JFK

Gerald Posner quits over plagiarism! Olympics Indymedia repression; 1001 Club, Pilgrims Society & Le Cercle; sovereign debt crisis; Ron Paul on Tea Party corporatist/neocon vanguards

Here's a good one: Gerald Posner was a convenient weathervane for conspiracy coverups, much as Howard Fineman is a convenient weathervane for Safe Establishment Thinking. You can just look for Fineman and Posner for the exact line the mockingbirds are supposed to push. Everyone else seems to water the Koolaid down more than these guys.

Posner taunts 9-11 people, JFK people, etc., but it turns out he can't say jack about Miami sleaze without plagiarizing from the Miami Herald. Author quits Daily Beast after plagiarism claims:

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami Beach-based author of several best-selling books has resigned from his job as chief investigative reporter for the Internet news site The Daily Beast following allegations of plagiarism.

Gerald Posner announced the resignation on his own Web site this week.

Last week, a writer for Slate.com reported that there were several instances in which Posner took material from Miami Herald articles without attribution.

Posner wrote on his Web site that he "inadvertently" copied the passages into master files and that he "lost sight" that the material belonged to a published source.

Posner is the author of "Case Closed," a book about the John F. Kennedy assassination, and more recently, "Miami Babylon," a history of Miami Beach.

Hilarious! CASE CLOSED, SUCKA!!

Here are quick notes on 2010 Olympics resistance: US/Canadian joint homeland security suppression of Indymedia journalists for controversial, widely opposed 2010 Olympics | Twin Cities Indymedia

Reminding us of the Olympics' nationalist/fascist roots, as the carefully stage-managed 2010 Olympics gets underway in Vancouver, around a billion dollars have been expended on security theater measures. While Canadian authorities want to encourage people to attend the Olympics, Canadian border and customs officials (Canadian Border Services Agencies) have teamed up to suppress the movement of Indymedia and other independent media reporters into Canada.

Anti-Olympic organizers point out the International Olympic Committee is a corrupt globalist institution parallel with the WTO, IMF and other organizations that funnel public money into private hands. Police repression, budget-busting graft, and gentrification/displacement are the three major features of the Olympics wherever they go, as noted by sports writer Dave Zirin (EdgeofSports.com) interviewed on Submedia.tv. After hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns leading to massive austerity measures including teacher layoffs in Vancouver, a poll estimated forty percent of BC residents support anti-Olympic protests. (Zirin in SI: People dreading Games)

The deeply corrupt US Department of Homeland Security has also been hassling indy reporters denied entry overland into Canada. Indy journalists John Weston Osburn (Interview), Dawn Zuppelli and Ted Forsyth from Rochester NY IMC, and Martin Macias Jr. have all been harassed. Osburn was refused entry into Canada and abused by DHS; Macias was deported, then treated abusively by the DHS lunatics controlling entry on the Canadian border.

There has been plenty of fodder for independent journalists to cover, as US & Canadian authorities gear up yet another 'live exercise' style mega-security psychological operation, featuring 'Medium' Range Acoustic Device sound cannon (MRAD, similar to the G20 LRAD), and the usual inept police attempts at false-flag provocateur and infiltration operations.

More: Live portal: 2010.mediacoop.ca | No2010.com | Vancouver Media Co-op | Submedia.TV | Committee to Protect Bloggers | Student Activism and the Olympics | OlympicResistance.net: About | Crossing the Border into Canada | Schedule | Censorship Gallery - 2010 Legal Observer Program | CJFE Olympic Watch.

The Vancouver Integrated Security Unit has been the highest-profile police unit hassling people, and apparently has refused to publicly rule out deploying agent provocateurs. Dec. 3: ORN Responds to Police Allegations of Undercover Cop | Vancouver Sun: Jamie Graham disclosed Olympic undercover operation.

More there. Also: Canadian customs refuse to disclose laptop border search policy @ boingboing.

Speaking of hit pieces, see Tea Party Movement Is Full of Conspiracy Theories - Newsweek.com

Tea Party notes: Ron Paul Warns Of Neo-Con Takeover Of Tea Party Movement

Ferguson and Faber: Sovereign Debt Crisis Will Spread World-Wide, U.S. Debt Is Unsafe. Much more with PIIGS to watch, plz look thru ZeroHedge for MOAR!

Neat notes from the cable TV lobbyist industrial complex: The Lobbying-Media Complex @ The Nation.

Slumburbia - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com

There was a scam-tastic proposal for 'volatility insurance' which of course would have to be government-backstopped in order to 'pay'. Citi's Financial Crisis Derivatives Should Be Banished From Earth.

Tech side: 20 Great Project Management Tools

Hey that's it for now... Let's kick... and push... and coast. [MosDef]

BONUS POINTS FOR THE 1001 CLUB / WORLD WILDLIFE FUND ABSURD EUROTRASH CONSPIRACY COMPLEX!!!11!

For all the LOLS: meet 1001 Club, Pilgrims Society & Le Cercle!!!

Everyone will be just delighted to learn about the Pilgrims Society and the 1001 Club. These are each worth their own posts, as they are the largest quasi-European elite conspiracy circles that [almost] no one's ever heard of! What fun! :-)

The Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics briefly went offline and it's a fantastic damn site so I'm glad it's back! Amazing files, precisely done, on the huge Belgian pedophile conspiracy (Beyond Dutroux) as well as three critical European-oriented extremely low-profile elite groups -- with very Bilderberg-like stylings.

The 1001 Club is full of Iran-Contra bankers [Yeaa Robert Vesco!], Nazi barons [Thyssen] and Bin Ladens. It's fricking awesome, the secret uber sketchy inner sanctum for a ton of nasty people. And its merely Prince Bernhard's inner ring for the World Wildlife Fund, which turns out to be a globalist front to seize control of vast strategic resources, especially in Africa. Kind of a superstructure for the international elite to stage repression campaigns, a totally greenwashed front for DeBeers / neo-Rhodesian mercenaries and resource extraction families. Good times! Have a LOL with 1001 Club membership list - Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics

Le Cercle - Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics - "Formed in the Fifties... One of the most influential, secretive, and, it goes without saying, exclusive political clubs in the West... One member contacted by this newspaper said he could not talk about it "even off, off the record". Another simply put the phone down... The source of its funding is a mystery..."

Pilgrims Society - Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics - conservative social core of the Anglo-American establishment. Including! Pilgrims Society membership list - June 29, 1997, The Independent, 'Aitken dropped by the Right's secret club', one of the very few mainstream reports on Le Cercle.

MOAR: PDF ROGUE AGENTS: The Cercle Pinay complex 1951 - 1991

Well that's all for now -- to grab a loosely appropriate Hunter Thompson quote: "It Never Got Weird Enough For Me."

Controlling 9/11 "crippled epistemology" via fake 'CIA' Internet Conspiracy Theories, COINTELPRO & "cognitive infiltration of extremist groups": Huge jackass/Obama Info Czar Cass Sunstein favors infiltrating conspiracy groups, planting disinfo, diversions

140110top2.jpg"....we will suggest below that if the hard core arises for certain identifiable reasons, it can be broken up or at least muted by government action." .... "We suggest a role for government efforts, and agents, in introducing such diversity.  Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action."

SSRN-Conspiracy Theories by Cass Sunstein, Adrian Vermeule

This is one hell of a chestnut. It seems obvious, in retrospect, the best way to conceal the truth of establishment shady business and institutionalized crime is to mix in a ton of bullshit in order to turn all the skeptics and inquirers against each other. Only now it's Obama's dang 'information czar' pitching the strategy!

Interestingly, the more I broaden my sources, the more I appreciate the broad spectrum of people that have cancelled their subscriptions to Establishment Bollox and the Lies of the Mighty Wurlitzer. It's amazing how so many features of Establishment Reality are so widely loathed from within so many different worldviews.

This important fact is what people like Cass Sunstein don't understand. Like faux Establishment 'Centrists', they believe that ontological truth, or even the 'optimal' policy outcome, is like @ the 50% mark between where the dialectical left & right goalposts are placed.

It's like Howard Fineman - accurately dubbed the Weathervane because you only have to look which way he's pointing to determine what reassuring centrist reality is today's hot item. Howard Fineman is the precise opposite of a 'conspiracy theorist' in Sunstein's world.

The Establishment's Hegelian social control techniques are obvious: just set the left and right goalposts, stir and repeat. Problem-reaction-solution. If one can influence both the left and right goalposts in the great false dichotomy, it makes the product of "centrists" far more acceptable. Everything floating around outside this parlor game is the prima materia of 'conspiracy' that the State should attack professionally, Sunstein says!

Sunstein's tidy worldview brushes over the complex role of deceptive bullshit operatives around there, laying the groundwork for stupid establishment narratives. For example, what are we to make of the ever-shady Gerald Posner, spoonfed the FBI goodies on China? Or Adam Ciralski, helping Blackwater's Erik Prince perpetrate some classic exposure-threatening graymail about U.S. covert ops. Are these merely products of rotten epistomology? [PD Scott with a solid takedown of Posner - Scott's the real deal with The War Conspiracy and more here.]

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Anyhow Cass Sunstein was appointed by President Obama as some kind of info czar. Interestingly he wrote a paper about how to manipulate conspiracy theorists by attempting to throw their groups off the Hegelian deep end, thus opening an opportunity for defamatory information warfare. Fascinating stuff, and it's got Alex Jones incensed!!

More links, then some snippets: Obama Information Czar Calls For Banning Free Speech, Sunstein’s Paper Provides More Evidence COLINTELPRO Still Operational, etc.

This whole thing reminds me of how the JFK conspiracy scene is managed as "A Story/B Story" wherein there are two alternate, mutually irreconcilable narratives. Dribs and drabs of facts supporting A and B (roughly, CIA/Mafia and Lone Gunman, usually) can be offered and safely paddle around on the History Channel.

Let us share a few choice links about how the CIA type control system AKA the Intelligence Power controls the World of Conspiracy. This is good stuff -- this is exactly how Mama Cass wants the world of conspiracies organized.

For The Win: Fintan Dunne called the Sunstein approach years ago!

My favorite all-in-one shotgun approach comes from Fintan Dunne of BreakForNews.com: BreakForNews.com : The CIA's Internet Fakes


The CIA Fakes is a catchphrase term to describe a group which includes:

-- Covert Operatives of the CIA, NSA and DIA; of the U.S. Corporate/Military Industrial Complex; of the intelligence services of U.K. Spain, France Holland, Germany, and Russia.
-- Political Agents working within the Democratic Party, Republican Party, Democratic Black Caucus, Green Party, and Patriot Movement.
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Politicians in the U.S., U.K. Spain, France, Germany and Russia --who pose as 9/11 skeptics.
-- Media, including
Mainstream, Alternative Media and Internet broadcasting media who either front for, cooperate with, or are directly employed by intelligence services mentioned above.

The primary objectives of the CIA FAKES are:

-- To leverage the Fakes into position as the leadership/spokespersons
    for the 9/11 skeptics movement.
-- To splinter and divide that movement.
-- To promote lame, tame and/or booby-trapped questions about 9/11.
-- To be sufficiently over-the-top as to prevent the 9/11 issue getting
    any traction in the media or left-wing.
-- To ensure that the movement would not have a politically-active
    leadership capable of turning it into an effective political lobby campaign.

The questions about 9/11 were bound to be asked, the important
aspect for the perpetrators was and is ...by whom?

Bravo, Mr. Dunne, Bravo. You scored big on this one... A general roundup to be found @ The Next Level :: View topic - Uncovered: The Rat's Nest of 9/11 of effective gatekeepers -- and its true that his set of people, in aggregate, has the 9/11 conspiracy topic cornered and setup a certain way.
More along these lines: 9/11, 7/7 & the War on Freedom :: View topic - The Planned Demolition of Alex Jones, The COUP had foreknowledge of 9-11 (YES!), the criticism about Sibel Edmonds, Scheuer, Ray McGovern, etc: WagNews: Our Good Friends in the CIA - NOT !, (i.e "The alternative media is ridden with ex-FBI, ex-CIA, ex-NSA, ex-MI5 people who are on "our side". It's all total BS.") WagNews: Alex Jones, Hopsicker & the 9/11 CIA Fakes -Audio.

This one is suddenly salient: WagNews: Ellsberg, Sibel Edmonds & The Secret Team:

WHAT FLAVOR CONSPIRACY YOU WANT?

One big corner of that overall 9/11 picture is formed by four disparate-seeming individuals: a veteran whistleblower, an attractive novice whistleblower, a campaigning journalist and a reputed lingerie model; jigsaw peices called Ellsberg, Edmonds, Hopsicker and Keller. Ellsberg supports Edmonds, confirmed by Hopsicker --backed by eyewitness accounts from Keller. But they're all telling different flavors of the same story.

To specify which story that is, let's take a look at the popular tales of 9/11. The notorious main division is between LIHOP and MIHOP. But it's much more detailed than that. Explanations come in a full range of flavors --starting with the official story:

A. Official story:
CIA/FBI were incompetent; Bush and/or Clinton were complacent.
B. Official Lame Conspiracy:
CIA/FBI were incompetent; Bush/Cheney maybe let it happen; Israelis Knew.
C. Official LIHOP Conspiracy:
CIA/FBI were compromised; Bush/Cheney did let it happen; Israelis Helped.
D. Official LIHOP Wild Conspiracy:
CIA/FBI compromised; Bush/Cheney/Neocons let it happen; Israelis Did It.
E. Official LIHOP Tinfoil Conspiracy:
Israelis/Neocons/Bush/Cheney Did It; CIA/FBI looked the other way.
F. Official MIHOP 'Serious' Conspiracy:
Israelis/Neocons/CIA/FBI/Bush/Cheney/Military-Industrial-Complex Did It.
G. Official Loony Conspiracies:
Rothschilds and/or Rockefellers and/or CFR and/or Bildebergers did it.
Globalists who want to run everything in a World Government did it.
Jews and Jewish bankers -who already run everything- did it.
Satanists, Opus Dei or Reptilians did it.
It's a terrific variety of theories.
It plays out something like this:
  • The mainstream media push version A; hint at B; sneer at G.
  • The controlled right/intellectual media pushes version B.
  • The controlled left/intellectual media pushes version C.
  • The 'moderate' Fake internet sites push versions C and D.
  • The 'softcore' Fake internet sites push versions D and E.
  • The 'independent' Fake internet sites push version F.
  • The 'loony' Fake interent sites push variations of version G.
But every single one, from A to G are OFFICIAL versions, sanctioned and promoted by the 9/11 intelligence coverup operation and their CIA Fakes network. They have a flavor for every market.

The creation of this multiplicity of explanations is a core element of the coverup. Left to their own devices, people on the Internet might have figured out the truth themselves. But with this circus in action, there is always plenty of distraction and lots of division in opinion.

The intelligence coverup is not trying to stop 9/11 conspiracy theories on the internet. It's creating them. Then playing off supporters of the different theories against each other. That's a classic Cointelpro-style tactic.

***********More from good Ol L Fletcher Prouty on CIA / Ellsberg limited hangout type conspiracy control!
Let's get to the brand-new material from the White House info czar, it's wild!!...... Conspiracy Theories by Cass Sunstein & Adrian Vermeule:

Our main though far from exclusive focus – our running example – involves

conspiracy theories relating to terrorism, especially theories that arise from and post-date

the 9/11 attacks. These theories exist within the United States and, even more virulently,

in foreign countries, especially Muslim countries. The existence of both domestic and

foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing real risks to the

government’s antiterrorism policies, whatever the latter may be. Terrorism-related

theories are thus a crucial testing ground for the significance, causes, and policy

implications of widespread conspiracy theorizing. As we shall see, an understanding of

conspiracy theories has broad implications for the spread of information and beliefs;

many erroneous judgments are a product of the same forces that produce conspiracy

theories, and if we are able to see how to counteract such theories, we will have some

clues about how to correct widespread errors more generally.

Part I explores some definitional issues and lays out some of the mechanisms that

produce conspiracy theories and theorists. We begin by discussing different

understandings of the nature of conspiracy theories and different accounts of the kinds of

errors made by those who hold them. Our primary claim is that conspiracy theories

typically stem not from irrationality or mental illness of any kind but from a “crippled

epistemology,” in the form of a sharply limited number of (relevant) informational

sources. Those who hold conspiracy theories do so because of what they read and hear. In

that sense, acceptance of such theories is not irrational from the standpoint of those who

adhere to them. There is a close connection, we suggest, between our claim on this count

and the empirical association between terrorist behavior and an absence of civil rights

and civil liberties.10 When civil rights and civil liberties are absent, people lack multiple

information sources, and they are more likely to accept conspiracy theories.

Part II discusses government responses and legal issues, in light of the discussion

in Part I. We address several dilemmas of governmental response to conspiracy theories,

such as the question whether it is better to rebut such theories, at the risk of legitimating

them, or to ignore them, at the risk of leaving them unrebutted. Conspiracy theories turn

out to be especially hard to undermine or dislodge; they have a self-sealing quality,

rendering them particularly immune to challenge. We suggest several policy responses

that can dampen the supply of conspiracy theorizing, in part by introducing diverse

viewpoints and new factual assumptions into the hard-core groups that produce such

theories. Our principal claim here involves the potential value of cognitive infiltration of

extremist groups, designed to introduce informational diversity into such groups and to

expose indefensible conspiracy theories as such.

Tell me this, Sunstein: how does all that drug money get through the Federal Reserve System? Everyone has been so eager to confront that 'conspiracy theory,' haven't they?

Blah blah blah... let's get to the good stuff: [Below the fold - favorite chunks of much of the crazy essay]

Mike Connell's mysterious plane crash via 'jackals'? SV40 & cancer; Alternative news gatekeepers? a linkpack! etc etc

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Damn straight - those are the chips they are gonna track you with. CHIPS CARRIED BY BIG FRICKIN ANTS. Via the too-speculative ATS thread RFID Microchips In The Swine Flu Vaccine?

It's time to push out some links and see if they lead somewhere....This weekend I've been building up a sweet new InfoSpace via a refurb'd Pentium 4 and a new LCD screen, from which I will be able to make awesome websites... It's powered by CentOS - centos.org - The Community ENTerprise Operating System

Hopefully better ones than the late Mike Connell, who seems like a guy too-nice-by-half to be tangled up with the people that might have done him in... He was getting dragged in to testify on the 2004 Ohio election fraud (perhaps since as some have alleged, his computers were involved when They spoofed the vote!)

The Late Mike Connell, GOP web guy extraordinaire... The BRAD BLOG : Exclusive: Mike Connell's Family Copes With His Mysterious Death, Tipsters, Legal Options

Conspiracy theories aside, Perkins says the U.S. government has historically used assassination jackals abroad and says it should come as no surprise that they are contracted domestically. "The U.S. President hires Blackwater to do that sort of work for the U.S. government so why wouldn't they do it for themselves particularly if they needed it? If you're a plumber and you fix everybody else's plumbing and your sink breaks, you're probably going to fix yours too."

Heather states if there is an informant, she wants to know who that person is. She also says she'd like the "trusted friend who told Mike not to fly" to come forward.

Shannon says if there were proof of foul play, she believes her family would file a wrongful death suit against Karl Rove. But she says she's not sure her family will ever know what really happened that day in December.

Recently, the Connell family has been dealt another blow --- an anonymous memo penned by someone identifying themselves as "Mark Felt" (the name of the man who was ultimately revealed to be "Deep Throat"), cataloguing an order and mission to remotely intercept and rig the instrument panel of Mike Connell's plane then "sanitize" the area.

Heather confirms receipt of this memo, which was cc'd to six unknown recipients.

Those close to the case believe the person behind the memo is a real informant with inside knowledge about Connell's plane crash. There are a number of Intelligence officials looking into it, including the FBI. The FBI field agent in charge of the case, Jack Vickery, did not return my calls. But Cliff Arnebeck, the prosecuting attorney in the case and the one who deposed Mike Connell last November, issued the following statement:

We received copies of the "deep throat" letter and redacted report of a jackal that "is not supposed to exist." We passed on to the FBI this and other information we have relevant to the matter. Our impression is that the FBI is doing its job of investigating specific allegations regarding the assassination of a vital witness in our federal election fraud case.

The "Jackal" that Arnebeck refers to is a hired assassin. Former CIA operative John Perkins wrote about such "jackals" in his book, Confessions of an Economic HitMan, and says while he doesn't have any inside knowledge about Connell's death, he would not be surprised if he was murdered.

"It wouldn't surprise me a bit. They've certainly assassinated a lot of people in this country. The Kennedys were assassinated. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It's entirely possible that Paul Wellstone was assassinated. We've had a long, long history of assassinations. It's extremely successful in terms of turning politics around and getting people off cases. In a way, Bill Clinton was assassinated but it was a personality assassination. The Connell case is just one more possibility."

Perkins adds, plane crashes have always been a weapon of choice among Jackals. "It' so easy to cover it up. The evidence is destroyed and everybody knows airplanes are fragile anyway, small airplanes in particular. So it's a very clean type of assassination in terms of ways to do it because the area where the plane crash happens can be quickly cordoned off…and the evidence can be cleaned up very quickly and most of it is destroyed anyway. But if there's anything left, it can be disposed of very, very quickly."

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"I think Mike got caught up in some other people's lives and didn't know how to get out or was trying to get out. You know, I'm real cynical about whether justice will be done. A lot of the government officials probably have gotten away with a lot of things. My position now is what's going to make this different? What's different with my brother's death that's any different than Paul Wellstone's?"

For notes on the Brad Friedman vs. Wayne Madsen spat see below...

Bioweapons galore: see Amazon.com: Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, ... Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics... It all comes around to SV-40 in polio vaccines turning into cancer, with a side of secret monkeys!

Sprint 8 million! Who doesn't enjoy hearing about Sprint's spiffy GPS auto login portal for the cops - but how can we forget Sprint manager: ‘Half’ of all police surveillance includes text messaging | Raw Story. The post that started it all slight paranoia: 8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight.

Let's get inventive! Make an Independent Movie on the Cheap - Wired How-To Wiki

Glenn Beck movie fail! Exclusive: Beck’s movie bombs in New York, Boston — and Washington, D.C. | Raw Story

Blackwater's Erik Prince decides to yap it up. t r u t h o u t | Blackwater Founder Tells of Extensive Government-Contracted Assassinations. More Blackwater behind plan to kill or snatch - BlackListed News

Everyone gets money! The US sponsors the Taliban but let's sponsor West Bank settlers too: why not?! How does the U.S. help fund pro-settler IDF troops? - Haaretz. For a good time in dense thickets of British financial conspiracy chatter and shell-chasing, see THE FINANCING OF AL-QAEDA BY U.S. INTELLIGENCE from UK'er Christopher Story. Also SIGNS OF AN END-GAME SHOWDOWN WITH WASHINGTON. Banks suck worse than Enron.

PETA is terrorists so check all that apply: Government forms are the best! Well perhaps I have not been given enough credit to PETA: The USDA APHIS Facility Security Profile reminds us that political activities intersecting with capital are deemed terrorism: PETA Listed as “Domestic Terrorists” by USDA »GreenIsTheNewRed.com (made the NYT)

B. Terrorist Threat. What terrorist activities have occurred in or around your building/facility in the past 5 years (documented cases)? Please check all that apply.

[ ] Attack from international terrorists
[ ] Attack from domestic special interest terrorists
-[ ] Earth Liberation Front (ELF)
-[ ] Animal Liberation Front (ALF)
-[ ] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
-[ ] Animal Defense League (ADL)
-[ ] Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)
-[ ] Formal hate group(s) (please specify):
-[ ] Other (please specify): ____________________
[ ] Cyber Attack from a known or unknown source.

RELATED - for the domestic terrorist in yr kitchen: Sarah Kramer and Her “Domestic Terrorist” Apron »GreenIsTheNewRed.com

The secret tale of Alex Jones vs Jeff Rense: Skip this graf if you don't care about conspiracy world infighting: Jones and Rense are two talk show type guys out on the great American 'fringe' or alternative media, call it what you will -- Overall they are generally constructive it seems to me. Jones has a lot of bombast while Rense is low-key and more into cool vibes, alternative health and UFOs. They were once pretty closely aligned it seems, then had a big falling-out. This one lady, Lorie Kramer, posted a big website on the "Alex Jones Machine" which is sure to freak out his most avid supporters. Also on this rather ugly/offensive site Jones is accused of being basically a Zionist due to links among his supporters, lawyer & local radio station. (that site also complains about the Jewish assault on glorious White America - it only takes a couple hyperlinks to land at this nasty racism once you go looking into conspiracy spats :-(

Bonus: Brad Friedman vs Wayne Madsen: Speaking of conspiracy spats be sure to check out the thread on this BRAD BLOG - Story on Edmonds 'Outs' Video-taped, 'Blackmailed' Dem Congresswoman; Alleges State Dept. Mole at NYTimes... Friedman was accused by Madsen of essentially working for/covering/being a weenie hack for the Turkish-Israeli ring because he refused to come out and name Schakowsky. Friedman defends himself and makes interesting points on Madsen in the notes. Overall Friedman seems greasy though he does often have goodies.

Health bits (a good example of a Rense post) MSG Causes Obesity, Hides Behind Many Fake Names. Also Rense has archives like of this late anti-NWO paranoid European guy Philip Jones.

The Sound of Silence: As long as we're on a roll here - of course we need a theory about HDTV and mind control - The Sound of Silence: The Antithesis of Freedom by A. True Ott, PhD, ND. It reminds me of that one Vonnegut story.

Notes from the left: Conflict between race and labor organizing is a pretty deep loop played expertly by rich white dudes for a long time. Along these lines - back in 2007 The Sojourner Truth Organization: Notes Toward a History :: The White Skin Privilege Concept: From Margin to Center of Revolutionary Politics.

Democrats Fail! On the mainstream side see Jane Hamsher leads left away from White House - POLITICO.com. What Stupak? Not So Pretty in Pink - I like how Barbara Ehrenreich has ripped apart the mess of therapeutic self-help culture.

Students screwed: t r u t h o u t | A Quiet War On Students. Student loans not crooked? That'll be the day. There's usury needed! Network of Resistance to the "Structural Adjustment" of U.S. Universities - Infoshop News (also here) See edufactory2009's Channel. The Occupation Movement: Take Back The Land Call To Action For Mayday 2010 - Infoshop News. Communities Rising (NOLA) We are the Crisis: WE ARE THE CRISIS: The Student Movement and the Coming Decade. etc.

Martial Law and terroristic mischief: this made the rounds: Greg Everson Warns: U.S. Forces Plan Direct Action Against American Citizens. NORTHCOM CONPLAN 3502 no doubt. Isn’t “Terroristic Mischief” a Contradiction in Terms?. Also: 5 Reasons that Corporate Media Coverage is Pro-War. Comply With the FTC's New Blogger Disclosure Rules With Amusing Icons

Greece situations: Another Update From Greece | Anarchist news dot org. Huge roiling of stuff for anniversary of infamous police assassination. Greece Weekend of 12/06. Bankrupt the System, Exploit The University | Anarchist news dot org

War Sux: Craig Murray - Obama Is Wrong On Both Counts. Maddow: Is Obama Following The Bush Doctrine?. Chicago Indymedia: PHOTOS: Hundreds protest Obama 'surge' in Afghanistan. Local - fun with a bike! Anti-war protesters march in Minneapolis, arrests made. (viddy)

Banks fail: SHOOT: Entire countries face bankruptcy

Google DNS: The Next Phase of Google’s Internet. Inspires loathing -- but current cable practices are loathesome..

Now listening: the Birds & the Beats mixtape by M.anifest. see Liner Notes: to Enhance Listening... I lost the download link. But lol this monkey see monkey do. What production!

-- That is all for this LinkPack --

Peter Dale Scott on Deep Events and the Usual Suspects! Texas Cowboys vs. The Wall Street bluebloods = the great American conspiracy interface!

I have always believed, and argued, that a true understanding of the Kennedy assassination will lead not to `a few bad people,’ but to the institutional and parapolitical arrangements which constitute the way we are systematically governed.

--Peter Dale Scott

Currently I am reading "October Surprise" by Gary Sick... Here's a review I posted long ago...

We have to get a chunk of this! Peter Dale Scott, a Berkeley professor, is one of the classic scholars of suspicious American political conspiracies, the JFK assassination, the ongoing fake war on drugs, and other things that good kids keep their fuckin' mouths shut about.

I was impressed by the latest from ol' Scott, and it also led me around to look at L. Fletcher Prouty's "The Secret Team, The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World" which you can read for free there. Following here is an excerpt of how the Global Dominance Mindset works - and how ugly and weird events like 9/11 and the JFK assassination mark episodes of turmoil among this stratum of the American establishment.

Earlier: Feb 24 2008: What now? Homeland Security Detention Camps & Trains of course; 9/11 poisons our dreams; Zarqawi PSYOPS fake news revisited

And earlier, July 7 2007: Weekend roundup: sweeping bitesized paranoia! with some clips of Scott talking about those ol' Left Gatekeepers and 9/11... Also recommended: PD Scott on JFK and 9/11 Insights Gained from Studying Both....

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9/11, Deep State Violence and the Hope of Internet Politics:

9/11, Deep Events, and the Global Dominance Mindset in American Society

The continuity of past deep events is part of the problem facing those who wish to understand and correct what underlies them. For the mainstream U.S. media (as we now clearly see them) have become so implicated in past protective lies about Korea, Tonkin Gulf, and the JFK assassination that they, as well as the government, have now a demonstrated interest in preventing the truth about any of these events from coming out.

This means that the current threat to constitutional rights does not derive from the deep state alone. As I have written elsewhere, the problem is a global dominance mindset that prevails not only inside the Washington Beltway but also in the mainstream media and even in the universities, one which has come to accept recent inroads on constitutional liberties, and stigmatizes, or at least responds with silence to, those who are alarmed by them. Just as acceptance of bureaucratic groupthink is a necessary condition for advancement within the state, so acceptance of this mindset’s notions of decorum has increasingly become a condition for participation in mainstream public life.

In saying this, I mean something more narrow than the pervasive "business-defined consensus" which Gabriel Kolko once asserted was "a central reality," underlying how "a ruling class makes its policies operate." I would agree that, at least since the Reagan era, the mindset I am describing has become more and more clearly identified with the mentality of an overworld determined to protect its privileges and even enlarge them at the expense of the rest of society.

But the mindset I mean is narrower in focus – originally concerned with defending and now increasingly concerned with enlarging America’s dominance in the world, in an era of finite and increasingly scarcer resources. And it is also, increasingly, less a consensus than an arena of serious division and debate.

It is clear that the mindset is not monolithic. There have been recurring notable dissents within it, such as when James Risen and Eric Lichtblau revealed in the New York Times that the Bush administration, in defiance of the FISA Act, was engaged in warrantless electronic surveillance of telephone calls inside the United States.47 But on other issues, notably the Iraq War, the Timeshas conspicuously failed to play the judicious critical role that it did with respect to the U.S. war in Vietnam. In general, as Kristina Borjesson reports in her devastating book, "Investigative reporting is dwindling…because it is expensive, attracts lawsuits, and can be hostile to the corporate interests and/or government connections of a news division’s parent company." And as to critical thinking about 9/11, as before about the Kennedy assassination, the Post has predictably gone out of its way to depict the 9/11 truth movement as a "cacophonous and free-range…bunch of conspiracists."

According to a survey of Lexis Nexis, the New York Times did not report Attorney General Gonzalez’ newsworthy claim that "There is no expressed grant of habeas corpus in the Constitution." (The Washington Post reported it, without comment, in a story of 197 words.) And on the question of torture even a liberal Harvard University professor, Michael Ignatieff, has argued in a University Press book from an even-handed starting point – "A democracy is committed to both the security of the majority and the rights of the individual" -- to an alarming defense of "coercive questioning."

In this state of affairs, I shall argue, the Internet provides an opportunity for opposition, of potentially immense political importance.

Deep Events as Intrigues within the Global Dominance Consensus

Many critics of American foreign policy on the left tend to stress its substantial coherence over time, from the War-Peace Studies for post-war planning of the Council on Foreign Relations in the 1940s, to Defense Secretary Charles Wilson’s plans in the 1950s for a "permanent war economy," to Clinton’s declaration to the United Nations in 1993 that the U.S. will act "multilaterally when possible, but unilaterally when necessary."

This view of America’s policies has persuaded some, notably Alexander Cockburn, to lament the displacement of coherent Marxist analysis by the "fundamental idiocy" and "foolishness" of "9/11 conspiracism." But it is quite possible to acknowledge both that there are ongoing continuities in American policy and also important, hidden, and recurring internal divisions, which have given rise to America’s structural deep events. These events have always involved friction between Wall Street and the Council on Foreign Relations, on the one hand, and the increasingly powerful oil- and military-dominated economic centers of the Midwest and the Texas Sunbelt on the other.

At the time that General MacArthur, drawing on his Midwest and Texas support, threatened to challenge Truman and the State Department, the opposition was seen as one between the traditional Europe-Firsters of the Northeast and new-wealth Asia-Firsters. In the 1952 election, the foreign policy debate was between Democratic "containment" and Republican "rollback." Bruce Cumings, following Franz Schurmann, wrote later of the split, even within the CIA, between "Wall Street internationalism" on the one hand and "cowboy-style expansionism" on the other.

Many have followed Michael Klare in defining the conflict as one, even within the Council on Foreign Relations, between "traders" and warrior "Prussians." Since the rise to eminence of the so-called "Vulcans" – notably Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz, backed by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) – the struggle has frequently been described as a struggle between the multilateralists of the status quo and the unilateralists seeking indisputable American hegemony.

Underlying every one of the deep events I have mentioned, and others such as the U-2 incident, can be seen this contest between traderly (multilateralist) and warriorly (unilateralist) approaches to the maintenance of U.S. global dominance. For decades the warriorly faction was clearly a minority; but it was also an activist and well-funded minority, in marked contrast to the relatively passive and disorganized traderly majority. Hence the warriorly preference for war, thanks to ample funding from the military-industrial complex and also to a series of deep events, was able time after time to prevail.

The 1970s can be seen as a turning-point, when a minority CFR faction, led by Paul Nitze, united with corporate executives from the military-industrial complex like David Packard and pro-Zionist future neocons like Richard Perle to forge a succession of militant political coalitions, such as the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD). Cheney and Rumsfeld, then in the Ford White House, participated in this onslaught on the multilateral foreign policy of Henry Kissinger. In the late 1990s Cheney and Rumsfeld, even while secretly refining the COG provisions put into force on 9/11, also participated openly in the successor organization to the CPD, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

From his office interfacing between CIA and the U.S. Air Force, Col. L. Fletcher Prouty deduced that there was a single Secret Team, within the CIA but not confined to it, responsible for not only the Tonkin Gulf incidents (timed to enable already planned military action against North Vietnam) but other deep events, such as the U-2 incident of 1960 (which in Prouty’s opinion was planned and timed to frustrate the projected summit conference between Eisenhower and Khrushchev) and even the assassination of President Kennedy (after which the Secret Team "moved to take over the whole direction of the war and to dominate the activity of the United States of America").

In language applicable to both Korea in 1950 and Tonkin Gulf in 1964, Prouty argued that CIA actions followed a pattern of actions which "went completely out of control in Southeast Asia:"

The clandestine operator… prepares the stage by launching a very minor and very secret, provocative attack of a kind that is bound to bring open reprisal. These secret attacks, which may have been made by third parties or by stateless mercenaries whose materials were supplied secretly by the CIA, will undoubtedly create reaction which in turn is observed in the United States…. It is not a new game. [but] it was raised to a high state of art under Walt Rostow and McGeorge Bundy against North Vietnam, to set the pattern for the Gulf of Tonkin attacks.

I mention Prouty’s thesis here in order to record my partial dissent from it. In my view his notion of a "team" localizes what I call the global dominance mindset too narrowly in a restricted group who are not only like-minded but in conspiratorial communication over a long term. He exhibits the kind of conspiratorialist mentality once criticized by G. William Domhoff:

We all have a tremendous tendency to want to get caught up in believing that there's some secret evil cause for all of the obvious ills of the world …. [Conspiracy theories] encourage a belief that if we get rid of a few bad people, everything will be well in the world.

My own position is still that which I articulated years ago in response to Domhoff:

I have always believed, and argued, that a true understanding of the Kennedy assassination will lead not to `a few bad people,’ but to the institutional and parapolitical arrangements which constitute the way we are systematically governed.

Quoting what I had written, Michael Parenti added, "In sum, national security state conspiracies [or what I would call deep events] are components of our political structure, not deviations from it."

The outcome of the deep events I have mentioned so far has been chiefly a series of victories for the warriors. But there have been other structural deep events, notably Watergate in 1972-74 and Iran-Contra in 1986-87, which can be interpreted, if not as victories for the traders, at least as temporary setbacks for the warriors. In The Road to 9/11 I have tried to show that Cheney and Rumsfeld, while in the Ford White House, bitterly resented the setback represented by the post-Watergate reforms, and immediately set in motion a series of moves to reverse them. I argue there that the climax of these moves was the imposition after 9/11 of their long-planned provisions for COG, formulated under their supervision since the early 1980s.

Thus since World War Two the warriorly position, initially that of a marginal but conspiratorial minority, has moved since the Reagan and Bush presidencies into a more and more central position. This is well symbolized by the rise in influence since 1981 of the Council for National Policy, originally funded by Texas oil billionaire Nelson Bunker Hunt and explicitly designed to offset the influence of the Council on Foreign Relations. Comparing the 1950s with the present decade, it is striking how much the status of the State Department has declined vis-à-vis the Pentagon. With the accelerated militarization of the U.S. economy, the question arises whether a more traderly foreign policy can ever again prevail.

And since 9/11, especially with the institution of unknown COG procedures, some have talked of the overall subversion of democracy, by a new Imperial Presidency in the Bush White House.

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Well that's all for now, kids. Have fun in the endless rabbit holes of Deep Politics and Cryptocracies!

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People are asking me if the war in Iran is going to start on the 15th of October. Well, I answer, in the 4th generation warfare sense, it already has started..... Seymour Hersh's latest missive must be read. Now it's 'counterterrorism' with the Republican Guard. Joe Lieberman practically tried to start the war last week. Fuckin A. The new war messaging. The whole bit... Goddamn... Goddamn...

Daily dimension of Minnesota conspiratoria: Jesse Ventura questions 9/11 and compares it to the JFK assassination:

Fourth dimension of power: your partisan bickering, removed: This Modern World. Obvious statements: Boondocks is teh awesome. Doonesbury too.

OpenCircuit, a new Twin Cities tech collective concept. Related: MinneDemo: DemoCamp Minnesota.

Yong Ho from the Macalester days has a sweet trilingual website.

AIR is a new Adobe app platform (Like Java). You can do your GoogleAnalytics through it. Didn't seem to have much advantage over the web way though.

OpenDNS is a nifty new DNS management service. Get rid of those "looking up website....." delays by getting better DNS! Bonus for businesses and fundies: it can filter porn too!

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. This is a great long summary, the major sectors of the book distilled so you can better understand the IMF/Pinochet/supercapitalist doom mode, seen everywhere from Katrina to Iraq. And how are people are building "shock absorbers" into their local societies in order to thrive once more. A powerful argument against the dying 'Washington consensus' of exploitative trade and debt slavery economics. Much more useful as an analytic frame than most things these days.

Alternatives to the conventional 'crazy talk': Icarus, community alternatives for mental illness.

Cool stuff: Free Speech TV and Keynote: Jeremy Scahill on his new "Blackwater" book, and something called Conspiracy Theory Rock.

Wall Street Journal fantasyland, convinced $100 barrels of oil wouldn't kill the economy. Dangerous groupthink from on high, and Mr. Murdoch's property working nicely: How Economy Could Survive $100 Oil.

Good for secrets and such: cryptogon.com.

Retired CIA analysts spell out the mideast gig: The Teflon Alliance with Israel. (Counterpunch rules)

A selection of interesting stuff from the Agonist, one of my favorite sites:

The Hope In Weakness (Morality II) | The Agonist

The Land of Cotton: Uzbekist@n, Not Dixie and East Germany on the Amu Darya: Ubzekist@n.

Blackwater Woes: More Elite than Our Military? and Blackwater, The Privatization of War And Public Enemy Number One.

Old Folks In the US Unhealthier Than Europeans. A LOT Unhealthier.

Morality | The Agonist

Air War: Target Iran! | The Agonist

That's all for now kiddos. Go read Hersh if you didn't already.

Weekend roundup: sweeping bitesized paranoia!

Scooter Libby & Paris Hilton prove that important people are above the law. Classic pardon fallouts of the past. Keith Olbermann pounds away for impeachment - not bad!



Lead off with the weird news:
S&P, Moody's Mask $200 Billion of Subprime Bond Risk:

Bloomberg - Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings are masking burgeoning losses in the market for subprime mortgage bonds by failing to cut the credit ratings on about $200 billion of securities backed by home loans.

The highest default rates on home loans in a decade have reduced prices of some bonds backed by mortgages to people with poor or limited credit by more than 50 cents on the dollar and forced New York-based Bear Stearns Cos. to offer $3.2 billion to bail out a money-losing hedge fund. Almost 65 percent of the bonds in indexes that track subprime mortgage debt don't meet the ratings criteria in place when they were sold, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

That may just be the beginning. Downgrades by S&P, Moody's and Fitch would force hundreds of investors to sell holdings, roiling the $800 billion market for securities backed by subprime mortgages and $1 trillion of collateralized debt obligations, the fastest growing part of the financial markets.

``You'll see massive losses from banks, insurance companies and pension managers,'' said Joshua Rosner, a managing director at investment research firm Graham Fisher & Co. in New York and co-author of a study last month that said S&P, Moody's and Fitch understate the risks of subprime mortgage bonds. ``The longer they wait, the worse it's going to be.''

So the big indexes are pretending these bad debts are better, because if they get downgraded all the index funds and everyone else will dump this shit, and its heavily leveraged value will accelerate the system's imminent (and immanent) ruptures. Another fine example of how the market can't self-regulate by downgrading batches of shitty securities. See also: London fund latest subprime victim.

I am putting together a grand index of Minnesota political blogs for the day job so I had the opportunity to cruise the vast rambling digital wasteland (for pay) while everyone else enjoys this nice weather. Here's a good aggregator for your convenience and also MN leftyblogs! Working with Drupal? Read this!

I also went on a wild-goose chase, as the State Department has been unable to get my dad his passport for a good 13-14 weeks. They sent it to a street address in Minneapolis, which I visited (and attempted to find the other three SW / NE / NW quadrant equivalents as well). No luck all around. I am going here in a week.

Catching up with Scott: The Grand Dean of academic conspiracy research is Peter Dale Scott, who has doggedly checked out the 'deep politics' of America, the secret stuff from JFK to Watergate and now 9/11 and Iraq-related matters. He comes from the same cadre as Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky and the other classic leftie critics. He's saying here that he is not really part of the left anymore, and how the ongoing political battles among nasty factions like the oil lobby are sort of invisible to the Chomsky-style 'structuralists' who apply outdated concepts of the Ruling Class vs. the Oppressed &etc. Here's an 8-minute clip about 9/11, 'left gatekeepers' and Scott's general approach to 9/11 after researching JFK and Iran-Contra for decades.

Scott is one of those guys who insists on looking at individual personalities and all that kind of thing, not just the dull economic structures that old lefties dwell on. Here's another 9 minute clip about Cheney and 9/11, how Cheney sort of seized control of the 'shadow government' on that day. He's connecting 9/11 actions with Oliver North's old weird schemes in the 1980s - FEMA, the National Programs Office, going into the Patriot Act, etc.

Global schemes to divide ethnicities: One interesting neoconservative angle is how you can combine "freedom for small ethnic groups" and "ethnic groups are pawns we play against each other." The dissolution of Yugoslavia & the application of Albanians & the KLA as an (al-Qaeda-linked) anti-Russian proxy force is a pretty good example. Some similar stuff happens around Africa near Rwanda and the Congo. Clearly Elliot "the original pardoned henchman" Abrams' efforts to get the Palestinians fighting amongst each other have gone forth, if somewhat backfired. Many around the mideast suspect that dividing up Iraq was the plan all along. Now the think-tank geniuses are floating plans to partition Iraq, and not surprisingly the Conspiracy Front sees a conspiracy. I accept most of the articles they cite as examples of this policy in Iraq though.

Global schemes to erase North American borders: On the flip side the same guys are crowing about an elite plan called the North American Union, basically an EU + NAFTA style plan including foreign-bank-owned super-tollways. Sounds like a bad idea but I haven't yet discovered where the I-35/Minnesota angle lies. There is also a bunch of paranoia about radical Mexicans trying to dissolve the United States. The mayor of Oklahoma City wants to make Interstate 35 into an instrument of the global scheme. See the video! Along similar lines, the EU inspires nervousness about sovereignty in the UK.

Govt eyes bullet trains for Russia. Trans-Siberian bullet train?

More about the Chinese quality control problem.

Everyone is supposed to dwell on the wisdom of former terrorists working on TV but that's kinda dumb. Yep.

4 4th of July links: from a Canuck, bob someone, Chinese flags, and some more.

Recent Brit terror plotters "known to police and MI5" aka domestic intelligence services. A typical but generally suppressed angle to many, many stories about "terrorists" in the West.

Google gets tied up in SiCKO - definitely a big story this week. More on this later.

iPhone cracked by DVDJon: some work accomplished on unlocking standard iPhone features. Google for more info on that, his blog is called 'so sue me'. Appropriate for the guy that originally came up with key parts of the DVD encryption crack, a great defeater of the DMCA worthy of top accolades.

In Iraq private contractors collect intelligence which of course will tend to create self-sustaining cash&doom loops. Faked evidence of Iranian munitions in Iraq?

The mutually fatal attraction between Israel & the United States. Hard to argue with this. More blather from the establishment. Here's how the Elliot Abrams plan fell apart - thanks McClatchy for "truth to power" (is that a new slogan?)

The WaPo Cheney article series is weird. Authoritarian rhetoric over Cheney.

2008 campaign notes: Peace activist / 2008 Prez candidate Dal Lamagna went to Jordan to talk with the insurgents. A dicey move, but i wonder why it's considered an 'evil' gesture to try to communicate? Paging Habermas... Ron Paul outdraws the regular candidates in Iowa and of course has more cash-on-hand than McCain now. Check out Paul on recapturing independence for the 4th.

Somalia intervention by the U.S. and Ethiopia has backfired - basically another hopeless disaster.

Norm Coleman Stonergate hits the internets all over the place. The Norm Weasel Meter at mnblue.com. More here. The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics has a listing of how marijuana trouble can fuck up your life in different states. Minnesota's in the middle.

Jonathon Sharkey AKA the vampire just filed to run for Prez.

Corn is really a big deal, more than you'd think.

OverheardInMinneapolis.com . Simple eh?

Lifeblogging = people in your head: This Pittsburgh Mac user named Justine elected to basically wear a webcam all day & put her life online via video at tastyblogsnack.com and ijustine.com. Somehow thru this process she gets to fly around and visited Minneapolis for the iPhone release. I am not sure if it is a promotional gig or what. The whole thing is strange but very modern eh? Everyone stumbles into the panopticon - i.e. Little Brother.

How to make some money outta the Internets: This is some stuff I've been looking at for work. It's helpful to anyone though. Check out DoshDosh.com: 7 blogging strategies, 4 reasons to write sweet articles, lazy ways to get content, social proof optimization, direct ad sales, long-tail keywords and search traffic. Google Keyword tool, SEObook keywords, blog niches, Google Suggest, SEOdigger. This page about dealing with Drupal Views and home pages is pretty good stuff.

That's all for now, should provide some interesting material for next few days anywhoo...

Howard Hunt admits the truth about JFK conspiracy on deathbed tape: It was the Cubans/CIA angle, the "standard" conspiracy!

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In a shocking turn, old Spymaster and Watergate plumber E. Howard Hunt admitted his role in the Kennedy assassination, and named a great many names involved, shortly before he died. His son, Saint John Hunt, made several hours of audio recordings where his father outlines the scenario.

The audio played on the venerable underground radio show Coast to Coast on Saturday, and not surprisingly the media doesn't care.

Here is the audio of 4.5 minutes of it, edited down (MP3). He will soon release the multiple hours of recordings on his website.

 Assets Rn Img 9 2 2 2 13912229-13912232-SlargeAfter reading the Rolling Stone article about Hunt (with really sweet illustration by Matt Mahurin at right), I sensed we might finally shake out the goodies on this one. Fortunately, there are audio recordings, not just Hunt's notes! Here's more on PrisonPlanet and OnlineJournal about this, as they're the only ones willing to touch it:

E. Howard Hunt names numerous individuals with both direct and indirect CIA connections as having played a role in the assassination of Kennedy, while describing himself as a "bench warmer" in the plot. Saint John Hunt agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a larger role in the murder conspiracy had he been required.

Hunt alleges on the tape that then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination and in the cover-up, stating that LBJ, "Had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that."

Asked if his father followed the conspiracy theories into the Kennedy assassination, Saint John said the elder Hunt did follow the work of AJ Weberman, a New York freelance writer, who in the early 70's first accused Hunt of being one of three bums who were arrested in Dealy Plaza. The so-called bums (pictured above) were interrogated and later released by authorities shortly after the assassination. Weberman, one of the founders of the Youth International Party, the Vippies, published photographs of the tramps and found that two of them bore striking similarities to Hunt and Frank Sturgis, also named by Hunt in the tape as having been played a role in the assassination conspiracy.

My humorous graphic should drive home the major names. I am sorry I can't credit who did that Oswald guitar thing, it's awesome and they deserve credit but I couldn't find it.

Here's a bit from the site:

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Also duly noted is that guy who mighta been G. H. W. Bush at the Book Depository:

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LBJ and the mystery wink from Rep. Albert Thomas (image here):

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And a note to Mr. Hunt and his son: Thanks for trying to help us finally put together this most damned and ugly puzzle. It says a hell of a lot for Hunt's character that this nagged him until the very end. One hell of a whistleblower. Just amazing how it comes right in as a "centrist" conspiracy theory, like a bowling ball right down the middle...

Now that that's settled, it's on to the (related) matters of Iran-contra and Watergate!

Virginia Tech loose ends: Cho Seung-Hui's a Lone Gunman with a military-industrial family

 Rcn2 Images Oswald2It's been good to spend some time away from blogging. The massacre at Virginia Tech presented that ugly, insane side of America again. Everyone makes really familiar arguments, gun-control this-and-that, they crack down on the weird kids for a while.

The night before I was reading something of a JFK classic, The Man Who Knew Too Much, about US Army intel spook Richard Nagell (at left), who nearly stopped Lee Harvey Oswald. Nagell and Oswald spent years in the spy world of Tokyo and Mexico City at the same time. Oswald's bizarre past created the man in the Book Depository: even Lone Gunmen have a past, that's what we need to learn from Nagell.

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When the news broke it was a "lone gunman" at VTech, there was almost palpable relief on the TV. Within hours, the conceptual frame of the murderous act was cemented in solitude. In strictly symbolic terms, Cho Seung-Hui was removed from his past and his connections, placed by the TV in some separate continuum that blew up colliding with our own. The indifferent bureaucracies, the gun distributors, all these factors that add up to such a heinous crime are flattened by the sledgehammer conclusion: he's a lone gunman. Whew!

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 Morningstar P4Out of respect for the victims I refrained from posting much on such an ugly topic. But in any case, in the exactly 7 days since the shooting, we shouldn't already exclude any particular factors that might have compelled this individual to cross that terrible line. All the stuff in his life added up to the act, and the morally self-satisfied frame their arguments by tilting this basic reality.

Realistically I think poor Cho Seung-Hui was an example of something we're going to see more of: violently unstable, self-motivated "suicide by cop" type cases. Right now I generally believe the mainstream reported narrative is essentially the accurate one. Naturally Alex Jones sez he was a mind controlled assassin, and I would say if you are including Prozac and video games that might be fair.

However, comparing VTech to the template of Conspiracy Stuff ©, there are a couple doozies left unquestioned:

 Images April2007 200407Police1) Security Drills prior to incident: A classic of conspiracy theorists who believe Terror is Staged, carefully compartmentalized security drills offer Illuminati© teams the chance to stage 9/11, 7/7, etc. At VTech there were three bomb scares days before the massacre, many around the ROTC area. Police from all over combed the area just days prior. Likely, Cho Seung-Hui created the scares to wear out the security response: this is worthy to take note of. But conspiracists will claim the opposite.

2) SSRI anti-depressant: Like with VTech, A number of mass murders have been carried out by people on serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs. Including Columbine and others. SSRIs can also suddenly cause suicidal thinking.

3) Violent video game trance created by SSRIs? A little bit more strange. Basically, what is the real mental state of someone on a high Paxil dose who plays CounterStrike more than 20 hours a week? You could easily say that they could get detached from reality, basically trapped in a militaristic hall of mirrors.

4) Family ties to Military-industrial complex: His sister works for a huge shady contractor complex: honestly, if DynCorp can't create Manchurian Candidate assassins, I would be seriously disappointed. MK-ULTRA was not just a punchline...

WMR: April 20-22, 2007 -- Mass killer Cho Seung Hui's link to Iraq occupation and private military contractors. It has been discovered that Cho's older sister. identified as Cho Sun Kyung by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, works as a contractor for the State Department's Iraq Reconstruction Management Office.

Her employer is McNeil Technologies of Springfield, Virginia. McNeil, which was involved in prisoner interrogations for the Defense Department, is owned by Veritas Capital, a defense industry acquisitions firm that also owns two other Defense and US intelligence contractors, Dyncorp International and selected remnants of the former company of Mitchell Wade (of Duke Cunningham infamy), MZM Inc., renamed Athena Innovative Solutions, Inc. Cho Sun Kyung is three years older than her brother. While attending Princeton, Cho's sister served a stint as an intern at the US Embassy in Bangkok, where among other tasks, she studied the plight of Burmese migrant workers on the Thai-Burmese border.

5) Federal law enforcement orders stand down of VTech campus police? There are rumors that the feds held off a campus lockdown after the morning shooting. I don't know, but the campus administration's failure to email everyone was extremely dubious. If not "suspicious" it's at least "stunning" & fucked up!

6) Copycat trigger? The media response to all this matters a lot: they could trigger copycat killings. The government & media must be conferring on ways to prevent this...

7) Mysterious photo attributed to Cho Seung-Hui:

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Of course this might not be him: Hu and Hui aren't the same name. But it's weird.

8) CIA operations around Blacksburg, VA: Virginia has some shady government facilities so why not throw in all that stuff? CIA also recruited from VTech. In a triple-tinfoil-hat multiplier, a woman named Cathy O'Brien who claimed to be a CIA brainwashing subject claimed the area had "mind control" schemes in the classic pulp-fiction sense. There is some kind of mysterious underground facility nearby which may be involved with DARPA and energy.

This little cartoon was grim and weird but funny: Yikes!

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Ok that's a little nuts. Anyway see also: Daily Kos: I'm Asian-American. I fear for my life. Some material on here was from stuff he may have posted on MySpace beforehand.

I mean no disrespect to anyone harmed by the VTech massacre by posting material about some apparent loose ends around the case. Only by picking over each individual part of the story does the whole arc emerge – and people ought to be honest about that. My best regards to the families and friends suffering on that campus.

9/11 bits: More on Rosie and other celeb 9/11 skeptics, BillO is into JFK conspiracies!?

All right then... I just want to note that I'm not some believer in all these theories, but I think there should be a fresh and complete investigation of the whole thing. It's funny how much material you find - and how many famous people just don't quite buy what the President sold us. While 9/11 skeptics see an approaching 'tipping point' of general public awareness, despite the increasing buzz I'm not optimistic that the Baby Boomer establishment is going to put themselves through such an examination. It's still fun to watch the media leap to barrages of personal attacks.

We all have to keep in mind that rational minds are inclined to invent explanations connecting disparate and unrelated events, and that's the basic seed of conspiracy theories. But at the same time, the Establishment has never been more eager to feed their own conspiracy theories to the public (WMDs in Iraq, Syrian machinations, etc...).

San Diego State University is holding a "Citizen's Grand Jury" about 9/11 on April 14.

Nashville songwriter and performer Dan Tyler has decided that 9/11 was shady! That page on PatriotsQuestion911.com has tons of comments from many notables who are at least skeptical of the official story, including indie rapper Immortal Technique, Ministry, Eminem, Ed Asner, Woody Harrelson, Mos Def, Robert Baer, Minnesota politicians Jesse Ventura and Mark Dayton, James Brolin, David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Antoine Fuqua, Aaron Russo, Sam Seder, Matthew Bellamy, Blink 182's Tom DeLonge, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Gore Vidal, Robert Scheer, Ralph Nader, Jadakiss, and even CNN's Lou Dobbs and A.J. Hammer! That's quite a list!

Teh Lol For Conspiratorial country music - I am just waiting for the song version of this from songsmith Tyler:

"The importance of the 9/11 truth movement cannot be overstated. Like me, millions of patriotic Americans question the official explanation of the attacks. The questions and the number of citizens asking them will increase until a tipping point is reached and a new, aggressive investigation initiated.

From this new inquiry truths will emerge which will shake this country to its foundations and, hopefully, restore our constitutional democracy. Until that happy day arrives, however, the powerful forces aligned against 9/11 truth will fight with fury and abandon. We must be strong and resolute and take inspiration from apostles of peace like Gandhi and King. At the most basic level, the struggle is love versus fear.

As a Christian, I pray we are witnessing the last days of the corporate imperial war machine, which, desperate for new battles and the energy resources to power itself, finally went too far and self-destructed in an orgy of lies, chaos and death. This monster’s dying throes will be terrible to behold, but do not doubt the historical significance of the events playing out before us. Future generations will thank those who had the courage to face the dragon and slay it with the sword of truth.

As a songwriter, I turn phrases for a living. I’ll leave you with this one: From seeds of doubt, flowers of truth will sprout. Be strong, brothers and sisters. We shall prevail!"

Prof. Steven Jones, one of the 9/11 conspiracy physicists, may appear with Rosie O'Donnell on The View to talk about World Trade Center 7.

 Images April2007 040407Gibson2After Rosie's unexpected advocacy of 9/11 conspiracy theories, (or the even worse offense of Asking Questions) a barrage of ad hominem attacks has come from the mainstream media. For example the creepy FOX moron John Gibson went on about it. The Alex Jones crew responded accurately:

Rosie O'Donnell has never publicly stated that 9/11 was an inside job, which underscores the abhorrent climate that we are in - that she is being castigated, threatened with a campaign to have her fired and even executed for simply asking questions about 9/11!

Yep. Of course the attacks actually undermine the Establishment's interest in burying the story: they're just calling more and more attention to it, which they usually studiously avoid altogether. Rosie asked her queries about WTC7, which of course remains the weirdest anomaly in the events of September 11. As yet no one in the mainstream media has been willing to actually examine WTC7 on its merits, and Bill O'Reilly for example always reins in his guests when they start discussing the actual questions, rather than ad hominem attacks.

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Stop Rosie.com has a big petition against Disney-ABC with many cheesy fake names on the petition.

Bill O'Reilly, surprisingly accurate JFK conspiracy theorist! I thought this was funny, a letter from a 9/11 Truthinator to BillO pointing out this marvelous old clip from Inside Edition, wherein O'Reilly dwells right in the middle of the JFK case! Watch this for serious cognitive dissonance! (Peter Dale Scott on the fruits of comparing 9/11 and JFK)

BillO sez Rosie is a big deal, but her claims - or questions - aren't. Recently Dennis Miller had to admit Charlie Sheen and O'Donnell's career's wouldn't be seriously damaged by their venture into the Tinfoil arena, because the country is split down the middle on 9/11, Miller said!

The latest activist plan: Rallies are planned around the 11th of every month as this funny video indicates (more here):

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