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In India, Big Brother just wants to help. The country's 1.2 billion citizens are to be issued with a biometric identity card in an attempt to improve the delivery of India's inefficient public services - a move civil liberties' activists are condemning as the act of a "surveillance society".
This month, the country began the ambitious scheme of issuing everyone with a unique identity number. Within the first five years of the scheme, giant computer servers will hold the personal details of at least 600 million people. The introduction of what will be one of the world's most ambitious IT projects will cost an estimated £1.5bn.
The scheme is the brainchild of Nandan Nilekani, one of India's best-known software tycoons and now head of the government's Unique Identification Authority. "We are going to have to build something on the scale of Google but it will change the country ... every person for first time [will] be able to prove who he or she was."
The country's red tape is legendary: Indians have dozens of types of identity verification, ranging from electoral rolls to ration cards, yet almost none can be used universally. The new system will be a national proof of identity, effective for everything, from welfare benefits to updating land records.
Nilekani said the scheme would help the poor especially. Moving from one state to another - a regular occurrence for poor villagers in search of work - often meant benefits were withdrawn because proof of residence was lacking. "This will mean maids and labourers ... a hundred or two hundred million people - will be able to access welfare benefits for the first time without any questioning who they are."
Eventually, cards will hold the person's name, age, and birth date, as well as fingerprint or iris scans, though no caste or religious identification. "We are not profiling a billion people. This will provide an ID database which government can access online. There will be checks and balances to protect identities," said Nilekani, who has also been in talks to create a personalised carbon account so that all Indians might buy "green technologies" using a government subsidy.
Doubts have been raised over privacy and the complex security needed to police such the system, as well as concerns that the project is just too ambitious. "We could have a hacking Olympics," said Guru Malladi, a partner at Ernst & Young.
Civil liberty campaigners fear the card could be a tool of repression.
Nandita Haskar, a human rights lawyer, said: "There's already no accountability in regard to violations of human and civil rights. In this atmosphere what are the oversight mechanisms for this kind of surveillance?"
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Was Orwell a prophet?.... hopefully not.
But, here are a few items from his book 1984 (wrote in 1949) which now exist in modern life.
1984 : Newspeak
Now : Politically Correct speech
1984 : The red sash of the Junior Anti-Sex League
Now : The red ribbon of the Anti-Aids celibacy league
1984 : Telescreens in every room. The programming runs 24 hours a day, and the proles have no way of turning their screens off.
Now : Televisions in every room. The programming runs 24 hours a day, and the proles rarely turn their screens off.
1984 : Telescreens in all public and private places, so the populace could be watched to prevent thought-crime.
Now : Surveillance cameras in most buildings (operated by businesses), and in some public streets (operated by police) to prevent crime. Although most of these cameras are operated by private businesses instead of our intrusive government, the end result is the same.
1984 : Helicopters silently watch over the masses to keep people from committing thought-crime, by planting the fear of "always being watched"
Now : Helicopters silently watch over our highways to keep people from breaking traffic laws, by planting the fear of "always being watched"
1984 : Lotteries with very few (if any) winners. Held just to collect income for state, and to give hope to the masses
Now : Lotteries with very few (if any) winners. Held just to collect income for state, and to give hope to the masses.
Lotteries are basically a tax on stupidity. Anybody with any understanding of math at all knows that it is a complete waste of money. Since only 45% of the money collected from sales is sent back out as prizes, odds are that you are going to loose more than half of the money the put into it - and most people will not see any return on their investment what-so-ever.
Every time I see some minimum-wage-earning mother-of-four throwing her her hard earned five dollar bill down on the counter for a pack of cigarettes and a "chance to win millions", my cold heart melts. Lotteries and cigarette taxes are nothing more than a way to squeeze every last cent possible out of the lower and middle class, and the politicians that are responsible for these "poverty taxes" should be drug out into the street and shot.
When the state sold the idea to state run gambling to the public, they told us that the money would go to education. ("How can you be against the kids!") But, they failed to tell us that the existing funding would be pulled away to fund other projects, resulting in little if any gain for education.
And as I mentioned earlier, only 45% of lottery revenues are returned directly to the people in the form of prizes. And, if you happen to be the person that defies the odds and somehow manages to win that 45%, the federal and state taxes are going to reclaim 30%-50% of your winnings, which only leaves about 25%-30% of the original take for the the winners - the other 70%-75% being taken by the state.
And, as if that wasn’t enough money to make the state happy, the "big money" prizes are usually paid off over a 20 year period. So, the prize winner’s earning are diminished even further by inflation. But really, when you look at it, the government is actually keeping ALL of the money...
If a person wins $1,000,000, their yearly payments would be $50,000 a year. However, the interest on $1,000,000 at the prime rate (approx 8%) is is about $80,000 a year!... $30,000 more than is being paid off to the winner! Of course, the winner may elect to take half now ... which means state and federal governments will end up retaining 85%-90% of the original receipts!
And of course, any purchases made with your winnings will be subject to local sales tax...
No matter how you look at it, the only real winner is the state.
1984 : Ministry of Peace
Now : Department of Defense
1984 : Useless statistics, incorrect economic predictions, and slanted opinions polls are presented on the telescreen as "legitimate news", to give people the impression that "things are getting better", and that all people agree with the popular way of thinking.
Now : Useless statistics, incorrect economic predictions, and slanted opinions polls are presented on the Evening news as "legitimate news", to give people the impression that "things are getting better", and that all people agree with the popular way of thinking.
1984 : History is being rewritten, to conform with modern beliefs. All references to old-think were being removed or rewritten.
Now : History is being rewritten, to conform with modern beliefs. The most obvious example of this - The removal of "racist", Violent, or Sexist material from popular cartoons. "Heckle & Jeckle" cartoons have been permanently shelved, since they are said to portray "negros". "Tom & Jerry" cartoons that contained the "mamma" character have also disappeared. You no longer see Daffy’s head actually being blown off by Elmer. I recently saw an old superman cartoon in which the sexist line, "Isn’t that too dangerous for a woman" (referring to Lois) was removed.
1984 : People are steered away from consuming rare goods such as Chocolate, Steak, Sugar, Coffee, Cigarettes, and alcohol by rationing.
Now : People are steered away from consuming rare goods such as Chocolate, Steak, Sugar, Coffee, Cigarettes, and alcohol by warnings that declare that these items are bad for your health.
1984 : There is always war. If peace is made with one country, war is claimed on another nation to keep the military machine rolling.
Now : There is always war. If peace is made with one country, war is claimed (or threatened) on another nation to keep the military machine rolling.
1984 : Songs are created by machines. This is done to make sure nobody can take credit for songs, or write songs not in line with Ingsoc.
Now : Songs are created by synthesizers. Nobody can realistically take credit for their own songs because most songs are re-mixes or a collage of dubs from other people’s music.
1984 : Telescreen is full of confessions from "Thought criminals". They confessed to hatred of the government, crimes of all kinds, perversions of all kinds.
Now : Daytime talk shows are full of white trash who enjoy sharing tales of their pathetic existence with the whole world.
1984 : From Goldstein’s book -
"The effect (of the atomic wars) was to convince the ruling groups of all countries that a few more atomic bombs would mean the end of organized society, and hence of their own power. Thereafter, although no formal agreement was ever made or hinted at, no more bombs were dropped. All three powers merely continue to produce atomic bombs and store them up against the decisive opportunity which they all believe will come sooner or later.
And meanwhile the art of war has remained almost stationary for thirty or forty years. Helicopters are more used than they were formerly, bombing planes have been largely superseded by self-propelled projectiles, and the fragile movable battleship has given way to the almost unsinkable Floating Fortress; but otherwise there has been little development.
The tank, the submarine, the torpedo, the machine gun, even the rifle and the hand grenade are still in use. And in spite of the endless slaughters reported in the Press and on the telescreens, the desperate battles of earlier wars, in which hundreds of thousands or even millions of men were often killed in a few weeks, have never been repeated."
Now : The effect (of the only nuclear war in history, WWII) was to convince the ruling groups of all countries that a few more atomic bombs would mean the end of organized society, and hence of their own power. Thereafter, although the threat of atomic war remained, no more bombs were dropped. All atomic powers merely continued to produce atomic bombs and store them up against the decisive opportunity which they all believed will come sooner or later. And meanwhile the art of war has remained almost stationary for fifty or sixty years.
Helicopters are more used than they were formerly, bombing planes have been largely superseded by self-propelled projectiles, and the fragile movable battleship has given way to the aircraft carrier, (which generally stays far away from any actual combat); but otherwise there has been little development. The tank, the submarine, the torpedo, the machine gun, even the rifle and the hand grenade are still in use. And in spite of the endless slaughters reported in the Press and on the television, the desperate battles of earlier wars, in which hundreds of thousands or even millions of men were often killed in a few weeks, have never been repeated.
Hmmm... maybe Orwell really could predict the future!
Read the complete book HERE
Black Ops Psychic Warriors Among Us
- SECRET BLACK PROJECTS DEPARTMENT -
Black Ops Psychic Warriors Among Us
Is there an elite group of Black Ops agents able to wage clandestine war with the specially trained psychic power of their minds? Being able to strike and hit people, set them on fire, and blow up buildings with just the power of one's mind has long since been the staple of many a horror and science-fiction movie, but the reported power behind such abilities is apparently real. We do know as a fact of historical record, (from now declassified agency documents), that the U.S. government experimented with MK-Ultra mind control as well as Remote Viewing technologies. A portion of these experiements involved people using the power of their minds to move objects, as specialized systems of controlled mental projection and its ability to physically alter the material world were developed.
This power of the mind is called Telekinesis (TK) or Psychokinesis (PK). Psychokinesis is the ability to move? and affect people, places and things with just the mind, through a kind of preternatural remote-control. The term itself is from two Greek words, psycho ( mind), and kinesis? (motion). But regardless of what it's called, this frightening uncanny ability of the mind to affect and move matter, time, space, and energy without physical touch has long since been one of the more controversial subjects in the paranormal world. According to various laboratory tests, two kinds of PK have been definied: Micro-PK and Macro-PK. Micro-PK, by definition of its term, involves PK power that can effect the tiniest particles of air, earth, and water, down to the molecular subatomic levels. Tests have shown that PK power when properly focused can speed up chemical combustion processes, even changing solids into liquids. This kind of PK action is known as pyrokinesis. Its opposite is the ability to zap people, places and things in the deep freeze, cryokinesis. The ability to control the particles in the the air itself is known as aerokinesis. The ability of PK powered people to do this has actually been measured by various scientific instruments. Macro PK then, is PK power that can destroy bridges, move mountains, and yes, physically assault people.
Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis, or RSPK, is believed by many investigative researchers to be the power behind the poltergeist phenomenon. Parapyschologist William Roll to define the abrupt movement of objects using mind power in front of other people without the deliberate wish of the PK gifted person to do so. Some researchers believe this is the unconscious movement or activity of the subconscious mind, and might be the real reason behind poltergeist phenomenona.
A PK Agent is the term for someone who effects this spontaneous poltergiest-like activity with his or her mind. Such activity has been known to include violent attacks, knives flying off kitchen shelves and being thrown at priests, parapsychologists, even family members of the affected PK agent. Strangely enough, the findings of many paranormal investigators concerning poltergeists usually concur on a single point: Poltergeists are almost always associated with a human teenager living at the affected place. This teen is usually undergoing various hormonal/biological changes related to puberty. It has been conjectured that this biophysical process also has a PK side-effect which can manifest these poltergeists.
Another well-known type of PK power, "Object Deformation", is the ability to bend metal objects by using just the mind. Celebrated psychic Uri Geller made a career of bending untensils by using just his focused mind power. Before Geller, the Russians experimented with this technique as well in their psy ops programs. Nina Kulagina, a Russian skilled at this ability, has even been filmed performing demonstrations of PK feats.?? Another PK person Felicia Parise, an American PK sensitive, had her feats of PK prowess make newspaper headlines in the 1970s. Parise was reported to be able to move the needle of a compass with her mind, as well as sheets of aluminum foil that have been placed inside a bell jar. However, Parise reportedly stopped the practice because of the strain on the physical body this energy created. Swami Rama was another PK sensitive. He reportedly demonstrated his PK abilities at the Menninger Foundation in 1970. In this demonstration, he allegedly made a knitting needle move with his mind from five feet away. What's more, he reportedly wore a face mask while he performed this feat.
A PK-induced thoughtform can be the physical manifestation of either individual or group thought, and can, of course, be either good or evil. Some paranormal researchers believe that certain manifestations of Bigfoot or Sasquatch are tulpa-related. In the Orient, especially Tibet, the tulpa is well-known as a creation made through especially focused, highly concentrated willpower and visualization. Tulpas, often fashioned in the image of the mystic who crated them, can be seen in the marketplace or other public areas, sometimes appearing to be an exact replica or doppelganger of the mystic. One of the most well-known controversial tulpas was reportedly created by Alexandra Neel in the 1800s, who deliberately focused on creating a rotund monk. However, it was reported that this "monk" started acting independently and began to run amok, in effect, Neel having had created a real-life Frankenstein. Reports are that this creature had to be forcibly "dematerialized" or destroyed.
The unusual practice of Thoughtography is another important PK manifestation, and is perhaps one of the most graphic examples of using such mind power. Even so, it is still very controversial among many investigative researchers, many of whom still deny that such a process can be scientifically validated. Simply put, Thoughtography is the process of creating or transmitting images from the mind onto photographic film. It is sometimes called "Nengraphy", or "Projected Thermography". The most well-known example of this PK power was alleged to have occurred almost 100 years ago in Japan. According to the report, Tokyo University Professor Tomokichi Fukurai experimented with a test subject named Ikuko Nagao. Through a process which he called "Nensha", he was able to get Ikuko to produce images from her mind directly onto a film. However, it was reported that shortly after these experiments, Ikuko died from a cerebral fever. Undaunted, the professor continued on with his research, eventually producing the work "Clairvoyance and Thoughtgraphy".
For obvious reasons, Black Ops government agents who have been trained in PK power to manipulate other people's minds as well as ignite fires, or otherwise create physical havoc in the material world are not going on television or radio talk shows to brag about their black abilities. Although there was at least one person who broke free of these programs and briefly described elements of these alleged PK programs.This survivor, who, for security purposes, we must only refer to as "Capt. Dean", revealed fantastic allegations of having once been recruited as a ten year old child into a select group of child psychics by a specialized CIA Black Ops program specifically created to develop, harnass and then refine the psychic powers of these children into lethal weaponry.
According to Capt. Dean, these children were rigorously trained to actually use the powers of their minds to physically attack as well as change the physical environment. And they were apparently succesful in most of their missions. He even claims to have been sent into Viet Nam with a small group of similarly trained psychic child warriors on training missions. Dean's experiences with this group began more than35 years ago. We can only shudder in horror at what the current group of Black Ops warriors are up to. But whatever missions they are currently engaged in at the present, one thing is certain, the public will never know.
Source: Nolan Chart/Timothy K. Perry
Real-Life Mind Control Assassins?
Is it possible to create the perfect assassins through the use of mind control programming? Have there already been Black Ops CIA mind control projects developed to create real-life Manchurian Candidates? According to now declassified CIA documents, available through the Freedom of Information Act, a series of top-secret Black Ops experiments were conducted on unsuspecting subjects with the intention of trying to make them perform operations against their will. Could it be that Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, Mark David Chapman, and would-be assassin John Hinckey were all victims of such mind-control programming? Interesting to note that both Hinckley and Chapman were obsessed with J.D. Sallinger's novel "Catcher in the Rye". Even more interesting is that both men were rumored to have copies of this book in their possession shortly after the assassination attempts, and had both at one time allegedly sought psychological counseling from the same psychiatrist.
The scenario of the (sic) "crazy person who hears voices in his head" has been the staple of many jokes throughout the years, but according to the now-declassified documents, some of these so-called crazy people are not mentally ill at all but have been the victims of surreptitious mind-control manipulation via a process nicknamed "Mental Radio".?The basic premise behind this technique is assailing the target with ELF, VLF. and SHF microwave frequencies that stimulate the audio nerves of the human nervous system. The electronically generated voices the person hears in his or her head can either be heard as a interior voice, or as an external voice in the person's environment: voice or voices coming from the walls, ceilings, and so on. And from the information in the declassified documents, such mind control experiments have been going on as far back as the late 1930s.
A renowned authority on hypnosis, George Estabrooks, Psychology Chairman at Colgate University, had the task of discovering how hypnosis could best be used on the Axis enemy during World War II. He publicized his findings and estimated that one in five adults can be put into hypnotic states where they would not remember being hypnotized after being brought back to normal waking consciousness. This was done through a series of cues ending with what is know as a "post-hypnotic suggestion". Estabrooks apparently believed that a multiple personality or, at best, a dual personality could be created in an espionage agent as a very effective cover. This creation of multiple personalities in a human subject was later developed through trauma based mind-control programming in the infamous MONARCH slave program spoken of by alleged CIA mind control victim Cathy O'Brien in her chilling work: "Tranceformation of America".
In the 1950s and on throughout the mid-1970s, various mind control projects such as MK-ULTRA, MH-CHAOS, COINTELPRO were in full swing. In 1973, then CIA Director Richard Helms ordered documents related to a program called MK-ULTRA destroyed. However, public revelations about this heinous program surfaced during the Church Committee hearings headed by Senator Frank Church, as well as through the Rockefeller Commission.? The rationale for starting such a controversial program was supposedly to catch up with similar projects being conducted by China and the Soviet Union. According to declassified documents, more than 30 institutions and American universities took part in the CIA Black Ops mind control programs.
Along with experimenting on unwitting American college students, the CIA also tested unsuspecting military personnel, and even people in the agency itself. However, because of the findings of the Church Committee, President Gerald Ford banned further such experiments with an Executive Order on Intelligence Activities. But did such experiments suddenly cease upon the issuance of this Executive Order? If these mind-control techniques had been perfected to an advanced degree of effectiveness, it wouldn't seem likely that covert agencies would just suddenly "cease and desist", although such projects would then probably go even deeper underground on a very select "need to know" basis.
According to the declassified documents, CIA Director Allen Dulles gave the go-ahead for this project and appointed Dr. Stanley Gottlieb head of the program. Beside experimenting on unsuspecting American citizens, the project was also reportedly concerned with how such techniques could be used on the leaders of foreign governments. Another goal, according to the declassified documents, was to "produce amnesia for events preceding and during the mind-control eposide". Such a situation would obviously be perfect for assassins who would later have knowledge of their murderous activities.
Additional objectives, according to the declassified documents, were the making of hypnosis "easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness" as well as greatly increasing the ability of subjects to endure privation, torture, and coercion during interrogation and brainwashing activities. Beside the use of drugs, hypnosis, and radiation, it is known that external electronic devices using microwaves are effective in manipulating a human subject. Scientific research dating as far back as the 1930s already revealed the possibilities of creating energy fields across neural cell membranes to fire by the use of such electronic artificial stimulation.
Today we have the ability to directly implant psychotropic devices into the human skull to create a computer interface in the brain. The same effects can also be employed through the use of encephalograms (EEG), that allow interaction between the devices and the brain that occur without physical implantation. Imagine then, what this same technology could be used for if it was being directed in a negative manner, such as forcing human subjects to perform certain crimes? A subject controlled in such a manner would literally have no choice but to obey. And then after the crime, his memory banks could be wiped clean so he would not even be aware of the event which had just taken place. In the trade it is known as "Hypnotic Dissolution of Memory" or RHIC-HDOM. It would also be possible for the mind-controlled subject to commit suicide, a failsafe way to effectively wiping out any evidence of his having been programmed, provided any implants he had were dissolvable. What better method of disposing of an agent who has finished his or her usefulness than by having this agent self-terminate?
Even though it sounds like the most fantastic science-fiction, the information from the declassified documents hint at possibilities and already effectively tested methods of mind-control that are truly horrifying.
Yale University Professor of Physiology Jose Delgado asserted in his classic work "Physical Control of the Mind" that the ultimate objective of mind-control research is to develop practical mind control systems suitable for "human application". Delgado experimented not only on monkeys but also on select humans. He discovered that by active stimulation of different regions of the limbic system, he could induce fear, rage, even euphoria. In one test, he activated implants in the brain of an epileptic woman who was playing the guitar. After activating a certain area of this woman's limbic system, she suddenly went into a rage, and began smashing her guitar into pieces.
The general conclusion of the MK-ULTRA. MH-CHAOS, COINTELPRO experiments was that these techniques did not work or could not be relied upon consistently. However, if these techniques did work and were currently operational, the public would certainly be the last to know. It's certainly not the kind of thing that a Black Ops group would loudly broadcast to the whole universe. But then again, only mind-controlled Black Ops subjects know for sure.
Neurofeedback and Other Interventions for Patients with Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, and Dissociative Disorders
[Editor's Note: Susan Eckhart Ford is the real name of Brice Taylor, author of Thanks for the Memories; The Memoirs of Bob Hope's and Henry Kissinger's Mind-Controlled Slave (1999). She presented this paper at a mind control conference presented in North Carolina in August of 2004. Her book remains the most revealing and insightful expose of the numbingly treasonous and criminal activity committed at every echelon of government, military, and intelligence organizations, involving the biggest names in politics, and many of the best known names in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. No one has suffered more or endured more heartache than Sue Ford for trying to bring to the American public the truth behind the government's heinous and diabolical mind control programs which victimizes MILLIONS of innocent American citizens...Ken]
By Susan Ford, BA, BCIAC-EEG <firstname.lastname@example.org>
January 9, 2005
Mind Control Conference, Tryon, North Carolina, August 2004
Ritual Abuse and Mind Control are often misunderstood in professional circles and as a result patients diagnosed with DID [Dissociative Identity Disorder] caused by ritual abuse and mind control often have trouble finding proper care. This is at least partly the result of the controversy that has dogged this field. By means of legal processes the entire field of study has been called into question, and clinicians specializing in the remediation of DID have been discredited. Mental health specialists have been accused of excessive zeal in unearthing presumptive early childhood trauma, and the malleability of memory has been used to discredit such clinical reports wholesale.
It is therefore appropriate to review the basis for the existence of systematic, deliberate early childhood abuse, and for other mind control techniques of considerable reach. The need for secrecy with respect to such techniques by perpetrators, and the natural skepticism that nearly everyone else brings to the topic, makes it exceedingly difficult to document and prove the full scope of such troubling activities.
The significance for neurofeedback practitioners and other mental health professionals, is that they should be prepared to see cases of this kind in their offices from time to time. Neurofeedback has been successfully used to help stabilize victims of this abuse, but until their mind control programming is dismantled, they are still at risk. Although clinical progress can be made with the usual methods, these people may ultimately be refractory to even the best interventions aimed at trauma recovery. Professionals treating victims need to be aware of the signs and symptoms in order to avoid further harm. Information from Mind Control. An Introduction (Oglevie 2004) will help to inform mental health professionals of the signs and symptoms of mind control in their clients. Referral to experts in trauma recovery may be appropriate in conjunction with neurofeedback.
In view of the notoriety and controversy surrounding the subject of mind control, it is appropriate to begin with a review of the evidence for the historical existence of techniques of gaining external and systematic control of the mind and actions of another. This is the underlying rationale that can explain the subjection of even very young children to unbelievable terror. In addition to the information shared in this article, an extensive resource listing is included that will begin to authenticate this subject matter, which for years now has often been publicly discredited and clinically misunderstood. Despite years of carefully guarding the secret of its existence by those both centrally and peripherally involved, the evidence of this attempt to gain control of the human mind is becoming more available, and methods of helping the victims of mind control are emerging. This article is an attempt to provide the information professionals will need to recognize the signs and symptoms of this abuse.
A Review of the History of Mind Control Technologies
Beginning in the late 1980's, hundred’s, if not thousands of victims of a heinous form of early childhood abuse known as ritual trauma [RT], satanic ritual abuse [SRA], and/or mind control began flooding mental hospitals and the offices of mental health professionals. The problem became so prevalent that in certain areas of the country special dissociative disorders units were created in hospitals and the staff became quite familiar with this form of abuse through their exposure to victims, most of whom were also suffering from DID (DSM-IV 300.14)
In 1988, in an effort to educate professionals and public alike with their findings on this subject, the Los Angeles Commission For Women formed the Task Force on Ritual Abuse and a group of professionals from the field of medicine, mental health, education, law enforcement, prosecution, and religion, served together with adult survivors and created a report entitled: Ritual Abuse, Definitions, Glossary, The Use of Mind Control (Ritual Abuse Task Force, Los Angeles County Commission For Women, 1991). Upon learning of this abuse, many other professionals began to engage with this work clinically so that victims could receive proper treatment. This author was a member (often peripherally) of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women when the Ritual Abuse Task Force put its report together.
Myra Riddell, LCSW, Chair of the Task Force on Ritual Abuse states in her introduction,
"Ritual abuse is a serious and growing problem in our community and our nation. Ritual abuse is not a new problem, but society is only just beginning to recognize the gravity and scope of this problem. We are all in need of education on this issue. Parents need to be educated about the hallmarks of this abuse occurring in preschools and day care centers. Many professionals are seeing victims of ritual abuse and not yet recognizing the patterns of this abuse. The concept of ritual abuse, that groups of adults would terrorize and torture children in order to control them, is frightening and controversial, raising for all of us problems of denial and fear of the consequences of such information.
Despite detailed evidence of ritual abuse coming from child victims and their families, from adult victims, and from the professionals working with them, and despite the remarkable consistency of these reports both nationally and internationally, society at large resists believing that ritual abuse really occurs. There remains the mistaken belief that satanic and other cult activity is isolated and rare." (Los Angeles County Commission For Women, 1991)
History of Official Involvement in Mind Control Research in the United States
In 2000, Psychiatrist Colin A. Ross, MD published another in a series of books on the treatment of dissociative disorders, ritual abuse and mind control, entitled BLUEBIRD; Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality By Psychiatrists which is based on 15,000 pages of documents (regarding mind control projects), obtained from the CIA through the Freedom of Information Act (Ross, 2000). This book documents the involvement of the intelligence agencies in the research of mind control techniques, and renders obvious the continuing effort to diminish the significance of the work, and to suggest that such research is no longer being pursued, and is therefore only of passing historical interest. Anyone knowledgeable about the power of neurofeedback to effect state change, and to produce learning of new states will find it difficult to believe that the intelligence agencies have lost interest in these methods.
Since World War II, the United States government, led by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), searched covertly for ways to control human behavior and human minds (John Marks, 1979). At the end of the war, with the Nuremberg trials barely finished, the United States government began immigrating to the U.S. hundreds of German and Austrian scientists under the project code-named "Paperclip" (Linda Hunt, 1945-1990). Ever since then the U.S. government has successfully promoted the view that Paperclip was a short-term, harmless operation (Linda Hunt, 1945-1990). But through the Freedom of Information Act, thousands of pages of CIA classified mind control projects now document the abuse of thousands of human beings in the course of Project Paperclip and its successors. CIA programs were not only an extension of the OSS [U.S. Office of Strategic Services] quest for a "truth drug," but during the Cold War they led the way in effective means to control the mind.
Early research in this country was spearheaded by a Dr. Green (Greenbaum in German), who was recruited to serve in the US Army and to teach psychiatrists the mind control techniques he had developed. He also taught in England, and on a number of U.S. Air Force bases.
"Their experiments with children raised in various environments demonstrated that certain types of trauma focused on wounding specific aspects of the intrapsychic world." (Oglevie, 2004).
"Recognizing that each child is unique, early researchers into mind control were able to make some identification of the specific traumas during the various developmental states in the life of the child that would cause sufficient wounding, and of the specific nurturing experiences during those same developmental states that were necessary to prevent trauma-induced schizophrenia, narcissistic personality disorder, psychopathic personality, as well as other mental disorders." (Oglevie, 2004).
Dr. Green taught these doctors about the human brain and mind, techniques to create alternate personalities in children, and how to install a program system in a child. The only papers published were studies of animals, and not the studies that were actually performed on humans.
The bad news is that together these doctors programmed 1000's of children. The good news is that Dr. Green had the foresight to realize what this technology could to do humanity and apparently taught a deliberately flawed method of mind control. It is said that in 1976, at 60 years of age, he committed suicide rather than comply with requests to teach how to "fix the programming flaws." Many of these doctors’ mind control victims have been successfully deprogrammed and now live to tell what happened. Regardless of whether this is the case, it is clear from the modern neurofeedback perspective that minor traumatic brain injury can in principle disrupt such installed constructs and allow the surfacing of phenomenology that was to remain hidden from the subject. Similarly, a new traumatizing event can have the effect of kindling the recovery of a prior trauma. In this manner, programmed individuals are coming randomly into contact with their prior histories.
Documentation of Mind Control by Colin Ross, MD
In his latest book, psychiatrist Colin Ross, MD [who is a psychiatrist specializing in dissociative disorders which include multiple personality disorder] states,
"The major goal of the Cold War mind control programs was to create dissociative symptoms and disorders, including full multiple personality disorder. The capabilities postulated in the first Manchurian Candidate are fact, not fiction, and were created by the CIA in the 1950's under BLUEBIRD and ARTICHOKE mind control programs. Experiments with LSD, sensory deprivation, electro-convulsive treatment, brain electrode implants and hypnosis were designed to create amnesia, depersonalization, changes in identity and altered sates of consciousness." (Ross, 2000)
While the major medical schools and universities were teaching their graduate students that multiple personality disorder was rare, the psychiatrists participating in the CIA mind control projects were busy learning how to create controlled dissociation in their experimental subjects. The goal, of courss, was complete control of the mind of these subjects for their purposes. Multiple personality disorder is now classified by the American Psychiatric Association as Dissociative Identity Disorder and resides in the DSM-IV as DID 300.14. Ross goes on to state,
"Experiments to create Manchurian Candidate ‘super spies’ must be understood in their social and historical context, which is one of pervasive, systematic mind control experimentation, not by a few isolated renegade doctors, but by the leaders of psychiatry and the major medical schools."
Mind control experiments were interwoven with radiation experiments, and research on chemical and biological weapons. The mind control work was funded by the CIA, Army, Navy and Air Force, and concurrently by other agencies including the Public Health Service, and the non-governmental Scottish Rite Foundation." Ross goes on,
"Mind control contractors with Top Secret clearance included the American Psychological Association, Past Presidents of the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Biological Psychiatry, and psychiatrists who have received awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association."
One such example that Ross writes about is Dr. Louis Jolyon West. While Dr. West’s curriculum vitae doesn’t mention that he received Top Secret clearance from the CIA as the contractor on MKULTRA Subproject 43, CIA documents show that grants were given to Dr. West for studies entitled, Psychophysiological Studies of Hypnosis and Suggestibility and Studies of Dissociative States.
Ross states that,
"Dr. Lois Jolyon West was cleared at Top Secret for his work on MKULTRA. West's numerous connections to the mind control network illustrate how the network is maintained---not through any central conspiracy, but by an interlocking network of academic relationships, grants, conferences, and military appointments. Some doctors in the network were not funded directly by the CIA or military, but their work was of direct relevance to mind control, non-lethal weapons development, creation of controlled dissociation and the building of Manchurian Candidates."
And further on,
"Dr. West devoted four decades to study, writing and experimentation on dissociation, hypnosis, Communist mind control, hallucinogens, sensory deprivation, and methods of social influence; he concluded that the methods used by destructive cults result in the creation of new identities and dissociative states. The same methods, when applied to experimental subjects under BLUEBIRD, ARTICHOKE and MKULTRA, also resulted in the creation of amnesia, new identities and dissociated states. This was the Manchurian Candidate program."(Ross, 2000)
Other grants were received for use in EEG [Electroencephalography] experiments. From 1950-1957 Canadian Psychiatrist, Ewen Cameron (past president of the Quebec, Canadian, American and World Psychiatric Associations) received $60,353.33 for Research Studies on EEG and Electrophysiology. (Ross, 2000).
Cameron was subsequently successfully sued by victims of his experiments, and they recovered damages in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"In one of the MKULTRA Subproject 61 documents, Dr. Harold Wolff, Professor of Medicine at Cornell, defines the historical context for the CIA’s interest in mind control in general, which is also the context and motive for military funding of brain electrode implant experiments: The investigations of the highest integrative functions are fundamentally aimed at increasing our understanding of the functions of the human cerebral hemispheres in overall adaptive behavior. They arose out of our laboratory and clinical experience during the past twenty years, and especially out of our interest in the phenomena exhibited by men exposed to extremely threatening life situations; and they were initiated during the period when we were investigating the untoward effects of Communist police procedures. (Ross, 2004)
Brain Electrode Implant Research was also done by Jose Delgado -Yale, Office of Naval Research, Neil Burch, Army Intelligence, Robert Health-Tulane, MKULTRA, Mark Sweet & Frank Irvin-Harvard, and the CIA. (Ross, 2000.pg 344 appendix)
A CIA memorandum for MKULTRA Subproject 142 describes the use of animals for delivery of biological and chemical weapons, and the control of animals through stimulation of brain electrodes. The goal was clear: to control the mind and behavior and to create dissociation, through a combinations of drugs, sensory isolation, hypnosis, brain electrode implants, electric shock and beaming different kinds of energy at the brain. The ability to create limited, controlled amnesia through a variety of methods was a primary goal of the mind control programs. (Ross, 2004)
Often survivors report the use of EEG Technologies and Electroshock as Part of Their Abuse
In addition to intentional childhood torture, there was deliberate use of other methods of mind control, at times involving EEG technologies and electroshock as described in the scenario below:
"Electra, step forward now! Electra, this is your master, do what you are commanded!" She heard her name being barked from a distant place and reluctantly obeyed, fearful of the consequences of disobedience. Her body felt like it was sinking into the mattress of the hospital bed, it was so heavy. She flexed her wrist slightly and felt the familiar restraint tying her arm to the stainless steel rail. The rest of her arm refused her summons to move anchored as it was to the bed by the drugs flowing through the IV inserted into the top of her left hand.
"There, you see the patterns changing on the screen, that’s Electra’s brain wave, even though she is not yet conscious I can tell she has taken executive control of the body." He was talking to someone else demonstrating his "project" to another admirer. "How do you recognize this pattern over the other three you have shown me?" "It’s simple, look at this, this, and this." The other man obviously did not know what he was looking for, even though he made noises like he understood.
"Electra, open your eyes, now!" Why did he have to be so impatient? Even her eyelids felt like lead. She inventoried her body quickly to determine what it had already endured and its state of being. The body had not been sexually used, not yet at least, nor was the skin bruised or bleeding. Electrodes were clamped to the big toes of each foot, the thumbs, and taped to the back of her neck. That explained the cramp running down the spine and why the others alternate personalities had been submerged. Her task was to make electric shock "normal".
"Electra, I know you can hear me, open your eyes." The wires taped to her head led to the familiar machine sitting on the cart next to her bed. She could hear the familiar song as it displayed the electrical impulses from her brain onto the screen so they could be examined. A second cart held the electric shock generator which a quick glance through the slit between her eyelids showed was set only at the number five, she allowed herself to breathe in quietly, a shock at five was well within her tolerance for pain although she deliberately thrashed as if she were in agony whenever he shocked her at that level. No other personality could tolerate more than a level four. She reluctantly opened her eyes slowly, squinting into the bright light shining down on her face from overhead. "Yes, master", she whispered.
"This is Dr. Neophyte from Australia; he has come all this way to purchase one of our machines, but he insisted that I demonstrate it for him first. So you will be a good girl and cooperate, won’t you?" The threat was barely veiled. She blinked her eyes twice to signal "yes". "Good, now go to each of the places you have practiced and hold it until I give you permission to go to the next." Fear first, she remembered, so she quickly remembered the vision she had first seen when the pattern had peaked and the doctor had been so pleased. She had rehearsed it watching the screen herself until he was satisfied with the intensity displayed. "Excellent, hold that." She could hear him explaining what the peaks and valleys on each of the frequencies represented. She braced herself for the inevitable surge of electricity, but this time it did not come.
"Next." Serenity had been a much harder challenge for a girl used to surges of shock, but she had found the place in the elation that accompanied the end of a torture session and now went into that scenario. "Next." Serious concentration was easy, just multiply fractions one after the other. She could hear the tone in the visiting physician’s voice change as he watched the patterns change on the screen. "Next." Depression was easily reached; all she had to do was contemplate her future, an unending series of demonstrations for future customers who all wanted to see the product before they laid down the money. At least she didn’t have to do the sex stuff with the customers as well, that was Kitten’s task. Usually that happened before the "demonstration" as the drugs used took several hours to wear off and most of the buyers were not willing to either wait or use a drugged girl’s body.
When at last the show as completed, she heard the visiting doctor ask about the "deep Theta" state which allowed mind-control to be installed. That near death state genuinely frightened her and the programmer had promised he would never take her there again if she would cooperate with the demonstrations. Not that she believed that or fully trusted his word, but she had not gone there for more than twenty demonstrations. Through the slits of her eyes she watched as he turned the dial up to seven on the shock machine her absolute limit. She steeled herself for the inevitable. Liquid fire surged through her body and she did not have to pretend to jerk and thrash, her tortured muscles and nerves did it for her.
"That’s not it." She barely heard his voice as he glanced at the screen and frowned. The electrical surge was far stronger this time. As she was losing consciousness, she heard the words "There, that’s what we are looking for." The dial had been turned to nine. The visiting doctor bought both machines.
Concise Definition of Ritual Abuse-Based Mind Control
The Los Angeles County Commission For Women stated that:
"Ritual abuse is a brutal form of abuse of children, adolescents, and adults, consisting of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, and involving the use of rituals. Ritual does not necessarily mean satanic. However, most survivors state that they were ritually abuse as part of satanic worship for the purpose of indoctrinating them into satanic beliefs and practices. Ritual abuse rarely consists of a single episode. It usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time.
The physical abuse is severe, sometimes including torture and killing. The sexual abuse is usually painful, sadistic, and humiliating, intended as a means of gaining dominance over the victim. The psychological abuse is devastating and involves the use of ritual/indoctrination, which includes mind control techniques and mind altering drugs, and ritual/intimidation which conveys to the victim a profound terror of the cult members and of the evil spirits they believe cult members can command. Both during and after the abuse, most victims are in a state of terror, mind control, and dissociation in which disclosure is extremely difficult." (Los Angeles County Commission For Women, 1991)
Recognizing Mind Control in an Adult Client
Stephen Oglevie, a retired law enforcement chaplain has gathered extensive knowledge in the removal of mind control programming through his 15-year journey and in-depth work with over 350 mind control victims. In Mind Control; An Introduction, he lists the following indicators that may aid in the recognition and proper assessment of an adult client who may harbor mind control programming (Oglevie, 2004). (A word of caution to victims of this abuse regarding the following information). Victims may report some or all of the following:
Recognizing Programming in an Adult Client
The following are indicators that may aid in a proper assessment of an adult client who may contain mind control programming. My experience has been that all who survive childhood ritual/medical/spiritual abuse also contain mind control programming.
These indicators may be credited to other non-ritual abuse sources, but the more of these that are true of your client, the greater the possibility that you are working with a programmed client.
Client constantly wears black, red, orange or purple clothing.
Client assigns numbers to names, dates, months, and years that are between 1 and 9. Client reports number series run through their minds repeatedly that seemly have no correlation to anything in their lives.
Client is very sensitive to light. Squinting or asking that the office lights be turned down or off are evidences of this sensitivity.
Client reports experiencing physical pain that a medical exam cannot verify and which does not respond to medical treatment.
Client is repeatedly hospitalized near major ritual days and/or birthdays.
Client cuts arms, legs, face, neck, or torso with a razor blade, knife, broken glass, or scissors. There is a strong correlation between significant progress in therapy and the incidence of cutting.
Client burns arms, legs, face, neck, or torso with a curling iron, matches, hot knife blade, boiling water, car cigarette lighter, or stove burner. There is often a strong correlation between significant progress in therapy and the incidence of burning.
Client’s artwork contains repeated images of fire, blood, knives, cages, rape, needles, separated body parts, watching eyes, hooded figures, and sacrifices.
Client’s poetry contains repeated themes of being placed in dark holes, and/or being buried; references to snakes, spiders, dead babies, rats placed in the hole/coffin with them; themes of hopelessness, despair, there is no way out, no one will ever find "me".
Client reports repeated dreams of blood, death, violent sexual experiences, faces with staring eyes, painted faces, being caged or seeing others caged, breathing underwater or in space, or being an animal.
Client reports flashes of awareness, typically lasting less than one second, of something bizarre. Typical "visions" include staring faces, painted faces, animal heads on human bodies, blood covering some object, strange looking knives, amulets or stones in jewelry, dead human bodies, people in black robes, and fires in the darkness. This awareness is like the feeling of almost "touching" something or of something almost "touching" the client.
Client reports experiencing terror when seeing seemingly innocent objects or animals. These have included mirrors, keys, knives, forks, spoons, jewels, and clipboards, black suits and white lab coats. Animals include rabbits, puppies, kittens, dolphins, and lions.
Client experiences pain when coming in contact with water in its various forms, such as rain, snow, ice, fog, or steam. A typical response is that it feels like being burned with acid or fire. Bathing is impossible and showers can be endured for only a few minutes.
Client experiences tremendous fear upon hearing certain sounds. These may include but are not limited to; a telephone ring, their name being called, a knock on the door, a door opening or closing, a siren, a toilet flush, a car back-fire, the low muffled growl of a dog, the cry of a cat, or the hiss of a snake.
Client is fascinated with the German Third Reich, the swastika symbol, and concentration camps, or conversely is very fearful of these things. The combinations of red and black clothing may also serve as indicators.
Client repeatedly makes the following statements during the therapy sessions or by the telephone following a therapy session: "It’s all just a bad dream." "I made it all up." "I’m lying to you." "I must be crazy." "I’m a bad girl / boy to be telling you this." "I must be a very bad girl/boy to be here." "I deserve to be punished." "I am really in trouble now." These are typical programmed denial/punishment phrases.
Client cannot drink water. They report that it tastes like urine, blood, feces, or semen. Since water flushes drugs from the body, often the programming includes aversion to water.
Client suddenly looses the ability to speak while disclosing information during therapy session.
Client suddenly looses the ability to hear while the therapist is talking, particularly when validating or confirming the information presented by the client.(Oglevie, 2004).
Permission is denied by Stephen Oglevie for these 19 Signs and Symptoms to be copied in any form.
For your client’s safety, please do not share this material with them
Neurofeedback can be a great adjunct to therapy for victims of mind control. Training at the temporal, posterior, occipital and frontal areas of the brain will help to stabilize the victim. It is possible to reduce the dissociative episodes by inhibiting 0-9 Hz at different cortical sites. Panic and anxiety can be greatly reduced by inhibiting 14-30 Hz. And generalized up-training at 12-15 Hz. or lower can help stabilize the victim. It has been this author’s experience that neurofeedback greatly enhances the overall cognitive function, stabilizes emotional states, and reduces the need for hospitalizations.
When using neurofeedback for victims of mind control it is best to proceed cautiously, as they may have programs in place to cause self-harm or at worst suicide if the programs are tampered with. Professionals who lack the knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mind control could end up not helping very much, or even harming a victim.
Neurofeedback can be used successfully with victims of mind control, but it is best combined with the removal of mind control programming. In particular, it would seem that alpha-theta training should be very helpful here, but this could also be problematic if the existence of programming has not been recognized. The eyes-open training, often referred to as "SMR-beta" training should be extensively relied upon, with the objective of stabilizing the nervous system. It is important that the client feel safe with the clinician, and this means feeling accepted. Ultimately it is not necessary for the clinician to fully understand the subject of mind control or the subjective experience of their client in order to be of help. The fact that neurofeedback targets the physiological dimension makes it unnecessary for the clinician to reach clarity on these matters at the outset. Rather, the clinician must recognize that the survivor is a victim of trauma and progress can only be made with at least a provisional acceptance of that state as a starting point of therapy.
The author plans to present further information regarding this subject jointly with Steven Oglevie at private seminars. For further information, contact this author at <email@example.com>
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How the Secret Team transformed America into an Empire
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:30 UTC
This ongoing investigative series, the first four installments of which are posted here, brings to the forefront recent revelations on the expansion of the US government's surveillance apparatus and the stolen technology that makes it all possible. On the heels of NSA whistleblower Russell Tice's allegations of a government intelligence community that has crossed the line and trashed the constitution, Ed Encho covers a span of investigations throughout the years that reads like a Tom Clancy suspense thriller. Only it's real.
"Over the last two weeks I have encountered just such an apocalyptic situation, where I and the Department of Justice have been asked to be part of something that is fundamentally wrong." (Excerpt from Deputy Attorney General James Comey's draft letter of resignation to President Bush, dated March 16, 2004, which Comey did not in the end send.) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/cheney/doc-comey-resig.html
"Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull" (George Orwell: 1984)
Main Core and PROMIS
Suppose that the United States Government, or more likely an unaccountable privatized intelligence colossus empowered by the reaction to the 9/11 attacks and fueled by the rampant cronyism of a system long ago gone rotten had a surveillance tool capable of peering into the most private aspects of American lives on a whim. Now suppose that the new growth industry of a previously unthinkable futuristic police state was already in place, fully operational and has been online and has actively been being utilized for domestic spying for years before those two airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center. The 'terrorist' attacks were used as the justification for every unconstitutional reigning in of civil liberties ever since that heinous September morning seven years ago when the reset button was hit on two and a quarter centuries of American history and we all stepped forth into the brave new world of perpetual war, fear, suspicion and vengeance into a parallel reality in a place that would come to be known as The Homeland. What if this surveillance industrial complex was in possession of a database that was so large and so powerful that not only could it instantly process and retrieve the most minute or intimate aspects of a citizen's lives but was also able to utilize extremely sophisticated artificial intelligence capabilities to actually predict likely patterns of future behavior.
Such a huge database would be able to use cutting edge technology funded with taxpayer dollars and awarded to unaccountable private corporations largely through 'business as usual' no bid contracts to create the most invasive tool of oppression this country has ever seen. This database would rely on software that was capable of performing social network analysis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network based on block modeling technology http://bahoowah.blogspot.com/2008/10/big-brother-and-block-modeling.html to monitor all forms of electronic communications, all internet searches, all debit and credit card transactions, all travel arrangements, all library records, all bank activity and all telephone records. It would then be able to use the data to not only find links between persons who already know and interact with each other but to categorize each individual into a particular group that possess similar behavioral and purchasing habits. These groups could then be further divided into subgroups and further analyzed in order to determine under some loosely defined and largely unknown guidelines whether they could potentially represent a threat. While all of this may sound like some sort of futuristic dystopian nightmare straight out of Philip K. Dick's Minority Report and "Precrime" it is very real and it goes by the name of Main Core http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Core . For example, if you are selling a bicycle and run an advertisement in your local newspaper and you happen to receive a call from a Muhammad who is interested in your bicycle and Muhammad happens to have certain friends who have relationships with an organization that is determined by some unknown criteria to be a potential terrorist organization then the call that you received from Muhammad would then in all likelihood place you in the database and subject to an increased level of scrutiny at best and at worst in jeopardy of being picked up and held indefinitely without any sort of judicial review.
This technology is being used today absent any form of legitimate oversight, with a Constitution that has been eviscerated by the Bush-Cheney-Rove Axis of Evil, a vast gulag network of top secret prisons and 'detention facilities' and the decidedly anti-American new phenomenon of state-sanctioned torture. Throw in an overworked, systematically dumbed-down populace that has been propagandized by the corrupt institution that is the corporate media machine with it's clever use of fear and loathing and scientific development of advanced mind control techniques who despite the infinite wisdom of our forefathers would gladly sacrifice their liberty for the any sort of temporary safety (no matter that it is fleeting) and there exists today in 'The Homeland' a perfect Petri-dish for an authoritarian fascist society.
It is though a very sophisticated form of fascism unlike more outwardly obvious regimes that we have known in the past. Author Bertram Gross published a book back in 1980 that was entitled Friendly Fascism http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/Friendly_Fascism_BGross.html , Jim Garrison once said that "fascism would come to America in the name of national security", and author Kevin Phillips in his 1983 book Post-Conservative America http://www.powells.com/biblio/17-9780394522128-0 warned of the potential of an "apple pie authoritarianism" and a coming society in which: "the Star Spangled Benner would wave with greater frequency and over many more parades; increased surveillance would crack down on urban outbreaks and extreme political dissidents". This very accurately describes post 9/11 America where any semblance of reason has been abandoned for cheap flag-waving pimped off as patriotism, criticism of authority has made into potential treason by the highly paid shills for neoconservative doctrine, sloganeering and demagoguery have replaced discourse, critical thinking is becoming extinct and just as George Orwell so accurately predicted Big Brother is now watching over us, protecting us and ensuring that we understand that war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
But I digress...
Main Core has received attention in two 2008 articles, one a piece by investigative journalist Christopher Ketcham entitled The Last Roundup http://www.sott.net/articles/show/155835-The-Last-Roundup (which also looks at Continuity of Government http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8572 programs but more on that in a little while) and Tim Shorrock entitled Exposing Bush's Historic Abuse of Power http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/07/26/10624 . Both articles tie Main Core to the now legendary PROMIS software, an extremely advanced program designed to aid federal prosecutors in case management tracking. PROMIS http://www.sott.net/articles/show/176519-PROMIS-Spins-Web-of-Intrigue could pull and put together a wide range of data from disparate sources into a single record. The PROMIS software was created by INSLAW http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inslaw Inc., a company owned by a former NSA intelligence officer named William Hamilton. PROMIS was to have been licensed to the U.S. government in the early 1980's before the technology boom became widespread but was then stolen by the seamy officials in Ronald Reagan's Justice Department. The software was modified for espionage purposes to include a 'back door' that could be used for spying on those that it was sold to and in a detail that should be especially relevant with the economic crisis that threatens to crash the global financial system, the software could also be used to track in real time (in order to manipulate?) stock market transactions, one can certainly speculate as to how such a tool could have contributed to an economic catastrophe as we are now facing if it were used for such a thing. It is important to keep in mind the period when PROMIS was stolen in the early 1980's and the fact that the technology boom was still years in the future which should give one an idea to just how far advanced and therefore how important that it was to those who would use it in order to promote a sinister agenda.
Comment: Perhaps the PROMIS template is behind "high-frequency trading", of which Goldman Sachs has been gorging on. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/189346-What-is-High-Frequency-Trading-and-How-Does-It-Distort-the-Markets-
Mr. Shorrock's piece goes into the relationship between PROMIS and Main Core in some detail:
According to William Hamilton, a former NSA intelligence officer who left the agency in the 1970s, that description sounded a lot like Main Core, which he first heard about in detail in 1992. Hamilton, who is the president of Inslaw Inc., a computer services firm with many clients in government and the private sector, says there are strong indications that the Bush administration's domestic surveillance operations use Main Core.
Hamilton's company Inslaw is widely respected in the law enforcement community for creating a program called the Prosecutors' Management Information System, or PROMIS. It keeps track of criminal investigations through a powerful search engine that can quickly access all stored data components of a case, from the name of the initial investigators to the telephone numbers of key suspects. PROMIS, also widely used in the insurance industry, can also sort through other databases fast, with results showing up almost instantly. "It operates just like Google," Hamilton told me in an interview in his Washington office in May.
Since the late 1980s, Inslaw has been involved in a legal dispute over its claim that Justice Department officials in the Reagan administration appropriated the PROMIS software. Hamilton claims that Reagan officials gave PROMIS to the NSA and the CIA, which then adapted the software -- and its outstanding ability to search other databases -- to manage intelligence operations and track financial transactions. Over the years, Hamilton has employed prominent lawyers to pursue the case, including Elliot Richardson, the former attorney general and secretary of defense who died in 1999, and C. Boyden Gray, the former White House counsel to President George H.W. Bush. The dispute has never been settled. But based on the long-running case, Hamilton says he believes U.S. intelligence uses PROMIS as the primary software for searching the Main Core database.
Hamilton was first told about the connection between PROMIS and Main Core in the spring of 1992 by a U.S. intelligence official, and again in 1995 by a former NSA official. In July 2001, Hamilton says, he discussed his case with retired Adm. Dan Murphy, a former military advisor to Elliot Richardson who later served under President George H.W. Bush as deputy director of the CIA. Murphy, who died shortly after his meeting with Hamilton, did not specifically mention Main Core. But he informed Hamilton that the NSA's use of PROMIS involved something "so seriously wrong that money alone cannot cure the problem," Hamilton told me. He added, "I believe in retrospect that Murphy was alluding to Main Core." Hamilton also provided copies of letters that Richardson and Gray sent to U.S. intelligence officials and the Justice Department on Inslaw's behalf alleging that the NSA and the CIA had appropriated PROMIS for intelligence use.
Hamilton says James B. Comey's congressional testimony in May 2007, in which he described a hospitalized John Ashcroft's dramatic standoff with senior Bush officials Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card, was another illuminating moment. "It was then that we [at Inslaw] started hearing again about the Main Core derivative of PROMIS for spying on Americans," he told me.
Through a former senior Justice Department official with more than 25 years of government experience, Salon has learned of a high-level former national security official who reportedly has firsthand knowledge of the U.S. government's use of Main Core. The official worked as a senior intelligence analyst for a large domestic law enforcement agency inside the Bush White House. He would not agree to an interview. But according to the former Justice Department official, the former intelligence analyst told her that while stationed at the White House after the 9/11 attacks, one day he accidentally walked into a restricted room and came across a computer system that was logged on to what he recognized to be the Main Core database. When she mentioned the specific name of the top-secret system during their conversation, she recalled, "He turned white as a sheet."
An article in Radar magazine in May, citing three unnamed former government officials, reported that "8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect" and, in the event of a national emergency, "could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and even detention."
The INSLAW/PROMIS story reached deep into the darkest bowels of an increasingly secretive and malevolent National Security State http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=National_Security_State that had manifested itself in the Reagan administration, the arms for hostages 'October Surprise' http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/102506.html deal that sank Jimmy Carter's bid for re-election leading to the Reagan-Bush hostile takeover of America, Iran-Contra http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair , BCCI, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_Credit_and_Commerce_International media manipulation (see Robert Parry's excellent special report for Consortium News entitled Iran Contra's 'lost chapter') http://www.consortiumnews.com/ http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/062908.html , Oliver North's swashbuckling adventures with C.O.G., drugs for guns http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/nsaebb2.htm and subversion of Congress all were components of Reagan's government, a government that he hypocritically railed against for its intrusiveness and yet presided over while the shadow government that would rise again with the Supreme Court installation of George W. Bush as president with many of the key operatives of Reagan and George H.W. Bush's dark shops of oppression being given key positions in this brazenly lawless administration that has brought America to the brink of fascism. Many of these hard-liners remain in place throughout the bureaucracy in order to do whatever is necessary to preserve the power of the shadow government.
Ketcham's The Last Roundup http://www.sott.net/articles/show/155835-The-Last-Roundup is particularly of interest in that he examines the now infamous 2004 visit of Bush administration officials Alberto Gonzalez and Andrew Card to the hospital room of Attorney General John Ashcroft who had been stricken with pancreatitis after acting A.G. James Comey refused to sign off on the reauthorization of what was an illegal surveillance program related to Continuity of Government. The story is fascinating in that it not only illustrated the length to which the Bush-Cheney junta would go to in order to keep their dirty little programs in place but also for the high speed chase through the streets of Washington and the race up the hospital stairs that Comey engaged in to beat Gonzalez and Card to the sedated Ashcroft to take advantage of a sick man, when John Ashcroft actually comes out looking like a heroic figure it becomes very apparent of just how grossly un-American that this flagrantly criminal administration truly is. James Comey went on to give testimony to Congress over the hospital room showdown http://www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2007/05/15/comey_testimony/ and more details are available from blogger Glenn Greenwald in his piece entitled What illegal "things" was the government doing in 2001-2004? http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/09/15/surveillance/index.html and in Barton Gellman's book Angler and excerpts were published in the Washington Post which part one http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/13/AR2008091302284.html?hpid=topnews and part two http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/14/AR2008091401974.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2008091302818&s_pos= can be read for more information on the back story behind the surveillance reauthorization. Murray Waas also has done a story on whether former Attorney General Gonzalez created a set of falsified notes http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200809u/gonzales-notes to provide a cover story for what occurred while trying to bully Comey and Ashcroft into signing off on the obviously illegal surveillance program.
Excerpts from Ketcham's story are chilling:
According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, "There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived 'enemies of the state' almost instantaneously." He and other sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.
Of course, federal law is somewhat vague as to what might constitute a "national emergency." Executive orders issued over the past three decades define it as a "natural disaster, military attack, [or] technological or other emergency," while Department of Defense documents include eventualities like "riots, acts of violence, insurrections, unlawful obstructions or assemblages, [and] disorder prejudicial to public law and order." According to one news report, even "national opposition to U.S. military invasion abroad" could be a trigger.
Let's imagine a harrowing scenario: coordinated bombings in several American cities culminating in a major blast - say, a suitcase nuke - in New York City. Thousands of civilians are dead. Commerce is paralyzed. A state of emergency is declared by the president. Continuity of Governance plans that were developed during the Cold War and aggressively revised since 9/11 go into effect. Surviving government officials are shuttled to protected underground complexes carved into the hills of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Power shifts to a "parallel government" that consists of scores of secretly preselected officials. (As far back as the 1980s, Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and Dick Cheney, then a congressman from Wyoming, were slated to step into key positions during a declared emergency.) The executive branch is the sole and absolute seat of authority, with Congress and the judiciary relegated to advisory roles at best. The country becomes, within a matter of hours, a police state.
Under law, during a national emergency, FEMA and its parent organization, the Department of Homeland Security, would be empowered to seize private and public property, all forms of transport, and all food supplies. The agency could dispatch military commanders to run state and local governments, and it could order the arrest of citizens without a warrant, holding them without trial for as long as the acting government deems necessary. From the comfortable perspective of peaceful times, such behavior by the government may seem far-fetched. But it was not so very long ago that FDR ordered 120,000 Japanese Americans - everyone from infants to the elderly - be held in detention camps for the duration of World War II. This is widely regarded as a shameful moment in U.S. history, a lesson learned. But a long trail of federal documents indicates that the possibility of large-scale detention has never quite been abandoned by federal authorities. Around the time of the 1968 race riots, for instance, a paper drawn up at the U.S. Army War College detailed plans for rounding up millions of "militants" and "American negroes," who were to be held at "assembly centers or relocation camps." In the late 1980s, the Austin American-Statesman and other publications reported the existence of 10 detention camp sites on military facilities nationwide, where hundreds of thousands of people could be held in the event of domestic political upheaval. More such facilities were commissioned in 2006, when Kellogg Brown & Root - then a subsidiary of Halliburton - was handed a $385 million contract to establish "temporary detention and processing capabilities" for the Department of Homeland Security. The contract is short on details, stating only that the facilities would be used for "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs." Just what those "new programs" might be is not specified.
In the days after our hypothetical terror attack, events might play out like this: With the population gripped by fear and anger, authorities undertake unprecedented actions in the name of public safety. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security begin actively scrutinizing people who - for a tremendously broad set of reasons - have been flagged in Main Core as potential domestic threats. Some of these individuals might receive a letter or a phone call, others a request to register with local authorities. Still others might hear a knock on the door and find police or armed soldiers outside. In some instances, the authorities might just ask a few questions. Other suspects might be arrested and escorted to federal holding facilities, where they could be detained without counsel until the state of emergency is no longer in effect.
Despite the departure of the Bush regime, martial law is a very serious possibility with it having now been established that the executive branch can exercise dictatorial powers during a "catastrophic emergency" (as put forth in the Bush administration's NSPD-51) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_and_Homeland_Security_Presidential_Directive which is defined as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy or government functions". With events unfolding as they currently are it is especially troubling to note that the "economy" is one of the criteria that would trigger the declaration of martial law, the current economic crisis along with the lack of will to do what it takes to make corrections rather than bailing out and essentially giving amnesty to the Wall Street looters who are responsible for it only guarantees that the collapse when it does come will be much more devastating. An article in The Army Times http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/ that was published last fall reveals that as of October troop deployments will include 'Homeland' duty under the command of NORTHCOM http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/dod/northcom.htm . Assignments will allow for an increased public visibility (translation: getting Americans used to seeing troops on the streets) and will have a stated purpose as follows: "They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack." If action by the military (and the unaccountable mercenaries from privatized 'security' firms like Blackwater) is decided to be merited by the unitary executive and a state of martial law declared then what exactly is going to happen to those "8 million" names that Ketcham writes of as "potentially suspect" who are in the Main Core database?
That Main Core and PROMIS are linked raises some extremely provocative questions in regards to intent on the subversion of the Constitution and the overthrow of the legitimate government by a shadow government http://bahoowah.blogspot.com/2008/04/reagan-aides-and-secret-government.html using the Continuity of Government infrastructure. Ketcham also references a massive 1993 piece for Wired Magazine entitled The INSLAW Octopus http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.01/inslaw.html?topic=&topic_set= that none other than the infamous rogue operative Lt. Col. Oliver North was using PROMIS for illegal surveillance purposes:
Lt. Col. Oliver North also may have been using the program. According to several intelligence community sources, PROMIS was in use at a 6,100-square-foot command center built on the sixth floor of the Justice Department. According to both a contractor who helped design the center and information disclosed during the Iran-Contra hearings, Oliver North had a similar, but smaller, White House operations room that was connected by computer link to the DOJ's command center.
Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and potential troublemakers within the United States as part of a domestic emergency preparedness program, commissioned under Reagan's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to sources and published reports. Using PROMIS, sources point out, North could have drawn up lists of anyone ever arrested for a political protest, for example, or anyone who had ever refused to pay their taxes. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon's enemies list or Sen. Joe McCarthy's blacklist look downright crude. This operation was so sensitive that when Rep. Jack Brooks asked North about it during the Iran-Contra hearings, the hearing was immediately suspended pending an executive (secret) conference. When the hearings were reconvened, the issue of North's FEMA dealings was dropped.
North's involvement with Continuity of Government programs including REX 84 has long been known and while Col. North no longer is active in such programs (at least not to the knowledge of anyone) a larger part of the C.O.G./shadow government infrastructure continued to breed in darkness and secrecy and on that most glorious day for American fascism, 9/11/2001 went live under the guidance of one of its most ardent and longtime architects, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney.
The secrets of Main Core, PROMIS and other variations of the monstrous tools of an out of control shadow government are the veritable crown jewels of the police state and every effort has and will continue to be vigorously employed to stifle any investigations through the official channels. Is there really any doubt that these surveillance systems aren't being used for raw political purposes and for blackmail? How much serious opposition did the Bush-Cheney-Rove Axis of Evil meet in their systematic dismantling of the Constitution over the past eight years? How much of it will the Obama administration undo? In the ongoing exploitation of the 'terrorist' attacks of 9/11 that have been used to justify each and every incursion on American civil liberties and thugs like Dick Cheney and David Addington acting as the muscle for the shadow government (as is evident in the stories linked to above) the footfalls of those little cat feet grow louder and louder.
Now if PROMIS was being used by Colonel North as a part of Rex 84 back in the 1980's when the Continuity of Government plans were being tweaked, FEMA being set up for the eventual incorporation into the Department of Homeland Security and financial transactions as well as communications already being monitored what does that say about the current state in which we all find ourselves in? Every new police state measure has been implemented largely after being conceived in secrecy under the premise of 'national security' and NSPD-51 has allowed for the executive branch to issue a declaration of martial law under which the roundup of dissidents http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/04/ED5OUPQJ7.DTL for detention (or worse) will be conducted. And this has all been non-reviewable by Congress, a supposedly (at least according to the Constitution) a co-equal branch of government. When a Congressman named Peter DeFazio was last year denied access to the NSPD-51/C.O.G. http://www.counterpunch.org/scott03312008.html plans by the Bush administration it was yet another example of what has been a disturbing pattern. The Main Core list of potential 'enemies of the state', the assignment of troops to NORTHCOM, the ongoing frantic efforts of the neocons to launch a war with Iran, the threat of the Cheney cabal being further exposed, the deteriorating economy and the growing public anger at government along with a loss of faith in public institutions all add up to something very dark that is about to come to fruition after decades of planning.
None of this is about terrorism at all, it never has been. It is all about the implementation of a fascist style dictatorship in America. It is imperative that it be brought to light now that there is a window of opportunity and a new administration, the police state and the illegal surveillance system must be dismantled and our intelligence system be put under honest and principled oversight.
"In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line."
- Earling Carothers 'Jim' Garrison
The Shadow Government
To say that the 'terrorist' attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were an incredible boon to the shadow government and its long running agenda would be quite the understatement. Never before in American history has this particular element been so visible and brazen than in the aftermath of 9/11 which has since become the ultimate trump card to be played against the forces of reason, judiciousness and the rule of law. The frenzied spree to dismantle the republic and reinterpret the Constitution to implement the fascist police state that would suppress the domestic populace while the business of expanding the empire abroad has gone on unabated for over seven years now. The ascendance of the shadow government into the open began on that morning and the events have been instrumental in allowing for every outrageous violation of civil liberties, international law and the very bedrock principle upon which civilized societies are built being habeas corpus. America is now known worldwide as a torture state, a pariah and a rogue nation to be hated and feared and is ruled by an imperial presidency, or as it is formally known, a Unitary Executive http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Unitary_Executive_Theory (translation: dictator). The current state of affairs are primarily due to the policies of the cabal of one Richard B. Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history as well as a longtime shadow government figure who activated Continuity of Government http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a81cogexercises on the morning of 9/11.
Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld who have been collaborators in a war against the basic tenets of American Constitutional democracy since their days together in the Ford administrationand were active participants in Continuity of Government throughout the Reagan years and afterwards. With C.O.G. being highly secretive it is not widely known due to a lack of official media coverage of the programs so few questions have been asked, no oversight exists and it has been a useful place for a renegade cabal with an acute distaste for democratic principles. One of the most often referenced pieces on this was James Mann's 2004 piece for the Atlantic Magazine entitled The Armageddon Plan http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0318-14.htm . Another shadow government figure who would later become instrumental in the transformation of America into the fascistic Homeland is one David Addington http://www.truthout.org/article/jane-mayer-the-hidden-power , Cheney's crackerjack legal mind and longtime hatchetman who has along with others such as John Yoo http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/04/02/yoo/ (a man who once said that the president had the legal authority to crush a child's testicles http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11488.htm were it deemed necessary) have toiled to change the law of the nation into something dark and foreign. In Addington's world there is legitimacy to engage in illegal (at least until now) domestic spying, abduction and detention without trial, torture both physical and mental (a horrifying example is that of Jose Padilla http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/feb/23/comment.terrorism (an American citizen who would be the precedent for future actions against other Americans) who was imprisoned and psychologically destroyed through the application of mind control techniques straight out of the infamous CIA program MKULTRA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA to the point where his mental capacities were that of "a piece of furniture". Padilla was not only a precedent setter but also a warning of what the government could do to a person deemed to be a 'terrorist' or 'terrorist sympathizer', the definitions of which are intentionally vague for a very terrifying reason.
David Addington, more than once referred to as Cheney's Cheney http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/07/03/060703on_onlineonly01 was a key player in the implementation of the shadow government infrastructure now that it has come out from under the cover of darkness in the post-9/11 era. Jane Meyer of the New Yorker speaks of their relationship in the following interview from which I excerpt a piece from here:
How did David Addington get to know Vice-President Cheney, and how long have they worked together?
They met on Capitol Hill in the mid-eighties, when Cheney was a Republican congressman from Wyoming and Addington was a young staff lawyer working for the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. So they have worked together for about two decades. Their partnership was cemented when they worked together on the Minority Report on the Iran-Contra affair. Both Addington and Cheney took the idiosyncratic position that it was Congress, not President Reagan, that was in the wrong. This view reflected the opinion, held by both men, that the executive branch should run foreign policy, to a great extent unimpeded by Congress. It's a recurring theme - pushing the limits of executive power and sidestepping Congress - in their partnership. One example is their position that the President, as Commander-in-Chief in times of war, had the inherent authority to ignore the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Congress passed in an effort to make sure that Presidents don't violate citizens' right to privacy by spying on them without warrants.
After meeting and working together in Congress, Cheney and Addington continued their partnership at the Pentagon, where, during the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, Cheney was Secretary of Defense and Addington was his special assistant and, later, general counsel. There, Addington was known as a powerhouse, a stickler who controlled access to Cheney and marked up others' memos in red felt-tipped pen, returning the memos for rewrites that would make them sharper-and more protective of executive power.
At the Pentagon, the two exhibited a similar pessimism about world affairs, in particular about the possibility that Mikhail Gorbachev represented true change, and also an unusually deep interest in "continuity of government" planning-how the government survives in the event of a doomsday attack. Addington kept the constitutional provisions for Presidential succession in his pocket at all times, a colleague told me.
Addington is still largely a mystery man but his connections to Continuity of Government during the Reagan era are documented as well as his ties to Cheney. Another common denominator is the Iran-Contra affair; Addington was a big player in it as well as most of the current crop of neocons who returned to power under Bush II. Addington also is connected to spook master and former CIA head William 'Bill' Casey (a man whose history and past associations is a veritable almanac of American fascism dating from WWII through the Reagan years and who played a key role in the theft of the PROMIS software) through The Lawless Group (named for CIA operative Richard Lawless, a close associate of Casey). Sidney Blumenthal's article for Salon entitled The Sad decline of Michael Mukasey http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2007/11/01/mukasey/print.html provides some additional background on Mr. Addington:
Addington's dominion over the law -- controlling the writing of the president's executive orders and the memos from OLC, the office of the White House counsel and the carefully placed network of general counsels throughout the federal government's departments and agencies -- is a well-established and central aspect of Cheney's power. Addington has been indispensable to the vice president since he served as his counsel on the joint congressional committee investigating the Iran-Contra scandal, when Cheney was the ranking minority member. In that capacity, Addington wrote, under Cheney's signature, the notorious minority report that was an early clarion call for the imperial presidency.
Addington and Cheney's report decried Congress for its "hysteria" over the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved the selling of missiles to Iran to finance arms for the Nicaraguan Contras against explicit congressional legislation. The Constitution, they argued, "leaves little, if any doubt that the president was expected to have the primary role of conducting the foreign policy of the United States." They added: "Congressional actions to limit the president in this area therefore should be reviewed with a considerable degree of skepticism. If they interfere with the core presidential foreign policy functions, they should be struck down."
The Cheney minority report was the doctrinal basis for the Bush presidency: the unitary executive, the commander in chief ruling in wartime by fiat and, ultimately, torture being defined as whatever the president, not the Geneva Conventions, said it was. Addington's authorship of the Cheney Iran-Contra report was largely overlooked until fairly recently, but his deeper connection to that scandal and its resonance have received little attention.
In the 1980s, Addington, then in his 20s, served as deputy counsel to CIA director William Casey, the moving force behind the Iran-Contra affair and the most powerful figure in the Reagan administration after the president. Along with other hotshots in the counsel's office, Addington was part of what became known within the agency as the "Lawless Group," named after Richard Lawless, a CIA operative who was a close assistant to Casey, according to a former senior CIA official. After Casey's death, Rep. Dick Cheney co-opted the "Lawless Group," putting its members in key positions when he was secretary of defense during the first Bush administration and vice president in the second. (Lawless, for example, after working as Jeb Bush's business partner, served as deputy undersecretary of defense, retiring this past April.)
"A lot of the decisions on Iran-Contra were signed off by the counsel's office," a longtime senior CIA official told me. "It was not a renegade operation. It had lawyers, just like now. Everything they were doing was run by the general counsel's office and Addington was deputy. You may draw your own conclusions, as the Russians say." In fact, the role of the counsel's office surfaced in the trial of Alan Fiers, the CIA agent in charge of the Central American Task Force, who pleaded guilty to misleading Congress. But that role was never investigated or ever really reported.
"These guys don't like the mainstream CIA. In fact, they hate it," the CIA official explained. "They don't like information unless it fits what they want to hear. They hate the CIA because the CIA tells them what they don't want to hear. They want assessments that prove ideological points. They are looking for simplistic answers to complicated issues. They inhabit a make-believe world of moving up into perceived areas of expertise. It's the same guys; they all resurface when Republicans are back in power. It's the same group. It's a system. The similarities are amazing in all these wars we've been dragged into."
That 9/11 enabled Cheney, Addington and the rest of the neocons to brutally enforce their long planned agenda and has served as the basis for all that has changed since that day there remains a truly legitimate question as to what their role or knowledge of those attacks may have been. It has been a matter of intense debate in the alternative media as to what level of involvement this cabal may have had in ensuring that the attacks took place (stay away from the Bush Did It canard which is only a straw man), they did after all write in a document for the Project For A New American Century http://www.newamericancentury.org/ (PNAC) entitled Rebuilding America's Defenses http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3249.htm of the need for a "New Pearl Harbor" in order for the public to accept their radical doctrine and there never has been a legitimate investigation of 9/11 free of conflicts of interest and with full subpoena power so as to ask the serious questions in a public forum about the event that hit the reset button on over two and a quarter centuries of American history and the subsequent implementation of a fascist infrastructure.
In a fairly recent article that I wrote entitled 9/11: Cover for a Coup d'Etat? http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=7521 , I mused as to whether the 'terrorist' attacks merely provided cover for an Edward Luttwak-style coup d'etat http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,844868-1,00.html to be piggybacked on top of the incidents using the Continuity of Government infrastructure. The massive USAPATRIOT Act was already awaiting a rollout and there is the still lingering question of who was really behind the Anthrax attacks that were directed at those who were in positions to stop its implementation. 9/11 would be consistent with historical black operations and false flag attacks and the festering disregard for American democracy by those who assumed control in the aftermath is widely known but I am not going to revisit that in this particular writing other than to ask the obvious question of Cui Bono? Whether 9/11 was indeed a coup by an alliance between the shadow government along with rogue elements of foreign intelligence services is of less importance than the consistent pattern of below-the-surface influence and interactions of non-elected government officials and foreign and domestic criminal elements. Author and researcher Professor Peter Dale Scott refers to a "Deep State" and I would refer readers of this article to one of his entitled 9/11, Deep State Violence and the Hope of Internet Politics http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9289 in which Professor Scott provides an in-depth look into not only the deep state but asks serious questions about whether Continuity of Government was implemented in the aftermath of 9/11. I excerpt the following from this piece:
In my book The Road to 9/11, I have argued that there has existed, at least since World War Two if not earlier, an analogous American deep state, also combining intelligence officials with elements from the drug-trafficking underworld. I also pointed to recent decades of collaboration between the U.S. deep state and al-Qaeda, a terrorist underworld whose drug-trafficking activities have been played down in the 9/11 Commission Report and the mainstream U.S. media.
The book referenced by Professor Scott is The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2520.shtml and it is an essential read for those seeking to understand America as it exists today.
Pictures of the Homeland
That the United States of America has nearly completed the tragic transition to a fascist form of government becomes more apparent with each passing day and each additional outrage and the cancer has so thoroughly metastasized there is little hope that a new regime in Washington is going to be able to bring it to a halt. Whether it be the hijacking of the financial system by the Wall Street banking cartel that is abetted by yet another capitulation by a quisling Congress, more evidence of the desecration of privacy rights by a surveillance industrial complex run amok, the alarming and ongoing militarizing of the nation's police, the assignment of combat hardened troops to domestic duty (with a mandate to quell civil unrest despite the now for all intents and purposes rendered irrelevant http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/opinion/19mon3.html?ei=5088&en=b6389062c9533ffe&ex=1329541200 Posse Comitatus Act) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act or the constantly morphing and open ended definition of what exactly constitutes being a 'terrorist' to name only a few of the more alarming changes to the republic, those who are able to recognize such things as to what they truly are should be increasingly aware that the dreaded and ubiquitous pejorative of conspiracy theorist is (as it always has been) one gigantic sick joke. The pushback against President Obama for announcing the planned closure of the Gitmo torture gulag by the neocon embeds in the media has been significant.
As the saying goes, if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water it will react by jumping out immediately, but if you put that same frog into a pot of lukewarm water and then very slowly increase the temperature of the burner on the stove upon which it sits, that frog will stay in the pot until it becomes soup. My fellow Americans, that frog is us and the parallel reality that is so essential for the transformation of a state from one of benevolent democracy to one of totalitarianism as set forth by Hannah Arendt, is in the final stages of being swapped out. The apple pie authoritarianism becomes more entrenched, political discourse has been reduced to nothing more than demagoguery, lies (either outright or more commonly, through omission) clever and highly sophisticated propaganda, race-baiting, fear-mongering and all delivered through a corrupted and complicit corporate media machine and the celebrity shills that it employs as barkers in the carnival of immorality and perversion that is the shell of American now known as the Homeland.
In the run-up to the 2008 election, millions of little plastic pieces of vile filth (that hew to the established storylines formerly established as an example in one Julius Streicher's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher publication Der Sturmer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Stürmer ) in the form of a DVD version of a deceitful and meticulously designed and professionally produced (in order to evoke a proper emotional response from certain credulous or otherwise mentally unstable fringe elements) propaganda film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/ and sponsored by a well-funded, shadowy front group were mass distributed ( 28 million ) in many of the nation's newspapers and specifically in swing states in advance of the coming election. The obvious intent was to generate fear and hatred and to manufacture consent as well as swing the election to McCain. It worked to perfection as Muslim children were gassed in the nursery of a Dayton http://www.alternet.org/blogs/rights/100848/muslim_children_gassed_at_mosque_after_ , Ohio mosque just after the Obsession DVD was distributed locally. Of course in the land of Orwellian newspeak it wasn't ruled an act of domestic terrorism. For that matter, neither was Kristallnacht in a certain European closing society that eerily parallels what has been going on in the post 9/11 'Homeland' although it is far more subtle for the original prototype was far too ostentatious to endure for very long.
The Republican presidential campaign of John McCain (once again reverting to true form in his opposition to the stimulus) and the shrill, strident kewpie doll Sarah Palin used political rallies to whip up fear and loathing among the worst fringe elements of society, inciting largely angry and easily duped supporters into shouting "terrorist", "off with his head" and even "kill him" in reference to Obama who has been the victim of a long-running, highly coordinated, well financed campaign to paint him as a Manchurian Candidate, a secret Muslim, a terrorist collaborator and a wolf in sheep's clothing. This sort of sentiment continues to be encouraged by extremist fifth columnists and will only fester more as the economy deteriorates and scapegoats are manufactured. Multi-millionaire fascist demagogue Rush Limbaugh (a modern day Father Charles Coughlin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Coughlin ) has become a defacto spokesman for the GOP and will continue to foment hatred amidst those most susceptible. The more paranoid elements are already being whipped into a frenzy over Obama's second swearing in (the first was botched by Federalist Society stooge Chief Justice John Roberts) in that he didn't place his hand on a bible, and of course the dirty little rumors that Obama was not born in the U.S. continue to be circulated.
Such vitriolic rallies became veritable lynch mobs and have merely gone underground now that the people have spoken. In a time of an unprecedented domestic economic crisis that already has Americans on the edge, they are extremely dangerous and will inevitably lead to violence - of course this may be the intent as it is consistent with more traditional versions of fascism. In his study The Authoritarians http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/ , Bob Altemeyer identified a certain demographic segment of any society that are hard-wired for serving authoritarians, susceptible to demagogy and subservient to perceived authority figures. This particular part of a population is essential to supporting totalitarian figures who rise to power during troubled times and offer simple answers to complex problems, they are essential components of any fascist regime and their near psychotic fervor can be channeled to the point where they are nothing more than automatons or tools to the dangerous leaders of mass movements. Such behavior was on full display at many Sarah Palin rallies and it wouldn't take much to turn such gatherings into staging grounds for organized pogroms that could then be unleashed when the time is right
It certainly brings to mind George Orwell's 1984, but then these are truly the times which Orwell so brilliantly prophesied, Oceania has always been at war and always will be at war, for that is what we are and all that we shall ever be in the land of the shadow government. No fascist system can for long exist without a certain die-hard percentage of the population who can be mobilized as shock troops, don't ask questions and are full of resentment and hatred, only seeking a strong leader on a white horse with simple answers to complex problems and who will point them in the direction of those who can be easily scapegoated. History always repeats but it never repeats exactly. Yesteryear's Juden are today's liberals.
"The preparations for Hate Week were in full swing, and the staffs of all the Ministries were working overtime. Processions, meetings, military parades, lectures, waxworks, displays, film shows, telescreen programmes all had to be organized; stands had to be erected, effigies built, slogans coined, songs written, rumours circulated, photographs faked..."
- George Orwell
The ramming through of the Wall Street bailout (TARP), the financial equivalent of the USA Patriot Act in that it placed unaccountable power in a Treasury Department that has become an occupied colony of Goldman Sachs despite a huge public outcry is another indication of just how much power has been transferred into the executive branch. The usual rubber-stamping by a corrupt and (very likely threatened and blackmailed) Congress was a foregone conclusion in the land of sham elections and an increasingly tyrannical government. The passage of this monstrosity was allegedly aided by a threat of martial law http://www.alternet.org/rights/101958/thousands_of_troops_are_deployed_on_u.s._streets_ready_to_carry_out_%22crowd/?page=1 , this according to Representative Brad Sherman http://www.breakthematrix.com/Government/BREAKING-Rep-Brad-Sherman-Martial-Law-CSPAN of California. Former President George W. Bush took to the television airwaves to once again sow fear over an economic Armageddon and also what could be perceived as an implied threat of martial law http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/24/bush.transcript/index.html in the language "America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold." One could speculate that the "distressing scenario" which Bush mentioned could activate conditions as set forth in NSPD-51 http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/ in order to deal with domestic unrest due to bank holidays, food shortages and any sort of uprising as a result of the financial collapse. Main Core would be utilized to produce the lists of those among the millions already deemed to be suspect and prone to 'subversive' behavior, the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team already in place stateside http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/ would be required to 'maintain the necessary order' (augmented by Blackwater and other private mercenaries of course) and the roundups and internments would begin. It was an eerie déjà vu moment in which America was transported back to 2002 and 2003 with the apocalyptic conjecture of smoking guns as mushroom clouds, phantom weapons of mass destruction, sleeper cells, biological weapon spewing gliders that could transverse the ocean and an evil dictator who was a "new Hitler".
Some Historical Context
The United States has had a history of influential groups and individuals that have a serious fascist bent. Some of the most powerful bankers and industrialists of the Great Depression era did plot a coup d'etat (The Business Plot) in order to topple the hated Franklin D. Roosevelt, but were thwarted when the man who they attempted to recruit to lead it, former Marine Corps General Smedley D. Butler instead exposed them to Congress. So shocking was this that the media of that era closed ranks to protect the traitors and erase the ugly blight from our sanitized version of history. It was no secret that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (once featured in a fawning puff piece in Fortune Magazine) and even Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had ardent American admirers and influential supporters who were enthralled with their highly efficient, corporate friendly authoritarian states and their ability to propagandize the masses and crush labor unions.
A trusted servant of robber barons and financial oligarchs named Prescott Bush, a man whose lineage would include two future U.S. Presidents actually engaged in doing business with the Nazis http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar until the Union Banking Corporation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Banking_Corporation was shut down by FDR under the Trading With the Enemy Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_with_the_Enemy_Act . The OSS and later the CIA actively recruited Nazis http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB146/index.htm and assimilated Hitler's Eastern European intelligence arm, The Gehlen Organization http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/world/germany/gehlen.htm ostensibly to fight communism. Many top Nazi scientists and intelligence operatives including many who were full blown war criminals were allowed entry into the U.S. under Operation Paperclip http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/Operation_Paperclip_file.html after the WW II had ended, they were then assimilated into what would become the military industrial complex as rocket scientists, psychiatrists and medical 'experts' (whose labs were the Nazi concentration camps where gruesome medical experiments were performed on human prisoners, I note that similar amnesty was given to Japanese war criminals who participated in the infamous Unit 731 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 ) whose wartime experience with mind control and torture techniques would be of use to the CIA. Some former Nazis were allowed to migrate to Central and South America where they established expatriate communities and joined forces with U.S. sponsored fascists to crush leftist democratic movements in the most brutal of manner all under the cover of defeating communism. Former Nazis played key roles in the carrying out of the wet work of the American empire in Latin America, notably Argentina http://www.consortiumnews.com/1990s/consor24.html and their influence would set the precedent for the unimaginable cruelty and repression that would later be used in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Pinochet's Chile as well as much later in Iraq.
Klaus Barbie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Barbie aka the Butcher of Lyons was one of the more notable names and is a perfect example of an asset being used to further American interests in the southern cone, Barbie was a key part of the 'Cocaine Coup' http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=719&catID=9 . The corrupting influence that was asserted on intelligence, the military and deep state movers and shakers by such a close affiliation with Nazi war criminals and the inevitable damage done in terms of moral authority is as difficult to fathom as it is extremely disturbing but that is a story for another time. So as not to overly dwell on the Nazi connection (the amount of material on it is voluminous) I do want to comment that it shows the depths to which the National Security State will go in order to ensure its own perpetuation and ability to lay down with wolves so that the real power structure in this country is allowed to function with ruthless, Machiavellian precision in the darkness that exists just below the façade of legitimate public and private institutions in the United States.
The Cold War gave the intelligence apparatus and the military industrial complex the cover that was needed in order to build the infrastructure of an extra-Constitutional government. Almost from the very inception of the CIA the United States became involved in the assassinations and overthrow of legitimate democratically supported governments all undertaken for big business and to crush resistance to western capitalism. The obvious Nazi influence manifested itself in the extreme cruelty of the methods used to expand the empire and death squads were sanctioned, torture was widespread to the extent that it was even taught at the far-right School of the Americas http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Terrorism/SOA.html and the agency participated in sadistic and immoral mind control experimentation programs such as the notorious MKULTRA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA It is of the utmost importance to understand the root of evil that is the Central Intelligence Agency that was put together by the American capitalist elite in the aftermath of World War II to act as a Gestapo for Wall Street and business interests not confined to the spheres of legality. I would like to make reference to an article that summarizes this much better than I could ever hope to do in a well documented story How the CIA Created a Ruling, http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-cia-created-ruling-corporate.html Corporate Overclass in America that is a must read for everyone who really is serious about going at the existing order.
The cover of darkness allows for the breeding of mutations and the CIA itself eventually was able to reconfigure into compartmentalized factions, some of the more militant joined forces with organized crime, extreme right-wing groups, and elements of the military and foreign intelligence services to carry out clandestine and black ops domestically. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy for all of the research, investigations and time elapsed has never truly been solved and it is highly likely that a Secret Team http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/ST/ (to use the term of L. Fletcher Prouty) may have been involved in the assassination, a moment in our history after which everything changed. Kennedy dared to challenge the power structure when he spoke of:
"...a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations."
Many presume that this was directed at communism, the era was the height of the Cold War but the speech was in the aftermath of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, a botched overthrow of Fidel Castro for which the more extreme elements of the military, the fascist right, the CIA, organized crime and big business interests that were thrown out of Cuba after the revolution blamed Kennedy for undermining. Kennedy had made very dangerous and mortal enemies and further inflamed matters when he threatened to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds" and ousted director Allen Dulles, a man who was a major factor in the post WW II alliance with the Nazis and Operation Paperclip as well as a member of Wall Street law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, a representative of anti New Deal American fascists as well as an alleged broker of business deals with the Nazi regime. Ironically (or maybe not) Allen Dulles would later become a member of the Warren Commission that gave legitimacy to the Lee Harvey Oswald as lone nut conspiracy theory while ignoring the larger picture. I reference the Kennedy assassination not to go into it at any great length but that it, like the later assassinations of Robert Kennedy and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr were all coordinated actions of the shadow government to remove opponents of the rising American fascist state.
There have throughout the years been millions upon millions of pages written by those who have investigated (and provided cover to the official conspiracy story of) the Kennedy assassination and yet there is still no real answer to what exactly happened but the reason why is the real key. I would like to note that some attention should be paid to the out of print book by Carl Oglesby, The Yankee and Cowboy War http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=7287 which looks into warring factions and examines at length the JFK assassination, the implausibility of Oswald and the story of Jack Ruby - who never was able to tell his story - cryptically implored Chief Justice Warren that unless he was able to be taken out of Dallas and to Washington to personally speak to President Lyndon B. Johnson that:
"....Consequently, a whole new form of government is going to take over our country, and I know I won't live to see you another time."
Peter Dale Scott who has himself done an immense amount of research on the JFK assassination puts it like this in his aforementioned essay 9/11, Deep State Violence and the Hope of Internet Politics http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9289 has this to say about America and the failure to come to terms with the murder of John F. Kennedy:
Recent history has seen a number of such events, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, that are so inexplicable by the public notions of American politics that most Americans tend not even to think of them. Instead most accept the official surface explanations for them, even if they suspect these are not true. Or if others say they believe that "Oswald acted alone," they may do so in the same comforting but irrational state of mind that believes God will reward the righteous and punish the wicked.
Kennedy's death paved the way for the military industrial complex (that President Eisenhower ominously warned of in his farewell speech) to escalate the Vietnam War and declare war on the American public who dissented with the immorality of that damned war and took to the streets in protest. Their efforts would shake the very foundations of this nation's corrupted institutions, terrify the ruling elite classes and create a climate where any means necessary to control domestic unrest would be utilized lest the existing order be toppled.
The Reagan Years
As I wrote in part one of this ongoing series, the recent article by Christopher Ketcham entitled The Last Roundup http://www.sott.net/articles/show/155835-The-Last-Roundup and Tim Shorrock's Exposing Bush's Historic Abuse of Power http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/07/26/10624 are both about the massive database Main Core http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Core and how it relates to Continuity of Government programs. It is encouraging to see that there is now more being written about this subject by more well known and influential figures than this humble blogger. Author James Bamford's new book on the NSA entitled The Shadow Factory http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/10/bamford-intervi/ is drawing a good deal of attention already on just how much that Americans have been spied on by our own government, the rogue neocon occupying faction as well as Israeli elements http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1029006.html working alone and in conjunction with domestic interests (but much more on that in part four of this series). Arch-conservative John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutherford_Institute (instrumental in funding Paula Jones' lawsuit against President Clinton) wrote two articles on the shadow government which shows that the immense danger of this transcends the trivialities of partisan politics. The Whitehead pieces can be found at the Huffington Post and are entitled America's Shadow Government: Part One and America's Shadow Government: Part Two. I http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/americas-shadow-governmen_b_131218.html excerpt a small piece from Mr. Whitehead below:
What is the bottom line here? We are, for all intents and purposes, one terrorist attack away from having a full-fledged authoritarian state emerge from the shadows, at which time democratic government will be dissolved and the country will be ruled by an unelected bureaucracy. And because so much of this shadow government remains under wraps, there is much we don't know about it. Yet that does not diminish the threat it poses to democratic government.
In his 1961 Farewell Address to the Nation, Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn us that a nefarious military-industrial complex had emerged in America. "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist," he said. Eisenhower realized that after World War II, America had become a national security state that operated largely in secret and answered to practically no one.
It is heartening to see this most critical of subjects being examined at last for if the relentless drive towards an American fascist government is not at the very minimum slowed, then nothing else is really going to matter is it?
But I digress....
As I previously stated, this particular administration of an ubiquitous, personable, uninquisitive, (and eventually doddering) longtime pitchman for the American brand of hard-right fascism was a veritable devil's playground for those who more than dabbled in concocting dangerous plans in the darkness that could be put into use against all perceived enemies of America, both foreign and domestic, and during which a lot of cash could be made on the side. Reagan was backed by longtime spook, fixer and former CIA chief George Herbert Walker Bush who used the office of the Vice President as a fertile launching ground to lay the groundwork for what his son would so effectively preside over as the "unitary executive" with the necessary muscle provided by Dick Cheney and the neocons who found a friendly incubator for their decidedly radical anti-American ideas during the Reagan administration. Reagan's White House was a front for cowboys Lt. Oliver Colonel North, Richard Secord, John Poindexter, William Casey and John Negroponte; neocon connivers Elliot Abrams, Michael Ledeen, Paul Wolfowitz, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and Continuity Of Government leaders Dick Cheney, Edwin Meese, Donald Rumsfeld and David Addington among others. Most of the veteran shadow government operators went on to become influential players in the Bush-Cheney administration where they have worked to ensure that their plans would reach fruition.
It was during the Reagan administration that Earl Brian, a crony of Ed Meese assisted in the theft and distribution of the enhanced version of INSLAW's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inslaw PROMIS http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/pandora/052401_promis.html software and it was put to good use by among others Colonel Oliver North who used it in conjunction with his REX 84 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=3010 program to track and monitor potential dissidents or opponents who could be rounded up when and if the time was deemed necessary. Similarly such operations were already on the books in Operation Cable Splicer http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Operation_Cable_Splicer and Operation Garden Plot http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Operation_Garden_Plot . PROMIS was also distributed and used by foreign intelligence services such as the Mossad http://cryptome.org/promis-mossad.htm according to the Gordon Thomas book Gideon's Spies. http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780312361525-0 Israel has always proved a useful cutout for shadow government black ops such as Iran Contra and the Bamford book looks at the role of Israel in the ongoing illegal spying of the Bush regime. Both Shorrock's and Ketcham's pieces link Main Core to PROMIS which provides the link through C.O.G. to the shadow government http://bahoowah.blogspot.com/2008/04/reagan-aides-and-secret-government.html itself which was at it's most visible during the Reagan years. North ran the REX 84 program out of FEMA to plan for the mass roundup and detention of American citizens, allegedly targeting about 400,000 'illegal aliens' (brown skinned people always seem to make for good scapegoats and cover for secretive government operations), with Cable Splicer and Garden Plot as prototypes the current administration has launched a similar program called Operation Falcon, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17190.htm a potential test run to fill up those detention facilities that Haliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root were awarded a $385 million contract for? http://www.truthout.org/article/haliburton-awarded-385-million-contract-build-immigrant-detention If so, you can rest assured that Main Core will be able to generate the pickup lists for such an operation. The camps were justified in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as being necessary for illegal immigrant roundups, temporary housing facilities for displaced victims of natural disasters and for other unspecified "new programs". http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/022106a.html Maureen Farrell wrote the definitive piece on this for Buzzflash in 2006 entitled Detention Camp Jitters. http://www.buzzflash.com/farrell/06/02/far06003.html I only wish that I was making this stuff up but it is far more advanced than we know.
I reference breaking news by Ellen Brown on the mysterious Wackenhut prison buses http://www.webofdebt.com/articles/wackenhut.php that were sighted in the Arizona desert; I will address this in more detail in the next installment.
Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching
- Monster (Steppenwolf)
America post-9/11 has been a period of triumph for the shadow government. The ascendance has now been nearly completed; the transformation for all intents and purposes is likely now irreversible. The surveillance grids have been locked into place, the Constitution altered forever, the opposition cowed and nullified, the media matrix impenetrable, the Congress rendered irrelevant, the public brainwashed and the military on alert to move against the citizenry domestically (when the order is given). As they say in the financial world, the gains have been locked in.
Despite the banishment of Bush-Cheney there will likely be no real restoration of what has been lost nor will there be any serious type of accountability; fascism and militarism are now as American as apple pie. Certainly there will be cosmetic changes, President Obama has already announced Guantanamo Bay will be closed, it's just become too much of a symbol of all that has gone wrong. Torture has also been denounced by Obama and the CIA black prisons have been ordered to be shut down but with a deeply entrenched renegade shadow government it is likely that the ghost planes will continue their rendition routes to black sites abroad (albeit covertly) and that private surveillance and intelligence outfits will continue to receive government funding and mercenary armies like those of the infamous Blackwater will continue to grow stronger.
Tim Shorrock in his Salon piece "Exposing Bush's Historic Abuse of Power" writes of rumors of a potential series of Congressional investigations:
The proposal for a Church Committee-style investigation emerged from talks between civil liberties advocates and aides to Democratic leaders in Congress, according to sources involved. (Pelosi's and Conyers' offices both declined to comment.) Looking forward to 2009, when both Congress and the White House may well be controlled by Democrats, the idea is to have Congress appoint an investigative body to discover the full extent of what the Bush White House did in the war on terror to undermine the Constitution and U.S. and international laws. The goal would be to implement government reforms aimed at preventing future abuses -- and perhaps to bring accountability for wrongdoing by Bush officials.
"If we know this much about torture, rendition, secret prisons and warrantless wiretapping despite the administration's attempts to stonewall, then imagine what we don't know," says a senior Democratic congressional aide who is familiar with the proposal and has been involved in several high-profile congressional investigations.
"You have to go back to the McCarthy era to find this level of abuse," says Barry Steinhardt, the director of the Program on Technology and Liberty for the American Civil Liberties Union. "Because the Bush administration has been so opaque, we don't know [the extent of] what laws have been violated."
The parameters for an investigation were outlined in a seven-page memo, written after the former member of the Church Committee met for discussions with the ACLU, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Common Cause and other watchdog groups. Key issues to investigate, those involved say, would include the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance activities; the Central Intelligence Agency's use of extraordinary rendition and torture against terrorist suspects; and the U.S. government's extensive use of military assets - including satellites, Pentagon intelligence agencies and U2 surveillance planes - for a vast spying apparatus that could be used against the American people.
Specifically, the ACLU and other groups want to know how the NSA's use of databases and data mining may have meshed with other domestic intelligence activities, such as the U.S. government's extensive use of no-fly lists and the Treasury Department's list of "specially designated global terrorists" to identify potential suspects. As of mid-July, says Steinhardt, the no-fly list includes more than 1 million records corresponding to more than 400,000 names. If those people really represent terrorist threats, he says, "our cities would be ablaze." A deeper investigation into intelligence abuses should focus on how these lists feed on each other, Steinhardt says, as well as the government's "inexorable trend towards treating everyone as a suspect."
"It's not just the 'Terrorist Surveillance Program,'" agrees Gregory T. Nojeim from the Center for Democracy and Technology, referring to the Bush administration's misleading name for the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program. "We need a broad investigation on the way all the moving parts fit together. It seems like we're always looking at little chunks and missing the big picture."
A prime area of inquiry for a sweeping new investigation would be the Bush administration's alleged use of a top-secret database to guide its domestic surveillance. Dating back to the 1980s and known to government insiders as "Main Core," the database reportedly collects and stores - without warrants or court orders - the names and detailed data of Americans considered being threats to national security.
Getting a full picture on Bush's intelligence programs, however, will almost certainly require any sweeping new investigation to have a scope that would inoculate it against charges of partisanship. During one recent discussion on Capitol Hill, according to a participant, a senior aide to Speaker Pelosi was asked for Pelosi's views on a proposal to expand the investigation to past administrations, including those of Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. "The question was, how far back in time would we have to go to make this credible?" the participant in the meeting recalled.
However given the inability of the Congress to do anything to provide a check on the monstrous abuses of the Bush-Cheney regime (and those shadow government activities that preceded it) it is highly unlikely that any legitimate, official review along the lines of the Church Committee will ever occur. If there is any sort of an investigation I would think that it would be a dog and pony show whitewash along the lines of the Warren Commission or the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission, both of which served to do nothing other than provide the façade of an investigation while protecting those implicated from having their criminality exposed in the interests of national security and to continue to provide cover for the existing established order. In their true feckless manner the Democrats are already deferring to their more openly fascist cohorts in the first days of the new administration which does not bode well for the future.
Too much damage has already been done and too many stand to face not only criminal charges but also charges of outright treason if the sort of sweeping investigation that is required to get into the real systemic rot is undertaken.
Watch Lists, Black Lists, Enemies Lists... Hit Lists?
With the long overdue departure of the Bush administration from the White House it is the hope many that the myriad of transgressions against the Constitution and the people of America will begin to seep out into the public domain. It took a remarkably short time. The day after the helicopter hauled ole George away like so much rubbish a major story broke. In an astonishing shot across the bow directed at the shadow government the first significant whistleblower has already come out with a story (once again ignored by the corporate media) and delivered a devastating blow to the premise that the massive illegal domestic spying programs of the Bush administration were undertaken in order to protect America from terrorism in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001.
Former NSA analyst Russell Tice during two recent interviews on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann (pt 1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUSZHC1Gu7U pt 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTivPZZorWY ) confirmed that the Bush-Cheney-Rove phony war on terror was as people like myself have always strongly suspected in actuality a war on America itself. According to the patriotic Mr. Tice the targets of the domestic spying included news organizations and journalists and that the surveillance for specific targets was not limited to professional matters alone, they were spied on 24/7.
"The National Security Agency had access to all Americans' communications," he said. "Faxes, phone calls and their computer communications. ... They monitored all communications."
Tice said the NSA analyzed metadata to determine which communication would be collected. Offering a hypothetical example, he said if the agency determined that terrorists communicate in brief, two-minute phone calls, the NSA might program its systems to record all such calls, invading the privacy of anyone prone to telephonic succinctness.
Tice was involved in only a small part of the project, that involved trying to "harpoon fish from an airplane."
He said he was told to monitor certain groups in order to eliminate them as suspects for more intense targeting. Those groups, he said, were U.S. journalists and news agencies. But rather than excluding the news organizations from monitoring, he discovered that the NSA was collecting the organizations' communications 24 hours a day year round.
"It made no sense," he said.
Tice did not identify the reporters or organizations allegedly targeted.
Olbermann asked if this means there's a file somewhere containing every e-mail and phone conversation these reporters ever had with sources, editors and family members.
"If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything, yes." Tice answered.
(Excerpted from Wired's Kim Zetter's blog) http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/01/nsa-whistleblow/
The Tice interviews followed another former insider speaking out on the gross illegality of the Bush administration programs, a former DOJ employee named Thomas Tamm was featured in a Newsweek magazine cover story by Michael Isikoff entitled The Fed Who Blew the Whistle http://www.newsweek.com/id/174601/ from which I excerpt the following:
In the spring of 2004, Tamm had just finished a yearlong stint at a Justice Department unit handling wiretaps of suspected terrorists and spies - a unit so sensitive that employees are required to put their hands through a biometric scanner to check their fingerprints upon entering. While there, Tamm stumbled upon the existence of a highly classified National Security Agency program that seemed to be eavesdropping on U.S. citizens. The unit had special rules that appeared to be hiding the NSA activities from a panel of federal judges who are required to approve such surveillance. When Tamm started asking questions, his supervisors told him to drop the subject. He says one volunteered that "the program" (as it was commonly called within the office) was "probably illegal."
The name of the program was Stellar Wind and please pay particular attention to this next excerpted piece from Isikoff's story:
The NSA, with the secret cooperation of U.S. telecommunications companies, had begun collecting vast amounts of information about the phone and e-mail records of American citizens. Separately, the NSA was also able to access, for the first time, massive volumes of personal financial records - such as credit-card transactions, wire transfers and bank withdrawals - that were being reported to the Treasury Department by financial institutions. These included millions of "suspicious-activity reports," or SARS, according to two former Treasury officials who declined to be identified talking about sensitive programs. (It was one such report that tipped FBI agents to former New York governor Eliot Spitzer's use of prostitutes.) These records were fed into NSA supercomputers for the purpose of "data mining" - looking for links or patterns that might (or might not) suggest terrorist activity.
This latest glimpse beneath the facade at the massive, secretive and highly illegal surveillance campaign against the American people is an outrage. Given the proclivity of those who run the system in this country to exert raw power to advance their own agendas it is no leap in logic that journalists alone were the only group targeted. There remains the question of whether blackmail, especially sexual blackmail is routinely used as a tool to keep government and media officials from not straying too far from the dirty business of imperialism and financial chicanery of the sort that has brought the economy to its knees. I personally found the media spectacle of the fortuitously timed prostitution bust of former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer who incidentally had just announced his intention to declare war on the banksters and their accomplices in the Bush White House in a February 14, 2008 Washington Post piece entitled Predatory Lenders Partner in Crime http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302783.html to be extremely suspicious. The rogue Bush regime and the NSA have been using their big lie of the war on terror as an excuse to scrutinize credit card use and Spitzer would have been an obvious target as is indicated by the above excerpt from the Newsweek story. It also makes skeptics such as myself wonder whether the witch hunt to impeach former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may at least in part be attributed to his threat to suspend state business with Bank of America, 'Blago' was arrested the day afterwards.
In light of the Tice revelations as well as an already long and extremely sordid history of U.S. government surveillance into the activities of dissidents and reporters that predated the Bush regime, we also need to ask some very serious questions of a much more troubling and nefarious nature. For example, how does such spying tie into not only the manipulation of the news but the now standard lack of spine from the Democratic congress when it comes to prosecuting the Bush administration criminals? Notorious fixer Karl Rove has already announced his intent to defy yet another subpoena for his testimony that was to have been delivered on Monday in front of the House Judiciary Committee. As of this writing, John Conyers has once again caved http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/18222.html and the date has now been pushed into February and likely will soon disappear down the same memory hole where similar attempts to enforce the law have been flushed.
Intense political pressure, threats of unemployment in a time of economic crisis and potentially embarrassing sexual acts subject to blackmail are all entirely made possible by the rampant unaccountability of the domestic spying programs, but are there measures that go far beyond just the spiking of stories, the discrediting or the ruining of careers alone? Think back to the vicious institutionalized slander http://www.thenation.com/doc/20050103/cockburn directed former San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb for example for his Dark Alliance series. http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/start.htm The savagery with which Webb was taken down by the establishment was stunning and it ultimately resulted in his suicide, a broken and haunted man who only dared to try to tell the truth.
There is a long trail of untimely demises of investigative journalists and other insiders whose knowledge represents a threat to very existence of the shadow government and those who it as a matter of routine does business with in order to avoid legitimate channels. Perhaps the most terrifying of all question is exactly what actions do end up being taken in order to prevent the exposure of widespread criminal activity, systemic grand scale fraud and extra-constitutional black operations that have been conducted for decades.
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen wrote of an NSA database that was at one time named FIRSTFRUITS http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3642.shtml that was maintained to engage in surveillance against journalists and that was renamed after its discovery. Some of the names in this database allegedly included Christiane Amanpour, Seymour Hersh, James Bamford, James Risen and Madsen himself. According to chatter in the blogosphere that were it not consistent with the historical trail of dead bodies could easily be dismissed as paranoia and disinformation. One story floating around the internet mentioned an unnamed NSA security officer allegedly mused about 'just killing' troublesome bloggers. This may be a product of paranoia (one would think paranoia would be a natural state in a land of fear and loathing such as that which the United States has become post 9/11) but there is great progress currently being made by internet researchers and such reputed threats should not simply be waved off as the rantings of tin foil hatters or the favorite of all pejoratives directed at those who dare to ask inconvenient questions, conspiracy theorists. The fact that the alternative media and many bloggers are slowly starting to put the pieces together one can only reasonably suspect that such behavior scares the living hell out of the establishment, and after all, there is a history of that sort of thing. While this is not a comprehensive list the Committee to Protect Journalists keeps a database http://cpj.org/deadly/ to track the prematurely deceased in a most dangerous profession.
The bizarre absence of any reporting of this very serious violation of civil liberties has received absolutely no coverage in the corporatized, mainstream pocket media. This is unconscionable that there is apparently no interest in exposing these crimes, especially considering that those targeted could actually save their own hides (and perhaps instill some dignity) by outing this program. It's a sad testament to the state of today's 'journalism' that is shameful by comparison to that of days of yore when reporters were intrepid souls determined to speak the truth to power.
Writer Eric Alterman puts it spot on in his recent Center for American Progress piece entitled Think Again: Spying on Journalists? Why the Silence? http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/01/ta_012909.html when he notes the lack of intestinal fortitude in the mainstream media:
Clearly something deeply disturbing lurks beneath these revelations, and with Bush gone from office, it's hard to understand just what is preventing journalists from seeking the truth about this program more energetically. The only thing they have to fear is fear itself.
This sad state of affairs brings to mind the following:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
- Pastor Martin Niemöller
And the silence by those tasked by the First Amendment's now quaint and antiquated imbuing upon them a responsibility for a free press as an essential check on authoritarianism is deafening in its absence. Quislings, cowards and public relations flacks seem to be the one thing that our journalism schools never failed to produce over the past several decades; feckless and spineless careerists with neither a sense of honor nor of their place as defenders of precious liberty. There shall be no refuge for the weasels nor the rats in the end therefore their mass abrogation of their chosen profession along with their acute absence of courage is even more damnable for when the time comes they will perhaps live to lament that they did not speak out when they had the chance.
Night and Fog
"Death Solves All Problems, No Man, No Problem"
- Joseph Stalin
The National Security State has a history of silencing those who would speak out and especially reporters deemed to have become a nuisance. This is done either through intense pressure brought down on media corporations through organized harassment of sponsors, brutal coordinated smear campaigns much like the one that took down the aforementioned Gary Webb or when all else fails, the reporters often just happen to turn up mysteriously dead. The list of 'suicides' and accidents is a long one and in the view of the ruthless psychopaths who both run and profit from a high-tech snooping network seems to be that any means are to be undertaken to keep their games going even if it ultimately results in termination with extreme prejudice. I believe that I will have to put together a list myself but when I just started writing down names off the top of my head of strange deaths I came up with over thirty right off the bat.
The ugly truth is that none of these police state powers are being used to protect the United States from foreign enemies, terrorism or any other excuse that is being made in order to get Americans to submit their rights. It is all in the name of power, money and to protect the interests of the oligarchy and the power elite who run the establishment and it needs to be stopped because it is out of control.
Take the strange case of Danny Casolaro for example...
Perhaps the closest to get at the truth about PROMIS and how it was an integral piece of the shadow government was investigative journalist Danny Casolaro. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Casolaro Casolaro had been working on research for a book on a shadowy transnational power group that seemed to run through the postwar era and had connections to many of the major scandals including Iran-Contra, BCCI, the Nugan Hand Bank, international drug cartels, weapons dealers and intelligence operatives in not only the U.S. government but internationally as well. Casolaro dubbed this group, one that largely rose out of a 'dirty old boy network' of the OSS/CIA out of the ashes of World War II as The Octopus. Casolaro began to become aware of the more sinister aspects of what Professor Peter Dale Scott refers to as the deep state but is more commonly known as either the shadow government, the parallel government and even arguably the permanent government while investigating the theft of the PROMIS software from the Inslaw corporation.
On Saturday, August 10, 1991 a maid at a Martinsburg, West Virginia Sheraton Inn was horrified to find the nude body of Joseph Daniel Casolaro in the bathtub, the victim of an apparent 'suicide'. It was by accounts a particularly grisly scene and a strangely violent 'suicide' with both of his wrists slashed deeply multiple times with a razor blade. There was a very short and impersonal note, blood splattered on the tile walls and a pair of bloody towels that were shoved under the sink away from the bathtub.
Strange circumstances followed in the aftermath of the discovery of Danny Casolaro's corpse in a blood filled bathtub. His body was hastily taken away and embalmed (making any subsequent autopsy much more difficult) before family members were officially notified (a violation of state law by accounts) and room 517 had been professionally cleaned thereby removing critical evidence prior to any sort of thorough forensic investigation could be performed. Compounding doubts about the official 'suicide' story are contradictory statements made by friends and family that Casolaro was NOT suicidal at all but was actually quite exited over the prospect of publishing his book on the findings of his investigative work, even to the extent that he had scheduled a party to celebrate. He was in the final stages of nailing down the story of the century and had gone to West Virginia in search of the evidence that would prove his theory, make the connection to PROMIS and 'bring back the head of the octopus'. The sudden ending (yet another hotel room 'suicide') was especially suspicious because when the body was discovered, his files were missing.
In addition to the shadowy players in the global arms and narcotics trades the Octopus also appeared to have had as tentacles rogue elements of U.S. intelligence Casolaro found connections to not only Iran-Contra but also BCCI, the Nugan Hand bank, the October Surprise, money launderers and organized crime as well as a continuous thread of involvement in dirty dealings both domestically and abroad. The roots of this milieu of malevolence stretched back to the post World War II era when a collection of spooks, corrupt bureaucrats and extremist right wing ideologues began to operate as a faction within the intelligence apparatus, a state upon themselves to profit financially while engaging in the darks forms of clandestine activities and black operations.
Author Joel Bainerman in his 1992 book entitled The Crimes of a President wrote the following (some of this ostensibly quoting William Hamilton of Inslaw as well as a 1991 story from the St. Louis Dispatch) that has a very good description on Casolaro's theory:
"Casolaro had discovered a common denominator to the theft of Inslaw's software and other recent scandals" says Hamilton who worked very closely with Casolaro right up to his death in helping him to uncover the dirty dealing behind the theft of Inslaw's software. A group of individuals trained in covert intelligence operations and aligned with the U.S. political leadership who were allegedly profiting from each of these scandals.
These veterans of U.S. covert intelligence operations had also allegedly been selling pirated copies of Inslaw's software to foreign intelligence and law enforcement agencies and funneling the funds through BCCI. Casolaro believed that some of the profits from these illegal sales made their way into a slush fund used for political payoffs and covert intelligence operations not authorized by Congress.
Danny Casolaro is far from the only one to whom mysterious death had befallen after their investigative work got them too close to the real power structure or presented an obstacle to its need for the cloak of secrecy. Too many rising politicians, uncooperative politicians and judges, hostile witnesses, whistle blowers and reporters have met with no small number of strange and untimely deaths often attributed to accidents (small plane crashes in particular), 'suicides'( a good deal of them in hotel rooms), sudden heart attacks or seizures (many in people with no history of such problems) and random acts of extreme violence that go unsolved by authorities.
In addition to Casolaro, other suspicious deaths of investigators of this particular nexus of evil include Financial Times reporter Anson Ng, http://books.google.com/books?id=M_vkgRD3QwwC&pg=PA223&lpg=PA223&dq=Anson+Ng+death&source=bl&ots=gR81pVP68_&sig=jyS1-Sk2UkdxhNcwLmY39mSYu6A&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=8&ct=result#PPA223,M1 reportedly a friend of Casolaro who was found dead from a gunshot wound in his Guatemala City apartment where he was reportedly working on a story related to BCCI and to try to interview a guy named Jimmy Hughes who according to the writer Rodney Stitch had information regarding shady dealings at the Cabazon Indian Reservation near Palm Springs, CA as well as Jonathan Moyle http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/60769.stm whose body was found hanging in a closet in a Santiago hotel room where he had been investigating the CIA and the arms trade.
Joel Bainerman also noted in his book that the Cabazon Indian Reservation where the PROMIS software was allegedly modified for espionage purposes by a very interesting character, a technical genius named Michael Riconosciuto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Riconosciuto to include the 'back door' feature (to allow for secret access) was in fact a "CIA cutout". The government contracting firm Wackenhut, a Florida based corporation alleged to have been involved in sensitive 'private security' matters (Blackwater before Blackwater) was involved at the time in a joint-venture with the Cabazon tribe to use the sovereign land status of the reservation to work on a variety of endeavors including the development and testing of arms including a fuel air explosive, biochemical warfare agents and other armaments that could be provided to third world regimes, primarily to right wing governments in Latin America. The Cabazon Indian Reservation was allegedly transformed into a veritable spook nest as well as a staging ground for covert military industrial complex purposes. Wackenhut incidentally is back in the news (or at least the alternative media) with Ellen Brown's recent story about the mysterious prison buses spotted in Arizona so they are still a player and a big one at that. I would venture to speculate that the truth about Wackenhut Corporation and its longtime involvement in the prison industrial complex that has become so very, very lucrative to this fascist society is something that deserves one hell of a good deal of scrutiny.
Interestingly enough there was a local news investigation in the Palm Springs area in 2008 that had focused on the 2005 multiple murder-suicide of Riverside County District Attorney Investigator David McGowan and five members of his family. As the series continued questions began to arise on whether McGowan had been digging a bit too deeply into a cold case file regarding a 1981 triple murder http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=8687765&nav=menu191_1_1_3 on the Cabazon Reservation that had ties to the covert activities that Danny Casolaro was investigating. Subsequent installments in the KESQ series http://www.kesq.com/Global/category.asp?C=99145&nav=menu191_1_1_3 by news reporter Nathan Baca began to ask questions about PROMIS http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=8766891&nav=menu191_1_1_3 as well as the other mysterious activities at the reservation and began to delve into the 1981 murders of tribal leader Fred Alvarez who resisted those behind the Cabazon-Wackenhut joint venture as well as two friends. An interview was conducted http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=8993895&nav=menu191_1_1_3 with the daughter of one of the victims who is to this day seeking justice for the murder of her father Ralph Boger. Rachel Begley (her website is called desertfae http://www.desertfae.com/ ) very accurately described what has been going on at Cabazon as follows:
"I'm more shocked than anything. I had no idea these things were going on. Most of America doesn't know these things are going on," said Begley. "It's still going on to this day. It's a big web of corruption."
The series ended abruptly in October after an installment http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=9155537&nav=menu191_1_1_3 that began to delve into whether other local Indian tribes may have been involved in dealings with Wackenhut and mentioned "an experimental electromagnetic weapon called a "railgun" as being one of the projects. That the KESQ story has not continued is disappointing but certainly not surprising given the history of what has happened to those digging too deeply into affairs involving the PROMIS software - I would hope that it will eventually be resumed. In my own opinion, I would suspect that fear may a motivating factor in the suspension of this series, especially after the detective who had been investigating the case stated that he: "doesn't want to continue on the case based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so". Who knows, I hope that that isn't the case and that a new installment will be forthcoming in the near future, as a concerned American it is extremely important that it at some point continue because Mr. Baca is onto something BIG.
Now, since I feel that it is particularly relevant I am posting an email from said detective to an unnamed third party who he was seeking advice from and specifically for the comments of said detective that I have highlighted that should send a chill up the spine of all who read this:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:44 PM
Subject: Alvarez Triple Homicide
My name is X and I'm with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. I'm a homicide detective assigned to the cold case division. The Alvarez triple homicide was assigned to me a couple of months ago.
For the past two months I have reviewed nearly a thousand documents of police reports, and spent many hours browsing the Internet for additional sources of information. As I am sure you can imagine, I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland after falling down the rabbit hole. I no longer have a complete grasp on the real world.
You should know first off, that I am an experienced investigator with 18 years on the Sheriff's Dept. and I consider myself pretty intuitive when it comes to filtering out the BS. After my first review of the police reports in this case, I wasn't sure why it remained unsolved for over 26 years. All of the players were identified and the Modus Operandi seemed to be well established. I couldn't understand why every few years the case was suddenly dropped and put back on the shelf.
That's when Rachel Begley introduced me to the rabbit hole. After the countless hours I have now spent on her website and the numerous other conspiracy theorists websites, I'm having a very difficult time sifting through the BS.
I have also spent much time on your website and I have found your investigations impressive and your opinions refreshing. That is why I am writing to you now. I do not make it a habit of talking to journalists about open homicide investigations, however, it appears you are much more educated about this particular case than I am.
I know you are very busy and I understand the Alvarez triple homicide is a very small part of the Octopus, but I would be very interested in spending any time with you that you have available, in order to get some perspective on what I've read.
Just so you understand where I am in this case. I am currently preparing a review and summary for my Sergeant. My conclusion will be that I do not wish to continue investigating this case, based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.
My actions in this matter go against everything I believe in, and this case is very difficult for me to walk away from, especially with the allegations that involve the deaths of Investigator Dave McGowan and his family. But I am conceding to a higher power (my wife) and trying to give her some peace of mind. I cannot look her in the eyes and tell her that I am willing to risk the life of my family by pursuing this.
I am interested in your opinion. Am I just another lamb to the slaughter? Is the Puppet Master pulling my strings via Rachel Begley? Is this just a simple case of murder by Jimmy Hughes at the direction of John P. Nichols, or is it really much more than that?
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,
RSO - Central Homicide
(951) X desk
(951) X cell
It is with the hope of this humble blogger that this series as well as other damning information such as that put forth by Mr. Tice, Mr. Tamm and other patriotic Americans who have risked all (and at times paid with their careers and lives) all in order to get the truth out will encourage others to do the same. It is long past time to bring attention to the history of grossly immoral and criminal acts that have been perpetrated against the people of the United States by the very institutions that are supposed to be protecting us. It is imperative that others begin to work independently (and together whenever possible) to mount their own investigations into how the government has been weaponized by a pack of fascist thugs so that they may reap the benefits at the expense of those who are not connected to an elitist ruling class that is hell bent on maintaining the status quo.
Danny Casolaro did not have the most powerful tool against injustice and corruption available while he was alive, the internet was only in its nascent stages and had he the ability that we enjoy due to advances in technology he may very well still be alive and the criminal usurpers of our democracy and violators of our constitution could be where they belong - in prison. It is my hope that one with more influence, internal knowledge and resources than I have at my disposal begin to not only do very serious investigative work but to also petition the new administration of President Barack Obama for the following:
1. An immediate cessation of all illegal, unconstitutional surveillance and data-mining that has been ongoing against law abiding American citizens.
2. The creation of an independent investigative body along the lines of the Church Committee imbued with sweeping powers to investigate abuses of intelligence both within the government as well as with private contractors who have collaborated in crimes against the republic and its citizens.
3. A case by case federal investigation into ALL suspicious deaths of reporters and other individuals either directly or indirectly involved in the investigation of what has been done with the PROMIS software, NSA spying and Continuity of Government programs. Especially now that it has been revealed that the NSA has been actively spying on journalists and news organizations.
4. A restoration of the rule of law as a bulwark against tyranny as was intended by our founding fathers who having full knowledge of how unaccountable despots behave risked all to lay the foundation of a free society where the highest ideals of liberty can be enjoyed by all.
5. In iron tight regulatory system to ensure that such flagrant abuses of power never be allowed to occur again in the future. The cloak of secrecy needs to be removed and all government must be open to the scrutiny of those who it is supposed to serve.
6. The prosecution to the full extent of the law of those who are currently or who have in the past been involved in any criminal activity in relation to the aforementioned.
Truly, nothing else will suffice if we are to have any credibility as a nation based on laws.
Comment: You can watch a video of the "INSLAW affair" here. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/189409-Video-The-Secret-Team-s-use-of-cyberwarfare-and-assassination-goes-back-a-long-way
In the first three installments of this series I examined the existence of the massive surveillance state database MAIN CORE and how similar tools of oppression are destroying American civil liberties. I also took a look at the criminality of many members of the Bush administration (especially Dick Cheney) and their crusade against The Constitution as well as Cheney's involvement in Continuity of Government programs. I wrote of the targeting of journalists by the rogue cabal operating out of Cheney's office (which is even more relevant with the news of CIA death squads) to crush dissent. In this installment I want to draw a bigger picture of how a network of Wall Street oligarchs, rogue intelligence operatives, organized crime figures and the mysterious alliances that have led to the hostile takeover of the United States. This is the story of what 'suicided' investigative journalist Danny Casolaro called "The Octopus" and it's ascendance to the highest levels of power.
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence - on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
- President John F. Kennedy
Secrecy is the slayer of liberty, it is the essence of which dictatorships are made, of which free societies are suffocated by and of which people are subjugated by. When that secrecy becomes institutionalized in the most powerful corridors of government then it is only a matter of time until that government becomes a weapon of the powerful to be used against the people. Today, in mid-2009 we here in the United States of America (or at least those of us who are awake) are bearing witness to the last vestiges of a once vibrant democracy slowly strangled to death by a deeply embedded culture of secrecy. There has been a hijacking of the intentions of the founders who envisioned a free people by a corrupt and immoral oligarchy and those who serve it. It is backed by the rise of a high-tech police state built on on our backs and enforced by Big Brother style surveillance, incessant propaganda and the vicious undercurrent of social manipulation in order to sow the seeds of hatred necessary for divisiveness and ignorance that are protection for the gangster state. Our last great leader, President John F. Kennedy once warned of the danger of secrecy in a 1961 speech http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/Speeches/JFK/003POF03NewspaperPublishers04271961.htm to the American Newspaper Publishers Association:
The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
Contrast those words with the acts of the government today, and of the government and of its agents (both official and clandestine) since Kennedy's public brutal murder in Dealey Plaza which served as a crystal clear message to all that if he could be executed publicly in such a manner then nobody was safe. In the subsequent administrations following that of JFK's, the power of the state was slowly, incrementally increased so as to not alarm a somnolent citizenry. The rise of the authoritarian fascists who now are at the very pinnacle of their meticulously planned police state did not occur either quickly or without warning, it has been a well thought out, intricately constructed plan that has succeeded largely due to the immersion of official business in a cloud of secrecy.
The early days were largely the work of a small cabal, a few rogue networks run by the real owners of America to implement a system that would serve their interests alone and to brutally put down challenges. They would count on the ability of the media and the lies to anesthetize the public at large, amuse them, distract them with emotional appeals, ball games, contests and triviality to provide distractions and to remove the necessary civic involvement for democracy to exist. Today, as we stumble about in a fog amidst the wreckage of the Bush years, the trap is almost closed, facilitated by that holiest of holies that is 9/11, jusfification for everything.
Our newly minted Emperor Barack Obama has continued the repressive policies of the post 9/11 fascist state. Our bondage is now sold to us by a charismatic pitchman with the gleaming smile instead of a sneer, the iron fist is covered by a velvet glove. Obama is the bookend to JFK, the flipside of the coin, most of the dirty work has already been done and he will close the deal now that the hostile takeover has been completed. He will now carry out the policies of war, oppression, debt slavery and be a guardian of the oligarchy. Change has indeed come to America, we are now a lawless, modern feudal state ruled by corporations, banks, arms manufacturers, extortionists, gangsters and corrupted politicians who are protected by paramiltary police forces and a media that no longer even pretends to tell the truth.
This is the story of the Octopus...
I am going to begin this installment where I left off with part three , the story of the strange dealings and murders at the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the California desert. Emmy award winning investigative reporter Nathan Baca of KESQ, http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=3599577 a Palm Springs television station has just come out with his latest installment http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10629373&nav=menu191_1_1_4 in the excellent series The Octopus Murders. http://www.kesq.com/Global/category.asp?C=99145&nav=menu191_1_1_4 The series developed out of a Riverside County Sheriff's Department cold case squad investigation into the 1981 execution style murders of three people http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=8687765&nav=menu191_1_1_4 in a Rancho Mirage home and the swirling dark dealings that have been associated with those murders. Cabazon Indian tribe Vice Chairman Fred Alvarez had grown suspicious of shadowy government operatives and arms dealers using the reservation as a testing and development ground from which to profit through the supply of weapons to third world regimes, the type of countries in which the U.S. funded vicious thugs, death squads, assassinations, black ops and in which the American intelligence services such as the CIA played a hand in training the torturers and killers. The recent Honduran coup and the revelations that some of the leaders received training http://www.democracynow.org/2009/7/1/generals_who_led_honduras_military_coup at Fort Benning's notoriously vile School of the Americas http://www.soaw.org/ puts this sort of destabilization (which was especially in vogue during the era of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush) back into the headlines albeit several layers below the ongoing Michael Jackson saturation coverage.
Fred Alvarez was going to blow the whistle on how Cabazon sovereign land was being used for nefarious purposes by national security state operatives and the contracting outfits (CIA fronts?) Wackenhut Corporation http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_wackenhut06.htm and Meridian Arms Company. When interests of this nature are threatened there is a long history of the 'meddlers' ending up dead (typically suicides, accidents or 'heart attacks') but the chances of Alvarez blowing up this particular operation which would prove to be huge and multi-faceted, a veritable nexus of clandestine activity during the Reagan years had to be halted with extreme prejudice. So on July 1, 1981 Alvarez along with two friends were professionally executed. The names of the other victims were Patty Castro and Ralph Boger, just collateral damage to the ice cold killers, professionals when it came to protecting the interests of those they were hired by. But sometimes things like this come back to haunt, Mr. Boger's daughter, Rachel Begley has tirelessly investigated the murder of her father (her website is Desertfae http://desertfae.com/ and she also maintains The Octopus Wiki http://octopuswiki.com/ ) and the cold case investigation had worked it's way through the system to the California Department of Justice where it is now effectively stalled. These murders are the key to a dangerous Pandora's box that if opened would implicate numerous top political figures, expose the way that the deep state really operates and offer a true glimpse behind the star spangled façade of false morality that America exists behind. It would also show that the PROMIS software, http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=8766891&nav=menu191_1_1_4 the legendary, highly advanced program that has been integral in the formation of the police state infrastructure was modified for espionage and profit on Cabazon Indian land. To say that this is the story of the century is not mere hyperbole, the trail of dead bodies over the years can attest to that and it is time that it be told.
Danny Casolaro and the Octopus
How much violence was there in Nazi Germany...before the old Germany, the center of theatre, opera, philosophy, poetry, psychology and medicine was destroyed? How many incidents took place that were not coincidental before it was called Fascism? What were the transitions? How many people? Was it when the first tailor disappeared? Or librarian? Or professor? Or when the first press was closed or the first song eliminated? Or when the first political science teacher was killed coming home on his bike? How many incidents happened that were perfectly normal until people woke up and said, 'Hey, we're in a police state!'
- Mae Brussell
According to the book The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0922915911/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=304485901&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0922915393&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1VBN9H8VH6Y2FCB41GN1 by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith casolaro had identified a core group of individuals operating within the national security apparatus and their influence in post WW II political history:
Danny Casolaro believed the Octopus responsible for criminal conspiracies, which, linked, formed a virtual history of intelligence double dealing from 1950 to the present. These events, in Casolaro's view, included the ousters of US President Richard Nixon, Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, the Shah of Iran, and the murders of Chilean President Allende, and of course, of President John F. Kennedy. Casolaro saw the Octopus' tentacles entwined throughout the creation of the Golden Triangle and the Latin American drug trade, the Cuban Bay of Pigs debacle, the October Surprise, the BCCI banking scandal, and, almost as an afterthought, the theft of PROMIS software.
Casolaro found a "Secret Team", a high cabal of players operating a clandestine, parallel government, identified previously by other writers [Col. L. Fletcher Prouty]. The cabal had operated beyond the control or scrutiny of elected government, financed by drug-running from Southeast Asia and the Americas.
Other researchers tended to see the Octopus as a fog of political crimes ascribed to the alphabet soup of intelligence agencies, institutions or even the modern terrorist state and its citizenry. Casolaro's Octopus, however, was no grand, unified mega-conspiracy theory. Casolaro believed the crimes could best be identified by linking them to a small network of named individuals that made up his Octopus. He outlined their hierarchy and provided specific detail about their behind-the-scenes role in contemporary political history.
Casolaro named people both familiar and unfamiliar to other researchers. He deemed the "first level" operatives to be Richard Helms, George Pender, John Philip Nichols and Ray Cline. The second level included Robert Chasen, E. Howard Hunt, Edwin Wilson, Thomas Clines and Ted Shackley. Working backward from the PROMIS theft, Casolaro saw them in a new relationship, a nearly organic entity that impacted both past and then current events.
When it comes to the mysterious deaths related to this story, free lance investigative journalist Danny Casolaro, who was 'suicided' in a Martinsburg, West Virginia hotel room in August 1991 is the most notable for he was getting close to the truth. His body was found by a maid in the bathtub in a grisly blood-spattered bathroom, his wrists had been deeply slashed numerous times. In what is a discernable pattern, many of those who threaten the hidden power are found in hotel rooms, allegedly the victims of suicides even though as in Casolaro's case the victim did not appear to friends, family and associates as being despondent or otherwise suicidal. In his case it was quite the opposite, Casolaro had been devoted to an investigation into a covert network of spooks, criminals and government officials that he had called 'The Octopus.' He had been working on a book and according to sources, had gone to West Virginia in pursuit of a final piece of evidence that would break the case. His files, which he carried everywhere, were missing when his body was discovered. Adding to the suspicious circumstances, the room where he was found was professionally cleaned preventing further investigation and the body was illegally embalmed before the family could claim his remains.
Casolaro had been putting together connections involving some of the most critical and dangerous elements of the deep state and he was threatening powerful interests. He had traced an 'dirty old boy' network of the OSS/CIA that had gotten together for profit in the aftermath of WW II. That critical period for the U.S. presented an unprecedented opportunity for some to profit from the military industrial complex (which has never been dismantled despite the ominous warnings from President Eisenhower in his farewell address http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwightdeisenhowerfarewell.html ) and the wave of anti-communist paranoia that would be used in order to justify the most extreme and immoral conduct by elements connected to the U.S. Government.
It is well documented that the CIA assimilated former Nazi war criminals http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB146/index.htm into the ranks ostensibly to be used in the fight against the red menace but many of the scientists ended up participating in the darkest forms of research involving mind control techniques and the evolution of the American space/defense sector where they worked on weaponry. Rescued Nazis were also sent to South America where they would assist in supporting right-wing regimes to against the rise of popular movements that could threaten western business interests. In addition to the merger with some of the most foul remnants of Hitler's Reich such as the Gehlen Org, http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0508-05.htm the bogeyman of an international communist conspiracy also gave rise to networks of money laundering, drug trafficking and arms dealings that would make the business of the warfare state into a very lucrative trade. Corrupt insiders were able to play both ends against the middle and had no qualms about cutting deals with some of the most unsavory and violent types.
But I am getting ahead of myself so I digress...
Danny Casolaro had been able to find a common denominator, a thread that ran through some of the most prevalent schemes and scandals of the time. Iran-Contra, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran–Contra_affair Reagan's secret wars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_Doctrine in Latin America, BCCI, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_Credit_and_Commerce_International The October Surprise, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_surprise_conspiracy_theory the INSLAW case http://w2.eff.org/legal/cases/INSLAW/inslaw_hr.report and PROMIS http://www.sott.net/articles/show/176519-PROMIS-Spins-Web-of-Intrigue and was set to visit Indio, California and the Cabazon reservation. He was onto something and it was big enough to put the fear into some very serious people. Not only was he investigating ties between global arms dealers and government operatives tied to Iran-Contra (one of the greatest scandals of the 20th century in both audacity and magnitude one which is still not completely understood) but the very ascension of Reagan to the presidency (along with the true power that was George H.W. Bush) which was facilitated when a deal was cut to prolong the Iran hostage crisis until after Jimmy Carter was defeated. This is high treason of course, something that the Bushes and their ilk are intimately familiar with but the manipulation of the 1980 election could be viewed as a bloodless coup in that it brought the deep state and the shadow government into the White House itself. Now another person of interest involved in the Iran hostages deal includes a figure named Earl Brian http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/xfile11.html , an intimate of Reagan who was in on the Paris sessions to delay hostage release for political benefit. For a payment he was allegedly allowed to profit from the sale of the stolen version of INSLAW's PROMIS software.
Brian's Hadron Inc, in which he was allied with longtime Reagan crony Edwin Meese would be instrumental in the misappropriation, modification and subsequent sale of PROMIS to foreign governments. The entire sordid business of what was done is a proverbial snakepit without a bottom and it taps into many elements of the vast criminality that had infected the system. There is a very good reason for the trail of dead bodies (including Casolaro), wrecked careers, ginned up charges leading to imprisonment and disinformation that has orbited the PROMIS scandal.
The foreign governments included Israel (a country with a long running symbiotic relationship with the National Security State) which now has a massive intelligence and telecommunications infrastructure in place in the United States and it's all legitimate. I am not going to get into this right now but for the sake of reference please see the following pieces by Gordon Thomas on PROMIS and the Mossad http://cryptome.org/promis-mossad.htm , Christopher Ketcham (whose article The Last Roundup http://www.sott.net/articles/show/155835-The-Last-Roundup was instumental in breaking the news on the Main Core database) on the ongoing programs of Israeli espionage - Trojan Horse http://www.sott.net/articles/show/166532-An-Israeli-Trojan-Horse and Breaking the Taboo on Israel's Spying Efforts in the United States http://www.alternet.org/world/130891/breaking_the_taboo_on_israel ) as well as the following from James Bamford (author of The Shadow Factory http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307279391/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=304485901&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0385521324&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0973FTC5PHF860AXWPE6 ) - a Democracy Now interview http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/14/james_bamford_the_shadow_factory_the and the Haaretz article on Bamford Is Israel's booming high-tech industry a branch of the Mossad? http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1029006.html . It is no secret that Israel plays a major part in the PROMIS saga and that will be covered in the next part of this series in more depth.
Again, PROMIS plays an integral part in the subversion of the system itself in order to allow the relatively few with juice who are connected to profit obscenely due to its at the time highly advanced technological capabilities to implement it as a tool of control in order to engage in monitoring and spying on potential threats. In part one of this series I mentioned that according to a Wired Magazine piece entitled The INSLAW Octopus http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.01/inslaw.html?topic=&topic_set= that none other than rogue Colonel Oliver North was using the PROMIS software to support his extra constitutional programs like REX 84: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_84
Lt. Col. Oliver North also may have been using the program. According to several intelligence community sources, PROMIS was in use at a 6,100-square-foot command center built on the sixth floor of the Justice Department. According to both a contractor who helped design the center and information disclosed during the Iran-Contra hearings, Oliver North had a similar, but smaller, White House operations room that was connected by computer link to the DOJ's command center.
Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and potential troublemakers within the United States as part of a domestic emergency preparedness program, commissioned under Reagan's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to sources and published reports. Using PROMIS, sources point out, North could have drawn up lists of anyone ever arrested for a political protest, for example, or anyone who had ever refused to pay their taxes. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon's enemies list or Sen. Joe McCarthy's blacklist look downright crude. This operation was so sensitive that when Rep. Jack Brooks asked North about it during the Iran-Contra hearings, the hearing was immediately suspended pending an executive (secret) conference. When the hearings were reconvened, the issue of North's FEMA dealings was dropped.
Casolaro had been concentrating on the INSLAW case around the time of his demise. He had been receiving information from insiders within the intelligence community that would bring to light the use of PROMIS by the government. One source was a civilian employee of the NSA named Alan Standorf whose body was found in the back seat of his car in an airport parking lot, it was set up to look like he was the victim of a robbery. Sources say that he may have been providing Casolaro with proof that the NSA was using PROMIS but as with so many others who crossed paths with The Octopus he became collateral damage.
As to who 'suicided' Danny Casolaro and most importantly why, there may never be an answer. Casolaro had his fingers in too many pies and the nexus of evil that he was untangling was just too huge for the investigation to have ended any way but badly for him.
When researching the shadow government or Deep State http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_state it is amazing how so many of the same names keep popping up. One of those names belongs to Robert Booth Nichols, a longtime player who was recently back in the news. Mr. Nichols, who died under strange circumstances back in February was involved with the current financial crisis through Sam Israel, one of the thousands of Bernie Madoffs that have been using intricately structured financial instruments, shady hedge funds and offshore banking to destabilize America from within as though it were just another banana republic. The opaque, above the law, rigged games that have brought the country to the brink of ruination for the benefit of a corrupt oligarchy have working blueprints in CIA/shadow government fronts of the past such as BCCI and the Nugan Hand Bank http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nugan_Hand_Bank and there is no reliable way of knowing just how much of the finance, insurance and real estate (F.I.R.E.) economy is derived from such shady organizations.
I would strongly suspect that the amount of money laundering, involvement with organized crime, narcotics and weapons dealing that is being currently conducted is stunning. Only the recent high profile cases like that of Alan Stanford who has been tied to such dirty activities as well as Madoff and Israel get the attention but they are the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Without digressing too much I just want to point out that much of the post WW II intelligence apparatus including the cowboys who were at the heart of the original Octopus were directly tied to the Eastern establishment, Skull and Bones types from which the OSS/CIA was comprised of. This being said, it is only natural that such grand scale financial chicanery and speculation has come to dominate both the U.S. economy as well as the government itself which is so thoroughly intertwined with the pirates that the schemes of the Wall Street high rollers are preserved at the expense of the millions of lesser beings whose lives are being destroyed by the ongoing greed and the subsidizing of such by a system gone cancerous.
Now back to Robert Booth Nichols who prior to his death was involved in a complex financial scheme with Samuel Israel http://www.cnbc.com/id/25495282 and Bayou Investments involving a fee of $10 million to be paid to Nichols for services rendered for assistance in the locating of a mysterious $250 billion U.S. treasury note http://desertfae.com/wordpress/?p=270 that is secured by 2,500 metric tons of gold that sits in the Atlanta Federal Reserve. Israel, who after being convicted for large scale financial fraud faked his own suicide, allegedly jumping off of a bridge and leaving on the hood of his SUV traced in dust the words "Suicide is Painless" never was able to obtain the T-Note (which was sitting in a London Safe Deposit Company and has been seized) subsequently sued Nichols for - get this - cheating him. Now here is the kicker, according to papers filed by Nichols the transaction was conducted under the premise of "matters of national interest" and according to a Bloomberg story (Bayou's Israel Was Cheated in Scam Investigator Says http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601127&sid=aLCwdJsx0V3M&refer=law ) was vouched for by a member of the Bush family, John P. Ellis http://www.thestreet.com/story/10243545/bayou-and-the-bush-cousin.html whose previous claim to fame was calling the rigged 2000 election for George W. Bush while working for FOX News. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2000/nov/19/uselections2000.usa2 When doing an objective review of the myriad scandals and dirty deeds in America over the past 50 or so years it is astounding just how many times that a member of the Bush crime family is involved but more on them later.
Now what is of greater interest pertaining to Nichols is that he was deeply involved in the Cabazon Reservation activities as well as tied in to Danny Casolaro's doomed investigation of The Octopus. Nichols had contributed much to Casolaro and he had previously worked as a partner of political prisoner Michael Riconosciuto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Riconosciuto on projects on weapons development at the Cabazon Indian Reservation and the ongoing activities there through the company Meridian Arms.
Riconosciuto was the technical wizard who performed the alteration of the PROMIS software on the reservation to include the "back door" feature that would go on to figure so prominently in the espionage activities that it was later used for - political and financial. With the activities at the reservation including weapons development, training of paramilitaries and money laundering it was a veritable spook nest and the use of sovereign Indian lands for unauthorized purposes is something that needs to be seriously investigated. Author Joel Bainerman, in his book The Crimes of a President http://books.google.com/books?id=-CwkeJq6ozMC&dq=The+Crimes+of+a+President&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=pqkE1RZ_1I&sig=TqLtxyMEQYTHLr3rxwhI7E1V9XE&hl=en&ei=pN1cSr_UH5GHmQeZh_HpDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2#v=onepage&q=&f=false referred to the reservation as a "CIA cutout", with the revelations in Baca's KESQ series that three other local Indian tribes were also being investigated http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=8993895&nav=menu191_1_1_4 in the Alvarez murders and the weapons testing activities at the Cabazon reservation the question is to what extent has this sort of piggybacking of black ops on sovereign land existed throughout the country and for how long.
With Nichols being a connected guy he would be a hugely important source for Casolaro, or was he a disinformation agent? According to sources, Nichols and Casolaro spoke often and at length in the month before Casolaro's demise. Nichols, it must be noted also allegedly had organized crime ties to the Gambino crime family http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambino_crime_family as well as to the Japanese Yakuza. It has already been established that the CIA and Shadow Government had regularly worked with organized crime figures (see Operation Underworld http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Underworld ) including those who had been burned by Castro's takeover of Cuba. Again, the war against communism, Cuba in this case provided blanket justification for lawlessness, nefarious alliances and the deviation from accepted American ideals.With Nazi war criminals already on board with the CIA, ties with The Syndicate were consistent with the pattern. In this context, the question must be asked regarding Robert Booth Nichols and whether he was sanctioned as a contact with the organized crime elements on behalf of the establishment. It should be recognized that the mob played a part in forging the political careers of many an influential U.S. figures, Ronald Reagan and Richard M. Nixon to name a few. It would be naïve to not believe that many of our elected representatives are not just as much in the pockets of organized crime as they are with other interests that threaten the system as a whole. (I would recommend this piece http://desertfae.com/wordpress/?p=166 as food for thought as it references a current influential politican who has been a party to much of the overt criminality of the past several years, primarily as an accomplice).
The presence of Robert Booth Nichols in the milieu surrounding Casolaro's research as well as with Bayou Investments and the $250 billion treasury note is just another example of the interconnectivity between the underworld and the overworld. The financial aspects of this cannot be downplayed in the wake of the global meltdown that is largely due to the shadow banking system comprised of offshore banks largely exempt from U.S. laws, money laundering, pools of black money, narcotics/weapons dealing profits and speculative finance that have been a permanent fixture of the oligarchy's financial matrix. Any legitimate investigation of power in the U.S. must include an analysis of intricate financial institutions, layered in Enron style subversion and patterned after CIA/Wall Street front companies expressly created for the purpose of funding off-the-books operations.
Tentacles of the Octopus
"We will know that we have succeeded when everything the public believes is false."
- William J. Casey
It must be understood that there has always been a powerful segment of this country that has been enamored with fascism as the perfect sort of government that would support the long-term evolution of capitalism itself. Fortune Magazine once featured a fawning cover story extolling the virtues of Benito Mussolini's corporatist/fascist state in pre-WW II Italy and even Hitler had ardent admirers in America. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough that the precursors to today's Wall Street ruling elite were perfectly willing to do business with the Nazi regime as long as it was in their short term financial interests to do so. Let me be emphatic that this is NOT an attack on capitalism itself but rather on those who are able to use the system to advance their interests and agendas and to destroy any and all impediments and obstacles. I would like to opine that the system is fatally flawed and like communism, contains the seeds of its own demise, what is going on right now is a testament to that.
In order for the bastardized form of capitalism that exists today (largely through the machinations of those that I am addressing in this section) to continue to evolve it must become much more authoritarian in nature, the early forms of fascism are too ostentatious for the more sophisticated era in which we now live so we need to look more to China as the current role model. For profit prisons, all encompassing surveillance, a militarized police state, compromised courts and above all the possibility of disappearance into a gulag system with no trial and the nearly codified indefinite detention along with torture must be a tool for which to exercise control over the dissenters and the rabble.
The conditions for the creation of the Octopus, or as Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Fletcher_Prouty would refer to it, a Secret Team http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/ST/ST.html were set into motion with Harry S. Truman's much maligned creation of the National Security State with the signing into law of the National Security Act of 1947 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Act_of_1947 . This set into up the post WW II world and allowed for the use of the intelligence services to be used to perpetuate their wartime stance into a permanent fixture of U.S. policy. The act also created the CIA although its original mandate would be expanded to include the anti-democratic functions that it has since become known for. In creating the CIA, the successor of the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) there would be no end to the warfare state, only a redirection into clandestine and covert activities that would include destabilization of governments deemed 'unfriendly' to U.S. interests, propaganda, sabotage, training and support of paramilitary forces and above all snooping.
Being that the OSS largely grew out of the Eastern Establishment and the Skull and Bones types (from which it drew recruits) it would naturally serve the interests of Wall Street finance oligarchs, corporations, industrialists, oil barons and other moguls. It would also due to the very nature of secrecy under which it existed be a fertile ground for rogue elements, private CIA's within the CIA so to speak.
I do want to state that the CIA is far from the only U.S. intelligence agency; there are many and too often they are lumped in with the CIA as it is the most prominent. There are at least sixteen separate intelligence agencies and those are only the ones that we know about and there is often collaboration with foreign intelligence to circumvent laws and ensure plausible deniability. The CIA though is unique in that it was created to serve as an enforcement arm for the Wall Street elite and the money power, its primary obligation is not to the United States itself but that element that exists in the shadows. I recommend reading: How the CIA Created a Ruling, Corporate Overclass in America http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-cia-created-ruling-corporate.html for some very good examples.
Former Nazi CIA Asset Reinhard Gehlen
The Wall Street cultivated OSS was established in 1942 by the hated Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man whom the financial elite once tried to overthrow (see the Business Plot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot ) to consolidate intelligence during the war. William 'Wild Bill' Donovan http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWdonovanW.htm , a powerful member of the Eastern Establishment and a Wall Street lawyer would head it up. Other OSS luminaries with elite pedigrees would include Allen Dulles (of firm Sullivan and Cromwell, another Wall Street business that didn't shy away from doing business with the Nazis) who would go on to play an integral role in the CIA as it developed. Dulles would be a key force in Operation Paperclip, the assimilation of Third Reich refugee war criminals into the CIA and sciences where their Nazi experience could be drawn upon to serve what would one day become The Homeland. Dulles, who would later become head of the CIA was unceremoniously forced out after the botched Bay of Pigs invasion by John F. Kennedy who was sufficiently aware of the dirty deeds of America's unofficial terrorist organization would threaten to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds". The accompanying blowback took care of Kennedy and in what should go down as one of the greatest conflicts of interest in American history Allan Dulles would go on to become a member of the Warren Commission http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKwarrenR.htm 'investigating' the assassination and coming up with the crazed lone gunman conclusion.
Now let me make it clear that I personally have an attitude of ambivalence towards mob and organized crime in general, it's just another line of work as far as I am concerned. So with that out of the way what I do have a problem with are government bureaucrats, U.S. military and intelligence and elected officials crossing the line into where they become gangsters themselves by working with organized crime. This is a very important aspect in what has gone seriously wrong in America post WW II in that the lines were not only blurred but the shadow government and the mob (as well as international organized crime syndicates) actively joined forces, knowingly and willingly for an agenda that ran counter to long term American interests and the CIA was responsible for allowing this to happen.
But I digress....
The OSS was also a breeding ground for virulent right-wingers, military men and dyed in the wool fascists with axes to grind against the communist devils. One of these men was General Edward Lansdale http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/COLDlansdale.htm , a serious reactionary who was involved in anti-Castro plotting and allegedly, according to some, notably L. Fletcher Prouty was in Dallas on the day of the Kennedy assassination (as were others including Richard M. Nixon and George H.W. Bush but more on that in the next section) where he was allegedly seen in the vicinity of the 'three tramps'. Other prominent spooks from the OSS would include future CIA chiefs William Colby http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/SScolby.htm (also of the Phoenix Program http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Program ) and William Casey http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKcaseyW.htm whose tenure under Reagan would occur during the Iran-Contra period and intersect with the PROMIS software ordeal.
General Lansdale, as legend has it, was involved with gold taken from vanquished WW II enemies (see Yamashita's Gold http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamashita ) and using it to provide funding for black operations. The illegal narcotics trade would also prove to be a useful source in providing operational money for secret wars and off the books operations. Lansdale's work against the Castro regime would bring him into contact with Theodore Shackley http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKshackley.htm aka The Blond Ghost out of the Miami JMWAVE http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKjmwave.htm headquarters [note that George Bush's Zapata Corporation also allegedly had ties to this operation, likely a CIA front]. Ted Shackley would go on to turn up in an astounding number of scandals and shadow government operations over the years. Shackley was identified by Danny Casolaro as a part of the dirty old boy network that would become The Octopus so keep that in mind. When the work against Cuba was no longer a top priority with the Vietnam War ratcheting up, Shackley was sent to Southeast Asia where he was involved along with other anti-Castro operatives namely Felix Rodriguez http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKroderiguez.htm , Thomas Clines http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKclinesT.htm and Edwin Wilson http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKwilsonE2.htm (among others) in CIA operations such as the Phoenix Program (note also that the aforementioned Earl Brian who was a benefactor of the illegal sales of PROMIS was associated with this fearsome assassination and torture venture as well), the Secret Team was now up and running in another war zone where their skills could be fully utilized. I also want to note that regarding the anti-Castro operation from which so many of these rogue operators sprang also produced the infamous E. Howard Hunt http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKhuntH.htm , a veteran spook who at least according to a deathbed 'confession' recording had inside knowledge of the Kennedy assassination (this from a Rolling Stone article The Last Confessions of E. Howard Hunt http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/13893143/the_last_confessions_of_e_howard_hunt ). Interestingly enough, Hunt would go on to be one of the Watergate burglars who Nixon feared was going to spill his guts about that "Bay of Pigs thing" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-y2KQvvYtg . Hunt's wife Dorothy would be killed in a suspicious plane crash which is described in Carl Oglesby's book The Yankee and Cowboy War in chapter seven which is transcribed here http://manageableants.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html . Hunt, like Shackley was suspected by Casolaro to be a member of The Octopus.
Once in Vietnam, the Shackley operation would draw in the next generation of shadow government figures including Richard Secord http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKsecordR.htm , Richard Armitage and Oliver North http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB113/ who would all turn up later during the ongoing operations of "The Enterprise" http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/chap_08.htm during Iran-Contra. North and Secord specifically would play key roles, augmented by key neocons within the bureaucracy such as Elliott Abrams http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Elliott_Abrams , John Negroponte http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=John_Negroponte , Michael Ledeen http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Michael_Ledeen , John Poindexter http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=John_Poindexter and most importantly Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush. The Vietnam group that had coalesced around Shackley would also be involved in the Nugan Hand Bank http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKnuganbank.htm , a conduit for dirty money (drugs, guns) that would be redirected to fund the secret off the books spook wars under the ideological cover of the battle against communist influence. The Nugan Hand Bank operated until 1980 when Frank Nugan http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKnugan.htm , an Australian lawyer with more shady connections than the proverbial switchboard and under investigation for stock fraud was found dead in his Mercedes-Benz, the victim of what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound, his wallet contained the business card of William Colby http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/SScolby.htm in his wallet. The other half of Nugan Hand was former Green Beret Michael Jon Hand http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKhandM.htm whose special operations experience allegedly included a good amount of work in the Golden Triangle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Triangle_(Southeast_Asia) with the heroin trade. Hand disappeared and was never seen again after Nugan's death.
The Nugan Hand bank with its extremely high rates of return, tax-free accounts and promises of anonymity was a model that would eventually be replicated and in today's convoluted morass of offshore banking and fraudulent high finance there are likely thousands of smaller operations, of note is the recent scandal involving high rolling Texan investment guru Alan Stanford and his suspected involvement in money laundering for Mexican drug cartels http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/22/allen-stanford-drugs-trade-mexico . The system has become thoroughly polluted, corrupted and rigged in order to benefit the Wall Street oligarchy that was so instrumental in originally setting up the CIA. With the blueprint for such grand scale financial chicanery that was originally a big part of black ops monetary alchemy available and the entire system eventually honeycombed with the sort of illicit, amoral types that were all too willing to grab onto the teats of the anti-communist cash cow. With the Vietnam experience an ugly and tragic blight on the American consciousness, Nixon run out of Washington in disgrace and the ruling corporate establishment hydra reconfiguring itself out of the ashes there would be a haven for The Octopus and its operatives within the shining palace of American renewal that would be erected as a temple for the soon to be annoited savior and heroic all-American warrior king Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush - the man who would claim be "out of the loop" during the Iran-Contra operations .
Family Of Secrets
..the Bush Family is so heavily connected and is so interwoven with this systemic fraud, they're concerned about a cascade effect within the public. They don't mind if one incident comes out that they can point to it as an isolated incident. What they're concerned about is the public beginning to understand the level of corruption that exists within all agencies of government and the intricate connection the Bush family has had to this fraud over the decades.
- Al Martin (author of The Conspirators' Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider)
The involvement of a member of the Bush family, cousin John P. Ellis with Samuel Israel of Bayou Investments and the $250 billion treasury note http://desertfae.com/wordpress/?p=270 referenced earlier is a continuation of the amazing and ongoing presence of the Bush dynasty in post WW II America politics. The Bushes are generational scoundrels and have served the most powerful interests of the American oligarchy since the early days of the Twentieth Century. There have been a few excellent books written about the family and of note are Webster Griffin Tarpley's early and rather lurid tome that is entitled George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm , Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty http://www.motherjones.com/media/2004/01/all-family and an extremely interesting recent book that has been completely ignored by the corporatist media (other than a few hit pieces) Family Of Secrets http://www.familyofsecrets.com/ by Russ Baker http://russbaker.com/ . The latter is particularly interesting in that it looks at the Bush family in the larger context of the ruling oligarchy and the system that serves it and has additional history on George H.W. Bush as a lifelong intelligence figure. I also not that Baker in interviews (see Family of Secrets site for links) has made the case that people like Bush family hatchetmen must be looked at in the larger context as being agents or operatives for the preservation of the larger oligarchical system albeit on a lower rung than the Bushes.
The Bush family runs like a poisonous serpent through recent American history. Their deep seated ties to the ruling oligarchy, the Ivy League Eastern Establishment and later the southern fried fascism of big oil, big religion and the sunbelt weapons colossus goes back for several generations. A good resource on the rise of the Bushes would be the aforementioned Kevin Phillips book which lays out the early history of these scoundrels. Further embellishment on the ill gotten gains, murky business dealings and political deviltry of the family can be found in the other two books. The early history of the Bushes is that of patriarchs Samuel P. Bush http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_P._Bush and the relation to gig oil, steel and munitions during the early period of the American Empire. Sam Bush was a big kahuna for a company called Buckeye Steel Castings http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckeye_Steel_Castings , run by members of the Rockefeller family when they were tall in the saddle as some of the nation's foremost Robber Barons. He would eventually rise to a position of prominence with the War Industries Board http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Industries_Board as director of the Small Arms, Ammunition and Ordnance Division prior to the U.S. entry into World War I. General Smedley D. Butler http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler was absolutely correct when he famously proclaimed in his seminal tract that War Is A Racket http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_is_a_Racket (a statement bordering on heresy in the current militarist America) and it would prove to be a very lucrative one indeed for the Bush Family.
Another early member of the House of Bush was George Herbert Walker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Herbert_Walker 'Bert' Bush, a high rolling banking establishment type whose ties to the upper crust of the financial oligarchy, such as the railroad and financial elite Harriman family (Brown Brothers Harriman) would allow for the early fortification of power for the later generations. 'Bert' was a man who was able to parlay his connections and expertise in doing business with Russia and Germany post WW I and he would do much to ensure that Prescott, his son in law would get a primo position on Wall Street, with the lucrative business of the foreign clients who would later go on to infamy after they were armed by the money mongers whose only loyalty was to mammon, not country. It was under the stewardship of Prescott that the Bush family would take a darker turn. As a famous alumnus of the Yale secretive society Skull and Bones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_and_Bones Dubya's grandpa gained notoriety for being one of the Bonesmen who raided the grave of Indian warrior Geronimo and took his skull as a trophy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo#Alleged_theft_of_skull
It was the Skull and Bones pedigree that punched Prescott Bush's ticket into the upper echelon of the American fascist club and while I am not going to into these secret societies here, many of which are mischaracterized as being satanic or occult oriented rather than what they truly are which is a bunch of rich pricks determined to keep the game rigged. Skull and Bones is well known for the influential and interconnected members who engage in bizarre initiation rituals and swear allegiance to each other as they work together to ensure that the status quo remains intact. It should be mentioned that both candidates in the 2004 Presidential election, George W. Bush and John Kerry (who ran the Kerry Commission that later would investigate or as cynics would portend 'cover up' allegations of CIA involvement in drug trafficking associated with Iran-Contra) were from Skull and Bones. A look at the roster of alumni from this secret group alone shows the influence of a very small and selective oligarchy in America.
Prescott Bush followed the trajectory of his faulty moral compass (and the call of the fascist elements of his era) to work with Wall Steet interests in helping to build the Nazi war machine, reputedly as a money launderer for Hitler's murderous regime through the Union Banking Corporation which served German magnate Fritz Thyssen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Thyssen the German industrialist known as "Hitler's Angel" who was indispensable in providing the financial backing and carried clout that would create what was then the strongest military machine in the world as well as the most bellicose. While the Bush-Nazi links received no attention domestically in our neutered, corporatist media here is an article from The Guardian, How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar and here is a link to another piece by journalist John Buchanan that is entitled Bush Nazi Link Confirmed http://www.nhgazette.com/the-bushnazi-stories/bushnazi-link-confirmed/ that was published in the New Hampshire Gazette. The Nazi skeleton is but one of a great number in the Bush family closets and potentially the most damning of all. The Union Banking Corporation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Banking_Corporation would be shut down by FDR in 1942 under the Trading With the Enemy Act, just another reason for the American fascists to burn for revenge against Roosevelt and fuel the fire for their relentless crusade against New Deal policies that continues to this day.
Prescott Bush went on to be an extremely influential figure in U.S. politics in the post-war era, his son George H.W. Bush would cut his teeth in intelligence, dirty dealing and black ops as a matter of family heritage, the father would pass down the business to his spawn in the truly American fashion. Phillips pegs it dead on here in describing the Bush Crime Family as:
A great family (great as in power, not morality) that has bulit a base over the course of the Twentieth Century in the back corridors of the new military-industrial complex and in close association with the growing intelligence and national security establishment.
The father of the 41st President and the grandfather of the most overtly fascist and recently departed leader in U.S. history, George W. Bush burrowed deeply into the establishment. He became a Senator in 1952 and as legend has it helped to groom Richard M. Nixon for his rise as a tool of the establishment.
Nixon's political career was formed by his run for a California Congressional seat where he was backed by big money power (post-WW II fascist elements)against incumbent Jerry Voorhis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Voorhis , a backer of the New Deal and a man who had run afoul of the oligarchy for his opposition to Standard Oil and a secret government drilling contract in the Elk Hills reserve that he had exposed before Congress. Voorhis was a marked man and was challenging Wall Street power at every opportunity, railing agains the "cancerous superstructure of monopolies and cartels". It was Nixon who would perform the political hit on Voorhis, subjecting him to a withering onlsaught of red baiting propaganda, the sort that would become religion in the U.S. as the war against the unions and the middle class began in earnest. Nixon would later go on to play a big part in the poisonous culture wars that have so ill-served this country and which we can now see the wreckage of in our thoroughly corrupted, diseased political system and the new feudalism as exemplified by the massive redistribution of wealth to reinflate speculative capitalism and the big Wall Street banks.
Russ Baker does some very interesting analysis in his Family Of Secrets, especially in regard to George H.W. Bush (aka Poppy) who appears to have been a member of intelligence dating back to at least the 1950's instead of when he was formally put in charge of the CIA in 1976. There is the very interesting story that Poppy is 'unable' to remember exactly where he was on the day of the JFK assassination (interestingly Nixon was in Dallas that day too) which in and of itself is odd, Baker makes the following statement in an interview:
I am very careful not to speculate. What I do is begin with the curious fact that G.H.W. Bush has said he could not remember where he was on November 22, 1963. That makes him just about the only adult alive at the time who has that memory defect.
Which in and of itself proves nothing but it is very unusual that Mr. Bush would not remember where he was, even more so when considering the existence of a memo from then FBI head J. Edgar Hoover on the Kennedy assassination dated 11/29/63 that specifically mentions a "Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency". Bush and the CIA denied that they were the same person (another George Bush briefly worked for the CIA at the time, perhaps brought in as a cover) but there is the matter of Bush's company the Zapata Corp. that has been linked to the CIA as a front, according to Baker the CIA helped Bush to establish this company. Note that during the Bay of Pigs, the code name for the invasion was Operation Zapata. During this particular period Bush would become familiar with some of the aforementioned anti-Cuban operatives such as Ted Shackley, E. Howard Hunt, Felix Rodriguez and an interesting figure by the name of Barry Seal. Seal, like many others would eventually turn up again in the milieu of drug dealers, gun runners and black operations that swirled around Iran-Contra when Bush was in the White House as Reagan's V.P.
George H.W. Bush's connections to many of the most shadowy figures and operations of the past half century as well as the criminal nature of his entire family make a strong argument that the ongoing destabilization of the United States by fascists has been aided greatly by the Bushes. I don't have the time to go into every aspect (I'll save it for the future) but the evolution of the Bush family from well connected servants of the early robber barons, to the arms trade, the Nazis and the smuggled out war criminals who would greatly aid and assimilate themselves into the intelligence services and the war against communism on through the JFK assassination, Vietnam, Iran Contra and ultimately the ruinous eight year reign of the Bush-Cheney regime have been instrumental in the fascist takeover of America.
An interesting footnote is the association of Bush's son Neil to the brother of John W. Hinkley Jr., the disturbed young man who attempted to kill President Reagan. Neil Bush and Scott Hinkley had dinner plans the night after the botched assassination, interesting bit of happenstance or perhaps a postponement of a celebration? Assassination researcher John Judge made the following comment on this:
They knew each other socially quite well. The press said that they were to have dinner -- Scott Hinkley and Neil Bush were to have dinner on March 31 1981. But they cancelled the dinner after the news of the shooting. The press said that that was ironic. It gives a new meaning to the word 'irony'. Because if Robert Oswald, Lee Harvey's older brother and Lynda Bird Johnson were going to have dinner the night of the JFK assassination, somebody would figure out it meant something.
One can never be too suspicious of such sort of things when they involve members of the Bush family. Hinckley the shooter had ties to World Vision, a right-wing organization that allegedly acted as a CIA front run by John W. Hinkley Sr. that worked in Central America. Rumors of mind control (manchurian candidates?) have surfaced in regard to World Vision but whatever activities surround it are like most of our history, concealed behind the veil of secrecy. Some credence can however be given to the CIA's long history of mind control experiments (MKULTRA), the secret wars waged against leftist governments in the Southern Cone and the really creepy story that Mark David Chapman, the killer of the hated-by-the-establishment John Lennon also had ties to World Vision.
I would strongly encourage everybody who has taken the time to read this to do your own research on the connections between the Bush family and the downward trajectory of this once great country into the fascist gangster state that it has become today and despite the disgraced rule of George W. Bush he was after all able to successfully eviscerate the Constitution during his time in office as well as to put into place the most formidable high-tech police state in the history of mankind. The economy has been destroyed, the privatization projects of the fascists are now a reality and with more states in financial distress along the lines of California there will soon be national fire sales of roads, infrastructure and landmarks to the descendants of the early Robber Barons whose power has been consolidated by insiders such as the Bush family beyond their wildest of dreams. The only things that the United States of America is now capable of producing is death, destruction, financial scams, for profit prisons, paranoia and a massive Big Brother style surveillance and repression apparatus that is the envy of all dictators.
And the Bush family isn't finished yet, Jeb is coming soon and that you can count on.
Conclusion: The Octopus Ascendant
While it initially began with clandestine operations and murky, beneath the surface alliances The Octopus has become the underlying but inextricable operating system for the American capitalist empire as it exists today. It is the very kernel of all that we known and now has gone legit or perhaps more appropriately the system has descended to the level of corruption once the domain of rogue forces within. It has been a long and slow process, layered over the decades as the last vestiges of a free system where liberty is paramount has been leeched out leaving in its place a land that is America in name only, except that shingle has been replaced with one that says Homeland, a fitting legacy for the fascists who used the aftermath of WW II to mount their takeover. Now The Octopus is comprised of much more and it's gone corporate, ponder how the following tentacles have become interconnected and now dominate our ever declining way of life:
Energy and Resources (Soon to include privatized food and water...got money? I sure hope so if you plan on any sort of a continued existence)
Banking and Finance (The recent financial crisis has allowed the most powerful of institutions to essentially take over the government so that tax dollars will be directed to shore up their bogus markets and Ponzi schemes)
Transportation and Infrastructure (Our airports have already been transformed into Soviet bloc style checkpoints, it's all a matter of conditioning and time until all freedom of movement has been restricted entirely, the tracking chips are already being successfully sold to fearful parents as prevention against child abduction.)
Drugs (Pharmaceuticals are giving narcotics a run for their money and there will be no serious efforts at meaningful reform)
Munitons, Military Spending (Oceania always has been and always will be at war)
Geopolitics (The coups, destabilizations, puppet dictatorships, torture and ethnic cleansings will go on, it's all business as usual - for an intersting perspective see Tom Hayden's piece from The Nation entitled Understanding the Long War)
Media (Would anything be possible without the wonderful complicity of the media. The CIA had it right with Operation Mockingbird, it would only be further refined over time with the rise of the right-wing, corporatist think tanks, the ginned up attack on the 'liberal' media and the rise of cable television, the corporatization and consolidation have built a propaganda machine that not even Goebbels cound have envisioned. The mass hypnosis that has narcotized an entire population through television has been an astounding boon for the fascists.)
Intelligence (The 'terrorist' attacks of 9/11 have legitimized the ubiquitous surveillance of the American people helped along by the technology of PROMIS and Main Core, our new forms of social control are already being beta tested by American corporations in China. See Naomi Klein's piece on China's All-Seeing Eye from Rolling Stone Magazine).
And it's all tied up in the big, shiny, star-spangled package of Empire.
The Obama administration has been a major disappointment in reining in any of the power of the fascist state established by his predecessors. I seriously am beginning to think that he doesn't care, nor do any of the Democrats who triumphantly retook the White House and the Congress - they are the insiders now and they control the cash spigots, and most importantly they have favors to pay back. Americans were promised change; here are a few of the changes that we have received to this point: a continuation of domestic spying, a bailout of the fraudulent financial system of Wall Street speculation, the Federal Reserve creating trillions of dollars out of nothing, apologies for torture (whoops - enhanced interrogation techniques - my bad), the failure to prosecute war criminals, a continuation of anti-labor practices, more secrecy (the suppression of the additonal Abu Ghraib photos), plans to censor the internet, the diabolical conflation of dissenters and extremists (terrorists) by the anti-American Department of Homeland Security and coming soon, the bait and switch of a public health care option that would only allow the filthy scoundrels in the insurance industry and the Wall Street profiteers to further enrich themselves while beggaring the population. And of course there are the wars, dealing in the death and devastation it is far too lucrative of a business to ever abandon and the swords that should long ago have been beaten back into plowshares are being honed to razor sharpness and pointed at the necks of all Americans who chose awareness and enlightenment over denial and acquiescence.
Face it, the same people who once glorified Benito Mussolini on the cover of Fortune Magazine for his wondrous corporatist state have won and we are their subjects, their slaves, their chattel and if you don't like it you can go and live in a for profit prison or simply disappear without any possiblity of a trial for the rest of your life. As American capitalism and its excesses gradually mutated from the original petri dish of the post World War II era world, the corruption, the greed and the pathological need for the necessary control for it to exist on a grand scale has metastasized to the point where it has consumed all, instead of The Octopus a more fitting metaphor for all that has taken place is the 1950's science fiction movie The Blob.
What happens now is no longer a matter of simply exposing the elements that set into motion the chain of events that are now reaching critical mass but in waging total war against the entire system itself through acts of civil disobedience and refusal to comply, I would caution those who are instigating for a full blown revolution, the rulers have bigger guns and more money than God, you are but ants to them and you will be squashed if you use violence to rebel. That is the only way that there will be a chance for survival now that the state has been weaponized against the people, equipped with a monstrous high technological surveillance system that morphed out of the theft of the PROMIS software and the police state infrastructure that grew out of the Reagan era programs such as Garden Plot, Cable Splicer and REX 84. The plans for the camps are ready if not the camps themselves... it has become fashionable to demonize those who now speak of them albeit ironic that the loudest of them never uttered a peep when George W. Bush was in charge of generating the pick-up lists.
But for the most part America sleeps. The coronation of Barack Obama, a product, a brand name and a triumph of modern public relations and marketing has provided the soothing balm for the raw sores on backs courtesy of the Bush administration. For a television addicted nation of sheep content to live on the world's largest lemming farm he is their perfect leader, a reality television show president, crooning sweet words while his actions belie the rhetoric. The vast majority of the fools will still be watching American Idol when the jackboots kick in their doors.
Ed Encho is a free lance writer, activist and consultant who resides in West Central Florida and is author of the upcoming "A Monolithic and Ruthless Conspiracy".