National Guard moves into DC as Bush gears for Iraqi war within days
National Guard called to DC to fight war protestors as Bush gears up to announce Iraqi invasion. Purge of top military underway. Kurds on the move as Russia announces US plans simultaneous of Iraq, Iran and Syria. Ariel Sharon threatens WW III to launch Operation Shekhinah to seize Iraqi oil fields. Revolt threatens to disrupt US military.
In the wake of 9-11: What's coming next
By Jim Moore
© 2002 by Jim Moore, from the forthcoming book "Big Oil - Big War: The true story of September 11, 2001 and the 'War on Terror' - Writer's Club Press: San Jose, New York, Lincoln, Shanghai.
As the frenzy and hatred mounts in the Middle East, bringing global condemnation of Israel and almost certain refusal by the Arab nations to support an invasion of Iraq, President Bush has decided to "go it alone." That decision is expected to be announced soon, perhaps within weeks.
The Pentagon has already started calling up National Guard military police with orders to report to Washington, D.C. to brace for what will probably be the worst anti-war demonstrations since Vietnam. A Pentagon source told me on April 15 the Guard is being called up because local and federal police agencies in the nation's capitol "are stretched beyond their limits."
Although this may come as a surprise to most Americans, it is certainly no surprise to Russian intelligence, which has been sharing its own information with Iran, Iraq and Syria - all said to be targets of what might be a simultaneous invasion that is strongly opposed by top Pentagon brass, especially those in the Army, Marines and Air Force.
Insiders say they believe that opposition is the reason for the strange "investigation" of three of the nation's top military officials.
The Pentagon's investigation of Army Secretary Thomas White's use of military jets has expanded to include trips taken by the Navy and Air Force secretaries, a Defense Department spokesman said Saturday. (CNN, 13 April 2002)
Mike Parker, the assistant secretary of the Army resigned March 6, with congressional aides saying Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had him fired for questioning proposed budget cuts for the Army Corps of Engineers. Congressional aides said Rumsfeld wanted Parker fired after his testimony to Congress just a week earlier.
The White House declined comment. But a senior Bush administration official would not dispute the report that Parker, a former congressman from Mississippi, had been asked to leave.
"The administration expects its staff to support its budget," the official told CNN.
The head of the Army's civil works division, Parker was "terribly honest" in his testimony to the Senate Budget Committee, congressional aides said.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, the committee's chairman, called the decision to let Parker go "a serious mistake."
"Assistant Secretary Parker came before the Budget Committee and answered questions put to him honestly and directly," Conrad said. "That is precisely his responsibility in our constitutional system.
"The administration will cost itself credibility with Congress if it attempts to suppress the truth from its own representatives who testify before Congress."
A senior Bush aide said that when the budget is final, you "want everybody to support it." Parker, the aide said, "doesn't appear to agree with the president's budget." (CNN, 6 March 2002)
More recently, Bush was reported to be "livid" when top brass defied orders and told Congress they were not prepared to launch such an invasion, saying their troops were inadequate and what they had "were exhausted." The latest actions are seen by some as "a purge" to replace the independent-minded military brass with ones who will be "better team players."
CNN's big mistake - there is no 'free'press
In late March 2002, CNN made a big mistake. It dared broadcast the story that US forces were exhausted from their adventure in Afghanistan and were in no shape to turn around and invade Iraq.
Senior White House officials were furious over a CNN report March 28, which claimed the US military is "unprepared" to launch a new offensive in the war on terrorism - possibly against Iraq - because American troops need a rest.
"White House officials watched in disbelief Thursday morning as CNN beamed a report worldwide that stated: "The U.S. military needs more time to retool its ships, aircraft and weapons, restock munitions and to rest its troops."
One Bush official erupted over the story [filed by the network's Jamie McIntyre and slugged 'U.S. Military Not Ready']: "Could they help our enemies any more if they tried! Gee, CNN tells the world: 'Now's the time to attack America! That's what they've just done! We're resting??"
Introducing the report, CNN anchor Carol Costello announced: "The U.S. military is not quite ready for another major war."
McIntyre reported: "While the U.S. has plenty of the latest satellite-guided bombs, it is short of other high-tech assets, such as unmanned spy planes, which commanders now see as indispensable in providing real-time reports from the battlefield."
A Bush official spoke to the DRUDGE REPORT on condition their identity not be revealed.
"This is one of the most unconscionable stories I've ever seen in my years in public life... How could CNN just tell the world how our troops now need a rest... The impression that has been left is: 'We are in retreat!'"
The all-news channel has not yet received any official complaints from the White House, a CNN spokesman said Thursday afternoon. (The Drudge Report, March 8, 2002)
Yet, the criticism of US military adventurism is not coming from the media as much as from the military itself. The media (CNN in this case) made the "mistake" of reporting what was publicly said in Congressional testimony by top admirals and generals.
Commanders for U.S. forces in the Pacific and Europe were asked at a House Armed Services Committee hearing last week whether they had what it would take to carry out all current operations as well as possible military action against Iraq.
"We do not have adequate forces to carry out our missions for the Pacific if the operations in the Central Command (Afghanistan) continue at their recent past and current pace," Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair, commander in chief of the Pacific Command, told the committee.
Air Force Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, commander in chief of the European Command, gave a similar response. But he added that he would then ask Myers and Rumsfeld for more troops or supplies, and it would be up to them to make new choices.
A week before that, Army Gen. William F. Kernan, the commander in chief of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, told the same committee that troops were hard-pressed given the pace of fighting in Afghanistan, protecting the homeland and other efforts.
"They're tired, sir," Kernan said. "We are busy. We are busier than we have ever been." (Associated Press, 28 March 2002)
The military purges begin
As a result of that testimony, the Army purge has already begun. Purges of the Navy and Air Force are about to get underway. The public complaints, however, are not nearly as bitter as the private complaints, which are creating a bitter internal battle inside each service that could easily turn into a military civil war. In Vietnam, that internal battle became bloody, with an unprecedented number of unit commanders in the field killed by "friendly fire." In other words, they were shot in the back by their own troops, something the Pentagon definitely did not want the public to know, for it would have only fueled the raging fires of protest that swept the nation. It might, however, have tempered the anti-war slogans screamed at returning servicemen that they were "baby killers."
"If they only knew," one friend, a Vietnam Marine, told me. "If they only knew. So many of us were thrown over there without a clue what we were getting into. A lot of the [Army] grunts were drafted, they had no choice. I did. I was a Marine - and I know I'll go to hell for it. If you were a Marine in Vietnam, that's almost a given.
"We didn't know 'til we got there that it was a war over drugs and power that didn't have a damned thing to do with democracy. We came back and were called baby killers, but the peaceniks didn't know what we knew. Sure, we did kill kids - but those kids had bombs strapped to them just like the Palestinians do today. A lot of them were sweet kids and we'd give them rations and candy and took a lot of them under our wings to try to keep them alive while we could. But there were others - I don't think the kids themselves had any idea what they were doing, they were just following adult orders. Hell, they didn't even know what a bomb was, but they were human bombs themselves. It got to where we wouldn't even trust our own compassion anymore, we couldn't trust any of the kids. Vietnam destroyed any compassion I had in my soul. It turned me into one cold son-of-a-bitch and I'll be the first to admit it.
"We saw what assholes a lot of our COs were and when we got the chance, we offed them. Friendly fire. I smiled as I pulled the trigger - just as friendly as friendly could be. It wasn't until years after I came back to the US that I learned just how much our government had f—ked over us in the field. Jesus, just that BZ! Have you ever heard of BZ? It's like acid but it lasts for weeks and it turns you into a f—king killing machine. Right out of Fort Detrick, Maryland. Hell, we didn't even know who or what we were killing - anything that moved, we killed it. There were units that went totally wacko and killed themselves. But even then we didn't know. We came back to the States and had the most god-awful nightmares and flashbacks you could ever imagine. We weren't even human anymore. I guess we still aren't. Never will be. And the war protestors think they know what hell is like. Shit! Do they actually think this is what I signed on to? I was brainwashed - God, country, flag and apple pie. Hell, I thought I was doing something good."
The US military's 'walking dead'
A former Navy Seal who was part of the conversation nodded his head: "What we are now is - we're the walking dead. Walking wounded, if we're lucky. And we don't have to have a scratch on us." And he hadn't even seen action in Vietnam, but he'd been in Granada and Panama and other places he wouldn't talk about.
I sat, in hurt confusion, and listened. I had been a war protestor. I hadn't fled to Canada, but when I was drafted, I took the physical in Chicago in 1968 and went through the whole nine yards - until the moment came to raise my hand and take the oath. I said, "I'm sorry, I can't do that." I was numb, and just knew I was going to go to jail, but I'd be damned if I was going to flee my country. I didn't go to jail, thanks to documentary evidence of an illegal conspiracy that forced the Selective Service to back off - a conspiracy triggered by my high political profile in a US Supreme Court case on behalf of the Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign in Illinois where I was state party chairman.
Oddly, that defiance won me respect in some military groups, not the scorn I had expected. "You showed you had guts," my Marine friend said. "That's why I don't hate you for it. You stood and maintained your ground, you didn't retreat. If I'd known then what I know now, I would have done the same thing. You're OK by me." He laughed and said, "I think you'd have made a damned good Marine and I would have honored to have had you in my unit. You know, it's a funny thing, though, the guys that went over that were so 'peaceful' - once they got that first taste of blood, they became worse monsters than we were. They scared the shit out me - and I'm a Marine, by God!"
Still, I couldn't help but feel an emptiness, almost a shame. I didn't know, I muttered to myself, I just didn't know. The grunts were held guilty, when it was the Robert "Body Count" McNamara's who should have perhaps been tried for war crimes - not only against the humanity we called "geeks" but against our own soldiers, who set out for the most part in pursuit of honor and returned in disgrace.
A movie released about a decade ago called "Jacob's Ladder" told part of the story of the deadly BZ. When I brought it up, my Marine friend said, "Hell, I don't even want to see it. I lived it. Once is enough!" Now, as we march off to new wars, those old wounds are re-opening in a whole new generation of the American soldier as the rift grows between the commanders and the commandees and it is a rift no amount of White House purging will halt.
Rebellion in the trenches
Today's military is not the dumbed-down drafted black it mostly was during Vietnam. Today's military, despite a shocking "lowering of the bar" of admittance, is more educated, better trained in technology, and hopefully not as dumbed-down as the public education system would prefer it to be. Send them to Israel to kill Palestinian children and women and you will see the same rebellion that is now facing the Israeli Army, as hundreds of soldiers refuse to carry out orders they believe are illegal - and stupid.
Military officers are privately criticizing U.S. tactics in the battle of Gardez, saying war commanders should have used air strikes for days or weeks before sending ground forces against 800 enemy troops in Afghanistan.
"The way we lost those seven guys was a repeat of Somalia," said a senior Air Force officer, comparing Monday's clash south of the city of Gardez to the 1993 Mogadishu mission.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, however, yesterday sternly rejected any such comparison.
The Air Force officer said some Pentagon civilians also are upset with the tactics used in the assault near Gardez in Paktia province. Some informally have discussed firing commanders, but others say any dismissals would send the wrong message to U.S. allies as well as to supporters of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Seven U.S. combatants were killed in gun battles Monday after their MH-47 Chinook helicopters were inserted into mountainous terrain fiercely defended by al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. The Air Force source said one chopper on a rescue mission lacked adequate fire support from the air.
Military officers contended yesterday in interviews that there was no need to insert ground forces so early in Operation Anaconda, the first combined U.S. air and ground assault in the war in Afghanistan.
Instead, they said, jet aircraft with precision-guided bombs and the howitzers on AC-130 gunships for weeks should have pummeled caves and compounds where the enemy is hiding. During that period, the critics say, special-operations troops should have been used to find targets for direct aerial bombardment but not to directly attack the well-armed enemy forces.
Only after days or weeks of softening enemy positions and putting fighters on the run should significant numbers of U.S. ground troops have been inserted, they said.
Gen. Tommy Franks, running the war as head of U.S. Central Command, changed tactics for the 5-day-old battle in a mountain region called Shah-e-Kot, southeast of Gardez. (The Washington Times, 7 March 2002)
The military has been plagued with an increase in air crashes in recent months, and claims its air forces are "too old" to send into battle against Syria, Iran and Iraq. No amount of White House purges will hide that fact, and there is not time enough to rebuild a military structure - decimated by eight years of Clinton disdain and neglect, if not downright treason - to wage war on so many fronts and win.
The Navy and Marine Corps aviation force is the oldest ever, with the average plane or helicopter 18 years old. The Sea Knight helicopter that went down off Georgia just last month was 37 years old, officials said. And, even with new aircraft joining the fleet, the average age of the force is scheduled to increase to 20 years during the next five years.
"This might be symptomatic of an aged force with material problems," said the Navy official, who asked not to be named. "As the airplanes get older, they're going to require more care and attention and more inspections."
The corrosive maritime environment in which the Navy and the Marines operate is particularly hard on aircraft, officials said.
The Sea Knight is one of 18 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, helicopters and fixed-wing warplanes, that crashed between October and the end of last month, resulting in 19 deaths.
The steadily rising age of naval aircraft is a growing concern for top officers, including Gen. James Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps and a decorated Vietnam veteran, who raised the issue last month before the House subcommittee that oversees defense spending.
"We have CH-53Ds which are 31 years old, well past their service life," he told the lawmakers. "The CH-46 predates me in active service, and look what I look like after 35 years." ("Age of U.S. Aircraft Fleets Stirs Concern in Military" by Tom Bowman, Baltimore Sun, 15 April 2002)
New US war preparations in the Middle East
Russia's military intelligence services quietly informed Iran, Iraq and Syria in late January that Bush was preparing "a series of wars" in the Middle East, set to begin in September, shortly after a new fiscal year begins, giving the US president more funding. Whereas in Afghanistan it was the Northern Alliance that provided the local forces, this time it will be the Kurds. The US, Germany and Italy has been concentrating its military forces in the Middle East, Russian intelligence sources reported, ostensibly under cover of a "back-up operation" in Afghanistan, but the main operations there have ended.
Both Germany and Italy, though, have expressed increasing reluctance for such an invasion, citing what they call "Israeli provocation" in the Arab world in recent weeks. Both countries are struggling with increased anti-Israeli protests at home and, while the German government may be stable enough to fend off such protests, the Italian government, which has changed hands several times over the past few years, does not share that confidence. Turkey, a member of NATO, is disturbed because it considers the Kurds "terrorists" and has been fighting them within its own borders; their fear is that such an operation will strengthen the Kurds inside Turkey and provide a flow of armaments to them Turkey will be unable to stop. NATO is trying to win Turkey's support, Russian sources told the Arabs, with the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, which will be compensation for the separation of Kurdistan from Turkey proper.
The Kurds, fighting for independence in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran are reportedly working feverishly to set up bases and airstrips, according to a wide network of secret services in the areas where Kurds live in these countries. The US has already recruited leaders of the Kurdish communists, and has nearly completed the financing required to restore airstrips in these districts. Weapons produced in Russia and the former Soviet Union have been airlifted in by the US and are now in Kurd hands.
The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reported in early February that the Iraqi invasion should be completed "in about eight weeks," reporting that the United States plans to eliminate the Ground Forces and air bases of Iraq in extensive air strikes, to be followed by a "popular uprising." Khamid Karzai, the pro-Western leader of Afghanistant, would then be given the "throne."
"Whether this will be a simultaneous operation against all three countries is not yet known," Russian sources told their Arabian intelligence counterparts. "The US may start with Iraq and then simply move on to the other two in quick succession."
Build your own A-Bomb and start a war
Under the banner of a peacekeeping operation, US and possibly other NATO forces are then expected to settle in and set up more permanent bases, just as they have done in Kosovo and South Central Asia. The only NATO ally expressing open opposition is Britain, which - oddly - has sided with Moscow and has been arranging media leaks regarding the "insane" US policies in the Middle East. This past week, the world discovered Britain has taken its own policies even further, providing the complete plans for building small nuclear bombs, a story released only April 15.
The Russians expect the US move into permanent Middle East bases will take place with "lightning speed," just as happened in the Caspian Sea region. The Russians claim they are not taking any measures for now except to provide diplomatic assurances, "supporting Syria and Iran with armaments, and advising them on military issues." It is this military assistance and advice that reportedly has several Pentagon leaders worried.
Recent statements by Russian Prime Minsiter Mikhail Kasianov and Defense Minister Sergie Ivanov, sternly opposing Bush's plans to widen his counter-terrorist operations against rogue states, are being interpreted by Pentagon brass as a veiled warning that, if the US does invade Iraq, Iran or Syria, it will at the very least be facing Russian proxy troops, if not Russians themselves. "This time it won't be a joke," the Russians warn. "This time it's going to get very, very bloody. Unbelievably bloody."
Not only have the Russian intelligence estimates been provided to Arab nations, the Russians also took the extraordinary step of publicly printing them in the Russian paper, Nezavisaya Gazeta.
A new, revised 'Axis of Terror'
The Russian assessment seemed to gather more credibility when US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld specifically singled out Iran, Iraq and Syria April 1, accusing them of forming, in effect, a new "Axis of Terror" that is "inspiring and financing a culture of political murder and suicide bombing" in the Middle East. Rumsfeld, according to a CNN report, accused the three nations of supporting a "war on civilization." (CNN, 2 April 2002) North Korea seems to have dropped off the map, replaced by Syria. Will the real enemy please stand up?
Reporting this is not exposing any American military secrets. The Russians already know it, the Syrians, the Iranians, the Iraqis - they already know it. Rumsfeld is quite publicly laying the groundwork. The only people, it seems, who don't know it are the American people themselves, in whose name this action is about to be taken. The public thinks that the situation is "slowly moving in that direction," but fails to realize the decision was made months ago, on-the-ground action initiated, and the only thing to do now is to wage a "public relations" war to bring the US population onboard.
In the face of this intelligence, even Saudi Arabia is backing away from the US, and has canceled a planned visit here April 22.
Administration officials have told United Press International that Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah has effectively canceled his scheduled visit on April 22 to President Bush's ranch because of the continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian Authority.
"That's our information," said a State Dept. official. "In the circumstances, it hardly comes as a surprise."
The White House, behind the scenes, is urging Abdullah to come, saying his absence will embarrass President George Bush.
A former senior diplomat to the region, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said Abdullah's cancellation would be "a major error." But he faulted the administration: "We have a group in the White House that appears to have very little Middle East expertise."
According to State Dept. officials, Abdullah condemned Israel's massive offensive called "Operation Defensive Wall," as a "savage act far from any human logic."
"Abdullah is hurt and humiliated," said a State Dept. official. "He made what he felt was a generous offer, only to see it entirely ignored, not just by Israel, but seemingly by the United States." The former senior diplomat said: "The Abdullah Plan was the best thing to come out of Arabia in recent times. It's the best for the Arabs, best for Israel, and the best for the U.S."
According to former CIA Middle East operative, Bob Baer, Abdullah is a key player in U.S. Middle East policy. "He's our only hope for Saudi Arabia," he said. "He's the only guy willing to take on the corruption in the kingdom and fight the war on terror." ("Saudi Prince Abdullah to Cancel Bush Visit" - UPI, 15 April 2002)
Time bomb in Oklahoma City?
David Shippers is no wild-eyed conspiracy theorist. He is the high-powered Washington lawyer who led the successful fight in Congress to impeach President Bill Clinton. Shippers, investigative counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, was responsible for all investigations under the impeachment inquiry. While he identifies himself as a Democrat, he claims his problems with Republicans in Congress were not that he was being pushed by Republicans but rather that he was being held back.
As early as October 2001, Shippers was expressing dismay with the Bush administration, both the current and former one - and downright disgust with the Clinton administration he had brought impeachment charges against, for bringing thousands of Iraqi terrorists into the US after the Gulf War, planting them in US cities and providing them with housing, jobs and funding.
"Frankly, when I first heard the information," he said on a radio show Oct. 10, 2001, "I just pooh-poohed it, as did everybody else - they thought here comes another one of those crazy conspiracy theories, you know." But he said a former Oklahoma City television reporter, dismissed after her station was bought out, changed his mind. The information he has gathered since leads him to believe "something is about to happen in Oklahoma City" where some 2,000 of these "former Iraqi intelligence agents" have been relocated.
"From what I'm understanding, they are up to something again in Oklahoma City. The word is out that Oklahoma City police are not even allowed to touch them. I don't know what it is or what their target is, but these same people are at it again."
By "these same people," Shippers makes clear that he has piles of evidence that these Iraqis were involved in the earlier Oklahoma bombing. He claims there was advance warning by a district attorney named Ysolf Bodansky.
"He is the guy that wrote the book about bin Laden. He was hooked up with some Congressional leaders in the House - kind of an unofficial, for lack of a better word, a strike force, a task force on terrorism. They sent out a warning on February 19, 1995, saying there was going to be a massive attack by the terrorists in the heartland of the United States and it was going to be a federal facility. Everybody ignored it. By the way, I have personally seen that warning. I have seen it. There was also in that warning that there was going to be a massive attack in Washington - it took them six years to do it. The targets were going to be Washington, the White House and the Capitol Building - and they were going to use airliners to attack them." (Interview on The Alex Jones Radio Show, 10 Oct. 2001)
Shippers said it wasn't until after he got specific warnings from FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota that there would be an attack on lower Manhattan that he took a more active role.
"That's what started me calling. First of all I tried to see if I could get a Congressman to go to bat for me and at least bring these people [FBI agents] out there [to Washington] and listen to them. I sent them information and nobody cared. It was always, 'We'll get back to you', 'we'll get back to you', 'we'll get back to you.'
"Then I reached out and tried to get to the Attorney General, when finally we got an attorney general in there that I would be willing to talk to. And, again, I used people who were personal friends of John Ashcroft to try to get to him. One of them called me back and said, 'Alright, I talked to him. He will call you tomorrow morning.' This was like a month before the bombing. The next morning I got a call. It wasn't from Ashcroft. It was from somebody in the Justice Department."
"I started telling him the situation and he said, 'You know we don't start out investigations at the top.' I said I would like to talk to the Attorney General because this is vital. He said, 'We don't start our investigations at the top. Let me look into this and I will get back to you.' As I sit here today (October 10, 2001), I have never heard from him."
"Now ... thousands are dead. And there is more coming. There is more coming!" (Interview on The Alex Jones Radio Show, 10 Oct. 2001)
The FBI 'agent in the street' is angry
Shippers is representing several FBI agents who are angry that were ordered to back off their al Qaeda and bin Laden investigations in the weeks before the World Trade Center attack. Like a growing number of military soldiers, they are increasingly outraged at what they see as incompetence, perhaps even treason, in their higher ranks.
"They are hoping to [sue]," he said, "but what do you sue for? What I'm trying to do is get the people in Washington - you see, these agents can't come out. The only information that I have is information that is public knowledge. They can't tell me anything that is confidential or anything that is secret, or anything like that. ... these guys can't say anything unless they are subpoenaed.
"I don't want to get into a court. I want to get them into the intelligence committee. I want them to talk to the Attorney General, to Governor Ridge, to General Downing or to somebody who has the authority to go to the FBI bureaucrats and say, 'Butt out! We are going to do this right.'
"It really is scary. The whole thing is scary. Remember the Palmer raids when they had the Reds scare in the early twentieth century and they just went out and rounded up everybody and threw them in jails and deported them. Our freedoms took a real hit. I hope to God that we don't run into the same thing this time. The people are saying, 'I want to be safe.' Who was it, Ben Franklin said if you give up your liberties for security, you will eventually lose both your liberties and your security." (Interview on The Alex Jones Radio Show, 10 Oct. 2001)
Shippers described the difficulties an FBI agent had - even after the September 11 attack - in stopping funds earmarked in Chicago for Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization - "the only place money was actually identified and stopped."
"An agent actually filed the affidavit. I'm not talking about anything that is confidential. This agent here in Chicago filed the affidavit where he laid out the whole way that the money moves, the way that it is handled, how it comes out of the middle east into Chicago area and into the United States, how it is covered, how the operatives are covered, how the money is transferred back and where it's kept while its here. And that affidavit ran like 30 pages - laying it out. And he had to go through hell on earth in Washington, he had to fight like a tiger - everybody in his own bureau and in the Dept. of Justice was against him - and still is."
"This woman who was talking to me [former Oklahoma City TV reporter], she had other contacts, who were in Naval Intelligence and other areas, and she was reporting that there was one of these terrorists who was involved in the bombing in Oklahoma City - was working at the Boston airport. A friend of mine who happens to be an agent had information that there were Hamas operatives working in baggage and areas at O'Hare Airport with free access to any part of the airport. But no one would listen. They just said it's not true, it can't happen that way. I'll tell you something. I don't know if it was because Clinton and his boys didn't want the United States to realize that Flight 800 was a terrorist attack and that Oklahoma City was a terrorist attack because they didn't want to admit that the intelligence of the United States was totally destroyed."
"The original report that I got was that they had arranged for three attacks on the United States - one, they were going to take down an airline; two, they were going to attack a federal facility in the heartland of the United States; and the third one was going to be a massive attack in lower Manhattan."
"I've ran into a lot of nuts who came up with a lot of strange theories, outer space, and things like that. But these people who I was talking to were very, very credible people. For example, Jayna Davis [the former TV reporter] took everything she had ... I'm talking about 3 giant loose-leaf binders full of affidavits and other material. This woman did a job of investigating that would make the Mossad look bad.
"She identified by name the guy who was the one [John Doe #2]. Recently, she came up with some evidence that another guy there actually admitted that he was part of the World Trade Center bombing. He's still walking around. I mean they are taking people into custody, they are offering rewards, but these guys are still there and still doing their little thing.
"They [the New York Times] bought up the TV station and got rid of her and also tried to make her turn over notes and films and stuff like that but she beat them in court. She's still got them.
"You know the guy that cut the throat of that bus driver in Tennessee was here on a one-month visa and he had overstayed his visa by what - a year and a half, two years. Until somebody starts listening, I'm telling you, I see on television, I see them saying that the president has said that these tapes that are coming from Bin Laden may very well be signals or codes to terrorists in the United States. ... the latest tape specifically made reference to the heart of the United States.
"They are doing something down there in Oklahoma City. The folks in Oklahoma City tell me they are up to something. There are deliveries being made, there is material being moved and places being opened... One of the methods they use to cover their operatives while in the States is they set up some garage or a pretend garage - or a filling station where they can all allegedly work. But they're not working there, it's not really a garage, it's just a location to cover them. I tried the House, I tried the Senate, I tried the Dept. of Justice, I didn't go to the FBI because I know there is a roadblock there and I didn't go to the Justice Dept. until Ashcroft got in there because I know there's roadblocks out there. These are the very people who put up roadblocks on the attack against the terrorists under Clinton, they are still there. They still constitute, almost like moat, between the people with information and the people who should hear the information.
"The whole thing is unbelievable. You know, I talk to people who are in the media, people who are well aware of what is going on and they cannot believe that this is happening. ... Somebody is up to something down there. I know of phone calls going to Iraq from some of these guys. I know of phone calls from one of the known, one of the named terrorists by the FBI, he is making calls to a place that is identical to one of the people that I am talking about. In other words, same place...
"Jayna's got the original police radio calls [from the Oklahoma City bombing]. And in the original calls, it said to be on the lookout for this truck that was being driven by a middle-eastern type individual. That was the original one and I remember, at one point, one police officer called in and said by whose authority do we stop this guy. And they said: authority FBI, Oklahoma City. Then shortly thereafter, the all-points-bulletins stopped and there was never another word. Remember how they said that he (McVeigh) had been with a militant group in Michigan and how we all have to hunker down because the crazy right wing maniacs are liable to do anything. Nobody wanted to tell it like it was because it would turn out that the crazy rightwing maniacs were right all along.
"Jayna Davis took the same stuff she showed me and walked into the FBI at Oklahoma City and said here, I have all this material, it may be of some assistance to you. They said, we don't want it. They refused to even take it." (Interview on The Alex Jones Radio Show, 10 Oct. 2001)
A New World Order? God, I hope not!
Asked about the possibility of an expanded UN, NATO planes patrolling our skies, global government being empowered and a takeover of the Middle East and Central Asia, Shippers said:
"I hope to God that you're wrong, I do. I can't fight or argue with you because it does seem to be heading that way. However, I think the problem is that they covered up the TWA 800 bombing, they covered up the Oklahoma City bombing, but when the whole world watched those two planes hit the Towers, there is no way they could blame that on a local group. They have to get into it now and I think - I'm not talking about Ashcroft or the president, I'm not talking about the street agent. They are the greatest men on the face of the earth, as far as I'm concerned - the FBI street agent, the guys out there going door to door.
"The heroes get crucified and the bureaucrats sit out there and tell each other what a great job they are doing until another city blows up. And then they say, they need more tools. They have all the tools in the world. They could have found the money (trail) years ago if they had just listened. Sorry, if I sound mad, I am. We've got to go public. We tried to do it the right way, we tried to do it by going to the people in whom you would normally repose your confidence and trust. It didn't work. Nobody cares. (Interview on The Alex Jones Radio Show, 10 Oct. 2001)
As frustrated as Oklahoma law enforcement officers are at being ordered "not to interfere" with any of the activities being carried out by the Iraqis, the state is still taking extensive pains to try to cope with a disaster it feels certain is still going to hit. It just completed a dramatic three-day exercise in which fake terrorist planes sprayed the city of McAlester with deadly bio-warfare toxins, in order to test and sharpen local responsiveness. But privately, they say, "we're shooting in the dark. We know it's coming, we see the signs - right here in Oklahoma - and our hands are tied by the FBI. Why?"
Israel inches closer to the nuclear option
The most frightening possibility to come out of the escalating warfare in the Middle East is that of an all-out nuclear between Israel and the Arab nations, a possibility that is becoming a probability if tensions are not somehow eased - and very, very soon. US intelligence officials familiar with Israeli policy and, more so, with Ariel Sharon's personality, believe events could spiral out of control within a matter of weeks into a situation no one could check.
My own intelligence sources pointed me to an interview conducted by Israeli journalist Amos Oz in 1982 with then-General Ariel Sharon - an interview they say "reveals who Ariel Sharon is and what he will do more than any public statement he has ever made since."
Sharon in 1982: "We might start World War Three!"
"You can call me anything you like. Call me a monster or a murderer. Just note that I don't hate Arabs. On the contrary. Personally, I am much more at ease with them, and especially with the Bedouin, than with Jews. Those Arabs we haven't yet spoilt are proud people, they are irrational, cruel and generous. It's the Yids that are all twisted. In order to straighten them out you have to first bend them sharply the other way. That, in brief, is my whole ideology".
"Call Israel by any name you like, call it a Judeo-Nazi state as does [Jewish journalist David] Leibowitz. Why not? Better a live Judeo-Nazi than a dead saint. I don't care whether I am like Ghadafi. I am not after the admiration of the gentiles. I don't need their love. I don't need to be loved by Jews like you either. I have to live, and I intend to ensure that my children will live as well. With or without the blessing of the Pope and the other religious leaders from the New York Times. I will destroy anyone who will raise a hand against my children, I will destroy him and his children, with or without our famous purity of arms. I don't care if he is Christian, Muslim, Jewish or pagan. History teaches us that he who won't kill will be killed by others. That is an iron law".
"Even if you'll prove to me by mathematical means that the present war in Lebanon is a dirty immoral war, I don't care. Moreover, even if you will prove to me that we have not achieved and will not achieve any of our aims in Lebanon, that we will neither create a friendly regime in Lebanon nor destroy the Syrians or even the PLO, even then I don't care. It was still worth it. Even if Galilee is shelled again by Katyushas in a year's time, I don't really care. We shall start another war, kill and destroy more and more, until they will have had enough. And do you know why it is all worth it? Because it seems that this war has made us more unpopular among the so-called civilised world".
"We'll hear no more of that nonsense about the unique Jewish morality, the moral lessons of the holocaust or about the Jews who were supposed to have emerged from the gas chambers pure and virtuous. No more of that. The destruction of Eyn Hilwe (and it's a pity we did not wipe out that hornet's nest completely!), the healthy bombardment of Beirut and that tiny massacre (can you call 500 Arabs a massacre?) in their camps which we should have committed with our own delicate hands rather than let the Phalangists do it, all these good deeds finally killed the bullshit talk about a unique people and of being a light upon the nations. No more uniqueness and no more sweetness and light. Good riddance."
"I personally don't want to be any better than Khomeini or Brezhnev or Ghadafi or Assad or Mrs. Thatcher, or even Harry Truman who killed half a million Japanese with two fine bombs. I only want to be smarter than they are, quicker and more efficient, not better or more beautiful than they are. Tell me, do the baddies of this world have a bad time? If anyone tries to touch them, the evil men cut his hands and legs off. They hunt and catch whatever they feel like eating. They don't suffer from indigestion and are not punished by Heaven. I want Israel to join that club. Maybe the world will then at last begin to fear me instead of feeling sorry for me. Maybe they will start to tremble, to fear my madness instead of admiring my nobility. Thank god for that. Let them tremble, let them call us a mad state. Let them understand that we are a wild country, dangerous to our surroundings, not normal, that we might go crazy if one of our children is murdered - just one! That we might go wild and burn all the oil fields in the Middle East! If anything would happen to your child, God forbid, you would talk like I do. Let them be aware in Washington, Moscow, Damascus and China that if one of our ambassadors is shot, or even a consul or the most junior embassy official, we might start World War Three just like that!"
......We are talking while sitting on the balcony of the pretty country house belonging to C. [as Sharon is frequently called] which is situated in a prosperous Moshav, Oz writes. To the west we see a burning sunset and there is a scent of fruit trees in the air. We are being served iced coffee in tall glasses. C. is about fifty years old. He is a man well known for his (military) actions. He is a strong, heavy figure wearing shorts but no shirt. His body is tanned a metallic bronze shade, the colour of a blond man living in the sun. He puts his hairy legs on the table and his hands on the chair. There is a scar on his neck. His eyes wander over his plantations. He spells out his ideology in a voice made hoarse by too much smoking:
"Let me tell me [sic] what is the most important thing, the sweetest fruit of the war in Lebanon: It is that now they don't just hate Israel. Thanks to us, they now also hate all those Feinschmecker Jews in Paris, London, New York, Frankfurt and Montreal, in all their holes. At last they hate all these nice Yids, who say they are different from us, that they are not Israeli thugs, that they are different Jews, clean and decent. Just like the assimilated Jew in Vienna and Berlin begged the anti-Semite not to confuse him with the screaming, stinking Ostjude, who had smuggled himself into that cultural environment out of the dirty ghettos of Ukraine and Poland. It won't help them, those clean Yids, just as it did not help them in Vienna and Berlin. Let them shout that they condemn Israel, that they are all right, that they did not want and don't want to hurt a fly, that they always prefer being slaughtered to fighting, that they have taken it upon themselves to teach the gentiles how to be good Christians by always turning the other cheek. It won't do them any good. Now they are getting it there because of us, and I am telling you, it is a pleasure to watch."
"They are the same Yids who persuaded the gentiles to capitulate to the bastards in Vietnam, to give it in to Khomeini, to Brezhnev, to feel sorry for Sheikh Yamani because of his tough childhood, to make love not war. Or rather, to do neither, and instead write a thesis on love and war. We are through with all that. The Yid has been rejected, not only did he crucify Jesus, but he also crucified Arafat in Sabra and Shatila. They are being identified with us and that's a good thing! Their cemeteries are being desecrated, their synagogues are set on fire, all their old nicknames are being revived, they are being expelled from the best clubs, people shoot into their ethnic restaurants murdering small children, forcing them to remove any sign showing them to be Jews, forcing them to move and change their profession.
"Soon their palaces will be smeared with the slogan: Yids, go to Palestine! And you know what? They will go to Palestine because they will have no other choice! All this is a bonus we received from the Lebanese war. Tell me, wasn't it worth it?
"Soon we will hit on good times. The Jews will start arriving, the Israelis will stop emigrating and those who already emigrated will return. Those who had chosen assimilation will finally understand that it won't help them to try and be the conscience of the world. The 'conscience of the world' will have to understand through its arse what it could not get into its head. The gentiles have always felt sick of the Yids and their conscience, and now the Yids will have only one option: to come home, all of them, fast, to install thick steel doors, to build a strong fence, to have submachine guns positioned at every corner of their fence here and to fight like devils against anyone who dares to make a sound in this region. And if anyone even raises his hand against us we'll take away half his land and burn the other half, including the oil. We might use nuclear arms. We'll go on until he no longer feels like it..."
"...You probably want to know whether I am not afraid of the masses of Yids coming here to escape anti-semitism smearing us with their olive oil until we go all soft like them. Listen, history is funny in that way, there is a dialectic here, irony. Who was it who expanded the state of Israel almost up the boundaries of the kingdom of King David? Who expanded the state until it covered the area from Mount Hermon to Raz Muhammad? Levi Eshkol. Of all people, it was that follower of Gordon, that softie, that old woman. Who, on the other hand, is about to push us back into the walls of the ghetto? Who gave up all of Sinai in order to retain a civilised image? Beitar's governor in Poland, that proud man Menahem Begin. So you can never tell. I only know one thing for sure: as long as you are fighting for your life all is permitted, even to drive out all the Arabs from the West Bank, everything."
"Leibowitz is right, we are Judeo-Nazis, and why not? Listen, a people that gave itself up to be slaughtered, a people that let soap to be made of its children and lamp shades from the skin of its women is a worse criminal than its murderers. Worse than the Nazis...If your nice civilised parents had come here in time instead of writing books about the love for humanity and singing Hear O Israel on the way to the gas chambers, now don't be shocked, if they instead had killed six million Arabs here or even one million, what would have happened? Sure, two or three nasty pages would have been written in the history books, we would have been called all sorts of names, but we could be here today as a people of 25 million!"
"Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us, to pull the rug from underneath the feet of the Diaspora Jews, so that they will be forced to run to us crying. Even if it means blowing up one or two synagogues here and there, I don't care. And I don't mind if after the job is done you put me in front of a Nuremberg Trial and then jail me for life. Hang me if you want, as a war criminal. Then you can spruce up your Jewish conscience and enter the respectable club of civilised nations, nations that are large and healthy. What you lot don't understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it. True, it could have been finished in 1948, but you interfered, you stopped it. And all this because of the Jewishness in your souls, because of your Diaspora mentality. For the Jews don't grasp things quickly. If you open your eyes and look around the world you will see that darkness is falling again. And we know what happens to a Jew who stays out in the dark. So I am glad that this small war in Lebanon frightened the Yids. Let them be afraid, let them suffer. They should hurry home before it gets really dark. So I am an anti-Semite? Fine. So don't quote me, quote Lilienblum instead [an early Russian Zionist - ed.]. There is no need to quote an anti-Semite. Quote Lilienblum, and he is definitely not an anti-Semite, there is even a street in Tel Aviv named after him". (C. quotes from a small notebook that was lying on his table when I arrived:)
'Is all that is happening not a clear sign that our forefathers and ourselves...wanted and still want to be disgraced? That we enjoy living like gypsies.' That's Lilienblum. Not me. Believe me. I went through the Zionist literature, I can prove what I say".
"And you can write that I am disgrace to humanity, I don't mind, on the contrary. Let's make a deal: I will do all I can to expel the Arabs from here, I will do all I can to increase anti-semitism, and you will write poems and essays about the misery of the Arabs and be prepared to absorb the Yids I will force to flee to this country and teach them to be a light unto the gentiles. How about it?"
Poisoned minds can destroy a planet
"It was there that I stopped C.'s monologue for a moment," Oz wrote, "and expressed the thought passing through my mind, perhaps more for myself than for my host. Was it possible that Hitler had not only hurt the Jews but also poisoned their minds? Had that poison sunk in and was still active? But not even that idea could cause C. to protest or raise his voice. After all, he is said to have never shouted under stress, even during the famous operations his name is associated with." ("Sharon in 1982: 'We might start World War Three!'" - Interview by Amos Oz, posted 14 April 2002)
As I read through that interview, I thought of the Marine friend and I knew how those minds could be poisoned. Yes, Sharon's mind probably is poisoned, but it happened a long time ago when he was probably a younger and better man, and today he doesn't even know the poison is there. But nonetheless it is a poison that threatens to reach out and engulf us all, the whole world, as we careen drunkenly into that not-so-good night of nuclear Armageddon.
Those of us in our comfortable homes, with our stock portfolios and our fancy cars and computers have been likewise poisoned by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, even Fox News - poisoned by propaganda that makes us cry the ancient bloodlust cry against faceless, unknown Arabs, just as Sharon cries out for blood and terror and destruction. Just as so many millions of Germans cried out half a century ago, only to discover later that they had been living in The Matrix world of illusion, where nothing was as it seemed - and they have tried to fight down their shame ever since. I only hope we in America don't someday find ourselves in the same position, but I have to admit I'm not very optimistic.
The Masada Complex?
According to Talk America.com's Lowell Ponte, the Jewish state would not go down without exercising its nuclear option.
He cites what psychologists call "The Masada complex" among Israel's military elite - a vow that the defeat 2,000 years ago at the hands of the Romans atop the Dead Sea mountaintop fortress will not be repeated.
"If Israel loses, neither the Palestinians nor any unfriendly nation within 2,000 miles would 'win,'" predicts Ponte, in his latest column for FrontPageMagazine.com.
"Israel could turn the entire Middle East into a smoking, radioactive hole in the ground. ... This might not be Biblical Armageddon, but it would be a reasonable facsimile."
Defense analysts estimate the number of Israeli nuclear weapons at somewhere between 200 and 400, he contends, in an arsenal that may also include a small number of thermonuclear explosives.
The Jewish state's nuclear-capable delivery systems include approximately 50 Jericho-2 missiles, each with a reported 2,200-pound payload capacity and 900-mile range.
Also on hand: 25 nuclear capable F-15E's and about 80 older Phantom F-4's, according to published reports.
Likely targets would include Riyadh, Baghdad, Damascus and the jewel of all Islam, Mecca. (NewsMax.com, 15 April 2002)
A new US nuclear attack warning
Stepped up US warnings of a nuclear attack focus on the thousands of poorly-inspected cargo container ships that enter US harbors. Such warnings of nuclear attack have come so frequently in the six months after September 11 that the public has grown somewhat calloused
Each year, more than 7,500 commercial vessels make approximately 51,000 port calls, off-loading 6 million loaded marine containers in U.S. ports. Current growth predictions indicate the container cargo will quadruple in the next 20 years.
One serious worry is that terrorists might use one of these ships to transport and then explode a nuclear device in a major U.S. port - perhaps crippling the U.S. economy as the nation's stream of commerce stops in a self-imposed protective embargo.
And the experts agree there is no silver bullet to prevent such a catastrophe.
Already, the U.S. Coast Guard is employing highly sensitive equipment to check ships for radioactive material. But such checks are not foolproof, nor can the Coast Guard scan all ships for the potentially lethal material.
Another concern is that the terrorists may use an oil tanker as a way to collapse the U.S. economy.
Noted journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave, in a special "Off-the-Record" briefing to NewsMax readers, warns that terrorists have already bragged about being able to explode a fully loaded oil tanker as it passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
Such a disaster, de Borchgrave says, would close the narrow straits and send the world economy into a tailspin.
Ominously, an al-Qaeda manual discovered in the United Kingdom said seaport workers could make good recruits.
Furthermore, bin Laden is said to own a fleet of freighters, already used to smuggle explosives into Africa for the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.
Other unhappy factoids: The Philippines, home to more than one militant group, is the world's biggest crew supplier. And Indonesia, headquarters for many radical Muslim groups, comes in second at supplying crews for the nettlesome container ships.
But the worst news is that the vulnerability of the critical supply line has already been illustrated - in spades. Italian authorities recently found a suspected al-Qaeda member inside a sealed container headed for Canada.
Only 2 Percent Inspected
With the stowaway were mobile phones, false credit cards, plane tickets and certifications identifying the man as an airplane mechanic.
Presently only about 2 percent of containers arriving in the U.S. are inspected. And according to recent Hill testimony, even if that level reached 100 percent, the danger would not be neutralized, because if the infiltrated cargo even arrives at the U.S. port it may be too late.
One possible scenario: an electronic data system that would allow U.S. authorities to know in advance the origin, contents and shipper of each container - before it is ever loaded at the point of shipment.
This would allow U.S. authorities to target the most vulnerable or suspicious shipments, possibly rerouting and inspecting them before they arrive in the U.S.
One important fault in this plan is apparent, however, say the experts. Digitized or not, the maritime industry's present documentation is unreliable.
In one instance, U.S. Customs audited 181 ships and found 96 had more or fewer containers on board than identified. What's more, bills of lading describing the containers' contents also were incomplete or falsified.
And erroneous or not, the volume of paperwork is mountainous. The movement of each container is part of a transaction that can involve a score or more different parties: buyers, sellers, inland freighters and shipping lines, middlemen, financiers and governments.
A single transaction can crank out 30-40 documents, and each container can carry cargo for several customers, further multiplying the plethora of documents.
In the meantime, good intelligence and a handful of expensive gadgets are serving on the front lines of port security. The current mainstay: a $1.2 million per copy gamma-ray machine.
Loaded on trucks, the machine's long white arm makes the device resemble an electric company's cherry picker. Dubbed "VACIS," the acronym for Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, the machine sprays containers with gamma rays, producing a blurry X-ray-like image of what's inside. It takes skilled and experienced operators to make sense of the images.
But even with VACIS, the logistics of expanding the token inspections are daunting. According to the Charleston, S.C., customs office, its two dozen inspectors can't possibly keep up with the crushing volume of cargo pouring through the southern port's terminals.
"There are days when we have 10 ships coming in, and they might be spread across several terminals," explained one customs official.
The same hectic scene is duplicated at all the nation's ports, where staff levels have actually decreased over the years despite the fact that container volume has doubled since 1993.
So, what can be done to help make ports safe?
Part of the answer may rest with new technologies. Ancore Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., for example, is making new machines that use laser-like beams of neutrons that can identify trace amounts of drugs or explosive residues.
Also being considered is having the U.S. push its borders out and pre-screen containers in specially created security zones before they are loaded onto ships in foreign ports. Done with the cooperation of the foreign authorities, American inspectors would be on hand to assist local officials.
Robert Bonner, the head of the U.S. Customs Service, wants to kick off such a plan by focusing on the top 10 container ports that trade with the U.S. and funneling as many containers as possible through approved gateways. The top 10 would include Hong Kong, Rotterdam and Shanghai.
Ideas From Private Sector
Private enterprise has its own ideas. In recent congressional testimony, Wayne Gibson, senior vice president of Global Logistics for Home Depot, suggested that "a well-controlled supply chain can serve as a foundation upon which security measures can be built.
"While we source from over 40 countries and 268 vendors and 555 factories, 80 percent of that comes from five countries and 40 vendors. We had over 50,000 POs inspected in 2001. And 100 percent of our shipments were inspected."
And the Coast Guard is hard at work figuring out a solution. Captain Anthony Regalbutto, chief of port security for the United States Coast Guard, recently told Congress, "We're trying to establish two centers - one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast.
"In those fusion centers will be representatives from various government agencies, including Customs and INS and Office of Naval Intelligence and others, that will be able, then, to look at the information that's coming in and then pre-screen the information."
Regalbutto is also for the first time looking at or prototyping a canine program for the Coast Guard. "That's something that we want to prototype and we think that, again, with our marine safety and security teams as they go on board ships, particularly if we have intel information that we suspect on a ship, hopefully the dogs will be able to help us in that sensing ability."
Who's in Charge?
One Hill witness, however, voiced concern that the salient issue must be a hammering out of just who is in charge. Christopher Koch, president and chief executive officer, World Shipping Council, has said:
"Customs is presently modernizing and adjusting its information systems, which will cost over $1 billion and is planning on using their systems as part of the Container Security Initiative. Are the Customs systems what the government will use?
"The government should establish one system, not competing information systems. If the advanced cargo information system used for security screening is not Customs' job, the White House or the Congress should make that clear immediately, because Customs thinks that it is and is acting accordingly."
And, finally, who's going to pay the tab?
Basil Maher, president and chief operating officer of Maher Terminals Inc., Jersey City, N.J., suggested to Congress that legislation must not assess fees or tax terminal operators or carriers for costs properly borne by the federal government.
"If any additional federal revenue needs to be raised for cargo transportation security purposes, it should come from existing federal revenue streams relating to cargo, which uses this system of ships, terminals, rails and trucks," Maher said.
One thing all agree on: Security procedures must be implemented in a manner that does not disrupt terminal operations and the $400 billion in commerce it supports. (NewsMax.com, 15 April 2002)
Nearly 10 years ago, de Borchgrave wrote of a major terrorist attack against the World Trade Center. For years he has been predicting a terrorist attack that would leave tens of thousands of American civilians dead.
And few know the Middle East better than de Borchgrave. He knows the bin Laden family, has interviewed Saddam Hussein, Mullah Omar and many heads of state, and has traveled extensively in the region. De Borchgrave reveals, in an audiotape sold by NewsMax.com:
· He is not surprised that al-Qaeda has not hit us again, and why he thinks the next attack could be much bigger than 9-11
· A terrorist plan, discussed openly by extremists, to shut down oil shipping in the Persian Gulf and cause the economic collapse of world stock markets
· The secret ties between Pakistan's intelligence agency and terrorists, and how the agency even provided experts to the Taliban to build a nuclear a device
· His contrarian view that a war against Saddam Hussein is unjustifiable and ill-advised, with potentially disastrous consequences for the U.S.
· Why the CIA needs to make major reforms to fight the new war on terrorism
· How 9-11 has been the opening shot in the new "asymmetrical war" - a form of war that will become more common in the years ahead. De Borchgrave says the 9-11 attacks cost less than $500,000 and caused more than $700 billion in damages to the U.S. economy alone.
· The continued popular support of Osama bin Laden in Saudi Arabia - and what the U.S. must demand to end the funding of Islamic radicals and their schools
· His belief that the U.S. is letting our guard down on the home front - and what type of attacks we can expect in the future
· How foreign operatives were probing critical computer infrastructures - including U.S. water systems, dams, electric power stations and the like - for two years before the 9-11 attacks.
· The latest intelligence on al-Qaeda's efforts to acquire a nuclear device
Covering up a spy scandal with a war
As Israel recoils from the scandal of a huge spy network exposed in the US - a scandal that has created a sensation around the world, but has been either ignored or deliberately squelched in America - it seems intent on dragging the US into a Middle East war whether the US wants to get involved or not.
What virtually all the public and few of those in Washington know is that there is a cold and cunning method to Sharon's apparent madness. It is unveiled in something called Operation Shekhinah, drawn up many years ago and never used - until now. Like so many of the intrigues surrounding the Balkans, Afghanistan, the Caspian and the Middle East, its focus is oil. In an attempt to group like material together, Operation Shekhinah is dealt with in detail in a separate chapter, but at least brief mention should be made of it here, since so many of the agendas and goals overlap.
Israel, like its northern neighbor Jordan, has no oil of its own. An effective oil boycott could shut Israel down quicker than a military attack. In early March 2001, British intelligence MI6 was disturbed to hear from its most senior and trusted agent in Tel Aviv that Sharons's cabinet had dusted off a 40-year-old invasion plan that would create "the Greater Israel" and give it not only access to, but control over, much of the Middle East oil fields. The critical key to the success of that plan is the breakup of Iraq, something Israel probably would not be able to do by itself. That is why it is critical to Israel that she push the United States into another Iraqi war in the very near future, giving Operation Shekhinah the chance to launch a lightning-quick strike to achieve its goals. It would take place so suddenly, Israel believes, that it would be over and finished before the world could react.
Jordan itself has been effectively bought off with promises of a continued, uninterrupted oil supply. Israel has been quietly "resettling" Shi'ite Muslims out of the area since April 2001, long before 9-11. The secret of Shekhinah is the secret behind Israel's refusal to give up the Golan Heights, for it is there that a huge 30-inch pipeline exists, closed off and empty since the 1967 War. Shekhinah is its name and it is the objective of the greatest Israeli strike yet to come - if that strike itself does not result in the long-feared Armageddon of ancient prophecy which now seems to hover so close.
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