An Oldie and A Goodie

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2004

The Coincidence Theorist’s Guide to 9/11

I posted an earlier version of this last week at Democratic Underground. I’ve added a number of more entries, and links for all.

Happy coincidenting!

That governments have permitted terrorist acts against their own people, and have even themselves been perpetrators in order to find strategic advantage is quite likely true, but this is the United States we’re talking about.

That intelligence agencies, financiers, terrorists and narco-criminals have a long history together is well established, but the Nugan Hand BankBCCIBanco Ambrosiano, the P2 Lodge, the CIA/Mafia anti-Castro/Kennedy alliance, Iran/Contra and the rest were a long time ago, so there’s no need to rehash all that. That was then, this is now!

That Jonathan Bush’s Riggs Bank has been found guilty of laundering terrorist funds and fined a US-record $25 million must embarrass his nephew George, but it’s still no justification for leaping to paranoid conclusions.

That George Bush’s brother Marvin sat on the board of the Kuwaiti-owned company which provided electronic security to the World Trade Centre, Dulles Airport and United Airlines means nothing more than you must admit those Bush boys have done alright for themselves.

That George Bush found success as a businessman only after the investment of Osama’s brother Salem and reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mahfouz is just one of those things – one of those crazythings.

That Osama bin Laden is known to have been an asset of US foreign policy in no way implies he still is.

That al Qaeda was active in the Balkan conflict, fighting on the same side as the US as recently as 1999, while the US protected its cells, is merely one of history’s little aberrations.

The claims of Michael Springman, State Department veteran of the Jeddah visa bureau, that the CIA ran the office and issued visas to al Qaeda members so they could receive training in the United States, sound like the sour grapes of someone who was fired for making such wild accusations.

That one of George Bush’s first acts as President, in January 2001, was to end the two-year deployment of attack submarines which were positioned within striking distance of al Qaeda’s Afghanistan camps, even as the group’s guilt for the Cole bombing was established, proves that a transition from one administration to the next is never an easy task.

That so many influential figures in and close to the Bush White Househad expressed, just a year before the attacks, the need for a “new Pearl Harbor” before their militarist ambitions could be fulfilled, demonstrates nothing more than the accidental virtue of being in theright place at the right time.

That the company PTECH, founded by a Saudi financier placed on America’s Terrorist Watch List in October 2001, had access to the FAA’s entire computer system for two years before the 9/11 attack, means he must not have been such a threat after all.

That whistleblower Indira Singh was told to keep her mouth shut and forget what she learned when she took her concerns about PTECH to her employers and federal authorities, suggests she lacked the big picture. And that the Chief Auditor for JP Morgan Chase told Singh repeatedly, as she answered questions about who supplied her with what information, that “that person should be killed,” suggests he should take an anger management seminar.

That on May 8, 2001, Dick Cheney took upon himself the job of co-ordinating a response to domestic terror attacks even as he was crafting the administration’s energy policy which bore implications for America’s military, circumventing the established infrastructure and ignoring the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman report, merely shows the VP to be someone who finds it hard to delegate.

That the standing order which covered the shooting down of hijacked aircraft was altered on June 1, 2001, taking discretion away from field commanders and placing it solely in the hands of the Secretary of Defense, is simply poor planning and unfortunate timing. Fortunately the error has been corrected, as the order was rescinded shortly after 9/11.

That in the weeks before 9/11, FBI agent Colleen Rowley found her investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui so perversely thwarted that her colleagues joked that bin Laden had a mole at the FBI, proves the stress-relieving virtue of humour in the workplace.

That Dave Frasca of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit received a promotion after quashing multiple, urgent requests for investigations into al Qaeda assets training at flight schools in the summer of 2001 does appear on the surface odd, but undoubtedly there’s a good reason for it, quite possibly classified.

That FBI informant Randy Glass, working an undercover sting, was told by Pakistani intelligence operatives that the World Trade Center towers were coming down, and that his repeated warnings which continued until weeks before the attacks, including the mention of planes used as weapons, were ignored by federal authorities, is simply one of the many “What Ifs” of that tragic day.

That over the summer of 2001 Washington received many urgent, senior-level warnings from foreign intelligence agencies and governments – including those of Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Afghanistan and others – of impending terror attacks using hijacked aircraft and did nothing, demonstrates the pressing need for a new Intelligence Czar.

That John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial aircraft in July 2001 on account of security considerations had nothing to do with warnings regarding September 11, because he said so to the 9/11 Commission.

That former lead counsel for the House David Schippers says he’d taken to John Ashcroft’s office specific warnings he’d learned from FBI agents in New York of an impending attack – even naming the proposed dates, names of the hijackers and the targets – and that the investigations had been stymied and the agents threatened, proves nothing but David Schipper’s pathetic need for attention.

That Garth Nicolson received two warnings from contacts in the intelligence community and one from a North African head of state, which included specific site, date and source of the attacks, and passed the information to the Defense Department and the National Security Council to evidently no effect, clearly amounts to nothing, since virtually nobody has ever heard of him.

That in the months prior to September 11, self-described US intelligence operative Delmart Vreeland sought, from a Toronto jail cell, to get US and Canadian authorities to heed his warning of his accidental discovery of impending catastrophic attacks is worthless, since Vreeland was a dubious character, notwithstanding the fact that many of his claims have since been proven true.

That FBI Special Investigator Robert Wright claims that agents assigned to intelligence operations actually protect terrorists from investigation and prosecution, that the FBI shut down his probe into terrorist training camps, and that he was removed from a money-laundering case that had a direct link to terrorism, sounds like yet moresour grapes from a disgruntled employee.

That George Bush had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk before 9/11 demonstrates only the value of being prepared.

The suggestion that securing a pipeline across Afghanistan figured into the White House’s calculations is as ludicrous as the assertion that oil played a part in determining war in Iraq.

That Afghanistan is once again the world’s principal heroin producer is an unfortunate reality, but to claim the CIA is still actively involved in the narcotics trade is to presume bad faith on the part of the agency.

Mahmood Ahmed, chief of Pakistan’s ISI, must not have authorized an al Qaeda payment of $100,000 to Mohammed Atta days before the attacks, and was not meeting with senior Washington officials over the week of 9/11, because I didn’t read anything about him in the official report.

That Porter Goss met with Ahmed the morning of September 11 in his capacity as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has no bearing whatsoever upon his recent selection by the White House to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

That Goss’s congressional seat encompasses the 9/11 hijackers’ Florida base of operation, including their flight schools, is precisely the kind of meaningless factoid a conspiracy theorist would bring up.

It’s true that George HW Bush and Dick Cheney spent the evening of September 10 alone in the Oval Office, but what’s wrong with old colleagues catching up? And it’s true that George HW Bush and Shafig bin Laden, Osama’s brother, spent the morning of September 11together at a board meeting of the Carlyle Group, but the bin Ladens area big family.

That FEMA arrived in New York on Sept 10 to prepare for a scheduled biowarfare drill, and had a triage centre ready to go that was larger and better equipped than the one that was lost in the collapse of WTC 7, was a lucky twist of fate.

Newsweek’s report that senior Pentagon officials cancelled flights on Sept 10 for the following day on account of security concerns is only newsworthy because of what happened the following morning.

That George Bush’s telephone logs for September 11 do not exist should surprise no one, given the confusion of the day.

That Mohamed Atta attended the International Officer’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base, that Abdulaziz Alomari attended Brooks Air Force Base Aerospace Medical School, that Saeed Alghamdi attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey merely shows it is a small world, after all.

That Lt Col Steve Butler, Vice Chancellor for student affairs of the Defense Language Institute during Alghamdi’s terms, was disciplined, removed from his post and threatened with court martial when he wrote “Bush knew of the impending attacks on America. He did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism. What is…contemptible is the President of the United States not telling the American people what he knows for political gain,” is the least that should have happened for such disrespect shown his Commander in Chief.

That Mohammed Atta dressed like a Mafioso, had a stripper girlfriend, smuggled drugs, was already a licensed pilot when he entered the US, enjoyed pork chops, drank to excess and did cocaine, was closer to Europeans than Arabs in Florida, and included the names of defence contractors on his email list, proves how dangerous the radical fundamentalist Muslim can be.

That 43 lbs of heroin was found on board the Lear Jet owned by Wally Hilliard, the owner of Atta’s flight school, just three weeks after Atta enrolled – the biggest seizure ever in Central Florida – was just bad luck. That Hilliard was not charged shows how specious the claims for conspiracy truly are.

That Hilliard’s plane had made 30-round trips to Venezuela with the same passengers who always paid cash, that the plane had been supplied by a pair of drug smugglers who had also outfitted CIA drug runner Barry Seal, and that 9/11 commissioner Richard ben-Veniste had been Seal’s attorney before Seal’s murder, shows nothing but the lengths to which conspiracists will go to draw sinister conclusions.

Reports of insider trading on 9/11 are false, because the SECinvestigated and found only respectable investors who will remain nameless involved, and no terrorists, so the windfall profit-taking was merely, as ever, coincidental.

That heightened security for the World Trade Centre was liftedimmediately prior to the attacks illustrates that it always happens when you least expect it.

That Hani Hanjour, the pilot of Flight 77, was so incompetent he could not fly a Cessna in August, but in September managed to fly a 767 at excessive speed into a spiraling, 270-degree descent and a level impact of the first floor of the Pentagon, on the only side that was virtually empty and had been hardened to withstand a terrorist attack, merely demonstrates that people can do almost anything once they set their minds to it.

That none of the flight data recorders were said to be recoverable even though they were located in the tail sections, and that until 9/11, no solid-state recorder in a catastrophic crash had been unrecoverable, shows how there’s a first time for everything.

That Mohammed Atta left a uniform, a will, a Koran, his driver’s license and a “how to fly planes” video in his rental car at the airport means he had other things on his mind.

The mention of Israelis with links to military-intelligence having beenarrested on Sept 11 videotaping and celebrating the attacks, of an Israeliespionage ring surveiling DEA and defense installations and trailingthe hijackers, and of a warning of impending attacks delivered to the Israeli company Odigo two hours before the first plane hit, does not deserve a response. That the stories also appeared in publications such as Ha’aretz and Forward is a sad display of self-hatred among certain elements of the Israeli media.

That multiple military wargames and simulations were underway the morning of 9/11 – one simulating the crash of a plane into a building; another, a live-fly simulation of multiple hijackings – and took many interceptors away from the eastern seaboard and confused field commanders as to which was a real hijacked aircraft and which was a hoax, was a bizarre coincidence, but no less a coincidence.

That the National Military Command Center ops director asked a rookie substitute to stand his watch at 8:30 am on Sept. 11 is nothing more than bad timing.

That a recording made Sept 11 of air traffic controllers’ describing what they had witnessed, was destroyed by an FAA official who crushed it in his hand, cut the tape into little pieces and dropped them in different trash cans around the building, is something no doubt that overzealous official wishes he could undo.

That the FBI knew precisely which Florida flight schools to descend upon hours after the attacks should make every American feel safer knowing their federal agents are on the ball.

That a former flight school executive believes the hijackers were “double agents,” and says about Atta and associates, “Early on I gleaned that these guys had government protection. They were let into this country for a specific purpose,” and was visited by the FBI just four hours after the attacks to intimidate him into silence, proves he’s an unreliable witness, for the simple reason there is no conspiracy.

That Jeb Bush was on board an aircraft that removed flight school records to Washington in the middle of the night on Sept 12th demonstrates how seriously the governor takes the issue of national security.

To insinuate evil motive from the mercy flights of bin Laden family members and Saudi royals after 9/11 shows the sickness of the conspiratorial mindset.

Le Figaro’s report in October 2001, known to have originated with French intelligence, that the CIA met Osama bin Laden in a Dubai hospital in July 2001, proves again the perfidy of the French.

That the tape in which bin Laden claims responsibility for the attacks was released by the State Department after having been found providentially by US forces in Afghanistan, and depicts a fattened Osama with a broader face and a flatter nose, proves Osama, and Osama alone, masterminded 9/11.

That at the battle of Tora Bora, where bin Laden was surrounded onthree sides, Special Forces received no order to advance and capture him and were forced to stand and watch as two Russian-made helicopters flew into the area where bin Laden was believed hiding, loaded up passengers and returned to Pakistan, demonstrates how confusing the modern battlefield can be.

That upon returning to Fort Bragg from Tora Bora, the same Special Operations troops who had been stood down from capturing bin Laden, suffered a unusual spree of murder/suicides, is nothing more than a series of senseless tragedies.

Reports that bin Laden is currently receiving periodic dialysis treatmentin a Pakistani medical hospital are simply too incredible to be true.

That the White House went on Cipro September 11 shows the foresightedness of America’s emergency response.

That the anthrax was mailed to perceived liberal media and theDemocratic leadership demonstrates only the perversity of the terrorist psyche.

That the anthrax attacks appeared to silence opponents of the Patriot Act shows only that appearances can be deceiving.

That the Ames-strain anthrax was found to have originated at Fort Detrick, and was beyond the capability of all but a few labs to refine, underscores the importance of allowing the investigation to continue without the distraction of absurd conspiracy theories.

That Republican guru Grover Norquist has been found to have aided financiers and supporters of Islamic terror to gain access to the Bush White House, and is a founder of the Islamic Institute, which the Treasury Department believes to be a source of funding for al Qaeda, suggests Norquist is at worst, naive, and at best, needs a wider circle of friends.

That the Department of Justice consistently chooses to see accused 9/11 plotters go free rather than permit the courtroom testimony of al Qaeda leaders in American custody looks bad, but only because we don’t have all the facts.

That the White House balked at any inquiry into the events of 9/11, thenstarved it of funds and stonewalled it, was unfortunate, but since the commission didn’t find for conspiracy it’s all a non issue anyway.

That the 9/11 commission’s executive director and “gatekeeper,” Philip Zelikow, was so closely involved in the events under investigation that he testified before the the commission as part of the inquiry, shows only an apparent conflict of interest.

That commission chair Thomas Kean is, like George Bush, a Texas oil executive who had business dealings with reputed al Qaeda financierKhalid bin Mafouz, suggests Texas is smaller than they say it is.

That co-chair Lee Hamilton has a history as a Bush family “fixer,” including clearing Bush Sr of the claims arising from the 1980 “October Surprise”, is of no concern, since only conspiracists believe there wassuch a thing as an October Surprise.

That FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds accuses the agency ofintentionally fudging specific pre-9/11 warnings and harboring a foreign espionage ring in its translation department, and claims she witnessed evidence of the semi-official infrastructure of money-laundering and narcotics trade behind the attacks, is of no account, since John Ashcroft has gagged her with the rare invocation of “State Secrets Privilege,” and retroactively classified her public testimony. For the sake of national security, let us speak no more of her.

That, when commenting on Edmond’s case, Daniel Ellsberg remarked that Ashcroft could go to prison for his part in a cover-up, suggests Ellsberg is giving comfort to the terrorists, and could, if he doesn’t wise up, find himself declared an enemy combatant.

I could go on. And on and on. But I trust you get the point. Which is simply this: there are no secrets, an American government would never accept civilian casualties for geostrategic gain, and conspiracies are for the weak-minded and gullible. 

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Seize and Liquidate Goldman Sachs


Webster G. Tarpley
TARPLEY.net
April 27, 2010
Today’s Senate hearings, carried on CNBCBloomberg, and C-SPAN, represent the first major exposure of the American people to the scandalous frauds of the derivatives casino, including synthetic collateralized debt obligations (synthetic CDOs or CDO²). These are things most people have heard very little about. They begin to open up the shocking reality behind such shopworn euphemisms like “toxic assets,” “exotic instruments,” and “troubled assets.” Reactionaries in general and Republicans in particular have done everything possible to hide the role of derivatives, which must be considered the main cause of the financial panic of September 2008 which brought down Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG, after felling Bear Stearns in March of the same year. The reactionary legend, repeated yesterday on the Senate floor by financier minion GOP Sen. Gregg of New Hampshire, is that the crisis was caused by poor people taking out subprime mortgages and then defaulting, bringing down the entire Anglo-American banking system and triggering the bailouts. Either that, or too much government spending was too blame.

"3 People Sussin It"

the CFR is a thnk tank of ideas from the left and the right, but they do get in cabinets and such more often than not, so they most certainly do affect this government joe
I would submit that the CFR is no such thing. Your “think tank” is in reality an amalgam of diverse political/educational/academia elite of vast experience who can effectuate change, but on an orchestrated grand scale. That is their sole reason for existence as a group. The infiltration of a mentality among the world’s leadership in ALL fields. The Bilderberg Group is the real manifestation of that with it’s powerful international banking/corporate vested interests. There is nothing Ayn Rand-ish about them. Left nor right in political persuasion mean nothing to the globalists. Liberal progressive brush shoulders with arch conservatives. ONLY the end-goal of diminishing the impact of nation states to enable the empowerment of a globalist elite control is the common dedication. Such control would be unfettered by moral and ethical constraints and only genuflect at The Altar of The Bottom Line…Can you say the DO-RE-MI chorus, but without the nightingales? They are NOT about sovereign nation states being self-empowered, so those referential terms of “left” and “right” fade into irrelevancy, They are about the DEMISE of sovereign nation states, That’s why America, the greatest example of a nation state succeeding based upon free-market capitalism…MUST FAIL. Zbiggy Brzezinski, at David Rockefeller’s behest, was the puppetmaster and Obama is the puppet of our intended demise. The Fat Lady won’t sing on that plan though until the First Tuesday in November 2010.
Palin is not on there and neither is GW Bush. Very Interesting.
Do NOT delude yourself Carol. GW wears the proud pedigree of Geore H.W, and Prescott Bush before him, both avid CFR members and devotees of the NWO philosophy. You won’t find Palin. because the CFR is only interested in the experienced movers and shakers who with their octupian contacts can effect great influence and change such as Zbiggy Brzezinski did as Obama’s mentor. Here are some of Little Georgie-boy’s CFR alma mater: James E. Baker III, *Condoleezza Rice, the head of George W. Bush’s foreign policy team and a former member of President Bush’s National Security Council; *Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor to President Bush; *Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Bush and Clinton; *Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford; and *George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan **Robert Blackwill, a former member of President Bush’s National Security Council; **Richard Cheney, former Secretary of Defense under President Bush and then VEEP under W; **Stephen Hadley, former Assistant Secretary of Defense under Cheney; **Richard Perle, former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration; **Paul Wolfowitz, former Assistant Secretary of State in the Reagan administration and former Under Secretary of Defense in the Bush administration **Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration; and **Robert Zoellick, former Under Secretary of State in the Bush administration. *On May 23rd, 2000, George W. Bush gave a press conference in Washington, D.C., where he spoke at length on contemplated foreign policy measures during his administration. Accompanying him was that entourage of advisors from the CFR . All of these people were life-long members of the CFR. Photobucket **An article in the December 23, 1999 issue of the New York Times listed 10 members of Bush’s foreign policy brain trust, in addition to the aforementioned Shultz and Rice.
olympia snowe is in there….
..actually anyone can join the CFR, it is an open membership to any who want to join, you can also be nominated to it for certain writings if the writing is to their liking. It is clearly open on the web for review…here is a link for employment opportunities…. http://www.cfr.org/about/career_opportunities/apply.html

mainstream media on 9/11 foreknowledge: the government knew airplane attacks were going to occur in the us by Russ Kick – September 11, 2002

1.   A t t o r n e y   G e n e r a l   J o h n   A s h c r o f t   s t o p p e d   f l y i n g   o n   c o m m e r c i a l   a i r c r a f t   i n   J u l y   2 0 0 1 .

 A t t o r n e y s   G e n e r a l   f l y   i n   c o m m e r c i a l   a i r p l a n e s .   J a n e t   R e n o   d i d .   J o h n   A s h c r o f t   d i d .   T h a t   i s ,   h e   d i d   u p   u n t i l   J u l y   2 0 0 1 .   W h e n   a s k e d   w h y   A s h c r o f t   h a d   s u d d e n l y   s t a r t e d   f l y i n g   i n   l e a s e d   p r i v a t e   j e t s ,   a n   F B I   s p o k e s m a n   s a i d ,  ˇ˝ T h e r e   w a s   a   t h r e a t   a s s e s s m e n t   a n d   t h e r e   a r e   g u i d e l i n e s .   H e   i s   a c t i n g   u n d e r   t h e   g u i d e l i n e s .ˇ˝   T h e   F B I ,   t h e   J u s t i c e   D e p a r t m e n t ,   a n d   A s h c r o f t   h i m s e l f   a l l   r e f u s e d   t o   s a y   w h a t   t h e   t h r e a t   w a s .   S o u r c e :   C B S   N e w s .

 2 .   T h e   F A A   r e f u s e d   t o   l e t   a u t h o r   S a l m a n   R u s h d i e   f l y   i n   N o r t h   A m e r i c a   s t a r t i n g   t h e   w e e k   b e f o r e   9 / 1 1 .

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 3 .   F o u r   d a y s   b e f o r e   t h e   a t t a c k s ,   F l o r i d a   G o v e r n o r   J e b   B u s h   a c t i v a t e d   t h e   N a t i o n a l   G u a r d ,   c i t i n g  ˇ˝ a c t s   o f   t e r r o r i s mˇ˝

 O n   S e p t e m b e r   7 ,   2 0 0 1 ,   P r e s i d e n t   B u s hˇ˝ s   b r o t h e r   c a l l e d   u p   F l o r i d aˇ˝ s   N a t i o n a l   G u a r d   i n   o r d e r   t o   h e l p   h a n d l e  ˇ˝ c i v i l   d i s t u r b a n c eˇ˝   a n d  ˇ˝ a c t s   o f   t e r r o r i s m .ˇ˝   S o u r c e :   O f f i c i a l   W e b s i t e   f o r   t h e   F l o r i d a   G o v e r n o r ‘ s   O f f i c e .

 4 .   O n   S e p t e m b e r   1 0 ,   2 0 0 1 ,   h i g h – r a n k i n g   P e n t a g o n   o f f i c i a l s   c a n c e l l e d   t r a v e l   p l a n s   f o r   t h e   m o r n i n g   o f   S e p t e m b e r   1 1 .

 F r o m   N e w s w e e k :  ˇ˝ O n   S e p t .   1 0 ,   N e w s w e e k   h a s   l e a r n e d ,   a   g r o u p   o f   t o p   P e n t a g o n   o f f i c i a l s   s u d d e n l y   c a n c e l e d   t r a v e l   p l a n s   f o r   t h e   n e x t   m o r n i n g ,   a p p a r e n t l y   b e c a u s e   o f   s e c u r i t y   c o n c e r n s .ˇ˝

 5 .   O n   S e p t e m b e r   1 0 ,   2 0 0 1 ,   S a n   F r a n c i s c oˇ˝ s   m a y o r   w a s   w a r n e d   a g a i n s t   f l y i n g   t o   N e w   Y o r k   t h e   n e x t   m o r n i n g .

 A r o u n d   1 0 : 0 0   P M   o n   S e p t e m b e r   1 0 – – n o t   e x a c t l y   b u s i n e s s   h o u r s – – S a n   F r a n c i s c o   M a y o r   W i l l i e   B r o w n   w a s   a d v i s e d   t o   u s e   e x t r e m e   c a u t i o n   i f   f l y i n g   t h e   n e x t   m o r n i n g   t o   N e w   Y o r k   C i t y .   B r o w n   r e f u s e s   t o   s a y   e x a c t l y   w h o   g a v e   h i m   t h e   p r e s c i e n t   w a r n i n g ,   c i t i n g   o n l y  ˇ˝ m y   s e c u r i t y   p e o p l e   a t   t h e   a i r p o r t .ˇ˝   S o u r c e :   S a n   F r a n c i s c o   C h r o n i c l e .

 6 .   C I A   D i r e c t o r   G e o r g e   T e n e t   w a r n e d   C o n g r e s s m e n   o f  ˇ˝ a n   i m m i n e n t   a t t a c k   o n   t h e   U n i t e d   S t a t e s   o f   t h i s   n a t u r e .ˇ˝

 F r o m   N a t i o n a l   P u b l i c   R a d i oˇ˝ s   o n – t h e – s c e n e   r e p o r t i n g   d u r i n g   t h e   a t t a c k s :  ˇ˝ I   s p o k e   w i t h   C o n g r e s s m a n   I k e   S k e l t o nˇ˝ a   D e m o c r a t   f r o m   M i s s o u r i   a n d   a   m e m b e r   o f   t h e   A r m e d   S e r v i c e s   C o m m i t t e eˇ˝ w h o   s a i d   t h a t   j u s t   r e c e n t l y   t h e   D i r e c t o r   o f   t h e   C I A   w a r n e d   t h a t   t h e r e   c o u l d   b e   a n   a t t a c kˇ˝ a n   i m m i n e n t   a t t a c kˇ˝ o n   t h e   U n i t e d   S t a t e s   o f   t h i s   n a t u r e .   S o   t h i s   i s   n o t   e n t i r e l y   u n e x p e c t e d .ˇ˝   ( Y o u   c a n   h e a r   t h i s   c l i p   a t   m y   W e b s i t e . )

 Y o uˇ˝ l l   n o t i c e   t h a t   e v e r y   o n e   o f   t h e s e   i n d i c a t o r s   c o m e s   f r o m   m a i n s t r e a m   r e p o r t i n g .   N o  ˇ˝ c o n s p i r a c y   t h e o r i s t s .ˇ˝   N o  ˇ˝ s u s p e c tˇ˝   W e b s i t e s   o r   w i l d   r u m o r s .   J u s t   t h e   u g l y   f a c t s   f r o m   s o m e   o f   t h e   b a s t i o n s   o f   m a i n s t r e a m   m e d i a :   C B S ,   N e w s w e e k ,   t h e   S a n   F r a n c i s c o   C h r o n i c l e ,   t h e   T i m e s   o f   L o n d o n ,   a n d   N P R ,   a s   w e l l   a s   t h e   S t a t e   o f   F l o r i d aˇ˝ s   W e b s i t e .

 S t i l l   t h i n k   t h e   a u t h o r i t i e s   d i d nˇ˝ t   k n o w   w h a t   w a s   c o m i n g ?

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 R e f e r e n c e s :

 J o h n   A s h c r o f t .   S t e w a r t ,   J i m  ˇ˝ A s h c r o f t   F l y i n g   H i g h .ˇ˝   C B S   N e w s ,   2 5   J u l y   2 0 0 1 .
 P e n t a g o n   o f f i c i a l s .   T h o m a s ,   E v a n   a n d   M a r k   H o s e b a l l .  ˇ˝ B u s h :  ˇ˝ W eˇ˝ r e   a t   W a rˇ˝ .ˇ˝   N e w s w e e k ,   2 4   S e p t e m b e r   2 0 0 1 .
 W i l l i e   B r o w n .   M a t i e r ,   P h i l i p   a n d   A n d r e w   R o s s .  ˇ˝ W i l l i e   B r o w n   G o t   L o w – k e y   E a r l y   W a r n i n g   A b o u t   A i r   T r a v e l .ˇ˝   S a n   F r a n c i s c o   C h r o n i c l e ,   1 2   S e p t   2 0 0 1 .
 S a l m a n   R u s h d i e .   D o r a n ,   J a m e s .  ˇ˝ R u s h d i eˇ˝ s   A i r   B a n .ˇ˝   T i m e s   ( L o n d o n ) ,   2 7   S e p t   2 0 0 1 .
 J e b   B u s h .   E x e c u t i v e   O r d e r   0 1 – 2 6 1 ,   7   S e p t   2 0 0 1 .   T a k e n   f r o m   t h e   [ F l o r i d a ]   G o v e r n o rˇ˝ s   O f f i c e   H o m e p a g e   .
 G e o r g e   T e n e t .   W e l n a ,   D a v i d .   R e p o r t   o n   M o r n i n g   E d i t i o n .   N a t i o n a l   P u b l i c   R a d i o ,   1 1   S e p t   2 0 0 1 .
       

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Vatican Official Declares Extraterrestrial Contact Is Real




by Richard Boylan, Ph.D
Vatican Official Declares Extraterrestrial Contact Is Real 
Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a theologian member of the Vatican Curia (governing body), and an insider close to the Pope, has gone on Italian national television five times, including recent months, to proclaim that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon. Balducci provided an analysis of extraterrestrials that he feels is consistent with the Catholic Church’s understanding of theology. Monsignor Balducci emphasizes that extraterrestrial encounters “are NOT demonic, they are NOT due to psychological impairment, they are NOT a case of entity attachment, but these encounters deserve to be studied carefully.” Since Monsignor Balducci is a demonology expert and consultant to the Vatican , and since the Catholic Church has historically demonized many new phenomena that were poorly understood, his stating that the Church does not censure these encounters is all the more remarkable.
Balducci revealed to a visiting American professional that the Vatican is closely following this phenomenon quietly. My informant originally surmised that the Vatican is receiving much information about extraterrestrials and their contacts with humans from its Nunciatures (embassies) in various countries. But subsequent information indicated that the Monsignor has gotten his cases from other sources. Monsignor Balducci is a member of a group which acts as consultants to the Vatican on various matters concerning humans in possible contact with supernatural beings. As such, the matter of extraterrestrial encounters would fall within their purview, and possibly as well the spiritual significance of the emerging general realization of extraterrestrial contact.
Parallel information from National Security Council scientist Dr. Michael Wolf , a member of the NSC’s SSG subcommittee for managing the UFO phenomenon, as well as from noted author and Vatican expert Father Malachi Martin, suggests that the Vatican is concerned that it will have a major doctrinal updating situation on its hands when extraterrestrial contact becomes authoritatively announced by world governments over the next several years.
Story source: ufodisclosure.com

Airport Security is a Racket: The Naked Scanner Industrial Complex

Airport Security is a Racket: The Naked Scanner Industrial Complex
Airport security is a racket

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Airport Security is a Racket!

We are a world at war. Not wars against nations as US Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was referring to when he wrote War is a Racket in 1935. Our war is a never-ending perpetual War Against Terror™, a phrase repeated ad nauseum by the Bush administration since 9/11, where you were either with the Neocons or “you were with the terrorists”. Stasi-like draconian surveillance has merged with cutting edge technology to watch, catalog, record the movements, interactions, behavior, communications and interests of every citizen. In this world of precrime we are now treated as if we are potential terrorists. Whether it be a domestic extremist or a radicalized dissenter, there is a phantom enemy in our midst that is only revealed to the world when it enters the duty-free zone at airports. Where trenches marked the front-lines of wars in the past, the front-line in today’s perpetual war is the airport boarding gate.

A multi-billion dollar industry has spawned surveillance and security systems with a supporting army of guards, agents, supervisors and security personnel. They keep us in line and keep us safe from the omnipresent threat of an ubiquitous, all-pervasive mythical terror. Thrust at us by a compliant media are over-hyped and sensationalized reports, hysterical speeches and horrifying attacks that almost very nearly happen or, as we are told, WILL happen, sometime soon, and are all so big and so scary that you must place your water bottle in the bin and take your shoes off to survive. It’s all designed to paralyze our senses and reduce us to strip-searched carcasses as we sleepwalk along the travelators through naked scanners…

Airport security is a racket. It always has been.

It is one of the newest, most highly profitable and surely the most invasive and humiliating. And it is international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in clothing, privacy and dignity.

The Airport Security racket is best described, I believe, as the promise of safety from the illusory climate of fear that appears real to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group of politicians and corporations know that not to be true. It is conducted for the benefit of this elitist club, at the expense of everyone who dares to travel. A few people are making huge fortunes from the War on Terror™

1. Airport Security is a racket

Although it may not at first glance appear so, the racket is a simple one: Tech companies have products and services they want to sell. These products haven’t actually been proven effective in terms of providing ‘security’, but with government partnerships a need is created through fear-based marketing to convince the general populous that they are needed for their own safety.

A classic example of fear-based marketing is seen with multinational disinfectant manufacturers using terrifying adverts that show bacteria lurking on every surface to scare the public into believing they are not safe without obsessive hand-washing and surface disinfecting.

Rohit Bhargava writes:

Fear marketers paint the picture of what your life might be like if you don’t get their product. They play into already existing fears, or paint new ones that consumers may never have considered. The end result is the consumer perception that the advertised product or service is a necessity to keep their family safe, make their life less dangerous, or avoid a situation they dread. But should we do it? Doesn’t this type of marketing just add to the plague of society, fostering fear and making us a weaker people as a result? Probably – but the problem with fear marketing is that it often works.

In the above example, yes it does work. The net result is a modification of consumer habits, profits for the companies despite increasing concerns over whether the increased use of these products is in fact damaging to health.

Last year’s over-hyped swine flu fiasco is another very good example of collusion between Big Pharma, the World Health Organization and Governments to use scare tactics and an artificial sense of urgency to market vaccines and hygiene products to terrified consumers. As we saw later, the threat that manifested was nothing like the apocalyptic predictions being made by the very people and organizations who gained financially. In many cases the inoculations caused far more harm than the virus itself.

The Airport Security Industry behaves in similar ways to sell its products to Government agencies. The companies use various lobbying methods, sweeteners and backhanders to sell the need for their products to governments who in turn use fear-based marketing to sell the validity investments to their taxpayers.

This is where the spin-off impact of the War on Terror™ is being used to full effect, the roots of which are well documented and the subject of several must-see documentaries that shed light on the merger of geopolitics, psychological marketing techniques and corporations.

The film producer Adam Curtis provides us with two such compelling documentaries that are essential background viewing. The first, The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear is a three part documentary first broadcast in 2004 on the BBC. The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamic movement, making comparisons on their origins and highlighting similarities between the two. With extensive supporting archive footage, it presents a strong case that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda™, is a myth perpetuated by politicians in many countries – but particularly by American Neo-Conservatives – in an attempt to unite and subvert their people against the perceived failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.

The second recommended documentary: ‘The Century of the Self‘ analyzes the different conceptions of the self in the twentieth century, and how these conceptions were ultimately used by corporations to manipulate consumers into purchasing their products. Curtis is justifiably critical of corporate capitalism and the story he tells about the relationship between the differing conceptions of individualism and the capitalist, democratic institutions (corporations and governments) which organize themselves around these conceptions.

The documentaries together provide valuable historical insight into how the War of Terror™ meme was, and still is – albeit under a more subtle re-branded format – publicised ad infinitum. By creating a climate of fear, corporations in cahoots with governments firstly persuade us that the fear is real and secondly modify our behavior to accept decreases in civil liberties and submit to new security technology such as full body scanning that they claim will protect us from the unquantifiable, omnipresent danger of Islamic fundamentalism.

The effectiveness of how persuasion is used to modify behavior is well researched:

Persuasion is an important part of communication. It is basically the process of changing people’s minds. Whether it be a politician grasping for that final vote, or a major advertiser striving to increase sales of a certain product, or an environmentalist organization eager to convince people to recycle, it is a common occurrence. One may be persuaded and not even know about it. It isn’t necessarily a conscious action; persuasion can occur subconsciously as well. 

In the act of persuasion, attitude change is extremely important (Severin and Tankard). One can be persuaded of an argument, but that does not mean that one will practice what he/she has heard. In changing people’s attitudes, or predispositions toward things (Severin and Tankard), the politician/advertiser/environmentalist group will be in the process of changing people’s behaviors. And behavioral changes are the most important. 

One way of influencing people through persuasive messages is through the use of fear appeals. They are used to threaten or arouse fear in an audience in order to stimulate attitude change (Severin and Tankard). An example of a fear appeal in the 90’s is the “Brain on Drugs” campaign, where a fried egg represented the damaging effects of drugs on teenagers’ brains.

With the increase of technology and power of the media come more and more instances in which fear appeals are used. Not only are fear appeals used to sell products, but they are used to promote health, hygiene, and other things. 

The Neocon Bush administration really did go to town in its efforts to sell ‘other things’ – i.e. that the only way to stop attacks against civilians was to start a war against the extreme human emotion that results from the attacks! All the while no threat actually existed. Damming evidence recently came to light in Tom Ridge’s autobiography. The first head of the 9/11-inspired Department of Homeland Security, claimed that he “was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.”

Ridge is referring to the ridiculous terror threat level meters that are raised at crucial times to heighten the level of fear and play into the hands of a leader who many Americans believed would protect them. After his resignation, Ridge was replaced by Michael Chertoff who, as we now see, is playing a pivotal role in the media’s promotion of the naked scanner campaign.

This year, like every year since 9/11, we have witnessed a multitude of blatant examples of media complicity in fear-based reporting. The strategy involves perpetuating the climate of fear while promoting the technologies to offer protection. It is the sheer frequency and regularity of these terror alerts that conditions the general public into accepting that it must be real. Even though many ‘terrorists’ are arrested, very few are convicted, most being quietly acquitted through lack of evidence.

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The so-called underwear bomber was really the launching point for the current artificially-induced panic to introduce the naked body scanners on a global scale. It also revealed very obvious examples of media support.

It was predictable that the underwear farce would produce yet more ridiculous “security measures” and outbreaks of hysteria. Clearly the most infuriating idea our beloved leaders have come up with is the full-body scanner (aka digital strip-searcher, aka pervscanner), as if airport security wasn’t already humiliating enough. We are told these contraptions were operational long ago but were shelved because of “privacy concerns.” In any case, whatever concerns people may have, the pathocracy expects to silence them with the absurd story that “internet chatter” on Arab websites has revealed that Al Qaeda™ is planning to insert ‘surgical bombs’ inside its terrorists, to be detonated with a self-injected hypodermic syringe. The imaginary commanders of non-existent Al Qaeda™ are best advised not to bother with such sophistication: the body scanners can’t even detect powder explosives anyway.

Vague “security-related” incidents have resulted in hysterical reactions on planes and at airports in India, the UK and the US, where in one case Newark airport went into total chaos with outgoing planes grounded and hundreds of passengers forced to await re-screening as everybody was evacuated from the main terminal… all because a man accidentally went to the wrong terminal and tried to retrace his steps. Apparently it’s now considered ‘terroristic’ to walk the wrong way down a one-way corridor.

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Airport Security Ogling

In the UK an airport worker ‘abused’ the scanner by ogling at images of a female colleague. This naturally revived concerns about the ‘pervscanner’ in the public mind. So was it a coincidence that just the next day Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid newspaper The Sun pushed the terror propaganda to new fantastic heights by revealing that British spies have ‘learned’ of Al-Qaeda’s new plan to useexplosives in breast and buttock implants? The idea is obviously to frighten people into accepting the scanners and more. Evidently the release of this story was stalled until the opportune moment to counter bad press because it was originally published on February 1 by World Net Daily.

As well as reporting hysteria, the media also lies by omitting important details on the sources of biased opinion polls that are used to over-inflate public support.

The mainstream media was quick to publicize the findings of a survey that showed widespread public support for the global drive to install ‘naked’ full-body scanners at airports.

Articles such as Sky News: UK Holidaymakers Back Use Of Full-Body Scanners and Agence France-Presse: Opinion poll: US anti-terror too lax, uncritically repeated the report’s findings without questioning the reliability of the survey or mentioning the conflict of interests held by those in the security industry who stand to profit from rolling out these dangerous machines.

There was, however, one glaring omission from these and the many media reports that published ‘news’ articles based on the Unisys press release. That is who Unisys is, their connections with government, military, Homeland security, the Transportation Services Authority (TSA) and how they profit from airport security technologies. The failure of the mainstream media to report the true source and motives behind this survey was a clear example of how they lie by omitting the most important facts. It also gives an indication of the underhand skulduggery that the media, companies and governments resort to in order to reap the rewards.

2. Who makes the profits?

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Within days of the explosive underwear incident Roosevelt’s definition of the fascist ownership of the government by controlling private powers was clear to see: Reuters was reporting that the “greater U.S. government shift toward using the high-tech devices could create a boom for makers of security imaging products, and it has already created a speculative spike in share prices in some companies.”

James Ridgway reported on the key government officials following the script presented to them by the tech corporations:

Within days or even hours of the bombing attempt, everyone was talking about so-called whole-body imaging as the magic bullet that could stop this type of attack. In announcing hearings by the Senate Homeland Security Commitee, Joe Lieberman approached the use of scanners as a foregone conclusion, saying one of the “big, urgent questions that we are holding this hearing to answer” was “Why isn’t whole-body-scanning technology that can detect explosives in wider use?” Former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff told the Washington Post, “You’ve got to find some way of detecting things in parts of the body that aren’t easy to get at. It’s either pat downs or imaging, or otherwise hoping that bad guys haven’t figured it out, and I guess bad guys have figured it out.”

The ‘bad guys’ have figured it out because they are the ones on center-stage manipulating policy and raiding the taxpayer kitty in true “Act now or we’ll crash the markets” Wall Street pillage-style.

Yet the rush toward full-body scans already seems unstoppable. They were mandated today as part of the “enhanced” screening for travelers from selected countries, and hundreds of the machines are already on order, at a cost of about $150,000 apiece.

The rapid pre-planned responses to staged events have raised big red flags throughout the past decade’s terror campaign. They’re reminiscent of those “here’s one I made earlier!” moments on daytime TV cookery shows where the presenter whips out a perfect cake, except of course that it’s not disclosed to us that the incidents were staged in order to roll out the technology.

Which brings us to the money shot. The body scanner is sure to get a go-ahead because of the illustrious personages hawking them. Chief among them is former DHS secretary Michael Chertoff, who now heads the Chertoff Group, which represents one of the leading manufacturers of whole-body-imaging machines, Rapiscan Systems. For days after the attack, Chertoff made the rounds on the media promoting the scanners, calling the bombing attempt “a very vivid lesson in the value of that machinery” – all without disclosing his relationship to Rapiscan. According to the Washington Post:

Chertoff’s advocacy for the technology dates back to his time in the Bush administration. In 2005, Homeland Security ordered the government’s first batch of the scanners – five from California-based Rapiscan Systems.

Today, 40 body scanners are in use at 19 U.S. airports. The number is expected to skyrocket at least in part because of the Christmas Day incident. The Transportation Security Administration this week said it will order 300 more machines.

In the summer, TSA purchased 150 machines from Rapiscan with $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

The Washington Examiner last week ran down an entire list of all the former Washington politicians and staff members who are now part of what it calls the “full-body scanner lobby”:

One manufacturer, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is American Science & Engineering, Inc. AS&E hasretained the K Street firm Wexler & Walker to lobby for “federal deployment of security technology by DHS and DOD.” Individual lobbyists on this account include former TSA deputy administration Tom Blank, who also worked under House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Chad Wolf – former assistant administrator for policy at TSA, and a former aide to Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., a top Senate appropriator and the ranking Republican on the transportation committee – is also lobbying on AS&E’s behalf.

Smiths Detection, another screening manufacturer, employs top transportation lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates, including Kevin Patrick Kelly, a former top staffer to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who sits on the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee. Smiths also retains former congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md.

Former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., represents L3 Systems, about which Bloomberg wrote today: “L-3 has ‘developed a more sophisticated system that could prevent smuggling of almost anything on the body,’ said Howard Rubel, an analyst at Jefferies & Co., who has a ‘hold’ rating on the stock.”

The drive to develop innovative successors to the current generation of scanning technology is like a runaway train. The number of companies who have smelt the whiff of mountains of cash are conjuring up more and more innovative ways of building a large box-type thing for people to walk into and be zapped by whatever they can get away with firing.

Tom Burghardt illustrates the value of the contracts that are changing hands in the new X-ray rush:

While Republicans and Democrats squabble over who’s “tougher” when it comes to invading and pillaging other nations (in the interest of “spreading democracy” mind you), a planetary grift dubbed the “War on Terror,” waiting in the wings are America’s new snake-oil salesmen.

Welcome to Scannergate!

With airport security all the rage, companies that manufacture whole body imaging technologies and body-scanners stand to make a bundle as a result of last December’s aborted attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. [The underpants fiasco]

Like their kissin’ cousins at the Pentagon, poised to bag a $708 billion dollar windfall in the 2011 budget, securocrats over at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stand to vacuum-up some $56.3 billion next year, a $6 billion increase. 

[…]

Reflecting Homeland Security’s “fiscal discipline and responsibility,” at the top of the wish-list are what officials describe as increased spending for Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA).

In 2011, the Department says it is requesting $217.7M to “install 500 advanced imaging technology machines at airport checkpoints to detect dangerous materials, including non-metallic materials.”

“This request,” coupled “with planned deployments for 2010, will provide AIT coverage at 75 percent of Category X airports and 60 percent of the total lanes at Category X through II airports.”

Next up is a $218.9M demand for “Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to Staff AITs.” New funds are required for “additional TSOs, managers and associated support costs to operate AITs at airport checkpoints.”

Along with the increased control that these new systems give to governments over their citizens, it is the profitability of these new security measures that ensure corrupt officials do whatever it takes to get the message across.

“You need these scanners, they’re for your protection and whether you like it or not, you’re gonna pay for them.”

3. Who pays the bills?

It’s a no-brainer really… you are. The loyal law-abiding taxpayers are paying for it. Both financially and socially.

The taxes you pay to the IRS are being diverted away from constructive and crucial programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and instead, being redirected to Scanner-raid.

If you are an air traveler it is also possible that you are paying airport authorities directly to upgrade their security systems through airport taxes and landing fees.

The social costs are alarming: humiliation, inhumane treatment, brutality, loss of privacy and potential health risks.

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Statue of Control

To implement the deployment of unpopular new invasive technology the security services have chosen to add new security measures, such as child-attackingdogs and hand swabbing. There has been a marked increase in brutality, cruel investigative procedures and inhumane treatment of ordinary passengers combined with hysterical over-reactions to ensure the people are reminded that the fake war on terror is real.

In Detroit an Indian man cut through a passenger security checkpoint without a ticket, boarding pass and luggage. The result: He was tasered by an FBI agent, wrestled down and handcuffed. Panicked passengers fled the terminal after a full scale evacuation and flights were delayed for hours.

In Canada, which is also introducing full-body scanners in 44 major airports (at a cost of $11 million), an 85 year old Canadian woman was subjected to a humiliating search prior to boarding an internal flight. The woman was asked to remove her boots and then unzip her pants. A female inspection officer then poked at her abdomen.

In the UK, despite assertions that naked scanning would not be racially targeted, predictably, a Muslim woman became the first passenger to be barred from a flight after refusing to enter the £80,000 Rapiscan naked body scanner.

The real underlying issue here that few are talking about is that the scanners emit terahertz waves which, according to a study carried out at Los Alamos National Laboratory, could “…unzip double-stranded DNAcreating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.” This is not just another bad joke to be endured with our usual stoicism: it is a direct attack on the health of the population, and further proof that our well being, whatever about their “privacy concerns” or our “security”, has never been of any interest to the ruling elite. It’s one thing to be held in utter contempt as your dignity is trampled upon; it’s another thing altogether for your very DNA to be interfered with “for your protection.” We can learn to strategically adapt to the former; but pretty soon there will be no getting around the latter if you want to fly anywhere.

Any discussion of the damaging effects of the DNA-zapping-machine, such as its link to causing miscarriages is obscured by a marginal concern for the radiation exposure its use presents, which appears to be minimal. The pretend debate is distracting people towards indignation over privacy concerns which, justifiable as they are, pale in comparison with having one’s DNA ripped apart.

Just like the disinfectant and vaccine producers, the tech companies have completely ignored valid health concerns with the new airport scanner technology, They have ignored the protests of civil liberties and privacy campaigners outraged at what amounts to a virtual strip search of dubious reliability.

4. How to smash this racket!

WELL, it’s a racket, all right.

A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it.

In January 1961 American president Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a famous speech warning of the dangers of the ‘Military-Industrial Complex’. His words are just as applicable to the new Airport Security Industrial Complex, where the lure of profits outweigh considerations of the effects on individuals. Eisenhower warned:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

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More Security for Your Mind

Eisenhower was right. We have to increase our awareness of the real motives behind the introduction of this technology so that as many people as possible can make an informed choice on whether to carry on blindly supporting the increasing restrictions that are placed upon us. We can refuse to accept naked scanners as being so vital for our safety that they are more important than healthcare. We can start realizing that our apathy is lining the pockets of the manufacturers and allied security service companies. If we don’t resist it won’t be long before we are zapped at railway stations, the metro, shopping malls, sporting events, schools and anywhere else we are told will keep us safe.

5. To hell with Naked Scanners!

On previous failed introductions of expensive security devises Ridgway writes:

In forecasting the fate of the full-body scanners, we can turn to recent history, which saw the rapid rise – and decline – of the previous “miracle” screening technology. In the years following 9/11, dozens of explosive trace portals (ETPs) were installed in airports across the country, at a cost of about $160,000 each. These “puffer” machines – so called because they blow air on passengers to dislodge explosive particles – were once celebrated as the “no-touch pat down.” But in a Denver test by CBS in 2007, a network employee was sprayed with explosives and then walked through the airport’s three puffers without any trouble. The machines also set off false alarms, and they frequently broke down, leading to sky-high maintenance costs.

After spending more than $30 million on the puffer machines – most of them purchased from GE – the TSA announced earlier this year that it was suspending their use. Only about 25 percent of the machines were ever even deployed at US airports. Areport last month from the Government Accountability Office found that the TSA had not adequately tested the puffers before buying them.

What will happen if the full-body scanner goes the way of the puffer? Well, there’s always the next generation of security equipment: the Body Orifice Security Scanner, or BOSS chair. This contraption, which has an uncomfortable resemblance to an electric chair, is used in prisons, mostly in the UK, for tracing cell phones, shivs, and other dangerous contraband that’s been swallowed or inserted into body cavities by inmates. So far, it only detects metal, but you never know.

We don’t know exactly what the next generation of invasive security technology will bring or the specific body-part-terror-weapon-concealment that will be invented and hyped-up to sell them. But we know because of the easy money to be made, they are in the pipeline.

The airport security implementation of naked body scanners is a racket.

If Smedley Butler were alive today, I am sure he would say;

To hell with Naked Scanners!

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