about the threat now.
Tsunamis are waves that race across the ocean without much fanfare
but grow to frightening proportions when they reach land. The waves
are deep, and while they may appear just a few inches or feet tall
on the open ocean, they can soar to the height of a multi-story
building as they are forced upward near the shore.
A tsunami can be generated by the sudden uplift of the seafloor
in an earthquake, or by the paddle-like effect of a landslide crashing
into the sea from, say, an island volcano. Yet while quake-generated
tsunamis have been observed from their genesis to the disastrous
end, scientists have never witnessed a significant open-ocean tsunami
generated by a landslide.
Evidence exists at various locations around the world for megatsunamis,
as scientists call the largest of these events. They seem to occur
every 100,000 years or so, said Gary McMurtry of the University
These monsters can be hundreds of feet tall and, depending on
local topography, race miles inland.
One controversial event, about 110,000 years ago, appeared to
create a 1,600-foot wave in Hawaii. Yes, you read that right: Nearly
one-third of a mile, or about half a kilometer.
But the evidence -- marine fossils way up there where there's
no sea -- is controversial. Perhaps the islands have been rising
and carried the fossils up, critics suggest.
McMurtry's team looked at marine fossils at the Kohala volcano
on the main island of Hawaii, which is known to be sinking about
an inch per decade. The fossils simply could not have started at
a lower elevation, McMurtry said Monday at a meeting of the American
Geophysical Union held here. A submarine landslide from the giant
Mauna Loa volcano has been dated to the same time and, the thinking
goes, caused the tsunami.
McMurtry and his colleagues also re-examined evidence for a tsunami
that may have struck Bermuda and other locations in the Atlantic
420,000 years ago.
Scientists agree that submarine landslides caused by the collapse
of island volcanoes -- think of the destruction of Mount St. Helens
-- could generate these megatsunamis. Evidence for such landslides
can be found in topography scans of seafloors around various island
volcanoes, McMurtry points out.
"These giant landslides seem to occur during periods of higher
than normal sea level -- like we have now," he said.
High sea levels tend to correspond with wetter climates, he said.
What this has to do with landslides is not known. But perhaps, McMurtry
figures, excess rainfall can serve as a trigger for the cleaving
of a volcano-in-waiting. [...]
Eskimos and scientists report
a strange "lightness at noon" that is turning the usual
all-day darkness of the high Canadian Arctic into twilight, apparently
in defiance of natural laws. Canadian government officials say it
may be the result of an unusual atmospheric phenomenon caused by
Inuit hunters are telling the government's weather station at Resolute
Bay - Canada's second most northerly village, 1,000 miles from the
North Pole - of a new light in the sky.
And Wayne Davidson, the Canadian government official who runs the
station, says he believes it it caused by climate change.
For the past five years, Mr Davidson says, there has been a growing
light along the horizon in the middle of the day in winter. "The
entire horizon is raised like magic, like the hand of God is bringing
it up," he says.
But Mr Davidson's investigations, backed by other scientists, suggest
a more prosaic explanation. Warmer air, from global warming, is
overlaying the cold air of the Arctic and the interface between
the two creates a kind of "mirror in the sky" which reflects
the sun's rays from further south.
What Hope For Humanity?
This world is inexpressibly depressing.
Words do not do it justice, but we will try. Look around you at
the world in which you live. Remove your blinkers, rise out of your
complacency and the concerns your "little life" and have
a good look around. Bush and the Neocons plan to overhaul
the American Welfare system, which in reality means doing away
with it, and recreate the policies of the Thatcherite years during
the 80's in Britain where the bulk of state care for its citizens
was done away with in order to allow big business to prey mercilessly
on the meager resources of the many "have nots". Of course,
with the US already the living embodiment of capitalism in action
there are precious few state hands-outs to rescind, but even these
will be done away with as the plans of the Neoconservatives are
implemented. On the "Homeland Security" front, civil
rights clampdowns progress apace, yet imperceptibly enough so
that a view of the final destination passes under the radar of the
average, otherwise occupied with their little life, citizen.
Domestic policy is intrinsically linked with foreign policy. War
costs money, especially the sort of unjustified, never-ending war
of conquest that the Neocons are waging in Iraq and the broader
Middle East. It seems that the international "bankers"
who ultimately dictate US policy at home and abroad have decided
that America is good for little else than projecting war.
The incessant rhetoric of the past 50 years, and the distorted
public perception that it produced, was designed to lead us to the
present moment when the facade can finally be dropped, exposing
the real purpose of the country once foolishly thought to be the
"greatest democracy on earth".
Within the next 5 years, when the geopolitical world map has been
reconfigured to their liking and the usefulness of US military might
has been exhausted, the plug will be pulled no doubt. Those "bleeding
heart" liberal Americans who by then have refused to adopt
the Neocons' cold-hearted "survival of the fittest" mentality,
will be allowed to reap the rewards of their choice and suffer the
effects of amoral capitalism taken to illogical extremes.
is in flames, death stalks the country on a daily basis, ordinary
Iraqi citizens along with American soldiers are dying by the dozen
every week, and few, other than those who are left to pick up the
pieces, seem to care. The death of Arafat, far from signaling a
"new hope", has merely cleared the way for Sharon and
his masters to begin implementing the "final solution".
Sharon and Israel's entire existence is predicated on the need for
an eternal "terrorist" threat. Hamas and other Israeli-sponsored
"Palestinian terror groups" will ensure that the world
knows that there can be no dealing with Palestinians. There will
be no peace.
At some point a pretext for an attack on Iran will be manufactured.
Iran may *appear* to attack first. Israel, backed by the US, will
respond. Any number of scenarios may result, but one thing is certain,
Afghanistan and Iraq were but the first steps; the carnage and bloodshed
has only just begun.
Increasing our perspective one more order of magnitude and away
from global political machinations, we notice that our planet is
being regularly bombarded with meteorites (although we do not doubt
that this "little detail" is a central factor in shaping
the policies of the major political players.) By way of a little
test, try asking a relative or friend about the extent of their
awareness of this most troubling phenomenon. You will surely be
surprised and alarmed at just how ill-informed the average person
is about matters that may soon effect them in a very direct and
Coming back down to earth, humanity continues to show that, despite
all of our technological prowess, as far as our basic instincts
are concerned, we share more
in common with animals than any other form of life.
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