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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Global Research -- The Role of 9/11 in Justifying Torture

The Role of 9/11 in Justifying Torture and War: The Criminalization of the US State Apparatus. Senate Report on CIA Torture is a Whitewash By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, December 11, 2014 Url of this article: The words “possible criminal actions” by CIA employees is used in the report. The terms unethical and immoral are mentioned. The criminality of those who ordered these actions at the highest levels of government, however, is not acknowledged. The actions directed against alleged jihadists are categorized as ineffective in the process of revealing intelligence. This in itself is a red herring. The objective of torture was not to reveal intelligence. What of course is not acknowledged is that the alleged terrorists who were tortured were framed by the CIA. Known and documented the Al Qaeda network is a creation of US intelligence. The jihadists are “intelligence assets”. Torture serves to perpetuate the legend that the evil terrorists are real and that the lives of Americans are threatened. Torture is presented as “collateral damage.” Torture is an integral part of war propaganda which consists in demonizing the alleged terrorists. And the Senate committee report ultimately upholds the legitimacy of the US intelligence apparatus, the US government, its military and intelligence agenda and its “humanitarian wars” waged in different parts of the World. Guantanamo Camp (right) The term “legally misguided” is mentioned but the fact that these actions were “illegal” and “criminal” is casually dismissed. According to Senator Feinstein: “The CIA plays an incredibly important part in our nation’s security and has thousands of dedicated and talented employees.” The actions documented by the Senate report were undertaken from 2001-2009, namely during the Bush administration, overlapping into the Obama presidency. This inevitably raises the issue of responsibility of the current US administration. There is no evidence that these practices were abandoned by the Obama presidency. In fact quite the opposite. And the “Global War on Terrorism” prevails with new initiatives on the drawing board of the Pentagon. The Role of 9/11 9/11 serves as a justification for the torture program in same way as it serves as a justification to wage war on Afghanistan and Iraq. According to Senator Feinstein: “All of us have vivid memories of that Tuesday morning when terror struck New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. “Make no mistake, on September 11, 2001 war was declared on the United States. “Terrorists struck our financial center. They struck our military center. And they tried to strike our political center and would have, had brave and courageous passengers not brought down the plane. “We still vividly remember the mix of outrage and deep despair and sadness as we watched from Washington. “Smoke rising from the Pentagon. The passenger plane lying in a Pennsylvania field. The sound of bodies striking canopies at ground level as innocents jumped to the ground below from the World Trade Center. Enemy Number One: Osama bin Laden, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks The tacit argument –which is contained in the Senate report– is that America was under attack. Evil folks are lurking. The security of the Homeland was at stake. And these evil people knew things (namely intelligence) which were threatening our security. They were arrested by the CIA. And the CIA had a mandate to go after the terrorists. Yet we all know by now that the 9/11 official narrative is a fabrication. The official 9/11 story is that Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks. Lest we forget, bin Laden was hospitalized in a Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi on September 9, 2001. 9/11 was used as a pretext, a casus belli to wage an illegal war against Afghanistan. What we are dealing with is the criminalization of the US State apparatus. Jihadists were not behind the 9/11 attacks. The evidence points to a conspiracy at the highest levels of US government including the involvement of the intelligence apparatus. We do not learn from our mistakes, says Senator Feinstein. These decisions were from an administrative point of view misguided, according to the Senate Committee. It was all a big mistake, according to the Senate report. The evidence contained in the report, nonetheless, points to criminal wrongdoing at the highest levels of government. Yet the political statements underlying the report as well as the media coverage constitute a whitewash. The September 11, 2001 attacks provided the green light to wage a “Global War on Terrorism”. While the report acknowledges CIA brutality, it does not question the legitimacy of the “Global War on Terrorism”. The acts of torture were all for a good cause. The truth is that the CIA is a criminal entity within the US State apparatus. Nobody is to be held responsible. The report is in essence a political whitewash. In substance what the report says is: We are clean and moral people, it was an administrative error to torture the terrorists. But under the circumstances with our nation under attack, it is understandable that we acted in that way. Let us learn from our mistakes. It will never happen again. ”But history will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say ‘never again.’” Never again? The ugly truth underlying the “Global War on Terrorism” has not acknowledged. The fact that torture has been routinely applied since the establishment of the CIA under the Truman presidency, extensively applied in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia, is casually dismissed. President Bush is not alone. What he did was to implement a policy which was already firmly entrenched in the intelligence community. Blaming Bush is a convenient scapegoat. it avoids opening up a can of worms. Every single administration since the end of World War II has endorsed the practices of torture. What distinguishes the Bush and Obama administrations in relation to the historical record of U.S. sponsored crimes and atrocities, is that the concentration camps, targeted assassinations and torture chambers are known to the public and are openly considered as legitimate forms of intervention, which sustain “the global war on terrorism” and support the spread of Western democracy. The Criminalization of Justice: Will the Architects of Torture be Indicted for Crimes against Humanity? Today’s legal system in America has all the essential features of an inquisitorial order, which supports torture and provides a green light to CIA atrocities. The Senate report ultimately upholds guidelines of the Department of Justice adopted in the immediate wake of 9/11. Torture is permitted “under certain circumstances”, according to an August 2002 Justice Department “legal opinion”: “if a government employee were to torture a suspect in captivity, ‘he would be doing so in order to prevent further attacks on the United States by the Al Qaeda terrorist network,’ said the memo, from the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel, written in response to a CIA request for legal guidance. It added that arguments centering on “necessity and self-defense could provide justifications that would eliminate any criminal liability” later. 7 (See Washington Post, June 7, 2004) “Interrogation methods” bordering on torture do not imply an unconstitutional infringement according to the U.S. Justice Department: “Even if an interrogation method might arguably cross the line drawn in Section and application of the stature was not held to be an unconstitutional infringement of the President’s Commander in Chief authority, we believe that under current circumstances [the war on terrorism] certain justification defenses might be available that would potentially eliminate criminal liability.” (Complete August 2, 2002 Justice Department Memorandum in pdf) Anybody who doubts the legitimacy of the American inquisition (i.e. 9/11 and the “Global War on Terrorism”) is a heretic conspiracy theorist or an accomplice of the terrorists. Michel Chossudovsky, December 11, 2014 Read this statement very carefully. Statement by Senator Feinstein (emphasis added) “Today a 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s five and a half year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program—which was conducted between 2002 and 2009—is being released publicly. “The executive summary, which is going out today, is backed up by a 6,700 page classified and unredacted report (with 38,000 footnotes), which can be released if necessary at a later time. “The report released today examines the CIA’s secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques—in some cases amounting to torture. “Over the past couple of weeks, I have gone through a great deal of introspection about whether to delay the release of this report to a later time. This clearly is a period of turmoil and instability in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, that’s going to continue for the foreseeable future, whether this report is released or not. “There are those who will seize upon the report and say ‘see what Americans did,’ and they will try to use it to justify evil actions or to incite more violence. We cannot prevent that. But history will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say ‘never again.’ “There may never be the ‘right’ time to release this report. The instability we see today will not be resolved in months or years. But this report is too important to shelve indefinitely. “My determination to release it has also increased due to a campaign of mistaken statements and press articles launched against the report before anyone has had the chance to read it. As a matter of fact, the report is just now, as I speak, being released. “This is what it looks like. Senator Chambliss asked me if we could have the minority report bound with the majority report. For this draft, that is not possible. But in the final draft, it will be bound together. But this is what the summary of the 6,000 pages look like. “My words give me no pleasure. I am releasing this report because I know there are thousands of employees at the CIA who do not condone what I will speak about this morning, and who work day in and out, day and night, long hours, within the law for America’s security in what is certainly a difficult world. My colleagues on the intelligence committee and I are proud of them, just as everyone in this chamber is, and we will always support them. “In reviewing the Study in the past few days with the decision looming over the public release, I was struck by a quote, found on page 126 of the Executive Summary. It cites the former CIA Inspector General, John Helgerson, who in 2005 wrote the following to the then-Director of the CIA, which clearly states the situation with respect to this report years later as well: ‘… we have found that the Agency over the decades has continued to get itself in messes related to interrogation programs for one overriding reason: we do not document and learn from our experience – each generation of officers is left to improvise anew, with problematic results for our officers as individuals and for our Agency.’ (Source: E-mail, John Helgerson to Porter Goss, Jan. 28, 2005) “I believe that to be true. I agree with Mr. Helgerson. His comments are still true today. But this must change. “On March 11, 2009, the Committee voted 14-1 to begin a review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Over the past five years, a small team of committee investigators pored over the more than 6.3 million pages of CIA records the leader spoke about to complete this report, or what we call the ‘study.’ “It shows that the CIA’s actions a decade ago are a stain on our values and on our history. “The release of this 500-page summary of our report cannot remove that stain, but it can and does say to our people, and the world, that America is big enough to admit when it’s wrong and confident enough to learn from its mistakes. Releasing this report is an important step to restore our values and show the world that we are in fact a just and lawful society. “Over the next hour, I’d like to lay out for senators and the American public the report’s key findings and conclusions. “And I ask that when I complete this, Senator McCain be recognized. “Before I get to the substance of the report, I’d like to make a few comments about why it’s so important that we make this study public. “All of us have vivid memories of that Tuesday morning when terror struck New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. “Make no mistake, on September 11, 2001 war was declared on the United States. “Terrorists struck our financial center. They struck our military center. And they tried to strike our political center and would have, had brave and courageous passengers not brought down the plane. “We still vividly remember the mix of outrage and deep despair and sadness as we watched from Washington. “Smoke rising from the Pentagon. The passenger plane lying in a Pennsylvania field. The sound of bodies striking canopies at ground level as innocents jumped to the ground below from the World Trade Center. “Mass terror that we often see overseas had struck in our front yard, killing 3,000 innocent men, women, and children. What happened? We came together as a nation, with one singular mission: bring those who committed these acts to justice. “But it’s at this point where the values of America come into play — where the rule of law and the fundamental principles of right and wrong become important. “In 1990 the United States Senate ratified the Convention Against Torture. The Convention makes clear that this ban against torture is absolute. It says: ‘No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, (including what I just read) whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.’ “Nonetheless, it was argued that the need for information on terrorist plots after 9/11 made extraordinary interrogation techniques necessary. “Even if one were to set aside all of the moral arguments, our review was a meticulous and detailed examination of records. It finds that coercive interrogation techniques did not produce the vital, otherwise unavailable intelligence the CIA has claimed. “I will go into further detail on this issue in a moment. But let me make clear, these comments are not a condemnation of the CIA as a whole. The CIA plays an incredibly important part in our nation’s security and has thousands of dedicated and talented employees. “What we have found is that a surprisingly few people were responsible for designing, carrying out, and managing this program. Two contractors developed and led the interrogations. There was little effective oversight. Analysts — analysts — on occasion, gave operational orders about interrogations and CIA management of the program was weak and diffuse. “Our final report was approved by a bipartisan vote of 9-6 in December 2012 and exposes brutality in stark contrast to our values as a nation. “This effort was focused on the actions of the CIA from late 2001 to January of 2009. The report does include considerable detail on the CIA’s interactions with the White House; the Departments of Justice, State, and Defense; and the Senate Intelligence Committee. “The review is based on contemporaneous records and documents during the time the program was in place and active. Now, these documents are important because they aren’t based on recollection, they aren’t based on revision and they aren’t a rationalization a decade later. “It’s these documents, referenced repeatedly in thousands of footnotes, that provide the factual basis for the study’s conclusions. “The committee’s majority staff reviewed more than 6.3 million pages of these documents provided by the CIA, as well as records from other departments and agencies. “These records include: finished intelligence assessments, CIA operational and intelligence cables, memoranda, e-mails, real-time chat sessions, inspector general reports, testimony before Congress, pictures, and other internal records. “It’s true we didn’t conduct our own interviews. Let me explain why that was the case. “In 2009, there was an ongoing review by DOJ Special Prosecutor John Durham. “On August 24, Attorney General Eric Holder expanded that review. This occurred six months after our study had begun. “Durham’s original investigation of the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes was broadened to include possible criminal actions of CIA employees in the course of CIA detention and interrogation activities. “At the time, the committee’s Vice Chairman Kit Bond withdrew the minority’s participation in the study, citing the attorney general’s expanded investigation as the reason. “The Department of Justice refused to coordinate its investigation with the Intelligence Committee’s review. As a result, possible interviewees could be subject to additional liability if they were interviewed. “And the CIA, citing the attorney general’s investigation, would not instruct its employees to participate in our interviews. (Source: classified CIA internal memo, Feb. 26, 2010) “Notwithstanding this, I am really confident of the factual accuracy and comprehensive nature of this report for three reasons: “First, it’s the 6.3 million pages of documents reviewed, and they reveal records of actions as those actions took place, not through recollections more than a decade later. “Second, the CIA and CIA senior officers have taken the opportunity to explain their views on CIA detention and interrogation operations. They have done this in on-the-record statements in classified Committee hearings, written testimony and answers to questions, and through the formal response to the Committee in June 2013 after reading the Study. “And third, the committee had access to, and utilized, an extensive set of reports of interviews conducted by the CIA inspector general and the CIA’s oral history program. “So while we could not conduct new interviews of individuals, we did utilize transcripts or summaries of interviews of those directly engaged in detention and interrogation operations. These interviews occurred at the time the program was operational and covered the exact topics we would have asked about had we conducted interviews ourselves. “Those interview reports and transcripts included, but were not limited to, the following: George Tenet, director of the CIA when the agency took custody and interrogated the majority of its detainees; Jose Rodriguez, director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center (CTC), a key player in the program; CIA General Counsel Scott Muller; CIA Deputy Director of Operations James Pavitt; CIA Acting General Counsel John Rizzo; CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin; and a variety of interrogators, lawyers, medical personnel, senior counterterrorism analysts and managers of the detention and interrogation program. “The best place to start, about how we got into this, and I’m delighted Senator Rockefeller is on the floor, is a little more than eight years ago, on September 6, 2006, when the Committee met to be briefed by then Director Michael Hayden. “At that 2006 meeting, the full committee learned for the first time — for the first time — of the use of so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ or EITs. “It was a short meeting, in part because President Bush was making a public speech later that day, disclosing officially for the first time the existence of CIA “black sites” and announcing the transfer of 14 detainees from CIA custody to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “It was the first time the interrogation program was explained to the full Committee as details had previously been limited to the chairman and vice chairman. “Then, on December 7, 2007, the New York Times reported that CIA personnel in 2005 had destroyed videotapes of the interrogation of two CIA detainees: the CIA’s first detainee, Abu Zubaydah, as well as ‘Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. “The committee had not been informed of the destruction of the tapes. Days later, on December 11, 2007, the committee held a hearing on the destruction of the videotapes. “Director Hayden, the primary witness, testified that the CIA had concluded that the destruction of videotapes was acceptable, in part, because Congress had not yet requested to see them. (Source: SSCI transcript, Dec. 11, 2007 hearing) “Director Hayden stated that, if the committee had asked for the videotapes, they would have been provided. But, of course, the committee had not known that the videotapes existed. And we now know from CIA emails and records that the videotapes were destroyed shortly after senior CIA attorneys raised concerns that Congress might find out about the tapes. “In any case, at that same December 11th committee hearing, Director Hayden told the committee that CIA cables related to the interrogation sessions depicted in the videotapes were, and I quote, “a more than adequate representation of the tapes and therefore, if you want them, we’ll give you access to them.” (Source: SSCI transcript, December 11, 2007 hearing) “Senator Rockefeller, then chairman of committee, designated two members of the committee staff to review the cables describing the interrogation sessions of Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri. “Senator Bond, then vice chairman, similarly directed two of his staffers to review the cables. “The designated staff members completed their review and compiled a summary of the content of the CIA cables by early 2009, by which time I had become chairman. The description in the cables of CIA’s interrogations and the treatment of detainees presented a starkly different picture from Director Hayden’s testimony before the committee. “They described brutal, around the clock interrogations, especially of Abu Zubaydah, in which multiple coercive techniques were used in combination and with substantial repetition. It was an ugly, visceral description. “The summary also indicated that Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri did not, as a result of the use of these so-called EITs, provide the kind of intelligence that led the CIA to stop terrorist plots or arrest additional suspects. “As a result, I think it’s fair to say the entire committee was concerned, and it approved the scope of an investigation by a vote of 14-1, and the work began. “In my March 11, 2014, floor speech about the study, I described how in 2009 the committee came to an agreement with the new CIA director, Leon Panetta, for access to documents and other records about the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, so I won’t repeat that here. “From 2009 until 2012, our staff conducted a massive and unprecedented review of CIA records. “Draft sections of the report were produced by late 2011 and shared with the full committee. The final report was completed in December 2012 and approved by the committee by a bipartisan vote of 9-6. “After that vote, I sent the full report to the president and asked the administration to provide comments on it before it was released. “Six months later, in June of 2013, the CIA responded. “I directed then that if the CIA pointed out any error in our report, we would fix it, and we did fix one bullet point that did not impact our Findings and Conclusions. If the CIA came to a different conclusion than the report did, we would note that in the report and explain our reasons for disagreeing, if we disagreed. “You will see some of that documented in the footnotes of that executive summary as well as in the 6,000 pages. “In April 2014, the committee prepared an updated version of the full study and voted 12-3 to declassify and release the executive summary, findings and conclusions, and Minority and additional views. “On August 1, we received a declassified version from the Executive Branch. It was immediately apparent that the redactions to our report prevented a clear and understandable reading of the Study and prevented us from substantiating the findings and conclusions. So we obviously objected. “For the past four months, the Committee and the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence, and the White House have engaged in a lengthy negotiation over the redactions to the report. We have been able to include some more information in the report today without sacrificing sources and methods or our national security. I’d like to ask following my remarks that a letter from the White House dated yesterday conveying the report, also points out that the report is 93 percent complete and redactions amount to 7 percent of the bulk of the report. “Mr. President, this has been a long process. The work began seven years ago when Senator Rockefeller directed committee staff to review the CIA cables describing the interrogation sessions of Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri. “It’s been very difficult. But I believe the documentation and the findings and conclusions will make clear how this program was morally, legally and administratively misguided, and that this nation should never again engage in these tactics. “Let me turn now to the contents of the study. “As I noted, we have 20 findings and conclusions, which fall into four general categories: “First, the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques were not an effective way to gather intelligence information. “Second, the CIA provided extensive amounts of inaccurate information about the operation of the program and its effectiveness to the White House, the Department of Justice, Congress, the CIA inspector general, the media and the American public. “Third, the CIA’s management of the program was inadequate and deeply flawed. “And fourth, the CIA program was far more brutal than people were led to believe. “Let me describe each category in more detail: “The first set of findings and conclusions concern the effectiveness — or lack thereof — of the interrogation program. “The committee found that the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques were not an effective means of acquiring accurate intelligence or gaining detainee cooperation. “The CIA and other defenders of the program have repeatedly claimed that the use of so-called interrogation techniques was necessary to get detainees to provide critical information, and to bring detainees to a ‘state of compliance’ in which they would cooperate and provide information. “The study concludes that both claims are inaccurate. [but not criminal] “The report is very specific in how it evaluates the CIA’s claims on the effectiveness and necessity of its enhanced interrogation techniques. Specifically, we used the CIA’s own definition of effectiveness as ratified and approved by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. (Source: DOJ Office of Legal Counsel memos) “The CIA’s claims that EITs were necessary to obtain ‘otherwise unavailable’ information, that could not be obtained from any other source, to stop terrorist attacks and save American lives — that’s a claim we conclude is inaccurate. “We took 20 examples that the CIA, itself, claimed to show the success of these interrogations. These include cases of terrorist plots stopped or terrorists captured. “The CIA used these examples in presentations to the White House, in testimony to Congress, in submissions to the Department of Justice, and ultimately to the American people. “Some of the claims are well-known: the capture of Khalid Shaykh Mohammad, the prevention of attacks against the Library Tower in Los Angeles, and the take-down of Osama bin Laden. “Other claims were made only in classified settings, to the White House, Congress, and Department of Justice. “In each case, the CIA claimed that critical and unique information came from one or more detainees in its custody after they were subjected to the CIA’s coercive techniques, and that information led to a specific counterterrorism success. “Our staff reviewed every one of the 20 cases, and not a single case holds up. “In every single one of these cases, at least one of the following was true: “One, the intelligence community had information separate from the use of EITs that led to the terrorist disruption or capture; two, information from a detainee subjected to EITs played no role in the claimed disruption or capture; and three, the purported terrorist plot either didn’t exist or posed no real threat to Americans or U.S. interests. “Some critics have suggested the study concludes that no intelligence was ever provided from any detainee the CIA held. That is false, and the Study makes no such claim. “What is true is that actionable intelligence that was ‘otherwise unavailable’ — otherwise unavailable — was not obtained using these coercive interrogation techniques. “The report also chronicles where the use of interrogation techniques that do not involve physical force were effective. “Specifically, the report provides examples where interrogators had sufficient information to confront detainees with facts and know when the detainees were lying, and where they applied rapport-building techniques developed and honed by the U.S. military, the FBI, and more recently the interagency High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, called the ‘HIG,’ that these techniques produced good intelligence. “Let me make a couple of additional comments on the claimed effectiveness of CIA interrogations. “At no time did the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques lead to the collection of intelligence on an imminent threat that many believe was the justification for the use of these techniques. The committee never found an example of this hypothetical ‘ticking time bomb’ scenario. “The use of coercive technique methods regularly resulted in fabricated information. Sometimes, the CIA knew detainees were lying. Other times, the CIA acted on false information, diverting resources and leading officers or contractors to falsely believe they were acquiring unique or actionable intelligence and that its interrogations were working when they were not. “Internally, CIA officers often called into question the effectiveness of the CIA’s interrogation techniques, noting how the techniques failed to elicit detainee cooperation or produce accurate information. “The report includes numerous examples of CIA officers questioning the agency’s claims, but these contradictions were marginalized and not presented externally. “The second set of findings and conclusions is that the CIA provided extensive inaccurate information about the program and its effectiveness to the White House, the Department of Justice, Congress, the CIA inspector general, the media, and the American public. “This conclusion is somewhat personal for me. I recall clearly when Director Hayden briefed the Intelligence Committee for the first time on the so-called EITs at that September 2006 committee meeting. “He referred specifically to a ‘tummy slap,’ among other techniques, and presented the entire set of techniques as minimally harmful and applied in a highly clinical and professional manner. They were not. “The committee’s report demonstrates that these techniques were physically very harmful and that the constraints that existed, on paper, in Washington did not match the way techniques were used at CIA sites around the world. “Of particular note was the treatment of Abu Zubaydah over a span of 17 days in August 2002. “This involved non-stop interrogation and abuse, 24/7 from August 4 to August 21, and included multiple forms of deprivation and physical assault. The description of this period, first written up by our staff in early 2009, while Senator Rockefeller was chairman, is what prompted this full review. “But the inaccurate and incomplete descriptions go far beyond that. The CIA provided inaccurate memoranda and explanations to the Department of Justice while its [Office of] Legal Counsel was considering the legality of the coercive techniques. “In those communications to the Department of Justice, the CIA claimed the following: the coercive techniques would not be used with excessive repetition; detainees would always have an opportunity to provide information prior to the use of the techniques; the techniques were to be used in progression, starting with the least aggressive and proceeding only if needed; medical personnel would make sure that interrogations wouldn’t cause serious harm, and they could intervene at any time to stop interrogations; interrogators were carefully vetted and highly trained; and each technique was to be used in a specific way, without deviation, and only with specific approval for the interrogator and detainee involved. “None of these assurances, which the Department of Justice relied on to form its legal opinions, were consistently or even routinely carried out. “In many cases, important information was withheld from policymakers. For example, former Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham asked a number of questions after he was first briefed in September 2002, but the CIA refused to answer him, effectively stonewalling him until he left the committee at the end of the year. “In another example, the CIA, in coordination with White House officials and staff, initially withheld information of the CIA’s interrogation techniques from Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “There are CIA records stating that Colin Powell wasn’t told about the program at first because there were concerns that, and I quote, ‘Powell would blow his stack if he were briefed.’ (Source: E-mail from John Rizzo dated July 31, 2003) “CIA records clearly indicate and definitively that — after he was briefed on the CIA’s first detainee, Abu Zubaydah — the CIA didn’t tell President Bush about the full nature of the EITs until April 2006. That’s what the records indicate. “The CIA similarly withheld information or provided false information to the CIA inspector general during his conduct of a special review by the IG in 2004. “Incomplete and inaccurate information from the CIA was used in documents provided to the Department of Justice and as a basis for President Bush’s speech on September 6, 2006, in which he publicly acknowledged the CIA program for the first time. “In all of these cases, other CIA officers acknowledged internally — they acknowledged internally — that information the CIA had provided was wrong. “The CIA also misled other White House officials. When Vice President Cheney’s counsel, David Addington, asked CIA General Counsel Scott Muller in 2003 about the CIA’s videotaping the waterboarding of detainees, Muller deliberately told him that videotapes “were not being made,” but did not disclose that videotapes of previous waterboarding sessions had been made and still existed. (Source: E-mail from Scott Muller dated June 7, 2003) “There are many, many more examples in the committee’s report. “The third set of findings and conclusions notes the various ways in which CIA management of the Detention and Interrogation Program — from its inception to its formal termination in January ’09 — was inadequate and deeply flawed. “There is no doubt that the Detention and Interrogation Program was, by any measure, a major CIA undertaking. It raised significant legal and policy issues and involved significant resources and funding. It was not, however, managed as a significant CIA program. Instead, it had limited oversight and lacked formal direction and management. “For example, in the six months between being granted detention authority and taking custody of its first detainee, Abu Zubaydah, the CIA had not identified and prepared a suitable detention site. “It had not researched effective interrogation techniques or developed a legal basis for the use of interrogation techniques outside of the rapport-building techniques that were official CIA policy until that time. ‘In fact, there is no indication the CIA reviewed its own history — that’s just what Helgerson was saying in ’05 — with coercive interrogation tactics. As the executive summary notes, the CIA had engaged in rough interrogations in the past. “In fact, the CIA had previously sent a letter to the Intelligence Committee in 1989, and here is the quote, that “inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.” (Source: Letter to the SSCI from John Helgerson, CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, Jan. 8, 1989) “However, in late 2001 and ’02, rather than research interrogation practices and coordinate with other parts of the government with extensive expertise in detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects, the CIA engaged two contract psychologists who had never conducted interrogations themselves or ever operated detention facilities. “As the CIA captured or received custody of detainees through 2002, it maintained separate lines of management at headquarters for different detention facilities. “No individual or office was in charge of the detention and interrogation program until January of 2003, by which point more one-third of CIA detainees identified in our review had been detained and interrogated. “One clear example of flawed CIA management was the poorly managed detention facility, referred to in our report by the code name “COBALT” to hide the actual name of the facility. It began operations in September of 2002. “The facility kept few formal records of the detainees housed there and untrained CIA officers conducted frequent, unauthorized and unsupervised interrogations using techniques that were not — and never became — part of the CIA’s formal enhanced interrogation program. “The CIA placed a junior officer with no relevant experience in charge of the site. In November 2002, an otherwise healthy detainee — who was being held mostly nude and chained to a concrete floor — died at the facility from what is believed to have been hypothermia. “In interviews conducted in 2003 by the CIA Office of the Inspector General, CIA’s leadership acknowledged that they had little or no awareness of operations at this specific CIA detention site, and some CIA senior officials believed, erroneously, that enhanced interrogation techniques were not used there. “The CIA, in its June 2013 response to the committee’s report, agreed that there were management failures in the program, but asserted that they were corrected by early 2003. While the study found that management failures improved somewhat, we found they persisted until the end of the program. “Among the numerous management shortcomings identified in the report are the following: “The CIA used poorly trained and non-vetted personnel. “Individuals were deployed — in particular, interrogators — without relevant training or experience. “Due to the CIA’s redactions to the report, there are limits to what I can say in this regard, but it is clear fact that the CIA deployed officers who had histories of personal, ethical and professional problems of a serious nature. “These included histories of violence and abusive treatment of others and should have called into question their employment with the United States government, let alone their suitability to participate in a sensitive CIA covert action program. “The two contractors that CIA allowed to develop, operate, and assess its interrogation operations conducted numerous ‘inherently governmental functions’ that should never have been outsourced to contractors. “These contractors are referred to in the report in special pseudonyms ‘SWIGERT’ and ‘DUNBAR,’ they developed the list of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that the CIA employed. “They personally conducted interrogations of some of the CIA’s most significant detainees using the techniques, including the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, Khalid Shaykh Mohammad, and al-Nashiri. “The contractors provided the official evaluations of whether detainees’ psychological states allowed for the continued use of the enhanced techniques, even for some detainees they themselves were interrogating or had interrogated. “Evaluating the psychological state of the very detainees they were interrogating is a clear conflict of interest and a violation of professional guidelines. “The CIA relied on these two contractors to evaluate the interrogation program they had devised and in which they had obvious financial interests, again, a clear conflict of interest and an avoidance of responsibility by the CIA. “In 2005, the two contractors formed a company specifically for the purpose of expanding their work with the CIA. From ’05 to ’08, the CIA outsourced almost all aspects of its Detention and Interrogation program to the company as part of a contract valued at more than $180 million. “Ultimately, not all contract options were exercised. However, the CIA has paid these two contractors and their company more than $80 million. “Of the 119 individuals found to have been detained by the CIA during the life of the program, the committee found that at least 26 were wrongfully held. These are cases where the CIA itself determined that it had not met the standard for detention set out in the 2001 Memorandum of Notification, which governs a covert action. “Detainees often remained in custody for months after the CIA determined they should have been released. CIA records provide insufficient information to justify the detention of many other detainees. “Due to poor record keeping, a full accounting of how many specific detainees were held and how they were specifically treated while in custody may never be known. “Similarly, in specific instances, we found that enhanced interrogation techniques were used without authorization, in a manner far different and more brutal than had been authorized by the Office of Legal Counsel, and conducted by personnel not approved to use them on detainees. “Decisions about how and when to apply interrogation techniques were ad hoc and not proposed, evaluated, and approved in the manner described by the CIA in written descriptions and testimony about the program. “Detainees were often subject to harsh and brutal interrogation and treatment because CIA analysts believed, often in error, that they knew more information than what they had provided. “Sometimes, CIA managers and interrogators in the field were uncomfortable with what they were being asked to do and recommended ending the abuse of a detainee. Repeatedly in such cases, they were overruled by people at CIA headquarters who thought they knew better, such as by analysts with no line authority. This shows again how a relatively small number of CIA personnel — perhaps 40 to 50 — were making decisions on detention and interrogation, despite the better judgments of other CIA officers. “The fourth and final set of findings and conclusions concern how the interrogations of CIA detainees were absolutely brutal, far worse than the CIA represented them to policymakers and others. “Beginning with the first detainee, Abu Zubaydah, and continuing with numerous others, the CIA applied its so-called enhanced interrogation techniques in combination and in near non-stop fashion for days or even weeks at a time, on one detainee. “In contrast to CIA representations, detainees were subjected to the most aggressive techniques immediately—stripped naked and diapered, physically struck, and put in various painful stress positions for long periods of time. “They were deprived of sleep for days — in one case up to 180 hours — that’s 7 and half days, over a week with no sleep, usually standing or in stress positions, at times with their hands tied together over their heads, chained to the ceiling. “In the COBALT facility I previously mentioned, interrogators and guards used what they called ‘rough takedowns’ in which a detainee was grabbed from his cell, clothes cut off, hooded, and dragged up and down a dirt hallway while being slapped and punched. “The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive, suggesting to Abu Zubaydah that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box. (Source: CIA cable from Aug. 12, 2002) “According to another CIA cable, CIA officers also planned to cremate Zubaydah should he not survive his interrogation. (Source: CIA cable from July 15, 2002) “After the news and photographs emerged from the United States military detention of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib, the Intelligence Committee held a hearing on the matter on May 12, 2004. “Without disclosing any details of its own interrogation program, CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin testified that CIA interrogations were nothing like what was depicted at Abu Ghraib, the United States prison in Iraq where detainees were abused by American personnel. “This, of course, was false. “CIA detainees at one facility, described as a “dungeon,” were kept in complete darkness, constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste. “The U.S. Bureau of Prisons personnel went to that location in November 2002 and, according to a contemporaneous internal CIA email, told CIA officers they had never ‘been in a facility where individuals are so sensory deprived.’ (Source: CIA e-mail, sender and recipient redacted, Dec. 5, 2002) “Throughout the program, multiple CIA detainees subject to interrogations exhibited psychological and behavioral issues including hallucinations, paranoia, insomnia, and attempts at self-harm and self-mutilation. “Multiple CIA psychologists identified the lack of human contact experienced by detainees as a cause of psychiatric problems. “The executive summary includes far more detail than I am going to provide here about things that were in these interrogation sessions, and the summary itself includes only a subset of the treatment of the 119 CIA detainees. There is far more detail, all documented, in the full 6,700-page study. “This summarizes, briefly, the committee’s findings and conclusions. “Before I wrap up, I’d like to thank the people who made this enormous undertaking possible. “First, I thank Senator Jay Rockefeller. He started this project by directing his staff to review the operational cables that described the first recorded interrogations after we learned that the videotapes of those sessions had been destroyed. And that report was what led to this multi-year investigation. And without it, we wouldn’t have any sense of what happened. “I thank the other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee — one of whom is on the floor today, from the great state of New Mexico, others have been on the floor — who voted to conduct this investigation, to approve its result and to make the report public. “But most importantly, I want to thank the Senate Intelligence Committee staff who performed this work. “They are dedicated and committed public officials who sacrificed, really sacrificed, a significant portion of their lives to see this report through to its publication. “They have worked days, nights, weekends for years, in some of the most difficult circumstances, it’s no secret to anyone the CIA did not want this report coming out, and I believe the nation owes them a debt of gratitude. “They are: Dan Jones, who has led this review since 2007. More than anyone else, today is a result of his effort; Evan Gottesman and Chad Tanner, two other members of the Study Staff. Each wrote thousands of pages of the full report and have dedicated themselves and much of their lives to this project; and Alissa Starzak, who began this review as co-head and contributed extensively until her departure from the committee in 2011. “Other key contributors to the drafting, editing and review of the report were Jennifer Barrett, Nick Basciano, Mike Buchwald, Jim Catella, Eric Chapman, John Dickas, Lorenzo Goco, Andrew Grotto, Tressa Guenov, Clete Johnson, Michael Noblet, Michael Pevzner, Tommy Ross, Caroline Tess, and James Wolfe. “And finally, David Grannis, who has been a never-faltering staff director throughout this review. “Madame President, this study is bigger than the actions of the CIA. “It’s really about American values and morals. It’s about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our rule of law. “These values exist regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. They exist in peacetime and in wartime. And if we cast aside these values when convenient, we have failed to live by the very precepts that make our nation a great one. “There is a reason why we carry the banner of a great and just nation. So we submit this Study on behalf of the committee, to the public, in the belief that it will stand the test of time. And with it, the report will carry the message “never again.” “I very much appreciate your attention, and I yield to Senator McCain.” Copyright © 2014 Global Research

Friday, December 19, 2014

Les Jameson - Pressure Building in Congress to Declassify 9/11 Evidence

Pressure building in Congress to declassify 9/11 evidence! There have been several exciting developments over the last year and a half lifting the 9/11 truth message into mainstream news coverage and broad public awareness. We had the campaign, a billboard in Times Square about the inexplicable collapse of WTC7, CNN coverage of the alternative 9/11 Museum outreach effort, Richard Gage on C-SPAN, the debut of "Anatomy of a Great Deception", and a huge video billboard of the collapse of WTC7 also in Times Square. Now we turn our attention to a development in Congress rooted in 2 vital and intriguing aspects of 9/11 - the geo-politics and the cover-up. Since the 9/11 attacks there have been isolated efforts by people within the alternative research community to lobby members of Congress to carry out a full, fact-based, no-holds-barred investigation. There have been events at the National Press Club, visits to representatives offices, literature distributed to many elected officials, and more. Over the past year a new opportunity has been emerging which holds great promise. December 2, 2013, House Resolution 428 was introduced by Walter Jones, (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) calling for the release of the 28 pages which were redacted, actually excised, from the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001. Walter Jones, along with several supporting Congressmen and 9/11 family members held a press conference in Washington, DC on Sept. 9, 2014. Currently there are 20 co-sponsors to the legislation and growing support by 9/11 families. They’ve reported that after reading the 28 pages they were forced to completely rethink what they thought they knew about 9/11. Although by law they cannot reveal the full contents, they have informed us that it contains information on the Saudi funding sources, questions about “other governments”, and certain “U.S. agencies”. Even Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, support the release of the 28 pages. Note that their release has the potential to have a significant impact on revealing the truth behind the current violence in Iraq and Syria. This evidence has the potential to cause all to question the premise for the entire "global war on terror". In a time of “endless war” and growing awareness in a broken legal justice system, the relevance couldn't be greater. For a bit more background, the Joint Inquiry report dates back to 2002. Shortly after the release, a group of 46 senators wrote to President Bush to declassify and release the pages. Former Sen. Robert Graham (D-FL) who chaired the committee has continued demanding its release ever since, including a FOIA request to the Obama administration. Now we have HR 428 to carry on the effort. Hence, we have a serious call to action. We need to pressure our legislators to (1) read the 28 pages, (2) co-sponsor the resolution, and (3) promise to vote in favor of its passage. This resolution will be re-introduced in January, to be followed by an event at the National Press Club. Furthermore, a FOIA request has produced 86,000 pages of FBI documents which are believed to contain even more information that contradicts the official 9/11 narrative. Now is the time to prepare for ongoing political action to work towards passage of the resolution. Now with the release of the Senate's report on torture policies, and Dick Cheney, et al, using 9/11 to justify torture, the relevance of HR 428's role in undermining the official narrative has grown a hundred fold. With the UN and a German court now calling for prosecution for war crimes, there's just no telling where things will lead. Millions of us have spent years studying issues of deep politics, alternative finance, new energy technologies, and a wide spectrum of civil rights and social justice issues. Please take an hour to inform yourself about HR 428. A comprehensive overview of this issue with simple, detailed steps to take is now online. Please do whatever you can to take this viral through your social, personal, and organizational networks. If you would like to help build a national network for truth and accountability for 9/11, please contact us. Go to today. By Les Jamieson Dec. 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why Is 9/11 Such a Big Deal, Anyway?

by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization


First, we can take heart that the world (at least, as represented by most of the media, scores of high elected officials, and most of the rest of the world) finally turned the last, crucial thirty degree click with vehemence last week against the neocons, identified and reviled in this country all by that loathesome name as an increasingly-dreaded disease that infested like gobs of poison-haired worms the innards of at least the prior criminal presidency and just maybe even this one. And in doing so, the on-screen loathers stopped just one last medium click short of condemning them and their reviled worm-masters for manufacturing 9/11 itself. Think of it!

True, 9/11 still remained and remains officially off-limits to decent public dissection and real discussion. Yet, reasoned condemnation of other forms of state-directed violence last week came within a whimper of a shadow of admitting flat-out state culpability for evil per se, the only remaining tissue of protection for the living, still fire-breathing perps being their mutual assured destruction if any of them were really to rat. They’ve got it set so the weight of the world would come down full-bore on the truth-telling rats.

In other words, one knowing insider pointing to others would simultaneously and most prominently be figuratively pointing three at himself. Or something very close to that. And thus, we heard last week the outed very authors of torture all squeal in horror their resurrection down the line of the universally rejected defense plea of Nuremberg, with some denying in effect that torture itself might even exist. An increasingly revealing fig leaf that. And next time around, the dominos of 9/11 participation, inside knowledge, and indeed, guilt itself may very well begin to tumble forth in terror of the light. One can only hope.

But why, people ask, do you continue to beat the long-broken drum of 9/11 still today, when there’s an ISIS, ISIL, an Israeli nuclear threat and intimidation to grasp and condemn? When there’s the building war of “free world” titans against Putin, Iran, Syria, and again against both Afghanistan and Iraq – most tantamount to a world war against everybody now – for you to contemplate and scream mostly silently to a frightfully deaf and dumb world about? When there’s a false-flag a week somewhere, everywhere plus economic oppression and crazy kangaroo justice – take your pick – to decry and bewail besides and instead? Why 9/11?

The answer is partly because 9/11 is a creaking hinge, the springboard of our recent dismal present and past, in countless ways the catalyst and breeding ground of all the rest of what slays us more daily, exposing even now like a big, hellish Christmas tree of brightly-colored, barely-camouflaged unblinking evidence of culpability on the part of the forces, agencies, and the very individuals behind most of the other poisons and lesions afflicting our collective body-politic and body-period ever since. The god-awful things we inescapably hear and cringe about several times each and every day in the all-day story-time that now masquerades as “the news” are most all the spawn of 9/11, indirect or direct. Indeed, most of what we hate to hear wouldn’t itself be there, foreshadowing our bravely-maintained private attempts at life, but for 9/11. From which lots of us, most naturally, withdraw.

But, it isn’t that so many Americans and others can’t figure all that out, not really; it’s just that all of it has settled in as so unsettling in implications and content that most would simply rather not go there. “Enough bad news on my own today, frankly, thank you kindly. Dismal history is just not my subject. In fact, I can’t even quite see the sun. But I’ll keep my fingers crossed – which will do just about as much good as exploding over it all could.”

If you were looking for a cheerier piece today, just go back and re-read the beginning.
JH: 12/16/14

Monday, November 24, 2014

9/11 As An American Issue

by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization


9/11 is the greatest woulda-coulda-shoulda been an issue of our current century – with the possible exception of climate change. But it’s become and remained a real, live issue for only a small self-referencing and outcast minority of us who are self-deluded to proclaim it so, simply because we get it, and consequently wish very fervently that so did a multitude of others.

But most people we try to talk to about it either never had the slightest inkling that what happened on 9/11/01 has ever been in dispute at all, or don’t care one bit more than if we were talking about the origins of the War of 1812, Shirley Temple’s Storybook, or Jenkins’s Ear. How can that possibly be? we ask. Why is it that so few get it or understand why understanding it factually is such a big deal for our future or the recovery of our late, lamented civilization yet today?

The almost sole answer, I believe, lies in what I’ll call the Anti-Conspiracy View.

That conspiracies occur and exist is beyond question. While every instance suspected of being the result of a conspiracy actually is, is seriously doubtful, perhaps the largest conspiracy in U.S. history, although not in dispute, is largely forgotten now. The gargantuan Manhattan Project of the 1940s to produce the atomic bomb is said to have been known in concept to some 100,000 insiders (notably not including then-Vice President Truman), none of whom leaked its existence to the general public.

But, more recently, Americans have been conditioned to disbelieve – indeed, not to even consider, as confused-minded and unpatriotic – all talk of conspiracies. Never question. Believe the soap opera daily melodrama that is the seamless, sanitized, and sanctified version of... everything.

This choreographed “theory of everything” that virtually everyone more-or-less buys into predictably concludes always that the Americans are the wise, all-knowing good guys of the world invariably well-meaning and fair-dealing, sensible and always right. And those abroad or at home who dare to question that conclusion or the imperatives of the U.S. continuing government and its close allies, as portrayed benignly, can eat dirt, pick shrapnel, or be food for worms. That’s their stark choice in defiance, because those who deem to doubt the gospel beamed by the controlled media and through the State Department are by definition wrong and usually evil, it is implied or said, and must be brought violently or by bribes or by intimidation into line.

The best current example showing that the Anti-Conspiracy View dominates American “thinking” may be, uncharacteristically, the case of the multiple allegations that comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped at least thirteen young women he lusted for some years ago. The first question I thought of when I heard of these allegations is whether it’s even remotely possible that thirteen separate alleged victims could all be lying about such a thing. I presumed that to be distinctly unlikely – unless someone was paying them all a substantial amount of money, or introducing some other equally-powerful incentive for them all to lie.

But then, how likely could it be that thirteen otherwise random women, apparently without a single exception to blow the whistle on the conspiracy, would all accuse Bill Cosby of the same thing if it were not true? And my answer, in general, was that it would almost have to be true, because certainly, under ordinary circumstances, their inevitably dissimilar dispositions and degrees of ethical grounding could not be predicted well enough to insure that they all could be safely bought by the perpetrators of a conspiracy.

But then, I posed a key question familiar to questioners of 9/11: cui bono – who would seek to benefit from destroying this particular man’s sterling reputation? Does he, in fact, have enemies?

And here my suspicions were aroused. Because, I thought, while the allegations might well be true, it appears perhaps just as likely that the whole thing could be the result of a conspiracy to bring down an innocent man.

Let me explain. Mr. Cosby’s fame and reputation are largely based on his portrayal of one fictional Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable on his weekly network TV sit-com back in the 1980s, thoroughly familiarizing the nation with an amicable well-educated upper middle-class black family. The prototype thus portrayed is probably not the mean, but probably not all that unusual, either, and far from the then-contemporary stereotype of blacks as low-life degenerates dependent on welfare.

Meanwhile, the continuance of the dire feckless and low gangster-like stereotype was the very bread and butter of the right-wing’s message to America, then and again (or still) now, that minorities are something less than real, equal Americans and, as such are “the other”, undeserving of understanding and full citizenship. And the leaders of the civil rights movement, then and now, because of the regional and to an extent national subordination of minorities, often come across as whiny, feisty, over-intellectual, and rather tiresome radicals.

So then, here comes Bill Cosby and the Huxtables, with their showcase all-American universally-lovable black family, providing a new, attractive model of apolitical leadership by emulation that largely – not completely – blows the prevalent “welfare chiseler” and “welfare queen” image so carefully constructed over decades of right-wing angst out of the water. All well and good.

But now, here comes Obama, elected and then re-elected by minorities and liberals, without a white mandate or even plurality. President Obama has frankly stated that, without Bill Cosby, there would have been no President Obama (because no way José to break into the white boys’ club). And, if you think white conservatives are complacent about this, just look around and behold their apoplexy and panic. They are, in fact, desperate to re-install going forward the old, bad stereotypes of blacks and Hispanics, featuring both fear and loathing.

Remember, they tried to bring down Bill Clinton in similar fashion and failed. But I don’t think even that reviled Bill was as influential a figure or posed as big a threat to them as this one, who messed with America’s mind.

Possible suspect #2 – What about those hackneyed revolutionary-style black leaders themselves with their now-muted once-hot rhetoric, whose power is largely wielded through their message of victimology? Well, now there comes along the older, soberer Cosby of recent years with a message to young blacks to quit blaming others for their woes as downtrodden ne’er-do-wells, but instead, clean up their acts, exert gainful effort, and shine. The old leaders have tried to put Bill Cosby on notice, and these, too, have become his foes and rivals for supremacy of influence among blacks through the seeming incompatibility of their vital appeals, the old leaders taking the worst of it from the interloping clown.

But, why so much ado about what an aging idol did or didn’t do a quarter of a century ago, unresolvable now?

Because, his incredible, abiding influence on the American psyche, if you think about it, places him in the top ten most influential figures in our whole history as a nation.

Indeed, alarmed no-nonsense operatives in either the white supremacist or black movement camps may have found a motive for bribing some thirteen women known to have befriended this rock in their respective oysters to come forward and falsely accuse him – if that is what happened. But, my money would be on a distinct subgroup of the first suspect category. Do you suppose the FBI still harbors a few J. Edgar Hoover-like pieces of work among its ranks? And they would have the advantage or moxie, too, of being able to accurately profile the women, to determine which ones they could successfully employ to lie publicly and not rat them out.

Again, my point isn’t that I think that’s what happened, but that it makes sense to suspect that it may have, especially recalling the record of the hallowed Bureau as the perpetrator of so many exposed psy-ops.

And the larger point I have yet to mention is that, so far at least, even the black media has not come forward to give voice to this distinct more than possibility. Due to their mindless assumption of the Anti-Conspiratorial View, even they haven’t seriously thought of it, at least yet.

Again, in my humble opinion, before we in 9/11 Truth can begin to successfully convince America that 9/11 is today ripe for a real, thorough, and systematic investigation, we first have to convince the nation of the falsity of its induced ACV – to teach America as a whole to reasonably question everything. Because, nearly everything we’re presented with is subject to serious doubt – a lesson that “citizens” of the Soviet Union learned very well. Your view?

JH: 11/24/14

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What's It All About?

by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization


‘Tis the Psyop season! And it has been for years. Psyops (psychological operations, to usefully excite or incite the bumbo and lesser operatives to impel or condition them to abet or forward the perpetrators’ larger purpose) happen constantly all around us.

So, who are these perpetrators of, by, and for whom all the cumulative multitude of psyops are designed and sprung on a mostly somnambulant world? As I’ve stated before, my humble more-than-a-guess is that we’re talking essentially of a miniscule cadre of faceless leaders through the decades of global central banking, perhaps the very board of trustees of the supreme Bank of International Settlements, the bank of the world’s central banks located in the monolithic “Tower of Basel” in Basel, Switzerland

They, or a closely related shadow-body, I have come to believe, are the inside directive-framing authority that calls for and specifically orders, licenses, and signs off on all of the coordinated psycho jobs designed in detail and sprung by their levels of underlings, acolytes or puppets, of whom the preferred and usual operatives are a few countries’ so-called “security agencies” and trained special forces. Why do I believe this is so? Because, since they could advantageously perform this role (rather than relying on and influencing chance), I am convinced they would. And evidence bears it out.

Prominent among contemporary or recent shock events that are proven or widely suspected of being New World Order psyops, for each one of which there is significant or compelling evidence, are the following (a woefully partial list):

9/11 (certainly, the lynchpin event to date), 7/7, Oklahoma City, Bali bombing, Mumbai attacks, Tucson-Fort Hood-Aurora-Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy, BP oil disaster, Malaysian Airlines “lost” plane, Alleged Osama bin Laden killing, Fukushima disaster, 2008 - ? Great Recession and selective recovery, Global climate manipulation via HAARP-related actions, California drought, ISIS or ISIL establishment and secret backing, Recent “terrorism” in Canada

And Ebola, though maybe not intended to spawn a global pandemic, is allegedly itself a result of U.S. bioterrorism experiments conducted in West Africa gone astray.

It is my contention – and not mine alone these days – that all of these events and countless more (as well as notable earlier instances) have been coordinated and emitted from a single organizational source, rather than, for instance, by a series of varying U.S. presidential administrations with markedly different personalities, emphases, and styles. By comparison, the mythic narrative of events is seamless.

And what ties all of these many instances of psyops together is that they all become baked like raisins into a single, seamless and self-referencing, self-serving myth-laden narrative that sternly discounts every other version of the events. This magical narrative, wildly unbeholden to discernible facts, is rolled out day by day without end ever by the whole coordinated establishment and its in-harness media, as perfectly aligned in interpreting as iron filings moved by a magnet. The genius is in the uniform virtual seamlessness of their common fabric of lies.

And so, the truth of each segment or event becomes misjudged by the whole non-thinking public due to being instantaneously misjudged in reference to the uniformly endorsed but factually flawed or false narrative of all the other events, making the mythology self-affirming to the unreflective and thus largely invulnerable to stigmatized fact-based revisionists like us.

In my estimation, our best hope is to strategize to blow the cover of the top cadre and command operation of the secretly-ruling NWO once and for all time, in order to get people to stop buying the whole ever-growing series of chapters of the controlling (almost scriptural) narrative of events.

The overarching operation is wholly anathema, because it’s all about the rough, murderous turning of our rightful world into their utopia, of which the non-topmost masses of the earth cannot be anything within a million miles of citizens.

Has the world been commandeered by a self-appointed psychopathic criminal gang that has catastrophically cancelled the pro-resident Enlightenment by applying undreamed-of advanced technology, a uniting centuries-long dark determination, and precision psychology? Consider their most-infamous crimes and lesser assaults on freedom and justice daily, and judge for yourself.

Pass the word so we can all rise or cripplingly obstruct in mass revulsion, not against the horrendous symptoms, but the worse-than-nightmare life-blighting disease itself.

JH: 11/11/14

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Global Research - Canadian Terror Wave: A Modern-Day Gladio

Canadian Terror Wave: a Modern-Day Gladio By Tony Cartalucci Global Research, October 23, 2014 Url of this article: As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies’ military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada – precisely as they were predicted. The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack,” that: A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday. second, most recent attack, involved a shooting in Ottawa injuring several and killing another Canadian soldier on parliament Hill. RT in its article, “Ottawa gunman ‘identified’ as recent Muslim convert, high-risk traveler,” would report that: While the name of the Ottawa gunman is yet to be announced, a number of officials told numerous media that the shooter is believed to be Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert, allegedly designated as a high-risk traveler. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall north of Montreal, two US officials told Reuters, claiming that American law enforcement agencies have been advised that the attacker recently converted to Islam. AP sources also identified the man to be Zehaf-Bibeau. A Twitter account associated with Islamic State militants tweeted a photo they identified as the Ottawa shooter. The Globe and Mail reports that the shooter was designated a “high-risk traveler” by the Canadian authorities with his passport seized. Clearly, both suspects were under the watch of not only Canadian authorities, but also US investigators, before the attacks. Canada’s Attacks Were Predictable – Western Security Agencies are Prime Suspects It was warned last month after security agencies staged scares in both the US and Australia, that suspects under investigation, being walked through planned terrorist attacks by Western security agencies as part of “sting operations” would inevitably be switched to live terrorist attacks. In mid-September A Rochester man, Mufid A. Elfgeeh, was accused by the FBI of attempting to provide material support to ISIS (undercover FBI agents), attempting to kill US soldiers, and possession of firearms and silencers (provided to him by the FBI). The FBI’s own official press release stated (emphasis added): According to court records, Elfgeeh attempted to provide material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, namely three individuals, two of whom were cooperating with the FBI. Elfgeeh attempted to assist all three individuals in traveling to Syria to join and fight on behalf of ISIS. Elfgeeh also plotted to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq. As part of the plan to kill soldiers, Elfgeeh purchased two handguns equipped with firearm silencers and ammunition from a confidential source. The handguns were made inoperable by the FBI before the confidential source gave them to Elfgeeh. It was warned that only an inoperable firearm stood between Elfgeeh’s arrest and his successful execution of deadly plans hatched by him and his undercover FBI handlers. This script, written by the FBI to entrap Elfgeeh, would be followed almost to the letter in live attacks subsequently carried out in Canada resulting in the death of two Canadian soldiers. Conveniently, both suspects are now dead and little chance remains of ascertaining the truth of who they were in contact with and how they carried out their deadly attacks. With both suspects having been on both US and Canadian watch lists – it is very likely undercover agents were involved in either one or both cases. While many possibilities exist, Western security agencies should be among the first suspects considered as potential collaborators. A Modern-Day Operation Gladio - Inducing Fear, Obedience, and Control Before Elfgeeh’s entrapment and later live attacks in Canada, US policymakers and pundits had begun in earnest setting the rhetorical stage for eventual staged attacks. With serial beheadings failing to raise Western public support necessary for an expedient intervention in Syria, more insidious provocations appeared to be in the works. Setting the stage, a CBS/Associated Press story titled, “Former Deputy CIA Director: ‘I Would Not Be Surprised’ If ISIS Member Shows Up To US Mall Tomorrow With AK-47,” would claim immediately after the initial James Foley ISIS execution video that: “The short-term concern is the Americans that have gone to fight with ISIS and the west Europeans that have gone to fight with ISIS could be trained and directed by ISIS to come to the United States to conduct small-scale attacks,” Morell stated. “If an ISIS member showed up at a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans, I would not be surprised.” Morell warned that over the long-term the extremist group could be planning for a 9/11-style attack that killed thousands of Americans. The FBI has a long list of foiled terror plots of its own creation. More disturbingly are the plots they conceived but “accidentally” allowed to go “live.” One might recall the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. FBI agents, according to the New York Times, were indeed overseeing the bombers that detonated a device killing six and wounding many more at the World Trade Center. In their article, “Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast,” NYT reported: Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast. The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said. The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City’s tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars. Considering the 1993 bombing and the fact that the FBI literally oversaw the construction and deployment of a deadly bomb that killed 6, it is clear that the FBI can at any time through design or disastrous incompetence, turn one of their contrived entrapment cases into a live terror attack. One can only guess at how many similar FBI operations are currently taking place within the United States involving ISIS sympathizers – any one of which could be turned into a live terror attack provided the weapons handed over to potential terrorists are functioning, just as the bomb was in 1993 when it was driven into the lower levels of the World Trade Center. It is very likely that the recent attacks in Canada involved at least one “informant” working for the FBI. Because the FBI uses confidential informants to handle suspects, if a plot is switched ”live,” the informant will be implicated as an accomplice and the FBI’s covert role will remain uncompromised. Image: The FBI has an impressive portfolio of intentionally created, then foiled terror plots. Its methods include allowing suspects to handle both real and inoperable weapons and explosives. These methods allow the FBI to switch entrapment cases “live” at any moment simply by switching out duds and arrests with real explosives and successful attacks. Because the FBI uses “informants,” when attacks go live, these confidential assets can be blamed, obfuscating the FBI’s involvement. Everything from a mass shooting to a bombing, and even an Operation Northwoods-style false flag attack involving aircraft could be employed to provide Wall Street and London with the support it needs to accelerate its long-stalled agenda of regime change and reordering in both Syria and across the Iranian arc of influence. Readers may recall Operation Northwoods, reported on in an ABC News article titled, “U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba,” which bluntly stated: In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. In addition to Operation Northwoods, the public must also consider NATO’s Operation Gladio, and its larger “stay behind” networks established after World War II across Europe and at the center of multiple grisly assassinations, mass shootings, and terrorist bombings designed to demonize the Soviet Union as well as criminalize and crush support for left-leaning political parties growing in popularity in Western Europe. It would be determined that NATO’s own covert militant groups were killing innocent Western Europeans in order to effect a “strategy of tension” used to instill fear, obedience, and control over Western populations. That the FBI and Australian authorities had coordinated staged security operations in tandem on opposite ends of the globe to terrify their respective populations into line behind an impending war with Syria, and now two highly suspicious attacks have been carried out using the very script Western security agencies were using to lead suspects through “sting operations,” suggests a new “Operation Northwoods” or “Operation Gladio” of sorts is already being executed. Staged executions on cue by ISIS in the Middle East of US and British citizens at perfectly timed junctures of the West’s attempt to sell intervention both at home and abroad, and now live shootings just in time to heighten a new “strategy of tension” reek of staged mayhem for the sole purpose of provoking war. Could grander and ultimately more tragic mayhem be in store? As ABC News’ article on Operation Northwoods and the Military Channel’s documentary on Operation Gladio suggest, there is no line Western special interests will hesitate to cross. With the West attempting to claim ISIS now has a “global” reach, the US and its partners’ attempts to obfuscate the very obvious state-sponsorship it is receiving will become exponentially more difficult. That the FBI is admittedly stringing along easily manipulated, malevolent patsies who at any time could be handed real weapons and sent on shooting sprees and/or bombings – and now apparently have been – Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and Australians would be foolish to conclude that their real enemy resides somewhere in Syria and not right beside them at home, upon the very seats of Western power. Copyright © 2014 Global Research

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Global Research - U.S. Bioterrorism Experiments, Guatemala & West Africa

U.S. is Responsible for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Liberian Scientist By Timothy Alexander Guzman Global Research, October 17, 2014 Url of this article: A History of Guatemala’s Syphilis Experiment: How a U.S. Led Team Performed Human Experimentations in Central America Dr. Cyril Broderick, A Liberian scientist and a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry says the West, particularly the U.S. is responsible for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Broderick claims the following in an exclusive article published in the Daily Observer based in Monrovia, Liberia. He wrote the following: The US Department of Defense (DoD) is funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus. Hence, the DoD is listed as a collaborator in a “First in Human” Ebola clinical trial (NCT02041715, which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March. Is it possible that the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and other Western countries are directly responsible for infecting Africans with the Ebola virus? Dr. Broderick claims that the U.S. government has a research laboratory located in a town called Kenema in Sierra Leone that studies what he calls “viral fever bioterrorism”, It is also the town where he acknowledges that is the “epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.” Is it a fact? Is Dr. Broderick a conspiracy theorist? He says that “there is urgent need for affirmative action in protecting the less affluent of poorer countries, especially African citizens, whose countries are not as scientifically and industrially endowed as the United States and most Western countries, sources of most viral or bacterial GMOs that are strategically designed as biological weapons.” He also asks an important question when he says “It is most disturbing that the U. S. Government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone. Are there others?” Well, Mr. Broderick’s claims seem to be true. After all, the U.S. government has been experimenting with deadly diseases on human beings for a long time, history tells us so. One example is Guatemala. Between 1946 and 1948, the United States government under President Harry S. Truman in collaboration with Guatemalan President Juan José Arévalo and his health officials deliberately infected more than 1500 soldiers, prostitutes, prisoners and even mental patients with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chancroid (a bacterial sexual infection) out of more than 5500 Guatemalan people who participated in the experiments. The worst part of it is that none of the test subjects infected with the diseases ever gave informed consent. The Boston Globe published the discovery made by Medical historian and professor at Wellesley College, Susan M. Reverby in 2010 called ‘Wellesley professor unearths a horror: Syphilis experiments in Guatemala.’ It stated how she came across her discovery: Picking through musty files in a Pennsylvania archive, a Wellesley College professor made a heart-stopping discovery: US government scientists in the 1940s deliberately infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea in experiments conducted without the subjects’ permission. Medical historian Susan M. Reverby happened upon the documents four or five years ago while researching the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study and later shared her findings with US government officials. The unethical research was not publicly disclosed until yesterday, when President Obama and two Cabinet secretaries apologized to Guatemala’s government and people and pledged to never repeat the mistakes of the past — an era when it was not uncommon for doctors to experiment on patients without their consent. After Reverby’s discovery, the Obama administration apparently gave an apology to then-President Alvaro Colom according to the Boston Globe: Yesterday, Obama called President Álvaro Colom Caballeros of Guatemala to apologize, and Obama’s spokesman told reporters the experiment was “tragic, and the United States by all means apologizes to all those who were impacted by this. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had called Colom Thursday night to break the news to him. In her conversation with the Guatemalan president, Clinton expressed “her personal outrage and deep regret that such reprehensible research could occur,’’ said Arturo Valenzuela, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. study in Guatemala was led by John Cutler, a US health service physician who also took part in the controversial Tuskegee Syphilis experiments which began in the 1930’s. Researchers wanted to study the effects of a group of antibiotics called penicillin on affected individuals. The prevention and treatment of syphilis and other venereal diseases were also included in the experimentation. Although they were treated with antibiotics, more than 83 people had died according to BBC news in 2011 following a statement issued by Dr Amy Gutmann, head of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues: The Commission said some 5,500 Guatemalans were involved in all the research that took place between 1946 and 1948. Of these, some 1,300 were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhoea or another sexually transmitted disease, chancroid. And of that group only about 700 received some sort of treatment. According to documents the commission had studied, at least 83 of the 5,500 subjects had died by the end of 1953. Washington’s reaction to the report is a farce. The apology made to Guatemala’s government was for the sake of public relations. Washington knows about its human experimentations in the past with deadly diseases conducted by government-funded laboratories that are known to be harmful to the public. The U.S. government is guilty in conducting numerous medical experiments on people not only in Guatemala but in other countries and on its own territory. As the Boston Globe report mentioned, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study occurred between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the “natural progression” of untreated syphilis in the African American population. The U.S. Public Health Service and the Tuskegee Institute collaborated in 1932 and enrolled 600 poor sharecroppers from Macon County, Alabama to study the syphilis infection. However, it was documented that at least 400 of those had the disease (they were never informed that they actually had syphilis) while the remaining 200 did not. They received free medical care, food and even free burial insurance for participating in the study. Documents revealed that they were told that they had “bad blood” which meant that they had various medical conditions besides syphilis. The Tuskegee scientists continued to study the participants without treating their illnesses and they also withheld much-needed information from the participants about penicillin, which proved to be effective in treating Syphilis and other venereal diseases. The test subjects were under the impression that they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government while they were deliberately being lied to by the same administrators who were conducting the tests. Washington is fully aware of its human experimentations with deadly diseases. The government of Guatemala also knew about the Syphilis experiments according to the Boston Globe: A representative of the Guatemalan government said his nation will investigate, too — looking in part at the culpability of officials in that country. The records of the experiment suggest that Guatemalan government officials were fully aware of the tests, sanctioned them, and may have done so in exchange for stockpiles of penicillin. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the study ‘Fact Sheet on the 1946-1948 U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Inoculation Study’ and was forced to admit what happened in Guatemala during the syphilis experiments: While conducting historical research on the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis, Professor Susan Reverby of Wellesley College recently discovered the archived papers of the late Dr. John Cutler, a U.S. Public Health Service medical officer and a Tuskegee investigator. The papers described another unethical study supported by the U.S. government in which highly vulnerable populations in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The study, conducted between 1946 and 1948, was done with the knowledge of Dr. Cutler’s superiors and was funded by a grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (which became the Pan American Health Organization) to several Guatemalan government ministries. The study had never been published. The U.S. government admitted to its wrongdoing, 62 years too late. What Dr. Broderick wrote is not conspiratorial in any sense. The U.S. government has been involved in bioterrorism; Guatemala is a case in point. Dr. Broderick summarized what average people can do to prevent governments, especially those from the West from creating and exposing populations from diseases they experiment with in laboratories: The challenge is global, and we request assistance from everywhere, including China, Japan, Australia, India, Germany, Italy, and even kind-hearted people in the U.S., France, the U.K., Russia, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and anywhere else whose desire is to help. The situation is bleaker than we on the outside can imagine, and we must provide assistance however we can. To ensure a future that has less of this kind of drama, it is important that we now demand that our leaders and governments be honest, transparent, fair, and productively engaged. They must answer to the people. Please stand up to stop Ebola testing and the spread of this dastardly disease. After Guatemala’s ordeal with the U.S. government who deliberately infected people with syphilis, West African nations should be extremely skeptical about the U.S. government’s actions combating Ebola. Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois, College of Law questions the Obama administration’s actions in West Africa. RIA Novosti recently interviewed Boyle and he said the following: US government agencies have a long history of carrying out allegedly defensive biological warfare research at labs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now the point agency for managing the Ebola spill-over into the US,” Prof. Francis Boyle said. Why has the Obama administration dispatched troops to Liberia when they have no training to provide medical treatment to dying Africans? How did Zaire/Ebola get to West Africa from about 3,500km away from where it was first identified in 1976?” That’s a good question for Washington, but would the public get any answers? Not anytime soon, since it took more than 62 years for the Guatemala syphilis experiments to be exposed to the public, not by the US government, by a medical historian. Copyright © 2014 Global Research

Friday, October 10, 2014


by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization


First, if you are receiving this article by email, I urge you to go to the web site and read the last few articles I’ve posted, mostly from other sources which document what I was thinking far better than I could. Those postings will provide needed context for this article.

A number of intriguing (and horrific) questions and theorized or partial answers have occurred to me over the past several weeks, which I will try to explore here.

For starters, what really provokes (or possesses) human beings to commit or endorse heinous acts of revolting violence and cruelty in the course of their purposeful lives?

What, for instance, would motivate the drivers of modern Zionism to endorse or commit genocide by strong military force endlessly for months against an already psychologically and physically abused, essentially unarmed population in Gaza over a desperately deployed arsenal of rockets akin to fireworks rockets?

What provokes a small percentage of extremist Islamic radicals to flaunt to the world and exult in apparent beheadings and mass-murders perpetrated hourly against any who dare to think differently?

And what provokes members of the world’s unified power-cult psychopathic cabal to blow to dust thousands of people, on 9/11/01, impossibly blaming fanciful foreign bogeymen, and then obliterate hundreds of thousands senselessly together with their targeted countries?

First of all, in each case, it’s their literally hell-bent insistence on their way or the highway to oblivion. And they’ve become badly jaded long since by imposing and forcing that super-imperative. Secondarily, it’s the nose-blindness and unbelievable credulity of their brainwashed publics to tolerate their own delusion in the guise of objectives desired, shield the perps from all recriminations and repercussions, and in effect cheer them on as their own champions. (For instance, the CIA is actually super-popular). I’m reminded of what the heartbroken little boy said when the Blacksox scandal broke early in the 20th century – “Say it isn’t so.”
Ingrained dependent belief is rarely shaken by evidence.

And yet, “Fool me twice (or a hundred times), shame on me.”

In the Israeli case, I believe that no further explanation of the motivation is needed. They can claim fear of those puny, toy-looking rockets that kill fewer Jews than fireworks on Israeli Independence Day, but I don’t buy it.

In the case of ISIS, as I stated previously, the evidence points once again toward it’s being another creation of the CIA and western intelligence. So, does that mean the violent extremists aren’t real? Hardly. But if employing your means of recruitment, you rake them all up in a convenient pile and fund them, you have created the malignant entity.

So, are their paychecks signed “Uncle Sam”? Don’t be silly. They are berzerkers (little different from some serious nut groups we have in this country if they were to fund them), probably under your loose control via planted agents, and you funnel the money through an agency (or state) with an Arabic name.

It isn’t like the CIA, or whoever, created the monsters who are involved over there. No, they were already there, probably all of them members of previous organizations. So, you select the leaders for tractability and put the recruits in different-colored shirts, and you have a brand new ball team – made up of 100% used parts from other organizations, and still not super-human or more mean than they were before. How else could it possibly be? The Great Satan of the west that our hijacked polity has become has long practice at doing just that (check out Operation Gladio, pre-al-Qaeda), whenever they want to spread terror vicariously.

And, funny – these sponsors are also the same people who brought you 9/11. And “whatever big happens in the world, it’s a pretty safe bet that we did it” -GHWB. If you read, spread the word!

JH: 10/10/14