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Hiding Intentions When Murdering Scientists and Others

Why show your hand when murdering microbiologists?
I've been thinking about this string of murdered microbiologists. It would seem statistically impossible for this amount of random murders to occur only in that profession. It's only obvious that something fishy is going on here. It doesn't seem to be an issue with the media for the obvious reasons.

 http://www.usenet.com/newsgroups/talk.religion.bahai/msg09281.html (dated as more have been murdered)

Moreover, if I was trying to prevent or protect a biological technology from being used in the chess game being played out, I would eliminate several microbiologists in several different sub-fields to disguise the technology in which I had the highest stake.

Likewise with the DC sniper, I believe that the female FBI terrorist analyst was the true target for elimination. The rest of the victims were just to confuse the real intent, and the side benefit is that they scared the hell out of the nation.

If the bird flu "mysteriously" becomes an epidemic, last thing we need is a bunch of do-good microbiologists finding out that someone "manufactured" the epidimic. Or else, perhaps a threatened country is trying to prevent the development of a "race bomb", etc.

Furthermore, perhaps the CIA should hire some conspiracy theorists to help them with their "chess game".

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Good thinking. 14.Jan.2005 16:22

Tony Blair's dog

Being a professional microbiologist must now be considered the most "deadly" profession in the world.

Yes, something fishy is definitely going on here 15.Jan.2005 03:28

global strategist

What is the total toll of suspiciously dead micro-biologists who have been working on projects related to biological weapons research over the past 5 years? 75?

Like the Egyptian pharoahs who killed the workmen who created the elaborate resting places for their mummified bodies and treasures in order to keep the locations secret, I speculate that the racially targettable biological weapons industry is killing off its workers to prevent their diabolical plan from being discovered and publicised. It only takes one honest, concerned microbiologist to tip off humanity what the evil mad corporate weapons oligarchy is up to, and the ultimate threat that humanity is currently, though unbeknownst to it, faced with.

Where's the EVIDENCE? 15.Jan.2005 06:18

Mike stepbystpefarm <a> mtdata.com

You say that the number of microbiologists is suspicously high? That expectations of the number of microbiologists murdered worldwide should be less than 15/year? Where's your evidence?

Do you understand? I am not saying that you are wrong. I am saying that you haven't presented any evidence to indicate that 15/year is higher than expected, normal expectation, or LESS than expected (maybe a microbiologist is LESS likely to get murdered than an average Joe).

That's what "rating tables" are for. Have you looked? The people who design life insurance products keep careful records of things like this because they are in the business of pricing their products according to risk, including occupational risk. BEFORE you begin blathering about some conspiracy you need to consult with an actuary or at least somebody able to look the data up at one of the large "life" carriers.

Sorry, but I can't do it for you (I'm retired from MassMutual and no longer have access)

Michael D Novack, FLMI

Japanese government also massacred its minions during WWII 16.Jan.2005 01:02

Chris Floyd

Friday, Nov. 21, 2003. Page XII

Global Eye -- Gag Rule

By Chris Floyd

Although the "conquest" of Iraq has unraveled into murderous chaos, at least the Bush Regime is winning its ferocious battle against another dangerous foe: American soldiers who were captured -- and tortured -- by Saddam Hussein's forces in the first Gulf War.

The Bushists' relentless fight to block the American captives from receiving any compensation from Iraq has eerie echoes of a similar move, more than 50 years ago, to prevent American victims of Japanese torture from filing legal claims against their tormentors. The two cases seem tied by a common ulterior motive: protecting war booty used as slush funds for "black ops" and crony kickbacks.

The 1951 peace treaty "ending" the American post-war occupation of Japan (of course, U.S. troops are still there), contained a curious provision, devised in secret by U.S. envoys. It blocked almost all claims for reparations "arising out of any actions taken by Japan and its nationals in the course of the prosecution of the war." Considering that tens of millions of people were killed, robbed or forced into slave labor by Japanese forces, this shadowy codicil was generous indeed. Thus for half a century, American victims of Japan's slave labor program have had their claims to compensation stymied by their own government. Why such legal protection for indefensible evils? U.S. historian Chalmers Johnson tells the sorry tale in this week's London Review of Books.

As Japanese armies rampaged through Asia, they grabbed a staggering amount of loot from the conquered populations. New research reveals that Emperor Hirohito set up a secret organization, Golden Lily, to keep this swag under imperial control, dispatching family members to oversee the operation. Civilian slaves and POWs were used to build elaborate underground stashes throughout the conquered territories; when sites were completed, the workers -- and often the Japanese officers supervising them -- were buried alive with the treasure, to ensure secrecy.

After Japan surrendered in 1945, American forces found some of these hoards, worth billions of dollars. Washington decided to keep the finds secret; publicizing them would have destroyed the fiction at the heart of the American-installed post-war government: that the Emperor -- and most of the Japanese ruling elite -- had been nothing but powerless figureheads in the wartime regime.

Instead, Washington used the money to bankroll covert operations by the newly formed CIA: an untraceable slush fund, free of Congressional oversight, stashed under various fronts in 176 banks in 42 different countries. Over the years, the money helped the Agency overthrow governments, subvert elections, smuggle cash to despots like Saddam Hussein, arm terrorist paramilitaries in Latin America, establish its own venture capital funds to infiltrate the business world, and so on and sickeningly on.

One of Golden Lily's chief bagmen, gangland chief Yoshio Kodama, used his stolen billions to bankroll the pro-American political faction that has controlled Japan for almost 54 years. As Johnson reports, the gangster then "went to work for the CIA and later became the chief agent for the Lockheed Aircraft Company, bribing and blackmailing politicians" to buy U.S. military hardware.

So when it devised the 1951 treaty, Washington couldn't allow compensation lawsuits that would delve into Japan's wartime -- and post-war -- finances. The money that might have been used for reparations had already been confiscated for the CIA. Many of the Japanese officials involved in snatching this blood-soaked loot were now pro-American statesmen spending billions on U.S. weapons and cutting sweet deals with U.S. corporations. Tossing a few scraps of compensation to the broken, ravaged victims of war crimes just wasn't good for business.

Now comes George W. Bush -- a proud scion of the CIA, whose headquarters bears his father's name -- carrying on this tradition. Last year, a U.S. judge awarded American captives tortured by Saddam almost $1 billion in compensation, to be taken from Iraqi assets frozen in the U.S. since the 1991 Gulf War. But Bush has thus far successfully blocked the award. Why? Because that money doesn't belong to Iraq anymore; it belongs to Bush.

Just before invading Iraq in March, Bush signed an executive order confiscating those assets. At first he insisted that this money was desperately needed for the "reconstruction" of the country he was destroying. But when the Gulf War victims said they'd be happy to postpone the award -- for years if necessary -- to help Iraq get back on its feet, the Regime changed tack.

Bushist minions now maintain that the money is gone, spent on, yes, "reconstruction," the NY Times reports. In other words, it's been given to Dick Cheney's Halliburton, the Bushist fiefdoms of Bechtel and Carlyle, and to arms merchants like Yoshio Kodama's old outfit, Lockheed (now grown into the gargantuan oligarchopoly Lockheed Martin).

But of course, no one really knows where the money has gone. After all, the Bushists maintain a bewildering array of slush funds for their ever-growing range of "black work," as Stalin liked to call it: assassinations, paramilitary operations by irregulars in mufti, bribes for warlords, torturers, Central Asian despots. As Slate.com reports, even the recent $87 billion war pork bill contained $9 billion in slush money for Don Rumsfeld to spend at his whim: dark dosh for the various "secret armies" he's gathering, says the L.A. Times.

Money for torturers, despots, and cronies: but no money -- no law, no justice -- for America's own defenders, drowned in the flood of greed and dominion. Behind all the scripted rhetoric about freedom and "values," this is the reality of Bush's imperium.


Annotations

The Looting of Asia
 http://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n22/john04_.html
London Review of Books, Nov. 22, 2003 issue

Bush Administration Blocks Money for U.S. Soldiers Jailed and Tortured in
Iraq,"  http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2003/11/21/New%20York%20Times,%20Nov.%2010,%202003

Rumsfeld's $9 Billion Slush Fund
 http://slate.msn.com/id/2089674/
Slate.com, Oct. 10, 2003

The CIA Goes Corporate
 http://slate.msn.com/id/2090725/
Slate.com, Nov. 4, 2003

The Secret War
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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27, 2002

Assassins R Us
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TomDispatch, the Nation Institute, Nov. 16, 2003

Bush Can't Account for Half of Iraq Spending, Senator Says
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Associated Press, Sept. 18, 2003

In Afghanistan, 'Friendly Fire' [Agents in mufti]
 http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0219/p06s01-wosc.html
Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 19, 2003

U.S. to Seize Iraqi Assets
 http://money.cnn.com/2003/03/20/news/frozen_assets/
CNN, March 20, 2003

Pentagon Defends Use of Civilian Clothes for U.S. Forces
 http://www.jsonline.com/news/gen/apr03/131181.asp
Associated Press, April 4, 2003

Military Stashes Covert Millions
 http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/28/Tampabay/Military_stashes_cove.shtml
St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 28, 2003

Get Ready for the American Ninjas
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Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2003

Secret Soldiers
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Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2003

The CIA's Secret Army
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Time Magazine, Jan. 26, 2003

Two CIA Operatives Killed in Ambush in Afghanistan
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New York Times, Oct. 29, 2003

SAIC: In the Company of Spies
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Business 2.0, May 2003

US Assassins 'Kill Iraqi Chiefs' in Baghdad
 http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm...
The Scotsman, March 30, 2003

Bush's Death Squads
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Ratical.org, Jan. 31, 2002

Planning for Martial Law? The Shadow Government
 http://salon.com/news/feature/2002/03/15/martial_law/index.html
Salon.com, March 15, 2003

US Plans Hit Squads to Target Al Qaeda Worldwide
 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp...
The Independent, Aug. 13, 2002

CIA Takes on Major Military Role
 http://www.rense.com/general19/kill.htm
Boston Globe, Jan. 20, 2002

America's Shadow Warriors
 http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/english/0,1518,238647,00.html
Der Spiegel, March 3, 2003

Rumsfeld Weighs New Covert Acts by Military Units
 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/12/international/asia/12INTE.html...
New York Times, Aug. 12, 2002

The Pentagon Mindset: Poison Them!
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The Progressive, Feb. 18, 2002

Bush and Blair's Friend in Uzbekistan
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The Guardian, Oct. 28, 2003

The BCCI Affair
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Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Dec. 1992

Spies Hide as Bank of England Faces BCCI Charges
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Observer, Jan. 19, 2003

CIA Plotted Killing of 58 in Guatemala
 http://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/28/magazine/970528OLSON.html
New York Times, March 28, 1997

MacMillian Backed US-UK Syrian Assassination Plot
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The Guardian, Sept. 27, 2003

Iraqgate
 http://www.cjr.org/year/93/2/iraqgate.asp
Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 1993

Bin Laden Money Flow Leads to Midland, Texas
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In These Times, October 2001

Iraqi WMD: Made in America
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The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Feb. 25, 1998

A CIA Officer's Calamitous Choices
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Gonzalez's Iraq Expose
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Bush Administration Uses CIA to Stonewall Iraqgate Investigation
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Covert Action Quarterly, 1992

The BCCI Affair: Matters for Further Investigation
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Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Dec. 1992

Kissinger, Scowcroft and Arming Iraq
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Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in Time of War Despite Use of Gas
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New York Times, Aug. 18, 2002

A Tainted Deal: CIA and Drugs
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Mother Jones, June 16, 1998

CIA Admits 'Tolerating' Contra Drug Trafficking
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Iraqgate: Confession and Coverup
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Declassified Files Confirm US Post-War Collaboration With Nazis
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San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 7, 2001

The Secret CIA History of the Iran Coup, 1953
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CIA Acknowledges Ties to Pinochet's Repression
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National Security Archive, Sept. 19, 2000

U.S. Documents Show Embrace of Saddam Despite WMD, Aggression and Human
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Nixon Rigged 1971 Uruguay Elections
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National Security Archive, June 20, 2002

JFK and the Diem Coup
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National Security Archive, Nov. 5, 2003

CIA and Assassinations: The Guatemala 1954 Documents
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National Security Archive, May 23, 1997

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Death, Lies, and Bodywashing
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Kissinger Gave Green Light for Israeli Offensive Violating 1973
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