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Are any of our elected officials truly interested in justice?

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between problems large and small

– Albert Einstein.

Are any of our elected officials truly interested in justice?

It appears that it is now more expedient to exchange silence for a seat at the top table. The trappings of power, the money, the TV interviews and the glory have become the aim. The fight for justice becomes a few forgotten words on the eve of polling day, and in the end we are left with poor leadership, and those who would benefit most from the effective use of power are unceremoniously abandoned in the posturing of high office.

Those who look good in the media, have charisma and charm, are heavily marketed. Those who know their stuff, but do not produce the right kind of sound bites are left trailing. In the end we are left with a few well-connected, well educated buffoons who can talk the talk, but under closer scrutiny cannot walk the talk, or even walk the walk. Career politicians are a global curse. They soak up money and maintain the preferred status quo of their sponsors. They clearly do not know what they are doing, or we would not be facing economic collapse, high level fraud and unjustifiable banksters bonuses for which the struggling poor and middle classes are expected to pay.

The rich use our transport systems and our communications systems. They benefit from advances in government sponsored healthcare and subsidised technological achievements, yet they do not like to pay taxes. It seems that some feel they are above it, and often they are encouraged to think this way, yet it should be a pleasure to pay tax, to contribute to the economy and to help the less fortunate.

The only reason we send people to occupy those seats at the top is to leverage the power of the community to enhance national prospects and to work on behalf of those who need help the most.

But we fall for the same old tricks every time. We do not recognise good people when they come before us. We are more inclined to be tricked by the hype, for the election leaflet which looks like a pizza menu – but with even less nourishment on offer.

Occupying these seats at the top table is important. Engaging in the struggle for justice is important, leadership is important. Yet the leaders of conscience are marginalized – maybe their hair is not trendy or their suit a little crumpled – and the result is that we do not have authentic representatives of our values to occupy those seats.

Therefore, we must pay attention and hone the skill of discernment. We must not give our vote to just anybody to occupy these positions of power. We must not allow fakes to represent us. Fakes are those who wear the jackets of pseudo-authority, but who do not engage in the artful use of power on our behalf. Discerning who is genuine and who is fake has been difficult, but, take a closer look. The arrogance of those who do not have the interests of the people at heart is getting easier to see by the day. Their actions are a clue that they are not interested in our values.

It is long past time to wake up. Few stand up and fight for truth and justice in this world of desperate need. When we look beyond the smoke and mirrors of politics and power, it hurts. We have to re-evaluate everything, our past, our present, our future – so mostly we turn away in denial, preferring the comforting surreal, disneyland media trance which is presented to us on a plate. But once awake, we have the choice of fooling ourselves indefinitely, or facing up to what needs to be done and acting. The transition takes time, but once our eyes are open, they can only see. And we find we are not alone.

The UN speeches from Palestine and Israel last Friday apparently meant little to Americans, where media coverage of any kind has been scanty. Nevertheless a recent opinion poll from the Pew Research Centre shows that 42% favour the US recognizing Palestine as an independent nation, with 26% against. Nearly a third (32%) expressed no opinion. The US veto obviously does not represent he American people, only the American elite.

Had they been able to see the numbers in the table below, it would have been impossible for Americans to have no opinion.

Israel

Palestinians

 

Population

5.5 million Jewish

11 million (7M refugees)

Overall Land Controlled

91.7%

8.3%

Military Personnel

175,000

0

Reserves

500,000

0

Irregulars

10-15,000

3-5,000

Tanks

3,800

0

Artillery

1,500 large

0

Warships

20-30

0

Submarines

6

0

Combat aeroplanes

2,000

0

Nuclear weapons

300

0

GDP

$195 billion

$4 billion

Military expenditure

$10 billion

Negligible

Killed (over 63 years)

6,000

75,000

Wounded

20,000

300,000

Abducted/jailed

30

400,000

Homes demolished

0

50,000

Refugees created

0

6,000,000

Obama has been vacillating between his own conscience, and the wishes of those pulling the strings. he, like so many others, has traded his own sense of justice for a seat at the top table – the outward show of power, the trappings, the posh dinner parties. It may be an uncomfortable presidency for him, but it is a good deal more uncomfortable for those who most needed the justice he promised.

With thanks to Cynthia McKinney: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26734

Full results of Pew Research Poll http://people-press.org/2011/09/20/palestinian-statehood-mixed-views-low-visibility/

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Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When?

by Stephen Lendman

After 63 years, including 44 under occupation, 85% of Palestinians want statehood now, not later or perhaps never.

Israel and Washington object, wanting permanent occupation and subjugation.

A previous article said a “silent agreement” among Western powers may postpone Security Council and General Assembly votes for later dates to be announced.

Sources also claim Abbas wants it for more negotiating time with America.

Delay very much benefits Washington and Israel for reasons, including:

  • more time for high-pressure strong-arming;

  • to get more anti-statehood Security Council votes to to avoid an embarrassing veto;

  • getting the issue out of headlines; and

  • convincing Abbas to drop the idea altogether in return for special favors and enough sweetners to take home to say he got something.

On September 20, Los Times writer Paul Richter headlined, “UN may delay vote on Palestinian statehood application,” saying:

The plan calls for putting off a vote indefinitely to avoid an embarrassing US veto and let Washington try to restart peace talks that never worked before and won’t now.

It “would also keep $600 million a year in American aid and other international assistance flowing to the Palestinians. Congress threatened to cut the US aid.”

Unnamed sources said Abbas “signed off on the plan,” providing more evidence of what he had in mind all along – betrayal while coming home with something to say he tried.

Whether other PA officials go along isn’t known. However, according to PLO Executive Committee member and PA legislator Hanan Ashrawi:

Palestinian officials are willing “to accept some delay, of the kind you would have under normal UN procedures.”

But if it’s being done to undermine the process, “we have recourse to other action,” suggesting going to the General Assembly ahead of the Security Council.

Procedure requires both on statehood issues.

The Security Council acts promptly when Western interests are favored.

Voting for the illegitimate Libyan Transitional National Council regime and balkanized South Sudan most recently.

Otherwise it organizes committees for further deliberation or finds other ways to delay what it wants subverted.

Palestinian statehood and full de jure UN membership top Washington’s agenda now in New York, going all out against long delayed justice.

It’s America’s pastime – supporting what’s wrong over right, especially against people or nations who can’t challenge.

Palestinians Rally for Statehood

On September 21, Haaretz writers Avi Issacharoff and Anshel Pfeffer headlined, “Thousands rally in Ramallah to back Palestinian statehood bid,” saying:

Thousands filled “Yasser Arafat Square in central Ramallah on Wednesday (to) support” Palestinian statehood.

A huge displayed sign read “UN 194,” signifying Palestine as the 194th member state.

Many waved Palestinian flags or condemned a threatened US veto.

Students got the day off to attend. The teachers union asked ministry of high education employees and directorates of education, private schools, and UNRWA ones to participate.

Thousands also turned out in Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron.

Fatah leader Mahmoud Al-Alul spoke for others, saying:

“Yes, we want to change the rules of the game because we spent a long time in negotiations, and we made every possible effort to achieve a just and honorable peace. This Israeli government (and previous ones don’t seek it), but rather (want) settlement expansion to satisfy settlers.”

The International Middle East Media Center said rallies are being held in many countries for Palestinian statehood, including America.

On September 16, hundreds turned out in New York in support. One protester said trying for what’s right will eventually work. Another said:

“Time is with the Palestinians. There is no question. History has taught us that people do get justice. It is going to be a long process. It will not happen tomorrow, but it will happen. I have every faith. I may not see it in my lifetime, but it will be.”

It won’t happen during the 66th General Assembly session because Washington, Israel, and key EU nations blocking tactics without objection from Abbas, regardless of what he says publicly to appease supporters.

Settlers Rally Against Statehood

On September 21, several hundred extremist ones marched in West Bank areas to protest what they only want Jews to enjoy.

Itmar settlement participants were escorted by Israeli soldiers.

Spokesman for northern West Bank settlers David Haivri said:

“The Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria are unfazed by the international media buzz going on around the Abbas circus at the UN.”

Opposing “members of our community held symbolic processions (to express) our sovereignty on the land. Abbas can play house at the UN, but even he knows that it is a show with no real implications.”

Indeed so, and he’s a willing participant.

On September 20, dozens of settlers attacked Asira al-Qibiliaya, a Palestinian village near Nablus. Some were armed and fired weapons.

Israeli troops and police fired rubber bullets and tear gas against victims, making a bad situation worse. Several injured Palestinians required hospitalization, including a 14-year boy struck by a tear gas canister.

Obama in the General Assembly in 2010 and Now

Last year he said:

A year ago “I pledged my best efforts to support the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, as part of a comprehensive peace between Israel and its neighbors.”

“If an agreement is not reached, Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state. Israelis will never know the certainty and security that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to co-existence.”

“I refuse to accept that future….This time we should reach for what’s best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations – an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel.”

That was then. This is now. Obama’s gone all out to subvert statehood, vowing to veto a Security Council resolution for it.

On September 21, 2011 in New York, he said Palestinians “deserve a state of their own. But….genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves.”

So far, “the parties have not bridged their differences.”

“Peace will not come through statements and (UN) resolutions….”

Israelis and Palestinians “must reach agreement on the issues that divide them….Peace depends upon compromise.”

“America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable.” Peace depends on acknowledging “real security concerns that Israel faces every single day. Let’s be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it.”

Fact check

Palestinians sought peace for decades. Israel spurned all initiatives, choosing conflict over diplomacy and justice.

Palestinians never had a willing partner. They don’t now in Tel Aviv or Washington.

Nuclear armed, Israel is the most formidable regional power. It’s faced no threats for almost 40 years. In contrast, neighboring states Lebanon and Syria face real ones as do Palestinians under occupation.

Peace indeed requires compromise. Israel offers none. Like Washington, it doesn’t negotiate. It demands.

Obama barely stopped short of endorsing Israeli crimes in so many words. His agenda strongly supports them.

For many decades, it’s been longstanding US policy. Many times it did so by vetoing dozens of resolutions condemning or censuring it for its actions against the Palestinians or other Arab people, deploring it for committing them, or demanding, calling on or urging the Jewish state to end them.

Israel never did or will now. In fact, for over three decades, it’s flagrantly violated passed resolutions.

In March 1980, the Security Council unanimously adopted UN Resolution 465. It addressed Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and Syria’s Golan Heights.

it condemned Israel’s policy of “setting parts of its population and new Immigrants in those territories (and said doing so constituted) a flagrant violation of the fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.”

It called on Israel to “dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease….the establishment, construction and planning of (new) settlements in the Arab territories since 1967, including Jerusalem.”

In 1977, Menachem Begin refused Jimmy Carter’s request to freeze settlement activity. At the time, about 50,000 Israelis lived in East Jerusalem, only 7,000 in 45 West Bank and Gaza outposts.

In 1985, West Bank/Gaza settlers numbered 42,000, doubling their 1982 population. Today, it tops 500,000 and continues increasing on stolen Palestinian land. American funding supports it.

In June 1980, the Security Council passed Resolution 476. It also called for ending Israel’s illegal occupation and condemned Israel for refusing to obey other Security Council and General Assembly resolutions demanding it.

Israel never complies. Supported by Washington, it does what it pleases with impunity. Palestinians, of course, suffer most.

They now want Israeli repression ended. Statehood is step one to achieve it. Abbas isn’t in New York for it.

He’s representing Israel and Washington, not his own people. He’s replicating what he’s done disgracefully for years.

Getting out from under him, his number two Salam Fayyad, and their hangers on is key to finally achieving Palestinian rights they’ve been long denied.

Obama’s speech showed help from Washington isn’t coming. Palestinian officials and analysts were disappointed, reading what he said as one-sided support for Israel.

In other words, he reiterated longstanding US policy to keep Palestine occupied and subjugated permanently.

Palestinians say that no longer will be tolerated and demand going on their own for justice.

A Final Comment

The Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute (RI) works pro bono for Israeli government agencies. It provides “real-time strategic decision-making” support in areas of national security and socioeconomic policy.

On September 13, it published a policy paper titled, “The Declaration of Palestinian Statehood: An Unparalleled Political Opportunity,” offering a “framework for an Israeli political initiative” for Palestinian statehood.

Though deeply flawed, its principles include the following:

  • Independent Palestine and full UN membership will be recognized by America, Israel and other world governments;

  • “two-states-for-two-peoples” will refer to Jewish and Palestinian Arab ones;

  • the PA will maintain all powers granted by Oslo and subsequent agreements; recognizing Hamas will depend on fulfilling Quartet demands;

  • elements of sovereignty will be upgraded; Palestine could issue its own currency and negotiate international trade agreements, “but its final borders and security arrangements with Israel would” have to be agreed on;

  • initial territory would include Gaza and the West Bank; “the illegitimate Hamas….would not be recognized by Israel and the international community;”

  • Washington would guarantee agreed-on security arrangements; “Gaza would not be connected to the West Bank through a safe passage until similar arrangements are established on its border with Egypt;”

  • Israel’s self-defense right from Palestinian threats would be recognized;

  • independent Palestine would exclusively represent its people;

  • elections would determine future leaders and representatives;

  • Israeli-Palestinian negotiations would decide borders, security, economic and trade issues, environmental ones, and matters relating to Jerusalem;

  • West Bank Palestinian prisoners would be released as a goodwill gesture; and

  • diaspora Palestinians could return.

RI calls “now” the “ideal time to launch such an Israeli initiative,” omitting reasons most important. They include:

  • Israel’s growing isolation;

  • rage against it on Arab streets;

  • growing global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) initiatives; and

  • most of all because it’s the right thing to do.

RI’s initiative is noteworthy for proposing Palestinian statehood in contrast to strong Israeli/Washington opposition.

However, its elements fall way short of full sovereign independence, including 22% of historic Palestine within 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Moreover, all states may elect whatever leaders they choose. Hamas is Occupied Palestine’s legitimate government. Recognizing that and ending its foreign terrorist organization status is essential. Calling it an “illegitimate regime” can’t be tolerated.

Nor can Israel’s illegal occupation, theft of Palestinian land and resources, settlements for Jews only, the Separation Wall, and other ways Arabs are oppressed and discriminated against unjustly.

Less than full sovereign rights, including these, is failure. RI represents Israel. Palestinians need world leaders respecting ones they elect to represent them.

With all the above conditions met, a major step forward will be achieved. Now’s the time for it.

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Straight Talk on Jews and 9/11

Covering Up the “Inside Job” of All Time With Charges of “Anti-Semitism” is Treason

There is No Evidence of a Jewish Conspiracy on 9/11

By Gordon Duff

Only in the last 5 or 6 years has the general public had access to hard evidence that 9/11 never involved hijackers or Muslims.  

The official version is supported only “testimony” from one man, who now seems to be an innocent cab driver, one of thousands tortured to provide phony evidence, while real proof to the contrary makes up mountains.  What the general public has been told about 9/11 is all stories, hijackings, phone calls, the whole thing was part of the real terrorist plot against America.

Law enforcement officials have long lists of witnesses, most American, some Israeli, a few American Jews with dual citizenship, that they have been blocked from questioning.  There is hard proof the primary criminals on 9/11 were Bush officials.

Bush may well have been involved even prior to being appointed by a 5/4 Supreme Court vote.  There is also mountains of evidence that both Bush elections involved massive electronic “vote flipping” with full complicity of state officials, particularly in Florida and Ohio.

The truth.

The FBI was Obstructed on 9/11

The FBI believes 9/11 was an inside job.  They want to question Israelis that were flown out of the country illegally, immediately after the attack to avoid FBI questioning.  This was done at the orders of President Bush.

 They also think criminals involved in 9/11 were on the plane that went to Saudi Arabia, also illegal, also on personal orders by President Bush.

Millions of Jews, millions of Muslims live in the US quite safely to this day.  No one had to flee the United States.  We hadn’t all lost our minds here.

Why did dozens, perhaps hundreds,  have to be flown out of the country while the FBI tried chasing down the planes to stop them?

The FBI wanted these planes stopped, there were suspects, “persons of interest” onboard both planes..  The FBI knew the real investigation of 9/11 was dependent on stopping those planes.

In 2007, the FBI took evidence directly tying Israel’s Mossad to 9/11, names were named.  We have access to those interviews.  Mossad operations director Mike Harari took responsibility for 9/11.

Top officers in the IDF have expressed:

 ”We did it, so what, you can’t do anything about it.” 

Such statements may well be intentionally misleading and false but were made to counter-terrorism officials of the US government.  There is no question of this whatsoever.

The truth.

Did They Have Us in the Crosshairs on 9/11

This doesn’t mean Israeli citizens authorized 9/11 or that American Jews, as a group, were involved in any way.  In fact, current lists include only 103 names and only some are Jewish.

There is no evidence 9/11 was a Jewish plot of any kind though one may be able to tie some interests allied to Israel or financial groups with Jewish members to those named as “persons of interest” who have not been allowed to be questioned by the FBI.

The FBI has a large list of “persons of interest” that they wish to question or have questioned about 9/11 and considerable evidence that contradicts the official story.

FBI and Department of Justice officials, some now retired,  have been ordered to keep all such evidence secret under threat of criminal prosecution.

The FBI was prevented from investigating 9/11 for one simple reason.  Their own preliminary investigation went straight to the top level of the US government including military leaders.

They were stopped then as they had been continually throughout the entire Bush administration.

Law ended in 2001 in the US.  Spying, torture, illegal imprisonment, terrorist attacks on Americans, massive financial crimes, the largest drug operation in the history of the world and trillions in dollars stolen from the defense budget alone were made “off limits” to the FBI.

Two consecutive US Attorney Generals, Ashcroft and Gonzales, both took orders from Karl Rove and used their offices on a daily basis in ways inconsistent with their oaths and US law.

Justice Department was Compromised

Members of the FBI and other officials who pushed for an investigation found one thing.

The US government had been overthrown in a coup d’etat planned years before, using the Supreme Court, the news media, especially the Murdoch/Fox networks and religious extremists within the military.

When the Obama administration took office, the president and his family were threatened with death were they to pursue prosecution of the guilty, those involved in, not only 9/11 but war crimes as well.

Over the past 3 weeks, this information has been leaked from a number of administration sources and stories confirming much of this have been published in the mainstream press.

Many Americans who tried to stop 9/11 and the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq died mysteriously, history will show that the eventual number will be dozens in the first days alone and eventually, thousands of Americans will have been assassinated or imprisoned to protect the Bush presidency from investigation.

I have personally interviewed at least one individual who briefed President Bush on a conspiracy involving the war on Iraq.  Soon afterward, the attorney general, a close personal friend of this individual, was ordered to begin a criminal investigation, “get me anything on this guy, silence him, destroy him.”

A former US Attorney General and Secretary of State attempted to stop this vendetta, both individuals are still among the most powerful men in America.

Two top Reagan cabinet officers were unable to defend a fellow top official from charges that were, not only groundless but, in themselves, criminal acts.

What Happened to Those That Knew ?

In fact, on more than one occasion, top CIA assets were arrested, convicted, imprisoned or as in two other cases, one was put in “psychiatric detention” on a military base while another top CIA agent was exposed in the press.

The Bush Department of Justice went to war against the CIA, destroying any agents or assets who refused to support their falsified intelligence or who continued to submit accurate briefings to the president.

Evidence supporting these allegations is substantial, all admissable in court and lead directly to the President of the United States.

This is, to me, reasonable proof that, not only was President Bush involved, but that he took a very active role in every aspect from planning to the cover up.

Eventually “Scooter Libby” was convicted of Bush and Cheney “cover up” crimes but received a presidential pardon. Do note that Libby, an Israeli/American was the only “fall guy” chosen to take the blame for Bush/Cheney crimes that were part of the 9/11 cover up.

Many top Bush advisors were part of a group of Jews, not just “Zionists” but who held wide beliefs that if Israel could control the United States through infiltrating the government, a “New World Order” would create a modern day equivalent of Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich.”

Hitler’s lasted 12 years.  The Bush/Zionist “Reich” self destructed in Iraq and Afghanistan immediately.

Prescott Bush Had His Companies Seized During WWII for Trading With the Enemy

The Bush family had a long history of involvement with Hitler, having financed his rise to power.  Where Bush differed from Hitler is that he believed that, unlike Hitler, he could harness “Jewish support” under what the group PNAC, (Project for a New American Century) and succeed where Hitler failed.

However, in all fairness, we must categorize that “Jewish support” as that of a select group of financial elites working in partnership with many other groups, not a “Jewish plot’ as such.

However, there is some evidence that Bush himself believed he was helping form a “Jewish plot” whether one really existed or not anywhere but inside his own mind.

The most likely Jewish involvement goes two ways.  Israeli intelligence units were used to perform demolitions at the World Trade Center site.

The FBI believes but is unable to release information that half a dozen other terror attacks were planned for 9/11 that were stopped by their efforts and those of NYPD.  Those involved are believed to all have been agents of Israel’s Mossad.

An investigation of the “cover and deception” plans, the massive effort to create the mythology of 9/11, the hijackers and “flying schools” involved thousands of crimes and hundreds of people.

However, initial investigations have shown that most involved were told that the terrorists they were supporting and financing, most who are believed to have been Israeli’s pretending to be “the hijackers” was either part of a “practice drill” or another type of counter-terrorism undercover operation.

Few knew they were helping cover up an attack on the United States.

Evidence is Ready – But Nowhere To Go

Documents and evidence backing this up are available for immediate trial.  Witnesses on this and many other aspects of 9/11 as an “inside job” have come forward, more than enough for, not a new “panel investigation” but a grand jury and criminal trials.

However, there are still powerful organizations in place that are working to suppress the truth.

They include some Jewish organizations that believe, because some Jews, along with mostly Christians or other ‘non jews,’ were involved in 9/11, they can suppress an investigation by defending the Jewish role through charges of “Antisemitism.”

Groups seem to be tasked with this effort though they may simply be acting out of ignorance.  An FBI investigation into their efforts is the only way to learn the truth.

Toward this end, despite my distaste for such efforts, enhanced interrogation efforts might be used as it is highly likely that many “organizations” operating inside the US to support US/Israeli relations are, in fact, intelligence organizations.  This makes them genuine national security threats.

Some things have to be made clear.  There is no evidence that there is any wide involvement in 9/11 tied to Jewish ethnicity or the citizens of Israel.

These Israelis Were Not Involved

In fact, though there is evidence that Israel played a role in covering up 9/11 and sequestering suspected terrorists from FBI questioning, the people of Israel are no more responsible for 9/11 than the American people are for the actions of the Bush administration.

Actions by the Bush administration in covering crimes, violating constitutional provisions and civil guarantees and in waging illegal war, as cited by a number of international experts and now government authorities around the world are the primary aspects of “9/11″ and its aftermath.

This does not mean that using charges of ‘Antisemitism’ to silence those calling for investigations into torture, kidnapping and illegal war does not make those who issue such charges criminally complicit, quite to the contrary.

There is, of yet, no direct proof that news organizations, Jewish defense groups, Christian Evangelical sects and political parties, particularly the Republican Party, were, in their entirety, involved in war crimes or treason against the United States.

There is proof, however, that investigations of these groups were stopped and doing so was a criminal act.

Where I believe things would go if justice were restored:

The American People Were Betrayed by Their Government

It would quickly be discovered that “hijackers” if any were on planes had no role in flying them.

A similar operation in London on 7/7/2005, under independent investigation proved that “terrorists” the government had “proven” killed dozens had been hired as actors.  We believe 9/11 was the same.

We can categorically prove that one of the 3 towers destroyed on 9/11 was taken down by explosives.  We surmise that the plane intended to crash into it never made it but the explosives were scheduled to bring the building down anyway.

We also surmise, not without conclusive scientific proof, that the larger towers were destroyed in a similar way.

Explosives or devices of some kind were planted long in advance and aircraft were intended to cover a demolition operation that had been scheduled long before 9/11.

There is conclusive scientific proof of this and conclusive scientific proof that NIST, in their report to the contrary, may well be guilty of criminal conspiracy and those involved should be investigated.  There is considerable evidence that NIST was fully complicit in a terrorist act against the United States. (National Institute of Standards)

There is no evidence of a “Jewish conspiracy.”  

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Great Britain : Goodbye to International Law

On 15 September 2011 Great Britain changed its UJ law to allow the government, in the person of the Director of Public Prosecutions, to veto any arrest warrant referencing universal jurisdiction issued by a British judge.

by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

Part I – The Erosion Universal Jurisdiction

Back on 12 February 2011 I put out an analysis on the subject of Universal Jurisdiction. Here is the first paragraph from the piece:

“One of the really progressive acts that followed the end of World War II was the establishment of the principle of universal jurisdiction (UJ). UJ is a legal process that allows states that are signatories to various international treaties and conventions (such as the Geneva conventions) to prosecute alleged violators of these treaties, even when these violations are committed outside the country’s borders. This is particularly so if it can be demonstrated that the home government of the accused has no intention of bringing them to trial for the alleged offense. The assumption behind this principle is that the crime committed is so egregious as to be seen as a crime against humanity at large. In the wake of the Nazi Holocaust and other such crimes against humanity, UJ was accepted as a necessary and positive legal step by almost all Western nations.”

It has been 66 years since the end of World War II and the memory of the concentration camps has faded (except when invoked as a political tool by Zionists). Nor has the subsequent holocausts such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia been sufficient to keep the issue of crimes against humanity front and center in the governmental minds of the great powers. The historical fact is that such truly horrible crimes committed at the edges of the European world or beyond have never been seen as symbolically important in the same way the Nazi holocaust was. And so we cease to pay attention. That allows for the erosion of the safeguards against these crimes such as UJ.

Now we have proof of this process of erosion. On 15 September 2011 Great Britain changed its UJ law to allow the government, in the person of the Director of Public Prosecutions, to veto any arrest warrant referencing universal jurisdiction issued by a British judge. What that means is that when crimes against humanity are committed by representatives of a power friendly to Britain, the government can negate any risk of arrest for those persons while visiting British soil. This happens to be the British government’s response to warrants issued for the arrest of Israeli personages such as former foreign minister Lzipi Livni in 2009. The British UJ law exists by virtue of Great Britain being a signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention but that does not seem to matter. For the sake of friendly relations with Israel, the British government is willing to render its obligations under international law moot.

Of course the British government does not explain its actions that way. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke insists that the government is “clear about our international obligations.” This change in the law is simply designed to “ensure…that universal jurisdiction cases are only proceeded with on the basis of solid evidence that is likely to lead to successful prosecution.” The fact that Israeli crimes against the Palestinians are among the best documented seems not to be part of Clarke’s judicial world. Indeed, according to Matthew Gould, Britain’s ambassador to Israel, warrants issued against Israelis for war crimes and crimes against humanity are only “abuses” of Britain’s judicial system carried out “for political reasons.”

Part II – Double Standards

Israeli Major General Yoav Galant

In truth, what the British government has done is institutionalize double standards. Just imagine what would happen if the head of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassem Brigades (Hamas’s military wing) flew into Heathrow to see some sick friend. The British Zionists would have a judge issue a warrant within the hour and the British government would enforce it without question. Now imagine that at about the same time Israeli Major General Yoav Galant arrived. Galant was Israel’s Chief of Staff during Operation Cast Lead and publically stated that the operation turned Gaza into an “ideal training zone” to test new weapons that were often themselves banned under international law. With this new qualification of the UJ law, nothing at all would happen to Galant. And that double standard is absolutely in place “for political reasons.”

This is a disastrous precedent because other countries will almost certainly follow the British example. However, it is not the only case of erosion of international law. The international law referencing behavior on the high seas has recently been called into question and guess who forced that issue. Israel again. This is function of the fact that all the major powers, and the UN as well, proved willing to let the Israelis off the hook for attacking an unarmed Turkish vessel in international waters and killing nine passengers. Only Turkey has taken a stand for international law. Then there is the U.S. corruption of the International Criminal Court (see my analysis “International Law and the Problem of Enforcement” posted on 4 June 2011) and finally the repeated use of a U.S. veto at the Security Council to protect its ally–again Israel–when that country violates international law by moving its own population into occupied territory and commits daily crimes against the Palestinians.

Part II – Conclusion

Generally speaking, if it is a great power or allied to one, a government can do just about any horrible thing it wants as long as it does it to its own citizens and within its own borders. Thus, if Hitler, as chancellor of a great power, had just stuck to killing every last German Jew, communist, retarded person, etc. he almost certainly would have gotten away with it. That is the power of sovereignty. If Saddam Hussein, as a U.S. ally, had confined himself to killing Iraqi Kurds and Shiites by the tens of thousands no one would have intervened. But in both of these cases the dictators made the mistake of incurring the wrath of great powers by crossing a border for reasons other than blatant self-defense. Now the Israelis have shown that this criterion (sticking to your own territory when you do your killing) to be an arbitrary one. They cross borders all the time (as does their great power patron). My guess is that, unlike Iraq, the Israelis could have invaded Kuwait and gotten away with it! That is because they are more than just protected by the United States. Washington does not control its ally, its ally controls Washington.

Israeli front organizations such as AIPAC control the information flow and dictate relevant Middle East foreign policy to the government of the “greatest power on earth.” That is why joint resolutions, standing ovations for the likes of Netanyahu, and such stupid proclamations asIsrael has the right to annex the West Bank” flow uninterrupted from the halls of Congress.

It is odd. The only thing that stands between all of us and the next holocaust is international law and treaty provisions such as universal jurisdiction. But who cares? Not the U.S. or British governments and not the Zionists. No.  Memory fades and double standards are, after all, a universal human failing. So it is just a matter of time before it happens all over again. Not in some far away place like the Balkans or Africa or the Far East, but once more right here in the West. Just as if the primary civilian disaster of World War II never happened.

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BREAKING: Texas City Terror Scare

By Captain Eric H. May

HOUSTON, 9/23/11 – Late last night I received this report from a reliable source inside the mammoth BP refinery in Texas City, Texas:

“This morning at 0930, the fire alarms went off at BP, causing an evacuation. Normally BP announces in advance when it is going to have an emergency drill, but in this case employees said that they were surprised. Many said that they were reminded of the unannounced nuclear exercise of 2006, and believe that something is up.”

Nine hours after the emergency drill there was an emergency: the BP, Marathon and Valero refineries experienced power outages. Strange flashes, officially dismissed as flares, lit up the sky throughout Galveston County. It was certainly strange, and the strangest thing of all is that it mirrored identical events involving the same three refineries on April 26 — and again on May 27. Big Oil representatives say it’s merely coincidental, but concerned residents see a highly suspicious pattern, perhaps a set of rehearsals for a staged event.

Other coincidences could suggest that something afoul may be afoot:

  • Israel faces a United Nations General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood sure to highlight it as an apartheid nation – unless an act of Muslim terror should occur. According to a former Marathon security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, Israeli Mossad and Shin Bet veterans set up the Texas City counterterror program in the wake of 9/11.

  • Both stock and precious metal markets plummeted yesterday, making outsiders wonder if insiders know that something is up. That’s what happened on 9/11, after all, an event that both allayed world criticism of Israel and enriched Wall Street bears.

  • NASA, ten miles north of Texas City, has mobilized for the freak freefall of a huge satellite today, the first such occurrence in over three decades. Abu Salem sofyan of Islamic Intelligence and I posted an August article in Veterans Today on the coincidences of NASA activity with both political and ecological catastrophes. The same article warned of September 22 as a danger date.

My involvement in the Texas City terror scenario has been documented by mainstream media, from a storypublished in The Galveston County Daily News to a broadcast carried on Portland’s Pacifica affiliate, KBOO-FM. My live broadcast with Canadian Internet radio program Cloak and Dagger is the only account of the BP explosion of July 28, 2005, an event coincidental with a NASA shuttle mission, and which involved a terrifying flashing suggestive of what was reported over Texas City last night.

All soldiers develop intuition for their area of operations, and mine is my home ground in the Houston region, which includes Galveston County. My most recent article referring to the Texas City scenario was posted in Veterans Today on Tuesday. Now a quadriplegic depending on a ventilator to breathe, I am a patient at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, which makes my situation tenuous. In the event that I become incapacitated, incarcerated or incommunicado, my friend Abu Salem will continue my work. His courage, commitment and candor make him uniquely qualified.

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Obama Defiant as Palestinian UN Bid Nears

Mr Sarkozy argued that the Palestinians should bypass the Security Council and instead ask to be admitted as an observer state to the General Assembly. He warned that the use of the US veto would probably spark violence in the Middle East. Mr Obama refused to engage with reporters on Mr Sarkozy’s position.

by Paul McGeoug

IN WHAT appeared to be a bold European move to wrest control of the Middle East peace process from Washington’s hands, French President Nicolas Sarkozy pointed to the failure of US diplomacy as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas prepared to submit an application for full membership of the United Nations to the Security Council.

The Palestinian Authority has now indicated it won’t push for an immediate vote in the 15-member Security Council, where it doesn’t yet have the required nine votes.

”We will give some time to the Security Council to consider first our full membership request before heading to the General Assembly,” Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath told reporters. ”If we fail, we will keep knocking on the door. We do not have a time limit.”

Diplomats from the US and Israel are working around the clock to keep votes for the Palestinians in the Security Council at less than nine, the point at which Washington would be forced to exercise its veto. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New York early on Wednesday, reportedly to meet all 15 Security Council members ahead of the Palestinians’ putting their case today.

In his speech to the General Assembly, President Barack Obama insisted that Palestinian statehood could only come from continued negotiations with Israel. He told a packed assembly hall: ”Let’s be honest – Israel is surrounded by neighbours that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses; and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel’s children come of age, knowing that throughout the region other children are thought to hate them.

”Israel, a small country of less than 8 million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile, persecution, and the fresh memory of knowing that 6 million people were killed simply because of who they were.” In the audience Mr Abbas dropped his head into his hands three times during a speech that Palestinian delegates were concerned contained no acknowledgment of Palestinian suffering and which one of the Palestinian leader’s colleagues described as ”a disaster”.

Daniel Levy, a former peace negotiator in the government of Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, said the speech showed that the US President was boxed in by domestic politics and a pro-Israel Congress.

”There is virtually no thread of reason running between the way he related to the rest of the world and its developments, particularly in the Middle East, and the positions he espoused on Israel-Palestine,” said Mr Levy, now director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation.

Getting down to business: President Barack Obama meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in New York. Photo: AFP

”Palestinian freedoms, rights and self-determination are somehow supposed to be attained without the recourse to leverage, international law, or meaningful international support, considered to be necessary and legitimate virtually everywhere else.”

Mr Netanyahu, who was not present to hear the speech, said that Mr Obama should consider it a ”badge of honour”.

Mr Sarkozy called for a new multilateral initiative, based on a timetable that would see the borders of a Palestinian state agreed within six months and a final deal within a year.

In a blunt rejection of Washington’s management, he declared: ”We can wait no longer. The [US] method is no longer working. Change the method – cease believing that a single country or a small group of countries can solve a problem of such complexity.”

Mr Sarkozy argued that the Palestinians should bypass the Security Council and instead ask to be admitted as an observer state to the General Assembly. He warned that the use of the US veto would probably spark violence in the Middle East. Mr Obama refused to engage with reporters on Mr Sarkozy’s position.

Source: the age.com.au

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Unnatural Disasters – Something in the Air

What Got the CIA and John Young Thinking I Am A Spy

by   Trowbridge H. Ford

The Wisdom of the Ages – and Old Men

Bertrand Russell concluded A History of Western Philosophy on this optimistic note:

“In the welter of conflicting fanaticisms, one of the few unifying forces is scientific truthfulness, by which I mean the habit of basing our beliefs upon observations and inference as impersonal, and as much divested of local and temperamental bias, as is possible for human beings.

To have insisted upon the introduction of this virtue into philosophy, and to have invented a powerful method by which it can be rendered fruitful, are the chief merits of the philosophical school of which I am a member….In abandoning a part of its dogmatic pretensions, philosophy does not cease to suggest and inspire a way of life.” (p. 836)

For the first time since the classical Greek philosophers, according to Russell, philosophy, thanks to what has happened in science since Copernicus, had a proper method, modern analytical empiricism, by which it can slowly build up a theory of the natural world – what had traditionally been corrupted by the preconceptions and aims of moral and political thinkers.

Coupled with quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, physics was putting its house finally in order with philosophy following suit, promising a world of liberalism where mankind would flourish.

Nagasaki Gets the Bomb

Russell never revised and updated his tome, though he lived another quarter century, and the reason for it is not difficult to determine.

The development of atomic weapons, and the possibility of mankind’s annihilation increasingly occupied his thoughts and actions.

While the philosopher did not object to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – apparently because they shortened the war with Japan – he became alarmed about their possibilities, once the Soviets demonstrated that they too had the bomb.

Russell never had any sympathy either in theory or practice with the Soviet Union, considering it only to be the latest and most virulent form of fanaticism.

As Russell grew older, he became angrier.

His more traditional betes noirs, adherence to traditional religion and their secular counterparts, ideologies were replaced by the spiraling arms race between the superpowers and the chances of wars like in the one in Vietnam setting off their use for real.

The Korean War became Russell’s alarm call as it showed the Soviet Union and Red China coming together in ways which could trigger nuclear annihilation.

Russell and Einstein

Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein

To stem the tide, Russell enlisted the dying Einstein in 1957 to join the Pugwash movement – an organization of scientists worldwide to force their governments to renounce nuclear weapons.

Its conferences attempted to put on an institutional basis what Dr. Joseph Rotblat, a refugee Polish physicist in the Manhattan Project, did – resigned – when he learned that Hitler’s Germany was not pursuing its own bomb to win WWII.

The American intervention in the Vietnamese civil war turned Russell’s opposition to it increasingly into nearly hysterical outbursts, as Alan Ryan has written in Bertrand Russell: A Politcal Life, but there was no reason in his concerns that Ryan was willing to admit.

In 1961, Russell wrote Has Man a Future?, elaborating upon the threat because of the willingness of scientists to put their expertise to harmful uses. The Russian atomic scientists, led by Igor Kurchatov, had successfully exploded a hydrogen bomb of their own design on November 22, 1955.

Then the Soviets produced a fusion reactor which had all kinds of military uses, especially being able to create massive amounts of neutrons on demand, and what could be directed on a target anywhere with the proper accelerator. And, of course, the USSR was well ahead of the West in the development of missiles for the delivery of atomic bombs.

Pugwash Movement

In this pressure-cooker atmosphere, the aims of Russell’s Pugswash movement had little chance of recruiting Soviet scientists until Stalin had departed the scene, and some kind of détente was achieved with Washington.

When the Soviet Union felt comfortable enough about its situation to sign the Helsinki Accords on Security and Co-operation in Europe, its privileged scientists, notably Andrei Sakharov who designed its thermonuclear bomb and fusion reactor, were increasingly inclined to tell Moscow what should be done across the board to make sure the country was strong enough to ensure peace.

Only by all Soviet citizens being able to speak their minds could the country be assured of reasonable policies in science and politics at home and abroad.

Sakharov’s leadership of dissent brought all kinds critics, especially other scientists like P. L. Kapitsa, Lev Landau, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Yuri Orlov, of Soviet policy, to the fore.

With the Helsinki Accords in place, the USSR promised to establish an environment where truths of all kinds could flourish instead of one where Moscow relied upon borrowed ideas, one way or another, from the West regarding accelerators, atomic energy, shortwave technology, jet propulsion and the like.

The turning point had occurred when Kapitsa challenged the new leader Khurshchev in January 1955 on the way Moscow managed the whole scientific enterprise, starting with the revival of the study of genetics.

” Renounce War or Perish ”

The attitude of main-line Soviet scientists, though, was still best captured when Kurchatov was queried at a 1956 lecture in Britain about the chances of exchanging information on the possible peacetime uses of nuclear energy.

Kurchatov had played catch-up too long with the West in the field – and would never have caught up if it had not been for the spying for Moscow by ‘K’ apparently aka SCOTT and Peter Wright – to take the proposal too seriously:

“Kurchatov considered privately that the conception of science overstepping national frontiers,” his interpreter Malcolm Mackintosh related, “was inadmissible at the monent. He himself was a Russian first and a scientist second.” (Quoted from David Holloway, Stalin and the Bomb, p. 362.)

Of course, the Americans were equally involved in developing the use of the whole spectrum of atomic waves for military purposes – everything from thermonuclear weapons to tabletop-sized, nuclear explosions, thanks to what lasers and accelerators could provide.

American scientists became more and more America Firsters, though, as the process went on because of the fallout from the McCarthy era, and the deciphering of Soviet coded cables during WWII by the Venona Project.

Thanks to what happened to scientists J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, Theodore Hall, Clarence Hiskey,Giovanni Lomanitz, Joseph Weinberg, Martin Kamen, David Bohm, Hyman Goldsmith, Morris Perelman, William Perl and many others – rightly or wrongly – the American scientific community learned the hard way to do whatever its employers asked, whether public or private, and never ask the reason why or to complain to others.

While the development of missiles and atomic bombs took the world to the brink of annihilation, as the Cuban Missile Crisis played itself out in October 1962, the threat of it realizing what the policy, mutually assured destruction (MAD), was intended to prevent led the superpowers to seek other weapons systems.

Adlai Stevenson shows Soviet-Cuban missiles to UN Security Council

While the covert operations against Cuba to precipitate a showdown with the Castro regime – making it look like it shot down John Glenn’s risky obiter circling the globe if the mission went belly up, like it attacked the American base at Guantanamo to expel the colonial power from the island, and the like – have been previously emphasized.

Washington’s manipulation of Cuba’s weather – what it had been working on since 1947 when it was unsuccessful in diverting a hurricane from hitting Savannah – especially increasing the power of hurricanes and tropical storms, was much more devastating.

During the 1960s, the Atlantic Basin experienced a rising tide of hurricanes, with 6 occurring in 1961, 5 in 1964, and 3 in 1966. There were only 18 such storms during the 25-year period from 1944 to 1969.

The timing of these waves of hurricanes is just too politically convenient for them not to have been deliberately made by covert government in Washington – right after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the assassination of JFK which gave the green light to everything covert government could muster, and right after it become completely bogged down militarily in Vietnam.

Most of Us Have No Idea Where the Bay of Pigs Was

This is not to say that Washington created the tropical storms in the first place. It only intensified ones which suited its agenda, and guided them as best it could over Cuba.

And there is no doubt that America had the capability to do these things if it wanted, and could have had the power to create earthquakes if it had so chosen. As Lt. Col. Thomas Bearden belatedly remarked at the 1981 US Psychotronics Association, all one had to do to make a tropical storm into a hurricane was to dephase the frequency of standing electromagnetic waves – what powerful lasers could do with new accelerators – into the air it was passing through.

Psychotronics is broad program to direct people, objects or equipment through various software to do things contrary to their own programming. It was increasingly interested in hypnotizing operators from a remote distance instead of developing Nikola Tesla’s hardware, and Bearden was informing the public of what needed to be done while American inventors and operators were catching up with Moscow in the field.

As go-for-broke Professor Gordon J. F. MacDonald of UCLA’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics explained 15 years before in his paper, “How to Wreck The Environment,” for a volume provocatively entitled Unless Peace Comes:

“The key to geophysical warfare is the identification of environmental instabilities to which the addition of a small amount of energy would release vastly greater amounts of energy.”

This knowledge and capability could result in engineering earthquakes, melting the polar ice cap, depleting the ozone layer, weather manipulation, climate modification, ocean wave control, and even brain wave manipulation of whole populations.

Unfortunately, as Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen have indicated in The 60 Greatest Conspiracies, America chose MacDonald’s program in remote viewing instead of the other options.

“In this way,” the mad Doctor explained, “one could develop a system that could seriously impair the brain peformance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period….No matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for national advantages, to some, the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades.” (Quoted from p. 435.)

Project Stormfury – Breaking the Wind Speeds Down

To give cover to the making of these hurricanes, and to come up with a means of preventing them if the need arose, Washington carried out Operation Stormfury, starting in 1962 – the project to seed storms with silver iodide, lead, and dry ice in the hope that they would prevent hurricanes from forming by breaking storms up by, on occasion, man-made tornadoes.

The whole project was like many others in the scientific field where finding a remedy for something terrible – like stopping cults – necessitated the need of creating them for studying and testing correctives.

When it came necessary to use the project in Vietnam to stop Vietcong transport on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and to attack targets with greater cloud protection, the Air Force hid its transfer of the expensive capability from the Gulf by causing a great cloud to develop over Hispaniola, causing the inhabitants of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to run in terror, fearing the end of the world.

The effects of climate change by the superpowers were evident by the 1960s for all to see if only one had taken the time to look.

The polar ice caps and the ozone layers were starting to diminish – what would quicken when they, especially the Soviets, began attacking the areas with electromagnetic waves of certain frequencies, causing standing waves of devastating proportions.

While scientists would belatedly claim that this was the result of using choroflurohyrocarbons, it was essentially the result of human rayguns which cooked up a dangerous mixture of waves, sea water and sunlight, creating deadly side products of bromine and chlorine which degraded the ozone layers.

The reason for these efforts was not just for immediate tactical success but also long-term strategic advantage. The US Navy, for example, helped melt down the ice cap over the North Pole so that Russian submarines of all types would have few places to hide in a Cold War showdown.

Little wonder that it is now looking at an ice-free Northwest Passage in the near future, and wondering how to defend it.

The USSR’s program Woodpecker has so warmed up Siberia, making its vast mineral deposits accessible, but the process has left Russia with the western part increasingly contaminated with methane, and the eastern part drying up like a desert.

And they both have been monkeying around with the weather at the South Pole in the hope of gaining new resources – which only degraded further its ice cap and ozone layers.

Operation Woodpecker Was Not What the West Thought

While this whole reckless process was going on, the Soviets, it seems, decided to increase its geo-political position by chopping down Mao Zedong’s China a peg with its new earthquake-making capability. No sooner had America withdrawn from South Vietnam than China’s leaderhip was confronted with the growing possibility of encirclement – the domino effect in reverse.

While the Vietnamese were taking the measure of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Leonid Brezhnev and KGB Chief Yuri Andropov settled scores with China’s Cultural Revolution, helping finish off its Old Guard in the process.

The scene was set for the showdown when the Norwegians decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Sakharov right after Moscow had agreed to the Helsinki Accords – though he was prevented from leaving the country to accept it just to be on the safe side.

The Kremlin decided that in making a big stink over giving it to the noted scientist and human rights worker, it could create a smokescreen for a crippling attack on its upstart neighbor.

Elena Bonner – Andre Sakharov – Sophia Kalistratova

By branding Skaharov as “Public Enemy Number One”, and taking the most crude measures to silence him and his supporters, especially his wife Elena Bonner, scientist Yuri Orlov, and Peter Wright’s one-time handler Vladimir Bukovsky, the Soviet leadership fixed the world’s attention on apparently another series of show trials, reminiscent of Stalin’s more paranoid days.

For a most ill-conceived analysis of the process, see Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, The Sword and the Shield, p. 322ff.

With the world’s attention fixed on whether Sakharov would too be tried, and Orlov, a leading candidate for another peace laureate, would soon follow. The Soviets apparently caused an 8.2 earthquake during the early morning of July 28, 1976 in the city of Tangshan, southeast of Peking, destroying nearly all of it, and half of its one million inhabitants.

The earthquake came without any tremors, and at a time when all the preparations to render some disaster less destructive were useless because all the people were sleeping. Scientists did not think that such a powerful earthquake was possible for another century, given the area’s previous history.

While Western scientists considered the quake a matter of nature simply taking its course, Chinese official were much more suspicious about its cause, though they too predicted the possibility of a moderate one occurring at the time.

On the night before, people noticed strange lights – so-called ‘earthquake lights’ (“Tesla Effect”) – animals, fowl and fish were behaving in all kinds of strange ways, and underground water temperatures were completely abnormal.

The earth was literally shaking, with intermitant flashes of light, before the quake finally struck.

Earthquake Lights – New Mexico a few days before Sichuan Earthquake.

Sino-Soviet relations immediately began to improve after the terrible disaster. The “Curse of 1976″ was followed two months later by Mao’s death.

Zhou Enlai and Zhu De had died a few months before the quake, and Mao’s followers, The Gang of Four, were badly embarrassed by not visiting the stricken site while charging Deng Xiaoping with having sabotated relief efforts.

Mao’s titular successor Hua Guofeng and Chen Yonggui, who had made a personal visit to Tangshan on August 4th to survey the damage, then saw to the end of The Gang of Four and China’s isolation.

In the January 1978 edition of Specula magazine, when the smoke from the disaster had settled, Andrija Puharich – an American doctor and lawyer deeply involved in the remote viewing program at his home, Turkey Farm, in Ossining, New York – published an article, entitled “Global Magnetic Warfare – A Layman’s View of Certain Artifically Induced Unusual Effects on the Planet Earth During 1976 and 1977, “

…charging that the Soviets had done it. “By interferometer techniques, giant standing waves,” he explained, “can be combined to produce a focused beam of very great energy.”

Given Puharich’s close connections to the Agency, everyone apparently assumed that this was just some of its black propaganda, hiding perhaps what Washington had really done, and the CIA did what it could to bolster the claim by, it seems, burning down the Turkey Farm, targeting him for assassination on several occasions, and even killing him in 1995 apparently when the Clinton administration decided to go into the weather manipulation business big time.

Until then, Washington was afraid to admit how far behind it was in the earthquake-making business for fear of terrorizing its citizens.

Soviet defector Oleg Kalugin, for example, claimed in 1993 that the Soviets had tried to achieve the same results by attempting to plant nuclear weapons off America’s West Coast, and exploding them to create devastating results.

Yuri Orlov – Eight Years in Siberia

It would have been a far different matter if Yuri Orlov, the Soviets’ expert on its particle accelerator projects, had been running around the world, talking about them in order to improve his credentials for the Nobel Peace Prize. Orlov was a troublemaking genius.

The high energy physicist had formed the Moscow chapter of Amnesty International in 1973, causing his dismissal from Moscow’s Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism in 1976.

While in “soft exile” in Armenia, he became such an important player in its particle accelerator projects at Yerevan that he was brought back to Moscow.

There, instead of causing more trouble, though, he was soon arrested in February 1977, held incommunicado for months, tried and sentenced to Siberia in May 1978, and only released in 1986 by Gorbachev after the showdown with America after the assassination of Sweden’s statsminister Olof Palme had passed without Armageddon.

Sweden’s Olof Palme – Early 1970’s

The only important thing which happened in this area in the interim was the buildup of the capability so what Washington could cause earthquakes on demand if the Cold War called for it – what was in the offing after Palme’s assassination at the end of February 1986 in Stockholm.

An Anglo-American conspiracy hoped that this would trigger a final showdown with Moscow, once its attack submarines started sinking Soviet nuclear ones when they hurriedly went on line after the surprise.

Washington and London planned to start the air and land attack with America’s Task Force Eagle joining NATO’s Anchor Express Exercise in an assault on the Kola Pennisula to convince Moscow that the gig was up.

And if the Kremlin continued the hopeless struggle, to follow up the assaults with laser destruction of ICBMs preparing for a retaliatory launch, and earthquakes around its boomer submarine pens in the mountains near Sevastapol.

Fortunately, as I have already written, the Challenger Shuttle disaster prevented this part of the conspiracy from ever occurring

Misty Satellite – Enjoy the View Taxpayers

When a capable Misty radar satellite was finally successfully launched in 1988, there was little use for it with the Cold War coming to an end, and it was only thanks to Danny Stillman’s idea of using it to cause an earthquake in northwest Iran to make sure that it stayed onside during the showdown with Saddam that it was finally tried over the Manjil-Radbar area.

Robert Gates – the former Director of Central Intelligence, and just now the Secretary of Defense who is noted for saying things when he shouldn’t, and for not saying things when he should – made its source quite clear when he added this to the dustjack of Stillman and Thomas Reed’s The Nuclear Express:

“(Stillman’s) ability to adapt the latest advances in science to solve unmanageable problems and to analyze foreign technologies made him an invaluable asset to the Intelligence Community.”

In case anyone actually read the book, Reed and Stillman added this about Iran at the time:

“The very large, underground, and once-secret uranium -enrichment facility near Natanz is to accommodate fifty thousant centrigue machines, running around the clock.

The centrigue hall apears to be built underneath layers of burster slabs: strata of concrete interleaved with soil to defat penetrating warheead attacks. These bunders appear to have been dsigned and built by European contractors.

Iranian Centrifuges with You Know Who

The list goes on, but the details are less important than the overall message. The Islamic fundamentalist in control of Iran have embarked on a massive but ambiguoous nuclear program.

It is focused on the development of a nuclear weapon capability, if not the assemby of a weapn itself, within the near future. In its 2007 report of the subject, Newsweek magazine condensed the story into four very accurate words: ‘Twenty Years of Deceit.’ ” (p. 294)

In 1993, Clinton’s White House agreed to testing its equipment by having an experimental one in Australia’s Great Victoria Desert. As Bill Bryson explained four years later in The New York Times:

“The seismographic traces didn’t fit the profile of an earthquake or mining explosion, and anyway the blast was 170 times more powerful than the most powerful mining explosion ever recorded in Western Australia.”

Aum Shinrikyo – Sarin Terror Group – Japan

Bryson was most inclined to blame the explosion on a bomb built by the Japanese terrorists, theAum Shinrikyo, since they conveniently owned property near the center of the explosion, though there was apparently no evidence of radiation.

Bryson’s apparent disinformation induced Jason Jeffrey to write an article, “Earthquakes: Natural or Man-Made?”, for a 1999 issue of New Dawn magazine, taking issue with the claim that the Aum Shinrikyo group probably did it.

By this time, America, it seems, had used the equipment for real, causing a 6.7 or greater earthquake in Izmit, Turkey on August 17, 1999 – a country paralyzed by no effective government, and not knowing where to turn.

As with the one in China, experts had recently predicted that there was only a 12% of one happening like this in the next 30 years. To add to the unreality of the analysis of the disaster, the US Geodetic Survey quoted from Ammianus Marcellines’s account of Izmit’s destruction by an earthquake in 358 A.D.

As in the tragedy in Tangshan, Jeffrey described the piezolectric effect aka “Tesla Effect” just before it struck. Two days before it happened, fish and crustaceans in large amounts were found floating dead in the water, and nets and rocks were burned. “Furthermore,” Jeffrey added,” just before the quake, the bottom of the sea in Izmit went red and sea temperature went up to 40-45 degrees C. However, there are no underwater volcanoes in the Sea of Marmara.”

About the test in the Australian desert, Jeffrey agreed with Harry Mason’s 19-page report – what was later published too in New Dawn magazine. Witnesses told him that “they saw the sky ablaze, heard loud explosions and felt the ground shake, in one case knocking beer cans off a table.”

Mason was in no doubt that it was caused by “a very advanced eletromagnetic weapons system.” As for whose it could be, Jeffrey added:

“And most worrying is mounting evidence that the US military now has the ability to create earthquakes – the ultimate weapon of war.”

The Pentagon – 2008

In the 21st century, the Pentagon has let it all hang out – what Clinton too started with a new cycle on hurricanes for strategic purposes in 1995 – just when the Norwegians had finally recognized the efforts by Rotblat and the Pugwash movement for peace by awarding them the prize in 1999.

In the period 1990-2004, there have been 269 hurricanes worldwide, an increase of over 50% from the previous 15-year period.

Of course, I am not saying or implying that it has caused them all or even many of the devastating earthquakes and hurricanes, but it has caused enough to help bring on a period of violent weather whose conclusion no one can easily predict.

And it will do no good to back away from what is happening, as Jeffrey did when he updated his thoughts about who or what was causing them after the Asian tsunami in December 2004 in a recent issue of New Dawn magazine.

But it won’t be pretty, and the American government has much to answer for helping make it happen.

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Canadian Politician Says Dick Cheney Must NOT Be Alllowed to Enter Canada

Finally, Elected Politician Has Balls to Take on Dick

Vancouver MP Don Davies says, Dick Cheney must be barred entry to Canada

By Carlito Pablo

In a calm and measured voice, Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies today (September 23) declared that former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney should be barred from entering Canada.

Davies was speaking at a news conference held at the W2 Media Café in downtown Vancouver, which saw peace activist Derrick O’Keefe, lawyer Gail Davidson, and global peace advocate Blake MacLeod deliver statements about Cheney’s Monday (September 26) speaking engagement at the Vancouver Club.

The federal NDP’s immigration critic outlined the case why Cheney should not be allowed to waltz into town based on the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Davies cited Section 35 of this law, which states in part that a foreign national is inadmissible for entry into Canada if the person is “a prescribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the Minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity within the meaning of subsections 6(3) to (5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act”.

A lawyer, Davies also cited Section 36 of IRPA that provides in part that a person is also inadmissible if the individual was responsible for “an act outside Canada that is an offence in the place where it was committed and that, if committed in Canada, would constitute an offence under an Act of Parliament punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years”.

Davies said that he wrote Conservative Immigration Minister Jason Kenney today to remind the federal government that it has the responsibility to “uphold the law”.

According to Davies, the former American vice president has openly and unapologetically admitted that he did not stop acts of torture perpetrated against perceived enemies of the U.S.
Davies said that he considers practices like waterboarding, or simulated drowning, and sleep deprivation as acts of torture.

“Torture is a serious crime. It is a war crime. It is a crime against humanity,” said Davies, who was enthusiastically applauded after delivering his statement.

Don Davies

“DENY ENTRE TO MR.CHENEY,” SAYS NDP IMMIGRATION CRITIC

Read MP Don Davies’ letter to Minister Jason Kenney and watch the video

Don Davies Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway and NDP Immigration and Citizenship critic has made a written request that Minister Jason Kenney,

“…deny entry to Mr. Cheney on grounds of inadmissibility under IRPA [Immigration and Refugee Protection Act] for having engaged in acts of torture. In the event that you do not do so, I would respectfully request that a report be prepared setting out the relevant facts, and that you refer same to the Immigration Division for an admissibility hearing with a view to issuing a removal order against Mr. Cheney, all pursuant to section 44 of the IRPA.”

MP Don Davies released copies of this September 23, 2011 letter at a press conference today in Vancouver BC at the W2 Media Centre.

Read a copy of Don Davies letter to Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney. A video of the Press Conference is available at the link below and includes the presentations of:

Dear Minister Kenney:

Re: Enforcement of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act against Foreign National Dick Cheney

As I am sure you are aware, former United States Vice-President Dick Cheney has publicly indicated his intention to enter Canada as a guest of the Vancouver Club on or about September 26, 2011.

As the Official Opposition Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I write to request both your immediate attention to this matter and your appropriate enforcement of all federal government obligations under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”).

Our concerns are as follows.

Section 35. (1) of IRPA declares as inadmissible to Canada a foreign national on grounds of violating human or international rights. Provisions are delineated in that section that set forth specific grounds of inadmissibility, including:

• Committing an act outside of Canada that constitutes an offence referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act;

• Being a prescribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the Minister’s opinion, has engaged in, inter alia, a war crime or a crime against humanity within the meaning of sections 6(3) to (5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Section 36 of IRPA further declares as inadmissible to Canada a foreign national on grounds of either criminality, or serious criminality, including:

• Committing an act outside Canada that is an offence in the place where it was committed and, if committed in Canada, would constitute either an indictable offence simpliciter or an offence punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years under an Act of Parliament.

Mr. Cheney has publicly, unequivocally and on numerous occasions admitted to authorizing, approving and failing to prevent acts of torture in circumstances that engage each and every provision of IRPA quoted above. These acts include approving the use of water boarding (simulated drowning), sleep deprivation and other treatments prohibited by both Canadian and international law. Evidence that is part of the public record far exceeds the “reasonable grounds” required by the inadmissibility sections of IRPA.

Indeed, the acts of which Mr. Cheney was an integral proponent include acts of torture against a Canadian citizen, Mr. Omar Khadr.

The Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Justice) v. Khadr confirmed that the government administration in which Mr. Cheney was a senior official engaged in treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that violated the Geneva Conventions, Canada’s domestic law and Canada’s international legal obligations.

The Federal Court of Canada has similarly found in Khadr v. The Prime Minister et. al. that US treatment against prisoners (and of a Canadian citizen, no less) violated the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment and Treatment (“CAT”) and further that Mr. Khadr’s detention itself was illegal under international law.

I would note that Canada is a signatory to all of the above referenced international covenants, as well as the Rome Statute for an International Criminal Court. All combine to impose a legal duty on Canada to take effective measures to prevent and deal with crimes against humanity, and war crimes, wherever such crimes occur.

In sum, I would respectfully assert the following principles are self-evident in this case:

Canadian law, including IRPA, requires that we refuse entry to or detain for investigation any person or foreign national suspected of committing serious crimes, war crimes or crimes against humanity. Torture is a serious crime, a war crime, and a crime against humanity, and water boarding is torture.

Mr. Cheney has publicly admitted to playing an integral part in torture, and IRPA must be engaged accordingly.

In the event that you do not regard water boarding or sleep deprivation as torture (which I respectfully submit is an untenable position), I would assert that these acts constitute criminal acts under the Criminal Code of Canada, an Act of Parliament, both by indictment and punishable by imprisonment exceeding 10 years, respectively.

Minister, may I remind you of your own government’s initiatives this summer in which you called on the public to assist your government in removing from Canada those individuals who had engaged in serious criminality, war crimes or crimes against humanity.

May I also remind you of your own government’s actions in denying entry to British MP George Galloway. At that time you stated that:

“It’s not about words. It’s about deeds.”

Your spokesperson, Mr. Alykhan Velshi, on your behalf said:

“We’re going to uphold the law.”

Minister, the essence of just application of the law is that it is applied evenly and consistently.

I would therefore respectfully request that you deny entry to Mr. Cheney on grounds of inadmissibility under IRPA for having engaged in acts of torture. In the event that you do not do so, I would respectfully request that a report be prepared setting out the relevant facts, and that you refer same to the Immigration Division for an admissibility hearing with a view to issuing a removal order against Mr. Cheney, all pursuant to section 44 of IRPA.

As this matter is of pressing urgency, I look forward to your immediate attention and response.

Yours truly,

Don Davies, MP
Vancouver Kingsway
Official Opposition Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Don Davies MP; Derrick O’Keefe of StopWar.ca and the Canadian Peace Alliance; Blake MacLeod of the World Federalist Movement of Canada and Gail Davidson of Lawyers against the War.

Watch and listen to the presentations

Ellen Woodsworth COPE member of Vancouver city council provided the following statement.

“The City of Vancouver is made up of people who want peace and have been part of the largest peace marches in Canada’s history. Vancouver is a member of Mayors for Peace and the International Peace Messenger Cities. So frankly, I am appalled that the Vancouver Club would host a know war monger. Vancouver citizens have fled wars all over the world. So why would the West Vancouver Conservative Party bring a someone like him to Vancouver? It’s unconscionable.”

* information provided by Lawyers Against the War (law@portal.ca)

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AGENT ORANGE: Okinawa

by Bob Hanafin

The below article US Military Defoliants on Okinawa: Agent Orangeby Jon W. Mitchell was brought to the attention of Veterans Today News. His article originally appeared in the Asia-Pacific Journal – Japan Focus

When I read the article what really caught my eye was the scholarly way in which Jon wrote the article to include links to reliable source material. His sources range from individual testimony of Veterans who had been stationed on Okinawa during the Viet Nam War to exchanges between Government of Japan and the US Pentagon officials on the allegations that toxic chemical herbicides were stored and used on Okinawa.

This is a follow-up to several related articles we did on Agent Orange on Guam and Okinawa.

On 12 April 2011, VT Columnist Chuck Palazzo posted an earlier article by Mitchell called Evidence for Agent Orange on Okinawa, which was from the early stages of Jon’s research when he first started to explore this issue. It is based on only 3 main testimonies. Since then, many more Vets have come forward – and it is their  stories that Mitchell used for this piece. This post goes into more detail with cited and linked sources used by Jon.

The main theme from the Pentagon and over used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to deny VA Claims related to Agent Orange, Purple, Pink or what have you from Veterans who served outside Viet Nam is:

“[Department of Defense] records contain no information linking use or storage of Agent Orange or other herbicides in FILL IN THE DUTY STATION.” There is no record of any spills, accidental or otherwise, of Agent Orange. Therefore, there are no recorded occupational exposures of service members in FILL IN THE DUTY STATION to Agent Orange or similar herbicides.”

There are variations on the above Pentagon canned response depending on what questions are asked and which federal agency one asks. Veterans Today experience with first contact led first to me getting the run around, which then led to the above response or variations thereof.

Since I want to focus on Mitchell’s article, I will hold off on my assessment and thoughts in more detail in the comments section in preparation for my own article that will focus on the Defense Departments need for secrecy surrounding aerial and ground spraying of Agents Purple, Pink, Orange, etc…as Ranch Hand and related military spraying operations were planned and implemented.

This overwhelming desire for secrecy may very well mean the Pentagon really has no paper trail on how the chemical herbicides were logistically transported to Viet Nam by sea routes. I will focus on who and where we have not been asking about sea lane cargo shipping of the Rainbow colored toxic chemical agents to include the Merchant Marines and US Navy cargo ships. Michelle Gatz a County Veterans Service Officer in Minnesota inspired me to take a closer look at trying to obtain the cargo ships logs of select Merchant Marine and US Navy cargo ships that transported chemical herbicides from the California coast to Viet Nam with ports of call on both Guam and Okinawa to determine if Agent Orange and related chemical herbicides had been unloaded on these islands.

ROBERT L. HANAFIN, SP5, US Army (69-77), Major, US Air Force-Retired (77-94), US Civil Service-Retired, Veterans Issues AND Peace Activism Editor, Veterans Today News Network

US Military Defoliants on Okinawa: Agent Orange by Jon Mitchell

Introduction

On August 19th, 2011, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) released a statement in response to media coverage alleging that the US military used and stored defoliants (including Agent Orange) on Okinawa during the Vietnam War. MOFA announced that, although it had requested the US Department of Defense to investigate these allegations, Washington had replied that it was unable to find any evidence from the period in question. As a result, Tokyo asked the US government to re-check its records in more detail.1

This was the second time that the Japanese government asked the US about military defoliants since 2007 – and its refusal to accept the Pentagon’s denial was rare. The August 19th announcement arose after two weeks of unprecedented press reports which alleged that these chemicals had been widely used on Okinawa during the 1960s and ‘70s.

With fresh revelations coming to light on a regular basis, this is still a rapidly developing issue. However in this article, Jon Mitchell attempts to unravel the situation as it now stands. Starting with a brief overview of the role of Okinawa during the Vietnam War and the military’s use of defoliants during the conflict, Mitchell then explores the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rulings of 1998 and 2009 that appeared to offer official recognition of the presence of these defoliants on the island. Following this, he will summarize US veterans’ accounts of their experiences handling these defoliants on Okinawa – including their transportation, storage, spraying and burial. In conclusion, Jon will assess the obstacles that these veterans and Okinawan residents face in winning an admission from the Pentagon – plus possible signs of hope that, while difficult, such an acknowledgement isachievable.

Okinawa and the Vietnam war

After its capture by the US military in June 1945, Okinawa was quickly transformed into a forward base for Operation Olympic, the anticipated Allied invasion of the Japanese mainland. The atomic bombings and Soviet declaration of war on Japan rendered that assault redundant – and as the victors focused their attention on the Tokyo-centered occupation, Okinawa’s [logistical] significance plummeted. By November 1949, Time Magazine had dubbed it a “forgotten island”, claiming that, “For the past four years, poor, typhoon-swept Okinawa has dangled at what bitter Army men call ‘the logistical end of the line.’”2

This attitude of neglect was reversed by Mao Zedong’s consolidation of Communist rule in China and the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula in June 1950. The US government…now perceived Okinawa’s importance as a strategic buffer against communism in the region. In 1952, the Treaty of San Francisco effectively ended the Allied occupation of mainland Japan, but its Article 3 spelled out the future of Okinawa:

“The United States will have the right to exercise all and any powers of administration, legislation and jurisdiction over the territory and inhabitants of these islands, including their territorial waters.”3

Soon after the treaty was signed, the US military – under the auspices of Ordinance 109 – embarked upon an aggressive campaign of base building across the island, extending earlier base construction. Lending Okinawa the nickname, “The Keystone of the Pacific”, these installations were used throughout the Korean War, but it was during the conflict in Vietnam that they truly came into their own.

In the 1960s, Okinawa became the logistical hub of the entire war in SE Asia. American ships offloaded their cargoes at Okinawa’s ports where, nearby, bases stockpiled materiel – everything from beer and toilet paper to more hazardous items such as mustard and nerve gas (discussed below in Operation Red Hat – the 2009 Fort Harrison VA ruling). From Kadena Air Base, B-52s departed on daily bombing runs to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia – while in Okinawa’s northern Yambaru jungles, mock-Viet Cong villages were constructed and peopled with daily-hired locals for that added dose of reality in war games.

In the span of a little over 15 years, Okinawa had gone from being the “logistical end of the line”, to the linchpin of US strategy in the region – leading Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp, Commander of U.S. Pacific forces, to state in 1965, “Without Okinawa we cannot carry on the Vietnam war.”4 Despite this, however, there was one essential component of its war machine that the Pentagon still denies ever passed through Okinawa: military [herbicide] defoliants.

Military defoliants – a brief overview

During the 1930s and ‘40s, the US military pumped millions of dollars into researching a range of [herbicides] to deprive enemy soldiers and civilians of jungle cover and crops. The findings proved too late to use in World War Two, but from the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, the Department of Defense continued [wide-spread] tests of these chemicals in forests and farms across the continental United States and Puerto Rico.5  

Depending on the balance of chemicals, the military labeled the barrels containing these [herbicides] with a different colored stripe – giving rise to the names by which they were commonly known – Agents Pink, Green, Purple, White, Blue and Orange.

In 1962, the Pentagon officially [implemented] Operation Ranch Hand – the decade-long spraying of South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia [that had been in the planning stages during the Kennedy administration]. Between 1962 and 1971, approximately 76 million liters of defoliants were used – of which, roughly 4 million liters were spread by “hand sprayers, spray trucks (Buffalo turbines), helicopters and boats.”6 To those of us whose main image of Agent Orange has been shaped by iconic TV footage of C-123 airplanes trailing clouds of mist, this smaller-scale spraying may come as a surprise.

But as Vietnam War journalist, Philip Jones Griffiths, describes, “the use of herbicides was not confined to the jungles. It was widely used to suppress vegetation around the perimeters of military bases and, in many instances, the interiors of those bases.”Fred A. Wilcox makes a similar point when he writes, “base perimeters were routinely sprayed.”8

This localized spraying was conducted by GIs without the protection of even basic safety equipment since it was not until the late 1970s that the general public became aware of the toxicity of the dioxin contained in these defoliants. Throughout the 1960s, the manufacturers, Dow and Monsanto, repeatedly suppressed memos related to the dangers of their products.9 Furthermore in 1969, the US military, despite suspecting the risks as early as 1967, continued to assure its personnel that “(Agent) ORANGE is relatively nontoxic to man or animals. No injuries have been reported to personnel exposed to aircraft spray.”10

By 1971, the barrage of scientific evidence and press reports on the health dangers of these defoliants finally forced the Pentagon to call an end to Operation Ranch Hand. But the remaining defoliant stocks continued to be used to suppress vegetation for many more years. Scientists estimate the total volume of dioxin contained in the defoliants manufactured between 1961 and 1971 to be over 360 kilograms11 – an apocalyptic amount given the fact that its lethal dose is measured in parts per trillion. In Vietnam alone, the Red Cross estimates that “3 million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange, including 150,000 children born with birth defects.”12

Although, the manufacturers of these defoliants have never paid any compensation to the people of Vietnam, in 1984, they settled out of court with exposed US veterans for $180 million.13 The US government currently assumes that any American service member who was stationed [in-country] Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 was exposed to military defoliants and is eligible for assistance with dioxin-related diseases – including prostate cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma. The [Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA or VA) maintains an official list of areas where the Pentagon acknowledges its defoliants were used – including Canada, Thailand, the Korean DMZ, Laos, Puerto Rico and over a dozen US states.14

Military Defoliants on Okinawa – the 1998 San Diego VA Ruling

For a fleeting moment in July 2007, it seemed that the Department of Defense was on the verge of adding Okinawa to this list of locations after the Kyodo news agency ran an article titled: “Agent Orange was likely used in Okinawa: U.S. vet board”.15 Journalists had uncovered a 1998 VA ruling from the San Diego Regional Office that awarded compensation to a US veteran who claimed that his prostate cancer was the result of his service on Okinawa from 1961 to 1962.16

The former service member, a driver for the US Marine Corps, “reported that he had been exposed to Agent Orange while in the process of transport, as well as when it was used in Northern Okinawa for War Games training.” The veteran stated that military defoliants were used “particularly near base camp perimeters. Spraying from both truck and back pack were utilized along roadways too.”

In its ruling on the case, the VA stated that: “the veteran was indeed where he said he was, at a time when military build-up from a support standpoint was considerable, doing a job which was entirely consistent with the mixing and other transport of herbicides, and at a time when these were both used and warnings not necessarily given.” It concluded, “Service connection for prostate cancer due to Agent Orange exposure is granted.”

Mitchell notes that “the 1998 ruling broke new ground in three significant ways.”

1. For the first time a US government department had awarded compensation to a veteran solely attributable to exposure to defoliants on Okinawa. Due to Okinawa’s role as a hub for GIs transiting to and from Vietnam, the majority of veterans served [TDY or TDA} in both locations – thus muddying the issue of where their exposure had occurred. But in the 1998 ruling, the veteran had never been to Vietnam – thus his dioxin-connected illness could be pinned to Okinawa.

2. The ruling appeared to contradict the Pentagon’s official line on the subject. In 2004, General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had issued this response to an [inquiry] from the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: “records contain no information linking use or storage of Agent Orange or other herbicides in Okinawa.” He further stated, there was “no record of any spills, accidental or otherwise, of Agent Orange. Therefore, there are no recorded occupational exposures of service members in Okinawa to Agent Orange or similar herbicides.”17 After the Kyodo article was published, the Department of Defense reiterated this stance.

3. The 1998 award [potentially] opened the floodgates for hundreds of other veterans who long suspected that they, too, had been exposed to these defoliants on Okinawa. Had this ruling been made in a civil courtroom, then it might have set a legal precedent upon which others could have based their own claims. However, the VA does not work that way – a point well illustrated by this 2010 denial of a veteran attempting to support his own application with the 1998 ruling:

Board decisions are not precedential. 38 C.F.R. § 20.1303. Thus, any reasoning, conclusions, or other findings made in any other Board decision, … has absolutely no relevance to this adjudication and the Veteran’s claim will be decided on the basis of the individual facts of the case.”18

Due to this protocol, in the thirteen years since the 1998 award was made, no other veterans have been awarded compensation for their exposure to military defoliants on Okinawa.

Operation Red Hat – the 2009 Fort Harrison VA ruling

Mitchell notes that exacerbating the frustrations of many former service members was a further comment made by the VA Regional Office in Fort Harrison, Montana. In November 2009, it ruled on the claim of a supply clerk who alleged he had been exposed to defoliants while stationed on Okinawa between 1962 and 1964. Although the VA rejected the veteran’s claim, it unwittingly appeared to offer up evidence that directly contradicted the Pentagon’s stance on the issue.

“The records pertaining to Operation Red Hat show herbicide agents were stored and then later disposed in Okinawa from August 1969 to March 1972.” 19 (Mitchell’s  italics)

This assertion is entirely consistent with public records regarding the 1971 Operation Red Hat. During the two-phase project, the Army removed its stockpiles of over 12,000 tons of bio-chemical weapons (including nerve and mustard gas) from Okinawa to Johnston Island in the south Pacific.20 It has long been suspected that some military [herbicides] were included among these shipments – especially since in the same year, the US moved over three-and-a-half million liters of military defoliants from South Vietnam to Johnston.21 Moreover, the statement that herbicides were “disposed in Okinawa” is supported by a veteran’s account regarding the burial of defoliants at three locations on the island during this period (see below: Disposal of defoliants at Camp Hamby, MCAS Futenma and Kadena Air Base).

Mitchell notes that coming so soon after the 2007 Kyodo report, this latest  disclosure raised the hopes of many veterans sick from dioxin exposure on Okinawa. Yet the VA – without exception – continued to deny all claims. Previously, many of these former service members had been fearful that going public with their experiences would harm both their reputations and their chances of receiving compensation – but now many realized that they had very little to lose.

Veterans speak out

On April 12th, 2011, The Japan Times published Jon Mitchell’s article, based upon the testimonies of three US veterans, titled “Evidence for Agent Orange on Okinawa.”22 James Spencer, a longshoreman, described the unloading of hundreds of barrels of Agent Orange at Naha Port and White Beach. Joe Sipala, an Air Force sergeant stationed at Awase Transmitter Site, explained how he regularly sprayed the defoliant around the base in order to kill weeds. Lamar Threet, a medic on Camp Kue, explained how Agent Orange was used on the installation – including an incident where a service member was drenched in defoliants when a barrel tipped over. Accompanying the article was, for the first time, a photograph of a drum of Agent Orange on Okinawa.

All three men stated that they were suffering from illnesses that the VA recognizes as being symptomatic with exposure to Agent Orange and, had they been stationed in Vietnam, they would be eligible for health care support. However their claims were denied due primarily to the fact that the Department of Defense still insists that it has no records of military defoliants on Okinawa.

The publication of the April 2011 article encouraged more veterans to come forward with their experiences.23Taken together, these accounts detail a comprehensive picture of how military defoliants were transported, stored, sprayed and buried on over a dozen Okinawan installations from Naha Port in the south to the Jungle Warfare Training Center in the north. They suggest the presence of thousands of barrels of Agent Orange, Yellow, Pink, Purple and Blue on the island for a 14-year period between 1961 and 1975, spanning both the pre- and post-reversion era.

1. Transportation

“The entire Vietnam War – including Agent Orange – flowed through the Naha Naval Port.”

According to veterans’ accounts, the vast majority of military defoliants arrived in Okinawa at Naha Port – and to a lesser extent White Beach and Tengan Pier. Sometimes, the barrels had been damaged during the voyage from the United States – and dock workers were exposed to the leaking chemicals. After arriving at these ports, the barrels were temporarily stored before being transferred to smaller vessels which carried them to Vietnam. Alternatively, the defoliants were taken by truck to Kadena Air Base or Futenma Air Station – from where they were flown to the war zone.

Companies mentioned by veterans as involved in this transportation of defoliants to and from Okinawa are the Bear and the States Line merchant marine ships; individual vessels include SS Sea-LiftSS Transglobe, and SS Schuyler Otis Bland.

The use of civilian ships to carry military supplies is well documented in histories of the Vietnam War – and it suggests that the Pentagon’s claim that Department of Defense (i.e. military) records contain no information about the transportation of Agent Orange may well be a lexical sleight of hand.

Veterans Today Editorial Note: the Catch-22 that Veterans serving on Guam or Okinawa run into is highlighted by this Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center statement that “ships deck logs” do not contain data on cargo inventory and it is not deck logs that contain detailed information on what cargo was shipped or unloaded anywhere in the sea cargo shipping route from California to the Pacific Islands (Guam and Okinawa) to Viet Nam for it is cargo manifests and related cargo documentation that would have recorded such shipments. However, regardless if the vessel was under contract with the Navy, Merchant Marine, or Military SeaLift Command cargo manifests and other cargo-related documentation created between 1961 and 1988 [were] not [intended] for permanent retention [archives], and [were] normally destroyed between one and five years after creation. 

Regardless, when the VA inquires from DoD if there is any evidence of Agent Orange storage or use outside Viet Nam (Guam or Okinawa) DoD responds with only half an answer. DoD has not informed the Department of Veterans Affairs of that cargo manifests and other cargo-related documentation created between 1961 and 1988 [were] not [intended] for permanent retention [archives], and [were] normally destroyed between one and five years after creation.  .

There is a vast difference between “DoD cannot find documented evidence that chemical herbicides were or were not used on Guam or Okinawa,” AND telling the VA “that since cargo manifests and other cargo-related evidence  that could provide proof of the storage or use of Agent Orange and related chemical herbicides on Guam or Okinawa created between 1961 and 1988 were never permanently archived, and were normally destroyed between one to five years after creation.”

Any fair and impartial VA Claims adjudicator would have had to take this fact that documentation may have been destroy into consideration and give the Veteran’s testimony a benefit of a doubt – which BTW the VA is suppose to do by the VA’s own directives.

2. Storage

“The things I remember best in the supply yards are the piles of aluminum coffins and the 55-gallon barrels with orange stripes around their middle.” 

After the defoliants had been unloaded from the docks mentioned above, veterans state that they were then stored at three main locations – Machinato Supply Depot, Naha Port and Kadena Air Base – until orders were received to send the chemicals to South Vietnam.

Machinato Supply Depot is the area most frequently mentioned in interviews with veterans. “There were hundreds of orange-striped 55-gallon barrels,” recalls one former forklift driver. “At Machinato, we regularly loaded them onto palettes to fill RBX orders (Red Ball Express = a World War Two phrase borrowed by Vietnam War service members to refer to the convoy system supplying the front lines).” According to their testimonies, in addition to Agent Orange, there were also barrels of Agent Yellow and Agent Blue at Machinato. One former truck driver was able to give the precise location of Machinato’s defoliant storage area, “The drums were kept close to the sea in an open yard between Second Logistical Command’s temporary housing and the lumber yard.”

Naha Port is the second storage area frequently cited. Veterans claim that thousands of barrels of defoliants were unloaded and stored in wharf side warehouses. Testimonies ranging from 1961 to 1970 reveal that Naha Port was used to stockpile the military’s full spectrum of defoliants including Agents Pink, Purple and Orange. “At the time, we handled everything in the same way,” says one veteran stationed there in the late 1960s. “I didn’t even know what those orange-striped barrels were until I saw some in a TV documentary 20 years later.”

Kadena Air Base is the third large-scale storage area mentioned by veterans who claim that – by the late 1960s – “the existence of vast numbers of barrels of Agent Orange on Kadena was common knowledge.” Former service members allege that these defoliants were stored there before being loaded onto flights bound for South Vietnam. Another veteran recalls seeing barrels of the defoliant at Kadena’s Chibana Depot – the scene of the 1969 nerve gas leak that prompted the Army to launch Operation Red Hat.

In addition to these three main storage areas, it seems evident that many other US bases maintained smaller stocks of defoliants in order to keep their grounds clear of vegetation. The size of these stockpiles ranged from “about 50 barrels or maybe more” on Camp Schwab to a single barrel on Awase Transmitter Site that was refilled as necessary by a visiting supply truck.

3. Spraying24

“It was easy, effective – and most importantly it kept the habu snakes at bay.”

While the veterans explain that the vast majority of military defoliants were transported to Vietnam, they also claim that the chemicals were employed as localized herbicides – in a similar way to that described by Griffiths and Wilcox in South Vietnam. “Since no records were required to be kept,” stated one veteran, “many commanders ‘acquired’ Agent Orange as a cheap way to hold back vegetation.”

Former service members described how the defoliants were loaded into backpack sprayers before being used around perimeter fences (on Camp Foster, Awase Transmitter Station, Camp Schwab, Camp Kue, Machinato Supply Depot and Yomitan Dog School25) and airbase runways (Kadena AB and MCAS Futenma). Also, there are reports of spraying around the housing areas of Machinato and Camp Zukeran – as well as officers clubs and the grounds of Camp Foster’s Kubasaki High School (see below).

After the barrels of defoliants had been depleted, there are accounts of the drums being re-used to burn garbage. Such a practice was particularly hazardous since, according to Stellman et al., “Approximately two liters of herbicide residue remains in the 208-liter barrel after it has been ‘emptied’”26 – moreover, the process of combustion is believed to elevate the toxicity of dioxins.27

4. Civilian exposure

We served our country and now we suffer. What about my children and Okinawan children? Do they suffer too?” 

For the most part, the veterans’ accounts attest to the transport, storage and use of these defoliants within US bases, suggesting that primarily US service members were put at risk of dioxin exposure. However, there is evidence that civilians – both Okinawan and American – may also have come into contact with these chemicals.

i. Okinawan base workers

Whereas veterans’ testimonies from the mid-1960s state that it was usually American personnel who sprayed defoliants on base, towards the end of the decade, it appears the task had been delegated to local nationals. On Camp Kue, for example, one former service member recalls that, “Okinawans sprayed defoliants under the guidance of American supervisors.” On Camp Foster, another veteran says he witnessed “on many occasions the Okinawan grounds keepers spraying defoliant around the buildings and refrigeration units.” On Machinato Supply Depot, too, there are reports of Okinawan workers involved in both the loading and spraying of Agent Orange.

As well as Okinawans involved in spray teams, other veterans expressed concern that the locally-hired stevedores who helped to unload the drums on the docks may – like their American counterparts – have been exposed to the chemicals which leaked from damaged barrels.

ii) Okinawan farmers

Veterans claim that the Okinawan people who observed the effects of the defoliants were impressed with their power to kill vegetation. These former service members state that, in the same way American goods were unofficially bartered [on the Black Market) for Okinawan produce, small volumes of military defoliants were exchanged with local residents. Although veterans believed that these Okinawans were farmers, they did not see how the chemicals were used once handed over.

iii) Department of Defense Dependent schools

Among the veterans’ accounts, there are multiple references to the spraying of defoliants around DoDD schools during the late 1960s – with Camp Foster’s Kubasaki High School specifically mentioned by two service members. They claim that Army and Okinawan groundskeepers regularly used Agent Orange to kill weeds close to classrooms, playgrounds and playing fields. One veteran stated that it was common knowledge that the defoliants came from the same supply yards as the ones that sent the barrels to Vietnam. Other veterans claim that this pattern of usage was consistent with how these herbicides were sprayed elsewhere on Camp Foster.

5. Disposal of defoliants at Camp Hamby, MCAS Futenma and Kadena Air Base.

“The Army did what it always does. It buried them.”

[This] 2009 comment from the Fort Harrison VA concerning the disposal of herbicide agents on Okinawa between 1969 and 1972 seems to be corroborated by a former forklift driver who was assigned to Machinato Supply Depot. According to the veteran, in 1969 he witnessed the burial of dozens of barrels of Agent Orange after they had been damaged during transportation at sea.28

“I watched them dig a long trench. They had pairs of cranes and they lifted up the containers. Then they shook out all of the barrels into the trench. After that, they covered them over with earth. Where was this? Go through the main gate of Hamby Yard (current day Chatan). Go a quarter mile and those were our Connex (container) yards. The trench was about a half mile from the ocean – close to the rocks.”

Hamby Yard, according to this veteran, was not the only place where Agent Orange was buried. Towards the end of 1970 – with the US military under increasing pressure to scale back its use of the defoliants29 – two other stockpiles were buried on MCAS Futenma and Kadena AB. “The Army was just doing what it always did,” alleges the veteran. “They buried those barrels because it cost less than shipping them all back to the States. It was cheaper that way.”

The repercussions of the 8.8 talk at Okinawa Christian University

In August 2011, [Jon Mitchell] presented [his] research on military defoliants at Okinawa Christian University, Nishihara. In the week leading up to the talk, the Okinawan dailies ran extensive stories about military defoliants on the island. On August 6th, the Okinawa Times led with “Defoliants used on nine (U.S.) installations.”30 The following day, the Ryukyu Shimpo ran three articles titled “Defoliants used on eight installations,”31“Investigations needed within bases”32, and “Two generations struggle with diseases” 33 – based upon an interview with former Air Force Sergeant, Joe Sipala. On August 9th, the mainland Asahi Shimbun picked up the issue and ran the story “US military stored defoliants on Okinawa during Vietnam War, it is claimed.”34 This was followed in the evening by a prime-time news report, “The Okinawa-Defoliant connection.”35

Such widespread media coverage seemed to take the Japanese government by surprise and it spurred the first official reaction on August 9th [2011]. At a meeting of the Upper House Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Japanese Foreign Minister Matsumoto Takeaki stated that he had, using diplomatic channels, inquired with the United States about the issue. [Liberal Democratic Party] LDP member Shimajiri Aiko requested a Japan-U.S. Joint investigation – to which Matsumoto demurred that he would like first to hear the response from Washington. 36

Veterans Today Editorial Note: Despite the words Liberal and Democratic in their title, the LDP is the moderate to conservative political party that has controlled the Japanese government since the end of WWII.

Five days later, on August 14th, The Japan Times published the forklift truck driver’s account of the burial of Agent Orange on Camp Hamby.37 Once again, the Okinawan media was quick to cover the story38 – and on 19th August, Stars and Stripes, the US military’s daily newspaper, ran an article titled “Okinawan mayor urges probe into Agent Orange allegations.”39

The Japanese-language Tokyo-based press chose not to report the issue. However, the Japanese and US governments appeared to grasp more fully its potential ramifications. On the evening of August 19th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Pentagon claimed to be unable to find any evidence of military defoliants on Okinawa – but the Japanese government was pressing for a further investigation.

Veterans Today Editorial Note: The Pentagon deemed the US government representative on this inquiry gave the Japanese government the same response it has given the VA and America’s Veterans who served on Okinawa – inability to find any evidence or a paper trail that DoD never wanted followed in the first place since Operation Ranch Hand given the desire for secrecy and fear that the American military could be accused of using chemical/biological warfare in Viet Nam.

Conclusion

In 1989, Fred A. Wilcox chronicled the struggles that US veterans faced in receiving recognition for their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War in the book Waiting For An Army to DieTwenty-two years later, the title still encapsulates the attitude adopted by the Pentagon and the VA towards former service members citing exposure to dioxins on Okinawa. The veterans interviewed for this article recite an endless cycle of tactics that the authorities employ to stall their claims – lost deployment orders, missing medical records and requests for the veteran to seek out 40-year old documents that the VA knows never existed. Instead of “Putting Veterans First”, many former service members contend that the VA’s slogan should be changed to “Delay, deny until we all die.” When asked if he thought the Department of Defense would ever admit to the presence of Agent Orange on Okinawa, one retired Army member replied, “Imagine how much they’d have to pay out. That’s how they work. They don’t care about the veterans. It’s all about the money.”

His answer echoed the thoughts of almost all the veterans Mitchell interviewed. If the 1998 VA ruling had actually been made public at that time – when the US economy was stronger and the mood of the nation more favorable to veterans – then perhaps the Pentagon might have come clean on the issue. However, the world has changed significantly over the past 13 years and, with the US economy in deep recession, veterans exposed to toxic chemicals on this small outpost of the American Empire face an uphill struggle.

The US military on Okinawa already has a dubious environmental track record – including rendering Torishima Island a no-go zone through its use of depleted uranium ordnance in the 1990s and dangerous levels of arsenic and asbestos left on land formerly home to Camp Lester. In this atmosphere, the Pentagon is only too aware that any admission of the presence of military defoliants on Okinawa may make it liable for environmental evaluations and clean-up costs stretching into the tens of millions of dollars.

Regardless of these undeniable hurdles, there are positive signs that the US government will soon be compelled to end its silence. According to Jeff Davis, Senior Legislative Advocate of the Veterans Association for Sailors of the Vietnam War, “The Department of Defense is decidedly unhelpful, but you can beat the Department of Veterans Affairs by overwhelming it with testimony, statistics, science and documentation.”

In the past, one of the main obstacles to veterans forming a united front on this issue was the bureaucratic and geographical difficulties of tracking down those with corroborating experiences. Joe Sipala has been at the forefront of breaking down this barrier with the creation of “Agent Orange Okinawa,” a focus group onFacebook.

Sipala uses the site to share media reports, create a sense of solidarity among veterans exposed to agent orange and guide them through the hoops and barrels of the VA claims procedures. Since April 2011, the site has received over 35,000 views and brought into the open the testimonies of a dozen more veterans exposed to dioxins on Okinawa.40

Similarly, social media has engendered cooperation between veterans fighting for recognition in other regions where the Pentagon, despite overwhelming evidence of the presence of these defoliants, denies they were ever used – most notably in Guam and South Korea. This global approach allows former service members to better comprehend how and where these chemicals were deployed – as well as share techniques on accessing restricted information and pushing the issue into the public eye.

Meanwhile, the August 8th presentation helped to facilitate collaboration between Okinawan environmental groups and US veterans who were exposed on the island. Members from both sides have entered into correspondence and there are tentative plans to invite US veterans to Okinawa to identify former storage areas and give talks to community leaders concerned about the health risks. Okinawan groups are also in the process of gathering testimonies from former base workers who might have handled these defoliants – with the long-term goal of producing an epidemiological study.

In addition, plans are underway to test soil and water from the areas where military defoliants were stored. If comparisons with similar storage sites in South Vietnam are accurate, there is the very real danger that these areas continue to be highly-contaminated today.41

Without a doubt, these investigations—and, if the charges are confirmed, the subsequent cleanup—will be expensive. But with the potential health risks so serious, any delay on the side of the Japanese or American governments suggests not merely negligence but a cover-up. The harm may extend beyond the veterans interviewed in this article to US service members currently stationed on the island and Okinawans living, working and farming on areas formerly used to store these lethal chemicals.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jon Mitchell is a Welsh-born writer based in Yokohama and represented by Curtis Brown Ltd., New York. He has written widely on Okinawan social issues for the Japanese and American press. A selection of his writings can be found here. Currently, he teaches at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Recommended citation for scholars, students, and researchers: Jon Mitchell, ‘US Military Defoliants on Okinawa: Agent Orange,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 37 No 5, September 12, 2011.

Notes

1 The full Japanese text of the announcement is available here.

2 “OKINAWA: Forgotten Island,” Time, November 28, 1949.

3 Available, for example, here.

4 Steve Rabson, “‘Secret’ 1965 Memo Reveals Plans to Keep U.S. bases and Nuclear Weapons Options in Okinawa After Reversion,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, February 1, 2010.

5 William A. Buckingham, “Operation Ranch Hand – The air force and herbicides in Southeast Asia, 1961-1971”, Office of Air Force History, Washington D.C., 1982.

6 Jeanne Stellman et al. The extent and patterns of usage of Agent Orange and other herbicides in Vietnam,”Nature. Vol 422, 681.

7 Philip Jones Griffiths, “Agent Orange – ‘Collateral Damage in Viet Nam”,  Trolley Ltd., London, 2003, 169.

8 Fred A. Wilcox, “Waiting For An Army To Die,” Seven Locks Press, Santa Ana, 1989, 26.

9 For a concise summary of these cover-ups, see Griffiths pp. 164 ~ 169.

10 “Employment of Riot Control Agents, Flame, Smoke, Antiplant Agents, and Personnel Detectors in Counterguerilla Operations,” Department of the Army Training Circular, April 1969.

11 Stellman et al., 684.

12 For this – and further information on the impact on the health of people in Vietnam, see this link.

13 The primary manufacturers of these defoliants are still keen to emphasize that the 1984 settlement was not an admission of fault. Dow Chemical Company maintains that “Today, the scientific consensus is that when the collective human evidence is reviewed, it doesn’t show that Agent Orange caused veteran’s illnesses.” Link.

In 2004, Corpwatch quoted a spokesperson for Monsanto: “reliable scientific evidence indicates that Agent Orange is not the cause of serious long-term health effects.” Link.

In 2005, Griffiths dismissed these scientists as “the whores of the chemical companies – and of Washington – who will write stuff saying that Agent Orange is perfectly harmless.” (from “Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer,” Manhattan Neighborhood Network, aired 5th September, 2005)

14 The list of locations is available here.

15 “Agent Orange was likely used in Okinawa: U.S. vet board”, Kyodo News Service, July 8, 2007.

16 The complete text of ruling #9800877 is available here.

17 Quoted in the Kyodo article of July 8, 2007.

18 VA ruling #1030176 can be accessed here.

19 The ruling – #0941781 – can be read here.

20 Operation Red Hat was spurred by a leak of nerve gas that hospitalized over 20 GI’s in 1969. “Operation Red Hat: Men and a Mission” – a cheerily patriotic 1971 Department of Defense documentary detailing the removal of these munitions – can be watched here.

21 Buckingham, 188.

22 “Evidence for Agent Orange on Okinawa”, The Japan Times, April 12, 2011 (available here).

23 At the time of writing, over 20 veterans with firsthand experiences of spraying, storing or shipping military defoliants have come forward – with many more claiming to have seen these chemicals on the island. Of these former service members, approximately 75% have asked that their accounts remain anonymous while the VA processes their claims for compensation. All described the government department as “vindictive” and “spiteful” – with one veteran alleging that he was told if he went public with his experiences, the impact on benefits he was already receiving for injuries unrelated to dioxin-exposure would be “catastrophic.”

24 In their denials of veterans’ claims, the VA sometimes tries to suggest that the defoliants sprayed by US service members on Okinawa were “commercially-available herbicides.” This appears to be a deliberate attempt to obscure the truth. Veterans state that spray-tanks were filled directly from the same orange-striped barrels that were sent to Vietnam. The VA suggested to one veteran that the herbicides she inhaled in 1975 was Monsanto’s Roundup – a product that was not on the market until one year later. Moreover, the use of military defoliants in precisely the same manner Okinawa’s veterans describe is well-documented throughout Vietnam at this time – posing the question, why would the infamously parsimonious military pay extra for herbicides if they had thousands of gallons of powerful (and supposedly non-toxic) defoliants already at hand?

25 The allegation that military defoliants were sprayed around Yomitan Dog School is noteworthy due to a 1990 report regarding US military working dogs. The study compared the rates of testicular cancer in dogs that had died in the United States, Vietnam and Okinawa. The report found that dogs that died in Vietnam were 1.8 times more likely to develop testicular cancer than those in the U.S. – whereas the rate in Okinawa was even higher at 2.2 times the American control group. Howard M. Hayes et al., “Excess of Seminomas Observed in Vietnam Service U.S. Military Working Dogs”, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol 82, Issue 12.

26 Stellman et al., 685.

27 Griffiths, 166.

28 “Agent Orange Buried on Okinawa, Vet Says”, The Japan Times, August 13, 2011 (available here).

29 Buckingham, 169.

30 Japanese text available here.

31 The difference in the number of installations cited is due to the Ryukyu Shimpo article basing its calculations on VA denial records whereas the previous day’s Okinawa Times piece was based upon my own research. The Shimpo article is here.

32 基地内の調査必要, Ryukyu Shimpo, August 7, 2011.

33 親子2代疾患に悩む, Ryukyu Shimpo, August 7, 2011.

34 Available here.

35 The TV report is accessible here.

36 The exchange was reported by the Okinawa Times on August 10th.

37 “Agent Orange Buried on Okinawa, Vet Says”, The Japan Times, August 13, 2011.

38 See, for example, this TV report.

39 “Okinawan mayor urges probe into Agent Orange allegations”, Stars and Stripes, August 19, 2011 (available online here)

40 “Agent Orange on Okinawa” – link.

41 For an overview of the identification and clean-up of potential dioxin hotspots in South Vietnam, see this link.

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Divide and Conquer Using Beliefs

by Tom Valentine

Reading the many responses to Gordon Duff’s column about “Phony History,” posted earlier this week has inspired this piece, which I claim can help the asunder opinionists at VT understand the nature of today’s national schizophrenia.

It is plain to see that not very many educated and alert thinkers actually grasp the spiritual side of life, and many bright responders have a penchant for denigrating Christ and the New Testament.

It seems far more chic to deny Christ concepts as infantile and to concentrate on earthly “facts. The following has been on my drawing board for years; it is dedicated to divide and conquer mentality, to eternal squabbling over very temporal things.

Today, one may read an important book titled The Union Jack, which details the length and breadth of this ongoing Talmudic conspiracy with a twist. (educate-yourself.org/cn/UnionJack.pdf)

Zionists are not necessarily Jews—they are the scions of Waspworld, which is my tag for British Israel the philosophy that quietly snuck under the Talmudist conspirators to steal the “One World” thunder, and put us all in jeopardy.

Also, when using the term British Empire, I refer to the City of London financial empire, which now includes USA muscle.

These elitists are Masonic humanist wannabes, who usurped the Talmudist evil, making them even more dangerous to the future of liberty.

Here is a portion culled from The Union Jack that explains the case concisely:

Certainly it is not desirable that anyone should know that the kingdom of God on earth means world government via the British Empire, so the propaganda says it is to be a kingdom of Christ. This is quite simple, but devastating in its effect. An examination of this scheme will prove that British Israel propaganda is not Christianity, but a political religion and an instrument of power politics to unify the nations through religious deception under the British Empire.

“The propaganda is not expanded in political terms and can never be recognized as a political plotunless and until we can see that it is coded with spiritual or Biblical language. (Did Palin, Bachmann, Perry, Bush and Cheyne sneak up on us)?

Those it controls are absolutely helpless to break its spiritual deceit until they gain a proper knowledge of the true kingdom of God. This deceit is so absolute that those who believe it think that the earthly kingdom religion originates in Holy Writ

“They cannot honestly believe that the kingdom of God on earth is a bastard Jewish religion to control humanity under a World Government British Empire. It is a devil religion which appeals to a chaotic world.”

Helen Peters, a pamphleteer during the 1960s exposed British Israel valiantly; so well that many attributed “The Union Jack” to her. But she was not the author. Her book is titled One World.

People in their simplicity and naivete love to believe a loving God is coming down from a Christmas tree to kiss their hurts away, and the flocks also love to be manipulated, by prophecy, which is all very “agape” except that they are dragging everyone into a corrupt, one world earthly kingdom with them.

History tells us that The City of London, a Corporation nearly as old as the throne itself, perfected fascist mercantilist Banksterismwhile the Masonic elite’s literally married into the equally dark world of Talmudism.

The long-term plan is to create chaos over the world and eventually ensnare the confused and huddled masses in a “Kingdom of Christ on earth.” This plan has taken shape, they are licking their chops; we are dead meat. Only one thing now stands in the way—Jesus made it very plain “My Kingdom is not of this world.”
The Union Jack reminds us:

One of the slickest tricks of British Israel is the technique of Jew-baiting. They introduce all sorts controversies about the Jew, so that we will keep busy trying to convince others one way or the other on things such as the following: that Abraham was a Jew, or Abraham was not a Jew; that Jesus was a Jew or Jesus was not a Jew; that the Jews are a race, or the Jews are not a race; that the Bible, is a Jewish Book, or the Bible is not a Jewish Book, and many other like controversies on the Jews. But God’s Word says “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions rather than godly edifying.” I Tim. 1:4.

“British Israel would like for us to be so busy on this nonsense that we will not have time to find out that our real enemy is not the Jew as such, but the Jew’s religion. For if we understand the Jew’s religion, then we can understand the British Israel plot to take over the world through the use of it because its final goal is the earthlyzokingdom of God, so-called. We could then, even understand their political agendas—Regional government, NATO, Atlantic Union, World Trade Organization, United Nations, World Bank and all other moves to merge counties, states, or countries along with the Ecclesiastical Ecumenical movement— as being a coordinated stratagem to bring about One World—supposedly to be under God’s law. (Noahide not Sharia)

British Israel doesn’t want us to understand that the Jew’s religion is our real enemy until it is too late for us to save our country, and that is why they have Jew-baiters, to keep us occupied with wrangling on false flag controversies.

The British Israel Federation was formed under Benjamin Disraeli in the final years of the 19th century. In America, the esoteric center is in New Hampshire; where they quietly publish Destiny magazine.

Courageous Congressmen and Senators have read into the Congressional record the Dangers posed by the Federal Reserve banksters and their connection with the “Pilgrim Society”which is far more obscured by media than the “protocols.

Be sure to read the speeches of Congressman Louis T. McFadden. (eat your heart out Ron Paul, this guy had real courage.)

More from The Union Jack:

“It is difficult to enter into this debate without warning the reader that his own thoughts and words have been cleverly twisted in order to move him in the opposite direction to that which he intends and to do so without his knowing. For instance, if a man has known North from South since childhood and he comes upon a crossroads where the north-south signs have been switched, certainly he does not ponder but pursues the wrong direction to a destination opposite to that intended. A confused mind can quickly reach a state of total break down simply by reversing word meanings. A whole nation can be motivated along a certain course of action inimical to its vital interest by manipulating high sounding principles and ideals to implicit inconsistencies or self contradictions.

“Let us examine in this light the worldwide radio ministry of Herbert W. Armstrong. Herbert W. Armstrong’s propaganda organization is British Israel and he is accused of it many times, which he, of course, consistently denies. Many of the people who accuse him of it believe it themselves under another name or through another church organization. So nothing is gained here, only self contradiction by two people with the same religion. The minute both are condemned for their kingdom religion they promptly become allies and all other differences fade away. It is the essential and necessary earthly kingdom religion, which unites them all, regardless of what church name they assume or how much they believe they are opposed to each other. As long as they have the kingdom religion in common nothing else matters. A Jehovah Witness has more in common with a “Fundamentalist” Baptist than either of them believe.

“Definitions and concepts are all important. It is not the words and expressions we use, but their meaning and common usage and it is not always what we believe, but why do we believe it. So critical is this idea that our whole thought process turns either one direction or the other upon it. For example, Christians believe Christ has a kingdom and professing Christians believe also that Christ has a kingdom. While both have the name Christian both do not have the Christian faith. Christians believe that Christ’s kingdom is grace and salvation — a spiritual kingdom. Professing or as stated above, “Fundamental Christians” believe that Christ’s kingdom is yet to be in the form of a material earthly paradise which they call ‘the kingdom of God on earth.’ Although the Fundamentalists or Premillennialists talk about grace they only do so to achieve a closer identity to Christianity. They have a hybrid or mongrel faith which deceives them away from Christ to a Judaic Phariseeism which is antithetical and opposite to Christianity. So here we have two people called “Christians”. The world believes they are both Christians and they themselves believe they are Christians, but when we get at an understanding of why, or a definition of what they believe, we come to a polarity or a positive and a negative.

“Furthermore “Fundamentalists” believe one must obey God’s law for fear of physical punishment. Christians believe one must obey God’s law because they love their Savior; Both concepts are based on obedience, but it is why we should obey, that turns us either to legalism or to Christianity.

I added two cents worth to the comments responding to Duff’s poignant article when I suggested that far more than six blind men climbed around on an elephant to describe it. The operative word is “blind.”

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