The Big Scoop Series #19: This is a Mad, Mad, Mad World
Quite incredibly - because there are over 106 pages in this hefty compilation! - I've been so busy that I could barely skim through the 100s of emails I received since I sent out my previous compilation. And I'll remain just as busy till December at least. So this means I expect to continue being able to prepare and send only one compilation every 12 to 15 days as I've done these past 3 summer months. The Meditation Focuses are also likely to remain on a monthly basis for a while, unless extraordinary world developments require more than that... (the next one will be issued in a week from now -- the current one is Meditation Focus #175: Attaining Symbiosis and Oneness With All Life.
Someone wrote to me "As I'm sure you've noticed, the months are racing by like weeks, and the weeks like days!!" Quite TRUE!!
Doing my best to keep up, as everyone else does...
IMPORTANT NOTE: I just realized that the Riseup.Net listserver system through which I network my compilations has gone recently through a software change (done by the Riseup people to improve this automated system). Because of this change, their system was no longer sending the usual welcome message to new subscribers. I just corrected this problem, but I would appreciate that all recent new subscribers who have not received the important, detailed welcome message email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of it. Here is an excerpt from it, which will also be a useful reminder to all other subscribers, especially in connection with the material in this compilation below.
"If you are completely new to the kind of information I network, you may become disturbed by some aspects of what you will learn. People who rely solely on the mainstream media to form their understanding of the world we live in often are shocked to discover the duplicitous nature of what some governments are doing and have a hard time adjusting to this new information and the resulting paradigm shift thus required. Here is how I was summarizing this problem (in October 2006): "How can you expose people to such disheartening information while making sure they remain above, spiritually and emotionally speaking, this morass and derive from this even more resolve to manifest their unique contribution to global awakening and continue forging ahead in their own spiritual upliftment." As you will see, when I feel it is necessary, I often include a short introductory comment to my compilations designed to help mitigate some of the worst demoralizing effects of some of the material in it. I also sometimes add additional comments to specific articles within the compilation. I usually strive to balance out the challenging information in each compilation with more uplifting material, but this is not always possible. The global Meditation Focus regularly suggested are a way for many people to achieve a sense of personal empowerment in the face of the many challenges of our time and they provide a unique opportunity to be of real service to help mitigate humanitarian crises and positively influence the course of events and the pace of spiritual awakening in this world. But in the end, each reader must come with her/his own personal way to deal with the harsher aspects of reality sometimes featured in my compilations."
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"In the silence left by this momentous departure, if there were questions, nobody voiced them. Perhaps there were a few quietly delivered high-fives instead. Despite the high stress that runs counter to every human instinct, everyone involved had carried out their assigned duties with complete attention to the details required to launch a half-dozen live nuclear weapons safely. The professionally conducted operation was carried off in complete secrecy, without a hitch, only after the loadout and launch order had been digitally confirmed as coming from the NCA. There was only one problem regarding the originators of those orders, Hank emailed me: IT WAS NOT US.
NOTE: All the quotes below were recommended by Stan Penner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace."
"More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."
" I concluded, after the war, that the conscientious objector who calmly endured public scorn was as brave as any veteran."
Veteran J. Ralph Wilson, in Macleans magazine
"All the arms we need are for hugging."
"A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves."
"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world."
Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864
"Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both."
"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
John F. Kennedy
1. An Open Letter to the New Generation of Military Officers Serving and Protecting Our Nation
2. Home Alone, Dick and George Desperately Scheme for War
3. Was a Covert Attempt to Bomb Iran with Nuclear Weapons foiled by a Military Leak?
4. COMMAND OVERRIDE: How Chinese Military Hackers Took Over A Nuclear-Armed B52
5. SOS Iraq
6. Death at a Distance: The U.S. Air War
7. Nationally Recognized Engineers and Scientists Call for New 9/11 Investigation
8. Major Media Reports Raise Questions on 9/11
9. Government finalizes plans for biowarfare against public
10. We Must Use Discernment Amidst the Psyops
11. Extinction Crisis Escalates: Red List Shows Apes, Corals, Vultures, Dolphins All In Danger
12. The genius doctor who diagnosed Nuke Power's deadly disease
13. Polar ice cap gone by 2030?
14. MICROCHIP IMPLANTS CAUSE FAST-GROWING, MALIGNANT TUMORS IN LAB ANIMALS
15. The Big Secret, Whole Truth, and FAITH MATRIX
16. Circle of Sound & 30 Days of PEACE
17. Messages found in the ERN guestbook
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
The Millions Clicks for Peace http://www.tenmillionclicksforpeace.org
Recommended by David (email@example.com) who wrote: "You've got to see what these guys are doing to create world peace. It makes so much sense, and they're already endorsed by Arun Gandhi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jack Canfield, and Deepak Chopra. They've got a realistic plan that puts the power of peace in our hands, so I just joined them. I hope you will too...
Take a few minutes to visit Voices for Peace at the web site A Grain of Wheat at http://www.grainofwheat.net/voices.html
Recommended by Stan Penner (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "Hopefully the following can help somewhere, somehow, in the pursuit of peace on this planet of ours."
The Journal of Abduction-Encounter Research http://www.jar-journal.org/
Alien Abductions and Alien Encounters create serious issues that confront us all. In response, a new, quarterly, email magazine (or E-Zine) has been developed. The mission of JAR is to provide a global platform on which to debate the significance of the extraterrestrial presence. JAR will publish all cogently argued points-of-view that give us insight about who the UFO intelligences are, what they are doing, what they want and how human beings are reacting to them. Are they truly extraterrestrial? The stakes are high. Their presence may influence the future of the human race. lease download the Premiere Issue or the Second Issue to learn more. Recommended by Mark Graffis (email@example.com)
Alien Disclosure from an Astronaut http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/08/29/01731.html
by Clark C. McClelland, former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida (1958-1992) (...) Onizuka asked me if my surname had any connection with McClellan Air Force Base in California? I said not as far as I was aware. I asked him why? Ellison said he had a surprising experience along with other USAF aerospace flight engineers and pilots while on military training duty at McClellan AFB, about eight or nine years prior to his astronaut training.He and this group were at this base for specialized training when they were directed to report to a viewing room. As they were seated, the room darkened and a movie began without the usual official introduction by a USAF officer. They were all startled when a view of a facility similar to a medical examination room appeared on the screen and small bodies were observed lying on slabs. He heard several excited comments by the other officers seated near him. The small, strange looking creatures were humanoid in shape, and appeared similar to those described by alleged witnesses at the well-known Roswell site in the Southwest USA in 1947. They all had large heads, large eyes, slight torsos, arms, and legs. They did not appear to be of earthly origin.Ellison then said, " Clark, my God, these highly trained officers and I were shocked by what we saw. We were not made privy to what we would see until it happened. We were all caught off guard. Perhaps it was a test of our psyche to determine our overall reaction. Well, we were all caught by surprise ". Needless to say, I was also caught off guard hearing this revelation from a highly intelligent USAF officer and NASA astronaut. One who flew his initial space mission 51-C in the space shuttle Discovery a highly classified U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) mission under top secret conditions. It made me wonder what else Ellison knew, or perhaps had seen, during his first shuttle mission and USAF career? I said "that's amazing, Ellison! Were all of you given any opportunity to question what you saw?" He said, "No! We were then asked to exit the room and continued our scheduled technical activities as if nothing special had occurred. In my opinion, I have considered the possibility that the group was evaluated for individual reactions to what they saw. Perhaps it was a planned USAF psychological test for military reasons. Who knows, NASA may have evaluated it in my selection as an astronaut in 1978. You know, what would my reaction be if I actually saw an alien being"? CLIP
ET and George Bush http://www.coasttocoastam.com/gen/page2194.html?theme=light
Was watching CNN-- President Bush was talking about the Housing Market. I believe it was Sep 3rd 2007 and noticed reflection on White House door showing a Gray alien...Fox News also showed this at the same time. [Video stills below.]
Famous Crystal Skulls - The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull http://www.crystalinks.com/crystalskulls.html
The most widely celebrated and mysterious crystal skull is the Mitchell-Hedges Skull, for at least two reasons. First, it is very similar in form to an actual human skull, even featuring a fitted removable jawbone. Most known crystal skulls are of a more stylized structure, often with unrealistic features and teeth that are simply etched onto a single skull piece. Second, it is impossible to say how the Mitchell-Hedges skull was constructed. From a technical standpoint, it appears to be an impossible object which today's most talented sculptors and engineers would be unable to duplicate. (...) When looking at the sum total of skill and knowledge incorporated in the Mitchell-Hedges skull, modern science is stumped as to how to explain it. Author Garvin summarized the findings in these words: 'It is virtually impossible today -- in the time when men have climbed mountains on the moon -- to duplicate this achievement.The lenses, light pipes, and prisms alone display a technical competence that the human race only achieved recently. In fact, there is no one on the globe today who could attempt to duplicate the carving. It would not be a question of skill, patience and time. It would simply be impossible.
GLOBAL MEDITATIONS IN SEPTEMBER
Wiser USA Global Meditation and Prayer Vigil -- September 21, 2007 - 9:00am US/Pacific - http://www.gaiafield.net/
You are invited to participate in a unique experiment in global spirituality and subtle activism on Sept 21, 2007. From 9.00-10.00 am PST, groups will gather at the Tree of Life Center (Arizona), the Findhorn Community (Scotland), and the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) for a sacred ceremony that will be linked via state-of-the art video and audio communication technologies. The ceremony will also be broadcast live over the Internet to a global audience who will be able to participate from their own homes. The Wiser USA Meditation 2007 is the first in a series of global meditations intended to build a global field of spiritual support for wise leadership emerging in the USA in the buildup to the 08 elections. The project will culminate in a very large global meditation centered on Washington D.C. in September 2008. More details through http://www.gaiafield.net/
11 Days of Global Unity - September 11-21, 2007 http://www.wetheworld.org/wtw2/index.php4
You are invited to participate in the fourth annual 11 Days of Global Unity. The mission is to inspire, inform and involve the public in visionary solutions that create cultures of peace and environmental well-being. 11 Days includes concerts, festivals, webcasts - more than 700 events around the world culminating on September 21 the International Day of Peace. Your participation is crucial. Join global meditations during this time.
30 Days of Peace - A Global Call To Action - 9 Ú 11 - 10 Ú 10 2007 http://www.cultureofpeace.org/30days.cfm
A powerful component of the 30 Days of Peace will be a non-stop 30 day, epic 720-hour Global Prayer Vigil for peace, uniting a diverse range of interfaith groups and individuals. Inspired by and in cooperation with the existing annual International Day of Peace 24 hour prayer vigil on September 21st, and the Earthdance Prayer for Peace synchronized link up, the 30 Days of Prayer Vigil offers a powerful platform to unite the diverse spiritual traditions of our planet.
Unity World Day of Prayer - Thursday, September 13, 2007 http://www.worlddayofprayer.org/
You are invited to join Unity's Fourteenth Annual World Day of Prayer. Join prayer partners of all faiths and cultures; unite hearts and minds to raise the spiritual consciousness of humankind. Submit names of loved ones to be held in prayer during this vigil. World Peace is is the 2007 focus. Download, personalize, and send in a Peace Flag. Join in this prayer: We are peacemakers, one in the love of God. With hearts united, we establish harmony and peace in our lives and in the world.
One World Spirit Dance - September 13-21, 2007 http://www.treeoflife.nu/spiritdance.html
One World Spirit Dance is an expression of the White Buffalo Medicine, a high teaching that belongs to all peoples. Its purpose is to invoke the forces of heaven and earth to create a synergy of World Peace and to bring forth the revelation of Gods Light. Participants in this multicultural ceremony have prepared beforehand with extensive purifying rituals. This dance has been included in this list of global meditations as an opportunity for lightworkers to create a supportive and holy space during this time.
EarthDance Global Celebration - Saturday, September 15, 2007 Prayer for Peace ~ Global Link Up 4:00pm PDT; 23:00 UT Plus Global OM for Earth's Water http://www.earthdance.org/
Join the 11th Annual EarthdanceThe Global Festival For Peace. This celebration unites over 350 locations in 60 countries through music and dance. The highlight is a simultaneous link-up, when every event across the world plays the 4-minute Prayer for Peace track, a unifying and profound moment. Following the prayer a unified Global OM will be focused toward healing Earth's water. Prayer text, MP3 downloads plus more information are provided at EarthDance.
International Day of Peace Vigil - Friday, September 21, 2007 http://www.idpvigil.com/
The objective of this vigil is to encourage worldwide, 24-hour spiritual observations for peace and nonviolence in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world. This global undertaking requires the efforts of many people of all faiths and beliefs to be successful.
United Nations Days & Years Meditation http://www.unmeditation.org/
Initiative Based on the works of Alice Bailey ... Sidebar link provides the UN Days meditation, which gives a meditation outline for this day. See UN Days for this day's reflections.
Global Equinox Sunrise Meditation - Sunday, September 23, 2007 http://www.loveflow.us/wuc.html
Participants in this World Unity Celebration visualize a world of peace unified through unconditional love.
Worldwide Didgeridoo Meditation - Sunday, September 23, 2007 Sunset your time http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/didgeridoo_meditation.html
This meditation is a worldwide link-up of people supporting environmental and personal awareness. It is held on the equinoxes and solstices. Starting at sunset, participants are asked to play or listen to meditative music (preferably didgeridoos) for 45 minutes and then to sit silently for 15 minutes.
Healing Our Oceans - Marine Meditation - Autumn Equinox - Sunday, September 23, 2007 8:00pm your time http://www.angelfire.com/ok/MarineMeditation/mm.html
This "Wave" meditation directs healing and loving energies to the oceans of the world and will circle the planet during this 24-hour period. Gather for "Healing the Oceans of the World" at a body of water or a sacred site. The following link is related ...
War Against Iran and the Logic of Dominance http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18371.htm
If the Bush administration launches an attack on Iran, the reason won't be that Iran was about to obtain a nuclear weapon. The real reason will be that United States, as the world's only superpower, wants to establish clearly that it -- not Iran -- is the dominant power in the Middle East. That would make us all less secure, but the insistence on asserting dominance in the Middle East is the essence of the Bush administration's policy. MUCH MORE ON THIS POTENTIAL FOLLY BELOW...
Al-Qaida has revived, spread and is capable of a spectacular strike (September 13, 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,,2167923,00.html
Al-Qaida has revived, extended its influence, and has the capacity to carry out a spectacular strike similar to the September 11 attacks on America, one of the world's leading security thinktanks warned yesterday. There is increasing evidence "that 'core' al-Qaida is proving adaptable and resilient, and has retained an ability to plan and coordinate large-scale attacks in the western world despite the attrition it has suffered", said the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). "The threat from Islamist terrorism remains as high as ever, and looks set to get worse," it added."The US and its allies have failed to deal a death blow to al-Qaida; the organisation's ideology appears to have taken root to such a degree that it will require decades to eradicate," it continued. The warning came in the latest annual review of world affairs by the IISS. Its strategic survey paints a bleak picture of global security in the future and warned:· Iran could have a nuclear weapon by 2009 or 2010, though this remains the "worst-case prediction";· the US suffered a loss of authority as a result of the failure to impose order in Iraq. "The strategic hole the US found itself in [in 2007] did not have any obvious escape";· there are serious doubts about the ability of Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister, but any replacement would probably come too late to "halt the draining of American willpower to 'stay the course' ".· that if climate change is allowed to continue unchecked, its affects will be catastrophic "on the level of nuclear war". (...) Climate change was also identified by the institute as a huge threat to global security. "Even if the international community succeeds in adopting comprehensive and effective measures to mitigate climate change, there will still be unavoidable impacts from global warming on the environment, economies and human security," said the report. The report said the effects of the predicted rise in global temperatures due to the burning of fossil fuels would cause a host of problems including rising sea levels, forced migration, freak storms, droughts, floods, extinctions, wildfires, disease epidemics, crop failures and famine.
In a New Video, Bin Laden Predicts U.S. Failure in Iraq (September 8, 2007) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/07/AR2007090700279.htm
Ending a nearly three-year absence from public view, a dark-bearded Osama bin Laden surfaced yesterday in a new video in which he repeatedly taunted the Bush administration but made no overt threats of renewed terrorist attacks.The al-Qaeda leader appeared visibly older and spoke in somber tones as he delivered a rambling, 25-minute monologue that included a lengthy tirade against Western capitalism sprinkled with references to recent news events and cultural and political figures. Addressing his message to "the people of America," bin Laden predicted failure for U.S. forces in Iraq and warned against what he described as the continued oppression and humiliation of Muslims by the West. "The blood of the Muslims will not be spilled with impunity," he said. The tape was undergoing technical evaluation by U.S. intelligence analysts, but an initial review indicated it was authentic. (...) In a speech yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden did not comment directly on the tape. But he said al-Qaeda leaders, working from bases inside Pakistan, continue to plot against the United States."Al-Qaeda is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction, and significant economic aftershocks," Hayden said. "Al-Qaeda's success with planting operatives in this country is less certain."
New Bin Laden Video: 100% Forgery (Sept 10, 2007) http://www.infowars.net/articles/september2007/100907BinLaden.htm
The newly released Osama Bin Laden video is a an iron clad forgery, and not even a good one at that. All references to current events made by the figure said to be Bin Laden occur at a point in the video where the picture freezes and only audio is present. Bin Laden also presents a pre recorded martyrdom video of one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, Waleed al Shehri, who was reported by the BBC as still alive and well in Saudi Arabia. CLIP - Many more related article at http://www.prisonplanet.com/
Bush-Bin Laden Symbiosis Reborn http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/091007B.shtml
Robert Parry writes for Consortium News, "Just as Sylvester and Tweety Bird achieved lasting Hollywood fame from their comical cartoon chases, the less amusing duo of George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden continue to benefit each other by reviving their long-distance rivalry, one posturing against the other in a way that helps them both."
BBC: Debunked "Pancake Theory" Caused Towers To Collapse (September 11, 2007) http://www.blacklistednews.com/view.asp?ID=4230
The BBC has been caught in another 9/11 faux pas on the anniversary of the attacks, lending credence to a study that validates the pancake theory as the cause of the twin towers' collapse, despite the fact that this explanation was dismissed by NIST itself years ago and it violates the fundamental laws of physics. CLIP
David Bromwich: Iraq, Israel, Iran (September 4, 2007) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-bromwich/iraq-israel-iran_b_62995.html
But now the American war with Iran they originally wanted is coming closer. Last Tuesday, when the mass media were crammed to distraction with the behavior of a senator in an airport washroom, few could be troubled to notice an important speech by President Bush. If Iran is allowed to persist in its present state, the president told the American Legion convention in Reno, it threatens "to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust." He said he had no intention of allowing that; and so he has "authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran's murderous activities." Those words come close to saying not that a war is coming but that it is already here. No lawmaker who reads them can affect the slightest shock at any action the president takes against Iran. Admittedly, it was a showdown speech, reckless and belligerent, to a soldier audience; but then, this has been just the sort of crowd and message that Cheney and Bush favor when they are about to open a new round of killings. And in a sense, the Senate had given the president his cue when it approved, by a vote of 97-0, the July 11 Lieberman Amendment to Confront Iran. It is hardly an accident that the president and his favorite tame senator concurred in their choice of the word "confront." The pretext for the Lieberman amendment, as for the president's order, was the discovery of caches of weapons alleged to belong to Iran, the capture of Iranian advisers said to be operating against American troops, and the assertion that the most deadly IEDs used against Americans are often traceable to Iranian sources--claims that have been widely treated in the press as possible, but suspect and unverified. Still, the vote was 97-0. If few Americans took notice, the government of Iran surely did. (...) If the speeches and saber-rattling by the president, the ambassador to Iraq, and several army officers mean anything, they mean that Cheney and Abrams are preparing to do to Iran what Cheney and Wolfowitz did to Iraq. They are gunning for an incident. They are working against some resistance from the armed forces but none from the opposition party at home. The president has ordered American troops to confront Iran. Sarkozy has fallen into line, Brown and Merkel are silent, and outside the United States only Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency stands between the war party and a prefabricated justification for a war that would extend across a vast subcontinent. Unless some opposition can rouse itself, we are poised to descend with non-partisan compliance into a moral and political disaster that will dwarf anything America has seen.
Bush Administration Ramps Up Secrecy http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/091007A.shtml
William Fisher reports for Truthout: "The Bush administration is continuing its campaign to keep the public in the dark about the federal government's policies and decisions and to suppress discussion of those policies, their underpinnings, and their implications. This is the conclusion reached in the latest annual 'report card' on government secrecy compiled by OpenTheGovernment.org, a coalition of consumer and good government groups, librarians, environmentalists, labor leaders, journalists, and others who seek to promote greater transparency in public institutions."
NORTHCOM Plans 5 Day Martial Law Exercise (September 05, 2007) http://www.blacklistednews.com/view.asp?ID=4185
The United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has just announced plans for an anti-terrorism exercise called Vigilant Shield 08. The exercise which is slated to run from October 15th to October 20th is described as a way to prepare, prevent and respond to any number of national crises. The exercise is simply a test case scenario for the implementation of martial law. (...) This exercise is clearly a way to prepare government to respond to a national crisis with martial law. This announcement also follows a number of other news stories that indicate the government is becoming more actively prepared for the implementation of martial law. These stories include the following: George W. Bush issuing a presidential directive declaring that he is a dictator during the case of a national emergency be it a natural disaster, a terror attack or any number of crises. KSLA reporting that members of clergy will be used to convince people to submit to government in the case of declare martial law. See the video below. (...) There is no question that Vigilant Shield 08 is either government preparation for the implementation of martial law or a way for criminal elements within the government to distract emergency responders in order to conduct a false flag terror attack as a pretext to actually implement martial law and engage in foreign war. On September 11th, 2001 there were drills run by NORAD including Vigilant Guardian which served as a way to ensure that there was no adequate military response to the hi-jacked planes. A similar scenario unfolding with Vigilant Shield is not out of the question.
ACC orders commandwide standdown Friday (Sep 10, 2007) http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2007/09/airforce_aircombatcommand_standdown_070807/
On Sept. 14, flight lines will be very quiet at Air Combat Command bases.The entire command about 100,000 active-duty airmen is standing down training flights and many other operations as part of a command-wide safety day. Command boss Gen. Ronald Keys ordered the Sept. 14 safety standdown in the wake of the Aug. 30 nuclear incident at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., in which six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were loaded onto a B-52H and then flown to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., without anyone on the ground or bomber realizing the nuclear weapons were on the plane. It was not until the B-52H was parked at Barksdale that ground crews discovered the cruise missiles were carrying real warheads.Command spokesman Maj. Tom Crosson said wing commanders would determine how their units review operations and safety procedures and checklists. Just how serious Keys takes the lapse of regulations at Minot is reflected in the fact that the safety stand-down is the first commandwide safety day in recent memory. In the past, the command has singled out specific types of aircraft for safety days and in 1997 the Department of Defense held a department wide safety review day. -- MUCH MORE ON THIS BELOW IN ITEMS #3 AND #4
False Flag Terror Fear On 14th Is Apparent Hoax - by Steve Watson (Sept 12, 2007) http://www.infowars.net/articles/september2007/120907Hoax.htm
The truth movement needs to be more wary of straw man assertions - A military stand down scheduled for this friday has kicked started a buzz across the blogosphere that some kind of false flag attack may be planned in the immediate aftermath of the sixth anniversary of 9/11. Wild connections and suggestions have started to be made that have little or no basis in reality, a disconcerting trend that can be damaging to the 9/11 truth movement and those who have set out to expose false flag terrorism in general. (...) We wish to distance ourselves from such elements of the movement that continue to insensitively hammer out baseless theories which are then easily shot down. We are concerned only with getting to the truth of 9/11 for the sake the 9/11 families and victims, for the sake of our own freedoms and the lives of those that have come in the direct firing line of our government's actions carried out with 9/11 as justification. Of course we should be on the lookout for military drills or exercises, given that historically they have coincided with attacks, however the lack of responsibility shown in this case is unhelpful and can lead to our movement being easily discredited, as has been shown in the past. Rest assured that if criminal elements within the government were planning another false flag operation they certainly wouldn't advertise the fact so blatantly.
Russia tests world's most powerful vacuum bomb (11/ 09/ 2007) http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070912/78404220.html
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) - Russia has tested a thermobaric bomb that is the most powerful in the world, a top military official said Tuesday. Known as a vacuum bomb, it uses a fuel-air explosive and can create overpressures equal to an atomic bomb, said Alexander Rukshin, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. "It is environmentally friendly, compared to a nuclear bomb, and it will enable us to ensure national security and at the same time stand up to international terrorism in any part of the globe and in any situation," he said. He stressed that the bomb does not violate any of the international agreements that Russia has signed.
Accidents Happen: Israelis Kill 892 Palestinian Kids (September 8, 2007) http://uruknet.info/?p=m36091&hd=&size=1&l=e
" . . . on the BBC the Israeli military stated that the killing of Yehya, Mahmoud and Sarah was an accident: 'at the very last second, it was apparent that they were children, but it was impossible to stop the explosion.' There was no mention of holding accountable the soldiers who killed them or at the very least any offer of support to the families and the community. They cannot leave their area, or their land, as they have nowhere else to go. Where's the justice for 12-year-old Yehya and his childhood, or 10-year-old Mahmoud who wanted nothing more than to have the same things as his friend, or 10-year-old Sarah who never got to wear her new school clothes?" Since September 28, 2000, there have been 892 such accidents.
UN General Assembly Backs Indigenous Peoples' Rights http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/091407P.shtml
Gerard Aziakou reports for Agence France-Presse, "The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and resources rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people, brushing off opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States."
Canada votes against UN declaration on aboriginal rights (September 13, 2007) http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/070913/w091355A.html
Canada voted Thursday against a United Nations declaration on aboriginal rights, arguing the document's sweeping wording goes against the Canadian Constitution."It's inconsistent with the Canadian Constitution, with Supreme Court decisions and with our own treaty negotiations and obligations," Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said from Ottawa.Critics blasted the decision, saying the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a non-binding show of support for aboriginal people around the world.Before the vote, Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, John McNee, told the UN General Assembly the country has "significant concerns" about a number of issues, including provisions on lands, territories and resources."It's with disappointment that we find ourselves having to vote against the adoption of this declaration as drafted," McNee said. The declaration was easily approved, passing 143-4. Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States voted against and 11 countries abstained.Human rights groups have slammed Canada's bid to derail the declaration, accusing the government of trying to keep control of the vast resources on land claimed by aboriginal communities.The opposition parties condemned the Conservative government, accusing it of embarrassing Canada internationally."By opposing this declaration the Conservative government has signalled to aboriginal Canadians that their rights aren't worth defending," Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said in a statement. "The government has also dramatically weakened the leadership role Canada has long enjoyed in the global human rights movement." (...) "It is a sad day for aboriginal Canadians; in fact, it's a sad day for all Canadians," said Liberal Indian affairs critic Anita Neville."(The declaration) has been developed over 20 years of compromise and discussion."The document sets out global human rights standards for indigenous populations.Native groups, especially in developing countries, report abuse, land losses, disappearances and even murder at the hands of governments that refuse to recognize their status or title.
Felix slams into Central America (4 September 2007) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6976114.stm
(...) Felix is the second category-five storm to hit the region in less than a month. Two weeks ago, Hurricane Dean killed 18 people. It is the first time two category-five hurricanes have hit land in a season since 1886, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There have been no reports of any fatalities from Felix. However, local officials said two fishing ships carrying 35 crew had gone missing off Nicaragua. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm could dump up to 64cm (25in) of rain in isolated parts of northern Honduras and north-eastern Nicaragua, possibly bringing flash floods and mudslides. CLIP
Next 'Great Pyramid' made in Germany? (September 4, 2007) http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9770535-7.html
A group in Dessau, Germany, has received funds and famed architect Rem Koolhaas as an adviser in its quest to build the world's largest structure.Dubbed a "monument for all of us" the new "Great Pyramid," which is estimated would take about 30 years to complete, would be about 1,900 feet tall and 10 times larger than the Great Pyramid of Egypt, according to the Great Pyramid's Web site.Instead of being a monument to only a few individuals, Germany's Great Pyramid would be a communal tomb open to anyone regardless of nationality or denomination. It would offer burial space in the form of a "tomb container with ashes of the deceased" and engraved "memorial stones" with time capsules to store personal memorabilia.A burial spot will cost about $960 (700 euros), Jens Thiel, an economist and one of the Friends of the Great Pyramid leaders, told U.K. construction magazine Building .On Sunday, the group presented a stone prototype of the Great Pyramid at a Great Pyramid Festival in Streetz, a small village north of Dessau. Pritzker-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is set to lead the jury for choosing a final design for the project, according to several reports. Students under Heiko Holzberger at Weimar Bauhaus University in Germany conducted a technology feasibility study that concluded the project is viable, according to the Great Pyramid Web site. The project has been given starter funding by the "Future of Labor" program of the government-backed German Federal Cultural Foundation. As part of the group's business plan, the structure would be built up and out incrementally so that stones are added only as people buy placement in the pyramid.
10 Minutes On Cell Phone Can Trigger Cancer (9-12-7) http://www.rense.com/general78/10min.htm
Just 10 minutes of chatting on cellular phones is enough to trigger such chemical changes in the brain that can increase the risk of cancer, warn scientists. A study by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has shown that even low levels of radiation from handsets interfere with the process of cell division, which encourages the growth of tumors. Although the researchers have yet not found any evidence that signals from cell phones are harmful, their findings suggest they may be. CLIP
Forwarded by Alfred Webre (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 13 Sept 2007
An Open Letter to the New Generation of Military Officers Serving and Protecting Our Nation
We are very close to a rogue government's U.S.-initiated war with Iran which could spread globally. Patriotic resisters are being picked off one by one in the U.S. in an incremental escalation of a tyrannical regime leading to eventual martial law. Bob Bowman, former director all the DoD "Star Wars" programs under presidents Ford and Carter, has put forth this challenge to all who receive this email as what he calls "a last ditch effort" to avert a catastrophic war with Iran. Please read the following very carefully and contact your government representative to ask them to follow Bob's instruction.
If enough of us do this, we may be able to avert this imminent war which will be of no good for anyone.
An Open Letter to the New Generation of Military Officers Serving and Protecting Our Nation
By Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret., National Commander, The Patriots
Dear Comrades in Arms,
You are facing challenges in 2007 that we of previous generations never dreamed of. I'm just an old fighter pilot (101 combat missions in Vietnam , F-4 Phantom, Phu Cat, 1969-1970) who's now a disabled veteran with terminal cancer from Agent Orange. Our mailing list (over 22,000) includes veterans from all branches of the service, all political parties, and all parts of the political spectrum. We are Republicans and Democrats, Greens and Libertarians, Constitutionists and Reformers, and a good many Independents. What unites us is our desire for a government that (1) follows the Constitution, (2) honors the truth, and (3) serves the people.
We see our government going down the wrong path, all too often ignoring military advice, and heading us toward great danger. And we look to you who still serve as the best hope for protecting our nation from disaster.
We see the current Iraq War as having been unnecessary, entered into under false pretenses, and horribly mismanaged by the civilian authorities. Thousands of our brave troops have been needlessly sacrificed in a futile attempt at occupation of a hostile land. Many more thousands have suffered wounds which will change their lives forever. Tens of thousands have severe psychological problems because of what they have seen and what they have done. Potentially hundreds of thousands could be poisoned by depleted uranium, with symptoms appearing years later, just as happened to us exposed to Agent Orange. The military services are depleted and demoralized. The VA system is under-funded and overwhelmed. The National Guard and Reserves have been subjected to tour after tour, disrupting lives for even the lucky ones who return intact. Jobs have been lost, marriages have been destroyed, homes have been foreclosed, and children have been estranged. And for what? We have lost allies, made new enemies, and created thousands of new terrorists, further endangering the American people.
But you know all this. I'm sure you also see the enormous danger in a possible attack on Iran , possibly with nuclear weapons. Such an event, seriously contemplated by the Cheney faction of the Bush administration, would make enemies of Russia and China and turn us into the number one rogue nation on earth. The effect on our long-term national security would be devastating.
Some of us had hoped that the new Democratic Congress would end the occupation of Iraq and take firm steps to prevent an attack on Iran, perhaps by impeaching Bush and Cheney. These hopes have been dashed. The lily-livered Democrats have caved in, turning their backs on those few (like Congressman Jack Murtha) who understand the situation. Many of us have personally walked the halls of Congress, to no avail.
This is where you come in.
We know that many of you share our concern and our determination to protect our republic from an arrogant, out-of-control, imperial presidency and a compliant, namby-pamby Congress (both of which are unduly influenced by the oil companies and other big-money interests). We know that you (like us) wouldn't have pursued a military career unless you were idealistic and devoted to our nation and its people. (None of us do it for the pay and working conditions!) But we also recognize that you may not see how you can influence these events. We in the military have always had a historic subservience to civilian authority.
Perhaps I can help with whatever wisdom I've gathered from age (I retired in 1978, so I am ancient indeed).
Our oath of office is to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Might I suggest that this includes a rogue president and vice-president? Certainly we are bound to carry out the legal orders of our superiors. But the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which binds all of us enshrines the Nuremberg Principles which this country established after World War II (which you are too young to remember). One of those Nuremberg Principles says that we in the military have not only the right, but also the DUTY to refuse an illegal order. It was on this basis that we executed Nazi officers who were "only carrying out their orders."
The Constitution which we are sworn to uphold says that treaties entered into by the United States are the "highest law of the land," equivalent to the Constitution itself. Accordingly, we in the military are sworn to uphold treaty law, including the United Nations charter and the Geneva Convention.
Based on the above, I contend that should some civilian order you to initiate a nuclear attack on Iran (for example), you are duty-bound to refuse that order. I might also suggest that you should consider whether the circumstances demand that you arrest whoever gave the order as a war criminal.
I know for a fact that in recent history (once under Nixon and once under Reagan), the military nuclear chain of command in the White House discussed these things and were prepared to refuse an order to "nuke Russia." In effect they took the (non-existent) "button" out of the hands of the President.. We were thus never quite as close to World War III as many feared, no matter how irrational any president might have become. They determined that the proper response to any such order was, "Why, sir?" Unless there was (in their words) a "damn good answer," nothing was going to happen.
I suggest that if you in this generation have not had such a discussion, perhaps it is time you do. In hindsight, it's too bad such a discussion did not take place prior to the preemptive "shock and awe" attack on Baghdad. Many of us at the time spoke out vehemently that such an attack would be an impeachable offense, a war crime against the people of Iraq, and treason against the United States of America. But our voices were drowned out and never reached the ears of the generals in 2003. I now regret that I never sent a letter such as this at that time, but depended on the corporate media to carry my message. I must not make that mistake again.
Also in hindsight, President Bush could be court-martialed for abuse of power as Commander-in-Chief. Vice President Cheney could probably be court-martialed for his performance as Acting Commander-in-Chief in the White House bunker the morning of September 11, 2001 .
We in the U.S. military would never consider a military coup, removing an elected president and installing one of our own. But following our oath of office, obeying the Nuremberg Principles, and preventing a rogue president from committing a war crime is not a military coup. If it requires the detention of executive branch officials, we will not impose a military dictatorship. We will let the Constitutional succession take place. This is what we are sworn to. This is protecting the Constitution, our highest obligation. In 2007, this is what is meant by "Duty, Honor, Country."
Thank you all for your service to this nation. May God bless America, and sustain us in this difficult time. And thanks for listening to the musings of an old junior officer.
Robert M. Bowman, PhD, Lt. Col., USAF, ret.
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This article appears in the September 7, 2007 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Home Alone, Dick and George Desperately Scheme for War
by Jeffrey Steinberg
The sudden resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may have caught some in Washington by surprise, but the decision to throw the thoroughly discredited and legally challenged AG overboard was made over a month ago, following his bungled, lying testimony before House and Senate Judiciary committees. The delay in announcing his resignation was pure political calculus. By waiting until the late August doldrums, and creating distance from the Congressional hearings that actually brought the Attorney General down, White House strategists, led by the recently departed Karl Rove, hoped to minimize the political damage. They were kidding themselves.
Sources familiar with the present state of chaos at the Bush-Cheney White House say that the Gonzales departure creates a vacuum at the top of the Justice Department, where more than a dozen investigations into impeachable crimes by the President and Vice President are now ongoing. One of those probes, into the payoffs by the British arms firm, BAE Systems, to former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, could strike a deadly blow to the entire Anglo-American strategic partnership that has guided the current Administration on its path of self-destruction for the past seven years. More on the implications of the BAE saga follow below.
According to several of EIR's Washington sources, the White House is desperate to recreate the bodyguard of lies that Gonzales loyally provided, atop the Justice Department. So far, these sources report, the top candidate to replace Gonzales is White House terrorism advisor Fran Townsend. A one-time Clinton Administration DOJ and White House insider, Townsend reinvented herself as a Bush-Cheney loyalist over the past seven years, and is now one of the Vice President's most trusted allies. As Cheney's key contact to the Saudi royal family, Townsend has been traveling quietly back and forth to Riyadh, and faithfully representing Cheney's schemes to create a permanent Sunni-Shi'ite conflict in the Muslim world.
Townsend is also on President Bush's A-list of trusted White House gal-pals, a status far more important than her formal rank as an assistant to the President on counter-terrorism and homeland security affairs. Townsend's most important qualifications for the Attorney General post: her total loyalty to Cheney and Bush, and her insider status with the Saudis, which assure that she would move Heaven and Earth to quash the BAE probe.
BAE Probe Would Be Explosive
Well-placed Washington and Arab world sources insist that a thorough probe of BAE's ties to Prince Bandar, particularly his role in the "Al-Yamamah" oil-for-weapons barter deal, would provide the key to the darkest secrets of the past several decades, from the Anglo-American and Saudi bankrolling of the Afghani mujahideen and the cocaine Contras in the 1980s, to the real story behind al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. There is perhaps no Justice Department probe in recent memory that carries such profound implications, if thoroughly pursued, as the Bandar-BAE case. At the moment, the investigation has been confined to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law barring bribery of foreign officials in the United States and other related crimes. Over the span of the "Al-Yamamah" operation, Prince Bandar received a reported $2 billion in payments. The funds originated with the Saudi Ministry of Defense, went through BAE and British Defence Ministry accounts at the Bank of England, and ultimately were passed into the Saudi Embassy accounts in Washington at Riggs National Bank. If the DOJ probe is expanded to cover violations of the 1997 amended U.S. drug money laundering law, sources tell EIR that a Pandora's box would open up.
Like the Last Days of the Soviet Union
The situation in and around the White House has become so desperate and isolated, that Washington insiders are drawing parallels between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the House of Bush-Cheney. The appearance of Soviet solidity, long cultivated, came crashing down in the wake of the failed KGB coup of 1991 against the last Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachov. Within weeks, the Soviet Union was no more. Similarly, sources report, the once-impervious Bush White House is now embroiled in factional battles, mass resignations, and a total loss of control over the policy agenda for the final 16 months.
The well-orchestrated, vintage Karl Rove plans to skunk Congressional Democrats on the Iraq War issue, through the White House-scripted "testimony" of Gen. David Petraeus, touting the success of the so-called troop "surge," were delivered a death blow in late August, when Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), the Senate's "Mr. Military," freshly back in Washington from a four-day tour of Iraq, "suggested" that President Bush should announce the start of a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, in his scheduled Sept. 15 speech to the nation. Warner's much-agonized defection from Team Bush, long in the making, shook the White House to the core, according to GOP sources, at precisely the moment they were trying to delicately dump Alberto Gonzales and quickly replace him with another "firewall" loyalist.
Cheney as a British Puppet
While President Bush may be too caught up in his fantasy world to realize that his biggest problem is the collapse of the world financial system, and, at home, an immediate home-foreclosure and banking crisis, others in and around the Administration are not so blind. For weeks, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have been conducting round-the-clock consultations with central bankers and leading private financiers from Europe, Japan, China, and other leading creditor countries, trying to devise a plan to postpone the inevitable collapse of the entire world financial system. According to one banker involved in some of the talks, Paulson, in particular, has been desperately looking for false assurances that the crisis can be postponed or localized, while he and the others actually know better. The idea that the Bush-Cheney White House is going to have to face up to the biggest financial blowout in modern history is, unquestionably, the scariest feature of the entire unraveling strategic situation.
Ironically, Paulson brings a unique bank of experiences into this crisis. From 1972-73, he was an aide to John Ehrlichman, President Richard Nixon's chief of staff, and a central player in the Watergate scandal that was erupting at the time; Paulson was advised to say "sayonara" to White House politics and seek more "honest work"on Wall Street. It is ironic that Paulson should return to Washington, only to find himself, once again, in the belly of a scandal that John Dean, Nixon's White House counsel and a key Watergate whistle-blower, has described as "bigger than Watergate."
If history is to be any guide to the present, the Bush-Cheney Administration is facing an existential choice in the immediate days and weeks ahead: Either return to the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt, or go with a Hitler/Mussolini alternative, meaning war. As reported elsewhere in this issue of EIR, there is no doubt that the Vice President is hell-bent on war with Iran, as the immediate "way out" of the financial catastrophe already unfolding.
Cheney, by all accounts, has been the driver for a showdown with Iran, aimed at triggering a "permanent war" between Sunni and Shi'ites throughout Asia. Cheney was the chief impediment to getting President Bush to embrace the Kennebunkport offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin, to launch a U.S.-Russian strategic partnership, which would begin with the creation of a joint missile defense shield, covering Eurasia. As one well-placed Washington strategist put it: "Such a U.S.-Russian strategic partnership is London's worst nightmare. If Washington and Moscow agreed on a long-range cooperative agenda, centered around the economic development of Eurasia, the leading continental Western European nations, led by Germany, would jump on board. Britain would be isolated and powerless."
Thus the imperial drive for a war between the United States and Irana war that would bring decades of chaos to the Persian Gulf oil patch, and pit the United States against all civilized nations, including both Russia and Chinais a top British priority. Dick Cheney is the "last man standing" in the British scheme, and as long as Cheney remains in his Vice Presidential perch, war is just around the corner.
No 'Double Impeachment'
Thus, with all of the mounting real-world crises piling up as Congress returns from the Summer holiday, the number one priority is the ouster of Dick Cheney. Any talk of a double impeachment of Bush and Cheney, Lyndon LaRouche warned on Aug. 31, would be worse than folly. Bush without Cheney, LaRouche explained, could be managed, with proper advisors and a Vice President who is not a British war party stooge. To bring down both the President and Vice President at a moment of global financial crisis, when American leadership is key to any viable solution, would be a disastrous, irreparable blunder. Oust Cheney now, and the problem can be solved, through the kinds of emergency measures proposed by LaRouche, beginning with his Homeowners and Banks Protection Act of 2007. Take Cheney's impeachment "off the table," and there is no bottom in sight.
Is It Just Drumbeats We Hear, or Is It Actual War? http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2007/3433-34drumbeats_or_war.html
Leading circles in Washington are expressing fears that the escalating press drumbeat around former Iraq Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's campaign against current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a very strong signal of possible war-fighting with Iran within as soon as days. The evidence available, is that strikes against Iran targets could come within days, but there is no proof yet that an actual commitment to launch such attacks has been issued. Nevertheless, the drumbeats are cause for alarm. (...) Whether witting or not, Senator Levin's calls for the ouster of the Maliki government play into a "permanent war" scheme being promoted by Vice President Cheney since no later than his secret November 2006 visit to Riyadh, where he promoted the buildup of a Sunni Arab/Israeli military alliance against Iran. (...) At a signing ceremony Aug. 21 for the ten-year, $30 billion military assistance package from the Bush Administration for Israel, Undersecretary of State Nick Burns made it clear that Iran is the target. CLIP
THIS WAS THE FIRST SCENARIO CIRCULATED ON THE WEB TO TRY TO EXPLAIN A VERY "BIZARRE" EVENT. THERE IS ANOTHER ONE RIGHT AFTER THIS...
Was a Covert Attempt to Bomb Iran with Nuclear Weapons foiled by a Military Leak?
By Michael Salla
Introduction: The B-52 Incident
On August 30, a B-52 bomber armed with five nuclear-tipped Advanced Cruise missiles traveled from Minot Air Force base, North Dakota, to Barksdale Air Force base, Louisiana. Each missile had an adjustable yield between five and 150 kilotons of TNT which is at the lower end of the destructive capacities of U.S. nuclear weapons. For example, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of 13 kilotons, while the Bravo Hydrogen bomb test of 1954 had a yield of 15,000 kilotons. The B-52 story was first covered in the Army Times on September 5 after the nuclear armed aircraft was discovered by Airmen (see: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/09/marine_nuclear_B52_070904w/ ). What made this a very significant event was that it was a violation of U.S. Air Force regulations concerning the transportation of nuclear weapons by air. Nuclear weapons are normally transported by air in specially constructed planes designed to prevent radioactive pollution in case of a crash. Such transport planes are not equipped to launch the nuclear weapons they routinely carry around the U.S. and the world for servicing or positioning.
The discovery of the nuclear armed B-52 was, according to Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons expert at the Federation of American Scientists, the first time in 40 years that a nuclear armed plane had been allowed to fly in the U.S (see: http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2007_9_5.html#149D6ECF ). Since 1968, after a SAC bomber crashed in Greenland, all nuclear armed aircraft have been grounded but were kept on a constant state of alert. After the end of the Cold War, President George H. Bush ordered in 1991 that nuclear weapons were to be removed from all aircraft and stored in nearby facilities.
Recently, the Air Force began decommissioning its stockpile of Advanced Cruise missiles. The five nuclear weapons on the B-52 were to be decommissioned, and were to be taken to another Air Force base. An Air Force press statement issued on September 6 claimed that there was an error which occurred during a regularly scheduled transfer of weapons between two bases. Furthermore, the statement declared: The Air Force maintains the highest standards of safety and precision so any deviation from these well established munitions procedures is considered very serious. The issue concerning how a nuclear armed B-52 bomber was allowed to take off and fly in U.S. air space after an error in a routine transfer process, is now subject to an official Air Force inquiry which is due to be completed by September 14.
Three key questions emerge over the B-52 incident. First, why did Air Force personnel at Minot AFB not spot the error earlier given the elaborate security procedures in place to prevent such mistakes from occurring? Many military analysts have commented on the stringent security procedures in place to prevent this sort of mistake from occurring. Multiple officers are routinely involved in the transportation and loading of nuclear weapons to prevent the kind of error that allegedly occurred in the B-52 incident. According to the Air Force statement, the commanding officer in charge of military munitions personnel and additional munitions airmen were relieved of duties pending the completion of the investigation. According to Kristensen, the error could not have come from confusing the Advanced Cruise Missile with a conventional weapons since no conventional form exists. So the munitions Airmen should have been easily able to spot the mistake. Other routine procedures were violated which suggests a rather obvious explanation for the error. The military munitions personnel were acting under direct orders, though not through the regular chain of military command. This takes me to the second question
Who was in Charge of the B-52 Incident?
Who ordered the loading of Advanced Cruise missiles on to a B-52 in violation of Air Force regulations? The quick reaction of the Air Force and the issuing of a public statement describing the seriousness of the issue and the launch of an immediate investigation, suggests that whatever occurred, was outside the regular chain of military command. If the regular chain of command was violated, then we have to inquire as to whether the B-52 incident was part of a covert project whose classification level exceeded that held by officers in charge of nuclear weapons at Minot AFB. The most obvious governmental entity that may have ordered the nuclear arming of the B-52 outside the regular chain of military command is the last remaining bastion of neo-conservative activism in the Bush administration.
Vice President Cheney has taken a very prominent role in covert military operations and training exercises designed for the seamless integration of different national security and military authorities to possible terrorist attacks. On May 8, 2001, President Bush placed Cheney in charge of "[A]ll federal programs dealing with weapons of mass destruction, consequence management within the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies" (see: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/011805_simplify_case.shtml) . Cheney subsequently played a direct role in supervising training exercises that simultaneously occurred during the 911 attacks.
According to former Los Angeles Police Officer Michael Ruppert, Cheney had a parallel chain of command that he used to override Air Force objections to stand down orders that grounded the USAF during the 911 attacks (see: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/011805_simplify_case.shtml ). Ruppert learned that the Secret Service had the authority to directly communicate presidential and vice presidential orders to fighter pilots in the air thereby circumventing the normal chain of command. (Crossing the Rubicon, pp. 428 429). Furthermore: It is the Secret Service who has the legal mandate to take supreme command in case of a scheduled major event - or an unplanned major emergency - on American soil; these are designated "National Special Security Events". http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/011805_simplify_case.shtml .
Ruppert and others have subsequently claimed that 911 was an inside job; and Cheney through the Secret Service, played a direct leadership role in what occurred over 911. Consequently, it is very possible that Cheney played a similar role in circumventing the regular chain of military command in ordering the B-52 incident. It is likely that the B-52 incident was part of a contrived "National Special Security Event" directly controlled by Cheney by virtue of the authority granted to him by President Bush, and through the Secret Service which has the technological means to by pass the regular chain of military command. I now move to my third key question.
Why was the nuclear armed B-52 sent to Barksdale AFB?
If initial reports that the weapons were being decommissioned, but were mistakenly transported by a B-52 bomber, then the weapons should have been taken to Kirtland Air Force Base. According to Kristensen, this is where the warheads are separated from the rest of the weapon and shipped to the Energy Departments Pantex dismantlement facility near Amarillo, Texas (see: http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2007_9_5.html#149D6ECF ). However, it has been revealed that Barksdale AFB is used as a staging base for operations in the Middle East (see: http://tpmcafe.com/blog/coffeehouse/2007/sep/05/staging_nuke_for_iran ). This is circumstantial evidence that the weapons were being deployed for possible use in the Middle East.
There has been recent speculation concerning a possible attack against Iran given reports that the Pentagon has completed plans for a three day bombing blitz of Iran according to a Sunday Times report (see: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2369001.ece ). The Report claims that 1200 targets have been selected and this will destroy much of Irans military infrastructure. Such an attack will devastate Irans economy, create greater political instability in the region, and stop the oil supply. A disruption of the oil supply from the Persian Gulf could trigger a global economic recession and lead to the collapse of financial markets. In a synchronistic development, there have been reports of billion dollar investments in high risk stock options in both Europe and the U.S. that would only be profitable if a dramatic collapse of the stock market were to occur before September 21. Similar stock options were purchased weeks before the 911 attack in 2001, and investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible insider trading. The combination of the Sunday Times report and the Stock market option purchases is circumstantial evidence that plans for a concerted military attack against Iran have been secretly approved and covert operations have begun (see: http://exopolitics.org/Exo-Comment-57.htm ).
Seymour Hersh in May 2006 reported the opposition of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the use of nuclear weapons against Iran.
In late April, the military leadership, headed by General Pace, achieved a major victory when the White House dropped its insistence that the plan for a bombing campaign include the possible use of a nuclear device to destroy Iran's uranium-enrichment plant at Natanz, nearly two hundred miles south of Tehran. . "Bush and Cheney were dead serious about the nuclear planning," the former senior intelligence official told me. "And Pace stood up to them. Then the world came back: 'O.K., the nuclear option is politically unacceptable.' http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/07/10/060710fa_fact .
Given earlier opposition by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it is likely that the present attack plans for Iraq drawn up by the Pentagon dont involve the use of nuclear weapons. In order to circumvent the regular chain of command, opposed to a nuclear attack, it is very likely that Vice President Cheney contrived a National Special Security Event that involved a nuclear armed B-52. This would have given him the legal authority to place orders directly through the Secret Service to the Air Force officers responsible for the B-52 incident.
Conclusion: Exposing those Responsible for the B-52 Incident
Consequently, there is considerable circumstantial evidence to argue that the nuclear armed B-52 was part of a covert operation, outside the regular chain of military command. The most plausible authority responsible for this was Vice President Cheney. He very likely used the Secret Service to take charge of a contrived National Special Security Event involving a nuclear armed B-52 that would be flown from Minot AFB. The B-52 was directed to Barksdale Air Force base where it would have conducted a covert mission to the Middle East involving the detonation of one or more nuclear weapons most likely in or in the vicinity of Iran. This could either have occurred during a conventional military strike against Iran, or a False Flag operation in the Persian Gulf region.
The leaking and discovery of the nuclear armed B-52 at Barksdale was not part of the script. According to a confidential source of Larry Johnson, a former counter-terrorism official from the State Department and CIA, the discovery of the nuclear armed B-52 was leaked. Johnson concludes: Did someone at Barksdale try to indirectly warn the American people that the Bush Administration is staging nukes for Iran? I dont know, but it is a question worth asking. http://tpmcafe.com/blog/coffeehouse/2007/sep/05/staging_nuke_for_iran
While the general public is likely to be given a watered down declassified report by the Air Force over the B-52 incident on September 14, the real investigation will reveal that it was part of a covert operation that intended to bypass the regular chain of command in using nuclear weapons in the Middle East. This will likely result in a furious backlash by key figures in the regular military chain of Command such as Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the Commander of Central Command, Admiral William Fallon, who have direct responsibility for the conduct of military operations in the Middle East. The US. Air Force, the Secretary of Defense and Commander of Central Command, is now aware of what was likely going to be the true use of the B-52 and the responsibility of the Office of the Vice President. It is very likely that the exposure of the B-52 incident will lead to an indefinite hold on plans to attack Iran given uncertainty whether other nuclear weapons have been covertly positioned for use in the Middle East. Significantly, public officials briefed about the true circumstances of the B-52 incident will almost certainly place enormous pressure on Vice President Cheney to immediately resign if it is found that he played the role identified above. It is therefore anticipated that in a very short time, the public will learn that Cheney has resigned for health reasons.
The forthcoming September 14 Air Force report will likely describe the B-52 incident as an error and an isolated incident as foreshadowed in the September 6 Press Statement. This will create some difficulty in exposing the actual role played by Cheney and any other government figures that supported him. There will be a need for continued public awareness of the true events behind the B-52 incident in order to expose the actual role of Cheney. Only in that way can Cheney be held accountable for his actions, and other government figures that supported his neo-conservative agenda be exposed. Regardless of whether Cheneys role as the prime architect of the B-52 incident is exposed to the public, the official backlash against his covert operation should force his resignation. In either case, a very dangerous public official would be removed from a powerful position of influence. More importantly, the world has been spared a devastating nuclear war by courageous American airmen who revealed the true contents of an otherwise routine B-52 landing at Barksdale, AFB headed for a covert nuclear mission to the Middle East.
Was That Nuclear-Armed B-52 Flight Destined for Iran? (September 8, 2007) http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/2007.09.01_arch.html#1189274699602
Theres something definitely screwy about the August 30 incident in which a B-52 bomber flew from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana carrying five fully armed Advanced Cruise Missiles, each equipped with nuclear bombs capable of exploding at anything from 5 kilotons to 150 kilotons. The government has been quick to say that the flight, which violated a number of long-standing orders regarding shipment of nuclear weapons in US airspace, was a mistake. But was it a mistake? CLIP
The Hero Who Exposed The Nuclear Bombs Flight (9-10-7) http://www.rense.com/general78/hero.htm
I stand with millions of Americans and salute the Unknown Patriot in the transported nuclear weapons expose' - that is, the military person who first exposed the transport of nuclear weapons to Barksdale AFB. To the best of my knowledge and as of this date, no one has given this unknown American credit for his/her heroic act. In fact he/she has probably saved us all from a terrible Armageddon in the mid-east, and nuclear explosions in cities which would be certain to take place in America.There is little doubt that an attack in America would be a precursor to one in Iran, or would follow thereafter as a false-flag operation. Or even as revenge by Iranians living in America. Everyone in the military that participates in a false-flag attack on America will certainly be killed to silence them forever. (...) These fine military people are the REAL first line of defense for the American people to protect them against their own government. And in protecting America in this way, they are also protecting people all over the world as well. God Bless these unknown heroes
CIA Director Hayden Warns of New al-Qaida Attacks (September 7, 2007) http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/cia_hayden_warning/2007/09/07/30766.html
NEW YORK -- In a rare public address CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden warned of new attacks by al-Qaida: "Our analysts assess with high confidence that al-Qaida's central leadership is planning high-impact plots against the U.S. homeland."Hayden's unusual public address was made at his request at the Council of Foreign Relations. The newly minted CIA chief also took the unusual step of making his appearance in military uniform, though as CIA director he is not on active military assignment. Hayden's address appears to be part of a coordinated White House public relations campaign leading up to the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks next week. Hayden also told the Council that: "Al-Qaida has protected or regenerated key elements of its homeland attack capability. That means safe haven in tribal areas of Pakistan, operational lieutenants, and a top leadership engaged in planning ... al-Qaida's success in planting operatives in this country, is less certain." The CIA director warned: "We assess, with high confidence that al-Qaida is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant aftershocks." CLIP
U.S. Preparing for Iran Military Strike (September 12, 2007) http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/iran/2007/09/12/32225.html
Top officials in the U.S. are pushing for a military strike against Iran, Fox News James Rosen reported Wednesday.Citing a recent decision by German officials to withhold support for any new sanctions against Iran, Fox said senior Bush administration officials have been left with no other option than to to develop potential scenarios for a military attack on the Islamic regime.German Chancellor Angela Merkels government recent refusal to support additional sanctions against the rogue state has made the sanctions effort useless. Fox reported: Political and military officers, as well as weapons of mass destruction specialists at the State Department, are now advising Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the diplomatic approach has failed, and that the U.S. must now actively prepare for a military option. Noting a well-placed Bush administration source, Fox said senior policy makers are reviewing the military option and say the likely timeframe for any such course of action being over the next eight to 10 months, after the presidential primaries have probably been decided, but well before the November 2008 elections. The behind-the-scenes military preparations may be shadowed by a growing war of words between Washington and Tehran. Last month President Bush raised the specter of a new holocaust if the Iranians are not checked. He told a meeting of veterans, Iran has long been a source of trouble in the region. It is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism... And Iran's active pursuit of technology that could lead to nuclear weapons threatens to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust."
The 'proxy war': UK troops are sent to Iranian border (12 September 2007) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2953462.ece
British soldiers return to action as tensions between US and Iran grow -- British forces have been sent from Basra to the volatile border with Iran amid warnings from the senior US commander in Iraq that Tehran is fomenting a "proxy war".In signs of a fast-developing confrontation, the Iranians have threatened military action in response to attacks launched from Iraqi territory while the Pentagon has announced the building of a US base and fortified checkpoints at the frontier. The UK operation, in which up to 350 troops are involved, has come at the request of the Americans, who say that elements close to the Iranian regime have stepped up supplies of weapons to Shia militias in recent weeks in preparation for attacks inside Iraq.The deployment came within a week of British forces leaving Basra Palace, their last remaining base inside Basra city, and withdrawing to the airport for a widely expected final departure from Iraq. (...) In an interview after his appearance before a congressional panel on Monday, General Petraeus strongly implied that it would soon be necessary to obtain authorisation to take action against Iran within its own borders, rather than just inside Iraq. "There is a pretty hard look ongoing at that particular situation" he said. CLIP
British Hand Is Pushing Bush Into Iran War Trap (9-11-7) http://www.rense.com/general78/roth.htm
(...) LaRouche, on Aug. 29, denounced a British think-tank study which claimed that the United States can obliterate Iran's nuclear program, defense infrastructure, and government, in a matter of hours, calling it "a filthy pack of lies," aimed at inducing President George "My name is Legion" Bush into a flight-forward attack. (...) "The US has made military preparations to destroy Iran's WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order." The Plesch-Butcher study claims that the U.S. has bombers and long-range missiles capable of destroying 10,000 targets in "a few hours." They say that the United States, perhaps with the assistance of Great Britain and Israel, could turn Iran into a "failed state" without using nuclear weapons; however, the report warned that if some of Iran's nuclear sites prove too hardened to knock out with conventional weapons, the "military logic and doctrine" may prompt "the use of nukes if all other means fail." (...) LaRouche drew the parallel between the intensifying war hype against Iran, and Hitler's behavior on the eve of the Nazi invasion of Poland. Such historical comparisons, LaRouche said, are harsh, but appropriate, and cannot be avoided, if war is to be prevented. (...) LaRouche warned, "We now have a combination of a banking and housing crisis, which is only the front end of the biggest financial collapse in modern history. For anyone to talk about extending the war in Iraq, under these already unfolding conditions, is insane." LaRouche elaborated, "We need an immediate withdrawal of all American forces from Iraq. It can and must be done, by effective diplomacy. We can create the kind of coalition of Iraq's neighbors and other nations, by diplomacy, that would make the immediate withdrawal of American troops a stabilizing factor. Let us face the real problem, standing in the way of this only viable solution: The President of the United States is becoming more infantile by the day, and the Vice President of the United States is a criminal. Dick Cheney's removal from office is therefore an immediate, urgent priority for the U.S. Congress and others. CLIP
STUPEFYING STORY THAT READS LIKE A NOVEL BUT WHICH MIGHT JUST BE TOTALLY REAL. YOU DECIDE...
From: Will Thomas (email@example.com)
Subject: COMMAND OVERRIDE: How The Chinese Hacked America's Nuclear Armed B-52 by William Thomas
Date: 14 Sep 2007
It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is either illegal or immoral.
- General Peter Pace, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff addressing the National Press Club, Feb 17/06
COMMAND OVERRIDE: How Chinese Military Hackers Took Over A Nuclear-Armed B52
By William Thomas
The story sounded like a sequel to Dr. Strangelove. Leaked by the Pentagon's news service, Military Affairs to quell scuttlebutt racing through the ranks-and perhaps warn the world-a U.S. Air Force B-52 strategic bomber mistakenly loaded with six nuclear cruise missiles took off from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on August 30, 2007 and flew for more than three hours over at least five states, before landing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
The mistake was so egregious, the National Command Authority comprising President George BU.S.h and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates were quickly informed. The SecDef has since been assured that nuclear weapons were part of a routine transfer between the two bases at no time was the public in danger.
Both statements are false.
In fact, nuclear weapons like these are carefully crated for shipment between bases, and placed inside the bomb bays or cargo compartments of transporting aircraft. In stunning contrast, this reporter has learned from two independent and highly placed sources that the six Advanced Cruise Missiles dangling from the B-52's fatigued and flexible wings were fully armed and ready to fire-except for a single fail/safe switch under the Command Pilot's control.
The quickly blacked out episode has prompted an Air Force. Gates, whose official defense computer was hacked last June, necessitating the shutdown of the entire SecDef network, has ordered daily briefings on the Air Force inquiry. The Minot base commander, who might turn out to be the hero in this frightening affair, was relieved of his command.
DR. STRANGELOVE VISITS BOURBON STREET
As far as anyone knows, no U.S. aircraft has ever been armed with a full wartime loadout of six nuclear weapons. Nothing like this has ever been reported before and we have been assured for decades that it was impossible, declared Representative Markey, co-chair of the House Task Force on Nonproliferation. [AP Sept 5/07; Seattle Times Sept 5/07]
Hans Kristensen, an expert on U.S. nuclear forces, says he knows of no other publicly acknowledged case of live nuclear weapons being flown on bombers since the late 1960s. [Broken Arrows”]
The Air Combat Command has ordered a command-wide stand down for September 14, 2007 to review procedures. Though they actually responded flawlessly to apparently authentic orders, the highly trained specialists who carried out the nuclear loadout have been temporarily decertified from handling nukes.
Representative Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, called the mishandling of arms capable of destroying cities deeply disturbing. There is no more serious issue than the security and proper handling of nuclear weapons. [AP Sept 5/07]
The crewdogs who flew their assigned mission without mishap have been ordered not to mention that all pilots are required to perform a walk around inspection of their airplanes and calculate elaborate weight-and-balance graphs before attempting to aviate. Failure to notice or be informed of the much heavier nuclear casings on the missiles they were carrying would have jeopardized flight safety.
According to a well-informed and extremely thorough U.S. military source I call Hank (with whom I have broken major stories over the past 15 years), someone must have adjusted the bomber's balance. It had to have been done.
In addition to knowing what is externally attached to their airplane, the amount of paperwork, signatures, and discrete passwords involved in releasing a nuclear weapon from its storage bunker and loading it onto an airframe are more formidable than flak.
And there were six of them.
PICKUP AND DELIVERY
The coded message to upload and launch the B-52 from Minot with six live nuclear weapons carried the signature of the football containing the day's nuclear launch codes that is carried close to the president at all times by a specially detailed aide. After checking and counter-checking their coded orders, as few as a dozen people in uniform were actually involved in the subsequent secret nuclear mission.
According to Hank, at least three high-ranking officers were escorted into Minot AFB's nuclear arms bunker after passing through multiple doors secured by pass codes, whose complete sequences were supplied each officer, who only knew part of each code. One hiccup, a fumbled code sequence, or the wrong wrench would have cancelled the loadout instantly.
Because the base had stood down for Labor Day, the timing was ideal for security. In his standing orders for August 30, 2007, 5th Bomb Wing commander Colonel Bruce Emig encouraged his troops to Enjoy a safe Labor Day weekend.
Warbirds, It's hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is already here! the colonel wrote. Though cooler temperatures are right around the corner, the weather forecasters tell me that we should have a warm, summer-like weekend. Since Air Combat Command and Air Force Space Command have declared Friday a Family Day, many of you should be able to enjoy a nice, 4-day break as we transition from summer to fall. I wish all of you a relaxing and enjoyable time off, and urge you all once again to please keep safety in mind in all you do! [www.libertypost.org]
Under a bomber's nuclear umbrella in a discrete corner of the sprawling airbase, air, ground and ordnance crews did not converse with each other. Or anyone else. Everyone involved knew better than to ask questions that could abruptly end their careers by inadvertently tipping people who did not need to know.
Within hours, an airplane with a wingspan longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight was safely loaded with avgas, sandwiches, and six nuclear weapons. Uploaded to the bomber using an accordion cradle on each missile trolley, each Advanced Cruise Missile was fueled once it was secured to a hard point under the aircraft's wings. Because the ACMs were not inside a bomb bay, where they could be armed in flight, each underslung missile had to be fully armed before takeoff. Wing walker is not a B-52 job description.
The plates connecting the firing circuits of each warhead to the cockpit were then activated, and the safeties were pulled from each clearly marked nuclear weapon- rendering it live. For the Explosive Ordnance Disposal detail who performed the loadout, there could be no doubt they were activating six nuclear weapons.
Alarms on the flight line should have sounded as soon as they sniffed hot ions leaking from the pulled pile rods in six slowly fissioning warheads. But the alarms remain silenced. That order, Hank insisted, could only have come under the properly coded signature of the National Command Authority-Commander-in-Chief G.W. Bush or Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.
The ensuing takeoff was an event branded on the central nervous system of every creature in auditory range as eight jet engines at maximum takeoff thrust levitated six missiles, up to 46,000 gallons of fuel, and an airplane the length of a 150-foot ship into a blue yonder that had just become much wilder. Everyone within miles knew that a B-52 had come into Minot and taken off again. But only God and the devil knew where it was going. [www.boeing.com]
And they weren't saying.
In the silence left by this momentous departure, if there were questions, nobody voiced them. Perhaps there were a few quietly delivered high-fives instead. Despite the high stress that runs counter to every human instinct, everyone involved had carried out their assigned duties with complete attention to the details required to launch a half-dozen live nuclear weapons safely. The professionally conducted operation was carried off in complete secrecy, without a hitch, only after the loadout and launch order had been digitally confirmed as coming from the NCA.
There was only one problem regarding the originators of those orders, Hank emailed me:
IT WAS NOT US.
FAULTY (COMPUTER) TOWERS
Let us quickly review. My earlier exclusive on my former website, willthomas.net, disclosed how in October 2006, North Korea's leaders asked China to take out Japan's shiny new recon satellite before it could be tasked by American officers to monitor Pyongyang's first atomic test. Blowing up someone's satellite is an act of war. But overriding its Made In China microchips with a remote command from the ground could never be proven. Even if no solar flares were recorded at the time.
This first Chinese demo got the Pentagon's attention. After all, their stated goal of Full Spectrum Dominance over Earth's land, seas, airspace and electromagnetic spectrum depends on America's successful weaponization of space. But as the Joint Chiefs are only now discovering, many of the supposedly secure chips in America's civilian infrastructure - as well as all military communications, surveillance and weapons systems - have been Wal-Marted by U.S. corporations to low-bid Chinese suppliers, who rigged them for failure or takeover by command override in the event of war.
The second demonstration of China's newfound capabilities to manipulate microchips came in late February 2007, when Dick Cheney's 757, flying home from Australia where the Vice President had not been well received by the locals, was forced to divert to Singapore.
In a story intriguingly tagged, U.S. Denies Cheney Forced To Land, Agence France-Presse reported that the White House admitted the Vice-President's specially secured Boeing 757 had suffered electrical problems before landing in Singapore. But Cheney spinner Lea Anne McBride insisted, This was the preplanned, scheduled refueling stop. We were not diverted. The vice president did not get off the plane during his refueling stop. [AFP Feb 26/07]
According to U.S. military personnel present on the tarmac at Paya Lebar Air Base-who according to Hank said were trying to yak with the locals: 'Can you get us this part? Do you have a Radio Shack?'- a small Chinese delegation met with Cheney outside his electronically-challenged aircraft. Wandering in and out of the brief conversation, Hank's sources described the brief encounter, which occurred shortly after 1400 hours Singapore time.
Disembarking Air Force One, Cheney said something like, Gosh, we got this kind of interesting problem
No, you don't understand sir, a Chinese official interrupted. This is how we brought you here. And this is why.
Cheney's visitors itemized the separately wired galley stoves, reading lights, in-flight video, and power outlets onboard the Vice President's aircraft that had all conked out in flight. They knew this, they said, because the electronic signals that had disabled the microchips controlling these various devices had been directed by their government. In an impressive feat, the Chinese military had located and selectively targeted a stealthy aircraft painted with radar-absorbent materials flying at nearly 500 knots at 35,000 feet without a public itinerary.
According to Hank's boots-on-the-tarmac sources, the mostly one-way conversation in Singapore concerned Gulf of Tonkin possibilities.
They reached out and touched someone, Hank related. They had a message they wanted to get across: 'You've got ships out there in the Gulf. If this thing cooks off, all bets are off because some of the things that are put out there, we are really now wanting people to talk about.'
The Chinese were referring to their control of most of the microchips on this planet.
A very thoughtful Dick Cheney departed two hours later.
OPENING THE GATES
The next Chinese digital demo came last June. In what came to be called the most successful cyber attack ever mounted on the U.S. defence department, Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network serving the defense secretary's personal office.
Like their American counterparts, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) regularly probes U.S. military networks. But American officials said these latest cyber attack caused grave concern when China demonstrated it could disrupt U.S. defenses systems at critical times.
The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system... and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale, revealed a former official, adding that the PLA has also penetrated the networks of U.S. arms corporations and war-launching think-tanks. [Financial Times Sept 3/07]
A Chinese official named Jiang repeated his government's denial that it had penetrated other government and military computer networks. But British and German newspapers cited intelligence and other officials saying that government and military networks in Germany, the United States and Britain had been broken into by Chinese army hackers this summer.
According to the Associated Press: China's military has openly discussed using cyber attacks as a means of harrying or defeating a more powerful conventional military. In a 1999 paper on unconventional strategies titled 'Unlimited Warfare' two top Chinese military figures wrote that a hacker could have more power than a nuclear bomb.
In a report this year, security software maker Symantec Corp. listed China as having the second most malicious computer activity in the world-after the United States. [AP Sept 6/07]
Speaking as a soldier, Hank commented, The June hack showed an enormous hole in our ability to protect and communicate our information.
LOST IN SPACE
The next hack came almost immediately, when Russian computers controlling the International Space Station's orientation and supplies of oxygen and water inexplicably failed while the station's three crewmembers were hosting seven visiting shuttle astronauts.
Among the station's network of six Russian computers, only two remained functioning. A system-wide re-boot usually resolved smaller hitches, But this time, the system was unable to re-boot.
"A failure of this type has not occurred before," the BBC reported. [BBC June 14/07]
"This is serious," stated James Oberg, a retired rocket scientist turned author and consultant. "These computers run their life support, so if they can't be restored, the space station could become uninhabitable." Oberg added, "Statistically, this is not random. There is some new environmental factor that must identified and isolated, and neither step is trivial." [TechNewsWorld June 14/07]
Russian flight controllers and onboard engineers traced the problem to "odd readings" in electrical power cables feeding the Russian computers through a corroded junction box labeled BOK 3. [Space.com July 16/07]
The gremlins returned to the Russian machines on February 5, when another ISS computer system crashed in the Zvezda Service Module that routes data between orientation sensors and four positioning gyroscopes. The space station's solar power stopped supplying power, and communications were cut with Earth.
Though power and comms were restored three hours later, New Scientist reports, "The cause of the computer crash remains a mystery. NASA has so far not identified the cause of the crash." [New Scientist Feb 5/02]
But Hank was on it. "They had limited oxygen, a limited time frame," he observed. The astronauts onboard the space station didn't know if the next computer malfunction "would open an airlock." But like an airliner in flight, the station should have smoothly shifted over to backup systems.
"The word 'redundancy' never got into the story," Hank pointed out. Instead, all three backup circuit boards wired into three isolated circuits, "had to blow out in the same way at the exact same time. The fault that occurred in the first board, the second board, and the third board all had to be the same damn thing at the same damn time."
"Impossible," he declared. Especially, since each of the simultaneously faulty microchips had been "stress tested to hell and back. Except for internal stressors."
Except for "Made In China" microchip mischief.
While it is not yet confirmed that the February 5 microchip malfunction was related to the June 14 space station hack, according to Hank's sources, on that earlier date the Chinese pulled the equivalent of Cheney's Singapore diversion--in space. "Nobody got busted for it," he adds. "You always hear about the company at fault."
Not this time.
AC WE SEE
While White House fundamentalists remained mesmerized by the firepower ostensibly under their command, Beijing kept trying to send a very different message. Their next installment came in early September 2007, when U.S. Air Force officers passed through multiple levels of security and entered the inner computer sanctum of America's Air and Space Command deep under Cheyenne Mountain. This digital repository stores regularly updates archives needed to execute "clean reinstalls" in case air force computer systems crash or are otherwise compromised.
Entering the quietly humming room, the air force officers were shocked to see monitors aglow with light. The displays were supposed to be off. As they watched in shock and awe, randomly typed letters scrolled across a screen. The words were gibberish. But the message was heart-stoppingly clear: "We Can Play With Your Toys!"
The sender "left breadcrumbs," Hank related. The deliberately attached ISP (Internet Service Provider) pointed to China.
This was bad enough. But what really freaked out the officers was the realization that none of these "stand alone" machines was online. None of them contained a modem!
The only way to access these machines, Hank revealed, is to "use the sneaker net to walk up to it and tap on the keyboard. And yet they were interacting, and they were doing it in real time. They fussed with our stuff. These guys were able to go into what was a stand alone system and take control of it."
How did the PLA hack supposedly secure air force computers lacking network modems? Just like as select power companies can now pipe the Internet to home computers through electrical power lines, the Chinese were able to play on SAC's supposedly secure computers through the AC power cables connecting them to the national power... "grid".
But how did they break supposedly "unbreakable" military encryption?
And how were they able to transmit signals to override specific chips buried under a mountain of granite halfway around the globe? According to Hank, the International Space Station was not in line-of-sight with China when it's onboard computers and back-up systems simultaneously went down.
When it comes to dialing up a bomber to drop nuclear weapons on another country, "It's kind of like hiring a hit man," Hank explained. You meet him in the parking lot with the assignment, a weapon, and cash. Later, you confirm that you haven't changed your mind. Then the mission proceeds, and either the target or the hit man is taken out.
In the case of the mission out of Minot, the First Phase began with an initiation order authorizing weapons release to arm a B-52 specially flown in for this operation. Proper codes and paperwork provided the Pilot in Command with an initial heading to fly, and initial waypoints or nav points to punch into the plane's GPS. No destination was provided. The pilots were just supposed to get in and drive.
Once the B-52 was airborne, it flew into an electronic black hole. No electromagnetic emissions came from the bomber. There were no radio calls to home base asking, "Are you guys sure you really want to do this?" Even more startling, no coded IFF squawks identified the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fucker) as friendly to prowling post-9/11 fighters. And no transponder beeps identified the airplane and its mission.
This is not the normal procedure for transporting weapons, or flying a B-52 through heavily-trafficked air corridors over the Continental United States. Every aircraft flying at high altitudes over CONUS, (or through Controlled Airspace around airports at lower attitudes) must transmit their identity on an assigned transponder frequency.
Commercial planes squawk in their own dialect. "When you're talking a government vehicle, like a C-130 [military transport], that's another level up," Hank noted. "It's a different kind of squawk. ATC knows how to treat that kind of traffic differently. A B-52 is another level up. Controllers don't see that every day. A C-5 [flying down from Colorado to dust a hurricane, for example]-they really don't see that every day."
The transponder code of the B-52 out of Minot would have prioritized it to civilian Air Traffic Control, and they would have cleared a corridor for its exclusive track-much like a presidential motorcade.
If this Bad Boy had been transferring six advanced nuclear cruise missiles to Barksdale, as official spin insisted, its transponder would have squawked: "Hey, guess what? We've got nukes onboard! Make sure no one runs into us. And if this signal stops scramble recovery people wearing proper attire."
Or code to that effect.
But this did not happen.
"The Situation Room in the White House was not stood up, but they still have people there, Hank continued. One of their jobs is to track nuclear weapons. Somebody in that head shed should have seen a transponder code matched up with nuclear weapons loaded onto that aircraft. That should have been something that went up on the board. They would have known that a B-52 was getting a full loadout, and that all procedures had been followed. And someone else would have said, 'Mmm, six nukes. We'll keep an eye on it."
And given an order for radar operators to push a button to highlight that particular blip.
Instead, the blacked-out BUFF flew on.
High in the stratosphere, where the nitrous oxide exhaust from eight fuel-hungry turbines attacked this planet's shredding ozone layer, boosting global warming another notch toward a catastrophic methane meltdown, wings never designed to carry heavy ordnance flexed up and down like a bird in flight. The crew must have considered the long roster of crashed Stratofortress with "broken arrows" onboard. Not for a second could they forget that the six live nuclear weapons strapped to their wings were as close to detonation as a gremlin's wet dream.
Or the fail-safe switch under the Plane Commander's gloves.
An hour or two out of Minot, a bell chimed in the cockpit and a secure printer spat out a coded paper message. Even if they betrayed no emotion, the pilots must have felt a chill. Because the mission's next critical Fail-Safe had been passed. "We've thought about it, and the mission is still a go," the message essentially read. If these new orders had not been received, or had been issued incorrectly, the plane would have immediately turned back to the nearest base capable of handling its special needs.
But their orders were in order. Positively authenticated by both pilots as coming from the NCA, the new message received onboard the bomber issued the radio frequencies, call signs and rendezvous coordinates for "hitting" one of three aerial refueling planes constantly orbiting over the Gulf of Mexico. Their new "Go Code" also identified their target region. After topping off their tanks, they were to take up a heading for another Gulf, half a world away.
BLIND MAN'S BUFF
Wouldn't the base commander, or the other officers involved in sending live nuclear weapons toward Iran have second thoughts about a strike that could trigger an even bigger political-military chain reaction?
Not necessarily, Hank explained. Military leaders usually favor intimidation in place of bloodshed. If the Iranians could be dissuaded from acquiring a nuclear deterrent of their own, or decide to stop supplying their Shiite brothers next door with sophisticated shaped-charge rockets capable of penetrating the depleted uranium hides of M-1 Abrams tanks-terrific! Everyone involved in the mission must have hoped that in this high-stakes brinksmanship, when Iranian sensors picked up the radioactive signature of an inbound American nuclear bomber strike, the mullahs in Teheran would burn their Korans and turn to Jesus.
On the other hand, how do you say "pissed off" in Persian? The mullahs might panic and start pushing buttons of their own. Especially when the Israeli Air Force was notified of the strike, and launched "supporting" fighter-bombers of their own.
In any case, it was out of the hands of the base commander and his immediate superiors. Since any one of these key staff officers could conceivably be kidnapped or impersonated during a nuclear strike, none had the authority to issue a recall order. Even if someone in the chain of command issued an RTB (Return To Base), SAC bomber crews en route to the final IP coordinates to commence their attack are trained to ignore all such entreaties.
In fact, a frantic "Come home for lunch," or "Call your wife" command would confirm for the crew that something really was amiss, and they were at war.
In this way, a series of rote military assumptions can make an ash out of you and me.
WHAT, ME WORRY?
Meanwhile, the man under whose digitally coded authority this strike was being carried out, remained completely unaware that six nuclear cruise missiles with his name on them were headed toward Iran.
Phase Three would have issued coded authorization to take out their assigned targets. One target confirmed by two highly placed, independent sources was a nuclear power plant hard against the mountains of Iran. "But the bomber would still have five missiles left. And it would not leave the area empty," Hank insisted. "If they go loaded for bear, they're not going to leave with a rabbit."
After all, he added, a pre-BDA [Bomb Damage Assessment] would have been done before launching the bomber "to determine how many it would take. And they needed six?"
Despite all the Hollywood hype, cruise missiles are notoriously inaccurate. Just ask the folks ducking strays in Kuwait or Iran. Still, a cruise missile striking within 30 miles would have taken out that Iranian power plant. But if the nuclear-tipped ACM had detonated over its pile?
"Bad. Bad. Very bad," as Hank would say. Because the resulting electromagnetic pulses from such a synergistic chain reaction would have--among other things--fried every unhardened Chinese microchip aboard every American ship, plane and vehicle in the Persian Gulf.
"You don't have to sink the CAG, just turn it off," Hank said, referring to the formidable--yet completely microchip dependent--Carrier Air Group steaming off the coast of Iran. "Once they realized that these ships were just bobbing around out there," the bad guys would have "launched 10,000 rowboats" from surrounding shorelines to go play pirates.
Was this why several Chinese Aegis destroyers were steaming in from the east about 250 nautical miles from the Straits of Hormuz? Was this why two or three Chinese submarines had been deployed to the area of the transiting destroyers the week before?
Or were the two Chinese anti-aircraft destroyers part of an elaborate fail-safe in case the demonstration glitched and the bomber could not be recalled? Even if their anti-aircraft missiles could not reach the distant plane (easily tracked through its rigged Chinese chips), specific signals sent from the ship could have turned the plane around. Or its fuel off.
What were the Chinese thinking?
Ever since Katrina, and the subsequent standing wave put up off the south coast of Africa by HAARP to deflect hurricanes from the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Beijing has felt under siege as earthquakes and wild, shipping-interrupting storms continue to be conducted "all the way to China" by the powerful Gakona, Alaskan transmitter. [See "Where Have All The Hurricanes Gone"- upcoming on http://www.willthomasonline.net ]
Three times, the Chinese have attempted to override HAARP. And failed. Elaborate demonstrations of their electronic warfare capabilities--including fizzing circuits in space, and a face-to-face with the U.S. Vice-President in Singapore--had not persuaded American leaders to A: Refrain from hoisting a false flag over a Persian Gulf of Tonkin, and B: Turn HAARP off.
Surely, Beijing must have reasoned, ordering a United State Air Force strategic bomber loaded out with six armed nuclear weapons to fly over the United States and then on towards Iran would conclusively demonstrate who was now in charge.
"This op would not have 'Made In China' stamped all over it," Hank pointed out. "Instead, American bombs, American bombers and American systems were used." No matter how the mission had proceeded, if Washington had been forced to tell the world, "It wasn't us. We lost control of our bomber carrying six atomic warheads"--how would that have looked to a global audience already angry over America's misuse of its military might?
Whatever Beijing's intentions, Hank was not the only person in the U.S. military to have his head rearranged by this latest Chinese demonstration. "They might have wanted to go all the way. Of they might have wanted to put pieces in play and see how far they could go," he surmised. "Maybe the Chinese started, and stopped it."
Either way, the unauthorized Minot mission has bluntly shown the White House and the Pentagon: "If you start something, we can stop it. You no longer know how much control you have over your own weapons systems because we can play with them at will. No matter where you are, no matter what you're doing, if you're using our chips you are vulnerable. And you can't know if our Trojan chips are in your systems unless you tear apart every circuits in every surveillance, communications, weapons system, pipelines, telecom and power grid in your entire military and civilian inventory and look. And then dismantle every network they are connected to."
"And one more thing," Beijing inferred, "If you take offense and pop off a missile, remember, we might make it do a loop-de-loop and come right back down on its originating silo."
Hank and others in America's command hierarchy remain alarmed and puzzled - which makes them even more uneasy. Would China's leadership have precipitated a cloud of radioactive fallout downwind over their own population? Emphatically, yes. The country's generals have long counted an expendable population and land mass as key factors in "winning" a nuclear war.
Best case scenario, this recent flight of fancy was a warning for Washington to chill the bomb Iran rhetoric, and dial down HAARP.
"Maybe the Chinese got it right and they were just messin' with us," Hank mused. "Or they got it wrong and something very, very bad almost happened. But why only one plane? Why stop there? It's a limited use of a system that is now exposed."
Phase Three of the mission would have sent coded target grid coordinates and time(s) of weapon(s) release, as well as updates on weather over the area, enemy defense status and friendly escorts. Those orders never came.
Instead, Phase Four was initiated. When the cockpit teleprinter spat out paper tape again, it read, in so many words: "Forget the whole thing. Abort the mission. Turn back." The only people capable of issuing a nuclear strike recall order would be the President, the Secretary of Defense, a specific designate of the SecDef authorized by special code. Or a Chinese military hacker.
As Hank notes, "The plane had to be diverted to a base that could handle nuclear weapons." That would be Barksdale. But...
"Live hot nukes would have tripped alarms on the tarmac when it touched down. Either they were nonfunctional on both ends [Minot and Barksdale], which is scary beyond belief considering what we're talking about." Or the Joint Chiefs or the NCA could have ordered the radiation sensors silenced to keep the mission-and the hijacked mission-under wraps. Or the Chinese could have turned them off. If the system is digital, Beijing probably controls it.
Bottom line: if the incoming bomber had crashed approach, no one responding would have known they were dealing with a quiver-full of "broken arrows".
Thought the missiles were never launched, they still remain in play. As Hank worried, "Six nukes are now forward deployed to the air force base that handles Middle East ops."
A former counter-terrorism expert with the CIA and the State Department shares his concern. Larry Johnson does not buy the official story that six nuclear weapons were "mistakenly" flown over the USA-not after a retired B-52 pilot reminded him. "The only time you put such weapons on a plane is when they are on alert, or if the crew has been tasked to move the weapons to a specific site." Besides running nuclear war exercises like the Global Guardian drill it ran on the morning of 9/11, Barksdale AFB deploys "heavies" to the Middle East.
Like Hank, Johnson wants to know, "Why would we want to preposition nuclear weapons at a base conducting Middle East operations?" His pilot pal believes that an insider leaker tried to send up a bright red flag. Johnson asks, "Did someone at Barksdale try to indirectly warn the American people that the Bush Administration is staging nukes for Iran?" [www.antiwar.com]
But Hank points out another problem. Cruise missiles-which are essentially autonomous, unpiloted drones - have special needs. Since six cruise missiles showing up at Barksdale were an oddity, can they be adequately stored and maintained there? The Gulf Coast is "a very different environment" than Nebraska, Hank emphasizes. How long is Barksdale going to hold onto them? In the hurricane season?
"Are we going to see some of them floating out on the tide?" Hank wants to know. Americans need a big confirm that these weapons have been sent back north to a better home.
Unable as a professional journalist to go to press without verification, I turned for confirmation to a second highly placed source within the U.S. power structure. The following questions were placed by an intermediary well-known to me, to a source who does not know Hank, but like him, cannot be identified:
Was the target Iran?
Was it a nuclear power plant in Iran?
Was the power plant the Bushehr nuclear power plant on the coast?
No. Let me rephrase that. A nuclear power plant, but not that one.
Were Bush and Cheney involved?
Was the flight crew involved?
The crew did not know what was going on.
[Taping started as the interview resumed.]
Was it the Americans?
Was it the Russians?
Was it the Japanese?
Was it Japanese technology?
Do the Japanese know what it was being used for?
Was it related to the June incident?
Yes. It is the same technology.
Was the order placed like a Trojan Horse?
It's tied into something else. It's not a simple answer.
Was it like a microchip virus?
Kind of. It's in that category. But not exactly it. It's a technology that's not widely known.
Was it electromagnetic or a microchip?
A technology not widely understood. You already asked me that.
What technology did Japan have that China did not have?
It is a highly secretive thing that only China knows about and U.S. does not know about.
Is it technology that they had found in Japan and immigrated into technology they have?
China has gone as far as they could figure out to go. And there were some pieces that the Japanese had. Like if you were doing some kind of experiment and not being able to complete it.
Is the technology the Japanese had not normally used?
Is it military technology?
It can be applied to military. It can be applied to other things.
Was this done to prevent war or to be used to make war happen?
Can't answer that question that way. The technology can be applied to anything that you want to apply it to. The Chinese purchased the technology from the Japanese and they told the Japanese that 'you don't need to know what we're doing with it.'
Was it purchased from a private company?
Yes. It's not from the government. It's from an individual group, a group of people who developed the technology.
Would it be possible to get the name of the Japanese group?
What would the term for such a Japanese group be?
It's a group of techies, like woodbangers, young people playing around seeing what they could do with the technology. It's not a group with an agenda developing the technology, saying 'Now we're going to do this.' They were playing around, seeing what they could do with the technology and somebody found out that they had been able to do this and said, 'we'll pay you.' The ones with the agenda were the Chinese.
What was the purpose of the operation?
The operation was made to look like America is the aggressor.
What was the stated destination and ETA of the official flight plan?
The original flight plan was changed while they were in flight. When the pilot got on the plane, he thought he was going one place. And then he was told to change course.
Is it true that the base commander could not issue a recall order?
Right. The military officer did not have that authority. He had to get it from someplace else.
Was the plane diverted back?
Yes. It got called back for some reason past Barksdale because somebody in the government realized something was not normal. The Chinese are showing they can break the code, and 'You're not as big a power as you think you are.'
Did the recall originate in the U.S. or China?
Who issued the recall order?
Someone in the military. This person issued the recall, but was under the orders of someone else.
Was this a demonstration of China's capabilities, or an actual attack on Iran?
It was China saying 'Wake up for America. You haven't seen nothin' yet.'
Did they intend to go all the way?
No. It wasn't set. It was a demonstration of power.
What happened when the plane landed at Barksdale? Was the crew detained?
Was the crew debriefed?
No. They did not know what was going on.
After this incident, how can the U.S. military command be certain their orders are genuine?
Is USAF Stand Down To Find A Missing Nuke? (ANOTHER POSSIBLE EXPLANATION?) http://www.rense.com/general78/missn.htm
(...) Someone in an irregular chain of Air Force command authorized loading and transport of nuclear weapons. And that would never have been done without a reason. Given the magnitude of regulatory violations involved, the reason must be extremely important. The paramount issue will be avoided, if necessary with repetition of the reassurance that the Air Force was in control at all times. The weapons were only missing during the 3.5-hour flight. At Barksdale, the missiles were considered to be unarmed items headed for modernization or the scrap heap, and of no particular importance. They were left unguarded for almost ten hours. According to one report, almost ten hours were required for airmen at Minot AFB to convince superiors that the nuclear weapons had disappeared. According to information provided to Congress, this time lapsed before airmen at Barksdale "noticed" the weapons were present. News reports will continue to overlook this fact also. Even here the focus is on time. The number of missiles and warheads issue was overlooked. Early news reports spoke of five nuclear warheads loaded onto the bomber. Apparently, this information was provided from Barksdale. That number was later updated to six weapons missing from Minot, apparently based on anonymous tips provided to Military Times by people at Minot. This information has also been forgotten. Conclusion: Six nuclear weapons disappeared from Minot AFB in North Dakota. Five nuclear weapons were discovered at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Which leads to my chilling conclusion: Someone, operating under a special chain of command within the United States Air Force, just stole a nuclear weapon. CLIP
China's Cyber Army Preparing To Attack (9-09-2007) http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=3870
Chinese military hackers have prepared a detailed plan to disable Americas aircraft battle carrier fleet with a devastating cyber attack, according to a Pentagon report obtained by The Times.The blueprint for such an assault, drawn up by two hackers working for the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), is part of an aggressive push by Beijing to achieve electronic dominance over each of its global rivals by 2050, particularly the US, Britain, Russia and South Korea.Chinas ambitions extend to crippling an enemys financial, military and communications capabilities early in a conflict, according to military documents and generals speeches that are being analysed by US intelligence officials. Describing what is in effect a new arms race, a Pentagon assessment states that Chinas military regards offensive computer operations as critical to seize the initiative in the first stage of a war.The plan to cripple the US aircraft carrier battle groups was authored by two PLA air force officials, Sun Yiming and Yang Liping. It also emerged this week that the Chinese military hacked into the US Defence Secretarys computer system in June; have regularly penetrated computers in at least 10 Whitehall departments, including military files, and infiltrated German government systems this year. Cyber attacks by China have become so frequent and aggressive that President Bush, without referring directly to Beijing, said this week that a lot of our systems are vulnerable to attack. (...) Jim Melnick, a recently retired Pentagon computer network analyst, told The Times that the Chinese military holds hacking competitions to identify and recruit talented members for its cyber army. CLIP
The Legacy of Oppression and The Legitimacy of Resistance
by Dahlia Wasfi
The following remarks by Dr. Wasfi were given at the March and Rally For Peace held in Kennebunkport, Maine on Saturday, August 25th:
I speak to you today on behalf of relatives on my mother's side-Ashkenazi Jews who fled their homeland of Austria during Hitler's Anschluss. It is for them that we say "Never again." I speak to you today on behalf of relatives on my father's side who are not living, but dying, under the occupation of this administration's deadly foray in Iraq. From the lack of security to the lack of basic supplies to the lack of electricity to the lack of potable water to the lack of jobs to the lack of reconstruction to the lack of education to the lack of healthcare to the lack of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they are much worse off now than before we invaded. "Never again" should apply to them, too.
There has been debate recently within the American peace movement on the issue of support for the Iraqi resistance. The argument has been made by some that we don't support the resistance in Iraq because it's different than it has been for other countries we've invaded. That "what is understood to be 'the Iraqi resistance' is a disaggregated and diverse set of largely unconnected factions There is no unified leadership that can speak for 'the resistance' There is no unified program, either of what the fight is against or what it is for (Bennis, 2007)"
Well - judge not lest we be judged, for this is an offensive display of the arrogance of empire.
We sit here 8000 miles away with our luxuries of electricity and water, while Iraqis suffer in the desert heat with no relief, and we tell them they are disorganized. This is fiddling while Iraq burns. People are dying; the question is moot.
We are not fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq; we are slaughtering people's children. We went in to liberate Iraqis from a ruthless dictator we imposed upon them who allegedly killed 300,000 during his 30 year reign of terror. We've accomplished more than triple that in a fraction of the time.
If ever there were legitimate resistance to illegal occupation, it is in Iraq.
If ever there were a people struggling for democracy and independence, there are Iraqis.
If ever there were a people who have known suffering at the hands of bloodthirsty American imperialism, there are Iraqis.
Through the last 400 years, the European immigrants who landed on these shores have raped and pillaged millions in the name of empire. They followed the call to "Go West, young man," slaughtering 95% of the indigenous population along the way. In the late 1800's, sights were set on the Caribbean, and through the last 2 centuries, we have had a hand in creating colonies in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast and Western Asia. After all, what is the Middle East, but the Arab World and America's colonial outpost Israel, according to their geographic position relative to Western powers?
But now there is a wedge in this imperial path, driving the American neo-conservative empire to a screeching halt. The Iraqi people - who are, in fact, the Iraqi resistance - are succeeding where we could not. What's not to love?
We cannot start examining history from September 11th, 2001. Since WWI, Arabs have been lied to, manipulated, and used by the U.S., Great Britain, and other colonial powers. Next year will mark the 60th year of Al Nakba in Palestine-the Catastrophe. Iraqis have now seen that illegal occupation extended to include the Fertile Crescent, their land between two rivers, their Mesopotamia. Iraqis see the close to 6 million Palestinian refugees, illegally denied their right of return. Iraqis see the U.S. Army building walls to make impoverished ghettos, like the Nazis did, and like the Israelis are doing with their apartheid wall. Iraqis see the open-air prison that is Gaza, strangled and starving as we speak because of our political agenda. The crime of these prisoners? They were born Palestinian. Iraqis are living under occupation tactics such as daily house raids, uprooting of trees, looting of property, psy-ops death squads and the use of depleted uranium - all of which they know too well by watching our joint actions with Israel in Palestine.
And do you know what Iraqis are saying? I don't speak Arabic, but I can translate for you. They're saying, "Get out!" They're saying, "NO way - you're staying for 60 years." They're saying, "Get your oil the old-fashioned way - pay for it!" And why are they saying this? Because they have a dignity and self-respect rooted in 7000 years of civilization.
Iraq is the center of Arab nationalism. Actually, this is what my father says, and I would argue that my father is the center of Arab nationalism. Modern-day Iraqis are the descendents of ancients who devised the first system of writing, the 24-hour day, the bases of mathematics, law, science and medicine. Once corrupt American corporations, the U.S. military, and its death squads, prisons, and bombings are out of the picture, true reconstruction by Iraqis can and will begin.
Perhaps we don't embrace the Iraqi resistance because its fighters are killing American soldiers. What other choice have we given them?
From Vietnam to Lebanon to Somalia to Iraq, we have taught our
victims around the world that the only way to effect a change in American foreign policy is to spill American blood.
Thousands died in Chile during the CIA led coup on Sept. 11th, 1973. But we only remember 3000 Americans who died on the 28th anniversary of that massacre. Grenadans in 1983 and Panamanians in 1989 were buried in mass graves by the thousands after the U.S. assaults, but the stories of these victims go untold. Between 1,000 and 10,000 Somalis were killed when our humanitarian mission in 1993 turned into military aggression. (We will never know the exact number of our innocent victims, again because of mass graves.) But we left Somalia because 19 Americans fell victim to their system and were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Time and again, it doesn't matter how many "others" die. The outrage comes when the victims are American.
Martin Luther King Jr. said "silence is betrayal." In these times, remaining silent on our responsibility to the world and its future is criminal. And in light of our complicity in the supreme crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ongoing violations of the U.N. Charter and international law, how dare any American criticize the actions of legitimate resistance to illegal occupation? How dare we condemn anyone else as "violent" or "disorganized?" Our so-called "enemies" in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, our other colonies around the world - and our inner cities here at home-are struggling against the oppressive hand of empire, demanding respect for their humanity. They are labeled "insurgents" or "terrorists" for resisting rape and pillage by the white establishment, but they are our brothers and sisters in the struggle for justice.
Last Sunday, my family's luck ran out, and one of my cousins in Iraq was killed in the violence we have brought upon Iraqis and their children. He leaves behind a wife; a 2 year old son who keeps asking "Where's Daddy?"; a heart-broken mother and brother; and an entire family devastated by grief for whom life will never be the same. If there are political differences, then whatever they may be, there's nothing complicated about fighting for Iraqi women and children, who are the majority of the suffering population. And if we respect their humanity, can we not respect their grief as they lose their brothers, fathers, husbands and sons, the same way we mourn with and share the pain of American military families?
I close with the words of a man of peace, El Hajj Malik Al Shabazz, Malcolm X, vilified and ultimately assassinated because he spoke freely. Though condemned as violent, he lived for peace, and for love and brotherhood. I very humbly offer his wisdom.
We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.
Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else...
It's been an honor to share this time with you.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is a speaker and activist. Born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, she lived in Iraq as a child, returning to the U.S. at age 5. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993 and earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion to visit her extended family. She returned from a three month stay in Basrah in March 2006. On April 27, 2006, she testified at a Congressional Forum to provide her eyewitness account of life in Iraq. Based on her experiences, Dr. Wasfi is speaking out in support of immediate, unconditional withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the need to end the occupation "from the Nile to the Euphrates." Her website is www.liberatethis.com.
Slavery, Iraq, and Justice Delayed (2007-09-01) http://www.davidswanson.org/node/919
(...) Rebelling slaves today are called insurgents. They speak a funny language called Arabic. They practice a strange religion. They dress weird. And almost every depiction of them on television is negative. But we've killed an estimated 1,028,907 of them in Iraq alone and driven another 4 million Iraqis out of their homes. They are in utter and desperate poverty. Diseases are sweeping their remaining population. They are dying at twice the rate this year as last year. Their fury at the occupying army of slave owners is immeasurable. Slave owners today are called Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, the Congress, and "our troops."The moral breakthrough today would be to recognize that Iraqis defending their country against an occupying and murderous force - a force which in fact uses slave labor to construct its gargantuan embassy - is acting in self defense. The moral breakthrough would be to recognize now, before it's too late, that the Iraqi resistance is in fact in line with the ideals of the American revolution and is in fact destined to prevail in the light of history - if we all survive long enough to have that history. CLIP
Under Siege: What the Surge Really Means in Baghdad http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/091007F.shtml
Kim Sengupta reports for The Independent UK: "A city divided by high concrete walls, barbed wire and checkpoints; armoured columns moving through deserted evening streets lit by the glow of searchlights and emptied by official curfew and fear. This is Baghdad, seven months into the surge, and George Bush's last throw of the dice in Iraq."
Thousands of GIs cope with brain damage (September 9, 2007) http://tinyurl.com/264rsr
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers. Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These blast-caused head injuries are so different from the ones doctors are used to seeing from falls and car crashes that treating them is as much faith as it is science."I've been in the field for 20-plus years dealing with TBI. I have a very experienced staff. And they're saying to me, 'We're seeing things we've never seen before,'" said Sandy Schneider, director of Vanderbilt University's brain injury rehabilitation program. Doctors also are realizing that symptoms overlap with post-traumatic stress disorder, and that both must be treated. Odd as it may seem, brain injury can protect against PTSD by blurring awareness of what happened.But as memory improves, emotional problems can emerge: One of the first "graduates" of Vanderbilt's program committed suicide three weeks later. CLIP
Date: 12 Sep 2007
From: Paul Hilder, Avaaz.org (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: SOS Iraq
Iraq is a global humanitarian disaster it's time for the world to step in and negotiate an end to the war. Tell France to kickstart a new plan at the UN next week
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With hundreds of thousands killed, 4 million homeless, and massive ethnic cleansing, Iraq is not just a political disaster-- it is now the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world. But this week, incredibly, US President Bush and General Petraeus will claim their approach is working, and refuse to change their devastating course. It's time for the world to step in.
Over 100,000 of us have already signed the "NEW Plan" for Iraq calling for a UN-brokered diplomatic solution and a full US withdrawal, but we need a major power to support the plan. Of all the world powers, France has led opposition to the war. It could be the strongest voice to call for international action as most world leaders converge on the UN next week for its annual summit. Click below to sign our petition for a new plan for Iraq, and we'll deliver it to French President Sarkozy and notify the French media:
As warring parties with blood on their hands, neither the US nor Iraq's government have any hope of mediating peace talks to end the war. It's time for the international community to stop playing 'we told you so', and launch a diplomatic initiative to save Iraq. Let's begin by raising a massive global outcry for France and other powers to step up at the UN:
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According to the residents of Datta Khel, a town in Pakistan's North Waziristan, three missiles streaked out of Afghanistan's Pakitka Province and slammed into a Madrassa, or Islamic school, this past June. When the smoke cleared, the Asia Times reported, 30 people were dead.
The killers were robots, General Atomics MQ-1 Predators. The AGM-114 Hellfire missiles they used in the attack were directed from a base deep in the southern Nevada desert.
It was not the first time Predators had struck. The previous year a CIA Predator took a shot at al-Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, but missed. The missile, however, killed 18 people. According to the Asia Times piece, at least one other suspected al-Qaeda member was assassinated by a Predator in Pakistan's northern frontier area, and in 2002 a Predator killed six "suspected al-Qaeda" members in Yemen.
These assaults are part of what may be the best kept secret of the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts: an enormous intensification of US bombardments in these and other countries in the region, the increasing number of civilian casualties such a strategy entails, and the growing role of pilot-less killers in the conflict.
According to Associated Press, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the first six months of 2007 over the same period in 2006. More than 30 tons of those have been cluster weapons, which take an especially heavy toll on civilians.
The U.S. Navy has added an aircraft carrier to its Persian Gulf force, and the Air Force has moved F-16s into Balad air base north of Baghdad.
Balad, which currently conducts 10,000 air operations a week, is strengthening runways to handle the increase in air activity. Col. David Reynolds told the AP, "We would like to get to be a field like Langley, if you will." The Langley field in Virginia is one of the Air Force's biggest and most sophisticated airfields.
The Air Force certainly appears to be settling in for a long war. "Until we can determine that the Iraqis have got their air force to significant capability," says Lt Gen. Gary North, the regional air commander, "I think the coalition will be here to support that effort."
The Iraqi air force is virtually non-existent. It has no combat aircraft and only a handful of transports.
Improving the runways has allowed the Air Force to move B1-B bombers from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Balad, where the big aircraft have been carrying out daily strikes. A B1-B can carry up to 24 tons of bombs.
The step-up in air attacks is partly a reflection of how beaten up and overextended U.S. ground troops are. While Army units put in 15-month tours, Air Force deployments are only four months, with some only half that. And Iraqi and Afghani insurgents have virtually no ability to inflict casualties on aircraft flying at 20,000 feet and using laser and satellite-guided weapons, in contrast to the serious damage they are doing to US ground troops.
Besides increasing the number of F-16s, B1-Bs, and A-10 attack planes, Predator flight hours over both countries have doubled from 2005. "The Predator is coming into its own as a no-kidding weapon verses a reconnaissance-only platform," brags Maj. Jon Dagley, commander of the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron.
The Air Force is also deploying a bigger, faster and more muscular version of the Predator, the MQ-9 "Reaper" as in grim a robot capable of carrying four Hellfire missiles, plus two 500 lb. bombs.
The Predators and the Reapers have several advantages, the most obvious being they don't need pilots. "With more Reapers I could send manned airplanes home," says North.
At $8.5 million an aircraft the smaller Predator comes in at $4.5 million apiece they are also considerably cheaper than the F-16 ($19 million) the B1-B ($200+ million) and even the A-10 ($9.8 million).
The Air Force plans to deploy 170 Predators and 70 Reapers over the next three years. "It is possible that in our lifetime we will be able to run a war without ever leaving the US," Lt Col David Branham told the New York Times.
The result of the stepped up air war, according to the London-based organization Iraq Body Count, is an increase in civilian casualties. A Lancet study of "excess deaths" caused by the Iraq war found that air attacks were responsible for 13% of the deaths 76,000 as of June 2006 and that 50% of the deaths of children under 15 were caused by air strikes.
The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan from air strikes has created a rift between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States.
"A senior British commander," according to the New York Times, has pressed U.S. Special Forces (SF) to leave southern Afghanistan because their use of air power was alienating the local people. SFs work in small teams and are dependent on air power for support.
SFs called in an air strike last November near Kandahar that killed 31 nomads. This past April, a similar air strike in Western Afghanistan killed 57 villagers, half of them women and children. Coalition forces are now killing more Afghan civilians than the Taliban are. The escalating death toll has thrown the government of Hamid Karzai into a crisis and the NATO governments into turmoil. "We need to understand that preventing civilian casualties is crucially important in sustaining the support of the population," British Defense Minister Des Browne told the Financial Times.
It has also opened up the allies to the charge of war crimes. In a recent air attack in southern Afghanistan that killed 25 civilians, NATO spokesman Lt. Col Mike Smith said the Taliban were responsible because they were hiding among the civilian population.
But Article 48 of the Geneva Conventions clearly states: "The Parties to the conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants." Article 50 dictates that "The presence within the civilian population of individuals who do not come within the definition of civilian does not deprive the population of its civilian character."
The stepped-up air war in both countries has less to do with a strategic military decision than the reality that the occupations are coming apart at the seams.
For all intents and purposes, the U.S. Army in Iraq is broken, the victim of multiple tours, inadequate forces, and the kind of war Iraq has become: a conflict of shadows, low-tech but highly effective roadside bombs, and a population which is either hostile to the occupation or at least sympathetic to the resistance.
It is much the same in Afghanistan. Lord Inge, the former British chief of staff, recently said, "The situation in Afghanistan is much worse than many people recognize it is much more serious that people want to recognize." A well-placed military source told the Observer, "If you talk privately to the generals, they are very worried." Faced with defeat or bloody stalemate on the ground, the allies have turned to air power, much as the U.S. did in Vietnam. But, as in Vietnam, the terrible toll bombing inflicts on civilians all but guarantees long-term failure."Far from bringing about the intended softening up of the opposition," Phillip Gordon, a Brookings Institute Fellow, told the Asia Times, "bombing tends to rally people behind their leaders and cause them to dig in against outsiders who, whatever the justification, are destroying their homeland.
Conn Hallinan is a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist.
Forwarded by Fred Burks (email@example.com)
From: Alan Miller (alan.miller@PatriotsQuestion911.com)
Sent: September 07, 2007
Subject: Nationally Recognized Engineers and Scientists Call for New 9/11 Investigation
Over the last 8 weeks, a world renowned scientist and three nationally recognized engineers have called for a new investigation of 9/11, yet none of these have been reported in the mainstream media. These are in addition to hundreds of other respected engineers, professors, senior government officials, and more who have earlier seriously questioned the results of the 9/11 Commission Report, and whose profiles and statements can be found at http://patriotsquestion911.com
Most recently, on Sept. 4, Joel S. Hirschhorn, Ph.D., who served for 12 years as a Senior Staff Member of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and later as Director of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources for the National Governors Association, called for a new investigation of 9/11. Hirschhorn stated, "First, let the technical truth emerge. Then, if necessary, cope with the inevitable political, conspiracy and other questions." For an excellent article on this, click here.
On Aug. 27, Lynn Margulis, Ph.D., member of the National Academy of Sciences and world renowned scientist, characterized the official account of 9/11 as "a fraud" and called for a new investigation. "I suggest that those of us aware and concerned demand that the glaringly erroneous official account of 9/11 be dismissed as a fraud and a new, thorough, and impartial investigation be undertaken." For more on this, click here.
An Aug. 21 article reported that James Quintiere, Ph.D., former Chief of NIST's Fire Science Division, called for an independent review of the World Trade Center Twin Tower collapse investigation. NIST is the National Institute of Standards and Technology which was tasked with explaining the destruction of the towers on 9/11. "I wish that there would be a peer review of this," he said, referring to the NIST investigation. "I think all the records that NIST has assembled should be archived. I would really like to see someone else take a look at what they've done; both structurally and from a fire point of view. ... I think the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable." For an eye-opening article on this, click here.
On July 16, J. Marx Ayres, former member of the National Institute of Sciences Building Safety Council called for a new investigation of 9/11, mentioning the work of Steven Jones, a former Brigham Young University physics professor. "Steven Jones call[ed] for a serious investigation of the hypothesis that the WTC 7 and the Twin Towers were brought down, not just by impact damage and fire, but through the use of pre-positioned 'cutter-charges.' [This] must be the rallying cry for all building design experts to speak out." For more on this, click here.
Additionally, this week, Commander Ralph Kolstad, U.S. Navy Top Gun pilot, questioned the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation. "When one starts using his own mind, and not what one was told, there is very little to believe in the official story." Please click here for more.
Why has the mainstream media covered none of these stories? Please help disseminate this critically important information and call for an impartial citizens' investigation of 9/11.
Date: 9 Sep 2007
From: Fred Burks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Major Media Reports Raise Questions on 9/11
America's top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war. [ABC News, 5/1/01, Pentagon Documents]
1996-2001: Federal authorities are aware for years before 9/11 that suspected terrorists with ties to Osama bin Laden are receiving flight training at schools in the US and abroad. One convicted terrorist confesses that his planned role in a terror attack was to crash a plane into CIA headquarters. [Washington Post, 9/23/01, CBS, 5/30/02, more]
1996-2001: On multiple occasions spies give detailed reports on bin Laden's location. Each time, the CIA director or top White House officials prevent bin Laden's elimination. [Los Angeles Times, 12/5/04, New York Times, 12/30/01, more]
2000-2001: 15 of the 19 hijackers fail to fill in visa documents properly in Saudi Arabia. Only six are interviewed. All 15 should have been denied entry to the US. [Washington Post, 10/22/02, ABC, 10/23/02] Two top Republican senators say if State Department personnel had merely followed the law, 9/11 would not have happened. [AP, 12/18/02, more]
2000-2001: The military conducts exercises simulating hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets causing mass casualties. One target is the World Trade Center (WTC), another the Pentagon. Yet after 9/11, over and over the White House and security officials say they're shocked that terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into landmark buildings. [USA Today, 4/19/04, Military District of Washington, 11/3/00, New York Times, 10/3/01, more]
Jan 2001: After the Nov 2000 elections, US intelligence agencies are told to "back off" investigating the bin Ladens and Saudi royals. There have always been constraints on investigating Saudi Arabians. [BBC, 11/6/01, more]
Spring 2001: A series of military and governmental policy documents is released that seek to legitimize the use of US military force in the pursuit of oil and gas. One advocates presidential subterfuge and hiding the reasons for warfare "as a necessity for mobilizing public support." [Sydney Morning Herald, 12/26/02, more]
May 2001: For the third time, US security chiefs reject Sudan's offer of thick files on bin Laden and al-Qaeda. A senior CIA source calls it "the worst single intelligence failure in the business." [Guardian, 9/30/01, more]
June-Aug 2001: German intelligence warns the CIA that Middle Eastern terrorists are training for hijackings and targeting American interests. Russian President Vladimir Putin alerts the US of suicide pilots training for attacks on US targets. In late July, a Taliban emissary warns the US that bin Laden is planning a huge attack on American soil. In August, Israel warns of an imminent Al Qaeda attack. [Fox News, 5/17/02, Independent, 9/7/02, CNN, 9/12/02, more]
July 4-14, 2001: Bin Laden reportedly receives kidney treatment from Canadian-trained Dr. Callaway at the American Hospital in Dubai. Dr. Callaway declines to comment. During his stay, bin Laden is allegedly visited by one or two CIA agents. [Guardian, 11/1/01, Sydney Morning Herald, 10/31/01, London Times 11/1/01, UPI, 11/1/01, more]
July 26, 2001: Attorney General Ashcroft stops flying commercial airlines due to a threat assessment. [CBS, 7/26/01] In May 2002, Ashcroft walks out of his office rather than answer questions about it. [Fox News/AP, 5/16/02, more]
Aug 6, 2001: President Bush receives an intelligence briefing warning that bin Laden might be planning to hijack commercial airliners. Titled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US," the briefing specifically mentions the WTC. Yet Bush later claims it "said nothing about an attack on America." [Washington Post, 4/12/04, Briefing, 8/6/01, more]
Aug 27, 2001: An FBI supervisor says he's trying to keep a hijacker from "flying a plane into the WTC." [Senate Report (Hill #2), 10/17/02] Headquarters chastises him for notifying the CIA. [Time, 5/21/02, more]
Sept 10, 2001: A number of top Pentagon brass suddenly cancel travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns. Why isn't this news spread widely? [Newsweek, 9/13/01, Newsweek, 9/24/01, more]
Sept 11, 2001: Data recovery experts extract data from 32 damaged WTC computer drives. The data reveals a surge in financial transactions shortly before the attacks. Illegal transfers of over $100 million may have been made through WTC computer systems immediately before and during the 9/11 disaster. [Reuters, 12/18/01, CNN, 12/20/01, more]
Sept 11, 2001: Described as a bizarre coincidence, a US intelligence agency was set for an exercise on Sept 11 at 9 AM in which an aircraft would crash into one of its buildings near Washington, DC. [USA Today/AP, 8/22/02, more]
Sept 11, 2001: Hours after the attacks, a "shadow government" is formed. Key congressional leaders say they didn't know this government-in-waiting had been established. [CBS, 3/2/02, Washington Post, 3/2/02, more]
Sept 11, 2001: Six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners make a tape recording describing the events within hours of the attacks. The tape is never turned over to the FBI. It is later illegally destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it. [Washington Post, 5/6/04, New York Times, 5/6/04]
Sept 13-19, 2001: Bin Laden's family is taken under FBI supervision to a secret assembly point. They leave the country by private plane when airports reopen days after the attacks. [New York Times, 9/30/01, Boston Globe, 9/20/01, more]
Sept 15-16, 2001: Several of the 9/11 hijackers, including lead hijacker Mohamed Atta, may have had training at secure US military installations. [Newsweek, 9/15/01, Washington Post, 9/16/01, New York Times, 9/15/01, more]
Sept 20, 2001: Several 9/11 hijackers later mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report turn up alive. "Five of the alleged hijackers have emerged, alive, innocent and astonished to see their names and photographs appearing on satellite television...The hijackers were using stolen identities." [quote in London Times, 9/20/01, see also BBC, 9/23/01, more]
Dec 2001-Feb 2002: The US engineers the rise to power of two former Unocal Oil employees: Hamid Karzai, the interim president of Afghanistan, and Zalmay Khalizad, the US envoy. The big American bases created in the Afghan war are identical to the route of the projected oil pipeline. [Chicago Tribune, 3/18/02, more]
May 17, 2002: Dan Rather says that he and other journalists haven't been properly investigating since 9/11. He graphically describes the pressures to conform that built up after the attacks. [Guardian, 5/17/02, more]
May 23, 2002: President Bush says he is opposed to establishing an independent commission to probe 9/11. [CBS, 5/23/02] Vice President Cheney earlier opposed any public hearings on 9/11. [Newsweek, 2/4/02, more]
May 30, 2002: FBI Agent Robert Wright formally accuses the FBI of deliberately curtailing investigations that might have prevented 9/11. He is threatened with retribution if he talks to Congress about this. [Fox News, 5/30/02, more]
July 22, 2004: The 9/11 Commission Report is published. It fails to mention that a year before the attacks a secret Pentagon project had identified four 9/11 hijackers, including leader Mohamed Atta. The Commission spokesperson initially states members were not informed of this, but later acknowledges they were. [New York Times, 8/11/05, more]
2004 - 2005: A growing number of top government officials and public leaders express disbelief in the official story of 9/11. 100 prominent leaders and 40 9/11 family members sign a statement calling for an unbiased inquiry into evidence suggesting high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the attacks to occur. [Various Publications]
Aug 9, 2006: A book by 9/11 Commission chairmen Kean and Hamilton outlines repeated deceptions by the Pentagon and FAA, including the timelines of Flights 77 and 93. CNN News: "The fact that the government would...perpetuate the lie suggests that we need a full investigation of what is going on." [CNN, 8/9/06 , MSNBC/AP, 8/4/06, more]
US Lying About 911 Attacks, Writes Castro (13 Sept 2007) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-castro_martinezsep13,1,5377876.story
Fidel Castro accused the U.S. government Wednesday of deceiving Americans about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and suggested a weapons projectile, not a plane, slammed into the Pentagon. In one of the rambling newspaper columns he writes regularly since he became ill, the Cuban leader also claimed that "today, we know that the public was deliberately misinformed." "An analysis of the impact of planes similar to those against the [World Trade Center] towers, following accidental plane crashes in densely populated cities, concludes that no plane crashed against the Pentagon and that only a projectile could have created the geometrically round hole that the alleged plane created," Castro said in the Granma column. "No passenger that perished there has turned up, either," Castro continued in a commentary titled "The Empire and Its Lies." "We were deceived, as were the rest of the planet's inhabitants." CLIP
From: Judith Iam (email@example.com)
Subject: Government finalizes plans for biowarfare against public
Date: 6 Sep 2007
Footnote: The government tried to accomplish all this soon after 9/11, but by a different vehicle - through the auspices of the "Health Emergency Powers Act," a supposed response to threat of "bioterrorist attack," e.g., anthrax. That Act contained the same, identical provisions for quarantine, travel restrictions, forced immunizations that the present avian flu project provides. That Act needed to be adopted by individual states; in the key state of California, a handful of patriots, including Carol Brouillet and Sue Supriano (I had a small part), succeeded in getting the proposed legislation killed in Committee.
Now they've repackaged it. Oh, there's no question that the avian flu is real. Why do you think, several years ago, government scientists went to the trouble of exhuming victims of the killer 1918 flu, to capture and recreate that particular virus? At the time, I recall there was considerable eyebrow-raising among the general scientific community, and questions as to why the government wanted to do this.
THIS BELOW IS IN REFERENCE TO Ann Wright and C. McKinney et al issue dire warning of false flag and/or attack on Iran INCLUDED IN MY PREVIOUS COMPILATION
From: Kathleen Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: We Must Use Discernment Amidst the Psyops
Date: 4 Sep 2007
OK, folks.... I'm going to issue a "Kennebunkport" warning of my own...
It's time to start keeping your wits about you and sharpen up those "discernment" skills!
Because in the last few weeks, there has been a spate of bogus and forged articles or documents circulating on the Internet. Most of them are political in nature and are being deliberately pitched with an antiwar, anti-Administration flavor.
These operations are apparently seeking to take advantage of the natural inclination of the disaffected to believe the worst about impending world events and of people in positions of power. They will attempt to amplify the reality past the point of distortion in order to hide what is coming down the road in plain sight.
These kinds of "I'm on your side" fakes and forgeries are the most insidious kind of psy-op disinformation because they usually contain enough truth to be very plausible at first blush. They are the literary equivalents of "agents provocateurs"
Although their premise will be accurate, the devil is in the details that this kind of disinfo incorporates and then twists to suit its particular agenda. The intent of such poison is to gain enough initial authority to muck up the true issue, confuse the people, spawn a discrediting hysteria and cast a shadow of uncertainty over the credibility of alternate media sources. (Who are usually the primary targets of this kind of activity)
Such Psy-ops can be compared to a form of sabotage and are often sent up as trial balloons. Their success is judged by the length of their "credibility" life span. They are often very effective and can do a huge amount of damage to a target in a very short amount of time.
With enough training and experience a person can begin to detect these frauds as they come out of the gate. One of the most common ones is the old gambit: "I have a friend who" etc.
Another favorite form of disinformation used by spooks (or their unwitting targets who are fed the envenomed apple) is the downright fraudulent alteration of formerly legitimate documents for poison-pen purposes. This may or may not be what has happened with the Kennebunkport "warning."
I urge you to judge for yourself by reading the disclaimer from the web site of one of the alleged "signers" of the now questionable statement...And remember, it is caveat lector when surfing the web.
If something doesn't seem quite right; if you sense a disconnect or a hole in the overall rationality of an article's logic...or if you have a little voice nagging you in the back of your head when you read something, you probably should listen to that voice! Take a second and skeptical look!
I will leave you with one last rather worrisome thought. Why is it that there appears to be such a sudden deluge of this kind of activity taking place on the Internet? Consider this...On the battlefield, a barrage usually covers some kind of movement somewhere or an impending assault.
It is important to remember that good psy-ops always contain a large percentage of truth...So, something big MAY well be in the works...and ... as Sleeping Beauty can attest, not all big, red, juicy apples are what the doctor ordered! Some of the most irresistible info "apples" out there in Internet land have a secret agenda and it is not always about improving your health!
So...(Once again) Keep your wits about you folks...There seems to be a rather odd disturbance in the Force as of late.
Each of us were approached during the rally at the Kennebunkport event on August 25, 2007, to sign a statement calling for the immediate impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Since then, the statement has been altered and posted on the internet, making it appear as if we have evidence that this administration will carry out a "false-flag terror operation."
None of us have such evidence, and therefore, none of us signed a statement stating that we do.
We wish the authors of the document well in continuing much needed investigations of all aspects of 9/11.
Comment from Webster Tarpley
These unfortunate and confused comments ignore the decisive evidence on the other side. Most eloquent is the actual signed document, which is posted in facsimile here at Rense and all over the internet. Here we see the signatures of the four signers who now claim they never signed. The entire argument might well end here. But then, we have have the authoritative testimony of Laurie Dobson, on whose property in Kennebunkport Camp Alex was located. This can see seen at http://www.911blogger.com/node/10997 , and also on the Daily Kos. I recommend that he consider this evidence in the framework of my "Kennebunport Reality Check," which should also be posted here shortly.
Much more important is the substantive question. Does the analysis in the Kennebunkport Warning correspond to reality? If it does, why would anyone from the peace movement refuse to sign this document? What is their substantive objection? There is a daily barrage of articles outlining the US war plan for Iran, reporting on how Cheney is pressing for air strikes against the Quds force of the Iranian Pasdaran. The Daily Kos has a report from an officer on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf which confirms that attacks are imminent. We know from Philip Giraldi in The American Conservative two years ago that the Cheney doctrine calls for a new 9/11, followed by air strikes against Iran. We know from Zbigniew Brzezinski's testimony on Feb 1. before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that there is an active scenario for a terrorist act in the United States to be blamed on Iran. More recently, we have Chertoff's gut feeling that a terror attack is imminent. What is there is the analysis offered by the Kennebunkport Warning that its critics find so offensive? Do they not see the danger of the wider war with Iran? Do they not believe Cheney would use false flag terrorist to get what he wants? If they cannot grasp these problems, they are simply not qualified to be taken seriously leaders of the antiwar movement under the grim conditions we face today.
How did Mickelson become an expert in this matter? Was he there? What is his special expertise? What is his special vested interest in this affair? If he does not like our anti-war mobilization, what kind of anti-war mobilization does he recommend? How does he propose to avoid a wider war and martial law? What has he been doing on this issue? Mickleson would be better off doing something to stop Cheney, rather than carping about Kennebunkport.
Extinction Crisis Escalates: Red List Shows Apes, Corals, Vultures, Dolphins All In Danger
There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List and 16,306 of them are threatened with extinction, up from 16,118 last year. The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation.
One in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the worlds assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), said: This years IUCN Red List shows that the invaluable efforts made so far to protect species are not enough. The rate of biodiversity loss is increasing and we need to act now to significantly reduce it and stave off this global extinction crisis. This can be done, but only with a concerted effort by all levels of society.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most reliable evaluation of the worlds species. It classifies them according to their extinction risk and brings into sharp focus the ongoing decline of the worlds biodiversity and the impact that mankind is having upon life on Earth.
Jane Smart, Head of IUCNs Species Programme, said: We need to know the precise status of species in order to take the appropriate action. The IUCN Red List does this by measuring the overall status of biodiversity, the rate at which it is being lost and the causes of decline.
Our lives are inextricably linked with biodiversity and ultimately its protection is essential for our very survival. As the world begins to respond to the current crisis of biodiversity loss, the information from the IUCN Red List is needed to design and implement effective conservation strategies for the benefit of people and nature.
Some highlights from this years IUCN Red List
Decline of the great apes
A reassessment of our closest relatives, the great apes, has revealed a grim picture. The Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) has moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered, after the discovery that the main subspecies, the Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), has been decimated by the commercial bushmeat trade and the Ebola virus. Their population has declined by more than 60% over the last 20-25 years, with about one third of the total population found in protected areas killed by the Ebola virus over the last 15 years.
The Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) remains in the Critically Endangered category and the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Endangered category. Both are threatened by habitat loss due to illegal and legal logging and forest clearance for palm oil plantations. In Borneo, the area planted with oil palms increased from 2,000 km2 to 27,000 km2 between 1984 and 2003, leaving just 86,000 km2 of habitat available to the species throughout the island.
First appearance of corals on the IUCN Red List
Corals have been assessed and added to the IUCN Red List for the very first time. Ten Galápagos species have entered the list, with two in the Critically Endangered category and one in the Vulnerable category. Wellingtons Solitary Coral (Rhizopsammia wellingtoni) has been listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). The main threats to these species are the effects of El Niño and climate change.
In addition, 74 seaweeds have been added to the IUCN Red List from the Galápagos Islands. Ten species are listed as Critically Endangered, with six of those highlighted as Possibly Extinct. The cold water species are threatened by climate change and the rise in sea temperature that characterizes El Niño. The seaweeds are also indirectly affected by overfishing, which removes predators from the food chain, resulting in an increase of sea urchins and other herbivores that overgraze these algae.
Yangtze River Dolphin listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)
After an intensive, but fruitless, search for the Yangtze River Dolphin, or Baiji, (Lipotes vexillifer) last November and December, it has been listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). The dolphin has not been placed in a higher category as further surveys are needed before it can be definitively classified as Extinct. A possible sighting reported in late August 2007 is currently being investigated by Chinese scientists. The main threats to the species include fishing, river traffic, pollution and degradation of habitat.
India and Nepals crocodile, the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is also facing threats from habitat degradation and has moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered. Its population has recently declined by 58%, from 436 breeding adults in 1997 to just 182 in 2006. Dams, irrigation projects, sand mining and artificial embankments have all encroached on its habitat, reducing its domain to 2% of its former range.
This year the total number of birds on the IUCN Red List is 9,956 with 1,217 listed as threatened. Vultures in Africa and Asia have declined, with five species reclassified on the IUCN Red List. In Asia, the Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) moved from Near Threatened to Critically Endangered while the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) moved from Least Concern to Endangered. The rapid decline in the birds over the last eight years has been driven by the drug diclofenac, used to treat livestock.
In Africa, three species of vulture have been reclassified, including the White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis), which moved from Least Concern to Vulnerable, the White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) and Rüppells Griffon (Gyps rueppellii), both moved from Least Concern to Near Threatened. The birds decline has been due to a lack of food, with a reduction in wild grazing mammals, habitat loss and collision with power lines. They have also been poisoned by carcasses deliberately laced with insecticide. The bait is intended to kill livestock predators, such as hyenas, jackals and big cats, but it also kills vultures.
North American reptiles added
After a major assessment of Mexican and North American reptiles, 723 were added to the IUCN Red List, taking the total to 738 reptiles listed for this region. Of these, 90 are threatened with extinction. Two Mexican freshwater turtles, the Cuatro Cienegas Slider (Trachemys taylori) and the Ornate Slider (Trachemys ornata), are listed as Endangered and Vulnerable respectively. Both face threats from habitat loss. Mexicos Santa Catalina Island Rattlesnake (Crotalus catalinensis) has also been added to the list as Critically Endangered, after being persecuted by illegal collectors.
Plants in peril
There are now 12,043 plants on the IUCN Red List, with 8,447 listed as threatened. The Woolly-stalked Begonia (Begonia eiromischa) is the only species to have been declared extinct this year. This Malaysian herb is only known from collections made in 1886 and 1898 on Penang Island. Extensive searches of nearby forests have failed to reveal any specimens in the last 100 years.
The Wild Apricot (Armeniaca vulgaris), from central Asia, has been assessed and added to the IUCN Red List for the first time, classified as Endangered. The species is a direct ancestor of plants that are widely cultivated in many countries around the world, but its population is dwindling as it loses habitat to tourist developments and is exploited for wood, food and genetic material.
Banggai Cardinalfish heavily exploited by aquarium trade
Overfishing continues to put pressure on many fish species, as does demand from the aquarium trade. The Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni), which is highly prized in the aquarium industry, is entering the IUCN Red List for the first time in the Endangered category. The fish, which is only found in the Banggai Archipelago, near Sulawesi, Indonesia, has been heavily exploited, with approximately 900,000 extracted every year. Conservationists are calling for the fish to be reared in captivity for the aquarium trade, so the wild populations can be left to recover.
These highlights from the 2007 IUCN Red List are merely a few examples of the rapid rate of biodiversity loss around the world. The disappearance of species has a direct impact on peoples lives. Declining numbers of freshwater fish, for example, deprive rural poor communities not only of their major source of food, but of their livelihoods as well.
Species loss is our loss
Conservation action is slowing down biodiversity loss in some cases, but there are still many species that need more attention from conservationists. This year, only one species has moved to a lower category of threat. The Mauritius Echo Parakeet (Psittacula eques), which was one of the worlds rarest parrots 15 years ago, has moved from Critically Endangered to Endangered. The improvement is a result of successful conservation action, including close monitoring of nesting sites and supplementary feeding combined with a captive breeding and release programme.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies species according to their extinction risk. It is a searchable online database containing the global status and supporting information on more than 41,000 species. Its primary goal is to identify and document the species most in need of conservation attention and provide an index of the state of biodiversity.
The IUCN Red List threat categories are the following, in descending order of threat:
- Extinct or Extinct in the Wild;
- Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable: species threatened with global extinction;
- Near Threatened: species close to the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened without ongoing specific conservation measures;
- Least Concern: species evaluated with a low risk of extinction;
- Data Deficient: no evaluation because of insufficient data.
Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct): This is not a new Red List category, but is a flag developed to identify those Critically Endangered species that are in all probability already Extinct but for which confirmation is required (for example, through more extensive surveys being carried out and failing to find any individuals).
The total number of species on the planet is unknown; estimates vary between 10 - 100 million, with 15 million species being the most widely accepted figure. 1.7 - 1.8 million species are known today.
People, either directly or indirectly, are the main reason for most species decline. Habitat destruction and degradation continues to be the main cause of species decline, along with the all too familiar threats of introduced invasive species, unsustainable harvesting, over-hunting, pollution and disease. Climate change is increasingly recognized as a serious threat, which can magnify these dangers.
Major analyses of the IUCN Red List are produced every four years. These were produced in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Key findings from major analyses to date include:
- The number of threatened species is increasing across almost all the major taxonomic groups.
- IUCN Red List Indices, a new tool for measuring trends in extinction risk are important for monitoring progress towards the 2010 target. They are available for birds and amphibians and show that their status has declined steadily since the 1980s. An IUCN Red List Index can be calculated for any group which has been assessed at least twice.
- Most threatened birds, mammals and amphibians are located on the tropical continents the regions that contain the tropical broadleaf forests which are believed to harbour the majority of the Earths terrestrial and freshwater species.
- Of the countries assessed, Australia, Brazil, China and Mexico hold particularly large numbers of threatened species.
- Estimates vary greatly, but current extinction rates are at least 100-1,000 times higher than natural background rates.
- The vast majority of extinctions since 1500 AD have occurred on oceanic islands, but over the last 20 years, continental extinctions have become as common as island extinctions.
Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by World Conservation Union.
Conservation alone 'is not enough' (10 September 2007) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6983914.stm
Ahead of Wednesday's publication of the 2007 Red List of Threatened Species, Dr Richard Leakey argues that conservation alone cannot save threatened species such as the mountain gorilla. In this week's Green Room, he calls for action on humans' needs as well. (...) As shocking as the gorilla executions were, this is fundamentally a human tragedy, with very human solutions. There must be alternative sources of energy to meet the demand in both Rwanda and eastern Congo. There must be a return to the rule of law in DRC, where the forests are saved for the long term good of all, rather than looted for the short term riches of a few. In it together Although it seems to be a very local problem, we all have an interest in protecting the forests. It will take a focused global initiative to end the conflict, introduce alternative sources of household fuel, and create alternative livelihoods Not only do we risk losing one of the most charismatic and important species on Earth, but we are in danger of doing more damage to the world's warming climate. CLIP
The genius doctor who diagnosed Nuke Power's deadly disease
September 7, 2007
The nuke power industry now wants $50 billion and more in loan guarantees to build new atomic reactors. As it strong-arms Congress, the warnings of the great Dr. John Gofman, who passed away last week at 88, loom ever larger.
One of history's most respected and revered medical and nuclear pioneers, Gofman's research showed as early as 1969 that "normal" radioactive reactor emissions could kill 32,000 Americans per year.
At the time, Gofman was the chief medical researcher for the Atomic Energy Commission. He told the AEC that reactor emissions must be radically reduced. The AEC demanded he change his findings, then forced him out when he refused.
Since then, reactor backers have ceaselessly and erroneously attacked Gofman and his findings. But they could hardly have picked a more brilliant, committed opponent. Gofman was both relentless and uncorrupted. His findings should have doomed from the start an industry he called "insane."
In addition to being a world-class nuclear chemist, Dr. John William Gofman was one of history's most important heart specialists. His pioneer research helped define our modern understanding about cholesterol, distinguishing "good" fatty acids from bad. Gofman's astonishing medical discoveries remain at the core of today's common wisdom about diet and heart disease.
For that work alone, Gofman was a towering figure. Throughout his life, he was friend and peer to Nobel Laureates such as Linus Pauling and George Wald.
But Gofman was also a nuclear chemist. As part of the Manhattan Project that built the first atomic bombs, his pioneer work helped lead to the discoveries of plutonium and certain isotopes of uranium.
Yet his career suffered from an inconvenient truth: when he discovered that atomic power plants kill people in large numbers, he refused to shut up about it.
As a full professor at the University of California, Gofman's combined medical and nuclear credentials made him an obvious choice to manage health research for the Atomic Energy Commission, which both regulated and promoted the young nuclear power industry. When public questions were raised about the health impacts of radioactive reactor emissions, Gofman was dispatched to prove the industry safe.
But his findings showed that reactors are serious killers. So even Gofman's towering resume could not protect him from the wrath of an industry determined to build all the power plants it could. He and co-researcher Arthur Tamplin were driven from their jobs.
When their POISONED POWER detailed the killing potential of atomic energy, Gofman and Tamplin were attacked mercilessly by an industry with immense investments to protect. The experience showed that no matter how impeccable their credentials, and no matter how thorough their research, any scientists whose findings might indicate problems with atomic power would be automatically "discredited" by industry flacks to who did no comparable research.
Even at his passing, the tired attacks on Gofman's findings have resurfaced.
But his research remains the gold standard on the health impacts of radiation. And as a gentle but firm advocate, mentor and friend, his integrity was matched only by his willingness to step outside traditional boundaries for what he believed.
One of Gofman's most powerful and influential moments came in 1974, when he agreed to defend a civil disobedient named Sam Lovejoy in the small town of Montague, Massachusetts. A member of a communal organic farm, Lovejoy had manually knocked over a 500-foot weather tower erected as a precursor to the building of a large twin reactor complex.
Gofman agreed to testify in Lovejoy's defense, arguing that building two nuke reactors constituted a lethal threat to the health and safety of the community. In a monumental moment for the rise of the anti-nuclear movement, Lovejoy was acquitted.
Gofman's pivotal pronouncements appear in the award-winning LOVEJOY'S NUCLEAR WAR (gmpfilms.com), which has been shown all over the world. As a pivotal struggle over a "bailout in advance" for new reactor construction rages in Congress, Gofman's words resonate with a renewed critical importance:
"The decision to build nuclear power plants," he said, "may very well be, for the first time, a decision that can result in the desecration of the Earth with respect for life for all future generations.
"Why do we want to put every city and hamlet of the United States at risk by building a thousand of these plants? We can get the power from sunshine, very easily and economically.
"When we're talking about a mass of a hundred tons or so of material, melting 5,000 degrees Farenheit, with water around, with hydrogen being generated and burning explosively, melting through concrete into soil, when someone tells me that we're sure it isn't going to go far away, I say that I've heard various forms of insanity, but hardly this form.
"Even if this hazard of a meltdown were securely answered, it doesn't alter for one second my opposition to nuclear power, because I'm concerned about the fact that whether it melts down or doesn't melt down, you 've created an astronomical amount of radioactive garbage which you must contain and isolate better than 99.99 percent perfectly, in peace and war, with human error and human malice, guerilla activity, psychotics, malfunction of equipment do you believe that there's anything you'd like to guarantee will be done 99.99 percent perfectly for a hundred thousand years?
After fifty years of proven failure, the nuke power industry is demanding still more taxpayer handouts to create still more of this waste.
The great and good Dr. John W. Gofman warned us all against this insanity. His words and spirit remain at the core of what must be done to save this planet.
Polar ice cap gone by 2030? July's huge drop in Arctic sea ice extent continued into August 2007, according to figures released this week by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. August 2007 sea ice extent plunged 31% compared to the average from 1979-2000. As of September 4, 2007, the sea ice extent was a full 17% below the record minimum that occurred on September 20-21, 2005. Although the rate of melting is starting to slow down as the days grow shorter, more melting is expected this month.
The difference in sea ice extent between August 1979 (the beginning of the data record) and August 2007 was a startling 37%. University of Illinois Polar Research Group presented similar estimates this week. They measure sea ice area--not extent. Sea ice area does not include all the long, narrow cracks in the ice, and so the numbers for sea ice area are different (lower) than for sea ice extent. Their sea ice area estimate for September 5, 2007 (Figure 1) was 42% less than for the same date 28 years ago.
An ice-free Arctic in just 23 years?
None of our computer climate models predicted that such a huge loss in Arctic ice would occur so soon. Up until this year, the prevailing view among climate scientists was that an ice-free Arctic ocean would occur in the 2070-2100 time frame. The official word on climate change, the February 2007 report from the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned that without drastic changes in greenhouse gas emissions, Arctic sea ice will "almost entirely" disappear by the end of the century. This projection is now being radically revised. Earlier this year, I blogged about a new study that predicted abrupt losses of Arctic sea ice were possible as early as 2015, and that we could see an ice-free Arctic Ocean as early as 2040. Well, the Arctic Ocean has suffered one of the abrupt losses this study warned about--eight years earlier than this most radical study suggested. It is highly probable that a complete loss of summer Arctic sea ice will occur far earlier than any scientist or computer model predicted. In an interview published yesterday in The Guardian Dr. Mark Serreze, and Arctic ice expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center, said: "If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice, then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our children's lifetimes." While natural fluctuations in wind and ocean circulation are partly to blame for this loss of sea ice, human-caused global warming is primarily to blame. In the words of Dr. Serreze: "The rules are starting to change and what's changing the rules is the input of greenhouse gases. This year puts the exclamation mark on a series of record lows that tell us something is happening."
The melting of the Arctic sea ice will not raise ocean levels appreciably, since the ice is made up of frozen sea water that is floating in the ocean. Sea ice melt does contribute slightly to sea level rise, since the fresh melt water is less dense than the salty ocean water it displaces. According to Robert Grumbine's sea level FAQ, if all the world's sea ice melted, it would contribute to about 4 millimeters of global sea level rise. This is a tiny figure compared to the 20 feet of sea level rise locked up in the ice of the Greenland ice sheet, which is on land.
The biggest concern about Arctic sea ice loss is the warmer average temperatures it will bring to the Arctic in coming years. Instead of white, reflective ice, we will now have dark, sunlight-absorbing water at the pole, leading to a large increase in average temperature. Warmer temperatures will accelerate the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, which holds enough water to raise sea level 20 feet. The official word on climate, the 2007 IPCC report, predicted only a 0.6-1.9 foot sea level rise by 2100, due to melting of the Greenland ice sheet and other factors. I believe these estimates will need to be revised sharply upwards in light of the unexpectedly high Arctic sea ice loss this summer.
One more point--global warming skeptics often criticize using computer model climate predictions as a basis for policy decisions. These models are too uncertain, they say. Well, the uncertainty goes both way--sometimes the models will underestimate climate change. We should have learned this lesson when the ozone hole opened up--another case where the models failed to predict a major climate change. The atmosphere is not the well-behaved, predictable entity the models try to approximate it as. The atmosphere is wild, chaotic, incredibly complex, and prone to sudden unexpected shifts. By pumping large amounts of greenhouse gases into the air, we have destabilized the climate and pushed the atmosphere into a new state it has never been in before. We can expect many more surprises that the models will not predict. Some of these may be pleasant surprises, but I am expecting mostly nasty surprises.
I'll have an update on 99L when it becomes a tropical depression.
MICROCHIP IMPLANTS CAUSE FAST-GROWING, MALIGNANT TUMORS IN LAB ANIMALS
September 8th, 2007
Damning research findings could spell the end of VeriChip From: Dr. Katherine Albrecht
The Associated Press will issue a breaking story this weekend revealing that microchip implants have induced cancer in laboratory animals and dogs, says privacy expert and long-time VeriChip opponent Dr. Katherine Albrecht.
As the AP will report, a series of research articles spanning more than a decade found that mice and rats injected with glass-encapsulated RFID transponders developed malignant, fast-growing, lethal cancers in up to 1% to 10% of cases. The tumors originated in the tissue surrounding the microchips and often grew to completely surround the devices, the researchers said.
Albrecht first became aware of the microchip-cancer link when she and her "Spychips" co-author, Liz McIntyre, were contacted by a pet owner whose dog had died from a chip-induced tumor. Albrecht then found medical studies showing a causal link between microchip implants and cancer in other animals. Before she brought the research to the AP's attention, none of the studies had received widespread public notice.
A four-month AP investigation turned up additional documents, several of which had been published before VeriChip's parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, sought FDA approval to market the implant for humans. The VeriChip received FDA approval in 2004 under the watch of then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson who later joined the board of the company.
Under FDA policy, it would have been VeriChip's responsibility to bring the adverse studies to the FDA's attention, but VeriChip CEO Scott Silverman claims the company was unaware of the research.
Albrecht expressed skepticism that a company like VeriChip, whose primary business is microchip implants, would be unaware of relevant studies in the published literature.
"For Mr. Silverman not to know about this research would be negligent. If he did know about these studies, he certainly had an incentive to keep them quiet," said Albrecht. "Had the FDA known about the cancer link, they might never have approved his company's product."
Since gaining FDA approval, VeriChip has aggressively targeted diabetic and dementia patients, and recently announced that it had chipped 90 Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers in Florida. Employees in the Mexican Attorney General's Office, workers in a U.S. security firm, and club-goers in Europe have also been implanted.
Albrecht expressed concern for those who have received a chip implant, urging them to get the devices removed as soon as possible. "These new revelations change everything," she said. "Why would anyone take the risk of a cancer chip in their arm?"
Recommended by Christopher Rudy (email@example.com) who wrote: "I've written a piece that attempts to address the building "fear matrix" in the collective consciousness. Some of your readers may appreciate the "faith-centric" approach to the subject. If we have the courage to overcome our worst fears, we create space for grace."
Whether or not you fear knowing the Big Picture-- or fear taking responsibility for the Whole Truth --you still have the power of choice to either optimize creation of your life and humanity's future with FAITH ...or fail to contribute for lack of it.Like it or not, every soul on Earth is being tested to see who will transcend the fear matrix with the faith matrix...AND THAT "TESTING" IS REACHING A CLIMAX.
What we are now seeing in the geopolitics of this fast-changing world is merely the surface symptoms of a core disconnect of our core institutions with the ability to learn and evolve along more enlightened lines defined by CHANGE in the ALL-connected consciousness of humanity and the energetics of the Earth body herself.
This "healing crisis" in the morphogenic grids of Earth consciousness is an "energetic" (spiritual) phenomena at its cause and core. It is a "spiritual" crisis that requires a spiritual solution. There are no human solutions to human problems. Human solutions only compound human problems. There are only divine-spiritual solutions to human problems. That divine-spiritual solution requires that we are honest, embracing the WHOLE TRUTH that heals the disconnect, dis-ease and dysfunction caused by the BIG LIE... even as the suns rays neutralize darkness at the dawn of day. Indeed, the light of Cosmic LOVE never fails to heal in the process of eternal evolution and progression of souls.
The only "sin," if you will, is interfering with the growth of a soul,
your own or anyone else's, and the result is DEvolution
with as many more chances as needed NOT to do that.
The WHOLE TRUTH of the Faith Matrix is the spiritual solution that neutralizes the Fear Matrix of the BIG LIE. This whole, holistic and otherwise "holy" healing of the holographic matrix of SPIRITUAL CONSCIENCE require that we first come out of denial of the WHOLE TRUTH. There can be no healing of this "patient" -- personal or planetary -- unless and until we understand the "dis-ease" for what it REALLY is... the terror-for-tyranny tactics of the "fear matrix".
There's the "Big Lie", and there's the "Really Big Lie" -- a war of terror NOT a war against terror
Wagging the Dog / Framing Intelligence to Fit the the War-of-Terror Agenda
The first link above is highly recommended for those wanting a good overview of the global "dis-ease" -- the straight skinny on the deep doo doo caused by power elite potentates who are ethical infants. You might says that the global evolution of higher-healing CONSCIENCE is being challenged by "principalities of darkness" -- the sinister force of the dark side -- that would bring our worst fears of global devolution and destruction upon us.
There are indeed dark side forces and their power elite minions who know what's coming and they are scared "shiftless" - they are stuck in the fear matrix for lack of FAITH and for their betrayal of the WHOLE TRUTH. These plutocrats have no honor yet take pride in their totalitarian globalist agenda for world tyranny through crisis and terror. As arch-plutocrat, David Rockefeller once said, "We are on the verge of global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order." This is the same founder of the Trilateral Commission and godfather of the New World Order who confessed, all humility aside, in his Memoirs:
"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized uponwell-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim wewield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of asecret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and meas 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."
- David Rockefeller, Memoirs , 2002
So there you have it, right from the Patriarch of the power elite oligarchy who gave us Big Oil, Big Pharma and the privatized FED banksters who have bankrolled the War Profiteers behind every major war of the last 100 years. And he's proud of it... a legacy of power politics that have risen to a level of gross incompetence that now seeks "the right major crisis" to force a totalitarian world order down the throats of global humanity.
Thanks to the Internet, people worldwide are well aware how grandpappy Prescott Bush did the banking for Hitler's military industrial complex and that John D. Rockefeller merged his Big Oil and Big Pharma cartels with the German equivalent, I.G. Farben, right before WWII. All of Hitler's top officers came out of I.G. Farben. Global Netizens are also aware how Bill Clinton is a Rockefeller -- the illegitimate son of Winthrop Rockefeller who was the Governor of Arkansas. The Bush/Clinton dynasty have been running the U.S. government for many years as a front for the Rockefeller oligarchy.
The Circle of Sound will share the Global Harmonization Ceremony again this Equinox, the 23rd of September with people around the world. Circle of Sound is a global family of people using the sacred sounds of crystal singing bowls and didgeridoos to amplify the power of our united consciousness. We will all be uniting in thought as we focus on the intentions of Harmony, Acceptance, Unity, Joy and Compassion among all beings of the planet. Everyone everywhere is invited to join us, whether you have a crystal bowl or not. The main ingredients to participate in the ceremony are your thoughts and heart.
This ceremony in September is synchronized on the hour so that we will all be playing at the same moments. The starting hour is 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time, and the hour in most places around the world is listed on the EVENTS page of our web site http://www.circleofsound.org/events.htm . There are many places around the globe where Circles of Sound are established and will be participating in the ceremony. Many of these places are listed on the CONTACTS page http://www.circleofsound.org/contact.htm
Circle of sound is part of the global movement to manifest Peace and Harmony on this wonderful Earth. May Peace and Joy prevail everywhere.
On 2007-09-11, Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
Thank you for the Earth Rainbow Network!!
* 30 Days of PEACE * Sept. 11 - Oct. 10, 2007 *
From September 11 through October 10, 2007, the global community is joining together in a magnificent celebration of Oneness through song, dance, meditation, prayer, ritual and healing.
The center point of this 30 day period is September 21st, International Peace Day, sanctioned by the UN. Last year over 20 million people and close to 3,000 groups participated in peace-sustaining activities.
This year will be even bigger! CommonPassion.org in collaboration with Culture of Peace Initiative, Association for Global New Thought, World Peace Prayer Society, the global deeksha community, Gaia Field Project, Earthdance and thousands of other groups around the world are coordinating a global month-long celebration with a shared intention for Peace on our Planet.
This is a magnificent opportunity to participate in the global transformation and Your Energy IS Vitally Important!
As with the Breakthrough Celebration this past May, we will all share a common intention agreement for peace and harmony. As a powerful co-creator we are seeking your input in developing this Shared Intention. Your vision and intentions are needed at this crucial time. Please visit the http://www.CommonPassion.org forum and tell us your highest intentions for Peace for yourself, for humanity, for the planet. http://forum.commonpassion.org
Please forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues. In fact, I respectfully ask you to become proactive in helping us promote this program in any way that you can. All the information is on the http://www.CommonPassion.org site; just refer people there with your personal note about why you'd like them to join us.
Our goal is to have 5 million people involved throughout the 30 day period, all performing their own spiritual practice but sharing a common intention for world peace.
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