WALKING THE WALK AND TALKING THE TALK October 15, 2001 A.D.
Keep on scrolling down......Something Wicked This Way Comes by Edgar F. Steele © 2001
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Today I become either your prophet du jour or I totally use up whatever credibility I might have left with you. I think the excrement has struck the rotating cooling device and is now flying off in all directions. Keep your heads down. Let me explain.
Many were impressed with my call about the third anthrax victim and the fact of the strain being manmade, fully two days before the controlled media released that information. Well, I wish I could take even a small amount of credit for that call, but the fact is that it was reported in a south Florida newspaper article that an Internet correspondent sent me. Nothing mysterious. Nothing up my sleeve. It was right there. I read it. I told you. But, it didn't really exist until it got the network imprimatur.
There is a certain art to reading both the media and the pronouncements of our so-called leaders, I suppose. Usually, they put things right out where they can be seen, then spin them in the direction they want us lemmings to look. That explains why you can have such overwhelming evidence of, say, the fact that TWA Flight 800 was shot down with a missile (hundreds of eyewitnesses, for one thing), but general lemming acceptance of the government line about a fuel tank explosion. "My government wouldn't lie to me, after all." "It was in the newspaper, so it must be true."
Those of us, such as myself, with close, personal experience from eing on the business end of government lies and newspaper propaganda, know better. I suppose it helps to have spent as much time in the bowels of the legal system as I have (a carefully-chosen anatomical allusion) and to have been afforded the worldview of the exceptionally politically incorrect clients that I have represented in the past (and, in fact, represent at this very moment). You see, not everybody experiences reality quite the same way. This may come as a shock to some. Hell, I have trouble experiencing reality the same way from day to day and, no, that is not necessarily a psychological disability.
Puts me in mind of an Ogden Nash poem that I read in high school, and which I have never forgotten:
See the happy moron, He doesn't give a damn. I wish I was a moron. My God - perhaps I am!
But, again, I digress.
I have discussed this disconnect between perception and reality before, in past lemming reports, and observed that it is not so much that people won't accept the evidence when struck in the face with it, but rather manifest what is known as cognitive dissonance when they realize where that evidence leads.
I think cognitive dissonance is still taught in Psychology 101 at all colleges. It's a fancy term for self delusion - I don't want to believe C, which is inconsistent with B, but I must believe C if I believe A, so I'm going top pretend I never saw A. In the legal field, this is called, "You buy my bullshit and I'll buy your bullshit." It's a technical term.
If people accept that the government at least knew about the OKC bombing in advance, then they logically come to the conclusion that their government condones the wholesale slaughter of innocent citizens, including children. That leads one to the conclusion that an armed revolt is in order, which is a conclusion that very few wish to reach. Therefore, we reject the evidence so that we can continue as obedient citizens. Pass me another beer, the game is about to start. You know.
It's hard to get up and go in to work when you know you ought to travel toWashington, DC with your flame thrower to perform the Lord's work.
Compartmentalization is taught in the same chapter of the textbook, if memory serves - A is inconsistent with B, but I know that A is true and I want B to be true, too, so I'm going to erect a wall between them in my mind and never think of them at the same time. We have all done this. There was this girl in college that I recall rather vividly. She just wanted to friends. I wanted to be friendly. Somehow, I just couldn't get the two concepts together, because I kept them in different parts of my brain. "Sure, Diane, I can just be friends." Meanwhile, I was plotting the overthrow of the more rational part of my mind and the installation of amore militant point of view. A "one-track mind," I think, is the way that Diane characterized it. It ended badly, as these things often do. That's how I keep from buying a surplus Army tank and a road map to DC. I just try not to think about the truth too much. It gets harder and harder, though, when so much truth keeps piling up. Ah, well. Call it a weakness. Anyway, to the point of today's communique. We have all now heard about how it is "100% probable there will be more terrorist attacks in America." Yesterday, the FBI issued the following special alert:
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2001 Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
Certain information, while not specific as to target, gives the government reason to believe that there may be additional terrorist attacks within the United States and against U.S. interests overseas over the next several days. The FBI has again alerted all local law enforcement to be on the highest alert and we call on all people to immediately notify the FBI and local law enforcement of any unusual or suspicious activity.
In an Op-Ed piece by Frank Rich in the NY Times today he mentioned that Cipro has surpassed Viagra sales on the internet.
From George Orwell's 1984: "Whoever controls the present controls the past. Whoever controls the past controls the future."
My fear today is the same fear that all of us who are "of a certain age" know very well. As grade school children we participated in regular drills that weren't fire drills. We would have to quickly form a line and leave the classroom to go into the inner hallways of my elementary school, where classrooms of small children would crouch down onto the floor with one arm up around the back of our neck. Could not stay in the classroom due to the "danger of flying glass". The thought of world wide nuclear annihilation was scary then and it is scary now..... and that is (or SHOULD be) the ultimate fear of everyone right now, I think. This is as close as we've been for a long, long time.
#1 Rule of the Universe: Pay Attention
Why did the US Justice Dept. spend more money (doing their jobs) going after Bill Gates, a US citizen/US business, than the US Government spent going after a suspected international terrorist. Why did the US Justice Dept. spend more money (doing their job) going after Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, U.S citizens/U.S.business, than the US Government spent going after a suspected international terrorist AND Bill Gates?
The National Commission on Terrorism 2000 report contains noteworthy recommendations. It was released in July 2000. Here is a small fraction of info from that report:
The President should direct the creation of a joint task force consisting of all the agencies in the U.S. Government that possess information or authority relevant to terrorist fundraising. The task force should develop and implement a broad approach toward disrupting the financial activities of terrorists. This approach should use all available criminal, civil, and administrative sanctions, including those for money laundering, tax and fraud violations, or conspiracy charges.
The Secretary of the Treasury should create a unit within the Office of Foreign Assets Control dedicated to the issue of terrorist fundraising.
The Congress should promptly ratify the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and pass any legislation necessary for full implementation.
Like I said this is just a small fraction of the report. Bush Jr. is ripping off all of the recommendations from that report and making it appear has if he is the one who is coming up with it. And did you know that he didn't even begin to act until after the WTC!!!!
(Give these guys a break! In July 2000, the U.S. Justice Department and Bill Clinton were otherwise engaged.... Since his inauguration through 9/11/01, W was also otherwise engaged. The government isn't going to fire anyone let alone indict them for the catastrophic intelligence failure that let to WTC. The guys who pull the government strings thrive and profit from finessed intelligence failures -- and the bigger the better!)
Jesus Christ is a Liberal!!
It is usually assumed that when someone brings Jesus and Christianity into the discussion (s)he is a Conservative trying to convert another 'lost soul'. Recently, after considerable prodding from Conservatives, I read some of the Bible. The New Testament seemed more pertinent than the Old and I have concluded that Jesus Christ The Son of God....or not, was...well... a flaming liberal! What, with such notions as 'feed and clothe the poor and house the homeless' he sounded like some of the 'bleeding heart liberals' many conservatives love to hate! How strange. Guys like Rush Limbaugh would crucify Christ if they heard him say such things today.
Christ even suggests turning the other cheek when struck by another! It sounds like a bunch of liberal pacifist claptrap. Throughout the new testament Jesus spends his time among the poor and downtrodden raising the dead and casting out the 'moneychangers'. How about casting out the 'money launderers'? "Living in the world, but not being of the world' (i.e.. not being materialistic).
I often wonder about those Conservative hypocrites that went after Clinton for his alleged sexual shenanigans while they themselves were guilty of doing the same thing (Neutered Newt, and Henry Hyde in plain sight with 'youthful indiscretion', and Mr. Livingstone ' I presume'): had they forgotten Christ telling those about to stone a prostitute (such a fitting example): "Those of you not guilty cast the first stone".
Even more hypocritical none of the Clinton bashers called Monica's behavior into question. According to the Bible she should have been the infamous Jezebel or even the prostitute being stoned. What hypocrisy! What selective outrage! Though, from a political perspective, this is understandable: Monica after all was on the Conservatives side of the battle and the unwritten gospel of Conservative politics is to NEVER call one of your own into question on moral grounds: a primary tenet of fascism. After reading the new testament I still remain an agnostic, but I'm beginning to think the teachings of Christ may be one of the best arguments for Liberalism those of a non-secular persuasion are likely to listen to.
That is not to say the Old Testament isn't without value. In Ecclesiastes there is a prohibition against charging 'usury' on a loan. Usury means 'interest'. Uh, hello there you conservative bankers who go to church each Sunday; are we not being a little hypocritical here?
Then a rather hackneyed metaphor 'It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get to heaven'. I wonder if anybody has quoted this to 'Poppy' Bush as he nears the end? Hurry up now Poppy, you better fess' up, you never know when the hand of God will strike. Ditto for the rest of you cons (short for conservatives) hiding something.
The more I think about this 'irony' of Jesus the liberal I see everyday events that don't make much sense. Why is someone like Mother Teresa, a person who dedicated her life to helping the poor seldom heard of, but blow dried hicks like Pat Robertson and the porcine Jerry Falwell, Tammy Faye Baker (a Jezebel if there ever was one) and husband, who never missed a meal or a date with the hairdresser respectively, are so well known and held in such high esteem by their 'flock'??
Remember Archbishop Romero of El Salvador, who was murdered in 1980 for infringing on the 'divine' right of United Fruit Company (directed by ex-CIA head Allen Dulles) and other multi-nationals to exploit the peasantry. What is conservative take on the 'Maryknoll' nuns who were murdered by Right Wing death squads in El Salvador at about the same time? Recently there has been a lawsuit filed against two ex-El Salvadoran officials blamed for this. These officials found safe haven in Jebby Bush's Florida (coincidence?). How come these people are treated with suspicion while Falwell, et. al. are revered?? Who do you think Christ would side with?
Romero saw the hypocrisy of preaching 'good will' and 'sacrifice' while the Right Wing military dictatorship ruthlessly put down the peasants attempts to maintain a minimal living standard. He could have been a modern day Martin Luther who started the reformation (read: Protestant movement) in the 1500's. Luther was a biblical purist and despised the political and material machinations of the Church of his time. His reformation now needs reforming in a big way. Why is it that those of the faith who LIVE the faith are marginalized, or even purged, and those who cow-tow to Wall Street values and Madison Avenue fashion are so popular?
The El Salvador death squads were looked upon favorably and even materially supported by the God fearing Reagan and his Christians In Action (CIA). How come Romero is not praised as a modern day Jesus? If Jesus came into this world at present he would be snuffed out by the very Christians who claim to believe in him, much as Romero, et. al. were murdered. I would like to hear Rush Limpbaugh's opinion on this, but he has to many 'filters' for such questions. In fact the structure of Right Wing 'news' and hate radio services preclude audience involvement. They are all filtered by 'editors/censors' to prevent meaningful discourse. I think this is the underlying purpose of the Right--to stop intelligent discourse by whatever means necessary.
Don't worry folks I haven't 'seen the light' in the keenest sense of the word, but it sure has been enlightening.
Now as a quid-pro-quo why don't some of you cons (short for conservatives) read a few books that I recommended and comment?
"Old Jesus would have puked" according to Holden Caulfield if he could have seen the things done in his name or for his causes.
God, Protect Me From Your Followers
"All our political forms are exhausted and practically nonexistent. Our parliamentary and electoral system and our political parties are just as futile as dictatorships are intolerable. Nothing is left. And this nothing is increasingly aggressive, totalitarian, and omnipresent. Our experience today is the strange one of empty political institutions in which no one has any confidence any more, of a system of government which functions only in the interests of a political class, and at the same time of the almost infinite growth of power, authority, and social control which makes any one of our democracies a more authoritarian mechanism than the Napoleonic state." Jacques Ellul, 'Anarchie et Christianisme'
Because so many Army and Navy bases in the Bay Area have been shut down, the Coast Guard is carrying the burden.
All the top guns in the media and all the Congressmen have their supplies of Cipro and have their gas masks within arm's lenght, yet the government is telling everyone they don't need it. You can buy your gas mask for about $76.00 from Israel via E-Bay.. Cipro is harder to buy....
However - just as ALL flight recorders are missing which is IMPOSSIBLE they were destroyed, that is based on the types of crashes, and just as the FAA/Tower recordings YES THEY RECORD - of the conversations between the pilots/planes and air traffic controllers are missing - I am not talking about the black boxes on the planes, I am talking about the recordings made inside the FAA/Air Traffic Controllers / buildings.
WHERE ALSO THEN are the VIDEO recordings showing us these Arab Hijackers - in the airports, at checkin, and when waiting to BOARD the planes.
You DO KNOW - that all airports have COVERT cameras (just like K-and W- Marts, just like Casinos, just like your court and federal buildings).
These concealed (and some overt) cameras send live video footage back to a security comm center which is manned by 24-hour security watching the cameras = YOU (or in this case, all boarding passengers). They must have a min 96-hour Recorder/that is they record 24-96 hours of per video tape - most have gone now to Digital Recorders.
If the hijackers were these VERY distinct looking Arabs (see the prior email "puzzle"), the video footage of all boarding passengers could have been aired within minutes AND WE WOULD KNOW if they match the photos presented by the authorities.
WHY has the press not demanded to see the color videos? WHY has the authorities not THEMSELVES as the tragedy was unfolding and after the first crash into the Tower - shown us the passengers who were the Terrorists?
WHY after so long have we not been shown PROOF - the actual video of these HiJackers walking around in the waiting area, grouped together, all 4 or 5 suspicious Arab looking terrorists?
AND ALL VIDEOS ARE MISSING FROM ALL AIRPORTS? (I have swamp land to sell you).
IF there was proof - we would have been shown the proof long ago, not now "manufactured" Jurasic Park
fake news footage. The FACT that such proof has been withheld is proof-positive of the LIE.
Just as the spoof about ANTHRAX and the SAME mouthpieces brought forward.
THIS ONE STINKS SO BADLY - each act of tyranny, the vile evil gets bolder unto self-destruction.
MORE to follow.
Bush is doing just fine! So say 92% of Americans.
Interest rates are dropping, your economy is slowing, your pensions and investments are weak and getting weaker, you are in debt up to your eyeballs, you are waiting for more planes to crash into buildings, you now have Anthrax spores within your communities, you have a destabilized middle-east, you cannot launch a single airplane or missile from any Arab state and you have your leaders appeasing every right-wing junta that exists.
Yeah. Sure. A great job!
Bush has given Bin Laden exactly what he wanted... publicity and polarization of opinion, instead of JUSTICE in an international court which would have isolated him.
When a million or more Afghanis suffer and die due to freezing weather, drought and starvation this winter, most of the world (and not just the Muslim states) will wonder at the price being exacted by the USA and Britain and at the price we are all being asked to pay.
The largest concentration of Economic Power = WTC
The Largest concentration of Military Power = Pentagon
The Largest Newspaper Circulation = National Enquirer
Maybe the Largest Television Network = NBC
The Richest Company = Microsoft
The US claims they are attacking command and control centers to cut off the enemies ability to wage war. It seems quite clear that the only side which is getting its command and control centers attacked is the US.
I expect that given the rate of expansion and verified incidents of anthrax attacks over the last few days, by Monday somewhere between 10 and 20 people will be infected and there will be 5 or so locations. Ask yourself these three questions:
1)Will you open packages as normal on Monday?
2)How much mail will not be opened on Monday across the whole country?
3)Even if not one more Anthrax package is out there, how many false alarms will there be on Monday and what percentage of all businesses will be effectively shut down while suspicious packages are examined?
Many posters have made the point of how poor a biological weapon Anthrax is. I agree, but look at how incredibly powerful a psychological weapon it is.
Remember that Bush's dad said during the Gulf War that he would respond to a chemical or biological attack with nuclear weapons.
Some Questions and Answers by Edward Jay Epstein:
In what way was the surprise in the attack on the World trade Center similar to the surprise in the attack on Pearl Harbor?
Both attacks involved technological surprise: the use of aircraft in unexpected ways for which a defense had not been prepared.
In the case of Pearl Harbor, the US had not realized that torpedoes could be launched from airplanes into shallow water. Up until then, the torpedoes were used in deep water, so their motors could start before they hit the ocean floor. So it was assumed the safest place for the US battleships would be in the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor. But Japanese pilots had been secretly trained to skim their torpedoes in shallow water, and that surprise left the US fleet vulnerable to being sunk from afar by carrier-launched planes.
In the case of the world trade center, the US had not appreciated that suicidists could convert an airliner into a piloted missile. With a three-quarter fuel tank, and moving at 400 miles per hour, it would impart nearly as much energy as a one kiloton battlefield nuclear weapon. To guide the missile, the suicidist pilot required little more than a mail-order global positioning device. Not conceiving that planes could be converted to missiles, no defenses, such as sealed cockpit door, had been prepared.
Did the tragedy of September 11th proceed from an intelligence failure or a risk assessment failure?
An intelligence failure involves missing or misinterpreting a signal through a channel which an intelligence service should be monitoring. For example, the CIA's failure to detect and give warning about India's nuclear tests, which it had been assigned to monitor through espionage, communications and overhead reconnaissance channels, was a clear-cut failure of intelligence.
A risk assessment failure involves not appreciating the probability of an event happening, and consequently not allocating sufficient intelligence resources to monitor channels that might give warning.
The September 11th tragedy proceeded from a risk assessment failure. The US security establishment had underestimated the threat of a handful of hijackers converting an airliner a piloted missile. If they had properly appreciated this risk, they could have increased surveillance through channels likely to produce a signal. For example, counter-surveillance at airports, surveillance aboard planes through undercover federal marshals and crew members and dredging through the activities, including financial transactions and phone calls, of recently trained student pilots associated with Suicidist and extremist organization. To be sure, such surveillance prior to September 11th might have produced an intelligence failure (missed signals, such as the Algerian pilot in Minnesota). Or, possibly, an intelligence success. But because of the risk assessment deficiency, such intelligence coverage was not instituted. So it was a risk assessment failure.Walter J. Burien, Jr.
The exchanges keep a data bank record of "every" individual transaction.
I note in advance that access to that data bank is for the "private club" of exchange members, or the US Federal government branch of the CFTC (Commodities Futures Trading Commission). A computer software search model could pick out definitive "pattern" trading activity from "all" of the transaction data banks domestic "and" internationally in seconds!
Now you will be following the "Billion Dollar" money trail! I say again; Look If you dare!
Faxes are now more popular than snail mail.